Online Slots – Where To Play

Deciding where to play online slots will have a lot to do with where you live. Most online casinos use one of a handful of software providers, and some of these will not allow players from certain countries. Most notably, players from the USA are very limited on choice.

What I have tried to do below is break down each software provider, pointing out which casinos are available on that platform and which countries can play there. I’ve also included a brief commentary on the online slots that each casino platfrom provides to try and help you decide which slot games are best for you.

Added June 2011:  I have started contributing online slot game reviews to Slots.Org.UK so for more recent reviews of some good slot games (and teh casinos that have them) check them out.

RTG (Realtime Gaming Software)

This is about the only really safe bet for American players in my opinion, and even then you have to be very careful where you play. The good news is that the software carries RTG’s “Real Series Slots” which are very good – around 50 or so slot games in here as I write, most with free spin bonuses and all with random jackpot awards. The safest casinos to play these slots online are:

  1. Club USA
  2. Slots Oasis
  3. iNetbet
  4. Cherry Red
  5. Rushmore

Microgaming Software

Microgaming (“MG”) has the widest slots choice of any online casino software and is available to players around the world, with the exception of the USA. There are over 200 slots in MG software as I write including some of the best online slots you’ll find. Notable inclusions include the Tombraider slots, Thunderstruck (my favourite), Hitman and Break Da Bank. Pretty much every casino using MG software is “safe”, but here are my picks for online slot players:

  1. 32Red
  2. Ladbrokes
  3. Royal Vegas
  4. Jackpot City
  5. Roxy Palace

Wagerworks Software

These guys are owned by IGT, consequently you will find some familiar slots online that you will find in Vegas. The downside is that they are very strict on which countries are accepted, so US, French, German, Dutch and several other countries are banned from playing. That said, if you are able to play, the slots are brilliant, although the choice is limited to around 40 games. All Wagerworks casinos are licenced in Alderney – very strict and thus very safe. here are the picks:

  1. Virgin Casino
  2. Paddy Power
  3. Blue Square

Please bear in mind that many online slots are what is commonly termed “high variance“. They are generally much more generous than land-based slot machines, typically weighing in at 94-96% expected return, but the high variance factors means they can be very streaky. You have been warned!