New Gambling Websites : Q2 2012

Tuesday June 26, 2012 : NEW ONLINE CASINO WEBSITES:
Sportsbook (from OddsMatrix); Live dealer casino (from XPro Gaming); Poker (from Cake Poker Network) and RNG Casino (from Bluff 21 – New Deal Gaming) operated by EveryMatrix and licenced in Curacao and Malta. This multi-platform site comes in 9 different languages on a fully services website of average quality. There’s a sensible Euro 150 SUB on offer.
ComTrade, a Slovenian IT firm based in Ljubljana, partnered with Pascual Gaming to launch this new Belgian online casino for the 36Win brand,  Fully compliant with Belgian regulations, the website carries special player protection requirements and is clean and professional in design.
Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corp owned harness racing track Batavia Downs in conjunction with Saratoga Casino and Raceway and eBet Technologies LLC in the US State of New York is due to launch an online betting offering under once final approvals from the State Racing and Wagering Board have been attained.
Currently powered by Chartwell Tech, this operation is currently carrying out extensive player consultations on bonusing via the message boards (interestingly, 60 percent of players in one poll described bonuses as ‘the bane of the industry’), and claims that it is soon to transfer to the Microgaming platform. Rather dark website but professional in appearance and offering a full range of player facilities under Malta and Alderney licensing. The operator is IGC member NRR Entertainment Limited, and launched in 2011.
A new “free” sports betting website from the Delmar, New York-based Five1Eight Internet Media LLC.  The website emphasises it is not a gambling venue but allows players to make picks against real spreads, lines and totals for all major league sports and some college sports including MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA and NCAA, using points as opposed to money. Points can be used to enter weekly, bi-weekly, monthly and seasonal tournaments and promotional contests with prizes on offer from $100 gift cards to iPad’s, 3D TV's and entries into the World Series of Poker Championship.  It is uninspiring in design with difficult to read text.
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Bets of Bitcoin is a website where punters can bet on upcoming real world events from elections to product launches using peer-to-peer digital currency BitCoins. Every bet is a statement on the outcome of the event and bettors bet either true or false.  Bets on the losing side are distributed to winners, the statement submitter and the website. The website is rudimentary in design with no information on ownership or any other details for that matter.
Greek and English language online poker and casino site featuring both Flash and download games from Brigend-Cassava-888. This appears to be a white label through Dragonfish, but there is little to identify the real owner on the site, which is rather unappealing and unimaginative, although it does offer a full range of player services under a Gibraltar licence and an IGC seal. Unfortunately there are already player complaints mounting against this enterprise, mainly on slow-pay. Mediation sites report that the 888 either ignores mediation attempts or says it will not work with mediators – nether are a good sign for players with a problem at this site.There’s a 100 percent SUB maxed at Euro 280 available.
Professional looking, fully serviced RTG-powered website but very little useful upfront information on display. There’s a Euro 1150 SUB, and both French and English language versions.
Formerly known as CasinoEuro, Casino Maxi has had an online presence since 2002. It's operated by Realm Entertainment Limited, part of a group with over 40 years experience in the gaming business. In recent the times the operation has come in for player criticism due to botched promos in which it appears to expect the player to take the hit. The site offers online gambling in three currencies – Euro, $ and GBP – and six languages (Dutch, English, Turkish, Greek, Spanish and German).  There is live dealer action from Evolution Gaming and RNG games from a range of suppliers that includes Net Entertainment, Ash Gaming, NextGen, Blueprint and Crypto. The operators, Realm Entertainment claim licensing from the LGA in Malta, Gibraltar and Alderney. The fully serviced website is professional in presentation and offers a 100 percent SUB maxed at Euro 150.
Owned by Italian land operator San Remo Casino, this online offering follows agreement with Malta-based live dealer technology provider MediaLive.  MediaLive will provide the technology for the casino to stream its action on Casino San in real time from its sumptuous casino floors, making it possible for online and land players to gamble together.
A new online poker site on the Everleaf Poker Network.  Ownership details are scant but the operation is managed by Michelle McKay.  The new site is targeted on European poker players and offers a full range of facilities on a professional looking site that provides Texas Holdem, Omaha Hi, Omaha Hi/Lo and 7 Card Stud ring games and multi-table tournaments.  A 100 percent sign-up bonus maxed at a generous Euro 600 is available.
This operator has been around using Net Entertainment software since 2010, but recently revamped the site and changed to Rival software under a Curacao licence. The site is of average quality but offers a full range of services to players, including wagering in dollars, euros or pounds sterling. There are 8 language versions, and punters are offered a 250 percent SUB maxed at Euro 2,500 but with tough W/T requirements.
US-facing download and instant-play online casino site powered by RTG and with the almost total lack of relevant information we have come to expect from such operations. The licensing is Curacao, and the rather dark but workmanlike website is available in English and French language versions with full player facilities. The usual RTG sign-up bonuses are available, along with a 15 percent cash-back offer on all deposits wagered over $50.
Intralot launched its fixed odds gambling site into the South African market along with its mobile sister   Licenced with the South African National Gambling Board, the Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board and registered with the Financial Intelligence Centre. A clean, workmanlike and professional in design website offering sports, live and mobile betting.  The website utilises Intralot Interactive software
Belongs to Mansion Group, linked with the land-based Les Ambassadeurs Club and powered by Playtech. Glossy, professional and fully serviced site offering download and instant play online casino gaming with a large selections of games. The site is operated under a Gibraltar licence and comes in English and five other European languages.
This new online casino offers a racebook and sportsbook utilising Beast Gaming software.  It is licensed in the Netherlands Antilles but details on ownership are scant. Contact details list one rickie robbins in Sacramento, who uses a yahoo e-mail address.  The website is average in design and rather dark and it currently offers a generous 200 percent SUB.
Although recently launched, this site has already earned itself notoriety by spamming the message boards, and is engaged in questionable games copyright activity and lies about its licensing. It is understood that that it is associated with the infamous Russian internet entrepreneur Alex Polynakov and his many aliases. The Flash software is from Casino2Sale, which has also been linked with Polynakov, and there is a sister casino branded LuckyTimeCasino out there somewhere.  The software is mediocre, and the site is messy and uses poor English, but basic player services are on offer. There is little if any useful information on the site, which comes in five language versions including Russian, and features an interesting facility in which players can link the site’s action to their personal music or sound choices on their PC or laptop.
One of the Mansion group websites, powered by a mix of CTXM and Playtech softwares and offering casino, poker, sportsbook and live dealer action in seven languages. Based in Manila, Philippines and operates on a First Cagayan licence.
The Unibet-owned Maria Poker online operations will soon be launched in the United Kingdom.  The launch will be managed by WFCA, a UK digital advertising agency and will include television and social networking activity.
The newly opened Hanover MD $500 million Maryland Live! Casino launched with the introduction of a play-for-fun online casino at  The free website allows gaming enthusiasts to play slots games, win virtual credits, compete in online tournaments, and sign-up for a Live! Rewards player card.
Powered by CTXM software, this online casino is operated under a Curacao licence by Transparent Gaming Limited and offers full player services, together with wagering in GBP, $ and Euros. The site is cluttered and of average quality but there are some good bonuses, including special high-roller offers of 150 percent with relatively low W/T, and a standard 100 percent SUB maxed at 350 credits. VIP players can get 30 percent cash back under the loyalty program. US players are not accepted.
Another RTG-powered online casino that is believed to belong to the same group as Loco Panda, Grand Parker and Classy Coin in the Curacao-licensed Milore Ltd group. Despite the title, the website is rather dark and uninteresting, although it offers full player facilities. There have been an increasing number of reports from players that this operation is indulging in widespread spamming.
This is a sexually-charged online poker site that was formerly dubbed Swank Poker. It sits on the download and instant play Everleaf Poker Network and is licensed in Malta. Average presentation but all the usual player services. There’s a 100 percent SUB maxed at $600.
As the name suggests, this online gambling site offers a range of skill, slots and blackjack instant-play games in both a social free gaming environment and for real money. The operator/owner is St Endeliion Limited (apparently named after a small parish in northern Cornwall) and the games on the clean and workmanlike website come from a variety of suppliers like St Endellion; Root9 Media Lab in Austria; Playjam in the UK; and Arcadelia AB in Sweden. Tournament and p2p action is offered under a Gibraltar licence. There’s a 200 percent SUB maxed at GBP 500, and the marketing appears to be targeted on British players.
This RealTime Gaming-powered online casino offers slots, roulette, video poker, craps, blackjack and baccarat specifically targeting South African punters, thereby operating in a currently illegal online market.  Typically RTG, ownership and licencing details are scant but the operation is being vigorously marketed by a Johannesburg-based promotions manager named Vanessa Abrahams.  Servers are based in Curacao.
Despite the prohibition of operating and advertising real money online casinos in Switzerland, The Swiss Casinos Group launched a free to play online casino into the Swiss market, effectively laying the foundation for real-money play should legal reform come about.   The new online casino, accessed through a dedicated tab on the Swiss Casinos Gruppe website, provides online play to customers 18 years-and-older who are resident of Switzerland or Liechtenstein, and awards credits that can be redeemed at terrestrial Swiss Casinos in Pfäffikon SZ, St. Gallen or Schaffhausen.  Points won while playing can be redeemed for non cash prizes from a single drink to a casino aperitif party for 20 people worth CHF 1 000. The online offering provides a choice of six card games, five table games, nine slots and four video poker games which include Blackjack, American Roulette, Craps, Sic Bo and others, with future plans including a "Freeroll Online Poker Room".
Soon after launching under a Belgian licence in that country, Casinos Austria is planning to extend operations on its website with the addition of online bingo, poker and sports betting to its existing casino games.  Casinos Austria and Austrian Lotteries partnered with the local Grand Casino Brussels to get a foothold in the parochial Belgian internet gambling market and obtain the requisite licensing.