Reviewed By Adam Kenny
If you like to live your life a quarter-mile at a time, NitroCasino might just be the place for you to put your pedal to the metal and pretend you’re doing handbrake turns on that one arm bandit.
NitroCasino is still a shiny and new casino, opening in 2020, but it’s backed by the reputable Betpoint Group which is licenced by the Malta Gambling Authority
Straight off the line, we have to give NitroCasino credit for doing things a little differently — they don’t even offer any welcome bonuses — but we’ll talk about that later.
The site itself is lively and large, and one of the cleanest looking designs we’ve seen in a while. So, let’s go fast and figure out whether NitroCasino is worth it for Kiwi punters looking for a quick thrill.
Yup, the new online casino NitroCasino does not offer any welcome bonus of any kind. We admit, it sounds weird, but we think there is some method to NitroCasino’s madness here.
When we had a little hunt in NitroCasino’s About Us section, they talked about knowing what it’s like to have a zero in your account after a few rounds of vigorous punting, and how they wanted to make sure that it didn’t matter if you won or lost, you would still have fun.
So the idea is, instead of having a big V8 of a welcome bonus right at the beginning, they would focus on giving you little pumps of nitro every now and then. This could be in the form of free spins, free games, and other bonuses and offers.
Best of all, it doesn’t matter if you win or lose, you get offered those bonuses anyway.
NitroCasino recommends you check your email inbox everyday to see what they’ve sent you, as you could get these little bonuses every week or even every day.
In our experience, we got an email the next day after signing up for NitroCasino, as well as emails every time we made a deposit. Each email had a little offer for us to have a crack at, usually some free spins.
For some, the lack of a big welcome bonus might be a huge turn turn-off, but we reckon it's worth a crack if you want to try something different. If anything we have to give them points for not just doing what everyone else in the industry is doing!
So as we mentioned, NitroCasino doesn’t offer any big welcome bonus, but instead focuses on bonuses and incentives that happen more often over time. The best bit is it doesn’t matter if you win or lose, you’ll still get those bonuses.
Let’s take a look at what’s on offer in terms of the promos at NitroCasino.
Spin to Win $1,000,000 in Prizes
Every month NitroCasino will give you a free daily spin on a new game for that month. We assume the aforementioned $1,000,000 is referring to the total amount of money they have set aside for this promo, as the daily prizes are:
If you deposit and play through $200 on a Sunday, come the Monday, you’ll get 300 free spins on John Hunter and the Book of Tut.
Any day that you make a deposit, NitroCasino will send you an email the following day offering your bonus money or free spins for that day.
Get 3 free daily spins on Wolf Gold. The three players that get the biggest win on their free spins win $1,000.
Play any of the selected games by software provider Pragmatic Play with a minimum $0.50 bet. Every week the highest point scorers will be awarded with cash prizes.
There are also daily prize drops and tournament prize multipliers. Check in regularly to see if they have been updated.
NitroCasino has what most Kiwis want, and that’s a bunch of pokies, ranging from slow and sedate, to fast and furious.
They’ve also got a pretty sweet collection of everything else you would expect in a top-rate online casino.
For table games, NitroCasino has all of your bases covered with 25 games with variations of blackjack, roulette, baccarat, and poker.
In terms of live games, they have a whopping 81 games, hosted by real people, who interact and talk with your chat as you play. You can play all of the classic casino games like blackjack, baccarat, poker, and roulette, and you even have options to play with different software providers. If you haven't played a live game online, trust us, try it today — it’s a real thrill.
If you’re into progressive slots, NitroCasino probably isn’t your best option, as that isn’t really their focus. In saying that though, they still have plenty of games where you can win big, so we don’t think that’s a great loss after all.
We couldn’t find any games that let us play for free, so if you want to try before your buy, you might want to give that game a quick Google first.
One thing we noticed about the design of the lobby rooms, is that NitroCasino has taken the time to make all of the game thumbnails in the same style. Often in a lobby room, all of the game thumbnails will be from different developers, and for different types of games, so they are all over the place in terms of colours and styles. We like the fact that NitroCasino thought about this and gave their lobby rooms a nice makeover. The thumbnails are colourful, as well as huge and easy to read, so good job Nitro Casino.
Whether you love the classics, or are seeking something new and exciting, you won’t be disappointed by the range of live dealer games at Nitro Casino.
The variety of live roulette and live dealer blackjack games is a particular strength of Nitro Casino’s live dealer offering. No matter what you go for, you can tailor the stakes to suit you and rest assured that the dealers are both friendly and highly experienced. Blackjack players can enjoy dozens of different tables, variations like Blackjack Party and even a number of VIP tables where you’ll be matched with other skilled players.
While perusing the live casino section, you’ll find it relatively easy to find the table limits. You can play roulette for as little as 10c a spin, blackjack starts at 50c. If you’re a high roller and seeking higher stakes, there are blackjack tables that start as high as $1500 and go up to $10000, while certain roulette tables start at $100 and go up to $10000. The stakes for the gameshows are a lot lower overall, starting at 25c.
Two major software providers power the live casino offering at Nitro - Evolution Gaming and Pragmatic Play, with the majority being by the latter. Both are top quality live casino providers, meaning that you’re guaranteed excellent gameplay in the form of HD graphics, customisable settings and stakes and professional dealers.
NitroCasino is all about the speed, and their user experience lives up to that idea for sure. As we mentioned earlier all of the lobby pages have a super streamlined look, making it feel like everything was put together with a plan, rather than just a bunch of games slapped on a page.
Whether you’re browsing on your desktop computer or a mobile device, you really should speed through to where you need to be — in both cases the menus are clear and easy to navigate.
There is no dedicated app available for NitroCasino, but honestly, the website works so well on mobile devices we don’t see that as any great loss.
Actually the website is so good that it will remember the games you were playing on the desktop, and show them first in your list of games on your mobile device.
These days all of the old flash games have been updated to HTML 5, which means all games should work seamlessly, no matter what device you are on.
Perhaps the only downside to the mobile experience is that there is no fingerprint/Face ID security to login — but again, no big downer there.
At the end of the day, nearly all online casinos are targeted at a European audience, so we don’t get the dozens of payment options some other countries do. In saying that though, there is still a decent range of payment and banking methods available for Kiwis:
While the max withdrawal at NitroCasino is insanely high, the minimum withdrawal is also pretty high compared to competitors.
If a casino was a car, then pokies would be the engine, because that’s what makes it go — especially for Kiwi punters.
We’re talking about 500 plus pokies, including all the top titles like:
If you don’t know what RTP is, it stands for return to player. Generally speaking, it’s an easy way to figure out what percentage rate an online casino will return to you from your bets.
So if a particular game has an RTP of 97%, that means in general, over time, that game will pay out $97 for every $100 bet.
Unfortunately, NitroCasino does not have a list of the RTPs for each of their games, but if you go into the help section of each game, it will generally have their RTPs listed there.
If you want to play some high RTP pokies, try 1429 Uncharted Seas with an RTP of 98.5%, or Joker Strike with 98.11%.
Honestly, NitroCasino doesn’t have an emphasis on progressive jackpots at all, so if you are a diehard progressive nut, you might want to look elsewhere. But while they don’t have games like Mega Moolah or Treasure Nile, you are still likely to find some pretty massive jackpots given all of the top software providers found on NitroCasino.
NitroCasino could be as pretty as a petrol pump to a gas guzzler, but if it doesn’t partner up with decent software developers, then it’s gonna stall on the starting line.
Luckily, NitroCasino has done a good job of partnering with all of the major gaming studios like Red Tiger, Play’n Go, and Microgaming.
In total NitroCasino has close to 30 software providers, and all of them have a top notch reputation. NitroCasino might not have thousands of games like some other online casinos, but at least you will know that each and every game will be quality stuff.
Like any other online casino, you’ll need to put in your details for both security and your deposit/withdrawal methods. It’s all pretty standard stuff, but to be sure, we went through the process for you to make sure it was safe.
All in all the registration process at NitroCasino is super easy, super quick and pretty painless — just make sure you have a scan or photo of your NZ driver’s licence or passport ready to go.
It’s no secret that NZ is on the other side of the world to most countries, so it’s important that we are able to get fast support from an online casino.
Unfortunately, for a casino that prides itself on being fast, their support is more like a moped than a Maserati. There is no option for instant chat, just an FAQ page, and an online contact form where you can ask your questions.
We asked them a pretty simple question via the online contact form, and while they did help us with what we needed, it took them nearly two days to get back to us.
This is well below average for the industry, as we would expect at most a 12-hour delay to make up for the time zone difference.
As good as NitroCasino is, don’t expect lightning-fast responses from their support team. To be fair though, the questions we asked were for our review, so if you might not even need their help in the first place.
We’ve been saying that NitroCasino doesn’t go by the traditional online casino playbook, and that extends to their VIP programme, or should we say, lack of VIP programme.
Just like how they don’t provide a welcome bonus, they also don’t offer a VIP programme — at all — preferring to offer those deposit bonuses and other promotions.
It is possible they are still developing their VIP programme, but honestly, we doubt that as most casinos launch with their VIP programme ready to go, not a year later.
In saying that, if you are just a casual punter, honestly, you probably won’t miss the lack of VIP programme at all. It’s up to you of course, but if you really, really want a VIP programme, you might want to look at one of the other casinos we’ve reviewed.
A sure sign that an online casino is both reputable and cares for its customers is if it has proper responsible gambling features.
Thankfully NitroCasino has stood up to the plate, and has a wide range of features that help players if the gambling is no longer fun:
If you scroll down to the bottom of any page on NitroCasino, under Helpful Links, you’ll find a link to their responsible gambling page, where you can read up on all of the options available to you if you want a hand managing your gambling.
These are real measures that will give your real help if you’re feeling like your gambling is getting out of hand — remember, online punting should 100% be about fun — if it’s not, have a read of these responsible gambling features.
NitroCasino is a great little casino — and you’re either going to love or hate the fact they have no welcome bonus or VIP programme. Personally, we love it — we think it’s a new idea in a crowded space of old ideas, and we like getting a little something in the email every now and then.
The only complaint we would have is NitroCasino’s poor support options — but if you don’t think that’ll be an issue for you, well, it won’t be an issue for you.
Overall, we give NitroCasino the green light for doing things a little bit differently, all while offering a top online gaming experience.
NitroCasino’s minimum withdrawal amount is NZ$50.
Absolutely — NitroCasino has well over 500 games, with a good mix of pokies, table games, video poker, and live games.
Totally. We found NitroCasino works just as well on mobile as it does on desktop.
Definitely — NitroCasino is licenced with the Malta Gambling Authority, and follows NZ Gambling Commission guidelines.
We found the average withdrawal time at Nitro Casino was 3-5 days for NZ players.
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