Winward Casino Review

Another Real Review of a Casino

I downloaded Winward Casino on November 28, 2005. I deposited $250 there using NETeller. The download was smooth and no problem, and depositing the money was no problem either. I was disappointed when I logged into the casino to find that there was no information about what the wagering requirement was for my bonus, and there was no opportunity to decline the bonus.

I was even more disappointed when I went to the promotions page of their website and read that not only must I wager 20 times the amount of my initial deposit + bonus, but I also have to wager 15 times the amount of my subsequent deposits before being allowed to cash out anything. Not just my bonus.

So in other words, I have to use that money to make a certain amount of wagers before I'm allowed to cash out? I don't know for sure if this is a standard online casino procedure, but I don't think it is. I don't like it; I know that. But I'm going to play on and let everyone know how my experience with Winward Casino goes.

Winward Casino Software and Games

The casino lobby gave me high hopes. The design was pretty and distinctive. I expected big things from the actual games, but I was disappointed.

The first game I tried at Winward was blackjack. I played at the $5 tables, but I was making $10 bets because I felt lucky, and because I accidentally set that as my betting amount somehow. I played maybe 4 hands or so, but the software for the blackjack was painfully slow. I lost every hand I played. Lackluster slow graphics made this game a loser.

I tried roulette next. Again, very slow, and I placed 2 or 3 bets and lost all of them. I was playing red and it came up black for all the spins. No reason to think the software is crooked because of that; it's very common to lose several times in a row playing roulette. (Believe me, I know from experience at land-based casinos.) The roulette software was gain lackluster and slow.

The next game I tried was 7's Ablaze, a single line nickel slot. Since I'm down to less than $200 already, this is probably a little bit more my speed. This game looked much better than the 2 table games I'd tried, and I actually kinda liked it. But I'm not really a slots player. Still, the game was attractive, the sound effects were allright, and the game moved pretty fast.

Then I tried their video poker, jacks or better, 25 cents, 8/5 pay schedule. I was surprised that an online casino would have something less than a 9/6 payback schedule on a jacks or better machine. Considering their lack of overhead, I would have expected a full pay video poker game. But the game was smooth and fast, and the sounds were pleasant enough.

The last game I tried tonight was a video slot called Trolling for Treasure, a nickel slot with 9 lines. It wasn't bad, but I've seen better graphics for online video slots before. There was another video slot available, but I didn't even try it.

There were other games available too. Something called table poker (I don't know what it is and didn't try to find out), Caribbean poker, and some more slots and video poker machines. I hit some wins on the slots and video poker, but I'm still down about $50 for the session.


I don't recommend Winward Casino unless you're a slot machine player. The table games were pretty dull and slow, and you can find better odds on video poker games at other online casinos. I also didn't think that their policies on cashing out were fair. It wasn't awful, and I don't think their software cheats, but it's definitely a mediocre online casino experience that you shouldn't have to settle for with the variety of online casinos available to you.

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