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Golden Cherry Casino Review

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

It's a tempting offer, but like most online casino bonuses, hers comes with a few catches. With the 300% bonus, you'll need to deposit a minimum of $25. There's a $3,000 max, and the bonus comes with a 25x bonus + play through requirement. That's how most online casinos work, so nothing to be surprised about here.

Only certain games count toward the initial bonus, including i-Slots, video slots, 3-reel slots, and Keno. So if you make a deposit and expect to earn the bonus playing Blackjack, you may be out of luck. But don't worry. There's a bonus for almost every game you want to play. We'll get to that in a sec.

HITS

  • Excellent game type variety
  • Accepts US players
  • Good variety of deposit options
  • Easy to use software

MISSES

  • Smaller range of deposit options than most
  • Not as many games as other casinos

Software and Games

Getting up and running with Golden Cherry Casino is almost effortless. Within seconds of clicking the Download button, the Windows installer will arrive on your desktop and you'll be asked if you'd like to run it. We used a pretty fast Internet connection to grab the file, but even with a slower connection, the installer should download in well under a minute thanks to its less than 1mb file size.

Again, running the installer takes under 30 seconds. Once the process is finished, you're invited to register for an account using a few key pieces of information, including your name and email address. You'll need an account if you want to play - even for play money. If you do opt to play for play-money, note that you'll need to add additional information when signing up for a real-money casino account.

The one thing we really liked was that you don't have to confirm your email address when signing up for a new account. We've seen lots of sites ask you to go to your email, click a verification link, and enter a code to activate your account. Golden Cherry Casino seems to have eliminated those hoops.

If you're on a Mac, you can access the table games and slots through Golden Cherry's Instant Play version. The casino loads in a web browser, and you get access to about 100 games (you'll find more in the download version, though). And more good news for Mac users - the site seems to have full Safari support.

The download version of the software is incredibly easy to navigate, with the games listed under categories on the left-hand side of the lobby. As you hover over a category, a sub-menu pops up featuring either the full list of games, or an additional sub-menu with more categories.

You'll find all your favorite table games, including Blackjack, Baccarat, Pai Gow, and even two kinds of Roulette (American and European). You'll also find video slots, i-Slots, video poker, and all kinds of specialty games.

Bonus and Promotions

In addition to a 300% deposit bonus, Golden Cherry Casino offers a number of other bonuses and promotions to choose from, including bonuses that apply to specific games, like Blackjack and video poker.

While other sites list their bonus requirements front and center, you have to do a little digging on the Golden Cherry Casino site to figure out what the terms and conditions are for each bonus you're after (first, you need to hit the Promotions page, then find your bonus, and then click the terms & conditions). Golden Cherry Casino doesn't intentionally hide their T&Cs to fool players. They've opted for a clean, simple, and clutter-free website, so the buried information is likely a product of their desire for simplicity.

Where the site is up front and honest about the bonus is in the cashier. Once you've registered, you're invited to read the full terms and conditions related to the bonus you choose. Most online casinos don't list their bonus restrictions in large type using easy-to-understand language, so we were impressed with that.

Deposit Options

Bottom line? Golden Cherry Casino is a solid offering for those who love a clean, focused, high-end casino experience. And it's open to US players. The site boasts a number of deposit options for US residents, including prepaid cards and Ukash. Players in other countries have access to additional payment options, including credit cards, MoneyBookers, Neteller, ClickandBuy, and more. And if you don't want to make a deposit, you can access tons of casino games for free with your play-money account.

 

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