Read Reviews & Compare Casinos Before You Sign Up
Are you ready to gamble online, yet you have no idea which casino or sportsbook you should join?
Then we have you covered.
Below you’ll find a list of casino, sportsbook and poker room reviews. Each one has been written by people who have firsthand experience gambling online
Before we get to that though, let’s talk about why reviews are important.
You see, there are tons of casinos online – hundreds, maybe even thousands.
Do you know which casino you should join? Which ones are safe? Which ones you can hand over your hard-earned money to …and …feel good about it?
Most people don’t. But instead of seeking an outside opinion, they decide to wing it and join a casino at random, because they offer a huge bonus or something. Then they act like they got blindsided when that casinos runs off with their money.
But you’re much smarter than that. I know that because you’re here right now. So here’s what you need to do.
You need to read casino reviews. Learn everything you can about a casino before you sign up. Find out everything you can about their games, software, banking options and promotions.
Then – and only then – can you make an educated decision.
We talk more about what to look for further down the page. But if you’re anxious to get started right away you’ll find our reviews below. All our online casino reviews have been updated for 2015.
- 5Dimes Review | Sports betting, casino and poker
- Bet365 Review | Sports betting, casino and poker
- BetAmerica Review | Horse and greyhound racing
- Bovada Review | Sports betting, casino and poker
- Buzzluck Review | Casino
- Centrebet Review | Sports betting
- Club SA Review | Casino
- Golden Cherry Review | Casino
- JustBet Review | Casino
- Lucky Red Review | Casino
- Old Havana Review | Casino
- Sun Palace Review | Casino
- TwinSpires Review | Horse racing
- Vegas Casino Online Review | Casino
- William Hill Review | Sports betting, casino and poker
Casino Reviews: How to Tackle Them
There is one step you need to take before you start reading reviews.
Decide what you want from the casino. In other words, you should have an idea of:
- What games you want to play – blackjack, slots, craps, roulette, live dealer, Texas holdem, Omaha, stud, etc. You can take this a step further by deciding the variation, too. Like progressive jackpots, live dealer games, 3D slots, etc.
- What sports you want to wager on – basketball, MLB baseball, CFL football, hockey, the Olympics, etc.
- What devices you plan to play on – PC, Mac, mobile, browser, etc
- What banking options do you plan to use?
And so on.
This will help you through the review process. It’ll make it faster. If a casino fails to meet your criteria you can just hit the back button and not waste any more time on it.
I do recommend having backups, though, where you can give the casino leeway. For example, if you want to use Amex, are you okay using Visa or MasterCard if that’s all the casino accepts?
Because it’s damn-near impossible to find the perfect casino. But if you know what you want and what you’re willing to accept, finding a solid casino will become a heckuva lot easier.
Choosing the Best Casino: Things You Need to Consider
Building off the last section, there is a list of points you need to think about as you review each casino.
Most Important Stuff
Is the casino fair? Basically, is the casino or poker room’s games random? Have they been tested? A 100% random algorithm means the games aren’t fixed. The games are no different than what you’ll find in a brick and mortar casino.
Is the casino licensed? Most countries and jurisdictions require casinos to have various licenses before they can accept wagers. The casino you’re reading about… do they have to have a license? Do they? Did they ever lose it? When and why? These are questions you need to ask yourself.
Does the casino have a good reputation? This isn’t information you’ll necessarily find on any review because most websites earn money for advertising – so they’ll leave out the vivid and downright hairy details.
You’ll want to check out gambling forums instead. If players have been screwed over in any way you’ll hear about.
How are the payouts? Between the reviews and forums you want to find out if the casino/sportsbook is paying their players. You also want to look at timeframes. Are they paying players in a matter of hours or days? Or are they taking weeks or even months to pay players? The longer they’re taking, the further you should stay away from them.
That’s about it. These are must haves with no exceptions. Unless, of course, you don’t mind getting ripped off.
Now let’s look at the…
2nd Most Important Stuff
Assuming the casino is good on the points above, these are the things you want to consider next.
What games do they have? Where do they come from? Some software companies are better than others in terms of game quality and quantity. And if you have a specific game in mind, you’ll want to make sure you know who makes it so you can trace that back to what casinos they work with.
What are your betting options? This applies mostly to sports betting. Can you bet on parlays? Can you arbitrage? Does the sportsbook offer action/lines on the sports/events you’re interested in?
What banking options do they accept? You need to check the casino and see what payment methods they accept. Some accept only a few – usually credit cards and money transfer options – while others accept dozens and dozens.
Beyond that you need to see what the banking limits are. If you’re on a $10 budget you’ll need to find a casino or sportsbook that has a min deposit limit of $5 or $10. On the other hand if you want to deposit $10,000 at once you’ll have to find a casino that accepts that too – not all casinos or sportsbooks do.
What promotions does each casino offer? All things being equal one of the ways you can decide between two gambling sites is their promotions. What offers do they have?
There are too many offers out there to list. (Plus we’ve already created a page that lists the most common promos.) It’d be a good idea to educate yourself on those before reviewing a casino so you have an idea of what types of offers you want – if you wan anything at all.
You’ll also want to check the terms to make sure the requirements for the promotion is fair and something you can handle.
What devices is the casino’s games compatible with? You want to make sure the casino has games or software compatible with your device, be it a PC, Mac or mobile phone or tablet. If you don’t want to download anything at all you’ll have to make sure the casino has a browser-based or no download option.
Conclusion: It’s Time to Choose
Now it’s time to choose. Do you know which casino you want to join?
I recommend discarding all casinos you have a bad feeling about. They’re not worth your time.
For all others I suggest making a list of priorities. What matters most to you – games, software, promotions, what?
Then give each a number from 1-5, 5 being the best score. Then choose the casino(s) with the best score(s).
And if you still have a tie, I recommend signing up to your top two picks. Play for free at each casino for a couple days or weeks to feel them out. Do you like their software? What about their games? Contact support with an arbitrary question – how fast do they respond? Are they helpful?
The cream should rise to the top. And when it does you’ll know you’ve found the perfect online casino to join.