Golden Reef Casino Review

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Golden Reef Casino is a member of the well-respected Casino Action Group, and is powered with software from Microgaming. This software is very popular with players and may explain why Golden Reef Casino continues to do so well - indeed it is a casino that's been up and running since 2001. Having said that, it's actually a casino I had not played at before, at least until I decided to write another review for the readers of Online-Casinos.com!

Playing at Golden Reef Casino is easy, with gamblers able to play either through the download software offered or through a no-download 'Flash' interface which is also available. While this no-download version is definitely a big draw for those looking for a quick gambling fix, the download version of the casino offers the most in terms of game selection and features, and as such it was this option that I went for.

The Golden Reef Casino website itself is well put together and has sections on the important things a player will be interested in. Having said that, I did find the 'beaver' logo used by this casino a little scary! Of course, the download section is easy to find and I obtained the 325k software without problem. It should be noted, however, that this download is actually just an installer that pulls further files from the Internet. Golden Reef has been quite smart with this installer, while it's doing its stuff a player is able to actually create an account - no sitting around twiddling your thumbs here!

As Golden Reef wasn't a casino that I had played at before, I had to create a new account myself. This was a simple process, however, with a simple-to-use form being used to capture a new player's details. As with a number of casinos, Golden Reef Casino allows play to take place in a variety of currencies including UK £, Canadian $ and Euros. I personally opted to create my account in US$.

When it comes to depositing at Golden Reef Casino, a huge selection of deposit options are available. I personally opted to make a $100 deposit via NETeller, although other popular methods such as credit cards and FirePay are available. As a new player, I was also able to claim a free $100 bonus. New players can claim a free bonus dollar for every dollar deposited, up to a maximum of $100.

As Golden Reef Casino uses an 'instant credit' system, players will be pleased to know this bonus is instantly added. Of course, wagering conditions are attached to this bonus, but a nice feature of this casino is that there are no forbidden games. Having said that, not all casino games contribute 100% to wagering requirements.

Players that are familiar to the set-up of Microgaming casinos will feel at home with the attractive lobby interface that is used by Golden Reef Casino. The lobby has a clever preview function for each game, meaning that a player can 'see' a game before they play. Similarly, important rules of the game (such as number of card decks and splitting options, for example) can also be seen. A menu system is used to break games down by type - which is extremely useful considering over 150 games are available to play.

Table games have always appealed to me, and as such I always am keen to see what is available there I join a new casino. I was therefore pleasantly surprised to see that Golden Reef Casino offer an excellent selection in this area. Classic games such as Blackjack can be found in abundance with different rules used across each table - fancy a European game? No problem! Vegas Strip rules to your liking? Simply click the icon and start betting! The selection of harder-to-find games such as Pai Gow Poker and Sic Bo was also pleasing to see. I personally started off on that 3-Card Poker table - a clever game that regularly pays out as well as paying out a huge winner every now and again.

One of the things I found particularly pleasing at Golden Reef was that the casino management seem keen to attract both the low bettor and the whale alike. The reason I say this, is that the minimum Blackjack bet was just $0.50 with a maximum of $500 likely to satisfy all but the biggest of gamblers. Even a usually-pricy game such as Baccarat can be played for just $0.50 a hand. Of course, some players may prefer the high-stake table where up to $500 can be staked on the turn of a card!

Of course, good game selection and betting limits are attractive, but ultimately a player wants to feel entertained for their money. Thankfully, this is something that Golden Reef Casino does very well. The graphics used throughout the casino are excellent - it's clear that a lot of thought has been given to how the casino should look. Similarly, background sounds and in-game sound effects enhance further this casino's fun factor. There are even cool features such as 'best strategy' and 'autoplay' to help a player in-game. With such a high level of quality, I can definitely see why people chose to play here.

Table games are definitely good fun at Golden Reef Casino. However, for those that like to seek out a jackpot or two, the slot selection will definitely be appealing. A huge number of games are available, ranging from classic-style three-reel machines to massive video games with continually-climbing progressive jackpots. Major Millions, for example, has hit for almost $2,000,000 previously - and other games like King Cashalot and Mega Moolah have made millionaires of more than a few people.

During my session at Golden Reef I tested a number of different slots including the cool 5-Reel Drive game. This video slot has 5-reels (as the name would suggest!) and 9 different pay lines. While I found the small-value wins were not overly plentiful in this game, the potential for big pay outs definitely made up for it. For example, the 10,000 coin top prize is definitely attractive! The cool police car scatters can also pay handsomely - a player's bet is multiplied by 50 if 5 land in view! I managed to land 3 of these and even though I was betting just $4.50 a spin, I still received $22.50 back!

Some of the more simple games can also be just as much fun though. Double Magic is a Microgaming slot that's been around as long as I've been playing online, yet is still great fun. This three-reel, one payline game still offers players the chance to win 1,600-coin jackpots and with a wild multiplier symbol in play, the non-jackpots wins can be pretty decent too. I managed a few double cherry winners which paid of a nice $20 each time for the $4 I was wagering.

Video Poker is also something that I enjoy from time to time, and again the selection of this type of game is definitely top notch. A wide range of video poker pay tables can be found - ranging from classics like full-pay Jacks or Better to crazy wild card games. A few progressive games are also up for grabs, and with some games offering near 100% payouts I can definitely see the attraction here.

The fact that many of the video poker games are available in multi-hand versions is also a plus - 4, 10, 50 and even 100 hand games are available. With auto-hold and best play features available, the Video Poker games are definitely worth checking out. I personally had a blast playing the 100-hand Double Joker Video Poker game, although volatility is an understatement when it comes to describing this beast!

Unfortunately, despite a real roller-coaster ride (my balance hit near $350 at some points during play), I didn't manage to keep above zero before I had met wagering conditions - I guess this is one of the down sides of 'free money'!

Having said that, the screenshots accompanying this review show the fun that I had - and if I had actually made a withdrawal, I know my payout would have been expediently processed. In fact, players using NETeller to fund their account can actually have withdrawals processed instantly, completely fee free - a massive plus in my book.

As always, before concluding my review I tested the support options offered by the casino. While sometimes overlooked by the player, I always think it is vital that thought is given to customer support availability - there is nothing worse than having large amounts of money at stake without having the reassurance of support if it's needed. Thankfully, Golden Reef Casino offer support 24/7 via email (including online web form) and via a live chat facility. Unfortunately no telephone support is offered, but with the average wait time for live chat just 11 seconds when I tested it, this lack of telephone support is not a massive issue. Nevertheless, I do think this is an omission that Golden Reef Casino Management should give thought to.

In conclusion, I think Golden Reef casino is definitely a casino worth visiting. A great selection of games has been made available and the vast majority utilize high-end graphics and sound effects of the very top quality. Many games have additional features such as 'strategy cards' and 'auto play', and with much of the casino being user-configurable, a player really can set the casino up exactly as they want it.

A nice sign-up bonus is available and any players that do win can rest assured that their money will be efficiently paid. The only slight disappointment is the lack of telephone support, but at least the live chat facility is available 24 hours a day. Nevertheless, this casino is definitely recommended, and if I'd won, I know I would have gone back for more!

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A modest win following a modest bet at the 3-Card Poker table

3 card poker win

Three scatter symbols means my $4.50 bet becomes a $22.50 win on this spin of the 4 Reel Drive game

4 Reel Drive Slot

A huge selection of winners whilst playing 100-hand Double Joker Video Poker pay off almost $70

100 hand video poker variant - Double Joker

I don't like my starting hand but end up winning anyway at the Atlantic City Blackjack table

Atlantic City Blackjack - Microgaming Gold Series

$10 becomes $30 when I land three Kings whilst playing All American Video Poker game

All American Video Poker Machine

An 'action-shot' of the Golden Reef Baccarat game in mid-deal

Golden Reef Baccarat Table

A massive $123.75 is returned from the Bush Telegraph bonus round

Bush Telegraph Video Slot Machine

I activate the Bush Telegraph free-spin feature

Bonus Feature Slot - Free Spins

Two cherries pays of a nice $20 on the Double Magic Slot

Double Magic Slot Machine - Classic Style

Keno is normally seen as a bad bet, but here I turn $10 in to $30

Keno Game - A Nice Win

Lion's Share is a classic-style three-reel slot with a cool 8,000-coin jackpot on offer

Lion's Share Slot Machine

I push my luck at the Roulette table by not covering many numbers, but I still end up with a winner!

Gold Series Roulette Table @ Golden Reef Online Casino

Supajax is a Jacks or Better-style Video Poker game with a cool progressive jackpot available

Supajax Progressive Video Poker

I thought I might win more than I did after being dealt 4 to a flush on the Aces and Faces 10-hand Video Poker game

10 Hand Aces & Faces Video Poker Game

Golden Reef Casino Strong Points:
  • Huge selection of games that utilize high-end graphics and sound effects
  • Good cash processing facility offers a wide range of deposit options and an efficient (including instant NeTeller withdrawals)
  • Betting limits should suit low and high-rollers alike (BJ $0.50 - $500)
  • Customer support staff friendly and approachable
Things Golden Reef Casino Could Improve:
  • No telephone support, although live chat is available

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