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Round Up Of Events from the Online Casino Industry in December 2014

We can start by taking a look at some of the biggest recorded wins throughout November and December 2014. While playing at an online casino called Casino Action, player S.L netted a cool $24,000 from a progressive jackpot slot machine called Mega Moolah. “I never really play progressives, but I thought I would give it a shot. When the bonus game came up I turned around to do something, and when I turned back to the game my jaw dropped, I won almost $24,000. Amazing feeling,” said S.L. We obtained these comments from the Casino Rewards website.

Player B.T won CA$33,331, also at Casino Action, but from an online slot called CashOccino. Player D.B won CA$45,477 at Casino Kingdom from a branded online slot machine called Terminator 2 and player I.R won an incredible $3,390,032 at Golden Tiger Casino, also while playing on the progressive jackpot slot, Mega Moolah.

Some of the other recent lucky winners include player F.D who won £22,581 at Casino Action on a video poker game called Deuces Wild – 10 Play Power Poker. Player C.W won CA$34,230 at Villento Casino on a slot called Break Away and player F.D won £12,328 at Casino Action on a branded online slot called Battlestar Galactica. All of these wins have been independently verified by a renowned online casino testing agency called eCOGRA and all of these casinos are powered entirely by downloadable and non-downloadable Microgaming software.

Several impressive new online slot machines recently arrived in casinos. IGT Interactive launched a brand new concept slot called Bubble Craze. Realtime Gaming (RTG) launched a new Christmas themed slot called The Naughty List and Playtech launched a new online slot called White King. Both Net Entertainment (NetEnt) and Microgaming recently launched two new online slot machines.

The latest slots from NetEnt included a science fiction themed slot called Cosmic Fortune and a new branded slot which was made in association with Universal© called The Invisible Man. “Partnering with Universal Partnerships & Licensing has enabled us to deliver another outstanding slot accessible by desktop and mobile devices,” said NetEnt’s Chief Product Officer, Simon Hammon. These words were extracted from the official NetEnt website.

He then finished by saying, “The Invisible Man showcases a great player and gaming experience of a very popular title and story. NetEnt’s use of HTML5 for both desktop and mobile on this fantastic production continues to showcase our abilities, and our innovation in driving the casino market forward.”

Microgaming also recently launched a new ‘branded’ slot machine called Game of Thrones which is based on the hugely successful HBO television series of the same name. In fact, players can now find two versions of this branded title in their favourite Microgaming powered casino. One of these new slots has 5 reels and 243 ways to win per spin and the other version has 5 reels and 15 winning paylines. The other new online slot from Microgaming which arrived in casinos just a few weeks before the new Game of Thrones slot machines were released was a sci-fi themed slot called Max Damage.

Get in the Xmas Spirit with these Great Xmas Themed Slots

If you really want to get in the Christmas spirit this year and if you enjoy playing online slot machines, why not check out some of the following Christmas themed slots that we have found for you. These slots are all now widely available, they can be launched either instantly in your browser or from within a secure casino download client and they are available in the free play mode and in the real cash mode.

Let’s start by taking a look at some of the best Christmas themed slots (aka Xmas themed slots) from Realtime Gaming (RTG). This software provider has developed six great Xmas slots including The Elf Wars, Return of the Rudolph, Santa Strikes Back, Rudolph’s Revenge and Naughty or Nice (1 and 2). These games all have multiple winning paylines and the have some great bonus features for players to enjoy. Some of them also have progressive jackpots to play for.

If you want to play on any of the Xmas themed slots from RTG right now, you will need to head over to any of the following online casinos, all of which are US-friendly online casinos: Manhattan Slots, High Noon Casino, Slots Jungle, Win Palace Casino, Lucky Red Casino, All Star Slots, Club World Casinos, Silver Oak Casino, Aladdin’s Gold Casino or Casino Titan.

Microgaming has produced a total of 8 Xmas themed slots including Santa Paws, Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls, Ho Ho Ho, Santa’s Wild Ride, Scrooge, Gift Rap and Secret Santa. These action packed Xmas slots can now be found at hundreds of different Microgaming casinos such as Spin Palace Casino, Royal Vegas Casino, Golden Riviera Casino, 32Red Casino, Jackpot City Casino, Casino-Mate, Gaming Club Casino, Platinum Play Casino, All Slots Casino and Betway Casino.

The other top Xmas themed slots that you also need to keep an eye out for include Santa Surprise and Ghost of Christmas. You can now find these exciting Playtech slots at various fully licensed online casinos such as Mansion Casino, Fly Casino, Casino.com, Paddy Power Casino, Gala Casino, Ladbrokes Casino, Bet365 Casino, William Hill Casino, Omni Casino and Genting Casino.

There are some really big prizes to play for on each of the Xmas themed slots mentioned above and they all have wide betting ranges to cater for most budgets. Head over to any of these secure online casinos today and check out these great Xmas themed slots over the festive period.

Multi-Player Casino Games from Microgaming

Some of the most interactive casino games available online today are the Multi-Player Games and you can now find five Multi-Player Games at any online casino which is powered entirely by Microgaming software. Some of the top Microgaming powered casinos include Betway Casino, 32Red Casino, Jackpot City Casino, Royal Vegas Casino, Spin Palace Casino, Gaming Club Casino, 7 Sultans Casino, Golden Riviera Casino, Crazy Vegas Casino, Platinum Play Casino and Euro Palace Casino.

To play on any of these games you would need to install the Microgaming casino download client onto your computer because at the time of writing, none of the Multi-Player Games can be launched over Microgaming’s instant flash casino platform. It should only take a minute or so to install the software on to your PC or laptop.

The most recently released Multi-Player Game from Microgaming was Multi-Player Playboy and the others include Multi-Player Avalon, Multi-Player Isis, Multi-Player No Worries and Multi-Player Wheel of Wealth. Finding these games is relatively straight forward once you have logged into your account in the real money mode.

All you need to do is click on the ‘Games’ button and then you need to click on the Multi-Player & Tournament Network icon. Clicking on this will redirect you to where you need to be. The next step is to click on the game that you would like to play and it should take less than 30 seconds to launch. The game will open in a new window and you should be able to take a spin as soon as the game has finished loading providing you have enough cash in your account.

We managed to obtain the following comments from the official Microgaming website. These comments were made on the same day that Microgaming launched its Multi-Player Playboy in October 2014, “Playboy is one of the most recognisable brands in the world – it has 97% unaided global brand awareness. So to be able to bring our popular Playboy online slot to Multi-player is very exciting. It is an ideal acquisition tool and provides our operators with a fantastic opportunity for creative and engaging marketing campaigns,” said the Product Manager for Multi-Player Games at Microgaming, James Ford.

This action and feature packed slot machine has some really big prizes to play for and just like all of the other Multiplayer slots, you can watch up to five other players spinning the reels as well as being able to watch your own set of reels spinning. Playboy's President for Global Licensing, Matt Nordby, said, “We value our partnership with Microgaming and are delighted to build off of the success of the Live Dealer product and online slot to further enhance our offering with a Multi-player online slot. It's another great way for online players to experience the exhilarating world of Playboy.”

Online Casino Bonuses & Rewards Programs Explained

All of today’s best online casinos offer each new player some kind of guaranteed welcome bonus. As soon as your new account has been activated you will instantly be able to claim what is rightfully yours. The most common type of online casino welcome bonus is the matching deposit bonus, but free play bonuses and no deposit bonuses are also now widely available.

You will also receive automatic entrance into the casino’s loyalty rewards program as soon as your account has been activated, or as soon as you have made your first deposit and placed your first real cash wager. These online casino loyalty programs are fundamentally the same, so it doesn’t matter where you play really.

When you play in the real money mode on any of the games in the casino you will be awarded a certain number of loyalty points which can eventually be exchanged for real cash. Some of the other great rewards include free spins for selected online slot machines, casino merchandise and various other rewards. Playing on games such as the slot machines and/or scratchcards will generally earn you the most points. Fewer points will be awarded when playing on most table and card games and various other games such as All Aces Video Poker.

When you open a new account with a casino, make sure that you maximise your initial welcome bonus and also take advantage of it before it expires. For example you may only have one week to claim your new player welcome bonus, so hurry before you miss out. If the welcome bonus is a 100% matching deposit worth up to $/€/£100, it means that the casino will match your deposit up to the value of $/€/£100, penny for penny.

If, for example, you deposit the full $/€/£100 on your first ever deposit, you are effectively doubling-up and you will end up with a total of $/€/£200 to play with instead of just your initial deposit amount of $/€/£100. Also remember that most bonus cash has to be wagered X amount of times before it can be withdrawn. You also then have to wager (aka playthrough) the bonus cash, usually up to 30x times, before you can withdraw your winnings.

The average wagering requirements for most online casino bonuses today tend to hover between 20x and 30x times the bonus amount. In other words, if you deposited $/€/£100 you would have to wager $/€/£3000 before the bonus cash could be withdrawn ($/€/£100 x 30). However, wagering requirements (and any bonus winnings that you make) can be forfeited at any time and when you do this, you will be left with just your initial deposit to play with instead of having any bonus cash.

What’s happening with the UK Online Gambling Market?

New gaming license legislation in the United Kingdom means that all UK players are required to play in their territory. In other words, there are loads of online casinos that are no longer accepting any real cash wages from UK players. The vast majority of these casinos are powered by downloadable and non-downloadable Microgaming software.

Many offshore operators focus their business towards the UK market, but if they are not paying taxes in the UK, they can no longer direct their business towards the UK market. We have already found more than 30 different online casinos that have closed down business in the UK market and this list will no doubt grow over the next few weeks.

The casinos that we have found so far include sites such as Wild Jack Casino, Jackpot Factory Casino, First Web Casino, All Jackpots Casino, All Slots Casino, Crazy Vegas Casino, Maple Casino, 777 Dragon Casino, Casino UK, Golden Riviera Casino, Major Tom Casino, Red Flush Casino, Euro Palace Casino, 7 Sultans Casino, Vegas Palms Casino, Platinum Play Casino and Royal Vegas Casino.

Other casinos which have also followed suit include sites such as Casino Epoca, Mummy’s Gold Casino, King Neptune’s Casino, River Nile Casino, Lucky Nugget Casino, Gaming Club Casino, Jackpot City Casino, Cabaret Club Casino, Ruby Fortune Casino and Spin Palace Casino. Two well-known Playtech powered casinos, Omni Casino & Fly Casino, are also both no longer accepting players from the UK.

This begs the question, where can UK players place a real cash wager? Some of the most secure online casinos which ARE fully compliant with the new legislation include sites such as 32Red Online Casino, Bet365 Casino, Mr Green Casino, bgo Vegas, Betway Casino, Genting Casino, Intercasino, Gala Casino, Casino Euro, Paddy Power Casino, Roxy Palace Casino, Ladbrokes Casino, Slots Magic and Betfair Casino. There are plenty of other great online casinos which are also available for UK players.

Many of these sites are in fact connected to cross-platform gambling portals, which means that you can find one of two online casino-type products, as well as online sports betting products, online poker products, online bingo and various other products. You will also find that many of these products are powered by leading software providers such as Playtech, Net Entertainment (NetEnt), WMS Gaming, Betsoft Gaming and IGT Interactive, and also be various other major software providers.

Hot & Cold Games at Gaming Club Casino

Gaming Club Casino is often recognised as the oldest online casino in the world. This top-rated online casino has been operating since 1994 and it is powered by award-winning Microgaming software. The games can be accessed instantly in your browser at this casino, or from within a perfectly secure download client which comes with built-in support.

Gaming Club also has a non-downloadable live dealer casino available (which can actually be accessed from within the download client, but will open in a separate window) and a growing number of games are also now available on mobile at Gaming Club Mobile Casino. Over the years, many games have stood the test of time and are still just as popular today as they were when they first appeared online.

Some of these games also tend to go ‘hot’ and some tend to go ‘cold’, which means that they are either paying out big or they are not paying out at all. A great way of being able to find out which games are hot and which ones are cold would be to install the Microgaming software onto your computer and then once you have signed in to your account, head to the ‘News’ section.

Towards the very left hand side of the News section you should be able to see an updated list of Hot Games and Cold Games. If you are feeling lucky, the Hot Games are, in theory, the ones that are more likely to pay compared to the ones that are cold right now. Let’s take a look at some of the Hot Games available at Gaming Club Casino at the time of writing.

Summertime, Starlight Kiss, Alaskan Fishing, Monster’s in the Closet, Asian Beauty, Throne of Egypt, Dolphin Tale, Old King Cole, Ho Ho Ho, Flying Circus and The Osbournes. Just because these games are ‘hot’ right now doesn’t necessarily guarantee that they will pay out big prizes though.

Some of the Cold Games at Gaming Club Casino right now include Bust the Bank, CashOccino, Nuclear 9s, Sweet Harvest, Dolphin Coast, Bars & Stripes, Untamed Giant Panda, Gypsy Queen, Robin Hood, Love Potion, Sneak a Peak Planet Exotica and Untamed Bengal Tiger. Who knows though, you could play on one of these ‘cold games’ today and you could lift the proverbial curse and win real big, making it no longer a cold game.

Terminator 2, Jurassic Park & Other Great Slots from Microgaming

The average Microgaming powered casino is packed with more than 650 games for players to explore and approximately 280 of these games are online slot machines ranging from single line classic slots to multilined video slots. They have developed an impressive range of unique titles with slots like Immortal Romance, Girls with Guns (1 and 2), Thunderstruck (1 and 2), Untamed Crowned Eagle, Racing for Pinks, High Society, Mega Moolah, Avalon 2 and Break Away.

Over the past few years Microgaming has managed to obtain licensing agreements with several major organisations to develop branded titles. To date, their most famous branded titles include The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, as well as Playboy, Tomb Raider (1 and 2), Terminator 2, Hitman, Hellboy and Jurassic Park. Also coming soon is a Game of Thrones slot machine

These titles all have some entertaining bonus rounds for players to enjoy and they are all available in the real money mode and in the free play mode. The all have huge prizes to play for and some of these games even have Progressive Jackpots attached to them. The Dark Knight, for example, has four accumulating prizes pools to play for and the same jackpots are up for grabs on Mega Moolah.

Speaking about the new Jurassic Park slot in August was the Microgaming CEO, Roger Raatgever, “Welcome… to Jurassic Park! Since signing the Jurassic Park franchise earlier in the year, we have been on a grand adventure to create this online slot. Jurassic Park is an enormous brand so we knew we had to create something spectacular to represent the franchise’s iconic status. The game goes live today with our operators and I’m very proud of what we have achieved; it’s one of our greatest slot creations to date.”

These slot machines are all now widely available and the majority can be found in more than 250 different Microgaming powered casinos. Some of these slot machines are also now available on mobile at several top Microgaming-powered mobile casinos. Some of the best Microgaming casinos that we can highly recommend for you include Gaming Club Casino, Jackpot City Casino, Spin Palace Casino, Royal Vegas Casino and Betway Casino.

Other great Microgaming sites include 32Red Casino, Crazy Vegas Casino, Golden Riviera Casino, Vegas Palms Casino, Ruby Fortune Casino, Platinum Play Casino, Euro Palace Casino, 777 Dragon Casino, All Slots Casino, Casino UK, 7 Sultans Casino and Roxy Palace Casino.

Online Casino Loyalty Programs Worth Checking Out

Most online casinos today tend to reward their registered members based on their play in the casino usually on a monthly basis. Players generally have a real cash balance, a free play balance and also a loyalty points’ balance. You can earn loyalty points simply by playing on any of their games in the real money mode.

Some games will earn you more points than others, which is fairly standard at every online casino today, and then once you have accumulated a certain amount of points you can contact the support or head to the cashier section and then redeem your points for real cash. You can also usually redeem the points for free spins, casino credits and other great rewards.

Let’s take a quick look at how some of these rewards programs work. At any of the online casinos that are currently owned by a company called Casino Rewards (such as Captain Cooks Casino, Casino Action, Blackjack Ballroom Casino or Golden Tiger Casino), the points-per-game-allocation works as follows:

For every $/€/£10.00 wagered on ANY Blackjack Game, you can earn 0.1 Loyalty Point. For every $/€/£10.00 wagered on ANY Video Poker Game, you can also earn 0.1 Loyalty Point. For every $/€/£10.00 wagered on ANY Roulette Game, you can earn 0.5 Loyalty Points. For every $/€/£10.00 wagered on ANY Table Game, you can also earn 0.5 Loyalty Points and for every $/€/£10.00 wagered on ANY Slot Machine, you can earn 1.00 Loyalty Point.

You can redeem these points at ANY of their partner casinos and membership is free. The other great thing about this loyalty program is that your points will NEVER expire, meaning that you can exchange them whenever you want. The more you play, the more you can benefit from Cash Bonuses, Free Gifts and VIP Treatment.

Vegas Partner Lounge (VPL) is responsible for casinos such as Maple Casino, Casino UK, River Nile Casino, Crazy Vegas Casino, Casino-Mate, 777 Dragon and Golden Riviera Casino, and this trusted operator also runs a lucrative loyalty program called the Vegas Loyalty Lounge Rewards program. This VIP program consists of 4 ‘Lounge Tiers’ which include the Green Lounge, the Silver Lounge, the Gold Lounge and the Platinum Lounge.

You can also find some fantastic VIP loyalty programs at various other top Microgaming casinos such as Royal Vegas Casino, 7 Sultans Casino, Vegas Palms Casino, Platinum Plat Casino and Euro Palace, all of which are controlled by a reputable operator called Fortune Lounge and The Palace Group also runs a decent rewards program at each of their trusted casinos (Ruby Fortune Casino, Cabaret Club Casino, Spin Palace Casino and Mummy’s Gold Casino).