Golden Reef Casino Review, Helpful Information and Bonuses

Golden Reef Casino Review, Helpful Information and Bonuses

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General Information

Golden Reef Casino was established by Technology Services Trading Ltd in 1999, and comes with a focus on pokies, blackjack, jackpot and variety games. Golden Reef Casino relies exclusively on the Microgaming software system. Microgaming has an enormous presence in the online gambling scene, so this ensures a great variety of games with reliable performance.

  • Software system(s) used:

Microgaming

  • Restricted countries and license:

Use of Golden Reef Casino is restricted in the following countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Dominica, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Guam, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Hong Kong, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Kiribati, Kuala Lumpur, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Malawi, Maldives, Mauritania, Mayotte, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Norfolk Island, Pakistan, Palau, Peru, Pitcairn Islands, Puerto Rico, Romania, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, U.S. Virgin Islands, Uganda, United States, Western Sahara and Zimbabwe.

This casino holds licenses with the Kahnawake Gaming Commission and the UK Gambling Commission.

CASINO BACKGROUND

The owners of this casino, Technology Services Trading Ltd, are big names in the industry. These guys own many near identical online casinos, which include Aztec Riches, Blackjack Ballroom, Captain Cooks Casino, Casino Action, Casino Classic, Casino Kingdom, Casino Challenge, Golden Reef, Golden Tiger, Grand Hotel, Grand Mondial, Lucky Emperor, Luxury, Nostalgia, Phoenician, Players Palace, Quatro, Strike It Lucky, UK Casino Club, Vegas Country, Vegas Slot, Villento CasinoVirtual City, Yukon Gold and Zodiac Casino.

GENERAL OPERATION

Golden Reef Casino is a casino that operates entirely from the downloadable version which is available from the Golden Reef Casino site. While this version is available to run on some mobile devices it works best on PC laptop or desktop systems.

  • Forms of Deposit

Golden Reef Casino accepts the following forms of deposit: Abaqoos, ClickandBuy, Direct Bank Transfer, EPS, EcoPayz, Entropay, Envoy, Euteller, GiroPay, Instant Banking, Kalibra Card, Maestro, MasterCard, Moneta, Multibanco, Neosurf, Neteller, Nordea, POLi, PayPal, PaysafeCard, Postepay, PugglePay, QIWI, Skrill, Sofortuberwaisung, Swedbank, Ticket Premium, Trustly, Ukash, UseMyFunds, Visa, Visa Electron, eChecks, eKonto, ewire, iDEAL, iDebit, instaDebit and u net.

  • Languages Supported

Golden Reef Casino offers its service in the following languages: Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.

GAMES COVERED

Golden Reef Casino is a casino with an obvious focus on pokies, as is typical. Also on offer are a variety of other great games separated into a few key sections.

  • The blackjack section of their service as a total of 44 available games. This includes multi-hand and single hand versions.
  • In terms of jackpot games, Zodiac Casino has a total of 25 on offer. This includes many of the currently popular, such as Mega Moolah.
  • 31 Table games. This includes classics such as roulette and 3 card poker. While there is a live dealer section here it currently displays nothing.
  • 8 Tournament games. This includes roulette and a multiplayer version of Avalon. For those unaware, Avalon is a popular pokie. You can check out a review by clicking here!
  • 18 Bingo and Variety games. This section includes scratch cards and keno.

Golden Reef Casino Main Game Page

The main Golden Reef Casino games page.

LIVE CASINO

While there is a section for a live casino listed, there appears to be none of offer. We could also find no mention of this in the documentation. Most likely this section came with the software system, and was simply not removed when this version was created. You might see this on similar services based off a Microgaming framework.

OTHER SERVICES

Golden Reef Casino comes with a live-chat service. This is available 24/7. It also comes with an email address for general enquiries.

Golden Reef Casino includes toll free numbers for Canada, UK, Denmark and Germany. It also comes with a toll-free international line. They also claim that users can use the free phone service by simply emailing the staff a full telephone number. Once the staff receive this they will call straight back.

The help section for Golden Reef Casino comes in the form of an FAQ. This covers the following topics: software questions, login and registration, banking, loyalty programs, casino games and other questions.

They also offer a responsible gambling section which is of high quality. This section includes basic information as well as self-exclusion tools.

Golden Reef Casino Design and Usability

Another one of the services which does the best that it can with the framework provided to them by Microgaming. This means a high degree of functionality, but the overall look is quite outdated. In fact much of the display from these programs can not be modified, with the main changes coming in the form of the background images. In this case the general theme seems to be based around a gold-mining beaver. Possibly a squirrel. Not especially well designed, though it is serviceable.

When it comes to usability, this is a program which does as you would expect. While the program is a little outdated it runs just fine, and comes with all the options you would generally expect. The main draw from this program, and others like it, is that it can store the games you play for later. What this means is that when you download a game it will stay downloaded, unlike in browser based casinos which can lose their data through regular computer operation.

MOBILE APPS

There is no official phone app available from Golden Reef Casino. Despite this, it will work on some mobile devices. Specifically, if you have a Windows based device, or one capable of running .exe files this software system might work.

  • Compatible Systems

Windows Based devices, and those capable of running and installing programs from .exe files. No likely to work  well on Apple devices, though let us know if your experience differs!

HOW TO REGISTER

Registration for Golden Reef Casino is done by first downloading the software. This is done by accessing their website and following the download links.

Simply follow these instructions and you'll be ready to go.

Golden Reef Casino Signup 1

The first page which the user sees after downloading and installing the software. Here the user inputs basic personal details.

Golden Reef Casino Signup 2

The second page of the registration process. This one is concerned with address and locational information.

Golden Reef Casino Signup 3

The final page in which the user sets their password, email, currency and phone number.

After these steps are completed the user will be given an account registration complete prompt. This will also show the user their randomly generated username. This will often be a difficult mess of letters, so it would be best to keep a pen handy. Just remember to not write down your password, if you can help it, for security reasons.

CASHING OUT
  • Withdrawal methods and times

Golden Reef Casino offers the following forms of withdrawal: ClickandBuy, Direct Bank Transfer, EcoPayz, Entropay, Kalibra Card, Maestro, MasterCard, Neteller, PayPal, Postepay, Skrill, Visa and eChecks.

The fastest of these methods are through E-Wallets, with withdrawal time being around 24-48 hours, with credit/debit card withdrawal being around 3-6 days, bank transfers being 5-10 days and cheques being around 10-20 days. These are all on top of a 48 hour pending time. The withdrawal limit for Golden Reef Casino sits at 4000 per week.

The wagering requirements of Golden Reef Casino sits at 60x on pokies, which is towards the higher end.

Contributions from other games are as follows:

As is standard with gambling website bonuses, these are cut into two different forms. These are as follows:

WELCOME BONUSES

On Golden Reef Casino the player is given only one possible welcome bonus.

  • First deposit is a 100% match up to $100

CURRENT PROMOTIONS

All of these promotions operate together with the Rewards Affiliates system which is shared between Golden Reef Casino and many others. In this system the player generate status points as they spend money and play games. These points give various bonuses and unlock further reward tiers. Included among these bonuses is the Time of your Life sweepstake's. In this the player can look through the available prizes for each status tier and select one. Tickets which are then earned through play will then generate chances to win these prizes. This is just one example of the prizes available from this Rewards Affiliates, they are constantly updating their prize pools and bonuses.

Vegas Strip Blackjack

This promotion runs with the Vegas Strip Blackjack game. In this, the top five wagerers, each day, will be gifted $100 into their rewards account.

Life of Riches

In this monthly promo the player is gifted double reward points from the Life of Riches pokie.

Our Experience and General Reviews

My experience when I used Golden Reef Casino has been similar to many which share the same framework, mid-range speed and above average reliability.

General reviews of Golden Reef Casino run from medium to high. Most review sites place it around the 3-4 star range.

COMPARISON TO OTHER CASINOS

The main area in which Golden Reef Casino reflects well is its selection of pokies and blackjack games. Here its selection is fantastic, though some users might be put off by the reliance on Microgaming based games. When it comes to other games the selection is a lot worse, with no live games and very few other bases being covered.

The wagering requirements for the site are also quite high, which means a lot of time will have to be spent when trying to meet them.

The bonuses, at least when it comes to signup, are rather disappointing. There is only one tier here, and the total amount of bonus cash available maxes out at only $100. At least this means it's slightly easier to reach it the high wagering requirements this way. What is great is the affiliate reward system which is used by Golden Reef Casino. The prize customisation available by using this system stands as fairly unique.

OTHER'S OPINIONS

General consensus on Golden Reef Casino is that the program runs well, and is solidly designed, if a little unoriginal.

Popular gaming ranking site Askgamblers.com has it a 7.3/10, with wizardofodds.com rating it at 5/5, casinolistings.com giving it an 9/10 and allaboutslots.com giving it a 4.5/5.

SOCIAL MEDIA

A rather meagre offering by Grand Reef here. With no Twitter page to speak of, and only a small Facebook page this is an area which needs definite work.

Here they have a mere 100 followers and have gone over a year without updating their page.

Golden Reef Facebook

OUR RATING

Services based off the old Microgaming framework are a dime a dozen, if you've seen them before then you'll know this one. They, and this, aren't bad, they just lack a lot of originality and effort. If you are a fan of Microgaming pokies and blackjack games then Grand Reef Casino could work very well for you, if not then it might be worth a miss.

2.7/5 stars

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