Reviewed By Adam Kenny
LeoVegas is a multi-award winning top online casino that started life in 2012 as a ground-breaking mobile gaming app. You can now access casino games, slots, a live casino and a sportsbook via a slick online client as well as LeoVegas's native apps.
There are nearly as many games at LeoVegas as there are awards. The lobby at LeoVegas groans under the weight of over 1,600 big-name slots, progressives and table games like roulette. The casino signed a deal with content provider, Oryx Gaming in 2019, so the game offering will likely increase even further.
You might have seen the TV advertising for LeoVegas featuring the site's iconic lion. But does the casino software still have plenty of bite? Our review takes a closer look.
|Massive range of games||No dedicated mobile app|
|Live sports betting||So-so welcome bonus|
|24/7 support for Kiwis|
Being the top cat of the online casino world, LeoVegas doesn’t skimp when it comes to offering new members the freebies.
There is up to $1,000 and 150 free spins up for grabs for new members — they do things a little bit differently from other online casinos though, so we took some time to figure it all out.
Also please note, there are several options for a welcome bonus — casino, live casino, bingo, or sports betting. We’re going to cover the welcome bonus for the casino, which is the cashback and the free spins. If you think you will spend more time in the live casino section, or the sports betting section, pick the relevant bonus for you.
Okay, so most online casinos will offer a percentage back of your deposits — e.g. If you deposit $100, they will match you 100%, so you get an extra $100 back.
LegoVegas is a bit different, in that they offer different levels of bonus, depending on the amount you deposit. The bonus structure looks like this:
To get your welcome bonus, just go through the following process:
Register with LeoVegas as per our registration guide below and go to the ‘My Offers’ page. There are a bunch of ‘offer cards’ and there will be one called ‘Casino Welcome Offer’, so click on the ‘claim’ button on that offer card. Then deposit the amount of money corresponding to your desired payout value to get your cashback and free spins.
Now one thing that is different to most casinos, is that to get your bonus cash, you actually need to wager your original deposit first. Most casinos just give you your bonus cash straight away. In our eyes, this is far from ideal, but at the end of the day, it’s still free money to hit up the reels and tables.
We should also note, the free spins that while offered instantly after signing up for the welcome bonus, are only available for the following games:
So while the welcome bonus is reasonably generous, there is no such thing as free cash being handed out willy-nilly — there’s a catch. As with all online casinos, there is a wagering requirement placed on the bonuses.
A wagering requirement is a mechanism to make sure you don’t just withdraw your bonus money and scarper off for a shopping spree at The Warehouse. In practice, it means you have to bet your money a certain number of times before you can cash out.
The industry standard for wagering requirements is about 40x, meaning you have to wager (or bet) funds 40 times before you can withdraw it. So if you get a $100 in bonuses, you would have to bet that $100 40 times.
LeoVegas’ wagering requirement is 20x, which on the surface is very, very good — however, in this case, it’s a little more complicated, and we want to make sure you are fully informed.
Some casinos will require that you wager just your bonus money, or maybe your bonus money as well as your original deposit before you cash out.
LeoVegas is quite different though — as we mentioned above, you actually have to wager your original deposit 20 times before you even get access to your bonus money (let alone being able to cash out).
So that means if you deposit the minimum of $10 for the welcome bonus, you will have to bet $200 before you get your bonus funds.
This is the reason that your balance will only show your original deposit, and not your bonus money.
To keep track of how much you have wagered, click on ‘Promotions’ at the top of the screen, then ‘My offers’, and on the ‘Casino Welcome Offer’ card, you will see ‘wager requirement’ down the bottom. This wagering requirement can be listed as a percentage or a dollar amount by clicking on it.
While we feel like this might not be the best way to go about offering a welcome bonus, it is, at the end of the day, effectively free money to spend on one of the best online casinos in the business. It’s completely up to you whether it’s appealing to you or not.
Beyond the welcome bonuses, LeoVegas has a pretty good range of promotions for Kiwi punters. These were the range of promos on LeoVegas at the time of writing, but like most online casinos, they will change and evolve over time. This should give you a good idea of what the promos are like though.
This promo is called the LeoJackpot, where you can win over $8,500,000 with their Mini, Minor, Major and Mega Jackpots on more than 32 slot games.
Every Friday, get 10% back on your lost bets for the previous seven days.
Get ranked for the week’s highest single spins in a Microgaming pokie game and win big:
Get a blackjack win, or win with a straight-up bet on 7 in roulette, and earn $5 in games in either blackjack or roulette. The promo runs every week and starts on Tuesdays.
Every weekday, between 11 am and 3 pm NZ time, get daily free spins offer on LeoVegas’ top three NetEnt pokies which are Starburst, Aloha! Cluster Pays and Finn and the Swirly Spin.
Bet live on any sport and get up to 12 weekly free bets and profit boosts. There are also monthly cash prizes and free bets for the top 40 scorers where the number one player wins $1,500.
Need a bonus? Find all LeoVegas Bonus Codes right here on Gambling.com.
Okay, so LeoVegas is split up into three sections: Casino, Live Casino, and Sports. They are about as self-explanatory as you can get:
Let’s take a look at those three sections in detail.
If you’re into the traditional online casino experience, this is the section you’ll spend most of your time in. It’s split up further into smaller sections to help you find the kind of game you are looking for:
We do like the fact that there are sections specifically for jackpots and daily jackpots — after all, you want to be able to to find the big bucks easily!
In total, there are about 3,000 games, with about 2,500 of them being pokies, which will appeal to most red-blooded Kiwis.
The only things we didn’t like were that you can’t try the games for free, and you can’t search for games by the software provider.
Live Casino games are where you are virtually transported to a real casino, with real people hosting real games. If you haven’t played an online live casino game, you are really missing out — just the fact that you are playing with real people really ups the stakes and makes you feel like you’re part of something big.
LeoVegas’ live casino games have all of the traditional table games so you can play Roulette, Craps, Blackjack, Poker and Baccarat.
But then on top of that, there is a whole range of game show-style games that honestly feel like you’re in a studio on live TV. You can play games like Deal or No Deal, Mega Ball (lotto/bingo/keno type game), Monopoly, Adventures Beyond Wonderland (spin the wheel type game) and lots more.
If you haven’t played a live game before, definitely give it a crack, it’s like nothing else!
Okay, for us, this is the most exciting part of LeoVegas. Once you’ve had a spin on the reels, pop over to the sports sections and have a punt on a huge range of sport.
Horse Racing, Greyhounds, Aussie Rules, Rugby, Football, Cricket, MMA, eSports, Boxing, Basketball, Golf and Motorsports are just some of the sports you can bet on.
Get this — you can even bet on politics! LeoVegas is heaven for sports fans, and we’re stoked Kiwis can have a crack at it.
LeoVegas offers a full live casino section, with some games powered by Evolution Gaming and others specially created just for LeoVegas.
There are well over 100 tables in total, playing classic casino games like roulette, blackjack and baccarat, as well as gameshow-style games. There are also 15 different VIP tables for the high rollers.
There is a dedicated 'Chambre Séparée' section on the site that features 16 branded LeoVegas live games. These include Celebrity Party Blackjack, LeoVegas Live Roulette, and LeoVegas Blackjack. There is also a dedicated VIP blackjack area with several dozen Salon Privé games.
While Evolution Gaming provide most of the titles, including the LeoVegas tables, there is still the odd selection of games by AuthenticGaming like Blaze Live Roulette.
Live streams at LeoVegas require an up-to-date Adobe Flash Player and an OS that can cope with the HD displays. In general with LeoVegas's Evolution Gaming games, you will be automatically given the lowest-quality video setting if your internet connection is poor.
In all games we tested, we found the streams were smooth and the sound quality good.
There is a good mix of male and female dealers at LeoVegas. All dealers speak English, and there is a small selection of foreign-language tables like Leo Blackjack Show.
The best presenters are reserved for the fast play game show titles like Live Dream Catcher and Lightning Dice. These croupiers talk fast, keep the action moving, and have plenty of banter with the players.
LeoVegas Live Casino has the usual selection of roulette games to pick from. You can play American Roulette, European Roulette, and some interesting live casino variants for real money. There are no play-money versions of any games.
LeoVegas Live Roulette has stakes ranging from $0.50 to $5,000.
NetEnt provide many of the live blackjack games at LeoVegas. Live Standard Blackjack and Live Blackjack Pro are available up to $1,000 a hand. There is also a dedicated Evolution Gaming lobby where you can filter games and choose a stake level. Salon Privé Blackjack is available up to $10,000 a hand.
All live baccarat games at LeoVegas casino are provided by Evolution Gaming. No Commission Baccarat and Live Speed Baccarat can be played for $1-$15,000. Live Dragon Tiger features a special 50/1 bet on a suited Tie hand.
If you like Lightning Roulette or Sic Bo, you'll like the addition of Lightning Dice to the lobby. We haven't seen this game at too many other live casinos, but it's great fun and features bonus payouts up to 250x. Bets can be placed from $0.20-€$,000.
These days mobile gaming is big business for online casinos, so LeoVegas would be mad not to have a top-notch mobile experience.
And of course, being the industry veterans that they are, you will be able to switch seamlessly between your computer and your mobile device. The web pages won’t look exactly the same, but that’s only because the mobile site has been optimised so that you can navigate better on your phone or tablet.
LeoVegas doesn’t offer a dedicated mobile app, but honestly, the mobile website is so good it’s not a big deal at all.
As long as your mobile device isn’t completely ancient, you should have a totally enjoyable time spinning the reels while you’re on the go.
As you’d expect of a top-notch online casino, registration with LeoVegas is pretty simple, and should only take you a few minutes. In saying that though, we understand you might have some questions about the kind of details this process requires, so we went through the process ourselves to show you.
Something to note — when you enter your name, make sure it’s the same as what’s on your passport or driver’s licence, as you’ll need to provide one of those as ID at the time of withdrawing your winnings.
We give LeoVegas credit for putting some responsible gambling tools right into the registration process, but the registration pages could be a little less cluttered! Otherwise, everything is pretty straightforward, and we found nothing to be concerned about.
LeoVegas Casino’s minimum deposit and withdrawal of just $10 is one of the lowest in the industry, which makes it super accessible if you don’t want to break the bank.
You should note that when you go to withdraw, you will need to provide photo ID, and withdraw the money to the same payment method you deposited with. This is all super standard stuff and is done by any responsible online casino.
LeoVegas Casino definitely knows what Kiwis like — about 2,500 of their roughly 3,000 games are all pokies. Read that again, it’s not a typo. That is a ridiculous number of pokies, so we have absolutely no doubt you will find what you are looking for.
Let’s take a tiny snapshot of the pokies on offer on LeoVegas Casino:
While you can’t play the games for free, we do like the fact that a lot of the jackpot games have the jackpot visible right from the lobby so you know where the money is.
In the world of on online casinos, the term RTP means return to player, and that’s the average rate at which a game will pay back what you put in.
An RTP will be shown as a percentage — so if a certain game has an RTP of 98.5%, that means if you bet $100 on that game $98.50 back. Now, this doesn’t mean you’ll get that percentage back every time, because you might only play for ten minutes, which is not long enough to get that average rate. In general though, over time, that is the rate the game will payout.
While some online casinos happily display their games’ RTPs, LeoVegas, unfortunately, does not. However, as part of their licence, they are required to be audited, and a part of these audits are checking the RTPs. We did a bit of hunting and found their RTPs from an audit:
If you’re unaware, a progressive slots game is where a portion of your bet adds to an ever-growing pot — the more players there are, the bigger the pot grows. This means you can have progressive jackpots of well over $10,000,000! In fact, looking at the Jackpots section of LeoVegas Casino right now, there are at least three games with jackpots over $10,000.
So yeah, that money might come in handy to pay off your mortgage, and the mortgages of everyone in your family.
Here are some of the progressive jackpots games on offer at LeoVegas:
Handily, you can find these progressive jackpots under the Jackpots section (which is inside the casino section). From there you’ll be able to see the games with the biggest jackpots right from the lobby.
There is no doubt that LeoVegas has a ton of games, so the worry is that some of the software providers aren’t that good. Luckily though, LeoVegas has been around a long time, and so they have a great reputation for partnering with the top software providers in the business.
A large portion of the games are from industry titans Microgaming, with their top titles being household names in online casinos:
Some online casinos can’t seem to be bothered to offer Kiwis a VIP programme, so we’re glad to see LeoVegas Casino letting Kiwis in on the red carpet action.
Unlike most other online casinos, to get access to LeoVegas Casino’s VIP programme, all you have to do is agree to be a recipient of their promotional material (from signup or on your profile page).
From there, you will see your VIP level progress bar go up at the top of the screen, depending on how much you play and bet.
Every month, they will give away products by Apple, Beats by Dre, and other lifestyle brands. You enter by being assigned tickets — the number of tickets you are awarded is according to the amount you have wagered that month, multiplied by your current VIP level.
One of the very few drawbacks of living in New Zealand is being in a completely different time zone to the rest of the world. Given that LeoVegas Casino operates out of Europe then, it’s very important that they have a 24/7 support system.
Thankfully, LeoVegas Casino does in fact, have an option for 24/7 live chat support, and we found that they responded to us in about five minutes. They were friendly, spoke English well, and gave us the help we needed.
To start a live chat, just click on the ‘Help’ bubble at the bottom right of the screen.
If your gambling is becoming more of a chore than it is fun, it’s good to know there are tools available to help.
LeoVegas deserves credit for putting some responsible gambling tools right in the registration process, but they also have a dedicated ‘LeoSafePlay’ website where you can do a self-assessment, set time limits, deposit limits, wagering limits, and more.
If having a punt isn’t as fun as it used to be, we fully recommend checking out these tools.
Nearly 3,000 games, AND live sports betting? We’re not going to lie, LeoVegas Casino has a really compelling offer, and it would be impossible to get bored here.
Our only gripe would be that we’re not huge fans of their welcome bonus, but then again, it might not really matter given what they have on offer.
If you want a complete (and we mean complete) casino and betting experience, definitely give LeoVegas a go.
From our testing, LeoVegas Casino’s minimum withdrawal amount is NZ$10
Fur sure! We would say LeoVegas Casino has around 3,000 games, ranging from pokies, to poker, to live gaming.
Totally, everything on LeoVegas Casino will work just as well on your mobile device as it does on your computer.
LeoVegas Casino is licenced with the Malta Gambling Authority, and follows New Zealand Gambling Commission guidelines.
We found withdrawals took about 1 to 3 days for Kiwi players at LeoVegas Casino.
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