Megasaur Slot for Mega Wins

April 27, 2016 Category :Games Off

Megasaur is the perfect slot for dino-fans looking for a mega win and this progressive jackpot slot is a great option if you fancy a fun slot with a huge jackpot, loads of wilds, a great bonus feature and colorful graphics.

Megasaur is produced by Realtime Gaming (RTG) and is available at a good range of the best US legal online casinos and online slots sites. If you like your real money slots with a HUGE top prizes, you’ll be delighted to know that Megasaur has previously paid out a $1m plus progressive and, more importantly, the current jackpot stands at almost $991,000.

The big question is, should you play it now or wait for it to hit seven figures but risk missing out if someone gets to the dinosaur bounty before you do? Well, what’s $9,000 between friends? If you win $991,000 we doubt you’ll have too many complaints so our advice is to check out this slot right now and see if you can land the big one.

To do that you’ll need to be playing Megasaur for the maximum coin value, which means all 25 lines of this five reel slot at the maximum 20c per line, for a total spin value of five bucks. Note that if you are playing a lower spin value you will still win a portion of the progressive if you land the relevant symbols. In addition, to claim the Megasaur progressive, you actually need to be in the bonus feature and THEN hit all five of the progressive/scatter volcano moon symbols.

In other words, you’ll need to get at least three scatters in a standard game to enter the feature and then get all five whilst in the feature. You didn’t think they were giving a million bucks away to just anyone did you? That might sound hard but, as said, Megasaur has already created one millionaire and it will more than likely create another one soon. You’ve got to be in it to win it!

And, aside from the top prize, there are plenty of other great reasons to try this RTG slot. Firstly there is the aforementioned scatter and bonus feature. You can win up to 30 free spins, with a minimum of six, virtually guaranteeing a big win, whilst there are not one but two wilds, with both being grouped.

The Green Megasaur appears on the 2nd reel and the Red Megasaur on the 4th. The latter wild delivers double payouts on all wins and this is another route to dino-riches on this brilliant slot.

Win Pinata Millions at Jackpot Pinatas Online Slot

March 31, 2016 Category :Games Off

Jackpot Piñatas is a brilliant progressive slot that could well change your life in one spin of Piñata magic. This colorful and vibrant slot from US real money casino experts RTG (Realtime Gaming) boasts a massive seven figure jackpot at the time of writing worth almost $1.8m! If you like the sound of winning almost $2m from the comfort of your own home with just one spin of a great slot, read on for the lowdown on Jackpot Piñatas.

If you’ve played many of RTG’s exciting slots you’ll recognize the format and gameplay of this five reel, 20 line progressive. It looks, feels and sounds just like many of the other great slots produced by RTG and that means you’ll instantly feel at home, whilst even if you’re new to such slots, the simple and intuitive gameplay makes things very quick and easy to grasp.

In order to get your hands on the $1.8m progressive jackpot you’ll need to get five of the bull piñata symbols on a valid payline. We said “valid payline” but in actual fact all lines will be in play on all spins because – and this is the only real downside of Jackpot Piñatas – the slot has a fixed $5 spin value which is 25 cents per line for all 20 lines.

Whilst no other win will really come close to the main jackpot, there are still huge wins available for the other piñatas, with five donkey piñatas paying out 20,000 credits and five dog piñatas a still-generous 1,000.

The donkey is actually the wild in general play, swapping for all other symbols aside from the other two piñatas. Similarly, as well as landing you a huge win, the dog piñata is the scatter/bonus symbol, with three of these landing you a win of three credits but, far more importantly, also entering you into the excellent bonus feature.

In our opinion the bonus on Jackpot Piñatas is one of the best around, mainly because it comes in two stages. First you get to two of the three displayed piñata symbols, revealing cash prizes worth up to 200 times your initial bet. Then should one of your picks contain a rose you’ll win an extra bonus round. If you don’t find a rose you’ll go to the free spins round, and with up to 25 free spins available, plus double prizes and extra piñatas, you could end up with a monster of a win.

As said, Jackpot Piñatas is a great slot so with the amazing progressive jackpot and bonus feature detailed above, why not see for yourself?

House Edge of Online Casino Games

March 2, 2016 Category :General Off

The house edge is one of the most important factors to be aware of when it comes to deciding which online casino game to play. The house edge is, in the simplest terms, the profit margin the casino builds into each game to guarantee that, in the long term, they win. In the short term players can and do win, often HUGE sums, but averaged out over every customer over a long period of time the casino wins and this is because every game has a house edge.

Here we take a look at the house edge of different casino games, from online classics like real money slots, roulette and blackjack, to some of the more unusual casino options. The house edge is the percentage of the stakes the game delivers to the casino, such that, for example, if you bet $1,000 on a game with a house edge of 2% you would lose just $20 – over the long term.

Whilst we’ve stated the importance of an awareness of the house edge, we must also add that this number isn’t the only factor you should use when deciding which games to play online. Some online casino games, such as progressive slots, may have a high house edge but the upside of that is the potential for huge wins, whilst others compensate for a higher edge with more appealing gameplay.

Blackjack

Blackjack has one of the lowest house edges of any casino game. The precise figure depends on the set of rules employed by the specific game you are playing, with factors such as the number of decks used impacting the percentage. In order to achieve the lowest figure you also need to use Basic Strategy but do this and pick your rule variations well and you can achieve a house edge of 0.4% or even less.

Video Poker

Video poker is similar to blackjack in that you have to play optimum strategy to achieve the best figure, that rule variations alter the house edge and that the percentage is very competitive. Less than 0.5% is not uncommon.

Slots

At the other end of the spectrum come slots and whilst they are the most popular game in the casino the house edge can often be very high. The house edge with slots can be as high as 15%, with more than 5% quite usual.

Craps

The house edge with craps varies according to your bet and is actually zero on certain bets, going up to a massive 13.89% on others!

Roulette

Play double zero roulette at your peril – the house edge here is 5.26%. Stick to European/single zero roulette for a much more generous house edge of just 2.7%.

Slots Tips: How to Win at Online Slots

February 3, 2016 Category :General Off

Playing real money online slots is great fun and it’s even more fun if you can win a few bucks doing it too. In truth there is no guaranteed way to win at slots – despite what some sites may claim, especially if they’re trying to sell you the magic technique – because if there was, clearly we’d see a lot of broke casinos and a lot of rich customers. However, what we offer here are a few pointers designed to help those new to slots enjoy their play, improve their chances of making a profit and get the most out of online slots.

Perhaps the easiest way to increase your chances of winning, in the long term, is to only play slots that offer a high RTP (Return To Player) rate. The RTP is expressed as a percentage and is usually between 85% and 95%, meaning that for every $100 a player puts into a machine they can expect on average (and in the very, very long term) to get between $85 and $95 back.

Whilst we must emphasize that this is the average return and that even if you put $10,000 into a slot there is no guarantee you will get anything like $8,500 (or more) back, it makes obvious sense that playing a slot with a high RTP gives you the best chance of winning.

Some slots have an RTP of 97% or even higher so hunt these ones out by asking the casino’s customer service team if necessary and automatically your chances of winning are improved.

These slots are also great for clearing the wagering requirements of the welcome bonuses that all the best USA slots sites offer their new customers and using casino bonuses is another way to improve your chances of success playing online slots. That said, you should be careful about what bonuses you accept because some less scrupulous online casinos have bonuses that may look good at first glance but have such tough wagering terms that making a profit becomes very tricky. Note that all of the sites we feature here have fair terms, although some are better than others.

Finally, and probably most crucially, comes the simplest advice of all and it comes in two parts. Never chase losses and quit whilst you’re ahead. Losing more than you can afford to in a desperate attempt to claw back losses is a terrible feeling, whilst losing profits because you got greedy and didn’t walk away is almost just as bad.

Using a Staking Plan to Play Online Casino Games

January 6, 2016 Category :General Off

Many casino players, be they online or offline, don’t have much of a plan when it comes to playing, instead simply hitting the tables and trusting the outcome to a combination of luck and instinct. In many ways that is a good approach, because playing at a real money casino should only ever be viewed as fun, not an investment strategy or a guaranteed way to make money. That said, winning is all part of the fun and a staking plan can go some way towards improving your chances of reaching your aims, whilst also helping you to enjoy a good amount of table time.

What is a Staking Plan?

A staking plan is a method of controlling your stakes, so rather than just betting however much you fancy on a given spin or hand, you work to a defined system. Going with your gut isn’t the worst thing in the world but it can mean you lose all your money very quickly, risk more than you should or alternatively bet so little it’s hard to ever accumulate a good profit.

Flat Stakes

One option, and possibly the best for those whose aim is to just play over a good length of time and have fun, is to just bet the same amount on every hand or spin. Say your bankroll is $100, you might decide to bet $5 on every hand and not alter from that. Playing this way it would take quite a bad run of luck for you to use your entire bankroll quickly, thus guaranteeing you a decent stint in the casino.

Negative Progression

A negative progression plan means that you increase your stakes when you are losing. The Martingale is the most famous example of this and whilst it can help you recover from losses quickly, it also means you can lose your money very quickly and also that this will happen at the time you can least afford it – when you are already down.

Positive Progression

We favor a positive progression system, which sees you increase your stake when you are winning. Some people may prefer to bet small when they are winning to preserve their profit but by increasing your stake you give yourself a better chance of hitting a target profit and you also roughly maintain the proportion of your bankroll that you are risking at any one time.

Slots: History of the Game

December 11, 2015 Category :General Off

Online slots are great fun but, of course, slots weren’t always played online (or on mobile for that matter). Here we take a look at the history of slots and their evolution from bars to cell phones!

The First Ever Slots

The first ever slots were developed around the end of the 19th century, with companies on both the east and west coast of America laying claims to having developed the first ever slots. Probably the first ever slot was invented by Sittman and Pitt in New York in 1891. Based on poker hands, winning spins were paid manually, with prizes of drinks or smokes.

Around the same time and probably a year or so after this, a Californian man, Charles Fey, developed a machine with fewer symbols that thus facilitated automatic payment of prizes. Rather than playing cards and poker, the game used just four fruit symbols and a Liberty Bell and three reels rather than the five drums of the earlier slot.

Slots Go Electric

Until the 1960s slots remained mechanical in nature, with the reels spun via the side lever. In 1963 Bally, founded by Raymond Moloney in 1932, developed the first ever electromechanical slot, Honey Money. This breakthrough allowed very large wins to be played automatically and also meant the side lever (the one arm of the one-armed bandit) was no longer physically necessary.

Video Slots

In 1976 Vegas-based Fortune Coin Co developed the first ever video slot. This crude machine used an adapted Sony receiver, a TV effectively, and paved the way for modern slots.

Multi-Screen

In the 1990s, just before the development of online slots, slots were developed that used more than one screen to facilitate bonus rounds. The second screen was displayed on the machine’s main screen but had different functionality and moved slots from simple spinning reels to the more complex gameplay we see today.

Online and Mobile Slots

In the mid-1990s the internet really took huge leaps forward and this enabled slots to be played online. The technology was essentially very similar to that of the earlier video slots, with the internet simply the conduit for the games. In much the same way, modern cell technology and data connectivity have moved games forward, with mobile casinos evermore popular.

Of course, online and mobile casinos are not the only recent developments and improved technology has also allowed games to become better looking, with more advanced sounds and more enticing bonus features, as well as more involving game play.

Blackjack Hall of Fame

November 11, 2015 Category :General Off

The Blackjack Hall of Fame celebrates players, theorists, stats experts, writers and professional blackjack players who have made an outstanding contribution to the world of blackjack. Most of the Hall of Famers made their contribution well before the time of online casinos and blackjack but even so, without their work the world of modern online blackjack just wouldn’t be the same.

The Blackjack Hall of Fame is physically housed in the Barona casino in San Diego, with each inductee forfeiting their right to play blackjack at the casino in exchange for a permanent comp for their entire life at the casino covering accommodation, food and all drinks!

The HoF didn’t actually induct its first member until as recently as 2002, with seven men being added in the inaugural selection and they were:

  • Al Francesco – central to the creation of team play in blackjack
  • Peter Griffin – author of The Theory of Blackjack and a key blackjack theorist
  • Tommy Hyland – blackjack team manager
  • Arnold Snyder – pro player and forum editor
  • Edward O. Thorp – author of Beat The Dealer
  • Ken Uston – pro player and blackjack author
  • Stanford Wong – hugely important author and man who popularized “Wonging”

Since then a number of other experts have been added to the HoF, most recently Don Schlesinger, who has written and/or edited a number of books on blackjack. In 2007 John Chang was inducted into blackjack’s pantheon of greatness. Chang was the manager of the notorious MIT blackjack team and the inspiration for the character Mickey Rosa, played by Kevin Spacey, in the film 21, which was based on the classic book Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich.

Perhaps the most deserving members of the HoF were surprisingly ignored until 2008. The “Four Horsemen of Aberdeen”, as they are collectively know, essentially “discovered” Basic Strategy using little more than intellect and a calculator. Roger Baldwin, Herbert Maisel, Wilbert Cantey and James McDermott were serving in the army (in Aberdeen) when they realized the blackjack could be, if not beaten, certainly played with minimal losses. If you’ve ever used Basic Strategy then you owe them a great debt and it’s amazing they had to wait until 2008 to gain the ultimate in blackjack recognition.

Most of the other members of the Hall of Fame are authors or pro players so if you fancy adding your name to the list why not check out our blackjack advice, grab a bonus and head to the tables?