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.
- Aimed at South African players – supports deposits and withdrawals in ZAR
- Silversands Casino Flash and downloadable clients are driven by RTG, which has a very positive reputation in the industry
- Wide range of games – including table games, slots and poker – available for players to try
- Speedy payouts and plenty of banking options to use when making deposits
- Flash version is only available to players in South Africa using ZAR (as of )
- Wagering requirements to unlock welcome bonus are considerably more than those at many other online casinos
- Owner / Operator: Paxson Marketing Ltd. Casinos
- Licenced By: Kahnawake Gaming Commission
- Live Chat: No
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 0800 980752
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.
With both the Silversands Casino download client and Flash version – the latter of which is only available to players in South Africa – powered by RTG, most players will pretty much know what to expect if they've used a Real Time Gaming casino before.
For those who haven't, RTG offers hundreds of games (although most of these are slots titles) including table games like roulette, blackjack, baccarat, craps etc. and live dealer games.
Silversands has a particularly good range of video poker games, including Deuces Wild, Double Bonus, Double Double Jackpot, Jacks or Better and many more. There are also various blackjack variants on offer such as European blackjack and Super Fun 21.
Both the Silversands Casino Flash version and downloadable client function very smoothly and run quickly, with nothing in the way of bugs or glitches affecting our playing time.
Some of the slots available include:
- Aztec's Treasure
- Builder Beaver
- Caesar's Empire
- Cleopatra's Gold (progressive)
- Warlock's Spell
- Year of Fortune
That's really just a snapshot of what's on offer at Silversands; there are countless more slots to choose from.
Whether you're into your table games, slots or progressive titles with millions of Rand on the line every time you spin, you'll find something to try at Silversands.
Like with so many other online casinos, the Silversands Casino mobile offering comes not in the form of different apps for iPhone, Android, iPad etc. but as one responsive mobile casino site that adjusts automatically depending on the smartphone or tablet you're using.
To access this site all you need to do is visit the main page from a mobile device and it will take you straight there. To log in and start playing, you use the same account as on the main site.
As you might expect, the range of games available isn't quite as impressive as the main site – the action is mostly limited to a couple of table games and some slots titles – but there's more than enough to keep the average player entertained if they're craving some real money gambling action while they're away from home.
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.
- Deposit 1: 100% match up to R1,888 (using code K3XTG)
- Deposit 2: 75% match up to R3,000 (using code TD8FH)
- Deposit 3: 50% match up to R4,000 (using code WWYMX)
- Wagering requirements required to clear no purchase required coupons are 60x the amount received, but it's 30x the value of bonus + deposit for any Silversands Casino bonus aimed at new players making a deposit
- Roulette, craps, baccarat, pontoon, Casino War, blackjack and video poker do not count towards wagering requirements
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.