Grab your friends and get ready for a social casino experience like no other. CasinoBud is a first-of-its-kind gaming hangout where you can choose to play solo or pool resources and play games together. Enjoy more than 2000 slots, table games, live casino and jackpot games alone, with a friend or with a gang of players you’ve never met before. Take charge of play or appoint a Captain and sit back to watch from any device or even live on Twitch.
While players from Canada can sign-up at Casinobud in a few simple steps, our Finnish gaming friends benefit from instant registration via Pay N Play. Either way, all can look forward to 24/7 live chat support, VIP loyalty rewards, bonuses & promotions and best of all, a completely new and revolutionary way to gamble online.
Launched in June 2020, CasinoBud is owned by Thelivering Ltd and operated by The Mill Adventure Limited under a licence from the MGA Malta. The first online casino where you can choose to play solo or together in a team. All with a simple concept – create groups, play with your friends and share any wins you might hit in your session!
- The GMBLRS Detective
- Playing Together, the CasinoBud Way
- Step By Step CasinoBud Group Play Guide
- Create a group and become a captain
- Invite friends to join
- Check the group settings
- Attending another captain's game session as a player
- Claiming your winnings at the end of a game session
- Summary of Group Play
- At the CasinoBud Casino
- The GMBLRS' Detective Verdict
- Review Updates
- Casinobud - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The GMBLRS Detective
Sometimes, something new arrives on the scene and turns heads, maybe even something revolutionary; a complete gamechanger. Also, on occasion in the past, praising newcomers feels forced when delivering nothing really new, but this is not the case for CasinoBud. There is no penmanship required or a fresh pair of eyes for the same old services and offers because the concept literally sells itself and needs shouting from the rooftops.
CasinoBud is an online casino that opened in mid-summer 2020. From the friendly name, we can already conclude that your journey will be a happily themed one, but most online casinos have something welcoming, so what’s so great about the casino? Well, this time, with CasinoBud, you get to play with others on a social gaming platform like never before, and CasinoBud advertises as the first of its kind in this category!
Fundamentally, CasinoBud is aimed to meet the current demand for instant play casinos and is registered in Malta. It is, therefore, a tax-free gaming site, where the sending of documents is avoided for some, at least at first, and withdrawals are lightning quick to your account with Pay N Play by Trustly. We go into detail under the following headings, but first, let’s look closer at how the CasinoBud Group Play works.
Playing Together, the CasinoBud Way
For SlotsMillion and Chanz, released years ago, we remember the words “sociality” or “playing together”. The latter included registering with social media IDs and using nicknames and interacting with other players. SlotsMillion again has its own 3D online casino where you can move around virtually and follow what others are playing. CasinoBud has taken this interaction one giant leap further and is possibly the catalyst for a real breakthrough in a friendlier way to play online, not seen since the proliferation of instant casinos.
The name sums it up; CasinoBud is a buddy system for online casino play, either solo or in groups. You can play with friends, share your play via Twitch for easy viewing by others, set up your own game groups and of course, create your own profile with nicknames. You can also join open groups or go back to standard casino play at CasinoBud if you prefer. In addition, Casinobud has familiar level advancements in VIP levels integrated into the design.
The idea was born from iGaming and is sometimes called ‘gang games’. The correct term on CasinoBud, for you and your friend/s, is the Game Group. Groups are compiled of a Group Captain (the player who creates the group) plus at least one other player listed as a Group Member. The captain is responsible for starting, playing and ending the game session, plus more actions such as cash management, the game choice, or the stakes.
As a CasinoBud member, once you’ve had your say and pooled your money, you watch the captain play, which can take place on the Twitch streaming service should the captain select to broadcast. At the end of the game session, winnings are distributed to the group members and captain as a percentage share equal to the member contribution. Unsure you can trust a captain in an open group you don’t know? Don’t be deterred, as CasinoBud has total control over the win distribution.
Since this idea of co-playing with others is a new sensation, we wanted to experience CasinoBud group-play ourselves. Luckily, we have good friends in Finland at our sister site, Ristikaksi, who already played in a gang and scratched a small guide to help get your dream team together without any challenges.
Step By Step CasinoBud Group Play Guide
The mass appeal of CasinoBud is the concept of online casino group play. You may have been in a syndicate before, stood around a fruit machine with others or contributed to a kitty for a night with friends at the casino, which you can now try with your friends, online, at CasinoBud. The Play Together Academy, walks you through the simple process of group creation, playing, cashing out and everything in between. Our step by step guide follows the actual process.
Create a group and become a captain
Open the “Play Together” menu from the main page to find headings of Available Sessions, Explore Groups and Your Groups. Choosing the latter opens the page shown below with a choice of “Create New Group” or “All Sessions”.
Choose “New Game Group” to reach the view below in a popup window that requires input for three fields to create the group. Please note the screenshots are a desktop view and may differ on your mobile device.
At this point, you can make the group public and visible to all players or exclusive by invitation only, decide on your group name and lastly, contribute your personal funds to the bankroll. Of course, the other participants in the group will bring more money, so don’t fill the targeted bankroll entirely with your own funds. If your short on funds, CasinoBud allows you to deposit at this stage exclusively via Trustly.
For players with access to CasinoBud, this is more than just another casino; this partners online play with social gaming. With instant transaction and registration, you can just jump in and join in a group or grab your pals for a joint session with no slowdowns, no withdrawal or deposit charges with even large winnings virtually instant. You can transfer the base cash from funds to the game groups and then the job is done in this regard. Now that you have the basics of the group set up, let’s get the gang involved.
Invite friends to join
Once you have deposited or transferred money from your casino account into the group funds, you can invite your friends or skip and go public in the CasinoBud lobby to see who wants to join in. Finding your friends by their nicknames is easily done using the search tool which will send them invitations to join as shown in the next step below.
Ristikaksi tested the member search tool and found their gang immediately. At such an early stage in the journey of CasinoBud, finding members was never going to be an issue. The meteoric rise in popularity we are about to witness means accurate spelling of your friends’ nicknames will be essential to pluck them from the crowd.
Check the group settings
Once the friend requests have been submitted, the system directs you to your Group Page, as shown below. Here you can adjust settings for the group. You can still invite more friends at this point or follow whoever joins. You can also set up Twitch for live streaming from the group lobby. We will talk about this in more detail in the second section later. Change your mind and want to cancel the group? You can do so with the “cancel game session” button. This will close the group and return the funds to those who participated.
Attending another captain’s game session as a player
If, on the other hand, you want to join your friend’s group or some unknown group instead of creating your own, then you can do so from the same “Play Together” lobby. Open the lobby and select the group you want to join from the Available Sessions tab. Upon joining a group you choose how much you wish to contribute to the bankroll. This contributed amount relates to the percentage split of winnings made at the end of any game session.
Claiming your winnings at the end of a game session
Certainly, what every player is most interested in is how to claim their fair share of winnings when hopefully, Lady Luck has struck and served Dead or Alive wild lines in a big win. Will the captain of the group run away with the money leaving participants high and dry? Not with the CasinoBud system. The team captain can return to the group lobby and interrupt the game at any time and close the session.
At the top of the summary page accessible by all group members is the total balance and winning amount, as well as the player’s own share. Once a withdrawal has been requested by the captain, all members are credited in real-time with the corresponding amounts add to their accounts.
Player A is the captain and contributes €40 to the group bankroll. Player B decides to join the group for a share of €10 giving a total of €50. The captain plays the popular Jammin ‘Jars at the start of the session and Jammin ‘Jars decides to give away free spins almost immediately and a €3,000 multiplying jam jar super win. For this example let’s assume the group tried their luck a little more and decided to withdrawal with a balance of €3,500.
Player A contributed €40 so therefore, 40/50 x 100% = 80% of the initial game session funding, so will receive 80% of €3,500 which is €2,800 euros, with the remaining amount of €700 going to player B. This works the same way with more members and each participant will receive their share of the profits equal to their share of contribution.
Summary of Group Play
A summary writes itself if the idea is grand enough and your friends in Finland shout yes, yes, yes!!! to questions about how good it was in testing. CasinoBud is one of the biggest releases of 2021, no question; taking online casino play to the next level, inviting players and rivals alike to rethink their approach.
Of course, it is clear that more will soon follow as other operators try to make their own versions; just as Ninja Casino introduced a Pay’n Play solution without registration in the style of instant casinos, CasinoBud is the first to bring players together for group casino play. If you could think of any cons, then a lack of a group chat function means communication is restricted through Twitch or organising something yourselves. Who knows, maybe in CasinoBud 2.0 we may see a group chat function.
At the CasinoBud Casino
Now you know how to group your friends for online slots play, let’s take a closer look at the nuts and bolts of CasinoBud and what’s on offer. The website itself has a deep blue base with white and red accents. The design style is simple, just the way a premium casino should be, as opposed to bombarding the senses with a barrage of advertising and information. CasinoBud uses a sliding menu to create lobby space that has three basic headings of Casino Games, Play Together and Magazine. Limited options make the best casino layouts and CasinoBud keeps it usefully simple and easy on the eye.
Under the heading of Casino Games, you will find more than 2000 titles from developers worldwide. Play’n GO, Push Gaming, NetEnt, Relax Gaming and Big Time Gaming are just a handful of names jostling for the best lobby positions at CasinoBud. Hacksaw Gaming, Fantasma Games and PG Soft also feature amongst new kids on the block and game developers making a splash in the world of online casinos. For variable RTP game providers such as Red Tiger Gaming, Microgaming and Pragmatic Play, be sure to check in-game information for what version you will be playing.
The Live Casino hosts tables for Poker, Baccarat, Roulette and Blackjack and game show titles like Crazy Time and Gonzo’s Quest Live from Evolution Gaming, alongside quirky variants of originals such as Power Blackjack, Infinite Blackjack and Lightning Roulette. The “Play Together” heading takes you to Group Play and “Magazine” opens a world of promotions, tournaments and bonuses. What’s more, CasinoBud uses a VIP loyalty system to reward player participation.
Registration could not be easier with Pay N Play by Trustly. Simply fill out some basic details and you are ready to deposit and play. The beauty of this system is it creates an effortless journey for the player which is less intrusive and virtually instant with payments, which means no snags at withdrawal and money probably there before you can log in to check. Available currencies are the EUR and CAD, with more sure to follow soon.
In your profile, under the Responsible Gaming section, you can find tools to help manage your budget and spend. Daily, weekly and monthly deposit limits may be set along with time-outs and ultimately, self-exclusion. The latter can be commenced by speaking directly with customer support who are multi-lingual and available 24/7 on live chat. The site may also be loaded in Finnish, Canadian and English languages for your convenience.
The GMBLRS’ Detective Verdict
CasinoBud is simple briliance. At its core, it is an online casino much like others with a good choice of games, promotions, bonuses and customer support. But now, you can get your friends to join in your success and watch from home on Twitch, or you can experience betting on a larger scale by joining a high-rollers group for a small contribution. You can grab all your pals for a once a month session of pooled slot play.
The possibilities of group casino play are far-reaching and way out and above the exhausted ideas for lonesome players, though don’t forget, CasinoBud is for solo play too. In short, the CasinoBud social casino idea is a game-changer, with the only downfall being its unavailability in my country.
- 8th July 2021: Casinobud is now open for players from Canada.
Casinobud – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- 1. Is Casinobud a licenced and trustworthy gaming site?
- 2. Do I need lots of funds to join a group on CasinoBud?
- 3. How do I know I will get my winnings from group play on CasinoBud?