When choosing a new online casino to become a part of, many players tend not to bother checking what we think are the six most important things they must look at before they join. It's always integral to do a little bit of research, especially when it's a place you're going to spend a lot of money at. It is common sense, after all. Some factors are more important than others, some less, but all the ones we lay out here are crucial for players to look into if they hope to enjoy their new casino.
1) The Gambling License
So, for any online casino, the best place to start is to check their gambling license. If they have the correct license for your country (in the UK, it's from the UK Gambling Commission, Malta Gaming Authority or Alderney Gambling Control Commission) then you can be sure that the operator is legitimate and not out to scam you.
Every online casino in the UK must be regulated before they can even begin to start trading. To find out if your casino has a gambling license, simply look at the bottom of their homepage where you will find the correct logos. If not, a look in the terms and conditions should suffice.
2) Available Countries
Linked to the previous point, it's important to check if this online casino is even available in your country. If not, then it won't let you register anyway, but to avoid disappointment it's always best to check their terms and conditions (you can find out a lot about an online casino from the terms and conditions) or you could ask a representative through the Live Chat function. That way the answer will come almost instantly.
3) What Software They Use
Think about it: the sole reason you're into an online casino is to obtain money. And how do you obtain money? Through all the games you play. It's therefore pretty important to know what kind of games your casino has because you'll be spending hours playing them and you want them to be good. If what you want is more video slots as opposed to bingo, then you should inspect the site's games page before you register.
Some top developers include NetEnt, Microgaming, Playtech, Yggdrasil, Play ‘N Go, NextGen, and Quickspin. The more software providers the online casino has enlisted, the better as that means you have a wider variety of content to choose from. Many online casinos show which software developers they have at the bottom of their homepage, but some don't.
4) Deposit And Withdrawal Options
Perhaps the second most important thin to check is the banking options available at your online casino. How are you supposed to play the games properly if your casino doesn't even allow for half of the most basic payment options? There are many ways in which you can make a deposit or withdrawal at an online casino.
It can be done the old fashioned way through wire bank transfer or credit cards, or it can be done via e-wallet and, more conventionally, pay by phone billing. To check if your online casino has the right method for you, you can generally check the bottom of the homepage or the casino's banking page if they have one.
5) Platform Accessibility
For some, this might not necessarily be much of an issue. However, it is the 21st century and you need to know if you can access the casino from more than just your computer at home. Is it mobile-compatible? If not, then it might not be much of an online casino if it doesn't give its player remote access.
Check this by trying to access the casino from your mobile device's internet browser. If the website looks exactly how it does on your laptop screen, then that can be a problem. Sometimes, it's also worth checking your device's respected app store too just in case the mobile casino in question has an app you can download, though they rarely do.
6) Promotional Material
Finally, when choosing your next online casino, it's always best to look at the perks they offer. This often comes in the form of bonuses and promotion schemes designed to help you gain more money and to keep you loyal to the site. However, it's more than just a case of seeing if the casino has them or not.
When it comes to bonuses in particular, always check the wagering requirements, minimum deposit amount and maximum cashout limit. Also be sure to know if there's a time frame around them so you're not caught out. Not all promotions last forever!
Why Bother With All This?
As we demonstrated before, research is pretty important to knowing how to join the best online casino for you. If you do not employ at least two of the things we mentioned, then we would say you are being rather foolish in your decision to register blindly.