Saturday, March 31, 2018

Russian Hotels to Accept Bitcoin For World Cup

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Russian Hotels to Accept Bitcoin For World Cup
Russian Hotels to Accept Bitcoin For World Cup

This summer's central event, sporting or otherwise, is without a doubt – the FIFA World Cup in Russia, taking place from June 14th to July 15th. The biggest event in the world of football is played every four years and it brings together 32 of the planet's best national teams and their avid supporters in a colorful display of different nationalities, cultures and spectacular football. The stage is all set for all host cities to start accommodating the visitors – both players and fans – and to enhance the service, there will be one major benefit that will also break some new ground and be the first.

First what? Well, the hotels in eleven Russian cities that will host the World Cup matches are adopting Bitcoin and making it possible for their staying guests to pay for their stay in this cryptocurrency.

The first city to make this move, with more of them coming along soon, is Kaliningrad, Russia's western-most city that is physically divided from the rest of the country and is nestled between Poland and Lithuania (it used to be the part of the old Prussian empire and was the place of birth of the famous philosopher, Immanuel Kant). In this city, national teams of Spain, England, Belgium, Serbia, Croatia, Switzerland, Morocco and Nigeria will be playing their matches so the city is welcoming a large number of fans from these countries.

A hotel chain in this city has already made all the arrangements with a payment processor, Free-Kassa, which will be making this happen. Anna Subotina, a manager of one of the Hotels, Apartments Malina, says: “We are seeing increasing interest in cryptocurrencies. They will gradually come into use as a means of payment. We have decided that fans should be able to pay for our services with the help of this innovative technology.”

Free-Kassa's Development Manager, Vitaliy Lavrov, says: “This is an interesting experience for us – we haven’t worked with hotels so far. The hospitality industry is quite sensitive towards new trends.”

Kaliningrad will be hosting four games during the World Cup and only months before the Cup begins, the accommodation prices in this city have started to soar – making this city even more expensive than it already is. Booking a room on a day when England plays Belgium (which will be one of the biggest matches of the first round) will cost over $300.

Last year, some of Russia's officials slammed Bitcoin, but have also announced that the country may develop its own cryptocurrency – the crypto ruble.

Source:

“Russian Hotels to Surprise World Cup Fans With Bitcoin Payments”, Tassev Lubomir, Bitcoin.com, March 29, 2018.

Konami Gaming announces two senior level appointments

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Konami Gaming announces two senior level appointments

Las Vegas-based subsidiary of the Konami Corporation, Konami Gaming Inc. has named Casey Whelan as its Vice President of games sales for North America, while Jay Bertsch will take on the role of Vice President of global system sales. Prior to the promotion, Bertsch served as senior director of system sales for more than ten […]

Race to the end of the rainbow with iSoftBet’s latest video slot

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Race to the end of the rainbow with iSoftBet’s latest video slot

iSoftBet’s recently announced the launch of its latest video slot Stacks O’ Gold, which was released by the UK-based premium online and mobile casino game supplier in keeping with global St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. HTML5-native and developed using the firm’s Pulse platform, the Irish-luck themed video slot features a distinctive 5-reel layout and 34 paylines […]

Killing The Goose

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Killing The Goose

If the old Las Vegas gamblers and casino owners could see what was happening in the new Las Vegas, they would probably turn over in their graves.

When Las Vegas was just a gleam in the eyes of the early gambling promoters like Bugsy Siegel, the concept was simple; provide a DisneyLand for adults where they could enjoy free or low-cost entertainment, cheap food and drinks, and have it all paid for by the gambling.

For years that worked. People were lured to Sin City by the world's top celebrities, along with hotel rooms that went for $19.95 or less, steak and lobster dinners for $3.99, and free lounge shows featuring some of America's best known entertainers.

That was when the mob, nicknamed organized crime by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was in charge.

While Bennie Binion never featured big name acts at his Horseshoe Casino on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, he did promise his customers good food, cheap whiskey and a great gambling experience, all of which he delivered until his death.

I recently visited Las Vegas and picked up a copy of a free magazine of the same name in my hotel room. Believe me when I saw the magazine was the only free item in the resort.

Here are a few things visitors to Las Vegas are offered these days. P.S. As you read this, keep your credit card handy.

TERRY FATOR, hyped as one of the 'best entertainers in the world,' is appearing at The Mirage on the famed Las Vegas Strip: a ticket to the show is priced at $60.

MYSTERE, CIRQUE DU SOLEIL, is offered at the Treasure Island for $50 per ticket. The casino does offer free parking.

MAT FRANCO, a young magician and illusionist at the Linq Hotel. Price per ticket: $42 to $109.90.

BLUE MAN GROUP, appearing at the Luxor, $59 to $115 per ticket. You can go VIP (whatever that means) for $175 per person.

PENN AND TELLER, humorists and magicians, appear at the Rio where the price to their show ranges from $75 to $97.

BEATLEMANIA is being featured at The Mirage, where actors portray the Beatles on stage. Tickets range from $79 to $180, plus tax and fee.

Now I have watched some great performers in Las Vegas, but I did it in the early days when the prices were right. For example, I viewed the Four Freshmen in a free lounge show at a casino on Las Vegas Boulevard. It was a very intimate show and brought back memories of m college years.

I also saw Tony Bennett. I can't remember the cover charge but it must have been reasonable or I wouldn't have paid it.

The mob was smart. They were selling gambling and the entertainers simply brought the customers to the tables. They took some of their gambling profits and used the money to cover the cost of entertainment. There is an old Latin phrase that goes 'something for something,' and that is what the mob gave to the public.

The same went with food. I still remember those high in the sky flashing neon signs promising you steak, prime rib, hot dogs, shrimp, champagne at super-low prices. True, these specials were served after midnight in many but not all cases. But they were real values and they brought people to Las Vegas by the droves.

Today's casino corporate heads -- and I hate to say this -- are greedy. They take as much as they think they can gouge from the public. It isn't the style of the old Las Vegas and you have to wonder how long this continues before the casino industry kills the goose that laid the golden egg.

Friday, March 30, 2018

NetEnt Signs Supply Deal With Caliente

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NetEnt Signs Supply Deal With Caliente

Casino game developer giant and digital casino solutions provider, NetEnt, is continuing their expansion on the markets of Central and Latin America. This time, they've signed a partnership agreement with the Mexican operator, Caliente, which is the company’s latest step towards expanding their presence on regulated markets worldwide. This is the brand’s second deal of this kind in the country.

Caliente, which is the leading online gambling operator in Mexico, will thus be providing the developer’s suite of award-winning, cutting-edge gaming titles to their punters in this Central American country. Caliente Casino is the most popular in Mexico as well, so their numerous players will be delighted to be able to enjoy slot titles from such an esteemed developer.

Emilio Hank, Caliente Interactive's CEO, comments: “We are very excited to integrate NetEnt’s world class gaming portfolio. We are confident the games will expand our growth and solidify our leadership in the regulated Mexican market.”

Bjorn Krantz, NetEnt Americas LLC Managing Director, says: “I am very pleased that Caliente has selected us as a business partner for online casino. They are a true frontrunner in Mexico, and a major player within the regulated online gaming space. I am convinced that we can support them to drive online casino growth and to provide the best-in-class entertainment experience to their player community.”

NetEnt has also recently dismissed their long-standing CEO Per Eriksson because the Board of Directors found that the company did not meet the financial expectations during 2017.

Source:

“NetEnt continues LatAm expansion with Caliente deal for Mexico”, netent.com, March 29, 2018.

UKGC settles with Skybet over self-exclusion weaknesses

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UKGC settles with Skybet over self-exclusion weaknesses

The Gambling Commission in the United Kingdom has levied a £1,000,000 penalty against Skybet for “failing to protect vulnerable customers,” according to a statement issued by the UKGC earlier this week. After an investigation, the commission determined that Skybet failed in their social responsibility by not honoring self-exclusion initiated by gamblers who might have felt […]

Pragmatic Play goes live with Royal Panda

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Pragmatic Play goes live with Royal Panda

Leading online casino games provider Pragmatic Play has announced a new deal with online casino operator Royal Panda. The deal enables Pragmatic Play to integrate its entire slots portfolio including such popular titles such as Gold Rush and Vegas Nights, into the online gaming site. Pragmatic Play’s games will be live in areas where Royal Panda offers […]

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Becomes Bethard's Ambassador

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Becomes Bethard's Ambassador
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Becomes Bethard's Ambassador

A world-famous football phenomenon (that's soccer, for our US-based friends), the Swedish superstar, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has recently signed two massive deals that will take his amazing career to further heights. Having completed his stint with Manchester United, Zlatan has signed a contract for the MLS club LA Galaxy where he will be playing starting next season. Also, he has become an ambassador for the Swedish betting operator, Bethard!

Ibrahimovic – whose stellar career had him playing for all the major European teams: Ajax, Juventus, Milan, Inter, Barcelona, Paris St Germain and United – will be also taking on duties concerning the development of the company's offering. Zlatan himself said he is very pleased to be working with Bethard, having already rejected several other betting companies: “I have obviously been intensively courted by betting companies throughout my career, but up until now I have not been presented to anything that has triggered me. With Bethard, there was something different. It’s a company with Swedish roots, the founders are from my home town and they are true challengers who really wants to do things differently.”

The Swedish betting operator’s co-founder and chief executive, Erik Skarp comments: “We have taken a bold decision to start building a next generation sports betting brand and we are of course super excited to welcome Zlatan onboard. This move marks the starting signal for us. Through the agreement we will not only have an outstanding brand ambassador, but also a very engaged co-owner who I know will push us relentlessly forward.”

Ibrahimovic is already making their appearance on Bethard Casino as the recurring theme of “winning in the world of high odds.”

Check out the highly-amusing promotional video:

Source:

“Zlatan Ibrahimovic teams up with Bethard.com”, bethardgroup.com, March 27, 2018.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Win Systems to showcase new casino products during FADJA

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Win Systems to showcase new casino products during FADJA

After a successful 2017 and 2018 thus far, with highlights such as ICE Totally Gaming especially, Win Systems is ready to continue extending its reach in the Americas by showcasing a large range of its casino management systems and products at Feria Americana De Juegos De Azar (FADJA) April 5-6 at the CORFERIAS International Business and Exhibition […]

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Space-Themed Genesis Casino to Launch Soon

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Space-Themed Genesis Casino to Launch Soon

Are you up for a little space race? The stars have perfectly aligned and the countdown is nearing completion – the brand new Genesis Casino is about to orbit the Earth and it's our pleasure to spread the word!

While some casinos have their head in the clouds, this new offering will be a bit further away – among clusters of galaxies, planets and asteroids. As the official description of the casino states, “In a million miles, along a highway in the sky, is where it all began” - this universe-themed online casino embodies everything that's best about modern, imaginative aesthetics and its visual appearance promises to be among the very best. Some of the design elements it will employ are vast areas of deep space, colorful nebulas and surreal images of astronauts conquering alien grounds – whilst enjoying their gambling pastime. Certainly one of the more stunning casinos we've seen design-wise…

There are a few things that we're already familiar with concerning the site – it will boast an enviable collection of more than 1300 games, all developed and supplied by such industry's staples like NYX, Play'n GO, Quickspin, NetEnt, Evolution Gaming and Microgaming.

Banking options will also be numerous – punters will have no trouble depositing and cashing out via Visa, Mastercard, Trustly, Neteller, Skrill, Ukash, Entropay, Zimpler, Euteller, Giropay etc. The site promises “seamlessly fast payment methods,” so that too is something to cheer about.

A welcome bonus promotion is on hand for all the newcomers. All newly registered players will get a $/€ 1000 / KR 10,000 welcome bonus on the first FOUR deposits along with 300 extra spins! There will be plenty of other promos to look forward to as well, and all of them will be in one way or another space-related: we can tell you that names of some of them will be Lucky Star and Lightspeed Monday.

Genesis Casino deems itself the “genuine entertainment ecosystem” - and while we're certainly taken by the hype, we can't wait until the time has come for the casino to go live and we can try it on our own. We'll also be bringing you our official review of the casino as soon as it's online. Stay tuned for more development on this!

Poker pro Indicted in $6.2M Super Bowl & World Cup Ticket Scam

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Poker pro Indicted in $6.2M Super Bowl & World Cup Ticket Scam
Federal prosecutors stated that a poker player from California faces charges that he duped investors out of more than $6 million in a Super Bowl and World Cup ticket-flipping scam. On March 15, Thursday, Seyed Reza Ali Fazeli, age 49, a poker player resident of Orange County, California, had been indicted at the U.S. Attorney's Office on two felony counts of wire fraud, which can potentially send him to jail for up to 40 years. From May 2016-May 2017, Fazeli managed to raise a total of $6.2 [...]

Japanese legislators agree on casino visit restrictions

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In Japan, the ruling Liberal Democratic/Komeito coalition government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (pictured) has reportedly agreed to include a measure in the coming Integrated Resort Implementation Bill that will limit the number of times local players may visit a casino. According to a Tuesday report from The Japan Times newspaper, the novel anti-addiction stipulation […]

NetBet Adds Realistic Games Products To Portfolio

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NetBet Adds Realistic Games Products To Portfolio

Award-winning casino supplier, Realistic Games and sportsbook operator, NetBet, have signed a content agreement that includes the integration of the supplier’s casino offerings. Recent additions with three and five reels, Win Sprint, Symmetry and Time Is Money are also part of the offer as well as 3D releases and deluxe games whose mobile versions are currently being developed. Apart from casino titles, mini games and pull-tabs, smash hits and favorites Super Graphics Upside-Down and Six Appeal have also been confirmed.

Speaking on the agreement, the commercial director of Realistic, Robert Lee, expressed satifsfaction about providing the company’s finest products to a platform such as NetBet which is popular across different countries. In the coming months, a new series of exciting casino titles will be added to the portfolio and the group is working hard on delivering an even greater gaming experience. At the same time, Gavin Wong, the casino’s content manager pointed out the performance of offerings which cover all platforms and a variety of devices.

ReGaL suite is available through a simple integration whose presence on digital gaming markets has increased in the past two years. The studio specializes in creating not only premium slots, but also roulette, blackjack and fixed odd games that can easily adapt to the sportsbook’s amazing catalog. A lot of classy online venues and operators such as BetVictor, Ladbrokes, bet365, William Hill, Gala Bingo, Bede, Gaming Realms, NYX, Leo Vegas, Vera & John, GVC and The Kindred Group have signed a content deal with the company after it went into production in 2011.

Likewise, NetBet represents a truly staggering platform for online betting with superb promotional offers in each category: sport, in-play, casino, live casino, vegas, lottery and poker. Their services are offered in several different languages and all of them are licensed by the UK Gambling Commission and Alderney Gambling Control. All major payment methods including VISA, NETeller, Skrill, Qiwi, PayPal, Trustly and others are available and help center can be reached from 09:00 to 23:00 (GMT+1).

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“NetBet to Integrate Realistic Games Content”, maltaigamingsummit.com, March 26, 2018.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Yggdrasil inks content deal with Stanleybet

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Yggdrasil inks content deal with Stanleybet

Provider of superior online and mobile casino games, Yggdrasil Gaming, has inked a content deal with Liverpool-based operator and manager of sports betting shops, Stanleybet, which will see its wide range of titles in Italy. In addition to popular gaming content, Yggdrasil will also provide the operator with access to its social sharing tool, BRAG […]

Jaime Staples and Younger Bro Win $150K Weight Loss Prop Bet from Bill Perkins

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It has finally been a year since poker player and hedge fund manager Bill Perkins challenged Jaime Staples and his brother Matt to a lucrative prop bet - that both brothers need to get within 1 pound bodyweight of each other in one year in order to win $150,000. If they lose, they only have to shell out $3,000. Their initial weigh in was made 6 days after the bet, in which Jaime's weight was at 310 lbs (140 kg) whereas Matt was only 135 lbs (60 kg). Fast forward to February 2018, Jaime was abl[...]

Ladbrokes Loses £71 Million Tax Case

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Ladbrokes Loses £71 Million Tax Case

Ladbrokes betting group has had quite a dispute with HMRC UK tax authorities – in 2008, Ladbrokes and Deloitte (their accountant firm) deployed a corporate tax scheme by using a loophole that was shut down by the UK government later on, after it was used by numerous other organizations.

The company handed in an appeal over the £71 million ($100 million) tax case that was just rejected by the Court of Appeal. This was its third attempt at winning a rebate and it seems their decade-long battle has come to an end.

The case was with UK Tribunal Court last year already and it was rejected then, which is when Ladbrokes appealed. At first, when HMRC warned the brand that the company has failed to pay taxes, the betting group accepted to pay it. However, soon after they attempted to get the money back. They were permitted to take their case to the Court of Appeal who found that “UK tax rules prevented Ladbrokes' attempt at tax advantage.”

HMRC spokesperson commented: “We are pleased that the Court of Appeal supports HMRC’s view that Ladbrokes were attempting to avoid corporation tax. Avoidance schemes like this just don’t work and HMRC will always take firm action against them. HMRC wins nine out ten avoidance cases we take to court.”

Ladbrokes representative also weighed in, saying: “We note the court ruling. This was a case regarding taxes already paid and accounted for, so while the case may have been given against us, it has no bearing on our numbers.”

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“Ladbrokes fails to recoup £71m from HMRC as court rejects rebate claim in long-running tax spat”, Rogers Alexandra, cityam.com, March 22, 2018.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Unibet Open announces two new partnerships

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Unibet Open announces two new partnerships

Professional as well as recreational poker players will be glad to hear that the Unibet Open has recently signed two new partnerships to provide even more great game play options, ensuring the best live poker festivals for everyone. Unibet Open has partnered with the Cash Game Festival and the Unibet Deepstack Open, to provide top […]

UEFA and ESSA team up to stop match-fixing in football

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European football’s governing body UEFA has announced the signing of an information-sharing agreement with international betting integrity body ESSA (Sports Betting Integrity), a move which it hopes will strengthen UEFA’s campaign to rid football of match-fixing

AmSoGood Makes a Quick $117k from Viktor �Isildur1' Blom at PokerStars online PLO tables

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On March 21, 2018 Wednesday, player AmSoGood made a quick but sweet $117,000 off of Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom after defeating him at a heads-up PLO match in the wee hours that day. The two sat down just after midnight struck at a $200/$400 PLO table, and they then had a second go at it a quarter of an hour after that. Their total session lasted for only 37 minutes, had 80 hands total on the first table and 41 on the second. AmSoGood won on both tables - $62,265 and then $55,387 - thus makin[...]

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Bitcoin Exchanges' Web Traffic Decline by Half

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Bitcoin Exchanges' Web Traffic Decline by Half

Bitcoin skepticism continues to be a thing and this has, unfortunately, struck the global cryptocurrency market as well. January and February were particularly poor months in terms of prices and performances, driven by the sharp decline in the cryptocurrency’s value (right now, 1 BTC trades for about $8400). Besides many blows to the regulatory market and operators, now the Bitcoin exchange websites are reporting a staggering nosedive in visits per month.

February was not a good month if you're operating a major bitcoin and/or cryptocurrency exchange – the web traffic of the most vital websites of this kind rose during December and part of January, only to plummet significantly in February. On average, the visits have fallen by half.

Here is the breakdown for some of the most visited cryptocurrency exchange websites: Coinbase, which had 169.5 million visits in December 2017, only had 63.1 million visits in February – a 49% decline from January's 123.5 million. Kraken has it even worse - it fell by 56%, from January's 31.7 million to just 13.8 million in February. Similarly, Binance dropped by 54%, from 191.5 to 87.3 million.

These numbers are a symptom of the ongoing distrust in cryptocurrencies, particularly Bitcoin who was at the center of much turmoil since it's stellar 2017. Recently we've reported on another big decline, that of Bitcoin's plummet to a two-year low. Why are people, by the looks of it, losing interest in the cryptocurrency exchange? There are a couple of factors that could've led to this. Firstly, the very poor joint price performance of all cryptocurrencies during January and February (with possibly the only exception being Litecoin who is doing well). Secondly, the impossible rise in the value during the last months of 2017 prompted too huge a number of investors to start pouring money in the Bitcoin ecosystem, which set a bar that could hardly be repeated. Consequently, it may be that the aforementioned decline in Bitcoin transactions may have been caused by the smaller volume of adoption and usage. The only upside to this emptying of the market is that fees have been brought down.

Source:

“Monthly Web Traffic For Major Bitcoin Exchanges Falls by Half”, Mizrahi Avi, bitcoin.com, March 23, 2018.

NetEnt AB goes back in time with new Hotline video slot

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NetEnt AB goes back in time with new Hotline video slot

After unveiling its Asgardian Stones title late last month, online casino games innovator NetEnt AB has now revealed that it went back in time for the theme of its latest video slot innovation, Hotline. Stockholm-listed NetEnt AB described Hotline as a five-reel video slot that is the first to offer ‘a unique multi-level bonus bet […]

Yggdrasil Unveils Easter Island Slot

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The mighty Yggdrasil has summoned all of their mythological power and, just in time for Easter, took it to Pacific's vast waters to gift us yet another future classic – the ocean-bound Easter Island video slot.

In a remote spot of the world's biggest Ocean, far off the coast of Latin America, lie the mysterious Easter Islands – known for their enormous head sculptures whose origins are yet unknown. But it's not all about mystique; this is also one of the places on Earth where human foot trod the least, keeping the place intact and as exotic as it can be. It's this rare setting where the latest reel spinning magic will unfold.

This 5-reel video slot contains expanding symbols, sticky Wilds, a host of Easter Island-related symbols such as head statues, seagulls, Maori artifacts and more. The game's central attraction is, by all means, the Symbol Swap Respin feature. In it, each win will trigger a respin and the winning symbol will replace all high value or low value symbols on the reels.

Jonas Strandman, Yggdrasil Gaming's Head of Slots, comments: “Easter Island is the perfect pep up for those with an adventurous spirit. Players will be treated to exciting winning combinations as they trigger the novel ‘symbol swap respin’ and take advantage of the expanding reels. With the big wins on offer, those who make the trip won’t be in a hurry to return to the mainland anytime soon.”

The title is developed entirely on the company's cutting-edge responsive technology making the game run smoothly on desktop devices as well as on tablets and smartphones. It will also contain the usual batch of Yggdrasil's promotion tools, BOOST.

Take a look at the official game trailer:

Source:

“Yggdrasil takes players to Pacific paradise in new slot Easter Island”, yggdrasilgaming.com, March 22, 2018

Saturday, March 24, 2018

CryptoSlots Launching as an All Cryptocurrency Casino

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CryptoSlots Launching as an All Cryptocurrency Casino

LCB’ers, we’re soon to head into the month of April and warmer weather is on the horizon with the start of spring just a couple days ago. With the commencement of a new season, it is only fitting to share with you that a new casino is also headed your way! Want the details? Of course, you do! CryptoSlots is the name and it’s scheduled to go live this May. They say, ‘April showers bring May flowers,’ but in this case, a wide range of games and fabulous wins will be in full bloom.

No exact date during the month of May has been released just yet, but you can bet we’re going to stay on top of this and let you know as soon as we hear anything. The casino will be open to players across the globe and it has put out the word that security and anonymity will be at the top of its priority list. Players will have access to provably fair games and the ability to complete transactions using solely cryptocurrencies, hence its name. Digital currencies such as Bitcoin, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash will all be eligible for use.

Members can also try for their chance to win big via the new Jackpot Trigger. Players may collect tokens to try for a massive $1,000,000 jackpot! Sister to brands such as Slotland and WinADay Casino (which just recently launched Bitcoin cash on March 17th), users contemplating registering an account to this site when it goes live can rest easy knowing it has such popular relatives leading the way for what can only make for one impressive offering.

Stay tuned…

Golden Entertainment Incorporated inks estate-wide Synkros deal

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Golden Entertainment Incorporated inks estate-wide Synkros deal

American casino operator Golden Entertainment Incorporated has announced the signing of an agreement that will see it replace the existing management systems at four recently-acquired locations with the Synkros innovation from gaming machine innovator Konami Gaming Incorporated. Golden Entertainment Incorporated revealed that the coming months will see Synkros rolled out at its Aquarius Casino Resort […]

Friday, March 23, 2018

Scientific Games launches Jin Ji Bao Xi™

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Scientific Games launches Jin Ji Bao Xi™

After successfully launching Duo Fu Duo Cai in Macau, Scientific Games Corporation is ready to release another new title. The Asian linked progressive Jin Ji Bao Xi™ has been installed for the first time ever in Macau, set to launch in the Philippines and Cambodia in the near future. The new game is the latest […]

NetEnt Pays Out Two Jackpots In 24 Hours

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NetEnt Pays Out Two Jackpots In 24 Hours

Producers of the largest online jackpots in iGaming have proven their worth for the umpteenth time after two players managed to strike multimillion cash prizes on progressive slots from NetEnt in the same day! The company celebrates as life-changing spins on Mega Fortune and Mega Fortune Dreams pave way for two new multi-millionaires and members of popular gaming venues PokerStars and Unibet.

The smaller jackpot in the amount of €2,667,743.19 was won by a UK player on March 7th after placing a single €1.00 bet per spin. Convinced that he is about to lose all his money, the Brit put his hand over the screen and pushed the button. Little did he know that the game would trigger a multimillion cash prize and change his life in an instant! The PokerStars player even admitted he almost passed out, as it was really hard for him to believe that a €2M jackpot is real.

The story doesn’t end there. On the very same day, a Unibet customer from Sweden hit an even greater prize reaching an astounding €4,084,430.35. It is the second mammoth PJP in 2018 and the supplier is pleased that Mega Fortune slots continue putting smiles on players’ faces all over the world. Henrik Fagerlund, chief product officer is delighted that more and more gamers are choosing the company’s thrilling and rewarding titles.

Furthermore, leading providers of digital gaming solutions have recently published their latest release, Hotline. According to developers, it contains a unique multi-level bonus bet feature and top-quality audio in the style of 80s that will not only take players to retro Miami with palm trees, sunsets and fast cars but also provide them a great opportunity to experience several innovative segments filled with re-spins, extra rounds and expanding wilds. The game can be found at partner casinos such as Guts, Casino Luck, Vera & John and other.

Check out the preview:

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“NetEnt celebrates after second life-changing jackpot drops on same day”, netent.com, March 20, 2018.

Olimp Casino Caught Running Pirated Software

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Little is known about Olimp Casino, other than the fact they are a shady-looking venue with what seems to be a collection of falsified slots. Some of our members noticed software irregularities as well, and after thoroughly investigating the site, we regretfully report this operator fails to meet necessary requirements that make a decent gaming site. LCB team has researched countless piracy cases so far, accumulating vast experience in the process. However, there is no need for much practical knowledge to recognize something is amiss here!

Olimp offers little to no background information on the platform itself. We were unable to determine when launched, who owns the site or where the software comes from. They appear to operate without a license, as there is no evidence nor mention of any kind of a legal permit in the terms and conditions, or anywhere else on the website.

The introductory sequences, as well as the complaints sections of the T&C usually contain some information about the owner company and regulator, but here this is omitted either accidentally or intentionally. Some parts of the website are in Russian and the pirated domains look familiar, while other aspects that might point to a well-known rogue group targeting Eastern European markets - poor English translation, predatory bonus terms, fake license validators - are not present here. It might very well be another brand from the Welcome Partners rogue network, but we can't be certain.

Fake Games: Signs to Watch Out For

What we do believe, based on our findings, is that their games are not genuine. Within the suite, we found fake versions of Novomatic and Net Entertainment video slots. Key features such as hosting servers, menus, and launchers do NOT match the providers' official products. We will show our readers why we think these are bogus titles on the example of a popular slot Columbus Deluxe developed by Novomatic, and a branded NetEntrelease Dracula.

As always, the first thing to check is the source code and domain where the games are hosted. As expected, it is a pirated domain without any similarity to either of the two official sources: https://olimp-casino.monkeyboxsrv.com/. Not only does it reveal foul play, but it is also a hint that gives away who might be the culprit - Welcome Partners group with over a dozen active sites using the same cheating tactic!

Pirated hosting domain as evidenced by the source codes in the supposed Novomatic and NetEnt products found at Olimp :

Loading and Starting Screens can Easily Reveal a Counterfeit

Launching Columbus Deluxe slot, it is obvious the loader looks nothing like that of the original Greentube products. Anyone who has ever played this game can spot the discrepancies right away, and should it happen to you too, don't hesitate to close the game immediately and report your suspicions to us! Experienced players and fan of this developer know that their countdown load timer is a circle, not a bar! Proceeding into the gameplay, players are presented with a number of slot machine images, laid out in multiple rows, to pick from. As you can see below, none of this is present in the versions we found at Olimp. Furthermore, during spinning it is very clear the interface and layout feature additional buttons, colors and design elements that otherwise do not exist in the legitimate version.

Strange-looking loader of Columbus Deluxe:

Compare the above image with the GENUINE Novomatic launcher and starting screen:

How the REAL Columbus Deluxe slot appears during the gameplay:

Stay Away from Olimp Casino!

If this is indeed another Welcome Partners scam, it is worrying that they continue with the piracy network even after being exposed to the gaming community. Please do not be fooled by the improved English version of the site, or lulled into complacency by numerous, seemingly player-friendly bonus offers. This site is not worth it, no matter where you reside or what your other options are. There are better, honest and licensed gaming sites where you can have a great time and a genuine chance to win, cash-out and walk away satisfied with the service.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Dumb Call made by Antonio Esfandiari at Poker After Dark session with Hollywood Celebs, still wins $283,000 Pot

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Dumb Call made by Antonio Esfandiari at Poker After Dark session with Hollywood Celebs, still wins $283,000 Pot
Poker After Dark's pro/celeb week, entitled "Moving Violations" featured a lineup of poker pros and Hollywood celebs such as Jennifer Tilly, Don Cheadle as well as producer Randall Emmett. A video shared on Youtube described it as: "Moving Violations" week was all about Hollywood, but in one hand, Antonio Esfandiari attempts to felt his star-studded counterparts. Jennifer Tilly has top set and Don Cheadle has top two, but "The Magician" wants to gamble with his draw for a $250,000 pot." On Pok[...]

LCB Member Awards Adds Two More Casinos

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LCB Member Awards Adds Two More Casinos
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Thunderbolt Casino Introduces RTG's Cai Hong Slot

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Thunderbolt Casino Introduces RTG's Cai Hong Slot
Thunderbolt Casino Introduces RTG's Cai Hong Slot

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