Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Genii innovations to be offered by Digitain

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Genii innovations to be offered by Digitain

Armenian multi-channel sportsbetting and casino platform provider Digitain has inked a deal that will see it begin offering the complete portfolio of innovations from London-based online casino games developer Genii. According to an official press release, the agreement means that Digitain will be permitted to provide its clients with access to Genii’s full catalogue of slot and table games including the Elementium Spin16, which allows players to physically control reels that are double-directional, and 243-ways-to-win Arcadia i3D titles. Suren Khachatryan (pictured), Chief Executive Officer for Yerevan-headquartered Digitain, declared that the games supply deal was finalized at the recent ICE Totally Gaming extravaganza in London and is set to bring ‘some extra flair’ to his firm’s casino platform offering. “Like us, Genii has demonstrated a passion for creativity and innovation; becoming renowned for thinking outside the box of industry convention,” read a statement from Khachatryan. “Together, we present an engaging platform and content solution to operators. It’s fantastic to have them on board.” For his part, Nick Barr, Sales Director for Genii, stated that he was ‘very pleased to have teamed up with Digitain’ and is excited to see how his company’s multi-dimensional games are received by clients in ‘some fresh markets’. He proclaimed that his firm has premiered ‘some great content’ during the last year featuring ‘a variety of themes and formats’ and he hopes that these are now destined to ‘quickly become firm favorites with operators and players alike’.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Sports Betting & Gaming India 2018 is one week away

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Sports Betting & Gaming India 2018 is one week away

The Sports Betting & Gaming India Summit 2018 (SGBI), will be held on 27 & 28 February 2018 at the beachfront luxury 5-star Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa, India. We outlined and defined the potential market that is poised to offer explosive opportunities in a June 2017 special report, Emerging Markets: Sports Betting & Gaming India. As the date is fast approaching this is a 'last call' to operators, providers, and support services companies to make plans to attend this groundbreaking event. Event organizer Eventus-International has spent nearly a year assembling a panel of over forty industry experts and speakers. This virtual brain trust will share knowledge and lead discussions that will focus on every crucial aspect of gaming and betting in preparation for the eventual legalization and regulation of the activities in the home of the world's largest democracy. The agenda will inform in detail on the current situation in the country where potentially hundreds of millions of people bet and gamble illegally with only lotteries and horse racing operating in the daylight. Key stakeholders will examine the case for legislation and regulation with an emphasis on consumer protection, responsible gambling, and the commercial opportunities that would result from a robust legal framework that ensure betting integrity. The platform was designed to facilitate a candid and open debate and discussion on the future of all forms of betting and gambling in the country. Earlier this year, the Law Commission of India produced a public report mandated by the Supreme Court to study the possibility of legalized betting in India. They noted that leaving gambling out of their consideration might make the entire exercise futile as the two are so closely related. The report stated in part: "The recommendation made by the Committee that betting should be legalized by law, involves the enactment of a Law which is a matter that may be examined by the Law Commission and the Government for such action as it may consider necessary in the facts and circumstances of the case." (PDF) Among other issues that the Commission stated needed further study were whether legalized betting and gambling would lower the incidence of illegal activity in the country and if foreign betting and gambling companies should be allowed to 'have a foothold' in India. While the summit is focused on the Indian gaming market rather than the global marketplace, participants are registered from around the globe, showing the great interest in tapping what may become one of the last greenfield opportunities left. In order to make investment decisions, business leaders need to know the current situation as well as what the future holds in India. Eventus International Managing Director, Yudi Soetjiptadi said: "With participants from countries like Australia, Malta, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Germany, South Africa, Taiwan, Philippines, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Latvia, United Arab Emirates, India and many more; SBGI will indeed be a global platform for the gaming market in years to come." Eventus International is an independent professional event producing company that specializes in exhibitions and conferences across Asia and Africa. For more information on the Sports Betting & Gaming India Summit 2018 please visit http://www.sportsbettingevents.com/sbgi-home.html

Magnet Gaming Releases Railroad Express

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Magnet Gaming Releases Railroad Express

The golden age of the railroad, in spite of the success of modern, faster transportation, still lingers in the minds of people as a preferred, more romantic way of travel. This didn't go unnoticed over at Magnet Gaming, which has created a brand new video slot game, Railroad Express, that revolves around the era when steam engines were still around and were used to transport passengers, coal and gold in equal measure.

Set in 1901, with railways becoming more widespread as gold fever rages on, the game's main protagonist is the lazy Moe Dollar, station master who is definitely in need of assistance. Help him lay tracks in West's prairie and, consequently, help the train reach the promised Golden Mountain where hopeful miners will find...you'll never guess what; GOLD!

The game is made up of 3 reels and 3 rows and its visuals can be described as nothing short of spectacular. It has four distinctive features that will surely bring fun and entertainment into the daily lives of players, but may also cash out jackpot prizes (there are two progressive jackpots in the game): Gold Mountain, Railroad Builder, Coal Wagon and Game Chance. Railroad Express will be accessible via both desktop computers and any type of smartphone or tablet.

Thomas Nielsen, Magnet Gaming's Head of Gaming Licensing, comments on the game's release: “We are over the moon with the result of Railroad Express after months of dedication from our development team. “At Magnet, we always look to offer our players the most exciting and thrilling slots to play to keep them engaged and we have certainly done that with the first-class Railroad Express.”

Game's RTP is 96.50%. Some of the symbols you will encounter on the way to glory are oil barrels, coins, letters, guns, corn, bags of money and lumps of coal.

Take a look at the official game demo below!

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“Magnet Gaming reveals new Railroad Express slot”, calvinayre.com, February 19, 2018.

Viktor Blom wins 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Germany Main Event

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Another partypoker LIVE MILLIONS stop is in the books, with the Main Event of the 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Germany having come to an end. It was poker pro Viktor Blom who emerged the victor, defeating Pavel Plesuv to earn the first-place win. The partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Germany series stop was hosted by King's Casino Rosvadov, with several tournaments on offer. Only thirteen players would return for the final day of play and of that number, only eight would move on to the final table.  Blom would start the final table with an elimination after Niko Wieland went all-in with Q-J off-suit. Blom called with pocket aces, sending Wieland out the door when the board fell 2-J-6-9-K. A few more players would be eliminated before Blom would take down his second victim of the final table. Going up against partypoker’s Simao, Blom would call the poker player’s all-in and would put him out in 4th place, narrowing down the table to the final three. Once Rickie Silcock was eliminated in third place by Plesuv, it would leave the event in the heads-up competition round. The heads-up portion would be one to remember. Plesuv would hold the lead initially and gaining a 9 to 1 chip lead at one point during gameplay. However, Blom would chip his way back to the lead and the eventual win. On the final hand, Blom pushed for 35,000,000 and Plesuv called. A check-call was made by Plesuv on the flop of Q-9-K with the 45,000,000 bet of Blom. Plesuv would eventually go all-in and Blom would call with K-6. His king’s held up as Plesuv only had a Q-7 of diamonds, not enough to claim the first place win. The MILLIONS poker tour now moves on with the Grand Final in Barcelona set for this April. Satellites are available for the tour stop now at partypoker. Players who take part in the Grand Final will find the series will be offering a staggering €23 million in guaranteed prize pools spread out among the many events of the series. Final Results:
Place Player Prize
First Viktor Blom €850,000
Second Pavel Plesuv €750,000
Third Rickie Silcock €400,000
Fourth Joao Simao €280,000
Fifth Radoslaw Wesierski €200,000
Sixth Ondrej Drozd €140,000
Seventh Aristeidis Moschonas €100,000
Eighth Niko Wieland €70,000

Rogue in 2017: Casinos Gone Bad

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Rogue in 2017: Casinos Gone Bad
Rogue in 2017: Casinos Gone Bad

As the conflict against corrupted casinos rages on, we are still elbows deep in the trenches trying to hold them off. This has become our crusade - the LCB team went into the fight guns blazing, and we don't intend to stop! Online gambling industry has been in a particularly confusing and difficult legal situation, where insufficient laws and regulations make it possible for rogue brands to exploit, cheat and steal from players. There is no adequate system to punish them and offer justice to disadvantaged parties; they are rarely if ever, penalized for their misconducts, and they grow bolder every day.

We can't yet rely on the law to protect us, but that doesn't mean we should resign ourselves to this faith and do nothing. One very efficient way to make a difference is to expose rogue casinos to the gambling community. Inform as many players as possible who these criminals are, how they operate, and how to recognize them. Protecting players is LCB's main priority, and our continued commitment to this mission has yielded excellent results over the years.

Now that 2017 has ended, it is time for the yearly roundup of warning reports and rogue investigations we've done in the past twelve months.

Hmm...Do These Terms Sound Strange to You?

If you're not reading casino terms and conditions before signing up, you're making a big mistake! Would you buy any product without checking if it works first? No? It's no different with gaming sites. T&C is a contract customers must agree to use the services. They are written in a tricky legal language no one likes to read, which is an ideal opportunity for bad sites to squeeze in some very shady or ambiguous rules to trick naive players into their own doom.

Mr Ringo has never been a particularly good site, but they took it too far with outrageous terms pertaining to withdrawals and bonuses. Multiple complaints revealed delayed payments, voided winnings, prohibitions of legitimate gambling strategies, transaction fees and a host of other issues, all designed to prevent players from cashing out rightfully earned money. Shortly after an LCB warning report was published, the operator's license was suspended, and they stopped accepting new sign-ups. At this moment, their website is not functional, but our report stays up for posterity.

Enzo Casino is guilty of the same misdeed: using overly confusing promotional terms, they confiscated over €14,000 from an LCB member!

''I have not broken any rules and I feel like I am being cheated out of my money '', is what Slotkampioen777 told us in the official complaint thread. He was right - we proved it in the Enzo rogue report.

Von Bets voided a €1000 win due to, what they conveniently call an ''unfair advantage'', caused by a supposed odds technical error. As we proved HERE, the punter played fair and got the short end of the stick for it. A word from Melcb, our marketing manager:

'' We have added a warning to Vonbets for poor customer support, lack of response from a representative and slow/delayed payment. I suggest that all members stay away from this brand until further notice.''

Doing everything in their power to put an end to lucky wins, GoWild made a mistake - they forgot LCB sees through their charade! After exposing the operator's unfair terms, they were shipped off straight to the Warning list.

Member Nirvana shared his opinion: ''super predatory terms, whom ever advised them of such terms is either clueless or shady as hell''.

Sister brands to GoWild, Astral Bet and Wild Jackpots enforce the same dubious policy regarding promotional offers. Dishonest wagering rules and restrictions, deposit and withdrawal fees and long cash-outs don't make a good casino! LCB'ers were equally appalled:

''That is obsurd I thought I seen it all I think now I have :( just keep it simple make a long story short there terms should just say PROMOTIONAL/BONUS ISNT BUILT FOR PLAYERS TO WIN!!!!''

Magical Spin attempted the same cheating formula, using the myth of the harmful Martingale to their advantage, and punishing players who win fair and square claiming ''unfair advantage'' - a serious accusation they were never able to prove to them or us. Off in the sin bin they went.

Guilty of Software Piracy

Another way criminal groups often cheat for profit is silently integrating fake games. Slots are the easiest products to falsify, and you'd be surprised how good these forgeries can really be. Sometimes it is next to impossible spotting the original from the fake - if everything else about the site is in order, no one would be the wiser. Not to worry, we have a special investigative team to nail clever pirates!

1xbit.com was the first such site to bite the dust in 2017. Looking closely into source codes and inspecting hosting servers, we presented undisputed evidence their Novomatic, Aristocrat and Net Entertainment games are as fake as a 3 dollar bill. In the comment section of the warning report, player feedback solidified our opinion about this brand:

''I've already posted on their BCT thread about this, but they have failed to reply to it. It's been over three weeks with no response, so I can safely say that if you had any shred of doubt, it should be gone.''

A warning sign was also delivered to unlicensed, Bitcoin-friendly Vegascasino.io, whose fake games were discovered thanks to the Book of Ra slot inconsistencies. They promptly removed the culprit, but it was already too late. Our readership was notified in a detailed article, substantiated by screenshots taken during the inquiry. Customers got back to us distraught about the way this casino treated them:

''This is an update and LBC is 100% correct.You need to be VERY careful.They are NOT licensed, and now? I have been taken off vip!? Even though I have enough deposits! This is very upsetting and I am closing my account!''

Burnbet might just be the worst brand of the previous year! We don't usually receive any feedback from busted sites, as they prefer to stay silent even when confronted with proof of their misconduct. But this site retaliated and how! What ensued was a sordid affair with the management sending out death threats to LCB team. Reporting about the case, we received over 80 comments from supportive members:

''Wow! Sounds like burnbet is the very definition of rogue! The name "burnbet" itself says it all Lol! Whoever is behind those pathetic attempts to intimidate you, is wasting their time! Thanks for looking out for us LCB you guys rock! We got your back! :)''

Following the disclosure, we contacted original providers of the fake slots found at Burnbet, offering all evidence gathered throughout the course of our investigations. The rogue operator was finally forced to remove phony software thanks to LCB!

Other operators who resorted to ripping off honest iGaming developers, particularly Novomatic and NetEnt, are Cstarscasino.com, Winner Million, Casino Venetian, 24 Pokies and Matrix. Follow the links to find out more details on each of these piracy reports.

Unlike their fellow rogue sites, Hera Casino chose to falsify Yggdrasil and Pragmatic Play software. Several of our clever and informed members noticed the games behaving strangely, thinking they might be fake. They were right!

''I love how LCB is consistently unmasking these pirated and rogue casinos, excellent job well done. By the sounds of this one, a thanks should go to several LCBers for voicing their concerns about this online casino from the get go, thanks to all of you for a keen eye and listening to your gut feeling on this sham, great job to all of you''

The major disappointment of the year 2017 came from Welcome Partners casino brands. A large network serving Eastern European markets, the operate over 12 gaming and sports betting sites, all without a license and offering fake products. They even went so far as to steal trademark names from reputable companies, and create their own slots by mixing graphics and mechanics of original titles with pirate programming. Russian and Ukrainian member beware!

''Its amazing what you all do for the online gaming community. I have so many friends against online casinos, who warn me to stay away from ANY online casino. You guys make something that I love doing more enjoyable and give me a sense of relief. I'm so happy to be apart of this awesome community of players and LCB staff and investigators, you rock!''

Welcome Partners brands to avoid:

Club Vulkan Vulkan24Club VulkanStavka GMSDeluxe PharaonBet MaxBetSlots VulkanStars SlotoZal VDeluxe JoyKasino Admiral777 ElDorado24 Who Failed our Expectations

Once reputable casino boasting LCB's Seal of Approval, Raging Bull hit rock bottom in February 2017, after being sold to an infamous black market organization - Virtual Casino Group. Though no one knew what happened behind closed doors, players sensed something sinister is going on when the site suddenly started denying or delaying cash-out requests, and support aloof to any and all questions. We'd love nothing more than to give you some hope, but unfortunately, nothing good ever came out of VC Group and GWages affiliate program.

''I can't believe all of that happened. I noticed it going downhill myself when I started having trouble with getting replies to my emails, seeing less and less free and deposit bonuses being offered, etc. I used to deposit on Raging Bull every week practically, especially after they first opened up and stopped when I saw a decline coming. I didn't want to have any issues with a withdrawal if it happened. I posted some comments about it when I saw the decline to my friends. It really is quite a shame as there were a lot of really nice people that worked there and went at one time out of their way to make the customer happy. Too bad for them''

Wrapping Up

Another year goes by and LCB is still at the helm reporting about the bad guys of the industry. Rogue casinos come and go, but we are always here to keep the gaming community safe! If only every player would come to us and take a careful look at the list of predatory sites, our Complaint board would be much less crowded. Likewise, we encourage everyone to read casino T&C and report any suspicious activity to our team. Let's hope for a great, productive and stress-free 2018!

Monday, February 19, 2018

MaChance and Vegas Plus Casinos Launched

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You know the week is off to a good start if the realm of online gambling welcomes another new casino in its ranks. This time, it’s not one but TWO new gaming brands that are seeing the light of day for the first time – one is a tribute to the by-gone golden era of Art Deco, jazz and swing and another pays tribute to the unmistakable French charm!

Vegas Plus Casino is a direct homage to the swingin’ times of the 1920s and 1930s, with a fitting and striking art nouveau-style layout, emphasizing the retro nature of this casino. The site’s platform offers what could be regarded as a perfect mix: a top-notch, contemporary gaming environment fit for users of any device and a fantastic bonus scheme with a welcome package containing a bonus and spins, as well as free cashback. It also aims to be a brand recognizable for its diversity of gaming repertoire - in its library, you will find games by all major providers.

MaChance Casino, on the other hand, has a different ambition: to be crowned the most chic and stylish place to gamble your days and nights away. This French website has all the charm and joie de vivre so synonymous with the culture of France. The site will be taking on the rest of the world in due time, but right now this will be the cool, hip place for all French players to gather and socialize. Its platform also packs a double punch of offering amazing graphics and responsive technology as well as a comprehensive gaming library catered for by all the major names in the game developing business. The bonus section is oozing with goodness that will serve as a big incentive to newcomers.

To add to their exclusivity, both casinos have a seven-tier Unique VIP Club offering such perks such as VIP managers, birthday bonuses, higher deposit limits etc. to the most loyal players.

Are you as excited about these two new casinos as we are? Express your excitement in the comments below.

La Serena mayor to lobby for a change to casino legislation

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In northern Chile, the mayor for the city of La Serena has reportedly revealed that he intends to begin lobbying for a change to existing federal legislation that has prohibited his historic community from hosting a casino. According to a Sunday report from G3 Newswire citing a story from the local El Dia newspaper, Roberto Jacob declared that it is ‘unfair’ that some Chilean cities are permitted to host casinos and as a result receive approximately $8.4 million every year in tax benefits while others are prohibited from taking advantage of the same opportunity. Under current federal legislation, no casino in Chile may be located within 60 kilometers (37.3 miles) of a counterpart and this stipulation has prevented La Serena from hosting such an establishment. This is due to the presence of the Enjoy Coquimbo facility in the neighboring port city of Coquimbo while the smaller Ovalle Casino and Resort sits only 51 miles away in the mountainous area just north of the community of Ovalle. Jacob reportedly stated that he has already received support for his plan to bring a casino to La Serena from local councilors and soon intends to begin discussions with federal legislators from every one of the nation’s many political parties. Referring to the current state of affairs as ‘a tremendous injustice’, he purportedly asserted that his city should be able to join the fellow Chilean tourist resort city of Vina Del Mar in hosting a casino. “I am glad that they have it but why can’t La Serena have a casino, which is a tourist city, just because of the famous restriction of 60 kilometers,” Jacob reportedly told the newspaper. The second oldest city in Chile after being established by Spanish explorers in 1544, La Serena is home to approximately 150,000 people but sees this population double every summer as tourists travel from across the country to enjoy the area’s white sandy beaches and numerous recreational activities. The community is moreover the capital of the nation’s Coquimbo state with Jacob reportedly proclaiming that a casino would help the region to attract even more visitors. “This is the same as supermarkets,” Jacob reportedly told the newspaper. “People say why so many but there are clients for them all. Therefore, it will be profitable in any case and increase the number of tourists that arrive in the city.”

Jade

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A writer develops a special relationship with his readers, especially the regular ones who really get immersed in his topics and what he is trying to say.

The members of this website come from many parts of the world and many different backgrounds. Some gamble online while others frequent brick and mortar casinos.

I read all of the comments they post my articles. Their comments range from critical to humorous. They are incisive. And some startle and amaze me with their insight into what I am trying to get across.

I respond to all the emails that are posted on this site. And while I appreciate all of the people who write, there is one who is just a little more special than the rest.

She calls herself Jade.

Now I don't know where Jade calls home, or what she does for a living, or what she looks like. But over the past year or so I am coming up with an image of how she thinks. What I see moves me greatly.

I write about strategies, people living and dead who have been gamblers, and I write about places I have visited like Costa Rica, St. Kitts, Nevis, Dominica, Puerto Rico and Grand Cayman.

I try to share my experiences, my wins and losses and write about the beauty of the Caribbean islands, the white-sand beaches, the jungles, the green monkeys, and the cruises I have taken.

Jade reads my stories, absorbs them, drinks them in and shares the beauty of my experiences.

You can read some of her comments at the bottom of the stories published by latestpokerbonuses.com and latestcasinobonuses.com. They are insightful and penetrating. Sometimes I find them more interesting the article she is commenting about.

Writing brings out more beauty from a person than he or she would ever share with a friend or relative or a stranger. Some of the most beautiful poetry is often written by people who are serving life terms in prison.

A gambler lives on the edge of adventure. To a gambler, it is the journey that is even more important than the results. Jade and many of my other readers share that journey with me.

Everyone should have a friend like Jade. Sometimes I find myself thinking of how I would react if I would ever be fortunate enough to meet her in person. Would I like her? Would she like me? Would we be able to communicate on the same level that we reach through these pages?

Jade recently made some lovely comments on my article, 'The Beauty of Dominica.' The article told of a cruise two poker-playing friends and I took to the island of Dominica in the Eastern Caribbean and our adventurous trek through a jungle to the island's capital city.

I responded to her email by saying much of my writing was selfish. I was simply enjoying the reliving of my favorite experiences and sharing them with others.

I know I thoroughly enjoy this experience of writing and reliving my experiences of this thing called life. And people like Jade give that experience an extra special glow.

Viktor Blom Wins partypoker Millions Germany Main Event ($1,048,153)

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After several days of intensive play, the last remaining 13 players from a field of 1,022 entries returned to the King's Casino in Rozvadov on Sunday to play the final day of the partypoker Millions Germany Main Event. Viktor "Isildur1" Blom started the day second in chips and finished as the champion 14 hours later. The 27-year-old Swedish poker pro overcame a 9-to-1 chip disadvantage heads-up against Moldova's Pavel Plesuv and finished in style by making an incredible call in the final hand[...]

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Prague Gaming Summit ‘18 Reveals First Speakers

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Acclaimed boutique-style gaming event in Prague will be held for the second time on March 29th, to provide insights about important regulatory updates and topics in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Slovenia and Poland. The organizers have already confirmed attendance of highly regarded industry professionals, Tal Zamstein from Fortuna and Jakub Kolomicenko from Endorphina.

The newly-established conference will feature workshops with top gaming experts and active players of online and land-based casino games. Participants, local operators and software providers will be provided with information about what to expect in 2018, including news for acquiring licenses in various jurisdictions.

A round table discussion with the Czech regulators and government officials will also occur to address demanding gambling regulations in the emerging markets. Hot topics will be based on, but not limited to innovation trends, successful gaming income, responsible gaming programs and regulations. The country’s Prime Minister, Andrej Babis, has recently stated that approximately 30 million crowns will be needed to fight gambling addiction in 2018, after which the number of event registrations has increased.­

Currently, there are 7 active centers of gambling prevention in the Czech Republic, and the government will likely use EU money to open new centers and cover all 14 regions of the country. The highlight of the Summit will be held between 10:30 and 11:30 AM and it will feature a “Focus on Czech Republic” panel discussion with special attention towards profitability and optimal market potentials.

Numerous active companies in the online and land based gambling industry of the region are invited, as potential investment ideas will also be presented to financiers, suppliers and operators in the demographic. Prague Gaming Summit 2018 carries an enormous variety of networking possibilities with leading companies such as PS Legal, WH Partners, Melchers Law Germany, ROMBET, Bird&Bird and other, whose representatives have also confirmed participation.

Report shows Boulder Strip best for slot players

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In late January, the Nevada Gaming Control Board released its statewide gaming win statistics for last year, which reported a 2.8% increase for the state’s nonrestricted locations, from $11.26 billion in 2016 to $11.57 billion in 2017. “Nonrestricted” properties are defined as any venue that has more than 15 slot machines. So while the report counts the big casinos, it doesn’t figure in the state’s more than 2,000 bars & restaurants, convenience stores and supermarkets that have some slots. The Las Vegas Review-Journal made note of some interesting takeaways from the Gaming Control Board’s year-end gaming win report. Keep in mind that “gaming win” refers to the casino’s take, not the player’s. Statewide, casinos on the Strip had the highest slot win percentage at 8.04%, which means that in 2017, casinos paid players 91.96% of what went in. The Boulder Strip in Southern Nevada, meanwhile, had the lowest win at 5.53%; the best for players. The Nevada Gaming Commission defines the Boulder Strip to include the Boulder Hwy., as well as all of the casinos in the city of Henderson. Downtown Las Vegas had the biggest change in slot win percentage since 2016, where it was up 0.28 points to 7.34% from 7.06%. In Southern Nevada, Laughlin had the highest table game win percentage at 19.41%, while North Las Vegas had the biggest increase in win percentage at 14.97%, up 2.19 points from 12.78%. By slot denomination, penny slots were the biggest revenue generator, for the most part, because the market is full of them. On 54,754 machines, the state’s Gaming Control Board reported win of $3.17 billion. The state’s 70,568 multi-denomination machines won $3.13 billion. At 12.07%, Megabucks machines had the best win percentage on slots. The $25 slots were the best for players, with a win percentage of 4.97%. There are still more blackjack tables on casino floors, with 2,582 statewide than any other table game. Roulette was a distant second at 457 wheels. Blackjack managed $1.21 billion in win, an increase of 5.4% from 2016, with casinos at a 14.8% win percentage. The state’s 382 Baccarat games, which had a 12.7% win percentage, produced $1.15 billion, a 5.6% decline from 2016. It might be worth a trip to the Boulder Strip for slot lovers.

Bitcoin Mining Leads to Increased Energy Consumption

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Cryptocurrency miners and enthusiasts alike might have pushed things too hard in Iceland when it comes to achieving their annual cryptocurrency profit growth. Due to an increase in Bitcoin mining opportunities, the country will likely have to double its electricity supplies to avoid a complete meltdown. The Nordic island has a population of about 340,000 people, whose yearly energy consumption amounts to 700 gigawatt hours. An ever-growing popularity of various cryptocurrencies, particularly Bitcoin, has led many miners precisely here, due to cheap electricity and low tax bills.

The officials are concerned with energy consumption, as it’s estimated that mining tools such as computers, servers, motherboards and cooling devices might use an additional 840 gigawatt hours in 2018! According to Johann Snorri Sigurbergsson, spokesman for Icelandic energy firm HS Orka, new mining centers and companies that are interested in investing could face power outage in particular areas.

Nearly all of the country’s utilities come from renewable energy sources, and that is why the price per KWH holds steady. However, the government officials are considering certain changes in regards to mining operations, as many of them do not require staff, infrastructure or further investments – resulting in low taxes, fast profit and high energy consumption.

Companies with huge incomes in Iceland pay a hefty price to the government, and mining groups are trying to avoid their obligations to the state – says a member of Iceland’s Pirate Party, Smari McCarthy. Comparing Bitcoin mining with gold digging represents a unique opportunity for many energy companies to invest, but large-scale mining operations demand great environmental costs, which should be appropriately compensated, adds McCarthy.

Source:

"Energy riches fuel bitcoin craze for speculation-shy Iceland", Egill Bjarnason, apnews.com, February 12, 2018.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Duet of Wins at Bovada and Ignition Casino

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Happy days! At LCB, there's nothing we love more than when we have some joyful news to share, news that usually means someone, somewhere, has struck it big. Well, that's the beans we are about to spill...times two!

The breaking news for this week in the realm of jackpots hails from Bovada Casino, where a certain Martin F., resident of Illinois, has played his cards...ahem, slots right and pretty much turned his life around in an instant. It was on January 8th when the lucky moment occurred, whilst Martin was playing the Golden Gorilla slot game. He wagered, innocently enough, a mere $1 and ended up taking home $103,305 in cash! That's what we call an investment with a good return. Our congratulations of the fondest kind go out to Martin F.

If you haven't encountered the Golden Gorilla slot yet, it's obviously worth playing and here's why: the 5-reel slot game has three gorilla symbols, all bearing unique “powers.” Gorilla #1 will pay out 50,000 coins on a max 10-coin bet, whilst gorilla #2 works as an expanding wild that will fill an entire reel. Gorilla #3 is the Golden Gorilla itself and it triggers the extra spin bonanza of up to 50 spins possible plus the Super Free Spins Mode!

Now that we've given you the run-down of the game that made one man so happy, it's time for the winning story number two. The venue: Ignition Casino. The game: Lion's Roar slot. The outcome: a $64,000 jackpot win! Amber S., hailing from sunny California, was playing this lion-themed video slot on February 6th and, identical to Bovada's Martin, only wagered $1. Little did she know that the click of a “spin” button would win her a huge random jackpot…

Animal-themed slots were harbingers of good fortune before at Ignition Casino: a Texas man once won $18,000 on Mystic Wolf while another inhabitant of California scored half a million dollars on Crazy Camel Cash.

So, there you have it, fellow LCB'ers – another cautionary tale that good things come to those who spin. Try your luck and who knows – next time, we might be doing an article on you.

Las Vegas Valley gets two new PT’s Gold taverns courtesy of Golden Entertainment

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The Las Vegas Valley reportedly has two new PT’s Gold taverns, making them Nevada-based Golden Entertainment Inc.’s (NASDAQ:GDEN) 58th and 59th neighborhood watering holes in the Silver State. Located just one mile south of the Henderson Pavilion events center, the first of the two new facilities to open was PT’s Gold (pictured) at 690 South Green Valley Ranch Parkway, which began welcoming patrons on Feb. 3. The other new PT’s Gold opened for business on Feb. 10 at 9732 West Maule Avenue in southwestern Las Vegas, according to the company’s press release. Both of the traditional neighborhood taverns are operated by PT’s Entertainment Group and feature a wide variety of award-winning food and beverage choices. Along with comfortable seating, craft beer from PT’s Brewing Company and HD 4K TVs, both PT’s have 15 bar-top slot and video poker machines. The PT’s in Henderson will have an additional amenity in the spring when its outdoor patio opens. Guests can also count on both PT’s featuring the brand’s award-winning happy hour, where from 5pm to 7pm and from midnight to 2am the taverns offer half-off drinks and select appetizers and pizzas for $5. All 59 PT’s taverns in Nevada are part of the Beer & Bites dining loyalty program and the Golden Rewards player loyalty program. According to the company’s press release, together, the two new taverns will employ nearly 50 team members. “Our goal is to bring the best tavern experience to neighborhoods across the Las Vegas Valley,” said Blake L. Sartini II, senior vice president of distributed gaming for Golden Entertainment. “PT’s is known for our friendly local atmosphere where our guests can find consistently great food and drinks, excellent service, and a winning gaming experience.” Included in the company’s tavern brands are: PT’s Pub, PT’s Gold, PT’s Ranch, PT’s Brewing Co., Sean Patrick’s, Sierra Gold and SG Bar. Formed by the merger of Blake Sartini’s Golden Gaming and Lakes Entertainment in January 2015, Golden Entertainment, Inc. owns and operates gaming properties across two divisions –distributed gaming and resort and casino operations. The Company operates some 16,000 gaming devices, 114 table games, 5,162 hotel rooms, and employs more than 7,200 team members. The company owns eight casino resorts; seven in Southern Nevada and one in Maryland and via its distributed gaming business in Montana and Nevada owns nearly 60 traditional taverns in Nevada and operates video gaming devices at approximately 1,000 locations.

Two Birds, One Stone: Rep for MegaCasino & SimbaGames Signs On

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Two Birds, One Stone: Rep for MegaCasino & SimbaGames Signs On

If you’re a registered member at either MegaCasino or SimbaGames, then you will be pleased to hear that these highly-rated casinos are now represented by direct casino support on the forum. What exactly does this mean? Don’t hesitate to reach out to the representative with questions, comments or concerns regarding your player account. The casino rep made an official announcement on the forum this past Thursday, February 15th. The sister sites were described as, “innovative online casinos featuring a large variety of Casino and Instant Win games.”

It was added that, “Mega Casino is available anytime and from anywhere” and offers “the best Vegas Style casino games: including several Blackjack games, variations of Roulette, plus Slot Machines, Baccarat, Video Poker and Craps. We are always offering Instant Cash Payouts, MEGA JACKPOTS and huge Progressive Jackpots.”

The sites have been designed to “cater to all types of players; whatever your budget or level of experience we have exactly the right games and options. Check out our fantastic casino promotions or contact our 24/7 Casino Support Staff directly for further details. Get started today and join our regular players from all around the world,” the rep concluded.

To make contact, head straight to the user profile and select the ‘Message’ option to begin your inquiry. If you’ve yet to sign up, both sites are currently offering a welcome bonus (New players only. T&Cs apply. 18+), in which you can sign up and receive a 100% match bonus up to €50! Simply enter the designated code (codes are different for each casino).

As for additional ways to benefit, members of each can also look forward to a spread of regular promotions, including daily tournaments, happy hour bonuses, and VIP Club benefits boasting perks such as cashback, access to a personal account manager, and free money for testing new games!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Developer LongRunn to build $4.2 billion casino city on Yeongjong Island, S. Korea

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Developer LongRunn to build $4.2 billion casino city on Yeongjong Island, S. Korea

LongRunn International Group (“LongRunn”), investor and developer of large-scale Integrated Resorts (IR), landmark real estate developments, infrastructural and environmental projects in Asia, has reportedly penned a deal that will see it build a 76,000 square meter multi-resort complex on Yeongjong Island in Incheon, South Korea at a total cost 4.5 trillion won (US$4.2 billion). The island is home to the Incheon International Airport, which was built on reclaimed land between Yeongjongdo and Yongyudo Islands. The Incheon Bridge connects the island to the mainland and provides direct access between Songdo and Incheon International Airport. According to globalconstructionreview.com (GCR), a website of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), under the terms of the deal, which was reportedly signed on Sunday in Singapore, the Chinese developer agreed to purchase a parcel of land on the manmade island for $80 million to be used for a $4.2 billion development to be named “Diamond City.” Incheon Free Economic Zone Commissioner Kim Jin-yong, reportedly said that the new contract would aid Yeongjong Island in competing with the likes of Las Vegas and Macau. CGR reports that according to LongRunn, the billion-dollar development will feature a casino and a seven-star hotel, as well as office towers, schools, malls and a medical centre specializing in cosmetic surgery. Additionally, the development will also be home to theme parks, a K-pop hub and an “interactive world cultural avenue”. LongRunn has reportedly been in discussions with the Korean government regarding the development since 2014. Upon completion, Diamond City will neighbor the partially opened casino and hotel complex, Paradise City, developed by Paradise SegaSammy Co., Ltd, a joint venture between Sega Sammy Holdings of Japan and Paradise Co., Ltd. of South Korea.

Ultra Partners to launch new gaming brand with French charm this March

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Ultra Partners to launch new gaming brand with French charm this March

As an official casino affiliate program for Unique Casino marketing, Ultra Partners has announced a new gaming brand will be launching next month. In March, MaChance will be released, offering a quality gaming experience with a mix of amazing graphics and beautiful French charm. The new platform will cater to French players and offer a strong variety of online casino games from major providers. MaChance is set to offer an irresistible gaming experience, complete with fun themes. A great bonus scheme has been added to give players access to unprecedented win options. French players are always looking for something new and MaChance will give the region just what they are looking for. The platform will communicate French to the French and will be exported to other gaming crowds in a variety of languages at a later date. Ultra Partners has acknowledged the importance of France with this new brand and are sure that players will be more than excepting of MaChance. The new brand provides French players with the first look at new titles as well as the ability to strike it rich with a unique French stylized platform.

partypoker Millions Main Event: Viktor Blom currently in 4th place!

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The 2018 partypoker Live Millions Germany Main Event is currently underway with all four Day 1 starting flights in the books. The €5,300 buy-in tournament saw a combined field of 1013 entries, which means that the €5,000,000 guaranteed prize pool is covered by player buy-ins. Day 2 of the tournament kicks off today and Swedish online poker legend Viktor "Isildur1" Blom is among the top players in the chip counts. Blom, who finished 15th place for €11k in the €2.7k buy-i[...]

Thursday, February 15, 2018

VladCazino Launches in Romania

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Online gambling operator, Kindred Group, whose casino brands are well-known throughout Europe and Australia, has just added another new territory to its ever-growing resume. The latest addition to its portfolio of casino brands is VladCazino, specially dedicated to the players of Romania. This marks the brand’s first foray into the market of this Eastern European country.

The new casino has been developed entirely on Kindred's in-house platform and is a part of the company's strategy to engage customers by using hyper-local brands. The company's key ambition for the forthcoming period is to achieve significant growth of its market share in locally regulated markets.

Chief Commercial Officer, commented on the opening of yet another online casino brand, in a country where Kindred products have been previously unavailable: “As Kindred continues to grow, it’s important that we always stay close to our customers. VladCazino is the result of an impressive team effort within the company, offering our Romanian customers a product and experience truly tailored to their needs. We are now really excited for VladCazino to get off to a great start, and as with all of our brands, provide the highest standards of customer experience, product offerings and player safety.”

Last year, also in its early stages, saw the successful launch of two new casino brands in Sweden and Norway – Storspelare and Storpiller. Like VladCazino, those two have also been developed through in-house platform that allows the company to “adapt its offering to meet specific customer requirements in each market.”

LCB'ers can expect to read the dedicated review of VladCazino soon on our website, so stay tuned!

Source:

“Kindred Group Launches New Casino Brand”, kindredgroup.com, February 12, 2018.

Relax Gaming Limited signs LeoVegas AB agreement

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Relax Gaming Limited signs LeoVegas AB agreement

After last week inking a content distribution deal with Kindred Group, online casino games developer Relax Gaming Limited is at it again after signing a similar agreement earlier today with Swedish iGaming operator LeoVegas AB. Malta-based Relax Gaming Limited explained that the latest arrangement will see its online roulette and blackjack table game innovations offered by sites operated by Stockholm-headquartered LeoVegas AB including its LeoVegas.com and RoyalPanda.com domains before ‘more exciting products’ are made available over the course of 2018. Established in 2010, Relax Gaming Limited proclaimed that its HTML5 blackjack title allows online casino players to enjoy up to ‘three hands at once’ while its roulette counterpart utilizes the same random draw mechanism in order to offer ‘highly realistic ball movement and gameplay’. Patrik Osteraker, Chief Executive Officer for Relax Gaming Limited, declared that he was ‘delighted’ to have signed the content distribution deal with LeoVegas AB and to be able to offer the operator ‘a reliable [and] cost-effective solution’. “Our versions of these table games are not only visually impressive and intuitive to use for players, they are proven performers for operators in multiple markets around the world,” read a statement from Osteraker. For her part, Karolina Pelc, Casino Director for LeoVegas AB, stated that Relax Gaming Limited had ‘demonstrated innovation’ by producing mobile-friendly content and that she will now ‘eagerly follow’ the company’s future games development journey. “Mobile is the future of online casino and core to LeoVegas AB,” read a statement from Pelc. “Relax [Gaming Limited has] recognized this and produced content with this in mind. Table games are an important part of catering to our customers’ needs and we expect widespread appeal with the updated versions that Relax [Gaming Limited has] created. Expanding on an already great partnership, we are excited by the prospect of developing this further.”

Uruguay to begin blocking online gambling websites

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Uruguay to begin blocking online gambling websites

In Uruguay, the state-owned gambling monopoly is reportedly due to begin blocking local access to non-domestic online casino and sportsbetting sites including major players such as Bet365.com and Bwin.com. According to a Wednesday report from the South American nation’s El Pais newspaper, the revelation came from Luis Gama, Director for Uruguay’s National Lottery and Quinielas Directorate, with the coming ban purportedly aimed at maintaining the preeminence of the operator’s Supermatch online game, which last year underwent a revamp that resulted in its annual takings trebling to approximately $59.3 million. Gama reportedly stated that the move, which is to be implemented ‘in the coming days’, will ‘clean up’ the local online gaming and sportsbetting market and may lead to as much as $20 million a year staying within the borders of Uruguay. He also purportedly declared that the coming prohibition is to be conducted in partnership with local banks, credit card companies and telecommunications providers and could subsequently be followed by the government investigating whether to allow non-domestic operators to bid for further online gaming or sportsbetting licenses. “We will take care of the detecting of illegal sites and already have procedures in place to trigger a message to the Communications Services Regulatory Unit in order to effectively block via the telephone companies those sites that Uruguayans can enter but not play on legally,” Gama reportedly told El Pais. In a separate report, the newspaper explained that Uruguayans wagered about $809 million on online and land-based gambling in 2017, which represented a rise of almost 19% year-on-year to account for some 1.3% of the nation’s gross domestic product. El Pais further detailed that this swell led to the small nation collecting 6.3% more year-on-year in gaming taxes at $456 million with $67 million of this coming from its collection of 30 casinos, which recorded 2017 revenues of $225.8 million. “All the games except scratchcards had a small increase,” Gama reportedly told the newspaper. “The increase is reasonable. A long time ago we decided not to increase the supply of games in favor of developing the ones we already exploited and now offer only the most traditional games and the ones that people are most interested in.”

Bad Beat Jackpot Winner Avi Shamir to receive $62K Reward as Affirmed by NGCB

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Metal Casino Launches Weekly Live Streaming Shows

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Gaming site for rock fans that recently launched and joined our network, Metal Casino, is getting ready to go live on popular social media platforms – Twitch and YouTube. Increasingly favored online casino, which is partially owned by rock legend, Ozzy Osbourne, will broadcast exclusive gaming and music shows twice a week – starring Ryan Roxie, famous guitar hero and Marielle Tengstrom, Swedish rock singer, TV hostess and Instagram hottie. Apart from great music and audience interaction, players will also be given a chance to play live games and win lucrative prizes.

The Metal Casino Live Show is airing for the first time on Friday, February 16th at 20:00 (CET). Metalheads and devoted gaming fans will be entertained by Ryan Roxie, American guitarist who is best known for collaboration with Slash and Alice Cooper. The host didn’t hide his excitement about the first episode and promised a lot of fun, interesting discussions about music, slots and other great prizes.

The casino became an instant success as soon as it launched, a couple of months back. Music fans and gamers from all over the world joined the site in August 2017, due to mega cash prizes and privileged access to concert tickets, backstage passes, exclusive merchandise and of course extraordinary choice of games! Black Sabbath founder and legendary singer, Ozzy Osbourne, is the casino’s main ambassador, but Megadeth’s bassist, David Ellefson, has also joined the team.

According to Clas Dahlen, CMO, Metal Casino is a unique betting platform with upper crust content and an entirely new approach, which hasn’t been seen at other gaming venues. He also pointed out that the company has high value for people from the metal scene and offers only real, relevant and dedicated services to players. The show should also provide a stronger connection between heavy metal stars and gaming fans.

By broadcasting an entirely new format of entertainment, the site is pushing the boundaries in the world of online streaming. Their unique music talk show is a concept specifically developed for the fans and it was created even before the platform went live. Finally, the show carries an ultimate message for all metal fans out there: “Stay tuned, stay true and stay metal”!

ElectraWorks Limited hit with Gambling Commission fine

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ElectraWorks Limited hit with Gambling Commission fine

In the United Kingdom, the Gambling Commission regulator has ordered prominent online casino operator ElectraWorks Limited to pay a fine of £350,000 ($488,640) for repeatedly breaching advertising standards when it came to promoting ‘free bonuses’ on its websites. According to a press release from the Gambling Commission, the Gibraltar-headquartered operator was warned by the Advertising Standards Authority Limited in August of 2016 about an advertisement on its United Kingdom-licensed Bwin.com domain that purportedly offered a ‘free bonus’. The regulator declared that it had cautioned ElectraWorks Limited about the same site featuring such an advert a week later with the firm subsequently removing the offending instance. The Gambling Commission declared that these instances had breached a rule that all of its licensees must abide by the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice and the Committee of Advertising Practice codes when it comes to the utilization of terms such as ‘bonus’ and free bet’. Despite this occurrence, the Gambling Commission explained that it discovered similar breaches on ElectraWorks Limited-owned sites CasinoLasVegas.com, PartyPoker.com, SCasino.com, NobleCasino.com, CasinoKing.com and PartyCasino.com in April before June saw the same six domains repeat the infractions while CasinoLasVegas.com went on to chalk up a third infringement in August. The Gambling Commission stated via a second release (pdf) that the 14 offending advertisements had not stated the ‘significant limitations and qualifications’ attached to the bonuses ‘despite there being space to do so’ while it moreover cautioned ElectraWorks Limited for failing to ensure that the person in charge of its marketing duties had held ‘the requisite personal management license’. “This fine should serve a warning to all gambling businesses that we will not hesitate to take action against those who mislead consumers with bonus offers or fail to ensure they are correctly licensed,” read a statement from Richard Watson, a member of the Gambling Commission’s Business Plan Programme Board.

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Exploring AI with BtoBet

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When you think of Artificial Intelligence, visions of naughty poker bots may dance in your head, but its potential may be used for good instead of evil. AI is useful in recognizing and repeating patterns of behavior and today’s technological advancements are capable of generating a string of recommendations. A company known as BtoBet has harnessed this power and applied it to their B Neuron iGaming platform for casino and sportsbook operators. Questions surrounding this company and its product were swirling in our heads, so we went straight to the source. We’d like to turn it over BtoBet’s CEO, Konstandina Zafirovska, to help us all gain some perspective.

1. People may shy away when they read the words ‘artificial intelligence’.  Can you start by simplifying the concept for the average reader?

The Artificial Intelligence is just like the human thinking process where billions of neurons are fired simultaneously to create synchronous waves of cortical computation. Considering the gambling industry, a software based on Artificial Intelligence follows precise algorithms, works on different processes simultaneously while monitoring the player’s behavior, suggesting operator information about a player’s preferences and, at the same time, proposing suitable offers to every single player. Often anticipating the user’s desire and encouraging commitment to the game. In simple terms, this is ground-breaking technology. This is beyond anything you could have imagined. This is AI at work, freeing up operators and taking the guesswork out of the equation.
As you can understand, the Artificial Intelligence is a fundamental tool in the iGaming industry. It radically changes all facets of the operator’s activity by sustaining and guiding him to make the best decisions for the management, acquisition and retention of players. 

2. Tell us about your recommendation engine and how you’ve incorporated AI.

In the sports betting industry and online casino, players are provided with a huge range of sports, events, bets and games. The selection of events and games must be quick and the customers need suggestions to access their preferred content, in a click. The Recommendation engine (RE) completely fulfills this need, collecting and analyzing large amounts of information on player’s behavior, activities, preferences, predicting what players would like to receive. Today, there are few sportsbook operators that have developed sports betting RE for their own company and even fewer software providers are offering a casino only B2B RE. The combination of both a casino-games and sports betting recommendation engine is the key to providing a unique experience to the players. The A.I., through its sophisticated algorithms, enables operators to track players’ behavior whilst simultaneously using collaborative filtering to provide perfect suggestions, for the most appreciated games, odds and bets for each player or segment of players. Hybrid recommendation engine – such as BtoBet’s system - can provide more accurate recommendations than traditional approaches. The sports betting RE can control and suggest bets or events analyzing the bettor’s behavior according to sport, category, tournament, competitors and market type preference. The casino RE can recommend games per similarity, comparing the attributes such as theme, volatility, games category and player’s preferences.

3. What were the technological challenges that had to be overcome when building your AI platform? 

We spent months on multiple testing, making significant changes along the way to keep the A.I. interaction and system performing optimally. We had to work through an extremely sophisticated algorithm which copies the human brain system and processes while monitoring the player’s data, activity, preferences and automatically suggesting to licensees the action to be taken for the acquisition and retention of players.

4. How often are suggested actions generated by the software and is this customizable for operators?

Tempestivity and the possibility to anticipate the player’s desires by suggesting the bets and games that can trigger his interest – at the ideal time - is fundamental to extend users’ life cycle to the advantage of the operator who can drive a targeted marketing campaign, propose tailor-made offers and increase the wagering activity.The job of the RE system is to open up to the users' whole new products and possibilities, which they would not think to directly search for themselves. BtoBet’s B Neuron System is a hybrid recommendation engine which can provide more accurate recommendations than traditional approaches. In the Casino RE, all the Games are recommended according to similarity, comparing the attributes – such as theme, volatility, category – of the games and player’s preferences. The Sports betting RE is available for online and mobile betting can control and suggest bets or events, including virtual, live and eSports. It acquires and analyzes the bettors’ behavior following Sport, Category, Tournament, Competitors, Market Types preferences. Moreover. BtoBet’s RE is regularly re-trained in an extremely short time frame, with any new data and player’s behavior, fully updating the system and every single player’s profile precisely. The recommendations are recalculated several times a day and the intervals of them are totally customizable.

5. Can the product be used for risk management?

The A.I. plays a key role in the trading operations as it automatically identifies potential fraud taking the necessary action whilst also advising the operator. It is extremely important to guarantee a totally secure management process. BtoBet has an extremely advanced anti-fraud system; it is able to independently analyze the player’s activity automatically identifying any possible fraudulent behavior. Points are assigned according to the type of fraudulent actions and this gives the licensee the possibility to define different measures according to the player’s behavior. With specific BtoBet friendly tools, operators can keep track of the transaction data, and manage it by reviewing analytics via the risk and fraud dashboards.
The most important benefits of implementing advanced tools for fraud management are the real-time visibility of fraud vulnerability, the ability to immediately respond to fraud with timely and relevant actions and to prevent monetary loss due to fraud.

6. Is there anything else like this on the market? If so, why is BtoBet a better option?

In the gambling market there are some companies using products based on the Artificial Intelligence, but what differentiates BtoBet are the deep experience in the subject. First of all, the company was a pioneer in the gambling market, 3 years ago, ready to launch the new version of the advanced iGaming platform and sportsbook based on AI. Secondly, Btobet is a B2B provider and not a B2C operator that opted to work in the B2B space in order to defray the high-investment costs and time-consuming effort involved in building and maintaining a tailored and bespoke platform. In this regard, BtoBet is very proud to consider itself as a technology partner and not as a just a software provider for the gambling industry, compliant with the requirements of the regulated markets. The company supports its clients in their day by day evolution, in the best way possible. To reach this aim, previously BtoBet’s IT team worked on its advanced platform in a way that enables the system to evolve and now is constantly focused on the future development of the software, to stay always ahead. 

7. As a company, your goal is to remain one step ahead in the gambling industry. How do you manage to stay ahead of the game?

The secret to stay ahead in the industry is to be visionary. Being visionary has allowed Btobet to be a pioneer in new technologies for the gambling industry and to continue to understand deeply – and in advance - the requirements of the market, anticipating the operator’s needs. An additional value is the capability of the company to keep updated and to count on a very talented development team, skilled to maintain the technological software and the learning machine always at a very top standard.

8. On a final note, are there any other industries that have put AI to good use in your opinion?

Machine-learning technology – as part of an artificial intelligence-led offering - holds the key in online and mobile sports betting as much is it does with the likes of Amazon, Spotify and Netflix, providing the capability to offer a tailored sports-betting experience. I believe that particularly effective in online gambling is the hybrid recommendation system – the same as is employed by Netflix – whereby collaborative filtering (where information is collected from many other users) is matched with content filtering (utilizing user metadata).