A few of the recent posts here at GamblingForReal.com deal with some of the negative aspects of the online gambling industry. In any industry, there are bound to be bad apples. It is no different for online gambling.
However, not all is negative. There are still lots of good people in this industry. I am friends with many respectable affiliates, operators and players. So with that in mind, today’s blog post will be devoted to naming 5 gambling sites that have earned my trust and respect.
1. The Lucky Red Group
Lucky Red Casino is a US-friendly gambling site that has operated for years without any scandals. They have impressed me with their consistency over the long term. They have been running safe games and processing withdrawals for years without any major hitches.
The other thing I like about Lucky Red is that they are not stingy when it comes to bonuses and promotions. This casino is one of the few that regularly offers no-rollover bonuses and blackjack-friendly bonuses. Players of all types are treated like valuable customers.
Lucky Red is associated with a number of other gambling sites such as Buzzluck Casino, Aladdin’s Gold, Manhattan Slots and a few others. The whole group does a nice job all the way around. I also know the affiliate manager over there and he’s a good guy –always quick to respond to e-mails and provide actual answers (not just canned copy-paste template responses).
2. The Sun Palace Group
Sun Palace Casino and its associated casinos is another group that I trust implicitly. They operate in much the same manner as the Lucky Red Group. They respond to e-mails quickly, run fair games and process withdrawals very quickly.
This group doesn’t get the credit it deserves. They aren’t as well-known as the Lucky Red group, but they do an equally impressive job. The only area in which they have room for improvement is in their deposit bonuses. The deposit bonuses at this group are usually targeted to slots and keno players. I’d like to see more blackjack bonuses here.
One of the biggest strengths of Sun Palace is that it can handle high stakes players better than any other US gambling site out there. They can handle large deposits and they provide betting limits that go as high as $250 per hand.
But no matter which games you prefer, nothing can beat safety and a good reputation. In the fractured industry of online gambling, this is a rare thing indeed. If you’re in need of a new casino, give these guys a shot.
Bovada is an all-in-one US gambling site that includes a casino, poker room and sportsbook. All three of these areas have positive reputations in their respective industries. The Bovada Casino has all the games you would expect at a real money gambling site plus a bunch of very well-done 3D slots.
The Bovada website is relatively new, but it’s run by the same group that operates the longstanding Bodog group. Bodog is still around, but it left the US market as a result of unfavorable gaming legislation in the United States. They created a separate entity, Bovada, to continue operating in the US.
Bovada operates itself with dignity. Players don’t have to worry about delayed withdrawals or sketchy terms and conditions. The poker room uses anonymous poker tables, which I don’t like, but it is quickly becoming the largest US-facing poker site. As far as the casino goes, I have zero complaints.
Note: Bet365 does not accept players from the United States
Bet365 is one of my all-time favorite gambling sites. They have earned massive respect among both players and the industry as a whole. One thing I like about Bet365 is that it actually has a physical presence in the UK. This is not just another online-only gambling portal.
In fact, Bet365 ranks as one of the 10 largest private companies in the UK with more than 2,000 employees. I don’t want to gush all over them too much here, so let’s just leave it at that. I have always had positive experiences with this company.
5. The WinPalace Group
WinPalace Casino is the head of a group of casinos that include WinPalace, Casino Titan, Golden Cherry and several others. The casinos all operate on independent websites, but they are managed under the overall WinPalace tent.
I’ve done a good amount of work with WinPalace over the past two years and have liked what I have seen over that time. They operate in good faith and are highly recommended on casino review websites and discussion forums alike.
Why I Picked These Sites
The above gambling sites/groups were not chosen at random. I don’t just recommend anyone who wants a mention. The only reason I picked these sites is because I have firsthand experience with these websites and have had positive experiences in dealing with them.
That being said, my personal opinion isn’t the end-all resource for safe gambling. These recommendations were also made by doing research on the internet. I have searched for these casinos on popular discussion forums to see what other players have reported. In every case, player reviews were overwhelmingly positive.
I’m sure there are lots of other great gambling sites out there, but I’m just one person. It is impossible for one person to keep track of thousands of websites and actually provide reliable recommendations. I keep my list of trusted gambling sites small because it’s possible to keep up-to-date on these few gambling sites.
If you’re in the market for a new gambling site, these are the places to visit. They will treat you well and send you your money when it’s time to cash out.