Whilst a night out at the casino has always been regarded as a stylish, extravagant way to gamble, many players are turning to gambling online, for a myriad for reasons. However, moving to new casinos online can be a little daunting – especially given the number of different online casinos out there, and especially if you haven’t gambled online before.
We’ve assembled a list of five things to look out for when choosing a new online casino, so that you make the best decision, returning the most fun.
#1 Smartphone Compatibility
You can play online casino on a tablet, mobile phone, desktop, or laptop. However, it’s likely that you’ll be playing it mostly on your phone, and you therefore need to look for an online casino that is compatible with your device. Generally, downloading off Google Play or the App Store guarantees you an online casino with better compatibility compared to playing one directly off the internet. Look out for the standard of loading speeds, graphics, user friendliness (easy-to-navigate), and encrypted payments.
#2 Selection of Games
Every online casino will have a fairly wide selection of games, and you’ll definitely find at least one that suits your tastes. However, some online casinos offer a more specific range of games, so you need to ask yourself whether you’re a card person, a slot person, or an outright sports/event gambling person. Different online casinos offer different types of games, and some offer them all.
#3 Gambling Responsibility Stance
Gambling should be fun, and only fun.
Online casinos should include a ‘responsible gambling’ information page, at least. The online casino that you ultimately choose should provide information on the dangers of gambling, how to gamble safely, and resources if it becomes a little too much. Many go one step further and include tools such as budget setting and spend capping that will ensure players don’t get carried away.
Always remember that when the fun stops, stop.
#4 Welcome Bonuses and Promotions
Online casino wagering requirements are expressed as multiples of the bonus. The industry standard is 40 times the bonus, but you want to look for an online casino where this is as low as possible. Some online casinos offer as low as 30 times the bonus, and others offer ridiculously high wagering requirements. In fact, some charge up to 80 times the bonus, which, generally, isn’t very good
Similarly, you want to know that there’s more to play for once you’ve cashed out on your winnings. Many online casinos offer special promotions or VIP bonuses for the most experienced players, such as loyalty rewards, cashback, and free spins.
#5 Available Banking Options
There’s little point in playing with an online casino that, for example, only allows withdrawals in dollars, or to Chinese banks and no others, if you’re a UK citizen. Many online casinos offer withdrawals in cryptocurrency such as bitcoin, but as a rule of thumb, try to find an online casino that offers a straightforward, secure withdrawal option. If it looks a bit murky, chances are it is.