Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Slotland Player Hits $168,947 Jackpot on “Booster”

It’s taken a little longer than usual but Slotland’s progressive jackpot has just been hit for $168,947. A player known as “MRSSMITHS” won the jackpot playing the Booster slot machine.

Historically, Slotland’s progressive jackpot is hit fairly regularly – about every six weeks – for just over $100,000. Lately, it’s taking a little longer to be hit but the last few winners have won much bigger jackpots.

The progressive can be played on any of the unique slot machines and video poker games on the Slotland.com web site. Most of the games are also available on mobile phones and PDAs where they are tied into the same progressive jackpot. The next big winner could be at their computer or anywhere they take their mobile phone.

“I think a lot of people thought our progressive jackpot would be won after it hit the $100,000 mark,” said Martin Smith of Slotland. “Every day that it kept going up and up without being won just amazed us!”

Booster is a three-wheel, single-payline slot machine game with a special wild “boost” symbol. When it is going to appear, the game is interrupted and players are given the option of keeping their current bet or boosting it tenfold. This can mean amazing winnings on a single spin, but that’s not all that makes Booster a unique slot machine. No bet is lost at the Booster game. Every bet that does not win is added to a special fund. The fund can be cashed anytime for ten percent of its value, or players can choose to try to recover ALL of their bets on a special win/lose spin. Booster is one of 6 games also available on Slotland’s mobile platform (wap.slotland.com).

Each time a player “plays the progressive” a portion of their wager is added to the progressive jackpot pool. Since all the games on the site are tied to the same jackpot the value can increase very quickly and to very large amounts.

In March, a lucky Canadian player won the biggest Slotland progressive jackpot ever: $195,083 (€126,910). He was playing Treasure Box, one of the most popular slot machines on the site which now features 6 unique slot machines and 4 video poker games. JAMKAT2 won a $113,418 (€89,067) progressive jackpot playing “Treasure Box” last year. Prior to the Canadian win the biggest jackpot ever won at Slotland was $179,166 won by TOPNOTCHED playing the Golden 8 slot machine last May. The last player to win a large jackpot playing on their phone was OLYMPIAGOLD who won $163K playing the mobile version of Lucky Stars in early 2006.

Re-set at $50,000 after each win, Slotland.com’s progressive jackpot is already back up to nearly $100,000 (€45,000).

Cantor Casino’s New ‘Statjack’ Online Blackjack Counts Cards and Gives More Ways to Bet

Statistical blackjack game, exclusive to CantorCasino.com, helps players play like the pros

Cantor Gaming has launched a new Blackjack game for players that want to play Blackjack like the pros. Statjack is available exclusively at CantorCasino.com.

Statjack is the latest fantastic offering from online casino Cantor Casino. This brand-new, interactive blackjack game provides players with real-time guidance on the best choice to make, counts cards for the players, and provides exciting new ways to bet to give players more chances to win!

Manu Gambhir, MD of Cantor Gaming, said: “We have lots of serious players at our casino who find the thrill of blackjack an unmatched experience. We wanted to create a way for all blackjack players to enjoy this same level of thrill and that’s how Statjack™ was born. During the design process we added exciting new bets allowing players to bet on the Dealer’s hand – these bets have become very popular with high rollers and new players alike.”

When playing the game, the guidance feature highlights the recommend choice based on “basic strategy”. This powerful feature gives players a virtual pro sitting by their side, guiding them through the game. Further, the guidance feature shows the probability of winning or losing the hand based on each option available to the player. For example, hovering the mouse over the HIT button will display the probability that making this choice will result in a winning hand or a losing hand. A particularly interesting social feature displays the percentage of other players at Cantor Casino that have chosen the same option when given the same cards – somewhat akin to “ask the audience” feature in game shows such as Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

For more advanced play, the ‘Card Tally’ shows you how many cards of each value are remaining in the shoe and also reveals the probability of being dealt each of the cards left. This feature allows players to go beyond basic strategy into the advanced realm of “optimal play”.

This invaluable information helps the player make the right choices time and time again. There’s no need to slow the game down while you work out the odds – because the game does all the hard work for you. It will also tell you what other players have done in the same situation.

The player can actually bet on the dealer's hand, one of the most intriguing and innovative features of Statjack. Even better than normal insurance, a player faced with a poor hand can bet on the dealer winning.

Statjack presents all the information in a user-friendly way. This game uses the latest interactive graphics to provide you with every single stat you want. It’s easy and simple to see what’s going on – and crucially, what you need to do to win. The at-a-glance graphics allow you to be in total control at all times.

As well as helping make better tactical decisions, Statjack has plenty of other unique and exciting features for players: card history, hand history and dealer statistics all improve chances of winning. They’ll be armed with everything they need to know. Plus there’s the opportunity to place optional side bets on the dealer’s hand – even if all hands have bust!

Play smarter, play Statjack – log on and play at Cantor Casino!

Friday, August 08, 2008

Poker In The Park’s Entertainment & Exhibitors Named

25,000 visitors expected at Europe’s largest poker festival

Poker in the Park will fill London’s Leicester Square’s North and East quadrants with the biggest poker fair in Europe. The centre of attention is sure to be the PKR-sponsored ‘Poker Dome’, providing free play public tournaments each hour of the event. Every table will have professional dealers from Ace Poker Nights giving players the experience of professional play. Additionally, tournaments will be broadcast on the festival Jumbotron.

For those who want to learn more about the game, the Poker Academy brings the best players in the UK to teach the secrets for winning at poker. The Poker Academy will be located on the South side of the East quadrant.

Fox Poker Club, London’s newest poker only club, will host their ‘VIP Lounge’ for attendees to relax in between playing and learning. Cardoza Publishing is bringing their arsenal of the hottest poker titles on the market, including the new classic from Daniel Negreanu. Squirrel Poker will also be on hand selling all the essential equipment and Bluff Europe attire for the budding poker pro!

Aces Royal is introducing users to their mobile poker game, while Poker Kings demonstrates why they are one of the fastest growing online poker rooms in Europe. Jackpot Joy will be showing off an array of casino games in their ‘Deal or No Deal’ game for mobile phones.
Poker in the Park 2008 will take place in front of ‘The Casino at the Empire’, who are sending their famous showgirls to the event. The event will feature over 4,300 sq feet under tents. 25,000 people will pass through the event made up of live entertainment exhibitions, eleven seminars at the Poker Academy and over 2,200 hands of poker at the Poker Dome.

Poker in the Park is the largest poker extravaganza in Europe and everyone over 18 invited.
The event takes place on August 15th-16th, from 4pm - 9pm on Friday 15th and 10.30am – 6.30pm on Saturday 16th. A full line up of the tournaments, as well as a summary of the lecturers and companies in attendance can be found at http://www.pokerinthepark.com./

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Fast New US-Friendly Casino Software Enables Multitaskers to Play Several Games at Once

RomeCasino.com’s New Tabbed Games and Blazing Fast Downloads Keep Things Moving for Multi-Game Players

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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Poker Legend Doyle Brunson To Attend APT Macau

The Asian Poker Tour (APT) has just announced that the Godfather of Poker, Doyle Brunson, will be attending the APT’s Macau tournament.

Brunson, probably the biggest name in the history of poker, has confirmed he will be playing at the APT Macau Main Event at the Galaxy StarWorld Hotel and Casino starting on the 27th of August. He will be joined by his son, Todd Brunson, who is also a big-name player in the poker world.

The participation of the Brunsons further raises the standing of the Asian Poker Tour which also features other top professionals such as J.C. Tran, Nam Le, Quinn Do, APT Philippines champion David Saab and hundreds of other poker players from around the world.

Aside from playing in the main event at APT Macau, Doyle will also be on hand for a special event of his own – a book signing which is anticipated to attract huge interest. His books, especially Super System and Super System II, are considered the most authoritative sources on playing and winning at poker. Fans and players will be able to meet him and get their copies personally signed at APT Macau.

Doyle Brunson is a legendary American poker player who has played professionally for over fifty years. Nicknamed “Texas Dolly”, he has seen it all – from the early beginnings of poker in the United States to the sudden surge of the game’s popularity during the last decade. He is currently in a tie for second place on the all-time winners list with ten World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets – just one behind first-placer Phil Hellmuth. His live tournament winnings at present exceed USD $5,300,000.

Like Doyle, his son Todd is also a professional poker player. Todd, who did not learn the game until he was in law school, has been playing in both cash games and tournaments for the last two decades. Nicknamed “Darkhorse”, he also has a WSOP bracelet of his own, making the Brunsons the only father-son combination in history to have won WSOP bracelets. His live tournament winnings presently exceed USD $3,200,000.

APT Macau, the second leg of the 2008 Asian Poker Tour, will be held at the Galaxy StarWorld Hotel and Casino in Asia’s gambling mecca from August 27 to 31, 2008. The APT is home to Asia’s largest guaranteed prize pool with USD $1,500,000 in cash. The winner of APT Macau is guaranteed at least USD $500,000, which is sure to attract the top poker players from all over the world.

The buy-in for the Macau leg of this year’s APT is set at USD $5300 ($5000+$300). Players can also win seats to the event by qualifying through various online satellites being held all over the world on top poker rooms such as DafaPoker, Titan Poker, PartyPoker, and PKR.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Poker In The Park 2008 Tournament Schedule Announced

Europe’s biggest poker festival, Poker in the Park, will be in London’s Leicester Square on August 15th-16th, from 4pm - 9pm on Friday 15th and, 10:30am – 6:30pm on the 16th. Those who visit the event will be given a taste of live tournament poker, with a chance to play for glory in one of several free poker tournaments.

Poker in the Park’s PKR-sponsored Poker Dome will host free hourly Texas Hold’em tournaments. Free to attendees, players will find out what it’s like to be a pro-circuit player with professional dealers, tournament director and massages by Ibiza Angels, as well as coverage on the big screen, Poker in the Park’s Jumbotron! A total of eleven events are schedule allowing players to pit their skills against other players. The Nuts Poker League, Poker Project, the England Poker League, London Pub Poker, SubTV Student Poker, and the Royal Surrey have all pledged their support by sponsoring a tournament.

Timetable of Tournaments at Poker in the Park:

Friday 15th August
Event 1: 16:30
Event 2: 17:30
Event 3: 18:30 ‘The SubTV Student Poker League Cup’
Event 4: 19:30 ‘The LondonPubPoker.co.uk Trophy’

Saturday 16th August
Event 5: 11:00 ‘The Royal Surrey Tournament’
Event 6: 12:00
Event 7: 13:00 ‘The Poker Project Trophy’
Event 8: 14:00 ‘The Nuts Poker League Challenge’
Event 9: 15:00
Event 10: 16:00 ‘The England Poker League Cup’
Event 11: 17:00 ‘The Bluff Europe Championship’

Two of the leagues’ heads are looking forward to the event and the opportunity it opens up to new poker players. Steve Bellis of The Nuts Poker League believes it will be ‘definitely the biggest poker event for beginners and enthusiasts alike’, while Steve Hedger, founder of London Pub Poker, sees this as a major opportunity for the capital’s poker community. “London is one of the most vibrant poker cities in the world, and the game is as popular as ever. Our leagues have seen waves of new players coming through our doors and learning the game, and Poker in the Park will be the perfect chance for those who haven’t been bitten by the bug to finally see why we love the game so much."

A full line up of the tournaments, as well as a summary of the lecturers and companies who will be in attendance can be found at http://www.pokerinthepark.com/.