Archive for September, 2014

Poker Stars and Full Tilt Leave Markets

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

With there being no real secret to the agenda regarding the world’s most (in)famous online poker brand’s desire to relaunch in several legitimate online gambling markets, namely the UK and US, PokerStars has begun to remove itself from questionable markets that may prohibit it from becoming part of the UK and US iGaming regimes.

The markets affected by this new move are of relative obscurity, including a handful of countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. These areas of the world have casinos online, but are considered to be grey markets, and thus, not as reputable as markets like that of the UK.

After it was announced that PokerStars would be asking players to close accounts in countries such as Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Nigeria Malaysia, and Turkey, executives at the company issued a statement asking that existing players in these markets cash out and close their accounts “at their convenience,” and to take advantage of any upcoming tournament entries and Frequent Player Points before making a final withdrawal. This new move out of unsavory markets for PokerStars is an important one that comes at a crucial juncture in the UK market, as the impending UK Gambling Act (Licensing and Advertising) expected to go into effect next month requires that any online operator intending to seek a remote gambling license does not receive more than 3% of its gaming revenues from unlicensed markets.

The UK casino market online is one of the largest and most lucrative in the world, generating about £2.5 billion ($4.26 billion US) in yearly revenue, with £329 million ($559 million US) of that income generated by online poker. Needless to say, this is the online poker market to go after for PokerStars.

Amaya Gaming purchased PokerStars months back with the plan to give the brand a new image and draw attention aways from its rocky beginnings of taking wagers from illegal markets in the past. The US market was very lucrative for the online poker giant until the Department of Justice targeted its operations, charging the brand with unlawful dealings i.e. taking real money wagers from US players.

PokerStars is undisputedly the largest online poker hub in the world, with a player pool unrivaled. Since Amaya bought the company, it has launched a full-fledged marketing campaign to make the poker site legitimate in the eyes of major regulated markets. With the UK market a big possibility – and very soon at that – industry insiders are speculating as to whether the PokerStars name will make its way back into the US market now that Amaya, one of the most highly respected casino operators in the world, has taken the reigns.

One notable country that PokerStars did not remove itself from in this new announcement was Canada, where several well-known operators such as Betfred, Ladbrokes, Matchbook, and EuroPartners have recently stopped taking wagers. Since Amaya is a Canadian company with a listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange, this should come as no surprise that the two top poker brands are staying put in Canada.

Microgaming to Launch New 5 Reel Slot

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Microgaming powered online casinos have a new online slot to look forward to as early as Oct 5th. The new game, Red Hot Devil, is a video slot with 5 reels and 25 different pay lines. The Red Hot Devil slot boasts the latest content rich technology fans of this software platform are accustomed to, yet unlike many other types of themes we see online at casinos, this one boasts one sexy female devil.


When playing this game, which happens to be launching at Platinum Play on the 5th, and other various Microgaming casinos such as Crazy Vegas, Go Wild, and Jackpot City, players will be paid for adjacent symbol combos on a pay line. These wins will be multiplied by the wager amount per line. The scatter symbol stands-in for all of this slot’s symbols, and wins from the scatter symbol are multiplied by the total wager placed and are supplemental to pay line wins. During the Red Hot Multiplier Free Spin Round, the scatter symbol will only show on reels 1 and 5. The same concept applies in the Red Hot Wild Reels feature.

As most video slots do, Microgaming’s new Red Hot Devil also features a Wild Symbol which stands-in for all the game’s symbols (except the scatter symbol). Unlike the Free Spin Round’s scatter symbol that appears on lines 1 and 5, this Wild Symbol shows on lines 2, 3 and 4.



During the Free Spins with Red Hot Multiplier feature, players will be given 10 free spins starting at a1x multiplier level that will then increase in value between 2-10x. The number of Scatter Symbols shown will determine the x value. During this feature, all wins in will be multiplied by the active multiplier, too.



During the free spins feature of the new Red Hot Devil slot, players will also be given 10 free spins starting at a 1x multiplier level that will then randomly turn wild each spin when on reel 2, 3 or 4. When the scatter symbol appears on reel 1 or 5, that whole reel turns wild in value. Should a player get lucky enough to see the Scatter Symbol on both lines 1 and 5, the Free Spins feature will be triggered yet again to give another 10 free spins to the player.



The Pick Until Pop style Wheel of Fire feature that is included with this new Microgaming slot obliges the player to choose from 10 different orbs of fire, each of which embodies a special offer until they pick unsuccessfully.

Many of the casinos we have rated and reviewed do feature Microgaming technology, but most of them do not accept US players. Lastly, if you do chose to accept a deposit match style bonus to play this new slot at any online gambling casino, be aware of wagering requirements, as always.

California Online Poker Progress On Hold

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

After a 5-year continuation of one unsuccessful attempt after another to legalize online poker in California – the once considered most favorable state to enter the online gambling market in the US – proponents are once again scratching their collective heads wondering when and if.

One of two bills that have been created in an effort to legalize online poker play in California was put on hold recently, with several lawmakers taking the position there was not enough time left before the current 2014 legislative session to make changes to the law and add further meticulous standards required to get the bill passed successfully through the House.

The delayed bill, SB 1366, was drafted by Senator Lou Correa, who happens to be the chairman of the Senate Governmental Organization Committee (the same committee that oversees gambling in the State), has seen a tough battle in regards to interstate compacts and tribal casinos.

AB 2291 is the other bill, and us widely considered by industry insiders as an answer to most everything that initial goals failed to use in persuading a positive outcome from the get-go. It seeks to permit and regulate online poker legislation, and is currently waiting a hearing date.

Three US states are already live with websites offering a variety of online casino games. California is seeking online poker legislature only at this point. California was initially considered to be one of the top three states to legislate, yet roadblocks from tribal communities looking to stave off land-based gaming failure should online casinos become legal, as well as disagreements over interstate game play, have gotten in the way of any legislative success at this time. Now we wait once again.

Still, there is room for optimism, as there are several lawmakers in favor of online poker. But whether they will get a bill passed before succumbing to opposition and political pressure from the other side of the house floor is of some concern.

The bottom line is that the main failure in getting a bill passed stems from various arguments over specifics in the two existing bills. Lingering issues between lawmakers and several casinos and poker sites that operated within California before authorities cracked down on them remain. Bad actor clauses are being considered to ensure sites that operated improperly before the crackdown are not permitted to legally operate in the state, and is creating a lot of argument.

California’s tribal casinos are the other main roadblock. There are dozens of land-based tribal casinos in the state of California which provide all the gambling services available in the state. Understandably, they are very concerned that online poker sites will greatly affect the revenue generated at these brick ‘n mortar casinos.

Earlier in this year, the outcome of a bill getting passed seemed very probable. Then, waning income and less-than-stellar earnings from existing online casinos in the US led to a slower urgency to get a bill passed. While in wait, California lawmakers will certainly be keeping close tabs on the online casino operators in the three states where online gambling is regulated. We are likely looking to the very beginning of 2015 before any bill could get a casino online in California.

Latest Slotter Online Casino Promotions

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

One of the newer RTG online casinos to hit the Web, Slotter Casino has a great new player offer as well as a variety of promotions taking place each day of the week. Take a look at the following promotions and their matching codes for the latest, most important deals.

Slotter_welcomebonussmall$1320 Welcome Package – New Players
All new accounts at Slotter Casino are offered a $1320 Welcome Package consisting of a Deposit Match of $1,300 that is implemented with the player’s first two deposits along with an extra perk – a $20 Free Spin reward at the completion of bonus use. First deposit is matched at 100% up to $500 using coupon code: SLOTTER1 at time of deposit. Second deposit is matched 100% up to $800 using coupon code: SLOTTER2 at time of deposit. Once that is done, players are rewarded with a $20 Free Spin bonus using code: SLOTTERSPINS. The deposit matches come with a 30x wagering requirement* with no max cashout and the Free Spin promo gives each player $20 to use when playing the online slot Achilles. This promo comes with a 25x wagering requirement* and $100 max cashout.

Slotter_mysterymadnesssmallMystery Madness – Mondays
Each Monday, players are offered 5 different Mystery Madness codes. Each code is a mystery until rewarded, and acts as a Deposit Match. These codes will produce between a 50-65% Deposit Match up to $1,000 playing all games*. Each code is useable 5 times. Choose from codes: MYSTERIES, MADNESS, MONDAY, SECRET and/or SURPRISE to reveal the Deposit Match percentage. This promo comes with a 25x wagering requirement* and the “all games” aspect comes with contribution requirements* explained easily, below. No max cashout here.

Slotter_tuesdayreloadsmallTuesday Reload – Tuesdays
Every Tuesday at Slotter Casino, the Tuesday Reload promotion gives players a 50% Deposit Match up to $1000 playing all games*. There is a 25x wagering requirement here and no max cashout. Use coupon code: RELOAD an unlimited amount of times.

Slotter_midweekspecialsmallMidweek Special – Wednesdays
Every Wednesday there’s an aptly named Midweek Special that gives players a 66% Deposit Match up to $1,000 playing any of the Slotter Casino online slots when using coupon code: MWEEK at the time of deposit. This code is useable an unlimited amount of times and there’s a 25x wagering requirement and no max cashout.

Slotter_everyoneswinnersmallEveryone’s a Winner – Thursdays
Every Thursday at Slotter, online casino players have a double discount to look forward to. The Everyone’s a Winner promo gives players 20% Cash Back and a 50% Deposit Match up to $1,000 playing all games* using coupon code: 20CBACK. This code is usable an unlimited amount of times. Email customer service for cashback with 24 hours. The Cashback promotion comes with a 10x max cashout and a 2x wagering requirement. Some games are not included for 20% Cashback: Baccarat, Craps, Roulette and Sic Bo. Cashback max coverage is $2,000. The Deposit Match aspect comes with a 25x wagering requirement* and no max cashout.

Slotter_freeSpinFrenzySmallTGI Friday – Fridays
All Friday deposits have a couple of options at Slotter Casino. The TGI Friday promo weekend let’s players choose from a 75% Deposit Match up to $1,000 playing slots using coupon code: FRINIGHT. This code can be used once and comes with a 25x wagering requirement* and no max cashout. Or, players can get a 55% Deposit Match up to $1,000 playing all games using coupon code: TGIFRI up to ten times and no max cashout. Remember to check below for all game wagering requirements.

Slotter_sizzlingsmallSizzling Super Duper Specials – Saturdays and Sundays
On Saturdays and Sundays players are rewarded with two offers. The Sizzling Super Duper Deals promo gets players a 77% Deposit Match on all deposits of $100 or more using coupon code: SLWEEK up to five times playing slots. No max cashout. Or, online casino players could get a 60% Deposit Match up to $1,000 playing all games using coupon code: HOT60 an unlimited amount of times. Both Matches come with a 25x wagering requirement* and the All Games offer carries a contribution requirement*. No max cashout.

*Wagering Requirements and Contribution Percentages

You should know that before the first deposit on any player account is done, only one free bonus can be used at a time. Also, if an account has been subsidized solely with a free bonus, an approved deposit is needed in order to validate the account before any withdrawals can be done by a player.

Every player promotion and/or bonus at Slotter Casino stipulates a varying amount of wagering to be done before a withdrawal can be made. Casino games at Slotter (and most any other casino online) each contribute different amounts toward this wagering requirement as shown here:

Slots, Video Slots, Keno and Scratch Cards= 100%
Casino Poker Games= 25%
Video Poker= 20%
Roulette= 40%
Baccarat, War= 15%
Blackjack, Craps, Sic Bo= 10%