Reviews of UK Online Casinos
Casino Reviews by Players, not Marketers!
I've been playing at online casinos from here in the UK since late 2004 - mainly slot machines
and video poker and I have played at well over 100 online casinos! My latest expedition is as a VIP at Casino UK
while my first ever online gambling experiences were at Ladbrokes and 32red casino
which I still play most weeks!
During this time I found some very good casinos while others haven't cut the mustard and it still amazes me that in such a competitive market, many online casinos don't realise that every player has their own needs and priorities. IMO it's not enough to simply differentiate yourself with a bonus anymore (lots of players, myself included won't play with signup bonuses and here's why
) and many of the bigger well known brands haven't really got their act together in my opinion. My casino reviews
on this site are designed to highlight those who do and who don't!
UK Licensing & Regulation
A Safe Casino Environment
As of the 1st October 2014, all online casinos accepting UK players will be required to have a 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.
32Red Online Casino Review
600+ Games & Playboy Live Dealers
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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Playtech & IGT Games with Fast Cashouts
I have a bit of an affinity with Tote's casino as it was the first place I hit 5 wilds on a slot game ('Desert Treasure'). Now owned by Betfred, it will probably be a familiar name to UK punters and their newly rebranded 'Totepool' casino isn't one you generally hear a lot about but behind the scenes is a good Playtech-powered casino (and some IGT slots) with a good array of games of all types bar live dealers, in both download and no-download formats. BACS cashouts for UK players are fast plus the banking system is easy and provides access to the sports betting side too.
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Some More Of My Recommendations
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 (bet365.com) 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 (roxypalace.com) is a good independently-operated Microgaming casino that is very good on bonuses and promotions for everyone except the highest rollers (bet limits are a bit lower here) and while on the subject of bonuses, the Playtech-powered Mansion Casino (mansion.com) is also noteworthy in this regard although cashouts are a bit slower at 72hours. For non-UK reseidents,
Casino UK is a decent Microgaming casino who, oddly considering the name, have decided not to pursue a UK casino licence and now turn away UK residents!
Pretty Much Every IGT Slot Game
Kerching Casino is now part of the GTech portfolio and it deals exclusively in IGT games with some older Barcrest ones from days when they owned Barcrest. I don't play here myself anymore simply because I don't really play IGT games so much these days but Kerching casino is a haven for fans of games like Cleopatra, Golden Goddess and Rainbow Riches. It lacks decent card games so it's really a slots place but it has very fast cashouts to UK residents with no messing around. If you want IGT slots, this is the place. If you don't, look elsewhere.
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Grosvenor Online Casino Review
WMS, Novomatic, IGT & Fast Cashouts
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 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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