Concept: A playful, purple online casino accepting both traditional and crypto payments across a range of casino games and slots
Special Features: Prize Quest, Tournaments, Crypto Games
License: Bao Casino is licensed in Curaçao
Games: Slots, Jackpots, Table Games, Crypto Games, Live Casino
Currency: Accepts CAD
When someone says bao, my first thought is Chinese steamed buns. But we’re not talking Asian cuisine, and yes, you have clicked through to the right place. Bao Casino is a vibrant online gaming space, launched in 2018, and licensed and registered in Curaçao. Bao is trying to win the best of both worlds by offering players a combination of traditional transactions with a smattering of the avant-garde cryptocurrency. Let’s find out if this bao is worth the calories.
Bao Casino – The Highlights
In an attempt to reel in all new players Bao Casino is offering first timers the chance to double their money for free with a 100% cash match up to C$300 and the added sweetener of 20 Free Spins on the Jungle Books slot, brought to us by the brilliant Yggdrasil. Getting to the goods takes the form of three easy steps:
- Create your account and make a first deposit of at least C$25, 0.002BTC, 0.05 BCH, 0.3 LTC, 0.07 ETH, or 4500 DOG.
- You’ll then instantly receive a bonus worth 100% (double) of the amount you deposited (up to a maximum of C$300, 0.5 BTC, 0.52 BCH, 1.62 LTC, 0.78 ETH, 70000 DOG).
- Then proceed to top this up by collecting your 20 Free Spins, which will be waiting for you in the Bonus section of your account.
As you can see the casino is open to accepting multiple cryptocurrencies in place of CAD, which is great news for those already holding crypto, and perhaps even for those looking into getting started. It’s important to note that all bonuses are subject to wagering requirements set to 15 x, and these must be completed within 7 days or all bonus winnings will be voided.
And if you had a good time and you’re ready to come back for more, you’ll be thrilled to learn that there are also second and third deposit bonuses there for the taking:
- Make a second deposit of at least C$25 and a third deposit of at least C$30.
- You’ll then instantly receive a bonus worth 50% of your deposit amount (up to a maximum of C$50, 0.65 ETH, 0.021 BTC, 0.40 BCH, 1.30 LTC, or 39,000 DOG).
- 30 Free Spins for the second deposit, and 50 Free Spins for the third deposit will be waiting in the ‘Bonus’ section of your account.
For the second and third deposits, wagering requirements stand at 30 x, so its double that of the first deposit, but still not the highest I’ve seen by a stretch. Players will need to clear all requirements within 5 days to qualify for any bonus winnings, so there’s no time to waste!
Bao Casino plays host to all the big names in the game development world. That means you can expect all the greatest hits from the likes of BetSoft Gaming, Microgaming, Evolution Gaming, Play’n Go, Endorphina, and many more. Between all these hard hitters there’s going to be something for everyone, even those with the most discerning of taste. From slots and jackpots, to table games like poker and roulette, there really is something for everyone.
The site is very well designed and uses flexible filters to help players find exactly what they need amongst the hundreds of options. There’s even a section dedicated to crypto games, which makes sense considering the online casino accepts deposits in various digital currencies.
All games are available in demo mode, so you can even have a ball without spending a dime. Personally, I like to think of it as target practice.
Bao Casino – Live Casino
Bao Casino is also keeping it real with a very, very decent Live Casino section. This is shared out between NetEnt and Evolution Gaming, which means Canadians will have easy access to all the live tables on the Evolution Gaming side. They offer one of the largest live casino game catalogue I’ve seen, and players can choose between multiple styles of roulette, poker, baccarat, and blackjack. And when I say multiple styles, I really mean it.
Players can engage with experienced live dealers to play anything from Speed Roulette, Casino Hold’Em, Punto Banco, Top Card, and Caribbean Stud. The list goes on and on – the best thing to do is to check it out for yourself.
Everybody likes to feel important, and climbing the ranks of a loyalty program can do just that. The problem is that with loyalty programs now two a penny, online casinos have to work harder than ever to impress their clients and bring them even more value in the face of fierce competition. So are Bao Casino living up to this standard, or have they failed to rise to the occasion?
Bao Casino have put a really fresh spin on their tiered program. Not only will players collect points to rise through the ranks of silver, gold, platinum and diamond, but from Day 1 of playing they have automatically begun the Bao Quest. This is a visually displayed map complete with checkpoints that allows players to track their progress. Along the way they’ll collect various prizes, starting at free spins and cash, all the way up to PlayStations, iPhones and ultimately a trip to Macao.
It’s the first time I’ve seen a loyalty program quite like it, but I have to say, it’s an effective way to keep players coming back for more.
As a Russian-born site, rubles are Bao’s native currency, but it also very happily accepts CAD. This spells good news in the form of no conversion fees for my fellow Canadians!
Some payment methods are accepted for deposits but then not for withdrawals. If you can help it, I would advise choosing the same method for both in order to speed up transactions. iDebit, for instance, is available for both deposits and withdrawals.
Aside from bank transfers, all payment methods are free and instant.
Customer support at Bao Casino is pretty much the standard you’ve come to expect. You can use an online contact form if you have the patience to wait for replies, jump onto Live Chat or trawl through the FAQs for more straightforward questions. There’s no telephone number, but I’m not surprised, those being fewer and far between these days.
Despite this I can’t really knock off any points because player feedback was almost unanimous in their praise for Bao’s customer service, and who am I to disagree with the majority?
My genuine opinion? Bao Casino is top notch. There wasn’t much to dislike. From the sleekly designed site, to the well supported gaming catalogue and vast payment options, I thought they really knocked it out of the park with this one. Perhaps a phone number for players really committed to verbal conversations with the support team would be a nice addition, but I can’t see many people making a lot of noise about that.
I loved the mix of traditional and crypto payments, and the fantastically rewarding loyalty program, which truly make Bao Casino a home for players of all persuasions.
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