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Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment is an online company formed in 2011 by the merger of Bwin Interactive Entertainment AG and PartyGaming plc. Some reports say the merger created the largest listed online betting firm in the world. bwin.party (officially stylized name) is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker: BPTY and is a member of the FTSE250 Index. The company boasts millions of customers worldwide and their proforma net revenue for 2011 was €816.0 million. Bwin.Party have over 3,000 employees and are regulated and license in multiple jurisdictions to include Gibraltar, Alderney, France, Denmark, and Italy.
Bwin (known then as Betandwin) was founded in 1997 and launched their first sports betting site online within a year of commencing business. They effectively moved their main operations to Gibraltar in 2001. They launched their first online casino gaming platform in late December of 2001 and entered the online poker market in mid 2004. In mid 2006, they launched their fully integrated brand, known as Bwin, that included sports betting, poker, soft games, and casino games.
PartyGaming was founded in 1997 as a network of gaming sites operated from the Caribbean (StarLuck, PlanetLuck, etc). The group took the name, iGlobalMedia, and eventually changed their name in 2005 to PartyGaming. Their inaugural poker site, PartyPoker.com, was launched in 2001. In 2006, PartyGaming launched an integrated platform with a central cashier. In the month between the passage and the signing into law of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) PartyGaming pulled out of the US market. At the time, they were the biggest online poker site in the world based on number of players and cash game revenue. In 2009, they agreed to pay the US government $105 million in order to avoid prosecution. PartyGaming has operated continuously outside of the US market. Many expect to see them return to the US upon normalization of poker laws.
The Bwin.Party brands now include Party Casino and bwin Casino, PartyPoker and bwin Poker, Foxy Bingo, PartyBingo and Gioco Digitale (bingo for the Italian market) sportsbetting through bwin, PartyBets and Gamebookers, financial spread betting through InterTrader, and the World Poker Tour with events around the globe and broadcasts into 150 countries and territories.
Casino games are available via a download casino client or in your browser. The download is under 10 MB and installs quickly depending upon your internet speed. One advantage to the download version is access to the Jackpot Raffle games that are otherwise not available. Mac and Linux users will need to use the no-download version. Real and demo modes are available for all games except progressives so practice play is allowed.
Players will find an entire suite of casino games developed by, or integrated into the bwin.Party platform at PartyGaming and Bwin Casinos. There are over 160 games on offer including a wide variety of online slot machine. Classic casino games include blackjack, roulette, RNG table pokers, video poker, baccarat, craps, and a good variety of fixed-odds and instant win games. Expect to see branded games like Godfather and Gone With The Wind as well as over 60 slots developed "in-house". Live dealer games are also available on the platform, but these games are provided by Evolution Gaming. Of course, a rousing game of poker is only a click away and PartyPoker is one of the most well known and talked about poker brands online. Other fun games developed by PartyGaming include backgammon, solitaire, and Yatzee.
Players will find plenty of games made for, or licensed by, bwin.Party such as the Marvel Jackpot slots developed by Nextgen. But there are also plenty of original PartyGaming video slots creations. One of their greatest creations to date is the staggering 50-line Sin City Slots based on the cartoons and movie by Frank Miller. The game does not pretend to be pretty, but rather it is a gritty affair featuring Free Spins, Multipliers, Wilds and Scatters. Symbols on the reels include some characters from the movie. The game boasts five distinct feature elements not found in any other slots game.
Payline choices range from a basic 5 reel, 9 line game like Magic Man Slots with a betting range of 0.01 to 450.00 per spin to the amazing jackpot slot, Loot'EnKhamun Slots with 243 possible ways to win in the main game and 1024 ways to win in free spins. Loot'EnKhamun features five jackpots; Blitz Cash Jackpot, Quick Cash Jackpot, Super Cash Jackpot, Mega Cash Jackpot, and Colossal Cash Jackpot. There are also about 20 other original jackpot games including the Jackpot Raffle series. Every 0.01 spin on a Jackpot Raffle slots game buys a single raffle ticket - a 2.00 spin buys 200 tickets. However, the Jackpot Raffle is not available for instant play games, you must log in through the download client to be eligible.
PartyGaming is licensed and regulated by the Government of Gibraltar and the company operates under many jurisdictions including Alderney, France, Denmark, and Italy. The casinos carry the eCOGRA seal of approval and all important transactions are handled over systems protected by Thawte Security. The casino games are tested and certified by iTech Labs and casinos post monthly reports of their audits on-site. This includes an archive going back 2 years for blackjack.
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