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Ode to US Online Casino Gamblers: Where to Win Big This Fourth of July

Sunday, July 4th, 2010
Proof "that our flag was still there" and that U.S. citizens are still gambling online

Proof "that our flag was still there" and that U.S. citizens are still gambling online

Happy Fourth of July! In true spirit of this holiday, let us celebrate U.S. online gamblers. Since the American government doesn’t seem to care about protecting and guiding their citizens who, no doubt, are going to continue gambling online regardless of anti-online gambling legislation, Online Casino Suite is stepping up to the plate with patriotic flare!

That said, let’s talk some facts, shall we? For American gamblers in search of large jackpots to be won online, there are not as many options as there once was in the good ‘ol days (circa pre-2005) when the likes of Microgaming, Playtech and Cryptologic were in the U.S. market. But while these top-shelf, white label software developers certainly carry a large load of money to be won at progressive jackpot games, the fact of the matter is that – being open to the global online gambling market – there are more players vying for said progressive jackpots.

In other words, the greater the jackpot, the more competition. It’s the same concept as online casino slots tournaments – the more people participating, the greater the amount of guaranteed winnings. And the more the guaranteed winnings, well, the more players will keep signing up to play. In essence, it’s the snowball effect. Granted, winning a large progressive jackpot is contingent on a number of factors, the greatest of which is making a max bet and clicking the mouse at the precise millisecond at which the RNG decides to dish out the perfect combination of winning symbols.

The bottom line is that with the big-three aforementioned software developers bowing out of the U.S. market, it could be fathomed that U.S. players would no longer have any good options to win big at progressive jackpot networks. The only problem (well, not necessarily a problem) is that U.S. players were not swayed by the protectionist hankerings of their government (or the select few Bush puppets who snuck the UIGEA in as an attachment to a Port Security bill), and so continued to gamble on the Web at online casinos remaining open to U.S. players. As a result, the progressive jackpot networks at these online casinos practically blew up ten fold.

Real Time Gaming Software undoubtedly benefited the most from this consolidation of progressive jackpots. With most RTG powered online casinos open to the U.S. market, and many (not all) RTG casinos in good standing with players, American’s who were not already playing at RTG casinos began to frequent those RTG sites with solid reputations. Rushmore Casino profited immensely from this change, while Go Casino and the EH Gaming Ventures group further expanded their progressive network.

In fact, Go Casino and the Vegas Technology group (English Harbour, Millionaire, VIP Slots) benefited so much from this flow of traffic, they were able to host daily casino game tournaments guaranteeing hundreds of thousands in winnings every month. Naturally, their progressive jackpot networks benefited as well.

Go Casino, which shares jackpots with Online Vegas Casino and Crazy Slots Casino, now has a progressive jackpot tally worth over $2,000,000 and monthly tournament winnings worth over $400,000. The EH Gaming Ventures group of online casinos also has a hefty progressive jackpot tally and is currently hosting their Summer Slots Series tournament, guaranteeing over $500,000 in winnings.

As for Rushmore and sister online casino, Cherry Red, they have a progressive jackpot now worth almost $4 million. “Jackpot Pinatas” has reached the $1.6 million mark, “Aztec Millions” is fittingly worth over $1.2 million, and the combined total of “Shopping Spree” and “Mid-Life Crises” video slots have surpassed the $1 million mark.

Two other US facing software developers/online casinos with progressive jackpots worth mentioning are Top Game and Rival Gaming. Although smaller than Real Time Gaming, they have steadily been growing over the last five years. However, as with RTG, not all online casino operators using Rival and Top Game should be trusted. Many of them are based in jurisdictions where regulation does not take place, and although not necessarily intending to rip people off, simply do not have the experience necessary to keep an online casino afloat.

Where to turn to then? Well, not to toot our own horn or anything (ok fine, we’re tooting) but here at Online Casino Suite, we have taken great care in listing only those RTG, Rival, Vegas Tech and Top Game powered online casinos that have the experience and track records befitting for a recommendation. Having a personal relationship with the owners (we get to know them before granting a listing), we are very confident you will get a safe and fair bet at all of the online casinos listed on our online casino reviews page. Furthermore, if a dispute were to arise, we have direct channels for contacting the right people in charge.

In conclusion, this Fourth of July, celebrate your own rights as an American citizen and get educated about gambling online with OCS. We are here to answer any questions, and as always, ready to help in any way we can.

April Tournament Schedule at EHGV Online Casinos and Go Casino Looking Good

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

It’s the last day of March folks, and you know what that means. Yes, less winds and rain…hopefully :). But it also means the end of English Harbour Casinos (EHGV network) March Madness slots tournament and the beginning of yet another loaded round of slots tournaments the World Wide Web over.

EHGV has not officially announced their April schedule as of yet, but if it’s anything like March, slots players will undoubtedly be satisfied. The March Madness tournament, which ends at midnight tonight (check time zone differentials inside the online casino software platform), is dishing out $300,000 in guaranteed winnings to tournament players, including $150,000 just to the first place finisher alone. And this was in addition to daily and weekly pot tournaments and weekly slots free rolls.

The other big U.S. facing online casino network offering impressive guaranteed monthly slots tournament winnings is Hambledon NV, whose most popular site, Go Casino leads the way in traffic and customer ratings. In March, Go Casino was guaranteeing over $480,000 in tournament winnings. April 2010 looks even better with over $500,000 in guaranteed winnings, as well as three free tournament entry’s per player. The full schedule will be posted on Go Casino’s tournament page at midnight tonight.

Another thing worth mentioning about EHGV and Hambledon is they also offer casino game tournaments. EHGV online casinos have bi-weekly Blackjack and Video Poker tournaments, a monthly video poker tournament and weekly Roulette tournaments with pot percentage winnings. Go Casino offers daily weekday Blackjack tournaments with $0.99 entry fees and pot percentage winnings, and comprehensive video poker tournament schedule every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday with $1.99 entry fees and $1,500 guaranteed winnings.

Online Roulette Tournaments Availabe at U.S. Facing EHGV Online Casinos

Saturday, December 26th, 2009
Play Online Roulette Tournaments at English Harbour Online Casino

Play Online Roulette Tournaments at English Harbour Online Casino

Fans of the big spinning wheel, shiny bouncing ball, and black ‘n red checkered board, listen up! Roulette tournaments can now be played online. And not that they weren’t available before – I mean, if they were, nobody ever told me! Online roulette tournaments certainly weren’t available for US and UK players at reputable online casino networks like the English Harbour Gaming Ventures Group, which includes Millionaire Casino and, of course, English Harbour Casino herself.

You heard right. EHGV is now hosting online roulette tournaments in addition to their popular lineup of online slots, video poker and blackjack tournaments. Powered by Vegas Technology (EHGV is actually the core network that helped originally found Vegas Technology), this is a roulette game boasting outstanding graphics, user-friendliness and playability. In other words, it was always a treat to play online roulette at English Harbour Casino, whether it be by yourself or with a friend looking on. Now, you can play it with other players, all the while giving you an opportunity to put less money at risk and winning more.

Just how much, you ask? Well, by the looks of the tournament schedule on the English Harbour Casino website, it’s as much as it wants to be. Being that the prize pool is the pot, the winnings depend on how many players buy-in, which in this case, is just $5. So, if you have 1,000 players participating, you have a minimum prize pool of $5,000. That’s not even counting multiple buy-ins per player, nor the likelihood that even more players will be participating in the games. Remember, this is one of the only ongoing online roulette tournaments currently available.

The EHGV group is currently hosting four weekly online roulette tournaments, networked between several online casinos (thereby bringing in even more players). In the land-based gambling world, this would be akin to a wide-area progressive jackpot network. The last online roulette tournament for December is taking place right now (starting on Thursday, December 24th, wrapping up on December 31st), while the former three online roulette tournaments each kicked off on a Thursday evening (December 3/10/17).

If you are new to the EHGV group, a word of warning. While English Harbour Casino and sister site, Millionaire Casino, both offer outstanding ongoing welcome bonuses, please note that wagers on European Roulette are NOT permitted. Therefore, if you decide to open a real money account at either casino in order to participate in the online roulette tournaments being offered, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT CLAIM ANY WELCOME BONUS MONEY. Unfortunately, European Roulette is the only game that cannot be played with bonus money. If you have plans to participate in any other online tournament (blackjack, video poker or slots), then by all means, claim the bonus money and put it to good use.