- Online Casinos
When searching for either your first online casino experience or you’re on the hunt for a new place to play, the task can seem somewhat daunting. That’s because the British market is one of the most lucrative and popular in the world, so all of the main established brands are there and there’s so much innovation in the startup space that the choice can become overwhelming to say the least. Luckily for you, CasinoTop UK has made it our mission to bring you completely honest and unbiased reviews by experts with plenty of fine detail so that you can pick the perfect brand, whether that’s with one of the big boys or one of the sites just getting started.
CasinoTop brings you all the information you will ever need. That includes the welcome bonus offer for new players based in the United Kingdom, where we also go into the wagering requirements and other significant terms and conditions so that you can form an honest opinion on what is the best bonus for your budget. From there, you can find out about the games providers, games selection (video slots, table games, sports betting, live dealer and more), VIP programs or loyalty schemes, customer support options, payment methods (with provisos on whether you can play in Pounds Sterling, of course), mobile compatibility and so on and so forth. So, with all that covered, let’s go into a little detail about exactly what we cover in every review and how we decide who will score very highly and who has room for improvement.
We believe that every online casino has its target audience and they balance all of the available features to match this demographic. That means, depending on the type of player you are, there are many pros and cons that must be discussed. Obviously we can’t write a review for every individual that passes through the site, but we can judge the online casino by what should appeal to the vast majority of UK players, and what is generally considered a massive turn off.
By going through each site with a fine tooth comb, we are able to rate everything single aspect of a casino’s website, so that you can judge the things that are most important to you and your playing experience. All this means that we’ve done all the hard work of finding the best places to play and you can read a few CasinoTop reviews to get an inkling of what it’s like to sign up, make your first deposit and start exploring the hundreds of games. And on another note, if an online casino doesn’t appear on CasinoTop UK, it isn’t worth the time of day in the first place.
We don’t want to send you off to a brand that means you have a bad time. In fact, we hope you have the greatest experience so that you will return to us if you decide later on that you’d like a change of scenery. So, we cover the good, the bad and the ugly of each licenced UK casino, giving you all the information required to make an honest judgment of the brand in question. And if we find something disappoints us, rest assured we’ll explain why and offer alternatives.
On the flip side of all this, we might not give a certain aspect of an online casino a perfect score, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it isn’t the one for you – after all, everyone has different opinions and one (wo)man’s trash may be another (wo)man’s treasure, as the phrase goes. Therefore, you should take the overall scores of each casino with a pinch of salt and instead get stuck into the nitty gritty of each brand before you sign on the dotted line with them. To illustrate this, we might mark down a casino that doesn’t offer bank wire transfers, but you might not even use that particular payment method, so it wouldn’t matter the brand did or didn’t offer it.
Right at the top of the review pages, you will find all of the most vital information at a glance, including the overall score, the main pros and the full welcome package available to players based in the UK. We include the latter front and centre because it is often the most important element for anyone looking to join a new online casino. After that, you will find the following:
All online casinos that offer their service to players based in the UK need to have a licence from the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC), so we will only review casinos that can prove they have this in place. Additionally, we will review the safety and security features of the casino so that you can rest assured that your personal and financial information is received over an encrypted SSL connection and that all of your data is stored securely and handled safely. We’ll also mention other licences just in case you want to play while you’re abroad, for example.
More and more players are playing exclusively on their mobile phones and tablet computers, because of the sheer convenience and portability. Even if someone does the majority of their spinning on a desktop or laptop, chances are they will still play a few rounds here and there from their mobile iOS or Android device. Therefore, we check the compatibility of all the games on the website and test each of the features to make sure they play nicely on smaller screens. One of the things that really annoys us is the lack of HTML5 games on certain sites, so this will be a red flag for us – what’s more disappointing than a ‘your device is not supported’ message?
By far the most popular online casino games are video slots, fruit machines and the massive progressive jackpot slots, so we go to town on the quality, the quantity and the types of titles that you can expect to enjoy in the near future. On top of that, we also like to play a few rounds of roulette, blackjack, baccarat, pai gow and other classic table games, so we make doubly sure there’s a solid range of them from a variety of different games providers. And, of course, the live casino experience is very important to many players within the United Kingdom, so we fully review this area in a separate section of the text, so you can form an honest opinion of it.
While the games types we’ve mentioned above are our core focus, we also keen on the odd sports bet here and there, so if an online casino is tied to a sportsbook, we will give you a brief overview of the main features. The same goes for bingo, scratch cards and lottery games.