By now, you probably already know what a social casino is. What this Rush Games review found when we took a look, however, was something different. Don’t be concerned though, as Rush Games is a perfectly legit operator.
But there’s more. You see, not only did we find an excellent and unusual welcome bonus, but we can also report that as well as delivering the Rush Games casino review you were expecting, unlike other social casinos, we can also offer you a Rush Games sportsbook review, which will come as a surprise to even the most experienced bettors.
Rush Games: Pros & Cons
- Offers an unusual and possibly unique social sportsbook
- Excellent virtual bonus with daily top-up
- Social casino structure means very few joining restrictions
- Excellent operator for beginners
- Unable to play for real money or withdraw ‘winnings’
As you are probably aware, online casino and sportsbook operators use welcome bonuses to attract new customers, and the bigger the incentive, the more chance you are likely to sign up with one of them instead of one of their many competitors. These offers are normally triggered by an initial deposit, and typically involve a deposit match or free spins or wagers.
They also involve wagering requirements that have to be satisfied before you can withdraw any winnings, which can consist of playing through your balance a certain number of times. What this Rush Games review found here was something completely different.
First of all, because it’s a social casino, there is not really an initial deposit, so the offer cannot be the same. There can be no deposit match and certainly no wagering requirements or even any withdrawals. What you get on registration are 500 VC$ (Virtual credits) which you can use either in the online social casino or the sportsbook.
Once these have been used you can top-up your credits (more on that later on), but there are no expectations or restrictions on what you can or cannot do with this bonus, other than those already specified in the house rules.
As we mentioned earlier, as well as the social casino there is also a ‘social sportsbook’ run along exactly the same principles. This means unlike many other social casinos, Rush Games has the opportunity to have a similar look and feel to the ‘real thing’ including a generous Rush Games promo code offer – only available in virtual currency unfortunately.
Overall, how you feel about this site will depend greatly on your previous experience with sportsbooks and casinos, as well as your expectations. If you are expecting the same type of ‘cut and paste’ casino section like you’d find elsewhere, you’ll be pleasantly surprised as there are many of the games you might find playing for real money. But on the other hand, in no way could you be mistaken that it was anything but a social casino.
However, what it does have in common with the ‘real thing’ is that navigating around the site is every bit as easy and intuitive as you would expect. Finding slots or placing a wager on sports has the same functionality as we encountered when completing our WynnBET review, which is a real money operation, so the fact that you are playing for free should not diminish the experience for you.
Likewise, your personal information can be accessed in the top right-hand corner, but you might expect this anyway, as this feature is not exclusive to online gambling sites.
Because it is perhaps not designed with the usual bettor in mind, it does have a lighter feel than a normal casino, and in places does have a video game feel to it. It is done very well, so overall, rather than falling short in any particular area, it’s more like having the best of both worlds.
While the site may look good, and at first glance could be mistaken for the ‘real thing’, here is where you definitely know that you are using a social casino. First of all, because there is a chance you might never see the payments section at all. As well as the joining bonus, there are VC$ awarded every day, so if you were just playing on breaks at work, you could play happily with just your free credits.
Secondly, unlike online casinos and sportsbooks, you are not making a deposit, you are making a purchase. You are not adding money to an account, you are buying credits. The main difference here is that the VC$ have no value outside Rush Games, so cannot be exchanged or withdrawn. This might be a deal breaker for some people, but at the same time, increases the territories where you can access Rush Games because you are playing ‘for fun’ like you would a video game on your phone.
To pay for these extra credits you can use credit or debit cards, PayPal, your bank account or some gift cards. As you are making a purchase in very much the same way you might when buying extra lives or power ups in a video game, there is nothing like the potential fuss you might get if you weren’t playing for fun.
Customer support is a big feature of many online casinos and sportsbooks. They would typically offer live chat, email and telephone support to members and deal with a host of questions surrounding wagering requirements, deposits, and withdrawals. You might be wondering then, as Rush Games doesn’t have any wagering requirements, payments instead of deposits and no withdrawals, if there was any player support at all?
You’ll be pleased to know that there is an extensive help centre, and while it does not need to cover the same range of ‘what if’ type questions you might get at BetMGM or 888Sport, there were answers to all of the usual FAQs regarding VC$, payments and gameplay.
In addition, there is no live chat or telephone help, but there is a default email address dealing with all other queries. To test this service out we sent a simple question in at 3pm and it was answered just before 12 noon the next day, which isn’t anything like as fast as we’d hoped.
There seems to be little or no facility to accommodate non-English speakers, so it also falls short there. But this Rush Games review has to conclude this section on customer service, with the caveat that there is little to go wrong here. Almost everything is covered by FAQs so the shortcomings are probably understandable, and almost certainly not a deal breaker.
By now, you will have realized that many of the concerns that would normally weigh on your mind when approaching an online casino or sportsbook operator, might not apply here. However, to tick two boxes right at the start, the domain has a https address, so the security certificate is valid, and all the reasonable measures are taken to secure the data you provide when you sign-up.
This will include your name, address and email, and while you don’t always have to supply this information when joining a social casino, Rush Games have an over 21 policy and use the details you give them to ensure that. This is due, in part, to the responsible gaming policy that monitors how much you are spending on buying additional VC$, in a similar way that a more conventional operator might practice responsible gambling.
Payments are made via a secure third-party payment processor to keep things safe, and as you might expect, the normal licensing check would not get any results as one is not required. For the same reasons, this operator will not have been eligible to win any of the awards or certifications you would find elsewhere, and Rush Games is certainly not of a size where you expect to find any mention of them as a publicly traded company.
As part of that online check, we also looked for other Rush Games reviews, and found nothing that raised any red flags or set any alarm bells ringing.
As this is a social casino, you might expect there to be very little or nothing in the way of VIP or loyalty programs. However, this Rush Games casino review found that there were incentives to keep you coming back to this operator.
The first of these are free VC$ which are awarded every hour and can be earned to a maximum of 30 VC$ a day. As mentioned earlier, this means you might not ever need to part with any cash if you only play occasionally, which will appeal to many players.
If you play more frequently, however, you will gain play points as you place your virtual wagers; mirroring what happens with the majority of loyalty programs from other conventional operators. Unlike those programs though, where you can trade in your points for a range of benefits both offline and online, with Rush games, all you are building towards are more VC$.
In addition to this, there are also temporary or seasonal promotions, and while this Rush Games casino review was taking place, these offered free live bingo and jackpot scratchers when certain playing conditions were met. As you can imagine, the prizes for these promotions are more VC$.
It is not often that you find a social casino with either this much to offer, or as authentic an experience. If you have plenty of experience with online casinos, you will notice the difference straight away, but for those who have never played before, or just dabbled at playing for real money, this is a very passable substitute.
At the top of a long list of pluses, is the sportsbook, which this Rush Games sportsbook review found acts just like a conventional sportsbook in all aspects, except the use of ‘real’ money. Likewise, the range of games you find in the casino is on par with what you would find at a medium sized online casino from a real money operator. So by no means are you getting second best just because the funds you are using are virtual.
The bonus is another massive plus, with no wagering requirements or deposit to worry about, 500 VC$ can give you a great deal of gameplay and a real chance to look around this virtual environment.
Clearly this lacks some aspects of less virtual operations, but when held up against other social casinos, it’s hard to think of one that betters what this Rush Games review found on offer here.