- Website – http://www.gamingclub.com/
- Launched in 2001
- Licensed by Malta Gaming Authority
- Email – email@example.com
- Telephone (AU)- 0011 800 1515 1516
Gaming Club Casino Review for 2022
This was an interesting review to write.
Let me tell you why…
When a casino sucks, nearly all the major review sites agree. And when a casino rocks, the same is true – nearly everyone agrees.
So, riddle me this –
What the heck do you do when you find 2 or more review sites on extreme ends of the spectrum? When one review site blacklists a casino, but another endorses them?
Do you avoid them like the plague and play elsewhere? Or, do you give them the benefit of the doubt and create an account?
That’s the situation we have on our hands, and the question we aim to answer.
Let’s get started.
Who is Gaming Club Casino?
Gaming Club says they were the very first online casino to take a bet back in 1994.
I’m not so sure about that. But they have been around a long time.
Gaming Club Casino is part of The Palace Group. The Palace Group is a network of casinos managed by Bayton Ltd. They’re not the only ones, either. Back in 2014 several casino groups consolidated to create one super network of casinos. Those companies include:
- Referback (Digimedia - ex Bellerock)
- Fortune Lounge (Digimedia)
- Brightshare/Jackpot Factory
- Red Flush Group
- Wagershare/Palace group
Other casinos under their watch include Ruby Fortune, Spin Palace and Wild Jack Casino.
Are they licensed and regulated?
They’re licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority. Their games are tested by eCogra, and you can see their most recent results on ecorga’s website.
What’s their reputation like?
That depends on where you look.
Go to ThePogg.com and, surprise-surprise, they’re not recommended. There are two (big) reasons why:
- When they make a decision they provide a reason, but no supporting evidence. As a result, there are lots of unresolved complaints on other review/3rd party sites.
- In 2014, an affiliate hacked multiple websites and injected their affiliate link without the website owners knowing. Most affiliate programs removed this person from the program. But it sounds as if casinos related to Gaming Club (or their parent company and/or sister casinos) did not.
You can see all the different complaints on thepogg.com.
I briefly combed the complaints, and found only a couple of them specifically about Gaming Club.
The WizardOfOdds.com has blacklisted them, too. The reason they give is:
There’s no date or timestamp – no way of knowing how recent this is, or if it’s simply outdated.
I double checked their sister casino, LatestCasinoBonuses.com, who, when I last checked, bought out WizardOfOdds.com. I wanted to see if the reporting was consistent between the two sites. It appears to be. Here’s what they said:
So far this is straightforward. Gaming Club deserves to be blacklisted then, right?
Well, not so fast.
What makes me scratch my head is that Gaming Club is an accredited casino at Casinomeister.com – and has been since 2002. The review is regularly updated, too – the last timestamp was from March 2017.
They’re not blacklisted on CasinoListings.com or AskGamblers.com, either. On AskGamblers.com they have 5 complaints between 2014 to 2016 – which is real small, given they’ve been in business so long – and 4 out of 5 are unresolved. But they have a great rating otherwise.
You can (almost) discount ThePogg.com because they have such high standards (and, often, rightfully so). And the WizardOfOdds.com and LCB are connected, so of course they’re going to say the same thing.
Not only that, but both the WizardOfOdds.com and LCB still use affiliate links to Gaming Club. They’re not letting the issues they have with Gaming Club stop them from providing you with a link to use if you want to play there. Though, to give them credit, LCB does warn you against playing at Gaming Club. But you’d think that, if they truly hated Gaming Club – if Gaming Club was the scum of the earth – that LCB wouldn’t even give you a link to their website.
Anyway, my thought process is this – while there are things about Gaming Club I don’t care for, I don’t see anything outright malicious about them. I haven’t gone through 20 years of Gaming Club complaints, mind you. But based on what I’ve seen I’m not sure we’d blacklist them. Especially since Casinomeister.com hasn’t.
The bottom line – I view Gaming Club’s reputation as middle-of-the-road, at best. I’ll tell you what that means for my final recommendation later in the review.
Who Can or Can’t Play Here?
Players from the following countries are prohibited from joining Gaming Club:
- France & Outlying Territories
- Hong Kong
- North Korea
- South Africa
- USA & Outlying Territories
- United Kingdom
Who Do You Contact for Support?
Below we’ve listed the best ways to contact Gaming Club Casino:
You can find all the other different toll free phone numbers on their website.
I couldn’t find an email address on their site. Using various Google search operators, I also failed to find one. An email address shouldn’t be that hard to find, especially since they offer live chat front and center.
That said, I have to give credit to their live chat. They responded immediately, answered both my questions (about live dealer games and banking limits), and also gave me their support email address listed above.
Overall, he did a good job. Though if there was more information on the site, I wouldn’t have had to bother him in the first place.
What deposit methods can you use? Are there any limits or fees?
It depends on where you look. If you believe the information on Gaming Club’s website, then your options will be:
But if you believe other review sites, then you’ll have all these options:
- Paysafe Card
- Visa Debit
- Visa Electron
- Direct Bank Transfer
- Instant Bank
- Citadel Direct
As for limits – what limits?! At least that’s the impression I got from their support. Here’s what I was told when I asked about deposit and cash out limits:
I didn’t see any limits posted in their terms and conditions. Other than that, though, it makes sense. The only limits you might face are the ones your bank or e-wallet imposes. That’s pretty much the case for cash outs, too, with one tiny exception (next section).
What methods can you use to cash out? Are there any limits or fees?
It’s the same news as above – they don’t share much info on their sit – we had to find it elsewhere. Here are the options you can use to cash out:
- Pay Spark
- Easy EFT
They do have a cash out (limit) clause. Here it is verbatim:
I’ve seen this limit from other casinos. It sucks, but here it looks like it’s on a case-by-case basis. Progressive wins are exempt, too, which is great to see. Though, according to the response I got from support, it sounds like they might send really large cash outs in installments. They just don’t specify how much large payments are.
Does Gaming Club offer a welcome promotion?
Yes – there are a couple of bonuses you can claim.
- Bonus 1 – Get a 100% match on your first deposit up to $200.
- Bonus 2 – Get a 150% match on your second deposit up to $150.
You can receive up to $350 total. It’s far from being the biggest bonus online, but it’s not the smallest either. It’s good for people on a small budget, between being small and being spread across 2 deposits (instead of only the first one).
The bonus needs to be played through 50x before you can cash out any winnings. Only bets made on games other than roulette, sic bo, craps, baccarat, table poker, casino war and red dog will count. All other games will be subject to this contribution chart:
|All Slots, Keno & Scratch Card Games||100%|
|Video Poker (excluding all aces pokers), all Blackjacks (excluding classic)||10%|
|Classic Blackjacks, All aces Video pokers||2%|
You’ll also be limited to cashing out 6x your first deposit ($1,200 max). Any additional winnings will be forfeited.
Do they have any additional promotions?
They say they offer additional promotions, but they don’t share them on their site. Under each promotion heading they give you a vague summary of what you can get – cool gadgets, free spins and credits, exotic holiday cruises – and then encourage you to open a new account and start playing immediately.
Do they offer a comp and/or VIP program?
They offer both – a points-to-cash loyalty rewards program, and a VIP rewards program.
But there’s nothing I can share about it, because they want you to create an account and start playing before they’ll tell you about it.
What software does Gaming Club use? How many games do they have? How can you play them?
They use Microgaming and Evolution software. The latter supplies their live dealer games.
There are 600+ games available in the download and 250+ games available in the browser casino.
There are 60+ games are available for mobile – which is compatible with iOS, Android and Blackberry devices.
What are some examples of games you can play?
Gaming Club doesn’t do a very good job of being transparent on their website. They don’t show any games that I could find, and list examples sporadically.
So, what you’ll find below are the few game titles we could find from their site, as well as games we know to be available from Microgaming casinos.
The type of slots you can play include:
- Online video slot games
- Progressive online slots games
- Classic online slot games
- 5-reel online slot games
- 3-reel online slot games
Examples of progressive slots you can play include:
- Cash Splash
- Fruit Fiesta
- King CashaLot
- Major Millions
- MegaSpin Prog. Major Millions
- Mega Moolah
- Mega Moolah 5 Reel Drive
- Mega Moolah Isis
- Mega Moolah Summertime
- The Dark Knight™
- Treasure Nile
Most of these progressives are available in 3 and 5-reel variants. The Dark Knight is a fun one to play – I’ve played that one multiple times live in Las Vegas. And Mega Moolah is arguably the most popular one on the list. It’s paid out tens of millions over the last 10-15 years.
Here are some examples of their general slot titles:
- Adventure Palace
- Agent Jane Blonde
- Age of Discovery
- Alaskan Fishing
- Alley Cats
- Arctic Fortune
- Asian Beauty
- Bars & Stripes
- Beach Babes
- Bearly Fishing
- Bomber Girls
- Boogie Monsters
- Break da Bank
- Buffet Bonanza
- Bush Telegraph
- Cabin Fever
- Deck the Halls
- Doctor Love
- Dolphin Tale
- Eagle’s Wings
- Electric Diva
- Fat Lady Sings
- Fearless Frederick
- First Past the Post
- Frozen Diamonds
- Fruit vs Candy
- Jungle Jim El Dorado
- Karaoke Party
- Life of Riches
- Lost Vegas
- Reel Spinner
- Secret Romance
- Shanghai Beauty
They have more than 300 slots overall. Impressive, but not at all surprising. This list doesn’t do it justice, but they have plenty of licensed slot titles revolving around movies, TV shows, pop culture and celebrities, too.
- Red Dog
- European Blackjack
- Vegas Downtown Blackjack
- European Blackjack Hi Lo 13
- Vegas Strip Blackjack
- Big Five Blackjack
- Atlantic City Blackjack
- Bonus Blackjack
- Double Exposure
- Spanish Blackjack
- Super Fun 21
- Classic Blackjack Multi-Hand
- 3-Card Poker
- High Speed Poker
- Wheel of Riches
- Live Blackjack
- Live Baccarat
- Live Casino Hold’em
- Live Roulette
- Live Keno
- Live Ultimate Texas Holdem
- Hold’em High
- Bonus Pai Gow Poker
This is a good mix of table games. I think just about anyone would be happy with the options here. There are a handful of live dealer games, too – including a couple I don’t see often, such as keno and ultimate Texas holdem.
- Roulette Royale - Progressive
- Premier Roulette
- French Roulette
- American Roulette
- Multi-Player Roulette
- Multi Wheel European Roulette Gold
- French Roulette Gold
- European Roulette Gold
Pretty straightforward. If you like roulette you’re going to find plenty of options here.
- Jacks or Better
- Tens or Better
- Aces & Eights
- Aces & Faces
- Bonus Deuces Wild
- Deuces Wild
- Joker Poker
- Bonus Poker
- Double Bonus Poker
- Poker Pursuit
- All American
- All Aces
If you’re a video poker enthusiast you’re bound to like the options here. What’s more is that Microgaming has multiple variants of most titles, which includes low, high and multi-hand variants.
- Scratch Card
- Flip Card
- Dawn of The Bread
- Lucky Numbers
- Slam Funk
- Granny Prix
- Plunder the Sea
- Offside and Seek
- Bowled Over
- Golden Ghouls
- Card Number
- Wild Champions
- Game Set and Scratch
Nothing to add here. Just a bunch of scratch tickets, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Overall, this is a great list of games. And it hardly scratches the surface. There are hundreds more in their instant play casino, and hundreds more than that in their download.
What do we like most about Gaming Club Casino?
They use Microgaming software. I’d say they’re the best software provider, or close to it. You can’t beat the volume, quality and variety of games here.
The deposit bonus is small, which will turn some players off. But I like it since you won’t be committed for as long. It’s also great for players on a budget, especially since you can claim it over 2 deposits.
What do we like least?
Gaming Club isn’t transparent. They don’t share much information on their site, be it for their games, additional promotions, VIP club, banking options, fees, limits, and so on. I couldn’t even find an email address.
Their reputation is hard to shake, too. It’s crazy to see a couple of big review brands blacklist them, while others endorse them. It’s also difficult to make heads or tails of all the connections to other sister casinos (because of the merger), and to decide whether their behavior should sway your opinion about Gaming Club.
Do we recommend Gaming Club to our readers?
If they’re good enough for Casinomeister.com, then they’re good enough for me. I have no problem trusting their recommendation, and would play at Gaming Club if I could (I’m in the USA).
That said, there are plenty of other options out there. Arguably much better options. Between how many of the larger countries are prohibited from playing here, Gaming Club’s reputation and lack of transparency, I don’t think anyone would blame you for considering other options.
But, if you feel the need to check them out – for whatever reason – I think you can feel okay doing so. And, if all else fails, you can always pick a new casino to try from our reviews page.