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Grand Ivy Casino
Grand Ivy Casino was launched in 2016 and is managed by the Imperium Network Solutions Group. Running on the White Hat Gaming platform, it offers a variety of games from the likes of Netent, Micrograming and Thunderkick. The site design harks back to the golden age of casinos and is decorated with Art Deco lettering to go with its rather old-fashioned name - sadly, many high-end casinos tend to include the word ‘resort’ in their names these days instead of ‘grand’. The subdued colour palette of grey, black and yellow serves as an effective background for the site header, which boldly peddles the latest promotions.
Grand Ivy Bonus and Promotions
Grand Ivy promotions include an elaborate welcome package which offers match bonuses and free spins on the first three deposits:
- First Deposit – 100% match bonus up to £300 and 25 free spins on Starburst
- Second Deposit – 25% match bonus up to £800 and 50 free spins on Aloha Cluster Plays
- Third Deposit – 50% match bonus up to £400 and 25 spins on Gonzo’s Quest
A generous 500 loyalty points are also awarded to new players which immediately go towards the loyalty program. So they’re pretty keen to get you on-board and keep you there for the foreseeable. The match bonuses are quite generous with 100% offered for up to £300 deposited. The games for which these bonuses apply are all Netent titles: Starburst (for a change), Aloha Cluster Plays and Gonzo’s Guest.
However, the 35x wagering requirements act as the proverbial pin in the balloon. What this means is that you’ve got to play your bonus amount 35 times before becoming eligible for any winnings – so for a £50 deposit you need to stake £1750 first. It’s a shame when the T&Cs throw up these little caveats but in terms of casino promotions, Grand Ivy’s offering is fairly typical.
The 500 loyalty point giveaway is generous, considering that Grand Ivy only awards 10 points per £100 deposit. What’s more, all ‘Ivy Points’ are reset to zero after a month. So if you’re dying to be entered for their Mercedes-Benz SLC prize-draw, the 500 points can really help to put a dent in the 1000 required for entry.
Grand Ivy also runs two tournaments: Blackjack and High Rollers. The former is only offered to players who get a Blackjack while playing the live real money game before midnight on the 21st of each month. The prize is £2,100. Entry to the High Rollers tournament requires you to wager money on any Microgaming games so that you can earn Ivy Points. The player with the most points on a specified slot wins.
Grand Ivy Slots
Grand Ivy boasts an extensive range of casino slots which currently numbers 406. Although many of the titles are rather obscure, there are plenty of big-name titles including both Avalon games, Jungle Spirit and Jimi Hendrix. Also featured are Netent favourites such as Gonzo’s Quest, the ever-present Starburst, Aloha Cluster Plays and flag-ship title, Jack and the Beanstalk. In addition to the famed Swedish developers, a number of big-time providers display their wares on the pages of Grand Ivy. These include Microgaming, Elk Studios, Quickspin and White Hat Gaming.
There’s also a section devoted to progressive/jackpot slots which features 35 games. Mega Fortune, with its obscenely high jackpot, is one of them as is Arabian Nights and Divine Fortune.
Grand Ivy Games
Despite video slots dominating many of Grand Ivy’s pages, you’ll be able to find a reasonable number of traditional casino table games such as roulette and poker. A small collection of scratch games are available too including Genie Wild and Big Foot – not something you find on every casino website. The following developers have games featured on the Grand Ivy website:
- Blue Print Gaming
- Evolution Gaming
- NextGen Gaming
- 1×2 Gaming
- 2 By 2 Gaming
- Elk Studios
- Games Warehouse
- Genesis Gaming
- Leander Games
- Lightning Box
- Multi-Commerce Game Studio
- White Hat Gaming
Grand Ivy Live Dealer
Grand Ivy live casino relies on the renowned Evolution Gaming for its interactive dealers. This means that you’ll be able to try your hand at most traditional table games including poker, roulette and baccarat. Evolution’s Dream Catcher is also available and is their first game to use a Money Wheel. Aimed at slot enthusiasts, players are expected to bet on the number they think the wheel will stop at. Multipliers are also included to generate potentially large pay-outs.
Grand Ivy App and Mobile
It’s no surprise that Grand Ivy has joined the general stampede to ensure their platform is ‘mobile friendly’. After all, the legions of drooling mobile users who stare vacantly into their mobile phone screens each day, constitutes quite a large segment of their target audience. Happily, Grand Ivy renders well across all smaller devices with very little variation from the desktop website, so you’ll be able to lose your money on the go! (We joke)
Grand Ivy App VIP Scheme
The Grand Ivy VIP scheme comprises four levels: Gold, Platinum, Silver and Centurion. In order to qualify for the upper echelons of this exclusive club, you’ll have to spend a sum of money equivalent to the budget deficit of a small country. Although we obviously exaggerate, you’ll need to be a committed player and/or a high roller to enjoy the many perks enjoyed by a VIP member. Some of these are as follows:
- Silver Exclusive Cash Back Offer (No wagering requirements)
- Birthday Bonus/Gift
- Free Entry to Private Tournaments
Grand Ivy Customer Support
Grand Ivy makes a very big deal about its customer service in the about section, waxing lyrical about how its ‘players always come first’ while combining “fair, responsible gaming with award-winning loyalty….” So naturally, we were pretty keen to find out just how well they look after their customers. Well, it’s safe to say that their support package is fair to middling. Although they offer live chat on a 24/7 basis, as well as a support email address, they don’t have a telephone number. Their FAQ section isn’t what you’d call exhaustive either with only five questions included.
Grand Ivy Review Summary
In conclusion, Grand Ivy Casino is something of a mixed bag. The designers seemed intent on creating a website with a retro feel but clearly lost heart. The Art Deco typography that features on the menus is only hinted at in the logo. What’s more, the menu items become harder to read when they’re in current page status. Nevertheless, the website maintains a professional, branded appearance…just.
The promotions, although pretty standard, are competitive enough to attract new players and keep the richer ones coming back. And there can be no complaint about the range of casino games available or how they operate on the site. When we counted there were 520 different titles. Grand ivy isn’t going to get awards for innovation or customer support. But we’ve seen a lot worse. See for yourself.Play
Jan 01, 2016
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Same account or mechanism as the original purchase
Curacao, United Kingdom
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- Generous Loyalty Points Welcome Bonus
- Extensive range of casino games
- Mobile friendly
- No telephone support
- £30 minimum withdrawal