Online Casino Updates : End OF year 2011

One of the worst online casino sites we have seen yet – clashing colours, awful design, little information and concealed owners-operators or software. Limited services and software unknown. Perhaps predictably its representatives have been carrying out spamming runs on internet gambling forums.
Rather ordinary online casino powered by BetonSoft on a site that is very economical with pertinent information such as operator and licensing. Players report being spammed with bonus offers, and there is speculation that Grande Prive may be behind this operation as well.  Rather generous SUB of 100 percent maxed at GBP/Euros/$ 1000.
New online casino powered by Chartwell Tech (reportedly with additions from Microgaming soon) and operated by NRR Entertainment Limited under Malta and Alderney licensing and an eCOGRA accreditation. The site is well presented and has full player services, overseen by a management that includes at least four experienced online gambling managers with track records from leading industry companies. Interestingly, the press material reveals that Return To Player stats will appear for each game, fulfilling a strong demand from players for this sort of information. Bonuses can be customised, and players can keep track of their action with on-site software.
Another Amaya Gaming white label operation in conjunction with the Kenyan Government.  A painfully slow loading, average in design website offering the usual player services. currently offers slots, table games, instant games, poker and other card games provided by Chartwell, with additional content that will include a sportsbook and poker to be added in the coming months.   Usage of the site will be monitored by the Kenyan Betting and Control Licencing Board as it evaluates the merits, potential and prevalence of online gaming.
We’ve previously reported on this new, Panama City-based operation but latest information to come to light is from a reliable source who says that despite its claims to the contrary, this site’s poker is on the Action Poker Network. Reports of payment hassles are already surfacing on player message boards.
Victor Chandler launched this website for poker players from Canada, Norway, Russia and Israel who were recently excluded from the Entraction network.  Gibraltar-licenced Bet, on the Microgaming network, predictably offers a slick and professional design, full player services and a choice of sports, financial and live betting, casino games and online poker both via the website and mobile.
A St Minver white label for bidShopping, this new bingo website features GTech G2’s selection of bingo games and embedded side games, whilst live presenters and chat features allow players to create their own online community.  The website is bright and uncluttered and offers full player services.  A SUB of a 200 percent cash match bonus maxed at  GBP125 and a 50 percent cash match on players’ second deposit maxed at GBP65 is currently on offer.
Isle of Man-licensed, this site syndicates lottery games for most of the major European lotteries, and is owned and operated by Annexio Ltd. Average site.
The UK-based Casino World Club group has resurrected this formerly RTG-powered online casino, which failed due to under-capitalisation under its previous owners, but offered an imaginative and new interactive support format that made it a favourite destination for many online gamblers.  Although CCW has opted not to maintain the labour-intensive previous format that was so popular with the players, the group has a good reputation for reliability and honesty, and offers all the usual player services. It is interesting to note that the re-launched Buzzluck Casino is powered by the new Nuworks software, which reportedly has close connections to RTG. US players are welcome.  Licensed in the Netherlands/Antilles jurisdiction and available in download format with instant play to be added in the near future.    The website is professional and user friendly in design and is currently offering a SUB of a 100 percent maxed at $868.
Ahead of the anticipated Californian legislative decision on the future of legal online poker in the State, the California Online Poker Association (COPA), a coalition of California tribes and card rooms launched the free-play poker site   The website is operated by COPA, powered by Playtech and supported by Sciplay, a joint venture between Scientific Games and Playtech.  The operation offers Omaha, Texas Hold'em, Ring games, tournaments and Sit and Go's using an easy gaming interface, available in download and flash formats in both English and Spanish language options.
iSoftBet-powered launched to the German market as part of its European expansion plans.  Owned by Casino de Spa, the website offers a wide range of games that include major jackpot opportunities and promotions from an operator that has been active in the industry for the past decade. Full player services and a functional design.
Online gambling group Bwin.Party.Digital launched this instant-play online casino where players can choose from a selection of over 75 no-download games including proprietary titles.  Carrying the bwin brand in design and offering a SUB of 50 percent maxed at Euro 200.
This online casino carries a Malta-licence, utilizes WM software on the World Match gaming platform and is operated and owned by OrientPlay Ltd.  61 casino games, 12 variations of roulette and 20 different slot games are on offer with online poker to be added in the near future.  Free-to-play and real money play is on offer in English and Polish language options along with full player services.
Chiligaming subsidiary Chili Poker has established a partnership with an unidentified Spanish company in order to be eligible for a licence to operate in the newly regulated Spanish online gambling market.  Chili Poker will extend its relationship with the Playtech platform in Spain and will operate through
The operator, registered in Malta as Best Function Gaming Limited, is understood to have Hungarian origins on this Eastern European-facing online poker site, which has just switched to the Cake Poker Network. Workmanlike presentation and full player services. Currently offering a 110 percent SUB maxed at $600.
Taylor Caby and Andrew Wiggins, the founders of the poker coaching website CardRunners, announced a move into the fantasy sports sector with the launch of Draft, a daily fantasy sports website offering cash games, strategy blogs and a forum for daily fantasy sports enthusiasts.   DraftDay currently offers free and cash daily games for fantasy football and fantasy baseball. Unlike most fantasy leagues that bind players to their team for the entire season, DraftDay allows users to participate in multiple leagues every day, in head-to-head and multiple player games.
Fortuna zakłady bukmacherskie, a subsidiary of Fortuna Entertainment Group NV, has started a subscriber drive, signing up 10 000 individual subscribers in just four weeks, in preparation for the launch of its online fixed-odds sports betting offering later this year.
Media production company Warrior Media entered into the fantasy sports arena with Fantasy Sports (FSV), billing itself as a fully customisable fantasy sports network.  Ownership details are scant, however, the operation is headed up by a former Foley & Lardner attorney named Joe Kreeger. The website offers existing popular fantasy sports, also made available in shorter-term competitions, and intends expanding to represent lesser-served sports markets.  Average in presentation.
Gala Casino launched its colourful, new-look website at Gala, featuring quality RNG games from IGT and live dealer action from Evolution Games.
Busy, rather garish website offering full services and powered by RealTime Gaming on a Malta licence. Registered to CZ Trading, which is a subsidiary of RAL Interactive, which belongs to the UK Talarius online gambling group, which is owned by the Australian betting group Tatts. digital entertainment's Gioco Digitale launched this AAMS-licenced live dealer casino solution from Evolution Gaming.  Provides its customers with a selection of live online Roulette and Blackjack replicating the experience of playing in Italy’s finest land-based casinos with opulent interiors and native-speaking Italian dealers.
This online casino is a collaboration between Spiral Solutions Ltd. and Nexigames.  Dedicated to the Italian market and operating under a licence from AAMS.  Gioca Casino will work closely with Spiral mobile subsidiary Spin3 to expand into mobile gambling once Nexigames is awarded a further licence for mobile operations, expected during the next few months.  A very wordy and uninspiring design, full player services and sporting an eCOGRA seal.
American subscription-based online poker room Gold Strike Poker has rebranded and changed its name to Gold Rush  Members are charged a monthly membership fee of $19.95 and the company states that it operates legally under the sweepstakes laws in 38 of the 50 United States.  The website continues to be powered by Atlantis Solutions.
Typically uninformative and average TopGame powered online casino which has the usual player services and is offering a 300 percent SUB maxed at $3000. Operator unknown, but the affiliate program is managed by Affactive.
The closure of online gambling sites VIP Sportsbook, and  appears to have been the genesis for a new, and US-friendly, internet sportsbook and casino branded  The site is clean and professional and offers full player services.  Powered by Cryptologic and IGW, the site has taken on the accounts of the players at the three closed sites mentioned above.  The site offers a 50 percent SUB on a minimum deposit of $25, maxed at $1000.
Operated by Betsson, this is an online casino targeted on the UK market, with a suite of 130 no-download RNG games from Net Entertainment, and a live dealer component from Evolution Gaming. The site is of average quality and offers full player services, Maltese licensing and a GBP100 sign up bonus.
This Malta-licenced bingo offering is operated by Chelbis Company Limited and utilises Cozy Games software.  Ownership is unknown.  An uninspiring, workmanlike design, the website offers full player services, a loyalty programme and GBP 15 free no deposit bingo to sample its suite of games.  A generous 200 percent maxed at GBP 400 is offered on first deposit.  Alongside iBingo's internet offering, the company has created a venue specifically for mobile phone bingo play on a variety of platforms.
Coming soon – launch before end 2011 – this is a new primarily Asian-focused operator which is to offer Mahjong Logic games. The CEO is Jerry Tse, and the licensing is Isle of Man. The site is not yet fully up but what we’ve seen looks professional enough.
This is a well-presented RTG-powered online casino which – unusually – does not accept US players. The site comes in French and English language versions, has full player facilities, yet gives little information on licensing or operator. There’s a Euro 1150 SUB on offer.
Representatives claim Liberty Slots is the first licensee of a previously unknown software provider titled Wager Gaming Technology, this site looks suspiciously like a clone of the old English Harbour operations which recently shut down, and boasts it has been in the business “since 1997”. The site is well presented and has full player services, but little information on ownership or licensing. There is no outward sign that US action would be unwelcome, and a 100 percent SUB is on offer, sensibly maxed at $100.
Update: A company spokesperson advised that Liberty Slots is the first licensee of a previously unknown software provider titled Wager Gaming Technology, which he claims acquired the software from "the former owners"…Odds On successors Vegas Technology.
Rumour on the street is that this new operation, powered by BetonSoft, is owned by the infamous Grande Prive. The registered owner on a Curacao licence is Taj Asia Enterprises NV. Workman-like site with a full range of services.  Currently offering a 100 percent SUB maxed at $100. and
Following the Jackpot Capital Group’s sale of Lucky Club along with its marketing partner Rich Club to a group of unidentified investors for an undisclosed consideration in October 2011, the site was taken down and has now re-launched with Nuworks software.  It offers a full range of player services on a professional enough site.  Reportedly operates under the Cyprus-licencing jurisdiction.  Offering a SUB of 100 percent maxed at $100.
Net Entertainment powers this unremarkable online casino site, the operator of which has been caught spamming unmercifully of late. Curacao licenced, four language options and full player services, it is believed to be a white label from EveryMatrix.  The poker service is provided by Cake Poker Network and operated by Cake Gaming N.V. hosted by Cyberluck N.V.
Following the recent migration of Frelix Entertainment's Scandinavian brands from the GTECH G2 platform to Parlay Games’ Alderney-licensed technology platform, Parlay has announced the completion and launch of three new bingo and gaming sites into the global market.  The website has not gone live yet, but will be offered in a variety of language options.
Paris-based casino operator Groupe Partouche launched into the Belgian online gaming market.  Already firmly established in Belgium operating four terrestrial casinos that claim a 40 percent market share, the company claims to be the first online in the newly regulated market.
Digital "play and win" entertainment and multi-channel marketer, Publishers Clearing House, headquartered in Port Washington, NY, launched its offering in the United Kingdom at with games and bingo operated by Alderney-licenced  PCH, popular in the U.S., offers cash prizes for free in its prize draw and instant win games offerings.
Powered by RTG and offering 150 games, this online casino is operated under a Curacao licence by Virtual Logical Solutions Limited. The presentation is professional, with full player services and availability in English, French and Italian language versions. The site bars US players. A dangerously generous 222 percent sign-up bonus maxed at $1 000 is among its enticements, but watch out for onerous W/T and T&C conditions.
An unusual title for an online casino (it’s a play on the Spanish word “rey” or “king”) this is an online casino and poker site that also offers live dealer action, all powered by Playtech software. It’s a fairly new arrival targeting the Latin American market mainly and comes in Spanish and English language versions under Curacao licensing. Registered ownership is Spider Dragon Limited based in Guernsey in the Channel Islands. The website is unremarkable but workmanlike, and offers full player services. 108 percent sign-up bonus on offer.
The domain is registered to a French business in Roubaix Cedex, but there is little other information on this white label operated on Rival software through Silverstone Overseas in the UK under a Curacao licence. Rudimentary in design, offering full services and a Euro 1000 SUB.
Launched earlier this year but already the subject of player complaints on spamming and slow-pay, this is Topgame-powered operation owned and operated by Morriyen Investments in the same group as Diceland and Rome casinos. The site is of average quality but has all the usual player facilities. A 400 percent SUB is offered, maxed at $1000. US players are welcome.
New online casino powered by a variety of softwares – CTXM and Net Entertainment for RNG action; Ongame for poker and Evolution Gaming for live dealer gaming. There are English and Russian language versions, and the operator – Fon Curacao NV and Fonbet Malta has Curacao and Malta licensing. Financials are via CN Payment Services in the UK. Workmanlike site with full player facilities.
Owned and operated by the notorious Curgam Malta – Morriyen Investments corporate, which has a patchy reputation with the players, this is an RTG-powered online casino with a eye-burningly bright website in five European languages and full services. The SUB is a dangerous 400 percent maxed at $1 000.
Owned by Sports and financial bookmaker Spreadex, its new online casino is accessible via a dedicated tab on  Offering card, slot and table games, video poker and live dealer action, Spreadex's expansion augments its existing sports fixed odds and spread betting, financial trading and mobile sports betting services, accessible through one account.  This functional-in-design casino offering is powered by Amaya Gaming Group subsidiary Chartwell Games.
Surebet Poker is headed up by ceo and young poker-pro Jason Sallman, ownership details are unknown.  The site offers full players services, a slick and professional design and a 100 percent SUB maxed at $600.  This download poker room utilises proprietary software and is licensed in Costa Rica.  Available in eight language options and does not accept US play.    Servers are hosted in Panama, with a data licence from Costa Rica and an application in for a French licence.  The site advertises model and TV actress Trishelle Cannatella as one of the resident pro players.
New Malta-licenced online bingo site True Blue Bingo launched early December.  Powered by Microgaming, the online bingo room offers both 75-Ball and 90-Ball bingo, as well as a host of casino games including keno, blackjack, video poker, 3-card poker, roulette and slots.  Pleasing in design, away from the usual bright and cluttered look of your average bingo site.  Full player services and offering a 200 percent first deposit bonus maxed at $100.
This Rival-powered online casino has only been online for a couple of months yet there are already slow pay complaints surfacing – not a good start. It appears to be one of the Silverstone Overseas Limited white labels with full services and a Curacao licence. Promoted by the Betcave people. There are 100+ games in available in download and instant format, and US players are welcomed. Operates in SA Rands, English pounds, US dollars and Euros.  A 100 percent SUB maxed at $100 is offered. (Closed)
This Topgame-powered online casino has abruptly and apparently without notice shut down, leaving players and affiliates unpaid. Observers have noted the warning signs for some weeks, pointing to slow payments. There is no response to contact points.
Sportech subsidiary Vernons has ventured into online casino, games and poker to expand on its traditional football pools offering.  Available via dedicated tabs on the website, the new offering is powered by Playtech, has full player services and competitive SUB's.  The company's online poker offering is a simple download and forms part of the iPoker network.
Another collaboration between Parlay Games and Frelix Entertainment.  Four language options, full player services and a crisp if uninspiring design.  The website is a re-launch following the recent migration of Frelix Entertainment’s brands from the GTech G2 platform to Alderney-licenced Parlay Games’ platform.  A 200 percent SUB maxed at GBP 200 is currently on offer.
Xorti – French sites and
Online software provider GTechG2 is to provide two new internet gambling sites, Pokerleaders and Spinwinners, with casino and poker gambling software along with a management system through an agreement with Xorti, a French holding company founded in 2009 and in possession of LGA Malta licensing.