How to Identify a Good Online Casino

Online casinos are available in abundance and Canadian players are spoilt for choice whenever they enter the digital arena. With so many sites all vying for your custom and the amount of choice being somewhat overwhelming, it can be a good idea to understand what factors go into making a casino a good option.

Credentials and Licensing

In Canada online gambling is technically a grey area when it comes to legality, but players who opt to gamble online don’t need to worry about doing anything wrong as the onus is on the casinos to comply with regulations. When choosing an online casino it is thus vital that you check its credentials and make sure that it is licensed and regulated by a respected gaming governing body.  There are a number of respected jurisdictions that offer licenses and these include Malta, Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, Alderney, The Netherlands Antilles and Antigua and Barbuda. An eCOGRA Seal of Approval is also worth looking out for as this promises fair and safe play in all conditions.

Game Software and Content

The software provider that powers the games at a casino of your choosing should be well recognised and respected within the industry. The best online casino software provider in the world is considered to be Microgaming, but other top notch brands include Playtech, Rival, RealTime Gaming and Betsoft. The selection of games on offer also determines a casinos’ prowess and there should be a decent range numbering a few hundred for you to choose from. Often the biggest selection of games at any casino is slots, but table games, dice games, video poker and speciality games should also all be on offer. Live dealer games and cutting edge technological advancements should all be part and parcel of the player experience and a choice of download and instant play software will allow you to customise your gaming experience to suit you.

Support and Service

A good online casino will look after its players, not just by offering them big bonuses and regular player promotions but in the way they support them. 24/7 support should always be offered and you should be able to choose from a variety of contact options. Support staff should also be professional and courteous and add to the experience. Standards of service should cover the banking options on offer and cashout turnaround times and a number of trusted payment processors should facilitate both types of transaction. A casino’s interface should also be easy to navigate and you should be able to sign up, make a deposit and start playing all within a short period of time.

Safety and Security

Although a license and an endorsement from eCOGRA promises fair and safe play, it’s also always an excellent idea to check whether  a casino features SSL 128 bit encryption that keeps your personal and banking details safe and secure. Prying eyes, third parties and other elements that do not need access to your details are thus blocked and you can gamble with confidence.

All of these ingredients work together to provide players a top notch casino experience online and the top Canadian sites will tick all the right boxes when compared against this list.