It seems that every casino needs a gimmick. The market is so crowded and so many casinos look the same that it can be hard for a new site to stand out. Hence the outrageous branding and naming of so many new casino sites. Energy Casino has gone for…
Nothing wrong with that; energy is a good positive thing to have (support renewables and sustainable energy folks!) generally, and it’s nicely summed up in the design of Energy Casino with lots of bright yellow panels and big plus signs.
Contained within that framing is a fairly standard casino site, with the usual endlessly scrolling list of game titles divided into tabs of different categories. The biggest jackpots are shown ticking up on the home page and there’s a revolving panel of promotions aimed at catching your eye: they include the welcome bonus, new game titles, a cash drop competition from Pragmatic Play, and a heavy emphasis on tournaments as the main promotional tool.
The site is owned and run by Probe Investments Limited. This company is based in Malta, where the vast majority of the European i-gaming industry lives, and runs currently just two sites, this one, and the sister site, Energybet.
This site has been around since 2012-13 but was relaunched after some major work in 2016. Today, it focusses on the usual virtues of an online slots site, with well over 1,000 games, a live casino site, and some smart design. They do particularly well on their range of payment options.
Do you want to plug into Energy Casino though?
Let’s take a closer look.
Energy Casino: Pros and Cons
As the saying goes, nobody’s perfect. We are. But that exception aside this cliché remains true. So what’s energising here and what’s going to drain your batteries?
Legal, legitimate and licensed
We don’t apologise for always starting with the most important thing – your safety. You need to keep an eye on how you gamble and where you do. The first line of defence in your own safe gambling behaviour is licensing. The UK Gambling Commission must licence every site that offers gambling to players in the UK. And you must not try to get around that restriction.
Energy Casino is licensed under the licence from Probe Investments. Their account is 39325 and the licence number is 000-039325-R-319309-013, which licenses the company to offer remote gambling services, casino, gambling software, and betting on virtual and real events (these are delivered via Energybet).
The company has just one dormant brand, and there are no sanctions recorded against their license, so they show every sign of having been well behaved. Always a good sign.
Many many great games
Once you know you’re in safe hands you can start to consider what you’re going to be playing at your new favourite casino site.
You won’t struggle for choice at Energy Casino, which lists around 1,200 games at the time of our review. They list some of the providers who supply these games proudly on their front page, and they include: BF Games, green tube, NetEnt, Microgaming, Big Time Gaming, Wazdan, Play’n GO, Evolution Gaming (live casino specialists), Gamomat, Oryx Gaming, Pariplay, Kalamba Games, blueprint gaming, and Pragmatic Play.
On the front page, their current big titles include Book of Gates, Stunning Hot, Magic Merlin and Bonnie and Clyde.
And they go beyond slots too, with table games, and other game styles like scratch cards.
A big live casino
The world has gone live casino mad! All those years created simulations was wasted it seems, because what players really wanted was the apparent glamour of playing at a real green baize table with a real dealer.
The live casino offering from Energy Casino is really nicely presented and has all the strengths you need to see from such a site.
That means lots of games from quality providers (we’ve mentioned Evolution, and you’ll also find NetEnt games here).
They cover everything you would expect to find: all the classic casino games plus game shows and unique games, in excellent quality.
More than a casino
Energy as a brand seems to aspire to offer a bit more than somewhere where you go to spend your cash on slots. The Energy World site gives you a load of sports news so you can get informed before you head to their live betting site, Energybet, and they’ve even got a shop selling merch!
Tournaments are the main sign of this at the casino, slots site because this style of play is a way to find a social side to your gaming by competing with and against other players.
It’s a frill perhaps, but if you’re going to spending a long time looking at a site it’s nice if it doesn’t look like it was designed by your colour-blind uncle.
Energy is a really nicely designed casino site. Yes, a lot of the features are very standard, but it’s very well put together and it’s extremely easy to use and to find your way around.
And the downsides…:
Where’s the help?
We review casinos all the time and we struggled to find a downside to Energy Casino. However, we have to find one, so…
We like to be able to look all the way around a site in order to assess it, and we think that a site should let you do that without signing up and certainly without paying any cash. You can do most of that at Energy Casino, but we found it very had to find the contact details for the site. Some of the written content is a bit low quality too. It’s nothing to consider a deal-breaker, but it’s a minor black mark.
Games and Software
Once you’ve signed up you want to start playing games! So what should you expect to find at Energy Casino?
Energy Casino Slots
Slots are the basic requirement for most of our readers, so let’s take a look at what Energy Casino has for you.
Games – around 1,200 of them – are arranged in a number of ways.
On the front page are the most popular titles and those the site wants to promote. On our visit, they included: Book of Gates, Book of Gods, Book of Dead, Gonzo’s Quest, hot Sunrise, Stunning Hot Remastered, Hotline 2, Mystery Reels, and Ramses Rising.
You’ll find the same list replicated under the “slots” category.
The site also has a Daily Jackpots category. Here you’ll find games with progressive prizes that must pay out within the next 24 hours.
The top titles on that list are: 4 Squad, Atlantis, Rio Stars, Tiki Fruits, Vicky Ventura, Ra’s Legend, Flaming Fox, and Grand Wheel.
A jackpot tab gives you a list of progressive titles without that time limit. Here we found: Jolly Fruits, Wheel of Wishes, Mercy of the Gods, Grand Spinn Superpot, Imperial Riches, and Divine Fortune. There were jackpots worth millions of pounds up for grabs in this section.
The Hot Games tab includes: Book of Gods, Book of Dead, Mystery Reels, Starburst, Twin Spin, Bonnie and Clyde, Legacy of Dead, Stunning Hot 20 Deluxe, Immortal Romance, and Magic Book.
New releases are the lifeblood of the casino industry, and among the new titles on Energy Casino, we found: Star Clusters, Black Horse Deluxe, Wild Wild Riches, Lucky Fridays, and Magic Merlin Megaways.
You can also list games by the producer. This gives us the choice to pick from: GreenTube (Novomatic), Pariplay, Skywind, Merkur, Wazdan, NetEnt, 1×2 Gaming, Pg Soft, Just for the Win, Iron Dog, Playson, Bally Wulf, Ainsworth, Blueprint, Pragmatic Play, Big Time Gaming, Red Tiger, Microgaming, Play’n GO and BF Games.
Table Games at Energy Casino
Energy Casino lists table and poker games together. The tab also lists some live games, though there are simulator games, and these include:
Blackjack: Vegas Single Deck Blackjack, Vegas Downtown Blackjack, Classic Blackjack, Atlantic City Blackjack and more.
Roulette: Roulette Advanced, Premier Roulette, French Roulette, And European Roulette.
Poker: Jacks or Better, Aces and Faces, Casino Hold’Em and more.
Baccarat: Baccarat Professional series.
Roulette is available as a simulator, listed above under table games, and also in the live casino, listed below.
Blackjack can be played at live tables or in simulators, please look at our list of titles in those sections.
Bonuses at Energy Casino
Bonuses look and sound good, and the fact they persist as a major promotional tool of the casino industry means they must be working in some respect. However, we look at bonuses from YOUR point of view, and we’re sceptics: it may well be worth ignoring bonuses entirely if they’re going to commit you to spend money at a site you wouldn’t otherwise use.
Energy Casino puts a lot of emphasis on tournaments in its promo material but also has a lot of other promotions, available at its Energy Shop, which is the centre of the site’s loyalty programme.
Welcome Bonus at Energy Casino
Amazingly, Energy Casino keep relatively quiet about their welcome bonus. In fact, we don’t think they currently have a welcome bonus for UK players.
The most recent information we have found is that there’s a welcome bonus of 100% on your first deposit worth up to £200.
There is a welcome bonus at EnergyBet, the sister site for sports betting fans. If you sign up there you’ll get a free £10 credit after you place your first qualifying bet once you’ve put £10 or more in your account.
Other Promotions at Energy Casino
There are casino promotions at Energy Casino. In fact, there are quite a lot of them, most notably tournaments.
Tournaments are a way for casino sites to get your money out of you. Sorry to come up with that right at the start, but this is true of all casino promotions. It is possible that an individual player or two will make a “profit” from a promotion, but the overall effect is designed to be an increase in profits for the casino site.
Tournaments are a nice sort of promotion though. They can introduce a social element to what is often a solitary interest. And they can operate as a flat-fee way to play.
The example we found on our visit was the BF Tournament, which encouraged players to spin on games by BF Games. That gave you 23 titles to play including Book of Gods, Ramses Rising, and Stunning Hot.
The play takes place over a short period of time, during which anyone who stakes at least 20p on one of the qualifying game is entered onto a leader board. The player who scores the highest single spin win wins the tournament.
Prizes are awarded in Energy Spins, the casino’s styling of free spins, with 200 spins the top prize, 100 spins for the second prize player, three 50 spin prizes, then 30, 20, and 10 for lots and lots of players.
New tournaments pop up all the time.
Other Promotions at Energy Casino
Promotions are always time-limited and may not be available in all territories. This is what we found for UK players when we visited.
A cash drops and wins contest from Pragmatic Play was being hosted. This is a tournament combined with a cash drop. A cash drop is a randomly awarded prize of 1,000-times bet that was triggered at random on qualifying games. The tournament was a leader board contest with a prize of 5,000-times stake as the top award.
Loyalty Schemes and VIP at Energy Casino
The loyalty scheme at Energy Casino is highly developed and branded. You win Energy Points to win Energy Spins, and you can redeem your Energy Points at the Energy Shop!
As with most of these schemes you are automatically entered when you sign up. As you play games you are rewarded with a tiny proportion of your betting as an energy point. At Energy Casino, you need to spend £100 to win 1 energy point.
You’ll have an Energy Points balance as part of your profile.
You can then redeem your Energy Points at the Energy Shop.
This has a number of offers for players.
They include cash, which can be “bought” for 100 Energy Points for £1. So, that means you need to spend £10,000 to earn £1. OK.
You can also buy spins on games. For example, 100 Eps from 10 spins on Stunning Hot.
Spins can win prizes, but these prizes are treated as bonus funds and come with a wagering requirement of 35-times before they can be withdrawn. Energy spins must be used within 7 days of being acquired and bonus funds are only valid for 3 days. That means if you win £10 with an Energy Spin you must spend 35-times that amount, £350, within three days to claim that win.
You can see how this promotion is designed to make you spend more time and more money at the site.
Unusually for a casino promotion you can also buy tangible goods with your EPs, including t-shirts and hoodies that promote the brand.
VIP Players are usually hand-selected and invited into a scheme. The way to get invited to join a VIP scheme is to play with a lot of money.
Energy Live Casino
The Live Casino at Energy Casino is very large and has a huge variety of games on offer.
It’s really a separate site, and you can find lots of specific promotions and bonuses associated with it.
Games come from NetEnt and from Evolution Gaming, who are the two biggest and best providers in the current market.
Games are listed in a number of ways.
You should always remember that live casino games operate in a different way from slots. They are live filmed and streamed. This means that there may be limits on the number of players who can play a specific game at a specific table and that not all games will be available at all times.
The front page of the live casino site features a huge list of games, starting with: Instant Roulette Live, Live Mega Ball 100, Immersive Roulette Live, Live Lightning Roulette, Live Lightning Baccarat, Liver Power Blackjack, Live Deal or No Deal, and Live Baccarat Macao.
You can also find games in individual sections.
The roulette section on our visit had dozens of wheels operating. Games are themed in a number of ways, including geographically (including language variants), by gameplay style (including auto and high-speed games) and by the classic variants on rules, like European, American, and French games.
Blackjack games are also available at dozens of tables. These games include branded titles like Infinite Blackjack, and Power Blackjack, and a number of variations on rules and game style. You can also play at different levels of staking, and by your place in the loyalty scheme hierarchy.
Baccarat games offered us 23 tables, including squeeze games and speed games.
There were 9 poker games on offer, including Texas Hold’em, Caribbean Stud Poker, and Dragon Tiger.
Other games include many game show and wheel games, and side betting and virtual sports games.
You can also earn your way into the VIP circle and play a selection of games there, with higher staking.
Always play safely, and always treat online casino staff with the same respect that you would like to be treated with.
Energy Mobile Casino and App
As the majority of internet access has been via mobile devices for a number of years, all casino sites must offer a good quality experience to mobile players. They have two choices: they can supply a good quality adaptive site that is easy to use and has a good supply of mobile games, or they can supply an app, that a player downloads.
There are pros and cons to both, from the player point of view. Apps, we think, can tie you to a particular site and discourage you from shopping around.
Energy Casino has gone for the former option, so just browse to their site to play a large selection of games on your mobile.
Energy Casino has a large number of payment methods listed.
- Inerac transfers
- Online Eberweisen
Not all of these payment methods are available for UK players though.
Minimum withdrawals are £20 and maximum is £5,000 a day.
Withdrawals are free for the first withdrawal each week with a fee after that.
Help is via an online chat window that is available on every page of the website.
Your first point of call should be the FAQs page, which has a heavy focus on technical information but is very well structured.
The Final Verdict
There is a lot to like about Energy Casino. It is a very good looking site that works really well and delivers what players want most of all, which is a great selection of games that are easy to enjoy in a safe environment.
On that, we can’t fault them. They are a big international brand who are used around the world (and who have forgotten to convert some of their € signs to £s for the UK market) and there’s no denying their efficiency at doing that.
The downsides are relatively minor. Help is limited to chat, and no-one likes fees on withdrawals, even when you get one free withdrawal a week. The games are great and from a good selection of suppliers, but it’s pretty obvious from the promotions that some suppliers are treated more favourably than others. The Energy Points scheme is well developed, but make sure it doesn’t tempt you to spend more than you want or intended to.
That’s fair enough, all sites have such financial imperatives and nothing at Energy Casino isn’t a standard practice throughout the industry.
If you want a beautiful site with a massive live casino then Energy Casino’s not a bad place to start your search.