A registered and licensed online casino, Mars Casino is a relatively new online gambling site that supports the use of bitcoins. It carries the tag line “Casino for humans by Martians,” which does not make a lot of sense but maintains a theme that may appeal to some online gamblers. It claims to offer more than 500 games (as indicated on its homepage) but the actual number in the game collection is significantly lower. Still, Mars Casino is a promising bitcoin gambling destination with a wide variety of provably fair games, a good deal of promotions, and more than the usual features.
Before anything else, we have to say we’re a bit unsure about how Mars Casino is being marketed. Somehow, it’s slightly being silly. It is labeled as the “1st casino on Mars” and it claims to offer “winnings bigger than the international space station can carry.” That’s why we can’t help being skeptic about the other claims of the site like its “1,000,000+ players”, and its being safe, secure and reliable. What’s unquestionable about Mars Casino, though, is that it is a licensed and registered online gambling operation.
Getting a Mars Casino account is quick and easy. You just have to fill out the registration form that only asks for your email address, username, password, and preferred currency. Once you’re done entering your details and submitting the form, you will be asked to verify your email address. This shouldn’t take long as the email from Mars Casino will have arrived in your inbox almost instantaneously. Click the Confirm Account button you receive regarding your account registration and you can proceed to your account. You will be automatically logged into your account as you click on the Confirm Account button.
Mars Casino User Interface and Site Languages
The Mars Casino user interface is simple but elegant and intuitive. If you have already tried playing in other online casinos before, it should be easy finding your way around the Mars Casino interface. If you go to the My Account page (link is near the upper right corner of the site), you will find the following tabs: Balance, History, Bonuses, Affiliate, Profile Info, Gambling Limits, and Documents. What these tabs represent are already quite obvious except maybe for the Gambling Limits and Documents tabs.
Gambling Limits is where you can voluntarily impose limitations on your online gambling. You can set deposit limits, loss limits, and wager limits. You may also initiate a Cooling Off Period, which prevents you from making a deposit and excludes you from all promotional offers of the casino. The Cooling Off period can be for a week, a month, 3 months, or 6 months. If you decide to prematurely end the cooling off period, you will have to wait for 7 days before you can use your account normally again.
There’s also an option to enable a Self-Exclusion period, wherein you will be completely prevented from accessing your account. It can be for 6 months, 9 months, or a year. What makes the Self-Exclusion period different from the Cooling Off period is that you will not be allowed to cut it short. You cannot request to be allowed to enter your account again unless the period you indicated lapses. That’s why you need to make sure that you have already completed all of your deposits and withdrawals before deciding to initiate self-exclusion.
The Documents tab, on the other hand, is where you will be uploading documents that will be asked by Mars Casino to verify your identity.
The Mars Casino website and user interface can be viewed in two languages: English and Russian. The language toggle is on the upper right corner of the site.
Mars Casino Games
As mentioned in the introductory part of this Mars Casino review, the actual number of games on the site is significantly fewer than the “over 500” touted on the homepage. We found only 187 in our manual count. These games can be viewed according to their developer or according to the following categories: Slots, Roulette, Live, Jackpot, and Other.
- Similar to other online bitcoin casinos, the slots games are the most common in the Mars Casino game collection. We found 144 of them at the time we did this review.
- The Roulette category had 7 games including 4 live roulette games.
- The Live games category features 8 games, which are mainly live blackjack, baccarat, and roulette games.
Interestingly, Mars Casino has a separate category for BTC games. Apparently, not all of the games in its collection supports bitcoin payments. If you want to play using BTCs, your options are limited to the games listed under the BTC Games category. There were 177 games under the BTC Games category at the time we did this review. In other words, almost all of the games support bitcoin payments.
There’s a search bar for the game collection but just like how it works in other BTC gambling sites, this search bar only searches through keywords in the titles of the games. As such, it’s not very useful. If you search for “slots,,” for example, you will only get a few results despite the fact that more than 77% of the games on the site are slots. The search function does not return results based on game category or type.
Nevertheless, Mars Casino has a “Feeling Lucky” button, which is pretty much similar to the “I’m Feeling Lucky” feature of Google. Click on this button to randomly select a game to play. Clicking on this button automatically takes you to the interface of a random game.
In terms of game loading time, the games on Mars Casino are around average and can sometimes be slow, especially for games that have excellent graphics. The games on Mars Casino have good to great graphics.
The games also have their respective Play for Fun and Play with Real Money versions. As such, we can consider Mars Casino a free bitcoin casino. You can enjoy the games on the site for free, but of course that also means you can’t win the real money prizes if you don’t wager with real money.
Mars Casino Software and Game Fairness
The games on Mars Casino are from a number of online casino game providers. These include Amatic, Betsoft, SoftSwiss, Ezugi, Endorphina, and Netent. Many of the games on Mars Casino require Flash so if you are using browsers that no longer support it (example: Chrome), you may need to purposely install Flash or just use other browsers.
On its About Us page, Mars Casino says that its games are provably fair. There is supposedly a provability widget on the site. However, at the time we did this review, we couldn’t find this widget for testing the fairness of the games. We are still considering Mars Casino as a provably fair online casino, though. Like most other newly launched online casinos, we presume that Mars Casino is still being completed and polished. The provability testing widget will most likely be added later on. Besides, this online gambling site has a page devoted to presenting details abouts its being provably fair, offering information on the random number generator and shuffling methods used in the different types of games.
Mars Casino Is Mobile-Friendly
This bitcoin accepting gambling site is mobile-friendly. It employs a responsive web design. The site automatically adjusts the content and layout depending on the display size of the device used to access it. Also, the full screen versions of the games adapt to the size of the device. It should be easy navigating through the site using your smartphone or tablet. If you are not able to view a mobile version of Mars Casino, just click on the Mobile Version link on the footer part of the site (right beside the BTC exchange rate notifier). Doing so should open the mobile version of the site (https://m.mars.casino/).
Currencies Accepted, Deposits, and Withdrawals
Mars Casino supports the following currencies: euro (EUR), US dollar (USD), Australian dollar (AUD), Canadian dollar (CAD), British pound (GBP), Russian ruble (RUB), Swedish krona (SEK), Norwegian krone (NOK), and of course bitcoins (BTC).
Before you can make a deposit, you need to have completed your profile details (full name, first name, last name, nickname, date of birth, gender, country, city, address, postal code, mobile phone, currency, and time zone). You will only be redirected to your profile page if you attempt to make a deposit when you have not added your personal details and verified your identity yet.
Deposits are reflected on your account almost instantly. A minimum of 10 USD/EUR or 1 mBTC is required for every deposit. For withdrawals, a minimum amount of 20 USD/EUR is imposed but if you are withdrawing in bitcoins, there is no minimum set.
The payment methods supported on Mars Casino include Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Skrill, Neteller, Cubits, PaysafeCard, Trustly, Qiwi Wallet, Wirecard, as well as bank transfer. Details of their fees, processing time, and transaction limits are shown below:
Bonuses, Promotions, Player Rewards, and Affiliate Program
There’s a good deal of bonuses and promotions being offered on Mars Casino. They can be summarized as follows:
- 100% First Deposit Bonus of up to 100 EUR + 500 Free Spins (Welcome Promo). Minimum deposit required: 20 USD/EUR or 0.05 BTC. Expiration: 14 days. Wagering requirement: 40x.
- 25% Second Deposit Bonus of up to 100 USD/EUR (Welcome Promo). Minimum deposit required: 20 USD/EUR or 0.05 BTC. Expiration: 14 days. Wagering requirement: 40x.
- 25% Third Deposit Bonus of up to 100 USD/EUR (Welcome Promo). Minimum deposit required: 20 USD/EUR or 0.05 BTC. Expiration: 14 days. Wagering requirement: 40x.
- 25% Reload Bonus for 2 days a week of up to 25 EUR or 100 mBTC. This bonus can be availed every Monday and Wednesday. Wagering requirement: 40x.
- 25 Free Spins Everyday. This is a daily bonus but is only added on the third deposit made during the day. Wagering requirement: 40x.
- 15% Cashback. This bonus can be obtained when you make deposits 4 days in a row. This is also referred to on the site as the “Martian Loyalty Bonus.”
- Recurring Seasonal Bonuses. Mars Casino may also offer occasional bonuses, which are all announced on the Bonuses and Promotions page of the site. Some examples of these bonuses are the Black Friday bonus and Halloween bonus.
The Mars Casino website does not provide a list of restricted countries. However, it says only persons of legal age are allowed to play and it is the responsibility of players to find out if there are laws prohibiting online gambling in their respective countries. Also, we made some inquiries and we learned that Mars Casino does not accept players from the United States. It is a non-US online casino.
Policy on Anonymity
Unfortunately, Mars Casino cannot be considered an anonymous bitcoin casino. In its Terms and Conditions, it is clearly stated that players should provide correct and complete personal details as required by the site. The failure to do so is a violation of the site’s Terms and Conditions, hence a ground for the deactivation of the account. Even when playing using only bitcoins, players are required to submit proofs of identity such as a passport, driver’s license, and government-issued ID.
Mars Casino License, Regulation, and Security
As mentioned, Mars Casino is a registered and licensed online gambling operation. It is owned and operated by Direx N.V., a Curacao-registered company with the following registered address: Stasinou 1, MITSI Building 1, 1st Floor, Flat/Office 4, Plateia Eleftherias, Nicosia, Cyprus. Direx N.V. is being regulated by Antillephone N.V. under registration # 131879.
When it comes to security, there’s nothing to complain about. Mars Casino employs https or SSL encryption. The bitcoins, on the other hand, are stored in cold wallets and “semi-cold wallets.” Only a limited amount of bitcoins are maintained online to address the day to day operations of the site.
Mars Casino Player Support
To contact Mars Casino, click on the Contact Us link on the footer part of the site. It will open an email sending form. You may also contact Mars Casino support via live chat by clicking on the persistent Help button on the lower left side of the site.
Mars Casino, as stated on its website, provides 24/7 customer support.
Pros and Cons
- Good variety of games with great graphics
- Live chat support
- Ability to set gambling limits, a cooling off period, and self-exclusion period
- Does not accept US players
- Does not support anonymous online gambling
- 14-day Expiration for Bonuses