Ever since the likes of Zynga came along with global phenomena like Farmville, the idea of social gaming has gradually taken off – and quite rightly, too. More and more players are discovering the sheer thrill of playing for the sake of it rather than to make some sort of second income, which is a testament to just how much fun casino gaming can be and proves that it’s a far more wholesome pastime than some doubters would have you believe.
The success of these applications, however, is something of a happy accident as US gaming laws make playing for money online so difficult that other ways of providing gaming to American citizens have been developed. It therefore comes as no surprise that Vegas World
is intending to roll out a real money version of its casino to non-US players in due course, but for the foreseeable future anyone can use it and enjoy playing for free and building up credits.
The look, feel and operation of Vegas World is reminiscent of a Facebook application in terms of styling: The bold, friendly and slightly brash look is somewhat cartoonish and almost childlike in places, despite the Vegas strip background in the lobby.
This makes total sense, though, as it’s meant to be all about fun – and a similar vein it’s extremely easy to use, being fully Flash-based and 100% instant play.
Upon logging in you’ll initially be a little confused as though you’re allowed to pick an avatar and start exploring the different rooms, you’ll have a guest login. To get a real one and sign up, use the blue Account Upgrade button on the top right. Reputation
Vegas World is less than a year old, but anecdotal evidence found on gaming user forums puts them ahead of the competition, with more 5-star reviews than any other rating. Needless to say, most online casinos stand or fall on their payout speeds, but this one doesn’t need to so there’s no need to worry about its jurisdiction, customer service record or any other traditional factors.Games
Playing games here requires virtual gems or coins rather than money, and you’ll be given plenty for free upon joining, though you’re allowed to buy more with real money if you wish. Whilst this may sound crazy at first, if you’re a regular visitor and want to send virtual gifts to your friends and do some serious socialising in the virtual nightclub and other public rooms it’s a very easy way to increase your balance.
You can, however, get gems by watching short videos from various sponsors as well, which is a very clever way for the site to keep itself afloat at no expense to you.
The games themselves are split into a number of categories:
The two blackjack options allow you to play alone, or in a group. Given that this is a social casino, the latter option is way more preferable and the formal, hushed atmosphere found in a typical online blackjack multiplayer virtual or live game is absent here: It’s all slightly cartoonish, whilst retaining enough Vegas hotel ambience to remind you that you’re a guest in a card room and not playing a kids’ video game.
There two videopoker games, again very different from those you’d find elsewhere: The classic Jacks or Better and Deuces Wild variants are offered, but sporting either a puppy or swimsuit theme which will appeal to fun players rather than serious career gamblers. It’s all very harmless but the essential functionality is still there.
Next up is a bit of a surprise: They’ve got genuine Texas Hold ‘Em on the menu here. Upon first glance we were expecting this to be a BlackjacShow More