Santa’s Wild Ride released by Microgaming

Microgaming gambling sites are included in any best online casino directory you can find out there. Even the name of this software developing company signifies the trustworthiness and reliability of a gambling site you are visiting. One of the most lucrative things about Microgaming software package is that it is get updated quite often. For example, Microgaming has never failed to release a brand-new slot machine on the threshold of Christmas celebrations. Deck the Halls slot was launched in 2008, Scrooge video slot was introduced last year and this year we should all check out the incredible Santa’s Wild Ride online slot that offers another prospective on the traditional Christmas theme.

First of all, Santa’s Wild Ride is not a traditional video slot with 20 or 25 lines that you can activate. Paylines are removed to give you even more opportunities to win. You have 243 ways to win that are counted from left to right. Any combination of 3 or more adjacent symbols will pay according to the pay table. By the way, Microgaming software is so convenient that you don’t even have to revisit the Info screen to refresh your memory. You can just click on any symbol to view its payout.

Second, Santa’s Wild Ride crushes our traditional image of Santa Clause who arrives on his sleigh driven by reindeer. Santa created by Microgaming developing team is way too cool to do such trivial things. He wears dark glasses and rides an expensive motorbike (200 coins for 5 symbols)!Mrs. Santa has also changed a lot and looks like a hot girl wearing a helmet (175 coins for 5 symbols). An Elf with a wrench and a drill in his hands helps Santa with his ride (150 coins for 5 symbols). Beer and huge greasy Sandwich (80 coins for 5 symbols each) were added to the traditional Christmas pastries like Tarts and Cookies.

Santa’s Wild Ride logo acts as a Wild symbol that can substitute all the ordinary symbols. What’s more, Santa’s Wild Ride logo also awards a random multiplier when it helps to complete a winning line. You can get 2х,3х or 4х multipliers.

All Christmas-themed slot machines offer several bonus features and Santa’s Wild Ride is not an exception. First of all, there is a Free Gift Bonus. Symbols of Christmas Gifts can emerge randomly on reels 2 and 4. And once you unwrap them, you will get some nice cash prizes. However, the most interesting symbol to look out for is the symbol of Keys. Once you get 3,4 or 5 of them anywhere on the screen, you trigger the Free Spins feature with 2x multiplier. You will be able to pick one of free spins features: Stacked Wilds, Expanding Wilds or Trailing Wild. Whatever option you choose, your payouts will be substantially bigger. The biggest win you can get in the Free Spins round is 1900 000 coins, can you imagine that??

Santa’s Wild Ride video slot allows you to play from 1 to 5 coins with denomination from 0.01 to 0.05. This game is currently available in all the best Microgaming online casino directory sites like Platinum Play Casino or Jackpot City. Let’s rock!!!

Exciting news from Omni Casino

Omni Casino has been operating on the global gambling market for 12 years already. Since 1997, this casino has always surprised us with quality casino games, fascinating promotions and contests. October is going to be a hot month according to the Omni Times, newsletter issued by this casino operator. Most of the promotions are dated to the Halloween that is just around the corner. Are you intrigued?Then read further to find out what is waiting for you in this reputable Playtech-powered casino online.

The first thing that British players will be able to appreciate by visiting Omni Casino online next week is the Mystery Bonuses promotion announced by the gambling site. The name of this promotion speaks for itself. No information about thee bonuses that you will be able to receive next week is revealed. Compete mystery! However, we already know that new bonuses will be offered every single day from the 18th of October till 21st of October. According to the Omni Times, bonuses can be changed even several times a day, so it is worth visiting the site as often as you can. There is no certain information of the types of bonuses, however there are thoughts that they will include 300% deposit match bonuses, no-deposit bonuses up to $5 and many other great offers. Just visit Omni casino online in the promotion period and reveal the mystery!

Another exciting news is a non-wagering contest dated to the fest of Halloween. What is the main attribute of this holiday? A pumpkin, of course! Visitors of the Omni Casino online will be able to show off their carving talents in the Pumpkin Contest organized by Omni Casino. The only thing you have to do to gain much popularity and nice prizes is to carve an Omni Casino logo or other casino-related symbol on a pumpkin. Then you take a nice and creative picture of it on the background of Omni Casino software and send this photo to the contest organizers. Hurry up! The deadline for this competition is November 1, so you have less than two weeks to express your creativity! The best photos will be displayed on the main page of Omni Casino online website. Winners will be determined by voting among Omni gamblers. First four participants will receive nice monetary prizes. $300 for the first place, $200 for the second place, $100 for the third place and $50 for the fourth place. Good luck!

But let’s go back to gambling. Do you know that playing in Omni Casino you can win money just for wagering? Sounds incredible, but it’s possible thanks to the Hot Seat promotion that was named the best promotion in Omni Casino whatsoever. You warm your seat by playing most casino games offered in Omni Casino. You receive one point for each of the qualifying days. After 6 days played your place becomes Chilly and you are guaranteed to win $/€/£15. After 7-11 days it becomes Warming ( $/€/£40), after 12-17 days it gets Warmer ($/€/£105), after 18-22 it becomes Toasty ($/€/£ 215), then Hot ( $/€/£330) and finally Jackpot Hot after 28 days of playing and more. Jackpot hot place awards you with $/€/£500 of real money! No wagering requirements are applied.

‘Fang-tastic’ promo at Virgin Casino

Virgin Casino is traditionally powered by WagerWorks software. However, the palette of Virgin Casino games has been recently enriched by Microgaming games available via the independent QuickFire gambling platform. If you are willing to enjoy the expanded assortment of Virgin Casino, then the last week of October will be the perfect timing. The thing is that Virgin Casino, as most others UK online gambling sites, offers an exciting Halloween promo with ‘fang-tastic’ bonuses.

Halloween is all about tricks and treats. ‘Fang-tastic’ promo in Virgin Casino offers you an incredible chance to be either ‘treated’ or ‘tricked’. Everything will depend on your luck only. What you have to do to participate in the promo is to wager £50 in one of the fang-tastic slot machines offered by Virgin Casino from October 25 till October 31. You have the whole week to enjoy the Bitten slot machine released by WagerWorks last month and the Osbournes video slot provided though the Microgaming platform. That is the only qualification requirement set by this UK online gambling site operators. All the players that qualify for the promo will share different prize pools. A half of the players will share a real money prize of £2000. Another half of qualifying gamblers will share another prize pool of 2000 V-points. Winners of every prize pool will be determined randomly once the promo is over. Every player will get an equal share.

Okay, everything is clear with the £2000 prize, but what can you do with 2000 V-points? As the matter of fact, V-points is the name for loyalty points introduced by Virgin Casino operators. They are usually availed for wagers in various casino games on a gambling site. For example, for £100 wagered in blackjack you get 5 such loyalty points while the same amount wagered in slot machines gives you 10 V-points. V-points can be redeemed for cash or exchanged for other benefits explained on the Virgin Casino website. You can exchange them for Flying Club miles, Virgin Vouchers, Virgin Experiences and so on.

Keep in mind, that the ‘fang-tastic’ promo is not available for newly registered players who are eligible for the £100 welcome bonus. Now let’s look at the online slot machines chosen for this Halloween promo. The first of them is the Bitten slot machine that is one of the latest additions to the Virgin Casino games suite. This is a vampire-themed video slot with all the up-to-date functionality. Logo of the Bitten game with a beautiful vampiress on it is a wild symbol that substitutes other symbols and avails payouts up to 250 credits. Scatter symbols trigger a free spins bonus round with up to 20 free games. The Osbournes video slot gives you an opportunity to visit a family nest of Ozzy Osbourne, a notorious rock singer. Random Grab a Gift bonus feature with up to 30x multiplier, Knock Knock Bonus with mini-triggers where you can win up to 100 000 coins and free spins feature with 10 free spins make the whole experience really fantastic. Payouts in the main game cannot be called disappointing as well. Enjoy both these slot machines and participate in the ‘Fang-tastic’ promotion by Virgin Casino.

Aggravating news for UK gambling companies

Independent British territory of Gibraltar will soon lose its special status in the world of European gambling. As far as you may know, Gibraltar has always been the most lucrative base for numerous UK internet gambling companies due to its low taxes. 1% was absolutely nothing compare to 15% gross income tax in the United Kingdom and other European countries. However, everything will change drastically next year. Tax rate for all gambling-related companies will equal 10% starting from January,2011. Why is it happening and who is gonna suffer from such an increase? Let’s find out more about Gibraltar new gambling laws below.

Issuing of internet gambling licenses is the major source of income for tiny Gibraltar. Gibraltar Regulatory Authority issued licenses to such prominent and well-known gambling operators as Ladbrokes, Belle Rock Entertainment, 888 Holdings, Victor Chandler and Party Gaming. 1% tax rate brought over €12 million to the Gibraltar budget in 2009. Gambling companies based in Gibraltar were successful even in the hard times of economic recession due to the tiny tax rate of 1%.

Such situation satisfied everyone actually except for the governmental bodies. Gibraltar could attract more and more businesses that paid taxes and companies could operate legally paying the lowest rate ever. However, it turned out that such a low taxation doesn’t comply with European Union laws. According to them, any industry in EU countries should be taxed at a comparable rate. 1% was too low compare to all other European Countries where the gambling tax exceeded the record of 10%. Sounds strange,right? Looks like European Union doesn’t respect the principles of a competitive free market that allows customers to obtain goods for lower prices.

Whatever the reasons of such a decision, UK internet gambling companies will certainly be the first to suffer from it. However, according to the statements made by their representatives, nobody is willing to relocate. Even the elevated 10% tax is better than 15% gross income tax in Great Britain, an what’s more, Gibraltar is not going to introduce VAT there despite of all the pressure.

Gibraltar economy is also likely to suffer from the tax increase. Right now, this tiny island can boast the lowest unemployment rate of 2% compare to 21% in the neighboring Spain. Increase of the gambling tax will mean less profits for companies and, therefore, personnel reduction. Thousand of Gibraltar citizens will become jobless because of the strange European Union demand.

UK internet gambling companies licensed in Cyprus will also experience certain difficulties. The problem is that Cypriot government tries to ban internet gambling altogether and this document is currently reviewed by European Commission. Such talks were followed by thorough investigation of all income reports submitted by gambling companies. And we can only hope that all these changes will not effect online players in any way. Read our site to be tuned of all the latest events in the gambling universe.

EGR 2010 concluded

eGaming Review Operator awards show took place on the 25th of November in the HAC, London. This annual event is rightly referred as the most influential event in the internet gambling world nowadays. Some of the most prominent gaming operators that are included in any online casino directory received awards in 30 various nominations. What are they and which company appeared in the top of the game? EGR 2010 gambling event winners inside.

As most internet gambling experts predicted, Betfair and Bet365 companies became unquestionable leaders with three prestigious awards each. Betfair company based in the United Kingdom is certainly a well-known name for all the British gamblers. It offers a wide range of online betting options from sportbets to casino games and poker. This year Betfair’s achievements were recognized with awards for the best Mobile Operator,best UK Sports Betting Operator and the most Innovative betting company.

Despite of the same number of awards, Bet365 got the upper hand by taking the most prestigious award for the best Operator of the Year. Bet365 is certainly one of the world’s leading internet gambling groups that works in a variety of directions- casino, poker, sports betting, bingo, online games and financing. Bet365 poker resource is considered to be the most glamorous and sophisticated compare to all the competitors. Besides being the best operator, Bet365 was also named the best casino operator (http://casino.bet365.com/ is included in the top online casino directory worldwide) and awarded for the Best Website Performance.

Among other interesting nominations is the award for the Outstanding Contribution to the Industry that finally went to Bwin. This company based in Gibraltar was launched in 1999 and currently offers a rich assortment of various betting options. This year, Bwin was also named the best European Sports Betting Operator. Another interesting award for the most quality Affiliate Program was received by Virgin Games. Virgin Games that is one of the quickly growing gambling businesses in UK was founded in June 2004. Nowadays, every British gambler is familiar with its poker, casino and bingo websites.

Award for the Socially Responsible Operator of the Year went to 888.com (UK-based online casino and online poker room). The nomination of the Slots Operator of the Year was introduced in 2010 for the first time. Considering the fact, that online slot machines drive the whole internet gambling industry, this award is considered quite prestigious. And it finally went to PartyGaming.

eGaming Review Operator awards show attracted over 800 most influential representatives of internet gambling business. Jack Whitehall who hosted the show knew how to keep the suspense going. EGR was also a wonderful charity event with some great donations made for the Great Ormond Street Hospital.

You can read a full list of EGR 2010 winners on the official website of EGRmagazine.