03/14/2012 : Online gambling industry covering the period December 17, 2011 through March 17, 2012.
NEW ONLINE CASINO WEBSITES:
Microgaming powers the recently added online casino to this primarily sportsbook operation, which has been online since 2003 and holds a UK Gambling Commission licence. The casino action is split into a Gold (CTXM software) and Platinum (MGS software) offering, both backed with full player facilities. Presentation is average. The recent online casino offering carries Netherlands Antilles licencing.
RTG-powered download online casino offering full player services and a comprehensive gaming suite but little upfront information on the operator, perhaps because it accepts US action. Average site with a rather generous 400 percent sign up bonus.
Professional looking online site with 220+ download games from Playtech. Gibraltar licence and full player services in English, German, Swedish, Dutch and Spanish language versions. Apparently owned by bwin.party digital and operated by Party Gaming’s Global Gaming Network. The site utilises additional software from Videobet. Offering a first deposit bonus of 100% maxed at Euro 200, with another four of the same over the next four deposits.
Live dealer and online casino powered by DGS and offering both sportsbook and casino action…but not to US players. The operator is unknown and there is little upfront information other than the site is based in Costa Rica and there are no indications that it is licensed. Presentation is at best average, but basic player services are available.
Powered by download and instant play software from 36Gaming of Malta, which is currently at the centre of a row claiming that its games are rip-off designs based on Rival software offerings (see InfoPowa News reports). This site also offers live dealer action through Helladabet, which is a brand of Vue Tec and its partnership with the Irish land operation Fitzwilliam Card Club. The website is of average quality but offers full player facilities and comes in Russian, Spanish, English and Greek versions under Malta LGA licensing.
A start-up sportsbook operator launched to the Italian market by the Tarricone Holding Group. Offers odds on sporting events and is branching out into the casino sector. Powered by Microgaming’s Prima Networks Limited utilising QuickFire software.
Mediocre multi-language website carrying a range of games from the Novomatic company, perhaps better known for its land gambling offerings. The operator is listed as Quasar Limited and Quasar Gaming.com, using a Malta LGA licence. Full player services and there's a 100 percent SUB maxed at 200 Euro/GBP and repeated on reloads.
888.com has partnered with Endemol and Channel 5 to launch this new bingo site branded Big Brother Bingo.com. The website utilises a variety of softwares from 888 Holdings Plc, Openbet, Eyecon, IGT Interactive, CryptoLogic Limited, Electracade Ltd., Gaming Technology Solutions Plc and Next Generation Gaming Pty, Ltd under a Gibraltar licence. Bright and funky in design and offering a 200% SUB maxed at GBP 100.
A new Dragonfish-powered online bingo offering that is set in a social environment where players have a chance to comment, voice, rate and share their interest at facebook.com.bingo3x/. Bingo3X is licenced in Gibraltar through Cassava Enterprises, utilises Electracade, 888 and OpenBet software and is owned by Seeding Ventures, an independently held Company operated by an unidentified group of entrepreneurs from varied backgrounds. Bingo3X.com is Seeding Ventures' first venture.
Interesting website owned by Gambling B2B and offering a range of live dealer bingo and casino games powered by Vue Tec. Average in design, the website is offered in English, Spanish and Portuguese language versions. The site, launched late 2011 offers internet live dealer bingo and casino action and is targeted mainly on Brazilian bingo fans. Local payment methods and bingo callers on a platform offering bingo halls of 90 balls, 75 and variants, plus more than 50 slots games and casino games like scratch cards, slot games, roulette, blackjack, Baccarat, Jack and Better Video Poker.
Following Bodog’s withdrawal from the US market (of which its bodog.com domain has since been seized by the DoJ – see previous InfoPowa report), U.S.-facing customers were promised a new look, new name and the same services from the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group by way of "its own proprietary brand" BOVADA.lv. The website supports download and no-download options utilizing proprietary software along with those from RTG and DGS. Licenced by the Kahwanake Gaming Commission, the website offers casino, live dealer, racebook as well as a mobile sportsbook, poker and racebook.
Playtech-powered new online casino operated by the respected Irish sports betting group Boyle Sports and licenced in Alderney. Utilises additional software from Electracade. Good site with full player services and both download and Flash games. The casino extends the sites already popular poker and bingo offering.
Owned by Jackpot Gaming Limited and operated by Chelbis, Budget Bingo is an online bingo room operating under a Malta licence. A non-download offering with casino games from Cozy Games. While uninspiring visually, it does offer full player services and currently a GBP 20 no-deposit bonus and a 250% first deposit bonus.
Operated by Olympian Trading Limited, a subsidiary of the IAM Corp Group, that also promotes GR88.com. Recently re-launched and operating under Netherlands Antilles and Kahnawake gaming licences. Utilising Microgaming's Quickfire Casino and Live Dealer casino product, the operation underwent an integration with EveryMatrix and its OddsMatrix, GamMatrix, PartnerMatrix and Next Bingo Network. Its online poker sits on the Merge Gaming Network and Mobile casino, sportsbook and bingo games are to be added in the near future. Offering a variety of generous SUB’s following the input of a bonus code provided by the website. Professional in design with full player services on offer in Russian, English and Spanish.
Greek language and mediocre presentation on this online casino site powered by 888-Dragonfish under a Gibraltar licence. It is carrying an IGC logo.
Mentioned in our previous review, this Orientplay Ltd-owned online casino has launched under a Malta licence. It is powered by World Match software with online poker offered through Everleaf and the Euro Cake Poker networks. Live dealer action is also on offer and a live betting facility is imminent. While dark and rather uninspiring but functional, this website offers full player services, does not accept U.S. play and is offering a 100% SUB maxed at Euro 200.
Also operated by Milore Limited under a Curacao licence, this is another new RTG powered online casino with the same content as locopanda listed further on. It is old-fashioned and uninspiring in design and offers a variety of SUB’s listed as the Nickel Package 150% maxed at $1500 for slots, the Dime Package 200% on deposits of $50 or more maxed at $2000 and the Quarter package 300% on deposits of $75 or more maxed at $3000.
Apparently owned by Eurotech Group Ltd, a rather typical Rival-powered online casino with both download and instant play games supported by the usual player services. Interestingly (for a Rival) it lists both US and Canadian toll-free support numbers. There's a matchplay SUB and the average looking site comes in English, French, Spanish, Italian and German language versions. Very little upfront information, but the affiliate program is through Affiliate Gold Mine.
Another basic B3W powered online casino, this one with a Malta licence, was recently taken down and is now ‘under construction’.
As reported in the last review, Fortuna zakłady bukmacherskie’s first online bookmaking offering in Poland has launched and reported to be doing well.
Online casino GEObet.com utilises EveryMatrix Ltd, Microgaming and Net Entertainment software and is licenced accordingly in Netherlands Antilles and Malta. Sister site to GR88 Poker, Bulldog777 and GR88 Casino owned by Olympian Trading Limited, it offers download and instant play options. The website carries a clean, workmanlike design and offers full player services.
NeoGames’ marketing arm AspireGlobal launched this online soft gaming website into the Belgian market. An average website featuring a range of 20 plus soft game titles. GrandGames is a brand owned by ASG Technologies Ltd. with its games operated under the licence of Sonic S.A. The website is powered and operated by NeoGames.
Operated by BYB Operations in London, this online casino is off to a rocky start by having non-linking TST RNG testing lab buttons and poorly rendered games that look suspiciously like clumsy rip-offs of games from well established operators like MGS and RTG. The producer of these games is not at present known. Although the site accepts dollars, sterling and euro, and offers full player services, it is badly executed and not recommended. It comes in French and English language versions.
Launch imminent (apparently in March). This new online casino is owned by the Leicester Square land casino in London currently being revamped for around GBP 20 million, and will be operated by InTouch Casino Limited, licensed in Malta in a joint venture between Hippodrome and the UK media and advertising group Media Corporation. Boss Media is powering the poker and casino elements on a clean, professional looking site with full player services. A 200 percent SUB is being advertised, and U.S. and Turkish players are excluded.
Latest information on this online casino, which has been online since 2009, is that it is now part of the ASG Technologies group registered in Tortola, British Virgin Isles and a stablemate of Scratch to Cash, GrandGames.be, Casino Rijk and possibly Karamba Casino. The operation is still powered by Neogames and now has a mobile facility. 8 languages and a Malta licence. There are reports that the operator has an unfortunate ‘spirit of the bonus’ approach to bonus wins; and that the company refuses to open dialogue with mediators in player disputes where the player has been unable to get a response.
Popular Gamesys-owned UK operational website Jackpotjoy has expanded into Sweden. Falling under Gamesys subsidiary Leisure Spin Limited – Jackpotjoy.se joins Spanish-facing Botemania under the same roof. Utilising Gamesys software, the website follows a similar format, both in content and design, as its popular UK counterpart.
The result of an extension to Groupe Partouche and its online betting partner France-Pari’s relationship. The two companies will extend their online activities through France Pari’s platform utilizing a Maltese licence. The new offering will be launched within the next few weeks.
Cloaked domain and little upfront information on the owner of this RTG-powered site, which is of average quality but offers full player services. Good selection of download and instant play games, with licensing from Curacao. The registered operator is a company called Milore Limited, about which little is known or available.
Germany's formerly leading online lottery broker Tipp24 re-launched on the German market with a new website branded Lotto24.de following a protracted legal battle with monopoly-minded German states. The re-launch in Germany was made possible by new gaming legalization in the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein. Operated by Tipp24 Deutschland GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tipp24 SE, it will be brokering tickets for its partner, NordwestLotto, the state lottery company in Schleswig-Holstein.
Betonsoft powers this Curacao-licensed online casino, which is operated by Taj Asia Enterprises NV and is rumoured to have a relationship with the disgraced Grande Prive group (betcasino grandbay is mentioned in the press release address) The site is clean and workmanlike but not remarkable, and offers the usual player facilities. A matchplay SUB maxed at $200 is available.
Currently a parked domain for a basic lifestyle themed internet casino site powered by B3W and associated with Casino Cosmos. Apparently owned by LLC Entertainment SA holding licencing in Panama.
Live dealer action from Venice Casino in Malta, alongside conventional online gambling powered by World Match. The site design is average and rather dark, but there are adequate player services under a Malta licence. A 100 percent SUB is offered.
This online games site is owned and powered by PariPlay’s proprietary software licenced in the Isle of Man. Uninspiring in design, the website is a sister site to the new Scratch Games and Bella Jackpot websites who carry the same characteristics in design, licencing and software.
This UK-targeted online casino operates under an Alderney licence and is powered by Aristocrat and IGT software delivering over 300 games. The operator is Game Account Global and the site is professional and efficient, with a full range of player services. There’s a 100 percent SUB maxed at GBP150.
There are seven language versions of this average quality sportsbook, poker, RNG casino and live dealer casino site which offers both Net Entertainment and Chartwell Tech games, along with live dealer action from a studio in the Philippines. The poker is on the iPoker network, with the whole licensed by Malta’s LGA. It is understood that the owners are Personal Exchange International (PEI). There have been reports recently that the operator has been confiscating winnings under suspicious circumstances, and SBR downgraded the site to a D early this year.
Betfinder.com operator Darren Moore launched this social sports betting network designed for the betting community. The platform provides members with a means of posting betting tips for prizes. Most active “tipsters” are rewarded with prizes and free bet tokens.
Nice looking site with full services, powered by Playtech and licensed by Alderney. Interestingly, the site appears to accept South African action in Rands despite recent court decisions in that country that online gambling is illegal. The site is professional and offers both download and instant games in eight languages including Turkish. But there is limited information on the operator. It is owned by Universal Spheres Inc. The site's primary language is English. It supports both downloadable software and the ability to place a wager without a download.
Another RTG-powered online casino with over 130 good downloadable games carried on a professional looking website with full facilities. Latin American targeting, although the site appears to be hosted in the UK. Thought to have connections with the notorious Virtual group, although this has not been confirmed. There is little in the way of upfront information, although the site is available in English and Spanish language versions. $30 free chip offer for new users, and a 100 percent SUB maxed at a rather generous $1000.
3D online poker site PKR.com launched a dedicated Italian site governed by the AAMS regulatory authority at PKR.it. Hosted by PKR.com, PKR.it will bring the company's trademark next-gen gameplay to Italian poker players offering a range of real money cash games, Sit & Go’s and multi table tournaments in addition to a variety of free poker practice tables.
Powered by the little-known German software provider KGR Entertainment, and with both download and instant play options, this 8 language online casino offers little upfront information regarding licensing or ownership on its average quality website, which nevertheless has the usual player services. It operates out of Costa Rica.
Following an absence of three years, the Bwin brand has opened pokerroom.com’s virtual doors again, its resurrection apparently initiated as a side project by bwin.party Stockholm employees.
Licenced in Gibraltar, pokerroom is an instant play offering for PC and MAC users running on the recently sold Ongame network. Pleasing, clean design with full player services and a current SUB of a sensible 100% maxed at $100.
Boasts some nice Novomatic online games on a very basic and unprepossessing site that nevertheless offers a full range of player services. Malta LGA licensing. The website comes in Russian, Romanian, Norwegian, Swedish and English languages and is owned and operated by the European land casino equipment manufacturer Quasar Limited.
Owned by RSP Entertainment N.V., Red Star utilises Cake Gaming (Poker), Microgaming (Casino) and Sports Betting Tech (Sportsbook). Unremarkable and austere in design, the website carries Netherlands/Antilles licencing, does not require a download and presents in both English and Russian language options.
Launched by NewCo Entertainment Limited, Robin Hood Bingo.com is a sister site to Moon Bingo, Polo Bingo and Gossip Bingo. Licenced through Cassava Enterprises in Gibraltar and powered by Dragonfish, it additionally utilises software from Eyecon, IGT Interactive, and OpenBet. Bright and cartoonish but still professional in appearance, the site offers flash-based play with full player services.
One of a long list of template sportsbook-online casinos powered by DGS and operated by Go To Entertainment out of Costa Rica, where the company trades as ‘Des Sports Informatiques’. It’s a pretty basic website but has adequate player facilities.
Another Dragonfish operation licenced in Gibraltar, also utilizing IGT, OpenBet and Electracade software. Flash-based play set against a decidedly feminine design. Full player services.
Sister site to Tombola Limited’s UK Bingo site Tombola.co.uk, an Italian facing offering licenced by AAMS and utilizing proprietary software.
Newly launched Isle of Man licensed online and mobile casino site powered by Viaden and offering a selection of 50 games to the punter. Although the website has full player facilities, it is amateur in presentation and not particularly impressive. Owner-operator is Trada Gaming on the Isle of Man. There’s a matchplay SUB maxed at a sensible Euro 200, which is generously repeated if the player reloads his account.
MGS-powered and Aussie-themed online bingo and side games site licensed in Malta and operated by the Fortune Lounge group. Good site presentation with lots of promos and competitions, along with community action. Deposits are accepted in Euro/dollar and sterling. Check out the fun Aussie slang chat phrases. There's a 200 percent SUB maxed at a sensible GBP100, and the site also offers re-up inducements.
Operated by Twist International Ltd out of Belize, under a Curacao licence, this online casino is believed to have links with a Russian operation dubbed Casino.ru, and its instant play games exhibit a distinct Russian feel from what is thought to be software provider GloboTech. The site is of average quality and offers full player facilities.
Recently launched by operator TWLV Gaming on an Isle of Man licence, this is an online bingo site powered by proprietary software from TWLV Technology in Eindhoven, Holland managed by CTO Gus Jansen. CEO Abe Olde Schepers, a youngish internet entrepreneur is apparently based in London. English language, with German and French versions soon, the website has the usual player services but appears sparse and very bland.
Software from Amusi Gaming and an affiliate program through Kingsbury Services Limited (which also owns the domain) characterise this average looking site which seems to have an interesting business model designed to circumvent US enforcement by offering players an opportunity to buy classified adverts in lieu of deposits. Basic player services.
The Vera & John operation is an interesting online casino site powered by three different softwares – Betsoft, Microgaming, Play’n GO and Net Entertainment – which gives it an inventory of around 300 games. The blurb says that its founders are a group of funky but businesslike people with experience in the industry, and the operator is identified as Plain Support SA and Plain Gaming out of San Jose, Costa Rica. The colourful, cluttered but workmanlike website offers full player services and appears to be targeted on British punters. There’s a 100 percent SUB sensibly maxed at GBP 100 with hefty wager throughs.
Owned by Sportech plc, the new Vernons Casino is built and powered by Playtech. Offering a downloadable casino and poker. The website is professional and easy to use, carrying strong branding throughout. Along with full player services, Vernons Casino is offering a 100% SUB maxed at GBP 250 and Vernons Poker 200% maxed at GBP 250.
New no-download online casino operated and powered by the Isle of Man-based company PariPlay under an IOM licence. Well executed tropical island theme and full player services that appear to be UK focused at present. PariPlay has partnered with a marketing company titled Oilse Limited in the venture. The games are slow on download but appear to be well presented with a variety of themes. There are 21 slots, 22 scratchcards, 6 instant win games including keno and three casino games – War, BJ and Texas HE.
Powered by Microgaming bingo and side game software with 250 games available, this is a professional if busy looking site with full player services and a Kahnawake licence. The financial arrangements are via Inexia-Datacash and the owners have a partnership agreement with All Slots Casino.