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The Sun Play Casino Review

by Gambling.com™

The Sun newspaper has been something of an institution in the UK and Ireland for the best part of five decades. It’s not universally loved, by any means, but remains the most widely purchased tabloid newspaper on British news stands. The ‘brand’ recently made the decision to diversify into online gambling, and so in 2016 Sun Bets was launched to offer it an angle into sports betting.

After the success of Sun Bets, it introduced SunCasino to the market. Now we come to its latest development – the slots-focused site ‘The Sun Play Casino’. Unlike SunCasino, which has a wide selection of table games, The Sun Play Casino focuses exclusively on slot titles sourced from a range of software providers. So what does the brand do well…and where could it use some improvement?

Software & Platform

While The Sun Play Casino is a site designed to be enjoyed by gamers across desktop, mobile and tablet devices, it’s clear based on the ‘centrally aligned’ design that smaller screens will show off the user interface better. All gamers are encouraged to give Sun Play a try however, and that’s because of the wide range of software houses it has partnered with.

Alongside the big names such as NetEnt, IGT and Microgaming, it also offers titles from more innovative and ‘developing’ games-makers like Elk, Scientific and Realistic Games. The result is a comprehensive games library that promises hours, days, weeks and months of fun for players.

Game Providers

Game Provider IGT
Game Provider NetEnt
Game Provider Microgaming
Game Provider NextGen Gaming
Game Provider Scientific Games
Game Provider Elk Studios
Game Provider Big Time Gaming
Game Provider Lightning Box
Game Provider Blueprint

The Sun Play Mobile Casino & App

As a brand-new slots site built in the latter half of 2016, it goes without saying that The Sun Play Casino has been designed with mobile gamers in mind. The homepage is a breeze to navigate, and as is key for a casino housing hundreds of games, locating your favourite titles is made simple by using the categories header or the search bar. At the time of writing there were 343 individual titles to enjoy at The Sun Play Casino, all of which are available via your browser or the dedicated Android/Apple app.

User Experience

There is a simplicity to the aesthetics of The Sun Play Casino that, whether by accident or design, actually aids the user experience of the site. There are no superfluous banners catching your eye, no pop-ups or bandwidth-stealing animation – just a simple grid-based system to help you find your favourite slots quickly and easily.

There are nicer looking casino sites out there, and you do wonder if The Sun brand is simply dipping its toe in the online gambling water with this channel, along with its Sun Bets and SunCasino. Let’s hope it has long-term progression in mind: there’s plenty to recommend this casino to new players, after all.

Sun Play Casino Screenshot
Sun Play Casino Screenshot
Sun Play Casino Screenshot
Sun Play Casino Screenshot

Game Options & Features at Sun Play

The Sun Play Casino holds a competitive advantage over many other gambling brands thanks to the diversity of its game suppliers. With an array of software firms offering their titles via the casino, punters have an opportunity to sample a wide range of slot styles that may not be afforded to them elsewhere.

These are cleverly categorised in the menu along the left-hand side of the page. You can choose by provider or ‘win type’, e.g. ‘very big’, ‘very frequent’ or ‘regular’ (take those with a pinch of salt, but you get the general idea). Other category headings include new games, jackpots, instant win and more.

There’s even a selection of slot titles that are exclusive to The Sun Play Casino. These have been developed by Nektan, and range from the cheeky Shamrock ‘n’ Roll to the footy-based Keepy Uppy Challenge. You won’t find these games anywhere else.

Sun Play Casino Bonuses & Promotions

The welcome offer to entice you to join The Sun Play Casino is simple enough to understand: your first three deposits will be subject to bonus cash worth up to £400. Your first and second deposits are subject to a 100% match from The Sun team, while your third qualifies for a 50% rebate. As if that wasn’t enough, new players also pocket 150 free spins on Starburst.

There are plenty more promotions available to ensure you get a little more bang for your buck, from ‘Freaky Fridays’ to cash drops, free spins and more. There’s also the Privileged members scheme to consider: sign up and earn cashback offers, rewards and free spins just for playing your favourite games.

Type

Payment Amount(%)

Matched Amount

Promo Code

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Bonus

200%

£100

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Support and Banking

Players seeking the assistance of the customer service team will have to be eagle-eyed: the tiny ‘support’ button in the top right-hand corner of the screen is your link to help. This is available between 08:00-midnight (GMT) via telephone or live chat, with emails responded to within a 24-hour period. As far as banking is concerned, The Sun Play Casino is managed by a firm in Gibraltar, so unfortunately there’s no PayPal deposit/withdrawal option. Otherwise, you can deposit funds using Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Skrill, NETELLER, paysafecard and Trustly.

Payment Method

Name

Deposit Amount

Withdrawal Amount

Withdraw Time

VISA

£10 Min

£ 10 Min - 3000 Max

3-5 Days

VISA Electron

£10 Min

£ 10 Min - 3000 Max

3-5 Days

MasterCard

£10 Min

£ 10 Min - 3000 Max

3-5 Days

Maestro

£10 Min

£ 10 Min - 3000 Max

3-5 Days

NETELLER

£10 Min

£ 10 Min - 3000 Max

3-5 Days

Boku

£10 Min

-

-

Paysafecard

£10 Min

-

-

Skrill

£10 Min

£ 10 Min - 3000 Max

3-5 Days

Trustly

£10 Min

-

-

Our Verdict

It would be easy to think that The Sun is merely attempting to leverage its already hefty customer base in order to make a quick buck via its casino platform, and certainly from the shabby aesthetics you would get that initial impression. But there’s more to The Sun Play Casino than meets the eye, from the comprehensive selection of games to the generous welcome package, and so we are willing to give benefit of the doubt.

ProsCons
lots of games fairly lacklustre site design
diverse range of suppliers no PayPal option
lucrative welcome bonus

Company Information

Address:

Sun Play, Nektan Gibraltar LTD, 2.1 Waterport Place, 2 Europort Avenue, Gibraltar

Products:

2

Support Hours:

08:00-00:00 GMT/BST

Phone:

+44 203 651 4653

Overall Rating [ 3.5/5 ]

Game Variety - 3.5/5

Game Quality - 3/5

User Experience - 3.5/5

Bonuses - 3.5/5

Slots - 4/5

Supported Platforms

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