Review of Jackpot Party
Owned and operated by the esteemed WMS Industries Inc., Jackpot Party is a fully instant play online casino that has been granted a highly regarded Alderney gaming license. Jackpot Party offers a selection of land casino slot machine favourites such as The Wizard of Oz™, Star Trek™, Zeus™ and Bruce Lee&trade, along with many more.
Sadly Jackpot Party was sold By WMS Alderney to SkillOnNet Ltd on February 18, 2014. Players are able transfer their balances over to a new site called Slots Magic, or have their balances paid out if they do not wish to transfer over. As such we are marking Jackpot Party as closed.
The rich history of WMS Industries
WMS is a leading company in the interactive amusement industry that has been in business since 1943. If you are my age you probably played or saw Williams or Bally branded pinball machines like The Twilight Zone or The Addams Family. In fact, if you take a look at the top 10 highest rated solid state pinball machines of all time you’ll see that Williams or its subsidiary Bally manufactured 9 of them. WMS and its subsidiaries were also responsible for arcade video game classics such as Defender, Stargate, Robotron, Joust, Mortal Kombat and NBA Jam. WMS moved into the slot machine business in 1994 with its first slot Reel ’em In!®™, and since then has successfully produced many slot machine hits. In short, these guys know a lot about making fun gaming machines!
Exclusive games and jackpots
The number one attraction of the Jackpot Party casino is undoubtedly the exclusive WMS games, many of which you simply cannot play anywhere else online. These are the same games that have thrilled players in Las Vegas casinos for the last two decades. You can play the likes of the aforementioned The Wizard of Oz, Star Trek, Zeus, and Bruce Lee right now, with many more on the way.
The quality of the slots is in a word, superb. The graphics and sound are excellent and the features offered by the various machines including stacked wilds, free spins, bonus rounds, scatters and more offer good variety. Each of these slot machines is linked to the Jackpot Party progressive jackpot. Offered at five different levels, the jackpot is awarded randomly and can be won by any player, no matter what bet size they play at.
In addition to the exclusive slot machines, Jackpot Party features a smallish collection of table games including Baccarat, a few Blackjack variants, Pai Gow Poker, Caribbean Stud, 3 Card Rummy, Let’em Ride, Video Poker, American and European Roulette and Keno. The interesting thing about these games is that they are all provided by RTG software, unlike the proprietary slot machines.
Banking and support
Jackpot Party offers a limited selection of the most common deposit and withdrawal methods such as major credit cards, Neteller, Moneybookers and more. This is more than enough to adequately service their European clientele. Our tests showed small withdrawals to be handled quickly, and the money was back in our Neteller account within an hour which is great to see. Support is primarily provided by live text chat, however there are email, phone and fax options available if necessary (see info column to the right).
Only for European players
So the news of such an esteemed company as WMS Industries entering the online casino market would seem to be all positive, right? Well it is if you live in one of the limited number of countries that they accept players from at this point in time – i.e. the UK, Sweden, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Luxembourg, Isle of Man or Guernsey. Otherwise, you’ll have to be content with browsing the website and keeping your fingers crossed that countries like the USA adopt some sensible online gambling legislation sometime soon. The best we can say on this point is if companies such as WMS are getting involved, they must see some light at the end of that particular tunnel.
One for the future?
With the emergent popularity of smarter slot machines that record your “achievements” among other features, it doesn’t take a genius to see where this is going. Take a trip to Vegas and play a bit of your favourite slot machine. Then pick up right where you left off from the comfort of your own home once you return from your holidays. The possibilities are exciting and WMS, with its large back catalogue of well known land slots, is positioned nicely to take advantage of these opportunities.