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The word Cryptologic may sound like it has something to do with encoded messages and Cold War era spy games, but it's really the name of a casino software provider that has been in business since 1995. The company was founded by two brothers in a literal basement success story, and it got into real money gaming almost by accident. While the founders were actually trying to create a test case for some financial processing software they had created, they ended up building one of the first online casino systems. The rest, as they say, is online casino history, and Cryptologic continues to be a force in the industry in the 21st Century.

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It says something about the staying power of Cryptologic that its very first online casino, Intercasino, is still in business today. Given the company's origins, it's not surprising that it has developed a reputation for the safety and security of its players funds and personal data. Cryptologic still uses its financial processing system, known as ECash, to handle all payments to its licensees through a subsidiary company. Some of the casinos that use Cryptologic's products include Betfair, PartyGaming and 888.com.

The Cryptologic game selection includes over 280 titles, and the company takes its stated goal of innovation seriously by releasing new games on a regular basis. Its casinos can offer players both download and browser-based no download games, though its latter lineup is not as extensive as some of its competitors. Cryptologic's table games are known for being graphically robust, and some of its slots games feature licensed characters from Marvel, DC Comics and video game franchises like "Call of Duty." The ability to handle multiple currencies and languages makes Cryptologic games very adaptable as well.

On the progressive jackpot front, Cryptologic has the popular Millionaires Club games that have turned out to be appropriately named. One of those games made a lucky winner one of the largest jackpot winners in history with a progressive haul of over $8 million. It's no wonder that the company's games have won numerous awards over the years. Unfortunately, players in the United States don't currently have access to these games, as Cryptologic casinos were among many to stop accepting US customers after the federal government tightened its laws against payment processors a few years ago. Still, online casino gamers in most parts of the world can enjoy Cryptologic products in all their various forms.