Real casinos can be intimidating. Croupiers shuffling cards faster than the speed of sound, their blank faces indifferent to loss or win, the suited man next to you with the seemingly bottomless wallet, stereo cries of joy and pain, endless amounts of rattling chips and the sharp swish of dealt cards. It takes a Jedi-like mindset to concentrate on winning anything at all. Do you ever wish you could cut out all the distractions and just focus on the game at hand? You do?
An extension of their popular website, this app allows you to play casino games wherever you may be. You could brighten up a protracted bus ride by winning a few dollars, or kill some time while waiting for that perpetually late friend. The choice is yours. The games on offer are multiple versions of Blackjack, Hold ‘Em, numerous Slots and Roulette. Once downloaded, it’s incredibly simple to set up and get playing.
To play with real money, you take sixty seconds to set up an account and go from there. You can choose how much you play with and what bracket of betting you want to play under. Luckily, for those of us cursed by bad luck (not yet out of the woods on that mirror I smashed in ‘09) the folks at Casino.com have kindly included a Demo Version of each of their games, where you can play for as long as you like with $1,000 play-money. I had to continually remind myself of the ‘play’ prefix as I racked up some serious cash on the charmingly Irish themed ‘Clover Gold’ slots.
The interface is a classy affair, with crisp graphics and a crucial sense of calm. A silky American voice guides you through the games, and croons in such dulcet tones that, when you win, you get the feeling he knew you could do it, and when you lose, you really don’t mind losing at all. He could work on the Titanic, telling everyone the life jackets had run out. And they’d say, ‘thank you for the information. I’ll take my chances’. A really nice touch, perfectly complimenting the elegant atmosphere and soft jazz soundtrack.
A favourite game of mine was the Roulette. You get to spin the wheel and throw the ball in to boot, which they’d never let you have a crack at in a real casino. The Hold ‘Em table is especially addictive; I spent far longer than I thought in there. Also included is an ingenious little feature called the Big Win Selfie. This device takes your photo automatically at a moment of great triumph and saves it to your photo album. Due to the aforementioned mirror incident, the Big Win Selfie was elusive to me, but you have to admire the creativity there. A cruel yet amusing inversion would be the Big Loss Selfie.
All in all, this is a classy, addictive app that does exactly what it says on the tin in an impressive and straightforward manner. A casino-on-the-go, this one is well worth having for both gambling aficionados and those just looking for a bit of fun on some downtime.