The sprawling Virgin Group has fingers in many pies, including online gaming. Virgin's online casino has been in operation since 2004. The online gaming division was sold to Gamesys (another major world-spanning online gambling brand) in 2013, but the casino continues to operate under the Virgin name and with that company's blessing and oversight.
Available Games and Software
Virgin's online casino is fairly standard and straightforward, focusing on the most popular game categories with no big surprises. The one big thing that differentiates Virgin from most online casinos is that it is browser-only (using Flash); unfortunately, there is no software or app download of any sort.
Virgin has about 100 slots in total, although they are a bit cagey about letting you preview their line-up or try games out for free, this means it requires you to create an account to see most of what's available. They have games from a mix of several different mid-size software developers; surprisingly, they recently dumped all games from Playtech and NetEnt, greatly reducing the overall game count. A few progressive jackpot games remain, however, the largest of which is Double Bubble which can get up to around £100,000.
In spite of the relative lack of slots, they do have a surprisingly good selection of table games. There are 13 types of blackjack, seven roulette varieties, Hi-Lo, baccarat, Caribbean Stud and Pai Gow. Video poker fans will also find 20 different varieties to choose from.
Other options include bingo, keno and a live dealer casino with nine types of games. Table poker fans can also play directly in browser at either the ongoing "Wild Seat" games or one of the tournaments they regularly hold.
Deposit and Withdrawal Options
Virgin's deposit and withdrawal system is a bit more limited and restrictive than some other online casinos.
For your very first deposit, you'll be required to use Visa, MasterCard, PayPal or Maestro UK. For subsequent deposits, you can use Neteller, Moneybookers or Paysafecard.
Withdrawals can be made by any of the methods listed above (except for Maestro) at any time. You are limited to £10,000 in withdrawals at a time, however, unless you are using PayPal in which case the limit is reduced to £5,500.
Safety and Security
Virgin Casino is licensed in both Great Britain and Gibraltar and is overseen by the UKGC. That means they are required to have their games tested for fairness and provide adjudication through a third party, but their site does not make clear who that third party is.
Bonuses and Player's Club
Virgin Casino's strongest point is its promotions. New players are welcomed with £10 in free play and 30 free spins. Ongoing promos include the daily Horoscope Heroes prizes, various prize draws (with entries earned through regular wagering), and daily poker tournaments. You can also receive £20 for each friend you refer to the site.
Virgin does not currently have a player's club, but you do earn "V points" with each wager that can be cashed in for free play once you accumulate enough. Look for a tiered players club to potentially be added in the near future, as Virgin is about to open their first brick-and-mortar casino in New Jersey and is expected to be taking over the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas shortly after.
Is Virgin Casino Worth It?
To be frank, Virgin's game selection lags well behind in terms of the competition. The selling points here are the legitimacy and security of being associated with a major multinational brand, their ongoing promotional offers, and the work they've done to make the casino function well in all different sorts of web browsers regardless of the device you're using (although this approach also limits the aesthetic appeal and browsing functionality somewhat).
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