There are so many online casinos out there today that the average player is often swamped by choice. It can be hard to determine which online casinos are best to play at and more importantly which ones won’t run off with your money the moment you deposit. In order to choose an online casino that is safe and right for you, we will look at a number of aspects including graphics, deposit methods, game play, payout percentages, withdrawal times and favourable reviews. Each topic is important and if an online casino tick all the boxes it is safe to say it is a good place to play at.
Graphics are important when playing online casinos. On average a player will spend between 1 and 2 hours playing at an online casino and you want the casino to look the part. Graphics for computer games have come a long way since the 1990’s and you should expect the same for online gaming sites. There are 2 options when playing at an online casino; you can go for a download version or a non download version. The download version of online casino requires you to download a number of files to your computer. This generally results in better graphics and smoother game play; however the files can be as large as 90 megabytes so if you choose to go down this route make sure you have a fast connection (isdn or broadband).
The other route to go down is no download. No download casinos can be web based, flash or java. Before you begin you may need to download the relevant plug-ins but most sites will automatically direct you to them to save you from having to locate them for yourself. With no download casinos the game play can be a little jerky depending on your connection speed and the graphics are often not as smooth as with the download versions, however you do not need to wait for any large files to download. It is good to have the choice when deciding whether or not to go for a download version or non-download version of an online casino so look out for those casinos that offer both options.
Deposit methods should be varied giving players a wide choice. Due to gambling laws in the US online casinos will not accept paypal and some are a little funny about credit cards. This is because there have recently been a number of cases brought forward by the US government trying to force credit card companies to reveal those players depositing by credit card in the US, to my knowledge they have not been successful. The options you should look for are neteller (online wallet) debit card, credit card, cheque and wire transfer. Another thing to look out for is that the casino lets you withdraw your money by the same method with which you deposited it.
Game play is important. You should look for an online casino that offers a wide range of games including European and American versions. Many of the larger software providers such as microgaming and cryptologic offer great variation of games for players, so look for casinos that use these software brands.
When it comes to payout percentages, look for online casinos that are independently audited by the big financial establishments. Price waterhouse coopers do a lot of auditing for online gambling sites and those casinos that do use their services will often promote the fact prominently on their websites to build trust. Obviously the casinos with larger payout percentages are the ones to go for.
Withdrawal times are especially important when it comes to gaming at online casinos. A few casinos offer instant withdrawal times, but more often than not look for those casinos that offer withdrawal times of about 3 days. Any longer is poor customer service and over 7 days is simply unacceptable. After all they take the money instantly so you have the right to expect the same in return.
Look for customer reviews about online casinos before you deposit. They can be difficult to find, because of the way online casinos are marketed. Don’t believe what website owners write as they are often on a commission per signup they achieve. bewisebets is a good site for viewing customer reviews, whilst casinomeister is a good site for finding out which online casinos are blacklisted.
Overall make sure you do some research before depositing at any online casinos. Use this guide to check that it fulfils the criteria mentioned. If it does you can rest assured you will be gaining the maximum enjoyment from you online gaming experience