Factors to consider when ranking UK online casinos

February 28, 2017 3:01 AM
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There are thousands of websites reviewing and ranking online casinos in the UK. As a new punter, it's important to know the information you're reading is honest and up-to-date, which are rarely the case.

In this article I'm going to discuss some of the main factors a punter should consider when deciding whether or not to join a new online casino. This guide will help you weed out the companies you shouldn't even consider.

Is the Casino Licensed in the UK?

The first step is to check if the casino is licensed by the Gambling Commission. There are enough online casinos that are licensed in the UK that you shouldn't require joining a casino licensed offshore.

Many online casinos are licensed in multiple jurisdictions. If you don't want to dig up the information yourself, your best option is to contact player support at the respective casino ask and them where they're licensed.

Reputation

One of the great things about the internet is that anyone can discuss just about anything. If someone feels wronged by an online casino you can bet that player will discuss how he feels on one of the watchdog forums in our industry.

If a casino stops paying winners, that type of information will be posted online quickly. It’s impossible for a scam casino to maintain a good reputation for any period of time. The problem is some players don't research before joining.

Make sure you join an online casino with a solid reputation among punters. Forums are the best way to determine the reputation of a casino, as forums are filled with players like us discussing topics we care about.

Bonuses, Free Spins and Promotions

If you're like most players, you'll want to be rewarded for playing at an online casino. Thankfully, that's never really an issue. Some online casinos will offer more ongoing promotions, though, and that should be considered.

Slot players should join online casinos that target slot players because there will be a lot more free spins available to you that way. Always look over the bonuses and promotions before joining a casino.

While reading the promotions, make sure you read the terms too. The rollover requirements vary by casino and as a new player you want to join online casinos that have easy bonuses to clear initially.

The best UK online casinos all have bonuses and promotions, but the requirements to clear them vary widely.

Game Selection

If you're new to online casinos then you should join a casino with games from multiple software providers. Some of the best online casinos from the last several years host games from dozens of providers.

Even veteran casino players prefer a large game selection, but as a new player this will allow you to play games from multiple providers to find the games that best suit your tastes and playing style.

Once you determine you like games from a certain provider you can then decide to join an online casino that only has games from that provider if you wish. As a new player, joining the casinos with hundreds of games is the best plan.

Banking

All UK casinos will process deposits and payouts in GBP, so that won't be an issue. Credit cards are accepted by just about every online casino, but if you want to use PayPal for instance, your options will be more limited.

Make sure you check out the banking section of a casino to view the payment methods, how long payouts will take to process/receive and whether or not there are any fees. This is all information a player should know before joining.

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