Virgin Casino Review
Are you a UK or Ireland resident looking for a reliable online casino where you can play your favorite slot games online whenever and wherever you want without breaking the bank? If that describes you, Virgin Casino could be the perfect place for you. Whether you are an online casino virgin or veteran, you will probably like what Virgin Casino has to offer in 2014.
That includes the ability to play on any browser, a generous 200% Welcome Bonus on your first deposit, super fast withdrawals, and lots of fun promotions. Virgin Casino has been in existence since 2004, but being a relatively small and low key casino, you might not have heard of it.
Unfortunately, many of you won't be able to play there, in any case, because play is presently restricted to residents of the UK and Ireland. If you do live in one of those two countries, read on. (There is also another version of Virgin casino open since November, 2013 to U.S. players situated in New Jersey. However, this review concerns the international edition of Virgin Casino, also known as Virgin Games.)
Virgin Casino underwent some major changes in 2013 when it was taken over by Gamesys. For example, some of the games that the casino previously offered are no longer available. However, the emphasis remains decidedly on slots rather than table games.
English is the only supported language. However, the euro, GBP, and American dollar are all accepted as currency. Banking options, though limited, should be adequate for small stakes players. The casino is to be commended for its fast withdrawal processing times, averaging just 24-48 hours.
In summary, Virgin is a casual casino, geared far more for low stakes play than high stakes play. If Virgin Casino sounds like the right place for you, go ahead and deposit 10-100 GBP, take the 200% Welcome Bonus, have fun with it, and try to build it up into a nice sized stash.
- Convenient instant play flash casino
- Now also available for play on mobile devices
- Fast withdrawals
- Fun place to play with good loyalty rewards program and lots of promotions and giveaways
- Only accepts players from UK and Ireland
- Cluttered website-design and layout could benefit from a major overhaul
- Very limited selection of games
- No live dealer games
- Limited banking options
Software and Range of Games
When Virgin Casino was bought by a leading online gambling provider, Gamesys, in 2013, the original software was replaced. The casino is now powered by new software from Nozee, Ltd., a subsidiary of Gamesys, Ltd., as well as by additional software from IGT.
You will notice right away that Virgin Casino cannot be downloaded. It is available instead as a no-download instant play flash casino. Casinos that are available both in the downloaded and non-downloadable versions typically have fewer games in the latter, with some loss in the quality of the graphics. Since the non-downloadable casino is the only version of Virgin Casino, such comparisons are irrelevant. The number of games is limited simply because it is a small casino, and the state of the art graphics are fine.
You also get the advantage of not having to waste time downloading, plus the additional advantage of being able to play on any browser. You are not tied down to your own home computer; you can play from any location where you have access to either a PC or Mac computer. Now, for even greater flexibility, you can also access Virgin Casino on your mobile device.
Unfortunately, the appearance of the website leaves a lot to be desired. While website aesthetics is not the most important consideration in choosing an online casino, first impressions do count. This reviewer's opinion is that the design and layout of the cluttered and far from captivating Virgin Casino website could be better.
Furthermore, unlike most online casinos, which are continually adding new games, Virgin Casino has actually done the opposite, removed games to make the total number of games fewer. For example, Microgaming and Playtech slots that were available previously are now gone.
There are still plenty of high quality slots left, though. And one problem you won't have is being utterly bewildered about which slot game of the hundreds available to play first. Here the selection is much smaller so you can quickly settle down into your game of choice.
All of the slot games display the average payout percentages (mostly in the 92-97% range) in the machine's pay table. A few of the machines offer progressive jackpots where one lucky spin could net you upwards of 1.5 million GBP.
Virgin Casino also caters to Bingo players. If you wish to play anything else, including video poker, the casino is not completely lacking in those games, but your choices are very limited. Don't expect to find many different variations like you would in a huge online casino with 400+ games. Blackjack and roulette are both offered, but not baccarat or craps. There are no live dealer games either.
Security and Fair Play
Virgin Casino is licensed by the Government of Gibraltar and regulated by the Gibraltar Gaming Commissioner. This jurisdiction is on the UK white list. You can play at Virgin Casino with confidence that all of your personal information and financial transactions are completely secure and that all of the games are honest and fair.
Promotions and Customer Support
Virgin Casino offers all new players an attractive Welcome Bonus. What makes this bonus a standout is that it doesn't just match your opening deposit dollar for dollar to double your starting stake. It matches double the amount of your deposit, up to $200 on a $100 deposit, to triple your starting stake!
If your bankroll is limited, no problem. The minimum deposit is only 10 GBP, which thanks to the bonus, becomes a much more workable 30 GBP-not a great stake but certainly enough for some enjoyable and potentially profitable slot play.
Of course, the casino isn't going to just hand over the money. The playthrough requirement for withdrawal is 50x the bonus, which is high. It is even higher if you try to meet the wagering requirements playing anything other than slots. Video Poker only counts at a 50% rate, so you would have to play the bonus 100x, and roulette and table poker are only counted at 25%, so you would have to play the bonus 200x.
In other words, stick to slot play and be grateful you don't have to play through your deposited funds along with the bonus. Once you have satisfied the play requirements, you can keep the bonus, which some casinos do not let you do. Still, the 50x playthrough is a lot.
Naturally, Virgin Casino hopes that the Welcome Bonus you receive on day 1 is just the prelude to many more visits to the casino. So, to make that happen, Virgin Casino also offers a good loyalty rewards program, meaning that if you play regularly, your loyalty rewards continue long after the Welcome Bonus.
Every time you play, you receive V points which, when you accumulate enough of them, can be converted to your choice of cash in your account or miles you can use to use to fly on the casino's partner airline Virgin Atlantic. While it appears that the reload bonuses the casino offered previously have been discontinued, keep checking because the offer might resurface.
Meanwhile, there are various specific promotions you can take advantage of like the aptly named Red Hot Play. If you happen to be playing at a slot that gets "red hot," the casino will give you up to 50 GBP cashback on your losses. If you refer a friend who signs up and plays, the casino will thank you by adding 20 GBP to your account. (Check the website for terms and conditions.)
True, these rewards are on the small side, but the whole point of this casino is not to be betting serious money, bur simply to have fun playing your favorite games. You might even win a fantastic jackpot, which would be icing on the cake.
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