It has often been said that a particular industry is not truly a tied together industry until there is a universally accepted series of awards for it. For this reason, it could very well be argued that the Global Online Casino Awards created by oggs.com was the one event that was needed to bring the online casinos of the world together. The Global Online Casino Awards in 2008 rewarded online casinos and online games for their excellence and one of their main categories was put there as a reward for excellent online slots that were created in the 2008 year.
When the nomination list for this particular award was released to the world, most of the online casino community believed that they knew who would be victorious and therefore it was no real big surprise to anyone knowledgeable in such things that the King Kong Slot Machine by Cryptologic ended up winning the honors of being the best amongst the online slots that were released in 2008. The main reason for this is that King Kong as a slot machine had one of the most remarkable bonus screens ever created and that screen alone was a testament to what an online casino designer can do when their theme is an interesting one and they decide to run with it all the way to its particular conclusion.
If the Global Online Casino Awards are going to become as inspiring as the awards that exist in other fields, one would have to say that King Kong being awarded this particular honor should be good from the point of view of the recognition. While that intangible feeling might require a few more iterations of the awards and a few more years because of that, there is a very real tangible bonus that comes with winning this particular award. That bonus, quite simply put, is that traffic to this particular game has increased significantly. People that have not played it before would like to play it now, even to the point where people are signing up for accounts at Cryptologic casinos they have never been to before in order to see King Kong as well as the other online slots they have available.
This is a good thing in the end because it promotes the idea that if online casinos put out a good product that is worthy of recognition, they will eventually receive some very real benefits because of it.
Golden Casino is known for many things, but in player terms it is perhaps best known for all of the different online tournaments it is responsible for creating. There are not many online casinos around that have the ability to build up a player base through online casino tournaments, but Golden Casino over the years has displayed a remarkable ability to do just that.
In fact, one of their main tournaments, known as the Weekend Madness Tournament, has become one of the most celebrated tournaments not just amongst online casinos, but amongst online gambling sites in general. This tournament is a very simple tournament format that starts on Friday, ends on Tuesday and awards a prize pool of at least $30,000 over the course of that entire span of time. The tournament is a re-buy tournament with an initial entry fee of $20 for 325 credits and a re-buy option for the same amount. In the month of February, the first week will see the tournament played on the Cherry Blossoms online slot machine with the third and fourth weeks having tournaments respectively played on the Magic Carpet online slot machine and the Coral Cash online slot machine.
The second week is a bit of a unique situation this month because the second tournament contains Valentine’s Day. Since many couples enjoy online gambling together on this particular occasion, Golden Casino has decided to go ahead and create a special tournament (from 13th February to 20th February) just for Valentine’s Day. The online slot machine that will be used for this tournament is Cupid’s Arrow which is a slot machine that has a perfect theme for a tournament that is being extended for special promotions centered on the Valentine’s Day calendar date.
There are many special aspects to this particular tournament. For starters, Golden Casino’s typical minimum prize pool of $30,000 has been more than doubled to $70,000, which gives all those couples out there a unique opportunity to win some money for celebrations of their love for each other. In addition to this increase however, the entry cost for the tournament has been reduced from $20 to $0.99, with the re-buy amount having been increased to $25. This means that unless you re-buy more than three times in the tournament, you will save money overall. That fact alone makes this a remarkable offer from an online casino that is known for great online tournaments.
Microgaming, long the leader in online slots, has come out with a number of interesting new slot machines in February of 2009. These releases are part of the online slots releases that Microgaming has been doing on a monthly basis for years now and their releases every month are usually eagerly anticipated by a gaming community that as a whole has given Microgaming technology a thorough inspection and overall has been satisfied at what it sees. Having gone through that particular baptism, Microgaming can now release online slots on a monthly basis that have a guaranteed player base almost from the time they come onto the market.
In recent times, Microgaming has pursued a different strategy when it comes to the release of its monthly new online slots. Usually, they will release some online slots that are normal in terms of their typical pattern and these slots will then be added to their already formidable collection of online slots. However, the other machines that are released into the market of online slot machines will be innovative in some way, shape or form. Microgaming, having coming through the worst of the online gambling slump, now feels justified in experimenting a bit with some of their online slots releases and as long as they keep the good Microgaming machines coming at the same time as the experiments, there appears to be little to no downside for this particular way of doing things.
Case in point on this particular issue would be AWP, one of the normal online slots that Microgaming released in the month of February. This, along with Track and Fieldmouse as well as Bearly Fishing, are the three slot machines that represent the addition to the database of new Microgaming themes that are created with the same randomization and general dynamics as the best of their video online slots. For this reason, these online slots were received warmly, but ultimately did not receive the same amount of media attention as the fourth slot machine.
This final machine is Burning Desire, a name that already sparks a lot of mental imagery in anyone that reads it in their minds. However, it is not the name or the artwork on this slot machine that garners the attention of the press, but rather the innovative no pay line approach of the machine. With no pay lines, winning combinations are possible so long as each of the five reels is involved in creating the combination. With pay line restrictions removed, Burning Desire has over 200 different winning combinations and very likely represents the future of online slots insofar as Microgaming is concerned.