Sky Casino is the online casino linked to British Sky Broadcasting Group of Sky TV fame. And they run a very generous promotion for first time players, as well as having a big choice of high quality games. The slots choice is particularly good, as you’ll have access to IGT games like Cleopatra II as well as WMS slots (Bruce Lee, Kiss) and Net Ent. (Gonzo’s Quest).
You can use the same account details to bet across all of their products: Sky Vegas, Sky Poker and Sky Bingo.
Here´s how the first time player´s promotion works:
New players get £10 completely free, then a nice fat match bonus of 200% free up to £1000. Bear in mind that the level of your bonus will depend solely on your first deposit, and it is then credited within 72 hours. This is a “play bonus”, in that you cannot withdraw the bonus, you can only cash out winnings off the bonus.
It’s slightly different to many bonus offers on the market, in that you can start earning your bonus as you play, after you have signed up.
One of Sky Vegas’ stand out features are their games for mobile and tablet players- they have really done a good job here, and we’d say that they are at the forefront of gaming on these platforms. Whether you´re playing on the latest iPhone, iPad or Samsung Galaxy- you´ll find the casino and games fully optimised for the smaller screen. The range of games is still not as extensive as playing on a desktop or lap-top, but the mobile casino is catching up fast. All of the new games are launched with mobile players in mind, and they continue to convert the most popular of the older games.
In terms of choice of slots, Sky Vegas is hard to beat, and they have a great selection of table games as well (particularly roulette- there are more than 12 variants). Add to that, the fact that they are run by one of the UK’s biggest entertainment brands which trades on the FTSE, and you have a compelling set of reasons to play here.
We are noticing a lot of new games on the Sky Casino portal, including some exclusive games like the Top Cat slot. All of the big IGT titles are there including Da Vinci Diamonds, Bejeweled (1 and 2) and Kitty Glitter, plus you have some very popular WMS slots such as Zeus II, Spartacus and the hilarious Austin Powers slot.
Then there are the Net Ent games such as the Aliens slot. The site has a huge collection and is obviously positioning itself as a slot supermarket along the lines of BetVictor casino which takes a similar approach.
Being such a big brand, Sky Vegas also boasts a few exclusive slots in its range such as Super Pig Win, the Sky Sports slot and Evel Knievel.
And in the unlikely event that you get bored of all that lot, you can always head over to the Sky Casino section (which is on another tab to Sky Vegas) which features the full range of Playtech slots like Great Blue, Gladiator, Kong and Monty Python´s Spamalot among others. New players can claim a deposit up to £60 (deposit £10 play with £70). There´s also a second deposit bonus up to £250 which is a 100% match bonus.
Still on Sky Casino, there is a good live section (roulette, blackjack, baccarat and casino hold´em) and table games players are spoilt for choice with low stakes, high stakes roulette plus an exclusive game, and more blackjack, baccarat and casino hold´em than you can shake a stick at. Blackjack tables range from standard through to Platinum VIP and Blackjack VIP. With Live Roulette, they offer a range of table views from the 3D view to the classic view.
With the big brand, you get peace of mind on the financial front of course- and it has also allowed Sky to strike deals with the likes of the Paypal Casino department. They accept Visa Credit, Visa Debit, Visa Electron, Mastercard, Maestro, Solo & PayPal, but do not support other popular web wallets like Neteller and Skrill or other forms of payment like Paysafecard.
In addition to the £10 no deposit, £1000 max match bonus new player offer, Sky Casino runs frequent weekly promotions, and if you´re a regular player, you should see plenty of offers in your inbox as well, ranging from free slots spins, cash back and extra match bonuses on specific games that they are pushing. There´s an additional offer at the Sky Casino Playtech section – deposit £20 and play with £30 or deposit 50 and play with £75. They often run Live Casino Mondays on this section- I guess that is a quiet day for them. Claim up to £25 on any losses you make at our Live Casino each Monday.
We have also seen some pretty neat “In Play Bonuses” on their roulette and blackjack tables. A number of cash bonuses are hidden for you to find while you play Blackjack & Roulette. Examples have included the 5 Card Charlie – Win a hand with 5 cards on Blackjack and you’ll get £5 cash (you can claim this as many times as you like) and Lucky Roulette Number 13 – if you land two 13’s in a row on Roulette, you´ll get £13 cash and last but not least Blackjack Insurance – if you’re having a really bad day and lose 10 hands of blackjack in a row, they´ll soften the blow with £10 cash.
UK customers will note that Sky Vegas is licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission (licence number 38718)
All other customers are protected by their licence with the Alderney Gambling Control Commission.
Sky Betting & Gaming was purchased from Sky by CVC Capital Partners and Sky plc, who are based in Leeds, West Yorkshire and with offices in Sheffield, London, Guernsey and Rome. Sky retain a 20% stake in the company and licence the Sky brand to Sky Betting and Gaming. The company that runs the site is Bonne Terre Limited with registered office at Office 1, 1 The Crusher, Braye Harbour, Alderney GY9 3XX.
Bonne Terre Limited is owned by funds controlled by the private equity group, CVC Capital Partners.
CVC Capital Partners (CVC) bought the 80% controlling stake in Sky Bet for £800 million (approximately 15x Earnings in 2014). They also purchased Oddschecker, the UK’s leading betting comparison site, as part of the deal.
Richard Flint remained the Managing Director after the buy-out and Sky remain on the board of the new company.