Previously a bingo-only site called ‘Bingo Cafe’, Jackpot Cafe has completely rebranded itself by adding slots and casino games. This quaint-looking site still has a download option (for Windows only), and via the software you can discover a complete virtual bingo hall!
Speaking of that VIP scheme, loyal players at the Jackpot Cafe can expect rewards from a loyalty scheme that is run over six levels, from ‘Newbie’ to ‘Platinum’. You rise up the VIP scheme in the usual way by making deposits and wagers.
The other ways of getting benefits from the Jackpot Cafe is by looking at their ‘What’s On’ page. Here you will find details of the latest bonuses and promotions that the site is running. These usually are in the form of ‘no fee to pay’ bingo offers and special tournaments and competitions.
First up, you cannot play at the full Jackpot Cafe online. Yes, as bizarre as it sounds as we are so well into the twenty-first century, to play at the complete Jackpot Cafe site you have to download and install software. This software is also Windows-only, although Mac and Linux users should be able to get it to work using an emulator such as Wine.
Having said that, when we tried to download the software, absolutely nothing happened. We just received a blank screen back. Maybe you will have better luck! This online casino promises slots, casino games and bingo.
The site advises you to use Neteller or PayPal in order to get money into your account, although credit and debit cards are accepted too. The minimum accepted deposit is £10, and your transaction should be processed instantly.
You can only withdraw to the last deposit method that you used. The minimum accepted withdrawal is £20, although you can personally request lower deposits. Withdrawals should take between three and seven days to process.
These withdrawal terms and conditions are fairly standard for the online casino niche.
The bingo side of Jackpot Cafe takes place on the Leapfrog bingo network, which to be honest is one we’ve not really heard much of before. In fact, we can only find two other sites that are on the same network – Bingo Liner and King Jackpot.
One ‘quirk’ of the Leapfrog bingo software is that you can play in a ‘3D virtual interactive bingo room’ in which your chosen avatar can transfer across the rooms in order to play. This may add to the sense of ‘community’, but what’s so bad about a good, old-fashioned chat room?
If you want to take the full version of Jackpot Cafe casino with you, then you’ll need to carry your laptop around with you or move your PC someplace else.
There is a Jackpot Cafe mobile site, but it contains less than fifty slots, and even then some of those slots are only available once you have made a deposit at the site. None of the game providers, such as NetEnt or Microgaming, have slots at the mobile version.
In this fully-mobilized tech-world, it’s a little strange that a Jackpot Cafe app has not been developed that fully embraces the advantages of providing full wares for all devices.
Well, where to start? If you head to the Jackpot Cafe (formerly known as ‘Bingo Cafe’) expecting a sumptuous three-course meal, then the best you’re going to get is eggs and chips. A download casino? A limited range of slots on instant play and mobile? You’re joking, right?
Also, seeing how a Bonus Buck is only worth two pence in real cash (yes, that no-deposit deal is for ten pence!), it’s hard to get excited about any of those welcome deals. For all these reasons and more we can only award Jackpot Cafe two stars out of five.
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