Broadcasting titan Sky UK has an entire division devoted to online gaming, and Sky Vegas is their online casino. It is actually one of the longest-running online casinos in the UK market, first established in 2003 as Sky Bet Vegas. The casino formerly had a dedicated TV channel on Sky, but unfortunately that shut down back in 2012.
Interestingly, Sky has never shown any interest in pursuing brick-and-mortar betting shops in the UK in spite of their wealth and established business infrastructure. The company has instead focused all of its gambling efforts on the internet. So how does Sky's lone casino offering stand up to competition? We'll take an in-depth look below.
Available Games and Software
Sky Vegas covers all the expected casino gaming categories, including a fairly robust selection of live dealer tables. The site has converted to an entirely "no download" format, so you won't need any software or apps to access it - just a fairly recent web browser. The game selection has not suffered much for this choice, with hundreds of slots available and at least an acceptable variety in each of the other game categories.
The slots collection here mostly comes from Playtech and is highlighted by an unusually large amount of progressive jackpot games, the biggest of which is Jackpot Giant. This colossal progressive has a win range of about £7,000,000 to £13,000,000.
If you fancy table games, the selection is decent. You'll find the best action at the live dealer tables, though as usual the limits tend to be higher in this section. Lotto and scratch cards that provide big instant wins are also on the menu here.
Deposit and Withdrawal Options
Sky Vegas has a fairly standard £5 minimum deposit for cards and £10 for PayPal. Visa and MasterCard / Maestro credit and debit cards are both welcome for deposits. Do note that as of this writing, Sky Vegas is not allowing new PayPal accounts to be added as a deposit/withdrawal method (though existing accounts on file can continue to be used). They do now accept Apple Pay as an e-wallet alternative, however.
You can add up to three withdrawal methods, but as with most online UK casinos you will likely not be able to withdraw to a Tesco or Metro Bank Mastercard due to bank policies. There are never any withdrawal fees, and Sky Vegas withdrawal times tend to be among the fastest in the business.
Safety and Security
Sky Vegas is overseen by both the United Kingdom Gambling Commission and the Alderney Gambling Control Commission where the online games are based. Given that they are one of the UK's highest-profile media companies, you can be reasonably assured that Sky won't pull a runner with your money and that disputes will be handled through appropriate channels according to UKGC requirements.
Bonuses and Player's Club
Sky Vegas has a couple of ongoing welcome bonus offers for new players that you can opt into if you like - a free spins bonus and a deposit match.
The free spins bonus requires no deposit at all. As soon as you complete the account creation process, you'll be issued a token good for 50 free spins or hands at just about any game in the house ... though for some reason Super Monopoly Money is excluded from this offer. As with most free spins offers of this nature, there is a wagering requirement. You'll need to wager your cumulative win amount from these spins 20x before being able to withdraw them. Slots contribute 100%, while table games contribute 10% of each wager toward the requirement.
The deposit match is a bit different than the usual straightforward percentage match. Instead, you need only deposit £10 initially, and you'll get £40 in matching funds in return. You'll only be able to withdraw this after wagering £2,000 at the slots or £20,000 at the table games, and as with the other bonus Super Monopoly Money is excluded from the offer.
There is also a five-level loyalty program to work your way through. The main benefit is a better comp point conversion rate. You get one comp point per £10 wagered at any game in the house except Blackjack Switch and Blackjack Surrender. You begin at a cashout rate of 1000 points for £10, and this gradually improves with each tier until it hits 800 points for £10. Players in the higher tiers also get exclusive promotional offers.
Is Sky Vegas Worth It?
If an online casino is backed by a large and stable company, we generally recommend at least giving their promotions a spin to see if it suits you. That's the case with Sky Vegas. While it doesn't really do any one particular thing that stands out, it's solid overall and backed by a reliable company. The bonus wagering requirements also tend to be a bit easier to deal with than most UK online casinos, and payouts also tend to be processed faster to boot.