Casino Friday Review

Casino Friday is an online casino established in 2020 that runs on a multi-software platform offering games from a variety of suppliers. It is operated by 1UP Entertainment BV and is registered under the jurisdictions of Kahnawake and Curaçao. Last Updated: November 7, 2021.

usCasino Friday welcomes players from the United States.

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Review of Casino Friday

Everybody has their favourite day of the week. Many would go for Saturday or Sunday, for obvious reasons. I myself have a claim on Friday, more specifically the time on Friday when you wrap up with work for the week. This marks the furthest time that you have before having to return to the slog (oh crap! Hi Ed, love you!). Casino Friday is trying to capture that good post-work feeling in the form of an online casino. Does it deliver the goods?

Software and game selection

My first impression was that the casino's website is well-designed, coming with a bright white and blueish purple sidebar and a bunch of grids of game logos that can be sliced and diced according to game provider. There are also lists of games that are filtered into various categories such as "rising stars", "big multipliers", "Megaways slots", and "game shows", among others. Everything looks very clean, and a handy search box makes it easy to find a specific game if you know its name. The site works especially well on mobile phones or tablets and it is clear that this was the first consideration when putting it together. On the other hand, the use of horizontally scrolling (or rather swiping as is intended) lists of games on the main game page means it can be a chore to use on a computer, as the paging buttons and your mouse wheel do nothing to scroll through the lists. You can alleviate this by drilling down into an individual provider's selection which is presented as one longer list.

You had better get used to swiping if you are browsing the games because Casino Friday boasts a huge gaming library that, frankly is so large that I didn't bother even trying to count. The casino claims that it offers more than 4200 games, which is pretty freaking impressive. Here you'll find games from most of the casino industry heavy hitters including the likes of Microgaming, Play'n Go, NetEnt, WMS, Yggdrasil, iSoftBet, and many more. One of the great aspects of having these big suppliers is that many have sub-studios that they've partnered with, giving you even more games to play.

In terms of progressive jackpots, I was glad to see the Microgaming progressive jackpots Mega Moolah, Major Millions, and Wheel of Wishes all available. These progressives all offer prizes in the millions-of-dollars range, with the Mega Moolah holding the record for largest win of all-time (as of the publication of this review).

If you want to play the tables or other games, Casino Friday has you covered. The site has blackjack, baccarat, roulette, table poker, and video poker machines all on offer. In addition to standard games, there are also enough variants on each of these game types to keep you entertained, especially if you enjoy side bets and little twists on game rules. Adding to the table games library is a very impressive live dealer section that features games from Evolution Gaming, Ezugi, and Vivo Gaming. These games have quickly become my favourite in the iGaming industry, and I was geeked to play some Double Ball Roulette, and Infinite Blackjack.

Reduced RTP and rogue supplier warning

There are some negatives to the game selection. Sadly I found games from both Betsoft and Pragmatic Play on offer at this casino. We regard both suppliers as rogues for numerous reasons that you can read by clicking their linked names. Suffice to say, we recommend that everyone stay well clear of games from both of these suppliers. The other big issue I ran into was the RTP settings on configurable games. I checked some games from well known suppliers that we know permit their games to be RTP configurable and the news is not good. To wit:

  • Starburst (NetEnt) - 93.05%
  • Dead or Alive (NetEnt) - 93.06%
  • Book of Dead (Play'n Go) - 91% (and not declared in game help)
  • Joe Exotic (Red Tiger) - 90.67%

Obviously I have not checked all their games but I was 4 from 4 with the ones I did, so I'm assuming that they are running reduced RTP versions of all games where they have the option of doing so. Particularly disgusting is the Play'n Go game because not only is it running at a rip-off 91%, but they must be running a Curacao version of the game that has had its RTP removed from the game help file. This means that you can't even tell unless you know how to log and search through game files using a web browser's inspector, which may not even be possible if you're on a mobile phone or tablet. I really lost a lot of respect for this casino with this discovery and urge anyone playing there to carefully check the RTP of every game at Casino Friday before they wager their money. The old days of fixed payout rates are well and truly gone. Isn't modern online gambling fun?

Promotion rules and loyalty program

Normally we don't write about bonuses here because they change regularly. But I did want to highlight the early withdrawal rule that applies to bonuses at Casino Friday. This means that you can claim a bonus and withdraw without doing the wagering requirements if you have an early big win. When you claim a bonus the extra funds are added to your balance, but you are playing with your cash balance first before the bonus funds. It is only when you dip into the bonus funds that the wager requirement takes effect. For example if you deposited €20 and got a €40 bonus, your balance would be €60, you play with your €20 cash first, and the wager requirements would not kick in unless your balance drops to €40. I like this system as it gives you the opportunity to play and not be locked in to the bonus wagering requirements if you get lucky early.

Casino Friday has a loyalty program that every player is registered in when they sign up for an account that the casino calls SpinBooster. The program has different tiers that you level up through as you play more on the site. The big draw here is that you are given some bonus spins for getting to each level, rather than a minimal cash back amount. What I really like here is that the bet amount on the bonus spins will be equal to your average bet for play during that level. So each player is rewarded in a way that is commensurate with their playing budget. It's a nice touch that helps separate Casino Friday from the competition.

That said, there are a couple of caveats to this SpinBooster system, and one in particular is a doozy. First up, you'll notice I have been saying "bonus spins" and not "free spins" and there is a good reason for that. All the spins you gain in rewards are subject to a wagering requirement, which at the time I tested the casino, was 30x the spins value. Now for the doozy... you lose any accumulated spins that you have not yet claimed when you make a withdrawal. I was shocked when I noticed this. It felt like that "de-gifting" friend or relative we all have that gives you a gift then years later, and out of the blue, demands that you give it back.

Annoying as it is, I think I know exactly why they have done this. You see, if you claim the bonus spins you will have 30x wagering that you have to complete before making a withdrawal. And that means that you could well be dipping into, and losing some of, your previously accumulated winnings to finish the playthrough. Therefore a smart player would always choose to withdraw first so their balance was zero before claiming the bonus spins so that they could not possibly lose anything by trying to finish off the requirements. Well, the casino ain't going to let that happen. So really these rewards are bits of fool's gold that are only worth claiming if you have little or nothing left in your balance beforehand.

Banking and customer support

There are different banking options open to gamblers depending on where you're based. You'll find eWallets and credit card options, along with cryptocurrency support. If you do deposit using Bitcoin it will be converted into a fiat currency, and you can convert back to Bitcoin when you withdraw. The banking speeds are good, though not close to instant, with electronic cashouts paid within 24 hours. I noted that the maximum withdrawal per transaction was around €4000 for most withdrawal methods. There is also a clause that the casino reserves the right to pay you in instalments if you win and withdraw €20,000 or more in any 30 day period.

Customer service is available through live chat, and I was able to get a response in under 30 seconds. I found the staff knowledgeable and eager to get my questions answered so that I could get back to play.

Security, licensing, and responsible Gaming

Casino Friday encrypts player information using SSL, which effectively keeps your data safe as it transmits between your computer and the casino's servers. The site holds gaming licenses through Kahnawake and Curacao. While the Curacao license is next to useless, the Kahnawake one is interesting because not only have they proven to be an effective regulator, we don't see a lot of modern casinos choosing to license through them these days.

When you are logged in, there are a set of controls in place that allow you to control your gaming on the site. These control include the ability to set deposit limits, timeout periods, and temporary or permanent self-exclusion. Alternatively you can also contact customer support o set these restrictions on your account. Information to third-party groups like Gamblock, Gamblers Anonymous, and BeGambleAware are also included.

Conclusion

I have such mixed feelings about this casino. It could have been one of the greats and, as it is, it is better than most other casinos. On the good side of the ledger, the game selection is second to none, the site is a pleasure to use, the early withdrawal bonus policy is welcome, and the payouts are reasonably fast. But then you find the games from rogue suppliers (that to be fair are sadly everywhere these days), the rip-off reduced RTP versions of popular games, and the disappearing SpinBooster rewards. I'm both impressed and disappointed at the same time and found this casino very difficult to rate. While this is ultimately a good casino, it seems to me that with some of these decisions, between them the suppliers and casinos are ironically doing their utmost to turn away players.

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6 November 2021 - 4:46pm
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I joined this casino earlier this year when I saw them somewhere online being advertised. I liked their name and their game selection so without much of a doubt, I signed up and made a deposit. I didn't claim their welcome bonus as I wasn't a huge fan of the offer, due to the bonus restricted games. Aside from that, it was a decent offer. I managed to win a bit and after quick verification, I received my winnings smoothly. Ever since then, I play there from time to time, I've had made a few withdrawals and so far never had any issues. Their customer support is nice and I really like their game selection. That being said, my experience with Casino Friday has only been positive so far.

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