Pure Vegas Review

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Pure Vegas Casino:

Online-Casinos.com always likes to stay ahead of the game and when we heard that a new casino was launching on the 'net we couldn't wait to give it a try. Pure Vegas Casino is pretty much the latest RTG-powered online casino to go live and so we quickly hurried over to give it the once over.

As with a number of Real Time Gaming-powered casinos, Pure Vegas offers both a no-download interface and a download version of their casino. The no-download Flash version is great for those on slower connections or for players looking for a quick fix. However, I've found previously that the RTG no-download version sometimes struggles with players constantly switching games (it doesn't always log you out of a previous game properly). Similarly, the full range of games is only available via the download version. As such, it was this version that I decided to play at.

Thankfully the download and installation of the casino is very straight forward and even a computer novice should have no problems with download the 200k installer. This piece of software then sets up the casino on your computer and for future visits all a player needs to do is activate the software again from their desktop or Start menu.

Regular online casino players will probably have already encountered RTG software before and so the Pure Vegas Casino sign-up form should be pretty familiar. Even for players new to online gambling the sign-up process should be a piece of cake and a bit of form filling is all that is needed to create a Pure Vegas account. Unlike some other online casinos, multi-currencies are not an option at this casino and as such all play is denominated in US dollars (S). This isn't a problem, and considering the casinos accepts US players I can see why this currency has been chosen as the play currency.

An account can be used for both 'play' and 'real' log-ins, the former allowing players the opportunity to test games for free. Of course, no money can be won in this mode and so for me I went straight in to 'real play' mode.

Once inside the Pure Vegas lobby a player is presented with a games menu from which all the 150+ Pure Vegas games can be accessed. The lobby also provides direct links to online support as well as the cashier and as such everything a player needs is available in the lobby. This is a logical move and demonstrates the thoughts that have gone in to designing this casino.

The cashier was understandably the first part of the casino I went to and as is to be expected a wide range of deposit options are available. These include e-wallet options such as EcoCard as well as real-world options such as Mastercard and Visa. The only thing I found odd is that other popular options such as MoneyBookers and NeTeller are missing from this casino's cashier. I can only assume that because this casino is new they are still in the process of setting up payment options (indeed, the logos of these companies are showing on the casino's homepage). Despite this I actually didn't have any problems with the cashier and my $50 credit card purchase went through without issue.

At this point my balance immediately jumped from $50 to $100 thanks to a sign-up bonus I had decided to claim. Pure Vegas Casino offer a selection of sign-up bonuses tailored to different types of player. There are general game bonuses but also Blackjack and Slot-specific sign-up deals. This is a nice selection and the wagering requirements are generally just 15x(deposit + bonus) which in today's world is pretty decent for an online casinos bonus. I can still remember when bonuses used to need to be wagered just a couple of times but these days are well and truly gone! Incidentally, these sign-up deals allow a player to access up to a massive $2400 in free money! The $100 I had seemed enough to me though and so with my account now funded I headed back to the lobby to see what games took my fancy.

A now-common menu interface is used to group games by type and readers of my casino reviews will be in no surprise to learn that I immediately headed to the Blackjack sub-menu. I don't know what it is about this game but I absolutely love it! I was particularly impressed to find that a handful of different Blackjack games are available at Pure Vegas and indeed I actually decided to play Face-up 21 for a change to the standard BJ offering.

This game sees a twist on the traditional in the fact that the dealer's cards are also dealt face-up along with the player's. This significantly helps the player decide what to do, although natural Blackjacks only pay 1-1 and all but BJ ties sees the dealer win. This is a clever game although it certainly seems odd hitting a hard 20, although of course this is what you have to do if they dealer is already showing a 20. Thankfully these odd situations didn't occur to often and actually I was able to get off to a decent start with my bankroll rising by $30 or so. Certainly the betting range allows for some decent winnings with all bets from $1 to $250 accepted. This seemed a pretty common betting range at Pure Vegas Casino and should appeal to most players. The only criticism is that multi-spot games cannot be found but for me personally this wasn't too much of an issue.

The Caribbean Stud Poker and Tri Card Poker tables also seemed pretty decent in terms of giving me a good run for my money. Of course, the general game functionality is also excellent which is to be expected from casinos running RTG software. Pure Vegas have gone for a blue coloured table cloth and when coupled with the smooth animations and sound effects the player is left with a really positive gaming experience. The fact that many aspects of the casino is user-configurable is also a plus; sound effects, game speed and background music are all controllable by the player.

Of course, there's more to Pure Vegas than table games and the next port of call for me was the Video Poker section of the casino. Again, a good range of games is available although I was slightly disappointed to discover that for some reason Pure Vegas have decided to only offer wild card and bonus-poker games in multi-hand versions. As such, favourites such as Jacks or Better or All American Poker can only be played across a single hand.

This didn't stop my having fun though and the 100-hand Deuces' Wild game really proved to be fun. Players can bet from pennies to $500 per game and with decent hands being dealt from the off every so often there really is capacity for huge wins. Of course, there's big losses to be had too if the right cards don't fall! For me on this occasion I got a mix of winners and losers but came out overall slightly down. The games were still fun to play though despite the graphics on the VP games seeming slightly dated. Of course, it's difficult to make a Video Poker machine look attractive though and I'd rather go for fair-play and robust gaming over fancy graphics any day of the week.

To conclude my gaming session I lastly checked out the slot selection of the casino. RTG have worked hard over the previous year or two to make sure their slot selection is on par with that of competitors and this effort certainly shows. Pure Vegas offers a host of mechanical-style slots along with fancy video slots. The only funny thing I experienced was that with this casino being so new many of the random jackpot games were showing the seed amount of $1000 – since these jackpots only rise as people play I guess not too many know about this casino yet!

Having said that there were still some nice jackpots up for grabs and games such as Shopping Spree 2 were offering players the chance to win jackpots worth many thousands. Indeed, this game in particularly had a jackpot standing at over $100,000 at the time of playing!

The Video Slots are certainly a big draw for Pure Vegas and as well as these random jackpots the games themselves offer players a range of features and wild cards to boost winnings. Loose Caboose is one of my all-time favourites and fits in to this category nicely – I'll never forget the $1500 prize I managed to grab on this game once for just a $2 bet!

Unfortunately the range of games proved too tempting for me and in trying to meet my wagering requirements I eventually crashed out. Thankfully withdrawing at Pure Vegas is simple with the cashier being used to log a player's withdrawal request. These the then processed within 2-3 business days although players should note faxback forms may need to be completed before a first withdrawal can be initiated. This isn't the fastest payback sped, but is certainly acceptable and on par with many other casino online.

The final thing for me to checkout was the support function of the casino. The home page details an email address and US toll free phone number as contact options. Additionally, an in-casino chat function is also available. I think it would be good to increase the number of toll free numbers (for players not located in the US) and also to provide the chat function from the site itself. However, my tests revealed support is contactable although worringly one email I sent was not responded to and a follow-up live chat revealed it had never been delivered. Again, I can only assume this is start-up teething problems and the fact that live chat functioned perfectly suggests this is not a deliberate attempt to 'leave players hanging'. At least this casino is working hard to allow players to contact them and I'm sure this is an area that will improve with time.

In conclusion I had a pretty reasonable gaming experience at Pure Vegas. The sign-up bonus is most welcome and the cashier functions well, although it will be better when the range of deposit options increases. Similarly, the support function seems to be working well although obviously the 'lost email' incident shows there is still room for improvement. The only general thing to state is I'm not sure there's anything here that really sets this casino apart from the rest – sure it runs well and I have no hesitation in suggesting people try it out. I just don't know if I'd go back. Of course, that may well be just because I didn't win here! For a new casino though Pure Vegas is trying hard and given it's only a month or 2 old I look forward to seeing this casino continue with the hard work that has been started.

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A money-back winner while playing the 5 Diamonds Scratch Card

5 Diamonds Scratch Card

I love it when I am dealt a winning hand on multi-hand poker – here I know that the 2 kings dealt mean I will win one every one of the 200 hands!

100 Hand Bonus Poker

A modest win on the fun-themed Crazy Vegas video slot

Crazy Vegas video slot

A pair of 8s feels good enough to me to raise my bet whilst playing against the dealer in the Caribbean Stud Poker game

Caribbean Stud

Face-up 21 gives the player the advantage of showing the dealer's cards face-up before a player chooses what play to make!

Face Up 21

Golden Glove is just one of many themed video slots – this one uses baseball as it's theme

Golden Glove video slot

A range of winners including a nice 4-of-a-Kind whilst playing 100-hands Jacks or Better Video Poker

100 Hand video poker screenshot

The elegant lobby acts as the gateway to the hundreds of games available

The Lobby at Pure Vegas

The Shopping Spree 2 is just one of the many progressive games available at Pure Vegas – when playing the jackpot stood at over $100,000!

Shopping Spree 2

My Ace beats the dealer's King at the Tri Card Poker table

Tri-Card Poker

A mixed-bar win while playing the 3-line Triple 7 Inferno mechanical-style slot

Triple 7s Inferno

A tied deal at War means I have to decide whether to battle or surrender!

Triple 7s Inferno

Pure Vegas Casino Strong Points:
  • Good game selection with decent betting range
  • Huge sign-up bonus with reasonable wagering requirements
  • Excellent general look and feel to the casino
  • 24-hour support offered
Things Pure Vegas Could Improve:
  • Range of deposit options could be increased
  • More toll-free telephone numbers could improve the support situation
  • This is a new casino and so 'teething problems' are perhaps going to be experienced; However, generally our playing experience was very positive
  • Not all the Video Poker varieties can be played on the multi-hand machines
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