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There are now many different virtual casinos that you can enjoy around the Internet. Many people enjoy the different games that you can play and this can include favorites that you would find in a real casino such as the slot machine games that are very popular, as well as other games that you can play against other people such as virtual video poker and roulette.

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John Robison – Ask the Slot Expert: Can casinos change slot paybacks electronically?

John Robison – Ask the Slot Expert: Can casinos change slot paybacks electronically?
John Robison – Ask the Slot Expert: Can casinos change slot paybacks electronically?Your article in American Casino Guide mentioned that the slot managers would order chips to change the win rate on their machines. With electronic machines in place, I would think that win rate adjustments could be changed electronically rather than by ordering specific chips to control the machine. Is this by law that the machine producer must be involved in such changes? It would appear that the electronic adjustment would allow more flexibility to the slot managers. Many aspects of slot technology on the slot floor trail behind what can be done because security measures have to be devised and slot regulators have to approve the new technology. In the early days of computer-controlled slots, the virtual reel layout table was stored on a chip. If the casino wanted to change the long-term payback on a machine, it had to order the new layout from the manufacturer and replace that chip in the machine. Depending on the jurisdiction, a slot technician at the casino could make the change, or a technician could make the change while a representative from the casino control commission observed, or someone from the commission had to make the change. And in some jurisdictions, changes were not even allowed. Every time you open up the logic drawer in a slot machine and monkey around with the components in it, you run the risk of breaking something. As a result, casinos rarely changed the long-term paybacks on the machines on their slot floor. In Las Vegas, casinos can make this change themselves. You may have noticed the collection of licenses on display at the cage. Casinos in Las Vegas have distributor and manufacturer licenses, in addition to their operator licenses. They still have to report the change to the state. In the late 1990s, regulators got more comfortable with storing game program data on other forms of non-volatile memory (e.g., compact disc). Changing long-term paybacks by changing a physical component in the machine is the most secure way of making the change. Many years ago, some slot technicians cheated their casinos by using a configuration menu on a dollar machine to change the denomination to pennies. A confederate would then insert a dollar bill, get 100 credits, and cash out 100 dollar tokens — it was many years ago. As a result, regulators at the time required denomination changes to require chip changes. In the 2000s, with the expansion of server-based gaming in Native American casinos and enhanced communications between gaming machines and servers, gaming commissions worked on regulations to allow game program data to be sent from a central server down to the machines, eliminating the need to visit each machine and change some component in it. Downloadable games do give slot managers more flexibility, but the managers still have to acquire the different payback programs from the slot manufacturers. And then those pesky regulators come into play. No jurisdiction will allow a casino to make frequent (e.g., day/night, weekday/weekend, holiday) changes to the long-term paybacks on its machines. In a sense, slot manufacturers are involved in long-term payback changes by law. The reel layouts for each long-term payback available for a machine are their intellectual property. I am going to Las Vegas in August. What are the best slot machines to play? Where is the best place to play? This is like the question of whether one should pay off a mortgage. There’s no one answer and what’s right for one person may not be right for another. The best slot machines to play are the ones you have the most fun playing. That said, be aware that the Wide Area Progressive slots like Megabucks have lower long-term paybacks than other machines. The best place to play is the casino you like playing in best. Locals casinos in Las Vegas usually have better-paying slots than strip casinos, but if you like hopping from one casino to another, shopping at the malls attached to the casinos, eating at restaurants associated with famous chefs and watching a volcano erupt, then you’ll be happier staying on the strip. Send your slot and video poker questions to John Robison, Slot Expert™, at slotexpert@comcast.net. Because of the volume of mail I receive, I regret that I can’t reply to every question.Copyright © John Robison. Slot Expert and Ask the Slot Expert are trademarks of John Robison.

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Paddy Power casino has €5 free for you

Paddy Power casino has €5 free for you
Paddy Power casino has €5 free for youBy mr-casino on 2015-06-29 16:03:58 There are many online casinos available to Irish casino players and some of them are large and some of them are small but probably the best known of them all is Paddy Power casino. Paddy Power casino is of course part of the very large online gambling group Paddy Power and despite probably being better known for the sports gambling side the online casino offering is excellent. If you are completely new to Paddy Power casino there is a special bonus available at the moment which is a free €5 (or £5 if you are one of our UK readers) and you don’t even need to make a deposit so all you need to do is create an account and accept the bonus and play. It is however quite difficult to turn this casino bonus into cash as you will need to stake the €5 50 times which is not terribly competitive with other online casinos but then it is for free. Paddy Power casino also has a more usual first deposit match bonus which means that they will match your first deposit of up to €300 to the tune of 100% thus doubling the money you have to play some of the casino games and in this case in order to turn that into cash you will need to stake the bonus plus your deposit 20 times which is equivalent to 40 times the bonus and only certain casino games apply. These bonuses are also available to those who already have an account with Paddy Power but have never played at the online casino. As stated many times however just receiving a joining bonus from an online casino should not be the only reason for joining that particular online casino as your continued enjoyment of the entertainment is much more important and from that point of view Paddy Power casino has a very wide choice of casino games and being Paddy Power you can rest assured that they are correctly licensed and safe to use.

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Betfred Posts Almost £2b in Online Betting Revenue Over 18-Month Period

Betfred Posts Almost £2b in Online Betting Revenue Over 18-Month Period
Betfred Posts Almost £2b in Online Betting Revenue Over 18-Month PeriodBetFred enjoys strong results for 18-month period ending on September 2014. United Kingdom gaming company Betfred have announced a staggering revenue of £1.9 billion during the period of 18 months that ended on 28th September 2014. Since its last public announcement of figures, the UK operator went on to change the date of its fiscal year, meaning the 18-month period has been compared to the previous 12-month interval. But, seeing as Betfred’s online turnover had been £1.1 billion for the previous fiscal year, the latest figure corresponds to a 15% increase on pro-rata basis. Total Turnover is £13.3 Billion The famous sports betting operator houses just short of 1,400 retail betting shops, and counting both the offline and online channels, the company revealed the total turnover was £13.3 billion, as opposed to the £8 billion turnover in the previous 12-month interval. This is enough to suggest that the company has enjoyed some strong results over the last year and a half, moving up in what is a very competitive online betting market. Considering that BetFred is a privately owned firm, they are not required to share all the business information with the public, but the data they did disclose clearly suggest the company is moving in the right direction. The revenue climbed from £362m to £593m, whereas earnings increased from £69.2m to £101.9m. The result becomes even more impressive when we take into account that Betfred lost some £3 million on the Australian mobile betting project that closed shortly after it launched in 2014. The company, controlled by brothers Fred and Peter Done, also saw significant improvements in their Tote business, that hadn’t performed up to expectations during the previous fiscal year. Betfred Makes £18.6 Million in Levy Payments As required by law, Betfred made £18.6 million in Levy payments during said 18-month period, while making another £19.1 in direct contributions to racing in the UK. The company paid £158.7m in taxes over the year and a half interval, whereas its net debt decreased from £213m to £145m. Betfred CEO John Haddock had plenty of reason to celebrate, with the betting firm recording some very good results in spite of “increased taxation, regulation and a very competitive market place.” The Warrington-based bookmaker faces fresh challenges to keep its position as one of the leading UK gaming operators, but aforementioned results will certainly provide an important impetus for the years to come.

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First Casino in Russia’s Primorye Region to Launch in August

First Casino in Russia’s Primorye Region to Launch in August
First Casino in Russia’s Primorye Region to Launch in AugustLawrence Ho’s Tigre de Crystal casino in Russia’s Primorye region set to open in August. The long wait for the first land-based casino to open in Russia’s Primorye Integrated Entertainment Zone could soon be over as Lawrence Ho’s gaming establishment is scheduled to open its doors by the end of August. Summit Ascent Holdings Ltd. revealed when filing with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that the first phase of construction will be finished by 30th June by its subsidiary First Gambling Company of the East (FGCE). Government inspection process lasting between six and eight weeks will in turn be started, meaning that the opening date should be no later than 28th August. Tigre de Crystal Will Employ 1,100 People Even if the venue is still referred to as “Phase 1 Casino Resort”, the casino will operate under the name Tigre de Crystal or Crystal Tiger, which will house 119 hotel rooms, 25 VIP gambling tables, another 40 tables for the general public and no fewer than 800 slot machines. FGCS has moved to reveal that all important management positions have already been filled, with almost 200 croupiers undergoing extensive training at the moment. The gaming establishment will have around 700 employees when the casino is launched before increasing to 1,100 staff when remaining departments are completed. Russia Hoping to Attract Asian VIP Gamblers Lawrence Ho, the eldest son of Macau’s leading gaming mogul Stanley Ho, headlines the project and he will be delighted that the official launch is getting closer after the venture suffered a succession of issues, with each of these pushing back the opening date. In spite of all the problems, Tigre de Crystal is certain to be the first casino to open its doors in Russia’s Primorye region, with the new gaming hub located on the eastern coast, relatively close to Beijing, Seul and Tokyo. Cambodian gaming operator NagaCorp aims to start construction on its $369 million Primorsky Entertainment Resort City (PERC) by the end of the year so that PERC would become the second casino in said entertainment zone when it opens in 2018. Russia have big hopes for the Primorye Integrated Entertainment Zone as they hope it would provide additional boost to the country’s economy, but the recent delays are enough to suggest things are not exactly going according to plan.

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Apple Starts Reinstalling Gambling Apps on Its Swedish Store

Apple Starts Reinstalling Gambling Apps on Its Swedish Store
Apple Starts Reinstalling Gambling Apps on Its Swedish Store Several gambling apps have been already reinstalled in Apple’s Swedish App Store. Shortly after Apple had to remove all gambling apps from its Swedish App Store, the company has started reinstalling them back. In February, 2015, the Swedish Gambling Authority (Lotteriinspektionen) reportedly made a legal complaint claiming that the gambling apps featured on Apple’s App Store for Sweden failed to comply with certain terms and conditions which makes them illegal. After the official complaint was made approximately 40 mobile casino apps including the ones by Unibet, Bet365, Betsson, Betfair and William Hill have been removed from the Swedish App Store. Nevertheless, in April the Authority has withdrawn its complaint and PokerStars and Unibet apps have been already reinstalled. According to some sources, the gaming regulator had received a letter in which was stated that online gambling operators had failed to meet particular terms when it comes to offering gaming services and therefore their mobile applications should be considered illegal. The main problem was that unlicensed operators were supposedly targeting players located in Sweden. Nevertheless, after taking everything into account, the Swedish Gaming Authority decided to allow Apple to reinstall the mobile casino apps. Swedish Association of Online Gambling Operators Happy with the Decision The Swedish Association of Online Gambling Operators (Branschföreningen för Onlinespel) was one of the first groups to express their concerns and critic the move made by the Swedish Gambling Authority.However, the latest events made the group happy with the regulator’s decision. The General Secretary of the Association, Gustaf Hoffstedt, said that there are no laws that prohibit foreign gambling operators that hold EU licences to make their mobile casino apps available on the Internet. Additionally, he pointed out that the current EU law forbids Sweden to discriminate gambling companies based in any of the member states of the Union. Hoffstedt didn’t fail to remind that the Swedish Gambling Authority to forget using tricks like this and focus all of its attention on making an optimised and up to date licensing system that would meet the expectations of the Swedish government. He finished by highlighting the importance of having all interested parties working together and coming up with the best possible solution. Apple Wasn’t Requested to Remove the Gambling Apps Even though the situation was resolved positively for Apple, the Swedish Gambling Authority made some comments claiming that it never made formal complaints against the technology giant Apple or its offer in the Swedish App Store. According to the regulating body, the company based in the United States had decided to make the move of removing the gambling apps without being asked to do so by the Authority. If that is true, turns out that Apple was trying to avoid having any issues with the Swedish Gambling Authority once the concerns about offering unlicensed gaming products to Swedish citizen have arisen. Nevertheless, it is easy to understand Apple’s reaction since the Lotterriinspektionen throughout 2014 made several public statements that it won’t tolerate any advertising channels for unregulated gaming operators that target Swedes. Additionally, the Authority also threatened to fine those who help these operators reach Swedish gamblers.

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Royal Vegas Mobile Casino Player Wins Largest Ever Jackpot

Royal Vegas Mobile Casino Player Wins Largest Ever Jackpot
Royal Vegas Mobile Casino Player Wins Largest Ever Jackpot A Royal Vegas Mobile Casino player has won the largest ever progressive jackpot paid out on mobile. The lucky Canadian player, Mark A, was playing from his mobile or tablet device when he netted an incredible CA$7,562,019.94 from one single spin and he chose to take the money in one single payment rather than in a series of slightly smaller payments over X amount of time (which is also known as an annuity payment). “We’ve been watching the progressive ticker grow substantially over the last few weeks; anticipation was building as to when it was going to strike,” said Microgaming’s Head of Casino, John Quinn. He then went on to say, “Once again the jackpot was hit via a mobile device; it really is a sign of today’s industry and how prevalent mobile is! Congratulations to Mark A on becoming one of the biggest jackpot winners in Microgaming’s history.” The Mega Moolah progressive jackpot slot machine can be found in more than 300 different online casinos around the world and also in almost as many mobile casinos. The largest jackpot available on this progressive slot is called the Mega Jackpot and it was this massive prize pool which the lucky Canadian player recently managed to win after entering the progressive jackpot bonus round. You can also play for this same jackpot on games like The Dark Knight, Mega Moolah 5 Reel Drive, Mega Moolah Isis and Mega Moolah Summertime. Royal Vegas Casino happens to be one of the most famous Microgaming powered casinos available online today and the mobile version of this casino is compatible with most modern smartphone and tablet devices. If you sign up here today you can claim up to $/€/£1,200 from the attractive new player welcome bonus. Royal Vegas Casino is an eCOGRA approved online casino which is fully licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority and it is one of several impressive gaming sites currently controlled by Fortune Lounge. “Mark A had only been a player with us for 7 days; I don’t think you could ask for a better start to playing at Royal Vegas,” said a spokesperson for Royal Vegas Casino, who then added, “One of our senior VIP executive hosts had the pleasure of phoning Mark to confirm the win and to congratulate him; to say he was elated is an understatement. Everyone here at Royal Vegas would like to congratulate Mark on this mammoth and historic win.” These comments came from a recent Microgaming press release. To date, Microgaming’s progressive jackpot network has paid out staggering €487 million in prize money. Some of the other top jackpot games include Treasure Nile, Cash Splash, Major Millions, Tunzamunni, Fruit Fiesta, LotsaLoot and Roulette Royale and you can play for these jackpots right now at Royal Vegas Casino or at numerous other famous Microgaming casinos such as Platinum Play Casino, Casino-Mate, Crazy Vegas Casino, Spin Palace Casino, All Slots Casino, Red Flush Casino, Gaming Club Casino, Betway Casino, Jackpot City Casino, 32Red Casino and Ruby Fortune Casino.

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Playtech Announces Virtual Sports Features

Playtech Announces Virtual Sports Features
Playtech Announces Virtual Sports Features Playtech’s Virtual Football Game due for release towards the end of 2015 In recent years we’ve seen some big name brands like William Hill known for sports betting venturing into the online casino marketplace. Online casinos entering the sports betting arena on the other hand has not been so common, and if you’ve ever wished your favourite online casino could offer a wider range of betting options, software giant Playtech may have just the answer for you in the not too distant future. In a recent announcement the software giant unveiled a series of unique, innovative industry first features within an expanded Virtual Sports Portfolio. This exciting new portfolio which will be available towards the end of 2015 will include a range of fully simulated sports games which allow for realistic betting and gameplay. Licensees of this new multi-channel package will be able to select from football, basketball and trotting, greyhound and/or horse racing, velodrome and speedway as well as tennis, each with its own league and tournament fixtures all with full sports animations and in-play betting functionality. This platform will be available across media including retail, mobile and satellite and will be compatible with most devices. Those in the know maintain that the games will be of the same high quality as Playtech’s casino games offering in terms of the graphics, with these having been shot on location using feature film motion capture technology and real life professional sportsmen and women. The games will offer realistic odds and a host of betting options as well as multi-language functionality with local language commentary being featured within each game, making these games the ultimate experience in virtual sports. Head of Playtech’s Virtual Sports division (yes they have a division for this already), Elliot Norris has been quoted saying that the virtual sports portfolio that the company is able to offer is the best the industry has ever seen. Playtech has also received a number of positive reports from licensees and test audiences in regulated markets – so we’re on the edge of our seats in anticipation of the new launch! Watch this space for release details and reviews.

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