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Playing at Casino US is made really easy thanks to the fact that the casino offers both a no-download Flash casino as well as the downloadable version. The download version offers the most games, but for an instant fix of gambling, the Flash casino works well. Of course, this no-download version will also appeal to those on slow connections, although to make up for this Casino US will send a free software CD to all players that request one.
The download version of the casino is installed via a 4.5mb file which is easily accessible from the website. Similarly, the installation process itself is very simple. Of course, a casino wouldn't want to make accessing their games difficult!
While all Microgaming casinos (including Casino US) allow players to create 'free play' accounts, for the adrenalin rush of real gambling a 'real player' account must be created. Thankfully, this too is simple at Casino US and after providing a few pertinent details I had created my new US$ account. Actually though, whilst this casino is US-themed, accounts can also be denominated in UK Ã‚Â£, Euros, Canadian $ and even the South African Rand. I guess that even a US-themed casino wouldn't want to turn down action from other parts of the globe!
One thing that the Vegas Partner Group are proud of is the huge selection of games that are available at their casinos, and at Casino US things are no different. Of course, finding the right game could be made difficult because of this, but thankfully Casino US use a clever navigation menu system to make finding games easy. Different games are grouped by type, so if Blackjack's your game, look right under the 'table games' section. Even better, the game preview part of the lobby means a player can see exactly what a game is like before playing or even downloading it!
Of course, no play at all can take place until a purchase has been made, and as such I made a quick trip to the Casino US cashier. As with many Microgaming casinos, a range of depositing options are available - including both 'real world' methods such as credit cards as well as e-world solutions such as Firepay and NETeller. I used the trusty NETeller method to deposit $100.
At Casino US players are treated very well when it comes to bonuses; and as a new player I was able to get a $100 deposit bonus. In fact though, a number of different sign-up bonuses were available when I joined. First, for the low-roller there's a great $30 bonus available for just a $10 deposit - a great way to try the casino for a low buy-in. Secondly, there's the bonus I claimed - 100% free up to $100 bonus. And for the high-roller there's a huge $350 bonus available - 35% up to $1000! Of course all these bonuses have conditions attached, but these offers are certainly enticing!
So, with my $100 purchase and the $100 bonus sitting in my account, it was time to check out the games available. Specifically, I decided to see how kind the table games were going to be to me!
At Casino US there really is a multitude of games to play; and some are available in a number of varieties - Blackjack for example, can be played using various rules. What's great though, is that alongside casino classics such as Blackjack are less well known games such as Pai Gow Poker and Sic Bo. For jackpot chasers, there are even some table games offering progressive jackpot opportunities such as Poker Ride, Roulette Royale and Progressive Cyberstud Poker.
I chose to begin my play at the multi-hand Blackjack table. This game allows players to bet on up to 5 spots at once, with each spot accepting bets of between $1 and $200. This means that for the high-rollers - up to $1000 can be bet in any one round. However, for those looking for high-limit single-hand betting opportunities; they may be disappointed with Casino US - this $1000 limit was the highest I could find. For the majority of people though, things should be fine.
What's really nice with Casino US is the quality of the games that are available. The graphics used are of a very high quality and wherever possible suitable sound effects are used to enhance the game play. Add to this the configurability of each game, such as the speed of game play, and it surely makes Casino US one of the highest quality casinos available online.
Of course, one thing that every online player wants to know is that the games are fair. At Casino US though, this is not a problem. A random number generator (RNG) ensures every game plays just like it's land based counterpart. I too experienced this fairness of the casino - at Blackjack I won some and lost some, just like I would expect.
In fact, I came away from the Blackjack table at Casino US about even, and actually managed to increase my bankroll by playing some of the other table games available including Stud Poker, Three Card Poker and even Poker Pursuit - a game I usually do very poorly on. At the end of my table play I had around $225 in my account, a profit of $25. And with that, I decided to move on to the Video Poker games available.
As with the table games, a huge number of games are available in the Video Poker section. What's more, many of the games available can be played over multiple hands - 4, 10, 50 and even 100-hand varieties are available for many of the games. A good thing with Casino US is that they add new games every month and as such this selection is likely to keep growing over the coming months!
Of course, the same great presentation is used for the Video Poker games making gaming really entertaining. Winning is fun too, and although I started going downhill pretty early on, I then got a Wild Royal Flush playing Deuces and Joker Poker which returned a nice $60 for my $5 bet. Although I was tempted to double up this win to really boost my bankroll, I could just see the dealer picking a King or an Ace so decided against it!
A nice touch with the Video Poker games is the 'expert' functionality. This function is built in to a number of games and is designed to enhance a player's experience. With the Video Poker games it ensures that a player plays perfect strategy by advising a player of the best card to hold. Many video poker games have a very high payout and coupled with this built-in assistance it means that a number of games at Casino US pay out near to 100% - very impressive!
Although I could have quite happily have continued to chase that elusive Royal Flush, I knew to meet wagering requirements I would have to play on the slots, so I headed over to this area of the casino. Slots, incidentally, are something that Casino US does well - a huge number of games are available and many are excellent fun! Whether it's a classic three-reel game or a multi-line video slot with bonus rounds and progressive jackpots, Casino US really could be a slot player's dream!
Slots can be dangerous beasts - obviously if they hit you can quite literally become a millionaire, but the dry patches really can hurt any player's bankroll. I had a mixed time at Casino US. I really enjoyed the Gift Rap video game, partially because I was able to activate the bonus round quite early on. The bonus game on this is very innovative and allows a player to keep picking cash presents until a snowman logo is picked. I managed to win a nice 11,500 coins with my picks.
I also managed to activate the Khatmandu Slot bonus round, where a number of free spins are awarded. Each winning spin is then multiplied by a random number meaning the wins really can be huge. I did find with this game, though, that it can take a while to activate the bonus round!
However, as well as these wins I had some losing play. In fact, I ended up getting to zero before I had wagered enough. However, I had a great time playing even on some of the simpler games to play such as 1 Arm Bandit and Belissimo.
While on this occasion I had no money to cash out, I have experienced Vegas Partner's withdrawal processes and generally speaking I have been very impressed. Often this group will ask for ID to be sent in, particularly when credit cards are used, but if all is in order, it is typical for withdrawals to be processed within a respectable 24-48 hours.
Finally, although I had no need to contact support, I will still write about what is available, as support is a very important factor to consider when choosing a casino. Thankfully, Casino US do well on this point. As well as email support, Casino US also offers live chat support as well as toll-free phone numbers. This makes contacting support very easy, and I was very impressed to see toll-free numbers for over 22 countries. My past experience of Vegas Partner personnel has also been very positive.
To summarize my experience of Casino US, I have to say I was very impressed. The theme is obviously one that is going to appeal to a number of online players, and even for a non-American such as myself I found the presentation of the casino very pleasing. The selection of games available is huge, and every single one is presented at a very high standard of quality. Add to this the good banking and support functions of the casino and it makes Casino US very appealing. With $30 free for a $10 deposit, I would definitely recommend people give this casino a try - who knows, it may become a new favorite!