Golden Casino Review

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UPDATE - THIS CASINO HAS CLOSED DOWN. Golden Casino is just one of many casinos available online. However, it's been running for a number of years and is owned by the same people that run the infamous GoldenPalace.com. Whilst this casino may be less well known, its popularity continues to increase thanks in no small part to the fact they still accept US players. Since this is one casino that still takes American players I decided to give it the once over to see if it lives up to the Online-Casinos.com high expectations.

As with a number of online casinos, Golden operates using download software. As regular online players will know, download casinos tend to offer the best in terms of game selection and general game quality. Similarly, these casinos are pretty hassle free as once the casino has been downloaded and installed a player simple needs to load the casino program from their start menu as they would for any other installed application.

A visit to the Golden Casino website will reveal a pretty standard offering, although all the important sections on banking, support etc. are present. The all-important download section is also present and it's from this location that I obtained the 2mb installation file. I successfully obtained the surprisingly small download without issue and found installation to be very straight forward. This small file size will be appreciated by those on a slow connection, although having said that I did find the casino took a while to install updated when the casino loaded for the first time.

Registration at Golden Casino is as any regular player would expect it to be - the casino uses a pretty standard form to collect a players personal details. Account registration is straight forward and with instant account activation a player can have submitted their details and be standing in the virtual casino lobby within literally a minute or two. As with any good casino, Golden Casino allows players to bet using real money or "play" chips. Only one account is needed for either mode and as such a player can always go back to playing with "free" chips at any time, something that definitely appeals when the bank balance is low!

Like a number of casinos, Golden Casino uses a menu system to make finding specific games easy. As such, a player interested in Blackjack can head for the table games section whilst jackpot hunters can find their fix in the part of the casino headed progressive games. I have to say I was impressed with the clean appearance of the lobby and with this nice menu system in place players should quickly be able to find the game they want. Of course, players needs to deposit money to bet and so the next stop for me was the casino cashier.

I personally opted for the NeTeller option to make a $100 deposit. However, this deposit method is restrictive in terms of players that can use it (e.g. no US players). As such, Golden Palace offers a wide selection of other deposit methods including credit card, wire transfer and the increasingly popular fon2fon telephone payment method. As is true of all new players I was entitled to claim a bonus on my deposit. However, I decided on this occasion not to claim the free money - I don't like being made to wager more than I want. Nevertheless, up to $555 can be claimed in free money - a great incentive for those that like to get more play for their deposit.

To begin my playing session I firstly checked out some of the Golden Casino table games. I have to say a great selection of games is available - Blackjack is available in 4 varieties, for example. Some of these games also contain nice bonus games - Perfect Pairs for example is a standard Blackjack game but one that offers a side bet where pairs of the same card when dealt pay off handsomely. Similarly, some games are available at Golden Casino that I've not seen at any other casino. Mulligan Poker is an entertaining poker-style game that pays off frequently but also offers players the chance to win a large multiple of any bet made.

Unfortunately, the start of my playing session didn't go too well in terms of luck - within around 10 minutes of play I found my balance down by around $40! I guess that's gambling though. I certainly enjoyed the table games I played though. Considering this is software that I've not seen elsewhere (something I usually associate with poor quality software), Golden Casino certainly puts on an entertaining game. The graphics used are superbly sharp and clear and with sound effects used to enhance the play still further, a really entertaining game can be had. With a betting range of $1-$500 on most games, this should also add to the casino's appeal. My only criticism would be that the games play slightly slowly for my liking. However, animation can be custom set to "fast" which certainly speeds up the game.

When it comes to Video Poker again a decent variety of games are available. Whether it's Deuces Wild or Jacks or Better, all the classic games are available here. All variety of games can also be played over 1 to 4 hands with the multi-hand games offering players a real chance of hitting big. I've certainly had some heart-stopping moments playing previously where I've had 4 to a Royal on an initial multi-hand deal! Unfortunately I've never been able to convert a hand to a Royal Flush.

Again, the Video Poker games are presented really well with great graphics. The clarity of graphics is again clear to see meaning it's easy for a player to see the cards they are dealt. This is particularly important for the mega-hand Deuces Wild game which can be played across 10, 50 or even 100 hands at once. Sadly my luck still hadn't changed during my VP playing session and before long a further $20 had gone.

Although my bank balance was now sitting down at the $40 level, I still wanted to check out the slot selection and so this was the part of the casino I headed to next. Golden Casino offers a good selection of slot games and with a total progressives meter standing at over $1.6m at the time of playing, some good money can be had too!

The slots at Golden Casino range from single-line classic style slots to multi-line video slots with fun bonus features. The games available accept bets from as low as $0.01 per line and a maximum that only seriously rich people could afford - $5 m Touchdown accepting a maximum bet of $200 per spin!

The Wheel of Chance video slot is one of the fun games I chose to play during my session. This game or ones similar can be found across many online casinos. However, the version available at Golden Casino is great fun and as well as offering a 'spin the wheel' bonus round, the game also utilizes wild multiplier symbols which can really boost payoffs. The graphics in the game are also great with brightly-coloured symbols being used to display winning combinations. Of course, sound effects are also used to make a players experience as near to Vegas-like as is possible online.

Of course, some players like simple slots and so Golden Casino also offer a number of these 'mechanical-style' machines. Cash Grab is a clever three-reel, single-line game that also offers players the fun of a bonus round. With a low payoff of just 4 coins and a jackpot of 1600 coins, I found this game regularly pays out but continues to offer players the chance of a nice jackpot win. At one stage I managed to spin mixed-bars in three times in a row - a nice $30 total win for just $3 bet per spin!

Sadly this win wasn't enough for me to recoup my lost money and instead my balance soon hit zero. However, I certainly enjoyed my experience and can honestly say there was no game I played that I found disappointing. Of course, winners will want their money quickly and thankfully payouts are processed within a few business days, although the website does state first time withdrawals can take 5-10 business days for approval. At least the casino notifies players of this though, which in my book is much better than casinos simply holding on to money for no apparent reason.

In terms of customer support, I did think this is an area for slight improvement. Toll free telephone and fax numbers are provided for US residents (or those willing to incur international call costs). However, for everyone else there is only email support available. Whilst I understand that this casino is aimed at attracting US players, I do think more could be done to offer instant support to non-US players. Having said that, I found an email I sent was responded to in a courteous fashion within a couple of hours of sending.

In summary my Golden Casino experience was thankfully a very pleasant one. Not familiar with this casino, I wasn't sure of what to expect but I discovered this casino offers a great variety of games with some really unique bets available. All the games I played utilized top notch graphics and sound effects and with some display options being user-configurable, a player really can set up the casino as they wish. Banking facilities are adequate at Golden Casino although I think withdrawals could be processed slightly quicker than they are. Similarly, support is an area for improvement. Nevertheless, I think a fun time can definitely be had at Golden Casino and I think I'll definitely be retuning here if I fancy a gamble in the future.

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Wheel Of Chance at Golden Casino

Wheel Of Chance Slots At Golden Casino

Mega Money Mine Slot

Mega Money Mine

X Marks The Spot Bonus Round

X Marks The Spot Bonus

Money Shot Spot Bonus Slot

Money Shot Slot

Cleopatra's Pyramid

Cleopatra's Pyramid

Dr. Love at Golden Casino

Dr. Love Slot Machine

Cash Grab Slot

Cash Grab

Golden Pinata

Golden Pinata

Golden Pinata Bonus Round - Those are my kind of treats!

Cash Grab

Crazy Cherry Slots

Crazy Cherry Slots

Golden's European Roulette

European Roulette

Classic Blackjack

Classic Blackjack

Baccarat

Baccarat

Deuces Wild Video Poker

Deuces Wild Video Poker

Golden Casino Strong Points:
  • Excellent selection of games with some seemingly unique to Golden Palace
  • Great graphics and sound effects makes play really entertaining
  • Huge $555 sign-up bonus available
  • Support personnel are responsive, although more support options would be good
Things Golden Casino Could Improve:
  • More support options would be good, particularly for non-US players
  • Withdrawals could be sped up, particularly for first time players. Also, an $8000 withdrawal limit is imposed by Golden Casino

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