Last updated: 8 FEB 2003Recently my gambling luck has been very mediocre – whether it is playing online poker, gambling at online casinos, sportsbetting – I’ve had a pretty ordinary streak of late, and considering that I’ve played more than normal during this period, it says something about my playing methods being out of sync, or maybe it’s just been a bad run.
Not that I’ve lost much – I thoroughly enjoyed my play at all these places – but two casinos really stood out in my mind when it came to unique promotions and service – First Web and Wild Jack.
First Web and Wild Jack are two of a very few casinos on the Net which offer a $50 risk-free promotion – if you should lose on your first deposit and play at either of these casinos, they will refund all losses incurred by midnight EST on the date of deposit – up to $50! Boy was I glad and relieved, because I had to claim both of these losses – not because the games aren’t fair, but because I simply had a bad streak. (Editor’s note – Bonuses change on a regular basis – please visit the site for the latest bonus)
Both casinos are powered by Microgaming software, which I believe to be not only honest but also innovative and entertaining – and during the course of play at both casinos I tried games such as video poker (my favorite of late), blackJack, Caribbean Stud and CashSplash, perhaps hoping to catch a nice pot to make up for my mediocre month.
At each of these casinos I was able to run my uniquecasino.fr play over a fairly reasonable period of time, giving me a chance to test games I already knew to be fair, and providing a few hours of the type of entertainment I enjoy. Although I lost the $50 at both places in the end, it was perhaps because I took the money and played a bit more carelessly than normal, knowing that I would get the $50 back if I lost it.
And indeed I did. Within 48 hours, an email from support said that they had verified the account and the losses, and would be crediting the amount back to me. Because I bank online, I can easily verify if this is true or not – and within a week, both the initial deposit and the credit back were recorded – quite efficient for online gambling these days.
Both casinos rely on Proc Cyber Services for their transactions processor – Proc Cyber occasionally takes a bit of heat from gamblers online but I have always found them to be generally efficient in providing service – I did have one hiccup once but that could easily be because I made a mistake in requesting the transaction. Remember that Proc Cyber provides their services for most of the Microgaming casinos on the Net, so they are processing many thousands of transactions a day. Yet they have far fewer problems than most of the smaller transactions processors, and their payments are generally amongst the fastest.
All the games I tried played to the usual standards of a Microgaming casino – fair and fast, with nice graphics (both casinos created cartoon characters for their casinos – First Web reminded me of playing Monopoly!). It is easy to say that Microgaming games are of a constant standard throughout, so issues such as support and payments are for more important factors in determining the strength of a Microgaming casino.
In these areas, both casinos were top-notch – support responded to inquiries in a reasonable amount of time (not days like other places), the games were stable and do not cause problems with the computer (I use Win2000, which is more demanding than Windows 95 or 98), and of course you already know that payments were processed efficiently.
Couple that with the $50 risk-free offer, and you have a pair of wonderful, entertaining casinos which are worthy of anyone’s consideration. I highly recommend these two casinos if you want to be treated properly.