WPokies Casino caught serving up fake casino games with no evidence of an operational license.
Thank goodness for online casino watchdogs! For the last two decades,
the iGaming industry has been plagued by rogue operators. In recent
years, the rate of casino scams has been on the decline, thanks to
tougher licensing restrictions and greater player protection
policies. But it’s the watchdog websites like Casinomeister, ThePOGG,
eCOGRA and LCB that are helping to catch the ones that still slip
through the cracks.
Last week, it was revealed that WPokies Casino, which bills itself as “the best online casino in Australia”, is most definitely not living up to its marketing tactics. Not only is the operator breaking the law by accepting AU players in the first place, it’s doing so without any kind of license, and peddling fake software to its players.
Serving Up Fake Casino Games with No License
I’ve personally double-checked all of the rogue references made
towards this online casino, and all are accurate. WPokies Casino may
look like a legitimate gambling site, but deep down, none of their
claims hold water.
You’re Licensed Where…?
According to the website, WPokies is “operated by ALMORA
SLOTS LTD”, which is “licensed and regulated with
registered address is Sinte James street 45H”. Notice
something missing? Any reputable online casino would list where it is
licensed and registered. This one does not. In fact, there’s not a
single instance on the entire website where the licensing authority
A search for that registered address brings up nothing, either, aside from suggestions that I’ve typed it wrong.
Oddly enough, a throng of reputable iGaming review websites have
pinned the casinos jurisdiction as Curacao. However, the Curacao
iGaming Authority has no active-status licensee with that address, or
by that name, or associated with that domain.
But the Games are Certified Fair…Right?
WPokies Casino claims to employ major, distinguished software brands
with safe and fair certification. Software from brands like
Aristocrat, IGT, NetEnt, Novomatic and Playtech (among others). These
company’s most famous games are depicted on all the casino’s main
For players, there’s virtually no way to tell the difference between
a real game, as it was published by its creators, or a fake game. The
cinematics do not change. The graphic quality is the same. The pay
tables and symbology do not waver. Only one difference can be seen,
and only by those who know how to look for it.
A fake slot machine will not be run from the software developer’s
servers. If it is running from a different server, foten with a very
similar domain name, the internal workings of the game could have
been compromised. A slot machine with a standard 96.2% RTP could have
been altered to reflect a 76.2% RTP, or any other percentage.
Basically, loading the game from non-branded servers means the
program was lifted, altered, and is now capable of ripping off
players to any degree.
To find out what server the games are run from, you can either keep a
close eye on the status info at the bottom of your browser as the
game is loading (difficult and often too quick to verify), or open
the frame source and scour the coding for the URL (painstaking, but
far more accurate). I actually wrote a detailed report on How
to Identify Fake Casino Software back in April.
In doing so, we find that WPokies casino games are run from these
unauthorized and known rogue server addresses:
Aristocrat Games: casinomodules.co
NetEnt Games: casinomodules.co
Novomatic Games: grandx.pro
Playtech Games: casinomodules.co
Amatic Games: grandx.pro
IGT Games: gamesapi.net
What can we take away from these findings? For one, it’s very
clear that the owners of WPokies Casino (whoever they may really be)
are looking to spend as little money as possible to sustain their
operation. They aren’t paying for a license. They aren’t paying for
the games they present to their players. They may not be paying
players at all.
There sure are a lot of winners listed on their incessantly
scrolling ticker tape. But there’s no way to verify if they are real
or made up. What hasn’t been faked are the numerous complaints of
non-payment from the site. There’s not so many as to say no one is
getting paid, but certainly enough to raise flaming red flags.
It was reported in December 2018 that NetEnt confirmed the
bootlegging of its software by WPokies, and in December 2018 that
customer support is entirely unresponsive to complaints from both
players and watchdogs. Similar complaints have continued month after
month, with the same result – no response, and no authoritative
licensing body to turn to.
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