Royal Vegas Casino Review
A well-established, leading Microgaming online casino with a strong reputation, Royal Vegas is part of the Fortune Lounge Group and features one of the biggest selections of online slots of any of the sites we list, with an RTP of 95.54% across all pokies games. The newly redesigned site has a clear, contemporary look and very useful filters and search functions (especially helpful considering the large number of games on offer), while the Welcome Bonus for new players includes both deposit matches and free spins, and so offers very good value.
The Welcome Bonus for new players at Royal Vegas comprises of three deposit matches plus 120 free spins:
- 1st deposit – 100% match bonus up to $250 + 30 free spins on Dragon Dance
- 2nd Deposit – 25% match bonus up to $200 + 40 free spins on Wild Orient
- 3rd Deposit – 50% match bonus up to $750 + 50 Free Spins on Suntide
In order to claim the full $1,200 bonus amount, you need to make three deposits worth $2,250 in total, which grows your overall bankroll by a little over 47% to $3,450. After you make each deposit, your bonus is automatically credited to your account, and you have seven days after setting up an account to complete all three. Winnings from your bonus are non-cashable (even once you’ve met the wagering requirements), although they aren’t capped and so you could potentially pick up a huge jackpot win for free.
The playthrough at Royal Vegas is 40x, which is about the current industry standard and ranks alongside most of our casinos listed here (although there are both lower and higher). For pokies players, it’s good to know that slots help you clear the bonus at a rate of 100% (except for progressive jackpot pokies, which make no contribution):
- 100% — online pokies games, keno, scratch cards
- 20% — table poker, casino war
- 10% — roulette, craps, baccarat, blackjack (excluding classic), video poker (excluding All Aces), Sic Bo
- 2% — classic blackjack, All Aces video poker
- 0% — progressive jackpot pokies, other games
In terms of how the signup bonus at Royal Vegas compares to other of our recommended casinos, the match of 47% on three deposits of this size ranks very well, while the 40x playthrough is on a par with the majority of our sites. Occasional players are probably unlikely to unlock the full bonus amount, however, although the first 100% deposit match up to $250 plus 30 free spins is still a good introductory offer.
As Royal Vegas is part of the larger Fortune Lounge Group, it means that its promotions tend to be pretty lavish affairs. For instance they are currently running the Safari Heat promotion, where you can win one of 15 2-person South African safari packages, as well as being in the running for a share of $300,000 worth of prizes, including free spins, casino credits and other rewards.
In addition to these special one-off promotions, regular players can also benefit from being part of the Rewards Program. You are automatically signed up for this once you set up a real money pokies account (you get 2,500 free points as a signup bonus), and after this you get 1 point for every $1 you wager on online pokies (for other games, the rate isn’t as high). Once you’ve accrued at least 5,000 points, you can then exchange them for bonus cash at a rate of $1 for every 1,000 points.
There are four tiers of membership in the Rewards Program — Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond — and you get more and better rewards the higher the status you attain, including a better exchange rate for Rewards Program points and other monthly rewards.
SLOTS SELECTION AND SOFTWARE
Royal Vegas unquestionably has one of best collections of Microgaming pokies of any of our recommended online casinos. All up, there’s more than 250 to choose from, with pokies games in all categories, including an excellent selection of progressive jackpot slots. You have a choice either to play via the free casino software download, or directly in the browser of your PC, laptop or mobile device in Instant Play. Most games can also be checked out for free in demo mode.
Pokies games are categorised as either ‘Reel Slot’ (i.e., 3 reel classic Vegas-style slots), or ‘Video Slot’ (i.e. 5 reel slots), and you can also filter games so you get the newest releases first. Alternatively, you can use the search function to find your favourite game. Icons indicate which slots can also be played in the mobile casino.
The Microgaming online pokies at Royal Vegas include:
- 3 reel classic Vegas-style slots, such as Retro Reels, Bar Bar Black Sheep, Fantastic 7, Flying Ace, Bulls Eye, Break da Bank
- new release Microgaming 5 reel pokies, including EmotiCoins, Oink Country Love, Castle Builder II, Six Acrobats, Sugar Parade
- themed video slots, like Game of Thrones, Bridesmaids, Battlestar Galactica, Terminator 2, Hitman, Hellboy, Tomb Raider – Secret Of The Sword
- Microgaming’s best known and most popular video pokies, including Thunderstruck (1 & 2), Kathmandu, Immortal Romance, Bikini Party, Burning Desire, Avalon, So Much Sushi, Hot as Hades
- 16 of the bestprogressive jackpot slots, including Mega Moolah, Mega Moolah Isis, Major Millions (3 & 5 reel), King Cashalot, Tunzamunni, Treasure Nile
In addition to a great range of online pokies, Royal Vegas also offers players outstanding choice when it comes to card and dice games, table poker, video poker, scratch cards and more. Some of the more than 250 games you can choose from include:
- a variety of different blackjack games, including some more unusual versions like Spanish 21, Double Exposure and Big Five
- American, European, French and multi-wheel roulette
- baccarat (including high limit)
- Sic Bo and craps
- Red Dog, 3-card poker and Pai Gow poker
- 25 different video poker games, including JoB, 10s or Better, Aces & 8s, Deuces Wild and All Aces
- keno and bingo
- more than 30 different scratch cards
The Royal Vegas live casino features games by Evolution Gaming, all streamed live in real time and dealt by professional dealers in a purpose-built studio. The live dealer games include blackjack (featuring $5 and $10 private games), roulette, baccarat, casino hold’em, Caribbean stud poker and 3-card poker.
Apple iPhone and iPad users (iOS 8.0+) can download the free Royal Vegas casino app from iTunes — search for ‘Royal Vegas Online Casino’. Users of Android and other operating systems (including iOS) can instead play Royal Vegas mobile slots and other games directly in the browser of your smartphone or tablet, with no need to download or install the app, by going to www.royalvegascasino.com.
New players signing up for an account directly in the Royal Vegas mobile casino receive the same deposit matches + free spins Welcome Bonus that is on offer at the desktop site, and you can also manage your account, make deposits and withdrawals, and get in touch with customer services in the casino app.
The selection of Royal Vegas mobile pokies features more than 140 games, plus major progressive jackpot slots including Mega Moolah and Major Millions. There is a good mix of both well-known and new release pokies games in the mobile casino, and so while the selection might be smaller than at the desktop site, there is still great variety and choice.
In addition to mobile slots, you can access the Royal Vegas live casino using the mobile app to play blackjack, baccarat, roulette and more, as well as being able to play other table games, and video poker.
- 24/7 phone support: 0800 449 767
- 24/7 live chat
- email: use the form on the Contact Us page
- Skype: fortune.lounge
- iMessage: firstname.lastname@example.org
- FAQ pages
You can operate your Royal Vegas casino account in NZD$, and there are several payment methodsavailable. For New Zealand players, Neteller, Skrill and EcoPayz e-wallets are probably the most convenient and can be used for both deposits and withdrawals. You can also use EntroPay virtual Visa cards for deposits and withdrawals and pre-paid PaySafe Card for deposits only. Direct bank transferis also available.
Bank-issued Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards can be used, but with some conditions attached. If you make a deposit with a Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card, NZD can’t be used, and you can’t make withdrawals to MasterCard.
When you deposit funds into your casino account, these are accessible and available to play with instantly (except if you deposit via bank transfer, where it can take up to 3 working days). When you make a withdrawal request, there is a minimum 24-hour pending period before the request is processed. Once a withdrawal request has been completed, e-wallet and EntroPay users can expect their funds to be available immediately. With credit and debit card withdrawals, there can be an additional 3-5 working days processing time by your financial institution, while a bank transfer can take up to 7 working days to complete.
The number and quality of the online slots, plus the range of games in the mobile casino, are the main attractions at Royal Vegas. There is also some good value for new players with the Welcome Bonus, and this is helped by a reasonable 40x playthrough, with pokies contributing 100%. Royal Vegas is licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority, with games independently tested and audited by eCogra, so you can be assured of fair and secure gaming. The only letdown at Royal Vegas is the fact that there are limited payment methods and not all of these are available in NZD, while the withdrawal times are also on the slow side. However, in the end, the quality of the pokies wins out, and so for this reason Royal Vegas is an online casino we’re happy to recommend.