Jun 08

Following a spectacularly well-received debut at ICE 2020, Evolution Gaming officially launches Live Power Blackjack.

Evolution Launches Live Power Blackjack Following Spectacular ICE 2020 Debut

There aren’t too many ‘new’ casino games that are received with fanfare these days. New blackjack variants, in particular, generally lack anything unique enough to perk the brows of avid players. But every once in a while, something comes along that actually generates a double-take from the game’s biggest fans; or, in this case, maybe a triple-take or quadruple-take.

I’m talking, of course, about Power Blackjack, the newest addition to the Evolution Gaming live casino menu. As the name cleverly implies, this exceptional variation of 21 gives players more power. “
More power to what?”, you ask… the power to bet, and win, (or lose) more money! Instead of the usual Double Down, players can take it a step or two farther with options to Triple Down or Quadruple Down.

Evolution Launches Live Power Blackjack

It’s been four months since Power Blackjack Live debuted at the ICE 2020 expo in London. Late last week, it was officially launched under the wing of Evolution’s live dealer ‘Infinite Blackjack’ wing. The Infinitive suite of games delivers an unlimited player experience, wherein a single table can accommodate an infinite number of players.

With this game giving all players the power the win up to 4x their wager, it’s sure to become one of the hottest new blackjack games of the year. At least, that’s what Chief Product Officer, Todd Haushalter, and the rest of the executive crew at Evolution Gaming are hoping for.

“The mission was to give players more of what they love about Blackjack without changing the underlying gameplay,” explained Haushalter in a press release regarding last week’s launch.

“We know that players love classic Blackjack, but we are always looking for new ways to keep it fresh,” he said. “Creating a version where players can triple and quadruple down, instead of just double down, felt like a great way to do this.”

The CPO went on to explicate the series of events that led to their production of live dealer Power Blackjack.

A few years ago we created Infinite Blackjack, which is simply a Blackjack platform that allows an unlimited number of players at just one table, instead of the standard seven seats. Building on the success of our proven Infinite format, we have created further new Blackjack game types such as Free Bet Blackjack and now Power Blackjack, with more to come in the future.”

How to Play Live Power Blackjack

The rules of the game follow that of traditional blackjack, except for a few minor alterations. Having such a player-friendly advantage, the game’s creators were required to skew the rules back into the casino’s favor. The end result was a set of rules that look like this:

  • 8 Decks
  • Dealer Stands on All 17s (Hard and Soft)
  • Double/Triple/Quadruple Down on any two-card hand
  • Split once, up to 2 hands
  • Double/Triple/Quadruple after split
  • No drawing to split Aces
  • Dealer peeks
  • 6-Card Charlie pays 1:1
  • Blackjack pays 3:2

By these rules, the house edge gives the casino a 1.2% advantage, equivalent to an RTP of 98.8%. That’s higher than the average online blackjack game, but not a terrible trade-off for players who value the entertainment factor above a strategically rendered return on investment.

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Apr 27

Microgaming and its partner studios introduce a staggering 11 new online slots games in April 2020.

More and more people are looking for ways to pass the time these days. The digital creators at Microgaming and each of its partner labs sure found a way, and they’re passing it on to the fans of their online slots games. When the month is out just a few days from now, they will have launched nearly one dozen new titles onto the menus of hundreds of Microgaming online casinos.

Microgaming Introduces 11 New Online Slots Games in April 2020

Microgaming’s New Online Slots Games for April 2020

Nine new titles have already been released in April 2020, with two more set for publication before the month is out. Their names, development studios and release dates are as follows:

  • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1X2gaming, 1 April)
  • Cheeky Fruits 5 (Gamevy, 2 April)
  • Arabian Spins (Booming Games, 2 April)
  • Anderthals (JFTW, April 7)
  • Hot Cross Bunnies Game Changer (Realistic Games, 9 April)
  • Diamond Force (Crazy Tooth Studio, April 14)
  • Arena of Gold (All41 Studios, April 21)
  • Spinosaurus (Booming Games, 23 April)
  • La Mina de Oro Plus (MGA, 27 April)
  • The Vault (Snowborn Games, April 28)
  • Psycho Candies (Gamevy, 30 April)

Cavemen, Gladiators, and Superheroes – Oh My!

Microgaming believes this month’s new releases are sure to be ‘reel’ crowd pleasers as they boast a wide array of themes, characters and features. From the charming cave-dwellers of Anderthals, to the proud gladiators of Arena of Gold; from the epic superheroes donning the reels of Diamond Force, to the enigmatic jewel thieves infiltrating The Vault; Microgaming’s online slots fans are experiencing a windfall of new games.

“April will see Microgaming strengthen its content portfolio with a variety of dynamic games from its network of independent studios and content partners,” says Microgaming Director of Global Operations, James Buchanan. “Rich in rewarding features, stunning visuals, a range of volatility levels, and diverse characters and styles, including striking gladiator and caveman themes, there is plenty of choice available for our customers this month.”

Psycho Candies Online Slot Coming Friday

The real treat – if you don’t mind the pun – will be the upcoming April 30th release from Gluck Games; one of Microgaming’s newest and most intriguing partners to date. They’re publishing what can only be described as a schizophrenic variant of the unforgettable Candy Crush saga. This emotive masterpiece of marsh-melodrama, appropriately titled Psycho Candies, is sure to draw a lot of interest come this weekend.

New Psycho Candies Online Slot by Gluck Games for Microgaming

It’s a 6×6 reel game with cluster pays, where a cluster of 7 or more matching symbols in any consecutively adjacent positions triggers a payout. Features abound as the colorful candies fill the reels. As with all cluster-pay games, cascading reels occur whenever a win results. The winning symbols explode, making room for others to fall into place and potentially create more wins. Each consecutive cascading win increases the payout multiplier by 1x.

There is also a Jelly Pick’Em bonus game that awards instant credits, and a Cluster Bomb that explodes all positions around the winning symbols to make a lot more space for new ones to drop in. Four or more clustered Free Spins symbols will award between 12 and 22 free games. These work like cascading wins with a 1x multiplier increase per win, except that the multiplier doesn’t reset after a losing spin.

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Apr 16

Four new online slots from Play’N Go in April 2020.

Two New Online Slots from Play’N Go, Two More Coming this Month

Not everyone is sitting home bored these days. The creative minds behind Play’N Go slot machines are busier than ever. We’ve already seen two new games from the creator in April, and you can expect to see two more before the month is out. These new slots and their respective release dates are as follows:

  • That’s Rich Slot – April 9, 2020
  • Ring of Odin Slot – April 16, 2020
  • Annihilator Slot – April 23, 2020
  • Rally 4 Riches Slot – April 27, 2020

Four New Online Slots from Play’N Go in April

Let’s take a brief look at the new games currently or soon-to-be gracing the slots menus of Play’N Go-powered online and mobile casinos.

That’s Rich Online Slot

That's Rich Online Slot from Play'n Go

That’s Rich is a game that embodies all things affluent, from extravagant mansions to luxurious yachts, and stacks of cash to pricey accessories. These and more spin the circumference of the reels as palm leaves sway and gentles waves crash upon the shore of a tropical background. It all takes place on a 5×3 reel, 10 line video slot with a high variance and a 94.3% RTP.

Without a progressive jackpot, the returns seems awfully low. There aren’t many features to spice it up, either. The supermodel is an expanding wild, and three golden trophy scatters unlock the Win Spins feature (free spins), wherein a winning combo is guaranteed to land with each spin.

Ring of Odin Online Slot

Ring of Odin Online Slot from Play'n Go

This new title is sure to attract the masses, both thematically and aesthetically. The Greek mythology motif is one of the most popular of all slots themes worldwide, and Play’N Go has done a fantastic job designing its dark and alluring graphics. It’s all rolled up into a 5×3 video slot with 20 pay lines and a high-volatility RTP of 94.2%.

Again, we’re seeing a game with a low return, but this time, the features just keep coming. The randomly (and frequently) triggered Odin’s Ring initiates a respin with mirrored symbols that increase win rate and offer a chance to trigger the much more lucrative Draupnir Respins. Triggering Foresight Free Spins awards 4 free games with the Odin’s Ring feature active for each.

Annihilator Online Slot

Annihilator Online Slot from Play'n Go

Canadians especially will enjoy this upcoming title from Play’N Go, themed around the 1980’s heavy metal thrash band. Featuring the vocals of John Bates and lead guitarist Jeff Waters, Annihilator is the highest selling Canadian thrash metal band in history. Now, they’ve been immortalized on the 5×3 reels of this epic video slot.

While the license-branded theme is sure to appeal to a niche market, the games features may draw less enthusiasm. Similar to the games above, the Annihilator Slot comes with 10 pay lines, a high variance, an RTP of 94.2%, and only two notable features – free spins and expanding wilds.

Rally 4 Riches Online Slot

Rally 4 Riches Online Slot from Play'n Go

This game remains a mystery in almost every way. The only clues we can gather information from are the name and the teaser graphic, both of which imply a racing theme. Sources indicate it will come in a standard 5×3 reel package, but even that hasn’t been officially confirmed.

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Mar 31

Three worst online casino game ideas that bombed.

What Were They Thinking? Worst Online Casino Game Ideas that Bombed

The online gambling industry is unique in many ways, one being that each internet casino presents limitless borders. An operator can pack in as many games as it wants and never run out of space. As such, virtual gaming floors are the perfect forum for testing out new game ideas.

In the last two decades, we’ve seen a lot of new games rise to ultimate glory. Microgaming’s 243 ways to win slots were a smashing success! Lottery-style sit-n-goes, first introduced by French operator Winamax in 2013, revolutionized internet poker. Live dealer casinos, debuted in 2003 by Playtech and perfected by Evolution Gaming in 2006, solved the lack of realism in RNG-based gambling.

Worst Online Casino Game Ideas that Bombed

Not every game created is an instant success. In fact, just like land-based table game inventions, the majority of them die on the virtual gaming floor – some faster than others.

7-Card Stud video poker was a perfect example. It made the games more complicated than they needed to be. Similarly, 7-reel slot machines failed to attract players, who found them to confusing to keep up with. Duplicate Poker turned players off by elimination the luck factor entirely. Yes, poker players love the skill element, but without the marginal influence of the luck of the draw, no one wanted to play anymore.

Those games were historically bad ideas, but none more so than the three games I’m about to tell you about. These titles died so quickly, today’s players may have completely missed their short-lived appearance.

#1 Showtime Hold’em Poker

Showtime Holdem Poker

Showtime Poker was an online poker variant introduced by PokerStars in May 2018. It was conceived under the premise that players believed it was “about time poker players show their folded cards”. At the end of a hand, all mucked cards would be revealed.

PokerStars wanted this game to take off like a rocket! They were so enthused about it that they contracted some of their most famous pros to build hype by streaming Showtime Poker tables on their live Twitch feeds.

There were two major problems with this format. Pro players hated it, because it forced them to give away their game play secrets. Amateurs hated it because they don’t give a crap about seeing mucked cards. End result – everyone hated it!

#2 Live Casino Slot Machines

In 2011, the creative minds at Evolution Gaming believed they’d had an epiphany. Live casinos are a perfect playground for table games, but they were unable to accommodate players of the most popular casino games on the planet – slot machines. Enter stage right, live dealer slots.

This bold introduction was meant to revolutionize the live casino industry. Evolution put a lot of thought and detail into its debut, going so far as to replace virtual reels with actual spinning wheels. A dealer would host the game, offering commentary and providing live chat interaction with players.

What went wrong? Well, slots players enjoy traditional slot games for a reason. They like the singularity. They like controlling the pace of the games. Turning slot machines into a social affair was unnecessary, uninvited, and unwelcome.

Of worthy mention, live dealer slot machines are attempting a comeback this year, although I don’t expect the results to be any different.

#3 Virtual Reality (VR) Gambling

VR Casino Gambling

This is one concept most of you will remember. It wasn’t long ago, around 2015-16, that the virtual reality movement made its push. The concept was spot on. Throw on a headset and enter a virtual casino world, where your real-life actions transfer into the virtual realm in the most realistic digital casino games ever imagined exist!

Yes, it was quite a concept, but it did not catch on, and for one very simple reason. The technology necessary, and availability of that technology, has not yet reached mainstream households. That’s not to say that VR gambling doesn’t still have a chance in years to come.

Microgaming was making mobile games back in 2003, but it wasn’t until 2007 that the first smartphones appeared. Who wanted to play slots on a flip phone? No one. Another five years would pass before the mobile gambling revolution actually gained a foothold, and now, it’s the number one way to play over the internet, and enjoy all the new online casino game ideas that developers are constantly spitting out – the good and the bad.

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Mar 26

Play Games Online: It’s good for your mental and physical health!

Play Games Online – It’s Good for Your Mental and Physical Health

I don’t think I have to explain the “physical” side of that statement right now. The world is currently in the grips of a global pandemic as the novel coronavirus – COVID-19 – bears down upon us. Everything from public schools to non-essential life-sustaining businesses are closed. Millions of people are going online to file for unemployment, and at the same time, looking for ways to entertain and amuse themselves and their families without leaving their home.

There’s not a parent today that hasn’t heard it’s vital we “limit screen time” for our children. Some advise no more than 30 minutes a day looking at a screen. I think we can all agree that everyone, no matter the age, is using screens far more than 30 minutes a day, and we have been since long before the term “social distancing” became a household phrase. Now, screen time may be the best thing for us – not all of the time, but a generous portion of it.

Play Games Online – It’s Good For Your Health!

As it turns out, online gaming can be extremely good for your physical and psychological well being. Yes, the physical aspect is that you can play games on a computer, smartphone or tablet while practicing social distancing. You don’t have to interact physically with anyone, or even leave your home, to do it. But what are the psychological benefits?

Let’s take a look…

  • Entertainment: The most obvious benefit to your psyche is the entertainment value. No one likes to be bored – especially children! Online games give us something fun and interesting to do while we wait for answers to the coronavirus crisis.
  • Interaction: Being locked up inside all day – and all night – has left billions of people all over the world craving for human interaction. We can call our friends and loved ones, and video chat with them on Facetime or some other video-conferencing app, but there’s only so much to be said in a basic conversation. Playing online games with each other enhances the interactive experience ten-fold.
  • Stimulating Brain Function: There are many games out there that are specifically designed to enhance brain function and motor skills. Other games do this naturally. A match-3 jewel game trains our brains to recognize patterns. Crossword puzzles keep our eyes, and our vocabulary, sharp. Online casino games like blackjack, video poker and Texas Hold’em, give us the opportunity to invoke mathematically and probability driven strategies. Even something as seemingly ineffectual as Angry Birds puts our cognitive mentality to work, considering the best trajectory for one-shot success. Many of these games can be played socially against other players, providing the same interactive entertainment mentioned above.
  • Stress Reduction: These are strange times we live in. There’s no denying an elevated rate of stress and anxiety among the global population. Games have forever been a go-to for stress relief. Recent studies have shown that those who play games online – particularly video games – are able to combat stress. If it can work for a 15 minute break during the work day, it can work at home during these unprecedented times.
  • Quality Family Time: I think we can all agree that quality time with the family doesn’t happen nearly as often as it should. COVID-19 has certainly changed that. Families are digging out dusty board games, shuffling up decks of cards, and downloading digital PC and console video games more than ever. Fortnite’s 4-man squads aren’t just made up of school mates these days, but families. I can personally attest to that!

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Mar 13

Internet Casino Gambling: Can I win real money at online casinos?

Internet Casino Gambling: Can you win real money at online casinos?

As a long-time iGamer, it seems strange to me that people still ask this question. Online casinos have been around so long, the industry itself is of legal gambling age! They actually started popping up in the mid to late 1990s. But alas, I do realize not everyone has been spinning digital slots reels and flipping virtual cardboard as long as I have, so let’s start from the top…

“Can I win real money at online casinos?”

Yes! There are thousands of internet gambling sites that permit customers to deposit money, make real wagers, and withdrawal their winnings as cash. But it’s not as easy as all that. You can’t go to Google, search “online casino”, click the first link you see and start playing. You can’t even type in “real money online casino” and get the right links these days.

In the next few paragraphs, I’ll explain (in brief) how the system works, how to know if you’re eligible to gamble online, and how to find the right sites to do it safely, securely, and fairly.

Internet Casino Gambling – The Basics

There are two types of internet casinos. The first and most common is a “social casino”. Their games are free to play, but will never award real money. Most of them are mobile phone apps with in-app purchases. You can pay cash for chips, but you can’t trade your chips back for cash. This is not gambling.

Online gambling can only be only done at “real money casinos”. They won’t offer the option to register your account via Google or Facebook. You have to fill out an inclusive registration form, complete with your real name, real address, real date of birth, etc. Once you do this, you’ll need to make a deposit from a financial account or credit/debit card belonging to you.

Once you’re account is funded, you’ll get a nice bonus of some sort to enhance your bankroll. You can then browse the full menu of casino games – slot machines, table games, video poker, etc. you’ll have the option to play the games for real money, or for free in demo/practice mode.

How do I know if it’s legal for me to gambling online?

Every jurisdiction has its own laws that apply to online gambling. They come in three distinct varieties:

  • Expressly Legal: These are explicit laws that specifically address the act of gambling online to be legal. Certain European countries (UK, France, Spain, Italy, etc.) and US states (New Jersey, Nevada, Delaware, etc.) have these laws in place. These laws will define the age requirements for gambling in their respective jurisdictions.
  • Expressly Illegal: Like the section above, these are express laws that specifically name the act of gambling online – or certain forms of gambling online – to be illegal. In these jurisdictions, residents are not permitted to participate in real money online casino games. Australia, for instance, explicitly legalizes online sports betting, but expressly prohibits online poker and casino gambling.
  • Not Expressly Defined / Grey Market: The term “grey market” applies to a jurisdiction in which the laws do not explicitly permit or prohibit an activity. In short, it is not illegal, therefore it is legal. Canada is a perfect example.
    The laws in Canada are so unclear that it is considered legal to gamble online at offshore casinos, as well as the government-run casinos of certain provinces. The only ones that are truly “illegal” are online casinos operating within Canada, but without the regulatory consent of their local government.

If you’re still not sure, check with your local authorities for clarification.

How to Find Real Money Online Casinos

This has been one of the most frustrating problems for novice players. As I mentioned above, you can’t just search for a relevant key phrase on Google and expect to find one. While there are around 4,000 gambling sites online, there are literally millions of affiliate websites competing for your traffic. Thus, these affiliate sites will appear in the search engines long before an actual casino operator does.

The best advice I can offer is to be very specific in what you’re searching for, because most affiliate sites cater to anyone and everyone. Look for operators that apply to your situation. They should accept players from your country, process deposits and withdrawals in your preferred payment methods, offer the games you like most, etc. If they don’t fit your needs, they’re no good to you.

Use those affiliate links to make a short list of possible candidates, but you don’t have to take their word at face value. After all, affiliates are looking to make money, and to be honest, most of them don’t care about the players nearly so much as they do the profit. You can protect yourself by performing a bit of due diligence on the sites you shortlist.

Here’s a bit of reading material that should help you out with this.

If you find the above challenge too daunting, you can always skip all that and do your online gambling at Royal Vegas. Don’t trust me just because I said it. Trust me because Royal Vegas is 20 years old, employs the industry’s oldest and most respected software brand, Microgaming, is licensed in the immensely respected European jurisdiction of Malta, and offers upwards of 1,000 games, including live dealer casino games. Internet casino gambling doesn’t get any safer than that.

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Mar 05

CGA lauds proposal of legal sports wagering bill in Canada.

CGA Lauds Proposal of Legal Sports Wagering Bill in Canada

Everyone paying attention to this topic knew this report was coming. Following a thorough inspection of the document in question, the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) is throwing its full support behind the Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act; a bill introduced last week by Saskatoon-Grasswoods Conservative MP Kevin Waugh.

As its short title implies, the private member bill – officially labeled Bill C-218 – is intended to alter the current state of federal law to permit the most crucial form of sports gambling that is currently prohibited. It would allow bettors to place wagers on a single event or outcome. As things stand now, only parlay wagers are permitted, wherein bettors must correctly predict 3 or more results to win anything.

CGA Lauds Legal Sports Wagering Bill in Canada

For decades, Canadians have been privy to legal sports betting, but not in the way other major countries permit it; particularly the United States, which recently lifted a 26-year blanket-ban on sports betting. The Canadian Gaming Association has been pushing for broader sports wagering laws for years now, and wasted no time backing Waugh’s introduction of a PMB that would do just that.

Paul Burns, Chief Executive Officer of the CGA, comments:

Amending the Criminal Code to legalize single-event sports wagering will provide provinces with the necessary tools to deliver a safe and legal option to Canadians, as well as the power to address important issues such as consumer protection while enabling economic benefits to flow to licensed gaming operators, communities and provincial governments.”

This amendment will allow us to safeguard the $17.1-billion economic contribution that gaming makes to Canada as well as the 182,500 jobs that support not only individuals but communities. We look forward to working with all political parties to make single-event sports wagering a reality.”

Protecting Consumers in an Industry That Already Exists

As Burns pointed out, single-event sports betting already exists in Canada. With or without the legal approval of the Canadian government, bets are going to be placed. We can let the public go on wagering at offshore internet sports books, and/or with underground bookies of the criminal kind, or we can pass this law to legalize and regulate the activity, creating jobs, boosting the economy, and protecting consumers who are currently placing their wagers on gray and black markets.

If approved, Waugh’s bill – a carbon-copy of NDP MP Brian Masse’s 2016 Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act – would be the simplest of all to enact. All it would take is the addition of the word “or”, and a few taps of the backspace key.

Bill C-218 states its purpose as:

Subsection 207(4) of the Criminal Code is amended by adding “or” at the end of paragraph (a) and by repealing paragraph (b).

That particular portion of the Criminal Code refers to the “definition of a lottery scheme”. If so amended, its reading would change from…

Definition of lottery scheme
     (4) In this section, lottery scheme means a game or any proposal, scheme, plan, means, device, contrivance or operation described in any of paragraphs 206(1)(a) to (g), whether or not it involves betting, pool selling or a pool system of betting other than
          (a) three-card monte, punch board or coin table;
          (b) bookmaking, pool selling or the making or recording of bets, including bets made through the agency of a pool or pari-mutuel system, on any race or fight, or on a single sport event or athletic contest; or
          (c) for the purposes of paragraphs (1)(b) to (f), a game or proposal, scheme, plan, means, device, contrivance or operation described in any of paragraphs 206(1)(a) to (g) that is operated on or through a computer, video device, slot machine or a dice game.

…to read…

Definition of lottery scheme
     (4) In this section, lottery scheme means a game or any proposal, scheme, plan, means, device, contrivance or operation described in any of paragraphs 206(1)(a) to (g), whether or not it involves betting, pool selling or a pool system of betting other than
          (a) three-card monte, punch board or coin table; or
          (b) (repealed)
          (c) for the purposes of paragraphs (1)(b) to (f), a game or proposal, scheme, plan, means, device, contrivance or operation described in any of paragraphs 206(1)(a) to (g) that is operated on or through a computer, video device, slot machine or a dice game.

The end result would be what Canada’s sports betting enthusiasts have always craved – legal sports wagering on a single event or athletic contest.

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Mar 03

A quick look at the current financial ups and down of the world’s biggest online gambling companies.

Ups and Down for the Biggest Online Gambling Companies in the World

No company rides the wave of success forever. Even the biggest and brightest names of an industry suffer hardships now and again. Every wave has its crest and fall. It’s the companies that recover from each crash that attain ultimate success. The online gambling industry is a perfect example.

According to the latest revenue reports from all over the globe, major brands like Flutter Entertainment, Playtech and Gamesys are all experiencing the ups and downs of the pivotal waves of finance. Some are looking up; some are stumbling; others are recovering from errors of the past.

Ups & Downs of Biggest Online Gambling Companies

This week saw a trio of major iGaming operators and software vendors riding those waves. Ireland’s Flutter Ent announced a boost in cash flow, while Isle of Man-based Playtech reported a marginal loss. At the same time, London-based Gamesys is appreciating a bit of breathing room as that company crawls its way back out of debt.

2019 Revenue “Flutters” Skyward 14%

The head honchos at Flutter Entertainment have a lot to be grateful for as last year’s final revenue tallies come in. Following a strain of good fortune (including a pending merger with Pokerstars owner, The Stars Group), the Irish company, owner of Paddy Power, Betfair, Sportsbet.com.au, Adjarabet, FanDuel and others, proudly announced a 14.3% boost in revenue year over year.

The most notable increases came in sports betting and casino gaming, both online and on land. Sports betting operations were up 13.1% to £1.67 billion. Land-based gaming revenues rose 18.5% to £473 million. Online gaming jumped 6.1% to £1.01 billion. All told, the company pulled in £2.4 billion in 2019.

Flutter CEO Peter Jackson called the results a “testament to the quality of our products, brand and team.”

Playtech Records Net Loss Near €20 Million

The board room was less cheerful at Playtech headquarters this week, where the financial officers reported a total loss of €19.6 million on the year. It wasn’t all bad news, though. Overall, revenue was actually up an impressive 23% to €1.51 billion, thanks largely to a 56%, €900 million boost in B2C revenue.

Playtech Chairman Alan Jackson gave an optimistic statement that notes the strategically added expenses associated with “entering newly regulated markets, signing new customers, expanding existing relationships and continuing to innovate with new product launches.” Such elements combine to reflect the expected cost of “laying the foundations for our future growth,” said Jackson.

Gamesys Pays Down 7% of Debt

Last year, JPJ Group (JackpotJoy) purchased the flagging software brand, Gamesys Ltd, with hopes of revitalizing the once successful product. So far, so good. This week, the company reported a principle payment of £40 million on its loans, reducing its previous debt of £484.7 million by 7% ahead of their annual financial report, due March 17. The payment is expected to save Gamesys £2.7 million in interest payments this year alone.

Gamesys CFO Keith Laslop comments: “As we’ve stated previously, a key strategic goal for the Board is to have our long-term leverage ratio in-line with our peers… today’s paydown is an important first step in attaining that goal.”

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Feb 24

Existing options and preferred alternatives for Western Union gambling deposits in Canada.

Options & Alternatives for Western Union Gambling Deposits in Canada

There was a time when Western Union was ranked among the absolute most secure ways to make an online casino deposit. That was back in the days when internet security was questionable, at best. Technology simply wasn’t advanced enough to shore up all the potential cracks in cyberspace, and it left a lot of people afraid to enter any financial details over the world wide web. Therefore, the easy answer was to instantly wire the money – usually overseas – via Western Union.

As many of you may remember, those international cash transfers weren’t cheap. They came with a hefty convenience fee, but one many of Canada’s online gamblers were willing to pay for the peace of mind it afforded.

Thankfully, with the rise of greater internet security and multitude of online payment methods, Western Union has lowered its fees to remain relevant. But does that make it the right choice for Canadian iGamers? Let’s take a closer look…

Western Union Gambling Deposits in Canada

There’s one very important fact you need to know about Western Union. When the US government decided to crack down on internet gambling between 2006-2011, it sent a lot of major, US-based financial companies scurrying. Western Union was among them.

The US-based but globally operating cash transfer agency chose to play it safe, prohibiting online gambling related transfers to/from in any country where the laws do not explicitly legalize online gambling. The US market was off limits, of course, but so was Canada. You may be wondering, and for good reason, how can this be?

As you probably know, online gambling is not illegal in Canada – far from it. Several provincial governments run their own iGaming websites, providing services like online lottery sales, casino games, poker, bingo, etc. We can also visit thousands of internationally regulated websites with no fear of legal recourse.

The problem is that, while those offshore gambling sites are not illegal, they aren’t expressly legal, either. The fact that they’re not illegal makes them legal – but not in the same way as jurisdictions where they are explicitly permitted. Thus is falls into what legal eagles like to call a “grey area” of the law. As such, Western Union chooses not to facilitate any online gambling related deposits for Canadian users. “Better safe than sorry”, so the saying goes.

Alternatives to Western Union Canada

Fortunately, as I said above, internet security has improved by leaps and bounds. There are now many safe ways to move money online. Here are some of the top recommendations for Canadian iGamers:

Interac

This is my favorite option. Not only is it superbly secure, it’s available to the vast majority of Canadians. Interac works with over 250 banks, credit unions and other financial institutions. All you need is an online banking account. Best of all, if the online casino you play at accepts Interac, you already know it’s a safe, trusted iGaming brand. Learn more about Interac

eCheck

Using eCheck is much like writing a paper checque, except that you don’t have to write it, mail it, or wait for it to clear the bank. The entire process is performed electronically. All you have to provide is your bank account number, and the bank’s routing number – the same info found on a paper cheque. Learn more about eChecks

Debit Card

When all else fails, just use your debit card. I would not have recommended this 15 years ago, but today, there are more than enough safety nets and assurances to protect your personal and financial details. The key is to only do business with highly reputable iGaming operators. Learn more about online casino safety

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Feb 20

Evolution Live Roulette Canada: The fast and the felicitous!

Evolution Live Roulette Canada: The Fast and the Felicitous

When it comes to any form of live dealer online gambling, Evolution Gaming has one thing none of its rival studios can claim – the absolute best live casino experience, bar none. A stickler for grammar might argue that this statement is merely an opinion, but there are 10 straight years worth of Best Live Casino Supplier awards in Evolution’s trophy case to prove otherwise. To me, that’s more than enough evidence to prove it a fact.

That being said, Canadians looking to experience the best live roulette games the boundless realm of cyberspace has to offer, would do well to look within Evolution-powered online casinos. There, you will find more than enough options to satiate your desire.

Live Roulette Canada – Evolution’s Way

One thing that sets Evolution apart from the rest of the industry is the company’s employment of the most sophisticated, state of the art hardware and software. It’s a commitment they’ve upheld since Evolution first launched in 2006. Similarly, what sets their live croupier roulette tables apart from their rivals, is the immense variety of classic and innovative games players can choose from.

All games offer player / croupier interaction and universal desktop / mobile OS compatibility.

Evolution Gaming provides its live casino licensees with the following types of live dealer roulette tables, ranging from the most basic, to the most diverse:

Live European Roulette

This is the most popular version of roulette played round the world; a basic single-zero game with a standard house edge of 2.7% on all potential wagers. Evolution presents these games in standard and VIP table formats. The interface is both user-friendly and intuitive, featuring a Favorite Bets menu that can hold up to 15 of an individual player’s most commonly placed wagers.

Live American Roulette

American roulette is the double-zero version popularized throughout North American casinos. Anyone who knows the difference is likely to avoid this game. That double-zero effectively doubles the house edge to 5.26%. But alas, not everyone knows the difference, and therefore it remains a classic favorite among more players than you might think. To encourage more players to choose this lower-odds- version, many online casinos will offer lower table stakes at American Roulette.

Live French Roulette

French Roulette is the game the most educated roulette enthusiasts turn to for maximum RTP. It features the same layout and pay table as European Roulette, but features the La Partage rule, in which all even-money bets are returned at 50% if the winning number is 0. This reduced the house edge from 2.7% to 1.35% on all even-money bets.

Live Speed Roulette

One of the most popular editions in the live roulette line-up, Speed Roulette is a quicker version of the classic European-rules game. It’s so fast that there is an average of just 25 seconds per round. That means the wheel comes to a halt quicker, and there far less time is allotted to get your bets on the table This one is obviously best suited for serious players only.

Immersive Roulette

Evolution’s award-winning Immersive Roulette tables are live croupier games of European rules with a lot more cameras in place. As the wheel spins, the view continuously shifts from one camera angle to another, zooming in, zooming out, following the ball around the wheel and creating a more cinematic experience. It’s quite thrilling, to be honest!

Auto Roulette

I’m not a huge fan of this one. Auto Roulette is a live game, but it doesn’t feature a live croupier. Instead, the tables are equipped with precision “slingshot” mechanisms that put the ball into play. It speeds up the games, but at the same time, takes away from the interactive, communal experience. To encourage more people to play it (since it’s cheaper to run), you can expect to find the lowest live roulette stakes of $0.50 at these tables.

Dual Play Roulette

This is one of the most popular forms of live roulette. Canada players can take a virtual trip to the genuine roulette tables one of many luxury casino resorts on the other side of the globe. Evolution hosts Dual Play Roulette tables from various locations, including Grand Casino Bucharest, the Dragonara Casino in Malta, Grosvenor’s Victoria Casino in London, and others.

Lightning Roulette

Last, but most definitely not least, is the crème de la crème of the live croupier roulette market – Lightning Roulette. It’s not called lightning for its speed, but rather the fact that lightning can and will strike various numbers on the digital roulette wheel as the game is played. Lightning strikes attach random multipliers to all numbers they hit. Any player who has bet on one of these lucky numbers will receive a payout boosted by the corresponding multiplier.

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