The Chinese New Year themed Gung Pow is new from Microgaming, and Miss Midas is the latest NextGen slot to be released. Williams have Viking Vanguard and the super cute OMG! Kittens. Tornado Farm Escape by Net Entertainment is also scheduled for release in January, and Arcader by eccentric games company Thunderkick is already out. Probability also have a new slot in their mobile casinos – Moving Moments.
The UK point of consumption taxation regime for online gambling sites has now come into effect. Prior to December 2014, 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. The Beat the Boss promotion is reset at the start of each month. 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. 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. Lastly there is a 10% cashback offer up to £50 when you make a deposit of at least £10 between 5pm and 10pm on a Wednesday. 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 regular promotions at GUTS are extremely good and rival special promotions from other casinos. Double Deal Monday is a 2 part promotion – deposit using the code to get a 75% bonus up to £40, and if the deposit is at least £20 and you play at least £20 on the Monday, you’ll receive 15 free spins on the Game of the Week on Tuesday. Thursday Triple is a free spins promotion – deposit on Thursday to get free spins on Friday, Saturday and Sunday on a different Game of the Week. Deposit and play £20 or more to get 10 free spins on each of the three days – or deposit and play £50 or more to get 20 free spins on each of the three days.
The really great thing about these promotions is that any winnings from the free spins are yours to keep, free of any wagering requirements.
Mr Green run regular Cash Drop offers (usually but not always on a Thursday) on a different slot each time. Real cash prizes of £5 to £250, worth £1000 in total, are awarded to random players of the featured game. This week the Cash Drop takes place on Thursday 29th on Wild Birthday Blast.
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. On 31st January and 1st February, the featured slot is the new slot Tornado Farm Escape by Net Entertainment.
There’s also a free spins promotion on Tuesday 27th with up to 120 spins on South Park: Reel Chaos up for grabs.
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 January. 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). The Games of the Week for January are Nauticus, Penguin Splash, Today’s Weather and Pinocchio’s Fortune.
A 20% extra play points promotion runs until 31st January, which applies to play online, on mobile or in your local Grosvenor Casino.
Form 26th – 29th January there is a Live Casino prize draw promotion with £5000 in prizes. To enter, opt in, deposit and spend £50 on live casino games.
Another prize draw runs from 30th January to 1st February, with £3000 in cash prizes plus Six Nations tickets to be won. Opt in and deposit and spend £20 to enter (this can be done multiple times).
The Games section has a Sharepot promotion running from 23rd – 27th January on the Genesis Gaming slot, Robyn. Opt in and play £50 – £249 for a share of £2000 or £250 plus for a share of £8000 (paid as bonus with a single playthrough requirement) .
Also in the Games section there is a bonus back on losses promotion on selected slots with the word “Gold” in their name. The minimum spend is £50 and 10% – 20% (depending on spend level) of losses up to £50 will be refunded as bonus (tih a single playthrough requirement)
The Vegas section has an absolute stonker of a prize draw promotion – they are giving away a trip to Las Vegas for 2 people with hotel stay, flights, spending money and casino chips included, EVERY SINGLE DAY until 1st February. There are also 10 runner up prizes of £50 cash and 80 further runner up prizes of a voucher to use on the game Thai Princess in any William Hill shop. To get an entry into the day’s draw, all you have to do is log in and click on Claim Now. Extra entries can be earned at the rate of 1 for every £10 played on Vegas slots or table games.
The Games and Vegas sections also frequently have one day specials, so it’s worth checking the site often.
Light Up January is a series of limited time special offers that became available during January (you had to keep checking the site to find out when as most were for one day only). The final offer, which is deposit £10 get £10 bonus, is now live until 1st February.
Sky Casino (which has table games and Playtech slots) also has a January promotion, the Challenger. 10 challenges (which each require a separate opt in) are released during the period 2nd January to 1st February and each must be completed within 3 days to win a reward. Complete at least 3 of them to get a 200% deposit bonus of up to £50. If you manage to complete 5 you’ll get a 200% bonus up to £100 and if you complete them all, you’ll get a 200% bonus up to £250.
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. Also look out for the periodic Free Spin Field Day promotions in Vegas Slots; these involve playing a qualifying number of spins on one slot to win free spins on another slot.
The Arcade section has Free Bet Mondays. This is a staggeringly 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.
January sees some one day only promotions running, including a 25% deposit bonus offer on 29th.
The Vegas section (where you’ll find the Net Entertainment slots) also has rotating regular promotions; 25% Reload Weekend is running on 31st January and 1st February. Deposit £20 or more to claim (maximum bonus £100).
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.
Until 4th February there is a deposit and play £10, get £10 bonus offer on the Kong slot (10 x playthrough requirement).
Probability Mobile Casinos
Big Bang 2015 is now running at some Probability casinos until the end of January. It is a prize draw promotion. Daily draws run Monday to Thursday – 90 winners in all will get £45 bonus to play with over 3 weeks. To get an entry, play £10 cash the day before. The weekly draws will have 8 winners of £120 cash to play over 4 weeks – get an entry by playing £10 cash on any 2 days during the week. The Big Bang draw at the end will have 2 winners of £400 cash to play over 8 weeks – get an entry by playing £10 on any 3 days each week during the promo period.
Nektan Mobile Casinos
Nektan have some new regular promotions for 2015. There’s a 10% cashback (up to £100) every Tuesday and extra bonuses every Friday.