Best Real Money Casinos for 2017

With literally hundreds and thousands of casino review websites telling you where to wager online, who can you even trust? We say trust no one single opinion or review website.

At, we prefer to let the facts and figures do the talking. We do the hours of research and data collection and publish it here in easy to understand graphics and charts, so you can make an informed and confident decision about where to deposit and wager your money online.


Finding the best real money casinos to play at all comes down to one thing – your location. There are hundreds of online casinos in the world, and most cater to specific areas.

Casino Research Centre

  • Which casinos have the biggest sign-up bonus?

  • Which casinos send your winnings the fastest?

  • How much do you have to wager to earn $1 in bonus money?

Some casinos don’t accept players from various countries, or offer deposits, withdrawals and game play in a variety of currencies. So, even if a casino accepts players from where you live, they may not let you play in your preferred currency.

On this site you will see tables that rank online casinos based on where you live. These days, websites can identify where you live based on your ip address. We use this feature to help you find the highest ranked online casinos available in your area.

We go to great length to test, review, and rank all of the casinos on the site. We also have a ‘Banned List’ of casinos that we use to help our visitors avoid casinos we don’t approve of (see below).

Cash Bonuses, Free Spins & Other Promos

As a way to attract new customers, every online casino offers some variety of bonuses and promotions.

The most common promotion for new players are the initial deposit bonuses. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but generally work in one of two ways:

  1. Single deposit bonus based on first deposit. These bonuses are often something like 100% bonus up to $500, $1000 or some other amount. A 100% bonus match means that if you deposit $100 you can earn an additional $100 in bonus. If you deposit $500, you can earn an additional bonus of $500. In either case, your first deposit is matched at the rate dictated in the promotion. It might be a 50% bonus, in which case a $200 first deposit would allow you to earn another $100 in bonus money.
  2. Multiple deposit bonuses. These types of bonuses are broken down into some combination (usually two or three) of deposits. So if you deposit $100 initially, you can earn bonus from that deposit, and then further bonuses on future deposits. These types of deposit bonuses generally require the player to make each of the initial deposit bonuses within a specified period of time, like a week or a month.

Every casino has play-through requirements attached to cash bonuses. This means that the bonus money doesn’t become ‘yours’ (able to withdraw), until you’ve played a certain amount. Because games have different house edges, play-through requirements vary by game.

Other common promotions may include reload bonuses (usually smaller % matches than initial deposit bonuses, but offered down the road after you’re no longer eligible for new-player bonuses.

Free spins for slot games are also a very common promotion. For example, you may be able to get 20, 50 or more free spins on a specific slot game. Your winnings are yours to keep, once you satisfy the play-through requirements.

Reasons why a casino would be on our 2017 Banned List

Some casinos are fly-by-night, meaning they’re new, underfunded, or just plain shady. Some have a very obvious bad reputation that can be seen on forums with negative reactions from past customers. Others require more digging.

We know a lot about this industry, who the big players are, who is the real deal, and who the scam artists are. We attend all of the big online casino & gaming industry conventions around the world, and we talk to everyone.

We also abuse Skype and WhatsApp, staying in contact with the programs on a weekly, or even daily basis. The info is out there, and we dig for it.

So, when we’re researching casinos, poker sites, bookies, lotto providers – or whatever the case may be, we look for a variety of things.

What do we look for in a great online casino?

1/ Secure Banking, Personal Information, SSL Certificates and Licensing

What makes a great real money online casino
Of course, it all starts with security of player funds and personal information. We look at their encryption technology, if they segregate player funds from operating accounts, SSL certificates, and the software platform. We also look at their gaming licenses because some are more respectable than others.

Any respectable online gambling site will offer no less than 128-bit SSL (secure socket layer) digital encryption to keep deposits safe from hackers and your personal information from getting into the hands of shady employees.

As an additional safety feature, many online casinos offer customers the ability to have their personal information wiped from the casino database upon request.

2/ eCogra Certification and Random Number Generator Reports

Beyond that, we look to see who is monitoring their RNG’s (random number generators), and compare their payout percentages against other our highest rated casinos. The most respected company on this side of the business is eCogra (e-Commerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance).

A casino who is eCogra approved will generally post the eCogra logo at the bottom of their website. The logo should link to the certification report, along with a Percentage Payout Report and various RNG reviews.

The RNG reviews typically show the payout for All Games, Slot Games, Table Games, and Poker Games. Then, you’ll usually find reports specific for some combination of slots, blackjack, roulette, and video poker.

While this is only one factor in determining if a casino is safe or not, this is the obvious first step we always take. If a gambling site is not eCogra certified, we’re unlikely to recommend it.

3/ Customer Reviews and Complaints

Customer reviews are critical when considering whether or not we should recommend a gambling site. Who better to ask than the people who play there? With that said, we have to look at the nuances of a complaint because in some cases it’ simply a matter of a customer not understanding how a bonus works, or that the deposit option they chose does not offer withdrawals. In these cases, it might be more of a misunderstanding than something the gambling site did wrong.

With customer reviews, we look for trends that show us genuine problems caused by the gambling site. If several people have been complaining about an issue, in that case we contact the site to get more information – and go from there.