Golden Riviera Casino
Golden Riviera Casino was established by the Vegas Parnet Lounge Casinos group in the year 2000, and comes with a focus on pokies, video poker, blackjack, craps, roulette and baccarat. All of these games are offered through the popular and powerful Microgaming online casino software. This means that Golden Riviera Casino offers many of the most well-known games that are common to many of the larger online gaming sites, so the user might be quite familiar with the broad range of games on offer.
Use of Golden Riviera Casino is restricted in the following countries: Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, French Southern Territories, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and the Vatican City.
Golden Riviera Casino holds its license with the Malta Gaming Authority.
The owners of this casino, Vegas Partner Lounge Casinos own a variety of other online casino services which include Crazy Vegas Casino, Casino Mate, and Maple Casino in addition to previously having owned the now closed Sun Vegas Casino, 777 Dragon Casino, Casino UK, Cinema Casino, River Nile Casino and Aspinalls Online Casino.
Their business has a physical location of Villa Seminia, 8, Sir Temi Zammit Avenue, Ta'Xbiex.
This is an exclusively only casino which is unusual in its methods of access. This site does not contain a standard webpage version, instead Golden Riviera Casino also offers a downloadable desktop version of their website in addition to mobile apps which are compatible with iPhone, iPad, Android, and Blackberry devices. This could be a factor which prevents certain people from playing, depending on the type of device from which the user attempts to access the program.
Golden Riviera Casino accepts the following forms of deposit: ClickandBuy, EcoPayz, MasterCard, Neteller, Paysafe Card, Ukash, UseMyBank, Visa, Entropay, POLi, Skrill, Direct Bank Transfer, Instabet, MyCitadel, Pay Spark, Ticket Premium and WebMoney.
Access to the Golden Riviera Casino is available in the following languages: English, German, Swedish, French and Russian.
As is standard with the Microgaming software system, Golden Riviera Casino has a focus on pokies, in both three reel and 5 reel variants. Their video poker games are split into standard and power poker, while their blackjack is separated into Big Five Blackjack, Blackjack Bonanza, Bonus Blackjack, Classic Blackjack, European Blackjack, High Streak Blackjack, High Lo 13 Blackjack and Multi-hand Blackjack. They offer 2 forms of Roulette, American and European, while they also offer the standard forms of craps and High Limit Baccarat.
Their video poker games also often offer progressive jackpots, the highest of which offers €5,800,000 at the time of writing. They also host multiplayer tournaments for various games which rotate depending on the day, week, month or season.
Here we have the general game screen for Golden Riviera Casino, as you can see everything is separated into the site's main categories.
Just a few of the 338 video slot games on offer.
Golden Riviera Casino offers a 24/7 live-chat services for the users benefit in addition to email correspondence which is available in English, Dutch, French, German and Russian. They are also available to call, toll free, from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland, with an additional international number being available while incurring regular international rates.
Also on offer is one of the most robust FAQs available from any gambling site on the internet, as well as a quality section of problem gambling with links to filter software and gambling anonymous help sites as well as self-exclusion periods, cool-off periods, deposit limit options and temporary locking of accounts.
Design and Usability
This is really split into two sections, the main site which you can access from the internet and the actual playable version which you have to download onto either your computer or mobile device. The webpage, as it exists, is strictly informative, with links and detailed information describing much of what is on offer from the downloadable version of their site, while also including a streaming ribbon of recent winners and a notation of the current running highest progressive jackpot.
They stick to a golden and blue theme here, with a well-designed and professional looking motif.
The program itself, on the other hand, is far more concerned with function over form, which can be a positive or negative attribute depending on your personal preference. As professional and brilliant the main webpage is, the program is not. It is, however, incredibly simple to navigate and find what you want, though your personal mileage may vary depending on how Flash runs on your system, as it is somewhat notorious for its unreliability. This program maintains the same theme, of blue and gold.
Golden Riviera Casino does not offer any live casino games.
There are three forms of access for the mobile version on offer, as listed by their webpage. The first is to simply visit goldenriviera.mobi, which should automatically forward the user to the right location, the second is by scanning the QR code from their webpage, and the third is by entering your SMS number or email into the online form which then mails you a link to the page. This is another one of those webpage apps, so rather than downloading any software for the mobile versions it will instead utilize the type of programming available for mobile software in order to create an app-like online experience.
The app offered by Golden Riviera Casino works on the following main systems: Apple iOS version 7.0.X and above, Android 3.X and above, Windows Phone version 7 and above, and Blackberry OS10 and above. You should also be sure to be running the most up-to-date version of browser software.
How to Register
Golden Riviera Casino is an odd duck when it comes to registration, requiring you to download the desktop or mobile app first in order to register for their service, it cannot be done through the main website itself. This requires Flash Media Player, and an updated version at that.
On filling out the basic registration information you will have a username designated to you, another oddity.
This is the first step in which the user inputs their basic user information.
The simple second step in which a username and password is designated to the user. As you can see the username is quite complicated (the password is as well), so the user will have no choice but to write this information down.
The fastest of these methods are through E-Wallets, with time being around 24-72 hours, with credit/debit card withdrawal being around 3-7 days, bank transfers being 1-5, Cheques are not available, these are all on top of a 24-48 hour pending time. The withdrawal limit for this casino sits at 4000 Euro per week.
The wagering requirement of Golden Riviera Casino sits at an unusually high 50x.
The welcome bonus for Golden Riviera Casino is only available for the first week and comes with a maximum bonus of $1400, available as follows: 100% on the first deposit up to $150, 25% on the second deposit, up to $500 and 50% on the third deposit up to $750.
Wagering requirement contributions are as follows: 100% for slots, progressive slots and scratch cards, 8% for roulette and casino poker, and 2% for blackjack and video poker.
The only other promotion they offer is the loyalty program, which gifts the user with 1 point per $10 spent, these can later be redeemed for casino credits to keep you playing.
Our Experience and General Reviews
My first experience with the casino was one of initial confusion, given the unusual decision to not include a proper webpage version, while simultaneously being impressed by the layout and design of their website, which is one of the best I have ever personally encountered. Once I understood the idea of the downloadable only experience on desktop computers I started to come around even further, as I am a big fan of function over form, which the downloadable version is obviously concerned with. I’m also a fan of there being free, practice versions of the games on offer, so the user can get used to the games on offer before they put any money down.
Online reviews of the casino also quite positive, with most giving it around a 4/5 or 8/10 rating, even with the sites that are usually more critical.
Comparison to other Casinos
Golden Riviera Casino differs to most other casino services in a few key ways. The first is the program or mobile only versions, with no simple desktop webpage version being available. The second is the unusually high wagering requirements, which can be a major point for many gamers. The third is the quality of what does exist on the webpage, with glossaries of general terms available and more help and contact methods on offer than the vast majority of gaming sites. Positives and negatives, it really comes down to what you, the user, want.
General consensus on Golden Riviera Casino is positive, with many people praising its slot games and the mobile versions on offer, while the occasional user has issues with the desktop version only being available in download Flash form.
Casinolistings.com has it at 8/10, vegasmaster.com has it at 80%, while the usually very critical askgamblers.com has it rated at 8/10.
Golden Riviera Casino has a very active presence on both Twitter and Facebook, far outshining much of the competition. Their Facebook page has over 2,500 followers while their Twitter has over 1,300. Both have been active within the last week and appear quite responsive when it comes to communicating with users and fans. Fantastic work here in an area often overlooked.
Their twitter page which still remains very active.
The Golden Riviera Casino Facebook page which also remains active in both posting and communicating with the user-base.
In our time writing this Golden Riviera Casino review we've come to the conclusion that how much you would appreciate this casino would come down to how much you appreciate their methods of access. Their games on offer, apart from live casinos, are some of the best, and their programs and mobile sites are also top of line, while also factoring in the high wagering requirements. While this is great website for me, and for many others, for those who can only access their sites through webpages, or for those who have trouble with Flash programs, this is a non-starter. If you don’t have problems with these issues, and want a simple if slightly outdated program with great games on offer then this could be the service for you.
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