Archive for August, 2011

European Commission Demands Review of German Draft Gambling Rules

Hopeful online gamblers in Germany may have just been thrown a lifeline ahead of the proposed new gambling legislation planned for early 2012. Planned laws in Germany dealing with gambling online have been met with criticism and complaints. At the time of writing, online casinos and other forms of online gaming and betting excluding horse racing are prohibited in Germany.

Drafted legislation involves heavy taxes for private operators which would seemingly limit and restrict competition and complaints have been made by operators such as Betfair and Bwin Party. The European Commission has conducted a 3 month consultation concerning the proposed laws in Germany and demands that legislation must take into consideration various elements including the judgment by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in this regard last year. The ECJ maintained that the monopoly held by Germany on sporting bets and lotteries did not further the aim of fighting in a reliable and organized way the hazards presented by gambling. Germany has been presented with the date of 18th August to respond to the European Commission.

Chief Legal and Regulatory Affairs Officer at Betfair, Martin Cruddace remarked that “We now expect the German draft law to be amended so that it genuinely caters for a competitive online gambling market in Germany and will subsequently ensure the highest standards of value, integrity and security for German consumers.”

He added that “As a responsible operator committed to transparency and integrity, Betfair hope to obtain a license in the newly regulated German market, and we view today’s action from the Commission as a significant step towards us achieving this goal.”

Operators of german poker sites, casinos and sports betting sites maintain the hope that these concerns will be addressed and that a competitive online market may be established in Germany.

Cashline Introduced at Mecca Bingo

As a bingo & or online casino player, are you a fan of the Cashline game? If you are, you will be happy to discover that this popular game is now available in an online version at Mecca Bingo. Even if you have never heard of Cashline before, you may now give the online version your full attention at the Mecca Bingo site.

Cashline is a form of entertainment that has earned a reputation in its own right at various bingo clubs. This game has actually been around for years and is a pursuit that is often played at a break in the main bingo gaming session at bingo halls. Cashline has undergone a process to convert the game into a viable online form of entertainment and is now accessible at Mecca Bingo.

Players at one of the UK Bingo Clubs will surely be familiar with Cashline. Now at the Mecca Bingo Internet site, gamers may try their hand at a new online form of Cashline. This is a fun 80 ball game that is appearing in all its glory as a mini game at Mecca Bingo.

If you haven’t signed up at Mecca Bingo yet, there is no time like the present. Look out for an attractive welcome bonus as new players may take advantage of a match bonus of up to ?50 free after making a first deposit at the site.

Players at Mecca Bingo may enjoy great promotions, the chance to win jackpots and fun gaming action at this site. In addition to exciting bingo games at this site, players may access other games such as scratch cards and slots. The hot slots here include favourites like Clover Rollover, Bejeweled 2 and Rainbow Riches.

Eyes down to the mini game section at Mecca Bingo where you can try out Cashline!

Cassava Customers Looking for Alternative Gaming Platform

A number of online bingo & casino players may now be looking elsewhere for their online bingo entertainment following a ban from a Cassava operated site. It appears that in several incidents, online bingo gamers playing on the Cassava platform have been refused access to the site at which they have been playing.

Various complaints have arisen in recent months regarding Cassava powered sites and this is causing quite a storm within the online bingo industry. Several online players have reported being banned from Cassava powered gaming sites. Such players have been informed that they will not be able to gain access to the site and in each of these cases, this follows the withdrawal of funds from the site. Although there has been no authorized clarification for this situation, it appears that clients are being penalized for what may be wrongly regarded as misuse of the bonuses, even though this is permitted by the system.

In the occurrences noted, players are depositing when there are deposit bonuses available and may be making use of withdrawals to refund account. However, one could also say that if a site does not wish players to take advantage of promos and bonuses then maybe they should not be offered! Perhaps terms or rules should be made clearer if the present situation is not to the liking of the Cassava sites concerned.

Licensed in Gibraltar, Cassava Enterprises is one of the major companies in the online bingo gaming industry and provides services to over 90 sites. Among the sites on the Cassava platform are Wink Bingo, Foxy bingo, 888ladies bingo, abcbingo and others.

It may be wise for players at Cassava powered top online casino sites to look carefully at their money management at these sites or otherwise to look out for an alternative gaming platform.

California Won’t Pass Online Gambling Regulation in 2011

California’s Senate Pro Tem announced this week that the state won’t move on approving a California online poker or any online casino gambling bill this year.

In a letter to both gambling interests and those opposed, Steinberg said that “significant, unresolved issues remain” and that “we believe that well thought out, fair solutions to these differences can be reached, but not before the end of this legislative year on September 9.” The letter was signed by Steinberg and Sen. Roderick Wright, a Democrat who chairs the state’s Governmental Organization Committee that oversees gambling regulation.

In general, California’s Indian tribes support online gaming but disagree on the bills that have been introduced so far.

For some time, online gambling proponents have been watching California because its legislation has progressed further than in many other states. The Indian tribes, however, control all of the gaming in the state and are bitterly divided over the bills that have been introduced and moved through the state’s congress.

After the Black Friday shutdown of online poker, there is more pressure for states to approve and move on online gambling of some sort, but California – like many other states – seems resistant to make a decision quickly.

Groupon for Gambling

Fans of Groupon will be happy to hear that there is a new site offering Groupon-like deals for gambling.

GambleGang.com is the first such site for online casinos. It was launched recently by Starlight Networks LLC; the site is the first group buying service that dedicated solely to the online gaming industry.

Modeled on Groupon, the site requires that a certain number of people opt into the deal before the deal becomes “active”. Some of the deals offered in the past have included a casino that offered a 200 percent deposit match related to the player’s initial deposit.

Like Groupon, users log into the site and look at the current deal, or they can look at past deals to see what might pop up again. Sometimes the deals are similar to first-time user deals that people can get on online casino websites when they make initial deposits. But often the deals are unique and better than users would get without the deal site’s help.

End of Operations for News of the World Bingo

The News of the World bingo site has closed down at the same time as the closing of the newspaper itself.

Recent scandal involving hacking into voice mail messages has stunned many members of the public in Britain and this has led to the closing down of the newspaper. The News of the World (NOTW) officially closed on 10th July 2011 after 168 years of operation.

One of the great advantages of the NOTW bingo site was that it was able to make use of free advertising in the NOTW newspaper. This was a useful way to attract bingo customers to the site. With the closing down of the NOTW newspaper, the NOTW bingo site has also ceased its operations.

However, News of the World bingo players have not been left high and dry without anywhere to play online bingo. A message has been posted at the NOTW bingo site to its customers from Barry Sage, the Head of NOTW Bingo. In this message it is stated that as of Monday, 11th July 2011, the bingo site concerned will be redirected to Sunbingo.co.uk. As the Sun newspaper was a sister newspaper to the News of the World, the merging of these two bingo sites seems to be a natural step.

Barry Sage assures customers that the account held at NOTW remains in tact and customers may continue to play at the Sun Bingo site according to the same terms and conditions as before. There should be no need for players to re-register at Sun Bingo and the account balance, name and password have been forwarded from NOTW Bingo to Sun Bingo. A telephone number has also been left for members to contact customer support for any assistance regarding these changes. The number is 0800-458-4664.

Bodog Casino Announces Decision To Leave Us Market By 2011

Casino players at Bodog Casino are in for a huge disappointment if they are based in the US. This is because the Bodog Casino has announced plans to exit the US online casino market by the end of this year 2011. Following the events of black Friday, and after the closures of the biggest US poker sites, many casino and gambling sites are begging to see the US market as more problem than profit.

However, Bodog Casino may not even feel the loss of their US casino player traffic as they have plans to expand into the UK market where reports show that the market is thriving. One reason why Bodog has decided to exit the US market is because its license with the Morris Mohawk Gaming group is set to expire; whether Bodog has shown any inclination to renew its license has not been indicated so far.

Bodog has obtained a license to operate in the UK from the gambling commission and is expected to garner a lot of casino player traffic there. In the meantime, US players will have time to withdraw their funds and close accounts by the end of 2011. Those players who still have accounts may be able to transfer their money into a new site that the Morris Mohawk Gaming group will open.

Bodog Casino Launches Hydro Heat Slot

Bodog Casino is popular for being innovative and the launch of its recent slot game is proof of that. Hydro Heat, a slot game based on a motor boat racing theme is the new slot that the online casino has launched. In this game, the symbols of the reel represent a number of sophisticated boats; the game also has icons of bikini clad crew members that are linked to the high worth card symbols. The background music of the game has a good beat to it, especially when the reels are on the move.

Bodog’s Hydro Heat is a lucrative online slot game where there are good pay lines. Symbols show up on any position of the reel but are formed from left to right resulting in a payout. A player can wager with as little as 0.25 credits and higher wagers can be made in multiples of 0.25.

Although, the top feature of the slot game is the Hydro Heat Race bonus, which is activated when a player lands three oil barrel scatter symbols. In this game, the player is rewarded with fifteen free spins. The hydro heat slot game can also be re-activated.

Other interesting elements to the Hydro Heat slot game is its auto spin feature and a randomly activated progressive jackpot. Bodog Casino is supported by Realtime Gaming Software and is licensed in the Jurisdiction of Antigua and Barbuda.

Live Blackjack Becomes Increasingly Popular

Blackjack by itself is a very popular game but nowadays players are finding that live blackjack online games offer the best gaming opportunities out there.

Many online players prefer live blackjack games where they can see the dealer use his/her hands to deal the cards as compared to a computerized betting game that they have to play with fixed odds.

Nowadays most casino games are also played online, but playing online does not mean that you have to settle for a computerized game. With the increased use of internet and advancement of technology, players can access live online casino games by video streaming and watch and play the game as it happens at the casino.

Live blackjack combines the comfort of playing from one’s location and the satisfaction of having been at the casino and having played the live game. Hence, more players around the globe are now starting to prefer playing live blackjack.

Another reason why live blackjack is so popular is because the players get to see the dealer in person and they get to believe the cards are being dealt by the dealer based on what they have seen, and hence it is more of a satisfaction than playing a computerized game of blackjack with the standard fixed odds.

Free Fun at Gossip Bingo

The fun online bingo site Gossip Bingo is hosting an attractive Daily Freebie promotion that offers its players the chance to win real prizes.

Each day at Gossip Bingo, a freebie game is held at 11pm for its depositing players. This fun action is not only free but provides its players with the opportunity to win a ?100 guaranteed jackpot! The way to get involved in the Daily Freebie game is simply to deposit a minimum of ?20 at Gossip Bingo. This deposit needs to be made before the starting time of the freebie game at 11pm, or otherwise it will enable entry to the freebie game for the following day.

This is a fun reward for Gossip Bingo players. This promotion means that players may enjoy free action with the chance of winning a ?100 prize in addition to enjoying the online entertainment available at Gossip Bingo.

Gossip Bingo is a bright and appealing online bingo gaming site that offers both 75 ball and 90 ball bingo entertainment. This site also presents its players with a choice of scratch cards, instant games and slots. Gossip bingo boasts fun entertainment, a chatty online bingo community, free games and daily prizes up for grabs.

If you have not yet signed up at Gossip Bingo, today may just be a great time to give it a try. You may take advantage of a ?5 no deposit bonus for free when you join. New players may also enjoy a ?25 free as a first deposit bonus at the site which offers a top online casino. It should also be taken into consideration that players at Gossip Bingo may benefit from a 50% redeposit bonus on each deposit made.