Nov 05

Upgrade to free mobile casino games app tells real-money casinos all about the behaviors of social gamers.

Upgrade to Free Mobile Casino Games App Tells All about Players

If you haven’t heard of PLAYSTUDIOS, odds are you’ve heard of some of their mobile gaming apps. PLAYSTUDIOS is the proud creator of social casino games like myVEGAS Slots, myVEGAS Blackjack, myKONAMI Slots, and POP! Slots. These Android and iOS apps took the free-play gaming world by storm a few years back, and continue to attract more and more players with each passing day. The company boasts over 90 million downloads, with 5 million active daily players.

These are free to play casino games, mind you. The slot machines, the table games, and everything in between, cost nothing to play. Users can collect free chips every day, if not every hour, and are never obligated to purchase anything. It is an option, of course, but not required. What sets PLAYSTUDIOS’ free slots apps apart from the hundreds of other mobile gaming labs that create them is the unique rewards system.

Building the Most Popular Free Mobile Casino App

Prior to launch, PLAYSTUDIOS pitched a wild idea to major casino corporations like MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment; the respective owners of major gambling destinations like The Bellagio, Luxor, MGM Grand, Bally’s, Harrah’s, The Rio, and so many more. The company partnered with these brand, giving them the opportunity to attract players by offering real-life rewards to their players.

It was an instant success. When the first free casino app, myVEGAS, launched in 2013, it skyrocketed onto the 100k+ downloads list, soon hitting the 1+ million mark. Players loved the idea of earning free rewards points, known as V-coins, that could be redeemed for real rewards, such as hotel stays, meals, show tickets and other perks from Las Vegas resorts. However, according to the latest news reports, the company may be collecting a bit too much information about their players.

Upgrade to Free Vegas Apps Divulges “Real-Time Behaviors”

According to a press release from PLAYSTUDIOS, the latest upgrade to their free mobile gaming suite is loaded with perks – not necessarily for their players, but for their casino corporation partners. The missive reads:

The award-winning game developer’s newly-redesigned playAWARDS platform introduces a groundbreaking suite of B2B tools that connect partners and players while providing unprecedented insight into today’s mobile and social casino gamers.

playAWARDS offers partners improved data security, workflow, and monitoring of their rewards portfolios, with advanced performance metrics that capture the real-time behaviors of PLAYSTUDIOS’ global gaming audience.”

PLAYSTUDIOS goes on to boast its partnership with “more than 70 iconic brands”, including Canada’s largest gaming group, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment. For these companies, the new playAWARDS platform is said to be an “essential tool” for reaching “mass audiences of potential customers worldwide.”

What the company neglects to state is exactly what “real-time behaviors” their app intends to monitor and share with all those casino corporations. That could be a huge issue for players, who are already disappointed in the upgraded rewards system. They already seem to be losing interest as it is.

Players Say Awards Have “Gone Downhill”

The most recent reviews on Google Play aren’t good. In the last week, numerous long-time users say their opinion of the games has diminished greatly. Just this week, a reviewer of the POP! Slots app said she’s played the game for more than a year, but that “echoing other reviews, it has gone downhill”. She was particularly disappointed by the new rewards system, complaining that it now offers just 10 points per V-coin balloon pop.

I haven’t played this game in a few months, but it’s still on my mobile phone, so I launched it and decided to see for myself. I do remember that the V-coins were previously doled out in higher increments, and that – like others have complained about – the wins come so infrequently that you run out of chips long before another bonus is paid (i.e. if you don’t pay for chips, you cant play much). What I found was even more disappointing…

It used to be that the balloons popped in cycles – or it least they seemed to. You’d get free casino chips, XP, and V-coins, on a rotating cycle. If you missed a balloon, you missed what was in it. Sadly, after playing for more than half an hour, popping every balloon that came up, I was never once given V-coins. Almost all of them were XP, with a few casino chip bonuses in the mix.

If there’s one thing I can say, it’s that PLAYSTUDIOS founder, chairman and chief, Andrew Pascal, wasn’t lying when he said, “We’ve taken a very different, approach to promoting all that our partners have to offer.”

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Aug 02

KamaGames’ new video poker app for Android and iOS extends the brand’s wildly successful social casino games portfolio.

KamaGames new video poker app for Android and iOS

KamaGames is among the worlds leading mobile poker operators; responsible for the social gaming phenomenon that is Pokerist. After launching what would become the wildly successful Pokerist Texas Poker app for iOS and Android in 2011, KamaGames has since grown into the largest social poker operator in all of Europe, averaging well over half a million active players daily. In 2018, it was the top grossing app in more than 100 countries on the Google Play Store.

As the company’s social poker success skyrocketed, KamaGames decided it was time to expand into the realm of social casino gaming. Basing their future of brand recognition, they built off the original theme with a series “-ist” games – Rouletteist, Blackjackist and Baccaratist, launched in 2013, 2016 and 2017 respectively.

KamaGames has been scaling upward and outward ever since. But it wasn’t until this week that the company finally spread its wings into what seems a natural expansion of their existing market dominance – video poker.

KamaGames Launches New Video Poker App

On Wednesday, KamaGames issued a press release announcing the official launch of the digital gaming lab’s first foray into social video poker games. Again keeping with the simplicity of their celebrated “-ist” branding, they call it Video Poker by Pokerist.

Video Poker by Pokerist

As of now, the app includes just three classic video poker titles; Deuces Wild, Jacks or Better, and Bonus Poker. The creator guarantees fair play via their certified random number generator (RNG). Video Poker by Pokerist is free to download and play, with free daily chip allowances and daily achievements to top off a player’s stack. Anyone who wants to purchase additional chips can do so, spending anywhere from $0.99 to $99. However, being a 100% social casino gaming app, chips can never be exchanged for real money.

As Real As It Gets (Minus the Money)

The stand-alone app was built with the intention of mimicking the exact same experience as the most popular video poker machines in Vegas. According to the reviews by some of the app’s earliest adopters, KamaGames succeeded in that goal entirely.

Deuces Wild, Jacks or Better and Bonus Poker on KamaGames Video Poker App

One review on the Apple Store calls Video Poker by Pokerist a “classic experience”, thanking KamaGames for creating “exactly the same video poker machines which I usually play in traditional casinos.”

It’s only been out for a few days, but it’s worth noting that Video Poker by Pokerist currently has a perfect 5.0 rating from both Android and iOS users.

Aim to Draw New and Existing Customers Alike

KamaGames CEO Andrey Kuznetsov is extremely proud of the versatility they’ve achieved in their ever-growing social casino apps. “We are placing a strong focus on differentiating our portfolio of social casino games in many directions this year,” he said. “As an iconic element of the Las Vegas casino, video poker is very familiar to our audience and in-line with the products they want from KamaGames.”

Kuznetsov sees this latest addition to the company’s portfolio as the perfect means to attract new players to the brand, as well as draw existing users from the Pokerist app. “With this exciting new addition, we hope to both satisfy both our existing players whilst also attracting a fresh, new audience.”

He goes on to assure users that KamaGames will be working to install additional games on the new video poker app throughout the remainder of 2019.

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May 20

Switch Studios installs new online European Blackjack and American Roulette at Microgaming casinos.

Microgaming adds New Online European Blackjack & American Roulette

One of Microgaming‘s most talented exclusive content partners, Switch Studios, is expanding the Quickfire platform once again. This latest installment is bringing the casino software brand’s countless players access to the culturally diverse games of European Blackjack and American Roulette.

Switch Studios is the supplier responsible for revamping the platform’s online table games selection. Microgaming announced their partnership with the software lab in November of 2018, right about the time their first table game, known simply as Roulette, went live. As that first installment clearly showed, the development team at Switch Studios has a knack for creating beautifully rendered, 3D-quality games with an immersive realism that’s hard to beat in the digital realm.

New Online European Blackjack Game

There’s not much you can do to make a blackjack game more classical than it already is – or at least, that’s what I thought prior to this release. Microgaming’s newest electronic dealer addition plays out on a brilliant felt of cerulean blue. The graphics are extremely crisp, giving it a realistic feel that’s bolstered by the tranquil sound of classical piano music reverberating in the background. The cherry on top is the sophisticated voice of a female dealer, commentating the game with an elegant European accent.

Microgaming 3D European Blackjack by Switch Studios

The game offers all of the usual elements of a European Blackjack table. Dealer stands on soft 17, player’s can split any two matching cards except 4s, 5s and 10s, which are strategically taboo anyway. Doubling down is permitted on hand totals of 9, 10 or 11 only, and can be placed following a split. The payout for a natural blackjack is a respectable 3:2.

Microgaming’s New American Roulette

I won’t spend too much time glorifying this new online table games selection. As any moderately experienced gambler knows, the American version of roulette is the worst option for fans of this famous wheel game – among the worst of all games in the casino. Due to the presence of the double zero (00), American roulette offers a house edge of 5.26%; nearly twice that of European roulette’s 2.7%, and almost four-times that of the even-money bets in French Roulette with the La Partage rule (1.35%).

Microgaming 3D American Roulette by Switch Studios

With that being said, I can’t fault Switch Studios for its astoundingly pristine visual effects. The roulette wheel is stunningly realistic, endowed with a 3D quality rarely seen in today’s digital casino world. My only suggestion would be to skip the new American Roulette game and play the developer’s original release of (single-zero) Roulette. They are the exact same games, but with better odds in the original version.

Microgaming and Switch Studio Exchange Compliments

In a press release announcing the new additions last week, the games were referred to as providing the “ultimate online casino experience” on any device – desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet. Here’s what the heads of each company’s gaming department had to say about them.

Switch Studios Tom David went first. “We’re delighted to release not one, but two new games under the Switch Studios brand, exclusively to Microgaming,” he said. “Both European Blackjack and American Roulette demonstrate our ambition to refresh the table-game market with exciting, modern and mobile-friendly gaming experiences.”

Next up was Microgaming’s Head of Games, Jagoda Barber. “Switch Studios has done it again, taking a fresh look at traditional table games and reigniting them for a new era of players,” commends Barber. “With immersive gameplay and customisable features complemented by stunning visuals, new and seasoned players can enjoy the thrill of European Blackjack and American Roulette both at home and on the go.”

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Dec 07

Take time to practice with free Android casino games.

Easiest Way to Find your Favorite Casino Games on AndroidResearch has shown that today’s youngest generation of adults are contributing greatly to the increase in mobile gambling. As newcomers to the casino scene, I strongly urge novice players to learn the ropes before investing any cash in this popular form of entertainment. Knowing which games you enjoy and are willing to spend money to play is critical to the longevity of your bankroll.

What a lot of people don’t realize is that they have a lot of options. It’s not necessary to spend money to find which games you like best. Social casinos are free, but tend to be a bit zanier. Real money casino sites offer a more true-to-life experience, but you don’t have to play for real money.

Find your Favorite Casino Games First

There are a lot of games out there. When we think of physical casinos, the games that usually come to mind are blackjack, roulette, maybe craps or baccarat, and of course slot machines. These are the games that are depicted most often in film and on television. You may already even know how to play them. But there are so many more games to choose from, especially in the online casino realm. After all, there’s no limit to the number of games that can be packed onto a virtual casino floor.

I’m talking about games like Pai Gow Poker, Red Dog, Casino War, Sic Bo, Big Wheel, Let it Ride, Keno, 3 Card Poker, 4 Card Poker, Caribbean Stud, Mississippi Stud, Ultimate Texas Hold’em (the house-banked version, not the traditional player-versus-player poker game), and a multitude of Video Poker variants. This list can go on and on.

Imagine walking into a casino for the first time, unfamiliar with most of these games. You have no idea which ones you’ll actually enjoy. The only way to find out is to play them all, and that could get very expensive, very quick! But don’t worry, there’s an easier way.

Practice with Free Android Casino Games

Practice with Free Android Casino Games – No Rush to Play for CashThe easiest way to find your favorite casino games is to play all the varieties you can find without risking any money at all. Mobile casinos are the perfect playground for beginners. You’ll find the exact same games available in land-based casinos (and then some), and you’ll never be required to make a deposit to play.

I don’t recommend playing at ‘social casinos’. You know the ones. You download them for free off the Google Play store, invite your friends to earn free coins, compete for high scores, blah-blah-blah. Those games rarely offer anything near a genuine house edge. You’re not going to get a true-to-life experience here. In fact, some of their slot machines offer above 100% returns, which can easily convince a player that they’re very lucky—that they’ll experience the same luck playing real money slots. Wrong! That’s a nasty gambling habit just waiting to happen.

Instead, go to a real online casino website, where real money play is offered. If you live in Canada, I recommend Royal Vegas. They’ve been around since 2000, are extremely reputable, and are powered by Microgaming software, which boasts the most extensive gaming menu in the industry.

Don’t make a deposit yet, though. Take your time. Play all the games. Get to know them, and choose your favorites. You can practice with free Android casino games for as long as you like. If/when you’re ready, then make a deposit and collect whatever new player bonus is available to play your favorite casino games for cash. Having all this knowledge and experience behind you, I promise you’ll be glad you waited.

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Dec 03

2018 WGE Monaco Postponed: Live, online and mobile gambling technology trade show will take place December 2019.

Live online and mobile gambling technology trade show World Gaming Expo 2018 moved to 2019Last December, Monaco International Events SARL organized one of the best new gambling trade shows to come along in years. The 2017 World Gaming Expo Monaco was a huge hit with industry professionals, largely due to its prime European location. Thousands of visitors were expected to attend the 2nd Annual WGE Monaco this week. But not anymore…

In the earliest hours of Friday, November 30, 2018, the announcement came down. Then event was canceled. “Postponed” is the word they’re using, assuring interested parties that the show will go on. However, it won’t go on until twelve months from now, in December of 2019.

WEG Live, Online and Mobile Gambling Technology Trade Show

The World Gaming Expo is—or was—meant to be an annual trade show for the global, live and online gambling industry. In its 2017 debut, the event brought together industry leaders, regulators and producers from the gaming industry, as well as media partners to spread the word of accomplishments and accouterments of their trade.

The gaming industry is steadily evolving throughout many parts of the world, from the US and Canada, to Europe, to Asia and Africa. Being a classic destination for gambling activities—home to Monte Carlo, that is—Monaco delivers the perfect platform for bringing together the industry’s entrepreneurs and experienced veterans to network, share ideas, and build a more cohesive future.

As much as they’d like to do that from December 4-6, 2018, as originally planned, it’s not going to happen. It seems organizers weren’t able to manage their bankroll very well, leading to an abrupt cancellation just days prior to what should have been the “2nd Annual WGE Monaco”.

2nd World Gaming Expo Coming Dec 2019

Remove the word “annual” from the equation and it’s an easy fix. Now, the “2nd World Gaming Expo Monaco” is slated for December 2019.

Managing Director of the event’s organizing group, Igor Gamba, explains that the WGE Monaco was postponed due to a lack of funding. Monaco International Events SARL was unable to raise the necessary capital to host the event, resulting in the forced development of a “new business structure” and 12-month hiatus.

“For this reason, we’ve decided to postpone the second edition of the WGE to 2019, which will mark its renewal.” Gamba confirms the group’s “sole purpose is to sustain the event from next year on.”

Gamba anticipates the 2nd WGE Monaco to welcome “60 exhibitors carefully selected and distributed over an area of 4000 square meters,” within the Grimaldi Forum Monaco in December of 2019. An exact date has not yet been announced, but organizers promise it will not interfere with the schedules of any other live, online and/or mobile gambling technology trade shows.

“Considering both the dates we’ve chosen in regard to the other trade shows and the worldwide reputation of Monte Carlo as a prestigious capital of gambling, the WGE is gaining growing interest from a variety of industry professionals and players around the world,” says Gamba. “Monaco has its legitimate place on the international scene and our goal is to make of WGE Monaco an unmissable event in the sector.”

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Oct 26

Halloween Jackpot Online Slots from NetEnt will scare your reels off!

Halloween Jackpot Online Slots from NetEnt will Scare your Reels Off!I’ve played a lot of Halloween themed online slots in my days; at least 90% of what’s out there. One complaint I’ve always had—being a major horror movie buff—is that they just aren’t scary. The first (and until today, only) game I ever played that managed to send tingles up my spine was Triple Edge Studio‘s 2017 release of the movie-branded Halloween Online Slot, exclusive to Microgaming powered casinos.

Michael Meyers and the eerie Halloween soundtrack are enough to give anyone a fright! And today, I can finally say there’s another creepy slot machine on the web that’s worthy of turning out the lights and cranking up the volume. It’s the new Halloween Jack Slot, released by NetEnt on Thursday.

The game tells the story of a once-happy woman who’s now haunted by terrible voices, emitted from the depths of a mysterious jewelry box—a box that seems to pulsate from within, much like a beating heart. In her terrified desire to be rid of the box, and the horrifying voices, she prepares the horses, dons the darkest clothing, and heads out into the night on All Saints’ Eve to bury the evil treasure beneath the bows of an ancient elm…

Halloween Jack Online Slot

The most frightening thing about this game is the musical score and sound effects. After all, what good horror flick is complete without a bone-chilling soundtrack of pianos, pipe organs, creaky doors, breathy sighs and shrill scrapes? The added effect of thunderous booms and lightning strikes in the background doesn’t hurt, either.

The creators of the Halloween Jack Slot surely had a great time coming up with the graphics, too. Ominous ravens and vampire bats, the webbed jewelry box, emanating with an eerie green glow, card values of (10 thru A) caressed, almost lovingly, by undead arms, and the unsettling visage of one malevolent looking lady with a sinister make-up job!

NetEnt's Creepy New Halloween Jack Slot Symbols

The macabre jack-o-lantern, Halloween Jack, is a Walking Wild in this 5×3 reel, 20 fixed-payline game. Whenever he appears on a reel, he acts as a standard wild. Once that spin ends, he moves left one position and triggers a free re-spin. The re-spins continue until he reaches and re-spins on the left-most reel.

The Mysterious Jewelry Box…

The web-coated jewelry box is the Scatter symbol, awarding 10 Free Spins whenever 3+ appear anywhere on the reels. If 3 or more Scatters appear during free spins, another 5 freebies are awarded. Also during free spins, Lanterns can appear on reel 5. Each lantern is collected, unlocking special features for the rest of the free games.

3 Lanterns: Unlocks 2-high stacked Hell Hound Wilds.

6 Lanterns: Unlocks 3-high stacked Jack-o-Lantern Wilds.

9 Lanterns: Unlocks 3-high expanding Death Reaper Wilds.

NetEnt’s most menacing creation to date, the Halloween Jack Online Slot is available on all devices; desktop, laptop, and mobile. Built in HTML5, it’s compatible with all operating systems as well, from Windows and Mac, to Android and iOS, even Windows Phone and Blackberry.

If you’re a fan of the macabre, like myself, I definitely recommend giving this on a spin. The only thing up for debate is which one’s scarier—the new Halloween Jack Slot, or Microgaming’s reel-spinning reproduction of the 1978 John Carpenter film, Halloween Online Slot? I’ll let you decide…

Halloween Online Slots by Microgaming in 2017

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Sep 10

Online mobile slots creator Booming Games partners with Microgaming.

Microgaming has an impressive track record in the online casino software business. Its roots deeper than all their competitors, having produced the very first online casino games, as well as the very first online casino. For two decades, the company developed more interactive slots and other gambling amusements than any other company.

Online Mobile Slots Creator Booming Games Partners with Microgaming

Now, they’re securing the most impressive contracts with third party companies to do most of the work for them. The team at Microgaming’s Isle of Man-based office is still hard at work, but a number of smaller companies are delivering exquisite content to keep the games menu growing faster than ever before.

Microgaming Signs Online Mobile Slots Brand Booming Games

Business is really “booming” for Microgaming these days. It’s been announced that Booming Games, developer and B2B provider of desktop and mobile slot machines, has inked a deal with the world’s leading iGaming software firm.

Booming Games joins Casino Software Giant Microgaming The new contract will see Booming Game’s portfolio of 60+ HTML5 games added to the menu of Microgaming’s industry-leading Quickfire platform. That software is licensed to well over 1,000 online casinos. This is a major step forward for Booming Games, positioning their uniquely themed, feature-rich slots games for delivery to a vast, multi-continental audience.

Some of the brand’s more popular titles include Booming Bananas, Golden Royals and Lava Loca. An extensive list of specialty features include 2-Way and 4-Way Pays, Interacting Symbols, Paytable Selector, and Vertical Multiplying Paylines. The full variety of online slots are available in a wide range of themes, with low, medium and high variance options to suit all types of players.

You can view and demo the full collection of Booming Games digital slots here. Or, visit any Microgaming online casino to play them for real money.

Microgaming and Booming Games Celebrate Partnership

As always, Microgaming is happy to bring another supreme developer of digital games under its wing. For Booming Games, however, this latest partnership solidifies their position as a long-term member of the casino software industry. Such was the sentiment of Frederik Niehusen, Chief Commercial Officer for Booming Games, in a statement announcing the deal.

“We are excited to partner with an industry leading content provider like Microgaming,” said the Booming Games CCO. “By distributing games through Quickfire, we will significantly expand our reach and continue to grow in regulated markets, as well as strengthen our position with leading operators.”

Microgaming’s Director of Global Operations, James Buchanan, is equally enthusiastic over their latest partnership. “Booming Games’ recent expansion into regulated markets is one of many reasons why we are adding its portfolio to our Quickfire platform,” he said.

“We are constantly looking to provide our operators with the best gaming content via a single integration, and Booming Games’ wide range of slots are equipped with unique and innovative features to further consolidate our position as the must-have provider in the market.”

Microgaming’s successful approach to teaming up with B2B online mobile slots companies started in 2011. That year, Quickfire added iForium, Nextgen and Genesis Gaming to its list of games suppliers. 2012 saw the addition of Virgin Games, Sheriff Gaming and Rabcat. Over the next few years came Push Gaming, Novigroup, Comtrade, Betdigital, Just for the Win, Pariplay, and now Booming Games.

This combination of in-house and out-sourced creativity is one reason Microgmaing’s Quickfire platform is able to boast no less than two brand new slot machines every month. It’s no wonder the online casino software giant is, and always has been, the number one content supplier for the digital gambling realm.

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Aug 28

Online Casino Wagering Requirements: Calculating Bonus Playthrough

Online Casino Wagering RequirementsOnline casino bonuses are one of the primary attractions for players seeking out a new gaming site. Any player with a dash of experience understands that bonus credits aren’t exactly free. You can play the games with them, but in order to cash out any winnings, there are certain requirements that must be met.

Casinos call them “wagering requirements” or “playthrough”. Once these terms are met, most online gambling sites allow players to withdraw any remaining winnings from the bonus credits.

Online Casino Wagering Requirements

Every operator has its own policy on wagering requirements, or WR. You’ll find them in the bonus terms—a piece of fine print that every player must read, without exception. Knowing the rules of the bonus and WR will help you to clear it faster; preferably before those extra funds expire. The terms will also reveal the maximum amount of winnings you can withdraw from bonus play, if any.

Wagering requirements refer to the amount of money you must wager before you can withdraw the bonus. Average WR is 35x-40x the bonus, plus deposit you made to claim it.

For example, a $50 deposit with a 100% match bonus of $50 more comes to $100. At 35x WR, you would need to wager $3,500 (100 x 35 = 3500) to clear the bonus. If you have any winnings left after that, they’re yours to keep, wager with, or cash out as you please.

That’s the easy part…

Calculating Bonus Playthrough

This is where things can get tricky. Not all games count towards WR, and some will only count towards a certain percentage of WR. This information can also be found in the bonus terms and conditions, so make sure to look for the section on eligible games and WR contribution.

You should find that slot machines count 100% towards WR. In this case—using the same $50+$50 w/ 35x WR example above—you would need to bet $3,500 on the slot machines to clear the bonus. $100 x 35 = 3500. Simple enough to understand, right? But what if you want to play other games?

Some games might only count 10%, or just 2% towards WR. How much do you have to wager if you play those? I’m going to use the eligible games table from Royal Vegas Online Casino to explain how this works. Don’t worry, it’s not that hard. And every desktop or mobile device comes with a calculator, so make use of it.

Royal Vegas WR Contribution by Game

  • 100% All Slots, Keno & Scratch Card games

  • 8% All table pokers, all roulettes, all video/power Pokers (excluding All Aces and Jacks or Better video pokers), all blackjacks (excluding Classic Blackjack) and Casino War

  • 2% Classic Blackjacks, All Aces video pokers, all Jacks or Better video pokers

  • 0% all baccarats, all craps, Red Dog, Sic Bo

  • 0% All game play on MPV (Multiplayer Tournaments)

Here we see that slot machines, keno and scratch cards contribute 100% to WR. Good—that’s the easy one. But let’s say you want to play a blackjack game that counts 8%. Here’s how you’ll calculate that:

First, convert the percentage to a decimal.

8% = 0.08

Then calculate that by a $1 wager.

1 x .08 = $0.08

So, we know that every $1 wagered on blackjack counts as $0.08 towards WR. The necessary WR is $3,500, so if we divide 3,500 by $0.08…

3500 / .08 = 43,750

To complete 3,500 WR on blackjack games that count 8%, you will have to wager $43,750.

Maybe you enjoy video poker or classic blackjack. When played with perfect strategy, these have the highest theoretical return to player (RTP) of all casino games; hence the mere 2% contribution to WR.

Again, convert the percentage to a decimal.

2% = 0.02

Then, multiply for a $1 wager.

1 x .02 = 0.02

Every $1 wagered will contribute just $0.02 to WR. To complete 3,500 WR, divide…

3500 / .02 = 175,000

Don’t clean your glasses or adjust your screen. You read that correctly. You’ll need to place a whopping $175,000 in bets on video poker and/or classic blackjack to clear the online casino wagering requirements. Calculating bonus playthrough isn’t all that hard, and is a necessary skill when determining which games are worth playing, and which are not.

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Aug 06

The best video game characters of old still smashing sales today.

What if I asked you to name the most memorable video games and characters of old that are still mass marketed today? Give me three guesses, and I’d be willing to bet I can figure out your answer. That’s because of all the old-school video games, only three stand out as timeless treasures that continue to capture our hearts, and our pocket books, to this day.

The Best Video Game Characters of Old and New

I’m not just talking about naming your favorite game of old, but a game that’s been made and remade time and again, with sequels and reboots, for a multitude of platforms. Games that will, no doubt, continue to be reinvented and produced for years to come. They are, in order of origin…

#1 Pac-Man, First Released in 1980

The brain child of Tōru Iwatani, Pac-Man was first released as an arcade game in 1980 by Japanese company Namco. He’s a pop-culture icon of the 80’s whose legacy has lived on for nearly four decades in video games, board games, music, television and films. In 2010, Google changed its logo to a Pac-Man Google Doodle of a playable version of the game. He was featured as the ultimate evil boss in the 2015 hit movie, Pixels.

Play Pac-Man Google Doodle Game

Of interesting note, the most memorable spin-off of Pac-Man was Ms. Pac-Man, which was not created by Mr. Iwatani, or Namco. It was, in fact, a complete and utter, unauthorized rip-off of the original game. Of the dozens of sequels, spin-offs and reboots, only one was created by Tōru Iwatani, the Pac-Man Championship Edition; the game of choice for the first every Pac-Man World Championship, held in New York in 2007.

#2 Mario Bros., First Released in 1983

Best Video Game Characters of Old Mario BrosNone alive today (over the age of 4) can deny at least some familiarity with the iconic video gaming characters, Mario and Luigi – aka the Mario Bros. Developed by Nintendo, these Italian-American brothers first appeared in arcades and the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) console. They’ve since been released for Game Boy, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Nintendo DS/3DS, Wii, Wii U and Nintendo Switch, as well as a multitude of PC and mobile games. In the early days, they even appeared on home systems for Atari, Apple II, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum, and alter in television series and on the big screen.

Mario was actually famous a few years before his taller and slimmer brother. Most of you will remember Mario as the lovelorn, hammer-wielding, barrel-jumping little guy who struggles to navigate a path of ladders to save his girlfriend from Donkey Kong. Speaking of which, Donkey Kong is another timeless character of retro-video gaming, but his legacy isn’t quite as renowned as our #3 pick…

#3 Tomb Raider, First Released in 1996

Inimitable Video Games - Lara Croft Tomb Raider SlotThe lovely Lara Croft wormed her way into our hearts in 1996 with the release of the original Tomb Raider game on PlayStation, Sega Saturn and MS-DOS (old-school platform for computer games). An instant success, sequels came quickly, but her popularity began waning in the early 2000s. She was revived with the 2006 release of Tomb Raider: Legend and has been going strong ever since, worthy of half a dozen Guinness World Records, including Most Recognizable Female Video-Game Character and Best Selling Video Game Heroine.

Being geared heavily towards adult audiences (especially since the 2001 release of Hollywood hit Lara Croft Tomb Raider, starring Angelina Jolie), this game’s platform releases have far exceeded that of Pac-Man or Mario Bros. Microgaming released the first online gambling game featuring the iconic Lara Croft in 2004 with the launch of the Tomb Raider Slot. That was followed by the slot machine sequel, Tomb Raider: Secret of the Sword, in 2008. Both are among Microgaming’s most famous branded slot titles to date.

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Jul 30

Mobile casino app developers strike jackpot with Muckleshoot Tribe?

Online gambling laws vary greatly between jurisdictions. In much of Europe, it’s perfectly legal and strictly regulated. In Canada, it’s perfectly legal, too, but regulations are more lax. In the US, it’s a mishmash of state-by-state choice. Washington State, in particular, has very strict laws prohibiting online casino gambling.

That’s what makes the new real money mobile gambling app from Playport Gaming Systems so intriguing. According to last week’s press release, the app developers struck a deal with the tribal owners of Muckleshoot Casino in Washington to launch a new form of mobile betting, with a very specific twist; one that could make or break the venture’s odds of success.

North American Mobile Casino App Developers strike Jackpot at Muckleshoot?

Introducing the Muckleshoot Mobile Casino App

What these two parties have conceived may be the first casino app in a non-regulated US state that’s actually legal to play for real money. But there’s one catch. In order to deposit money onto an account, or withdraw any winnings, you must be physically present at the Muckleshoot Casino.

Once the account is funded, players will be able to use their mobile device to play the available games, for real money, from anywhere in the world. To cash out winnings, or reload their balance, however, they’ll need to return to the casino.

The game variety will also be somewhat limited; unlikely to include the most popular gambling titles like slot machines and blackjack. Playport will only install ‘Class II‘ games that are not house banked. According to the Washington State Gambling Commission‘s statement on Tribal Gaming:

Class II gaming includes bingo, pull-tabs, punch boards, tip jars and other games similar to bingo. Card games that are not banked by the house are considered Class II. Regulation of these games is within tribal jurisdiction, subject to oversight by the National Indian Gaming Commission.”

Have they Developed a Truly Legal Mobile Gambling App?

Anyone who follows the iGaming news headlines should remember several major social casino app developers in hot water in Washington State recently. They weren’t even offering real money mobile gambling apps, and yet their services were deemed “illegal gambling” by the state, based primarily on optional in-app purchases.

Playport Gaming and the Muckleshoot Tribe believe they’ve found a way to circumvent those laws. First of all, being a federally recognized tribe, Muckleshoot doesn’t have to abide entirely by Washington’s legal system, but rather past agreements between the federal government and National Indian Gaming Association. Secondly, by enforcing an on-property rule for all monetary transactions, the act of gambling is, technically, taking place on tribal land.

The only problem with this plan is that they’ll be limited in their clientele. The vast majority of users will be locals; specifically those in reasonable driving distance of the Muckleshoot Casino in Auburn, WA. It’s unlikely too many players will fly in from other US states, Canada, or beyond, just to facilitate a transfer of funds.

And, of course, there’s always the chance the Washington State government will step in with an injunction order once the Muckleshoot mobile casino app goes live. Whether such legal action would hold any water remains to be seen—if it even happens. If not, chances are we’ll see a lot more tribal casinos across the US and Canada following in their footsteps.

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