There are a number of different criteria our experienced team of poker reviewers analyses very closely before they give you the go-ahead to try out a new poker site. Below you can follow the process step by step:
- Background check and safety features The first thing we do when we enter a new poker room is explore its security features. Top online casinos are licensed by internationally renowned organisations or jurisdictions, such as Malta, Gibraltar, the UK or the Isle of Man. Their security and game software fairness can also be certified further by external monitoring agencies like eCOGRA. Such licenses have to be noted at the bottom of the home page of the poker room being licensed. If they are not there, that is a warning sign for our team. Once those have been checked, we also analyse whether the site has the correct SSL protocols to keep your private data encrypted as it is transferred over the internet. Finally, we also run background checks on the companies that run the online poker room we are reviewing and check how visible they are, and what their reputation is.
- Banking methods and customer support review The next step is to check how reliable the banking procedures offered by the online poker room are. We deposit real cash into the poker site using all the available methods, and keep track of how fast the process is, how smoothly it runs, and whether there are any issues. We then contact the customer support team through all the available channels with a number of specific queries in order to gauge their professionalism and expertise.
- Test out the games and withdraw funds The last step in our rating process is testing out all the available games. Our team of reviewers plays a large portion of the available games, tests out their bonus features, calculates whether players’ chances of winnings are within the acceptable probability range, and then attempts to withdraw any winnings. Online poker rooms with fast, smooth payouts rate very high on our lists. Once a poker room has reached this stage successfully, we write our poker site reviews and place it within our list of the best online poker sites for New Zealand players. If you are interested in checking out our reviews, head to our recommendations page to take a look at the top 5 poker sites for your needs.