Selecting an online casino can be bewildering - but following the steps below will save you a huge amount of time. Firstly, you’ll need to play somewhere that offers the games you want.
Some casinos offer table, slot, bingo, sports betting and poker all under the same log-in, whereas others stick to card and table games only. Most, though, have their own particular strengths.
If you like branded slot games tied in with movie releases then you’ll want a Playtech site such as Winner Casino or, for players from Spain, William Hill with games from Marvel films and other classics like Hulk and Gladiator – or a SkillOnNet site like EUCasino that have slots like CaptainAmerica and Batman The Dark Knight.
If slot games with cutting edge graphics appeal to you, you’ll need a site that offers Playtech or SkillOnNet games – Winner Casino, William Hill or EUCasino would consequently make an excellent choice.
For tournament Blackjack and the best progressive jackpots around, a Microgaming download such as Royal Vegas Casino is the only way to go. And whilst we’re on the subject, Flash technology has now reached the point where online games look and sound every bit as good as their downloaded equivalents, so unless you need Microgaming for the aforementioned reasons, stick to online sites.
Online casinos have different bonus structures, and you’ll need to pick one that suits you. Most will match your initial deposit with a cash sum but you’ll need to wager that sum plus your deposit over and over on selected games, sometimes up to 40-plus times before you can claim any winnings from the free cash they give you. More often than not you’ll be made to play slot games to meet the requirements, although some casinos will let you play on the tables – check that you’re happy to play whatever games you’ll need to and try to find low play through requirement multiples – around 20 is a respectable level.
Another sign of a good casino is practice play. All the reputable sites will let you try the games in practice mode before you play for real, and the best ones make it as easy as possible, with practice play made as prominent as cash games.
We find, though, that ultimately appearance is the best indicator of quality. An absence of bright colors, garish promos and scantily-clad croupiers on the intro screen invariably means a more trustworthy and high-quality casino. After all, if you’re any good, why waste time shouting about it?