The name might initially sound a little shady, but no worries; ShadowBet is run by MT SecureTrade Limited, a prolific and well-known online casino operator in the UK with a large portfolio of well-regarded properties (including BetSpin, Dunder and Casino Land). ShadowBet's central themes are "mystery" and "courage," employing a darker-than-usual colour scheme (set off by bright yellows for navigational elements) and ancient magical symbols to create an intriguing atmosphere.
Available Games and Software
ShadowBet's collection of over 600 slots is powered by about half a dozen different software providers including NetEnt, Betsoft and Microgaming. Among these are some substantial progressive jackpot games like Mega Moolah and Ozwin's Jackpots.
The standard range of table games is also available including a live dealer casino. The live dealer games presently include an impressive nine varieties of roulette, including the Dragonara game broadcast live from the brick-and-mortar Dragonara Casino in Malta. Several variations of blackjack and baccarat are also available.
Other options include a relatively small selection of video poker, scratch cards and bingo.
Deposit and Withdrawal Options
ShadowBet accepts deposits by way of Visa, MasterCard, Paysafecard, Skrill, Neteller, Euteller and EcoPayz. You can also withdraw with all of these methods except for MasterCard and Euteller, or you can request your cash out by way of a bank transfer. All deposits and withdrawals are instant except for bank transfers and Visa cashouts, which can take up to three business days to process.
Safety and Security
ShadowBet is based in Malta (along with all of MT SecureTrade's other online casinos) and is regulated by both the Malta Gaming Authority and the UKGC.
Bonuses and Player's Club
New players are welcomed with a first deposit match of up to £100 as well as 200 free spins at Wild Wild West, Aloha, Pyramid: The Quest for Immortality or Starburst. There is also a 35x wagering requirement to withdraw bonus winnings.
ShadowBet doesn't currently have a formal loyalty or tier scheme, but they do have an "experience" system akin to a video game. You get "experience points" for your wagers and proceed through a series of levels. Every time you level up, you get to play the Ouroboros game. The mythical serpent grants all sorts of rewards like free spins and free play, and you can opt to go for "double or nothing" on anything you win from it.
ShadowBet also hosts an ongoing "Happy Hour" promotion on Wednesdays; all players online during this time get 10 free spins at select slots.
Is ShadowBet Worth It?
The Ouroboros bonus game is a fun draw, and is a surprisingly infrequent example of "gamification" being used in the online casino space. The site is also more visually appealing than most.
Fairly generous welcome and ongoing promos plus a very good collection of games makes ShadowBet worth a look for slots players, though the rest of the game lineup (save live roulette) could stand some beefing up.