Bonuses and Promotions
The Welcome Bonus at Gala casino consists of a straightforward 100% match on your first deposit up to £400 (minimum deposit £10), which doubles your bankroll from the outset. When you register and make your initial deposit, a pop-up will appear that gives the option to accept the bonus terms. Once you do so, the bonus is credited to your account immediately.
The wagering requirement at Gala is 20x deposit + bonus, and so it is effectively 40x, which is about the current industry average. However, it needs to be noted that you have 14 days in which to clear it, and that the maximum bet when the bonus is in play is 20% of the amount you received, or £10.
Slots generally contribute to the playthrough 1:1, although certain slots games can’t be played while the bonus is in play. These game are: all 3 reel 1 payline slots; Easter Surprise; Santa Surprise; Bonus Bears; Great Blue; Desert Treasure 2; Golden Games; Golden Tour; Castle Builder; Tennis Stars. Other games also contribute to meeting the wagering requirements at different rates:
- 100% – online slots, including progressive jackpot games, scratch cards
- 20% – roulette (less than 50% bet coverage), video poker, blackjack (except pontoon, switch, surrender), craps
- 10% – baccarat
- 5% – pontoon, Red Dog, Casino War, Casino Hold’em, blackjack (switch, surrender), roulette (more than 50% bet coverage)
In addition to the Welcome Package, new players also receive additional reload bonuses on their second and third deposits:
- 2nd deposit reload bonus – get a 50% match up to £100 (minimum £10). When you make this deposit, you need to ‘ringfence’ how much of that amount you want to receive as a bonus, which will then be subject to a 40x playthrough (20x + deposit) e.g., you may deposit £100, and decide to claim £60 of that as bonus. You will then receive a 50% match of £30, which will be subject to the 40x playthrough before that amount and any winnings from it can be cashed out. The £40 that you did not ‘ringfence’ as a bonus is not subject to wagering requirements. Games make the same contribution to the playthrough as with the Welcome Offer.
- 3rd deposit reload bonus – this operates on the same principles as the 2nd reload bonus
This is a straightforward introductory offer that is suitable both for the regular and the casual player, as an initial deposit of any amount up to £400 will enable you to claim a bonus. However, the time restriction of 14 days to clear the bonus means you need to consider how much you’re going to play when you first sign up if you want to be able to meet the wagering requirements. The addition of two reload bonuses also adds some good value for the new player, and so this is a Welcome Package we can recommend for most, especially UK slots players.
Other bonuses and promotions
There are other regular promotions and a loyalty programme that enable regular players to continue to pick up rewards and cash prizes.
Comp Points is the Gala Casino loyalty rewards programme, where every £10 you wager earns you 1 point, which can be accumulated and ultimately exchanged for cash.
Other promotions include Game of the Week, where a particular slots game is nominated and if you wager at least £100 on that game during that week, you get 25% cash back on your net losses (up to a maximum of £100). In addition, when you play the Game of the Week slot, you earn comp points at an accelerated rate of 2 points for every £10 wagered.
You can also take advantage of the End of the Month Booster Bonus where on the last weekend of every month (Friday – Sunday), you receive a 25% match on all deposits (up to £100 each day), provided you have made at least three deposits during that month (this one is subject to a 40x playthrough).
Games and Software
Games at Gala casino are provided by a range of different software developers, including Playtech, IGT, Ash Gaming and Blueprint Gaming, as well as their own range of exclusive slots that can’t be played anywhere else. This offers players real variety of choice and means that most categories of games can be found here.
All in all, there are more than 220 slots which can be played either via free casino download or in Instant Play with no download required, so you can also sample games for free. The slots are usefully categorised to make finding a particular game quicker, and when you hover over the icon of any game you get a screen shot of the reels, which is helpful when there are so many different games to choose from.
The slots available at Gala Casino include:
- classic 3 reel slots like Triple Diamond, Party Line, The Great Pyramid
- exclusive slots that can only be played at Gala, like Cake Off, Jumps Season Racing Legends, Fire Start, Big Banker
- popular and well-known titles, including 100 Pandas, Siberian Storm, Zeus, Black Widow, Casinomeister, Cleopatra, Da Vinci Diamonds, Full Moon Fortunes
- themed slots, such as Little Britain, Life of Brian, The Incredible Hulk, Viz, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Ghostbusters
- over 40 progressive jackpot slots, including Fruit Mania, Queen of the Pyramids, Beach Life, Gladiator, as well as games from the Playtech Marvel Mystery Progressive Jackpot Network, such as X-Men, Iron Man, Avengers, Spiderman
The table games on offer include eight different versions of roulette, baccarat, craps and Sic Bo, along with twelve different varieties of blackjack, pontoon, Pai Gow poker and Red Dog. There are also seventeen different versions of video poker, including JoB, Aces & Faces and Deuces Wild.
There are also Live Casino games, streamed live and dealt by real dealers. You can choose from blackjack, roulette, baccarat and hold ‘em dealt by European dealers, or roulette, blackjack and baccarat dealt by Asian dealers.
Gala also has a separate poker site, with a wide range of games and tournaments.
There are three methods for accessing the Gala mobile casino:
- go to galacasino.com in the browser of any smartphone or tablet
- scan the QR code on the Mobile page of the main site to be automatically redirected
- text “GAME” to 82898 to receive a link
The mobile casino offers the same £400 welcome offer and 2nd and 3rd reload bonuses as are available at the main site, while comp points are also earned as you play and you can take part in all of the other Gala promotions as well. Your account is synced across all platforms and the same log in details can be used.
Although there is a slightly smaller selection of slots available in the mobile casino, there are still more than 140 to choose from, which is one of the largest collections of mobile slots around. These include a good range of progressive jackpot slots, including Frankie Detori’s Magic Seven, Gladiator, Beach Life, Monty Python’s Spamalot.
Live casino games can also be played in the mobile casino, along with a selection of table games and video poker.
- help centre has extensive FAQ pages
- live chat and email support through a form in the website
There is a relatively small selection of banking and payment methods available for UK players at Gala casino, but it nevertheless covers the most popular, including:
- Skrill, Neteller and EcoPayz e-wallets (including Skrill 1-tap)
- pre-paid PaySafe Card
- Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards
Deposits using all of the above methods are credited to your account immediately and there are no fees attached (minimum deposit £10).
Once withdrawal requests have been processed by Gala (the timeframe for this can vary depending on when you make your request), funds are credited to you instantly, although it needs to be noted that withdrawals via credit or debit card can take 2-5 working days before it arrives back in your account. The minimum withdrawal amount is £10 and there are no fees (beyond what your financial institution may charge). Before a first withdrawal request can be processed, you need to provide proof of identity and of address.
The wide range of games by different developers available at Gala Casino, many of which may well be unfamiliar to casino online players, makes for a gaming experience full of variety and so it’s a site that slots enthusiasts will enjoy. The structure of the Welcome Offer means that most players should be able to clear the full amount, while the addition of two reload bonuses also enhances the value on offer for new players.