Yako Casino overview
We couldn’t find a reason why this casino is called Yako Casino. (There’s a whole area of internet marketing dedicated to making up new words because all the obvious URLs are taken. Nice work if you can get it!) But hidden in the About page we found this!
“Did you know that “Yako” means “Your” in Swahili? YakoCasino literally means YOURCasino!”
So there you go, a Swahili word – and a story about eating homemade mozzarella.
You may even have heard of Yako via the news, because the site was home to a lovely big win lately, with a £42,051.92 prize coming off a single 40p bet (a 105,129.8 times win multiplier). We tell you what game it was at the end of this Yako Casino review – stick around.
We can tell you what lies behind Yako, which is a major casino operating company called L&L Europe Limited. The company – like a huge slice of the European online casino industry – sits on the sunny, small, and relatively lightly regulated the island of Malta.
We make L&L the owners and operators of 9 casino sites at the moment.
They should know what they’re doing then!
Yako is very much in the bright-and-breezy mode, and very obviously designed for mobile users, with its big game tiles and mobile-friendly portrait look. Everything has an infinite scroll.
The signature colour is purple, with lots of bright yellows used as font colours. It’s probably not as clashing as that sounds – go and take a look, it’s pretty tasteful really.
Against that backdrop are loads and loads of games. There isn’t a lot of time wasted on frills, extras, or characters, this is a site that puts the games front and centre. And there are loads and loads of them, including a live casino with all your favourite titles, plus a huge slew of slots.
The company themselves say they have gone for a “balanced” set of games.
There is also quite a bit of information about site safety, customer service, and big bonuses, none of which is going to put off any online casino users that we know.
But there are now thousands of sites out there fighting over your gambling pound. You have the choice, you have the power – but only if you use it – should you be checking out Yako, “your casino”?
Let’s have a look.
Yako Casino Pros and Cons
When we find the perfect site we’ll just write it on a page and shut this site down.
For the moment we don’t have to worry too much, as everyone makes a mistake or two, and there are so many games and styles of games that no-one is going to cover everything.
So here is the good and the bad (and maybe the ugly) of Yako Casino.
1 – Yako Casino is Legal and Licensed
If you play at a site that isn’t licensed then you are looking for trouble. The vast majority of the online gambling world is completely legitimate. But the sector is not immune to the same scams and the like as any other business and as you’re carrying out online transactions you need to know that you can use a site safely.
Licensing is the first step in any checks you make on a site. We’ve looked at Yako Casino’s licence (as you should) and can confirm that they have an up-to-date licence that is completely clean.
The site also shows every sign of being legitimate and fair, and you can use it with confidence.
2 – Yako Casino has Tons of Games
Once you know a site is safe you want to know if you can play the sort of games that you like.
We’d be surprised if there are any online slots or casino fans out there who can’t find something that they like at this enormous site.
We checked an online audit site that we trust and they told us that the site has nearly 900 slots.
And they’re from good quality providers too, with NetEnt, Play n GO, Microgaming, Blueprint Gaming, and Evolution Gaming the top providers.
3 – Yako Casino Has a Huge Live Casino
If you know your online games you’ll have noted two of those providers as the major suppliers of live casino games.
Evolution Gaming and NetEnt make the most popular and visible live casino games, and they’re suppliers to Yako Casino, who have a great selection of their games, which we’ll go into in more detail later on.
All you need to know now is that the Yako Casino timetable is full of great choices to play familiar favourites and less common casino games for real cash with great live dealers.
4 – Yako Casino is fun and friendly
Forget about the homemade mozzarella for the moment, and the Swahili translation, Yako Casino is easy to understand, friendly, easy on the eye and loads of fun!
Some sites go for an ultra-technical look, others have a theme they go with (space themes are popular for example), but Yako just delivers a bright site that’s really easy to use and really easy to find your way around.
We can’t find any fault with that.
OK, so nobody’s perfect…
1 – The White Label Issue
L&L have designed and run a load of casino sites. They’ve made a success of it. And that tends to mean that they go with what works. And that means that you know you’re at a family of sites when you arrive at an L&L casino. That’s no issue if you’ve never used an L&L site, but if you’ve been around the block a bit this site might feel a little safe and familiar to you.
Yako Casino Games and Software
The games are the heart of any casino. Most sites put the most focus on their slots, but players are looking for more variety than that and we expect now to see casino games and live casino games at least.
What does Yako Casino have for us?
Yako Casino preview their games with big tiles, and slot games are listed in a number of ways.
First, we have the most popular games, across all styles of games.
These included on our visit: Playboy Fortunes, Gold Volcano, Sweet Success Megaways, Honey Rush, and Win a Beest.
Yako Casino also hosts Slingo games. These are a hybrid of bingo and slots that is really taking off at the moment. Their top Slingo titles were:
Slingo Deal or No Deal, Titans Treasure, Slingo Berserk, Slingo Cascade, and Slingo Reveal.
The site also holds tournaments for players (which we’ll cover in our bonuses section), and you can play: Beauty Fairy, Fairy Queen, Finn’s Golden Tavern, Fortress Charge, and Gemix.
New releases cuts across all styles of game, and the new slots on our visit were:
Fortune Girl, Revolution Patriot’s Fortune, Beat the Beast – Cerberus’ Inferno, Immortal Glory, and Mistress of Egypt.
Next up, Yako offers you their selection of titles. Who knows how these selections are made, but we assume that they want you to play these games for commercial reasons of some sort. On our visit, this selection opened with:
Twin Spin, Wild Frames, Twisted Sister, Tome of Madness, and Captain Venture.
Video Slots are listed as a separate category, and the top games are: Jingle Spins, Sweet Alchemy, Montezuma Megaways, Tiki Mania, and Fortune Girl.
Slots gives us: Ted Pub Slot, Jackpot 6000, Chronos Joker, Grand Spinn, and Action Bank Plus.
The jackpot slots listed – all with their prize total shown – are: Atlantean Treasures Mega Moolah, Mega Moolah, Mega Moolah Isis, Hall of Gods, and Arabian Nights.
The site also lists some “other games”, which include:
Crown and Anchor, Electro Bingo, Enchanted Wood, Four by Four, and Hand to Hand Combat.
The site lists many of its gaming partners, and they are: SG Gaming, Novomatic, Bally, ELK Studios, Just for the Win, blueprint gaming, High5Games, Microgaming, Slingshot, Barcrest, NetEnt, Amatic Industries, Big Time Gaming, Thunderkick, and IGT.
There’s a good selection of table games at Yako Casino, including, of course, the world’s favourite casino game.
These games are simulators, and you can find live roulette games at Yako Casino which we’ll go into later.
We found 32 table games, including these great roulette titles:
Key Bet Roulette, European Roulette, Roulette 100 to 1, 20p Roulette, and American Roulette. In total there were 10 roulette simulators.
Blackjack is top the charts when it comes to table card games.
At Yako Casino you can play:
Vegas Downtown Blackjack, Classic Blackjack, First Person blackjack, Blackjack Classic, and Blackjack Blazing 7s. In total we found 11 blackjack variants.
You can also play baccarat, dealer poker games like three card poker and let it ride, hold’em and more at Yako Casino.
Pai Gow Poker and Dream Catcher (the wheel game) are also available as one-player simulators.
Video poker is an underrated game. You can actually enjoy some of the best return to player figures in the casino on video poker games, and they aren’t a massive hit in Vegas for no reason.
Among the titles on offer at Yako Casino were:
Aces and Eights, Aces and Faces, All Aces Poker, All American and Bonus Deuces Wild.
You can also bet on lotteries at Yako, including the UK draws and Irish lotto.
Yako Casino Bonuses
Yako Casino puts quite a lot of emphasis on its bonuses. A bonus is offered at almost every casino website in the world. In all honesty, while there is a lot of competition to make these bonuses appear the best, the reality is that most are offering something fairly similar both in terms of their headline offer, and what a player can actually expect to cash in on after all the restrictions are taken into account.
Let’s have a look at the Yako Casino offering, which majors on a lifetime guarantee of cashback.
Yako Casino Welcome Offer
A welcome offer will always look very good.
The eye-catching headline offer at Yako Casino is a 100% bonus up to £99.
That’s a fairly typical offer, but it comes with restrictions.
A wagering requirement of 40 times the bonus. This means that for every £10 you are given in bonus fees you must wager at the site 40-times that amount of your own money.
That means if you deposit £10 and earn a £10 bonus you will need to play with £400 of your own money before you can unlock the bonus and withdraw any money you win by playing slots with it.
Yako say: “That may sound like a lot, but you’d be surprised how fast that goes.” Yeah! No kidding.
In fact, this is relatively generous, as some wagering requirements demand that you wager a multiple of the amount you deposited and the bonus combined.
This wagering requirement and a 30-day time limit on the bonus applies to all bonuses at Yako unless otherwise specified.
Ongoing Promotions at Yako Casino
There are a series of ongoing promos at Yako Casino, including:
The Bonus Bonanza, which is a series of deposit bonuses that are announced at random.
Yako Casino Free Spins
Everyone loves free spins, and Free Spins Galore are giveaways that are announced by the site from time to time.
The site says that players will receive bonus spins from time to time. Check your emails, as some Yako no deposit bonus offers may be included too!
Cash Back at Yako
There is 10% cashback advertised as a new customer offer at Yako at the moment. However, we weren’t able to find many details of the offer, though we assume it applies as it’s scrolling across the top of the website.
There is no loyalty scheme at Yako Casino.
Many casinos have VIP Schemes that are not advertised to players. They are open by invitation to players who spend a lot of money at a site.
The only way to find out if you’re eligible for the Yako Casino VIP club is by playing there.
Yako Live Casino
The live casino is the latest innovation for online casino players. Yes, all that technology, and what players want is an exact replica of what they would receive if they walked off the street into a real-world casino.
Perhaps this sort of streaming service will get even more popular in the time of COVID as we’ve seen everything from therapy to theatre to sports to sex work go online only!
We think there are a couple of issues with live casino games that we ask our players to consider.
Because the games are played live there is no real opportunity to check out games or use a demo mode. It is a good idea to know what you’re doing before you start playing live casino games. If you’re a member of a site and have verified your age, you can play demo versions of the same games in their simulation version.
Or you can read one of our game guides!
The other issue is player safety. You need to make decisions around your gambling that are informed first and foremost by what is healthy for you and what you can afford. Live games bring in a social element and there’s a possibility that this might override your good intentions. Don’t base your decisions on how you feel about the stuff you’re playing when it comes to Live casino games. (And always treat live casino staff with the respect and courtesy that you would expect.)
At Yako Casino you can play these games in the live casino. Please remember that live casino games run to a schedule, so not all games are available at all times, and you may not be able to get a seat at the game you want to play.
Live Roulette Rapid, Low Roulette, Classic Live Roulette, Live Roulette, VIP Roulette Live, Live Roulette Silver, Classic Auto Roulette, Rapid Auto Roulette, and VIP Auto Roulette.
Blackjack Crystal, Live Blackjack Blackjack Bronze, Live Blackjack Emerald, Blackjack White Gold, Blackjack Gold, Blackjack Black Gold, Live Blackjack Quartz, Live Blackjack Ruby, Live Blackjack Platinum, Blackjack Silver, Live Blackjack High, Blitz Blackjack, Live Blackjack Blitz Silver, Live Blackjack Blitz VIP, Live Blackjack Green, Live Blackjack Low.
These games suggest there is a VIP club at Yako Casino.
Yako Mobile Casino and App
Yako Casino has a responsive website rather than an app.
Apps offer some advantages to browser access on a mobile: they’re very quick and easy to use, there’s no more convenient way to get at your casino games. But not all apps are equal, some come with lots of extra content, others are just a link.
And Yako’s site means you’re not tied to the site by a piece of software on your homepage. Most new games come with mobile versions, so a site should be as good as all those games.
You need to get money into your account to trigger all those lovely bonuses. And you need somewhere for Yako Casino to pay you all your lovely winnings!
Yako Casino allows players to use debit cards, online wallets, vouchers and bank transfers.
The minimum payment is £10 or £30 by bank transfer. Yako processes payments instantly.
Deposits are limited by method, and you can also set your own limits.
Minimum withdrawals are £10. Most players will have to prove their ID and age before withdrawals are allowed. You may be asked to send an image of the front and back of your debit card.
Withdrawal limits are: Visa £5,000.00; Skrill £25,000.00; Neteller £25,000.00. There are no limits on bank transfers, and no payments can be made to MasterCard.
You must request withdrawals to the payment method you used to make deposits.
There are longer time limits to some very large payments.
Yako accepts: Visa, Verified by Visa, MasterCard SecureCode, Zimpler, Skrill Moneybookers, Neteller, PassNGo (Visa), Paysafecard, Bank Transfers, Interac Online, ecoPayz, Interac e-transfer, Sofort, Trustly, and PayPal.
Hopefully, all you’ll ever need customer support for is to send a thank you letter for a huge win you’ve just been paid.
In the event you need it for some other reason too, this is what you can do:
- You can email: [email protected],
- You can chat online.
- Or you can call +356 2034 1662.
The Final Verdict
There’s nothing really to dislike about Yako Casino. It is very much what it looks like: a fairly simple casino site with a load of games.
That’s the main deal. This isn’t a super sophisticated or stylish site. The design is quite rudimentary by some standards (though everything works very well), but Yako have packed in the games.
In every area: slots, video poker, Slingo, casino games, live casino games, even lotteries, there’s a big, long list of games to return to or try out for the first time.
So, make that your priority at this site: playing your favourite games!
We have no doubt that you can do so safely. Yako Casino is licensed in a load of jurisdictions, not just the UK, and is a member of all the industry bodies you would expect. They have good customer support options too and all the safe gambling links are in place – don’t be shy about using them.
If we’re looking for things to complain about we would have to mention the look, which might not work for everyone, and some of the written content is a bit inelegant. L&L sites are everywhere, so you’ll likely get that sense of déjà vu if you’ve played around much.
But for functionality and games, Yako Casino can’t be beaten.
And if you want to try to match that big win from the start of our review then you need to load up Lil Devil by Big Time Gaming and cross your fingers that you’ve got the angels on your side.
Casino Reviewer and Chief Editor
Joslyn Ferguson is our casino reviewer and chief editor. She has 8 years of writing experience in the online gambling industry and makes sure all of our reviews are accurate and unbiased.