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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iPad to Handle Casino Software

January 7th, 2011  |  Published in Casino Tips

The iPad can do everything including handle online casino software. Jackpot City Casino, powered by Microgaming software, recently released a program compatible with the iPad so users can play anytime, anywhere. Although mobile software is available, this release brings gambling to a new level to include tablet devices.

Apple iPads have become a tremendously popular product, especially among those that enjoy gaming on the go. Therefore, those that play at Jackpot City Casino and own an iPad will be delighted to learn of the release of this software. This is a clear indication that this online gaming site has become more accessible to their customers and that mobile gaming is greatly enhanced for those with iPads.

The games offered by Microgaming on the iPad platform are of extremely high quality. They are already superior to the mobile versions. Presenting the first online casino for a tablet device clarifies Microgaming is moving to a different niche and targeting a differed customer than their competitors. The software is referred to as iPad centric casino software. Those that are members of the casino do not need to pay anything to access this program.

One of the most exciting features of playing on the iPad is the ability to flip the screen around in many directions to improve typing and comfort. Although the iPad market is not saturated, there is high demand for an iPad-friendly online casino. This is primarily due to the gaming experience that cannot be obtained from a computer or mobile device.

Some of the most exciting Microgaming games are available on the iPad version including:

  • Mega Moolah
  • Tomb Raider slot game
  • Roulette
  • Classic baccarat
  • Blackjack

Playing on this incredible device gives players the feeling of a traveling casino. Additionally, the graphics and sound are much better than all other version of the software. Despite the iPad release, those in the United States are still not legally able to play at Microgaming casinos without violating the UIGEA.

The iPad has some incredible features which now includes the ability to gamble at Jackpot City Casino. This is an entirely new market for online gaming sites and software developers. At this moment, Microgaming has the online casino tablet market cornered due to being the only developer producing these types of games. The release of this version is sure to create a new craze in the gambling and iPad communities.

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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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A Review of Vegas Technology

July 26th, 2010  |  Published in Inrodution

Formerly OddsOn, Vegas Technology is an online gaming software development company based out of Toronto, Ontario. Vegas Technology was established in 1998 with the mission of providing a plethora of online casino games in a secure and fun environment. The company currently offers more than 90 games including:

  • 3 reel virtual slot machines
  • Video slots
  • Progressive games
  • Wide-variety of table games

Since UIGEA is no longer in existence and with acquisition of Golden Casino and the release of Online Vegas and Go Casino, Vegas Technology has become the most renowned online casino still accepting players from the United States. Since the U.S. market is so saturated with players, they’re able to cater to them and their preferences.

Vegas Technology boasts both downloadable and online quick play versions of their casino. Overall the software can be easily navigated to find your favorite games instantly. The downloadable version is transferred quickly due to the 7MB average game size amongst the various games. The quick play version transfers rapidly across the web due to the 1MB average game size.

Vegas Technology knows a thing or two about online tournaments being that they established online gaming tournament competitions from day one. They offer small buy-ins with the ability to enter multi-player tournaments for a pot of $5,000 per competition. These contests are offered regularly in all casino games including blackjack and slots. The slots tournaments draw quite a crowd.

Additionally, Vegas Technology provides free roll and guaranteed tournaments meaning that even if the prize pool doesn’t reach the amount posted, they’ll still pay out the prize pool to the winner. There are ten primary casinos that use Vegas Technology software including Go Casino, Online Vegas, VIP Slots Casino, Millionaire Casino, Crazy Slots, English Harbour, Silver Dollar, Golden Casino, Slots Galore and Caribbean Gold.

In addition to all these great features, Vegas Technology software offers seven progressive games and tickers including:

  • Red White and Win
  • Treasure Trail
  • Pay Dirt
  • Mega Money Mine
  • Progressive Blackjack
  • Win Place or Show
  • Caribbean Stud Poker

Vegas Technology has created an empire with new games being added daily to their already enormous list. Many online casinos are satisfied with their software due to speed, reliability, experience and support. Also with the option to download or compete online, playing flexibility is endless. As they continue to produce high quality casino gaming software, new games and innovative ideas will help them rise to the top of the industry.

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