As one of the oldest gambling companies in the UK, Ladbrokes have had to work hard to shed their stuffy bookmaker image in the age of online gambling.
With the Ladbrokes Casino they’ve done this quite successfully, thanks to the use of cutting edge Microgaming casino software, live dealer games, a mobile casino and a rather attractive £500 free following your first deposit.
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Ladbrokes Casino has developed a reputation among regular players for having some of the fairest bonuses around thanks to the low wagering requirements the casino offers.
Ladbrokes’ time online has been a story of up and downs. They ran a very popular poker product, which later went through a rough patch, while their other online products failed to have the early impact that they would have hoped for. However, the Ladbrokes Casino has always remained consistently popular with its members. The two main reasons for this continued success are the wide ranging promotions and a huge selection of casino games.
To illustrate that last point, the download casino holds a huge 540 games. To put it into context just how many games that is – the number of casino games at Ladbrokes is four times more than some other brand-name casinos.
Those that are familiar with Microgaming casino games will know that as well as quantity, Microgaming software is a byword for quality. In-game features such as a blackjack strategy chart and an auto mode in their roulette games are just two examples of many that make the games enjoyable and ultra slick.
If you do feel like a bit of a change from playing casino games, Ladbrokes have it covered with their one-wallet system which allows you to switch seamlessly between Ladbrokes’ casino, poker, bingo, games and sportsbook products. So if you fancy a game of virtual horse racing, it’s easy and quick to do.
This is also an example of the impressive customer service that Ladbrokes has been able to refine over the years. To be honest it’s no less than you would expect, given that they are the largest betting company in the UK and the largest retail bookmaker in the world, owning more than 2,000 betting shops.
Ladbrokes’ set of promotions might not be as sensational as some of their competitors, but fair wagering requirements and a tendency to capitalise on current events mean that they’re always popular with players.
Take for example the 100% welcome bonus currently on offer that’s worth up to £500. The wagering requirements for this bonus are extremely fair at 20x the bonus – on our last visit the figure was 30x, so the welcome bonus is even fairer than it used to be!
Prize draws, weekly and monthly bonuses and special promotions have also been added into the mix meaning that it’s rare for you to go a week without some kind of bonus making its way into your account.
If you still don’t believe us, consider this statement made by a player on the Casinomeister forum – “Ladbrokes have some of the best bonuses of any MG [Microgaming Casino] I’ve ever played (lower wagering requirements).”
With more than 540 casino games to choose from, you can be sure that there’s a game for every taste. If anything, this selection can be too much at times. We can assure you that picking a blackjack game out of over 60 variations can get a bit tedious after a while, but the benefits of having such a large games library are obvious; you’ll never get bored or run out of games to play.
There’s even a range of what Ladbrokes call ‘games’ but in actual fact these are no-download casino games from other software providers such as IGT and Barcrest. Playing Ladbokes ‘games’ opens up a whole new world of entertainment with slots such as Rainbow Riches and Cleopatra, as well as Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Virtual Dogs/Horses, Monopoly and many more.
An updated live casino section at Ladbrokes has seen casino hold’em added to the existing live versions of blackjack, roulette and baccarat – fulfilling our previous prediction that this section of the site was likely to expand.
Look out for special Live Casino promotions, as you might miss these unless you check for them specifically. During our visit there was a rather unusual offer on the go – deposit £50 and play through it 15x, and receive £50 bonus credit. The conditions are the opposite of ordinary wagering requirements, and it’s nice to see a fresh take on the same old deposit bonus.
As you would expect from a casino that has more than 540 games, Ladbrokes isn’t short of jackpots either with over 20 progressive jackpot games on offer.
The majority of these can be found in the slots section with Major Millions and Mega Moolah tending to grab the headlines with their million pound jackpots.
But there is also a selection of card games such as Jackpot Deuces, Caribbean Draw Poker and Poker Ride which offer players something a little different.
The first thing you notice about Ladbrokes Mobile Casino is how organised it is – you know exactly where to look for what you want. The daily promotions float across the bottom of the screen which is a very nice touch. To back all this up, the mobile casino includes many Microgaming favourites such as Tomb Raider and Thunderstruck which play amazingly well on most devices with smooth reel spins, crisp graphics and sound effects which don’t stray too far from the original.