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Gibraltar Power Plant Explosion Effects Online Gambling Sites

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

For those of you using various betting sites licensed and operated out of Gibraltar (the largest UK-based offshore base for online gambling), you may have noticed a few things out of the ordinary over Easter Weekend. An explosion and subsequent fire at a Gibraltar power station knocked a massive amount of the isthmus out of power. Major online casino sports betting sites – namely William Hill – were unable to process real money gambling wagers during the power outage.

The explosion happened on Easter Sunday in one of the power station’s generators, after what is being reported were “mechanical problems”. It is still very early in the ongoing investigation to determine exactly what this mechanical issue was.

There were massive clouds of thick smoke escaping the flames, and the fire was visible from all corners of the territory. There weren’t any casualties, and nobody was hurt, thankfully. The same can’t be said for the online gambling industry. The explosion’s after-fire interrupted Gibtelecom services, bringing a screeching halt to various big-time internet casino sites that also included worldwide betting services such as Ladbrokes.

Known as a huge tax haven for offshore endeavors (yet not the only region for this in the UK), Gibralter has been a leading online wagering base for a majority of the topmost rated casino sites for well over a decade. In fact, Gibraltar’s low tax rates have attracted more than 25 major online gambling brands and various gaming operators. Gibraltar hails that some 60% of online gambling licensures are based in the territory located near the western entrance to the Mediterranean Sea next to Spain and north of Morocco.

William Hill Casino Online, which is consistently one of our highest recommended UK/Euro online gambling hubs, lost power for nearly 3 hours. The offices of William Hill house about fifty employees. Due to close proximity to the explosion and blaze, they were also evacuated by police and firefighters after the fire broke out.

While this was a freak accident and no person could have predicted it to happen at the moment it did, there will certainly be those consumers who believe their wager was interrupted and perhaps inadvertently affected by the outage. Most all online casino sites directly affected have made timely announcements and apologies to any affected gambling fans.

Wagers made before the event were not negated or lost; players and bettors simply could not wager during the power blackout occurrence.
No customer data was compromised during the event. The inability to continue playing was the essential problem, and there were no reports of account glitches or other inconveniences at this time.

While William Hill experienced nearly three hours of downtime, other sites experienced a varying degree of outages based on the grid they are fed energy from. Betfred was down more than 6 hours.

Gibraltar police have already ruled out any foul play or suspicious acts of sabotage to the power station, and the incident is still being treated as a mechanical failure of some sort.

About Gibraltar:

Spain relinquished any legal hold on Gibraltar to Britain in 1713, and has since continually argued that Gibraltar should be returned to Spanish sovereignty. Spain has set up a working group within its taxing entity to analyze tax payments made in Gibraltar under suspicion that they do not receive the same treatment as others. In January 2011, Gibraltar did away with its “exempt status tax regime” under which several companies evaded taxation. In its place, Gibraltar introduced a single 10% tax.

William Hill and Sports Betting in the US

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

williamhillWith the recent increase of interest within the US sports wagering market, online gambling enthusiasts in New Jersey (and perhaps beyond) have a future that seems bright. Well, at least maybe.

William Hill US, the Nevada-based auxiliary of Britain’s largest bookmaker, has displayed some serious success in New Jersey with its recent sponsorship of the 46th running of the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park last month.

William Hill, known affectionately as Will Hill to those who bet, says that its interest in New Jersey reaches far beyond this one event. The large bookmaker will become the racetrack’s exclusive betting provider if New Jersey’s effort to legalize sports betting succeeds (as we all hope it eventually will despite the four professional sports leagues and NCAA being sternly opposed to it).

Until legalization, Will Hill offers a free-play (wager for fun) option for sports wagering to US citizens interested in checking things out. William Hill now runs a sportsbook, where participants can pick NFL games against the spread without wagering real money, while still being eligible to earn prizes.

As mentioned, the four main pro sporting leagues in the US are all opposed to wagering on sports for real money whether online or not because they jointly feel that sporting events will become susceptible to cheating and fixing. This is certainly a good argument, and yet what professional sports league hasn’t experienced its fair share of scandals?

As it stands, at least two of the four top pro sports leagues in the US have been raining-down massive scandals, ranging from high crimes committed by players to several cheating scandals spawned from extensive steroid use. Proponents of sports betting claim these sports are no more susceptible to game fixing than they currently are anyway.

With no pre-legalization swaying of regulators in mind, Will Hill has firmly stated that if betting on sports in New Jersey becomes legal, it fully intends to make a considerable investment in building a Las Vegas-style race and sportsbook in the state to accommodate wagers.

This is where we start to see the political wrangling about. Sure, you have the pro leagues firmly against the legalization of sports wagering – crying fowl and displaying major concern over corruption to the tune of game fixing and diminished reputation. And you also have big brands like Will Hill touting huge would-be revenue promises and a shot to the economy, which New Jersey so desperately needs. But a promise is just that. A contract is binding.

The fact that online casino action starts in a few short months in New Jersey will certainly open the sports wagering issue further. The opposition to wagering on sports from the pro leagues is not just limited to New Jersey, so this one will be an uphill battle, indeed.

William Hill Vegas on a Winning Streak With Big Jackpot Winners

Thursday, September 16th, 2010
See the Recent Winners List at William Hill Online for a dose of payouts.

See the Recent Winners List at William Hill Online for a dose of payouts.

William Hill’s virtual Las Vegas online casino, William Hill Vegas, recently scored it’s largest winner to date. Or perhaps I should say a lucky player at William Hill Vegas has scored the largest jackpot to date – for both Will Hill and the player! Coming in at nearly half-a-million pounds, let’s just say it’s one of the largest jackpots to be won online, period!

The lucky player – referred to as Eni O. – hails from London, which is precisely where William Hill is headquartered. Even though the big win was hit one month ago, it’s still making news at a number of online gambling news sites – including OCS, obviously!

Eni had this to say in regards to the win: “I’m absolutely over the moon. I’ve had a few small wins on williamhill.com in the past, but this is incredible – I’m lost for words! I just want to hug that plucky little leprechaun.”

What’s even more newsworthy is that while Eni’s £420,948.21 jackpot win (on the Leprechaun’s Luck slot machine, hence the shout out to the plucky little leprechaun) is an impressive feat, the fact of the matter is that jackpots in the hundreds-of-thousands take place all the time at William Hill Vegas. Within the last year, there were twelve wins that nearly hit or surpassed the £100,000 mark.

The three wins that hovered just below 100K were for £85,000 on the Pharaoh’s Treasure progressive video slot, £76,000 also on Pharaoh’s Treasure and £74,000 on Alice’s Wonderland. The “Chests of Plenty” slot has produced three different £100K+ wins (the largest coming in at £176,000 last October), while “Alice’s Wonderland” has scored the fifth and second largest wins at £150,000 and £256,000. The third largest jackpot within the last year was for over £234,000 on the Leprechaun’s Luck slot, which as mentioned, was home to the largest jackpot to date at nearly £421,000.

William Hill Vegas is part of the William Hill Online network of internet wagering sites, offering everything from sports betting and casino games to bingo, poker and skill games. Will Hill Vegas is is owned and operated by WHG International Ltd. and is licensed and registered with the UK white-listed Gibraltar Regulatory Authority, which on a side note, is proving to be a more fitting regulatory jurisdiction than the UK Gambling Commission for an increasing number of UK/Europe based online casino operators. Read the OCS William Hill Casino Review for more information.

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!

Apple Approved Apps Coming Soon to an Online Casino Near You

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Check out Will Hill Casino's Mobile Phone App for iPhones

Check out Will Hill Casino's Mobile Phone App for iPhones

The race for online betting App’s is on! Following William Hill’s recent announcement the online casino operator had submitted an application to Apple for a downloadable app that would allow user’s to make real money wagers on Will Hill’s online sportsbook, three more rival internet betting operators – Bwin, Ladbrokes and Paddy Power – have announced their intent to do the same.

William Hill‘s app is called the “World Cup Predictor”, and apparently gives up-to-the-minute odds on matches, as well as the ability to log into one’s account to post live wagers. The details of Ladbrokes’ app has not been revealed as of yet, but considering the company is planning to get an approval before the World Cup – beginning on June 11th – there’s a good chance it is similar to Will Hill’s World Cup Predictor app.

Ladbrokes’ John O’Reilly says that while their mobile online casino betting suite is compatible with iPhone’s (as is Will Hill’s), launching an iPhone app is a whole new ballgame. ” It’s one thing having a web application, another thing having one through the iPhone Store – it has a different functionality”, said O’Reilly.

As for Bwin and Paddy Power, they aren’t in a total rush to get their iPhone app’s approved. Bwin’s Tomer Katz said his company is hoping to launch their app soon after the World Cup (pending an approval from Apple), while Paddy Power’s Darren Lovern said they are thinking about launching an app (ideally before the World Cup), but are weary of potential problems getting their application approved by Apple.

A taste of the mobile online casino action on your Smart Phone

A taste of the mobile online casino action on your Smart Phone

These concerns certainly aren’t without merit, albeit Apple did reverse their stance on gambling apps – having initially rejected apps submitted by Betfair and Tabcorp, only to later approve both applications. The main concern on Apple’s part, it would seem, pertains to children. One of Apple’s criteria for approving app’s is that it isn’t inappropriate content for children. Well, considering there are plenty of apps that are essentially pornography, Apple apparently has a standard by which to keep tabs on the more adult stuff.

Other criteria Apple looks for when reviewing app’s is whether or not the app crashes frequently (obviously), if it has buggy software in general, if there are unauthorized API’s being used, privacy violations and (get ready, this is the big one), whether or not the app “degrades the core experience of the iPhone”. As revealed by Apple recently, there is a forty person team reviewing some 8,500 new apps and updates to existing ones each week. Eighty percent of app’s are approved without changes needed, while 95% of all applications are approved within a two week time period.

In short, the likes of Bwin, Ladbrokes and Paddy Power need not worry about their app getting denied by Apple. All you supped up online gamblers be on the lookout. There’s bound to be an app coming out soon from your favorite online casino.

Will Hill Online Calls Bingo for Virtue Fusion Alderney

Friday, January 29th, 2010

virtuefusion_williamhillIf William Hill Online ever had any reservations about staying in the online bingo industry, they certainly don’t anymore. As of this week, Will Hill has extended it’s agreement with Virtue Fusion Alderney – an industry leading licensor of online bingo games and thriving bingo player network. A deal equally serving both companies, the relationship means that Virtue Fusion will get to continue boasting the respected Will Hill brand as one of its clients and that Will Hill players will have access to a large pool of tournaments and popular bingo games like “Deal or No Deal”. So, to capitalize on the opportunity to use a pun, I guess you could say the “deal” went down once again.

Will Hill, which is one of the oldest and most reputable gaming brands in the UK (now licensed in the premier regulatory jurisdiction of Malta – Malta Lotteries and Gaming Authority), has long been associated with providing fixed odds bookmaking services. Their launch, last year, of a Playtech Software powered online casino and the Will Hill Online business entity as a whole, ushered in a new direction for Will Hill, now resulting in a strong online presence across the boards, including a 70% asset share with Playtech. Not only is Will Hill into sports betting, bingo and online casino games, they also offer an arcade and Vegas Casino subdomain, live dealer casino, skill gaming and lottery.

If you ask me, it all gets a little confusing. For what we are concerned with here at Online Casino Suite, however (being that we specialize in reviewing online casinos), we like to tell UK and European players about the William Hill Casino Club, which is the aforementioned Playtech-powered online casino with the best free cash bonus offers Will Hill Online has to offer. As opposed to a £100 welcome bonus and £25 no-deposit offer (which is offered through WilliamHill.com), Will Hill Casino Club (www.williamhillcasino.com) offers a £150 welcome bonus and £30 no-deposit bonus.

As for Virtue Fusion, well, they have been doing some serious expansion of their own. Not only is Will Hill a major client in their network, Ladbrokes and the ever popular Virgin Gaming (which operates the UK favorite, Virgin Online Casino), are tapped into Virtue’s platform of 30,000+ players (7,000 peak concurrent players; 1,001 concurrent players at time of publication) generating over 100 Million Euros in stakes per month. Adding to their good name, Virtue Fusion is licensed and regulated by the UK white-listed Alderney Gambling Control Commission.