Disclaimer: DraftKings online casino is not yet live in Ontario. This review is speculative based on our experiences with the app in other areas and will be updated when DraftKings casino launches here.
New customers who sign up for a DraftKings Casino account in Ontario will receive a two-part welcome bonus. First, DraftKings will give you $60 to try out the games, no bonus code necessary. Then, if you make a first deposit, DraftKings will match it up to $2,000, as well as giving you an extra $25.
At DraftKings, you can choose from a large library of online casino games. DraftKings offers plenty of exclusive slot titles, as well as progressive jackpots, blackjack, roulette, video poker, baccarat and craps. Along with all that, you may also find variety games like keno, Slingo, instant win scratch-offs and word puzzles.
DraftKings is well known for its popular daily fantasy sports offering, and its more recent online casino and sportsbook uphold that high standard. DraftKings has a slick app that is just for its online casino, with separate ones for its sportsbook and DFS site.
Read on for more details about the app and the two-part welcome bonus, along with other promotions, the games you can play, the app’s top features and where we think DraftKings will stack up against the competition in Ontario.
You don’t need to use a DraftKings Ontario promo code to claim the welcome bonus. Just create an account and you’ll get $60 in bonus funds. Then, when you make your first deposit, you’ll get a matching bonus up to $2,000, plus another $25 in free credits.
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|Deposit Bonus||100% up to $2,000, plus $25|
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To claim the $60, just click the “Claim free credits” banner when you visit the site and sign up for a new DraftKings Ontario account. Your free credits will automatically appear in your balance, and you’ll have 24 hours to use them to play any casino games (no sports bets or DFS entries allowed). Any winnings are yours to do with as you like.
The second part of the bonus has a little more to it. Click the “Deposit bonus” banner to visit the detail page to opt in to the offer. Then deposit at least $5 to get a second bonus of up to $25 plus a 100% deposit match up to $2,000 in bonus funds.
The $25 bonus comes with a 1x playthrough requirement, and the matching funds will have a 10x playthrough requirement that applies to the deposit amount plus the bonus amount. Once the deposit is complete, DraftKings will add the bonus funds to your balance automatically.
You have 30 days from your deposit to meet the playthrough requirement. Certain casino games will contribute more or less toward meeting the requirement, as follows:
|Most slots, keno, virtual sports||100%|
|Blackjack, select slots, other table games||20%|
|Video poker, roulette, baccarat||10%|
|Craps, other variety games||0%|
In other words, if you deposit $20 and receive a matching $20 in bonus funds, you would need to wager $400 to meet the 10x playthrough requirement on the deposit plus the bonus if you play games that contribute 100%. If you play strictly blackjack, you would need to wager $2,000.
If you’re not sure which category a particular game will fall under, you can sort titles by categories via the navigation bar. You’ll need to check the terms and conditions to see which select slots will only contribute 20%.
In terms of the competition, DraftKings’ welcome bonus is near the top. BetRivers Casino Ontario offers a better playthrough requirement on its deposit match (1x), but BetRivers doesn’t offer a no deposit bonus. Other casinos do offer no deposit bonuses, but generally for less than $60.
Once DraftKings Casino launches in the province, it will be, yes. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario appointed a new division, iGaming Ontario, to oversee legal, regulated online gambling in the province in the summer of 2021.
DraftKings players must be located within Ontario to legally gamble real money online. Casinos incorporate geolocation software to monitor your location when you are playing. If you cross a border and leave Ontario, you will lose your connection to the site. If you have any questions or problems with any online casino in the province, you can contact iGaming Ontario directly at 416-326-8283 or email [email protected]
DraftKings has millions of customers across its many sites, and it takes security seriously. The first part of the sign-up process is straightforward, as follows:
DraftKings partners with Onfido Real Identity Platform, which helps “businesses verify, validate and authenticate customers’ real identities through digital channels,” according to the company website. “All customers need is an ID and their face.”
Onfido could not verify my identity from my entries, and it asked me to “Please try again or scan your ID for instant approval.” To scan your ID, you’ll need to allow the app access to your camera, then present yourself holding your official government ID.
An alternate method is to scan your ID on your phone via a provided link. Here are those instructions:
I was pressed for time, so I opened a live chat window and asked the representative if I could just look around the site for a bit and go through the verification process another time. Alternatively, I asked if I could just upload a photo of my ID.
Here was the response from the rep: “We understand. We don’t mean to make this a hassle for you. As long as the information is legible and your ID is valid, with a matching address to what we have on file, it will be just fine.”
The rep gave me a link, and I uploaded my ID. The rep said, “I see your upload. Thanks for sending that through. I’m afraid it’s just a bit too blurry for us to use for verification purposes, though. May I please trouble you for a clearer photo?”
At that point, I promised to upload my ID when I had more time and excused myself. I was then able to look the site over fairly well while dodging frequent pop-ups inviting me to continue the verification process right away. I was also able to try out the games in demo mode after I logged out of my new account.
I returned the following day with a larger resolution photo of my ID and was able to complete the registration process within an hour. After this experience, I am absolutely convinced that DraftKings works to make sure all of its customers are 100% aboveboard.
DraftKings makes it easy to get the app for your Apple iOS or Android mobile device or tablet. Here’s how to go about it:
The DraftKings app is one of the best in the business. DraftKings’ online casino, sportsbook and DFS site each have their own app. The DraftKings Casino app is well organized and simple to navigate. Most of the features you’ll find on the full-sized version of the site are available on the app, including when it comes to games.
Use the navigation bar to sort games into manageable categories such as featured, new games, slots, jackpots, blackjack, roulette, table games and variety. I clicked “All games” to see if they’d load on the app and was really pleased with the speed. The games loaded faster than I could scroll down the page.
The full-size version of the site gives you a few extra options to help you sort titles, such as DraftKings games, keno, video poker and virtual sports. On the website, the navigation bar runs from top to bottom along the left side of the page.
Under your username in the top right corner, you’ll find a drop-down menu with account information and links to help, contact info and the apps. The navigation bar includes links for games, promotions, leaderboards, free credits and the Dynasty loyalty program.
The how-to-play link will take you to a helpful “Popular casino game instructional videos” page that offers step-by-step casino guides and videos on blackjack, roulette, baccarat, video poker, slots, Spanish 21, DraftKings Rocket and craps.
Using Wi-Fi, I had no problem playing the games on the app or the website. I experienced no lags or connection problems. Some of the links are a little scattered, and it can sometimes be difficult to find your way back to the starting point when you click on a link. But, overall, all the information is there. You might just have to poke around a little to find it.
Another plus is that you won’t need a plugin to play games on a web browser. Just set up your browser to allow access to your location, and you’re good to go.
Along with the new Dynasty Rewards program (and VIP loyalty program for high rollers), DraftKings typically offers a few promotions and a range of leaderboard contests.
One promotion I came across was the Cyber Monday Rebate Bonus. I could opt in and get $1 in credits for every $5 that I bet on slots, up to $10. Another offer, the Casino Hot Streaks blackjack contest, awarded $130,000 in bonus funds each month to players with the longest winning streaks playing eligible DraftKings blackjack games. The top prize was $10,000.
Leaderboard contests might include short-term events, such as a daily lunch hour special or happy hour contest, or longer events that could last a few days, weeks or months.
The Millionaire Legends Series is the ultimate leaderboard. Compete in individual leaderboards over a five-month period to earn points (and separate prizes) and the chance to win a share of $5 million in guaranteed prizes. The higher you finish in each individual leaderboard, the more points you’ll receive. You can earn Millionaire Legends Series points in these individual leaderboard contests:
Other leaderboards include the following:
You’ll need to enroll in each offer under the “Promotions” or “Leaderboard” page (located on the navigation bar). Most prizes will be in casino or global credits, with a 1x playthrough requirement. Global credits work for either the casino, sportsbook or DFS. Other offers award bonus dollars, which may carry a higher playthrough requirement. Check each offer’s terms and conditions for details.
DraftKings’ VIP loyalty program is by invitation only, but the new Dynasty Rewards program is for everyone. Each real money casino wager you place will earn loyalty points, called Crowns, that you can redeem for free credits, gift cards, DraftKings-branded merchandise, travel and more.
Crowns also help you climb the program’s five tiers. Each of these real money wagers will earn one Crown:
|Progressive slots, lottery, keno||$1|
|Blackjack, table games, video poker||$5|
Craps wagers will not earn any crowns. Access the program details via the “Player Rewards” link under your account menu on the app, or via the navigation bar from a web browser.
Of all the Ontario online casinos that may be coming to the province, DraftKings is near the top of the list. One of its main strong points is that, when it comes to promotions, many of the ones at DraftKings offer a 1x playthrough requirement.
BetRivers Casino has a standard 1x requirement across all of its promotions and bonuses. However, BetRivers does not offer a no deposit bonus, and its first deposit bonus tops out at $250.
Here is a summary of some of the best features from my review of the DraftKings online casino:
There aren’t many areas that could use improvement at DraftKings, but here are a few:
DraftKings offers an excellent selection of games, along with a range of ways to sort titles, such as new, popular, progressive jackpots, all slots, exclusive DraftKings titles, variety, blackjack, video poker, table games, keno and virtual sports.
Real money slot titles come from an impressive array of game studios, including IGT, NetEnt, NextGen, Scientific Games, Spin Games, Reel Play, King Show Games, Lightning Box Games, Games Lab and The Games Company.
If you’d like to play for a chance at a huge jackpot, try Hundred or Grand, Double Jackpot Smokin’ 7s or Atomic Meltdown from Everi, or games such as Ca$h Machine, Cleopatra MegaJackpots, Golden Goddess, Siberian Storm or Wheel of Fortune on Air.
One feature about DraftKings’ game lobby that I love is the way minimum and maximum wagers appear next to each game — at least on the app. The full-size version of the site does not include this feature, unfortunately.
Wagers generally range from a minimum of $0.01 to a maximum of $1,500 per spin. You can also play slot games for free in demo mode on both the website and app.
I tried Enchanted Waysfecta, a new game from Lightning Box with wagers ranging from $0.20 to $16. This fairy tale-themed slot features 15,552 ways to win, a chance to land unlimited multipliers in the free spin bonus round and a theoretical return-to-player ratio of 96.19%.
Reels two through four are Waysfecta reels, which will spin a mixture of regular and four-way split symbols (which pay off four ways). Three bonus scatters will trigger the signature lightning bolt and a bonus round with eight free spins. Every winning spin increases the multiplier and awards an extra free spin.
I had a chance to play the bonus round once, but only two spins were winners. Even so, I’d say it’s one of Lightning Box’s better efforts. The “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy” soundtrack isn’t a favourite, but that’s what the volume-off switch is for.
For a game with lots of involved action, try King of Cats, a new title from Big Time Gaming (minimum wager of $0.20; maximum of $10). You can choose the special features you want to see using a dual spin button.
In “Lion” mode, you’ll have a chance to get wild symbols with multipliers that cover 2×2, 3×3 and 4×4 blocks of the grid. In “Puma” mode, you’ll have a chance to get up to three full-reel wilds with multipliers. I had better luck in Puma mode, but your mileage may vary.
Here are some other popular games to try:
DraftKings offers a good selection of other games, including an impressive table game collection, online blackjack, video poker, baccarat, craps, keno, virtual sports and variety games.
Video poker collections include classic Game King, Draw Poker and others from IGT. Table poker games include popular titles such as Mississippi Stud, Casino War, DJ Wild Stud Poker, Fortune Pai Gow Poker and Texas Hold’em Plus.
Variety games include instant win scratch-off titles, such as Ghostbusters Spectral Search, Wheel of Fortune Winning Words and The Price is Right: Come on Down, more than 20 Slingo titles and several keno games, including Mad Yeti Keno, Ancient Thunder Keno and Prairie Thunder Keno.
I tried an IGT instant win game, Wheel of Fortune Winning Words. Use the spin button to set each word’s prize value, then select the tiles to reveal your letters. Or you can click the button to do it instantly. If your letters match all the word’s letters, you win and get a chance to spin the multiplier wheel to increase your win. I thought this game was fun — the Wheel of Fortune spirit really comes through.
Virtual sports titles include NBA Last 60 from Spin Games and Inspired Entertainment’s virtual sports games. There’s also a DraftKings craps game.
You’ll also find a large number of DraftKings-branded blackjack titles, but from what I could see, they’re basically all the same game with different sports-themed backgrounds. For instance, DraftKings Blackjack uses standard felt, but you can change it to one of several sports backgrounds, such as a football field, hockey rink, basketball court and the like. DraftKings Hockey Blackjack, for instance, uses the same set of rules, with the only real difference being a larger ice surface graphic. Both games have a theoretical RTP of 99.62%.
DraftKings also lets you toggle the animation, audio, insurance and safety net options for its blackjack games. You can also set controls for left-handed play. The casino uses standard rules, including insurance. The dealer stands on a soft 17. You can double down and split up to three times, except for aces, which you can only split once.
DraftKings’ DFS site has been serving Ontario patrons for years, which means it has established relationships with a variety of banking methods.
Online banking, an ACH e-check method, is DraftKings’ recommended option. I use this to deposit money because it’s easy and pretty much guaranteed. For minimum deposits of $5, log in to your personal banking account via the online banking interface to transfer funds directly to your DraftKings account.
You can also fund your DraftKings account with credit and debit cards (Visa, Mastercard and Discover). And here are some additional banking options:
DraftKings’ withdrawals are also relatively painless, especially if you already have an established DraftKings DFS account. Withdrawals typically process within five business days. You can access your withdrawable balance at any time with these methods:
It’s easy to find help on both the app and casino website. Under your username at the top of the page (or under the hamburger icon on the app), click the “Get help” link to transfer to the DraftKings help centre.
DraftKings offers a comprehensive help centre that includes an FAQ, live chat, support ticket system, email, callback request form and even letter by post. The help centre displays available FAQ topics, including managing your account, deposits and withdrawals, responsible gambling and Dynasty Rewards.
Click the “Contact us” link under your account menu to fill out a support ticket. The system is monitored 24/7. Just enter all requested information and click “Submit.”
To access live chat, click the green “Support” button at the bottom of the screen. I used live chat at 7:30 p.m. on a Monday night and was first in line. Customer service rep Scott C. joined the chat nearly instantly. He was friendly, upbeat and cheerful, and he handled my questions within just a few minutes. You can also email DraftKings at [email protected], request a callback or send a written request.
No. You don’t need a code to claim the welcome bonus at DraftKings Casino, which includes a $60 no deposit bonus to use to try games and a first deposit bonus up to $2,000.
Yes. DraftKings has an app for both iOS and Android phones and tablets. To get the app, visit the site via a mobile browser. A link will automatically open and invite you to download the app appropriate for your device.
No. To legally gamble online in Ontario, you’ll need to be in provincial lines. If you attempt to bypass the software, the app will immediately close the connection and end your session.
DraftKings accepts deposits of at least $5 via a number of secure banking methods.
No. DraftKings Casino does not charge a fee to make a withdrawal (or deposit). Some third-party banking options may charge you a fee to process a withdrawal, however. Double-check with your financial institution to make sure.