Welcome to our online casino reviews. The casino we can recommend for you to play at and of course, the casinos available for players in India, are listed below. Whilst we recommend that you check out the individual reviews for the casinos you’re interested in, we first want to explain what we look at in our reviews and why.
Security and licensing – Is a casino trustworthy?
The most important question you’ll be asking before you sign up to any online casino or bookmaker is the one about its trustworthiness. After all, you’re gambling with real money. And whilst you have to be prepared to lose more often than not, you also want to be certain that your wins are paid out when you do win and that your funds and your personal data is safe at the casino.
One aspect we’ll be looking at to ascertain a casino’s safety is their licensing and any security certificates they might have.
Important and trustworthy licensing jurisdictions are the UK Gambling Commission, the Malta Gaming Authority, Gibraltar Gambling Commission and Authority, Curacao eGaming, Sweden, Denmark, Alderney and a few more.
These are all regulators who impose rules and regulations on casinos and bookmakers regarding conduct, prevention of fraud and money laundering, responsible gambling, safe and secure payments, advertising standards and much more. Ideally, these jurisdictions also take measures to ensure that regulations are adhered to and that violations are sanctioned.
Among the strictest jurisdictions are the UKGC and Sweden, who frequently impose fines when casinos and bookmakers violate the code of conduct.
Ideally, a casino has more than one license. That’s not always the case and if a casino has only one license, we hope that it is at least a reputable license. Whilst none of the jurisdictions we know of is dodgy or untrustworthy, some are more difficult to deal with than others and not all of them are strict when it comes to imposing their rules.
Audits and transparency
Another aspect to consider is the casino’s or bookmaker’s cooperation with third party auditors and mediators (such as eCOGRA or EGBA) when it comes to handling customer complaints. Various third-party auditors and test labs also ensure that games and facilities (TST and iTechLabs) at and online casino are tested regularly to ensure fairness and randomness.
They audit a casino’s payouts and return to player quotes and add to a casino’s transparency. As it is, many casinos and bookmakers don’t publish their overall RTP, but when they do, it’s always a bonus.
Online casinos and bookmakers handle a lot of sensitive data and you’ll want to know that it is safely encrypted. We’ll be checking this for you and let you know whether a casino uses the latest SSL encryption and how they handle your personal information.
A casino also has to have anti-money-laundering regulation in place and one way to ensure this are the ID checks a casino has to perform before larger withdrawals are authorised. This is for your protection as well as the casino’s.
What do others think?
Finally, we also look at other opinions about a casino. What do the players at AskGamblers, for instance, have to say. Have we heard major complaints? What are players worried about? What do they like? What issues do we encounter frequently?
We’ll get an overview of reviews from other trusted sources to give you the best idea of a casino’s trustworthiness, concluding with our own view, of course. The final decision, however, is yours.
Bonuses, promotions and other incentives
Honestly, many casinos are quite similar – at least on the surface. You get a similar collection of games, odds that are often close enough, a similar setup and whatnot. So, how does a casino stand out? Apart from trying to go for a recognizable look, many casinos try to distinguish themselves by the bonus offers and other incentives.
The first thing to attract new players is the welcome bonus, of course. Beyond that, however, many casinos offer ongoing promotions and bonuses and often some sort of loyalty or VIP scheme that comes with some interesting incentives.
When reviewing our casinos, we will be looking at the welcome bonus and other offers available. But beyond giving you the mere stats on what an offer entails, we also look at the bonus conditions to ensure that they are fair.
Every bonus comes with wagering requirements. But not every casino offers fair bonus conditions. Whilst some casinos legitimately don’t want to encourage bonus hunters to simply snap up the free goods and disappear again, some casinos offer conditions that are so restrictive that players have no hope of ever being able to withdraw the winnings made with bonus cash.
As usual, not all that glitters is gold and if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. We’ll find out for you.
Games, other products and odds
Aside from trustworthiness and bonus offers, the content matters the most. After all, why else would you sign up at any given casino? You check out what games and products they offer, if their jackpots are competitive, and if everything looks great, you’ll check their security and incentives.
So, naturally, we will also look into the product range a casino or bookmaker has to offer. Are we looking at a pure online casino with nothing but slots and a few table games? Okay, if that’s enough for you, go for it. Others might want to be able to play bingo or other lottery games, however. What about Andar Bahar, which is becoming increasingly popular. Can I play that at my chosen casino?
Some casinos, such as bet365, are one-stop-shops, which means they just about offer all kinds of gambling that are out there. You get an excellent sportsbook and great odds here as well as a massive range of casino products.
Additionally, we look into the software a casino uses. Who are their product suppliers? Are we getting the big brands or only a handful of no-names? Not to be snobbish about it, but there are some truly excellent game developers out there who supply fantastic games. And others not so much.
We don’t know about you, but we’d like to play somewhere where we get a great range of awesome games.
All about your money
Of course, you can’t play at a casino, if you can’t deposit money into your casino account. Banking is therefore another important aspect of our reviews. Which methods are offered and what are the transaction times? Are there fees involved?
And more importantly, you won’t want to play at a casino or place bets with a bookmaker, if you can’t rely on timely withdrawals. So, how long do withdrawals authorisations take? When will your ID be checked? Are there maximum withdrawals?
We’ll be reading through the small print for you, checking all the relevant information pertaining to deposits and withdrawals and summarise them for you.
How good is the customer service
The best casino is still not good enough if their customer service is unavailable, unfriendly or simply unhelpful. Believe us, we’ve experienced plenty of that. So, a good customer service is on our radar as well and we’ll be thoroughly checking them.
That includes the means of contact (live chat, email, phone, call backs), friendliness, competence and availability (24/7 is preferable).
Also, how comprehensive is the FAQ or help section? Do we get a handful of generic questions answered or is there an in-depth guide? The latter is preferable, but sometimes we can’t even find a handful of FAQs.
Design, usability and mobile play
Whilst it is by no means the most important aspect of a casino, we do check it for usability as well. Navigation is important and you want to be able to find everything just a click away.
Are you, for instance, able to filter games according to sensible categories? Are all categories available or do you need to manually search for jackpots?
Is the menu easily accessible and intuitive or is the homepage full of clutter and useless gimmicks just to be flashy?
Everyone has their own preferences and casinos design their homepages in a variety of colours and countless different themes. Some prefer the classic black and green with a smattering of red. Others like the interactive experience with a hint of adventure or perhaps a sci-fi theme.
Preferences aside, the casino pages should still be user-friendly, and we’ll be checking that in our reviews as well.
Let’s not forget that mobile play has become just as important (if not more so) as desktop play. Thus, we will check out a casinos mobile offering as well and let you know if the mobile casino is useful or if you’re severely restricted in the availability of games or odds or the use of bonuses.
How to choose your casino
Ultimately, the choice is yours. We’ll try to give you an unbiased opinion of each casino we review for you and you decide whether you want to check it out or not. As a rule of thumb, whichever casino you want to join, you should do your own research and check the following items on our list before signing up:
- Licensing and gambling jurisdiction – trustworthy?
- Fair gaming – how transparent is a casino, do they publish their RTP, what about responsible gaming?
- Products and services – which game developers are present, overall quality of the games, etc.
- Customer support and banking options
- Website design, navigation, usability and mobile play
- Promotions, incentives and wagering requirements
It is entirely possible, mind you, that more than one casino fulfils your requirements. And there’s nothing wrong with signing up to more than one casino. Check out their offers, try them out for a little and make a final choice once you’re happy with one or the other.
Keep in mind, that you can try out many features of a casino before actually signing up, including trying most games. If that’s not an option at a casino, you might want to stay clear.
You can trust us to give you a good recommendation in our reviews and that we’ll be looking at them critically. Praise is applied where praise is due as well, of course. If you do have any questions or further suggestions, feel free to let us know.