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Online casino operator World E-Gaming has just launched it latest casino, MagicOasis.com.
The casino features an Arabian Nights theme, and offers players 102 different games ranging from Blackjack and Video Poker to Pai Gow and Let ’em Ride.
New players are eligible for a $20 or 20 percent sign-up bonus. They can also join the V.I.P. club and receive free monthly bonus chips, a personal gaming advisor, and gifts and travel certificates as rewards for frequent play.
Magic Oasis says they paid out 98.6% on slot machines during its initial Beta testing phase; these figures were audited by SafeBet.org.
Casino pitboss Robert Miller said, ”Magic Oasis.com is destined to be a major force in the online gaming arena within 6 months.” Among the company’s marketing plans is an affiliate program, called Magic Cash, that pays $75 to any web site owner that sends players to Magic Oasis. ”We’re hoping to sign up 5000 affiliates by the end of the year,” added Miller.
Magic Oasis was certified by the Electronic Gaming Commission last month; the casino runs on Realtime Gaming software. World E-Gaming is a
InterCasino’s Progressive Jackpot Tops $200k
InterCasino has announced that its progressive Caribbean Poker jackpot has reached an amazing $207,000.
InterCasino’s Progressive Caribbean Poker game features a multi-player progressive jackpot that starts at $100,000 and grows with every bet.
Players don’t need a Royal Flush to walk away with some cash, however. A straight flush wins 10% of the jackpot, which is at least $20,000. Other hands also pay out: a $1 bonus bet wins $1,000 on Four of a Kind, $100 on a Full House and $50 on a Flush.
InterCasino’s Caribbean Poker jackpot has already paid out this year in a big way. Player ‘Creed’ won $235,661 in March.
InterCasino is also offering match deposit Singapore Online Casino bonuses to all players during the month of May. Players who deposit $80 or more will be automatically credited with an additional $80.
Playing Craps Online
The first thing people need to remember when they’re playing craps online is to stick to line bets (Pass, Don’t Pass, Come, and Don’t Come) and take the maximum allowed odds. That will cut down on the house edge as much as possible. All other bets carry much higher house edges, especially the proposition bets.
The more a player can bet on the odds, the lower the overall house edge – regardless of whether they are at an online- or real casino.
That said, the best odds for the Pass and Come bets are at casinos using Boss Media software, where players can take 3x odds after any point. This is surprising, because Boss Media is usually rather stingy with their game rules.
The following table shows the odds allowed by various brands of online casino software and the combined house edge:
Taking Odds Online
Software Odds House Edge
Boss Media 3x 0.4714%
Realtime Gaming 2x-2.5x 0.5720%
Unified Gaming 2x 0.6061%
CryptoLogic 2x 0.6061%
Microgaming 1x 0.8485%
Interestingly, Realtime Gaming allows full double odds, in other words 2.5x odds on points of 6 and 8, and 2x on all other points.
In craps, the player should be allowed to lay odds relative to the amount they can win. For example, if the casino normally allows 2x odds and the point is a 4, the player should be able to lay 4x the Don’t Pass bet on the odds. In this example, taking odds on a 4 pays 1 to 2, for winnings of 2x the Don’t Pass bet.
The only major software brand to get this rule correct is Unified Gaming. Most others only allow the player to lay odds in the same proportion as taking odds. Realtime Gaming has the curious exception of allowing the player to lay 2.4x odds on the 6 and 8, and 2x on all other points. It seems they started to get the rule right with the 6 and 8, but forgot to follow up on the other numbers.
After the odds are calculated, there is a tie between Boss Media and Unified Gaming for the best software for the Don’t Pass/Don’t Come bettor. The following table shows the specifics:
Laying Odds Online
Software Odds House Edge
Boss Media 3x 0.4545%
Realtime Gaming 2x-2.4x 0.5579%
Unified Gaming 2.4x-4x 0.4545%
CryptoLogic 2x 0.5844%
Microgaming 1x 0.8182%
Another nice thing about Boss Media is that it only charges 5% commission on Buy and Lay bets if the player wins. This substantially cuts down the house edge, especially on the following Buy bets:
Boss Media house edge on Buy and Lay bets
Points Buy Lay
4,10 1.67% 1.67%
5,9 2.00% 2.00%
6,8 2.27% 2.27%
Unfortunately, none of the major online casino software manufacturers fully understand conventional gambling rules as played in the United States. Only some smaller companies who have retained my consulting services have ironed out their bugs to make their rules conform to U.S. standards.
In conclusion, Boss Media wins the prize for the best online craps. But this is the only game where it wins such a prize. An honorary mention also goes to Unified Gaming for laying odds correctly.