Beginners Guide – Software



Please Note:

This page was created back in the noughties (2006-2010) when casinos were mostly single-software.

Things have changed a LOT since then – so this page is just for posterity!

(I may update it one day – but don’t hold your breath!)



This is a generalisation of casino's using these softwares in terms of what range of games each offer and what I think of them and the operators of the sites - as always, based on my own personal experience, opinion & research only!

There will be minor (or major) differences from place to place - please check the T&C's of any site you're interested in before signing up.

Sorry this page is a bit out-of-date regarding some softwares – I will update it ASAP.



These are casino’s I’ve either actually played at, or are ‘sisters’ of same.  They should all give you a hassle free gaming experience.

Not Rec.:

Some I’ve played, most I have not.  If you join these you are just asking for trouble & grief.  You have been warned!


I will be adding more names ASAP, in the meantime if you want my opinion on any site, just ask!  kk@kasinoking.co.uk




MicroGaming (MG)

As from Nov-10th 2008, no new USA players are allowed at any MG casinos.


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The market leader in terms of number of sites, with 200+ different casinos available and 500+ different casino games to choose from. (Some groups operate up to 6 or even more different casinos).

By far and without question, the most popular & reputable brand in the history of online gaming.


The BEST MG casinos:



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Sign-up bonuses

Great variety and generally pretty good (100% or more with reasonable WR)  

Most are now ‘flexible bonuses’ – all games count in WR at different %’s.

Many MG casinos now offer ‘free-play – keep your winnings’ where you can play with their money & earn real bonus credits to use in the casino without having to make a deposit first!  You can then turn these bonus chips into real cashable money by meeting the wagering requirements. These deals are excellent ways to try the casino ‘for real’ before depositing. For a list of places with these offers click > Free Money!

Ongoing bonuses

These vary quite a bit in quality and quantity from casino to casino and can range from Free Spins to regular Match Bonuses and from Comp Points to Cash-Back,

Best for ongoing deposit bonuses, extra-spins and other perks is Videoslots

Cash out

Each casino/group uses different methods and/or third party agents.  Most are quite straight forward.  I don't think I've ever been asked for ID by an MG casino - but this might vary depending on where you live and size of cash-out. 

Most places have a 'Reverse Withdrawal Period' when your funds sit in 'Pending' for 24-48hrs and remain available for you to cancel your withdrawal & put the money back into the casino. DON'T DO IT!


Undoubtedly some of the most games & best slots visually on the net! 

They usually add 4 or more new games every month…. But maybe this should be in ‘Bad’ – too many already!  

Variable play speed & autoplay better than most other softwares. 

Bigger wager choice on slots that any other.


Many players hate the 'Reverse Withdrawal' feature (only at a some casinos)

Can not increase bets on some card games by 1 credit at a time - it jumps to 5, 10, etc…  

Roulette minimum chip size = $1 or £1 or €1 - ridiculous!  

The UK style fruit machines are NOT random in the normal way USA slots are - you have been warned!


Can’t think of anything terrible about MG!

Unique Games

In May 2008 MG introduced the world’s first 100 line slot!  Cashapillar is so big it needs 5 rows of symbols to get all those win lines in. All reels feature stacked wilds (5-up) and you can win 15 free-spins with all wins x3.  This makes enormous wins possible (though pretty unlikely), so it is very high variance. Play with care.

Later I think they were the first to produce 243-ways slots – these don’t have win-lines – all symbols count as scatters.

The have superb “themed slots” based on block-buster movies, like Batman, Hitman, Jurassic Park & loads more!


See our All Recommend Casinos Page for a full listing, including 60+ great casinos with MG games!


Not Recommended.

Currently there are no rogue MG casinos to my knowledge. (Mid-2014)








Rival Gaming

Some of the most popular Slot games anywhere on the net!


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A new software provider in 2006, they grew rapidly and now have over 50 casinos. (See Ugly below)



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Sign-up bonuses

Normally quite high – e.g.; 100% to $350.  Typical WR is something like 28xD with no Roul, BJ, VP, Bacc, Craps. Or 30xD for Sicbo, Red-Dog, Keno, Paigow, War, Three-Card, Let-It-Ride, and Stud.  Note that bonuses can vary for different countries, but if you download the casino you can always check the full terms in detail via the ‘cashier’ screen.

Ongoing bonuses

Various very generous monthly & even weekly bonuses up to100% to $100 at some places.  Some repeat SUB’s.

Important Note: You may only have one active bonus of any type at any one time across ALL Rival casinos.

Cash out

Very quick to Web-Wallets like Neteller, ECOcard, UseMyWallet, etc. (2-3 days max)

Even American players have reported very quick pay-outs & ACH bank transfers are available for >$100.

Outside the USA, players can get near instant withdrawals at Tropica Casino!

Note: Most Rivals have a weekly/monthly maximum cash-out figure. High-rollers should check before playing.


Very slick software, with easy to use menus.

All the main bonus terms are in the cashier where you claim them = MUCH better than other softwares!

Started introducing lots of new games from mid-2007 onward... including some really superb new slot machines!

You only need to download the games you want to play.

On their slots, if you hit a picking feature during free-spins it is subject to the multiplier. (Most other softwares aren’t)

The older slots play too level (not enough variance) for some players, not enough exciting big wins: However I really like them because they are fun, the bonus features hit MUCH more easily than other softwares and you usually get very good playing time for your money and still the chance of some decent winnings.


Some of new slots introduced since mid-2007 are much higher variance and have the potential for very big wins – but also very big losses – please play with care!

Getting to the end of ‘Reel Crime’ & a few of the other i-slots is a total anti-climax – no big win awaits. L

If you don’t take any actions for a very short time (about 5-minutes), you get automatically logged out of the casino – this is very annoying if the phone or doorbell rings, or even if you just go to make a cup of tea!


As with most other softwares, the main thing which ruins player’s enjoyment are the actions of rogue casinos, who not only rip-off and jerk-around their players, but also tarnish the reputation of the whole software brand.

Some rogue Rival casinos are listed below, but the golden rule is, if the casino is not listed on my Rival Casinos page, then they are best avoided as trouble and grief are likely to lay ahead.

Unique Games

i-Slots – these follow a story line as they move from level to level, with little animated scenes in between. Each new level (on some of them) involves a new set of reels, symbols & bonus opportunities making them more interesting.

Scary Rich; This new slot introduced late 2007 became an almost instant “classic”: it has expanding wilds during free-spins which also act as accumulative multipliers!  Mega-wins are possible, but the variance is very high.




Slots Capital, Desert Nights, Vegas-2-Web, Superior Casino More coming…

Rogue casinos

Rogue: Orange Gamez, Royal Apollo, Planet 23, Planet Kings, NogaBet, Winbig21.

Dodgy at best: Supreme Play, 21 Grand, Play2Win, Bet Phoenix, Riviera Royal, Always Vegas, Fortune Reel, Club Vegas, Tradition Casino, Rockbet, Vegas Days, Slots Jackpot, Casino Fiz.








WagerLogic  (also known as CryptoLogic) (WL)

Alas this software is no more L

But some of their games can be found at WGT casinos

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Much less popular than the other main softwares with only about 10 casinos using it, but still my personal favorite.

Innovative ideas with new games being added regularly and superb easy to use software.



Sign-up bonuses

Usually 100% up to £100/$100 max. at some sites.  Most have reasonable WR with most games allowed.

Ongoing bonuses

Nearly all Crypto's have 100% monthly match (or similar deal) with very reasonable WR.

Cash out

All except Will Hill use E-cash banking. There is no ‘reverse withdrawal’ facility & cash-outs are very quick!

William Hills interface directly with their sportsbook - your funds are moved into & out of the casino each time you log in & out.  Bonus credits are clearly segregated, and withdrawals are instant.


Many Crypto's entry screen looks and feels like a real casino – you can even see other players at the tables.

Great '3D' graphics on all the table games.

The best multi-player games I've seen - play cards or roulette with up to 4 other players.  

Innovative games - like Bejeweled & Marvel slots.
The game logs show how much you've wagered on what - easy to see if you've met WR. Best on the net!
Most sites have good tournaments with high prizes that are based on skill / luck - not just who wagers the most.  

You only download the games you want to play, and can play in 'practice' mode without registering an account, or even being connected to the internet.


Although their older slots pay out just as well, if not better, than MG or any other ones, they are in desperate need of an upgrade.  Most are slow & jerky, ridiculously have symbols spinning past that are not even on that reel, and do not allow enough different betting levels (i.e. low levels).


Fruit Machines - worst un-random crap I've ever seen.  (Just like UK pub machines!)

Solitaire - was already rubbish before they lowered the pay table & withdrew the 3-card version - now it's dire!  

On some of their slots; during autoplay each tiny win you get is highlighted one at a time, very slowly, with no option to override this. (Drives me mad!)

Roulette minimum chip size = $1 or £1 or €1 = ridiculous!  

Unique Games

Bejeweled 'slot' that doesn't look like a slot!   Randomly falling jewels line up to give you wins. 

'Marvel Jackpot' slots combine exciting bonus rounds with 3 separate random jackpots on every spin.

Daily Horoscope, Around the World and Reel Renovations are still the only online slots I have EVER seen with bonus round winnings dependant on true skill, not just luck!

NEW! (Nov-06) Cubis – a 3D version of Bejeweled!   Adult themed slots – naughty but nice!


See our All Recommend Casinos Page and look for casinos with WGT software (There’s only 4)

Not Rec.

None - they are all OK as far as I know.








WagerWorks (WW) - 'Flash' browser based software.

NoUSA (No USA, Canada or Australia)

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A small UK based provider with only 6-7 casinos listed, but is easy & fun to play.








Sign-up bonuses

Usually 100% up to £50 or £100.  Most have very reasonable WR with most games allowed.  Note that bonuses are usually only added to your account after you complete the WR with your own funds. (Post wager).

Ongoing bonuses

Most have very good monthlies...

Cash out

Quick, easy & fast - paid straight back to your Visa card (for the UK - I don't know about other countries). 

Bonus credits are usually segregated; you can view via banking screens.  Don’t think any take e-wallet payments.


No need to download - runs directly in your browser.  This means you can log in and play on any PC that's connected to the internet.  A pop-up tells you how long you've been playing (each hour).

A simple bonus log tells you exactly how much more WR you need to do.

Good selection of games, with low minimum bets on most (e.g. 20p on Roulette & most card games). 

A ‘UK style fruity’ that actually seems to be random! (Price is Right Spin & Win Fruity).


Even on Broadband, connection can sometimes be a little slow, and disconnects occur a little too often for my liking. 

Not enough different wager/line options on some of the slot machines.


I can't think of anything ugly about WagerWorks sites.

Unique Games

Double Bonus Spin Roulette - this great variation gives you the chance of a 1200x bet win!  

Wan-Doy Pairs Poker - like a mix of Stud & PaiGow - but forget Straights & Flushes, this game is only about pairs, trips & quads, with a bonus side bet paying a maximum of 5000x bet for the top combination in your or the dealers hand!!

Texas Hold’em Shoot Out Poker!  Play Hold’em against two dumb-ass robots!

Hot Streak Bonus Roulette; Win up to 25,000x your bet!!

NEW! 50,000 Pyramid and Cleopatra slots – excellent!


More coming…

Not Rec.

None - they are all OK as far as I know.








PlayTech (PT)


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The second biggest provider, with 65+ casinos to chose from.  As with MG, many groups consisting of 5 or more sites.  Unfortunately Playtech have quite a few rogue operators with only a handful being good enough to be recommended by the top casino watchdogs.





Sign-up bonuses

Variety of different deals.  You need to check the T&C's carefully because many places offer Phantom bonuses where the bonus money is deducted from your account on 1st withdrawal.

With ALL Playtech bonuses, make sure you don't play prohibited games!

Ongoing bonuses

Not many offer decent cashable bonuses.  The ones with attractive % are probably phantom.

Tote Sport offer a 100% on £25 every month with very reasonable WR and which is cashable!

Cash out

Again, varies a lot from place to place.  The reputable sites pay quickly with no fuss, and few ask for ID.   The less reputable may ask you to jump though multiple hoops and have a bad reputation for very long cash-out times.


Nice graphics on all games. 

Pop-up window tells you the moment a bonus you've qualified for hits your account.


The game logs only record your last 30 hands/spins. So if you're going for a bonus you need to keep tabs on what you've wagered.

Most Playtechs have Phantom bonuses – these are really bad news for players if the WR is high (above Bx12).


Undoubtedly the worst thing about PlayTechs is the bad ethics of some of their operators.  Delayed payments are common, as is the practice of letting punters who have accidentally (or on purpose!) broken T&C's to play on if they’re losing, but confiscate winnings if they win.

In fact, Playtech casinos in general probably have more bad operators than any other software (except Top Game).

But there are also some VERY good ones – and these are the only ones I list on this site.

Unique Games

In BlackJack Switch you play two hands against the dealer, with the option to switch your top cards between the hands before starting the round.  

Chinese Kitchen & Vacation Station 8-line slots are different & fun!

Arcade Games – Strange but fun!

Pachinko (Dolphin Paradise) – the Japanese ‘all or nothing’ arcade game – win 1500 x your bet!


Bet365, Genting Casino.

Others coming soon…..  

Not Recommended and ROGUE.

Any not listed above should be approached with great caution (or not at all), in particular:-

Mapau, Goldengate, Miami Beach, Fortune, Grand Online, Bet Royal, BetCasino, Grand Banks, Black Widow, Sterling House, Joyland, Royal Dice, Giant Vegas, Vegas Red, Casino Las Vegas, Tropez, Europa, Monaco Gold.

For a FULL LIST of rogue Playtech Casinos, please see my Blacklist Page









RealTime Gaming (RTG)


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Certainly one of the 'big players' with 42+ casinos to chose from. 

Very similar to Playtech format in terms of groups of sites & unfortunately, also an equal number of rogues.


Very fast cash-outs:

100% Welcome Bonus at Intertops Casino






$60 FREE, no deposit:






Sign-up bonuses

Variety of different deals.  Most of the cashable ones are frankly quite poor (high WR).  You need to check the T&C's carefully because many places offer Phantom bonuses where the bonus money is deducted from your account on 1st withdrawal.   With ALL RTG bonuses, make sure you don't play prohibited games!

Note: When claiming any bonus make sure you redeem your coupon before making your deposit!

Ongoing bonuses

Not many offer decent cashable bonuses.  The ones with attractive % are probably phantom.

Cash out

I think I'm right in saying all RTG casinos will ask you to fax or scan & e-mail at least some photo ID, and possibly other ID too  (eg. Copy of household bill / bank statement).   This practice will undoubtedly delay your first payment. Further payouts (from reputable sits) should normally be quick & easy.  Some rogue sites will leave your withdrawal in 'pending' for up to a week or more, or use other stalling tactics. I’ve heard stories of some rogues taking months to pay out – my personal worst on record was 6-weeks.

Some RTG’s have a low max amount you can withdraw per week – totally outrageous!


Good variety of games to choose from, with good new slots added monthly.  

Variable game speed from snails-pace to lightening! 

You only need download the games you want to play.

You can 'manually override' the autoplay on slots to speed them up.


Many RTGs have Phantom bonuses for play on Slots only = totally ridiculous! Make sure you check for this before you play. To see which recommended RTGs have Phantom and Cashable bonuses, see this page:- RTG casinos

Games take too long to load / check for updates even when you’ve only recently played them.

No Game logs (that I know of), but bank screen tell you how much WR you have left to qualify for your bonus. 

Minimum bets too high at most places (e.g. BJ $5 min).

Many have ludicrous maximum withdrawal amounts per week/month (Mainly the rogues, but some reputable ones too); always check the T&C’s for this before you deposit.


Undoubtedly the worst thing is bad operators, as with Playtech above. 

Many of these have overcomplicated T&C's which seem designed to confuse & trick the players.  

At some sites Casino Hold'em Poker has a $25 minimum bet... (WTF is that about???)

Unique Games

Poker Slot (I've played & even won the jackpot on this - but still confused how it works!) 

Casino Hold'em Poker is a great new casino card game!




Slots LV, Sloto’Cash, Uptown Aces, iNetBet, Jackpot Capital, Slotastic!




Not Recommended and outright ROGUES!


Any RTGs not listed above should be approached with great caution, in particular:-

American Circus, American Grand, Americas Online, Bet Royal, Captain Jack, Casino Peru, Cats Eye, Cirrus, Cleopatra’s, Club Mardi Gras, Club Pharma, Club Player, Club Regal, Cool Cat, Crystal Palace, Dreams, Lady lucks, Gold Stream, Golden Nile, High Rollers Lounge, High Rollers Lounge, Jackpot Cash, Jackpot Kings, Lucky aces, Lucky Coin, Lucky Palm, Lucky Pyramid, Palace of Chance, Pharaohs Gold, Planet7, Powerbet, Prism, Ringmaster, Royal Ace, Royal Circus, Silver Oak, Silver Sands, Slots of Vegas, Vegas Frontier, Vegas Riches, Vegas Riches, VIP Lounge, Virtual Casino, Wild Vegas.

Most of these casinos belong to just 2 or 3 groups, are ALL rogue and WILL rip you off! L






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