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Common Online Gambling Myths

June 29th, 2011  |  Published in Inrodution

Launched in 2007 as a non-profit organization, the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) consist of leading members of the online gaming industry. The group’s objective is to develop a uniform online sector in Europe so operators will be able to provide competitive services throughout various nations. Recently, EGBA has been met with resistance from various European governments that are attempting to monopolize or eradicate in the activity.

Social Evil

Each of the aforementioned anti-online gambling governments view the activity as a social evil or propose it will slowly become one if not regulated properly by only the government. To counter these ideas, the EGBA has developed a “Myth-busting” webpage with regards to debunking the most common myths associated with online gambling.

Problem Gambling

One of the most important accusations against the industry is that it nurtures problem gambling by making it easier for players to wager more than they can afford. The EGBA deferred to several recent studies that proved problem gaming has remained stable at around one percent over the past decade, even with the development of online gambling. Furthermore, licensed operators promote safe and responsible gaming.

There are even various tools that customers can access such as setting deposit limits, creating cool off periods, activating self-exclusion options and engaging self check tests. Additionally, the most reputable online operators partner with problem gambling groups so anyone who needs help can access the agencies immediately.

Responsibility

Another myth disseminated by several European governments is that state or federally-run online gambling monopolies are more responsible than privately-licensed operators and therefore better protect online players. In 2008, safe and fair play leader, eCOGRA released a study indicated that licensed private casino operators do more to implement responsible and fair gambling standards than governments.

Lower Payback Ratio

Another contention in favor of state monopolies is the lower payback ratio offered which deters excessive gambling. This argument was countered by stating that when governments limit private online casino operators to provide more competitive products and services, they are ensuring their operators remain profitable-only.

Money Laundering

The final point consistently argued is the concern of money laundering. Many believe online gambling is an easy target for terrorists, crime families and others who are transferring unaccounted funds for despicable actions. This was the primary rationale for the passage of the UIGEA in the United States. However, money trails in online gambling are transparent and traceable due to the highly regulated nature of the business.

EGBA has clearly busted many of these common misconceptions. When online gambling was first implemented, these ideas may have been accurate; however, since regulation, fair and safe play certificates and rigid standards have been implemented the industry is on the straight and narrow.

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An Introduction to White Rhino

June 27th, 2011  |  Published in Inrodution

Realtime Gaming was one of the only major online gambling software providers lacking an African safari-themed online slot game, until now. The developer recently released White Rhino as part of its Real Series. The white rhino is a rare animal indigenous to Africa that stands apart from the pack.

Safari Symbols

Set in the African plains, the reels feature a variety of symbols that live in that habitat. These include apes, lioness, deer, ostrich and elephant. The animal’s depictions on the symbols are extremely realistic and reflect their majesty and beauty. Other safari symbols include binoculars, a jeep, camera, water canteen and guide. Additionally there are three special icons; Mount Kilimanjaro, the white rhino and the guide.

The white rhino represents the wild symbol and can only appear on reels 2, 3 and 4. The scatter symbols are Mount Kilimanjaro and the tour guide. Each of the three special symbols showcases animation when part of a winning combination.

Symbol Features

Furthermore, each of the special characters unlocks a different free spins feature. The white rhino feature activates when at least one white rhino symbol appears on reels 2, 3 or 4. One white rhino character equates to three free spins and an additional three spins are awarded for every rhino that appears on those reels. Therefore, the maximum number of free spins is 30.

Kilimanjaro Feature

The Kilimanjaro feature is activated when two or more of the symbols are scattered from left to right. At this point the reels that triggered the game are held and the other reels are respun a total of three times. Improved scatter configurations are held until the end of the feature. Payouts are granted after each respin of scatter combinations.

Guide Feature

The guide icon triggers 10 free spins when three or more guide symbols emerge on any of the reels. If a white rhino character appears, the payouts are tripled during winning combinations. This feature can be retriggered by acquiring another guide symbol on any of the reels.

The game provides the typical Realtime Gaming Real Series slot game features such as two independent progressive jackpots, the auto play feature and turbo mode for quicker action. White Rhino boasts 25 paylines and is currently being added to all Realtime Gaming-powered online casinos. This is an exciting and long anticipated slot game so check it out at one of many Realtime Gaming casinos.

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An Overview of Eagle’s Wings Online Slot Game

June 22nd, 2011  |  Published in Inrodution

Launched by Microgaming, Eagle’s Wings slot game is a visually appealing masterpiece. The game begins with an introductory clip that displays the flight of an eagle over snow capped mountains, coniferous forests and reflective lakes. The clip ends with a close up of the eagle. An underlying theme is the eagle’s relationship with nature and American Indians.

Important Symbols

There are two important eagle symbols in the game: a close up of the bird and the bird in flight. Other thematic symbols include eagle’s fledgling from their nest and the salmon symbol. Additionally, there are high value characters in the game from Ace to Jack; each of which carries an eagle wing feather in an Indian head dress style. The wild symbol is the Eagle’s Wings logo and the Lucky Eagle Coin is the scatter symbol.

Beautiful Animations

The animations continue throughout the game after the introductory clip. One incredible animation is when the flying eagle swoops down to the river and grabs a salmon in its claws. Also, salmon jump out of the lake at the base of a snow capped mountain. Throughout the game, the background music is inspiring and maintains consistent with the pride of the eagle.

Advantages of the Game

Eagle’s Wings has a variety of benefits for the player. First, the game allows for the stacking of wild symbols. The wild icon substitutes for all other symbols excluding the scatter character. Also, the Eagle’s Wing logo doubles payouts during a winning combination. A stack of three wild symbols across the first or second reel can lead to large payouts.

Second, the free spins bonus round offers a maximum of 60 free spins. The round can be triggered by three or more Lucky Eagle Coins anywhere on the reels. Players must select the coins to determine the number of free spins to be awarded. All payouts are three times the amount displayed in the payout table and winnings are capped at 15,000 coins.

Disadvantages of the Game

On the downside, there are two minor limitations to the game. First, Eagle’ Wings does not feature a progressive jackpot like most other online slot games. Second, the fixed jackpot payouts are low. However, this is balanced by the bonus rounds with large payouts. These two disadvantages are minor when compared with the many advantages.

Eagle’s Wings is an incredible game with large payouts, exciting bonus rounds and exquisite animations. This game is an instant classic and could be one of Microgaming’s best releases yet.

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Golden Palace Online Casino Receives a Makeover

June 17th, 2011  |  Published in Inrodution

In early 2009, Golden Palace online casino received a makeover that completely remodeled the entire site. The operator has once again decided to change the site to make it more attractive and appealing to gamers. For those on the fence about joining, the new website will certainly tip the scales. Two aspects of the old website have been retained; the Golden Palace logo and the “Since 1997” information.

Peace of Mind Graphic

However, this has slightly changed as well to read, “Safe and Secure Since 1997” to emphasize that the casino is safe with reliable transactions. To further illustrate this point, there is a graphic on the homepage entitled, “Peace of Mind” which links to the Frequently Asked Questions sections. This section answers many areas of concern by potential members.

New Icons

At the bottom of the homepage are six icons that list the partners of the casino; each related to safe and secure online gambling. Playtech is the software developer, the Alderney Gambling Control Commission is the jurisdiction of regulation and Technical Systems Testing is the certifying agency for fairness and the random number generator.

Other Safe Gaming Icons

The casino also boasts the seals of the Internet Content Rating Association and Home Gambling Network. This indicates that significant precautions have been taken to ensure minors are not able to access the website. Additionally, Gamblers Anonymous and Responsible Gaming are listed.

Two Categories of Gaming

Golden Palace has also decided to highlight two categories of gaming; Marvel Jackpots and live dealer games. Marvel Jackpots offers some of the most popular online slot games available because they are based on superheroes from Marvel Movies. Live dealer games are also popular, especially with the revamping of a live dealer studio by Playtech.

New Welcome Bonus

With the change in website there is also a change in welcome bonus. Unfortunately the multiple deposit bonus of up to $5,150 has been eliminated. The new welcome bonus offer is 100 percent matching up to $300. Despite the significant downgrade in bonus, the excellent VIP program has not changed which continues to deliver attractive bonuses.

Upcoming Events

Furthermore, a new graphic has been added which depicts a red carpet to display upcoming events. Currently, the event is the crystal anniversary contest to celebrate the 15th year of Golden Palace casino. On January 2nd, 2012, a lucky draw ill be held that sends one player on a cruise. Despite the new face, Golden Palace online casino continues to be an industry-leader and excellent site to place wagers.

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An Overview of the Winner’s Wall

June 10th, 2011  |  Published in Inrodution

The Fortune Lounge Group recently implemented a new idea to boast the big winners across their network of casinos. Those who hit a large jackpot or win big will have their name placed on the Winner’s Wall along with the total amount won and the game played. This feature can be accessed through the Winner’s tab on the homepage of the group. At the end of each month, the big winners are place on the wall.

The Largest Win

Recently, the largest win occurred on May 1st when the participant won $96, 936 by playing Treasure Nile at Platinum Play online casino. This game features a progressive jackpot which payouts when all five Pharaoh symbols hit on the 9th payline. Treasure Nile typically has a fast growing jackpot.

Another Egyptian-themed Win

Exactly 30 days later on May 31st, another winner hit on Pharaoh’s Tomb, another Egyptian-themed online slot game. This player won $48,000 playing at Royal Vegas online casino. The primary draw to this game is the bonus round which occurs in the Pharaoh’s Tomb and players are required to select the correct sarcophagi and search for keys which lead to riches.

Two Royal Vegas Wins

Two days prior to the Pharaoh’s Tomb win, a different player at Royal Vegas acquired $32,223 by playing SupaJax. This individual hit the progressive jackpot on a video poker game by drawing four Jacks accompanied by the SupaJax card. May 19 also featured a big video poker win when the player won $25,000 on Joker Poker at Platinum Play online casino. The game is played with a 53-card deck including a single joker.

The Winner from Vegas Villa

Furthermore, at Vegas Villa on May 8th, one winner took home $44,556 by winning the progressive jackpot at Cash Splash. The final inductee to the Winner’s Wall for the month of May won $29,664 at Platinum Play online casino on May 10th by playing the game, Thunderstruck, one of Microgaming’s most popular online slot games.

Additional Fortune Lounge Group Online Casinos

Other casinos that were not previously mentioned that feature the Fortune Lounge Group Winner’s Wall include, 7 Sultans, Vegas Towers, Vegas Palms and Desert Dollar. All casinos in the group are powered by industry-leading Microgaming software. The Winner’s Wall is an excellent motivator to continue trying different game types and titles. The common denominator among all winners is the progressive jackpot.

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June Blackjack Tournaments at Omni Casino

June 8th, 2011  |  Published in Inrodution

There are three exciting online blackjack tournaments schedule for June 2011 at Omni Casino. The first began on Monday, June 6th and will end Sunday, June 12th. The second competition will begin on Monday June 13th and end Sunday, June 19th. The third weekly tournament will commence on Monday, June 20th and end June 26th. Therefore, there will be 21 straight days of competitive Blackjack tournaments.

Easy to Enter

Luckily, there are no entry fees for participating in these weekly tournaments. Also, players are not required to register to participate. To play, simply wager on Blackjack at the casino. Players are able to join the tournament at any time during the week. However, those that access the competition earlier will have much better chances of winning.

Rules for Earning Tournament Points

For each wager of $3 or higher on a Blackjack hand, players will earn a single tournament point. Those who accumulate the highest number of tournament points will share a prize pool of $1,000 which is divided amongst three leader boards. Each of which has a different average bet per hands. Therefore, at the end of each week, players average hand bets will be calculated and they will be placed in the accompanying bracket.

The Levels of Competition

The lowest level ranges from $3 to $5 with a total prize pool of $190 which will be shared with the leading five players.  The $190 prize pool will be distributed in order: $75, $45, $30, $25 and $15.  The next range is from $5.01 to $10 of which the players will split $320 with the winner receiving $125. The highest level is over $10.01 with a prize pool of $490 and the winner receiving $200. None of the winnings require any wagering requirements for withdrawal.

Other Omni Casino June Events

There are several other events offered by the Omni Casino for the month of June. The Money Storm Slot Tournament and the Hot Seat promotion are two additional ways to earn money through excellent competition.

Omni Casino consistently has some of the best online tournaments available in the industry. Tournament enthusiasts and regular players are welcome to try their hand weekly these free, easy to play competition against some of the best in the industry. Although they did not have many in May, June is gearing up to be chalk full of exciting events and potential money-makers for many participants.

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A Review of Winners at Table Games Progressive Jackpots

June 6th, 2011  |  Published in Inrodution

Major hits on progressive jackpots at online gaming sites are always a big topic for discussion. However, it is rare to hear about progressive jackpot hits at table games and video poker. This is primarily because the hits are not as large or as glamorous as slot machines. Several table game progressive jackpots were recently hit.

Playtech Progressive Blackjack Jackpot

The most recent win of a progressive jackpot game occurred at an online game of Blackjack through a Playtech-powered casino. The hit occurred on May 22nd, 2011 for a total of $76, 787 and was the largest hit in six months. The player hit the progressive jackpot by being dealt four aces of the same suit. Also, to activate the jackpot, a side bet was required. The Playtech Progressive Blackjack is available at Casino Tropez and Omni Casino.

Vegas Technology Progressive Blackjack

An identical Progressive Blackjack is also provided by Vegas Technology. Similar to Playtech, the jackpot is hit when a player is dealt four aces of the same suit. A hit on this game also recently occurred on May 18th for $160,059. The Vegas Technology Progressive Blackjack is only available at Online Vegas Casino and Go Casino.

Let’em Ride Progressive Jackpot

Bodog online casino is powered by Realtime Gaming but the progressive jackpots are not linked into the Realtime Gaming Network. Instead, the casino has a stand-alone progressive jackpot. On May 20th, the Let’em Ride progressive was hit for the amount of $104, 397. Around the same time, the Realtime Gaming Network Let’em Ride progressive jackpot was hit for $172, 887.

Megajacks Jackpot

Megajacks, a popular video poker online game from Playtech, was also recently hit numerous times. Megajacks utilizes the Jacks or Better payout table which resulted in the jackpot being hit numerous times between $910 and $3,551. The jackpot is activated when a player draws a royal flush with all five coins wagered.

The Growth of the Cryptologic Progressive Blackjack

However, despite the many recent hits during the final weeks of May 2011, there are several jackpots that continue to grow. The Cryptologic Progressive Blackjack is at over $80,910 and is available at InterCasino and VIP Casino. The game holding this wealth is called Triple Sevens.

Progressive jackpots are an excellent method of increasing the amount of traffic at a casino. Although there were recently many hits on these progressives, they tend to build a large sum back up quickly. This proves that table game progressives can be just as profitable as slot game jackpots.

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An Online Gambling Study in the United States

June 3rd, 2011  |  Published in Inrodution

In the United States Government there is currently a tussle between pro-online gambling activists and the anti-online gambling lobbyists. This has sparked so much interest that experts submitted surveys to ascertain the mood of the people on each side. Conducted by the Lottery and Gaming Group, the results of the survey have recently been made public.

The Most Important Findings

One of the most important findings is the current and future behavior of American citizens with regards to online gambling. Nine percent of Americans admit they have engaged in some type of online gambling over the past 12 months. Also, 13 percent of citizen admitted they would participate in some form of online gambling in the next 12 months if it were legalized. This number would increase to 15 percent if the online services were provided by their favorite land casino.

The survey also examined whether online gambling should be regulated at the state or federal level. 55 percent of participants prefer the regulation of online gambling at the state level. Ironically, in a similar study conducted last year, 55 percent of Americans favored regulation at the federal level.

Reasons for the Change of Public Opinion

The Senior Vice President of the Lottery and Gaming Group attributes the change to initiatives taken by many states to implement online gambling thus swaying public opinion in their favor. Also, with the Republicans controlling the House of Representatives and being opposed to online gambling, many Americans see online gambling incapable of progressing toward legalization. However, many states feature a bi-partisan government.

American’s Perception of Online Gambling

The survey also reviewed the perception of online gambling in the United States. Surprisingly, 41 percent of Americans felt online gambling is currently illegal. This is based on the actions taken by the Department of Justice toward payment processors and leading poker rooms. The correct legislation is that it is illegal for payment processors to process any type of online gambling financial transactions. There actually is no law that bans the activity in the United States.

The study was conducted between April 29th, 2011 and May 1st, 2011 with a sample size of 1,006 Americans. The estimated margin of error from the report is +/-3 percent, 19 times out of 20. This is an excellent study that showcases how the average American feels and views online gambling. The word is out; America wants the legalization of online gambling.

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Presenting the New Spin Palace Casino

May 26th, 2011  |  Published in Inrodution

As the flagship brand of The Palace Group, Spin Palace online casino has discarded its previous image of a fairy tale palace and replaced it with a futuristic theme. The background of the website features an ultramodern city with tall skyscrapers and a red carpet that leads to the doors of the casino. This theme is consistent across all web pages and is well-detailed across the style of all aspects of the website. Due to brand identification, the casino has kept the old logo.

The Homepage

The homepage presents the highlights of Spin Palace utilizing a vertical format which requires users to scroll down for additional content. The most dominant aspect of the homepage is reserved for the signup bonus of $1,000 matching over the first three deposits. Another section is entitled, “The Richest Rewards at Spin Palace.” This includes an overview of the Loyalty Club, VIP, customer service and recent winners with links provided to each.

Featured Games

A new section added during the makeover is “Featured Games” which displays the most popular casino games including, Mega Moolah, Mermaids Millions and Thunderstruck II. New games are usually announced in The Palace Group newsletter which is available through the link at the bottom of the homepage.

Online Gaming Categories

Additionally, the homepage features a section discussing the various gaming categories at the casino. These include Fruit Machines, Video Poker, Roulette, Slots and Blackjack. Clickable links to these games are provided to provide additional information. Furthermore, Spin Palace offers a mobile casino and link for those that wish to play on the go.

Spin Palace Casino Information

Spin Palace online casino is a multi-currency and multi-language gaming site. The player is given the option to select the language and currency from the top right hand corner of the homepage. There are currently 15 languages to choose from. Currency choices include; American, Canadian and Australian dollars, Euros and Pounds.

Spin Palace online casino is powered by Microgaming software. Furthermore, the casino is licensed and regulated by the Lotteries and Gaming Authority of Malta. Additionally, the new website boasts the eCOGRA seal of approval so players know they are receiving the highest standards.

The new website provides much more information than the previous version and is more aesthetically appealing. Stop by the new website to learn more about Spin Palace online casino and register to try your luck at many of their exciting games.

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A Rare Bonus Feast from Club World

May 17th, 2011  |  Published in Inrodution

Club World online casino recently announced a bonus feast of unlimited bonuses. This offer is only available for a short amount of time. The promotion began on Monday, May 16th and will end Wednesday, May 18th. The event is entitled, “Unlimited 24/7 Deposit Coupons and More.” Players should head over to Club World immediately to take advantage of this generous offer.

Unlimited Deposits

Each bonus is capped at $1,000 but players are able to claim as many bonus coupons as they choose during the promotional period. Those looking for bonuses greater than $1,000 can simply split their deposits. Furthermore, the bonuses are available 24/7 for the entire promotional period.

Types of Deposits

The terms of release each bonus depends on the games played. One option is to wager only on slots, keno and scratch cards. For these games, the casino will match 65 percent of deposits up to $1,000. Therefore the maximum each player can deposit per $1,000 coupon is $1,535. However, these bonuses have a reduced wagering limit for release set at 20 times the deposit amount.

Another set of bonuses is reserved for participants that play blackjack, video poker and other table games. Since these games feature a much lower house edge, the casino will match 55 percent of all deposits. Therefore, players must deposit $1,800 to receive a bonus of $1,000. The terms of release are 25 times the original deposit and bonus. Wagers placed on video poker, blackjack, craps, baccarat, roulette and Sic Bo only count 0.6 for every dollar bet.

Additional Free Money

The “More” in the title equates to $25 in free chips provided by Club World to players who claim five of the same coupons during the promotional period. To claim, players must contact the customer support team and the credit will be added within 24 hours.

About Club World

Powered by Realtime Gaming, Club World online casino is licensed and regulated by the trustworthy jurisdiction of Curacao. The unlimited bonus coupon promotion is extremely rare in the industry. Furthermore, the requirements for release are low compared to many competitors. Therefore, this is definitely a promotion that should not be missed.

Club World is an excellent online casino with many attractive games for new players. This promotion is sure to significantly increase the amount of traffic to the casino. Depending on the success of this event, Club World could feature this promotion in the future.

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