Many online casinos have celebrity spokespeople who are paid to be shown on the homepage, etc. However, it is rare when a casino will create the persona who will adorn the pages of the operation. When we were passed the name of this casino for our review, we instantly began to wonder if there was indeed a real Joe Fortune, or if this was a figment of someone’s imagination. Well, there doesn’t seem to be a real person that matches this casino host, but are the games and offers as fake? Let’s have a look.
While the identity of Joe Fortune is somewhat anonymous, the owners of this casino are not – it is managed by Betting Partners and owned by Haydock Sports Ltd, which is a company tied to the Bodog and Bovada brands. This site is licensed and hosted by the Curacao Gaming Authority, which isn’t truly that important for players. This jurisdiction doesn’t hold as much weight as it once did when it hosted many of the largest online gambling sites that faced the U.S. market. We are banking on the pedigree of Haydock more than the gaming regulator to make this site trustworthy.
Given our history reviewing sites that are licensed in Curacao, we were certain that Joe Fortune would be open to players from all over including the United States. As it turns out, we couldn’t be more wrong about this – the site is ONLY open to Australians. This is a bold move by the owners of this site, although we aren’t exactly certain why they have made this decision.
The Casino Games
For the Australians who are allowed to access this site, you will be met with a roster of games provided by four major software vendors: Microgaming, Real Time Gaming, Rival Gaming, and iSoftBet. This means that players will get a great set of options when it comes to game design, which is missing from many casinos who choose to only work with one provider.
We decided to tackle the largest section of the casino first by looking at the slots catalog. With over 500 games to choose from in this category alone, it would be easy to get overwhelmed by all the choices. We would actually like to see the casino add a better filtering system so we can scan the games a little more quickly, but that didn’t stop us from playing some of these great machines, including Mega Moolah, the world-renowned mega jackpot game from Microgaming. This game features a progressive jackpot that often reaches the 5 million USD mark! You will love all the licensed brands featured in the slots lobby along with many of the classic 3 reel games that launched this industry.
Table Games fans are not going to be disappointed in what you find in the lobby at Joe Fortune. We spent a significant amount of time playing at the craps table, and we loved the realistic dice sounds and gameplay at this table. Blackjack fans will find multiple versions of the game, and most of the standard Table Games are represented at his site.
Video Poker players will recognize the Real Time Gaming selection in the lobby, but a few variants are missing. That’s ok because the games that they do offer still give you the chance to shoot for a Royal Flush with wild cards or without, whichever your preference.
The Joe Fortune Casino runs on a non-download platform. This means that the casino lobby and games are all formatted to be accessible from most mobile devices. All you have to do is go to your device’s browser and pull up the site. There, you can log into your account and continue playing the games you like. There is currently no talk of a native app for Joe Fortune that you can download to your phone or tablet.
The Welcome Bonus
When you have decided you want to make a deposit at Joe Fortune, you are going to want to make sure you get some value from your initial deposit by redeeming for the Welcome Bonus. The offer at this casino consists of a 200% match bonus up to a maximum of $1,000. This means if you deposit $500 you will receive $1,500 in your account. We think you should load up on bonus dollars wherever possible so you should make the maximum deposit to qualify for this bonus.
Bear in mind that the wagering requirement is pretty high (40x Deposit+Bonus), so even though you have a lot of bonus dollars in your account, you may have a hard time converting them all.
If you are willing to use Bitcoin for your first deposit, then your bonus is increased to 300% to a maximum of $1,500. However, the same wagering requirements apply.
The Payment Options
Not shockingly, the site encourages you to use Bitcoin for your deposits. While we know many of you aren’t comfortable with the cryptocurrency market yet, it does appear here to stay so you may want to set up an account simply to take advantage of the bigger bonus offers.
For those of you still not convinced, you can use Visa, MasterCard or wire transfers for your banking with this casino.
The Support Department
As this sit is only open to Australian residents, using the telephone may be the easiest way to contact the casino as there are no long distance charges that apply. You also have the options of emailing the support department or chatting with them right from the site with the Live Chat window.
Our biggest disappointment with this site (aside from the lack of an actual Joe Fortune) is that more players aren’t able to access it. We love the look of the site, the rewards program and the software that has been chosen to power the site. While we think the Welcome Bonus will be tough for many people to take advantage of, we appreciate the effort put into the promotions by the site’s management. Overall, we are very pleased with what we found at Joe Fortune, and we hope you are as well!