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Recently launched by Microgaming and adding to their already extensive range of video slots is Power Spins Nuclear 9's. This is a slot that has 5 reels and 9 paylines and it includes Microgaming's innovative Rolling Reels™ feature.

This is the follow up to their extremely popular Power Spins Atomic 8's and the main feature is triggered basically in the same way. Towards the bottom right hand side of the screen you will notice a red button that activates this feature, which is simply labelled Power. If you decide to have this feature activated, any of the symbols that are part of a winning combination will shatter and then vanish from the reels.

New symbols will then drop in from above and fill their positions to hopefully generate additional line wins. This in theory could keep bringing in new wins. All of the wins that do occur with this feature switched on are doubled.

The reels are comprised of lesser valued symbols such as single bars, double bars and triple bars, bells, cherries, and three different coloured 9's. The Nuclear symbols are this game's wild symbols and the Scatter symbols are clearly marked with the word Scatter on them.

Five of the wild symbols appearing across one of the active paylines will see that you are rewarded with a massive 25,000 coin prize.

Like most other Microgaming slots, this game has a wide betting range and it's packed with innovative animations and vibrant colours. The sound effects are also quite impressive, but they can be switched off at any time. There are plenty of other in-play settings that players can adjust. Also, if you would rather practice on this game before spending your own hard-earned cash, you can launch it in the free play mode.

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A registered member of a leading online casino in the United Kingdom has just recently become the largest ever UK winner of an online progressive jackpot game. The lucky player from Scotland scooped a remarkable pot of £5.1 million which had been climbing for months.

The thing that makes this story more unique is that the man who wishes to remain anonymous was actually woken from his sleep because of a next door neighbour’s barking dog. Once he was fully awake, he then decided to login to BetFred casino, which is a playtech powered UK online casino.

He started out by just having a few spins only to instantly get lucky and win approximately £250 on another video slot. He then decided to see how much further his luck would take him by using these winnings on a progressive jackpot slot. Beach Life had the largest slot so he launched this one.

Beach Life is quite a basic looking slot that has 5 reels and 20 winning paylines and it has a summery theme.  It was the attractive prize that appealed to him and probably not the theme.

Within five minutes of playing on this slot, he couldn’t believe his luck. Five of the jackpot symbols appeared across one of the paylines which instantly awarded him with the jackpot prize. The jackpot symbols are the sun symbols and they happened to align for him at the right time.

This win became instantly recognised as the third largest ever win from an online slot machine in the world. He was flown the next day to see the owner of the leading online casino and was presented with his a huge check of his winnings.

The jackpot was then instantly reset to its starting amount and it will continue to climb again until another player is lucky enough to scoop it.

One of Rtg’s latest slots to have been released is Dragons. At the time of writing this review, this slot is exclusive only at Bodog Casino. This game has is based upon a period in history when mythical dragons ruled the earth. The general graphics and superb accompanying sound effects make this a thoroughly entertaining slot from the moment you launch it.

The lesser valued symbols on the reels include poker numbers from 9 through to A. Also look out for several different coloured dragons. The Dragons Logo is this games scatter symbol, plus there are also two different Wild symbols that will help boost your bankroll. One of the Wild symbols is the eye symbol and the other Wild is the shield symbol. Except for the scatter symbols, the wilds have the ability to substitute all other symbols on the reels.

Players will be instantly award 10 free spins when at least three or more of the previously mentioned scatter symbols appear on the reels in any particular order. One of the wilds will then appear on the reels during this free spins bonus round, with each wild performing a different action.

There are expanding wilds, plus wilds that are randomly brought in to the game and added to the reels and there are also certain symbols that are selected at random to become wild as well.

The betting range is quite wide on this slot. The lowest you can spend for one spin is 0.25 coins and the maximum allowed per spin is as much as 125.00 coins. This should attract a broad range of players. There are also plenty of in-play adjustable features such as sound control as well as an autoplay feature. Dragons is certainly a slot that is worthy of a few spins and is now available in the real cash mode and in the free play mode.

Desert Treasure 2 is a fantastic video slot that isn’t yet widely available but is already getting players excited. This game is very similar to the first instalment, however it has had a few minor tweaks and if you ever played on the first game, you will notice the minor improvements that have been made.

Similar to the first game, Desert Treasure 2 is also a 5 reeled slot with 20 paylines. The lesser valued symbols on the reels include poker numbers and letters from 9 through to A. You should also recognise other regular symbols from its predecessor such as the desert oasis symbols, camels and Bedouin’s. The dark haired ladies are still the scatter symbols and perform the same actions, plus the wild symbols are the snakes. The compasses are the bonus symbols and these trigger the main bonus game.

The Wilds will only ever spin in on the centre reels and when they do appear, they will transform into expanding wilds and cover the entire reel. This will help generate plenty of additional line wins. It is the bonus round where you will notice most of the improvements. There are basically more levels and therefore more cash prizes to be won.

The free spins are also triggered in the same way. The scatters can appear in any formation along the reels. They do not have to land on one of the active paylines to trigger the free spins. Winning prizes in the bonus round is pure luck. Just hope that you pick the items hiding the biggest prizes.

Desert Treasure 2 is another great multilined video slot from Playtech and will start appearing in more Playtech powered online casinos over the coming months.

In April of 2011, the Department of Justice indicted the founders of three of the world’s most prolific online poker sites and billions of dollars of assets were actually frozen by the F.B.I. This brought back memories (for some of the older generation anyway) of the days of prohibition era.

These companies were actually charged with serious offences such as illegal gambling, bank fraud and also money laundering. Players were instantly thrown into a state of chaos and had nowhere to play. For more than 100,000 US citizens, gambling online was a full time profession so there lives were literally turned upside down.

Most of these funds that were taken by the F.B.I were actually never returned to the players or the operators. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was the official threat that put an end to online gambling in the US.

Since this dark period in US history, people have been lobbying for a fully regulated online poker and gambling industry. Poker has actually been classed as a game of skill and not a game of chance, so hopefully (within two or three years from now), online poker and gambling in general should be fully legal and widely available at secure portals.

Players can still login to their favourite gambling portal and place a wager, but many of these places operate from offshore locations. The government have basically been figuring out a way to get the most revenue out of the online gambling industry for themselves. This is why there are still laws being passed and much debate still surrounding the industry.

Just before Christmas 2011, it was also noted that online casinos do not fall under the Wire Act. These harsh laws have had a major impact on the industry, causing much anger, confusion and frustration but the government are in talks to make online gambling a fully regulated industry. Players will still have to just wait and see what happens. One thing that is certain is that things are looking more positive than they did 12 months ago.

One of Realtime Gaming’s latest releases is a classic slot called The Three Stooges 2. This slot features three main characters including Curly, Moe and Larry and players can access this game when downloading the secure Rtg software. Alternatively, players can launch the game in the instant Flash mode.

This is a classic slot that has 3 winning paylines. There are also three different jackpots on this game called the Minor Jackpot, the Major Jackpot and the last one is the Three Stooges Jackpot. The value of each jackpot can also be viewed above the reels.

The three main characters appear as symbols on the reels and the other lesser valued symbols include cherries, lemons, bars, 7’s, cars, movie boards and studio symbols. The games logo symbols are the Wild symbols and if three of these appear across on of the paylines, you will be awarded the Three Stooges 2 jackpot.

Each of the main characters (Larry, Moe and Curly) all have their own bonus round. One is called Larry’s Stash feature. There is also Moe’s Moolah feature and Curly’s Cashola feature. These bonus rounds enable you to win prizes such as free spins, multipliers and of course, cash prizes. 

One of the best prizes to take down from one of these bonus rounds is 100 free spins with a 10x multiplier. This game also comes with a Win Win feature, which basically means that if you weren’t fortunate enough to claim a prize in one of the bonus rounds (at least five times that of your trigger stake) you will be guaranteed a prize in this generous bonus game.

You can pay for one spin on this slot from just 0.30 coins and the most that you can spend for one spin is 30.00 coins. For a better experience, launch this game in the full screen mode. The Three Stooges 2 is now available at most RTG powered online casinos.

This impressive video slot is another extension of Microgaming’s already comprehensive list of online video slots. The Forgotten Land of Lemuria is a 5 reeled slot that is recognised as one of their All Pays slots, which basically works very similar to a 25 paylined slot.

This game is based on the lost underwater civilization of Lemuria and the chilled out settings and peaceful looking background makes this game quite relaxing to play on.

The lesser valued symbols on the reels are comprised of poker symbols such as 9’s through to A’s. You will also notice The Lemuria Emblems, Crystal and Green Skulls and Flowers. The Eye symbols are the games Scatter symbols and the games Logo symbols are the Wilds. The wilds have the ability to substitute all of the other symbols apart from the scatter symbols.

Players can access a prize-winning bonus game. This bonus game is known as the Treasure Vault Feature. Plenty of prizes can be won from each of the three different vaults here. All you have to do is make several picks from the ten orbs that you are presented with. Choose them randomly to reveal cash prizes.

The wide betting range on this slot allows you to place a bet for one spin of the reels from as little as 0.25 coins. The most that you can spend for one spin is 250.00 coins, so this slot should attract both lowrollers and highrollers.

You don’t actually have to install any software onto your computer in order to play on this slot as it is available in the instant flash mode. You can also download the Microgaming casino therefore you have two different options of how to access the game.

This slot has responsive player controls and there are numerous adjustable features to help you personalise things such as game speed and sound settings, plus there is also an autoplay feature. The Forgotten Land of Lemuria is now widely available at most Microgaming powered online casinos.