Signing up with 32Red Casino
With a number of awards behind them, 32Red are one of the most popular casino sites on the net and for many players, they are the first port of call when setting up a new account. For that reason alone, it seemed like a good idea to test them out but there is also £10.00 of free play which was an added bonus.
So what did we find when opening a new account?
The sign up section is easily found and the link is prominently displayed on the very top right of the home page. Click on this and there are some very simple steps that lead to signing up.
- First step here is a very simple one with name and contact details required plus date of birth and gender.
- Step 2 – even simpler, just your address details.
- Final step is to choose your username and a password and naturally these will be your login details. If you’re familiar with sign ups at any online casino or sportsbook, this is very typical of what you will find and the whole process is quick and easy.
Within three minutes I was a 32Red account holder and ready to play.
Under the terms of the free play promotion, 32Red promise that you will be asked if you would like your £10.00 bonus once you have completed sign up. And, as you can see from the screenshot, they did exactly what they said they would.
From this point however it was a little tricky to get the tenner into my account. At sign up, I had been asked to provide my telephone number and in order to claim the bonus, 32Red would send me an SMS with a code that I would need to input.
The screen then defaulted to show my phone number but when I clicked to request the code, it said it was invalid. The issue was with the +44 for UK numbers which I had to remove and after getting the right format, I finally had the code sent through to my phone. After inputting, I got the confirmation.
Before moving on, I should point out that terms and conditions of the bonus are clearly shown. Naturally there is lots to take in and the rollover requirement may be an issue for some but essentially, free play of this kind is just used to test out the casino and any profits are a nice bonus.
There’s a great choice of slots, poker, roulette and other card and table games here and although the rollover can be reached via different methods, it seems that you can use the bonus to play anywhere. I started with a personal favourite – roulette.
As you can see, this isn’t the Live Dealer option but the graphics and sound effects are good. After a few small stakes, I tested slots and the Blackjack table. It’s a very good choice overall from a number of software providers so anyone signing up here will never be short of a game.
I have yet to personally add any funds to my account as I’m just working my way through the bonus balance, however there is a huge choice and a good selection of eWallets.
Having Paypal on your side is always going to attract a lot of new business as this is arguably the most popular provider in the world. Alongside them are Neteller, Skrill, PaySafeCard, Eco and others and you can also fund with debit or credit cards and / or bank transfer.
This is one area where I felt I might have needed a little more: You’ll recall the issue with validating my phone number earlier and when it was flagged up I was prompted to go to the help centre. Here I was met with a long list of FAQs.
Needless to say, my query here was a bit of an odd one and it wasn’t covered by the list. Furthermore, I couldn’t find any links away from this page to other areas where I could have got in touch with the casino.
There is a button at the bottom of the home page marked 24 / 7 support but this only provided a snail mail address and a link to those same Frequently Asked Questions. This was a surprisingly low set of options and could certainly dissuade some players.
The positives certainly outweigh any downsides at 32Red and there were lots of good things going on that are likely to see me hanging around for some time. The sign up process is very quick and although I had that small issue with SMS verification, the free play money was in my account in less than 10 minutes.
The choice of games will really set 32Red apart from a lot of their competitors and you’ll never be short of something to play here. There’s a long list of funding options too and some great ongoing promos for those who use up their free play and decide to stick around.
The only real downside is with customer service and a surprisingly poor set of options. If, however, you’re one of those players who can just carry on with no need for regular assistance then this is definitely a great place to be.