“Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread.”
Alexander Pope probably wasn’t referring to online casinos when he uttered those famous words, but we can probably derive some sage advice from it before parting with any money online. The truth is many of us do rush in when it comes to choosing an online casino, perhaps after being enticed with some sort of headline welcome bonus offer.
But, once you go through the door and proverbially make yourself comfortable, you might feel that you have made the wrong choice, perhaps even feeling disenchanted with your new online gaming home. Below we look at some factors that should be taken into consideration – beyond the obvious – when choosing an online casino:
Who is powering the games?
Each individual online casino doesn’t have an army of software elves developing casino games. Instead, they are licensed from software providers, some of whom are better than others. Slots will usually come from a plethora of different providers, whereas the virtual games and live dealer tables will normally have a single operator. For the latter, you want to make sure a quality provider is offered, such as Playtech, NetEnt or Evolution Gaming. It really does make a difference.
What’s the mobile casino like?
It’s 2019, so there should be no excuse for a gaming platform like an online casino to offer an inferior gaming experience on mobile. In truth, you don’t have to have an app, as mobile tech means casino sites can run perfectly fine on a smartphone – but it can help. However, most casino games are now designed to be mobile friendly, with some even being described as mobile first. If the casino operator isn’t knocking your socks off with its mobile gaming, then the casino probably isn’t worth your attention.
We mentioned earlier that casino games are licensed from software providers, but sometimes those deals go beyond to enable exclusive games to be offered by casinos. For example, Mansion Casino Canada is a good choice for exclusive games from Playtech, a software provider renowned for its big jackpot slots. Often, these exclusive games are themed, blockbuster slots based on hit movies, or games that might have tailored jackpots for players at that casino alone. It makes a difference, because many casinos will promote the same games by the same developers.
Check those credentials
At the bottom of the home page of almost every online casino, you’ll see a lot of accreditations which the casino is obliged to publicize. Let’s face it: most people won’t ever look at this info, but it is actually very important. For a start, this is area where the casino will provide info on its fair gaming practices – detailing the regulatory body that makes sure the outcome is not rigged. Secondly, it will also provide info on how the casino keeps your details and transactions secure online. Finally, the casino will also provide links to its licensing details. If that info isn’t there, find another online casino.
Take a peek under the promotions tab Earlier we mentioned that online casinos sometimes have headline welcome bonuses. That’s fine, but you want to also be sure that they take care of existing players once they have you on board. Before joining, click on the promotions tab and see what’s on offer: Do they have daily bonuses? Are there specific bonuses for the games you prefer, like blackjack or roulette? Is there something special like prize giveaways? The best casinos push the boat out, knowing that player retention is just as important to their business than signing people up.
[Written by Alexis Whelan]