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Last updated: March 7, 2019
It’s a familiar feeling for the Professor this time as he locks horns with another Aspire-powered product in this Casinoluck review. He’s always been a fan of the games, bonuses, Exclusive Club and more, but are you ready for some very poor wagering requirements? Take the time to understand them properly – as they could well be an issue…
Despite being a new online casino site for Casino Professor in 2018, Casinoluck is actually one of the most experienced around after first launching way back in 1999! With such a name in place, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise to learn that you’re dealing with an Irish-themed casino – with a four leaf clover as part of their logo.
The structure of Casinoluck is slightly confusing. The brand is owned by a Minotauro Media Ltd – an Irish company. However, the games (and necessary gambling licenses) are provided by Aspire Global – who is also responsible for other popular casino sites like Karamba and Goliath. As such, there are a few common features involved…
Casinoluck review in brief:
- Very different wagering weighting for most games (see below)
- A large number of games – from many different providers
- A similar feel and theme to other casino sites
- Exclusive Club VIP program
- Slow withdrawal times
- Many payments methods and currencies
The luck of the Irish is not something you’ll need if you decide to sign up at Casinoluck. That’s because as soon as you do, you’ll receive a nice welcome bonus as long as you’re from an eligible region.
- Deposit 1: 100% up to $/€/£50 + 50 Starburst spins
- Deposit 2 (the next day): 50% up to $/€/£50
N/A – There is no Casinoluck bonus code to memorise.
All you have to do is register a new account and make a deposit.
Casinoluck Free Spins
There aren’t any no deposit free spins at this time from Casinoluck.
However, as you’ve just seen, most eligible players will enjoy 150 spins on Starburst upon the completion of a qualifying first deposit. The only change is if your region doesn’t support NetEnt slots – with NeoGames’ Fruity Friends being drafted in instead.
It’s common for Canada casino sites not to accept NetEnt games, for example.
When you compare casino sites, the Casino Professor always gives you both sides of the story to ensure you’re not hit with any nasty surprises. So, although the above welcome offer does look good on paper, are there any sneaky clauses that ruin it?
UPDATE: Unfortunately, the Professor has spotted something he thoroughly dislikes in particular – the game weighting.
Most slots and games (including all of NetEnt’s) at Casinoluck only count towards half of the wagering – so it effectively doubles to x70. Not good at all. See this link for the full weighting.
The welcome package needs to be claimed within 24 hours of your account being opened. Within the first day, your 150% + 150 spins first deposit offer will be accessible. Then, the 50% second deposit offer will be accessible over the second day.
There are wagering requirements of x35 for the bonus only, but this jumps to x50 for any winnings from the spins.
A minimum deposit of $/€/£20 is needed to activate the offer, with the entire bonus needing to be used up (including wagering) within 21 days. Spins, on the other hand, need to be used within 24 hours, and there is a max cashout of $/€/£100 when using them.
Finally for casino players from the UK, any winnings (not deposit) may be seized if you deposit with Skrill or Neteller and place single bets equal to or greater than £2.50 while wagering.
In addition to the two deposit bonuses and spins, the Professor is always keen to scrutinise the other benefits available. Just because you’ve been playing at a site for a while does not mean you shouldn’t be benefitting from some form of reward.
Luckily, CasinoLuck have plenty of other treats for their players…
Firstly, they have a VIP program dubbed the Exclusive Club. You may well have seen it at other Aspire-powered sites such as the examples given in the introduction.
Like many other loyalty schemes, when you play at Casinoluck you will slowly accrue points which will increase your status as a player. Your level will grant you access to certain bonuses and additional features, such as:
- Free play Sundays
- Birthday bonuses
- VIP live tournaments
- Fast(er) cashouts
- + a lot more!
Overall at Casinoluck, there are seven different stages that make up their loyalty scheme. Sure, it’s pretty difficult to make it to the summit, but even if you manage just a few promotions then it’s worth it.
Secondly, eagle-eyed players will instantly spot the dedicated Promotions tab from the navigational menu – on desktop and mobile.
Here is where Casinoluck’s additional bonuses and gifts hide out, with a mix of extra spins and even gadgets being available over the course of a year. At special times of the year (your Halloweens, Christmases etc), expect full-blown campaigns with lots on the table.
With the increase in the number of different banking apps, it’s no surprise that the online gaming world has had to diversify their deposit & withdrawal methods. The Casino Professor himself welcomes any FinTech developments, despite his age, and it seems as though Casinoluck have ridden with the times since 1999.
Although more localised deposit methods may be available for different regions, here’s how UK players can deposit at Casinoluck:
As you can see, the usual debit/credit cards are joined by eWallets and bank transfer. In terms of currencies, Casinoluck accept Canadian dollars, Chinese yuan, Denmark kroner, euros, British pound sterling, Norwegian kroner, Swedish kronor, and US dollars.
Casinoluck Withdrawal Times
If you’re wondering how fast you’ll get access to withdrawals from Casinoluck, the Professor was slightly disappointed with the UK speeds:
- eWallets (Skrill/Neteller): 3 business days
- Card (Visa/MasterCard/Maestro): 6-8 business days
- Entropay: 6-8 business days
- Bank transfer: 6-8 business days
The Professor can only assume that this is the absolute latest you’ll receive transactions by, as these rates are pretty slow in this day and age. Perhaps Casinoluck are factoring in the time it takes to perform the standard verification checks, meaning future payments will be quicker?
Considering other sites manage to distribute winnings a lot faster using the same methods, it seems this is a casino issue.
Slots & Games
In terms of games, Casinoluck have one of the largest catalogues thanks to their partnership with Aspire.
There are 500+ video slots, 30+ video poker games, a few jackpots, and a live casino on offer from the best developers in the business, with new releases added regularly. Filtering between the titles is simple – although the Prof would have liked a few more options to make things easier.
The Professor was happy to see Scratchcards not only available but given a prime placing on the site. Around 40 such scratchcard games exist at Casinoluck.
We are on our mobile devices for so much of our lives now that it is a requirement for all casinos to have a dedicated smartphone/tablet version. Casinoluck on mobile follows the same pattern as Karamba and the like above, with a neat layout that fits snugly on our smaller screens. Of course, the navigation has changed slightly, but the menu button still makes it simple to direct yourself around, as you can see:
A good proportion of Casinoluck’s slots and games can be enjoyed using mobile devices too. Not all, admittedly, but the gap to desktop is always closing with new games being mobile-friendly. With regards to payment methods, the exact same information above applies to both desktop and mobile.
The Professor notes that no Casinoluck app has been developed so far. Not that this is a big loss.
Safety and Security
Casinoluck have been around since 1999, which automatically suggests they’re genuine. There’s no way that a casino site would stay online for that length of time if they were involved with any fraudulent activity and/or suspicious practices, and Aspire Global wouldn’t be partnering with them either.
The Professor always gives this area of the analysis his full attention, and this is what he found.
UKGC & MGA Authorised
To begin with the most important part, Casinoluck have two gaming licences from two of the strictest gaming authorities in the world: the UK Gambling Commission and the Malta Gaming Authority. Both of these licensing bodies ensure that their licensees follow stringent rules and meet the highest of standards.
The regulation involved in UK gambling law is particularly tight, so players need not worry that Casinoluck are illegitimate.
However, if you happen to bump into a few problems then Casinoluck have implemented their own special support policy: C.A.R.E – Customers Really Are Everything.
This means they endeavour to make seeking help as easy as possible with:
- An FAQ section
- Live chat team
- Email address
- Phone number
Opening times are from 8am until 1am CET every day of the week, but these types of FAQs can be accessed whenever:
And now the bad news.
Casinoluck is not available if you reside in one of the following countries/territories: Afghanistan, Aland Islands, Algeria, Angola, Anguilla, Aruba, Australia, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Bonaire Sint Eustatius and Saba, Bouvet Island, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Congo, Congo Democratic Republic, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Gabon, Gambia, Gaza Strip, Ghana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guam, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Montenegro, Morocco, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Reunion, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin (French part), Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Sint Maarten (Dutch Part), Somalia, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, and the United States.
Casinoluck Review by Casino Professor
Well, although Casinoluck have some decent aspects – the 50% weighting for so many games means the wagering requirements basically double to x70.
This would be bad enough if properly publicised, but the fact that it’s hidden away under a throwaway link does not exactly show trust.