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We won’t make any bones about it; 21Prive looks old. That’s because it is old. It’s been online since 2014. White Hat Gaming Limited itself has only been around for two years longer than that, so 21Prive is one of the oldest Reel Island sister sites still standing. There’s no debating the fact that it could do with the digital equivalent of a fresh coat of paint, but it shouldn’t be underestimated even in its current condition. It might look like it belongs to a bygone age of online casinos, but there’s still plenty to offer here. It’s a well-rounded casino full of slots, live casino games and even more recent options like Slingo, and its lack of visual flair means that it’s compact and loads very well on mobile devices.
As is very nearly always the case, 21Prive has a solid, substantial welcome promotion that comes with reasonable terms and conditions, thus ensuring that new players at the casino have every chance of getting off to a good start. The name “21Prive” makes it sound a little like it ought to be offering more table and traditional games than slots, but slots appear to be the focus anyway – they take up the most space on the 21Prive homepage.
GDay Casino is, unsurprisingly, Australian-themed. It’s a little like the Aussie offshoot of Hello Casino, which is generally thought of as being among the best of the Reel Island sister sites. Like 21Prive, it’s a little dated. Quite a few of the White Hat Gaming Limited casinos are at or approaching the point of having been online for a decade, and most of them could do with a refit to mark the occasion. Nevertheless, GDay Casino gets the important aspects of its theme right. From kangaroos to the Sydney Opera House, all of the iconic sights of Australia are represented if you look hard enough.
GDay Casino doesn’t really specialise in any form of betting. Instead, it attached equal importance to everything. The live casino category is actually listed ahead of the regular casino category in the casino’s menu options, but you’ll find slots appear ahead of live dealer games as you scroll down the homepage. This is one of a handful of Reel Island sister sites that learn from you as you play, so once the casino’s gained an AI sense of what you like and don’t like, it’ll recommend slots and games that you might be interested in. It’s a good way of finding something new to play.
The contrast between Spinyoo and casinos like 21Prive and GDay Casino is like night and day. Without checking the year of Spinyoo’s launch, you can tell that this is one of the more recent additions to the Reel Island sister sites family. The casino is proof that White Hat Gaming Limited perfectly understands what a modern casino should look like and play like, which makes it all the more frustrating that it hasn’t yet been back through its archives to apply a new look to the rest of them. Spinyoo could serve as the template.
We’re not fashion experts, so if you asked us to describe the style of Spinyoo, we’d say “cool minimalism.” There aren’t any fancy banner graphics on the homepage of this casino – there actually aren’t many graphics on the homepage at all – but the neon highlights make everything that needs to stand out pop. Not many casinos could get away with using grey as a background or base colour, but Spinyoo somehow has. It’s an adaptable casino site, too; you can pick welcome promotions based on the site’s slots or live dealer options, depending on what you’re more interested in. We get the feeling that Spinyoo is what the Reel Island sister sites of the future might look like.
There’s more than one way to give a casino site a minimalistic look. One way is the way that Spinyoo has done it. Another way is the way that Barz Casino has done it. It’s the most basic and theme-free of all the Reel Island sister sites, with only Casilando on a par with it when it comes to being a “bare bones” casino, but that doesn’t appear to prevent Barz Casino from attracting customers. We suspect that its generous welcome promotion might have quite a lot to do with that. New players can grab up to £300 in matched deposit welcome funds but have to contend with a slightly higher wagering requirement than they’ll find elsewhere on the platform.
It’s a little odd that Barz Casino has chosen to be called Barz Casino but hasn’t made a theme out of it. Ask any young person, and they’ll tell you that “barz” is a word that means something in connection with rap music. You won’t get any sense of that from Barz Casino. Having said that, we can’t think of many casinos that have obvious, visible rap connections. There certainly aren’t any among the Reel Kingdom sister sites. Perhaps a name is sometimes just a name.
We started this short list of highlights among the Reel Island sister sites with 21Prive, and we’re closing it with 21 Casino. The names of the two casino sites could lead you into thinking that they’re very similar. Don’t make that mistake. 21Prive might make itself sound like it cares more about table games than slots, but it doesn’t. 21 Casino genuinely does. You’ll find a handful of (classic) slots on the homepage of 21 Casino, but the graphics and banners on the page make it very clear that the majority of players who come to the casino do so to spin roulette wheels rather than slots.
21 Casino isn’t a huge website, and it’s not especially showy, but it does as much as it can to keep to the theme it establishes with its name. Even its welcome promotion ties in – it’s a matched deposit worth 121% of a new player’s first deposit at the casino, capped at an upper limit of £100. Such is the importance of 21 Casino to the White Hat Gaming casino network as a whole that when Fruity Casa ceased trading in late 2022, all of the casino’s former traffic was redirected to 21 Casino.
Reel Island Information
|#No. of Sister Sites||33|
|Best Sister Sites||GDay Casino, 21Prive, Spinyoo, Klasino and Fruity Casa|
|Owner/Operator||White Hat Gaming Limited: Cornerstone Business Centre, Mosta, MST 1180, Malta|
|Sister sites status||7 Active, 25 White Labels and 1 Inactive sister sites. 33 total sister casinos.|
|UKGC Licence page||UKGC Licence: 52894|
|Reel Island Facebook page|
Reel Island operator – White Hat Gaming Limited
White Hat Gaming has been releasing new casino sites from the island of Malta since 2012. It hasn’t been doing so very quickly, though; it’s taken over a decade to break the 30 mark, and even some of those have closed down since they opened. It’s hovering just below the thirty mark as of the time of writing. As a Malta-based casino operator, White Hat Gaming holds a Malta Gaming Authority licence. It also (obviously) holds a UK Gambling Commission licence, thus providing its casinos with access to our domestic market, plus many more licences that allow it to operate further afield. Malta is merely the base of the company’s operations – it’s a long way from being the limit of its ambitions. Wherever people play at online casinos, White Hat Gaming wants to be there.
In keeping with its constant desire to expand, White Hat Gaming has opened offices in major territories all over the world. The UK, Malta and Gibraltar are obvious choices, so it’s no surprise to find the company’s casinos there, but there are also White Hat Gaming offices as far afield as South Africa and the United States of America. There’s not much scope for online gambling in the USA at the moment, but that might change in the future. In the meantime, the company’s Chicago office helps to serve its customers in Canada. Working with White Hat Gaming means exposure to a huge audience for games providers, so it’s no surprise that they all want to work with the operator. About 120 of them do so and have provided White Hat Gaming with over three thousand games to choose from when making new casinos.
Reel Island review
Reel Island Sister Sites Welcome Bonuses
If you’re a new arrival on Reel Island, you can claim up to £300 in bonus funds as a one hundred per cent matched first deposit. The bonus is accompanied by twenty-five free spins, which can only be redeemed on Starburst. Winnings from free spins are added to the bonus money pot and are bound by the same terms and conditions. All bonuses have to be wagered x35 before they become real, withdrawable money. The minimum qualifying deposit for this promotion is £20.
Reel Island offers bonus spins every Monday, 20% matched deposits every Wednesday, and another 20% deposit match every Friday. Its biggest promotional perk, though, is its loyalty scheme. Players are rewarded with 500 loyalty points when they join the casino and get two more each time they play through £10 on spots. Points can also be won by playing other games, but the pound-to-point return is lower. The downside is that points can only be turned into cash when you have one thousand of them, and even then, the return is only £5 per thousand. That’s a reward rate of £5 for every £500 spent on slots. You might sometimes be able to earn more points by playing new releases, which may make the bonus more reasonable.
Top Games at Reel Island
You might have a hard time pinning down or keeping track of the top games at Reel Island. The casino heavily favours brand-new releases, so the “top games” in the middle of its homepage can vary dramatically from week to week. The overall top game at the casino is still Starburst, though, as it’s connected to the Reel Island welcome promotion. It would amaze us if anybody reading this review needed Starburst explaining to them. Gates of Olympus by Pragmatic Play is another game that ranks highly at this casino; we can probably put that down to the fact that it’s hooked up to the Drops and Wins promotion rather than the myths and legends theme that it comes with. Nitropolis 4 by Elk Studios was riding high at Reel Island at the time we visited to write this review, but we think that’s a definite consequence of its newness.
Customer Support and Licensing
Reel Island operates a 24/7 live chat service, which can be accessed through the “contact” page (or through the chat icon, which should remain in view at all times). Failing that, emails can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Someone should be available to respond at all times. UK Gambling Commission licence number 52894, held by White Hat Gaming Limited, covers Reel Island. The licence was reviewed by the UKGC in January 2021, and the review didn’t go well for White Hat Gaming. Failures in protocols relating to protecting customers and preventing money laundering were identified. Rather than contesting the charge, White Hat Gaming elected to pay £1.3m as a settlement to avoid proceeding to full disciplinary action.
Withdrawal Speed and Support
Reel Island doesn’t see fit to publish its withdrawal policy anywhere. Most of the Reel Island sister sites have a payments page, an FAQ page containing withdrawal information, or both. Reel Island has neither. We can tell you that the logos of everyone from Visa to MuchBetter, including PayPal and Trustly, are printed across the bottom of the casino’s homepage. What we can’t tell you is which of the methods are withdrawal, which are deposit-only, and how long any of them might take. It’s a poor show.
Final Thoughts on Reel Island
Reel Island neither looks nor performs like one of the best casinos on the White Hat Gaming platform. It’s a long way from being the operator’s worst casino, but the lack of clarity about withdrawals means it’s also a long way from being one of the best. It’s a decent-enough slots site, but it’s nothing you’d tell your friends about.
Reel Island Sister Sites Player Reviews
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