- Slot Machines
- Video Poker
As mentioned earlier, Buzzluck is now part of the well-respected Club World Casino Group. These guys run casinos such as Club World, Manhattan Slots and Aladdin’s Gold and are amongst the best operators in the market. Even better is that this group accepts players from the US and with Buzzluck things are no different – all players are welcome to sign up here.
The casino is running on the brand new NuWorks software, an offshoot from the Real Time Gaming development house. The software still has a lot in common with the standard Real Time Gaming platform. However, each classic RTG is slowly being transformed to run on the NuWorks platform, although there are a good number of brand new slot games too. Basically, this is like a supercharged RTG-powered casino!
This casino needs to be downloaded before any play can take place although as with many online casinos, this is a breeze. Within a few minutes I had downloaded the software and was faced with a new player sign-up form. A few minutes further and my new account was created and ready for some action. Although this casino accepts players from across the world, the US Dollar is used for all patrons of the casino as the currency of play.
The casino cashier is pretty much identical to the standard RTG offering. However this is no bad thing with a variety of deposit methods available. These include eWallets such as NeTeller, Eco Card and MoneyBookers, Bank Wire and Credit / Debit card (although these deposits are actually handled by MoneyBookers). I used my Eco Card to make a $25 deposit which was instantly approved and credited.
In fact, my starting bankroll showed not as $25 but as $50. This was because I had decided before depositing to claim the Buzzluck sign-up bonus. Even old Buzzluck players can claim the sign-up bonus – effectively this is a brand new casino that happens to be using the old Buzzluck name. A massive $868 (100% match) can be claimed for all new players, and what impressed me most is that all games count towards wagering requirements. The only caveat is that non slot play only counts as $0.50 for every dollar wagered, but this is much better than many casinos where any non-slot games are completely outlawed during bonus play. Incidentally, the handy bonus tracker in the cashier makes it easy to see what games count towards wagering and how close to meeting cash out requirements you are.
At the moment it’s fair to say that the Buzzluck casino is a bit of a work in progress. The casino has around 50 different slot games available and a good handful of Video Poker games. However, at the moment only a small number of Table games are available and overall the casino is currently only operating with a selection of around 70 games. This is a small number compared to many other casinos out there, but I am sure Buzzluck are intending to add to the offering as time goes on. To be honest, I’d also rather have a smaller number of excellent designed games available rather than a plethora of distinctly average offerings.
One table game that is available is my old favourite, Blackjack. It has to be said that this is very similar to the standard RTG offering, although that’s actually no bad thing as I’ve always been a fan of RTG Blackjack. Bets can be placed on a single spot with betting limits ranging from $1 to $250. This is a good spread and a lot better than many US-friendly casinos where a $100 betting limit is often imposed.
The Table Game offering also extends to games such as Red Dog and Let ‘em Ride. There’s also a selection of Video Poker games which can be played in both single and multi-hand forms. These VP games offers standard pay tables such as Jacks or Better and Deuces Wild. Thankfully, the graphics on the VP games are somewhat improved on the standard RTG offering. I’ve always stated that I dislike RTG VP purely from an aesthetic viewpoint so it’s nice to see some improvement in this area.
For me though, the really exciting thing at Buzzluck is the brand new selection of slots. I couldn’t find any mechanical-style games available, but Video Slot fans will be in their element. Even better is the fact every game has a progressive jackpot attached! Some of these are low-level starting at around $1000 seed amount, but others start with a jackpot of $1m! Of course, the chance of hitting reduces as the start amount increases, but nevertheless the thought of winning over a million for a spin of just a few dollars definitely gets the heart racing!
I had a lot of fun playing on the Carnival Cash game. This brightly-colour slot has a circus/carnival theme to it and I was particularly attracted to it because of the guaranteed feature element. This means that every ‘losing’ spin (from the viewpoint of not launching the feature) is recorded. A player can then choose at any point to ‘cash in’ their non-feature spins for a chance to launch the feature. 150 losing spins guarantees the feature (a 100% chance) with fewer losing spins giving a player a lower chance to activate the bonus round (so a chain of 75 non-winning spins would give a 50/50 chance – i.e. 75 divided by 150). This is clever thinking as we’ve all been in the position where a bonus seems like it will never hit – with this game it’s guaranteed to!
I also found a selection of games with a joint Progressive Pyramid game. Again, some really clever thought has been put in to this one. With each spin taken by the player, they can choose how much of a side bet they wish to place on activating the pyramid. The lowest stake if $0.05 giving a 1-in-300 chance of activating the pyramid. A $2.50 stake massively increases the odds to 1-in-6. All too often progressive games (particularly ones with $1m+ jackpots like this one) can just eat money. Here I found myself regularly getting a chance to play for the big one, particularly when I was staking the maximum side bet. Of course, I didn’t hit the big one but I got a good number of minor and mini payouts!
I can’t go in to detail for every game I played (I was logge din for hours!) but I was really impressed with the game offering at Buzzluck, particularly with reference to the slot games. The payouts seemed to be very decent and more than once I landed some big winners. At one point on the Camper’s Cash game I hit for $300 in a single bonus round (although sadly didn’t manage to grab a picture of it!). I can see the NuWorks software is something special with a good mix of graphics and sound effects combining to give players a really fun experience.
With all my play completed (and after a few more deposits!) I was left with $500 to withdraw. Happily, the withdrawal process all went very smoothly. Firstly I did have to have my ID verified by the casino before my withdrawal could be processed. However, this is pretty standard, and Buzzluck approved my documents in under 48 hours. Similarly, the processing of the withdrawal itself was also very quick. Buzzluck tries to process withdrawals on the next working day after the cash-in is requested. My withdrawal actually took slightly longer than this, but the time between withdrawal request and the funds hitting my eWallet was still around 36 hours. This is superb, and is doubly good for US players where many other US-friendly casinos can take days to even start the withdrawal processing process.
During my time at Buzzluck I didn’t really have need to contact customer support. However, as with all the casinos in this group, Buzzluck has a very good support offering. Help is available via telephone, live chat, email and even snail mail. There are a number of toll free numbers available (although you might need to get these from live chat – only the US number seems to be listed on the site). Similarly, live chat is available around the clock so getting assistance really can’t be simpler. What’s more, the support team seem like a really friendly bunch which is always good!
In conclusion I was impressed with Buzzluck. I think it’s absolutely fair to say this casino still has some way to go with game offering. However, this is a work in progress (as are other things such as launching a browser-based version of the games). The casino has started really well though and every bit of my experience was positive. Only time will tell if this casino will be a hit, but for now this is definitely on our one to watch list. With my $500 withdrawal sitting in my eWallet account I may well be depositing again to see if I can hit a nice jackpot or two!