Casino Name: 21Nova casino
Registration and Setup: The registration form at 21Nova casino is – can you believe it – only five lines long. There is a very short setup download, after which you download software only for the games you want to play instead of the whole casino.
Total Registration/Setup Time: Under three minutes to reach the casino lobby.
Credit Cards accepted: Visa and MasterCard
Other forms of Deposits: Neteller, Immediate Deposit, InstaCash, FPS ePassporte, Citadel, Firepay, Click2Play, InstaDebit, UseMyBank, eWallet Xpress, OnDemand Funds, Maestro, Moneybookers, EcoCard, Central Coin, Paysafe Card, Solo, uCash, Instant Wire Transfer, wire transfer, bank draft. (Some deposit methods not available from all countries.)
Games offered: Games, games, games and more games. If variety is the spice of your life, you’ll never want to leave the 21Nova casino. Over 35 electronic card and table game variations, about 25 video slots, 20 regular slots, 12 video pokers, almost 20 arcade games, 15 progressives – including one that was inching toward £2.5 million the last time I visited, four live games, and one-click access to CDPoker.com for those with a taste for live poker regular and tournament play. The games all play smoothly and are a pleasure to look at. (Not having to download the ones you don’t play is a major timesaver considering the sheer number of the offerings.)
Games I played: Given the length and depth of 21Nova casino’s game menu, deciding what to play in a single two- or three-hour session was tough. Eventually, I decided to go with some games I hadn’t seen elsewhere – like Blackjack Switch. This is one great game assuming you, like me, define “great game” as one you win a ton of money at. The best feature of Blackjack Switch is the optional Super Match bet. The way it works is this, you play two blackjack hands at once and place a Super Match bet. If you get a pair or better from the combined cards you win the Super Match regardless of whether you win or lose one or both of the blackjack hands. I’m not a card counter and have no idea what the mathematical odds are, but in actual play I was astounded by how often the first four cards showed at least a pair. I also liked Penalty Shootout, primarily for the graphics of the Soccer Goalkeeper trying to stop the ball from hitting the net, and Dr.
Lovemore, a five-reel, 20-way slot fronted by a perfectly loathsome, leering Lorathio. I also spent a lot of time enjoying Rollercoaster
Dice, which is a really nice over-and-under game where you bet whether each throw of the dice will total more or less than the throw before. Much like craps, you can keep playing the same wager for higher stakes until you either cash out or bust out.
Bonus and incentive programs: 21Nova casino offers one of the most – if not the most — generous initial bonuses in the industry of £132. Depositing with Paypal, NETeller, Bank Draft, ePassporte or wire transfer gets you an extra 15 percent and there’s a bonus of 10 percent when you deposit with 900Pay, Citadel, EcoCard, FirePay, Instadebit, InstaCash, Maestro/Switch Card, Moneybookers, OnDemandFunds, PaysafeCard, Solo Card, or UseMyBank. 21Nova casino pays you a £50 bonus for every new player you bring into the casino, which dovetails nicely with the “private table” option available on many of the games. You are also awarded four comp points, which can be accumulated and converted into cash, for every dollar you wager. Last but not least, there are limited-time sweepstakes and drawings that can net you anything from a laptop to a new car.
My Customer Service/Tech Support experience: 21Nova casino offers 24/7 support via online chat, toll-free telephone, e-mail and fax. While I doubt you will have much occasion to use any of the options (see Final Thoughts), I tried the U.S. toll-free number and was rewarded with a fifth-ring pickup and under one-minute answer to my test question.
Final Thoughts: In the last section, I noted that you probably won’t ever need to commune with21Nova casino’s support staff. The reason for this is simple: 21Nova casino goes to extreme lengths to answer questions within the four virtual walls of the casino. Every game has a “Menu” button that gives you immediate access to game options (like “disable double up window in video pokers” or “use large cards in card games”) and audio options, your betting history for that individual game (amount wagered, amount won and result of each individual bet), and a complete description of each game and its betting rules.
Here are the instructions for Blackjack Switch:
— Select a chip by clicking on it. Now click on a bet area to increase your bet by the chip amount. Every click on the bet area increases your bet, every right-click decreases your bet.
— There are two kinds of bet areas – normal and ‘Super Match’ bet. Normal bet area is any of the two larger areas, ‘Super Match’ bet area is the small area. Remember that by clicking on the normal bet area, you actually place two identical bets – one for each of your hands.
— After you have placed your bets, click the Deal button.
— Use the Hit, Stand, Double, Split,Insurance and Switch buttons as required.
— Please note that if you want to Switch (the top cards of your two hands), you need to do so before starting to play your first hand. After using Hit, Split, Double or Insurance buttons, you cannot Switch. Also please note that Insurance, Double and Split buttons require an additional bet, as described in the rules. You are not able to use these buttons, if you do not have sufficient balance.
— If you want to play another round, press New Game. Then place a bet as described above and click the Deal button, or click Rebet to place the same bet as in the previous round.
— Super Match: This is an optional bet, you do not need to place a super bet to play the game. To place a super bet, place the chip(s) in the small circle between the normal bet areas. Super bet wins if your 4 initial cards contain 2 or more cards of the same kind (pair of Jacks, three Aces etc.) The win ratios are written on the table.
With instructions this clear and complete available right in front of you at the gaming table, why would you ever need to visit the help desk? I also liked the fact that 21Nova casino is a very bright casino, from it’s glittering, flashing light filled lobby, through all its gaming rooms. Colors are bright and bold, graphics are clean and attractive, and animation is smooth and realistic. If, like mine, your eyes are not as young as they once were, you’ll appreciate this casino’s well-lit, easy-to-follow action. This is one casino where you’ll never have to stare at the screen for 15 seconds trying to figure out if you won or lost a bet. Actually 21Nova casino is such a fun place to hang out and wager a few bucks, you’re virtually sure to enjoy your visit – win or lose.