Royal Vegas has been my favorite online casino for years now, and I don’t ever expect that to change. But like most of you, I enjoy testing the waters of new online casinos, so long as they exude a high level of integrity. As the New Year approaches, I thought I’d share a closer look at some new Australia casino for 2017.
My top three picks are detailed below. Having tested each extensively, I’ve chosen these sites for several reasons. They all offer special promotions for new players, have a good variety of games via multiple software platforms, and are all compatible with desktop, mobile and tablet devices, including my beloved iPad. Most importantly, despite being so new – an attribute that often carries a questionable level of trust – they are all owned by distinguished operators.
New Australia Casinos 2017 – Shadow Bet
To be perfectly honest, it was the name of this new online casino that caught my attention first. Shadow Bet imbues a certain oracular mystique. That doesn’t necessarily translate through the website, though, which is probably a good thing since transparency is paramount to any reputable operator.
Launched in October 2016, what this new online casino does offer is an immense variety of games on a series of trusted platforms. And as players have come to expect from newly launched sites, Shadow Bet also delivers some great promotions to bring in new members.
Players who sign up will receive a ‘Whole Year of Free Spins‘ with no wagering requirements; 520 in all. That’s 10 free spins each weekend for the first 52 weeks of membership. New players also get a trio of first-time deposit bonuses paying 100% up to $300 on the first deposit, 50% up to $400 n the second, and 25% up to $500 on the third.
An additional 10 free spins are available every Wednesday during Happy Hour (3-5pm). And on Tuesday, the first bet on roulette or blackjack (alternating weeks) is on the house (i.e. if you lose, you’ll get you money back the next day, up to $5).
The real question, though, is whether Shadow Bet is a reputable operator. The answer to that is a resounding ‘Yes‘. It’s owned by MT SecureTrade Limited, which operates seven other casinos with established licences in the UK, Malta and Curacao. By launching Shadow Bet, the operator is merely expanding its horizons.
New Australia Casinos 2017 – Spinit Casino
Also launched in October, Spinit Casino is brought to you by Genesis Global Limited, the same distinguished operator that brought us the innovative Casino Cruise in 2014. Licenced in Malta and the UK, trust is already well established here.
Spinit has nice layout, if you like the color pink. It’s powered by an array of 12 different software engineers, including major brands like NetEnt and Play’n Go, while delivering the industry’s most beloved live dealer casino games from Evolution Gaming.
Like all new online casinos, Spinit paves the promotional path in red carpet for new members. While the first-time deposit bonus of 100% up to $200 isn’t all that grand, the addition of 200 free spins is pretty spectacular. The next three deposits are also piled with moderate bonuses.
As for existing members, there isn’t too much on the menu yet. There’s a small 25% up to $100 reload bonus on Mondays, and a Spinners Choice every Wednesday where players can get a reload bonus and take a free spin trial on the site’s Game of the Week.
New Australia Casinos 2017 – Vegazino
Admittedly, it took me a moment to get passed the rather cheesy name. Vegazino doesn’t exactly permeate with sophistication. But then again, I try not to judge a book by its cover. On the inside, this new online casino does have its appeal.
For one, it comes with an exclusively Australian web portal, where all promotions are detailed in AU$ value. I found Vegazino’s new player bonuses to be more appealing than the sites listed above, not because of their overwhelming size, but rather the higher matching percentage.
The first deposit gets a 200% up to $50 bonus, requiring only a $25 deposit to redeem in full. It also comes with 50 free spins on Starburst. The second deposit earns 100% up to $200, plus 50% up to $250 on the third. That means players get a chance to decide how much they like the new online casino before investing too heavily in its welcoming promotions.
As for dependability, Vegazino was launched in late 2016 by Nektan Limited, a company that operates nearly two dozen casinos under licences from Gibraltar and the UK.
On the negative end, it’s rather obvious this site is so new, as many of the links are jumbled up. Clicking on All Games brings us to the Promotions page, while clicking the Slots link takes us to All Games, where we see the variety extends to just over 160 titles. They are quality games, mind you, but not nearly so abundant as the 600+ supplied by tried-and-true Microgaming powered casinos like Royal Vegas.