There’s a new breed of online gambling operator infiltrating the industry. They come with a slick website, lots of bonus promotions and a desire to duke it out for new clients. That profile would seem to fit Vulkanbet to a tee. This new-fangled online sports book/casino was first introduced to the Internet by owner/operator Global Innovations LTD back in 2015. At the end of 2018, ownership was moved to a company called Max Entertainment Limited. The site currently operates under licensing and the rules and regulations set forth by the Malta Gaming Authority.
In four years of operation, the reviews are mixed. Some people like the style and content put forth by the Vulkanbet website. Others are concerned about slow pay issues and extremely aggressive bonus promos that might be indicative of a website that is trying too hard to draw people in. With the site finally maturing a bit within the industry, it will be interesting to see if this one becomes ones of the ones or ends up slipping into the abyss.
Upon hitting the home landing page, one can’t help but to feel overwhelmed by the use of bright colors and a blast of information. From this reviewer’s standpoint, subtlety seems to be a lost art. Subtlety is not evident here as the home landing page consists of a banner advertising section, a long list of icons related to video slots and a little administrative information at the bottom. The placing of casino gaming information seems to infer Vulkanbet considers itself to be an online casino first with a sports book attached. The truth is the website feels like an organized mess. It’s not particularly easy to navigate and the placement of content doesn’t always make sense.
The overall software platform is proprietary. The online casino module is supported by integrated online casino games from the likes of top software developers like Microgaming, Play N Go, NetEnt, YGGDrasil, Betsoft and BTG. The website doesn’t yet have support from a mobile app, but mobile device users can access the optimized website from any web browser and operating system.
Giving further credence to the notion Vulkanbet is an online casino first is the website’s casino style welcome bonus. Upon registering for an account, players have an opportunity to secure matching bonuses on their first three real cash deposits. The matching percentages escalate with each deposit (100%, 125%, 150%) as does the maximum bonus amount (100 euros, 200 euros and 300 euros). That’s a maximum potential welcome bonus of 600 euros. It’s noteworthy that the promo’s terms and conditions are very restrictive, making it difficult for the player to ever see any real cash value.
There is a VIP program. It has 10 tiers and the opportunities to earn points seem very reasonable. The only benefit of the VIP program is it offers cash rebates in exchange for points. There currently are no other promotions of note.
Available Betting Markets/Wagering Options
The sports book section of the Vulkanbet website offers as many as 400-500 betting opportunities a day across as may as 20-30 betting markets. That’s pretty comprehensive content. As one would expect, there’s a lot of emphasis placed on European style football (soccer). It would be safe to say sports bettors can wager on pretty much every major league soccer event being held anywhere in the world. It’s also a good bet that come World Cup time, soccer bettors will get an opportunity to see as much coverage as a sports book can offer. eSports betting is available.
As for other betting markets, the US gets its fair share of attention. Vulkanbet offers wagering opportunities on both college sports and the US’ major professional leagues like the NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL. Other important available betting markets include cricket, rugby, Aussie Rule Football, world hockey, darts, boxing, tennis, golf and so on.
The website’s list of betting options includes in-game betting (no streaming), Asian handicaps, straight bets, accumulators, teasers, prop bets and future odds betting on specified markets. A quick look at the odds and lines would indicate Vulkanbet is on par with many off the top online bookmaking operations in the world.
As indicated above, the online casino module is quite comprehensive. It features live dealer games (blackjack, roulette, baccarat, etc.), video poker, two dozen table games and 700-800 video slots. The list of available popular games from software developers like Microgaming and NetEnt include Terminator II, James Dean, Rockstar, Psycho, Steamtower, Jack Hammer 2, Playboy, Game of Thrones and Lost Vegas.
As a new breed online gambling operation, it’s surprising to see Vulkanbet does not yet include Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies as a viable banking option. However, the website does provide an adequate number of banking options, including Withdrawal Methods: Visa, Visa Electron, Mastercard, Maestro, Bank Transfer, Neteller and Deposit Methods: Visa, Visa Electron, Mastercard, Maestro, Bank Transfer, Trustly, Neteller, Skrill, Sofort and Dotpay. Banking limits are available through customer service.
It’s unfortunate to report Vulkanbet has had slow-pay issues in the past. It does not mean people aren’t getting paid, it simply means the casino takes its time processing withdrawals. Proof of age and identification is usually required before withdrawals are processed.
There are currently no reported issues with customer services. The representatives seem to be efficient, responsive and knowledgeable. The good news is the customer service department is available 24/7/365 via phone and email. The live chat option is available during extended business hours only.
The appeal brought to the table by Vulkanbet is the massive amount of casino games and sports events for gamblers to wagers on. Most of the issues one might have with this site are functionality and cosmetic. It’s never good to hear a newer casino is slow paying customers but that might have more to do with the maturing process. The other major knock against this site is its messy website. There are worst sites and better sites, which puts this online gambling website somewhere in the middle.