Archive for February, 2010

Last Day to Claim 100% up to $8,000 Free at Casino Tropez

Sunday, February 28th, 2010
Casino Tropez Gives More Bank for Your Buck!

Tropez Gives More Bank for Your Buck!

Today is the last day to take advantage of Casino Tropez’s amazing $8,000 bonus. Seriously folks, I don’t use the word “amazing” if it’s not warranted, especially when I’m talking about online casinos. There’s more bombastic claims about online casinos out there on the internet than there is cow bell at bobsled races. On that note, go USA – the first Olympic gold in bobsled in the last 60 years!

As for Casino Tropez, they have been online for eight years, hence the $8,000 bonus figure. Now, eight years doesn’t sound like a long time, but in the world of online gambling, that’s a real long time. In fact, eight years in business makes Casino Tropez in the top 25% of the Web’s oldest online casinos. When you weigh in their reputation, customer service ratings, player loyalty and spotless track record, eight years in the online gambling business is a noble accomplishment. In other words, we’re not just talking about any 8 Year Anniversary.

So yes, Casino Tropez is giving away a 100% bonus up to $8,000 Free. They’ve been doing it all month long, which we told you about in our Newsletter (uh ya, not trying to be biased or anything, but if I were you I’d subscribe to the OCS Online Gambling Newsletter). Nonetheless, if you are reading this now and the clock hasn’t struck 12:00 Midnight on March 1, 2010, you can still claim this amazing free bonus offer at Casino Tropez. Sorry U.S. players, Casino Tropez is not open for your business. They used to be – thank your politicians.

If you want to claim this bonus, sign up for a real money account at Casino Tropez and contact customer service. They will need to send you an email invitation. Once you make your deposit and claim the bonus with the cashier, simply wager the bonus and deposit amount 40 times through (25x for VIP Members), and you’ll be on your way to cashing out some free money.

Remember, if you are not from the UK, you CANNOT claim this bonus if you are playing with Gross British Pounds Sterling. Game restrictions for meeting the play-through are: all versions of Baccarat, all versions of Roulette, all versions of Sic Bo, all versions of Darts, Heads or Tails, all Video Poker games, Blackjack Switch, Blackjack Surrender, Pontoon, and Craps. The following games will count one-third of each wager toward the play-through requirement: Blackjack, Blackjack Live, Lucky Blackjack, Progressive Blackjack and 21 Duel Blackjack.

Read the OCS Casino Tropez Review for more information or Visit Casino Tropez directly.

Interview With Jackpots Heaven Casino: Response to Allegations

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Near the end of last month, OCS reported on a Casino Meister forum thread involving Jackpots Heaven Casino. To make a long story short, a handful of regular gumshoe players and affiliates on the forum uncovered some discrepancies that prompted many gaming affiliates to question the credentials of Jackpots Heaven Casino – So much so in fact, Jackpots Heaven Casino was placed on many an online casino portal blacklist. For more details about the “shot heard round the world”, read “Jackpots Heaven Casino Under the Knife at Casino Meister Forum“.

Here at OCS, we too were wondering about the legitimacy of Jackpots Heaven. And so after being contacted by a representative of the casino, we thought it only fair to give Jackpots Heaven a chance to defend itself in light of recent allegations.

DISCLAIMER: Let it be known that, by no means, does Online Casino Suite endorse Jackpots Heaven Casino. In fact, this casino falls short of our listing requirements. Nonetheless, it is only fair to give them an opportunity to answer some important questions (questions, which all you players out there should be asking every online casino by the way 🙂 ) and then let the online gambling community and anybody reading this to decide for themselves regarding the legitimacy of Jackpots Heaven Casino. We thank Mr. Andrew Fenech for taking the time to candidly answer these questions.

1) Can you please explain the cloaked dns server leading to Panama?

A) When you are licensed in Costa Rica, there is no legal requirement to be hosted in that same country. That means we are free to choose where we host, as long as hosting a gaming server is not separately licensed or unlawful. It is perfectly lawful for a Costa Rican casino to host its servers in Panama without additional licensing.

2) The association with Casino Riva. If this was a third party person who lifted content from the Casino Riva  website, who is this person and how did you come about being associated with this person?

A) There has never been any association whatsoever between Jackpots Heaven and Casino Riva. Since 2007, we have hired many freelancers from all around the world to create content for some of our pages, as well as translate them into nine other languages, design our banners, our promotional e-mail templates and much more. We even hired a free-lancer to prepare our Terms and Services pages, and our security pages. We unfortunately failed to find that the TOS & security pages delivered were copied from another online casino. We sincerely regret that mistake on our part.  Since this was discovered, we took the appropriate action and hired counsel to rewrite and replace those two pages with the correct information. We find our freelancers using a well-known and respected global contract professional’s website that matches jobs to people, most of whom are established professionals. Sometimes though, less-than-ethical providers appear sincere yet fail to deliver unique work.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused anyone and remind all that Jackpots Heaven is not now, nor has ever been, affiliated in any way that casino. We understand how this unfortunate mistake on our part has caused some confusion and trepidation, and sincerely regret our error.

3) The alleged trademark infringement of Microgaming/Playtech software. We have personally seen the graphics and have to admit these allegations appear legitimate.

A) Only one of the games mentioned on this forum and others ever existed at on the Jackpots Heaven casino. Please note the header of the screen shots published on those forums show a different source than Jackpots Heaven. However, there is one slots game which we admit its similarity named as “Caesars Magical Empire”.  We are unsure as to the source or ownership of this graphic. And while the underlying game is not an issue, until this issue can be resolved, we have disabled this game and its related icon will be removed from the slots lobby shortly.  The game itself will probably be replaced.

4) Do you have any third party RNG accreditations of your software, and can you provide documentation?

A) Even though other casinos using nearly identical systems to ours have been certified, we don’t hold any third-party RNG accreditation at this time. RNG certifiers are reluctant to work with Costa Rican casinos due to economic pressure from their larger, more profitable clients.  We invite inquires from any recognized RNB certifiers to offer us its services at market rate, not three or four times what other online casinos in different countries pay.  The lack of RNG should not, however, on its own, be reason enough to blacklist a casino and label them as a rouge site with the intent of closing them down.  That is simply unfair, anti-competitive, strong-arm practices.

5) Can you provide documentation that you hold a permit in Costa Rica?

A) Yes. Please find the Certificate of Incorporation of our company translated in English by a local notary in Costa Rica. It clearly states our company is authorized “to undertake and execute betting activities and online entertainment.”   The legal definition of a government issued license is “permission from the government to engage in some activity that doing so without the license would be unlawful.”  Under Costa Rican law, this certificate constitutes our license to engage in online casino operations.  All Costa Rican casinos operate under this same general kind of license. There is no other.

We appreciate that our oversights and mistakes – such as wholesale copying of another site’s content by a contractor – lead to understandable but ultimately incorrect conclusions.  Once made aware of these mistakes on our part, we have made quick and thorough corrections.  But nothing we did merited the ill founded conclusion that we are a rogue, unlicensed gaming site.  We absolutely deny any claim that Jackpots Heaven is anything other than a legitimate, licensed gaming site.  We have had great relations with our ever increasing affiliate sites and regret if any of them have been subject to either this misinformation campaign perpetrated by unnamed persons who have a direct interest damaging our reputation and shutting us down.

We have made claims of pursuing certain legal rights to those websites who have failed to respond favorably to our request to remove defamatory materials from the servers.  We remind all that republishing the unsubstantiated claims of others makes them republishers and just as liable for damages – just as if they were the first publishers. Publishers and forums owners should check with their attorneys before copying and republishing materials from other forums as facts in all situations, not just this one.

Goodwill is a measurable and valuable asset, as it’s our reputations and where it is being damaged, whether intentionally or not, we must protect our good name.  Until now, we have been a well respected site with a growing network of affiliates.  We hope to regain everyone’s trust over the next few months as we go beyond what others do to ensure a safe, secure and private gaming experience.

We understand some of the information above may have lead to wrong conclusions but plenty of other irrelevant publications have been published on forums which have been then copied as facts on dozen of other websites which we can’t tolerate. Please note that legal actions regard websites which have not replied to our emails and never wanted to include our comments which would have been the fairest decision for everyone.

We regret that we felt the need to use our legal rights to gain the attention of forum owners and website publishers.  We seek only positive relationships going forward.

6) Where is your principal place of business located and can you provide documentation that supports this?

A) Jackpots Heaven as an online business is operated by our partners, associates, service providers, consultants, support staff  and others employees located all over the world, most working from their residences. Corporate records are physically maintained and located where they are required to be by law.  Our lawyers in Costa Rica, who are authorized to receive service of process, have our physical addresses. These measures are designed for our personal security.  Many in our industry must be vigilant against those who would do us harm for whatever reasons.  This is also the practice of brick-and-mortar casino executives, except they also have armed security, 24/7. Online casino executives and employees only have our privacy which we jealously guard. We hope you understand.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
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Andrew Fenech
Public Relations
pr1@jackpotsheaven.com

APCW Speaks Out About eCOGRA Investigation of Grand Prive

Thursday, February 25th, 2010
The APCW Wants More From Grand Prive & eCOGRA

Hittin' the Streets With APCW Covert Operations: Grand Prive & eCOGRA

In a recent blog post here at OCS, we reported on the findings released by an eCOGRA investigation pertaining to the former Grand Prive online casino affiliate program. Not being affected by the situation directly, (OCS was never an affiliate of Grand Prive), we nonetheless were aware of the fact that several other affiliates were up in arms – and rightly so – about non-payment of earnings and broken contractual obligations on the part of Grand Prive.

Well, it appears this is still the case. Only this time around, those affiliates owed money from Grand Prive are directing their angst toward eCOGRA. Or perhaps I should say the Association of Players, Casinos and Webmasters (APCW) is. For anyone unfamiliar with the APCW, it is an online conglomerate of sorts, originally founded by webmaster JTodd (who still serves as the Executive Director for APCW) and currently owned by Casino City, which also owns APCW sister site, Gambling Portal Webmasters Association (GPWA).

APCW is a highly respected and influential force in the online gambling affiliate arena, and has done a solid job maintaining its mission to “fight for honesty, integrity, and transparency in the online gaming industry”. In line with that mission, was the APCW’s response to the debacle that took place last year with the aforementioned Grand Prive affiliate program.

Being that Grand Prive was an eCOGRA approved online casino network, the APCW and several independent online casino affiliates rightfully thought eCOGRA was the perfect outlet for launching an investigation into Grand Prive. However, according to APCW’s JTodd, eCOGRA initially did not respond to these requests and only did so after Microgaming Software was put on the defensive by affiliates threatening to end their relationships with Microgaming powered online casinos – most of which derive the bulk of their business from affiliate traffic.

When eCOGRA suddenly turned on a dime and announced an investigation into Grand Prive would be undertaken, needless to say, more than a few eye brows were raised. The fact is that eCOGRA, albeit an independent, non-profit organization, was founded by Microgaming executives, and for quite some time, would only give the esteemed Safe and Fair certification to Microgaming powered online casinos. Granted, that is no longer the case, and eCOGRA has certainly be an enormous asset for the online gambling industry as a whole. And who knows? The timing could have very well fostered suspicions of inaction, while in reality, eCOGRA was planning to undertake an investigation all along.

The point is that the APCW, albeit pleased eCOGRA was getting involved and conducting an investigation of the Grand Prive affiliate program, felt slighted and was under the impression that only after mud was being slung at Microgaming, did eCOGRA announce it would launch an investigation. And now that eCOGRA has published the results of said investigation, the seeds of discontent and mistrust have been given new life. In a recent APCW video, JTodd argues that many affiliates were not awarded their fair entitlement based on lifetime commission structures with the Grand Prive casino affiliate program. Apparently, some affiliates were owed thousands of dollars and paid as little as $77.

Will this become another chapter in the Grand Prive affiliate program Saga? Will eCOGRA address the APCW’s discontent? Will the world come to an end? Stay tuned folks. Wherever there’s money, there’s drama.

Are Full Tilt’s Online Poker Days Numbered in the United States?

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Is Big Brother Uncle Sam Watching Full Tilt Poker Room?

Is Big Brother Uncle Sam Watching Full Tilt Poker Room?

Yet another reason why I personally would not play online poker at Full Tilt are rumors surfacing that the U.S. facing online poker room is being investigated by the FBI. Now, Online Casino Suite cannot confirm if this is indeed true, but considering the details now surfacing, the word on the street is that there is some merit to the rumors.

The investigation is apparently going down in the State of Washington, which is one of few U.S. State’s where online poker is specifically deemed illegal. According to anonymous poker players residing in Washington, FBI agents have been doing the rounds and making literal house calls without warning to interview and gather information about these player’s real money transactions with Full Tilt.

I don’t know about you, but when the FBI starts asking questions, you can bet that something big is about to happen. And we all know that Full Tilt is indeed taking money from U.S. players. In other words, there’s no denying that Full Tilt is taking money from U.S. players. The bigger question, at least in terms of a making federal indictment, is whether or not the FBI can prove Full Tilt is allowing Washington State residents to make real money deposits.

Speculation is that the FBI is mounting a case to prove Full Tilt is breaking the law in the State of Washington, for it is essentially, an easy target with clear-cut laws that would enable authorities to conjure testimony from players that could be used in a court of law. Unlike other cases in which settlements were agreed upon, a federal indictment against Full Tilt would be a major blow to the U.S. online poker movement.

Now, as much as I have to recognize Full Tilt for their recent attempts to boost credibility via an eCOGRA certification, the fact of the matter is that Full Tilt was at the epicenter for some of the largest cheating scandals in the history of online poker. I’m sorry, but when “60 Minutes” does a critical piece on your poker room, the phrase “no publicity is bad publicity” does not hold up. This is probably what brought Full Tilt to the attention of authorities in the first place.

And as I bring attention to Full Tilt with my little blog post, I would hope that any U.S. poker players reading this – even those residing outside of Washington State, will consider the possibility that Full Tilt’s days are numbered. While that does not necessarily mean U.S. online poker players will get in trouble (in fact, it’s very improbable), it does not mean that any deposited funds risk being frozen and taken by good’ol Uncle Sam. Think carefully before you go depositing at Full Tilt.

And so as to keep this from being a totally “doomsday” post for U.S. online poker players, you might want to consider opening an account at Poker Stars or Doyle’s Room via Doyle’s online casino.

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Europa Casino Hosting Online Slots Tournaments for Bonus Cash

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Even More Bonus Money at Europa Casino

Even More Bonus Money at Europa Casino

Popular Euro Casino, Europa Casino (what’s in a name, go figure, right?), has long been known as a great place to go for free bonus cash. If you haven’t heard already, Playtech-powered, Europa, offers up to $/£/€2,400 in free bonus money over the course of one year (not counting VIP loyalty rewards), broken down into a welcome bonus of either 50% up to $/£/€500 Free or 100% up to $/£/€100 Free, monthly bonuses of 100% up to $/£/€100 Free and weekly deposit bonuses worth 25 Free.

Now, Casino Europa has announced another inventive way to dish out fee bonus money to real depositing players. Catering to slots fans and tournament players, Europa says it will be offering free weekly online slots tournaments every Wednesday and lasting a full twenty-four hours. Indeed, when I say free, that means it’s a freeroll and there is no cost to join. However, if you want to be one of twenty players to be spotted with $/£/€50 in free bonus money, you are going to have to wager on the reels. The good news is that Europa Casino offers over fifty of the most cutting edge online casino slots today, including Playtech’s recently launched Marvel series (Blade, Daredevil, Elektra, Fantastic 4 and X-Men).

Furthermore, it only takes one lucky spin to rank on the slots leader board. And since the tournaments are live, players can see their ranking in real time on the Top 20 Leaderboard. In other words, it’s like any other online casino slots tournament. However, I would imagine the competition is a little less stiff considering the cash prizes come in the form of bonus money (still not a bad thing in my opinion).

As with all bonus money, it’s important that you are aware of the full terms. The wagering conditions are pretty reasonable on Europa Casino’s bonus cash, which is currently set at 20x for the 100% bonus and 40x for the 50% High Roller bonus, which really isn’t that much of a high roller bonus, if you ask me. Similar to most slots bonuses being offered today, wagers on Baccarat, Roulette, Craps and Video Poker and Blackjack do not count toward meeting the wager requirement. However, what’s different about these bonuses is that certain varieties of Blackjack count one-third toward meeting the play-through, while certain table games normally exempt from the play-through meet the play-through in full. Please read the terms posted on their website for details, or read the OCS Europa Casino Review.

The only term which I find annoying at Europa Casino is that they impose a maximum monthly withdrawal limit of $9,900 even on progressive jackpot wins. Don’t ask me how or why, but it’s in the terms. Weekly and monthly withdrawal limits are not uncommon at all for regular winnings, but that’s not the case on progressive jackpot wins. In any case, Europa Casino is very popular with players, except of course, those in the U.S. The Recent Winners list speaks for itself – be sure to check it out to see what games are hot.

eCOGRA Final Report on Grand Prive Online Casino Affiliate Program

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

The report is in, folks. eCommerce Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance (eCOGRA) has revealed the findings of its investigation regarding the closure of the Grand Prive online casino affiliate program. Let me first clarify that the report has nothing to do with determining whether or not Grand Prive took the proper courses of action or in giving a guilty or innocent verdict regarding Grand Prive’s treatment of affiliates and in meeting contractual obligations.

Anybody who was affected by Grand Prive’s management decisions – players and affiliates alike – knows that Grand Prive screwed up big time. eCOGRA’s main role in the investigation was simply to ensure that Grand Prive made things square with all affiliates still being owed money from Grand Prive. So, in addition to determining the reasons why Grand Prive closed its affiliate program to begin with, eCOGRA was tasked to determine the exact amounts being owed to claimants, as well as fair settlement amounts.

For anyone unfamiliar with the story, Grand Prive made the sudden decision to close it’s affiliate program, which in itself, is not an unheard of thing to do. However, rather than honoring its contractual obligations to pay commissioned income to affiliates for the life of referred players, Grand Prive cut off its obligations to affiliates, yet continued to take revenue from affiliate referrals. Granted, Grand Prive notified affiliates of the closure and informed them that a new affiliate program would be offered to promote a newly launched online casino. And while some affiliates were apparently offered compensation agreements for referred affiliates, several affiliates were “overlooked” in the process – a finding which eCOGRA has confirmed and revealed in its report.

In total, there were 56 claims made by affiliates, seven of which were found to be invalid. 26 commissions were paid, the amounts of which were determined by eCOGRA appointed chartered accountants having been given full access to the backend of the affiliate program software. In addition to past amounts owed, potential future earnings on referred active players was calculated by giving an average lifetime value of these players 3.5 times greater than the average lifetime value of all Grand Prive players.

eCOGRA wanted to thank all affiliates for their feedback and support during the investigation as well as recognize Grand Prive’s full cooperation during the investigation.

Visa to Prove More Difficult in Making Deposits With Online Casinos

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Visa has announced it is now going to follow in the footsteps of MasterCard and begin to implement measures for cracking down against online gambling payments. Not a big shocker considering recent events, the news of Visa’s decision to bow down to mounting pressure from certain lawmakers (cough, cough, UIGEA lover-boy, Jon Kyl of Arizona) will nonetheless put a damper on how U.S. citizens deposit money with legitimate online casinos.

However, notice that I said the word damper – not an end. Despite what will be a sharp rise in declined Visa deposits (yes, some online casinos will very likely continue to try getting payments through), U.S. online gamblers will still have select eWallets, bank wire options and even access to “gift cards” for making deposits, like they do at Go Casino.

So why all the resistance now? Well, ever since enforcement of the UIGEA was permitted to be delayed for another six months, banks and credit card companies have no choice but to start showing they are at least making an attempt to block online gambling payments. Part of the reason why enforcement was delayed was so that banks could have more time setting up the system that would effectively block certain online betting transactions, including online casino and online poker deposits.

So far, it appears that the system is working to a certain extent. However, it is unclear whether the credit card companies can go on manually intercepting credit card payments considering the manpower needed to do so, not to mention the sheer amount of online gambling transactions being made by U.S. residents. Add to this the complicated task of sorting out “legitimate” online gambling deposits (horse racing and fantasy sports), and the already huge burden being placed on MasterCard and Visa gets multiplied by ten.

In the meantime, banks are hoping Barney Frank’s bill to overturn the UIGEA and give individual State’s the right to regulate (which Hawaii is now talking about) continues to gain momentum in the House, while chief politicians in support of online gambling regulation, such as Ron Paul, continue to rise in popularity with conservatives generally opposed to gambling.

Two New Online Casinos White-listed for Review at Online Casino Suite

Friday, February 19th, 2010

OCS is pleased to announce the latest online casinos to receive a green light for a listing and in-depth online casino review here amongst what we here at OCS and many seasoned online gamblers consider to be the best online casinos in business today. What is special about our latest addition (the name of which I’m not going to reveal until like the last paragraph of this blog post….A guy’s gotta stay true to his style, right?) is that not only does it offer a solid casino gaming package, it powers one of the most popular U.S. facing poker rooms in business today.

See, I’m giving you hints – you don’t need me to tell you the name. Alright already, here’s another one: Not only does this place have a solid casino poker offering, it is the namesake of one of the the most legendary and respected players in the professional poker circuit. Still not a clue? Okay, this guy has a fantastic nickname that rhymes with Lexus Molly, which just so happens to be the name of my ex-girlfriend. I’m just going to say it right now before you ask – I didn’t know “she” was a man, okay? Oh, you want to know about the name of the casino still?

In that case, for anyone more clueless than me who still doesn’t know what I’m talking about (don’t worry…I still don’t even know what I’m talking about), I am referring to the “Texas Dolly” himself, Doyle Brunson and his top-tier online gaming package – Doyle’s Casino and Doyle’s Room. No, not his bedroom silly – one of the fastest growing online poker rooms today.

Although two separate sites, after joining one or the other, you’re in the family, so to speak. And that, my friends – the concept of family – is one of the main reasons why OCS is excited to make Doyle’s Casino the latest addition to our online casino reviews directory. Now, don’t get me wrong, Doyle isn’t going to come bail you out of jail or let you borrow his car. However, his management promises they will be doing all they can to give you a top-notch online gambling experience.

Throw on top of that a solid lineup of bonuses, which include a 100% Slots and Specialty Games bonus up to $1,000 Free, new games bonus worth 150% up to $500 Free, unlimited reload bonuses worth 25% and a poker bonus worth 110% up to $550 Free, the best that RTG software has to offer, and you are looking at one of the best online casino poker sites in business today. The review will be published shortly, so be on the lookout for it! Oh, and you might have caught the title said “two new online casinos” as in more than one – Ya there is another – and it’s a biggie too. Stay tuned!

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International & European Online Gambling Regulatory Update

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

I recently wrote an op-ed article about the history of online gambling, which inevitably became all about the regulatory landscape. Please correct me if you think I’m wrong in saying this (comment away at the bottom of the post), but it’s pretty evident to me that getting online gambling regulations passed is harder than pulling teeth. And even if it does get passed, it’s a never ending battle to keep it that way! Case in point is the recent developments in Italy.

Now, you may have heard that the Italian Gaming Authority decided to liberalize online bingo in December of last year. Needless to say, 2010 has been pretty productive for the online bingo industry with thousands of Italian citizens taking part in the popular Italian bingo game, “Tombola”. However, it now looks as if online bingo will be put on hold as the Italian government works out it’s system of checks and balances and takes a closer look at the provisions regulating online bingo.

Me personally, I don’t understand how any kind regulation could go into effect without first approving the provisions of said regulation. In other words, before anything like that gets approved, shouldn’t it be looked over first? But then again, there was the UIGEA (attached to a Port Security bill), which by all means, should have already been overturned by now.

On that note, perhaps the recent court ruling in Italy that online bingo regulatory decrees are not in line with Italian law, shows how much more Italian authorities are on the ball? 🙂 It’s not like they are saying no to online bingo. The decision seems more like a mandate that regulations need to get in line with the law – specifically applying to what is being called “interconnected offline bingo” – a procedure that allows bingo rooms to connect their players.

The other alternative would be for an Appeals Court to overturn the lower administrative court’s ruling. At the moment, it’s not known whether this option will be used, or if the Gaming Authority will simply choose to revise regulatory guidelines.

Elsewhere in the world of online gambling regulation, the Finnish gambling monopoly has extended its reach and imbedded itself in the online gambling sector even deeper by granting the Finnish Slot Machine Association, aka RAY, permission to offer online casino games, and the Finnish State lottery, Veikkhaus Oy, to offer online bingo. The move is interpreted as a response to growing competition from private online betting operators, whom Finnish courts have kept out of Finland, citing no inconsistencies with EU law.

Searching for a Tropical Online Casino in the Dead of Winter?

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
My Tropical Fantasy at Paradise 8 Casino (Check out my Balance...Booya!!)

My Tropical Fantasy at Paradise 8 Casino (Check out my Balance...Booya!!)

Not sure about you, but where I’m at, it’s the brunt of winter, snow and ice are on the ground, the sky is grey, trees are bare, and needless to say, I’m ready for a little warmth and sunshine. I know beggar’s can’t be choosers, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I’m also ready for a Pina Coloda, private cabana , some flip flops and palm trees swaying in the tropical breezes.

But, since that’s not going to happen, I do what’s next best – virtual reality. Now, I’m not talking about the whole goggle headset and touch sensor gloves experience or like they do in Avatar, but I am talking about some of the best Web technology out there.  Low & behold, this being an online gambling blog and all, wouldn’t you know that I’m talking about online casino gambling? 🙂

So, in my fantasy to be basking in the sunshine and dangling my toes in the water, I started to mull over all the online casinos with a tropical theme. I started going down the list, and at one point I remembered Casino Del Rio, but soon realized they had turned into an “eco” themed online casino – still not a bad thing, but not what I was looking for in order to fulfill my fantasy. I mean, I eat organic food and recycle and all that, but at the moment, I need a tropical fantasy like a baby needs its bottle! 🙁

After a few more minutes of sobbing and narrowing down online casinos by software platform, I found myself perusing Rival Gaming, and landing upon an online casino, which to be honest, was one that I am not as familiar with as some of the others in my book of top picks. Not that I’ve been impartial to Rival-powered Davinici’s Gold, Superior Casino and Sloto Cash, I just didn’t have the good chance of playing at……drum roll please…..Paradise 8 Casino – the object of my tropical fantasy desires! The funny thing is that Paradise 8 has been around for quite a while, and of all their Rival brethren, actually offers one of the best, if not the best bonus packages currently. Try a $10 no-deposit bonus followed by 100% up to $300 Free, or 2-part bonus up to $800 Free on slots, or 100% up to $350 Free on table games.

Now, I know it may sound peculiar to some of you for an online casino to make you feel like you are in a tropical paradise. However, there is something to be said for full-screen imagery (definitely play in full screen mode people), the right music, and of course, having a couple Pina Coloda’s in your fazizzle.

When you first open Paradise 8 Casino, the first thing you will see is a high definition photo of what is very likely a poolside resort in Hawaii. Choice! The water looked so good, I actually tried to dive into the screen. Okay, maybe I had more than a couple Pina Coloda’s 🙂 For your information, the photo posted with this blog is actually a screen shot of the latest welcome screen at Paradise 8. Ya, so after logging back in, I noticed the lobby screen had changed. I’m not sure if this is a regular thing or a difference between the initial download and regular login screen – either way, it get’s my tropical kicks off.

Backed by some very relaxing tropical lounge music dubbed with little parrots and birds chirping away in the background, I seriously was halfway into my tropical fantasy before I even logged into Paradise 8. The only thing missing was a bikini babe to walk by and remind me that she was way out my league. And honestly, that’s all I needed. Let’s just say the diversion of the online casino games took over from there. So there you have it – If you too are looking for a little tropical getaway via an online casino, Paradise 8 lives up to their name – Your best bet if you ask me. Now, if only I can get turn the virtual reality into reality – bikini babe and all! Signing out then, ’cause I guess I better get to wagering!

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