Schmitts Casino made its debut on the ProgressPlay network in April 2017, offering online casino fans a multitude of slots, video poker games, live dealer games, and casino games from big names like Microgaming, WMS, and NetEnt. Its token promotions range from live dealer cashback and a welcome bonus package to roulette tournaments and network prize draws. But, does Schmitt manage to outdo other ProgressPlay brands?
The simple black background and black bowler hat with a faint white trim fail to make both an instant and a lasting impact. Although the site’s layout is good, it doesn’t do enough to create a strong brand image that players can identify with, grow to love, and trust.
At the top of the homepage, there’s a language menu that lets you switch between English and German, and to its right, there are buttons which link to the About Us and FAQ pages. On the opposite side of the screen, there’s a login/registration area, and below it is the main menu.
At least the welcome offer which is contained within a sizeable banner that fills the entire width of the page is striking, but this is partially due to the impenetrable gaze of the live dealer who’s throwing a smoking bowler hat towards you.
Schmitts Casino offers 24/7 support via email or live chat, but it doesn’t provide telephone support at present.
The Promotions page contains an impressive list of offers and events, but unfortunately, not all of the thumbnail images bear a title, and for those that do, the text doesn’t quite fit in the spaces provided by the website’s template.
The offers are provided by ProgressPlay, and there are no exclusive promotions which is a shame. That said, there are still a sufficient amount to choose from, and they do a good job of catering to different players’ needs.
For example, the welcome package includes bonuses for each of your first three deposits (1st = 100% up to £200 plus free spins; 2nd = 25% up to £300; 3rd = 50% up to £500). However, the significantly high wagering requirements of 50 times the bonus amounts are rather off-putting.
On weekends, there’s the opportunity to claim between 25% and 30% cashback on live dealer games, qualify for reload bonuses on Mondays, and enjoy free spins through the Game of the Day promotion which runs every Wednesday.
Every month, there’s at least one special network promotion - usually a prize draw – where participating players have the chance to win prizes such as holidays, cash, and more.
Schmitts runs on ProgressPlay software, which is specially developed to run on both desktops and mobiles as an instant-play casino. The software makes it easy to drill down into the games lobby using ten different categories, as well as search for specific titles, and clicking the “i” button next to any thumbnail presents you with an overview of the game.
The link to the Mobile page is buried at the bottom of the site, and although it tells you how easy and safe it is to play mobile games, it forgets to mention how to access Schmitts Casino on smartphones and tablets. If you’re wondering, you simply need to visit Schmitts Casino in your web browser as there is no dedicated mobile application.
Schmitts Casino is regulated and licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority and the UK Gambling Commission. The site also meets the requirements of the PCI Security Standards Council and has an up-to-date security certificate.
In the website’s footer, there are links to all of the policies and terms and conditions, including Privacy, Withdrawals, Self-Limitation, and Game Payouts.
When a new brand joins a casino network, originality tends to go out the window unless there’s the flexibility for the site to offer some of its own games and promotions on top of the standard build. Thus, Schmitts Casino cannot be called original as it has no exclusive games or offers. However, if you’re a first-time customer of a ProgressPlay casino, you’re likely to be impressed by what you find. And, the variety of games is truly impressive with casino games, live casino games, scratch cards, jackpot slots, and slots fans all catered for. Just some of the software providers whose games you can enjoy are Blueprint Gaming, NextGen, Elk Studios, NetEnt, Extreme Live Gaming, Thunderkick, Lightning Box, and Leander.
You can use any of the following payment methods: MasterCard, Maestro, Visa, Visa Delta, Visa Debit, Visa Electron, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Switch, Solo, Pay by Phone, Skrill, Neteller, Giropay, Sofort, iDEAL, Instadebit, QIWI, Paysafecard, Trustly, EuTeller, WebMoney, and Fast Bank Transfer. It’s a good selection, but sadly one that doesn’t include Paypal or Entropay.
You can deposit as little as £10, and the minimum withdrawal amount for Skrill, Neteller, debit card, credit card, and Paysafecard is £20 and for Bank Transfer, Webmoney, Trustly, and QIWI is £50.
All withdrawals appear as pending for three days, so it takes a little longer for your funds to reach you than at some other casinos.
Schmitts Casino makes uses of the ProgressPlay VIP Room system, which lets all funded players progress through five VIP tiers by earning points while they play. You gain one VIP point for every £16 wagered.
At the higher levels, you start to get access to perks like anniversary bonuses, birthday presents, VIP support, and a personal account manager, but you do have to spend a significant amount of cash to reach the upper echelons (e.g. £80k for Platinum and £160k for Diamond).
While Schmitts Casino doesn’t manage to offer any more than fellow ProgressPlay brands like Dazzle Casino and Jackpot Paradise, it still gives players a sizeable collection of games to enjoy, and a good and varied line-up of monthly promotions. If anything, it’s more German-friendly than its sister sites, but it still ties you into hefty x50 wagering requirements if you decide to take advantage of its bonus offers.