Most businesses take time and patience to reach the standard of their competitors but Wager Beat Casino is a good example of one which has lost no time. Other online casinos have had head-starts of 5, 10, 15 years but these guys have certainly caught up quickly enough to make them into a casino which boasts all the benefits of their more experienced and more high-profile rivals.
Starting with its glitzy, clean, party atmosphere of a design in shades of purple that has 2018 written all over it, it’s certainly easy on the eye and it’s even easier to find everything – more on that later. And if it does all seem very 2018 then that should come as no surprise: it was launched in 2018.
The next thing they’ve done well is made sure that it’s all about the mobile product. For better or for worse, never before have we been more into our smartphones than we are now. And that certainly goes for casino fans as well. If it’s on our mobiles that we want to play our favourite slots, table games and whatever else, then casinos are missing a trick if they don’t make sure that they offer a fine mobile product. Wager Beat Casino certainly have. Again, we’ll come to that in a bit.
But those two qualities are just the tip of the iceberg. That welcome bonus of 200% up to $3000 isn’t to be sniffed at, either.
A few casinos have invested in just one or two software suppliers and face the problem that for whatever reason, players happen not to fancy those. Again, a mistake avoided by offering plenty of choice and variety. The result is an Aladdin’s cave of video slots, table games and those jackpots which can turn your life around in the time it takes to say “Oh wow, why are all those lights flashing? A number with seven digits in it is over a million, right?”
But let’s discuss in depth what Wager Beat is all about, highlight both benefits and any possible areas of improvement and tell you everything you will want to know before deciding whether this is the casino for you.
It’s hard to find too many examples of stuff in everyday life that has both quality and quantity in equal amounts, but Wager Beat Casino has pulled that off when it comes to software suppliers. That means that in terms of numbers, they’ve come up with more than enough games than there are hours in the day to play them.
There’s no point doing a fair review of a casino if… you’re not going to be fair and impartial. So when discussing the availability of games at Wager Beat Casino, we have to take the rough with the smooth.
So the first bit of slightly bad news is that there isn’t a Live Casino. But quite honestly… big deal. ‘Regular’ casino Table games and Live Casino ones work in exactly the same way, the only difference is that you get to see a human dealer do all the work. The principle is the same, the rules, odds, and payouts are the same. So Wager Beat Casino may not have a Live Casino but that’s not worth crying about.
It is also true that at this stage, Wager Beat can’t compete with some of the other casinos in terms of the sheer volume of games. Some these days have over 500 slots alone. Without even counting other types of games. Ok, if you’re going to play a whole load of new games every day of your life then you may be a little disappointed that there isn’t an endless supply here. But again, how many games do you really need? Most casino players have a handful of favourites, occasionally try something new and find a couple of new favourites along the way. And in that sense, they have more than enough.
Most of the games are available to play for free and are almost all instant play and don’t need to be downloaded, which comes in handy. You can search for a particular game using the Search function but maybe one thing they can think of improving (let’s hope they’re reading this!) is to divide the games by software supplier.
Let’s say Jack is a sucker for games made by supplier A. It would be handy if he could find all those games made by them together whereas Jill, a fan of games made by supplier B, could find all their games bunched up in its own private section. Good user experience and all that.
But at least they’re divided into New Games, Popular Games, Jackpot Games and so on meaning you can navigate easily according to your individual preferences.
But all of the above is not to take anything away from them in terms of what they currently offer. It’s more than enough and given they’re still a very young casino, for sure they’ll be adding more and more over time.
Slots are of course the bread and butter of just about any online casino so they’d better be good. They are.
We’ve mentioned the software providers already but what we haven’t yet mentioned are the slots themselves. They come in all shapes and sizes from 3 reels to 5 reels and with varying ways to win, not to mention themes. And there are too many to mention. But amongst our favourites, we can list: Wolf Treasure, Cash Camel, Hot Party, Valhalla, and Lucky Queen. Lava Loca Jewels and Lucky Reels are pretty fun, too.
An interesting aspect of their portfolio of games is that they come in themes. So for example, the animal lovers amongst you can look forward to the likes of: Safari Deluxe, Gangster Cats, Panda Panda, Firebird and Hungry Shark.
Personally, we’re suckers for classic stories. Meaning we were glad to see slots such as Dracula’s Castle, A Christmas Carol, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Jackpot games? You bet. There are plenty to choose from, including both Progressive (the amount on offer keeps going up as more and more people play them until it’s won) and non-Progressive: the jackpot amount is fixed.
Amongst those with the biggest prizes up for grabs are: Absolute Super Reels, Ultimate Super Reels, and Mona Lisa Jewels. The Mona Lisa herself won’t be the only one smiling if you were to win that one.
Call us boring but just as we like our classic stories, we also like our classic table games. That means the original versions of blackjack, roulette, and baccarat are the ones to go with.
Of these three, blackjack is our personal favourite. Nothing can beat the thrill of taking on the Dealer head-to-head and making those big decisions based on stats or… gut feeling. Roulette, of course, is a very different animal and has its own merits so if it’s a 36/1 shot you’re after rather than an even money or 6/4 chance, that might be the game for you.
But of course, it’s not about what we like. It’s about what players like. And if they prefer slightly more fancy stuff or varieties of those games, then they can find them at Wager Beat Casino.
For example, there’s Hi-Lo Blackjack. In addition to playing a regular hand, you can also choose to go Hi or Lo as a side bet. Hi means the second card is higher than the first one, Lo means the second card is lower than the first one. A good game is a simple game, as someone once said.
Then there’s Blackjack Perfect Pairs, which combines blackjack and poker, for those who like that sort of thing. Lastly, there’s Double Exposure where both the dealer’s cards are dealt…face up. You won’t be surprised to hear that there’s an extra house edge built in for that privilege but it’s fun and challenging, so give it a go at least once.
There are also a couple of variations on roulette and baccarat that are worth investigating, in addition to the standard ones. Word of advice for anyone playing roulette: stick to European Roulette rather than American Roulette. The double zero on the American version means you’re just throwing money away by playing it.
Lastly, there are quite a few different types of video poker. Joker Poker and Three Cards are two examples and if you’re feeling in a bit of a Reggae mood, you can play Caribbean Stud and Caribbean Hold’em.
Video Poker offers a good option to players who enjoy poker, but for whatever reason, don’t like playing tournaments or cash games where the betting (checking, raising, folding) side of things can become very strenuous.
It’s becoming an increasing reality that to be considered a top one, a casino needs to excel in terms of offering a good experience on all manner of devices. So let’s start with the old-school one: desktop.
As long as you make sure that you have Adobe Flash plug-in installed, you’re good to go. Because on desktop it’s just instant play that’s available, so you’re going to need it.
Whatever browser you use will work just fine here. That includes but isn’t limited to: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari. And you’ll be able to play till your heart’s content on any Operating system too. That means: Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Mac.
But you’re actually even better off playing on mobile. It was one of the things we highlighted at the start of the review and now we’ll explain what we mean. The Wager Beat Casino was clearly designed with mobile in mind.
For example, you don’t even need to install Adobe Flash plug-in to play games on your mobile because it’s already there. And it really doesn’t matter what your ‘weapon of choice’ is: iPhone, iPad or an Android-based phone.
But it’s perhaps in the seamless navigation that it’s most obvious that this is very much a mobile-first product. You can actually move around the site quicker and easier than you would on Desktop, not to mention do all the things that you need to: make a payment, withdraw money, check your balance, whatever.
The only downside is that whereas virtually all the slots are available on mobile as well, some of the table games aren’t. Not the end of the world there.
In summary: the mobile product of Wager Beat Casino is extremely strong and one of its great selling points.
Bonuses and Promotions
Let’s cut to the chase. By this stage, you’ll surely want to know what you can look forward to when you sign up at Wager Beat Casino. And what you can look forward to as an existing player. Well, it’s time to reveal all.
$3000 in bonuses when you sign up. Generous enough? Yes, thought so. So, this is how it works.
On your first deposit, you’ll receive a 300% bonus, up to $1000. Deposit, $100 get $300, deposit $300 and get $900- you get the picture. But that’s not all. Far from it. You’ll also receive 100 free spins to play with on a slot. We could tell you what slot that is but there’s no point because it keeps changing over time.
At the time you make your first-ever deposit, they will reveal which is the featured slot at that particular moment.
On your next four deposits, the bonus is cut to ‘just’ 50% and there’s a ceiling of $500 per deposit. Add all that together and there’s that aforementioned figure of $3000 that you can look forward to as a new customer.
Admittedly, the wagering requirements of 35x on the bonus plus the deposit is a bit high, but then again so is the bonus amount on offer so you could say that more than balances things out. That 35x also applies to winnings on free spins so here’s a piece of excellent advice ‘on the house’. You’re best playing through your winnings to meet those wagering requirements on… slots. That’s because they contribute 100% to wagering requirements whereas playing on say table games contributes just 10%. And for an even more secret piece of advice: you’re better off playing on more volatile slots than the less volatile ones, so find out which they are. Never let it be said that we’re not here to help.
One week. That’s the time you’re given to redeem your welcome bonus so make sure you’re pretty active in the casino in those first few days to avoid disappointment. You also have a week to make use of your free spins and a further 30 days to play through the winnings. So best circle those dates in your calendar to make sure you don’t miss out.
It’s worth noting there are a few further restrictions. For example, if you’re from certain countries (Brazil and Portugal are two examples) you can’t receive these bonuses. There are other restrictions such as the maximum amount you’re allowed to play on a particular hand/spin when using those bonuses, so the advice is to read the terms and conditions carefully in advance so you know and understand all the aspects of the fine print that are important.
There are all manner of other bonuses you can look forward to when you’re already a customer. They include additional bonuses on deposits, certain days of the week when you can claim free spins and additional free spins as a reward just for making a deposit. The reason we’re not giving you exact numbers here and details of specific promotions is because they vary over time so what’s printed today may have changed to something alternative (but no less appealing) by tomorrow.
What you do need to know however is that they’re extremely competitive in comparison to what else is out there and there’s always something to look forward to just around the corner.
Loyalty? What does it mean? Staying faithful to someone or something. In this case, Wager Beat Casino. That means the more you play, the more they’ll reward you. Sound fair? It is.
Their four-tier loyalty programme rewards you according to what type of games you play. So for example, you get one loyalty point for every $10 wagered on slots but you’d need to wager $1000 on Classic Blackjack to get that same one loyalty point. It’s a fair bit lower for all the other table games (yes, we also think $1000 on blackjack sounds a bit excessive) but in any case: you don’t need to be Sheldon Cooper to work out that playing slots is what gives you the most loyalty points.
It’s also worth noting that these loyalty points are treated as bonus money so you’ll have to wager it through (again 35x) and that any loyalty points earned are only valid for 30 days. The solution: make sure you redeem once a month so as not to lose them.
Another good example of Wager Beat being a ‘young’ casino, albeit an excellent one, is that there isn’t the endless number of payment methods available. In fact, there are only five when it comes to deposits.
Well, that’s the bad news but the good news is that the two most important ones are available: VISA and Mastercard. After all, these are the leaders in their field and the ones most people – casino players included – use on a daily basis.
Now we know some people have a few concerns about making payments with them online but we can assure you it’s all as safe as it can possibly be. They use an XML-based protocol called 3-D Secure. You may know it as Mastercard Secure Code or Verified by Visa.
They have teams of people who make sure of all that so that’s not something you need to worry about.
Then there’s Neosurf. It’s a pre-paid card that you can purchase and top up either at a bricks-and-mortar establishment or online. It’s sort of like when you buy credit for your phone (do people still do that?) and then use it as you see fit. The nice thing about this method is that the code you use is in no way linked to any of your information, whether financial or otherwise. So in that sense, you’re completely anonymous when you use it which just makes it all that little bit safer.
UPayCard is also a pre-paid card, just like NeoSurf, but it’s also an e-wallet. Available worldwide and in over 20 ‘regular’ currencies. Why did we say ‘regular’? Because it’s also available in cryptocurrencies – you know, Bitcoin and all that sort of modern, techy stuff – so if using those sorts of wacky currencies floats your boat, you’ve come to the right place.
Deposits made using UPayCard are completely safe and instant, meaning they’re a perfect fit for funding a casino account. And not just funding. You can also use this method to make withdrawals.
Going back to VISA and Mastercard, they’re a fair bit slower than the two we’ve just mentioned, taking roughly three working days to be processed. Finally, you can go ‘old school’ and make a bank transfer.
This will take five working days to go through, sometimes more and does require you to enter somewhat personal financial details so if you’re a little bit worried about internet pirates and hackers, this is the method you may wish to avoid. In summary, this is the least recommended method to use at Wager Beat Casino but it’s nice to know that at least it’s there, if that’s how you roll.
Maximum amount across the board per deposit is $2000, the minimum amount is $20.
In terms of withdrawals, you can use three different methods that take different amounts of time to be processed. There’s NeoSurf (instant), a VISA-branded card (three working days approximately) and bank transfers (five working days plus potential extra days while the withdrawal is approved).
The maximum you can withdraw at a time is $5,000, the minimum is $50. Please note you can withdraw a maximum of $ 10,000 over a period of 10 days.
There are plenty of currencies you can deposit and withdraw in: EUR, USD, CAD, AUD, NOK, and SEK. However, you can only use one currency for your account so choose carefully when setting up your account.
Customer Support is often overlooked in terms of how important it is in defining whether a casino passes the test of a recommended one. In this case, it does.
Customers who do not yet have a registered account, in addition to those who do, can send an e-mail to the Customer Support Team at [email protected] who are normally very quick at responding and normally take no more than 10 minutes to get back to you.
Once you do have a registered account, you can make use of the Instant Chat facility. This is our recommended method. Why? The clue is in the name: instant! Rather than going backward and forwards with several e-mails, you can just take care of everything right there and then and carry on chatting until your query or problem has been solved for once and for all.
Customer Support is knowledgeable and efficient at Wager Beat Casino, they mostly solve your queries quickly and painlessly and work 24 hours a day to do so. The one area where they perhaps need to rethink things is by offering it in additional languages to English. Yes, most of us speak English but not everyone does.
Licensing and Restricted Countries
It’s always worth remembering that gambling of any description, including of course playing Wager Beat Casino, is primarily meant to be for entertainment. It should never be viewed as a way of making a living from it. And with that in mind, it’s worth remembering that responsible gambling is an extremely important matter.
And it’s certainly a matter that Wager Beat Casino take very seriously. And we’re very glad they do.
That begins with them making sure they don’t accept any customers who aren’t over the age of 18. If you’re reading this and aren’t 18 yet (you probably shouldn’t be reading it in the first place) then we’re afraid you’re going to have to wait till you are 18 to play at Wager Beat. There are checks in place to make sure you provide numerous documents to prove you’re at least 18 before you can open an account.
And if you do have an account, you’re urged to gamble in a responsible fashion by not gambling too much in terms of either time or money. There’s a special section on the site to help you do so with access to contacts where you can request Help if you have concerns over how much you’re playing.
As important as your safety as a player, is the safety of your money and your personal details. Wager Beat Casino uses SSL encryptions to make sure that your details are safe from hackers and other dangerous people looking to access sensitive data relating to your funds, financial details or otherwise.
All of the three things mentioned above are covered as requirements of their Curacao license. If they fail to deliver on any of them, they’re in danger of losing their license so you can see why they take them all so seriously.
So yes, that’s the serious side of things but if you’ve read this review all the way through one thing should have become pretty obvious by now. There’s a load of fun to be had in this joint.
Our overall rating for Wager Beat Casino is 9,1/10.