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Paddy Power PLC released tips on How to Choose the Right Bingo Game Online

Picking the Right Bingo Game

As experienced bingo players know, there are many different versions of Bingo. Players often take the time to practice and try out each and every bingo game before they decide on their favorite, and it’s much better fun to experience some new versions rather than be conservative and stick to one game! Here’s some information and tips that might help you speed up the process and help you choose the bingo game that’s perfect for you.

Traditional Games

So if you like simple, basic bingo and want to stick to the classic and well-known games, then traditional bingo games are the choice for you. Traditional bingo games have simple patterns such as vertical lines, horizontal lines, diagonal lines, winners circle and four corners. These types of games keep it really simple, which is absolutely perfect for beginners.

Something New and Exciting

Do you want a new twist on the traditional game? If so, you should check out pattern bingo. Now pattern bingo has many of the features of traditional bingo games, but with one unique exception. Rather than making a basic five-in-a-row bingo win, players are required to complete complex patterns, such as “Hangman”, “A” or “Starburst”. These games can present a fun challenge for players who are looking for something new, and give experienced bingo players renewed interest in their game!

A Twist on a Favorite

Finally, if you’re looking for something entirely new when it comes to playing bingo, you might want to check out Deal or No Deal bingo. If you’re a fan of the television show, you will great fun playing in this unique, and very different online bingo game. Just like the famous television show, you will be assigned a box with a mystery prize. Throughout the game, you will receive calls from the mysterious banker who will make offers to buy the box from you. It’s up to you to decide whether to take the banker’s offer or to stick with your original choice containing the secret jackpot prize. The excitement builds as the boxes available to choose from begin to get smaller… and especially so if it starts to look like your first choice might contain the big jackpot!

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Half of Online Gambling Sites Licensed Outside UK ‘Safe’ Jurisdictions

The online gambling industry continues to expand with an estimated 5 million new player accounts being created each year, despite the risks that player’s face from unreliable sites.

Many regions such as Alderney, Malta and Gibraltar were approved for addition to the UK Gambling Commission’s ‘whitelist’. The purpose of the whitelist is to approve only the jurisdictions that have sufficient regulation in place to ensure player protection. Licenses from other regions are considered potentially unsafe for reasons such as lack of appropriate regulation, and not providing satisfactory mediation channels for resolving player complaints.

Only gambling sites with licenses issued by the whitelisted jurisdictions are allowed to advertise within the UK. While potentially risky sites in non-whitelisted regions may not advertise directly to UK citizens, they are still easily found through internet searches and online advertising.

An estimated 1,100 online gambling sites are operating with licenses issued from safe jurisdictions. At this time at least 900 gambling sites are operating with licenses from outside the UK whitelisted regions, while an even higher risk is associated with the many unregulated sites that hold no license and no system for player protection.

With thousands of online gambling sites available, finding the reliable operators becomes a challenge. Many players will fall for the tempting promotions being offered by less trustworthy sites, and a large number of player complaints are posted on online forums. Many times players deposit funds to a site and then later attempt to withdraw their winnings – only to have endless problems resulting in no payment being received. Sometimes operators claim to have technical or payment-processing problems causing repeated delays, while other times the player’s winnings are confiscated with little or no valid explanation.

Three recently launched sites aim to address this issue by reviewing only the most reliable online gambling sites, including only those with licenses in whitelisted jurisdictions.

www.Top20BingoReviews.co.uk – Bingo is increasingly popular online, with sites offering online chat so that players can keep the social experience of bingo even when playing at home.

www.Top20PokerReviews.co.uk – The rise of online poker continues as players take advantage of ‘freeroll’ tournaments as well as weekly tournaments with large guaranteed prize pools shared among the winners.

www.Top20Bookmakers.co.uk – Of course all the big UK bookmakers now have competent online operations to accept punter’s bets, with many offering free bets and money-back guarantees on certain events.

“Whether players are searching for bingo sites, poker rooms or online bookmakers, the problem remains the same – there are many shady operators with questionable ethics,” said Philip Jones, manager of UKZap.com

“Protecting players from these unscrupulous operators is the primary goal of our new sites, which aim to review only sites with valid licences and a history of player satisfaction, prompt payments and good customer support.”

In addition to reporting on the most reliable operators, these new review sites also help players to find operators with special features such as mobile playing options for iPhones, Blackberry and Android phones. Players will also find useful lists of sites accepting convenient deposit methods including Neteller and PayPal.

For additional information contact Philip Jones or visit www.UKZap.com.

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Virgin Games Casino To Significantly Expand Games Portfolio In 2010

Virgin Casino, part of the leading online gaming company – Virgin Games, has today announced that it has developed a road map to introduce all the latest casino games in the next twelve months, making it one of the most content rich gaming sites in the UK market.

To help enhance its already strong portfolio, Virgin Casino has taken on a new partner – Playtech company, Gaming Technology Solutions (GTS) – a leading global supplier of gaming solutions for online gaming operations. Playtech provides cutting-edge software to the top operators in the gaming industry, and through the GTS Enhanced Gaming Engine (EdGE) platform, will provide Virgin Casino with access to the best in breed casino games on the market. Amongst the many exciting games due to be launched this year are Call of Duty 4, Monopoly Multiplier and Play Your Cards Right.

Warren Eloff, Product Manager at Virgin Casino, commented:

“GTS EdGE platform allows us easy access to the best gaming suppliers in the business and partnering with them to help develop our product offering makes perfect sense. We plan to roll out over 100 games this year and among them will be some top brand names, providing our customers with sophisticated and exciting games that they have come to expect from us. With all these new games we will have one of the best casinos available online”

Founded in 2004, Virgin Casino has over 500,000 players and 50 casino games on its site. Through the introduction of a custom built Virgin Games platform in 2008, Virgin Casino seeks to provide its players with the widest possible choice of casino games. Virgin Casino offers games from a growing selection of games producers, including: WagerWorks, Cryptologic, Freemantle, Endemol, Dynamite Idea, VS Gaming and Ash Gaming.

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Bingo! The Price Is Right For Virgin Games

Virgin Games are delighted to announce the launch of their latest bingo game, based on the classic TV show ‘The Price is Right.’ This exciting 25 line slot game comes complete with 3 fantastic bonus features as well as a big wheel to make winnings go even further.

Winners will be offered the choice of either a cash prize or V-Points, which can be used across a wide range of Virgin products. This new gaming product will compliment a host of new titles which are being added to Virgin Bingo portfolio in the coming months.

A spokesperson for Virgin Games commented on the launch of their latest slot game by saying:

“The Price is Right is the latest addition to our popular bingo offering and will further enhance the site’s popularity with gamers across the U.K and abroad.”

Continued: “The game will appeal, not only to those who are familiar with the TV show, but also those who are looking to win serious cash prizes and V Points, which we believe offer some of the best incentives of any online gaming site.”

To find out more about this, and other Bingo games, visit:http://www.virgingames.com/bingo/

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32Red Online Casino Reveals That A Lucky Swansea City FC Fan And 32Red Player Will Be Joining His Favourite Team For The Season

Sporting the official number 32 shirt of the South Wales club, the fan will be able to get close up and personal with the squad throughout the 2009/10 season.

32Red Online Casino became Swansea City FC club sponsor in a two year deal in May. The partnership sees the 32Red.com logo displayed prominently on the Swan’s home and away shirts as well becoming the club’s official gaming partner, offering over 350 casino games in their online casino, online poker, bingo and more to Swansea fans.

Ross Mitchell, the 32Red winner and die-hard Swansea fan, said, “Most fans have dreamt of seeing their name in the matchday programme, and given my lack of footballing ability this is the only way I could have got to do it. The entire competition is a terrific idea and I hope others get a chance to experience what I have, thank you Swansea City, and thank you 32Red.com”.

Ross will be in the official team photograph for the 2009/10 season, will feature in the squad list in matchday programmes and be involved in a range of team activities, becoming an integral part of the Swansea FC team this season.

Swansea City FC vice-chairman, Leigh Dineen, said: “This is the first of a number of initiatives we will be working on with our new sponsor 32Red this season.

“They have given us fantastic support so far and I know that they want to involve the fans as much as possible.

“Ross attended our game against Sheffield United recently where he was given the full VIP treatment. Manager Paulo Sousa presented him with his No.32 shirt and had a good chat with Ross. With the amount of injuries we’ve got at the moment, he may have to wear the shirt on the pitch soon”

Mark Quayle, Head of Marketing for 32Red Online Casino, remarked: “This is just the first of many competitions we plan to run with Swansea to celebrate our partnership with this proud and progressive club. Football is becoming increasingly commercial but both Swansea and 32Red know the priority lies with the fans. We both plan to ensure these next two years are as exciting and as special as possible for them.”

Ross saw the competition on the official Swans website and “felt it was too good an opportunity to miss out on. I enjoy playing a bit of blackjack and so the chance to become the number 32 for the Swans was just too tempting, so I went through the official site and registered at 32Red’s online casino and got playing. But he was taken by surprise when he returned a call from the club to star as the team’s number 32.”

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32Red Improves Player Communications With SmartFOCUS

32Red Plc has announced that it has concluded a deal with SmartFOCUS. The agreement will see the introduction of specialist customer communication software to 32Red’s gaming products to enhance the overall player experience through personalised correspondence and bonuses.

This news is on the back of several significant developments for 32Red of late, including the addition of PayPal banking across its gaming properties and the sponsorship of the English Championship football club Swansea City.

32Red CEO, Ed Ware, said: “It really is exciting times at 32Red. Despite the economic climate we’re forging ahead by investing in value marketing like the Swansea sponsorship and television advertising, as well as further improving the day-to-day operation of the award-winning 32Red. The introduction of SmartFOCUS’ software to our player communications will mean that we will be able to have an even more meaningful dialogue with our players. We expect big things and look forward to seeing what SmartFOCUS can do this year and beyond.”

Head of marketing for 32Red, Mark Quayle, explained that SmartFOCUS will be introduced across all of 32Red’s gaming products, including the online casino, poker, bingo, and online rummy, adding that on introduction it will become an integral part of the company’s overriding marketing strategy. Quayle further commented: “We’re confident SmartFOCUS will allow us to reach more 32Red players and send targeted bonuses and competitions that will make their time at our casino even more entertaining and increasingly rewarding.”

Chris Underhill, CEO of smartFOCUS, said: “The smartFOCUS software is helping 32Red to launch and measure campaigns quickly and easily. Customer satisfaction should be a priority for all businesses. 32Red’s improved marketing and new loyalty scheme demonstrates that the company understands this perfectly, and makes it a pretty safe bet that the company will continue to enjoy success.”

About 32Red Plc:
32Red is the six times winner of the Best Casino title awarded by watchdog and player advocate, Casinomeister.

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AskGamblers.com Starts Most Sophisticated Casino Complaints Feature

Almost 4 years of providing trusted information to the visitors, AskGamblers.com has a new look and full package of new tools for online casino players.

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The site offers to online casino player’s most comprehensive gambling portal containing full range of features that give experienced and detailed inside look, into online casino industry.

http://www.AskGamblers.com starts with most professional online casino advocacy introducing new approach regarding to the communication and relationship between casino players and online operators. Every Customer Complaint will be supported and led by AskGamblers.com in order to provide fair game within the gambling industry. New software function provides clear and easy navigation and AskGamblers.com introduced revolutionary response parameters by which it is possible to measure Online Casinos customer Care dedication.

http://www.AskGamblers.com will monitor whole process until every Complaint is resolved.

Sites extraordinary Gambling portal contains full range of different features.

– Over 400 reviews of online casino, poker, bingo, sportsbook (sports betting) lottery backgammon sites.
– Bonus Reviews. Sites and Customers experience of the whole process of getting bonuses.
– Online Games Reviews, screen shots and full details
– Latest Gaming news considering whole gambling industry. Fast and reliable service.
– Rating bonuses, top casinos
– Forum with latest online casino issues

About AskGamblers.com
Because of very professional approach, AskGamblers.com became one of most significant affiliate network with strong presence on US gambling market. Recognized by innovative design, creative promotions, very flexible communication strategy.

http://www.AskGamblers.com is offering online gaming brands, opportunities to market English, French, Italian, German and Swedish and Serbian products.

AskGamblers.com constantly reviews and monitors the entire online casino Internet sites to find the best bonuses available for each game and provides professional communication between players and online casino operators. As a member of Zero Group company has strong presence in different social activities, endorsing charity auctions, health care and lot of humanitarian actions.

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Mirror Bingo Is Offering Members The Chance To Speak To Former Big Brother Housemates As The Current Series Passes The Halfway Stage

Mirror Bingo is offering members the chance to speak to former Big Brother housemates as the current series passes the halfway stage.

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From Thursday 2 July, former contestants of the reality TV show will be online for a live chat with Mirror Bingo players.

Membership is free with no deposit needed, and all members will be able to play bingo with the former housemates as well as ask them about the current series and their lives since appearing on the show themselves.

Each chat starts at 8pm and the first will be on 2 July as Glyn Wise and Pete Bennett, the runner up and winner, respectively, of the seventh series. Since their time on Big Brother, Glyn has gone on to DJ on C2 Radio Cymru while Pete has appeared at Glastonbury – a haven of celebrities – and toured the UK with his band Pete Bennett and the Love Dogs.

Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace, also known for her glamour modelling work, shared Glyn and Pete’s rapid rise to fame through Big Brother 7. Members of Mirror Bingo will have the chance to speak to her through the bingo chat function on Friday 3 July.

The following night, Saturday 4 July, will see contestants of the eighth series Brian Belo and twins Samantha and Amanda Marchant – also known as Samanda – speak to Mirror Bingo members. Brian overcame the odds to beat Samanda to the title of Big Brother 8. Brian has since become a regular feature on Harry Hill’s TV Burp while Samanda has embarked on a music career – their first single, a cover of Barbie Girl, charted at 26 before their follow up single entered the charts at 125.

With six former contestants – including two winners – Mirror Bingo members have the chance to chat to some of the people best placed to comment on the experiences of the current housemates.

Mirror Bingo members will be kept up to date with future events on the site and will be the first to know of any celebs joining bingo chat in the future.

About Mirror Bingo
The Daily Mirror has been involved in bingo for almost 60 years providing game cards alongside news throughout the UK. Since 2006, Mirrorbingo.com has opened to provide a more interactive and exciting bingo experience to players.

As one of the UK’s most recognisable brands, the Daily Mirror’s aim is to give members a fun and friendly online bingo experience that offers greater value and more excitement. Bringing alive the promise that ‘we make bingo better’; Mirror Bingo offers an innovative experience, including generous bingo bonuses, £500,000 in jackpots paid out each week, smaller game rooms and a variety of big prize games.

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The Robots in Disguise Are Coming to Virgin Casino – Transformers Ultimate Payback

Virgin Casino today announces the launch of the brand new online slot game, Transformers: Ultimate Payback(TM). The multi-coin slotgame offers players the chance to experience an action packed battle between their favourite Transformers complete with authentic characters, voiceovers and the theme song from the cult science-fiction series! Players can reap the rewards along the way with the slot game’s 25-payline configuration, Transforming Wild symbols, free spins and bonus level.

Throughout the base game, players can multiply their winnings into fortunes by making an entire reel wild by revealing Optimus Prime and Megatron Transforming Wild symbols on the second and fourth reels. And if that’s not enough, the Cybertron Variable Wild symbol can offer up to a 10 x line multiplier.

Players can settle the ongoing battle between The Autobots and The Decepticons once and for all with the Ultimate Payback Bonus(TM) which is triggered by bonus symbols landing simultaneously anywhere on the first and fifth reels. Optimus Prime (leader of Autobots) or Megatron (leader of Decepticons) battle when a ‘Fight’ symbol is revealed anywhere on the fifth reel. Before the great battle commences players are tasked with the tough decision of selecting which robot they believe will win. Players can spin for free (maximum 100 spins) until one of the Transformers triumphs and if their chosen hero wins players can cash in on up to 3250 bonus credits.

As with all Virgin Casino games, players can also earn V-POINTS – Virgin Games’ loyalty points – every time they play. Offering players the chance to redeem their points for further Virgin rewards, including Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles or cold, hard cash, V-POINTS can be transferred across Virgin Games portfolio of products, including VirginPoker and Virgin Bingo.

Premium releases including ELVIS – A Little More Action®, Dungeons and Dragons: Fortress of Fortunes(TM), Cleopatra II(TM) and Da Vinci Diamonds® have already been added to Virgin Casino’s portfolio of games. Further big titles will be added to Virgin Games in the coming months, ensuring a constant stream of new and exciting games to keep players’ adrenalin going.

Virgin Casino launched under the Virgin Games brand in June 2004. The site was refreshed in June 2006, providing players with a greater choice of games and additional means of earning bonus points and rewards.

Transformers: Ultimate Payback(TM) is available on www.virgingames.com/casino/

(i) Transformers: Ultimate Payback(TM) is a trademark of IGT in the U.S. and/or other countries, and is used with permission. U.S. and international patents pending.

About Virgin Games

Virgin Games launched in June 2004 and has quickly established itself as one of the leading gaming websites in the UK. Virgin Games comprises four distinct offerings:

– Virgin Casino, part of the Wagerworks network, brings consumers classic casino offerings like blackjack and roulette, as well as great feature slots like Monopoly, Cluedo, Dungeons and Dragons Fortress of Fortunes(TM) and the highly popular MegaJackpots progressive games, with a seeding value of Pounds Sterling 1,500,000

– Virgin Poker, part of the Boss Media network, offers a huge array of games and content for beginners through to experienced pros – as well as the most generous loyalty scheme in the industry

– Virgin Bingo, part of the Virtue Fusion network, offers cash prizes worth thousands of pounds in the progressive jackpots, as well as Virgin prize bingo and a range of unique Virgin Games bingo games.

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Ex-EastEnder And Strictly Come Dancing Star, Chris Parker, Will Be Joining Gala TV From Friday, 5 June 2009

During his first month, Chris who is best known for his role alongside Shane Richie as Spencer Moon in EastEnders, will launch ‘Soap Star Bingo’ – an exclusive new show on the popular live bingo channel.

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Each week a different soap star will join Chris on the Friday evening show, which will be broadcast throughout June between 8-9pm on Sky and Freesat channel 861 as well as webstreamed on the Gala Bingo website.

During the unique live studio-based show that offers a high level of viewer interaction, players will get the chance to find out a bit more about the stars by emailing and texting in their questions. The hour-long show will also feature a special ‘soap-themed’ bingo game that will be called each week by Chris’ surprise guest.

“I love bingo and live television so I’m really looking forward to becoming part of the whole Gala TV community and interacting with the players,” said Chris. “I have enjoyed presenting on shows such as This Morning, MTV, CD:UK and my live movie show in LA. I am currently presenting E24 for BBC News but Gala TV is a very different ball game (quite literally)”

Paul Tremain, director of programmes for Gala TV, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming Chris to the team. He is a true professional with bags of enthusiasm. I know he’ll be a real hit with our viewers.”

Gala TV viewers can play a variety of bingo through the webstream on www.galabingo.com or by simply using their Sky remote control red button. Gala TV broadcasts 24 hours a day. AutoBingo is available throughout the day with live bingo running from 6pm to 2am.

 

About Gala TV:
Gala TV awards 200,000 winners a year and gives away approximately £20,000 each night in prize money. Gala TV is owned and operated by the Gala (Alderney) Limited a subsidiary of Gala Coral Group.

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Virgin Games Delivers The Ultimate Gaming Experience

Virgin Games, the online gaming service, announces that it has centralised its offerings and has become an operating company in its own right working from one common platform. This development will provide a streamlined customer experience by offering players the opportunity to play across multiple gaming products using a central sign on solution and a single Virgin Games wallet. The operation of Virgin Games gaming service was formerly outsourced to three different operators; Wagerworks for Casino; Boss Media for Poker and St.Minver for Bingo. The operation on the new Virgin Games platform has now been taken in-house and will be managed centrally from their head office in Guernsey.

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With the Virgin customer experience being of core importance, players now only need to register once to become a Virgin Games player and browse seamlessly through all of the games at Virgin Poker, Virgin Casino and Virgin Bingo. Additionally, under the new system, Virgin players will be able to play for bonus promotions and Virgin Games loyalty points, V-Points, across all games offered.

The strategic shift to become a fully fledged gaming operator has taken place at Virgin Games over the last 18 months. The company now operates using two gaming licenses held in Alderney and Malta and runs an in-house customer service call centre as well as owning and co-ordinating player databases and payment processing systems. The 24/7 customer experience solution will bring all consumer touch points together in-house including telephone, email and web-chat communication resulting in greater control, improved efficiency and an all round excellent customer experience.

Simon Burridge, CEO Virgin Games, comments: “In developing and taking ownership of the new customer experience program, we have focused on creating the best possible value and service for our customers. Here at Virgin Games, we live and breathe the Virgin brand values and feel taking the customer service department in-house and integrating all three gaming services allows us to continue to deliver the unique Virgin experience that our customers have come to expect.”

“Our players have told us that they would like to see a wider range of games at Virgin Games and we intend to give them exactly what they’re looking for. There have been some very exciting new games brought into the market recently and we look forward to introducing them into the Virgin Games product offering” said Burridge.

 

About Virgin Games
Virgin Games launched in June 2004 and has quickly established itself as one of the leading gaming websites in the UK. Virgin Games comprises four distinct offerings:

– Virgin Casino, part of the Wagerworks network, brings consumers classic casino offerings like blackjack and roulette, as well as great feature slots like Monopoly, Cluedo, Dungeons and Dragons Fortress of Fortunes(TM) and the highly popular MegaJackpots progressive games, with a seeding value of Pounds Sterling 1,500,000

– Virgin Poker, part of the Boss Media network, offers a huge array of games and content for beginners through to experienced pros Texas Hold emFive card Stud Poker and more – as well as the most generous loyalty scheme in the industry

– Virgin Bingo, part of the Virtue Fusion network, offers cash prizes worth thousands of pounds in the progressive jackpots, as well as Virgin prize bingo and a range of unique Virgin Games bingo games.

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Virgin.Com Relaunches Its Bingo Offering Through Its Virgingames.Com Portal Using Software From Alderney-Licensed Online Bingo And Gambling Platform Provider Virtue Fusion Limited

Virgin.com Limited has announced that it will be relaunching its bingo offering throughits VirginGames.com portal using software f r o m Alderney-licensed online bingo and gambling platform provider Virtue Fusion Limited.

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Virtue Fusion is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Internet bingo solutions and its network operates on an aggregated model so that partners benefit f r o m shared critical mass and larger jackpots.

VirginGames.com/bingo/ previously utilised software f r o m St Minver but the change will see players able to enjoy one of the largest selections of networked games available through a bingo client. Virtue Fusion pioneered the mini game and offers titles including Marine Mayhem, Clover Rollover and Big Top Tombola, which have proven highly popular with players.

“It was important for Virgin Games to select a partner that could give our players the widest choice of game variants, jackpot sizes and price-points,” said Simon Burridge, Chief Executive Officer for VirginGames.com.

“Virtue Fusion’s network is undoubtedly the market leader in this respect. We are delighted to be joining the Virtue Fusion network and are looking forward to growing our business over the coming years.

”We value Virtue Fusion’s flexible network model because we value the right to offer something different. Virtue Fusion’s network structure allows us to be just what we want while benefiting f r o m the largest prize pools available online today.”

“We are delighted that VirginGames.com has chosen Virtue Fusion’s industry-leading software for its bingo offering,” said Bob McCulloch, Chief Executive Officer for Virtue Fusion.

“VirginGames.com will benefit through our flexible networked approach to bingo by offering small games that are good for communities while leveraging the power of the network by offering the biggest jackpots available.”

About Virgin Games
Virgin Games, a subsidiary of Virgin.com Ltd, launched in June 2004 and has quickly established itself as one of the leading gaming websites in the UK. Virgin Games comprises three distinct entertainment offerings, giving consumers the chance to play their favourite online games the Virgin way:

• Virgin Casino Games, part of the Wagerworks network, provides a taste of Vegas online, with classic casino offerings like blackjack and roulette, as well as popular feature slots like Elvis, Cleopatra and Vegas, Baby!
• Virgin Free Poker, offers a huge array of games and content for beginners through to experienced pros – as well as the most generous loyalty scheme in the industry. The successful Virgin Poker Festivals, which take place in casinos around the UK throughout the year, now allow gamers to experience the fun of Virgin Poker offline too
• Virgin Bingo, part of the St Minver network, offers cash prizes worth thousands of pounds in the progressive jackpots, as well as regular promotions and an unrivalled loyalty scheme

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Big Bingo Winner gets £1.16 Million Jackpot!

Mr Frankie Lowell was relaxing in front of the television when the telephone rang. He thought it was somebody trying to sell him something so he left it for a few minutes before answering. The ringing was persistent and when he could no longer ignore it he picked it up. “Yes?” he snapped gruffly into the mouthpiece.

It was his wife Soraya. She had been out with her friend and neighbour Agnes O’Neill for an evening of fun at the local Bingo parlour in Coatbridge in Lanarkshire. They had decided to play the National Bingo Game. This is a game that is networked across several hundred Bingo clubs. A central computer controls the game and the calls are relayed to each participating club simultaneously. It is a very popular way of playingBingo not least because the prizes can be very high and there are several big jackpot games. One of these jackpots is called the Platinum Jackpot and as the name suggests it is a large one. The Platinum Jackpot is a rollover jackpot that was inspired by the National Lottery in order to offer prizes of over £1 million.

Soraya just needed the number 90, and it was called. Quick as a flash she called house and the prize, all £1,167,796 of it, was hers.

Soraya tried to tell her husband about the win over the phone but there was so much commotion and excitement that he did not completely understand what she was saying, and when he did make out what she was telling him he thought it was a wind up. He passed the phone over to the couples daughter who listened to the story and found out that it was a fact that her mum had won. “It’s true dad” she said.

Soraya said that she would share the prize with Agnes, her long time friend. Despite winning so much money Soraya only took a few days off work before going back to work as a cleaner. The bingo win will certainly make a big difference to her and her family and to Agnes as well.

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Welcome To The Dragon’s Den! – Virgin Casino Launches New Slot Game, Dungeons & Dragons: Fortress Of Fortunes™

Virgin Casino announces the launch of the brand new online slot game, Dungeons & Dragons: Fortress of Fortunes™ – a multi-coin slot game offering players the chance to enter a fantasy world in the form of a legendary hero in search of immense riches. Players can cash in along the way with its 20 payline configuration, free spins and multipliers as well as super-rich reels with stacked wilds®.

The ultimate prize lies behind the gates of the Fortress of Fortunes™ Bonus dungeon – to unlock and enter players must receive three or more Bonus symbols anywhere on the reel. It’s then down to the legendary hero to explore the dungeon, uncover treasures and battle monsters in search of free spins and multipliers. And the action doesn’t stop there – the fantasy adventure is completed in the Fortress Free Spins™ Bonus where the reels are enriched with Stacked Wilds® and the bonus paytable is boosted with higher top rewards and many more ways to win. During the Free Spins Bonus if three or more Bonus symbols appear anywhere on the reels the Free Spins Bonus is re-triggered and a maximum of 180 free spins can be awarded. Additionally, line up Bonus Stacked Wilds® and reap the benefits of multiple top awards!

As with all Virgin Casino games, players can also earn V*Points – Virgin Games’ loyalty points – every time they play. Offering players the chance to redeem their points for further Virgin rewards, including Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles or cold, hard cash, V*Points can be transferred across Virgin Games portfolio of products, including Virgin Poker and Virgin Bingo.

Premium releases including ELVIS – A Little More Action®, Cleopatra II™ and Da Vinci Diamonds® have already been added to Virgin Casino’s portfolio of games. Further big titles such as Dungeons & Dragons will be added to Virgin Games in the coming months, ensuring a constant stream of new and exciting games to keep players’ adrenalin going.

Virgin Casino launched under the Virgin Games brand in June 2004. The site was refreshed in June 2006, providing players with a greater choice of games and additional means of earning bonus points and rewards.

Dungeons & Dragons: Fortress of Fortunes™ is available to play now on www.virgingames.com/casino/

* Dungeons & Dragons: Fortress of Fortunes™ is a trademark of IGT in the U.S. and/or other countries, and is used with permission. U.S. and international patents pending.

About Virgin Games 

Virgin Games, a subsidiary of Virgin.com Ltd, launched in June 2004 and has quickly established itself as one of the leading gaming websites in the UK. Virgin Games comprises three distinct entertainment offerings, giving consumers the chance to play their favourite online games the Virgin way:

  • Virgin Casino, part of the Wagerworks network, provides a taste of Vegas online, with classic casino offerings like blackjack and roulette, as well as popular feature slots like Elvis, Cleopatra and Vegas, Baby!
  • Virgin Poker, part of the Boss Media network, offers a huge array of games and content for beginners through to experienced pros – as well as the most generous loyalty scheme in the industry. The successful Virgin Poker Festivals, which take place in casinos around the UK throughout the year, now allow gamers to experience the fun of Virgin Poker offline too
  • Virgin Bingo, part of the St Minver network, offers cash prizes worth thousands of pounds in the progressive jackpots, as well as regular promotions and an unrivalled loyalty scheme

London Lad Strikes It Lucky!

Following the success of last year’s poker festival in the city, Virgin Poker held its second Newcastle poker event at Aspers Casino over the weekend. Over 200 poker enthusiasts took part in the exciting two-day live tournament setting sights on the impressive prize pot of over £30,000.

Having won a place at the tournament via a €150 buy-in at Virgin Poker, players at the main event took part in a Texas Hold’em No Limit Freezeout extravaganza to compete for their share of the prize pot. Ross Javis, London based journalist who writes for Poker Player magazine was the chip leader as he entered the final table and maintained his lead throughout the final leg securing him the Virgin Poker festival title and the impressive top prize of £7,000. Kris McLackland from Newcastle put up a good fight and walked away with second place prize money of £5,500.

To add a Virgin twist to the tournament, players in the main event were given the chance to knock-out professional poker opponents whose heads carried bounties of fantastic Virgin giveaways. Prizes included Virgin Rally Driving Days & Virgin Hot Air Ballooning.

For those not lucky enough to win a seat in the main tournament, there were a variety of side events on offer to give everyone the opportunity to get involved – regardless of their poker playing abilities. Practice tables offered ‘live play classes’ for less experienced players, whilst a Wii bowling battle for those who still wanted to prove their competitive streak.

Joe Legge, Poker Manager for Virgin Games Poker, said: “It was great to return to Aspers Casino for a second time and bring the fun of the Virgin Games experience to the people of Newcastle. Local residents, poker professionals and the Virgin Games staff entered into the spirit of the weekend and dressed to impress – outfits included, Newcastle football strip, a Las Vegas show girl and another wore a horse’s head to celebrate the Grand National. It’s all slightly crazy but all part of the fun and what makes the festivals such a great experience!’

For further images and information on the Virgin Poker Festivals visit http://www.virgingames.com/poker/festival.aspx

Main Event – Winners

Place Prize Winner

1st £7,000 Ross Jarvis
2nd £5,500 Kris McLackland
3rd £4,000 Andy Edgington
4th £3,000 Brian Clarke
5th £2,500 Richard Potts
6th £2,000 John Crawford
7th £1,500 Krzysztof Zawierucha
8th £1,000 Dave O’Connor
9th £750 Glenn Hopley
10th £400 Simon Kinnaird

Player Bounties – Winners

Player Bounty Winner
Maria Demetriou Guaranteed Entry to a £100K Tourney on Virgingames.com/poker/ Kris MaLackland
Shelley Rubenstein Guaranteed Entry to a £100K Tourney on Virgingames.com/poker/ Anthony Cross
Kara Scott £150 Virgin Voucher The Mole
Nick Wealthall £150 Virgin Voucher
Kris MaLackland

About Virgin Games
Virgin Games, a subsidiary of Virgin.com Ltd, launched in June 2004 and has quickly established itself as one of the leading gaming websites in the UK. Virgin Games comprises three distinct entertainment offerings, giving consumers the chance to play their favourite online games the Virgin way:

• Virgin Casino, part of the Wagerworks network, provides a taste of Vegas online, with classic casino offerings like blackjack and roulette, as well as popular feature slots like Elvis, Cleopatra and Vegas, Baby!
• Virgin Poker, part of the Boss Media network, offers a huge array of games and content for beginners through to experienced pros – as well as the most generous loyalty scheme in the industry. The successful Virgin Poker Festivals, which take place in casinos around the UK throughout the year, now allow gamers to experience the fun of Virgin Poker offline too
• Virgin Bingo, part of the St Minver network, offers cash prizes worth thousands of pounds in the progressive jackpots, as well as regular promotions and an unrivalled loyalty scheme

 

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Virgin Poker Festival Shows its Poker Face in Newcastle! Over £32,000 Pp For Grabs

The Virgin Poker Festival will be returning to Newcastle with its biggest prize pool yet – £32,500. Following the success of last year’s festival in the city, the ultimate poker experience will be taking place at the Aspers Casino on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th April 2009. Set to be bigger and better than last year, the 2009 Newcastle Virgin Poker Festival, will give poker fans the opportunity to compete in a two-day live poker tournament as well as a variety of activities taking place alongside the main event for players of all abilities.

The main event at the festival will be a €150 Texas Hold’em No Limit Freezeout tournament for up to 200 players, with 10,000 starting stacks, 40 minute levels and £5,000 added to the prize pool. Players wanting to secure a place at the main event will need to qualify via online satellites at www.virginpoker.com.

Fun is definitely the name of the game at the Virgin Poker Festival, with a variety of side events taking place alongside the main tournament to give everyone an opportunity to get involved – regardless of their poker playing abilities. Practice tables will offer ‘live play classes’ for less experienced players, whilst Wii bowling will be taking place over the weekend in search of a player worthy of the Wii bowling crown. Virgin Poker is also offering local Newcastle residents a shot at winning a seat at the Virgin Poker Festival through a series of pre-tournament sessions which will be held at the Aspers Casino w/c 2nd March 2009.

Joe Legge, Poker Manager for Virgin Poker, said: ‘Virgin Poker is delighted to be coming back to Newcastle following the success of last year’s festival. This year we’ve upped the stakes with the biggest prize pool yet and we are looking forward to creating another event that gives poker enthusiasts a fantastic playing experience!’ To add a further twist to the Virgin Poker Festival, players will be able to knock-out key poker professional opponents whose heads carry bounties of fantastic Virgin giveaways. Poker pros Maria Demetriou, Shelley Rubenstein, Kara Scott and Nick Wealthall will all be in attendance to ensure players have an all round jam-packed winning weekend.

 

For more information on the Virgin Poker Festival, and how to qualify, please visit www.virginpoker.com.

Aspers Casino – pre-festival tournaments

Monday 2nd March from 8pm – £20 Freezeout
1 x Virgin Poker Festival seat for tournament winner

Monday 9th March from 8pm – £20 Freezeout
1 x Virgin Poker Festival seat for tournament winner

Monday 16th March from 8pm – £20 Freezeout
1 x Virgin Poker Festival seat for tournament winner

Monday 23rd March from 8pm – £20 Freezeout
1 x Virgin Poker Festival seat for tournament winner

Monday 30th March from 8pm – £20 Freezeout
1 x Virgin Poker Festival seat for tournament winner

Saturday 28th March – £100 Freezeout
2 x Virgin Poker Festival seat for tournament winner

Date TBC – Cash games for cash players
3 x Virgin Poker Festival seat for tournament winner

About Virgin Games
Virgin Games, a subsidiary of Virgin.com Ltd, launched in June 2004 and has quickly established itself as one of the leading gaming websites in the UK. Virgin Games comprises three distinct entertainment offerings, giving consumers the chance to play their favourite online games the Virgin way:

• Virgin Casino, part of the Wagerworks network, provides a taste of Vegas online, with classic casino offerings like blackjack and roulette, as well as popular feature slots like Elvis, Cleopatra and Vegas, Baby!
• Virgin Poker, part of the Boss Media network, offers a huge array of games and content for beginners through to experienced pros – as well as the most generous loyalty scheme in the industry. The successful Virgin Poker Festivals, which take place in casinos around the UK throughout the year, now allow gamers to experience the fun of Virgin Poker offline too.

• Virgin Bingo, part of the St Minver network, offers cash prizes worth thousands of pounds in the progressive jackpots, as well as regular promotions and an unrivalled loyalty scheme.

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Gala Bingo Website Receives Eye-Catching Makeover

Leading gaming site galabingo.com has received a makeover and now features a number of innovative enhancements making it easier for players to chat and play with their friends while enjoying their favourite game online.

Having listened to the feedback from its millions of users, galabingo.com has introduced a number of new features including ‘Windicates’ which allows players to select their online bingo friends to be ‘win buddies’.

Players can invite up to five friends to be part of their ‘Windicate’. Every time they win a full house while playing a dedicated ‘Windicate Bingo Game’, their buddies will receive a bonus of at least 50p. As well as having their own Windicate players can also accept up to five invitations to be part of another group – further increasing their chances of winning. New friends can be added or changed by simply using the site’s new’Windicates’ functionality.

The revamped site also allows players to have control as to how they want the site to look as they play bingo online. If a player has a favourite colour or a particularly lucky dabber, they can now go to the ‘Preferences’ tab and change the colour of their screen and bingo tickets and choose the dabber they would like to use. A player can even decide whether they listen to the caller, music or select music of their own choice.

To add to the fun, members can play bingo with their own avatar or character. So whether they fancy being a celebrity or an astronaut for the day, or would prefer to just recreate themselves, galabingo.com now gives players the option.

Meanwhile, the site’s new messaging and alerts feature ensures players are kept up to date with the latest promotions or games. By using the ‘Preferences’ tab they can ensure they are the first to hear about the promotions and games that really interest them.

Clive Cottrell, head of marketing for galabingo.com, said: “We are delighted with the new enhancements that have been made to the galabingo.com. While we were recently voted the ‘Most Popular Online Bingo Website’ in a players’ choice awards, we’re not prepared to rest on our laurels and are continually striving to offer an innovative gaming experience to our customers through a world class website.”

 

About Gala Bingo
galabingo.com is part of Gala Coral Group’s Remote Gambling division. This division is responsible for the development, management and operation of the Group’s E-Commerce activities in the UK and worldwide through Coral.co.uk, Eurobet.com, galabingo.com and Galacasino.co.uk.

The division also operates the Coral Telebet telephone betting business and is the UK’s first operator of digital interactive televised bingo by pushing the red button on Gala TV (Sky channel 861).

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Money raised through Mrs Obamas Bingo game on Gala Bingo helps raise £20,000 for Sue Ryder Care in just 10 hours of play

Gala Bingo has revealed that it will match the money raised for Sue Ryder Care by its online ‘Mrs Obama’s Bingo’ game. The game was launched by Kezia Obama (67), stepmother of US President Barack, to celebrate his success in the US elections. In the ten days (15-23 January) that the game was live for one hour each evening, ‘Mrs Obama’s Bingo’ raised £10,000 for charity – with Gala Bingo set to equal this donation and take the total up to £20,000.

Gala Bingo’s head of marketing, Clive Cottrell, said: Mrs Obamas Bingo game was just one of the ongoing activities being undertaken by Gala Coral Group to meet our target of raising £1million by 2010 for Sue Ryder Care.”

On her return from Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony in Washington, Mrs Obama’s work for the online bingo company was being lauded by Sue Ryder’s chief executive, Paul Woodward. He said: “We’re thrilled that www.galabingo.com’s recent initiative has raised such a fantastic amount of money for us.

“On behalf of the charity, I’d like to extend a sincere thanks to everybody involved, and to www.galabingo.com for their ongoing support.”

He further pledged that all monies raised will go directly to helping the charity continue to deliver expert and compassionate care to people living with conditions including cancer, strokes, Multiple Sclerosis and Acquired Brain Injury.

About Gala Bingo
galabingo.com is part of Gala Coral Group’s Remote Gambling division. This division is responsible for the development, management and operation of the Group’s E-Commerce activities in the UK and worldwide through Coral.co.uk, Eurobet.com, galabingo.com and Galacasino.co.uk.

The division also operates Coral Telebet, the telephone betting business and is the UK’s first operator of digital interactive televised bingo by pushing the red button on Gala TV (Sky channel 861).

About Sue Ryder Care
Sue Ryder Care is a leading healthcare charity providing specialist palliative, neurological and community-based services. The charity provides expert and compassionate care for people living with serious illnesses and conditions, as well as their families and loved ones.

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32Red Bingo Players Hit A Lucky Streak With Three Successive Jackpot Winners In Three Days

32Red Bingo is the online bingo product from the award-winning gaming firm 32Red Plc. Launched in March 2008, 32Red recently reported a surge in bingo player numbers, citing both player rewards and personalised service as the driving force behind the growth. The company is now reporting a series of large jackpot winners at its virtual bingo rooms, which it is hoped will sustain and propel the online bingo business even further.

In the space of just three days the online bingo rooms of 32Red Bingo saw three of its Progressive JackPot’s (PJP’s) won and paid out to three lucky players. This unprecedented spate of PJP jackpots wins were welcomed by 32Red.

Bingo manager Jaydeep Chakravartty commented on the recent players’ winning streak, “The fact the same jackpot fell twice in three days shows that big winners can be made at any time; the fact that we had three in quick succession also shows that 32Red Bingo rewards it players often and generously.”

32Red Plc have used the experience of creating and running an awarding winning online casino in the development of 32Red Bingo, developing the same level of player care, promotions and security.

Chakravartty commented, “We value all our players, reward loyalty and keep entertainment levels high with regular and varied bingo promotions. That’s why our bingo roomies receive £10 on joining, a 100% welcome bonus and a 25% match on all further deposits”

Following a successful television advertising campaign, 32Red Bingo is confident of a continued increase in player sign-ups and more frequent and even larger PJP wins. Chakravartty said, “As the bingo product grows so do our jackpots, with the two already building rapidly since being won”.

32Red Bingo operates the popular 90 ball bingo favoured in UK bingo halls, as well as featuring live chat, chat games, 24/7 moderator and technical support and a full range ofcasino games too.

About 32Red:
32Red is the five times winner of the Best Casino title awarded by watchdog and player advocate site Casinomeister and is renowned for providing industry-leading level of support to players. Over 80% of 32Red’s players are from the UK and 32Red is licensed and regulated by the Government of Gibraltar. 32Red Plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM (ticker: TTR). The Company operates 32Red Casino, 32Red Poker and DashCasino.com which are all based on Microgaming platforms.

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