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Go Casino and Online Vegas Publishing CFG Monthly Payout Reports by Jacobson Gaming

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

CFG-SealThere’s no doubt you’ve heard of Go Casino and Online Vegas Casino, especially if you’ve surfed amongst the pages here at OCS. Rated in the Top 10 of all online casinos approved and reviewed at OCS, Online Vegas and Go Casino have endured the test of time and earned a fantastic track record with players from all around the world, including the USA. Owned and managed by the same company, Curacao-based Favian International N.V., Go Casino and Online Vegas are an exemplary definition of self-imposed transparency.

What I mean by this, is that unlike other online casinos which either lack in transparency completely (i.e., many of the gaming establishments based in Costa Rica) or are mandated to maintain a high standard of transparency (i.e., eCOGRA approved online casinos), Go Casino and Online Vegas hold themselves up to their own high standard of transparency.

So, what exactly do I mean when I say “transparent”? Well, first and foremost, a transparent online casino is one which does not just tell it’s customers how safe and fair they are, but provides documents prepared by recognized and accredited third parties attesting the same. The three most important documents you, the player, should always look for is a validation seal provided by the authority in charge of regulating the online casino, a software fairness seal attesting to the inherent fairness and proper functioning of the Random Number Generator (RNG) programmed into the software, and lastly, monthly payout percentage reports.

It’s important to have all three of these documents, or at least the first and the third, because a software validation seal alone does not guarantee the online casino isn’t tweaking the source code from month to month, especially when the casino is not being strictly regulated or not regulated at all (as is the case in Costa Rica). The payout percentage report essentially tells all.

That said, after the “glowing” introduction for Go Casino and Online Vegas, it should go without saying that these two online casinos have all three of these documents to show for. And the great thing about it all, is that they aren’t even required to do so. Is that a gesture of good faith, or what? While Go Casino and Online Vegas are certainly regulated on an ongoing basis (through the Curacao eGaming Licensing Authority; Netherlands, Antilles), until recently, they were not even required to link to a regulatory validation seal. Now, you can see that seal on the homepage of both casinos (as can you at all online casinos licensed in Curacao).

What’s even better, is that both Go Casino and Online Vegas are now publishing monthly payout percentage reports prepared by the esteemed independent software testing house, Certified Fair Gambling (Jacobson Gaming), which is overseen by mathematics and analysis expert, Dr. Eliot Jacobson (jacobsongaming.com), and whose associates include the likes of actuary, Michael Shackelford (The Wizard of Odds). They also hold credentials attesting to the inherent fairness of their licensed software platform: Vegas Technology.

So, just what do the numbers say, pray tell? See them for yourself! Here is the pdf document for the Go Casino June 2010 Payout Report and the Online Vegas June 2010 Payout Report. In the future, just click the CGF logo on the homepage of both casinos to see the most current payout reports.

This is pretty huge folks, especially for Vegas Technology Software. I can probably count the number of U.S. focused online casinos actually publishing monthly payout reports on one hand – and Go Casino and Online Vegas are two of them.

Now, this isn’t to say that other online casinos are not offering a fair hand or even receiving monthly audits. It’s simply that they are not taking the extra step to publicly share this information with their players and prospective players, at that. This is what online casino operator transparency is all about – and it’s something that we here at OCS will continue to urge other online casinos to step up. Currently, we are directing our efforts to encourage a number of highly rated RTG, Rival and Top Game-powered online casinos to publish monthly payouts.

In the meantime, OCS highly encourages prospective players to visit Go Casino and Online Vegas to claim thousands in free welcome bonus money, free tournament entries, staking a claim at over $410,000 in guaranteed tournament winnings for the month, and yes, getting a safe and fair hand. Read the OCS Go Casino Review and Online Vegas Review for more information.

Greater Transparency With Vegas Technology Online Casinos; New Casino and More

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Vegas Technology Casinos Now with Monthly Payout Reports

Vegas Technology Casinos Now with Monthly Payout Reports

I’ve been talking a lot about Vegas Technology powered online casinos this week – And guess what? I’m still not done talking. What can I say, I like to smoke ’em if I got ’em. And let’s face it – Vegas Technology Casinos are smokin’ hot right now. And no, it’s not just because they are one of the few software licensors whose online casino operators are still open to U.S. players.

What makes Vegas Technology Casinos popular these days is, quite frankly, a large and diverse guaranteed tournament schedule, lots of free bonus cash, and a pretty great customer service track record. Now, I’m not saying they are entirely spotless – and what software licensor is for that matter? However, considering the amount of business Vegas Tech online casinos like Go Casino, VIP Slots and Online Vegas are doing with U.S. players, their reputation is impressive.

Furthermore, many of Vegas Tech’s operators have been boosting their transparency. As mentioned in the previous blog post, online casinos licensed through Curacao eGaming are now required to display a Validation Seal on the homepage of their website. As for Online Vegas and Go Casino, they are now publishing monthly payout reports prepared by the independent software testing house, Certified Fair Gambling (CFG). How does a 96% average return on all games sound?

As for Vegas Technology’s flagship network of online casinos, English Harbour Gaming Ventures (EHGV), they too are certified fair by CFG. However, their certification only goes so far as the software platform, and does not include monthly payout reports. This is something which EHGV is going to need to do if they want to remain at the top of their game and in the running for U.S. player’s business – Players, mind you (cough, cough, pay attention) who are becoming more educated about online casino operator transparency.

For anyone not in know, Go Casino and Online Vegas are owned by the same company – Favian International. As for Golden Casino, it is thought there is some connection with Go Casino, although there is no proof other than their names being similar. Even if they are, who really cares, if you ask me. Eustacia International is the registered owner of Golden Casino with the Curacao eGaming licensing authority. They also own the OCS approved online casino, Crazy Slots.

And now there’s yet another addition to the family. Introducing Grand Vegas Casino. Not to be confused with the RTG powered Grande Vegas Casino (just one letter, I know), Grand Vegas is certainly going with a Vegas-esque theme. Decked out in red, white and blue, their website is obviously catering to U.S. players. And with good reason. Grand Vegas’ sister casinos has already proven very successful on that front. While we haven’t given an official recommendation to Grand Vegas (just yet), rest assured OCS believes in their experienced management team and will nonetheless be paying close attention to their early beginnings and ongoing track record.

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.

$75,000 See You in December Online Slots Tournament

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

Go Casino Slots Tournament

With Thanksgiving over and the new month just around the corner, online casinos are gearing up to kick off a new monthly tournament schedule – well, at least those sites that even offer tournaments to begin with. These days, it’s rare not to find any tournaments, especially slots tournaments, at casinos vying for the “best online casino” status.

One such destination, or rather, network of online casinos, is Go Casino, Online Vegas and Crazy Slots. Tied together in similar fashion to what brick ‘n mortar casinos would call a wide area progressive network, these three casinos share the same tournament feed. Well, four to be exact – Golden Casino is in the network too – but if you didn’t hear already, Golden will no longer be accepting U.S. players come December 1, 2009. The other aforementioned casinos will stay open to U.S. players. Regardless, these slots tournaments typically have more participating players and higher guaranteed jackpot levels.

For example, in the month of November, this network was guaranteeing over $340,000 in tournament winnings – and that’s not even counting the video poker tournaments. Daily and weekly tournaments take place round the clock, while a “biggin” is usually had at least once a week. The big ones in November were a $150,000 guaranteed Thanksgiving free roll, $50,000 Weekender earlier in the month, and the Black Friday tournament which just wrapped up. Oh, and let’s not forget the one that’s going on right this second, and is still not too late to join.

Kicking off yesterday night at 8 p.m. was the “$75K See You in December” weekend madness tournament. Guaranteeing $75,000, it goes down until Tuesday, December 1 (8 pm EST) and costs just $13.99 to join. There’s a 325 stake with a 20 wager minimum on the Reel Deal slot machine to be eligible for cash prizes handed out down the line to 300 players. First place will nab $21,000, while the smallest award will be worth $20 in bonus bucks.

For more information on the online casinos participating in these slots tournaments, visit the OCS Vegas Technology Casinos page.