How We Review

Our main goal here at BonusFinder is to provide online casino-goers with unbiased reviews and ratings so that they can make informed decisions about providers… before signing up and depositing their hard-earned cash.

To achieve this goal, we consider all the factors that make a casino great, good, bad, or simply OK. We pride ourselves on being experts in the field and know exactly what questions to ask to determine whether or not a casino makes the grade and meets our high standards.

We provide all the facts as well as unbiased opinions on each provider we rate, and every single operator you see on our site has undergone an extensive review period.
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Factors That Go Into Our Review Process

We consider all the factors that make a casino great, good, bad, or simply OK. We pride ourselves on being experts in the field and know exactly what questions to ask to determine whether or not a casino makes the grade and meets our high standards.

We provide all the facts as well as unbiased opinions on each provider we rate, and every single operator you see on our site has undergone an extensive review period.

In order to put your full, undivided trust in us as unbiased casino professionals, you first need to understand how we rate the casinos we are affiliated with. There’s a lot of thought that goes into it, but our main focus falls on these factors:

Safety & Security of the Operator

The very first question we focus on when reviewing an operator is can this online casino be trusted? If the answer is no, that operator immediately goes into our blacklisted pile and we won't sing even a single note of praise on its behalf.

In order to truly know if a casino is safe and secure for players, there are 3 important things we look into:

  • Website SSL, Privacy Policies, & Contact Information
  • Licensing & Regulations
  • Player Fund Protection

If an operator doesn't use at least 128-bit SSL encryption for keeping players' information safe or fails to list privacy policies or valid contact information, it's a big fat "NOPE".

The same goes for licensing and regulations; without being licensed with proof of an actual license number and without being regulated by a legit gambling commission, there's no way we can recommend that casino to our readers.

And lastly, if the operator doesn't have some sort of player fund protection system in place, it receives a double thumbs-down in this category within our review.

Customer Service

Once it's been established that safety and security standards have been met, customer service is the next big consideration.

We want to know whether or not an operator treats its customers with respect by paying close attention to things like average response times and the quality of service provided.

There are a few more factors that can help determine whether or not a provider passes the customer service test with flying colors:

  • Contact Channels: Ideally, customers can contact a casino's customer support team via multiple channels, like email, phone, and live chat.
  • FAQs, Support Center, & Guides Provided: Some casinos make it easy to get answers without even having to get in touch through their FAQs page and online guides.
  • Coverage Hours: Ideally, customer service will be available 24/7, allowing you to get in touch even when spinning online slots at 2 AM.
  • Languages Offered: Many casino operators operate on a global level, which means customer service should be available in multiple languages.

Deposits & Withdrawals

Making payments and paying out your winnings are both big aspects of the online gambling experience. That's why we pay extra close attention to an operator's deposit and withdrawal processes.

For this review category, we look into:

  • Supported Payment Methods
  • Currencies Accepted
  • Ease of Use When Depositing/Withdrawing
  • Speed of Funds Credited After Deposits
  • Speed of Withdrawal Processing
  • Deposit/Withdrawal Limits
  • Player Protection Tools

Mobile Compatibility

We are living in a mobile-driven world where nearly half of the global population owns a smartphone. So obviously, an operator's compatibility with a variety of devices is something we look into.

Here are some of the questions we ask ourselves to determine whether or not an operator can be deemed "mobile-compatible":

  • How does the site operate on tablet vs phone vs desktop?
  • Is the online casino optimized to work well on a smaller screen?
  • Does the operator have a mobile app? How is the in-app experience for players?
  • How easy is it to navigate the site on different devices?

Welcome Bonuses & On-Going Offers

One of the best parts of the review process is evaluating operators' Welcome Bonuses and ongoing promotional offers. There are a lot of great new-player bonuses out there, some even reaching the quadruple-digits.

These bonuses play a major role in how we review and make our recommendations. So what makes a Welcome Bonus or ongoing promo good, bad, or simply OK? To get the answers, there are 3 big questions we ask:

  • How generous are the offers and bonuses?
  • Are the T&Cs reasonable?
  • Are all the requirements for the bonuses communicated clearly?

If the bonus offer is generous with reasonable terms and clearly communicated rules and requirements, then you can count on a positive review from us - at least when it comes to the topic of bonus offers.

How We Calculate Bonuses?

Online casino bonuses can be confusing, with no deposit bonuses, first deposit bonuses, free spins, rebates, and a whole load of combinations and offers.

At BonusFinder, it’s our mission to help you “Play With More”, and that is why we do the hard work for you when it comes to calculating bonus offers. Our team calculates the real value of the casino bonuses to make sure you know exactly what you are getting before you sign-up.

You’ll notice on our casino bonus page that each operator’s bonus shows you an exact number value. We strongly believe that showing you how much you need to deposit and how much money you will have to play with will make it easier to choose a provider.

Loyalty Programs

Another thing we like to see from the operators we review is a strong dose of customer appreciation. Quality customer service is one way to show that appreciation, but another is the player loyalty program.

Loyalty programs, also called VIP programs, come in all shapes and sizes. Most operators implement a program based on tiers, so the more you play, the more you can get out of the program, like bonus spins, extra bonus cash, cashback, and even access to your own personal account manager.

In order to measure these programs and determine their worth, we keep 3 questions in mind during the review process:

  • Does the casino even offer a loyalty program?
  • Do they have bonuses and offers for existing customers?
  • Is there a VIP program available for high rollers?

Product Variety (Casino Games Available)

When all is said and done, we’re all here for one thing: the casino games (or for some, the Sportsbook). But that doesn’t mean we all like to play the same games or bet on the same sports, and that’s why product variety is such a big deal when we review operators.

There’s a lot that goes into rating an operator’s game available. First, we look at the game categories that are available, and ideally, that includes everything from slots to table games to live dealer games.

Then we look into the game suppliers with hopes of coming across a range of big-name software developers, like Microgaming, NetEnt, Play’n GO, Evolution Gaming, and Playtech. Supplier variety typically means good game variety.

Lastly, we take into account things like return to player ratings and game popularity. An operator can score extra points if it offers all the most popular titles as well as under-the-radar games.

Branding & Site Interface

Even though branding isn’t as important as security or game variety, it’s still something that falls on our radar when conducting our reviews. Let’s face it, sites with strong branding are just more fun to play on.

Think about it… A site with a well-thought-out color scheme and a unique design will definitely hold your attention longer than a poorly-branded site. The same goes for ease of use and functionality; if the site is easy to use, the experience will be SO much better.

The amount of time an operator has been in the industry is another thing that goes hand-in-hand with branding.

There are a lot of great new operators that have hit the scene recently, so an operator’s release date isn’t really something that can make or break how it’s reviewed. However, it’s always promising when an operator has been around for a while and has formed a solid reputation.

How We Use These Factors to Rate Casinos

Now that you know what we consider when reviewing casinos, it’s now time to talk about how we put these factors into consideration.

It’s all about asking the right questions and finding answers to those questions. One of the first questions asked for each review category is what does it take for this casino to make the cut?

Simple. In order for an operator to meet our standards for each review consideration – security, customer service, deposits/withdrawals, etc. – we just ensure that all of our recommendations have been met. Not only that, but we also consider what’s important to us as players.

Take security for example. In this case, we ask questions like: Does an operator prove it’s safe and secure through SSL encryption, clear privacy policies, and legit contact info? Is the operator licensed and regulated? Does the operator strive to protect player funds?

We dig deep to find the answers that will give us insight into whether or not an operator deserves our praise.

The Takeaway on Our Reviewing Process

Now that you see everything that goes into reviewing online casino operators, it’s obvious that we take our job very seriously.

We take extreme pride in our review process, and we strive to deliver only the best, most up-to-date information on all the casino operators we work with. It doesn’t hurt that we’re gambling fans ourselves with a strong passion for what we do and how we play!

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Editor-in-Chief

Riku is the Editor in Chief at BonusFinder and is a global expert in casino, sports betting and poker.

Riku was a professional online poker player for 10 years where he has played against some of the world’s best known pro-players such as Phil Ivey and Doyle Brunson. When not playing poker Riku was exercising his passion for sports betting and developing his expertise for casino games.

Riku as Editor in Chief oversees all the research and writing at BonusFinder. He also spends hours weekly speaking with the US casinos and sportsbooks to make sure everything is up to date to make sure you can "Play With More"

Riku has been recognized as an expert in the field and led the BonusFinder team to several gambling award nominations including:

  • EGR North America Awards 2020 - Affiliate of the Year
  • EGR Operator Awards 2019 - Casino Affiliate of the Year
  • iGB Affiliate Awards 2019 - Best Newcomer

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