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In our guide section, we aim to give online casino players and people who are just considering gambling online all the important information they need to make smart gambling decisions.

If you are wondering how to choose the best online casino, how casino bonuses and games work (practically and mathematically), as well as how to gamble safely and avoid the dangers of gambling addiction, we hope that this section will help you find the answers to your questions.

How to choose the best online casino for you

There are literally thousands of online casinos in the world, and our casino review team has reviewed all of them. To add to that, new casino sites are being created each month, so the pool of casinos you can choose from keeps growing.

Not all of these casinos are available in all countries but wherever you live, you will almost certainly have a selection from which to choose when deciding where to play.

Choosing the right casino is a crucial decision that will influence your entire online gambling experience. Casinos vary in terms of features, bonuses, game selection, payment methods, and other factors, but their most important aspect is whether they treat their players fairly.

As we witness when reviewing casinos and helping players with their complaints, many online casinos use predatory practices to trick players, decline withdrawals without legitimate reasons, and unfairly increase their profits at the expense of players.

We hope that our list of best online casinos, together with our honest and thorough review of each casino website, will help you make the right choice.

Introduction to online casino bonuses

Bonuses are one of the main ways of attracting new players. They generally seem very tempting. That is their purpose, after all. No deposit bonuses give you a chance to play and possibly even win something that's free, while deposit bonuses give you extra funds to play with alongside your deposit. There are other kinds of casino bonuses, but these two are the most prevalent and popular.

However, bonuses come with strings attached, in the form of terms and conditions, which can be extremely limiting. These define what you can and cannot do when playing with an active bonus, or even how much you can win from it. It is crucial that you know about these rules and follow them, as not doing so will most likely result in your bonus and any potential winnings being taken away from you.

Here are some of the most common bonus rules:

  • Wagering requirements – you can't just take your bonus money and withdraw it. First, you need to play with your bonus funds and wager a certain amount in total, in order to convert your bonus funds into real, withdrawable money.
  • Maximum bet – the maximum bet you can place while playing with bonus funds is often limited.
  • Maximum win – the amount of real money you can win from your bonus is often limited, too. This is most common with no-deposit bonuses, but some deposit bonuses have a maximum-win restriction as well.
  • Restricted countries – bonuses are generally available only to players in selected countries.
  • Restricted games – when playing with bonus funds, your game selection is often limited. Bets placed on restricted games don't count towards wagering requirements. Playing restricted games can even lead to your bonus winnings being canceled altogether.

We go into more detail about casino bonuses and rules associated with bonus play in our casino bonus guide. We advise that you check it out before taking advantage of your first casino bonus.

One important consideration for novice players, which we also mention in the video at the beginning of this article, is that it is often better for them to play without a bonus than with it. All the rules described in the terms and conditions make playing with bonus funds very limiting and much less lucrative than it may seem at first glance.

Guides to individual types of casino games

Online casinos allow players to play many types of casino games, which can be found in a huge variety of configurations. These games vary in their complexity, so not all games are suitable for beginners.

For example, in slots, you generally just press a button and wait for the result of the game round to see whether you won or lost. However, games like blackjack and video poker require you to make decisions. Both of these games generally have a very high theoretical RTP, but you need to make the right decisions to achieve this. If you make bad decisions, the actual RTP of your play can fall to very small numbers.

To help you learn the basics of the most popular types of casino games, as well as more advanced strategies to help you play them optimally, we have prepared a series of articles on these games:

  • Slot machines
  • Roulette
  • Blackjack
  • Video poker
  • Baccarat