Hopa Casino: Rating B+
Founded in 2009 this site is owned and operated by ASG, it is a smaller sister site to their flagship Karamba casino brand and, like it’s sister site is heavily NeoGames biased in terms of software. It has a broader reputation in continental Europe than the Karamba brand and the site itself has a more upmarket European feel to it.
Hopa is reload bonus heavy so it’s suited to regular small stakes players with decent amounts of promotions and bonuses, along with a good personal VIP program.
Sadly not available to players in the USA and some other restricted markets. They hold the relevant regulated licenses in the UK, Malta, Denmark & Italy. The site has a fun, clean layout, it is easy to navigate and works well on almost all devices.
Primary Markets: The United Kingdom, Republic Of Ireland, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Spain & Japan.
Main Restricted Countries
Most of the Asian countries are excluded, All of South America, France & the United States.
Like it’s big sister Hopa is primarily a NeoGames stocked online casino which sets it apart from mainstream sites, there is a common NetEnt title selection also and a smaller number of the top games from Amaya, Cryptologic and Microgaming. The site is heavily slots focused and fully mobile compatible, it has a wide choice of scratch-card type games also, far more than most competing vendors. Just like the other sites in this network there is a limited traditional casino game selection and no live casino. You will find one or two progressive jackpot games such as Millionaires Club 3 and, as a flash based site you don’t need to download anything to play.
Bonus & Promotions
All sites in the ASG network have a massive amount of promotions sent out daily, weekly and monthly via email/SMS/phone in addition to the seasonal themed ones on the promotions page, this is a good network for those looking to max playtime with bonuses. You can also get personal bonus offers in the chat service, so always go to chat before topping up to check the best bonus options for your deposit. There is a range of VIP rewards issued as loyalty points and free spins, from tier four upwards VIP’s can also receive monthly cash-back, this happens each and every month and is additional to any seasonal cashback offers.
Wagering is x30 on match bonuses and x50 on freespins, this is calculated on the bonus amount only so overall it isn’t bad or good value in comparison to most popular online casinos.
A chat service for the network exists in native language form for the main markets for all players from 07. 00-23. 45 GMT 365 days. Full 24 hour coverage would be nice but they do work to a 45 second queue time in chat which is fast and also offer a 24hr email service as well as phone support during chat hours. Higher level VIP players benefit from personal account managers, all players receive a base VIP level which entitles them to a variety of benefits including free spins every Sunday!
Deposits & Withdrawals
Most major currencies are covered, depositing is simple via a 24hr checkout and the payment method selection is very strong, with a good selection of e-wallets and local deposit methods. They don’t charge a fee on either deposits or withdrawals, some casinos are known to do so.
Not fast/not slow for cash-out, e-wallets are fastest as 24hrs after processing, this is a legal and regulated site so no moaning, you will need documentation at cash-out. Getting paid quickly means submitting paperwork correctly, and in a readable format. It is worth noting the payments processing team for this network are on staff European bank hours – so you won’t find them there late evening/nights or weekends.
I do favour going to chat before depositing but if it is after hours or you just want the automatic promotion the standard welcome package at Hopa works like this:
1st Deposit – 100% Match + 20 Spins on Starburst worth £/€/$5 – Minimum Deposit on the site is 10. 00 £/€/$
- Day 2: 40 Spins
- Day 3: 40 Spins
The code for this offer is HOPA100 which you can enter in the deposit code box at the checkout, max bonus is 200. 00 £/$/€ for 1st deposit and 350. 00 for subsequent plays unless stated, VIP’s and high rollers can get larger bonus offers than stock promotions from the casino chat hosts.
Summary & Tips
Hopa is due a revamp like it’s sister sites have had, they are due to receive the mobile chat tested elsewhere in the network in 2016. It’s a good place to play with a decent mix of slots and instant win games, I don’t rate it as highly as Karamba purely based on the fact it is largely the same system with but with a more old fashioned layout. This is largely the reason for our B+ rating, if you like the older school theme you can treat it with the same A- I gave Karamba casino.
If you are a casual player who likes to get lots of free spins and match bonuses, it is a good site to play, and as part of the ASG network is a trusted and safe site.