Comparing Online Casinos: What to Look For
If you're an online casino player then the odds are you've noticed a recent avalanche of new casinos. Everywhere you look there seems to be a new one offering players the best gameplay, best bonuses and best deposit options. But all online casinos are not the same. Some might claim to be worth your time - and more importantly your money -but are nothing but scams. So how do you know the online casino you're eyeing is worth it? Today we break down some of the things players should look for when selecting their next online casino. Let's jump in…
1. Prioritize Your Safety
The most important thing a player should look for when comparing online casinos is how secure and safe they are. If you're a player in the United States, then most - if not all - of the online casinos you'll be playing are registered to different countries. If they're a reputable casino then they will be registered with a gaming commission. This information is usually located at the bottom of the main page of the casino. There are various commissions and gaming authorities that are reputable and keep the casino in question under strict safety and licensing laws. If a casino is registered then players can be assured they are playing games fairly and their information is secure.
Another thing to look for is the length a particular casino has been operating for. The longer the better, as this means they've met all regulations and have kept players' information safe.
If a casino does not list what commissions they're registered with then do not use them.
2. Payment Options
Depositing money into an online casino can be a scary thing. That's why making sure a casino's deposit methods are safe and secure. Most online casinos offer deposits in the form of credit card or crypto. A reputable online casino will have multiple steps in order to verify a player's identity when using a credit card. If a casino does not and only asks for your card number then you're more likely to be in serious trouble.
That's why this author recommends using crypto to deposit funds. More and more online casinos are going exclusively to crypto as it's more secure and safe than traditional banks.
Issues will arise when gambling on an online casino. There's no way around it. So make sure your casino has a reliable customer service. The more options the better. Do they have a live chat? A number to call? An email? The last thing you want is to run into problems and have no clear way of finding a solution.
4. Game Options
Other than your personal privacy and safety, gameplay is the top thing to look for when selecting an online casino. You want options! An online casino worth your time is going to have slots, virtual table games, virtual poker, specialty games, Live Dealers and a sportsbook. Also be aware of how often the casino is adding new games. If they're constantly adding new games that's a good indicator that they're a reputable casino that providers want to be associated with. And speaking of providers, look at the providers that are on the site. Providers like BetSoft, Rival and BGaming to name a few are providers that are known for delivery quality - and fair - games.
5. How's It Look
You can tell a lot about an online casino by just looking at its homepage. How's it designed? Are the different game sections easily marked? Is the cashier easily accessible? Is it promoting what deposit methods and what licensing it has? The more information an online casino gives you just in its interface will tell you a lot about if that online casino is worth a play.
6. Bonus Offers
Every online casino offers bonuses. But not all of those bonuses are worth your time. Try and find the welcome bonuses that match your deposit - most will be 100% but others will go even higher, sometimes 250% or even 500%. In addition to deposit matches, some online casinos will give you free spins or free bets on their sportsbook.
An important thing players should look out for is the requirements associated with the bonuses. Some rollover requirements are extremely high, making it very, VERY, unlikely you'll be able to cash out your bonus winnings. So try and look for casinos that offer lower rollover requirements as they'll give you better chances to keep your winnings.
7. Loyalty Programs
Loyalty programs aren't a must-have, but they're a nice perk to think about if you're deciding between a few different online casinos. These programs typically reward players with free spins, high deposit limits, faster withdrawals and even personalized customer support and tickets to VIP events. If an online casino offers a loyalty program then the odds are they've been around for a while and a player can rest easy knowing they're gameplay is safe and fair.
8. Take It On The Go
A lot of players like taking their gameplay on the go, so checking an online casino's mobile play is a must. A lot of online casinos take a major hit to effectiveness when you play on a mobile device, so be sure to test out any on your phone or tablet before going all in.
Choosing the right online casino can be an overwhelming decision for a lot of players. There's no much to consider that a lot of players on the fence decide to give up and not play. Hopefully this quick list will give you some of the more important things to look for in choosing your next online casino. So get out there and get playing!
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