|Online casino review site Oggs.com has announced that RTG-powered iNetBet.com came tops in its awards for the best Internet casino site of 2007 followed closely by Microgaming-powered NostalgiaCasino.com.|
Oggs.com annual awards list covers online casinos, operators and games from every major region with awards for, among others, best casino, best new casino, best group and best new slot game.
The judging panel stated that, in an environment made difficult due to America’s Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) legislation, iNetBet.com had ‘clearly demonstrated that a reputable casino operator with best of class customer service will distinguish itself from the rest and come out on top’.
Online casinos ClubUSACasino.com and Intertops.com received honorary mentions sites that have worked hard to provide the American market with good service and acceptable banking alternatives.
The award for the best UK casino went to VirginGames.com and was based on customer service and games.
'Relatively young in online gaming terms, Virgin’s casino keeps things simple, providing fast cash outs, an expanding choice of games and a brand that is a high street name while at its backend is the WagerWorks software,' read the judges’ citation.
Praise was also given to runner-up, Casino.Ladbrokes.com, which uses Microgaming software with slot tournaments and live dealer plug-ins.
The best new casino award went to GlobetCasino.com, which was recently launched on the Microgaming platform. Already an established brand, the site is primarily known for its sportsbook operation. Using its own banking system means casino players enjoy quick cash outs and the flexibility to switch funds quickly between accounts, bypassing the Microgaming 'reverse pending' delay. Globet offers over 300 games and, in spite of a relatively low-key launch, is gaining popularity quickly.
Coming second was PlayboyCasino.com, which was previously operated by Ladbrokes on the Microgaming platform. Now associated with Partnerlogic and using Cryptologic gaming software, the site offers players an increased choice of games running on a reliable infrastructure with good customer support, regular exclusive promotions and quick cashouts using the Ecash system.
The Casino Action Group of online casinos won the award for the best group thanks to its group-wide loyalty and rewards program and improved levels of customer service.
The award for the Best New Slot Game 2007 was highly contested and was won by Hitman, which is based on the popular Eidos game and carries the game's licensed branding.
It is available at all Microgaming-based casinos and last month saw the release of a Flash version of the game.