With a slick burgundy and gold design, the site evokes images of classic luxury casinos in Monaco or Las Vegas. But we're a far cry from Nevada or Monte Carlo here, as Silversands is an online casino site aimed at South African players.
We got our Silversands Casino download client running and hit the tables to see how this site measures up against some of the competition out there.
The status of gambling online for real money in South Africa (which has an effect on casino site operators but not players themselves) has most online casinos erring on the side of caution and closing their doors to South African players.
This doesn't apply to Silversands though, who not only accept South African players but actively cater for them. But there are other international sites that allow players from South Africa, so this doesn't mean that Silversands should automatically become your venue of choice.
In our Silversands Casino review, which you'll find on this page, we take a look at the games this site offers, whether or not its a secure place to play, how easy it is to make withdrawals/deposits and so on.
Silversands neglects to share much information relating to safety and security on its website, except for a mention of being PCI DSS approved in their FAQ section, which is a bit strange given that we know it's something players are particularly concerned with when singing up with a new casino.
Information gleamed elsewhere tells us that the site has a RTP (return to player) percentage of around 95%, which is about par for the course, and that Silversands Casino is licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission.
In conjunction with the fact that the casino runs RTG software, we can safely come to the conclusion that this is a safe and legit place to play. If Silversands should end up reading this review, we'd recommend posting some more information about security processes on the main site.
Making deposits is very simple, and can be done using any of the following:
- Credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard
- Bank/wire transfer
Of the above, only bank transfers, Skrill and Visa can be used to make withdrawals. Although these are most of the main payment options that a South African player would want to use, so we can't complain too much about that.
Pending withdrawals are processed in two working days, which is about average for online casinos, but means that any withdrawals made on Thursdays won't be processed until the following Monday.
Although these bonuses might look pretty hefty (which they are) the wagering requirements to unlock them are also considerable, especially considering that so many games don't even count towards unlocking them.
We think that the average player might struggle to unlock the entire value of these bonuses, but it's still worth maxing out the value of that first deposit bonus in case you get lucky and manage to play through quickly.
Users of both the Silversands Casino Flash platform and downloadable client can participate in various other promotions, including a 100% match bonus on deposits made using Skrill, Cash Back Monday, Crazy Wednesday and various slots tournaments.
Be aware that, in most cases, you'll need to enter a code found on the website or in a promotional email from Silversands to activate and claim the associated bonus.
It would almost be worth writing a Silversands Casino review for South African players and another for those outside of the country. For the former, the ability to use ZAR and other tweaks make the casino ideal.
For those elsewhere, it may still be worth taking a look at the range of games to see if there's anything you like but the truth is that you can probably find equal or better bonuses elsewhere that are easier to unlock.
That said, this is far from a bad choice for anyone who's just looking for a bit of a change of scenery.