QUARTER TWO 2013: MARCH 1 TO JUNE 30
ONLINE SECTOR : NEW ONLINE CASINO WEBSITES
www.138.com : The former Isle of Man regulator Garth Kimber is the CEO for this online casino in the Xela Holdings group, which is Asian targeted and offers live dealer, RNG, sports betting and financial spread betting. There is a mix of RNG games which includes offerings from IGT. Professionally designed and well-serviced website, which comes in English, Mandarin and Cantonese language versions.
www.7Regal.com Professional, fully serviced online casino, poker, mobile, live dealer website offering around 200 games powered by Playtech in 11 language variations. Antigua licensing, and the operator is listed as Red Finger Trading Limited in Cyprus. Sister site to Winner.com, Rummy Royal.com and Euro Max Play Casino.com.
www.betmotion.com : One of four gambling websites owned by Vision Media Services NV, this online casino site also offers live dealer action, sports betting, poker and bingo, using a mix of softwares that includes Microgaming, Sheriff Gaming, Leander Games, Neogames and EveryMatrix. The full-service website is well presented and comes in Spanish, English and Portuguese under a Curacao licence. No US players. There have been recent player complaints claiming unfair winnings confiscations and a refusal to enter into player or mediator dialogues on issues…but the site carries ECOGRA player protection logos.
www.betport.net : Live dealer and RNG casino powered respectively by Evolution and Betsoft – Microgaming on a professional looking, Curacao-licensed, full player facilities website that comes in five European languages. Operator listed as 1 Media Inc. There are widespread player complaints alleging the unjustified confiscation of winnings and ignoring player and mediator communications.
www.bgo.com : Originally a bingo operator, this site is owned by the old Mandalay Gaming and has branched out into online casino, live dealer and sports betting as well. It carries a mixed suite of games from Microgaming, IGT, Sheriff Gaming and NetEnt, all backed by a rather plain but functional site with full player services. Operated under an Isle of Man licence and offers a 200 percent SUB maxed at GBP 200.
www.blacklotuscasino.com : Average online casino and mobile gambling site, powered by BetonSoft and reputed to be associated with the Grand Prive group, and a sister to Lotus Asia Casino. The Curacao licensing claims that the operator is Taj Asia Enterprises N.V. Full player services. Download and instant-play action is available.
www.btcontilt.com : Live streamed online poker site that is one of the few that deal in the Bitcoin virtual currency. The site (which is currently down) was using Poker Mavens software (as does SealsWithClubs – another Bitcoin site), and has a colourful history of being taken offline after player complaints of slow or no payment, and then reappearing. Was reportedly the target of DDoS attacks earlier this year, which allied to the volatile Bitcoin value appears to have finally done for it.
www.CakeBet.com : Cake Bet Is a new online casino promoting its launch in the near future on @Cakebet on Twitter and Facebook. The operation is reported to be joining Infinity Poker and operate as a BitCoin website using the Kohana framework. More info. when the operation launches.
www.casino440.com : Powered by Microgaming, this online casino has a disappointingly low-quality and excessively busy website, but offers full player facilities and even gives players good advice: "Always search on Google and the forums prior to depositing in an online casino." The licensing is Curacao through 440Group NV and the site carries the ECOGRA software certification logo, but there are little upfront details on the owners of the site, other than a comment that the board of directors has ten year's experience in the online gambling industry. US players are barred. Seven European language versions are available.
www.casino848.com : Rather plain and uninspiring – but fully serviced – website operated by Cassava Enterprises and offering download and instant games powered by Dragonfish-Bridgend. Operating under a Gibraltar licence.
www.casino2live.com : Owned by Vivo Gaming in Israel, this is a live dealer and RNG casino sporting Betsoft software and live dealer action from a Dublin casino, which makes it likely to be via VueTec's streaming facilities. Presentation is good, and the site offers full player services under an Alderney licence. There's a 100 percent SUB maxed at Euro 300.
www.casinobellevue.com : Owned by the Netherland Antilles registered firm Buchholz Interactive BV, this online casino is powered by RTG and licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission. It does not accept US players. Average but full serviced website comes in three language variations – English, French (which appears to be the primary language) and Italian. There's a 200 percent SUB maxed at a rather high Euro 3,000.
www.casinochic.com : Unigaming software powers this Costa Rica-based, US-friendly online casino which is reportedly related to Casino Golden Glory. There is little upfront information on the site, but negative reports are circulating on the internet regarding a lack of information security and spamming.
www.casinorealis.com : This Curacao-licensed online casino comes in German, Swedish, Swiss and English language versions and offer live dealer and RNG games respectively from Vivo Gaming and Betsoft. The operator is listed as Realis Holdings Limited. The site is well presented and has full player facilities….but it is a pity that it is displaying a non-linking ECOGRA player safety seal to which it is not entitled.
www.deepstackcasino.net : A newly developed free to play gaming website launched into the US market by INTRALOT USA, a subsidiary of the INTRALOT Group. The website offers interactive and social gaming content expanding the Company’s portfolio beyond the traditional lottery products for which it’s known in the US. DeepStack Casino offers poker players a mix of poker games that award "cost-free chip bonuses to lawfully test their skills, head to head, with other poker players". Poker tables on the website offer Texas Hold ‘Em, Omaha, and Stud along with registration-necessary Multi-Table and Sit and Go Tournaments for cash prizes.
www.flycasino.com : Rather quaintly named new online casino in the very experienced Peak Entertainment group and a sister to the well-established Omni Casino. The instant and download software is from Playtech and comes on a fully serviced and professionally designed website offering gambling in dollars, pounds sterling and Euros. Curacao licence. A 110 percent SUB maxed at 110 is on offer.
www.glossybingo.com : Owned by Broadway Gaming and a sister-site to Butlers Bingo, Glossy Bingo offers a full range of player services and is a refreshing change visually to the usual bright and garish bingo-style design. The site additionally offers a comprehensive side game portfolio and access to Microgaming's Progressive Jackpot Network.
www.goldengalaxy.com : Elray Resources, through its online gaming and turnkey solution subsidiary Elray Gaming, launched Golden Galaxy.com, an online casino powered and managed by Playtech Limited. Elray will continue in a consultancy capacity for a 12-month period to provide marketing and support services along with additional services as the operation expands its gaming portfolio. The website presents in three language options; English, Spanish and Chinese and offers full player services under a Netherlands/Antilles licence. Uninspiring in presentation, the site offers full player services.
www.goldluckcasino.com : This Microgaming-powered online casino is owned by finance pool betting outfit Golden Boys Bet Limited. Operating under an Isle of Man-licence, Gold Luck Casino additionally utilises software from Gaming Technology Solutions, NYX Interactive and proprietary software. The website is rather basic in design, offers full player services, live support and a SUB of 100 percent matched deposit bonus maxed at GBP 100.
www.guts.com : Guts.com is a new multi-software online casino licensed in Malta and Curacao managed by Ben Clemes formerly with the Nordic online gambling group. Owned by Guts Gaming, a company formed by a consortium of former online gambling executives, the operation boasts a large inventory of games from Microgaming, Net Entertainment, IGT, Everymatrix, Betsoft, OMI, Sheriff Gaming and Leander, available through a selection of popular delivery channels that include iOS and Android mobile technology. The casino offers a choice of 400 games, 35 of them also available on mobile devices. Visually, the site is well-executed and offers full player services.
www.indalocasino.com : This new offering provides sportsbetting, casino and poker with games from Viaden Media. The owners are Monory SGPS LDA in Portugal, working through a Costa Rican subsidiary titled Indalo Gaming SA and operating on a standard business licence. Average website with full services, which comes in English, Spanish and French language versions. US players are barred.
www.jackpotred.com/de : One of seven online gambling sites that were shut down in May 2013 following a major Dutch police and Justice Department action amid allegations of money laundering of drug money by three young Dutch entrepreneurs involved in the Bubble Group-Sheriff Gaming, which powers this example. The casinos claimed to be operating from Costa Rica under a North Dakota Enterprises ownership, but there are allegations that this was deliberate misinformation, and that the sites were operated from servers in Europe and are owned by Bubble group. Investigations are continuing and will eventually unearth the true facts. In the meantime, Sheriff has issued a statement denying any wrong-doing. Prior to being shut down, Jackpot Red offered live action via webcam in 7 European languages.
www.leovegas.com : Swedish-developed mobile casino carrying games from Net Entertainment, Microgaming, NYX Interactive, Viaden Gaming, Nextgen, Sheriff Gaming, Cryptologic, Betsoft and Play'N GO. Appears to be targeted principally on the Scandinavian market, and excludes a long list of mainly Eastern European nations. The professional, minimalist website is licensed in Malta and offers full player services in English and Swedish, along with a 200 percent SUB maxed at Euro 100. The owner is the Malta-based Leo Vegas International.
www.lotospoker.com : Owned and operated by Cassava Enterprises and powered by that company's Dragonfish-888 software, this is an online casino and poker room with Gibraltar licensing. The site is professional but average, offering both download and instant-play action. Full player facilities are available in Russian and English.
www.lucky247.com : Online and mobile casino powered by Microgaming and managed by To Play Central Limited in Malta under an LGA licence. Good website with full player facilities. Bars players from USA, Spain, South Africa and Greece. Generous SUB and Free Spins promos. Accepts Euro, dollars and pound sterling currencies.
www.luckyfoxcasino.com : DHS Holding Co launched its Malta-licenced Lucky Fox Casino.com, powered by and operating under the Malta LGA licence of Soft Bet Limited. The operation utilises Everleaf Gaming Limited, Evolution Gaming Limited and Net Entertainment software and offers a wide range of gambling options from Poker to classic table games to slots. International sports betting, virtual horse racing, live lotto and other online games are also on offer. Lucky Fox Casino is U.S.-friendly in play-for-fun mode.
www.luckyhillcasino.com : Downport Trading in Cyprus owns this GamesOS-powered online casino licensed in Curacao. There is a live dealer element powered by Entwine on the fully serviced website, which is of average presentation quality, and comes in English, Spanish, German and Russian language versions. There's a 200 percent SUB on offer, maxed at Euro 220.
www.metroplay.co.uk : DMG Media-owned mobile gaming casino Metro Play carries a full portfolio of mobile casino games from Swedish developer Play'n GO, Microgaming Quickfire and EveryMatrix following various content supply agreements. This independent “white-label” is an Alderney-licensed casino utilising a customised front-end with the OddsMatrix and GamMatrix application programming interface from EveryMatrix. Full player services and a functional design.
www.moongames.com : Moon Games.com is a new United Bingo-affiliated and space-themed site catering to online casino, slots, and instant game players. It is owned by Newco Entertainment, licenced in Gibraltar and carries games from GTS, Eyecon, WagerWorks, Jadestone and 888 with others said to added in the future. A sister-site to Gossip Bingo, Moon Bingo, Spectra Bingo, Glorious Bingo, Silk Bingo, Polo Bingo, and Robin Hood Bingo. Presents a clean, easy to navigate interface. Offers in-game chat rooms, a VIP rewards scheme, gift shop and bonus wheel with a current SUB of 100 percent on a minimum deposit of GBP 10 maxed at GBP 500.
www.mouseclubcasino.com : White label furnished by Plus-Five Gaming and powered by AliQuantum. Offering online casino and live dealer action. Managed by Plus-Five for the owners, a Bratislava, Slovakia company. Two language versions – English, German and full player services are available on the rather basic and busy website operating under a Malta licence.
http://nairagames.com/play/ : This Nigerian online casino (owners Microgames Network claim it’s the first to be approved by the Nigerian regulator) features roulette only, and it appears that it is using proprietary, browser-based software from Microgames Network. The site is pretty basic and has correspondingly minimal player services. The owner is talking the enterprise up in the Nigerian media, but in fact there is very little upfront information on this company.
www.newdawncasino.com : After barely a year of operations, this CTXM-OSGaming powered online casino has closed, presumably for financial – business difficulties.
www.newlookbingo.com : RASR Entertainment Ltd, in partnership with Cozy Games Ltd, launched this new bingo offering under the Cyprus jurisdiction. Provides multi-currency options, avatars, chat functionality and a variety of bingo variants off an uncluttered and cleanly designed website. Headquartered in Cyprus, the website processes its credit and debit purchases by Lateral Payment Solutions (LPS) London.
www.onlinecasino-deutschland.de : OnlineCasino Deutschland GmbH went live in the German market, boasting to be the first of Schleswig-Holstein's twenty-three licensed operators to offer a range of free-play and real-money games. Players can choose from a selection of free play roulette, poker, blackjack, baccarat and real-money or free-play slot games. The website offers full player services, a range of payment options, the choice between download and instant play formats and a SUB of 100 percent on a minimum deposit of Euro 50, maxed at Euro 1000.
https://www.paf.com/poker/advanced/ : Alands online gambling operator PAF launched its third online poker room under the Heart Poker brand on the Microgaming Poker Network. The new offering joins "Diamond" on the International Poker Network and "Spade" on Amaya Gaming's Ongame Network.
www.pandabet.net : Online social casino and sportsbook that includes live dealer action and is powered by Microgaming. The operator is Stantaxon Limited (Ricardo Landman) based on the Isle of Man, but there are also Netherlands connections. Clean workmanlike website with full player facilities but the ECOGRA button does not connect, and it is understood that the operator does not have the right to display this respected player safety logo. There are also reports that the operator's Twitter account was suspended for reasons unknown – not a promising sign when combined with the ECOGRA question.
www.parasinocasino.com : Powered by Net Entertainment, this professional looking site comes in 12 European languages and operates under a Curacao licence. Full player facilities and a good selection of quality games. The owner-operator is Maslin Properties Limited.
www.playbet24.com : Owned by the German group Kaya Gaming (KGR Entertainment GmbH) this is a live dealer casino with RNG games from Betsoft. There are English, German, Turkish, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, and Romanian versions of the unappealing and fussy website, which nevertheless offers a full range of player facilities.
www.pokafrica.com : PokAfrica.com is a new online poker room that went live on gaming platform IntellogiX. The poker room was reportedly born from an alliance between "Million Poker Paradise Limited (Mauritius) coordinator of the World Poker Tour Mauritius promoted by Sylvain Liotard and the Asian Poker Tour Mauritius, Paradise Event (France) producer of the TV show “Paradise of Poker” and Ti Vegas casino (Mauritius)". The IntellogiX Gaming Network operates under a Curacao licence and although describing itself as an "Indian poker network" gives its contact details as being in Surrey, United Kingdom. The network offers white label sportsbook, casino and poker options.
www.pokerdominicano.com Download and instant-play, stand-alone, US-friendly online poker site that has emerged from the ashes of the failed LTEPoker and is believed owned by one of that disaster's investors. Has a ‘thirties theme on an average looking site that comes in English and Spanish. There appears to be very little traffic , and the operator has been reduced to spamming all over the place.
www.rapchicbingo.com : Thought to be owned by RASR Entertainment, RAPChic Bingo runs on the 15 Network and says it is operated by QSB Gaming Limited under an Alderney licence in its introductory blurb but further identifies Jumpman Gaming as the operator on its actual website. Along with an array of special promotions, the website is currently offering a SUB of 200 percent on first deposit and new customers can spin a slot wheel that can potentially increase their free bingo bonus to GBP 2500. The site is obviously designed with the female demographic in mind and presents in a simple but typically bright bingo-type style.
www.redrabbitcasino.com : This online casino powered by Microgaming has reportedly gone bust…the mediocre site has certainly been "off-line for maintenance" for some time now. It held a Curacao licence through Digital Outcomes NV and was reputedly owned by an outfit called Warnmill Serviced Limited in Cyprus.
www.rollercasino.com : Paddy Power's iOS high definition casino app offering real-money gambling on mobile roulette and blackjack and nineteen other games. Clean, minimalist and easy-to-use website with all services. Isle of Man licensing. In June management announced a five month sponsorship deal with Sky Sports News’ ‘Through the Night’ programming.
www.seaniemac.com : Dublin bookie SeanieMac went live with its Boyle Sports-powered white label sportsbook utilising BuzzSports software. SeanieMac is the re-branded title of Compliance Systems Corp, doing business as SeanieMac Limited, with plans to add online casino and mobile action, together with an iOS app. The chairman of the company is co-founder Sean McEniff, whilst Barry Brookstein is the chief executive officer. Shane O’Driscoll serves as deputy chief executive officer and co-founder. The website landing page is mundane, uninspiring and incomplete in design. It operates under an Isle of Man licence.
www.spartanslots.com : Powered by Topgame software, this site has a theme based on ancient Greek mythology, and accepts US players. The licence is from Curacao, and wagering in dollars, pounds and Euro is accepted. The operator is AffiliateWide, which also runs Box 24 and Black Diamond online casinos. Well presented website with full player facilities.
www.SpilleAutomater.com : Is the latest online casino offering from Cherry AB with a focus on slot machine games. It provides personalised VIP services and cooperation with local teams and sports associations and utilises Microgaming and Net Entertainment software under a Malta licence.
www.svenskavinnare.com : Titled "Swedish Winners" in English, this is a Plus Five Gaming white label with NetEnt games in the inventory. The operator is the Norskevinnare online casino owned by iGaming Norge. The site offers live dealer/RNG casino/Poker and Mobile action and is well presented with full services and English-Swedish language versions. 112 percent SUB maxed at Euro 200. Malta licence.
www.tipmixpro.hu : The Hungarian National Lottery Szerencsejáték Zrt launched its long-awaited online sports betting website at tippmixpro.hu following a five-month testing period. The website was developed by GTECH G2.
www.tropeziapalace.com : This Curacao-licensed operation has been generating a lot of publicity in recent weeks and sports a selection of BETONSOFT, Betsoft Gaming Ltd, Leander Games, Microgaming, Next Generation Gaming Pty, Ltd., Rival and Sheriff Gaming. The professional looking site is fully serviced and identified the owners as Fitzgerald Industries NV, a subsidiary of a Consett, UK company titled Fitzgerald Investments. There are eight mainly European language versions, and it is understood that the business has a French management team. There may be a connection with Solera Casino. US players are not accepted.
www.ultimategaming.com Las Vegas-based Ultimate Gaming, a majority-owned subsidiary of Station Casinos LLC, was first to Nevada State market when it opened its real-money online poker doors at Ultimate Poker.com. It utilises proprietary software which is owned and operated by parent company Ultimate Gaming. The software was developed through the company's acquisition of CyberArts in 2011. The site initially offers Limit Texas hold'em and no-limit Texas hold'em ring games ranging from $0.01/$0.02 to $10/$20. Professional and clean in design, the website offers full player services to patrons located in Nevada State.
www.unigamingcasino.com : Owned by IG and Partners and Playbay Malta, where the fully serviced but average website is licensed. Net Entertainment and World Match software in English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish language versions. Does not accept US players. Sister sites are Gamingmania.it and Goalsbetitalia.it
www.upslots.com : Russian language online casino using Betsoft software on a rather mediocre, Curacao-licensed website with little upfront information on it. There is a clear and linking association with the Romanian-domiciled Jocuriupslots online gambling enterprise.
www.ventti.com : Mobile and live dealer casino targeted on the Nordic countries and owned by JLK Marketing Limited out of Malta, where it is licensed. The site offers full facilities on both iOS and Android platforms and is operated on behalf of the owners as a white label by Plus-Five Gaming.
www.ZyngaPlusCasino.co.uk and www.zyngapluspoker.co.uk : The real-money version of social gaming giant Zynga’s renowned games. Zynga Plus Casino is powered by Electraworks Limited and licenced by the Government of Gibraltar. Utilises software from bwin.party digital entertainment plc, Gaming Technology Solutions Plc, Next Generation Gaming Pty, Ltd., OpenBet Ltd. and WGS Technology. Predictably offers full player services from a colourful, if average website design. Offering a SUB of 100 percent maxed at GBP 750.