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Virgin Group Entering Online Casino Action in NJ

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Look out New Jersey (NJ), here’s Virgin Group. Shortly after initial online gambling revenue reports have come in with less than great results, we now learn there’s a new online casino by Virgin in the making for the NJ market.

Gamesys, which acquired the Virgin Games sector of the Virgin empire in 2013, is bringing the brand to the online realm in the Garden State through its partnership with the well-known Tropicana property.

While we’ve actually known the brand partnership was given the go-ahead some time ago, the online site is actually going live this week.

Online gambling began in New Jersey in late November with high hopes of it becoming the solution (or at least a big part) to Atlantic City’s gaming revenue slump dating back to 2006. While New Jersey peaked out, earning a massive $5.2 billion in that year, it nonetheless fell prey to neighboring competition from newly developed Indian casinos in Pennsylvania and New York. Even though New Jersey has been a longtime gambling destination for the East Coast, times have changed…and are still changing, indeed.

Revenue from traditional gambling last year was expected to fall to around $3 billion. The dawn of online gambling has said to be a solution; But New Jersey will have to stay ahead of the curve if that’s so. The most heavily developed online gaming state in the US, New Jersey is still struggling with competition from Delaware, which has also gone live with online casinos.

Now that Virgin Casino is opening its virtual doors this week, it will be interesting to see the second set of gaming revenue results, knowing that Atlantic City’s 12 land-based casino resorts are counting on furthered success – perhaps now more than ever. A handful of these land-based resorts have already launched over a dozen online wagering sites.

Companies like 888 Holdings, PokerStars and Gamesys Limited (which already operates the jackpotjoy.com website) have effectively launched casinos online in the state; However, traffic is not as high as initially anticipated.

Virgin Casino joins several other internet gambling sites that have been given the regulatory green-light, which include the Trump brand, Caesar’s and Borgata, the latter of which currently runs the most successful site of the lot. New Jersey is the third state to allow online gaming – following Nevada and Delaware.

In the last five weeks of 2013, New Jersey online casinos brought in just $8.4 million in revenue. But for 2014, revenue is expected to jump to as much as $500 million. And Gov. Chris Christie is hopeful the tally can climb to $1 billion.

Virgin Casino had to delay its launch of the highly anticipated debut in the New Jersey marketplace after technical issues with its online casino software were recognized during a soft run. These issues stemmed from payment and login criteria, and not the casino games. Other casinos launching in the NJ market have encountered similar bumps in the road.

As you’d expect from Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin Casino will be as flashy as his approach is to most all business adventures. The first casino from the Virgin brand to take wagers outside of the UK, this casino will definitely be expected to stand out from the rest of the pack. Just think of the amazing approach the Virgin name has had on travel by airplane and you’ll understand the potential this casino will have under the Virgin brand.

One promotion at the casino is already being discussed with much ado. Tropicana’s Virgin Casino is going to provide what it calls a Community Jackpot, which rewards all players with a bit of money every time someone else playing at the online casino hits a jackpot. This is a good start to expected fun and excitement attached to Virgin anything!

At press time, it is believed that the Tropicana online casino by Virgin will have about 23 online slots and additional various casino games available. Stay tuned!

Virgin Casino Launches Noah’s Ark Slot; More Weekly Promos

Friday, June 4th, 2010

noahsark2Virgin Casino, a gaming arm of Virgin Games, has announced the launch of a new video slot machine from WagerWorks. Noah’s Ark is the newest offering from this incredibly popular online casino. Noah’s Ark is a 30-payline video slot game that has a unique Split Symbols™ feature. The Split Symbols™ feature counts as two different symbols instead of just one. This offers a twist to the traditional video slot game where a winning payline can has over 10 matching symbols.

Warren Eloff, Product Manager at Virgin Casino, is quoted as saying, “WagerWorks have created yet another fantastic slot. Noah’s Ark is one of many great recent additions to our ever expanding casino, which offers games from a number of top developers. With the delightful animating animals that celebrate wins, the Split Symbols feature and free spin bonus, slot fans will love playing Noah’s Ark and enjoy winnings of epic proportions!” Virgin Casino has over 200 casino games and it is one of the most popular online casinos in the UK and throughout Europe.

Virgin Casino has a new slot game, which despite it’s name, isn’t just for the devout. Well, then again that all depends on what one is directing their devotion toward. If its spinning the slots, then by all mean, this new game is sure to please. Introducing “Noah’s Ark” video slot – a highly entertaining game with 30 paylines of action and a unique split feature that can create up to ten matching symbols per payline. Along with a free spin bonus, the action at Noah’s Ark is nothing short of biblical proportions.

If you need to see for yourself, just Visit Virgin Casino and open a free account to test Noah’s Ark out for free with unlimited fun money credits. Heck, while you’re there, be sure to check out their Recent Real Money Winners. You might even be inclined to take advantage of their standard 100% Match £100 free welcome bonus with 25x play-through on all slots, instant win games, Phantom Belle video poker and Ten Play Bonus Video Poker.

And if you are totally blown out of the water by Noah’s Ark (no pun intended), Virgin Casino is offering a special promotion from Monday, June 7th through Friday, June 11, 2010, in which they are giving away 20,000 in bonus cash. Simply wager a minimum of £175 on Noah’s Ark (as well as other select games) to earn a £5 bonus and a maximum of £3,500 to earn a £100 bonus (subject to wagering conditions) each day during the promotion period.

If you don’t want to wait until June 7th to get started playing with free money at Virgin Casino, and would rather pass on the 100% Match Bonus, Virgin is giving away a solid reload bonus right now. It’s worth 50% up to 75 Free and has a play-through of 20x. The bonus code is RELOAD, and while there are several game restrictions, this is a good offer for anyone who has played at Virgin before and still has an account in good standing.

With a name like Virgin Casino, one might just wonder if experience has got anything to do with running a successful online casino. And not that Virgin Casino hasn’t experienced the roll of the dice, the tossing of the roulette balls, obtaining a BJ on the felt tables (okay, I’m going a little bit overboard with the sexual innuendo’s aren’t I?) – the title of “Virgin” simply comes from parent company, Virgin – you know the one that has business ventures in everything from transportation to music.

More specifically, Virgin Casino is a branch of Virgin Games, which was launched in 2004 and also manages a poker room and online bingo room. One of the top UK facing online casinos in business today, Virgin Casino also has good “cred” due to their licensing of Wager Works online casino software. Wager Works is a subsidiary of the renowned land-based slot machine manufacturer, IGT, whose reputation precedes itself. Furthermore, Wager Works is a beacon for regulatory compliance, having received accreditations from Technical Systems Testing (TST), Gaming Associates and ongoing compliance with the UK white-listed Alderney Gambling Control Commission.

Our only complaint about Virgin Casino is their slight lack in transparency. For one, they do not provide links to monthly payout reports. Perhaps, with a branded name like “Virgin”, management thinks there is no need to be transparent with players. However, in this day-and-age of competitive and sometimes dangerous online gambling waters, it would serve Virgin Casino to be more forthright with the online gambling community. A good example would be 32Red. Better yet, just visit the OCS Best UK Casinos page for our top picks.<