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Red-blooded action

32Red is one of the most talked-about and heavily advertised online casinos out there. Maria Pierides ignored everything she’d heard, and went into it with a fresh mind, only to discover that is really is one of the best casinos on the internet

With a name like 32Red, you could be forgiven for thinking that this is predominantly a roulette-heavy site, but this has one of the largest selections of games available on any online casino. Not only will there be a great chance of finding your favourite game in there, but the selection is so rich that you’ll need a long time to try them all out.

It is well worth downloading the casino as opposed to playing from the site, as doing so means you get so many more games and features that it would be a shame not to, especially since it downloads as fast as lightning. The navigation design is simple, but flawless; the tabs are neatly arranged and categorised, and there is even a section specifically for progressive jackpots, so fans of these types of games know exactly where they lie. There is also a favourite games section, where all of the games you have played recently will appear, making it easier for you to find them. The graphics are very high-tech, with well thought-out and realistic sound effects and background noises to add to the virtual simulation. There are, of course, options to turn all of the sound features off, or to pick and choose what you like – giving the player total control of their gaming experience.

If there are games you’ve never played before, you can try your hand at them in practice mode first to help you get a feel for them before depositing real money. This is a great place to start your journey. The instructions have never been put more simply, and you won’t find yourself being a novice player for long, as everything is explained clearly, from the rules of the game to the pay-out stats and all else in between.

There’s a mind-blowing choice of video and reel slots to get through, each one with a different theme and jackpot – you won’t find two slots identical to each other. There are so many to choose from that it isn’t going to be a problem finding enough to occupy your time with. One of the more glamorous and feminine slots is ‘Star Appeal’, which consists of symbols of paparazzi, stars and awards. Agent Jane Blonde is another slot that will go down particularly well with female players. There are countless slot themes and 32Red have covered almost everything, including star signs, popular holidays, TV shows and of course some much-loved on classic slots, including Tomb Raider and Mega Moolah.

You can tell almost immediately that they have thought of all the minute details to make the experience as life-like as possible, which can be seen in all of the games. Apart from serving you food and drinks and human-to-human player interaction, everything else that you would expect from a real casino is found here. The sultry and dulcet tones of a helpful woman are there to guide you through the games, as she kindly keeps the player informed at all times, telling you when you win and what the general outcome of the game is, for example, clearly calling out roulette numbers as they appear.

When you finish playing a game, a box pops up showing you similar games to the one you’ve just played, giving newer players a chance to immerse themselves in the games and get to grips with everything the site has to offer. It’s also not ideal if the games you like are drowned out by the massive selection, making it hard to spot your favourite. But this way, they are handpicked and served up with minimal effort on your part.

There are many variants of classic table games to choose from, including over 20 different blackjack games. Table games also include European and American roulette, Vegas craps, assorted types of casino poker, baccarat, multi-hand pontoon and many, many more.

Whether you just want a bit of fun and don’t want to get tangled in the complicated web that some games may weave, or you want to play like a high roller, there are basic and advanced options for many of the games. The site appreciates that each player will have a different style of playing, which is especially made apparent in the roulette games. The advanced options to place neighbour bets are there under the ‘expert’ tab, which, with one click of the mouse takes you from basic to expert instantly, so if you want to chop and change methods in one spin, you can.

Perhaps one reason why the casino runs so smoothly is that it doesn’t waste hard drive space or initial downloading time loading up every single game. Since there is such a hefty selection, it could perhaps take its toll on the player – not to mention their computer – if it’s all downloaded in one go. Instead it lets you ‘download-as-you-go’, so you can download each game when you fancy it – leaving out the ones you don’t fancy playing right away, or even at all, to save time and space.

Another quirky little feature is the jackpot thermometer, which predictably rises as the jackpot is heating up. Although the jackpot can be won at any time, and it serves as a mere indication of when it was last hit, it is particularly interesting when it reaches boiling point, as a surge of players will make that their game of choice, making for very tense but exciting play.

Despite 32Red being awarded the title of best online casino since 2003 by Casinomeister, it was important for us to go into our testing with an open mind and treat it like a blank canvas. However, it is clear to see why they have been awarded with accolades year after year, and their slogan: “second to none” rings true, as there are few other online casino experiences that come close to it.

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