Energy Casino

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Energy Casino is an online gambling venue that opened its doors in 2012. One of a handful of sites running Novomatic’s suite of online games, Energy Casino also uses Net Entertainment and Quickfire software for its game library. Energy is run by Probe Investments Limited on a gaming license from the jurisdictions of the United Kingdom and Malta. Customers from the US are not allowed to open accounts or place real-money wagers.

Novomatic is a relatively new player in the online world, though it’s been a major producer of land-based games for decades. Energy Casino’s collection of Novomatic titles is one of the biggest in the world. The site has earned a decent reputation for customer service and payout times in the few years since its opening. Licensure from the UK and Malta is a good sign of the site’s status as an above-board operator.

Mobile Play at Energy Casino

As an occasional mobile player myself, I was happy to see the list of more than 200 games available at Energy Casino’s mobile-compatible site. Gone are the days when a mobile site or app could get away with listing a dozen or so titles, these days mobile players are looking for variety.

The majority of that mobile library is made up of slot-based games, but so is the majority of Energy Casino’s traditional Web-based game library. Slots are fun and they’re popular, so why wouldn’t a site offer a ton of them on its new mobile service? It’s just good business.

As far as how the mobile service itself operates – well, let’s just say for comparison’s sake that it reminds me an awful lot of your typical RTG-style mobile-capable service. The games are fairly similar – there’s a lot of parity among the slot games in particular – and they have little replay value to me.

What the mobile service at Energy needs is a shot in the arm – updated slot games with new styles of play, additional variations in the table game section, or maybe just prettier-looking table game interfaces, anything to get them out of the rut they appear to be in. Have a look at the mobile site for yourself. The games simply look dated.

Features

But there is plenty to like about Energy. I always applaud a site for using a blend of software platforms, because this is an attack on the homogenized look of many of the world’s gambling sites. Using multiple designers means they had the pick of two different groups of titles and were able to hand-pick, so to speak, what games they wanted. I feel like I’m playing the best-of-the-best in this situation. Here you’ll find everything from NetEnt’s Fisticuffs, Dead or Alive and The Wish Master to Novomatic’s Book of Ra and Microgaming’s Thunderstruck 2 slot.

I should mention here that I read review after review of this site that contained promises of really fast payout times. CasinoListings.com claims they got a payout transferred to a Neteller account in “less than a day.” That was the most impressive turnaround time I could find from a reliable source, though it was common to find people saying it took “less than 48 hours” or “about two days” to get funds moved to an eWallet account from Energy Casino.

If you’re a fan of progressive games, the site has you covered. Once upon a time, about a decade ago, progressive jackpot games were the hottest thing going on the Internet. Though that time has passed, plenty of players who love to chase these big paydays are still around. Thirty titles were housed in the site’s Jackpots section at my last visit, three with prizes above $4 million.

Energy Casino Games

On the subject of games, Energy collects them under five different headings: slots, table games, video poker, jackpot, and a “new games” heading where the site holds titles for a few months before moving them into their proper heading. Let’s look at the games in the other four categories and some details about what’s available right now at Energy Casino.

Slots

258 different titles are categorized as “Slots” by the site. That’s a massive collection. Since it’s broken up into two different designers, Novomatic and NetEntertainment, it’s also a varied collection. Since NetEntertainment is one of my personal favorite slot designers, and Novomatic is no slouch either, you know this is a good library of titles. I’d recommend any non-American online slots player give Energy the once-over, just to see the sheer variety of games available.

Table Games

Here is Energy’s current collection of seventeen table games and variants:

• Black Jack
• European Roulette
• Multi-ball Roulette
• Baccarat
• Sic Bo
• Roulette Advanced
• Blackjack Classic
• Texas Hold’em Professional Series
• Caribbean Stud
• Casino Hold’em Poker
• Baccarat Professional Series
• Oasis Poker Professional Series
• Red Dog
• French Roulette
• Classic Blackjack GOLD
• European Roulette Gold
• Premier Roulette

It’s pretty typical for an online casino to focus heavily on blackjack variants (four games here are based on the rules of blackjack), but it’s unusual to see this amount of casino-style poker on these platforms. If you like poker-style table games, try the Novomatic and NetEnt games listed above at Energy Casino.

Video Poker

The number of games collected here is surprisingly small – just ten titles, mostly classic and old-style games produced by Novomatic, which is not the best designer of video poker titles in the online market. I was happy to see that three of the games have the fabled 9/6 payout, which basically tells the player what games to pick. To save you a little digging, here they are: Jacks or Better (single-hand), Deuces Wild (single-hand), and All-American Poker.

Jackpots

As already discussed, Energy Casino puts all their games with progressive jackpots in this section. It’s pretty big, and the variety of prizes is impressive.

Energy Casino Bonuses and Promotions

The welcome bonus at Energy Casino is a deposit match at a rate of 100% up to $200. Trouble is, Energy has one of the highest wagering requirements in the business, at 50x deposit plus bonus. That high number makes this bonus pretty expensive to claim and therefore less-valuable to small or average bankroll players.

The 50% reload bonus (capped at $200) available to repeat depositors is equally difficult to earn, with an identical wagering requirement. I didn’t even mention the game restrictions, which basically force the player to bet on those titles that give the casino the biggest edge.

Energy Casino gets a few things right, but their bonuses and promotions are just as difficult to obtain as with the majority of betting websites.

Conclusion

Energy Casino is a new player, one of a handful of sites running Novomatic software. They have a good track record, so far, of dealing with player complaints, and they appear to be one of the fastest-paying sites in the business. I can heartily recommend non-US players give Energy Casino a look, particularly if they enjoy online slots and a large game library to pick from but aren’t too worried about table games or video poker.