Canadians love to gamble, and the $13 billion or so that lotteries and slot machines bring in annually are testament to this fact, not to mention the hundreds of millions generated through horse racing and other areas. Canadians also account for a strong proportion of the 20.000+ people that play Pokerstars, the biggest poker website in the world, not to mention the many who flock to the international casinos, race-tracks and sport books every year.
Canada’s ties with the world of gambling runs deep, not only is the CEO of Amaya Gaming — who own Full Tilt and Pokerstars — a Canadian native, but online gambling giants such as Sportingbet and Unibet are based in the country.
With so many gamblers in the country and so much money floating around, they need safe, legitimate and secure websites to play on, and that’s what we will take a look at in this article. The three websites listed in this article are not only open to Canadian residents, but they are all highly reputable online casinos that offer a plentiful and eclectic mix of slot machines, table games and more.
Royal Vegas Casino caters for gamblers around the world, but they have a website exclusively for Canadians, where Canucks can play in their own currency and take advantage of unique bonuses. In fact, the welcome bonus for Canadian players adds up to an impressive $1200 CAD. There is also a 24/7 support line available, so that regardless of the time-zone you’re in, you’ll still be able to find someone who can help you when needed.
Royal Vegas Casino uses Microgaming, which has some of the best slot machine games around. There are also table games, such as blackjack, roulette and baccarat, but the focus is mainly on the slot machines, with games like Mega Moolah and Major Millions stealing the show. One of the benefits of Royal Vegas is the many tournaments that pit Canadians against Canadians — and other nationalities — for huge prizes.
Another International site with a separate Canadian domain is Platinum Play, located both under the .eu and the .ca domain, albeit with near-identical sites on both. The .ca site does work in Canadian dollars though, and here Canadians can take advantage of 1500 free bets, effectively letting them tryout the many slots and table games for free. In fact, it is the many promotions that set Platinum Play apart from the others on this list. The deposit bonus isn’t as good, and the games are all the same (thanks to the use of Microgaming) but the promotions are endless. These include weekly promotions that give players free spins and more; monthly promotions that offer casino credit and bundles of prizes; and the Fortune Lounge Cruise promotion, which gives lucky winners a cruise. There is also a great royalty scheme and a VIP room, which is invite-only and reserved for high-rollers.
Unlike Royal Vegas and Platinum Play, Euro Palace does not have a Canadian version of its site, but the main site is accessible to all and there are plenty of Canadian players there. In fact, if you want to see the dedication that Euro Palace have for their international members then you only need to check out their “contact” page, where people from the UK to Australia, and Canada to Namibia can use a unique, country-specific contact number to ask for assistance. There are also options for an array of languages, from French to German, and Japanese to Greek, not to mention English.
The Euro Palace software itself is just as good as Royal Vegas and Platinum Play as it also uses Microgaming. It can be downloaded on Windows or Mac, and as with all of the sites on this list, there is also a mobile app available. Some of the best games available on this include Playboy and the Dark Knight Rises, based on the famous magazine and the famous film franchise respectively. There are also new games added all of the time, not to mention the 400+ already on there.
The deposit bonus is one of the main things that sets Royal Vegas Casino apart from Euro Palace, as the deposit bonus on Euro Palace is only a 100% matched bonus of up to $150, although that amount does increase to $1500 for those depositing at least $1000.
Overall, you can’t go wrong with Royal Vegas Casino, but if you want to take advantage of many free bets, and if you don’t like to stay in one place, then we recommend playing on all of them. They all operate under the trusted and established Fortune Lounge brand, and they are all eCOGRA accredited, they all also use the Microgaming software, so the only the only thing that sets them apart is the deposit bonuses and the jackpots, and Royal Vegas is preferred in both instances.
Royal Vegas Canada has been our editor’s #1 pick for three consecutive years ! Great compatibility of course (iphones, mobiles and tablets) but also an exciting range of games and promotions. Excellent support teams and quick cashouts… What else to ask for ?