UK Gambling Industry Stats
Main Criteria for Ranking Casinos not On GamStop
When it comes to assessing and reviewing casino sites not on GamStop, there are a number of key criteria that we look at:
It’s crucial that players who relapse, or who experience problem gambling for the first time, are able to voluntarily self-exclude from any specific non-GamStop casino. Those casinos that offer clear & comprehensive self-exclusion tools and support will get better ratings from us.
Security and Data Protection
Player safety is absolutely paramount. Especially given most casinos without GamStop are self-regulated, there must be crystal clear and impenetrable protections in place for player data, transactions, game fairness and payouts. A strong reputation and demonstrable security focus are essential.
Games are the foundation of the player experience. We expect casinos not on GamStop to offer a wide variety of games (video slots, RNG table games, live games, sportsbook, eSports, jackpot games etc) from different developers. The games should be well-optimised for mobile and desktop, fast to load and fair paying.
Since payment options are often limited at non-GamStop casinos, those which do offer a variety of methods are more highly rated. The best casinos not on GamStop offer credit card payments, e-wallets, bank transfers and cryptocurrency deposits & withdrawals.
Fair Games (RTP)
Games at casinos without GamStop must be independently verified for fairness. This means ensuring random number generators (RNGs) are functioning properly (through ongoing testing and spot checks) and assessing the RTP (the percentage return to player) for every game on a regular basis.
Most casino sites not on GamStop are self-regulated, while others are licensed through Curaçao eGaming. For us, what matters most is that the casino pays rigid attention to player safety and game fairness. As long as this happens consistently, the specific regulatory body issuing the licence is not too important.
Bonuses & Promotions
We expect the best casinos not on GamStop to offer lucrative casnio bonuses (ideally a choice of welcome bonuses) plus ongoing seasonal promotions in the form of deposit matches, cashback, free spins, lotteries and slots tournaments. Extra credit is given for VIP Rewards schemes.
Payment Rules and Payout Times
When withdrawal processes get messy, players get unhappy. Good casinos will not only offer various withdrawal methods, but their T&Cs will be transparent and fair, and withdrawals will be processed within 48 hours—max 72 hours without any fees.
Rules and Bonus Requirements
Sky-high wagering requirements, profit ceilings and low percentage matches can turn promising bonuses into rotten ones. We look for casinos that offer challenging but lucrative bonuses; those that can genuinely be cleared through persistent play and a bit of good fortune!
Live chat support is an absolute must: online casinos that don’t use GamStop and only offer email support simply cannot compete on player experience. We expect to be connected quickly (no lengthy queues) and to get accurate, conversational replies from an expert who truly understands online gaming.
Having lots of games is one thing; having the right games is what we’re really looking for. The more high-quality game providers there are, the better the player experience is guaranteed to be. We want famous names in every game category, but also an injection of smaller, independent providers for variety.
Number of Games
You can’t run an online casino without GamStop and host a paltry game selection. We expect at least 500 video slots and close to 1,000 games overall. Casinos that won’t pay for more game licences just can’t offer the same immersive, engaging experience as those who go all out to impress players.