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Ice36 Casino are new. That doesn’t necessarily make them good or special though. New casinos launch all the time, and we’ll have a look at what being “new” actually means.

The site went live in 2019, so we’re a bit beyond the initial rush where you might find a lot of extra-special promos and bonuses at the site. The site has also had time to get settled though, and now has over 1,000 games installed and ready to play. Not long enough to replace the € signs with £ signs for UK users who visit though.

The overall theme is luxury, a popular aesthetic in the casino world where we’re all dreaming of the next big win.

Let’s look a bit more deeply at who Ice26 Casino are, in this review.

Overview

The site is run by a company called Skill on Net, who are based in Malta. Malta is the base for much of the European casino and online slots industry.

Skill on Net are a licensed provider, but they’re a veteran, not new at all.

They launched their first site in 2005, Prime Casino, before adding related scratch card and slot-specialising sites. In 2012 they launched Mega Casino; 2015 Simba Games, 2018 Lucky Me Slots, and, finally in 2019, Ice36.

There’s nothing illegitimate or problematic about operating in this way, but we do think you should be aware of it when you assess casino sites, and there may be some implications for bonuses and holding accounts at multiple sites, which we believe most casino customers do.

The tag line for Ice36 Casino is: “State-of-the-art website based on advanced technology, creating a fast and seamless user experience on any device and internet connection”.

So, like most modern casino sites it looks like Skill on Net are taking account of mobile customers. And the design backs that up, in cool, sophisticated blues and whites, the site has the big tiles and infinite scroll of mobile-first design.

Let’s look beyond the front page and see what happens when the ice melts.

Ice36 Casino Pros and Cons

There isn’t a perfect casino site. Every operation has its ups and downs, and Ice26 is no exception, let’s weigh the merits against the demerits and see if it gets a passing mark.

Ice36 Pros

1 – Ice36 Casino is licensed, legal and legitimate

Before you even think of handing over money to an online casino site you should check its licensing. A UK Gambling Commission licence must be in place and up to date for you to play at a site safely. You should go beyond this and also check out that you’re happy that the site has decent security, is SSL encrypted, and looks and feels legitimate too.

Ice26 is licensed as one of the SkillonNet brands. There are dozens of these names, some of them stand-alone sites and some of them operated as White Label sites, which are sites that Skill on Net sets up and then rents out to operators who handle the front end of the store – a bit like a franchised fast-food chain.

There are no sanctions recorded against Skill on Net despite their many brands, and you can play at Ice36 with confidence that the site is legitimate.

2 – That’s a lot of games!

If licensing feels a bit of a chore to check, it’s much more fun to look at the great games a site has and to dream about playing – and maybe winning big – on them.

Ice36 has a massive selection of games and they come from good quality providers.

There are well over 1,000 games. Far too many to come close to listing here. They are divided into a number of categories to help you find your way around, and the front page is full of the most popular titles.

The providers Ice26 advertise are: Play’nGO, NETENT, Red Tiger, NetEnt Live and Evolution Gaming.

This leads us nicely into:

3 – A Huge Live Casino

Going live has revolutionised the online casino industry. Who would have thought in the age of superb simulations and 3-d surround video gaming that pointing a camera at a roulette wheel in a warehouse in a Baltic state would be the future of online gaming?

Well. Here we are!

Players love it, and at Ice36 you’ll find dozens and dozens of tables. These are arranged around the most popular titles – as ever, it’s roulette and blackjack – and also around styles of play and game experience.

Evolution Gaming and NETENT LIVE are the biggest and best live casino providers in the world right now, so seeing them thriving at Ice36 suggests that the company, which heavily promotes its live offering, is doing well in this area.

4 – Nice Design

We’re into the extras now, but why not look for something a bit special at a site if you’re going to spend a lot of time there.

And Ice26 Casino looks the business!

The design is crisp and clean. You’re never far from a menu or an easy way to click to the home page and the colour palette and choice of game tiles reflects well the company’s luxury branding.

A hit!

5 – Good help and information

No-one wants to call for help at a casino site and we hope your time at Ice36 Casino will go without a hitch. But if you do need help –especially if it involves money – you want it to be quick and good quality.

That’s what we found at Ice36 where help is available easily in the form of a great set of FAQs, as well as contacts, including chat and email.

Ice36 Casino Cons

So what are the downsides of Ice36?

1 – Group sites

This is a constant problem in the internet casino sector. Larger companies launch site after site under different branding. Fine. But under the new badge and colour scheme is there anything new to discover?

Ice36 isn’t a great sinner in this arena, but if you’ve played at a number of Skill on Net sites and definitely don’t like them then you might not have such a great time at Ice36.

Ice36 Games and Software

The owners, Skill on Net, set up the site and seem to use their own software as a base for all the games, which are divided into three broad categories: top games, slots and jackpots, and live casino games. These are further subdivided, and we’ll look at this now.

Ice36 Slots

On the home page, you’ll find an uncategorised list of the top games at the site, mixing slots and live games.

We found these slots heading the list: Bonanza Megaways, Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead, Cleopatra, DaVinci Diamonds, Fishin’ Fury, Rainbow Riches, Slingo Rainbow Riches, and Wish Upon a Jackpot.

Then games are subdivided.

Under the slots and jackpots, you’ll find an uncategorized list, new games, popular games, and jackpot games.

Under the all games tab are: Fishin’ Frenzy, Flappers, Gonzo’s Quest Megaways, Gorilla Kingdom, John Hunter and the Tom of the Scarab Queen, King Kong cash Jackpot King, Legacy of Egypt, Rise of Olympus, Royal Seven XXL, and Shining Crown.

A New Titles list was headed by: 24 Hour Grand Prix, 5 Families, 6 Wild Sharks, Beers on Reels, Book of Romeo and Julia Golden Nights Bonus, Boost It, Megaways Buffalo Rising Jackpot King, Choco Reels, Coin o Mania, and Crystal Mirror.

The Popular games on our visit were: Fishin’ Frenzy, Flappers, Gonzo’s Quest Megaways, Gorilla Kingdom, John Hunter and the Tomb of the Scarab Queen, King Kong Cash Jackpot King, and Legacy of Egypt.

Under the Jackpot tab, you’ll find these titles heading the charts: Fishin’ Frenzy, King Kong Cash Jackpot King, Shining Crown, Supreme Hot, 100 Super hot, 20 Diamonds, 20 Super Hot, 4 Super Hot, Arabian Nights, and Ave Caesar.

There were well over £1 millions worth of prizes listed on the first page.

Casino Games

Casino games are usually divided into live games and simulators. Simulators are a video game version of a casino game like roulette, blackjack, baccarat or poker. These games are a good training ground if you’re new to casino games. Live casino games can be more expensive to play because the company making the games has to pay staff to man the tables (albeit that they locate their businesses in lower-wage economies). And because live games are running all the time at quite some expense, you cannot play them on a demo mode.

At Ice36 Casino there are casino games, but they are not separately listed, so we can only list those games that we can find. We’re confident though that there are a full range of titles, and the full range of variants in rules and experience type are covered.

This is what we did find:

Roulette

Roulette is the most popular table game.

We found Benelux Slingshot by Evolution listed in the most popular games tab, along with French Roulette Pro.

You’ll also find blackjack, baccarat, poker and more at Ice36.

Bonuses at Ice36

Bonuses are used to temp players first to sign up and use a site and to spend more time at a site. The reason why a casino site wants you to spend more time at their site isn’t that they think you’re going to win a lot of money. No, it’s the opposite. They know that the mathematics behind their games all-but guarantee a profit. The longer you spend at a site the more money you are likely to lose. This needn’t be disastrous, and our best advice is always to consider your gambling spending as the price for something you enjoy doing. If you’re playing to win big money in the long run you will almost certainly be disappointed.

You should always keep this at the forefront of your mind when you consider a bonus.

Welcome Bonus at Ice36

Welcome bonuses are designed to look fantastic. They almost always do, but please bear in mind what we’ve said about the purpose of promotions.

The welcome bonus at Ice36 certainly has an eye-catching headline.

“100% up to £50” and the Star Joker logo.

So, most players will expect on reading this that they’re going to get a free reward of £50 if they deposit £50 at the site and something to do with that game, maybe some free spins.

What it actually means is this:

You will get a 100% bonus on your first deposit worth up to a maximum of £50. You must spend this bonus on Star joker.

In order to withdraw any money won with this bonus, you must deposit and play with 60-times the amount of your bonus within 30 days.

So, this means that if you deposit the minimum amount of £20, you will be given another £20 to play with but you will need to play with £1,200 of your own money within 30 days in order to unlock any winnings won with that bonus. In order to pay off that wagering requirement, you must spend that £1,200 only on slots and the maximum bet is 10% of your total wagering requirement, or £5, in other words, you’re going to have to play at least 240 games.

That’s how bonuses work. People hate the idea of giving up something they’ve had, so once you win even a small amount with your bonus wagers you’ll feel cheated if you don’t collect it. This can lead you to spend that £1,200 just to qualify for a small prize.

Make sure you collect bonuses only for the right reasons and don’t consider a bonus the make-or-break for a site.

Other Promotions at Ice36 Casino

There are also other promos at Ice36. These offers – like the welcome bonus – are likely to change with time and may not be available to all players in all jurisdictions.

We found:

Daily Picks: an unspecified daily offer.

Tournaments: tournaments are popular and genuinely worthwhile. In tournaments, you play against other players in order to win a prize. They can offer a chance to play a game for a flat fee, and if a game you love is featured in a tournament it is certainly worth considering joining.

Loyalty Schemes and VIP Schemes

Every casino site these days has a loyalty scheme and a VIP scheme. They operate like supermarket loyalty cards – the more you spend, the more rewards you earn. And they serve a similar function, which is the same function as everything else at the casino site, which is to get you to spend more time and therefore more money at a site.

Recent news reports in the UK have shown how much money casino sites make from VIP players, some of whom may be problem gamblers – even if they’re very rich and not getting into trouble with money because of their gambling.

As with all such schemes you should never make completing a level in a loyalty scheme make choices for you. Only play with money you can afford to lose and when it is safe to do so.

The loyalty scheme at Ice36 is a six-level scheme that looks very similar to most others in the industry. As you move up the levels you can collect extras like birthday bonuses, a personal manager, special offers, faster pay-outs, higher deposit limits, extra promos, and a better return on the points that move you up the table.

VIP membership is by invitation. The way to get an invitation will be to spend lots of money on the site. Do it if it’s healthy and right for you and only in those circumstances.

Ice36 Live Casino

It’s pretty obvious that Ice36 was launched to make a big deal out of its live casino offering. And it’s got everything in place, including the two best-known live game developers providing its tables: Evolution Gaming and NetEnt Live.

Games are arranged in four tabs: All games, roulette, blackjack and others.

We got to 120 tables before we stopped counting. Remember that live games operate slightly differently. Not all games will be available at all times and there may be limits on player numbers that stop you playing at the tables you want to.

Live Roulette

On our visit, we found over 30 roulette wheels spinning.

These included all rule variants, so French, European, and American.

We also found these experiences: immersive, high speed, auto, and party, as well as the game show style Lightning game.

Specialist tables offered games in Italian, Russian, and Swedish, and there were live-streamed casino games.

There’s also a range of exclusive tables and bet levels, including VIP tables.

Live Blackjack

The cards were clicking down on more than 70 tables on our visit.

Again, all the rule variants were in evidence, along with a wide variety of experiences, and a full range of betting ranges and loyalty programme tables.

You can play Evolution and NetEnt blackjack and you can play high speed and with manual shoes.

Live Baccarat

Baccarat (often teamed with sic bo) is the final piece in the top triad of casino games.

You can play baccarat, with or without squeeze, at Ice36.

Other Live Casino and Gameshow Games at Ice36

Poker variants, watch-along card games, game shows, virtual sports studios… they’re all there at Ice36, which has one of the largest live casinos we’ve seen.

Ice36 Mobile Casino and App

There is no app to download for Ice36, instead, you can browse to their site and play mobile versions of many of their games.

Apps are super convenient, but mobile sites are less likely to tie you to a site in our opinion. It’s likely that many sites that don’t currently have apps will develop them in time, so watch this space.

Banking

You need to get money safely into and out of a casino site.

We’re happy that Ice36 is fully legitimate, following good safety procedures, and using the best online security.

You can use these payment methods at Ice36:

  • Visa and MasterCard
  • Paysafecard
  • PayPal
  • Trustly
  • Skrill
  • EcoPayz and
  • SoFort.

Customer Support

We mentioned customer support as one of the major pros of this site because it’s easy to find and there’s a lot of good information included even with the FAQs section.

Sites that hide their customer support and contact details make us a bit mad, to be honest, so we’re happy to see that this isn’t the case here.

There’s a big list of FAQs that are logically arranged so you can find what you need easily. And at the top of the page is a nice simple contact link that takes you to a page showing you how to use the chat system and giving you the email address: [email protected]

Live chat is available between 6 am and midnight GMT.

There is no time target displayed for the email.

The Final Verdict

This is a good site from a good company and one that you should consider. The SkillonNet family is large and ever-changing, and Ice36 is a decent addition to the family.

The games speak for themselves, and if you like live casino paly then this is one of the best sites on the web right now – the quality and quantity of games is hard to fault.

The design is good: you won’t get lost here, and finding the games you love should be super easy. The styling lives up to the site’s ambitions to be a luxury site and is nicely understated, leaving the fireworks to the games.

All the practicalities are well covered: help and support, payment methods, safe gambling advice, and security.

On the downsides, this is another site that’s from a big family of sites and these places can struggle to forge their own identity. And that 60-times wagering requirement on the welcome offer is a long way off the best in the industry.

Otherwise, the promotions and loyalty set up look decent, though we’d hope to see it growing, and we’d like to see more payment options in time too.

You shouldn’t lose your cool though and enjoy breaking the ice with friends at this chic, sophisticated new site.