Many players in the US and Canada will be familiar with Rival software but I have never covered the games here at Online Casinos & Slots for a variety of reasons, not least as the sites providing the games have primarily faced the US market. Online gaming is not illegal in the USA but their banks and card companies are forbidden by law to action gambling transactions (with the exception of a few States), thus effectively denying the majority of a potentially huge American market the right to play online.
This didn’t stop offshore casinos offering gaming to the USA though but the European software companies, casinos and poker sites abandoned the market after the government siezed the assets and even arrested some personnel of these companies.
Since then, Rival and Realtime Gaming (plus the highly regarded proprietary 3Dice casino) have been the primary providers for their market. Operating from outside the US and in a ‘grey market’ obviously the safety of player funds and the payment of winners being constantly obstructed meant issues frequently arose. Still do in fact: a scenario whereby casinos could take deposits but find ‘issues’ in paying players out developed and unscrupulous operators took advantage. Big winners were frequently given the brush-off and winners also had accounts mysteriously closed and found themselves talking to the hand when chasing their cash.
The situation deteriorated so much that Rival themselves had to smarten up their act and even intervene to ensure their operators played fairly. This is one of the few cases where players’ only source of comeback was directly to the software provider as opposed to an effective regulatory body because of where the Rival casinos based themselves. To put it concisely, the reputation of Rival casinos was so bad that their name was associated in many quarters, especially online gaming forums, with the word ‘rogue’.
In fact it got so bad that when I was creating the vast database behind the Slots Comparer site, I decided to leave Rival games aside as there wasn’t a single casino I would have felt comfortable recommending to players. But now, many Rival games are available as stand-alone games which means
that any casino can licence them to complement an existing offering.
From a European and UK persepctive, Rival has always been available through ‘White Label’ sites, i.e. those permitted but not licensed directly in the player’s jurisdiction. Now though, in order to take players from the UK, the casino must have a UKGC license. This has greatly reduced access to Rival games but means that those Rival sites that are genuine are now the only ones you can play at legally. As of yet there are no UK-facing Rival casinos due to these new rules, but most other countries can play safely now.
Sure enough, now it’s 2015 tis means that there are casinos offering Rival games that are safe to play at, offer fast cashouts and good customer service. with Tropezia Palace and sister site Slots MillionÂ (which has over 1,100 slots!) being twoÂ examples.
This is good news, as many players will attest to how much fun the Rival slots all have bonus rounds, free-spins and even genuine skill-based bonuses in some instances. You won’t find the usual Microgaming 243-ways-to-win slots or any of the big movie slots at Rival, but games that have 15, 20, 25 or 50 paylines. They have recently released a new “Scary Rich” slot (no Â 3 in their series of the popular 50-line game).
If you have played Rival before, then you’ll know that their free-spin rounds do have a tendency to retrigger too. Many will also have ‘double layer’ bonus rounds like Reel Crime and Jacques Pot, whereby if you collect a few symbols in the free-spins, you will have a bonus round to add extra coins to your free-spins total.
So, it’s a good start to 2015 to be able to offer Rival casinos and games to the readers. Their RTP is pretty on par with the games you will be used to playing, although they don’t publish the information in the game details. Some are very generous, for example those with skill-bases bonus rounds can exceed 98%. It’s simple to identify them they are the ones that will be restricted on some sites when playing bonuses if you read the terms!
If you fancy change to your slotting, give them a try at one of the good casinos like Â Tropezia PalaceÂ and good luck!