Choosing a casino can be tough. There are lots of variables you need to account for. For example, you need to find a casino that’s Aussie-friendly, has the games you want to play, banking methods you want to use, and so on.
These variables don’t narrow your search down much. You’ll still have 100+ casinos to choose from. It’s tough to review that many casinos, much less choose one or two to join. There’s a good chance that many Aussies out there simply never get started due to paralysis by analysis.
That’s where we come in. We’ve already done all the heavy lifting for you. Provided below is a list of our favorite online casinos for Australia in 2019. Choose one or two from the list to get started now.
If you’re still not sure if you can trust our recommendations, then we suggest you read the following section. We explain how we review and rate casinos, as well as how our approach differs from the other sites on the web.
Why Our Recommendations Are Different
Let’s take a few minutes to talk about why our recommendations are different. You’re bombarded with ads and recommendations all day long. Why should you trust ours over all the other gambling websites on the web?
Here are a few reasons why.
We Create Accounts
You can tell when someone has firsthand experience with a casino and when they don’t. You can see the difference in detail in the final review.
We want to add as much detail as possible, so we go the extra mile and create an account. That way, we can see everything behind the scenes.
Many review sites grab all the information they can from the pages they can see (without an account), which leads to a shallower review.
We Write Honest Reviews
It benefits no one other than the casino when a review site publishes a fluffy review praising the casino in every area.
It’s also a lie. No casino is perfect.
The worst part, though, is that it sets the player up for disappointment. They’ll try the casino out – and maybe it’s good – but it won’t be “perfect.” There will be flaws.
It makes far more sense for us to point those flaws out in the beginning. That way, reasonable and accurate expectations are set BEFORE someone signs up.
We Hardly Ever Give out Perfect Scores
There are few online casinos that are perfect in every way. We can almost always spot a thing or two that we feel the casino can improve. This can be their fees, bonuses or bonus terms, or maybe their games are lacking somewhere.
EVERY online casino has some area they can do better in. Our ratings reflect that.
It’s hard to trust review sites that give every casino a 5/5 or 10/10 score. This suggests that their ratings are not honest or accurate.
We Re-Review Casinos
Our reviews and informational pages are not a “set it and forget it” type of deal.
We routinely reread our pages to ensure they’re accurate and have the most up-to-date information possible.
That especially goes for our reviews, when an online casino can go from hero to zero overnight.
We Demote or Remove Recommendations
If we re-review a casino and see something negative, or some negative news breaks, we won’t hesitate to demote them. We’ll push them further down our list and move higher-quality casinos up the list.
In extreme cases, usually when a casino engages in roguish behavior, we’ll remove them from our recommendations entirely.
We always warn customers in a review if a site has dropped their standards for some reason, so that they know to stay away until further notice.
This is unlike many review sites and forums that will continue to promote and collect money for scam operations.
We don’t accept payments for placement or positive ratings.
Once money enters the equation, it becomes harder and harder to trust a recommendation.
What makes us different is that no one can bribe us to place them higher on our recommendations list. They have to earn their place…and then continue to earn it.
There you have it. That’s how we do things.
We spend a lot of time on each review and article we write. It can take several hours to do our research, comb through each casino, and test out features. Then we still have to write, edit, and publish the review here on our website.
It’s worth the time and effort, though, when we know that we’re doing everything we can to point our Australian readers to high-quality casinos.
4 Mistakes First-Timers Make When Choosing an Online Casino
We can’t blame people for getting excited about gambling online. We totally get it. Who wouldn’t want to play their favorite games from home in their pajamas? The fact that you can get a bonus online whereas that’s pretty much unheard of from a brick-and-mortar casino is exciting, too.
That said, first-timers often get ahead of themselves. They make mistakes when choosing their first online casino. Sometimes these are SERIOUS mistakes that will haunt them down the road.
The following are some of the mistakes we see first-timers make (that we recommend you avoid).
1. Focus Too Much on the Bonus
Casino bonuses are fun because they’re free money…sort of. You make a deposit, and then all of a sudden, you have double or triple the amount you started with.
Who wouldn’t get excited about that?
The problem is that it’s easy to be persuaded by a 400% up to $1,000 bonus or a 100% up to $5,000 bonus. That’s a TON of extra money to play with. As far as the 400% match goes, that’s a lot of bang for your buck.
The bonus itself isn’t the problem. The problem comes when you choose a casino based on the bonus or promotions the casino’s offering instead of the qualities of the casino itself.
A bonus does you no good if the casino is a scam. It doesn’t matter how much money’s in your player account if you’re never going to see it again.
A bonus is basically irrelevant if you deposit your money and the casino takes it and runs.
The other issue is bonus terms. It doesn’t matter what the bonus or promo is if the terms are awful. Once again, you can run into an issue where you get extra money to play with, but maybe you need to wager tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars before you can cash out your winnings.
That doesn’t sound so great to us.
2. Not Paying Attention to Terms
We sort of touched on this above with the bonus terms. It’s definitely important. You don’t want to join a casino with the plans to claim a bonus if the terms are unfair (some even call them predatory).
There are other terms you want to pay attention to before you sign up, though. Here are a few examples.
Progressive Jackpots – Does the casino pay out winnings in full, or will you receive payments for so many months or years?
Max Winnings – Many bonuses have a cap on how much money you can win and cash out while using them. In other cases, the casino may have a cap on the total amount you can win per hand/spin/round
Game Restrictions – Most promotions will have terms that say there are specific games that you cannot play if you want to claim the offer. Or you can play them, but you’ll need to agree to a higher playthrough in order to fulfill the terms
Software Restrictions – Many software companies are unable to offer their games to players in certain regions. These games are often hidden from sight or are unplayable
Banking Restrictions – Many casinos have terms that say that if you want to make a deposit with Skrill or Neteller, you won’t be able to claim a bonus
Account Inactivity – If you don’t login and/or play within so many days or months, the casino reserves the right to charge a maintenance fee and/or close your account. They might even confiscate your balance
Those are the most common terms and conditions to lookout for. We recommend you avoid casinos with too aggressive or predatory terms. These can often be a sign of negative things to come.
3. Join a Rogue Casino (Despite Knowing They’re Rogue)
This happens more than you’d think. Despite all the warnings online, the low ratings, and the forums overflowing with customer complaints, Sally decides to sign up to Super Fun Rogue Casino anyway.
MAYBE she didn’t know. We doubt it, though.Most people nowadays don’t find these casinos by accident. Not every casino can be at the top of Google. In other words, they had to do some searching or visit their favorite informational website (like this one) to find some of these more obscure casinos.
It makes you wonder how Sally didn’t see all those warnings in the first place. Assuming she did, it makes you wonder why she joined anyway.
If we had to guess, it was because there was a bonus or some other attractive offer that caught Sally’s attention.
Was it worth it? You’d have to ask Sally, though we’ll go on a limb and say probably not. Because what ends up happening is that Sally wins a little and tries to cash out, only to find out that the casino ran off with her money.Or tried to force her into another bonus (to avoid paying her).
Whatever the case, she’s in the forums whining about what happened to her when – honestly – it was probably her fault.
4. Not Testing the Casino out for Free
Creating an online casino account doesn’t cost you anything. Most casinos will let you play (some of) their games for free, too.So it makes sense to us that you actually do that before you make a commitment with your wallet.
There are a few reasons why.
You can see firsthand whether the casino has the games and stakes you want to play
You can test their games to see if they work like they’re supposed to (on all devices)
You can double-check to see they have the banking options you want to use, as well as reasonable limits and fees
You can try out their support to see if they’re quick and helpful
The bottom line – you can try them out to see if they’re as good as everyone says. More importantly, you can make sure they’re a good fit for you.
Game Guides for Beginners
Since we have a lot of new casino players reading this, we thought it’d be safe to assume that many of them have also never played in a casino before – online or off.
With that in mind, we figured it’d be helpful to include some information on what the most popular casino games are and what you should know about them before you start playing.
Blackjack is arguably the most popular table game in the casino. The rules are simple to learn. However, mastering the game and its dozens of variants can take you months, maybe even years.
This game is ideal for people who want to play something with a low house edge. It’s also great for people who want the challenge of learning how to count cards.
Video poker is another popular casino option with a low house edge.
These are simple games to learn. There’s a little bit of strategy involved to lower the house edge, but it’s nothing as time-intensive as blackjack.
This game is ideal for people who like poker and card games but would rather play by themselves.
These are also known as slot machines. It’s obvious that these are popular, because they take up the majority of floor space (or bandwidth) of any casino.
We love pokies because they’re like video games that pay money. You get to play bonus rounds, watch cutscenes, and sometimes even interact with other players.
You can also win life-altering jackpots.
Pokies are a great fit for everyone, even if you’re someone who prefers a low house edge. Find a machine with a theme you enjoy, and we’ll all but guarantee that you’ll have a good time despite the higher house edge.
You could argue that roulette is just as popular as blackjack. You’d be hard-pressed to find a casino that doesn’t offer at least one roulette game. And most casinos have several between the three core games and all their variants.
One of those variants is “live” roulette, which you’ll find in the live casino section. Many of these live games let you play roulette for as much as $75,000 per spin.
Of course, this isn’t a game for advantage players since there’s no way to beat the house here. Roulette is 100% pure gambling. However, there are ways you can lower the house edge.
When there are people screaming in the casino, usually you’ll find them at the craps table.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to enjoy the human experience online. However, if you prefer to play by yourself, playing craps online is the way to go. You can learn the rules and nuances of the game without fear of slowing the game down or making others mad.
This game is also for people who want to gamble.
This game is always fun to talk about because it reminds us of the older James Bond movies.
It’s not a complicated game. The rules are simple, and there’s not a lot you can do strategy-wise.
Despite that, it still has a relatively low house edge, making it perfect for someone who wants to play a table game without having to think a ton.
Live Dealer Games
One of the few downsides to playing online table games is that you miss out on the human element. You don’t get to chat with the pretty dealer or cheer on your tablemates as they double down on an 11.
Some people are okay with that, while for others, they’re missing out on one of the things they enjoy most about gambling.
Live dealer casinos bridge that gap. These games are dealt by real people. You can chat with them or your tablemates, but from the comfort of your own home.
This is ideal for players who want the best of both worlds.
Those are the most popular casino games. However, we cover loads more on our game page.
Other than our game guides, we recommend you visit our beginner’s section. We cover lots of information here, including how to choose a game to play, how the house edge works, the dos and don’ts of casino gambling, and more.
Getting started with online gambling can be overwhelming. There’s so much to think about when choosing a casino, from banking options to promotions to games and more.
That’s even assuming you know what games you want to play and how to play them.
Then you still need to choose a casino to join. Combine everything above with the need to find a casino that’s safe, trustworthy, and custom-centric, and it’s no wonder people are overwhelmed.
If you want to avoid all the work and the feeling of overwhelm, we recommend you use the information on this page as a guide. Use the game guide to decide what to play (and learn how to play it) and the table above to help you decide where to play.
Do this, and you can be up and running in a matter of minutes.