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Big Fish Casino Review
Reviewed by: David Galvin
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- What's Free - Play game for 100 minutes.
- File Size - 53 MB
- Play It On - Win XP/Vista/7/8
- Support - Big Fish Casino Support
DFG Exclusive Review Summary
- Includes a good variety of games to play.
- Very active online community.
- Easy to make friends.
- No need to spend any money.
- Might be a little overwhelming for beginners.
- The time to place your bet can sometimes be low.
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The Safe Way to Gamble
Get ready to hit the tables, draw the cards, and spin the wheels. In Big Fish Casino, you will become the master of chance as you decide where you will spend your hard-earned chips. Go online and test your luck against countless other gamblers and see if you have what it takes to win big and go home rich. You don’t need to worry about selling your shirt either. In Big Fish Casino, you can experience most of what will get your blood pumping in Vegas without leaving your home or spending your money.
Play Your Favorite Casino Games
Big Fish Casino includes a host of fun games that wouldn’t be out of place in Las Vegas or Atlantic City, as well as a few you won’t find anywhere else.
- Get as close to 21 as you can in Blackjack.
- Bluff your way to wealth in Texas Hold’em.
- Go to the Roulette wheel and place all bets on your lucky number.
- Spin the Slots and let the chips roll in.
- See what words you can spell as you hedge your bets in Word Ace.
Improve Your Standing
Gambling is not just about winning money. It’s also about the prestige. As you play Big Fish Casino, you’ll increase your standing with the online community and acquire all sorts of neat perks in the process.
- Earn experience to increase your personal level in the casino.
- Unlock up to six tables for each game, each based off of a different city.
- Win increasingly larger sums of money as you reach higher levels.
- Hook up with players around your skill level quickly and easily.
- Complete challenges that change every day to earn extra goodies.
The Social Experience
There’s no need to be alone when you enter the virtual house of Big Fish Casino. Join the community and form friendly rivalries with your fellow gamblers.
- Communicate with your fellow players using the in-game chat system.
- Make some friends and form a table where you can play your favorite games together in private.
- Give yourself a unique identity. Edit your name, avatar, moods, status message and more.
This is Your Lucky Day
Big Fish Casino gives you ample opportunity to sate your thirst for gambling without losing a paycheck. The game is completely free to play; no purchase is necessary in order to add it to your library, and new chips are rewarded to you daily. Despite that, you can play all your favorite games with the same level of intensity against your buddies every day at any time! If you don’t have any poker buddies, then you can easily make some as well. If you’ve got a date with Lady Luck, then take her over to Big Fish Casino and make a small fortune today.
Big Fish Casino Review
- Review by David Galvin
Dave Galvin is a freelance writer and avid gamer. Somehow, he managed to find a way to combine the two passions.
When Video Poker Just Isn't Enough
Online casinos can typically be very intimidating to the layman. Luckily, Big Fish Casino aims to address that. It gives everyone who has a Big Fish account the opportunity to play assorted gambling games on a safe and secure server without the need to spend any money whatsoever.
It includes a healthy assortment of games, including blackjack, poker and the slots, and you can play them all with and against human players all over the world. While it certainly has its issues, Big Fish Casino is both an ambitious project and a godsend to gambling fans.
One Program, Five Games
Most online gambling games only include a single game to play. That's not the case at all here. Big Fish Casino has five games under its roof, which gives it the impression of being a real virtual casino. The games include a variety of slot machines, Texas hold'em, roulette, blackjack and Word Ace. There's no need to pick a favorite, all of them are available right from the start.
The games work as they should. With the slot machine, you just pull the lever and let Lady Luck decide the outcome. In blackjack, your goal is to form a sum that's as close to 21 as you can possibly get, doubling down if you think your chances look good. In Texas hold'em, you try to assemble the best hand possible from both the cards on the table and the ones in your hand. Roulette lets you place your bets on any color, multiple or specific number on the wheel. Finally, Word Ace plays akin to Texas hold'em; the only difference is that instead of forming a hand, you're trying to spell a good word from the lettered cards in the deck.
Games are played with a computer-controlled dealer and as many human players as the table will allow. It works about as well as most multiplayer gambling games. It's not a perfect substitute for physically playing with real people, as you lack the ability to bluff and read faces. However, it's a worthy tradeoff for the ease at which you can get a game started. For what it's worth, there are still techniques you can employ to trick the opposition into a false sense of security.
The slot machines have an interesting way of implementing multiplayer. They're still singleplayer, but while you're spinning the wheels, you'll be able to see all the other people that are trying their luck on the one-armed bandit. This demonstrates that the chips people put into the machines are the same one that will be coming out. Every time someone loses, the pot gets bigger. Even if your chances of scoring the jackpot are slim, it can still be interesting to see it grow in real time.
If there is an issue with Big Fish Casino, it's that it just kind of tosses you into things without giving you any time to take it all in. If you're unfamiliar with any of the games, don't expect the program to walk you through them. This even applies to Word Ace, which you aren't likely to find in any real casino.
More than that, the betting rounds can be frighteningly brief, especially in blackjack. This is obviously to keep things from slowing down, but a few more seconds added to the clock surely wouldn't have hurt too much.
You'll Never Play Alone
It doesn't take any effort to get a game going with other people. Big Fish Casino has a sizeable community; no matter what kind of game you play and no matter what table you sit at, chances are you'll find several people already there.
Additionally, Big Fish implemented some fairly in-depth social networking tools. Just about every game includes a chat box where you and your fellow players can discuss the current game in progress, chat about the weather, trash-talk, or do whatever else suits your fancy. If you meet people that you like, then you can just as easily add them to your friends list.
Making friends not only gives you access to good poker buddies; it can also add some much-needed convenience. If you run out of chips and you don't want to wait for them to restock, then your buddies can send some your way.
More than that, you don't even need to add people individually to your Casino friends list; if you're playing the game on an iOS device, then you can link your friends list on Big Fish Casino with the ones on your Facebook, Twitter or Game Center accounts. Sadly, this feature is lacking in the PC version, so you'll just have to make do with befriending people in-game if that's your platform of choice.
Your Place in the Community
Besides that, you have the usual bells and whistles that go with just about every online community. You can give yourself a distinct username and avatar that people identify you by. There are titles you can work up to as you play games and win chips. Finally, your profile will automatically record statistics, including the total number of blackjacks you've attained or your best played hands in poker. It's not necessary, but it can be amusing to see what your best personal victories were like.
Play Your Cards Right
If there's any aspect to Big Fish Casino that really deserves props, it's that it's very easy to play without ever spending any money. When you first activate it, you start out with a little over 20 thousand chips in your bank. This is a good enough pool for sampling everything and playing a lot of games. You can even make a few daring bets if you feel so inclined. The app will also throw free chips your way at set times, so you never need to worry about running out forever.
More chips can be bought with real money, but Big Fish Casino thankfully never tries to pull the hard sell approach. Once the app is fully loaded, nothing will interrupt your gambling. If you do blow through all your chips, then you will have to spend time or money to get them back. However, that kind of risk is part of gambling's natural charm.
Conclusion: It's a Winner
Overall, Big Fish Casino is a solid and fun casino simulator once you can get past the initial hurdle. You can enjoy numerous games, play them anytime and anywhere with people all over the globe, and potentially never pay a cent while you do so.
If you enjoy playing any sort of gambling game, it's at least worth making a Big Fish account just to check out Big Fish Casino.
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