Canadian Online Casinos
There are a multitude of online casinos available for Canadian customers. Be it through dedicated Casino sites or the Casino sections of Canadian bookmakers, the list of options can be bewildering. With such a wide range of sites at one’s disposal it is difficult to ascertain which are the best. We have looked at the sites available and come up with those which, in our opinion, provide the most comprehensive Casino experience found online.
The great advantage online sites have over visiting the casino is convenience. Given the size of Canada, for many people it is not simply a case walking to the Casino at the end of your street. Thanks to online casinos you have the means to play the tables from any location and at any time. Furthermore, you are able to add funds to your cash pot without the hassle of waiting in line for an ATM to become available before queuing for chips.
You can also play any table without waiting for a space to become available. Granted there isn’t the same atmosphere and social interaction you find at the casino, but for many people this too can be a positive! You don’t have to contend with the ubiquitous casino know-it-alls for a start!
All the main bookmakers now offer a Casino book in addition to their sportsbooks, but we will focus on the top five sites dedicated solely to Casino games. We will take into consideration how these sites rate on bonuses, number of games available, quality of games, acceptance of Canadian Dollars – CAD – and Customer Service.
New Casino Sites for Canadian Players
Although the number of online casinos focusing on players from Canada is not too big, you can find more than enough brands that happily accept you. We are talking about casino sites here that are explicitly targeting casual gamblers in Canada. By targeting I mean they offer CAD as account currency, offer bonuses and other promotions in Canadian Dollars as well, or embrace deposit and withdrawal methods that are easily available and widely used among Canadians. In addition if a brand is based in Canada or operated by a firm registered in Canada that’s also a pretty straightforward sign that the casino in question will take good care of customers from Canada.
While significantly less frequently than with US or UK casinos, every year some new casino sites are launched for Canadian players. These provide a steady flow of new skins to play at even for the most avid player who plays through the bonus of every available brand immediately upon noticing it. The advantage of doing so with new casinos is that you can claim all those different bonuses, each time gaining some extra advantage for your bankroll.
Formerly known as Casino-on-Net, 888 is a Canadian-friendly online casino and bookmaker operating under the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA), the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), and the Government of Gibraltar gaming licences. Founded back in 1997, 888 covers a range of global markets, welcoming the players with 100% bonus cash awarded on the first deposit (up to $200). Alternatively, the new account holders can claim a total of $1,500 across 5 deposits during the first week of their membership. The Canadian players will also be able to redeem the no-deposit welcome bonus in the amount of $88, offered on sign-up (before funding the casino cashier).
The generous promotions are not the only reason to become a part of 888 casino community; the operator partners with some of the best software developers in the industry (Blueprint, Leander, Evolution Gaming, etc), offering an array of live dealer tables, bingo, poker, and RNG casino games which can be played both online or accessed via the downloadable mobile apps.
The most loyal members will have the opportunity to join 888 Casino Club and enjoy the perks of three VIP membership levels – luxury trips, exclusive bonuses, personal account managers, etc.
As an online casino with an international reach, 888 accepts over 30 payment methods, including Interac, iDebit, PayPal, and MuchBetter, all widely popular among Canadian online casino players. The minimum withdrawal is 20 CAD and the payout requests are processed within 1 – 5 business days (KYC procedure might affect the pending time).
As a casino regulated by the UKGC, 888 employs eCOGRA as an independent testing agency to perform fairness and RNG tests of the games offered on 888 casino platform.
One such new casino brand widely popular among Canadians is Betzest Casino. It is a newcomer in the world of online gambling in the sense that there is no decades of experience and huge corporate backing behind it like in the case of some major operators. This is however the actual advantage of this brand, because it is much more manageable and takes good care of the limited number of players they have. It goes without saying that dealing with support issues is much easier if your dedicated team is not saturated with thousands of customers or even shared between more brands.
At the moment Betzest offers a 100% up to $200 welcome bonus for fellow Canadians. They just recently added a new cashier and a variety of e-wallets added specifically for Ca traffic to facilitate a variety of deposit and withdrawal options. Also the site is recently redesigned for desktop/mobile. Finally Betzest just acquired the MGA license besides the older Curacao one.
Royal Vegas is one of the best known Casino sites. It was established in 2000 and has built up an first class reputation. First up, the introductory bonuses at Royal Vegas are excellent.
For your first deposit you will receive a 100% bonus up to a value of $150 Canadian. It doesn’t end there. You will then receive 25% bonus on your second deposit up to $125, 25% on your first deposit up to $125, 50% on deposit number 4 up to a value of $250, 50% on the fifth deposit up to $125 and finally a bonus of 50% up to a deposit of $250. Phew! This alone will be enough reason for many people to join up. It’s one of, if not the, best bonus systems on the market.
There’s more! After your first three deposits you are given 20 free spins on one of Royal Vegas’ slot games. There are over 500 games available to customers, each of a very high quality. These can be accessed by downloading the casino, through a Flash operated player on your browser or on your mobile. Even at this level, it is a quick and smooth gaming experience. Graphics and sound are top notch and there are live dealers available. The site accepts Canadian dollars as well as other currencies and deposits can be made through Visa, Mastercard, Skrill, E-Check, Neteller and E-Transfer. Customer service is also very good with 24/7 operation and the option to pitch any queries via email, telephone or live chat. All in all Royal Vegas is a tremendous online Casino experience.
Next up is the very popular Spin Palace. Despite the slightly misleading name, Slots Million doesn’t just focus on slots. There is also a comprehensive Casino option. Slots Million may not have the generous bonuses on offer at Royal Vegas, but the bonuses they do offer are excellent nonetheless. You will get 100% on your first deposit up to $150, 25% on the second deposit up to $125 and 50% on the third deposit up to $100. Very tempting, I’m sure you’ll agree. The games available are powered by a ton of different software providers which is the sign of a great online casino. This allows them to provide over 1000 playable games.
Again, the presentation is slick and user friendly and can be played through download, Flash or mobile. As with Royal Vegas there is a focus on Canadian players and Canadian Dollars are, of course, accepted. Deposits can be made through Visa, Mastercard, Skrill, PayPal, Instadebit, E-Transfer and many more. Customer service is also sound with 18 different languages catered for through email, telephone and live chat. One more thing; Spin Palace offer a ‘Sunday Special’ bonus whereby if you deposit $100 in any week you will be given 100 spins on one of their slots. Not bad!
Platinum Play’s main selling point is it’s $1500 free introductory bonus. You will be given $1500 to play with without even making a deposit. Pretty incredible stuff. When this has been exhausted you will then receive 100% bonus on your first bonus up to $200 and a 100% refer a friend bonus. Generous is an understatement. It would be understandable to think that such generosity is to disguise an otherwise sub-standard site, but this simple isn’t the case.
Platinum play has over 500 games including over 300 slots. You can deposit and withdraw using a number of methods and it accepts Canadian dollars. It can be played via download, Flash and mobile. Customer service is helpful and easily accessible with Skype and BBM added in to the mix to make for added convenience, but it those huge bonuses that will draw you to Platinum Play. There is a slight downside in that methods for withdrawal aren’t as numerous and there is a 24 hour waiting period before withdrawals are processed meaning you can wait a few days to receive your winnings, but this is the only real downside on an otherwise excellent site.
Another well-established and highly trusted site, Jackpot City has been in existence since 1998. It has a unique bonus system in that you can get more from your second bonus than your first. To clarify, on your initial deposit you will receive 100% bonus up to $200, but on your second bonus you can receive 100% on a deposit of up to $300. It’s an unusual bonus system, but one which is most welcome. Powered by Microgaming, there are over 450 games available.
In addition to the Casino staples, there is a huge number of slots available. The site is Canadian-friendly with Canadian dollars accepted through all of the main deposit methods. One thing worth mentioning is that they do not process withdrawals at the weekend so you may have to wait a few days before being able to bank your winnings. This is the only downside of an otherwise very good customer service. As you would expect, queries can be made through email, live chat and telephone and customer service is available 24/7.
As the name would suggest this is a Casino site firmly focussed on the Canadian market. It has a heavy Canadian theme and naturally accepts Canadian dollars which can be deposited and withdrawn using the usual methods, but by using Instadebit you will get 15% bonus on every deposit.
This is in addition to the introductory bonus of 100% up to $100 followed by a second bonus of 50% and a whopping 200% on the third deposit. The site also offers a very interesting ‘freeplay‘ bonus.
You start with $3000 (you don’t need to make a deposit) and are given 60 minutes to get your winnings up to $3100. When you get to this figure you can withdraw the $100 following a $40 deposit so in effect you are possibly getting $60 for free. There are over 450 games to choose from and while the graphics may not be as slick as other sites, the games run smoothly. The customer service is on a par with the other sites reviewed and they are contactable through the usual live chat, telephone and email.