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Traffic Spike on Mega Moolah Progressive Slot

Mega Moolah, as everyone knows, is the flagship progressive jackpot slot game at Microgaming online casinos. The game resets at $1 million, and it has paid over $6 million in a single hit in the past. Of late, it has been observed that the traffic at Mega Moolah has increased tremendously. In the past 5 days alone, the progressive jackpot amount has increased by over $60,000, hinting an increase of over $12,000 per day on an average. As of now, the progressive jackpot stands at $1.7 million. If the current increase in the traffic is to sustain, then in less than one month the jackpot will cross $2 million.

The increase in traffic is quite understandable, given the fact that the current value of the jackpot – at $1.7 million – is above the previous two hits of $1.2 million. Even though, the jackpot amount is still lesser than the average payout of $3.7 million, players are not patient enough to wait until the amount grows to that those levels.

Microgaming is quite sure about the popularity of Mega Moolah. This progressive slot was released as a standalone game in November 2006, but over the months a number of slots have been included in this network. The most attractive feature of these slots is the different themes on which the games are based upon. For example, if the first version was conceived on an African safari theme, Summertime was based on a beach holiday, and Isis based on the popular ancient Egyptian theme. Further, players who wager at any of these slots could win the same jackpot amount.

But the major draw of Mega Moolah is the four-tier jackpot. The progressive jackpot is hit in the bonus round, which is triggered randomly. In the bonus round, players spin a wheel of fortune, which comes to rest on one of the four colored bands. Each of the four bands represents one of the jackpots, meaning that players who reach up to this level could pocket one of the jackpots in any case. Further, higher is the jackpot level, the lesser will be the number of bands. On that scale, the largest jackpot level (Mega Progressive), has only 1 band out of a total of 20 bands.

Mega Moolah can be played at all Microgaming online casinos.

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Boxing Themed Online Casino Slot Released

It appears as if Rival Gaming has stepped up its new online slot game releases. Not long ago, it released A Switch in Time i-slot, which was welcomed with open hands by players all around the globe. Now, they have come out with Heavyweight Gold, a boxing theme online slot game to enthrall boxing fans out there.

Players are welcomed with an introductory clip of a boxer getting ready for the bout, and then delivering the knock out punch in the ring to win the coveted belt. Excellent sound effects – of punches landing on the target and the bell ringing – compliment the said video clip, and give a precursor to what to expect as the game progresses. The game symbols all have a boxing flavor, such as the Boxer, the Referee, the Bell, the Prize Belt and the Bucket and Towel all feature on the reels, to name a few. Nifty animations depicting a boxer exercising with the Dumbbells and starts punching the Punching Bag, appears on the screen when these game symbols occur in winning combinations on the screen. The Gloves are expanding wild symbols, meaning when they appear, they expand to cover all the three rows and enhances the payout. The players could pocket heavy payouts if the expanding wilds appear in two rows on the reel.

Heavyweight Gold got two scatter symbols. First one, the Ring Girl, triggers free spins bonus round. Three Ring Girl symbols offer 10 free spins, four Ring Girl symbols offer 20 free spins and five Ring Girl symbols offer a whopping 100 free spins. All payouts are tripled during free spins. The other one is The Opponent, which triggers the Heavyweight Gold bonus round. If three or more Opponent symbols appear on the reels players are sent to the second screen. The bonus round stimulates a real boxing bout, complete with roaring crowds and referee counting, wherein the player controls the boxing action. That is, the player could make the boxer either attack the opponent or defend himself from being attacked. The match goes on until one is knocked out. The bonus credits are bestowed depending on boxer performance. After each bonus game the Opponent changes and the next bout is fought with a different opponent (typical of i-slot).

Heavyweight Gold is a 5 reel and 20 payline slot game from Rival Gaming, wherein the average payout % is about 96%. Players can wager up to 10 coins per line and the coin dimensions range from $0.01 to $0.10. However, the game does not have a progressive jackpot. But, this apparent drawback is compensated by its ‘heavyweight’ jackpots, which pays as much as 1000 coins when five Boxer symbols appear in an enabled payline.

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English Harbour Casino Introduces January Tournament

English Harbour Casino has always been good for monthly tournaments on slot machines that its players love. January is no exception to that rule as even though the calendar year might have changed, the attitude of the casino to give money away to its players is still there.

Another thing that is still there is the weather. January may be the first month in a New Year, but the fact of the matter is that for many parts of the world it is still cold and snowing outside. In order to commemorate that fact, English Harbour Casino’s January slot machine tournament will be called Cool Winnings and will be played on their Winter Wonderland online video slot machine.

The English Harbour Casino Cool Winnings tournament is definitely one that slot machine fanatics should check out because it does have a guaranteed prize pool of $100,000 attached to it. In addition to that impressive guaranteed prize pool, Cool Winnings comes with a top prize of $50,000. For the player that is able to outlast all others, half of the prize pool is available. The runner up will also get an impressive prize amount of $20,000.

Of course, those heavy top prizes do come at the expense of prize money for players below them. In total, 275 prizes will be given out in this tournament that will run with a leader board all the way through to the end of January. The last 125 players on that list will each get prizes of $10, something that will only pay for their initial buy-in of the same amount. Any player making one of those spots with a rebuy that is also worth $10 will lose money even by cashing in this tournament.

Even though that is a true fact, many players will still be attracted to this tournament by the promise of winning that prize money. After all, winning $50,000 will be a great way to start off a 2010 year that is still wintery, cold and miserable in many of the countries that are represented by players at English Harbour Casino.

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Vegas Technology Releases Christmas Games

Vegas Technology has long been one of the lynchpins of the online casino industry and in that role they have released three new slot machines just in time for Christmas. For people that are into the festive spirit, these are great games to play. For people that are not, these games might be just what you need to get into the Christmas spirit.

The first of the three slot machines is a five reel video slot machine called Beat the Bank. Even though online gamblers would like to beat the bank that the house has, this is a slightly different meaning of those words as the theme is a bank heist theme. With security guards, thieves, security cameras and safes, there are many different elements to the whole bank heist theme that should make Beat the Bank a fun slot machine to play over the holidays.

The second new festive slot machine available from Vegas Technology is called Tarot Treasure. As the name somewhat implies, this is a game about fortune telling and everything that goes with it. Symbols like gypsy caverns, fortune tellers, tarot cards and tarot wheels dominate the reels on this game which has a very clean cut look to it and many of the same color scheme elements that were in the first game discussed above.

Rounding out the list of three new slot machines from Vegas Technology is Ja Man. If you pronounce the title with a Jamaican accent, you’ll see right away that the Caribbean theme is already front and center with the name of the game. Then, with island images and things you’d expect to see in the Caribbean readily available from Ja Man’s five reels, that feeling just gets reinforced further.

Players that are looking to get in a bit of novelty playing before the holidays will enjoy the news that all three of these new slot machines are already available at all Vegas Technology casinos. Play them before Christmas and enjoy them for years after because they were created by one of the sturdiest companies in the history of online gaming.

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Cryptologic Releases New Casino Games

Just in time for the holiday season, Cryptologic has released several new games for their patrons to enjoy. Cryptologic is one of the most respected online gaming companies in the world with great online casinos such as InterCasino and VIP Casino.

Five of the new eight games that have been released by Cryptologic are new slot machine games. Amongst these new slot machine games is the new Superman game that Cryptologic had promised its viewers in the wake of previously releasing games for Batman and Wonder Woman. Many DC fans will be very stoked at the successful release of Superman, a feeling that will be enhanced by what seems to be a high quality game indeed.

In addition to a Superman slot machine, there are also slot machines for Braveheart and Forrest Gump, two extremely popular movies. Rounding out the five slot machines are Just Vegas and Fumi’s Fortune.

Just to keep things fresh and interesting, Cryptologic has taken three additional games and added them to the five slot machines that they have just released. The first of these three new games is Blackjack Perfect Pairs, a variant of blackjack that has been available in other casinos but which will now also be available to players playing online casino games at Cryptologic casinos.

The second one is Sic Bo VIP which is not really that different from normal Sic Bo with the exception of some of the special rules and payout tables. Rounding out the group of three non-slot releases is Double Double Bonus Video Poker, a game that should make video poker fans very happy over the Christmas holidays.

All of these eight games are now live at the different Cryptologic casinos. They were created specifically with the intention of giving players at Cryptologic casinos something new to play over the holiday season. At the moment, it is suspected that the Superman slot machine will be the most popular release as that particular comic book character was the most popular one around. Only time will tell however as this line up of eight new games is a particularly strong one by any standard.

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Microgaming Releases Online Casino Games for December 2009

Microgaming has again lived up to its tradition of announcing the new online casino game releases few weeks in advance. No wonder, once the announcement was made, players at all Microgaming online casinos are waiting eagerly for the release date, and all the talk suddenly is about the new games and its features. Come this December 2009, and Microgaming is rolling out three video slots and a table game.

Of the different games being released, the online slot game, Scrooge, appears to be most interesting of the lot. It is based on a miserly character from the Charles Dickens novel “A Christmas Carol”, with a certain Christmas connection. However, the game is not any miserly, as the said online slot offers up to 50,000 in the base game, 100,000 in the free spins bonus round, and 5,000 in the Christmas Dinner bonus round. Not a bad deal at all! The Scrooge symbol is the Wild symbol, while clicking on winning symbols adds either a free spin to the free spin counter, or a day to a calendar that counts the days up to Christmas. That is, when the days counts up to the Christmas day, the free spins bonus round is triggered, with the number of free spins already registered in the free spin counter.

The second one, Buffet Bonanza, is a culinary themed game, with game symbols such as lobsters, roasts, salads, deserts etc. The highlight of this 5 reel and 25 payline online slot game is the Buffet Bonanza bonus round wherein the wild Diner symbol gets stacked. There is a pie fight, wherein the symbol on which the pie lands is converted into Diner symbols. Further, the Buffet Bonanza log activates the free spin round in which all the payments are doubled and wild symbols are added to 2nd and 4th reels during free spins.

The third game on the block is Tribal Treasure. The game offers payouts up to 20,000 in the base game and a treasure trove of up to 100,000 in the free spins, thanks to the fact that the free spins multiply the payout five times over. If the player manages to collect and save 10 Golden Idols, whenever the symbol appears on reel 3, the bonus round will be triggered. Finally, there is this gamble game that is typical of all Microgaming casinos, which gives the players a chance to double or quadruple their investments.

The table game introduced is Vegas 3 Card Rummy that belongs to Microgaming’s Gold Series, which in turn hints at the elite wagering environ that the game offers. The main game has payouts of up to 4 to 1, not to mention the splendor of side bets and jackpots.

Players all over the world will get to experience all the abovementioned games, come this December 3. Keep your fingers crossed until then!

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Royal Sands Online Casino – New RTG Casino Launching on November 2009

Stepping up the publicity effort, to grab the attention of prospective players, the management of Royal Sands online casino has recently announced its imminent launch in November 2009. Its mission statement says “Our mission is to provide you with high-class casino entertainment and the best odds in the business.” Even though the full launch is yet to happen, players could now check out the preview site. And it is glitzy! The caption on the site, dominated by an image of a Las Vegas style land based casino, says “it’s just like playing at a Las Vegas style casino, but in the comfort of your own home!”

Royal Sands have over 200 online casino games, and the casino itself is powered by Realtime Gaming. The games include Realtime’s all time favorites – such as Cleopatra’s Gold, Enchanted Garden, Crazy Dragon, Red Sands, Treasure Chamber, Bank on it, and Diamond Mine – plus specialty games like Bonus Bingo, Keno, Hot Dice, Magic 7s, Lucky 8s, 5 Diamond Blackjack, and Sicbo. Further, there are table games such as blackjack, craps, roulette, and baccarat, alongside all popular variants of video poker.

Exact details on promotions are not out yet, but the management had announced that there will be “exciting weekly and monthly promotions plus sensational deposit bonuses”. Also, the casino will have a VIP Program, offering exclusive benefits to the players, like deposit comps and cash back offers.

Royal Sands will have proven, tested and trusted security measures so as to ensure that financial transactions and sensitive customer information are protected from hacking. Further, the online casino offers 24×7 customer services via chat, email, and phone.

The publicity campaign now going on not withstanding, it is yet not clear who is operating the casino, or if the online casino is part of any existing casino group. Also, it is not known which gambling jurisdiction had issued the license to Royal Sands, and which independent agency has tested and certified the casino software. However, it has been revealed that the online casino will operate out of the gambling den of Isle of Mane.

Hope more information about Royal Sands will come out in the coming days. Meanwhile the players can look forward for one more place in the cyberspace at which to wager.

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Online Vegas Casino Halloween Tournaments

Halloween is around the corner. Usually, every year, some newer Halloween themed slots games make their entries by this time. But, nothing like that happened this year yet. However, Online Vegas Casino has announced two slots tourneys, based on current games from Vegas Technology, to begin on this October 30. Those interested can add this to their calendars so that they’ll be send reminders as the date approaches. One could do so easily on Online Vegas Casino calendar given on the left hand side of the tournament listing.

The first of the games, “Fearfully Fun Fright Night”, which start at 10 AM on October 30 and end at midnight of the same day, is a free roll, wherein players could participate without paying any entry fee. Despite being a free roll, the tournament offers a guaranteed prize pool of $2,666. This online tournament has a rebuy of $1.99, and players begin with a chip stack of 100 credits.

The Vegas Technology slot that is chosen by Online Vegas Casino is Black Magic. True to its name, the reel symbols are the Bat, the Owl, the Witches’ Hat and the Tombstone. There are some great animations on the reels as it rolls, which makes the game really exciting.

The second game is Halloween Weekend Madness, which is a part of the popular weekend madness events popular at the casino. It begins on October 30 and continues up to November 3rd, with a guaranteed prize pool of $66,666. The entry fee and rebuy money is fixed at $13.13, again the numbers carefully chosen to reflect the Halloween theme.

The Halloween Weekend Madness will be played on Monster Money online slot. The reel symbols typify Frankenstein creations, and some gruesome body parts, which backed by top animation effects, leaves a different impression on the players.

Online Vegas Casino is a brand of Golden Casino group, and is licensed to operate by the Curacao Internet Gaming Authority. Players who wish to play any of the above mentioned games must join the casino first. New sign ups can claim the massive $5,000 sign-up bonus, available over the first ten deposits they make at the casino.

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Make your Own Casino Games at Play United

Online casinos worldwide are going that extra mile so as to stay ahead of the competition and woo newer players into its fold. Play United online casino has reinvented its competitive edge by allowing players to create customized games, and install the same in their own websites. Interestingly, one could do this without paying a single penny.

The feature that lets players create their own games is called ‘gametools’, the link to which is available in Play United online casino portal. Slots, video poker, roulette, and blackjack are the games that can be customized by players at this moment. Once customized, the games can be uploaded into player’s websites, and is ready to be accessed by others like in any other casino site. The customized games give the players a starting balance, and few options in coin denominations and number of coins. In short, with the new feature at Play United, one could run their sites as standalone casino portals, with their own promotions, tournaments, and leader boards to draw players to the site.

Of the games that could be customized, three reel-single pay line slots offer more options to the players. That is, players could use their own logos (or a default Play United logo), have their own color schemes, and even set the dimensions of the slot as they wish. Regarding setting the overall dimensions of the slots, the smallest option available is 200 by 240 pixels, whereas the largest one being 800 by 960 pixels. Further, players could include an affiliate identity number if they wish so. The customized games can be loaded into the member sites using iFrame, or they can host the files themselves.

The Play United online casino is powered by the proven PlayTech software. Its operations are licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission.

Reading Play United’s weekly newsletter brings some advantages to the players. There are some bonuses offered through the newsletter, and this includes ‘Midweek Deals’, offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and ‘Weekend Feast’ that offers bonuses on Fridays and Sundays. Find out from the Play United website how to ensure that this newsletter is delivered right into the safe folders of players.

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New and Old Players to Draw Bonuses from InterCasino

InterCasino is a particular breed of cat when it comes to the online casino marketplace. They have long been thought of as being on the cutting edge of innovation in the online casino marketplace. While their current new bonus offering is not particularly innovative, it is nevertheless quite impressive to behold.

For new players, the new InterCasino bonus system allows for obtaining multiple bonuses in the same month. During the month of September, new players that sign up at InterCasino will be given the chance to get as many bonuses as they want.

The first bonus that they get will require a minimum deposit of $10 and is worth a bonus amount of 100% up to $225 for slot machine wagering or 100% up to $100 for table game wagering. Once the player has gone through that bonus, they may redeposit a second time for a 50% up to $100 bonus. The third bonus of the month will be worth 25% up to $200 and each bonus after that is worth 10% up to $300. There is no limit to the number of bonuses a new player can take during the month of September, but afterwards things will be back to normal at InterCasino.

Any existing players that would like to get in on the bonus extravaganza during the month of September will have a different route to take in order to get there. Bonuses will be offered to players that already have InterCasino accounts through e-mail. One bonus will be for slots, one bonus will be for table games and one bonus will be for blackjack in terms of the wagering requirements. An existing player simply picks one of these bonuses and is then off to clear their September add-on bonus.

Overall, this bonus ranks amongst some of the better promotional offers available online today. This is especially true for new players since they have the ability to use the offer as many times as they’d like to over the course of the same 30-day span. For both new and old players alike however, September will be a fun month at InterCasino.