Aug 17

Comparing the mobile casino slots built in Canada by provincial regulators to the iPhone slots and Android slots of international operators.

There are well over 3,500 active online gambling sites operating from jurisdictions all over the globe. Only a small handful of them are located in (and available to players of) Canada. The vast majority of internet gambling websites are, in fact, located offshore, in places like Isle of Man, Malta, and the UK.

Mobile Casino Slots Canada - Android Slots iPhone SlotsProvincial governments would like us to believe that depositing with an international gaming site is dangerous. There’s no consumer protections, they say. What if you don’t get paid winnings? What if the games aren’t fair? What if, what if, what if?!

Having played at these websites, and authored countless articles and reviews delineating their services, I can tell you this. The most reputable offshore operators are just as trustworthy, if not more so, than the home-grown gambling websites regulated in some Canadian provinces.

The truth is, provincial leaders don’t want you playing with an overseas operator, because they won’t make money that way. Yes, their “What if?” inquisitions are valid, but only if you join some disreputable, rogue operator with all the integrity of a welcome mat. Play it smart, and with a little research into reputable operators, you’ve nothing to fear.

But the question we aim to answer is this. Is one really better than the other?

Mobile Casino Slots in Canada

Unfortunately, this question only applies if you live in one of four Canadian provinces; British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. Only these regions offer a provincially regulated iGaming site where local residents can play Android slots and iPhone slots for real money. Actually, only three of them do. Manitoba just piggy-backs off the regulated site of B.C.

Those websites, and their range of player acceptance, include:

Playnow.com – B.C. & Manitoba
PlayOLG.ca – Ontario
Espacejeux.com – Quebec

If you live in one of these provinces, you have options. You can play at your local iGaming website, or choose an offshore operator. Let’s take a closer look at some of their most important qualities.

In B.C. and Manitoba, PlayNow provides its members with 178 online slot machines. However, only 65 of those are classified as mobile casino slots, available on the operator’s iOS/Android compatible mobile app. These games were developed by IGT, so the graphic quality and entertainment level is unquestionable.

For players in Ontario, PlayOLG offers a mobile casino app with exactly 89 slots games available. The OLG also employs the software of IGT. However, these games need only provide a slot payback percentage of 85%, per Ontario law. They could pay higher, but they don’t have to.

In Quebec, EspaceJeux does provide mobile casino slots, but there’s no app for it. Players must visit m.espacejeux.com to access the Android slots and iPhone slots on offer. In doing so, you’ll find that only 34 slots—again, developed by IGT—are optimized for mobile.

You may be starting to notice these operations all have a few things in common. But aside from the obvious employment of IGT software, and the limited number of mobile casino slots available, there’s one more thing you should know. None of Canada’s home-grown casinos offer bonus promotions to their new and existing players.

Bonuses for Android Slots / iPhone Slots Players

Throughout the two-decade history of the online gambling industry, promotions have been a key aspect of every competitor. Canadian law, however, does not allow its provincially run websites to offer incentives to new members. International operators are under no such restrictions.

Every offshore casino website delivers lucrative bonus promotions to attract new players. It’s no different than cellular phone services handing out the latest iPhones to new customers, or the first 5,000 visitors to a Toronto Blue Jays home game getting free T-shirts when they walk through the gates.

Android Slots and iPhone Slots from Royal Vegas Mobile Casino SlotsBusinesses thrive on promotions to draw customers, and the sad fact is, Canada’s home-grown iGaming websites are legally prohibited from participating in this traditional aspect of competitive marketing.

Sign up to play mobile casino slots at a Canadian operator, and you’ll receive nothing for your loyalty. Join a reputable international casino like Royal Vegas, and you’ll be met with a welcome bonus offer worth up to $1,200 in free bonus credits.

You can play an awful lot of Android slots and iPhone slots with that kind of free-credit wagering power. And it doesn’t hurt that Royal Vegas presents more than 350 slots for mobile users alone.

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Jul 25

Ending a 4-year ban, Google Play Store will finally host real money gambling apps in select locations.

Since 2013, Android users have been unable to access real money gambling apps in the Google Play Store. It was the result of an enforced policy by Google, which decided the real money gambling market was a bit too risky.

Google Play Real Money Gambling Apps

According to recent reports, Google is overturning that decision. With millions of users accessing its Play Store every day—many of them in search of real money gambling apps—the California-based company has decided it’s a risk worth embracing.

Former Aversion To Gambling Apps

For the last four years, Restricted Content section of Google’s developer policy has referenced ‘Gambling‘ thusly:

“We don’t allow content or services that facilitate online gambling, including but not limited to, online casinos, sports betting, lotteries, or games of skill that offer prizes of cash or other value.”

The exemplified criteria for violations specifically includes, “Apps that allow a user to wager in order to earn real money.”

Only certain “gambling ads” are permitted, and only if they met some strict requirements. They had to be legal in the local area, displayed only to users 18+, and promote responsible gambling on its landing page.

Real Money Gambling Apps, for Some

The advertisement rules aren’t expected to change, but the types of apps available for download certainly will. According to Google, real money gambling apps could appear on the Play Store as early as August 2017.

The company isn’t just reversing its policy on gambling apps. It’s actively promoting their upcoming inclusion on the Google Play Store. A missive was recently delivered to a multitude of the biggest app development companies and mobile casino operators, informing them of the pending policy changes.

However, real money gambling apps will only be available in select locations, including the France, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. The Google Play Store will only approve apps from casinos licensed to operate, and accept players, in those jurisdictions.

Before a mobile casino app appears on Google Play France, Google Play Ireland or Google Play UK, it must first undergo inspection by the Android app center. The submission must be accompanied by documentation that proves current licensure in all eligible jurisdictions in which players will be targeted.

Open The Flood Gates

There is no shortage of Android-compatible real money gambling apps on the world wide web today. The vast majority of online casino operators provide Android apps for their customers. However, players have had to navigate a casino’s website and download the app directly. This has largely limited their player base to existing players.

This will be the first time in several years that players have been able to seek out gambling apps online via their local Google Play Store. Operators are surely anticipating a surge in new player activity as the games’ developers gain access to a new and immensely popular channel for delivering their content.

It shouldn’t take long for real money gambling apps to appear in droves once Google gives the green light. With all major operators having Android apps at the ready, all that’s left is to wait for the flood gates to open.

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Jul 18

Microgaming’s new farm animal slots game, Oink Country Love Slot, coming to desktop and mobile August 2017.

Oink Country Love Slot by MicrogamingMicrogaming is teasing fans of animal farm slots with a promo video for its upcoming Oink Country Love Slot. The world’s leading digital gambling software developer has already released several new games this month, leaving us to conclude that the new game will arrive at Microgaming powered online casinos sometime in August 2017.

This new game has a humorous theme with lively music, portraying the tale of two jovial pigs who’ve fallen in love with the same gal, and are determined to win her heart in a musical competition. Players are encouraged to join in this festive barnyard hoedown, packed with dueling wilds and up to 80 free spins.

Oink Country Love Slot Review

Oink Country Love Slot is optimized for desktop and mobile play on Windows, Android and iOS. It features traditional 5×3 reels with 45 fixed paylines. It’s not the cheapest online slot on the market, with a minimum starting bet of $0.50, scaling up to $125 per spin.

The piggy plot in this new farm animal slots game revolves around three main characters. Willy, the banjo plucking pig in red, and Chancho, the fiddling piggy in blue, are both after the heart of the sweet country sow, Miss Southern Charm.

Farm Animal Slots Characters

High paying symbols include a range of buxom barnyard beauties – a cow, chicken, horse and goat. On the lower end are Microgaming’s favorite generic paying card values of 10 thru A.

Both Willy and Chancho act as wilds, and are ‘instrumental‘ in creating lots of winning combinations.

The goal here is to get the golden ticket to the Barnyard Bash, where an unheard of amount of free spins can be obtained. A single spin can award as many as 80 free spins, with unlimited retriggers.

Oink Country Love Slot Golden Ticket ScatterThe Golden Ticket is the scatter, and you’ll only need 3 of them to trigger free spins. However, because the Scatter can appear double stacked on reels 2 and 3, it’s possible to land 7 on the screen in a single spin. Stacked tickets double the number of free spins, and landing all 7 will deliver 80 free spins to start.

There’s no multiplier in the free games feature, but wins come a lot more frequently with the boosted appearances of both wilds.

Oink Country Love Slot – August 2017

Due for release next month, it’s hard to predict whether this new addition will become one of the most popular farm animal slots for desktop and mobile. What we do know is that its dual wilds and potential for massive free spins is likely to attract a lot of attention early on.

As for the theme and high-energy soundtrack, you’ll either love it or hate it. A game’s theme may be what attracts players early on, but it’s a game’s profitability that determines long-term popularity.

Based on the information provided in Microgaming’s Official Promo Video, the Oink Country Love Slot appears to have a low variance, meaning players can expect a lot of low-paying wins. That should keep your bankroll going for a while – hopefully long enough to hit the more lucrative free spins and walk away with a tidy profit.

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Jun 30

New Sugar Parade Slot by MicrogamingIf you’re anything like me, you played and loved King‘s Candy Crush Saga. Chances are, you played to the point the levels became so hard it just wasn’t fun anymore. But if you miss those cute, sugary characters and all the entertainment it brought in the earlier levels—and have a sweet tooth for online slots—you’ll probably love Microgaming‘s upcoming release of Sugar Parade Slot.

The Sugar Parade Slot is—in my opinion—a virtual remake of the Candy Crush matching game that every mobile gamer has enjoyed. The symbols on the reels look very similar to the characters on the Candy Crush map, made entirely of candy in that same cartoon character fashion.

The game has yet to be released at Microgaming casinos, but will surely be a part of the upcoming July launch of new games. So we’ll probably get full access to it within a week, at most. Until then, let’s take a look at what the brand’s teaser video promises.

Sugar Parade Slot – Coming July 2017

The game’s intro sucks you into a world of delectably sweet goodies as the main character symbols march their way over the hill and onto the 5 reels of this 15 payline slot machine. A Candy Land-esque background sets the scene, with the reels encased by blue and pink candy cane-stripes.

Symbols include 7 candy characters, one of which is the Bonus symbol, and another the Scatter. The problem is they all kind of look alike. But the Bonus is easy to pick out, being encircled by a gold ring. The Scatter is an ice cream cone.

The Sugar Parade Slot logo is the Wild, and the lower paying symbols are colorfully decorate playing card values of Q, K and A. Wilds take the place of all other symbols, except Bonus and Scatter, but do not offer multipliers on their winnings.

Landing 3 or more Ice Cream Cone Scatters on the reels will trigger the game’s free spins mode. Players are given 10 Free Spins. During free games, a 3x multiplier is applied to all winnings.

Sugar Parade Slot Royal Bonus

When a player lands 3, 4 or 5 Bonus symbols on the reels, it triggers the Sugar Parade Slot Royal Bonus. It’s a Pick Me bonus game with 12 candy characters spread across the screen. The player will get to select 3, 4 or 5 characters, depending on the number of Bonus symbols that triggered the feature. Beneath each selected character is a random amount of free instant credits.

The new Sugar Parade Slot will be available for all operating systems, including desktop, smartphone and tablet devices (Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, etc.)

Sugar Parade Mobile Slot

Release Date Accidentally Revealed?

Microgaming is being very hush-hush about the release date, as is one of their top licenced casino operators, Royal Vegas. However, in a Royal Vegas blog post announcing the upcoming release of Sugar Parade Slot, the author tripped up.

The publication says early on that “it has to be a sweet surprise”, and to “keep an eye on the casino to find out when Sugar Parade is available to be played”.

A few paragraphs later, though, the author recommends playing Microgaming’s prior sugar-coated release, So Much Candy Slot, if you “cannot wait for the Sugar Parade to launch on the 6th of July”.

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Jun 20

Royal Vegas Real Money Blackjack App for iPhoneThere’s a long-standing debate between Apple iOS and Android users. Which system is better? Which is faster? Which is more navigable, user-friendly, worth its cost, etc.? There are advantages on either side of the coin, but there’s one area where the Apple is golden. You can find a real money blackjack app for iPhone.

The Google Play Store has a global policy against gambling apps. Simulated gambling—that’s fine. But real money games are strictly forbidden. Apple’s iTunes Store restricts gambling content in some countries, but here in Canada, it’s easy to find a real money blackjack app for iOS devices.

Perhaps, a little too easy…..

Real Money Blackjack App for iPhone / iOS

A quick look in the App Store under Games > Casino reveals thousands of items to choose from. That’s a lot of gambling apps, right? It would be, if they were all genuine gambling apps. But the vast majority of them are not.

Like every other game genre ever fabricated for mobile devices, an overwhelming number of the titles available are designed as ‘free to play‘ games, teeming with ads and in-app purchases. There’s no actual gambling involved, and no way to cash out your winnings.

It’s all virtual coins. They encourage you to buy more chips, but will never pay back any money in your pocket, no matter how lucky you get.

So now, you’re left to weave your way through countless “casino” titles, looking for a real money blackjack app for iOS. I can tell you right now, more than 99% of them aren’t what you’re looking for.

Another alternative, you could try typing this in a Google search”

“real money blackjack” site:itunes.apple.com/ca

You know what you’ll come up with? A bunch of search results for apps that are not real casinos, but rather “online casino guides”. These are apps that merely review casinos. A waste of a few hours of your time.

If all you want is to download, open and play a real money blackjack app for iPhone, iPad, etc., I’ll save you some time. The following are four real money blackjack apps, created and operated by some of the oldest, most reputable casinos in the iGaming business.

I won’t bother getting into too many details here—just the important stuff. If you like the brief description, click the link provided to visit the App Store and read more.

Royal Vegas Real Money Blackjack App for iPhone

Royal Vegas Real Money Blackjack App for iPhoneThis is my absolute favorite. I’ve been playing Royal Vegas for years. It’s been online since 2000, and launched its iOS app for iPhone and iPad years ago. It’s updated very regularly with additional games, including Microgaming’s old and new titles.

The game variety is immense—the absolute largest in mobile gambling—and includes blackjack and roulette, video poker, and a throng of Microgaming’s most popular online slots. This app offers the highest progressives on the Apple iTunes Store, with jackpots worth over $1 million.

New members can claim up to $1,200 in welcome bonuses and take advantage of weekly and monthly promotions. The games are all certified ‘Safe and Fair‘ by eCOGRA, and there are plenty of secure deposit options to suit everyone.

Click Here to visit iTunes and learn more/download the Royal Vegas real money blackjack app for iOS.

Casino.com Real Money Blackjack App for iPhone

Casino.com Real Money Blackjack App for iPhoneCasino.com is another great app for real money players, featuring many popular titles like blackjack, roulette, slots and other classic casino games. The latest update jumped the game variety to over 200, so there’s something for everyone. The software is solid and easy to navigate.

New members get 20 free spins on sign-up, plus a 100% up to $400 match bonus on the first deposit. Log in for the next 9 days straight to enjoy another 20 free spins per day, up to 200 in all.

Click Here to visit iTunes and learn more/download the Casino.com real money blackjack app for iOS.

PartyPoker Real Money Blackjack App for iPhone

PartyPoker Real Money Blackjack App for iPhoneThis is a good app, but only if you’re an online poker fan, too—Texas Holdem cash games, tourneys, etc. There is a casino games section in the lobby, and it does offer real money blackjack, but it’s nothing too special.

On the plus side, PartyPoker does have a stellar reputation. They are distinguished enough to gain approval from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement to operate online gambling in the US. That’s saying something.

Click Here to visit iTunes and learn more/download the PartyPoker real money blackjack app for iOS.

William Hill Real Money Blackjack App for iPhone

William Hill Real Money Blackjack App for iPhoneThe William Hill Casino app (not to be confused with their individual Sports, Racing and Poker apps), is a good, stable platform with enough variety to keep players entertained for awhile. There aren’t a ton of games to choose from, but there’s a little bit of everything.

The app offers blackjack, roulette, video poker, 9 slot machines, 4 arcade style games and 4 instant-win scratch cards. The latest update doubled the welcome bonus to 100% up to $300. Unfortunately, it’s now restricted to UK players only.

Click Here to visit iTunes and learn more/download the William Hill real money blackjack app for iOS.

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Jun 06

New Mobile Gambling App OLG LotteryIt seems every risk-taking gamer has at least one mobile gambling app on their smartphone these days. It’s all about convenience. Providing users with instant access to the games they want, with a tap of their finger. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLG) introduced a new app in June just for ticket holders.

The new OLG mobile gambling app doesn’t actually let customers place wagers. For that, they can download the PlayOLG.ca mobile casino app. This new application is designed to save players who already placed a bet some time, allowing them to check all their tickets instantly.

It’s called the OLG Lottery App, and it’s available for all Android and Apple iOS smartphones and tablets. According to provincial regulators, it’s exactly what players have been asking for.

A press release announcing the June 1, 2017 release explained, “Checking your lottery tickets has never been ore easy or more convenient.”

Functions of OLG’s Mobile Gambling App

Functions of New Mobile Gambling App OLG Lottery

By downloading and opening the new mobile gambling app, ticket holders can instantly scan the code on each ticket to see if it’s a winner. The OLG Lottery app works on a variety of tickets, including traditional lottery tickets, instant scratch off tickets, and even sports betting tickets.

The new app could be especially convenient for those who buy a large number of tickets. Checking the winning lottery numbers yourself, then examining each ticket to see if it has any value, can be a time consuming process. And there’s always a margin for error.

Most high-volume players take their tickets to the local gas station, convenience mart or grocery store to have them checked by a retailer. While this is great for the player, ensuring no errors are made, it can certainly hold up the line during peak shopping times.

And, if a ticket happens to win a large amount of money – the kind you’d have to visit a lottery claims center to cash in – there’s always that underlying fear that some duplicitous person may be lurking nearby, waiting to jump you and steal the ticket on your way out the door.

Thanks to this new app, all of these potentially problematic issues are resolved. Players can check their own tickets in private, know if they are winners, and take appropriate action to cash in the good ones.

The new mobile gambling app has several other features Ontario punters may appreciate as well. Users will be able to see all current jackpot and a list of all recent winning numbers for the province’s various lottery drawings. They can even set reminders to purchase new tickets, locate nearby lottery retailers, and check the balance of an OLG Lottery Gift Card.

The app also provides a direct link to the OLG’s responsible gambling program, PlaySmart.ca. This website provides information on problem gambling prevention, detection and treatment facilities throughout Ontario.

New Mobile Gambling App OLG LotteryUsers can download the new OLG Lottery App from the Google Play Store for Android, or Apple iTunes Store for iOS. Look for the official OLG Lottery App logo (right), or use the following links to download now.

Download OLG Lottery for Android (from Google Play Store)

Download OLG Lottery for Apple iOS (from iTunes)

OLG’s Senior Vice President of Lottery and Gaming, Wendy Montgomery, commented on the release of the new mobile gambling app on Thursday.

“OLG lottery players asked for it, and we delivered!” said Montgomery. “The OLG Lottery app enhances the customer experience for Ontario players, providing them with a ticket checker that goes everywhere they go.”

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May 29

real gambling on iPhone without the stressTwenty years ago, if someone wanted to gamble for real over the internet, there was no question as to how to do it. They would log onto InterCasino (first to market, 1996) from a bulky desktop computer and wait patiently for their dial-up modem to load the 18 games that were available back then.

Today, countless people participate in real gambling on iPhone and iPad, comparable Android devices, laptops, and much slimmer desktop computers. There are a few more games to choose from these days, too. iPhone gambling apps offer thousands of slot machines, table games, video poker, a specialty games.

Sure sounds like the mobile betting industry has evolved in the most wonderful of ways. Or is the reality of the situation a stress headache waiting to happen?

Too Many Choices Isn’t Always Good

As a general rule, the human race loves choices. We love variety. We love knowing that mass competition between businesses in a fast-growing industry translates to better deals and promotions for us – the consumers. But rarely do we consider the flip-side of that coin.

With variety comes decisions, and with decisions comes stress. When there are so many iPhone gambling apps to choose from, we’re tasked with the job of selecting the right one – the best one. We know they can’t all be perfect. Some will have glitches. Some will load slow. Some may be run by rogue operators out to steal our money!

And what about all those games? With so many different games to play, real gambling on iPhone could become yet another stress headache after you’ve spent so much time selecting the “best” gambling app. Now, our brains are working overtime just trying to choose a favorable theme we think we’ll enjoy.

You may think I’m crazy, but let’s take a moment to look at the bigger picture. Let’s say you’ve got a hankering for ice cream…

You walk into a small, mom-and-pop diner and ask what flavors are available. The friendly worker smiles and responds, “Vanilla and chocolate”. You mull this over for a few seconds, then decide you’re in the mood for chocolate. A minute later, you’re licking away in cool, creamy bliss.

Now what if you went into a larger, franchise ice cream shop. You can’t even ask what flavors there are, because the list is so long. You have to strain your neck looking up and across board after board of optional flavors. The lemon sounds good, but so does the butter pecan, the mint chocolate chip, the fudge brownie blast, the frozen mocha latte, and what about that bacon flavor? How do you not try the bacon?

So much indecision! Situations like these can actually cause your stress level to climb exponentially until you’ve finally made a choice. And even then, there’s hat nagging voice in the back of your head – did you make the right choice? Bacon ice cream, that doesn’t eve make sense! I should have taken the butter pecan. No, the lemon. Dang-it!

Real Gambling on iPhone: Keep it Simple

If you want an enjoyable experience, minus all the headaches, don’t hit the iTunes store looking for iPhone gambling apps. Instead, go straight to a distinguished, reliable source. And don’t bother with apps that offer an endless menu of games from a multitude of software developers, either.

Royal Vegas Mobile fits the bill perfectly. They’ve been around since 2000, building a trusted reputation, and they don’t incorporate a dozen software brands into their gaming repertoire. All digital games are supplied by Microgaming, with a few live casino tables powered by Evolution Gaming. That’s it – purely reputable, nice and simple.

21 years down the road, InterCasino is still around too. Again, the reputation is stellar, but this is one of those companies that chooses quantity over quality, employing 11 different games developers. It’s not a bad choice if you want to avoid the search for iPhone gambling apps, but still have access to a boundless menu of games.

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May 23

Members of the popular Irish bookmaker, Paddy Power Betfair, have enjoyed the operator’s convenient ‘Text to Bet‘ technology for quite some time now. But thanks to new chatbot betting app, punters can now view odds and text their bets to an AI robot over Facebook Messenger.

Chatbot Betting Paddy Power new text to bet app

The new chatbot app, officially titled Onionsack SaaS, is the brainchild of Onionsack, a software company that specializes in texting apps. Onionsack has a long history of business relationships with UK bookmakers, and its latest technology is sure to appeal to avid punters with a Paddy Power account.

When the technology first debuted in April at the F8 Facebook Developers Conference in California, Paddy Power jumped on the opportunity to be first to market with a real money chatbot betting option via Facebook.

This actually marks the operator’s second attempt to launch a Facebook betting option. The first attempt was in 2013, but Paddy Power abandoned the project in late 2014 due to a miserable lack of interest from UK punters.

Times have changed, though. Mobile gaming has overtaken the former superiority of desktop betting, and today’s younger generation of gamblers are texting via social networks more than ever.

“We know our customers love mobile messaging apps,” said Michael Healy, Product Director for the Irish bookmaker, “so having a chatbot on Facebook Messenger is the obvious first step. Nearly all of Paddy Power’s customers are on Facebook, and now they can actually place a bet through the Facebook Messenger app.”

Text to Bet Chatbot – How it Works

The term “chatbot” pretty much says it all. Punters will communicate via text message with a chatting robot. Users can download the Paddy Power bot, then log into their betting account via Facebook. From there, they can send the bot text messages via Messenger requesting one desired service or another.

Users can chat with the Paddy Power bot the same as they would with their friends. Its advanced AI technology allows it to read text messages and respond appropriately. Punters can do a lot more than text to bet. They will also be able to view odds on any available bets, including sporting events, entertainment, politics, etc., and receive live updates on any events they have wagered on.

Learn more about using PP Chatbot

The new chatbot betting technology has additional benefits for Paddy Power. The service can be used for a personalized marketing service, delivering odds on relevant match ups to users, encouraging them to place bets based on customized settings and preferences.

Chatbot Betting: Security and Responsibility

The UK Gambling Commission (IKGC) has very strict policies regarding responsible gaming and the protection of punters. This is one issue Paddy Power and Onionsack have yet to verbalize with the emergence of this enhanced text to bet technology.

What happens if a punter loses their mobile device? If it’s not locked, and is accessed by another person, they may be perfectly capable of infiltrating the original user’s account via the Facebook Messenger chatbot betting app.

Such risks already exist for mobile users who do banking over their devices. The UKGC may have to come up with all new regulatory guidelines for social media betting, designating how chatbots are and are not permitted to behave.

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Mar 29

The wait is finally over. Rival Powered casinos were updated today with the release of Ten Suns, a new slots game themed around Chinese folklore. The game tells the tale of Hou Yi, The Divine Archer, whose enchanted arrows were able to obliterate Nine of the Ten Suns scorching the planet.

New Slots Game Ten Suns Slots at Rival Powered CasinosAs the story goes, the Emperor and Moon Goddess, who asked Hou Yi to perform this unimaginable task, looked on as the nine suns were shot down. One by one, each sun burst with a brilliant light, then magically transformed into a legendary Phoenix before flying off into the now lone sunset.

While I generally groan at the adaptation of yet another oriental themed slot machine, I have to admit, I really enjoyed the mythological folklore behind this new slots game. Rival Powered did a great job integrating razor-shard graphics and animations to accurately relay this epic tale.

Ten Suns Slot Features

Ten Suns is a 5 reel, 25 payline slot machine design in HTML5 for optimized compatibility with all major operating system, including PC, Mac and Linux/Ubuntu desktops, as well as Android, iOS and Windows mobile devices and tablets.

New Slots Game Ten Suns Slots at Rival Powered Casinos

The dominantly red and gold motif is highlighted by a plethora of symbols, all relating to the ancient Chinese legend. These include the Divine Archer, the Emperor, the Moon Goddess, the Phoenix, golden frogs, dragons, lotus flowers, treasure chests, lanterns, gold coins and more.

Following Chinese tradition, the golden frogs are some of the luckiest symbols in the game, awarding 1,000 coins for 5 on a line. The Divine Archer is the wild, the Dragon is a Scatter, and Treasure Chests are a scatter-style Bonus symbol.

Expanding Wilds: The Divine Archer follows the basic rules of wilds, taking the place of any other standard symbol needed to create the highest possible winning combination. He only appears on reels 2, 3 and 4. However, being a heavenly powered archer, he also has the ability to shoot arrows onto the reels whenever he substitutes for a win, randomly turning other symbols into wilds.

Scatter Free Spins: To unleash the free spins feature in this new slots game, players will need to see 3, 4 or 5 Dragons on the reels, awarding 5, 7 or 10 free games respectively. To make free spins more profitable, the five lowest paying symbols are all removed from the reels during this time.

Furthermore, free spins include a ‘Drop Icons‘ feature, which works like cascading reels. Anytime a winning combination occurs, the symbols involved in it will drop out of play and new symbols will fall into place, potentially creating more wins. The Drop Icon feature continues to drop symbols off the reels until no win is recorded.

Treasure Chest Bonus: This bonus game is triggered whenever 3 or more treasure chests appear anywhere on the reels. If a wild appears and expands, turning a treasure chest wild, the chest will still count towards activating the bonus round.

This is a Pick Me Bonus game, where the player is shown a series of treasure chest to choose from. The prizes within are instantly credited.

New Slots Game Arrives Today

As promised by its creator, the new slots game Ten Suns arrives at Rival Powered casinos today, March 29, 2017.

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Mar 09

Mobile Casino and Sports Betting GrowthA new study was published this week that indicates the global internet gambling market will continue to surge upward over the coming years. Mobile casino and sports betting are expected to dominate the industry, with Europe and Asia having the most expansive markets.

The data was gathered by Transparency Market Research (TMR), and published in a report entitled “Online Gambling and Betting Market Research Report”. It details estimated trends in online and mobile casino, poker, lottery, bingo, sports betting, and social gaming, with a forecast that analyzes growth through 2024.

Operators To Focus On Mobile

Casino gambling has been around since the dark ages of dial-up internet speeds, when only a small percentage of households even owned a computer. For decades, gambling operators and software suppliers focused their efforts towards the desktop demographic, but that’s changing.

Mobile gambling didn’t take off until the first smartphones were introduced in 2007, and it was a very slow progression at first. Now, those who enjoy mobile casino, poker and sports betting make up approximately 33% of the industry’s clientele.

TMR believes that trend will continue to develop at a rapid pace, “driven by an increasing adoption of high-speed internet services in mobile devices.”

Sports betting in particular should see immense growth in the mobile arena. TMR attributes this prediction to a high demand for mobile live streaming of sports and relative videos, which will inevitably drive bookmakers to integrate such live streaming into their mobile apps.

These advancements will be “further enhancing the growth rate of the market” over the coming years, said TMR.

Mobile Casino Dominates, Sports Betting Catching Up

According to current data, the online and mobile casino genre is heavily dominating the overall iGaming industry. In 2015, it made up a substantial 26.4% of online gambling market share.

The analysis states that internet casino games will continue to lead the pack over the coming years, but that sports betting won’t be far behind. Mobile sportsbooks are “expected to surge over the coming years due to a higher rate of adoption of live sports betting by multiple players,” said TMR.

The research predicted that online lottery and poker will also increase between now and 2024, but nowhere close to the mimicking the elevated rate of mobile casino and sports betting.

Europe Leads Global iGaming Market

Thanks predominantly to the UK, Europe has a strong lead compared to all other regions where internet gambling regulations exist. European territories generated a combined total of $19.6 billion in iGaming revenue in 2015, about 33% higher than its nearest rival, Asia Pacific.

Asia Pacific is expected to experience the highest CAGR of 12.9% through 2024. Other territories, like North America, Middle East and Africa, are expected to grow at the slowest rate. In the US, growth will be truncated by continued state-by-state hesitation to regulate the industry.

Global iGaming Revenue to Double by 2024

TMR’s report was based on data available as of December, 2016. At that time, the researchers were able to closely estimate that the online gambling industry, as a whole, would end the year with a total revenue generation of $42.63 billion.

Based on that, the study suggested that the market would grow by an estimated 10.8% CAGR over the next eight years. That would result in the industry doubling its revenue to $96.89 billion in 2024.

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