Monthly Archives: April 2016

Mega Moolah makes another Mobile Millionaire!

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The Mega Moolah Progressive Jackpot slot has made another millionaire at Spin Palace Online Casino this month, after the last massive jackpot of over £13 million was won at its sister casino Betway last year.

Gary, who was playing on his mobile on Friday the 8th of April 2016 became an instant millionaire, bagging €3,744,513 of the £/€/$ 10 million that was up for grabs. As with all Microgaming powered online casino jackpots, this life-changing sum of money will be paid out in a single lump sum which is not always the case at other online casinos who often payout jackpots in instalment amounts over a period of years.

After Gary’s win, the jackpot reset to just over the 6 million mark instead of the usual default 1 million when the full jackpot has been won.

So it could hit again VERY soon and you could be the next winner at any time, whether you’re playing on your desktop, laptop, mobile phone or tablet device from anywhere in the world!

The Mega Moolah Slot is a 5 reel, 25 payline game that combines the excitement of an action packed online slot with a Wheel of Fortune type feature that awards one of 4 jackpots. The original games is an African Safari themed slot, but there are also 4 other variations of the game, each with their own theme that are also linked to the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot prize. These include Mega Moolah Isis, Mega Moolah Summertime, Mega Moolah 5 reel drive and Batman: The Dark Knight.

No matter which one you choose to play, you’ll be thoroughly entertained and who knows, you may get very lucky and have it change your life!

Online Casinos find smart ways to attract New Players

Drück Glück Roulette
Drück Glück Roulette game on the TV show

DrückGlück (literal translation push luck) is a popular online casino, largely aimed at the German market, however from the screenshots on various player forums it is evident that it has also picked up a substantial following in the UK market.

In addition to some rather off-colour German language ads that certainly stick in your head, this online casino has come up with a clever way of attracting new players, that we can’t help but mention.

It has secured airtime on Sport1 – a German TV channel to run a 30 minute, bi-weekly call-in show entitled “DrückGlü die Casino Show” wherein viewers are required to register on the site, then phone in to take part in an on-air game of slots or roulette with the host in order to win.

Of course, thousands flock to the site to register but only one lucky player gets to play on air each episode.

The program itself then unfolds with the player instructing the host as to how he/she would like to place bets on a roulette table, and the slots game is merely 10 free spins which the host makes for the player. Any winnings the player enjoys during the show are then credited to the their player account at the casino. Ingenious isn’t it?

Drück Glück slot
Drück Glück Slot

Let’s face it how many people are going to register only to play on the TV show? The majority of players are going to make deposits and play at the casino between shows and even those lucky enough to get on air and win have their prize awarded to them in casino credits rather than cash.

In all the years we’ve seen a lot in the industry but this is by far one of the cleverest tactics we’ve seen in terms of new player acquisition.

That said though, DrückGlück is operated by Skillonnet that has a less than savoury reputation across the web and is blacklisted as a rogue operator by many online casino review sites. Interestingly, the two presenters, Max Schradin and Norman Magolei of its Sport1 channel TV show also have controversial histories due to their association with channel 9Live shows in Germany that required players to call in (obviously at a cost) to guess the name of a hidden animal. Callers would be given the clue, the animals name starts with “S” and when no one could get it, the animal would be revealed to be a “Stirnlappenbasilisk” (translation: Plumed Basilisk) – obviously something that no one would ever guess easily.

These shows have been cancelled by the German government and are no longer airing 24/7 like they used to, but it seems that other continually pop up to take their place across various channels.

Obviously there has been no evidence of dodgy practices by DrückGlück and it is licensed in Schleswig Holstein and features games from the top software providers like Microgaming, NetEnt and WMS. They are also obviously investing a great deal in brand building, so it wouldn’t make sense not to be above board. Just after years in the industry it is one we’d advise that you play with caution at, given the fact that it is a relatively new online casino that does have some questionable entities involved.

Auto Play Removal from Slots due to the UK Remote Gambling Act?

WMS Bruce Lee Slot
Bruce Lee is one of the WMS slots whose
Auto Play button has been removed at
some online casinos

As part of the UK’s Remote Gambling Act a prescribed set of software technical standards have been set out, many of which come into effect this year.

One particular section of the Act, Section 8 A regarding the Auto-play feature offered in slot machines is already affecting some players with online casino games manufacturers like WMS removing the feature from their real money games like the Bruce Lee slot.

At present it is unclear whether or not the removal of the Auto-play button is a temporary situation while the game is being re-worked to comply with the latest standards, or whether this will be a permanent solution to compliance. The coming month will also reveal whether or not other casino operators will follow suit.

The RTS requirements relating to the Auto Play function within the technical standards requirements document state that gambling systems must:

a) make three controls available to players which stop the auto-play functionality within a game when it is triggered.

  1. Loss limit“, i.e. where the player selects an option to not lose more than a designated total from their starting gambling account balance, where the designated amount is one that can be selected by the player. A “loss” in this context equates to the total auto-play bets minus the total auto-play wins.
  2. A “single win limit” – this refers to a single win greater than a specific amount where that value is an amount that can be selected by the player.
  3. A “jackpot win” (where applicable).

b) Require Auto-play to be implemented in such a way that every time a player opts to use this function they must select the stake, the number of auto-play gambles and at least the first of the above-mentioned three controls. The number of auto-play wagers must not exceed 100 in a single batch.

When the auto-play function is active the player must be able to stop the auto-play regardless of the number of auto-play wagers they initially selected or how many remain.

Auto-play should not override any of the display requirements (for example, the outcome of each wager must be displayed for a reasonable length of time before the next wager begins).

While most online slots have at least one of the above-mentioned features, compliance with all of them may pose a need for further development for some software developers.

For players who use this feature on a regular basis the removal of this feature is sure to be a great source of frustration even though Auto-Play is a function no player should ever be using on a regular basis. Yet still it is a favourite of many, especially during bathroom breaks and runs to the kitchen to grab food or drinks while they play, so let’s hope that for their sakes instead of removing it altogether, developers will make the changes and re-instate it.