Thursday last week saw Nevada gambling regulators vote to allow one of the world’s largest land based casino enterprises to do business with 888, a Gibraltar based online gambling company which is one of the biggest in the industry and is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange. The vote led to the approval of the business relationship between the two giants, namely Caesars Entertainment Corp and 888 Holdings PLC, which means that UK based online players can look forward to accessing over 50 casino in several countries, including the famous Vegas based Caesars Palace casino, as they move towards running online gaming sites through 888 for their various properties.
According to reports, this move has been years in the making and the Caesars group has long been positioning itself to launch into online gambling should this ever become legalised in the US, however the process has been a delicate one which has been mindful of assessing each other’s business practices and legalities of online gambling. In a statement, the group’s CEO, Mitch Garber stated that the UK was not the end of the group’s plan or vision and the group hopes to expand into online gambling in other countries going forwards as the various laws allow.
The 888/Caesars approval decision was made on the same day that Nevada lawmakers in Carson City gathered for a hearing on a bill to legalize state-wide internet poker. This bill in question was ironically pushed by a top poker website and fiercely opposed by land based gambling companies, including Caesars which are pushing for federal legislation instead.
According to Commissioner Randolph Townsend, whether the bill to legalise state-wide poker is passed or not, the board and commission will be put under immense pressure to authorize Internet gaming. This sentiment stems from the fact that worldwide online gambling revenue is estimated at figures of $24.2 billion in 2011 and around $26.1 billion in 2012, which the US would continue to miss out on should they continue to ban online gambling. Time will tell whether the bill will force lawmakers to amend past decisions, but in the meantime, UK citizens will have a whole lot more to look forward to in terms of variety.
In the three short years since Justin Bieber was discovered, “Bieber Fever” has gripped nearly every teenage girl on the planet, thanks both to his talent and famous hairstyle which when “flicked” sends hearts swooning. It is not surprising then that earlier this year when his famous locks underwent a little trim that the cuttings were preserved as memorabilia in a fan’s collection.
After the news of this emerged, Ellen DeGeneres tweeted that she’d love to receive some of Justin’s hair for her 53rd birthday. Bieber heard about the tweet and appeared as a surprise guest on her show and offered her some of his hair to donate to any charity of her choice. Ellen put the hair up for auction on eBay and the bidding war ended with the lock of hair earning a staggering $40,668, which was donated to the Gentle Barn Foundation, an animal rescue organization.
Who was the lucky bidder you may be wondering? Well, it was none other than the infamous Golden Palace Online Casino. The casino who over the years has earned a reputation for outrageous stunts and bizarre bids and acquisitions has been relatively subdued in the last little while, but it seems they are back in truly insane style. It’s all for a good cause though, and the casino released a statement confirming that the hair would be put on tour to raise even more money for charity. So if you and your teenagers can’t see Justin Bieber in real life, perhaps you’ll soon get a glimpse of his famous hair in a town near you!
For the most part, casino table games like Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Poker and Craps have been held in high esteem and regularly frequented by predominantly male and high roller patrons at land based casinos. Slots and video poker machines on the other hand, seem to have been viewed as entertainment for “amateurs”, grannies and bored housewives who are in need of some frivolous fun without the need for much skill or concentration.
Since the advent of the online casino though, this has all been changing with slots enjoying more players of all ages and genders than ever before. This popularity can be widely attributed to the fact that while online table games have remained pretty much the same over the years. In spite of new variations of games being added, the basic game layouts and structures of table games do not change, whereas online slots are continually evolving and with so many different games to choose from, players are spoilt for choice.
New technologies have allowed online casinos to offer players better graphics, enhanced sound effects and even the newly released 3D slots which give the game and even more lifelike quality. There are literally hundreds of machine types to choose from including traditional reel slots, bonus and video slots, many of which offer their own unique bonus games and free spins features that ensure hours of entertainment. What’s more is that casinos powered by leading software providers release new online slots every month, whilst new table game variations are only added a few times a year.
Table games are undoubtedly here to stay, but with more and more people discovering the world of slots, one can be assured that they definitely are top of the casino games. Play today and see for yourself!
Spin Palace as part of the Microgaming network of casinos has offered an attractive loyalty program based on points since its inception but in recent months has upgraded this standard offering to one where loyalty points are doubled or tripled when you play selected games for that month at the casino.
This month, Spin Palace will be expanding their loyalty program even further with a special promotion which encompasses an even wider variety of games including blackjack and roulette! This is very good news for table games players who usually do not enjoy as favourable promotions and wagering requirements as slot players to.
During week days in March, from Monday to Thursday the casino is offering double loyalty points on all bets at the blackjack and roulette tables and on week-ends (Friday to Sunday) you will be able to accumulate triple points on these games.
Spin Palace will also be dedicating each day of the week to different games which will allow you to earn double loyalty points, for example Monday Madness and Tuesday Treasures see double points on all progressive jackpot slot machines, Winning Wednesdays give double points on new games releases from February (including Planet Exotica, Queen of Hearts and Ruby of the Nile slots), Thunderous Thursdays give double points on Thunderstruck and Thunderstruck II slots. The action continues with Weekends of Wealth with triple points on any slots featured at the casino.
The more points you have, the higher tier you attain in terms of Spin’s Loyalty program and loyalty members can expect a number of exclusive promotions, entrance to VIP tournaments, speciality and luxury prizes as well as faster withdrawal processing, increased deposit limits and even a personal account manager. So the more you play, the bigger the benefits!
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