Europa Casino is one of ten online betting sites owned by the Antigua and Barbuda based Imperial E-Club Ltd. Ranked in the top 3% of Kahnawake licensed online casinos, and in the top 10% of all Playtech Software powered casinos, Europa is a favorite destination for many online gamblers (Unfortunately, they are not open to U.S. players at this time, but that's just simply the case at all Playtech licensees). Imperial E-Club is known for operating some of the top online casinos in business today, not to mention the esteemed poker room, Titan Poker. Europa Casino has not been around as long as some of its sister sites, such as Tropez and Del Rio, but it certainly doesn't fall short in offering a comprehensive gaming package, great bonuses and outstanding customer service.
The motto at Europa Casino is "Good Gaming - Great Entertainment", which the company says stems from their commitment to responsible gaming practices. This amounts to fair games, safe and secure payment services, and yes, great entertainment thanks to the highly innovative Playtech software platform. Here at OCS, we can't refute this claim, and commend Europa and the Imperial E-Club team for staying committed to this cause.
In addition to an online gaming license through the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, Europa holds a software fairness certification through the UK Gambling Commission's whitelisted testing house, Technical Systems Testing (TST). In fact, Europa Casino is audited every month by TST to validate game payout percentages. These reports can be viewed by clicking the TST logo at the bottom of Europa's homepage, EuropaCasino.com. At the time of this review, the overall average for all games was 96.77%, with video pokers hitting 98.29%, table games at 97.05%, card games hitting 96.92, poker games at 97.08% and slots at 96.05%.
As for big jackpot wins, these frequently go down here as well. Again, at the time of this review, two players hit sizable jackpots earlier in the week. A player from Portugal (Duarte F.) won over 501,000 and Mikhael J. of France nabbed 153,000 playing slots at Europa. Additionally, Playtech's progressive jackpot network offers seventeen progressive games, often totaling in the millions. See Europa's Recent Winners Page (under the About Us link) for a long list of updated jackpot winners.
The games themselves total over 100, and are available for download or via a no-download Flash connection. Both modes use Secure Socket Layer technology and accommodate both 128-bit encryption and high-grade 256-bit SSL encryption for providing 100% safe and secure connections. This is verified by Europa's Turbo SSL Certificate, which is issued by GoDaddy.com. Financial transactions are likewise securely handled and undergo processing through Imperial E-Club's subsidiary, Fastengine Limited, which is located in Cyprus.
Something that we truly appreciate about Europa Casino is how transparent they are. Besides fully disclosing their payouts and licensing accreditations on their website, Europa also clearly states the conditions for opening both fun and real money playing accounts. For a fun account (which gives you unlimited fun-money credits to practice your betting skills and familiarize yourself with the software platform - a mirror image of the real money platform), Europa only requires that players submit a valid email address, which unless you opt to receive mailings, is strictly used for verifying your username and password. At any time you may opt out of mailings by sending a blank email to support [at] europacasino.com with the word "REMOVE" in the subject box. Understandably, you will be required to submit more information for opening a real money account, such as birth date and mailing address. Europa Casino respects the privacy of their players and will not share email addresses and personal information with third parties or affiliates. They are held to this policy by the conditions of their licensing agreement.
As mentioned, Europa offers players the option of opening a fun money and/or real money account. What's great about their fun-money platform is that if you choose to download the software platform, you don't even need an internet connection to play. This is great for those times when you are on the go and want to get in some betting practice but don't have a good internet connection. Of course, to play in real money mode you will always need an internet connection for syncing up with Europa's servers. Once logged in, the software platform allows you to play in single player, multi-player or private group modes, giving you the opportunity to play by yourself, with new friends or invite current friends to play at a private table.
The cashier offers a large selection of instant deposit and withdrawal options, including several third-party eWallets. In total, there are sixteen different international payment methods, including Mastercard and Visa credit/debit cards, Visa Electron/Delta, Diner's Club/Maestro, MoneyBookers, InstaDebit, Click&Buy, Neteller, UKash, PaySafeCard, EntroPay and more. There are also payment services specifically catering to players in the UK, Netherlands, Australia and Poland. Most methods require a minimum deposit of $/£/€/20=20=20, while some others require $/£/€/100=100=100. NOTE: Only players in the UK can gamble with fund in British Sterling . Otherwise, Europa holds the right to void all winnings.
So, what about the promotions and bonuses? Well, there's certainly a good selection, although we would hope Europa be a little more disclosing with their terms and conditions in the future. Not that they are unfair - just a little confusing. I suppose that's what this online casino review is here for. Regardless, all new players are entitled to either a 50% high roller bonus up to $/£/€/500 Free, or a 100% match bonus up to $/£/€/100 Free. The match bonus has a low 20x play-through requirement, and the high roller bonus imposes a 40x wager requirement.
Europa Casino also offers a 15% reload bonus to all players up to $/£/€/250 per month and $/£/€/2,000 per account. This is an excellent offer as it only comes with a low 2x wager requirement. Players must email support to claim this bonus. Just keep in mind that all bonuses impose restrictions on playing Baccarat, all versions of Roulette, Sic Bo, Darts, Heads or tails, all Video Poker games, Blackjack Switch/Surrender, Pontoon and Craps. All other games count 100% toward meeting the play-through, except for Blackjack, Blackjack Live, Progressive Blackjack and 21 Duel Blackjack, which count 1/3 of every wager toward the play-through.
Players should also note that Europa Casino does not allow the bonus money itself to be cashed out. It can only be used for wagering purposes. In other words, it is only used to earn additional winnings. Therefore, once the wager requirement has been met and a withdrawal request is made, the original bonus amount will be deducted from any balance left in the bonus account or winnings derived from the bonus. For example, if you received a $/£/€/100 bonus on a $/£/€/100 deposit ($/£/€/200 to gamble with total) and had a balance of $/£/€/140 in your real money account and 100 in your bonus account at the time of cashing out, your total eligible withdrawal would be $/£/€/140. The bonus money would go back to the casino. If, however, you had $/£/€/50 in your bonus account and 150 in your real money account, your total eligible withdrawal would be $/£/€/100. The entire $/£/€/100 in bonus money must go back to the casino. Remember, only after you have run out of funds from your initial deposit, will the bonus money begin to be pulled from your bonus account for making wagers. In other words, your initial deposit is always eligible for withdrawal.
One last thing worth mentioning is that Europa Casino does indeed offer
tournaments. These are generally in the "who bets the most, wins" fashion
and are announced on both their website and software platform. In summary,
if you don't reside in the U.S., you should strongly consider opening an
account at Europa, and all of Imperial E-Club's online casinos for that
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