Independent Ratings and Detailed Reviews of Online Casinos
We feature all the top casinos of 2018, tested by our experts who play at them for real money.
The boom that the online casino industry is going through leaves you spoilt for choices when it comes to choosing an online casino. While that is a good thing, it can also be overwhelming. We make things simple by listing the top casinos for you and giving you an idea of the gaming experience at each of them. Every one of these casinos is reviewed by our team of experts on multiple criteria including, among others:
• The software that the casino uses
• The range of games available
• Size of the welcome bonus and range and frequency of other promotions
• Variety and efficiency of payment methods
• Fair play
• Customer support efficiency
• Availability of play options like download, instant play and mobile gaming
Testing and Rating Online Casinos: Our Method
The list above tells you of the various criteria we test online casinos for before rating them:
• Safety and security
• Game range
• Payment methods
• Customer support
In this section we tell you how we go about testing the casinos for these parameters. We do this by going through the following process:
1. Do a background check and test for safety and reliability
Our players’ security and safety are of paramount importance to us. The first step in our process of testing casinos is, therefore, to take a close look at the safety aspects that can make a player comfortable, like a certificate from one of the big names in that domain like eCOGRA.
Once we have done that, we test the software powering the casino. We zero in only on those casinos that use software by some of the biggest names in the industry, like NetEnt, Microgaming and Playtech. The next important step is to check the security aspects, whether the site is protected by 128-bit SSL encryption. When we find a casino that fulfils all these criteria we go to the next step, which is checking the player experience.
2. Open an Account, Deposit Real Money and Contact Customer Support
One of the things we check for minutely is the range of bonuses on offer. We also examine the terms and conditions associated with the bonuses. We pick a casino that has a good spread and then open an account and deposit funds to get started with using the bonuses, starting with the welcome bonus. A lot of importance is given to the ease of depositing funds, which means we test all the payment methods available, including Visa and MasterCard, NETeller, Skrill and PayPal.
After opening an account, our expert contacts the casino’s customer support to test the different contact methods available and their speed and efficiency. A good rating is a casino with an efficient customer support team.
3. Play the Games Available and Cash Out Winnings
Once the funds are in the account, our expert’s next step is to try out the games available. We test all the different kinds available, including slots, blackjack, roulette, video poker, baccarat, table games, specialty games like Keno and Faro, and also live dealer games. The testing is done across multiple channels, including desktop and mobile – the latter from Android and iOS devices.
The next step after testing out the games is to check the casino’s withdrawal process. We look out for the range of withdrawal methods, the degree of complexity of fund withdrawal and also the time taken. This gives us an exact idea of how easy or difficult cashing out is and the amount of time it takes.
4. Taking the Call to Add the Casino to our Shortlist
Once we have completed the above four steps, our expert team runs through the notes from testing and lists out the features they liked and the ones they didn’t. The decision to include a casino and if yes, the ranking it should be given, is taken after this consultation and is always a collective decision.
So what happens to a casino that doesn’t meet our expectations? The ones that just manage not to make it do not receive further attention. But invariably we find casinos that fare very poorly on all parameters and can be considered risky to play at. For these we have a ‘blacklist’ and they feature in that list to give you an idea of the casinos you should definitely stay away from.
Only those casinos that fulfill all our expectations make it to our recommended casinos list. It doesn’t end there; our team regularly keep track of the casinos on this list to ensure players always get the most updated information about them. The list itself is constantly updated so that newer casinos are featured as and when they are tested and players do not miss out on a chance to play at them.
Some of the top names on our list of recommended casinos include big names like:
The Top UK Online Casinos of 2018
Scroll through our list of the top UK online casinos of 2018. These are sure to offer an unforgettable gaming experience.