InterCasino has been chosen as the best online casino four times by readers of Gambling Online Magazine. Intercasino is also the World's first online casino, opening its doors for wagers in November 1996. As if this wasn't enough, they go on to claim to be the biggest, with more than 280 million hands played and $3 billion paid out to player accounts.' – some quite impressive awards and numbers.
Intercasino uses software from a Canadian software company Cryptologic, and is licensed by the Government of Antigua & Barbuda.
There are two different software versions. One is the no-download version and the other is the InterCasino Global Edition version. The no-download version can be played directly in your browser, so that the download process can be skipped. The no-download version can also be used by players with an Apple computer. This review deals with the download version of InterCasino.
The download and installation went smoothly. While I was downloading the software, I was able to register as a real player – a nice feature, and a great timesaver, which means that you can hit the tables right after the download has finished.
There are over 100 casino games to choose from, and they all look excellent, but the primary reason I return to this place is because of the multiplayer games. If you need to brush up on your gambling skills, there's a practice mode as well.
InterCasino has a montly bonus, which changes from month to month. You are required to wager an aggregate total of 25 times the bonus in the casino before you can withdraw the free money. Also note that the games Baccarat, Craps and Roulette will not count towards your minimum wagering requirements.
A monthly bonus is, of course, a great incentive to return to a casino, but I've come to love the atmosphere of InterCasino, and would return regardless of any bonus. There are always people playing at this place, especially at the beginning of each month when people come to claim the monthly bonus.
Be sure to keep an eye open for Ryan Hartly (username RyanH), the casino manager, who is very generous with the free chips. Say hi to him using the chat option and he is likely to shower you with some chips.
The only drawback, and I say this in connection with all Cryptologic reviews, is the stability of the software. It's very annoying to be met with an error message in the middle of a hand, and have to re-enter the casino to view its outcome. The stability issue may be attributed to my system, but having tested it on two different setups, I am beginning to doubt it. Still, 2 setups hardly constitute a solid basis for making conclusions about software stability, so I leave it up to you to be the final judge.
I have won many times at this place. The odds seem very fair, and I've left the tables with a big fat cheque more than once. I've always received my winnings very quickly at this place, except for the first time when I had to wait for the obligatory pin code needed to make a withdrawal. This pin code is sent by regular mail. Please note that the pin code only needs to be sent once, and it is actually quite a nice feeling to know that your account is protected by a pin code.
I highly recommend InterCasino. Apart from the stability issue, the atmosphere is great, and winnings are sent quickly.
Note: US players are not accepted as of October 2, 2006.
NOTE: Cryptologic casinos are no longer accepting US players.