Compare Online Casino Software (Game Choice)


Some of Aristocrat's online slot machines
The AZ of Online Casinos site (AZOC) provides a number of online casino lists but for someone who is relatively new to the scene, knowing which casinos have the best options for a specific type of game can save a lot of time.

Because most online casinos take games from different software providers (WMS, IGT, Microgaming, Playtech etc), which each of AZOC's casino lists references, this article details which providers are best at which type of game so you can hopefully identify more easily places that offer the best choices of your favorite games. Alternatively, you can search casinos by game if you already know what's what.

Open the online casinos list and cross-reference the software providers mentioned below to find the right online casinos for your favourite games.

Some of Playtech's online card & table games...

...compared to Microgaming's...

...who also do the best video pokers.

Some IGT slot games you can now play online...

.. and some by Novomatic from the Gaminator series
Blackjack, Card Games & Roulette
(RNG Games)


Generally speaking, if you want the standard mult-deck blackjack and European or American (Double Zero) roulette then pretty much every casino will offer these and by and large there isn't much between them. If however you like the plentiful variants of either game then the "download casinos" from Microgaming and Playtech win hands-down. Microgaming has the largest range but takes longer to install but on either platform you can play during the install.

Blackjack, Baccarat and Roulette
(Live Dealer Games)


Although Microgaming casinos have Live Dealer modules which are perfectly OK for a lot of players, in general the best live casino offerings come from the more dedicated brands. If you aren't too bothered about chatting then most live dealer products will be reasonable but if a chin-wag is what you are after, check out the live casino software reviews on Live Casino Comparer as the bod who reviews them plays with live dealers regularly (nothing dodgy about that, right?!) and knows waaaay more about this than me.

Video Poker

Once upon a time I would have recommended Cryptologic software for this but since they went the no-download route, the video poker has gotten distinctly average. If you just want single-hand games then Mr Green has all the IGT Game King video poker games but conversely, not much in the way of decent multi-hand games. For those, easily the best option are the Microgaming casinos - their download casinos have the largest choice (lots of variations) but there Instant Play no-downoad option also has a lot of them without the need to wait for the install.

Slots

Here's where it gets interesting. If you want land-based slot machines like those from IGT, WMS, Novomatic or Aristocrat then you want some of the smaller dedicated providers. If you aren't so bothered about those but want lots of choice then Microgaming, Playtech and Net Entertainment provide the best slots in my opinion (and I play a *lot* of slots!).

If you are playing primarily for entertainment then Net Entertainment's slots are no-download and good eye candy but the wins tend to be modest on most games. Microgaming casinos also provide a number of these low volatility games - in fact they have some 100% slot games in the download casinos now (and over 200 in the no-download) which on he one hand is good for choice but, on the other, means a lot of research is needed to find the games you like. I play there no-download casino as it's easier to find the games I like. Just!

For higher volatility games and some excellent Marvel-themed slots, Playtech casinos are the pick. I love their games on the whole and while the choice is considerably less than Microgaming, it's easier to find games you like. Playtech are known to produce some volatile games though so make sure you know your game before you go too mmad. The Slotjunkies website has information on volatilty for a lot of these games along with videos of the features.

Keno

All the providers have Keno games and there isn't a whole lot to choose between them but if like me you like "turbo" keno, my picks would be Bonus Keno on Net Entertainment's software or King Keno, found at a few of the IGT licencees. Playtech's Keno is pretty decent too for that matter. Microgaming's version never cut it for me but it is a bit more whimsical and would probably suit the casual player looking for a bit more of a fun experience.

Mobile Casino Games

As I write this article in October 2013, the mobile casino games sector is in it's infancy. You can play Blackjack and Roulette, a number of slots and scratch cards on mobile but the choice is small still. The games are very good though - if you play on a tablet like an iPad or Nexus for example but less impressive on smartphone screens for obvious reasons. You could do worse than check out the mobile casino list that I've come up with, many of which I've played... most games pretty much manage to replicate the games you see on bigger screens very well in HTML5.