The animal theme has long been a popular one in the online casino world, especially the Asian-themed panda bear. Having come across Royal Panda Casino for our reviews, we got to wondering – was there more to having an animal as a mascot or theme on a site or was it just a differentiator from a design perspective? We took that thought into our review – let’s see if we were able to answer the question.
There isn’t much in the way of detail on the owners of the Royal Panda Casino. Listed as Royal Panda Limited, the company shows offices in Malta, which is a good sign. Even better than that, however, is that the site is licensed by both the jurisdictions of Malta and the UK. Having these designations puts aside any concern we may have had about a casino that only launched in 2014.
Now, when we see a casino that has these two hard-to-get licenses, we know that there will be a lengthy list of countries whose residents would be prevented from playing at the site. This trend continues at Royal Panda, with a significant number of countries on the restricted list like the United States, France, Italy, South Africa, Australia and many others.
The Casino Games
The games at Royal Panda all come from three sources, but these are three heavyweights in the industry: Net Ent, Evolution Gaming, and Microgaming. Between these three, you are going to find some of the top games on the market today.
Starting with the Live Dealer games from Evolution, we jumped in and quickly found a Baccarat table and dealer we felt lucky with and went to work. The live-streamed games come from one of Evolution’s seven studios across Eastern Europe. The games play at a speed that more reflects that of a land-based casino, which feels far less rushed than the RNG versions of the games.
For those of you who are looking to stick to the traditional digital casino games, have no fear: there is a full slate of Table Games in the Royal Panda lobby. This includes multiple options when it comes to Blackjack and Roulette, along with all of the other standards you will recognize. You can play these games for as little as .25 in some cases, and the table limits vary per game.
While the casino doesn’t offer all the Video Poker options that are available from their suppliers, the games they do have should suffice for everyone aside from the degenerate lover of video poker. Stick to games like Joker Poker and Tens or Better for gameplay that is closer to an actual poker game.
The slots catalog is full of incredible titles, which is what we have come to expect from Net Ent and Microgaming over the years. It seems like every time we turn around, one of these companies is announcing another co=-branding agreement (Net Ent just launched slots based on the popular show Narcos), and you have the ability to filter by the hottest and coldest games in the lobby if you are a superstitious player!
The site also offers a full sportsbook for those of you looking to add some sports betting to your overall gambling experience. While we didn’t go into a full review of the sports section for this particular review, a quick glance did reveal thousands of games and matches to bet on across all the top global sports leagues.
With the games at Royal Panda available for play in the browser of your PC, the gaming experience can be moved very easily onto most tablets and phones. Browser-based games do not require a piece of software to be downloaded, and while we hope in the future, the site will have a native app for us to use, for the time being, the quality of the mobile offering is excellent in its current format.
The Welcome Bonus
There are a couple of first-time bonuses for players at Royal Panda. IF you are a sports bettor, you may want to take advantage of the site’s free $20 wager (check out the site for all the rules that apply to that promotion). For the casino players reading this, the Welcome Bonus is a very tidy 100% match bonus to a maximum of $100. While that might not sound like a lot, what is more important than a huge bonus amount is the amount you are actually able to earn while playing, and a free $100 seems to be something that most players can attain.
The Payment Options
With so few countries actually being able to make a deposit at this casino, we are surprised to see as many payment options as we do at the site. From e-wallets to credit cards and more, there is bound to be some way that works for you without too much of an issue.
- AstroPay Card
- Paysafe Card
- Todito Cash
- Visa Electron
- Wire Transfer
- Visa Electron
- Wire Transfer
The VIP Program
Royal Panda has a multi-tiered VIP program for their players, which is tied to the loyalty points you earn playing the real money games. However, there is a distinct lack of detail about the program on the website, which makes it difficult for us to truly determine its value. What we do know is that there are currently 4 levels in the program, each of which promises a better set of rewards. Your loyalty points can be used in the Loyal Panda store, where you can purchase everything from Free Spins to the latest electronics.
The Support Department
One click of the support link pulls up all your options when it comes to having your queries answered at Royal Panda. There is a detailed FAQ section, and failing to find your answers there, you can immediately jump into a Live Chat with one of the support agents, or even give them a call on the telephone. Old-school customer support is dealt with over email, where you may be looking for a more detailed response or have an issue that requires a much longer explanation than what you might be able to provide in a chat window.
There is a lot to like about Royal Panda. The site uses three excellent partners to power their games, and the casino lobby is very easy to navigate. The Welcome Bonus, while not very large, is adequate for a smaller stakes player, and the loyalty store gives you a way to convert your play into tangible goods. However, the two knocks against the site are the lack of details around their VIP program and the fact that so few countries are able to actually access the site for real money.
Still, if you are lucky enough to live in one of the open jurisdictions, then we highly recommend this site to you as a place to make a deposit and play your favorite casino games.