We had hoped these last few months would make a period of relative calm in the industry, at least when rogue reports are concerned. But this world of ours is never dull, and bad guys never rest. Just as we begin to relax thinking everything is nice and peaceful, they jump right out of their dark lairs to torture us with their fake games, perpetually offline support and confusing terms that are, by some strange coincidence, always open to interpretation.
Our sister site CasinoListings.com has recently caught Vegascasino.io offering pirated software to customers. A thorough report was published on their web page complete with screenshots of counterfeit slots for posterity. They were prompted to investigate the site after one of their members posted his suspicions on the forums. This member found it highly unusual that he never managed a single withdrawal request despite the fact that he had deposited over 1850 mBTC within a short period. Also, the site offered no promotions other than the welcome first deposit bonus, and some of their games had minimum denominations set very high, especially when compared to the same games at other bitcoin sites. His concerns seemed valid for sure, and so Casino Listings team set out to expose the truth.
The Proof is in the Pudding
While looking at the list of popular games, one slot caught their attention immediately. A single most pirated release out of the entire global offering, it really shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. You've guessed correctly - it was Book of Ra slot from Novomatic. Of course, a single glance at a still image won't reveal much of anything, so how did they know it was a pirated version straight away? Because Greentube, the official provider of Novomatic software, does not offer the option of in-game bitcoin wagering. As far as we know, there are no licensed distributors of Novomatic slots that allow betting using bitcoin currency. Therefore, it is safe to say that a bitcoin-exclusive casino cannot possibly have genuine Novomatic games.
Furthermore, the interface of the game did not match that of the genuine release. Betting options, game settings, and other buttons appeared displaced, located at the bottom instead of on top of the screen above the reels, where they should have been.
The final piece of evidence detected was in the domain Book of Ra. Instead of the official Greentube domain nrgs-b2b.greentube.com.mt, they tracked the fake version back to an unknown location containing obscure info and no indication of being connected to Novomatic in any way: mi1.thegameprovider.com.
We were in the middle of our investigation of VegasCasino.io when Casino Listings published a report. Logging in to the casino's site, we couldn't believe our eyes: fake games were gone! They must have seen the report and promptly removed the slots to avoid trouble. However, it's too late since they are already busted anyway, and there are means to prove it.
Next to Book of Ra, the site offered several other Novomatic slots: Lord of the Ocean, Beetle Mania Deluxe, Lucky Lady's Charm. They were quietly removed, but still, we managed to track down a certain software provider coingaming.io, that we believe supplies pirated software to bitcoin casinos. What we noticed was that Play N Go slots (which appear genuine), offered by Vegascasino.io point to this domain, where you can also find Playtech's Pink Panther and Novomatic's Lord of the Ocean, the same slots found at the casino. This so-called provider does not have licensing information mentioned anywhere on their webpage.
Below you'll find screenshots that show the implicating software offered by CoinGaming.io complete with the option of bitcoin currency betting.
Wrapping it Up
You already know what we're about to say, don't you? That's right: stay away from VegasCasino.io. This latest incident aside, they never had a proper license, to begin with. We don't know where the site is based either since they never bothered to show registered office information. It gets worse when the terms and conditions mention ''the exclusive jurisdiction of the Panama courts'' - there are no official regulatory bodies in Panama that govern online gambling.