Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Proposed new German gambling law criticised by the European Commission

EGBA, the European Gaming & Betting Association, has stated in a press release that the European Commission has issued a ‘detailed opinion’ against the draft German State Gambling Treaty. Accordig to this detailed opinion, Commission believes that the proposed German State Treaty breaches the EU law. Unless the draft is changed substantially after this warning, Germany risks formal infringement proceedings, referral to the European Court of Justice (CJEU) and ultimately financial penalties.

The Commission objects that while the draft law appears to open the market for online sports betting operators from all EU member states,in practice it reserves the market for the incumbent German monopolies.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Short of Cash? Play Jackpot Pinatas & Win around $1,7 Million

I said in an earlier blog that I will be reviewing at random intervals casino games offered by US Friendly casinos. I started with reviewing my favourite slot machine Enchanted Garden. Now it is time to review a Progressive video slot with a huge jackpot, like RTG's Jackpot Pinatas which has now over $1.7 million in the jackpot waiting to be cracked since a pretty long time.

Jackpot Pinatas is a 5 reel 20 payline progressive slot machine with a minimum jackpot of $250,000. The slot has some brightly coloured graphics and some really cute icons like the Dog Pinata, the Bull Pinata, and the Donkey Pinata, all of them VIAs (Very Important Animals).

Donkey Pinata is Wild substituting for all other symbols except Bull Pinata and scattered Dog Pinata in a winning combination. 5 Donkey Pinatas in an active payline will pay up to 40,000 coins in Free Games.

When 3 or more scattered Dog Pinatas appear anywhere on the reels, the Pinata Feature is triggered. This is a truly exciting and entertainig feature containing prize multipliers, a bonus round and plenty of free games.

You choose at the beginning of the feature 2 of rhe 3 Pinatas displayed revealing prizes of up to 200 times the triggering bet. If one of the Pinatas you chose reveals a Rose, a Bonus Round is awarded. You can win more than one bonus round.

The Pinata feature ends when you fail to find the Pinata that holds the rose. But don't worry. Now you may get involved in an orgy of free games. Up to 25 Free Games are awarded at the end of the feature. More Bull and Donkey Pinatas are added to the reels during free games. Except Bull Pinata and Progressive jackpot prizes, all prizes are doubled during free games.

Perhaps you have won by now some very good prizes. You can top them by getting 5 Bull Pinatas in an active payline to finish the day with the biggest trophy of all, the PROGESSSIVE JACKPOT.

If you are looking for a good online casino to try this game, we would recommend the US friendly Aladdin's Gold Casino. Not only the oriental grandeur of the casino website and lobby will, I think, impress you, but also the absolutely unique welcome bonus offer in the online casino world - 200% Deposit bonus unlimited, as often as you want for 7 days! You can play the Flash Casino or download the casino software and play 100+ RTG casino games on your PC.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Bodog Brand to Leave US Market at Year End

Will the last online gambling site serving the US market please switch off the lights?
After the English Harbour Casino Group issued notices that it was shutting down Aug. 1, CalvynAyre.com has issued a press release announcing the exit of the Bodog Brand from the US market at the end of 2011. Since Bodog UK has been granted a gambling license, they have decided to withdraw from the US market, "in order to ensure the brand’s expansion is not affected by negative perceptions, both in the UK and elsewhere in emerging markets such as Asia". US residents will no longer be able to access bodog.eu or any other Bodog branded website after 31 December.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Proposed German State Gambling Treaty criticized by the European Commission

EGBA, the Eurpoean Gaming & Betting Association, reports on its website that the European Commission has issued a 'detailed opinion' stating that the draft German State Gambling Treaty breaches the EU law. The draft requires, according to EC, substantial changes after this warning, in order to avoid formal infringement proceedings, referral to the European Court of Justice (CJEU) and financial penalties.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Rewards Affiliates grows again!

Rewards Affiliates that currently manages 25 casinos powered by Microgaming,  including such popular brands as Blackjack Ballroom, Golden Tiger Casino and Casino Classic, are growing again. They are adding 7 more brands to the Rewards Affiliates/Casino Rewards umbrella:

- Colosseum Casino
- Grand Hotel Casino
- Luxury Casino
- Vegas Joker Casino
- Vegas Slot Casino
- Vegas Country Casino
- Vegas 7 Casino

Microgaming Poker Network celebrates its 4 Billionth Hand

Microgaming has announced prizes worth €100,000 when its poker network will be dealing the 4 Billionth Hand, which is expected to happen shortly. To celebrate this landmark event, cash rewards will be paid to 200 milestone hands leading up to the Four Billionth Hand. €60,000 in prize money will be split between players lucky enough to participate in one of the milestone hands during the lead up to the momentous event. The winner of the Four Billionth Hand itself will receive a whopping €20,000, with a further €20,000 shared amongst the other players participating in the winning hand.

You can make sure of your share in the €100,000 worth cash prizes by sitting at any of the cash tables of CoolHand Poker. You can also claim a 200% match bonus up to €200.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Microgaming releases 3 innovative games in July

Almost exactly two months back I wrote a blog wondering when will really innovative video slots be offered. I noted: "Why not bring out a game where a player will have to play in the bonus game a round of TEXAS HOLD' EM or LET THEM RIDE or VEGAS STRIP BLACKJACK or any other game where besides pure luck some strategical thinking will also matter?"

A few days later, I was delighted to read that Microgaming will release a video slot machine where you play Jacks or Better. In this video slot, Reel Play Poker - Jacks or Better.  a Royal Flush awards up to 320,000 coins!

And now, in the month of July, Microgaming has released Riviera Riches, a five reel video slot introducing a roulette wheel into its Bonus Feature.

Two other new releases are available only on Flash platform and through QuickFire, powered by Microgaming.

One of them, Hexaline, is an ‘alternative slot’ style game where players aim to complete a coloured chain of adjacent hexagons from left to right on the honeycomb grid.

The other new release, Multi-Player Premier Roulette – Diamond Edition, offers players the opportunity to play roulette with other players, placing bets alongside each other and watching how they play. Players can choose to play on a 20, 40, or 60 second table and are able to build on and work out their own strategy, copy a lucky player, or compete to be the biggest winner.

You will read here reviews of all 3 games soon!