Reviewed By Adam Kenny
Read our Royal Panda Casino review to learn about their online pokies NZ, live games, and sports betting — we think we might be in love with this Royal Panda. Owned by Royal Panda Ltd, Royal Panda Casino is licenced in Malta, where they also operate.
At first blush (do pandas blush?), Royal Panda Casino seems to have everything a Kiwi punter could ever want. As always though, we want to have a good look at this royal panda’s palace and see if it's what it’s cracked up to be.
Read on to get the skinny on this fat panda!
|📅 Online Since:||2014|
|🎁 Welcome bonus||100% up to $1000 + 5% top up on all deposits|
|⚖️ Gambling Authority||UKGC, MGA|
|🔄 Total Payout %||96.10%|
|🎲 Number of Games:||2300|
|💻 Casino Software:||Netent, WMS, Play’n Go & More|
Kiwis have many choices when it comes to online gambling, and Royal Panda Casino knows it — that’s why they offer new players up to $1,500 and 10 free spins on the Book of Dead pokies game.
Please keep in mind there is also a welcome bonus for sports betting. However, we’re going to go with the casino welcome bonus, as we think that’s what most Kiwis will go for. You'll also find that they sometimes offer no deposit free spins bonuses.
Even a Royal Panda knows that there’s no such thing as a free bamboo lunch, so there are a few small catches when it comes to the welcome bonus.
The $1,500 part of the welcome bonus is broken up into three bits. There is a first deposit bonus of 100% up to $300, plus 10 free spins on Book of Dead. The minimum deposit for this part of the bonus is $15.
A second deposit bonus of 50% is available up to $450, for which the minimum deposit is $15. A third deposit bonus gives you 50% when up to $750 is deposited. The minimum deposit for this is $25.
There are a few other things to consider too when it comes to the welcome bonus. Deposits from Neteller, Skrill, and Paysafecard not eligible for the welcome bonus. The free spins on Book of Dead are worth $0.30 each with 10 paylines active and the free spins expire in seven days.
Feel free to check out all of the terms and conditions for Royal Panda Casino’s welcome bonus — it’s all pretty straightforward. There is no need to claim a Royal Panda bonus code to receive this offer.
Beyond the requirement to spread the welcome bonus across three deposits, the panda in the room is the wagering requirement.
If you were unaware, a wagering requirement is put in place by online casinos to make sure their bonuses and freebies don’t get cashed out straight away. A wagering requirement is the amount of time you have to wager (or bet) a sum before the online casino will let you cash out.
The industry standard wagering requirement is probably about 40x, meaning you have to bet your sum 40 times before you can withdraw it as cash. If you have $1,000 in your account, that would mean you would have to bet that $1,000 40 times, or to the value of $40,000 to withdraw it.
Royal Panda Casino’s welcome bonus has a wagering requirement of 35x, so it’s a bit below the industry average. It’s actually slightly better than it sounds though because they only require that wagering requirement on the bonus money. Some online casinos will tout a lower wagering requirement, but it applies to both the bonus and your own money.
Whether you think the wagering requirement is worth it is up to you. In our opinion, though, we believe it’s a pretty fair deal — it is free money after all.
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It doesn’t stop at the welcome bonus — Royal Panda online casino has a bucket load of ongoing promos.
Please keep in mind these promos will roll in and out over the months. Still, it will give you a good idea of the promos’ quality and quantity at Royal Panda Casino.
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This is the alternative to the casino welcome bonus above, offered for the sports betting side. Deposit more than $20 and receive a $20 free bet. While this doesn't make up for the lack of a Royal Panda no deposit bonus, we think it is as close as you can get.
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Royal Panda Casino has a huge variety of online gambling options, so it’s best to just get stuck in.
Up the top of the page, you’ll see three options that will send you to different parts of Royal Panda Casino:
● Casino — all of your pokies and table games
● Live Casino — all of you live table games and game-show type games that you play with live hosts and real punters from around the world
● Sports — sports betting
Within each of those sections, there are a bunch of different types of games.
Our Royal Panda Casino review found that this site covers all of your bases when it comes to classic table games, just like you’d find at SkyCity or Christchurch Casino.
It’s not just the classic forms of those games either, as each of those games has different varieties on offer. So for the likes of online roulette, there is a fantastic selection of game variants available.
One thing to be aware of, Royal Panda Casino also puts their live casino games in this table game section, so you kind of just have to click on a game to see if it’s live or not.
We really like that Royal Panda Casino NZ has a separate section for their jackpot games because it makes it super easy to sniff out where the big money is!
There are little jackpots right through to massive jackpots, so there is a jackpot for low-rollers, highrollers, and everywhere in between. Most of the games also show what the jackpot is right from the lobby, which is handy. There is actually a separate section for daily jackpots which offers even more jackpot variety.
Here’s a wee snapshot of the jackpot games Royal Panda Casino has on offer:
● Wheel of Wishes
● Imperial Riches
● Cash Splash
● Fishin’ Frenzy Jackpot King
● 4 Squad
● 24 Hour Grand Prix
● Ali Baba’s Luck
● Plus many more
There are also progressive jackpots games in the section, but we’ll talk about them specifically in the progressive jackpots section below.
It’s a pleasure to see that Royal Panda Casino offers sports betting to give Kiwis the chance to bet on sports from all around the world. In New Zealand we don’t have a lot of options outside the TAB for sports betting, so a bit of variety is great to see.
We are big fans of live casino games — having a real-life dealer that you can chat with, as well as play alongside other players from around the world, is a real hoot. It’s literally as close as you can get to a real casino, except the other players can’t see if you’re bluffing your poker hand!
It’s not just live poker Royal Panda has on offer, with a variety of other live games to choose from like Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat and Craps. Just like the normal table games, each of those live game categories has variations too.
These days a lot of online casinos are branching out into TV game show-type live games too, and Royal Panda Casino has quite a few of them for you to check out!
Some online casinos will dazzle you with the neon, others will make it as friendly as possible with light, bright palettes. Royal Panda Casino doesn’t do any of that, and instead their look is to put it kindly, old-school classic.
It’s definitely not the most modern looking casino, as it’s quite reminiscent of older web pages — almost like your favourite Chinese restaurant that hasn’t changed its wallpaper since the 90s.
That’s not to say it’s bad, because it’s not — it just doesn’t look as modern as other online casinos. You can, of course, search for what you need, and generally get around easily enough.
The mobile web page is a little more modern looking, as they don’t include their red royal panda background on the pages. The menus are moved around a little bit compared to the desktop webpage, but just as easy to find your way around.
There isn’t a dedicated Royal Panda Casino mobile app, but we don’t see this as a big deal, because the mobile web page was just fine.
Overall, whatever device you’re on, it won’t be the prettiest experience, but you’ll get to where you need to go!
Royal Panda Casino players in Europe have more payment options than you can shake a bamboo stick at — in New Zealand though, not so much. We only have four payment options, but on the bright side, they are all quick, convenient, and secure.
We like that the minimum deposit is just $10, but we don’t like that Skrill or Neteller aren’t eligible for the welcome bonus.
As we mentioned before, you’ll need to provide a copy of your photo ID (driver’s licence, passport, etc.) to prove that it’s actually you grabbing your cash. This is completely par for the course, and they don’t do anything dodgy with your ID — it’s purely for security purposes.
All that other stuff is pretty flash, but we find that most Kiwis will head to the pokies first to see what’s what. We did the math, and we reckon Royal Panda Casino has around 2,000 different pokie games for Kiwis to play.
Royal Panda Casino has partnered with all of the top software providers, and we can assure you, the games on offer are the best in the biz. Here is a quick sample of what pokies are on offer at Royal Panda Casino:
● Wolf Gold
● Mustang Gold
● Sweet Bonanza
● John Hunter and the Tomb of the Scarab Queen
● Great Rhino Megaways
● John Hunter and the Book of Tut
● Freezing Classics
● Ice Ice Yeti
● Royal Panda Branded Megaways
● Plus a whole lot more
If you really want to tell your boss to bugger off, you’ll need to win the kind of money that progressive jackpots have on offer. At least on Royal Panda Casino, these games have jackpots of around $4 million each — and yes, that is real, in-your-pocket money you can win.
There are seven progressive jackpot games you can find, and they are in the jackpot section. They are easy enough to find, just look for the games with the jackpots in the millions:
● Absolootly Mad Mega Moolah
● Atlantean Treasures Mega Moolah
● Fortunium Gold Mega Moolah
● Hall of Gods
● Mega Fortune
● Mega Moolah
● Mega Moolah Isis
● Sisters of Oz Wowpot
A game’s payout rate is also called RTP, or return to player, and it’s the rate at which a game will pay back to a player. So if a game has an RTP of 97.7%, that means for every $100 you bet, that game will pay back $97.70. It’s an average RTP, which means that’s what it will pay out over time — so if you only play for five or ten minutes, you probably wouldn’t get that precise RTP. In general, though, it gives you an idea of how much you’ll get back.
Royal Panda Casino doesn’t tell us what their games RTPs are, but we did find RTP data from one of their audits:
● Classic Slots — 95.60 - 97.60%
● Video Slots — 95.25 - 98.60%
● Roulette — 94.74 - 97.30%
● Blackjack — 98.37 - 99.64%
● Table games — 97.34 - 99.37%
● Video Poker — 97.95 - 99.56%
● Scratch Cards — 85.00 - 87.50%
● Arcade Games — 84.00 - 88.50%
A casino is nothing without its games, and those games come from the software providers. Not all software providers are created equal of course, but thankfully Royal Panda Casino has partnered up with the best of the best in-game software providers including NetEnt, Microgaming, Evolution, NextGen Gaming, Play’n Go, Rabcat, WMS, Barcrest, Elk Studios and many more besides.
These days, it’s extremely rare for a reputable online casino to do anything dodgy with your money or information. The industry is just so big that it has to be well managed and audited to even be able to operate in the first place. But we still understand that some new players will have some doubts about what sort of information they are giving an online casino, and what the casino will do with it.
So with that in mind, we documented the registration process so that you know exactly what’s going on. Here’s what it looks like to register with Royal Panda Casino.
That’s it! It’s not the prettiest signup page in the world, but it’s super simple and very secure. Keep in mind, while they don’t ask for a photo ID when you register, you will be asked for a photo ID when you go to cash out. This is totally normal and is for your security.
Nearly every online casino is based in Europe, so in our opinion, it’s a must that Kiwi punters have 24/7 support when playing on an online casino.
Thankfully Royal Panda Casino does have that much-needed 24/7 live chat support, and when we had a question, they answered us literally within a minute.
Good job here from Royal Panda Casino, so we can confidently say if you get in a pickle, you’ll have near-instant help.
There is no structured VIP programme on offer at Royal Panda Casino, so we reached out to their support team to see what was going on. This is what they said:
‘Here at Royal Panda, we have a special Key Account Manager’s department. Their duties include taking care of the requests of our most loyal players directly. They are also able to offer more significant bonuses, and special promotions not available for other players. Once you qualify for their service, we will be sure to let you know.’
So basically, keep playing and do what you do, and eventually, a Royal Panda Casino Key Account Manager will tap you on the shoulder to give you some goodies.
Having a cheeky punt online, whether it’s sports betting or casino gaming, should always be fun. If it becomes challenging to keep your betting under control, Royal Panda Casino has a page dedicated to responsible gambling.
They also offer some tools to help you manage your gambling, like:
● Session notifiers
● Session limits
● Deposit limits
● Loss limits
● Wagering limits
● Software to block gambling sites on your computer
Royal Panda Casino might not be the prettiest Casino out there, but it has pretty much everything a Kiwi could want in terms of betting and gambling. We love that we can be spinning some reels one minute, and the next minute, be betting on the cricket. If you’re looking for a solid online casino that also lets you bet on live sports, we definitely recommend you give Royal Panda online casino a go.
From our testing, Royal Panda Casino’s minimum withdrawal amount is $10.
Yes! Royal Panda Casino has thousands of games, ranging from pokies to poker, to live sports.
Yes, everything on Royal Panda Casino will work just as well on your mobile device as it does on your computer.
Definitely — Royal Panda Casino is licenced with the Malta Gambling Authority, and follows NZ Gambling Commission guidelines.
We found withdrawals took about 1 to 3 days for Kiwi players at Royal Panda Casino.
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