Posts Tagged ‘online gambling in sweden’

Jadestone Launches Liar’s Dice; Expanding Online Casino Platform

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

jadestone01Jadestone Networks has announced a new dice game, called “Liar’s Dice” has been launched live and is now available in multi-player mode throughout the European online betting demographic. In actuality, “Liar’s Dice” isn’t as new as you might think. Dating back to the travels – or rather – conquests of the Spanish conquistadors in South America, Liar’s Dice achieved popularity in the “New World”, only to receive a recent surge of interest after being featured in Disney’s hit movie, Pirates of the Caribbean (which your’s truly actually had the pleasure of playing an extra in!).

This is precisely why Jadestone – to celebrate the launch and generate buzz – is giving away a vacation trip to “pirate waters”, aka, a beautiful, resort destination somewhere in the Caribbean. All cash money players who play “Liar’s Dice” (available at Bwin, BetFair and Unibet) during the month of September will be entered into a raffle.

Referred to as the “ultimate game of bluff” that is “deceptively simply and rewards the player’s with the strongest nerves” by Jadestone’s Business Development Director, Tobias Nissen, “Liar’s Dice” is much like head’s up poker in many respects. Two players compete against one another in a series of betting rounds where bluffing…err…lying becomes a valued skill and I dare say artform.

liarsdiceThe game begins by each player rolling five dice – the outcome of which is only viewable to the player who is rolling. This is followed by one player making a bid (a dice hand between one-pair and five-of-a-kind), and a fixed bet that grows each betting round. The opponent will then have the choice of either folding or calling (contributing the same amount into the pot). If the bet is called, the player then has the option of challenging or accepting. A challenge puts all betting to an end and a winner is revealed based on the dice outcome. If the player accepts, the bet must be raised and the process is repeated with the other player. The game is over when either player folds or challenges. During the entire game, each player has the option of rolling one or or more dice two times.

If you have ever played skill games, that’s pretty much what Liar’s Dice is. Jadestone offers it to online betting operators via the DiceArena platform, which also includes Dice Hold’em (another poker variation with dice), Shoot the Moons and the original skill dice game, Backgammon. Jadestone’s GamArena platform offers even more, with a large selection of the next generation online skill games, including the highest quality sports, arcade and puzzle games.

Rounding out their collection of games is a new online casino platform which Jadestone has been launching in phases this year. In development for over a year, the instant play online casino platform has over forty games available in practice or real money mode, and consists of Mini Games (designed specifically for the small screen and to be played in conjunction with other games), Slot Machines (over thirty lined up) and multi-player casino games. The casino server is licensed from Swedish developer, Play ‘n Go, while the slot machines are licensed through Paf.

In other words, all of you European online casino gamblers out there should be seeing more of Jadestone in the near future. As an established skill gaming provider, Jadestone is poised to tap the casino gaming sector with the best in next generation entertainment software platforms. As their company tagline says, Jadeston is “Always in Play”.

The GamArena platform includes everything from the server back-end to the actual site, complete with a rich selection of games. Jadestone also offers all services required for day-to-day operation: customer support, payment processing, marketing support, etc. GamArena is currently available in English and more than 20 other European languages.

European Court of Justice Ruling Viewed as a Setback for Online Gambling Liberalization

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Nevermind the ruling, I want to know which judge is missing from their seat!

Nevermind the ruling, I want to know which judge is missing from their seat!

“Discriminatory” is a tricky word. In fact, it’s trickier than the the word tricky itself. You see, an entire European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling rests on this lone, yet powerful word. And I’m not talking about just any ruling. As you might guess, this being the Online Casino Suite Blog and all, said ECJ ruling pertains to online gambling activities.

Said ECJ ruling is also a big blow to liberalizing online gambling laws in Europe, and consequently, centralizing regulatory protocols. Although the ruling is specifically applicable to advertising, the larger principle of the matter conjurs up the notions of protectionism – something many EU member States know all too well.

This time around, Sweden is at the heart of the ECJ case which ruled that a national ban in Sweden against advertising offshore internet betting services could be imposed on religious, cultural and/or moral grounds, so long as such as ban was not “discriminatory” (there’s that magic word) in practice. The ruling further stated that Swedish legislation prohibiting the promotion of online gambling services by operators in other EU member states for profit is “consistent with Community Law.”

On a side note, the one component of the ECJ ruling that could be seen as a small dent to protectionist activities in Sweden states that laws imposing administration penalties on Swedish-based gaming companies operating without proper licensing credentials need to reflect current laws imposing criminal sanctions against offshore operators advertising in Sweden. In other words, everyone needs to play by the same rules.

The ECJ is certainly no stranger to cases pertaining to cross border gambling activities. Being a relatively young and lucrative industry, contention is practically a given. There is lots of money to be made on the internet, and even more at gambling. So, it’s pretty understandable when outside operators swoop in to profit, yet return nothing back to that particular economy.

With regulation, this is not so much an issue. However, now that more European countries are regulating online gambling, they are doing all they can to profit the most off their specific constituents. In other words, state-run operations are the way to go if a government is seeking more than just licensing fees from outside online operators.