Colosseum Casino Review

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The grand-sounding Colosseum Casino is a Microgaming-powered casino offering players the best in online casino entertainment. The casino has been operating by the Mini Vegas Group since 1999, making it a long-standing site in the online casinos world. Yet - despite its history, I had never player here before this review. As such, I decided to see if this casino lived up to the grandeur that one would associate with the ancient Colosseum.

Play is achieved through either the flash interface (which is no-download) or through the download software. I always recommend the download version of a casino because it offers all the latest games available, as well as a number of features not found in the flash version. However, the flash interface is great for those looking for an instant gamble.

The download software version is obtained from the Colosseum Casino website, which incidentally has sections on all key areas of the casino's operation (e.g. banking and support). For me, I actually found the website a little 'busy', but this is really a personal thing - and when it came to actually obtaining the software I had no difficulties. In fact, Colosseum downloads and installs slightly differently to a number of other Microgaming casinos. This is because an installer is used. At 325k in size - this installer is very small in size, although the installer obviously downloads further components when it's run. A nice touch here is that a player can create an account whilst the casino is still installing - now a player has something to do while those extra files are being obtained!

As I hadn't played here before, I had to register a new account - which will be familiar to those that have played at other Microgaming-powered casinos in the past. As with many other sites, Colosseum can be played in a variety of currencies including US$, Euros, UK £ and Canadian $. I created a US $ account and after submitting my personal information was able to log in within a couple of seconds.

Colosseum offers a 100% match deposit available up to $100 free. As such, a player can get an extra $100 free for a $100 deposit. Of course, wagering conditions are attached but this extra money could make a different between hitting a jackpot or not!

When it comes to purchasing at Colosseum Casino a variety of depositing options are available. This obviously makes business sense, as it means most people will be able to play without hassle, but I do think it's good when a casino offers a good selection of deposit options. Of course, standards such as NETeller are available, and it was this method that I used to purchase $100. I used the instant bonus system to claim my $100 bonus, and as such I was ready to hit the tables with a nice $200 bankroll to start with.

For those that are unused to online casinos, you'll probably be impressed to hear that Colosseum Online Casino offers over 250 games for the gambler. This is because the latest Viper software is used, which is regularly updated with new games. In fact, players at Colosseum Casino can expect new games to be added every few months!

Of course, a player could be forgiven in thinking that with this many games it must be impossible to find a specific game from the masses available. However, thankfully Colosseum employs a standard menu system to break games down by type. As such, Blackjack fans need only go to the 'tables' section of the casino to find the game they are after. Actually, it was in the table section that I decided to begin my Colosseum Casino play.

As you would expect with a casino hosting over 250 games, the variety of table games is huge; including a large number of exciting Blackjack or 21 games. I began my gaming on Atlantic City Blackjack, where I was lucky enough to get some decent wins, gambling $5 hands. After that, I spent some time playing on the Roulette table, where a good run of numbers boosted my bankroll to around $225 - off to a good start. There are even some table games that offer jackpots for those that are interested. At the time of playing, Progressive Cyberstud Poker would have paid $93,000 for a Royal Flush! Of course, with my luck the best I could manage was three-of-a-kind, but just thinking about that win was enough to get my heart racing!

At this point I could have quite happily continued playing at the table games. However, by now I had already caught sight of the great selection of Video Poker games available, and decided to focus on this part of the casino in a bit more depth than usual. The reason for this was that a friend of mine recently hit a Royal Flush playing video poker and I wanted to emulate his success!

For those that like Video Poker, Colosseum Casino should definitely be high on the list of casinos to check out. A vast number of varieties are available which range from classics such as Deuces Wild and Jacks or Better to newer games such as All Aces Video Poker. This cool variation pays out a massive 2000 coins for landing 4 Aces - that's half of what a Royal Flush would pay! With pay tables like this, it's clear that money should last a long time at Colosseum - indeed the All Aces game pays pretty much 100% back what is played through the machine!

The other nice thing that I liked with Colosseum Online Casino Video Poker, was that a good number of games are available in multi-hand versions. This means that instead of playing just 1 hand at a time, gamblers can bet on 4, 10, 50 or even 100 hands at once! While these multi-hand versions are highly volatile, the chances of getting good pay offs increase massively if good cards are dealt on the initial deal. If 4 to a royal are dealt on a 100-hand game, you would be unlucky if you landed any less than 2 Royal Flushes!

Of course, some people may find Video Poker games daunting, but recognize the huge pay out possibilities of the available games. Yet these people shouldn't worry at Colosseum Casino. The superb 'analyze' feature (found in the Expert part of the game) allows a player to see the best hands to hold (calculated mathematically). There's even the opportunity to have the computer play automatically, although for me this reduces the fun!

As you can tell, I really liked the Video Poker section of the casino, and had great fun trying out all the different varieties available. Having said that, the games actually didn't do much for my bankroll and I ended up losing a fair chunk of my money on these games. I was keen to try and recoup my losses, but with slots still to go I decided to see if a jackpot or two could come along and reverse my luck!

Slots are another thing that Colosseum Casino does well, and the selection of available games is huge. These range from classic style three-reel games to brand new video slots with cool bonus features. I actually started quite well on the slots and managed to get my bank roll up to near the $200 mark. This was helped along by games such as Genie's Gems, where a $50 win landed, although admittedly after a lot of losing spins before hand!

Sadly though, on this occasion I ended up losing all my bankroll before I had met wagering requirements of the bonus, although I was very close to completing the requirements. Indeed, if I had not thrown around some big bets here and there, I reckon I would have completed the wagering requirements without issue. Of course, no bankroll means no cash out, although I know the management group of Colosseum pay winners with no hassle. After a 24 hour pending period, cash outs are then usually processed within a further 24-48 hours.

Support at Colosseum Casino is excellent. The casino offers email support, which is pretty standard, but also 14 toll-free numbers. This should satisfy the vast majority of players. Yet Colosseum even goes one step further - they offer a 'we call you' service, meaning everybody in the world will be able to speak to a support representative completely free of charge. All in all this is very impressive!

In conclusion, there's not much bad I can say about this casino. The selection of games is great and although I haven't really commented on the quality on this occasion, players can rest assured that Colosseum Casino really does offer a top notch gaming experience. Banking and support functions work very well and to entice players there's a lovely sign-up bonus available. As such, I wouldn't have any hesitations in recommending this great casino.

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Every hand's a winner whilst playing 100-hand Aces and 8s Video Poker

100 hand video poker action

Aces Video Poker pays out a massive 2000 coins for landing 4 Aces

All Aces Video Poker

The expert analysis function helps a player make perfect moves on each and every video poker hand

Video Poker Analyze

The auto-play feature lets a player program the casino to play perfectly a set number of hands

Video Poker Auto Play

The Big Kahuna slot utilizes cool graphics to really make play fun

Big Kahuna Slot

I activate the Big Kahuna bonus round and win a 250 coin ($25) reward

Big Kabuna Bonus Game

I bet $4 on the Cracker Jack slot and line up mixed bars for a $20 win

Cracker Jack Slot

I bet $20 over 4 hands whilst playing Deuces Wild Power Poker and with a Straight Flush landing on one line with a nice $100

Deuces Wild Power Poker

Genie's Gems was not being kind at all until suddenly I lined up a $50 winner!

Genies Gems Slot

Keno is usually a bad bet but here I match enough number to turn my $5 bet into a health $75 win

Keno Game

Major Millions Progressive slot has a continually growing jackpot - it's hit for almost $2m previously!

Major Millions Jackpot Slot

Poker Pursuit allows a player to raise their bets as play goes on if they think they are in with a chance of winning

Poker Pursuit

I use my usual strategy at the Roulette table and whilst the magic 17 number doesn't hit, the 18 spins in for a $36 payoff on my $9 bet

Roulette

Colosseum Casino Strong Points:
  • Huge selection of games utilizing state of the art graphics and sound effects
  • Great sign-up promotion including a $100 match sign-up bonus
  • Efficient banking function processes deposits and withdrawals without problem
  • Excellent customer support including the excellent 'call me back' facility
Things Colosseum Casino Could Improve:
  • Withdrawal minimum is $30, although this shouldn't bother many people.

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