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Online casino slots.

Arthur Prudent

What can online casino offer to fans of slot machines? Well, practically everything, that real halls can, plus something more than that. But before we look into online slot machine halls, let s give a meaning to several notions. One-handed gangsters have been divided into two categories called slots and video slots (meaning a slot of a coin-receiver). Classical slots represent three mechanic barrels with a possibility to play on 1-5 lines. Video slots are a video screen 3x5 with the game on 9-30 lines with rich additional bonus possibilities.

One can find both kinds of playing machine in an online casino. From the point of view of the games quantity and their functional possibilities online games do not yield (and to some degree they may exceed) to offline ones. The doubtless leader in the slots quantity and quality is the Microgaming software. The downloaded versions suggest up to 180 kinds of different slot machines, classic ones and video slots in about equal parts. The classic slots suggest a game from 1 to 5 lines. There can be up to 10 plays with progressive jackpots which average sums vary from 5 thousand to more than one million dollars. The first 9-line video slots appeared several years ago. The play Tomb raider (that is known thanks to the computer game and the film Lara Croft, tomb plunder ) still holds much favour. Lara s picture of 4 floors height can even be seen in the company Microgaming office. After that 20- and even 30-line video slots appeared. The video slots provide with an opportunity to win free o f charge bonus rounds including prize multiplication, additional bonus games, the possibility to risk and double the win, jackpots of hundred thousand dollars. The maximum prize of such games is usually $40-200 thousand. There are of course wild and bonus symbols, animation that is all the variety of possibilities for what the players love video slots. Besides, the player can set the quantity of games and then games start will be conducted automatically.

The second place would be rather given to the casino with the soft of the company Criptologic . Recently they have concluded a treaty with a popular comics publisher the company Marvel and have already created more than ten video slots with popular comics heroes (we know, for example, such personages as Hulk and Spiderman). All in all, the casino suggests more than 50 classical video slots, covering 9-20 lines with the abundance of possibilities. Another unique possibility, provided for payers of the British casino William Hill is the availability of English fruity slot-machines that function with an opportunity of pushing the drum in order to make it move for a little while giving a player the winning combination. At the moment when I m writing these lines jackpot on the video slot Millionaires Club exceeds $3,5 ml., that is twice as much as the previous record for the on-line casino. When you receive a current issue of the journal, the jackpot will either reach th e sum of $4 ml. or it will be hit and consequently it will constitute its original sum of $400 thousand.

Such producers of slots as RTG and Playtech yield a little as to the diversity of slots (but not as to their functionality). There are classical slots and video slots with diverse functions and jackpots including the ones at one million dollar. Only the Boss Media out of five provider leaders yields a little its competitors as to the quality of slots, but they too possess video slots, at least for nine lines and without a full abundance of possibilities.

While evaluating slots online, it is necessary to consider such a burning question as the percentage of payment. Unfortunately, in spite of the numerous players requests the absolute majority of casinos do not show the laid into the game percentage of payment. However, one can try to estimate it. For example, the casinos with the software from Microgaming and Criptologic publish monthly common payment percentages, notarized

As a conclusion, I want to mention that an online casino represents a very wide choice of different kinds of playing machines that do not yield with their functional characteristics to those ones you can see in playing rooms. The pluses of the online playing are more comfort conditions, wide range of stakes, the presence of bonuses that can double your means for playing. Besides, some casinos give the information about payments in pawn and the honesty guarantee that is difficult to see in real world. So, if someone decides to play slots in an online casino (s)he won t regret it.

PA&E staff pounds the beat - Entrances - variety of drums found at Toronto`s Muhtadi International Drumming Festival, Ontario - Brief Article

Performing Arts & Entertainment in Canada , Autumn, 2002

It used to be enough to be able to tell a bass from a snare, but with the growth of African and Latin music in Canada, we`re hearing more shapes and sizes of percussion instruments than you can shake a drumstick at. PA&E stopped in at Toronto`s Muhtadi International Drumming Festival last June to brush up on our drum talk, and here`s what we found out.

You can stand up to play the djembe, like the members of Bolo Kelen, or sit, like Njacko Backo. This powerful, resounding drum from West Africa - also used in the Caribbean - has acquired the cool quotient with a young generation of urban buskers that the bongo did with the Best generation.

Most of Njacko Backo`s students prefer the main drum of his homeland of Cameroon, the angular toumkak. You may have noticed that the second from the left favours the djembe, though.

The cylindrical dunun is used in the traditional Malinke-style percussion of Guinea, the form favoured by the members of Bolo Kelen. The group`s name means "one skin" in the Malinke language.

Next time you bump into a Brazilian-style samba band (like Escola de Samba, directed by Alan Hetherington, pictured here), you`ll be able to tell that the folks at the front of the pack are producing that high-pitched rat-a-rat on tamborims. Just behind, the ding-ding-ding sound comes from the clustered bells of the agogo, and that rhythmic metallic rattling is the sound of the chocalho. Last to pass will likely be the bigger drums: the repique or repenique, worn on a shoulder strap, and the big booming hipslung surdo that you may have seen in soccer rooting sections.

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