Genesis Casino Review
Genesis casino is operated by Genesis Global Limited. They’re registered in Malta, with a clean bill of health from the UK Gambling Commission. Genesis is one of the newest sites on the internet and the company also owns the Sloty site which opened last year.
Genesis are keen on space-themed casinos, so the graphics feature plenty of space cadets zooming across the skyline and lots of references to galactic travel. The theme extends to the promos, where you have “missions” to complete before being in with a chance of some of the prize offers. There are some quite funny graphics, including a realistic depiction of an astronaut lugging a roulette wheel around a moonscape.
It’s all great fun and it’s a nice change to see a themed site that has really been properly designed, with the graphics, text and promos all contributing to the theme. Genesis has a great games selection - over 1300 games.
So should you suit up and take off with Genesis? Let’s find out - set phasers to stun, and - warp speed!
There’s a great universe (apologies, it’s catching) of games at Genesis, from such luminaries as Evolution Gaming, Microgaming, NYX, Netent, Play’n’go, Quickspin, and Yggdrasil. In fact, this casino has among the best selection of games we’ve seen.
There are both video and slot games, including many top favourites such as Starburst, Sherlock Holmes, Gonzo’s Quest, Dwarfs Gone Wild, Berry Burst and Berry Burst Max, Jackhammer 2, Excalibur, Dracula, Rainbow Wilds, Playboy slots, and many others.
Titles are arranged in various categories which are set out on a menu bar in the middle of the screen. The categories include new games, popular games, video slots, table games, jackpots, roulette, and live casino.
Unusually, you can try many games out at Genesis without even signing in - if only more casinos allowed this. This means that if you come across a new game, you can learn how to play it without risking real money. Then when you’re confident, you can switch to the real play mode.
Genesis has one of the best selections of table games online. There are various different Roulette versions including, European, American, French, British and Turkish Roulette, as well as premier, roulette la partage and others.
Then there are multiple Blackjack variants including multi-hand Vegas, High LImits, European and others. There are also high limit and other Baccarat games. Poker fans are well catered for, with many versions including Caribbean Stud, Hold’em and Pai Gow poker. In fact, when it comes to table games, this is definitely in the top echelon of internet gaming sites.
The jackpots category includes some great progressive jackpots. At the time of writing, Mega Moolah was showing 4.4 million Euros to be won, and Genesis has jackpot versions of poker and of the all-time favourite slots such as Divine Fortune, Tunzamunni, LotsaLoot,Treasure Nile, King Cashalot, Fruit Fiesta, CashSplash and others.
Casino Games - Live Casino
The live casino has a large offering from NetEnt, famous for their live casino streaming in high definition. There are several versions of Blackjack, including a VIP game, along with Roulette variants. And as well as the NetEnt streamed games, there are also live versions of Texas Hold’em, three card poker, Blackjack, Dreamcatcher and many others.
The new customer sign up bonus is 100% up to £100 on the first deposit, plus 300 free spins. The matched deposit isn’t the most generous around, but the free spins offer is pretty good although they are spread over ten days. It was difficult to find any information about how much the wager is worth, on the free spins.
The wagering requirement is 40X, average for the gaming industry. However, from a look at the T&Cs, that appears to be only 40 times the bonus which is much better than many casinos, many of which apply the wagering requirement to both the deposit and the bonus. However, the information is sometimes a bit difficult to find, so this remains to be confirmed.
Note, however, that deposits made with Neteller or Skrill, aren’t eligible for the new player welcome bonus. There must be a reason for this, but it’s not clear why.
Look in the T&Cs too, for the list of the percentage of your wager on each game that goes towards the wagering requirement. For example, with video slots it’s 100%, whereas with table games it’s just 10%.
There’s also a list of games that you can’t play with your welcome bonus and these include all of the live games, the video poker and the jackpot games. When it comes to slots, a number aren’t available to play with the bonus, including Castle Builder II, Stardust, Blood suckers, Robin Hood, The Wish Master, Zombies,Jack Hammer 2, Peek-a-Boo, Dragons Myth, Tomb Raider, Beautiful bones, Cool Buck, Forsaken Kingdom, Dead or Alive, Castle Builder, Scrooge, Kings of Chicago, Mega Joker and a list of others. You’ll need to scroll down the T&Cs to see them all. However, Genesis casino does allow you to turn down the welcome promo if you’d rather take a different promo once you’ve signed up.
The Genesis promos are more imaginative than many. For example, at the time of writing, there’s a chance to get a ticket in a prize draw for a 7 day Mediterranean cruise leaving from Barcelona. You opt in, deposit and play through £50 to earn yourself a ticket. You can earn multiple tickets by depositing and playing more. And you can exchange the cruise ticket for £600 cash value.
Another example of an imaginative promo involves opting in to a one week play period in which you play on Yggdrasil games. You have to complete missions to get to the top of the leaderboard. It’s one of those “prizes for everyone” leaderboards, where the top prize is 1500 euros and the 24th to 63rd places earn 25. But it’s an interesting concept, where you win if you use the least number of spins to achieve each mission in the game.
Then there’s a weekly Bonus Mission which runs from Monday to Thursday. You need to make two deposits, totalling £50 or more. You get a 25% bonus on the Friday with a top limit of £100.
Lightspeed Monday gives you free spins on a Monday. If you deposit and play more than £10 between Monday to Thursday, you qualify for the bonus.
And if you like the Gameshow Dreamcatcher, you’re in the right place. If you lose, you’ll get 10% cashback on net losses provided that they add up to a minimum of £10 in the qualifying period. And the good news is, there’s no wagering requirement on the cashback.
VIP Scheme - Very Important Planets?
Needless to say the VIP offer takes the form of an invitation to explore the universe - of gaming that is. There aren’t many sites that offer you support from ground control but this one does. There are a whole lot of earthly delights for VIPs. Personalised account managers, of course, exclusive bonuses and VIP events plus a monthly VIP prize draw. However, we could have done with a bit more explanation upfront as to how the VIP scheme works and what you have to do to qualify.
Nevertheless, with flights to Las Vegas, holiday packages and personalised birthday presents, VIPs are clearly important to Genesis. There’s also the promise of a personal withdrawal service. This is definitely something that will interest big players, so it’s worth investigating if you’re VIP material.
There is a mobile offering, with access to the majority of the games and both IoS and Android are supported. You don’t need to download an app - you can just play via a browser. Genesis is one of the casinos that accepts deposits made via your mobile phone bill. Just pick the Boku icon on the account page. An authorisation code will be sent to your mobile and you use this to finalise the transaction.
Software & Platform
The platform is provided by Playtech, with a substantial offer from NetEnt, both in terms of slots and table games, and for the live dealer play in the live casino.
Return to Player (RTP) for each game is listed at the bottom of the screen under “Game Payouts” in the menu options at the bottom of the page. They have a Random Number Generator (RNG) link at the foot of the page but it leads, ironically enough, to the Gam Anon page. So it’s not possible to tell how they test their RNG.
This is a well designed, wittily executed site. It’s got a great range of games and gets top marks for allowing players to try out games, in many cases without having to sign up, let alone deposit.
If you’re having problems with your gambling, Genesis provides links to a number of help agencies. Click on any of the logos at the foot of the screen to access help. GamAnon, Gambling Therapy and GamStop are all supported. They offer self-exclusion and time out periods and GamStop links all participating casinos together.
There’s a chat facility, although it’s not clear whether this is 24/7 - it’s provided by LiveChat. Contact numbers are easy to find and the UK customer service is on an 0800 number.
Genesis belongs to IBAS, the betting adjudication service. You’ll need to try and resolve problems with the casino first, but if that’s not possible, both sides can refer the dispute to IBAS for mediation.
Deposits can be made via Visa, Maestro and Mastercard, e-wallets such as Skrill and Neteller, bank transfer via Trustly, prepayment cards such as entropay, and vouchers such as the Paysafe card. Genesis also allows payment by mobile. You can use the Boku app to deposit using mobile phone credit.
There doesn’t seem to be any information on how long withdrawals take, and it would be good to know the processing times.
Pros & Cons
Excellent selection of games, with a very strong casino and table game offering, and titles from all the top games houses. Wagering requirement appears to be on bonus only, rather than deposit and bonus, which is good. Witty and well designed site with the space theme present everywhere. Live dealer play via NetEnt. Practice mode available, so you can try out games. Mobile phone deposits are accepted. VIP loyalty scheme.
Wagering requirement is X40 - not that generous. Hard to find out how much the free spins are worth. No information on withdrawal times.