Archive for December, 2009
As uttered by famous folk musician Bob Dylan oh so many years ago, “The times, they are a-changing!” Here we are looking the new year, 2010, directly in the face, and the future of entire online casino industry is teetering in the balance as new online casinos prepare to be unveiled.
The big question is, for online casino operators and gamers alike, what trends will this new year bring? Will we follow the ode, “out with the old, in with the new”? Or the less eloquent, but equally accepted, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”? The answer to this quest remains to be seen, but will surely effect the impending success or failure of these new online casinos, preparing for launch in 2010.
First up is Win Palace Casino, a brand new RTG Casino that has already opened its virtual doors. Win Palace is owned and operated by RegalBar Ltd, the same company that launched Mayflower Casino earlier this year. Launched at the peak of RealTime Gaming’s technological appeal, Win Palace has already drawn a multitude of new player registrations, partly due to the range of welcome bonus promotions, offering anywhere from 200% up to $500, to 300% up to $3,000, for all new players on their initial deposit. Like most RTG casinos, Win Palace is accepting US players.
Not to be outmatched, Rival Gaming has a new online casino hot off the presses known as Box24 Casino. This one was established by Affiliate WIDE, an online casino affiliate program with several years experience and a keen insight as to what casino players are looking for in a new online casinos. Box24 Casino boasts one of the highest welcome bonuses of any rival powered casino, starting with a free $24 no-deposit, followed by up to $2,400 in bonuses over a player’s first four deposits.
Last but far from least, Crazy Slots Casino has hit the ground running, powered by the innovative minds of Vegas Technology. Crazy Slots Casino is expected to pull in very high traffic numbers as we head into 2010, promoting the highest welcome bonus of any new online casino. Gamers who sign-up and make a first deposit at Crazy Slots Casino are privy to a total of $12,500 worth of deposit bonuses.
As the new year quickly approaches, it will be most interesting to see who draw the most new customers for 2010 – the already well established casinos, like Cherry Red, Millionaire and Rushmore, or these new online casinos, all competing for the top spot in 2010.
California, already a trendsetter in many ways, is slated to hold legislative hearings in February on the benefit of regulating online poker rooms.
State Sen. Roderick Wright (D) told the LA Times newspaper last week that hearings will be held in February in the state legislature.
At least one of Wright’s fellow legislators is already on board saying it would be a great new potential revenue.
In a cash-strapped state like California, regulating online poker rooms could be a boon to the state budget. Though lawmakers aren’t talking (and numbers are hard to determine without further study, they note), the LA times suggested that if the state runs the online poker rooms in the same fashion it does the Indian casinos, the state could benefit by more than $250 each year.
The Commerce Casino and Morongo Band of Mission Indians are both behind the hearings and possible legislation. Both groups are planning to operate online poker rooms if the state manages to pass legislation.
Not all Indian gaming groups are behind hearings and possible legislation, however. They are worried it could take business away from brick and morter casinos.
If California passes legislation, it would be the first state to regulate and legalize online poker.
Facebook has recently announced a change to its advertising policy and has specifically rejected the allowance of any ads for online casinos.
The move, one of the many the company is making as it seeks to grow larger and control the content on the site better, is in contrast to the content of many games that are played on the site, some of which are casino-like in their play. But all are free.
Facebook isn’t just limiting casino ads. It’s prohibiting all ads that promote online gambling in any form, so this new rule also affects ads for sports books, poker rooms, and bingo sites as well.
Also prohibited are ads for another 20 or so products. These include things like firearms, pyramid schemes, spy cameras, tobacco, uncertified pharmaceuticals, and ads that include nudity.
In a press release, Facebook heads note that the company’s focus is on protecting the online community; one executive noted that Bing was giving underage Facebook users access to x-rated content. To ensure that doesn’t continue happening, Facebook made the decision to block advertising of all adult entertainment.
Facebook was founded in 2003 by a sophomore at Harvard. It was one of the first social networking sites and is commonly used by a range of people from ages 13 and up who “friend” their co-workers, former classmates and families.
A woman from South Africa is $10,000 richer today after winning a slots jackpot at an online casino. Karin D. was playing one of her favorite online slots machines, Tomb Raider, on her mobile phone when all of a sudden she hit the jackpot for $10,225.
Tomb Raider is one of the more popular online slots developed by Microgaming. Karin hit the jackpot from the mobile casino brand, All Slots, powered by Microgaming. According to a press release announcing the big win, she had only signed up an account at the online casino one month prior to the jackpot release. She was playing the online slots from her Nokia mobile phone.
The online casino interviewed Karin D. shortly after. Asking how she felt about the win, she said she felt “delight at winning such a huge payout so soon after joining.”
Mobile online casinos have become incredibly since they were first introduced just a few years back. There are a lot of Microgaming casinos these days offering their online casino platform for download on a mobile platform. Online casino software developer Real Time Gaming (RTG) also provides a mobile gaming platform for their online casinos.
Microgaming is better known to provide a more inclusive variety of games, but RTG is recognized for having the biggest progressive jackpots in the industry. Another plus for RTG casinos is that they accept USA players, where Microgaming closed its virtual doors to Americans in late 2008.
At present, US officials are overseeing a great deal of debate and proposed legislation that could easily change the current outlook of USA Online Casino laws on Internet based gambling. It may not be long before Microgaming casinos are able to provide their online gaming services to US players once more.