Vernons is a name that not everyone will know but it has played a huge part in the history of UK gambling by creating and running the football pools since 1925. Now owned by Sportech, the brand has spread its wings with Vernons Casino in addition to poker, bingo and games products.
Once considered to be quite an old fashioned brand, Vernons was bought by Sportech in August 2007 and the brand has been brought into the 21st century. Evidence of this is apparent in their online casino as soon as you see the range of latest Playtech games available. Where once you had to play in the download casino to access all of Vernons Casino’s most popular games (including the Marvel slots range), you can now play all of them instantly from your browser.
Having come from a footballing background, Vernons has a clear sporting theme running through the site – including, when we visited, a large number of on-screen ads for the site’s own competition to win VIP tickets to Wembley. Slots such as Top Trumps – Football Legends and Football Rules add to the footballing frenzy on display at Vernons.
While running an online casino is fairly new for Vernons, paying out big prizes isn’t. The Football Pools has handed out more than £3 billion to 60 million people in its time with a £3 million prize going to Michael Elliot of Scotland in October 2010 while £4 million prize was shared by 14 lucky winners in March 2010. These wins haven’t been replicated in Vernons Casino yet but there are plenty of opportunities for them to happen. Progressive jackpot games such as the Beach Life and Gold Rally slots have paid out wins of more than £5 million in the past and there’s bound to be more in the future.
One other thing worth mentioning is that, as ever, you should always pay close attention to the terms and conditions. It has happened in the past that these conditions haven’t been met so if you’re playing to win with a Vernons Casino bonus, it’s worth making sure you’ve read the small print. While no one likes the T & C’s, the casinos have to have them otherwise they’d go out of business pretty fast.
Vernons Casino has a three-tiered welcome bonus that should make it pretty tempting for newcomers to sign up, even if you don’t want to deposit into the site. There’s a £10 totally free credit option, which lets you play on the site as though you were a paid member, without having to make a deposit first. You’re limited to £100 in winnings, and you’ll have to play through the credit 40 times to make a withdrawal, but this is a great way to try out the casino and its selection of games.
Next up is a welcome bonus of up to £200 on your first deposit, this time in the form of a 100% match of whatever funds you pay into your account – again, terms and conditions apply, but it’s an easy way to double your account balance as a new depositing member.
Finally, your second deposit will earn a 75% deposit match up to £500, easily the biggest offer of the three, if you’ve got the spare funds to pay into your account in order to unlock it. Wagering requirements for the first and second deposit bonuses are 20x the bonus and deposit with slots providing the easiest, most entertaining and potentially profitable way of meeting them.
Vernons Casino has not one, not two, not three, but four loyalty promotions in operation. The first is a basic comp points scheme that pays you points based on your wagers, which can be traded for account credit.Weekly loyalty rewards pay out based on your wagers during any given week at the casino, as a kind of ongoing thank you that’s separate from your long-term comp points tally.
For the bigger spenders, benefits can be gained that aren’t technically related to your VIP level, including a personal account manager, special gifts, full hospitality treatment at real-world global events, and exclusive monthly promotions that promise larger than usual bonuses.
Finally, the ‘ordinary’ VIP ladder is available to everyone, regardless of whether or not you’re a high-roller; contact the site’s support department to find out how to become a VIP, for faster withdrawals and better Comp Point conversion ratios.
If you’re not certain of the precise rules of any of your favourite casino games – particularly if you’re planning to play for money for the first time – Vernons Casino has pretty detailed guidance on all of the big titles.
There are 16 separate sets of rules available on the site, covering slots, poker and casino table games, including some of the specific rule sets like American and European roulette on separate pages to keep everything clear and avoid confusion.
Find the rules on the Casino tab, under the Help sub-menu – the one Game Rules index page links through to individual sets of rules under broad headers like blackjack, roulette, craps, casino poker, video poker, baccarat, classic slots and video multi-spin slots, with multiple links where a single category contains several specific rule sets.
Check out the Casino Help section for guidance on other common queries and problems too, from banking to the expected house edge on all of the site’s various RNG games, from side bets and slots through to table games and poker.
Whereas you often see bingo sites with small slots arcades and online casinos attached to them, Vernons Casino is a fully fledged example of the opposite, an online casino with an entire online bingo brand associated with it.
Vernons Bingo is actually quite an appealing site to play at, with a much more engaging visual appearance than the main Vernons Casino site, and plenty of rooms with ticket prices starting from just a few pence – making it a good option if you want to keep a close eye on your total stakes.
The bingo games sit alongside the main Vernons Casino, so you should be able to play both with the same username and password – and the same banking balance, too. During a bingo game, just click the Games button at the top-left to access the rest of the site; if you leave a bingo game partway through, any winnings will still be claimed and paid into your account.
Like other Playtech-powered online slots arcades, Vernons Casino has big-name branded slots with progressive jackpots that regularly reach hundreds of thousands, or even millions of pounds. Along with the Beach Life win mentioned above, a £1 million win by Mr K.H. on the Gold Rally slot is a prime example of this.
Even the Marvel slots such as Hulk provide four progressive jackpots in addition to bringing comic book gaming to your computer screen. These progressives consist of the Power jackpot, typically of hundreds of pounds; Extra Power in the thousands, Super Power in tens of thousands; and Ultimate Power, usually around a few hundred thousand pounds.
Other progressives cover a similar range of sums, but on different slots games, so at any one time at Vernons Casino you should see some slots with jackpots of a few hundred pounds, ranging upwards to titles like Beach Life, which was at £1.7 million at the time of writing.
If you’re already a ‘normal’ Vernons Casino member, then you’re a mobile member too; there’s no difference between accounts on the desktop and mobile versions of the site, it’s just a case of a sleeker interface that’s compatible with most modern smartphones including iOS, Android and HTC models.
Just be aware that, if your handset is not supported by the mobile site, you won’t see an error message, but just a blank white screen. In fact, there is an error message, but it appears to be written in white text on a white background, making it impossible to see when the error page loads.
Once the mobile site does load, you should have a decent range of more than 15 titles to choose from, including European roulette, Blackjack and European Roulette Premium Series, as well as several online slots including Marvel titles like Iron Man 2.