Founded in 2017, Chumba Casino is an innovative social gaming platform that provides its players with a chance to win cash prizes for playing slots, video poker and blackjack.
It utilizes a sweepstakes model based on two virtual currencies: gold coins and “$weeps” (Sweeps) cash. Cash prizes are currently exclusive to customers from the US and Canada.
New Chumba Casino account holders receive 2,000,000 gold coins which can be used to play all of Chumba’s games for free.
You can purchase additional bundles of gold coins with real money. When you buy more coins, you also receive a few Sweeps coins tickets. These tickets are redeemable for cash as soon as you wager through them at least once.
Sweepstakes promotions are legal, and many non-gaming companies use them. From a legal standpoint, neither gold coins nor Sweeps coins hold any real-world value. This is also the case for the digital currencies used on other social gaming sites, such as LuckyLand Slots, Zynga or MyVegas.
The play-for-fun currency isn’t usable outside the Chumba Casino system, as Sweeps coins is part of the promotion. You cannot purchase it directly, and its purpose is to attract players to the site and give them a shot at winning additional rewards.
Under this structure, Chumba Casino doesn’t violate the federal Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act or any state-level, gaming-related regulations.
The Chumba Casino app is powered by HTML5, which makes it compatible with the latest versions of all mobile and desktop browsers, including Chrome, Opera, Firefox and Safari. There is no download option for PC and Mac (as of Jan. 2019), but mobile users can install the casino on any device to make the games load faster.
The lobby is easy to navigate, even on smaller smartphones. On the desktop, however, the game screen is a bit too small, with the menus taking up too much space.
Closing the “recent winners” window — that occupies too much space on the left side of the screen — alleviates this problem to some extent. Still, you won’t be able to experience Chumba in full-screen mode.
Fortunately, the games themselves are top-notch and exclusive to this site, so it’s easy to overlook this minor shortcoming.
In total, Chumba Casino offers access to 42 slot titles.
A few of the slots mimic classic three-reel fruit machines, but in most cases, you’ll be dealing with modern, five-reel games. This means 20+ paylines, wilds, scatter symbols and bonus rounds that provide you with an opportunity to win large payouts.
The slots load with an interface that depends on the device you’re using, so the controls are always well-adjusted to tapping or clicking.
Graphics are an essential aspect of the appeal of modern slots. Short of a few uninspiring symbol designs based on playing cards, Chumba slots adhere to the standards set by industry giants such as IGT and Playtech.
The sound effects are also top-notch, with adrenaline-pumping music creating an excellent background for the fast-paced action on the reels.
The default Sweeps bet setting is SC $.01 per line, but in most cases, the max-bet setting allows you to bet at least SC $10 per spin. If you’d like to play with gold coins, the lowest you can go is 10 coins per line.
Chumba Casino customers enjoy access to four slots with progressive jackpots. The largest jackpot links two games, Reelin ’n’ Rockin and Stampede Fury, while the other two are standalone.
The big jackpot is worth more than SC $750,000 (as of Jan. 2019), which is impressive for a social casino site.
For better or worse, Chumba’s slot designers didn’t take any risks with the game themes.
You’ll find most standard casino cliches here. Some of the slots mimic titles released by other companies, such as Cleopatra (Nefertiti’s Gold), Jungle Wild (Wild Jungle) or Aztec Treasure (Mayan Bounty).
We recognize that impersonating fan favorites isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Although a few completely original games would significantly improve Chumba’s portfolio.
Chumba Casino blackjack is the only table game that’s currently available on the site.
The rules are standard: The dealer stands on all 17s, blackjack pays 3-to-2 and insurance pays 2-to-1. Doubling down and splitting is allowed, and the bets range from SC $1 to SC $250.
Chumba’s blackjack design seems to have the inexperienced player in mind.
The “show odds” button enables you to view the odds of winning if you decide to stand without consulting any third-party strategy tables. If you believe this trivializes the game, you can disable this option with a single click or tap.
Chumba Casino offers one video poker game, which is based on the popular jacks or better ruleset. It comes with a 7/5 paytable, which is slightly less beneficial to the player than the 9/6, but better than 6/5.
The game is harder to learn than blackjack due to the lack of a “show odds” option, although the house edge is only 3.853 percent.
Available bets range from SC $1 to SC $5. With a bit of luck, taking the time to study the proper strategy can allow you to turn a substantial profit.
Chumba Casino is a social gaming platform, so it doesn’t accept direct deposits.
Instead, players can purchase additional packs of gold coins, which cost $5 each and award you with 900,000 coins. Each bundle also contains five promotional Sweeps. As mentioned, these Sweeps can be used to play all Chumba games. Sweeps are redeemable for US dollars as soon as you wager through them at least once.
Chumba only supports Visa and MasterCard payments at the moment. If you tend to pay for your gaming expenses using PayPal or an American Express, you will need a new method.
Chumba now has another option for Gold Coin purchases and to redeem $weeps Cash. Chumba has partnered with Skrill an online wallet designed to work with mobile and in-game payments. Players can still use all current payment options. Over the coming months, Chumba will continue to add more of the things you love including games, features, and fun.
Chumba Casino relies on its sweepstakes model and unique games to attract new customers, so don’t expect much variety in promotions.
The site doesn’t run a loyalty program or any rewards for returning players; however, you receive 10 Sweeps coins tickets, instead of five, upon purchasing your first 900,000 gold coins.
Chumba’s support is available via email at [email protected] or via a standard ZenDesk form.
The casino’s website features a small FAQ/rules section dedicated to using Sweeps. It, unfortunately, doesn’t offer any resources explaining the rules of each game, which might be discouraging for inexperienced players.
This omission is surprising as all of the games, except jacks or better, aren’t newbie-friendly.
Owned by Virtual Gaming World, Chumba Casino operates under the jurisdiction of the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA). The MGA approved Chumba’s parent company for Class 1 and Class 3 games, which means that it can offer casino-style games and poker.