Welcome Slots is a new site, brought to us by Cassava and powered by the reputable 888 brand. It features a roster of over 200 games, and titles from big names such as NetEnt. There’s also a trio of welcome bonuses, and up to 255 free spins on offer! Sure, it’s a fuss free event, a back to basics casino (which can often be a good thing) but will it withstand a Droid Slots examination?
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|Licensed in||UK Gambling Commission|
|Currencies||GBP, EUR, USD|
|Software Provider(s)||Cassava/888 Holdings|
|Casino Type||Desktop and mobile|
|Helpline number||0800 018 3307|
|Help email||Email Form (24/7 Live Chat also available)|
|Number of Games||200+ games, inc. slots, progressive jackpots, and variants of roulette.|
|Bonuses||5 Free Spins – No deposit required.|
100% 1st Deposit Match Bonus up to £100 + 100 Free Spins.
|Wagering Requirements||Medium difficulty (40x on bonuses)|
|Deposit Methods||VISA, MasterCard, Maestro, Neteller, PayPal, Paysafe Card, Wire Transfer, Entropay|
|Withdrawal Methods||VISA, MasterCard, Maestro, PayPal, Cheque, Wire Transfer|
|Pros||Good games roster on desktop, varied deposit methods|
|Cons||Bad design, few games on mobile, varied wagering requirements|
Welcome Slots is powered by the Cassava brand, a division of 888 Holdings. Since their 888 takeover, Cassava have launched multiple successful casinos, so we’ve got high expectations for Welcome Slots. Luckily, their games collection does a great job of living up to our standard. There’s over 200 games on site, with 169 slots, 21 table games and 25 progressive jackpots. These come from some of the biggest software providers out there, including NetEnt, Eyecon and WMS.
Popular slots include classics such as South Park: Reel Chaos, Koi Princess and Fluffy Favourites. There’s also games such as Fish and Chips and Rainbow Riches and a good selection of progressive jackpots including Shaman’s Dream and the 888 exclusive Millionaire Genie.
For table games fans, there’s ten offerings of standard games, including variations of Blackjack and Roulette. On top of that, there’s 11 live casino tables and number games such as Keno.
Whilst the good news is that Welcome Slots runs well on mobile, their games collection takes a big hit. There’s actually only 14 titles available on mobile at the moment, which is severely disappointing. We hope this grows soon, like at other Cassava casinos.
Welcome Slots have some great deals up their sleeves for new players! It kicks off with 5 free spins for all players who register no deposit required. These are tied to the game Fish and Chips, but it gives you a good chance to try out the casino before taking the plunge.
If you do decide to deposit, you can take advantage of the trio of deposit match bonuses that Welcome Slots are offering. First up is a 100% deposit match bonus, up to £100. On top of doubling your money, there’s also 100% free spins which are reedemable on the game Fluffy Too. This means that for example if you deposit £10, you’ll have £20 to play with and 10 free spins. You need to deposit at least £10 to qualify
On your second deposit, you’ll be able to claim a 50% bonus, up to £200 and 50% further free spins. This means there’s another £100 of bonus cash up for grabs, and your spins can be played on the game Magical Forest.
Third deposits are rewarded with another 100% deposit match bonus, up to £100. With this bonus comes another 100% free spins on the game Enchanted Prince. This means that overall there’s £300 up for grabs and 250 free spins.
There is, however, a downside to all these great offers. As always, bonuses at Welcome Slots are tied to wagering requirements. These are set pretty reasonably at 40x for any deposit match bonuses, however your free spins could be a stinger. The five free spins you get for registering are tied to a huge 99x wagering requirements, and all other free spins are set at 80x. This sours the deals as it could be worth missing them completely if you want to get your hands on cash any time soon. Luckily, Welcome Slots are offering an option to not claim any bonuses, and therefore bypass the wagering requirements. To do this you need to use the code NOBONUS when depositing.
Welcome Slots has two active promotions at the time of writing. It’s not a bad offering, but it didn’t blow us away either. Hopefully they’ll up their promotion game soon, but for now, here’s what’s in store for you:
- 50:50 Weekend Bonus – Weekends are something to celebrate, right? Well Welcome Slots certainly think so and so you can get your hands on a 50% match deposit bons and 5% free spins everytime you deposit at the weekend. The promotion runs every Saturday and Sunday and you need to use the code 5050 to qualify. Your free spins are tied to the game Las Cucas Locas.
- Refer a Friend – Get the gang together and invite your mates to play at Welcome Slots and you could receive £10 in bonus cash. Your bonus funds will be credited when your friend deposits at least £10 and wagers at least £10 too. You can refer 15 friends per month, so get everyone involved and you could see your account balance grow and grow.
Welcome Slots are offering a good range of depositing options. You can fund your account via Mastercard, Visa, Maestro, Neteller, Paysafe Card, PayPal, Entropay and wire transfer. You can also pay by phone by calling customer services, although there’s no direct mobile billing option like Boku available at the moment. .
Minimum deposits vary across methods, with the minimum being £10. You can deposit up to £1,000 per day, and £5,000 per month. Most methods should mean your funds are instantly credited to your account, although if you choose to opt for wire transfer, it could take up to 8 days to clear.
Withdrawing at Welcome Slots is a relatively simple process. The minimum withdrawal available is £30, but you also need to have deposited at least £30 before you can make your first withdrawal.
At Welcome Slots withdrawals are generally processed via the same way you deposited. So, if for example, you chose to deposit via debit card, your funds will have to be paid back to the same card. The exception to the rule is if you’ve deposited via Entropay, Paysafe Card or a non-UK Mastercard. In these cases you’ll have the option of choosing to receive your withdrawal via cheque or wire transfer.
All withdrawals are subject to a 48 hour processing period, in which time you may cancel your request. This is a standard safeguarding method by casinos, so we won’t judge Welcome Slots for it. All methods should take up to 5 working days to be completed, although those who need to withdraw via cheque or wire transfer could be waiting substantially longer (up to 10 days).
A Little Unfinished
Welcome Slots is a new site, so it’s understandable they might have a few teething issues. However, we’re disappointed by the site to be honest. We’re used to seeing well designed sites come out of the Cassava brand, and in comparison Welcome Slots feels underbaked.
It’s not just the lack of active promotions, or the messy terms and conditions, however. The site’s design, including font, graphics and logo all seem very slapdash – and well, unattractive too. We know that sometimes it can seem superficial to judge a site on it’s appearance, but a hard to use casino means a bad experience for the player.
In the past year we’ve seen great sites such as Slot Crazy and Wicked Jackpots launched by the same brand, so we’re just a little confused as to why they decided to release Welcome Slots when it clearly feels unready for market. Hopefully, given time, the site will progress. They’ve already got a great games roster under their belt, they just need to catch up in other departments.
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Wicked Jackpots – As we’ve mentioned, Wicked Jackpots is another Cassava powered casino and if, like us, you thought Welcome Slots wasn’t too visually appealing, then Wicked Jackpots’ design should leave you impressed. They’ve got some lucrative promotions and welcome bonuses too, a great customer support team and low wagering requirements to boot!
Pocket Vegas – If you’ve been disappointed with how Welcome Slots performs on mobile, and how few games are available, then look no further than Pocket Vegas. Produced by the Nektan brand, they’re mobile games roster is substantially bigger than Welcome Slots, and as they design everything for handsets first, you can be sure it runs well across all devices.
Welcome Slots has left us in two minds. Whilst their games roster is impressive and their welcome bonuses are sizeable, we can’t get over our disappointed feeling. Perhaps we had high standards as it’s powered by such a reputable brand, but for us there’s too many things that we can’t overlook.
The wagering requirements and terms and conditions are incredibly messy, meaning its hard to trust the site. Plus, we can’t see it being somewhere mobile players will enjoy as there’s so few titles available. Hopefully, Welcome Slots will get better with time, and we’d love to revisit it when it takes off, but for now we’d recommend you head somewhere else.
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Last updated by: Daisy, 03 March 2016