HOW DO WE DO ONLINE CASINO REVIEWS
As you might have noticed, we take our casino ratings very seriously. Accordingly, we offer pertinent, independent information for the discerning player, meticulously highlighting the features it does or doesn’t have. Read on to learn more about the elements we consider when assigning a casino rating to each operator.
Promotions provide online casinos in Canada with an opportunity to distinguish themselves from competitors and attract new players – in fact, they are an operator’s main USP. Given the fiercely competitive nature of this industry in Canada, players are constantly inundated with promises of 100% matches, low wagering, no deposit offers and many more incentives designed to arouse interest.
You’d probably think such an abundant array of offers and promotions would spell good news for the customer. And in a lot of cases they do. Unfortunately though, as you’ll see in our casino reviews, some ‘offers’ are tainted by draconian terms and conditions that remove the overall benefit of accepting a promotion in the first place. Here’s a run-down of the T&Cs we consider when writing our casino reviews.
Wagering and Play Through Rules
Wagering is the most commonly known promotional caveat in the industry and applies to all manner of bonuses and offers. Generally, it requires players to wager a multiple of their deposit (and the bonus in some cases) before they can withdraw any winnings that may be generated. While the level of wagering varies between casinos, its use is widespread.
Such requirements are the bet noire of many players who see them as unnecessary and unfair. However, wagering is the only way for an operator to offset the financial risk of actually offering a promotion.
While there’s no hard and fast rule about what constitutes ‘good’ wagering rules, we’d suggest that something in the range of 30 – 35 is comparatively acceptable. Of course, there are a few online casinos in Canada, which don’t enforce wagering requirements at all, although these are in the distinct minority. If we come across an operator that offers what we think are harsh wagering rules, rest assured that we’ll let you know.
Time limits are another crucial area that should be examined because they can have an enormous impact on the likelihood of you meeting specific wagering requirements. In most scenarios, operators allow their players enough time to satisfy play-through rules. However, should we discover unfair time limits, we’ll tell you so.