History of Microgaming Software
After launching the first online casino software in 1994, Microgaming has taken the lead in introducing several innovative features in online casino gambling. In 1998 Microgaming launched Cash Splash, the first wide area progressive jackpot online pokie. In 2002 another progressive jackpot online pokie, Major Millions, was the first to pay over a million credits in a single hit. In 2004 Microgaming launched the first branded slot game at online casinos. This was Tomb Raider based on the Eidos arcade game. In 2005 Microgaming released 100-hand video poker games. The same year it tied up with Spin3 for the release of casino games on mobile phones. In 2006 the Mega Moolah multi-tier progressive pokie went live. The same year live dealer casino games were launched to give players a more realistic casino experience. In 2013 Microgaming partnered with Playboy to add value to its live dealer product.
Microgaming has continuously being upgrading the administrative features at its online casinos. In 1999 it introduced PlayCheck at all its online casinos. This feature allows players to check their entire gaming history automatically. This was followed by CashCheck that allow players to track their financial history. In 2001 multi-language casino software was introduced so that players could play in their own language.
In its history of 30 years Microgaming has won several awards from some of the most reputed organizations associated with online casino gambling. Microgaming has also played a lead role in player protection through its association with eCOGRA and Interactive Gaming Council.
Microgaming Pokies Selection
Microgaming offers a very large selection of online pokies. The pokies are classified into two main groups, classic pokies and video pokies. Classic pokies are 3-reel pokie machines that resemble the early land casino pokies. Australian online casino players would find two special types of classic pokies very interesting. The first is the Mega Spin pokies. In these pokies you can spin a number of reels sets at the same time. This makes the game play more exciting and considerably faster. The other special category is fruit machines. These offer additional features like nudge, hold and cash ladder.
Most of the current additions to the pokies portfolio are taking place in video pokies. These are 5-reel pokies that weave around a theme and have attractive bonus features. The themes include sports, mythology, festivals and many others. The bonus features include free spins and second screen bonus games. The quality of graphics, visuals and audio in Microgaming video pokies is top class. Some of the titles that are extremely popular at Australian online casinos are Tomb Raider, Thunderstruck, Avalon II, Gold Factory and Immortal Romance. Many of the latest video pokies are in the 243 ways to win format in which like symbols appearing on any spots in adjacent reels result in winning combinations.
Some classic pokies and video pokies have progressive jackpots. The most popular are the Mega Moolah, Major Millions and Cash Splash networks. Microgaming progressive jackpots are paid out in their entirety through a single check immediately after verification.
Microgaming Branded Pokies
Microgaming introduced branded pokies with Tomb Raider, based on the Eidos arcade game featuring Lara Croft. This was quickly followed by a sequel to Tomb Raider and Hitman. Though these pokies were instant hits, and are still popular, Microgaming did not then move into branded pokies in a big way. There were occasional releases like The Osbournes and Hellboy. Microgaming returned to branded pokies with the iconic Lord of the Rings. Unfortunately this title had to be withdrawn because of legal issues faced by the brand owner.
Over the last few years Microgaming has been hitting the pedal on the branded pokies front. Two pokies were released based on the Batman trilogy from Warner Brothers title The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. The Dark Knight is networked to the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot. The Playboy branded pokie features sexy Bunnies, each of whom offers her own special free spins package. The pokie also displays luxury status symbols commensurate with the Playboy brand. Terminator 2 was a Hollywood blockbuster starring Arnold Schwarzenegger that won four Academy Awards. During the free spins the reels expand from 243 ways to 1024 ways. Jurassic Park recreated some scenes of breath taking natural beauty that have been incorporated in the branded pokie game. Also the dinosaurs, including T-Rex, come alive on the screen and present attractive free spins. Game of Thrones is based on the hit HBO television series. The struggle for the Iron Throne is brought on the reels with four of the Houses wooing players with free spins packages.
Microgaming Video Poker Selection
Microgaming offers over 15 basic video poker variants that are all available in the single hand format. Some of the more popular titles include Aces and Faces, All American, Bonus Poker, Deuces Wild, Jacks or Better, Joker Poker and Louisiana Double. Deuces Wild and Joker Poker are played with wild cards. Microgaming offers multi-hand video poker variants as separate games under the Power Poker series. Not all, but many, of the basic variants are offered as multi-hand games. Power Poker video poker games are available in 4-hand, 10-hand, 50-hand or 100-hand versions.
Microgaming video poker games offer a number of customization options. You can choose from four speed settings. If you are playing the 50-hand or 100-hand Power Poker it is recommended that you opt for Fastest setting. The Auto Hold feature automatically marks to hold cards that form a winning combination. The Double option is available after each win.
Jackpot Deuces and SupaJax are progressive jackpot video poker games. In Jackpot Deuces the progressive jackpot is hit with a diamond royal flush only. In SupaJax the progressive jackpot is hit with four jacks and the special SupaJax card. Microgaming also offers the unique Level-Up video poker series with a few common variants. You have to place the wager for four hands in the beginning. If you win in the first hand you are allowed to progress to the second one with doubled payouts. The same applies to the next two levels. Should you lose at any level the game ends but you collect the amount won that far.
Other Microgaming Casino Games
The latest Microgaming blackjack games are from the Gold Series, which offers a more elegant playing environment. It includes the variants from the regular series and also some other innovative online blackjack games. The standard blackjack variants that follow land casino rules without any frills are European Blackjack, Vegas Strip Blackjack and Atlantic City Blackjack. There is a progressive blackjack game called Triple Sevens. Hi Lo 13 European Blackjack offers an interesting side bet on the hand value being more or less than 13. Blackjack Redeal allows you to redeal certain cards or certain hands for a cost. Other popular blackjack variants offered at Australian Microgaming online casinos are Pontoon, Double Exposure and Spanish 21.
Microgaming also offers a number of online roulette variants, the latest of which are from the Gold Series. The roulette games that follow land casino the rules are European Roulette, American Roulette and French Roulette. Roulette Royale is a progressive jackpot roulette game. Premium Roulette offers advanced features. Microgaming also offers a multi wheel roulette variant in which you can spin a number of wheels at the same time.
The other table games include craps, baccarat and a variety of card games based on poker. Popular at Australian online casinos are 3 Card Poker, Triple Pocket Poker, Cyberstud Poker and Poker Pursuit. Some card games are offered in the multi hand format, where you can play a number of hands against the dealer’s hand. Keno and scratch cards are also offered at Microgaming Australian casinos.
Microgaming is one software provider that regularly hosts multiplayer tournaments at its Australian online casinos. In these tournaments players compete against each other, with those highest ranked on the leader board sharing the prize pool. Most of these online tournaments are held in pokies, but a few are held in blackjack as well. Microgaming pokie tournaments are played on some of the most popular video pokies. The interface of these pokies has been restructured by Microgaming to suit tournament play. Information like leader board position, chip balance and time left are displayed on the screen.
There are different types of pokies tournaments offered by Microgaming. The ones with the smallest prize pools run on a daily basis. Then there are tournaments that run every week and a few that run every month. From time to time Microgaming also hosts pokies tournaments that run across all its casinos and offer massive prize pools. Some Microgaming tournaments are decided in one round, whereas others are played over multiple rounds with the elimination between each round.
One of the more popular Microgaming tournaments is the Monthly Monster. It usually begins on the last Monday of each month. The Monthly Monster has a prize pool of $25,000 with the top 25 players winning $1,000 each. The entry fee is $25 and players get a starting stack of 9,000 coins and a playing time of 14 minutes. The details of all running tournaments are available in the Tournaments section of the Game Lobby at the Microgaming Australian online casinos.