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English Harbour

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English Harbour casino is powered by software from Vegas Technology and very much focuses on attracting US players. With heavy restriction in the US scaring off a number of casinos, it can be hard to find decent casinos to play at. English Harbour fills this void, and since this casino has been online since the late 1990s (a long time in online gambling!) this casino has a lot of experience when it comes to running online gaming sites.

Software and Games:

Accessible via both a flash browser-based interface and via a download interface, players should be able to get quickly up and running at this casino. We always recommend playing at the download version of the casino (it has the best game selection and features) but the no-download version is great for those on slot connections. As with any decent casino, English Harbour offer a variety of games including Card games, Video Poker and a good selection of mechanical-style and video-style slots.

Low rollers will like the fact many of the table games have minimums bets of just $1/$2 although high-rollers can bet over $1000 at Blackjack (if betting max on the multiple playable slots). Similarly slot players can bet from just pennies although again bigger bets can also be placed. As it to be expected, the US-focussed site uses the US Dollar although UK and EU-facing sites are also playable (using the Pound and the Euro respectively).

One thing to note here is that the minimum play-age is aligned with that of the United States as opposed to that used within Europe. As such, you must be at least 21 to play at English Harbour.

Game Presentation:

Vegas Technology software isn’t the most advanced found online but it’s still very decent. A big plus point for us is that the fact the graphics are sharp and clear. When playing Blackjack it’s really clear what cards are being dealt and similarly whilst betting on the Video Poker games it’s obvious which are the best cards to hold. To enhance the gaming experience for the player English Harbour Casino also utilises a number of sound effects and animations to give players a life-like experience.

The slots at this casino are also a hoot to play. Although there are no ‘brand name’ slots playable here, the design team have obviously put some thought in to making games that are fun to play. Lucky 7s, for example, is a 7-reel slot machine unlike any I’ve seen elsewhere online. Similarly, games such as Hurdy Gurdy and Cash Grab have such colourful graphics it’s difficult not to have fun.

One other part of this casino which is great is the tournament lobby. The casino tournaments let players bet for a fixed amount in the chance to win some huge prizes. This gives players a great chance to win big for a small amount of money, although the various progressive jackpots on offer here are also pretty tempting!

Cash, Deposits and Withdrawals:

The main focus for English Harbour is on implementing deposit options that will work for US players. As such, players should be able to deposit with credit / debit card as well as the usual mix of eWallet solutions. This casino also accepts pre-paid gift cards which are a great way for US players to get gambling.

Withdrawals are requested via the casino cashier and usually pend for 24-48 hours before being processed. English Harbour does operate a processing department Monday-Friday although our experience has shown this casino generally can take up to a week to process a withdrawal to conclusion. Although this isn’t overly quick, it is just about acceptable. Unfortunately this is pretty standard when it comes to those casinos still accepting US players. The good thing though with English Harbour is that they are well funded and big winners need not worry about being paid. Minimum withdrawal is $30 and a weekly $5000 limit is imposed on all cash-outs.

Bonuses and Terms and Conditions:

English Harbour offers a massive bonus program for new players offering up to $800 in free money (100% on a player’s first four deposits). Of course, any bonus has wagering conditions attached and for these 100% bonuses the terms state a 20x deposit and bonus play through must be met. Players should note that not all games contribute their full value when it comes to wagering (e.g. Blackjack contributes 10%). Players should also note there is a reasonably lengthy ‘banned countries’ list where players from these countries are not allowed the bonus money. This includes often-accepted countries such as the United Kingdom, so be sure to check out the Terms and Conditions of this casino before getting stuck in.

Regular players at the casino are also entitled to the weekly match bonuses which offer anything up to a 100% match. This is generous, although again wagering conditions are imposed. An on-going VIP and comps program also offers players the chance to earn additional bonus dollars.

Customer Support:

Support is offered via email and toll-free telephone number. However, it should be noted the support center isn’t open 24 hours a day. As such, players may experience a slight delay when trying to get assistance. This casino does respond to requests for help, but we believe this is an area of operation that could be improved. Having said that, we’ve always been able to contact the support staff when we’ve tried.

Other Comments and Summary:

English Harbour is a casino that’s stood the test of time – over 10 years of operation shows they must be doing something right. And our testing of the casino revealed a decent set of games, pretty good software and a company that is trying hard to get players from around the world playing there. The only downside is in the focus to support US players the cash-out speed and support offering has slightly suffered. However, this casino pays players when they win and do support members if they need help. We’ve never heard of problems here so if you fancy trying somewhere a bit different, English Harbour may be for you.

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