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Giving Mobile Gaming a Go: Best Mobile Online Casino Options

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010
Sorry U.S. Players. American Somoa is as close to the best mobile online casinos as you're gonna get!

Sorry U.S. Players. American Somoa is as close to the best mobile online casinos as you're gonna get!

Anyone with an iPhone – or any smart phone for that matter – who likes to get their bets on, should seriously consider giving mobile online gambling a go. Now, before all you hotheads start diving into the water, you’re going to need to do some research first, i.e., which online casinos offer a mobile compatible version of their software in the first place. Then, you’ll have to determine which of these casinos are open to players in your country, and THEN, go with the site that best caters to your needs, i.e., bonuses, accepted deposit methods etc.

For all you U.S. players out there, I hate to be the one to break it to you, but there simply are not many mobile online casinos for you to sign up with. In fact, I don’t think there are any – at least none that I know of and would trust wagering at. There could be some out there, so please do post a comment on this post enlightening myself and other readers of such hidden treasures.

Now, for most players elsewhere in the world, your mobile online gaming options are full of possibilities! To simplify things, your best bet is going to Microgaming and Playtech powered online casinos. Now, of course, many powerhouse betting destinations offer games from a variety of software providers, which in that case, you are even more likely to have at least one version of a mobile-compatible betting platform.

In regards to Microgaming, the name you need to look out for is Spin3. In partnership with Microgaming, Spin3 offers one of the most innovative and comprehensive packages of mobile online casino games out there. The graphics are true to Microgaming’s form, and the security is better than Riker’s Island. Roulette, Baccarat, Jacks or Better Video Poker, Keno Scratch Cards and 10 different slots (including progressive monsters like Major Millions, which offers a base jackpot of 250,000), are available for individual download on just about every make and model cell phone in existence.

eCOGRA approved, 32Red – which is our top pick for a Microgaming powered mobile online casino – let’s you check on their website to see if your phone is compatible or not. If it is (and I pretty much can guarantee you it will be), all you have to do is enter your country of residence, mobile number, the casino game you would like to play, and a security code (to verify that you are a human being…with feelings, mind you), and you will then be sent an SMS (text message) with a download link.

As for Playtech, they too offer a solid mobile online casino package. Granted, not every Playtech licensee offers mobile games, but of those that do, there are some top-of-the-line sites to choose from. OCS top picks are Casino Tropez (where currently, players can receive a bonus on every deposit this month) and Will Hill (get a £10 no-deposit bonus just for playing their mobile games). Again, simply enter your details, choose a game to play and wait for a text message to download.

At Will Hill, you can even “scan and play” for instant access. If your phone has a bar code scanner, simply scan the bar code on the computer screen and that’s it. As easy as this is for YOU to gamble online, just be sure you keep stuff like this away from your kids. On that note, think twice before you even allow your teenager to have a mobile phone. They’re gonna be all wired up soon enough in their adult years, so why the rush? And on that note, that’s all I got. Till next time!

Microgaming’s Most Anticipated Online Casino Slot Machine to be Released Next Week

Thursday, August 12th, 2010
Lord of the Rings Online Casino Slots

Err, and you thought Lord of the Rings was a just a pretentious jewelry store?

It’s been a long time coming, and by God, I hope it’s worth the wait. All things considered, it should be. What I am referring to is very likely the most anticipated online casino game release in the short but loaded history of online gambling. There have been some great online slot machines to come out over the years, many of which were branded off of movies, comic book characters, even board games. And while the game I am referring to (hold onto your britches, I’ll tell you what it is in just a second!) is also based off a movie, this isn’t just any movie, my friends.

This is one of the most popular, award-winning film trilogies of all time, not to mention published novels. J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” is no doubt a title you’ve heard before, let alone one you’ve likely watched and enjoyed on the movie screen or in your home. And now, thanks to the folks at Microgaming Software, you will be able to play an online casino slot themed around Tolkien’s fantasy world – that is, of course, unless you reside in the U.S. (where Microgaming has closed its doors). Hey, I’m just saying. If it pisses you off enough, write your local Congressional representatives and voice your support for the Internet Gambling Regulation Enforcement and Consumer Protection Act.

Anyways, for just about everybody else out there, the first slot in the trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”, will be available at the top Microgaming online casinos sometime next week. With no exact date set just yet, one can only assume it’s all about stirring up more anticipation and generating curious onlooker traffic to Microgaming’s most favored online casinos all set to integrate the Lord of the Rings slot with their current portfolio of 300+ casino games.

That said, if you want our advice, we highly recommend Platinum Play, River Nile, All Slots, All Jackpots and Jackpot City Casino. These eCOGRA approved online casinos have been around for several years, and have earned an outstanding track record with players. Furthermore, they have some great welcome bonus and ongoing deposit bonus offers available, including Platinum Play’s $1,500 Free Play Bonus. Play with $1,500 in free credits over a 24-hour timeframe and keep up to $100 Free in bonus money with a $20 deposit. Alternatively, claim a 100% Match Bonus up to $200 Free – even after claiming the free-play bonus.

Now, before I get sidetracked again, let me finish up by saying that Microgaming is also in the works to develop the second and third addition to the Lord of the Rings trilogy: “The Two Towers” and “The Return of the King”, based on a 2009 licensing agreement with Warner Brothers Digital Distribution. All three casino slots will feature actual footage from the films, including the attack at Weathertop, the Mines of Moria and the woods of Middle Earth from “The Fellowship of the Ring”. Based on early reviews from affiliates and online casino operators, the new Lord of the Rings slot machine takes online slot play and entertainment to a new level. Microgaming has certainly taken their time developing the new game, which apparently, has paid off.

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.

Microgaming Software to Power Philippines Facing Online Casino for PhilWeb

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Online Gambling in the Philippines

Online Gambling in the Philippines & PhilWeb

The Philippines is no stranger to online gambling. Neither are they a stranger to the controversy that often surrounds online gambling. Legally regulated in the Philippines, internet betting here has come a long way since the Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) was authorized to operate the sole online casino for internet wagering Filipino’s.

After being nearly shut down by the then-current Philippines President in 2001 (who was later impeached the same year), the Filipino online gambling industry bounced back by giving PhilWeb Corporation “control” of online casinos doing business in the Southeast Asian Pacific. Opening the door for competition, PhilWeb now works with PAGCOR to regulate and tax online casinos based in the Philippines. And while the laws are strict here, the potential for business is huge for any operator lucky enough to get in the door with PhilWeb.

That said, it should be no surprise that the online casino software developer, Microgaming, has struck a deal with PhilWeb to provide games for a new online casino (apparently still in development) by the name of Vibrant Vegas. Complementing PhilWeb’s current lineup of “at-home” play and internet cafe online wagering games, Vibrant Vegas Casino will provide the best that Microgaming has to offer. In case you need a refresher, that’s over 450 graphically-intense online casino games and outstanding front/backend software controls.

Regarding the deal with Microgaming, PhilWeb’s CEO, Dennis Valdes, couldn’t have said it better: “Our gaming operations are currently going from strength to strength and we are delighted to be delivering a new casino platform to market. We are currently undergoing rapid growth, and Microgaming is the obvious partner for us, due to its ability to deliver the highest quality tailored software at an unrivalled speed to market.  We firmly believe that no other provider comes close when it comes to games content.”.

Microgaming is no doubt equally pleased to be teaming up with PhilWeb, not to mention gaining a foothold in the Philippines online gambling market.

All Slots Online Casino Dishes Out $25,000 Jackpot Win to Canadian Player

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

eCOGRA certified All Slots online casino is no stranger to huge jackpot wins. A member of the long-standing Jackpot Factory group of online casinos, Microgaming-powered All Slots is synced with one of the largest wide area progressive jackpot networks on the internet.

How large, you ask? Well, let’s just say that the Jackpot Factory has paid out over $4 billion in payouts since 2000. As for the current progressive jackpot tally at the time of publication, it was worth $6,244,388 – and that’s minus the recent $25,000 jackpot dished out to a Canadian player spinning the reels on the popular “Totem Treasure” video slot.

More precisely, the big winner goes by the screen name of Lynn R., and hails from British Columbia, Canada. A member of All Slots since the very beginning of the Jackpot Factory empire (nearly ten years ago), Lynn R. is what we in the online gambling industry like to call a loyal player. In fact, the Jackpot Factory’s Director of Player Affairs, David Brickman, said, “She’s (Lynn) been a loyal player for a long time, and it’s always exciting to see persistency pay off.”

Indeed, persistency certainly does pay off. Of course, nobody knows for sure exactly how much Lynn R. has wagered over the years (let alone how much she’s lost and won), but it’s probably safe to say that she has at least broken even. If not, perhaps it’s time to take the money and run Lynn! From a player’s perspective, one can only be so loyal, can they not?

One last thing worth mentioning about All Slots online casino is that in addition to being a haven for big jackpot wins, they are also known for churning out frequent winners. I mean, what other online casinos actually have a “Winners” page linked up through the main navigation menu on their website. Check out AllSlots.com to see for yourself. And – assuming you do not reside in the U.S. – be sure to look into opening a free account and taking advantage of their $5,000 Welcome Bonus package (100% up to $200 Free on the first deposit).

New Online Casino Games:Microgaming June 2010 Launch:Soccer Safari Slot Machine

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Now that's what I call a Soccer Safari. Look out World Cup 2010!

Now that's what I call a Soccer Safari. Look out World Cup 2010!

White label internet betting software developer, Microgaming, is starting the month of June off with a new release of online casino games, including two new video slots and a new Gold Series table game. The most timely of the bunch debuts just prior to the start of the 2010 World Cup being held in South Africa. Called “Soccer Safari”, this 5-reel, 30-payline multi-feature video slot is like a cross between Microgaming’s popular safari-themed Mega Moolah and the game of soccer.

Offering 25,000 in the base game, over twice as much with free spins and 12,000 in the bonus round, “Soccer Safari” is a pretty loaded slot machine. There are plenty of scatters, wilds (including an expanding wild), free spins and a bonuses, including a Gamble Feature to obtain quadruple winnings.

The primary wild symbol is the Soccer Safari logo, while the Zebra serves as an expanding wild, 1x multiplier and free spins trigger when it comes up on reels 1 and 5. In free spins mode, the Zebra will expand the 1st and 5th reel, which serve as held wild symbols, while the reverse takes place for the sixth free spin (reels 2 thru 4 are held, 1 & 5 are re-spun).

To get into the bonus round at “Soccer Safari”, it’s all about winning the match. In other words, it’s the Trophy symbols that will give you the opportunity to win up to 50x winnings. Specifically, it takes three or more Trophy scatter symbols anywhere on the reels to trigger the “Go for Goal” bonus round. Once inside, choose a team, then choose a player to take the penalty kick, which if getting passed the keeper, will award a 10x-50x multiplier. Nobody goes home empty-handed in the bonus round – even a missed penalty kick will deliver a 5x multiplier.

That said, if you would like to increase your own chances of not going home empty handed, it is advisable to take advantage of one of the many bonus offers available at Microgaming online casinos (not open to U.S. residents).

Casino Splendido and 32Red Thunderstruck With Ongoing Promotions

Friday, May 14th, 2010

You’ve probably heard by now that Microgaming has launched the new, highly anticipated “Thunderstruck II” video slot. All of the top Microgaming online casinos are talking about it – and better yet, many of them are hosting ongoing promotions in honor of what will very likely turn out to be one of Microgamaing’s more popular video slots, and even more popular than the original “Thunderstruck”.

Not every Microgaming online casino has integrated “Thunderstruck II” on their downloadable software platform. Of those that have, 32Red and Casino Splendido were amongst the first. Considering both of these sites offer a great lineup of promotions to begin with, “Thunderstruck II” or no “Thunderstruck II”, there is lots of free money and extra comp points up for grabs at both of these eCOGRA approved online casinos.

A quick rundown on the promotions offered at both casinos are as follows:

Casino Splendido is still offering their 100% Match bonus worth up to £120 Free with a 30x play-through (all games eligible for play-through according to tiered percentage scale). Their ongoing current promotions include a slots competition (May 14-17) – in which EVERY qualifying player will receive a cash prize and the top three winners will go on for a chance at winning £4,000 – and double comp points on the following select games (May 13-16): Great Galaxy Grab, Tomb Raider Secret of the Sword, Big Top, Stash of the Titans, Adventure Palace, French Roulette, Roulette Royale, Multi-hand European Blackjack, Poker Ride and Aces & Faces Video Poker.

32Red Casino is still giving away their amazing 320% welcome bonus worth £32 Free for every £10 deposited up to £320 Free. The play-through is 30x, and all games go toward meeting it, except for Craps and Megaspin slots. Also, please note there is a maximum stake or coin equivalent of 6.25 per bet until the play-through is met. Ongoing promotions include “Ruby Tuesday” which awards double comp points on the following games (currently): Thunderstruck, Magic Multiplier, Spring Break and Sugar Mama. Every Thursday is “Red Letter Day“, which is a pot of 1,000 free chips shared between five randomly selected active players. Returning depositors in the month of May can receive a 100% bonus up to £32 Free (in addition to regular Club Rouge loyalty bonuses).

March 2010 eCOGRA verified payout percentages at Casino Splendido averaged at 95.87% for all games, slots returned 94.91%,  poker games at 96.77% and table games paid out a whopping 98.73%. Not bad to say the least. As for 32Red Casino, payouts here average an impressive 97.54% on all games, with slots coming it at 95.9%, table games at 98.8% and poker games almost siding on the players advantage at a sharp 99.3%. To put this in context of actual winnings, yesterday’s top winners at 32Red were valued at £6,545 (Neil W.), £5,035 (Mark H.) and £2,822 (Donghong L.). As for Casino Splendido, their top winners this week included £3,000+ wins on Avalon and Texas Bonus Poker Gold, £2,000+ wins on Major Millions (5 Reel), Mega Moolah, Cashapillar, and multi-hand Atlantic City Blackjack, including four separate wins on Thunderstruck II. See there, I told you Thunderstruck II was going to be popular. 🙂

For more information on 32 Red and Casino Splendido, see the OCS 32Red Casino Review and Casino Splendido Review.

Roxy Palace Casino Hosting $50K Bonus Slots Magic; Thunderstruck II Launched

Sunday, May 9th, 2010
The One and Only Roxy Palace Casino

The One and Only Roxy Palace Casino

Roxy Palace Casino has long been known for offering one of the longest running slots tournament lineups of any online casino in business today. In fact, it was Roxy Palace where the whole idea of guaranteed slots tournaments in the thousands of dollars pretty much started.

Needless to say, these “glory days” took place before the passing of the U.S. online gambling ban, aka UIGEA. However, when Microgaming (and consequently, Roxy Palace) eventually followed suit of Playtech and Cryptologic, and dropped out of the U.S. market, the slots tournaments were able to keep on keeping on. That’s primarily because Roxy Palace had successfully diversified its clientele to include online gamblers from Europe, Canada and South Africa.

To this day, Roxy Palace hosts the “Bonus Slots Magic” promotion tournament, which awards a cash prize to every qualifying player (deposit at least $100 during event hours). The top wagering players will share the grand prize, while the top three winners in each competition will qualify to participate in the bonus stage for the month and win a share of an additional $4,000 in free bonus cash.

The other popular free promotion at Roxy Palace is “2X”, which is simply double comp points on select online casino games. During a specified time frame (the next one being 1:00 May 11 through 11:59 May 13 Casino Time), players will earn twice the amount of comp points on wagers made on select games. These normally include a handful of online slots and table games. For the aforementioned timeframe, this includes Atlantic City Blackjack, Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker, French Roulette and Joker Poker video poker, while eligible slots include Adventure Palace, Hellboy, Pure Platinum, Alaskan Fishing and Summertime.

Then again, with the recent release of the highly anticipated Thunderstruck 2 video slot, divvying out on other games may not be as feasible as usual. 🙂 Be sure to check out Thunderstruck 2 – it offers 243 different ways to win, and one of the most comprehensive bonus levels of any slot out there. For more information, read the OCS Roxy Palace Casino Review. Current progressive jackpot totals are hovering at $4.3 million, and average payouts are above 96%.

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.