If this casino gets a license in the future and stops offering fake games, it could be a good casino. Till then, we don’t recommend playing in this casino.
Azartmania Casino was founded in 2012. Its website looks like something from a cartoon, and on the top and bottom of the webpage you’ll find a cartoon man. This man is holding a moving banner with the ‘register’ button. On the website, you will also find a link to licensing information, which only informs you that license is from Curacao eGaming, and when license was issued, with another link at the bottom of the page. This link redirects you to curacao-egaming.com, where you can find more information about Curacao eGaming licensing services, but no information about by whom and for which domain and company the license has been issued. An official link to an active license is missing, leading us to suspect this casino is operating without a license.
We found another two casinos with similar names, but azartmania.com is the biggest one. In this case, we think that all these casinos are trying to benefit from the reputation of the land-based Azartmania casino resort, which was closed with the prohibition of gambling in 2009. Soon after the prohibition, many brands of former land-based casinos were used for online casinos (and not always with the approval of the legitimate brand owner). The Russian government is still trying to shut them down, and their domains are regularly blocked by Russian authorities (at a web domain level). These casinos operate at the same time on several mirror domains and change these mirrors frequently to avoid detection. Azartmania is no exception. The casino offers a browser plugin which allows players to play in spite of efforts from the Russian to block their access to it.
This casino, as with many others, is offering fake copies of the most famous Novomatic slots, as well as some well-known slots from other game providers like NetEnt. The most famous fake slots offered by Azartmania are Book of Ra and Lucky Lady’s Charm.
Because Azartmania operates without a valid license, players don’t have the option to submit official complaints to this casino. When conducting our research, we found that some players complained about the low chances of winning, which with unlicensed, copies of games is a distinct possibility. On the other hand, we have found discussions amongst players concerning the fake license and fake copies of games, and most players don’t seem to mind. They were quite positive because the casino paid their winnings without delay, and in a very short turnaround time (48h). Some players were confused by the bonus system, which is a little bit different than in most casinos. Two players complained about the low daily withdrawal limit because it took them over two weeks to collect their earnings. But at the end of the day, they were positive enough, because they got what they won. Support works 24/7 and speaks Russian and English. They are always very helpful, never cut off communication (like in some other Russian casinos when you ask for license owner etc.) and are very polite to deal with.
Casino Azartmania has generally very good withdrawal times. For new players, the withdrawal time should be less than 48h, and as you level up (VIP level) with more playing time, the duration can be shortened to just 24h. If you try to withdraw a larger amount of money, the verification of personal data process may be required, and it could take another 2 business days for funds to be processed. In the event you are trying to withdraw an even larger amount of money ($1000 +), or if your winnings are much greater than your past deposits, a full verification of your identity may be required. This takes about 5-20 business days. For withdrawal via SMS, verification time may also be increased.
On the other hand, the withdrawal limits are not very high. New players are not allowed to withdraw more than $300/day, $1000/week, or $2000/month. These values are a little bit better for players with higher loyalty status. Gold players: $1000/day, $3000/week, $5000/month, VIP players: $1500/day, $5000/week, $10000/month. It’s important to be aware of this, in case you are extremely lucky as a new player - you’ll have to visit this casino many times to withdraw your win. The minimum withdrawal, depending on currency, is around $5.
Another positive is that the casino offers the opportunity to hold multiple currencies in one account, just like a multicurrency account in the bank. The casino offers you an account in the following currencies: RUB, USD, EUR, UAH and GEL.
Deposits are possible via credit cards, multiple e-wallets and SMS. The minimum amount for deposits depends on the payment method, but for some mobile operators, the minimum deposit is set to less than $0.50.
All bonuses come with something special. Their bonuses work in a different way than what you are used to from the majority of other casinos. After the deposit, you’ll see the bonus but you are not able to play with it. Wagering requirements are calculated from your real money play, and only when you wager enough with real money will the bonus amount be credited to your real money account. This bonus is more like a kind of cashback deal, based on your turnover.
An Example: If you deposit $10 and get a $20 bonus, you must first wager $600 with your $10 real money to unlock the $20 bonus. After you manage to do this, $20 is credited to your account in real cash. Some players were unhappy with this system, but it gives players a freedom to withdraw and deposit their money anytime. Bonuses are active for 30 days.
Azartmania casino does not offer any no deposit bonus. New players can enjoy the already-mentioned 200% welcome bonus with no max limit, and a 30x bonus wagering requirements.
For regular players, the casino offers a 20% deposit bonus for all deposits, plus a 50% deposit bonus on every Friday with 15% cashback. All players depositing via SMS have a 100% bonus (but in this case, the verification process is longer), and a 100% bonus for each of your friends who starts to play at the casino. A birthday bonus ($100 or more) and popular Russian lotteries are also available. The lottery randomly choose players based on tickets (for each 1000 rubles, player get 1 ticket) and reward them with an amount of money (50000 rubles for winner, 1000 for last, with usually 20-50 people rewarded).
Wagering for all bonuses is set at 30x bonus. Each player may only have one bonus active at any time.
Azartmania casino offers more than 100 slots, a few different variants of roulette, a few variants of poker and Keno. Unfortunately, some of the slot games are fake copies, and like many other Russian online casinos, Azartmania offers them too. We believe this is due to the popularity of these fake games.
Azartmania online casino looks like one of better Russian casinos operating without a license. Support is always fast, polite and helpful. The casino has a track record of paying its winnings and keeps its promises. It’s just the daily withdrawal limits that are definitely not set for high rollers. On the other hand, high rollers usually don’t play in casinos without a license, so this is unlikely to cause problems for the majority of players.
If this casino gets a license in the future and stops offering fake games, it could be a good casino. Till then, we don’t recommend playing in this casino. A good example for Azartmania could be a Play Fortuna casino, which share the same affiliate program as Azartmania, but do so with a perfect reputation.