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Online Casino Bonuses & Rewards Programs Explained

All of today’s best online casinos offer each new player some kind of guaranteed welcome bonus. As soon as your new account has been activated you will instantly be able to claim what is rightfully yours. The most common type of online casino welcome bonus is the matching deposit bonus, but free play bonuses and no deposit bonuses are also now widely available.

You will also receive automatic entrance into the casino’s loyalty rewards program as soon as your account has been activated, or as soon as you have made your first deposit and placed your first real cash wager. These online casino loyalty programs are fundamentally the same, so it doesn’t matter where you play really.

When you play in the real money mode on any of the games in the casino you will be awarded a certain number of loyalty points which can eventually be exchanged for real cash. Some of the other great rewards include free spins for selected online slot machines, casino merchandise and various other rewards. Playing on games such as the slot machines and/or scratchcards will generally earn you the most points. Fewer points will be awarded when playing on most table and card games and various other games such as All Aces Video Poker.

When you open a new account with a casino, make sure that you maximise your initial welcome bonus and also take advantage of it before it expires. For example you may only have one week to claim your new player welcome bonus, so hurry before you miss out. If the welcome bonus is a 100% matching deposit worth up to $/€/£100, it means that the casino will match your deposit up to the value of $/€/£100, penny for penny.

If, for example, you deposit the full $/€/£100 on your first ever deposit, you are effectively doubling-up and you will end up with a total of $/€/£200 to play with instead of just your initial deposit amount of $/€/£100. Also remember that most bonus cash has to be wagered X amount of times before it can be withdrawn. You also then have to wager (aka playthrough) the bonus cash, usually up to 30x times, before you can withdraw your winnings.

The average wagering requirements for most online casino bonuses today tend to hover between 20x and 30x times the bonus amount. In other words, if you deposited $/€/£100 you would have to wager $/€/£3000 before the bonus cash could be withdrawn ($/€/£100 x 30). However, wagering requirements (and any bonus winnings that you make) can be forfeited at any time and when you do this, you will be left with just your initial deposit to play with instead of having any bonus cash.

What’s happening with the UK Online Gambling Market?

New gaming license legislation in the United Kingdom means that all UK players are required to play in their territory. In other words, there are loads of online casinos that are no longer accepting any real cash wages from UK players. The vast majority of these casinos are powered by downloadable and non-downloadable Microgaming software.

Many offshore operators focus their business towards the UK market, but if they are not paying taxes in the UK, they can no longer direct their business towards the UK market. We have already found more than 30 different online casinos that have closed down business in the UK market and this list will no doubt grow over the next few weeks.

The casinos that we have found so far include sites such as Wild Jack Casino, Jackpot Factory Casino, First Web Casino, All Jackpots Casino, All Slots Casino, Crazy Vegas Casino, Maple Casino, 777 Dragon Casino, Casino UK, Golden Riviera Casino, Major Tom Casino, Red Flush Casino, Euro Palace Casino, 7 Sultans Casino, Vegas Palms Casino, Platinum Play Casino and Royal Vegas Casino.

Other casinos which have also followed suit include sites such as Casino Epoca, Mummy’s Gold Casino, King Neptune’s Casino, River Nile Casino, Lucky Nugget Casino, Gaming Club Casino, Jackpot City Casino, Cabaret Club Casino, Ruby Fortune Casino and Spin Palace Casino. Two well-known Playtech powered casinos, Omni Casino & Fly Casino, are also both no longer accepting players from the UK.

This begs the question, where can UK players place a real cash wager? Some of the most secure online casinos which ARE fully compliant with the new legislation include sites such as 32Red Online Casino, Bet365 Casino, Mr Green Casino, bgo Vegas, Betway Casino, Genting Casino, Intercasino, Gala Casino, Casino Euro, Paddy Power Casino, Roxy Palace Casino, Ladbrokes Casino, Slots Magic and Betfair Casino. There are plenty of other great online casinos which are also available for UK players.

Many of these sites are in fact connected to cross-platform gambling portals, which means that you can find one of two online casino-type products, as well as online sports betting products, online poker products, online bingo and various other products. You will also find that many of these products are powered by leading software providers such as Playtech, Net Entertainment (NetEnt), WMS Gaming, Betsoft Gaming and IGT Interactive, and also be various other major software providers.

Hot & Cold Games at Gaming Club Casino

Gaming Club Casino is often recognised as the oldest online casino in the world. This top-rated online casino has been operating since 1994 and it is powered by award-winning Microgaming software. The games can be accessed instantly in your browser at this casino, or from within a perfectly secure download client which comes with built-in support.

Gaming Club also has a non-downloadable live dealer casino available (which can actually be accessed from within the download client, but will open in a separate window) and a growing number of games are also now available on mobile at Gaming Club Mobile Casino. Over the years, many games have stood the test of time and are still just as popular today as they were when they first appeared online.

Some of these games also tend to go ‘hot’ and some tend to go ‘cold’, which means that they are either paying out big or they are not paying out at all. A great way of being able to find out which games are hot and which ones are cold would be to install the Microgaming software onto your computer and then once you have signed in to your account, head to the ‘News’ section.

Towards the very left hand side of the News section you should be able to see an updated list of Hot Games and Cold Games. If you are feeling lucky, the Hot Games are, in theory, the ones that are more likely to pay compared to the ones that are cold right now. Let’s take a look at some of the Hot Games available at Gaming Club Casino at the time of writing.

Summertime, Starlight Kiss, Alaskan Fishing, Monster’s in the Closet, Asian Beauty, Throne of Egypt, Dolphin Tale, Old King Cole, Ho Ho Ho, Flying Circus and The Osbournes. Just because these games are ‘hot’ right now doesn’t necessarily guarantee that they will pay out big prizes though.

Some of the Cold Games at Gaming Club Casino right now include Bust the Bank, CashOccino, Nuclear 9s, Sweet Harvest, Dolphin Coast, Bars & Stripes, Untamed Giant Panda, Gypsy Queen, Robin Hood, Love Potion, Sneak a Peak Planet Exotica and Untamed Bengal Tiger. Who knows though, you could play on one of these ‘cold games’ today and you could lift the proverbial curse and win real big, making it no longer a cold game.

Terminator 2, Jurassic Park & Other Great Slots from Microgaming

The average Microgaming powered casino is packed with more than 650 games for players to explore and approximately 280 of these games are online slot machines ranging from single line classic slots to multilined video slots. They have developed an impressive range of unique titles with slots like Immortal Romance, Girls with Guns (1 and 2), Thunderstruck (1 and 2), Untamed Crowned Eagle, Racing for Pinks, High Society, Mega Moolah, Avalon 2 and Break Away.

Over the past few years Microgaming has managed to obtain licensing agreements with several major organisations to develop branded titles. To date, their most famous branded titles include The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, as well as Playboy, Tomb Raider (1 and 2), Terminator 2, Hitman, Hellboy and Jurassic Park. Also coming soon is a Game of Thrones slot machine

These titles all have some entertaining bonus rounds for players to enjoy and they are all available in the real money mode and in the free play mode. The all have huge prizes to play for and some of these games even have Progressive Jackpots attached to them. The Dark Knight, for example, has four accumulating prizes pools to play for and the same jackpots are up for grabs on Mega Moolah.

Speaking about the new Jurassic Park slot in August was the Microgaming CEO, Roger Raatgever, “Welcome… to Jurassic Park! Since signing the Jurassic Park franchise earlier in the year, we have been on a grand adventure to create this online slot. Jurassic Park is an enormous brand so we knew we had to create something spectacular to represent the franchise’s iconic status. The game goes live today with our operators and I’m very proud of what we have achieved; it’s one of our greatest slot creations to date.”

These slot machines are all now widely available and the majority can be found in more than 250 different Microgaming powered casinos. Some of these slot machines are also now available on mobile at several top Microgaming-powered mobile casinos. Some of the best Microgaming casinos that we can highly recommend for you include Gaming Club Casino, Jackpot City Casino, Spin Palace Casino, Royal Vegas Casino and Betway Casino.

Other great Microgaming sites include 32Red Casino, Crazy Vegas Casino, Golden Riviera Casino, Vegas Palms Casino, Ruby Fortune Casino, Platinum Play Casino, Euro Palace Casino, 777 Dragon Casino, All Slots Casino, Casino UK, 7 Sultans Casino and Roxy Palace Casino.

Online Casino Loyalty Programs Worth Checking Out

Most online casinos today tend to reward their registered members based on their play in the casino usually on a monthly basis. Players generally have a real cash balance, a free play balance and also a loyalty points’ balance. You can earn loyalty points simply by playing on any of their games in the real money mode.

Some games will earn you more points than others, which is fairly standard at every online casino today, and then once you have accumulated a certain amount of points you can contact the support or head to the cashier section and then redeem your points for real cash. You can also usually redeem the points for free spins, casino credits and other great rewards.

Let’s take a quick look at how some of these rewards programs work. At any of the online casinos that are currently owned by a company called Casino Rewards (such as Captain Cooks Casino, Casino Action, Blackjack Ballroom Casino or Golden Tiger Casino), the points-per-game-allocation works as follows:

For every $/€/£10.00 wagered on ANY Blackjack Game, you can earn 0.1 Loyalty Point. For every $/€/£10.00 wagered on ANY Video Poker Game, you can also earn 0.1 Loyalty Point. For every $/€/£10.00 wagered on ANY Roulette Game, you can earn 0.5 Loyalty Points. For every $/€/£10.00 wagered on ANY Table Game, you can also earn 0.5 Loyalty Points and for every $/€/£10.00 wagered on ANY Slot Machine, you can earn 1.00 Loyalty Point.

You can redeem these points at ANY of their partner casinos and membership is free. The other great thing about this loyalty program is that your points will NEVER expire, meaning that you can exchange them whenever you want. The more you play, the more you can benefit from Cash Bonuses, Free Gifts and VIP Treatment.

Vegas Partner Lounge (VPL) is responsible for casinos such as Maple Casino, Casino UK, River Nile Casino, Crazy Vegas Casino, Casino-Mate, 777 Dragon and Golden Riviera Casino, and this trusted operator also runs a lucrative loyalty program called the Vegas Loyalty Lounge Rewards program. This VIP program consists of 4 ‘Lounge Tiers’ which include the Green Lounge, the Silver Lounge, the Gold Lounge and the Platinum Lounge.

You can also find some fantastic VIP loyalty programs at various other top Microgaming casinos such as Royal Vegas Casino, 7 Sultans Casino, Vegas Palms Casino, Platinum Plat Casino and Euro Palace, all of which are controlled by a reputable operator called Fortune Lounge and The Palace Group also runs a decent rewards program at each of their trusted casinos (Ruby Fortune Casino, Cabaret Club Casino, Spin Palace Casino and Mummy’s Gold Casino).

Best Online Casino Bonuses in July 2014

We have carefully scoured the internet to bring you details about some of the very best new player welcome bonuses that are currently up for grabs in July 2014. These fantastic online casino bonuses are available for ALL new players and they can only be claimed once at each of the following casinos.

Right now at All Slots Casino there’s an exclusive $/€/£30 FREE BONUS up for grabs, as well as the standard $/€/£500 welcome package. You can also claim a free $/€/£5.00 when you pay at All Slots Mobile Casino for the first time. This is a Microgaming powered online casino which is licensed in Malta and is owned by Stanworth Development Limited.

Jackpot City Casino, which is also controlled by Stanworth Development Limited, is currently giving all new players up to $/€/£500 for free and this bonus can be claimed over your first two deposits. Jackpot City Casino is a great Microgaming powered casino which also holds a license from the Lotteries and Gaming Authority of Malta.

Ruby Fortune Casino is another great Microgaming casino which is licensed in Malta and owned by The Palace Group. Register a new account today at this casino and you will be able to take advantage of a $/€/£750 new player welcome bonus. You can claim this over your first three deposits.

If you head over to Royal Vegas Casino, you can claim several New Payer Welcome Bonuses. You can start by claiming up to up to $/€/£250 for free on your first ever deposit, up to $/€/£200 on your second deposit and then up to a further $/€/£750 on your third deposit. If you use certain selected payment methods to make your deposit, you can also claim an addition 10% deposit bonus on top of this generous offer.

Club World Casinos is one of the most famous Realtime Gaming (RTG) powered casinos available online today and as a new player opening up an account here for the first time, you can claim up to $/€/£777. This top RTG casino is licensed in the Netherlands Antilles and it is owned by a company called Club World Group.

bgo Vegas [online casino] is currently giving away 180 FREE SPINS to all new players as well as a massive 200% matching deposit bonus. This top UK online casino is powered by multiple software providers (e.g. IGT Interactive, Microgaming, Bally Technologies, NetEnt & NextGen). It is licensed in Alderney and it is owned by The Intertain Group.

There’s also a $/€/200 welcome bonus waiting for you at Mr Green Casino. This top gaming site won the 2013/2014 Casino Operator of the Year Award at the International Gaming Awards and you can claim up to $/€/£150 right now from another world famous online casino called Bet365 Casino. Mr Green is powered by multiple software providers (Betsoft Gaming, Microgaming, NetEnt, IGT Interactive etc.) and Bet365 is powered primarily by Playtech software.

Exciting Times for Online Casino Enthusiasts

If you already have an active account with an online casino, you may have noticed some of the great promotional offers that are currently available. You may have also noticed that many of these promotional offers are in some way or another associated with the 2014 Football World Cup.

Omni Casino is currently running an extended online promotion called Football Mania and this is giving players the chance to win plenty of great prizes such as cash, football kits, football match tickets and various other similar bonuses. We also found several participating Microgaming casinos that are currently running an extended online slot tournament called Reels de Janeiro. Throughout this event, participants get to play on a football themed slot called Shoot!

Players can also now find plenty of huge progressive jackpots to play for right now. At the time of writing, the progressive jackpot on a NetEnt slot machine is worth more than £2.4 million and this slot can be found in more than 60 different online casinos. There was also one lucky Swedish player who recently netted himself more than €7.3 million while playing on another NetEnt slot called Hall of Gods. He was playing at an online casino called Betsson Casino.

“The jackpots just keep falling and it’s an honour to announce that this latest one for Betsson.com is the second largest online Swedish jackpot. The 7.4 MEUR prize will change the life of the lucky winner and shows how much one can gain from our superb catalogue of pooled jackpots,” said the Chief Product Officer of NetEnt, Simon Hammon. We obtained these words from the official NetEnt website.

Also at the time of writing, the Gladiator Jackpot progressive jackpot is worth almost £800,000. This is a famous Playtech slot which can be found in more than 40 fully licensed Playtech casinos. If you want to play for big prizes right now then you also need to be checking out another slot from Playtech called Monty Python’s Spamalot because the current value of this progressive jackpot is worth more than £1.5 million.

Another reason to be excited right now is all the new games that recently arrived throughout May and June 2014. Some of these new titles included a new slot from NetEnt called Lights™. This leading software provider also launched two new roulette games which included French and American Roulette.

IGT Interactive launched a new online slot called Red Mansions. Playtech launched Sunset Beach, The Three Musketeer’s and Football Carnival. RTG (Realtime Gaming) launched Football Frenzy and Microgaming launched several great new slots such as High Society, Girls with Guns 2, Football Star and more recently, Terminator 2. Players can also look forward to a new Game of Thrones slot from Microgaming which will be arriving in casinos soon.

Online Casino Operators that you can Trust

Some online casino operators control just one casino, whereas others, such as Casino Rewards, control multiple casinos. Casino Rewards is a renowned online casino operator which actually controls a total of 29 individual brands, all of which have the eCOGRA Safe and Fair seal of approval and all of them are powered by industry award-winning Microgaming software.

The most famous brands controlled by this operator include sites such as Casino Action, Blackjack Ballroom Casino, UK Casino Club, Casino Classic, Captain Cooks Casino, Nostalgia Casino, Quatro Casino, Luxury Casino, Challenge Casino, Golden Tiger Casino, Yukon Gold Casino and Zodiac Casino.

Many of these top Microgaming casinos are also now available on mobile and they generally have a minimum of 550 games for players to explore. This operator is known for providing 24 hour support and their telephone support is generally toll-free. They provide responsive, friendly and extremely helpful live chat support and they run some great promotional offers at each of their casinos. This operator is also known for running a fantastic loyalty program.

Some of the other most famous groups that own one or more perfectly secure online casinos and other similar gambling portals (such as poker sites, bingo sites and/or sports betting sites) include companies like The Betway Group, 32Red Group Plc, Rational Group, Unibet, Bet365 Group, Betfair Group, Gala Coral, Rank Group, Main Street Vegas Group, Jackpot Factory Group, the Virgin Group, Fortune Lounge, Vegas Partner Lounge, The Palace Group and Club World Group.

These reputable operators all have proven track records within the online (and sometimes offline) gambling industry and they are monitored, licensed & regulated by some of the toughest authorities in the world. For example, many of the operators’ brands that were mentioned above are licensed either in Kahnawake, Curacao, Gibraltar, Malta or in Alderney. These are some of the toughest licensing jurisdictions in the world and these particular licensing authorities are well-known for imposing tough controls over their licensees.

These trustworthy operators are responsible for famous brands such as All Slots Casino, All Jackpots Casino, Royal Vegas Casino, Golden Riviera Casino, Gaming Club Casino, Jackpot City Casino, Crazy Vegas Casino, Mummy’s Gold Casino, Spin Palace Casino, Ruby Fortune Casino, Betway Casino, 32Red Casino, Vegas Palms Casino, Platinum Play Casino, High Noon Casino, Lucky Red Casino, Manhattan Slots, Club World Casinos, Aladdin’s Gold Casino and numerous other great sites.