Category Archives: Gaming News

While we mainly cover internet poker – specifically, free online poker – on this site, and we have a dedicated section for that in the Poker News category, sometimes there are gambling related stories that while not directly related to online poker, nonetheless are still of interest to online poker players.

This section is for those stories. After all, most poker players are gamblers to some extent, and are probably interested in subjects other than poker.

Gambling Australians protected by the IGA

The Interactive Gambling Act of 2001 is the main legislative protection in force to prevent Australian players from falling foul of the dangers of online gambling. The act prohibits almost all forms of ‘interactive’ gambling – that pretty much means online gambling.

Gambling Australians protected by the IGAThis law makes it an offense for the online casino or poker room to allow Australians to play in their online gambling site. Some betting is exempted though, such as sports betting, although it specifically prohibits ‘in play’ betting for some reason.

The onus is on the Gaming Club online casino to abide by the law, and there is no provision in this law to make it an offense for the player to gamble online. Australian players can gamble online in any poker site or online casino that will take them.

This law also allows gambling operators to operate from within Australia so long as they are offering their services only to players that are outside the country.

This situation has led a lot of the more well know online casinos and especially poker rooms to prohibit Australian players from accessing their sites. While in a strange twist one of the bigger poker rooms that continues to accept players from the United States of America is actually located in Australia.

Anyway, that is the situation as it stands today, but the whole internet gambling phenomenon has caused the minister in charge of internet regulation to review this legislation with a view to updating it to allow for the changes in online gaming in the last decade. While this review could see Australian lawmakers accept the reality of the internet age and relax their laws, it could also go the other way and tighten things up a whole lot more.

Of course many lawmakers, especially in the U.S., are now looking to online gambling as a solution to their economic woes in the form of the taxes that are to be had, and so it may happen that the Australian Government comes into line with most of the rest of the world and allows their players to have the full benefits of the internet gambling revolution.

We will wait with anticipation. The report is due in June 2012.

Costa Bingo Slots: Review

Costa Bingo Dazzles Players with Slot Magic

Costa Bingo has long been a leader in the world of online bingo. Pioneers of free bingo, the site offers a selection of free bingo games 24/7 with real cash prizes up for grabs. Though many sites have tried to follow Costa’s lead, the sunshine bingo room continues to push boundaries when it comes to choice of games, number of rooms, jackpot prizes, bonuses and promotions.

One of the areas where Costa Bingo excels is in the number of slot games available at the site. These games are often available to play as side games alongside regular bingo games – for double the fun. One of the most exciting and popular slot games is Cleopatra Slots. This classic slot game has an Ancient Egyptian theme and features a range of attractive options, bright graphics, atmospheric sound effects and great winning opportunities.

There is of course a huge range of other slot games to choose from with various themes such as retro style games, adventure-themed slots, superhero slots and lots more. All of these slots have great potential winnings and some have a progressive jackpot for even bigger winnings.

Costa Bingo offers players a selection of great 90 ball and 75 ball bingo games with jackpots every day in their paid rooms of up to a massive £3000 for just 25p. Other games offer 10p tickets and jackpots up to £1500. Smaller prizes include regular £200 jackpots and many games cost just 1p to enter.

New players at Costa can enjoy a 200% welcome bonus on their first deposits as well as 50% extra on all re-deposits at the site. Once players have made their first deposits, they can enjoy 24 hours free entry into the First Time Depositor Freebie game where there is a £20 jackpot available to win every 15 minutes. Re-depositing players can also enjoy the chance to win £15 every 30 minutes in their own Daily Deposit Reload Freebie game.

Costa always has great promotions running every month, offering seasonal games with special prizes and offers. Currently the site is running its Mamma Mia promotion in celebration of Mothering Sunday. Players can enter this game every Sunday for the chance to win a slice of the £500 jackpot each time – and cards cost just1p.

In addition to this offer, Costa Bingo is also running its Comic Relief promotion, where players can enter a special game running on 20th March. There is a jackpot of £250 up for grabs with a 1TG jackpot on offer too for even more chances to win a prize. Cards are available now to pre-buy for just 1p and for every card sold to the game, Costa will donate 20p to Comic Relief.

With more top games running every week, with prizes available on instant games, chat games and more – with loads of cash prizes and Costa points up for grabs, in addition to a great range of slots, there is more reason than ever to hop over to Costa Bingo and put some sunshine into your gaming!