Nektan’s Queen of the Skies

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It is quite widely known that Queen of the skies this basically a solitaire game that has turned into a multiplayer, semi-role-playing extravaganza.

The overall idea of this game is that you have one or perhaps several B-17’s – depending on just how lucky you are – and you are dispatched to missions all across Europe. With the pretext – being that of a quite straightforward nature, you can brush of fighters, drops bombs and fight with all you got until you make it home. While we are fans of the WWII focused games, it must be said that B-17 is not normally something our passionate players would break out and play so quickly.

But when myself and a few co-workers were shown this variant game by Mike Moore and Chris Renaut – well, of course, this made us turn our heads a little. What this resulted in for us was that the vanilla – the basic board game that we once knew was, in fact, turned into a great deal of fun due to the fact that you can play alongside 30 other people.

I must note that it does at times lose a little realism but I mean you can look over this for sure when you take into account the sheer excitement and interaction that comes with playing this online casino game. We suggest breaking the players up into groups of 6 and continue to divide them up until your squadrons are formed. It is this group aspect that gives a real twist to the old school B-17 game in our opinion. – Be entertained for hours by cheering on your squadmates, console them on their losses or even have moments of compassion with the other squadrons – well, maybe.

Find yourself head first on missions to French-occupied factories or rail yards in Germany but with an added level of complexity, occasional goofiness and not to mention pure indulgent excitement. Find yourself getting a true thrill on beating your own personal score to see just how long you can survive against the opponents – push yourself to the links to see what it takes to get yourself home in just about one piece.  

While the mechanics of the system are pretty much the very same as the solitaire game, you can now also run charts and roll the dice till your heart’s content. For anyone who is familiar with the game, or if you’re a newcomer – it’s all good as the rules are really simple to follow. You will find you can play the game first time around with real ease. Some of the most interesting missions of late have been the Achtung London bombing which is listed in captured B-17, Fatherland Express – Germany and High Yield Tango (Nuke).

A bit like marmite, you will more than likely love or hate solitaire games. However, we think that B-17 is definitely worth your while if you are looking to give this type of game a try. As multiplayer games go – this is a high shiner.

(Reviewers Note: B-17 at this moment in time is only really produced for Denver, USA players, however, keep an eye out for this down the line as Nektan are always growing their radius of gaming).


Sex and the City Video Pokies Review

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Welcome back to the New NZ Casinos blog where we bring you the very best in online pokies, online casinos in NZ and more. In today’s blog entry we review one of the latest games by leading software developers International Gaming Technologies (IGT) ‘Sex and the City’ slot game. So grab your Manhattans, dust off your glad rags and channel your inner Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha as we review ‘Sex and The City Slots’.

IGT has teamed up with American production company HBO to bring the glamour of the famous four girls directly to you with their latest venture ‘Sex And The City Slots’. IGT is known for their television and movie-themed online pokies games and fans of the show will no doubt be wowed with their latest addition to their impressive roster of online pokies. The global smash hit show aired for over 6 years and spawned two films as viewers from around the world followed the lives, trials and tribulations of the fab four.

Win (Mr.) Big

The Sex and the City pokies game is a groundbreaking game that is a first in many ways. The game is the first Megajackpots game to offer the brilliant Multiplay feature meaning that as a multi-level progressive player you don’t have to worry about winning big as the feature is already in the game. Whatsmore, the large jackpots are not the only thing you can win bit at in this pokies game. In the vein of the girls loves of multitasking, the Multiplay feature lets you play four games at once. Four games mean four different chances to win big and let you cash in up to four times the money.

Sex and the City online slot configuration

Sex and the City are configured to help you, the player wins the most you can (something we always like!). The five reels game features 30 +20 line and a 50-credit x four a clear nod to the glamorous foursome. Each game has 30 pay lines as well as the opportunity to make a 20 credit side wager to maximise your returns. To cover all four games you need to bet at least 200 credits per spin. What we love is that if you want to bet the maximum amount you actually get more bang for your buck only needing to bet three credits across the four lines for a total of 600 credits, effectively giving you a free spin. For the maximum wager you will part with around $6 NZD which may seem a lot but if you factor in the extras such as the five top-level bonus games – it represents great value for money.

Brilliant Bonuses

Who doesn’t like a bonus? The MegaJackpots bonus feature is really what sets Sex and the City apart from other online pokies. When the right symbols appear across the games your playing you have the chance to win big. In addition to the excellent Mega Jackpot feature, players also have the chance to win big by activating the five unique bonus games. According to IGT with all four games activated the bonus hit frequency is around 1 in 25 plays.

Keeping with the theme of the game the five bonus games all capture the excitement of the hit TV show and are named in typical Sex and the City fashion: Simply Fabulous, Progressive Pink Bonus, Perfect Present Bonus, Hello Lover! And Change of Dress Bonus.

The Simply Fabulous bonus lets players choose from several jewellery boxes that reveal the total reward when put together.

The ‘perfect present’ feature is a free bonus game that triggers up to 15 gift boxes on the screen. One of our favourite bonuses, the reels that contain these bonuses turn into scattering players that award the bonuses.

Change of Dress is another great bonus and one of the most popular as it allows you to choose your favourite character from the show (probably Samantha) and change their outfit whilst you collect awesome prizes in the progress.

Finally, Hello Lover! The bonus which lets you win five free spins. The keep an eye out for the ‘locking’ symbol that is introduced here as it raises your chances of winning.

In a statement, HBO Licensing and Retail Vice President said,  “We made sure the game would resonate with fans by including iconic moments and quotes from the series, including everyone’s favourite Carrie mantra that is repeated by devotees around the world – ‘hello lover’.”

The officially licensed game is now available to play online and we know that Kiwi fans of the show have been itching to give those reels a spin. Keep up to date with the latest online pokies games with New NZ Casinos and let our experts help you win big.




Emoticoins review by Microgaming


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Welcome back to the New NZ Casinos Reviews where we bring you the hottest online pokies, best online casinos and all you need to know about the latest and greatest online games. Our friends over at Microgaming, who need no introduction we are sure you will agree, have been working hard on lots of exciting new games. We spin the reels and review one of their latest offerings with our review of Emoticoin by Microgaming.

Emoticoins had us rofw (rolling on the floor winning) and our review of Emoticoin by Microgaming certainly made us wrb (win real big!) Emoticoins is a joint collab between Microgaming and Slingshot studios featuring 5 reels and a staggering 30 paylines. This emoji themed game has a great wild burst feature where 5 extra wilds are added to your next spin. The exciting new free spins feature also gives you 10  free spins and can trigger the Wild Stickers feature where a sticky wild is added on free spins 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 for wins of over 300 times your stake on each free spin.

Emoticoins looks amazing and the upbeat, fun soundtrack really adds atmosphere to the games.The fun visuals is based on the emojis that are commonly used in social media and text. The symbols for the game are based on 5 smiling emojis and the tradition regular playing card suits.

The Emoticoin’s logo features heavily in the game and look out for it as a wild symbol and a replacement for other symbols except the scatter. Emoticoins also has the added benefit of an awesome Wild Blast feature which entails  5 extra wilds being added to the reels for the following spin.

The other important symbol to keep an eye out for is the LOL scatter (lots of luck or laugh out loud? You decide!) get 3 or more on the reels to trigger the Free Spins Feature. For this you get an amazing 10 free spins and the Wild Stickers feature on your 1st free spin, 1 symbol position transforms into a sticky wild. On free spins 3, 5, 7 and 9, an extra symbol position also becomes a sticky wild. What we love about this is that you can spin your last 2 free spins with 5 sticky wilds in place! What a great feature that will net our players some cash we hope!

Emoticoins by Microgaming is a fun game with a modern theme. Don’t be put off by the emojis as beneath the humorous aesthetics there is a game of great depth. Leave your comments and thought below and let us know what you think of Emoticoins! In the meantime, discover the best online casinos in New Zealand brought to you by our experts. 

Deco Diamonds review by Microgaming

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Welcome back to the NZ blog where we bring you the latest news, reviews in the world of online pokies and online casinos in New Zealand. In today’s entry we dust off our jackets, put on our glad rags and enter the world of luxury with Microgaming’s latest releases; ‘Deco Diamonds’. Read more to get our review of Deco Diamonds by Microgaming.

Are diamonds really forever? According to the song they certainly are and their appeal knows no bounds across the world. Microgaming, do we even need to introduce them, launched their brand new five reel, nine payout line online pokies game in January that has taken those who play online pokies in NZ by storm! Designed by Just for the Win and available exclusively to Microgaming Deco Diamonds is the online pokie game you need to be playing. Available across mobiles, tablets and desktops Deco Diamonds is one of the most exciting games we have reviewed recently.

The game itself has an exciting re-spin mode which is triggered by two, three or four Deco Diamonds wild symbols. When this happens, the awesome wilds are locked into place and re-spins are awarded until either no more Deco Diamonds symbols appear or, and this is truly what’s cool, the bonus wheel is launched.

So what happens when you get three or more Deco Diamond symbols? A three-tiered bonus wheel is triggered with a MASSIVE 1000x bet maximum win. Three Deco Diamonds symbols award you the silver level, four the gold and five the downright dazzling diamond level.

When the wheels stops the prize show on the tile is awarded. When the wheel stops on the level up tile you get to go to the next level. Now, we’ve been playing this game for a while now and we have to say it’s not just one of our recent favourites but it’s, quite simply, one of the best online pokies we have played. We know our fellow Kiwis will simply love this one and are set for a great time.

Finally, and certainly last but not least, the visuals of this game are something that we are loving. Deco Diamonds has that classic look with a modern and classy vibe. Think of the glamour of Vegas casinos  with an art deco twist. Cherries, lemons, watermelons, peaches, bells, 7s and, of course, diamonds.

We hope you have enjoyed our review of Deco Diamonds by Microgaming. Be sure to give it a spin and let us know your thoughts below!

Play some Playboy in Microgaming’s newest slot

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World renound game producer Microgaming have designed to spice things up by teaming with Triple Edge Studios to create the scintillating slot ‘Playboy Gold’. Announced at the ICE convention in London this year, the game was launched on the 7th of March.

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Microgaming online pokies are some of the most popular in New Zealand and across the world. We think that, if you’re anything like us, you have already tried their Playboy slot. As you may agree, the vibe just wasn’t right and it didn’t hit that mark for a few reasons, principally the cartoonish design wasn’t that, well, sexy.

Playboy Gold on the other hand is going to change that for the better! Right when you load the game you are greeted by two beautiful bunnies standing to each side of the reels. Whilst talking about the reels: there is a 6 x 10 reel grid and 100, you heard correctly, paylines! Whilst this is fairly common in the best mobile casinos it is something kind of new for Microgaming to be making and we welcome this with open arms.


Are Microgaming changing?

We think that what this means is that Microgaming are starting to make some BIG changes, for the better we may add! By branching out to other companies they are offering a greater variety, not just in the themes of their games, but choice as well as continuing their long standing tradition within the world of online casinos NZ.

David Reynolds, Games Publisher at Microgaming said: “To work with Playboy again has been a real pleasure. They are the most recognised and popular consumer brands in the world and Triple Edge Studios has worked tirelessly to bring the brand to life in Playboy Gold. The game is hosted by playmates Raquel and Audrey and delivers non-stop action. We are excited for the game’s launch and to be unveiling the title at the industry’s biggest trade show.”

What to expect from the Playboy Gold slot? Bunnies, luxury and the Playboy lifestyle are all yours in this new game by Microgaming. Think class, think sass and think Playboy!

House of Doom slot game Review

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Prepare for some spooky slots in this new online pokies for 2018 by Play N Go. Available to play across all devices (we love this!) House of Doom is a five reel, 10 payline slow horror themed slot game and is certainly not for the faint hearted! A scary skull is the gateway to the wild reel in the game if it lands on a highlighted reel and whatsmore, speaking of skulls, House of Doom also comes with a bonus game Skulls of Abyss that lets you pick skulls to win cash prizes or access to the dastardly titled ‘Doom Spins’. This exciting bonus gives you 10 free spins and… wait for it! An infinite amount of extra free spins. More on this below!

The bonus feature really sets this game apart, you have the Skulls of Abyss Bonus Game feature which is played when you get the Skull scatter symbol simultaneously on reels 2, 3 and 4 (the 3 middle reels). You then pick skulls, 1 at a time, to give you hidden prizes – you can win cash prizes or trigger the Doom Spins feature (more on this below). The cash prizes go up to 20 times your stake.

Aesthetically,  as the name suggests, House of Doom has a brooding, sinister horror theme to it with a scary purple church and skulls. The music in this game is your gateway to the underworld with some monster riffs supplied by the metal soundtrack: Rock on!The spooky symbols in the online pokies game include gothic looking A, K, K Q and the 10 playing cards, barbed wire crosses, flaming roses, pentagrams and ram skulls.

The rocking  ram skulls become the symbol to look at for as they will give you 70 times your stake for 5 on a payline. The wild symbol in the game is the Seer with 2 giving you a small, but always welcome, payout and replaces all the the symbols except for the 2 scatters. 5 across a paylin will reward you with an impressive 100 times your total stake. What we love about the game is that 1 reel is chosen at random and highlighted on each base game spin meaning that if the wild symbol lands with the chosen reel it expands and gives you a wild reel.

The main feature of the game is the Doom Spins feature. This awesome addition is played with the House of Doom symbol appears on reels 1, 3 and 5 at the same time and give you 10 free spins! Not only do you get 10 free spins but the the House of Doom scatter also changes into a House of Doom wild symbol giving you another wild.

The House of Symbol scatter is something to keep your eyes peeled and appears on reels 1,3 and 5 rewarding you with more free spins! If that doesn’t sound good then wait for this… there is no limit on how many times you can do this! Between 2 to 5 reels are highlighted on each free spin – when a wild or wild House of Doom symbol lands on the highlighted reel they expand giving you another wild reel! This can end up giving you 5 wild reels on every free spin! Stay up to date with the best online casinos in NZ and new pokies games for 2018 with New NZ Casinos. 

Cash of Kingdoms by Microgaming Announced

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Welcome back to the New NZ Casinos reviews’ blog where we bring you the latest news and development in online casinos, online pokies NZ and more. In today’s blog entry we look at the exciting new game ‘Cash of Kingdoms’ by the world renound Microgaming and give you all you need to know about this exciting new online pokies game.

Announced at day 3 of ICE in London, Microgaming made the big reveal at the largest conference in the world for online casinos and online pokies. Bringing together industry leading bodies, the best software providers, ICE was the who’s who of the online gaming world.

Microgaming spared no expense in announcing this exciting and innovative new pokies game and decorated the venue with the theme of the game. Suits of armour, archery targets, gunpowder kegs and more all transformed the bar into a medieval fantasy setting highlighting the theme and concept of Cash of Kingdoms. Whats more, live entertainment was provided by contortionists dressed as archers who performed to the catchy soundtrack of the game.

Whilst the game has not been released that what we do know is that Microgaming are continuing to innovate and offer exciting new features in the world of online casinos and online pokies. Cash of Kingdoms will be a 5 reel, 15 payline slot game all set within a fantasy, medieval world. Exciting and colourful characters such as knights, archers and mages will lead players on an adventure with generous bonus features. New features include a brand new Invading Wilds bonus, where flaming arrows will fire down on the reels and bring more winnings to the gamers.

Cash of Kingdoms will be an adventure that can be enjoyed at home or on the go. The mobile optimised game allows you to take the action with you and will be an action packed pokies games that offers players a high return.


Why we love mobile casinos

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Welcome back to the New NZ Casinos Reviews’ blog where we bring you the very best in online casinos NZ, Online pokies and more. Now, it is no secret that we are huge gamers! We have worked in the industry for, and we are showing our age a bit, a combined total of 50 years! That’s right, our three member team, small but packs a punch we add, have worked for over 5 decades in the world of both online and offline casinos. In today’s entry we share our insights and explain why we are so passionate about mobile casinos. Not just mobile casinos but the best mobile casinos New Zealand has to offer.

In our short blog we give you 5 reasons why you should be gaming on the go and try out our tried and tested mobile casinos New Zealand

Variety of games

Did you know that in the world of online casinos mobile gaming is evolving faster than desktop gaming? That’s right, top software providers such as Netent, Microgaming and Nektan are all increasingly developing more games for mobile devices. This upsurge in developers creating mobile casino games in NZ and the world shows a shift away from desktop gaming. Don’t worry though! Desktop casinos will still be around for a long time, it’s just that the industry is evolving with technology and consumer trends. We sat down and had a chat between ourselves after a busy day reviewing new games and all came to the same conclusion: Mobile gaming is the future and it’s time to get playing!

Optimised to play on the go

So, we’re sure that most of you reading this have a mobile phone or tablet. In fact you may even own both. We all know the flexibility and ease that having a mobile gives you. You can text anyone, make calls easily and use all of your favourite apps. You carry it everywhere. Our routine when we go out is always check 1) Keys 2) Cards 3) mobile phone. If anything, and we know you’ve heard someone say it, you may feel lost without your mobile phone. With this in mind developers know that phones have become a part of us and mobile casinos are catching up to this. The best mobile casinos in New Zealand are optimised to run efficiently and smoothly on your mobile device and offer a superior gaming experience than trying to access a desktop casino on a mobile device.

Play anytime, anywhere

We hate waiting. We really do. We can’t even begin to tell you how long we have had to wait to play our favourite games in a casino or even on a desktop. Also, how frustrating is it when you get into your game and you’re playing and winning but have to stop to go out? With mobile casinos this simply isn’t an issue. Take your favourite games with you and play where ever and whenever you want! Mobile casinos give you the freedom to game and choose to play your favourite games when and how you want.

Android or iPhone

So, this debate rears its head once more! Android or iPhone! We won’t go into the specifics of what handset or brand is better (its a touchy subject for our team you see) but we will tell you once thing. In the world of online casinos both Android and iPhone users are embraced. That’s right the big developers know that there is a huge amount of gamers on both systems and develop their games accordingly.

Dedicated gaming apps 

Finally, speaking of games that are developed accordingly mobile casinos go one step further. As in one of our previous points where we mention that games are optimised for mobile play developers have cleverly gone one step further and created dedicated gaming apps for all of your favourite online casino games. From mobile pokies to mobile poker, there is a huge amount of apps that run amazingly on mobile devices. What this means is that you have an exciting experience (think sounds, graphics and more) that offers your an enjoyable and exciting product.




Online pokies vs traditional pokies

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Welcome back to the New NZ Casinos Reviews blog where we bring you all you need to know about the latest online pokies, best online casinos NZ and more. In this week’s blog entry we cast our expert eye towards online pokies and bring you all you need to know about the difference between online and offline pokies.

It is no secret that we simply love online pokies. Before starting our website (that brings you the best online pokies and online casinos in NZ) we played a lot of pokies. We still do, of course,  but we used to play more! As the most popular online casino game in NZ, pokies attract Kiwi players from across the country for a variety of reasons. Excellent odds, the ease of play and, not to mention, the exciting software are just a few reasons why Kiwis are flocking to play online pokies on both desktop and mobile.

Pokies have changed a lot over the years. It comes as no surprise that with the development of the internet, mobile casinos in NZ and technology as a whole, the world of online pokies in New Zealand and across the planet has developed at an exciting pace. It is easy to feel a bit confused when choosing an online casino to play online pokies as, if you haven’t played for a while, things have most certainly moved on. However, what is reassuring is that whilst the aesthetics and general look of the games have changed, the overall core mechanics of online pokies has not. Going even further we could say that the mechanics of pokies machines have not changed in over 200 years! Quite simply, if it ain’t broke, why fix it?

So, just what are the differences between online and offline pokies? Our expert gamers outline all you need to know about the differences, and a few similarities, between online pokies vs offline pokies helping you to make the transition from the pub to gaming on the go via your mobile or in the comfort of your own home.


Firstly, jumping into the world of online pokies NZ one of the main things you may notice is the HUGE variety of games. Traditional, bricks and mortar casinos are limited by space. Online there exists no such limits. Online pokies have a massive selection of games to choose from making it easy to choose your favourite classic themed pokies or exciting new themed games that tie into to your favourite music, films and more. Whatsmore, new games are regularly added meaning that you constantly have fresh and fun pokies to play. Usually the new games will have added bonuses with the casinos to tempt you in to play so have a look out for new online pokies bonuses.


No more waiting

How frustrating is it when you go to a casino and have to wait to play your favourite pokies machine? Yes, we’ve all been there. The annoying wait when you see some bloke playing on the machine you want to play. It’s enough to make you get up and leave. With online pokies you need never to worry about waiting again. Unlike physical casinos online casinos have no waiting times meaning that you can login, choose your favourite online pokies game and start playing.

Play where you want, when you want

So you want to game but the casino is a good few kilometers away. Get the keys, lock the house and drive 30 minutes to play. We agree, you’re wasting time getting there as opposed to actually playing. We won’t even go into the traffic. Online pokies are far superior compared to offline pokies as you can play them anytime and anywhere. Yep, simply login to your laptop, tablet or mobile and get gaming. Did you know that online casinos never close? Had a nice evening out with the lads and fancy a spin? Grab your mobile and get gaming.

Money, Money, Money

So, once you’ve got to the casino and want to play you need to, of course, change up your hard earned New Zealand dollars. Again, you have to wait to get the change to play. Why so many hurdles when all you want to do is enjoy your favourite game? Online pokies make waiting for change a thing of the past. Simply register with the online casino to play pokies and set up your details and play without having to wait for change ever again.


Get paid to play

When was the last time an offline casino paid you to play their games? To be quite honest, we have never been so lucky as to be paid to play and most of our games haven’t either. Online casinos offer a wealth of sign up & deposit bonuses, free spins and attractive offers to get you gaming, offline casinos simply cannot compete with these amazing sign up offers!

Practice makes perfect

Have you ever been allowed free spins at an offline casino? Probably not! Online casinos knock it out of the park when it comes to free spins and letting you practice before you put your hard earned dollars down. That’s right, most casinos will offer you the chance to play for free, allowing you to get a feel for the reel before committing to play with your money.


Finally, one of the biggest advantages of playing online pokies compared to offline pokies is the freedom that the internet gives you. Whilst ID is required to set up your account playing online pokies means that you do not need ID to play each time. With online pokies you have the freedom to play as much as you want without anyone knowing who you are.

So, we think you will agree, online pokies outclass offline pokies in every field. Discover the best pokies NZ with NZ Casino Reviews and enjoy playing the best pokies NZ has to offer.


How to Avoid Rogue Casinos

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Welcome back to the official New NZ Casinos blog where we bring you our top tips and our expert advice in the world of online pokies and table games in NZ. In today’s blog we don our detective hat and delve into the world of sleazy slots and how to avoid those dodgy casinos online. Elementary we think you will agree.

So, how do you stay safe when gaming online? Since the early 90s the internet revolution has lead to an explosion of online pokies and online casinos in NZ. This has lead to established and regulated casinos that secure your money and keep your personal details safe. However, sadly there have been a lot of cowboys out there looking to make a quick buck. Sites like ourselves exist not only to bring you the best bonuses for online pokies but also to help you to find safe, fair and secure online casinos where you can game in safety and not have to worry about your personal details or winnings.

How to tell if an online casino is reputable

Our simple checklist can help you to stay safe online, always remember to check the following:

  • Does the website look professional? Is the wording across the site spelt correctly? Does the branding match across different pages? If there is sloppy spelling and the site generally does not look great then be very careful.
  • Is casino licensed? Look out for logos of gaming regulators that should be displayed very clearly across the site.
  • Look for how easy it is to contact the support teams of the casino. Live chat, phone and email details, again, should be clearly labelled across the site. Knowing that there are support teams to help you shows that a casino is legit. These are normally 24/7 operations and exist to answer your questions and queries.
  • Does the online casino have pages dedicated to most or all of the following sections? ‘Security’; ‘Terms and Conditions’; ‘Responsible Gambling’; ‘About Us’; Privacy Policy’.
  • Fairness. Now, one of the most important factors of whether or not an online casino is regulated is if it is fair. Is the site tested regularly by any of these global leaders in testing eCOGRA, iTech Labs, Gaming Laboratories International, BMM Test Labs? These independent companies test for fair gameplay, validate game payouts, and concern themselves with customer safety and responsible operator conduct.
  • Does the address have https:// in front of the URL? All online casinos need to have a secure connection as they deal with the transfer for sensitive information.
  • Does the casino use respected and reputable software designers like like Microgaming, Playtech, and Netent?

Remember, it is vital to stay safe when you game online. Remember these three key concepts: secure, fair and safe and stick by our checklist to avoid those dodgy sites.