If you’re based in the United Kingdom, then you’ve almost definitely heard of Stan James. This bookmaker has never quite scaled the heights that Ladbrokes and William Hill have obtained, but their betting shops can in found in numerous high streets up and down the UK. They were founded in 1973 when Steve & Anne Fisher (Stan) and James Holder (James) opened a betting shop in Wantage, Oxfordshire.
The company went from strength to strength, opening an online sports book in 1997. To this sports book it soon added a casino offering, and eventually a live casino and a dedicated poker room. In 2015 Stan James sold its online division to one of its rivals, Unibet.
The Stan James Casino runs via licencing issued by the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority, and the United Kingdom Gambling Commission.
Stan James Casino Review: Theme
Your first strides into the online realm of Stan James will probably take you to their sports book. You can access all the other online wagering options via this portal, including the live casino (powered by Evolution Gaming) and a dedicated poker room. For the point of this review we’re going to concentrate on two sections: Casino and Games.
Both sections appear identical except for the titles each section provides. The ‘Casino’ section has titles by all of the software providers enlisted by Stan James Casino, but the ‘Games’ section only has titles by Microgaming.
Both sections have been designed in a very traditional format. Banners and a list of the latest winners at the site rotate along the top of the screen, with menus to the left and selection thumbnails occupying the greater part of the available space.
Stan James Casino Bonus Codes and Specials
New players at the Stan James Casino are entitled to two bonus offers, the first being five free spins on any of the slots listed in the ‘Bonus Games‘ section of the site. You do not have to make a deposit at the casino in order to receive free spins – you just need to complete your registration.
You must win at least £0.25 from your free spins – any less and your winnings will be forfeited automatically. You will need to wager your winnings thirty (30) times before you can cash them out, and again if your bonus slips below £0.25 in value it will be forfeited.
The second deal is a one hundred percent welcome bonus up to a maximum of £100. If you make an initial deposit of at least £20 and then contact the Stan James Casino service team, they will credit you with a bonus matching your deposit, up to that maximum value of £100.
Note that this bonus offer is not available to customers registering from Afghanistan, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, France, Hong Kong, Israel, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, United States of America, United States Minor Outlying Islands, Australia or Romania.
Your welcome bonus cash must be wagered forty (40) times over before you can withdraw as long as you have registered from either the United Kingdom or Ireland. If you register from elsewhere then these wagering expectations rise to sixty (60) times.
Only games listed under the ‘bonus games’ tab at this site contribute fully towards wagering expectations. Other games – such as roulette and blackjack – contribute twenty percent.
All wagering expectations (including those for free spins winnings) must be met within three days of any bonus cash being awarded. If not, all bonus cash will be forfeited.
There are ongoing bonuses available at Stan James Casino too. Each and every day there’s a chance of a £5 bonus – all you need to do is wager £10 on a daily selected game, and a freebie fiver is yours (wagering conditions apply, of course). You can also enjoy ten percent cashback if you play roulette at the site’s live casino.
For the best in rewards, you can enter the VIP Lounge. This is a frequent player scheme set on three auspicious levels – silver, gold and platinum. You earn one VIP point for every £10 that you wager at this casino, and if you earn 20,000 points in any four week period then you enter the VIP Lounge at the silver level. You need 200,000 points to become a platinum VIP. VIPs receive extra benefits such as enhanced points conversion and special gifts.
Stan James Casino Review: Games Selection and Software
The main software providers at Stan James Casino are Microgaming and NetEnt. They are two of the biggest names around when it comes to gaming software. This site’s ‘second string’ team ain’t bad either – NextGen Gaming, WMS, Realistic Games, Novomatic, Amaya, Quicksping and 2 By 2 Gaming all contribute their best titles here.
Slot-wise, many of the best games in the online gaming realm are available to play here – titles such as Starburst, Superman: Last Son of Krypton and Jack & the Beanstalk.
Not everyone is enthralled by slots though, so it’s a good job there are plenty of other titles. In the ‘table games’ section you will find over thirty games including all your casino favourites – blackjack, roulette, three card poker, casino poker, baccarat, pai gow poker and ‘Red Dog’.
There are also five video poker titles.
The live casino here is powered by Evolution Gaming and has roulette, blackjack, casino hold’em, baccarat and three card poker.
Stan James Casino Mobile and App
There’s a very fine mobile-optimised version of the Stan James Casino available for smart phones and tablets. It doesn’t quite have as much content as the desktop site, but there are certainly more than enough titles to keep you entertained whenever you fancy a bit of ‘gambling on the go’.
You can even play at the live casino that’s available here via your selected mobile device! Most modern handsets or tablets will happily load up and play the Stan James Casino Mobile App, but it helps if you have an iOS or Android powered device.
Money Matters with Stan James Casino
Stan James has been dealing with customers’ cash for decades, so you can be rest-assured they’re all legit and above board about it! The site accepts a number of common payment methods: Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards, Skrill, Neteller, PayPal, Paysafecard and direct bank transfers.
The minimum accepted deposit is £5, and your deposit will be processed immediately. There are no fees involved when making a deposit. The minimum accepted withdrawal is £10 (£100 for a direct bank transfer) and you can withdraw to all of the same methods as deposits, except Paysafecard. If you deposited via Paysafecard then you will have to withdraw via a direct bank transfer unless you make another deposit via an alternative method.
There are no fees for withdrawing, and your money should be with you within twenty-four hours if using an eWallet. Withdrawals to credit and debit card accounts will take between three and five business days.
Stan James Casino Review: Customer Service and Support
Your first port of call when you’re in need of a little in the way of customer service at Stan James Casino is the help tab in the top left hand corner of the screen. Here you will find all the answers to basic questions about the functioning of the site and the games that are available.
If you need a little more immediate help, then you can phone Stan James Casino direct. The numbers are 08000 35 11 35/36 from within the UK, or +800 1124 1124 or +350 200 44 002 from outside the UK. You can email the site at email@example.com.
If you’d prefer the live chat function, then live support is available via a chat applet twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Overall Rating of Stan James Casino
In our opinion, Stan James Casino is near faultless. If we were going to be really niggly, then the only thing we are not in favour of is that ‘£0.25’ limit with bonus money and free spins winnings. Twenty-five pence is not a lot of money, but it’s still your dosh!
Everything else though – the range of games and software providers, the bonuses that are available, the live help, the design of the site and the convenient payment options – we most heartily approve of. What’s more, if you are a sports betting fan and you get a little jaded with the casino content here you can simply switch over to the sports book and indulge your wagering wants.
The Stan James Casino has been something of a success story since its launch around a decade ago, and it’s easy to see why. We think this success story has a few chapters yet to be written!