Wednesday, November 30, 2016

R99,999 December Freeroll Slots Tournament Begins Tomorrow at Springbok Casino

Springbok Casino  is hosting South Africa’s biggest freeroll this month.  Its R99,999 December Freeroll begins tomorrow and continues until New Years Eve.  The month-long tournament will be played on the Naughty or Nice Christmas slot game from Realtime Gaming. Your first 2500 chips are free; add-ons are available.

“It’s been a great year for us and we wanted to end it with something really big,” said Springbok manager, Daniel Van Wyk.  “Players really enjoy this funny Christmas game!”

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Video: 99,999 Rand Slots Tournament is S. Africa's Biggest Freeroll

Month-long freeroll slots tournament played on Naughty or Nice slot game from RTG.

Naughty or Nice is a classic Christmas slot from Realtime Gaming. Santa's two helpers are the sexy Naughty Girl and a Nice Girl.  When either of them appears in a winning combination, prizes are doubled.  The scatter, a Holiday Wreath, can trigger up to 10 free spins.  The popular Christmas game was introduced two Christmases ago. Since then RTG has created two sequels featuring the Naughty and Nice Girls: The Naughty List and Naughty or Nice Spring Break.

If you're in a Christmas mood you should also try Santastic is another Christmas favorite.  I'm not as keen on them, but there's also the twisted Santa vs. reindeer trilogy: Rudolph’s Revenge, Elf Wars and Return of the Rudolph. All of these Christmas games are available online and in Springbok’s mobile casino for smartphones and tablets.

Like all of Springbok Casino’s hundreds of slots and table games from Realtime Gaming, the Christmas slots are played in Rands. The South African online casino provides customer service in both English and Afrikaans.

It's a $100 Reload Bonus Weekend at Intertops Poker and Juicy Stakes!

With Christmas coming, you're credit card is probably getting quite a workout these days.  So what a great time to get some free cash in your poker account! This weekend, Intertops Poker and Juicy Stakes Poker will double your deposits and give you up to $100 extra cash..

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New players now get 100 free $1 blackjack or video poker bets!

It’s always nice to get some free cash!” said one regular player.  “I’d play at Intertops anyway though. They’re a pretty straight up bunch.  No hassle with withdrawals. Pretty good mix of players at the tables all the time.”

Intertops Poker and Juicy Stakes, the busiest online poker rooms on the Horizon Poker Network, welcome players from all over the world. In addition to their busy poker rooms, they both offer a selection of casino games.  New players get 100 free $1 bets on Blackjack or Video Poker.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

$5 Freebie for New 'Reel Poker Slots' Poker-themed Video Slot

Try the new Reel Poker Slots poker-themed video slot at Liberty Slots and get a $5 freebie!  Reel Poker Slots has five pay-lines, each with its own full deck of cards. The new game from WGS pays out for the same five-card winning combinations as a regular poker game. A Straight pays 13X the coin bet. A Royal Flush pays a whopping 10,000X.

Reel Poker Slots has three jackpots. The Minor and Major jackpots are random and can be triggered at any time. A sequential Royal Flush wins the main progressive jackpot.

The Minor jackpot must be won by the time it has built to $75 and the Major jackpot must pay out when it reaches $750. The closer the jackpot gets to the ‘Must Win’ balance, the higher the chances of winning on any spin.

Video: Liberty Slots is Giving $5 Free to Try New Reel Poker Slots

New game from WGS is a poker-themed video slot.

“In the first few days it’s been available, this game has already proved to be extremely popular amongst slot players and poker players alike,” reports Mark Ramirez, casino manager at Liberty Slots, “We’re seeing the Minor jackpot, especially, triggered between five or six times a day. Once it gets close to the pay-out point, if it hasn’t popped already, it’s almost like the last few minutes of a tournament. As the counter clicks up and the odds get shorter and shorter, everyone rushes to try and hit the jackpot.”

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Juicy Stakes has Added 3 New Daily Freerolls and Now Gives New Players 100 Free Bets in its Casino

New Daily Freerolls and Free Casino Bets at Juicy StakesOne of the most popular online poker rooms on the Horizon Poker Network just got better! Juicy Stakes has added three more freeroll poker tournaments to its daily schedule.  The winner of each one will advance to tournaments with $200 and $300 prize pools that weekend. Juicy Stakes has also started giving new players 100 free Blackjack or video poker bets in its online casino.

The new freeroll poker tournaments are held every Monday to Friday at 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 pm Eastern. The winner of each tournament will go on to the Sunday $300. The second place players will be entered in the Saturday $200 and 4th – 7th place players will sit down to the Friday $100 Big Bounty. Another eight players will get tickets to the daily $100 for just a dollar.

Three other new tournaments will award cold, hard cash. Every Monday and Tuesday at 9 pm there will be a freeroll with a $150 prize pool. Wednesdays at 9:00 the prize pool is $250.

Freeroll tournament details.

Video: 3 New Freeroll Tournaments Send Winners to $300 GTD Weekend Tournament

Poker room gives new players 100 free blackjack or video poker bets

In addition to its busy online poker room, Juicy Stakes also operates a very popular online casino with a complete suite of casino games. There are four versions of Blackjack and both American Roulette and European Roulette. There’s also a great selection of slot games from Worldmatch such as the new Disco Slot 80 HD. As a welcome bonus, new players at Juicy Stakes now get 100 free Blackjack bets or 100 free video poker lines. Each free bet is for $1. Players can make their free bets on any Blackjack or video poker game in the Juicy Stakes Casino: Blackjack, Face Up 21, Double Draw, Perfect Pair, Deuces Wild, Bonus Poker, Double Bonus Poker, Jacks or Better, Aces and Faces, Double Joker Poker, Tens or Better, Joker Poker Kings, All American Joker Poker Aces or The Saloon).

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Lucky Club Casino Giving Free Spins on Nuworks New Elf 8s Christmas Slot

Metro-style Lucky Club Casino ( has just added the Elf 8s slot from Nuworks to its online casino. The festive new Christmas slot game has an Expanding Wild Elf and scatters trigger Free Spins. It also has Nuworks’ “Win Win” feature to make sure everyone gets a nice win during bonus spins.

Lucky Club is doubling deposits and giving free spins on the new Christmas slot.

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Video: Lucky Club is Giving Free Spins on New Elf 8s Christmas Slot

New Christmas slot game from Nuworks has Win-Win feature and expanding Wild.

Elf 8s has a Christmas Elf as its expanding Wild symbol. It expands to cover all three rows on the middle reeland triples any win it's part of.

Three or more scatters trigger eight free spins with extra wilds.

Other wintery games from Nuworks Gaming available at Lucky Club, which is popular all over the world, include Wonderland and Alaska Sun.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Get Free Spins on RTG's New Snowmania Slot at Slotastic!

Slotastic Giving Free Spins on RTG New Snowmania Slot with Crushing SymbolsRealtime Gaming introduced a new slot game for the holiday season today. Slotastic has just added the frosty Snowmania slot game to its online and mobile casino. Snowmania is a wintery wonderland with RTG’s all new “crushing symbols” feature.

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Video: Free Spins on New Snowmania Slot from RTG at Slotastic

New Christmas slot from RTG features new "Crushing Symbols".

In this glittering new game, winning symbols are immediately “crushed” after wins are paid. New symbols appear giving extra chances for more wins. Thanks to the Morph Magic feature, prizes increase with each win -- x2 after the first crush, x3 after the next and x5 after that.

A jolly snowman oversees holiday festivities as Christmas stockings and holiday treats spin on the five reels. Three or more Christmas Present symbols triggers 10 free games. All free spin wins give up to 15X payout. The maximum payout in this new game is 37,500X the bet.

Snowmania is just one of the festive Christmas slots at Slotastic, which specializes in real money slot games. While you're there, try Naughty or Nice, Santa Strikes Back and Rudolph’s Revenge!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

South African Casino Player has R36,000 Winning Streak with Comp Points Cash

A regular player at Thunderbolt Casino is glad she collected comp points at the South African online casino, and just as glad that she redeemed them when she did. She recently won over 36,000 Rands on the Super 6 slot game using cash from comp points she’d cashed in.

Salomi P. of Johannesburg has been playing at the South African online casino for several years. She’s earned Comp Points every time she’s played one of their games from Realtime Gaming, but she’s never redeemed them.

Video: South African Casino Player has Winning Streak After Redeeming Comp Points

Salomi P. won over 36,000 Rands using comp points cash at Thunderbolt Casino.

“I knew I had those Comp Points, I could see the balance go up every time I logged in,” she said.  “I just thought, oh, I’ll use those someday when I really need a little mad money. But I never did!”

Salomi, 33, had accumulated 9,113 in Comp Points. She redeemed them for R91,13. With that bonus credited to her account, she headed straight for her favourite slots. It was fun playing with free money. Then she was beyond excited when she won R11,000 on the Super 6 slot game. She played the same game several days later and won R25,000.

“Sometimes with even just a little cash you CAN win a lot,” smiled Thunderbolt’s manager, Alisa. “It’s exciting for us when a player we see all the time has such a lucky week!”

Super 6 is an Asian-themed game with one more reel than most online slots. It has six reels with symbols celebrating the opulence of Chinese empires. Grouped Wilds double any prize they’re part of. Scatters trigger free spins. If the scatters are all on the same row then there are more Wilds and bigger bonuses during the free spins.

Thunderbolt recently re-designed its website to accommodate its growing selection of real money online casino games from RTG. They’ve hidden secret bonus codes all over it. All casino games are played in Rands and customer service is available in both English and Afrikaans. Mobile casino games are available for players using smartphones and tablets.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

$2150 in Thanksgiving Casino Bonuses at Top Rival-Powered Casinos Next Week

Slots Capital and Desert Nights are the most popular online casinos with games from Rival.  To express their gratitude to loyal players all over the world you can get up to $2150 in special American Thanksgiving casino bonuses.

We all have a lot to be thankful for at this time of year, that's for sure.  I think it's nice of the casinos to give us one more thing to add to our list!

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The Gobblers Gold slot from Rival Gaming is most popular Thanksgiving game.

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This time of year the Gobblers Gold slot game is popular in Rival-powered online casinos like Desert Nights and Slots Capital. In the Pilgrim-themed game featuring early American settlers and their Thanksgiving turkey, scatters can trigger up to 100 free spins with 3X payouts. Their newest real-money online slot from Rival Gaming is 10X Wins, a classic 3-line, 3-reel slot with a Wild symbol that multiplies payouts by ten.  It was added to the download, instant play, and mobile casinos for smartphones and tablets last month.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Win Fantastic Bonuses -- up to $600 Weekly -- at Jackpot Capital Casino This Month

This month Jackpot Capital Casino is known for its massive casino bonus giveaways and this month they're giving away another $1000 bonuses during the "Fantastic Bonuses" bonus promotion.  Wandering through a mysterious forest and collect fantastic bonus mushrooms. There's $100,000 in casino cash is hidden in the dark and eerie woods!

Every Monday until December 4th, Jackpot Capital will give $20,000 in casino bonuses to frequent players and another $5000 will be randomly awarded every Friday.

Jackpot Capital players earn points when they play any of the games from Realtime Gaming in its online casino or mobile casino.  They get weekly bonuses based on their points ranking.

Video: Jackpot Capital Awarding $100,000 in Fantastic Bonuses

Frequent players get weekly bonuses up to $600; random draws give everyone a chance to win.

“The more you play, the bigger the weekly bonus you qualify for,” said casino manager Oliver Smith.  “If you’re at the top of our points scoreboard you can get up to $600!”

“It’s important to keep an eye on your points ranking,” he said.  “Sometimes playing just a little more over the weekend can help you qualify for a bigger bonus on Monday morning.”

Winter Time Issue of Free Sloto Magazine features Contests, Coupons, Comics and Christmas

Thousands of Sloto Cash Casino players all over the world are finding the Winter Time issue of Sloto Magazine in their mailboxes this week. The online casino's free printed magazine features articles about slots and enjoying the holiday season. As always there’s a also three-month calendar of casino bonus offers and hundreds of dollars in free spins coupons.

Feature articles in this issue include:
- Learn to Play 3-Card Poker
- Free Games, Bonus Rounds & Feature Guarantees (What do each of these bonus features mean and which is best?)
- Perfect Christmas Games

 “I look forward to every issue,” said one regular Sloto Cash player and Sloto Magazine reader.  “I think the articles are getting better and better. So nice to get all the bonus info for the next few months all in one place! I stash the magazine beside the computer!”

Video: Sloto Cash Casino's free magazine features articles and bonus coupons

The Winter Time issue of Sloto Cash Magazine is being delivered to Sloto Cash players all over the world.

In this month’s Mr Sloto comic, Mr Sloto’s dreams of romance come true when Santa brings him a surprising present.

Puzzles and contests in the magazine give players chances to win free spins. The prize in this issue’s Trivia Contest is a $33 freebie. Readers that complete the crossword puzzle get 50 free spins on the Santastic Christmas slot game.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Win Casino Bonuses up to $500 Weekly during Intertops’ $150,000 'Silk Road Wonders' Casino Bonuses Event

This month, join Intertops Casino travelling the Silk Road to China and you could win weekly bonuses up to $500!  During the $150,000 Silk Road casino bonus event this month, 300 frequent players will win casino bonuses up to $500 each every Monday and one will win a $1000 cash prize at the end of the road.

There's a magical genie leading players to $150,000 in prizes along Intertops' road to riches. You earn points whenever you play any of their many slots and table games from Realtime Gaming. Every Monday, they give away a total of $30,000 in casino bonus prizes. The more you've played, the more you can win. Even if you just play occasionally you still have a chance to win additional random draws on Thursdays for bonuses up to $150.

Video: Intertops Casino Giving Away $150,000 during 'Silk Road Wonders' Casino Bonuses Event

Players earn points playing online casino games and mobile casino games and earn bonuses based on points.

“Even after all the weekly bonuses we give away, there’s a $1000 cash prize at the end,” explained Intertops’ casino manager.  “The top twenty players each week are entered in that final draw.”

“I haven’t played Aladdin’s Wishes for awhile,” said one regular player when she heard about the Silk Road Wonders promotion.  “I think it’s about time to take it for a spin again!”

Intertops Casino offers hundreds of online casino games from RTG and adds more new games every month.  It has just launched a new mobile casino with games from two major software providers, offering one of the biggest selections of mobile casino games to players anywhere in the world.

Silk Road Casino Bonuses continue until December 12, 2016.  Contest details and current scoreboard rankings are available a

Get 38 Free Spins on New Lucky 8 Mobile Slot Game at Slotastic

Last month Slotastic added three new video poker games to its mobile casino last month. This week they've introduced the Asian-themed Lucky 8 slot game from Realtime Gaming to its new mobile casino.  You may have played Lucky 8 in an online casino.  It's been really popular ever since it made its debut last Chinese New Year.  Now you can play it on your smartphone or tablet.

Lucky 8 has RTG's Win-Win feature that makes sure you wins during the bonus round.

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Video: Mobile Casino Adds Lucky 8 Slot

Slotastic Casino giving 38 free spins on new Lucky 8 mobile slot from Realtime Gaming until November 16th.

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Slotastic has hundreds of games from RTG and dozens of the best games are also available for iPhones, iPads and Android smartphones and tablets.  Mobile casino players can get one deposit per month doubled (up to $444) using coupon code GOTASTIC.

Friday, November 04, 2016

‘TheTrooper97’ Joins Intertops and Juicy Stakes Players this Weekend at $500K PPC Aruba

Intertops Poker and Juicy Stakes Poker have sent another four online satellite tournament winners to a big money live tournament!  This weekend, Tim O'Keefe, John Curcuru, Joan Sandoval and Ashley Hine are at the $500K GTD PPC Aruba tournament.  Poker vlogger TheTrooper97 is with them this time.  He'll be covering the event and players with YouTube videos featuring live play, behind the scenes footage, player hangouts, interviews and hands of the days.

The Main Event of the PPC Aruba begins today and continues until November 7th. News updates and TheTrooper97’s videos will be published in Intertops poker news.

Video: Vlogger Follows Online Tournament Winners to PPC Aruba

Poker vlogger TheTrooper97 will post videos from the $500K GTDF PPC Aruba featuring winners from Intertops Poker and Juicy Stakes Poker

I've been to several tournaments with Tim O’Keefe, who flew in from Texas. Poker mom Ashley Hine also came from the Lone Star State, bringing her family with here to enjoy the great beaches of Aruba.  John Curcuru, a Las Vegas poker pro who I just hung out with at the Punta Cana Poker Classic, joined the Intertops group in St Maarten this spring. He placed 5th in Punta Cana last week winning $34K.  Joan Sandoval couldn’t get time off her day job until yesterday but dove right in when she got there today.

All four online satellite tournament champions won $4,000 prize packages that include $2,400 buy-in to the Main Event and accommodation on Palm. Their prize packages also include travel expenses, one $200 tournament buy-in and one $300 buy-in, as well as Intertops or Juicy Stakes gear and dinner and a night out with the Intertops/Juicy Stakes team.

The PPC Aruba World Championship is one of the most exotic stops on the Poker Players Championships circuit, now in its fourth season, which includes high stakes events all over America.

Thando the Cameleon has Hidden Free Spins All Over Thunderbolt Casino's New Website

One of my favourite South African online casinos has just had a makeover.  Thunderbolt Casino has a new homepage that’s cleaner, more modern, and easier to find games and casino bonuses. But what I like most are the free spins hidden all over it!

Thunderbolt's new homepage filters promotional information so that we see only what’s appropriate for us. And it makes it much easier to browse all the hundreds of games from Realtime Gaming that are now available.

One of my favourite new features is their new mascot, Thando the Chameleon!  Apparently Thando means love and I think you'll love their little cartoon Chameleon too!”

Video: South African Online Casino Hides Free Spins All Over New Homepage

South African casino's new homepage makes it easier to browse games from Realtime Gaming and casino bonus offers.

To encourage us to explore the new site, Thunderbolt has hidden bonus codes for free spins on games like the new Nova 7s, Panda Magic and Witch’s Brew all over it.

Here's some tips on where to find clues:
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Another new feature on Thunderbolt’s new homepage is the Hottest & Coldest Games update. The hottest game is the one game that’s currently being played the most and the coldest game is the one played the least.  Last month, as Halloween approached, the witch-themed Bubble Bubble slot was the Hottest. One of the casinos most popular games for a long time, Alladin’s Wishes is currently the Coldest Game.

Thunderbolt has a huge selection of real money online casino games from RTG. They’re all played in Rands and customer service is available in both English and Afrikaans. Thunderbolt’s mobile casino was recently voted Best Mobile Casino in a survey of South African players.  

New 10X Wins Slot from Rival is Great Sequel to Popular 3-Reel 5X Wins

Rival Gaming came out with a sequel to its 5X Wins slot and Slots Capital and Desert Nights.  The new 10X Wins is another 3-line, 3-reel slot. Two of the most popular online casinos offering games from Rival, will give you a $10 Freebie to try it!

A follow up to the instant classic, 5X Wins, the new 10X Wins is classic pub-style slot with cherries, bars and sevens.  Not so classic is the 10X Wins symbol. It’s wild and it multiplies payouts by ten.  Three 10X Wins symbols in a row hits the jackpot -- with a $5 max bet that can be $25,000

Until November 13th, Slots Capital and Desert Nights casinos are offering a $10 Freebie and a 300% deposit bonus to try the new game.

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Both Slots Capital Casino and Desert Nights Casino are known for their unique games and great casino bonuses. 10X Wins joins a wide selection of many real-money online slots and casino games from Rival Gaming available in their download, instant play, and mobile casinos for smartphones and tablets.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

South African Online Casino Shares Stories of Unusual Animal Friendships Like Osita and Bokkie

This month South Africa’s Springbok Casino is paying tribute to some amazing animal rescue organizations by sharing stories about some unusal animal friendships that have developed between animals rescued from poachers. The casino is helping to create awareness of the dangers so many animals face from poaching.  

“We know how special our amazing wildlife is,” said Springbok manager Daniel van Wyck.  “We are blessed to be sharing our country with so many incredible animals.  It sickens me to think that poachers are driving some endangered species into extinction. I’m so thankful for the organizations we’ve featured in our stories.”

Video: Animals Orphaned by Poachers Saved by Animal Rescue Organizations

South African casino presents stories of unusual animal friendships.

On the Springbok Animal Friendships blog there’s a story about a little Rhino called Osita and how she became best of friends with a goat named Bokkie.  Abandoned by her mother, baby Osita grew up with Bokkie at the Aquila Animal Rescue Centre.  Then there’s the young giraffe Kiko and little elephant Loboito. Rescued from the wilds, they were in danger of poachers but are now in the good hands of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust caretakers. Themba, a baby elephant, was only six months when his mother fell off a cliff and died. At the Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre he has become inseparable from his friend Albert, a sheep.

This month, use the Animal Friendships coupon code (FRIENDSHIPS) to get 25 free spins on Springbok’s six-reel Super 6 Asian-themed slot with grouped wilds. this casino bonus is available until November 30th only.

Customer service is offered in both English and Afrikaans atSpringbok Casino which has hundreds of online slots and table games from Realtime Gaming (RTG), all played in Rands. Many of the best games are also available in its mobile casino for smartphones and tablets.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Punta Cana Poker Classic is Trip of a Lifetime for Americas Cardroom Newbies

The Saturday night during the Punta Cana Classic 2016 was Halloween and Americas Cardroom threw a beach party to celebrate. I met a bunch of players that were living the dream, playing their first big overseas tournament.

There’s a lot of money on the table at a big tournament like this, so lots of professional players include it on their itinerary.  “Homeless Millionaire” Faraz Jaka, Twitch poker wiz Doug Polk and Josh Beckley, the second place finisher in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event are all here.

But there's also a lot of recreational players that won their trip to Punta Cana in online satellite tournaments here.  I talked to a few of them at the beach party Americas Cardroom hosted Saturday night.

This video has highlights from those interviews.  The full version is on the Americas Cardroom poker news blog, The Big Blind:  If We Can Do It, So Can You!

“It’s been great, you can’t beat it!” said a tournament newbie Scott McKenzie from California.  “For just $50 I won a $4900 package playing The Beast one Sunday at Americas Cardroom.  I cashed out my buy-in and hit forty-first place, so it’s just been a great overall experience."

"This is my first big tournament so I was really nervous.  Everyone told me I was playing way too tight  -- but I think that’s a great thing to hear from the best in the world!”

 “Anyone can do it! If I’m here, I’m living proof. It’s a great time – you’ve got to come!”

This was also a first for John and Raquel from Pittsburgh.

“I played a tournament on ACR, The Beast” said John. “Every Sunday, for $50, you’ve got a chance to win it. I figured, let’s give it a shot!”

“This is a once in a lifetime experience. I’ve always wanted to go somewhere to play a big tournament like this.  I wasn’t thinking here though! I was thinking maybe Denver or somewhere like that.  This is just out of the world for me!”

“I actually got into the Caribbean ocean!” said Raquel.  “All the way up to my chin – that’s a first for me!

Congrats to the winners... and thanks to Americas Cardroom for a great time.  Hasta la vista!