Archive for November, 2013

New Jersey Comes Out Strong to Wager Online During Debut

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

And their off! New Jersey is live and betting online! Even with Nevada hosting poker online for money since April, and Delaware sneaking into the fold just weeks ago, all eyes are now on New Jersey. Reports from state regulators are that the state has been “inundated” with gamblers signing up for real money online casino accounts.

Whether logging on from a rest stop in Egg Harbor or from home, many residents and visitors in New Jersey have more than eating turkey on their mind this week. According to the director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, over 10,000 players have registered accounts in the first couple of days – And thousands more will have by the time you read this.

A half a dozen online casino companies have been given the green light to go live and will operate under 13 different websites. They were allowed to start at 12:01AM Tuesday, November 26th. This came after a 5-day period of “soft starting” that turned out to be successful.

Those to make the biggest splash will no doubt be the three casinos from Caesars Entertainment Corp: HarrahsCasino.com, CaesarsCasino.com and its poker site WSOP.com. Another impressive launch comes from Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa that also launched its poker room, BorgataPoker.com as well as its full casino platform BorgataCasino.com.

New Jersey may be the third state to go live with gambling online, but is so far the most successful with few issues. Granted, there have been banking issues. Some credit cards have been erroneously declined because the banks were located outside the state of New Jersey. However, these types of errors are not indicative of wrongdoing by any party. If anything, it means the casinos are doing their job to properly identify a consumer’s location. As you know, to gamble in New Jersey, you must be physically present in New Jersey. The technology to geo-locate has been working well.

The Caesars online casinos are using the 888 Holdings and Amaya software brands to power their sites, while Borgata’s casinos have partnered with bwin.party. Digital Entertainment Plc has also been given the go ahead to launch two Party-branded sites, nj.partypoker.com and nj.partypoker.com/casino. Interestingly enough, another casino brand to watch will be Trump. Betfair – a London-based company that is powering the online casino for Trump Plaza – has yet to release any news of its launch.

There is no shortage of reasons why the state of New Jersey seems to be the most successful state to get started with online gambling, but the fact that the state is the most populous of the three that have gone live is not lost on anyone. 8.9 million people call New Jersey “home”. By comparison, Nevada has a population of 2.8 million. Delaware has less than a million residents, coming in at just 917,000. In short, New Jersey provides a huge opportunity to the iGaming industry because New Jersey has obviously taken a decision to enable regulated operators to offer a full suite of casino games, and not just poker.

There is More Lucrative Action at Bet365

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Ok folks, it’s time to make your move to Bet365. We’ve covered some pretty worthy events and promos taking place at Bet365 this month, and yet there’s still some time to get your hands on thousands of dollars in remaining action, cash and prizes.

Poker Events

First up, the Bet365 Poker room is still cranking out thousands of prizes to be won in the high-tilt, action packed $100,000 Premium Giveaway. You have to get moving, though, as the event is halfway through its schedule and ends November 28. You’ll want to make your way right to the Premium Table cash games, at once earning double the chance for winnings.

During the $100,000 Premium Giveaway, to participate you simply need to acquire tickets for each day’s draw, which can easily be done playing poker. Simply play at the Premium Table games (earn the aforementioned double amount as you go), and the more tickets you acquire, the easier it is to win the wide selection of giveaways.

What we like about this event in particular is that when you are playing at the Premium Table cash games, you are also able to secure yourself a prize every day – It’s guaranteed once you reach 15 tickets. Again, this is done much faster when you are playing the Premium Table action.

We also like that you are able to track your action super easy in this event. You can easily use the poker room lobby at Bet365 to track your tickets (real time). Always make sure you opt in when you want to use your earned tickets toward the next draw.

UK Football

If poker is not your speed, there’s some great UK pre-World Cup action taking place for football fans at Bet365. If you read this in time, you’ll have access to some of England’s prep matches for the World Cup. There’s a great betting offer for the England-Germany match taking place at Wembley on Tuesday, November 19th.

What’s more, the Premier League is back with some extraordinary match-ups. On Saturday, November 23rd, Everton takes on Liverpool in a local rivalry, and Man City and Tottenham match up on Sunday November 24th.

Incidentally, there’s an update from the somewhat worrisome Football gambling addiction issues we covered in an article not too long ago: There’s been a ban on employees of the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) making wagers on football that will be introduced soon. This particular ban comes into place following the latest series of wagering allegations of the PFA chief executive, Gordon Taylor, who is accused of having made some two thousand different wagers.

Bet365 Bingo Events

Last but certainly not least, the £21,000 Bingo Bonanza is still in action until November 28th. In this November-long event, Bet365 Bingo is giving away up to £7,000 each week from November 8th to the 28th. There’s still time left, just be sure to opt in, play some of your favorite bingo games and get tickets to the prize draws. This event is very close in nature to the poker event. It’s the same concept, just a different casino game.

These are not all of the events taking place at Bet265 this month, but they are the events we really think provide a good chance to cash in. As always, be sure to check the rules and regulations. Alas, these are not deposit bonuses, so they do not come with any additional (over the top) requirements.

Bet365 Bingo Event and Other New Action

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

There’s a new online bingo event at Bet365 that comes with a hefty prize potential. Players getting in on this action have a shot at up to £7,000 each week from November 8-28. In total, the three week event is worth £21,000.

Many of you may not even know that Bet365 has a bingo hall online. Well, we’re here to tell you they do. This huge online brand, long known for sports wagering and a full casino games lineup, also has a poker room and a bingo room that only requires players to opt in free to get bingo tickets for the weekly draw.

One of our favorite loyalty programs is hosted by Bet365. This event showcases one free ticket for every 10 loyalty points earned by Bet365 bingo players. Upon reviewing the promo, we noticed players will be rewarded 2 tickets for the draw for each 10 loyalty points earned in flowing rooms: The Catwalk, Superstar Bonanza, Kiss and Tell, as well as the Mojo Lounge.

Even better, there is a widespread prize pool available. Over 160 bingo prizes every week are up for grabs, up to £1,000. VIP players have the chance to win prizes valued according to VIP status and level, so it really pays to be loyal at Bet365. This is a great deal, considering there is no limit to the number of tickets you can acquire during the event. You can even buy tickets in advance.

If Bingo’s not your bag, check out the poker action at Bet365, including its mobile poker platform boasting simple, touch-screen technology. Premium table action is also available via mobile, and you still have access to the Bet365 promos and bonuses when using the mobile platform.

Slots players tend to see the best promos online, and Bet365 is no stranger to slots action. The Bet365 Casino Slots Club rewards regular slot machine players and is a great way to make best use of your game play while winning cash prizes of up to £1,000 each and every month of the year.

Again, opting in is as simple as it gets. Once you do so, you’ll begin to rack up comp points instantly. Slot players receive 3 comp points for every £10 bet on the massive selection of online slots played in the virtual casino. Keeping things fresh and innovative, Bet365 always offers a new chance to qualify for a bonus – so be sure to build up as many comp points on as many days as you can.

Bingo fans might also be interested in the fact that Bet365 provides its patrons with a wide selection of Playtech slots, including progressives and more, all of which count toward your comp point accrual, making time spent here fun and exciting while potentially very lucrative.

Launched in 2000, Bet365 has gained one of the largest player bases of any online casino. Its busy events calendar allows players many exciting opportunities to receive bonuses and cash prizes. There’s also live dealer action, including blackjack and baccarat, befitting of the latest and great software technology available at any live dealer online casino today.

At press time, we noticed several online slots jackpots to be worth more than £350,000, and several of its proprietary bonuses to be well over £135,000. Couple these jackpots with the events taking place, and Bet365 is worth a look into at the very least.

Bet365 is licensed by the Gibraltar Licensing Authority and regulated by the Gibraltar Gambling Commission. The latest software testing by Gaming Labs International – an independent casino software testing company – reveals the overall payout percentage at Bet365 is 96.93%, which includes an impressive 98.11% payout percentage from its video poker lineup.

Best Promos at Gossip Slots

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

The latest online casino to meet our rigorous review process is Gossip Slots (sister casino to Drake Casino). Further below is a rundown of the most current and best recommended casino promotions you’ll want to be aware of at Gossip Slots. While there are typically 10 different promos available including several unique options at any given time at Gossip Slots, including a new player 400% deposit match Welcome Bonus up to $1000 in value, there are a few weekly and monthly promotions that we find to be really innovative. These include Weekly Bonuses, Weekly Casino Rebate, Mobile Rebate, Rewards Game of the Month and a refreshing social media style promo via Facebook and Twitter. Note: Other than emails that may contain unique codes/info, Gossip Slots does not necessarily use bonus codes at all times; Just be certain you are getting credit for each promo at the time of deposit by looking for accompanying info when depositing or when clicking on any promotion.

These are the very latest details about these specific promos, so take a look:

Weekly Bonuses

Above and beyond a great Welcome Bonus, existing players at Gossip Slots are offered various Weekly Bonuses. Currently, the Weekly Bonus here is more like a 3 times-a-week bonus! Mondays = a 75% Reload Bonus; Wednesdays = 50% Reload Bonus; Fridays = 100% Reload Bonus. These are your basic deposit match style offers.

Weekly Casino Rebate

The Weekly Casino Rebate is email-based, so you’ll want to join the email list first and foremost to take advantage of this weekly deal. Each week you’ll get an email containing detailed information (and most always a unique code) to cash in for free chips to play your favorite casino games each and every week. There are currently around 150,000 players using this promo at Gossip Slots.

Mobile Rebate

While mobile and tablet optimized casino platforms are still limited in casino game selection, mobile casinos are still becoming better and better every day. Most reputable casinos like Gossip Slots have decided to go full steam ahead, developing and expanding their mobile platforms when software becomes available. The Mobile Rebate here is like having a bit of insurance, and is great for weekday players. At Gossip Slots, mobile players can take advantage of Mobile Wednesday Rebates, where they will earn a 10% rebate on any losses incurred during Tuesdays.

Rewards Game of the Month

This month at Gossip Slots, take advantage of Double Rewards Points (used in the free VIP Rewards Program) playing Tycoons – a progressive, 5-reel, 30 payline slot with all the extras you’d expect from the latest in casino software from BetSoft.

Facebook and Twitter Promotions

Hand-in-hand with the likes of mobile casino platform technological advances, we have begun to see casinos moving forward with social media to promote new deals for players. Gossip Slots has a heavy presence within the social networking environment using Facebook and Twitter for sharing deals and promotions. Simply like and follow to be rewarded with a 5000 rewards point bonus.

As mentioned, there are usually 10 different promotions and events taking place at Gossip Slots at most any time. If the aforementioned rotating promotions are not your cup of tea, be sure to visit Gossip Slots today to see their permanent, new player/existing player bonuses and promos. If you have any questions regarding any promotions at Gossip Slots Casino, which takes wagers from most US states by the way, be sure to start a live chat with customer service or call 1 (800) 898 – 3520 at anytime. And be sure to have your email updated at all times, as most online casinos send unique offers/codes via email, and Gossip Slots is no exception to this.

Fone Mobile Casino Review

Friday, November 1st, 2013

The latest OCS approved online casino to launch from Taj Asia Enterprises N.V. (Louts Asia CasinoBlack Lotus Casino), and part of the Lotus Players Club program, is Fone Casino. Launched in late 2013, Fone Casino is entirely committed to the mobile sector of the online gambling industry. Self described as a “Play Any Time Any Where” casino; this mobile platform comes with all the licensed and legal stability you count on from Taj Asia’s solid reputation. Fone Casino operates under the strict guidelines set forth by the Government of Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. Think of Fone Casino simply as the mobile version of Lotus Asia Casino and/or Black Lotus Casino. These casinos are all US player friendly. Note: We’ve provided hard-to-find codes within the Bonuses and Promotions section just below.

Safety, Security and Responsibility

Fone Casino utilizes the highest standard of encryption to ensure that all player and gaming and account details are completely protected to the highest level available when performing transactions online. At Fone Casino, all credit card and other financial transactions are safe and secure using 128-bit SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption. As you probably know and expect, SSL provides security and data reliability for all communications over networks such as online financial transactions. Fone Casino boasts the seal of “Norton Secured” by VeriSign.

Upholding a stellar gaming reputation online also requires fair gaming for all. All games of chance at Fone Casino are based on a Random Number Generator (RNG), which uses widely recognized algorithms to generate random numbers. This practice is guaranteed through leading third party verification certification via iTechLabs Australia.

Like Lotus Asia Casino and Black Lotus Casino, Fone casino uses BetOnSoft gaming software, which enables easy, fast, secure and hassle-free downloading of the gaming software. At Fone Casino, players can use customer services that permit one to review and examine previous hands/spins to see historical performance results. Another feature at Fone Casino is its Cashier Statement system that allows players to review any or all of one’s financial transactions (deposits and withdrawals) through the casino banking system.

Fone Casino completely supports responsible gaming. Above and beyond typical concerns within the gambling community on the Web, Fone Casino regularly updates its players about the harmful effects of excessive and underage gaming. Players may be required to email proof of their age as and when requested.

Bonuses and Promotions

As you will find at Lotus Asia and Black Lotus Casino, Fone Casino also provides you with a 100% match welcome bonus up to $1000. At Fone Casino, you’ll need to use the code: Fone1000 for the bonus to activate at deposit time. There is a small minimum deposit required of $20 for most all promos and bonuses. If not, the minimum deposit here only climbs to about $25; typically this happens with the “free spin” offers.

Players also have access to most other Lotus Players Club promotions and bonuses when playing at this mobile casino. Whacky Wednesday is provided to all players, rewarding them with a 100% match with their first deposit every Wednesday up to $500. Use Bonus Code Fone500 for this offer.

When playing at Fone Casino using the Lotus Players Club benefits, this 4-tiered rewards program gives you access to perks such as match bonuses, free spins, no deposit bonuses, lucky draws latest casino bonuses, birthday gifts, anniversary offers, event tournaments, various player competitions, and prizes like jewelry, electronics and even amazing vacations. The Lotus Players Club is divided into four loyalty tiers of “White Lotus,” “Blue Lotus,” “Pink Lotus,” and “Black Lotus.” You’ll earn more loyalty points whether you are playing at Lotus Asia Casino, Black Lotus Casino, and of course, Fone Casino. Your status climbs as you play more. While we’ve witnessed lower wagering requirements and playthrough requirements, many of this casino’s promos and bonuses come with a 45x wagering requirement, which is not the highest we’ve seen. All online casinos have stipulations in place that require you to wager a certain amount of money when using bonuses and promotional money rewards before you are able to withdrawal those monies.

Mobile Games Selection

For a mobile casino, Fone Casino provides quite a large selection of casino games. You’ll have access to BetOnSoft software mobile game versions, including classic slots, video slots, various table games, video poker, and other specialty games. We noticed that among the most popular slots you can play on your mobile device (Apple iPhone, Apple iPad, iOS devices, Android, Tablets and other mobiles) are the new Yeti Hunt i3D Slots, Cash Flow, Max Cash, Buckin’ Broncos, among many others.

Banking

Several US player friendly banking options are in place at Fone Casino. This mobile casino also shares most of the provisions you’ll find at sister casinos Lotus Asia and Black Lotus. You can deposit to your Fone Casino account using the following methods: Credit Cards, Neteller, iDeal, Skrill (Moneybookers), GiroPay and others. All Taj Asia casinos are known for fast payouts and excellent customer service when needed.

Customer Support

Rest assured that no matter what time of day, you’ll have access to live or personal help via several types of outlets such as toll-free phone, live chat 24/7, email, or even through Lotus Players Club outlets. Any casino worth your business will be there 24/7 and Fone Casino is no exception to this philosophy.

Lastly, while this is a new casino (launched 2013), Fone Casino is firmly planted within the Taj Asia Enterprises N.V. group, providing players with a complete set of entertaining casino games, backed by a reputation for providing the industry with accountability. We highly recommend this new mobile casino and will continue to update its status as a top casino within our recommended casinos regularly.