Ladbrokes was founded by Mssrs Schwind and Pendleton in 1886, who formed their partnership to back horses trained at Ladbroke Hall in Worcestershire. In 1902, Arthur Bendir joined the duo, and Ladbrokes bookmaker was formed. Today, Ladbrokes are the largest betting company in the UK, one of the largest retail bookmakers in the world and an online gambling monolith, offering casino, poker, bingo, sports betting and more from their online portal.
But, with their history being mainly concentrated on sports betting, does the online casino offer a comparable experience? Or should Ladbrokes stick to taking bets on the gee-gees?
When you land on the Ladbrokes Casino homepage, you will be greeted by the familiar deep red and white colour scheme which runs throughout the site. The casino is run on the Microgaming software, and follows the familiar page layout, with the choice of either downloading the full suite of 540 games, or playing straight in the browser. Although there is not the full range of games available to play in the browser, there is still a healthy range of several hundred, enough to keep even the most demanding gamer happy for hours.
If you have never played at a Microgaming casino and want to test drive the games before parting with your cash, you will be pleased to know you can play the majority of the games for free at Ladbrokes Casino. Plus, with Microgaming being one of the hardest working games producers in the industry, there are new games being launched all the time, so there’s always lots to choose from.
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In their instant casino, Ladbrokes offer Slots (three reel, 5 reel, progressive and pub style slots), Roulette, Blackjack and other Table Games (including Craps, Baccarat, Pai Gow, Sic Bo and Red Dog), Video Poker, Scratch Cards, Variety Games (such as Super Bonus Bingo, Flip Card and Keno) plus the rarer Multi-Player games, including Multi Player Wheel of Wealth and Roulette.
There are the same categories of games on offer in the download casino too, but just more of them. For example, in the instant casino there are three Multi-Player games and in the download there are six. It is definitely worth downloading the software if you are planning on playing at Ladbrokes long term to get access to the full game range.
Although the download takes a little longer than some equivalent casinos, you will only need to do it once. Likewise, although the first time you play each game it will take several seconds longer than average to download, once it is on your hard drive you will not need to download it again, so in the long run it will be much more efficient. There is also a mobile casino on offer at Ladbrokes, which gives you on the go access to a smaller suite of Microgaming favourites.
Plus, if this isn’t enough gaming action for you, you can also click on the Games tab and have access to a range of instant games, plus there is a Live Casino offering Blackjack, Roulette and Baccarat.
Like a lot of large casinos which stock hundreds of games, the gameplay in the download is decidedly mixed. Some are newer and modern and quite smooth, but some are looking dated and quite low quality. For example, we played Atlantic City Blackjack, which has very low quality computer graphics when compared to similar games from other casinos. However, we then tried our luck on one of the newer slots, Max Damage, and found the playability, quality and graphics much better.
Playing the instant casino sees a similar variance in quality of gameplay. However, despite the varying quality, the games run well, and are rarely aborted during play, so you can be assured of consistency and reliability when you play at Ladbrokes.
Ladbrokes offer some tempting Welcome Bonuses (usually 100% of your first deposit) and sometimes will offer Free Play for new players. However, be careful of the difference between “Free Cash” which requires no deposit and “Free Cash” when you deposit, as sometimes the wording is a little unclear. Make sure you read each promotion thoroughly before signing up, to ensure you understand exactly how to receive your bonus.
Ladbrokes will also regularly offer free spins, reload bonuses, one off promotional giveaways, tournaments and races and cash back. They will also run promotions specific to Mobile Casino, Live Casino or the online Casino, so again, just ensure you have read the details of the promotion so you understand what area of Ladbrokes online it relates to.
Ladbrokes is a sports betting monolith and its online casino option is no exception. It is heavy and somewhat sluggish with a huge variety of over 500 games, which is great for choice but means that the quality of games is not quite as good as smaller, more nimble casinos. However, it is, without a doubt, an online gaming giant, which dwarves its competitors as many players simply wouldn’t even bother looking anywhere else.
Promotions and bonuses offered are varied and abundant too, and its generous and attractive Welcome Bonuses will appeal to the new gamer. All in all, Ladbrokes offers exactly what we would expect from this colossal brand; an enormous, hulk of a casino which will crush most of its opposition without even breaking a sweat.
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