Internet Wire – Launched just three weeks ago, Treasure Nile, the Internet’s first 9-line 5-reel progressive slot, has paid out the biggest progressive jackpot ever won online. Software engineer Olivier C. won the unprecedented $389,843.85 jackpot while playing the game at Lucky Nugget Casino on August 4th.
“I suppose I am one of the luckiest guys in the world. It’s a very good feeling!” enthused Olivier. “I plan on investing some of the money to give me some security, as well as giving some to family. I will also buy a dark blue Audi!”
This record-breaking jackpot is the third huge jackpot paid out since the games launch only last month. Suzanne G. won $104,989.56 at Lucky Nugget Casino on July 16th and Linda W. won $150,391.60 at The River Belle on July 23rd.
$685,424.39 has already been paid out by Treasure Nile in Situs Judi Bola jackpot payouts to date, although it still has a long way to go to catch up with the jackpot payout totals on the other six progressive games in the Jackpot Madness network. The network boasts total jackpot payouts of over $37 million, with $1,281,445.26 paid out on its flagship Cash Splash game last month alone.
“Watching the jackpot counter whiz past $350,000 was very exciting. To have a successful game not only must it have large jackpots but also it must pay out regularly,” said Marilyn Glazier, Director of Public Relations for Jackpot Madness.
Treasure Nile, an Egyptian-themed progressive, is the newest addition to the Jackpot Madness family. Featuring nine lines and 5 reels, the unprecedented progressive is already popular among online gaming enthusiasts as witnessed by the rapidly escalating jackpot totals. Treasure Nile accumulates deposits from players on the Treasure Nile slots at all participating casinos, creating constant, unmatched jackpots.
Powered by Microgaming’s trusted software, Treasure Nile is also backed by PlayCheck which enables players to obtain a complete history of their game play for up to 7 days after they have finished playing.
Another Vegas Casino Makes the Move
“The casinos are much more interested in establishing an online gaming presence.”
It seems that a growing number of land-based Vegas casinos are going online – in spite of the fact that Internet gambling is largely illegal in the U.S. So how are they getting around the issue?
By launching play-for-fun sites.
The sites look a lot like real-money sites, but don’t accept wagers. That’s not a problem for these casinos, however; the goal of these sites isn’t to make money. The casinos are much more interested in establishing an online gaming presence and loyal customer base, with the hope that Nevada will eventually legalize online wagering.
MGM Mirage and Harrah’s are already running free sites, and other casino giants are joining that exclusive club. This week, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino of Las Vegas launched its own play-for-fun casino site.
The site, which was developed by dot com Entertainment Group, gives players a choice of play-for-fun Slots, Roulette, Video Poker, Craps, Blackjack, Caribbean Poker and Table Poker.
Players can enjoy better-than-average Java (no-download) games that are branded with the Hard Rock name. The games have a ‘Vegas’ look and feel to them, which means players will find a lot of pinks, turquoise blues, and purples on the tables.
The new partnership should be a boon for both companies, if growth projections for the online gaming industry are accurate.
This is dot com’s first deal with a land-based Vegas casino, and that could possibly pave the way for future partnerships – especially if online gambling gets the green light in the Silver State. Other gaming software companies are likely to be working on their own Vegas deals at this time.
More importantly, however, the Hard Rock got its foot in the Internet casino door before most of the other big Vegas casinos. The brand recognition of the Hard Rock name will undoubtedly attract customers and that strong market share, along with the casino’s position as one of the first Vegas casinos to go online, could translate into big money – provided real-money wagering gets approval.
Look for more Las Vegas land-based casinos to launch play-for-fun sites in the near future as the battle for online casino supremacy heats up.