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Lively Casino Verdict
The bonus terms and conditions (including expiry dates, 50x wagering requirements, and cap on winnings) mean that Lively Casino is not as competitive as other big brands such as Bet365 Casino. However, if you’re more bothered about having access to a diverse and large collection of games than bonuses, Lively Casino is not a bad choice.
Design & Usability
The Lively Casino website isn’t particularly remarkable, and definitely not what we’d describe as “lively”. It uses a black, white, and red colour scheme, and the main graphics include a picture of a tablet zooming in and out of shot, plus two young female croupiers holding over-sized playing cards.
It looks very much like your typical ProgressPlay casino, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but we feel that more could be done to make it stand out from its sister sites.
The main menu lies across the top of the homepage, and some of the recent winners and listed under the welcome package ad.
It’s good that you can explore the games lobby without having to leave the homepage, and there’s also a big red button that you can use to launch live support with a single click.
We also appreciate that unlike many white-label sites on the network, Lively Casino has made the effort to include an informative introduction to the site.
Software & Gameplay
The ProgressPlay software that powers Lively Casino is slick, user-friendly, and fast. It lets members of the casino enjoy a broad range of game types from a myriad of software providers, make easy deposits and withdrawals, and supports English, Swedish, and German.
Safety & Security
Lively Casino 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 a random number generator ensures fair play.
Payments & Withdrawals
You can fund your Lively Casino account using Pay by Phone, MasterCard, Maestro, Visa, Paysafecard, ecoPayz, Skrill or Neteller, but not Paypal, unfortunately.
The minimum amounts that you can deposit and cash-out are £10 and £20 respectively, and withdrawal requests are processed within three working days.
You can get assistance 24/7, although only via live chat and online contact form. In the absence of telephone support, there’s an FAQ page which is split into useful sections such as Deposits, Verification, Technical, and Accounts.
Bonuses & Promotions
Most of the promotions at Lively Casino are permanent ones, but there’s usually at least one monthly special offer to take advantage of.
The most noteworthy promo for newbies is the welcome package, which gives you 100% (up to £200) plus free spins (although there’s nowhere that tells you how many) with your first deposit of at least £10. Be aware, however, that the bonus comes with significantly high (50x) wagering requirements within just seven days of receipt. Plus, you can only convert a maximum of five times the original bonus amount into real cash if you’re lucky enough to win.
Other regular features on the Promotions page include the Weekly Surprise (randomly-awarded free bonuses), Live Dealer Cashback, and Wednesday Wildfire (an invitation to try out some of the site’s newest slot games).
Because Lively Casino is a member of the ProgressPlay network, its offers are not exclusive. In our opinion, it would be better if the brands that belong to the network had the option to include additional promotions that were unique to their particular sites.
In the FAQ, there’s a small paragraph which confirms that you can play Lively Casino’s games on your mobile phone (N.B., it also states Androids and iPhones). This is slightly misleading, as it indicates that only two types of smart-phone are supported when, in fact, any mobile device (e.g. smart-phone or tablet) with an internet connection and web browser can be used.
Variety & Originality
Like its sister sites, Lively Casino is home to more than 400 games which should largely cover most players’ needs, and there are enough variations for members not to get bored. New games are added once-a-week, which means that there’s always something new to explore.
A star attraction of the site is the Live Casino, which includes many different tables such as Golden Ball Roulette, Live Common Draw Blackjack, Diamond Strike Roulette, Live Baccarat, and Automatic Roulette.
Slots also occupy a big section of the games lobby, and feature many big names such as Starburst, Foxin’ Wins, Astro Cat, Red Roo, Ted, Jungle Jim, Warlords, Tomb Raider, and Game of Thrones. You can also play ten jackpot slots including Divine Fortune, Tunzamunni, Fruit Fiesta, and Treasure Nile.
Finally, there are table and card games ranging from Deuces Wild, Classic Blackjack, Sharp Shooter, and Premier Roulette to Baccarat, Louisiana Double Poker, Multi-Wheel Roulette, and Odd One Out.
Loyalty & Rewards
The VIP Room offers funded members special promotions, extra bonuses, and discounts. And, the more you play at the site, the higher your VIP level will become along with better perks. Every £16 wagered earns you one VIP point, and you can view how many points are needed to achieve the different levels by visiting the site’s VIP page.