How to choose the right online casino for you

Online casinos are like Donald Trump controversies – every time you open your internet web browser, there seems to be a new one. Some are controversial, while others are just good fun, but how do you chose the one that is for you? The online casino that is… not the Donald Trump controversy.

The good news is that Casinopedia is here to give you some guidance. Without further ado, here are some things to consider when picking an online casino.

Take it for a test drive

The best way to see if you like a car is to take it for a spin. The same applies to your online casino choice.
The best way to see if you like a car is to take it for a spin. The same applies to your online casino choice.

The great thing about online casinos is your ability to test it out before depositing any money at all. Some may have a minimum deposit amount, which will usually be fairly modest, but many will allow you to register for free, demoplay games and even allow you to have some free spins on a slot game for example.

If you do anything else, at least familiarize yourself with the casino website first. If it looks and feels good then it’s time to explore further. Some sites will allow demoplay without even registering. Take your time, there’s no rush.

Reputation

This is often the first port of call for gamblers when choosing an online casino. Ask yourself, “do I recognise the name?” and “have I heard good things about it from other users?”

eCogra online casino
eCogra is just one of the bodies to look out for when it comes to testing the reputation and reliability of an online casino

This is exactly what you would do when choosing any other provider in the service industry, so there is no reason to change your rules now. Another useful gauge of reputation is the casino’s rating on the app store, or on review sites or forums. Although the internet can be a minefield of misinformation, there may also be some useful insight which will help make your decision.

Also check out on the site who regulates it and is it certified with any independent bodies like eCOGRA for example? What are its responsible gambling policies? These details can help make the player sure the online casino is taking its responsibilities seriously.

How many games does it have?

The first ever online casino, which was set up in Antigua, had 18 slots for users to choose from. If a casino can’t give you a few more options than that, then perhaps you are better off continuing your search.

Online slot games choice
There’s more than a little choice of online slot games out there

Variety is the spice of life and some of the best online casinos have hundreds of slot games, online casino games, and live dealer options to choose from.

Bonuses

If all else is equal on the options and reputation front, then let economics do the work for you – where can you get the most free stuff?
It sounds crude, but keeping an eye out for the best sign-up bonuses can be very lucrative for a gambler.

There are major progressive jackpots you should keep an eye out for too and some online casinos have other cracking random bonuses. These sites really do make it worth your while joining their establishment. Remember, as a player, you are valuable, so make sure you get the best deal possible.

Ease of use and no messin’ over money

There are few things worse than online casinos that are overly complex to navigate and that make it difficult to withdraw and use funds. There are plenty of these out there and some of the big names in the industry have been guilty.

Also you want the look and feel of the site to be pleasing to the eye. The ‘lobby’ area must be easy to use on both standard computer and mobile devices. There’s too much competition in the market these days to get away with a shoddy user experience, so be discerning when it comes to appearances.

If you are choosing a casino for all your gambling needs, then choose one that respects you as a customer and a player by making life simple.

Aesthetics

For many of you, game graphics will be a massive consideration when choosing an online casino. We totally understand this – you don’t want to be playing a game that looks like an early prototype of the video game pong.

Casinos have always been big on aesthetic. Online operations are no different. Picture: Thinkstock.
Casinos have always been big on aesthetic. Online operations are no different. Picture: Thinkstock.

Online game developers have made great strides in recent years to bring their look and gameplay into this century. If you want the latest games, graphics and technology, then make sure the casino is keeping up with the latest releases. But if you prefer a classic gameplay experience, more in the style of the classic bar or pub fruit machine, then make sure there’s enough to cater for your tastes.