Ladbrokes has long been an industry leader as the company was established in the 1950s as a racing bookmaker, the online casino opening in 2002. What makes Ladbrokes online casino an attractive choice for New Zealand players is that a single account can be used in the online casino (where players can choose between either the either the Casino or Vegas tabs), sports book, bingo and poker room. In both Ladbrokes Casino and Vegas there is a good range of leading Playtech games, including a large collection of online pokies, with an average overall payout rate of 96%.
The Ladbrokes Casino bonus for new players, whether playing on a desktop or in the mobile casino, is a straightforward match bonus, with a first deposit being matched 100% (up to $500), effectively doubling the size of your bankroll from the outset. The playthrough requirement at Ladbrokes is 20x, one of the lowest to be found anywhere online, although it applies to both your deposit and the bonus amount combined. Therefore a deposit of $500, coupled with a $500 bonus, means that the wagering requirement is $20,000. It should be noted that this needs to be played through within 30 days of receiving the bonus. Different Ladbrokes casino games contribute different amounts to the wagering requirement:
- pokies (including progressive jackpots), scratch cards—100%
- Pai Gow (all varieties), Red Dog, Let it Ride—25%
- Casino Hold’Em (all varieties), roulette, baccarat, blackjack, craps, Sic Bo, video poker—20%
For very regular pokies players who maintain a healthy bankroll, there is good value to be gained from this introductory offer, and the contribution to the wagering requirements of table games is better than you might find at a lot of other sites. However, for an occasional player, the 30 day limit on the playthrough requirement may well be prohibitive.
With a host of Playtech games to choose from (in both the Casino and Vegas tabs), when you play at Ladbrokes Casino the overall gaming experience is a positive one. Online pokies is where they excel (with an average payout percentage of 94.52%), and players can choose from a wide range of high quality, lucrative games. You can either download Ladbrokes Casino software or play in Flash with no download required. Playtech specialise in themed pokies, in particular movie and TV spin-offs, and there is an abundance of these on offer at Ladbrokes:
- hit movie and TV-themed pokies, such as Gladiator, The Sopranos, Rocky, The Six Million Dollar Man and The Mummy
- Marvel Multi-Level Mystery Progressive Jackpot pokies, including The Incredible Hulk, Spiderman, Thor and Captain America
- 34 progressive pokies, such as Spamalot, Ghost Rider, Beach Life and Captain’s Treasure
In addition to pokies, Ladbrokes online casino offers a good variety of other games as well, and you can choose from:
- a number of different versions of roulette (including French, European and American)
- a choice of blackjack games (including progressive and multi-hand)
- baccarat, craps and Pai Gow poker
- JoB, Deuces Wild, Aces & Faces video poker
- a selection of fun arcade games
- a huge range of online scratch cards
There is also a Live Casino, where players can chose from roulette, blackjack, baccarat and casino hold-em all dealt by real dealers, and there is a separate poker room as well.
The Ladbrokes Mobile Casino is available on the iOS, Android and Blackberry operating systems, with games being played directly in your device browser. Players going to the mobile casino for the first time can do so by scanning the QR code on the main website, and can sync the one account across all devices and use the same deposit methods that are available when playing on the desktop version. There are over 40 online pokies available at Ladbrokes Casino mobile, including well-known titles from the Playtech TV and movie collection (including The Sopranos and The Incredible Hulk) and progressive jackpot games such as Beach Life and Gold Rally. The choice of 6 table games includes European roulette, JoB vide poker and blackjack, and there is a selection of scratch cards to choose from as well.
Ladbrokes is notable for offering players an imaginative range of ongoing daily bonuses. The Daily Bonus Calendar, which is accessible via a dedicated page on the site, includes store bonuses (where players can buy in to certain promotional special offers) and a range of other incentives, such as match bonuses, free spins, refunds, cash back and extra reward points. The offers change every day, so it’s worth checking back regularly to find out what’s on offer. The VIP Club at Ladbrokes (for high rollers who make monthly deposits in excess of $7,500) offers a range of high-end luxury incentives, and these are tailored to individual players. Recent rewards on offer to VIPs have included luxury trips to Las Vegas, golfing holidays, tickets to high-profile sporting events, as well as monthly cash and reload bonuses.
- 24/7 telephone support: + 350 200 43003
- e-mail: [email protected]
- 24/7 live online chat
- help pages include an extensive ‘How to Play’ section
- Playcheck feature allows players to view their previous 7 days’ activity at any time
Accounts at Ladbrokes can be managed in NZD and there are a number of other payment methods that can be used. These include PayPal, pre-paid Paysafe Card, e-wallets Neteller and Skrill, along with Visa and Mastercard (both credit and debit cards) and, rather unusually, Western Union as well. When making a first withdrawal from Ladbrokes, it’s important to know that your identity needs to be verified through the provision of documents, including a photo ID, a utility bill and, if using a credit or debit card, a scan of both the front and back. It can then take up to five days for these documents to be processed by the casino, and then a further 3 -5 business days before your withdrawal reaches your account.
The great appeal of playing at Ladbrokes is the versatility that your account offers—you can play in either Ladbrokes Casino or Ladbrokes Vegas, on any mobile device or a desktop, or in the poker room and sports book all from the one account. When combined with the large range of high-quality Playtech games, this is why we are able to give it such a positive Ladbrokes Casino review, particularly for those New Zealand players who play on a very regular basis.