Doyles Casino Review - note this casino has closed down operation

Doyle's Casino:

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Anyone familiar with live poker will surely be familiar with the name Doyle Brunson - indeed with 50 years playing experience under his belt and two consecutive WSOP wins to his name (bringing his total WSOP bracelets to 10) it's pretty hard not to have heard of him! As such, when a poker room was set up endorsed by Brunson it really came as no surprise to us. However, within the last 2 years the online gaming empire affiliated to Brunson has expanded and with Doyle's Casino gaining popularity on a daily basis we decided to check out what this Real Time Gaming-powered casino has to offer.

Doyle's casino focuses on offering a positive download experience and as such a web-based version of the casino isn't available. However, this really doesn't concern me too much considering casinos tend to offer the full range of games available in the download versions anyway. Similarly, the fact that the download and installation process is a doddle also helps! Indeed, within a few minutes the software had downloaded and installed itself without problem.

Setting up an account with Doyle's is also straightforward and within a few minutes I had completed the form all new players are required to complete to become a member. A nice touch at Doyle's is that both the poker room and the casino are integrated and as such one account allows a player access to both the poker and casino software. Doyle's uses the US Dollar as the play currency across all properties, a move that makes sense given US players are fully accepted at Doyle's sites.

The Doyle's cashier is an uncomplicated affair, although due to the 'single account' set-up for the poker/casino software a player is able to transfer funds between the casino and poker software. Depositing itself though is straightforward and I was able to make a $100 purchase using my MoneyBookers account. Of course, Doyle's accepts deposits using a variety of methods including NeTeller, Western Union, Credit Card, Debit Card and Bank Transfer. In fact, the deposit option selection is probably one of the best I've seen online and should mean players should certainly be able to find a way to deposit regardless of where they live in the world.

I opted not to take any welcome bonus but as with pretty much all casinos a range of new member and on-going reward bonuses are available. Up to $1000 can be claimed at sign-up and bonuses such as the 'rock around the clock' bonus are available 24 hours a day and can help boost a player's bankroll by up to 25%. Of course, wagering conditions are attached to all bonuses and players are advised to make sure they understand the rules of any bonuses before they accept them. Handily, the bonus coupon function used by Doyle's to award bonuses means it's completely down to the player if they want to accept a bonus or not.

With my now-funded account ready for some action I quickly returned to the lobby and decided to start looking at the available games. There's certainly a wealth of places to win (and lose!) money including some unusual games such as Doyle's Blackjack tournaments. These tournaments are not commonly found in RTG-powered casinos and see players go 'head to head' with a pre-set amount of chips. The winner is the player with most chips after a set number of hands.

Of course, a host of more traditional casino games are available including the usual spread of table games, slots, video poker games and more. For me it was the table games that first caught my eye - I always have been a sucker for card games!

In fact, it was the Blackjack table I was first drawn to although regular readers of my reviews will surely be unsurprised by that! I think it's the fact this game offers near 50/50 odds to the gambler that attracts me so much, and of course the buzz when getting dealt a Blackjack is pretty good too! On a more general scale though, I think Blackjack is always a good test of a casino and given the popularity of the card game I am sure many readers will appreciate my reviews of this game.

Thankfully Doyle's doesn't do badly in presenting this game - of course, much of the success of this game is down to the RTG programmers but nevertheless for a player point of view the mix of quality graphics and sound effects certainly makes for an entertaining playing session. I particularly liked the speed of this casino and although it means it's easy to lose money very quickly, it also means a really action-packed session can be had. A nice touch is that the game speed is user-configurable so those that like a slower-paced game can still be kept happy!

In terms of betting limits Doyle's offers a decent spread with many table games accepting bets as low as a $1 and allowing maximums of $250 per hand. Multi-hand games aren't available at Doyle's but most players should be satisfied with the table game limits. Certainly these limits are representative of the casino in general with Video Poker allowing maximum bets of $500 (across 100-hand games) and slots having an upper cap of around $125 per spin.

Speaking of Video Poker games, after not having much look at the Blackjack table (nor any of the other table games I tried!) this was the section of the casino I jumped to next. My eyes lit up at the range of games available, particularly the fact that pretty much every variety of the game can be played across multiple hands (1, 3, 10, 52 and 100 hand games). These multi-hand games can be very volatile but if the right starting hands are dealt the chances of hitting bit winners is really pretty good - indeed during this playing session I had some decent winners thanks to the 10-hand Jacks or Better and the 100-hand Joker Poker game I played.

My only criticism of the VP games at Doyle's (and indeed any RTG-powered casino) is that the graphics across the games are not as good as with the rest of the casino's games. I realise that it is hard to make any machine game 'good looking' but it's been achieved elsewhere on the net. Indeed, many of the VP games available on RTG software haven't changed in the 8 years I've been playing online. Of course, in terms of general game play etc. the games are fine but it's just a small area I think could be improved.

Thankfully, the slot games at Doyle's are far more appealing and indeed the work that RTG have put in to developing the range of slot games at their casinos has really paid off. A huge selection of games are available at Doyle's Casino and many are cool video slots offering players the chance to win huge jackpots or the opportunity to activate cool bonus games. Indeed, if winning progressives is your thing you might be pleased to note that at the time of playing the progressive jackpot pool at Doyle's stood at over $5.5m!

Cleopatra's Gold is a great example of the kind of slot game available at Doyle's casino. This game offers players the chance to spin for just pennies and yet still offers the opportunity to win big jackpots; the progressive random jackpot on this game at the time of playing was near $2500! The free spin and wild symbols also gives the player a chance to win decent amounts of money and although I actually didn't win much on this game, the anticipation of each spin result certainly gets the heart pumping!

The same is true of the reasonably new Aztec Millions game and although the wager required for this game is a reasonably high $5 per spin, the fact that the jackpot on this game is a minimum of $1,000,000 I can see why people still play it! The 25 pay lines on this game also means smaller winners can often be hit although as I learnt to my cost, a few non-winning spins can really hurt your bank balance!

Disappointingly I had no money at the end of my test session to cash in but having played at Doyle's Poker Room before I know that this group pays winnings pretty fast - payments are usually processed within a 24-72 hour timeframe which is pretty standard for RTG-powered casinos. The $30 minimum withdrawal is also pretty standard and generally although this cash handling is nothing spectacular players can be assured that winnings will be paid without fuss at Doyle's Casino.

When it comes to support Doyle's does a pretty good job with email, telephone and live chat all available around the clock to help customers. US and UK customers get toll free telephone numbers and pay numbers are available for other customers around the world. However, the live chat is free for all players and I was impressed to be waiting less than 5 seconds to be connected to a representative. The email response speed is also decent with a test email I sent responded to in just over 20 minutes. Responsiveness is very important when it comes to support and Doyle's definitely performs well here.

In conclusion I was pretty happy with my Doyle's experience. The game range is good and the RTG software is a good choice made by management. The affiliation with Doyle Brunson gives the casino a higher standing compared to many other run-of-the-mill casinos available and the range of sign-up and on-going bonuses will attract a number of new players. The games offered are generally of a high quality and apart from a few slightly below par offerings (e.g. the Video Poker games) generally a great playing experience can be had at Doyle's. Cash processing is good and the support offering is a big plus of playing here. Of course, it's very difficult now to find a casino that truly stands apart from the rest but certainly Doyle's is an above average offering. If you like playing poker too then this casino may well be up your street.

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All American Video Poker pays more for a flush than a standard VP game All American Video Poker

I win $8 on the Aztec Millions game – not quite the $1.2m jackpot! Aztec Millions Slot Game

A solitary wild symbol is still enough to pay out 15 coins while playing Bank on It Bank On It Slot

I'm dealt decent hand while playing Blackjack Blackjack at Doyles Casino

Caribbean Hold'em is a fun game with similarities to the ever-popular Texas Hold'em Game Caribbean Holdem

A very small win while playing the fun Cleopatra's Gold slot Cleopatra's Gold

I hold the pair of threes and hope for the best while playing 10-hand Jacks or Better Cleopatra's Gold

I hold for the flush while playing 100-hand Joker Poker Video Poker Joker Poker Video Poker

The casino lobby acts as the gateway to the various games offered at this casino The Casino Lobby at Doyles

I take my chances and cover a decent set of options on the Roulette table Doyles Casino Roulette

My last spin in action on Tally Ho before my money runs out! Tally Ho Slot

I'm dealt a middle card and my luck could go either way at the War table Casino War

Doyle's Casino Strong Points:
  • Good selection of games with betting options ranging from pennies to hundreds of dollars
  • Huge number of progressive jackpot games
  • Responsive round-the-clock support
  • Decent sign-up and ongoing bonuses
  • On-par cash processing with a good selection of deposit options
Things Doyle's Casino Could Improve:
  • Some of the graphics feel slightly dated (e.g. Video Poker games), although this does not detrimentally affect the enjoyment of the casino
  • A variety of documents have to be sent to the casino to withdraw although this is in-line with the casino's player protection policies.

NOTE THIS CASINO HAS CLOSED DOWN.

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