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Slots Jungle:

NOTE THIS CASINO HAS CLOSED DOWN. Nowadays finding a US-friendly casino isn’t exactly easy – many software providers have themselves banned licensees from marketing to the US market meaning whole areas of the online casino world are a no-go for those in the States. However, Real Time Gaming has taken a more liberal view and one casino running on said software is Slots Jungle. Given this is quite a new player in the online casino world (this casino opened its virtual doors in 2010) we decided to check out what the Jungle had to offer.

Like most modern RTG-powered casinos Slots jungle operates via both a download and browser-based interface. However, whilst the no-download version of the casino provides quick access to a selection of games, the presentation of these games isn’t great and the selection is limited in comparison to the download version. As such, we opted to download the Slots Jungle client for the full-no gaming experience. This is a pretty easy thing to do though, and on our broadband connection we were downloaded and up and running within just a few minutes.

Given this is a US-friendly casino it makes sense that all play takes place using the US dollar. For those located outside of the States, any purchases / withdrawals would need to go through currency conversion. However, all credit card / debit cards and eWallets handle these conversions automatically so this shouldn’t be a problem. Similarly, the account sign-up process is also a breeze with Slots Jungle just needing basic name and address information to register the details of a new player.

Speaking of being a new player, one thing that really caught my eye at Slots Jungle is the massive sign-up bonus – players can claim up to $10,000 in free money! This really is huge and is made up of four 250% match bonuses. Of course, terms and conditions are always enforced for sign-up bonuses and players should realise their deposits are tied in to a wagering requirement as soon as a bonus is taken. However, these free bankroll boosts can really extend play time, particularly for those making small deposits. What’s more, Slots Jungle also caters for table game players – for those that don’t like slots a nice $5,000 Blackjack bonus is also claimable.

In fact, Slots Jungle is quite a haven for those players who like claiming bonuses. As well as these nice sign-up bonuses Slots Jungle offer weekly offers that offer anything up to 400% deposit matches. Again, these come with some hefty wagering requirements but Slots Jungle really can’t be beaten for free money offers.

Of course, some people just like to deposit and play and so getting funds in to your Slots Jungle account is pretty much key. Thankfully this casino allows players to deposit using a variety of methods. These include credit / debit card, wire transfer and a variety of eWallets such as NeTeller and MoneyBookers. I used my credit card to make a $50 purchase and encountered no problems at all.

On to the games and Slots Jungle offers way more than just a load of slots. Indeed, this casino offers a good range of Table and Video Poker games as well as over 150 Video and Classic-style slots. Since I hadn’t claimed a bonus on my deposit I was free to play on any game I wanted. As such, I started off on my all time favourite game – Blackjack.

Slots Jungle actually offers a number of different Blackjack games including Perfect Pairs, Face Up, Super 21 and Match Play 21. I had fun playing the Face Up game which has a very novel twist – all cards are dealt face up! As such, a player is able to make playing decisions knowing what both the dealer’s cards are. The downside though is that a Blackjack only pays 1:1 and any ties (apart from BJ ties) go the dealer’s way. It’s amazing how differently you play the game when you know what the dealer’s got. Of course, there are always times you wish you’d played the hand differently when you see your hard-earned stake going the wrong way across the table!

As well as Blackjack a good selection of other table games is available including Tri Card Poker, Roulette, Red Dog and War. The only game I couldn’t seem to find was Caribbean Stud Poker. However, apart from that this is certainly a good table games casino to play at and with bet ranges running from $1 to $100 most players should be satisfied. I guess high rollers might be put off by the $100 max bet but for the ‘average’ player there really isn’t much to complain about.

Slots Jungle also has a good spread of Video Poker games. Anything from Deuces Wild to Jacks or Better to more unusual games such as All American and Double Jackpot can be found here. Similarly, most games can be played across multiple hands – anything up to 100-hand games can be found. The only thing I found slightly disappointing is that not all games have ‘full’ pay tables. This means the house edge for the casino is increased and although the games are still ‘fair’, it means players don’t get such good odds payouts on their winning hands.

Nevertheless, these games still play well and as will all games the Video Poker offering uses high-end graphics and sound effects to enhance the overall playability factor of the casino. Many aspects of the casino are also user configurable, so if you don’t want sound effects just turn them off. Similarly, if you want a faster game, just go to the game speed settings to set things up exactly as you want. I think these kind of touches are pretty neat and definitely enhance a players experience.

Of course, with a name like Slots Jungle I couldn’t leave without testing out this section of the casino. Slots Jungle has a plethora of video and classic-style machines. However, one thing I did note is that the RTG-wide progressive games are not actually playable here. I find this kind of strange as progressive games pull in players and actually make casinos a lot of money (house edge tends to be quite high any wins are paid for from a cross-casino pool of money). This is the casinos choice though, but just something to note if you like playing for the really big wins.

That said, I still had a lot of fun playing the slots available and started off by diving straight in to the relatively new Hockey Hero game. I was actually lucky enough to trigger the bonus round quite early on this game. The bonus round sees up to 18 free spins awarded. However, free spin rounds can be bought to an early finish if 2 or more clock symbols appear in view. With new clock symbols added every 3 spins it means free spin sessions can unfortunately end quite abruptly!

I was also impressed with the Aztec Riches Guaranteed Feature slot. All players know how frustrating it can be to plough dollar after dollar in to a machine without so much as a sniff of the feature hitting. Well this slot solves that. If after 150 spins the feature hasn’t hit it’s guaranteed to spin in! Players can also gamble for the feature early, so if they’ve taken 75 (half of 150) non-feature spins they can then chance 50/50 for a feature trigger. This is a lovely idea and means players can bet knowing they are going to hit the feature within a set number of spins. Of course, there’s no guarantee the feature will actually be any good!

After doing the tour of the slot games available I found myself this time with nothing to withdraw. I did play for a good hour though which is a testament to the relatively decent odds available at this casino. Of course, I still checked out the withdrawal policy at Slots Jungle since this is an important aspect to playing online. Upon checking the website I discovered that all players need to have their accounts validated before withdrawals will be processed. This involves sending in scanned or faxed versions of address and personal ID. This though, is quite common for RTG-powered casinos. Less common though is a waiting period of up to 10 business days before a withdrawal will be processed. Whilst this isn’t absolutely awful, I can never understand why casinos put in pending periods this long. For me it just means the casino gets no money whilst the withdrawal is being processed. Unfortunately though I imagine many players would reverse their winnings during this period. This casino does pay when they say they will though which is good. Just one word of warning, this casino caps payouts at $2500 (per processing period cycle) meaning big wins could take a number of weeks or months to pay out.

The other important aspect of running a casino is to provide decent support. Thankfully Slots Jungle does this well with telephone, live chat and email support all available. More toll-free number would be good for non-US players but with round the clock support on hand via live chat for other non-US players things are definitely good in this respect.

After giving Slots Jungle a whirl I was actually pretty satisfied. I like the RTG platform and the subsequent selection of games it allows Slots Jungle to offer. The lack of progressive games is slightly disappointing but games such as the Aztec Guaranteed Feature more than make up for it. Similarly, the bonuses are excellent (although note that many are ‘sticky’ removing the free money is removed at cash in) and really help to boost a player’s bankroll. Support offering is similarly strong, although more toll free numbers would be good. The only downside really is the wait to receive withdrawals. 10 days is just too long in my book. However, winners do get paid here and considering this casino has to ‘play with fire’ in order to serve US customers I suppose all in all a good job is done. Particularly for those players in the US, Slots Jungle is definitely one to consider.

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A pretty poor hand doesn’t stand much chance of winning whilst playing Aces and 8s Video Poker

Aces and Eights

I activate the bonus round on this hockey-themed Video Slot

Hockey Bonus Round

This US-friendly casino has made depositing play duns as easy as possible

Slots Jungle Cashier

I tried to double up my winnings whilst playing Deuces Wild 100-hand poker but chose badly and lost my winnings

100-Hand Deuces Wild

If only the diamond symbol was wild this win would have been a whole lot nicer!

Diamond Mine

I get a 8x winner whilst playing Hockey Hero Video Slot

Hockey Hero

I get a guaranteed set of winners after this deal on the Joker Poker 3-hand game

Joker Poker

The jungle-themed lobby acts as the gateway to the numerous games available at this US-friendly casino

Slots Jungle Lobby

Some of the slot games contain a ‘lucky loser’ feature which makes up for poor-performing bonus rounds!

Lucky Loser

I really enjoyed playing the Pai Gow Poker game – a real thinking game!

Pai Gow Poker

I’ve seen people doing really well on this game recently, but Pay Dirt certainly wasn’t playing ball for me!

Pay Dirt Slot

I get the perfect bonus payout after landing this hand on the Perfect Pairs Blackjack game

Perfect Pairs Blackjack

The T-rex Video Slot is a very volatile game but the payouts can be huge

T-Rex Video Slot

Slots Jungle Strong Points:
  • Good selection of games powered by software from Real Time Gaming
  • Huge range of bonuses, although note the wagering conditions attached to these are slightly onerous
  • Very good customer support offering providing round-the-clock support
  • This casino accepts pretty much all players including those from the USA
Things Slots Jungle Could Improve:
  • Withdrawals take from 5 to 10 business days to process
  • ID validation is required before any withdrawal will be honoured and withdrawals are capped at $2500 per payout cycle
  • There are no progressive games available here and the Video Poker games have a slightly ‘dated’ appearance

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