10 criteria for a great Canadian betting site
There’s such a massive number of sports bookmakers and casino gaming sites who all have their own unique quirks and special features. But we have found that all of these online gambling sites will share a few characteristics that make them a decent option for anybody interested in putting down some bets.
All of these characteristics formed the backbone of what we were looking for when we awarded a betting site a rating in our operator reviews. This ensured that our reviews were fair, transparent and useful for all Canadian sports fans and casino gamers. So before you rush to sign up to an online gambling site in Canada, make sure that they include the following key features.
All gambling sites should give their customers a quality betting package regardless whether it’s for sports betting, casino gaming or both. We’ll carry out an in-depth analysis of each site’s betting offer to see how it matches up to the competition.
Gambling sites’ welcome bonuses should be easy to understand, simple to activate and free of too many annoying wagering conditions. After all, there’s not much point in picking up a sign up bonus if it has wagering requirements that are impossible to clear.
All sports fans will be keen to see how a bookmaker’s odds rank, and our reviews will put each sportsbook to the test by checking their odds. This will allow you to instantly see whether the bookmaker’s odds are worth taking up or whether they give you little in the way of returns from your bets.
You should always be able to get in touch with the online gambling site so that you can get any queries resolved in an efficient and professional manner. We like those sites who allow you to get in touch via live chat, email and telephone.
Ideally these customer support options should be open 24/7, and we would also expect the betting site to include a FAQ section so that you can get simple answers to common questions.
Our favourite online gambling sites will let us use a variety of payment methods to make secure deposits and withdrawals in Canadian dollars. We’d expect to be able to use credit cards, ewallets, prepaid cards, or alternative payment methods such as Interac and Instadebit.
You shouldn’t expect to encounter any charges for making payments or withdrawals. We would expect most deposits to be instant, while withdrawals should ideally be processed within one week.
Never sign up to an online gambling site unless it is fully licensed and regulated. We would look for sportsbooks and casino sites who have a license from the Malta Gaming Authority.
Be sure to check that the gambling site is fully encrypted to keep your deposits and data safe. Plus we like to see an online betting site that gives its customers responsible gambling tools such as the ability to set your own deposit limits.
A gambling site should always be quick to load and easy to use. After all, nobody wants to use a betting site that is packed with annoying pop-ups that make it hard to find the bets that you are looking for.
So we’ll be recommending those sites that feature handy navigation bars, clear language, and plenty of helpful features such as the ability to switch the odds format and change the language from English to French and vice versa.
There’s nothing like the excitement of putting down an in-play bet on sport, especially if the bookmaker includes cool features like live video streaming. We’ll also help you find those online casinos that are packed with lots of live dealer games like roulette, blackjack, poker and so on.
Once you’ve used up your welcome bonus, you’ll want to see what other promotions are available. We’d expected to find things like enhanced odds deals and profit boosts for sports betting, along with plenty of free spins and table gaming competitions in a good online casino site.
Many of us like to place bets via a smartphone or tablet. So we’ll help you find those operators who have taken the time to develop quality betting apps. You should be able to use these apps to easily bet on anything from an NHL match to a simple slot game from all modern iOS and Android devices.
Games and slots
Most online casinos will have hundreds of slots and table games on offer. From legendary slot games like Starburst and Book of Dead, to classic table games like roulette and blackjack, there’s plenty to discover. But you should know what your chances are of winning from each slot game or table game that you play.
So we’ll let you know which developers make the games featured at the online casino so that you can be sure of betting on games with a healthy return-to-player percentage. So that whether you are playing a slot game from Microgaming or a table game from NetEnt, you’ll be able to put down your bets with a realistic chance of making some winnings. Plus we’ll even give some advice about the best strategies to use in conjunction with these games.
We realize that some people might be new to betting on sport and playing online casino games. So here are answers to some of the most common questions that we get asked from newcomers to online betting.
It is perfectly legal to bet online on sport and casino games from Canada. Although it’s something of a grey area regarding betting on Canadian casino sites and sportsbooks, you will be able legally bet at all licensed offshore betting sites.
You should be able to find information about a gambling site’s licensing in the footer of its website. Expect to see a license from a gambling authority like the Malta Gaming Authority to know that you’ll be given a legal, safe and fair way to put down your bets.
It depends on which betting site you use. Most sites will take deposits with Visa and MasterCard as well as bank transfer. However, more gambling sites are starting to accept payment methods with alternative payment brands like PayPal, Skrill, Neteller, EcoPayz, Paysafecard, Interac, Instadebit, MuchBetter, iDebit and much more.
Again it depends on the payment method used. Ewallets usually offer the fastest payouts, and you should expect to receive your winnings in less than 48 hours. However, it could take anything up to eight working days for some card and bank transfer withdrawals.
You shouldn’t necessarily go for the biggest welcome bonus that you come across. This is because many special offers contain wagering conditions that require you to bet the value of your bonus numerous times before you are allowed to make a withdrawal of your bonus winnings.
We would always recommend that you bet with modest stakes that you don’t mind losing. This way you will always be able to cover any losses that you make and keep playing for longer. After all, all sports bets and casino games have an element of chance so it’s fairly inevitable that you will lose your bets sooner or later.
If there’s a gambling site that’s missing from our comparison, be sure to let us know and we’ll check it out to see whether it offers you a safe, legal and fun way to bet on your favourite sports and casino games.
Most important sections of the site
New to our betting resource? Here are the main ingredients featured that can help you make more from your bets.
So what features in our casino comparison? Obviously you’ll want to know what kinds of slot and table games are featured, but we’ll also let you know which developers created these games. Plus we’ll identify how these sites are licensed, how easy their games are to play, and what special offers they put on to help you with your bets.
For a sportsbook, we’ll be expecting to see a massive number of bets on all of the most popular sports like hockey, basketball, football, soccer, tennis, baseball and so on. In fact, whether you are betting on golf, cricket, rugby or motor racing, we’d expect a good variety of betting markets so that you can enjoy plenty of flexibility with your bets. Plus we’d hope for a decent horse racing betting service, and bets on plenty of niche sports ranging from MMA fighting to esports.
There’s nothing like a good sign up offer to help you get started at a new online gambling site. We love to see a decent matched deposit bonus that can double or even triple the amount of betting stakes you have to use on anything from sports bets to casino games. But we will also pay special attention to the bonus terms and conditions so that you can quickly see what you are really signing up for.
This is where we put each operator and bonus under the microscope so that you can see how well they meet your needs. All of our reviews will be completely impartial and honest, so that you can trust whatever ratings we grant each bookmaker, casino site and special offer.
In terms of casino games, we’d hope to see a good variety of slot games that take in everything from a standard 5×3 slot to a massive progressive jackpot. Table gaming options should always include classics like blackjack, baccarat, roulette and poker. Plus we’ll like to see a few extras such as scratchcards, keno, dice and so on.
We’ll cover what payment methods offer you the safest and simplest ways to make deposits and withdrawals. Plus we’ll look at how each betting site treats these payment methods in regards to things like processing times, fees, and maximum and minimum deposit and withdrawal amounts.
Our strategy section is the perfect place to take your bets to the next level. Whether you want advice on how to bet on basketball or what’s the best way to play blackjack, we’ll have the perfect strategy for you.
We’ve even prepared a guide that can be used as a great introduction to online betting. What’s best is that this is fully interactive so that you can take part and contribute your expertise.