It doesn’t take a genius to know that the online gambling industry is huge or that there are thousands of online casinos in existence. Be that as it may, even with this knowledge, it’s not always easy to find the best online casinos. After all, it’s one thing to know that some casinos are better than others, but it’s entirely another to be able to pick out the cream of the crop from a sea of aesthetically appealing sites.

Looks can be deceiving. Therefore, if you want to find the best, you need to know what you’re looking for to ensure an experience tailored to your specific needs.

Trust & Security Come First

Before you judge online casinos based on games, bonuses, and other perks they can offer you as a player, first and foremost, you need to make sure that the casino is trustworthy and secure.

Reputation – A reputable casino will divulge information regarding the jurisdiction from where they are legally licensed and regulated to operate. Other logos to watch for are seals of certification or approval, such as the eCOGRA seal. eCOGRA (e-commerce and Online Gambling Regulation and Assurance), is an organization specifically designed to help regulate the iGaming industry. To be able to display this seal on their site, an online casino must have met eCOGRA’s standards, which certifies that it’s a trusted, secure and reliable site.

Security Check – Only choose sites that offer industry standard 128-bit SSL (secure socket layer) security protocols or higher. Never settle for anything less. Only gamble real money in an environment backed by top-of-the-line security that ensures your privacy guarantees secure monetary transactions and protects you against fraud. Always read rules, terms & conditions and privacy policies. Protect yourself.

Payout ratio – A quality casino provides you with its average payout ratio. This is the percentage of money that players win back, on average. A good payout ratio should be as close to 100% as possible (ex. 96% or higher). Note: Do keep in mind that a casino’s payout ratio is only a general rating. It does not guarantee that you will win.

Your Personal Player Preferences Comes to Second

Now that you know what to look for in a secure and reputable online casino, you can start looking for online casinos that suit your specific player needs.

Search by country – Find casinos that are considered top notch for your specific country. For instance, if you’re an American player, you will want to search for the best casinos in USA, which means finding the best online casinos accepting American players. These casinos support your preferred language and currency.

Find your preferred banking option – Some people think that the more banking solutions an online casino provides, the better the casino. The reality is that the casino simply needs to provide the type of payment method (ex. credit card, debit card, prepaid card, electronic wallet, bank transfer, etc.) that you trust and like best. Research your preferred payment method and remember that not all methods can be used for making withdrawals.

Casino gaming diversity – If you’re a blackjack lover, choose a destination that will provide you with a premium blackjack experience. The same goes for any other type of casino game you love. Also, find out what else is offered. For instance, can you play free slot machine games? When a casino offers games in demo or practice modes, you can try out the game risk-free to see if you like it before making real-money commitments.

Platforms – How do you want to enjoy your online casino experience? Do you want to download software free on your desktop/laptop, play games directly off the web with no download require (Flash), or play your favorite games while you are on-the-go via your mobile device (mobile casino)? Choose a brand that offers you the playing experience you want.

Bonuses – If you like bonuses check out the promotions the casino has to offer. A generous welcome package, loyalty points, and multi-tiered VIP programs are all promos worth looking for.

Support Comes Last but Certainly Not Least

Finally, ensure that the online casino has a good support system. Casino’s offering quality customer support should be available 24/7/365 and should have more than one way for you to get in touch with them (ex. email, telephone, live chat, etc.) Contact the customer support team of the casino prior to registering to see how professional they are and how quickly they respond.

Bottom line: Never settle for a second rate experience and you’ll always choose the best online casinos.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Julie Anderson is a writer for VegasMaster magazine; she deals mainly with online gambling’s industry, culture and social implications.