A Look at the Online Casino Industry in March 2015

Added: March 9, 2015

A lot has been happening in the online casino industry already in 2015, but this section will focus mainly on some of the highlights from the industry in February and March 2015. Lots of fun new online casino games arrived, Casino Euro had a makeover, the ICE Totally Gaming exhibition and the International Gaming Awards both took place in London and details about several currently unreleased slots were released.

At this year’s International Gaming Awards, Playtech won the iGaming Software Supplier award for the second year in a row, Mr Green Casino won the Online Casino Operator of the Year award for the third year in a row and Net Entertainment (NetEnt) won the Slot Provider/Supplier Product of the Year award.

“To walk away with the Slot Provider/Supplier Product of the Year for both online and land based is a superb achievement. Our mission is always to provide leading edge online casino solutions and we’re honoured to be recognized for our hard work,” said Per Eriksson, President and CEO of NetEnt. We managed to obtain these words from the official NetEnt website.

At this year’s ICE Totally Gaming exhibition, some of the biggest names in the online gambling industry showcased their latest technology and previewed several new games. Microgaming announced that it will be releasing a new branded slot machine called Bridesmaids which is based on the 2011 Universal Pictures movie of the same name. This new slot has multilevel bonus round with 5 reels and 40 winning paylines and it will arrive in casinos in August.

We obtained the following comments from a recent Microgaming press release: “Bridesmaids is a comedy classic! The storyline, characters and genuinely hilarious stand-out scenes combine to make it one of the most successful comedy films of all time. We’re thrilled to have signed another licensing agreement with Universal. Furthermore, the brand adds a completely new dimension to our branded game portfolio – we’re excited for its launch later in the year.”

Microgaming also launched two new slots in February which included Golden Era (5 reels and 15 winning paylines) and Cricket Star (5 reels and 243 ways to win per spin). This award-winning online casino software provider also then went on to release the two new slots on Wednesday 4th March called Lucky Leprechaun (5 reels and 20 winning paylines) and Golden Princess (5 reels and 25 winning paylines).

In February 2015, Net Entertainment launched a new slot called Steam Tower. “Steam Tower is packed full of innovative developments and progressive features that NetEnt are renowned for. The Victorian era is synonymous with advancement and improvement, which reflects our own mission to drive the online casino market forward,” said NetEnt’s Chief Product Officer Simon Hammon. These comments came directly from the NetEnt website. NetEnt will also be launching another new online slot machine in March called Spiñata Grande (5 reels, 40 winning paylines and ‘colossal symbols’).

The latest slot in February from IGT Interactive was a slot called Prowling Panther and then a few weeks later this company added another slot called Siberian Storm to its range of ‘wide area’ MegaJackpots progressive jackpot slot machines. Realtime Gaming launched the third instalment in a series of The Three Stooges slot machines and several more new slots will also be arriving soon.

For example Microgaming will be launching a new online slot called Rabbit in the Hat (5 reels and 9 winning paylines) and this will arrive at some point in April. Also keep an eye out for new HD slots from Microgaming which are available now or coming soon. Some of these include Loaded HD, Secret Admirer HD, Avalon HD and Carnaval HD.

Best Online Casinos for UK Players

Added: February 16, 2015

There are plenty of perfectly secure online casinos for UK players and these top gaming sites are now fully compliant with the new gaming legislation which came into effect towards the end of 2014. This basically means that they have obtained an online gaming license from the UK Gambling Commission.

You will find that today’s best UK online casinos are in fact licensed by more than one authority, in more than one jurisdiction. For example, many of today’s most highly recommended online casinos will also be licensed either by the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority, by the Malta Gaming Authority (formerly the Lotteries & Gaming Authority of Malta), by the Gambling Supervision Commission (which is located in the Isle of Man), or in Alderney, by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission, which is located in the UK Channel Islands.

Today’s best UK online casinos are powered by some of the world’s leading online casino software providers and they are controlled by some of the most trusted names from the online and offline gambling industry. Some of these casinos are powered entirely by one software provider, but others tend to be powered by multiple software providers.

For example, Betway Casino, 32Red Casino and Roxy Palace Casino are all powered entirely by downloadable and non-downloadable Microgaming software, whereas casinos like Mr Green Casino, bgo Vegas and Casino Euro are powered by a variety of different software providers.

At Mr Green Casino, which is an entirely non-downloadable casino, you can find games from Bally Technologies, Microgaming (Quickfire), NYX Interactive, IGT Interactive, Yggdrasil Gaming, Thunderkick, Quickspin and Net Entertainment, plus live dealer games from Evolution Gaming.

At Casino Euro you can find games from Amaya Gaming, Ash Gaming, Bell-Fruit Group/Mazooma Interactive Games, Blueprint Gaming, Gaming Technology Solutions (aka GTS), IGT Interactive, Microgaming, Net Entertainment (NetEnt), Play’n GO and WMS Gaming. Live dealer casino games from Evolution Gaming can also be found here. At bgo Vegas, you can find games from NetEnt, Bally Technologies, Microgaming, NextGen and IGT Interactive, plus you can also find some exclusive games which have been developed in-house by a company called BGO Entertainment.

Some of the other best UK online casinos tend to be powered entirely by downloadable and non-downloadable Playtech software. Some of the best Playtech powered casinos for UK players include sites like Bet365 Casino, Paddy Power Casino, Ladbrokes Casino, William Hill Casino, Betfair Casino, Gala Casino, Coral Casino and Genting Casino. If you are based in the UK, some of the other top casinos to keep an eye out for include Unibet Casino, BetVictor Casino, Casumo Casino, Intercasino, Slots Magic and Betfair Arcade.

Huge Progressive Jackpots Up For Grabs in January 2015

Added: January 26, 2015

There are currently some huge progressive jackpots to play for right now and these massive accumulating prize pools are widely available. If you play on a famous NetEnt slot called Mega Fortune right now, the largest of the three prize pools on this slot is currently worth more than £791,472.00+. This jackpot is actually known as the Mega Jackpot.

On this same slot machine, the Major Jackpot is worth more than £13,187.00+ and the Rapid Jackpot is worth more than £1,166.00+. You can find this slot machine at several top NetEnt powered casinos such as Mr Green Casino, Casino Euro, Ladbrokes Games, Betfair Arcade and Bet365 Vegas. Some of the other big NetEnt jackpots up for grabs right now are connected to Arabian Nights (£1,172,074.00+) and Hall of Gods (£2,666,102.00+).

The largest Microgaming jackpot right now is actually connected to several Microgaming slot machines. You can play for more than £4,047,782.00 on any of the Mega Moolah slots (Mega Moolah, Mega Moolah 5 Reel Drive, Mega Moolah Summertime and Mega Moolah Isis, and also on The Dark Knight slot machine). If you want to play for this huge prize pool right now, head over to Betway Casino, Jackpot City Casino, Gaming Club Casino, Spin Palace Casino, 32Red Casino, Crazy Vegas Casino, Casino-Mate, Royal Vegas Casino or Platinum Play Casino.

If you want to play for some of Playtech’s progressive jackpots right now, head over to sites like Omni Casino, Fly Casino, Bet365 Casino, Paddy Power Casino, Mansion Casino or Casino.com. If you play on any of the branded Marvel slots right now, you’ll find that the Ultimate Power Jackpot (the largest of the four jackpots) is now worth more than £368,637.00+. You can play for this accumulating prize pool on slots like Wolverine, The Avengers, Captain America, Thor – The Mighty Avenger, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 1, 2 and 3, Blade and Spiderman (and several other great titles).

Playtech also recently launched a new slot (in 2014) called Sweet Party and the current value of the jackpot connected to this slot is now worth more than £609,703.00. The Gladiator Jackpot is now worth more than £1,098,184.00+ and the Monty Python’s Spamalot jackpot is now worth more than £1,771,033.00. The largest Playtech jackpot available right now is connected to the Beach Life slot machine and this prize pool is worth an incredible £2,223,880.00+. These jackpots are likely to have changed by the time you actually play on one of these games though, although they are accurate at the time of writing.

A Round Up of the Best Online Slot Machines that Arrived in 2014

Added: January 5, 2015

Microgaming and Net Entertainment both managed to release some amazing new online slot machines throughout 2014 and these new slots are all now widely available. The new Microgaming slots can be launched instantly in your browser or from within the Microgaming download client and the new NetEnt slots can all be launched instantly in your browser.

Let’s start by taking a look back at some of the best Microgaming slots which arrived at some point in 2014. The headline titles from Microgaming included Avalon II: The Quest for the Grail, Terminator 2, Jurassic Park and Game of Thrones. These branded slot machines are all based on Hollywood Blockbuster movies or on HBO television series and they are all available in the real money mode and in the free play mode.

Microgaming actually launched two new Game of Thrones slot machines. One of these new Game of Thrones slots has 5 reels and just 15 winning paylines and the other new version has 5 reels and 243 ways to win per spin. All of the other new branded slots mentioned above also have 5 reels and 243 ways to win per spin.

Speaking about the new Game of Thrones slot machine in December was the Microgaming CEO, Roger Raatgever, “We revealed our licensing agreement for the Game of Thrones series in February, and anticipation for the game's launch has been building ever since. Such is the power of the Game of Thrones brand!” He added, “With the game going live today to both Microgaming and Quickfire operators, online and on mobile, players can now enter the fantastical world of Game of Thrones with our new online slot! It's an exciting day for us all!”

You can now find these new slots at Mr Green Casino, Jackpot City Casino, Gaming Club Casino, 32Red Casino, Royal Vegas Casino, Platinum Play Casino, Casino-Mate, Betway Casino, Spin Palace Casino and Crazy Vegas Casino, and in most other fully licensed Microgaming powered casinos. Some of the other new Microgaming slots which arrived in 2014 included Girls with Guns – Frozen Dawn (Girls with Guns 2), Cool Wolf, Loose Cannon, Fish Party, RoboJack, Lucky Koi, So Much Candy, So Much Sushi, So Many Monsters, Football Star, Red Hot Devil, Untamed Crowned Eagle, Playboy Multi-Player, Football Star and Max Damage.

The most exciting slots from Net Entertainment (NetEnt) which arrived last year included Aliens, South Park Reel Chaos (South Park 2) and The Invisible Man. Speaking about the new South Park slot in October was NetEnt’s Chief Product Officer, Simon Hammon, “It’s been a pleasure working alongside South Park Studios to create our next South Park™ slot and the end results speak for themselves. Branded content makes up an integral part of a top-class portfolio and we’re convinced players will love this latest adventure with Kenny, Cartman, Stan and Kyle.”

Other new slots from NetEnt included The Wish Master, Lights, Attraction, Big Bang, Go Bananas and Cosmic Fortune. These new action & feature packed slots from NetEnt can all be launched instantly in your browser and they can now be found at sites like Casino Euro, Casumo Casino, Bet365 Vegas, bgo Vegas, Ladbrokes Games and Betfair Arcade. The comments contained within this article came from the official Microgaming and NetEnt websites.

Lodging a Complaint at an Online Casino

Added: December 15, 2014

When playing on a regular basis at any fully licensed online casino, you may occasionally run into some kind of technical difficulty or something may have happened which you would like to complain about. It could be that a member of support has been rude to you or extremely unsupportive and unhelpful. It could be that the casino has not awarded you the bonus it promised you, or it could be that the software was faulty.

There are many different reasons that could warrant a complaint, but who would you actually contact if you do have a complaint and will the casino operator try and deal with your complaint seriously? If you play in a fully licensed online casino which is controlled by a reputable operator, you can pretty much guarantee that your complaint will be dealt with and that your issue is likely to be resolved in no time at all. Complaints will usually NOT be dealt with if you are playing in an unlicensed online casino.

Most online casinos that are licensed in Alderney, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar, Antigua & Barbuda, Malta, Kahnawake, Curacao or the United Kingdom and these casinos must have some kind of complaints and disputes procedures in place for when a player does complain. A casino should then deal with this complaint in the appropriate manner. If the casino does not deal with your complaint, then you should report your issue to the licensing authority which granted that casino a license.

Most cases are resolved within a short period of time, but if you are playing in a casino which is not owned by a reputable operator, or at a casino which is not licensed in one of these jurisdictions, then you can pretty much guarantee that your complaint will not be dealt with. Simply email the complaints department, detailing your issue and then wait for a response from the casino. Complaints can usually be made orally by telepphone, by sending a letter, sending a fax, or by online live chat support.

You should only ever contact the licensing authority if the casino fails to respond to your complaint. It is quite uncommon for an online casino operator to not respond to a complaint, providing you do actually have a valid issue, and you can expect a response from either the casino or from the licensing authority within a maximum of a few days.

Progressive Jackpot Games at Online Casinos

Added: November 24, 2014

Pretty much every fully licensed online casino today has a healthy selection of progressive jackpot games available. These are the games that have pooled jackpots which are connected to vast networks of online casinos. These prizes quite often reach well into the millions of dollars/pounds/euros and these games are generally only available in the real money mode and NOT in the free play mode.

Microgaming, Net Entertainment (aka NetEnt), Realtime Gaming, Playtech, Betsoft Gaming, Dragonfish, Rival Gaming and most other major online casino software providers have developed some fantastic progressive jackpot games and you can usually play for one of these huge prizes at hundreds of different online casinos.

For example, The Dark Knight online slot machine is a progressive jackpot slot and this famous online slot can now be found at more than 300 different online casinos. A small percentage of each wager placed on this progressive jackpot slot will contribute towards the main prize pool (there are actually three progressive jackpots available on this slot) and these jackpots will continue climb in real-time until one lucky player wins.

There is also a famous progressive jackpot slot from NetEnt called Mega Fortune. This game can now be found in approximately 50 fully licensed online casinos and this slot also has three different jackpots to play for. In 2013, this famous slot entered into the Guinness Book of World Records when it paid out an incredible €17.8 million to one lucky player.

Beach Life and Gladiator Jackpot (both from Playtech) have also both created multi-millionaires. These two slots can also now be found in hundreds of different online casinos. Some of the other most famous progressive jackpot slot machines from Playtech include Monty Python’s Spamalot and Everybody’s Jackpot, plus their entire range of branded Marvel slots such as Wolverine, The Avengers, Spiderman, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 1, 2 and 3 and Blade.

Microgaming’s other most famous progressive jackpot slots include Mega Moolah, Major Millions, Cash Splash, Tunzamunni and Fruit Fiesta and some of the other most popular ones from NetEnt include Hall of Gods, Arabian Nights and Super Lucky Frog. All of these slots can be launched instantly in your browser and the Playtech and Microgaming ones can also be launched from within a secure casino download client as well.

To find any of these slots, head over to sites such as Mr Green Casino, Betway Casino, 32Red Online Casino, Paddy Power Casino, Betfair Arcade, bgo Vegas, Gaming Club Casino, Jackpot City Casino, Gaming Club Casino, Royal Vegas Casino, bet365 Casino and/or Platinum Play Casino.

General Online Casino Information

Added: November 3, 2014

If you haven’t ever signed up to an online casino before you have nothing to worry about, especially when signing up to a fully licensed online casino. The online application form at most online casinos is fairly standard and it should only take a minute or so to complete. Remember to have a unique password ready when completing the sign up process.

Some online casinos will automatically assign a new username and some online casinos will ask you to create a new username. If the username is already being used by another player, you will need to come up with another one. These login details can then be saved so that each time you want to login you won’t have to try and remember your username/password.

Some of you may have only experienced the instant flash casino platform at your favourite online casino, but we recommend installing the software onto your computer as soon as you get the opportunity. If you are using a Mac computer, the only option you have is the flash casino. The download client at most Microgaming powered casinos is generally packed with more than 700 different games, but the instant flash version of the same casino will only contain approximately half as many games.

If the casino gives you the option to play instantly in your browser or to play from within a download client, the best thing to do would be to install the software on to your computer. Not only will you have more games available, but the download client at most Microgaming casinos also comes with a selection of Multi-Player games and you can also sign up for daily slot tournaments and blackjack tournaments. You will also find numerous promotional offers from within the download client.

If you ever run in to any kind of difficulty at an online casino, there’s no need to panic because the player support is usually available 24 hours per day and this support is usually friendly & professionally trained to deal with any issue that you may be encountering. Microgaming, Playtech, Realtime Gaming and the downloadable software from various other leading software providers usually comes with built in support and this program can generally be installed onto your computer in one of several different languages.

Some of the best online casinos that we can recommend visiting include sites such as Bet365 Casino, bgo Vegas, Mr Green Casino, Gaming Club Casino, Omni Casino, Mansion Casino, Jackpot City Casino, Slots Magic, Betfair Casino, Paddy Power Casino, Spin Palace Casino, 32Red Casino, Royal Vegas Casino, Casino Euro and Intercasino. When playing at any of these fully licensed online casinos, always remember to set spending and/or deposit limits and this will help you to manage your bankroll.

Playtech Software under the Spotlight

Added: October 13, 2014

Playtech is one of our favourite online casino software providers in the world and it has been supplying its product to online casinos since as far back as 1999. This is now a leading online casino software provider and the company’s games can now be found in more than 300 different online casinos. Playtech has produced an award-winning download client, as well as an instant flash casino platform, a mobile casino platform, a live dealer casino platform and several other impressive products.

You can now find Playtech’s state of the art software in almost 300 different gambling portals and some of our favourite Playtech powered casinos include sites such as Mansion Casino, Omni Casino, Paddy Power Casino, Gala Casino, Genting Casino, Coral Casino, Fly Casino, Betfair Casino, Bet365 Casino, William Hill Casino and Caino.com.

Playtech’s mobile casino software is compatible with most modern smartphone & tablet devices and many of their top-performing titles are now available on mobile. New mobile casino games continue to arrive on this platform on a regular basis and brand new online slot machines for desktop computers also seem to arrive at least once or twice per month.

Playtech has developed several exciting progressive jackpot networks and their most successful one is the Marvel Mystery Jackpot network which connects some of their most famous online slot machines. The Marvel Jackpot slots include Ghost Rider, Thor – The Mighty Avenger, Captain America, The Avengers, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man (1, 2 and 3), Spiderman: Attack of the Green Goblin, X-Men, Blade, Punisher – War Zone, Elektra and Fantastic Four.

Some of Playtech’s other most famous slots include (in no particular order) Gladiator Jackpot, Pink panther, The Mummy, King Kong, The Sopranos, Piggies and the Wolf, Britain’s Got Talent, Everybody’s Jackpot, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Beach Life, Desert Treasure, The Three Musketeer’s, Plenty O’ Fortune, Halloween Fortunes, Top Trumps World Football Stars, Bonus Bears and Great Blue.

These state of the art online slot machines have really wide betting ranges to cater for most budgets and they all have fantastic prize structures. You will also find that most of these games are available in the real money mode and in the free play mode. Playtech has won several prestigious industry awards over the past few years and we can guarantee you that the company will continue to release even more ground-breaking titles over the next few years.

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