What are you looking for in an online casino? Are you in it just for the money or would you rather spend some time at a site you can enjoy and find comfortable? Here are a few things I look out for when I’m on the search for a cool, new online play-place.
There are a lot of online casinos out there…
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices and options when you’re new and just starting out in the world of online gaming. What type of casino is a good fit for you? What types of casinos are even out there? What is ‘good’ anyway?
Below are a few things I like to keep in mind, while writing reviews for CasinoSmash, when I first arrive at an online casino…
How does the website look? Sounds simple but do the looks actually make the site better and easier to use? Functionality and ease of movement around the site are necessary in order to create a more positive experience. You shouldn’t have to struggle as you browse around the page in search of anything, be it a game, support info, etc.
Ask yourself, does the theme and ‘feel’ of the site feel comfortable for YOU. Many online casinos stick to a theme like Western, Modern, 50’s, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, whatever. If you don’t like how the casino presents itself, keep looking. There are plenty of other casinos out there and I guarantee there is won tailored specifically to your likes and preferences.
What type of games are you looking to play? Table games? Slots? Live dealer games? Once you know what type of games your looking for, go and check out the casinos’ selection. Some sites specialize in one or the other types of games. The casino you’re looking at may be a great slots site, but you want to play poker… That casino’s not for you.
Also, most games on online casinos are created by third-party developers such as Microgaming, Playtech, Net Ent. There are a bunch of different game developers out there. A casino is, ultimately, only as good as its games and picking a casino that offers games from a variety of developers will ensure you have the most and best options to choose from.
Like a restaurant, service is a huge factor in dictating visitor happiness. Go to the casino’s support page and have a look around. Does the casino offer live or 24/7 support? Is there someone you can call when you have a problem? Did they put in the time to ensure the FAQ or support page is updated?
Check out the casinos reviews on third-party review sites and social media. It will give you a good idea of how the casino has dealt with players in the past and how they will treat you in the future.
Is the site secure? More importantly, is the money and information you give the casino safe in their hands? There are a lot of ‘bad apples’ out there and you don’t want to get stuck in a rough situation because of a bad online casino’s lack of security and professionalism.
Again, reading up on reviews can give you a good idea of how well they handle the important stuff. Check out the casinos pay schedule. Are their payouts quick and easy? Do they allow multiple forms of payment like Paypal or even Bitcoin? Protect yourself where you can and try to stick to well-reviewed and transparent platforms.
Lastly, check out the bonuses the casino is offering for new members. This is a great way to try a new casino for free (or for very little money) and see if you like how the place operates.
Check out their other bonuses and promos as some casinos offer weekly bonuses, seasonal promotions, and special events. With a little planning you can take advantage of these extras and play longer for less money. This could be the difference in deciding between two casinos you really like. Where can you get more play per dollar?
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