Microgaming recently went live with their newest online casino entitled, “Casino Creed” which is licensed and regulated in the gambling jurisdiction of Curacao and operated by CBN Gaming UK Ltd. The most interesting aspect of the casino is the live dealer area where there are direct video feeds streaming from the Regent Casino in Bucharest. Most dealer feeds come directly from a studio, not an actual casino.
The Regent Casino is associated with Novotel which was the first casino in the city to function under Nevada gaming standards. Currently, the only live dealer game being offered at Casino Creed is roulette. However, there are plans to add more games like baccarat and blackjack sometime during 2011.
Casino Creed offers a total of 200 games using the Microgaming software. The most popular, and a few obscure, games are offered by the casino. The table games include:
- Multihand blackjack
- European roulette
- Roulette Royale
- Atlantic City blackjack
The slot games feature the best of Microgaming over the past few years including:
- The Lord of the Rings
- Thunderstruck I
- Thunderstruck II
- Tomb Raider
The video poker games feature many different variants comprising:
- Deuces Wild
- Double Bonus
- Joker Poker
- Jacks or Better
Casino Creed is being released with strong bonuses for new players. The welcome bonus is 100 percent matching up to 500 Pounds with a minimum deposit of 20 Pounds. Furthermore, new players are given another bonus with their second deposit which consists of a 50 percent match up to 100 Pounds with a minimum deposit of 20 Pounds. There are requirements for the release of the bonus money.
Also, Casino Creed will be offering weekly slot tournaments with a buy-in as low as 5 Pounds and a guaranteed first prize of 1,000 Pounds. Additionally, players have the ability to wager on the progressive jackpot slot games. For instance, the Mega Moolah game has a jackpot of over 1 million Pounds. Finally, the VIP club is expected to begin functioning in the near future.
Transactions at the casino can be conducted in either U.S. dollars or British Pounds. The most common payment methods including, Visa, MasterCard, Pay Point, Moneybookers, and bank transfers are all accepted by Casino Creed.
Casino Creed is already looking to develop into an excellent casino that takes care of its patrons. The generous welcome bonuses, many tournaments each week, and the multitude of payment options make Casino Creed one of the best, newest casinos to place a wager.
Realtime Gaming is an online casino software developer that does not usually change its online slot game features that often. However, on occasion, the company will develop and release an innovative feature that eventually becomes part of their mainstream slot games. One example of this is their Win-Win feature.
The Win-Win function fulfills a major gap that exists in online slot games today. Most consistent online slot players are aware they will lose money during regular spins and make it back or show a net profit once the free spins bonus round is activated. During the free spins rounds, players do not have to place a wager and therefore generate nothing but profit. Unfortunately, these rounds are not triggered often.
Similar to regular spins, winning during a free spin is random. Therefore, payouts are not guaranteed during free spins, no matter the quantity. As a result, most online slot players are quite disappointed when they do not win during a free spin round. Realtime Gaming has developed a way for the player to win even if they lose.
The feature works in the following manner. Before the next spin, to activate the Win-Win feature, the player must wager with all pay-lines activated. This feature is then automatically triggered following the end of a free spin round if the payouts are 10 times the original wager or less.
If this is the case, the player is compensated as follows:
- No payout equates to 200 times the triggering bet
- Payout is less than or equal to 2 times the bet equates to a payout of 20 times the wager
- Payout 2 times the bet but less than or equal to 5 times the bet is 10 times the wager
- Payout between 5 and 10 times the bet equates to a payout of 5 times the wager
The first slot game to use this feature was Hockey Hero, a hockey-themed game. The game consisted of 25 pay lines with a fixed 1 coin wager per line for a maximum wager of 25 coins. Therefore, in this game, the Win-Win feature is triggered by payouts of less than 250 coins.
This is an excellent feature to add more excitement to online slot games while enticing additional customers to play. Due to the initial success of this slot game function, Win-Win has become a mainstream feature at all of Realtime Gaming’s online casinos.
One of the fasted-growing economies in the world is Southeast Asia. It is also one of the fastest-growing areas for online gambling. There are legal issues with online gaming in some areas but this has been the norm since the industry’s existence. As a result, online gaming providers are targeting Asian customers to increase their market share of this location. Different approaches are being taken by different companies to target this demographic.
Many gaming companies are taking the direct approach by launching online casinos that cater specifically to that market. For instance, Bodog has done an excellent job of this by partnering with Manila-based betting firm, Haydock Sports to launch Bodog88.com. Haydock has been in the industry since 2006 and is aware of what Asian players want. For example, the culture is more receptive to live dealers as opposed to RNGs.
Other gaming companies are keeping the casino, the games, and the betting structure the same but continue to cater to local requirements through multi-lingual customer support and many currencies available. Their software was created in many languages including Japanese and Chinese with deposit and withdrawal options in the currency of that country.
Despite Asian players preferring a live dealer, with many games this is not feasible. To balance this, other games native to that specific area are offered. Almost all online gaming developers offer Pai Gow Poker and Sic Bo. Playtech has taken this a step further by offering an Asian games category that includes Mahjong and Pachinko. Microgaming has recently followed suit.
The subtlest method of attracting Asian customers is by developing online slot games in an Asian theme. These include:
- Samurai and Geisha culture from Japan
- Ancient royalty from India
- Arabian Nights from the Middle East
- Chinese cuisine
Realtime Gaming has found other subtle methods of appealing to the Southeast Asian market. For example, since the number ‘8’ is lucky in the Chinese culture, some of its slot games give payouts ending in 8’s.
The most popular games in this region include Eastern Dragon by Cryptologic, Cherry Blossoms created by Vegas Technology, and Lady of the Orient by Microgaming. These continually attract new customers while retaining the old. Attracting the Asian market should not be an arduous task with many in the region beginning to have disposable income. Online gaming companies simply need to appeal to the tastes of each individual culture.