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Annual Special: Online Casino Roundup for 2014-2015Published December 31, 2014 by Mike P
Read our annual special to discover the finest online casinos based on only the most relevant criteria.
As we move into the new year, Online Casino Reports has summarized the our picks for 2014 and taken a forward glance into who we think are the most promising casinos for 2015. With the continued growth of online gambling, the proliferation into mobile, and the changing legality in the US and around the world, we looked back at the year 2014.
Online Gambling Boom
The sheer scale of the global gaming industry highlights the rising popularity of casinos as a form of entertainment. According to the State of Gaming 2014 report, the games industry is worth approximately $14 billion more than the movie industry. Moreover, a 2014 report from yStats has concluded that the online gambling industry could grow by as much as 10% in the next couple of years. Many online casinos have expanded their mobile offerings, and others are making innovative changes to their websites.
Based on what we have seen in 2014, we have produced this annual special to summarise the best online casinos across the most important industry categories. Below are our top picks.
OCR Experts’ Choice Best Casino for 2015 – bet365 Casino
The experts of Online Casino Reports are in agreement that bet365 Casino is the best brand for 2015. This decision was easily reached after considering the sheer quality displayed by bet365 across a wide range of categories, including trust, customer support, localisation, language support, software, game selection, mobile, live dealers, and offers.
bet365 is adding new games and features with every passing week. This commitment means that players are never left waiting for something new. As a multichannel operator, bet365 also runs platforms dedicated to sports, poker, live dealers, and mobile.
Runner-up – 888 Casino
A worthy runner up to bet365 is 888 Casino, another giant in the global online casino industry. 888casino is not far behind bet365 across all of the categories of above, which is why our experts wanted to feature it as the runner up.
888casino is the most senior operator on this list, having first emerged as a brand back in 1997. Those years of experience have allowed for 888casino to refine its offering and excel in overall quality and customer service. Users can access a number of other channels, including sports, poker, bingo, and more.
Top Casino for Payouts, Prizes, Offers, and VIP Program – Winner Casino
The Winner’s Circle section clearly shows that the players of Winner Casino win well and win regularly. All of the wins featured are of players who win thousands of pounds, and there’s transparency because Winner lists the winning games plus the name and country of the player.
Signup offers have been designed to suit players of all budgets, meaning that there will be a deal for every player. In the longer term, players can claim various bonus offers such as a refer a friend.
The VIP scheme allows for players to generate comp points as they try to rise through the various levels, unlocking many more promotional rewards.
Newest and Most Promising Brand – Casino Cruise
Launched in just September 2014, Casino Cruise is already off to an excellent start. The eye-catching style of the site will wow you with visuals. Meanwhile, the promotional selection and the chance to win a dream cruise vacation highlights a dedication to pleasing players.
Casino Cruise has also launched with impressive software with games coming from highly creative developers like Microgaming, NetEnt, and Play’n GO.
Most Innovative and Best Casino Platform – BETAT Casino and Slotty Vegas Casino
BETAT Casino and Slotty Vegas Casino share the category for most innovative and the best casino platform. This was chose because of its outstanding user interface, which is constantly upgraded. During December, the Advent Calendar and Hot and Cold tab particularly impressed.
Slotty Vegas Casino earns its place because of the rewarding Supercharged Winnings feature that increases the potential winnings for a select number of slot games. In addition, Slotty Vegas pays out winnings in a remarkably short span of time.
Top Casinos for Progressive Jackpots – Jackpot City/All Jackpots/All Slots
Jackpot City, All Jackpots, and All Slots share this category in a three-way tie. The progressive jackpots at these sites are higher than anywhere else, offer the highest payouts, and yield the biggest wins.
Each of the online casinos gets its progressive games from the Microgaming network, so the selection of progressive jackpot games is expansive. Players can access jackpot versions of slots, blackjack, roulette, poker, and video poker.
Best in Localisation and Promotions – EUcasino
EUcasino easily attains this title for its extensive coverage of languages and for accepting signups from players who live in countries without access to online casinos. Players will find coverage for more than 15 languages.
Armed with an array of bonus deals, EUcasino adds to these by hosting regular promotions that change often. A promotional calendar is listed each month so that players can stay aware of what they can claim and when. There is also a VIP scheme for rewarding players who display their long-term loyalty.