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WMS

Online casino gaming may not even date back 20 years, but WMS Gaming has a gambling pedigree that extends back a lot longer. That's because WMS is a descendant of Williams Manufacturing, a famous producer of pinball machines and video games in the 20th Century. Once it got out of those businesses, Williams morphed into WMS and concentrated on making physical slot machines. It succeeded in that venture with hits like Reel 'em In and a line of games based on licensed properties, so it was probably only a matter of time before it turned its attention toward online games. Considering its past successes, WMS figures to be a force for some time to come.

More About WMS Online Casinos

WMS made its first inroads into online casino gaming with its Jackpot Party Casino in 2010. The name is derived from the super popular Jackpot Party physical slot machines, and you can find an online version of it in its namesake casino. On top of that, WMS leverages the name for a progressive jackpot that links all of its games together and can be won by any player at any time. This gives an extra thrill to otherwise standard slots play thanks to the extra progressive element.

The other WMS licensed games are very much in evidence. These include games based on The Wizard of Oz and I Love Lucy, as well as a series of Star Trek games. WMS also offers a number of unlicensed games that have time tested themes like Gold Fish, Zeus and Tiger's Realm. Most of these slots are also versions of physical slot machines that have proven themselves as winners in brick and mortar casinos. WMS' strengths are not in table games, but the company does have a fair selection of those in its lineup. At the Jackpot Party Casino, you'll find three kinds of blackjack, American and European roulette, baccarat and more. WMS also has video poker games in over a dozen styles and keno as well.

In an unusual twist, WMS is based in the United States but doesn't currently accept US players in its online casinos thanks to the legal climate. Should the laws regarding online gambling in the US change the way many expect them to, WMS is uniquely positioned to take advantage of them, and it's been floating games without real money on platforms like Facebook that are no doubt intended to test the waters. WMS was acquired by Scientific Games in January 2013 but should continue on its path of success in the foreseeable future.