About Our Reviews
How long do you think it takes to write a review of a gambling site? One hour? Two hours? More?
It actually takes LESS time. There are tons of gambling site reviews on the web and we’d wager that most of them were put together in a half hour. If that. Unsurprisingly, this means they’re not very good.
The unfortunate truth is that the majority of gambling site reviews are essentially useless. They typically just provide some basic information, most of which can easily be found at the gambling site itself.
Even worse, this information is often out of date. We see loads of reviews that were clearly written AGES ago, and have never been updated to reflect any changes. That doesn’t really help anyone, does it?
There’ll usually be a big spiel about how amazing a site is, too, and maybe even a short list of reasons why you should sign up. Because that’s the whole purpose of these reviews. They’re not produced to provide you with any useful information, but simply to convince you to sign up and make a deposit.
That’s what we meant earlier when we used the phrases “glorified adverts”. That’s all that most gambling site reviews are in our opinion. They’re simply put together as quickly as possible to make a few bucks.
Our reviews are different. VERY different. You’ll discover this for yourself as soon as you read one, but let’s explain why anyway. Below you’ll find information on all of the following.
- How We Review Gambling Sites
- What We Write About
- Who Writes Our Reviews
- Why You Can Trust Our Reviews
The Review Process
The whole purpose of GamblingSites.com is provide our readers with all the information they could possibly want about gambling. We’re especially committed to helping you find the best sites to bet and play at, which is why we make sure our reviews tell you everything that you need to know.
We’re actually very proud of our reviews. A lot of time and effort goes into them and we truly believe that we’re providing a useful service for online gamblers. We go WAY beyond telling you the basics that are easy to find out anyway. We help you to understand exactly what’s on offer, and what kind of overall experience you can expect.
The process for producing such high-quality reviews is a lengthy one. Here’s a quick overview of how we go about things.
Completing these steps gives us enough information to write about a site in comprehensive detail. The process never really stops, though, as we’re constantly revisiting sites to see if anything’s changed. We make updates to our reviews whenever necessary, which ensures that they’re always providing an accurate picture.
Here’s a little more information about what each step entails.
The initial research we carry out is relatively straightforward. We look at things like how long a site has been around, where they’re based and who owns them. We also check whether they hold the appropriate gambling licenses, and which authority has issued those licenses.
A key part of this step is assessing the track record of a site. Although our reviews are based primarily on our own experiences of using sites, it’s also important for us to establish what kind of reputation they have among the online gambling community as a whole. This is something we’ll usually mention in our reviews, even it conflicts with what we’ve found for ourselves.
Open an Account
Our reviews are obviously aimed at people who are looking to sign up at gambling sites. It’s therefore entirely logical that we cover the process for opening an account. This requires us to go through the process ourselves, so that’s exactly what we do.
The main points we look to note at this stage are what details are required and how easy (or not!) the whole process is.
Check Key Details
Once we have an active account at a site, we then start investigating the basic details that we know our readers will want to know. These include details such as what methods can be used for making deposits, what sign-up bonuses are available, whether there’s a mobile app and all kinds of other things.
This is usually a straightforward step, as most of this information is easy to find. We sometimes have to dig a little deeper to get everything we need though.
Make a Deposit
It’s this step and the subsequent ones that really make the difference to the quality and depth of our reviews.
We’re pretty sure that a lot of reviews are written by people who have never even used the sites they’re supposed to be reviewing, which is why they’re often so basic. We, on the other hand, make sure that we test the sites we review extensively.
We need a funded account to do this, so this step is essential. It also enables us to explain how the deposit process works within our reviews. This is something most people want to know, and we use this opportunity to check for any “hidden” deposit fees that weren’t made obvious previously.
With a funded account we then set about doing some gambling. Most sites these days offer several different types of gambling, so we make sure we try them all. This stage of the process gives us real insight into what a site is like to actually use.
Please note that the RESULTS of our gambling rarely have any influence on our reviews. We’re not going to give a site a glowing review just because we happened to win, or a terrible review because we happened to lose. It’s the overall experience we want to tell you about, not whether we made a silly bet that lost or got lucky in the casino.
There are some exceptions to this point, however. If we have reason to believe that we’ve got bad results due to an unfair game, for example, then we’re obviously going to mention that. Thankfully this is not something that happens very often.
Make a Withdrawal
We always request at least one withdrawal from a site when reviewing it, and usually more than that. As with making a deposit, this enables us to explain how the process works and check what fees apply (if any).
It also enables us to see how long withdrawals take to be processed and sent to us. This is VERY important information, for obvious reasons, and it’s especially relevant when reviewing US friendly gambling sites.
Processing online gambling transactions is a real challenge in the United States, so withdrawals can often take a long time. People need to know this before signing up.
Contact Customer Support
The final step we take before getting to work on writing a review is to contact customer support. We often have a few queries that we want answers to, and it also allows us to assess the quality of the support we receive. We check what options are available for getting in touch, too.
With this step complete, we then move on to actually writing the review. Now let’s a take a look at what details we include.
There are two primary goals we try to achieve with our reviews. The first is to make sure you know all the relevant facts about a gambling site and what they have to offer. The second is to give you our opinion on how good a site is. Pretty much everything we include is therefore related to one or both of these points.
We start each review with a brief overview, along with some of the most important details you’ll want to know and a couple of other things. Here’s the full list of what you’ll find the first section of all our reviews.Welcome BonusMost gamblers want to know what kind of signup bonus is available, so we include this information right at the start.Average Cashout TimeAs we mentioned earlier, this is an important issue for gamblers in certain regions. So this information comes at the start too.Site OverviewThis is usually three or four introductory paragraphs about the relevant site. The idea is just to give you an initial view of what the site is all about.ScreenshotsWe include a few screenshots so that you can see for certain aspects of a gambling site for yourself before signing up.Key InformationWe provide a list of key information such as when the website was launched, where it’s based and what gambling licenses it holds.Hits & MissesThis is a quick list of the main positives of a site, and the main negatives too.Deposit MethodsWe list all of the available banking options that can be used to make a deposit at a site.
The rest of the review depends on what type of site we’re writing about. A review of an online casino, for example, will feature different information to a review of an online betting site.
A lot of the sites we review are what we call “all in one” gambling sites. These are the ones that offer multiple forms of betting and gaming, and they’ve become far more common than those that specialize in just one form. You’ll find that many of today’s leading sites cover all of sports betting, casino games and poker. Some offer some additional forms of gambling, too.
Here are some details on the main information we cover for each of the individual types of gambling.
There’s no doubt that betting online is the easiest way to place your sports wagers these days. It’s so much more convenient than visiting a land-based sportsbook or bookmaking shop, and there are several other advantages too.
However, that’s only really true if the gambling site you’re using actually functions as it should. It’s easy enough for a site to provide an online sports betting service, but it’s not so easy to provide a GOOD service.
There are several factors that affect how good an online betting service is, and we include details of them all in our reviews. The following are among the most important.Quality of Betting PlatformThe overall quality of the betting platform is extremely important. It affects how easy it is to find the betting markets you’re interested in and place your chosen wagers.Betting Markets AvailableWe detail which sports a site covers, and how extensively they cover the relevant leagues, tournaments events.Range of Betting OptionsA wide range of betting options provides more opportunities for finding good wagers to place. We list the various types of wager that are available for the different betting markets.Stake LimitsThis information is important for a lot of bettors. We list the minimum and maximum stakes for wagers, which often vary for different sports.Additional FeaturesWe explain all about any additional features that a site might offer, such as live betting, live streaming or early cash out.
If you’ve visited many land-based casinos, you’ll know that their overall standard can vary quite dramatically. There are some venues that you’d happily visit time and again, and some that you’d never want to step foot in again.
It’s the same online. Some online casinos are excellent, and do everything they can to provide their customers with an enjoyable experience. Others are level or two below, while some are just awful.
We make sure that our reviews tell you exactly what you can expect from your online gaming experience. The key points we cover are as follows.Game SelectionIt’s important to know what games are available, so we provide full details of what’s on offer in this respect.Quality of SoftwareMost online casino software is pretty good these days, but that’s not ALWAYS the case.Software ProvidersA lot of online casino players have their preferred software providers, so we list all the providers that an online casino uses.Jackpots AvailableBig jackpots are always appealing, so we detail all of the major prizes available at an online casino.Mobile Gaming OptionsMobile gaming has become increasingly popular among online casino players. We explain what options (if any) are available, and offer our thoughts on the mobile experience.
The main points we cover in the poker section of reviews are as follows.Quality of Platform/SoftwareAs with online casinos, the quality of the software used by online poker rooms can vary quite dramatically.Poker Formats AvailableWe list any poker formats that are available in addition to the standard Texas Hold’em.Tournaments AvailableWe provide full details of the main tournament schedule, and the different types of tournament that are available.Range of StakesWe tell you what kind of stakes you can play for, at both cash games and tournaments.Volume of TrafficWe provide details of how many players there are at different times of the day, so you know how easy it is to get some action.Standard of OppositionWe give you some indication of the standard of players you’ll face.
Other Forms of Gambling
Sports betting, casino and poker are the most popular forms of online gambling. This is why our reviews tend to focus heavily on those. However, we also provide details of any other forms that are available too. These include the following.
- Horse Racing Betting
- Daily Fantasy Sports
- Esports Betting
- Skill Games
For each form of gambling that’s available, we provide any information that we feel that are relevant. Many of these are similar to the ones we’ve outlined above.
For horse racing, for example, we provide details of what kind of races are covered and what betting options are available. For bingo, we provide details of what games are available and the quality of those games.
The Review Team
We firmly believe in the importance of making our reviews factually accurate. We therefore do our best to make sure that’s the case. However, the REAL value of our reviews is not in the facts that we provide. It’s in the opinion and insight that our team has to offer.
Reading a gambling site review is supposed to help you understand how good a site is, and whether it’s right for you. Facts alone are simply not enough not for this, which is why we make sure our reviews offer so much more.
And that’s only possible because we have such a good team.Our team of reviewers are genuine experts in online gambling. They have decades of experience between them.
There would be very little point in us providing super detailed reviews that were written by people with limited knowledge about gambling online. They wouldn’t really benefit you at all.
The people writing our reviews REALLY know their stuff, though, so their opinions are actually worth something. If they say that they like a site, you can be pretty sure that you will too.
Our Review Policy
We talked earlier about how a lot of gambling site reviews are provided with the sole intention of making a few bucks. Do you know HOW the people writing these reviews make their money? They basically get paid by gambling sites to write positively and only say good things.
In our opinion, this makes a complete mockery of providing a review in the first place. If it’s been paid for, then it’s clearly not independent or unbiased.
We think that this kind of practice is bad for the online gambling industry as a whole, and most definitely bad for the customer. That’s why we have a very clear policy regarding our own reviews.We NEVER accept payment for favorable reviews.
Do we write positive things in our reviews? Of course! Most of our reviews have at least some positive points to mention, and a few of them are almost entirely positive. The difference is that we write good reviews when sites actually DESERVE them. And we always mention the negative points, too.
Our reviews are based 100% on our own opinions. There are no outside influences at all, so we can legitimately claim to be independent and unbiased.
Choosing the Right Gambling Site
Reading our reviews will undoubtedly help you to decide which gambling site(s) to join. However, it’s important to remember that they are largely based on our own personal opinion. Even if we give a site a near flawless review, there’s no guarantee that it’s actually right for YOU.
Not everyone has the same requirements from a gambling site. Some aspects of a site might be especially important to you, but they might be almost irrelevant to someone else. This is why it’s difficult for us to tell you exactly which sites to join. We can provide you with the information you need to make a decision, but the decision ultimately has to be made by you.
Here’s a list of some of the things you should consider when making that decision.
- Does the site accept customers from my country?
- Does the site offer the types of gambling I want?
- Are my preferred deposit methods available?
- Will the bonuses and rewards offer me added value?
Gambling sites don’t typically accept customers from every single country in the world. They often focus on certain specific regions. For example, there are some sites that cater exclusively for customers from the USA. There are others that operate primarily in the United Kingdom.
You’ll always find details of which regions a site accepts customers from in our reviews. However, we do provide over 100 reviews! You probably don’t want to read through them ALL just do find out which ones you can join. Don’t worry, though, because you don’t have to.
Our reviews are not the only way we help our readers find the right gambling sites to join. We also rank the best sites in different categories, which makes it MUCH easier to narrow down your options. For example, we rank the best gambling sites by region on the following pages.
We explained earlier that a lot of gambling sites these days are all in one gambling sites. This doesn’t mean that they all offer ALL forms of gambling, though. This is why you need to consider whether your preferred form is available before signing up with a site.
You also need to think about how good a site is for your preferred form of gambling. For example, a site might be excellent for sports betting but not so great for casino games. That’s why we also rank the best sites by type of gambling. You can find these rankings on the following pages.
There are TONS of other categories we rank sites in, too. We rank the best for various deposit methods, such as Bitcoin, PayPal, credit card and Neteller. We also rank the best for bonuses and rewards, so you can easily find the sites that offer the most added value.
Other categories include the best mobile gambling sites, the best Mac gambling sites and the best sites for high stakes gambling. You can find a full list of all categories on the following page.
One important point to make is that we provide reviews for ALL of the sites that appear in our top rankings. However, not all of the sites we review appear in our top rankings. This is because some of the sites we review are simply not as good as others. This doesn’t mean that they should be avoided at all costs; it’s just that they don’t have as much to offer.
There are, however, some sites that SHOULD be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately, a few sites out there really can’t be trusted. They’re liable to rip you off in one way or another, and that’s a risk you obviously don’t want to take.
The good news is that all of our top ranked sites definitely CAN be trusted. We only ever recommend places that we know are legitimate and reputable, and that have earned the “GamblingSites.com Seal of
This seal of approval is not easily earned. We only award it to sites that we’re certain provide a safe and secure online gambling experience to their customers. You can read about it in more detail on the following page.
Our Advice For Gambling Online
Before we finish – and let you get on with reading our reviews – we have some more online gambling advice to offer you. We strongly recommend reading through this, especially if you’re relatively new to real money gambling on the internet.
The following tips will help ensure that you make the most out of your online gambling experience.
- NEVER use unlicensed gambling sites
- Sign up with more than one site
- Take full advantage of bonuses and rewards
- Experiment and try new things
- Stick to a budget
There is absolutely no reason why you should ever risk signing up with an unlicensed site. There are plenty of sites that DO have the correct licenses, and most of them offer everything (and more) that the unlicensed sites do. With the added bonus that they’re actually subject to regulation, and not likely to rip you off.
Signing up with more than one site is not essential, but it is something we recommend. There’s very little benefit in using just one, but there are several advantages to using more.
If you bet on sports, for example, you can easily compare which site has the best odds and bet accordingly. If you play casino games, you’ll have a bigger selection of different games to choose from.
You’ll also be able to earn more bonuses and rewards. Taking full advantage of these is a piece of advice you should DEFINITELY follow, as it can make a big difference to how much value for money you get. It can even be the difference between losing.
Just make sure that you always read the terms and conditions of any bonuses you claim, and don’t always assume that the biggest bonuses are the best. You need to consider things like restrictions and wagering requirements, too.
Experimenting and trying new things is a good way to ensure that gambling stays fun. Again, this is not essential but merely something we suggest doing. What IS essential, however, is following the final tip on our list. Sticking to a budget is absolutely vital when gambling online, as failing to do so can lead to all sorts of problems.
Regardless of whether you’re a complete gambling beginner, or have years of experience, you should never forget or underestimate the importance of gambling responsibly.
Please take the time to read the following page, as it explains WHY it’s so important and provides some helpful advice for staying in control.
Follow the above tips and you should be able to have plenty of fun when gambling online. You may even win some money, if you’re lucky. If you want to get the most out of the experience, however, there’s a lot more you should learn. And you can learn it all right here at GamblingSites.com.
We’ve compiled a number of comprehensive gambling guides, each of which is packed full of useful information and advice. And, just like our reviews, they’ve been written by genuine experts.
We can’t promise that they’ll help you to win a fortune through gambling, but they’re definitely worth reading. Be sure to take a look!