In the UK and across the world the brand name ‘Virgin‘ is synonymous with cool, sophisticated quality, and the Virgin Games brand is no exception to this rule. And, like other Virgin products, the Virgin Games Welcome Bonus does not play by the standard rules most welcome bonus offers do. It’s a great offer, but it will be worth familiarising yourself with the basics first. Here we go:
The Virgin Games Welcome Bonus
Before we go too far, there is one thing that needs explaining so that this bonus makes sense. Virgin Games offers a wide range of gaming fun you can find on most sites at this level plus a lot more: slots, live casino, poker, instant win, and bingo. But (as we have been told by a Virgin Games representative) Virgin Games sees itself as a bingo platform first of all. This becomes more obvious once you get into the detail of the offer (see below), but do not let this put you off Virgin Games if you are not primarily a bingo player. Virgin Games has a great range of quality products and bingo is only one of them.
Now then, on to the welcome bonus:
For signing up players get 21 no deposit free spins for the game Secrets of the Phoenix. And after that there is a very enticing first deposit bonus: a 200% match up to a maximum of £200 in bonus funds.
Possibly to seem more like a bingo site, the first deposit bonus is marketed as ‘Deposit £10, play with £30,’ which is strictly speaking accurate. But we’ve checked the terms and conditions and you can definitely max out the first deposit bonus at £200.
And of course, if you are one of the many casino players who also dabble in bingo, this is the perfect welcome bonus for you.
The Fine Print
Virgin brands often have the courage to try something new, and the Virgin Games terms and conditions are certainly very different from the typical industry pattern. On the whole, the differences are very player-friendly, but you will need to look beyond just the headline figures to really understand this welcome bonus.
And speaking of headline numbers, here’s the main one. The wagering requirement for the Virgin Games welcome bonus is 4x. No, that’s not a mistake, 4x. A full ten time smaller than the more typical 40x most casinos set for a wagering requirement.
Before you get too excited, though, we need to explain the game weighting for this one. Apologies in advance for the math.
Unlike most casinos, Virgin Gamesdoes not weight slots at 100% for meeting a wagering requirement. Instead, slots are weighted at 10%, meaning the effective wagering requirement for Virgin Games on slots is 40x, the industry standard more or less.
BUT, Virgin Games give live casino a weighting of 5%, which means the effective wagering requirement for live casino is 80x – the LOWEST we’ve ever encountered for live casino. If you are a live casino fan, this is one to go for.
Poker buy-ins have a weighting of 20%, making their effective wagering requirement 20x, and instant scratch is back down to 5% with an effective wagering requirement of 80x again.
We have concentrated on the game weightings because it is an area most likely to confuse casino regulars. The rest of the rules at Virgin Games appear fairly standard: the welcome bonus is for new players only, the free spins offer is valid from 30 days of sign-up, etc.
For the informed player (which by definition if you have read this far in a Bonus Bulldog review means YOU) the Virgin Games welcome bonus is a keeper.
And there is a lot more to make Virgin Games as a platform very attractive if you like bonuses. We will cover them in other posts, but as you might expect from Virgin this is a well-thought out operation with a lot of well-designed products.
Our verdict? Sign up, grab the spins, and (especially if you like live casino bonuses) cash in on the first deposit bonus.