Posts Tagged ‘Microgaming’

Finding a Fair Casino

Monday, May 17th, 2010

There are a lot of factors that go into choosing an online casino with which to play blackjack. The biggest factor, though, should be safety. You should never play at an online casino that you aren’t sure is safe and fair. You as the player need to be protected from cheating players, outside threats (such as hackers) and the casino itself. So how do you know which casinos are fair?

The biggest indicator of a fair online casino is whether or not it is approved by a recognized regulatory authority. That authority can be a government agency or a third-party group, such as eCOGRA. In any case, it is a good sign of an online gambling regulatory group certifies a casino as safe and fair.

Another thing to look at is the software that the online casino uses. Some casinos design their own games, but most used licensed software designed by third parties. There are a handful of large software designers who have made a name for themselves in the industry and are considered the most reputable in the business. If the casino uses the software from one of those designers – such as CryptoLogic, Realtime Gaming, Microgaming, Vegas Technology and more – then the casino should have a reputation as good as that of the software provider. In this industry, bad business practices will ruin a reputation quickly.

Another thing to look for is how transparent the online casino is. Rushmore Casino, for example, is one of the leaders in the business when it comes to transparency. To ensure that the gaming environment is secure and that players feel safe playing there, the casino has a feature built into the software that allows players to instantly access their game and financial history. At any time, a player can review every wager they have placed, when it was placed, how much money was wagered, how much was won or lost and detailed results of each individual game.

This is important because often players don’t make a withdrawal shortly after winning money. Instead, they often keep a running balance for a while. A disreputable casino could take advantage of that and secretly subtract from their balance or void some of their winning games. With a transparent casino like Rushmore, that is not possible because you can track everything. This also helps if there is ever a technical error that causes a dispute.

If an online casino is transparent, approved by a recognized regulatory authority and uses software deemed to be safe and fair, you can feel assured that the casino is a safe place to play online blackjack.

Spin3, Microgaming Launch Blackjack iPhone App

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Need to play some online blackjack while you’re on the go? There’s an app for that…Now.

Spin3 and Microgaming, which partnered up last year to much fanfare among the nerdy people who actually have heard of those companies and know what they do, have released a new blackjack game for the Apple App Store.

The game is cleverly titled 21 Blackjack Party, because I know the first thing I think of when I’m at a party is taking out my phone and playing a game. The game is the first foray into the world of Apple applications for either company. For those not in the know, Spin3 is a mobile gaming solutions provider and Microgaming is a designer of online gambling games for casinos. The two companies inked a deal together for exactly this purpose: to take advantage of the wide open market of gambling games for mobile phones.

Apple Applications for the iPhone are big business right now. The iPhone apps market right now has over 100,000 applications and those apps have been downloaded more than 3 billion times. Bringing online blackjack to the iPhone only makes sense, as the iPhone continues to dominate the market of smartphones.

21 Blackjack Party is free to download and has gameplay that is specifically designed to take advantage of the iPhone’s features, with its trademark touch-screen tap and slide movements and more. The game also adds an interactive element not often found with online blackjack. The game has a live scoreboard that is constantly updated. Your scores are automatically sent to that scoreboard as you play and you and others can keep track of how well you do in comparison to everyone else. That should make the game more competitive than usual, with players trying to beat each other’s scores.

Spin3 is not content with getting into the dominant iPhone app market, though. Matti Zinder, the head of Spin3, stated that he has plans to go after the Android market as well. The great game of blackjack is only become more and more accessible. Sometimes technology is good.

Microgaming Adding Live Dealers to Blackjack

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Online casinos try their best to recreate the experience of gambling at a brick and mortar casino. They are often successful, as their popularity indicates. One thing that is missing, however, is playing against a live dealer. With online blackjack, instead of having your cards dealt by a real dealer, the cards are normally chosen by a random number generator, a computer program that uses a complex algorithm to determine which cards are dealt.

To some, that is fine. To others, there is something missing when your cards are chosen by a machine rather than shuffled and dealt by a real person. Maybe it makes the game seem more impersonal. I’m not sure, because I’ve always been fine with not having a real dealer when playing blackjack online. Some people find a live dealer to be more trustworthy than a computer program, fearing that the program is manipulating the game to give the house a larger edge. For some, it’s more personal. Some people, on the other hand, have always missed looking at a real-life dealer across from the table.

Microgaming is now offering just that. Many of Microgaming’s online casinos now offer blackjack with live dealers. Instead of using a random number generator, players look at a video feed of a real dealer at a real blackjack table dealing their cards. To access the live dealers, players join the Waiting List, which notifies them no matter where they are in the casino to inform them that a live dealer is available to play.

This is the first time Microgaming has offered live dealers for blackjack, though they had already offered live dealers for roulette and baccarat. To play blackjack with a live dealer, check one of Microgaming’s online casinos today.