Jun 20

Royal Vegas Real Money Blackjack App for iPhoneThere’s a long-standing debate between Apple iOS and Android users. Which system is better? Which is faster? Which is more navigable, user-friendly, worth its cost, etc.? There are advantages on either side of the coin, but there’s one area where the Apple is golden. You can find a real money blackjack app for iPhone.

The Google Play Store has a global policy against gambling apps. Simulated gambling—that’s fine. But real money games are strictly forbidden. Apple’s iTunes Store restricts gambling content in some countries, but here in Canada, it’s easy to find a real money blackjack app for iOS devices.

Perhaps, a little too easy…..

Real Money Blackjack App for iPhone / iOS

A quick look in the App Store under Games > Casino reveals thousands of items to choose from. That’s a lot of gambling apps, right? It would be, if they were all genuine gambling apps. But the vast majority of them are not.

Like every other game genre ever fabricated for mobile devices, an overwhelming number of the titles available are designed as ‘free to play‘ games, teeming with ads and in-app purchases. There’s no actual gambling involved, and no way to cash out your winnings.

It’s all virtual coins. They encourage you to buy more chips, but will never pay back any money in your pocket, no matter how lucky you get.

So now, you’re left to weave your way through countless “casino” titles, looking for a real money blackjack app for iOS. I can tell you right now, more than 99% of them aren’t what you’re looking for.

Another alternative, you could try typing this in a Google search”

“real money blackjack” site:itunes.apple.com/ca

You know what you’ll come up with? A bunch of search results for apps that are not real casinos, but rather “online casino guides”. These are apps that merely review casinos. A waste of a few hours of your time.

If all you want is to download, open and play a real money blackjack app for iPhone, iPad, etc., I’ll save you some time. The following are four real money blackjack apps, created and operated by some of the oldest, most reputable casinos in the iGaming business.

I won’t bother getting into too many details here—just the important stuff. If you like the brief description, click the link provided to visit the App Store and read more.

Royal Vegas Real Money Blackjack App for iPhone

Royal Vegas Real Money Blackjack App for iPhoneThis is my absolute favorite. I’ve been playing Royal Vegas for years. It’s been online since 2000, and launched its iOS app for iPhone and iPad years ago. It’s updated very regularly with additional games, including Microgaming’s old and new titles.

The game variety is immense—the absolute largest in mobile gambling—and includes blackjack and roulette, video poker, and a throng of Microgaming’s most popular online slots. This app offers the highest progressives on the Apple iTunes Store, with jackpots worth over $1 million.

New members can claim up to $1,200 in welcome bonuses and take advantage of weekly and monthly promotions. The games are all certified ‘Safe and Fair‘ by eCOGRA, and there are plenty of secure deposit options to suit everyone.

Click Here to visit iTunes and learn more/download the Royal Vegas real money blackjack app for iOS.

Casino.com Real Money Blackjack App for iPhone

Casino.com Real Money Blackjack App for iPhoneCasino.com is another great app for real money players, featuring many popular titles like blackjack, roulette, slots and other classic casino games. The latest update jumped the game variety to over 200, so there’s something for everyone. The software is solid and easy to navigate.

New members get 20 free spins on sign-up, plus a 100% up to $400 match bonus on the first deposit. Log in for the next 9 days straight to enjoy another 20 free spins per day, up to 200 in all.

Click Here to visit iTunes and learn more/download the Casino.com real money blackjack app for iOS.

PartyPoker Real Money Blackjack App for iPhone

PartyPoker Real Money Blackjack App for iPhoneThis is a good app, but only if you’re an online poker fan, too—Texas Holdem cash games, tourneys, etc. There is a casino games section in the lobby, and it does offer real money blackjack, but it’s nothing too special.

On the plus side, PartyPoker does have a stellar reputation. They are distinguished enough to gain approval from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement to operate online gambling in the US. That’s saying something.

Click Here to visit iTunes and learn more/download the PartyPoker real money blackjack app for iOS.

William Hill Real Money Blackjack App for iPhone

William Hill Real Money Blackjack App for iPhoneThe William Hill Casino app (not to be confused with their individual Sports, Racing and Poker apps), is a good, stable platform with enough variety to keep players entertained for awhile. There aren’t a ton of games to choose from, but there’s a little bit of everything.

The app offers blackjack, roulette, video poker, 9 slot machines, 4 arcade style games and 4 instant-win scratch cards. The latest update doubled the welcome bonus to 100% up to $300. Unfortunately, it’s now restricted to UK players only.

Click Here to visit iTunes and learn more/download the William Hill real money blackjack app for iOS.

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Jun 15

In May 2016, a special task force was assigned to investigate alleged money laundering through BC casinos. What they found was millions of dollars being trafficked through British Columbia’s Lower Mainland casinos by an organized crime group. So far, nine have been arrested on allegations of multiple offenses.

Cash seized in BC casinos money laundering investigation

Cash seized by authorities in BC casinos money laundering investigation

The year-long investigation seeks to unravel a deep strain of illegal gambling operations. Authorities determined nine members of an organized crime unit had been heavily involved in a multi-million money laundering scheme through BC casinos. The alleged criminals are said to have been laundering drug trafficking money.

List Of Offenses Growing

Kevin Hacket CFSEUA list of other alleged offenses includes everything from kidnapping and loan sharking, to extortion. The allegations and multiple arrests were confirmed this week by Kevin Hackett (left), Assistant Commissioner of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU).

In a news conference with local reporters Tuesday, Hackett said, “It’s safe to say that we’re looking at millions of dollars being laundered.”

Authorities believe the individuals involved in the money laundering scheme through BC casinos have ties reaching far and wide. They’ve been linked to organized crime throughout Canada, stretching all the way to mainland China and beyond.

“Money laundering, loan sharking and illegal gaming provide an attractive source of income for organized crime,” explained Hackett.

“Clients who utilize these services need to be aware that often the cash being provided to them is from illegal activity, and that using such services provides financial support to criminals and funds their illegal enterprises and operations,” he said.

No Charges Filed Yet

The names of the individuals arrested this week have not been released. Authorities are being very discrete, releasing few details at the moment. Hackett told reporters that, to date, no charges have been filed, and all of the individuals who were arrested are not in police custody at this time.

The CFSEU does expect more arrests to come, and that charges will be assessed. Multiple counts of drug trafficking, money laundering, proceeds of crime and affiliation with organized crime are all possible.

Involved BC Casinos Unnamed

Hackett also declined to reveal the specific BC casinos in which the money laundering allegedly took place. He did, however, claim that three or four illegal gambling houses had been identified. The CFSEU official confirmed that a search warrant was executed on at least one of those operations, located in Richmond, Monday evening.

Law enforcement officers have search six homes in connection with the BC casinos money laundering case so far. In the process, they’ve confiscated an abundance of evidence, including bank drafts, cash, cell phones, computers, drug paraphernalia, and a number of luxury vehicles. On of the vehicles is said to have been equipped with a hidden compartment, but no word on what—if anything—was found within.

Investigation Continues

For now, the investigation is still underway. Until charges have been officially filed, authorities are reluctant to issue any further details.

The investigation is being conducted by a new branch of the CFSEU, the Joint Illegal Gaming Investigation Team (JIGIT). That branch works in tandem with members of BC’s Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch (GPEB).

Authorities are urging anyone with information relating to the organized crime group or the multi-million dollar money laundering scheme through BC casinos to contact the JIGIT at 778-290-2288, or leave an anonymous tip with the Canada Crime Stoppers Association.

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Jun 08

Land-based casinos provide an abundance of gambling experiences across a vast gaming floor. Online gambling operators offer the same variety, making them available on desktop and laptop computers, as well as smartphones and tablets. A new slots design from a Japanese manufacturing company is merging the two via slots kiosks.

New Slots Kiosks Fuzion by JCM

JCM Exec Tom Nieman (right) shows off new slots kiosks at G2E Asia

These new multi-tasking slot machines, called Fuzion, were proudly displayed by Japan Cash Machine Co Ltd (JCM) at the annual Global Gaming Expo Asia. The annual G2EA is one of the largest industry exhibitions and conferences on the continent, attended by all major operators in the gambling industry.

Tom Nieman, Vice President of Marketing for JCM, told GGRAsia the new slots design is the company’s “most important breakthrough…in quite some time”.

JCM showed off the extensive capabilities of the new slots kiosks. They are able to perform a wide variety of betting tasks. Aside from playing a multitude of casino slots, users can also purchase and redeem of lottery tickets, place bets on sports and racing events, and participate in daily fantasy sports betting.

The new machines can accept multiple currencies, and facilitate an instant currency exchanges as needed. The machines even offer obligatory tax forms for high-volume winners that can be filled out and submitted directly from these slots kiosks.

“The early response has been very strong,” said Nieman, who extolled the new technology’s ability to be “more productive” than any previous design concept.

“We took the time to talk to customers and understand the challenges they face,” explained the JCM executive. After brainstorming their responses, the end result was “the idea of turning slot machines into a gaming kiosk that sells multiple things, not just slot machine entertainment, but it could sell sports book, lottery and so on.”

Instead of displaying a single game screen, the new slots technology displays a screen filled with game titles and other menu options. It’s similar to a computer or tablet device in the way it displays a selection of apps on the desktop screen.

This latest innovation can be best described as the land-based casino industry’s first genuine foray into mimicking the convenience of online gambling. In this case, it’s actually more convenient than most iGaming websites. It offers so many wagering capabilities from a single screen, whereas the average online gambler would have to log into various websites to access casino games, sports bets, DFS, lottery, etc.

Of course, these machines aren’t the hand-held variety, and you can’t take them home with you. Players will have to visit a land-based casino to make use of them. But as Rob Tercek, founder and President of General Creativity Consulting, explained during a one-day innovation conference in Las Vegas earlier this week, the land-based casino industry absolutely must innovate to survive.

Tercek spoke of many other industries that he described as being “vaporized” by digital technology. Movie rental stores, land line telephones and travel agencies have already been consumed by advancements in technology. Casinos could suffer the same fate if they can’t find an innovative way to keep customers walking through the doors, instead of turning to mobile social gaming and gambling.

While these new slots kiosks could be the answer, JCM is still awaiting approval of the design by regulators in various markets, and that could take quite some time.

“As excited as we are, we can’t make it happen sooner unless we have the [casino] operator pushing for it,” said Nieman. “In certain markets we have that, in others we need to go and win an operator over to support that.”

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Jun 07

Evolution Gaming wins Best Live Casino Supplier at EGR B2B Awards 2017The EGR B2B Awards 2017 were held at The Hurlingham Club in London, England on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. All the results are in, the winners have been awarded. The most unsurprising victory of the night went to Evolution Gaming, the undisputed supplier of the best live casino games available on the world wide web.

Once again, Evolution Gaming was bestowed with the title of Best Live Casino Supplier of the Year. This marks the 8th straight year the interactive live casino games supplier has received this very award. It comes as no shock, but certainly deserves the heartfelt congratulations of their colleagues, as well as the players who enjoy these games so much.

The competition in that category was fierce as ever in 2017. The nominees for Best Live Casino Supplier, announced in April, included:

  • Authentic Gaming
  • Evolution Gaming
  • Extreme Live Gaming
  • Ezugi
  • Medialive
  • NetEnt
  • Playtech
  • SA Gaming

Winning the award 8 years in a row is awe-inspiring, to be sure. However, Evolution’s streak becomes even more impressive when you factor in that eGaming Review (EGR) held its first B2B Awards in 2010. That means Evolution has won the award every single year, since it first debuted.

Clearly, they’re doing something right if the most influential analysts in the industry have deemed them the best live casino, well… ever.

Marcus Huber of Evolution Best Live CasinoFollowing the award ceremony, Evolution Gaming’s Director of Distribution & Sales, Marcus Huber, commented on another successful year, and all the new developments they’ve achieved since their win at EGR B2B 2016.

“Once again, this has been a remarkable 12 months for Evolution,” Huber enthused. “In an increasingly competitive Live Casino sector we have further underlined our leading position with a host of innovative new products.”

Evolution has launched five new live casino games in the last 12 months, including Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Baccarat Control Squeeze, Speed Baccarat, Progressive Caribbean Stud Poker, and the Dream Catcher money wheel.

The industry’s best live casino supplier also raised the bar by installing Dual Play Roulette at two major London casinos, the Hippodrome and Ritz Club. Online players can now participate in the same live roulette games played by others, in person, at these locations.

Furthermore, Evolution held the grand opening of another live casino studio. Built within the Grand Casino Bucharest, it’s the first ever live casino hosted from Romania.

Evolution Gaming Best Live Casino for MobileAnd the cherry on top, according to Huber, has been the “continual improvements to the mobile gaming experience.” Evolution added a ‘portrait view‘ to its Live Lobby and Live Roulette tables to accommodate the smaller screen sizes of smartphone users, which make up an increasingly larger portion of the their clientele with each passing year.

“I thank all of our staff, our licensees and our players for this award,” said Huber. “To win it once is an honour. To win it eight years in a row is astounding!”

He went on to designate Evolutions 8-year winning streak as the Best Live Casino Supplier a “testament to the world-class quality of our B2B Live Casino solutions and the quality of operational excellence we deliver for our licensees and their players year on year.”

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Jun 06

New Mobile Gambling App OLG LotteryIt seems every risk-taking gamer has at least one mobile gambling app on their smartphone these days. It’s all about convenience. Providing users with instant access to the games they want, with a tap of their finger. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLG) introduced a new app in June just for ticket holders.

The new OLG mobile gambling app doesn’t actually let customers place wagers. For that, they can download the PlayOLG.ca mobile casino app. This new application is designed to save players who already placed a bet some time, allowing them to check all their tickets instantly.

It’s called the OLG Lottery App, and it’s available for all Android and Apple iOS smartphones and tablets. According to provincial regulators, it’s exactly what players have been asking for.

A press release announcing the June 1, 2017 release explained, “Checking your lottery tickets has never been ore easy or more convenient.”

Functions of OLG’s Mobile Gambling App

Functions of New Mobile Gambling App OLG Lottery

By downloading and opening the new mobile gambling app, ticket holders can instantly scan the code on each ticket to see if it’s a winner. The OLG Lottery app works on a variety of tickets, including traditional lottery tickets, instant scratch off tickets, and even sports betting tickets.

The new app could be especially convenient for those who buy a large number of tickets. Checking the winning lottery numbers yourself, then examining each ticket to see if it has any value, can be a time consuming process. And there’s always a margin for error.

Most high-volume players take their tickets to the local gas station, convenience mart or grocery store to have them checked by a retailer. While this is great for the player, ensuring no errors are made, it can certainly hold up the line during peak shopping times.

And, if a ticket happens to win a large amount of money – the kind you’d have to visit a lottery claims center to cash in – there’s always that underlying fear that some duplicitous person may be lurking nearby, waiting to jump you and steal the ticket on your way out the door.

Thanks to this new app, all of these potentially problematic issues are resolved. Players can check their own tickets in private, know if they are winners, and take appropriate action to cash in the good ones.

The new mobile gambling app has several other features Ontario punters may appreciate as well. Users will be able to see all current jackpot and a list of all recent winning numbers for the province’s various lottery drawings. They can even set reminders to purchase new tickets, locate nearby lottery retailers, and check the balance of an OLG Lottery Gift Card.

The app also provides a direct link to the OLG’s responsible gambling program, PlaySmart.ca. This website provides information on problem gambling prevention, detection and treatment facilities throughout Ontario.

New Mobile Gambling App OLG LotteryUsers can download the new OLG Lottery App from the Google Play Store for Android, or Apple iTunes Store for iOS. Look for the official OLG Lottery App logo (right), or use the following links to download now.

Download OLG Lottery for Android (from Google Play Store)

Download OLG Lottery for Apple iOS (from iTunes)

OLG’s Senior Vice President of Lottery and Gaming, Wendy Montgomery, commented on the release of the new mobile gambling app on Thursday.

“OLG lottery players asked for it, and we delivered!” said Montgomery. “The OLG Lottery app enhances the customer experience for Ontario players, providing them with a ticket checker that goes everywhere they go.”

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Jun 05

The history of slot machines is filled with pivotal moments and turning points – important events that forever changed the way we, as players, spin the reels. One such staple in slot machine history was the invention of the “Virtual Reel”.

History of Slot Machines - Virtual Reels and RNGSeveral major changes occurred when the virtual reel was introduced. The most notable variation for players was the elimination of the ‘pull lever‘. In older slots, this lever would set the game’s mechanical reels in motion, only to be stopped, one by one, by the random tripping of a brake mechanism. The virtual reel replaces this brake with what’s known today as a ‘random number generator‘.

Some manufacturers still install a lever on their slot machines, but only to give it a vintage feel. The more common ‘push to spin‘ button is all that’s needed, and what the vast majority of manufacturers now use.

Three basic benefits of the virtual reel include:

  • Simplifying the games (one push to play)
  • Making machines easier to maintain (less moving parts)
  • Speeding up game play (more money for casinos)

There’s one more pivotal feature that random number generators brought to the realm of slot machines. We’ll talk about that more in a moment. First, let’s take a quick look at how the virtual reel came about.

Slot Machine History: Virtual Reel is Born

The Virtual Reel was born on May 15, 1984. That was the day Norwegian mathematician Inge S. Telnaes was issued patent #4,448,419, signifying his ownership of the ‘virtual reel’ design.

An explanatory excerpt from Telnaes patent reads:

” …A random number generator is provided with electronic circuitry which computes the random stop position at which the reel should be stopped by the physical brake. This is done with an electronically random number selected from a group of numbers which exceeds the number of physical reel positions such that one physical reel position is represented by one or several positions on the virtual or electronically generated reel which is in affect, randomly stopped by the random number generator. In this invention the physical reels are only used as a display of the random number generated result and are not the game itself as in standard slot machines. In this manner, a standard slot machine or gaming apparatus can be made to function at payout odds, independent of the limits set by the number of physical reels and their physical stop positions, by changing the random number generator.”

In Layman’s terms… The virtual reel utilizes an ‘internal reel strip‘ in place a mechanical reels, and a ‘random number generator‘ (RNG) to tell the brakes exactly when to stop each reel. In this way, the results are still random, but manufacturers can input a desired payout percentage (return to player, or RTP) to ensure a machine will not overpay, or underpay, over time.

History of Slot Machines – Jackpot, Baby!

The most crucial difference between virtual reel slots and those with mechanical reels is the ability to pay out enormous, progressive jackpots. This simple but revolutionary juncture in the history of slot machines brought about radical change, resulting in life-altering progressive jackpots worth millions of dollars.

Jackpots in older slot machines are limited by the number of symbols on each reel. A slot with 10 symbols on each of 5 reels would have a probability of paying the jackpot once in every (10x10x10x0x10) 100,000 spins. That wouldn’t give the machine much time to build up a multi-million jackpot, especially when only a few cents of each bet are paid into the progressive.

Using virtual reels allows manufacturers to easily place more symbols on each reel, and control the amount in which the machine pays out. However, the randomness of a jackpot’s release is still unaffected.

In essence, due to the RNG, a jackpot could pay out twice in the same week, or even the same day, or it could wait years to pay out. It’s all based on what numbers are generated by the RNG at the exact moment a player presses the Spin button.

But one thing is for sure… that slot machine will pay out at its programmed RTP, over a programmed amount of time. If set to pay 95%, it won’t pay exactly $95 every time it takes in $100, but it will pay $95 for every $100 it takes in over that preset amount of time, which could easily last 20-25 years.

If it weren’t for Telnaes’s invention of virtual reels and the RNG, slot machine history would be a lot different, and the world record jackpot wouldn’t be anywhere near the $38.7 million that was awarded to a Los Angeles man on March 21, 2003 after playing the Megabucks progressive at Excalibur Casino in Las Vegas.

Countless others have been fortunate enough to rake in 6-, 7- and 8-figure jackpots in the last 30+ years since virtual reels came about. Clearly, Telnaes’s invention was prolific, changing the history of slot machines forever.

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Jun 02

The online gambling industry continues to flourish, just as it has done for the last two decades. In the early years, it grew organically, following the waxing tide of computers and mobile devices in mainstream society. Now days, its growth is heavily generated by the use of big data.

Online Gambling Companies Benefit from Big Data and Machine Learning

Competition is becoming more fierce, as well. Years ago, there were only a few operators to choose from, offering sports wagers and digital casino games. Now, there are thousands of websites to choose from, making it harder and harder for businesses to compete.

In order to remain relevant in today’s highly regulated markets, they’re making every effort to promote superior responsibility. The easiest way to do that in today’s technologically advanced world is through a process called machine learning.

Big Data & Machine Learning

If you work in any technology driven business, you’ve probably heard the term “big data” before. Depending on the elevation of your role in the company, you may or may not actually know what it means.

The Oxford Dictionary defines it as:

Big Data (noun):

Extremely large data sets that may be analysed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behaviour and interactions.

Basically, everything that is done electronically, on a computer or mobile device – every click of the mouse, every tap of a finger, every use of an app – is being recorded. That data is sent back to a primary receptacle, where it’s gathered, computed and organized.

Big data involves so much information, coming in so quickly, that no single person, or even group of people, could possibly sort through it. That’s where “machine learning” comes in. Big data enters into a machine that does all the sorting automatically, identifying patterns and creating behavioral profiles.

How Online Gambling Companies Use It

For online gambling companies, this information can be used in a multitude of ways. It can help increase revenue and player retention, as well as benefiting their status with local governments and regulators.

For example, the machine learning process can tell online gambling companies what game designs are most attractive, or what promotions are best suited for different types of players. They are able to customizing each player’s experience based on their past performance, and the behavioral patterns of other players like them.

Online gambling companies can also use machine learning to detect potential problem gambling, often before a player develops a full-blown addiction. Many regulatory bodies require this sort of monitoring, and the hefty fines they impose for failing to report it is more than enough to encourage operators to study that data closely.

Casinos have always been a target for money laundering, and that’s another problem that regulators are cracking down on. If a potential case of money laundering is detected, it must be reported immediately to the proper authorities. Online gambling companies use big data to integrate anti-money laundering programs, as mandated by a growing number of jurisdictions.

Companies are able to cover their own backsides in terms of credit risk, as well. Online gambling promotions often include credit lines, especially for big spenders in the sports betting industry. Online casinos shell out free bonus credits like confetti at a New Year’s bash.

Players who abuse these systems with fake identities and/or multi-accounting are a huge risk for operators. Machine learning has become a great solution for detecting and preventing potential problem in this area.

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Jun 01

Ask a large group of people their favorite gambling game, and you’re likely to hear the same responses over and over. Slot machines, blackjack and poker will top the list, followed by baccarat, roulette, craps and maybe pai gow. These are all common favorites. But there are a few real online casino games you probably never knew existed.

I’m talking about games that software developers came up with, but for whatever reason, never really caught on. This happens in land-based casinos all the time, but they toss out these types of games to make space for new and/or more popular varieties. Online casinos have unlimited space, so these games stick around, just in case someone wants to give them a go.

Three Wheeler

Real Online Casino Games - Three WheelerChances are you’ve never heard of this one. Three Wheeler, found in most Microgaming casinos under the ‘Casual Games‘ section, is a mish-mash of several popular games. Imagine if you threw roulette, craps and a big money wheel into a big mixing pot. This is what you’d get – something very similar to sic bo, minus the dice.

Three wheeler has a large wheel with 6 sections. Each section has three numbers, ranging from 1-6 (like on dice). Players can bet on single numbers, doubles, triples, totals and combinations of two.

Spingo

Real Online Casino Games - SpingoSpingo is, for all intents and purposes, a simplified repeat of European roulette. This real online casino game should appeal to anyone who has trouble counting past the number 10. Kidding aside though, I’m not really sure what Microgaming was thinking when they produced it, although I suppose a roulette player looking to mix things up might find it intriguing.

Instead of using numbers 1-36, this version uses the numbers 1-10, each displayed on three different colored lines. So there’s a blue 1, yellow 1 and red 1, a blue 2, yellow 2 and red 2, and so forth, all the way through 10. Of course, there’s also a green 0 to keep the house happy.

Players simply bet on a number, color, or specific color and number. There’s also odd/even bets, and high/low bets (1-5 or 6-10), just like roulette.

Arcade Style Slots

Real Online Casino Games - Max DamageWith all the talk of skill-based slot machines coming to land-based casinos (to attract video gaming millennials, of course), I think it’s fascinating that such games have existed online for years, yet no one talks about them. Microgaming came out with a skill-based, arcade-style slot back in 2012 called Max Damage and the Alien Attack.

It’s not really a slot machine at all though. Max Damage is 100% arcade, where the star character, Max, hops in a space ship and blasts away at alien ships as they make their way towards Earth. Like any other shoot’em-up video game, players can earn stronger weapons, heat seeking missiles, shields, health boosts, ship upgrades, extra lives, etc.

Triangulation

Real Online Casino Games - TriangulationHere’s another odd title that falls in among the oddest of real online casinos games. Triangulation is a slot machine, but unlike any you’ve seen before. It doesn’t have 3, 5 or even 7 reels across. As the name suggests, the reels are patterned on a triangle. Within the big triangle-shaped play area are 16 smaller triangles.

When the reels “spin”, each of the 16 spaces becomes one of 8 possible colored triangles. The object of the game is to line up 4+ same-color triangles in any adjacent positions (akin to all-ways pays). Imagine Boggle, if the boxes were colors instead of letters.

Real Online Casino Games Unknown For A Reason

These are all real online casino games that never took off, and with good reason. It’s not that they are bad games. It’s because they either mimic something that’s already more popular, or they don’t fit into the normal scheme of gambling. In essence, they are either too familiar, or not familiar enough.

Triangulation was a unique idea, but it only confuses people who are accustomed to traditional slot machines. Max Damage is improperly categorized, since there’s nothing slots-like about it. Spingo is like a kiddie version of roulette, and Three Wheeler is just another way to play sic bo, but with a wheel in place of dice.

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May 30

When it comes to popular slot themes, gaming software developers are usually all too happy to spit out dozens of relative new casino games. Surprisingly, basketball themed online slots have never received this kind of attention.

Having scoured the web for reels touting this popular sports activity, I was shocked to find there are very few basketball slots and casino games to choose from. On the plus side, those I did come across are great additions to any sports fan’s iGaming repertoire.

Basketball Star Slot – Microgaming

Basketball Slots - Basketball StarBy far the most recognized basketball themed online slots, Basketball Star is part of Microgaming‘s sports ‘Star‘ series of slot machines. This 5 reel game features 243 ways to win and a starting bet of $0.50 per spin.

Released in late 2015, the graphics are superb, with all symbols relating to basketball, including 5 in-action players, sports drinks, sneakers, gold metals, balls, courts, and more than 40 wild symbols on the reels to boost winnings.

This popular basketball slots game is loaded with features, including stacked wilds, rolling reels, and a wild shot feature that guarantees a win with randomly stacked wilds on the central reels.

Slot Dunk – Pragmatic Play

Basketball Slots - Slot DunkReleased in mid-2013, this basketball themed online slots game resembles a combination of the hit comedy, NBA Space Jam, and a children’s animated jungle show. All of the main symbols are animal cartoon characters, including a basketball playing tiger, elephant, crocodile and monkey, with wild hippos for cheerleaders and a rhino fan scatter.

Across 5 reels and 20 paylines, Slot Dunk features free spins and a bonus game that’s triggered whenever 3+ bonus symbols appear on an active payline. During the bonus round, players attempt a half-time trick shot to save the cheerleader and collect bonus points.

Money Shot Slot – WGS

Basketball Slots - Money Shot SlotMoney Shot Slot is an older basketball themed online slots, so the graphics aren’t all that spectacular. However, it’s got vibrantly colored images and follows the basketball slots motif perfectly. Symbols include everything from a full court, jersey, sneakers and bin of basketballs, to a mascot, cheerleaders, and fans.

Players will earn 15 free spins with 3+ scoreboard scatters on the reels. The basketball is wild, and if players land one on reels 2 and 4, a special Money Shot bonus round is triggered. Players attempt to shoot 5 Money Shots, with multipliers awarded for each shot made. It’s a relatively simple game, but definitely a good one for any basketball slots fan.

Slam Funk Scratchie – Microgaming

Basketball Casino Games - Slam Funk ScratchieSlam funk isn’t a basketball slots, but rather an instant win scratch card (scratchie) game found at Microgaming powered online casinos. Players can choose their stake, scaling from $0.50 up to $10, with all wins multiplied by the stake.

Like most scratch card casino games, the object is to scratch off the 3×3 grid of squares and match 3 alike symbols on a card. In this case, all the symbols are basketball players with a funky disco style and ostensible love for the dance floor. There are 5 possible characters that can be revealed – two females and three males – with variable winnings up to 250x the bet.

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May 29

real gambling on iPhone without the stressTwenty years ago, if someone wanted to gamble for real over the internet, there was no question as to how to do it. They would log onto InterCasino (first to market, 1996) from a bulky desktop computer and wait patiently for their dial-up modem to load the 18 games that were available back then.

Today, countless people participate in real gambling on iPhone and iPad, comparable Android devices, laptops, and much slimmer desktop computers. There are a few more games to choose from these days, too. iPhone gambling apps offer thousands of slot machines, table games, video poker, a specialty games.

Sure sounds like the mobile betting industry has evolved in the most wonderful of ways. Or is the reality of the situation a stress headache waiting to happen?

Too Many Choices Isn’t Always Good

As a general rule, the human race loves choices. We love variety. We love knowing that mass competition between businesses in a fast-growing industry translates to better deals and promotions for us – the consumers. But rarely do we consider the flip-side of that coin.

With variety comes decisions, and with decisions comes stress. When there are so many iPhone gambling apps to choose from, we’re tasked with the job of selecting the right one – the best one. We know they can’t all be perfect. Some will have glitches. Some will load slow. Some may be run by rogue operators out to steal our money!

And what about all those games? With so many different games to play, real gambling on iPhone could become yet another stress headache after you’ve spent so much time selecting the “best” gambling app. Now, our brains are working overtime just trying to choose a favorable theme we think we’ll enjoy.

You may think I’m crazy, but let’s take a moment to look at the bigger picture. Let’s say you’ve got a hankering for ice cream…

You walk into a small, mom-and-pop diner and ask what flavors are available. The friendly worker smiles and responds, “Vanilla and chocolate”. You mull this over for a few seconds, then decide you’re in the mood for chocolate. A minute later, you’re licking away in cool, creamy bliss.

Now what if you went into a larger, franchise ice cream shop. You can’t even ask what flavors there are, because the list is so long. You have to strain your neck looking up and across board after board of optional flavors. The lemon sounds good, but so does the butter pecan, the mint chocolate chip, the fudge brownie blast, the frozen mocha latte, and what about that bacon flavor? How do you not try the bacon?

So much indecision! Situations like these can actually cause your stress level to climb exponentially until you’ve finally made a choice. And even then, there’s hat nagging voice in the back of your head – did you make the right choice? Bacon ice cream, that doesn’t eve make sense! I should have taken the butter pecan. No, the lemon. Dang-it!

Real Gambling on iPhone: Keep it Simple

If you want an enjoyable experience, minus all the headaches, don’t hit the iTunes store looking for iPhone gambling apps. Instead, go straight to a distinguished, reliable source. And don’t bother with apps that offer an endless menu of games from a multitude of software developers, either.

Royal Vegas Mobile fits the bill perfectly. They’ve been around since 2000, building a trusted reputation, and they don’t incorporate a dozen software brands into their gaming repertoire. All digital games are supplied by Microgaming, with a few live casino tables powered by Evolution Gaming. That’s it – purely reputable, nice and simple.

21 years down the road, InterCasino is still around too. Again, the reputation is stellar, but this is one of those companies that chooses quantity over quality, employing 11 different games developers. It’s not a bad choice if you want to avoid the search for iPhone gambling apps, but still have access to a boundless menu of games.

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