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Golden Cherry Casino Review

The second you land on the Golden Cherry Casino website, you might immediately feel like you've arrived in the VIP section of a Las Vegas club. A seductively dressed club hostess type model, enticingly seated on a plush red sofa, will greet you. Only instead of welcoming you with a bottle of expensive champagne, she offers you up to $3,000 through a 300% sign-up bonus.

The offer sounds tempting but, as with any casino offer, it is important to fully understand the terms and conditions before you jump on it. For a full discussion of the Welcome Bonus offered by Golden Cherry Casino, see the Promotions section of this review.

Apart from the lure of a huge Welcome Bonus, another reason you might want to play in this casino is that players from the United States are welcome. Despite the proliferation of online casinos all over the web, players in the U.S. can't help but notice that only a handful of legitimate ones are open to them at all.

In 2013, the options for U.S. players improved, at least for those in the three states where state-run online casinos became legal-Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware. Nevada and New Jersey do not require players to live in that state necessarily as long as they are physically present at the time of play. Delaware does restrict play to state residents only. All of the state-run casinos have software in place to immediately identify you and keep you from playing if you try to log on from anywhere else. As a result, many Americans wanting to play online were still left out in the cold.

There are still some casinos which do accept players in the U.S. Not only is Golden Cherry one of them, but USD is the only accepted currency and English is the only supported language.

Golden Cherry Casino is still quite new, having been established in 2011. It is owned by Netad Management, the same company that owns a few other online casinos including Win Palace and Casino Titan (which are reviewed separately). All of the Netad Management casinos are licensed in Curacao.

HITS

  • Refer a Friend Bonus
  • Accepts US players
  • Good variety of deposit options
  • Also playable in flash version

MISSES

  • Not playable on mobile devices
  • No live dealer games
  • The bonus itself cannot be withdrawn

Software and Range of Games

Golden Cherry Casino is powered by Rival software. This software provider may not be as well known as the industry giants, Microgaming and Playtech, but it is a reputable company and the software is of high quality.

Downloading the software onto your computer is extremely quick and easy. Then, as soon as you register and set up an account, you will be ready to play. Alternatively, you can select the no download instant play flash version, which will give you access to most of the games and works on any browser and is both PC and MAC compatible.

Just as land-based casinos come in all sizes, so do online casinos. Golden Cherry is a small casino, with only about 100 games.

Compared to the mega-size online casinos with as many as 500+ games, the difference is considerable. What this means in terms of game choice is that your selection of games is much more limited. Golden Cherry has all the basic standard games that you would expect to find in almost any casino but not the enormous choice of slots and many different ways to play blackjack and roulette that the premier online casinos can offer. There are no live dealer games. If you would like to play a few games for free before you play for real money, you can do so.

There are 80+ slot games to choose from, which can be divided into three types: 3 reel slots, 5-reel video slots, and i-slots. The video slots have a variety of themes, so you can pick the ones that appeal to you most. Some are inspired by movies, others by the UK fruit machines, others have sports themes. Some have silly names like Nuclear Fishin' and Candy Cottage. Some of the video slots have progressive jackpots.

The letter "I" in the "i-slots" stands for interactive and refers to the fact that these slots tell a story as you play. The more you play, the more of the story is revealed. The i-slots have clever names like "As the Reels Turn" and "Reel Crime." The graphics and sound effects are quite good so playing these slots should be very entertaining.

Golden Cherry also offers video poker, Keno, scratch cards, and a basic selection of table games. Your choice includes blackjack (including multi-hand blackjack), baccarat, craps, American and European roulette, 3 Card Poker, Pai Gow, Let Them Ride, Casino War, and Red Dog.

Security and Fair Play

It is stated on the website that Golden Cherry is a "safe and secure" place to play and that every player's personal and financial information is fully protected by advanced encryption technology. This is reassuring news. However, no information at all is provided on the website regarding evidence of any independent assessment of the fairness of the games. Players should be able to see on the website some recent stats on the average game payouts, but on this site, the information is missing.

The accepted methods for deposit, which are rather limited, are listed at the beginning of this review. If you live in the U.S., even fewer options are available, so be sure to check with Customer Support which methods you can use for both deposit and withdrawal. The minimum deposit is $25 and the maximum is $1,000. The minimum withdrawal is $100 and the maximum is $2,500. Withdrawals take 5-10 days to process.

Promotions and Customer Support

At the beginning of this review you will see a description of the two alternative Welcome Bonuses being offered by Golden Cherry to new players signing up with the casino for the first time. The bigger bonus, offering 300% on your opening deposit up to $3,000 on a $1,000 deposit is for slots (but not progressive slots), Keno, and scratch card play only. The other bonus, offering 50% up to $444 twice (on two deposits of $888) is valid for blackjack, baccarat, and video poker only.

Both playthrough requirements are high since they are based on the bonus and deposit combined. Players are not privy to the specifics for the slot bonus until they actually register and sign up for it, which should not be the case. The information should be stated clearly and unequivocally on the website for all to see. The tables games terms and conditions are provided, but players need to be clear that the 40x bonus + deposit playthrough (hefty already) actually amounts to a 160x bonus + deposit playthrough since the allowed table games only count 25%.

You will need deep pockets to meet these terms, and even if you succeed, the balance you wind up with in your account won't be what you're hoping because both Welcome Bonuses are for play only; the casino takes them back. Ordinarily, if you are playing the slots, some big jackpots could compensate and put you way ahead anyway, but since progressive slots play is not allowed, that becomes less likely.

The Golden Cherry bonuses don't stop with the Welcome Bonus. In fact, they keep coming every week, if you want them to, and can meet the requirements. Every week the offers change somewhat, but there is always a choice of games. The terms and conditions are comparable to those for Welcome Bonus, including playing through both the bonus and deposit many times and then being able to keep your winnings but not the bonus itself. If you have any questions or need further clarification, Customer Support is available 24/7 via live chat, phone, or email to help out.

If you would like to refer a friend, upon your friend also becoming a real money player, you receive a $50 bonus. Any bonus-related winnings, but not the bonus itself, are yours to keep after playing the bonus through 15x (or 60x for allowed table games).

The recommendation of this reviewer, if you wish to play at Golden Cherry, is to play for free, or deposit minimum amounts and play for low stakes only, and pass on all bonuses except possibly Refer a Friend, assuming slot play counts. You can still have lots of fun playing, and if you snag a few jackpots, too, it will be like a cherry on a sundae.

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