Tis’ the Season for Christmas Slots

December 9th, 2010  |  Published in Casino News

Most online gaming developers create different types of slot games depending on the season. For example, during the Christmas season, Christmas-themed slot games are available. Since Christmas is a time for splurging, it has become one of the most popular seasons for online gaming. As a result, special promotions and Christmas-themed games are becoming the norm.

Creating new Christmas games is not a difficult task for software developers. They simply replace standard symbols with Santa Claus, presents, Christmas parties and winter scenes. Some casinos dust off the old Christmas-themed slots and pair them with new promotions. The three most popular companies that offer these slot games include:

  • Microgaming
  • Realtime Gaming
  • Rival Gaming

As expected, industry-leader Microgaming offers a plethora of Christmas slot games. Some of the most popular include, Ho Ho Ho, Santa Paws, Scrooge, Jingle Bells, Gift Rap and Deck the Halls. Each has its own specialty and charm that makes it appealing to the customer. Deck the Halls has the most vivid graphics and well-constructed symbols. For instance, stars, baubles, holly, pine cones, bells and stockings are all present on the reels.

Furthermore, there is a fully decorated Christmas tree with an introductory video clip that begins entering the house and ends at the fire place with Santa set to a Christmas music background that warms the heart. The payouts are also tremendously large as free spins offer up to $2.4 million coins.

Realtime Gaming has taken the Christmas theme and turned it a little naughty. The name of the game is Naughty or Nice and features wild girls dressed in Santa-type clothing. The girls dance while a disapproving Mrs. Claus peers at them with a rolling pin in her hand. Free spins give players the opportunity to choose naughty or nice and offers double payouts to winners. Other symbols include reindeer, Santa, baubles and gifts.

Rival Gaming features their Winter Wonders game which reflects a snowy scene with Christmas characters on the reels. Bells, turkeys, holly, gifts, stockings, Christmas trees and Santa’s are all symbols. If HO HO HO appears, it is a wild card symbol that automatically pays out. Furthermore, 10 free spins are awarded by Santa’s sleigh symbol.

These three companies continue to keep slots interesting and attract new customers during seasonal events and holidays. As they continue to be more creative, the attraction of online slot games continues to grow.

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A Beginners Guide to Online Casinos

December 3rd, 2010  |  Published in Casino Tips

As a new player to the online gaming community, it is important you realize not all casinos offer the same promotions, games, software, reliability and security. Like any other type of service, some are better than others. This article gives you further incite that will help you make decisions as to where to play so you can focus on having fun and playing your favorite games.

One of the first points is whether the casino is powered by a reputable software provider. Since not all casinos utilize the same software, it is important to play at a site that is powered by trusted platforms. The relationship between an online casino and software provider is give and take. On the one hand a casino wants a reputable software developer to create their software. On the other, the software providers do not want to tarnish their name by issuing licenses to rogue companies.

Some of the most trusted online casino software developers include:

  • Microgaming
  • Vegas Technology
  • Realtime Gaming
  • Playtech
  • Cryptologic
  • Wager Works
  • Wizard Gaming
  • Rival Gaming

The next important point to consider is the jurisdiction in which the online casino is licensed. Since casinos are serious about their business they try to acquire a license in a reputable jurisdiction which is not an easy task. Typically these jurisdictions have tough background checks to ensure an operator is trustworthy and will be a positive representative of that country. There are many jurisdictions globally, some more reputable than others with the most popular being:

  • Gibraltar
  • Malta
  • Antigua
  • Khanawake
  • Curacao
  • Isle of Man

The final point of research is to ascertain when the casino was established. Those that have been around the longest have proven their reliability in the industry. The rule of thumb is those that were established between 1996 and 2004 are a reputable brand. Of course there are exceptions but this is a good rule to follow.

This does not mean you should rule out newer casinos as many have innovative ideas and new features not found at the older sites. Therefore, the best way to judge various casinos is through research and forums. Read about other user’s experiences and the advantages and disadvantages of each online casino. Searching for the best casinos with the best features and promotions is a time-consuming task but when you find the right one, the benefits are numerous.

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A Review of One Club Casino

October 19th, 2010  |  Published in Inrodution

Powered by Realtime Gaming, One Club Casino is a fairly new online casino brand but is backed by a reputable company. Also, the fact that they accept all players from the United States adds to their credibility.

There are many benefits to playing at this casino including:

  • Reputable brand
  • Multiple banking options
  • Excellent welcome bonus
  • Top-notch customer support

The primary advantage is you can trust this casino with your money. They are backed by a reputable online source and powered by industry tycoon Realtime Gaming. Another advantage is the multiple banking options available for both U.S. and international players to make deposits.

An additional benefit is the large welcome bonus for new players. It is currently set at a maximum of $777 which is a 250% matching bonus. The current bonus code for this promotion is OCC777. There are also many different promotions that are run throughout the year for all players.

Additionally One Club Casino provides excellent customer support to assist with any questions or concerns. They are available via telephone or email 24/7, 365. There are different categories to select from so you are able to address your question to the correct department.

There are only a few disadvantages of this casino. These include:

  • No tournaments
  • Few multi-feature bonus video slots

The major issue with One Club Casino is there are no tournaments available for any game they offer. This puts them behind most competitors that do offer this feature because they are losing out on the tournament-only clientele. Also, freerolls are an excellent method of driving traffic to the casino and retaining current customers.

Another downside to this casino is the lack of multi-feature bonus video slots. Those that enjoy this type of game will be significantly disappointed and most likely will find a casino that does fulfill their needs. The video slots are simply video slots with nothing to titillate the senses and keep customers intrigued.

One Club Casino has a great deal of potential, especially because of its parent company backing. However, there is nothing on this site that is out of the ordinary or innovative. If you are a tournament buff or online video slot player this casino will not be able to fulfill your gaming needs. Hopefully these are simply aspects of a young casino that has not yet reached the maturity of its competitors.

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A Review of Realtime Gaming

September 20th, 2010  |  Published in Inrodution

Realtime Gaming was established in both Atlanta and Costa Rica in 1999, prior to the internet gaming boom. Due to over 10 years in the online gaming industry, they have built a reputation among owners and players as being one of the top online gaming casino providers in the industry. Realtime Gaming offers a wide variety of gambling options, with the most famous being their “Real Series” of slot games.

Since the passing of the UIGEA, the company is the industry leader in those accepting wagers from United States players. As a result, they have cornered this particular market segment.

There are many advantages of Realtime Gaming software including:

  • Small game sizes
  • High hit frequency
  • Easy navigation
  • Numerous game selection
  • Top video poker software
  • Great customization

One major advantage is the small game sizes within the downloadable client. Also, the frequency of winning the progressive jackpot is higher than other casinos. Additionally, the lobby and games offer easy navigation. Furthermore, there are over 100 games to play at those casinos utilizing this software with more added constantly. Also, Realtime Gaming offers some of the best video poker software in the industry.

Finally, Realtime Gaming software offers excellent customization options for the owners. For instance, operators have the luxury of selecting the limit of the payout percentages for each individual game. Most other gaming software providers only allow the operators to set a universal payout percentage.

There are only a few advantages to utilizing this software including:

  • Lackluster download client
  • Not the biggest global provider
  • Audio and visuals are average

One of the primary complaints is that the download client is sub par. It can be slow at times and has not received great reviews. Also, although they are a major provider for United States players, globally the company is on the small side. Furthermore, the sound and graphics are standard and on par with competitors, there is nothing that stands out.

Realtime Gaming has been around for a long time and has been able to tweak their software to cater to changing needs and business demands. They are a robust and solid online gaming provider that continues to show many advantages with little disadvantages. For online gaming operators (especially those looking to attract players from the United States), Realtime Gaming software should be at the top of the list.

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An Introduction to Authorization Forms at Online Casinos

September 11th, 2010  |  Published in Casino Tips

A common annoyance but action of protection found at online casinos is authorization forms that need to be submitted to the casino prior toward depositing money and playing. Although they are a hassle, casinos are trying to protect themselves from fraudulent players and those looking to take advantage of the system.

The key to making them as hassle-free as possible is to have all of your information handy to quickly satisfy the requirements of the form. The most common online casinos that require these documents are those running Realtime Gaming and Vegas Technology software. The information asked on the form is usually the same for all casinos so once you sign up at one, save those materials for the next venture.

The most typical documents needed for the casino include:

  • A copy of the signed and dated authorization form
  • A copy of the credit card (if applicable) used            in the account
  • A copy of official mail containing your name and address
  • A copy of your official identification

In some instances, such as at all Rushmore Casinos, this process is required in order to a make a withdrawal. This is especially the case for large withdrawals. Also, through this type of verification, casinos can offer you higher deposit limits as well as higher withdrawal limits each day.

With so many individuals in the cyber world looking to wreak havoc or steal funds from different websites, the casino takes these strict actions to protect their interests. The actual process really is not time consuming nor is it difficult. Again, it is simply a matter of having all documentation available and ready to send to the casino.

Despite the explosion of only gaming across the globe, it is quite difficult to find online gambling sites that accept credit cards as a primary payment method. As a result, simply providing a copy of the credit card to the casino is an easy action to be rewarded with convenience. Most online casinos cannot offer credit card deposits and withdrawals due to the strict policies of the credit card companies.

The four documents needed to deposit and in some cases withdrawal from the casino are miniscule compared to the excitement of online gaming. Once this action is completed, it can be applied to many different casinos across the net. Rest assured, the information you send to the casinos are in a safe and secure location for your viewing eyes only.

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