Cherry Red Casino Casino Review

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With it becoming increasingly harder to find online casinos open to players from the U.S., when one comes along I try my best to test it out as quickly as possible and report back to my readers. This time around it's another RTG (Real Time Gaming) venue - Cherry Red Casino.

First up, the site itself. Cherry Red Casino had a very nice (and flashy) looking Web site, incorporating video into a vibrant design. Both a downloadable version and no download option were available for playing at the casino. This time around I opted to go for the download, as the non-browser versions usually have slightly better graphics and often a better game variety. The initial setup file downloaded very quickly, and after running the .exe file the remainder of the casino proceeded to download to my PC.

All the standard and necessary information was available from the Web site; promotions, game previews, banking options, etc. While I was waiting for the download to finish off it was time to take a look at the promotions, which were boasting a $777 Free Welcome Bonus! As it turns out, the actual terms are a 100% match bonus up to $377 free on a players initial deposit, followed by a subsequent 100% bonus up to $400 on a second deposit. Still a very generous offer, but not quite as enticing as you might initially be led to believe. The bonus required a 15x playthrough on bonus + deposit amount, and had quite a long list of games that didn't count towards that requirement. Slot players might do well to take the offer though, just be careful not to withdrawal until you've met the requirements (see their bonus terms for full details).

Since I wanted to play a variety of games I decided not to take the bonus this time around, and made a $100 deposit using my credit card without any troubles. Other depositing options included Click2Pay, RC Cash, ECO, ewallet Xpress, Moneybookers and Eurocard. The banking page indicated a faxback form would be required before withdrawals were processed, which was available off the site in PDF or .doc format. While I don't like having to take the extra step for withdrawals, I'm glad Cherry Red was up front about it right on their site.

Anyway, with my registration completed and my account funded, it was time to play! Normally I like to start by checking out the table games, but in the games menu slots were first - so I thought I'd follow along and try my luck there first. The slot menu started off with 5 games; Crazy Vegas, Golden Retriever, Medal Tally, Pinocchio, and Warlock's Spell, which was followed by 3 sub-menus; Real-Series Video Slots, Video Slots, Three Reel Classics, and Bonus Three Reels. I figured the initial 5 were probably recent additions, and started again with the first listed - Crazy Vegas.

On Crazy Vegas on just my fourth spin at $1.00 a pop, I hit a 'big bonus' round, but the win was only $5 - not as big as I'd hoped :) I decided to try for a bit longer for another, while it wasn't the best looking machine I've ever played, something was hypnotic about the sound effects. I didn't get another big bonus before moving on, but i did get most of my coins back after hitting a free spin combination. The other 4 'new' games treated me worse, not that I played each an awful lot, but the payouts just weren't coming.

Next I tried out a good number of the slot machines from the "Real-Series" sub-menu. Most of them played quite similarly (don't all slots?), though with their own respective sound effects, reels and 'skins'. The presentation was pretty good overall on most of the games, so choosing which to play is mostly about what themes appeal to you. I didn't manage to get any significant wins, but after a good bit of play i still had over half my original bankroll left, so I can't complain about the back-and-forth I was getting on most of the games.

The 'video slots' menu contained some of RTG's earliest games, each one unique it its own way. Super Diamond Mine keeps a running count of diamonds between spins, and has a bonus round once 99 have been accumulated, I.R.I.S. 3000 has 7 'reels' and some other strange rules which I won't go into here. The other games weren't quite as original, but were notably different from the Real-Series games.

The three-reel classics were as you'd might expect, 3 reel slots, 'machine' style complete with handle graphics and the like. These could be played with coins ranging from 5 cents up to $5, 1 to 3 coins per spin (remember to bet max for optimal payouts!) Nothing too special here, and a much slimmer selection for 'classic' slots at least than Playtech or Microgaming venues. The 'Bonus' three reel however did add some nice variety for 3-reel fans, tying in neat little bonus games, like getting bonuses for consecutive bad spins on "It's Good To Be Bad", accumulating symbols to lead up to bonus rounds, or even picking your own pay tables in M.Y.O.W.

Overall the slot selection was pretty good in terms of game play (on most) and the selection was more than ample, including some progressive jackpots, unique games and bonus slots. My luck wasn't going so well on them mind you, so while I had some chips left I decided to move on to the table games.

The blackjack table looked nice, and the standard game had the option to play 2 hands at once. Game play was very fast between prompts, you could get through a lot of 21 hands per hour playing here. Perfect pairs looked pretty much the same, and played equally fast. Other 21 variations included European Blackjack, Face Up 21, Match Play 21, Pontoon and Super 21. Each looked quite similar with their red felt motif, but all played well (and fast!)

In fact, all of the table games looked pretty good and played at a nice fast pace. I tried all the old standby's, including Baccarat, Caribbean Stud, Pai Gow, Let 'em Ride and plenty more. While some of the games (such as Blackjack) allowed $1 minimums, many of the other table games required at least a $5 bet.

The video poker selection was ample, but a little confusing initially - as clicking on the game simply titled "Jacks or Better" defaulted me to a 100 hand game. In fact, single hand JoB didn't even seem to be available, many classics only came in the 100 hand variety, which seemed odd. Lots of video poker games could be played in 1, 3, 10, 52 or 100 hand varieties, including Loose Deuces, Sevens Wild, Deuces Wild, Bonus Deuces Wild, Aces and Eights, and quite a few more. Some bonus games were available too, though I didn't see any progressive jackpot Video Poker games.

One thing I'd like to point out about all the video poker games is, they're not very easy on the eyes. From single hand all the way up to 100 hand games, the graphics and designs could use a lot of work. While graphics are hardly the most important consideration in a gambling venue, it'd be nice to have something pleasing to look at nonetheless.

Because the table games all have a similar look and feel to one-another, I won't go into specific details about each particular game - but in general all the tables looked and played quite well. Game speeds were good and fast (that's how I like them at least), and each looked the part well, with red-felted table renderings and nicely animated large cards, chips and dice to follow along with. I tried my luck at all the classics; including Blackjack, Baccarat, Craps and Roulette, as well as some less popular tables like Pai Gow and Caribbean Hold'em. I wish the video poker games had played nearly as well, then I wouldn't have much to complain about with the gaming quite as a whole.

In addition to the aforementioned games, there's a couple of 'other' games available: Bonus Bingo and a Blackjack themed scratch card. Personally I just don't feel 'involved' enough with scratch cards in general, and Bonus Bingo seems similarly hands off. That said; both games looked and played well enough for what they were.

When my tour was all over I had managed to lose pretty much all of my bankroll, and took what was left back to the slots to conclude my visit with nothing left this time around. Still, while it's a newer casino, it's one of the better RTG's I've played at, and probably the best looking of the bunch. I just might be back here again for another round in the not-too-distant future!

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If only my bankroll would grow like his nose... Pinocchio Slot

While there's lots of slots, many are someone generic versions that play much like one-another. Another Cherry Red Slot

After quite a few spins to reach my bonus round on Super Diamond Mine, it didn't turn out to be that lucrative :( Super Diamond Mine Bonus

There was a selection of 3 reel slots too - some with as many features as you'd find on the video slots. 3 Reel Slots at Cherry

A fine looking 21 table that played at a good pace. Classic Blackjack

Baccarat looked much the same, and played just as quickly. The Baccarat Table

By now you can probably see the similarities in each table's appearance - not that that's a problem for me so long as it's a good design. The Sic Bo Table

Winning's always better, but with a $5 minimum I'll take the ties... Pai Gow Poker

Not that it plays any different than attractive video poker games - but seriously, new graphics please! Jacks or Better - 100 Hands at Once!

Even the sexy lady illustrated couldn't help with the look as a whole. Deuces Wild - 10 Hand

I've played better, but the roulette and craps were good. Cherry Red Roulette

Cherry Red Casino Strong Points:
  • Nice welcome bonuses for new players on their first deposits.
  • Not that it matters much after you've downloaded the casino, but they have a great looking site.
  • Good game selection
Things Cherry Red Casino Could Improve:
  • Video poker games are probably the ugliest I've ever seen.
  • Some additional variations in the video poker selection should really be available.
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