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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.

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.

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).

Microgaming Powered Spin3 Launches Avalon for Mobile Online Casino Platform

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

If you’re a smart phone owner and still haven’t given mobile online casino gaming a go, now is as good a time as any. Heck, you can even give mobile gaming a go on your outdated cell phone – although I have to say that the smart phone experience is light year’s ahead. Granted, the mobile gaming experience also depends on the actual mobile platform downloaded to your cell phone.

Platforms, like that of Microgaming partner, Spin3, are certainly the best of the best when it comes to mobile online casino gaming. Being powered by Microgaming, not only does Spin3 provide cutting edge graphics and gaming innovation, their portfolio of mobile-compatible casino games is probably the largest there is. In terms of compatibility, Spin3 currently supports over 2,000 handsets via the GameWire Java platform.

Spin3’s latest addition to its family of nearly twenty Java-based mobile games is “Avalon” – Microgaming’s popular bonus video slot themed on the classic tale and legend of King Arthur. Offering a scatter symbol that awards up to twelve free spins and a chance at earning 7x winnings on original stakes, it’s not difficult to see why Avalon has become one of Microgaming’s more popular slots. Just the fact that Spin3 is adapting Avalon into a mobile online casino game is a testament to the games enormous success.

In a recent press release, Spin3 CEO, Matti Zinder, said the company is delighted to include Avalon in it’s portfolio. According to Zinder, “In the last year we have made great advances in developing web applications for smartphones with advanced web browsers like the iPhone and the Android. At the same time, our GameWire Java platform remains a fundamental part of our business. Java games enable us to support as broad a range of handsets and as many customers as possible, which is great news for our clients.  Mobile penetration is high (in Eastern Europe), but people are not necessarily using the latest handsets. It is important that Spin3 is offering a dynamic portfolio of games that are appealing and, more importantly, available to the region so that we can support our clients who are looking to expand in these new markets.”

To test our Spin3’s mobile online casino platform for yourself, OCS highly recommends the mobile package offered through All Slots Casino. It’s one of few online casinos with an eCOGRA audited mobile platform, publishing monthly payout percentage reports (currently averaging over a 96% return). Sorry US players, All Slots is bound by Microgaming’s non-US stance. Read the All Slots Casino Review for more information.

“Lord of the Rings” Trilogy to get Branded into Online Casino Slots

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Lord of the Rings Video Slot Coming to a Microgaming Online Casino Near You!

Lord of the Rings Video Slot Coming to a Microgaming Online Casino Near You!

Microgaming’s online casino software platform has long been valued for the sheer number and diversity of casino games in its portfolio. Offering more titles than any other top-shelf (or low-shelf for that matter) casino software developer in business today, Microgaming has never been one to get overly creative with their games. And not that their slots have been anything short of creatively themed and highly innovative, Microgaming has simply ceased from going to the extent that two of its closest rivals – Cryptologic and Playtech – have gone in acquiring licensing rights to develop new slots titles named after popular titles in the entertainment world.

For example, Cryptologic has licensing rights for the Marvel Superhero Comics, DC Comics and Warner Brothers movie titles, including “Braveheart” and “Forrest Gump”, while Playtech more recently acquired the same rights to brand Marvels comic heroes in light of Cryptologic’s enormous success with this series. Granted, Microgaming has licensed the wildly popular Lara Croft Tomb Raider slot (Part I & II), and “Hitman” – both of which started off as movie titles and were consequently branded into popular video games – yet, Microgaming has never really ventured into the world of movies and comics. That is until now.

Microgaming has just announced they have signed a multi-year licensing agreement with Warner Brothers Digital Distribution to brand the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy into a slot machine series. If you’re thinking what I’m thinking, then yes, this is a HUGE deal. There is no denying the enormous worldwide popularity of the Lord of the Rings movies (not to mention the book). Having been nominated for 30 Academy Awards, and winning over half that, including the most esteemed of all – “Best Picture” – Lord of the Rings has an enormous fan base, 97% brand awareness and sky-high DVD rental revenues.

And let’s face it. It’s a fantastic story line perfect for online casino slots entertainment. And when I say fantastic, I mean to allude to the rich fantasy world in Lord of the Rings, which gives an added dimension of entertainment value that, quite frankly, many online slots are lacking. There are so many rich characters and storylines within this surreal fantasy world, there is huge potential to churn out a slot machine like no other – even blowing away Rival Gaming’s innovative I-slots.

I honestly truly hope that Microgaming doesn’t screw this up by slapping up some Lord of the Ring character symbols and a simplistic bonus round on the screen, but rather take their time and commit more resources to developing a top notch game with as much emphasis on the storyline and entertainment value as the gambling. Considering Microgaming’s track record, I have faith they will come through. They simply have to.

In the meantime, Microgaming continues to keep up their reputation as the most prolific online casino games developer today, launching a new set of three or more games each month (mainly slots). This month, the latest batch of new games include three new online video slots, including the timely “Winter Gold” (themed after the Winter Olympics) and Love Potion (lest you forget that Valentine’s Day is around the corner).

Microgaming to Change Rake Calculation for Online Poker Rooms

Sunday, December 27th, 2009
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Microgaming Likes to Feed Fish to the Sharks!

I don’t know about you, but it kind of rubs me the wrong way when I hear that an online gambling company is actively looking for ways to make more money off of players. Now, I’m no spring chicken and I’m certainly not naive to the fact that online casinos are in the business of making money. Heck, that’s the law of the land for any business. For that matter, I understand there are lots of operating costs for online casino operators, and that finding ways to maximize return is essential to staying in business.

However, when a casino is already making good money, but still finds it necessary to bring in even more revenue, even if it means stealing from the poor, so to speak, that doesn’t sit well with me. In fact, it prompts me to take my business elsewhere, no matter how “large” of a free cash bonus is being offered. Perhaps this is a little extreme and high-minded. Believe me, I know I can be a snob. So, let me share with you where I’m coming and going with all this, so you can judge for yourself about the workings of doing business in the online gambling sector.

Microgaming, which initially started off as a developer of online casino software (consequently helping found the online gambling industry), has since developed a thriving poker network fittingly called the Microsoft Poker Network. But it’s apparently not thriving enough. Microgaming recently announced it will be changing the method of rake calculation (effective January 6, 2010) from that of splitting pots between the total number of players to what is called the weighted method, which calculates rake per room proportionally to the amount of wagers players contribute to every pot.

What this means is that more loose, casual players will help generate more return for poker rooms in Microgaming’s network. Microgaming’s decision to change their rake calculation essentially incentives poker rooms to encourage casual players to participate more in poker games. Although that could mean more winnings for casual players, the reality is that casual players who tend to be forthcoming with their bankroll, tend to lose more overall.

And that, my friends, is great news for card sharks, in addition to the poker networks who are following suit to adopt this new method of rake calculation. These now include the Boss Media network and Bodog, both of which impose fines on poker rooms whose payouts exceed stakes by more than 99.8%. Although Microgaming isn’t going to that far of an extreme, it is hardly probable Microgaming would be making these rake calculation changes if Boss and Bodog were not leading the way.

Like I said, business is business, and overall, the players themselves should not be adversely affected. It’s just kind of disappointing that Microgaming would sink to the depths of Bodog and make revenue growth the bottom line.