WMS Gaming Inc
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Waukegan, Illinois based WMS has roots in the entertainment industry dating back to the early 1940's when they began providing pinball machines for the American arcade market. Their first reel spinning slots came out in 1991 and soon after they began to give the big makers like IGT a run for their money. Today WMS has manufacturing and development facilities in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain and the United Kingdom. With the advent of regulating gaming in Europe and elsewhere, it is no surprise that they have evolved to offer a good variety of slots games online. Many of the features we enjoy about online slots came from the developments labs of WMS for use in their land based slot machines.
The WMS entry into the volatile online market has been a cautious one and we currently see them focused in the UK with slots available at Jackpot Party Casino - which unfortunately only serves the UK market at this time. This is bound to change in the near future as the global market is simply too huge for them to sequester their innovative and highly competitive games. Jackpot Party is licensed in Alderney. Games and best casino practices are tested and assurances procured from GLI - Gambling Laboratories International, TST - Technical Systems Testing, and RGA – The London and Brussels based Remote Gambling Association whose members are all licensed to offer gambling games in Europe.
Some titles players may be familiar with include "Top Gun", "The Wizard of Oz", "Men in Black", "Match Game", "Hollywood Squares", "Clint Eastwood", "Green Acres", "Dukes of Hazzard", "Powerball", "Star Trek" and The Lord of the Rings. Licensing arrangements are constantly changing and several developers may have an agreement to produce these games at the same time. As of this writing there are 49 WMS slots games available online. Expect that number to grow significantly. Perhaps the two most popular games today are The Wizard of Oz, and the highly volatile Bruce Lee slots.
WMS progressive jackpots are not symbol driven, rather they can be awarded to any player at any time. However, the larger wagers have proportionately better chances of triggering the jackpot. All a player needs to do to be eligible for these huge prizes is to play a WMS game. Jackpots are triggered at certain “Star” levels with no Stars paying a little and each progressive Star up to 4 Stars awarding more. Players progress through a system of choice to advance the value of a jackpot and can win at any level. The jackpots seem to grow at a slower rate than many other progressive jackpots, but this is simply because the network pool is only being contributed to by players at a single casino - rather over 100 casinos as would be the case with Microgaming progressives. This alone is reason enough for players to exert market pressure by requesting WMS to expand the number of casinos that carry their brand.
The slots games have a unique graphical user interface that is repeated throughout the entire suite of slots games making them easy to understand and to play. Controls on the user console include easy access to help and pay tables, an adjustment for coin size, and several displays such as total bet, total lines bet, and latest win, etc. In addition to slots, players will find a whole litany of casino games available including Baccarat, Video Poker, Pai Gow Poker, table pokers and other card games, Blackjack, instant win and fixed odds games.
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