Desert Nights is a US friendly casino that is owned and operated by the solid Deckmedia N.V. group, which has a good reputation for running casinos such as Sloto’Cash, Miami Club, and Spartan Slots. The casino was originally launched with Rival software, then in 2012 it was relaunched using RTG software with the Rival software still running for existing players. Fast forward to 2014, and Deckmedia has decided to rebrand the RTG side of the casino to Uptown Aces, and we’re back with desert Nights being a Rival-only casino. It may be confusing, but has this transition led to an oasis of entertainment, or were punters better off when things were combined?
Software and Games
Powered by Rival Gaming, Desert Nights definitely is a little bit different from what most of our American friends see when they spot an RTG casino. Players looking to get in on the action will want to make sure that they download the casino’s software, as some of the titles available aren’t provided on the casino’s instant play site. Installation and registration is a breeze, taking only a minute or two to get completely set. Once you are set up, you will find that there are dozens of video slots, table games, video poker, and specialty games available for play.
Slots are pretty colorful at Desert Nights, but you won’t find high-end licensed games like you would from a Microgaming, Playtech, or Net Entertainment. The games are very comparable to RTG slots, and there are some real gems out there for you to try out. Some of the better Rival slot machines include Scary Rich with its potentially massive bonus round, Hole in Won which is a golf themed slot with a true skill-based mini-golf bonus game, and Spartan Warrior which can award 100 free spins with a 3x multiplier if you are very lucky. In addition to this, there are the Rival-exclusive i-Slots which are games with interactive storylines that unfold as you play.
There are some potential 6-figure progressive jackpot titles on offer at Desert Nights, with the casino offering big prizes on One Million Reels BC, Major Moolah, Money Magic, and Strike Gold. You can see the current values at the bottom of this page courtesy of our jackpot tracker. A definite advantage that this casino has over its competition is that unlike most Rival casinos, Desert Nights will pay you the full amount of the jackpot in one lump sum if you win, rather than a multi-year monthly payment plan.
Table games are also available at Desert Nights, with the casino offering Blackjack, Three Card Poker, Roulette, Craps, Sic-Bo, and more. Table limits are generally low, and there are also some variations that can throw a welcome wrinkle or two to a Vegas classic.
Banking and Customer Support
Deckmedia owned casinos are generally well run on the back end of things, making Desert Nights a stable place for players to deposit and withdraw funds from. As we know, USA-friendly casinos are restricted when it comes to payment options, and Desert Nights is no exception. Currently accepted forms of deposit include credit and debit cards and e-wallets, with US players restricted mainly to their choice of plastic.
Players are able to request a Bank Transfer, EcoCard, Neteller, or Skrill withdrawal, along with a paper check. It should be noted that Desert Nights is very prompt when it comes to conducting their banking operations, as deposits are handled immediately, and payouts are processed within 2-3 business days, though American players requesting a check should expect to wait up to a week before it arrives in their hands. This is a respectable time frame, though nowhere near the fastest in the industry. However we have rarely heard of anybody having a legitimate issue with Deckmedia paying winnings.
One thing I was disappointed with though is the small weekly withdrawal limit. Desert Nights currently limits withdrawals to $2000 per week, progressive jackpot winnings excluded as stated above. While this may not concern most people who play at low stakes, those of you who like to wager bigger amounts would be advised to look for a casino with higher limits.
Customer service is very knowledgeable at handling any potential issues or questions that punters may have, and are available 24/7. Agents are on standby to assist via instant message, email, telephone, and fax.