We kind of doubt Casino.com will prove to be the only place to play for every Canadian player, but as our review will reveal we think it’s got ‘the right stuff’ to make it a popular destination
The only place to play’ is the proud boast of Casino.com, but with so much competition for Canadian players today, what can this lively contender offer to match up to its self-style supremacy? Well a rock-solid reputation as a well-respected, licenced online casino is a great start, but Casino.com does measure up in many other desirable ways for both new players and loyal members alike.
In addition to its welcome bonus, Casino.com also lays on a pretty decent supply of promotions to reward its loyal players. Naturally, like all the best online casinos, there’s a Loyalty Points programme connected to a tiered players’ club, but at the time of review we noted several other promotions beyond this Welcome Bonus to keep players happy:
Make Your Match: A reload bonus using a promo code (FIRST1) to double your first deposit in any month up to $500, or $1000 for Casino.com’s invitation-only VIPs.
Your Exclusive Bonus: A personalised bonus offer that is emailed to players to reward weekly play.
Cash Magnet: A cashback promotion, offering 10% returns up to different limits for different tiers of Casino.com’s loyalty programme.
Refer a Friend: If you rate Casino.com as highly as we do, there’s a handy $50 to pocket if you refer a friend to join them. There’s a limit to invite twenty friends, and they will need to make a deposit to play and trigger your bounty but those are very reasonable terms for this offer.
Other promotions included seasonal prize draws, but we didn’t spot any slot tournaments at the time of review which – in our humble opinion – would be the cherry on the top of Casino.com’s offer if it was looking to make it even more irresistible to many players.
Software: Although the keen-eyed amongst you may spot that Casino.com is billed as ‘powered by Mansion’, we actually think it’s more instructive to players to describe this online casino as powered by Playtech, since that’s the software engine behind its excellent selection of games.
Options: Playtech’s enviable reputation for the quality of its casino software means that whether you choose to use Casino.com’s Windows-only download option or more universally compatible Flash casino, you’ll be playing superb games. Total game count is well into the hundreds, so there’s no shortage of choice and table game fans will equally be delighted that Live Dealer games are very well represented too.
Standout games? Well if you’ve already made friends with Playtech’s famous Marvel online slots and progressive jackpot games then the presence of Iron Man 2, Gladiator Jackpot and Jackpot Giant slot will put Casino.com firmly on your hit list. Card game players should also have plenty to shout about too, since Casino.com has not only all the classics, but some of the coolest developments in this category including the compelling Casino Hold ‘em and amazing Blackjack Switch.
Software & Games: Finding out that Casino.com didn’t have a mobile casino would be like finding out that Keanu Reeves can actually act. It’s an impossibility. With Playtech under the hood at its desktop site, you can be assured that many of the very best of its games can also be found at the Casino.com mobile casino too. However, it must be noted that it’s a reduced selection overall, and if the Live Casino was your weapon of choice at the desktop site then you’ll be disappointed to find none of those tables have made it into mobile yet.
Compatibility: Pretty much any mobile device with a web browser can comfortably embrace the Casino.com experience, but if you like the convenience of native apps then iOS and Android versions are available to make things even more peachy. And whilst on the topic of convenience, customer services, banking options and promotions are standardised across the Casino.com mobile and desktop sites so your one player account rules them all!
Banking Options: Canadian players are offered a good range of payment options with Casino.com, including all the popular credit / debit card services, together with several e-wallets and prepaid cards. Of particular note is the availability of Instadebit and with it a 10% extra bonus for using it. We’re routine advocates of using Instadebit to play the best online casinos and having the additional incentive of getting that little bit extra on top of each deposit just seals the deal for us.
Deposit times with any of the payment options at Casino.com is instantaneous, however withdrawal times are between 1-2 business days for most of the e-wallet services, and 3-5 days for credit cards and (somewhat frustratingly) Instadebit. It’s also worth noting that Casino.com is quite rigorous with identity checks before cash withdrawals are made, so expect a little additional delay while requested ID docs are processed for the first time.
Fees: Finally, Casino.com does not charge any additional fees or charges to use any of its payment options. The only additional cost that may be incurred by you is if the site requires additional ID verification through a paid-for third party service, however this is not a common occurrence for the majority of players.
Casino.com boldly claims that it’s ‘the only place to play’, but we’re not sure we can endorse that. What we will say is that Casino.com is definitely a place you should seriously consider to play. It’s certainly not perfect – for instance, it would be nice if its mobile casino could deliver the full experience of its desktop site as some rivals manage – but what it does it does very well indeed.
Some players might find the exclusive use of Playtech games at Casino.com leaves them feeling a little bereft of favourite games (especially online slots from the likes of NetEnt and Microgaming), but in the face of all the superb gaming possible here we think that’s a very weak reason not to explore what this casino can offer. Factor in the very keen promotions Casino.com lays on for new and loyal members alike and we think this is yet another online casino that’s just made the decision of where to play that little bit harder!