Punchbets Casino Review
Punchbets Casino is an online casino established in 2011 with games supplied by GamesOS, iSoftBet, Microgaming, Net Entertainment, Playson, Playtech, and Pragmatic Play. It is operated by Punch Holdings Ltd. and is registered under the jurisdiction of Curaçao. Last updated: July 12, 2016.
Review of Punchbets Casino
Punchbets Casino is interesting in that it is not primarily an online casino, but rather focuses on sportsbetting, particularly as the name suggests, on UFC fights. The casino is something more of an afterthought, with Punchbets seeking to earn the business of players who are seeking a break from their sports wagers. This is not to say that the casino is bad (there are actually some really good features here), but one could be forgiven for overlooking Punchbets as strictly a sportsbetting operator.
Software and game selection
Punchbets offers sportsbetting directly through their website, and the casino is available in-browser as well. I found registration at the casino to be fairly straight forward, taking only three minutes of my time to get through the single form that Punchbets requires to be filled out. The casino itself has games provided by the likes of Microgaming Quickfire, Net Entertainment, GamesOS, Playtech, Pragmatic Play (formerly known as TopGame), and iSoftBet, among others.
The Punchbets website is fairly utilitarian and the games are organised into tabbed sections that are rather unhelpfully labelled "Casino 1", "Casino 2", and so on. There is a quick search box that seems to search across all the tabs at once though, which can be used to find a specific game, but only if you know its name of course. The casino does offer a good assortment of slots, table games, and video poker titles for punters to try. There are quite a few progressive jackpot games available, with the notable ones being offered through Microgaming's Quickfire system, such as Mega Moolah and Major Millions. And finally there are two live dealer casino tabs available, which allow you to play studio run games of Blackjack and Roulette.
Banking and Customer Support
Making a deposit or withdrawal at Punchbets Casino can be achieved through a variety of means, including credit cards, Skrill, Neteller, EcoPayz, along with various bank transfers. The casino can also pay you via cheque when withdrawing. Additionally the site supports a wide assortment of currencies which may be handy for you if you normally have to convert your local currency to US Dollars or Euros before you can play at most casinos.
My test withdrawal was handled in an adequate timeframe, though it was nothing exceptional. From submission to receiving the money into my Skrill account, I waited a total of 5 days which included time for verification of my identification. I had to fill in an account verification form and submit a copy of my driver's license and a recent utility bill before my account was approved for withdrawal. So if you want to expedite the process, go to the cashier and do that as soon as you create an account so you don't have to wait after your first withdrawal.
Note that this casino has a weekly upper win limit of only €25,000, plus a weekly withdrawal limit of €10,000. Speaking of which, I have been told by casino management that these limits do not apply to winnings from progressive jackpots. However this exception is not explicitly stated in the casino T&Cs, which does concern me.
Customer Support is available by email and live chat. The live chat support operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Security and fairness
It is good to see that registering, logging in, transacting, and playing on the site is done under a fully encrypted connection at all times. PunchBets is licensed to operate a sportsbetting and casino site by the government of Curacao. As usual (and this is not specific to Punchbets), we have little regard for a Curacao license as the regulator there does little apart from collect licensing fees from operators. Though it claims to adhere strictly "to the gaming regulations of Nevada". it does not publish either the theoretical or actual RTP for any of its casino games (bar those such as Net Entertainment that divulge this themselves), nor does it publish any independent certification of the fairness of its games on the website.
Responsible gaming gets a dedicated page on the Punchbets site, where players can get links to fight underage gambling, and there are also tips to see if you may be susceptible to problem gambling behaviours. Links to outside organisations are provided should you need help, and you can always self-exclude from the site if need be. However apart from this, there are no self-administered controls available to you to limits your deposits or wagers at this casino.
There are a few really nice games to play at Punchbets and if you enjoy UFC and/or other forms of sportsbetting then the site might interest you. However with the comparatively low weekly win and withdrawal limits, plus the confusing organisation of the games on the site, it is hard to recommend this casino above the many others that have more or less the same games.
Punchbets Casino Jackpots
These are the current progressive jackpots at Punchbets Casino as recorded by our casino jackpots tracker. Click a jackpot name to view detailed statistics, jackpot graphs, and win records.
|Mega Moolah Mega||$9,899,459 €9,899,459 £9,899,459|
|Stars and Stripes||$1,226,177|
|Major Millions||$1,070,309 €1,070,309 £1,070,309|
|King Cashalot||$475,715 €475,715 £475,715|
|Cyberstud Poker||$159,393 €159,393 £159,393|
|Roulette Royale||$147,364 €147,364 £147,364|
|Poker Ride||$50,237 €50,237 £50,237|
|Tunzamunni||$50,160 €50,160 £50,160|
|King of the Jungle||$50,000|
|Treasure Nile||$41,799 €41,799 £41,799|
|Triple Sevens Blackjack||$38,624 €38,624 £38,624|
|Jackpot Deuces||$24,263 €24,263 £24,263|
|Mega Moolah Major||$22,593 €22,593 £22,593|
|SupaJax||$18,169 €18,169 £18,169|
|Cash Splash||$16,720 €16,720 £16,720|
|LotsaLoot||$15,379 €15,379 £15,379|
|Fruit Fiesta||$14,013 €14,013 £14,013|
|Wow Pot||$3,919 €3,919 £3,919|