Mar 24

Live dealer casinos feeling the crunch of COVID-19 closures.

Live Dealer Casinos Now Feeling the Crunch of COVID-19 Closures

When news of the Corona virus first erupted, none could conceive of the disruption it would soon cause to everyday existence; not just in our home towns, but on a global scale. When the phrase “social distancing” became a household term, everyone began looking for ways to conduct their daily activities online. That included entertainment verticals, of course.

Online gambling was thought to be a perfect solution for those who already enjoy the occasional casino rendezvous. However, most online casino games are RNG-based. They are computer generated, offering no source of social interaction. Live casinos, on the other hand, are virtual mirrors of the table games played at land-based casinos, where real people gather virtually, and communicate digitally, as they play.

This particular iGaming vertical has harvesting more players than ever before in the last week. Now, it looks like this form of virtual gambling entertainment may not be around much longer.

Live Dealer Casinos Feel the Crunch of COVID-19 Closures

On Monday, March 23, news came down the pipeline that Evolution Gaming, the world’s premier producer of live casino games, had been ordered by the Georgian government to cease operations at its live casino studio in Tbilisi, Georgia. This marked the first – and at present, only – known mandatory closure of a live gambling studio.

A statement from Evolution Gaming confirmed the situation:

The Tbilisi studio adheres to current guidelines regarding social distancing and the company has taken an extensive number of infection prevention measures in the studio. Evolution Gaming is in close contact with local authorities in order to verify the taken measures and to be able to reopen the studio. The situation is developing, and Evolution will adapt continuously.”

Evolution stated that the vast majority of its operation would continue, as the Tbilisi studio represented just one of its 8 live studios around the world. It was a message meant to reassure audiences, but one that was surely given with a foreboding grain of salt as it predicated a similar future for its remaining properties.

Latvian Gov. Considers Suspension of Gambling Licenses

Today, evidence of that impending future is coming to light, slowly but surely. Word has it that the Latvian government is considering suspending the licenses of all its gambling operators. No official announcement has yet been made. It’s only a consideration at this time, but one I’ve no doubt will come to fruition in the coming days.

Evolution Gaming has been headquartered in Riga, Latvia since the company’s founding in 2006. Its oldest and largest studio is located in Riga Old Town. If the Latvian government goes through with this proposed plan, it could spell a quick domino effect of closures for all of Evolution’s live dealer casinos.

Don’t mistake the meaning in this. It’s not just Evolution Gaming that would be effected by the COVID-19 related suspensions. Playtech, NetEnt, Microgaming, every live casino operator licensed from here to Malta could soon feel the crunch of Coronavirus closures.

If and when it does come to it, we here at RealMoneyGambling.ca support the effort to protect the health of live dealers and all other staff members at these operations who’ve worked so hard to give us this unique entertainment vertical. To you, we say thank you. Go home, stay inside, stay safe, and we look forward to your return when the strange days of this global pandemic come to an end.

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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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Jan 21

iGaming Gold: Remarkable Casino Software Providers of 2020

iGaming Gold: Remarkable Casino Software Providers of 2020

For more than twenty-five years now, internet gambling has been growing, shifting, evolving into one of the world’s largest eCommerce industries. In that time, we’ve seen a massive explosion of casino games, the software companies that build them, and – of course – the number of players that log on to enjoy them.

Hundreds of digital games creators have entered this market in that time. Most of them didn’t survive, but more than enough have. Some thrive on quantity; others on quality. Then there are those who make a name for themselves by producing unique content – something outside the box – something that makes players stop and think, “Whoa… that’s different!”

Remarkable Casino Software Providers of 2020

Today’s write up is dedicated to the online casino software developers that have changed the way we gamble online; not just ten or twenty years ago, but those that continue to do so in 2020. I’m talking about the ones that make iGaming the mega-sized entertainment industry that it is today. So without further ado, here are the top five digital game changers operating in the global online casino business.

#1 Microgaming

Microgaming Online Casino Games

I know what you’re thinking. Microgaming is old. Microgaming represents what the iGaming industry used to be. You’re not wrong, but there’s so much more to it than that. Yes, Microgaming laid the foundation for online casinos, with roots dating all the way back to 1994. This company had a hand in the development of the world’s very first genuine online casino in 1996. But Microgaming is no has-been. To this day, the Isle of Man-based company is producing – or at least commissioning the production of – world class gaming content.

Most of all, I have to commend them for their foray into exclusivity contracts. Microgaming has commissioned a throng of small companies (ones that could never thrive on their own) to develop games just for their Quickfire platform. Not only has it increased the production rate of Microgaming’s vast portfolio, it’s bringing fresh ideas and features to the iGaming community. And let’s not forget Microgaming’s ever-rewarding Mega Moolah online slot; the only online progressive to seed at $1,000,000.

#2 Evolution Gaming

Evolution Gaming Best Live Casino for Mobile

Evolution Gaming has brought about a true evolution in iGaming. After launching their first “live casino” product in 2006, this company has managed to produce live dealer games in beast-mode. They have the best software, the best hardware, the best game variety, and by far the most impressive trophy case of any casino software brand in the world. Evolution has been named the eGR Live Casino Supplier of the Year for 10 years running, and I have no doubt they’ll claim yet another this year.

#3 NetEnt

Gonzos Quest by NetEnt

For the last twenty years, NetEnt (formerly Net Entertainment) has delivered the full iGaming package, and then some. That extra effort has gone towards the fabrication of some of the most immersive 3D slot machines ever to hit the virtual shelves. They wowed us with Gonzo’s Quest in 2011, and teased us with Gonzo’s Quest VR, slated for release in 2020. They are responsible for the Starburst slot, which has, for seven years, popped in and out of the ‘most popular slot machine game’ position. At time of writing, it’s back at #1. Long story short their focus on 3D graphics and immersive game play is unparalleled.

#4 Habanero Systems

Habanero Systems Slot Machines

It was only a few years ago that Habanero Systems erupted onto the market. They were looking for a niche, and they found it in a unique concept – storytelling. Every slot machine they create comes with a complete backstory. Players who don’t skip the intro are drawn into the plot of each game, giving them more reason to play than winning or losing money. They combine this skill with HTML5 programming, impressive 3D visuals, and proven features.

#5 Playtech

Playtech has been making games almost as long as any of their competitors. Most of their games are on par with the industry standard, but there is one thing that sets them apart from all other casino software providers. Playtech has built some of the world’s most interesting license-branded slot machines. Sure, Microgaming has the Jurassic Park and Playboy Slots series, and NetEnt has Vikings and Guns N’ Roses, but I believe Playtech has the more impressive portfolio overall (and those other companies are already on this list, anyway).

DC Comics Slots from Playtech

Playtech brought us The Matrix, Rocky, Kong, Gladiator, Top Gun, American Dad, and a multitude of super-hero branded games, inlcuding a complete series of Superman titles, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern, just to name a few.

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Dec 26

Playtech launches new Live Slots, an online gambling industry first that features Buffalo Blitz via Playtech Live.

Playtech launches New Live Slots, an Online Gambling Industry First

For more than 15 years, the “live casino” business has been limited to table games, wheel games, and other interactive, multi-player style gambling amusements. The whole concept of live online gambling centers around games like blackjack, baccarat, and roulette. Other card games are inherently adaptable, and live casino suppliers often come up with new ways to take advantage of live-streaming technology.

The one thing we never really expected to come in live format – for rather obvious reasons, I might add – is a slot machine. Slots are singular games. There is no human interaction involved when playing land-based casino slots; thus it wouldn’t make sense to portray slots as interactive, multi-player games, where there entertainment value is amplified by a live host.

Apparently, everyone who thought that was wrong…

Playtech Introduces Live Slots

Not for the first time in this company’s long and illustrious history, Playtech has done the unexpected. This month, the company launched the gambling industry’s very first live streaming online slots game. It has a game show ambiance with a clear goal of giving slots play a community feel, just like any other dealer-hosted, multi-seating casino game.

The Live Casino Slots concept is Playtech’s first attempt at delivering an entertainment-based live gaming option. It is essentially the same type of game show experience Evolution brought us with the launch of its Dream Catcher, Monopoly Live and Deal or No Deal Live. Whether Playtech’s idea to inject slot machine play into the live market will catch on like Evolution’s did remains to be seen. As I said before, the slots experience has always been a more private affair, enjoyed individually by single players.

How Live Casino Slots Work

The first and currently only slots game to go live on Playtech is Buffalo Blitz, a 6×4 reel game with 4,096 all-ways win lines. Bets starts at $0.40 per spin, scaling up to $200. Its features include wilds, multipliers and free spins.

Manual Spin Button on Buffalo Blitz Live Online Slots from Playtech

For the most part, the game never stops running. Players are required to take advantage of the ever-present auto-play function. To join in, players must press the Auto-Play button, then toggle their gaming preferences. Choices include number of spins (10-99), bet per spin, loss limit, single win limit, and the option to stop after the free games feature is struck.

One unique feature of these games is the big ‘Manual Spin’ button in front of the host. The game normally runs on auto-spin, as I said above, but the players can request that the presenter disable auto-play and use this manual spin button instead.

The Negative Spin on Live Online Slots

Unfortunately, I see a few problems with this idea already. First and foremost, it’s very difficult to keep a crowd entertained while staring at a slots screen – not for any length of time, anyway. How many things can you say about a slot machine? In my experience, most of it is, “Oh, is the feature going to strike? There’s one scatter – there’s two – here it comes……! Oh, no, not this time.”

This is the type of chatter we hear in our heads as we play slots on a singular level. It’s kind of strange watching a host say it out loud, over and over, in as many ways as the English language is capable of organizing a paraphrase.

Buffalo Blitz is notorious for that, too (as are so many slot machines). It’s got a high variance and a 95.96% RTP, so teasing free spins is the most common form of excitement in the live slots game.

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Nov 22

Yggdrasil releases new Nitro Circus Online Slot.

Yggdrasil Blasts Away the Competition with Nitro Circus Online SlotThe wait is finally over! Yggdrasil‘s first contractually branded online slot machine, Nitro Circus, was released today, November 20, 2018. The game depicts the biggest stars and actual footage from the popular daredevil stunt tour, and it’s now available in a compact 5×3 reel, 25 payline version that’s blasting away the competition on desktop and mobile.

Branded Online Slots All the Rage

Only the industry’s largest and most recognized companies have been delving into the branded online slots business for the last few years.

Microgaming brought us games like Tomb Raider, Phantom of the Opera, and Halloween, based on the original John Carpenter horror classic. Playtech built online slots mimicking things like Top Gun, Grease, and all your favorite Terminator movies. NetEnt has the largest portfolio of branded slots, spanning television, film, and musical talents like Jimi Hendrix, Guns and Roses, and Spinal Tap.

Yggdrasil has followed in the footsteps of all these great creators. They’ve entered the digital slots arena with a mobile-centric template, focusing on superior graphics, animations, and innovative features—all of the things that made their largest rivals so successful. Now, they’ve taken a huge leap, being the smallest iGaming software company in history to get ink on the paper alongside a major production company. And boy-oh-boy did they choose a good one!

Nitro Circus Online Slot is Here!

After months of rumors and speculations, we finally got a crack at the new Nitro Circus Slot this morning. I’d have to say its energy level matches that of the televised series, but not the live experience. I’m not sure anything could match the experience of visiting their live show!

The main cast of characters are present, as are their favorite stunt items—rocking horse, LazyBoy, bathtub on wheels. Oh yes, it’s all included! Nitro Circus is packed with so many features, it almost plays more like a video game than a slot machine.

In the base game, you can hit winning combinations the usual way – lining up matching symbols left to right. At the same time, you’re collecting items that lead to special features. 5 Rocking Horses, Recliners, Mini Cars or Bathtubs will trigger 1 Nitro Jump in that “vehicle”. Landing all the letters of the word N-I-T-R-O in one spin awards the full Nitro Jump, complete with vehicle selection and a trio of practice jumps that award special items.

With vehicle selection, you’ll actually have some control over the feature. There are three vehicle stats—tricks, boost and size. Tricks award more coins (credits), boost gives a higher chance of a good prize multiplier, and the larger the vehicle, the more items you’re likely to collect from the air during jumps. All the items you collect will be used on the final jump, where the real prizes are awarded.

There’s a lot more to this game as far as cinematics and features go, but I don’t want to give away too much. If you’re already a member of any Yggdrasil-powered online casinos, such as LeoVegas, log in and give it a go. If not, you can demo the Nitro Circus Online Slot for free at YggdrasilGaming.com.

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Oct 18

Microgaming, Playtech deals put mobile bingo games back in the spotlight.

Microgaming & Playtech Deals put Mobile Bingo Games in the SpotlightAll of a sudden, desktop and mobile bingo software is making a big return to center stage in the iGaming industry. Having been an active participant in online gambling since the early 2000’s, I can honestly say it’s been a very long time since this niche market has gotten so much attention.

I remember a time when bingo halls were the most populated entertainment venue in the UK, attracting more fans than sports arenas. In those days, the online bingo industry was all the rage. It was community based, the software was simple and incredibly fast—far superior to the heavy downloads and slow load times of online casino games.

As time went on and technology advanced, internet casinos, poker rooms and sports betting exchanges far surpassed the entertainment value of online bingo. Aside from dedicated fans, everyone kind of forgot about it. Thanks to two of the world’s leading digital gambling software companies, Microgaming and Playtech, bingo is finally getting back in the spotlight.

Microgaming & Playtech Sign Deals for Mobile Bingo Games

Both of these companies announced major contracts this week revolving around desktop and mobile bingo software. Microgaming is aligning with one of the UK’s largest betting firms, Betsson Group, to supply its existing HTML5 platform. Playtech is partnering with the retail and online vendor, Buzz Bingo, to deliver a unique, omni-channel experience.

Betsson Group Selects Microgaming Bingo Software

Mobile Bingo Software takes Center Stage in OctoberThe Betsson-Microgaming contract, announced in a press release earlier this week, will see Microgaming implement its all-inclusive bingo and casino in bingo (CiB) platform on all of Betsson’s interactive websites; Betsafe.com, Betsson.com, and Nordicbet.com.

The award-winning platform is renowned for giving players a full-throttle gaming experience. It includes the two most popular bingo variants, 75 Ball Bingo and 90 Ball Bingo, a few exclusively branded variants like Immortal Romance Bingo, plus access to over 450 casino side games, built directly into the platform.

Why Microgaming? Bettson Head of Gaming Joey Hurtado explains:

Microgaming boast one of the most impressive bingo offerings in the industry and a proven track record in delivering high quality gaming products. We’re looking forward to taking our bingo offering to the next level with this deal, which we see as a further step to our commitment to provide the best and most engaging player experience in the industry.”

Playtech and Buzz Bingo to Merge Online with On Land

These new partners are taking a slightly different approach—one that Playtech already has vast experience with—to deliver an omni-channel gaming venue. Buzz Bingo will integrate a number of Playtech’s innovative CRM and IMS engagement systems, then merge them onto the developer’s exclusive Playtech Open Platform (POP).

The idea is to first supply Playtech’s wide range of gaming options to online customers of Buzz Bingo. Once that phase is complete, they will begin integrating the IMS in retail shops, creating a universal, omni-channel bingo platform that coexists in the online and terrestrial space. Players will then be able to use the same registered account details, accessing the same games, both in retail shops and online.

In a press release announcing the deal, Playtech COO Shimon Akad called this, “the most ambitious project our team has delivered to date.” Playtech won’t be working alone, though. They’re signing third-party vendors to provide additional gaming content in an effort to build one of the world’s largest platforms for mobile bingo games and casinos games; one large enough to compete with Microgaming.

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Aug 22

Narrowing the search for a good online casino by software provider.

Narrowing the Search for a Good Online Casino by Software ProvidersWhether you’re new to the online casino gaming community or not, searching for new online casinos worthy of your deposit can be a long and tedious process. There are many, many aspects to be considered. Things like longevity, integrity, licensing and regulation, regional player acceptance, baking options, game variety, bonuses and promotions; the list goes on and on.

One of the most important factors you’ll want to consider is the online casino software provider(s) that powers the games. If you can choose which software you’d like access to, you can filter the results to a narrow margin, greatly speeding up the overall process.

Narrow the Search for a Good Online Casino by Software

There are dozens of software companies that provide solid gaming platforms for online casinos. Some have an immense game variety, while others offer smaller portfolios. The larger ones, like Microgaming, often supply their software exclusively. Smaller ones tend to be employed by online casinos that utilize a bulk of software, making up a larger studio of games from different providers.

The one you choose should be based on your preference of games, as well as your desire to either download the software, or play instantly in your browser. If you’re the type to download the platform, granting full access to all games with the fastest speeds and highest graphic quality, a larger, exclusive software is the way to go.

Top Online Casino Software Providers

Some of the oldest and most reputable brands in the business include Microgaming, NetEnt, and Playtech.

Microgaming: This company has the largest portfolio of games, with hundreds of online slots—classics, video slots, bonus slots, progressives, etc.—plus dozens of tables games, video poker games, instant wins, specialties and more. There are well over 800 to choose from in the download client, and about 500 in the instant-play platform. No less than two new games are released monthly.

NetEnt: Formerly Net Entertainment, NetEnt is another long-time developer of games with an immense portfolio of slots, table games, and more. Their production rate is lower, but the selection of 3D slots is phenomenal.

Playtech: Much like NetEnt, Playtech’s game variety is quite large, numbering in the high hundreds. They offer a fantastic selection of all game types. However, Playtech provides software for so many types of gaming operators—casino, poker, bingo, sports, etc.—that they’re a bit behind the times with new content.

Best Live Casino Software Providers

Another aspect you’ll want to consider is live casino accessibility. The number of live studio providers is much lower than RNG-based gaming software companies. Live casino games are played from a real casino studio—in some cases, a real land-based casino. Players participate on their desktop or mobile via live streams of the action, where real professional dealers administer the games; just like in a bricks-and-mortar casino.

In this category, there’s only one software provider that’s really worth looking for. Evolution Gaming has worked exclusively in the live casino sector since 2006, and has been the number-one provider in this arena from the start. They’ve won the EGR Casino Supplier of the Year Award 9 years straight; ever since the inaugural EGR Operator Awards were held.

If you’re looking for a good online casino with both RNG-based and live casino games, Microgaming or NetEnt casinos that also employ the Evolution brand are your best bet. Playtech provides its own live casino, and while it’s of decent quality, it doesn’t compare to Evolution’s supremacy in this area. Online casinos like Royal Vegas offer a two-point combination of Microgaming and Evolution Gaming for the best overall experience, with or without a download.

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Jun 22

Jackpot Giant progressive $12 million prize 2-1/2 years in the making.

Jackpot Giant Progressive passes 12 millionIn December 2014, leading digital games creator Playtech released a revolutionary new online progressive slot. They called it Jackpot Giant—quite appropriately, I might add. And right now, it’s more popular than ever before.

As of today, Jackpot Giant is prepared to pay out more than $12 million to one immensely lucky player. That phenomenal payout, once it occurs, will change the life of that very fortunate player forever more. The question every wants the answer to is simple; when this illusive progressive will shed its colossal wealth?

Jackpot Giant Progressive 2-1/2 Years in the Making

It’s been an inordinately long time since this online progressive slot ladled up its delectables; 884 very long days, to be exact. That’s 2 years and 21 weeks, since January 20, 2016, when the game last unleashed its ultimate payout.

That wasn’t just the last time the Jackpot Giant struck gold… it was also the first time since the game’s late-2014 release. That sizable reward of $6,420,011 went to a anonymous and incredibly happy librarian from the beautiful port city of Glasgow, Scotland. She was spinning the reels of Jackpot Giant on her Android mobile phone via the Gala Bingo website when the unimaginable payout struck.

This time around—unless the jackpot strikes in the very near future—the online progressive slot machine is on track to double its previous jackpot payout. But without a strain of previous wins to draw calculations from, it’s virtually impossible to predict how soon—or how long it might be—before that life changing moment occurs.

How to Win the Jackpot Giant Online Progressive Slot

The Jackpot Giant—the main character for which the game was named—is an immense giant who presides over a volcanic island. Consisting of 5 reels and 50 fixed pay lines, the game consists of thematic symbols that include the giant, volcanoes, uncut jewels, and rock formations in the shape of playing card values (J-Q-K-A). A gold emblem is the wild, handful of gold coins the scatter, and erupting volcano the bonus.

Unlike most of today’s 5-reel progressives, players won’t need a series of specific events to occur in order to hit the jackpot. This game mimics the slots of old, where a single, perfect combinations of reels instantly awards the progressive jackpot. In this case, players must line up 5 wild symbols on the first reel, while utilizing the bet max feature, to strike the Jackpot Giant fortune.

Lining up 5 wilds on any other pay line won’t deliver the progressive, but it won’t disappoint either, worth 50,000x the line bet. Landing bonus symbols anywhere on reels 1 and 5 in a single spin will unlock a second-screen bonus game, wherein player choose 3 of 6 volcanoes. Each volcano awards an instant cash prize, an extra pick, or if you’re really lucky, all prizes at once. The scatters won’t unlock any special features, like free spins, but they do offer attractive scatter pays of 5x, 50x, or 500x the total bet when 3, 4 or 5 appear anywhere on the reels.

All in all, the Jackpot Giant Progressive isn’t an easy game win—obviously, having only been struck once in almost 4 years—but it is a graphic beauty, and a highly entertaining game to play. It carries a medium variance and an RTP of 94.22%, which is relatively high for any online progressive slot.

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Jun 20

Are live casino games rigged? How do I know for sure?

Are Live Casino Games RiggedThe question of online casinos being rigged has circulated for more than two decades. For the last fifteen years or so, it’s been proven that reputable gambling websites do not cheat their players. Software audits and certification bares evidence that computerized, RNG-based games are just as fair as those managed by professional dealers and croupiers.

But RNG-based games and live casino games are quite different. Just like the tables at bricks-and-mortar casinos, they are operated by real, professionally trained dealers. They use real cards and roulette wheels. Every bit of the action mimics that of a land-based casino, minus the physical presence of the players.

Unfortunately, humans are much more likely to err than computer software. Worse, it’s not always an accident. Just as dealers at land-based casinos have been caught cheating in the past, live dealers at online casinos have the same opportunity. So the question is…

Do Live Dealers Cheat at Online Casinos?

As much as I would like to give a flat, 100% ‘No!‘ to that question, I cannot. Live dealers have actually been caught cheating. In February of 2017, a live casino player caught it on video, and it went viral on YouTube within hours. You can see it for yourself here:
Online Live Blackjack Dealer Caught Cheating

It was a sad day when this video released, rocking the live casino industry to its core. The gambling website, BetOnline, was caught up in massive a scandal, because one of the dealers of its chosen live casino provider, Global Gaming Labs (GGL), was caught cheating. For the record, BetOnline immediately dropped GGL from its providers, and GGL subsequently went out of business.

On the bright side, this tragic incident renewed the efforts of upright studios to prove their worthiness to the iGaming masses. Which brings us to…

Are Live Casino Games Rigged, and How do I Know?

The largest live casino studio producers absolutely do not rig their table games. Their dealer’s are professionally trained to play a legitimate game. After all, casinos already have a house edge—they don’t need to cheat to make money.

To prove their upright stature, casinos willingly undergo regular audits to certify their fairness. The results of their live games are monitored and calculated to determine if the actual RTP (return to player) meets the expected RTP. Slight deviations are permitted for proper and lax player decisions, but overall, when the RTPs line up, it’s clear that the live games are kosher.

To know you’re getting a fair deal, all you have to do is play live casino games from studios with a solid reputation. These include companies like Evolution Gaming, Microgaming, NetEnt and PlayTech. They take immense pride in their products, and are subject to the regulation of the strictest gaming authorities in the world.

Suffice to say, if caught cheating, these companies would suffer tremendous penalties, the least of which would be including compensation of victimized players. And as the video above clearly shows, thanks to today’s modern technology and the vigilance of players, cheating is easy to uncover.

There are countless online gamblers who record and/or live stream their game play on video services like YouTube and Twitch. Many of them have thousands of viewers who watch. If any form of cheating were to occur, you can rest assured the player, or one of their many viewers, would catch it. And like the cheating scandal of GGL, it would go viral within hours.

So in answer to the question—Are live casino games rigged?—the dominant answer is no. It is possible, but any smart player can avoid being cheated by choosing their gambling websites wisely. For Canadians like myself, a good rule of thumb here is to avoid online casinos that accept US players.

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Apr 24

Will Hill’s $20k Mega Money Draw Live Casino promo ends April 25.

Live Casino promoIt used to be that finding a supremely generous online casino welcome bonus with low wagering requirements was an occasion well worth celebration. Today, such promotions are widely available from the world’s most reputable gambling websites. Now, it’s Live Casino promotions that are getting all the attention.

Live dealer games were once scarce and highly sought out by desktop and mobile gamblers. Thus operators didn’t need to promote them beyond letting people know of their existence. If you build it, they will come, so to speak. Now that every major iGaming operator provides a live dealer casino games, and dozens of studios are hosting them, Live Casino promotion are finally becoming a little easier to find.

William Hill, one of the UK’s largest online gambling companies and a popular choice for Canadian players, is clearly aware of this. This week, the operator is hosting a generous promotion exclusively for Live Casino players. It’s got all the makings for a successful campaign, infusing everyone’s favorite live table action with a chance to win one of over a thousand cash prizes.

$20k Mega Money Draw Live Casino Promo

William Hill Live Casino Promotion

From now until Wednesday, April 25, 2018, players of Will Hill’s Live Casino studios have a chance to win some awesome cash prizes. That includes their exclusive Macau, Mayfair and Vegas studio tabes. The $20k Mega Money Draw has already been going on for a few days, and will wrap up Wednesday, with the drawing to be held on Thursday.

The best part – players will have more than enough chances to collect a prize before the drawing is over. William Hill is dishing up a total of 1,450 cash prizes, and no player can win more than one, greatly increasing the odds of each participant’s chances. All in all, $20,000 will be awarded, including a grand prize of $1,000.

Making this Live casino promotion all the more special, all prizes are paid as cash directly into the player’s casino account. There are no wagering requirements attached. Only players from certain countries, depositing in certain currencies, are allowed to participate. Thankfully, Canadian players and CAD depositors are included. All prizes are paid in the winner’s respective currency – CAD ($), GBP (£), EUR (€), and USD ($).

How to Participate in $20k Live Casino Promotion

In order to participate, players will need to opt-in on the William Hill Live Casino promotions page. From there, every cumulative $/£/€10 wagered on the site’s live dealer tables will award 1 entry into the prize drawing. There’s no limit to the number of entries a player can earn.

The drawing will take place on Thursday, April 26, 2018. All winners will be notified no later than 5pm that day. Every prize awarded will be paid in the currency of the winner’s casino account.

The following chart details the range of prizes to be awarded in the Live Casino promo; 1,450 in all, worth a collective total of $/£/€20,000.

Winning Place

Cash Prize ($/£/€)

1st

1000

2nd – 4th

500

5th – 10th

250

11th – 20th

100

21st – 50th

50

51st – 250th

25

251st – 750th

10

751st – 1450th

5

 

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