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Those of you familiar with poker these days are probably quite familiar with the name World Poker Tour; the name behind a series of international poker tournaments widely broadcasted on television, featuring countless professional players from around the world. What you might not have known is WPT not only has a poker dynasty including an online poker room; they now have an online casino as well.

First up, a peek at the Web site. The home page looked great, and while the rest of the site wasn't quite as pretty, it did a good job of providing information on the casino and poker room. Support was available via telephone (albeit not toll-free), and e-mail. The casino is available as a download-only, so Mac and other non-PC users are out of luck. I proceeded to download and register an account.

WPT was offering a 100% match bonus up to $100 for first deposits with a 25x slots-only playthrough requirement. I decided not to take the bonus this time around, and once I took a good look at the casino lobby, I was glad I didn't lock myself in to having to play that much. It wasn't because things looked bad - it was because there simply wasn't much to look at. At a time when the competition is often topping 100 games or more at their casinos, World Poker Tour had only 12 games. So few in fact, I'll go over each and every one of them right now.

Multi-Hand Blackjack:

If you're looking for a variety of 21 games or any variation on the classic game - you're looking in the wrong place. World Poker Tour offers one version of the game and one version only, Multi-Hand Blackjack. Fortunately, most players are ok with the normal rendition of the game, and there's nothing stopping a player from playing just a single spot at a time just because it's a multi-hand table - so the lack of variety with Blackjack in particular isn't really an issue.

Aesthetically, the game looked ok, with decent graphics rendered for the table, chips and shoe. The cards however looked a little 'old' on top of the table, dark in spots and bright in others (presumably to represent the lighting, but I'd argue making the cards look 'worn' instead.) A minor complaint though, and all in all it played well enough for a game of Blackjack.

European Roulette:

While most online casinos these days offer both American and European versions of the game - there's really no reason (at least from an odds perspective) to play at the American table; so having just the one option is again forgivable.

The Roulette table looked and played pretty well; with good animations, accompanying sound effects, and a decent pace. Some of the graphics and buttons may have been a little on the small side for some, but other than that it was a solid rendition of the game.

As far as the table games go, that was all Word Poker Tour Casino had to offer at the time of my review; no Baccarat, Craps, or any other games on the felt for that matter. The remainder of the games at WPT Casino were slot machines. There were ten of them in total (which I'll go over shortly - since there's really nothing else to review).

Bejeweled is an interesting game that plays similarly to traditional video slots, but with enough of a twist to make it feel like a different game altogether. The game board is comprised of an empty 5 x 5 grid, into which jewels fall from the top of the game until it's filled up (25 jewels in total). There are 10 paylines in total, but unlike most machines in which all the lines are horizontal (albeit some with some bends in there), 5 of these lines are completely vertical down each column in the grid.

Like traditional video slots, when 3 or more of the same symbol (or jewel in this case) line up in a row, the corresponding payout is won. There is also a wild 'Bejeweled' symbol which substitutes for any other symbol. Unlike traditional slots however, when a winning combination is made those winning jewels disappear, and gravity takes it course, allowing the jewels above the now empty spots to drop down into place. When that happens, more winning combinations may be made, and are paid out accordingly once again. This keeps happening until there are no more wins appearing on the board, which means a good 'spin' can keep the jewels dropping for a while.

Cubis is similar to the above mentioned Bejeweled, but the 'jewels' are replaced with cubes, and the game board adds a virtual third dimension into the mix. While the third dimension initially made it look a fair bit different, in reality a game plays out pretty much the same as it does on Bejeweled; only with 3 games at a time instead of one. There were a couple of other minor differences as well, a 'Wild Dice' cube that multiplies a winning bet if it makes up a part of it, and 'Bomb' cubes, which clear out non-winning cubes from the board (there are 3 different kinds of these; the Line Bomb, the Square Bomb, and the Nuclear Bomb, taking out either a line, an entire side, or the whole board).

Doctor Love is a more standard video slot machine, with 9 lines across 5 reels. Free spins are won when 3 or more scatter symbols land on the reels any given spin (10 for 3 scatters, 15 when 4 appear, and 20 free spins for all 5), and 'Dr. Love' himself substitutes for any other symbol (except scatter). Accompanying sound effects were few, with subtle reel sounds and horns blaring on every win.

Emerald Isle played similarly to Doctor Love, though themed with an 'Irish' look and feel. Reels featured lucky clovers, a Leprechaun, pots of gold, and a rainbow over clovers, with the remainder of the reels made up of 9, 10, J, Q, and K's. A bonus round is triggered when a Leprechaun lands on reels 1 and 5, and a free game feature when 3 or more scatters landed consecutively left to right (not anywhere as is often the case with scatter bonuses).

Millionaires Club (9 line) offered the only 'big' progressive jackpot in the bunch, and looked significantly different than the previous two video slots - having the appearance of a 'real' classic slot machine (only with 5 reels instead of 3). Despite the appearance It still played like a video slot, with 9 paylines, a bonus round, and a lot more sound effects that you'd find on traditional machine slots. Other Cryptologic casinos may offer the original version of the game, a 3 reel machine, but WPT currently only offers the 9-line.

Platinum Pyramid was a fairly straight forward video slot, with 5 reels, 20 lines, and an ancient egyptian theme. 5 to 15 free spins can be won when 3 or more scatter symbols (pyramids) appear during a spin.

The Hulk & Thor are two of the Marvel Slots exclusively available at Cryptologic casinos, each themed with their own respective super-hero and related items, and each featuring what are called 'rapid fire jackpots'. Rapid fire jackpots are basically miniature progressive jackpots, which stay relatively small simply because they pay out much more frequently than most.

Barnyard Boogie and Northern Lights were two more pretty run-of-the-mill slot machines, each with 5 reels, 9 lines, and a bonus game available.

While Bejeweled and Cubis both offered some novelty that managed to keep me amused for a while, nothing else really blew me out of the water as far as their presentation or 'fun factor' went. Most of the slots could be played with coin denominations as low as 5 or 10 cents, and up to a maximum of $5 to $20 per coin depending on the machine.

And that's ALL the games that were available at World Poker Tour. 12 in total, 10 slot machines and 2 table games.

When it was all said and done I managed to lose my deposit after a run of bad luck alternating between the two Marvel games, but I've become so accustomed to having more to choose from I was hard pressed to spend any more time playing anyway (not that I would have complained about a win).

Would I recommend World Poker Tour to my readers? For their poker perhaps, but with so few games to choose from I can't really recommend bothering with the casino, at least until they add a LOT more to their gaming arsenal.

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World Poker Tour's Casino Lobby

WPT Casino Lobby

WPT Blackjack

World Poker Tour Blackjack

Roulette

Roulette

Roulette Bets

Roulette Bets

Bejeweled Video Slot

Bejeweled Video Slot

Cubis

Cubis

Doctor Love Slot

Doctor Love Slot

Emerald Isle

Emerald Isle

Emerald Isle Bonus Round

Emerald Isle Bonus Round

Millionaires Club

Millionaires Club

Platinum Pyramid

Platinum Pyramid

The Hulk Video Slot

The Hulk

Thor Slot

Thor Slot

WPT Casino Strong Points:
  • A solid name and reputation in the gaming industry.
  • The few games they had played pretty well.
Things WPT Casino Could Improve:
  • They need a LOT more games to be competitive as a full-fledged online casino.

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