BitStarz Casino in a nutshell
BitStarz Casino is a casino that’s run by Nabelse Holdings Limited Casinos, a subsidiary of the casino software providers Softswiss N. V. They are registered in Cyprus, but run under a Curaçao licence. Nabelse Holdings operate a handful of other casinos, such as 7BitCasino, Princess Star Casino and Anonymous Casino.
The casino gets its name from its willingness to accept Bitcoin, the peer-to-peer crypto-currency that in 2013 seemed set to take over the financial world, yet a few years later generates barely any column inches whatsoever. If you want to know more about this currency, which allows you to send payments to retailers without the need of the involvement of traditional financial institutions, then you can read about it here.
So, will you be seeing ‘starz’ when you play at the BitStarz Casino, or will you think it’s a Bit(coin) rubbish? Read on to find out …
What’s the look and feel of BitStarz Casino?
Bitstarz Casino is a bit of a dazzler when it comes to looks. It’s a simple, contemporary ‘flat’ design that’s altogether not flashy or annoying at all. The site has the menus along the top, a ‘promos rotating banner’ then a selection of slots beneath. Under that there’s a list of the status of slots with big progressive jackpots, the latest winners at the site, then the ‘top winners’. When we checked some fortunate chap had just won 95 BTC on ‘Lucky Coin’ – which is €35,000, or £28,000.
Some other online casinos need to hire the people behind BitStarz Casino’s site design pronto!
What games are available at BitStarz Casino?
BitStarz Casino is very slots-heavy, but as they have slots from the wonderful NetEnt, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The site also provides slots from Betsoft and Microgaming which adds to the fun. There are around two hundred slots in total, and many of them have nice progressive jackpots that are really worth winning.
The number of tables games is a bit of a disappointment by comparison. We could find two versions apiece of blackjack and roulette, one version of baccarat, two versions of casino hold’em plus hi-lo, ‘Let it Ride’ and a game called ‘Trey Poker’ which, we confess, we haven’t seen anywhere else.
Sadly, no video poker, craps or sic bo here.
The live casino at BitStarz casino is much better inhabited: Three versions of blackjack (including ‘Russian Live Blackjack’), five versions of roulette, four versions of baccarat, one version of Keno and ‘Bet on Numbers’, which we have no idea about as the table wouldn’t load when we tried.
Software is provided by NetEnt, Betsoft, Amatic, SoftSwiss, Ezugi, Endorphina and Pocketdice.
There is live support available, but it is not 24-7.
The site has a mobile version, which is just as pleasing to the eye as the main site.
What promotions are available at BitStarz Casino?
There are a huge amount of welcome bonuses and promotions available at BitStarz Casino.
The first deal is a no-deposit bonus of twenty free spins when you register at the site. You do not have to make a deposit to receive this bonus – you simply have to sign up. The maximum you can cash out is €100, £50 or 100 mBTC, depending upon your chosen currency. The wagering conditions associated with your winnings are very reasonable: forty times (some casinos have wagering conditions for free no-deposit spins as high as 100x).
The second promo is a first deposit bonus, which is matched one hundred percent up to €100 or 1 BTC. You also receive 180 free spins on the online slots Boomanji, Fruit Zen or Starburst. You will receive twenty free spins twenty-three hours after your first deposit, and then twenty more twenty-four hours later, and so on for the next nine days until you reach that 180 total.
The deposit bonuses keep on coming at BitStarz casino:
- Second deposit: 50% bonus up to €100 or 1 BTC
- Third deposit: 50% bonus up to €200 or 2 BTC
- Fourth deposit: 100% bonus up to €100 or 1 BTC
The wagering conditions for all bonuses are the same: forty times the bonus amount. Note that there is a long list of countries where residents are not allowed to receive free spins – check the site’s bonus terms and conditions for details. Also note that players from Greece or the Netherlands are not eligible to receive any promotional offer at Bitstarz Casino.
Slots contribute fully towards wagering requirements, but all table games and video poker games only contribute only five percent. The following slots are excluded: Dr Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Pocket Dice, Lucky Angler, Big Bang, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Forsaken Kingdom, The Wish Master, Scrooge, Secret of the Stones, Devil’s Delight, Champion of the Track, Robin Hood, Tomb Raider 2, Ninja and Castle Builder. Jackpot 6000 and Mega Joker seventy-five percent, while Bloodsuckers, Kings of Chicago, Simsalabim, Zombies, Jack Hammer 2, Demolition Squad, Steam Tower, Reel Rush, Muse: Wild inspiration, Victorious, Ghost Pirates and Mega Gems contribute fifty percent.
The promos keep on coming at Bitstarz Casino. These include enhanced jackpots on popular slots, a slots-only deposit bonus up to 5 BTC or €500 plus 500 free spins, a fifty percent reload bonus up to €50 or 250 mBTC every Monday, and free spins available every Wednesday if you make a deposit of at least 50 mBTC or €20.
The site does not operate a loyalty scheme or a VIP programme.
As mentioned above, BitStarz Casino is so-named as it accepts Bitcoin. It also accepts Euros, so if you don’t fancy getting into the stalled ‘Bitcoin revolution’ then you certainly don’t have to. There’s six other currencies available too.
As for payment methods, there’s all the usual suspects, including Visa, MasterCard, Skrill, Neteller, Paysafecard (now including Ukash) and a handful of others, including PugglePay.
Deposits are processed instantly, but sadly BitStarz Casino has seen fit to shove a 2.5 percent ‘processing fee’ on all deposits, which we do not approve of at all. The minimum amount you can deposit is 0.00001 mBTC, or €20. The maximum is €4,000.
Happily, withdrawals are free. Withdrawals to Skrill, Neteller and Bitcoin wallets are instant, whereas all other withdrawal methods take one to three banking days. The miniumum you can withdraw is 0.00001 mBTC or €40, and the maximum is 20 BTC or €8,000 (Skrill or Neteller only – all other withdrawal methods €4,000).
The final verdict
We have two quibbles about BitStarz Casino – the fees for depositing and the lack of table games – but aside from that everything else seems tickety-boo! We really love the simplist, flat design of the site, and the range of slots that are available.
Reading testimonials from players who’ve played at BitStarz Casino, the impression we get is that BitStarz Casino is much more than simply a decent place at which to spend your gambling pennies – or rather Bitcoins. Many praise the site’s levels of customer support, which is always a good thing to read. We like BitStarz Casino a lot, and we think it’s likely that you will too.