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The Gods have exploded onto the Playtech scene with the launch of a new Age of the Gods range of games, featuring seven new titles based on Greek mythology. Zeus will be the first of the progressive jackpot slot games
Calculating the likelihood of winning in an online casino can be a tricky business, which is why most casinos are committed to transparency, and provide a range of statistics to help potential players decide how to gamble.
Gamblers are known as some of the most superstitious people on the planet, but where did their catalogue of traditions originate? While critics accuse gamblers who swear by their lucky charms or rituals as engaging in selective memory loss, carefully
Many casinos are historic establishments and as such, come with their own set of rules and guidelines. While these will be second nature to regular attendees, for newcomers, they can initially seem daunting. Ensure that your debut in the world
From slot machines that never win to roulette wheels that stop when the dealer chooses, here are a few of the most common casino myths – and why they belong firmly in the fictional aisle.
You may have noticed that most online casinos differentiate between classic and jackpot slots; but since all slots have a jackpot, what's the difference? The answer is a progressive jackpot, which can reach sky-high figures. Read on to find out
When you start playing at any online casino, you shouldn't only be considering 'where' to put your money; you should also be thinking about 'when' and 'how' to cash out. Deciding when to withdraw your winnings is a big part
Ever since the inception of online gambling in the final years of the last century, players around the world have been able to discover the joys of online gambling from the comfort of their own home, the workplace, and even on the move via mobiles and tablets.
While some countries have resisted the move from brick-and-mortar casinos to online gambling, many have welcomed the phenomenon, changing the landscape and culture of casino gambling forever.
Before the advent of smartphones or tablet devices, players were still relatively fixed to how they could play online casino games – through either a desktop or laptop computer. Advances in technology mean that people can now join a Roulette table or play a handful of poker games from their mobile phone, provided they have a Wi-Fi signal or data plan in place.
Not only does this offer freedom of movement, but also time management, as players can play in transit or while waiting for a meeting. While mobile gambling has come on leaps and bounds, desktop gaming at the same casino almost always offers a wider range of games, while access to live dealer games is normally a desktop-only affair.
Casino games on online gambling sites come in a variety of forms, with many showcasing stunning, state-of-the-art computer-generated visuals, while at the same time trying to recreate the aesthetic of a physical casino.
For those who prefer the experience of a live dealer, online casinos usually come with a special live-dealer section, broadcast from a studio dressed as a real casino. Here the dealer is able to see the names of the players and communicate with them. Some are even able to send and receive messages via a chat function, offering an extra level of interaction.
Some online casinos offer the ability to play offline by downloading a desktop client or mobile app. While these proved popular during the early days of online gambling, as it cut down on data transfers and the reliance on slow internet browsers, it also meant that many games were played for fun, and not for money.
Offline games can still be enjoyable and used to hone skills, but many prefer to play against other real-life players rather than a computer simulation. With higher internet speeds, more secure connections, and a wide range of internet browsers to utilise these days, online gaming is fast, fun, and, for experienced players, often profitable.
With online gambling came a brand new industry of game designers and developers, figuring out how best to design online casino games that could be enjoyed by everyone around the world. Industry leaders such as NetEntertainment and Playtech have managed to build grand, epic games with Hollywood-style visual effects and soundtracks.
Another group of experts have been building frameworks so that online casinos can host these games, both for desktop and mobile use. With the rise of cross-platform coding such as HTML5, online casino architects have been able to implement the same designs over both desktop and mobile browsers, so that players can switch from one to the other seamlessly.
Nearly all reputable online casinos utilise secure SSL connections that encrypt the data when it is sent to and from the casino, so that players' money is not at risk. Likewise, deposits back into players’ accounts are made using the same secure system, and can be transferred using many, if not all, of the methods used to pay into the casino.
Another advantage many online casinos have over their real-life counterparts is that they are able to accept various forms of currency from around the globe, as well as Bitcoins.
Paying money to (depositing) and getting it from (withdrawing) online casinos could not be easier, and in fact offers more methods than a physical casino. As well as standard VISA, MasterCard and Maestro cards, plays can opt for a direct bank transfer, or use one of the many supported eWallet or online payment systems such as Neteller, Skrill (Moneybookers), or Entropay.
Most online games, especially online video slots, come with a host of bonus games, which can pay out thousands of times the original bet. These games sometimes come in a progressive jackpot form, meaning that everyone playing the same game around the world is contributing to one jackpot, which one lucky player will eventually win.
As well as individual game rewards, most online casinos offer all-encompassing rewards and loyalty schemes. For example, many offer a joining bonus in the form of a free bet, or a deposit bonus equal to or sometimes double or even triple what a player has originally transferred.
Loyalty schemes work on a ranking system: the more time a player spends online playing, the higher up the rankings they rise. With every tier hit, there will be a higher bonus. These may take the form of a prize draw, access to an exclusive event or game, free deposits, or even cashback on money spent in the online casino.
The ever-popular online slot Mega Moolah has finally released its €6,905,670 jackpot, just a week after the experts at Leo Vegas predicted a hit in the coming weeks. At the beginning of April, the online casino reported that Mega Moolah
Much to the delight of sports betting punters, Ladbrokes has recently signed an exciting new content partnership deal with Real Sports Global (RSG) to expand their gaming portfolio. The deal will see RSG’s full range of products launched on the
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If you're a Bet365 customer in the UK, you can now get your hands on your winnings in an instant, thanks to the operator's recent deal with Australian payment processor Emerchants. Following an undisclosed deal between the two parties, Bet365
Mr Green Casino has agreed a deal integrating innovative content from Playtech, the global provider of multichannel gambling software, to their gaming offering. By joining with the Playtech Open Platform (POP), Mr Green will provide its players with more than
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