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Omni Casino Previews Penguin Vacation Slot

For the past few weeks, Omni Casino has been previewing the soon-to-be released Playtech online slot games. This week, Omni Times is previewing the 7th game in the pack.

The preview shows Penguin Vacation Slot, a fun filled 20 pay line slot game built on a penguin theme. The game got a top fixed jackpot of 10,000 coins, free spins (33 of them) with up to a 15x multiplier, not to mention the expanding wilds. The parameters for the free spins are chosen through a bonus game, wherein players choose two of the holes cut in the ice for the penguin (who is on a fishing vacation) to drop his line. The catch so obtained will reveal the number of free spins and the multiplier.

The Omni Times also lists the top most played casino games. Usually, the ones features will be the games released recently. However, two of the old favorites have broken into the top ten this time, the Captains Treasure Pro and Azteca. The former, built on a pirate theme, got some of the best animations in slot games, backed by excellent audio. Adding to the excitement is a free spins bonus round with a mystery scatter feature. On top of that, there is a gamble game that could double the payouts.

On the other hand, Azteca takes the players on an exploration trip to the land of the Incas. The animations and audio are even better than the Treasure Pro. Most notable aspect of the game is its bonus features. There is a two stage bonus game on the second screen. In the first stage players choose golden idols and collect bonus credits. Those managing to breach the second stage get to choose golden orbs for enhanced multipliers. There is a free spins round that offers 3x the payments, plus the popular Playtech gamble game.

As of today, no dates have been out as to the release of the new game. Omni Casino is powered by Playtech and licensed in the gaming jurisdiction of Curacao.

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VIP Casino Going for Diversity in Online Casino Freeroll Offers

VIP Casino is a Cryptologic casino that has long been one of the biggest proponents of the online casino freeroll tournament structure. Usually, this structure has been applied to slot machines as those tend to be the most popular draws to the online casinos. That being said, VIP Casino has decided to change things up a bit for the current month, expressing its desire to try out some newer games within the online freeroll tournament format.

An example of such a game is the online video poker game that they are using to run freeroll tournaments for the month of May. Another example would be online casino craps, a game that has not been run for online casino tournaments that frequently before.

In particular the online craps game has some interesting applications towards the online freeroll tournament format. The reason for this is that there are so many different bets in craps that there are many strategies for a person to pursue. Someone that is ahead might prefer to go with the conservative betting strategy of the pass line in order to maintain their current stack while someone down in the dumps with nothing to lose might go for the bigger payout/lower odds bet in the hopes of striking it big with one or two lucky bets and getting back in the running.

However players choose to play the game, the online casino freeroll tournaments for craps will be run in a manner similar to the slot machine tournaments that are the norm at VIP Casino. The buy-in is nothing and all players that accept the tournament will get 500 play money chips that they can use to bet on the game. They have a full 10 minutes to bet, but they can finalize their chip stack before the 10 minutes are up if by looking at the leader board they feel that they are good in the current position. A total prize pool of $1000 has been added to this tournament and the person with the largest chip stack at the end of the tournament will win 40% of that purse.

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Microgaming Releases More Bingo Side Games

Apart from providing software to online casinos and poker rooms, Microgaming also caters to some of the most popular online bingo halls. The bingo halls are quite popular amongst the players, thanks to the excellent range of side games they offer. As of today, more than 160 Flash side games are offered in bingo halls, and this number is increasing with every passing month. In a press release from its headquarters in Isle of Man, Microgaming had announced the addition of yet three more bingo side games. The press release said “Microgaming’s refreshed outer-screen content provides players on its operator platforms with the essential holistic gaming experience.”

First among the newly announced games is Wasabi San, a 15 pay line video slot game that allows players to wager multiple coins on each pay line. The game is based on Japanese sushi theme, and its realistic looking game symbols will leave mouths drooling, not withstanding the fact that the symbols are portrayed in a caricature style. The chef, who is the Wild symbol, wields knives like samurai swords, and the animation showing he cutting up the fish using the sword is a martial arts experience. The free spins feature and the bonus game on the second screen lead to the payouts.

The second game announced by Microgaming is named Supe It Up. It is a fast paced video slot game with a slick hotrod theme. The game reels sport bright colored cars with matching colored high value card symbols. For players, there are up to 30 free spins with payouts multiplied 6 times, alongside a wild symbol that offers a fixed jackpot of 10,000 coins by itself, and doubles other payouts.

The press release however identifies Fruit Bingo as the pick of the newly announced games. According to the release, this is “a bingo aspect to a regular Pub Slot”. Minus the complicated features that are typical of fruit machine slot games makes Fruit Bingo ideal as a side game in bingo halls and suitable for new players as well. The game features reel bands that contain five symbols and a special feature entry symbol. When three feature entry symbols appear on the reels, the bonus game is activated. In the said bonus game, five different win amounts on the pay table are paid out when three of a kind appear on the win line. Try out these side games one-by-one, and see how far you like them.

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Microgaming to Release Highly Anticipated Slot Machine Sequel

In many ways, the 2010 year has not been what Microgaming was expecting. Considering that this year was going to be the year that they released their first branded slot machine in the form of the highly successful Lord of the Rings trilogy, the relative lack of proliferation of new games from this brand has disappointed many people.

However, May 2010 will bring a new release from Microgaming that could very well be the most anticipated slot machine sequel in the history of the online gaming industry. Considering how many different games get released every year in that industry, this is certainly saying quite a bit.

The slot machine is called Thunderstruck II and as the name implies it is the sequel to Thunderstruck, an online video slot machine that was released onto the marketplace by Microgaming in 2003. This game featured Norse mythology at its finest and was able to inspire many players to greatness both in terms of their results and in terms of giving them a new appreciation for the beauty of thematic engineering within online video slot machines.

It is hoped that Thunderstruck II will have a similar effect and although it is often difficult for a sequel to live up to an excellent first installment, it is also the case that Thunderstruck II has improved graphics and many new godlike symbols on the reels of its slots. This slot machine will also feature the new 243 winning combination paradigm that Microgaming has introduced in many of its recent releases, giving players the chance to truly experience the full range of god symbols for Thunderstruck II in a way that was probably not that possible for the first slot machine to bear the same name.

Previews of the slot machine are already being offered at high-profile Microgaming casinos and so far reception has been positive. The graphical quality combined with the sounds introduced by Microgaming in this machine seems to have blown away many of the first people to see this machine in action. However, only time will tell if this sequel can live up to the amazing results of the first Thunderstruck online video slot machine.

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Vegas Technology Releases New Slot Machines

In a move that has made them for the moment the current beacon of being prolific in the world of online casino gaming, Vegas Technology has decided to release four new slot machines to their online casinos. Although they are a newer brand, Vegas Technology does have some easily recognizable online casinos under their banner such as VIP Slots Casino.

Speaking of slot machines, all four of the new ones released by Vegas Technology are consistent with the five reel video slot machine format that has really become the established format for the vast majority of online slot machine releases. In spite of that commonality, the unique themes of all four slot machines are easy to distinguish from one another.

The first slot machine to be released by Vegas Technology is the Butterflies online video slot machine. This theme represents the life cycle of the magnificent insect starting with the caterpillar stage, going to the cocoon and eventually ending in a beautiful butterfly. The graphics are nice, but the 7000 coin jackpot that this slot machine comes with is even nicer than the theme.

The second slot machine to come out from Vegas Technology is the California Gold video slot machine. Like the name implies, this slot machine is all about the gold rush to California back in the day. As a result, it contains images of prospectors, barrels, wagon carts of gold, pick axes, dynamite and many of the other images from that period of time. It is also a game that features free spin action and triple the prize money if you win with a free spin roll.

Big Foot is the name of the third slot machine released by Vegas Technology and it is of course the journey to find the elusive Sasquatch or Yeti. Like California Gold, this game features free spin availability, although it can give you up to 20 at one time with a potential 10x multiplier depending on what happens in the game.

Rounding out the group of four new slots is the Jurassic Slots online video slot machine. As the name implies, this slot machine is all about dinosaurs and dinosaur hunters and can end up giving you a sweet amount of money if you play it just right.

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New Online Casino Games Available at Virgin Casino

Virgin Casino, owned by the company of the same name, is an online casino that is powered by the Wager Works software but at the same time has the ability to offer gaming action provided by other software companies through this software package. That is important because it is directly relevant to one new game they are offering this month that promises to be a hit.

The first game they are offering new this month is an online video slot machine called Play Your Cards Right. It was created by Fremantle based on the television show of the same name that asked you to predict whether each successive card would be higher or lower than the one before it. It works perfectly with the Wager Works software though and that is a good thing for fans of Virgin Casino.

The game itself has a very interesting engine that revolves around the appearance of red card and blue card symbols on the reels. That is because there is a potential bonus jackpot meter that money gets added to every time one of these symbols appears on the reels. Then, later on, when the double chance symbols appear in triplicate or more during a specific spin, the bonus game starts and each jackpot is played for starting with the larger and going to the smaller.

The bonus game works exactly like the television show. If you can get from one end of the card row to the other, you get the jackpot. If you can’t, you lose and get a chance at the smaller jackpot. There is also a larger bonus game with more money and more card rows involved when the grand final symbols appear in triplicate as opposed to the double chance symbols.

Although Play Your Cards Right is definitely the game more likely to draw attention of the two, it is important not to forget the instant play Casino Dice game. Two dice are rolled and the goal of the player is to get the rolled number right. There are exotic bets and Let It Ride wagers available as well, so the game can become a lot more interesting than you might at first think.

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Microgaming Releases Two Bingo Side Games for April 2010

Microgaming, through a media advisory released from its HQ at Isle of Man on March 30, has announced the release of two new Bingo Side online slot Games. Microgaming usually launches new Bingo Side games every month.

The first one is Mega Moolah Isis, which is a progressive jackpot slot game connected to the Mega Moolah network. It is built on a popular ancient Egyptian theme. The game symbols, taken from Egyptian mythology, include Isis, the mother Goddess, as the wild symbol, Hawk, as the scatter symbol, Ankh, Vase, Orb, Brooch and Lotus. This five reels and 20 pay lines game has all the regular features of contemporary online slot games, including the Free Spin Bonus feature. Mega Moolah Isis also has the much popular Microgaming Gamble feature, wherein players could stake their payouts, except progressive jackpot winnings, to try to double or to quadruple their money. The best feature in the game however is the randomly triggered bonus round that leads to spinning the wheel. This assures the players one of the four progressive jackpots the game offers.

The other Bingo Side Game launched by Mircrogaming is Fruit Smoothies. This three reel, one payline, and one coin slot game is structured in the classic mold. The game symbols obviously are various fruits. The game got a top feature screen that is activated when a win is triggered. A number of win spins can be played out here, wherein the number of win spins is determined by the symbol combinations won by the player in the regular game. Further, if three Extra Spin symbols are displayed on one of the five win lines, more win spins, up to four, are added to the total number of win spins left.

The Head of Bingo at Microgaming, Neill Whyte, on the release of the new side games explained that there is a growing segment of bingo players who prefer the side games along with the main bingo action, and hence these games from Microgaming.

It is also noteworthy that Microgaming, unlike the previous months, did not release a preview of online casino games to be launched early in the next month. Hopefully this does not mean a delay in the launch of the new online casino games from Microgaming.

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RTG Casinos releases Golden Lotus Slot Game

The online gaming software provider Realtime Gaming (RTG) has released a new video slot game – Golden Lotus – built on an Oriental theme. Clearly RTG is aiming to lure Asian players, who tend to prefer Oriental themes more, into its fold.

The game features ornately crafted symbols, representing the Oriental culture. Golden Lotus is the wild symbol. When it appears on a winning combination, it appears as a golden bud, which then blooms to a lotus. Apart from that, the wild symbol offers the highest fixed jackpot of 8888 coins. The digit ‘8’ is considered lucky in Orient, and hence most Orient themed RTG slots offer payouts in 8s. White Lotus is the scatter symbol, and players could win scatter payouts when two or more of these appear anywhere on the reels. Letter, Geisha, Statue, Vase, Chimes, and card symbols Ace and Nine are some of the other symbols. The Letter symbol also offers a jackpot of 8888 coins.

The Golden Lotus slot offers two jackpot high paying bonus features. The first one, Chinese Garden Feature, is triggered when three Golden Lotus symbols appear in the main game. This begins as a bonus game on the second screen, wherein players need to pick four out of eight golden lotuses. Each right pick guarantees 100 times the triggering bet or a number of free spins. The number of freer spins could be 5, 10, 15, or 20. Further, all White Lotuses appearing on the reels during the free spins are automatically converted to the wild Golden Lotuses, and all payouts are tripled.

The second one, White Lotus feature is triggered when or more White Lotus symbols appear anywhere on the reels. This feature offers 8 free spins to the players. The multiplier, which is randomly revealed, ranges from 3x to 5x. As in the Chinese Garden feature, here as well, all White Lotuses appearing on the reels during the free spins are automatically converted to the wild Golden Lotuses. Further, if during the free spins, three or more Golden Lotus symbols appear, then the feature itself is re-triggered.

Last but not the least, Golden Lotus comes with two progressive jackpots, named Major and Minor respectively. These are random progressive jackpots that could be hit after any spin. In other words, no symbols are required to be aligned on the reels for hitting either of the jackpots. Golden Lotus slot game has already gone live in all RTG casinos.

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Microgaming Introduces Three New Bingo Games

The online bingo community has started to become very diverse and long-ranging. In fact, it can be classified as a big online tent in the same way that online poker, casino and sports betting facilities have been for years. Microgaming, partially in recognition of this fact, has released three new bingo-related games in the month of January 2010.

The first of these games is a video slot machine called Elementals. As the name implies, the slot machine’s theme is the four elements of fire, water, wind and earth. The maximum jackpot in this five reel twenty pay line game is 100,000 coins, making it a very attractive option for bingo players looking to crossover and win some cash in a new discipline.

The same can be said of the new blackjack game that Microgaming has released. Classic Blackjack Gold will be joining the other blackjack games available from Microgaming and ever since its previous iteration it has received a number of excellent additions to make it look better and work faster. The audio is particularly impressive and since it only uses a deck of 52 cards shuffled each hand it is slightly more in favor of the player than most of the other blackjack variants available online.

The third game is a pub slot machine called Scratch N’ Spin. Pub slots are also known as fruit machines and they have become popular in the online world recently due to a number of people transferring their allegiances into the online world from the brick and mortar pubs, some of which are starting to phase these machines out. You can win as many as 500 coins from this machine in one go-around.

All three of these games will act as new bingo side games in the grand scheme of the Microgaming operation. According to Microgaming Bingo Channel Lead Neill Whyte, there is a good chance that these games will give bingo players more ways and opportunities to go home a winner. In the end, that’s really what it’s all about for the Microgaming brand of online gambling websites.

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Silver Dollar Casino Making Case for Online Tournaments

Slots tournaments have been embraced as worthwhile by most of the online casinos out there, but the fact remains that people looking for tournaments across other disciplines will still be left out in the cold by many online casinos.

Silver Dollar Casino a long time ago noticed the plight of these people and that is why they have gone out of their way to create an excellent online casino experience for the average person looking for online casino tournaments outside of slot machines.

One example of such a tournament would be the online roulette tournaments that Silver Dollar Casino offers. These are tournaments that are held every single week and run for the entire week. It works on the leader board format and as players begin to win or lose money over the course of that time, they end up in a much better position than many of their peers. The winners all get prizes according to a pretty standard tournament prize structure and since the buy-in is only $5, these players have a chance to win a lot with a small investment. The winner will actually collect 40% of the entire prize pool, so there is the opportunity there for you to really get a great return on your investment.

Another tournament offered by Silver Dollar Casino is the blackjack tournament. There is a head-to-head version of the tournament and then there is the standard blackjack tournament that is offered as well for people that like to compete against the larger groups. The entry fee for these tournaments is $10 and no matter how many people sign up the tournament comes with a guaranteed prize pool worth $5000. The pool could be worth more than that, but it will never be worth less.

Finally, Silver Dollar casino also has video poker tournaments to go along with their roulette and blackjack offerings. All of these tournaments will continue to run until the end of January and they may even go on beyond that time. Anyone interested should contact Silver Dollar Casino or just sign up for a new player account.