Gala Casino Poker Review

Rating: 8
Gala Casino Poker Review
  
UK's No. 1 for Online Casino Games

The Gala Group operates a number of leading online brands, including galabingo.com and coral.co.uk. It also operates a chain of Eurobet shops in Italy.

At Gala Casino Poker players can enjoy over 300 online casino games, including slots, blackjack, roulette, Live Casino, mobile games and more. Players also get a number of bonuses and promotions, together with a great VIP Loyalty scheme.

  • Decent VIP scheme and regular freerolls
  • Large deposit bonus coupled with a reload bonus
  • Reputable name in the gaming industry
  • Very geared towards the gaming aspect

 

Gala Casino

About Gala

The name Gala is one of the most recognised gaming brands in the UK. It launched in 1991 and today employs over 18,000 people in its 142 bingo clubs and 25 casinos, which are seen on almost every major High Street in the UK.

Gala Bingo holds an approximate market share of 45% in the UK Bingo sector, while the Gala Group’s Casinos hold a market share of 18% - making it the third largest casino business in the UK.

Gala Casino Poker was born from the formation of Gala Interactive in 2011. This, together with the recruitment of a new Gala Interactive team, formed the re-launch of GalaCasino.com and GalaBingo.com.

Gala ultimately decided to promote the poker aspect away from the casino and for it to stand alone on the iPoker network.

Software / Colour Scheme / User interface

Gala Casino Poker use iPoker’s Playtech software, which boasts the third largest number of users for an online site so you’ll find a game day or night. It’s a high tech piece of software allowing top of the range graphics, enhanced audio and a user friendly interface.

One downside to Gala Casino Poker is its chosen colour scheme for the lobby. It’s black, with dark blue lining and dull green text - it just doesn’t work very well.

The information screen from within the poker tournaments at least changes the text from green to white to make it stand out better, but the dark blue lines on the black background aren’t great to look at for long periods.

The actual skin on the table isn’t too bad. A royal blue table with a darker blue racetrack makes the cards and chips stand out. Like all iPoker skins you can choose to turn avatars off, which gives you a nice clean table, or you can choose between one of the 75 custom avatars that are on offer.

IPoker allows you to open 16 tables, which fit with very little overlap, and allows you to multi-table with relative ease.

Skin specific bonus information

Initial Deposit Bonus:

Gala are offering a nice package for new depositors to their skin. By depositing at least £10 you will receive €25 worth (5 x €5) of tournament tokens, entry into thirty different £50 prizepool new player freerolls and also have your first deposit matched with a bonus worth 100% of your first deposit up to £200. You will be given fourteen days to use your tournament tokens and ninety days to clear the deposit bonus.

The deposit bonus does look a little small in comparison to others that you may see on iPoker. However it is much easier to clear this bonus than the majority of those bigger bonuses. The bonus will be released in increments of £5 for every 300 points earned. In order for you to release the full bonus over the course of the ninety days you will need to pay £674 in rake, effectively earning a nice 29.66% rakeback from just the deposit bonus alone.

Reload Bonus:

The reload bonus is available to all current players who have previously made their first deposit. Just make a minimum deposit of £10/€15/$20 and you’ll receive a reload bonus up to a maximum of $100. Your bonus will be released at the rate of $1 for every 80 Gala Status Points you earn. To earn 80 points, you’ll need to rake or pay $4 in fees.

Skin specific loyalty info

Gala poker have a very nice rewards programme for their players. Some skins can needlessly complicate their loyalty schemes but Gala really go back to basics with their's. There are six levels to the scheme. It all revolves around turning the points you earn in to cash. The rate of return varies from 16% to 30%. I have outlined in the table below each level, the requirement to reach it and the rakeback percentage earned at that level. This should make it easy for you to understand Gala's loyalty scheme.

The higher the level you climb the more freerolls available to you also. Level 2 of above have a £25 freeroll every Tuesday.

Level Points Required Min Rake Paid (€) Rakeback %
1 0 0.00 0
2 1 0.08 16%
3 50 3.91 21.33%
4 500 39.06 25.60%
5 2500 195.31 27.23%
6 5000 390.63 30.48%

 

Skin specific games

Gala Casino Poker offers small freerolls for taking a punt on some of their side games. These change over the course of the month, but their most recent was an entry in a $500 freeroll for wagering a minimum $5 on their Pink Panther game.

It also held a recent $2,500 freeroll for any player that earned 25 Status Points during the course of November, with a top prize of just short of $500 based on 400 runners.

Deposit / Withdrawal / Security Options

Gala Casino Poker has numerous options available for depositing onto the site. You can use Credit/Debit Cards, Skrill, Neteller, Paypal, Bank Transfer, Ukash, PaySafe, Click and Buy and Click 2 Pay. The minimum deposits are €10 and all of these deposit methods are free and instantly credited to your account, bar bank transfer than can take 2-5 days.

Withdrawals to Debit/Credit cards take 2-5 working days, while withdrawals to ewallets are credited instantly, once they are processed by Gala Casino Poker. They also offer Bank Transfer as a way of withdrawal, which takes 3-5 working days. There's no charge on withdrawals and minimum withdrawal is €5 with any method used.

Site Safety / Security / Reputation in Forums

It’s quite difficult to work your way around to try and find the info you’re looking for on the site. Most of the T+C’s and help is geared towards the casino end of Gala rather than the poker end.

Seeing as Gala are an established business - coming up to 25 years - you can be sure that your money is secure while using its poker site. Gala Casino has over 700,000 members so every security measure should be in place to make sure your money is secure.

Skin Specific Support info

Gala Casino Poker’s support isn’t the best I’ve ever come across. You can email them 24/7, phone them between 7am-11pm 7 days a week, or contact them through live support 24 hours a day.

However, they aren’t the quickest to reply through live support and when they do show up to ask you for your query, you’re left hanging for a long time waiting for them to come back. My last contact with them was to ask for a link to the security measures they use for the site and, after an agent came online and I posed my query, I had to just hang up after 20 minutes waiting and trying to get their attention.

Negatives

• Poor support

• Software colour scheme is harsh

Verdict

Gala Casino Poker offers you a large deposit bonus, but you’ll be a long time clearing it. There are plenty of games to help you rake enough to earn your bonus dollars, so if you ply your trade on the iPoker network then Gala should be a stop along the journey to mop up some bonus/loyalty money. I’m not sure I could keep my eyes on that software for a long period of time though.

The Gala site is very-much geared towards the gaming aspect so if you fancy a flutter on the side games, you can easily jump between the poker and gaming aspects of the site.

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