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The Sun Vegas Casino overview

If you want to see the prevalence of skinning or branding in the casino world then this is a good example. The Sun is a newspaper – of a sort – it’s not a gambling company. Yet, The Sun Vegas Casino is a branded site with their red-top label splashed all over it.

What’s in it for The Sun?

Money, we guess. They must have some financial interest in the site, even if it’s just a licensing fee to use their name. We don’t read the Sun but we’ll assume that the site gets some publicity in the paper or on their website, giving them an automatic head start in the publicity department.

When we say that a newspaper is not a gambling company that misses slightly the period in history when bingo competitions became a massive point of competition between popular daily papers in the UK.

What you get at the site is quite light on news. The front page is largely limited to offers and bonuses until you sign up, making it tough to find out more about the site and what it offers.

In fact, The Sun Vegas Casino is a highly functional and well-stocked casino site: it has hundreds of slot games from over 30 providers, with Playtech notably dominant; and a live casino.

The site said on our visit said that it had nearly £33 million worth of jackpots up for grabs on our visit, add in a possible £300 deposit bonus and there seem to be lots of reasons to take a look at this site.

So let’s do that now in this The Sun Vegas Casino review.

Pros and Cons

Every online casino site has plusses and minuses – we will let you know when we find the perfect site – so let’s weigh up the pros and cons at The Sun Vegas.

The Sun Vegas Pros

1 – A Licensed and Legal Site

You must never play at a site that doesn’t have a valid license from the UK Gambling Commission. (You should also never play at a licensed site at which you are not entitled to play.) A licence is the best way to judge that a site is safe and won’t rip you off.

The Sun Vegas casino has a licence, held by VF2011 Ltd in Guernsey (a UK offshore territory that is often associated with low taxes). The company also holds the licences for the Sun’s bingo site and Fabulous Bingo. It runs “white label” sites, which are sites that are provided to brands to badge up with their logos and run from a standard operating set-up.

2 – Lots and lots of top quality slots

Games are what you want from a good casino site, and you’ll find some of the best software providers in the world listed at The Sun Vegas.

Playtech are dominant, but you’ll also find Blueprint, Microgaming Eyecon, IGT, Pragmatic Play, and Quickspin, as well as smaller companies like Triple Edge, SunFox, and Sling Shot.

Big titles include Jackpot Giant, Age of the Gods God of Storms, Buffalo Blitz, and Age of the Gods.

3 – A Big Trusted Brand

The Sun is many things, but it’s well-known and doesn’t want scandals about dodgy casino sites hanging around it. That gives this site an extra incentive to provide a good quality service, especially when there are competitor papers ready to publish bad news stories about them.

4 – A Live Casino

Everyone wants live casino games these days, and The Sun Vegas has a good selection of these games from the top providers.

Cons

1 – The Sun

Not everyone loves The Sun, to say the least. Liverpool fans – and the people of Liverpool more broadly – have been boycotting the paper since its behaviour around the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989. It’s one of the most long-running and successful boycotts in media history. The Sun has also done a number of other, at best, questionable things in its time and it might not be a brand that you want to support.

2 – Show us the goods!

It has been had to prepare this review because it is hard to find out what the site has to offer. We thought we were past the age of sites that hid behind restrictive sign-up pop-ups and splash pages that you can’t get beyond.

Apparently not! It’s not really possible to tour The Sun Vegas without signing up. That’s not good enough.

The Sun Vegas Games and Software

Once you get beyond those front pages there is a lot to see, including hundreds of slots and a live casino.

Let’s have a look.

The Sun Vegas Slots

The Sun Vegas Casino has hundreds of slots. The site seems to be partnered with Playtech, but also has a big range of other providers.

Sun software slots partnerships are with: blueprint gaming, Microgaming, Playtech, Eyecon, IGT, PRAGMATIC PLAY, Quickspin, Red Tiger, Pariplay, Wazdan, Leander Studios, Ash Gaming, AG Software, Inspired, Foxium, Triple Edge, SunFox Games, Skywind Group, Rare Stone, all41 Studios, Fortune Factory, BB Games, Sling Shot, Stormcraft Studios, and Neon Valley Studios.

The featured game at the site when we visited were:

Blue Wizard, Buffalo Blitz II, Adventure Trail, The Sun Winning Headlines, Jackpot King Deluxe Deal or No Deal Megaways, 9 Pots of Gold, 7s Deluxe, Book of Kings, and Jackpot King Deluxe King Kong Cash.

The New Releases featured were: Gonzo’s Quest Megaways, Better Wilds, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Eye of Horus Gambler, and Gems Gone Wild Power Reels.

The site runs a “daily drops” tab. This new feature lists games that have time-limited jackpots. Usually, progressives of some kind. The titles selected by the site on our visit were:

John Hunter and the Tomb of the Scarab Queen, Buffalo King, Wolf’s Gold, Starz Megaways, and Great Rhino Megaways.

There is also a separate selection of Fire Blaze Jackpots, these were:

External Lady, Blue Wizard, Adventure Trail, Sky Queen, and Golden Macaque.

Then, slots are listed, presumably with the most popular titles first, they are:

Fishin’ Frenzy, Eye of Horus, Reel King Mega, Cleopatra, and Fluffy Favourites.

Then the site lists all the Age of the Gods jackpots, starting with:

Age of the Gods, Age of the Gods Glorious Griffin, Age of the Gods God of Storms, Age of the Gods Norse Ways of Thunder, and Age of the Gods Norse King of Asgard. (So, Age of the Gods is doing well at The Sun Vegas!)

Then Jackpot titles more generally:

Fishin’ Frenzy, Fluffy Mega Jackpot, Piggy Riches Megaways, King Kong Cash, and Gladiator Jackpot.

Slingo Games are listed separately. Slingo is a hybrid of a slot and a bingo game. The titles The Sun Vegas has are:

Rainbow Riches, Big Money Slingo, Xing Yun Xian, Centurion Maximus Winnus, and Monopoly Slingo.

Roulette

Roulette is the most popular casino game in the world.

The Sun Vegas lists 20 roulette titles, starting with:

Quantum Roulette Instant Play, Premium European Roulette, Roulette Pro, Age of the Gods, and Classic Roulette.

Blackjack

The top casino card game is always blackjack.

The Sun Vegas lists 20 blackjack simulators, starting with:

Vegas Blackjack, Premium Blackjack, Blackjack, Blackjack Surrender, and Frankie Dettori’s Magic 7 Jackpot.

Video Poker

The site has 10 Video Poker Titles, including:

Aces and Faces 4 Lines, Heads Up Hold ‘em, Aces and faces Multi-hand, Casino Hold ‘Em, and Joker Poker.

Other Casino Games

Variety comes in the form of “arcade” casino games like Keno, Crazy 7, red Dog, Dice Twister, Craps, Tres Amigos, and Derby Day Horse Racing.

The Sun Vegas Casino Bonuses

Bonuses are the bread and butter of the casino industry. They attract customers, persuade them to commit to a site for the long-term, and reward big spenders.

Please be careful with bonuses. Make sure you understand exactly what they’re offering you (the “prime directive” of bonus assessment is that bonuses benefit casinos more than players or they wouldn’t exist), and be ready to walk away from a bonus if it’s something you don’t want to commit to.

Bonuses change over time, you should always check the small print on the bonuses you’re using at the time you sign up for them.

Welcome Bonus at The Sun Vegas Casino

The welcome bonus is the most obvious bonus on any site. It will consist of a headline offer, and a load of small print, both of which you need to understand.

Let’s have a look at this one.

The headline offer is: “100% bonus on your first deposit up to £300”.

Pretty simple to understand.

Now the small print:

  • You cannot collect this bonus with Neteller and Skrill.
  • The bonus is due to run until the end of 2020.
  • The minimum deposit for this bonus is £10.
  • The money you receive will be a separate bonus fund that can be used only on a list of “eligible games”. It’s a very long list, but some games are excluded. You can use this bonus on slots, video poker, casino games, and live casino games.
  • You need to accept the bonus within 72 hours of making your first deposit to make it work.
  • And you are not allowed to bet more than £5 in one wager if you made your first deposit on a desktop, or £10 if you deposited on a mobile.

Wagering requirements

Now we hit the wagering requirements. A wagering requirement is the amount of money (of your own) that you must wager at the site in order to unlock any winnings from the bonus funds.

At The Sun Vegas Casino, it is 50-times the deposit and bonus combined. So, if you deposit £10, you will receive a £10 bonus, and you must wager 50 * 20 = £1,000 before you can withdraw any cash you might win with that bonus.

Can you see how a bonus might work for a site more than for a player now? That’s quite a commitment.

Only games on the site’s eligible games page count towards paying off this wagering requirement. If you make any withdrawals before completing the wagering requirements you will lose the bonus and any winnings. If you have bonus funds in your account when you make a withdrawal request you will lose those funds. Your own money will always be spent before bonus funds.

Free Spins at The Sun Vegas Casino

The bonus at The Sun Vegas Casino does not currently include free spins. This may change, and the site has offered free spins in the past. You may also see free spins as part of the company’s other promotions.

The Sun Vegas Casino No Deposit Bonus

There is currently no The Sun Vegas Casino no deposit bonus.

VIP and Loyalty Programmes

Loyalty programmes keep you playing at a site.

At The Sun Vegas, the loyalty programme is a simple loyalty points scheme.

Whenever you bet with your own money at the site you will be rewarded with “comp points”. For each £10 you bet (on a regular slot) you will be awarded one comp point. When you have 100 loyalty points you can convert them into £1.

VIP programmes generally operate by invitation. You’ll need to show a site that you’re a big spender and you’re likely to receive bonuses like personal account management, withdrawal and banking privileges, and personal birthday greetings and the like.

The Sun Vegas Live Casino

The cutting edge of the online casino scene these days is the live casino. Every site worth its salt needs to have one.

There are a couple of things you need to consider with live casino games that you don’t need to think about with other games.

The first is that these games are played to a timetable so may not all be available all the time. As they are live, it’s also possible that you may not be able to get a seat at the table at which you want to play all the time.

There’s also an extra safe gambling consideration around live casino games. Because of the additional social level to the games there is a chance that players will forget to make their own financial limits the only thing they consider when making gambling decisions.

The Sun Vegas – on our visit – listed these titles:

Live Blackjack

Live Blackjack, Majority Rules Speed Blackjack, Quantum Blackjack Live, All Bets Blackjack Live, Unlimited Blackjack Live, Lounge Blackjack 1, 2, 3, and 4; and Royale Blackjack 1, 2, and 3.

Live Roulette

Quantum Roulette Live, Live French Roulette, Live Roulette, Prestige Roulette, Spread Bet Roulette Live, Live Football Roulette, and Live American Roulette.

Live Gameshow Games

Age of Gods God of Storms Live, Buffalo Blitz Live, Quantum Blackjack Live, Quantum Roulette Live, Spin a Win Live, and Live Hi Lo.

Other Live Casino Games at The Sun Vegas Casino:

You could also play: Sic Bo, Sic Bo Deluxe, Live Casino Hold’em, Live Casino Stud Poker Live, and Live 3 Card Brag.

The Sun Vegas also runs a virtual sports betting service.

The Sun Vegas Mobile Casino and App

The majority of browsing is now done on mobiles and every new online video slot of casino game works on mobile and tablet devices.

The choice for online casino sites is not whether or not to offer a mobile service – they would die if they didn’t – but whether to offer a downloadable app or not.

An app gives you more convenience on your device. They can cover a range of functionality, and some are little more than a link from your home page. Others might offer exclusive content and all sorts of extras.

At The Sun Vegas mobile casino, you can play via an app that you can download or use a QR code for at the Apple Store.

You can also use the site on a mobile browser.

Banking

Money makes the reels go around, so you need good quality payment processors that you trust to cash up your account and to take those big wins out.

At The Sun Vegas, you can use:

Visa Debit, Visa, Visa Electron, MasterCard, Maestro, MasterCard Secure Code, PayPal, Paysafecard, and Moneybookers (Skrill).

We think the site accepts more payment methods too, and it looks like it accepts the full range of the main payment methods.

Customer Support

Hopefully, you won’t ever need to use the Sun Vegas’s complaint processes. However, checking that there is a good support system in place is something you should do at every site you visit.

The Sun Vegas Casino publishes its complaints process.

You can use a customer service phone line on 0800 52 000 25, or you can email support@thesunvegas.co.uk, and you can use a chat function on the website too.

Emails should be answered within 24 hours according to the site’s own standards. Complaints should receive a proper response in 14 days.

The company uses an arbitration service called, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Service IBAS, to rule on any complaints that it cannot itself handle.

Safe Gambling at The Sun Vegas Casino

Playing slot games safely is an increasing concern not just for the press (though presumably not The Sun) but for politicians and players themselves.

Our intention is to help you to keep safe while you play. This means monitoring your spending, your mood, and any patterns of behaviour around your gambling. It also means that sites need to be safe, and you need to keep your devices safe with updated software and anti-virus protection.

Licensing is good, and that is in place at this site. PayPal payment processing is also a good sign that a site is trustworthy and safe. The use of an independent complaints process is yet another good sign.

For safe gambling, you will find links to:

  • Gambling Therapy, a company that provides therapy for problem gamblers as well as some decent advice for free. There are forums on the site.
  • Gamcare is a charitable company offering similar services.
  • BeGambleAware is a national gambling treatment service.

 

Please check out the advice offered by these services before you need it, and make sure you are informed about how to play gambling games safely until legislation that really protects players is in place.

The Verdict

This is a relatively small site tied to one of the biggest brands in the UK.

As to that brand, we’ll leave that up to you: you know what the Sun is and what it does and it’s up to you whether you want to support it. It remains on one of the bestselling daily newspapers in the UK.

There’s a lot to like here: hundreds of quality slots from very good quality providers; good game organisation so that you can find the games that you want; separate selections for big brands, jackpot networks, progressive prizes, and daily drop games.

The casino games are also good quality, and there’s a live casino using games from Playtech.

You won’t run out of games to play. That’s for sure.

And the site is good quality with great payment processors – we love to see PayPal on your sites casino providers – and licensing, support, and safe gambling links all in place so players can see that this is a decent provider.

If they can get to the information!

That was our main issue with The Sun Vegas: it’s got all this great stuff but hides it behind old-fashioned pop-ups boasting about their offers. That’s not good enough these days, instead of making players sign up, just let them in to have a look around, it’s the only way to get player trust.

OK welcome offer but limited promotions

The site has a fairly limited promotions page too. The welcome offer is OK, but the wagering requirement is massive. The only other offer we found was the loyalty scheme. It’s fine, as far as it goes, but other sites are offering much more.

The Sun Vegas Casino is high quality, the design is OK, the games are great, and there’s a bit of work to do. This is a site that we’re happy to recommend and that we advise you to check out further.