Grosvenor Casino Review

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Grosvenor Casino is a relative newcomer to the online casino world, but has a wealth of experience in the world of brick and mortar casinos, operating a number of venues in the U.K. With a strong backing and shiny new Playtech software, it was time for me to give Grosvenor a once-over for my readers.

First up; the Web site. On their default home page, Grosvenor Casinos provides additional information on their operations throughout the UK, including a local casino locator and plenty of details about what to expect when you visit one of their UK locations. The online casino is on the same site, but segregated into it's own 'section' accessed via a tab up top (the link below will take you directly to the online casino area, but I felt it was worth a note to avoid any confusion when visiting their site). There's also a separate section for their poker room - but that's another review in itself. It's not the greatest looking site (especially for a Playtech venue - which normally look very good), but does a fair job of layout out everything you'll need to know to get started; though I would have preferred more detailed game previews.

While the site mainly pushes the downloadable casino - there is a Flash version available as well, which seems to offer the full selection of games found in the download version. This makes the casino available to non-PC users as well as those that would prefer not to install any software.

At the time of my visit, Grosvenor was offering a 150% Match Bonus up to £75 to new players on first deposits. UK residents are also offered a free hotel stay for one night at a Grosvenor B&M casino, though that's not of much use to me living where I do. The cash bonus was added to my account immediately after making my initial deposit, but as I didn't want to have my play restricted with any additional requirements, I e-mailed support to have the bonus removed before I started play. I received a response promptly and the bonus was removed without issue.

With my account funded and the casino downloaded - I decided to start my play at the tables. Blackjack was up first and was a good looking game; well rendered graphics and smooth animations. Game speeds can be adjusted as well through the options in the menus, so while the default speed was ok with me - all players should be able to choose a pace to their liking. I was also pleased with the table limits - bets as low as $1 could be placed, and all the way up to $1500 on the same table. The dealer was pulling a lot of face cards this time around, so after a few hands I moved on to try out some Blackjack Switch.

For those of you not familiar with the game, Blackjack Switch is a relatively new variation on 21 in which the player plays two different hands, and is able to switch the second card dealt to each between the two. Some of the dealer rules are adjusted slightly to compensate for the additional player edge the Switch presents, but regular Blackjack players should have no problem picking it up quickly, and it's a fun diversion from regular 21. Blackjack Surrender is also available.

Next up was the baccarat tables, which once again looked very sharp, played smoothly and had a $1 minimum and a $1500 maximum. Baccarat is often seen as a 'high rollers' game and many casinos have higher minimum bets accordingly, so it's nice to see that casual players and those learning the game can enjoy without having to lay out too many chips.

Grosvenor has a selection of other table games available as well, including Pai Gow, Sic Bo, Casino War, Pontoon and Tequila Poker. Again, these table games looked and played well - and while I'm not sure what kind of odds the game offers, I did have a good time playing Tequila Poker for quite some time, and ended up about with my bankroll about even when it was said and done.

As you'd expect at just about any casino Roulette was available - but in addition to European and American versions of the game, there was also a "Mini" roulette game, in which there are only 13 spots in total; 1 through 12 and a single 0. The payout for a spot hit are naturally reduced accordingly, but for those of you that get frustrated waiting for your numbers to come in may prefer the more frequent, albeit smaller wins the game offered. Live roulette was also available, but a little more on that later.

The craps tables again looked great, rendered well with good accompanying sound effects and animations. Once again, there was a wide spread of betting limits - as low as $1 a spot and as high as $1500.

As I touched on earlier, Grosvenor offers a number of games in live versions as well as their regular games. These are baccarat, blackjack, roulette and sic bo. Each of these games is played in conjunction with a real dealer broadcast over Web cam, so players concerned about the fairness of RNG's can rest assured that everything is on the up and up. While most of the dealers are quite lovely, the games themselves are not the best looking I've ever seen - and while the video quality is more than adequate to see what's going on, the reduced quality needed to keep things streaming on time is apparent.

While the novelty of the live games appealed to me at first, the significantly slower game play and the overall presentation leaves me preferring the regular games, though more patient players may well prefer the live action.

There are a number of video poker games available in single hand varieties; Joker Poker, Jacks or Better, Deuces Wild, Aces and Faces, 10's or Better. Fewer games were available in multi (4) hand formats, and while there was a 10 hand, 25 hand, and 50 hand machine; each was only available in one particular type; Jacks or Better in the 10 and 50 hand, and Aces and Faces in 25. While each of the games looked and played well, I would have liked to see a little more variety in the multi-hand department.

There were plenty of slot machines available, separated into single line, 3 line, 5 line and all the way up to 50 line machines. While the slot machine count was good, I wasn't overly impressed with most of the games; bonus slots seemed to be lacking some 'fun factor', and some of the payouts when hit were very disappointing (there's nothing like playing for what seems like an eternity waiting on a bonus round, only to win marginally more than your original bet when you finally get it). Many of the themes didn't seem terribly inspired either, though there were certainly a few exceptions.

In addition to the slots Grosvenor offers a number of 'arcade games', which are similar to slots in that there isn't a lot of playing decisions to be made, however the presentation is significantly different. For example, betting on a virtual horse race, virtual bowling outcomes, and even a game of rock-paper-scissors. While these were all relatively simple games and the novelty eventually wore off; the themes were varied and well presented, and I did have a fun time trying them out for a while at least.

After my tour of the casino was complete I ended up re-visiting Tequila Poker and eventually ended up losing my bankroll, so unfortunately this time around there was nothing to left to cash out when I was done with my gaming session. That said, I'm sure with Grosvenor's backing and reputation I wouldn't have had any issues cashing out any winnings.

All in all, I can comfortably recommend Grosvenor online casino for those that primarily play table games, all of which looked and played very well. Slot enthusiasts may appreciate the selection of games if they've never played here before, but die hard slot fans would probably have a better time at a Microgaming or RTG casino.

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Blackjack at Grosvenor Casino

Grosvenor Casino Blackjack

Playtech's Blackjack Switch

Blackjack Switch

The Baccarat Table

Baccarat Screenshot

Roulette (European)

Roulette (European)

Sic Bo

Sic Bo

Casino Holdem

Casino Holdem

The Craps Table


The Wheel at Live Roulette

LIVE Roulette

Deuces Wild Video Poker

Deuces Wild Video Poker

50 Hand Jacks Or Better Video Poker

50 Hand Jacks Or Better Video Poker

Dolphin Paradise Pachinko

Dolphin Paradise

Derby Day 'Arcade' Game

Derby Day

Grosvenor Casino Strong Points:
  • A solid reputation in the brick and mortar casino business.
  • Good variety of great looking games.
  • Terrific range of betting limits, as low as $1 and up to $1500 on most games.
  • Live games available in Baccarat, Blackjack, Roulette and Sic Bo.
Things Grosvenor Casino Could Improve:
  • Despite the variety, not the most fun slot machines I've ever played.
  • Some more variety in the multi-hand video poker machines would be nice.

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