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Lucky Live CasinoThis press release from Lucky Live Casino heralds the advent of “Crazy Mondays”, a weekly promotion providing great opportunities for players to win weekly prizes.

Any player participating online in any game on a Crazy Monday on the casino’s website, receives a raffle ticket each time he plays €100. Therefore, the more times they play €100, the more opportunities they have of taking home a prize. There is only one prize per week.

Lucky Live Casino is a world leader in live casino entertainment, they enable you to play at the Fitzwilliam Card Club and Casino in Dublin, Ireland from home.

Streamed online from the Fitzwilliam Casino in Dublin, the Technology of Distance Gaming from VueTec Software helps to webcast the live games, in concurrent time to all the members of the Casino. A computer does not generate these games, which involve live action in the Fitzwilliam Casino. Imagine sitting in your own home, and comfortably playing online at the lively, bustling tables of the Fitzwilliam Casino and taking part in live dealer games with real-time buxom beauties, or participating in virtual games, and experiencing the incredible ambiance of playing in a live brick and mortar casino. What an incredible experience!

Crazy MondaysA player holding a raffle ticket issued by this Casino will be eligible for free bonus money to play at the tables of Fitzwilliam casino with the buxom live dealers or receive gifts like iPads, free bonus etc. Only one winner will emerge per week. This new promotion gives every player a chance to win a special gift each week on Mondays, and the opportunity to play against live dealers in baccarat (Punta Blanco), roulette and blackjack (early payout option) and Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker, not to mention all of the slot games.

The casino will announce the winner on its Facebook page, via Twitter, and on their winners page. Everyone knows that after the weekend, Mondays are hectic, and everybody is busy. Introducing Crazy Mondays, an excellent incentive for people to play at the casino on Mondays, which is normally an empty day at any casino.

This Casinos dedication to live casino entertainment is legendary and offers their members a wide array of internationally acceptable payment and deposit options like Moneybookers, Neteller, PaySafeCard, Visa, MasterCard, Delta Card and the like. They ensure Client Security by using security systems like, 128-bit encryption, VeriSign security, and Technical systems testing for random number checking. These measures give the client a sense of security and comfort in dealing with the casino.

VueTec Limited owns this Casino and operates it in conjunction with the Palace Casino located in the Isle of Man and the Fitzwilliam Casino in Dublin, Ireland. The Casino comes under the gambling jurisdiction of the Isle of Man.

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The Bond Experience

Casino.com is running a promotion called The Bond Experience for new players in November 2012.

The winner of the draw, which will take place on December 7th, will get a weekend holiday for two people to London, New York, or Sydney. This weekend includes a two day rental of an Aston Martin DB9, two nights in a luxury 5 star hotel, dinner and drinks at the city’s most exclusive casino, and the two of you get a day at a Spy Academy where you receive training in surveillance techniques and get to use the latest spy gadgets.

You will get a draw ticket for every $50 you deposit at Casino.com from now until November 30th. You don’t have to deposit $50 at a time, if you deposit $200 in one shot you will get 4 tickets to the draw.

To enter for this promotion, simply go to this page and follow the instructions provided. You must opt in to the promotion before you make your first deposit, and tickets will automatically be given to you each time you deposit.

Looking at the Terms and Conditions for this promotion, there are a few things to point out. This promotion is only available to players who have never made a deposit at the casino. The winner must take the holiday before December 31st 2013, so you have a year to take it before it expires. The budget for the promotion is $5200, so based on where you live, you may have to choose a destination that fits within the budget. The prize cannot be exchanged for cash or bonuses and it is not transferable.

Casino.com has been online since 2008 and they have a great reputation, if you would like more information about the casino, read my Casino.com review. By the looks of it, you can still claim the welcome bonus of a 100% match on your first deposit which is always available to new players.

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Maple CasinoThe Saskatoon Star Phoenix released a story earlier today (Nov. 5th, 2012) about a former Chief of the White Bear First Nation who is planning to open an online casino tomorrow, named the Northern Bear Casino. Bernie Shepherd plans on running this online casino from his office on the reserve which is about 150km southeast of Regina, and is doing so without permission from the federal or provincial government. At the time of the story, the provincial government had no comment other than the fact that they are monitoring the situation.

A few hours later, CBC News released a story stating that Donna Harpauer, the minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA), has said online casinos will not be allowed to be hosted in Saskatchewan. She apparently said this to reporters when they asked her about the Saskatoon Star Phoenix story.

This isn’t the first time that Shepherd has opened a casino without permission from any level of government. In 1993 an RCMP SWAT team raided a casino on the White Bear reserve that was started by Shepherd, who was chief at the time, and other residents of the First Nation.

They were charged with operating a common gambling house. The charges against him and the others were dropped, and the incident led to the creation of the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) which now has casinos in six communities in the province, including one at White Bear. Shepherd says he is opening the Northern Bear Casino without any involvement of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) or SIGA.

Running an online gambling company in Canada has always been illegal, but when the people running it are First Nations, things tend to get complicated. One side says it’s illegal, the other side says it’s within their treaty rights. Take the Kahnawake Gaming Commission (in Quebec) for example, they have been licensing, regulating, and hosting online gambling companies for over a decade. There have been questions about the legality, but no charges have ever been filed. The Kahnawake people have basically declared themselves as being a sovereign nation when it comes to Canadian laws they don’t want to follow.

The federal and provincial governments in Canada have been relatively quiet when it comes to these issues, and rather than fight against them, they have been opening their own provincially run online casinos. BC and Quebec have their own online casinos, and Ontario was supposed to have one earlier this year but I haven’t heard much about it. Saskatchewan has also been toying with the idea, but who knows when that would ever happen. Things tend to move slowly in this province.

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out, I will definitely be keeping a close eye on the news tomorrow and will keep this story up to date with anything that happens. Based on how past events have played out, could this be the start of many Canadian online casinos run by First Nations? Will the government finally decide what the rules are when it comes to online casinos being run by First Nations? Stay tuned to find out.

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Update: The Star Phoenix just ran a follow-up story elaborating on what was said by the SLGA minister during her interview with reporters. She was quoted saying that the Northern Bear online casino is “probably” illegal, but didn’t say whether or not any action would be taken. “Once I see it and what they’re doing, we’ll look at our options at that point in time,” Harpauer said. “We’ll have to get advisement, I’m sure, because there are legal issues.”

CBC News said she “shut the door on the idea” making it sound like immediate action would be taken if the online casino opened. They were talking more about things said six months ago by Harpauer when the SLGA was considering launching a provincial online casino, than what she said about this situation today.

Update – Tuesday Nov. 6th: The Northern Bear Casino has launched and is accepting new players. The casino is part of the GEOBet Gambling Network which is operated by Golden Arrow Entertainment, based in the Tsuu Tina Nation (Redwood Meadows, Alberta, Canada). GEOBet.com was launched in September 2012 and the site offers an online casino, online poker, and sports betting. So apparently the Tsuu Tina Nation in Alberta has been offering online gambling to the world for a couple months already, and I never heard much at all about it. GEOBet is licensed in several jurisdictions including Malta, Curacao, and Kahnawake.

Northern Bear Casino appears to just be a simple skin of GEOBet, because when you visit the website, everything you click on takes you to a GEOBet page with just a bar across the top that says Northern Bear Casino. The slots are powered by Microgaming software, and only the instant play games are available, I don’t see any option to download.

I don’t really see the point of playing at this new Northern Bear Casino, you might as well just play at GEOBet since it looks like you are playing there anyway.

By the looks of things, these casinos will likely be here to stay, and there will probably be many more popping up in First Nations all over Canada.

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Bet365 CasinoSix new slots have been released at Bet365 Casino, and they are some of the best games of all that are available there, in my opinion anyway. Hot Gems has quickly become one of my new favorite slots to play. Cops N’ Bandits, Dolphin Cash, Goddess of Life, Viking Mania, and Wild Games are the other 5 new slots.

It had been a few weeks since I played at Bet365 and was surprised to see so many new games had been added in that short amount of time. I was even more surprised to see that they were all great games. Normally I find that when a casino releases a bunch of new games at the same time, at least one or two are lacking in quality, or at the very least I don’t like them all. I like all six of these new slots, and did pretty well playing them last weekend (Aug. 25th, 2012), which could be why I like them so much.Hot Gems

Hot Gems is my favorite of the bunch, with 25 paylines, wild symbols, free spins, and collapsing reels.

At the end of each spin, the win is calculated and all symbols that were involved in a win explode, leaving room for new symbols to fall in from the top. This repeats until there are no more winning combinations.

You can win 15 free spins when the Free Games symbol lands on reels 1, 3, and 5, on the initial spin or at any point during the collapsing reels feature. During the free spins, each spin starts out with a 1x multiplier. Each time the symbols explode, the multiplier increases by one and is applied to any wins resulting from the new symbols falling in. The maximum multiplier is x5, but the wins can keep on going as long as the symbols keep lining up.

Dolphin CashDolphin Cash has 30 paylines, a shifting wild, free spins, a second screen bonus, and the Xtra Win feature. The wild symbol appears on reel 5 only, but after it appears it will shift one reel to the left on each of your next spins. If another lands on reel 5, it will do the same thing, so you can end up with a few wilds shifting at the same time.

With the Xtra Win feature activated, the wild will double itself to occupy another spot on the reel, and both wilds will shift on each spin. The Xtra Win feature costs an additional 50% of your total bet on top of each spin.

Three or more scatters landing on the reels will get you 12 free spins with all wins being multiplied by 3. Both the shifting wild and Xtra Win features are active during free spins, but the Dolphin Cash bonus is not.

The Dolphin Cash bonus is triggered when the Bonus symbol lands on reels 1 and 5 during the same spin. It is a second-screen feature where you can win cash by telling a dolphin when to jump out of the water to grab coins.

I was going to write about all six right now, but this is getting too long already. See the New Slots page soon for my full reviews of all six of these new slots, along with other new games found at various online casinos.

If you have read all the way down to here, visit the Bet365 website and download the software, or simply sign up and play using your browser. You only need Flash installed to play in your browser (which makes it MAC friendly).

Bet365 has tons of games to keep you entertained, if you do sign up there and start playing, make sure you check out the Games section. There are several slots and other great games there that aren’t in the downloaded casino. Even Bingo is a lot of fun there, and they also have poker, sports betting, and casino games with live dealers. Bet365 is a well known brand too, if you watch football here in Canada, you will often see their logo on the sidelines.

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The Dark KnightThe Dark KnightIn a rare move, Microgaming will be removing the Lord of the Rings slot and replacing it with The Dark Knight on June 28th, 2012. This is the first time that Microgaming has ever removed a slot, and I’m guessing it is due to licensing costs and/or possible disagreements with the licensee.

The Lord of the Rings slot was also changed last year to add progressive jackpots, which is the first time a Microgaming slot has ever been changed.

They normally release another version of a slot with progressives added, and they have done so with several different slots, adding the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot which is linked to all Microgaming casinos. I’m sure it had something to do with the license agreement as well.

I enjoyed the LOTR slot when it first came out, but when they added the jackpots, they also changed the free spins bonus feature and made it harder to hit a big win. I still played it once in a while, but mainly because I’m a big fan of the books and movies.

Microgaming was also planning on releasing slots based on the other Lord of the Rings movies (this slot was based on Fellowship of the Ring), but I’m assuming that is no longer going to happen. With “The Dark Night Rises” coming out soon, we may see another slot from Microgaming based on that movie.

The Dark Knight is quite similar to LOTR, and at first glance I thought they simply replaced the symbols and other images with Batman themed images. The paytable in The Dark Knight looks better, which is one thing I didn’t like about the LOTR slot from the beginning, I always thought it was quite cheap. It also doesn’t seem to have the “Cinematic Spins” which had clips from the Lord of the Rings movie playing in the background when the reels were spinning.

The Mega Moolah progressive jackpots are available on The Dark Knight which has a minimum top prize of a million dollars. Other similarities include stacked wilds, a free spins feature with 15 free spins starting at a x2 multiplier, and the Batman or Joker feature which is similar to the Gollum feature on LOTR. Batman or the Joker can appear at any time during regular and free spins to award you with a random prize, including increasing the multiplier of your free spins, holding a reel that’s stacked with wilds and giving you a free spin, or giving you cash prizes.

Other than the improved paytable and lack of movie clips in the background, it is basically the same slot. Since the Lord of the Rings slot was so unique, there really was no point throwing those features out and starting from scratch, so I don’t blame them keeping most of it the same.

I am quite glad they improved the paytable, and I am looking forward to trying this slot when it is released.

You will be able to play The Dark Knight on June 28th, 2012 at any of these Microgaming casinos.

Update: I guess I was mistaken, it is pretty much the exact same game as the LOTR slot. The only difference I noticed was with the Batman or Joker feature – Batman adds wilds to the reels, either full reels or single wilds in different spots. Gollum never added wilds to the reels. Other than that, it does have the Cinematic Spins, and the paytable is basically the same as far as I can tell.

That being said, I gave it a shot and enjoyed it. I seemed to get more playtime out of it than I did with the LOTR slot, and I’ve spun the reels over 1000 times on The Dark Knight so far.

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Freeroll Slot TournamentsClub World Casino is hosting a number of freeroll slot tournaments this weekend, starting on Friday May 4th, 2012. All depositing players are welcome.

There is lots of free money to be won with three big freerolls on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, along with 15 “Rapid 5’s”. The Rapid 5’s are 5 different freerolls within 5 hours on each of those nights.

If you’ve read my Club World Casino Review, you will know how much I like these tournaments. Most freeroll slot tournaments at online casinos give you the option to continue playing, but you have to pay to do so. That is NOT a free tournament and they shouldn’t be allowed to call them freerolls. What I love about these tournaments at Club World, is the fact that you only get one shot, and so does everybody else.

Freeroll Slot Tournament Schedule

Date Game Prize Start Time (EST) Duration
May 4th Crystal Waters $750 12pm (noon) 24 hours
May 5th Goldbeard $1000 12pm (noon) 24 hours
May 6th Enchanted Garden $1750 12pm (noon) 24 hours

Rapid 5’s Tournament Schedule

Date Game Prize Start Time (EST) Duration
May 4th Loose Caboose $100 8pm 1 hour
May 4th Naughty Or Nice $100 9pm 1 hour
May 4th Goldbeard $100 10pm 1 hour
May 4th Texan Tycoon $100 11pm 1 hour
May 5th Triple Twister $100 12am 1 hour
May 5th Enchanted Garden $100 8pm 1 hour
May 5th Triple Twister $100 9pm 1 hour
May 5th Crystal Waters $100 10pm 1 hour
May 5th Loose Caboose $100 11pm 1 hour
May 6th Naughty or Nice $100 12am 1 hour
May 6th Loose Caboose $100 8pm 1 hour
May 6th Texan Tycoon $100 9pm 1 hour
May 6th Goldbeard $100 10pm 1 hour
May 6th Crystal Waters $100 11pm 1 hour
May 7th Naughty or Nice $100 12am 1 hour

All you have to do to play in these tournaments is sign up and make a deposit at Club World Casino, and then keep an eye on the Tournaments page to register for each one before the limited spots fill up.

Winnings are not added to your account as a bonus, it is cash that you can withdraw.

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Calvin AyreThe founder of Bodog, one of the largest online gambling firms, has been indicted for operating illegal gambling business in the US that involves sports betting. Calvin Ayre has also been charged with conspiring to launder money.

For the past few years, Ayre has been able to avoid US law enforcement as he continued to offer casino games and online sports betting to residents of the United States. The sports gambling site, Bodog.com, has also been seized by the government. On Feb, 22, 2012, Ayre and three other Canadians were indicted in Maryland by a federal grand jury.

The four individuals have been accused of conducting illegal betting acts and money laundering.

Many online gamblers from the United States were being paid with funds that were moved through various accounts in Europe and Canada and more than $100 million had been sent through checks and wire payments. Despite the fact that Bodog.com was registered in Canada, the indictment against Ayre is based on the movement of funds outside of the United States, and this was enough to prosecute the billionaire.

The four accused individuals are currently facing a 5 year sentence for illegal gambling as well as 20 years for laundering money. In addition, Bodog.com faces a fine that could be as much as $500,000 for the same charges. While Ayre and his three partners are not in the US at this time, a warrant for their arrest has been issued.

Ayre is not in agreement with the charges and has released a statement saying, “I see this as abuse of the US criminal justice system for the commercial gain of large US corporations. It is clear that the online gambling industry is legal under international law and in the case of these documents it is also clear that the rule of law was not allowed to slow down a rush to try to win the war of public opinion.”

The federal indictment covers business that has been conducted from June 2006 to January 2012. In addition to more than $100 million being paid to online gamblers, the Bodog site is accused of spending more than $40 million on advertising specifically targeting US players and attracting them to the site.

Since 2006, Ayre has been skirting and avoiding the laws on online gambling in the US. He was quoted in Forbes magazine, saying “Catch me if you can.” After years of taunting the US government, it all comes crashing down with this indictment and the seizing of the ever popular Bodog.com site. The investigation that eventually led to this indictment was comprised of an informant that once worked for Bodog as well as law enforcement officers working undercover, making wagers on sporting events and requesting payouts from Bodog.

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Super Bowl XLVI If you’re looking to place a bet on Super Bowl XLVI, I suggest checking out Sports Interaction. This online sportsbook is one of the few that I have found that focuses more on North American sports than European sports.

Their main focus is Canadian sports, since Americans are not allowed to place bets with them, but the NFL and Super Bowl are popular here in Canada so they have put a lot of effort into making your betting experience easy and enjoyable for the event.

After the Super Bowl, feel free to check out all their other betting options. If you’re a big hockey fan like me, you’ll enjoy the many options they have for betting on hockey all over the world, including junior hockey in Canada (OHL, WHL, and QMJHL).

Sports Ineraction is licensed in Canada by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission.

Here are some direct links to the special pages Sports Interaction has put together for betting on the Super Bowl:

Patriots vs GiantsSuper Bowl Odds: Click Here
Super Bowl Props: Click Here
Super Bowl Team Props: Click Here
Super Bowl Player Props: Click Here
Super Bowl $200 Bonus Page: Click Here

They are also great to use for betting on the UFC, CFL, basketball, soccer, several different types of racing, and pretty much everything else you would want to bet on.
Bet on Super Bowl XLVI

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BuzzluckBuzzluck has recently launched a new and improved casino powered not by RTG but NuWorks software. The software looks and works very similar to the older platform, however, with new games and a new sleek look. Buzzluck was known in the industry prior to their closure for being a straightforward and honest casino and now that Club World Casino group took over it seems that it will continue to stay that way.

Buzzluck Buzzluck reintroduced players to their fair gaming in a whole new way and the NuWorks software definitely looks promising for other casinos and operators. The layout, the games and designs are very detailed and mimic the feel of real land based casino games, which is sure to be a hit with players all over the world. Also, the difference between the new Buzzluck and the old is they are accepting USA players which will surely be refreshing for those USA players looking for a new place to play, along with new slots.

The casino has only been available for a few weeks and is already making players happy. Message boards and casino portals are reporting fast payout times, awesome game variety and friendly customer service, which CWC is already known for. Other cool features are here as well such as a message box where the player can interact with their VIP host or the management directly through the casino.

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Comp points are being offered as well and the wager to point ratio is fair and on point with the other casinos in the group. The cashier is super easy to use as well and players will feel that it is easy to use, no matter their experience with online gaming. There are plenty of reasons to give the new games a try even if it’s just for the welcome bonus alone. If you love RTG like games, Club World Casinos or just want a change in scenery; Buzzluck definitely delivers.

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