Swedish software developer Net Entertainment NE AB launched Cherry Casino (www.cherrycasino.com) this week rolling out their new InstaPlay technology. The company says the new feature “will revolutionize the no-download Java gaming experience and catapult online gaming into the next century.”
Net Entertainment created InstaPlay in an effort to combine the advantages of downloadable casino software with the advantages of a Java casino. Instead of waiting for the Java games to download into the browser each time you go to the site, InstaPlay allows your browser to automatically recall the game and load it nearly instantaneously.
“InstaPlay effectively allows a user to play the games they desire immediately and without occupying much of the computer’s hard drive or disk space,” says a Net Entertainment press release. “The freedom that follows with this technology will change the way Java games are delivered and negate the benefits of downloading 15 MB of entertainment software onto the consumer’s home PC.”
Downloadable casino software can take up to 45 minutes to download, but allows you to play the games at a moment’s notice. Java games don’t require any space on your hard drive, but usually take a considerably longer time to initialize each time you want to play. InstaPlay does not need to be downloaded; it installs automatically once the user indicates he or she wants this feature and allows the initialization of the Java games to occur within seconds.
All of Cherry Casino’s games will carry the InstaPlay option. The selection of games on Cherry Casino includes blackjack, roulette, slots, video poker, keno, scratch tickets, pull tabs, and a stylized horse racing game.
CherryCasino.com is licensed to operate as an Internet casino by the country of Costa Rica.
GoCorp Closes AusVegas
Australian public company GoCorp officially closed the doors of its AusVegas Internet casino yesterday, one week after the Australian Government passed a retroactive Net gambling moratorium.
“It is our belief that the Moratorium Bill has been enacted and it would be unwise for us to continue to operate,” said John Auld, General Manager of Gaming & Customer Service at AusVegas.
Auld gives his assurance that players’ accounts will be fairly settled. “I sincerely thank all our players who have visited and played AusVegas since we opened. They certainly are great people and I would like to reiterate that AusVegas will refund all online terbaik players who have cash in their player’s purse and are entitled to a refund. AusVegas will be in contact with all our players over the next few days.”
Below is a reprint of the information currently displayed on the AusVegas site:
SITE TEMPORARILY CLOSED
Unfortunately, the Australian Federal Government’s retrospective bill, the Interactive Gambling (Moratorium) Bill 2000 has been enacted. Based on legal advice, the Directors of GOCORP (GOCORP is the public company that operates AusVegas Casino) have formed a view that the Bill is so broad in its interpretation, that key aspects of our Casino business will be directly impacted.
It would therefore be unwise for AusVegas Casino to continue to operate in its current form given the risks associated with any breach of this legislation. The company is currently exploring other options and it is our intention to keep you, our valued customer, informed on what eventuates as soon as possible.
If you currently have a cash player account with AusVegas Casino, we will be closing your cash account and refunding your purse balance (if applicable) over the next few days. The refunds will be processed using your designated withdrawal method and personal details, which you have provided AusVegas Casino upon registration.
AusVegas Casino would like to thank you, our valued customer, for the support and loyalty you have demonstrated in our first seven months of operation. As soon as our future direction is clarified, we will contact you.