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2012 trends and tendencies of the global gambling industry

Not only UK online casinos, but the world gambling industry is on the raise right now. We are getting close to the halfway mark of 2012, therefore it’s a right time to draw some сonclusions. 2012 is the year of technologies that are growing at the incredible tempo. And it shows perfectly well when it comes to online gambling trends and UK online casinos. Online gambling has never been as real, convenient, comfortable and exciting as it is now. Experts of our site have marked out several trends that have been typical for the first half of 2012 that are likely to develop in the second part as well. Are you interested? Well, you should be!!!

1. Live-dealer casinos. In the very beginning of online gambling industry all casino games were extremely dull and simple. We could only dream of any beautiful graphics, animation or sound effects that have become a sure thing right now. Nowadays software providers do anything they can to bring out online gambling experience as close to real life as possible. Live-dealer casino games open an absolutely new stage in the history of online gambling. Today computer and internet technologies make it possible for us to interact with a real dealer and other players sitting at the table. There is a real-time video feed as well as a chat that you can use to communicate with other players while your cards are dealt. However, live-dealer casino games are not only about realistic experience but also about credibility. The thing that you actually see a real person dealing the cards leaves no doubts about the honesty of the game compare to the games regulated by the random number generator. Right now, most largest UK online casinos as 888.com and Victor Chandler Casino offer live-dealer games for you to enjoy.

2. Zero series of casino games. As far as you may know, practically all casino games have a certain house edge, i.e. the casino advantage. However, the modern tendency shows that the largest and most reputable gambling sites on the market start offering games with zero margin. Most popular of them are zero-margin roulette and zero-margin baccarat that offer practically 100% return. Out of all UK online casinos, Betfair was the first gambling site to offer zero roulette. The main difference of it from all other variations of roulette is that there is no zero pocket on the wheel. Zero roulette and zero baccarat have quickly become players’ favourite games.

3. Great assortment of promos and bonuses. Times when the assortment of casino games was the critical factor of choosing the online casino are over. Promos and bonuses are driving the whole gambling industry nowadays. These are the first factors that players pay attention to when visiting a gambling site for the first time. And casino operators make incredible offers to stand out among the competitors!!! For example, practically every large online casino offers some promos dated to the FIFA World Cup 2014. There are special bonuses, tournaments and even betting events aimed at the football fans that one doesn’t know where to look first!

4. Mobile gambling. Mobile technologies get better and better every day! Smartphones, iPhones and the whole bunch of other mobile gadgets have flooded the market completely. Casino software developers now offer special mobile gambling platforms suitable for touch screen technologies and software of modern cellphones. Betfair was one of the first UK online casinos to develop a special mobile gambling software that included all the most popular games of this operator. You can sip coffee in your favourite cafe, hang out with friends and still enjoy all your favourite casino games! Isn’t it awesome?

These are just several tendencies typical for the first part of 2012 to our point of view. It’s hard even to imagine what the rest part of 2012 has in stock for us!

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New games released by WagerWorks

WagerWorks online casino developing company is a subsidiary of International Game Technology corporation dominating on the market of land-based slot machines. As far as you probably know, WagerWorks gambling sites specialize on the UK internet gambling market catering to the needs of British players above all others. Several days ago it announced two brand-new slot machines that will be soon available in the assortment of WagerWorks games.

Both of the new games are probably familiar for the players in traditional casino halls. Pharaoh’s Fortune is based on the land-based video slot introduced in casino halls over 5 years ago. It enjoyed much popularity among gamblers and will soon be available online. The second addition to the WagerWorks UK internet gambling library is the Curse of Frankenstein slot machine developed under the agreement with Hammer Horror films company. Both games are expected to attract much traffic to WagerWorks gambling sites due to the proven quality and recognizable names.

Both the Pharaoh’s Fortune and the Curse of Frankenstein are told to be released in the nearest future. Among other new slot machines that are already available on WagerWorks gambling site is Tally Ho. Tally Ho has been introduced in Virgin Casino under the recent agreement with Microgaming. This is an exciting video slot based on the theme of a high society life style. It welcomes you to visit a chic mansion of Mr. and Mrs. Fox who will offer you a cup of tea with traditional British delights. Mr. Fox smoking a pipe is the most profitable of all ordinary symbols with maximum payout of 750 coins. His charming wife awards you with 600 coins provided that you manage to align 5 identical symbols on the payline. Giant mansion, vintage car, coat of arms as well as tea cups, strawberries, sandwiches, scones and other pastries occur on the reels while spinning.

A hobby that British lords enjoyed from generation to generation is certainly hunting. You can see dogs barking on the background making the overall experience much more real. A Horse is a wild symbol that substitutes for all other symbols except for scatters. If it helps to complete a win line, your payout will be doubled! And if you are lucky enough to align 5 Horse symbols on the active payline, then you will be awarded with a whole fortune of 6 000 coins. A Horn is a necessary attribute of every hunt. As for the Tally Ho slot machine, it functions as a scatter symbol. 3 or more horns anywhere on the screen will not only multiply your prizes, but trigger a free spins feature. 10 free games are awarded to a lucky hunter with a 4x multiplier and, by the way, the feature is retriggerable.

Tally Ho video slot on WagerWorks UK internet gambling sites gives you an incredible opportunity to enjoy the hunt without blood-spilling. You will be chasing real money prizes instead of poor hairs! A highlight of the Tally Ho video slot is a Gamble feature that lets you double or quadruple the previous win. If you select a right colour of the card in front of you, then your payout gets doubled. And if you are risky enough to pick a suit, then you can multiply it by 4!!!

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Online gambling developments in France

We keep an eye on all the online gambling developments in various EU countries. France is one of the European countries where a state has established a monopoly on gambling business. Lately it has been actively dealing with online gambling businesses such a spots betting, internet poker and horse racing. As far as you probably know, online casinos are outside the law on the territory of France compare to UK online casinos that operate absolutely legally. From this article you will find out about all the latest online gambling developments in France.

On the 8th of June ARJEL, that is a state gambling regulatory authority in France, issued a list of companies who had been granted online gambling licenses. All the applicants had to undergo a thorough investigation by ARJEL experts that included all the most significant factors of their operation, e.g bank references, audit reports and so on. 24 companies applied for the ARJEL licence in total, however only 11 applicants received a right to offer their services on the territory of France by present moment. 17 licenses for online horse racing, online poker and sports betting were issued to that 11 companies all together. All other applicants have been put on the pending list. However, ARJEL representatives assure that it doesn’t mean anything bad. It just means that their cases require further and more detailed investigation. Some companies are required to provide some additional information before they can be issued a respective license.

All the companies that have already received licenses for online sports betting and horse racing will probably be able to offer their services immediately. And that’s great as the FIFA Worldcup 2010 is just behind the corner. Licensed companies will be able to receive bets via internet and pay winnings to the lucky players completely legally. As for the companies with poker licensees, they are not as lucky. They will have to wait for another month. The reason is the case filed by Malta gambling jurisdiction to the EU Commission that won’t be settled till the end of June.

The list of licensed companies generally consists of French companies, for example Unibet Enterprises Ltd. company that was issued three licenses in all the respective fields of online gambling and Everest Gaming Ltd. that became a licensed poker provider on the territory of France. No applications have been rejected yet. Among the companies that are still waiting for ARJEL decision are well-known names as Microgaming and 888.com that have not been issued licenses yet. PartyGaming company has applied for poker license and is still on the waiting list.

It’s also worth mentioning, that some companies operating in the online gambling business haven’t applied for the ARJEL at all. Among them are such prominent UK online casinos providers – like Betfair. Representatives of these companies claim that the investigation procedure implemented by ARJEL causes certain distrust as well as general regulations set up in France. These two companies along with Sportingbet have a wait-and-see attitude. They keep a close eye on everything that’s going on in France without much involvement yet.

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