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Featuring a uniform layout comprising a promo header and grid of gold-framed game thumbnails, Pokies Casino doesn’t exactly break the mould in terms of design. The website also includes large swathes of rambling text towards the bottom of most pages with prescriptive, random calls to action such as ‘Play these games first’. This text appears on most pages and seems oddly out of place compared to the vast majority of online casino platforms. This somehow manages to cheapen the website’s appearance, not helped by the tacky hand-written typography used for the header text – it bears more than a passing resemblance to the end-credits used on a famous 80’s sitcom featuring a three-wheeled van. Usability is however fine and the site can be navigated easily enough with the use of a simple drop-down menu.
Pokies Casino Bonus and Promotions
From the off, it’s pretty clear that Pokies are rather proud of their promotions – indeed we’ve never seen so many. Unfortunately, the promo section is chaotic. The scannable, bullet-pointed paragraphs usually used to explain casino promotions have been done away with in favour of a newspaper-column format which isn’t exactly easy on the eye. It’s the same with the T &Cs as well which induce a feeling of nausea when viewed. Nevertheless, we managed to ascertain that the following promotions are available.
£800 Welcome Bonus
50 Free Spins on Starburst
Cool Fun in the Hot Sun
Wednesday Free Spin Offer
Live Dealer Roulette Cashback
£800 Welcome Bonus
Their £800 welcome bonus, which they proclaim to be the best welcome bonus in 2017 (eh?) is set out like so:
First Deposit: 100% up to $200
Second Deposit: 50% up to $300
Third Deposit: 100% up to $300
Before breaking out the champagne however, we should point out that Pokies has a rather lofty 50x wagering rule in place. Therefore, bonus amounts have to be played through 50 times before players can get their hands on their winnings. How’s that for a downer?
50 Free Spins on Starburst
Despite the risk of word blindness, we managed to glean some information about their 50 free spins offer. For use on Starburst (sigh), this bonus applies to all first deposits (minimum £10) and runs in conjunction with the welcome offer – it’s also subject to the below-par 50x wagering rules though.
Cool Fun in the Hot Sun
Also peddled in the promo section is the fairly original ‘Cool Fun in the Hot Sun’ offer. Running throughout August and making use of bonus codes, it’s broken down as follows:
10 free spins on £10 min. deposit for Foxin’ Wins
25 free spins on £25 min. deposit for Gorilla Go Wild
50 free spins on £50 min. deposit for Bloopers
30% match up to £333
This offer, although subject to the same play-through rules, is a relatively unique way of acquiring return-players, helped no end by the fact that each bonus can be used three times during the promotion period. (Aug 1 – Aug 31)
Pokies Blackjack Marathon
The month of August also sees the Pokies Blackjack Marathon in which players are rewarded with 30 points should they win. The following prizes are then awarded to the top five leader-board players:
1st place: €600
2nd place: €500
3rd place: €400
4th place: €300
5th place: €200
The clue is in the title with this one. The Monday Madness bonus code promotion is supposed to help people get through the worst day of the week. Their method is to offer players unspecified bonuses via email. Whether this helps with the Monday blues or results in people throwing themselves off the nearest bridge in despair, depends entirely on the size of the bonuses offered. However, the mean play-through rules aren’t likely to life spirits much either.
As well as their Monday offer, another unspecified gift is bestowed upon regular players every week – they’re certainly keen on mystery prizes over at Pokies Casino. Here’s hoping that their ‘gifts’ are worth the effort. Judging by the marketing spiel, it seems that they credit players’ accounts with cash…most probably. To be eligible, players must have deposited in the previous fourteen days and played one of their games in the previous eight.
Wednesday Free Spins
There’s yet more ambiguity with the Wednesday free spin promotion – it’s a great way of retaining players, granted, but how many spins are awarded? Is it five, ten, fifteen?
Live Dealer Roulette/Roulette Cashback Offers
Pokies’ considerable range of promotions also extends to its live suite with two offers available for roulette. The first one applies to Live Dealer Roulette with players receiving 30% cashback on net losses of up to £300. A similar deal also applies to the other roulette tables with the only difference being a slightly lower percentage of 25%.
On Sundays, players who enter the deposit code, HAPPY, when depositing their hard-earned money receive a 20% bonus up to £100, which is yet again subject to 50x wagering requirements. Mercifully the offer is open for 12 hours instead of one and lasts for seven days. So players should have plenty of time to play through their bonus amount in seven days…right?
Golden Ball Roulette Tournament
This is another point-based tournament which resembles the Blackjack marathon. This time, points are awarded to players who bet the highest stake during Golden Ball Roulette. The tournament takes place every 20 games with the top three players on a leader-board awarded cash prizes:
Gold = £250
Silver = £150
Bronze = £100
Pokies Casino Games
Unfortunately, Pokies range of casino games is tiny in comparison to most top-rated casinos these days. The relatively small number are organised into the categories of slots, casino games, live dealer, ‘scratchies’ and video poker – Netent and Nextgen also feature as categories for some reason. Gameplay takes place in a simple pop-up window which fades out the background. This can be abandoned by clicking an ‘X’ in the top-right corner. Free play is also available for all of the games although there’s no indication by way of a button or text that this is the case.
Pokies Casino Slots
There’s not a massive range of slots to choose from either – we counted just 85. Nevertheless, all of these slots are provided by first-rate developers such as Netent, Thunderkick, Genesis and Nextgen. Popular titles such as Mega Fortune, Spinata Grande and Koi Princess are present and correct although none of them are categorised.
Pokies Casino Live Dealer
Pokies’ live dealer section includes baccarat, roulette and live blackjack. Although there’s a distinct lack of variety, all table games are overseen by croupiers and dealers who’ve been extensively trained. In addition, their live suite runs across all devices and is streamed in HD. Play is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Pokies Casino App and Mobile
Pokies Casino runs perfectly well across all devices and also includes its live dealer games. Although it retains the rather monotonous sales spiel on each page, the site’s layout remains neatly structured and intuitive. Game thumbnails are reduced to two columns in the lobby section, while the large promo slider is retained. Gameplay is also smooth with swift loading times. We couldn’t find much wrong here save for a YouTube syntax error relating to one of the game videos.
Pokies Casino VIP Scheme
Pokies Casino offers a tired VIP package which is based on a points system. For every £16 wagered, one point is awarded to each player and remains valid for three months. There are five levels:
Bronze (All new players)
Silver (500 points plus)
Gold (1000 points plus)
Platinum (5000 points plus)
Diamond (10,000 points plus)
Each level comes with different perks and prizes such as dedicated customer support, personalised gifts, personal VIP account managers and anniversary bonuses. Their VIP scheme, like the vast majority, is geared towards high-rollers although some of the benefits are also available for lowly bronze members. With that said, none of the VIP benefits seem to warrant the kind of investment in time and money that the point to cash ratio requires. We’re also not quite sure how the ‘online VIP room status’ should be considered a perk.
Pokies Casino Customer Support
The customer support available at Pokies Casino is frankly laughable. While their ‘help’ section covers typical queries relating to funds, withdrawals and promotional information, there aren’t many communication channels available. In fact, there’s just one: an email form with a drop-down menu for selecting the nature of the enquiry.
Pokies Casino Review Summary
Pokies Casino is something of a poke in the eye for online gamers. Although it can boast an extensive suite of promotions, every single one is beset by 50x wagering rules. There’s not a great deal of games to choose from either. And while there’s a VIP section, the perks aren’t terribly appealing. This particular problem coupled with the shockingly limited customer support section, seems to indicate an online casino with a small budget. The website’s responsivity is alright, save for YouTube error message we encountered. But then why include YouTube videos of each game when they can be trialled for free? It all comes across as a bit amateurish, exposing the site for what it is: a White Label operation. Still, its live casino suite isn’t bad at all.Play
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