Highlights from the Global Interactive Online Casino Singapore Gaming Summit



Internet gambling news and gossip from the exhibition hall of the Royal York hotel, June 5 to 7, 2001.


Boss Media Goes Java


Swedish software provider Boss Media will debut play-for-cash Java games in the next month or two, according to Sales Manager Anders Berg. Continuing the Boss tradition of limited game choice, only roulette and blackjack will be available in the new Java suite, although more games are sure to follow. Boss’s showcase casino, Gold Club, will be first to offer the new no-download games.


To date all Boss Media casinos require a download, although the company has had play-for-fun Shockwave games for years.


Microgaming Opens Lines of Communication


Microgaming, widely recognized as the world’s largest and most successful online casino software company, used the Toronto summit as an opportunity to reach out to the i-gaming media. Tired of getting beaten up on message boards and portals, Microgaming courted influential industry journalists like Got2Bet’s Spearmaster with handshakes and party invites.


Microgaming’s previous lack of public responsiveness to player questions and concerns resulted in a heap of bad PR which clearly hurt them in the pocketbook. The new policy is an obvious, and welcome, effort to polish Microgaming’s public image and restore player trust and confidence in the software leader.


World Gaming Previews Version 3.1


World Gaming, formerly known as Starnet Communications, previewed their new Version 3.1 download package, which will be available July 31.


Despite their past legal woes, Starnet, oops, World Gaming, really does have an impressive gambling suite. For those looking to get into the biz, $300 grand and 25% of revenue gets you World Gaming’s download Online Casino Singapore casino, new 14-game Java casino, parimutuel wagering and a sportsbook. All modules work under one player account.


Account Exec Jodi Littlepage said that progressive slot machines are on the way.


New Kid on the Block


Playtech — not to be confused with Playtex — impressed conference-goers with their slick new casino software. Available as a download application, and in Shockwave and Java, industry-types seemed genuinely excited by the graphics and playability of the games. On top of that Playtech rep Shelly Tuchmintz boasted that “our backoffice is really amazing.”


Playtech’s first licensee, Club Dice Casino, opened in January this year followed by City Club Casino and Brandy Casino. Playtech’s games bear a striking resemblance to the Random Logic games that power the ubiquitous Casino-On-Net. Both companies deny any connection.


According to Tuchmintz, Playtech is “a Dutch company” with “R&D in Eastern Europe” and “a marketing office in Israel.”


Countdown to Las Vegas’ Cyber Debut


Nevada Gaming Commission chair Brian Sandoval made it clear that Nevada has not legalized internet gambling but merely passed “enabling legislation” that could allow internet gaming if it can be shown that Web casinos can be properly regulated to keep out minors, problem gamblers, and players from jurisdictions where the pastime is illegal. That said, most industry experts expect that we will see the first Nevada internet casinos in about 18 or 24 months. The most optimistic prognosticators say one year.


Short Takes: Former Starnet CEO Meldon Ellis made the rounds looking to drum up work as an “i-gaming consultant.” Pro Sports Trade will launch a real-money sports trading site modeled after stock trading sites at the end of July, in time for the NFL season. iGlobalMedia won friends by putting on the best cocktail party of the week, complete with blackjack tables and a live tiger. Pirates Poker by Omni Gaming will launch in September.