Fortune Room Casino Review

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Fortune Room Casino is a member of the huge Fortune Lounge group of casinos, and having been operating for over 5 years, is one of the older casinos players can visit. I actually first played at this Microgaming-powered casino over 3 years ago, but having not played for a long, long time I decided it was time to for a revisit.

As many Microgaming-casino players will know, games are available both in download format and in a no-download Flash variety, which is great for those wanting to playing instantly. Of course, for the full bells and whistles experience the download version is recommended. The required files are easily downloaded from the excellently designed Fortune Room website - the owners have clearly used their casino experience wisely in putting together a sophisticated-looking website that provide a huge amount of useful information about the casino. Information on banking, support, games available etc. is always good to see, whether you are an online casino virgin or an old-timer.

Strangely, the download file size for each Microgaming casino I have played at has always differed, and in the case of Fortune Room Casino it was a rather hefty 7.48mb. However, Fortune Room have recognized the problems this may cause for dial-up players and will send a CD of the casino software to anywhere in the world - a really nice touch.

Being on my new super fast broadband connection, I opted to get playing straight away and downloaded and installed the software without problem. As stated earlier, I have played at the casino before and as such could not claim any welcome bonus this time. However, a quick check of the Fortune Room casino reveals a 100% Money Back Guarantee promo available to new players. Of course, terms and conditions are attached to any bonus a player claims, and as such I advise you check before depositing any of your own money in the aim of claiming a bonus.

With the casino installed and me having dug out my old username I was ready to play. A quick visit to the cashier allowed me to deposit $100 via NETeller into my account. Incidentally, as with many Microgaming-powered casinos, Fortune Room offer a wealth of deposit methods ranging from standard Credit Cards, NETeller, Bank Wires etc. to the more unusual U-Cash and PaySpark. However, it should be noted that this casino is very US-focussed - non-US methods (such as the UK Maestro card) are not available. Similarly, players can only opt for a US$ account, which I actually think is quite unusual among casinos nowadays.

However, I was quite happy with my dollar account and decided to let battle commence… After a recent run of bad luck I wanted to make some money from this playing session! The casino games at Fortune Lounge are set out in a logical menu format with games grouped by type (table, slot etc.). A handy game preview window allows a player to learn all about a game before playing, which is of definite use - for example, you can see how many decks a Blackjack game has or the top payout on a slot machine.

Blackjack is usually my game of choice, and as such I decided to check out the offerings available at Fortune Room. I have to say that having played at a number of Microgaming-powered casinos I expected this one to offer the same as the rest. However, I was disappointed to find that some of the newer varieties (Vegas Strip, Atlantic City rules etc.) were not present. Instead, the casino seems to offer variations on the European Blackjack rules - one table is available offering bets of $2-$500 and another with a cap of $1000.

Despite this, the actual Blackjack games that are available are excellent. Great graphics are used to really convey a feeling of being in a casino - in fact, so much so that I wonder how Microgaming graphics can be bettered. Game play is smooth, and because the casino is powered by the leading casino software, fairness is assured. Indeed, I started off well at Blackjack; winning 4 out of my 5 initial hands - not bad.

With all the casino games at Fortune Room Casino, a player can set options on almost anything. Want to turn off the background sounds or to have the dealer read out the cards you've been dealt? No problem - simply click on the options menu and you can play however you want. Similarly, Fortune Room casino uses Playcheck and Cashcheck technology so you can review all your past account history, even down to the specific cards you and the dealer were dealt in a Blackjack hand. This really is great for auditing your play, and also means you can keep track of wins and losses.

Although my Blackjack play was going well, I wanted to check out some of the other games available at Fortune Room. A quick look at the card games menu revealed that pretty much every casino game has been recreated in this virtual paradise - old-timers such as Baccarat and Craps sit alongside cosmopolitan new games such as 3 Card Poker.

After a little play at Caribbean Stud Poker and Baccarat, neither of which were doing much for my bankroll I decided it was time to hit the Roulette table. While I usually play European Roulette, I saw the link for French Roulette and decided to see what the differences were. Initially, I thought just the layout was different. However, upon further investigation I discovered a cool rule that forms a part of this game - it's called 'La Partage' and it basically means that should a zero come in, half of all bets on even-money wagers (red, black, 1-18, 19-36) are returned to the player! Sadly, I didn't use this rule to my advantage and stuck to my usual '17 and neighbours' strategy (I bet $1 on 17 and then place overlapping bets on 17 and its neighbours). Unfortunately, I had a dismal run of luck and it wiped out my entire bankroll. A further portion of an additional $200 deposit I made also went to the dealer.

Feeling slightly shocked by the absolutely terrible run of luck I had just experienced, I decided to try and recoup some loses on some Video Poker games. Again, I discovered that a huge number of varieties of video poker are playable - classics such as Jacks or Better sit aside new progressive type games, such as the great Deuces Wild Progressive (jackpot at a healthy $7,000 at the time of writing). Many games also come in multi-hand varieties - 1, 4, 10 and 50 hands can be played simultaneously.

I decided to play some 10-handed Aces and Faces Video Poker. These multi-hand games are great fun, but I've found you have got to start with pretty decent cards to have much chance of winning. Fortunately, this seemed to be the case for me, and after a few good hands I began to build up my bank balance. A few opportune double-ups (available after every win) also helped to boost my bankroll.

As well as paying out pretty nicely for me, the attention to detail in the video poker games is again excellent. Great graphics are used, which in my opinion are far better that those found on many land-based machines. The ability to simply hop from one machine to another is also a real advantage of playing at a good online casino such as Fortune Room.

With my bankroll looking a little healthier, I decided to risk the lot on some slot play - I know slots are risky, but big wins can always be just a spin away! The actual variety of slots at Fortune Room is huge with a range of machines from classic three-liners to multi-line video bonus games being available. Also, I discovered that Fortune Room has huge betting limits, unlike any other Microgaming casino I have played at before - Break da Bank for example allows bets up to $125 per spin and Jackpot Express (usually a $25 limit game) has a bet maximum of $100! On that one game alone it makes the jackpot a staggering $100,000! These bets are far out of my league, but many of the slots I looked at seemed to have these big limits - great for the big gamblers.

Of course, the slot play was nothing less than superb, just what I had come to expect of a casino of this calibre. From the brightly-coloured Big Kahuna video slot to the long-standing Double Magic, the graphics and sound effects combine to make slot playing at Fortune Room a truly lifelike experience. I also had some luck as well - a $30 win on Secret Admirer for example. I also played Wheel of Wealth; and although I won $53 on the bonus round, it took many spins for me to trigger the bonus round. However, this was more than made up for with a cool $120 win on the standard game. All in all, I actually came out a winner on the slots and overall had a bank balance at this point of $270.

Although this meant that I was still down, I was doing reasonably with a $30 loss, and so cashed in my winnings. Players can opt to withdraw however they wish, although some choices are restricted by deposit method. Also, withdrawals are held for 24 hours before being processed. However, I was strong-willed enough not to reverse my cash-in and after about 48 hours of playing I had the money returned to my NETeller account - pretty good.

Finally, I will comment on the support available at Fortune Lounge. The usual email facility is provided, as well as more instant options such as live chat and telephone (with toll free numbers available for a good number of countries). Unfortunately - an email I sent did not receive a response for a while, but I guess the other contact options could be used if an instant response is required. Nevertheless, the actual support personnel employed seemed polite and helpful and were able to answer my query on how much I had wagered in the session I had played.

All in all, I would say that Fortune Room is a good casino. I was slightly disappointed in the fact that some games I like were missing, but admittedly there are still a huge number of games available. Similarly, this casino seems to be great for high-rollers, particularly those who like to bet big on slots. And of course, graphics, sound and game smoothness are all great. Similarly, strong support and banking functions definitely make this a casino worth considering. Now, do I throw some big money at Break da Bank…

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Play up to 50 hands at once on the Fortune Room video poker games.

10 Hand Aces and Faces Video Poker Game

A $9.25 win on the Big Kahuna bonus video slot

Big Kahuna Video Slots

One of the bonus rounds on show in the Big Kahuna game - here I win 125 coins

Big Kahuna Slots Feature Game

I double up successfully to win $16 on this Blackjack hand

Blackjack @ The Fortune Lounge Casino: Fortuneroom

Bet up to $125 on a single spin on the Break da Bank slot - a bet too big for my bank roll!

Break da Bank - A High Roller Slot Machine

A handful of winners on this 4-hand Deuces and Joker Video Poker game

4 Play Deuces and Joker Video Poker

Mixed bars rewards $12 on this classic-style Double Magic slot

Double Magic Slot Machine

I dabble with my usual strategy whilst playing French Roulette

French Roulette

I match 4 out of 6 numbers for a $15 winner on Keno

Keno Game

A nice $30 win for a $9 bet on this 5-reel Secret Admirer game

Secret Admirer 5 Reel Slots

My pair beats the dealer in this Caribbean Stud Poker hand

Caribbean Stud Poker

Mixed bars pay me $18 on thee Wheel of Wealth bonus slot

Feature Slot: Wheel Of Wealth

It takes me ages to activate the bonus round on Wheel of Wealth - and then I only win $50!

Feature Game on the Wheel Of Wealth Slots

Fortune Room Casino Strong Points:
  • Large game variety
  • Good support function
  • Banking facility good, although somewhat US-focussed
  • Attractive to high-rollers, particularly slot players
  • Holds lengthy casino operation experience
Things Fortune Room Casino Could Improve:
  • Some casino games playable elsewhere are not available
  • Email answered somewhat slowly, although other contact options available
  • Dealer voice is heavily American and somewhat robotic (although easily turned off)

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