Reviewed By Adam Kenny
Let’s get the party started Kiwi punters! PartyCasino has been throwing their party on the internet since 1997, but these days it’s a thoroughly modern and comprehensive playground for all things gaming and gambling. Their parent company, GVC Holdings won Operator of Year at the 2018 EGR Awards, so they know how to treat their guests right.
But are they good enough for us in the Land of The Long White Cloud? Let’s take a thorough look at PartyCasino and decide whether you should accept their invite to the party.
The competition in the online casino world is fierce, and PartyCasino has been around long enough to know you can’t invite people to the party without a good incentive.
Now in the case of PartyCasino, they don’t actually offer you any free cash, which is a bit unusual, but what they do offer is just as compelling in our opinion.
Instead of cash, PartyCasino offers newcomers 200 free spins on the wildly popular Starburst pokie game.
KIWIS PLEASE NOTE: There are a few things to be aware of here:
The welcome bonus only applies when you make your first deposit from Visa, Mastercard, or PaySafecard.
PartyCasino DOES NOT ACCEPT Kiwibank credit cards. If you have a Kiwibank Visa, you will have to use a different payment method. We checked with their support team, and for one reason or another, they have decided not to accept Kiwibank credit cards.
With that out of the way, let’s take a look at how PartyCasino’s welcome bonus works.
Because there is no cash bonus involved, things here are refreshingly straightforward:
Deposit US$10, and get 200 Party Casino free spins on Starburst.
That’s pretty much it!
There are some short terms like you have to use your Party Casino free spins in 7 days, and the free spins must be to the value of US$0.10 each, but that’s about it.
Everything is in US dollars, which is a bit of a pain, but they do include a little currency converter in the deposit area to help you. As a rough indicator (depending on currency fluctuations), US$10 is about $NZ7.
You can find your Party Casino free spins in the ‘My Free Spins’ section of your menu.
Typically, the welcome bonus would be a multi-step process full of terms and conditions, percentages, etc., so it’s nice to see something so simple.
Okay, we did mention that there weren’t many hoops to jump through for PartyCasino’s welcome bonus. Still, there is one hoop that everyone must jump through — that’s the always-present wagering requirement.
Pretty much every online casino on earth will put a wagering requirement on anything they give you for ‘free’ — whether it be money, PartyCasino free spins, or other casino bonuses. The wagering requirement is designed to make sure you don’t just withdraw your free money straight away, and you spend time in the casino gambling it.
A wagering requirement is a number, that looks like 40x for example. 40x is about the industry standard, and it means you have to bet your bonus money 40 times before you can cash it out.
So if you had a bonus of $100, you would have to bet it 40x before you could withdraw it.
In the case of PartyCasino, you don’t get free cash, but rather free spins — so the wagering requirement is based on the money you win from your PartyCasino free spins.
Alright, so with that out the way, PartyCasino’s wagering requirement for your winnings from your PartyCasino free spins is 10x. This is really, really good, if you look at that average wagering requirement of 40x.
Again it’s a bit of a pain that none of it’s in NZ dollars, but all in all, we think it’s a pretty good deal.
Okey dokey — so beyond PartyCasino’s slightly unusual but pleasingly simple welcome bonus is a range of pretty decent promos for Kiwi punters. As usual, these promos are bound to change throughout the year, but they will give you a good indication of what’s on offer at PartyCasino.
Well, it’s winter somewhere, and this quirky little game lets you opt-in with a deposit where you then take on small missions to no-wager bonuses, PartyCasino free spins, and cash prizes.
Opt-in to this prize draw, and for every $20 you play on the pokies, you’ll get one ticket to enter the weekly draw for cash prizes of between $100 and $1,000.
Opt-in to this prize draw, record your biggest spin and get a prize depending on where you land on the leaderboard. Prizes range from $20 to $5,000.
Opt-in and face off with another PartyCasino player to see who can get the highest pokie score in a certain amount of time. Tournaments can be low roller or high roller, so there’s an option for everyone.
A highlight of all the major jackpots on offer for you right now. Jackpots must be won by a specific time and date, so don’t snooze at this party!
PartyCasino wants to reward you every time you play. You’ll be earning cashback at these rates:
Game variety really shines at PartyCasino! You’ll see at the top there are different sections.
There is Casino, which includes all of your pokies, table games and live casino games, Sports for sports betting, and PartyTime, which is a highlight of all the major jackpots on offer for you right now.
Slot Tournaments allow you to face off with another PartyCasino player to see who can get the highest pokie score in a certain amount of time
Underneath all of those categories are a ton of gaming options.
PartyCasino boasts a massive 65 separate table games, so you are bound to find something you like. They have all the usual suspects like roulette, blackjack, poker and baccarat.
Then within each of those game types, you have those fun little variants of those games. For example, with blackjack, you also can play Perfect Pairs Blackjack, Hi-Lo Blackjack, Super Fun 21 Blackjack, or Buster Blackjack.
We love that party casino has a dedicated section for jackpot games, and they have a whole heap of them to boot — nearly 300 of them.
Jackpots range from a few thousands right up into the ‘I don’t have a mortgage any more’ sums of money — we’re talking millions of dollars on offer here.
Whether you want something traditional or with a few more bells and whistles, PartyCasino will have you covered. Here’s a quick list at their popular jackpot games:
PartyCasino also has quite a few progressive jackpots, but we’ll talk about that in the progressive jackpot section.
We love live casino games because you are placed right in the middle of the action, and you really feel like you’re at a real casino.
PartyCasino turns up the fun here with a massive 82 different live casino games on offer. That truly is more variety than you could ever need. Here is the list just for live games based on roulette:
Most games are run by a real person who you can talk to while you play. If you haven’t played a live casino game yet, give it a nudge, you won’t be disappointed.
Right from when you click our link to get your 200 PartyCasino free spins, you can tell the party is getting started. PartyCasino is full of vibrant purples and golds, and it really feels like a big fancy shindig is already in full swing when you arrive.
There are so many options with the casino, sports, and live jackpots that there is the risk of feeling overwhelmed — but after a few clicks to look around you will quickly get your bearings, and you understand where everything is.
The mobile website is just as lively, but they’ve made an effort to make the menus larger for ease of use. Games on mobile devices run just as well as they do on the computer, so everything is slick and fast.
PartyCasino also offers dedicated apps for Android and iOS — they are slick and well put together. In this case, we don’t think an app is really necessary, though, given that an app experience isn’t noticeably better than their mobile website.
Suppose you are looking at PartyCasino to be your first online casino experience. In that case, you might have some questions about how the registration process works, what sort of information they ask for, and generally just how safe it is to plug your info into the internet.
We get it, so we went ahead and did the registration process for you, so you know what to expect.
So all in all, it’s all very standard info, and nothing to worry about. It doesn’t seem totally tailored to the New Zealand market, given they don’t have NZ dollars or ask about what county you live in, but that’s not the end of the world.
While they don’t ask you to submit photo ID in the registration process, you will have to provide it when you cash out, as they will need it for security purposes.
Okay first up, as we mentioned earlier, PartyCasino does not accept NZ dollars, which is weird, but oh well. They do have a little currency converter to figure out what you’re depositing in NZ dollars though.
Secondly, they do not accept Kiwibank Visa — we found this out the hard way. By the looks of things, they must have had a kerfuffle with Kiwibank at some stage and decided not to allow them to be used. They accept deposits from a whole host of other payment providers, so you should be sweet as.
We appreciate the minimum deposit of $10, which is quite a bit less than some other casinos.
Be aware that you’ll have to provide some photo ID when you withdraw, so they know it’s actually you that’s taking the money out.
Alright, you’re here for the online pokies, we get it, that’s the section that most Kiwis make a beeline for. Honestly, we lost count after 1,000 when we counted all of the pokies on offer — our wrist ran out of puff scrolling down the screen.
If you have a pokie in mind, you’re probably going to find it at PartyCasino, they do not disappoint here.
Pokies can be organised by new, top, classic, software developer, or just scroll to your heart’s content until you see something you like.
Some of of the top pokies on offer at PartyCasino include HyperStrike, The Hand of Midas, Cluedo, Anaconda Wild II, Blazin’ Hot 7s, The Perfect Heist, Shamrock Holmes and thousands more.
PartyCasino has been around a long time, so they know the benefit of partnering with the top software providers in the business:
Among those featured are IGT, Novomatic, NetEnt, Microgaming, Evolution, Betsoft, Play’n Go, iSoftBet, Yggdrasil ,Barcrest, Lightning Box and more.
Payout rates, otherwise known as RTP, or return to player, are the rates at which a casino will pay back what you put in.
So if a game has an RTP of 97.7%, if you bet $100, that game, on average over time will pay back $97.70. Again, that’s an average rate, so it won’t always work out like that if you play for only five minutes or so.
We were super pleased to see that PartyCasino were completely upfront with their RTP ratings, as they have a dedicated section for these and all things related to fairness.
In their latest audit (from a third party), their RTP ratings were as follows:
PartyCasino knows it’s not a party unless there is a VIP area behind a velvet rope, and so they’ve got a pretty sweet VIP programme going on.
It’s invite-only, and there isn’t any clear definition of how to get an invite, so this usually means just play lots, and see what happens.
Top points for PartyCasino here. We had a problem depositing with our Kiwibank card, and the PartyCasino support team couldn’t have been more helpful.
Using their 24/7 instant chat feature, we found that they responded almost within a minute, and immediately escalated our problem to their technical team.
Given that 99% of online casinos are in Europe, it’s super important that they offer 24/7 support for us Kiwis. Knowing that PartyCasino offers 24/7 support that is also quick and helpful is a reassuring thing. You can even Tweet them if you want to!
There is a customer support section on the bottom left of every page to reach their support team.
There may come a time when your gambling becomes a chore rather than just a bit of fun — so it’s important than an online casino has tools in place to help you gamble responsibly.
In fact, to even be allowed to operate in New Zealand, an online casino must have these responsible gambling tools.
PartyCasino has a pretty extensive section on responsible gambling, with lots to read through, as well as tools such as self-exclusion, deposit limits, time-out or cool-off periods.
These are tools to be used, and there is no shame in getting help.
There are also links to get help if you have trouble with online gambling.
What’s not to like? Thousands of pokies, heaps of promos, and sports betting! There is so much going on here — we found that you could even bet on who will be the President of the United States of America in 2024!
We did have our gripes with not being able to deposit with Kiwibank. Still, overall, PartyCasino is up there with the best of the business, and we’d gladly recommend you go and party there.
From our testing, PartyCasino’s minimum withdrawal amount is US$10 (they do not accept NZ dollars)
Absolutely! PartyCasino has thousands of games, ranging from pokies to poker, to live sports
Yes, everything on PartyCasino will work just as well on your mobile device as it does on your computer
Definitely — PartyCasino is licenced with the Government of Gibraltar, and follows NZ Gambling Commission guidelines
We found withdrawals took about 1 to 3 days for Kiwi players at PartyCasino
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