LaRomere Casino has been online since 2012 and yet has the look of a much older brand, one that could have existed from before the 2010s. Set the visual appearance aside, however, and the online casino site has strengths in terms of its compatibility, security and quality of gaming content.
From the beginning, there's no mistaking the $1,000 welcome package heralded on the homepage and in the promotional area. Obviously, this is an extremely alluring offer in an era where some casino sites are cutting back on what they are willing to provide. However, it isn't entirely clear how the full offer is provided.
Okay, it all starts with an initial 125% LaRomere Casino bonus of up to $200 on the first deposit. Any players who claim the maximum allowance will then receive $75 worth of bonus credit added on top (30x wagering requirements).
Next in in line is a 100% bonus that matches a player's second deposit with up to $250 - plus $75 extra for those who claim the full amount. On the third and final stage, there's a 150% deposit bonus of up to $200 and with $50 extra for users who claim the full allowance.
So, with $275, $325 and $250 listed, that gives a total value of $850. This leaves $150 unaccounted for out of the $1,000 welcome package. There's a vague mention of LaRomere Casino free spins in the terms and conditions, so perhaps there's $150 worth of those, but this isn't confirmed.
Players who stick around can gain from on-going deals such as Monday Motivation's 150% bonus, Free Spin Tuesday with up to 70 spins, Wednesday Lucky Spin, The Weekend Lift Off and Social Sunday to cap off a busy week.
Casino LaRomere also runs a loyalty club and lets players check their status by submitting a username into the box provided. Club level represents humble beginnings, while the improved redemption rate on comp points kicks in on Silver and then improves significantly for Gold and Platinum.
With LaRomere Casino Canada not yet operational, there are no exclusive offers available. Any players who do join this casino site can try claiming up to $850 worth of bonus funds in USD over their first three deposits.
Bonuses and games lead the way:
The cons are difficult to ignore:
The operator has smartly chosen to collaborate with a number of software providers. BetSoft and VIVO Gaming are definitely the most impressive, while the quality isn't as high in the output from Saucify, Rival or i-Slots. This is often clear from the thumbnail images shown to accompany games in the library.
From a selection standpoint, there are far more slots than any other category, and these can even be explored in subcategories such as classic, video, 3D, i-Slots and jackpots. Moving away from slots, LaRomere Casino's library also has video poker, blackjack, roulette, poker and other tables.
Users arriving at the site from a Windows desktop device have the option of installing the casino or registering instantly from their browser. MacOS users aren't offered both options, however, and will have use instant-play, which is fine because the very latest content has been optimised for this form of delivery.
Android and iOS users can also play on tablet or smartphone. The accessible LaRomere Casino mobile content is displayed in a set category. Notably, this doesn't include the very best BetSoft slots, but there are more than 80 titles that are compatible on mobile screens.
The operator receives specialist software support from VIVO Gaming, which aids in the provision of the LaRomere Casino live dealers. They are stationed throughout working hours at real-world blackjack tables and roulette wheels with varied stakes and the action broadcast back to player's desktop devices.
Go to the 3D slots and you can find all of the cutting-edge BetSoft releases. Prime examples include Arrival, 2 Million BC, Alkemor's Tower, At the Copa, After Night Falls, A Night in Paris, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Blackjack Gold, Charms & Clovers, Fruit Zen, House of Fun, Gypsy Rose, Slots Angels and Sin City Nights.
According to players, the top-rated mobile slots are Alien Spinvasion, Almighty Dollar, A Day at the Derby, Champs-Élysées, Chariots of Fire, Catsino, Diamond Dragon, Dr Acula, Dollars to Donuts, Gunslinger's Gold, Gold Bricks and Johnny Jungle & the Hidden Temple.
Only a small range of virtual table games can be played. Standards like European Roulette and American Roulette are both present, as are Craps, Baccarat and Blackjack. Then come more specialised options in Casino Battle, Red Dog and Pai Gow Poker.
Before proceeding, these are some payout percentages to highlight:
An on-site ticker is the only source of information on winners. As the list ticks by, there's a stream of users who win hundreds or sometimes thousands of dollars. One of the largest announced was Herve B, who was able to win the equivalent of $17,500 in CAD on Diamond Dazzle.
There aren't many progressive jackpots to play for, and it's true that this niche could improve with new additions. At it stands, the options include Jackpot 5x Wins, Major Moolah, Money Magic, Strike Gold and 1000000 Reels BC.
USD and EUR are the alternative currencies to CAD, which wasn't accepted when this LaRomere Casino review was being performed. Debit and credit cards feature as the main payment methods, with minimum deposits starting from $25 and processing taking place instantly for Maestro, MasterCard, VISA and American Express.
If players are connected to a Bitcoin exchange, then they can transfer cryptocurrency to their casino account instead of USD or EUR. An advantage of using Bitcoin is that this method is also suitable for withdrawals, whereas most other deposit methods aren't.
Despite accepting major debit and credit cards, the operator cannot offer withdrawals to any of them. As such, players are left having to arrange a Wire Transfer on winnings of $100 or more. Meanwhile, processing can take from five to 10 business days, whereas 24 hours is possible for Bitcoin withdrawals.
Support services are delivered in three main ways, starting with toll-free numbers operated in English and French. As for digital communication, this is facilitated by an email address and live chat platform. Each of those options can be utilised by visiting the "Contact Us" page.
Players can learn more of LaRomere Casino by reading the "About Us" section or the FAQs, where the information is remarkably helpful, especially for new players who are getting to grips with registration, logging in and banking.
The on-site security information states that the site has 128-bit SSL encryption. You should be aware, however, that this information is now out-dated. This is confirmed by in-browser data confirming that the site is in fact protected by the more advanced form of 128-bit TLS encryption.
Unfortunately, fairness could be an issue, starting with the operator's reluctance to display a licence or issue number. Online research would suggest LaRomere Casino is licensed in Curacao, but this is unsubstantiated on the site itself.
Two curious findings are present on the bottom of the homepage, where what appears to be a licensing icon is shown, but actually links to the banking methods. Meanwhile, there is an icon stating that the site's random number generator (RNG) has been certified, though it links to the welcome offer.
Romere Entertainment N.V. is the owner of the LaRomere Casino brand, which appears to have been operating since 2012. Despite sporting a dated visual aesthetic, the brand has continued to maintain a link with the AskGamblers portal. Only a couple of complaints have ever been lodged, but the downside is that none of the complaints have been resolved.
Just to be clear, any formal complaints should initially be submitted by email via the contact information provided by the online casino. If unsatisfied with the response, then a further complaint can be lodged with a mediator such as AskGamblers. Above that, complaints can then be taken to the licensing jurisdiction, which seems to be Curacao.
LaRomere Casino states in terms and conditions that users aren't permitted to physically gamble on the site from: Australia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Denmark, Japan, Kentucky (US), Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Turkey or UK.
Being able to choose Canada as a country of residence on the registration form can hopefully be addressed, as the online casino can offer a language setting to support French-speakers. The change can be made by way of the dropdown menu shown in the top corner of the main screen.
With mobile, download and instant-play access all provided, it's the last option that's arguably the easiest for registering. A homepage link leads to a registration form broken into three parts. The first simply asks for an email address and password, the second gets personal with name and age, and then the third asks for address information and preferred currency.
When consulting the country list, Canada is notably absent, which is surprising considering that the US makes the cut. Access to the casino site is provided from Canadian IP addresses, but Canada cannot be chosen as a country of residence. Please be aware that proceeding to sign up could cause issues if proof of identification is demanded after asking for a withdrawal.
Identity verification is a common process imposed when withdrawing large sums of winnings. As you can imagine, the casino management team would flag up any requests in which the player is using a Canadian address. As a result, please think twice before attempting to circumvent any such procedures.
Casino LaRomere could do a better of explaining where the missing $150 in the $1,000 welcome package comes from. Nevertheless, there's plenty of wagering that can be done with the $850 worth of funding that's claimable. What also appeals for the intro deal are the 30x wagering requirements.
Payments don't seem tough initially, as credit cards are usable on deposits. However, it's quite frustrating that withdrawals need to be processed by Bank Transfer. Bitcoin can be used for both steps, but there's a learning curve involved for inexperienced users.
Compatibility is an absolute strength for this encrypted site, given that access is afforded by download, mobile or browser. Sure, the mobile content isn't as strong as what's available on desktop, but at least there are slots to play. As for the best games, these are the VIVO live dealers and BetSoft slots.