Canada’s liberal approach to the casino industry has made it one of the leading online gambling nations in the world. There are many casino games available in online casinos that Canadians can easily access.
However, there are a few key aspects that a player should look out for when playing in an online casino. So if you are a new player and want to know how to select an online casino, now that Ontario has legally launched its online gambling market, keep reading to learn more about this exciting form of entertainment.
The games offered and their providers
The catalog of games is the first thing you will see when visiting an online casino, and it is essential to know how to assess the quality of the offer offered. The best online casinos will offer a variety of games, including slots, table games, live dealers and even sports betting for the more versatile establishments.
Also, it would be best to consider the variety present in each category. For example, when you consider online slots, you should see Slots, Five Reel Slots, Megaways, Hold & Wins and Progressive Jackpots provided by top notch studios such as Play’n GO, NetEnt or Pragmatic Play.
The number of variations present for virtual table games and live dealers is crucial to ensure you get the best experience. If you only see four live dealers all offering the same blackjack game, you know you won’t be spending too much time there. The best live dealer providers on the market are Evolution, Ezugi, Pragmatic Play Live and Authentic Gaming, but other excellent providers also exist. The important thing is to have several of these suppliers present in the line-up.
Promotional offers and welcome bonuses
Each online casino offers promotional offers intended to attract players. These offers exist because the industry is very competitive, and for players it is an opportunity to earn generous rewards. You can find all the offers the casino has to offer in the promotion section of the site, and the most common giveaways are deposit bonuses, free spins for slots or free bets if the casino has a sports betting section.
Welcome bonuses are usually the most generous and will give you a deposit bonus on your first deposit as well as free spins. Nevertheless, you can also expect regular promotions and tournaments to engage.
However, if you want to know if an offer is really generous, you should always check the bonus terms and conditions. For example, a casino may offer you a huge deposit bonus, but if the wagering requirements are high, it means you will have to play with a lot of money before you can withdraw any winnings, so watch out for that.
Licensing information and online reputation
An online casino is only as good as its reputation. First of all, we recommend playing in properly licensed casinos, and you can find the licensing information at the bottom of the page. Licenses are issued by gaming commissions, which regulate gaming activities in their jurisdiction. The most common license is the Curacao license, but the strictest licenses are issued by European commissions such as the MGA (Malta Gaming Authority) or the Alderney Gambling Control Commission.
Another vital aspect of an online casino’s reliability is its online reputation. To verify this, always consult trade magazines and some user feedback to see if the casino is following the rules of its gaming commission.
Effectiveness of customer support
When playing online, you are bound to need help at some point, so playing at a casino that offers decent customer support is crucial. Again, user feedback is valuable here, but you can also check the casino site directly to see how you can contact them: the more ways you can contact them, the better. A great online casino should offer support in multiple languages, via email, live chat and possibly over the phone.
If you want to gamble, that means you’ll probably deposit money and want to withdraw your winnings at the end. The casino you select must offer an option that suits you to deposit but, above all, to withdraw.
Additionally, payouts in an online casino should be fast, offer high limits, and have no fees. A reputable online casino will publicly disclose banking information and estimated transaction times in a dedicated tab or in the FAQ section of their site.
The methods offered also matter because some payment providers will be stricter with the operators they partner with. Visa and Mastercard are the bare minimum, and the pickiest payment providers are entities like Trustly or PayPal. These companies will go through a thorough verification of the sites before allowing the use of their name.