Jan 07

Top live dealers casino websites for Canadians in 2020.

Passion for Payouts: Top Live Dealers Casino Sites for Canadians 2020

We’re kicking off the New Year with a fresh list of top-tier live casino operations welcoming Canadian players. Live dealer games are preferred for their realistic experience, closely mimicking that of a land-based casino – as close as you can possibly get on a computer or mobile device. There are real live dealers, operating real table games, with multiple real players joining in the action.

Here in Canada, we are limited in the number of online casinos we can play at. Some provinces are privy to locally-regulated gambling websites, but only two of them have live casino games. There are many more highly reputable and strictly regulated international offerings, but only so many have a good live dealer presentation.

Top Live Dealers Casino Sites for Canadians

Normally, a “top” list of anything has 3, 5, 10, or maybe 20 of the best whatever you’re listing. I’m going out of the box with this list and giving you the “Top 4”. Yes, four of Canada’s best live casinos in 2020. Why four? Because I couldn’t possibly cut this list down to three, and there really isn’t a fifth worthy of inclusion.

I’m also not giving the operators a number ranking. I don’t feel that any one is better than another. They all have differentiating qualities that earned them a spot on this list. For instance, the first two, PlayNow and PlayOLG, are both home-grown operations. Then again, they’re ring-fenced to their local provinces, limiting who can access them. The second two, LeoVegas and Royal Vegas, are open to all Canadians, but present very different live gaming options. With that being said, let’s get right to it…

PlayNow Live Casino – BC and Manitoba Only

PlayNow is a great iGaming operation built, maintained and regulated by the provincial government of British Columbia. Through a player sharing contract with the BCLC, Manitoba residents are also able to partake in PlayNow’s internet gambling activities. For residents of these jurisdictions, the degree of security and player protections can’t be beat.

The PlayNow Live Casino is powered by the industry’s #1 Live Casino brand, Evolution Gaming, and includes live blackjack, infinite blackjack, baccarat, eSqueeze baccarat, roulette, auto roulette and ultimate Texas holdem. That’s not a bad assortment, but it doesn’t include any of Evolution’s immensely popular game show-style productions.

EspaceJeux Live Casino – Quebec Only

Similarly, Espacejeux is the online gambling operation of Loto-Quebec – home grown and locally regulated by that provincial government. As such, security and safety are unquestionable, but only residents of Quebec can sign up an account and place wagers. That’s good for Quebecois, as is the implementation of Evolution Gaming’s world class live dealer software. On the negative side, the only live games are standard blackjack and roulette, baccarat, and Control Squeeze baccarat.

LeoVegas Live Casino – All Canadians Accepted

LeoVegas is an internationally operated casino brand, regulated in multiple jurisdictions. LeoVegas is licensed in its home country of Sweden, and also holds gaming licenses from Denmark and Malta. It is powered by more software brands than I’d care to count; somewhere in the neighborhood of 50. Several of those software studios offer live casino games. As such, this website presents, by far, the largest live gaming menu of any competitor.

There are – and bear in mind, some of these numbers will appear as duplicates due to multi-categorization – 48 live roulette games, 31 live blackjack games, 18 types of “card games”, 16 private Chambre Séparée (high roller) tables, 16 “VIP” tables, 11 live baccarat tables, 7 live “game show” style options, and 5 live poker variants; 23 of which are ‘Fast Play’ titles.

Royal Vegas Live Casino – All Canadians Accepted

There are some who would argue that “less is more”. By this, I mean having so many options – as many as LeoVegas presents – can make it harder to actually pick one. It’s not just a theory, but a scientific fact. Studies have shown that being offered chocolate, vanilla or strawberry ice cream makes it easy to pick one, whereas 30+ flavors can actually cause stress, anxiety, and an accelerated heart rate. Why such difficulty? People tend to fear that they won’t (or didn’t) choose the best option, and it leaves a bad taste in their mouth – pardon the pun.

If you prescribe to this ideal, then I present to you Royal Vegas Canada. Licensed in Malta, this operator only employs one live casino supplier, but it’s the world’s best – also proven by statistical data – Evolution Gaming.

Evolution has won the eGR Live Casino Supplier of the Year Award for the last 10 years straight. It’s almost as if they’ve figured out the perfect formula for live dealers casino games, and they’ve kept it as confidential as Mr. Krab’s secret formula for the “Krabby Patty”.

Royal Vegas accepts players from all over Canada. It’s also one of the few international sites that is approved to process payments via Interact eTransfer. Live casino games include blackjack, roulette, double ball roulette, baccarat, casino holdem, 3 card poker, Caribbean stud poker, private tables, game show tables, and their signature “Party” tables.

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Nov 15

Tips for finding the right debit card casino in Canada.

Sifting Through the iGaming Sands for the Right Debit Card Casino in Canada

You decide you want to try casino games online. You’ve got enough experience with online merchants to know that debit cards are among the fastest, most secure ways to pay for things over the internet. You take a seat at your computer, or hop on the couch with your iPad, all ready to get started. You type “debit card online casino Canada” into the Google search windows and… 4,810,000 results come up.

This scenario has become all too common. Canadians are trying to find the right interactive casino to suit their needs, but there are just too many to choose from. The majority of people in this situation will do one of two things – click the first result that appears and hope for the best, or close the browser and forget about it. Either way is going to be problematic.

If you click the first result, you’re going to end up at an information site, not an online casino. Information is good, but you’re already at an information site right now. Yes, this one. Thank you, by the way. But you don’t need more info – you need the right casino. And if you go the second route, you’re certainly not going to find it. Even if you scroll down the results far enough to click the first real casino on the list, you have no idea where you’re going to end up

So, to avoid these cyclomatic perplexities, I offer you this…

Tips for Finding the Right Debit Card Casino in Canada

There are four major features you need to look for in a gambling website before deciding whether it’s the right casino for you. If all of these features are present, you’ve got nothing to worry about.

Canadian Player Acceptance

If Canadians aren’t accepted, that’s a huge deal breaker. Mark that site right off the list!

How can you be sure? Try searching for the word “Canada” within the website’s URL. For example, you would search the Royal Vegas Casino website like so…

Royal Vegas Canada

All of the top search results specify, or at least insinuate, that Canadians are accepted. Half of them even call it “Royal Vegas Canada”. See what happens when you try another casino’s domain name within the “site:” search. Odds are you’ll get lucky, or you’ll get a link to the “terms of service page” listing Canada among the restricted countries.

Debit Card Deposits Accepted

This used to be a given. Credit and debit card were always listed highest on the list of available deposit option at every online casino from here to Sachs Harbour. Now, that’s no longer the case. While 99% of online casinos do still advertise debit card acceptance, there are some out there that are commuted to a single type of deposit. More often than not, it’s going to be Bitcoin and/or some other crypto-currency.

Licensed and Regulated in Canada or Europe

There are lots of iGaming regulators out there. The jurisdiction that licenses your favorite casino will determine, above all, how trustworthy it might be. The rule of thumb here is to only choose a site that’s regulated in your own Canadian province of residency, or one regulated in any country of Europe.

Provincial online casinos are absolutely safe and reputable. But their game variety will be more restricted, and if you’re a slots fan, the house edge can be a lot higher (more akin to land-based slots). Offshore casinos are preferred, but if they’re regulated outside of Europe, you never know what you’ll get. European jurisdictions like the UK, Malta, Isle of Man, Cypress and Estonia, hold their operators to high standards, and will go to bat for any player who files a legitimate complaint.

Are Your Favorite Games on the Menu?

Be careful what you search for when looking for the right debit card casino in Canada. If you look up a general term like “gambling”, instead of “casino”, you’re likely to get all sorts of iGaming websites. Don’t join a bingo, poker or sports betting site if that’s not what you’re looking for.

Not all casino games menus are alike, either. Some have more slot machines or video poker machines than others. Some have more table games, or a better variety of specialty games, like scratch cards, or arcade-style games. Know what it is you want to play, and pick a site that has it.

Personally, I like Microgaming powered online casinos because they are the only place you’ll find the Mega Moolah Sot. Known as the “Millionaire Maker”, it’s the only progressive jackpot online slot machine with a seed of $1,000,000. Yeah, I know my odds of winning aren’t good, but I enjoy spinning its reels now and again. Since the start of 2019, it’s paid out once every 4 weeks!

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Nov 13

Canadians don’t need Neteller casinos anyway. Try one of these great alternatives instead.

Canadians don't need Neteller Casinos anyway, Try these Great Alternatives

In case you’ve been out of the loop for awhile, you may not realize that Neteller is no longer the biggest name in iGaming deposits and withdrawals. Back in the day – and by that, I mean the first decade of the millennium – Neteller payments were all the rage. Now days, that company has secluded itself, primarily to the European market. That’s okay, though. We Canadians don’t need them anyway!

While Neteller was busy washing its hands of North America, other payment options were being developed; options that are faster, easier, and far more secure than that e-money transfer service ever hoped to be.

If you’d like to hear a bit of why Neteller left the Canadian market, read the next section. Or, to get straight to the alternative casino payments in Canada, skip to that section below.

Extinguishment of Neteller Casinos in Canada

Neteller first appeared in 1999 as a rival to Confinity, which changed its name to PayPal the same year. PayPal took off like a rocket, while Neteller struggled. That is, until it discovered the online gambling sector. While PayPal steered clear of this controversial and unregulated market, Neteller embraced it like a wealthy, long-lost brother.

For years, Neteller ruled the roost in iGaming payments, serving every player in every country, and making billions of dollars in the process. Then one day, the US said it was illegal. Neteller’s owners laughed until 2008, when they were arrested at an airport in Florida and charged with laundering billions of dollars in illegal gambling proceeds. Neteller was unceremoniously booted from the US market at that point, and soon after, pulled its services from Canada, just for good measure.

It’s worth noting that Neteller is owned by the Paysafe Group, which also owns Skrill (formerly Moneybookers). That payment method was pulled from Canada shortly after Neteller, so don’t expect to find any Skill casinos on the list below either.

Alternative Casino Payments to Neteller in Canada

So Neteller and Skrill are out. No biggie. Here’s a list of excellent alternatives we Canadians can still use to process quick, safe, and secure deposits and withdrawals at online casinos.

eCheck Casinos Canada

eChecks / Instant eChecks

A long-time favorite, eCheck deposits are available to pretty much anyone with a bank account. Sending an eCheck is just like writing out a paper cheque, except that it is performed electronically, and accepted instantly. Just about every online casino in existence advertises this alternative payment method, found under the title eCheck or Instant eCheck.

You can learn more about eChecks here.


Interac eTransfer Casinos Canada

Interac eTransfers

Interac is a nifty little service cooked up by the 5 biggest Canadian banks, and subsequently available only to Canadians. Interac eTransfers are facilitated as an online banking service that is impenetrably secure and 100% free. So long as you’re a member of one of the 250+ banks that support Interac eTransfers, you can use the service. Finding Interac casinos, however, isn’t so easy, since those banks only do business with the world’s most reputable operators like Royal Vegas Canada.


EcoPayz Casinos Canada

EcoPayz eWallet

If you really like the whole web wallet service plan, EcoPayz (formerly EcoCard) is the way to go. This online payment process has been around since 2000, but didn’t become a major player in the iGaming payments sector until the loss of Skrill and Neteller casinos in Canada. Suddenly, EcoPayz became the number one web wallet this side of the North Atlantic. Users can link a bank account or fund their digital wallet through an abundance of payment methods. Withdrawals are quick, and can be directed back to the user’s bank with ease. The fees are nominal, and there’s a convenient EcoPayz mobile app for iOS and Android.

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Aug 13

RTP comparison reveals the best paying slot machines in Nevada.

RTP Comparison Reveals the Best Paying Slot Machines in Nevada

When it comes to gambling, people have developed conceptions over the years as to how and where they can achieve better odds of winning. Some say it’s the games you play. Others say it’s the casino in which you play them. I (and everyone else with a higher education in gaming) say it’s both. But if there’s a specific game you want to play, location is everything!

I’m talking specifically about slot machines. Everyone knows these aren’t the best paying games overall. If you want the highest possible RTP, you have to play blackjack or video poker with a perfect strategy. That takes time and mental energy that some players simply aren’t willing to expend.

Slots fans play for the simplicity and entertainment value above all else. For these players, you won’t convince them there’s a better overall game out there. And since choice of game is out of the question, location becomes the primary focus. And with that, we’ve drug up statistical data that reveals…

…the best paying slot machines in Nevada.

Las Vegas, Nevada is the gambling mecca of the western hemisphere. When we think of casino hubs, The Vegas Stripis the first place that comes to mind. But it’s not the only place in the Silver State that caters to gamblers. There’s many more – some more famous than others. Downtown Vegas, North Las Vegas, Reno, Carson City, Henderson, Laughlin, Boulder Strip, Silver Springs, the list goes on and on.

When you compare the best paying slots from one area to the next, there are two locations that rank highest, appearing consistently on the list more than any others, Downtown Vegas and Boulder Strip. And then there’s the two obvious choices to compare – Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Strip.

If you think Las Vegas and The Strip are the same thing, think again. As far as reports from the state’s gaming regulators are concerned, Las Vegas refers to the casinos that are “off the Strip”. Downtown Vegas is the area North of the Strip, including Freemont Street. The Boulder Strip isn’t a single location, but rather a series of 30+ casinos that appear along a long strip of the Boulder Highway, from Downtown Vegas to Henderson and beyond.

Now that you know where they are, let’s compare the average slot machine RTP (return to player) between these four locations, based on recent data from the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB). For absolute accuracy, we’ll divide the payout ratios by coin denominations (penny slots, nickel slots, quarter slots, etc).

Highest Paying Slots by Denomination

Location       RTP of 1¢ Penny Slot Machines
The Strip 88.38%
Las Vegas 90.88%
Downtown Vegas 89.15%
Boulder Strip 90.38%
Location RTP of 5¢ Nickel Slot Machines
The Strip 91.64%
Las Vegas 95.29%
Downtown Vegas 93.40%
Boulder Strip 96.21%
Location RTP of 25¢ Quarter Slot Machines
The Strip 89.35%
Las Vegas 96.41%
Downtown Vegas 94.25%
Boulder Strip 96.13%
Location RTP of $1 Dollar Slot Machines
The Strip 92.43%
Las Vegas 95.39%
Downtown Vegas 94.63%
Boulder Strip 96.13%
Location RTP of All Slot Machines Combined
The Strip 91.96%
Las Vegas 93.53%
Downtown Vegas 92.67%
Boulder Strip 94.34%

Best Paying Slots are Off The Strip and Off the Grid

The table above clearly shows that the Las Vegas Strip is, in fact (and as rumored), the worst place to play slot machines. The best paying slot machines in Nevada are found on the Boulder Strip, with Off-Strip casinos in Las Vegas coming in a close second.

Not surprisingly, the penny slots are the worst of all. No matter where you play them, the best average RTP in the reporting period was only 90.88%. The highest average, 96.41%, was found on quarter slots in off-Strip Las Vegas casinos. But overall, Boulder Strip casinos had the highest RTP average out of all categories.

On a final note, you’ll find similarly high RTP slot machines entirely off the grid. The online casino industry is famous for housing the highest paying slots of all. For the month of May 2019, Royal Vegas Casino recorded an average slots RTP of 96.87%. That’s higher than any of the slot machine RTPs recorded by the NGCB in a similar time frame.

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Mar 01

Wazdan online slots at Microgaming Quickfire online casinos.

I’ve been researching and writing news for the iGaming industry for well over a decade now. It takes a lot to surprise me. I can honestly say I did a double-take when I saw the latest press release regarding Microgaming, announcing yet another new content sharing deal. Microgaming signs these contracts all the time, integrating the productions of small gaming labs into its Quickfire platform. But this time, I’m positively shocked!

Double-take! Wazdan Online Slots now at Microgaming Quickfire Online CasinosMicrogaming’s latest partner is none other than Wazdan Gaming, creator of some of the most gorgeous graphic rendering in the digital slots business. Their games aren’t just beautiful, they are innovate, feature-rich, and immersive, drawing players into each story and increasing the entertainment value ten-fold. Wazdan’s multi-award-winning games are some of the most unique I’ve found, and finding interesting games is what I do!

I don’t just write about online gambling. My passion for the games is what brought me to this position. I play them, I win or lose just as much as you guys, and I write about those experiences. Anyone who follows my blog knows how much I love Microgaming casinos, for a wide variety of reasons – trust being paramount among them. So learning that I can now visit my favorite haunt, Royal Vegas, and play Wazdan’s latest creations is fantastic news.

Wazdan Online Slots Coming to Microgaming

The press release by Wazdan confirms the new supply deal. According to the Malta-based software firm, the agreement “will ensure that the very best titles from Wazdan are made available to Microgaming’s extensive customer base, which includes some of the biggest names in the business.”

Wazdan Head of Sales Andrzej Hyla elaborated on the company’s enthusiasm to be working with such an established and respected member of the online casino software industry. “This deal with Microgaming is a significant win for us here at Wazdan, and we are excited about the potential growth and exposure for our business,” said Hyla.

“We are pleased that Microgaming has acknowledged the quality and player demand for our tech-rich games,” the spokesperson continued, noting Wazdan’s “pride on working alongside “one of the largest, most respected suppliers in the industry.”

Microgaming Director of Global Operations James Buchanan is equally “delighted” to offer Wazdan’s growing portfolio of online slots via their Quickfire platform. He believes the company’s “proven ability to create innovative slots that engage and entertain players” is a perfect fit with Microgaming’s mission to bring “diverse and trusted content” to their customers.

Brief History of Wazdan Slots

It’s truly amazing what this company has accomplished in such little time. Wazdan was founded in 2010, immediately welcoming a software license from the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA). Their first games went live in 2012, but it wasn’t until Wazdan embraced the HTML5 build for interactive games that began making a name for themselves. That, combined with a UKGC license in 2017, Wazdan has soared to success and never looked back.

There are currently 98 titles in the Wazdan online slots portfolio, with 9 more in the works, plus a small assortment of table games, video poker and specialties. They’re rate of game production has more than doubled in the last year alone; a clear sign that they deserve a place at Microgaming’s Quickfire online casinos.

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Mar 08

Royal Vegas Casino player wins CAD $7.45M on Mega Moolah progressive.

Royal Vegas Casino awards Mega Moolah Progressive to Canadian playerIf you didn’t believe that Microgaming‘s progressive online slots could really strike, think again. It’s been confirmed that, last week, a lucky Canadian member of Royal Vegas Casino struck the brand’s most lucrative, multi-million jackpot – the Mega Moolah – for a whopping CAD $7.45 million.

The munificent jackpot was struck on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Confirmation from Royal Vegas came in today. The fortunate player, now $7,452,254 richer, has not been named, but is a long-time member of the online casino, hailing from Canada.

This win marks the 45th recorded strike for Microgaming’s Mega Moolah, a.k.a. the ‘Millionaire Maker‘, since 2009. The lucky strike is far from being the online progressive’s largest payout in history, but is still quite a bit higher than the average payout of about $5 million.

The largest prize on Mega Moolah paid £13,212,882 to a UK member of Betfair Casino in October of 2016. That staggering payout still holds the Guinness World Record for highest online slot machine jackpot in history.

Mega Moolah Progressive, One Million Strong and Growing

Mega Moolah Progressive struck at Royal Vegas CasinoThe Mega Moolah is one of the very rare online progressives that starts out with a 7-figure jackpot each time its awarded. The jackpot seed is reset to $1,000,000, and grows at an incredibly rapid pace, often climbing no less than $250,000 per day.

That phenomenal rate of growth can be attributed to the game’s exponentially rising popularity. Its popularity, in turn, is attributed to its frequent release, averaging once about every nine weeks. And the more people play, the faster it will continue to grow, thus the cycle continues to accelorate.

It doesn’t hurt that Microgaming’s famous progressive is employed by more online casino operators than any other million dollar jackpot slot. Royal Vegas Casino is just one of more than a thousand gambling websites that boast the Microgaming software brand.

It’s not unheard of for the Mega Moolah’s largest jackpot to pay back-to-back, either. The lowest jackpot ever released was a mere (ha!) $1,013,791, unleashing barely an hour after the previous jackpot. Fortunately, no matter how little the jackpot grows, it will always deliver a life-altering amount of money to each of its winners.

Update: Mage Moolah Strikes Yet Again!

By the time this article was ready for publication, the news spread that the Mega Moolah has been struck yet again! This time, the prize amounts to $4,365,300. There’s no word yet on who won the jackpot, what country they’re from, or which online casino they were playing at when the multi-million dollar prize was released. We do know it was hit less than 20 hours ago, on the evening of Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

This latest Mega Moolah jackpot comes just 8 days after the previous $7.45 million win by Canada’s lucky Royal Vegas player. It serves as further proof of just how often Microgaming’s million maker can pay out, and how fast the jackpot is climbing. In a mere 8 days time, it rose from $1,000,000 to $4,365,300, representing an average growth rate of more than $420,000 per day; $17,500 per hour; nearly $300 per minute.

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Oct 13

A common sense online keno strategy for the best odds of winning.

Online Keno Strategies and Keno OddsKeno is a basic lottery game. However, unlike most lotteries, it actually affords a decent chance of winning, if you happen to be educated in online keno odds. You must only make the best bets, and avoid all others.

The return to player (RTP) in keno ranges anywhere from a lowly 75%, to as high 94.9% or better. There’s absolutely no way to push the edge into the players favor unless you happen to be a computer genius who’s found a flaw in a particular casino’s system, like Daniel Corriveau did in 1994.

His CA-$600k win at Casino de Montreal came from hitting 19 of 20 numbers. But the casino’s outdated RNG software reset daily, giving anyone with an acute sense of observation the ability to win. And believe me, no land-based or online casino uses such systems anymore!

Today, we must rely on proper keno strategies and a bit of luck to outwit the unwavering house edge. What surprises most novice players is that the casino’s advantage is at its highest on the most common bets placed. A simple 1-number bet has the worst keno odds of just 75%.

Introduction to Keno

The concept is to select 1 or more numbers, hoping that all, or enough, of those number match the 20 (out of 80) computer generated numbers that follow. The more numbers you match, the higher the payout. Match no numbers, or too few (if you choose enough), and you lose.

There are many, many types of keno games out there today. They all have 80 numbers on the board, but come with variable paytables and max numbers to be selected. While the 1-20 number select games are still more common in land-based casinos, online keno games don’t usually go that high.

Microgaming‘s online keno software only permits up to 15 numbers. Playtech has several versions with only 1, 5 or 10 numbers to select. As an example, the following Keno Pays / RTP chart applies to the Microgaming version.

Microgaming Online Keno Odds & Paytable

Your

#s

Numbers Hit

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

1

3

2

1

9

3

1

2

16

4

0.5

2

6

12

5

0.5

1

3

15

50

6

0.5

1

2

3

30

75

7

0.5

0.5

1

6

12

36

100

8

0.5

0.5

1

3

6

19

90

720

9

0.5

0.5

2

4

8

20

80

1200

10

0.5

1

2

3

5

10

30

600

1800

11

0.5

1

1

2

6

15

25

180

1000

3000

12

0.5

1

2

4

24

72

250

500

2000

4000

13

0.5

0.5

3

4

5

20

80

240

500

3000

6000

14

0.5

0.5

2

3

5

12

50

150

500

1000

2000

7500

15

0.5

0.5

1

2

5

15

50

150

300

600

1200

2500

10k

RTP%

75.00

92.02

93.04

93.79

93.87

93.79

94.15

92.90

93.43

94.54

93.10

94.22

94.90

94.27

94.39

Applying Keno Odds

Referring to the above chart, the RTPs at the bottom are the most important factor here. The highest of all is 94.90%, which applies to a selection of 9 numbers. This can only mean one thing. It would be stupid to select anything but 9 numbers. The object of any gambling strategy is to achieve the highest possible RTP.

Online Keno Strategies – Which Numbers Do I Choose?

Keno games operate on a random number generator (RNG). The games have no memory, and no preferences. It does not matter what numbers you choose, your odds will be exactly the same.

Some players think playing the same set of numbers every time will increase their odds. Again, the RNG doesn’t work that way. It’s 100% random, 100% of the time. If you’re playing at Royal Vegas or any other Microgaming-powered online casino, pick whatever numbers you want, just make sure you pick 9 of them!

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Jul 07

The world’s leading live casino game maker, Evolution Gaming, has updated its recently released Live Dream Catcher Wheel with an Auto-Play function.

Evolution Gaming is at it again. If they’re not delivering new live casino game content, they’re improving upon the existing line-up. This time, it’s the latter, with the brand’s recently launched Live Dream Catcher Wheel receiving a new Auto-Play function.

live casino game Dream Catcher Wheel

The update to the live casino game software was released this week on LeoVegas Mobile Casino. It will hit other Evolution-powered online and mobile casino brands, like Royal Vegas, on Wednesday, July 12.

Live Dream Catcher Wheel Features Auto-Play

The Dream Catcher live casino game is akin to the ‘Big Money Wheel‘ found in land-based casinos. Even if you’re familiar with it, chances are, unless you knew the update was coming, you didn’t even notice the addition of the new auto-play function.

There was no big announcement made by Evolution, and it’s only a small icon that appears in the game’s bottom right corner, below the ‘recent winning numbers’ area. It looks like a looping arrow, indicating a repetitive action. But unless you hover your mouse over it, or tap it on your mobile device, you’d probably never guess what it does.

When you press the auto-play button, a control panel pops up asking you to enter some basic criteria, like what number(s) to bet on, the amount you’d like to wager per play, and how many spins you’d like the bet to repeat for. The number of auto-plays appears on a sliding scale, with 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 marked for easy selection.

Once you’ve made your selections, press the Start button on the control panel and let the auto-betting begin! The screen will continue to indicate the number(s) you’ve bet on, the size of the bet, and how many spins of the Dream Catcher Wheel remain to be played.

Dream Catcher Basic Gameplay

For those unfamiliar with Live Dream Catcher Wheel, it’s a simple premise. The game plays out like a TV game show. A live host, equipped with a microphone, keeps the entertainment level high while players make their selections. The host then spins the wheel, and announces the number or multiplier it lands on.

The wheel features 52 segments, depicting the numbers 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 or 40. Two of the slots contain multipliers of 2x or 7x. Players choose one or more numbers to bet on, and the amount to bet per number. If the wheel lands on a selected number, the player wins a prize equal to that selected number (2-to-1 for a 2, 5-to-1 for a 5, etc).

If the wheel lands on a 2x or 7x multiplier, all bets are lost for that spin. However, the next round of play will pay all winning bets according to the multiplier. So, if 7x hits, and a player wins on a 5 on the following spin, the payout would be (5*7) 35x the bet.

Evolution Live Casino Games

Evolution has been leading the live casino game market since it was founded in 2006. The company has earned every Live Casino Supplier of the Year Award from eGR since the prestigious awards ceremony’s debut in 2010. For the record, that’s 8-straight awards (and counting!)

Evolution’s live casino game portfolio includes several variations of the most popular table games, including baccarat, blackjack, roulette, casino hold’em, three card poker and more. The studio’s latest Live Dream Catcher Wheel launched in April 2017, and is the first non-table game on the menu.

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Jun 19

Best Online Casino Games on a BudgetThe vast majority of us go through our daily lives on a budget. We have bills to pay, and only so much money to stretch throughout each week or month. But that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy the same forms of entertainment as big spenders. Today, we’ll discuss the best online casino games for small bankrolls.

Low budget players may not have quite as many options as the rich and famous, but there are some great games out there that can be played without spending a great deal of money. And with a little luck, there’s every chance you’ll come away with a nice profit in the end.

Where To Play

As the title of this piece suggests, the best games to play are online. There’s several reasons for this, and they apply to both table games and slot machines. Choosing the best online casino games for you depends entirely on what type of player you are. You may absolutely love the slots, or you might be a table game fanatic.

Table Games

If you like table games, playing online is imperative to low budget players. If you’ve visited any land-based casinos lately, I’m sure you’ve noticed the table stakes don’t start very low. The average minimum for blackjack is $5. If you’ve only got $25 to work with, you’re limited to just five hands, give or take for wins/losses.

Slot Machines

For slots fans, the price per spin may mirror land-based casinos, but the payouts do not. Online casinos like Royal Vegas aren’t restricted to local, land-based gambling regulations, where the minimum return to player (RTP) averages 87.5%. Online casinos offer an RTP of 95% and up, and that equates to a long lasting bankroll for everyone.

Best Online Casino Games – Blackjack

Best Online Casino Games - BlackjackBlackjack is one of the best options for low budget players. Not only are the stakes much lower online, it offers the absolute lowest house edge—under 0.4% with the right rules. Most importantly, you should find a game with the lowest number of decks, and a 3:2 payout for blackjack.

By invoking a basic blackjack strategy, you could make a $25 bankroll go a very long way by winning 49.8% of all hands. If you get a little lucky, and know when to call it quits, you can make a tidy profit here.

Best Online Casino Games – Video Poker

Like blackjack, there are some video poker games that offer a very low house edge with proper strategy applied. The best online casino games for video poker fans are Jacks or Better games. Look for one with 9/6 Full Pay to get best RTP of 99.54% with optimal strategy.

Best Online Casino Games - Jacks or Better Full Pay

These games generally allow betting of up to 5 coins, which is required for optimal RTP. Fortunately, the best online casino games come with ultra low stakes of $0.01, $0.05 or maybe $0.10 per-coin minimums.

Best Online Casino Games – Slot Machines

Slots aren’t typically known for having high RTPs, but when played online, they can pay out anywhere from 95% to 99%. The trick is to find games that don’t cost a lot to play, but offer valuable features that can award a big payout.

Best Online Casino Games - SlotsFeatures should always include free spins with multipliers. Other good features are stacking/expanding wilds, bonus rounds and—everyone’s favorite—progressive jackpots.

Also remember that the lower the number of paylines, the cheaper each spin will be. If you like higher paylines, but don’t have a lot to spend, the best online casino games are ‘Ways to Win‘ slots (243 ways, 1024 ways, etc). They don’t charge by the line, usually starting at $0.40 per spin.

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Apr 12

New Live Casino Game Speed Roulette by Evolution GamingI remember as kids, sitting on the merry-go-round with my friends as we chanted to the one or two who were pushing us round, “Faster! Faster! We need a new master!” Those memories came flooding back to me when I tried Evolution’s newest Live Casino game, Speed Roulette.

It is undeniably swift. A new round of betting begins every 25 seconds, making Speed Roulette, by all insider accounts, the absolute fastest live casino roulette game in the world.

It can be played on all platforms, including Linux, Mac and PC desktops, plus Android, iOS and Windows powered smartphones and tablets.

While the standard rules and betting options of the game remain unchanged, a few general rules of etiquette were adjusted to accommodate the more expedient game play. Anyone looking to get in a few quick rounds of play between everything else their daily lives throws their way should really appreciate this new live casino game.

Evolution Chief Product Officer Todd Haushalter explained:

Speed Roulette is now the world’s fastest Live Roulette game and is a great addition to our extensive suite of Roulette products. There are no changes to the core game that players know and love, we have just made it much quicker.”

Speed Roulette by Evolution Gaming

The wheels for Evolution’s new Speed Roulette tables are custom designed by TCSJOHNHUXLEY, and have been installed in the company’s live casino studio in Riga, Latvia. A number of cutting-edge cameras are strategically positioned in locations around and above the tables to give players an immersive, cinematic experience.

To ensure the fastest possible game play, each of Evolution’s Speed Roulette dealers are specially trained to keep the games moving. Making certain the wheel is spun once every 25 seconds, as advertised, a few common rules of table etiquette had to be altered.

No Dead Time; Instant Number Recognition

This new live casino game eliminates what veteran roulette players refer to as “dead time”; or the amount of time given to players to place their bets before the wheel is spun. In Speed Roulette, instead of calling for ‘No more bets‘ before setting the wheel in motion, all players are allowed to place their bets while the wheel is spinning.

The dealer is also permitted to announce the winning number before the wheel comes to a complete stop. So in fact, the wheel is pretty much always spinning

Early win calls are achieved by Evolution’s integration of a video-based number recognition tool. No cheating here, ether. Through the live-streaming video feed, players can clearly see that the ball has stopped, and which number it’s landed on.

Speed Roulette vs Traditional Live Roulette

Compared to Evolution’s other roulette live casino games – Live Roulette and Immersive Roulette – Speed Roulette is so fast, it gives players the opportunity to play 50 more games per hour. Otherwise, the rules and betting diagram are exactly the same.

Players can wager on the same popular even-pays like black/red, odd/even and high/low, or go for the higher payouts on dozens, rows, streets, quads and the ever-desirable single-number bet. The game follows the rules and house edge of the preferred European-style, single-zero roulette.

As Haushalter noted, this new live casino game – in all its expedient glory – is nothing more than a faster way to play the beloved game of roulette. Evolution’s new tables are available to all desktop and mobile players, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at Royal Vegas and all other Evolution-powered online casinos.

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