bgo Casino launched in 2012 and is among the first to adopt a mobile-style layout even on the desktop version of the site, with big clear fonts and large tile-like icons for each game in the index.
Perhaps because of this, it’s clear that every effort has been made to keep the navigation simple, with games separated out into several distinct sections of the site, and an entirely separate tab to refer players to bgo Mobile.
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But while the navigation is very clear, it’s not perfect – pages can be slow to load at times, and giving the different sections names like ‘Vegas’ and ‘Macau’ makes it harder to work out what will actually be on that page (‘slots’ and ‘live casino’, respectively). However, there are a good variety of games and promotions on offer at bgo Casino so you can easily forgive it for this minor failing.
The bonuses and promotions at bgo begin from the moment you sign up, with a 200% deposit match on your first payment into your account. You already receive 20 free spins on Starburst just for opening an account, and when you make your first deposit you’ll get a further 180, making a total of 200 free spins.
Spin the Boss’s Wheel once per day (available to all funded players as a daily bonus) and you could earn yourself up to 20 free spins on Jungle Trouble. You can also get extra spins of the Boss’s Wheel as part of the Beat the Boss promotion – this is an ongoing challenge, and each month there are new challenges to try and conquer, with rewards often including real cash prizes.
Click on to the bgo Casino tab and you’re given a selection of games – but at first glance, you might think something is missing. With just 15 slots titles and a choice of table games, it doesn’t seem like the most fully featured online casino. However, more games are just a click away, as most of the slots are listed under the separate bgo Vegas tab and, as we’ll see below, live dealer rooms are all under ‘bgo Macau’.
It’s sensible to split out the main sections of the site, but it leaves things a little mixed up when a few slots games are still listed on the Casino tab, and navigating between the different sections can be slow, with whole portions of the page left with a loading cog rather than the banner image that’s supposed to be there. Apart from all of that though, the actual selection of games on offer is good, with plenty of titles, although the offering is a little weak where big-money progressive jackpots are concerned.
The bgo Macau section of the site is devoted to live dealers – this is, to all intents and purposes, the Live Casino tab, with a selection of rooms and dealers to choose from. Baccarat, Blackjack and Roulette are all represented, and there’s a separate page of Macau promotions too, so check whether you can benefit from this – unfortunately during our visit, the bonuses on offer were simply the same site-wide ones available on any other page, which seemed like bgo could have done more with some Macau-specific offers.
A particular strength of this section is the clear page of instructions for each game, so if you’re new to Live Casino play and haven’t encountered this kind of interface before, you can simply follow the step by step process to get started. There’s also, on the main Macau index page, a shortlist of the latest big winners, and whether you feel jealous or want to emulate their success, this is likely to give you some valuable insight into how much you could stand to win if your luck holds out.
It’s good to see that bgo give Mobile its own tab on the main navigation bar, rather than consigning it to an Android or iOS logo at the bottom of the screen. Click on this and you’re given a page detailing the different versions of the mobile software – for iOS on iPhones and iPads, Android on smartphones and tablets, and all BlackBerry devices. Alternatively, you can browse to the website in a mobile browser to access it via a dedicated mobile template, although this may not be universally compatible with all makes and model of phone.