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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.

Go Casino and Online Vegas Publishing CFG Monthly Payout Reports by Jacobson Gaming

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

CFG-SealThere’s no doubt you’ve heard of Go Casino and Online Vegas Casino, especially if you’ve surfed amongst the pages here at OCS. Rated in the Top 10 of all online casinos approved and reviewed at OCS, Online Vegas and Go Casino have endured the test of time and earned a fantastic track record with players from all around the world, including the USA. Owned and managed by the same company, Curacao-based Favian International N.V., Go Casino and Online Vegas are an exemplary definition of self-imposed transparency.

What I mean by this, is that unlike other online casinos which either lack in transparency completely (i.e., many of the gaming establishments based in Costa Rica) or are mandated to maintain a high standard of transparency (i.e., eCOGRA approved online casinos), Go Casino and Online Vegas hold themselves up to their own high standard of transparency.

So, what exactly do I mean when I say “transparent”? Well, first and foremost, a transparent online casino is one which does not just tell it’s customers how safe and fair they are, but provides documents prepared by recognized and accredited third parties attesting the same. The three most important documents you, the player, should always look for is a validation seal provided by the authority in charge of regulating the online casino, a software fairness seal attesting to the inherent fairness and proper functioning of the Random Number Generator (RNG) programmed into the software, and lastly, monthly payout percentage reports.

It’s important to have all three of these documents, or at least the first and the third, because a software validation seal alone does not guarantee the online casino isn’t tweaking the source code from month to month, especially when the casino is not being strictly regulated or not regulated at all (as is the case in Costa Rica). The payout percentage report essentially tells all.

That said, after the “glowing” introduction for Go Casino and Online Vegas, it should go without saying that these two online casinos have all three of these documents to show for. And the great thing about it all, is that they aren’t even required to do so. Is that a gesture of good faith, or what? While Go Casino and Online Vegas are certainly regulated on an ongoing basis (through the Curacao eGaming Licensing Authority; Netherlands, Antilles), until recently, they were not even required to link to a regulatory validation seal. Now, you can see that seal on the homepage of both casinos (as can you at all online casinos licensed in Curacao).

What’s even better, is that both Go Casino and Online Vegas are now publishing monthly payout percentage reports prepared by the esteemed independent software testing house, Certified Fair Gambling (Jacobson Gaming), which is overseen by mathematics and analysis expert, Dr. Eliot Jacobson (jacobsongaming.com), and whose associates include the likes of actuary, Michael Shackelford (The Wizard of Odds). They also hold credentials attesting to the inherent fairness of their licensed software platform: Vegas Technology.

So, just what do the numbers say, pray tell? See them for yourself! Here is the pdf document for the Go Casino June 2010 Payout Report and the Online Vegas June 2010 Payout Report. In the future, just click the CGF logo on the homepage of both casinos to see the most current payout reports.

This is pretty huge folks, especially for Vegas Technology Software. I can probably count the number of U.S. focused online casinos actually publishing monthly payout reports on one hand – and Go Casino and Online Vegas are two of them.

Now, this isn’t to say that other online casinos are not offering a fair hand or even receiving monthly audits. It’s simply that they are not taking the extra step to publicly share this information with their players and prospective players, at that. This is what online casino operator transparency is all about – and it’s something that we here at OCS will continue to urge other online casinos to step up. Currently, we are directing our efforts to encourage a number of highly rated RTG, Rival and Top Game-powered online casinos to publish monthly payouts.

In the meantime, OCS highly encourages prospective players to visit Go Casino and Online Vegas to claim thousands in free welcome bonus money, free tournament entries, staking a claim at over $410,000 in guaranteed tournament winnings for the month, and yes, getting a safe and fair hand. Read the OCS Go Casino Review and Online Vegas Review for more information.

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.

Curacao eGaming Licensing Authority Issues Logo Validation Seals for Online Casinos

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

curacao_egamingFor anyone who pays attention to the credentials on online casino websites, you might have noticed the Curacao eGaming Licensing Authority logo popping up more often. That’s because Curacao is apparently getting its act together. A popular regulatory jurisdiction for U.S. facing Vegas Tecnology powered online casinos, Curacao hasn’t necessarily been at the forefront of online gambling regulation. Although they have been around for some time, they certainly were never in the same league as Gibraltar, Malta or the UK Gambling Commission.

And while they still are in the minor leagues, so to speak, it’s reasonable to say that Curacao eGaming does just as good a job as Antigua & Barbuda and Kahnawake Gaming Commission at regulating online casinos. They’ve simply been under the radar, mainly because nobody really knew anything about them. Those that did, knew simply that a licensing authority known as Cyberluck was responsible for handling operator applications.

Oh, and of course, many of us content writers and online casino reviewers would be quick to mention the Curacao Internet Gaming Association (CIGA), which is only just that – an association. No, they do not regulate online casinos, although – like in any trade organization – members of the association are obliged to meet best practice standards to remain in good standing within the association. One of these tenants is that online casinos “operate under an internet gaming license issued by the Netherlands Antilles”.

And said internet gaming license is issued in one place and one place only. Formerly known as Cyberluck, Curacao eGaming is the Master Licensing authority appointed by The Netherlands Antilles Department of Justice. In other words, if you want to start an online casino and have it regulated in sunny Curacao, you will need to go through Curacao eGaming (curacao-egaming.com).

Now that Curacao is finding itself more on the map, it’s pleasing to see they are making motions at becoming more transparent, and holding online casino operators to the same standards of transparency. This is precisely why you will see their logo showing up more often as I mentioned earlier. Curacao licensed online casinos, such as Go Casino and Crazy Slots, are now required to display the Curacao eGaming Licensing Authority logo on their homepage, which links to a certificate page citing whether the online casino’s license is valid or invalid.

A valid certificate means that the software platform being used is compliant with jurisdiction requirements, i.e., proper functioning of the RNG and fair odds. The only thing I am unclear about (and something which I intend to email Curacao eGaming about) is that there are no specifics about ongoing compliance regulation posted on the Curacao-eGaming website. The link to a valid certificate goes to a gaminglicenses.com site maintained by another Curacao-based company and CIGA member, Antillephone N.V. In other words, it is AntillePhone N.V. that provides the actual eGaming licensing supervision.

So then, the next step at becoming a transparent regulatory jurisdiction with best practice standards in place – if you ask me – is for AntillePhone to explain exactly what they are supervising and how they are going about doing it. In the meantime, I strongly believe (as do many happy players and professionals in the iGaming industry) that Curacao licensed online casinos are providing tight regulation and ensuring online casino operators are providing a safe and fair hand.

July, 2010 Kicks Off Part II of EHGV’s Summer Slots Series

Monday, July 5th, 2010

The explosive booms and bright flashes in the sky can only mean one thing for Americans. Well, take that back. It could perhaps mean two things, depending on just how deep your love of internet gambling and online casino slots tournaments runs. So yes, America’s Day of Independence has certainly arrived. And so too has the second part of EHGV’s Summer Slots Series.

Now underway at our favorite EHGV online casino, Slots Galore, the month long internet slots tournament runs until July 31, 2010, and guarantees $100,000 in prize winnings. Depending on how much you play through the month and how lucky you get, you could very well be one of five-hundred leaderboard finishers to walk away with cash winnings. Not only is this a large prize poll in terms of actual guaranteed winnings, the sheer number of prize recipients is above average.

Of course, the further down the leaderboard, the less the winnings. But with a minimum of $25 for the 201st -500th finisher, that’s certainly nothing to balk at. Moving up from there, players who finish 101st-200th place will receive $50, 41st-100th will walk away with $100 and 21st-40th will be granted a cool $200 each.

To make the top twenty, however, is what it’s all about. This is where we are talking thousands of dollars for each winner. 11th-20th place will each receive $1,000, while 6th-10th will get $2,500, 4th and 5th place each get $5,000 and third place nabs a nifty $10,000. From here, it’s a big jump for the first runner-up, who will walk away with $25,000, while the top finisher pockets a generous $60,000 in winnings.

The cost to join is only $10, which will get you enough credits to have a solid go spinning the reels of the “Shaark!” video slot. It goes without saying that if you really want to stand a chance at winning, you will need to procure more credits with a $10 rebuy. It makes sense to do so, especially considering that with five rebuy’s you will gain a free entry into part three of the Summer Slots Series, taking place the entire month of August and dishing out $175,000 in guaranteed winnings. Furthermore, the biggest winner of the overall three-month tournament will receive an additional $75,000 grand prize.

And if you just can’t get enough online casino slots tournament action, Slots Galore also offers weekly tourny’s with $5 entry fee, dailies with $3 entry (all day) and $0.50 entry (45 minutes). There’s even Blackjack, Video Poker and Roulette tournaments for all you strategy-minded players. Check out the OCS Slots Galore Casino Review for more information on this top-rated U.S. facing online casino.

Summer Slots Series Online Casino Tournament To Award $500K

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Slots Galore Casino is our top choice for entering the Summer Slots Series

Slots Galore Casino is our top choice for entering the Summer Slots Series

It’s that time of year again, folks. No, I’m not talking about Spring cleaning, although since it’s still technically Spring, there’s still time for you to get out the duster and mop. Who am I kidding, right? Anyhow, this being the OCS gambling blog and all, what I am referring to is the wildly popular, annual $500,000 Summer Slots Series hosted by English Harbour Gaming Ventures (EHGV.

The flagship online casino operator of Vegas Technology Software-powered gaming destinations, EHGV manages some of the most popular U.S.A. online casinos in business today, including Slots Galore, Millionaire Casino, Super Slots and English Harbour Casino herself. Boasting all of the credentials that make for a safe and fair place to spin the reels, EHGV casinos make for a solid place to grab some free casino bonus cash, and certainly for taking part in online slots tournaments with guaranteed cash winnings.

SummerSlotsSeries2In the case of the aforementioned $500,000 Summer Slots Series of tournaments, obviously, there is lots of cash up for grabs, albeit not all at once. The way the tournament works is that it is broken down into four stages. Over the course of all four stages running from June 1 to August 31st, a total of $500,000 will be give out to over 1,500 players.

Stage 1 is taking place right now, continuing through the month of June and guaranteeing $100,000 in cash winnings. The breakdown of winnings dishes out $50,000 to first place, $20,000 to second place, $7,500 to third, $2,500 to forth and fifth, and $1,000 to the remaining top ten finishers. In total, the top 275 players will receive winnings (both casino credits and loyalty points). Tournament action takes place on the enormously entertaining “Funky Chicken” video slots, with entry fee and rebuys (up to 500) costing $10. Each rebuy qualifies for 75 credits.

Stage 2 runs for the entire month of July and ups the payout from $100K to $150,000. This time around, all action is hosted on the “Shaaark!” video slot (another fun and entertaining bonus slot) with the same entry and rebuy rules as Stage 1. Building on Stage 1, the top 500 finishers will receive a payout; however, with more money to give away, first place receives $60,000, second gets $25,000, third place bags $10,000 and all other finishing spots receive double the amounts awarded leaderboard placers in Stage 1.

Both Stage 3 and Stage 4 fittingly take place throughout the hottest month of the year – August. In terms of betting action, Part 3 is where it’s at, as Part 4 is simply a $75,000 cash award which goes to the player with the highest combined balance over all three tournaments (June-August). Part 3, which takes place on the “California Gold” slots, is the most generous stage of the Summer Slots Series, giving out a total of $175,000 in winnings and extending the leaderboard from the top 500 finishers to the top 800 scorers. First place walks away with $75,000, 2nd-5th place get the same as Stage 2, 6th-10th get an additional $500 ($3,000 each), while the next 190 finishers get the same payout as that given in Stage 2. Those players who make the leaderboard seated from 201st-800th place receive $25 each.

It is never too late to join the Summer Slots Series. In other words, even if one of the tournaments is already underway, you can join at any time. Furthermore, you will always be eligible to receive the Stage 4 payout of $75,000. All it takes is a big jackpot win, albeit seasoned tournament players will tell you the more you wager, the better your chances of winning at slots tournament.

While all of English Harbour’s online casinos make for a solid place to open an account, Slots Galore offers the best welcome bonus in our opinion, not to mention 25% reloads on all further deposits. The first deposit bonus is worth 100% up to $1,000 Free and has a low 20x play-through. Furthermore, all games (except European Roulette) count toward the wager requirement – at varying degrees, of course – with tournament play wagers also helping meet the play-through. Needless to say, many other online casinos prohibit tournament play with bonus money.

Read the OCS Slots Galore Casino Review for more information or Visit Slots Galore Casino directly.

Millionaire Online Casino Giving Away 200% Bonus up to $500 Free Through Weekend

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Top U.S. facing online casino, Millionaire Casino, is giving away a special bonus now through Sunday, April 18th. Arguably better than their normal welcome bonus, and the welcome bonuses of most other online casinos at that, Millionaire is offering 200% up to $500 Free for real money depositors who use a credit card to fund their bankroll.

Millionaire’s normal bonus, albeit impressively large (worth up to $2,000 Free on the first deposit and $5,000 free over the course of three deposits), is a match bonus. In other words, it is worth 100% free, as opposed to the aforementioned 200% offer. Although it’s less free money overall, you get a greater percentage of free funds with less risk to your own money!

In terms of wager requirements, the limited time 200% bonus has a play-through of 20x with normal wager restrictions. As always, read the full bonus terms posted inside the cashier. If you can’t find them, contact customer service and have them emailed to you BEFORE claiming the bonus. Needless to say, this is the perfect bonus for play on the slot machines.

In order to claim the bonus, simply contact customer service (via the cashier section of the online casino software platform) and inform them of your deposit and request the special offer. As with all promotion claims, do not wager any funds until the bonus money has been received.

For anyone unfamiliar with Millionaire Casino, they are powered by cutting edge Vegas Technology Software that has been laboratory tested for RNG fairness by Certified Fair Gambling (CFG) – a California based testing house with credentials in the land-based and online gambling industries (jacobsongaming.com). Millionaire Casino is owned and managed by EH Gaming Ventures – one of the leading US facing online casino networks with licensing and regulatory credentials in Antigua & Barbuda.

Visit Millionaire Casino or read the OCS Millionaire Casino Review for more information.