ShadowBet calls itself a mysterious place known only to the chosen few, with exclusive to the famous and influential as well as those who lurk in the darkness. But beyond the hype, what you can find in the Shadows is a straight-up above-board online casino with a good selection of top games and pokies in a nicely designed casino with titles from NetEnt, Micrograming, BetSoft and other high-end game providers. Players will also enjoy the achievement-based Treasures at Shadowbet – as you play, you will move up levels which have more and more perks. And each time you move up, you will get a shot at playing the exclusive house pokie, Shadow Treasures, which has some lucrative real world prizes to be won.
New ShadowBet players get a 3-part Welcome Package with bonuses up to $1200 and as many as 250 extra Spins in your first 3 deposits. Here is how it breaks down:
- 5-50 no deposit free spins on the Shadow Treasures pokie just for joining
- 1st deposit: 100% Bonus up to $300, plus 200 free spins (20 free spins daily for 10 days in a row) on the following NetEnt slots: Attraction, Lights, Pyramid: Quest for Immortality and Starburst
- 2nd deposit: 50% Match Bonus up to $400
- 3rd deposit: 25% Match Bonus up to $500
- Minimum qualifying deposit is $10
- Wagering requirement is 35x bonus plus deposit
- Pokies and jackpot games contribute 100% to the requirement; table games and live casino contribute 0% ; others contribute 50%.
Slots such as Bloodsuckers, Devil’s Delight, Kings of Chicago, Eggomatic, Mega Joker, 1429 Uncharted Seas, Castle Builder, Gemix and Pearls of India do not contribute to the wagering requirement.
- Welcome Package and all bonuses expire 30 days after registration
From a welcome bonus perspective, this is pretty average. However, no deposit free spins are always appreciated. The free spins are for Shadow Treasure, a ShadowBet exclusive pokie, in which you can win free spins, cash and some real world prizes. Watch out though – the 35x wagering requirement is on bonus plus deposit, which makes it very high. So even though pokies and jackpot games count fully toward wagering requirements, with others counting less, we don’t recommend chasing after the requirements. Just use the free cash, try some new games, practice some strategies and then move on – unless you win a progressive jackpot of course!
Of the close to 1000 casino games of all kinds, it’s obvious that ‘Jack’ and his Crew have a soft spot for pokies. There are nearly 300 of them on offer, including some of the latest and greatest from NetEnt, Microgaming, Betsoft and Play ‘n’ GO. ShadowBet cherry-picks pokies from each platform provider, so don’t be surprised if some of your favorites from a given supplier are not there. If it’s not there, try something new! Fans of tried and true video slots will find NetEnt’s Starburst, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Gonzo’s Quest. There are also Microgaming pokies like Immortal Romance and Tarzan. Then there are some funky pokies from Thunderkick, like the exploding skulls of the skeletal Mexican mariachi band in Esqueleto Explosivo. Play ‘n’ GO has Book of Dead as one of the casino’s most popular offerings. The casino highlights about 30 progressive jackpot pokies for players to choose from. Among the biggest progressive jackpot slots at the time of review were: Mega Moolah, Mega Moolah ISIS, Major Millions, Fruit Fiesta (3- and 5-reel) King Cashalot, Lotsaloot, Greedy Goblins and the Slotfather. ShadowBet also offers a modest table game selection focusing on Blackjack and Roulette (European and American), with a couple of Poker variations (Deuces Wild Multihand and Jacks or Better). A nice variety of live dealer games are offered for Blackjack and Roulette. And, for players who like tamer entertainment, there are also fun options like Bingo and Hole in One.
Players with smartphones and tablets can easily access slots on the go. Top of the chart pokies for mobile players include Aloha! Dazzle Me, Book of Dead and Doubleplay SuperBet. ShadowBet’s mobile casino is HTML5 and completely browser-based, playing instantly from your iPhone or Android device without downloading. Just go to the casino’s website from your phone or tablet and you can get rolling immediately.
Like the local pub, ShadowBet offers some promotions on specific days and times. On Tuesdays, you can place your first bet on either roulette or online blackjack – one week roulette, the next week blackjack. If you win, you win. Should you lose, your first bet is refunded to your account the following day. On Wednesdays enjoy Happy Hour, in which all can enjoy 10 free spins. To qualify, you must make a deposit of at least $10 in the 6 days prior. The more you play, the more you increase your levels. And every time you level up, you get some extra spins on Shadow Treausures, where you can win free spins, cash, electronic gadgets, and even luxury holidays on the house.
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ShadowBet does not accept deposits in NZD, but Kiwi players can find that it is effortless to exchange into AUD, USD or Euros at the casino. And as usual, using an e-wallet like Skrill or Neteller is the fastest way to get you winnings into your banking account. ShadowBet has a 24 to 48-hour pending period, which is pretty much on par for the course.
ShadowBet offers a good selection of instant play games from some of the top developers, including NetEnt, Microgaming and BetSoft, with an impressive selection of progressive jackpots. We do find the wagering requirement at 35x bonus plus deposit rather high, but the bonuses will give your bankroll a nice boost to try all the awesome games available. On the bright side, the achievement based Treasures reward system will attract many players.