As its name suggests, Winner wants to create winners with the site’s ‘mission statement’ summed up simply as “creating winners”.
The best way to give yourself a better chance of becoming a Winner winner is by taking advantage of the welcome bonuses on offer. Among the highlights of what’s available are a 200% deposit match bonus up to £300, a £1,000 bonus for high rollers and £1,200 more available for deposits made during your first month as a member.
An ever so slightly cheesy look around the live casino studio and the dealers used by Winner Casino.
But there’s more to Winner than just bonuses as the casino’s close relationship with Playtech means that it has more than 180 games to play in the instant or download version of the casino. This selection includes all of the big jackpot games as well as the ever-popular Marvel slots such as Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2. While playing these, you’re even notified if someone else has hit one of their Random Jackpots which may come as a disappointment at first, but should serve as encouragement to get a win of your own.
As well as taking care of all of the usual business such as secure payouts, player rewards and bulletproof security, the staff at Winner have also created a reputation for being partial to a bit of fun. After all, these are the same people that created a flash mob at a London online gambling conference.
They transfer this fun over to their players with the best example being when Tony E from the UK won just under £700,000 playing the Spamalot slot. As if that huge sum of money wasn’t enough, Winner invited Anthony to their offices where they provided him with a drink or two to celebrate.
Welcome bonuses are often seen as pretty standard fare by online casinos. A solid 100% bonus of some kind is usually pretty par for the course. However, Winner Casino have gone all out from the very beginning with an impressive 200% first deposit bonus worth up to £300. Wagering requirements are 22x the bonus and deposit but given that roulette can contribute to 25% of these requirements (usually around 15%) and blackjack can contribute 20% (often 10%), this is one of the best welcome offers we’ve seen.
Although starting off with a £300 bonus is more than enough for us, there are options to get £500 and £1,000 bonuses by claiming the Mid-Roller and High-Roller offers. The match percentage of these bonuses is a little lower but wagering requirements also take a hit. For example, you only need to play the High-Roller bonus and deposit through 15x to cash out.
One complication is Winner’s decision to separate out your account balance in different areas of the site – so if you want to play bingo, you’ll have to transfer funds over from your casino balance, or make a fresh deposit. Aside from being inconvenient, this also forfeits any bonuses where you have not yet met the wagering requirements. On top of all of that, the site’s explanation of how these separate balances affect each other is so complex it has an entire FAQ section devoted to this one topic.
Winner Casino comp points are the fuel for the Winners Club which doubles up as the casino’s loyalty and VIP schemes. Every £10 wagered earns you one comp point, with equivalent loyalty points earned for wagers made in other currencies too. As is often the case, more points are paid out to members at higher membership levels – of which there are four at Winner in addition to the standard Club Member level.
Other benefits of moving up the levels include more exclusive bonuses, a personal account manager, higher withdrawal amounts and even quicker payouts – a rare offer which is extremely popular with players. Ordinary club members can convert 95 comp points into a unit of currency – at £10 to earn each point, that’s £950 before any free credit can be claimed; by comparison, Black members face a conversion ratio of 70:1, allowing a bonus credit payout at £700 wagered.
As your points total begins to build, you can exchange some of your comp points for extra bonus gaming credit – just log in to your account and click through to your account info. You should see your total comp points balance, along with a conversion ratio showing you how much money you can exchange your points for. Simply click ‘Convert to Money’ and your existing points balance will be withdrawn as bonus credit – allowing you to play for further wins, and to accumulate even more comp points.
Winner Casino runs Playtech live casino games, offering the same professional level of service as any other Playtech-powered site, so there should be no major cause for concern due to Winner being a little younger than some other sites.
The site provides a video tour of its games without you needing to be logged in – as strange as it sounds, it’s actually quite rare to find an online casino that gives you a proper preview of its live casino games, so this is a nice touch.
While Playtech’s dealers are typically recruited from various European countries, Winner Casino offers specifically UK rooms – these tables might not be open 24/7, but when they are, they let you play with London-based dealers, adding to the feeling of playing at a casino in the capital. The games on offer are various versions of roulette, baccarat, blackjack and casino hold’em.
Like other Playtech-powered sites, Winner Casino has networked progressive jackpots up for grabs, which give you the chance of a major payout fuelled not just by Winner wagers, but also by other member sites in Playtech’s network.
These jackpots have paid out big in the past, with titles like Beach Life making multi-millionaires; at the time of writing this review, Beach Life was again over the £1 million mark, and several six-figure jackpots were also available on other games at the site. As you can see in the video at the top of the review, Winner has handed out big money itself on occasions too with £693,517 going to Tony E after he hit the jackpot on the Spamalot slot.
But it’s not only the slots titles that have progressive jackpots available; there are also jackpots accruing on other instant-win games, including Safecrackerand Everybody’s Jackpot, giving you plenty of choice, and plenty of chances to win big.
Last time we checked, Winner Casino’s mobile site was simply accessed via your mobile web browser, but there’s now apps available for iOS and Android. However, the mobile site is still there too, so if you don’t have a phone suitable for the app, it’s worth trying the website just in case.
Your smartphone or tablet will need to support the mobile site, and that means Android and iOS owners should be fine, although other handsets including BlackBerry and Windows Phone devices could have more difficulty – it’s always a lottery trying to get mobile casino sites to work, which is why the apps prove so popular.
Titles available to mobile members include video poker, roulette, blackjack and the progressive slots game Gold Rally, covering all of the usual most popular bases – the list is due to grow in the future too, so on any given visit to the mobile site you might spot new additions.