Amaya casinos

Amaya have been around since 2004 but have yet to make the same noises as other companies in their niche like NetEnt and Microgaming … except on one specific occasion when the group astonished the gaming world by purchasing the Oldford Group. Even the most seasoned online casino pro may never have heard of Oldford Group or their subsidiary, Rational Group. However, most people who’ve ever played casino games online will have heard of two sites that the Rational Group owned – Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars. The cost of acquiring these poker giants? A cool $4.9 billion!

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The right casinos to play Amaya games at!

Here is a break down of what each casino offers. We have taken the time to analyze every little thing.

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Amaya slots

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Amaya’s history

Amaya’s history can be traced all the way back to 2004. This Canadian-based company began life creating electronic-based table games that simulated simple gambling games such as bingo, horse racing and Mahjong. After the upturn in interest in online gambling, Amaya began to look into ways of breaking into this relatively new and expanding market. The company’s initial moves were somewhat unusual, expanding into uptapped online lottery markets such as Kenya, the Dominican Republic and Uganda.

In May 2011 Amaya made their first significant move into the online gaming sector when they purchased Chartwell Technologies. At the time this was seen as a surprise purchase, as Chartwell where not in the best of shapes, financially. The purchase price was even more surprising – $23 million.

Much less surprising was the purchase in 2012 of Cryptologic – one of the biggest names in the industry – at the time, anyhow. Amaya were willing to pay $35.8 million to get their hands on Cryptologic’s many titles. The aim of Amaya seemed to be to ease a toe into the online casino market, even though Cryptologic were also involved in online poker. This was confirmed two years later when Amaya sold off Cryptologic’s online poker subsidiary WagerLogic, owners of InterPoker. They also surprised people by selling off InterCasino, one of the oldest online casinos on the web.

But then shortly after the WagerLogic sale came the purchase that eclipsed all other online wagering deals, ever – that $4.9 billion purchase of Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars. At the time, these two names where two of three biggest names in the online poker realm – the other being Party Poker. By making this purchase, Amaya established themselves as the largest publically traded gambling company on the internet, with a potential poker-playing audience much larger than any other online portal.

Since the mega poker purchase Amaya seem to have lost interest a little in the online casino market, and have concentrated mainly on their poker offerings. They merged Full Tilt Poker into PokerStars in 2016 to create the internet’s number one online poker market – and by some distance. It’s estimated that PokerStars has ten times as many players as its nearest rivals, 888poker and IDNpoker.

Amaya casino games

Amaya’s online casino remit has always been slots, although they seldom produce any of their own. They have inherited many titles via their purchases of Chartwell and Cryptologic, but some have been ‘sold on’ to NYX Gaming, the owners of NextGen Gaming. You would be hard-pressed to come up with an online slot ‘made’ by Amaya that has really captured the online gambling public’s imagination in the way that NetEnt or Microgaming have.

All of the best slots ‘made’ by Amaya are the ones that have inherited from Cryptologic, although as the company has not released many new games for a while, the ‘best’ Cryptologic titles now look more than a little dated. Some of their best slots are 20,000 Leagues, Ramesses Riches and Call of Duty 4, although many of these games have now been sold on to other parties.

Amaya also has a small handful of table games – baccarat, blackjack, roulette, casino hold’em and video poker. The company does provide live casino functions via a deal struck with HoGaming in 2012. HoGaming’s Amaya studio is based in Estonia and has live baccrat, blackjack and roulette.

Amaya online casinos

As stated in the introduction, Amaya tends to concentrate on its poker operations these days. Most online casinos prefer to deal with software houses that continue to churn out new slots on a regular basis, as NetEnt, Betsoft, Yggdrasil Gaming and Play’n GO are prone to do.

There are many online casinos that still offer Amaya/Chartwell/Cryptologic’s games – Betsafe, Video Slots and Stan James Casino are three of the biggest. Many online bingo sites offer Amaya’s games as well. In total well over three hundred online casinos carry Amaya’s software titles.

Learn about the different software providers

Here are some of the major developers of software for online casinos:

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