You want to play online slots for real money but don't know where to start. Which casino to trust? Which casino has the best slots? How can I deposit and withdraw money at the casino?
I feel your pain - having been in the position myself at one point - which is why I've done research on the subject. The following are my opinions on which casinos are best for slot machine players.
How I Evaluate Casinos
I like casinos with reasonable payback percentages. And even if a casino had a low payback, I like the ones willing to share that information and allowing players to make educated decisions instead of marketing "incredible sign-up bonuses" but refusing to publish how expensive playing their machines really is. (It's easy to offer a great bonus when you're making much more money per bet than your competitors.)
With that said, payback is hardly the only quality you should base your opinion on. For instance, slot machine players (in fact, all casino players) need:
- Entertaining games
- Good service
- Beneficial promotions
- Suitable payment options
- Compatible software
Additionally, slot players need to find online casinos that accept players from their countries. (USA players have had some problems finding casinos that accept them.)
Best Casinos for Slot Players
Slotland Casino claims the highest payouts (98%). They haven't had any private testing agency prove the percentage (as all eCogra-approved casinos have, for example) but I believe they're telling the truth.
I'm also impressed with Loco Panda Casino's claim - 97.5%.
These two casinos are easily the highest payout casinos I've found but they're also completely unlike each other. Slotland only has a no-download slots while you can download Loco Panda to your desktop; Slotland has been in business since 1998 while Loco Panda started in 2012. They have one thing in common: both accept players from the USA.
Based on data from the past six months, Spin Palace has returned 95.97% to players, which is a relatively high percentage as well. Spin Palace is wildly popular in Australia and United Kingdom but doesn't accept players from the USA.
Best Online Slot Games
We, as slot players, never play to have a mathematical advantage (otherwise we'd be fools), therefore we value entertainment above all. An online casino needs more than a high payback; it needs to offer entertaining, high-quality games as well.
Slotland has the highest quality games in the browser.
Bovada/Bodog has the highest quality desktop casino games.
... and others still have work to do to reach their level.
Best Customer Service
We have to deal with a high house edge when compared to most of the other casino games - therefore when we contact a casino's customer service, we have can expect to be served in appropriate manner.
Slotland, Loco Panda and Spin Palace all have a great customer service department, which is why I can wholeheartedly recommend them slot players.
Best Bonuses (and Such)
I wrote a separate page comparing online slot machine bonuses which proved to be a useful thing to do, since wagering requirements varied from 13x to 51x depending on the casino.
Interestingly, Slotland - the casino that claims the highest payouts - also has the easiest bonus to clear (you need to wager 13x the deposit amount). You'd think that they can't afford to make bonuses that cheap but they've certainly proved otherwise.
Best Payment Method Selection
All the online casinos that I reviewed had similar deposit and withdrawal options (credit cards, Instadebit, Neteller, Click2Pay, Skrill and ECO Card, wire transfer and cheque).
US players, on the other hand, have one deposit option (credit, debit or gift card, usually VISA, Mastercard and American Express) and two withdrawal options (bank transfer and cheques). The only exception being Bovada, which also accepts Rapid Transfer deposits and withdrawals.
There are differences between how long certain casinos take to process money transactions, how much they charge fees and what are the minimum and maximum deposit and withdrawal limits, which will all be addressed on a separate page once I get around to doing the proper amount of research.
Best Mac Online Slots
Bodog/Bovada have done an admirable job when building their Mac casino softwares. If I were to choose my casino based on which has the best online slots for Mac, I would go with one of them depending on whether I live in the US (Bovada) or outside of the US (Bodog).
Slotland offers popular Mac-compatible slots played in the browser (they have no downloadable versions of their software anyway).
Remember when playing slots online to avoid the scammers and choose a reputable site.