Gala Casino Review
- Name: Gala Casino
- Reviewed by: Editor, Jackpot.co.uk
- Software: Playtech and IGT
- Licenced: Gibraltar
- Currencies: £
- Languages: ENG
With 25 land-based casinos and numerous betting shops and bingo halls, the Gala Coral Group is a brand that many British casino players will associate with a high quality and trusted gambling experience. No surprise then that the new Gala Casino online offering is equally as good.
The Gala Casino bigwigs appear to have picked the best components of online casinos and put them all in one place. This consists of more than 50 progressive jackpots including the MegaJackpot slots, high quality Playtech table, slot and card games, and a whole host of player centric bonuses headlined by a 100% matched-bonus up to £200.
The New Gala Casino
The Gala name has been around in UK gambling ever since the company's first 17 bingo halls opened across the country in October 1991. Since then the company has grown and in 2005 merged with bookmakers Coral to form the Gala Coral Group.
Late spring of 2012, the online Gala Casino was given a complete overhaul - and if we're honest, it really needed it. With software from Playtech, the casino is now 'locked and loaded' and taking on the big guns of the casino world. Staff with experience in running other reputable gambling sites were drafted in and have created an incredibly impressive and individual online offering, more characteristic of the Gala brand.
Download and no-download formats (Flash) are of course available and include a variety of well-thought out bonuses, covering a generous selection of the latest casino games. This includes many different versions of blackjack, baccarat, video poker and roulette games with a very reasonable payout percentage of at least 98% or more. Of these, the most potentially profitable game is Single Deck Blackjack which carries a payout percentage of 99.48% - if you're looking to improve your blackjack odds, then Single Deck is the way to go. Of particular note to UK players would be Blackjack UK – available in both the Flash and download version – which uses six decks instead of the usual eight.
Promotions & Bonuses
Gala Casino have relaunched with a competitive 100% matched bonus, worth up to £200 free, requiring a minimum deposit of £20. Once you've made your deposit and accepted the terms and conditions, which include reasonable wagering requirements of just 20 times, your bonus money will be immediately credited to your account.
If you're inclined to deposit more than £1,000, take advantage of the VIP deposit bonus which gives you an extra £500 for free. If you decide to go that route, you'll automatically be enrolled in the 4 step VIP program, which includes benefits such as higher betting and depositing limits, bigger bonuses, a higher comp point conversion rate and invitations to exclusive hospitality events.
There are also a few ongoing promotions that can reward you beyond your first deposit. If you make a second deposit for example, you can get a 50% matched bonus up to £50. Play any Marvel Slots on a Monday, get double comp points; hit the Live Casino on a Wednesday, get 10% cash-back on losses up to £100; play on a weekend, get another 10% cash back up to £50. Just make sure you opt-in to these last two offers, which you can easily do via the website.
Having teamed up with Playtech software, Gala Casino offers more than 300 casino games. Of these, nearly 110 are slots. This is perhaps more than you'd probably ever play, but variety is key, especially if you're a slots enthusiast looking for games with diverse payout variances.
Those who are more familiar with Las Vegas style slots, should head over to the instant casino where you'll find legendary slots from IGT such as Da Vinci Diamonds, Cleopatra I and II, as well as 'new classics' like Rainbow Riches (which you may have seen in the window of many high-street bookies), Rocky, Zuma and Ramesses Riches.
On the table and card games front, all the standards are on offer, plus some pretty good variations like Double Spin Bonus Roulette and Ultimate Jacks or Better. Particular highlights are the visually stunning 3D Roulette and Progressive Blackjack which includes pays out its big prize when 4 suited aces are dealt. Nice.
Live dealer casino games are a new feature at Gala Casino and provide players with the opportunity to play and interact with dealers in real time – Gala Casino even encourages it! At the risk of sounding superficial, we'll also add that the dealers aren't the worst looking people in the world – just have a look yourself to see what we mean.
The live games also come courtesy of Playtech, and to add to the feeling of being at a real casino, you'll be able to sit at a table with other real players. If this sounds like your thing, there are live dealer versions of blackjack, roulette, baccarat and Casino Hold'Em on offer. Don't forget Live Casino Wednesday too, and claim your 10% cash back on any losses up to £100.
A total of more than 50 progressive jackpots mean that Gala Casino is arguably one of the best places to be when looking for a large win. Of these 50, more than 35 are jackpot slots with the ever-popular IGT MegaJackpot slots (Cleopatra, the Pink Panther and Cluedo) available to try your luck. You'll also be able to easily sort the games by highest jackpot available.
If you're looking for a huge jackpot and don't want to play slots then there's no need to worry. Progressive versions of video poker, blackjack, roulette and Caribbean Stud are all on offer too. The jackpot amount won't be as big as that found on slots, but it could still push the £100,000 + mark.
As you would expect, there's a whole host of banking options at Gala Casino. You can use your debit and credit card such as Visa, Mastercard, Maestro and Solo as well as popular e-wallets, such as Paypal, Skrill (Moneybookers), NETeller, Clickandbuy, Paysafecard and Eco Card.
Standard bank transfers are also an option, but for the quickest withdrawal times, we recommend using an e-wallet, as your funds will be credited immediately after processing and they’ll also be no charges.
The new Playtech software, including more than 50 progressive jackpot games. One of the largest ranges we've seen.
Some of our favourites from the old Gala Casino have been axed but the new wave of Playtech games more than makes up for that.
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