Have you seen the rating of each sweepstakes casino in its review here at mrsweepstakes.com? It is a step-by-step algorithm, including evaluating each significant aspect of a site, to finally result in the overall rating you see.
Are you curious to understand these steps and what our team of experts here at Mr. Sweepstakes looks for exactly? Read on to find out.
Casino Features We Evaluate
An essential aspect of our evaluation process is that each casino feature gets its own score during the process. When each aspect of the casino is evaluated, we sum all the scores and divide them by 10, as this is the total number of features we are analyzing.
The result is the overall rating of the given sweeps cash casino. Each casino review here at Mr. Sweepstakes also includes a breakdown of the scores of all casino features so you can quickly get a detailed idea of our evaluation process.
So, let’s list all the things we are looking for when giving the Mr.Sweepstakes casino rating. You can see a summary of all key points at the end of each section.
1. Legitimacy & Safety ⭐
This criterion is the most important for us, as the way a social casino treats its customers is essential for your gaming experience. Here, we check whether information about who owns the site is publicly and easily available. After all, if a brand has avowed intentions towards its customers, why would they hide who they are?
If the company info can be found, we also check where the company is registered. When speaking of sweepstakes casinos, it is preferred for a brand to be registered in the US. Furthermore, we thoroughly analyze the casino’s site policies.
Having the chance to play for free in sweepstakes casinos is a must. Thus, reputable brands put an easily seen disclaimer throughout their site that you are not required to make any purchases to participate in the game offerings. We look out for this as well.
- Company info – is it US-based?
- Site’s policies
- Game transparency
- Social responsibility
- No purchase necessary disclaimer
2. Promotions ⭐
Since we mentioned that sweeps cash casinos are free-to-play, another important factor is what free stuff they grant their players. Here, we take a look and compare all the available promotions to get the full picture of where the given brand stands compared to others.
Does the sweeps casino give free Sweepstakes Coins on signup? If yes, what is the amount? We also take a look at the daily login bonus, if such, and whether it is only of Gold Coins or includes SC as well. Is it simply a login bonus, or is it a more engaging experience consisting of spinning a wheel, or opening magic boxes?
Apart from the free stuff, we also check if there is a first purchase discount bonus and what its amount is. Is the amount of free Sweepstakes Coins increasing progressively the higher the price of the GC bundle gets?
Tournament prize pools are another common way to provide free coins, also enhancing the player’s social experience. Some sites also offer prize drops on specific games.
Some sweep coin casinos go further when aiming to provide a full casino-like experience. They offer VIP programs, which are typical for regular online casinos.
The more you wager, purchase, and participate in what the site has to offer in general, the more you climb up the loyalty program ladder. We check whether such a program is available along with its specific terms and offerings.
We try to address all the questions listed above, to ensure that we are aware of the full promotional scheme of a sweepstakes casino gaming site.
- Free signup bonuses
- Daily login bonuses
- First purchase offers
- Prize drops
- VIP programs
3. Purchase & Redemption ⭐
Our team of experts at Mr. Sweepstakes also checks the coin store of each sweeps casino and its options. We go through the available payment methods, whether the site supports bank transfers only or you can purchase through cards, e-wallets, or even crypto.
While it is important to have multiple payment options, it is even more important for us to check out how you can redeem your prizes.
Redeeming time is no less determinant, as waiting too long to get your prize can ruin the pleasure of winning in the first place.
- Payment methods
- Redeem options
- Redeem time
4. Mr. Sweepstakes Rating for Games ⭐
Sweepstakes casinos offer a wide range of games – from a couple of dozens to thousands. Do not get the impression that quantity is the only thing we consider, though. We also look at the variety of game types. Is there a rich selection of slots?
Does the game lobby offer a variety of theming, mechanics, and features? We carefully analyze whether a slots catalog can keep the player entertained for a long time by offering abundant gaming options.
Does the casino also offer table games? If yes, are there varieties of roulette, blackjack, baccarat, and poker? All these popular games are widely accepted among US players, so they are an essential aspect to consider as well.
Some sites offer instant win games, scratch-offs, bingo, and keno. Considering the history of these games in the US and how popular they are, we analyze them as well. We check if they are available to play 24/7, the betting options they offer, and the winning capabilities.
A brand would also stand out if live dealer games or sports betting options were available. While these are a rare thing to see in sweeps cash casinos, some of the top-brands already offer them.
We also analyze the quality of the games and their RTP so that you have an actual chance of winning. Accessibility is also crucial – a significant drawback would be if a player is not able to play all games before making a purchase, for example.
- Table Games
- Instant wins, crash games
- Bingo & Keno
- Live dealers, sports betting
- Overall winning potential
5. Providers ⭐
In conjunction with the game offerings, logically comes the software providers list. While there are still sites in which games are created in-house, more and more brands are expanding their partnership with reputable game providers with the aim of offering a top-quality gaming experience.
So, suppose names like Pragmatic Play, Relax Gaming, BetSoft, Hacksaw Gaming, Booming Games, etc., are not unfamiliar to you. In that case, we can ensure you that we evaluate a given site by its provider list as well.
- Providers list
6. Restricted States ⭐
A sweeps cash casino needs to be accessible from as many locations as possible. Well, Washington, Idaho, and Nevada are the states where sweepstakes casino-style gaming is generally prohibited.
However, some sites are not allowed to operate in other locations as well. The more players are able to play on the given site, the higher the rate it gets.
- Restricted states list
7. UI & UX ⭐
Numerous factors determine whether a sweepstakes casino site or mobile app offers a quality user interface and user experience. It is important for the user to easily navigate and find what they are looking for.
Are the main functionalities like the coin store, promotions page, or game lobby easily accessible?
We must state that we check a given brand mainly on mobile since most players prefer playing on the go. Apart from the intuitive navigation, we also check out for some corner cases, bugs, and glitches. Also, are the buttons, text, and theming in general comfortable to the eye?
- User navigation
- Website performance on mobile
- Bugs and glitches
- Theming, colors, and contrast
8. Mobile Experience ⭐
In the previous section, we mentioned that we check the look and feel of a sweeps cash casino almost entirely on mobile. We check how the site behaves on a smartphone browser, how it loads, and if the games run smoothly. Also, if a brand develops a dedicated mobile application, it receives additional points in our rating. We review whether it is available for iOS, Android, or both.
However, we do not only check whether there is an app or not. If there is, we download it on a couple of smartphones, test how it performs, what resources it requires, and, most importantly, whether it offers the same gaming experience as the site’s web version.
- Operation system availability
- Device requirements
- Discrepancies compared to the web version
9. Other Player Feedback ⭐
We at mrsweepstakes.com have a dedicated team of experts who prepare the information presented to you and evaluate each brand.
These bees in our team have analyzed casino-style brands every day for many years now, but this does not mean that we do not carefully read what players say about a brand.
Forums, social media comments, and review sites, like Trustpilot, for example, are what we are looking for. We try to differentiate genuine feedback from fake feedback by analyzing the profiles of the players who left it.
- Social media comments
- Review sites
10. Customer Support ⭐
The final factor we review is what support channels the sweeps casino offers. There are some sites where an email is the only option you have. Reputable brands, on the other hand, also offer live chat, social media messaging, and even phone support.
Remember the VIP program we mentioned in the “Promotions” section? If there is such, we check whether it offers a dedicated VIP support representative for players with higher ranks.
- Live chat
- Social media messaging
- Phone support
- VIP support
The comprehensive rating system at Mr. Sweepstakes ensures a detailed and reliable evaluation of each sweepstakes casino. Our methodology encompasses a wide range of factors, from legitimacy and safety to game variety, user experience, and customer support.
We delve into specifics like promotional offerings, software providers, mobile app functionality, and community feedback. This meticulous approach guarantees that our ratings are not only thorough but also resonate with the actual experiences of players.
Our goal is to provide a trustworthy and insightful guide, helping you navigate the world of sweepstakes casinos with confidence and ease.
Elina Blagoeva is a member of the Mr. Sweepstakes editorial team. She studied Multimedia and Creative Technologies at the KdG University of Applied Science and Arts in Antwerpen, Belgium.