The 3 best new UK casinos of 2018


It’s been a busy year at JohnSlots. The team has reviewed a huge number of casinos in 2018, testing each one thoroughly and giving players our honest opinion on the good, the bad and the ugly.

As the year draws to a close, it’s a good time to look back on the past 12 months and what new casino adventures they have brought us. It was a difficult choice but after much deliberation, we are pleased to present our readers with a trio of exceptional, professional and high-quality UK casinos that made their debut this year.

Read on to find out which casinos made our end-of-year list and why they are worth a visit from the discerning players out there.

Genesis Casino

With its space travel theme and gorgeously designed website, Genesis Casino made a very good first impression when we first came across it. Since then, it has only managed to improve its standing, with a lively schedule of promotions, weekly bonuses and a great selection of games to play.

Genesis Casino may have a space theme but it’s got its feet planted firmly on terra firma. It is licensed by Malta Gaming Authority and the UK Gambling Commission – either one of those would be enough to give Genesis a seal of approval from players but having two is even better news.

It also holds security and fairness certifications from several independent testers, and this casino goes the extra mile for players, providing them with direct access to plenty of responsible gambling resources through the site. Even if you never need this kind of help, it’s always good to know a casino cares enough to offer it.

On a lighter note, the Genesis Casino game selection ticks all the boxes. They’ve got slots and jackpots, table games and live casino, scratch cards and more. Exploring the different games types is easy and intuitive, with everything neatly organised into categories and a search function to track down specific titles.

Overall, Genesis Casino has shown us exactly what a new casino can do with the right attitude and an understanding of what players want from the sites they visit.

Temple Nile

There are more Egyptian-themed slot games than you can shake a mummified cat at out there but Temple Nile is the first casino (to our knowledge) to embrace this popular source of inspiration.

Perhaps hoping to become as iconic as the Nile river it borrows its name from, Temple Nile is off to an excellent start. It opened its virtual doors in 2018 and as such offers modern amenities.
Players can choose from ten different payment methods by which to make their deposits and withdrawals. It is licensed by the UKGC and the MGA, and it offers its casino services in a range of languages. While many English-speaking players take this feature for granted, our friends in Europe certainly appreciate feeling welcome at Temple Nile too.

This casino offers a relatively standard game offering, including slots, table games, jackpots, live casino and others. It also hosts a VIP program with three tiers. We particularly approve of Temple Nile’s decision to streamline and simplify their VIP offering – too many casinos fall victim to the idea that a VIP program has to have about 50 levels to seem enticing, when this could not be further from the truth.

Temple Nile also hosts a completely separate loyalty scheme, called the Temple Bazaar. Players can collect tokens simply by playing their preferred casino games and then exchange the tokens for rewards of different value. A smart move, which gives loyal players the chance to earn extras without having to apply for VIP status.

The Egyptians may have given us plenty of inventions – paper, the Pyramids – but Temple Nile excels precisely because it does not try to reinvent the wheel. This casino offers a straightforward, rewarding experience that is at once familiar and innovative. One to watch into 2019 as we anticipate great things from Temple Nile going forward.

Casino Joy

At its very core, casino play is all about having fun (responsibly). Embracing that ethos is Casino Joy, which is as happy as its vibrant colour palette! A new face on the scene in 2018, Casino Joy has leapt off the starting block with verve and a well polished casino product.

It’s clear that the team behind this casino – Genesis Global Limited – knows a thing or two about a positive casino experience. After all, they are behind two of the brands that made it to this list, the other being Genesis Casino.

Like its sister site, Casino Joy focuses on a seamless casino experience with a broad range of gambling options available. Players can enjoy jackpot games, live casino, table games and slots, with most titles offering free play or demo mode. A good way to give a game a try for free!

A healthy promotional calendar is available at Casino Joy, incorporating both weekly bonuses and one-off events with first-rate prizes. Players can choose to deposit and withdraw via a good number of payment methods and Casino Joy is licensed by the MGA and UKGC – another sign of this casino’s commitment to the player experience.

Casino Joy operates a straightforward VIP system, which rewards players for their continued loyalty with a number of perks. Throw in a responsive support team, an exceptionally accessible site and a genuinely positive vibe throughout, Casino Joy has earned a spot on our top three casinos for the year.

We may be wrapping up 2018 but there is already plenty to look forward to in the coming months at JohnSlots! Keep a lookout for more casino reviews, updates on the latest promotions and more guides and feature articles to keep you entertained throughout the coming year.