Sign-up bonus: Get up to $1200 in free bets over your first three deposits, including a 100 per cent matched bonus up to $250 on your initial deposit.
Games: Over 45 titles including slots, video poker, blackjack and roulette (a list which is constantly in development).
Interactive gambling has exploded in recent times, and now Australian Apple smartphone and tablet owners have access to the official Royal Vegas Casino app, specifically developed for iOS devices, and downloadable via the above link to the App Store. After close examination and testing, we believe this app is worthy of endorsement to our loyal AustralianGambling readers.
Use the same username and password for your one account across all platforms, including this new app, the instant mobile browser play version, the desktop Flash version, and the complete software suite download.
NB: The Royal Vegas app is marketed in Apple’s App Store as Regal Vegas Casino – once downloaded, you can play for free money (Regal Vegas) or real money (Royal Vegas). Both interfaces are exactly alike, although the Regal Vegas interface has slightly fewer games. This is one app, and the only app you need to download to play for either practice or genuine cash. We stress this app is 100% legal in Australia.
All of the games available on the Royal Vegas app are under the ‘Games’ tab which can be found at the bottom of your screen. While there aren’t as many titles as to what is available via your desktop, the 46 games on offer at the time of writing this review are thoroughly entertaining, load in a heart-beat and are easy to find.
Progressive slots: Major Millions, Mega Moolah, Cash Splash and Treasure Nile – The progressive jackpot pokies available on the app are all linked to Microgaming’s Progressive Jackpot Network, so you are playing for the same jackpot as everyone else playing on the their phones, Macs, PCs or other platform.
Traditional Pokes: Mayan Princess, Tiger’s Eye, Starlight Kiss, Twisted Circus, Isis, Centre Court, Reel Thunder, Thunderstruck II, Halloweenies, What’s a Hoot, Pure Platinum, 5 Reel Drive, Couch Potato, Lions Pride, Break Da Bank, Break Da Bank Againm Big Top, Carnaval, Voila, Alaskan Fishing, Stash of the Titans, Cashapillar, Burning Desire, Loaded, Tomb Raider, Mermaids Millions, Thunderstruck, Agent Jane Blonde, Spring Break, Adventure Palace, Tally Ho and Deck the Halls.
Blackjack: European Blackjack Gold is available to play on the iOS app – the game is played with no hole card and two regular decks, and the dealer must stand on all 17s. Players can bet a minimum of $1 and a maximum of $20 per hand.
Roulette: European Roulette Gold is easy to play and follows the same structure as a normal game at a bricks and mortar casino. On the bottom left of your screen it will give you the option to choose your bet amount. The minimum and maximum bet amounts on the inside are $5. You can bet up to $40 on the outside. Once you have completed your bets you hit spin, the screen flicks over to a roulette wheel and the game is in motion.
Video Poker: Jacks or Better Poker, Deuces Wild Poker, Aces and Faces Poker, Bonus Deuces Wild Poker, Double Double Bonus Poker, Aces and Eights Poker.
The sign-up bonus of $1200 dollars is available to iOS users, not just PC-based players. The promotion works over your first three deposits.
First deposit: Royal Vegas will match any deposit up to $250.
Second deposit: The player will get a 25 per cent bonus on top of their deposit. Up to $200.
Third deposit: A 50 per cent bonus will be added on any amount up to $750.
Royal Vegas encourages you to invite your friends to play by giving you AUD $100 every time you refer a friend.
NB: There are play-through requirements for bonuses; this means there are restrictions on withdrawing your free money (also known as wagering requirements). Generally you need to bet the money a certain amount of times before you can withdraw it.
It couldn’t be much easier to deposit money through the Royal Vegas’s Apple app. It supports all of the major Australian cards like Visa, MasterCard and Maestro.
This will then take you through to a screen where it will prompt you for your next move, for instance with VISA it requests your card details. For Skrill deposits, you are directed to a secure website where you will complete a one-off card authorisation.
Deposit methods available on your iOS device: Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Neteller, Ukash, Citadel Direct, Click2Pay, Instadebit, Skrill 1-tap.
Withdrawing your real money is as simple as depositing cash, although there a few things you need to be aware of:
All banking transactions at Royal Vegas use 128-bit SSL (Secure Socket Layer) Digital Encryption technology.
Real money players at Royal Vegas are automatically included in the official Loyalty Rewards Program. It works on a simple premise, the more you play the more rewards points you earn. When you earn enough points you can redeem them for cash credits, which are not subject to wagering requirements.
When you play slots on your iOS device you receive one rewards point for every credit that you spend. Roulette will give you one point for every 10 credits gambled while Video Poker and Blackjack will give you one point for every 20 credits.
When you reach 5,000 rewards points, you are able to instantly convert those points to AUD real money. The exchange rate is $1 for every 1000 points. Additionally, The more rewards points you earn during a month, the more benefits you are entitled to.
The amount of rewards points you earn each month will determine which level of membership you are at. The levels in ascending order are silver, which you begin on, gold, platinum and diamond.
The higher your level of membership the more benefits you receive. For instance a platinum member will acquire points at a 15 per cent faster rate than that of the silver member.
Note: You drop a level if you are unable to accumulate the required number of points to maintain your current status, except at the Silver level. Points will expire after 60 days if they are not redeemed.
The Royal Vegas’ iOS app is powered by Microgaming software which is the most reputable gaming platform on the Internet. The software offers great graphics and sound with everything downloaded onto your phone so there is minimal waiting time while loading a game. To top it off, you can be sure that are being treated fairly because RV is accredited by eCOGRA (e-commerce Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance) which is an independent regulatory body.
We posed a few curly questions to the support staff at RV via their 24/7 chat and they were polite, courteous and gave us the answers we were looking for. They have a number of customer support options available to Australians which are listed below.
Email: via site contact form
Live Chat: Yes
FAQs: Yes (available on their website)
Up to $1200 in free cash when you download the app to your Apple device and deposit.