La Vida

  • Microgaming casino with a huge selection of over 350 pokies
  • play the biggest Microgaming progressive jackpot pokies
  • a well regulated site that offers a secure gaming environment
Payment method
  • mobile casino games
  • Live Casino games
  • uninspiring visual design

A Microgaming site offering a huge selection of games, including the biggest progressive jackpot titles, La Vida casino is part of the Fortune Lounge group and has been online since 2010. With an excellent range of mobile and Live Casino games, New Zealand players have plenty of choice of La Vida.

A great range of high quality pokies is what draws players to La Vida, along with an average pokies RTP of 93.83% and the chance to play in regular tournaments.

Sign in / Welcome Bonus offers

When you sign up for a new real money account at La Vida casino, you receive matches on your first two deposits that are potentially worth up to $750.

  • 1st deposit – 100% match, up to $450
  • 2nd deposit – 150% match, up to $300

Provided both deposits are made within 7 days of opening your account, two deposits totalling $570 would earn you the full bonus, growing your bankroll to $1320 and representing an overall deposit match of 132%. The Welcome Bonus is credited to your account immediately after you make each deposit.

The wagering requirement attached to the Welcome Bonus is 40x, about average for the industry today, with different games contributing to the playthrough at different rates:

  • 100% – pokies, keno, scratch cards
  • 20% – table poker games, Casino War
  • 10% – blackjack (except classic), video poker (except All Aces and Poker Poker), roulette, craps, baccarat, Sic Bo
  • 2% – classic blackjack, All Aces video poker, Power Poker

Overall, this represents a good value signup offer for regular pokies players who are looking to start their casino account with a good-sized investment. However, for the occasional player, or those who like to play table games regularly, it’s unlikely that they’ll be able to claim the full bonus amount, and there are better value offers out there more that are more suitable.

Promotions

As part of the larger Fortune Group of casinos, La Vida is in a position to be able to offer some big ongoing promotions. These include giving away instant prizes and rewards points when you play regularly during promotion periods, as well as other huge promotions that offer substantial cash prizes, trips to Las Vegas, along with free credits and reward points. The special offers change regularly, so check the promotions page on the site, as well as your inbox, to stay up to date.

La Vida also has a Loyalty Rewards programme for which you are automatically registered when you sign up for a real money account. You earn points every time you play (NZ pokies players earn 1 point for every $1 wagered) and there are four tiers of membership – Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond – with the potential rewards being greater the higher the level you attain. Points can be exchanged for casino credits (in blocks of 5,000), with every 1000 points being worth $1. 

Games & software

La Vida is a Microgaming casino where games can be played either via the free casino software or in Instant Play with no download required. The range of games is outstanding, particularly in regard to pokies, where there more than 350 games to choose from in all categories, although finding favourites could be made easier if games were categorised, either by theme or playing style. An icon on the game image in the main listing shows you whether a particular game is also available in the mobile casino.

  • classic 3-reel slot machines like Grand 777, Fantastic 7s, Flying Ace
  • Microgaming video pokies that include well-known titles such as Kathmandu, Thunderstruck, Burning Desire, Bikini Party and Mermaid’s Millions, as well as newer releases like Wild Orient, Suntide and Lucky Twins
  • themed pokies based on hit movies, TV shows and video games, like Jurassic Park, Terminator 2, Game of Thrones (paylines and ways-to-win) Battlestar Galactica, Hellboy
  • 16 progressive jackpot pokies, including Mega Moolah, King Cashalot, Tunzamunni and Treasure Nile

There are also regular pokies tournaments at La Vida that offer major prizes, including a range of Sit ’n Go and scheduled competitions.

As well as pokies, players of other games also have a good range of options at La Vida. These include:

  • 25 video poker games, including JoB, All Aces, Aces & 8s
  • table games, such as blackjack (classic, European, Double Exposure, Atlantic City, Spanish, HiLo), roulette (European and American), baccarat, craps, 3 card poker (single- and multi-hand)
  • bingo and keno
  • 30 different scratch card games

The range of Live Casino games – streamed in real time and dealt by real delayers –  is also very good. Players can enjoy baccarat, roulette, blackjack, casino hold’em, Caribbean stud poker, 3 card poker, all in immersive versions by Evolution Gaming.

Mobile & APP

When playing at the desktop version of the site, an icon on the game image shows you whether it is also available to play in the mobile casino, where the selection of games is good, although not as large as the number available at the main site.

Games are played directly in the browser of your device (no casino app required) and are accessible on iOS, Android and Windows 10 smartphones and tablets. Players’ accounts are synced seamlessly across platforms, meaning you can use the same log in details no matter where you play, and the same Welcome Bonus that’s on offer at the main site is available for mobile players, along with the same banking options.

There is a selection of around 90 mobile-responsive pokies to enjoy in the mobile casino, and these include: popular Microgaming video pokies such as So Many Monsters, Win Sum Dim Sum, Dragon Dance, Avalon and Agent Jane Blonde; video themed pokies such as Bridesmaids and Hitman; along with progressive jackpot games, including Mega Moolah, Major Millions (5 reel), Cash Splash and Treasure Nile.

The mobile casino also features table games and video poker.

Customer Support

  • live chat
  • email support via a form on the site
  • 24/7 phone support: 0800 449 767 (toll free)
  • imessage: mobilesupport@fortunelounge.com
  • What’s App: +27 76 073 9635
  • Skype: fortune.lounge

Banking

There are a number of convenient and accessible payment methods available for players from New Zealand at La Vida, and these include: Neteller and Skrill e-wallets; EcoPayz, EntroPay and PaySafe Card pre-paid and virtual cards; Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards; and direct bank transfer. Neteller and Skrill, EcoPayz and EntroPayz, and Visa cards can also be used for withdrawals; if you’re make deposits using another method, then your withdrawals will be sent to you via bank cheque.

Before withdrawals can be processed, you may be asked to provide identification, in the form of: Driver’s License; a copy of a utility bill; a copy of the front and back of your credit card (if applicable). There is a pending period of 24 hours before any withdrawal request is processed; once this is completed payments to e-wallets and other electronic payments are usually available immediately, but it can take between 3-5 working days before cash withdrawn to a credit card is available, while bank cheques can also take this long (plus postal delivery time on top).

Financial transactions at La Vida are all carried out using 256-bit Secure Socket Layer (SSL) digital encryption technology, and their policies regarding the protection of your financial and personal information are available on the site.

Bottom Line

La Vida is a site is set up to cater extremely well for New Zealand pokies players, through the outstanding range of high quality Microgaming games, and a Welcome Bonus that can increase bankrolls substantially. There’s a good range of games in the mobile casino and syncing accounts is straightforward and convenient. Being able to operate accounts in NZD$ is also another positive.