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Casino Midas: First Impressions
It is no surprise that online gambling has become enormously popular given today's busy life style nor is it any surprise the extent to which the phenomenon has recently caught on in South Africa. But now South African players are faced with a bigger and tougher choice than ever before in trying to decide which of the many casinos available to them deserves their business. First impressions can be very important in this regard, especially when the casino is relatively new, and this review focus on our first impressions of Casino Midas.
When selecting a casino to play at, longevity is a great indicator because it shows you right away that this is a place that is not only financially successful but also appealing to customers and presumably a reputable organization that treats its customers fairly. With a newer casino, you don't have that kind of track record to rely on, but it still might be a very good place to play based on other factors. Casino Midas stands out from the pack with its fresh, innovative approach (King Midas theme), state-of-the-art software, aesthetically pleasing, easy-to-navigate website, large game variety, generous bonus offers, and helpful customer support.
Casino Midas was launched in November, 2012. Only time will tell if its initial success is lasting and if it is committed to making the kinds of improvements than can make this casino even better.
King Midas, after whom this casino was named, was a legendary ancient king with remarkable powers. Everything he touched turned to gold which, of course, is exactly what you want to happen, too, when you gamble in a casino. Even if the roulette wheel and cards have been far less than golden to you lately, more likely than not the phase is just temporary. If so, maybe a fresh start in a new casino, with a big Welcome Bonus to help boost your bankroll, too, is just what you need to turn things around and maybe discover that you have more of the Midas touch than you realized.
Casino Midas was created by Midas Entertainment and is licensed in Curacao. It has quickly become a popular online destination for players in many countries, and now you can add South Africa to the growing list. For your convenience, ZAR is accepted as currency, along with USD, EUR, and GBP. Unfortunately, no one from the U.S. can play.
Online Roulette Software That Delivers
Casino Midas is powered by software from Real Time Gaming, a major worldwide provider for online casinos. The software is continually being updated to reflect the very latest in online computer technology, thereby assuring you of consistently high quality sounds and graphics and an enjoyable playing experience overall.
Downloading the state-of-the-art software onto your computer can be accomplished in just a few minutes. Or, if you prefer, another option is the no download instant play flash version which gives you even faster access and lets you play on any browser. Unfortunately, Casino Midas cannot be played on mobile devices.
Given how popular mobile play has become and that for many people who travel around a lot, it may be the only convenient way they can play, this reviewer regards the absence of such capability at Casino Midas a deficiency that needs to be corrected as soon as possible.
That said, there is much to like about the Casino Midas software, including a website that goes beyond the attention getting bright gold décor and obvious play-up of the King Midas theme to describe what this casino has to offer in clear and easy to understand terms. While the roulette options are more limited than at some online casinos, Casino Midas offers the exciting option of live dealer roulette. This innovative way of playing roulette is an example of online technology at its finest and is not to be missed.
Enjoy Playing Roulette Multiple Ways
Roulette may never take the place of slots as most gamblers' No. 1 game of choice, but it is certainly popular enough for every respectable online casino to offer it. Casinos vary, however, in how prominently the game is featured and to the options they offer for playing it. Much as the game of blackjack can be played with different sets of rules, betting options, and other features, so can roulette.
The two basic forms of roulette are American roulette and European roulette, and Casino Midas, like just about every other legitimate online casino, offers those. American roulette, with a double zero, has a 5.26 house edge, making it the less favorable to the player of the two. This game's house advantage is actually bigger than you will find for many slot games. In contrast, European roulette, with just a single zero, has a 2.73 house edge.
You can certainly win at either game so there is nothing wrong with not offering additional ways of playing roulette. But being how competitive the online gambling industry is, if Casino Midas is really serious about attracting more roulette players, it needs to do more.
An excellent step Casino Midas has already taken in that direction is live dealer roulette. The exhilarating experience of watching the croupier spinning the wheel and paying the winners close-up and even engaging in conversation so much resembles playing in a real brick and mortar casino, you will almost forget that you are not in one, but still logged on to your computer.
Casino Midas can give roulette players even more of what they want by making available other creative variations of the game. As much as you may love to play roulette, the repetitive nature of the game could make the routine monotonous after a while. Introducing more roulette variations solves the problem and creates a more enjoyable game.
Casino Midas, like many other online casinos, not only offers new players signing up an attractive Welcome Bonus but continues rolling out the red carpet with reload bonuses and loyalty rewards. The Casino Midas Welcome Bonus is summarized at the beginning of this review, and you will be pleased to know that Casino Midas, unlike many other casinos, does count roulette (all varieties) towards meeting the bonus related playthrough requirements for withdrawal, though not as much as slot play.
Low coverage bets covering less than 10% of the table count at a rate of 50% while medium coverage bets covering 10-59% of the table count 20%. However, high coverage bets covering 60% or more of the table don't count at all. The percentage of contribution could be better, keeping in mind that you have to play both the bonus and deposit combined and the bonus itself is just for play purposes and not withdrawable. But you do have the option to play roulette as a break from the slots and have it count. You also receive loyalty points when you play roulette.
Play a Variety of Other Online Casino Games at Casino Midas
Just like land-based casinos come in all sizes, from themega size establishments with a seemingly endless array of games to the tiny hole in the wall with hardly any, the same is true of online casinos. Casino Midas, with 250+ games, falls somewhere in the middle. On the one hand, there are not so many games that every time you log on you will be caught in the dilemma of being undecided about what to play first. On the other hand, the number and variety of games is more than sufficient to find one that is exactly what you feel like playing.
This is important because, as much as you may love roulette, there probably will be times, just for the sake of variety, you will want to switch to something else. At Casino Midas doing that is never a problem. Keep in mind that In order to fully capitalize on the various generous bonuses you are being offered, your best bet is slots since, unlike roulette, slot play counts 100% toward meeting the wagering requirements. There is plenty to choose from, too: traditional 3-reel slots, action-packed 5-reel video slots, and, of course, progressive slots that could pay out a million dollar plus jackpot any time. What makes these jackpots, when they hit, so huge is that the Casino Midas progressive slots are liked to the Realtime Gaming progressive network.
Video poker and all of the most popular table games are other options you might enjoy. Casino Midas offers several different ways to play blackjack including traditional, European, and face-up blackjack. You can also play blackjack and baccarat with a live dealer in addition to roulette. For your protection all of the games have been certified for fairness by Technical Systems Testing. However, it would be better if players don't have to just rely on the casino's claims, but are able to see on the website actual updated monthly verification of average payouts.
In addition to the generous Welcome Bonus you receive when you sign up, the casino hands out reload bonuses every Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday, with partial rebates if you lose your Saturday deposit. These bonuses and rebates have the same wagering requirements for withdrawal as the Welcome Bonus. See the website for more information.
If you are going to play a lot, you do need to be mindful of the fact that luck runs in cycles and to keep your bets within the confines of what you can afford. Although the abundance of reload bonuses may be tempting, they do come with high wagering requirements, after which you can't keep the bonus, so you don't want to get in the habit of continually chasing your losses just to get the bonus. If you want to step up your bets, the time to do it is when you are on a winning streak.
At Casino Midas comp points are awarded for all of your play. There are four loyalty levels based on play, and those who reach VIP status earn comps faster and get bigger bonuses.
Customer Support is available to all players 24/7 if you have any questions or concerns. The service can be accessed via live chat, phone, or email.