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InterCasino Ringing in UEFA Finals in Style

The Champions League of UEFA is big with the people that normally play at InterCasino and the people running the online casino operation understand this all too well. That is why they have stepped up to the plate (to borrow a non-soccer sports metaphor to describe a situation dealing with soccer) and created the Champions Chance Quiz tournament, which will run from May 6th to May 19th. The winner of the promotion on the 19th will get a $5000 prize package that can be converted into a trip to Rome with tickets to the final of the UEFA Champions League on May 27th.

The actual tournament is quite simple and functions on the same points system that most online casino tournaments utilize in the modern era. What makes this particular one interesting however is the fact that wagering money on the different games that InterCasino has available is not the only way to earn points. In fact, it is not even the primary way to earn them.

The main way that points are earned in this particular promotion is through answering two quiz questions about the UEFA Champions League history throughout the period of time that the promotion in running. Based on your correct answers, you get points and wagering money which can in turn be used on various games within InterCasino to increase the number of points that you can get. All in all, the winner of the tournament will need to be knowledgeable, able to answer the questions and lucky at the wagering aspect in order to win. For the top 100 finishers on May 19th however, there will be some sort of prize available.

This promotion is currently available exclusively through InterCasino, so make sure you are playing there from May 6th to May 19th if you want to take full advantage of the promotion. Since it works on the basis of two questions a day, you can actually catch up on past questions even if you are unable to start on May 6th with the other players. That should increase the interest a little bit.

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Poker Ride Staying True To Its Name

When Microgaming released the Poker Ride online progressive table game in 2005, they did so in order to expand the level of card games that they offered at their online casinos. They were doing fine in slot machines, but wanted a better showing with their online card games outside of blackjack and baccarat. The Poker Ride table game actually did do that for them, partially because of the fact that the online jackpot was hit on average once every week or so. However, the positive press that Poker Ride has received recently has to be far beyond anything Microgaming could have imagined when they made this game available at all of their online casino locations.

It started on April 18th when the progressive jackpot was hit at the Poker Ride game. It was worth $106,789 and naturally Microgaming took advantage of the victory in order to release marketing notices that once again their excellent online poker casino game had allowed someone to walk home with a sweet amount of money. Then, just a few hours later (although technically on the next day), the Poker Ride machine once again allowed a jackpot to be won, this time paying out $102,024. In both cases, Microgaming was able to gain a lot of positive media out of the event and the fact that they experienced two jackpots in two days has only helped the online casino company cultivate the already positive image that many online media outlets are inclined to have of them.

In the end though, what has made Poker Ride such a great game for Microgaming has a lot to do with the general erratic behavior of the maximum progressive jackpots that are won from this game. Poker Ride is very streaky in terms of giving out jackpots and that means that it will go a long time without giving jackpots and then will give a bunch in quick succession. Online casinos love games like that because it allows them to focus their marketing efforts in the wake of the high jackpot density and get a lot of other players on board easier because they are selling the success that their machines have generated for other players. As far as this strategy is concerned, Poker Ride has been the best.

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Latest Online Casino Games from Microgaming for May

Even though the ink has barely dried on the April releases from the online casino giant, Microgaming is not slacking up the pace at all and in fact has already announced the releases that will be coming from them in the month of May.

Four new slot machines will grace Microgaming online casinos in May, all of which have something unique to contribute to the overall Microgaming online slot machine approach. The first of these is a slot machine called Summertime, which Microgaming states will be the third in a series of slot machines that started with Mega Moolah and continued with Five Reel Drive. It will feature many of the fruits of summer and on addition to that will also share a jackpot with Mega Moolah; a jackpot that as of the time of writing is over $6 million.

For people interested in continuing through the different hero slot machines that Microgaming has released lately, Fearless Frederick might be your slot machine in the month of May. Microgaming refers to it as being fast-paced and definitely in line for the next slot machine in their hero series. Another attractive feature about it is that it comes with a maximum jackpot obtainable at 210,000 coins.

Fans of game shows will enjoy Your Lucky Day, the third slot machine set to be released by Microgaming in May. This slot machine is a tribute to the game shows that we all grew up on and for that reason both a host and a hostess are present to help guide you through the game in search of exotic symbols on the reels such as the car of your dreams. You get to choose a player, but not to worry because they are all equal in skill. In the end though, the goal is to land that sweet 100,000 coin jackpot at which point you actually might be able to shell out money for the car of your dreams.

Last but certainly not least is Fat Lady Sings, a slot machine that has a music theme to it. The selection of the specific theme is no accident however, as if the Fat Lady Sings for you it will mean a nice 75,000 coins in jackpot winnings.

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Mayan Princess Slot Game from Microgaming

For slot game fans, it is always a nice experience to play slots of different themes. If you are one of them, then definitely you would be looking forward to play the new Mayan Princess Slot game from Microgaming. Its components and theme are so chosen that the whole experience would transport the players to a different world in a different era altogether. Mayan Princess is a five reel, 20 pay line slot game that lets players wager 10 coins per line. The denominations range between $0.01 and $0.20, which means that the minimum line bet is $2 and maximum total bet of $40.

The typical Mayan culture is seen everywhere in the game. The warrior with his body painted, and wearing a leopard skin headgear, engages in a violent war dance when the player hits a winning combination. The priestess becharming and alluring at the same time goes into a trance, when it is her turn to hand out the payouts. Corns, which are shown as an animation of ripe cobs being pounded into flour, and Pepper, both of which are the staple diets of the Mayans, are main symbols on the reels, so does the Crocodile, the Leopard and the colorful Parrot, and an array of masks. The crocodile symbol snaps its massive jaws, when it is time to dole out the payouts.

However, the most powerful symbol on the reel is the Pyramid. Historians say the pyramid had been the site of religious activities including sacrifices in the Mayan days. But in the game, the Pyramid is more benevolent to the players than anything violent. When a player gets the Pyramid symbol on reels 1 and 5, the sun rises behind it, announcing that the player had won between 10 and 20 free spins. The free spins could give double payouts to the players, and can be retriggered as well. Interestingly, the Mayan Princess, on whom the game has been named, is not anywhere on the reels in person. Instead, the princess is represented by a logo. It is the Wild Symbol. Appearance of five of the wild symbols on any active pay line guarantees a jackpot of 5,000 coins to the players. At max line bets, this translates to $10,000 cash.

Overall, the graphics of the game is good, so is the background music when the reels spin. One could find the Mayan Princess Slot game in any of the Microgaming casinos.

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Easter Promotions at Casino Tropez

Casino Tropez is welcoming its players for this Easter with a three pronged package. For one, the promotions package known as Easter Bonus Joy starts at April 9, and continues until the Easter weekend, the April 12th Sunday. Secondly, for beginners, the Casino offers an unlimited 15% bonus on all deposits made during the promotion period.

However, the main one is the $8,000 Elite Challenge Tournament. Those who play poker at Casino Tropez during the promotion period will automatically qualify for the Elite Challenge Tournament. In the end, 73 players will be able to win prizes in the tourney. The first prize winner could pocket $1,000, while second to seventh place finishers would win $500. Further, eight to 21st place finishers can take home $100 each, and 22nd to 73rd place finishers will win $50. Also, Elite Challenge is the first of its kind in the web that lets players check their rankings at any time, thanks to the concept of ‘real time’ updates.

For dessert, the casino is offering an Easter surprise. That is, players, who manage to dish out a hidden Easter egg through scavenger hunt, could win a free bonus.

However, true to any casino, none of these promotions come with a string attached to it. In order to win the prizes/bonuses, one has to wager 40 times the initial deposit. Further, players need to make at least one deposit during the promotion period announced. However, the biggest catch in the apparently lucrative promotional deal is that the above said privileges are available only to those players who have received an invitation by email. That is, those without an email address, or had registered with a wrong or nonexistent one while registering for the first time stands to lose out.

On the backdrop of these promotional offers, the Casino Manger, Renee Pascale, highlighted the relevance of chat feature in the Tropez interface, likening it to virtual socializing platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. He emphasized that socializing through virtual online platforms comes handy during financially troubles times as today, when people are more often than not forced to cut down on their social spending.

For those who don’t know much about Casino Tropez, it is an online casino that belongs to the Euro Partners group of online casinos, and licensed in Antigua. It is powered by Playtech, and its operations are audited by Technical Systems Testing. To know more about Casino Tropez, visit its website

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New Cryptologic Blackjack Variants

In the last week of March, Cryptologic has introduced three new variants of blackjack, each having something exciting of its own to offer to the players.

The first variant is named the ‘Euro 2 Deck Blackjack’. As the term itself suggests, this variant is played using two decks of cards, and in this game, the dealer is not dealt a hole card according to the typical European practice. Further, the players can play up to five hands, making the game a lot more exciting. Other notable rules include the dealer stands on soft 17 or higher; the player may double on any dealt cards; split aces receive only one card on each ace, and the player cannot hit on a soft total of 21.

The second blackjack variant introduced is a new version of Progressive Atlantic City Blackjack. This game goes in an American way, in which the dealer gets the hole card. Another interesting feature of this new variant is the progressive jackpot. Players can place a $1/hand progressive wager that pays out as per the payout table. The fixed payout is as follows: two unsuited aces pay $25; two suited aces pay $100, three unsuited aces pay $250; four unsuited aces pay $1,500 and three suited aces pay $2,500. Four black aces or four red aces means jackpot, which starts at a moderately higher $50,000.

As with Euro 2 Deck, this variant as well lets players play up to five hands. Other rules are the dealer peeks for blackjack; the dealer stands on soft 17; only one split is allowed; the player can double on any dealt cards, and the dealer can double after a split. This version is played with eight decks of cards, each being shuffled after each hand. Cryptologic introduces the new game with features such as player-protective hand warnings, three game speeds, and of course, enhanced graphics and sound effects.

The third one is a new version of Single Deck Blackjack. Since the house edge dips with the number of decks used, this game is quite popular amongst players. The game has the following rules: the dealer stands on hard 17 or higher; split aces receive only one card on each ace; the player cannot re-split aces and an ace, and a 10 value card following a split is not considered a blackjack. The American way of dealing hole card is followed here as well, and the minimum bet is $25.00/hand. This game is only available in single player version.

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Dennis Rodman Basketball Slots Game

World over, it is basketball fever now! People are glued to their television sets, watching their favorite team’s fortunes in the NBA basketball league. So, why not take this basketball frenzy into your casino games as well? There are two casino slots games based on the basketball legend, Dennis Rodman, the winner of five NBA championships between 1989 and 1998. Throughout his professional career, Rodman has played for several top teams, even though towards the fag end of his stint, he had developed a bad boy image, inviting nick names such as ‘the Menace’ and ‘the Worm’ from his fans.

The first one, titled ‘Dennis Rodman’ was released by Playtech in 2006. It is a five reel, 20 pay line slot game with 37 winning combinations. The coin denominations vary from $0.01 to $5.00, and the player could wager up to 10 coins per pay line. The reel symbols portray the much publicized eccentricities of Rodman such as Rodman in a bridal dress, him with his face painted white and red hair and Rodman with rainbow dyed hair. A basketball signed by him, and his painted sports car are other symbols on the reels. The red hair symbol has the largest of the payouts of 10,000 coins, if five of those symbols appear simultaneously on an active pay line. In fact, it is also the Wild symbol. The painted car is the Scatter symbol that leads to a potential scatter pay out to the players. That is, three or more scatter symbols activate the free spins bonus round, wherein the player gets 10 free spins. Finally, Basketball is the bonus symbol, and getting three or more of it on any active pay line activate the bonus game on the second screen. In the bonus game, the player has to pick a designated number of basketballs, from the choice of basketballs given, and wins the hidden credits each one of them has.

The second slot game is titled “Dennis Rodman The Worm’s World”. As mentioned earlier, ‘worm’ is the nickname of Rodman. Developed by Vegas Technology and released in January 2008, it is a five reel 20 pay line slot that offers 34 winning combinations. The coin denominations range from $0.01 to $10.00. The players could wager up to 10 coins per pay line. Interestingly, the game symbols on the reels are quite similar to those of the Playtech version. However, the Wild symbol is the wedding dress. As in the Playtech game, the Scatter symbol as well as the bonus symbol here as well is the car and the basketball respectively. Three or more scatter symbols appearing on the reels ensure 15 free spins with tripled payouts to the players, while getting the bonus symbols simultaneously on reels 2 and 4 activates the bonus game on the second screen. Unlike the Playtech version, here Rodman himself shoots basketballs for the players.

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Cryptologic join hands with Paramount Digital Entertainment

This year, online Cryptologic casinos such as VIP Casino and InterCasino will have slot games, based on characters from the popular Paramount movies, thanks to a multi year agreement signed between the casino majors and Paramount Digital Entertainment. Some of the terms of this agreement were released by Cryptologic on March 17.

As per the contract, Cryptologic will have the rights to develop and offer online slot games, based on the characters from over 20 Paramount movies, that include Braveheart, Forrest Gump, Beowulf, Beverly Hills Cop, Ferris Bueller and Ghost, to name a few. This would help Cryptologic to have more games based on the movie theme. At present, it has few such as the Movie Mayhem series, Fantasy Realm based on mystic movies, Silent Screen that takes one to the 1920s, and the Sunday Afternoon classics.

CryptoLogic’s president and CEO, Brian Hadfield, described the deal as between leaders in their respective fields. He said, “Paramount Pictures boasts an extensive catalogue of classic and new releases, and Cryptologic makes the world’s best branded Internet casino games.” He further added that branded games will drive the online casino revenue up, and hoped that the present deal will catapult Cryptologic to an unassailable position in the slot game arena. Returning complements, Vice President Interactive Licensing Paramount Digital Entertainment Luke Letizia stated in his release that online gaming industry is a suitable new platform for the Paramount brand. He exuded confidence that Cryptologic games will be at par in terms of quality and caliber that of Paramount.

Cryptologic was desperate to forge new partnerships, especially since they lost their exclusive standing with Marvel Comics recently. Marvel had entered into a deal with Playtech, Cryptologic’s main rival in the online casino domain, enabling them make online slot games based on Marvel Comic’s characters. With the new deal, Cryptologic is confident about gaining the lost ground, and give their competitors a run for their bucks.

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Gambling Without Smoking?

As anyone who has gone to casinos knows, smoking is just part of the atmosphere. Whether you are a regular smoker, only like to smoke when you are out at a place like a casino or don’t smoke at all, when you go inside of a casino, you can almost always expect to smell smoke and have people around you who are smoking. While the majority of people just accept this as the way things are (regardless of whether or not they partake in smoking while they are in a casino), there is one state that is trying to change things in regards to this policy.

Currently, there are two casinos in the state of Connecticut. At this time, smoking is completely legal within both of these casinos. However, while it will remain that way for the time being, that does not mean that it will stay that way permanently. The reason that I say this is a policy that could change is because there are people who are working extremely hard to change the way things work in terms of casino smoking.

One of the most vocal opponents of banning smoking in Connecticut casinos is the Attorney General of Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal. According to Blumenthal, nothing short of a complete ban will adequately protect public health. Keep in mind, both casinos currently offer smoke-free gaming and rooms, but neither of the casinos has felt that it is necessary to completely eliminate smoking from within their casinos.

Like most issues of this nature, there are people with all kinds of different opinions. Obviously, there are people who support Blumenthal and feel that a complete ban is a necessary solution. Then there are those who feel like taking away smoking would infringe on their rights while they are in the casino. The most interesting group are those people who don’t actually smoke, but feel that completing banning smoking is an unnecessary step.

The other important factor to take into consideration in relation to this issue is the impact that a smoking ban would have on the casinos and their business. According to an employee of the Connecticut Mohegan Sun, he does think that banning smoking would help clean up the casino air, but he also acknowledges that it would alienate customers and potentially have a negative impact on the casinos’ business.

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Major Casino Opposition in Massachusetts

In case you aren’t familiar with the current state of casino gambling in Massachusetts, I’m going to take a minute to give you the back story (that way the main point of this post will make more sense to you). Last year, Deval Patrick (who is the Governor of Massachusetts) had a plan to license three resort casinos throughout the state of Massachusetts. However, this plan ultimately failed. If you ask anyone who was familiar with this situation, chances are they will tell you that the plan failed as a result of opposition from Salvatore F. DiMasi, who was the Speaker of the House for Massachusetts at the time that the Governor was trying to get the plan passed.

Although most people would agree that DiMasi is the reason that the plan did not succeed, the Governor of Massachusetts may have another opportunity to put his plan into action. The reason that this opportunity may be available to him is because DiMasi just recently resigned from his position as the Massachusetts Speaker of the House.

The positive thing about this scenario for the Governor is that not only did DiMasi step down, but the new Massachusetts Speaker of the House, Robert A. DeLeo, actually does support gambling. While his main objectives have been to push for slots at Massachusetts racetracks, this does not mean that the possibility of resort casinos is completely out of the question.

Because this issue is heating up once again, there have been a lot of people who have become very vocal opponents of these resort casinos being opened in Massachusetts. The most notable of all the opponents is Casino Free Mass, which is actually a consortium of people who are opposed to casinos in Massachusetts. As part of their protest, Casino Free Mass went as far as to send a letter to all legislators in Massachusetts that compared gambling to technological heroin.

On top of that, the group created a ten minute long video that focuses on the problems caused by casinos and gambling. Although you most likely do not agree with the views of this group, if you are simply interested in seeing what kind of arguments they are trying to make in regards to this topic, you can find their website here (which is where they also posted their video).