TOP CHOICE CASINOS
PLAYING ONLINE IN 2016
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When I first visited Bet365 casino I wasn't really that impressed to be honest: games choice was just average and they had a 12hr reverse policy. However, I found out that they will void the pending period if asked and the volume of games they have now licenced (slots players will be especially interested in Aristocrat, IGT and Playtech games) means I rank Bet365 as one of the top casinos online for UK and European players now.
It was when they became the first casino to get Playtech's excellent "Gladiator" slot that re-ignited my interest after a short sabatical. But the main reason as to why I continue to play here is the fact that cashouts are very fast: no hanging around for 48-72 hours for processing here, at best they are processed same day and at worst, the next day.
Bet365 also offer a high-roller bonus of 50% on a value of up to £500 with a minimum deposit of £200. Rollover is x30 and can be claimed at registration with the unique bonus code 'VIP500'.
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I primarily play at MyBet Casino for their Aristocrat and Novomatic slot games like Choy Sun Doa, Where's The Gold and Book Of Ra which you see in land casinos but MyBet Casino is pretty good for card games too.
There is a decent Live Dealer casino with blackjack, roulette and baccarat along with an RNG casino offering all the best card games, in particular Blackjack variants which include single deck Blackjack.
There is some video poker but it's not the best casino for that - Microgaming-powered casinos like 32Red get that accolade. Customer service is quite straight-laced but efficient and payouts are pretty good too with no reverse time to delay things.
Add in the poker network and sports betting option and MyBet Casino is one of the most comprehensive overall products I've reviewed for Top Choice.
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BetVictor, having rebranded from Victor Chandler in 2012, have really laid into their online casino product and livened it up no end. The end result is one of the best casino sites if you like live dealer games (with no less than 4 live casinos on offer) although it's not the best venue for RNG card games or video poker by a long shot. There is however a very good selection of land-based slot machines from IGT & Aristocrat plus some premium Novomatic slots, all available on a PC or on smartphones and tablets.
BetVictor utilises a single-wallet banking system across all it's products which, coupled with intuitive navigation mkesg life pretty easy and intuitive compared to a number of other multi-product sites.
Besides the online casino, four seperate live casinos and top slots from Novomatic, Aristocrat, IGT, Microgaming and Net Entertainment, the BetVictor suite also includes a popular poker room and sports betting. The only minor blemish on the casinos' scoresheet is the 12-24hr "reverse" time, a now-common feature which I dislike immensely.
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Having played most Playtech-powered casinos and having stuck with just a couple, one of which is Paddy Power, it's probably no surprise why I consider them to be one of the top casinos for afficianados of Playtech casino games.
They aren't perfect - support could be a little more personal, the website layout is a bit muddlesome and bonuses are not the best when compared to many other Playtech-powered casinos but that is countered by very fast cashouts, some well-known land-based slot games in the complementary 'Games' product and no reverse pending policy making it a great casino for most players.
Paddy Power also has several other products that all link together including poker, financial betting, a sportsbook (which is Paddy's core business) and most relevantly to me, 'Paddy Power Games' which has a lot of slot machines you may recognise from land-based casinos like Pharaoh's Fortune, Cleopatra, Rainbow Riches and more.
32Red Casino is often touted as the best online casino in most player communities and as a player there myself for 9 years now, I can only second that. Although they are now a "PLC", it retains the approach of a small, independent casino and I can vouch first hand for the friendly nature of 32Red's customer service. If I have one criticism, it's that promotions and bonuses don't quite match up to some of it's competitors but what it lacks in handouts, it makes up for in service.
Cashouts are quick, next-day at worst (not processed at weekends though) and the Microgaming-powered games offer huge choice (some 600 available). The casino picks up plenty of "best casino" awards year after year and despite players from the USA no longer being accepted, it is almost universally agreed in player circles that 32Red is the benchmark for other online casinos to aspire to. I've always rated it as my #1 casino too, to be fair.
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Roxy Palace Casino has been around for over a decade and was widely regarded as one of the top online casinos Having been acquired by 32Red in July 2015, it retains it's execllent reputation and benefits from higher bet limits, faster cashouts and a shorter 'reverse pending' period.
The main downside to Roxy used to be the the 48 hour reverse time. That is now down to 24 hours which still isn't ideal but represents an improvement. There is no weekend cashout processing but at least the reverse time doesn't extend to 72hours at weekends like at many casinos.
Using Microgaming software, there are over 600 games in the download version of the casino and a Flash version (suitable for MAC) which contains a subset of around 400 games. Roxy's casino has been around for several years and I played there for several of those until I outgrew the bet limits so can vouch for the games and bonuses first hand. It's one of the top online casinos for games choice and loyalty bonuses.
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I've been playing online casinos since early 2004. I always liked a dabble on the slot machines but since discovering Ladbrokes had an online casino, I haven't looked back. I have played at all the top casinos - well over 100 - in my pursuit of the best places to play and Top Choice Casinos is where I write up my observations & opinions of the better ones I have played.
One major plus to a rather substantial investment (in both time and money!) is that I am now pretty good at quickly distinguishing the good, safe and trustworthy casinos from those that are less reputable and through my opinions & recommendations in my online casino review, I hope that less experiennced players will gain a better understanding of what makes a top casino before committing!
Tempting though it is to say these are the best online casinos, that decision is dependent on individual expectations and thus very subjective. Opinions can vary with different experiences and therefore it stands to reason that my casino reviews are based on my own experiences. It may help you to know therefore that I am UK-based, love slot games and video poker, am a stickler for prompt cashouts and hassle-free service plus I rarely take a sign-up bonus (too many restrictions!), so please bear that in mind when reading my casino reviews because this experience is what generally shapes both my ratings and opinions!
I have divided Top Choice Casinos up into 3 sections. The online casino reviews contain the bulk of my opinions on specific online casinos and is probably best for slots, videopoker and RNG card game players. Most of the top online casinos also provide live dealer games so there is also a section on live casinos which compares the different products available and specifies (subjectively!) which is best for each type of game. Finally, there are the mobile casino reviews, a rapidly advancing area if not quite as immersive as the full online casino products available on PC just yet.
U.S Residents: (Updated November 2014) The political landscape surrounding online gambling is in transition. For now, I'd recommend playing at US land based casinos as playing casinos online is too troublesome IMO.