The online casino industry is preparing itself for a new year by soaking in the festive tunes and vibes of the last month. But behind the seasonal bonuses and exciting tournaments, the industry is rapidly changing itself to reach new heights with each passing month. The year 2017 was a phenomenal year for the gambling community, where we saw a lot of activity on the technology front as many new casinos in 2017 kept exceeding our expectations with awesome gamification concepts and innovative outreach programs. It was also a busy year for game developers as we saw a mad-scramble towards new themes and story-based slots. There has been a huge improvement in the quality of online casino games and we got sweet surprises from both gaming giants new brands.
The casino scene has also gained some body with some 100 new casino sites joining the market, and the new casino trends for 2018 tells us that the growth will continue. This has naturally increased the competition and casino sites are ready to offer exuberant bonuses to attract new clients. This bonus battle between the new casinos translates into more lucrative deals for online players and 2017 was an epic year in terms of bonuses, online punters got the best of both the worlds in this competitive market. As we conclude the year, let's take a look at the best casino of each month in the year 2017 and have a blast from the past.
January 2017 – At the very beginning of the year, we were treated with Codeta Casino, which stole our hearts for its classy professional design and the supreme quality of live casino games. It sources its games directly from developers and has been able to hand-craft a portfolio for the gods of gambling. Some of the brands that the casino nurtures are Novomatic, Thunderkick, Microgaming, NetEnt, QuickSpin, etc. The diversity of its software developers extends to the game types and you can find an interesting combination of classic slots, modern slots, table games, poker, and jackpots.
February 2017 – PlayOJO was our choice for February as it as it is has a simple yet awesome design that offers only wager free bonuses. It is for those professional punters who value functionality over design and, so you won’t find any flashy background, but you will surely find a lot of gaming content, laid out neatly for your convenience. The mobile version is a charm to play with as it seamlessly connects with your online gambling account to give you uninterrupted gambling on the go. With gaming content sourced from nine top developers like NetEnt, Scientific Games, Aristocrat, Lightning Box, Amaya, etc. the brand has no dearth of variety. You also get live casino with the presence of Evolution Gaming. The casino is PayPal enabled which is one of the most preferred payments gateways, across the world.
March 2017 – We reserved the month of March for Cashino Casino, which came online after a long history in the land-based slots industry. This is a very professional casino and it gives a truly royal treatment to its players. It was one of the very few casinos which offered no-limit withdrawals and the latest casino games from Merkur Games. However, the most defining reason for Cashino Casino to be on this list is its majestic VIP club, which is no less than any five-star establishment. Having its roots in the land-based casino industry, this one brand knows how to make its customers feel like gods.
April 2017 – With summer peaking, the sun of the month for the online betting industry was Fantasino Casino, which brought forward an amazing gamification concept to the gambling table. We were planning to introduce another classic brand for April, but this 1-month long-brand, changed our choice. We liked the introduction of gamification, which was before the emergence of Sloty, Ikibu, Fantasino, etc., so it naturally won the race to gamification. The gamification is designed to the bone, with the Wonderland, where you can play with your own avatar and complete story-based missions. A great amount of personalization in character development makes this a unique casino. Since our inclusion of the casino in April, the brand has enjoyed unprecedented fan-following and had upgraded its content once in between. Stronger and brighter than ever before, it remains a premium place to enjoy your bets.
May 2017 – Casilando Casino was a love-at-first-sight for us. We rarely find a casino that is worth its weight in gold, and Casilando is certainly the most expensive of all. The design was something totally new and the website felt like running a hot knife through butter. Neatly categorized sections of games, easy support options, rewarding casino games, and most importantly a VIP package that no one can refuse! The mobile casino version is also meticulously designed and each and every casino game, including its live casino games, can be played on your favorite smartphone/tablet. Sometimes good things happen and Casilando is a vibrant example. Casilando is also a brand with great depth in its portfolio and amasses niche brands like Felt Gaming, MultiCommerce, Genesis Gaming, White Hat, Blueprint, etc.
June 2017 – This was a tough choice to make as many awesome casinos were released in June. However, at the very top of the food chain sits our choice for June, Spinland Casino. This might just also be our pick of the year, as it is not just a casino but an ethereal gambling experience. From design to diversity, the casino scores tremendously well in all our parameters. The brand was launched in April and players were awe-struck by its visual appeal and superior build quality. Moreover, this was also one of the finest launches of the year till then in terms of Live Casino, as it pooled in its games from both NetEnt live and Evolution Gaming. Spinland remains a top choice for online punters, especially for those desiring king-size VIP treatment, which gives out luxury holiday packages.
July 2017 – After an awesome month in June, July was another awesome month. We saw the temperature increase as more and more new casinos hit the industry. For July, we selected one of the finest produce of the year, the Power Spins Casino. Since its launch in March 2017, the casino has enjoyed organic growth for its praise-worthy casino. It offers different rewarding schemes for different players and often doles out surprise gifts to loyal players. The casino doesn’t have a proper VIP package or a proper gamification structure, but something close to both. Every time you wager real cash in any of the 190+, high-RTP value, casinos games, you will get a boost in your Power Bar, which rewards you with increasing daily extra spins.
August 2017 – The result of two epic back-to-back months of full of releases revealed itself in our August’s casino of the world. Sloty was our choice for August 2017 for its amazing portfolio of casino games and a sea of customer-centric bonuses and promotions to choose from. This award-winning brand was launched in July and we couldn’t wait to give it our Title of the Month. Every day of the week has a promotion behind it and then there is a whole bonus tree for loyal players. For the first time, we saw a truly personalized VIP club, where you get to choose your own bonuses, get your withdrawal limits extended on demand, personal account manager, currency-exchange, exotic vacations, etc.
September 2017 – Modernity was the theme of the month and September was our 3D month of the year. We picked up a casino worthy enough to deliver a quality 3D gambling platform, with many casino games to choose from. We proudly coronate Slot Planet as the ruler of the galaxy for September for not only its futuristic games but also for its awesome promotions policy and own newsreel. The portfolio is truly high-end and speaks for itself. Apart from regular categories of slots you will find the latest 3D slots versions of your popular casino game, come alive on this platform. So wear your gambling goggles and be ready to experience gambling to a whole new Planet…to Slots Planet.
October 2017 – The name is Casimba Casino and it is our choice for October. The market is gearing up for Halloween with handsome bonuses, but we choose this month’s pick based on gaming variety. Casimba Casino is the undisputed king in terms of gaming variety. Inspired by Lion Tales, this king of the slots jungle is here with a den full of casino games to check out. When we say den, it means a collection of more than 1000+ games. Big or small, everyone is part of the family and Being a leader has many responsibilities and one of Casimba’s key features is its exclusive gifts of exotic vacations to few lucky players each year.
November 2017 – Breakout Casino was a true breakout in casino aggregation technology and platform management. This flagship brand from PariPlay brought a fresh new flavor to the market and became an instant hit, almost overnight. It was also one of the most highly anticipated brands of the year, with its announcement made in May. The dream finally became reality in the month of November and the brand did exceed our expectations. Its gaming portfolio has an average RTP value of 96%+ during its launch. This strict adherence to quality did shrink its portfolio but it became a premium brand that sells highly gratifying casino games. The premium portfolio was catalyzed by a huge welcome bonus, which created an avalanche of punters coming into the casino. It became an instant hit in the market and is also one of our most preferred brands.
December 2017 – As the weather cools down, we find the opposite happening with the casino world. It has been steaming for some time now but now it is boiling with new casinos hitting the market an at unprecedented rate. While established casinos have just come out of Halloween season, new casinos emerged with Christmas in mind. The market was also ripe to absorb budding casinos and Vegas Hero is the hero that outlived every other casino to be our casino of the month for December. This casino took online gambling to a whole new level, with a Superhero mascot, who has his own story to tell. This is story-based gaming at its best and also one of the most creative in the industry. Enjoy a range of video slots to along with top-end live table games.
These were the top casinos of the year and it is just the tip of the iceberg. Since we saw a huge spurt of online casinos throughout the length and breadth of Europe, it was a hard job for us to pick just twelve, without recommending to our readers, the other emerging brands that is almost as awesome as these best ones. We treat these casinos as “next-bests” and they do have to mojo to reach the top spot in the coming year. Most of these selections were made based on features like welcome bonuses, the rate of promotions, customer support, payment options, rewardability, variety of casino games, gaming aesthetics, gameplay, gambling ambience, etc. We don’t want to rank them in order because most of them are unique in their own ways and it would be comparing apples and oranges. Some of them comes with no-deposit bonus, which allows you to check out the casino experience for free. Read on to know more about these rising stars in the world of online gambling.
Lucky Niki is the first casino that comes to our mind for its exotic Japanese theme. Filled with the freshness of another culture, this game will brighten up your eyes instantly. It also dares to give out wager-free bonuses to its players and keeps its loyal players close to its heart with a regal VIP package. The casino is also diverse in its offers and brings out something new every day. Check out this striking brand for sure if you ever bored with the usual.
Another unique pick to escape the monotony of mainstream is the Casino Calzone, which takes you straight to the hearts of Italy’s, to a native chef’s kitchen. Enjoy the scenic vistas and charming appeal of your host, Chef Calzone in this retreat in the disguise of an online casino. Apart from a hand-picked assortment of casino games, you get a great gamification wheel, called the Holy Calzone. Win pizzalicious prizes and tons of free gifts at the Wheel and return to the casino to win on your winnings.
In terms of avatar-based casinos, Larry is another classy brand which adds a lot of depth to the story-line behind casinos. In this case, Larry can be termed as a brand ambassador of laziness. You can join this casino on a lazy Sundays, or on beachside day outs to relax in style. Larry likes to reward likeminded people, and no one knows it better than the VIP loyalty members of the casino. But new players are not disappointed, and Larry is always present with a basket full of goodies at every stage of your casino experience. Let Larry reward like a boss, VIP or new.
For VIP treatments, the year was filled with many options. The growing exclusivity makes it hard to judge the different VIP loyalty programs from inside out, but based on our readers review, we recommend classic brands like Cashiopeia, Midaur Casino, Hey Spin Casino and Play Sunny Casino for their amazing VIP treatment. With 2017 being a big year for online sports betting, we decided to include the most premium release in this category, Matchbook Casino. This brand was born in January 2017 and was instrumental in gathering and re-defining the sport-betting niche in its unique ways. It was one of the most comprehensive sports betting architecture during its launch and remains a formidable player, especially in the UK.
2017 was also a big year for Egyptian themed slots and casinos and one of the best in this category is the Pyramid's Fortune Casino. Based totally on the myths and mythologies of Ancient Egypt,this casino is a tad higher than the rest for its conceptual gamification and special attention to detail while creating its theme. The Pyramid's Fortune Casino has a truly majestic VIP package for loyal players, and we have heard many rumors of players being gifted fully-paid, luxury trips to Cairo, Egypt, to experience the Pyramids. It is also an awesome place for checking out a diverse range of games from top developers like NetEnt, Microgaming, Nektan, Bally, Realistic, Aristocrat, etc.
In terms of design, Jo Reels was one of the most seducing brands of the year and is designed after the retro joints of yesteryears Paris. The concept is as classy as it gets, and we loved its mobile version even more for its immersive gambling experience. Some of the other big launches of the year are BigOnBets, Yako Casino, The Sun Play, Play Sunny Casino, and Cashiopeia. All of these brands have garnered quite some attention around itself and are worthy of checking out. With these, we end the year, anticipating many new milestones to be covered in the coming year.
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