£100 welcome bonus of up to £200
Pay by Mobile
Plenty of networked promotions
High bonus wagering requirements
No telephone support
Bright Star Casino Verdict
BrightStarCasino oozes class, and also impresses with its strong collection of games. But, you’ll need to be patient if you want to start reaping the benefits of the VIP programme, and if 50x wagering requirements make you want to run for cover, you probably won’t get to take advantage of many promotions.
Design & Usability
An eye-catching black-and-gold colour scheme is used across the site, giving it some glitz to an otherwise standard-looking Progress Play homepage.
A gold star sits in the middle of the brand’s logo at the top-left, and underneath it, there’s a concise navigation menu which lets you Log In, Register, and view the different game types. Although three social media account links are provided, none of them appear to have been used since the site opened.
We particularly like that the gold-coloured live chat launch button pulses in the bottom-right corner to not only bring it to your attention, but also to make it appear like a star shining brightly in the night sky.
If you scroll down the page, you’ll find a peppy introduction that covers everything from the games that are available and the mobile casino site to banking options and promotions.
Software & Gameplay
ProgressPlay software is used by scores of UK online casinos, and has come to be known as highly reliable not to mention user-friendly. It also has the advantage of offering players an excellent choice of games from both small and large software developers.
Safety & Security
BrightStarCasino is licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission and the Malta Gaming Authority. Thawte SSL encryption is used to secure all sensitive data while it’s being transmitted over the web, and fair play is ensured through the use of a random number generator.
Payments & Withdrawals
BrightStarCasino has an impressive number of payment methods available to use. Most of the payment methods that you’d hope to find are offered such as Visa, MasterCard, Skrill, Paysafecard, Bank Transfer, Pay by Phone, PayPal and ApplePay!
You can deposit between £10 and £1,000 per day and withdraw £20 or more per day. Withdrawal requests are processed within three working days.
24/7 live chat is available at BrightStarCasino, and members also have the option to contact the team by email and online enquiry form. However, no telephone support is offered at present.
Bonuses & Promotions
BrightStarCasino offers the usual ProgressPlay welcome bonus that gives you 100% up to £200 in bonus funds and 20 Free Spins on Book of Dead slot, when you make a first deposit of £10 or more. However, as well as having higher-than-usual wagering requirements that mean you must play through your bonus fifty times before requesting a withdrawal, the maximum that you can win is three times the bonus amount.
The site’s monthly offers range from sports and seasonal-themed promotions that offer you reload bonuses and free spins when you top up your account. Furthermore, you’ll find special daily promotions from Thursday Rapid Rewards, Friday Points Boost, and Sunday = Funday, which will keep you coming back for more! As all of the site’s promotions are available across the ProgressPlay network, we’d like to see some exclusive offers added.
Terms & Conditions: 18+. New players only. Minimum deposit £10. Wagering occurs from real balance first. 50x wagering the bonus. Contribution may vary per game. Available of selected games only. The wagering requirement is calculated on bonus bets only. Bonus valid 30 days from receipt. Max conversion: 3 times the bonus amount. Withdrawal requests void all active bonuses. Skrill and Neteller bonuses are excluded. Full T&Cs apply.
In the FAQ, you can find confirmation that mobile devices (including Androids and iPhones) can be used to play at BrightStarCasino with no need to download any software or apps. This is because the HTML5 website automatically adapts to whatever mobile device you are using.
Variety & Originality
There are in excess of 250 games to choose from at BrightStarCasino which are split into three main types – slots, casino games, and jackpots.
The slots include Archangels Salvation, Hansel & Gretel, Treasure Trail, Aladdin’s Legacy, 99 Time, Twin Spin Deluxe, Forbidden Throne, Reel Rush, and King Kong Fury.
Although there are only nine jackpot games on offer, the majority of them boast weighty prize amounts, and they include King Cashalot, Tunzamunni, Cash Splash, Treasure Nile, and Lotsaloot.
The casino games include roulette (e.g. European, 3D, Mike Tyson, Multi-Wheel, American, and French), blackjack (e.g. Monte Carlo Single Hand, Hi-Lo 13, and Perfect Pairs, baccarat, and video poker. There’s also a live casino section where you’ll find games like Sizzling Hot Roulette, Live Baccarat, Live Multi-Player Roulette, and Live Blackjack.
In addition, there’s a handful of scratch cards and one keno game.
Loyalty & Rewards
ProgressPlay’s VIP room allows members to climb through five loyalty levels by collecting points while playing real-money games. The perks of the scheme aren’t all that amazing until you reach the higher levels, but if you reach the top tier, you’ll be spoiled rotten with anniversary bonuses, a dedicated account manager, birthday presents, a VIP support hotline, and personalised gifts.
However, it’s worth mentioning that making progress through the levels can be costly and time-consuming, as you only earn one point for every £16 wagered.