Matchbook Casino United Kingdom 2017 Review

Matchbook began life in 2004 as a no-nonsense sports betting exchange with a simple yet effective interface. Initially targetted at all markets, Matchbook was purchased in 2001 by a group of UK investors and as a result withdrew from the US. Since 2011 this fuss-free sports betting site has been gaining considerable kudos from those who prefer a betting exchange as opposed to a traditional bookmakers.

In 2016 Matchbook surprised the online gambling industry by opening the Matchbook Online Casino. This new gambling venture was tied into their sports exchange and shared the overall ‘simplistic’ approach as governed by the sports betting options. The question is, is the site’s online casino as welcoming a venture as their sports betting offering?

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Matchbook Online Casino Review: Theme

As we mentioned in the intro, Matchbook have always taken a non-fussy approach to their internet offerings. Their stylings are sleek and minimal without the extensive use of images, reams of text (except where it is needed) and advertising copy.

How you feel about this approach is of course down to your own personal preferences, but we love it. The selection images are perhaps a little too big, and that means you will have to indulge in a great deal of scrolling to get to where you need to be, but that’s a small price to pay for such an innovative design.

Matchbook Online Casino Review: Specials and Bonuses

There’s certainly one thing that’s traditional about the Matchbook Online Casino, and that’s the fact that the site is willing to pass you a tasty bonus if you sign up with them. The terms of that bonus are not traditional, though. Allow us to explain.

After you’ve completed your registration at the Matchbook Online Casino your next task is to make your first deposit, of at least £25. You then need to get wagering, and once you have wagered three times your deposit amount you will receive forty bonus spins on the NetEnt slot Joker Pro. Unless we’ve read the T&Cs wrong, it makes sense to only deposit the minimum of £25 – that way you will not need to wager any amount larger than £75 to receive your bonus spins.

Your winnings from your forty bonus spins also come with wagering requirements, unfortunately. You need to wager forty times the amount of cash you won if you want to withdraw. You have thirty days by which time you need to wager your bonus spins winnings, and the contributions of various games are as follows:

  • Slots – 100%
  • Roulette – 25%
  • Card Games – 20%
  • Blackjack – 10%
  • Video poker – 10%
  • ‘Blood Suckers’, ‘Devil’s Delight’, ‘The Wish Master’ – 10%

Note that your bonus spins will expire after seven days if you do not use them.

The only other promotion we could find at the site at the time of this review was a £10,000 ‘Fiesta Party’. To take part in a prize draw with £10,000 worth of prizes, you need to play a minimum of ten rounds on ‘Fiesta Party Roulette’ at the site. Every ten rounds you play earns you one prize draw ticket up to a maximum of fifty tickets per day. The first prize is £500, and there are five hundred cash prizes of at least £10 offered each and every day.

The Matchbook Online Casino does not offer a VIP scheme.

Matchbook Online Casino Review : Games Selection

Matchbook has a tighter selection of games than most, mainly down to the fact that only two software providers are used – NetEnt and the little-known software house Red Tiger Slots. We do not know a lot about Red Tiger Slots, but we do know a lot about NetEnt as we consider their software to be the best in the business. We’re also pretty sure that you’ll be ready to agree with us once you have sampled the delights of Starburst, Gonzo’s Quest and Jack & The Beanstalk.

Matchbook Mobile Casino and App

Both of Matchbook’s wagering offerings – the sports betting side and the online casino – are housed in one tidy app for mobile devices. You can either use the software ‘in browser’ in what has become the normal fashion, or you can download a dedicated app to your Android or iOS-powered device.

This mobile app acts just like the desktop site, although everything has been specifically re-designed for smaller tablet or mobile screens.

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Matchbook Online Casino Review : Graphics/Software

We’ve already mentioned that the games are provided here solely by those super Swedes NetEnt and a company we’ve not really heard much about – Red Tiger Slots. The games supplied by these two software houses blend seamlessly and without much fuss into the entire Matchbook Online Casino experience.

Money Matters with Matchbook Online Casino

Matchbook only accepts a tight number of payment providers:

  • Visa credit and debit cards
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • Paysafecard

The minimum deposit that this online casino will accept is £10 (£30 for Visa credit and debit cards) or your currency equivalent. There are no deposit fees, and any money deposited by you into your casino account will be available within a couple of minutes.

Any withdrawal request must be for a minimum amount of £10, except for requests to Skrill and Neteller which must be at least £30. You cannot withdraw to Paysafecard. A withdrawal request will take around forty-eight hours to process to an eWallet account, and three to five days for a credit card or debit card transaction.

The Matchbook Online Casino offers six currencies by which you can set up your account: GBP, EUR, USD, CAD, AUD and HKD.

Customer Service/Support at Matchbook Online Casino

There are several ways to get in touch with the customer support services at the Matchbook Online Casino. You can use the telephone number (+44) 203 642 6867 to get in contact with someone in the UK, or (+353) 21 242 8626 to get through to support in Ireland.

You can also contact this sports book/online casino site via the email address accounts@matchbook.com or by using Twitter: @TeamMatchBook.

Finally, if your query is of a pressing matter, then you can contact the site’s support team via a live chat facility. This is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Overall Rating of Matchbook Online CasinoAn image of 4 casino rating

We really like the look of the Matchbook Online Casino – it’s sleek and streamlined and we admire the minimal approach. However, there is more to an online casino than looks and we are afraid to say that we just cannot bring ourselves to award this online casino the full five stars.

Our reasons? Well, even though the site does have games by NetEnt we would like to see more providers. We would also like to see more bonus offers beyond the two that we could find on the site.

So, who would the Matchbook Online Casino really appeal to? Well, if you like to mix up sports betting with casino play, and if you prefer betting exchanges to sports books, then Matchbook very definitely is the place for you. In fact, you could say that it’s your perfect match!