The Most Thorough Online Casino Reviews

By: Ken Johnson / Last Update: 21 Jan 2015

We are extremely proud of the amount of detail we have in our reviews of the top casino sites for the UK market! No other site comes even close to our level of research that has gone into each and every review. No stone has been left unturned as we negotiate the potential minefield of online gaming. Our mission is to find you the ideal site, one that suits your needs. We’ve already helped hundreds of customers find their perfect match, let us help you find yours!

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Our editorial team have spent countless hours exploring dozens of online casinos to bring you the definitive round up of the top real money casino websites for UK players. However, don’t just take our word on who’s best as we also feature our visitors’ top 10 most popular casinos as voted by you!

Casino Review Chosen by Our Visitors

Who would have thought when we started this site a little over a year ago and asked for our visitors to vote for their favourite casino that over 4000 votes would be cast! What started as a little experiment has turned into a valuable insight into what our readers like.

We asked people visiting our site to select their top choice for blackjack, roulette, slots and also to rate the best casino site for bonuses and payment methods. We have collated this information and present the results, this information will change over time so ensure you keep coming back.

Visitor Feedback 2016

Online Casinos - User Votes

Some interesting results from your clicks, by quite a distance 888 Casino was the visitors’ choice of top casino by scooping 1192 clicks in a 12 month period, followed by Betfair with 545 votes. 32Red took third place with a very respectable 505 votes which was just ahead of Winner on 468. Some of the categories were very close. Leo Vegas was a late addition to our site and although currently sitting in last place we do expect this great site to attract more votes this year.

Top 10 as Voted by Our Visitors
  • 1£88 Free+ £100 bonus200+ gamesMillionaire Genie1192 votes.Try out 888 now!

A big thank you for those who have voted, the feedback is very useful to us. If you haven’t voted yet then please do and we will update the results later in the year so check back often.

Coming Soon

We are always looking to improve our site to ensure we bring you the latest and greatest offers for online casino operators. As part of this improvement cycle we introduced a new casino to our recommended list which is Eurogrand. We are in the process of evaluating all the features of this site and will be giving Eurogrand our trademark in-depth review very soon. You can in the meantime visit their website and take advantage of their unbeatable extra value depositing offer where you are given up to 15% extra just by using your credit card. Eurogrand has proved popular with our readers with over four hundred people voting it as their favourite site for payment methods in the short time it has been available to vote for.

Eurogrand Casino Review - Coming Soon

Update, 27.03.2015: We just published our Eurogrand Casino review. Click here to check it out!

User Opinions – Your Feedback

It is often said that feedback is a gift, well the visitors to our site certainly have been generous in that respect. We have had over 50 emails and over the year we have made changes to the site thanks to some of the comments we have received.

The team here put a lot of their own time into creating and maintaining this site and it really does make it worthwhile when we are told by members of the public that we are doing a great job! We do read every email so please, if you have any feedback, suggestions, stories and experiences you would like to share or even just want to say ‘Hi’ then drop us an email to info@bestonlinecasino.co.uk or contact us on twitter at @bestonlineuk.

We love sharing your comments (with permission of course) so get writing in and you may see your email up here in the future. Here is a selection of some of the emails we have had in the last couple of months:

Jessica Rowley“I just wanted to say a quick thanks for your page, I’ve spent hours on the web looking at different reviews and your reviews without doubt were the most helpful I could find. You also inspired me to try out roulette which I had never played before and I won £50 on my first spin. What made it even better was that it was a free £5 so it didn’t cost me a penny.”
Henry Chapman“I had great fun at 888 casino with my £100 bonus! I have played fruit machines in my local but had never played online before. The payouts seem so much higher and more regular than at the pub, I’m glad I found your site”
Anna Hanson“You guys rock! I play slots online but I never realised there was more than one software provider for them. The two casinos I used to play at have the same games, I switched to SkyVegas and there were loads of new games I have never played before.”

The Choice of Our Online Casino Reviewers

One of the questions we get asked a lot is, “what is your own personal favourite casino?”. This is perhaps not surprising due to the vast numbers of casinos we have reviewed and researched. Friends and family often try and get golden tips from us but don’t worry as you don’t need to become a family member just to hear about our choices.

One thing that did intrigue us as we sat down with a beer after work to discuss our nominations for our personal favourite was that we all had different choices! We have very similar taste in games but what was vital for one of us, wasn’t necessarily important to the others. This of course is good news for you however as it means you get three personal recommendations rather than just one!

Picking our overall winner was something we were all dreading as it’s not often we all agree on something. In all honesty though, it wasn’t as tricky as expected. However, we are not going to ruin the surprise! You will have to keep reading to find out our overall winner.

Don’t forget you can read more about who we are by visiting the “about us” page, it’s worth visiting this to read about our experience and hopefully you will be able to relate to us. We are quite different individuals all brought together because of our love of online casinos.

Staff Choice – Our Top 3 Casinos
  • 888 Casino - Reviewer's Choice
  • £88 Free Bonus
  • £100 Welcome Offer
  • Exclusive Games
  • Betfair - Editor's Choice
  • Zero Lounge
  • £300 Welcome Offer
  • £5 Free Bonus
  • William Hill Casino - Editor's Pick
  • #1 High Roller Casino
  • Great Live Casino
  • Top Online Help Centre

Tony Christopher Casino Review Choice

“With its amazing welcome bonus and unique game selection my winner has got to be 888 Casino! I first started playing at 888 about 2 years ago when I took advantage of their free no deposit £88 deal. Since then I’ve been a regular visitor to their site.”

£88 FREE: 888 Casino make it incredibly easy to try out the site with their no deposit £88 free trial. Registration is quick and simple and takes less than 5 minutes. This no-risk trial is a great way to try out some of the games before you deposit.

As 888 Casino create their own games you will find exclusive games that you will not find at any other site. Boasting nearly 100 slots, 19 roulette tables, 7 blackjack, 12 video poker games and a fantastic live casino offering which ensures there is something for everyone.

£100 BONUS & ONGOING PROMOTIONS: One of the biggest problems with other casinos is that you get a great welcome bonus but once you are a customer the special offers dry up! This however is not the case with 888 Casino who really look after both new and existing customers.

Every single day of the week 888 Casino offers something extra, for example, Sunday Funday offers a raffle in which you can win £500 just for depositing. Jackpot Manic Monday gives you up to £150 Free play on five jackpot video slots. If live casino interests you then every Saturday night gives you a 20% bonus up to £100 which is certainly better than watching X factor in our opinion.

Bonus Type Details
New Player Up to £100 bonus on your first deposit!
Premium Player Premium Players – get up to £ 1,500 in your first week!
Risk Free Trial £88 Free!
Refer your friends £100 Free
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Monthly promotion Pinch, Punch, it’s the 1st of the month!
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EXCLUSIVE GAMES: When you visit as many casino sites as we do, you can very quickly become bored when you see the same titles at different casinos. As you will see from our software page this is because many online casinos use the same provider, 888 Casino however breaks the mould. As the 888 group own Dragonfish who are their in-house software maker, you will find titles that are not available anywhere else. Titles such as “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, “Superman”, “Wonder Woman” and “Deal or No Deal Roulette” are just a few of these. The quality of these titles is excellent and is certainly at least on par with Playtech and Netent’s offerings.

Ken Johnson Casino Review Choice

“For me Betfair’s Zero Lounge is a total no brainer! At the end of the day it’s all about trying to win money and with Betfair’s Zero offering featuring zero house edge, this gives you the best possible chance of winning. A free £5 just for registering is the cherry on top!”

ZERO LOUNGE: The return to player on all zero games is 100%, this almost sounds too good to be true, however Betfair have really hit the sweet spot with the Zero Lounge. If you like video poker then Zero Jacks or Better is the one to play, the higher return to player means winning is more likely on this smashing little game than any other video poker. Our personal favourite is Zero Blackjack which has been a nice little earner for us in the past. Last but certainly not least in the zero lounge is Zero Baccarat which is the same baccarat that we love but of course with no house edge.

Zero Games from Betfair – With no House Edge
  • Betfair's Zero Blackjack
  • Zero Baccarat at Betfair's Zero Lounge
  • Zero Jacks or Better at Betfair
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£300 BONUS: Betfair has one of the best welcome bonuses at any online casino we have tested. The reason we feel it is so good is that you have the choice of 3 welcome bonuses, not just a standard one like other sites. The first bonus option is a 200% matched bonus up to £300 and can be used on all games (certain games count differently towards the wagering requirement). The second bonus option is for slot lovers with a 200% matched bonus up to a massive £1000. The third choice is for live dealer games with a 100% matched bonus up to £200.

£5 FREE: “You never get something for nothing”, is what Grandma always used to say. It’s a pretty safe bet that Grandma never took Betfair up on their offer of a free £5 for just registering, otherwise she would have needed a new catchphrase! The £5 free is a great start to exploring Betfair’s range of games which is over an astonishing 500! The software is provided by Playtech who won software platform of the year for 2014 at the EGR awards (eGaming Review Operator) which goes to show the quality on offer.

Stephen Charlesworth Casino Review Choice

“You just have to love William Hill, simply because it oozes quality. The bet limits are unmatched by anyone, a heaven on earth for high rollers. William Hill uses a 5-star casino software, provided by Playtech. A highly competent support agent is always there for you, regardless what your question is.”

William Hill - The Best Choice for the High Rollers#1 HIGH ROLLER CASINO: If you like to place big bets than there is no online casino that is more appropriate for you. A lot of online casinos offer high limits to their customers, but only at William Hill you will be able to place £500,000 (yes, half a million!) at a single spin of the roulette. Of course if you can afford to. There are high limits for the rest of the top games, too. The ones for slots, blackjack and video poker are respectively £100 per line, £5,000 and £100. Not bad at all.

GREAT LIVE CASINO: Nowadays an impeccable live casino platform is ‘a must’ for every top operator. I have to say that the one of William Hill is among the top ones you can find on the web. There is a wide range of games that you can choose from, all hosted by charming young dealers. The Multi Game feature gives you the opportunity to play 3 games in the same window, how cool is that?

TOP ONLINE HELP CENTRE: Another thing that I really like about William Hill Casino is their Help Centre. It’s by far the best one not only among our featured operators, but in general for all casinos on the Internet. The panel features a vast FAQ section, it is more than probable that there you will find a solution to whatever troubles you at the moment (casino related). In case you don’t want to browse the FAQs, you can always contact a customer support agent. They are reachable by telephone, email and live chat and you may contact them 24/7, 365.

Grand Finale – Our Winner

So you have read our personal recommendations and have seen some of the highlights of what these three giants of the online casino world have to offer! We do love a lot of things about William Hill, the live casino games are fantastic and is one that we return to again and again. The Zero Lounge at Betfair is amazing and we wish more companies would take notice and increase the return to player percentage.

However, we can only have one winner and that winner is of course 888 Casino.

888 Casino have a fast and easy sign up which will get you playing within minutes. We love the free £88 to start you off with which is the highest no deposit bonus we have ever seen.

On top of everything else, the live casino at 888 is fantastic and great fun. However, the real deciding factor for us was the uniqueness of the games! We challenge you to play “A Nightmare On Elm Street” with your headphones on and the volume turned up high! A highly recommended casino overall.

Reviews at a Glance

In our comprehensive online casino reviews we take a look at who provides the software for the casino. Usually the software is provided by one of the top 3 software providers which are Playtech, Microgaming and Netent. Although some are powered by other software providers (888 Casino by Dragonfish and SkyVegas are powered by Novomatic). You may wonder, why is this information important to me? As many casino operators use the same provider it does mean that your favourite games (for example The Incredible Hulk slot) will be available at more than one casino. The good news with this, is that if you already have an account with one operator then you can join another to claim a welcome bonus and still play the same game.

Also in our reviews we take a look at the total amount of games available to play and how many jackpot games (including progressive jackpots) are available. Many online casinos give you the option to ‘free-play’ or ‘play for fun’, this is just like playing the game for real but you use virtual credits, this can be a great way to find a game you like and if the casino offers this you will find that information in our review.

Casino Review Snapshot

The download section shows if the casino offers a downloadable version of the client software, although more and more casinos are moving away from download option, there are times such as slower internet speed when it is beneficial. The ‘instant play’ section shows if the games can be played directly in the your browser, this is perhaps the preferred method of play for most people and is very mobile friendly.

Understanding ‘wagering requirements’ or ‘play through’ requirements is an important part of accepting any bonuses the casino may offer. These bonuses come with conditions which must be met before you are able to withdraw any funds. Not having a clear understanding of these requirements is perhaps the number one cause of complaints with online casino companies. In our reviews we scour through the terms and conditions and let you know what is good and bad with the offers.

This is just a small taster of the information we have in our reviews, why not jump in and have a look what else is contained within them! We are constantly adding new material so check back often and we hope you find this useful for choosing your ideal online casino.