Drake Casino Review
Drake Casino Review
Drake Casino is quite new, only in existence since November, 2012. But in its short time online it has received enthusiastic praise from reviewers for its superb graphics, exciting 3D video slots, and unusually generous bonuses and promotions. Another thing Drake has going for it is that welcomes players from the U.S.
- Video Poker
- Live Games
- Scratch Cards
- U.S. players accepted
- Playable on mobile devices
- Exceptionally generous Welcome Bonus
- Very high payouts (reported over 96%)
- 3D video slots
- Weekly rebates on losses
- 24/7 customer support
- Strict minimum playthrough requirements for withdrawal of Welcome Bonus
- Very limited banking options and high fees for withdrawal
- English only supported language and U.S. dollar only accepted currency
- No live dealer games
Play at Drake Casino on the following devices:
Mac / PC
Owner / Operator:
Drake Casino Group
Curacao Gaming Authority
Software and Range of Games
Drake Casino, established in November, 2012, has quickly become a popular place to play, especially in the United States, where online gambling options remain limited. Although three states now have their own legal sites up and running, the Nevada and New Jersey sites restrict play to residents and visitors and Delaware restricts play to state residents only. All of the sites have software in place to immediately detect would be users outside state borders and bar them from play. Drake Casino, on the other hand, welcomes players from most states.
Drake Casino is licensed by the Curacao Gaming Authority. The casino uses software powered by Betsoft Gaming. The software appears to be of high quality and users will especially like the crisp, clear graphics. Unlike most online casinos, Drake is a non-downloadable casino, available in an instant play flash version only. This means that the games are ready to play instantaneously and also that you don't have to be in front of your own computer; you can play on a browser anywhere. You can also play the games on your mobile device.
Both slot and table game players have a wide choice, so at Drake Casino, finding games you like that are right for you should not be a problem. With 160+ games to choose from, Drake doesn't offer anywhere near the options of some of the leading large online casinos that have over 500 games. But still, there are more than enough to keep you from being bored.
Slot games include both 3 reel and 5 reel slots, and 23 progressive jackpot slots. The graphics and sound effects in the 3D 5 reel video slots are phenomenal.
Besides slots, Drake Casino offers video poker, many varieties of blackjack, American and European Roulette, baccarat, craps, Pontoon, many varieties of casino poker, 3 Card Rummy, Keno, a virtual race book, and scratch cards. One form of blackjack that is especially popular with Drake customers is "22 Burn Blackjack," which allows you to burn a dealt card. There are also high roller tables for both blackjack and roulette. There are no live dealer games.
Drake Casino comes in a version optimized for mobile and tablet play. This has some of the hottest games from Betsoft that keep their famous 3D details in order to bring the theme to life on the spinning reels. Apple and Android mobile devices will get dedicated versions of Safari Sam, Slotfather, Mr. Vegas and American Blackjack, along with tens of other games.
The mobile website is very easy to navigate while still keeping the style of Drake Casino. The games, the cashier and the promotions are just a tap away and the lobby has a lot of 3D slots, jackpots, table games and video poker versions. Promotions apply when betting on the mobile casino and this includes the welcome package, the reward plan and most of the special offers. There are no apps available right now so instant play is the only way to go on Android, iPhone and Windows.
Security and Fair Play
Drake Casino meets the security and fair play standards of the Curacao Gaming Authority. Also, the reports of other reviewers have been highly favorable. The reported average payout is over 96%, which is a very high figure. So Drake is a place you can play with assurance and confidence that you will not have a problem and that you will be treated fairly. This reviewer would have liked to see specific information on the website pertaining to independent assessment of the safety, security, and fairness of the site.
Promotions and Customer Support
Bonuses and promotions are an area where Drake Casino really shines. For starters, the Welcome Bonus offered to all new players is among the most generous in the industry, 100% match on the first three deposits, up to $5,000! The following is a summary of how the Welcome Bonus works./p>
First Deposit:100% deposit match up to $2,000
Second Deposit:100% deposit match up to $1,000
Third Deposit:100% deposit match up to $2,000
Each deposit has a playthrough requirement for withdrawal of 40x the bonus and deposit combined, which is double the previous requirement and higher than in many other online casinos. Some online casinos, though probably not any open to U.S. players, have a 40x wagering requirement but for the bonus only. While slots and a few other games like Keno and scratch cards contribute 100%, the contribution of most other games is much less or not at all.
This means in effect that the only practical way to satisfy the play requirements is with slots. Also, as great as that $5,000 bonus sounds, you not only have to put up $5,000 of your own money, you will have to do some very heavy playing. Unless you cannot afford to give the casino $400,000 worth of play, which is what keeping the $5,000 bonus will require, deposit an amount that is comfortable for you and be content with a smaller bonus.
The Welcome Bonus, however, is just the beginning of all that is in store for you if you become a regular Drake customer. For example, Drake offers weekly reload bonuses on first deposits made on a Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. If your luck hasn't been going too well, a 10%-30% casino rebate (higher loyalty level players get more) is given out every Tuesday based on the previous week's losses. Drake Casino mobile players receive a 10% rebate on their losses the previous Wednesday. There are also weekly sweepstakes in which you can win up to 100 free spins. But check your emails, too, because, Drake also offers special limited time seasonal promotions as well as special individualized offers based on play.
Facebook and Twitter users, be sure to like Drake Casino on Facebook or follow it on Twitter and then let Customer Support know. You will get a free 5,000 rewards point bonus (valued at $5.00).
From day 1, all players are enrolled in the Drake Club, the casino's 6-tiered loyalty program. As you move up the levels-Amber, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond-based on your play, your rewards become bigger and more frequent. While all of your play counts toward earning loyalty points, both type of game and loyalty tier determine how many points you get. Playing the game of the month earns you double points. Once you accumulate enough of them, you can either redeem your points for bonus credits in your casino account, use them to purchase sweepstakes entries, or exchange them for merchandise.
Be sure to read the detailed information on the website regarding terms and conditions for qualifying for and redeeming all bonuses and player rewards. You can also contact Customer Support to answer all of your questions. The service is available 24/7 via live chat, phone, or email.
One area which Drake Casino clearly needs to improve is banking. Deposit options are limited to MasterCard and Visa, Direct Cash, and Quick Cash. Withdrawal options include bank wire (qualified players only), Direct Cash, Quick Cash, and one additional method not initially available called Back2Card (credit back to the player's MasterCard or Visa credit or debit card account).
With the first three methods, you are charged a hefty fee of at least $50, while the Back2Card charge is $15 + 1.5% of the request. The bank wire process, with a $100 minimum and $5,000 maximum, can take up to 12 business days. On the other hand with Direct Cash and Quick Cash, you will have the money within 48 hours, but the minimum withdrawal amount for each is $300 and the maximum only $1,000 and $840, for the two methods respectively, Back2Card has a $50 and $2,500 maximum. Only one withdrawal is allowed per week and, with the exception of bank wires, transactions are processed only on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (EST). Again, if you have any questions or concerns, Customer Support will be happy to help.
If there is something that makes Drake Casino awesome, it is the software from Betsoft. The 3D slots from this developer are really fun to play and the website takes full advantage of the lovable characters from the spinning reels. The fact that it is easy and convenient to enjoy these games on mobile phones and tablets makes the whole experience even better and we have to give props to Drake Casino for its gaming collection.
Before you decide to join, you should keep in mind that cashing out will take a few days more than on a regular online casino and some of the banking methods come with fees on transactions. This isn’t anything to be scared about but it is better to know all the details upfront than to be surprised later. There are plenty of bonuses and promotions to make your stay at Drake Online Casino very enjoyable so be sure to cash in on the offers.