- Long-running and successful online casino
- Up to £1,200 free cash for new members
- All slots provided by Microgaming
Royal Vegas is a well-established and accomplished casino, having been in business for over a decade now. Every single year, however, they update and refresh themselves, always keeping up to date with the latest trends and technologies to offer their players the ultimate gambling experience.
Long story short, they’re a success story. Let’s dive in and take a look at exactly what makes them so good, and if there are any frailties we aren’t aware of. Let’s get started.
Like everyone else in the industry, Royal Vegas offers a welcome bonus to new players to try and reel them in and, even better, stop them from rushing into the hands of their competitors; since everyone has a bonus, it comes down to who can produce the best bonus, and Royal Vegas is up there.
They will match your first 3 deposits as follows:
- 1st deposit – 100% match up to £250
- 2nd deposit – 25% match up to £200
- 3rd deposit – 50% match up to £750
Overall, that means you’re looking at £1,200 in free bonus cash, as well as the £1,800 you’ve invested in order to activate those bonuses. Of course, these bonuses are the maximum amounts you can generate: most players will deposit smaller numbers since, simply, they don’t have that kind of money.
This bonus will appeal mostly to what we call “high rollers” – players who bet big so they can win big.
As with all casino bonuses1, players will have to meet the wagering (or “playthrough”) requirement before taking out any profits. In essence, the casino would not be able to survive if it doled out £1,200 to every player who walked in their doors. Players would take the money, not even risk gambling, and leave with a healthy profit.
The playthrough at Royal Vegas is 40x – you must wager forty times your bonus amount (aka 40x£1,200, so £48,000 in this case) before you can withdraw any profit. Now, while that number might be scary, this is common practice across all casinos; in fact, most Microgaming casinos2 demand a playthrough of 50x! It’s not easy, but it is certainly possible to turn that big bonus amount into big profit.
In order to give you royal treatment (sorry, couldn’t help ourselves), the casino has designed a loyalty scheme wherein every single time you place a bet, whether it’s on slots, roulette or poker, or for £1, £10 or £1,000, you’ll earn loyalty points. Naturally, the more you spend, the more points you earn; however, you can also earn points more quickly by playing slots rather than table games.
You’ll also start on the bottom rung of their loyalty scheme: Silver. By accumulating points, you can progress to Gold, Platinum and Diamond – the proper rewards start at Gold and only get better. Unfortunately, this type of reward scheme doesn’t really give much back to the small-ball players who simply don’t invest enough in the casino to earn many points.
To give those loyal followers something to smile about, Royal Vegas has weekly or monthly promotions, including prize draws, reloads and free spin offers that are open to absolutely everyone. If you refer a friend, you’ll each get £50 of credit once they make their first deposit.
Slots Selection and Software
As a Microgaming casino, there’s not a whole lot of negatives you can apply to the Royal Vegas slot selection or their software. Microgaming has been going strong for over 20 years and remains one of the most respected and innovative casino software developers3 in the world. Playing with Microgaming guarantees diversity of games, flawless gameplay and regular payouts.
In terms of slots themselves, all the big names and popular titles are here on the shelves, as you’d expect, as well as over 500 hundred other top-drawer games! Immortal Romance, Avalon II and Hot Ink Slot (the highest theoretical payout percentage in the casino!) are fan-favourites, but Thunderstruck II is the one that stands out the most for me.
It’s a sequel to the highly successful and popular video slot4 Thunderstruck, and features legendary Norse gods like Thor, Odin and Loki. Its best feature is undoubtedly the bonus round: the Great Hall of Spins, which is possibly the most innovative and lucrative non-progressive bonus available today.
Ever heard of a little slot called Mega Moolah? If you haven’t, then you soon will. Mega Moolah is the highest-paying progressive jackpot5 of all time, shelling out a whopping £13.2 million after a simple 25p spin a couple of years ago. The Dark Knight and Major Millions are also hugely lucrative and great fun, so you should check them out if you’re interested in winning the big bucks.
Royal Vegas still offers both common play methods: download or in-browser. Download casinos6 are the ones where you have to download the casino’s desktop application (usually only available on Windows) and play it like any other PC game – as long as you have an internet connection. In-browser play means you simply go to the website, pick the game you fancy and play it there and then. This requires a better internet connection, but any regular broadband should easily do the trick.
Rather than optimising the site for smartphone and tablet use, Royal Vegas instead offers a downloadable app that is available for iOS7, Android8 and (unusually) Blackberry users. You’ll have access to a large number of the games, but don’t expect the entire catalogue to be available on-demand; you’ll have to venture back to your desktop for that.
However, given time, we can reasonably expect Royal Vegas to include all of their games on the mobile platform – that’s just where the industry is headed!
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the customer support team is available to help through:
- Live chat
The team seems to be well trained, competent and quite responsive, which makes dealing with problems a whole lot easier. Customer support is also available in at least 14 different languages. Not much to say here – they know what they’re doing!
It’s possible to make payments to the casino using all of the usual and regular methods, including:
- Debit and credit card
- Bank transfer
You may even be eligible to earn a preferred payment bonus9, which is where the casino credits your account with some funds if you choose to conduct your transactions using their favourite provider, aka the provider with the lowest fees.
There are no fees or deductions when it comes time to withdrawing your profits, and the internal payment processing at the casino only takes a day or so. If you’re withdrawing via e-wallet (like Neteller), you should have your funds within hours of the processing being complete. Since PaySafeCard often uses bank transfer to release payments, these (and debit/credit cards) will require anywhere from 2-5 days longer to reach your account.
Despite looking into every nook and cranny, there are very few faults to find with Royal Vegas. They could maybe guarantee a sub-24-hour payment processing time, or optimise their website fully for cross-device compatibility using HTML5, but those are stretch goals that most other casinos should be aiming for too.
Realistically, their welcome bonus is generous, the games selection is enviable and they always pay out what they owe their customers. And when those little problems do occur, their customer service team takes it in stride and finds a solution. First-rate casino, for sure.