Party Casino has always been known for its unique promotions, although its graphics were, up until recently, looking a tad outdated. Therefore, when GVC Holdings PLC acquired Bwin.Party in early 2016, it decided to treat Party Casino and its sister site, Party Poker, to dazzling, new makeovers. For Party Casino, the result is a vastly improved website design with a clearly laid-out lobby, a great range of live casino games and slots, and a brand-new blog which lists all the latest news, as well as articles of interest to online casino fans. So, is this one party you’ll do anything to get on the guest list for? Find out in our in-depth review.
Party Casino has a simple black-and-white colour scheme, and uses the regularly updated background to feature one of its newest slots. The top menu bar lets you move between the Games, Promotions, Download Casino, and Loyalty pages, and below this, there are nine tabs for each type of game.
Underneath the featured slots on the homepage, there’s a thorough introduction to the site which covers safety and security, jackpot slots, the welcome bonus, customer support hours, and reasons to sign-up.
At the top of the site, there are buttons that allow you to sign-in, become a member, and search the games lobby.
The customer support team work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can be contacted by live chat, email, and telephone. There’s also an FAQ section, and a link to the file upload page that allows you to submit attachments/screenshots as part of your help request.
When you join Party Casino and make your first deposit of £10 or above using the promo code WELCOMEBONUS, you’ll get a 100% match bonus of up to £100 that instantly doubles the amount you’ll have to play with.
Rather than having traditional wagering requirements, the welcome bonus requires you to “earn a number of loyalty points equal to the value of the bonus added to the deposit amount and then multiplied by the point ratio for your chosen currency”. We found this rather confusing to say the least. Using the point-per-£ ratio of 1.3, it would appear that a £10 deposit plus a £10 bonus would require you to earn 26 points before you can make a withdrawal request. You get one point for every £25 spent on slots; every $125 spent on video poker, roulette, table games (except blackjack), and live games; and every $250 spent on blackjack. By our calculations, that means if you claim your welcome bonus with a deposit of £10, you’ll need to spend £650 on slots, £3,250 on video poker, roulette, table games, or live games, or £6,500 on blackjack before you can cash-out any bonus winnings. For the sake of a £10 free bonus, it really doesn’t seem worth it in our opinion.
Each month, the Promotions page features newly-added offers such as the Weekly Reload Party, Super Sunday, Wealthy Wednesdays (free spins), and the January Sale. You may also come across prize draws where you can earn draw entries by making deposits during an allotted time for the chance to win physical prizes like an iPhone 7. N.B., you can only see the wagering requirements for the reload bonus offers prior to accepting them, i.e. you’ll need to have already made your first deposit. We believe these should be visible to new players as it may influence their decision to sign-up.
In summary, Party offers some unique and interesting promotions, but with the confusing wagering requirements which appear to be much higher than average, we can only award the site two stars for this category.
Party Casino runs on Bwin. Party software, which lets you choose between the instant-play site and the download casino. Both seem to run smoothly, and are easy to use. There aren’t any games that are exclusive to the site, but you can play many of Bwin. Party’s own slots games.
We were unable to find any information regarding mobile play on the desktop site, but having visited the website on an Android phone, it appears that smartphone and tablet users can play via their mobile web browsers.
The games at Party Casino are supplied by various software houses including Microgaming, Williams Interactive, IGT, and NetEnt.
There are more than 325 slots including Miss White, Serengeti Diamonds, Foxin’ Wins Again, Kiss, Golden Goddess, Dracula, and Game of Thrones, and 23 jackpot slots. However, it’s disappointing that all of the jackpot slot games are in-house (Bwin.Party) titles.
In addition, there are twelve different roulette games including Lucky Star, 3D European Roulette, and Double Bonus Spin Roulette; nine blackjack games including Vegas Downtown Multi-Hand, Perfect Pairs, and Side Bet Blackjack; five table games (Baccarat Combi, Craps Classic, No Commission Baccarat, Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker, and Craps), and twelve dealer games including Ultimate Texas Hold’em Poker, Blackjack Party, and Dragonara Roulette.
As we mentioned earlier, there are no Party Casino-exclusive games but there are plenty of Bwin.Party titles which can only be played at Party Casino and Bwin Casino.
Another thing we noticed on our last visit is that around 5% of the games were unplayable due to “Under Maintenance” notices.
You can use any of the following payment methods: Skrill, Visa, Visa Electron, MasterCard, Maestro, Paypal, Entropay, Neteller, Skrill 1-Tap, Paysafecard, Diners Club, Bank Wire Transfer, Fast Bank Transfer, and Instant Banking.
The default minimum and maximum deposits are £5 and £10,000. The minimum withdrawal amount is not advertised, but the maximum you can withdraw per month starts at £20,000 for Bronze level players and rises to £100,000 for VIP members. The terms and conditions state that “payments will be made as soon as reasonably possible (subject to up to three business days internal processing time).
The VIP programme contains five levels, and you begin as a Bronze member. To reach Silver, Gold, or Palladium level, you’ll need to earn 50, 750, or 2,000 points per month. VIP status is by invite only. Points can be spent in the online Points Store where you can purchase All Games Bonuses of £5 to £5,000. You get one point for every £25 spent on slots; every $125 spent on video poker, roulette, table games (except blackjack), and live games; and every $250 spent on blackjack. So, to move up to the second loyalty level (Silver), you’ll need to spend at least £1,250 per month if you choose to play slots or as much as £12,500 per month if you prefer to play blackjack. Personally, we feel these targets are way too high.
VIPs get 24/7 VIP support, faster withdrawals, exclusive VIP promotions, invitations to special events, higher withdrawal and deposit limits, and a personal account manager.
We’ve got many good things to say about Party Casino. For starters, it’s operated by a very reputable company, Bwin.Party, and its customer support team is excellent. There’s also plenty of games to choose from, and a myriad of modern and traditional banking options available. However, the confusing (and sometimes hidden) wagering requirements, vast amounts of money you need to spend to move up the VIP ladder, and lack of recognisable jackpot slots mean that it only just merits our four-star rating.