Gala are a well known name in the gambling industry with a strong selection of services offered including an online casino and a bingo site. Owned and operated by the Gala Coral Group, Gala Casinos offers roulette, baccarat, blackjack and online poker. Having merged with Coral Eurobet in 2005, Gala now provides bookmaking alongside its other services. The largest bingo operator in the UK, Gala also holds a formidable casino market with 27 sites. Gala was founded in 1991 and it is based in Essex.
Gala offers a good welcome incentive in the form of a bonus of up to £205. The bonus is divided up into set amounts that can be released by playing various games and waging multiple times the bonus amount in those games. All of this must be done within 30 days of joining the Gala Casino.
There is a sizable selection of other promotions available for players. 3 Card Monday, for example, provides a bonus of £10 in 3 card poker if you bet over £100 yourself. Other daily promotions include Scratchcard Thursday, Blackjack Friday, Roulette Saturday and Megajackpot Sunday. Each of these confers a £10 bonus as long as certain requirements are met first.
All of this is augmented with additional promotions including loyalty bonuses for poker players and monthly “reloads” for casino players who wager enough (25x deposit amount). All in all Gala offers a wide set of promotions with enough scope to please most players. The usual restrictions are in place but the bonuses on offer should help to make the experience more enjoyable.
The Gala Casino website itself is wrapped up in a neon style which is actually quite appealing. Not over the top, it helps set the tone for the Gala experience. The site is also easy to navigate with clear sections tabbed out across the top of the page. Promotions are advertised and you will be able to choose between playing online or seeking out your local casino. Naturally you’re going to want to know how to get started online in which case you’ll want to head to the open account link (snugly tucked away in the top right).
Setting up an account is a simple matter divided into a convenient set of three steps. You’ll need to enter your personal details, set up how you will make deposits (and make your first deposit) and finally set up any gambling limitations you’d like to set for yourself. It’s all very efficient but it’s a little irritating that you are almost forced to deposit at this point rather than later. The one way to delay your deposit, assuming you wish to do this later, is to select bank transfer and then continue to step three.
Once you have finished signing up you will be returned to the home page where little will have changed. You’ll find your user ID and account options at the top right but otherwise it’s back to square one. Not to worry, click play now and you’ll be taken straight to the casino. The quality of website design continues to the casino games page. Here you will be able to choose from a set of tabs including sections such as roulette, video poker, arcade, blackjack and other card games.
The selection of games is more than reasonable and you should easily find what you’re looking for. The games run in a browser but they still have a decent set of options available. It’s easy to jump into a game thanks to the in browser setup. Oddly it’s a little fiddly to play for fun; if you’re already logged in the games default to real cash mode and to resolve this you will have to log out and select play for fun when you open a game. This is a pain if you want to demo a few games before putting down money. Despite the difficulty in playing for fun, the games themselves are well designed and enjoyable to play. WagerWorks provides software for Gala casino games.
Poker, Bingo and Bookmaking
Gala also offer other services including poker, bingo and bookmaking. Accessing any of these features will link to other Gala sites. Poker is available in the form of a downloadable client or an in browser version. Naturally, the downloadable version has more options and so you can decide whether you want to go through the extra trouble for these or not. Bingo is available in the form of the well known Gala Bingo brand and bookmaking services are also offered from the associated Coral website.
Payment options available at Gala Casino are split between cards, direct bank transfer, Quick Pay and Moneybookers. Acceptable cards include Maestro, MasterCard and Visa. This isn’t a huge selection of options but the bare essentials are here.
Gala Casinos provide a well presented and easy to use casino website. The selection of games is decent and there are many promotions to spice things up. The help service is acceptable but lacks a full 24 hour phone line. This is a shame and hampers what is otherwise a good service. Despite this, Gala delivers a professional and fun gambling experience.
- Safe: Yes
- 24/7 Support: Yes
- Demos: Yes
- Download Required: No
- Live Betting: Yes
- Mobile Gambling: No
- Promotions: Yes