Slotegrator adds Spinomenal Games to aggregated offering
The Russian slot aggregator and game provider Slotegrator announced this week that they have added rising star Spinomenal\'s HTML5 slot games to their already abundant offering.\r\n\r\nSpinomenal launched in late 2014 and is well on its way to a goal of 100 slot titles with 81 already in their portfolio. The company joins such prestigious and well-known names already offered by Slotegrator such as Genesis, NextGen, Quickspin, iSoftBet, and Endorphina to name a few.\r\n\r\nIn a press release, Slotegrator said: \"Spinomenal and its teams of developers create only cutting-edge slots following all the contemporary trends of the iGaming industry. Gamblers truly benefit from the wide choice of slots and features bringing high chances of winning. Among products to offer one can find various games featured by free spins, stacked symbols, multipliers, wild-reels and the rest of popular slot gimmicks.\"\r\n\r\nSome of the features found in Spinomenal slots, which heretofore have often been found on Bitcoin casinos, include free spins, multipliers, scatter symbols and other popular enhancements. Built in HTML5, the graphics are bright and crisp and many feature Asian themes. One of their newest games, Chest of Fortunes, is a 3x5 featuring Chinese imagery with characters ranging from Confucius to a Panda bear. The game has random \"surprise\" wild symbols and expanding wilds during free spins; a bonus picking game, and free spins with up to 10x multipliers.\r\n\r\nSlotegrator said of the collaboration: \"Slotegrator welcomes the new partner to its friendly team of developers! We are sure that games by Spinomenal will meet the needs of our clients, regardless of concept and target audience of a particular online casino.”
Australasian Gaming Expo sees great success with return to Darling Harbour
Twenty-eight years ago, Darling Harbour played host to the Australasian Gaming Expo. The event returned to the area for the 2017 event and has seen great success within the halls of a new exhibition center. During the AGE 2017, 246 exhibitors were on hand, which is sixty more than the event saw in 2016.\r\n\r\nAccording to agbrief.com, the Expo was hosted by the Gaming Technologies Association whose CEO Ross Ferrar stated that the event’s return to Darling Harbour was a success, with it being the most successful in the history of the Australasian Gaming Expo.\r\n\r\nFerrar pointed out that the event saw more exhibitors thanks to the well-designed loading docks located at the new venue. Exhibitors told the CEO that the event’s bump-in ran smooth and the facility was superior to any other venue that they had experienced.\r\n\r\nWhen comparing visitor numbers, the AGE 2017 saw a 19% increase from last year with 8,099 individuals in attendance. Once inside, visitors could take advantage of Digital Show Bags, a first for the Expo. The new digital option allowed visitors to transfer information about the exhibitors they visited to their mobiles.\r\n\r\nAccording to Ferrar, the Digital Show Bags were a great success as exhibitor stands saw a total of 11,967 badge taps within the first two days of the Expo. Daily digest emails were sent to those who tapped at almost 4,000.\r\n\r\nThe Expo took place from August 15th to the 17th at the International Convention Centre Sydney, Australia. The new venue is a self-contained facility which allowed all events of the Expo to take place on-site. This includes the Industry Leader’s Dinner. Ferrar commented that the dinner featured outstanding food as well as ‘impeccable service’.\r\n\r\nHospitality and gaming info was provided during the Expo with seven complimentary seminars on offer covering such topics as Cash Management, Venues, Research and Technology. New seminar rooms were located on-site providing the latest technology which helped to provide the best information to guests.\r\n\r\nVisitors attended the Australasian Gaming Expo from around the world, with 26 countries represented. The United States, United Kingdom and Asia were among the most represented at the event. The Expo will run again next year from the 14th to the 16th of August.
Playing blackjack online to your advantage subject of exhaustive new article
Serious blackjack players may want to take a look at an article recently published on the Latest Casino Bonuses (LCB) website. Author, Brandon James goes deep into the subject of \"Advantages to Playing Online Blackjack\". James (also known as Mission146 on the Wizard of Vegas forums) explores everything from the worsening blackjack rules found on the Las Vegas Strip and elsewhere to specific strategies players can use to beat online casino blackjack bonuses.\r\n\r\nMany true advantage players will already know how to adjust their play to certain minor rule variations, how to determine if a given bonus is beatable, which software is most user-friendly, and most importantly which casinos will actually pay if you beat the seemingly insane wagering requirements attached to blackjack bonuses. If you play blackjack for fun and simply to win, rather than as a part-time job, the article definitely has something for you.\r\n\r\nAfter examining several on-land and online differences and similarities in the game, James mentions that the savviest players should start with The Wizard of Odds\' blackjack pages. As the article progresses it becomes obvious that the author has already done the hard work. He has critically analyzed the Wizard\'s top ten list of blackjack casinos, then winnowed and sifted all of the important elements to identify the top three for readers. A bit of a spoiler; you will find Las Vegas USA Casino on the list, but be warned the playthrough is \"huge\" and the expected value is less than if the bonus is used another way that is mentioned in the article.\r\n\r\nSimply knowing which casino offers games with a low house edge, the biggest bonus, or lowest play through requirements isn\'t enough to be successful unless you get very lucky and quit when ahead. All of these factors plus payout speed, withdrawal limits (including Bitcoin limits if accepted) if the bonus is cashable, and whether or not the casino has been approved by The Wizard of Odds all factor in. Consider those elements to be the tip of the iceberg though when you delve into the nearly 10,000-word exposé that boils down to whether any offered bonuses are beatable and how to beat them.\r\n\r\nThere are a couple of instances in the article, especially in cases where the blackjack bonus might not be so attractive, that James not only hints at but links to a strategy page to beat another bonus offer. In short; although the article may not be a \"gold mine\" due to deposit limits on some beatable bonuses, it is jam-packed with directly actionable ways to play casino games for profit. Simply reading the article and all of the linked pages will make any player much more capable of understanding the value - negative or positive - of bonuses they might consider in the future.
Ladbrokes and Burnley FC agree to sponsorship deal
English Premier League team Burnley FC has inked a deal with British online and land-based sports betting and gaming operator Ladbrokes that will see it become the professional football club’s official UK betting partner.\r\n\r\nVia the three-year deal, the London-based bookmaker will also assume sponsorship of the away end after the club and David Fishwick parted ways earlier this summer. The partnership will also see matchday betting services at the 21,401, all-seated Turf Moor be provided by Ladbrokes, according to the Lancashire Telegraph. And allow the multi-channel UK gaming brand a prominent presence on Burnley’s social media channels, website and LED advertising on the football stadium’s giant screen.\r\n\r\nThe partnership deal also allows supporters to access exclusive offers and promotions from Ladbrokes throughout the season. Promotions will reportedly include various \'money-can\'t-buy\' experiences like tickets and training ground visits.\r\n\r\nCommercial Director for Burnley, Anthony Fairclough, said the football club is extremely excited to announce the partnership deal, which through Ladbrokes will create new experiences for the fans, as well as some exciting offers during the upcoming season.\r\n\r\nFairclough said: \"We look forward to welcoming Ladbrokes and not only will it involve major exposure at Turf Moor, it will see a full betting service offered to fans through the concourses, as well as their branding on the Cricket Field Stand, which was previously sponsored by David Fishwick.” The commercial director also went on the record to thank David Fishwick “for his long-term support and commitment to the club in many years he has sponsored the stand and hope that continues.\"\r\n\r\nJessica Bridge, Head of Public Relations for Ladbrokes, said: \"We are very excited at Ladbrokes to be forming this dynamic partnership with Burnley Football Club as another enthralling Premier League season gets underway. Bridge went on to wish the team’s manager, players and fans luck in the upcoming season.
Ohio Lottery Commission and Scientific Games extend partnership
As a top provider of lottery, gaming and interactive solutions, Scientific Games has provided quality lottery products for the state of Ohio for sixteen years now. The partnership has been productive and the Ohio Lottery Commission has now decided to extend their contract with Scientific Games for primary instant games for another two years.\r\n\r\nAccording to G3newswire, Scientific Games has started to provide the Ohio Lottery with SalesMaker, a successful program that provides training along with lottery retail development. The lottery is provided with consumer studies as well as research, interactive services and licensed properties.\r\n\r\nRanked within the top 20 lotteries around the world within the fiscal year of 2016 when it comes to total sales of instant games, the Ohio Lottery has been quite successful as of late. Since 2001, Scientific Games has assisted the Ohio lottery in seeing such success as the main supplier of instant games for the state.\r\n\r\nNext month, Scientific Games will be providing a new instant linked game to players in Ohio titled Willy Wonka Golden Ticket. This game will include a second-chance opportunity. Players will be able to compete to win a Las Vegas trip where one player will have the opportunity to compete in the Willy Wonka Billion Dollar Challenge. This event will offer up cash prizes to be won starting at $1,000.\r\n\r\nInstant Products Senior Vice President of Scientific Games, John Schulz, commented on the partnership extension by stating that the company is honored to continue to work with the Ohio Lottery to grow instant game revenue as well as introducing new games that will appeal to players.
Ohio Casino Control Commission fines Jack Entertainment $200K for security and computer issues
Detroit-based Jack Entertainment LLC has been fined $200,000 by the Ohio Casino Control Commission for reportedly granting access to underage patrons to the Jack Cleveland Casino and allowing unauthorized employees to access both the Cleveland and Cincinnati casino’s computer management program, according to Cleveland.com.\r\n\r\nThe settlement agreement with the casino owner and operator was reportedly approved by the commission on Wednesday.\r\n\r\nIn a statement, CEO for Jack Entertainment, Matt Cullen, reportedly said, \"We acknowledge the significance of the matters identified by the Ohio Casino Control Commission and take our compliance with their important operational policies and procedures seriously.\" Cullen said the company has expeditiously taken steps to answer to the issues and to ensure ongoing compliance will continue to work with the Ohio Casino Control Commission, according to the news portal.\r\n\r\nSpokeswoman for the Commission, Jessica Franks, reportedly said that last year both issues arose after Jack Entertainment acquired the casinos from Caesar\'s Entertainment Corp. Franks said the commission found a number of instances where individuals who were underage were allowed on the property.\r\n\r\nThe spokeswoman said that while the commission is aware that the Cleveland casino’s location and various entrances present opportunities for underage individuals to enter the facility, it occurred multiple times due to a lack of security training. \"We get that you will never have 100 percent compliance in keeping out minors and the Cleveland casino has unique features,\" Franks said. \"But we found that basically the security personnel were not following procedures that are supposed to be followed to screen out individuals,\" according to Cleveland.com.\r\n\r\nAccording to Franks, in addition to other procedures, security is supposed to check the ID of anyone who appears to be under the age of 30 and compare it to the person. She said the commission was made aware of the issue due to the requirement that the casino must report the discovery of any underage patrons.\r\n\r\nCleveland.com reports that according to the settlement agreement, there was a minimum of 13 cases spanning June to November where underage individuals entered the establishment.\r\n\r\nThe money from the fine reportedly goes to the state’s general fund.\r\n\r\nFranks said that since the opening of the four state casinos in 2012 and 2013, there have been relatively few instances when sanctions were issued by the commission to encourage compliance in the future. She said that is because typically a company works alongside officials to solve the issues. Franks said that normally, sanctions are a last resort by the commission.\r\n\r\nAccording to Cleveland.com, the latest sanction by the commission is the third for the Cleveland casino.
California’s 500 Club Cardroom reportedly shut down due to insufficient funds
The Bureau of Gambling Control in California has shut down a Clovis card room after reportedly finding that the facility had insufficient funds when it came to covering the chips in play. The 500 Club Cardroom was presented with an emergency closure notice this week and must remain closed until further notice.\r\n\r\nAccording to Casino.org, the Bureau of Gambling Control found that the liability of the chips in-use was far greater than the balances of the card room\'s chip liability and general accounts.\r\n\r\nThe Bureau reportedly completed an investigation into the club based on allegations that the 500 Club did not disclose loans from individuals who should have been named as business partners. Such individuals reportedly needed to be licensed by California gaming regulators. All owners have to be disclosed within a gambling business to make sure the individual does not have a criminal history.\r\n\r\nThe club was asked to provide the Bureau with financial records before it was raised on Wednesday. The club never provided the requested documents according to the Bureau.\r\n\r\nWhile the cardroom\'s license has not been revoked, the club will reportedly have to meet certain requirements before it will be allowed to reopen. According to the Fresno Bee, this will include detailing the source of all funds that are in relation to gambling activities. An independent manager must be hired, be approved and answer to the state as this individual will be overseeing the financial operations of the business.\r\n\r\nDusten Perry, the general manager of the 500 Club, released an official statement yesterday and reportedly said that the Bureau of Gambling Control had inaccurately interpreted their own regulations in regards to the chip bond of the casino. Perry reportedly went on to say that the attorney representing the casino was on site when the venue was shut down and is working with the bureau to see the club reopened.
Player history app launched by junket investor Suncity Group
Macau-based junket operator Suncity Group has launched “Sun Finance,” a secure mobile phone app that reportedly enables the company’s VIP gambling clients to have real-time tracking of their rolling chip activities, account summary and win-loss history, according to a report from GGRAsia.\r\n\r\nSuncity Group’s vice president of its information technology department, Celestino Ali, reportedly told the news agency that the new app that launched last week offers its gaming clients “secure account verification.” Secure verification was not a function offered in an app launched by the firm last year.\r\n\r\nAli reportedly told GGRAsia, “With this [new] application, clients can have the real-time tracking of their account balance, in whichever of our [club] venues they play.” He added, “Our customers also have immediate access to our 24/7 concierge services through the application.”\r\n\r\nThe news agency reports that Ali noted that in approximately three months, the company is looking to launch another mobile phone app, “Sun Travel.” Testing for the yet to be released app is underway. The app is reportedly designed to aid Suncity Group clients, as well as the general public, book hotel accommodation, transport, restaurant reservations and other entertainment in Macau or beyond.\r\n\r\nAli reportedly added that at some point, an embedded link to the “Sun Travel” app will be offered by the newly launched “Sun Finance” app, however, he reportedly described the former as a standalone product.\r\n\r\nThe firm’s IT boss noted that operation of the two new apps will reportedly allow “tactical promotions” to be performed on Suncity Group’s products and services, by identifying its client’s travel spending patterns.
Reminder for PKR.com customers: PokerStars has your back
Players who found their funds locked up in administration when PKR.com went bust can get their money from PokerStars.\r\n\r\nIn early May the pioneering PKR.com was removed from Microgaming’s Poker Network, the MPN, after informing the Isle of Man-based online gaming giant that they were experiencing “financial difficulties”. On July 6, PokerStars announced that tens of thousands of players, left short-changed by the event, would find whatever amount they had lost to PKR\'s demise matched in their regular PokerStars accounts. Those few who didn\'t have accounts with both could simply open an account at PokerStars, jump through a simple hoop with a few clicks, and withdraw their funds. They were also welcome to play with the funds on PokerStars.\r\n\r\nEric Hollreiser, PokerStars vice-president of corporate communications said in a July blog post entitled, Putting Players First: \"We expect that some players will choose to use that bankroll to play with us and we will gain some new customers, which is certainly a good business decision on our part,\" said Hollresiser. \"However, the motivation behind this move is simple: to do what\'s right.\r\n\r\n\"As an industry leader, we have the responsibility to lead from the front and demonstrate the importance of sound business practice,\" he added. \"While we can\'t always be accountable for how other companies in our industry act - and it\'s not our role to be the world\'s online poker police - we can lead by example and encourage others to put players first.\"\r\n\r\nThe company said they weren\'t motivated to improve their bottom line, and that they were not acquiring or planning to revive the PKR software platform. They said it was simply the right thing to do.\r\n\r\nOf course, the goodwill created by the move can only help PokerStars. The company has also been proactive in getting feedback from players in order to improve their offering - from payout structures to the sort of events they schedule. They have decided to bring back the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) in 2018 after trying on another branding for the event.\r\n\r\nThe parent company of PokerStars\' owners, Amaya Inc. changed its name to The Stars Group - perhaps in an effort to distance itself from former CEO David Baazov who sold off most of his shares this year after a failed bid to buy Amaya and take it private in December. Baazov has pleaded not guilty to insider trading charges, some stemming from Amaya\'s acquisition of PokerStars\' parent company, the Isle of Man-based Rational Group Ltd. for $4.9 billion in 2014.\r\n\r\nPKR.com was founded in 2004 by Jez San and offered the first \"virtual world\" online poker experience. San was the company\'s CEO until 2005 and in the last 8 years has only been involved as an investor, according to a July 4 interview on Casinopedia.\r\n\r\nIn another pioneering move, Jez San is currently heading up a blockchain casino platform called FunFair. It is the first Ethereum-based casino software to execute wagers in real time and San is expecting it to disrupt the online casino market.\r\n\r\nAll PKR.com players should have received an email explaining the simple procedure to claim their no-strings-attached cash on PokerStars. In order to retrieve your funds go to PokerStars Fund Retrieval FAQ.
ESP Limited awarded virtual-goods online gambling license
Specialist eSports fantasy league and online sportsbetting provider ESP Limited has announced that it has received a license from the Isle of Man’s Gambling Supervision Commission regulator to offer virtual-goods games.\r\n\r\nESP Limited stated that the award is the first of its kind to be granted under revised rules that see the Gambling Supervision Commission regulate the betting of virtual goods and take these commodities into account as part of any license application’s business plan.\r\n\r\nIn addition to now being authorized to offer real-money and virtual-goods games via its domain at ESP.bet, the operator declared that the license will see it begin processing digital currency transactions. ESP Limited proclaimed that this means that its platform will be able to handle deposits and payouts in Bitcoin utilizing the BitPay.com exchange.\r\n\r\n“To date, eSports betting and the gambling of virtual goods has largely been a grey market with a lot of unregulated operators failing to protect their customers,” read a statement from Scott Burton, Chief Executive Officer for ESP Limited. “We’ve always taken a more transparent approach, undertaking know-your-customer checks to verify age and running a really clear game system. With this licence, that work has been validated and I feel like we have taken the first step towards building a regulated marketplace that is safe for consumers, businesses and investors.”\r\n\r\nESP Limited, which is to continue to run its eSportsPools.com domain as a free-play site, explained that the license award follows a successful funding campaign that saw it obtain investments from the likes of BitKraft Esports Ventures, Firestartr, Charlotte Street Capital and Vancouver Founder Fund as well as several experienced eSports and gambling executives.\r\n\r\n“Global revenues in eSports are now tipping past the $1 billion a year mark and we know the industry still has a lot of growth ahead of it,” read a statement from licensing specialist Alex McNee, who serves as a director for service provider Boston Multi Family Office. “As the betting markets for this industry mature, operators are going to have to be licensed to ensure long-term growth and that license will need to cover areas such as digital currencies and virtual goods. The Isle of Man’s recent inclusion of these assets into their regulations is a huge step forward, which has now been made real by the granting of ESP.bet’s license.”