Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Viva Tragaperras & Tragamonedas!

Slotland Launches Slot Machine and Video Poker Site for Spanish-Speaking Players

Responding to the increasing popularity of online casino games in Spain and Latin America, -- the world’s most popular online slot machine and video poker site -- has launched a Spanish online casino,

The new online casino offers’s unique games and renowned customer service -- all in Spanish. A special Spanish-speaking Customer Service team has been trained to assist the many Spanish-speaking players that have been registering in Spain and Latin America.

According to a recent issue of the GPWA Times, 130,000 people in Spain alone gambled online in 2007, a 47% increase from 2006. They wagered a total of €650 million, 57% more than in 2006. A study by Munich-based research company, MECN, has shown that the Spanish online gambling market could grow to a €4.2 billion industry by the year 2010. It defined Spain as a key region for future growth, with overall gambling potential reaching €39 billion in 3 years.

“We have players all over the world – in the UK and Europe, in North America, in Australia. One thing they all have in common is they all like innovative new games like ours, they all like to have their winnings paid quickly, and they all need to trust any online company they deal with,” said Ondrej Tuma of Slotland. “Our Spanish players enjoy because we’re always adding unique new games, we have an excellent Spanish-speaking customer support, and our progressive jackpots are very frequently hit for over $100,000!”

All of the slot machines and video poker games on are tied to the same jackpot pool as the English site. Over the years, Slotland’s progressive jackpot has earned a reputation for being hit quite frequently – every six weeks or so – for over $100,000. The last winner won nearly $200,000 on a $2 spin.

To accommodate Spanish-speaking players worldwide, players can deposit by credit card, Neteller, ewalletXpress or Moneybookers where they can conduct their transactions in the currency of their choice. Slotland has always had some Spanish-speaking customer service staff but has increased that team to serve the new Spanish site.

Jadestone To Shake Up Online Poker Industry With New Multiplayer DiceArena Games

Swedish online game developer Jadestone announced today that it has developed a suite of new and exciting dice games for online gaming operators. The fully managed game network is called DiceArena(TM) and will be launched at popular European gaming sites during this fall.

As the growth in online poker in Europe is starting to level off, Jadestone readies a new gaming service aimed at both casual and hardcore players looking for something new and different. The DiceArena network, operated by Jadestone Networks, will feature a range of carefully selected dice games. The launch games will be the all-new Dice Hold’em(TM) and casual friendly, fast paced Shoot the Moons. These will be followed by the classic board favorite Backgammon and Liar’s Dice, which will let players take their bluffing skills to new heights.

“Billions of people have played with dice,” said Robert Henrysson, CEO of Jadestone. “We all know how to shoot dice and immediately associate it with exciting social gameplay. We’re now taking that feeling online with DiceArena. With quick and easy gameplay, it’ll be enjoyable for casual players but also a fun diversion for the more seasoned poker pros.”

The DiceArena suite of games has been in development at Jadestone for almost two years. With a high number of network partners lined up for DiceArena games, it’s one of the biggest new product introductions in Jadestone’s history.

“We’re really trying to create something new with this product,” said Linus Dalin, Product Director at Jadestone. “The whole experience is designed to be about fun and excitement rather than hard competition. We want the gameplay to be accessible and the look and feel to be really inviting. We’ve also seen in user tests that casual players enjoy the social features, like playing with the avatar editor to create their own in-game image.”

The DiceArena game service is built on a proven platform specifically designed for multiplayer turn-based games. It is heavily based on experiences from the online poker industry and contains all functionality and more from regular poker systems. DiceArena applies a network based model, aggregating players from a group of different network distribution partners.

The business model is based on in-game rake and tournament fees. Rake is taken from every real money game pot. The model is the same as for online poker. For tournaments, there will also be fees paid by each entrant.

Additional information about DiceArena can be found on There is also a newly launched consumer website with information and blogging about the DiceArena games at

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Progressive Jackpot Winner Says Never Stop Dreaming and Hoping

What would you do if you won over four million dollars at an online casino?Well, such was the question faced by Sylvia P. from Quebec Canada who scooped $4,188,719.98 to be exact playing Joyland’s Beach Life slot machine.

Her first reaction was to scream as she never had before. “My first words were, ‘Oh my God. I won. I WON!’” said Sylvie as she recalled the moment she became an instant multi-millionaire.

The words were aimed at Sylvie’s brother Henry, who she was speaking to on the phone at the time. His reaction? He must have misheard his sister.

“He just said ‘calm down, calm down’. But then I said the amount again, and he asked whether I meant four thousand.”

Once Henry was fully aware of the enormity of the win, it took some time for it to fully sink in.

“He just kept saying to me, calm down, and breathe deeply and he just kept laughing,” says Sylie.

Like thousands of others, Sylvie enjoys the excitement of Joyland Casino from the comfort of her own home. Moreover, it is her family she has to thank for her stupendous luck, and particularly her Father who passed away in 2000.

“I have been playing combinations of my father’s lottery numbers every since he died. In addition I have added number 36 which was the year in which he was born. My father really did give me the luck I needed”. Once she had shared the amazing news with the rest of her family and friends, thoughts soon turned to what she would do next with her mega-win.

“Like everyone you always wish to win one day and not to have to worry about money ever again”. Honestly life hasn’t been easy. But now the priority is to buy a house and to give my two children some new furniture.”

“This is amazing news” said Mia Collins, VIP Manager at Joyland Casino, “you always hope that one of your customers will win the big one and now it’s happened and whats more this is one of the biggest jackpot wins in online casino history. We are so proud of Sylvie”.

Sylvie has a last word of advice for all the other players on Joyland dreaming of what they could do for their family if they ever won big...

“Never stop dreaming and hoping,” she says, “Because one day maybe you will be the one in the hall of fame just like me. To all Joyland staff, a million ‘thank yous’ for your support and don’t stop your good work.”

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Backgammon Masters Casino Launches AstroPay Video Slot Machine

BackgammonMasters has expanded their Game Lobby to include the new AstroPay Video Slot Game. The first in a series of video casino games, AstroPay gives players the complete casino experience in addition to their Blackjack, Poker, and Backgammon games and tournaments. All of BackgammonMasters games are home-grown, original, one-of-a-kind creations of the BackgammonMasters Game Development Team.

“We’ve always been known for our high quality game experience and our superior graphics, the feedback from our players prompted us to offer more of their favorite games, if they’re coming to us to play, they know it’s going to be superior,” commented BackgammonMasters CEO, Jay Ryan.

By offering such a wide variety of single-player and multi-player games, BackgammonMasters has become a one-stop-shop for the most popular casino games available online. During Blackjack and Backgammon FreeRoll tournaments, players enjoy passing the time waiting for other tables to finish their round by participating in multiple types of games. The lure of the AstroPay Slots Game offers players a quick answer where they can play up to 3 different games simultaneously including Poker, Blackjack, Backgammon and now Slots.

BackgammonMasters invites current and new members to try the new games and encourage players to send in feedback. Added Ryan, “We urge our players to come test the new games and let us know what they think. Our audience’s opinion is the best form of live quality assurance testing we have. We are committed to hearing our customers and giving them the experience they want. ”

All of BackgammonMasters Games including AstroPay Slot Game are available in Play Money and Real Money games. BackgammonMasters has prepared themselves for the growing traffic to their platform by adding more operators to Live Chat Support feature in addition to their extensive articles, FAQ’s and Help files in order to handle the influx of new members who need assistance or have questions.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Another Big Progressive Jackpot Winner at Slotland Already

$168,947 win comes just weeks after recent $108,000 jackpot

It's only been a couple weeks since had their last major jackpot winner and their famously regular progressive jackpot has already been hit again, this time for $108,060 (€78,550). Just last month the all-slots-and-video-poker site announced a $168,947 (€123,000) jackpot win.

A player known as MSMIKEY was playing the popular “Jacks or Better” video slot when she struck it rich on her 134th spin that night. MSMIKEY has been a regular player at for almost two years. Although all slots and video poker games on Slotland’s mobile casino site are connected to the same progressive jackpot as their web games, MSMIKEY was playing on her home computer when she got lucky.

The object of the “Jacks or Better” is to obtain the best possible poker hand. On the initial deal, players are dealt five cards face up. They can hold all cards dealt or receive up to five new ones. Hands are ranked according to standard poker hand rankings, although in this game the player must have at least a pair of Jacks to win.

For years, Slotland’s progressive jackpot has been hit quite regularly. The site has announced a major winner every six weeks or so, always for over $100,000. It had taken longer than usual for the last win, but MSMIKEY’s win puts the notoriously regular jackpot back on schedule.

“Our jackpot has never reached millions of dollars like some do,” said Ondrej Tuma of Slotland. “But then, we only go weeks, not years, between jackpot wins. I think our players feel like they have a better chance of winning our jackpot. We’ve certainly never had a winner that was disappointed in a $100,000 - $200,000 win!”

Slotland’s progressive jackpot is reset at $50,000 after each win. 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 website and the mobile site are tied to the same jackpot, the value can increase very quickly and to very large amounts as this one did. The jackpot is already back to over $65,000 and continues to climb daily.

Slotland’s biggest jackpot winner ever was a lucky Canadian player that won $195,083 (€126,910) in March. A player known as TOPNOTCHED had held the record prior to that for their $179,166 (€130,180K) win on the “Golden 8” slot machine last May. So far, the biggest jackpot win on a mobile casino game was the $163K (€116K) that “OLYMPIAGOLD” won playing the mobile version of “Lucky Stars” in early 2006. features seven unique slot machines and three video poker games. Four slot machines and two video poker games are also available on mobile phones and PDAs.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Fortune Affiliates First to be Awarded New eCOGRA ‘Affiliate Trust Seal’

New program holds igaming affiliates to the same high standards expected of online casino and poker operators

Fortune Affiliates is the first igaming affiliate program to receive the new eCOGRA “Affiliate Trust Seal”. eCOGRA, the independent, non-profit standards authority of the online gaming industry, oversees fair gaming, player protection and responsible operator conduct. Just as the organization’s Safe and Fair Seal has identified the most reputable online casinos and poker rooms, the new eCOGRA Affiliate Trust Seal now recognizes affiliate operators that observe the same standards of fairness and excellence. Fortune Affiliates was awarded the Seal after a thorough audit and on-site inspection.

“We are extremely honoured to receive the very first Affiliate Trust Seal,” said a spokesman for Fortune Affiliates. “The process was a tough one, but as our Affiliates have always known, we have always held ourselves to very high standards.”

“We’re very happy for Fortune Affiliates, and not the least bit surprised to see them achieve this honor,” commented Founder and President Louis Fabiano. “ One of CAP’s premier certified partners, Fortune Affiliates is one of the largest, oldest, and most respected groups in the Microgaming family, and fully deserving of being the first affiliate program awarded with the prestigious eCOGRA seal.”

Like eCOGRA’s accreditation process for gambling site operators, the new service introduces detailed best business practice standards for affiliate program companies, backed by a strict inspection and monitoring system and the display of the new eCOGRA Affiliate Trust Seal.

To display the new Seal, affiliate programs must demonstrate that their program establishes, enforces and monitors best practice standards. Specifically, they must show that they calculate affiliate revenue accurately and make payments promptly, and that they have controls in place to accurately link players to affiliates.

Fortune Affiliates, which administers thousands of affiliate marketers of the Fortune Lounge group of casinos, poker and bingo rooms, was chosen to participate in a pilot project with eCOGRA during its year of study and standards development. The new standards, which underwent an extensive on-site audit and inspection during the Fortune Affiliate pilot project, are a set of generally accepted principles (eGAPs) for online casino and poker room affiliates.

Although there are others monitoring affiliate programs, eCOGRA provides the most public, structured and formal on-site approach and ensures adherence to consistent standards through regular monitoring and full annual reviews carried out by highly qualified inspection and auditing compliance teams.

"The eCOGRA Affiliate Trust initiative is more about actually going and visiting the management and operations of affiliate programs, gaining direct access to check relevant player and affiliate data to ensure that affiliate members are being treated fairly," said eCOGRA CEO Andrew Beveridge.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Pro Online Poker Player Admits to Hiding Behind Multiple Accounts

Professional poker player Brian ‘sbrugby’ Townsend has admitted to the practice of multi-accounting at two online poker rooms, Alderney-licensed and Isle of Man-licensed

Multi-accounting involves a player, often assited by friends, registering more than one account with a virtual poker room. The practice can also be done by using more than one computer and allows players to have more than one entrant in a tournament or to play online under a second alias to give them a substantial edge in multi-table competitions.

Townsend created special accounts for when he played with less experienced tables. He didn't want them to know how successful a play he was.

He's been suspended by the online poker rooms and he's paying a big fine. All well and good but I sure don't want to play with him!

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