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Playtech has a progressive jackpot network called WinAJackpot, which is available on all of their gaming platforms, but this section discusses Playtech’s Marvel Jackpot, which links the Marvel™ games with a Multi-Level Mystery Progressive Jackpot.

Playtech has developed an exciting range of Progressive Jackpot games and possibly the most exciting of all are the Marvel™ series of jackpot games. These games are basically all linked to the same Multi-Level Progressive Jackpot Network. They each have four different jackpots that players can compete for.

You can always keep an eye on the current value of each jackpot by looking just above the reels. The current value should also be on display somewhere in the main lobby in the section marked ‘Jackpots’ or ‘Progressive Games’, or just beneath an image or description of the game.

The four jackpots that are always available include the Power Jackpot, the Extra Power Jackpot, the Super Power Jackpot and the highest is usually the Ultimate Power Jackpot.

Each of these individual prize pools is constantly fluctuating (generally increasing) because there are so many players constantly playing on these games. A small percentage of every stake is added towards each jackpot and as soon as any of the jackpots have been won, the prize pool will automatically reset to its original ‘seed’ amount.

For example, the lowest Jackpot’s seed amount is generally $/€/£100, so when you see that it is approximately $/€/£200 or more, you know that it’s worth playing for. The Top ‘Ultimate Power’ Jackpot’s seed amount is $/€/£100,000.00, so if you see that it is at (for example) $/€/£250,000.00 or more, you know that it is well worth playing for, and so on.

The Marvel Multi-Level Progressive Jackpot games include epic titles such as Punisher – War Zone, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 2 50 Lines, Blade, Daredevil, The Incredible Hulk, The Incredible Hulk 50 Lines, Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four 50 Lines, Elektra and X-Men. Thor – The Mighty Avenger was also recently added to this collection of jackpot games.

It explains in the paytable exactly how players can win one of these accumulating prize pools, “All four of these jackpots are won randomly. Any spin of any amount in the slot game can win entry to the jackpot game including spins with no game win.

However, the higher the bet, the bigger the chances of entering the jackpot game. Entering the jackpot game guarantees a win of one of the four jackpots."

When the Jackpot game has been triggered, players will be instantly transported away from the reels to take part in a bonus round. You will be presented with a grid that contains 20 squares (4X5). All you have to do is then click on the squares to reveal jackpot symbols. When you match three identical jackpot symbols, you will be awarded the corresponding jackpot prize.

The Marvel™ jackpot games have a reaction timer, which means that if you do not react in time, the jackpot will be automatically paid out. This jackpot network, along with Microgaming’s progressive jackpot network, remains one of the most lucrative online progressive jackpot networks available for gamblers today and we recommend checking it out at some point if you enjoy playing on games where big prizes are frequently up for grabs.

Elements: The Awakening is a brand new online video slot that was developed by NetEnt. This game is now widely available in various secure online casinos that use NetEnt software. Elements can be accessed instantly where no download is required. The game also includes four different Free Fall modes (free spins bonus rounds), known as Earth Storm, Fire Storm, Air Storm and Water Strom.

The top prize on this slot is worth 300,000 coins and when you launch this game, you will be able to open it in either the free play demo mode or in the real cash mode. Like most other NetEnt slots, this one can also be played in the fullscreen mode where you can really appreciate the fantastic graphics and in-play animations. The sound effects are also superb and they are well worth having turned up if you really want to immerse yourself in the action.

This slot has 5 reels and 20 winning paylines and after each line win occurs, the symbols that made up that actual line win will explode and then new symbols will fall into their place from above. This action could generate even more wins and therefore more symbols will fall into their position until there are no more wins available.

Basically each time there is a line win, the Avalanche Meter will increase by one and this can climb up to a maximum of 4 avalanches. If you happen to receive more than four avalanches, one of the Free Spins bonus features is triggered. The Free Spins bonus round that you win is determined by which section of the Energy Meter has the most energy.

During regular play, the Wild Symbol can appear on reels 2, 3, 4 or 5. This Wild Symbol will substitute all other symbols on the reels. In addition to regular wilds, you can also win Expanding Wilds and Indestructible (Sticky) Wilds. This will also depend on which Free Spins bonus round has been triggered. View the paytable for further details and to learn more about the different Wild Symbols and their unique actions.

The best thing to do on this slot before you spend any real cash is to have a few spins in the free play mode because there is so much to learn. However, it should only take five or so minutes to familiarise yourself with the basic gameplay.

This is certainly one of the best ‘new-release’ video slots available today. It offers a wide betting range, plus there are numerous adjustable settings and in-play features to help improve your gaming experience.

Crazy Vegas Online Casino has in fact been around for several years now, but the site recently underwent a facelift. If you were already signed up here prior to the updates taking effect, you should have by now noticed some of these new changes.

The Crazy Vegas casino special offers have changed and they have basically been made more visible for players to see. New members can now choose from either the Free Play welcome bonus or the three-tier special offer when signing up for the first time.

You can claim your free play bonus in three simple steps:

Download the free, user-friendly Microgaming software. Then sign up to Crazy Vegas Casino and click on the Free Play option (terms and conditions apply). No deposit is required for this bonus and you will receive $/€/£3,000 in free bets, plus 60 minutes to try and make a profit.

If you beat the house, you get to keep the winnings (up to $/€/£100). The great thing is that it doesn't matter if you don't win because you will still be able to cash in from the three-tier match bonus offer, so it's basically a 'win-win' situation for the player.

The three-tier matching deposit bonus is spread out over the first three deposits made into your Crazy Vegas Casino account. Players can earn up to $/€/£500 in free casino cash from this bonus. The first deposit bonus is a 100% match up to the value of $/€/£150. The second deposit bonus is a 25% match worth up to $/€/£150 and on your third deposit you will receive a 50% match worth up to $/€/£150.

Players can deposit here using some of the most trusted online payment methods such as MasterCard, ECO, NETELLER, Ukash, Visa, eCheck and various other reliable methods.

Apart from the changes to their welcome bonus offerings, players should also notice the stylish new interface, which has made navigating through the site rather easy. Crazy Vegas Casino is an eCOGRA approved gambling portal that has a fantastic range of casino games, as well as various attractive promotional offers and a rewarding Loyalty Ladder (VIP program).

You can also now play on the go with Crazy Mobile Casino. To be in with a chance of winning an iPad Mini this Christmas, make a deposit into your account from your mobile (the minimum deposit to qualify for this is $/€/£30) and then play on any of the selected games of the week.

Each time that you deposit and play on the selected games in the real cash mode, you will be entered into the prize draw and the lucky winner will be revealed on 23 December. Basically, the more cash you spend within the casino, the more prize draw entries you will receive.

If this new legislation goes ahead, the proposed Gambling Bill will revise the current Gambling Act of 2005 to make sure that all forms of non-land based gambling such as telephone betting and online casinos will need to be fully regulated wherever that particular gambling operator may be licensed or based.

Hugh Robertson, the Sports Minister and Conservative politician said, “These proposals will ensure that British consumers enjoy consistent standards of protection regardless of where a gambling business is based and will also help the fight against illegal activity and corruption in sportsbetting.”

This would also mean that any gambling portals that offer their services towards the UK market would be enforced to notify the Gambling Commission of any suspicious betting patterns that directly involve UK-based customers. At the same time, they must also actively contribute towards education, research and treatment of gambling problems based on regulation costs.

The latest proposal will now be subject to intense pre-legislative inspection and analysis by the UK’s Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee. The plan would be to vote for the introduction of these new amendments during the third session of Parliament.

The Chairman for the Gambling Commission, Philip Graf, commented on the draft legislation saying, “We welcome the proposed changes as currently we regulate less than 20 percent of online gambling by British consumers and cannot insist on overseas operators providing us with information about suspicious sports betting transactions.”

Stephen Ketteley who is the Deputy Legal Editor for iGaming Business’ and DLA Piper partner also commented on the proposal, “Almost all current transactions are currently outside the UK's regulatory net and the majority of providers pay no taxes here on the corresponding revenues they generate.

The Government's publicly stated reasoning for the reforms stems from consumer protection concerns; the fact that customers can transact with operators that are licensed in numerous offshore jurisdictions and, arguably, do not afford the same level of regulation as they would were they regulated by the UK Gambling Commission.”

He also went on to say, “with most EU Member States either currently taxing gambling transactions on a point of consumption basis (or in the process of implementing laws to do so), the UK's current regime that allows providers to supply to UK players without necessarily paying duty here seems outdated. As such, the industry is crying foul and sees this as a revenue raising exercise, not a consumer protection issue.”