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Grand Parker Casino Review

If you love the glitz and glamour and opulence of Las Vegas, even if a trip to the gambling capital of the world is not in the cards right now, there is no need to put playing your favorite casino games on hold. Grand Parker can offer you a similar gambling milieu, anytime you're in the mood to play, without your having to travel anywhere. That's because you can access Grand Parker wherever, whenever, from your computer or Apple iOS mobile device.

Some players really don't care what a casino looks like as long as the games are good and they are treated fairly. For those of you who do care, the sophisticated Grand Parker site with attractive green and gold lettering (as in money) on a black background may be a welcome change from either the nondescript or overly gaudy appearance of other casinos you may have played at. It's analogous to some visitors to Vegas being content playing in a honky-tonk joint off strip while others appreciate the elegance of the Venetian or Bellagio.

You might not have heard of Grand Parker because it is relatively new, established in 2011. Grand Parker is under the ownership of the Milore Group, the same company that also owns Loco Panda Casino (reviewed separately). Both casinos are licensed in Curacao.

Depending on where you live, Grand Parker may be one of hundreds of online casinos where you are able to play legally or, if you live in the U.S., it could be one of only a few. Unfortunately, many fine online casinos, though open to players all over the world, do not accept U.S. residents. The situation improved somewhat in 2013, when laws passed in three states-Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey-permitted them to open state-run online casinos.

However, all three states require that you be physically present in that state at the time of play, and Delaware also requires you to be a resident of that state. Forget about trying to log on to play from anywhere outside these states, because the software will immediately detect your location and make it impossible for you to play.

Grand Parker Casino does not have these restrictions. Grand Parker is on the short list of legitimate online casinos where virtually any U.S. resident of legal gambling age can play.

HITS

  • U.S. players allowed!
  • Also playable in flash version
  • Large variety of slot games
  • Play for free option to test the waters
  • Potentially generous Welcome Bonus (for slot players), but read casino rules carefully.

MISSES

  • Strict minimum playthrough requirements for withdrawals
  • Mobile device support is limited to Apple iOS devices
  • The bonus itself cannot be withdrawn
  • Loyalty rewards program could be better
  • Limited banking options and slow withdrawals
  • Limited table game options-no exciting variations, no live dealer games

Software and Range of Games

Grand Parker is powered by Real Time Gaming software. Real Time Gaming, which has an international presence, provides the software for many online casinos and is well regarded in the business.

The user friendly software can be quickly and easily downloaded onto your computer. Of, if you prefer, another option is the no download instant play flash version which lets you play on any browser. Should you wish to play on your mobile device, Grand Parker is compatible with Apple iOS devices only, and the game selection is limited.

Despite the word "grand" in its title, Grand Parker is relatively modest in size. You won't find anywhere near the 500+ games that the giant online casinos offer. The total number is only about 100, of which more than 2/3 of the games are slots. If you wish, you can play for free to get a feel of the games before you start playing for real money.

If slots are your favorite game, even though the total number is not tremendous, there is enough variety for you to easily find a game to your liking. Your slot options include classic 3-reel slots, action packed 5-reel video slots, and progressive slots where, if you're lucky, you could win a jackpot of a million dollars or more.

Grand Parker also has video poker and all of the standard table games. Just don't expect to find the many different versions of games like blackjack and roulette that are available in some online casinos. For example, you can play American and European roulette, but not any other varieties of roulette. There are also no live dealer games.

Clearly, Grand Parker Casino is designed primarily for slot players. If you are going to play table games at Grand Parker, your best bet would be to play for low stakes only. While the casino does offer a so-called "table games bonus" as well as a "high roller bonus" in lieu of the regular Welcome Bonus, their terms are not favorable to the player. The low deposit and withdrawal limits and slow withdrawal policy of this casino likewise do not favor high roller play. Many online casinos welcome big table play action, but some offer bigger game variety and much better (for the player) bonuses, loyalty rewards, and playing conditions than others.

Security and Fair Play

Before signing up with any online casino, it is only natural for you to want reasonable assurance that it is a secure site where the games are being run fairly. At Grand Parker Casino you do have that assurance. While there is no indication of eCogra certification, all of the games have been independently tested for fairness by another reputable firm, Technical Systems Testing. According to TST, the random number generators (RNGs) used in the Grand Parker games are fair and random. Missing on the website, however, and what discerning players would be interested in seeing, is concrete evidence of recent verification of average game payouts.

Banking options at Grand Parker Casino are more limited than at some online casinos, and U.S. players, in particular, need to double check which of those methods are available to them, both for deposits and withdrawal. Deposit and withdrawal limits, which are at management's discretion, are on the low side, and withdrawal processing time, averaging 10 days, is longer than the norm for online casinos. Banking is clearly an area which Grand Parker needs to improve. On a more positive note, Grand Parker is a safe and secure site. Advanced encryption technology ensures that all of your financial transactions are fully protected.

Promotions and Customer Support

Welcome Bonuses

If you would like to try your luck in one of the world's largest casinos, you might head for the MGM Grand in Las Vegas or Macau. If you would like to try your luck in the casino with the world's grandest Welcome Bonus, look no further than Grand Parker Casino on your computer!

You can surf the web all day, and you probably won't find any online casino that can top the incredible sounding "up to $8,000" Welcome Bonus being offered by Grand Parker. How, you may ask, can a casino afford to give away so much money at the outset to new players? When you read the terms and conditions, you will have the answer. Along with that grand invitation to sign up and get up to $8,000 "free," comes some grand expectations in the form of playthrough requirements and $8,000 doesn't scratch the surface.

Grand Welcome Slots Bonus - Up to $8,000

This is a 250% match bonus on your first deposit up to $2,500 (on a deposit of $1,000 or more), another 250% match bonus on your second deposit up to $2,500 (on a deposit of $1,000 or more), and then a 300% match bonus on your third deposit up to $3,000 (on a deposit of $1,000 or more). Of course, the prospect of depositing $3,000 and getting a whopping $8,000 in bonus money sounds great, but can you afford the wagering requirements?

Before you are allowed to withdraw any deposit/bonus associated winnings, there is a 30x playthrough requirement of the bonus + deposit. If you deposit the $3,000 maximum in order to qualify for the maximum bonus, you will need to give the casino a grand total of $330,000 in action! But wait, the bonus itself is for play only. Even after you satisfy the hefty wagering requirements, you can only withdraw your winnings, not the bonus. Another important stipulation is that the bonus is only valid for play on slots, Keno, and Scratch Cards. You cannot play any other game or withdraw even unrelated money while the playthrough is in progress without forfeiting your winnings.

Grand Parker Table Games Bonus - Up to $5,000

Grand Parker offers this bonus as an alternative for those who prefer table games. It is a 125% match bonus, good on each of your first 4 deposits, up to $1,250 (on a deposit of $1,000 or more) each time. The bonus is not valid on all table games, only Blackjack, Perfect Pairs, Texas Hold ‘em Bonus Poker, and Video Poker. The terms and conditions are the same as for the Slots bonus except that the table games only count 25% toward meeting the wagering requirements. This means, in effect, that the actual playthrough requirement is not 30x the bonus + deposit but 120x the bonus + deposit.

"Aces High" High Roller Bonus - Up to $2,500

This bonus works the same way as the regular Table Bonus except that it is intended for high level players and is offered on the first deposit only. The minimum deposit is $700. You receive, in return a 250% match bonus on your deposit up to $2,500 (on a deposit of $1,000 or more). The playthrough requirement here is also 120x the bonus + deposit.

If you're curious how much play it would take to be able to withdraw your winnings after receiving the maximum on either of these table games bonuses, you can do the math yourself from the above information. Neither bonus is recommended.

Keep in mind, too, that even if you do manage all the necessary play, the casino takes the bonus back. Then, with your account balance way down, you will most likely need to make yet another deposit. Fortunately, with the exception of the high roller bonus, the minimum deposit is only $21. So you are in no way obliged to deposit the $1,000 maximum. You are free to deposit a smaller amount and take a smaller bonus. Or, you can refuse the bonus altogether and play any game you please, which might not be a bad idea at all.

Loyalty Program

The potentially massive bonuses that this casino likes to offer don't stop with the Welcome Bonus but keep on coming in the form of weekly match deposit bonuses. See the website for specifics, but keep in mind that the weekly bonuses have the same steep playthrough requirements for withdrawing your winnings as the Welcome Bonuses and, once again, the bonus itself is not withdrawable

If non-high rollers receive any other type of player recognition, the website does not mention it. The casino has three VIP levels-Luxury Lounge, Villa, and Grand Suite-for players who attain VIP status. VIP players receive bigger and more frequent bonuses, faster accumulation of comps points, higher withdrawal limits, and other special privileges and benefits.

Customer Support

Customer Support is offered via live chat, phone, and email 24/7 to answer any questions or concerns.

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