Vegas Technology was an online casino software provider. It also operated some casino sites using its platform. This company may have been better known by its previous name OddsOn, a division of English Harbour.
This company had a great start. It won the “Top New Casino Software” award from Gambling Online Magazine in 2005. English Harbour and its sister sites were extremely popular. They accepted U.S. players through their entire existence. Some have speculated that this was a reason for the demise of the company.
In 2006, the troubles for this group started. Players caught the group spreading a rigged video poker game. The issue was with the double up feature after winning a hand. Players would lose twice as often as they won. This is impossible on a coin flip. English Harbour claimed the issue was an honest mistake. Many online casino portals and forums were willing to eventually forgive them.
While English Harbour was repairing its reputation, Golden Casino was busy angering players. In 2008, it started slow paying players. It blamed processing issues even though this was not a problem other online casinos were experiencing at the time. Golden Casino became Golden Casino Club and uses Top Game software now.
Accused Legitimate Players of Bonus Abuse
Players also started complaining about getting labeled as bonus abusers across multiple Vegas Technology sites. The sites excluded video poker from bonus wager requirements. Players would enjoy Let it Ride and Pai Gow while clearing bonuses, only to be told later the games were excluded as it was video poker. This was news to players since these games are listed under table games instead of video poker. Some players got stiffed due to this retroactive change of bonus terms.
OddsOn, known at the time as Vegas Technology, closed down on Aug 1, 2011. Payment processing conditions after U.S. online poker’s Black Friday are often cited for the closure. Players were given two weeks’ notice to withdraw their funds.
The notice announcing the closure on the websites had typos, a fitting end for an online casino group that had problems with player support and communications.
Back from the Dead
The Vegas Technology group has returned. It is now known as WGS Technology. This is not to be confused with WMS Technology, a U.S. slot machine manufacturer.
WGS Technology claimed that it was under completely new management and ownership when it relaunched. It landed some big names, including Intertops, the first online sports book in the world.
There have been some complaints about what seems to be the group’s flagship, Liberty Slots. The affiliate community and some players have speculated the site used the CasinoCoins email database. This was the affiliate program for the now defunct English Harbour. These emails started going out just a few months after English Harbour closed. This is important to affiliates because it could be argued that the site was closed down to move players away from affiliates to keep from having to pay revenue share. These accusations have never been proven.
Liberty Slots refused to identify its licensing jurisdiction. This has caused the online gaming industry to assume that it holds no license to operate at all. That landed the group in the rogue pit at Casinomeister.
Always research an online casino before depositing. This is especially true if it is a site using WGS Technology software.