There are hundreds, if not thousands, of online casino sites that you can play in the UK, some are huge, multi-national organisations, others are tiny, and all are different in their own subtle ways. So, with so much to choose from, what five things are most important to look for when it comes to finding an online casino?
A Well Known Name
Playing a small, start up casino that no one knows about might be fun, particularly if the games are different, after all, it’s always nice to be the first to do something, but it’s also inherently risky. If the casino is small and mostly unknown because it’s just starting up, then fine, if it’s worth it, it’ll grow quickly, but, if it’s small and unknown and not many people appear to be playing it, it could well be that the site is a scam.
That’s not to say that it is, just that it’s best to be on the lookout. So go for names you’ve heard of, like Sky Vegas, a very successful casino operating under BSkyB the same company that runs the satellite television company.
In the early days of online casinos there weren’t a lot of watchdogs or governing bodies keeping an eye on the whole thing. Nowadays there are hundreds, and most casinos will be pretty keen to show their accreditation.
There are loads of countries that offer registration for online casinos, and not all of them are entirely reputable. The best casinos to play in the UK are those that are registered in European markets, Gibraltar and the Channel Islands, as well as Malta, are particularly popular options. If you want to be extra sure, you can always check with the licensing body that a company really is registered where they claim to be.
These days there are lots of internet forums dedicated to the online casino world. These are places where players come together to warn each other of particularly bad experiences, or tell everyone about a good experience that they’ve had. Unless you’re freakishly unlucky, you can almost guarantee that any site that you come across will have already been tried, tested and reviewed by someone else, so it’s worth taking a look in some of the forums run by watchdogs like CasinoMeister.
Last, but not least, online bonuses are a good guide. It’s great to have a good deal on signing up, often game credit can give you an opportunity to win money without risking anything at all BUT, it’s always worth remembering that if a site looks too good to be true there’s a very strong chance that it is too good to be true.