Video Poker Variants at Virgin Casino

July 21st, 2011  |  Published in Gambling Games

Virgin Casino has not released any video poker variants in quite some time. The casino currently offers few versions of the game so the recent launch of new video poker variants is a welcomed surprise. The new video poker games were developed by Microgaming and can be accessed directly through the QuickFire platform.

Aces and Eights

The first new video poker variant is Aces and Eights which is characterized by a high payout for four-of-a-kind (aces or eights) which equates to more than a straight-flush. The payout is 80 times the original wager. Also, four-of-a-kind sevens features a special payout of 50 times the original bet. To compensate for the unusually high payouts, all other four-of-a-kind combinations only pay out 20 times the bet. The payout table has been enhanced to provide players with a 99.09 percent return.

Microgaming Features

Aces and Eights also offers players the typical Microgaming features such as the ability to wager up to five coins per hand. The advantage of this bet is the payout for a royal flush equals 4,000 coins. This is significantly more than the usual payout of 250 coins at 4 coins wagered. Also, the video poker gamble game is available which allows players to double their payouts.

Aces and Eights Specifics

The game offers a coin denomination between 0.25 credits and 5.00 credits. The minimum wager, which equates to 0.25 credits, is 1 coin. The maximum bet of five coins is equal to 25.00 credits. The maximum payout for the jackpot is set at 20,000 credits.

Bonus Deuces Wild

The second video poker variant is Bonus Deuces Wild which is similar to Jacks or Better. The two primary differences are the twos act as wild card and special payouts can be acquired for specific poker hand rankings. The natural royal flush pays at 800 coins for each coin wagered. However, when the maximum of five coins are bet, the payout for the jackpot is 5,000 coins. The payouts decrease from this point to five-of-a-kind sixes through kings. The player return at Bonus Deuces Wild is 99.15 percent.

Licensed by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission, Virgin Casino offers a variety of online casino games through several software developers utilizing their GTS platform. The two new video poker variants are a welcomed change to the casino as there are currently only a few versions of the popular competition.

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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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Media Attacks Alderney

February 28th, 2011  |  Published in Casino News

Alderney holds an excellent reputation as one of the best gambling jurisdictions. The area is also where the Alderney Gambling Control Commission calls home. Recently the United Kingdom Gambling Commission released the third Prevalence of Gambling Survey.  Following this report, the British media allegedly stated the Alderney Gaming Control Commission (AGCC) provided less protection for its players than those licensed in the United Kingdom Gambling Commission.

As a result, the AGCC issued a statement asking for proof of this study. The Commission indicated that it has been white listed by the United Kingdom authorities which confirms its sports books, poker sites, casinos and bingo halls offer the same protection as operators licensed in the United Kingdom.

One of the main issues raised was the methods in which the AGCC assists players with problem gambling. The Chief Executive of the AGCC responded by identifying the 1 million plus pounds they donate per year to the United Kingdom’s GREaT foundation. This is one of many steps taken to prevent problem gambling. Also, the AGCC follows the basic prerequisites before an online gambling license is issued which includes:

  • Player identification requirements
  • Staff to identify problem gambling
  • Systems to identify problem gambling
  • Self-exclusion systems

The Chief Executive also made suggested as to how to take these ideas to the next level. One of the primary components is to formulate common standards that increase protection. Those operators and jurisdictions that are unable to conform to these standards would be eliminated. He also feels the United Kingdom’s white-list approach is a great method.

The Chief Executive feels the media went overboard with these accusations related to problem gambling. The report denotes the slight increase in problem gambling since 2007 which is when the last survey occurred. He continued to disclose that the volume of British players has remained consistent.

The Executive concluded his statements by identifying that the United Kingdom policy on gambling should have a primary focus on protecting those British players who wagered at online casinos that follow jurisdictions that lack effective regulatory standards. Instead they are attacking a highly reputable jurisdiction that follows the rules.

The media has a tendency to blow many ideas, statements and reports out of proportion to simply get the story they need. It sounds as if that is exactly what occurred in this instance. The Alderney jurisdiction has a proven record of being an excellent place for licensure of an online gambling site.

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