Ruby Fortune Casino Review
Ruby Fortune Casino has a good reputation amongst New Zealand pokies players as a site that features an outstanding range of Microgaming online pokies and progressive jackpot slots, backed up by a 97.62% RTP across all of its slots games. In operation since 2003 and part of the Palace Group of casinos (which includes Spin Palace), you can also play in the mobile casino via dedicated app or in the browser of any portable device. The Ruby Fortune signup bonus for new players is potentially worth up to $750.
The Ruby Fortune Welcome Bonus gives new players matches on your first three deposits up to the value of $750:
- 1st deposit – 100% match bonus, up to $150 (minimum deposit $20)
- 2nd deposit – 50% match bonus, up to $200 (minimum deposit $20)
- 3rd deposit – 25% match bonus, up to $400 (minimum deposit $20)
You can claim the full $750 bonus if make three deposits totalling $2,150 within seven days of opening your account. This grows your bankroll to $2,900 and is a total match bonus of just under 35%.
The Ruby Fortune signup bonus comes with a 50x wagering requirement. This is higher than at many of our recommended sites, although pokies games (including progressive jackpot slots) help you to meet the playthrough 100%. Other games clear the bonus at a much lower rate:
- 100% – online pokies, progressive jackpot slots, parlour games
- 8% – roulette, table poker games, blackjack (except classic), video poker (except Aces and Jacks or Better)
- 0% – baccarat, craps, Sic Bo, Red Dog, classic blackjack, Aces and JoB video poker
This introductory offer compares reasonably well with other similar sites that we list here. The match rate of 35% over the first three deposits is reasonable, and although the playthough is on the high side at 50x, progressive jackpot slots along with other pokies contributing 1:1 is a help. For players who don’t want to claim the bonus, you need to ensure that you inform customer services of this before you begin playing.
Once you register for an account, you automatically become a member of the Ruby Fortune Loyalty Club and receive 500 Loyalty Points for free as a bonus. You then earn further points every time you play (1 point for every $10 you wager on pokies games), and when you have accrued at least 1000 Loyalty Points, these can then be exchanged for free bonus cash at a rate of $10 for every 1000 points earned.
There are six levels of membership — Blue, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Privé — and you earn points at a faster rate and can earn greater rewards the further you move up the ladder. There is also an invitation-only VIP programme for high rollers, as well as other lucrative promotions that run across the whole Palace Group, so check the Promotions page regularly for the latest deals, and make sure you subscribe to the monthly newsletter.
SLOTS SELECTION AND SOFTWARE
The range of Ruby Fortune online pokies is impressive, with more than 450 Microgaming slots and progressive jackpot games to choose from. Games are browser-based and can be played on any device with no need to download or install casino software, and the majority of games can be played in demo mode as free pokies (although this tends not to be the case with new release slots). It would, however, be helpful if the games were better categorised or there was a more user-friendly filter available, as with a pokies range as large as this, it can sometimes be hard to track down your favourite games.
Some of the most popular and well-known Ruby Fortune pokies games include:
- new release slots games, such as EmotiCoins, Oink Country Love, Castle Builder II, Sugar Parade
- old school 3 reel poker machines, like Fantastic 7s, Big 5, Jackpot Express, Break da Bank, Belissimo!
- the best known Microgaming 5 reel pokies, including Thunderstruck (1 & 2), Agent Jane Blonde, Avalon HD, Burning Desire, Big Kahuna, Gold Factory, Immortal Romance
- themed video slots, such as Lara Croft : Tomb Raider, Hitman, Tomb Raider : Secret of the Sword, Hellboy, Game of Thrones (ways to win and paylines), Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, Bridesmaids
- Microgaming’s big name progressive jackpot slots, including Mega Moolah, Major Millions (3 & 5 reel), Tunzamunni, Cash Splash, King Cashalot
There are also plenty of Ruby Fortune Casino table, dice and card games to choose from as well. Play European, French and American roulette, a huge range of different blackjack games (including classic, Atlantic City, European and Double Exposure), dice games like craps and Sic Bo, along with table poker games such as 3-card poker, Red Dog, Pai Gow and triple pocket hold’em.
In addition, there are over thirty different video poker games, including JoB, Aces & Faces, Deuces Wild and 10s or Better, as well as number games like keno, bingo and scratch cards.
There is also a very limited Ruby Fortune live casino, where currently only casino hold’em is available to play live.
Players using an Apple iPhone or iPad (iOS 8.0+) can download the free Ruby Fortune casino app from iTunes, by searching for ‘Casino by Ruby Fortune – Real Money Slots, Roulette, Blackjack and Video Poker’.
Alternatively, the Ruby Fortune mobile casino can be accessed in the browser of any portable device, including iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry smartphones and tablets, by going to m.rubyfortune.com.
The Ruby Fortune mobile casino runs on Microgaming’s Viper technology, and there are currently around 60 mobile slots to enjoy. The games are a good mix of new release mobile pokies, Microgaming favourites, and big progressive jackpot slots, including Mega Moolah.
As well as mobile pokies, you can play blackjack and roulette, table poker games, and a large selection of video poker in the Ruby Fortune casino app.
New players signing up for an account in the mobile casino can claim the $750 Welcome Bonus, as well as being able to manage your account, make deposits and withdrawals, and get in touch with customer support. You also get SMS messages and notifications about special offers, such as free spin bonuses.
- 24/7 live chat
- 24/7 email support: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 24/7 phone support: +44 800 328 7749 (toll free)
- FAQ pages
- customer support available in a wide variety of languages
Ruby Fortune casino accounts cannot currently be operated in NZD$ — the alternatives are AUD, USD, CAD, GBP and EUR. This means that transactions will incur a foreign currency exchange charge.
There are several accessible and convenient payment methods available. These include: Skrill, Netellerand EntroPay ewallets (deposits and withdrawals); PayPal (deposits and withdrawals); pre-paid PaySafe Card (deposits only); Visa credit and debit cards (deposits and withdrawals); MasterCard credit and debit cards (deposits are always accepted, but check with your bank regarding withdrawals); direct bank transfer (deposits and withdrawals).
Using any of these methods to make a deposit credits funds to your casino account instantly (except for direct bank transfer, which can take between 3-5 working days). When you make a withdrawal request, there is a pending period of 48 hours before it’s processed, and this can be substantially slower if you have not provided sufficient or relevant conformation of your identity. Once a request has been processed, withdrawn funds are generally available in an e-wallet or PayPal account instantly, but with other methods you can expect it to take between 3-5 working days for your cash to clear.
The large number of Microgaming Ruby Fortune online pokies and progressive jackpot slots is the most compelling reason to play here. The mobile casino and casino app are also high quality, and so Ruby Fortune has all bases covered when it comes to first rate gaming. The Welcome Bonus compares pretty well with most other sites, even if the 50x wagering requirement is higher than average, although progressive jackpot slots contributing to clearing the bonus helps.
The biggest drawback is the site design and functionality, both of which are now a little dated when compared to newer brands on the scene, while not being able to operate your account in NZD$ is also a negative. However, in terms of the games at both the desktop site and the Ruby Fortune mobile casino, we’re happy to give it the thumbs up.