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Northern Lights Casino Test

Honesty & Reputation

(6.1 out of 30)

All casinos operating under the Nektan brand have a very weak reputation in the online gaming industry. The company was founded by industry veterans that never covered themselves in glory (though by no means am I suggesting they are crooks).

The casino bonus terms at Northern Lights Casino appear to be purposefully confusing and misleading. The maximum withdrawals from bonuses are ridiculously low basically making it mathematically impossible for the casino to lose.

The dormancy clause is rather predatory:

“10. DORMANT ACCOUNTS

10.1. If You do not use Your Account to play Real Money Play or Free To Play for a period of 6 consecutive months, such Account shall be deemed to be dormant (“Dormant Account”). Nektan will notify You at least 14 days prior to Your Account becoming dormant, via the email address that You registered on Your Account. Nektan reserves the right to retain any positive balance existing on a Dormant Account. You may reactivate Your Dormant Account simply by emailing our Customer Support team. Nektan reserves the right to impose reasonable administrative charges on Dormant Accounts, which will be subtracted from any unused balance.”

I cannot give Northern Lights Casino casino a zero for this reputation category as there are far worse culprits out there and they have somehow managed to land themselves a couple of top casino licenses so there’s small comfort for players in that.

The affiliate program behind Northern Lights Casino “won” the best affiliate newcomer award at the 2016 London affiliate conference. If these awards were kosher then that would score them some good bonus points here, instead I am going to award them a nominal 0.1 bonus points just for having the money and the foresight to get the award handed for them.

Payout Speed

(0 out of 10)

Payment longer than 48 hours = 0 points
Customer Service

(7 out of 10)

5 points are on offer straight off the bat for having live help available.

2 bonus points for customer service quality.

Bonus Terms

(1 out of 10)

5 points are up for grabs for casinos providing a cashable bonus. = STICKY BONUS

The other 5 points are on offer based on the wagering requirements, how many days you get to complete your wagering, etc.

1 bonus point for the fact that the bonus is a second chance bonus but no more than that as there is a pathetic 4x bonus cash out policy in place and the bonus terms are hidden on different screens and make it very very difficult to actually work out what is allowed or not.

Licenses

(10 out of 10)

10 points for a UK Gambling Commission license.

Also have a Gibraltar casino license

Design & Usability

(2 out of 10)

This casino confuses with you being sent left, right, backwards and forwards. Some screens look great and I can not understand why the design doesn’t utilise the best they have created? Very poor and illogical.
Betting & Slot Options

(3.5 out of 10)

A maximum of 10 points are up for grabs.

2 points are on offer for having each of the following betting types available under a single account: Slots Casino, Bookmaker, Live Poker, Live Bingo, Live Casino (Virtual Sports and Scratchcards fall under the Slots Casino category).

An additional 0.5 points are on offer per slot software provider available (this website is called SlotDog after all so it seems logical to weight slots slightly higher than the other forms of online betting).

2 points for having a slot casino and 1.5 points for having NetEnt, NextGen and Nektan slots.

Loyalty schemes

(0 out of 10)

Online casinos can offer all sorts of schemes from cashback on losses to player loyalty points to regular free spins to… well the list is endless.

No loyalty scheme available

Total Score

(Max 100 points)

29.6% Blacklisted


Northern Lights Casino Bonus:

No Deposit Bonus:
£5 Free

Casino Welcome Bonus:
200% welcome bonus up to £50

Official Website:

Blacklisted

Stacey’s Verdict:

Northern Lights are tarnished by the Nektan group they are working with and the website and bonus structure they suffer under. Finding an active live chat agent was a promising step in the right direction but there is far too much work that still needs to be done to make this a credible and viable option for you to register at.

We will keep our eyes open on this casino as it might yet be the exception to the rule that breaks the Nektan mould.

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