Updated: 05 Feb 2018
Sky Casino Review
Sky Casino is a neat little hole in the wall. Just kidding, they are one of the biggest names in online gambling. With a dedicated Playtech casino (as Sky Casino) and an assorted collection of slots (at Sky Vegas), this place is huge. Live dealer games, a neatly and easily navigated site, Sky Casino could have had it all. The big black spot here is 50x wagering requirement on the welcome bonus (40x at Sky Vegas). If you can get over that, you're probably in for a good time. Why probably? Well, there have been reports from trusted watchdog portals of some players not receiving their Player Points. This may have been a one-time situation, but it's still troubling nonetheless.
- License from the UK;
- Huge brand with many different types of games and providers on hand;
- Weekend withdrawals;
- Many different promotions for returning players are regularly added;
- 50x the bonus wagering requirements... really, bro?;
- Some players complained about not getting their Player Points;
- Strict betting rules during an active bonus;
British Sky Broadcasting Group has got a firm grasp of what to do and Sky Casino proves that point. Even from the opening page of the website, we almost feel compelled to make a deposit (do all new players get this feeling or was it just us?). It must be the tea we just made for ourselves.
In all seriousness, the site is tightly regulated by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission and the UK Gambling Commission, and is often audited by Technical Systems Testing. The neat little CSS tricks are dazzling, but if they only work on people who have short attention spans and -- look, a plastic bag!
Customer Support: In the unlikely event where you won’t find an answer you need in the monstrous (in a good way) Help section, you can contact the support team through live chat, phone line (8am to midnight), and email.
Banking: The banking options lack variety - they only accept various credit cards and Paypal. Cashout terms are fair - you can withdraw as little as €10, there are no fees, and it takes 24 for a transaction to reach your Paypal account (2 to 5 working days for credit cards).
Software and Game Variety
For reasons unknown to us, there are actually several casinos within the Sky Group. Sky Casino is all about Playtech, with about a hundred games:
- Slots: Jackpot Giant, Dr Lovemore, The Flintstones;
- Table games: Roulette, Blackjack, Casino Hold’em;
- Video poker: Jacks or Better, Aces and Faces, Joker Poker.
Then there’s Sky Vegas, with over 300 titles (mostly slots) from Netent, IGT, Barcrest, WMS, Blueprint Gaming, Novomatic, and so on, and so forth. They seem to have taken the best games from everyone, and created a concentrated collection of top-notch games:
- Slots: Starburst, Book of Ra, Raging Rhino;
- Exclusive slots: Fishing: Impossible (hehe, Fishing - Mission, got it?), Stairway to Heaven, Grabba Dabba Dough;
- Table games: Roulette, 3 Card Brag, Jokers Wild;
- Instant win games: Grand National Keno, Celtic Spirit, Cool Jewels.
Mobile and Live Gaming
“Live and mobile games - check”.
For those already in the know, the mobile version will have a smaller selection of the more popular gaming choices. Nothing to worry about, though, it is fast and fun to play regardless.
Taking into account the live dealer options, we’ve got French Roulette, Casino Hold’Em, Baccarat and Blackjack. Pretty standard but very solid choices.
Bonuses and Promotions
Promotions and welcome bonuses also differ between Sky Casino and Sky Vegas.
At Sky Casino you can get a welcome bonus up to €60 with a deposit of at least €10. As usual, these small time bonuses come with absurd wagering requirements. This one is no different - 50x. Thanks, but no thanks.
The welcome bonus at Sky Vegas is ever-so-slightly better. First they give you a €10 no-deposit bonus (with 20x wagering requirements). Then on your first deposit of €10 you get €40 on top, and have to wager the whole amount (€50) 40 times.
Other than that, there are a bunch of other promotions in both sections that change constantly. They have seasonal promotions as well has challenges and huge giveaways.
“The new player bonuses would be cool, except for those 40-50x wagering requirements!”
You can also take advantage of their Comp Point system where the wagers you make will become points, and then you can turn those points into cash. When you’re a Player Club member, you’ll be able to access unlimited bonuses. It’s a tiered program so as you move up in the program, more goodies will be coming your way.