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Casino Gates Verdict
Overall, Casino Gates is a well-stocked online casino site that performs just as well on mobile devices as it does on desktops. The range of live dealer games is also a plus point, and there are plenty of bonuses to take advantage of. It’s just a shame that there’s no VIP programme.
Design & Usability
Casino Gates is simply designed so that newcomers aren’t overwhelmed by too many images and information, and we rather like the way that the grey background has a textured appearance.
The grey, white, and red colour scheme looks smart, and the brand logo has been designed so that the A and N of “Casino” look like gates, and the O contains the spade playing card suit.
Along the top-left, you have an expandable menu containing pages like “Promotions”, “Responsible Gaming”, and “Contact Us”, plus links to the three main game variants – Slots, Casino, and Scratch Cards. On the opposite side, there are buttons that lead to the registration and login pages, and just below these, there’s a modestly-sized ad banner that rotates through the three new-player offers that form the site’s welcome package.
Down the right-hand side of the homepage, there are sticky icons for the live help service and the three social media accounts (N.B., Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus).
Software & Gameplay
Thanks to the use of Cozy Games software, the games and web pages load relatively quickly, and the user interface is glitch-free and easy to use. You have the option to favourite the games you enjoy playing most, and you can also take the games for a test drive in demo mode.
Safety & Security
VIP Club Casino is licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission and the Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner. Trustwave supplies the SSL encryption, and iTech Labs has independently tested the casino’s RNG (random number generator).
Payments & Withdrawals
The payment methods on offer include Visa, MasterCard, Visa Electron, Maestro, Ukash, Paysafecard, Neteller, and Boku (Pay by Mobile). There are no payment processing fees, and the minimum deposit amount is just £10.
You can withdraw £10 or more per tractions, and withdrawal requests are processed within 24 to 48 hours.
You can use any of the following payment methods: Visa, MasterCard, Neteller, Skrill, Paysafecard, Paypal, and Pay by Mobile (Boku).
You can deposit between £10 and £500 per transaction, and withdraw between £10 and £1,000 per day. You can make up to five withdrawal requests during any seven-day period, and withdrawal requests can take up to three working days to be processed.
Customer support is offered 24/7 via live chat, telephone, email, and online support ticket.
Bonuses & Promotions
Although the three-part welcome package comes with higher-than-average wagering requirements (N.B., 40x), it still offers good value-for-money. You gain a 100% match bonus of up to £200 plus thirty free spins when you make your first deposit of at least £10, a 50% bonus worth a maximum of £100 plus fifty free spins when you make your second deposit of £10 or more, and a 50% bonus of up to £100 plus eighty free spins when you make your third deposit of £10 or above.
There are several other special offers listed on the site’s Promotions page, including redeposit bonuses of 15% to 25% which can be claimed as often as you like, one free spin with every £1 that you deposit (up to a maximum of fifty free spins), and 50% reload bonuses on Wednesdays and Fridays.
The “Mobile Casino” page explains how you can enjoy slots, scratch cards, and casino games on any smart-phone or tablet (including Apple, Blackberry, Windows, and Android devices) by heading to the Casino Games website using your mobile browser.
Variety & Originality
NetEnt, Microgaming, Yggdrasil, and Cozy Games are the main software suppliers.
There’s quite a good selection of jackpot slots including Loot’en Khamun, Melon Madness Deluxe, Luck O’ The Jackpot, Fire Drake II, Cash Cruise, Mega Moolah, and Super Joker, but it’s the video slots that form the lion’s share of the games lobby. The slots range from Vikings Go Wild, Gemix, Finn and the Swirly Spin, and Jack and the Beanstalk to Aztec Gold, Dead or Alive, Jimi Hendrix and Warlords.
There are several live dealer games available at Casino Gates, including Live Immersive Roulette, Live Baccarat, Live Blackjack, Texas Hold’em, Casino Hold’em, Three Card Poker, Live London Roulette, Live Double Ball Roulette, and Speed Baccarat. Members can also enjoy table games such as European Roulette Pro, Perfect Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Blackjack with 6 in 1 Bets, Deuces Wild, French Roulette, Aces and Faces, Baccarat Combi, Vegas Craps, and Cyberstud Poker.
An unexpected surprise is that the Scratch Cards section of the games lobby contains a lot more than just scratch cards. In fact, it features several Slingo games, plus instant wins like 7 Up, Cash Buster Towers, Spin Lotto, Epic Gems, Diamond Deal, and Mayan Bonus.
Loyalty & Rewards
Sadly, Casino Gates does not appear to operate a VIP or loyalty scheme.