Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Apax Partners to assume control of Genius Sports Group Limited

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British private equity advisory firm, Apax Partners, has announced the signing of a definitive agreement that is to see it pay an undisclosed amount in order to assume a majority stake in sports data technology, distribution and integrity services firm, Genius Sports Group Limited. Existing team to remain in place: According to an official Monday press […]

Realistic Games Introduce First 3D Roulette

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Renowned aggregator of premium casino gaming, Realistic Games, has finished the development of its very first 3D table game!

Realistic Roulette will debut in all partner casinos such as Videoslots and Bet365, delivering a live environment and cutting-edge technology. The software will also be available on mobile, desktop and tablet with unparalleled accuracy and traits.

The group recently launched slots, Clockwork Mice, Slot It In! and Black Ice, but promised a true revolution in the table games vertical. According to the commercial director, the latest release will give players an experience like no other due to the effects of an immersive gameplay with real-world ball spins.

Innovative 3D Technology

By using the latest technology achievements such as WebGL, Realistic has reached the next level in development, which allows all players to tilt, pan and change the view of the game. To get the best possible experience, table game enthusiasts will use real life ball spins in an authentic environment, optimized for the younger generation.

The game includes numerous camera options, product updates, La Partage rule and unrivalled clarity...

It supports all major browsers, and it also can be played in two languages – English and Chinese. The RTP is set between 97.30% and 98.65% whereby the maximum payout is entirely configurable.

Quality Product With Engaging Features

Commercial director at Realistic, Robert Lee, is convinced of the instant success of 3D Roulette thanks to the product’s quality characteristics and innovative mechanics.

A high-end table game with supreme graphics, sound effects and animations is truly a unique addition to the market and partners from various divisions are going to merge an important part to their libraries, added Lee.

2018 Triton Poker SHR HK$1M Short Deck NLHE won by Kenneth Kee for $2,925,000

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2018 Triton Poker SHR HK$1M Short Deck NLHE won by Kenneth Kee for $2,925,000
Kenneth Kee came so close in taking down the first event of the 2018 Triton Poker High Roller Series Jeju on July 25, and he only finished as runner-up when he lost in a heads-up match against Nick Schulman in the HK$100,000 short-deck NLHE event. However, Kee didn't lose hope, because a week later he found himself in the same spot again, this time against Cary Katz at the HK$1,000,000 Short Deck NLHE event, and this one was truly meant for him as he won to take home the colossal first-place c[...]

Monday, July 30, 2018

Choctaw Casino & Resort to host WPT

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The World Poker Tour is back in Oklahoma in just a few days, as the Choctaw Casino & Resort will be hosting the WPT Choctaw event. Running from the 3rd to the 7th of August, the stop will mark the fourth year running that the WPT has traveled to Oklahoma for the main leg of […]

Judge Dismisses �Matt Kirk versus Leon Tsoukernik' Poker Lawsuit

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The epic lawsuit between two poker pros that started since May 2017 has now finally come to an end, and the final verdict possibly does not bode well for one of them. Based on court documents filed in Clark County District Court at the end of June 2018, a judge had "dismissed with prejudice the entire case" between Aussie poker pro Matt Kirk and Czech casino owner Leon Tsoukernik. District Court Judge Linda Marie Bell wrote, "Having come before the court by stipulation of the parties, the cour[...]

Sunday, July 29, 2018

GVC Holdings in merger talks with MGM Resorts

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GVC Holdings in merger talks with MGM Resorts

Isle of Man-based online gambling company, GVC Holdings, has reportedly confirmed it is engaged in talks regarding a merger with global hospitality and entertainment company, MGM Resorts International (MGM:New York). According to Sky News … The owner of British-based betting and gambling company, Ladbrokes Coral Group plc, will this week or as soon as Monday, […]

Pachinko remains king for Japanese gamblers

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Pachinko remains king for Japanese gamblers

In Japan, pachinko reportedly remains the most prevalent form of gambling with the amount spent by players enjoying the vertical pinball-like slot machines regularly topping approximately $200 billion every year. Revenues double earnings from automobile exports: According to a Thursday report from The Independent newspaper, the Japanese pachinko sector annually takes in about twice what […]

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Nolimit City Launches Hot Nudge Slot

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One rarely sees such a frantic flurry of business activity such as the one demonstrated by the major casino software supplier based in Stockholm and Malta, Nolimit City. The platform and tech solution prodigy has been having one heck of a spring/summer period.

As they continue to come up with various new partnerships and gaming titles, let us remind you that the company released its latest addition, Coins of Fortune, and has agreed upon a deal that will see them begin delivering games to one Mr Green Casino.

Wink-Wink, Nudge-Nudge

But before we go on refreshing your memory with all of the good stuff they've done recently, let's take a look at the brand-new slot sensation, Hot Nudge. The game, which is already live with operators, is a total norm-breaker and bears a certain uniqueness.

This is a 5x4, 40-payline slot game that pays tribute to the classic Nudge feature. Its “hair raising gameplay” is based on diesel-punk aesthetics (think steam-punk on steroids) with constant flaming Wilds and up to 10x multipliers on any given spin!

Potentially dishing out huge wins, this HTML5 game, available on all devices, will appeal to high-rollers.

In Starring Roles

In the sense of sound and visuals, the game is nothing short of a miracle, with a metal contraption serving as reels/slot machine itself, filled with majestically designed symbols like Queen of Steam, Jack of Punk, King of Diesel, Hot Scatters and...

...and on the audio side of things, a gentle, dark-ambient score creates a perfect industrial backdrop for a bleak theme.

Landing at least three scatters will trigger a round of 7 extra spins. The symbols are, in general, expanding and you can get additional extra spins by landing only one more scatter and the number of nudges down.

Nolimit City guarantees that “that this bonus round is sure to drive the thickest skinned to a heated fury that can reap highest rewards.” Well, that sounds good, doesn't it?

The Chief Says

Nolimit City's Product Owner, Per Lindheimer, comments...

“Hot Nudge takes a gritty turn into the diesel-punk world where the persistent may conquer. We always loved the nudge feature in classic games and are very pleased to be able to incorporate it into different features. There are some massive hits in the game and that x10 multiplier sure will get the adrenaline pumping!

During the past months, the company has been busy over their heads and have inked supply deals with Soft2Bet, Bethard, Gaming Innovation Group and Suprnation.

Check the game out and let us know your thoughts:

Source:

“Hot Nudge – Now Live”nolimitcity.com, July 26, 2018.

Gamenet Group SpA purchasing rival GoldBet

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Gamenet Group SpA purchasing rival GoldBet

Italian gaming operator Gamenet Group SpA has reportedly announced a deal that is to see it pay out approximately $310 million in order to purchase all of the capital in domestic rival GoldBet. Combined entity to be ‘clear leader’ in Italy: According to a report from iGamingRadio.com, Guglielmo Angelozzi, Chief Executive Officer for Rome-headquartered Gamenet […]

Delta Corp Limited success highlights land-based possibilities

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Delta Corp Limited success highlights land-based possibilities

Indian gaming and hospitality operator Delta Corp Limited has reportedly released its second-quarter financial results showing an over 92.5% increase year-on-year in operational net profit to $6.06 million alongside a 48% rise in overall revenues to $28.51 million. Gross gaming revenues rocket: According to a Wednesday report from GGRAsia, Delta Corp Limited is responsible for […]

Friday, July 27, 2018

Massachusetts regulator delays Brockton casino talks until September

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC), which voted against a $677m casino-and-hotel complex for Brockton two years ago, said it will reconsider the project later this September

Snaitech Enters Spanish Market, Playtech to Follow

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Snaitech Enters Spanish Market, Playtech to Follow

Italian developer, Snaitech, is making their first move to foreign markets by entering a deal that will see their brand of tech solutions delivered to Spanish players.

The company has managed to secure the B2B Spanish license (from their regulator, DGOJ) and will therefore swiftly introduce their Smart Technology offer to operators in this Western European nation.

What's on the Menu?

Snaitech will be putting various online and mobile app sports betting products, payment processing services and betting terminals...

The deal is being made with the help of BetSmart platform and Apuestas de Espana.

...And as Fabio Schiavolin, the company's managing director puts it: “The Snaitech universe is being transformed and is driving the company beyond its position as an Italian market leader. After launching in July, in the following months we want to expand our presence in the Spanish gaming sector in different autonomous communities.”

Impending Changes

Back in April, the software developing giant, Playtech, has completed the acquisition of Snaitech's 70.6% of shares for €846 million and has since been required to purchase the remainder of shares after securing approval from Italy's financial regulator, Consob.

At the moment, Playtech owns 96.5% of the Snaitech shares and will complete the full takeover on August 3rd.

This acquisition also means a change in personnel. Shiavolin will remain managing director of Snaitech until 2021, while Mor Weizer, Playtech CEO will become the chairman of the company.

Likewise, Playtech's Chief Financial Officer will be joining the board.

Weizer commented that this reshuffling would “improve the quality and diversification of group revenue, whilst delivering exposure to high growth end markets.”

Source:

“Snaitech enters Spain as Playtech deal nears completion”, igamingbusiness.com, July 26, 2018.

Operators reaffirm their interest in coming Japanese casinos

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Following last week’s passage of the Integrated Resort Implementation Bill, three of the world’s largest gambling operators have reportedly reaffirmed their interest in running one of Japan’s coming trio of integrated casino resorts. According to a Thursday report from GGRAsia, the past seven days have seen leading figures at Melco Resorts and Entertainment Limited, Las […]

Casino News Report - July 2018

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We’ll explore this month’s featured casinos and what they have going for you, see how you can win extra LCB credits while also becoming an expert on BBQ recipes and give you some hints on new casinos and how to make the most out of your membership for the next month.”

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US Congress Prepares to Tackle Crypto Regulation

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Last Thursday saw a series of lectures and hearings organized by the US Congress, with the aim of education and informing members of the Congress on the subject of cryptocurrencies.

Two sets of hearings were led by the House Committee and Agriculture and House Financial Services Committee. These were featuring a host of experts and authorities on the subject as well as industry figures speaking about the traditional currencies and finance. These lectures are hopefully going to facilitate the nation-wide regulation of cryptocurrencies.

What Went Down

Some of the esteemed and prominent names that were featured on this panel were Amber Baldet, CEO and co-founder of Clovyr; Daniel Gorfine, chief innovation officer of the Commodity and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC); and Scott Kupor, managing partner of Andreessen Horowitz.

So far, the US officials’ response to Bitcoin and digital assets in general was more reactionary – the climate now dictates that it becomes more proactive.

Daniel Gorfine himself put it like this…

“We all have the shared goal to bring clarity and certainty to the market but [we] also need to be sure that we are thoughtful in our approach and do not steer or impede the development of this area of innovation. Indeed, while some may seek the immediate establishment of bright lines, the reality is that hasty regulatory pronouncements are likely to miss the mark, have unintended consequences, or fail to capture important nuance regarding the structure of new products or models.”

Participating members were in agreement that investigation regarding cryptocurrencies is necessary, with Dr. Rodney J. Garratt, professor of Economica at the University of California Santa Barbara pointing out that Federal Reserve will, at some point in the future, “need to respond to the disappearance of cash.”

He offered the formation of retail-oriented central bank cryptocurrency, but not before there is a deeper understanding of monetary policy and financial stability.

Yay or Nay?

Garratt added that “crypto is already a currency to some degree,” when asked about whether it could replace fiat, saying that volatility could begin to decline as adoption increases.

Norbert Michel of Center for Data Analysis at the Heritage Foundation says, commenting on the widespread fear of crypto criminal activity: “Yes it is true that criminals have used bitcoin, but it’s also true that criminals have used airplanes, computers, and automobiles. We shouldn’t criminalize any of those instruments simply because criminals used them.”

R Street Institute senior fellow, Alex Pollock, asserted that central bank digital currency is “one of the worst financial ideas of recent times, but still quite conceivable.” He fears that central bank’s digital currency would increase bank’s powers.

Other nations, such as the small Mediterranean island of Malta, recognized as one of the world’s hubs for iGaming and digital assets, have already began regulating the crypto. Will USA fall in line next?

Source:

“US Congress: Yes to crypto, no to central bank crypto”, coingeek.com, July 20, 2018.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Provisional license for fifth Entertainment City integrated casino resort

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Provisional license for fifth Entertainment City integrated casino resort

Chinese real estate firm, Landing International Development Limited, has announced that one of its subsidiaries has been granted a provisional gaming license for the new integrated casino resort it is planning to build in the Philippines. Hong Kong-listed Landing International Development Limited revealed via an official filing (pdf) that its wholly-owned Landing Resorts Philippines Development Corporation […]

Integration sees Wazdan go live with EveryMatrix

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In December 2017, major casino games producer, Wazdan, agreed a deal to integrate its award-winning content onto the EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine platform. Per the agreement, the producer’s portfolio of innovative online slots, which players can enjoy on desktop, tablet and mobile, will now be made available to the UK-headquartered firm’s network of operators. According to the […]

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Crypto-friendly Mr Bit Casino Now Live

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No matter if it's sizzling hot or raining cats and dogs (or as Ella Fitzgerald sang, “when it sizzles and when it drizzles”), the day is beautiful when we have a brand new online casino to announce for you!

Our new place of worship is called…

Mr Bit and we can take a guess by its name, you know what it's mostly about. That's right – cryptocurrencies! Well, just Bitcoin for now really, but we won't be surprised to see a variety of digital assets added in near future.

What to Expect

This sister site to the well-established casinos such as SlotV, Drift and Frank is adorned in an elegant and classy navy blue, a fine coat for a cutting-edge design and architecture that provides modern-day functionalities needed for desktop and mobile operating.

The lovely design is underlined by its cleanliness and intelligent use of space. Its main menu is hidden to the left and can be always accessed, and the home page features a cool game genre filter that lets you quickly find what you're looking for in terms of entertainment.

A Multitude of Currencies & Promos

Aside from Bitcoin, Mr Bit has the bragging rights for accepting multiple other currencies such as Euro, US dollar and more. Bitcoin transactions are processed anonymously and instantly. A large amount of licensed games, with more being added every day, are all supplied by leading developers.

Promotion-wise, Mr Bit offers a cool cashback up to 10%, birthday presents, a cool VIP plan with bigger cashback, private tournaments and more bonuses.

Every Monday is reserved for Happy Hours granting extra spins. A special treat comes in the form of Bitpoints awarded for every bet made playing real money games! These can be exchanged for money without any wagering requirements!

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Are you looking forward to joining Mr Bit? Let us know in the comments below and in the meantime, we’ll be presenting you with our own review of it in no time.

Betsson AB inks ConversionBet player acquisition agreement

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Prominent online casino operator, Betsson AB, has announced the signing of a deal that will see it amplify the personalization capabilities of its Italian-focused, StarCasino.it via the use of immersive innovations from British behavioral remarketing firm, ConversionBet. Agreement designed to enhance ‘customer experience:’ According to an official press release published by European Gaming Media and Events, Stockholm-listed, Betsson […]

New casino may be on the cards for Saipan

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In the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a Japanese businessman has reportedly met with the Mayor of Saipan in order to discuss the possibility of opening various businesses including a new casino in the American territory. Return visit scheduled for August: According to a report from the Marianas Variety newspaper, Saipan Mayor David Apatang […]

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Red Tiger Gaming Teams Up With Jumpman

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One of the most prolific multi-brand casino owners and operators, Jumpman Gaming, is further enhancing their repertoire of gaming offers. Some months ago, they have access to Wazdan's full portfolio of slots and this UKGC-licensed operator has just struck a brand new partnership with another iGaming big-shooter.

The award-winning developer and supplier, Red Tiger Gaming, is the latest to sign a contract with Jumpman. This means that the company, founded in 2014 that today employs more than 200 people, will be delivering a full array of their HTML5-based games such as Dragon Luck, Totem Lightning, Treasure Mine and Tiki Fruits to casinos and bingo sites who belong on Jumpman's network.

Partnerships Galore

Red Tiger has hit a few milestones this year, first by reaching an agreement with Mr Green and then by inking another cooperative effort with Pomadoro. As part of the deal, Jumpman Gaming will also gain access to Red Tiger's Smart Spins bonusing platform.

Some of the websites belonging to Jumpman Gaming's network are Amazon Slots, Big Thunder Slots and Dove Bingo.

CEO's Opinion

Red Tiger Gaming's CEO, Gavin Hamilton, comments…

“Jumpman Gaming has established a strong casino network and we are excited to be delivering our games to their far-reaching customer base. Some of our most popular titles are already on site and we look forward to unveiling plenty more as the relationship develops.”

Jumpman Gaming's spokesperson says: “Red Tiger have a proven track record of developing slot games and it’s fantastic for us to have their games on our sites. Their games always offer a superb experience to players, as do their smart spins, so we are excited to be rolling them out across our brands and believe they will drive player engagement.”

Last year, Red Tiger won their first ever EGR Award in the Slots Provision category. In 2018, they bettered that success by clinching the RNG Casino Supplier of the Year and Mobile Supplier of the Year awards.

Source:

“Red Tiger Gaming Agrees Jumpman Deal”, Red Tiger Gaming Newsletter, July 23, 2018.

Blueprint Gaming Obtains Italian License

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One of the industry's leaders in the field of software and game production, UK-based, Blueprint Gaming, continues their global saga and international breakthrough by clinching a deal that will see them enter the market of Italy.

This comes after the company's portfolio of games got certified by the Italian regulatory body, AAMS, who have found their slot titles worthy in quality and content.

Spanish Market to Follow Suit

This move comes soon after Blueprint's recent foray into the markets of Romania and Denmark and with the company setting sights on the market of Spain that should follow in the months to come, it is clear that intentions of global expansion are real and are happening with firm intent and decisiveness.

Italy and its casino punters will thus soon be playing such classic titles as Genie Jackpots, King Kong Cash, TED and Wish Upon a Leprechaun.

The most recent title, This is Spinal Tap, will also be included in this batch of games to be integrated onto the market. The games will also feature the company's Jackpot King progressive system that can be custom tailored for every operator.

Managing Director Weighs In

Blueprint Gaming's Managing Director, Matt Cole, gives his two cents on this important milestone for the company…

“This year has seen us actively grow our presence in Europe’s regulated markets and I’m thrilled that our games are now live in Italy. The Italian iGaming industry continues to evolve and it was an important step for us to be involved in such an exciting territory. We’re confident that players in the region will enjoy our feature-rich games and look forward to working with operators active in the country.”

Blueprint's slots are played on over 100,000 land-based gaming terminals across the UK, Germany and Italy.

In April, another important piece of history was made when as much as five different slots by this company made it to the top 20 list of April's iGaming Tracker Rankings.

Source:

“Blueprint Gaming Expands into Italy”, Blueprint Gaming Newsletter, July 17, 2018.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Kansas warned against sports betting over-optimism

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Legislators in Kansas have reportedly been warned that bringing legalized sports betting to ‘The Sunflower State’ may not end up being the magic pill that will help them to solve an estimated $320 budget deficit. Revenue cannibalization warning: According to a Sunday report from local television broadcaster, WDAF-TV, the caution came as part of a study […]

BetChicago prepares for legalized sports betting market with Sportradar partnership

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Will Cryptocurrency Big Shots Become Banks?

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When you stop and ponder the road of cryptocurrency development over the years, the rise of digital money to the heights of mainstream and beyond, as they began doing business that is measured in billions of dollars, leads to the inevitable.

All of those once small startups and businesses that seemed far-fetched back in the day are suddenly buying bank shares, prompting the question: do crytpo exchanges, market makers and blockchain innovators have it in them to transform into banks themselves?

The Value of Bitcoin

As Bitcoin.com analysts estimate, the current value of the cryptocurrency market stands at more than $294 billion. That sure is a big leap from the original small community that started it all almost ten years ago.

Even though there are those among leading financial experts who are urging, ‘get out while you can’, it is admittedly difficult to ignore such a huge global movement that, despite its ups and downs, has shown serious resilience.

As business gets bigger and more complex, some of the market makers and cryptocurrency companies are dealing with growing amounts of money. Some of them have begun acquiring bank shares or even trying to transform into banks themselves.

Still Going Strong

Coinbase, for instance, is one of the digital assets firms who are still going strong and doing well for themselves. They have over 20 million users and so far, more than $150 billion worth of cryptocurrencies have been traded via this route. That's why the company's officials begun having meetings with US regulators in early 2018 as they look for banking licenses.

The cooperation between these bodies is quite close and successful thus far, as Federal bankers realize that Coinbase could offer plenty of banking options.

One of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, Binance, has acquired a 5% stake in Founders Bank based in Malta, a small Mediterranean country that is on the path to becoming the world's leaders in crypto technology and iGaming hotspot.

This is the world's “first global community-owned bank,” as Silvio Schembri, Office of the Prime Minister of Malta's junior minister for financial services, digital economy and innovation has said. As of now, Binance and Founders Bank are opting-in for a EU license for full-on regulation.

The Role of Litecoin

Likewise, the Litecoin foundation has recently purchased 10% of stakes at WEG Bank AG from Germany. WEG Bank, with the help of Litecoin Foundation and Tokenpay will be offering cryptocurrency services to customers, as Litecoin will be also integrated with WEG Bank – something the German conglomerate agreed upon even though Litecoin's value has had a sharp and rather dramatic decline since its peak value in December 2017.

What are your two cents on these trends and developments? Does this mean that crypto assets are still alive and well? Or does becoming a bank present a way out for these firms should anything tragic befall the world of cryptocurrencies? Feel free to comment below…

Source:

“Powerful Cryptocurrency Firms on the Road Towards Becoming Banks”, Redman Jamie, bitcoin.com, July 18, 2018.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Camel Rock Casino agrees licensing deal with VizExplorer

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Provider of operational intelligence (OI) solutions to the casino industry, VizExplorer, recently announced that it had entered into a new licensing agreement to initiate deployment of its campaignViz and floorViz solutions at the Camel Rock Casino in New Mexico. Highly competitive market: Owned and operated by the Pueblo of Tesuque, the entertainment facility opened in 1995. […]

IGT brings Fort Knox video slot to Portugal

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Gaming machine and systems innovator International Game Technology (IGT) has reportedly announced that its Fort Knox multi-level progressive jackpot video slot has made its debut in Portugal by being unveiled at Casino Vilamoura. Fort Knox Debut:  According to a Thursday report from G3Newswire… Fort Knox is housed in the New York-listed developer’s CrystalCurve cabinet, which […]

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Microgaming Prepares the Return of Agent Jane Blonde

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Big news for fans of slot sequels as Microgaming announces the imminent release of part of their legendary video slot series, Agent Jane Blonde, dubbed Agent Jane Blonde Returns!

The announcement was made at this year's iGB Live event in Amsterdam that took place this week. It has been stated that the driving force behind this project is the newly instated, Stormcraft Studios independent brand.

This will be Microgaming's second title created by Stormcraft Studios.

What You Can Expect

The original slot, a game of international intrigue and espionage, was developed and released in 2015 – ancient history by the standards of ever-changing technology and the iGaming industry.

Agent Jane Blonde Returns will be a five-reel, three-row, 15-payline game, making a comeback with some more stunning artwork, engaging gameplay and thrilling action. The game will feature retro, neon visuals stacked Wilds and a respin feature.

To emphasize the importance of this game's release, Microgaming's stand at iGB Live was fully branded with sneak-peaks of visuals from the upcoming title. Also, visitors of the stand were able to have a scoop of nine different ice-cream flavors – simulating a similar experience when presenting Fortunium early this year at ICE.

A Word from the CEO

Microgaming's Games Publisher, David Reynolds, had this to say about the game's release…

“Following the huge success of Fortunium, we are so excited for Stormcraft Studios’ next release with Agent Jane Blonde Returns. With stunning graphics and an atmospheric soundtrack that brings you into Agent Jane Blonde’s world of action and espionage, it’s sure to be a hit with both fans of the original and new players when it goes live.”

Most recently, Microgaming (in collaboration with Rabcat) released another Robin Hood-inspired slot game called Robin of Sherwood.

Source:

“Microgaming's lead heroine returns”, microgaming.co.uk, July 18, 2018.

La Jolla tribe adds gaming to local business

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La Jolla tribe adds gaming to local business

In northern San Diego County, a partnership between the federally recognized La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians and multinational oil and gas company, BP, will reportedly see the opening of the La Jolla Trading Post & Casino before the month’s end. The Valley Roadrunner newspaper reports…. Chief executive officer for the 700-member La Jolla tribe, […]

Japan Inches Closer to Gambling Legalization

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Japan Inches Closer to Gambling Legalization
Japan Inches Closer to Gambling Legalization

Japan is only one step away from fully regulating casino gambling. The country passed a legislation that will establish casinos this week, with an Integrated Resorts Implementation Bill adopted by the officials of the Committee on Cabinet in the House of Councilors.

One final obstacle remains before Japan gets the sought-after gambling legalization.

The bill was adopted despite the no-confidence motion planned by the anti-gambling opposition parties who are in some minority in Japanese parliament. The country's governing block is constituted by Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe's Komeito coalition and Liberal Democratic Party.

Implementation of the bill is being voted on as you read this article and the conclusion of the session of parliament is expected to take place on July 22nd.

Key Points

Some of the crucial points in this bill include a 30% tax on casino gross gaming revenue and an entry levy of $53 for all residents of the far-East country (population of 126 million people) who wish to enter online portals.

However, even if the bill gets fully adopted, which it most certainly will…

there remains an awful lot of work to be done, primarily in regards to creating first licensing system.

The first casino licenses are not expected to be issued before 2020, while some estimates say that the first casino resort, out of three planned by this legislation, could open in 2025.

Late last year, some of the largest financial companies in Japan have begun mining for Bitcoin, which they found is a good way of making extra revenue.

Source:

“Japan casino bill upper house committee nod, vote Friday”, ggrasia.com, July 19, 2018.

Friday, July 20, 2018

CYPRUS: Limassol casino visitorship exceeds expectations

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CYPRUS: Limassol casino visitorship exceeds expectations

Cyprus Casinos (C2) opened its doors to the public on June 28, since then 6,000-plus visitors have signed up for membership to the C2 Rewards Club loyalty program. Membership is not a requirement to gain entry into the casino, however, there is a 21-and-older age requirement. “strong, positive word of mouth and self-discovery by the […]

Tabcorp agrees $51 million penalty to exit Sun Bets deal in the UK

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Tabcorp agrees $51 million penalty to exit Sun Bets deal in the UK

Australian integrated gambling and entertainment company, Tabcorp Holdings (TAH.AX), on Thursday announced that it would pay Rupert Murdoch’s News UK a penalty of 39.5 million pounds ($51.4 million) to exit their struggling gaming joint venture with Sun Bets. The parties that have operated the UK online wagering and gaming business together since 2016 after having […]

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Golden Entertainment Incorporated to buy pair of southern Nevada casinos

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Golden Entertainment Incorporated to buy pair of southern Nevada casinos

American casino operator, Golden Entertainment Incorporated, has announced the signing of a definitive agreement that is to see it purchase the Colorado Belle Hotel and Casino Resort along with the Edgewater Hotel and Casino Resort from smaller counterpart, Marnell Gaming. Golden Entertainment Incorporated used an official Monday press release to reveal that the final purchase price […]

Wazdan Presents Fruits Go Bananas at iGB Live

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Wazdan Presents Fruits Go Bananas at iGB Live

During one of this year's biggest industry events in Amsterdam that gathers iGaming solution experts, operators, affiliates and software innovators in one place, iGB Live http://www.igblive.com/, casino game specialist, Wazdan, has played quite a successful part by officially releasing their brand-new blockbuster game – Fruits Go Bananas.

This is the tenth game released by Wazdan in 2018 – hot on the trails of the recently introduced, Highway to Hell. Comparatively, the company was releasing an average of 2 games per month during 2017, meaning they are outdoing themselves this year.

Fruits Go Bananas is a game featuring a zany and offbeat theme, amazing ambiance sounds and high-quality graphics created with mobile-friendly HTML5 architecture. This five-reel, five-payline slot contains such features as 2x multiplier wilds, two random wild features, extra spins and a gamble feature.

Earlier this year, Wazdan won the Hot Product Award at G2E Asia whilst being kept busy in their studios working on new titles. All of the recent games come with Wazdan's unique technology and tools, such as Volatility Levels, energy saving mode, double screen mode and unique gambling feature. Having expanded their portfolio by some measure, their proactive approach did not go unnoticed – multiple new partnership agreements have been signed this year, including the likes of EveryMatrix, Videoslots, SlotMillions, iSoftBet https://latestcasinobonuses.com/games/slots/isoftbet, Globalplay and so on. Recently, the company announced its relocation to Malta.

Wazdan's Head of Sales, Andrzej Hyla, comments on the launch of the game: “Wazdan aims to keep delivering exciting games like this for all their partner operators and players. Fruits Go Bananas™ is fruity fun, fast-paced and has a flexible bet selection thanks to our world's-first Volatility Levels™. I am very proud of the way our Game Development Team has added a modern twist to traditional fruits games. We are very excited to showcase this new content at iGB Live! and we will be revealing another wave of exciting releases moving towards SiGMA in Malta."

Source:

“Wazdan's Fruits Go Bananas at iGB Live”, wazdan.com, July 18, 2018.

Slotastic Awards Extra Spins on Panda's Gold

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Slotastic Awards Extra Spins on Panda's Gold
Slotastic Awards Extra Spins on Panda's Gold

Starting from Wednesday, July 18th, Slotastic kicks off an exclusive world premiere of Realtime Gaming's brand-new video slot – Panda's Gold! The game has been added to this famous online casino's wonderful portfolio of games. Along with the game's introduction comes a special promo offer that will run until the very end of the month, July 31st – players can claim 50 extra spins and a 150% introductory deposit bonus!

The offer is available to all July depositors. 50 extra spins on Panda's Gold can be claimed with the coupon code: BAMBOO50 and the maximum cashout for this is $200. A 150% deposit bonus, up to $777 has a minimum deposit requirement of $25 and can be collected with the coupon code, GOLDPANDA. These bonuses come with a 30x wagering requirement.

This game has 88 paylines and as much as three separate extra spins features with 8x multipliers. The game is set in the wilderness of China as we meet friendly pandas, birds and other animals. Some of the game's exclusive features include Scatter symbols which can trigger three different extra spins rounds. Three of them will initiate prosperity extra spins with triple payouts with Wild symbols. Four scatter symbols trigger a Wealth round that has 8x payouts, whereas five scatter symbols initiate the Fortune extra spins with a 5x multiplier and winning combinations that include a Wild pay 8x.

Panda's Gold can be enjoyed in all iterations of Slotastic– desktop, smartphone and tablet versions of it, as well as on their free Android App which is the most convenient way of accessing this casino.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Hard Rock International announces Hard Rock Hotel Dublin plans

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Hard Rock International announces Hard Rock Hotel Dublin plans

Less than three weeks after inaugurating its Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City and American casino operator, Hard Rock International, has announced that it plans to enter Ireland by opening a new 120-room boutique hotel in the heart of central Dublin. The Orlando-headquartered firm used an official Tuesday press release to reveal that it hopes […]

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Ontario casinos heading for American stewardship

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Ontario casinos heading for American stewardship

In Canada, it looks like the future operators of Casino Niagara and the nearby Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort are set to be American after local casino firms Great Canadian Gaming Corporation and Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Limited reportedly withdrew from the bidding process. According to a Sunday report from The Globe and Mail newspaper cited […]