Royal Vegas Review

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Royal Vegas:

Royal Vegas Casino is part of the massive Fortune Lounge Group, and has been around as along as I've been gambling on-line - which is a pretty long time! In fact, it was around 1999 that Royal Vegas Casino first started operating, which definitely makes it an 'old timer' in the world of online gambling. This casino was actually one of the very first I played at, but with years having passed since I last paid a visit, I decided to see what had changed at this Microgaming-powered casino.

Playing at Royal Vegas Casino is straight forward, and a player simply has to visit the Royal Vegas website to get started. While Royal Vegas does offer a flash no-download casino, it is definitely recommended to play the download version. This is because the download version contains all possible games, and these games generally offer better graphics. To aid with this, Royal Vegas offer a number of different installers, the smallest of which is just 2.03mb in size. This version has no games installed to begin with (these are downloaded as a member plays), but this small download should really help those on slow connections. Of course, broadband users should have no download issues, and as such a full 50mb version is available also - which installs all available games at start-up.

I personally had no issues installing the software, with the casino registering on my system in pretty much the same way as any other Microgaming-powered casino. The only difference is that Royal Vegas comes with the Fortune Lounge messenger, which basically allows a casino to display promotional messages, etc. on a player's computer. Thankfully, this is an optional extra - and I chose not to install this add on.

Registering an account is also simple, with a standard form being used to capture a player's personal details. I didn't have to go through the registration process this time because I already had an account from years ago. As such, I just logged in to the casino and found my account exactly as I had left it. My account was created in US $, which at the time of account creation was the only currency accepted. However, players can now create an account denominated in UK £, Canadian $ or Euros.

The next stop I made was at the Royal Vegas cashier, where I purchased $100 via NETeller. This is just one of a number of deposit options available at Royal Vegas Casino, including other e-wallet and real-world funding solutions. On this occasion I wasn't eligible for any deposit bonus; however, new players are entitled to claim up to $100 in free credits - a nice enticement to join! Thankfully, loyal players are also rewarded and as well, as ongoing special bonuses and loyalty schemes (linked across all Fortune Lounge properties), Royal Vegas offers other great promotions. At the time of play, tickets were up for grabs on a gambling cruise where up to $250,000 could be won!

As with many casinos that use Microgaming's Viper software, the huge number of games available are made more manageable thanks to a menu system located within the casino lobby. This breaks games down by type, and a clever preview system allows a player to learn the rules of the game before they click to pay it. For example, a Blackjack player can see how many decks are used at a table before they decide to take a seat.

Speaking of Blackjack, it was this game that I decided to try out first. People used to my reviews will know I often check this game out. With so many readers often choosing to play this game I always feel I should see how a casino stands up in this area. Having said that, playing Blackjack at Royal Vegas is not as easy as it sounds, as a huge number of different tables are available. These include multi-hand games and games representing tables from across the world - European rules, Atlantic City, and Downtown Vegas tables and more are all available. I personally opted to play on the European Blackjack table.

This game accepts bets from $2 to $200. However, for those that like to really gamble, there are some high-roller tables also available. The High Roller European table, for example, accepts bets from $20 to a massive $1000. This betting limit, I think, demonstrates Royal Vegas' desire to please the customer. This too is demonstrated by the fact that some games are identical apart from the colour of the table cloth. While many people won't be put off by cloth colour, the fact that Royal Vegas are thinking to this level of detail with the aim of pleasing the customer is definitely a good sign.

As well as the Blackjack games, I also tried out some of the less-popular games such as Pai Gow Poker and Sic Bo. That's one of the nice things with an online casino - that games, no matter how obscure, can be hosted by the casino because there's practically no cost involved. Of course, this is great for the player, as it means the selection of games is huge! What's more, with the great graphics and sound effects found at Royal Vegas Casino, gambling online really can be entertaining!

Of course, a way to really hit it big at a casino is to play on some of the slot games. One that I played and particularly enjoyed was the Diamond Deal game. This is one of the oldest slots playable at Royal Vegas and is a simple-style fixed-price slot game. The game costs $3 per spin, and the aim is to land the bonus box on the 3rd reel. When this has been achieved 4 times the bonus is activated, and the player can then pick a prize from a random selection. I think I like this game because as well as the bonus game (which paid me $100), a good number of smaller prizes regularly appear. When I played, I hit a number of $30 winners - and even a couple of $60 combinations.

For some players, however, they like more glitzy slots - and for this type of person I can highly recommend the Jungle Jim game. This is one of the newer slots available at Royal Vegas, and is a 5-reel video slot. With its numerous pay lines there are a number of ways to win. However, the fun really starts when the bonus is activated by lining up 3 or more bonus symbols. When this happens a player randomly selects a number of free spins along with a multiplier. I was lucky enough to select 20 free spins with a 4x multiplier. When all of these spins had completed I was sat with a nice $152 prize for just a $3 stake!

I think the real draw of Royal Vegas slots though, lies in the fact that the games have been put together really well. Sometimes I find that slots are a letdown online. However, this really isn't the case with this casino and as the screenshots for this review show, the graphics really are cool. Add to this the sound effects and the smooth game play and it's really hard to see how land-based casinos offer anything more than is available online. In fact, with auto-play features and statistic recording, I would say that online play is probably better than can be found online!

Usually, I am not too lucky on slots, but this definitely wasn't the case at Royal Vegas Online Casino - after my lucky Jungle Jim hit I was sitting on a lovely $385! At this point, I was going to cash in, but realized I hadn't played on the Video Poker games. Realizing that has a number of video poker fans, I decided to give a few game a quick whirl to see if I could boost my bankroll even further.

Just as slot players should be happy with the selection of games available, so too should video poker fans. Royal Vegas offer a great number of games, ranging from classics such as Jacks or Better to less-popular games such as All American Video Poker. Even better is the fact that many of these games are playable as multi-hand games. From 4-hand to 10, 50 or even 100-hand games, a great selection of games are available. What I particularly liked was the fact that there was no real lag in playing the video poker games, even with the multi-hand games. Again, it's hard to see how real life play is any better than what can be achieved the comfort of one's own home.

Unfortunately, my luck wasn't great on the Video Poker games. I did hit a few winners along the way, but gradually my bankroll diminished. I was sensible though, and when I reached the $200 mark I decided enough was enough, and headed straight to the cashier - a $100 profit should be seen as a good thing in anybody's book.

Withdrawing from Royal Vegas Casino is simple, all a player needs to do is to revisit the cashier. Upon requesting the cash in, the withdrawal amount then sits in pending for 24 hours during which time it can be reversed. However, if a player is able to leave it for this period the withdrawal is then sent to the casino's bank for processing. In my experience, banking at Royal Vegas is usually good; and this time was no different - within around 30 hours after the pending period was up the money was sitting back in my NETeller account.

When it comes to support at Royal Vegas Casino, I have to say I was pretty impressed. Toll free numbers are available for no less than 14 countries around the world, which should mean the majority of people are able to contact the casino free of charge. However, for those that are not able to call, email support is provided as well, and within the cashier section of the casino, a live chat button is also active. My test of support went well, and a simple question I had was responded to in a polite way.

In conclusion, I would say Royal Vegas is a very good online casino. The fact that's the casino has been running for over 6 years is a positive sign, and upon testing it I can see what the attraction is. There are a good number of games available and these are presented in a high quality manner. The key functions of the casino, such as banking and support, work very well. Similarly, it's clear that the casino has thought about ways to satisfy the player, which is definitely a good thing. With a nice bonus available upon sign up and good on-going promotions, I really cannot see a reason not to recommend Royal Vegas Online Casino.

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A double winner on the classic-style 1 Arm Bandit slot

1 Arm Bandit Slot Machine

4 Deuces would have paid off handsomely, but I am still happy with this winner whilst playing Bonus Deuces Wild Video Poker

I am aiming to activate the bonus round on the Diamond Deal slot machine game and get this $30 winner along the way

I successfully activate the Diamond Deal bonus and come away with a $106 total win

Jacks or Better 50-hand Video Poker is just one of a number of multi-hand Vide Poker games available at Royal Vegas

Joker Poker Power Poker is played over 4-hands and used wild cards to boost payouts

I line up the needed symbols to activate the wild spin bonus round on the Jungle Jim video slot

My 10 free spins with a 4x multiplier returns $152 to my bankroll for just a $3 bet

I beat the dealer with my Pai Gow hand and also win on my side bet

I am a winner within the first 3 cards dealt, but a third Ace means I win nicely whilst playing Poker Pursuit

The easy-to-complete form needs to be completed for a new player to register an account

I am really lucky and get the number 17 to come out on just my 4th spin of the Roulette table

I cover a variety of betting options and successfully win $26 on my $20 bet at the Sic Bo table

Royal Vegas Strong Points:
  • Good betting limits for high rollers and casual players
  • Good number of games presented in a quality fashion
  • Good banking processes with withdrawals processed quickly and efficiently
  • Large number of support options
  • Attractive sign-up bonus and ongoing promotions
Things Royal Vegas Could Improve:
  • A pending period of 24 hours exists before withdrawals are processed, but this really is a minor recommendation for improvement

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