Report Recommends Banning ‘Losses Disguised as Wins’ Pokies Feature

Flashing lights and sounds associated with big wins
Flashing lights and sounds associated with big wins
Flashing lights and sounds associated with big wins

Pokies Machine Report

Our Australian neighbours are at the heart of further casino interruption following a report that says, ‘pokies losses disguised as wins’ are fuelling casino addiction. This report was admitted by the University of Sydney gambling treatment clinic. The report was commissioned by the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing and was handed to the government for review in 2015.

New South Wales district are recommending that these losses should be banned and are considered misleading to players participating in online casino gaming. The Australian government has been reviewing this report for two years.

Pokies Features

The losses disguised as wins mentioned in this report relate to the flashy lights and jubilant sounds that permeate the screen when the player wins. These are features we associate with the pokies but the player may win less than what they wagered. The report puts forward the example; if you bet $1 and are returned 25c, this is considered a win in the eyes of the machine.
“This loss is presented to players as if they have won 25c, but actually, they’ve lost 75c.”

Prohibited Features in NSW

According to the report, NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority has an inventory of features that are strictly prohibited. These prohibited features cannot make an appearance on a poker machine. Losses disguised as wins do not make an appearance on the list.

Minister for Racing Paul Toole has said he will consider the recommendations made in the report. This will be taken into consideration with a number of prohibited features on poker machines in NSW.

Land Casino Controversy

In recent times, land casino Crown has faced questions surrounding their gaming machine Dolphin Treasure. The fan favourite will be scrutinised in the eyes of the courts to determine whether or not it violates consumer law or promotes problem gaming.

Pokies machines are expected to follow strict laws implemented by the Australian/New Zealand Gaming Machine National Standard. These laws ensure that gamers are protected from any deceptive goings on.

Microgaming Launch New Pokies Holly Jolly Penguins for Christmas

Microgaming launch brand new pokies Holly Jolly Penguins
Microgaming launch brand new pokies Holly Jolly Penguins
Microgaming launch brand new pokies Holly Jolly Penguin

Microgaming New Titles

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Microgaming is out in force this December. Having announced they’re launching three new pokies titles. Holly Jolly Penguins is getting us in the festive spirit along with animated new pokies Wacky Panda and Highlander.

Festive Pokies

Holly Jolly Penguins is a cartoony seasonal pokies game with cute penguins that are sure to lift your spirits. A fun-filled five-reel, 45 payline game, it’s suitable for gamers with oodles of experience and newbies alike.
Set in the North-Pole, you’ll be playing amongst some cheeky penguins who’re wreaking havoc on the screen.
Holly Jolly Penguins will suit players with bankrolls across many tiers. Starting from just $0.50, you can wager anything up to $125.

Seasonal Symbols

Visually, the game is bright, colourful and is the embodiment of Christmas. The symbols on the screen are represented by the typical, A, K, Q, J and 10 playing cards. These symbols include roguish penguins Larry, Darryl, Tania, Sven, Ole, Quincy, Lorenzo, Rudy and Quasi.
These lovable characters are getting up to mischief. You can expect them to be throwing snowballs, singing Christmas songs and pruning Christmas trees.
You can land on Wilds, as well as Scatter symbols (represented by sledding penguins) and free spins on offer.
If you’re on a lucky streak, and get sledding penguins on reels 3, 4 or 5, you can get up to 80 free spins. During this feature, 3, 4 or 5 Scatters can result in 5, 10 or 20 extra spins.
Good news for free spin lovers, there’s no limit to the number of spins you can accumulate.

Holly Jolly Verdict

In a nutshell, Holly Jolly Penguins is our favourite Microgaming release for December. It embraces the festive season and provides for plenty of lucrative gameplay. The festive features, free spin opportunities and generous bankroll means it’s a winner in our eyes.
You can engage in the festive gameplay through your desktop, tablet or mobile device. Allowing you to channel your Christmas spirit on the go.
So, hop on your sleigh and get riding the reels at Holly Jolly Penguins for a profitable and

Mega Moolah Gamer Hits Casino Jackpot worth $1m

Microgaming's Progressive Jackpot, Mega Moolah
Microgaming's Progressive Jackpot, Mega Moolah
Microgaming’s Progressive Jackpot, Mega Moolah

Mega Moolah Casino Jackpot

An online casino player hit the Mega Moolah casino jackpot of $1,626,684 on 15 November 2017, following another substantial win of $3,000,000 on 4 November.

According to a spokesperson from Microgaming, the iGamer, from Canada known as K.T., hit the jackpot on the day of their registration.

Hitting the Jackpot

Mega Moolah is one of the most renowned online casino progressive jackpots on the market. It’s established itself as an exceptionally lucrative jackpot and has awarded players handsomely in the past.

Winning such a substantial amount is no easy feat, and should be applauded. However, with the typical jackpot reaching $5,000,000 some believe this is a small win in Mega Moolah’s eyes. Although we’re sure the casino user isn’t complaining, statistically the win is below average.

Random Gameplay

The lower jackpot that was won most recently was determined by the win earlier in the month.  This indicated to sceptics that Mega Moolah is truly random. In some scenarios, the jackpot may not be hit for a number of months.

Creating Millionaires

Mega Moolah has been creating millionaire’s since 2006. Microgaming, and in particular, Mega Moolah, is synonymous with winning jackpots. The fan favourite featured in the Guinness World Book of Records for producing the largest winning jackpot ever. In October 2015, a player hit an eye-watering jackpot of $13.5m.

Fair Gaming Standard

Mega Moolah is connected to a pooled network of jackpots. For the jackpot to accumulate, a percentage of each coin that’s deposited will be put into a jackpot. Microgaming promote a secure and fair gaming standard, and because of this, there’s a Random Number Generator (RNG) in place. The presence of this RNG means that a mathematical algorithm determines the winner with each game played. This allows for completely arbitrary gameplay.

Now all you need to worry about, is how to spend your progressive jackpot.

Let ‘Em Ride Progressive Jackpot Won at Intertops

Intertops Online Casino
Intertops Online Casino
Intertops online casino

Progressive Jackpot

An Intertops player hit the jackpot of almost $1m while playing the slow paced Let ‘Em Ride Poker game over a two-day period.

The player, known only as Janusz Z, won the full progressive jackpot, as he held a royal flush hand from his five-card deal. This led to Janusz winning a jackpot of $286,294. However, the high-roller didn’t stop there. He continued to play his luck and almost tripled his original win. Following gameplay, he walked away with a staggering $900,000.

Janusz commented on his massive payout, saying, “I couldn’t believe it when I won that first jackpot and then my good luck continued the next day. I’m still shaking!”

Luck of the Draw

Just days ago, the online casino enthusiast sat down to engage in his favourite casino Poker game, Let ‘Em Ride. While at Intertops, Janusz was dealt his three player cards. On the table were the two community cards. The purpose of the game, is to acquire 10’s or better to result in a payout.

Following his initial win of more than $200,000, he revisited the game the following day. Many players are known to walk away once they’ve won big, but Janusz was curious to see what else was in store for him. Luck was on Janusz’s side when he returned to Intertops. More royal flushes followed and before he knew it, he’d racked up close to $1m.

Poker Strategies

Let ‘Em Ride is known to be a slower moving game, and this was the allure for Janusz. Speaking about his Poker experience, he said he enjoyed the slower and more relaxed pace found at this particular Poker variant. According to Janusz, he prefers being able to take his time while taking on the croupier. This allows for more concentration as he finds many online casino poker variants “too fast”. Each player is required to make a bet of at least $1 when hitting the Poker table.

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Janusz is a beacon of light for online casino users who’re looking for those big pay outs. This is proof to those sceptics that big wins are on the cards for casino users. Janusz will now be able to enjoy his jackpot, and you could be next.

Intertops offer their players a host of exciting jackpots from major software providers including, Cleopatra’s Gold, Aztec’s Millions and Jackpot Piñatas.

Fair and Random Gaming Standard

The renowned online casino promotes a fair and secure quality of gaming for all their customers. They’ve implemented sa Random Number Generator (RNG) which is operated by a mathematical algorithm. This means that all of the winning combinations are completely arbitrary, allowing for an exciting and random game.

Android v iOS for Online Casinos; Which Do You Choose?

Android v iOS

Android v iOSAndroid v iOS, the age-old question. New Zealand casino players have embraced the world of online and mobile casinos with open arms. Since the introduction of online casinos in the mid ‘90’s, land casinos have felt the knock-on effect. Kiwi casino enthusiasts no longer feel burdened by long journies to get to a casino. They can now engage in their favourite past-time, online pokies, from the comfort of their own home. Online casino revenue in New Zealand has increased massively in the past few years.

Swing ahead another 10 years or so, and mobile casinos burst onto the casino scene with gusto. At one point, the main concern for casino users was their software provider. Did they choose Microgaming or NetEnt? Now they have the more arduous task of deciding whether to purchase an iPhone, operating iOS or a mobile device that uses Android.

Android v iOS

Typically, people have preferences. Some are fans of the iPhone and all it has to offer, while others choose HTC, Samsung, Galaxy or other devices that run Android.

The main contrast between the two is the ability to play real money gambling apps. Summer 2017 saw Google Playstore take a major U-Turn, where they permitted real money gambling for consumers in Ireland, UK, and France.

Real Money Gambling

This means that Kiwi casino players cannot access real money gambling apps for their Android through the Google Play Store. In some cases, a redeeming feature is that the player can access the site through their internet browser or they can download a casino app from their chosen online casino. Generally, casino users believe the browser to be less efficient in comparison to an app. However, with the recent updates and HTML5, utilising the internet browser to play at online casinos is completely sufficient. Needless to say, online casino users in New Zealand are hoping Google Playstore will soon apply the same rules to them.

Table Games and Pokies at the Online Casino

Android players located in New Zealand can, however, engage in real money gambling. They have access to a myriad of table games like Roulette and Blackjack as well as the fan favourite, pokies if they download apps directly from the online casinos. Android offers a massive selection of pokies, and includes everything from progressive to video and themed pokies.

Although it’s considered a downfall that Android doesn’t offer Kiwi players real money casino games through the play store, you can still play some amazing casino games. If you’re unsure whether or not you want to part with your hard-earned cash, to begin with, the free casino games are perfect. There’s still a huge selection of choice when it comes to table games and pokies. The bonus? You’re developing strategies before you hit real money gaming.

Grey Area of Gambling

New Zealand gambling legislation is considered to fall into a grey area. Although land casinos are permitted, online casinos cannot run or be operated by New Zealand based companies. If a New Zealand resident wishes to participate in online casino use, they must source their games outside of New Zealand. This means using sites from the UK like Video Slots or Casino of Dreams. It is perfectly legal for Kiwi’s to engage in online casinos once they are outside of New Zealand remit. This also means that any winnings are tax-free, so, you receive 100% of what you’ve won.


If you’re a massive real money online casino fan, iOS could be more suited. With that in mind, your device boils down to preference. Although choosing a device and software is considered to be a major decision, there are several other elements that should be thought of before registering with an online casino. Determining whether or not your casino has a reliable customer support team, its payment methods and licensing are all of paramount importance.