How We Select Our Casinos
As is often the case, you may be wondering how it is that we have decided to choose the casino sites which are listed above. It is in fact a number of different factors. First and foremost we decide on whether it is a casino that we ourselves would like to join and sign up to as a player. Would we be happy to deposit our own money and play slots or table games? If the answer if yes then it’ll make it onto this page. We do take the time to look at each site and before deciding this. In fact, we go one better and actually sign up and fully test the site out but more on this later.
We look at a number of different things. First and foremost, where has the casino been granted its license? If it is not with the UK Gambling Commission then the site will not make it onto this page. The horror stories that are associated with blacklisted casino sites is something we aim to avoid at all costs. Not only that, who would recommend a site at which a persons hard earned cash could in theory be stolen from them.
We take a little look at the selection of software and games on offer. There are a lot of ‘carbon copy’ casinos out there on the internet. It may look different on the outside, but inside its the same as multiple other sites. When this is the case we pick our favourites. We also have our own favourite slots games and if we’re honest, we are a little biased to certain software providers. But that is our preference on the style of games that we like to play. Live dealer tables are big thing for us, but not necessarily everyone else.
We also look at the different payment options available. The more payment options the better. Also the security involved with these payment methods is paramount. We look at the SSL certificates to ensure all transaction are fully encrypted. It goes without saying that we double this element before depositing our own money before testing out the casino.
If we’re holding our hands up then an element is about commission. We earn a small commission from the casino sites listed above. While this is not the foremost at our decision-making, it definitely does have an impact. We aim to be 100% transparent and therefore it is only right that we advise you about this matter.
Why We Review The Sites
Before we chose to make a casino live, we review it. Now it doesn’t matter how much commission they want to pay us, if the site is not up to scratch we will reject it out of hand. There is no point in being dishonest and many casino players dismiss reviews out f hand as being biased and a bit flowery in their description. We aim to be as transparent as possible. We have a small team of casino reviewers whose job it is to play different casino sites – not the worst job in the world! But because this is their focus they’re able to spot any faults or tricks. How do they do this? Simply by reading through the terms and conditions of every casino. That way they can spot what is the real deal and which is a site to avoid. If anything untoward is turned up while reading the terms and conditions then the site is scrapped and no deal is done and the site most definitely will not be listed on this page.
What We Look Out For
As mentioned above, we look at a number of things. We’ve already mentioned trawling through the terms and conditions. While doing this we look at important things, such as withdrawals and wagering requirements.
It is the withdrawals process that most online casinos receive bad reviews from players. We look at the withdrawal terms very carefully. We provide information on just how long it will take to receive your winnings. We’ll look at which withdrawal methods can be used.
Most importantly, take a look at the wagering requirements. It is more often than not, that these wagering requirements that cause players upset. It is often a case that they are simply misunderstood and lead to confusion. Where to watch out is free spins or free money. These are really intended as a way of testing out the site and the games. However there is good news on the horizon. A glut of new casino sites are launching with zero wagering requirements on free spins. It will be interesting to see whether it catches on or whether the idea is scrapped entirely. But the early signs are very promising and should definitely be considered as a strong option.
Licensing and Safe Gambling
So we’ve briefly touched on the fact that we require a casino site to be fully licensed with the UK Gambling Commission. We also need to make sure that the jurisdiction in which that casino is located is also whitelisted. Which is why we double check the company details and look closely at licensing. If a the site is registered in Malta, Isle of Man, Guernsey or Gibraltar then it’ll make it on to this page as it will be classed as whitelisted. If the site has its licensing granted by another jurisdiction then caution will be strongly advised.
We also back safe gambling, to be complaint with the UK Gambling Commission a casino will need offer links to charities such as Gamble Aware and Gamcare. It also needs to be able to offer self-limitations and limits as to how much can be deposited. We look to double check that these standards of gambling are met. They are pretty much the norm these days but it is always better to check and be safe.