What makes a great online casino?
A question most new player will surely be asking themselves is what makes a good online casino? Where should I register at? Is playing casino games a good idea?
These sort of questions are important as they cut straight into the core of the topic and will determining whether you have a great or a bad experience when gambling online. The case when trying out a new hobby more often than not is that if your first few experiences with something new are not pleasurable then you will learn not to enjoy the thing you're trying and eventually become alienated with it. Eventually you drop whatever it is and potentially lose out on a great hobby.
We've decided to tackle this problem as best we can in order to help new player (maybe like yourself) make better and more informed choices from the very beginning.
Here are some online casino tips for beginners:
#1) Find A Safe And Reputable Website
There are no two ways about this one, the online casino you choose, whichever it is, must be reputable and safe to play at.
No matter how good the games are or how many games the casino might have on offer - or how nice and shiny the website looks, if a casino won't let you cash out your winnings, there is no point…
This tip is one of the most (if not the most) obvious ones, however it is actually a pretty complex one to address and involves a lot of research into the management and the way a casino runs its business. Thankfully we don't need to turn into the FBI or get paranoid here, we just make sure we're not naive and listen to community feedback.
Taking this tip into consideration, we particularly like to list casino that are listed on a public stock exchange simply because of the inherent responsibility that the company has to pay to the regulations (Government regulations) and also to their shareholders.
Having said this not all online casinos are big enough or make enough money to list on a public exchange, this does not mean they are an unsafe option. When it comes to these establishments is extremely important for you as a player that the casino you choose to play with is Government regulated.
We're talking about government regulatory bodies such as MGA, UKGC or Curacao E-Gaming. If you don't know what these are, in a nutshell consider them like the health and safety department to a restaurant. They are governmental organisations which grant operators licenses to operate a gambling website under a number of strict rules and audits imposed on and made to the operator.
Such Government assurance is important - as a player you want this. It means you always get a fair game and if you ever have a complaint or question, it will be taken very seriously. We have seen many cases where an average player has taken on massive casino companies in a legal dispute and won the dispute.
If you need to, you can go straight to the Government ombudsman and they will take the issue forward for you. Fair play is vital.
You can easily know whether a casino is legit by checking the footer of the casino for a regulatory body logo and by checking the regulatory website for a listing containing the casino in question.
#2) Quality High RTP Casino Games
This second point is another make it or break it type of deal. After all we go to online casinos to play games, duh. The games offered should be fun to play, exciting and FAIR. Player reviews of casino games quickly lets other players very quickly and easily know if an online casino is doing a good job in bringing you the best games.
At the same time, though, different people enjoy playing different games. This must be kept into consideration. So, there might be an online casino out there where one or multiple players would absolutely love the games and the quality of the games could be excellent, but it still might not appeal to you.
It is true to say that different casino software producers appeal to different people. Software providers tend to have an ongoing or familiar feel to how their games play and operate. Find a provider you like and once this is done make sure that the online casino you choose to play at supports this provider or providers for that matter.
As per regulatory bodies for online casinos themselves, game manufacturers need to be regulated also. Generally the companies which produce casino games are much bigger organisations (in terms of pure monetary turnover and revenue) than the casinos which provide them as a service to players. Make sure you play games by trusted game manufacturers as the mathematics on the games along with their fairness (making sure they are not rigged) are both held to a very high level of public scrutiny.
Here is a quick list of game manufacturers which are safe (and quite fun) to play:
- NextGen Gaming
- Play’n Go
Also, don't settle for stale content when it comes to games, online casinos should release new games on a weekly basis - as soon as the provider make the game available, not months later.
What we personally recommend is trying a few of the casinos out and seeing which one(s) you are enjoying the most. There is no harm in registering with multiple casinos, also why not register and play for free for a day or two, see how it goes.
Generally you might even be offered some extra incentive by the casino to make an actual deposit if they notice you have registered, are active but did not place any deposits. This can work in your favor to get you an even better starting deal without lifting a finger.
#3) If You Take A Bonus - Make It A Good One
As a new player you'll more than likely be looking at your options of casino welcome bonuses and factoring in this in. It's all fair and good, nothing wrong with shopping around to give yourself the better deal - just make sure you know what to actually look for and how to actually determine what the better deal is.
It's easy to blindly go for the highest 'value' bonus i.e. think that a €500 welcome bonus is better than a €100 welcome bonus. Is it really? Are you really willing to drop €500 at a casino on your first deposit? That is what you will more than likely need to do in order to get the full €500 reward on your initial deposit.
Bonus value is by far not the most important aspect of a welcome bonus. Rather you should look at the wagering requirement on the bonus, the lower the better as it make is so much easier to unlock the bonus and withdraw winnings from it.
Are there any free spins that are given with the bonus? Are the free spins 10 or a 100?
Another important factor to consider is whether the welcome bonus is a single time offer or whether it is a recurring offer on your first few deposits, the latter being much more preferable.
We'll link you to a few online casino welcome bonuses which are good deals, if you are still shopping around.
Also, keep in mind, you can register multiple accounts with multiple online casinos in order to take advantage of more than one welcome bonus - this is not illegal or 'bad' behaviour in any way.
A Little Something Extra
Whether you are a new player, or experienced and whether you play penny slots or high limit, it is sometimes worth reminding yourself some of the basics. In a separate article we listed some great tips on how to maximise your welcome bonus.
Do take a look as the information is sure to be of value at some point or another.
As always, Best of luck!
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