Café Casino is a new gambling site launched in 2016 by the same site which operates Bovada, Ignition, and Slots.lv. Their site targets United States players, and, like its sister casino Ignition, it’s really gung-ho about using BitCoin as a deposit and withdrawal option.
Unlike some of the other properties in the network, though, Café Casino does not offer anything besides traditional casino games. If you’re looking for a place to play poker or bet on sports, you’ll be better served by another site. On the other hand, if you’re interested in state of the art online slots and generous bonus offers, Café Casino is a great fit. I’ll cover more of the pros and cons of the site in a wrap-up at the end of this review.
Banking is always an issue at a casino aimed at United States players. Café Casino does a fair job of offering reasonable options to players for both deposits and withdrawals. You can make deposits using any of the following banking methods:
Keep in mind that the credit cards on this list might decline your transaction based on its nature (as a gambling transaction). BitCoin is the only sure thing on the list, and it’s easier to use than you might think. BitCoin is a private currency that’s not sponsored by any particular government. To use that option, you’ll need to sign up for some kind of BitCoin wallet, which works like PayPal, only in BitCoin. The only drawbacks to BitCoin are the fluctuations in price—it’s a volatile financial instrument compared to the US dollar—and the transaction fees, which are higher than what you’d see using PayPal or some other kind of online wallet that deals with traditional currencies.
Café Casino offers a broader variety of games than many online casinos. It’s common in the niche to use a single software provider, but many sports books have bucked that trends by offering casino games from multiple providers. Since Bovada’s management has apparently had a hand in launching this new property, they’ve taken the same approach, offering casino games from Genesis Gaming, Realtime Gaming, and Rival Gaming.
The site’s strongest point, from a game selection standpoint, is its variety of slot machines. They offer over 150 different games from the 3 different software packages I mentioned. They don’t offer all the games from all the providers, either—instead, they focus on offering the most modern and newest slot machine selections. The Rival Gaming slots, in particular, are a lot of fun.
They also offer all the traditional table games you’d expect, including baccarat, blackjack, craps, and roulette. They also have newer table games like Pai Gow Poker. Their video poker selection is excellent, and it includes both single-line games and multi-line games. They have a section on their site devoted to “specialty games”, too. These are more lottery and bingo type games, which have an attraction for certain players. I think these are games best avoided, though, as the house edge is high compared to the other games available. Also, these games play so quickly that you can run through your bankroll before you know it when playing them.
Café Casino offers customer service via email or toll free number:
You can also contact them via the contact us form on their site.
Depending on what kind of gambler you are, the pros might be cons for you and vice versa. For example, if you enjoy poker and sports betting, the lack of those options might be a check mark in the cons column. But people who play slots exclusively might appreciate the ease with which they’re able to get to their favorite games. After all, those are just distracting menu items if you’re never going to use them.
Not all online gamblers use signup bonuses, but most get excited by such offers. Café Casino offers one of the better signup bonuses in the business—it’s a 500% matching bonus worth up to $5000. That’s a lot of extra money to play with. The drawback is that (like most casinos), Café Casino has wagering requirements that make the expected value of that bonus $0. You’re no more likely to lose because of the bonus, but you’re not more likely to win, either. You just get to spend more time playing the games, which has a considerable amount of value for a lot of gamblers anyway.
I like the BitCoin option for players. It makes depositing easier. I also enjoy the mobile-friendly games.
I wish the site had live dealer games, though. I know the property has a narrow focus, but live dealer games would seem to complement their offerings well.
Author: Steve Mitchell