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Microgaming – one of the best and largest online casino software developers is keeping releasing completely new games on the monthly basis, following their “New Games Rollout” campaign. It is probably the most efficient and productive software developer these days. Also May is not different from other months in this case, the new Isle of Man-based online games have been announced today. You may wonder at which point Microgaming will run out of ideas for their new online casino games, well it looks like they still have plenty of ideas for great games.

The recent release of Microgaming’s online casino games is exactly just in time with upcoming Halloween holiday. The ‘Johnny Specter’ video slot game invokes ghosts to speak. The classic 80’s movie ‘Ghost Busters’ is a well-know hit of past years, and after all sorts of merchandise and media, including a cartoon and television series, ‘Johnny Specter’ will be remembered and bring out some memories of old, great movie like ‘Ghost Busters’. By bringing the features of an expanding wild, free spins and bonus game multipliers it has become a classic American / Australian video slot combined together.

The next release, very similar however a little bit less scary than ‘Johnny Specter’ is the ‘Bob’s Bowling Bonanza’ video slot. This game also offers a wild, scatter, bonus game and a unique gamble feature of five reels and thirty pay-lines of fast-paced bowling action. The new feature is that whenever the Strike symbol shows up on 1, 3 or 5, then the reels will change into virtual bowling lanes. If strike is bowled it offers a 20x winnings bonus. Another feature gives players the possibility to double or quadruple their winnings.

‘Spike’s Nite Out’ is the last of the new video slot games which have been launched this month. This one is designed especially for dog lovers and offers fifteen pay-lines which cover five reels of canine inspired symbols. There players also find a wild, scatter and bonus offers, available also for low-rollers. You could play any coin between $0.01 and $0.20 and the most you can bet at once to cover all pay-lines is $30. In comparison to video slots of over $100 stakes, this one is pretty easy on the bankroll and could be very interesting not just for beginners.

Also the Microgaming’s Gold Series receives some of the new additions. This month it is ‘Multi-Hand Perfect Pairs European Blackjack’ which get the ‘gold”’status. The standard game of European Blackjack has been enhanced with a chance to make side bets on a ‘Perfect Pair’, ‘Colored Pair’ or even ‘Mixed Pair’, which is surely going to interest online blackjack players.

The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, or UIGEA in short, is the law governing online gambling in the United States. Hastily passed by Congress in 2006, this law will take effect in 2009.

This is one of the most unclear laws that we are aware of. It seem no one understands this law, except maybe some obscure Law Professors in arcane University libraries. For example some online poker rooms have decided to withdraw from the American market such as Party Poker, while others have not, such as PokerStars, which has not suffered (yet) from doing so.

This law does not make it illegal to gamble online, but it prohibits financial institutions to send money to online gambling websites. If so, why did some poker sites leave, while other remained? So it seems that all the burden for implementing this law is on the banks, which are reluctant to act as the police for online gambling.

In addition, it is far from clear what online gambling is. The law does not specify nor does it give a list of the companies conducting it, so that the burden would be even heavier on the shoulders of the banks if they are the ones supposed to determine which online company is offering online gambling, and which is not.

Gambling legality is a state not a federal issue, making this even more complicated. For example in Hawaii and Utah, gambling is illegal, whereas in California poker is legal as it has been declared a game of skill, hence not a game of chance.

The new president Obama is a poker player himself and it is expected that UIGEA will never see the light, as it was part of the “midnight drop”, a term depicting controversial laws passed by an outgoing administration.