Drake Casino Review – Entertaining Casino Games
Go to the Drake Casino website and you’ll get the feeling of a kid in a candy store. The hefty welcome bonus and attractive jackpots immediately catch your eye. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find that it is the dazzling and alluring selection of games that are the real attraction here. The games are almost childlike in their thematic approach, but they offer real entertainment value in the lineup of Arrow’s Edge games. And if you like fun in game play, Drake Casino is a good place to be.
On the practical side, all of those games are accessible and easy to play; Drake Casino’s entire platform is based in Flash, which means the casino games can run in any up-to-date browser, and you can play them for free. Drake has good-looking bonuses that come with challenging requirements, and they feature a laudable rewards program. We also like the fact that Drake Casino accepts the fast and flexible payment method, Bitcoin. Their blog not only keeps players up to date on casino features and events, but carries all sorts of international gambling news.
Established in 2012, Drake Casino is licensed in Curacao and accepts players from around the world, including most of the United States and the United Kingdom. Players from the U.S. states of District of Columbia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington are prohibited. The casino also does not accept wagering players from some countries, including Canada, France, The Netherlands, Israel, China and Pakistan.
Drake Casino Bonuses and Rewards
Drake Casino tosses out a nice welcome mat with a 100 percent matching bonus for up to $5,000. But it works in three stages, and their requirements make qualifying for the whole 5K an uphill battle. Here are the stages:
- The first deposit is matched 100 percent for up to $2,000.
- Deposit 2 offers a 100 percent match for up to $1,000.
- Third deposit, 100 percent up to $2,000.
The casino attaches wagering requirements you must meet in order to withdraw any part of that money. The bonus carries a 40x playthrough requirement for the deposit plus the bonus, which translates into you having to wager up to $400,000 if you want to go for the whole shebang. But there is a $25 deposit minimum, and there is no time limit for reaching the requirement. So you could deposit as little as $25, get your $25 bonus for a balance of $50, then wager $2,000 (40 x 50 = 2,000) for each stage. Also keep in mind that slots games are the only games in which wagers count 100 percent, dollar for dollar, toward the requirement. Other games count 35 percent or less. You cannot bet any bonus money on craps, baccarat or European roulette. You can find complete details on wagering under Terms & Conditions and Bonus Terms.
There are a lot of other opportunities to pick up extra bucks at Drake Casino. There are weekly reload bonuses and free spins offers, a rebate offer for losses, and weekly tournaments with guaranteed payoffs. They all come with their sets of rules and restrictions, which you can find in the casino’s Promotions section.
The casino also offers a tiered points-to-rewards program called Drake Club. When you register, you are automatically placed in the Amber level and rewarded 135 points. From there, you earn points according to your wagers, working your way up five levels, with each level offering more in special bonuses and points. The points can be converted into cash or special prizes. As with the bonus requirements, wagering amounts required for points vary by game type, with slots counting the most. You can find out how much each game counts by going to your Rewards Account and clicking on Levels. When you reach 2,000 points, you can start cashing in on rewards through their VIP plan or continue working your way up the levels.
When you register you are entitled to an emailed newsletter and can accept the option of receiving emails that will keep you updated on the casino’s various events and offers.
Games and Software at Drake Casino
Drake’s vibrant game selection is the real draw to this casino. While they don’t carry the largest selection of games in the world, there are more than 160 of them, and that’s really enough for anyone. Drake is apparently phasing out their lineup of games by the Betsoft software supplier in favor of Arrow’s Edge. While they still carry the Betsoft logo, we couldn’t find many of their games in the selection. This may be a drawback for folks familiar with the Betsoft brand, but a run with the newer Arrow’s Edge selection will prove otherwise. Go ahead and try them out. You won’t even need to register for anything, and you can find games sorted in various categories. All connections are different, but our decent DSL connection got us going in 15 seconds to a minute for most games.
The large majority of the Drake Casino games are slots, including a set of 3D slots. The designs are cartoonish, with a variety of themes, but they run fast and are plenty of fun to spin. The titles include Lilly’s Pad, Zimba and Friends and License to Spin. On the table games side, the layouts are more classic and down to earth. On our visit, there was a selection of 27 standard limit games, and nine high roller limit games designated for the VIP crowd. There are baccarat, blackjack, Caribbean poker, craps, Oasis poker, Pai gow poker, Red Dog and three card poker. There was another set of 39 video poker games, including the ever-popular jacks or better and wild-card variants. Three keno games rounded out their specialty games offerings.
Drake Casino has left most of its Betsoft games for users of mobile devices. In the Mobile section of the website, the casino lists seven games, Mr. Vegas, Three Wishes, The Slotfather, Lucky 7, and Safari Sam on the slots side, and roulette and blackjack table games. They are all supposedly compatible with all mobile devices, but if you want to play via mobile, we suggest that you first make sure your payment system works and you give the games a go. Our software may not be quite up to date, but we found navigation and game play a little slow and difficult. And unless you’re using a larger screen, you may not get the most of your game play experience.
Drake has no mobile app.
The Drake Casino Cashier
Drake lists eight deposit options, including the majors, Visa, MasterCard, Skrill and Neteller. It also accepts Bitcoin, which we consider a plus for casino players because of its speed, flexibility and privacy advantages. If you don’t now use Bitcoin, you should check it out. Interestingly, Drake Casino also accepts gift card deposits, but that might be worth checking through their Support to get details. The other deposit options are Direct Cash and QuickCash. The minimum and maximum amounts you can deposit, speed, and fees involved depend on your payment system and country of residence.
Four withdrawal options are available: Bitcoin, bank wire transfer, Direct Cash and QuickCash. Again, the amount, speed and fee variables depend on where you live and what you use. And before you take out money, make sure you’ve met whatever bonus requirements there might be for withdrawing.
Get transaction details in the Cashier section.
Support and Security
The Drake Casino support information can be found under Contact Us. They offer communication via live chat, phone and email. We used the live chat for a few questions, and the response was quick and helpful. We got our answers within a couple of minutes. The phone numbers are 1-800-613-8090, and +599 (9) 733-1206 for international calls. The live support times are limited, however; they are on call from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. EST. There are four email addresses, including email@example.com for new customers.
We thought it strange that though Drake Casino accepts players from the United Kingdom, it is not licensed there. Nevertheless, Curacao is a good enough licensing agency to diminish any fear of loose restrictions. They vet owners closely and require third-party testing. Drake’s games are audited by Technical Systems Testing, a reputable company in online casino circles. Any dispute resolution may be another matter.
Transaction security should be reliable. They use SSL encryption to ensure privacy of all information.
If you like fun games and don’t need to play with a boatload of money, this a good casino to try. Drake Casino has some tough bonus requirements for withdrawal, but using smaller amounts makes them achievable. The complaints we found on forums were more than a year old and usually involved people dealing in large amounts of money. Play the casino, but try depositing and withdrawing lesser amounts before going bigtime. Drake Casino is a good bet for casual players.