A well-known name in the SA online casino community, does Europa Casino still have the Euro flair to keep up with a host of new challengers? With its great online casino games, rewarding online casino bonuses, and a fair platform to play on, the Online South Africa casino reviewers think it can still stand alongside some of the newer online and mobile casinos looking to bring in our South African Rands.
Europa Casino – an international online casino for South Africans
When it comes to slick, professional and trusted online casinos, Europa is up at the top of the list when it comes to real money online casinos that cater to a South African audience. This well-established online casino run by the respected Universe Entertainment Systems Malta group is making serious inroads into the South African market by offering great bonuses, a warm welcome to Saffers and the ability to play in ZAR.
As an online casino destination, Europa Casino offers everything a well-seasoned online player looks for as well as all the help a newbie needs. There is one thing that players do need to watch out for though, you must read the different wagering requirements for the bonuses and you must be aware of the withdrawal amount limits – especially if you are playing Progressive Jackpots.
A quick look at Europa Casino
Name: Europa Casino
Mobile version: Yes
Games: Online slots, online table games, online Live Casino
Game providers: Big focus on Playtech games but also Microgaming, NetEnt, Red Tiger, Pragmatic Play, IGT, eyecon, pariplay, Quickspin, Skywind, Wazdan
Bonuses: Welcome bonus, deposit bonus, mobile bonus
Promotions: Weekly and monthly bonuses, loyalty bonus, comp points, refer a friend, High Roller bonus
The Europa Casino online experience
Clean, colourful, and quite easy to navigate. This pretty much sums up why Europa Casino has been a favourite online and mobile casino destination for countless South African online gambling fans.
From the easy registration (just click the ‘Join Now’ button on the top right of the screen), to the responsive layout once you log in as a registered user, Europa Casino lays everything out in a simple and quick to grasp, but still attractive, structure.
Registration is the usual complete the fields process of name, surname, ID, nationality, address, email, and mobile. Ove you have completed these steps and chosen a username and password, all you need to do is click Login and enter your username and password to get into the game side of thigs.
The designers have tried to make thigs as easy on the eye as possible with a very clean (some would say quite stark) background and letting the colourful game graphics speak for themselves. And it works. Bouncing around the Europa Casino website is definitely not an eye-straining experience but there are some local online casinos that do have a much warmer feel.
Getting to the various lobbies is simple. Your personal profile and deposit options are handily placed on the top right (they take the place of the login and Join Now buttons), while the very top of the page has links for Casino, Live Casino, and Slots. Weirdly enough, even though these three buttons are quite prominent at the top, we did actually completely overlook them due to the fast-moving scrolling bar with the latest games and promos.
In between the three main lobby buttons and the animated bar are links for Home, Promotions, Leaderboard, Payment Methods, and Help.
But it’s the main menu bar with Home, New, Slots, Tables, Cards, Jackpots, Live, and Promotions that players will be looking for. These are the links for the separate online casino game lobbies and, as a fun aside, these links will stay front and centre as you scroll down the page and through all the multitudes of colourful and animated thumbnails for the featured online and mobile casino games that take up the rest of the page.
It’s a nice touch that ensures players don’t need to keep scrolling up and down the page and can, instead, have a quick look at new games, progressive slots totals, and so on and then quickly jump to any other lobby.
It sums up the Europa Casino experience – it seems a little busy at first glance but, once you actually start navigating, it all becomes very easy.
Online casino games at Europa Casino
But on to the most important part of any online and mobile casino – the online casino games!
Europa Casino is impressive! As any player should expect from an online gambling partner that seeks to use the flair and history of European gambling as their differentiator, Europa Casino needs to step up if it wants to make its promise a reality. And step up it does with literally 1000’s of online casino games from some very well-known international providers. Players can search for games under the respective lobbies or by using the Search Game function if they know exactly what they are looking for.
Clicking the Slots link at the top of the page will take players to the online slots lobby although both the Home page and the Casino page feature slots heavily.
Europa Casino is very much focused on the Playtech online casino games but they do also have a large selection of online slots from other big studios like Blueprint and indie studios like Skywind so players have a wealth of online slots to choose from.
Having said that, Playtech do offer some of the best online and mobile slots around, especially in the Movies & Tv themes. Also, having a lobby dedicated solely to Megaways shows just how serious Europa Casino is when it comes to offering the latest and most innovative big jackpot games to South African players.
Once you’re in the online slots lobby players will be able to browse through a selection of promoted online slots or choose from Top Slots, New, Slots, Megaways, Movies & TV, Fantasy, Sports, Jackpots, and Classics.
Europa Casino do not state how many online slots they have on offer but a quick scroll through shows that there are a hella lot – like thousands – so South African online slots fans will have a hard (but not unpleasant) time trying to decide what slot to play. There are demo modes available but not on all the online and mobile slots so see if you can try the game out before you put down any real money.
Online table games
The online table games options are a bit weird. Not the games themselves, just how you get to them.
Europa Casino has a Casino tab that takes you to the main online casino games page (which is similar to the Slots one except they include table games and Live Casino thumbnails?).
On the Casino page are tabs for Home, New, Slots, Tables, Cards, Jackpots, Live, and Promotions. We have no issue with any of this (we understand that online and mobile casinos tend to push slots games and will drop them in anywhere they can) BUT why the two separate lobbies for Table and Cards?
The Tables tab will take players to a bunch of online roulette games, a Spin a Win game, and a very interesting game called Banca Francesa. For those interested in something a little different, Banca Francesa is a Portuguese casino game that has its origins in roulette but is played with dice. We do suggest you read up on the rules before you hit this table though as terms like ‘Fiscal’, ‘Pagador’, ‘Cavalinho’, and so on may be confusing for first time players.
Clicking the cards tab will open up options for blackjack and poker.
While the selection is good on the tables games side, we would prefer much more from an online casino like Europa Casino. If they can offer so many online and mobile slots maybe they can bring some more table games too?
Online Live Casino
The online Live Casino at Europa Casino makes up for the relatively small video table games selection. Here players can choose from Betgames-style games, online Live Game Shows, online Live Roulette, online Live Blackjack, online Live Baccarat, and online Live Poker.
Interestingly, once you go into a Live Casino game, there do appear to be other options like Sic Bo and Live Keno to choose from.
Most of the Live Casino games are provided by Playtech Live so players know they will have a quality experience! The popularity of the Playtech Live studios is best illustrated by the fact that, when the OSAC team went into the blackjack lobby, there were a TON of “Table Is Full” games on the go! And there are a LOT of tables so…
Europa Casino online casino bonuses, promotions, and free spins
Any good online or mobile casino musty have some pretty enticing online casino bonuses to get online players interested in trying them out, and Europa Casino is no slouch on the online casino bonuses front. South African online casino players do need to be aware of the wagering requirements and terms and conditions before they jump in and start redeeming coupon codes, though. This goes for ANY online casino bonus or promotion, not just the Europa Casino ones.
Europa Casino promo codes can be entered at the relevant tab on the Cashier page if you choose to take up any of their offers.
Europa Casino Online Welcome Bonus
Europa Casino offers a really juicy welcome bonus – split over an entire year!
Welcome bonus up to R24,000.
- Welcome bonus of up to R24,000 broken into a first deposit 100% match bonus of up to R1,000 every month for 12 months PLUS a weekly loyalty bonus of R250 per week over 48 weeks. 30x bonus + deposit wagering requirement. Ts & Cs apply.
2nd deposit bonus
Players can also choose a 2nd deposit bonus of a 60% match up to R5,000. 30x bonus + deposit wagering requirement. Ts & Cs apply.
High Roller Bonus
There is also a High Roller bonus of a 50% match up to R5,000 on your first deposit. 30x bonus + deposit wagering requirement. Ts & Cs apply.
Europa Casino Online Promotions
Europa Casino has a whole whack of online promotions that are frequently updated. It would make sense to opt in to the casino’s notification system to receive regular updates, or you can just visit the Promotions page regularly to see what’s new and rewarding.
- Double Up Fridays – double Comps on selected slots
- Friday Big Quiz – Live true or false style game show with cash prizes
- Daily Free Spins Hunt – Free Spins Finder game
- Daily Leaderboards
- Frequent tournaments
- Mystery Monday – Mystery Cash prizes and Free Spins every Monday
- Free Spins Tuesday – 60x Free Spins on selected slots every Tuesday
- Daily drops & wins
- Refer A Friend
- Quickspin Achievements
Europa Casino Loyalty and VIP programmes
For players who like to spend most of their online gaming time at a specific, trusted online casino, Europa Casino does have a loyalty and VIP Lounge programme to give you the rewards your loyalty deserves.
The 5-tier rewards programme offers loyal players various perks and bonuses like higher weekly loyalty bonuses, higher conversion rate of comp points to cash, exclusive access to special promos and tournaments, faster withdrawal times, higher withdrawal amounts, personal account manager, and more.
Joining the VIP Club is as easy as applying but moving through the ranks – they start with Club Member and progress to VIP Silver, VIP Gold, VIP Platinum, and on to VIP Diamond – will take dedicated play.
Europa Casino does not state exactly what exclusive bonuses or prizes are available and the OCR team would guess that they will depend on your level and your loyalty.
Online casino banking methods
As an international online casino, Europa Casino has dozens of different banking options. However, for South Africans looking to play in our very own South African Rands, you need to look for trusted banking channels set up for our ZAR.
Europa Casino has a number of options geared for the South African market.
- Visa credit card
- Mastercard credit card
- EFT from Capitec, FNB, Absa, Standard Bank, Nedbank
- Crypto (Bitcoin, Ethereum, and more)
Withdrawals can be made into a properly FICA’d South African bank account. Europa does claim to pay into the same banking method as used for deposit, but this is often not allowed by certain banks or channels (Mastercard for example).
Europa Casino operates a mobile offering that is easily downloaded via a QR code on the website or you can use your login details and play via your mobile device browser.
Europa Casino Security & Support
Europa Casino has industry-standard encryption and algorithms to secure your personal data and financial transactions.
Support is available 24/7 via email, telephone and live chat.
The OSAC verdict:
- Great selection of games
- Able to play in ZAR
- Great website design and usability
- Lots of bonuses
- Great Live Casino
- Some very strict playthrough requirements
Europa Casino has a very solid reputation in the online casino world. Added to a slick and professional website, easy navigation, a great selection of games and good support, OSAC thinks you will have a fantastic experience at this international online casino.
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