Casino-Mate Australia 2016 Review

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  • Been in operation since 2001
  • Part of a group of 4 casinos / including 4 mobile casinos
  • Runs on Microgaming software
  • Big welcome bonus offered
  • 4-tiered loyalty program
  • Customer support in English, German, Russian, and French

This casino has been operating successfully online since 2001 so there is no question that every aspect of the operation is conducted in an aboveboard manner.

About Casino-Mate

Casino-MateSome online casinos might look good, but you have no way of telling how trustworthy they are. However, longevity is a very reliable indicator that the site you are dealing with is indeed a legitimate operation where the games are fair and the players can and do win, and that is exactly what you get with Casino-Mate. This casino has been operating successfully online since 2001 so there is no question that every aspect of the operation is conducted in an aboveboard manner. Otherwise, there is no way the casino would still be in business, let alone be as popular as it is in Australia and many other countries.

The Casino-Mate online casino is a member of the Vegas Partner Lounge Gaming Group, which consists of nine online casinos in all, including the separately reviewed Crazy Vegas, along with Maple Casino, Golden Riviera, River Nile, 777 Dragon, Crazy Vegas Mobile, Maple Mobile, and Golden Riviera Mobile. Like the other Vegas Partner Lounge casinos, Casino-Mate is licenced and regulated by the Lotteries and Gaming Association of Malta and e-Cogra certified. Both of these organisations have very strict requirements, thereby assuring you that you are playing on a safe and secure site and that you have nothing to worry about.

Hits
  • Running for over 15 years
  • Using top quality gaming software from Microgaming
  • Accessible both on mobile and via instant play options
  • Certified by 3rd part authority, eCogra
  • Over 600 casino games offered, & 400+ pokies
  • Choice of 2 great welcome bonuses
Misses
  • Welcome bonus requirements are unnecessarily complicated
  • Live dealer games not available
  • Playthrough requirement on bonus is high

Furthermore, even though Casino-Mate has been around for over a decade, you have no cause for concern about the software quality.

The Casino-Mate online casino is powered by continually updated state-of-the-art software from Microgaming, a leading provider to online casinos all over the world. The company is known not only for providing a tremendous variety of games, but also for making them highly entertaining. If you are a discerning player who expects nothing less than superior graphics, sound quality, and animations to go along with the non-stop action, you won't be disappointed. Just as if you were playing in a brand new online casino, you get to experience and savour the very latest in cutting edge technology. However, with the aptly named Casino-Mate, you get the added benefit a brand new casino cannot give you: their many years of experience knowing exactly what Aussie casino gamblers like yourself want.

For example, Casino-Mate fully understood that Aussie gamblers were starting to turn to mobile gaming, so they created a stellar mobile app for players with smartphones and tablets. Scroll down to the Casino-Mate Mobile App section for more information on mobile gaming.

Downloading the user-friendly Casino-Mate gambling software onto your Apple or Windows phone or computer is quick and easy, and in just a few minutes you will be ready to play. Or, if you prefer, you can select the no download instant play flash version, which lets you play on any browser. In fact, if you accept the casino's incredible free play option as your welcome bonus when you sign up (more about that later), you will need to use the instant play version of the casino for that purpose. You can also play some of the Casino-Mate games on your mobile device. In other words, if you are on the go a lot, our reviewers found that Casino-Mate will live up to its name in yet another way by being a great travel companion! You can scroll down to the mobile app section to read more about it.

If you are not 100 per cent satisfied with the online casino you are currently playing at or if you are a first timer who wants to be sure of making your initial choice a good choice, you will want to check out Casino-Mate today. It might soon become your favourite online casino!

Bonuses and Promotions:

Welcome BonusPractically every online casino offers a welcome bonus for its new players, and Casino-Mate is no exception. But where Casino-Mate online casino and the other Vegas Partner Lounge casinos differ from many others is that their definitions of big bonus and fair bonus are not mutually exclusive. After all, a bonus isn't much use if the playthrough requirements are so ridiculous it is virtually impossible to meet them. On the other hand, some casinos offer bonuses that are so miniscule, you wonder why they bother.

Our review team found that Casino-Mate is to be commended by offering all new players a choice of two great welcome bonuses. They are very different, and you will have the tough task on day one of picking one or the other since you can't take both. One is a free play bonus. The other is a 4-part match deposit bonus. Use either one to boost your starting bankroll to enhance your winnings.

Free Play Bonus

Not every player is ready to put up what might represent to them large sums of money to play at an online casino before testing it out first. Accordingly, lots of online casinos advertise $10, $20, or maybe even $50 absolutely "free," with "no deposit required," to give them that opportunity. But would any casino be so crazy as to up that free play offer to $3,000? Casino-Mate is!

Of course, there are terms and conditions, so you need to fully understand them before accepting the offer. The first catch is that the clock starts ticking the second you accept the bonus so you need to know beforehand exactly what you are going to play. Then you will have to act very quickly because you have only 1 hour to wager all 3,000 dollar credits. When the hour is up, the bonus itself disappears; you will not be able to withdraw it, but you can withdraw your winnings, up to $100, on two conditions. First, you must deposit at least $25 of your money. Second, you need to make 20 more real money bets. See the website for additional terms and conditions.

$1400 Welcome Bonus

The advantage of the Free Play Bonus is the minimum risk to your own bankroll, while the disadvantage, if there is one, is that your winnings are limited to $100. With the regular welcome bonus, the sky is the limit on what you can win, so if you can afford the risk and the gambler in you says to go for it, this is the bonus for you. But unlike the "free play" bonus, you don't get it all on day 1. The bonus is given out in four stages, corresponding to your first four deposits. Here is how the 4-part welcome bonus works.

  • First Deposit: 100 per cent match bonus up to $100 on a deposit of $100 or more
  • Second Deposit: 200 per cent match bonus up to $50 on a deposit of $25 or more
  • Third Deposit: 25 per cent match bonus up to $500 on a deposit of $2,000 or more
  • Fourth Deposit: 50 per cent match bonus up to $750 on a deposit of $1,500 or more

The required playthrough for withdrawal each time is 50x the bonus. However, our reviewers found that only pokies and parlour games count 100 per cent towards meeting the wagering requirements. Other games count much less, if at all, so you cannot depend on them to meet the substantial wagering requirements. For example, roulette, craps, and baccarat only count 8 per cent, and video poker and blackjack only count 2 per cent. In other words, your best bet is to treat the Casino-Mate bonus as a pokies only bonus. However, that should no problem at all because if you are like most Aussies, you love playing the pokies!

Still, as a word of caution, the 50x bonus playthrough requirement is high. So only take the maximum bonus of $1,400 if you can comfortably afford the level of play it will entail. For starters, all four deposits, totaling $3,625, must be made within your first week of play. Then you will have 14 days to give the casino $70,000 worth of action. If these requirements are too steep for you, you can and should deposit less than the amounts specified for the maximum bonus and be content with a smaller bonus.

Note, too, that if you decide initially to accept this match bonus offer, you forfeit the "free play" offer. Conversely, if you decide upon the "free play offer," you are no longer eligible for the match bonus offer, except in one instance. If you fail to win any money from the "free play," don't despair because the casino will then very generously allow you to take a second shot at its money with its four-part match bonus.

Another important difference between the Casino-Mate match bonus and those at many other online casinos is that the associated playthrough requirements for withdrawal are based only on the bonus and not on the bonus plus your deposit. Also, as soon as the wagering requirements have been satisfied, the bonus becomes available to withdraw.

Loyalty Programme

Casino-Mate online casino, like any good mate, hopes you will remain loyal indefinitely, so you can be sure, if you continue playing regularly, the rewards and promotions won't stop with the welcome bonus. At this casino, the reward points you earn each time you play are called C-bucks, and the more you play, the more C-bucks you accumulate. C-bucks are redeemable for cash, free spins, bonuses, or tournament entries. Pokies and parlour games, which count 100 per cent, reward you with at least one C-buck (more for higher loyalty tier players) for every 10 credits wagered. Other games count less, so it will take a higher wager to earn the same reward. 500 C-bucks are worth two casino credits ($2), and 1,000 C-bucks are worth five casino credits ($5).

Casino-Mate also has a 4-tiered loyalty programme. The four levels, which are referred to as Reward Lounges, are Green Lounge, Silver Lounge, Gold Lounge, and Platinum Lounge. All players start at the Green level, but, based on play, can move up to the higher levels. The number of C-bucks earned in the last three month period determines each player's lounge level for at least the next three months. Silver requires earning at least 1,500 C-bucks, Gold at least 6,000 C-bucks, and Platinum at least 20,000 C-bucks.

The higher your level, the more rewards you receive, including faster earning of C-bucks. Green, Silver, and Gold Lounge players receive C-bucks credited to their bonus account, while Platinum Lounge players can convert them instantly to cash without additional play. Another special privilege for Platinum Lounge players is automatic access to the Platinum VIP Club and all of the extra benefits such membership entails. However, one does not have to be a high roller to receive certain monthly promotions and giveaways that are open to everyone. (Check the website for details since the offers are subject to change.) Also, all players who have been active over the last 180 days get a C-bucks bonus on their birthday.

If you use social media, you may be eligible for more special offers and promotions. Check out the site on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or YouTube so you won't miss out on the latest offers.

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Australian Games

Casino-Mate is a Microgaming casino, which makes it almost a given that you will find an abundance of games. However, you might not expect that number to actually amount to hundreds. Brace yourself because Casino-Mate is packed with more than 600 exciting casino games of every variety imaginable, more than 400 of which are pokies.

That not only amounts to many more games than at most online casinos, but also at many land-based casinos as well. You can play a different game every day of the year if you like and still not scratch the surface of the seemingly endless entertaining options available to you. Your only problem will be trying to decide what to play first. Whether your preference runs to pokies, table games, or a mixture of both, whether you play for high stakes low stakes, or mid-stakes, Casino-Mate has the right game for you!

Another thing you can be sure of, for any game, is that with the eCogra backing you have an excellent chance to win. Every month you can check eCogra's updated report on the website. The latest figures available to this reviewer show an average monthly payout for all games combined of about 96 per cent.

If you love the pokies, our reviewers found that Casino-Mate will provide all the action and variety you can possibly want and then some. If the game exists, you will find it. You can play classic 3-reel pokies, much like those in pubs and social clubs all over Australia, and pub pokies, like the fruit machines in your favourite bars, but with all kinds of extra features to make them more exciting. Or rev up the action with amazing assortment of 5-reel pokies with many paylines and games within games and mega spin pokies which allow you to play multiple games at the same time.

As if that isn't enough pokies action, Casino-Mate online casino has loads more in the form of daily, weekly, and monthly tournaments. For no more than a small entry fee, you can compete against other players from all over the world for huge prizes. Daily tournaments include your choice of either single round or multiple round Survivor tournaments. Or you can try your luck in a three day Midweek Moolah tournament. Or, if you want even more action, there is the Weekend Whopper Tournament, starting with a midweek qualifier, followed by, if you're still in it, more play on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

But wait, $25,000 is up for grabs in the Monthly Monster Pokies Tournaments! The action starts on the last Monday of the month and lasts for seven days. At the end of it all, the top 25 players split $25,000! See the website for full details on all of the tournaments.

Of course, no casino is complete without progressive jackpot slots, and since Casino- Mate participates in Microgaming's multi-casino shared progressive jackpot network, the top prizes are enormous. With game names like King Cashalot, Tunzamunni, and Major Millions, you know these prizes are worth playing for.

Other progressive jackpots are waiting to be won in Cyberstud Poker and Roulette Royale. Or, if you prefer, you can play video poker or any of the popular traditional table games. If you play blackjack or roulette, you are in for a special treat because this casino also offers many intriguing variations of these games, including some you have probably never tried.

Instead of American roulette (with a double zero), you can play European or French roulette with better odds. You can also play Premier or multi-wheel roulette. Blackjack players have more than 40 varieties of the game to choose from, including Classic, Atlantic City, European, Vegas Downtown, and Vegas Strip versions of the game, just to name a few. Single deck, multi-deck, multi-hand , and multi-player options are offered as well. If you need to brush up on the rules, the free How to Play Roulette and How to Play Blackjack ebooks on the website might be helpful. Surprisingly, Casino-Mate does not offer any live dealer games.

Review of Casino-Mate Mobile App

Mobile App ReviewYou can play at Casino-Mate directly from your mobile device. Mobile gaming offers a lot of benefits, including the chance to play your favourite casino games without being chained to your Mac or PC. If you have a smartphone or tablet, you can create a Casino-Mate account or log into your existing account anywhere you want and start playing right away on the Casino-Mate mobile app.

Many online casinos these days are starting to make mobile gaming a big part of the overall experience they offer to their gamblers with making apps available to them. You will know this upon reading just about any mobile casino review: Casino-Mate is one of those casinos that keep up with the times, and are we ever so grateful for that!

More and more people these days are starting to do just about everything on the go. It is becoming common to write up an email, pay bills, or gamble on a smartphone or tablet while shopping for groceries or waiting for a buddy to finish their shift at work so you could drive him home.

There are so many advantages to playing your favourite casino game on your phone or tablet, including the flexibility it offers. You can connect your mobile device to a secure internet connection and start gambling online in a matter of seconds. You don't need to wait to get home in order to start playing. Whenever your desire to gamble kicks in, you can simply whip out your mobile device and start playing!

If you want to learn all about Casino-Mate's mobile app, just read further in this mobile casino review. Casino-Mate offers its app to Apple iOS users and Android users. However, we still have good news for Blackberry, Windows Phone, Galaxy, and other users: you can still play at Casino-Mate on your tablet or smartphone! You just need to get a Flash-based browser and visit Casino-Mate's website on it.

The benefits you enjoy on Casino-Mate's website and software can also be enjoyed on the app. For example, you will still receive C-Bucks, as well be eligible for their welcome bonuses on their mobile app. However, you will not have access to as many games. That should not be a problem, as Casino-Mate offers plenty of games to keep you entertained for hours. Here are some of the games you can play on the go:

  • Avalon
  • Age of Discovery
  • Big Kahuna
  • Sure Win
  • Vegas Downtime Blackjack Gold
Quick Overview of Casino-Mate Mobile Casino
  • Supported Devices: The app is available on iPhones, iPads, and other iOS devices. The mobile casino is available via any Flash-based browser on a Blackberry, Android, Windows Phone, Samsung Galaxy, or any other device that enables Flash-based browsers.
  • Downloadable Casino Games: Over 600 games, including blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat, video poker, and a huge collection of online pokies
  • Crossplay: Yes. Your mobile casino account details will be the same as the one you use online.
  • Software: Microgaming
  • Languages: Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, French, Greek, Russian, Turkish, Simplified Chinese
  • Payment Methods: Credit, debit, NETELLER, Ukash, Click2Pay

Directions for downloading the Casino-Mate Mobile Casino APP

For iPhones and iPads
  1. Visit the App store.
  2. Download and launch the app.
  3. Log in or register.
  4. Play your favourite games!

For Androids and other devices that enable Flash-based browsers

  1. Visit casino-mate.mobi on your mobile device

OR

  1. Scan the QR code

OR

  1. Fill out the form and wait for the link to be sent to you via SMS or email
  2. Complete the quick and easy registration process

OR

  1. Log in if you already have a Casino-Mate account
  2. Start playing!
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Payments and Currencies

Payments and CurrenciesCasino-Mate attracts players not just from Australia, but from New Zealand, Canada and other countries. Accordingly, AUD, USD, CAD, GBP, and EUR are all accepted as currency. For your added convenience, a wide variety of banking methods are offered as well. See the separate list at the beginning of this review. Most deposit methods can also be used for withdrawal and, unlike at some casinos, withdrawals are fast, often within a day or two (up to seven business days max), depending on the method. If you are gambling on your iOS device, Android device, or another type of mobile device, you can withdraw money and manage your bankroll on the extremely secure app offered by Casino-Mate. You can use the following banking platforms on your mobile device:

  • Credit card (MasterCard and Visa)
  • NETELLER
  • Ukash
  • Click2Pay

Most importantly, all of your personal information and financial transactions are kept completely secure and private through the casino's use of advanced digital encryption technology. However, anytime you wish, you are free to check your transaction history using PlayCheck or CashCheck.

Languages and Customer Support

Languages and Customer ServiceCasino-Mate supports all of the following languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.

In addition, customer support is available 24/7 via live chat, phone, or email to address any questions or concerns.

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