ONLINE SECTOR : NEW ONLINE CASINO WEBSITES
New Online casino sites that were released in the first quarter of 2013
www.9crown.com Despite a recent clampdown on internet gambling by Malaysian authorities a new casino is advertising its online and mobile services in the region. The casino at 9 Crown.com is apparently a partnership between 855bet, AFB88 and WinningFT, described as established gaming brands in Asia.
855Bet is thought to be owned by the terrestrial Crown Casino from the Poipet region in Cambodia and is powered by ASCBET, who says it is licenced by the Asian Sporting Club. It carries what it terms as the first online gaming licence from the Cambodia government.
AFB88 is a sportsbook carrying the RGA logo on its home page, however the website is sub-standard, slow loading and incomplete.
WinningFT is a professionally presented online sports betting site targeted at the Asia Pacific and European regions. It is reportedly licenced by First Cagayan Leisure and Resort Corporation in the Philippines as well as Costa Rica. It carries the EGBA, ESSA and eCOGRA logo’s on its home page.
9Crown.com is average in presentation and currently offers a SUB of 20 percent maxed at MYR500 or THB 5000.
www.32Red.it Respected online brand 32Red launched its casino table game offering, powered by Microgaming, on an Italian localised website at 32Red.it. The website operates under a remote gambling licence from AAMS. Presently offering online blackjack, slots, video poker, roulette, bingo and live dealer options. Professional in design backed by solid player services as has come to be expected from the 32Red Plc brand.
www.247livebet.com Nicosia-based Finelink is the owner of this new online live dealer casino offering a selection of live roulette, blackjack, poker and baccarat games streamed from Dublin’s Fitzwilliam Casino and Card Club. Keno, slots and card games are also on offer. 247livebet is operating under a Malta licence and utilises Vuetec’s Distance Gaming product. The website is average in presentation but offers the full range of player services and a current SUB of 100 percent maxed at Euro 100.
www.aceplaypoker.com American Casino & Entertainment Properties, the Nevada online poker licensee and parent group of the Stratosphere and Arizona Charlie’s casinos in Las Vegas, launched this free-to-play internet poker site, joining a growing number of US land operators offering such sites as a prelude to legalised online poker operations. Players on acePLAYpoker.com can win prizes such as Vegas show tickets and thrill rides at the Stratosphere and free hotel stays at American Casino & Entertainment casinos within the state of Nevada. The new site is powered by Ongame poker software obtained through Bally Technologies, which recently signed an MOU with Ongame owners Amaya Gaming and is functional and workmanlike in design.
www.begado.com A NuWorks-powered online casino offering a range of games that include slots, blackjack, roulette and poker. The website is licenced in Netherlands/Antilles and is a sister site to WinPalace Casino and Slots Jungle Casino operated by Netad Management. Accessible through begado.eu, begado.com, be-gadocasino.com, begado-casino.com and begadocasinoonline.com, the website is average in presentation but offers full player services.
www.betsofmates.com This Leeds-headquartered football betting website is owned by John Hughes, Dave TY McGurk and Adam Haywood. Hughes, a former city trader with UBS, is better known for his relationship with convicted fraudster and rogue trader Kweku Adoboli who cost UBS $2.3 Billion. The operation is licenced by the UK Gambling Commission and is adequate, if unexciting, in presentation.
www.bgo.com\macau Owned by bgo Entertainment (formerly Mandalay Media) this new live dealer casino forms part of the recently launched bgo.com Macau multi-gaming site, accessible through a dedicated tab on the bgo.com website. bgo.com\macau is a replacement site for XBingo and combines both bingo and casino gaming with live dealer games that include roulette, blackjack and baccarat. The company plans on launching sports betting and lotto games in the near future. Adequate in design and the usual player services.
www.bingoiceland.com No-download Iceland Bingo is powered by 888's b2b subsidiary Dragonfish. It is owned by Iceland Foods Limited, a cut-price frozen food purveyor who appears to be partnered with affiliate marketing agency Quick Think Media. Along with bingo, casino games utilising 888, Eyecon and Openbet software are on offer. The site while garishly bright is effective and eye-catching. Currently offering a SUB of 200 percent on a deposit of more than GBP 10 maxed at GBP 100.
www.blacklotuscasino.com Powered by Betsoft, this online casino is believed to be a sister to Black Asia Casino – both operated by Curacao-licensed Taj Asia Enterprises NV. There are 125 games on the well-presented and fully serviced website, which offers PC, Mac and mobile gaming.
www.carbonsports.ag Carbon Poker expanded its offering to include a sports betting channel that also covers live betting. Professional in presentation, the operation is licenced by the Directorate of Offshore Gaming of Antigua and Barbuda under applicant Gaming Ventures Ltd who is thought to be associated with Domain Holdings and Jazette Enterprises. Carbon Sports.ag offers an alternative cashier service to its Carbon poker offering with Merge Gaming which is understood to be through Jazette Enterprises Limited. The website is powered by Sportsbook.ag (formerly dot com) who carries a D Rating from Sports Book Review (SBR). Currently offers a SUB of 25 percent maxed at $250.
www.casinoestrella.com Powered by MGS and operated by Starfish Media NV under a Curacao licence. Clean, well designed and fully serviced website targeted principally on the South American market. Instant play and live dealer action offered. There’s a 250 percent SUB maxed at $200.
www.casinofiz.com This download and instant play online casino is believed to be a Rival Gaming-powered white label operated by Rockbet Group. English and French language and the targeting appears to be on Australian, South African, UK and French punters. Professional looking if rather busy website with full player facilities and over 120 games. US-friendly.
www.crashpoker.com Online poker room, live dealer and internet casino and sports betting site with download and instant software poker on the Everleaf network; internet casino has software from Net Entertainment, the live dealer comes from MediaLive and sports betting software is CBC-X. Workmanlike but uninformative site. Believed to be owned by Everleaf. Malta licence. SUB 100 percent maxed at $1000. There have been recent complaints from players regarding slow-pay.
Other sites owned by Everleaf Gaming include PokerJoint, McPokerCasino, Pokerari, Cellsino Poker, Everleaf Poker, Golden Poker Club, Raising Cards, Prodigy Poker, 24OpenPoker, 2Poker, 4LifePoker, 5Poker5, 777PokerClub, 7pkPoker, AlbDigital Poker, Bet-In-Poker, BetPokerExchange, BluffBet, Cinema Poker, CobraBet, CPS Poker, Diamant Poker, FlamingoBet, FullKing Poker, Giocopro, Meteor Poker, Mibas Poker, MTA Poker, MyName Poker, Nino Poker, Online Poker 66, Orange Poker Club, Palmbet, Patriots of Poker, Piranha Poker, Pixi Poker, PK Face, Poker King Bet, Proxi Poker, SQ Poker, Circle Line Poker, and IQ Poker.
www.energycasino.com Recently launched on the EveryMatrix platform and includes games from Novomatic and its subsidiary Greentube. The owner is Probe Investments Limited which lists among its directors Brit brother and sister combo Anne and Peter Young, both of whom have been with the company for the last 18 years. The site sports Malta licensing, is of average quality but has a full range of player services.
www.euroslots.com A Cherry AB subsidiary, this website went live on a proprietary platform utilising QuickFire, powered by Microgaming and Net Entertainment software. The site was inaccessible at the time of writing
www.falconbet.com Very little information available on this new offering but promotional blurb says the people behind it have more than 20 years of gambling experience between them and have been successful traders in sports, casino and poker markets. Website registrant is Falcon Ventures out of Armenia with contact listed as one “Vahe Gevorgyan”. The website offers sports betting, financial markets, casino, skill games and poker from fast-poker firm Instadeal. No information on other software providers or licencing exists on a functional enough website.
www.freeslot.com This gratis slot action website is rudimentary in design. The website is copyrighted to Slotland Entertainment S.A.
www.golden10casino.com Primarily Dutch targeted, although it also has an English language version, this online casino is a member of the North Dakota Enterprise SA group which, despite its US-sounding title is a Costa Rica based operation claiming that it is licensed in that country (which does not offer a specific online gambling licence). There are other suspicious elements; there are button on the site claiming a high RTP, a ‘WGL' accreditation and a ‘World Gaming Licence' – all inactive and leading nowhere. There are over 60 games on offer, powered by software from a mix of providers that includes GTS, Rival, Sheriff and an outfit with which we are not familiar titled Simbat. Affiliate action is through Net Gaming Solutions, one of the biggest Netherlands-based affy programs. The website is of average standard with full services and a 100 percent SUB maxed at Euro 222. North Dakota Enterprise SA also owns Amsterdams Casino, Triple Gold Casino, Amsterdams Poker and Jackpot Red Casino.
www.goldenboysbet.com GoldenBoysBet is an online casino and financial gambling site, launched early 2012 by a team of entrepreneurs with a background in e-gaming, high-tech and financial markets, led by CEO Martin Linham. The site is at best of only average quality, but it is fully serviced and the operator has been acknowledged by a credible award for financial betting. The licence is Isle of Man, and the operator boasts that top games like Microgaming’s Battlestar Galactica and Batman Dark Knight are on offer, along with high value progressives and competitions.
www.heavenbet.com This operation is Gaming Media Group’s latest sportsbook offering following the launch of poker and casino sites late last year. Including a live betting offering, heavenbet is operated by InTouch Casino who uses Sports Betting Tech software. Poker (Ongame Network) and casino (Microgaming QuickFire) are accessible under one account on this professionally presented offering. The site, available in English, Russian and Romanian, offers the usual player services under a Malta-licence. Sister-sites comprise The Poker Channel, Poker Heaven and Mermaid Bet.
www.hippodromeonline.com The Leicester Square-situated and newly revamped Hippodrome Casino went live at hippodromeonline.com with a website built by Microgaming and operated by Betway Group. This well presented website includes full player services and over 450 games including branded slots featuring popular feature films. The site also features a Hippodrome Casino app enabling gamers to log on to their accounts using a range of portable devices.
www.hollywoodpoker.com US poker and games start-up company PLAOR relaunched its free-to-play Hollywood Poker. The adequately presented website markets to players wanting to watch, chat, and play with “over 200 celebrities”. Prizes include trips to attend star-studded events. PLAOR’s founder and CEO Mark Caldwell is an experienced executive who has previously worked as vice president of engineering for Disney and Playdom.
www.iGOSlots.com This new real-money mobile gambling destination at iGOSlots.com is owned by gaming start-up Koolbit and developed in partnership with Cozy Games. Koolbit's founder and chief executive officer Gerard Cunningham was the founder and president of Betfair USA. Includes a full suite of web-based and mobile gambling casino games under an Isle of Man licence. The website is pretty average but offers full player services.
www.islandresortandcasino.com An Aristocrat-developed nLive virtual casino for tribal terrestrial operation Island Resort Casino which is wholly owned by the Hannahville Indian Community, a federally-recognised Potawatomi Indian Tribe residing in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan State. This play-for-fun offering provides heads-up or multiplayer Texas Hold'em poker games, slot games and multiplayer skill-based games on PC and mobile platforms.
www.jackgold.com Owned by Locus Gaming, a company founded by Ed Andrewes (ex-Ladbrokes) and Mick D’Ancona (former tech exec for GCD Solutions). This new online casino is targeted at smartphone and tablet device users. Originally named jackwildcasino.com, the name was subsequently changed to jackgold.com perhaps due to potential name confusion of the well-known Microgaming-powered online casino Wild Jack Casino. Payment processing is performed by Datacash and instant-play slot titles are from Realistic Gaming, Sheriff Gaming, NYX, Next Gen and Microgaming. The site operates on the NYX Interactive platform and it’s backed by a call centre that is located in the U.K.
www.jbetpoker.com Online casino and poker room until recently powered by Microgaming, however the site now bears an advisory informing players that it is no longer a MGS licensee, but not clarifying to which software it has changed. Professional looking site which comes in English, Japanese and Chinese language versions and is operated by Global Online Limited out of Gibraltar. KGC licensing. No US players.
www.jocbet.com Online casino, live dealer, poker and bingo operation licensed in Malta and Curacao and operated by WantedPlay, Malta in five languages – English, Brazilian-Portuguese, German, Italian and Spanish. Mix of softwares – Beproga for poker and World Match for the RNG casino. The average quality website is fully serviced and has a carnival theme. Does not accept US action. Support appears to be located in the UK, and a 250 percent SUB maxed at Euro 2,500 is on offer.
www.juegaocho.com Spanish-English language online casino that appears to be focused on bingo, supported by a range of side games from Net Entertainment. Average presentation with full player services based in Lima, Peru, although the enterprise is licensed in Malta to owners Pololo Gaming Limited. This site has the appearance of a turnkey project provided by Verity Gaming Network, an Illinois-based turnkey provider of outsourced gaming technology and marketing services that offers Ongame and Shufflemaster (SHFL) to its clients as well.
www.kiroljokoa.es Basque bookmaker Kiroljokoa debuted its online and mobile sports betting platforms for residents of the autonomous community. The website is powered by proprietary software Kirolsoft which is regulated by Basque Country authorities. It offers a range of traditional sports betting options along with live betting. The Kiroljokoa-brand is owned by Tele Apostuak which has operated in the Basque sports betting market since 2008
www.luckia.es Interactive gaming developer Betware launched Luckia.es in to the Spanish market for land-based gaming operator Grupo EGASA. A sports, casino, poker and bingo offering powered by Betware’s gaming platform and licenced by the Spanish authority DGOJ. Functional and clean in presentation.
www.luckity.com Churchill Downs Inc.’s newest online gambling site running on proprietary software takes advantage of carve-outs in US federal law that permit interstate gambling on horse races. The site currently offers 24 cash games and is a sister site to Thoroughbets.com, Bet Harness and TwinSpires. Lack-luster in presentation, luckity.com is powered by twinspires.
www.luckyfoxcasino.com this site is not yet up, although the Americans behind it, DHS Holding, have been punting their penny stock based on its imminent launch for months now. The company is licensed in Belize with a Nelize company, and has announced several times that the online casino, sports betting and poker site will be operated from that location. In the meantime they have tried to flight the idea of a poker subscription club with monthly fees of $14.95 with what appears to be limited success. They are being assisted in setting up by the Malta-based FenServices which has reportedly negotiated a software package with Net Entertainment.
www.luckypantsbingo.com Who would have thought a website theme based on underwear would work? But that’s what the operator Daub has done with this bingo website which offers 75 and 90 ball bingo along with side games from top suppliers like Microgaming, Sheriff Gaming and Wagerworks. It’s a fully serviced site and a sister to Spin and Win.
www.monacoacescasino.com Powered by Viaden Media software from the Ukraine, this is an Isle of Man licensed online casino offering a 100 percent SUB maxed at a sensible $200. The presentation and game selection is impressive, and full player facilities are offered. Owners are Pearl Aces Limited.
www.norskespill.com Launched by white-label gaming software provider EveryMatrix Limited, Norske Spill.com utilises EveryMatrix’ GamMatrix management platform and includes play from a wide range of top vendors that include Net Entertainment, Betsoft Gaming, Microgaming, Play’n GO and International Game Technology. Malta-licenced, full player services and a clean, workmanlike presentation.
www.parasino.com Relatively new online download/live dealer casino, poker and sports betting site that has been spamming the message boards recently. Powered by a mix of software from NetEnt, Everymatrix, EnetPoker and XProGaming, it is licensed in Curacao and Malta. Very little upfront information on ownership, but the prime target is the high-risk Turkish market, although language and currency variants are also available for Bulgarian, Greek, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian and Russian players. Average if somewhat cluttered website that offers a full range of player facilities. Matchplay SUB maxed at Euro 200 available, along with a slew of reload incentives.
www.Partouche-game.com This new offering is a joint venture between the Groupe Partouche France-Pari partnership Partouche Interactive, which extends to a joint venture with TVcatchup.com. Powered by Sportnco, a B2B subsidiary of France Pari , the new site offers betting on 1,000 sporting events each week. Partouche-game.com offers around 100 instant-play games covering roulette, blackjack, slots, video poker, keno, table games, scratch cards and skill games. An average website in presentation but offers full player services.
www.playnow.com British Columbia and the Manitoba Government teamed up on this online operation offering live/in-play betting, poker, and sportsbook using OpenBet and Parlay Games software. Licenced in Manitoba, it is the second online gaming operated by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation. Games are open to Manitobans only.
www.plazawincasino.com Professional looking online and mobile casino powered by Playtech instant and download software under a Gibraltar licence. Owned by iGlobal Media Entertainment Ltd and managed by Global Gaming Net. Full player services. There’s a matchplay SUB maxed at a generous GBP 1000. US players not welcome.
www.pokerrebel.com We’re not sure on what download software this poker site is using – some are claiming it is IGSoft, but others disagree. There is very little upfront general information on the site, which is themed on the classic Communist rebelista Che Guevara in English and Portuguese versions. Targeting appears to be Brazil and UK. The outfit is based in Costa Rica, so no real licensing. One James Eade is understood to be running the show.
www.pulsecasino.com This new online casino is licensed by the Isle of Man and sits on the Cash Ball Network. Powered by NYX Gaming, it offers around 125 games, that include those from Microgaming. A mobile channel is due to be launched in the near future.
www.redrabbitcasino.com Powered by Microgaming Quickfire and managed by Digital Outcome NV, this is a basic, Curacao-licensed online casino owned and operated by Warnmill Services Ltd out of Cyprus. Unimaginative presentation but full player services.
www.rubyslotscasino.com It is understood that this Costa Rica-based online casino belongs to the notorious Virtual online casino group. The RTG-powered website is garish and cluttered, but offers full player facilities and both download and instant games.
www.trophyvegas.com Isle of Man-licenced Trophyvegas.com sits on the Cash Ball Network and is a partner to social gaming application Trophy Slots. The site utilises software from Microgaming, Next Generation Gaming, NYX Interactive and Sheriff Gaming. Its carries a mediocre site design but offers full player services. Currently offering a SUB of 100 percent on deposits of at least £/€/$10 maxed at £/€/$250.
www.uwin.com Global.Sportsbook.com a.k.a sportsbook.ag a.k.a. sportsbook.com rebranded its Canadian website to uwin.com. The website is professionally presented with the usual player services and is currently offering a 25 percent sports SUB maxed at $500, a 100 percent casino SUB maxed at $100 and a 100 percent poker SUB maxed at $500. Licenced by the LGA, there is a dedicated tab for U.S. players that reroutes them to sportsbook.ag.
www.whiteknightcasino.com Professional looking site that is a white label operation for owners Pure Gaming Limited – a marketing outfit. The enterprise is operated and has been supplied by Plus-Five Gaming, offering a wide range of games from Microgaming's Quickfire, Aliquantum, Aberrant, WMS, IGT and Mahjong Logic. The licensing is LGA, Malta, and activities cover live dealer, RNG casino and mobile.
www.win2day.be Casinos Austria-owned Win2Day.be went live in Belgium using systems developer and supplier Omega Gaming's Core system for its Grand Casino Brussels at Viage-associated multi-channel online gaming offering. Utilising Microgaming and NetEnt software licensed in Belgium, it is a sister site to German operation win2day.at. The website is busy but professional and offers a variety of SUB’s for its poker and casino offerings.
www.Zyngapluscasino.co.uk and www.zyngapluspoker.co.uk Developed by the US social gaming giant Zynga and a partnership with Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment the soon to launch website currently invites prospective players to sign up via e-mail pre-launch.