When brick-and-mortar casinos go online, I am equally excited and turned off. Would the luxury and excess be captured well on my PC and mobile phone? Would the experience be lesser without the company of my best friends and a glass of wine? After all, I’m in my jammies instead of a curve-hugging dress.
Enter The Hippodrome, London’s iconic casino – it’s been around since 1900 and once had a 100,000 gallon tank for elephants, polar bears and sea lions to swim in! I visited the establishment few months ago and thoroughly enjoyed that night. When I heard that it’s also available online, I just had to check it out.
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|Licensed in||Lotteries and Gaming Authority of Malta|
|Currencies||GBP, EURO, USD|
|Casino Type||Mobile and desktop|
|Helpline number||Toll- free 0-808-238-9840, Live chat is also available 24/7|
|Number of Games||200+ on desktop and 50+ on mobile, including slots, Roulette, Poker, Blackjack.|
|Bonuses||£10 No-deposit bonus, 100% First deposit Match and other weekly promotions|
|Wagering Requirements||High difficulty (no less than 50 times the bonus amount received has been wagered)|
|Deposit Methods||Ukash, Debit/ Credit Cards, Skrill, Neteller, Bank transfer, and many others|
|Withdrawal Methods||Similar to deposit methods|
|Pros||The premier gambling experience and top games|
|Cons||Limited promotions and mobile offerings|
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A sneak peek of the original London venue
There are 450+ online games and 60 mobile titles to choose from. The Hippodrome preserved the air of stylishness, with premium casino games by Microgaming. You’d recognise the really big names like Hitman, Jurassic Park and Mega Moolah.
- 50+ mobile slots titles
- 17 Progressive Jackpots – with few in the range of £1.5 million and the smallest at £8k.
- 6 mobile and 23 online versions of Video Poker, an almost complete collection of all the Video Poker games in the world
- Live Casino Baccarat, Blackjack and Roulette – available in multi-player mode, instead of playing alone or against the computer
- Exciting Slots Tournaments every few weeks, with holidays and hot prizes up for grabs
Not all of it is available on mobile, which is a slight shame. However, 60+ mobile games is enough entertainment for any slow night. If you’re playing on your PC, each slot game is framed with its artwork and accompanied by cinematic music. You can also personalise your account and save your favourite games for easier access. All games (with the exception of Progressive Jackpots) are available to play for Real Money and in Demo Play mode.
New players are treated to a £1000 Welcome Bonus offer.
- 100% Match on your 1st Deposit, up to £250
- 25% Match on your 2nd Deposit, up to £250
- 50% Match on your 3rd Deposit, up to £500
All Match Bonuses must be claimed within 7 days of registering a Real Account and is subject to 50 times wagering requirements.
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The problem with premier establishments is that they attract customers without hosting promotions. We’d go anyway, because of the brand name or for experience’s sake.
Their Online Casino Rewards Club drips with exclusivity – it’s something that I wanted to be part of. Their marketing team created this (frankly confusing) structure of Loyalty Levels and Bonus Points. In short, you earn 5 Loyalty Points for every €10 deposited; after collecting 5000 Loyalty Points, you may exchange them for €10 Casino Credits. Some Math later, you’ll discover that it’s a €10,000 bill before earning €10. No, thanks. If you can afford it, you’d be in a league of elite casino players.
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The Hippodrome accepts credit and debit cards, Neteller, entropay, Skrill, Ukash, Click2Pay and bank transfers. The Account Section is powered by Playcheck, an audit technology by Microgaming. There’s a complete record of your playing sessions, how much you started and ended each session with; should you ever need it. This, along with the SSL encryption technology, provides high level of security to its players.
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The Hippodrome processes withdrawals via the same depositing methods offered above. The cash-out times also matches the industry standard at about 48 hours.
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The London’s Hippodrome experience on your mobile
The Hippodrome paid special attention in tying the online brand to their land-based outlet in Leicester Square, London. After all, the brand is a hundred years old and is well-established; players worldwide already associate The Hippodrome with stylishness and a good time. Why, the logo itself is reminiscent of luxury-brand, Ralph Lauren’s horse.
The Hippodrome looks gorgeous and performs smoothly on all gaming platforms; reflecting their high standards. The game choice is impeccable. More excitingly, I hear that the finals of some of their past slots tournaments were held offline at their London casino, which is a real treat for many online players! Finally, there is also 24/7 customer support via live chat, telephone and email.
Hippodrome is a joy to visit, although it wouldn’t be my regular haunt. The mobile platform and bonuses section could be developed further. However, the aesthetic, smooth animations and general grandeur promises a wonderful experience. Until you can make that trip to London to visit the real thing, I suggest you pour yourself a glass of wine and play away.
Last updated by: Victoria, 16 August 2014