Cinema Casino Review

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Where can you both play at the Blackjack table and mingle with stars of the screen both present and past? The answer is 'at Cinema Casino'! While obviously you can't really interact with the likes of James Dean, this Microgaming-powered casino is presented using the theme of the big screen - and as I hadn't played at this casino before, I decided to give it a whirl.

This casino is owned and operated by the Vegas Partner Group who owns a number of online casinos and poker rooms. As such, they have applied their trademark approach to web design in creating a site that is both attractive on the eye and yet also highly practical. Any player who wants to experience Cinema Casino will have to visit the website to either play the no-download Flash games or to download the full version of the casino with all the bells and whistles. I opted for the download version and clicked on the appropriate link to download the 5.35mb file. A nice touch with Cinema, though, is that a software CD can be requested for those that don't have the inclination to initiate an Internet download.

As you would expect with software created by the one of the leading coding houses, Cinema Casino installed without issue, and within a few minutes of downloading I was looking at the account registration screen. At Cinema new accounts are created by filling in a few simple forms. At this stage a person can also select the currency they want to play in. I chose US $, but accounts can also be set up to use UK £, Euros and Canadian $.

Once an account has been created a player can log in and gain access to the Cinema lobby, where all the different games are available. Cinema has over 130 games for the player to try their luck at. Obviously this could make it difficult for a player to find the game they want, but thankfully Cinema break down their games by type. For example, all the Video Poker games can be found in one menu.

Of course, no games can be played unless a player has money in their account. As such, I made my way to the cashier which I found operates in a pretty standard fashion. Standard too was the multitude of deposit options available. I selected the NETeller option and within a few seconds had $100 sitting in my account.

In fact, without doing a thing this $100 soon became $200 thanks to the great Cinema Casino sign-on bonus - all new players can receive a huge 100% match up to 200 credits on their initial deposit. Add to this a 15% ongoing bonus for every deposit from then on in, and it becomes clear that those who like a little extra free money could well like Cinema. Of course, wagering requirements do come into play if a bonus is taken, but for those that are looking for a few extra slot spins, these bonuses could make the difference between hitting a jackpot or not.

To begin my play, I decided firstly to check out the Video Poker games offered. Recently, I have noticed that Microgaming have been introducing a number of new games in this area, and many of these additions have been multi-hand varieties of classic games. As I am partial to a bit of multi-hand action, I think this has been great, although it's meant my credit card's been taking a beating!

At Cinema Casino, there's a great deal of video poker games available and indeed, many of the games are playable in 4, 10, 50 and even 100-hand versions. Of course, the range of different video poker games is great in its own right, with classics such as Jacks or Better available along with wild card games and less-popular games such as 'All American' and 'Bonus poker'.

I chose specifically to try my hand at the Aces and Faces Power Poker. This 4-hand game pays our handsomely for 4-of-a-kind hands, particularly when face cards are in play. I have actually been doing pretty good at this game recently, although my luck seemed to have gone downhill when almost $100 of my bankroll was gone pretty quick. But then right on cue, a $20 bet became $135 when 4-of-a-kind in 2s came rolling in - very nice!

My luck also seemed to be going reasonably well with some of the other multi-hand games. These can be killers if the initial deal is bad, but as I found out when playing the Deuces and Joker 100-hand game, if the initial deal is good so too can be the winnings. For example, I was dealt a 3-of-a-kind on the initial deal, and with the re-deal giving me a few 4 and even 5-of-kinds I made a nice profit.

Of course, while a player wants the get lucky when playing, they also want their time playing to be enjoyable, and at Cinema this is definitely the case. As the screenshots so, the graphics used at Cinema are of the highest quality and coupled with this are excellent sound effects. The game speed is also superb and as it is configurable, means a player can bet as slowly or as quickly as they like. Another nice touch is the 'expert' functionality which allows cards to automatically be held based on expected pay off. This means a player can easily get the best return for their money at Cinema Casino.

With my bank balance now slightly above the $200 starting mark, I decided next to try some table games. My plan was to win a decent amount so that I would have a decent shot at the slot games - having read the wagering terms of the bonus I knew I would have to do well during my slot play.

As such, I decided to see which slot games would help me boost my bank roll most effectively. Of course, choosing a game at Cinema Casino is never easy, simply because of the huge range of games available! For example, with Blackjack alone - over 10 different varieties are available. Add to this games ranging from Baccarat to Three Card Poker to Red Dog and Sic Bo and it becomes clear that a player really can get lost in play at Cinema.

I personally tried out some Red Dog action along with Bonus Blackjack and Roulette. Games such as Bonus Blackjack really are great, as it means a player can enjoy a classic game while hoping for a nice side pot payout. In fact, I did pretty good at this game as two suited cards pays 5-2. As an example, a winning $10 main bet and $5 side bet returned a nice $37.50.

As with the Video Poker games, the quality of the Table Games was again excellent. Superb graphics and sound effects were on show again, making the playing experience really enjoyable. What's more, the expert functionality was again used to its fullest - a player can have the computer play perfect strategy on their behalf with no involvement at all should they wish! The only downside was the betting limits were not huge - $200 for the Blackjack games for example. Nevertheless, this was fine for me.

What's more, the plan to boost my bank roll had also worked, and with $250 now available to bet with I decided it was time to hit the slots. Of course, slots can be temperamental beasts at the best of times, but with progressives available offering $1m+ jackpots I can see the attraction! Even for those not chasing a progressive, Cinema should be appealing with every slot type from classic three-reelers to multi-line video bonus games all vying for a gambler's attention.

Unfortunately, the slots I chose to play were not very kind to me! Having said that, I did have some fun, particularly on the new Isis Slot game. Sadly I never got to activate the bonus round on this game but from past experience I know the Microgaming slot bonus games can be a lot of fun!

The thing with Cinema Casino though, is that the new fancy bonus games are just as fun as the traditional three-reel games that are also available. I have great fun playing the Atlantis game and the Ruby Reels game. Sadly I got no great hits on these, but the graphics and game play being of such high quality, playing at Cinema really does remind me of sitting in Vegas or Atlantic City.

As stated, the slots were not kind to me on this occasion, and my bank balance hit zero before I was able to meet the required wagering requirements. However, I know from past experience of the Vegas Partner group that withdrawing funds is made very simple. A quick withdrawal request at the cashier is all that is required, and funds are often returned to the player within 48 hours. The only slight criticism is that sometimes this group requests proof of ID to be sent in before funds are released, but this is supposed to be for the player's protection as much as for the casino.

On this occasion I had no need to contact customer support, but as with all Vegas Partner properties, Cinema Casino does very well in this department. Support is contactable not only by email, but by telephone and even live chat. As such, it really is easy to get hold of a member of support personnel, and often these casino representatives are able to help fix problems straight away. This side of the Vegas Partner properties really does impress me.

In conclusion, I have to say that despite losing my money I was pretty impressed with Cinema Casino. The theme used is definitely unique and I have to say I found it pretty cool. Add to this the great selection of games, all of which are superbly presented, and you are left with a casino that really does shine above much of the competition. The banking and support side of things work fine and with the bonus scheme that's currently in operation I really do believe this makes Cinema one of the best playable. Congratulations Cinema!

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Aces and Faces Power Poker allows a player to play 4 hands simultaneously - here $20 becomes $135!
4 Hand Aces and Faces Video Poker

A mixed bar win returns $12 on the Atlantis three-reel slot
Atlantis Slots

No line wins, but 4 scatter symbols means my $4.50 bet is multiplied by 10 for a $45 win
Big Top Slot Machine @ Cinema Casino

A double win whilst playing at the Bonus Blackjack card table
Bonus Blackjack Table

A few wild symbols help me on my way to a reasonable win on the Chain Mail slot
Chaon Mail Video Slot

I get a winner on every hand thanks to a good initial deal on the Decues and Joker 100-hand Video Poker game
100 Hand Video Poker Deuces & Joker Game

Double Exposure Blackjack means you see the dealer's cards before you make your play decisions!
Double Exposure Blackjack

I grab a nice winner when the green zero spins in at the French Roulette table
French Roulette Table

I lose out on $1 when my $5 bet returns only $4 on the Gold Coast slot machine
Gold Cost Slot Machine

One more bird symbol would have activated the free spins bonus on this game (Isis Slot Machine)
Isis Slots

A number of 4-of-a-kind hands means my $25 is turned in to a pretty nice pay off
Joker Video Poker - 4 of a kind

I get an unexpected win at the Red Dog table
Red Dog Casino Table Game

Ruby Reels is an attractive 3-reel, 5-payline slot
Ruby Reels Classic Slot Machine

Cinema Casino Strong Points:
  • Excellent range of games
  • Every game has been developed to the highest standard of quality
  • Efficient banking function
  • Easy to contact customer support
  • Nice sign-up and on-going bonus scheme
Things Cinema Casino Could Improve:
  • Betting limits slightly on the low side for high rollers
  • Wagering requirements can be onerous, particularly considering the range of excluded games

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