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William Hill Vegas on a Winning Streak With Big Jackpot Winners

Thursday, September 16th, 2010
See the Recent Winners List at William Hill Online for a dose of payouts.

See the Recent Winners List at William Hill Online for a dose of payouts.

William Hill’s virtual Las Vegas online casino, William Hill Vegas, recently scored it’s largest winner to date. Or perhaps I should say a lucky player at William Hill Vegas has scored the largest jackpot to date – for both Will Hill and the player! Coming in at nearly half-a-million pounds, let’s just say it’s one of the largest jackpots to be won online, period!

The lucky player – referred to as Eni O. – hails from London, which is precisely where William Hill is headquartered. Even though the big win was hit one month ago, it’s still making news at a number of online gambling news sites – including OCS, obviously!

Eni had this to say in regards to the win: “I’m absolutely over the moon. I’ve had a few small wins on williamhill.com in the past, but this is incredible – I’m lost for words! I just want to hug that plucky little leprechaun.”

What’s even more newsworthy is that while Eni’s £420,948.21 jackpot win (on the Leprechaun’s Luck slot machine, hence the shout out to the plucky little leprechaun) is an impressive feat, the fact of the matter is that jackpots in the hundreds-of-thousands take place all the time at William Hill Vegas. Within the last year, there were twelve wins that nearly hit or surpassed the £100,000 mark.

The three wins that hovered just below 100K were for £85,000 on the Pharaoh’s Treasure progressive video slot, £76,000 also on Pharaoh’s Treasure and £74,000 on Alice’s Wonderland. The “Chests of Plenty” slot has produced three different £100K+ wins (the largest coming in at £176,000 last October), while “Alice’s Wonderland” has scored the fifth and second largest wins at £150,000 and £256,000. The third largest jackpot within the last year was for over £234,000 on the Leprechaun’s Luck slot, which as mentioned, was home to the largest jackpot to date at nearly £421,000.

William Hill Vegas is part of the William Hill Online network of internet wagering sites, offering everything from sports betting and casino games to bingo, poker and skill games. Will Hill Vegas is is owned and operated by WHG International Ltd. and is licensed and registered with the UK white-listed Gibraltar Regulatory Authority, which on a side note, is proving to be a more fitting regulatory jurisdiction than the UK Gambling Commission for an increasing number of UK/Europe based online casino operators. Read the OCS William Hill Casino Review for more information.

Million Dollar Scratch Card Won Online at Neo Games’ Hopa.com

Monday, September 6th, 2010

hopa-1millionwinnerAnother day, another millionaire online. Okay, maybe it doesn’t happen every day. But in the vast world of online gambling, becoming a millionaire is not as rare as you might think. Granted, the odds that you and I personally will become a millionaire are very slim. Yet, isn’t it that way for everybody else? For those of us who are playing the right games at the right online betting destinations – which, these days, includes more than just online casinos – the odds get that much better.

Case in point is the recent millionaire to come out of Neo Game’s online scratch card site, Hopa.com. You heard right. Online scratch cards are a budding form of internet betting that has become very popular the world over, especially in Europe. This is precisely the area of the world in which Hopa caters to, and probably the region in which the lucky player, Lydie A., to bag the 1 million Euro jackpot calls home. Due to understandable privacy reasons, the location of winning players at Hopa is not divulged.

If you ask me, that’s just another reason to give Hopa a try. Privacy should be a major concern for online bettors, and Hopa (under the directorship of Neo Games) honors that better than most online casinos out there requiring big winners to pose for photographs and the like.

The only other thing we know about Lydie A. is that she has a touch of good luck. Not only is the 1 million win an impressive feat by itself, Lydie A. scored a 100,000 win almost one year ago playing the Super Slot 7 at Hopa – And that was only just months after Hopa was launched by Neo Games. Looks like loyalty pays off in more ways than just rewards points, does it not?

Describing the win to a Hopa representative, which was published in a press release this morning, Lydie A. stated,

hopawinner2When I was playing… and when I saw the amount that appeared on my screen as a win of 25 + 4 zeros, I became stuck to my chair and could not believe what was happening to me. I looked at it, and then looked again at the 250,000 Euros appearing in my cashier! Then, a member of the HOPA team contacted me to congratulate me on my 1,000,000Euros win! I could not believe it because only 250,000Euros were in the cashier but the winning card, itself was showing 1,000,000Euros.

I guess the software platform wasn’t used to dishing out 1 million wins, although the game itself does indeed say the opportunity exists! In fact, this was actually the first 1 million winner at Hopa, and will very likely not be the last. Furthermore, when all is said and done, Hopa has given away several million Euros in just under two years. Last month alone, Hopa gave away over 85 Million to lucky winners! And Multi-thousand Euro winners happen here every day – Check out the “Recent Winners” live feed on the Hopa homepage to see for yourself.

Oh, and just in case you were wondering about the game in which Lydie A. won the 1 million jackpot, it was the multi-scratch card game, Super 3 WOW. Want to find out more? Give Hopa.com a visit.

Documenting Your Correspondence and Play While Inside the Online Casino is Always Better Safe Than Sorry

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

If only online gambling existed when this movie was made...

If only online gambling existed when this movie was made...

I recently came upon a forum post here at Online Casino Suite, in which our very own, Suitee, made a comment regarding how important it is to document one’s entire betting experience at any online casino. Whether such documentation includes keeping copies of all emails and live chat transcripts and or video taping one’s actual gaming session, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Not that every online casino out there is ready and willing to cheat you at any given moment, it’s simply that – just like in real life – shit happens.

Needless to say, it’s always advised to get things in writing when dealing with customer service at an online casino. Me personally, I wouldn’t even bother making the toll-free telephone call unless it’s about something menial, like what deposit methods are accepted or whether or not there are going to be any free roll slots tournaments in the coming week. Heck, you could even call just to see if someone answers – preferably a person who has a grasp of the English language. When it comes down to money matters, live chat is the best way to go if you want a fast answer, while email is always a surefire way to keep a detailed record of all your correspondences. Just be sure if you are using live chat to correspond with an online casino that you have a chat software module that enables you to record chat sessions downloaded onto your computer.

As for actually using a video camera to record betting sessions while inside the online casino, admittedly, this is something that takes a little more time, and is something which most players find to be a burden. If you don’t have a video camera, you might just want to look into some video recording software programs out there, which you can install directly onto your computer. Either way, you should record all your playing sessions. It’s really easier than you might think. Plus, if you’re ever one of the unlucky one’s to experience a software malfunction on a multi-thousand dollar win, you wouldn’t even think twice about hitting the record button.

Let me first say that software malfunctions are rare. Getting timed out while in the middle of a bet does happen more often (primarily due to one’s internet connection speed and ISP). However, the best online casinos use software that records the finished hand result even if it can’t be seen on the user’s end. Simply log back into the software platform, and the finished hand result (as well as any wager outcomes) will be updated and available for your perusal.

Even if a slot machine freezes immediately after the final spinning reel outcome and does not award the correct winning amount, online casino staff on the backend will be able to see the malfunction and manually adjust any wager discrepancies at a later time. Again, this does happen, albeit a rarity.

Of course, it helps if you have documented proof of such a malfunction – especially when we are talking about thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. For smaller wins, most online casino managers will step up to the plate and make any necessary changes to one’s balance (for the better) to reflect the payout that would have gone through had not the reels frozen up.

However, when dealing with a smaller online casino – perhaps under-regulated in an offshore jurisdiction like Costa Rica – there is a greater chance the online casino will ignore the malfunction altogether, ignore the players request for a balance correction, and in some cases, ban the player from logging back into his or her account.

This, my friends, is where the power of video documentation comes into play. Let’s say you had videotaped your gaming session and it had captured the actual moment in which the slot reels froze, you would then have substantial evidence that would be hard to dispute. Of course, this wouldn’t make a difference with the roguest of the rogue online casinos. But then again, you are an avid reader of OCS, so you wouldn’t even be playing at a rogue online casino to begin with, now would you? 🙂

How would the online casino know your evidence is something that was not doctored in PhotoShop or another graphics editing program of the like? Well, let’s just say that they would. Still frame captures have been used as evidence in the past for some highly noteworthy dispute mediations, and guess what? On more than one occasion, such still frames were found to be fraudulently doctored at the hands of skilled, albeit immoral gamblers looking for big payout.

On the contrary, timecoded videotape is rock-hard evidence. All it takes is setting up a small camera with decent resolution on a tripod just a few feet away from your computer screen. Use the zoom to frame in close on the screen and hit the record button whenever you start a new gambling session. While you will be changing out multiple tapes in rotation, all you really need is just one. At the end of 60 minutes (most mini DV tapes are 60 minutes in length, although I’ve seen 90 minute tapes), simply rewind the tape and begin recording over again.

Of course, if there was an online casino software malfunction that happened along the way, set that tape to the side to use for documented evidence. On that note, you might want to change out tapes with ten minutes padding at the end, just to prevent the tape ending midway in a wager. Also, be sure to label saved tapes and slide the “record over” tab in the direction that prevents the tape to be recorded over in the future. You wouldn’t want to inadvertently erase over your evidence.

Now, in terms of transferring said footage to your computer for use as an MPG4 or .mov attachment, all you need is to open Windows Movie Maker (for PC’s) or iMovie (for Mac’s) both of which are free programs on your respective computer platform. Very self explanatory, these programs will allow you to peruse through your footage and capture the exact section of videotape (by means of firewire…not a USB), which you would like to keep. The footage will then be saved in a format that can be shared via email, and that’s it!

While the primary hope is that you personally will never need to use such footage to dispute a win, I can’t stress enough how much having that record button on will ease your mind. It’s not going to hurt anything – and once you have a software program installed on your computer or the camera set up and ready to go, there’s nothing to it.

New Millionaire at All Jackpots Online Casino: Largest Jackpot to Date

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Play Roulette Royale at All Jackpots Casino

Play Roulette Royale at All Jackpots Casino

It’s always refreshing to hear when another online gambler becomes a millionaire at an online. Even more refreshing is when the vehicle for doing so is something other than a progressive jackpot slot machine. I mean, let’s face it, the largest jackpots to be found at casinos (both online and in the brick ‘n mortar world) are at the slots.

Although not as generally large as slots, poker game progressive jackpots (like Caribbean Stud) offer a good chance to win big by simply making an ante bet. But with slots, the risk and cost to play is greater. Considering the Casinos edge is higher – as is the cost of making a max wager on all paylines so as to be eligible for the top jackpot – the rewards for getting extremely lucky on a progressive video slot, are often that much greater.

There are other progressive jackpot online casino games as well. Take Microgaming Software’s Roulette Royale, for example, which incidentally awarded a massive $1.33 million jackpot to a lucky player in Greece. That’s right, your eyes are not deceiving you – I said $1.33 million indeed. So, after all is said and done, I guess there really are other progressive jackpot games other than slots that dish out winnings as large as the best progressive wide area slot machine jackpots online.

When you have a network of online casinos as large as Microgaming’s diverse licensees, it makes sense that a progressive jackpot for the game of Roulette could get this huge. Furthermore, since Microgaming largely does business in Europe – where Roulette is very popular (much more so than in the US), the possibility of generating million-plus jackpots at Roulette is a likely reality.

Fittingly enough, the winner of the $1.33 million Roulette Royale jackpot was a member of All Jackpots Casino (only eleven days since opening his account). This eCOGRA certified online casino is a flagship site in the esteemed Jackpot Factory (which also includes the popular All Slots Casino). While no stranger to big wins, All Jackpots Casino has reached a milestone with this newsworthy win. It is the largest jackpot to date ever won at Jackpot Factory. For more information about All Jackpots, see the OCS All Jackpots Casino Review.

King Cashalot Steals From the Rich and Gives to the Poor!

Friday, May 7th, 2010

King Cashalot Steals From the Rich, Gives to the Poor!

King Cashalot Steals From the Rich, Gives to the Poor!

Microgaming Software’s King Cashalot Video Slot is at it again. Following the half-a-million jackpot win hit in February of this year, the jolly old King has decided to bestow his rod of good fortune on another lucky online gambler. King Cashalot has apparently been taxing the crap out of his kingdom, ’cause this time around, he gave away a $700,000 jackpot to a yet-to-be-identified player. Okay, it was $679,791 to be exact. What’s the difference when it’s that much already, right?

Being that it was a progressive jackpot (everybody’s favorite kind of jackpot), the exact location of the winning mouse click, nor the online casino responsible for hosting said winning mouse click still isn’t known. Considering there are well over 100 Microgaming online casinos synced up with Microgaming’s wide area jackpot network, it’s anybody’s guess where the win went down (although I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s one of the online casinos listed on the OCS Microgaming Casinos page).

This latest win is a good sign for King Cashalot, which went for over six months not paying out a max progressive jackpot before February’s $500K win. The amount itself is not that surprising, considering the default jackpot for King Cashalot is $100,000 and average jackpot win is $500,000. Actually, with the $679K win, the average just went up a little more. You do the math – the size of those numbers alone is suffice for me to give King Cashalot another chance. If you want more info on the game specs, see the OCS King Cashalot Slot review.

Now, if you happen to be from the United States, sorry but King Cashalot is not for you. You probably already know that by now. Microgaming, which the US Department of Justice has more scared than a ten year old being forced to watch the original “Exorcist” (“Poltergeist” will also suffice), won’t even let U.S. residents visit their main non-wagering website. Granted, Microgaming didn’t jump out of the U.S. market as fast as Cryptologic and Playtech, but I digress (Can you tell I miss my Microgaming?).

Otherwise, be on the lookout for another big win on the King Cashalot progressive video slot. I’m not going to bet on it, but you know what they say – Big wins often come in pairs.

Major Millions Online Casino Slot Pays Out $310K+ Progressive Jackpot This Week

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Although there hasn’t been any online casino millionaires this week, it has been reported that Microgaming Software’s Major Millions progressive video slot dished out a massive $310,000 jackpot to a lucky player on Tuesday. There’s no word just yet on which of Microgaming’s 120+ online casinos hosted the win, nor the name and country of residence of the lucky player; However, it is certainly clear that Major Millions continues to be a lucrative and popular progressive slot machine.

The last major jackpot win on Major Millions (pun intended) was hit less than a month ago in February for nearly $300,000. Prior to this, the largest win was worth approximately $563,000, and the average jackpot win was averaged at $366,000. If you are wondering if Major Millions has ever dished out millions in winnings to a single player, the answer is yes. In 2002, Major Millions set the world record (at the time) for the largest jackpot ever won at an online casino. It was valued at $1.5 million.

Most online gamblers will agree that Major Millions seems to be picking up, or should I say, loosening up, thus far in 2010. Of course, another million dollar plus win would help Major Millions take back the throne for Microgaming’s most popular progressive jackpot slot, which most likely belongs to …………. these days. Either way, Microgaming casinos are doing fine for themselves, even with a non-USA policy in effect.

For more information about Microgaming, see OCS’s top picks for the Best Microgaming Casinos.

Million Dollar Mega Moolah Online Slot Pays out Big at Microgaming Casino

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

megamoolah_reelsMicrogaming Software’s Mega Moolah progressive slot has apparently dished out a rather large-sized win earlier today ($27,626) according to online gambling news portals. But then again, “large-sized jackpots” are pretty much the norm with Mega Moolah. Quite possibly Microgaming’s most popular online casino slot machine, there’s no doubt Mega Moolah lives up to it’s name, having dished out one of the largest millionaire jackpots in the history of online gambling. It was back in April of 2008 when Mega Moolah paid out a massive $5.5 million jackpot.

The $27K+ win today followed a $13,000 jackpot win earlier in the week, and was the largest win since last month’s impressive $45K+ win. The month prior was home to a $66,000 jackpot win.

megamoolah_progressivepayoutIn other words, expect Mega Moolah to pay out multi-thousand jackpots each month and accumulated monthly winnings in the hundreds of thousands.

What makes Mega Moolah popular with a wide range of bankrolls is the fact that it offers a four-tier progressive jackpot. The mini default jackpot starts off at $10, while the minor default jackpot kicks in at $100. The Major jackpot takes a huge leap from the minor, starting off at $10,000, while the default Mega progressive jackpot takes the cake at $1 Million. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see why Mega Moolah pays out such hefty numbers. And with a coin range from 0.01 to 0.05 and up to five coins per payline, it doesn’t take a huge bankroll to bet on all paylines, which is required to win the progressive jackpot.

megamoolah_freespinswildIn terms of playability, there are 5 reels, 25 paylines, and a Wheel of Fortune style bonus feature offering a top prize of at least $1 million. The wild, which doubles all winnings on substitutes (except for the Scatter), is the Lion symbol, while the Scatter itself (the weird looking, purple-faced creature) triggers 15 free spins with retriggers and 3x winnings throughout. Oh, and in case you are wondering, Mega Moolah is an African safari themed slot reminiscent of the Lion King. True to Microgaming, the graphics and sounds are stellar, making Mega Moolah just as entertaining as it is loaded.

Online Casino Slots Jackpots Payout Huge With Microgaming Today

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Although predicting when an online casino progressive jackpot is going to hit is a difficult thing to do (some will even say blind chance), it is a widely believed that the longer a jackpot goes without paying out big, the sooner the day of reckoning will come. Sounds like a pretty universal law, if you ask me. You  know, the more you put into something, the more you get out of it? Only in the case of online gambling, it’s not always the player who spends the most who wins the most, which I suppose is like life as well!

Nonetheless, the larger a jackpot gets, the more action it gets, in turn causing it to grow even more, and consequently, increasing the chances of a big win (man, I don’t think I’ve ever used that many commas in one sentence – I need a drink now). It’s also very interesting to note that oftentimes when one online casino jackpot breaks the bank, several others soon follow. It’s as if everybody gets “jackpot fever”, which like any fever, can spread really fast. And since this is the World Wide Web, aka “information highway” we’re talking about, things spread faster than a venereal disease in a Las Vegas brothel – okay, maybe not the best analogy, but you get my point!

Case in point of all this jackpot fever, or better, jackpot madness (referring to the Microgaming’s Jackpot Madness online casino jackpot network), was a recent string of big wins this weekend. Actually, it has all taken place today, which for anyone reading this right now, it’s still not too late to buy your lover some chocolates and flowers. Or, if you happen to be one of the big winners today, perhaps a new car or diamond earrings will suffice.

Taking the first place prize today was a huge jackpot win on the popular King Cashalot video slot worth a whopping $475,208. Let’s just call it half-a-million dollars, shall we? This was followed by a $100K win on Treasure Nile, while two other slots – Lotsa Loot and Mega Moolah – each paid off jackpot wins as well. Being that all of the jackpots were progressive, it has not yet been announced which Microgaming powered online casinos hosted the jackpots.

Record Breaking Wins Totaling Over 800,000 Euros go to Lucky Casino Tropez Player

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Big Money Brawler Racks up $800,000+ Euros at Playtech's Casino Tropez

Big Money Brawler Racks up $800,000+ Euros at Playtech's Casino Tropez

Jackpots in the thousands are won every day at online casinos. But jackpots in the hundreds of thousands are, understandably, not quite as prolific. Nonetheless, big jackpots are paid out to lucky players every month. What makes January 2010 an especially impressive month in terms of big payouts is that not only did many of January’s newsworthy wins take place within a single online casino, they were won by a single player. Just how many, you ask? Try eleven.

That’s right. A player in Spain by the name of Jose M., who calls the popular Euro online casino, Casino Tropez, home, has walked away with an amazing 800,527 Euros spanning eleven wins in the first week of January. Now, I know what most of you are thinking (because I thought it myself). How can someone get that lucky. There’s no gambling odds possible to produce betting  results like that on slot machines, right? You heard, right. Not only did Jose M. hit eleven different large wins, he did it on the slot machines.

Now I know why there’s so many slots fanatics out there. But seriously, this does almost seem unbelievable to me. However, here’s where it makes more sense. Unlike most other gamblers out there who place some wagers here and there, perhaps occasionally laying down a risky bet, Jose M. is apparently a high rolling wheeler-n-dealer whose betting activity could account for several players. Now, by no means am I encouraging anyone to go on a gamble frenzy. The fact of the matter is that Jose M. still got lucky. He happened to be in the right place, with the right bankroll (making larger wagers) at the right time.

It does go to show that “you have to be in it to win it”. And in the case of Jose M., he was really into the slots, “Thrill Seekers”, “Desert Treasure”, “A Night Out” and the popular “Lotto Madness” – all of which helped earn Jose his combined winnings of $800K+ Euros. Jose also apparently knew how to get around using the various betting platforms offered by Casino Tropez, including his mode of choice – the instant, no-download Flash platform at Tropez. Although he didn’t win on Tropez’s mobile casino, that didn’t stop Casino Tropez from recently receiving an independent Gold Award for “Top Mobile Gaming Platform” in 2009.

Now part of the highly reputable Euro Partners brand (for all you affiliates out there), Casino Tropez Mobile certainly has made a huge impact on the European facing mobile gaming industry, and rightly deserves to be included amongst the best euro online casinos in business today. The Casino Tropez brand itself, which has been around since the early days of online gambling, not to mention one of Playtech’s oldest and most reputable online casino licensees, is doing quite well these days in the European market. And with a newly launched comprehensive online roulette tournament package, live dealer gaming, and record setting wins like those of Jose M. this month, things look as if they are only going to get better for Tropez.

Read the OCS Tropez Casino Review for more information.