Apr 09

It’s coming! Betting on Trivia Crack Video Gambling Machines.

Future of Casinos: Betting on Trivia Crack Video Gambling Machines

For about half a decade now, Las Vegas-based GameCo has been doing its part – and then some – to change the way gamers look at casinos. It all started with the creation of signature video gambling machines, or VGMs for short; a new wave of skillful video games designed to appeal to millennial-generation gamers.

As everyone knows by now, there’s not a land-based casino in North America that’s open for business at the moment. However, when operations return to normal, a new series of VGMs may be rolling out across the casino floors, based on the immensely popular mobile app known as Trivia Crack.

Betting on Trivia Crack Video Gambling Machines

If you own a smartphone, and have ever downloaded a gaming app for it, odds are you’re among the hundreds of millions of people all over the planet that have downloaded Trivia Crack, or the digitally renovated Trivia Crack 2. It’s the number-one trivia-based gaming app for both Android and iOS, not just here in Canada and the US, but in over 125 countries worldwide. It is the crown jewel of Argentina-based development studio, Etermax.

The game has enjoyed such monumental fanfare that GameCo came up with a unique way to capitalize on its popularity among millennials. They’ve decided to recreate the platform as one of their trademark VGMs. The games are just now in the early phase of development, but if progress goes as planned, these new machines could be lining the walls of land-based casinos from Buenos Aires to Saskatoon before the year is out.

The partnership between Etermax and GameCo just made sense for the two companies. Etermax said that its goal in the progressive development of Trivia Crack, from day one, was bring the game to where players are. That began with the original development of the smartphone app, and continued with integration to new devices, like smart watches, voice-powered utilities, consumer merchandise, etc. Assimilating to the video gambling market is nothing more than a natural progression in their eyes.

GameCo was more than willing to play the role of catalyst in this endeavor, and why not? Skill-based video gambling is their specialty, after all. The trick for GameCo’s programmers is, and always has been, turning a traditionally 100% skill-based game into something where players are still given a sense of control, without removing the casino’s ability to control wins and losses (eg the house edge).

How Will Developers Sustain RTP when Gambling Trivia Crack?

This is the big question surrounding the partnership between these two brands. Neither has commented publicly on the matter, but an article in VentureBeat confirms, “you will be able to play solo, head-to-head, or take part in tournaments”, per a statement from GameCo head of programming Rich Maryyanek.

Anyone familiar with the company’s past installments knows that GameCo thrives on its unique ability to combine video game style amusements, where a player’s skill impacts the payouts and winnings, with the same basic mechanics and economic values of slot machines.

So how might GameCo sustain predetermined RTPs for players betting on Trivia Crack video gambling machines? For head-to-head and tournament games, the answer is easy. Set it up like any other tournament. Present a buy-in/entry fee for all players. The casino skims a percentage off the top. But for solo-play, we’ll just have to wait and see what GameCo comes up with.

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Sep 05

Microgaming procures games for Quickfire platform from Canada online slots maker, Old Skool Studios.

Microgaming Employs Canada Online Slots Maker Old Skool Studios

For 25 long and illustrious years, Microgaming has enjoyed the elite status of being the internet gambling industry’s oldest and most reputable digital software firm. The company has produced and distributed internet slot machines, table games and other wager-based amusements since 1994, building upon the world’s most comprehensive desktop and mobile iGaming platform. They call it Quickfire, and it’s employed by more than one thousand online casino website operators.

On the very opposite end of that spectrum is a small, little-known company by the name of Old Skool Studios. Like Microgaming, this firm too produces digital gambling software of the highest quality. Such high quality, in fact, that this minuscule firm attracted the notice of Microgaming, earning itself a rightful place in the coveted Quickfire portfolio.

Microgaming Employs Canada Online Slots Maker

Microgaming’s Quickfire platform is already loaded with four titles direct from this hometown studio. Following a contract with the Isle of Man iGaming juggernaut in 2016, Old Skool wasted no time installing its first installment, a steampunk game known as Epic City. In early 2017, a classic detective mystery, La Rouge, was added. A few months later came an interactive skill+chance game, Jewel Quest Riches, followed by their latest release, Temperance, in mid 2018.

Play Online Slot Machines from Canada Firm, Old Skool Studios

According to Old Skool Studios, each of these games has its own niche-target appeal. La Rouge and its Starlite Bonus showcase their creative storytelling capabilities. The skill-based elements in Jewel Quest Riches offers a superior level of engagement. Epic City’s Power Bonus draws players in with an unparalleled degree of immersion. Temperance is equipped with a unique Pachinko Gamble feature that highlights differentiation between games.

Why Haven’t we Heard of Old Skool Studios?

Old Skool hasn’t made a big name for itself in the digital entertainment industry. It’s not because they haven’t been around for years, nor because they haven’t produced a variety of premier quality content, but rather because almost everything they produce gets published under another company’s logo.

Old Skool Studios have been in business since 2011. We as players may not be familiar with the name, but other iGaming businesses sure are. Their long list of clients include social gaming giants like Zynga and GameHouse, major iGaming brands like LeoVegas, Mr. Green, and Unibet, and software distributors like Microgaming, IGS and Neowiz. They were even contracted by Microsoft in 2013 to develop three steampunk apps for Windows Mobile.

What surely impressed Microgaming the most was Old Skool’s focus on the player experience. The Old Skool team believes that, while it’s true “good games start with solid math”, a more important factor is that “great games also start with a strong narrative”. As such, the company strategy is to engage customers with great games that “immerse, entertain, and give you reasons to come back”.

Play Real Online Slot Machines from Canada

Who knew you could play online slot machines from Canada, in Canada, at Microgaming powered gaming sites? According to local laws, no company with offices in Canada can provide real money iGaming services inside Canada without authorization from the province in which those games are available. Old Skool skirts this clause because it’s not directly offering the games to Canadian players.

This company is only manufacturing the digital games. They then sell those games to offshore companies – companies with no physical presence in Canada – letting those companies offer them to Canadians (and players everywhere else Microgaming casinos are available).

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Aug 16

Court of Appeals decides GotSkill’s skill-based games are gambling, therefore illegal in Ontario.

Games of skill versus games of chance – is there really that much of a difference? Ontario Superior Court Justice Andras Schreck thought so last year. Turns out, he was wrong. The Court of Appeals overturned his decision this week regarding a collection of popular skill-based gaming cabinets from the company GotSkill.

The new decision is not being taken lightly – not by the executives at GotSkill, nor the owners of more than two hundred local bars and clubs where the games were installed. Despite their outrage, there’s absolutely nothing that can be done, except for removing the now illegal games, of course. According tot he appellate court’s decision, GotSkill has no grounds to appeal this decision, making it unquestionably final.

GotSkill’s Skill-Based Games are Gambling in Ontario

Ontario Appellate Court says GotSkill's Skill-Based Games are Gambling, Illegal

If you’re one of the countless fans of GotSkill’s gaming cabinets, present throughout locations all over the province, don’t be surprised if these games are missing from your favorite bar or restaurant the next time you visit. Following a legal battle that’s been ongoing for more than a year now, the machines have been declared to be in violation of Ontario’s gaming laws.

According to the Court of Appeals, Justice Schrek made one critical error in his evaluation of the company’s SkillBet cabinets last year. He had determined that players of superior skill would be capable of beating the game, winning more money from the games then they paid to play them. Based on this assumption, he decided that they did not fall under the definition of a game of chance, therefore were not illegal.

The Appellate Court disagreed with this theory based on the fact that only those of exceptional skill could consistently beat the games. The average player, on the other hand, would be reliant more on chance than skill to win, thus losing more than they win. Therefore, the amusements could only be defined as games of chance.

When the appeal was filed earlier this year, GotSkill was confident that another ruling would go in their favor. They weren’t the only ones, either. Many more bars chose to install the skill-based gaming cabinets, while some retailers who already offered the games upped their number of installments by 2-3 times. You can imagine their disappointment now, following an unimagined outcome.

Despite its former confidence, GotSkill did state months ago that if the appeal did not return a decision in their favor, it would result in an abundance of job losses for the company. So far, there’s been no word from corporate as their heads are surely still reeling from the news.

Furthermore, the courts have not issued a timeline for removal of the skill-based games from local area bars and clubs. It’s safe to assume the machines will be made inoperable before the month is out.

AGCO Won’t Tolerate Illegal Gambling in Ontario

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), which filed the appeal back in January, is pleased with this latest turn of events. They feel that their rules in regards to gambling in Ontario are very strict, and must not be violated lest the public well-being be put at risk.

AGCO regulations expressly prohibit gambling in bars and restaurants. Gambling is confined to commercial casinos and charitable gaming venues, all of which must obtain authorization from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLG). Only First Nations casinos may operate without an OLG license, and even they must abide by certain restrictions.

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May 22

Casino games that require skill to maximize odds of winning.

Casino Games that Require Skill to Increase Your Odds of Winning

Gambling amusements are often categorized by their characteristics. Machines versus tables is the most common. Today, we’re going to divvy them up between skill games and non-skill games; that is to say, those that give a player better odds of winning with skill/strategy applied, as opposed to those that do not.

Before we get into the meat and potatoes of today’s topic, those of you seeking the opposite experience may be interested in reading the following:

Simple Casino Games that are Easy on the Brain

Casino Games that Require Skill to Win

No one has to implement a strategy to win these games. Everyone gets lucky now and again. But if you want to win more often, driving your odds to peak performance, these are the games you’ll want to learn more about. I’ve chosen to list them in order of the best payback percentage, with perfect strategy applied.

Video Poker

These can be the most rewarding games of all. The trick is to find one with the right rules and pay table. At online casinos, Microgaming’s All Aces VP (99.92%) and Jacks or Better with 9/6 Full Pay (99.54%) are about as good as it gets. A few land-based casinos – and I do mean a very rare few – still provide VP games with 100-101% RTPs. Learn more here.

Blackjack

Of course, blackjack will land high on any list of this nature. It is the most strategically driven game in any casino. Just memorizing a basic strategy for the exact rules of the blackjack game you’re going to play can lower the house edge to below 0.5%. The true RTP value depends on the rules in play. For example:

  • Vegas Single Deck 99.69%
  • Double Exposure 99.68%
  • Classic Blackjack 99.60%
  • Spanish 21 99.58%

With these high-RTP variants, players who toss in an astute card counting system at a land-based casino can swing the edge into their favor.

Pai Gow Poker

A unique, 2-handed poker game in which players receive 7 cards to set a traditional 5-card poker hand and a 2-card poker hand. The 5-card hand must be stronger than the 2-card hand. If the player’s 2-card and 5-card hands beat the dealer’s corresponding hands, the player wins. If one beats the dealer, it’s a push. A good strategy will put the RTP at 97.28%.

Caribbean Holdem

This is a house-banked poker game with dual betting rounds, the Ante and Call. It follows the rules of Casino Holdem (based on Texas Holdem), but with a different payout scheme for Ante bets and a progressive jackpot. Using the right strategy here can net you an RTP of 96.91%.

Three Card Poker

This house-banked poker game also presents two rounds of betting, based on the strength of a 3-card poker hand. What makes it so unique is the fluctuation in RTP based on your strategic decision. The Ante alone carries an RTP of 96.67%. If making the Call bet (strategy calls for a hand of Q-6-4 or better), the RTP rises to 97.99%. The Pair Plus side bet falls between the two at 97.68%.

Let It Ride

Another house-banked poker game, this one plays opposite of most. Instead of placing progressive bets (Ante, Call, Raise, etc), the player starts with three bets on the table. As the hand progresses, he can chose to pull one or two of his bets down, it ‘let them ride’. With optimal strategy, you can expect an RTP of 96.49%.

Caribbean Stud

This is a basic 5 Card Stud poker game but with the usual house-banking rules, wherein the player competes against the dealer. An Ante bet is made to start, then all cards are dealt with one dealer card exposed. The player must then fold (lose all bets) or raise (bet 2x ante) before all cards are shown. While strategy does play a big role in this game, perfect decisions will only net an RTP of about 94.78%.

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Dec 18

How to play and win PVP skill games for real money.

Win PVP Skill Games for Real MoneyIf there’s one thing we (should) all know about traditional casino games, it’s that luck, or ‘chance‘, is the dominant factor. Every game is designed to give the house and advantage over the player. Some will win, more will lose. Only those who get lucky make up the first group.

More recently, games manufacturers and casinos collaborated on a new type of gambling venture they call skill gaming. These are more like arcades than slot machines. Targeting the millennial generation, they are basically video games that allow gamblers to incorporate skill.

The problem with these single-player skill games is that regulators mandate that they be built like slot machines. They must contain RNGs and predetermined payback percentages. So they still require some luck to win with any consistency.

The good news is, there’s another form of skill gaming that truly gives the most adept players an edge. The only way to do that is to eliminate the ‘house edge from the equation, and that means building them in PVP (player versus player) format.

PVP Skill Gaming

If you’ve ever played poker in a casino, you should have a basic concept of how these games work. In poker tournaments, every player pays to participate. The cost is made up of a buy-in and a small entry fee. The buy-ins make up the prize pool, and the house collect the fee. In cash games, the house claims a small percentage of every pot, known as the ‘rake‘. In this way, the casino is guaranteed to make money, while eliminating some of the ‘chance‘ factor from the game.

But in poker, chance still plays a significant enough role. The cards each player is randomly dealt will increase or decrease their odds of winning, no matter how good they are at bluffing or reading the competition.

Many PVP skill games really are 100% skill-based. The casinos don’t care who wins, either. No matter what, they know they’re collecting their precious rake.

How to Win PVP Skill Games for Real Money

Win PVP Skill Games for Real MoneyThe best PVP skill games games are based entirely on a player’s skill sets. The required skills will vary greatly from one game to the next. You’ll need to pick wisely, depending on what you’re best at.

A few years back, mental erudition was the only requirement. A game of chess, or even checkers, is always be won by the smarter, more experienced of the two players. The one who correctly calculates their moves, and their opponent’s potential moves, in advance, is going to have the upper hand. Backgammon is another popular one, although an element of chance still exists within the toss of the dice.

More modern games require other skills, like dexterity and lightning-fast reaction speed. Video gaming competitions are becoming extremely popular these days. They’re more commonly referred to as eSports, but they are nothing more than PVP skill gaming tournaments where the most adept video gamers take the prize.

In order to win, you have to be better at the game than your opponent. That’s all it takes. Simply practicing won’t cut it, though.

The old saying, ‘Practice makes perfect‘, doesn’t always apply. My good friend coaches a children’s basketball team, and his motto is, ‘Practice makes permanent‘. If you practice perfect, you’ll become perfect. If you practice wrong, you’ll play wrong, permanently.

So the ultimate key to win PVP skill games for real money is to play games that compliment your skill sets, and practice perfectly. Study your opponent(s) whenever possible, and don’t play someone who is clearly better than you. Remember, these aren’t slots. It’s not up to luck. It’s up to you.

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