VIP Stakes in a nutshell
Casino VIP treatment – exclusive bonus offers, advantageous cash-back rates, and ice-cold drinks delivered personally to you on a silver tray by a scantily-clad waitress as you sit on your sofa in a dressing gown with your laptop on your knee (okay we made the last one up) – is usually reserved for highrollers.
But VIP Stakes Casino, which was launched in December, 2013, adopts a different mentality. The site states that it treats all its players as VIPs, whether they’re roulette high-rollers or penny slot fans.
Does the NetEnt-backed VIP Stakes casino treat all its players equally, or are some players more equal than others? Is it casino communism at its finest? This exclusive review will find out for you.
What’s the look and feel of VIP Stakes?
The first thing that strikes you about the design is the fat, cross-eyed man in a green pinstripe suit throwing bank notes in the air. It looks like a mid-life crisis version of the original Mr Green. Aside from that, the design is reasonably clean and intuitive, if a little drab.
What games are available at VIP Stakes?
All the games at the VIP Stakes casino have been created by NetEnt, the industry leader in immersive slots. There are six sections in total:
Casino – all the top NetEnt slots including South Park: Reel Chaos, Go Bananas! And Starburst. Plenty of table games as well, a huge number of video poker options and a similar number of arcade and ‘Jackpot’ games.
Live Casino – live versions of roulette and blackjack.
Sports – plenty of sports betting action on all the top events.
Live betting – sports betting as events unfold.
Vegas – Even more slots, table and arcade games – the games in this section are the one that qualify for the 20 percent cash-back.
Games – Even ‘even’ more slots, table and arcade games!
All games are in-browser. Mobile play is available in the same way, but no special emphasis is made for mobile devices
All the gaming software at the VIP Stakes casino is provided by NetEnt.
What promotions are available at VIP Stakes?
Naturally, at VIP Stakes you’d expect a VIB (Vastly Inflated Bonus), but what does the casino offer? First up you can grab yourself €10 free. You can do this by wagering at least 0.20 one hundred times on online slots within three days of signing up. Do so and €10 will appear in your account.
The second bonus is a more standard bonus worth 150% up to €150, with a 45x play-through requirement.
The ‘VIP promise’ of every player being treated like a VIP is ratified on the VIP promotions page, with the exciting news that all players receive 20 percent back of their losses every week. This is an extremely attractive proposition for anyone.
The only other thing to say about the site is that it was obviously created the same week their proof-reader was off sick, as there are several glaring typos, such as “bonus packag” on the VIP Promotion page. Some socks really do need pulling up.
You can use debit and credit cards to fund your account and make withdrawals, plus a number of popular and not so common eWallet solutions are available too.
*maximum one withdrawal a week.
The final verdict
Let’s get to the VIP (Very Important oPinion – sorry!) about VIP Stakes. It’s generally cool that all players, and not just the high rollers, are treated like VIPs, and the 20 percent cash-back on all losses is a really significant offer, as for every €1 you wager at the site, you get €0.20 back if you lose. It has to be noted though (again, you find this out only if you explore the site’s labyrinthine and poorly-worded pages) that this offer ONLY extends to games in the ‘Vegas’ section, which rules out the likes of Starburst and Gonzo’s Quest.
There are still a number of games in ‘Vegas’ that are really worth playing, such as the entertaining ‘Full Moon Fortunes’, so it’s still possible to have fun and claw back 20 percent of your losses. This helps to return a little gloss to the site, after the shine of the welcome bonus has dulled thanks to the tortuous wagering requirements.
VIP Stakes does have the potential to sparkle, but it’s definitely in need of a little finesse here and there.