With 25 land-based casinos and numerous betting shops and bingo halls, the Gala Coral Group is a brand that many British casino players will associate with a high quality and trusted gambling experience.
No surprise then that the new Gala Casino online offering is equally as good. The Gala Casino bigwigs appear to have picked the best components of online casinos and put them all in one place. This consists of more than 50 progressive jackpots including the MegaJackpot slots, high quality Playtech table, slot and card games, and a whole host of player centric bonuses headlined by a 100% matched bonus up to £400.
The Gala name has been around in UK gambling ever since the company’s first 17 bingo halls opened across the country in October 1991. Since then the company has grown and in 2005 merged with bookmakers Coral to form the Gala Coral Group.
In the late spring of 2012, the online Gala Casino was given a complete overhaul – and if we’re honest, it really needed it. With software from Playtech, the casino is now ‘locked and loaded’ and taking on the big guns of the casino world. Staff with experience in running other reputable gambling sites were drafted in and have created an incredibly impressive and individual online offering, more characteristic of the real-world Gala Casino brand.
Download and no-download formats (Flash) are of course available and include a variety of well thought-out bonuses, covering a generous selection of the latest casino games. This includes many different versions of blackjack, baccarat, video poker and roulette games with a very reasonable payout percentage of at least 98% or more. Of these, the most potentially profitable game is Single Deck Blackjack which carries a payout percentage of 99.48%. If you’re looking to improve your blackjack odds, then Single Deck is the way to go. Of particular note to UK players would be Blackjack UK – available in both the Flash and download version – which uses six decks instead of the usual eight.
Since its relaunch Gala Casino has offered a competitive 100% matched bonus, worth up to £400 free on your first deposit, and requiring a minimum deposit of just £10. Once you’ve made your deposit and accepted the terms and conditions, which include reasonable wagering requirements of just 20 times, your bonus money will be immediately credited to your account.
There are also a few ongoing promotions that can reward you beyond your first deposit. If you make a second deposit for example, you can get a 50% matched bonus up to £100. Play a selected slot to get double comp points or take advantage of any of the fixed-term promotions which have included Marvel Slots Mondays, Mega Monopoly Fridays and a £30k Giveaway. Be sure to check the casino’s website to see what promotions are available at the moment.
Having teamed up with Playtech software, Gala Casino offers a casino games section with around 200 titles, and a separate slots index of almost 300 games. This is perhaps more than you’d probably ever play, but variety is key, especially if you’re a slots enthusiast looking for games with plenty of payout options.
Those who are more familiar with Las Vegas style slots, should head over to the instant casino where you’ll find legendary slots from IGT such as Da Vinci Diamonds, Cleopatra I and II, as well as ‘new classics’ like Rainbow Riches (which you may have seen in the window of many high-street bookies), Rocky, Zuma and Ramesses Riches.
On the table and card games front, all the standards are on offer, plus some pretty good variations like Double Spin Bonus Roulette and Ultimate Jacks or Better. Particular highlights are the visually stunning 3D Roulette and Progressive Blackjack which pays out its big prize when 4 suited aces are dealt. Nice.
Live dealer casino games were added to Gala Casino as part of its relaunch and provide players with the opportunity to play and interact with dealers in real time – Gala Casino even encourages it! At the risk of sounding superficial, we’ll also add that the dealers aren’t the worst looking people in the world – just have a look yourself to see what we mean.
The live games also come courtesy of Playtech, and to add to the feeling of being at a real casino, you’ll be able to sit at a table with other real players. If this sounds like your thing, there are live dealer versions of blackjack, roulette, baccarat and Casino Hold’Em on offer. Don’t forget Live Casino Wednesday too, and claim your 10% cash back on any losses up to £100.
A total of more than 50 progressive jackpots means that Gala Casino is arguably one of the best places to be when looking for a large win. Of these 50, more than 35 are jackpot slots with the ever-popular IGT MegaJackpot slots (Cleopatra, the Pink Panther and Cluedo) available to try your luck. You’ll also be able to easily sort the games by highest jackpot available.
If you’re looking for a huge jackpot and don’t want to play slots then there’s no need to worry. Progressive versions of video poker, blackjack, roulette and Caribbean Stud are all on offer too. The jackpot amount won’t be as big as that found on slots, but it could still push the £100,000 + mark.
Gala Mobile Casino, using Playtech software, allows you to take the games you know and love from Gala’s Online Casino with you on the train, the bus or to the park. A selection of almost 40 games is included in the mobile casino and this casino was the first to offer games such as Rocky and Iron Man 2 on mobile devices.
One major benefit of Gala Casino is how quick it is to use. Moreover, the simple, sleek layout of the mobile casino features large and easily recognisable icons, which fare very well when looking for a game to play on a packed train.