The number 21 is synonymous with gaming. Yes, it’s primarily associated with Blackjack, but that in itself is one of the biggest games within the entire gambling fraternity. 21 Casino uses this number throughout its theme and infuses it wherever it can utilising wit to delight in itself and to highlight its cool bonuses and promotion tie-ins to its players. 21 Casino is the kind of establishment that gets more right than it does wrong and for that reason still gets the nod from me. I noted one or two things that mildly frustrated me but once I was within the confines of the casino and free to play my casino games, I was fully appeased, happy and content.
Looks and Graphics
The 21 Casino offers a pretty basic setup in terms of its website layout and design and yet the navigational qualities are a little taxing. While I’m quite used to online casino websites and finding my way around them, I can surmise that a newbie might actually become frustrated with the casino’s layout. For some reason, not all the components seem to gel well and this regrettably is to the casino’s detriment. It looks good, new and shiny, having only set up shop in 2015, however it is undone by its lack on intuitive features.
I’m not trying to paint a complete picture of doom and gloom here, I’m simply saying that this Canadian online casino needs to work on some of its website functionalities if it’s going to entice new players. Having said all of that, the 21 Casino’s website still looks fresh and new, and in terms of simply signing up and getting to the games immediately, the pathway is quite simple and easy to follow. So, if you’re really eager to get going, the 21 Casino will facilitate this process with speed and efficiency.
Gaming and Payouts
The 21 Casino does come to the party in terms of the games that it has on offer. It’s also worth mentioning that the casino will avail itself to Apple iPhone users as well as Android smartphone users. Put another way, this is a mobile casino as well. The 21 Casino has racked up quite the gaming selection and by relying on the common principle upheld by most new or relatively new operators – variety is the spice of life. So they’ve gone and partnered with a whole bunch of casino software providers to offer their table games, online slots and live dealer games. In fact, the laundry list of software providers is more than a mouthful!
21 Casino is powered by the following software providers: Microgaming, NetEnt, Betsoft, NextGen Gaming, 1x2Gaming, Blueprint Gaming, Aristocrat, Genesis Gaming, Leander Games, Amaya, Quickspin, Ezugi, Thunderkick, 2 By 2 Gaming, Games Warehouse, Elk Studios and Lightning Box. I’m quite prepared to forgo my remarks about their website navigation by just glancing at this list of the who’s who of casino software providers. Whether its online blackjack, baccarat or great video slots, you’ll find it here, and they’ve got live dealer games which have become an absolute must have for any online casino.
Banking and Support
What can I say about banking that hasn’t been said already? If you’re a seasoned player, you know the drill, but for all you fresh-faced online casino gamers, you’ll be pleased to know that the 21 Casino does business via quite a few channels, and this makes your life easier. You can chose from the usual credit card and debit cards or you can opt for an e-wallet, a direct bank transfer or a prepaid voucher.
Either way you look at it, you’ll be able to deposit and withdraw your funds safely. While it’s not the greatest turn on of any online casino, it needs to be mentioned that withdrawing can at times take longer than depositing, and this usually comes down to the amount. If you win a small amount of cash and you want to withdraw it, it’s usually quite fast. However, if you win something substantial, usually a thousand dollars and up, then the casino will reserve the right to ask for documentation before releasing your money. All online casinos work this way.
Awards, Features and Bonuses
At the time of going to publication, the 21 Casino was offering a 121% match bonus plus 21 free spins – see there where whole play on words comes into play? What’s more is that the casino says it will give you the 121% match up to an unlimited amount. I always find it ballsy when an establishment makes these kinds of claims. I didn’t push for a high amount, and I’m sure there is a cut-off lurking somewhere in the T’s & C’s. The rest of the offers seem quite decent as well – you’ve got your Weekend bonus, a rather novel one call the Hangover bonus, a loyalty program and vacation specials. All in all, not bad.