Internet Slot Machines

The Online Pokies Club have recently announced their top 5 internet slot machines. Top of the list came the amazing Tomb Raider online slot.

Now, I’ve never really been a big Tomb Raider fan. The movies are a bit lame, and as as much as most blokes can admire Angelina Jolie, the general gist of the story line is poor. The same can be said for the games console versions that bear the Tomb Raider trademark. I was therefore a little sceptical when I first heard Microgaming were rolling out a new Tomb Raider themed interent slot.

However, after reviewing the in game video footage and then actually playing the game, I was shocked to realise that this is one of the best interent slot machines currently available to players online. I’d have to agree with the Online Pokies Club members who have voted this game as their winner in the best “Bonus” category of internet slot machines. I suggest you give it a go.

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Playwize go under

News released today that Playwize are no longer.  The AIM listed company have reportedly been struggling for a while now.

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Playtech Casino

I was very surprised to hear back in November 2007 that PKR, the team behind PKR poker had decided to go with Playtech for their PRK Casino product.  I was half expecting PKR to develop a platform themself.  I’ve played a couple of times at the site and its as good as any other of the numerous Play Tech sites.  Still, it’s no touch on their poker site though. A review of PRK Casino can be found at the 3D poker site 3D Poker Reviews.com.

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Crytologic sign with BSKYB.

Great news for the team at Cryptologic, is news released today that they have signed a 3 year deal to provide software to support BSKYB’s casino, poker and sportsbook products.

This has come as a surprise to many observers who thought that Playtech would be favorites to get such a lucrative contract. Playtech recently signed a deal with PKRPoker.com to provide the 3D specialist poker supplier with a new casino platform.

It’s no surprise to hear that Brian Hadfield, CryptoLogic’s CEO is over the moon.

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Willy Wonka here I come.

Any poker player out there will be glued to the television over the coming month as the World Series of Poker hits Vegas for the WSOP 2008 championships.

I remember when I was a youngster and dreamed of becoming an astronaught.  Well, nature tooks its course and it quickly became apparent that I had neither the aptitude, will, or plain ability to pursue the career of my dreams.  However, as a fully grown adult I still harbour dreams and ambitions, and highest amongst them is to play at the WSOP.

Whilst some of you may mock me in my dreams of making the WSOP as pure fantasy, I’d like to remind you all that it is possible.   In fact, a small number of players have not only made the tournament but have gone on to win it and collect a major fortune in the process.

So, I’m all set for Vegas this year.  I’ve tenatively scheduled the time off work and all I need is the $10,000 entry fee.

Yes, the $10k is a bit of an issue for me, but I’m playing as many online tournaments in vain attempt to get my golden ticket.  Most online poker sites realise that there are tens of thousands of dreamers like me out there, and have kindly put up tournaments with the winners getting a free ticket to the big one.

One such site is PKR.Poker whose site is offering 12 golden tickets in their WSOP promotion.  I’m feeling lucky this year and will let you all know how I get on at the PKR Poker.com WSOP freerolls and tournaments.  Cross your fingers for me.  Even grown adults can dream!

As I keep reminding myself, ‘you have to be in it to win it’!  Then again I do feel a little like that chap out of ‘Charlie and The Chocolat Factory’.  Willy Wonka here I come.

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PKR POker continue to grow

3DPoker continues to grow with tremendous success at the online poker room PKR Poker.

The site continues to rank up there as one of the fastest growing online poker sites and that’s not surprising given the brilliant graphics and game play that the site offers.

More information on PKR.com and 3D Poker can be found on Wikipedia.

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Will 32Red learn from mistake?

Following the sale of Betdirect to Stan James for £5.75m, 32Red’s disastrous move into online sports betting is at an end. Ed Ware and his team have had to take one on the chin, much to the sniggering amusement of many in the online gaming industry.

However, good news appears to be on the horizon with the recent trading announcement that turnover is up in 2007 following a strong performance from its casino operation. Gross win rose 5.6% overall, to £10.2m, with casino contributing £9m of that total. Poker was down 7% on the year to £1.2m. Active casino players are up to 19000 and the yield per active casino player comes in at £474.

The acquisition of Betdirect appears to have resulted in the management team at 32Red taking their fingers off the pulse. However, despite posting solid casino numbers the company appear at a cross roads. Where they go from here is open to question. Fortune favours the brave and with a declining average yield per player, 32Red’s future outlook looks fairly predictable.

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