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Slots Club Info and Weekly Promotions at Manhattan Slots

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

If we had to sum up Manhattan Slots Casino, it would be this: Manhattan Slots is an exciting and extremely engaging online casino that creates an atmosphere of entertaining gaming action coupled with a frenzied urban vibe that you’d expect right out of New York City. For more general info, please see the OCS Manhattan Slots Review. For the latest in their online promotions, take a look below:

Weekly Promotions @ Manhattan Slots

The Weekly Bonuses at Manhattan Slots are geared around the weekends, and are updated every week. If you are late reading this, no worries, as there’s easy access to the very latest events once you visit the Promotions section from the casino’s homepage. Bonus codes do change, but are also easily accessed. Right now, deposit at least $30 this weekend at Manhattan Slots and get a 60% bonus match plus 20 free spins to play the popular slot, Builder Beaver. This week, use code: RDLS60GOING for the bonus when depositing. This bonus comes with a low/typical 25x wager requirement and the free spins are for 20 – .25cent spins (max payline is 1 cent). This is a download casino promotion.

Slots Club

Manhattan Slots provides an automatic entry into its 4-level Slots Club, wherein you are rewarded with perks as you play. The more gameplay, the more perks. Auto-enrollment into the club happens after your third successful deposit with the real money online casino. You’ll become a Club Class member after the third deposit. The following explains it all in more detail.

Club Class gives you back 0.11% cash back on all your wagers. This level also comes with one 65% deposit bonus each month and a permanent 55% deposit bonus. This level comes with a 25x wager requirement when given bonus money.

The next level is the Business Class that gives you one 70% deposit match each month and a permanent 65% deposit match while at that level, as well as 0.13% cash back on all bets you make. This level comes with a 25x wager requirement.

The 3rd level in the Slots Club is the First Class level that gives you one 75% deposit bonus each month and a permanent 70% deposit match during your First Class standing, as well as 0.15% cash back on all your bets. This level comes with a 20x wager requirement when given bonus money.

Lastly, the pinnacle status at Manhattan Slots is the Premiere Class, where you’ll get one 100% deposit match each month and a permanent 75% match while you are a Premiere Class player, as well as 0.17% cash back on every wager you make. This level comes with a 20x wager requirement when given bonus money.

All levels of the Slots Club come with VIP Rewards and Loyalty perks that increase in value as you move up levels. Free chips and extra bonus events are also a part of this well-designed player scheme.

Casino Info

Manhattan Slots is one of the UK’s leading online casinos for slots and has been in the business since 2004 (it’s the latest property launched from the world renowned Club World Casino Group). Powered by well-known and highly respected RealTime Gaming (RTG) software, Manhattan Slots is a US player friendly casino. While this casino tends to cater to female players with its feminine touches and high-end New York shopping vibe, it has something to offer any player.

Slotland Jackpots Hit Again

Monday, December 16th, 2013

There’s no time like the present. In this case, we mean Christmas presents! Another lucky Slotland player by the name of Charles N. is going to have a wonderful Holiday Season, having hit a respectable $182,782 jackpot playing the ever-popular online slot Ice Queen. In an after-winnings interview, Charles stated that he fully intends to use the money to enjoy a few nice things, maybe a trip, but not for any over-the-top extravagant purchases.

Deciding instead to tick a few boxes off of his personal bucket list, Charles said, “I’ve always wanted to try skydiving, and I’ve dreamed of visiting Peru”. However, “The first thing I’m going to do is host a big celebration with my family and close friends.”

The well-known proprietary software powered casino online, Slotland has been around since 1998, and interestingly enough, launched Ice Queen last year around the holidays. As its name suggests a wintery vibe, Ice Queen is more than your typical online slot game. Beyond the ability to win money playing Ice Queen, the game has an engaging theme and story. The plot of Ice Queen includes a boy who is kidnapped by the Ice Queen, and the sister who tries desperately to save him.  State-of-the-art technology provides players with an amazing bonus game feature. Ice Queen is available at Slotland in both browser play as well as the downloaded casino format. Mobile players also have access to this casino favorite, as well as more than 12 others.

Incidentally, a second player at Slotland by the name of Bobby S. also recently won $135,417 playing another popular slot online. Bobby hit the jackpot playing Heavy Metal, right after switching over from playing Ice Queen. We’re guessing the luck is just flowing with players from this casino as we’ve reported quite a few winners in the past several months.

While other top-rated casinos, such as Silver Oak, Lucky Red and Club USA use RTG software, Slotland has been a hub of jackpot action as of late. Slotland is one of the first and most trusted online gambling spots across the planet. New sign-ups are currently qualified for up to $1000 in welcome bonus offers using the site’s schedule of deposit matches, including a 100% (up to $100) match bonus on their first deposit, then 50% (up to $100) on the remaining deposits (up to 10 deposits).

US players are welcomed at Slotland. It’s a great place for those looking for innovation and excitement outside of RTG casinos online. In fact, Slotland was offering online casino games before RTG software was even developed. Hundreds of thousands of players have made this online casino their home base, taking advantage of some of the best wager and play-through requirements on slots bonuses found, which (as mentioned) are offered on the first ten deposits, and as part of a Monthly Mystery bonus promotion. Fast payouts and a solid in-house progressive jackpot network that hits regularly, are the cornerstones at Slotland.

Online Vegas Makin’ News With Bonuses and Tournaments

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

If you like online casino slots, blackjack and video poker tournaments, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Online Vegas. Hosting a wealth of tournaments, many of which are either free to join or cost chump change (excuse my French), Online Vegas is an approved and highly recommended online casino here at OCS. Not that it’s hard to “make news” in the world of online gambling – what with just about every play-for-money site out there billing their welcome bonus as “news” – Online Vegas certainly qualifies for newsworthy status right now.

Yes, Online Vegas does indeed offer a generous welcome bonus to new players. Worth over $5,000 on the first 10 deposits ($500 just on the first), it is one of the best out there. In addition to this, Online Vegas offers a fantastic loyaly promotion giving up to 20% cashback on losses and weekly deposit bonuses. In short, over $11,000 is given away here every month – no matter if players opt for reload bonuses or not.

But what’s even better about Online Vegas – if you ask me (thanks for asking) – is the deluge of free tournaments taking place here all the time. In fact, there is a free slot tournament offered here every day. Of course, what’s the value in a free tournament if there isn’t plenty of cash to be won? Well, that’s where Online Vegas’ reputation and experience comes into play. In business for several years running, Online Vegas has managed to attract quite the following – so much so that it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say it is one of the most popular U.S. facing online casinos in business today.

You see, with more players participating in tournaments, Online Vegas is able to guarantee more…well…guaranteed winnings. For the month of September this tally was worth over $425,000 in guaranteed tournament winnings. In fact, it’s still not too late to stake a share of the prize money this month. The last of the Weekender Madness tournaments guarantees $30,000 in winnings, and goes down from Friday, September 24th to Tuesday, September 28th.

And September isn’t a fluke either. It’s been like this at Online Vegas for as long as I can remember. Granted, my memory isn’t the best (no thanks to my…err…habits), however, for at least the last two years Online Vegas has been guaranteeing hundreds of thousands of dollars in tournament winnings every month. Fueled by a large wide area progressive jackpot network that includes the likes of Go Casino and Crazy Slots (linked via Vegas Technology’s CFG fairness certified software platform), the winnings here are for real.

Naturally, the slots tournaments are the most popular and more frequent, yet there is also a great selection of daily video poker and blackjack tournaments paying out pot percentage winnings, as well as guaranteed bonus bucks. Everything from pot percentage 24 hour $0.99 Blackjack tournaments to three-day Jacks or Better video poker tournaments are available round the clock. So what are you waiting for? Don’t say more news, because let me tell you brothers and sisters (to quote my cousin from the backwoods of Tennesse) it ain’t get no better than this.

Free Casino Resort Getaway and Ongoing Bonus Offers at Grande Vegas Online Casino

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
Make wagers at Grande Vegas Casino in August for a chance to win!

Make wagers at Grande Vegas Casino in August for a chance to win!

I don’t know about anyone else, but when an online casino opts to give away trips to brick ‘n mortar casinos as part of its monthly promotional deals, I say, “Right on, Man!”. What makes it even more dope is when we’re talking about U.S. facing online casino at that.

For all of you who need an introduction, well then….introducing Grande Vegas Casino. Having their doors open to U.S. players since 2009, I suppose you could say this Real Time Gaming powered betting destination is still something of a “new” online casino.

And while you may certainly think that to be the case judging by how many special offers they have (it’s a common practice for newly launched online casinos to dish out huge bonuses and special promos), Grande Vegas plans to keep their promotions schedule loaded to the gills.

Back to that brick ‘n mortar casino offer: In order to become eligible for an exclusive, all-expenses-paid trip to the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, all you have to do is make a real money deposit in July or August (in this case, August). That’s it. A random drawing will select the lucky winner, who – it’s safe to say – is going to be in for a real treat. Foxwoods Casino is one of the best on the East American Coast, in my opinion, even outdoing some of the casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. Offering casino table games, video poker, slots – basically, everything you can find in Vegas, except in beautiful Connecticut – Foxwoods Casino is sure to please the most fastidious of gamblers.

Since we’re on the topic of promotions and bonuses at Grande Vegas Casino, I might as well tell you everything else they are offering real money players currently. Whether you win the trip to Foxwoods or not, there are several free bonus offers available this month.

The WILDE bonus is a 77% deposit bonus up to $154 Free with a 30x play-through that can be used on all slots, video slots, scratch cards and keno. The coupon code is WILDEAUG10 and can be claimed once through August.

If you’re looking for a solid weekly bonus offer, Grande Vegas’ 100% City Bonus is a great option. This week’s bonus celebrates the city of Beijing and can be claimed through August 19th. If you’re reading this after the fact, no worries ’cause there will be another weekly bonus behind this one. The bonus is worth up to $100 Free, has a 30x play-through and can be claimed in the cashier under the “Redeem Coupon” section with the bonus code BEIJING.

For the table game online casino gamblers, Grande Vegas has an ongoing cashback bonus offer available worth up to 10% cashback on weekly losses incurred playing table games only. Losses on weekly deposits from $20-$5,000 are eligible for 5% cashback, while weekly losses on deposits of $5,000 and up are entitled to receive 10% cashback. Just note that the cashback bonus can ONLY be used when no other bonuses are taken, and only applies to table games. In other words, contact an account manager at grandevegas@swiftassistance.com to find out if and when you are eligible to receive this bonus.

Oh, and there are slots tournaments available at Grande Vegas as well. But more on those later. Read the OCS Grande Vegas Casino Review for more info or Visit Grande Vegas directly.

Do You Know 100% for Sure You’re Getting a Fair Hand at Online Casinos?

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

I don’t want to be one to gloss things over or shy away from accepting the “big picture”, so let me just say that many a U.S. online gambler is getting ripped off and doesn’t even know it.

How’s that you ask? How could I ever know such a thing unless I myself was doing or taking part in said ripping off? Well then, for all of you who would find it hard to believe that an unregulated online casino would do such a thing as steal money from under your nose, I beseech you to break out the smelling salts.

While the internet certainly breeds a convenience factor for online gamblers, not to mention all sorts of “free” promotions, the sheer fact that anyone can launch an online casino from just about anywhere in the world, means there’s a greater chance of coming across a shady enterprise.

This is nowhere more apparent than the waves of business activity that befall the still-in-demand U.S. internet betting market. Even with the dropping out of the top online casino software developers from the American market, there have been plenty of online casinos to sprout from thin air and take in millions of dollars from the coffers of gambling hungry Americans.

And no, not all of them are doing so honestly. If you look thoroughly enough at an online casino’s website, there is a good chance you will find something about “fairness”. I mean, let’s face it, you should, should you not? Any online casino that doesn’t brag about it’s fair odds isn’t doing much to earn player trust.

However, saying the games are fair isn’t enough – at least not in today’s unregulated American market. Sure, if the casino was being regulated by an esteemed gambling commission, this would speak for itself. However, even those online casinos which are regulated in strict jurisdictions are still forthright with their credentials and ongoing performance on the odds front. In other words, making payout percentage reports available for perusal should be a given.

However, many a so-called US online casino does not publish monthly payout reports, nor provide details about their regulatory requirements.

Now, some people will point out this doesn’t necessarily mean the online casino is cheating anyone. One could theorize that if an online casino never paid it’s players out, it would eventually go out of business due to word of mouth. However, the grim reality is that online casino operators have the capability of changing the software source code and subjecting players to unfair odds. That way, nobody gets paid out because there is no money to be paid out.

In a way, online gambling is like living in New York City. A slum lord doesn’t care if you move out and proclaim to everyone how sleazy of a landlord he is. The slum lord knows there will be another commuter, another transient, another life coming and going through the city that never sleeps, and who will rent out your old apartment, never the wiser…that is, until the person reaches the day in which the truth of the landlord becomes clear…and the vicious cycles repeats itself yet again.

So what’s the big deal about publishing a monthly payout report anyway? If you ask me, to not publish a payout report is prone to cause suspicion. What is the online casino hiding? Why are they holding back? I mean, come on, it’s not that difficult to have a payout report published. Apparently, these online casinos do not honor the concept of earning player trust, but rather, are in the business of taking money from uneducated bettors. But you can’t really blame ’em, can you. If players are willing to cough up their money, no questions asked, of course they are going to take it.

Remember, lot’s of these online casinos are not even being properly regulated. There certainly are a handful of honest operators, who despite not being required to meet certain regulatory standards, do so anyway on their own accord. These online casinos are the minority, however. The fact of the matter is that the other 90% of US facing online casinos could or could not be offering a safe and fair hand. Do you want to take that risk? Or would you rather get educated first. If it’s the latter, by all means, stick around here at OCS. Join our Online Casino Forum and start asking questions.

Weekly Bonus Offers on Most Games Available Starting Today at Lucky Red Online Casino

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
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Let’s talk weekly bonuses and promotions shall we?

At Lucky Red online casino, they say “you need never play without a bonus”. I’m guessing that means there is always a free cash bonus available every time you make a deposit. Turns out, Lucky Red isn’t lying. Now, I’m not partial to Lucky Red or anything, but this Real Time Gaming software-powered online casino does indeed have plenty of free bonus money to offer, including some great weekly offers covering just about all of the 120+ casino games available for download.

Also available in Flash (for all you Mac user’s and anyone with a penchant for quick access), Lucky Red is one of the few U.S. facing online casinos owned and managed by a UK-based company. From the same folks behind the popular Club World Casinos group (catering to UK, Euro and US players), Lucky Red’s customer operations are located in Manchester, UK at Cross Street M2 4JU under the business name, Steam Packet House. Read the OCS Lucky Red Casino Review for more information.

Now…back to the topic at hand: weekly bonus offers.  Lucky Red currently has six different bonus coupons available for returning depositors starting today and lasting through Monday, August 16th. Split into two promo’s the first set of bonus offers consists of a slots/keno/scratch card coupon that can be claimed up to a total of thirty times (25x play-through).

On Tuesday, August 10th (that’s today, for all you floaters like myself), unlimited bonus money worth 50% of one’s deposit is available (on 10 deposits, bonus code SHERLOCKA). On Wednesday, August 11th and Thursday the 12th, the same exact offer is available with the addition of a 5% raise in free money (55% on Wednesday, Bonus Code: SHERLOCKB; and 60% on Thursday, Bonus Code: SHERLOCKC). During the same time period, a 40% Bonus is also available for wagers on Blackjack, Video Poker and all Table Games (Bonus Code: HOLMES). It can be claimed an unlimited number of times and has a reasonable play-through requirement of 50x. Some game restrictions apply (see the LUCKYMAN bonus below).

Before moving onto the second set of bonus offers spanning August 13-16, let me just say that Lucky Red states in their main Bonus Terms and Conditions “Bets placed on Baccarat, Craps, Roulette games and Sic Bo do not count towards the wagering requirements of any bonus unless otherwise stated.” In regards to the HOLMES bonus mentioned above, “unless otherwise stated” applies. I know everybody reading this is in the practice of reading the full T&C’s of bonuses before claiming them, but I thought I’d share anyway :).

As for the upcoming weekend, you can expect to receive much of the same. Beginning Friday (00:01 Thursday night EST), Hexbreaker Friday goes into effect, offering an unlimited 65% slots/keno/scratch card bonus (Bonus Code: GOODLUCK) with a 25x play-through, and an unlimited 45% bonus for use on blackjack, video poker and all table game wagers (once again under the “unless otherwise stated” stipulation). But keep in mind, there are some game wagering restrictions! These include 7 Stud Poker, Bingo, Bonus Bingo, European Slots Poker, Roulette, Baccarat, Craps, Poker and Sic Bo (also applying to the aforementioned HOLMES bonus).

The bonus code for this one is LUCKYMAN and has a 50x play-through.

Again, for anyone seriously interested in opening an account at an online casino, Lucky Red is a solid choice – especially if you simply can’t gamble online without a bonus. Visit Lucky Red Casino to find out more.

There are Those Who Would Stand in the Way of Regulating Online Gambling in USA

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

The fight to get online gambling legalized in the United States, or rather, getting the UIGEA online gambling ban overturned (which just so happens to be marked by carve-outs for various forms of internet wagering, such as horse racing), is far from over folks. I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer or anything, but while getting Congressman Barney Frank’s Internet Gaming Regulation Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act (IGREA) marked up for a vote in the Senate is a huge victory, the war – yes, it’s a war – has only just begun.

The fact remains that many U.S. politicians are opposed against regulating online gambling for one reason or another. Well, I suppose the more succinct statement is that many U.S. politicians do not understand the protocols and effectiveness of regulating online gambling. And the sad part is that many of them do not even want to understand. In other words, those politicians who represent constituents who tend to take a negative stance toward gambling, whether it be kitchen poker games or online casino gambling, will simply preach what the choir wants to hear, and ultimately, what will get them into office or reelected.

And what’s that that’s getting preached, you ask? Well, according to Idaho First District Republican candidate, Raul Labrador, it’s that regulated online gambling will “prove disastrous for families across the nation.” Besides impeaching Nancy Pelosi, Labrador believes (like a good dog), that children and adults with addictive personalities will be just “one click away from throwing thousands of dollars away.”

And while it’s more like several clicks and several faxes (just to prove identity) away from wasting your money gambling at online casinos, (see, I’m not actually refuting that you could indeed throw thousands of dollars away), Labrador and others from his camp (guess which one), refuse to see that actually regulating something will make it harder for illegal activity to take place, i.e., prohibition in the twenties.

Just like you could very well walk away a winner or a loser at a Las Vegas casino, online casinos play by the odds, which yes, are mostly in the favor of the casino. However, you might be surprised to find that the best online casinos actually offer better odds than their land-based counterparts. Just take a look at the monthly payout percentage reports to see for yourself. And if you really need to see a tangible example of online gambling actively and effectively being regulated, just look at Mother England, where the latest UK Gambling Prevalence Study still shows no increase in problem and underage gambling since online casinos were legalized in 2005.

Really folks, it’s important to know who those politicians who adamantly stand in opposition to regulating online gambling are. If you happen to reside in the district they either represent or hope to represent in an upcoming election, do your part to ensure they can’t cast a biased and uninformed vote against online gambling regulation. In the potato State, Idaho, the name is Raul Labrador. Don’t vote for him. Instead, cast your vote for Walt Minnick, who was one of the seventy co-sponsors of the IGREA.

Making Deposits and Getting Paid With the Help of eCommerce Solutions, DoughFlow

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

DoughFlowFor American’s who like to gamble at online casinos, the first task is to find a place that guarantees a fair and secure bet. In other words, the top priority is to ensure you won’t be getting ripped off by the online casino operator or some cyberspace pirate. Without going into detail about how you actually do that (check out our Best USA Casinos Page for our recommended picks), I suppose the next most important thing in an online casino are the speed and reliability of deposits and payouts.

An unfortunate reality of the passing of the UIGEA was that all of the best third-party eWallets, like Neteller and Click2Pay, stopped processing financial transactions between U.S. citizens and online casinos. And with the recent implementation of the UIGEA into enforceable law, many credit card transactions (MasterCard and Visa) are now being filtered out. Note I said “many” and not “all”. In other words, some U.S. players may still find their credit and debit cards to work beautifully at online casinos.

Of those that do, there’s a good chance the eCommerce software product, DoughFlow, is being used. Having recently showcased at the iGaming Super Show in Prague, DoughFlow is certainly on the minds of many an online casino operator looking to do business with U.S. customers.

Based in Costa Rica, DoughFlow is a licensed software product that is integrated within an online casino’s own computing environment. Allowing for custom configuration with fraud management and payment processing protocols, DoughFlow can be fine tuned to meet the individual needs of operators. For example, if an online casino does not want to accept players residing in a specific U.S. State or country for that matter, the software will filter these transactions automatically.

On the other end of the spectrum, DoughFlow provides advanced features all without the need for programming or software integration. One such advanced feature is called “intelligent transaction routing”, which ensures the highest approval rates for credit cards. Allowing for the use of multiple credit card processors, more players and more transactions can go through without needless and erroneous setbacks.

Before this starts to sound like an advertisement for DoughFlow, let me just say that it’s not. This is really for the benefit of U.S. online gamblers who want to know how it is that online casinos are able to process their deposits and withdrawals. I came across DoughFlow through the iGaming news vine and I have to say I’m very impressed with their professionalism and no-nonsense approach to getting things done.

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.

The Economist Publishes In-Depth Report on the State of Online Gambling in America

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

In the latest edition of The Economist business magazine (one of the best in publication, mind you), an in-depth report and analysis offers telling insight into the US online gambling industry, including the current state of the industry in light of the UIGEA online gambling ban going into effect just a few months ago.

globalgamblingmarketH2Citing stats from 2007, the report shows just how large the global gambling market has become – $335 billion a year. With nearly half of the American population and over two-thirds of British citizens having a go at some sort of wagering, there simply is no denying a formidable demand for recreational betting in existence today.

Even in a year where monthly casino gambling revenue has steadily declined, Las Vegas still racked in over $10 billion in gambling revenues, while the gambling utopia of Asia, Macau, brought in nearly $15 billion in 2009. Add to that hundreds of millions in lottery tickets sold every week of the year, and it is still apparent that the land-based gambling industry still holds sway.

However, in an increasingly mobile world and broadening World Wide Web, the trend is one of which that will see unprecedented growth in online gambling – even despite the UIGEA. While online gambling only accounted for 8% of global gambling revenue (approximately $26 billion) in 2009, this was a growth in revenue from all previous years. So while much of the rest of the global gambling industry endures falling revenues, online gambling is expected to continue growing by leaps and bounds.

globalmobilegamingH2The gambling consultancy firm, H2, reports the online gambling market is expected to grow 13% per year, bringing in revenue of $36 billion by 2012. H2 also values the global online poker market at just about $5 billion, with the United States bringing in almost a third of the revenue ($1.4 billion).

The fact is, America remains the largest single online gambling market in the world. Even with the UIGEA in effect, American continue gambling online. Where those online casino operators backed out of the market because of the UIGEA, new operators have filled the void. The scary part is that more under-regulated or even non-regulated online casinos are thriving as a result. There are still many safe and reliable places to wager online for U.S. residents, however, a lot more due diligence is required ahead of time.

The report in the Economist said it best: “Government prohibition of online gambling has worked about as well as prohibition of other online content, which is to say it is observed mainly in the breach….Americans are gambling roughly the same amount online as they did in 2006.”