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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!

Playtech Posts Impressive 2010 Results; Online Casino Product Still Strong

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

What can I say, Playtech Software has been making some news this past week. Well, let’s face it, Playtech likes to make news all the time – and why wouldn’t they? Being one of the top, white label online casino software developers in business today, Playtech has no choice but to keep broadening it’s reach across the many, vast sectors of the online gambling industry if they are truly serious about staying on top of their game, not to mention procuring the profit margins necessary for continued expansion.

Well, that’s exactly what has made Playtech such a successful software developer…Err, I take that back. Playtech is not just a software developer for online casinos and poker rooms – they’re more like an online gaming solutions B2B supplier.

Case in point is Playtech’s first-half financial results for 2010, which compared to many of it’s top competitors, is quite impressive. Gross income was up a massive 31% from last year, tallying in at €87.9 Million, while total revenue was up by 29% with a price tag of €72.9 Million.

Much of Playtech’s growth has come from B2B partnerships with leading online betting companies, such as William Hill, as well as acquisitions of up-and-coming niche B2B gaming companies, such as Virtue Fusion. Regarding the William Hill partnership formed in late 2008, which gave Playtech rights to power online casino and poker software solutions for Will Hill Casino Online and Will Hill Poker, cash revenue generated from Will Hill doubled to €60.8 Million from 2009. The fruits of Virtue Fusion’s acquisition in February of this year are yet to be fully realized (generating over €4 Million in less than six months), however, future activity looks promising, with Playtech reporting there are several online bingo licensee prospects in the UK and abroad in development currently.

Elsewhere in the world, Playtech says it will be gaining a foothold and expanding in newly regulated internet betting markets, including Italy, Spain, Finland and perhaps, France. Due to a turn in regulatory policies in France, Playtech’s revenue generated from online casinos will be impacted, however, counterbalanced with new licensees and growth in Playtech’s French online poker network. In the U.S. (if and when regulation opens up here), expansion will manifest via partnerships with Scientific Games and Sportech (see previous article: Playtech Sets Sights on U.S. Market).

Playtech online casinos, which are the company’s principal product offering, has continued performing strongly, increasing revenue by over 30% (€49.1 Million) from 2009. The only area in which Playtech saw a revenue loss, which has been in line with the rest of the industry, was online poker. Down by 5%, poker revenue came in at €15.8 Million, which Playtech’s Chief, Mor Weizer, attributed to the World Cup. FYI, anyone familiar with Playtech’s iPoker network knows the World Cup isn’t entirely to blame. If there has ever been an area where Playtech has lagged behind, it has been online poker.

As for the remainder of 2010 and beyond, Playtech says a launch of Betfair’s Flash online casino is on schedule for September, while the launching of RAY in Finland is set for the fourth quarter and Casino Gran Madrid will go live in early 2011.

Playtech Sets Sights on U.S. Market Minus Competition With Local Casino Operators

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Shortly after Cryptologic Software’s CEO stepped down from his post because of a very ugly 2nd Quarter financial report (and perhaps some other things…dunh, dunh dunh!!!!!), one of the longtime online casino software developer’s major competitors, Playtech Software, has revealed that things continue to go well for the former U.S. facing gaming giant, and that the company is biting the bit to get back in the U.S. market.

Or perhaps I should quote Playtech’s CEO, Mor Weizer, who more CEO’ish put, ““The timing is not clear but we see a genuine and positive momentum towards the regulation of online gambling,” said Weizer. “We see a lot of interest from operators in the U.S., and we are in discussions with various local groups.”

The timing that Mr. Weizer refers to is regarding just exactly when the United States government gets their fingers out of their butts and passes legislation to regulate online casinos, poker rooms and other popular forms of internet betting in the States.

Regarding these “discsussions”, Weizer revealed in a Dow Jones Newswire article that his company has already formed several strategic alliances with U.S. companies standing to benefit greatly from U.S. online gambling traffic. One such company is the New York based Scientific Games Corp., which one would presume to have a foothold on the software development activities and licensing partnerships in the States.

As for Playtech, they seem to grasp the fact that local casino brands will likely dominate online gambling traffic in the U.S. As such, Playtech has not showed any moves to broaden it’s cadre of online casinos to include U.S. themed betting destinations. On the contrary, Playtech is choosing to abstain from direct competition with operators, and is currently fielding interest from U.S. based gaming operations looking for B2B services, including the licensing of Playtech’s online casino software platform.

Playtech-Powered Euro Partners Online Casinos Integrate Fifteen New Casino Games

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

When it comes to the best Playtech-powered online casinos catering to the European online gambling scene, there is hardly any network better than Euro Partners. At one time some of the leading U.S. facing online casinos in business (pre-UIGEA), Euro Partners has managed to develop a large and varied clientele throughout all of the European online gambling hotspots.

One might think that after dropping out of the U.S. market, Euro Partners had to change its course in terms of the overall gaming package available for European online gamblers. And while there may be a few more versions of European Roulette than what might have been had the UIGEA online gambling ban not been passed into law, nothing has really changed other than geo-targeted marketing and advertising.

Euro Partners has simply continued doing what made them successful in the first place – offering a great overall gaming package. FYI, some of their online casinos, such as Casino Tropez, have been around for almost a decade. Other properties, like Europa Casino and Casino Bellini, have been enormously successful catering to specific European countries, such as Germany, Italy and Spain.

One of the qualities befitting a top online casino is the selection of games. While this is largely because of software developer, Playtech, Euro Partners has always been amongst the first to integrate new games into their Playtech online casinos. And with Summer at hand, which is apparently a “great time to introduce new games to players”, according to Euro Partners Marketing VP, Marc Kenigsberg, Euro Partners now has fifteen more titles to add to its repertory of 100+ casino games.

True to form, Playtech has come out with some uniquely themed, entertaining and loaded slot machines, including two movie themed games, “Pink Panther” and “Rocky” (yes, the guy who yells Yooooooo Andrieeeeeene!), as well as “Penguin Vacation” and for the more action inclined players, “Punisher: War Zone”. As alluded to earlier, there is also a series of Premium Roulette games available, including Premium American Roulette.

For more information on the gaming package offered through Euro Partners online casinos, please see the OCS Playtech Software page.

UK Online Bingo Room, Mecca Bingo, to Offer Branded “Blockbusters” Bingo Game Shortly

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

blockbustersDepending on how old you are (if you’re reading this, hopefully old enough to gamble online), you may or may not remember the game, “Blockbusters”. A bingo variant that stormed the gaming scene back in the 80’s, “Blockbusters” gained enormous popularity – namely in Britain – due to a quiz game show of the same name being aired for nearly twenty years straight.

Bringing “Blockbusters” back – well, to the world of online gambling, that is – is leading European facing online casino and gaming software developer, Playtech. Bridging the gap between Playtech and the British online bingo community is Virtue Fusion – the leading licensor of online bingo products in the UK. As part of a licensing agreement with MeccaBingo.com, Virtue Fusion and Playtech have successfully brought another branded game to the masses.

If you are thinking that Mecca Bingo sounds familiar, that’s because it probably is. Owned by the Rank Group, which is one of the leading betting companies in all of Europe (operating Grosvenor Casinos and Blue Square), Mecca Bingo has some serious backing, and hence, it’s ability to team up with Playtech for the Blockbuster bingo game.

Rank Interactive Head of Gaming, Angus Nisbet recognized the impact of such a deal, stating, “Branded online bingo games are among the most popular on MeccaBingo.com, and I am sure that Blockbusters will be another success. Playtech’s Virtue Fusion Alderney has created a fantastic product and I am positive it will strike a chord with fans of the show and be well-liked by new players too.”

The Blockbusters deal shortly follows a partnership between Rank and Virtue Fusion, in which Virtue Fusion created the “Britain’s Got Talent” bingo game, which can now be seen on the homepage of Mecca Bingo – Official Bingo Partner of Britain’s Got Talent.

Another Leading Online Gambling Operator Drops out of France

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Uh ya...what the picture says. No Francaise Por Favor?

Ya, what the picture says - No Francaise

What’s that they say about France? They are not so friendly to Americans? Well, how about they are not so friendly to online casinos? Following in the footsteps of said America, the French government has gotten around to passing a bill which apparently legalizes online casino gambling. The only catch is that – according to critics – the bill makes it easier for French gambling monopolies to prosper while giving private operators more reasons not to set up shop in France.

Following the pullout of William Hill and Betfair in France, yet another online casino operator has decided to cease taking bets from French citizens. This time around it’s none other than one of Playtech Software’s longest running licensees: Peak Entertainment. Having operated Omni online casino since the late nineties (the early beginnings of a formidable internet betting industry), Peak Entertainment is now facing another huge drop in traffic with the decision to close it’s doors in France – something they decided to do long ago in the U.S.

However, unlike in the States, where online casino gambling and internet poker is deemed “illegal”, France has made it legal, but with a stiff arm to regulate. The incentive to operate in France (i.e., profitability) is simply not enough for many operators.

As for Peak Entertainment, the company’s affiliate program management team, Focal Click, has just notified all current affiliates that French players will no longer be able to open accounts at Peak’s gaming destinations, and that current players residing in France will have their accounts locked. Otherwise, Peak would be guilty of operating in France, but without paying the apparently steep fees required to do so.

The email notification went on to say that all players will be paid out their entitled funds in a timely manner, which considering Focal Click’s past track record, should be a given. As for Peak’s online poker room, Sun Poker, current sentiment is that it will keep doing business in France so long as Playtech (iPoker network) decides to cease from dropping out.

Boylesports Joins Playtech’s Virtue Fusion Online Bingo Network

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

As online bingo grows more popular with the online casino gaming sector, more big name online casinos are implementing bingo games in addition to their normal fare of table games, slot and video poker machines, and in some cases, a stand alone poker room. Now – yet another testament to the growing rise in popularity of online bingo – sports books and traditional sports betting sites are integrating bingo rooms for their members to get their bingo on.

One such sports betting site is the Ireland based, Boylesports, which recently inked a deal with Playtech Software to provide online bingo solutions courtesy of the Virtue Fusion platform – quite possibly the largest and most active European facing bingo networks in operation today. As their name implies, Boylesports main focus is on sports betting. However, in recent years, they have since expanded to every form of online wagering imaginable, including poker, skill games, arcade style games, lotteries and online casino wagering.

The deal marks an ongoing relationship between Boylesports and Playtech that began when Boylesports joined Playtech’s thriving iPoker network, which at the time of publication had nearly 19,000 players online. Obviously, Boylesports has been very pleased with Playtech’s services to date, and the decision to offer an online bingo package via Virtue Fusion is certain to bear fruit as well.

Virtue Fusion was actually acquired by Playtech last month, and is considered one of the world’s leading developers and licensors of the online bingo products. Generating over 100 Million Euros in stakes per month and with peak traffic of 7,000 players, it’s no surprise Virtue Fusion’s clients include big names like Mecca, William Hill, Ladbrokes, Virgin, Paddy Power, Bet365, Sky and Crown Bingo in addition to Boylesports.

Record Breaking Wins Totaling Over 800,000 Euros go to Lucky Casino Tropez Player

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Big Money Brawler Racks up $800,000+ Euros at Playtech's Casino Tropez

Big Money Brawler Racks up $800,000+ Euros at Playtech's Casino Tropez

Jackpots in the thousands are won every day at online casinos. But jackpots in the hundreds of thousands are, understandably, not quite as prolific. Nonetheless, big jackpots are paid out to lucky players every month. What makes January 2010 an especially impressive month in terms of big payouts is that not only did many of January’s newsworthy wins take place within a single online casino, they were won by a single player. Just how many, you ask? Try eleven.

That’s right. A player in Spain by the name of Jose M., who calls the popular Euro online casino, Casino Tropez, home, has walked away with an amazing 800,527 Euros spanning eleven wins in the first week of January. Now, I know what most of you are thinking (because I thought it myself). How can someone get that lucky. There’s no gambling odds possible to produce betting  results like that on slot machines, right? You heard, right. Not only did Jose M. hit eleven different large wins, he did it on the slot machines.

Now I know why there’s so many slots fanatics out there. But seriously, this does almost seem unbelievable to me. However, here’s where it makes more sense. Unlike most other gamblers out there who place some wagers here and there, perhaps occasionally laying down a risky bet, Jose M. is apparently a high rolling wheeler-n-dealer whose betting activity could account for several players. Now, by no means am I encouraging anyone to go on a gamble frenzy. The fact of the matter is that Jose M. still got lucky. He happened to be in the right place, with the right bankroll (making larger wagers) at the right time.

It does go to show that “you have to be in it to win it”. And in the case of Jose M., he was really into the slots, “Thrill Seekers”, “Desert Treasure”, “A Night Out” and the popular “Lotto Madness” – all of which helped earn Jose his combined winnings of $800K+ Euros. Jose also apparently knew how to get around using the various betting platforms offered by Casino Tropez, including his mode of choice – the instant, no-download Flash platform at Tropez. Although he didn’t win on Tropez’s mobile casino, that didn’t stop Casino Tropez from recently receiving an independent Gold Award for “Top Mobile Gaming Platform” in 2009.

Now part of the highly reputable Euro Partners brand (for all you affiliates out there), Casino Tropez Mobile certainly has made a huge impact on the European facing mobile gaming industry, and rightly deserves to be included amongst the best euro online casinos in business today. The Casino Tropez brand itself, which has been around since the early days of online gambling, not to mention one of Playtech’s oldest and most reputable online casino licensees, is doing quite well these days in the European market. And with a newly launched comprehensive online roulette tournament package, live dealer gaming, and record setting wins like those of Jose M. this month, things look as if they are only going to get better for Tropez.

Read the OCS Tropez Casino Review for more information.

Ongoing Bonuses & Exclusive VIP Promotions at Mansion Online Casino

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

The latest online casino to go under the knife here at OCS is none other than Mansion Casino. Being a Playtech Software licensee, that makes a total of seven Playtech powered online casinos reviewed and recommended here at OCS. Considering there are hundreds of Playtech licensees (some of which will likely make it to our directory when the time warrants) means that you can expect to receive the best service and finest gaming packages offered at the casinos listed on OCS Playtech Casinos page.

That said, Gibraltar licensed Mansion Casino, which has been in business for nearly six years, offers a comprehensive lineup of ongoing promotions and bonuses, including some of the most exclusive VIP loyalty clubs. Currently, Mansion Casino is giving away extra comp points as part of their “Money Machine” promotion and is finishing up the “Triple Jump” promotion, which began on January 19th.

Mansion Online Casino's Money Machine is in Full Gear!

Mansion Online Casino's Money Machine is in Full Gear!

Money Machine takes place through the month of January and basically ups the comp point conversion ratio from the standard $10 in bonus money for every $3,000 wagered to $10 in bonus money for every $1,000 wagered. Simply play for ten days during the month, and the day in which the lowest comp points are earned will be applied to the heightened conversion ratio.

Mansion VIP Players Win a Shot at Winning a $4,000 Casino Getaway

Mansion VIP Players Win a Shot at Winning a $4,000 Casino Getaway

As for the Triple Jump promotion, the first jump, so to speak, was a free bonus worth 50% up to $300 Free (up to $500 Free for VIP’s). The “second jump” of the promotion took place on January 20th, and consisted of using the bonus money to earn even more free money by hitting a targeted number of casino comp points.

The final part of the “Triple Jump” promotion is taking place right now (until Monday, January 25th) and encourages players to use their bonuses from the previous two rounds to compete in a $10,000 guaranteed slots tournament. The top ten finishers and eight additional lucky players will share the guaranteed pot accordingly.

Throwing a little extra luck into the equation, the eight additional players to receive tournament winnings will be determined by “hotspots”, spaced every fifth place from 15 to 50. In other words, the player who finishes in the 45th position will win, yet the player in the 16th position will not. Personally, I’m not sure how the players finishing in places 11-14 and 16-18 (the next eight successive positions following the first ten winners) will feel about losing to the player in 50th place, but that’s the way it goes! And for extra icing on the cake, any VIP players who finish in the Top Five positions will earn double winnings.

As I mentioned already, Mansion Casino obviously takes care of their VIP players, which like at all online casinos, is a status given the longer one sticks around as a real money player at Mansion. The exclusive “Hospitality Events” available for VIP players are certainly worth the effort to earn VIP status. The next big Hospitality Event includes five $4,000 packages consisting of one year’s membership at the famed Les Ambassadeurs casino in London ($1,000 value), airline flights for two to London, a two-night stay at a first class London hotel, a hosted evening at Les Ambassadeurs, $500 in spending money and an optional theatre trip. Between September 18, 2010 and October 11, 2010, VIP players will receive one entry draw for every $1,000 wagered during the promotion window.

And guess what else? All real money depositing players are entitled to exclusive promotions, which Mansion sends out via email. You just need a registered account and that’s that. Visit Mansion Casino to open one today or read our Mansion Casino Review for more information. And if you’re ready to get right to it, Click Here to download Mansion Casino’s full suite of innovative Playtech Software online casino games, which can be played with unlimited fun-money credits or the real thing.

Live Dealer Online Casinos Growing in Popularity – Ladbrokes Signs With Evolution

Friday, December 18th, 2009

live dealer online casino games

These days, live dealer online casino games are just one of the many options bettors have in the world of remote gaming. While, in essence, betting at live dealer casino games is still online gambling per say, it is different in the sense that there is an interaction with a real dealer. Think of it as playing at a Vegas casino via Skype…only better 🙂

Live dealer casino games essentially allow players to see their actual cards dealt via live video feeds broadcasting game results from a production studio set up just like an actual casino floor. And when I say “actual casino floor”, I’m talking several tables with a pit boss and a computer monitoring station keeping tabs on all the action.

As for the camera’s, several fixed-position video cameras reveal every element of play, which the bettor can see in real time from their computer screen. One camera directly faces the dealer, while another gives a bird’s eye view of over-sized cards being dealt on the table. Keep in mind, I am not referring to just any live dealer online casino gaming.

The aforementioned description is an account of Playtech Software’s live dealer online casino solutions. Playtech Software is one of the top providers of live dealer online casino games, currently, and by the looks of it, will continue to be so in the future. If you would like to see a great video of Playtech’s setup, check this video out.  And when you’re all done there, visit our Playtech Casinos page for a list of the top Playtech live dealer European online casinos.

Playtech live dealer casino games

Playtech live dealer casino games

Another great provider of live dealer casino gaming is Evolution, which the popular UK and Euro facing brand, Ladbrokes, recently signed up with to expand on their current offering of live dealer casino games. As Ladbroke Remote’s Managing Director, John O’Reilly commented in a press release, “We already have a Live Dealer Casino offering which has had excellent feedback from customers. Signing with Evolution means we are taking our offering to the next level.  This improved Live Dealer service will enable us to continue to expand our online customer base, which currently stands at almost three quarters of a million active clients.”

Live dealer online casinos are truly the answer for skeptic players who simply can’t live without the element of human interaction while gambling. Chalk it up to a mistrust of software, computers or online casinos in general, the bottom line is that skeptic players who enjoy betting in land-based casinos, will feel more at home in the live dealer online casino.

Keep in mind that not all casino games are offered through live dealer betting. The less popular table games simply don’t warrant enough demand as of yet, while slots and video poker – well, being software driven, they are essentially the same thing as their brick’n mortar counterparts. The top table games, however, like Blackjack, Baccarat and Roulette, can all be played in live dealer mode.