CasinoMate is a casino spun off from the old, and now shuttered, Vegas Partner Lounge group of Microgaming casinos. Our Australian readers will instantly realise when seeing the name that this casino is targeted at them, but there are a number of reasons why it might not be such a good choice for our friends from down under.
This is an entirely web based CasinoMate that brings together a selection of games from various casino games designers. Chief among these is Microgaming, via their web-based Quickfire platform. That gives you the option of playing time-honoured classics like Thunderstruck, Immortal Romance, Avalon, and Break da Bank Again, along with more recent titles like Game of Thrones, Jurassic Park, and Playboy. But it does raise reason number one why this casino isn’t all that for Australian players: none of these games are playable if you’re in Australia. There is a decent selection of games from other providers that do accomodate Australians though, including the likes of Quickspin and Play’n Go. But this is let down by the inclusion of games from blacklisted providers Betsoft and Pragmatic Play. As usual we recommend that players avoid all games published by both providers, as we have serious unaddressed questions about the fairness and randomness of their games and/or progressive jackpots.
CasinoMate offers a wide range of standard banking options that includes major credit cards, popular e-wallets, and bank transfers. Deposits are handled instantly, however all withdrawals have a minimum 24 hour holding period before processing. Withdrawals are only processed on weekdays which this casino defines as only Monday to Thursday (wouldn’t we all love a three day weekend every week?), so if you withdraw on Friday you will be waiting until Monday for it to be processed. Promoted as a feature to allow players to reverse their withdrawal and redeposit if they change their mind, I think we all know the real reason for this policy and it certainly is not for the player’s benefit.
Casino Mate 80 Zero Wager Spins and €1400 Welcome Bonus
Believe it or not, the name is not the only thing that leads us to believe that the casino is “welcoming”. The welcome bonus package is extremely generous. With a total of $/€1,400 in bonus money and 80 “Zero Wager” Free Spins, players are in for a real treat at CasinoMate . Before we have a look at the bonus terms and conditions of the Casino Mate welcome bonus deal, here are the bonus specifics:
- Use our bonus link to access the Casino Mate welcome offer
- Make a first time deposit of €/$20 or more and get a 100% match bonus up to €/$200 plus 20 WAGER FREE spins
- With your second deposit get a 50% match bonus up to €/$300 plus 20 WAGER FREE spins
- When you deposit a third time, receive a 50% match bonus up to €/$400 plus 20 WAGER FREE spins
- Finally, when you deposit for the fourth time, claim a 50% match bonus up to €/$500 plus 20 WAGER FREE spins
The CasinoMate welcome bonuses sure look enticing, but please refrain from any premature conclusion, at least hold on before you see the bonus terms. To be honest, we’d have preferred a Casino Mate no deposit bonus to get us started. First things first, players need to wager the bonus amount 40 times on all bonuses, whereas 100% or higher deposit bonuses are subject to 50x bonus amount wagering requirements. Players need to complete the said wagering requirements within a time window of 30 days from the moment the bonus amounts are credited. This is OK, so far.
In our opinion, CasinoMate bonus offer should have a maximum withdrawal amount. Well, in the casino of Casino Mate, all withdrawals are capped at $5,000. These include welcome bonuses only. Needless to say, progressive wins are not subject to this bonus rule. The winnings from the Zero Wager Free Spins are free from wagering requirements, and are credited to the player’s CASH balance immediately, but are capped at $/€200.