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Bet365 Vs. Stan James Casino

Bet365 Casino uses Playtech software and is fully licensed in UK—lucky for us. With so much variety at your fingertips, you’d be hard-pressed to get as much online gaming fulfilment elsewhere. The trusted bet365 brand has been around for long enough for it to be a market leader. Predominately known as an online sportsbook, their thoroughness in that department translates into their casino offerings. But when put through its paces, with it have the stamina to come out the other side of the Showdown unscathed?

Software (4.5)

Thanks to the Playtech software that bet365 Casino employs, the experience is smooth, seamless and stress-free and you can enjoy the excitement of real-money play without a download. The easy to navigate lobby and rich casino game play are equally matched by great graphics, clean but not tinny sounds and impressive attention to detail. Put simply, it’s a cool place to spend some time playing your favourite casino games. With all those luxuries at your disposal, it’s easy to see that they spared no expense to bring you an experience that is superior to most other sites out there, especially after downloading (in record time, I might add) the entire package. Only then will the full potential of the casino become evident. Also unique to bet365 Casino is their live-dealer games available whenever you want—a true leap forward in online gaming and an example that others will no doubt follow.

Games (4.5)

With random number generators used at all times and an impressive 97.2-percent payout across all games at bet365 Casino, we’re off to a good start. And with an impressive stockpile of games, it’s a win-win situation—literally. Choose from the most popular card games, table games, slots, video poker and keno. Their top progressive slot, Gold Rally, regularly pays out over a million and has paid out more than $33 million so far.

For the blackjack pro in you, top recommendations go to BlackJack Switch, BlackJack Surrender and Progressive BlackJack. And if you want a bit of video-slot action, give What’s Cooking? or the 50-payline Thrill Seeker a shot. It’s worth repeating that peace of mind is a rare commodity when gambling online. So it helps to know that bet365 Casino is a member of the Interactive Gaming Council group and is also affiliated with IBAS (Independent Betting Arbitration Service). So trust goes a long way here.

Incentives (4)

Player enticements are regular features at bet365 Casino. The first thing that hits you when you join is an invitation to get a 100-percent first deposit match to £100 (or $200 or currency equivalent). This is an instant match bonus on your first chip purchase, folks and that’s not a bad way to get things moving. And it can be credited to your account as soon as you deposit, enabling you to withdraw directly onto your card after meeting certain requirements Plus, as soon as you join, you start earning comp points for every bet you make, win or lose. They work out at about .3 percent, but they do add up. And it’s instant cash back, which is never a bad thing. bet365 Casino also has a ‘bonus weekender’. Basically, if you become a regular player, they’ll sometimes randomly give you free chips to gamble with just for logging in—sometimes up to £150.

Customer Service (4.5)

bet365 is renowned for its quality customer service. No matter what your discipline—sports, poker or casino—they have the staff in place to spearhead your inquiries, no matter how technical or detailed. Email (responses within the hour), live chat and free phone are ways to get things done, but there’s little need for contacting them in the first place as the gaming was smooth and effortless. But it’s good to know someone’s got your back if you need it.

Stan James Casino

There might be a lot of overlap with these traditional sportsbook heroes, but they are completely different animals with subtle differences. That said, Stan James Casino can hold its own and has more than enough credibility to carve out an even bigger niche in the market. But it’s a level playing field here and we gave Stan the full treatment from every corner of his casino.

Software (3)

Stan James Casino, on the Microgaming network, are two great names in the online gaming industry and the combined reputation can only mean good things. And generally, the play was smooth and seamless with great, easy-going sound effects. The unfortunate thing is games kept crashing. I tried a couple of different computers at different times of the day and the same disappointing result. I don’t know what to attribute it to, but coincidence or not, it put a cramp in my gaming. Aside from that, the intuitive play and simplicity of how everything is laid out is a soothing sight.

Games (4)

Stan James Casino has it all when it comes to games. From poker and casino to slots and skill games, the rich tapestry of games certainly belies its pure sportsbook foundation. So this is a universal entertainment site of the highest calibre. Of course, the most popular games are blackjack, roulette and a wide variety of slots. But for those with a penchant for other disciplines, craps and three-card poker are great alternatives.

Incentives (3)

You don’t need to be a high roller to get a piece of the action at Stan James—but it helps. Loyal players are rewarded with every hand, spin and roll. Of course, if you do play the big time, you can get up to £300 a month free. Playing in that top echelon also affords you entry to their VIP programme. They’ll even keep you updated with details of what you’ve earned and will credit your account in time for the fifth day of the month. It’s a bit of a concierge service and total gaming entertainment site all wrapped into one. But for those at the more casual betting end of the spectrum, the incentives were hard to come by. There is a £100 deposit bonus after you register for the first time but that was about it.

Customer Service (3.5)

Despite a few shortcomings, you couldn’t fault Stan James for its customer service. They’ve been in the business for a long time and know what keeps a customer happy and committed to the brand. The usual means are employed here and service was polite, knowledgeable and expeditious.


These were two heavy hitters in that niche market of massive sportsbooks that have branched out into the casino and poker spaces. It’s a risky endeavour to say the least, and many have failed in the process. But these two have held up remarkably and the transition from pure sportsbook to a “uni-tainment” site has proven to be equally successful for both. But in the Showdown, we’re not so forgiving and someone has to bow out gracefully. And in the end, bet365 Casino’s namesake was symbolic of how it ran circles around Stan James—maybe just one circle, actually. Not to the extent that we’re all dizzy, but the gap was impressive enough to give bet365 Casino the nod.
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