It has been a fantastic year for the online gambling industry in 2016. We’ve seen the launch of some truly excellent new online casinos, while some of our all-time favorites received a new look with revamped software and exciting new games. The best casino software groups rolled out their finest new titles, and many players walked away instant millionaires thanks to some massive jackpots won this year. All in all, it has been an exciting year for the industry. We take a look at some of the highlights (and a couple of lowlights) of the online gambling industry in 2016 New Online Casinos in 2016 2016 saw the launch of several fantastic new online casinos which are already making an impression among players, despite the extremely tough competition out there. By now you must have realized that only the truly great casinos last in this cut-throat industry, but we have been very impressed with these newcomers. Rizk Casino: With its innovative Wheel of Rizk, this online casino brings you a different take on rewards. The more you play, the higher your rewards. We like the fact that the prizes are seen pretty fast and results are quicker than at other sites. It also helps that Rizk Casino carries best-of-breed titles by a wide range of casino software groups such as NetEnt. Most recently, Rizk Casino introduced games by Yggdrasil Gaming, another group which has made a meteoric rise in popularity this year. Ikibu Casino: This is another site that has tickled the fancy of casino fans. Licensed and operated under the Malta Gaming Authority and the UK Gambling Commission, Ikibu Casino has a fun tropical theme where the action is hot! With its multi-lingual platform and excellent range of games, along with a generous welcome package, Ikibu promises to be a welcome addition to the industry. Cashmio Casino: Popular because of its daily missions that players are challenged to, excellent range of casino games by software groups such as NetEnt, as well as great payment methods, Cashmio Casino’s launch into the market thrilled players this year. Spinit Casino: With its byline ‘Dare to Win It’, Spinit Casino is an edgy, easy-to-navigate new online casino. We like the fact that this site has over 1,200 games to choose from so that you will never be bored, as well as the fact that when you make your first deposit, you are rewarded with 200 free spins! New Look Casinos Existing online casinos got a fantastic new look and their makeovers definitely helped improve their traffic. We have seen more players than ever flocking to these sites and we wish them well as we head into 2017. Some of the new look casinos include: Vera&John Casino: We love the fact that this all-time favorite site has become much more accessible to the playing public, and regularly keeps us updated with new promotions and bonuses. Add to that lots of great new rewards and games, and this is really one site that will be around for years to come. Stargames Casino: This site relaunched with a fantastic new look and excellent features which include a fresh new design and availability via mobile devices. Updated features include the ability to filter slots by category and new branded slots such as Hoff Mania and Marilyn Red Carpet. MyBet Casino: The multi-faceted platform which includes casino, sports and live betting, relaunched in August this year with a fresh look and innovative features. Nineteen new sports were added to the existing lineup, while risk-free bets became the norm. InterCasino: This old favorite got a new lease on life through one of the most dramatic facelifts seen this year. A new suite of 400 games from some of the best software providers in the industry means that players are constantly entertained. There are 300 mobile games available for gamblers on the go. Casinos That Didn’t Quite Make it When we said that the online casino industry is cut-throat, we definitely meant it. Sadly, several online casinos had to close their doors this year. These included Tivoli Casino, Casino Fantasia and HeyPoker Casino.