Learn About Reviews of Online Casinos
Posted On: Feb. 1, 2013
If you don't want to start gaming at an online casino without knowing what you're getting into first, a good source of information is a casino review. At least it can be good as long as the potential biases of the reviewer are known, as there might be reasons why the reviewer would want to give the casino an especially good or bad rating. Despite that word of caution, casino reviews can be used to weed out potentially troublesome gambling sites and make sure your money is going to a reputable casino.
Most reviews of online casinos are written by players who have used their software themselves. Ideally, these are the people you'd most want to listen to, as they are in the same boat, trying to make sure they have the most fun possible while gambling. User reviews often live up to their potential, but usually only in aggregate. That's because an individual reviewer may have written the review after a particularly bad (internet connection went down while transferring money) or particularly good (won a large jackpot) event that was largely outside of the casino's control. It's important to consider the context as well as the content when it comes to user reviews.
You can also find reviews of online casinos at websites that seem to be presenting unbiased third party reviews. Some do, but others are actually affiliates of the casinos they are featuring. Affiliates make money every time someone follows a link from their site to a casino and ends up making a deposit, so it's in their best interest to paint the casino in the best light possible. Unfortunately, it is sometimes very hard to detect affiliates if there are no obvious links.
The best way to cut through the clutter and use online casino reviews is to consider what you've read as a whole. One bad review might be someone with a grudge, but seven bad reviews is certainly a trend - and vice versa for glowing recommendations. Use the wisdom of the masses and trust your gut most of all.