Villento Casino Review

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Villento Las Vegas Casino is one of the newer Microgaming venues I had still yet to play at, and one that is still largely accepting US players. Always on the lookout for more casinos open to more players, I decided to try my luck out and see what Villento was like.

Their Web site looks fantastic, one of the best I've seen from a Microgaming casino in some time. Villento is available as both a download software client and as a browser based alternative. The downloadable version has the most games, so I elected to go with that one (as I usually do). That said, for Mac and other non-PC users, the Flash version is a good alternative, which plays just as well as the download client with the games it does have.

Things looked good and the information was well laid-out, and I downloaded the casino software without any real issue. After the initial installation the Microgaming installer seemed to be running a little slower than I'm accustomed to when downloading further files (which meant I had to spend a little longer than usual getting the games installed for my preview), but it wasn't anything unreasonable.

After my download was completed I registered a real money account through the software, which was nothing out of the ordinary; requiring the usual details to get started. There were plenty of depositing options available, and I opted to make a $150 deposit with my credit card, with went through without any issue.

Had I wanted to take it, there was a 100% match bonus available to me as a new player, up to $100 free. I prefer not to take bonuses normally to avoid the play-through requirements, and thankfully that was easy as a 'coupon code' must be used to claim it, rather than it being automatically added to my account. They bonus terms at Villento sounded fairly reasonable as far as bonus terms go at first - with a 15x playthrough requirement, but I was surprised to see that slot machines only counted at 50% their value towards this requirement, effectively turning this into a 30x playthrough when compared to bonus terms at most casinos. Only Keno and Scratch Cards counted at 100% of their bet value - both essentially 'sucker' bets as far as the odds go.

I started off my gaming this time at the slot machines to see how my luck was running. First off was Cash Splash, a progressive machine that must have paid out fairly recently, as the jackpot was uncharacteristically low at the time. I played a few spins and kept about even before looking at the newer rendition, Cash Splash video slots. This game shares the same progressive jackpot with the 3-reel original, and seems to pay out about the same during game play, albeit for different combinations naturally.

There were lots more slot machines available - but I was still on the hunt for a progressive jackpot, so next I tried my hand and some of the other progressives available, including Fruit Fiesta, Major Millions, and a slot called King Cashalot. While I didn't hit anything close to a jackpot, the last of the three ended up giving me a bonus round which paid out $40 on a 45 cent spin - so now up a few bucks on my original deposit, I had no reason to complain.

After it became evident I probably wasn't going to hit a life-changing win today, I proceeded to check out the 'traditional' slot selection, which was made up of plenty of three reel machines, AWP's and a good number of video slots combined into one menu. I decided to try my hand at some of the 3-reels to start off with, and played a number of them. While I love Microgaming slot machines; most of these 'classic' slots aren't my favorites - they all tend to play very similarly, and while the presentation is 'ok' - I've seen better. My luck wasn't going to well across the board with these games, and after losing slowly but surely for a while I decided to try my hand at some other games for a while before heading back to the one-armed bandits.

Villento had a good selection of video poker games, including single hand, 4 hand (Power Poker), and some varieties even available on 50 hand machines. My luck wasn't going as well as I'd hoped here either, but I did have fun playing nonetheless despite losing a little more of my bankroll. I played mostly All Aces, Aces and Eights and a few hands of Jacks or Better before moving on.

Since my 'machine' luck didn't seem to be going so well, it was off to the tables to try my hand at some card games. I first tried a little Poker Ride (Let It Ride), and after a few ups and downs I managed to walk away about even after getting 2 pairs dealt on my relatively small bets.

The roulette table looked and played nice, but after a few unsuccessful spins I didn't really have the bankroll to keep making my '17 strategy' bets if I was to complete my review before going broke. Hoping to recoup some of my losses I moved to the Blackjack table, which also didn't treat me very well, dealing me more losses than wins at $5 a hand.

Down to little more than a third of my original deposit, I moved to the Craps tables to see how they played before I had no chips left to put out on the table. Because there was still a good selection of Video Slots that I wanted to check out I kept my bets low - and actually had a few consecutive Pass Line bets win. Unfortunately I was making good use of the low betting limits at the time, and at a 2:1 payout on $2 bets, the wins really didn't help to get me back up much.

Bonus Pai Gow Poker was next in line, and kept me about even during my play. For those of you new to the game, Microgaming software fortunately offers a 'House Way' option, which removes any guesswork in how to split your hand up if you're not sure. The bonus bet pays off when the player hits certain hands, but does not have to be played if you choose to play straight antes.

Baccarat had a hearty $10 minimum, so with my bankroll low I decided to make just one bet on the Banker, who statistically wins more often (which is why bets on the banker have the payout adjusted accordingly). No luck again, and I was off to the next table. The Sic Bo game looked great, and I finally had a little luck - hitting my first bet on the outside numbers on my first roll of the dice for a $32 win on a $6 bet. While I was tempted to push my luck on a few rolls, I decided the $70 or so left in my account was probably better used playing through some video slots.

While normally I steer clear of AWP's (or Fruit slots as they are also called), I took a quick peek at a game called "Who Wants To Be A Stallionaire", who's name parodies a popular game show you've likely heard of. I kept my bets very low and hoped to get to the 'feature' round. Once hit, in just two 'spins' I had landed on the 'Lose' square with no prize whatsoever. Ahh... that's right - now I remember why I dislike AWP's so much :)

On to the video slots available, I was pleased to see plenty of games on offer. I played at quite a few of them for a good hour, with only modest ups and downs in my bankroll during play allowing me to get in plenty of spins. Microgaming's video slots are normally great fun, and the selection at Villento was no exception - I had a good time running through the variety and giving them each a few spins to test my luck.

Once I had tested out the vast majority of the games, I decided to sit down at one machine and do battle to see where my bankroll would end up. Like most people; I'd prefer to cash in then walk away empty-handed, but I wasn't really satisfied with cashing-in less than half my original deposit, so I was going for broke, or at least a double-up to get back to where I originally started.

As my regular readers will know, sometimes this is where my 'comeback' story would fit into the review, but alas - this time it was not to come. I sat down at an old favorite called 'Reel Strike' - a bonus slot with a fishing theme, and unfortunately the cold run continued until I had just pennies left.

With nothing left to cash out, I didn't have the opportunity to test out the cash-out facilities this time around, but Microgaming casinos have an excellent reputation as a whole for their operators when it comes to payments, so I wouldn't expect any different from Villento had I won this time around. Withdrawals can be made using a variety of options including EcoCard, NeTeller, Click2Pay, FirePay, Checks and more, all of which are handled through Villento's CashCheck system.

Support is offered through e-mail, live web support (chat), and via toll free line for customers in the US, Canada and the UK. I would have liked to see at least some contact number for players like myself located elsewhere, but asides from that contact methods were reasonable.

Would I recommend this casino to my readers? I think I would - despite my bad luck. The Microgaming platform looks and plays well as normal, and my only real gripe with Villento was the way their bonus terms were written (which didn't effect me - but I can see how they may confuse patrons nonetheless). If you decide to try them out, hopefully you'll have a better run than I did :)

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A few early spins on the Cash Splash Machine and I'm ahead a few bucks. Cash Splash

Cash Splash video slot offers the same jackpot, but in a different variation. Cash Splash 5 Reel

1 Arm Bandit 3 Reel Slot. 1 Armed Bandit

Age Of Discovery Slot Machine. Age Of Discovery

AstroNomical 3-Reel. Astronomical

Atlantis was another simple slot. Atlantis Slot Machine

10 Hand All Aces video poker. Villento All Aces

50 Hand All Aces video poker. All Aces 100 Hand

"Poker Ride" (Let it ride poker). Let It Ride Poker

"Big 5" didn't do much for me, luck-wise or in it's presentation. Big 5 Slot Machine

"Who Wants To Be A Stallionaire" AWP. Who Wants To Be A Stallionaire

European Roulette. European Roulette

The Craps table. Craps at Villento

Pai Gow Poker. Pai Gow Poker

Mini-Baccarat. Baccarat

Villento Casino Strong Points:
  • Great looking Web site, plenty of information and previews available
  • Wide variety of games available, including table games, slots, and video poker.
  • Lots of progressive jackpot games.
Things Villento Casino Could Improve:
  • Slot play should really count as 100% towards playthrough requirements, it's so common most players wouldn't even think to check
  • More telephone options for various countries for support would be nice

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