Rival Gaming has come out with a fresh five reel, 20 payline online slot game, and it aims for the nostalgic jugular with gusto. Candy Cottage focuses on the Hansel and Gretel story book tale. Choosing this particular theme is incredibly savvy – it is one of the world’s most famous Brothers Grimm fairy tale, so world wide identification becomes par of the course.

Starting with an opening clip, Hansel and Gretel wander through the forest till they come across the story’s title’s Candy Cottage, where they come face to face with the evil witch and their destiny.

Game icons are flawlessly aligned with the Hansel and Gretel / candy motif. Online players will discover bright and sharply drawn Bread Baskets, Ducks, Chocolates, Sweets, Candy, Jelly Beans not to mention the intrepid siblings, Hansel and Gretel, and the wicked Witch. And who can forget this story’s timeless set piece, the Furnace, which here in this online slot also takes center stage and operates as this online slot’s expanding wild symbol.

Various other icons include the Candy Cottage symbol which activates ten free spins with a 3 times multiplier. Also, the Cage symbol triggers an added bonus game should you land 3 or more. Players will be whisked away to a second screen to discover that the evil witch wants to add a few pounds to Hansel’s girth. She tosses sweets in the air, and it’s your job to move Hansel in order that he gets as many of the pieces of candy in his trap as you possibly can. The goodies eaten by Hansel are ultimately converted into bonuses.

One nice aspect that sets this slot apart from its brethren is its sterling animation – the bars of chocolate gets bitten, jelly beans jump up and down wildly and the furnace doesn’t just expand but then lights up, flames a lickin’. You can bet up to 10 coins per payline (200 coins maximum per spin), and coin range can be anywhere between $.01 to $.25. This game’s maximum jackpot of twenty five hundred coins can be as much as a mammoth $6250.

March 10, 2010

It’s official – Party Poker has announced the exotic locale and upcoming dates for the Women’s World Open IV.

London’s the place, Mar. 23 – Mar. 24’s the dates.

This exciting competition – with a noticeably feminine slant – will be composed of twenty-four strong female players. It’s a $3000 buy-in, with a guaranteed prize pool of $72,000K. Expect 6 pros to make it to the event’s final table.

Already committed to the estrogen-laden match made in heaven are Team PartyPoker.com’s Kara Scott along with Annette Obrestad. Women’s World Open III winner, Aisling Collins as well as that tournament’s 2nd place finisher, Kim Wooka, also joins them. And that’s where things are going to get really interesting: Aisling Collins’ remarkable play in last year’s Women’s World got her the vocal support of that event’s star commentator, Annette Obrestrad. Now, in 2010, these two go head to head! And if that’s not enough drama, throwing last year’s runner up, Kim Wooka, into the mix, is sure to make this event one helluva matchup!

I, for one, can’t wait.

Other confirmed poker pros include Laurence Grondin, Shelley Rubenstein, Stefanie Bergener, Christine Klecz, Pippa Flanders, Maria Demetriou along with Women’s World II winner Soraya Homam.

March 9, 2010

Ukash users now get a chance to secure a slot in the European Poker Tour event that occurs from April 15 to April 21. Besides winning that slot, one fortunate Ukash user will win a great all-expense paid trip to Italy’s San Remo, consisting of transportation, lodging and extra cash. Ukash is the globe’s premier prepaid provider, perfect for all those players who would rather make their first deposit with good old-fashioned money. Ukash exists at more than 310,000 locales spanning twenty nine nations.

The European Poker Tour San Remo will take place over a week’s time from April 15 to April 21.

All during the month of March, Ukash depositors can type in the promotional code “UKASHSR”, and they’ll be entered in to a free roll towards the end of the calendar month, and eligible to secure a spot for the event.

A year ago, a 20-year-old university student from Amsterdam, Constant Rijkenberg, won the 1,177 gambler wide function, pocketing 1.5M as well as ther E.P.T. champion title in the process.

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