Online Casino Reviews List and Ratings Guide
In our casino reviews, we take into account the local and the global. That is we know that our Canadian visitors want Canadian friendly banking options, Canada toll-free numbers for support and promotions with a Canadian friendly twist. At the same time when rating our Canadian casinos, we’re looking at the things that all good casinos should offer – good bonuses, jackpots, games and above trust and security.
There are of course hundreds of casinos online, a lot of them not very good – we’ve saved you the trouble of finding this out for yourself. Read our full rating criteria and see our full online casino reviews list in the table below.
Our Casino Review Criteria
Casino welcome bonuses or match bonuses, as they’re commonly known, are one of the main ways that casino try and attract players. Not all welcome bonuses are equal though. We go beyond the $ amount offered, looking into the ‘fine print’ of the wagering requirements, game restrictions etc to evaluate all the components of the sign-up offer. Sometimes a $200 bonus can be better than $3200 bonus – we give you our opinions and bonus small print enabling you to make a reasoned decision.
We only recommend reputable casinos powered by the top casino software companies. Although there are far less casino software companies than online casinos there are still quite a few, many of which have poor security as well as low quality graphics, gameplay and game choice. Generally we review and promote Microgaming casinos such as Betway Casino, Playtech sites such as Casino.com and Netent which powers Casino Cruise and SpinIt, as well as casinos offering games from boutique software providers such as Playn’go, Yggdrasil and Betsoft. As such you can be guaranteed a top gaming experience, playing games with crisp graphics and innovative gameplay.
Gone are the days when casinos offered just one way to play their casino via download. Nowadays players from Canada want choice in the casino platform and especially they increasingly want to play on the move – i.e. via a mobile casino. In our casino write-ups we outline the platforms which the casino provides – whether it provides a flash casino as well as a download casino, and whether it offers a mobile casino and if it does how it rates and how to access it.
When comparing and reviewing casinos we look for a strong selection of games both in terms of numbers and game variety. All the casinos we review and recommend offer a great selection of slot games covering all the different types – 3 reel, fruit machines, video slots and progressives. We also look for a good selection of table games (roulette, blackjack, craps etc) and video pokers. Finally Canadians nowadays also want to play more casual game and scratch cards – additional criteria we use when evaluating an online casino site.
We look for a variety of customer support options and test for responsiveness in dealing with issues. As a minimum, we look for email and live chat customer support, whilst telephone support with a CA toll number gives the site plus points. Increasingly casino sites are offering new ways for players from Canada to get in touch such as Skype and WhatsApp – we point these out too.
Players want to be able to get money onto a site easily and withdraw their money quickly too. A good casino should offer a variety of payment methods from e-wallets (see our Skrill casinos and Neteller casinos as examples) to pre-paid cards such as our specialist Paysafecard casinos to credit cards etc. We also look for Canadian specific friendly payment methods such as iDebit. We test our casinos first hand to determine the time taken to deposit and withdraw as well as picking up 3rd hand feedback from the various player forums. Finally, we look for transparency – good casino sites should list each payment type, whether that payment type can also be used for withdrawals, the approximate no of day’s types for each type of transaction (deposit and withdrawal) and the pending withdrawal period.
We only recommend casinos which operate with the strictest security and privacy policies. Our top rated casinos all use SSL technology to safeguard financial transactions and have strict privacy policies with regards to player data. Most importantly our top sites operate under licenses from the strictest remote gaming authorities – Malta Gaming Authority and the Gibraltar Gambling Authority. Be sure to learn about the online casino industry and how it is built as a part of your research.
Our Casino Review Process
We review all the casinos submitted to us personally. For each casino, we undertake the following process in order to review the casino against our rating criteria above
- Register an account: We register an account noting the number of fields and time taken to open an account
- Download software: For those casinos with download software we download the software noting how easy the installation process is
- Depositing funds: We deposit funds via at least 2 different payment methods offered by the casino.
- Game Choice: We test and play at least 5 different games as well as marking down the range and number of games
- Support: We test the support options to determine they do reply via the support channels offered by the casino. If we don’t receive a reply or receive a reply beyond what we consider to be reasonable for that particular channel then we don’t mark it as a support channel by the casino
Bottom Line on Casino Reviews
This may all sound serious but we want our visitors to enjoy a stress-free online gaming experience – to play, have fun and hopefully win some money! So we’ve done the hard work for you, looking over the roughly 700+ online casino sites, reviewing each and every one of them according to our criteria above to present to you in the table above those sites we feel we can recommend.