How to Choose an Online Casino

Updated : 10th of May, 2011

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When it comes to choosing an online casino there are more choices today than there have ever been before. This makes deciding where to play a somewhat confusing but very important task. In this article we give you some pointers on how to choose and online casino and what factors you should always look for before you start playing.

Here at All Online Slots we extensively test and review all of the casinos that we list which ensures that all of the online casinos you will find on our site are worth playing at. Below are some of the factors that we consider "Must Have" and that you should always look for when deciding whether to play at a casino or not.

1. Casino License

First and foremost you should only ever play at casinos that are legally licensed. There are quite a few licensing jurisdictions around the world including but not limited to Gibraltar, Alderney, Kahnawake, Malta, CuraƧao and the Isle of Man. The licensing process ensures that casinos adhere to strict security and fairness guidelines.

2. Software Provider

We recommend sticking with casinos that use well known software providers. These providers include Microgaming, Playtech, Cryptologic, Realtime Gaming, IGT and Net Entertainment. These software providers are all independently audited on a regular basis and have a long track record.

3. Your Location

In recent years your location has become one of the biggest factors when it comes to choosing an online casino. For example players from the USA have a smaller choice of casinos compared to players from the UK. In our online casinos section we list top rated casinos for a variety of jurisdictions which is a good place to start.

4. Payout Percentages

We like to see transparency when it comes to payout percentages. All good online casinos are happy to publish their game payout percentages. Look for independent payout percentage reviews on the casinos website before you start playing.

5. Support Options

Support options are not something that comes to mind straight away when you're looking for a place to play. They are however important as at some time you will probably have to get in touch with the casino. We look for toll free phone numbers as well as e-mail or LIVE Chat support. Customer service staff should also be available 24/7.

6. Payment Options and Security

Secure payments are obviously a must have but you also want to see a good range of different deposit and withdrawal methods. There is no point joining a casino if they do not accept the payment option you want to use. Payment of winnings should also take no longer than 48 hours to be processed although receiving your winnings may take longer based on the withdrawal method you select.

7. Bonuses and Promotions

While you may think that going for the biggest bonus is a good idea we tend to look a bit deeper and look for casinos that have clear bonus terms and conditions. You should always be easily able to find the wagering requirements for a particular promotion. Bonuses are the number one cause of complaints so clarity is a must.

8. About Us

Again on transparency, casinos should have no issues publishing information about themselves. You will often find this on an "About Us" page on their website. If you do not find this on the casinos website then you can request more information.

Final Notes

The eight points listed above are the key to finding reputable online casinos. While we look for even more when listing a casino they are a good starting point and will ensure that you only ever play at good casinos. If you want to jump right into the action then read our Online Casino Reviews or check out the Top Rated Online Casinos.

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