Archive for January, 2008
If you’re sick of trying your luck at Microgaming’s Megamoolah Progressive slot (currently sitting at over 4.8 million), what about zipping across to bet365’s Playtech Casino to take on their top Progressive?
GOLD RALLY PROGRESSIVE JACKPOT TOPS £1,000,000… (In USD that’s $2,137,582 and counting…)
The Casino team at bet365 counted down with baited breath as the Gold Rally Progressive jackpot ticked past the £1 million mark this week (sounds like a great occasion for bubbly to me). The total continues to grow rapidly as bet365 casino players work over the slot game, all dreaming of landing that massive millionaire’s payout.
Commenting on the landmark, Gil Rotem, Head of Gaming Operations at bet365, said “everyone is talking about the Gold Rally progressive. I cannot wait for it to payout, but the longer it goes, the luckier one of our player’s will be. It really is an exciting time for bet365casino. We’ve just launched a fantastic looking site, stacked full of features geared at rewarding our players. The progressive topping £1million is the icing on the cake”.
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Our favourite slot machine so far in January 2008 is Playtech’s Bonus Bears. And before the Microgaming ra-ra squad start to email us or send around the heavies, we really do rate Bonus Bears higher than any of the new Microgaming casino slots released last week (Mark of Medusa, Little Chief Big Cash, Polar Bash).
Bonus Bears is a 25 payline feature slot that is really fun to play as it offers both a bonus game and free spins win options.
Fancy a walk in the forest? Bonus Bears features realistic bird song background sounds (guaranteed to wake the cat draped over your computer desk) and surprisingly cheery music as you spin - especially given the number of bees and bears around! I guess it’s better than all the poisonous snakes, spiders and fire ants in my (Australian) bush.
The Bonus Bears Honey feature is triggered (pictured left) when 3 or more beehives appear. And this is where this new game starts to outstrip it’s competing slots game releases! The graphics in the bonus game are excellent! You choose a tree for the poor old bear to climb to swipe as many honey pots as possible before getting stung. We’ve had some very credible payouts from this game so far!
In addition to the Honey Feature Game multiple bears (on reels 2,3 and 4) result in 15 free spins - with all your wins tripled. (…and free spins can be retrigered within free spins, as can the Honey Feature game - which is great! We really did seem to be playing for ages based on just a free spins win)
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Sorry, due to US anti gambling legislation no Playtech based online casinos can accept American players. Bummer.
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New from Playtech, Wild Viking is a table game with great gambling options. It is sort of a cross between roulette and poker betting, but also offers a fairly “out there” bet called (of course) The Wild Viking - that pays out at odds of 1250 to 1!
Wild Viking casino game also offers a Progessive Jackpot that offers an even bigger payout.
OK, so what’s Wild Viking all about then?
As a casino game it’s actually harder to describe than it is to play (although there is a great online tutorial at Bet365 Casino if you need it).
It’s played with a deck of 52 cards plus 2 jokers, and you’re dealt a five card hand.
You’ve got a range of betting options, based on either what you think the whole hand will be worth or on specific cards out of the hand, and you can place as many bets as you like.
Roulette type bets are settled based on the value and suit of your 5th card drawn.
You can bet on single cards, lines and corners, and single rank (say, any 5), Odd/even bets and black/red bets too.
Single card bet pays out at 51:1 !
Single rank pays 12:1
Single suit (like say, any club) pays at 3:1
All odd, or even pays 1:1
Black or red pays 1:1
The big payout is for a “Wild Viking” that pays out at 1250 to 1 (where both the first and fifth cards drawn are jokers). The value of the first and fith card drawn determines the Wild Viking outcome.
It really is easy to play - just click on the appropriate place on the Wild Viking board to place your bets (hover over the bet area and it highlights in yellow and gives you the odds down the bottom of your screen)
Poker bets are paid out based on the entire 5-card hand and the Progressive jackot bet (a fixed $1 bet - is an optional extra).
You win when your 5 card hand is the hand you bet on - or is better than the hand you bet on. To win you need a 3-of a kind or a better poker hand. The higher the poker hand the better your payout. A Royal Viking Flush results in you winning the Progressive Jackpot prize.
I suggest you have a look at this game - you can play it for free as a guest - or play for real money. It’s new, it plays fast and is something just a little different, but based on all the great casino table game basics.
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(Sorry, no US players can play real money games at any Playtech based online casino)
PS: Bet365’s January New Player Bonus offers you a 100% first deposit match up to £100 or $200 (or currency equivalent). A X12 playthrough (deposit + bonus) applies.
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In Microgaming’s first wave of new casino games releases for the year, three slots are already proving popular with players. The team at CasinoLabRat.com have had feedback from a number of the leading Microgaming casinos that a significant rise in slots game play has been observed, and specifically across the new games releases.
The new slot machines; Mark of Medusa, Polar Bash and Little Chief Big Cash (all 5 reel bonus/feature games) were also accompanied by the release of a long awaited download version of Treasure Ireland (as in Irish pirates me hearty!).
Here’s our reviewer’s comments on the new Microgaming slot games:
Mark of Medusa - A heavenly $50,000 Jackpot awaits all who dare reawaken the ancient Greek Gods.
This 25 payline 5 reel slot features Pegasus (a winged horse) as it’s scatter. You need 3,4 or 5 of the little winged horsey to trigger the 15,20 or 25 free spins feature. What is cool is that free spins can be retriggered within free spins and all freebie winnings are tripled.
The first time I played Medusa, my second spin resulted in a 15 free spin spree and a 21580 coin payout. Excellent.
The game symbology is a bit strange, as are the background sounds. Cracked amphorae, crossed blades, multiheaded rottweilers (Cerberus the 3-headed dog), a really odd snakey bint with red blinking snake eyes - sort of like a cross between a Bratz doll and Britany Spears on a bender and …A spartan/Corinthian/Athenian guard (a good thing for Britany to have around these days).
Overall view: Fun for a bit, graphics are not as good as some of Microgaming’s releases and the game introduces nothing new feature-wise. Give it a go.
Polar Bash - Attend the coolest party of the year and sample a winning cocktail of Free Spins and Multipliers. An icy Jackpot of $60,000 is possible.
Looking so much like the slightly poor cousin of Santa Paws Christmas slot, Polar Bash is a lively, colourful North Pole themed New Years Party! The polar bear looks wasted and is wearing a Party Animal T-shirt, The Husky? Wolf? is getting into it with a Martini and party hat and the walrus gets quite excited when you link him in adjacent reels! I like the teetering penguin too.
This 20 Payline 5 reel slot has an Ice Fishing Bonus game that triggers when 3,4 or 5 little green fish splash down next to each other on the reels. You can win up to 15,000 coins in this bonus, up to x10 your original bet. There’s also a free spins bonus triggered by 3,4 or 5 North Pole signs - and the free spins can be retriggered within the freespins. If you get 5 North Pole signs during free spins they pay out at x50 your oriinal bet and 5 green fish pays at x100!
Annoying music and sounds as the reels spin. At least all characters are animated and there are no “place holder” icons (like 10/J/Q/K), it’s all icy animal themed. Good luck. I kept getting low win payout “cocktail shakers” and so gave up to make myself a drink…
I do like that the free spins when triggered really rip through fast. No waiting …!!! For my first 25 free spins I won just 3700 coins. (Quite different to free spins on the other 2 new games out today, Mark of Medusa and Little Chief Big Cash where I won 21580 for 15 Free Spins and 14420 for 43 free spins, respectively).
Overall view: Despite not much success at this slot game it is really fun to play with lots of animation and action. Having both a bonus game and a free spins option it seems more on offer…Suggest you check it out.
Little Chief Big Cash - Journey out West for wild winnings of up to $60,000. Free Spins and Cash Prizes can also be found hiding in a tepee.
This 25 payline 5 reel slot seems to have it all. The graphics are fairly ordinary (a bit too cartoony for my taste and unless you like “pow wow” with your game I suspect you might prefer one of the other releases out today!
The Big Cash Feature is triggered when you get 3 or more slightly dodgy looking howling coyotes. Select from teepees on the plain for cash or free spins prizes. I won 43 free spins (that double your winnings) in my first soire into the teepee camp ground and from that scored at total feature win of 14420 coins. Nice.
Overall view: Oh, Why not? I know I’ll play it again.
>>You can play all of the new games releases for free or for real money at the following top rated Microgaming Casinos:
Ruby Fortune Casino (Very popular with European gamers and a great reputation for paying out quickly and with zero hassle) - sorry, no US players
Zodiac Casino (An auspicious astral themed casino with great purple and black graphics) - Players from around the world welcome, including US players from 39 States.
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Casino software specialists, Microgaming, released a new enhanced Blackjack variant yesterday that we predict will keep players coming back to casinos for years to come.
Each month the Microgaming team releases new casino games, adding to the already huge selection available online, but this new Blackjack is outstanding. As part of the Microgaming Gold Series of Table Games it features photo realistic images and offers some new gamble options that we think good (and lucky) Blackjack players will jump at!
New High Streak European Blackjack Gold lets you enhance your play with the High Streak side bet and progress along a generous chain of payouts - 4th High Streak wins pay at 10:1! What? Well, the more hands you win consecutively, the bigger the payouts get.
Some basics: This new Blackjack is played with 2 standard blackjack decks, the dealer must stand on all 17s. There is no peek option, and you can double down on 9, 10 and 11. You can split once to make 2 hands, but not unlike 10 value cards. A split Ace and a 10 count as 21 not BJ.
The Side bet options on this new Blackjack game really are pretty cool.
Once you win 2 hands in a row having placed side bets, the second consecutive win initiates “High Streak”. The 2nd Streak win pays 1 to 1. When your next consecutive hand is a winner, the 3rd Streak win pays 2 to 1, and your payout options progress accordingly for the next hand. If you win that hand too, your 4th streak win pays 5 to 1… and any 5th streak win pays at 10 to 1 ! The bonus bet pushes if the hands tie.
When you lose a hand, you lose all High streak side bets and have to build up the side betting lines from scratch by winning consecutive games again…
Sounds complicated? Far from it! To get into this extra betting action just place a side (high streak) bet when you bet as usual, and as you win, you’ll be promoted up the payout levels automatically. Easy - and profitable!
Here’s some help: Blackjack Basic Strategy
We suggest you check this new Microgaming Blackjack out at these top casinos: (You can play it for free as a guest or register to play for real money)
Wild Jack Casino (Players welcome from around the World including 39 US States)
Spin Palace Casino (UK owned and one of Europe’s most popular online casino venues)
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Our favourite Irish Casino DublinBet.com is running two lucky player draws in January and there is no limit to the number of entries you can have.
1. Win a Dell notebook computer, a trip to Ireland or €1500 in cash at Dublinbet in January. Just deposit and play €300 or more for an entry.
2. Players who deposit and play €100 or more are in a lucky draw for prizes of €500.
This promotion ends January 31 and the prizes will be drawn LIVE** on DublinBet, Tuesday February 5, 2008!
(**DublinBet in addition to offering great “standard” computer based online casino games - and some simply awesome early payout blackjack - is one of the top streaming video based Live Dealer casinos available on the net)
Here are the prize Details:
- DELL XPS M1530 laptop prize package ships direct from DELL. Maximum configuration value of prize is €1,500 including VAT and shipping.
- Win a trip to Ireland prize package is valued at approximately €1,500 and includes: Up to €1,000 Flight Credit –, 3 Days 2 Nights accommodation – deluxe room for 2 including high-speed internet access, Two 1-Day Tours to explore beautiful Ireland – a selection of tours will be provided for you to choose from - prize balance up to €500 in chips at the Fitzwilliam Card Club.
- Players may choose to take the equivalent prize package of €1,500 in CASH to your player account!
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Good luck from the team at CasinoLabRat.com!
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Bodog Casino, a stylish Real Time Gaming casino offering no B.S. Instant Flash games, has just launched another fun competition (remember the recent Ocean’s 13 Giveaway of $13,000 to craps players or the iPhone giveaways for Let’em Ride players?).
This time, over the next 6 weeks, thirteen lucky Pai-Gow Poker players will be awarded a brand new Bodog branded iPod Touch simply for playing the Pai-Gow!
Hit one of 13 predetermined hands and an iPod Touch could be yours. The first hand you need to get is J-J-J-J…and this prize has been awarded the next lucky hand will be Q-Q-Q-Q, then K-K-K-K and so on.
Other prizes in this Bodog PaiGow contest include $50 USD iTunes gift certificates and $25 USD Bodog Casino bonuses and they’re awarded each week to random Pai-Gow Poker players over the next six weeks. On the last day of the contest, one very lucky Pai-Gow Poker player will win the grand prize of an all inclusive trip for two to Las Vegas. The trip includes two nights’ accommodation, airfare, transportation to and from the airport and $500 USD spending money. Excellent.
NEW TO PAI GOW POKER?
If you’re new to PaiGow, it’s actually a great one-player poker game using 53 cards (yes, it uses a Joker!). You make a 5-card high hand and a 2-card low hand from your cards to beat the dealer. The basic game rules are online, and it uses standard poker card rankings so it’s easy and fun to play.
PLAY PAIGOW FOR FREE TO PRACTICE
You can play Pai-Gow Poker for free at Bodog (no registration or download is required). Free play does not count towards winning an iPod though, but practice a bit until you’re ready to give it a go for real money!)
Read our Bodog Casino Review for more info or visit Bodog Casino for a look around!
PS: The latest join bonus is uncapped at 10% (so if you deposit $200 they’ll give you an extra $20 in chips to wager…the bonus chips come through about 30 minutes after your deposit has been processed).
UPDATE from Bodog: (The following six players won their very own Bodog Branded iPod Touch between December 21 and December 27, 2007)
1. Mr. H. Kraynek from California hit the first live hand – four-of-a-kind Jacks (Hand: J-J-J-J)
2. Mr. T. Wyman from Florida hit four-of-a-kind Queens (Hand: Q-Q-Q-Q)
3. Mr. Allan Festejo from California hit four-of-a-kind Kings (Hand: K-K-K-K)
4. Mr. L. Spears from New Mexico hit the next hand straight (Hand: 2-3-4-5-6)
5. Mr. J. Holland from Florida hit the next hand – a seven-high straight (HAND: 3-4-5-6-7)
6. Mr. G. Slemmons from Illinois has hit the next hand – a eight-high straight (HAND: 4-5-6-7-8)
There are seven iPods remaining, and the next hand required to win is a nine-high straight - 5-6-7-8-9. Don’t miss out on the next live hand, start playing Pai Gow Poker to get your shot at some great holiday prizes.
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