Most Fair Online Gambling Sites
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Fairness is often equated with lofty ideals, such as honesty, justice and integrity. But in the world of online gaming, fairness cannot rely on subjective judgment. It must be expressed in quantifiable terms, such as payout ratio, user ratings, disputes resolved and adherence to technical standards, among others.
Toward this end, a number of impartial organizations have been established for certifying the fairness of online casinos. They include eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance (eCOGRA), the Certified Fair Gambling (CFG) Certification Company founded in 2003, the U.K.’s eGambling licensing authority known as the Alderney Gambling and Control Commission (AGCC), and the third-party online casino software fairness testing house known as Technical Systems Testing (TST), to name a few.
There are also a number of industry watchdog groups and trade media, like CasinoMeister and eGaming Review Magazine, who report regularly on the fairness of online casinos. They flag rouge web sites and identify the ones that give players the best opportunities for winning.
Based upon the input of the various purveyors of gaming fairness, the following five online casinos, presented in alphabetical order, currently rank as the best of the best in 2012.
32Red Casino – CasinoMeister’s “Casino of the Decade” is still going strong in 2012. CasinoCity puts them at #6 among the most popular sites powered by Microgaming software, eCOGRA just renewed their certification as “safe & fair” in March, and their overall payout ratio is 97.37%.
888 Casino – Rated #1 in popularity by CasinoCity and named the 2009 Casino of the Year by Gambling Online Magazine, 888 Casino remains one of the best places to play on the Internet. Based in Gibraltar, they have been newly accredited by CasinoMeister in 2012 and had an eCOGRA certified Blackjack payout rate of 98.12% in May.
bet365 Casino – Among online casinos running Playtech software, bet365 consistently ranks #1. They are based in rock-solid Gibraltar, accredited by CasinoMeister (who calls them “impressive”), and in July 2012 the TST certified payout ratio was 96.93%. CasinoCity rates them #3 among online casinos in overall popularity.
Bodog Casino – Consistently rated among the top five in every major list of US-facing casinos, Bodog uses CTXM, RTG and proprietary software licensed in Kahnawake, Canada. CasinoCity ranks Bodog #1 in popularity; CasinoMeister calls them “outstanding and committed to their players”; they are audited and certified by TST; and they are the only online casino recommended by the Wizard of Odds (since 2005).
Unibet Casino – Owned by Sweden’s publically traded NetEntertainment, this site is licensed in Malta. As CasinoMeister says in the accreditation statement, “Their games and software are outstanding.” CasinoCity ranks them #1 in popularity among Microgaming affiliates; their eCOGRA “safe & fair” certification was renewed in March; and they are active members of the European Gaming & Betting Association.
Other excellent online gaming venues that just missed the cut for the top five include BetFred, EuroGrand, Jackpot City, Ladbrokes, Littlewoods Casino, Intercasino, Party Casino, Titan Casino and William Hill Casino Club. They all rate very highly in terms of measurable fairness.
Among the most reputable domiciles for online casinos are Gibraltar, the Isle of Man and Alderney. They have strong reputations for ensuring fairness of operations. Other trustworthy licensing locations are Antigua and Barbuda, Kahnawake, Malta, and Curaçao of the Netherlands Antilles. By contrast, sites located in Costa Rica, Cyprus and other venues may be less strictly regulated.