Matchbook - online casino review
Last updated: 6th December 2018
Matchbook is a betting exchange that was founded in 2004 and focuses on major sports, especially UK and Irish races. It was among the first betting exchanges to launch and is known for offering some of the lowest sports betting commissions seen today. To keep up with the competition, the sports book expanded its offerings and launched its own online casino, which comes with a selection of slots, tables games, video poker games and live dealer games.
Pros and cons
- Good Number Of Netent Slots
- Part Of An Established Sports Book
- Pending Time For Withdrawals Up To 72 Hours
- Doesn’t Have A VIP Club Or Loyalty Scheme
A lot of online casinos have games by up to a dozen game providers, or even more. Matchbook’s casino, however, only has games by three different providers: NetEnt, which is one of the biggest names in the industry and who has contributed by far the most games to the casino; Evolution Gaming, which focuses on live casino games; and Red Tiger, which focuses on slots. The games library should look very familiar to those who have played at NetEnt casinos before.
Matchbook is primarily a sports book and its casino is simply a branch of the larger sports book. As such, the focus of Matchbook is on its sports betting, so the casino isn’t as developed or fleshed out as other casinos. It’s still got a lot going for it, but it’s certainly got room for growth. The games collection is smaller than average, though there’s still plenty of games available to keep players entertained while they take a break from sports betting. Slots make up the bulk of the collection, as is the norm, with table games and live casino games making up the rest of the collection. As it is, the games collection serves its purpose of providing sports bettors with games to play in between betting on sports, though it could do with more games being added to make it appeal more to those who just want to play casino games.
Those who fancy something other than sports betting while at Matchbook can try out one of the casino’s many slots. In fact, there are 135 of them altogether. Most of them are provided by NetEnt, so those who have played at lots of other online casinos will more than likely already be familiar with many of the casino’s slots. There are a handful of slots developed by Red Tiger, a company that specialises in developing slots for online casinos. Some of the casino’s most popular slots include Butterfly Staxx, Starburst, Divine Fortune, Lucky Wizard and Gems Gone Wild. Only two of the slots are listed as progressive jackpots.
Matchbook’s casino has a dozen live casino games available to play. Five of these are developed by NetEnt, and the remaining seven by Evolution Gaming. In total, there are four roulette games and three blackjack games, with live versions of baccarat, Caribbean stud poker and Texas Hold’em rounding off the live casino games collection, along with a ‘live money wheel’ game called Dream Catcher. The collection of live casino games is on the whole quite good compared to some other online casinos.
There are a dozen table games at Matchbook’s casino. There’s quite a good variety of table games available and even though the number of games is smaller than what lots of other casinos have to offer, it’s still quite varied. There are two versions of blackjack and roulette, as well as three versions of poker, with craps, Sic Bo, Combat, Red Dog and a baccarat game rounding off the collection. As well as these dozen table games, there are two video poker games.
Matchbook has 350+ slots:
Matchbook accepts a good number of payment methods for making deposits and withdrawals, so most players should be able to carry out transactions with ease. When it comes to making withdrawals, players may have to wait longer than usual as the pending period can be anything between 24 and 72 hours; at most online casinos it only takes 24 hours for withdrawals to be cleared. Most online casinos have limits as to how much players can withdraw in a certain period of time; it’s more than likely that Matchbook’s casino has limits, though they aren’t listed on the site.
You can withdraw by:
E-Wallets - 1-2 days
Credit/Debit cards - 3-5 days
Wire Transfers - 3-5 days
Several major currencies are accepted
Players from the following countries won't be able to play at Matchbook
- New players at Matchbook’s casino can look forward to receiving a 200% match bonus of up to £50 when they make their first deposit.
From the information provided about the bonuses, it appears you only have to wager the total amount of your deposit funds just once before they can be withdrawn.
There doesn’t appear to be any sort of VIP club or loyalty scheme available at Matchbook’s casino at the time of writing.
Desktop, Tablet and Mobile Experience
Matchbook’s casino can be easily accessed from the left-hand tab on the homepage. Once you’ve clicked on that, you’ll get to see the casino’s games, which are sorted into the following categories: slots, table games, video poker and live dealer games. For each of the categories, a selection of the most popular games are listed first, followed by the whole collection of games in that category. The casino has quite a simple layout and even new players shouldn’t have problems finding what they’re looking for. As for the mobile version and the app, they’re both just as easy to navigate and should work seamlessly on whatever device they’re being accessed on.
Those who want to enjoy Matchbook’s casino games while on the go can access the mobile version of the site or download the app, which has been specially designed to run on a variety of mobile devices. The app can be downloaded on pretty much any sort of mobile device and can be run on iOS, Android and Windows operating systems. It’s very user friendly and is designed in pretty much the same way as the desktop site, albeit slightly optimised for mobile devices. Those already familiar with the desktop site should be able to navigate the app and find what they’re looking for with ease.
Phone: (+44) 203 642 6867
Live chat: Y
Matchbook review summary
Matchbook’s casino isn’t as extensive or as fleshed out as other online casinos, though this is because it’s part of a sports book and the focus is on the sports book. That being said, the casino does still offer a good number of games for those at Matchbook who fancy trying something different while on a break from sports betting. The casino has a lot of room for growth – for example, there could be many more games and there doesn’t appear to be any sort of VIP club or loyalty scheme – but as it stands, the casino is worth visiting, especially since Matchbook already has an established reputation thanks to its sports book operations.