Who is organizing this election?

The Online Casino of the Year election is an initiative of the websites CasinoNieuws.nl and OneTime.nl. The staff of CasinoNieuws.nl and OneTime have no influence on the outcome of the election.

Is this an affiliate website?

No, onlinecasinovanhetjaar.nl does not contain affiliate links. This initiative is not affiliated or owned by one or more online casinos.

How is the final result calculated?

The winner of the Online Casino of the Year election is determined by all the people who vote. The public vote contributes 50% to the final result. The other 50% is determined by the expert jury that includes people from the industry. The organizers of this election have no influence on the outcome of the election.

Who is on the jury?

The jury is currently being selected. As soon as the members are known, they will be displayed on the jury page.

Does this website use cookies?

Yes, like almost all websites, Online Casino of the Year uses cookies. What cookies we place and why we use them can be read in our cookie statement.

How do you handle my privacy?

The privacy of our visitors is of the upmost importance to us. Please read our privacy statement for an extensive breakdown how we handle our visitor’s privacy.

Why do you need my email address?

We will not use your email address to send you promotional emails with offers or bonuses. We will also never give your email address to third parties.

We ask you to provide your email address for three reasons:

1) Everyone is only allowed one vote in the Online Casino of the Year election. When you have finished making your choices, we will ask you to verify your vote using your personal email address. That way we know that your vote is really yours, and that you only sent in one.

2) Among all the people who vote, we will raffle off some great prizes. This is how we encourage voting. We will contact the winners via email.

3) When we organize another edition next year, we will send a single e-mail to all the people who voted, asking them to vote again. In addition, we like to inform all the people who voted about the results of the election.

Why is my email address not accepted?

We would like to verify all votes and therefore ask you to enter an email address. The use of services that offer you a short-term inbox is not allowed in this regard. With the use of such services, you can easily vote more than once. And that is exactly what we don’t want. We block the well-known domains used for this purpose.

Why do you organize an election for online casinos?

Online gambling is not without risks, we are all too aware of that. That’s why we also have a page with information on Responsible Gambling. Nevertheless, gambling at online casinos is a form of entertainment for hundreds of thousands of people in the Netherlands. With this election we want to find the best Online Casino of the Year, without downplaying the dangers. The slogan “What does gambling cost you? Stop in time. 18+’ is therefore prominent on the website.

How can I be sure the election is fair?

We have built a custom system that allows everyone to verify for themselves that their vote is counted and has not been changed. On our explanation page, you can read all about cryptography and how we use it to ensure a fair election.

Can an online casino win multiple prizes?

Yes, it certainly can. For example, an online casino can excel in terms of their slot machine offering and also have the best customer service.

What is the relationship with CasinoNieuws.nl and Onetime?

The Online Casino of the Year election is organized by CasinoNieuws.nl and OneTime. With this election, they want to highlight the online casinos that excel.

The election is set up so that the organizers have no influence on the outcome. Those involved from CasinoNieuws.nl and OneTime are not allowed to vote themselves.

All online casinos licensed by the Gaming Authority (Kansspelautoriteit), are automatically nominated. Therefore, any business agreements between CasinoNieuws.nl and/or Onetime do not change whether a casino can win an award or not.

Can online casinos pay to win an award?

No, the awards of Online Casino of the Year are given to the online casinos with the most votes from the general public and the judges. The organization has no influence on this. Thus, online casinos cannot buy awards as a positive PR moment. A festive afternoon will be organized for the presentation of the awards. The nominees will be invited to this. This awards show will be free for all invited guests.

When will the results be published?

The results of the 2023 Online Casino of the Year election will be announced on Wednesday, July 12, 2023. The trophies will be awarded that afternoon during a festive ceremony in Amsterdam.

Who decides who gets nominated?

All online casinos licensed by the Gaming Authority (Kansspelautoriteit) are automatically nominated for the Online Casino of the Year election. For the various categories, all relevant online casinos are nominated. On Kansspelautoriteit.nl you will find an overview of all legal online casinos in the Netherlands.

How come I don’t see my favorite online casino listed?

Only legal online casinos licensed by the Gaming Authority (Kansspelautoriteit) are nominated for the Online Casino of the Year election. Therefore, if your favorite online casino does not have such a license, you will not find it among the nominees. We always recommend gambling only at legal online casinos.

Only relevant online casinos have been nominated in the different categories. If an online casino does not offer poker, you will also not find it in the Best Online Poker Room of the Year category, for example.

The moment the digital ballots opened, the nominees were determined. If an online casino was licensed after April 2023 or only went live after April 2023, it was not included in the nominees.

Are online casinos allowed to promote this election?

Yes, online casinos are free to promote this election.

Are these awards sponsored?

The 2023 edition of the Online Casino of the Year awards, is sponsored by Trustly. This Swedish payment processor is not part of the voting jury and has no influence on the outcome of the election.

Why is a particular person on the jury?

The judges were chosen and asked by Frank Op de Woerd (CasinoNieuws.nl) and Armijn Meijer (Onetime). Since many companies do business with each other in this world, it is not easy to find jurors without any ties in the industry, who are still very knowledgeable. By having multiple jurors, we try to level out the effect of any bias. Moreover, jurors do not pass on only one preference per category, but a list of four online casinos with varying distribution of points. But above all, we have asked jurors to look at the categories objectively and ignore any personal or business interests when casting their votes. If you have specific thoughts on this topic, please contact us.

Do you not influence the results by the order of the nominees?

The nominees are displayed randomly. The order of the nominees is different each time both on the homepage and in the different categories when you are voting. This way we try to avoid nudging visitors in a certain direction.

Till when will I be able to vote?

The virtual voting ballots are open till July 1st, 2023.

I see a red cross in the Integrity check

A red cross behind a vote, on the Vote integrity check-page, means that a vote has been changed by the organization or the voter during the agreement. A red cross does not necessarily mean something bad, as it is also a way to filter rogue voices.

When a vote fails the integrity check, this vote no longer counts for the election.

During the development of this website, an error was made in the synchronization between the Dutch version and the English version of the voting module. As a result, people who voted within the English version did not always see the correct nominees during the first two days of voting. In total, this went wrong with 21 votes. This synchronization error has now been resolved, and the system is now working properly. To preserve the integrity of the election, votes that did not show the correct nominees have been voided by the system. The people who cast these votes are invited to cast their votes again.

The voices affected by this error and therefore currently showing a red cross are the voices with the numbers: 146, 143, 142, 129, 110, 107, 84, 82, 50, 38, 35, 34, 31, 18, 13, 6, 3, 2

I see ‘overwritten’ in the vote count column Excel

During the start of the election, an external plugin caused a bug, as a result of which votes made were not considered valid by the duplicate check. This happened to a limited number of votes that had already been verified directly by the voters by email. To allow these votes to be counted, the votes in the Excel are marked as Overwritten and these votes simply count towards the result.

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