- Instant-play mobile casino
- Three 100% deposit matches available
- Huge progressive jackpots
Since their founding just 2-3 years ago in 2015, Slots Cafe has managed to establish itself as one of the more popular UK gambling sites. Their commitment to variety and diversity in games selection (well over a dozen contributors) as well as running a smooth, integrated mobile site has done them huge favours.
But what about the rest of the casino? Let’s take a long look under the rug and see what we can find!
Some players level accusations at casinos for providing welcome bonuses which aren’t generous enough, or which have too many restrictions placed on them, but no one can deny the quality of offer available at Slots Cafe! How does three successive 100% deposit matches sound?
That’s right. In addition to a load of free spins, Slots Cafe will offer you the following on your first 3 deposits:
- 1st deposit – 100% up to £200
- 2nd deposit – 100% up to £400
- 3rd deposit – 100% up to £600
Many casinos offer staggered bonuses like this, but usually the percentage value drops to 50 or 25. If you’ve got the cash, then this bonus is essentially “pay £1,200, get £1,200 for free”. However, what’s particularly impressive about this bonus is that it caters to smaller players too. You could get 1, 2 or 3 deposits of £20 (or anything in-between) and they’d all double.
In addition to the 100% matches, each deposit will be accompanied by 50 free spins to be played on specific titles:
- First 50 – Starburst or Space Wars
- Second 50 – Gorilla Go Wild
- Third 50 – Dracula
Wagering Requirements & Restrictions
Unfortunately, the wagering requirements somewhat kneecap the initial generosity. For the deposit matches, you’re looking at 35x deposit + bonus. This means that you must wager the amount you took from both the initial deposit and the free cash, combined, 35 times. If you took only the £200, that’s £7,000; if you took the full £1,200, you’re looking at £42,000.
For the free spins, the playthrough is 35x the total amount you won from your spins, but the maximum you can withdraw at the end of the day is £100.
Playthrough requirements can be extremely difficult to overcome, but then the casino is handing out free money, and we can’t expect them to do that without turning the odds back in their favour. It’s been done before, however, and you might just be the next person to make it happen! Wagering requirements are common to all casinos, and looking at the spectrum, this one is still pretty good.
Unfortunately, apart from their welcome bonus, there aren’t currently any promotions at Slots Cafe. Most casinos run a loyalty scheme of some sort, where you earn points relative to the number and value of your wagers on the reels. Others run slots tournaments, run prize draws or offer giveaways to encourage participation.
Slots Cafe is approaching the end of their 3rd year in the industry, so it’s disappointing to still be lacking any kind of reward for long standing players. Maybe next year?
Slots Selection and Software
Whatever Slots Cafe may lack when it comes to regular promotions, it probably makes up for in its abundant and diverse supply of games. The primary casino software is by Netent, though there are a full 26 total providers – much more than we’re used to seeing at a slots-heavy casino.
The big slots from Netent include the likes of Gonzo’s Quest, Starburst, Twin Spin and Piggy Riches. Other notable appearances are Immortal Romance, Castle Builder II and Jurassic World. As you’d expect however, it’s not just the video slots making headlines at Slots Cafe…
Where there’s Netent and Microgaming, there is always a progressive jackpot or two to be found! Get ready for the likes of Mega Moolah, Major Millions, Hall of Gods, Lion Festival and Arabian Nights, all of which have been known to pay out well into the millions of pounds. The user interface is pretty good at Slots Cafe, allowing you to filter games by category (New, Slots, Jackpots, Live Casino etc) and by popularity, date, alphabetical order and by provider.
Table Games & Live Casino
There’s a full 13 different live casino options, including four roulette variations, blackjack, poker and baccarat. There’s also a live version of Dream Catcher, a fairly new style of game involving a huge prize wheel, like Wheel of Fortune. However, players bet on which colors/number they think the needle is going to stop on – naturally, you win by guessing correctly!
Their table games offer 20 different titles, from the traditional card and roulette games to more niche dice games. There’s no doubting that Slots Cafe favours the reels, but their commitment to live casino and table games is still impressive.
Slots Cafe is an instant play casino, meaning that all of their titles (slots, table games, live casino) can be played in-browser with absolutely no downloads. You may have to give permission for the games to run, but otherwise it’s totally hassle-free. The benefit of this, of course, is that you can hop on and play whenever you like, from any computer, without having to install extra software.
Rather than building a dedicated app – or worse, neglecting their mobile player base – Slots Cafe has chosen to create a website which is totally mobile-friendly. Whatever your device, simply visit the website as usual, log in and all of the playable games will be ready to go. Unusually, they have also provided a list of mobile available slots, rather than keep you guessing. Nice touch!
The Cafe offers support through both email and live chat, but doesn’t appear to provide a phone option. Unless yours is a more general enquiry, we’d always recommended using live chat – you’ll get your answers much more quickly!
Depositing is a very simple, fee-free process at Slots Cafe, with payment possible via e-wallets, prepaid cards and bank transfers.
Slots Cafe says that it can take them anywhere up to 48 hours to “accept” a withdrawal request – the processing time is presumably in addition to this. This means you’ll likely be looking at 2-3 days between making your request and the casino giving the all-clear. For those making the payment to an e-wallet, you should only be facing a number of hours (no more than a day) before the money reaches your account; payments to bank cards or accounts will likely have an extra 3-5 days (or 5-8 total) from making the request.
This is pretty slow by modern standards, but hardly a game-changer for an otherwise fine casino. There’s no listing of the maximum withdrawal amount, but customer support confirmed it was £5,000-a-week.
From the start, Slots Cafe’s responsive casino earns them a huge thumbs up. The games selection is as deep as any of their rivals, and the number of contributors surpasses them all. It’s a shame they don’t have any regular promotions, but hopefully this will be adjusted as the casino matures over the next few years.
All things considered, a pretty sharp casino!