According to its creators, Yako Casino has one simple mission – “to breathe new life, colour, and fun into the world of virtual casino entertainment”. The site launched in July 2017 under the ownership of L&L Europe Ltd. (the same company behind All British Casino), and it comes with an impressively large selection of games, including live dealer games, slots, jackpot games, video poker, and table games.
In its mission to stand out from the crowd and give its members “an unparalleled level of personalisation and a casino experience like no other”, Yako Casino offers new sign-ups ten free spins on registration, and a welcome bonus worth up to £222 plus 222 free spins to first-time depositors. In Japanese, the word “yako” means field foxes, so is this new L&L online casino worth getting your teeth into or do you have to be barking mad to consider joining?
Yako Casino uses a simple and clean purple, yellow, and white colour scheme combined with a banner that shows off the site’s live dealer offering and welcome bonus. Rather than using up valuable space at the top of the page with a wide menu bar, there’s an expandable menu that you can browse by clicking the three yellow bars at the top-left.
There’s a search box that lets you look for specific games, and quick buttons that are fixed to the sides of the homepage which bring up the live chat service, telephone number, and help page. You can sign-up or log-in via the boxes at the top-right of the screen, and change the default language to English, German, Norwegian, Finnish, or Swedish.
You can get in touch via email or online contact form whenever you like, and there’s also a live chat service and telephone number that are manned 24/7.
When you create an account at Yako Casino, you automatically receive ten free spins to use on Pyramid – Quest for Immortality, Joker Pro, Aloha Cluster Pays, or Starburst as soon as you complete the registration process and click the activation link which is subsequently sent to you via email. If you then continue to make your first deposit of at least £10, you are offered a 100% welcome bonus worth up to £99 and 222 free spins on Starburst. The welcome bonus must be played through at least forty times within thirty days, and we feel that these wagering requirements are higher than most players would like.
The link to the Promotions page is quite hard to find (N.B., you need to scroll right to the bottom of any page to locate it), but it mentions several attractive weekly offers including free spins, reload bonuses, and cashback bonuses.
Yako Casino is powered by NetEnt which is one of the most popular and easy-to-use software platforms offered by modern online casinos. NetEnt’s smooth playing experience, wide choice of games, exclusive live dealer tables, and mobile-optimised slots are a huge advantage. The casino is also instant-play which means you don’t need to spend time downloading and installing specialist software. The only improvements we’d like to see are the addition of some unique games.
Although there’s no Mobile page, there’s a section on device compatibility in the Help section, which lets you know that you can play at Yako Casino using an iPhone or Android device via the main website. However, games are not available in demo mode on mobile devices, so if you’d like to try a game out before playing it with real funds, you’ll need to visit the desktop site.
NetEnt, Microgaming, Amatic Industries, and Evolution Gaming are the four biggest software suppliers that are used by Yako Casino. You can play video slots like Agent Jane Blonde, Lucky Angler, and Spinate Grande, classic slots like Wild 7, Legacy, and Flying Ace, and jackpot slots such as Major Millions, Divine Fortune, Mega Moolah, and Arabian Nights.
There are scores of table games and live dealer games too, including Live Common Draw Blackjack, Live Roulette, Baccarat Pro, Caribbean Stud Poker, Pontoon, and Punto Banco.
Yako Casino also boasts a much larger selection of video poker titles than most casinos, with some of the most popular being Deuces Wild Multi-Hand, Aces and Faces, and Deuces and Joker.
Overall, it’s a line-up that should satisfy most players, but it’s a shame that there are no exclusive games or scratch cards/instants available.
Yako Casino accepts the following payment methods: Visa, MasterCard, Wire Transfer, Skrill, Neteller, EcoPayz, ClickandBuy, Entropay, InstaDebit, Euteller, iDEAL, Trustly, and Paysafecard. It’s a good selection of options but we’d like to see Paypal added.
You can deposit between €10 and €50,000 per day, and withdraw €20 to £5,000 per day, and all withdrawal requests are processed within 24 business hours.
Unfortunately, there does not appear to be any type of VIP or loyalty scheme available.
Yako Casino tries to please players from all walks of life by offering a varied amount of promotions and bonuses, and a sizeable games selection. It even offers 24/7 customer support and super-fast payouts. But, it fails to hit our five-star mark due to its lack of exclusive offers and games and failure to provide a loyalty or VIP scheme.