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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Global Gaming News - Casino News Media - 29th September 2009

PartyGaming continues global strategy and focus; France, Asia Pacific, Australia, Canada, World Poker Tour

Virgin Games inks deal with CryptoLogic; will get Marvel Entertainment themed slots

Captain Cooks Casino maintains strong position in Australia, Asia Pacific

Multi Currency Casino website portal launched by Media Man Australia network

France may be next to regulate online gambling

United States - World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker give PartyGaming, Harrah's Entertainment and 888 an edge over rivals

Ric Flair's Wooooooo! NC Educational Lottery ticket performing well

Hulk Hogan's The Hulkamania Experience slot well received by industry, Andre The Giant slot in land based and online casinos may be next, other pro wrestling legends interested to lend names to branded slot games

NextGen Gaming - PartyGaming deal on track

EU - holding out numerous offshore igaming companies

Gaming entrepreneurs a plenty in Forbes rich list

Egyptian themed online slot games remain popular - Cleopatra, Cleopatra II, Tomb Raider, King Tuts Fortune

Gold Mega Jackpot - win a Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Marvel pushes forward with superhero branded slot game deal, despite Disney deal

Hollywood slot games - expect more brand to enter market; Sega, Sony, FremantleMedia

World Series of Poker Europe starts at Casino at the Empire, London

Titan Poker hosts European Championship of Online Poker V

PKR.com announce its own poker Oktoberfest promo

Celebrity poker tournaments still all the rage

American Gaming - South Carolina - judged reverses convictions of five poker players

UFC sports betting; PartyBets.com poised to challenge BetUS.com domination

Crown Casino, Melbourne, keen to expand on igaming involvement

Poker Media - Network Ten, Australia to launch Poker Star reality TV

iGaming - iGB Affiliate Awards at London Affiliate Conference: 28th January 2010

Online casino - players prefer strong and known brands

News Corporation pushes along igaming business - Sky Vegas, Sky Bet, Sky Poker

Google - more igaming offerings said to follow Monopoly City Streets

Casino News Media "Online Casino of the Month", Virgin Casino may pose threat to PartyCasino.com crown in coming months

Casino legal - responsible websites ramp up cautions on online gambling

Media Man Australia network now exceeds a dozen website portals, exceeds 3 million hits per month

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Monday, September 28, 2009

CryptoLogic Hooks Up With Virgin Games

Multi-year licensing deal provides at least 10 online casino games to top consumer brand

DUBLIN, IRELAND, Sep 28, 2009 -- CryptoLogic Limited today consolidated its position as a leading global developer of branded online betting games and Internet casino software by signing a multi-year licensing deal with Virgin Games, part of the Virgin Group.

The agreement enables Virgin Games to provide at least 10 of CryptoLogic's top branded and non-branded online slot games to its customers. The games include comic book classics and innovative casual slots, with some games linked into the CryptoLogic jackpot network. These games will bring a new level of enjoyment and rich content to players, while giving them a chance to win a jackpot that has reached over GBP 4 million, one of the online industry's largest prizes.

One game is already live on www.virgingames.com, with more scheduled for launch in the fourth quarter of 2009 and further roll-outs planned in the first half of next year. The games will be deployed through Gaming Technology Solutions PLC, a CryptoLogic technology partner, on its GTS Edge platform.

The agreement is in line with CryptoLogic's build-once-license-often growth strategy and will generate recurring revenue based on a share of wagers placed by players.

Brian Hadfield, President and Chief Executive of CryptoLogic, said: "The deal with Virgin is another example of how CryptoLogic is building a solid platform for long-term growth by creating and licensing the industry's most exciting proprietary games to the world's marquee brands."

Virgin Games, a wholly owned subsidiary of Virgin Group, was set up in 2004 and has grown quickly to establish itself as one of the leading gaming sites in the UK.

Simon Burridge, Chief Executive of Virgin Games, said: "CryptoLogic has a track record of delivering the industry's most compelling games while the Virgin brand is widely associated with fun and great value. Our agreement is sure to be a winning combination delivering unrivalled enjoyment and potential prizes to Virgin Games' players."

About CryptoLogic(R) (www.cryptologic.com)

Focused on integrity and innovation, CryptoLogic Limited is a leading public developer and supplier of Internet gaming software. With more than 280 games, CryptoLogic has one of the most comprehensive casino suites on the Internet, with award-winning games featuring some of the world's most famous action and entertainment characters. The company's licensees include many top Internet gaming brands, including the "big four" international operators. CryptoLogic's leadership in regulatory compliance makes it one of the few companies with gaming software certified to strict standards similar to land-based gaming. WagerLogic(R) Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CryptoLogic, is responsible for the licensing of gaming software and services to blue-chip customers that offer their games to non-U.S. based players around the world. For information on WagerLogic, please visit www.wagerlogic.com.

CryptoLogic's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CRY, CXY), the NASDAQ Global Select Market (CRYP) and the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange (CRP).

About Virgin Games

Virgin Games, a wholly owned subsidiary of Virgin Group, was set up in 2004 and has grown quickly to establish itself as one of the leading gaming sites in the UK.

The company has something that no other gaming site has, and that's the chance to earn V-POINTS that can be swapped for loads of Virgin goodies including Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles. Players can also win Virgin prizes in regular promotions as well as cash.

Virgin Games' offices are based in Guernsey and the U.K.

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Emilio Gomez Steps Down from Party Gaming Board of Directors, by Jessica Welman - 27th September 2009

PartyGaming lost a member of its Board of Directors last week, when Non-Executive Directors Emilio Gomez stepped down from his post for personal reasons. The official statement from PartyGaming announcing his resignation made no mention of a future replacement and noted a balance between Executive and Non-Executive members of the Board in the wake of Gomez’s departure.

Now that Gomez has moved on, the Board consists of seven members, including Chief Executive Officer Jim Ryan, Non-Executive Chairman Rod Perry, and Finance Director Martin Weigold. Gomez first began his tenure as one of the group’s Non-Executive Directors in December of 2007 and served as the representative for Party Gaming co-founder Anurag Dikshit.

In December of 2008, Dikshit became the first online gambling mogul to face legal action in a U.S. Court when he agreed to forfeit $300 million in earnings from the company after admitting to breaking laws related to the Wire Act in conjunction with Party Gaming. In exchange for the monetary settlement, Dikshit avoided jail time until at least December of 2010 and continues to reside in Gibraltar, where Party Gaming is based. Dikshit stepped down from the Board of Directors in 2006 to serve as the company’s Head of Research and Special Projects. There has been no announcement as of yet as to how Gomez’s departure will influence Dikshit’s influence on the Board. PartyGaming can be found on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol “PRTY.” It is the parent company of the popular online poker site PartyPoker.

Gomez’s resignation is just the latest in a long list of changes for PartyGaming this year. The company’s purchase of World Poker Tour Enterprises (WPTE) in August as well as numerous business-to-business ventures like the purchase of the online bingo company Cashcade and the launch of an Italian online poker site in tandem with Intralot have headlined a busy 2009 for PartyGaming. In its mid-year financial report, Ryan said the company would continue to pursue these profitable business-to-business deals and invest more time and effort in PartyCasino, its online casino business.

In the week following Gomez’s announcement, PRTY shares have seen a slight drop in value, falling from a high of $282 on September 23rd to a low of $263.80 towards the end of day on the 24th. At the close of the business day on Friday, shares were trading at $267.60. Despite the slight drop this week, PartyGaming stocks have been on a rise as a whole in 2009, increasing in value from $195 in January to a high of $283 in May to its current trading price of $267.60. (Credit: Poker News Daily)

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Be Dazzled With The New Virgin Casino Online Slot Game, Bejeweled®

24th September 2009

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - Virgin Casino today announces the launch of its brand new online slot game, Bejeweled(R) - the first of many exciting and must-play games that Virgin Casino will be adding to its vast portfolio of games through the new integration with gaming platform provider, Game Technology Solutions (GTS).

Virgin Games has partnered with the platform provider to offer customers access to a wider range of premier games, the popular Bejeweled(R) being the first of many.

The aim of the game is to link adjacent gems of the same colour, both horizontally and vertically and match a set of three or more precious chains. Winning couldn't be easier, the more matches made, the higher the score and if more than three gems are linked wins are awarded. And that's not all, a whopping super Jackpot of 20,000 credits can also be won with a single bet!

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.

Further big titles will be added to the Virgin Games portfolio 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.

Bejeweled(R) is available on www.virgingames.com/casino

Notes to Editors
GTS plc is a leading global supplier of platform solutions for online gaming operations.

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 three distinct offerings:

- Virgin Casino, 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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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Bejeweled Now At Virgin Games - 24th September 2009

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Introduction
Welcome to the game you’ll know and love! Bejeweled is based on the popular gem swapping game played by millions the world over! The game displays five rows of coloured gems and ten possible paylines, giving you endless ways to win. When a group of gems (3, 4 or 5 gems) match, they disappear allowing more gems to fall into their place, allowing you the chance to win again if more gems match.

Game Play
Bejewelled has 10 win lines. You can bet in your currency from 0.01 to 5 units on each win line.

Click the Bet up and Bet down arrows to increase or decrease the size of your stake per line.

Click the LINES up and down arrows to select the number of lines you wish to play.

Click ‘PLAY’ to start your game.

There is an Autoplay function in the game that will start each spin automatically until something occurs in the game that requires player intervention. Select your desired number of spins by clicking the ‘+’ and ‘-’ buttons and then press Autoplay. If you wish to cancel this during your auto spins then simply press the Stop button which will appear where the spin button was previously.

Bonus Features
Super Jackpot pays 20,000 X line bet on line 10.

Jackpot pays 8,000 X line bet with 5 matching symbols on payline 5, plus 5 matching symbols on payline 6,7,8,9 or 10.

5 Bejeweled symbols on lines 1-9 pay 1000 X line bet.

Rules
LINES can be changed by using the up and down arrows
BET amount can be changed by using the up and down arrows
PLAY begins the game with the current BET and LINES
BET MAX begins the game with the maximum LINES and current BET
Payouts are displayed on the PAYTABLE
Payline wins are multiplied by the amount bet per line
Highest win amount is paid on each selected payline
Bejeweled wild symbol substitutes for any symbol on the payline.

General Notes
This game has a Return to Player of 94.5%.
System malfunction voids all pays.

News

VirginGames.com has released its latest online slot, Bejeweled.

Virgin Games advised that the new addition is just the first of many new releases that Virgin Casino will be adding to its portfolio through the new integration partnership with gaming platform provider, Game Technology Solutions (GTS).

Virgin has partnered with the platform provider to offer clientele access to a wider range of premier games, and the popular Bejeweled being the first of numerous games on the way, a spokesman advised.

The aim of the game is to link adjacent gems of the same colour, both horizontally and vertically, and match a set of three or more precious chains; the more matches made, the higher the score. If more than three gems are linked wins are awarded.

A jackpot of 20,000 credits can also be won with a single bet!

Virgin Games offers it's exclusive V*Points rewards system to its players. V*Points is known to be one of the world's most generous casino rewards offerings, and points can be used on a huge range of products and services offered by Richard Branson's Virgin Enterprises Limited.

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Casino News Media - Global Gaming Directory - Media Man Australia News Update - 24th September 2009

PartyCasino.com releases Tarzan and High Noon online slots, and Multi-Hand Blackjack Pro

Virgin Games to release Bejeweled classic in coming days

CAP Down Under II coming to Australia, March 2010, land based casinos have interest

Ric Flair's NC Education Lottery Wooooo! scratch card a winner

Hulk Hogan may expand on igaming deals, The Hulkamania Experience and Marvel's "The Hulk" may be just the tip of the iceberg

Titan Poker to back European Championship of Online Poker V

James Packer's City Of Dreams, Macau, on the upswing, casino commissions on track

Crown Casino continues to attract world class entertainment acts, with Aussie Millions coming in January 2010

Crown Casino Brownlow Medal awards night see over indulgence of drinking

Harrah’s Entertainment debt restructure

Google may build upon igaming, following Monopoly City Streets

Playtech - Sega "Sonic" deal on cards this October

Multi currency casino options a favorite of gamblers

European Union legal outcomes may see online gaming go underground

PartyBets.com ramps up UFC and boxing sports betting, eating into BetUS.com, others

Sports betting - fixing and corruption can be linked to small % of athletes officials

Slots tournaments popular with punters

Horse racing slot machines may hit Australian TAB suburban outlets

Bingo online sector still growing

Gaming Entrepreneurs - reputation, deals, associates and bottom line show real industry power players... spin free zone

Macau caps junket fees at 1.25%, cutting casino costs

Media Man Australia and Casino News Media company and web network will add more sites

Cleopatra casino classic still world's #1 online casino game

Captain Cooks Casino enjoying strong popularity with Aussies, Asia Pacific region

Mobile casino game market still growing

Domain names investment trend continues, Media Man Australia and Global Gaming Directory in leading pack

Hitwise - Media Man Australia website makes top ten (January - June 2009)

Online casinos further ramp up safe gambling awareness

PartyGaming continues global domination on world's online casino, gaming markets, World Poker Tour, Noble Poker and Hollywood themed casino portfolio to further expand

Virgin Unite - Virgin Games campaign supported by Media Man Australia

Asia Pacific sector remains "promised land" for some igaming companies

PartyCasino.com wins Media Man Australia "Online Casino Of The Month" again

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Crown's Packer talks with News; iGaming - Aussie wrestling connection, by Greg Tingle - 24th September 2009

The Australian's Rebecca Urban penned a ripper story on James Packer's meeting with News Limited's John Hartigan. For our money, the line that made the piece, coming from "Our James" was "Listen mate, I'm here for a business meeting,". Yes folks, not even the red dust could stop our home grown Aussie gambling and media tycoon. Given the venue of choice being Rupert Murdoch's main business den, just maybe Mr Packer is taking more of a liking to news media these days, in more ways that one. ConsMedia remains a co owner of Foxtel, saddled by Telstra and News. Meantime, Packer's Crown Macau is doing great business, as Macau's politicians wrestle with casino commissions. Macau will limit the commissions paid to junket operators to 1.25 percent of the betting chips purchased by high rollers, helping cut casino operators’ costs. In the meantime Crown Casino remains open to b2b igaming and gaming business opportunities, with firms such as PartyGaming's PartyPoker, Noble Poker and Euro Partner's Titan Casino offering satellites to play poker at Crown. iGaming Business - Affiliate Media and a number of other igaming entities remain keen to do business with Crown Casino, and information is leaking about an upcoming igaming conference to be held in Australia in the coming months, following on from last years CAP Down Under. In the meantime, Hulk Hogan, pro wrestling legend and business tycoon, just returned to the United States, having spent a week of doing ultra impressive promos and appearance in Australia to plug his Hulkamania Let The Battle Begin tour, which kicks off in late November. Hogan (and his named opponent, "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair), also have a number of gaming and igaming business interests. Hogan has a Hulkamania Experience pokie found in some U.S casinos and Mr Flair is currently the face of the NC Education Lottery, with his unmissable "Woooooo!" scratch cards. A media man or two reckon a meeting may be order soon for Hogan, Flair and Packer, and PartyGaming and NextGen Gaming may be a logical choice of business partner for igaming ventures. NextGen Gaming has developed an Andre The Giant online slot game. Incidentally, the late, great, Kerry Packer was rumoured to has sat ringside for at least one major American wrestling tour that occurred in Australia in circa 2002. Mr Packer and co have a wealth of opportunities to explore. It's hard to get rid of the wrestling and media bug, Hulkamania, Goanna or not. Casino moguls everywhere are looking forward to blockbuster movie to be, 'Casino Jack', but a few Australian politicians, namely one or two Labor Party MP's, wouldn't mind seeing the movie never be screened on Australia soil. A certainly Australian film producer is very interested to do is own 'Casino Jack' style movie, but showcasing Australia's links between casinos and politicians. Go Aussie, go. Packer, Branson, Ho, Murdoch, Ayre, Stokes, Ryan... gentlemen, you're throw of the dice.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

JUNGLE BOOGIE! THE LORD OF THE JUNGLE SWINGS INTO PARTYCASINO.COM

JUNGLE BOOGIE! THE LORD OF THE JUNGLE SWINGS INTO PARTYCASINO.COM MULTI-HAND BLACKJACK PRO FOR SERIOUS PLAYERS RETURN OF GOLD MEGA JACKPOT PORSCHE CHALLENGE!
Gibraltar – 22nd September 2009 – PartyCasino.com, the world’s largest online casino’s latest product release sees the introduction of new slot Tarzan and a fresh new approach to blackjack in the form of Multi-Hand Blackjack Pro.

Tarzan is a 20 line, five reel branded slot game licensed from Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc based on the adventures of Tarzan ™, the Lord of the Jungle. The game features fully animated artwork based on the original Joe Kubert illustrations, a story bonus round, a Tarzan wild scatter which sees Tarzan swing across the screen and turn random symbols wild and a stampede free-spin bonus.

Multi-Hand Blackjack Pro is a fantastic update to PartyCasino.com’s blackjack product and features great new customisation options. Players can choose between a classic table, a laid back beach bar and a futuristic metallic look. Table colour and card backs can be further customised. Multi-Hand Blackjack Pro also features a new Turbo mode where players can increase the speed of their play.

A PartyCasino.com spokesman said: "Multi-Hand Blackjack Pro features draw dropping design – can be fully customized and has a powerful turbo for serious players. Tarzan is another great themed slot and joins the recently added Resident Evil and The Naked Gun."

PartyCasino.com now offers over 130 games, including 93 slots, and pays out easily over $10 million EVERY DAY to players. The world’s largest online casino continues to expand rapidly – in fact the number of games on PartyCasino.com has more than DOUBLED in just seven months and there are a lot more games to come! Recent popular additions include Resident Evil, The Naked Gun, High Noon and Bejeweled. Both Tarzan and Multi-Hand BlackJack Pro were developed in house by PartyGaming’s specialist unit ‘The Games Studio.’

PartyCasino.com Gold Mega Jackpot has recently exceeded a record $3,903,000, the biggest in the industry, and can be won by playing the Gold Mega Jackpot games: The Godfather, Mega Fortune Wheel, Super Joker, Super Mystic, Super Fortune Wheel and Super Star!

If the industry leading jackpot is won within two weeks from today (Tuesday 22nd September) the player who earns the most PartyPoints by playing the Gold Mega Jackpot games: The Godfather, Mega Fortune Wheel, Super Joker, Super Mystic, Super Fortune Wheel and Super Star wins the sports car.

There is a leaderboard running through PartyAccount and if the jackpot is won within two weeks one of PartyGaming’s Palladium Lounge / VIP hosts will call with the news that the Porsche has been won. If the Gold Mega Jackpot is not won within two weeks from the 22nd September cash prizes will be awarded to players 1st – 600th on the leaderboard. 1st to 5th ranked players will share a prize pool of $46,000.* For more details and terms and conditions please see your individual PartyAccount.

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Wrestling gaming connection

Celebrate the iconic wrestlers, Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair, with their gaming and igaming offerings.

The campaign is on the way that will see wrestling living legends Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair wrestle in Australia this November.

Wrestling fans and gaming fans may be interested in this bit of history:

Hulk Hogan was once a bank teller and played guitar in a rock band. One discovered he was trained in Japan by Hiro Matsuda, who broke his leg just to test his will. Hulk recovered from the injury, returned to training, and later found fame and fortune in the WWE (then World Wrestling Federation)

Starred opposite Sylvester Stallone in Rocky III as Thunderlips

Hulk Hogan's first WWE match was against Ted DiBiase where Hogan was billed "The Incredible Hulk Hogan". WWE and later Terry "The Hulk" Bollea came to terms with Marvel Comics (Marvel Entertainment) and purchased the rights to use the name "Hulk".

Hogan defeated the late Andre The Giant in front of 93,173 people at WrestleMania III

Ric Flair was born Richard Morgan Fliehr on February 25, 1949

Flair is a recognized 16-time World Heavyweight Champion

*other pro wrestlers with a gaming connection include Kevin "Big Sexy" Nash, once going under the stage name of Vinnie Vegas" and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, who legend has it has frequented a well known land based casino in New Zealand. NextGen Gaming is rumoured to have developed an Andre The Giant themed online slot game.

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Wooooooo! North Carolina Education Lottery scratch ticket featuring Ric Flair

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Education Lottery Introducing New Game with a Lot of Flair

-Two Additional Instant Games Also Headed to Stores-

RALEIGH- Wooooooo! That’s the name and hopefully what many players will be exclaiming after winning prizes on this new instant scratch-off game. Wooooooo!along with Blue Tripler Crossword and Lucky Gold will all be in stores starting Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Wooooooo! is a $5 scratch-off ticket featuring world-renowned retired wrestler Ric Flair. The game has eight top prizes of $100,000 and over 500,000 prizes between $10 and $200. Players have 16 chances to win on each ticket, which represent Flair’s 16 championship belts.

The NCEL is pleased to be teaming up with Flair in its effort to maximize revenue for the education programs it supports. We believe the Wooooooo! game has the potential to attract new players.

Blue Line Tripler Crossword is a $3 ticket that features over $6.6 million in total prizes in the game. Those prizes include six top prizes of $30,000 and 60 second tier prizes of $1,000 plus much more!

Lucky Gold is a $2 ticket with eight top prizes of $25,000. It also features over $7 million in total cash prizes in the game. Players who scratch and reveal a “moneybag” symbol win double the prize shown.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Virgin Games: Rainbow Riches Win Big Shindig, Thor's Thunder, Richard Branson and more

Online casino fans, try your luck at the world famous casino endorsed by Sir Richard Branson... VirginCasino.com

Virgin Games most recent releases include Rainbow Riches Win Big Shindig and Thor's Thunder, and check out their other casino classics like Da Vinci Diamonds, Monopoly, Elvis, Five Times Pay and Double Diamond.

Jackpot hunters are bound to enjoy MegaJackpots titles such as MegaJackpots Cleopatra, MegaJackpots Monopoly and MegaJackpots Cluedo.

Virgin also offer one of the industries most highly regarded rewards offers, V*Points.

This month Virgin Games have also teamed up with Virgin Unite, and because it Virgin, you know there are trustworthy and know how to party.

Play for fun or play for money!

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

New Ticket with a Lot of “Flair”, by Greg Tingle

If anyone wondered about how hot pro wrestling is right now, wonder no more. Wrestling is more Hollywood than Hollywood, and many of the professions top stars have massive crossover and mainstream appeal.

Look at "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair for example. The North Carolina Lottery has a Flair themed lottery ticket. Flair, the man known for taking ladies to "Space Mountain" and trademark "Whoooooo!" is also scheduled to wrestling Hulk Hogan down under in Australia starting on 21st November.

Casino and gaming buffs may also be aware that Hulk's "The Hulkamania Experience" land based slot machine is scheduled to soon hit some American casinos. The casino deal was done in conjunction with the National Indian Gaming Association, Dreamseekers Foundation, ID Interactive and Rainmaker Gaming Technology.

Hulk Hogan is arguably the biggest moneymaking and brand licensing machine pro wrestling has ever seen, with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin also said to be on his level.

Hogan and the the WWE (formally known as WWF) previously did business deal with Marvel Entertainment, thus securing the rights to use the name "Hulk". Marvel Entertainment, who were recently purchased by Disney, actually have "The Hulk" and "The Incredible Hulk" online slot machines.

Both Terry "The Hulk" Bollea (Hogan) and Ric Flair could both do with some strong pay days, be it from gaming or stepping back in the right, as both have endured some expense legal battles over the past few years. Hulk is playing up his single status to the ladies of Australia, and "Slick Ric" certainly has a reputation for Wooooing the ladies.

Hogan VS Flair, and Hogan and Flair, be it wrestling or gaming enterprises - Jackpot! Australian production companies are also talking reality television business with Hogan and Flair. "The Goanna" would be proud.

Media Man Australia is the agent for a number of Australia wrestling stars including John "Vulcan" Seru (from James Bond fame) and Steve "Crusher" Rackman (Crocodile Dundee).

*Greg Tingle is the founder and director of Media Man Australia, Casino News Media and Global Gaming Directory, and a long time pro wrestling fan!

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NC Education Lottery Unveils a New Ticket with a Lot of “Flair”

RALEIGH- The North Carolina Education Lottery (NCEL) today unveiled a new sports-themed instant scratch-off ticket featuring world-renowned pro wrestler Ric Flair. The NCEL and “The Nature Boy” teamed up on the new game that will be available at lottery retail locations statewide starting Tuesday, Sept. 22.

“All of us at the NCEL are thrilled about this partnership and the potential it has for bringing in a different group of players, which could result in increased sales,” said Tom Shaheen, NCEL executive director. He added, “We are always looking for ways to appeal to new players so we can maximize sales and generate as much money as
possible for education.”

During the event that took place at the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway, Flair expressed that education is important to him as well. To help get the word out about the ticket and to help the NCEL raise money for education, Flair said that he will make appearances at upcoming fairs around the state.

“Wooooooo!” is a $5 scratch-off ticket. The game features eight top prizes of $100,000 and over 500,000 prizes between $10 and $200. Players have 16 chances to win on each ticket, which corresponds with Flair’s 16 championship belts.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

New games for PartyCasino.com

Gibraltar-based PartyCasino.com advises it has a new collection of high profile branded slot themes in its latest release.

Headlining is the Capcom licensed Resident Evil and the Paramount-licensed The Naked Gun. This release also sees the introduction of the Paramount-licensed wild west film themed High Noon and popular puzzle game Bejeweled.

Resident Evil is a 20-line, five-reel slot based on the world famous survival horror video game series. The new slot has a free spin feature that awards additional spins, and two bonus game features that provide the chance to win extra prizes.

The game also features an expanding wild “Resident Evil” logo symbol. The “Resident Evil” logo symbol substitutes for all symbols—except the scattered ‘umbrella corporation’, ‘herb’ and money chest symbols. Three or more scattered umbrella corp. symbols anywhere in view triggers the Resident Evil feature.

The Naked Gun is also a 20-line, five-reel online slot machine but is based on the famous Leslie Nielsen movie series. The game is accompanied by the distinctive music and has four features that use great video footage of classic scenes from the films. The game also features a wild symbol which appears on reels one, two, three and four only. The wild ‘Naked Gun’ logo symbol substitutes for all symbols other than the scattered police siren symbol. Three or more scattered police siren symbols occurring anywhere in view triggers The Naked Gun feature games.

A company spokesman said: "The release of Resident Evil and The Naked Gun marks another big step forward for interactivity and game play for slots on PartyCasino.com"

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Bright-On Target-Virgin Games Set to Raise 10k for Charity

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, Sep 07 - On Saturday 18th September, the team at Virgin Games will be putting on their best red cycling shorts and embarking on a charity bike ride from London to Brighton. Setting off from the company's HQ in Hammersmith, the team of 40 employees will be braving the 84 kilometres with the aim of raising a target of Pounds Sterling 10,000 for their chosen Virgin Unite charity, Kids Company. Founded by Camilla Batmanghelidjh in 1996 in order to provide practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children and young people, Kids Company are supported by Virgin Unite who pledged to raise 2.5 million by April 2010. As part of the Virgin Group, the London to Brighton charity bike ride is part of Virgin Games contribution to this goal.

Regularly offering their time and support to Kids Company, previous activities have included the Virgin Games team pulling together to redecorate an East London School and most recently arranging a sports day for children in Hackney. This year, the team of mixed cycling abilities will set off together at 8am and hope to reach their final destination of Brighton beach by 4 pm having raised Pounds Sterling 10,000 with all
stragglers accounted for! Keen cyclist Warren Eloff, Product Manager, who regularly cycles into work is tipped to lead the pack and CEO, Simon Burridge who is sitting on the saddle for the first time in 20 years, is set to surprise his team with his 'dusted down' cycling skills!

Simon Burridge, CEO at Virgin Games and Virgin Unite trustee comments: "At Virgin Games we are passionate about Virgin Unite and the work that Kids Company carry out in the communities they work with. We believe Kids Company are a great charity and realise our support is all the more important now, with the current economic climate making it harder for them to achieve the funding they need to keep up the great work they are doing with young people all over the capital. I can't think of more deserving charity to be brushing the cobwebs off my cycling shorts for!"

Visit http://www.virginunite.com/fundraiser/Virgin-Games-go-to-Brighton to make a donation and support the Virgin Games team.

About Virgin Games

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

- Virgin Casino, part of the Wagerworks network, brings consumers casino games like blackjack and roulette, as well as great feature slots like Monopoly, Cluedo, Dungeons and Dragons Fortress of Fortunes(TM) and the highly popular Mega Jackpots 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 games and a range of unique Virgin Games bingo games.

(Credit: Wires, Virgin Unite, Google News, Virgin Games)

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Marvel Online Slot Promotion at PartyCasino

PartyCasino.com is offering a great promotion in September for its new line of Marvel online slots which includes The Incredible Hulk, Thor, The Amazing Spider-Man and Fantastic Four.

Online slot players will received 50% extra PartyPoints and cash prizes when playing the Marvel online slots starting Sunday, September 6th with The Incredible Hulk and Thor, and The Amazing Spider-Man and Fantastic Four on September 20th.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

PartyCasino.com Wins Media Man Australia Online Casino Award

PartyCasino.com has once again been awarded the Media Man Australia and Casino News Media "Online Casino Of The Month".

The accolade is based on a combination of elements including user experience, innovation, trustworthiness, customer service, gameplay, affiliate program offerings, newsworthiness and company values.

PartyCasino.com is one of a number of PartyGaming brands. PartyGaming's most recent purchases include the World Poker Tour and Cashcade (picking up Foxy Bingo in the progress).

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Media Man Australia, Casino News Media and Global Gaming Directory do have a b2b relationship with PartyGaming, as they do with dozens of other companies in the gaming and igaming industry.

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Is the i-Gaming sector really recession proof? - 28th May 2009 - Virgin.com

*The following is the first number paragraphs of an excellent article that appeared on the official Virgin Enterprises Limited website on the 28th May 2009.

Then you see the follow up article from Greg Tingle, founder and director of Media Man Australia, Casino News Media and Global Gaming Directory.


To date, the i-Gaming sector seems to be relatively unaffected by the credit crunch that is decimating other businesses. Consequently, there appears to be a growing feeling that all you need to have is a good idea in terms of new software, new platforms or new applications to do with e-gaming and then it’s just a question of sitting back and waiting for the money to roll in.

There is a feeling around that because the gaming sector is growing and, as of to date, appears to be relatively unaffected by the credit crunch that is decimating other businesses, all you need to have is a good idea in terms of new software, new platforms or new applications to do with e-gaming and then it’s just a question of sitting back and waiting for the money to roll in.

That is not only untrue for now, where the constraints that the banks are currently operating under, in terms of investment and loans, is absolutely mirrored by the Venture Capital companies; it has always been untrue.

As Thomas Edison once said,“Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration”. The easy bit, curiously, is having the idea in the first place. However, as someone once said, there are very few good ideas that don’t, sooner or later, degenerate into hard work.

As Malcolm Gladwell’s new book, ‘Outliers’, illustrates, every success story, given the odd lucky break and the aptitude and talent of the founders, depends on hard work and practice. Ideas are nothing without execution.

So, if one is thinking of starting a new gaming company, what are the issues that one needs to focus on most closely to give oneself an appropriate chance of success? Virgin Games was itself a start-up just over four years ago; and, as such, while we are very sympathetic to the ambition, we are also sanguine and realistic about the pain being a start-up involves. To us, theree are four key things that are necessary – primarily, because they’ve always been necessary – but which have become even more critical than ever as the economy has battened down the funding hatches.

Firstly, it is absolutely imperative to make sure you understand exactly what it is that your customer wants. This may seem like a statement from the ,inistry of the bleeding obvious, but it is amazing how many start-ups – or, at least, potential start-ups – don’t. Too many ideas are based on doing something “because we can” rather than because it’s what the customer wants. All the talk and hype about web 2.0 and social networking often seems to blind people to its relevance or sustainability as a commercial business.

Every new start-up, in my opinion, should be based on a fundamental insight. That insight can come from data, research, a dialogue with customers or from testing alterations to your offering in terms of technology, service and product to see if it offers customers a better deal or a better option for them to spend their money on. Let’s remember, after all, that in the current market place, gaming companies are fighting for market share or share of wallet. (Credit: Virgin.com)


by Greg Tingle

An excellent article. My 7 plus years in and around gaming, igaming, news media and internet has demonstrated to me clearly that i-gaming is recession resistant, but not recession proof.

I'm pleased to report that our involvement i.e promotion of Virgin Games was our first real solid success in the igaming industry. Our Media Man Australia group has very strong traffic results (Hitwise Australia awards), however we were not making the best use of the traffic for many years, but there was strong potential to "monetize" more of that traffic, eyeballs and the like into a recurring income stream. We're were still trying to figure our what the magic formula and "the secret" was. We were already doing some b2b with other Virgin brands, in addition to covering Virgin in a news media capacity, so we enjoyed a bit of a kick start, as some of the right, receptive audience was already there, and most Richard Branson
business ventures are successful, and have the strength to ride out a storm or two.

Much like Virgin Enterprises Limited, the Media Man Australia group has spread its risk in a number of industry verticals, so we are not totally reliant on what's happening in the igaming sector, and the world's financial fun and games. We're in in news media, technology, entertainment, travel and tourism social and community and gaming industry (but not aviation thank God... lucky us). Many of these business arms are lifestyle related, as customers and potential customers all make lifestyle choices. The global strategy has also served us well in the gaming sector, as the nature of gaming means various cities and countries have differing laws governing the sector.

As we are largely an internet portal development company these days (and not an actual casino for example), we have little trouble in keeping up to what potential customers and existing customers want in many of the world's regions, and more often than not, when one door closes, another opens, when you have such a strong brand in a number of happening business verticals.

I-gaming is part of the entertainment and technology sector, albeit it in a sub group known as gambling. Needless to say, being in business is a gamble, but you get the idea. I-gaming like many other web based businesses is in a battle for both the entertainment dollar and eyeballs (yes, your eyes), as billions of other websites exist "out there" for the eyeball to google. The option to "play for free" or "play for money" has certainly proved to be a winner, and this somewhat follows the Microsoft and Google model, in that you give away something for free, but if you want the best, you pay (I bet News Corp's Rupert Murdoch and his people will get to this article eventually).

Our successes with Virgin Games, and the parent company, Virgin, helped give us the confidence to further ramp of our igaming and gaming involvement and we subsequently launched both Casino News Media and Global Gaming Directory. I'm proud to say that the Virgin brand and numerous games are showcased significantly in our network, and
that Virgin Games has been fantastic for us. Virgin Games dominate much of our classic slots and classic casino games coverage, as they do our UK and European sections of our network website, not to mention the multi currency casino options. Virgin Games also pay for a job well done, and you know they have the money in the kitty, and will be around tomorrow, and likely, forever in some shape or form.

Some of the revenue we derive from Virgin Games, and our Casino News Media and Global Gaming Directory arms of Media Man, we put back into society, and some of this via Virgin's philanthropic and community arm, Virgin Unite.

I've noticed that a number of traditional media companies are now starting to take the lead of Virgin by opening igaming arms, however there's only one Virgin and Richard Branson, just as there's only one original Media Man Australia. You can also trust RB to keep turning up in the news for something, thus keeping the Virgin name in the world's most recognized and trusted list, which works for everyone (unless your a competitor).

Some quotes that make strike a chord with Virgin and its audience...

Big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow - Rupert Murdoch

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has - Margaret Mead

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win - Ghandi

Internet is like electricity - James Packer

In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed - Charles Darwin

and last, but not least...

In the '80's my gut feeling was that airlines were crap. I hated spending time on planes. I thought we could create the kind of airline I'd like. So we got a secondhand 747 and gave it a go - Richard Branson

Thank you Virgin Enterprises Limited for being part of our ongoing journey, and the journey of so many others who had a go. You have to be in it to win it, and Virgin Enterprises, Virgin Games, and so many of their friends and associates know a thing or two about this. Happy flying and work hard, play and party harder.

Greg Tingle
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