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Grand Modial Casino (Grand Monaco):

THE CASINO HAS CLOSED. Many of the casinos, poker rooms and bingo halls reviewed at Online-Casinos.com have been around for a number of years, and as such have built up good reputations along the way. Indeed, the fact players must be supporting a casino is reason enough for Online-Casinos.com to get the pencil out to write a review. Yet sometimes, even a new casino makes such big waves that it becomes impossible to ignore. Microgaming-powered Grand Mondial is one of these casinos, and with it boasting over 250 games I really couldn't resist giving this place the once over.

Grand Modial Casino has been up and running since July 2006 and in the 'about us' blurb, casino manager Frank Thompson talks about putting the player at the 'Center of the Universe'. This is a big claim to make, but I have to say the website makes a good start of fulfilling this promise. All the vital sections are available, and I was impressed with the attention to detail that is clearly applicable. One thing that really bugs me is sites that advertise a promotion, yet fail to clearly set out the terms and conditions relating to said promotion. There's definitely no issue with that here.

While Grand Modial Online Casino does have the standard no-download flash casino available for those looking for a quick play, the real fun is to be had at the download casino. Surprisingly, considering the number of games available, the initial download file at Grand Modial is a healthy 3.8mb. I guess this is because the games are then downloaded later. Nevertheless, this will appeal to the vast majority of people, as it means the core components can be downloaded and installed in a pretty short amount of time.

I myself was able to download and install without issue, and pretty soon I was facing the sign up screen. Nothing too different here with a pretty standard form interface used to capture a players details. One thing I did like is that many of the sign-up field are optional. Some casinos insist on recording a passport or driving license number, and while I am sure a casino would not abuse this information, I am sometimes wary of submitting such personal details. At Grand Monaco, even the telephone number fields are optional. Incidentally I opted to create a US $ account, but new players can also play in UK £, Euros and Canadian $.

The next stop for me was the Grand Modial Casino cashier. As with many Microgaming-powered casinos, a good number of depositing options are available, with a simple-to-use interface making purchasing very easy. I opted to make a $75 deposit with my Visa card, which went through without issue. Of course, e-wallet options such as NETeller mean a player can deposit even if their credit cards are declined. The minimum deposit at Grand Modial was $20 at the time of playing.

At this point I should comment on the sign-up bonus available to all new players. Grand Modial Casino runs two sign-up bonuses; offering $75 for those that like to play a variety of games and a very nice free $150 for those who wish to just play slots. Both of these are 100% match bonuses and are added to a player's account anything up to 8 hours after the initial deposit has been played once. It should be noted, though, that any cash in made before the bonus is credited will void any sign up bonus.

One nice thing with Grand Modial Casino, though, is that the bonus and loyalty system is not just geared to awarding free money at sign-up. Players are also rewarded with on-going bonuses and loyalty promotions, which really make playing fun.

With over 266 casino games available, players could be forgiven for thinking that Grand Modial Casino must be a real maze when it comes to finding a specific casino game. However, this casino thankfully employs a menu system to break down games by type. There are even sub menus to break games down further, so slots for example, can be selected based on the number of reels in play or on whether jackpots are progressive or not. The helpful lobby preview function also displays a picture of a game along with key game details to make finding any specific game even easier.

At Grand Modial I did try out some of the traditional style games available such as Blackjack. However, what I really wanted to do was to try out some of the casino games I hadn't seen elsewhere. As such, I'll focus on these in the review. Of course, those that like a game such as Blackjack won't be disappointed; as all the Microgaming-classics are playable here. In fact, there's even the new 'Gold' range of table games which really take card playing to a whole new level. Cool graphics, great animations and sound effects really do make playing these games fun.

I actually did really great playing the Gold Atlantic City Blackjack - I bet five hands of $19 and won four of these and three were won with Blackjacks! With bets accepted from $1 to $200 at the Blackjack table these games should definitely appeal to most players.

Being somewhat of a frequent player when it comes to online casinos, I would say that I've come across many of the games available online. As such, I was interested to see what type of games Grand Modial Casino had focused on to get to the 250+ total. The answer, I discovered, was slots. This would make sense as there is most room for innovation with these, although as demonstrated with the Blackjack games, pretty much every table and video poker game is available at Grand Monaco.

The first new game I tried was a slot called World Cup Mania. While the soccer World Cup may have just finished, I'm still partial to a bit of sporting action, and so I was interested to see what this slot had to offer. Upon loading I was presented with a 5-reel video slot, with what I would deem to be some pretty cool graphics. What was nice is that the max bet coins for this game was just 75. As such, at a minimum coin value of $0.01, a max bet would cost just $0.75. Of course, high-rollers might be interested to know that with a maximum coin size of $1 that up to $75 can be wagered per spin! Of course, there's no point in playing if there's not a decent chance of payoff. On that note, the 7500 coin win for 5 wild symbols is very nice, particularly if a 3x multiplier is in effect, but more on that later!

When it comes to betting lines, World Cup Mania employs 15 of these which make getting winners relatively easy. I do like a game that rewards regular low value wins, and while these will not make anybody rich, they do keep a game interesting. From my experience though, big wins also seem to be pretty frequent also!

This is thanks to the use of the wild symbols, but also through the use of two bonus sub games. The first of these is a 'free kick shootout' game which is activated by lining up three gold football statues. When activated, a player can then chose where to position their shot on goal. Choose well and a nice prize is then revealed. When I activated this round I successfully scored a nice 1050 coin win! The second bonus feature is activated by spinning in three or more whistle logos. This game awards 10 free spins with all wins tripled! Unfortunately I didn't activate this game in real play, but when I was playing on my 'free play' account I triggered this game for a $560 pay off!

Of course, while winning is fun, one thing that a player wants from any game they play is good game presentation. At Grand Modial this is found in abundance. No matter what game I chose to play, I was presented with graphics that really were second to none. Sound effects also play a huge part in the overall excitement factor of this casino and, particularly when playing the slots, I really did wonder if anything else could be done to make these games better. Add to this cool functions such as 'auto play' and 'expert helper' and the Grand Monaco casino games really does take gaming to a whole new level.

One of the other new games I played was 'Silver Scarab'. This game is a simple three-reel, one pay-line game and while relatively crude compared to the bells and whistles of World Cup Mania, was fun nevertheless. I think it's good that a casino has really focused on providing different games - after all nobody is identical. Unfortunately, whilst this simple-to-play game was fun it was also very cruel - I think I had about 2 winners in 30 spins! I think maybe though that World Cup Mania had been so kind to me that I thought at this point that I should be automatically winning with every spin!

A third slot that I tried was the rather macabre Witch Dr. Again, this is a video style slot, but this time with a max bet of 400 coins per spin. I could cope with this at the one cent level, but even high-rollers may gasp at the $0.25 cent level at 100 a spin! I have to say personally I didn't like the graphics of this game - the dark voodoo theme was too much for me. However, I was happy to give it a go and was even happier when I spun in a 3,600 coin winner!

After all my play on Grand Modial Casino, I ended up putting in a total of $125 (Silver Scarab was pretty much solely to blame for the re-deposit!) However, in the end I managed to cash in $195, which gave me a nice profit. Of course, I did try some of the other table and video poker games available too, and while I haven't written about my experiences, I can assure players that these games too are great! Cashing in was easy and although there is a 24-pending period, my cash-in then went through to be processed without issue. Unfortunately, it was about 3 days before my withdrawal reflected in my NETeller account, but generally the Grand Modial banking processes seem to work well. The only criticism I would make is that a $50 minimum cash out rule applies, but this is definitely a minor point.

Finally, I did test out the Grand Modial support. This is offered through a number of methods including telephone, live chat and email. After testing these I have to say I was thoroughly impressed with the service offered. From my experience, support personnel went above and beyond their duty when I fired some difficult questions off to them and an email response I received was particularly personable, unlike the 'standard response' letters that many casinos seem to employ. Full marks are definitely awarded in this area.

To conclude, Grand Modial might be new, but I definitely think it's a casino that is here to stay. The biggest draw of this casino is clearly the huge game selection. What's more, each game is presented in a very high quality manner. Banking processes seem to work well, although the $50 minimum withdrawal amount does seem a little high. Support at this casino is also great with support personnel genuinely keen to help. All in all, there is little to criticize with Grand Monaco. I'll definitely be playing some more and just hope that my luck continues!

Grand Modial Casino

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I get a straight as well as the dealer, but mine is better so I win nicely at the 3-Card Poker table

3 Card Poker Table @ Grand Modial

I am dealt 3 sixes so am guaranteed to win whilst playing the Aces and 8's Video Poker game

Aces and 8s Video Poker

I double my bet with an 11 showing and despite only totaling 15, still end up winning a nice $32 when the dealer busts

Atlantic City Blackjack

Big 5 Blackjack is one of the new-style Blackjack games available at Grand Monaco

Big 5 Blackjack

Every single hand is a winner when I am dealt a nice starting hand whilst playing 100-hand Jacks or Better Video Poker

100 hand Jacks or Better Video Poker

Two flushes pay back $12.50 for a $5 bet whilst playing Joker Poker Power Poker

Joker Poker Power Poker

The attractive Grand Modial lobby is the gateway to the 250+ games

Grand Modial Casino Lobby

The Major Millions Mega Spin game can be hugely costly when the wins don't spin in, but here I win a nice $58

Major Millions Megas Spin Slot Machine

My pair beats the dealer at the Caribbean Stud Table but unfortunately I don't get near winning the $100,000+ jackpot

Caribbean Stud Poker Table

I cover 43% of the table and end up winning a nice $45 at the European Roulette table

European Roulette Table

Silver Scarab, whilst fun, was not very profitable at all when I chose to play it

Silver scarab Slots

A good number of betting lines turn in to winners whilst playing the relatively new Witch Dr game

Withc Dr. Multi Line Video Slot Game

I really enjoyed the World Cup Mania game, particularly when I spun in this $57.25 winner

World Cup Mania Slot Game

I win 1050 coins whilst playing one of the World Cup Mania bonus games

World Cub Mania Bonus Feature Slot Game

Grand Modial Casino Strong Points:
  • Huge game selection
  • Excellent game quality with great graphics and sound effects
  • Genuinely helpful and personable customer support
  • Nice sign-up and on-going bonus / loyalty system
Things Grand Modial Casino Could Improve:
  • Cash-ins must be of at least $50
  • Withdrawals can take up to 4 days to process (including pending time), although this is pretty acceptable

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