A lot of what we do here is to review casinos that are available online in the UK and around the world.
We have ordered the reviews on the site based on the software platform that the casino uses. There are many brands of online casino, but much fewer companies that actually develop the games and write the software that powers the casinos. If we compare the online casino industry with the car industry, for example, it´s a bit like the difference between VW, Seat and Skoda. 3 different companies, with different products and prices who are based in different countries, but lift the bonnet of a Skoda Octavia and a VW Passat, and you will see the same engine with a different badge on it.
Top casino developers
Of course, it´s easier to develop an online casino than a car- the expensive part is the software, “underneath the bonnet”. That is why you have such a profligeration of casino brands online. When you are comparing online casinos, it often makes sense to compare within the same software group. That way, you know the fundamentals are the same and you can concentrate on comparing other factors like bonus offers, customer service and payment methods- for example.
We feature the following groups of casinos:
- Microgaming – probably the biggest group, based in the Isle of Man- it certainly has been around the longest. Best for range of games, progressive slots jackpots and blackjack.
- Playtech – another big group, with its shares listed on the London Stock Exchange (PTEC). They run big match bonuses and have a good live casino.
- Cryptologic – another big player that powers one of the earliest online casinos: Intercasino. Has been on the wane in recent years due to the fierce competition in the market.
- Chartwell – relatively new, but growing fast. Powers the Betfair casino which is famous for its zero house edge games.
- Vegas Technology – company based in Antigua which powers one of the earliest brands: English Harbour.
- Realtime Gaming – one of the newer kids on the block, but growing fast
- Other – we also feature some companies that run proprietary software such as 888 casino and Netent. They develop their own software and market their products themselves- the whole shebang. In fact, they have now started to move into the business of powering other companies brands, such as Littlewoods casino.
There is plenty of choice out there, with many companies vying for your custom. That´s good news for us punters, as the compettion is fierce and that means that there are plenty of bonus offers and goodies to be had. But free bonus money should only be one of your considerations when choosing a casino. We have tested many casinos out and hopefully the information on this site will help you make an informed decision.
The criteria we run through when we are testing casinos are set out below- we suggest you follow this thought process when you are having a look through the options. All our reviewed casinos can be found in the navigation box on the left.
Things to think about when picking an online casino:
Most casinos are powered by software companies that develop the games and make the networking possible for progressive jackpots 8for example). On Warfields.net we tend to organise our reviews based on the software that the casino is using so that you can compare like for like. Examples of trustworthy software companies include Playtech, Microgaming and Wagerlogic. These companies are listed on the stock market and have an interest in monitoring their operators to ensure fair play.
Security, Fair Play and Confidentiality
We look for highly secure sites that use 128 bit digital encrypted security. We also look for published payout percentages of each casino and/or their games. these should be published monthly.The casino operators should not have any power to set game odds and influence the game outcome. This should be controlled by the software developer who has no interest in rigging the RNG, as they run their business on software licensing fees.
Although there are many casino licensing jurisdictions, some of them are better than others at enforcing their operators to play fair and adhere strictly to the rules of fair play. Gibraltar is an example of a professional licensing territory, Alderney and Malta are others. We prefer casinos that are licensed in EU territories, although we do feauture some operator that sit outside of this.
Cash In and Cash Out
Obviously themost important thing for our players is that they can get any winnings out quickly. Anything more than 48 hours we look negatively on. Many casinos can turn payment around much faster than this, and this is in fact a key selling point for them.
Any decent licensing authority will require its licensees to hold regular independent audits. look out for this. PriceWaterhouseCoopers is an example of a welll known accounting company that carries out audits of software, hardware stability and payout percentages.
Service, service, service. There is no point in having an amazing casino with a huge bonus offer if the service is terrible. Casinos that give good service 8fast to respond, friendly, quick to sort any problems) zoom up our lists. you should be bale to get hold of someone quickly, preferably over a free line, and you should be able to explain your issue in your own language.
This is a must. Payout & should be published monthly by independent auditors.
look for the associations and industry bodies that an online casino is a member of (for example eCOGRA (e-Commerce Gaming Regulation Association).
Years of experience
This s always a great litmus test. We do feature casinos on this site that have less than 3 years of trading, but we are more likely not too, unless they are backed by a major brand. All things considered, you get some comfort from playing at Ladbrokes Casino rather than ACME Casinos inc.