The much anticipated Game of Thrones slot by Microgaming is out now and so is Net Entertainment’s Invisible Man. Merry Xmas by Play ‘N’ Go is a brand new Christmas themed slot and there’s also a special Christmas version of Merlin’s Magic Respins where Merlin appears in a Santa hat surrounded by Christmas decorations. New from IGT is the very radical Bubble Craze.
The new UK point of consumption taxation regime for online gambling sites has now come into effect as of December 1st, following hot on the heels of the change in licensing arrangements that took place on November 1st . Previously, gambling sites that were located in places like Gibraltar and Malta could take advantage of lower local rates of tax but the rule now is that if the player is located in the UK, the transaction is liable for UK tax. It remains to be seen what effect this will have on the world of online casinos.
The UK Gambling Commission is still working through the applications for full UK licences and in the meantime sites that were previously regulated elsewhere have continuation licences. Every UK licensed site now has to display a link to its licensing information at the Gambling Commission so status is easy to verify.
Bgo has a couple of regular promotions. A special Christmas version of the Beat the Boss promotion is now running. This consists of a series of challenges that must be completed to win prizes; each section of bgo has its own set so you could just do the slots ones or try some of the other sections as well. The prizes include free spins, bonuses and cashbacks. What makes the Christmas version special is the 5 prize draws that will be made at the end of the month for Star Prizes. Complete 5 challenges to enter the draw for 100 x 50 free spins, complete 10 and instead you’ll be in the draw for 30 x 250 free spins, or complete 12 to be in the draw for 10 x 500 free spins; all the free spins are on Starburst. The draw for those who complete 14 challenges is for an iPad Air and the draw for those who complete 18 challenges is for a bespoke home entertainment package to the value of £2500. There’s also a daily free game, a spin of the Boss’s Wheel, where you can win free spins on the exclusive slot Jungle Trouble. Bgo usually give out free spins for making a deposit whenever they launch a new slot, so it’s worth checking the site regularly for that.
The Christmas promotion at Guts started on 1st December, with daily offers running up until Christmas. The offers are available to anyone who has deposited since 24th November and if you deposited and spent £20 the previous day you can also get 10 free spins on the game of the day for your Christmas stocking. To reveal the offers, visit Santa’s Mansion and control a Grinch dressed in a Santa suit as he moves around the mansion to complete tasks (or if you are a bit of a Grinch yourself or in a hurry you can skip the game and just see the offer). The free spins will be saved up and all released on Christmas Day and as is usual with GUTS promotions of this type, there is NO wagering requirement attached to the winnings.
Mr Green run regular Cash Drop offers (usually but not always on a Thursday) on a different slot each time (generally New Entertainment slots). Real cash prizes of £5 to £250, worth £1000 in total, are awarded to random players of the featured game.
Running most weekends are slots tourneys. Mr Green slots tournaments differ from the ones you’ll find elsewhere in several ways, the most important being that there is NO need to spend massive sums in order to be competitive as the leaderboard placing is based on the highest percentage win over 20 consecutive wins, not total winnings or total spend. The minimum value spin to qualify is just 25p, and the top 5 win real cash prizes of £100 to £1000. Nothing is scheduled for 27th-28th December but no doubt they will be back in the New Year.
In the meantime there is an IGT network £15,000 prize draw promotion on the new slot Bubble Craze.
Mr Green’s Christmas Calendar is still running until Christmas. There’s 10 free spins a day to be claimed for everyone who deposited £25 – £49 during the preceding week and 25 free spins a day to be claimed for everyone who deposited £50 or more during the preceding week. Register on the calendar page and visit the site daily to claim your free spins and find out which game they are for. There’s also 5 iPhone 6s to be given away each week as part of the Cash Drop offer.
Casumo have a very special Christmas promotion running throughout December. There is a Christmas tree to climb by completing challenges. Complete all the challenges before the 3rd of January to win the top prize of an iPhone 6 – and this is NOT a prize draw, it is a guaranteed prize – with smaller prizes including free spins and real cash when you complete each row of baubles on the tree. There’s also 5 extra prize draws (for cash and iPads) which you can enter by reaching the date targets for climbing the tree (details on site).
188bet again have the Get More Free Bets promotion running for the whole of the month. This is a special bonus awarded on the basis of the number of the days in the month you log into the casino and play; play on 5 days and you’ll get £5, play on more than 20 days and you’ll get £50. There’s also the usual £500 prize draw in the mobile casino – use code MOBILE5 and get one entry for each day you play between 22nd and 31st December. 188bet also have a regular Game of the Week promotion, whereby winnings on the featured slot are boosted by 10% up to maximum of £100 (you’ll need to enter a code to claim the boost). For December, this is replaced by a Game of the Month – the brand new Game of Thrones slot.
From 12th – 23rd the 12 Days of Christmas runs, with a present containing a different offer every day. You can visit the site now to find out what they are but they can’t be claimed until the right day. Some of the offers relate to other parts of 188bet such as the sportsbook and bingo, but many are slots offers including winnings boosts and free spins.
December sees the return of Free Spins Fridays at Grosvenor Casinos. Opt in and play £20 on any of the featured (Williams) slots to get an entry into the prize draw. There are 10 x 40, 10 x 30 and 15 x 20 free spins to be won and these are on a different featured game each week. Two prize draw promotions are also running (details on site) but these are for play in the Live Casino only.
Santa’s Festive Giveaway, a Microgaming netwrok promotion, runs in the Games section until 5th January. Every £20 played on the festive slots Secret Santa, Deck the Halls, and Santa’s Wild Ride is worth one prize draw entry. There are 400 cash prizes to be won worth a total of £7500.
New in the Vegas section are some exclusive scratchcards themed on NextGen slots including Foxin’ Wins, Medusa and Merlin’s Millions. There’s also a Festive Friday free spins promotion on a different exclusive WMS slot every Friday in December but you have to play a minimum of £100 to qualify and £1000 to get the full value of the 10 free spins (details on site).
The Vegas section also has the Christmas Big Bundle Bonanza promotion which is on until 28th December. Earn one point for every £1 played on Vegas slots (or every £5 played on roulette or blackjack). Reach 500 points to qualify for the Stakeback promotion. This is tiered and you receive a bonus at the end of each week of the promotion based on the tiers you have reached during the week. Reach tier 5 (25000 points for a bonus of £100) and you’ll go supercharged, with an extra £50 bonus for every 5000 points earned beyond that up to a maximum of £2500 bonus during the lifetime of the promotion. If you are not a big spender it is still worth taking part as there are weekly prize draws along the way – an iPhone 6, XBox One and iPad Air 2 are the prizes plus cash drops or free spins online for hundreds of runners up. and 1000 vouchers for free spins in William Hill shops. At the end of the promotion there is a grand prize draw for a Big Gadget Bundle (TV, iPad, iPhone and PS4) with even more runner up prizes. Every 50 points earns one ticket to that week’s draw and one ticket to the main draw.
The Games and Vegas sections frequently give out free spins and bonus back offers. These tend to be for one day only so it’s worth checking the site often.
Throughout December, Christmas Stocking Gifts will become available. These include cashback offer and a bonus of up to £35 on their 4 new mobile scratchcards, but you do have to play cash on the cards first in order to be able to claim the bonus.
Betfair have a long running special offer on the Williams Star Trek series of slots in the Vegas Slots tab. To unlock the later games you must win medals in the earlier games. Betfair are giving out 10 free spins when you unlock Explore New Worlds and 25 free spins when you unlock The Trouble With Tribbles.
The Arcade section has Free Bet Mondays. This is a stonkingly good promotion – each week they run a raffle with £15,000 in free bets to be won and all you have to do to be included is to play a minimum of ONE spin with real cash during the preceding week.
Bet 365 has the ongoing Slots Club promotion which only applies to the Playtech slots in the casino section (and requires an opt in). The promotional periods run for complete calendar months and the idea is to earn a target number of comp points on each of a target number days to win a cash prize. These range from £5 for earning at least 50 points on each of 10 days during the month right up to £1000 for earning at least 2500 points on each of 25 days during the month.
During December a special comp points promotion runs – the 12 Levels of Christmas. At the end of the month, claim the prize which corresponds to the highest level you reached. These range from a £25 bonus for 1000 comp points, through a Monaco Grand Prix package for 240,000 points and a 1 kg gold bullion bar for a million points, up to the top level where there is a choice of a Jaguar F-Type S Coupe, a Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid, a BMW 6 Series Coupe or £60,000 cash. You’d need to amass an absolutely ridiculous 2.4 million comp points during the month to claim one of those prizes, however (at the rate of 3 points per £10 played). More realistically, there is a prize draw for everyone who manages to reach level 3 which is 5000 points and the prize is a BMW Z4 Roadster.
On 13th, 18th and 26th December there is a special offer on the Marvel superhero slots. Deposit £25 or more using code MARVEL to claim a 100% bonus up to £100 to play on the Marvel slots (25x wager requirement and you must have less than £10 in your account before depositing to qualify.
The Vegas section (where you’ll find the Net Entertainment slots) also has rotating regular promotions. Festive Fortnight started on 19th December with a different reward every day when you play £10 or more.
Coral have a regular promotion, Bet and Spin, that gives out a mystery casino bonus (from £2 to £100) when you place a bet on the featured football game.
Coral also have the regular Supercharged Slots promotion in the casino section. A different slot features each week and when you buy in with £20 cash (any time from Monday to Thursday) you receive a £20 bonus; you must then play through deposit and bonus 20 times on the featured slot before you can withdraw any winnings.
A Christmas Coral runs until Boxing Day. Every day, a new page of the book is revealed with a new offer (although these will not necessarily all relate to slots play) and a new prize draw with 10 prizes.
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#MyXmas is running across the Probability network until Christmas Day and consists of three promotions plus a grand prize draw. The Gift Tree, which ran until December 10th, was a daily draw for gift cards, between all players who deposited and played £10 the day before. Snowman’s Surprise ran from 11th – 20th December and to qualify for this draw with an iPhone6, PS4 and 4 mini tablets to be won you had to play £10 cash on each of 3 separate days during the promo period. Elf on the Shelf runs 21st – 25th December and to qualify for this cash prize draw (top prize £200) you must play £15 cash on Reindeer Readies. Each promotion you enter also gets you one entry into the grand prize draw which is for a holiday in the Canary Islands in February.