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Who Burns Brightest: Sun Palace vs. Golden Riviera

They both have that allure of a sunny, seaside oasis away from it all—whatever “it” may be; something that harkens back to a classic era that makes you want to drop everything and just disappear. But Sun Palace Casino and Golden Riviera Casino are different in their own right, and on many different levels. And it’s our job here at GOM to put them through their paces to find out which one burns hotter than the other. So sit back, get some rays—or find some shade—and enjoy the scenery.

Sun Palace Casino

With arguably the most realistic graphics and the fastest and most secure software on the internet, Sun Palace Casino, part of the Main Street Vegas Group, has been a force in the online gaming business since 2002, with over 90 games and progressives to choose from. That’s some tough company. Part of its secret to success is its dedication to absolute fairness based on Playtech gaming software. For increased protection, they maintain a complete audit trail of each transaction for all the games you play, which is available for you to see anytime. So rest assured, Sun Palace Casino does everything in its power to provide the fastest, safest and most secure gaming environment—just the kind of peace of mind you want as you bask in the glow of this online gaming giant.

The bonuses and promotions, some listed below, are awesome and Sun Palace Casino is one of the few casinos that allows you to withdraw bonuses after playthrough requirements are met. These “sticky” bonuses are removed from your account once you make a withdrawal, so you stand an even bigger chance of pocketing real cash.

Welcome bonuses include 100-percent bonus on deposits from $10 to $100; $100 bonus on deposits from $101 to $400; 25-percent bonus on deposits from $401 to $2,000, and a $500 bonus on deposits from $2,001 and up. And if you consider yourself a high roller and make a deposit of $ 5,000 using Neteller, Money Order or Prepaid ATM, you’ll receive a $1,000 bonus and become a member of the Sun Palace Casino exclusive VIP club. Of course, we’re quoting the Almighty Dollar here but British pounds and euros are accepted as well.

Some other promotions Sun Palace Casino offers to get you in the mood are the $1,000 weekly reward, a 15-percent bonus on your first deposit using Neteller or Instadebit, $20 free for every player referred, and free comp points which can be redeemed for real cash every time you make a wager in your real money account.

Twenty-four-hour support in the US (1-877-691-5124) and Canada (1-888-387-6717) is ever knowledgeable and eager to help and emails to [email protected] are replied to promptly.

Golden Riviera Casino

At Golden Riviera Casino, the philosophy is simple: fair, responsible and secure gaming, fast payouts and efficient 24-hour support. Based in Cape Town, SA, Golden Riviera Casino uses Microgaming and Viper software and is one of five online gaming sites owned by the Golden Star Network. So that kind of teamwork with some of the best companies in the industry could give Sun Palace Casino a run for its money. But it’s a bit early to make a decision.

Again, the efficient 24-hour customer service was on top of every query we threw at them and certainly lives up to its sterling reputation. Go to for the full list of international toll-free numbers and support email addresses and see for yourself.

Another big plus in the Golden Riviera Casino column is that they’re adding new games all the time with special bonuses and promotions. As a first timer they give you up to 200 percent bonus money on your first purchase. Tuesday Ladies Night, loyalty programs, 140-plus games including 19 progressives in six different languages (English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese and Turkish) and payouts in dollars, euros or pounds is all enough to make you call off the hunt.

One sticking point, however, is to be absolutely clear about its wagering requirements. If you don’t meet them and lose, the requirements get carried to your next deposit, so you’ll have to meet them before cashing out. Once they’re met it’s no problem but some complaints have surfaced, as the requirements aren’t clearly detailed on their site.

Some of the most popular games at Golden Riviera casino include their feature slot Thunderstruck, roulette, the 5 Reel Drive slot and the Major Millions progressive Slot. They’re fun and engaging with top-notch graphics and authentic casino sounds. And the sheer variety is remarkable. But from a player incentive point of view, aside from all its other outstanding features, we at GOM are giving Sun Palace Casino the nod based on all the enticements and promotions to keep you in the game (or games). Now get out there and find your own place in the sun.

By Carmine Frisk

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