Archive for July, 2011

Senator Rush’s Online Gambling Bill

Friday, July 29th, 2011

massachusetts-location-mapAs reported yesterday, Massachusetts Treasurer Steven Grossman believes that a proposed online gambling bill should be passed by the legislature, despite his problems with it. He also said, somewhat surprisingly, that “it’s clear Washington is moving toward online gambling.” If Congress regulates the industry, he says, Massachusetts wants to be one of the first states to take advantage of it, rather than being one of the states left behind.

Here’s a little more information on that proposed gambling bill. The legislation is sponsored by State Senator Michael Rush, who filed it earlier this year. He isn’t available for a statement about it right now, because he is awesome. By that, I mean he’s taking a leave of absence from the Senate to serve his country as a soldier in Iraq. He is a member of the Navy Reserves. While he is away, his chief of staff, John Regan, will run Rush’s office.

According to Rush, before he deployed, the legislation would do more than simply allow the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission to offer its regular lottery games online. He said that it is “a new, interactive way of playing the lottery through new online games of chance.”

Senator Rush says that the legislation could bring in an extra $1 billion per year for the state. He also said that Massachusetts offering its own online gambling site would be safer for residents than playing on offshore sites that are currently available. Like the model being used in Canada, Rush’s system would use pre-paid player accounts to better monitor gambling activity and prevent problem gambling.

Tickle Me Pink Bonuses at Slots Jungle

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Now this is a theme that just makes me smile. Tickle me pink. Cannot beat that for a Friday release of the new Special Weekly Bonuses at Slots Jungle. New weekly bonuses just add to the anticipation of the incoming weekend. This is usually when playing increases as players come off a work week and are looking to have a little fun. More deposits are made which makes Fridays the prime time to release new weekly bonuses.

And so Slots Jungle releases new themed bonuses each and every Friday to allow their players to boost their bankrolls in order get a great start to their weekend online casino gambling. They offer bonuses for both online table games as well as for online slots. That being said, let’s check out what they are offering this week:

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All of this week’s special weekly bonuses for online table games can be claimed up to ten times. The wager requirement is 35 xs and must be met before playing other games or requesting a withdrawal. Only wagers placed on online Blackjack, Perfect Pairs, Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker, Multi Hand Video Poker and Video Poker will count towards the wager requirement.

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The online slots special weekly bonuses can be claimed fifteen times. There is a 30 xs wager requirement which must be fulfilled before any withdrawals can be made.

Many online casino patrons will tell you that keeping tabs on the bonuses at your favorite online casinos is a lucrative effort. Now that you have at least one good source for some new weekly online casino bonuses you can get your weekend started off right. Go out and have some fun.

More Online Gambling Apps for the Android

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

It seems Android is the new black when it comes to mobile online casino gambling. Last year we here at onilnecasinosuite.com saw several mobile casino apps or games from online casinos go live on the Apple iPhone platform. But this year seems to be all about that little green alien and the Android platform. As such All Slots has just launched two new online gambling apps for the Android platform.

One of these new apps is focused on only one casino game: online blackjack. This is a real money online casino app, meaning that players will have the capability of playing for real money. But there is also a play for fun option that can be used for practice or if a player does not wish to wager real money. The All Slots Blackjack app will be available to download for free on the Android platform and will be free of ads as well.

The other app that has been released is being called the All Slots Casino Lobby app. It gives players the ability to play eleven top online casino games from their Android device. All Slots has taken some of the most popular online slots games from their Microgaming powered lineup and brought them to the app. The app slots lineup includes: Thunderstruck, Tomb Raider, Mermaid’s Millions, Major Millions and Mega Moolah. But there are of course other online casino games as well. The table games include Classic Blackjack and European Roulette (single zero roulette). Fans of video poker will find Jack or Better. The scratch card lineup offers two titles: Dragon’s Fortune and Bingo Bonanza. And finally there is Royal Derby, which is a horse race game. All Slots has packed a lot into this app, which is also available free for download on the Android platform without ads.

It is unsurprising to see more and more online gambling apps being developed for the Android as its popularity increases. As this year moves on we are bound to see even more mobile online casino apps coming out of the online casino industry. Analysts have predicted that mobile gaming is where the hot spot will be this year and next based on the fact that more and more mobile casino apps are being downloaded. This is also why more and more online casinos and software developers are partnering with mobile gaming companies. These two Android apps are most definitely not going to be the last ones released for that platform. And there is little doubt that more will also be made for the Apple iPhone and iPad as well.

Virgin Casino Launches Monopoly-Themed Slot

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Monopoly-movie-Ridley-ScottVirgin Casino released a new online slot today. The game, developed by IGT, is called Monopoly: You’re In the Money. The online slot is based on the iconic board game, which from its debut in 1904 until now has pleased and punished children worldwide.

Monopoly is both one of the most popular board games ever and one of the most boring. I somehow managed to avoid playing it as a child, but was forced to do so at work one day (long story). As I imagined, spending hours sitting there waiting for other players to roll the dice and decide what to do doesn’t make for an interesting game. For whatever reason, though, the game was hugely popular and became a pop culture icon.

Now Virgin Casino has an online slot based on the board game. The game is a 5-reel, 30-payline slot that features the Monopoly board as players move around it to win bonuses. The reels feature symbols associated with the game, such as the player pieces, buildings and more. The online slot has a big Mystery Bonus, where players are able to win up to 12,000 times their wager.

Warren Eloff, Head of Products at Virgin Games, said that he is excited that Virgin is one of the first online casinos to offer Monopoly: You’re In the Money. He said that it is bound to be popular due to “nostalgia for this household favorite.” Maybe his household has never played the game, but it is definitely not a favorite in mine. Eloff also said that “with its fantastic features and high number of bonuses, this game will not disappoint – it’s a casino classic in the making.”

Why Investors are Looking at Full Tilt

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Full Tilt has been in the news a lot lately. First it was for Black Friday; then it was the snafu with paying their players back—which players are still waiting for—so they can have their money; then it was the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) suspending their license; following that was the hearing in London. Yesterday we here at onilnecasinosuite.com brought to you that the hearing has been delayed until the 15th of September. So what is the delay for? The AGCC is giving Full Tilt the opportunity to complete a sale before that time with an investor.

This brings up the question of why would an investor want to buy an online poker site that is floundering at the moment and who is in trouble with the United State’s Department of Justice? Sure, in the short term it might seem like a slightly odd thing to invest your money in, but in order to see the real appeal you need to look at it from the long term perspective.

Full Tilt was one of the top two online poker sites. It had a huge following in the US market as well as overseas. The potential still exists to rebuild the site, the company and its reputation to bring it back up to its former glory and position in the online casino industry. Then there is the US market itself to consider. It is widely predicted that it will not stay closed forever. In fact, the regulation of the US online casino market is gaining momentum and many foresee it becoming regulated and opening up in the next couple of years. And when the US market opens, even if it only allows regulated online poker, there will be a fast move to try to gain holding in that market.

As a site that gained a large following before, it is possible for Full Tilt to gain such a following again under new management. Furthermore, even if a new owner does not wish to move into the US market when it opens up in a regulated form, it is still a large site with lots of members and it would do well in the overseas market under new management. But the US market is too big of a draw and most of the industry will want in; all of the heavy hitters such as Playtech and 888 Holdings will position themselves to enter the US market and enter it on a strong foot. A new investor could also enter on a strong foot after reinventing Full Tilt. In short, Full Tilt has serious revenue potential.

Online Gambling Site Warns of Data Breach

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Bet24-PokerIn another example of why you need to constantly monitor your accounts and be careful what you put online and where, an online gambling website has warned of a data breach that has put some information in jeopardy. Bet24, an online casino, poker room and sports betting site licensed in Malta, is notifying customers that there was a security breach in December 2009.

At the time of the breach, the gambling company took the appropriate actions, it says, including resetting passwords. However, after a recent arrest of a suspect who was in possession of “unauthorized copies of personal customer information relating to various companies including Bet24,” the company decided to notify members.

According to Bet24, customer names, email addresses, home addresses, account IDs, passwords and credit card numbers have been stolen from the website. The stolen information is known to have been used to access a limited number of Bet24 accounts. In each case, the company has notified the members and fully reimbursed them for any money lost. The technique used to breach Bet24’s security as well as the identity of the hacker is unknown, but the online casino says it is working with authorities.

Bet24 is a casino with a good reputation, though it is not listed as one of the top sites here on OnlineCasinoSuite.com. Reputable online casinos are generally safe places to store your account information, at least as secure as your bank, but even banks get hacked sometimes. There is no sure thing, which is why it is important to monitor your accounts for unauthorized activity.

Full Tilt’s Hearing Pushed Back

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

As previously discussed here at onlinecasinosuite.com, the Full Tilt hearing was to have happened yesterday in London. The hearing was to decide whether or not to remove the suspension on its online gambling operation license. But now being given a reprieve on its hearing until the 15th of September.

The reason for the reprieve came from Commissioner Isabel Picornel: “The decision was not taken lightly. The decision was taken in the best interests of Full Tilt’s customers and to allow Full Tilt Poker to further resume negotiations with potential investors. This would lead to a more beneficial outcome for the players’ interests. We will reconvene as soon as possible and no later than 15 September this year.”

It is possible that Full Tilt could be sold to new investors, who could then take the online casino and poker site into a new direction which would then benefit the players of Full Tilt. It is also believed that it would be more likely for the suspension by the Alderney Gaming Control Commission to be lifted if the online poker site were under new management.

The new deadline of September 15th would give the current owners of the site more time to try to finalize a sale with potential investors who are looking to snap up a casino online. By taking the site in a new, more positive direction it could be possible to not only refund the current players their money, but to also reinvent the online poker site’s image and turn it around as a business, even bring it back to its former position in the online casino industry.

Here is to hoping that Full Tilt will be able to finalize a deal with investors before the 15th of September so that it can have its license returned and begin rebuilding is reputation.

Treasurer: Get MA Ready for Online Gambling

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

massachusetts-location-mapA Massachusetts politician says that the state needs to be prepared to offer online gambling due to the possibility of Congress regulating it. If the regulation comes about, Treasurer Steven Grossman said the state can’t afford to be left behind other states.

There are currently five states that offer intrastate online gambling, though in each case it is only the lottery. The District of Columbia passed a law regulating online poker, but it has yet to be implemented. Several states, including Nevada and California, are pushing for regulating intrastate online casinos or poker rooms. Grossman thinks that it is imperative that Massachusetts get a framework up and running in case Congress agrees to regulate online gambling.

“Whether I think it’s a good idea or not, it’s clear Washington is moving toward online gambling,” he said. “While I oppose it, I want to make sure we are ahead of the curve and are one of the winners of the new world of online gaming and not a loser because we stuck our heads in the sand.”

It certainly seems like a wise decision. I wonder why Mr. Grossman is so convinced that Washington is moving toward online gambling, though. Does he know something we don’t? Sure, many have theorized that Black Friday and related incidents are a way of culling the herd before Congress votes to regulate the industry. Many feel that the recent crackdowns are signs that regulation is coming, but is it clear? To Mr. Grossman, it’s obvious that Congress will soon regulate the industry, which means states better get online gambling websites up and running or be left behind. Here at OnlineCasinoSuite.com, we hope he is right.

Bodog Leaving U.S. Market

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

bodog-girls-issue-2-2008-0The U.S. federal government’s attack on online gambling websites has claimed another victim. It has been reported that Bodog, a leading provider of online casino games, sports betting, online poker and more, is planning to leave the U.S. market at the end of the year.

Bodog currently has a license with the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group (MMGG), but that agreement expires on December 31, 2011. The license allows Bodog to operate in North America with their European domain, Bodog.eu. When the license expires on December 31, it is reported that Bodog will be strategically exiting the U.S. market and American players will no longer be able to log onto the site.

Bodog wants to avoid the problems that have befallen PokerStars, Absolute Poker and Full Tilt Poker. With the federal government going after online gambling companies that do business in the U.S., Bodog wants to avoid and problems as well as any negative perception from being associated with those indicted companies.

In better news for the company, Bodog recently announced that they have become the first bookmaker to be approved by the UK Gambling Commission. That will allow them to operate in the United Kingdom under full compliance of the new regulations.

That means nothing to American customers, though. Any Americans who are frequent betters or players at Bodog should contact customer support if they have any questions. If you have an outstanding balance, we recommend you withdraw the money before December 31 to avoid any delays or difficulties recovering your money.

*The Bodog ad included in this article should seem ironic now, since Bodog is no longer all-in in North America after apparently reaching their limit.

888 Gains Italian License

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Over the last several months, Italy has shown up in the online gambling news. There has been a slow but steady progress to move the Italian online casino market from being a small, state-run operation to expanding into the wider industry at large. There was some speculation as to whether the Italian market and its expansion would gain a following from the wider online casino industry, but that question has now been put to rest. The well-known online casino company 888 Holdings has just received its Italian license for operation.

The fact that 888 Holdings has applied and been awarded an Italian license is a big step for the Italian online casino market. They are a large, well-respected real money gambling online company. The interest of 888 Holdings is a sign to the wider online gambling industry that the Italian market is truly expanding and it entirely viable to operate in. To date they are the first major name to be awarded an Italian gaming license.

The license that the Amministrazione Autonoma dei Monopoli di Stato (AAMS) has issued to 888 Holdings will allow them to operate freely within Italy, thusly allowing 888 to offer its software in a downloadable format was well as in a flash format. Potential plans for 888’s offerings in the Italian market include offering friend sign-up referral bonuses, 3D games, freeroll tournaments, the 888 PokerCam and Welcome Bonuses.

With 888 Holdings working on their own expansion and now being on board in the Italian market, there is little doubt that there will be an increased interest in obtaining licenses in the Italian online casino market. This will be a benefit to the AAMS and the Italian market as it will bring in more interest from other online gambling operators—and that means more revenue for Italy.