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Black (List) Friday for Online Casinos

With all the hoopla about Black Friday, and everyone out to get some great deals and save their money, I thought that it would be a good time to remind online casino players of my online casino Black List. After all, we want a square deal and a fair chance of winning when we risk our gambling dollars, don’t we?

After the jump, you’ll find my list of over two dozen online casinos that should be avoided for a variety of reasons.

So, as you are doing your Black Friday shopping online and in the stores, don’t throw your money away at the disreputable online gambling sites that are on The Online Casino Gambling Directory Blacklist. Instead, why not focus on the best of the best instead — the 20 or so top rated online casinos.

Here’s a sample:

  Slots of Vegas
$100 FREE + 300% bonus on initial deposits between $30 and $100!
Slots of Vegas, with over 80 online slot games, is the premier source of slot games for real or fun money. Slots of Vegas offers the loosest online slots, from the traditional three reel slots to the adventure packed five reel slots.

  Treasure Mile
100% bonus on initial deposits between $20 and $200!
Treasure Mile Casino combines the magic and glamour of a hot Las Vegas night out with all the exciting, fun, rewards and benefits expected of a truly world class online casino. Giving you the latest (and totally unique) games and exceptional odds, ph …

  Intertops RED Casino
100% bonus on initial deposits between $20 and $100!
No-download version available!
Bonus code: SIGNUP100. This RTG casino from Intertops is open to ALL US players and delivers all the fun and excitement that you would expect from an RTG casino and combines it with the trust, security, and outstanding banking that you have come to k …

  Grand Eagle
100% bonus on initial deposits between $20 and $250!
With brand new cutting edge games, massive winnings and supreme customer satisfaction, Grand Eagle Casino offers you a truly dynamic and magnificent online casino experience.

  Silver Oak Casino
100% bonus on initial deposits between $25 and $1000!
Bonus code: SILVEROAK1 through SILVEROAK10. Silver Oak Casino has the most dedicated customer service staff in the industry. Our knowledgeable and friendly representatives are available round the clock to assist you with any concerns you have.


Why UB and AP are Poorly-Rated at The Online Casino Gambling Directory

Here is the complete video of last week’s 60 Minutes report on the UltimateBet / Absolute Poker cheating scandal. In case you don’t know, a few big-money players were found to have been able to play at the site with the ability to see opponents’ hole cards; the report estimates that the cheaters got away with in the neighborhood of $20M.

One of the key elements of the report is that the current owner of UB / AP is a former member of the commission in charge of investigating the scandal — a clear conflict of interest.

The only thing that has kept UB / AP from being blacklisted at The Online Casino Gambling Directory is the fact that they are taking steps to repay the players that were cheated by the cheaters.


Blacklisted: Villa Fortuna Casino and Eight Others

Villa Fortuna Casino, along with eight other Microgaming sites that were promoted by Grand Prive Affiliates, have been blacklisted at The Online Casino Gambling Directory for breach of contract with its affiliates.

  • Grand Prive Affiliates contracted with affiliates to have affiliates refer customers to various Microgaming sites (Bella Vegas, Fortune Junction, Jackpot Wheel, Jupiter Club, Lake Palace, Road House Reels, Casino Grand Bay, Grand Bay Poker). In exchange for referrals, affiliates were to be paid a percentage of the lifetime revenue generated by referred players (see bottom page at the above link).
  • Weeks ago, Grand Prive Affiliates went out of business, while the sites that they were associated with, and to which affiliates referred players, remain operational. However, the sites are no longer paying affiliates for revenue generated by previously-referred players. This is theft and breach of contract.
  • Villa Fortuna Casino, while not an original part of the eight Grand Prive-branded group of sites, is being run by the same outfit as that which operates the eight Grand Prive sites.

The net-net of all of this is that, in my opinion, these sites are not to be trusted with your money. If they are willing to steal from and breach their contract with affiliates, there is sufficient evidence to think that they are perfectly capable of doing the same to its players.

Trust me on this one… I’ve been in this business for years. Stay away from these nine sites.

Besides, there are plenty of other top-rated, trustworthy Microgaming casinos and Microgaming poker rooms available to you.

(Please note: Microgaming casinos and Microgaming poker rooms do not accept players from the United States. Wherever you live, please check your local, state, and provincial laws before you gamble online.)


NETeller Update for US Customers

Today, NETeller issued a press release that stated (in part) “that within the next 75 days it will announce a plan by which funds will be distributed to US customers”.

Just to make sure everyone understands, it has been two months since NETeller stopped servicing US customers. And now it will be two and a half more months before they announce a plan to pay us. I suspect that the plan will involve another 90 days before we get paid.

So let’s see… what’s 5% interest on the millions that they have in their coffers that they owe to us? I bet it is enough to pay for their legal troubles, at least.


Party Poker’s Inactive Account Fees

If you have any money in a Party Poker account and can no longer play at the site, you’ll want to get it out of there ASAP. The Party Poker Inactive Account Fee of $5 a month will be deducted from your account each month until all your money is gone.

After you take your money out of Party Poker, drop it into an online poker room that still takes US players, like Mansion, FullTilt, or PokerStars. These three sites take players from any state in the US, and offer at least a 100% bonus on your first deposit.

Note: Props to the ACPW for the heads up on this story.