An Overview of Shockwave Poker Video Poker Variant

August 19th, 2011  |  Published in Inrodution

Shockwave Poker is the newest video poker variant created by CTXM, an online casino software developer. It is now only available through the instant play mode at Bodog Casino. The video poker variant can be played in real money games or practice mode.

Visual Differences from Other Variants

The game differs from standard video poker variants in several ways. First, it is visually different as the arena is set to a futuristic background with different cards. All picture cards such as Kings, Queens and Jacks are crafted like alien robots. Also, the regular card pictures are arranged differently to attract new players.

Payout Table

Also, the payout table for the game begins at Jacks or Better, but not the regular Jacks or Better most players are accustomed too. Instead, Shockwave Poker offers the 8/5 variant where a full house pays 8-to-1 while the standard versions offer 9/6 Jacks or Better with a 9-to-1 full house payout and 6-to-1 flush payout.  Additionally, the payout for two pairs has been reduced to even money from 2-to-1.

Directions for Playing the Game

The game begins similar to any other video poker variant. Players are first required to select the number of coins and denomination from $0.10 to $5.00. The first hand is dealt and players must select which cards to hold. All remaining cards are replaced and the final hand is tallied. Gameplay can be controlled through the usual buttons in other variants. Also, a doubling bonus is available after each win which allows players to stake their entire win to double up.

Shockwave Mode Bonus Round

Shockwave mode is triggered when the player acquires a four-of-a-kind hand. During this mode, the player receives ten free hands immediately beginning with the next hand following the four-of-a-kind. If the player receives a second four-of-a-kind during the Shockwave mode, the player is paid at a bonus rate.

Final Determination of the Game

The greatest limitation of the game is that the bonus rate is never displayed or is not present in the help files. Therefore, players are completely unable to conduct a cost-benefit analysis and decide whether the lower payouts are adequately compensated. Unfortunately, to acquire two four-of-a-kind hands within only ten or less hands is extremely rare. Therefore, based on the little information provided, it is best to play Shockwave Poker in the practice mode only.

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Bodog Online Gaming Exiting from U.S. Market

August 3rd, 2011  |  Published in Casino News

Owned by Calvin Ayre, the Bodog gaming brand has been an institution in the online gambling marketplace for many years. The casino used to operate through the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group (MMGG) from Kahnawake. Bodog’s most recent announcement to let their current license with MMGG expire at the end of 2011 has taken the online gambling industry by surprise. No license with the gaming group equates to an exit from the U.S. gambling market.

Focusing on the United Kingdom

It is evident that the primary focus of the Bodog brand will be on the United Kingdom and other emerging markets in Asia and Europe. Philippine-based brand, Bodog88 has already been established and is a leading brand in Asia. During the third week of July 2011, the company announced it had received a license from the U.K. Gambling Commission.

Building Credibility

During that time the CEO of Bodog UK stated that the license shows trust and credibility to the Bodog brand. As a result of the trust, new customers will be drawn to the brand while attracting the best talent in the industry to work for the organization. To reap the most benefits of the U.K. license, the company must eliminate any negative connotations that may have arisen from the events that occurred on Black Friday.

MMGG Launching its Own Brand

Beginning January 12th, 2011, customers will be unable to access any Bodog brand website. In a recent statement from the casino, the understanding is that the MMGG will implement and launch its own brand under the Kahnawake Gaming Commission in 2012. Therefore, Bodog players will be able to transfer their funds to this new casino or withdraw them.

The Final Statement

The statement to their players ended, “This decision presents a fresh direction for the Bodogbrand.com as it looks to create a new chapter in its history. The move will enable the Bodog brand to continue its growth and expansion and maintain its position as the world’s largest gaming brand.”

Pushed out of the U.S.

This decision certainly was not easy. Essentially the U.S. forced the company to withdraw from the market. The passage of the UIGEA terminated Bodog’s U.S.-based operations and sold the business to MMGG while preserving the brand name. This was followed by a lengthy legal battle for patent infringement which was settled out of court.

Bodog have been a major player in the U.S. gambling market. Many players will be sad to see the company eliminate its presence from the country. Hopefully once online gambling is legalized in the U.S., Bodog will return.

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New Casino Lobby at Bodog Online Casino

July 18th, 2011  |  Published in Casino News

Bodog online casino recently announced the revamping of its casino lobby. Since the online gaming industry is so competitive, simply providing innovative games and excellent promotions is no long sufficient. Players look for gaming sites with easy navigation throughout the application. Bodog online casino has answered this call by refurbishing the lobby to accommodate its customers.

Innovative New Interface

Many of the 100 gaming titles from Realtime Gaming featured at Bodog Casino are innovative slot games. Therefore, the new lobby interface offers immediate access to all game information resulting in an easy selection of games amongst new players. The interface is fast and easily navigable. Players do not need to worry about learning new procedures to be able to use the lobby. It is as simple as logging in clicking and you are at your destination.

Search Bar

One of the newest features is a search bar that assist players by zeroing in on specific games or other information without the need for navigating through the lists. Tools to sort according to the predetermined parameters have proven to be important for players. Most participants at online casinos do not wager on every game available, instead they have a list of favorites. The new interface allows for players to create a customized games list of their favorite competitions.

Panel and List Views

Another new feature is the panel and list views. The panel view displays game icons directly in the panel while the list view simply presents the game titles in a tabular arrangement. Each view boasts its own advantages which is the main reason for the selection. Those already familiar with the icons will find the panel view convenient while those knowledgeable with the titles can easily use the list view.

Recently Played Games List

Also in the panel view are five easy-to-read categories which further simplifies soring and navigation. Furthermore, toggling between the two views is extremely easy. In each view, the recently played games are listed which is convenient for those players who repeatedly wager on the same online casino games.

The new casino is a blessing to new online players that could easily become lost in the vastness that is Bodog online casino. Navigation and an easy-to-use interface is an excellent method of consistently repeating business while attracting new players. Bodog has hit the nail on the head with their new lobby.

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New Domain for Bodog

June 13th, 2011  |  Published in Casino News

Licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission and operated by the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group, Bodog.com is one of the leading online casinos. It offers typical casino games, sports betting and online poker. The casino recently announced it will be transferring the main site to Bodog.eu. Once the entire changeover is complete, Bodog.com will no longer be active. The reason from this change is its part of an international expansion program which began December 2010.

Executive Statements

Executives at the casino feel this global domain name change will appeal to a wider marketplace an emerging markets that Bodog plans to enter in the future. Furthermore, although the deal was signed in 2010 for the European domain extension, the company is at a point where it is ready to make the transition. In addition to the European marketplace, Bodog.eu will target areas in Asia that are not being pursued by its other brand, Bodog88.com.

Ideal Timing

The timing of this change is ironic and fairly close to Black Friday and Blue Monday. On Black Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice seized three of the largest online poker domains. The following Monday, Blue Monday, 10 additional gambling domains were detained. As a result, many experts believe this quick change was to evade U.S. authorities.

.com Website Extensions

If a website is hosted out of the United States but contains a .com, .org or .net, the site is vulnerable to U.S. law enforcement. These website extensions are all handled by organizations located in the United States. VeriSign manages the .com and .net website extensions while Afilias operates .org. As long as the United States keeps online gambling illegal, more casinos will forfeit their .com names thus withdrawing money from the American economy.

Firefox Add-on

Recent reports have revealed that online gamblers are still able to access seized .com utilizing the Firefox browser by installing an add-on. As a result, the Department of Homeland Security has requested that Firefox utility inoperative. Until recently, the company refused to restrict this add-on. Firefox lawyers released a statement questioning the point at which intermediaries must comply with government requests that limit the freedom of speech and threaten open Internet usage.

Bodog has started a trend that is likely to progress over the next several years. The U.S. Government is satisfied because they are removing online gambling from their boundaries and online casinos are satisfied because they are evading the U.S. Government, seems like everybody wins except the online gambler.

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Sinful Party at the iGaming Super Show 2011

April 21st, 2011  |  Published in Casino News

CalvinAyre.com will be celebrating its first birthday since the beginning of the release of the portal. Simultaneously Calvin Ayre will be celebrating his 50th birthday. Ayre has made a name for himself in the online gaming industry through the Bodog brand name. Therefore, this will be one party not to be missed. With no guest lists and no tickets, the only way to attend the party is by attending the iGaming Super Show 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

The launch party of the CalvinAyre.com portal was described by Playboy Magazine as a “surreal party with a bizarre mix of post-apocalyptic characters, statuesque European models, midgets and live pigs.” CalvinAyre.com has already promised that this year’s party will make last year look like a tea gathering at your grandmother’s house. Once again, this is an event that cannot be missed.

Last year’s party theme was, “gamblin’, drinkin’ and carryin’ on.” Since Calvin is now a year older, the May 25th, 2011 party theme is the seven deadly sins that make us all human:

  • Pride
  • Greed
  • Gluttony
  • Sloth
  • Lust
  • Wrath
  • Envy

Party organizers encourage attendees to commit all seven sins in this single night of partying. If the party-goes advance through all sins, they are expected to create and commit their own. Since there will be plenty of creative minds in attendance, there are sure to be new sins developing throughout the evening.

The second annual iGaming Super Show began on March 24th and ended March 26th. The primary goal of expo is to provide a central networking event for those in the online gaming industry. Therefore, media, affiliates, payment solution providers, online gambling operators, regulators and software providers were all in attendance. For members of the online gambling industry, registration was free.

Last year’s event boasted 2,000 attendees with the crowds significantly increase this year. The topics of the expo ranged from advanced online marketing to business strategies. The largest brands at the show featured over 100 stands. Additionally, the iGaming Super Show 2011 showcased innovative services like speed networking and an informational session for VIP’s only.

This is an excellent venue to online gaming industry professionals to meet and mingle in a relaxed setting while learning about new trends in the marketplace. This event could significantly help many online gaming-related businesses improve their strategies and thus the number of customers interested in their product.

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Casino Blackjack Promotion from Bodog

January 25th, 2011  |  Published in Casino Tips

As one of the most successful and well-respected online casinos, Bodog does not believe in half measures. They do not offer promotions as often as many other gaming sites but when they do, it is large and exciting. Their latest promotion, Billionth Hand of Blackjack, promises the winner will live like a billionaire.

The promotion on their website reads, “The countdown to the Billionth Blackjack Hand has begun! We’re giving away a taste of a billionaire’s lifestyle and thousands of pounds in prizes to thank our players for helping to reach this milestone.” The promotion has three ways to win:

  1. Every millionth hand
  2. Billionth hand
  3. Hitting blackjack on a qualifying hand

Beginning from the 979 millionth hand, players will win 1,000 pounds for every millionth hand leading up to one billion for a total of 21,000 pounds. To be eligible players must be dealt in that hand but are not required to actually win. They will receive the 1000 pounds even if they surrender or lose. Qualifying games include, European Blackjack, Blackjack and Perfect Pairs.

Also, the player that hits the billionth hand will receive a 1,000 pound prize and is eligible for the Billionaire’s Experience. The winner will select from two options. The first is a weekend in Monaco during the 2011 Monaco Grand Prix. This includes viewing of the race from a private yacht, luxury accommodations at a five-star hotel, complimentary bar and fine dining throughout the weekend with all travel expenses paid.

The second option is a private island vacation in Fiji at the Turtle Island Resort. Fine wines, spirits, and meals, champagne, full use of the entire island’s facilities, a personal manager and all travel expenses are included. The third way to win is by hitting blackjack one of many qualifying blackjack games. Each time the player hits, he will receive one ticket for the drawing.

Bodog Casino is powered by online casino software developer Realtime Gaming. All eligible blackjack variants have been provided by this company. The best strategy to win is the more you play, the better odds you have at winning these fabulous prizes.

This promotion is gigantic and exciting. The trips alone are worth tens of thousands of dollars and truly are a billionaire’s experience. Drop by the Bodog Casino today to play your way to a billionaire’s paradise. This sincerely is the promotion of all promotions.

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A Review of Online Gambling in 2010

January 17th, 2011  |  Published in Inrodution

There were many events that occurred in the world of online gambling in 2010. Some were for the betterment of the industry, others for the worse. The midterm Democratic losses in the United States did not bode well for the advancement of the online gaming industry in November 2010. Democrats tend to favor the legalization of online gaming whereas Republicans do not. Due to this loss, Barney Frank’s legalization bill was placed on hold.

Additional European Legalization

Across the pond in France, the regulation of sports betting and poker was the beginning of a potentially successful industry. In the past, France has kept online gaming out of their laws. Following closely behind is Italy who plans to legalize online gambling sometime in 2011. Other European nations have the legalization of online gaming right on the horizon. 2011 is going to be an active year in the European Union.

An Increase in Global Demand

Regardless of location, the global demand for online gambling is increasing considerably. One example of this is the purchase of the domain name Slots.com by the Bodog Company for $5.5 million. The owners of online gaming domain names that have held onto these for many years have been saw a tremendous amount of money in 2010.

The QuickFire Platform

Microgaming has also been a big factor during 2010 with the creation of the QuickFire platform which allowed online casino operators on different software platforms to provide Microgaming slots on an individual basis to their customers without the need for a license. Although other online gaming developers have been practicing this for a while, Microgaming has always been protective of their licenses. Therefore this was a major breakthrough for the company and customers.

The Merger

The largest landmark in 2010 was the merger between PartyGaming and Bwin. These were two of the biggest online gambling operators and are now the greatest online gaming entity. This is a clear signal that internet gambling is growing and definitely here to stay. In the near future, for companies to be competitive, they must reach a specific size through mergers and acquisitions. Those that cannot will be forced to sell. There are currently similar talks between 888 and Ladbrokes.

2010 was certainly an excellent year for online casinos; except in the United States. Hopefully Congress and the House of Representatives can agree on the legalization and regulation of online gambling so the United States can catch up to the rest of the world.

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