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At first glance, the Jonny Jackpot Casino New Zealand website landing page comes across like gaudy art with its splash of mint green on a navy-blue background. Jonny Jackpot, arms folded in his pastel posture, don’t cut a stark figure of engagement. However, New Zealand gamblers shouldn’t let that put them off this committed online casino provider.
Scrolling down to the bottom of the landing page will reveal that at least one Kiwi online reviewer has elevated Jonny Jackpot Casino as its best in Aotearoa New Zealand. We’ll endeavour to dig deeper to find out more intricate details to help New Zealanders draw their conclusions.
The White Hat Gaming online casino, launched in 2018, is only crawling out of its infancy stage. However, the digitally challenged will find its uncluttered website easy to negotiate. The ticking, fertile progressive jackpot meter and rolling “Latest Winners” list catch the eye, but it will be more riveting if some Kiwi-dollar claimants feature with the Swedish Krona ones.
New Zealanders will find instant attraction with Jonny Jackpot Casino the second they hover over the game thumbnails. The “Play for Fun” or “Play for Real” buttons will prompt an emphatic “yes” fist pump, although they’ll be required to register first through an uncomplicated process. The navy blue “Register” button, reassuringly, dangles above the lime green “Live Chat” one on the right flank of the landing page. The PayPal logo at the bottom of the page will add to the excitement of a welcome bonus of 100% up to $NZ1,000, plus 100 Bonus Spins on Legacy of Dead. The three-tier bonus expires after 30 days and the spins following 10.
Regardless of whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned gambler, Kiwis will take heart from Jonny Jackpot Casino’s commitment to protecting its customers. It’s second to none in terms of obtaining licences from the Malta Gaming Authority and the UK Gambling Commission. The online casino operator subscribes to third-party eCOGRA’s independent auditing process for fairness on its iGaming platform, based on the random number generators (RNGs). The application of SSL encryption technology to protect personal and transactional details offers total peace of mind to Kiwis.
A dozen tabs across the top of the page, below the masthead, make the selection of the games idiot-proof for Kiwi gamblers. The “favourites”, “most popular” and “new games” precede the “slot games”, a New Zealand favourite pastime called “pokies”. Jonny Jackpot lists the eight games he loves but a search tab on the extreme right of the horizontal menu gives Kiwis some leeway. The game thumbnails offer a heart on the top-right corner to archive or update your favourites. Not all games, including every live-dealer one, is a play-for-fun.
That Jonny Jackpot Casino makes “scratch” a tab is a sure sign that it has done its homework on Kiwis’ partiality towards “scratchies”. Ditto Keno as an instant-win option. Overall, the online casino operator has a library catalogue of more than 1,500 games. Not only does Jonny Jackpot offer jackpots but also progressive ones (more than 100 between them, but partial towards the former) that can be a life-changing experience for lucky New Zealanders. The “must-go jackpots” and “drops & wins” add to the adrenaline rush.
Of the number of games teeming in the impressive library collection at Jonny Jackpot Casino, not surprisingly more than 1,300 of the titles are pokies (slots). New Zealand gamblers will take stock of the quintessential games in the mould of Book of Dead, Gonzo’s Quest, Immortal Romance, and Starburst, but be mindful that some of them, including progressive jackpots, don’t offer free games.
Even the fussiest of Kiwis will be hard-pushed to quibble about the array of themes. Adventure, animations, cartoons, classic fruit, films, mediaeval, mystical, sports, and video pokies, are among the smorgasbord of titles. Jonny Jackpot Casino says to knock yourselves out with a medley of nail-biting elements such as free spins, multipliers, and wilds.
Here’s a snapshot of pokies titles Kiwis can mull over before engaging:
The Jonny Jackpot Casino website has 63 thumbnails of card and poker fare. The online casino operator’s virtual playground is blackjack and roulette heavy, although New Zealand gamblers won’t have any problems finding engaging baccarat and poker games. Throw in the Dream Catcher, the “First Person” variations of Craps, Football Studio, and Who Wants to be a Millionaire to dismiss talk of boredom.
Kiwis will be relieved to find online roulette tables that offer European and French variants over the higher house-edged American genre. The Asian components of Andar Bahar (Indian), Dragon Tiger First Person, and Fortune Pai Gow Poker (Chinese) provide an ethnic flavour for wider appeal on the Jonny Jackpot playground. Bluntly put, its variety is diverse enough to tickle any taste buds.
Here’s a crisp cross-section of what Kiwis can find:
If the live-dealer button on Jonny Jackpot Casino is anything to go by, there are exactly 47 thumbnails for New Zealanders to find something that makes their gambling juices flow. Jonny assures Kiwis that knowledgeable and helpful croupiers will be the difference, regardless of whether you choose to sit around its standard-dealer virtual table or a themed casino. The cutting-edge technology of live streaming will be so immersive that players can be forgiven for thinking they are at a brick-and-mortar casino.
The one thing that sticks out most, when you hover over the game thumbnails, is that every single title is “play for real”. To be fair, the absence of the “play for fun” stance is in line with other marquee online casinos. The reality is the live-dealer section is a drawcard for high rollers, although that should never stop newcomers from enjoying quality entertainment.
The other feature that sticks out is Lightning Roulette has a four times bigger presence than other thumbnails. Primarily, Jonny Jackpot offers a good spread of baccarat, blackjack, and roulette games peppered with video poker as well as dice fare such as Back Bo. It’ll delight Indian immigrants with the number of variations in their cultural themes as well as female croupiers elegantly decked out in bright saris. Andar Bahar (Inside Outside), Bet on Teen Patti, Hindi Roulette, Namaste Roulette, and Roulette 8 Indian make that cultural statement.
Here’s a cursory glance at what’s available on the live-casino menu:
Many reviewers of online casinos in New Zealand cyberspace tend to overlook the payout percentage of their operators when flicking between the lime-green, double jay (“JJ”) spinning wheel while navigating the website pages. We always put extra effort into this segment because we believe this is up there with checking out the licence and security of any gambling establishment to safeguard Kiwis’ interests. We urge all players to read the online casino’s terms & conditions first up.
The overall payout percentage of Jonny Jackpot Casino NZ hovers around the 95% to 97% mark. That’s a respectable threshold for a new establishment when compared with rival operators who have been around the block for decades. To grasp the payout percentage concept, New Zealand players need to comprehend what return to player (RTP) is.
RTP is the result of comparing the money paid out from wins against the sum of cash wagered at any given online casino. At Jonny Jackpot Casino, for argument’s sake, an average RTP of 97% comes with the understanding that for every $NZ100 a Kiwi gambler wagers, the online casino will fork out $NZ97 in winnings. However, it’s vital to note that this is, in theory, a six-figure number of gamblers wagering over an extended time, rather than some perceived sense of religious returns on spontaneous individual bets. Only some lucky New Zealanders will share those returns.
This is where we give Jonny Jackpot a huge tick. Kiwi gamblers can scroll down to the foot of the landing page to the horizontal line of the lime-green menu to click on the “Game RTP” link. Here, they’ll be able to work out the RTP for every single game in alphabetic order. Our only contribution to add value to the online casino’s informative Game RTP is that it could have been divided into categories — such as live-dealer games, table games, etc — as well as have lines connecting each game to their percentage figures on the right. It requires a ruler, or a similar item, to avoid mixing up the figures with the titles.
That also takes us to meet Jonny Jackpot’s 35x wagering requirements that must be fulfilled for all bonuses within the 30-day deadline amid maximum-betting limits. Free spins have a 10-day use-by date and the amount you can win from it is capped at $NZ50. Also referred to as the playthrough, New Zealanders have to meet the requirements before they can withdraw any bonus winnings. The online operator’s wagering requirements rate is reasonable when compared to those of rival online casino operators whose playthroughs can be anywhere from 40x to 70x.
However, we advise Kiwi gamblers to read thoroughly the promotional terms before diving into the generous three-tier welcome bonus offers to newcomers. Note that a minimum $NZ10 deposit and withdrawal are applicable. A ceiling of $NZ5,000 is placed on withdrawals, too. Coupons also have time limits. The operator reserves the right to refuse their use at any time.
Only Keno and scratchies as well as pokies games count towards a 100% wagering requirement. Some games will carry less weight than others. We’ve done the six-point-sized letter research for you to save you from eye strain.
Here’s the breakdown of playthrough requirements for the Jonny Jackpot bonuses:
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|Jackpot games (progressives)
Note: Thirteen Pokies only offer a 20% playthrough contribution. A whole swag of them make zero contribution, so do your homework and cross-check with the list under the promotional terms.
You know an online casino operator is transparent when it proudly displays the insignia of its iGaming manufacturers. Jonny Jackpot does that boldly at the foot of its landing page. However, it joins the elite group of online casinos that provide a search tab, “gaming provider”, where hardcore players who prefer a particular software brand’s game can do so with ease. The scroll tab offers more than 130 iGaming providers whose collaboration goes into making Jonny Jackpot’s virtual playground a hoot.
Here are the key ones that Jonny Jackpot showcases with logos:
No doubt, the presence of multi-award-winning Evolution Gaming and Microgaming is a given, but what this shows is that Jonny Jackpot Casino doesn’t scrimp on costs to show its commitment to New Zealanders. Its professional cutting-edge mindset in employing a diverse number of studios is a declaration that if you want to be the best in the online gambling industry, you have to ensure that no stones are left unturned to bring its multi-dimensional themes to life.
How an online casino operator allocates space to explain its loyalty programme terms to its customers speaks volumes of its commitment to maintaining the integrity of the gambling industry. New Zealanders need to rest assured that Jonny Jackpot Casino NZ has removed any ambiguity surrounding what your loyalty means to it. The online casino has dedicated an entire page to its loyalty and VIP players on the left-hand side of the landing page.
Jonny Jackpot’s mantra is no different to the other online casino operators. The more Kiwis play, the more loyalty points they’ll accumulate regardless of whether they’re raking in money or not. The colour-coordinated loyalty programme is a five-tier reward system. New Zealand gamblers who make a first deposit will automatically qualify for 500 points in the White category. The progress to the Red category and through to the Blue, Green, and Black ones is determined according to the amount Kiwi wagers every month. Here’s the guideline:
To qualify for bonuses, New Zealanders will have to meet monthly minimum deposits from the Red tier to the Black one, at $NZ10, $NZ25, $NZ50, and $NZ100, respectively. How many points players can earn depends on the games they play as well. It pays to know that not all games carry the same weight. We suggest that all gamblers must read the terms & conditions to know what monthly cashback rewards they can earn, how to redeem points and the relevant wagering requirements that apply.
Here is what every $NZ10 deposit will earn a Kiwi in loyalty points:
But that’s not where Jonny Jackpot Casino NZ pulls the plug. The online operator boasts a Jonny Jackpot VIP membership, albeit via invitation only at its discretion. A reward scheme structured in conjunction with the VIP Honours Club, the operator emphasises the need to consolidate that relationship with Kiwis from the time they enter the Silver level before working their way to the Gold, Elite Platinum, and Elite Black levels. It did make us wonder if the “Black” level had something to do with our national rugby team.
Jonny Jackpot urges New Zealanders to warm to the idea of its country roadshows. The entertainment promotions include a helicopter flip into the Grand Canyon and hovering back over the gambling mecca of the world, the Las Vegas Strip, in America. Bracket in private chefs and sommeliers spoiling VIP members rotten on wild weekends at Tuscany, as well as driving supercars through the Swiss Alps, and five-star resorts, to start seeing the picture of why Jonny Jackpot means business.
Here are some other VIP benefits:
Again, akin to the loyalty programme, we advise Kiwi players to read the fine print, including the drop-down links on the VIP page, to be adequately versed if invited to this exclusive club.
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In our experience, it isn’t always obvious that if New Zealand gamblers head to an online casino’s website they’ll receive help at the drop of a hat. Jonny Jackpot Casino NZ is a different story with its customer support. The operator has a lime-green chat bubble next to the “Contact Us” link on the left flank of the landing page, a live-chat service tab on the right side and another contact-us as the first link at the foot of the page. In short … impressive.
A bubbly “Need Help Chat Now!” female face is a shift from a mascot or widget. The around-the-clock, everyday-of-the-year customer service comes with a compact frequently asked questions (FAQs), as well as a “Troubleshooting” section. The latter offers New Zealand gamblers URL links in coming to grips with the different browser and computer configurations issues for enhanced compatibility. This is the first for us, although the online casino makes it clear it isn’t associated with the sites. If there's a phone service, we couldn’t find it.
Here is a list of ways for Kiwis to seek help from Jonny Jackpot’s dedicated and knowledgeable customer support crew:
The array of payment method providers on the Jonny Jackpot website is an indication of why it upholds professional standards. It includes bank transfers, debit/credit cards, as well as a range of e-Wallets and a Pay by Phone option. The online casino accepts Kiwi dollars, so that means New Zealanders will save money on currency exchange rates from the payment providers.
What did make us go “mmm” is the absence of a payment methods page on its website to show which ones offer both deposit and withdrawal transactions or, for that matter, how many days it takes to clear them. Jonny Jackpot approves the withdrawal request within a day or two. We dug deeper to find article No.9 in the general terms & conditions which Kiwis must read. The good news also is that it has PayPal among its website logos.
Here’s a list of Jonny Jackpot’s payment methods:
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