Review of Grand Vegas Casino
Grand Vegas is a Vegas Technology powered online casino that belongs to the Curaçao-based Hambledon group, which includes other well known casinos such as Online Vegas, Crazy Slots, Golden Casino and Go Casino. Players should take care not to confuse this casino with the RTG powered Grande Vegas (note the 'e' on the end of Grande), as this one - Grand Vegas - is certainly better than RTG operation. Run by an experienced management team, featuring a good variety of games, plenty of tournaments, and a bunch of decent bonuses, Grand Vegas is certainly a good option - in particular for U.S. players.
Closed to new players
Hambledon N.V. has closed all of its casinos to new player registrations from May 27, 2011. The casinos remain open to existing players, however we believe that there is a good chance that they will be closed permanently in the near future.
Vegas Technology Games
Grand Vegas features games developed by Vegas Technology, a developer of good quality casino games. The nice thing about the software is that the download size is small to set up and any games that need to be downloaded later tend to be quick and easy. Graphically the games are not the best in the industry, but what you lose in artistic quality you more than make up for in speed and installation size.
Unlike other casinos in this group, there does not appear to be an instant play flash version of the casino at the time of this review. This is a shame for players looking for some quick browser based fun, and of course Mac users - who will have to look to virtualisation software like VMware Fusion if they want to play at this casino (I fit into this category and it works fine).
The choice of games is excellent. There are a large number of slot machines to choose from - both traditional 3-reelers and the more modern video slot machines. Vegas Technology has a reputation for making good quality "knock-off" slots which are clearly inspired by recognisable movies, TV shows, and other pop culture - but without the expensive licensing fees associated with official tie-ins. Table game players are also well served with Blackjack, Baccarat, Roulette, Pai Gow Poker, Caribbean Stud, Casino Hold'em, Let em Ride, Red Dog and plenty more to choose from. There are also several single or multi hand video poker machines available as well as assorted parlour games. In short, plenty to keep you entertained when you feel like gambling. Naturally all games may be played in free play mode if you feel like trying things before depositing.
Grand Vegas Casino Tournaments
Grand Vegas runs the same popular schedule of casino tournaments as the other casinos in this group (see below for current schedule). With various buy-ins ranging from free through to $10 or so, and tournaments played on not just slots, but blackjack, video poker and other games, you are bound to find something to suit your taste and budget.
Promotions and Bonuses
Grand Vegas offers slots players plenty of bonus offers, including a 100% first deposit bonus as well as a couple of regular weekly bonuses. Table game players are left out of this though, with all bonuses restricted to slots and keno play only. There are also bonuses offered for deposits made using preferred deposit methods such as prepaid gift cards.
Grand Vegas Banking and Customer Service
The banking options at Grand Vegas are not as comprehensive as we would like to see. Players may use most major credit and debit cards to deposit funds, and non-U.S. players have the option of using e-wallets Neteller and Moneybookers. When making a withdrawal you are restricted to a cheque, wire transfer, or the aforementioned e-wallets, and you are limited to withdrawing $8000 per week. In our experience with this group, you can expect reasonably fast payments after a one-time identity verification check, and they seem to have the payment processor middle-man problem solved for those of you in the USA. Customer support is available 24/7 via email, phone and live text chat.
Grand Vegas is certainly worth a try for players, particularly those located in the USA. The fun games and tournaments, good support, and plentiful bonuses are only slightly let down by the limited payment options. Recommended.