Yako Casino Review
- Bonus & Wagering
- Payout Percentage
- Customer Support
When you envisage a return on your deposit, it often begins with the quality of the casino, its promotions, game library and player rewards. In essence your sole aim is to make a profit on your investment. Yako, is this casino. The website of the operator smacks simplicity yet exudes an air of professionalism. If you’re wondering where the name originated from, it means: ‘Your‘ in Swahili. Suffice it to say it is a fitting name.
Yako Casino is owned by EveryMatrix Limited, a company licensed by the Lotteries and Gaming Authority of Malta and in Curacao. Over the years Malta has become a respected jurisdiction since the Maltese government compels online casinos licensed here to operate within its stringent guidelines.
What makes this cyber casino stand head and shoulders above the rest? To begin with it offers hundreds of quality slots machines, 10 free spins upon registration, exclusive promotions coupled with free spins, a live casino, huge progressive jackpots, table games, video poker and specialty games from quality vendors like NetEnt, Leander Games and Play’n Go. Mold all this together and you have a great site to wager at. The operator’s key markets are Sweden, Norway, Finland, Australia and Canada.
Deposit Bonus and Wagering Requirements
I you’re a bonus hunter then this one is for you. Yako Casino welcomes first time players with three distinct match bonuses. Please note that only one bonus can be picked:
- The first is a 4-tiered ‘Progressive Bonus Package‘ that starts off with a match bonus of 200% up to €700 plus 100 free spins. Before you can qualify for this scintillating offer you must deposit €20. You can use this bonus to play Fruit Shop, Lights or Starburst.
- The second is a ‘No Strings Bonus‘ of 100% up to €200.
- The third is a 3-tiered ‘Free Spins Bonanza‘ of 300 free spins! The first deposit is 50 free spins. To qualify for this bonus you must deposit €20.
Bonus Terms and Conditions
- Bonus offers are available only to players from Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
- If you accept a bonus, until you’ve completed the bonus wagering, you are not allowed to wager more than €5/7CAD/7AUD per spin.
- The maximum win that could be gained from a bonus is €5,000, any winnings above this amount would be forfeited. Well, I must be honest here this places a slight damper on matters.
- Before a cash out is permitted the bonus and bonus sum must be rolled over 35 times. If you deposit $100, you initial deposit will be matched with another $100, play with $200. Therefore, winnings can only be withdrawn once you’ve staked $200×35=$7,000.
- All slot machines count 100% towards the play-through, video poker 10% and table games like blackjack and roulette 1%.
The support staff can be reached 24 hours round the clock, be it through live chat, email or telephone. A detailed Frequently Asked Questions section covers everything about the casino; how to register an account, deposit and withdrawal options, technical and security issues. Live chat is available from nine o’ clock in the morning until 24hoo.
As behooves any reputable internet casino, the following tools are at your disposal: financial and session limits as well as a self-exclusion option. The latter is also known as a ‘cool off‘ period. If you feel that you want to take a breather from the casino, you can ask management to exclude your for a certain period to indefinite. Persons under the age of 18 years are not allowed to wager at the site. In line with its strict gambling policy, Yako Casino has the necessary protocols in place that prevents minors from registering accounts.
Security and Fairness
It’s refreshing to see that an operator’s software is regularly audited for safety and transparency. In this case iTech Labs is the company that ensures that payouts are fair and in line with Malta’s strict gambling policies. The current payout ratio for all the casino games is 96.6%.
Security is and will always be a concern with players, especially to regular ones. No need to worry. The operator uses SSL encrypted software that prevents any third party (hackers) from gaining access to your account. Also, under the Data Protection Act of 2001, the operator is not allowed to disclose or sell your personal information.
Key Take Aways
- Is the play-through attached to the bonuses steep? To be honest yes. The current WR of 35xd+b is higher than that of industry standards.
- Are progressive games included in the daily withdrawal limit? No. Progressive wins will be paid out in full.
- Is the withdrawal limit reasonable? Yes it is. The daily fixed amount that can be drawn is $£10,000.
In summary. With a kaleidoscope of instant play games by top-quality vendors, Yako Casino offers game play of the highest order. In terms of its current promotional line up (match bonuses and free spins) there’s nothing much to write home about. However, regular players will be pampered with free spins and a chance at winning some lucrative cash prizes. Other than that, withdrawal requests are processed fast (within 2 hours) and customer service is on point. Highly recommend.
Bonuses & Promotions
As mentioned previously, aside from the 3 different deposit bonuses offered to first time customers and a shot at winning €800, Yaku Casino does not offer much else at this stage. Loyal players will be rewarded with free spins. Since it’s a new operator, it does not offer a VIP program or a comp point system where players can earn comps on certain games.
Banking at Yako
You can fund your casino account with one of the following deposit methods: bank wire transfer, Entropay, Maestro, MasterCard, Neteller, Skrill, Visa and Visa Electron.
For non bonus players the minimum deposit is €10 and for bonus players €20. The minimum amount that can be withdrawn in any given transaction is €30. The maximum deposit amount per day is €5,000 and the total daily amount that can be withdrawn is €10,000 which is great.
Before your withdrawal request is cleared you must furnish the casino with the following documents: A valid copy of your ID, passport or driver’s license. Provide a copy of a utility bill and a bank statement that’s not older than three months. Manual flushing is not allowed. Withdrawal requests via ewallets take up to 24 hours, credit and debit cards up to 4 business days and wire transfers 3 to 4 days.
Deposits can be made in the following currencies: Pounds sterling, Czech Republic korunas, Danish kroner, Euros, Norwegian kroner, Polish zlotys, Swedish kronor, Australian dollars, Bulgarian leva, Canadian dollars, Chinese yuan, Croatian kunas, Georgian laris, Hungarian forints, Lithuanian litai, Mexican pesos, Nigerian nairas, Peruvian nuevos soles, Romanian lei, Russian rubles, South African Rand, South Korean won, Swiss francs, Turkish Lira, U.S dollars and Venezuelan bolívars.
This is where the action is. With a very robust game library of 500+ games that include the likes of 3D slots machines (3 and 5 reel varieties), multi-million dollar progressives, live casino, and video poker, the stage is set for a memorable gaming experience. Blackjack lovers can play Double Exposure and if you’re a pro at roulette try and master the wheel.
Although the graphics and animations that feature in the Leander slots are on-song, it’s the Net Entertainment games that walks away with the spoils. Games like Blood Suckers, Lights, Gonzo’s Quest, Starburst, Aliens, Elements and Twin Spins are laced with bonus rounds, multipliers, wilds and scatters. The trick of the NetEnt games is to unlock the ‘bonus rounds’. Each bonus round offers 10 to 20 free spins and I might add, they offer lucrative payouts.
In this day and age it will be suicide not to cater for mobile casino players. Yako Casino is fully mobile friendly and offers mobile players more than 100 games to pick and choose from. The operator can be accessed from tablets, iPhones or Android devices. If you don’t have the latest mobile phone, games can stall or even appear a little jittery at times. When this happens I suggest you tone down the game’s graphic settings.
I must say I’m impressed with the operator’s live dealer games. It many blackjack and roulette variants. Are you ready to ply your trade against the live dealers. Note that live games cannot be played for free but only for real cash. The live games are streamed to your PC via webcam from a live-based studio based in Malta.
Not many video poker varieties are on the menu. I’m a bit concerned since more and more online casinos are beginning to offer less and less video poker games. It’s pretty evident that a skilled video poker player can knock the socks off the house 95% of the times. Reason being video poker predominantly favours the player instead of the house. This is why the deposit bonus only counts 5% towards the completion of the playthrough. Games that can be played are All American, 100 Hand Joker Poker, 100 Hands Jacks or Better, 4 Hands Jacks or Better and many more.
With 18 progressive games in its lineup and a combined pool tens of millions of Euros, without a doubt the place to be. The pick of the crop are Hall of Gods (NetEnt), Mega Fortune (Microgaming) and Arabian Nights (Microgaming).
I must warn you, although they offer mind boggling payouts they’re incredibly volatile and certainly not for the fainthearted. Tip: Always bet the maximum bet when you play a progressive jackpot in case you hit the jackpot so that you receive the max. payout.[addtoany]
France, Denmark, Spain, United Kingdom, United States
Evolution Gaming, Leander Games, Net Entertainment, Nyx Interactive and Play n Go
US$, CAD, AU$, Euro, NOK, and SEK
English, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish
Email: [email protected]
What's Hot & What's Not
- Live chat and email support available 24/7 from 09:00 and 24:00 CET
- 7-figure Netent progressive jackpots
- Software regularly audited by iTech Labs
- Live dealer casino
- An array of different deposit bonus+free spins offers
- Players from France, Spain and US not allowed