Beware address discrepancies

There seems to be a growing trend by some of the lower quality casinos to disqualify winnings without further enquiry, lock out and then ignore any player who uses a different address in financial and casino account entries. Players need to be aware that this has the potential to cause serious hassles, and pecuniary loss. Obviously, the reasonable and long-sighted course for a casino coming across one of these discrepancies would be to communicate with the player to obtain absolute proof of identity and clear the matter up. But the indications are that it is really being used as another excuse to forego paying out legitimate winnings. If this is the case, then the lower-end casinos pulling this stunt are taking a myopic view of the business consequences in terms of losing honest gamblers who have made a simple error. Silver Sands Casino should take particular note of this cautionary.

Still stalling

Golden Star group casinos River Nile and Golden Riviera seem to have made an artform out of delayed payouts excuses it appears, in the process creating a less than positive reputation. This week players posted bad experiences, and one frustrated soul detailed the list of excuses used to delay one of his payouts for several months. If you’re time-sensitive these two could test your patience.

eworldwide bites the dust

After some weeks offline, unanswered telephones and email bounces it has to be assumed that eWorldwide has gone down the tubes. That casts a big shadow not only over the owners but over manager Randy Peterson, too for a lack of integrity in telling Slot Gacor players what was really going on…and paying them. Peterson claimed earlier this year that at the time the alleged “audit” suspension came into effect some 60 percent of the successful players had been paid, and he promised that the remaining payouts would be forthcoming once the “audit” is complete.

If they have gone down, then the “audit” is presumably completed. Where’s the payout for the players?

The Wizard won’t like this

The appearance is shabby, we suspect some artwork plagiarising has been going on and to put it kindly the statement on the splash page “Voted Best Online Casino In The World by Gambling Online Magazine Readers 2001” is being more than just a little economical with the truth. It’s been put together by an equally amateurish “make money from home” oufit in Cedar, Minnesota called Greger Communications. Be afraid….be very, very afraid of Wizard of Odds!

Deceptive SPAM of the week “Hush….don’t tell anybody, but I’ m a disgruntled software developer who hasn’t been paid by Netgaming Casino and I want to get even. Here’s a special ‘back door’ link that will enable you to get into their Roulette and make some easy money on number 13….” That was the gist of a spamola email making the rounds this week.

We doubt that many were taken in by this disgustingly dishonest affiliate attempt to encourage players to give business to the casino and boost his affiliate income. Gambling there takes on a losing dimension, too – it uses the cheap ‘n nasty Russian Avesta Viadem software that is gaining increasing notoriety in the industry for badly creative spam. And any casino that allows this sort of behaviour by an affiliate should really be run out of town with the affiliate in tow. But it does bring back memories of the Clock Media dud software affair and its tell-all Russian programmer Alex…could there be a connection?

Editor’s note: Please check out Netgaming Casino for more information concerning this rogue.

Not really for winners is an RTG-powered casino that has been in the “Cautions” section before. This time it is because there are increasing reports of late or unpaid players and affiliates, and lockouts on very flimsy grounds exacerbated by bad communications.


Is Wellington a provider for the future?

According to recent SEC filings it looks as if turnkey provider iCrystal plans to sell gaming assets to Wellington Holdings out of Belize. In terms of the filing, it appears that Wellington will assume iCrystal’s accrued debts of $724,000 and that this company has or had some sort of previous licensing agreement with iCrystal.

In terms of the proposal, iCrystal will retain such hardware and software necessary to continue their web marketing business. Wellington will take the software and hardware to continue servicing the Manihi (and presumably Gambling Federation?) sub-licensing contract. This business represents over 90% of the operations, revenues and expenses of the company. The agreement with Wellington is specifically subject to and conditional on approval by the Company’s shareholders.

The filing includes an undated notice of a special general meeting, the purpose of which is “To approve the sale of substantially all of the Company’s assets that relate directly to the business of developing software for internet gaming, including the source codes and proprietary data and information”. The meeting will be held this month at iCrystal’s offices in Surrey, BC, Canada.

The following annotation is also interesting: “All of the officers and directors and their affiliates (who own in the aggregate approximately 5% of the shares outstanding) have informed the Company that they intend to vote in favor of the sale of assets, as set forth herein.”

iCrystal’s intentions once the deal has been completed are not known, but a passage in the filing gives some indications: “iCrystal will retain that portion of its assets related to its administration of online services and back office management, as well as its computer hardware unrelated to the software development business, and its website development business.

“The Company will use its remaining assets to continue its website development business. The Board of Directors will also investigate and consider various alternatives to expand the business, especially the website development business, as and when opportunities arise.”