Dubbed as “Australia’s best online casino games and pokies in the Outback,” Joe Fortune Casino is a bitcoin-accepting gambling site that offers a wide variety of games. It features slots, blackjack, baccarat, craps, roulette, video poker, and a variety of speciality games from various game providers. It does not have live dealer games but the hundreds of titles available on the site should offer a wide enough range of playing options.
Joe Fortune Casino is a licensed online gambling operation that provides “around the clock customer support” through email and a toll-free phone number. It also supports a number of payment methods including credit cards and bitcoin. It also boasts of delivering fast payouts, typically completed within 4 to 10 business days using fiat money and within a day or less than 24 hours when using bitcoins.
Joe Fortune Casino does not offer provably fair games but its games make use of a pseudo-random number generator that has been certified to be fair and free from cheating. The games featured on this online casino comes from a number of developers and appear competitive or at least comparable to the games offered by most other decent gambling sites.
The account registration form you need to complete to sign up for a Joe Fortune Casino account is a bit longer as compared to those of other online casinos. You will be asked for your first name, last name, date of birth, mother’s maiden name, contact number, email address, password, preferred currency, and postcode. The account registration form is somewhat smart. It can detect the validity of the details you enter. It will reject the signup process if you entered an invalid contact number, password (should have at least 1 capital letter and small letter), and postcode.
It will probably take you around 30 seconds of a minute to complete the registration process. You will get a confirmation email through which you will be verifying your account.
Be mindful of the details you enter when signing up for an account. Joe Fortune may ask you to verify your identity later on. Entering fictitious details for your account may lead to the termination of your account and the forfeiture of your bonuses and winnings if you have already made any.
Joe Fortune Casino User Interface and Site Languages
When clicking on the Contact Joe button, for example, there were times when nothing happened. We had to refresh the page or go back to the homepage and click on the button again for the contact form to appear. This could be just an issue with our internet connection, though. We tried using proxies and we experienced improved responsiveness in the site.
Also, notably, you will likely have to wait for a few seconds to be able to see the list of games available on the site. It takes time for the site to display all the game thumbnails especially when you are trying to view the collection of slots games on the site.
The site is only available in English. It is intended for Australian online gamblers after all.
Joe Fortune Casino Games
There are a variety of games available on Joe Fortune Casino. At the time we did this review, we found more than 400 games grouped into the following categories: Slots, Blackjack, Table Games, Video Poker, and Specialty.
- The Slots category features around 370 games including popular titles such as Secret Garden, Break da Bank Again, Jurassic Park, Major Moolah, and Money Magic.
- There are 7 blackjack games on the site including Classic Blackjack, Double Deck Blackjack, European Blackjack, Perfect Pairs, and Zappit Blackjack.
- Under Table Games, there are 20 games, which include different variants of roulette, baccarat, craps, and poker.
- The Video Poker category lists 17 games, which include Deuces Wild, Bonus Poker Deluxe, Double Jackpot Poker, Jacks or Better, Joker Poker, and Loose Deuces.
- Lastly, the Specialty category has 10 games featuring variants of bingo, scratchcards, and sudoku.
The games come with Real Play and Practice Play versions. Once you click the Play Now button of the game screenshot, you will be asked to choose if you want to play Real Play or Practice Play. The Practice version is basically the Demo or Free game version offered by other online casinos. This means that Joe Fortune Casino can be considered a free bitcoin casino. You can enjoy the games on the site without having to make a deposit to be able to play with them.
All games come with their “info” pages that show the games’ respective overviews/descriptions and rules.
The games require Flash so you may have to install the Flash plugin if you are using Chrome or other browsers that have already abandoned Flash in favor of HTML5.
Game loading time is fairly decent. It’s not the fastest we’ve witnessed but passable. Game graphics for most games is good. We just wish the games were in 16:9 aspect ratio since the 4:3 aspect ratio looks dated and leaves annoying black bands (wasted space) on the sides when played on the most laptop, desktop, and mobile monitors/screens at present.
Joe Fortune Casino Software and Game Fairness
If you are looking for a provably fair online casino, Joe Fortune is unlikely going to be your best bet. This online casino does not have a system or the usual provably fair widget on the games to allow players to check the fairness of the game results. However, the site’s games make use of a Pseudo Random Number Generator (pRNG) that has been fingerprinted to enable ongoing verification. This pRNG has been certified by iTech Labs to be statistically independent or free from manipulation.
The games on Joe Fortune Casino are from Microgaming, Real Time Gaming (RTG), and Rival.
Joe Fortune Casino Is Mobile-Friendly
Here’s good news for those who want to play Joe Fortune Casino’s games on their mobile devices. This online casino is mobile-friendly. It employs a responsive web design so the site’s layout and the amount of content shown automatically adjust to the display size of the device used to access it.
On Google’s mobile website speed testing tool, Joe Fortune Casino scores 100/100 for mobile-friendliness. However, it only scores 64/100 when it comes to mobile speed test. It’s not a bad score although, as mentioned, our actual experience with the site seemed to be far from ideal. We had problems with responsiveness but the 64/100 score appears to show that it could only be a problem on our end.
Joe Fortune Casino does not have an app for playing the game on mobile devices. If you want to play the games on your smartphone or tablet, you just have to use your mobile browser that supports Flash.
This online casino uses US and Australian dollar as the currency in the games. However, it also accepts bitcoin payments. The deposited bitcoins are just converted to US dollar or Australian dollar depending on the player’s selected currency.
Bonuses, Promotions, Player Rewards, and Affiliate Program
Joe Fortune Casino offers a number of bonuses and promotions to attract players to sign up and play. Most of these, however, comes with the usual playthrough or wagering requirements so you have to be mindful in availing of these bonuses. The bonuses can be summarized as follows:
- 200% and 100% Welcome Bonus of up to $5,000. This bonus consists of a 200% match bonus for your first deposit and a 100% match bonus of up to $500 for the next eight deposits (reload bonus). The wagering requirement for this bonus is 40x.
- 300% and 150% Bitcoin Welcome Bonus of up to $7,500. This amount constitutes a 300% match bonus of up to $1,500 for the first deposit and a 150% bitcoin match bonus of up to $750 on the next eight deposits (total of $6,000 if you make eight subsequent deposits). The bonus codes are a follows JFBITCOIN300 for the 300% bitcoin match bonus and JFBITCOIN150 for the 150% match bonus. Wagering or playthrough requirement is 40x.
- Ripper Rewards Program. This rewards program is essentially Joe Fortune’s version of the VIP programs and rewards offered by other online casinos. It offers a 10% daily cash back on deposits that can go higher to 15%, a birthday bonus, and faster and free withdrawals. To avail of these rewards, you will have to accumulate points (1 point for every $1 wagered on slots and 1 point for every $4 wagered on the other games on the site). These bonuses are also subject to the standard 40x playthrough or wagering requirement.
- Mate’s Rates. This is also listed under the Ripper Rewards Program but it’s actually a separate reward. The “‘mate’s rate” is essentially a referral bonus given for every referred player who makes their first deposit.
Joe Fortune’s website does not mention country restrictions. However, the site automatically blocks access to countries deemed restricted. If you are redirected to the “Blocked” page when loading the site on your browser, it only means your country is restricted. Being able to access the site, though, does not necessarily mean that your country is no longer restricted. There are countries such as the Netherlands and the United States that are allowed to access the site but are not allowed to sign up for an account. Other countries we have tested that are able to access the site but are not accepted for account registration are the following: Singapore, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, and France. Apparently, Joe Fortune only accepts players from Down Under–Australia.
Policy on Anonymity
Unfortunately, anonymous bitcoin casino seekers cannot consider Joe Fortune Casino as a good option. The site requires all who register for an account to provide their full name, current address, email address, telephone number, and date of birth. Additional information and documents may be required as proofs of identity. In other words, anonymous players are not allowed even those who play using only bitcoins. All of these are done, according to the Joe Fortune Terms and Conditions, to prevent illegal and fraudulent activities.
Joe Fortune Casino License, Regulation, and Security
Joe Fortune Casino is an online gambling operation owned and run by Haydock Sports Limited. It is licensed and regulated by Curaçao eGaming. However, the website does not list a business address. It only lists Curaçao eGaming’s address and states that player complaints that cannot be settled by Joe Fortune’s admin and support teams are to be settled through Curaçao eGaming.
When it comes to security, Joe Fortune Casino guarantees the protection of player accounts and transactions as the site is protected by Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption. The site claims that it upholds “the strictest standards of online security” but reminds players to also be responsible for ensuring their accounts’ security.
Joe Fortune Casino Player Support
You can contact Joe Fortune Casino’s admin or support team by going to the Contact Joe page (link is on the footer part of the site). The contact page shows an email sending form you can use to send your questions or request for assistance. If you want to send an email directly to Joe Fortune, you can use the following address: email@example.com. You may also contact Joe Fortune through their toll-free phone number 1 800 837 129 or through the live chat facility (open from 8 AM to 12 MN AEST). If you don’t get a response through these contact options, you may also send a message to Joe Fortune Casino’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts (links are on the right side of the footer of the site). Support is available 24/7 for email support, or “around the clock” as for how the Joe Fortune Casino Get Started page puts it.
Pros and Cons
- Good collection of games
- Email, live chat, and telephone support
- Mobile-friendly site and games
- Not so responsive website
- Limited to Australia
- The games offered are not provably fair