Manekichi Casino is the latest addition to the evergrowing portfolio of the PlayCherry Group. It joins reputable and long-established sister sites such as Euroslots, Frank&Fred Casino and Cherry Casino in the fast grown online gaming market. Geared towards our Japanese gaming friends, the site can be loaded in Japanese language while live chat support is offered by native Japanese service agents.
The casino is fully regulated and licensed by the MGA Malta and operated by PlayCherry Limited. The license offers maximum player protection and requires adherence to stringent regulations for responsible gambling.
Checking out a new brand from an established group for the first time is a little like unpacking a present from a friend. We at GMBLRS are very familiar with PlayCherry and its brands as they have been a Swedish casino operator since 1963 and is today listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. Still, we will take a detailed look at what our Japanese friends can expect at Manekichi Casino. Worth noting is the fact that they accept players from other countries too.
In Japanese culture, Maneki is the lucky cat figurine beckoning with an upright paw, believed to bring good luck and fortune to the owner. You can find it often at the entrance of shops, restaurants, pachinko parlours, salons and other establishments which led the team at PlayCherry to chose it as their mascot for the new casino. May it bring big wins to all its players.
Loading the page, you will find a well-organized site that is geared towards mobile play. Simple tabs on top provide direct access to the game section you are looking for while an area on the left gives you a selection of controls for your account as well as the button for live chat support and language selection. All easy and straightforward on a white background with turquoise and pink colour splashes giving it a pleasant appearance.
Registering an account is completed on a single page where you enter your personal details, email and password before it leads to a confirmation page. Once you hit the submit button you will receive an authentication SMS sent to your registered mobile number. Follow the steps to activate your account.
Once in, you can look forward to a huge number of games, a 5-tiered loyalty club and a wealth of promotions. Over 1,000 slots and games from 20+ providers are waiting for you to give them a spin or place your chips. The team at Manekichi Casino made sure to offer a balanced portfolio of legacy providers mixed with newcomers and rising stars. They also added a decent selection of live casino tables which are powered by Evolution Gaming.
Being geared towards Japanese players, Manekichi adapted the list of the payment methods. Currently, they offer Visa debit and credit cards as well as EcoPayz, iWallet and VenusPoint. More options might be added in the future. Please note that all methods have minimum deposit and maximum withdrawal limits per transaction. As for withdrawals, the casino states from 24 to 72 hours to process any submitted cashouts but knowing the PlayCherry group they are usually much faster.
All players are enrolled in the Manekichi Club, the casino’s loyalty program with five tiers. Everyone starts at bronze level and can progress by playing the casino games through Silver, Gold, Red and Rainbow to enjoy increasingly better benefits such as lower bonus wagering requirements, achievement and surprise bonuses, birthday gifts and cashback.
Customer support is offered via email and Live Chat, whereas the latter is opened at selected hours only. Although fully available in Japanese language, the site can also be loaded in English.
Manekichi Casino is one of the first sites we encountered that is operated by a Malta-based group and geared towards Japanese players. It is part of an evergrowing push by the operators towards Asia in an attempt to broaden their reach and appeal to players outside the usual regions such as Europe, Canada or New Zealand. The casino has right from the start an extensive game choice, an attractive loyalty program and live chat support, all ingredients that are needed today to make a new brand successful. Only time will tell how well-received it will be by the target audience.