Which Ontario Online Casino Is Right For You?  

Written By Katarina Vojvodic on April 1, 2022 - Last Updated on May 26, 2022
Which Ontario Online Casino Is Right For You?

A legal one!

A bit of a cheeky answer, maybe. But it’s true.

With Ontario’s April 4 launch, players in the province have a lot of choices of where to spend their money.

Now more than ever, gambling enthusiasts are hunting for online casinos in Ontario that best meet their needs. A decision that relies on more than where to play favourite games of chance (though that matters, too).

Finding the right gambling destination can sometimes be tricky (especially for rookies!). To assist, PlayCanada put together a list of essential features any reputable online casino should offer.

How to choose the right online casino

Ontario’s fresh-faced, competitive online gambling market means a host of online casinos at players’ fingertips.

It can be hard to know which online casino is best for you with so many options available. And although players should consider several criteria, in the end, where to play will come down to a personal choice.

However, you can set yourself up to choose the best online casino for your needs by considering some essential criteria:

iGaming Ontario seal

One of the most crucial things to focus on is ensuring the casino is legal and regulated in Ontario.

All regulated casinos must prominently display the iGaming Ontario seal on their sites. The presence of the seal ensures the brand is registered with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and approved by its subsidiary, iGO.

Players will be able to find the iGO seal in the header and/or footer of the casino’s homepage. This approval is the leading indicator of a trustworthy brand that cares about its players (and reputation).

Safe gaming environment

Most of the sites you’ll encounter will be secure, using the latest 128-bit SSL encryption. However, it’s best not to make assumptions and double-check the security.

All reputable casino sites have regularly audited their shuffle function (handled by random number generator software). Auditing ensures that the outcome of every game will be fair and unbiased.

Also, look for the Independent Testing Lab’s certification, like the eCOGRA seal, in the website’s footer.

Responsible gambling information and resources

Allowing players to access helplines and resources is essential for every online casino. To that end, trustworthy online casinos will offer players tools to prevent problem gambling and addictive behaviours.

Although these tools may not prevent problem gambling altogether, online casinos can undoubtedly play a role in lessening its impact. They can do that, in part, by directing players who need help to available support.

Before their launch in Ontario, online casinos would have obtained RG Check igaming accreditation from the Responsible Gambling Council.

RG Check accreditation process helps online casinos evaluate, monitor, and manage all aspects of their responsible gambling strategy.

The casino should display the Responsible Gaming button directing you to a dedicated page on their website highlighting various support tools and organizations.

Tools will include age-verification checks, access to deposit and time limits, win and wager limits, and self-exclusion programs.

Fair and safe payment options

Whatever online gaming destination you choose should have several safe payment methods, it’s best to check the available payment opinions before registering for an account.

All reputable casino operators will have multiple payment options, including credit and debit cards and e-wallets. Some may even include bank transfers and cryptocurrencies, although crypto is a no-no on regulated sites in Canada. So, if digital currency is an option, that’s a site to avoid. Drake be damned.

Otherwise, as long as the casino offers several payments options that allow for fast, secure transactions, you’re good to go.

Responsive customer support

Choosing a casino with helpful, responsive and friendly customer support is crucial. That ensures that when you have a problem (likely to happen sooner or later), they’re there to help.

If you’re having an issue with your account, can’t find your favourite games or have a payment problem – customer support is where you turn.

Ideally, the casino will have 24/7 service via live chat, email and phone.

Vast selection of games and reputable software providers

An extensive selection of online casino games powered by reputable suppliers is imperative for any online casino site. That said, the casino’s portfolio should include:

  • Online slots
  • Poker
  • Blackjack
  • Baccarat
  • Craps
  • Roulette
  • Live casino games

These games should run on the industry’s best software providers such as NetEnt, Microgaming, Playtech, Yggdrasil Gaming, etc.

Promotions and bonuses

It’s wise to ensure the online casino you choose has all the betting options you desire.

In any case, the casino should offer various bonuses and promotions to new and existing players.

The best apps and sites offer rewards for existing users, like special bonuses, high-roller bonuses, VIP or loyalty programs. However, in a newly regulated market like Ontario, bonuses for existing users are a bit of a moot point.

For newbies, be sure to take advantage of welcome bonuses. Double-check for any free spins attached and what the deposit bonus is. And read the fine print to see how easy the requirements will be to meet, and only go after attainable perks.

Lastly, make sure the casino has the features and promos you like. Most will likely have early cash-out options, odds boosts, same-game parlays, in-game betting, etc.

User-friendly app

Before you decide to play, it’s worthwhile testing the casino’s mobile betting app. The easier the app is to use, the better. Giving the app a try is especially important for those into live betting, where the action is fast-paced.

A final tip: make sure apps and games are optimized for smaller screens and touch input.

Voila! – You’re all set

Remember, check out a casino before you set up an account.

Read their terms and conditions, including the fine print, especially around bonuses and wagering requirements. And check players’ reviews—they can be very eye-opening.

Lastly, when you’re ready to jump in, please gamble responsibly.

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Katarina is a Toronto-based online gambling writer who holds a master's degree in journalism. Before joining PlayCanada, she was part of the AskGamblers crew where she reported about the world of online casinos and interviewed numerous iGaming experts. Being in the industry for 5 years, she became an expert in online slots.

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