MagicRed

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4.4 ratings
Overview

If you read damning reviews of MagicRed, don’t let it turn you off from playing here because they’re under brand new ownership now. That being said, we recommend this casino to scratch card lovers who enjoy playing casino games on the side. Magic Red’s scratch cards are among the best in the industry, both in terms of quantity and quality. The rest of Magic Red’s aspects won’t blow you away, but they do everything else adequate enough to make them worth a try.

 

The Good Side

The first thing you’d see when you land on MagicRed Casino is that all the games are laid out on the front. Like all the games are on the panel of the page till down. You can scroll through its page and find slots, jackpots, and much more available at a click away. Speaking of its user interface, it isn’t that fancy at all. Might we also add, it looks really old and outdated. The page is completely clustered, however, it is easy to navigate somehow. Also, some games titles are unheard of and some titles are out of the world. But it sure does look interesting to check out though.

Moving on its welcome bonus schemes, they are pretty decent compared to rest of online gambling sites. They also feature VIP reward program for their loyal players, which is a good thing. Also, to note, there are wagering requirements you must read before you wager your bets on any games based on their bonus schemes.  They have great game providers in the market, like every other relatively old websites, MagicRed needs to upgrade on their user interface not by just providing best gaming experience but also spark some charm on their website layout.

This makes us feel much better about Magic Red’s reputability after the re-launch. But is this casino far better than the one that closed down in 2016, find out as we look at Magic Red’s welcome bonus, promotions, games, software, banking, customer service, and history. We’ll also sum up the unique aspects of this casino and recommend whether you should or shouldn’t play here.

Another strange twist in this history is that all of Redfinger’s assets were transferred to a company named Zirconium Gaming Limited. Zirconium also owns Winner, Winner Club, 7Regal, Bets, and RummyRoyal. In 2017, Aspire Global revived the Magic Red brand under legitimate licensing and a fresh company. Zirconium holds licensing in the lax Antigua and Barbuda jurisdiction, while Aspire Global holds prestigious licensing with the MGA and UKGC. The relaunched Magic Red is still young, but we see it having a better chance now thanks to reputable licensing.

Launched in 2014, MagicRed Casino has a strange history in their relatively short existence. Formerly owned by Redfinger Trading Limited, they shut down in late 2016. Now known as Zirconium Gaming Limited – owner of Winner Casino – this company has been involved in shady incidents, which immediately sends up red flags about MagicRed. But this casino has been re-launched under a new company called Aspire Global, which is licensed by the prestigious UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) and Malta Gaming Authority (MGA).

The Downside

Our biggest issues with Magic Red involve annoyances with their website. While the navigation is good, they don’t offer a list of restricted countries or a clear link for banking options. The other downsides are on a lower level for us, including customer support, restrictive chat hours, and an average volume of slots and table games. Starting with customer support, they were friendly but didn’t do much to answer our questions. It also doesn’t help that live chat is only open during standard office hours. While the game volume isn’t bad, we were disappointed with the slots and table games, given the potential with so many providers.

One final thing we don’t like is the fact that NetEnt slots either offer 50% bonus contributions, or none at all. Many other casinos include these games, despite their 96+ percent payback.

The Games

MagicRed Games

MagicRed’s casino games are provided by Amaya, Amatic, Lightning Box Games, Microgaming, NetEnt, NeoGames, and NextGen. With this large list of software providers, we expected a lot more games in Magic Red’s selection. This is especially the case when you count Microgaming and NetEnt, which are two of the largest suppliers.

At 220+ games, Magic Red has more variety than most online casinos. But they don’t have as many games as many other operations using Microgaming and NetEnt. Another downside to this selection is that it doesn’t offer Microgaming’s Mega Moolah or NetEnt’s Mega Fortune. Mega Moolah is the industry’s biggest jackpot slot, while Mega Fortune also offers one of the largest payouts. It’s not a deal-breaker that Magic Red doesn’t offer these jackpots. But it’s another area that prevents this casino from having a great game selection.

Slots

Our surprise about the average game variety mainly comes from the slots selection. While Magic Red offers over 100 games, it doesn’t match our expectations when seeing how many providers are featured here. You’ll find both Slots and Video Slots categories in the casino lobby. Here are some Classic Slots —

  • Castel
  • Dragon’s Gold
  • Pub House
  • Sakura Garden
  • Sky of Love
  • Triple Carnival
  • Adventure Jack
  • Aloha! Cluster Pays
  • Avalon
  • Chili Gold
  • Conga Beat
  • Cosmic Fortune
  • Doctor Love
  • Gonzo’s Quest
  • Jack Hammer (1 & 2)
  • Foxin’ Wins
  • King Kong
  • Koi Princess
  • Medusa
  • Starburst
  • Superman Last Son of Krypton
  • Thunderstruck II
  • Wild Panda

Now isn’t that a really long list?! Yes, it is indeed, but those are the most played games on MagicRed Casino online. 

The good thing about these slots is that you get a wide range of graphical styles, gameplay, and themes. If you’ve ever played at a NetEnt casino before, then you’re familiar with Gonzo’s Quest and Starburst, two popular games that are often included in free spins promotions.

Magic Red may not have the biggest jackpots, but Thunderstruck II has become famous for its top payout worth 2.5 million coins. Slots like Doctor Love and Wild Panda are good for those who like simple games that are easy to play.

Table Games

MagicRed Table Games

Magic Red offers a small table games section with the following —

  • 3-card solitaire
  • Blackjack
  • European Roulette
  • Roulette Lounge
  • Roulette Pro

This is another area that surprises us because Micro-gaming is known for their table games, yet we find Magic Red only using a few options.

Live Casino

Magic Red offers a live dealer casino with baccarat, blackjack, and roulette. The game selection is standard for a live casino, and you won’t find many available tables. But on the plus side, Magic Red is in the minority by including a live casino in their game selection.

Video Poker

This casino only offers three video poker variations in — 

  • Deuces Wild
  • Jacks or Better
  • Joker Poker

Much like the table games, video poker is another area where Magic Red offers the bare minimum.

Scratchcards 

The one area we’re impressed with is Magic Red’s scratch-cards. They offer 70+ scratch-cards, which is nearly as big as their slots selection with a rarity in the gaming world. Here are some of the scratch-cards you’ll find — 

  • 100m Champion
  • 7 Bingo
  • Bingo
  • Candy Tale
  • Christmas
  • Elvis Forever
  • Euroball
  • Fantasy Forest
  • Forces of Terra
  • Genie
  • Gone Fishin’
  • Knights Battle
  • Lucky Charms
  • Lucky Eggs
  • Roulette
  • Starlight Dazzle
  • Super Hippodrome
  • The Fairy Tale
  • The Lost Maya
  • Wild Win Double
  • Zodiac

These aren’t your normal lottery-style games because they feature detailed themes and good graphics. Here’s an example, Forces of Terra offers you into a fantasy medieval world that sees 3D barbarians, dragons, queens, soldiers, and trolls appear when you scratch your card. Here’s another example, Euroball takes you to an authentic football (soccer) stadium, where every card you scratch reveals a different country/team.

These are just a couple examples of what you can expect from Magic Red’s vast scratch-card selection. Basically, Magic Red feels like a scratch-card destination first, and online casino second.

Jackpots

We don’t like how Magic Red doesn’t have a specific area in their games section for jackpot slots and table games. Part of this could be because they don’t have any impressive jackpots to offer. But it’s still nice to know where a casino’s largest jackpots are offered, even if they’re only 4 and 5-figure amounts.

When visiting through a PC or Mac, you can see a scrolling area on the right side entitled Latest Winners. None of the winners are anything special, with a lot of payouts ranging from €300 and €3,000. But we did see two players who managed to win €16,475 and €35,780. We’re sure that Magic Red has seen bigger wins than this, but they’re nothing like many of the other Microgaming & NetEnt casinos that have 6 and 7-figure jackpots. Looking through what’s offered, the Thunderstruck II prize worth 2.5 million coins that we covered earlier is the biggest payout here.

Payments: Deposit and Withdrawal

Payment options

Although not unheard of, Magic Red forces you to visit the Help page to find available banking methods. Here are the different options for depositing and withdrawing —

  • Akita
  • EntroPay
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Neteller
  • Zimpler
  • Trustly 
  • UseMyFunds
  • Skrill
  • Ticket Premium

Note: That many of these methods are available in different currencies, and you can check Magic Red’s Help section to see what currencies each banking option allows for.

Documentation: On your first deposit, Magic Red asks you to submit documentation proving your identity. The Help section states that players will only be asked for this info once, unless they switch to different banking options.

The three ways that you can send requested identification include email, fax, and the post office.

Currencies: You can use the following 7 currencies at Magic Red: Australian dollar, Brazilian real, British pound, Canadian dollar, euro, kroner (DKK, NOK, SEK), and the US dollar.

Bonus Offers

The Magic Red welcome bonus offers a 100% match on your first deposit up to €200 + 100 free spins. You must make a minimum deposit of €10 to qualify for the bonus.

Here’s how the 100 free spins are distributed:

  • You receive 20 free spins immediately after your first deposit worth €10 or more.
  • You get 40 free spins on your second-day deposit of €20 or more.
  • You receive 40 free spins on your third-day deposit of €20 or more.

This isn’t a bad welcome bonus offer, but the maximum amount won’t satisfy high rollers. It’s standard for a casino to make players earn 100 free spins in instalments. But obviously we’d prefer to get everything in one deposit, rather than making two additional deposits for the other 80 spins.

Wagering Requirements

Rollover requirements on this offer are 35x the bonus plus deposit amount. Also, you have 21 days after depositing to meet wagering requirements before the bonus expires.

Here’s an example of earning Magic Red’s bonus:

  • You deposit €50, making you eligible for a €50 bonus.
  • You must now wager €3,500 [(50 + 50) x 35] to earn your bonus.

Given that the industry standard for rollover is 20x the bonus plus deposit, Magic Red’s 35x wagering requirements aren’t good. We’ve seen worse, but that still doesn’t absolve these conditions.

Note: That free spins must be used within 1 day of being credited to your account, at which point they’re removed. To cash out winnings from free spins, you must wager the amount 35x.

VIP Program

Magic Red VIP Program

While it’s a major downside that MagicRed doesn’t offer other promotions, they do have an extensive VIP program. Here’s a look at the 7 tiers of the program along with the benefits you receive —

  • New Member Birthday bonus, fast cash-outs, 1 point for every €35 wagered, cash points in for bonus money.
  • Bronze (Earn 10 points per month) Same as New Member, along with Top Live VIP tournaments, 25 free games, 5 free games for Free Play Sunday, 1 point for every €30 wagered.
  • Silver (60 points) Same as Bronze, along with 50 free games, 10 free games for Free Play Sunday, 1 point for every €28 wagered.
  • Gold (350 points) Same as Silver, along with 50 free games, 50% deposit bonus, 20 free games for Free Play Sunday, 1 point for every €25 wagered.
  • Platinum (1,000 points) Same as Gold, along with €50 bonus (Day 1), bonus on all deposits (Day 2), exclusive cash-back offer (Day 3), express cash-outs, monthly cash-back, personal VIP accounts manager, 40 free games for Free Play Sunday, 1 point for every $20 wagered.
  • Premium (Invitation only) Same as Gold, along with €100 bonus (Day 1), upgraded bonus on all deposits (Day 2), personal offer from VIP accounts manager (Day 3), 40 free games for Free Play Sunday, two monthly cash-back offers, 1 point for every $15 wagered.
  • Prestige (Invitation only) Same as Premium, along with 50 free Prestige Games, three monthly cash-back offers.

You can see specific information on your account by visiting the,“My Account section,” then choosing My Rewards.

Note: New benefits come the day after your upgrade takes place; Sunday Free Play bonuses are only issued to players who’ve made a deposit in the last 30 days; you’re only eligible for 1 bonus per day in the VIP program; cash-back is based on losses for a full calendar month; you must contract your account manager to claim monthly cash-back.

Promotions

MagicRed doesn’t offer any other promotions at the time, however, this has changed over time and now MagicRed clearly does offer promotions. You can win up to €5,000 prize pool. They offer along with welcome bonus promotions plus some more magic to the prize pool —

  • Welcome Bonus
  • MagicRed VIP Club
  • Magic Spins Tuesday
  • Magic Thursday Treat

This being said, you’ll want to take full advantage of the welcome bonus and 100 free spins if you play for real money here.

Security & Regulations

Magic Red uses the latest 128-bit Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption technology to protect your sensitive account data. All credit card and debit card transactions are processed by Aspire Global Ltd, which is both located and licensed in Malta. British players have their credit/debit card transactions processed by AG Communications Limited. Magic Red looks to protect players’ withdrawals by asking for documentation before the first cash-out. From here, you’ll be asked for verification documents again if you change banking methods. Magic Red has the iTech Labs seal at the bottom of their site. Known as one of the industry’s premier auditors, iTech checks casino operators’ RNG’s to ensure that fair gaming is being offered.

The MGA launched in 2001 as the Malta Lottery and Gaming Authority (MLGA).

As one of the earliest gaming jurisdictions in Europe, the MLGA suffered through early struggles in responding to players and overseeing their licensees. But over the years, the MLGA got better and improved their reputation. In 2015, they rebranded as the Malta Gaming Authority and command plenty of respect in the European market.

Platform Availability

We first visited Magic Red through a PC, and the first thing we saw is the logo and a large space with rotating ads for free spins, signup prompts, and featured games.

This is an odd setup in comparison to the industry because most casinos feature a navigation bar at the top, and a rotating banner underneath. But we’re not complaining about the setup because it looks good.

When you scroll down, you’ll see the navigation bar and featured games underneath. The navigation bar is helpful since it not only has the basics like promotions and games, but also live chat and language links. When visiting through a smartphone, the interface offers a menu box and signup prompt at the top, a rotating ad bar underneath, and featured games. Both the PC and mobile versions feature a beige background that’s free of clutter. And the only embellishment you’ll see beyond game advertisements is the Magic Red logo – an upside-down top hat with stars coming out of it.

An interesting side note is that this is the same logo the casino had under Redfinger Trading Limited. We’re not sure why Aspire Global chose to launch the same failed branding, but it makes for a good look on both laptop computers and smartphones.

Smartphone: Magic Red’s navigation is similar to most mobile casinos we’ve played at, with a menu box in the upper left-hand corner that allows for easy navigation. This box features the following sections: Home, Join Now, Game Search, Change Language, Registration Help, About Us, and Contact Us.

What we really like about this is the Change Language feature being immediately available, instead of having to hunt for it. On the homepage, you can look through the games by scrolling down, and swiping left or right to change the game categories. We like the swiping action because it lets you quickly move from sections like All Games, Most Popular, Slots, and Live Casino.

Customer Support

Customer Support

You can contact the Magic Red’s staff using email, live chat, and phone. We did an experiment of contacting their customer care support, so we sent an email and received a response within 3 hours. We also used live chat twice and it took them 2-3 minutes to respond each time. Each customer service representative was polite when we contacted them. Our only problem is that they didn’t seem very knowledgeable.

We asked the first person about how many points it takes to maintain the Silver level, and they responded 28, which is actually the number of euros you need to earn 1 loyalty point. We asked the second person what countries were restricted from playing at Magic Red. They asked us to hold, then came back and directed us to an email address. All in all, this casino’s support isn’t bad, but we wish the reps had better answers. This is especially the case with restricted countries, which aren’t listed on the website.

The Bottom Line

Our biggest issues with Magic Red involve annoyances with their website. While the navigation is good, they don’t offer a list of restricted countries or a clear link for banking options. One final thing we don’t like is the fact that NetEnt slots either offer 50% bonus contributions, or none at all. Many other casinos include these games, despite their 96+ percent payback.

The main thing that sticks out about Magic Red is its scratch-card lineup. Given how average this casino is in many other areas, we were blown away by the volume and type of scratch-cards available. As we described with Forces of Terra and Euroball, these aren’t run-of-the-mill scratchers, but rather detailed 3D games that make for an unforgettable lottery experience.

Another thing we like is the multiple software providers, highlighted by Lightning Box Games, Micro-gaming, NetEnt, and NeoGames. The 200+ games here is merely above average, but what we enjoy is how many different styles of games are offered. The VIP program here is also good since it offers plenty of benefits, even at the lower levels. Other favourable aspects of Magic Red include reasonable wagering requirements and 100 free spins for new depositors.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why do I have to send my documents?

— Documents are required for safety, to not only check if you’re an adult but also a responsible player and not a fraud. It is an industry standard onetime inconvenience.

  • Did I wager my bonus enough?

— To check your bonus wagering status, simply access My account, and view “remaining wagering requirements.”

  • Where can I find MagicRed bonus policy?

— Their MagicRed bonus policy is available at the bottom of their website.

  • What are Reward Points?

— Registered MagicRed Real Money players earn Reward Points as they play. It is just another way for MagicRed to reward their loyal players.

  • What payment methods do you accept?

— There’s couple of payment gateways they provide, the list is mentioned above in the article.

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