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Branson Expanding Virgin Gaming iGaming Empire, by
Greg Tingle - 20th May 2010
Gaming, gambling and iGaming fans, have we got some
news hot of the press for you. Our bat phone has been
running hot hot hot!
the past few months Media
Man and Gambling911 have been keeping you updated
on all sorts of exciting developments at Richard Branson's
Virgin Group, namelyVirgin
Casino, Virgin Games, Virgin Poker, Virgin Bingo,
and offshoot, AWOMO (A World Of My Own), with a DGI
(Game Domain International) tie in. Last week Branson's
Virgin Racing also sponsored Full
Branson will unleash the Virgin return to the video
gaming sector at the E3 event in Los Angeles, USA,
understand that a hard launch is being orchestrated,
with Sir Branson, the one and only, in attendance.
Can't wait to see what the man and his army wear and
what sorts of stunts they have up their sleeve, but
Branson isn't usually one to disappoint.
was one of the most successful brands to have ever
competed in the video gaming industry, albeit over
a decade ago, but 2010 is looking to be a record breaking
year for the brands re birth, pardon the pun.
was one of the first pioneers - visionaries to see
the massive potential of computer software as a global
Virgin entertainment business, establishing Virgin
Games in downtown London circa 1984. He later moved
the core of the operation to Guernsey which has lower
overheads and is understood to be more igaming industry
Bit Of History
company acquired Mastertronic and rolled Sega's Master
System across the European region.
Europe continued to power along, then Virgin Interactive
1994 it lost its Virginity, being acquired by Blockbuster
for a cool $250 million, then was purchased by media
powerhouse Viacom (which owns about half the media
Interactive Entertainment reached its financial global
revenue peak in 1997, bringing home the bacon to the
tune of $210 million.
94 - 98 it shared market dominance with EA (Electronic
saw partners and affiliates come on board including
such greats Westwood, Bethesda, Capcom, LucasArts
2004 Virgin Games has been V's staple gaming brand,
other gaming ventures basically on ice... until now!
new gaming "start up" (of sorts), expected
to go public at E3 will see Virgin pro actively exploring
partnerships with publishers, content owners, and
you get the idea. The timing looks to be right with
'Avatar' type technologies all the rage, movies being
adapted to games in record time, and the availability
of broadband internet at reasonable prices.
console formats and more will see the big V feature
red hot games, both classics and newbies. Think Space
Invaders to Cleo to Avatar, and their cousins.
are calling for interactive slot games, tournaments,
TV and movie brands, and more casino and poker type
experiences, in addition to what they already enjoy.
expect some sort of firm announcement from Virgin
at the expo or soon after re return to the mainstream
fire up the consoles...Xbox Live, PlayStation Network,
multi-player PC gaming and more is just around the
corner from the man who brought you Virgin Records,
V Festival and Virgin Galactic... be excited... we
sure as hell are.
the moment Americans and Australians are not able
to play casino, poker or bingo games at Virgin, however
with the expansion of Virgin
Games, and the push to clear up any gray areas
in regions such as the U.S and down under in Australia,
the whole suite of Virgin Games may go global sooner
rather than later.
of sorts, PartyGaming - including PartyCasino
and poker brands, Betfair
are all said to be watching this space closely. Australia's
Fairfax Media, publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald
and News Limited, publisher of The Daily Telegraph
and The Australian, are also following for both potential
deal opportunities and in a journalistic (journalism)
capacity. Foxtel has only just got wind of the news,
putting out its own gaming related press release less
than 24 hours before this publication.
gamers and igamers... Tomb Raider, Rome Total War,
Cleopatra, Flatout, WarHammer Mark Of Chaos, Pain
Killer: Black Edition, maybe even Dan Dare and who
knows what surprises will be jumping out of your computer
once Team Branson turns on the turbo and blasts off
Virgin Galactic style. TNA Wrestling, Hulk Hogan,
Ric Flair, Bill Goldberg, UFC, NASCAR, F1 and Bull
Run are all understood to also want to talk turkey
and potential deals with Branson and 'V'.
Entertainment, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Playtech,
IGT, World Poker Tour, WSOP, SKY, Harrah's Entertainment,
Trump Casinos, Infinity Ward, Sony and Sega remain
tight lipped on the Virgin developments.
Games, AWOMO (A World Of My Own), bring in on... faster
than you can say Virgin Racing Inks Deal With Full
Tilt Poker! Read about the life and times of Branson
and his world of planes, trains and automobiles (and
spaceships) on the Media Man International website
portal. Hours of entertainment for free.
remains one of dozens of corporate tech and communications
giants seeking clarity on Australian censorship laws,
both online and offline.
Tingle is a special contributor for Gambling911
is primarily a media, publicity and internet portal
development company. Gaming is just one of a dozen
of industry sectors they cover
writer is has conducted business with a number of
arms of the Virgin Group and is a pro active member
of Virgin Unite
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Mega Joker Poker is played against the machine.
The objective of the game is to obtain a five-card
poker hand containing at least a pair of Kings
or better, up to the maximum of a natural Royal
Flush. See the ‘paytable’ below for
place a bet, and the machine gives you five cards.
You then choose the cards you want to hold, and
the cards you want to discard. The machine replaces
the cards you discard, leaving you with your final
hand. You win according to the rank of your hand.
All suits (spades, hearts, clubs, and diamonds)
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The game is played with a single deck of 52 cards,
plus one joker.
The joker is a wild card, and substitutes for
any other card to pay the maximum winning hand
The cards are shuffled at the start of every game.
How to play:
Bets are placed as coins in this game. The value
of coins can be changed by clicking on up and
down arrows on both sides of the ‘COIN’
A coin of $1 is set as bet by default when you
enter the game.
The minimum bet is $0.10 and the maximum bet is
The total bet amount is shown in the ‘BET’
box at the bottom of the game screen.
The value of coin you are playing is shown on
the ‘COIN’ symbol.
The minimum coin value is $0.10 and the maximum
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The number of coins being played is shown in the
‘COINS’ box; you may play between
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The number of coins can be increased by clicking
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in the paytable at the top of the screen. The
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The ‘BET MAX’ button automatically
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PAYTABLE - The machine pays out as per the paytable
shown at the top of the game screen. The prizes
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In the event of your win, the relevant row in
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should you play two coins at $5 and get a Flush
the paytable will highlight the second column
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Click ‘DEAL’ to receive five cards
You now have a choice to hold one or more cards
in your initial hand.
Clicking on a card will place a ‘HOLD’
symbol on that card. To remove the ‘HOLD’
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After making your selection, click ‘DRAW’.
The cards that are not held will be replaced,
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Your win is based on the combination of the final
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at the top of the game screen.
Your winnings are shown as dollars and cents in
the ‘WIN’ box at the bottom right
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The default bet for the next game is the same
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If your game balance falls below the last bet
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Click on 'RULES' button at the bottom left of
the game screen to view the game rules.
Click on the ‘GAMELOGS’ button to
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Click on ‘VERSION’ to view the current
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Click on ‘REBUY’ to buy in more credits
to the game balance from your PartyAccount.
To exit the game, click on ‘EXIT GAME’.
The paytable lists the prizes for winning hands.
Only the highest winning hand is paid.
All prizes shown in the paytable are shown in
coins. The ‘WIN’ box at the bottom
right of the game screen will show all prizes
paid in dollars and cents.