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Casino.com is an online casino ran by MANSION Online Casino Ltd. The casino is hosted in Gibraltar, but is open to visitors from around the world.
Casino.com uses a downloadable client which is a very small download (less than 200KB), and should only take a few seconds even on a relatively slow connection. Installation is easy, and on launching the client you will be given the chance to register, and can be playing within minutes. The list of games is huge. To save bandwidth and your hard drive space, only the most popular games are downloaded by default, but all you have to do to access other games is click the download button and they will be downloaded and installed, for you to play whenever you want.
I was quite surprised to see that the Casino.com client did not trigger any warnings from my virus checker, or Windows Defender. Quite often, legitimate casino software can trigger warnings, so either the heuristic checking of Free AV has improved recently, or Casino.com have done a very good job with their client software.
The client works well on both XP and vista, and is very lightweight - you can have it open in the background and play slot machine games while working and you shouldn't notice a performance hit on your system. For security reasons, the client logs you out if you leave it idle for more than a few minutes.
Casino.com has both free play and money play options. The free play option only requires you to give your name and email address, while money play requires more details in order to prove your identity and confirm your age.
I was very impressed with the security of Casino.com - the randomly generated account details use complex strings that should be difficult for a fraudster to guess. Of course, this is no substitute for your own due diligence when it comes to protecting your account details, but it is still a good thing to see online casino companies taking account security seriously.
If you forget your password, you have to email their support people and answer a lot of questions to get your password back. On the one hand this is quite an inconvenience if you just want to log in and play, but on the other hand, it's nice to know that you have to prove your identity to get your password reset - especially when there are financial details involved.
As I said earlier, the list of games available on Casino.com is huge. It includes both single player games such as slots, roulette, and blackjack, as well as standard poker, and 'live' games. The graphics are simple, but clean, and professional looking. The client uses 2D graphics, and should run on any machine. If you are looking for fancy graphics you may feel let down - the client isn't fancy, but it does deliver a wide range of games, and a clean, easy to use client that will run even on an old laptop.
At the moment, Casino.com offers a 100% sign up bonus on deposits up to $200, as well as a 25% reload bonus, which gives you a chance to get an extra $50 when you reload your account. The casino is also running a 'happy hour' - every Tuesday and Thursday between 18:00 and 19:00 GMT, the first time you deposit $50, the casino will match that deposit. Some of these promotions are short term offers, but there are new offers, bonuses, and rewards being added on a regular basis.
Casino.com also runs a comp points scheme. This is a bit like a frequent flyer scheme, and rewards people who regularly use the money play function of the casino. You earn 1 comp points for wagering at the casino, and can convert comp points back into money to wager with. Unlike many casino comp schemes, you can earn, and spend, your comp points on all of the games offered by Casino.com.
If you are a regular player, you may qualify for their VIP Club, this gives you a number of benefits, including hospitality opportunities at certain UK sporting events, 'insurance' against losses - where you can get a certain percentage of your losses for that month refunded, and special VIP only bonuses and rewards. The site doesn't mention how much you need to play each month to become a member, unfortunately, but it does sound like a nice bonus if you already play enough to qualify. I wouldn't recommend playing extra just because you're hoping it would qualify you for an invite, though.
Casino.com provides plenty of information on their web site about their payment methods, and the standards the casino confirms to. They are committed to fair gaming, and use industry standard Random Number Generators. Payments can be made through credit cards, uKash, Neteller, and Moneybookers.
Casino.com is a nice, no frills casino site. It lacks the community of a mixed casino / bingo hall, and the lack of sports betting options may frustrate those who prefer to keep all their betting activities in one place, but overall it does its job well. The happy hour bonus is a nice extra, and tips the balance on the value for money side of things. I would like to see more tournament options, but for the casual casino player who just wants to have a broad choice of games, and get good value from their deposits, Casino.com is a good choice.