REAL Online Casino Reviews!
The Benefit of a Player's Experience!
I'll keep this short. I have played at all of the UK-facing casinos on this site. So my casino reviews are based purely on my experiences and reflect the good, the bad and the ugly! I hope this will be helpful when making your choice of where to play.
Summary: A great all-round UK casino with lots of table games to download plus IGT/WMS slots on the website
I've been playing on and off at Bet365 Casino and Games site since around 2006 and have watched it grow
and grow. These days it has pretty much everything any games player could want: from WMS and IGT slots to
a Playtech download casino complete with live dealers, lots of card game options and roulette in various guises.
On top of that, like most bookmakers to be fair, Bet365 has fast cashouts and a site-wide wallet
system that provides instant access to poker, sports, game and more. There is a default 12 hour reverse
pending period but you can ask to have that removed. A great all-round UK casino.
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32Red Online Casino Review
Summary: 600+ Games & Playboy Live Dealers in the download casino plus 400 Instant Play games.
32Red Casino was the 2nd casino I ever joined and I still play here now (review last updated: July 2014). It uses a dedicated platform from Microgaming (with a download casino or Instant Play option) with over 600 games as I write, including some 350+ slots and fruit machines, Playboy live dealer games, lots of Blackjack & Roulette variants, plenty of video poker options and more. It lacks land-based slots and it's not the place for bonuses (see my bonus advice here) if that's what you want but it has a slot tournament module, fast customer support, quick cashouts and probably the best rep of any UK casino. A real no-nonsense casino that is the benchmark for others to aspire to in my opinion.
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Summary: Easily the best choice for live dealer card games & roulette and good for slots too
BetVictor's casino has really come on since I first played there with a really wide choice of games, especially suited to live casino players or slot enthusiasts. There are now 5 different live dealer casinos on offer including platforms from Microgaming, Evolution, Amaya and MediaLive, plus slots from Aristocrat, Novomatic, IGT and more. There is a reasonable choice of RNG table games like roulette, poker and blackjack games all wrapped up in a no-download, easy to navigate "instant play" online casino with an easy banking system.
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Summary: WMS, Novomatic, Aristocrat and IGT slots with fast cashouts and good promotions.
Grosvenor Casino is the online presence of the land-based operator with casinos dotted around the UK and in London. The games choice here covers Novomatic, IGT, WMS and more and is mostly "Instant Play" as opposed to requiring a download. Cashouts are super-quick and a single wallet system makes banking easy. It was also one of the first casinos I played that assigned me a VIP manager and regular bonuses, even when I was betting modestly!
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Gala Online Casino Review
Summary: Not the fastest on cashouts but a godo games choice and plenty of table games/roulette in the download casino
Gala Casino re-invented itself in 2012 when it implemented a large Playtech casino to complement the games site which also had an overhaul. The result is a good cross-secttion of table games and slot machines with both download and no-download options, a live dealer casino, poker and a mobile casino. To be honest, their customer service isn't great and at 2-3 days for cashouts, it's slower than most big brand UK casinos but it does have pedigree in the land casino market and the casino lobby and backend system is very easy to use if you are new to this.
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Summary: A very diverse range of casino, sports and poker products with fast cashouts but lacking a bit on slots.
Until I inadvertantly locked my account (!), I used to play at Paddy Power casino a lot - it has a massive set of products with casino, live casino and games sharing a site with sports, poker, financial betting, bingo and lotteries. And that's before you even clock that most of these are also available on mobile! It's hard to know where to start but essentially, slots players will want the 'Games' or 'Vegas' section with IGT and Playtech games primarily while table game players should head for the 'Casino' (the download version is better for table games) or to the Live Casino section. Paddy Power offer good customer service and fast cashouts with none of this 'reverse pending' rubbish, plus a banking system that lets you use your money in any of their products. 'Versatile' is the word!
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UK Licensing & Regulation
A Safe Casino Environment
As of the 1st November 2014, all online casinos accepting UK players were required to have a UKGC licence under the 2014 Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Act
. This is designed to do things: ensure that offshore based online casinos pay tax and that players know they are playing at a safe and regulated casino where they have recourse should a problem occur. As the casinos reviewed here on Casino UK get licenced, you will see this clearly indicated in each casino review.
More Recommended Casinos
The online casinos I have highlighted in panels on Online Casino UK represent the places that I have played most regularly down the years but there are others that have stood out over that time, some of which I still play today.
In adddition to those shown, I'd also recommend a couple of others I play at: the excellent Bet365 Casino
) which has very good download casino, live dealer options and a very good selection of slot machines, both familiar names and online-only games.
The well-regarded Roxy Palace Casino
) is a Microgaming casino which was recently purchased by 32Red PLC (which is excellent news) while the Playtech-powered Mansion Casino
) offers a reasoanble alternative albeit with slower cashouts (72 hours average as opposed to 48).
With the advent of mobile casinos for phones and tablets, I have also tried a few of these, mostly on my iPad because a I find even a 5" smartphone screen too small to enjoy. I have started to write some of these sessions up in the mobile casinos section
if this appeals to you but this area still appears to be in it's infancy so don't expect quite the experience you get on a PC, Mac or a laptop yet. Not least because the games choice is still comparatively small.
My most detaailed mobile casino review is of the Playtech-powered Betfair Mobile Casino
) which is one I have played a fair bit and it is a good example of what to expect. It's still way better on a tablet than a phone mind you!