Review of SkillOnNet casino software
SkillOnNet is an online betting software developer that was founded in 2005. It provides its casino games to a small number of casinos that generally feature games from a variety of other developers. Unfortunately video poker games developed by SkillOnNet have been found to produce statistically dubious results in the past, with the games suddenly being fixed almost immediately after the problems were pointed out publicly. The suspicion that the games are operator configurable to be unfair to players means that we recommend that players avoid playing any game developed by SkillOnNet.
Warning: video poker suspected of cheating
As alluded to above, questions have been raised multiple times about the legitimacy of the results returned by the double up feature on SkillOnNet video poker. The games were tested by interested players several years apart in 2009 and 2012 and on both occasions found to be returning results that were extremely unlikely to be achieved by randomness. When raised with one of SkillOnNet's casinos, the game suddenly and miraculously began behaving randomly a day later, suggesting at the least that there was a long standing bug that was quickly fixed, or the far more likely scenario that the chance of a win on the double up feature is or was configurable by the operator. As such, it would seem prudent to avoid playing any game developed in house by SkillOnNet as you cannot be sure that you will be getting a fair game.
There are more than 100 casino games on offer from SkillOnNet, with many being custom properties that were developed exclusively by the developer. SkillOnNet’s platform also includes slots from other developers such as WMS, Net Entertainment, NextGen Gaming, and Evolution Gaming. It is important to note that we do not consider these games provided by external developers to be tainted by association with SkillOnNet.
Table games are also offered, allowing players the chance to test their luck at Blackjack, Caribbean Stud, Casino Hold’em, War, Craps, Punto Banco, Roulette, and more. There is a selection of video poker games such as Joker Poker, Deuces Wild, Jacks or Better, and Aces and Faces in single and multiple hand variations. A smattering of live dealer and parlour games are also available for play. This is a decent gaming selection, but given the possibility of the games being manipulated by casinos, it tanks any good will that the developers may have built with the good games.
Acquisition of Jackpot Party Casino
In February 2014 SkillOnNet acquired the previously impeccable Jackpot Party Casino from Williams Interactive. It renamed the casino shortly after to Slots Magic and relaunched the site using its own platform which includes many of the same WMS games that were previously available at Jackpot Party. Despite claims made on the new casino's website that it was only renamed, the casino is entirely separately owned and managed from its previous incarnation.
On the surface, SkillOnNet looks like a decent gambling software, but the fact that analysis has yielded the probability that their video poker can be manipulated by casinos to make the games unfair is a severe flaw. It erodes any trust in this company and calls into question the fairness of all games produced by this developer. We recommend that you avoid any casinos that utilise SkillOnNet’s software.