Purple Lounge Review - Casino has Closed

Purple Lounge Casino has CLOSED
Purple Lounge:

. This casino is CLOSED... One of few venues that opened up an online casino after establishing their online poker room, Purple Lounge is a relative newcomer to the scene; powered by Microgaming software. With a reputation for catering to higher-limit card players in their poker room, I was curious to see how the casino treated more casual players like myself.

First up, the Web site. Split up into two main sections, one for the poker room and the other for the casino operations, it was quick and easy to hop over to the information I needed. The online casino section looked very nice, with a cool blue theme and a well laid out navigation structure. Unfortunately, there wasn't quite as much information as I would have liked; there were no game previews per-se (the names of each game were available; but no screenshots of further information), support was offered only by e-mail or through a form via their web site, though live chat was/is available through the casino or poker room software after installation. No phone numbers were posted, toll-free or otherwise (which surprised me a bit considering the casinos M.O. focuses largely on taking extra care of their players).

The casino (as well as the poker room) was available as both a downloadable client for PC users, as well as a no-download, Flash based version for those on Macs (or those who simply don't want to download for whatever reason). As I usually do I opted for the download, as it normally contains the most games and a slightly better quality than the no-download counterpart.

The download went nice and quick, and I was registering my real money account with Purple Lounge in no time. The registration process was straight forward, though it should be noted that an activation e-mail is sent to the address you registered with, and you won't be able to log in until activation has been completed.

Once my registration and activation were complete, I was ready to make my first deposit - which I did using my credit card. While it wasn't a huge deal - once again there was an extra step involved in the process (when compared to most casinos at least), I first had to deposit to my 'wallet' at Purple Lounge, then transfer that money to my casino account before I could actually play with it. This seems to have been done to allow the players to have a means to transfer money between the poker room and casino, something I've seen at a few casino/sportsbook combinations as well.

At the time of my review, Purple lounge was offering a 100% "slots only" match bonus on a first deposit between $25 and $200. I normally don't take bonuses when reviewing to avoid having any playthrough requirements, and this time was no exception. That said, I read through the terms and conditions for the promotion offer, and with a 25x bonus + deposit playthrough requirement and nothing too unusual in the terms, it was pretty reasonable sounding - at least by today's bonus standards.

With the casino downloaded and my account finally registered and funded, it was time to test the casino games and my luck out!

First up; Blackjack. While there's not normally a lot of options to choose from in terms of 21, Purple Lounge seemed to have move variations on the game than I could count. These included: European, Bonus, Spanish, Vegas Downtown, Vegas Strip, Atlantic City, Double Exposure Blackjack, Super Fun 21 and even a progressive game called Triple 7's. Most of the games were also available in 'Gold' versions, which play the same as their regular counterparts, but have an updated appearance and look a fair bit better. If you count the Multi-Hand versions as separate games as well, there's nearly 30 different types to choose from in all!

I suspect the 'regular' versions of the game were left in the casino for older players who prefer to keep things looking as they were when they originally started playing, but the Gold versions really do look a lot better while playing the same games, so I'd recommend sticking with those games denoted as 'Gold' whenever there's a choice to be made. This goes for some of the other table games as well, such as Roulette.

Speaking of which, Roulette was the next game I decided to give a try. Purple Lounge had Roulette available in 5 different versions altogether: American, European, European Gold, French, and a progressive game called Roulette Royale, in which the progressive can be won if the same number is spun 5 times in a row. As European has the best odds I normally play that, and once again the Gold version has the better visuals out of the two - making it the preferred choice out of the bunch (unless you're on the hunt for a progressive). The European Roulette Gold table looked great, and while I didn't have the bankroll to play my 17 strategy this time around - I did manage to win a few bucks making some outside bets before moving on.

The Craps table was only available in one version (no regular vs. Gold decision here), which was fine as it looked pretty good as-is. There was a $5 minimum bet on the tables, and while there was nothing that really caught my attention as being 'special', all in all it was a decent rendition of the game.

Baccarat was again only available in a single version, and while the table looked 'ok', I think a Gold version may have been in order this time around. With a relatively steep $10 minimum bet, I would have preferred a little more eye candy for my wagering dollars, though I suppose the games that have been updated to 'Gold' versions are the more popular ones.

While the game previews at the Purple Lounge site didn't mention them, there were in fact a number of other table games available such as Poker Ride, Caribbean Stud, 3 Card Poker and a few more options to choose from. While they all played well enough, none were available in the 'Gold series' versions, so they didn't have quite the visual appeal of the newer games added.

Video Poker was available in a good variety of types: Aces and Eights, Aces and Faces, All Aces, All American, Bonus Deuces Wild, Bonus Poker, Bonus Poker Deluxe, Deuces and Joker, Deuces Wild, Double Bonus Poker, Double Double Bonus Poker, Jacks or Better, Joker Poker, Tens or Better and Louisiana Double Poker. Each of these variations are available in single hand formats, and about half can be found in multi-hand versions as well (some up to 100 hand). In addition to the normal games there's a progressive available called Supajax Poker, in which the jackpot is paid out when a Royal Flush is hit.

The Video Poker games looked decent and played very well. While many casinos include imagery of the 'machine' being played, be it single or multi-hand games all the versions here were presented in a 'screen-only' format. While the graphics weren't anything to write home about, each of the games had good paytables and were packed full of features, 'expert' mode for strategic and automated play - double up options after a win, and auto-held cards after a winning initial deal. My luck held more or less even after trying out a handful of the different games available.

The slot machine variety was great, with a large number of classic and video slots to choose from in all kinds of themes, as well as plenty of progressive jackpots to choose from (11 in all, not including the other 5 progressives that aren't slots). If you enjoy playing online slots, you'd be hard pressed to not find quite a few games to enjoy here - no matter what you're tastes.

Ultimately it was that great variety of slots that ended up costing me the rest of my bankroll, but nonetheless I did have a fun time while losing it, and got a good amount of play time in before the house edge finally took it's toll. That means this time around I didn't have anything to cash out and test the process, but I'm sure there wouldn't have been any issues with the Microgaming-powered casino were that the case.

Would I recommend Purple Lounge to my readers? With a great game variety and a solid reputation, I think I would. There were a few small annoyances (my biggest - the lack of telephone numbers posted), but all-in-all I had a good time playing, and the good far outweighed the bad.

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Triple 7's Blackjack at Purple Lounge

Triple 7s Blackjack

Game On AWP

Game On AWP

Jellyfish Jaunt Slot

Jellyfish Jaunt

3 Card Poker

3 Card Poker

Poker Ride (Let It Ride)

Poker Ride

Atlantic City Blackjack

Atlantic City Blackjack

Baccarat

Baccarat

European Roulette

European Roulette

Vegas Craps

Vegas Craps

Aces & Faces Video Poker

Aces & Faces

Pub Fruity AWP

Pub Fruity

Big Kahuna

Pub Fruity

Witch Doctor Video Slot

Witch Doctor Slot

Purple Lounge Strong Points:
  • Lots of progressive jackpot games.
  • Both a download version and a Flash-based no-download version of the casino available.
  • Reasonable bonus terms for slots players by todays standards.
  • Sportsbook available for those that like to bet on both sports and casino play.
Things Purple Lounge Could Improve:
  • Registration and getting my deposit into the actual casino took a couple of extra steps than most.
  • $10 minimum on Baccarat is a little high for some.
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