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Virgin Games' Casino Redesign Goes Live, Introduces Several Changes

As previously reported Virgin Games has been acquired by Gamesys, its ownership transferring from the Virgin corporation to the online gaming provider and software developer. Part of the acquisition deal involved the redesign of Virgin Games' Casino, a move that has now been implemented and made available to site members.

Virgin Casino now features a new aesthetic that takes elements from the old site and updates them to better fit with Gamesys' vision. While the most immediately noticeable changes are cosmetic ones, Virgin's casino platform also features a number of structural adjustments. Virgin fans will likely be most surprised to find the main casino site split off from Virgin's slot offerings. The traditional casino section of Virgin Games has re-launched with a number of favourites (blackjack, video poker, roulette, baccarat and more) while the newly separate slots page includes the return of games like Star Trek: Against All Odds, Monopoly Plus and a few new additions such as Peggle Slots. Aside from these fairly significant changes, Virgin Casino will remain much the same in other areas. Gamesys has already told press that it plans to continue providing regularly scheduled promotions and maintaining the V* Points loyalty system.

Separating slots from the rest of the site most likely hints at the greater emphasis the new Virgin Casino will be putting on slot play, something that could lead to further site alterations in the future. Regardless of how this change shakes out, fans and industry observers alike will definitely be watching how Gamesys positions their newly acquired online gaming network in the weeks and months to come.

Virgin Casino Awards More than £50000 to Jackpot Winner

A lucky Virgin Casino player has just received a windfall that will change her life after triggering a jackpot that awarded more than £50,000. This sum came as the result of a fortunate virtual spin and now marks one of the largest payouts in Virgin Casino's history.
                The winner, known by her handle of "JJ", was awarded with the £50k award by playing on the site's well loved 100,000 Pyramid video slot. Hailing from North Yorkshire, JJ had been a Virgin Casino member for more than a year and had enjoyed "quite a few smaller wins" before her 100,000 Pyramid windfall. JJ reported that "when all five reels dropped in and the amount [began] rising" she "could not believe it." She plans to pay off her bills, buy a new car and put the rest in the bank. 100,000 Pyramid was developed by software provider International Games Technology and features fifteen paylines. Players are able to wager amounts ranging from a penny to £30 on each spin, the line multiplier allowing for fifteen opportunities at increasing the payout by up to 100,000 times the initial bet.
                Virgin Casino's Warren Eloff told press that JJ's win represents "the first time that anyone has hit the top prize" on 100,000 Pyramid and that the site is "excited that the prize has gone to one [its] regular players." 100,000 Pyramid is one of the newest entries to the more than 350 games on offer from Virgin Casino.

Virgin Casino Expands Mobile Games Offering

Virgin’s online gaming network wants to help its fans to enjoy a great casino experience while they’re on the go and, to accomplish this, it has just expanded its mobile offering. Virgin Mobile Casino has just gone live with its new update and already includes a number of casino favourites for players to check out.
                Virgin entered into the mobile gaming market some time ago, but is now enhancing its offering with new games and technology. Virgin Mobile Casino was developed in partnership with International Game Technology (IGT) and uses remote game server (RGS) solutions to ensure smooth gameplay across Virgin’s growing catalogue of portable games. IGT recently announced that it will release roughly 20 new Virgin Mobile titles each year through the use of its RGS solutions. The platform currently features mobile iterations of popular Virgin games such as Cleopatra and Da Vinci Diamonds. Kitty Glitter, Cats, Wolf Run and Elvis: A Little More Action are set to be released in the near future.
                IGT’s Emerging Businesses Executive Vice President, Robert Melendres, told press that working with Virgin was a natural choice for “[allowing] IGT’s leading content to be enjoyed by a [wide] range of players.” Simon Burridge, Virgin Games’ Chief Executive Officer, also spoke favourably of his company’s mobile partnership, stating that working with IGT helps Virgin to offer its fans the ability “to experience the entertainment they get from Virgin Mobile Casino while they are on the move.” Virgin Mobile Casino is available now and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Google Android devices and the majority of Blackberry and Windows phones and/or tablets.

Virgin Games Launches Mobile Casino Software

Virgin Games is one of the UK’s most popular online gaming networks and now, with the launch of its mobile casino software, it’s looking to catch on in an even bigger way. The new Virgin Mobile Games has just been released and gives players the ability to enjoy some of their favourite casino games while on the go.

The app, VirginGames.com/Mobile-Games (or Virgin Mobile Games for brevity’s sake), was developed in a partnership between Somo, a mobile marketing agency, and Virgin itself. The mobile software translates much of what already exists on Virgin’s web-based casino and seeks to offer a similar experience through smartphone operating systems. Aside from a suite of great Virgin games, the company has also announced that it has forged partnerships with other developers — including titles by Microgaming — in order to bring even more content to the platform over time. Virgin Mobile Games is a web application, compatible with most smartphones and already features games like the popular Tomb Raider and Thunderstruck slots.

Virgin Games’ Chief Executive Officer, Simon Burridge, explained that “smartphone penetration now [exceeds] 40 percent in the UK” and that “[Virgin] is simply responding to this demand.” Burridge went on to state his company’s position, describing how the launch is occurring at “the right time in the company’s life, the industry’s life and [that] the technology is ready. It’s what our customers want and it’s where the online gaming industry is heading.”

Virgin Games Study Promotes Social Benefits of Bingo

Virgin Games, owner of the influential company’s bingo and casino networks, has recently announced the results of a landmark study into the personal benefits made possible by online play. The end result of Virgin’s exhaustive research is great news for devoted bingo players as it reinforces the positive influence that the game can have on an individual’s social life.

The study from Virgin Games was conducted through a number of polls that served to measure the playing habits and social interactions of bingo fans. One of these polls looked at the number of players who had made what they considered to be genuine friendships and found that 44 of the 647 person sample group said they had — with 18 percent of the same group saying that had met with their new friends in person. 22 percent of the group told Virgin Games’ researchers that they were comfortable enough with their online bingo friends that they would discuss their personal and family problems with them while 34 percent also stated that they believed that playing internet bingo had improved their social life.

Aside from the interpersonal benefits of playing bingo, Virgin Games also cited interesting data on the replacement of brick and mortar bingo halls by online play. 69 percent of Virgin’s sample group told researchers that internet bingo had completely replaced visiting land-based venues, something that is hardly surprising given the downfall of the game’s physical market.

Virgin Games Reveals Several New Licensed Slot Titles

Virgin’s online casino service, VirginGames.com, has just revealed a number of new slot titles for members of its site to play at. Licensed themes have been added to the already popular network, giving internet gaming fans yet another reason to spend a bit of their time checking out Virgin’s robust slots offering.

Perhaps the biggest attraction of the new slots line-up is Star Trek, a game designed by International Game Technology (IGT) that features images and action based on the long-running series of science-fiction television shows and movies. Star Trek is a 30-payline slot game with four free spin bonuses. These bonuses constitute the main draw of the Star Trek slots and can be triggered multiple times per game. Star Trek is joined by another licensed game, the 20-payline, five-reel Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? slot, designed by Electracade and based on the popular trivia game show. The Who Wants To Be a Millionaire slots come equipped with line-based rewards, plenty of bonus games, impressive multipliers (that can reach as high as 15,000 times a staked amount) and scatter features.

The launch of these new slots makes up only one part of Virgin Games’ continued effort at introducing regular doses of fresh content to its site. Warren Eloff, Head of Products for Virgin Games, told press that his company is committed to “ . . . launching at least one new game every week . . .” in order to follow up on the 100 new games added to the network throughout 2010.

New Games — Big Kahuna and What On Earth — Debut at Virgin Games Casino

Virgin Games has officially launched two new, exciting slot games: Big Kahuna and What On Earth. The titles bring even more fun to members of the website and the chance to win big through extra bonus features.

The two new games have been designed by industry renowned developer Microgaming in a partnership with Virgin Games. The first, Big Kahuna is a jungle-themed slot title with five reels and nine paylines that takes its name from the totem picture that provides the game’s wild symbol. The casino-styled internet game also features a monkey symbol that serves as a scatter system, periodically appearing on various lines and offering an extra reward. Big Kahuna also comes with the Volcano Bonus (where players have to take a chance on picking the correct offering that will save an island from an eruption) and the Pick a Mask Bonus (where players guess at which of ten masks hide a reward). The second slot, What On Earth, is another five reel and nine payline game with a maximum jackpot of 37,500 coins, a wild symbol and more scatter icons. It also features two extras and an alien abduction theme.

The two new games offer lucky players plenty of opportunities to take home lots of cash and should prove a hit with Virgin Games fans. Both Big Kahuna and What On Earth are available now at Virgin’s casino site.

Virgin Casino Unveils New Slot Game with White Orchid by WagerWorks

Renowned online casino platform, Virgin Casino, has launched an entirely new slot game for its members to enjoy. Working with popular software creator WagerWorks, Virgin Casino has now added White Orchid to its series of slot options.

White Orchid, the brand new five reel, 40 payline slot game, was developed for Virgin Casino by fan favourite internet gaming developer WagerWorks. It features a multi-way option for betting on single reels instead of all paylines and offers plenty of great prizes for lucky gamblers. White Orchid allows Virgin Casino players to wager on any combination across the five reels (for a total of 1,024 betting choices) and hosts an odds-increasing MultiwayXtra feature and 20 independent reels as well.

Like all slot games, White Orchid pays out when gamers are able to match symbols on spins. Special winning symbols include bonuses, free spins and bonus multipliers. As always, Virgin Casino offers great payouts for those that are able to get a cluster of symbols on one of their wagered spins.

Virgin Casino adds White Orchid to an already outstanding line-up of nearly 200 unique casino games. The company’s continued efforts at expanding its catalogue pays off for registered members at the site and Virgin shows no signs of slowing down its new game updates anytime in the near future.

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