What we look for in our top casino sites
Licensed and Regulated
Every casino and every player is different. However there are some of the things that we always look for before listing an online casino.
First and foremost, every site we feature on BetFreeDirect is fully licensed and regulated to operate in the UK. This is important as it ensures that you can be confident you’re with a reputable casino who has been issued a casino license by the UK Gambling Commission.
All the top casino sites will hold a license from either the UK or if they are based in another territory, a license from that territory.
You ‘ll probably come across these at some stage. These include Gibraltar Gambling Authority, the Malta Gaming Authority and the Alderney Gambling Control Commission.
As well as being fully licensed and regulated, all top online casino sites are committed to responsible gambling. This is important as it ultimately protects you, the player.
All sites that you’ll see on BetFreeDirect, will clearly state they are strictly for players over the age of 18. They’ll also provide links to responsible gambling resources such as GambleAware, GamCare and others. These organisations can provide information and help if required.
At the end of the day, playing online casino games should be fun, and we welcome the call by all online casinos featured on this site for players to gamble responsibly.
Many online casinos use a welcome bonus as a means to entice you to sign up with them.
Some bonuses will take the form of a No Deposit offer, a deposit bonus or free spins.
Check first though if the bonus comes with wagering terms and restrictions. Treat it as a bonus, and a way to decide if this casino is one you would like to play for real. The welcome bonus by itself shouldn’t be the sole reason to sign up and spend your hard earned cash.
Most casino welcome bonuses will come with wagering requirements, meaning you must wager the bonus, and perhaps your deposit, a number of times before you can make a cash withdrawal. For example, a £20 bonus with x35 wagering requirement means you must wager £350 (£20 x 35) before you can make a withdrawal.
Casinos can set their own particular wagering conditions and this is where reading the small print can pay off. Typical wagering restrictions are between x35 and x50. Some casinos will offer wagering free bonuses, usually in the form of free spins.
It’s important that a casino values and cares for its players. A casino that offers easy and quick means of getting in touch about player issues is worth so much. The best casinos will offer a variety of customer support options like live chat, email, telephone assistance even social media.
One of the most important aspects when choosing a new online casino. Payment options cover deposit and withdrawal methods, accepted currencies, as well as speed of payouts.
A wide variety of payment options means almost all players are catered for.
Whether you want to deposit by bank transfer, credit card or online wallets like PayPal, Neteller or Skrill, check first that the casino can cater for the method that suits you.
Bank transfers can take longer to hit your account. Ewallets are quicker and have lower minimum withdrawal limits.
Variety of Games
These days any modern online casino worth its salt has to bring a solid choice of casino games. At the very minimum, a mix of table games and plenty of online slots.
The top casino sites will go above and beyond. They will offer live dealer games, a host of table games and the best slots from software developers like NetEnt, Microgaming, Playtech etc.
Casinos also have to provide the best playing experience on a variety of platforms, particularly on mobile and tablet.