Starluck Casino Review

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Starluck Casino is a member of the Party Gaming PLC, one of the largest online gaming companies in the world, with PartyPoker.com the largest online poker site in the world, the gem in their portfolio. On June 2005 Party Gaming was floated on the London Stock Exchange, while its gambling sites are registered and licensed to the government of Gibraltar. Starluck casino has been online since 1997, and currently employs iGlobal Media software which is designed and operated by Party Gaming PLC and tested by iTech Labs; an independent tester of casino software. Starluck casino has been a member of the Interactive Gaming Council since 1997, adopting their code of conduct. This all suggests that Starluck casino offers a fair online gaming experience.

From the Starluck Casino website 'getting started' page, you get the option to Download the casino software or access a Non-download version. The Non-download Java version is suggested for Mac users or those with dial up connection. This review is based on the Download versions, which I found to very fast to download. As soon as the download is complete you and you have entered the casino you are asked to register, which I found to be slightly problematic because the casino was not responding. Thereafter, I never experienced any problems on the casino during the occasions that I played. Before you can make a deposit at the casino you must provide further personal details and verify your identify. After that you have a huge number of choices to deposit, of which I opted for NETeller with the transaction completed almost instantly. Starluck Casino offers a 100% bonus to players making their first time deposit at the casino, with a fair 8x wagering requirement.

I started my gaming session on the Single Blackjack table, and enjoyed some nice string of hands taking my balance above the $120 dollars. You have the option to play Blackjack on multiplayer table holding a maximum of three players. This is a nice little bonus, as it always makes online blackjack more fun having others players on the table. A limitation of the casino is there's not a wide range of table games to choose from, beyond Blackjack there's only three other table card games. One of which is Let it Ride, a personal favorite of mine and worth spending some time on. I tested my luck on another card game, Caribbean Poker, which is a great looking game, but can punish the player for making poor gaming choices, which I'm afraid I did.

Starluck casino offers a range of 21 slots for players to choose from, with four offering a jackpot. Piggy Payback one of five games that operate a special feature; it's a 9 liner with 5 reels which you can wager between 1 cent and $10 per line. I managed to activate the bonus feature when testing this game in fun mode and received a about a 300 return on the wager. The special feature is triggered by hitting all three piggy symbols on lines 1, 3 and 5. Piggy symbols are also wild, but cannot be substituted scatter symbol. I enjoyed some nice wins on Piggy Payback on the real money mode and subsequently it my favorite slot at Starluck Casino and one worth trying. There are eight video slot machines on offer, of which I experienced more luck on Kanga Cash then any other. It's a pretty standard single deck video poker game, paying an attractive 1 to 10 for a full house. Some cards are marked with a golden nugget sign, which activates the special feature if you manage to get three on your final hand, which can pay up to 1 to 500. Jumble Rumble Draw Poker is a similar game to Kanga Cash, but adds an additional two joker cards to the single deck, which are wild.

What really defines Starluck Casino from the other online casinos is its tournament feature. The casino offers multiplayer tournaments which a player can enter around the clock, beginning once a defined number of players have joined up, or for a daily scheduled tournament. To enter a tournament you have to register and submit a Buy in Fee, which varies dependant on the tournament you are entering. The Buy in Fee multiplied by the number of players in the tournament acts as the prize money. There are certain numbers of levels for each tournament which players have to wager a certain amount on the assigned games to progress to the next stage. The game continues until only one player has enough chips to continue to the next stage or the tournament is completed and the player with the most chips wins. At the time of playing I was only able to find slots tournaments and was disappointed not discover a Blackjack version. I joined a two player slots tournament, using the three line slot MetroPolis, but finished a comfortable last after only progressing to the second stage then bailing out once I realized my competitor had strong lead, almost doubling his chips.

A few days after I joined the Starluck Casino I was invited into the 'iGlobalMedia Rewards Alliance', with silver membership, offering a Loyalty Points scheme. In which a player earns loyalty points by wagering at the Starluck or other iGlobal Media platforms. These points can be exchanged for real money, deposited into your account at a conversion rate of 100 points to $1. What really impressed me at Starluck casino is the hassle free process and speed which I was able to make a withdrawal. On requesting to make a withdrawal back to my NETeller account, I was surprised to find that my money had been returned to my account with two hours. For a first withdrawal at an online casino this has been amongst the fastest that I have ever experienced, and a clear sign of a fair casino.

Starluck Casino software works within a normal Microsoft window, allowing the player to jump between other windows in between playing at the casino. This is a nice feature as the casino can be minimized while working on something else on you PC, then reopened from on your toolbar for a quick game when you get the urge. This makes iGlobal Media software a lot more practical then most other online casinos for casual gaming sessions. It's also worth noting that the gaming graphics are of an excellent standard.

The full range of customer service is offered, with 24hr call in help, email service and online help accessed from within the casino. I was planning to email support with regards to my withdrawal, but the transaction was completed before I could start the inquiry. I contacted customer support on several occasions through the online service, which I found to highly response and helpful.

In general, I was satisfied with my casino experience at Starluck Casino, and feel happy to recommend it to online-casinos.com readers. Everything about the casino suggests it's offering a fair casino, which my experience would support with fast withdrawals and some nice little wins. The iGlobal Media software is attractive and practical, but it would be plus to see a larger range of games at the casino.

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Golden Oasis:A lightning strike slot

Golden Oasis Slot Machine

Straight on Kanga Cash

Kanga Cash Video Poker

A nice version of Keno on offer at Starlucks

Keno Game

Let it Ride Poker

Let It Ride Poker

Game log @ Starluck Casino

Game Log

Metropolis, a fun single slot

Metropolice Slot Machine

Piggy Paysout

Piggy Payout Slots

Starluck's Roulette, only one version

Roulette

Super Joker 9 liner slots

Super Joker - 9 line slots

Tournament feature at Starluck

Tournaments @ Starluck Online Casino

Starluck Casino Strong Points:
  • Excellent and fair first deposit offer, with regular promotion offers.
  • Quick withdrawals.
  • Tournament feature offers an extra dimension to the casino.
  • Friendly online customer service.
  • Practical casino software, allowing the PC user to swap between casino and other software with ease.
Things Starluck Casino Could Improve:
  • Limited range of table card games, and not a huge selection of games in general.

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