Archive for July, 2006

New Microgaming Releases for AUGUST!!

They’re out!! Visit Spin Palace Casino or Ladbrokes Casino for the latest August Microgaming Casino Game releases.

SUPE IT UP – New Feature Video Slot: A hotrod themed 5-Reel, 25-Payline, Multi-Coin Slot. All the latest rodster ‘accessories’, the base game Jackpot of €25,000 can get to €150,000 thanks to the x6 Multiplier in the Free Spins Bonus Feature.




BARS & STRIPES – New Bonus Video Slot: Watch for the American footballs and Uncle Sam’s hats at this 5-Reel, 25-Payline, Multi- Coin Slot. Win maximum rewards in the ‘Pick A Hat’ Bonus Game and the base Jackpot of €47,500 rises to €97,500.




SPANISH 21 MULTI-HAND BLACKJACK – New Multi-Play Blackjack: A new multi-hand version of the popular single-hand Blackjack game – Spanish 21. Smooth and fast action for BJ fans.

GOLD SERIES – VOL.1 – New collection of enhanced Blackjacks: These are just stunning graphically and the team at Microgaming should take a bow! This new Blackjack set is sophisticated and truly realistic. Games included in Volume 1 of the collection are: Atlantic City Blackjack Gold, Vegas Strip Blackjack Gold, Vegas Downtown Blackjack Gold and European Blackjack Gold (2 deck).

Visit Spin Palace Casino or Ladbrokes Casino to play these new Microgaming Casino Game releases.

Add comment July 31st, 2006

Software Upgrade at VC Casino

Great news – we’ve been holding out for Victor Chandler to improve their Chartwell-based VCCasino… (the techs at VC are still applying the upgrade as we type so we have no sighted the improvements as yet)

From today VC Casino will no longer require you to buy casino chips as a separate transaction. Open an account with Victor Chandler andyou can bet, play poker or casino games with your funds – no conversion required.

The VC Casino team are also adding new games for you to play – 5-reel slots – yay! Some of the old favourites are also getting a face lift with enhanced graphics… it’s all good stuff.

Be one of the first to try out the new look VC Casino using this link (or alternately find out a bit more about what our team thinks about VC Casino and their latest offers by visiting our VC Casino Review)  

Add comment July 31st, 2006

Holding out for the August’s new Microgaming Casino slots releases?

While you’re waiting … (and we are!) have you tried this Microgaming 5-reel slot?


It grows on you. With a sushi kitchen theme and ‘kung fu chef’ sounds I originally I thought it a bit culturally insensitive but hey, its fun – and the sushi looks great!




The puff fish bonus is a good one and worth hanging out for… smug little bastard!




Visit Spin Palace Casino or Ruby Fortune Casino to play it for fun (free) or for real. Instant Flash or download.






Add comment July 30th, 2006

Fastest Casino Payouts

Hi there!

At we’re often asked to recommend an online casino based on how quickly a player can expect to get their winnings (and bonus) cashed up. So which casino has the fastest payouts?

This depends on which banking method you use to set up your casino account in the first place but in general the for the quickest casino payout on the net stick to a casino that accepts your currency (ie no conversion time or costs) and go for an electronic wallet 

Moneybookers is good (and accepted at Spinpalace Casino, Bet365 Casino & Ruby Fortune Casino – the top 3 sites from our latest assessment round).

Neteller & Firepay come a close second (and are also accepted by these 3 top casinos).

At most casinos the second and subsequent withdrawals you make are usually quicker than the first time, especially if you’re using a credit or debit card where additional proof of identity is often required.

Fastest Casino Bonus Payout?

Well, this ones tricky – the playthrough requirements most casinos put on their bonuses means you need to play through your deposit amount plus the amount of the bonus anything from X4 to X50 (or even X100!!).  Click here for a good quick comparison of the latest August 2006 casino bonuses and their wagering requirements.

Victor Chandler Casino (based on Chartwell software) probably has one of the most simple casino bonus schemes at present – The joining bonus is “up to £250 free” and you need to stake £500 and they’ll give you a £50 bonus, £5000 and VC Casino will give you the full £250.



Add comment July 28th, 2006

Quick Microgaming Casino Comparison

Always wanted an quick & easy comparison of the best Microgaming Casinos – and all on one page?

The guys at have compiled a simple 1-pager that does the trick. They compare online casino operator currencies, payment methods, payouts, bonuses & promos and the games on offer… worth a look HERE.

(For poker enthusiasts they’ve also compiled a similar 1-pager comparing the best Prima Poker sites online. Have a look HERE). 

Add comment July 26th, 2006

Casino bonus revisions

The team at CasinoLabrat have just double checked that we have the latest casino bonuses available for our recommended sites.

Here’s the best summary page: Casino Bonuses Compared

No major changes though and an interesting variety of ‘playthrough’ or wagering requirements. MANSION Casino’s bonus is a stand out this month primarily because you can play both casino games & poker to meet the playthrough – but also it is a 3-stage joining bonus potentially worth up to $2000! 

We still strongly recommend that you join a casino ‘cos you want to play at it rather than purely for the bonus.

Some casinos are so sick of ‘bonus only’ players that they’re banning all players from countries where this is prevalent. (Ladbrokes Casino now won’t pay joining bonuses to you if you’re from China, Denmark, Finland, aned a growing list…) 

Add comment July 26th, 2006

Western Union Money Transfer – you CAN gamble online with your credit card!

The team at Spin Palace Casino are really on to it customer service wise.

For those of you who no longer have confidence in your financial institution to honor credit card payments to and from gambling sites, Spin Palace have just signed up with Western Union’s new money transfer service to give you another payment option.

Make a deposit via Western Union’s website (using Visa or Mastercard – rejection free).

Sign on to Spin Palace Casino (or Poker) and select the “Transfer Money’ options on the banking page. They’ll give you the receiver details you’ll need. (It’s a person-to-person transfer)

Once accepted, your funds will come through to your Spin Palace casino account within 1.5 to 3 hours. All good stuff.

For more info on Spin Palace Casino see either our Spin Palace Casino Review or our summary of Best Casino Bonuses






Add comment July 25th, 2006

House Edge & Casino Payouts

When you see an online casino listing a HOUSE EDGE for a specific game (or for all table games, card games or the whole casino), have you ever wonder what it really means?
House Edge is the percentage of your initial wager on a game that the casino is likely to keep based on the mathematical probabilities associated with the casino game you’re playing.
Other definitions include “the ratio of the average loss to the initial bet”. (Wizard of Odds)
For example if you know the house edge for single deck single hand blackjack is say, 0.45 (0.45%) then you can assume that for every $10 you bet as your original wager (ie not with splits and other play options) you will lose 4.5 cents to the casino.
It’s a useful statistic to compare online casinos – and games. Have a look at this BlackJack Sites Comparison.

HOUSE EDGE is different from PAYOUT PERCENTAGE as payout percentage reflects the total percentage of winnings to total wagered amounts. (and of course the auditors are quick to point out that the percentages do not necessarily reflect the results of any individual casino game or the future payout of these games).
Here’s some examples from the latest round of online casino auditors reports (May 2006).
Spin Palace Casino
All Games: 96.42% (so only 3.58% was retained by the casino)
Slots: 95.67% – but has had months as high as 99.13% Just amazing where the casino only retained 0.87%. So in theory then if you were playing $1 slots games you could make a $100 last for 10,000 spins! Bring on those jackpots!
32Red Casino
All Games: 97.02% 
Slots: 94.90%
Ruby Fortune Casino
All Games: 96.88%
Slots: 96.20%

Add comment July 23rd, 2006

August at Ladbrokes Casino is already looking good!

Ladbrokes Casino is a top MICROGAMING site. Great graphics, quick & smooth to play… and here’s another reason to play there: 

Every day you play at Ladbrokes Casino in August you’ll be able to get cash back (on top of any winnings).

How the Laddies Cashback promotion works
• Every £10 wagered earns you 1 point
• For every 100 points you earn they’ll give you £1 in casino chips in your account

Key Dates:
Dates of qualification for cashback:
Week 1: 1st – 8th August
Week 2: 9th – 15th August
Week 3: 16th – 22nd August
Week 4: 23rd – 31st August

Dates of cashback payment:
Week 1: 11th August
Week 2: 18th August
Week 3: 25th August
Week 4: 6th September

More info click HERE.

Add comment July 23rd, 2006

Casino Deposit Options

Hi Guys and gals,

If you’re looking for a quick summary of which good online casinos (or poker rooms) accept a specific payment method – like Moneybookers, Neteller, American Express, Maestro, etc – have a look at this online gambling payment options directory.

In fact while we’re at it…here’s the latest directory of the currencies accepted at the best online casino sites too.

(Did you know Bet365 Casino accepts Thai Baht & BetFred Casino accepts South African Rand ?)

Add comment July 22nd, 2006

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