So you’ve made the decision to join an online casino. With 100s of online casinos, it can be difficult to decide which one you should join, some will be right for some people, while others will be better suited to different players.
Thankfully, there are things you can look for to find the one that’s right for you.
If you want to play casino games on the go, or you’d prefer to play while you chill out on the sofa at home without having your laptop resting on your legs, then you want to join a casino that offers a mobile app or website.
Thankfully, almost all online casinos offer this today. So check out the reviews of each one’s app to see what kind of experience it offers.
There’s not much point in joining a casino if it doesn’t have the game you want to play. Most online casinos will offer classic games like blackjack, roulette, poker and a range of video slots. However, if you also want to play keno, craps, baccarat, or bingo, then you should check that these are definitely available.
If you like the idea of playing slot games that let you wager just 1 penny or cent or that have huge pooled, progressive payouts, then you’ll also need to check that these are available.
If you don’t have a particular preference about which games to play, you may want to look for the ones that offer you the best odds. For example, in American Roulette, the odds of winning a red or black bet is 47.4%, and the game has a theoretical return to player (RTP) rate of around 94%. Meanwhile, there are some video slot games that have theoretical RTP rates of 97-99%.
Therefore, if you are indifferent about which game you want to play, find a casino that offers the games with the highest RTP. This way, in theory at least, you’ll spend less in the same amount of time.
There’s no point joining a casino if it doesn’t accept the payment method you want to use. While most casinos accept methods like Skrill, Neteller, Visa, Mastercard and bank transfer, not all also let you use PayPal, Bitcoin or pay by phone services. You can usually see what payment methods it accepts by checking the casino’s FAQ section or the footer area of its website.
When you’ve found a casino that will accept your preferred payment method, you need to check its minimum deposit limit is not higher than the size you want to top up by. For example, some casinos may offer minimum deposits of $/€/£5, while others may set this as high as $/€/£10, $/€/£20, or even $/€/£50.
You should only ever play in online casinos that are licensed by a regulator. In Europe, the Malta Gaming Authority, the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority, the UK Gambling Commission and the Spelinspektionen in Sweden.
The website will usually state which body it is licensed by at the bottom of its website, often also including its license number. You can verify this by visiting the regulator’s own website and looking up the license.