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When it comes to online casino software, gamblers look for both the brand of the software company as well as the name and reputation of the casino itself. As a relative newcomer to the gaming world, Rival software has made an excellent name for the platform while earning most of the casinos on this list the great reputation players expect from a leading software company. While there may be a few casinos out there that have gotten a reputation for not treating players fairly or delaying payouts, it’s important to keep in mind that the casino software that powers these casinos is one of the most trusted, safest and reliable pieces of software in the online casino industry. There is good news and bad news for U.S. players, though. While some Rival powered casino gladly accept new players from the United States, most do not, and therefore U.S. gamblers must check with each individual Rival casino before jumping in and signing up with one.

Rival as a company chose to dedicate several years to development and research before starting their first online casino in 2006. Over the next couple of years it became one of the strongest and most successful casino platforms on the Web, powering about 20 online casinos. There were a few factors that went into make Rival successful: Allowing U.S. players to sign up at their casinos despite the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act being passed in 2006, the software’s unique interactive slot machines and the platform’s appeal to a wide audience by being available in several languages and allowing deposits in many different currencies.

The feature of Rival casinos that keeps players flocking back the most is the stunningly beautiful and amazingly creative video slot machines, known as i-slots. These are the interactive slot machines of Rival that everyone talks about. Some even have stories or plots, extra bonus rounds and quests. Players can climb up a ladder of levels which add features and bonuses, set off events in story lines and even puts forward a story for the player to follow. These include crime drama As The Reel Turns which has three different “chapters” playing out over three separate slot machines, Heavyweight Gold which takes place inside a boxing ring, and Spy Game which tells the tale of a secret agent. Those who want to play through the stories without risking their real life loot can play the same versions of the game in the play chip casino or in the demos on the Rival Web site.

Of course, gamblers can make their bets without all the drama, too. There are dozens of more traditional three-reel and five-reel video slots, some with progressive jackpots. All slot machines, whether or not they are i-slots, have been carefully planned and brilliantly executed. Rival slot machines are some of the most beautiful and well-crafted machines out there, and even those who normally dislike slot machines can be drawn in by the clever graphics and design. There is the usual mix of video poker, table games and specialty games in Rival powered casinos as well, each being given the same attention to graphics as the slot machines. Players can find craps, blackjack, Let It Ride, American and European roulette, Caribbean stud, mini blackjack, and war among the table games, while specialty games include bingo, keno, six different scratch cards and a Sudoku-based game.

Excellent games and stunning graphics are only part of what makes a casino the best on the Web, though. Games are nothing if not backed up by good security on their sites, good technical support and fairness from the casinos themselves. Most Rival casinos have built their reputations on their dedicated and knowledgeable 24-hour technical available by email, telephone or live chat. Banking at Rival casinos is safe and easy to understand for the beginner. Deposits and withdrawals can be made a variety of ways: wire transfers, NETeller, Skrill, ClickandBuy, ECO Cards and credit cards. Players can check on the availability of each type of banking method in their area by going to the cahiers window. In most cases deposits through these payment options are available to be played with almost instantly.