July 29, 2020 By N. Vasiljevic
LICENCE NUMBER: 39533 BGO Entertainment Limited
BGO Casino is one of the newer additions to the UK’s online gambling market, but it’s already established itself as a reputable operator. Our BGO review takes an in-depth look at the venue’s virtual sports book, casino, and bingo offerings. The site has one of the biggest collections of casino and bingo games and a solid variety of virtual sports to bet on. Add to that excellent loyalty programs, a well designed mobile app, and an overall solid gaming experience, and you have a winner.
Pros / Cons
Broad selection of virtual sports
Wide variety of casino and bingo games
Solid loyalty programme
Excellent mobile apps
No withdrawal limits
Customer support isn’t available 24/7
Deposit and withdrawal fees
BGO started out as a bingo provider but has since expanded into casino and virtual sports betting niches. The casino has been around since 2012 and is owned and operated by BGO Entertainment Ltd, a company based in LeVal, Alderney. BGO Entertainment teamed up with Playtech in 2014 and began using the platform’s industry-leading software in July 2015.
Before you can take advantage of the numerous BGO promotions, you need to create an account. The procedure is quick and easy, requiring basic details such as your full name, address, email, and phone number. But you aren’t required to divulge your debit card or bank account details.
The site has a long list of restricted countries, including the United States, Netherlands, France, Portugal, Australia, and Turkey. Luckily, Britain is not on the list, allowing UK punters to register and play.
Whether you are into virtual sports, casino, or bingo games, the site has many bonuses and promotions available. However, only one welcome offer can be used per account. BGO’s welcome bonus for virtual sports requires a first deposit and virtual sports bet of £10 or more while entering the code SPORTS.
Unfortunately, there are no free bets, instead you become eligible for a Box Boost casino bonus. You can win up to £50 in casino bonuses by picking one of three boxes, and there’s a chance you won’t win anything at all. If you do, you’ll have to play on one of the eligible games, including Starburst, Age of the Gods, Gonzo’s Quest, and other popular slots.
There is also a very steep 65x wagering requirement, and the maximum amount you can win from the free casino bonus is 10x the Box Boost Bonus (i.e. up to £500).
Fans of BGO slots can also try their luck with the Mega Wheel bonus. It works much like the previous promotion, but with no promotion code required. Instead of the Box Boost, your £10 deposit gets you a Mega Wheel spin that can win anywhere between 0 and 500 free spins.
These can only be used on the Twin Spin game and the winnings there are added to your bonus balance. You can win a maximum of £150 from the Free Spins winnings after completing the 65x wagering requirements (by spending the bonus funds on slot games such as Starburst).
You’ll find the most generous welcome bonus with BGO bingo. Making a £10 deposit and entering the promo code BINGO nets you a £20 Bingo Bonus, as well as a chance to win up to 250 free spins on Super Scratch.
The wagering requirement on Bingo games is 5x, and the maximum you can win from the Free Spins winnings is £100. BGO free spins can only be played on Starburst, but winnings can be invested on a bunch of other slots to meet the cashout requirements – these are the aforementioned 65x wagering requirements.
New players can also try the Beginner’s Luck bingo room with free tickets for up to seven days from registration, provided that at least 1p has been spent on bingo games.
There are currently no ongoing promotions for virtual sports, but casino and bingo lovers have plenty to choose from. There is the new Branded Megaways slot as well as New Game Tuesday, which introduces new slots every Tuesday, in addition to tournaments such as Breakfast Club and Lucky Break.
BGO’s loyalty programme is called the Rewards Hub for casino players and Candy Club for bingo players. The Rewards Hub tiers start at Blue and go through Silver, Gold and Platinum. The point balance is reset every month, but you get to keep your current tier for up to three months. Rewards include free tournament entries, special promotions, birthday rewards, faster withdrawals, exclusive game access, and more.
The Candy Club features similar incentives with tiers ranging from Chocolate to Candy and provides various rewards for loyal punters. The main difference is that you can lose your current level within one month instead of three.
Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. BGO’s sportsbook includes only virtual sports. Options include football, greyhound and horse races, motor racing, basketball, tennis, cycling, and more.
Casino and bingo players have more options to choose from. In addition to working with industry giants such as NetEnt, NextGen Gaming, and Playtech, the company also makes its own proprietary games. The majority of those are bingo games. Nevertheless, you can find well over 200 slots and 100 table games, including the live casino option.
There’s everything from popular slots such as Starburst and Gonzo’s quest to live BGO casino games such as blackjack, baccarat, roulette, Hi/Lo, and Sic bo. There are even high roller tables called Prime Roulette and Prime Blackjack.
BGO is slowly easing into the world of sports bets, and you can already make many bet types on virtual sports. These include single, straight, reverse and combination forecast, numbers, and each way bets.
Deposits and Withdrawals
When it comes to payment methods, BGO has a solid selection. You can deposit and withdraw money using a number of currencies including Euros, British Pounds, Norwegian Kroner, and New Zealand dollars. You can make a BGO deposit with Maestro, MasterCard, Neteller, PayPal, PaysafeCard, Visa, or Skrill. But bear in mind that deposits made through Neteller and Skrill won’t count for welcome promotions. The minimum deposit is £10, and all deposits lower than £500 will be subject to a fee of 2.5%.
Withdrawal options include bank wire transfers, Neteller, PayPal, Ukash, Visa and Visa Electron, instaDebit, Citadel, Envoy, Skrill, and iDebit. There is a fee of £1 for every BGO withdrawal lower than £50. If you want to withdraw more cash, you’ll have to pay £2.50 or more. International bank transfers further incur a fee of £15. There are no limits for deposits or withdrawals, but you can’t win more than £250,000 in a single wagering round.
The site has an effective layout with various BGO games taking up the central part of the screen. The top navigation bar takes you through the different sections of virtual sports, casino (and live casino) games, bingo, tournaments, promotions, and rewards. The site runs well on a variety of platforms and operating systems, and there’s also an excellent mobile app.
The app comes with its own perks, including exclusive mobile offers and notifications about new games and promotions. It’s well designed, runs smoothly on both Android and iOS systems, and enhances the mobile betting experience.
Security and Safety
The BGO site operates under twin licences from both the Alderney Gambling Control Commission and the UK Gambling Commission. But we couldn’t find any information about independent RNG auditing or RTP percentages. Security is guaranteed by an industry standard 128-bit SSL encryption, and like most reputable betting sites, it offers the self-exclusion and time-out schemes.
While our experience with BGO’s customer support team was positive, the service is not available around the clock. You can use BGO’s live chat from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. on weekdays or shoot them an email through a form available on the site. You can also consult an extensive FAQ or get in touch with their team using social networks such as Facebook.
BGO is an interesting site. These blokes started out with a focus on bingo before delving into the world of sports betting. One thing to take away from our BGO review is that there are better places for folks interested in sports betting opportunities. However, if you enjoy virtual sports betting with a side of slots, table games, and bingo, BGO is well worth checking out.