You need a gimmick to stand out in the online casino market today. And advertising that your gimmick is that you don’t have one of the main selling points in the casino industry today takes a lot of courage.
And that’s what No Bonus Casino does. The top line of every casino advert you see tells you this: “100% Welcome Bonus, deposit £10 and play with £20” or something similar.
We review casinos all the time, and we’ve been banging a bonus drum for a while. Read the small print and work out what a bonus delivers, not for you but for the casino site (clue: it delivers your ongoing custom) before you sign up.
No Bonus hasn’t done away with gifts all together though: instead, the deal is “10% cashback no strings attached”, and we’ll look at that in full later.
No Bonus is a brand of L&L Europe, a Maltese company, who are UK licensed. Like most such companies they run – and have run – a number of other casino sites. These include 9 current operations, including Hypercasino, Race Casino, Fun Casino, and Yako Casino. The company also has a number of defunct brands including All Irish Casino, Karl Casino, Norge Casino, and Polder Casino – showing their international reach.
No Bonus has a major gimmick, but the site is remarkably standard issue: branded in dark colours (blue and deep pink) with the usual set up of endless scrolling game tiles. There’s no particular visual novelty to catch the eye.
They have around 1,000 slots from nearly 50 providers, so they’re certainly providing the meat, and their live casino comes from Evolution Gaming.
When you don’t pick up your welcome bonus you can do it using a good selection of payment methods, and we’re pleased to say that No Bonus Casino is a PayPal casino.
But Is No Bonus a price worth paying to play here?
Let’s have a closer look.
No Bonus Casino Pros and Cons
Is there a perfect casino site? Sadly not, so let’s give you the hard facts on No Bonus Casino.
We think there are lots of positives to find in this nicely presented and safe and secure site.
A legitimate, legal, licensed site
The licence is 000 038758 R-319451 012 with the UK Gambling Commission. You must make sure you check the licence of any casino site you want to play at. The online casino world is safer than it’s ever been in some respects, but you do need to do some checks to make sure everything is legitimate.
No Bonus is. We’ve mentioned some of the other companies covered by their licence, which has no sanctions recorded against it.
The company also explains its security tech on its site, and everything looks good. They have a good list of resources to support you with safe gambling and there are options on your account that help you to monitor and keep a check on any harmful behaviours.
We have to include this, and we think it’s a pro. We’ll go into more depth on this later, but welcome bonuses can be a trap for players, and we sometimes advocate turning them down. (You are shown a very attractive headline figure, without being properly told about the extent of your financial commitment to the site that comes along with it.) There’s no such choice here, and No Bonus live up to their promise to deliver a transparent service. It’s a pleasure to look at a site for evaluation without having to do the shameful sums that make up the wagering requirement multiplier.
Hundreds of Games
Slots, slots, slots everywhere greet you at No Bonus Casino. The game providers include big buys like Microgaming, ELK Studios, Bally, and SG, and also some newer names like Slingshot Studios. There are good quality providers on every page we looked at and a load of the UK’s most popular games are really easy to find.
The offer goes beyond standard slots too with Slingo, table games and video poker titles, lottery games, plus a big live casino. Talking of which…
You must have a live casino these days. No Bonus Casino have a decent offering, including games from NetEnt, and they tell us from Evolution Gaming, the two biggest names in the live casino world. And there’s plenty of choice for blackjack and roulette fans.
Another branding gimmick from No Bonus is the lack of a VIP system, or rather the extension of VIP to include all players – a nicely egalitarian touch!
This means everyone is supposed to get VIP level support. They’re certainly happy to offer you plenty of ways to get in touch, including live chat, telephone support, and an email address, which is the trio most players most want to see when they check out a site.
And now the downside…
OK, so No Bonus is a pro… unless you really love welcome bonuses. We think they’re sometimes a drag, but they’re also a way to get around a site without risking any of your own money if you know how to evaluate them and how to use them to your best advantage (we don’t think everyone does!).
So, if you need a welcome bonus you’re not going to come here.
Design is a frill we think, and No Bonus Casino delivers everything you need in terms of function, but the design isn’t exactly thrilling. It’s not offensive, but it’s not very exciting either. One for those of you who like a tasteful, muted site.
No Bonus Casino Games and Software
Without games, there’s no point signing up anywhere. No Bonus has a huge variety of games, including slots, categorised in a load of different ways, casino games, lottery games, and a live casino.
Let’s have a look at them.
No Bonus offers cashback, so the top games in their lists are those that offer the best deal in cashback terms. These titles – and all of these lists – are likely to change over time, but on our visit they were:
Reactoonz, Fishin Frenzy Power 4 Slots, Spartacus Megaways, Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead, and the Pig Wizard Megaways.
Next, we get Slingo titles. Slingo is a cross between bingo and slots, and it’s really doing well at the moment. No Bonus Casino’s top Slingo titles are:
Tutans Treasure, Slingo Cascade, Slingo Britain’s Got Talent, Slingo Centurion, and Monopoly Slingo.
Another major promo tool for No Bonus Casino is tournament play, and they list these games on the front page, starting with:
Book of Aztec, Rich Wilde and the Book of Dead, Book of Ra Classic, Book of Ra Deluxe, and Book of Ra Deluxe 10.
We all love new releases, and the New Games list at No Bonus Casino opens up with:
3 Tiny Gods, 7s Deluxe, Ancient Warriors, Beat the Beast Quetzalcoatl, and Big Bonus.
As ever, we get a list of the most popular titles, which were:
Rich Wilde and the Shield of Athena, Book of Ra Deluxe, Dreamzone, Rally $ Riches, and Milky Ways.
The video slots list opens on:
Manhattan wild, Garden of Riches, High Society, Kronos Unleashed, and Twisted Sister.
Uncategorized slots give us a list headed with:
Deco Diamonds, Vegas Diamonds, Bullion Bars, Burning Hot Respin, and Hot Choice.
Jackpot games are where many players head, and they’ll find progressives worth into the 10s of millions listed at No Bonus Casino.
They included: Hall of Gods, Atleantean Treasures Mega Moolah, Mega Moolah, Mega Moolah Isis, and Mega Fortune.
There is no Daily Drop feature at this site.
No Bonus also has table games available in two forms. We’ll cover the live casino offering later, but first of all casino games available as simulators.
There are more than 30 titles, and they include:
We found 13 roulette games. These included French, European, and American rule variants. You can also play First person roulette, 20p roulette, 3D games and more.
We found 11 blackjack games, and they included Vegas and Atlantic City rule variants; classic games, first-person games, branded games like Zappit and Blazing 7s and more.
There are both video poker games and poker table game simulators at No Bonus Casino.
The poker table games included, Hold’em poker, Let it Ride, Mississippi Stud, and Pai Gow Poker.
Video poker is a sort of slot variant, are there are 15 titles at No Bonus Casino. They included: Aces and Eights, Aces and Faces, Bonus Poker, Double Double Bonus Poker, and Double Joker Poker.
There are also other games, including Dream Catcher. There is also a lottery at the site.
No Bonus Casino Bonuses
Are there no bonuses at No Bonus Casino?
There is an ongoing cashback offer that stands as an alternative to all other bonuses.
Cashback at No Bonus Casino
A Cashback of 10% is paid to all registered players. In order to receive your cashback, you must deposit money into your account, and you need to spend it all! This should be paid into your account the next day, and you are able to withdraw that money or use it to play.
“Losing” your money means that all of the money deposited on a single day is lost, and the player has a balance of less than £10 on their account. The bonus is calculated only on 24-hour periods, and the money must be used within 10 days or you lose it.
You should judge this offer as you judge all other casino bonus offers. The first thing to remember is that it is designed to make you spend more money (and lose more money at the site), that is the Prime Directive of all casino sites, there’s no getting around it.
So, this bonus is different from a welcome bonus, which gives you a big boost when you arrive, but in doing so commits you to spend a large amount of your own money, sometimes in a very short period. But it does similar, things, in that it encourages you to play until you’ve lost all the money you’ve deposited.
You should bear this in mind, and deposit only money that you can afford to lose, and play only while you’re having fun and not with money in mind.
No Bonus Casino Tournaments
No Bonus Casino also likes tournament play. Tournaments are often used as a promotion or prize opportunity for casino players.
They work like this: players are given a game and a time limit that defines the tournament. They play that game over that period, and at the end of that period, the player who has won the most on that game (and this can be defined in a number of ways) will win a prize.
There were 17 games listed for tournament play when we visited, including those we’ve listed above, and also Gonzo’s Quest, Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx, La Gran Aventura, Temple Quest Spinfinity, and Rich Wilde and the Tome of Madness.
Tournaments, like all other promotions, are designed to make you spend more money and more time at a casino site. Evaluate them with that in mind and react accordingly.
That was it for promotions at No Bonus Casino on our visit, however, promotions can be added at any time, so take a look around before you sign up.
Loyalty Schemes and VIP
This is a stripped-back casino site. Everyone is a VIP! That means – if you like your dopey libertarian talking points – that nobody is a VIP.
There’s no loyalty scheme that we can find at No Bonus Casino. All players get VIP level support.
Actual VIP clubs are often opened to players by invitation only. Sites look for high rollers and get in touch with them to offer them extras. This may be the case at No Bonus Casino, and with a parent company that operates a number of more standard sites, it would be unusual if that weren’t the case.
No Bonus Live Casino
Live Casino games are supplied to No Bonus Casino by Evolution Gaming and NetEnt. These are the two best suppliers – certainly the biggest – in the current market.
There are too many games to list them all here, but you will find:
- Roulette from NetEnt in a number of varieties.
- Blackjack, and much more.
There are nearly 150 titles from Evolution Gaming alone, so you can play all the standard casino table games, less commonly available games like Baccarat, and live specials like TV gameshow games, and virtual sports studio games.
Live casino games don’t work like other games and players need to be aware of how they do work in order to play safely. Employing staff puts up the costs so you will commonly find that entry-level bets for live games are higher than for other games. You can’t operate a live game on demo mode, so if you’re not sure of how to play a game check it out on a computer version first. And, always treat the staff in the way that you would like to be treated.
No Bonus Mobile Casino and App
You do not need to download anything to play at No Bonus Casino. You can browse to the site using your usual mobile browser and play all mobile-enabled games, including live casino games, as long as you have the right software (sometimes including Flash) enabled on your device.
There’s a large variety of payment methods available at No Bonus Casino.
These include: Visa, MasterCard, MasterCard SecureCode, Trustly, Zimpler, Skrill (Moneybookers), Neteller, Paysafecard, Bank Transfer, Interac Online, ecoPayz, Interac e-transfer, Sofort, and PayPal.
Not all payment methods will be available to all players.
You must verify your identity with scans of identity documents before you are allowed to withdraw cash from No Bonus Casino.
For your safety, you can set limits on how much money you deposit, withdraw, or spend at the site, this is done via the Budget section of your account.
The first stopping off point for players who have a problem will be the FAQ page.
This is a decent offering that offers 10 different areas and gives short answers to questions including: Where is the live casino stream from, and can I open a new account by phone?
Questions are split into: casino, live casino, registration, bonus, technical, customer service, payments, withdrawals, account query, and security query.
There is good, reassuring information and it is well presented and easily accessible.
If you want to go beyond that and check out the VIP level customer support that is supposedly available to every player, then you will need to click on the customer support page, labelled here as VIP Desk.
The VIP Desk is available to players between 8 am and 1 am in Central European Time zone.
- You can contact customer service agents by Live Chat, which is available on every page.
- You can also phone the site using: +356 2034 1660, and,
- There is an email address, [email protected]
- And there is an email form that you can fill in on the site.
The Final Verdict
The one big point of sale with No Bonus Casino is written loud and proud on the front page. So we’re going to ignore it for now and look at other stuff.
In absolutely every way No Deposit Casino is a good-quality casino site that has everything that the modern UK online video slots fan wants.
It’s got games, with titles from its top providers Greentube, Play’n Go, NetEnt, Microgaming, Inspired Gaming, Amatic Industries, ELK Studios and many, many more. Hundreds and hundreds of great titles, with many available in tournament play, are spilling out all over this site.
If you prefer casino games then you’re well covered there, and if you’re a member of team Slingo then you’ll find as good a selection of those games as you will anywhere else at this site.
The live casino is really good too. Evolution Gaming and NetEnt are the standard in the industry at the moment, so to see a full range of their titles is the green light to recommend the live casino offering at No Bonus Casino.
Payment options are plentiful and trusted. This is a PayPal casino, which is the gold standard for payment systems, and because there’s no welcome bonus there’s no issue with which method you use to cash up your account.
The customer service looks very good too. Because we spend our whole lives cruising around casino sites we know good quality information when we see it, and No Bonus Casino has done a great job at presenting its FAQs and making it easy to find out how to get in touch with the site. We love to see it.
All of the security and safe gambling information that you need to see is in place and easy to find, and the company has a clean licence after running this site since 2013, and many more for longer.
So, we get to the issue of bonuses. The cashback offer is good. It is straight forward and it is well explained. In a lot of ways, it has the potential to be a better deal than a standard welcome offer, and it certainly simplifies the small print and the way the player interacts with the site. You shouldn’t get too carried away though: the 10% cashback offer is still meant to get you to spend more time and money at the site, so you should be aware of that and make your decisions accordingly.
What about the downside?
If you need a welcome offer and other ongoing promotions then that’s limited. And, yes, the design is nothing to write home about, but No Bonus Casino remains a great idea delivered really well.