Now you may think Bethard sounds more like a mantra from The Wolf of Wall Street than a Skandi casino. A casino it is though, and it’s a well-established one, having first opened its virtual doors to Nordic punters nearly five years ago. Now, with the UK Gambling Commission providing its seal of approval, Bethard is making inroads into the British market. Here’s a taste of what eager New Zealand gamblers can expect to find:
The Bethard online casino is bursting at the seams with games providers. There are close to 20 software outfits proffering their wares on this site, a clear sign of Bethard’s purpose and outlook.
With such a comprehensive list of developers on board, the level of diversity is nothing short of staggering. Having big guns like Microgaming, NetEnt, Evolution Gaming and Quickspin is normally enough in itself to guarantee an appetising smorgasbord of gambling delights. When this is combined with the addition innovative yet less well-known providers like Endorphina, Push Gaming and Ganapati, it ramps the diversity factor right up to 11.
It’s fair to say some punters may be apprehensive about playing the Bethard online casino on their smartphones. After all, the site is close to five years old and, let’s face it, tech has moved on a lot in that time. Thankfully, Bethard continually updates its mobile platform to ensure it remains right up there with the very best.
Available straight from your phone or tablet’s browser, Bethard’s mobile site offers practically all of the same features you’d find on the desktop version. It provides seamless play and affords access to pretty much all promotions and bonuses too.
Bethard’s online casino site is uncluttered and free of needless frivolities. The neat black and gold decor is easy on the eye, with clear image displays of leading game offers and current promotions cycling through at the top of the page. The company’s macho logo – a large clenched fist – could be used more sparingly though.
Flitting between games and departments is straightforward as all of the site’s table games, pokies and live casino games can be accessed via neatly arranged icons near the top of the page. Helpfully, this row of handy links attaches itself to the top of the screen and follows you down the page whenever you feel like taking a scroll through the various titles on display. There’s also a search bar and a favourites tab to make life even easier.
With so many game providers on the honour roll, you won’t be surprised to learn Bethard’s games library is stacked with hundreds of titles. As per normal, the vast majority of these offerings are pokies, with popular and well-known titles like Gonzo’s Quest, Starburst and Twin Spin leading the charge. If progressive jackpots are more your thing then you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice here as, along with classic faves like Mega Moolah, Cosmic Fortune and Hall of Gods, you’ll find a slew of new and original offerings waiting to get your adrenaline pumping.
Unsurprisingly, the number of casino table games offered is pretty vast. Separate blackjack and roulette categories are needed to adequately showcase the many variants available. NetEnt takes the lead with the live casino element, providing a fine selection of top-class interactive gambling experiences around the clock. Keep an eye out for Bethard’s own exclusive offerings, such as Bethard Live Roulette and Blackjack, as well.
Bethard’s current welcome bonus is one of those that bears reading a few times. Why? Because it does offer good value yet, from the outset at least, it may seem like the opposite is true. Let’s break it down:
The offer itself is worded as: “Up to NZ$50 bonus – Wager free!” for UK & Irish players.
To get the offer, you first need to deposit a minimum of NZ$20. Now, every time you bet NZ$100, you’ll get NZ$5 back as a wager free bonus. Because you can do this a maximum of ten times over the first week of depositing, you stand to receive a (wager free) bonus of NZ$50. This effectively means that as long as you’re successful wagering your real money in the casino, you can deposit NZ$20 and get NZ$50 in wager free bonus money. Read that back a couple of times and it will eventually make good sense...
The welcome offer is a bit easier for our friends in New Zealand. They can simply double their first deposit up to NZ$100.
They’re a sociable bunch at Bethard, providing email and live chat support 24/7. Popular payment methods such as Neteller, Skrill and Trustly are accepted, as are Visa, MasterCard and PaySafe Card, with NZ$10 the minimum deposit.
There really is very little to criticise at Bethard. It’s well-established, has loads of developers on board and offers a great selection of games. Moreover, it has a decent (if slightly convoluted) welcome offer and plays extremely well on mobile. And it offers sports betting too – what’s not to like?
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