Fans of pop music and variety shows no doubt tune in to ITV on Saturdays for Simon Cowell's long-running talent competition "The X-Factor." The show actually makes some sense for a casino adaptation. It's all about surprises and the long shot, and properties like Deal or No Deal and Wheel of Fortune have proven that game shows have strong crossover appeal with casino players.
However, the integration of the license into the casino is rather minimal at this point. Perhaps there are bigger plans for the future, but at the moment it's essentially a generic UK online casino with the X-Factor logo pasted on it.
Fans of the show looking for a strong theme may well be disappointed, but how is the gaming? With today's post we'll take an in-depth look at what the X-Factor casino has to offer.
Available Games and Software
X-Factor Casino appears to be a joint operation from River Game Operations, a smaller outfit that has a couple of other low-key UK casinos under their belt (Casonic Casino, VegasCasino), and Bear Group Ltd. (the creators of Slingo). River Game Operations just got started in 2017, so it's unsurprising that the casino is on the basic side.
Nevertheless, X-Factor Casino has some 800 games in total. Slingo is out front here, with 26 varieties including the Britain's Got Talent and The Price Is Right versions. Naturally, you will also find X-Factor Slingo here though it is the same version that can be found at a number of other properties.
Of course, slots represent the bulk of the gaming options with about 700 titles available. Of these, about 30 have progressive jackpots.
Heading over to the casino area, we find a rather sparse selection of only about 20 games - mostly varieties of blackjack and roulette. There is a live dealer casino (powered by Evolution Gaming) which gives one about a dozen more options, including No Commission Baccarat and Dream Catcher.
Finally, if you have the itch for a scratcher, there are over 50 varieties to choose from.
Deposit and Withdrawal Options
You can deposit with Visa and MasterCard debit or credit here, as well as having a charge billed to your mobile phone carrier (which is limited to no more than £30 per day, and the actual limit will vary by carrier).
The standard withdrawal minimum is £10, but apparently it is possible to withdraw smaller amounts by contacting customer service and paying an administrative fee of up to £1. The site does not have a maximum withdrawal.
Safety and Security
In case of disputes, the third-party mediator is Independent Betting Adjudication Service (IBAS).
Bonuses and Player's Club
X-Factor has two bonus offers for new players. Your first deposit of up to £50 (minimum £10) is matched 100% with free play funds, and your second deposit of at least £10 nets you 20 free spins that can be used at an assortment of games: Starburst, Gonzo's Quest, Twin Spin or Finn and the Swirly Spin as of this writing. All winnings are subject to a wagering requirement of 30x at either slots or Slingo; no other game types appear to count toward it. There is also a winnings cap of £500 when using bonus funds.
Ongoing promos seem a bit thin, at least to the player looking in from the outside. X-Factor might make some offers to established players who wager regularly, but there do not seem to be any standing promos that are applicable to everyone. The site's barren social media presence (zero Twitter posts at all since creating their account in 2016) leads one to believe that big promotions are not really a focus here.
There is a VIP club, however. It is by invitation only and consists of two levels: VIP and VIP Platinum. The entry VIP level gets you a 10% bonus funds cashback, faster withdrawals, access to special VIP-only promotions, and a special VIP support line. The Platinum level adds 10% of actual cash back, even faster withdrawals, a personal VIP account manager, invitations to member events and gifts on your birthday (the site lists an iPad as an example).
Is X-Factor Games Casino Worth It?
Nothing is glaringly wrong at this casino, other than perhaps a scanty table game selection and a decided lack of video poker options. But nothing really stands out either. As the absentee social media presence indicates, it feels like minimum effort is being put in to running it. And it really doesn't do anything in particular to attract the X-Factor fan base other than putting the name out there.
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