Monthly Archives: January 2009

Online Casinos Lack the Element of Human Interaction

It is not a secret that nowadays internet users are looking for an interactive gaming experience, and social networking sites were really the first ones to stress it.

Peer-to-peer interaction and social networking are the features that make bingo different from other forms of gambling. Lots of popular bingo sites have incorporated chat rooms and chat functions right into the gaming experience. So have poker sites.

Poker is another item on the list of preferences from the point of view of social interaction. Poker also relies on chat features, as players want to talk to their opponents while playing.

As for slot gambling, it is referred to the least social form of gambling.

The increasing role of social interaction can be explained by the fact that the industry migrated from the land casinos to the internet sites which certainly lack the element of human interaction, so popular and important to online gamblers.

It must be noticed that software development companies and new technology sites are trying to solve this problem. Participating in live dealer and virtual dealer gambling, players are able to place bets in real-time and see the live person on their screen.

The success of live dealer and virtual dealer gambling was questionable, but it must be admitted that it is more pleasant to chat with a real person than with computer bots. Whenever there is an option, gamblers choose a human element in the game.

NetPlay TV Starting a New Bingo Program

NetPlayTV, London-based interactive gaming company, is known to be starting its Live TV Bingo program on November 1. The program will be broadcast on Sky TV’s channel 867 from 2pm till 5pm and on Nuts TV’s channel 196 with the statement after an airtime contract with Turner Media.

In accordance with the contract, a new SuperCasino interactive gaming show is broadcast on Fridays and Saturdays from 11pm on Nuts TV that is available to more than 23 million UK homes.

Are You Fortunate Enough to Play at Mansion Casino

Mansion Casino in addition to their exclusive bonuses and promotions has added a new $50k cash giveaway. From October 8 to December 17 Mansion Casino’s players will be able to participate in the Around the World in 80 Days promotion in which the casino will be giving out $50,000.

As soon as players have toured a certain amount of miles, they may get their weekly rewards. They may get $100, the top 5 may earn as much as $200. Big cash bonuses will amount to $5,000.

New Games – New Players

Johnny Specter, Bob’s Bowling Bonanza, Spike’s Nite Out and European Blackjack Gold are the four new games, three brand new slots and a unique blackjack variation, released in October by Intertops Casino. Intertops Casino opened its doors in 1996 and since then, it has constantly been working at the expansion of their game catalogue.

Playing 5-reel 20-line Johnny Specter, a player can enjoy bonus games and some unique features. The focus symbol is the greedy green ghost appearing at least once on every spin. In case you capture the ghost, you can win as much as $7,500 or even double this sum.

Bob’s Bowling Bonanza is very similar to real bowling in your attempt to score a perfect game. When the strike symbols appear on reels one, three and five, the reels become bowling lanes. To get a huge payout, you should knock down all pins and score a perfect game.

Spike’s Nite Out is the game in which your wager decides the payout. And when the Spike’s Nout Out symbol appears, you can win up to 150,000 coins.
Based on European rules, European Blackjack Gold offers a couple of interesting bets like Perfect Pair (same suit and value for 30 to 1); Colored Pair (same value and color for 15 to 1) or Mixed Pair (same value, different suit for 7 to 1).

Casinos as a Source of Work and Revenue

Gambling is not unusual in Irealnd. It has always been present in this or that form for centuries. Every weekend lots of citizens bet on horses or place wagers on their favorite football for poker and casino games they are not less popular. People play online, as well as in land based casinos.

After a careful study of the gambling market in Ireland, the Irish Gaming and Leisure Association have issued a report which says that new regulated land based casinos and new  online casinos could generate a revenue of over $68 million and provide from 3,000 to 10,000 new jobs that are highly needed due to the growing economic crisis.

Actually, the government ministers and economists have been looking for the way to provide these jobs. And regulation of the online casinos, poker rooms and land based casinos would create these positions so  badly needed by people.

Who’ll Win the Tender?

A number of companies such as Intralot, Greek online gambling company, Turkcell, the Turkish mobile phone operator, Turkish Dogan Yayin Holdings, Italian Lottomatica and Snai and Ladbrokes, British sports betting company, were making bids over a tender that took place in Turkey for a sport betting company called Iddaa.

On October 16, Intralot and Turkcell made their best bids via their joint venture “Inteltek”. Now, the Turkish authorities have to determine whether to grant Inteltek the rights to operate the sports betting company or not. The decision is to be taken within three days. But if the rights granted, they will operate the sports betting company for as long as 10 years.

Lasseters Online Closing

It has become known that the story of Lasseters Online, one of the first online casinos to take bets on the web, has come to an end.

The Unlawful Online Gambling Enforcement Act turned out to be the beginning of the end for Lasseters.lack of proper oversight, management and overal vision for the online business caused hardship for the company. Besides, last year it took a $15.5 million loss in revenue. Since then, the financial losses of Lasseters have been multiplying.

An auditor review has shown that the things cannot be turned around. As a result, Lasseters is no longer competitive on the Web and is closing its doors.

Korea – the Next Hotspot for Online Gambling Market

With the possibility that Korean market will be extensively legalized in the coming years, lots of gambling companies are looking for footholds within this market. Korea is supposed to become one of the most extensive and lucrative gaming markets in the world, the market worth an estimated $1.7 billion in 2009.

According to the latest market research approximately 80% of the households in Korea have internet access. The number of online gamers is huge and it is still growing despite the fact that online gambling is not legalized there. There are also lots of cyber cafes where gamblers spend hours playing skill, casual and increasingly multiplayer online role playing games. In fact, unlike Europeans heading to online casinos, Koreans head to gaming portals.

Cryptologic deals with GTS

CryptoLogic, a world leader in online casino and gaming software, announced a partnership with Gaming Technology Solutions PLC (GTS), a top world’s provider of platform solutions for internet gaming operations.

This partnership is consistent with the strategy of CryptoLogic to increase the amount of market leading online casino sites offering their games. GTS’s impressive list of customers includes Bwin, 888, Unibet, Betclick, and Expekt, and many other leading brands.

Under this agreement, CryptoLogic’s top games will be available to GTS customers via its EdGE (Enhanced Gaming Engine), a proprietary games platform. By the end of the first quarter of 2009 ten CryptoLogic games will be live on their platform for customers of GTS.

CryptoLogic’s President and CEO, Brian Hadfield said: “We have just connected CryptoLogic’s leadership in online gambling innovation with GTS’ capability to serve the world’s top-tier gambling operators around”.

EdGE is a leading, cross-channel content provider platform offering access to highly popular games created by first class developers such as CryptoLogic. EdGE facilitates fast new content delivery across multiple languages that include all the European and main Asian languages such as Japanese, Chinese, and Korean, domains and currencies. Casino, sports, bingo, puzzle and soft games can all be provided as downloadable or browser-based client products.

Steven Matsell, GTS’ Business Development Director said: “Our operators deserve market top casino products — and CryptoLogic just offers some of the global most recognized brands”. “This partnership makes perfect sense to us.”

In last months, CryptoLogic signed deals with PartyGaming, and Orbis.

With over 200 games, CryptoLogic has one of the most all-embracing casino suites on the Web at the point. CryptoLogic has received rave reviews from industry players and peers, and in 2008 got Gambling Online Magazine’s Top Casino Software award for the third time.

Atronic Partners with Cantor Gaming

Thanks to the deal signed with Atronic, the leading slot machine manufacturer, Cantor Gaming has got rights to some Atronic slots. Now, they are available in the hanheld and online gaming format that Cantor Gaming provides.

The deal seems to be exciting for both sides. Atronic has expanded “access of their players’ favorite games through Cantor’s mobile devices within casinos and legal casino markets”. As for Cantor Gaming, they are trying to do their best in providing their players with high quality proven games in professional and lawfyl manner.