Usually thoughts of SEGA brings fond childhood memories of whizzing around hoops as Sonic the Hedgehog or exploring the depths of the ocean as Ecco the Dolphin. SEGA has recently branched out on their own casino and poker site, and while some of their mature video game titles are present to show off the brand, naturally there’s no sign of the hedgehog for obvious reasons. Some may find it a little unusual for a big video game name to enter the online casino market, but in Japan SEGA are also well known for their chain of high street casinos as well as their video games. With this point of view it makes perfect sense, but can they transfer this success over to the competitive online casino market?
Once you’ve downloaded the casino software, you’ll have instant access to all games. With the download you are free to try for fun or dive straight in and invest real money. There is no try for fun option before the download and naturally staking real cash will require you to register.
SEGA games are the the headline here, but these are limited to House of the Dead, Virtua Fighter, Phantasy Star and Nights, and while you may be hoping for a money winning spin on classic games, shooting zombies for cash for instance, in fact they are all themed slot machines. These can be adjusted to suit the number of lines you wish to stake on, from 1 to 25 usually. Thankfully, they are not costly, take House of the Dead for example, a one line stake will set you back 10c, whereas a full 25 line stake is only $1.50 per spin. Of course, you can up your stake if you wish, to increase your chances of winning and losing big. It’s nice to have the option. If themed slots are your thing, then these do a good enough job if you don’t mind zombies stealing your cash.
In addition to SEGA branded slots, there’s also a set of classic games on offer. These include table games such as Roulette, progressive games, card games, standard slots and arcade games. Each one is nicely animated and well worth the time it takes to download.
SEGA also offer poker, which is playable with cash or for free via download and register only. Once this is done, you have access to a few game types over hundreds of table. On offer is Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, and 5 & 7 Card Stud. There are numerous tournaments on offer, which run frequently and offer prizes up to $50,000. These tournaments include freerolls, satellites, double stack and shootout to name a few. In addition to the poker, the download also comes with a quick tab to casino games to fill in the time between poker sessions if you wish.
SEGA has a whole host of promotions looking to entice you in. Most of which are crossed over with casino and poker. For example, the 200% welcome bonus is split 100% each way. To benefit from the fill 200% bonus up to €400 you must make a deposit on both game types. 100% of the bonus is to be released by playing in Poker games through SEGAPoker.com and the remaining 100% of the bonus is to be released by playing in Casino games through SEGACasino.com. As is the norm, you’ll need to wager the deposit and the bonus 20 times over before you can cash it in.
Poker and casino are also offering a second deposit bonus, in which they’ll boost it up by 50% up to €200. The usual terms and conditions apply. Add this to the reload bonuses and daily prize handouts and the VIP lounge and there’s more to SEGA poker and casino than a quick fix game if you want there to be.
As well as VISA and Mastercard, there are many payment and withdrawal methods available. This includes all the big names, such as PayPal, MoneyBookers, Click2Pay and so on. All of which are safe to use and most offer instant deposits. As is usual withdrawals take a bit longer.
One thing to remember about SEGA Casino / Poker is that it’s a very young site. What they offer now is a quality casino gaming and poker, which could also improve over time. Bearing in mind SEGA are one of the masters in video games and pros in the Japanese casino industry, so I expect this will be a site to watch in the very near future.
- Safe: Yes
- 24/7 Support: Yes
- Demos: Yes (with some limitations)
- Download Required: Yes
- Mobile Gambling: No
- Promotions: Yes