New Microgaming Casino for 2013

A new Microgaming casino with options for PC, Mac, iPads, iPhones, Android smartphones and tablets.

Strictly speaking, Lucky247 Casino was released towards the end of 2012 – I first heard of it in a news article New Microgaming Casinos 2012/2013 which popped up via a bulletin on the AZonlinecasinos website which I manage – although I wouldn’t necessarily say it was launched in a frenzy of publicity but this seems to be in keeping with the Lucky247 website’s somewhat demure and understated image.

I first noticed Lucky247 mentioned in a news article and signed up to play there in October 2012, initially being particularly interested in their mobile offering which is using Microgaming’s new HTML5 product “GO”. Consequently I ended up playing extensively over the course of a month on both the PC Flash product and the more limited but equally nice mobile casino via my iPad3. I knew I’d find a use for it eventually!

To cut to the chase and for those who don’t want to read the entire review of Lucky247 then, yes, it generally gets a thumbs-up from me. But then again, most Microgaming casinos do. It’s always hard to know when a new Microgaming casino arrives on the scene just how it will fare – look at Casino Creed and Purple Lounge as examples of Microgaming casinos that disappeared overnight – but the signs seem good.

First Impressions, Setup and Licensing

The people behind Lucky247 were very chatty by email and their casino manager Alex seemed keen to hear about anything that could be improved. And was responsive too when I send forth suggestions. The investment in Microgaming itself is a decent indicator as that’s not cheap to licence. In fact, as I understand it, it is the most expensive of the lot but unsurprisingly when you consider the array of some 500 games and Microgaming’s reputation as the leading online games and slot machines developer.

Lucky247 casino is licenced in Malta – not an ideal choice in light of Malta’s constant refusal to get involved in player issues wherever possible – but nonetheless, better than being “licenced” in Costa Rica! I’d have preferred to see Alderney or the Isle Of Man as the licensing jurisdiction as they lead the way in policy and strict control over operators or, failing that, Gibraltar or even Kahnawake who at least show an interest in player protection. But Malta it is and to be fair, a lot of Microgaming casinos use them and the jurisdiction is UK Whitelisted. For now.

Swings & Roundabouts

I’ll come onto games and products in a moment but before I do, a couple of things that I feel could and should be improved about Lucky247 casino. Firstly, when you log into the PC Flash product you are actually on the mobile games tab but it’s not obvious because the tabs are coloured. The issue there is that it looks like they don’t have many games and it took me a while to realise I had to go to the PC tab and search!

Secondly, note that the reverse pending time is 24hours and there is no manual flushing facility until you are regarded a VIP, nor do they process weekend cashouts. I know this is pretty industry-average but I expected a new Microgaming casino to push the boat out a bit and this is the ideal differentiator. To many players, that may not matter too much of course but the one thing I have struggled with at Lucky 247 casino is to find something “unique” to crow about. This would have been the ideal opportunity but alas the best I can say is that service is generally good, bonuses are “OK” and cashouts par for the course.

One thing I would add in their favour was that the ID process on my first withdrawal was quick and easy with no messing around on deposit authorisation forms or anything. nd what’s more, it was a big one – 5 figures thanks to a very, very lucky spin on the “Spring Break” slot on Lucky247 mobile casino on my iPad one evening.

It’s not often you get 5 scatters and even less often it happens during the free spins at 3x! And even less often when you just maxed your bet! Check out the pic to the left for proof. Sweet 🙂

Games & Product Review

So moving on to the products themselves then if you know Microgaming software (“MGS”) well you can stop reading! Lucky247 appear to have the full suite of MGS games spread over the 3 casino products. The GO mobile product, being pretty new, has a much smaller selection of games right now: Blackjack, European Roulette, basic video poker and some slots including Thunderstruck, Spring Break, Ladies Nite, Avalaon, Mega Moolah and Immortal Romance due, probably by the time you read this. But they are all HTML5, run on iPads, iPhones, Android smartphones and tablets and look and play every bit as good as the versions in Microgaming’s download casino and Flash product. And the new product also has the deposit/withdrawal options integrated (unlike the old one where you couldn’t withdraw!). Top notch.

I’ve already mentioned the small layout issue on the main Lucky247 casino when you log in you play the Flash games  and the sheer volume of games available means you are sometimes better off using the provided Games Search box to locate your favourite games. But that aside, there’s little else to say except it all works very well. So layout aside, it’s exactly what you’d hope and expect to find in a new Microgaming casino to be honest: hundreds of slot machines, fruit machines, lots of video poker choice including multi-hand variants, plenty of table games, various Blackjack and Roulette options, Baccarat and Asian games… just lots of choice basically and as with all Microgaming games, very nicely presented.

I will sign off with one final observation. If you are a high roller, then Lucky247 casino may not be as good a choice as somewhere like, for example 32Red as the bet sizes are limited. They aren’t *that* small – for example the max bet on Thunderstruck is £11.25 a spin and on roulette, single number bets have now been limited to £10 max but when you consider that somewhere like Royal Vegas allows bets on Thunderstruck of up to £90 a spin, that’s a difference.

Conclusions

If the middling max bet limits and 24hr reverse pending time aren’t an issue ,then I reckon you’ll find Lucky247 a very decent place to play. As I mentioned earlier, it’s always hard to pass judgement on a casino with no track record but the signs are good at least and, if my experience was anything to go by – pain-free and financially successful as you probably saw above – then I’d say check it out. Overall, Lucky247 may not be the best casino on the market but it certainly reviewed well and I’d have no qualms playing there 🙂

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