188Bet Casino is an online casino established in 2009 with games supplied by Big Time Gaming, MahiGaming, Microgaming, Net Entertainment, and Quickspin. It is operated by Cube Limited and is registered under the jurisdiction of Isle of Man. Last updated: March 26, 2019.
188Bet is an online betting site that is licensed in the Isle of Man and owned by a company named Annatar Limited. The site offers a huge selection of betting options including a Microgaming Quickfire software casino, a live dealer casino, bingo, poker, racing and sports betting. Available in both English and Chinese languages, It touts itself as a premier place to do all of your betting, so I took it for a test run to see if 188Bet delivers on its initial promise.
188Bet announced that is would be closing its doors to customers in the United Kingdom and Ireland through an email to its affiliates on March 26, 2019. It is also attempting to slash costs by shutting down its affiliate program and stopping payment of commissions to its affiliates. In the message it cited a very competitive marketplace as reason for this decision. Rather more alarmingly it also stated that Annatar Limited is solvent and fully able to meet all its financial obligations. The lady doth protest too much, methinks? Our interpretation of that email and the actions taken is that it is highly likely that this casino is in financial difficulty. The disclosed level of protection for player funds at 188Bet is classed as basic, which is as good as nothing. It means that if the casino were to go out of business its creditors could claim player deposits to recover their debts before the funds could be redistributed to players. Customers would be wise to withdraw their funds as soon as possible.
As mentioned, the 188Bet casino runs on the Microgaming Quickfire platform, which is completely contained within a browser. You don't have to download any software to register and play, and you can be up and playing games within a matter of minutes of registration. In addition to Microgaming's extensive catalogue of games, Quickfire integrates games from other developers such as Betsoft, Quickspin, NextGen, Leander Games and many more.
The games include slots and table games, along with parlour games such as keno and bingo. I was only able to find one game of Video Poker - a Double Bonus Poker machine kind of hidden away in the "Other Games" section. The lack of other Video Poker variants is an unusual omission. The bulk of the games available to play at 188Bet are slot machines with the titles ranging from classics such as Doctor Love to Immortal Romance and Tomb Raider to lesser known titles such as The Rat Pack, Anastasia, and Lucky Witch. 188Bet highlights so-called 3D slots prominently, with the genre holding a complete tab inside the casino's virtual walls. Here you will find many of BetSoft's titles such as Arrival, A Night in Paris, Lost, and The Slotfather while Microgaming slots such as Jurassic Park, Avalon II, and Terminator 2 are also available for real money play. There are many great games in this section, but as per usual they are only faux three dimensional in as far as the graphical design goes, they don't actually pop out of the screen at you, nor do you need 3d glasses to play them.
If you are looking to win a huge cash prize you can pick from a bunch of progressive jackpot slots, which include the huge Mega Moolah and The Dark Knight jackpots. Smaller prizes such as Fruit Fiesta and Treasure Nile can also be picked up if you hit the right combination. See below on this page for the current jackpot values.
Table games at 188Bet include several Blackjack and Roulette variants, along with Baccarat. The selection is small, and based on the casino's focus on the Chinese speaking market, I suspect that the live dealer section is far more popular. Speaking of which, you can play live Baccarat, Roulette, and Blackjack, and if you have the bankroll, you can even try your luck on the tables that feature Playboy bunny dealers.
188Bet also has a mobile site, which is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. They have a good selection of mobile slots and a few table games available for play on the go, although just like almost every other mobile casino these days, the choice is far bigger on a full fledged PC based browser. A full sportsbook is also available on mobile, and the experience is as smooth as what you will find on your desktop.
Banking at 188Bet is fast and stable, allowing punters the opportunity to deposit instantaneously while allowing withdrawals to be processed at a speed that is also very quick. The variety of accepted deposit methods includes credit cards, Skrill, Neteller, bank transfers and a few other e-Wallets, while withdrawals can be processed through cheque, bank transfer, Neteller, Skrill, and back to supported credit and debit cards. On my first withdrawal I was asked to supply a copy of my drivers license and a recent utility bill in order to verify my identity. This process took around 24 hours to complete, and after that my withdrawal was paid within another day. I made a second withdrawal a week later and it was paid in under a day to a Neteller account, so 188Bet get s the thumbs up as far as speed of withdrawal processing goes.
Customer Support staff may be reached through telephone, email, or instant chat through the website. I found the staff reachable at any time of the day, and the reps I chatted to were polite and well trained, and were able to offer basic guidance on bonuses, games, and simple technical questions.
Connections with the 188Bet website are encrypted using SSL, so that your gameplay and financial transactions are secure from interception. 188Bet does not publish any audited monthly payout reports, but it was pleasing to see that the casino publishes the theoretical RTP percentages for each of its casino games in the help section of the site.
The site provides an easy way for players to set limits on their gambling activities. In my account settings I was able to set daily, weekly, or monthly deposit limits, and there was also a process for requesting a minimum 6 month self exclusion from the site.
Although there were a few minor irritants, I was on the whole impressed by 188Bet. It offers a full service range of betting options, the casino games are great, the withdrawal speed is very good, and the site has admirable responsible gambling policies. This is a very good online casino, and is a good choice if you are looking for a full service gambling site with other betting options.