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Online Casino Reviews (Updated April 20, 2017)

Our online casino reviews are here to provide accurate information to fellow players. We have been betting our own money in Internet casinos for over ten years, and we have seen it allóthe good, the bad, and the very ugly. Between our friends and us we have bet and recorded results on literally tens of millions of dollars in action in Internet casinos—at high stakes, low stakes, and in between.

Like you, we care about finding online casinos with honest software, clear and honorable terms and conditions, good customer support, and quick payouts with no runaround. We also expect a bonus and player rewards system of genuine value to players.

Be sure to check back from time to time, as our reviews are sure to change as good new casinos arise, and conditions at others change. We also recommend the comprehensive online casino reviews by casinoreviews.co.uk, which are likely to be more up-to-date than ours.

And RealMoneyAction.com is a great site for people looking to find a trusted online casino to play at for real stakes. They also have information on live dealer and mobile gambling.

For information on dishonest software at an Internet casino, see Getting Rolled by LuckNRoll.

VIP Casino and Intercasino

No U.S. players for now
The Good: VIP and Intercasino are truly wonderful online casinos—absolutely honest, with good customer support, good games, the highest limits online, and fast unlimited payouts. They run on Cryptologic software. We recommend them very highly.

Every month they offer reload bonuses to existing customers based on your action the prior month. Cashouts usually take a day.

Intercasino recently launched new Marvel Comics online slots with progressive jackpots, and VIP just added the Marvel Comics slots as well. Fans of the superheroes will appreciate the fine artwork and slot bonus schemes. We like the Marvel Comics progressives because they offer multiple levels of jackpots, which go off frequently and are good for slot bonus plays.

The Bad:
VIP and Intercasino have done away with their former PIN system, so withdrawals are fast from the very first time you play. They do, however, continue to charge a dollar every time you make a withdrawal.

Limits: To multiple hands of $2500 on blackjack, $500 inside on roulette.

Casino Reward Group: Aztec Riches, Blackjack Ballroom, Captain Cook's, Casino Classic, Casino Kingdom, Casino Share, Challenge, Colosseum, Golden Reef, Golden Tiger, Grand Mondial, Grand Hotel, Lucky Emperor, Luxury, Music Hall, Nostalgia, Players Palace, Quatro, Rich Reels, Vegas Country, Vegas Slot, Villento, Yukon Gold

The Good: All of the Casino Rewards casinos are powered by Micrograming software, which is fast and gives perfect advice on playing your blackjack and video poker hands. These casinos also feature the latest in Microgaming's slot games, which rival anything in on-land casinos and take bets from a penny to $125 a spin, as well as Microgaming's excellent video poker, with a wide variety of game choices and excellent pay tables.

Casino Rewards also offers no-download casinos like Casino Classic, Virtual City and Strike It Lucky.

The no-hassle bonus system at this group means that you can play any game you like (except All Aces video poker) on bonus wagering requirements. (Action on different games counts a different percentage toward the wager requirement--see the casino's terms and conditions.)

Casino Rewards also has some of the highest limits online—not as high as VIP Casino, but up to $1000 on baccarat and some blackjack, and up to $500 inside on roulette, as well as up to $125 a spin on slots.

The Bad: No complaints at this time, but we're always rooting for more and bigger loyalty bonuses.

Top Refer Casinos: Villa Fortuna and Big Dollar

The Good: Villa Fortuna is powered by Micrograming Viper software, while Big Dollar is powered by BetonSoft. That means Big Dollar accepts U.S. players, while Villa Fortuna cannot. They both offer the now near-standard no-hassle bonus terms--play any game, with action on different games counting a different percentage toward the wagering requirement. Be sure to read the latest terms and conditions.

This group has always been first-rate at loyalty bonus offers.

Cash-outs are fast and no hassle, with standard Microgaming requirements (legally required ID, etc.)

32 Red Group: 32red, Dash, Golden Lounge, Ned Play

No U.S. players for now

The Good: The 32Red group offers consistently the very highest standards of customer service. They also offer the highest limits online outside of Intercasino and VIP on Cryptologic.

Payouts of withdrawals are extremely fast to Neteller—within a few hours, or at most, overnight, without your having to do anything special. And these payouts are for unlimited amounts—no nonsense about maximum withdrawals or stretched-out payment plans. You win big, you get paid, just as if you were at Bellagio.

The limits are $1000 a hand on blackjack and baccarat, and $500 inside on roulette. There are now once again sign-up bonuses available for games other than slots.

The Bad: 32Red and Dash do send special loyalty bonuses to players, especially to high rollers, but the automatic monthly bonus is only $50. We'd like to see this higher, to go with those high limits.

Star Partners: Cinema, Crazy Vegas, Maple, Casino UK, 777 Dragon, Sun Vegas, Golden Riviera, River Nile

The Good:  This group runs on Microgaming software, with the best slot games online, excellent video poker payouts, and a great variety of blackjack and other table game offerings.

Plus, most of the casinos in this group use the near-standard Microgaming bonus terms--play any game you like on a bonus, with the action on different games counting a different percentage on the requirement.

Also, after the sign-up bonus, most of the Vegas Partner casinos offer generous automatic bonuses (typically 15%) on every subsequent deposit.

The Bad:  We'd like to see higher limits on their games. High rollers won't find much excitement at the casinos in this group.

Wagershare Group: Spin Palace, Ruby Fortune, Mummy's Gold, Cabaret Club

No U.S. players for now

The Good: These casinos offer excellent Microgaming slots and games (unfortunately, no Microgaming casino can accept U.S. players).

They also offer excellent player loyalty bonuses, with the near-standard Microgaming terms and conditions.

In addition, Ruby Fortune and Spin Palace offer an excellent extra $1000 no-strings-attached bonus to any players who hit a progressive jackpot of $25,000 or more at one of their casinos.

The Bad: These casinos have been known to treat suspected bonus hustlers very harshly. One player who happened to play through the same IP as another player was allowed to keep playing as long as he was losing, but once he had a win the casino confiscated the win and locked the player out of his account. The deposit that led to that win was returned.


Player Advisory at Fortune Lounge

Fortune Lounge Group: 7 Sultans, Royal Vegas, Platinum Play, Vegas Palms

We have been playing at Fortune Lounge casinos for many years. We have never personally had a problem with a Fortune Lounge casino. We haven't had a player complaint about a Fortune Lounge casino from anyone who signed up through Blackjack Forum, despite hundreds of sign-ups through Blackjack Forum.

However, players have recently reported at this and other Web sites that they have had funds confiscated by Fortune Lounge casinos in March and April 2007, and that is a very serious charge.

Fortune Lounge has admitted to confiscating the funds of these players. Fortune Lounge has also admitted that a number of the players in question met all bonus terms and conditions of the casino, and there was no proof of any other type of player fraud as justification for the seizure of their funds.

Fortune Lounge is saying they confiscated these players'  funds (including funds on deposit in Fortune Lounge poker rooms) because of what they are calling "bonus abuse." Fortune Lounge, like many online casinos, has a clause in their terms and conditions that allows them to withhold promotions from "bonus abusers." Essentially, Fortune Lounge says that they are reclaiming bonuses, and wins on bonuses, from players who have been "clear bonus abusers."

In some of the cases in question, it is very clear to any experienced gambler that the players were playing strictly to milk bonuses. In each of these cases, the players played in a virtually identical way.

They always made the minimum deposit to qualify for the maximum bonus. They always wagered their entire starting balance (deposit + bonus) on a single hand of blackjack or baccarat. If they won, they always proceeded to play through their wagering requirements by betting $1 a hand on red or black, or odd or even, at roulette.

In each case, the players obtained numerous sign-up bonuses from Fortune Lounge casinos, typically playing every casino's sign-up bonus without ever returning to play without a bonus.

On our Web site, we have long carried warnings to players about the dangers of blatant bonus hustling.

But we are concerned about aspects of the Fortune Lounge case.

For one thing, a Fortune Lounge casino manager appears to be subjectively deciding which players look "normal" and which do not. And the judgements of this Fortune Lounge employee have nothing whatsoever to do with the casino's posted terms and conditions. We think that if an online casino is concerned that a particular type of play is abusive, they should say so in their terms and conditions and disallow that type of play in the future, not apply it retroactively because they've got a feeling about something.

What worries us is that this "bonus abuser" label could be used as an excuse to avoid paying any player for his or her wins. How can any player know what will look "normal" to some unknown guy in an office at Fortune Lounge? How can any player feel confident that he or she will be paid when she wins?

How long would a casino in Las Vegas stay in business with this kind of policy? The answer is: The Casino Control Commission would make the casino pay, or take away the casino's license.

Reportedly, one player has collected his confiscated funds by filing a complaint at eCogra. If you feel you've been improperly treated by Fortune Lounge, or any casino affiliated with eCogra, we recommend you file a complaint as well. We feel that Fortune Lounge has to find a better way to deal with this type of situation.

CASINO EXTREME

The Good: Casino Extreme is an online casino with a troubled history that has recently gotten better but is still problematic. If you play and win, they usually pay now (see below for an exception) —and if you email support asking for Instant Payment of your withdrawal, the payment will be in your Neteller account within an hour. (Other withdrawal methods may take more time.)

They also have one of the most generous loyalty bonus programs available online, starting with their sign-up bonus and continuing with generous daily bonuses and 20% cash back on all losses.

Unfortunately, we found their treatment of a player we know so objectionable, that we have pulled down all their links from this site and will no longer play at Casino Extreme ourselves.

The Bad: Their video poker paytables are poor (you can get much better paytables at any Microgaming casino), and their table game limits are low ($100 on blackjack).

Also, you have to be particularly concerned with reading ALL of the terms and conditions at Casino Extreme, and making sure you understand them before playing. Don't just skim them, or read only one page—the terms and conditions here are like a minefield, with little unexpected bombs likely to be planted almost anywhere. And it's tricky to avoid problems, because the terms and conditions are not well organized.

For example, excluded countries are not listed in just one place in the terms. Instead, different excluded countries are listed in different places in the terms and conditions, so that a player who sees the first listing may easily conclude he can play, when in reality he is excluded in another paragraph someplace else. (See below.)

And be aware that you are responsible not only for any terms and conditions posted in the cashier, but also all terms and conditions posted on the casino web site and any terms and conditions included in a particular bonus email.

In one case, a player was presented with a list of excluded games in an emailed bonus offer that was different from the excluded games listed in the cashier, and also different from the list of excluded games permanently included on the casino web site. He played a game excluded on the web site because it was not included in the list of excluded games on the mailer, and Casino Extreme penalized him with an enormous wagering requirement.

King Solomon's

The Good: Good software and loyalty bonuses.

The Bad:
Terrible video poker pay tables and low limits on blackjack and other games. Also, bonuses are too often restricted to slots lately.

There is an important fact to be aware of at all RTG casinos. Each owner can set the pay outs on every slot machine and video poker game. They have three settings: tight, medium, and loose. For example, the tight setting for Jacks or Better is 6-5, the medium 8-5, and the loose is full pay 9-6.

At some RTG casinos you may find that the 5-cent Jacks or Better is 6-5, the 25 cent is 8-5, and the $1 is 9-6. Not only that, but you may be used to playing your $1 9-6 at a given casino, only to log in one day and find that it has changed to 8-5.

RTG is the only software we know of where the video poker payoffs can change on your machine at home from one day to the next. There is a tip-off to this. If you log in and you get a pop up that says, "Downloading new lobby," it may mean they have changed the payoffs on slots and/or video poker.


Casino-On-Net

No U.S. players for now
With over 8 million players, Casino-On-Net is the largest Internet casino. They have been operating since 1996, and use proprietary software. We consider them a top choice for players because they have a very solid reputation and great bonus offers right now. Cash outs usually take a day or two. The bonus terms can be difficult to find at the Casino. Take your time and make sure you find them before playing.

The Good: Good sign up bonus and follow-up bonuses and special events. Casino-on-Net also offers fairly high limits on table games.

The Bad:
The software could use a wider game selection.

Cherry Casino

Cherry uses Net Entertainment software, which means no download required.

The Good: Regular monthly bonuses and special events, with excellent blackjack allowed on the cashable bonus. Payouts usually in one or two days. And limits on blackjack up to $500.

The Bad: Bigger bonuses would be nice.

Golden Palace

The Good: Golden Palace usually offers an excellent sign-up bonus and follows up with excellent bonus offers every month. They really give a good deal to gamblers. Golden Palace also allows a wide variety of games on the bonuses, including blackjack up to $500 a hand.

The Bad:
Golden Palace puts some kind of tracker on their software, which may show up as a virus when you run your virus protection software. And, if you order your virus protection software to delete the tracker (for your privacy!), you won't be able to run the casino software without it.




[Editorís Note: Internet gambling is illegal in some jurisdictions. In our Internet Casino Reviews and Best Internet Casinos we list only games that provide free games for entertainment if Internet gambling is illegal where you play. Check the laws in your jurisdiction before you play for real money. Also, remember that gambling is always risky. We cannot guarantee that you will win at any Internet casino. ♠]




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