Monday, September 27, 2010

Canadian Slots Player Hits $107,064 on Slotland's 'Wild Heart' Video Poker Game

Win comes only weeks after slots and video poker site’s last big jackpot

slotland-wildheart-160.jpg paid out a $147,711 progressive jackpot win only weeks ago and the popular slots and video site’s progressive jackpot has already been hit again. A Canadian player has just won $107,064 playing the Wild Heart video poker game. Wild Heart is one of six slot machines and video poker games now available with enhanced graphics and sound effects.

The Slotland progressive jackpot tends to be won every six to eight weeks for an average of about $150,000. The latest win is less than usual but comes only five weeks after the last win.

“I know some jackpots go years or months without a win, but ours is won quite frequently,” said Manager Michael Hilary. “We don’t usually have to wait very long between wins but we were pretty surprised to have another big jackpot winner again so soon!”

All of the slots at Slotland are tied to the same jackpot. Every time a player plays max bet on any of these games, some of the wager goes into the progressive jackpot pool. Hitting the right combination with a max bet placed wins the progressive jackpot. To win the jackpot on Wild Heart WINNIPEGLEG got a Royal Flush on all three lines when he had a max bet on each line.

“Believe me, I’ve often daydreamed about what I’d do if I won a jackpot,” said the winner. “Now that it’s happened I can't remember any of the wonderful things I wanted to do! I’ll probably donate some to a good cause and invest some of it. But I’m also going to buy a few treats for my wife and myself!”

Wild Heart, a multi-hand video poker game with an exotic jungle theme, is a unique variation of Double Joker video poker. It’s a triple play video poker game where players have a chance to win on several lines at a time. The object is to get the best possible five card poker hand on one or all three lines. There are three 54-card decks, each with two wild cards. The same cards are dealt to all three lines. Players can hold one or more cards and, on the next spin, receive up to five new cards on each line.

There have been many smaller jackpot wins on Wild Heart but this is the largest since May 2008 when a player won $88,000 on the popular video poker game. currently features 16 one-of-a-kind slot machines and video poker games. Five of the most popular games are also available on mobile phones and PDAs. All of Slotland’s slot machines give players the option of placing a maximum bet for a chance at the progressive jackpot. They’re all instant play casino games with nothing to download or install. Many are now available in Flash format and fully compatible with iPhones.

The jackpot at Slotland was re-set to $50,000 after this win. The jackpot at Slotland’s sister casino,, was also won last month for almost $100,000 and is already over that again.

Phil Helmuth Makes Lady Gaga Poker Face Entrance at WSOPE

ub-helmuthgaga-160.jpg Last week, London was in for a treat this when UltimateBet's Phil Hellmuth made his grand entrance to this year's World Series of Poker Europe (“WSOPE”) at the Casino at the Empire in Leicester Square. Eleven-time WSOP bracelet holder Phil Hellmuth was the focus of another eye-grabbing grand entrance, accompanied by 11 Lady Gaga lookalikes, and a very British marching brass band.

“I was pumped to see such a huge crowd gathered at ‘the Empire’ like never before when I arrived to take my seat at the WSOPE. Quite the arrival I’d say. The London double-decker, the brass band and 11 Lady Gagas all add up to the most unique media event in poker so far, “ said the legendary UB pro Phil Hellmuth. “My crazy themed grand entrances to the WSOP in Vegas are an institution, and now London’s WSOPE seems to have embraced a whole new tradition too.”

The London press, the local paparazzi and a thousand-strong crowd were entertained ‘Las Vegas style’ in Leicester Square on Thursday afternoon, when UB Pro poker player Phil Hellmuth paraded out of a big red double-decker bus, and into the thick of the dancing, prancing posse of Lady Gaga lookalikes.

The hero Lady Gaga had taken prime position in front of ‘the Empire’, and was leading the other ten impersonators in a rocking rendition of the pop diva’s number one hit Poker Face, backed by a 23-piece marching brass band, whom together heralded the arrival of poker royalty at the Leicester Square Casino for Day 1A of the WSOPE* Main Event.

In an unexpected twist, the 11-time WSOP* bracelet holder stepped centre stage dressed remarkably low-key and in a conservative all-black ensemble - no funny hats, not a historic costume in sight - this time choosing to leave the theatrics to the fine British brass band and the modern-day rock star ‘wannabees’ creating the anticipation and the atmosphere with their Poker Face performance.

In recent years, Phil’s WSOP* entrances have become legendary for their larger-than-life characterizations. This year in Las Vegas, Hellmuth made his way to the Rio for the WSOP Main Event dressed head-to-toe as an MMA fighter, with MMA’s Octagon announcer Bruce Buffer by his side. The over-the-top entrance was in keeping with UB's edgier 2010 WSOP theme.

Phil Hellmuth doesn't reserve his grand entrances exclusively for Las Vegas. Last year, the legend of the game arrived at the Leicester Square venue in a magnificent horse-drawn carriage, leather sandals and all, evoking the mighty Julius Caesar. In 2008, the online poker site held a Phil Hellmuth lookalike contest and invited London locals to show up to the WSOPE dressed as the 11-time WSOP* bracelet winner.

So, love him, or love to hate him, one thing’s for sure; Phil is no shrinking violet, and he’s determined to make his presence known – at the poker tables and away from them.