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SIA Casino Download (Sports Interaction)
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If you ain't in Canada, keep walking. Your name's not on the list. SIA Casino (Sports Interaction) is a legally licensed Canadian online casino, accepting ONLY Canadian residents. Note - unlike most online casinos accepting 18+ players, if you've just turned eighteen and can't wait to get gaming online at Sports Interaction - well, sorry but you're gonna have to wait another year. SIA Casino is happy to open their doors with a friendly smile and welcome you as a new client, if you reside in Canada and are aged 19+. If that includes you, read on to discover what Sports Interaction and in particular their online casino has to offer you.
Downloading SIA's Playtech casino
SIA offer a download version of their casino with Playtech games and a browser-playable edition also containing Playtech games but also titles from game designers 1x2 Gaming, iSoftbet and Leap Gaming. There isn't a Mac-specific version of SIA's download casino although Mac owners are welcome to play all the games available in the non-download browser casino. That said, Sports Interaction advise Mac owners to simply use a PC emulator in order to access the downloadable Playtech SIA casino. There is also a mobile casino which unavoidably, whilst undoubtedly handy on-the-move, is the weakest version of all SIA's casinos.
We recommend players use the downloadable SIA Casino software for when you want some Playtech action and hit the non-download casino for times when you want to play games from one of SIA's other suppliers. In any event - as you'll read further on - you will need to download Sports Interaction Casino to your computer or mobile if you intend to take advantage of the bonus money welcome offer.
We often moan about casinos making their software download process difficult to navigate and SIA get a slap on the wrist for falling into this category of offenders. It's clear that SIA Casino would like players to use their different software providers which means Sports Interaction is not relying solely on their download casino, but still - downloading SIA Casino should always be 'one-click-away' from every page of the casino's website. Instead, you'll need to navigate your way from wherever you happen to be, find SIA's casino frontpage and download from there.
Considering that SIA's welcome bonus can only be used via the Sports Interaction downloaded Playtech casino (or mobile), hiding the download facility from players does not make sense. It's particularly frustrating because it appears to be a deliberate act to 'swerve' players to the non-download casino. Making the download casino difficult to find via the site's standard navigation does not seem to be an accidental move. We believe this because of the near-perfect job SIA has done creating easy-to-use navigation for the rest of their website, for which we will fairly award Sports Interaction credit and praise later in this review. Bottom line - they can do it when they want/choose to.
So how do I download SIA Casino?
We're not just writing this to make ourselves appear super-brilliant (we wish) but by far the easiest way to download SIA casino is by using Casino-Download.com's links to get the official software downloaded directly from the casino. It's free, of course, as with all downloads at Casino-Download.com. Yeah, guess we are super-brilliant after all.
You can download SIA Casino's software from our site with a little bit of magic in the form of a future-proof downloadable link (e-mailed to you on request) for immediate use now and again in the future as many times as you need to download SIA (ie. on a new computer). Even if SIA move (or further hide) their download link, our 'never dies' link should do its job - so don't lose/delete the e-mail when you receive it!
Downloading was VERY fast in our experience. Even when we downloaded SIA Casino and installed the software onto a nearly-ten-years-old Windows XP laptop, the entire process took about thirty seconds. It is just as fast to uninstall the casino by removing the software and all personal settings at any time - literally just seconds to do so. You can, of course, redownload Sports Interaction's casino software again if you change your mind (again).
Playing games at SIA Casino
As already mentioned, SIA's download casino is Playtech-only. The browser version also has games from 1x2 Gaming, iSoftbet and Leap Gaming. The SIA mobile casino contains a smaller selection of Playtech games.
Sports Interaction have got some famous big-name branded games in their slots collection including 24, 90210, Basic Instinct, Pink Panther, Platoon, Rambo, Superman and The Love Guru. Again, we're talking about Playtech releases here which consistently perform and play better and smoother in the SIA download casino, but they are available to play online in your browser too if you've not downloaded the casino software yet (though as mentioned above, you won't be able to claim a welcome bonus until you've downloaded SIA Casino to your computer or mobile).
SIA's online casino contains hundreds of games (they quote '200+ games' but that figure is rising all the time) including exclusive branded games ONLY playable at SIA Casino, progressive jackpots with prizes paying out millions of dollars and all the table games you would hope to find in any good online casino, ie. baccarat, blackjack, Caribbean stud poker, casino wars, cribbage, roulette, Texas hold'em and some extra treats not always available to play with some online casinos. SIA's casino players can also try their luck with sharp shooter, sic bo, odd one in and three card poker. If that's not enough, SIA has got optional 3D versions of some of these games for a different feel to your gaming.
Even the most hardcore online casino gambler is sometimes in the mood for something lighter, less serious, to continue the action but have a change of scenery with a fun approach and less stress. This is where SIA's so-called 'soft games' come in very useful. They're a welcome break from the norm and LOADS of fun to play, especially when luck is on your side. Despite the 'soft games' heading used by the industry, there's nothing soft about the money won on these games by players. We ourselves have frequently hit our biggest wins playing exactly these sort of games. When you fancy a break from the slots, video poker and tables, wander over to the lighter (appearance-wise) side and play hi-go games, keno and lotto. There's literally hours of fun (well, we played for hours) to be had with SIA's virtual sports games that include Darts 180, American Football, Cycling, Football/Soccer, Greyhounds, Horse Racing, Instant Speedway and Rugby. Have a go - you're almost certain to enjoy it.
If you demand the ultimate in casino realism then you'll have to head straight for SIA Casino's live dealer games, which we are pleased to report is one of the widest range of live dealer games we have ever come across at an online casino. We'll try to ignore the niggle that is SIA's irrelevant/dated mention of 'beautiful' live dealers (we're sure that is massively important to all players - male and female) and concentrate on the positive. SIA's live dealer collection includes all the games you'll find at other casinos with live table games but SIA Casino go several steps further in terms of what they offer to their client-base. Play live baccarat, blackjack, casino hold'em, dragon jackpot, hi-lo, Japanese soiree, stud poker, roulette, spin a win, three card brag and more with plenty of variations on these games such as Age Of Gods Roulette, Prestige Roulette, Sia Blackjack and Soiree Roulette.
Sign-up bonus (and T&C)
The welcome bonus at Sport's Interaction casino is optional and so can be accepted or declined by all new clients. Welcome bonuses can be used to boost your starting balance but they always come with terms and conditions that could make you think twice about accepting the offer.
Remember that bonus money can only be played on SIA Casino's download casino (desktop or mobile) and any gameplay on the non-download browser version is off-limits. It's another reason to make downloading SIA's casino software the first thing you do as a new customer.
New sign-ups at SIA Casino start with a 100% bonus up to CA$200 bonus on the first deposit made. The minimum qualifying deposit is just CA$20 so it's not out-of-reach for most members. The terms and restrictions start as ever with wagering requirements where you'll need to have placed a minimum total amount of bets (win or lose - doesn't matter, it's the stake amount that is being counted) before you can cashout any money. At SIA, the casino wager requirement is bonus x30 which, as anyone who knows their way around casino sign-up bonuses will confirm, is a very fair deal. You can check your wagering progress at any time to see how close (or far) you are to reaching the magic 'can now withdraw' moment. It can take some time, will require luck to be on your side at times and a lot of new members will run out of funds before ever getting there - that's the gamble!
The next vital rule when using bonus money at SIA Casino is that you are restricted on the casino games you can play with bonus money. Fortunately, once again, SIA Casino perform really well here with a very wide variety of games to play, whereas lots of casinos limit their bonus players to just slot games and not much else. Some games contribute higher and lower percentages of the stake towards the bonus wagering target which we will list below. Please note that any play on live dealer, mini games and mobile games do not count towards betting requirements so keep clear of these games (and low contributing games listed below) until you've finished your wagering requirement betting.
SIA Casino (Sports Interaction) download casino games - bonus wagering contributions: 100%: Arcades (excluding Spin a Win and Lucky Wheel), Scratch Cards, Slots, Video Poker. 25%: Roulette (all variations). 20%: Baccarat, Blackjack Surrender, Blackjack Switch, Casino War, Casino Hold Em, Craps, Pontoon, Progressive Blackjack, Red Dog, Sic Bo, Spin a Win/Lucky Wheel, Stravaganza and Wild Vikings. 10%: Card games (excluding Casino Hold 'em, Casino War, Pai Gow, Red Dog and Wild Viking).
Unfortunately (and hopefully needlessly), we'll end the sign-up bonus review with a particularly unpleasant gem (or should we say turd) in the casino's T&C. Take a look at this beauty: "If a player attempts to withdraw prior to meeting the betting requirements the bonus and winnings will be removed from the players balance."
We're not sure where to start with just how wrong and immoral the above term reads to us and should to you too. If a player accidentally attempts to cashout too early then they lose everything? Well, if that IS the case, the fault is ENTIRELY 100% due to the casino not implementing a blocking facility on premature cashouts. Especially if it'll lead to stolen funds. This term could and should be worded a LOT friendlier for SIA valued cliente and we certainly hope the casino would NOT follow through on this rather ugly threat if a player accidentally 'tried' to cashout before being allowed to - especially as the player wouldn't be paid anyway! If we ever read about a case such as this leading to stolen due funds as a result of SIA not properly limiting cashouts at the point of the software/casino then they can expect to be blacklisted. Not something they want so we recommend SIA Casino to either prevent premature cashouts or remove/edit their horribly aggressive T&C. It does not look good to potential new members.
Banking options at Sports Interaction
For most players, receiving one withdrawal/cashout a month will be more than enough (and lovely!) but for extra-regular gamblers and those who prefer to cashout their winnings on a more frequent basis, SIA have got arrangements set up for everyone. Sports Interaction will allow one fee-free withdrawal each calendar month, regardless of the method used to receive your money. Subsequent withdrawals generally cost a small fee under CA$10 - which might seem a little annoying for some people but if you've got enough in the bank to make a cashout worthwhile then paying a few dollars for the 'privilege' will probably only sting a little until you receive your cash.
So if you're lucky enough to be making more than your first withdrawal in any month, the fees are as follows: Bank wire: CAD $7. eCheck or InstaDebit: CAD $2. ecoPayz/EcoCard and Instant Banking: CAD $3.
There is generally a $50 minimum withdrawal amount but SIA members can cashout a smaller balance in exchange for paying a CAD $10 processing fee. Note that to be able to cashout via eCheck or InstaDebit you will need to make a minimum deposit using the same method (you can of course add this deposit to your withdrawal). Most online casinos wouldn't offer this option so we think it's a good, fair additional option for SIA's members.
SIA Casino/Sports Interaction review summary
Overall, if we temporarily disregard SIA's not-very-obvious route to downloading the casino itself, we offer genuine congratulations to SIA's design team for a job well done with the site's other navigation and content. SIA is a really excellent website with loads of helpful information and if you're anything like us then you could easily get lost for an hour or more reading all about SIA and its various products, games, services, features and facilities and just generally feeling impressed with the ease of navigating the casino's website and finding everything that's crucial to know. It's not often pulled off brilliantly by casinos online and we regularly have to struggle through some truly bewildering pathways to find our way around some casino sites but there's nothing of the sort here.
Credit where it's due - well done, SIA. If only they'd taken the same care when it comes to downloading Sports Interaction's casino itself (see above for download-related moans and quibbles)!
As well as being an online casino, SIA (Sports Interaction) offers its members access to loads more betting opportunities including a live sportsbook (including US Thoroughbred racing) and online poker tables. Customer support is at hand for players 24/7 as and when required.
SIA Casino is recommended by Casino-Download.com for Canadians. We'll keep an eye on those pesky T&C and the casino download game of hide-n-seek but if you read the rules and don't bet without thinking then you will probably be happy at SIA and become a long-term member. Approved.
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