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Intro: A users guide to selecting the right casino to play at.
Written on Saturday 20th of October 2012

Choosing an optionIntroduction to selecting the right online casino

Knowing what separates a good online casino from a bad one is essential. But what are you meant to be looking for? You may like the way the casino web site is laid out. The colour scheme and the games on offer seem great, but what about the company behind the site. To give you an idea of what Betastic looks for when doing a casino web site review, we have put together a guide to use when choosing a site to play on. There are also little insider tips that may give you that little extra margin over the online casino that you might never of had.

Where is the online casino Licensed?
How an online casino gets its license and where it gets it from may not seem that important, but you would be surprised. Because online casinos can be based anywhere in the world, the attraction of relaxed laws and cheaper fees is a big incentive for certain casino owners. It is well worth looking into where a casino web site holds its license and how that license protects you the customer. If you can't find any details about an online casinos license on their site, send them an email and ask.

How is the online casino regulated?
Although not compulsory, certain online casinos have chosen to be accredited by an independent organisation. One of the best known is eCOGRA (eCommerce and Online Gambling Regulation and Assurance). Online casinos have to pass a strict set of requirements to qualify for the eCOGRA seal of approval. This seal is usually displayed on the home page of any online casino that has been granted one. The unfortunate news for British players is that it is not as popular with UK sites as it is with US sites. Although it is starting to take off as online casinos become more and more image conscious.

Withdrawal options
The withdrawal process is really important at an online casino and it is worth doing a bit or research on it before choosing a casino. This page at A-Z online casinos gives cash out times at the various casinos. You should also be looking for a casino that gives you an option to turn off reverse time. This is the amount of time whilst you withdrawal is pending that you can play it back into the casino. This is not a good thing for players, as they will inevitably end up spending it. Look for sites that offer manual flushing, as it can prevent reverse time being an option.

Cashout limits
Any casino that puts major restrictions on cashouts is probably not worth considering, especially when they are more than happy to take your money.  You should be comfortable with the cashout limits imposed on you.

What software does the online casino use?
It may sound funny, but sometimes the software used by the online casino can make a big difference to your playing enjoyment. Most download programs are provided by independent software providers. With gaming software, reputation is everything and larger software providers are fully aware of this. Therefore their games are generally fairer, less prone to glitches and more user friendly than some of the less well known providers.

What is the Customer service like at the online casino?
Online casinos have varying levels of customer service that they offer. The least you will be given is an email address. However sometimes this is not good enough, seeing as there are online casinos that offer 24 hour free call customer support and interactive gaming chat facilities. It is a good idea to check out the customer service available to you from your chosen casino web site. A simple test you can do is call the customer support number and see how long it takes for them to pick up. Send them an email with a question and see how long it takes for a reply. It will make a huge difference to your casino gaming enjoyment if you know that help is there when you need it.

Does the online casino have a Free Play mode?
It is important that your chosen online casino has the option of playing for free. Often these are called a 'play' money mode and do not require you to part with your cash. Before playing for money it is important to familiarise yourself with the online casinos software you are playing on. Do not dive straight in without testing the water first. Get comfortable with your casino gaming site first and then think about playing for money.

Know your Limits

We all like to think of ourselves as a bit of a dab hand when it comes playing the casino slot machines or taking on the dealer in blackjack. The truth of the matter is 'Casinos make money', and the way they make money is by margins. Therefore it is a very good idea to use an online casino that has a daily or weekly credit limits. Make sure you take advantage of this facility if it is offered. Because of the nature of online casinos, racking up a big loss is easily done as it is coming off a credit card rather than cash that you can physically see.

Read our casino reviews for more details about which online casinos to play at. We have looked at all these options to save you the time.