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Simon’s Casino Reviews

 

As a gambling blogger and professional gambler I have visited many-many brick & mortar casinos and I have come across even more online casinos over the years (I have definitely played on over 300 internet casino sites over the last 15+ years).  On this page, I collected the reviews of the online gambling sites I personally use (UPDATE 2021: mostly casinos, but I have added a review of an online lottery platform I’m using, and many of the casinos listed have sports betting sections and have poker as well).


 

You might be wondering: Why are there so few online casino reviews on this site if you have played in hundreds of them?

It’s because I only collect the ones I recommend (details are in the reviews) or the opposite, when I want people to avoid them.

 

Which is the best online casino?

As an ordinary player (and these casino reviews were written for the ordinary players), the most important thing you need to know about an online casino is whether it is the best one for you or not.

And that’s really easy to determine, if you know what to look for. And what you need to check are:.

  • Location: You need to know whether the casino accepts players from your location, country of residence (that’s why this is the first section in every casino review, really there is non eed to even try to register, if you won’t be able to paly at the end).
  • Legitimacy: You will win, eventually, even if you are playing just for the entertainment value, maybe you will even win big, and of course, you would like to receive your winnings. That’s why it is imperative to only play in legitimate internet casinos with a proper license. It’s not always easy to tell the impostor, scam sites from the real thing, it’s not always obvious, sadly. I mean, think about it. When was the last time you checked whether a gambling platform has a gambling licence, and if that licence is valid or not? Probably never.
  • Games: Regardless of what type of games are you looking for (casual only interested in slots, professional, looking for high RTP) the quality and quantity of casino games is of utmost importance. This is the the second most important thing that distinguishes one casino from another.
  • Depositing and withdrawal methods: Once you have chosen an online casino, that accepts players from your country, then of course you need to be able to put money on your account to be able to play. And for people in certain countries (e.g.: certain countries block the use of credit cards for gambling, or throttle the transactions) this is not always a possibility. Therefore, it’ important to check which payment methods (deposit and withdrawal) are available, and to whom.

 

And that’s it, this all you need to pay attention to be able compare the various online casinos and make an informed decision.

EXTRA: There are also other smaller aspects I like to investigate too in these reviews. Depending on your play-style and habits, these can be entirely irrelevant for you. But to some, these are jsut as important.

And these smaller secondary aspects are:

Live support chat, VIP/loyalty program, mobile compatibility, other reviews & scandals, casino bonuses/promotions offered.

 

If you are not interested in the details, or the review process, you can find the list of online casino reviews at the bottom of this page, click here to jump there.

If you are only interested in the best, you can find a summary and IMO the best online casinos here.

 

 

Casino review methodology

Casino review step by step

 

An online casino for new players can be intimidating at first (especially for 60+ year old, not tech-savvy, elderly people), but if analyze platform in separate pieces, and understand which and how much it is important, then it’s no longer intimidating at all. And this exactly what I do during the casino review process.

An online casino consist of the following main elements:

company with the license + casino software from third party software companies (optionally homebrew games too) + shared services center doing customer support and other smaller tasks + bonuses, promotions, loyalty, reward program + payment processors.

If you have the time, and if you are interested, click on the drop down menu below to take a look at how I analyze and compare these pieces in a casino review.

Casino review process steps

This is the first picture at the casino review methodology section, and this is the first section. Right next to this picture you can read about this step of the review process.
Company & casino licence

1., Company & gambling licence

The identity and reputation of the legal entity behind the casino is perhaps of no interest to ordinary players. But!  When you are doing a review, you definitely need to check this. And also, you need to check where the company is registered, and whether it has a gambling licence or not.

The gambling licence is not hidden, companies are usually proud of it, and all of them display it on their website (usually at the bottom of the site, near terms and conditions, in the so called “footer” region, or at least they display something, but whether it is a legitimate license or not is a different question…).

The name of the company behind the casino is also easy to find in the terms and conditions, legitimate, trustworthy companies don’t hide it. But if they do, that’s a red flag, a big one actually, and it’s almost 100% that they got something to hide. And if that’s the case, I always mention it in the review.

That’s the most important thing to check for new players, and we check the license in every review on this site.

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This is the second image at the casino review process section, this is the second step of the process. This step is about the software providers: casino game makers, suppliers, analytic software etc.. Right next to the picture, you can read about how we review, analyse and compare the various casino software providers and the games of the casinos listed on the website.
Casino software providers

2., Casino software, games from third party developers

Ver few0 players know that casinos don’t create their own games. But yes, about 95% of them just license the games of third party developers (the ones that do make their own games are usually the biggest and best casinos, it’s definitely a good sign if the casino goes that extra mile and produces their own games too).

That is the reason why you see the same games everywhere. In fact, there are only about 6 big casino software providers, and the variety is much smaller than one would assume, based on the tens of thousands of internet gambling platforms.

Casinos also inflate their list of games with really old, ugly and not mobile compatible games well. So apart from the quantity, the quality is just as important.

In the reviews I analyze both the quantity and quality of the games selection in each of the reviewed casinos.

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This is the third image at the casino review methodology section. This is the third step in the casino review process. This is the step of analyzing the shared service centers and customer support sections of the gambling platform. Right next to the picture you can read about how we review, analyse and compare the various casino customer support services and live chats of the casinos analyzed on the web page.
Customer support, live chat

Shared services center customer support

Most people assume online casinos have their own customer support staff. They imagine a group of people in the customer support department answering questions, emails, phone calls etc. This is far from the reality.

Very few online casinos have their own customer support team, only the biggest ones, and even they have pooled, shared customer support, where one team does the support for 5-6 different online casinos of the same company.

The rest is outsourced to so called shared services centers (yes, that’s why you sometimes get the feeling that people who never even played in an online casino and definitely don’t know anything about online gambling are answering your questions and tickets….., because that’s what really happens, also most of the mare from India). These shared, outsourced service centers usually do the loyalty, rewards programs as well.

Regardless of the “peculiarities” of the world of the shared services centers (which is industry standard unfortunately) , having any sort of 24/7, preferably live customer support is a must for any online casino, which wishes to be taken seriously. And the most cost effective way to do it is a shared services center.

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This is the fourth image at the casino review methodology section, this is the fourth step in the process of reviewing a casino. This is the step about the payment processors, deposit and withdrawal methods. Right next to the picture, you can read about how we compare the various deposit and payout options of gambling websites.
Deposit and withdrawal methods

Payment processors

Not everyone can, or wants to use credit cards in online casinos. Therefore, alternative forms of payment are becoming more and more important for the online casinos and the players.

Due to the increasing importance, and the increasing regulation of international transactions, it has been escalated from a secondary aspect to a primary attribute in the reviews as well, to reflect this change.

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You, the player. Have fun and good luck.

 

List of casino reviews

These are all the casino reviews on this website. I’m a registered member in all of these online casino networks, I’m also an active player and part of the loyalty program of mostof these casinos (not VIP though, and some of them don’t have any loyalty program, where this is not applicable I say it in the review).

In some of these casinos I have won over $45 K over the years, but never more than $10 K at once (never made more in a single session ever, but keep in mind, I’m a professional gambler, I know what I’m doing, you are probably going to lose more than you are going to win).

All of these casinos are licensed, legally operating online gambling platforms.

UPDATE: Casinos change over time, maybe even completely (change of ownership, merge, went bankrupt and the domain name was bought by a completely new company). Therefore, it’s very important to update the reviews as well. And because of this I have added a small notification about when the review was last updated.

/Comment: Any review older than 3 years should be disregarded. Because casinos do change, but not that much, or not that fast, 3 years is the thumb rule, based on my experiences./

 

BGO Entertainment Group

(does not accept players from the USA)

UPDATE: I do not recommend casinos of this group, Betsson group (see below) has all the games they have and much more, and they are just simply better at everything + they have poker and sports betting as well. I switched too, and I won’t be updating the reviews of this company, because I no longer play in any of their casinos.

Name of the casino being reviewed Casino review score Review last updated
Bgo casino review 6/10 2021
Vegasluck casino review 5/10 2021
7casino review 5/10 2021
Chili casino review 5/10 2021
Powerspins casino review 5/10 2021

Genesys Club

(accepts players from the USA, although illegally)

I do not recommend any casino from this group. Only one of their casino is decent, the others are subpar. And they have stolen money from players, and business partners. And they accept players from the USA illegally (according to their licence they shouldn’t be able to). Not to mention, they threaten people who publish bad reviews (including me) and they are registered in an infamous offshore tax haven.

UPDATE 2021: Reviews were updated with the recent scandal this criminal casino group was involved in. If you play at any of these casinos STOP! immediately, they steal from players and affiliate partners! It’s a known rouge casino group. Definitely not recommended.

Name of the casino being reviewed Casino review score Review last updated
Black Lotus Casino 0/10 (SCAM ALERT!) Avoid them, known scammers, steals from players and affiliate partners 2021
Lotus Asia Casino 0/10 (SCAM ALERT!) Avoid them, known scammers, steals from players and affiliate partners 2021
Lucky Creek Casino 0/10 (SCAM ALERT!) Avoid them, known scammers, steals from players and affiliate partners 2021
Treasure Mile Casino Review 0/10 (SCAM ALERT!) Avoid them, known scammers, steals from players and affiliate partners 2021
Mandarin Palace 0/10 (SCAM ALERT!) Avoid them, known scammers, steals from players and affiliate partners 2021
Big Dollar Casino 0/10 (SCAM ALERT!) Avoid them, known scammers, steals from players and affiliate partners 2021
Grand Eagle Casino 0/10 (SCAM ALERT!) Avoid them, known scammers, steals from players and affiliate partners 2021
Not all of the casinos of this rouge network have dedicated reviews on this site (I only reviewed the bigger ones of the group), the other low quality scam platforms of this group are:

  • www.lakepalace.com
  • www.bellavegas.com
  • www.casinograndbay.com
  • www.betlakepalace.com
  • www.jupiterclub.com
  • www.treasuremile.com
  • www.jackpotwheel.com
  • www.betcasinograndbay.com
  • www.betjupiterclub.com
  • www.betbellavegas.com
  • www.jumbabet.com

 

Avoid all of them.

Additionally sometimes they hide behind the following programs and shell companies:

  • Top Refer Affiliates
  • Lotus Affiliates
  • Ultimaterevenue
  • Ardway Limited
  • Genesys Technologies

 

All of these companies are registered in tax havens (for tax evasion), and in addition to illegally accepting players from the USA, and credit cards form US players, they work with shady payment processors (there are also yet unconfirmed allegations of money laundering as well).

 

 

Betsson Group

(does not accept players from the USA for legal reasons)

Recommended group. All of their casinos are great + they have sports betting and poker as well.

Name of the casino being reviewed Casino review score Review last updated
Betsson casino review 10/10 <– currently the best rated casino on this list  2021
Casino Euro review 8/10 2021
Betsafe casino review 10/10 2021

 

 

BetOnline Group

 (accepts players from the USA)

Name of the casino being reviewed Casino review score Review last updated
BetOnline casino review 7.5/10 2021
Sportsbetting.ag casino review 6.5/10 2021
Wild Casino review 6/10 2021

 

 

Richprize Group

(accept players from the USA, but they can only use bitcoin as a deposit and withdrawal method)

Name of the casino being reviewed Casino review score Review last updated
Coming soon.
Coming soon.
Coming soon.

 

 

/+ EXTRA: I also added one online lottery platform review. I recently started using the site, after my local lottery platform (a state owned monopoly) jacked up the prices of lottery tickets by another 30%. I started looking for alternatives, and I recommend this one.

Usually lottery is a state owned monopoly in most countries, and they don’t have to compete for players. Therefore, they can raise prices, don’t have promos (or the ones they do have are atrocious), many are really bad from a technical point of view. And because they don’t have to compete on the free market, they can get away with it.

Private online lotteries are just significantly better. I feel very stupid now that I haven’t switched sooner…. I recommend everyone to switch over to a private lottery provider, instead of the usual state owned monopolies./

 

The best online casinos, I recommend the following:

 

Recommended gambling platform for non-US players:

 

RichPrize Casino

This is RichPrize Casino's animated GIF banner advertising their new exclusive games and their free spins and casino bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play.
RichPrize Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted. However, US players can only deposit and withdraw money using cryptocurrencies! (this restriction only applies to US players, and only in this casino)
  • 100% match bonus, up to $400 + 25 free spins, no code needed
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: LADYDAY, make deposit from 21 to 400 EUR/USD and receive 88% + 88 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: WEST100 make deposit pf at least 21 EUR/USD and receive 100 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  Returning players usually get 25% - 33% cashback, one of the highest regular cashbacks online. Even if you end up losing you will get about 30% of your money back (returning players only).

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: Bonus wagering x40 applied.
  • Free spins wagering x40 applied.
  Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days to wager bonus.
  • Slots wagering allowed.
  • Slots wagering participation 100%.
  • Min bet 0.01 EUR - Max bet 3 EUR.
  • Betting Games wagering not allowed.
  • Providers allowed for wagering: Limited to enabled games only.
  • Player can cancel bonus at any time. Please note: Upon cancellation of the bonus the balance will be adjusted to the balance before bonus activation.
 

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

This is a gif animated banner displaying the casino + poker platform + online sports book Betsson's various current 2021 promotions. Under the banner you can read about these bonuses, their terms and conditions, paythrough requirements, wagering limitations. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to Betsson's internet platform ,where you can register an account.
European casino & sportsbook & poker, all in one
North American players are not accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €100
  • 101 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

US players can not register. Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any online casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here. You can read the other online casino reviews here, and you can find all the current casino bonuses, promotions, offers, codes here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 35 times before withdrawal. No wagering requirement for the weekly extra money.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus: • 100%: Slots • 10%: All Roulette (except Live), Caribbean Stud & Casino Stud Poker Games • 10%: All Casino Hold’Em, Red Dog, Pai Gow, Poker Games, Oasis Poker & Texas Hold’Em Poker Games • 5%: All BlackJack (except Live BlackJack), Baccarat, Video Poker, Pontoon, Beat Me, Punto Banco Games
Wagering limitation:
  • The bonus cannot be wagered on the following games: 1429 Uncharted Seas, Aliens, Big Bang, Blood Suckers, Castle builder, Castle Builder 2, Champion of the Track, Dead or Alive, Devil´s Delight, Eggomatic, Epic Gems, Eye of the Kraken, Kings of Chicago, Pearls of India, Robin Hood, Scrooge, Sea Hunter, Super Monopoly Money, The Wish Master, Tower Quest, Wild Gambler, Wizard Shop, Zombies.
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.

 

Recommended gambling platform for US players:

UPDATE 2021: This particular online casino was removed due to complaints from the players and visitors to the website. We apologize for the inconvenience.
We will replace it with another recommendation as soon as possible. In the meantime, check out the other online casinos above and below, or the recent casino bonuses, free games or casino reviews.
If you have any issue with the other gambling platforms featured on the website, then please drop a comment or try the live chat (bottom right). We will investigate all reports and take action if necessary.
 

 

GT Bets Casino and Sportsbook

GTbets bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking o nit you will be taken to the gambling website.
GTbets sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit, then 5-50% depending on the amount on your third deposit and afterwards)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins, weekly cashback for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10) Sign Up Bonus Playthrough Reload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports 5 points for every $10 wagered 12x 6x-10x
(Baseball) 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Horses 7.5 points for every $10 wagered 8x 4x-6.7x
Slots 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Table 1 point for every $10 wagered 60x 30x-50x
Video Poker 1.5 points for every $10 wagered 40x 20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
 

Bet Online Casino and Sports Book

Bet Online digital bookmaker, internet poker and online casino website's animated GIF banner displaying the latest 2021 promotional offers and bonus codes offered currently by the gambling platform to new and existing, returning players. This is a paid promotional banner, and acts as a link. By clicking on it, you will be taken to website betonline.ag , where you can register and start playing if you so choose.
Bet Online sports-book, poker and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, $3000, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits. Use the code BOLCASINO
  • or 100% up to $1,000 Welcome Bonus + $25 Risk Free Bet, when you bet on the Cowboys vs. Buccaneers NFL Week 1 season-opener, code: NFL100
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 10% weekly rebate for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

Gamble responsibly, good luck.

Last updated: 2021-07-30

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