By Jerry Whittaker
One of the most regular questions I am asked; is to name the top rated online casinos. In an industry where there are thousands of these, plus hundreds of other gambling websites, this question is a little like asking “how long is a piece of string?” The answer is relative! In this instance relative to what the player enjoys, what they are looking for in a site, and despite the fact that gambling online should be gambling without borders; where the gamer is situated in the world, is also becoming very relative. However, when punters ask “well…aren’t all online casinos the same?” Truthfully, I have to reply an emphatic “NO”!
There is no disputing tastes when it comes to gambling online, one player may look at a site and despite the fact that wagering requirements are 1 million times first deposit and bonus, they still insist on gambling there. Eye candy is important too – and no, I don’t know of any casinos with 1 million x wagering requirements – although some come pretty close. As far as top rated casinos are concerned… it all depends.
For some players this may be determined by what their trusted review site or online casino listing advises. For others it may be the fact that 2 years ago more than €6 was won at the River Belle Casino. While this prize was won on the Mega Moolah networked slot which is available at more than 120 online casinos, this matters not to the player who believes they will only win a prize like this when playing at the River Belle. Do you see what we mean about ‘relative’?
Every online casino is different in some small way, even the sites which operate on the same software platforms. But it is not only about brand, looks and prizes, the choice of top rated online casinos is often driven by the way a player ‘feels’ about that site. Gambling online or anywhere is taking a risk, so, the player wants to feel as intrinsically comfortable as possible, when they are taking that risk. This is where we get into the school of subjective psychology.
Some players find playing at online casinos, a more social experience, while others may not. So, demographics play a role too. A chatty player who likes to stick the odd penny in a slot, wants to find and chat to like-minded people. A casino which encourages this type of activity will obviously be top of their pops. All kinds of variables work together for a subjective experience, by players to whom the game is all relative. Bonuses, promotions, brand name (or not), whether Aunty May plays there (or not), and what kind of big wins have been had.
As for me, I just say stick to the brands that you know, these are all top rated online casino. There are many of them, and they offer wide enough choice for all peccadilloes to be catered to.