Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Golden Nugget Is Still The Leader Of The New Jersey Online Gambling Pack

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Last week, NJ's online gambling revenue for January 2018 was revealed, and no surprise, Golden Nugget NJ still reigns over its NJ online casino competition.

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ORYX Gaming launches Arena Casino in Croatia

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Slovenia-based online casino software company, ORYX Gaming, recently launched Arenacasino.hr, one of the first Croatian iGaming websites featuring casino and slots, according to to the news release. Via the deal, Arena Casino will be provided with ORYX’s complete technology stack, compliance services, gaming content, operational and marketing services. ORYX’s iGaming Platform boasts a wide selection of content from distinguished game providers such as NextGen, EGT, ORYX and Gamomat and has been certified in accordance with Croatia’s legal requirements. Arena Casino games are available to players via mobile and desktop, with a focus on mobile in keeping with the vision of being the lead mobile choice for players in Croatia. More than 100 mobile slot games can be enjoyed by players, along with unique bonuses, multiple payment methods and extra spins promotions with full support. CEO for ORYX Gaming, Matevz Mazij, said: “Croatia is an exciting iGaming market and we’re pleased to be able to use our expertise to help launch the inaugural online operation for Arena Casino. Our ability to comply with local regulatory requirements and deliver a strong game portfolio makes us the perfect partner to ensure success. I’m happy to say we had a great team of people involved.” The online gaming turnkey solutions provider also recently agreed a deal that will see it supply content from a selection of developers to two iGaming domains operated by Malta-based Quasar Gaming.

Almost There: Hiring Spree, New Logo Highlight Busy Week For Ocean Resort Casino

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Ocean Resort Casino, aka former Revel, finished another week of development by listing a few high-profile job openings and showcasing the NJ casino's logo.

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CJEU Rejects Belgium’s Request for Annulment of EC Online Gambling Recommendation

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The EU Court of Justice (CJEU) rejected earlier this week a petition filed by the Belgian Government against a set of recommendations for the protection of consumers of online gambling services and the prevention of minors from gambling online.

The recommendations were introduced by th European Commission in 2014 but the government of Belgium contested them in court, arguing that these were breaching each individual Member State’s right to regulate their online gambling market in a manner they found fit and to adopt player protection measures of their own choice. Belgian lawmakers further claimed that the European Commission had overstepped its authority by issuing the guidelines.

Earlier this week, the EU Court of Justice rejected the above claims and found that the European Commission had not exceeded its competence and that the set of recommendations had not interfered with Member States’ right to implement their own online gambling regulations.

The CJEU ruling affirmed a previously issued court decision by the General Court. The latter court dismissed Belgium’s case in the fall of 2015. The Belgian government will not be able to appeal the latest ruling further.

Why Has Belgium Contested the Guidelines?

The European Commission introduced the Commission Recommendation on principles for the protection of consumers and players of online gambling services and for the prevention of minors from gambling online in the summer of 2014. It was not legally binding and only aimed to present Member States with a set of guidelines for the effective protection of online gambling customers and the prevention of minors from being targeted and allowed to gamble online.

In October 2014, the Belgian Government filed against the recommendation, seeking its annulment by the EU’s highest court. As mentioned above, Belgian lawmakers claimed that the Commission had gone beyond its authority by introducing the guidelines and encouraging Member States to adopt them.

The Belgian government further pointed out that under EU treaties, the Commission did not have the authority to introduce “an instrument with harmonizing effect” in the online gambling sector.

It also emerged back then that concerns that the recommendation would lower the standards previously set by the Belgian Gaming Act stood at the heart of the country’s discontent.

The European Gaming & Betting Association, EGBA, welcomed CJEU’s ruling in a Tuesday statement. The Association also called upon the European Commission to encourage Member States to adopt its guidelines, to review for any gaps in their implementation, and to take corrective action if needed so that high level of consumer protection across the European Union is achieved.

Based in Brussels, EGBA is the industry body representing online gambling operators based and licensed within the European Union. Its member list includes bet365, Betsson, Kindred Group, and GVC Holdings, among others.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Boston Officials Opine on Wynn Boston Harbor Casino Resort Future

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The last days of January saw a rapid turn of events for one of the most renowned people in the international gambling industry and this was Steve Wynn, who is the former Chief Executive Officer of Wynn Resorts. This shook the industry and now it has the potential to affect the future projects of the company, among which the new $2.4-billion resort casino under construction in Everett, Massachusetts.

Concerned members of the community expressed their position that the project should not continue its development, while officials expressed their position regarding the future job opportunities for the region.

Wynn Boston Harbor is the name of the new gambling resort which has taken over the banks of the Mystic River and turned the formerly occupied by a chemical plant location into a suitable for tourists’ entertainment site. Following the sexual misconduct allegations which emerged with the help of Macau’s gambling regulator, Mr. Wynn opted for filing his resignation from the company’s leading position. However, in the official statement of the company, it was stated that Wynn Resorts is planning to focus on the development of its operations in Las Vegas and Macau, as well as the future one situated in Everett.

The feelings might not be mutual, however, as the voters in the community remain undecided regarding the future of the casino facility. As many as 20 percent of the people who have cast their votes say that they want the project to be permanently stopped, as the region does not need another gaming venue. Another 23 percent of the people who participated in the voting opted for casting their vote on continuing the project under an entirely new management. Something which most of them agree on is that the location should operate under a new name as well, as to avoid associating with its owner whatsoever.

Evaluation of the Future Integrated Resort Project

Shortly after the information was made public, Congressman Michael Capuano claimed that the job positions which the new location is expected to guarantee are what is important in the moment and most beneficial for the community in general. The construction work of Wynn Boston Harbor was projected to give work to up to 4,000 people in its building phase, as well as provide an additional 4,000 jobs for permanent workers.

According to Mr. Capuano, putting an end to the whole development will have a negative impact on the area. In the meantime, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley stated that gaming might not be the most positive economic development strategy, taking into consideration the problem gambling factor of the industry and how it could affect the region, but there is also the other side of the story. People who rely on this job opportunity should not be negatively affected by the alleged actions of the former CEO of the casino operator.

Whether the location remains a casino resort or ends up becoming a larger commercial building, all workers should be able to be confident in their concrete staff positions. She also supports the idea of changing the name of the location.

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Magnet Gaming Releases Railroad Express

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The golden age of the railroad, in spite of the success of modern, faster transportation, still lingers in the minds of people as a preferred, more romantic way of travel. This didn't go unnoticed over at Magnet Gaming, which has created a brand new video slot game, Railroad Express, that revolves around the era when steam engines were still around and were used to transport passengers, coal and gold in equal measure.

Set in 1901, with railways becoming more widespread as gold fever rages on, the game's main protagonist is the lazy Moe Dollar, station master who is definitely in need of assistance. Help him lay tracks in West's prairie and, consequently, help the train reach the promised Golden Mountain where hopeful miners will find...you'll never guess what; GOLD!

The game is made up of 3 reels and 3 rows and its visuals can be described as nothing short of spectacular. It has four distinctive features that will surely bring fun and entertainment into the daily lives of players, but may also cash out jackpot prizes (there are two progressive jackpots in the game): Gold Mountain, Railroad Builder, Coal Wagon and Game Chance. Railroad Express will be accessible via both desktop computers and any type of smartphone or tablet.

Thomas Nielsen, Magnet Gaming's Head of Gaming Licensing, comments on the game's release: “We are over the moon with the result of Railroad Express after months of dedication from our development team. “At Magnet, we always look to offer our players the most exciting and thrilling slots to play to keep them engaged and we have certainly done that with the first-class Railroad Express.”

Game's RTP is 96.50%. Some of the symbols you will encounter on the way to glory are oil barrels, coins, letters, guns, corn, bags of money and lumps of coal.

Take a look at the official game demo below!

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“Magnet Gaming reveals new Railroad Express slot”, calvinayre.com, February 19, 2018.

Rogue in 2017: Casinos Gone Bad

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As the conflict against corrupted casinos rages on, we are still elbows deep in the trenches trying to hold them off. This has become our crusade - the LCB team went into the fight guns blazing, and we don't intend to stop! Online gambling industry has been in a particularly confusing and difficult legal situation, where insufficient laws and regulations make it possible for rogue brands to exploit, cheat and steal from players. There is no adequate system to punish them and offer justice to disadvantaged parties; they are rarely if ever, penalized for their misconducts, and they grow bolder every day.

We can't yet rely on the law to protect us, but that doesn't mean we should resign ourselves to this faith and do nothing. One very efficient way to make a difference is to expose rogue casinos to the gambling community. Inform as many players as possible who these criminals are, how they operate, and how to recognize them. Protecting players is LCB's main priority, and our continued commitment to this mission has yielded excellent results over the years.

Now that 2017 has ended, it is time for the yearly roundup of warning reports and rogue investigations we've done in the past twelve months.

Hmm...Do These Terms Sound Strange to You?

If you're not reading casino terms and conditions before signing up, you're making a big mistake! Would you buy any product without checking if it works first? No? It's no different with gaming sites. T&C is a contract customers must agree to use the services. They are written in a tricky legal language no one likes to read, which is an ideal opportunity for bad sites to squeeze in some very shady or ambiguous rules to trick naive players into their own doom.

Mr Ringo has never been a particularly good site, but they took it too far with outrageous terms pertaining to withdrawals and bonuses. Multiple complaints revealed delayed payments, voided winnings, prohibitions of legitimate gambling strategies, transaction fees and a host of other issues, all designed to prevent players from cashing out rightfully earned money. Shortly after an LCB warning report was published, the operator's license was suspended, and they stopped accepting new sign-ups. At this moment, their website is not functional, but our report stays up for posterity.

Enzo Casino is guilty of the same misdeed: using overly confusing promotional terms, they confiscated over €14,000 from an LCB member!

''I have not broken any rules and I feel like I am being cheated out of my money '', is what Slotkampioen777 told us in the official complaint thread. He was right - we proved it in the Enzo rogue report.

Von Bets voided a €1000 win due to, what they conveniently call an ''unfair advantage'', caused by a supposed odds technical error. As we proved HERE, the punter played fair and got the short end of the stick for it. A word from Melcb, our marketing manager:

'' We have added a warning to Vonbets for poor customer support, lack of response from a representative and slow/delayed payment. I suggest that all members stay away from this brand until further notice.''

Doing everything in their power to put an end to lucky wins, GoWild made a mistake - they forgot LCB sees through their charade! After exposing the operator's unfair terms, they were shipped off straight to the Warning list.

Member Nirvana shared his opinion: ''super predatory terms, whom ever advised them of such terms is either clueless or shady as hell''.

Sister brands to GoWild, Astral Bet and Wild Jackpots enforce the same dubious policy regarding promotional offers. Dishonest wagering rules and restrictions, deposit and withdrawal fees and long cash-outs don't make a good casino! LCB'ers were equally appalled:

''That is obsurd I thought I seen it all I think now I have :( just keep it simple make a long story short there terms should just say PROMOTIONAL/BONUS ISNT BUILT FOR PLAYERS TO WIN!!!!''

Magical Spin attempted the same cheating formula, using the myth of the harmful Martingale to their advantage, and punishing players who win fair and square claiming ''unfair advantage'' - a serious accusation they were never able to prove to them or us. Off in the sin bin they went.

Guilty of Software Piracy

Another way criminal groups often cheat for profit is silently integrating fake games. Slots are the easiest products to falsify, and you'd be surprised how good these forgeries can really be. Sometimes it is next to impossible spotting the original from the fake - if everything else about the site is in order, no one would be the wiser. Not to worry, we have a special investigative team to nail clever pirates!

1xbit.com was the first such site to bite the dust in 2017. Looking closely into source codes and inspecting hosting servers, we presented undisputed evidence their Novomatic, Aristocrat and Net Entertainment games are as fake as a 3 dollar bill. In the comment section of the warning report, player feedback solidified our opinion about this brand:

''I've already posted on their BCT thread about this, but they have failed to reply to it. It's been over three weeks with no response, so I can safely say that if you had any shred of doubt, it should be gone.''

A warning sign was also delivered to unlicensed, Bitcoin-friendly Vegascasino.io, whose fake games were discovered thanks to the Book of Ra slot inconsistencies. They promptly removed the culprit, but it was already too late. Our readership was notified in a detailed article, substantiated by screenshots taken during the inquiry. Customers got back to us distraught about the way this casino treated them:

''This is an update and LBC is 100% correct.You need to be VERY careful.They are NOT licensed, and now? I have been taken off vip!? Even though I have enough deposits! This is very upsetting and I am closing my account!''

Burnbet might just be the worst brand of the previous year! We don't usually receive any feedback from busted sites, as they prefer to stay silent even when confronted with proof of their misconduct. But this site retaliated and how! What ensued was a sordid affair with the management sending out death threats to LCB team. Reporting about the case, we received over 80 comments from supportive members:

''Wow! Sounds like burnbet is the very definition of rogue! The name "burnbet" itself says it all Lol! Whoever is behind those pathetic attempts to intimidate you, is wasting their time! Thanks for looking out for us LCB you guys rock! We got your back! :)''

Following the disclosure, we contacted original providers of the fake slots found at Burnbet, offering all evidence gathered throughout the course of our investigations. The rogue operator was finally forced to remove phony software thanks to LCB!

Other operators who resorted to ripping off honest iGaming developers, particularly Novomatic and NetEnt, are Cstarscasino.com, Winner Million, Casino Venetian, 24 Pokies and Matrix. Follow the links to find out more details on each of these piracy reports.

Unlike their fellow rogue sites, Hera Casino chose to falsify Yggdrasil and Pragmatic Play software. Several of our clever and informed members noticed the games behaving strangely, thinking they might be fake. They were right!

''I love how LCB is consistently unmasking these pirated and rogue casinos, excellent job well done. By the sounds of this one, a thanks should go to several LCBers for voicing their concerns about this online casino from the get go, thanks to all of you for a keen eye and listening to your gut feeling on this sham, great job to all of you''

The major disappointment of the year 2017 came from Welcome Partners casino brands. A large network serving Eastern European markets, the operate over 12 gaming and sports betting sites, all without a license and offering fake products. They even went so far as to steal trademark names from reputable companies, and create their own slots by mixing graphics and mechanics of original titles with pirate programming. Russian and Ukrainian member beware!

''Its amazing what you all do for the online gaming community. I have so many friends against online casinos, who warn me to stay away from ANY online casino. You guys make something that I love doing more enjoyable and give me a sense of relief. I'm so happy to be apart of this awesome community of players and LCB staff and investigators, you rock!''

Welcome Partners brands to avoid:

Club Vulkan Vulkan24Club VulkanStavka GMSDeluxe PharaonBet MaxBetSlots VulkanStars SlotoZal VDeluxe JoyKasino Admiral777 ElDorado24 Who Failed our Expectations

Once reputable casino boasting LCB's Seal of Approval, Raging Bull hit rock bottom in February 2017, after being sold to an infamous black market organization - Virtual Casino Group. Though no one knew what happened behind closed doors, players sensed something sinister is going on when the site suddenly started denying or delaying cash-out requests, and support aloof to any and all questions. We'd love nothing more than to give you some hope, but unfortunately, nothing good ever came out of VC Group and GWages affiliate program.

''I can't believe all of that happened. I noticed it going downhill myself when I started having trouble with getting replies to my emails, seeing less and less free and deposit bonuses being offered, etc. I used to deposit on Raging Bull every week practically, especially after they first opened up and stopped when I saw a decline coming. I didn't want to have any issues with a withdrawal if it happened. I posted some comments about it when I saw the decline to my friends. It really is quite a shame as there were a lot of really nice people that worked there and went at one time out of their way to make the customer happy. Too bad for them''

Wrapping Up

Another year goes by and LCB is still at the helm reporting about the bad guys of the industry. Rogue casinos come and go, but we are always here to keep the gaming community safe! If only every player would come to us and take a careful look at the list of predatory sites, our Complaint board would be much less crowded. Likewise, we encourage everyone to read casino T&C and report any suspicious activity to our team. Let's hope for a great, productive and stress-free 2018!

Atari to launch alt-coins, expand online casino options with Pariplay

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Atari, the legendary arcade game developer of old, quietly confirmed earlier this month that it plans to create a digital currency known as Atari Token. The plan was first mentioned in December but the most recent press release brings some clarity and names a development partner. Atari SA took a 17.5% stake in Infinity Networks Ltd and have licensed their brand to the Gibraltar-based firm. The companies will build a digital entertainment platform on the blockchain with Atari Token acting as currency. Atari noted that it made no cash disbursement in the deal that will see virtual reality and game world creator veteran Ron Dimant, and pioneering derivative trading platform creator Daniel Doll-Steinberg advising. The Infinity Networks platform is still under development. Stock prices for the Paris-based company spiked over 50% after the announcement. According to Bloomberg, other companies have seen their stocks soar after jumping into cryptocurrencies. A formerly unprofitable company once known as Long Island Iced Tea saw its stock value shoot up 183% in one day in December 2017 when it rebranded as Long Blockchain Corp. The long-struggling Eastman Kodak Co., once the world leader in photography but unprepared for the disruption of digital imagery, saw their value go up in a bizarre twist last month as well. Kodak announced that it had partnered with a company to offer a service on the blockchain that pays for paparazzi photos. Kodak stock climbed 245% in two days on the news. Atari also announced that it is expanding its partnership with online casino game developer, aggregator, and platform provider Pariplay to allow gambling with cryptocurrencies. The two companies began working together in late 2014 with the launch of Atari Casino which featured real money gambling games such as Asteroids and Centipede. Online video slots featuring Atari themes and images are now available to all operators using Pariplay services. The latest Atari/Pariplay release was Pong (pictured above) which the companies announced just a few weeks ago. Some of the best online casinos found at leading UK review sites such as www.casinoreviews.co.uk, like NetBet, use Pariplay services. In October 2016 NetBet became the first UKGC licensed casino to accept Bitcoin transactions. Atari said that they will launch a variety of new online casinos with Pariplay that will all accept bets in real money or any of the currently popular cryptocurrencies. All of the new sites will feature Atari/Pariplay slots.  After the first token is established they will launch a second currency, the Pong Token which will be 'dedicated to crypto-casinos and usable on these gaming sites.' A Reuters brief on the project states that details about the launch of crypto-casinos will be announced soon. Atari Chairman and CEO, Frederic Chesnais said: "Blockchain technology is poised to take a very important place in our environment and to transform, if not revolutionize, the current economic ecosystem, especially in the areas of the video game industry and online transactions," according to a Nasdaq GlobeNewswire statement issued in French. It's unclear if the Atari Token will make much of a splash in a pool of more than 1,500 alt-coins already in existence with a total market cap of over half a trillion dollars, but it could well be the impetus the company needs to break out of being perceived as a relic.    

Monday, February 19, 2018

Gerald's Golden Dream

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Gerald Staines reminded me of someone who had stepped out of an Ian Fleming novel. He was a James Bond type of person with a crisp British accent born on the streets of London where he had spent his childhood.

He dressed impeccably, had an upright bearing despite being more than 80 years old, and was rich. When I met Gerald on the island of St. Maarten where he and his wife lived, he was worth an estimated $30 million.

His wife Noreen Phillips was a dress designer who owned a clothing boutique on the island. She also had a dress shop in Antigua and her dresses sold for up to $2,000 each.

I met the two of them as a reporter for Today, a daily newspaper on the island. Noreen was hosting a fashion show complete with champagne and caviar. Music was provided by a French ensemble and everyone was having a good time.

Noreen was a native of Jamaica and Gerald was splendidly clad in a blue suit and tie. He was standing aside from the others listening to the music and I walked over to join him.

'You're a newspaper reporter,' he said thoughtfully. 'Do you write books?'

I told him as a matter of fact I did. I also play poker, I said, and asked him if he was a gambler.

'Almost all Britishers are gamblers,' he said. 'For years I gambled in one of the world's biggest casinos -- I traded in currency. I made my money by investing in currencies around the world.'

Further questioning revealed he managed a $2 billion global investment fund. His two percent commission on the investments had netted him his fortune. He even owned a house on Nevis called Caribbean Glory.

'I designed and built it myself,' he said modestly. 'It's being offered for sale. The asking price is $5 million.'

He paused. 'If you write books, I might have a job for you,' he said. 'I want to write a book about currency, gold and global economics. I think one is needed in these precarious economic times.'

The project sounded intriguing to me. I felt an instant liking for Gerald and we agreed to meet the following day at a nearby restaurant for lunch.

Over the next couple of weeks, Gerald told me his story. I took copious notes, asked questions, and did my limited best to understand what he was talking about.

He talked about economics, China, Russia, Great Britain and the U.S. dollar. Jokingly I asked him what he would recommend that I invest in if I wanted to get rich.

He said thoughtfully, 'Well, you'll probably want to make your money playing poker, but I would recommend gold. It is quite capable of rising to $25,000 an ounce.'

I gasped. Gold was currently trading at around $600 an ounce. (Today it is trading at $1,300 an ounce).

'Really?'

Gerald shrugged. 'The worth of a currency is based on demographics,' he said. 'How many people in a country are working, how many are on the dole, that sort of thing. If you only have three people out of five working, that tends to put a damper on how much that country's currency is worth.'

Slowly but surely, Gerald turned me into an expert on the economy. He and Noreen were having difficulties with their marriage and there was talk of her leaving him. Gerald loved her but there was a 30-year difference in their ages and it was clear that Noreen Phillips was far more ambitious with her dress designs than Gerald was. He eventually would invest $12 million in her business ventures before it went down the tubes.

My government-issued work permit was near expiration. Gerald and I agreed to meet at Caribbean Glory on Nevis to work on the book. He even hired my daughter at $500 a week to come to Nevis and be our secretary. He paid for the round-trip ticket.

For two weeks my daughter Rossana and I each had our own cottage on the splendid estate. We would meet with Gerald each morning for breakfast and spent the day working on the book. Each evening he would treat us to dinner at one of the island's top restaurants.

Rossana practically fell in love with him. He was kind, tolerant, generous and brilliant. He, in turn, treated her like she was his grand-daughter.

At the end of two weeks, a storm began building up west of Nevis. Rossana had booked a flight back to the United States and I made reservations to fly to Miami.

From the patio next to the swimming pool next to my cottage, I could watch the storm building to near hurricane force in the ocean six miles away. The skies were dark, threatening and ugly. I was excited but not frightened by the coming storm.

The night before I left -- Rossana had already departed from the airport in St. Kitts -- Gerald and I stood next to the swimming pool and watched lightning bolts streak through the dark sky.

'We may never get the book published, but it's been fun working with you,' he said thoughtfully. 'Life is a bit of fun, isn't it?'

When you have a friend like Gerald Staines, it surely is.

Clark County Witnesses Travelers Profit Surge Prior to ilani Casino Resort Event Center Launch

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The region of Clark County in Washington state is experiencing quite the positive surge of profit in the last years and this is a positive tendency which promises strong profits for the year 2018 as well. The news comes only several weeks prior to the official opening of the new facility of the ilani Casino Resort which is going to be a brand new meeting and entertainment center ready to welcome thousands of guests.

The information regarding the growing interest of tourists from near and far towards the location was brought by the most recent report issued by Visit Vancouver USA. This is the destination marketing organization providing information regarding the latest happenings in the area and the bearer of good news for the region. According to the data provided by the organization, the location is enjoying more tourists which in turn propel ahead the development of the local economy.

Jacob Schmidt is Director of Marketing for the City of Vancouver and as he claimed the recent years have seen a steady growth. The year of 2000 saw some $273.5 million generated by tourists in the area and in comparison to the data issued for 2016, the jump is significant. Thanks to the growing popularity of the area of Clark County, the growth of profits reached $472.5 million. These rates are expected to be even higher after the official launch of ilani Casino Resort which took place back in April 2017.

Gambling and Entertainment Offerings in Clark County

The casino resort which is situated some 26 kilometers north of Portland saw its official opening in the spring of 2017, which was closely followed by the launch of the long-anticipated restaurant offerings located at the Waterfront Vancouver in July. For everyone interested in giving the location a try there are two restaurants as well as a 90-foot pier and a park. It is not a secret to anyone that food-providing facilities are among the most popular boosts for the development of a given area and 2016 saw a 25-percent increase to $123.3 million on food purchases in comparison to 2010.

This April is going to see the latest addition to the ilani Casino Resort which is expected to bring an even bigger cash inflow to the region. As a celebration of twelve months of operation, the resort is planning to welcome the brand new event center which will bring big names in the entertainment industry to Clark County and propel ahead the economy. Kara Fox-LaRose, President and General Manager of ilani claimed that the new center will span across 30,000 square feet, as It will feature a 22,000-square-foot Cowlitz Ballroom.

It will be able to host up to 800 people when it is utilized at its banquet-style layout, whereas there is also the option for welcoming as many as 2,500 people when set up for concerts. There will be a pre-function area dedicated for receptions, as well as a boards room, which could be used for meetings with fewer people. The new addition will provide a well-rounded range of offerings able to serve on various occasions, but according to the management, it will not compete with the existing event centers in the area.

All scheduled congregations and concerts will be held at a time, which would not interfere with the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater and the Clark County Event Center, thus preventing the conflicts of events and controlling the city traffic situation.

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MLB, NBA Not Winning Fans With Demand For 1 Percent Of Wagers In Sports Bets

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A recent poll shows nearly 70% Americans oppose the NBA and MLB's demand for a cut of sports bets, and the NJ sports betting case is in the spotlight.

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Viktor Blom Wins partypoker Millions Germany Main Event ($1,048,153)

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After several days of intensive play, the last remaining 13 players from a field of 1,022 entries returned to the King's Casino in Rozvadov on Sunday to play the final day of the partypoker Millions Germany Main Event. Viktor "Isildur1" Blom started the day second in chips and finished as the champion 14 hours later. The 27-year-old Swedish poker pro overcame a 9-to-1 chip disadvantage heads-up against Moldova's Pavel Plesuv and finished in style by making an incredible call in the final hand[...]

Sunday, February 18, 2018

8 Tips on How to Win at Video Poker

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8 Tips on How to Win at Video Poker

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Video poker is among the most popular of casino video games. The reasons for this are many. They include:

Relatively low house edge – sometimes even a player edge. Unlike table games, you can play without other people commenting on your play. Unlike standard slot machines: The pay table which determines the house edge and volatility is displayed. You have a say in the outcome - player decisions affect results. Playing strategies are available to maximize your results.

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Report shows Boulder Strip best for slot players

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In late January, the Nevada Gaming Control Board released its statewide gaming win statistics for last year, which reported a 2.8% increase for the state’s nonrestricted locations, from $11.26 billion in 2016 to $11.57 billion in 2017. “Nonrestricted” properties are defined as any venue that has more than 15 slot machines. So while the report counts the big casinos, it doesn’t figure in the state’s more than 2,000 bars & restaurants, convenience stores and supermarkets that have some slots. The Las Vegas Review-Journal made note of some interesting takeaways from the Gaming Control Board’s year-end gaming win report. Keep in mind that “gaming win” refers to the casino’s take, not the player’s. Statewide, casinos on the Strip had the highest slot win percentage at 8.04%, which means that in 2017, casinos paid players 91.96% of what went in. The Boulder Strip in Southern Nevada, meanwhile, had the lowest win at 5.53%; the best for players. The Nevada Gaming Commission defines the Boulder Strip to include the Boulder Hwy., as well as all of the casinos in the city of Henderson. Downtown Las Vegas had the biggest change in slot win percentage since 2016, where it was up 0.28 points to 7.34% from 7.06%. In Southern Nevada, Laughlin had the highest table game win percentage at 19.41%, while North Las Vegas had the biggest increase in win percentage at 14.97%, up 2.19 points from 12.78%. By slot denomination, penny slots were the biggest revenue generator, for the most part, because the market is full of them. On 54,754 machines, the state’s Gaming Control Board reported win of $3.17 billion. The state’s 70,568 multi-denomination machines won $3.13 billion. At 12.07%, Megabucks machines had the best win percentage on slots. The $25 slots were the best for players, with a win percentage of 4.97%. There are still more blackjack tables on casino floors, with 2,582 statewide than any other table game. Roulette was a distant second at 457 wheels. Blackjack managed $1.21 billion in win, an increase of 5.4% from 2016, with casinos at a 14.8% win percentage. The state’s 382 Baccarat games, which had a 12.7% win percentage, produced $1.15 billion, a 5.6% decline from 2016. It might be worth a trip to the Boulder Strip for slot lovers.

Dominique Mosley Wins WSOP Circuit Seminole Casino Coconut Creek $3,250 High Roller

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Dominique Mosley, originally from North Carolina but currently residing in Florida, won the highest buy-in event on the schedule of the WSOP Circuit Seminole Casino Coconut Creek stop. The player snatched his first gold ring from the series and a first-place payout of $75,480 for winning the $3,250 High Roller.

The tournament drew 74 entries. The field included local recreational players, traveling grinders from here and there, and poker professionals, including Mosley himself. The overall prize pool of $222,000 was split into payouts for the top eight finishers.

The tournament was played over two days. The second day kicked off with nine players who were just a single elimination away from the money bubble. Mosley was third in chips at the time cards were thrown in the air for Day 2 play. Maurice Costigan,who won his seat into the event via a satellite, and Martin Ryan, who vied for WSOP Circuit gold ring number six, were the only two players ahead of the eventual winner at that time. Costigan went out in seventh place and Ryan fell in fourth.

What turned out to be Mosley’s most important hand was dealt namely during four-handed play. The player confronted Mike Dwyer in that pivotal hand to eventually win it. Mosley assumed the chip lead shortly after and never looked back.

The 31-year-old poker pro played heads-up against Matt Stout. The two-handed duel lasted several hands, during which Mosley left his final opponent with no chance to improve. On what turned out to be the last hand in play, Mosley limped in on the button and Stout raised. Mosley three-bet and Stout shoved for his last 700,000.

Mosley snap-called and tabled [Ac][Kh] to Stout’s [Ad][Jc]. The board ran out [6c][3s][2d][5h][7s], securing the pot and the title for Mosley. His opponent received $46,702 for his deep run in the event.

Mosley’s Career

Mosley has been playing poker professionally for some time now. The player currently lives in South Florida to take advantage of the region’s thriving poker scene. Commenting on his poker preferences, he said that he prefers playing Pot-Limit Omaha to two-card formats. “A Pot-Limit Omaha specialist”, he would call himself. However, the player does not lack skills in two-card games, as well.

Mosley’s cash from the $3,250 High Roller was his second from the WSOP Circuit series. He also previously cashed in eight WSOP events. His overall winnings from both series currently amount to more than $229,094.

The WSOP Circuit Seminole Casino Coconut Creek stop is entering its final days. Day 2 of the $1,675 Main Event is set to be played today when players will set the official final table. Nine-handed action will resume tomorrow when the winner will be determined to mark the end of the WSOP Circuit’s Florida stop. The tournament featured a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million which was improved significantly due to great interest.

A prize pool of $1,240,500 will be split among the top 90 finishers. The winner will receive nearly $242,000 for their efforts.

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Bitcoin Mining Leads to Increased Energy Consumption

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Cryptocurrency miners and enthusiasts alike might have pushed things too hard in Iceland when it comes to achieving their annual cryptocurrency profit growth. Due to an increase in Bitcoin mining opportunities, the country will likely have to double its electricity supplies to avoid a complete meltdown. The Nordic island has a population of about 340,000 people, whose yearly energy consumption amounts to 700 gigawatt hours. An ever-growing popularity of various cryptocurrencies, particularly Bitcoin, has led many miners precisely here, due to cheap electricity and low tax bills.

The officials are concerned with energy consumption, as it’s estimated that mining tools such as computers, servers, motherboards and cooling devices might use an additional 840 gigawatt hours in 2018! According to Johann Snorri Sigurbergsson, spokesman for Icelandic energy firm HS Orka, new mining centers and companies that are interested in investing could face power outage in particular areas.

Nearly all of the country’s utilities come from renewable energy sources, and that is why the price per KWH holds steady. However, the government officials are considering certain changes in regards to mining operations, as many of them do not require staff, infrastructure or further investments – resulting in low taxes, fast profit and high energy consumption.

Companies with huge incomes in Iceland pay a hefty price to the government, and mining groups are trying to avoid their obligations to the state – says a member of Iceland’s Pirate Party, Smari McCarthy. Comparing Bitcoin mining with gold digging represents a unique opportunity for many energy companies to invest, but large-scale mining operations demand great environmental costs, which should be appropriately compensated, adds McCarthy.

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"Energy riches fuel bitcoin craze for speculation-shy Iceland", Egill Bjarnason, apnews.com, February 12, 2018.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Two Birds, One Stone: Rep for MegaCasino & SimbaGames Signs On

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If you’re a registered member at either MegaCasino or SimbaGames, then you will be pleased to hear that these highly-rated casinos are now represented by direct casino support on the forum. What exactly does this mean? Don’t hesitate to reach out to the representative with questions, comments or concerns regarding your player account. The casino rep made an official announcement on the forum this past Thursday, February 15th. The sister sites were described as, “innovative online casinos featuring a large variety of Casino and Instant Win games.”

It was added that, “Mega Casino is available anytime and from anywhere” and offers “the best Vegas Style casino games: including several Blackjack games, variations of Roulette, plus Slot Machines, Baccarat, Video Poker and Craps. We are always offering Instant Cash Payouts, MEGA JACKPOTS and huge Progressive Jackpots.”

The sites have been designed to “cater to all types of players; whatever your budget or level of experience we have exactly the right games and options. Check out our fantastic casino promotions or contact our 24/7 Casino Support Staff directly for further details. Get started today and join our regular players from all around the world,” the rep concluded.

To make contact, head straight to the user profile and select the ‘Message’ option to begin your inquiry. If you’ve yet to sign up, both sites are currently offering a welcome bonus (New players only. T&Cs apply. 18+), in which you can sign up and receive a 100% match bonus up to €50! Simply enter the designated code (codes are different for each casino).

As for additional ways to benefit, members of each can also look forward to a spread of regular promotions, including daily tournaments, happy hour bonuses, and VIP Club benefits boasting perks such as cashback, access to a personal account manager, and free money for testing new games!

Las Vegas Valley gets two new PT’s Gold taverns courtesy of Golden Entertainment

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The Las Vegas Valley reportedly has two new PT’s Gold taverns, making them Nevada-based Golden Entertainment Inc.’s (NASDAQ:GDEN) 58th and 59th neighborhood watering holes in the Silver State. Located just one mile south of the Henderson Pavilion events center, the first of the two new facilities to open was PT’s Gold (pictured) at 690 South Green Valley Ranch Parkway, which began welcoming patrons on Feb. 3. The other new PT’s Gold opened for business on Feb. 10 at 9732 West Maule Avenue in southwestern Las Vegas, according to the company’s press release. Both of the traditional neighborhood taverns are operated by PT’s Entertainment Group and feature a wide variety of award-winning food and beverage choices. Along with comfortable seating, craft beer from PT’s Brewing Company and HD 4K TVs, both PT’s have 15 bar-top slot and video poker machines. The PT’s in Henderson will have an additional amenity in the spring when its outdoor patio opens. Guests can also count on both PT’s featuring the brand’s award-winning happy hour, where from 5pm to 7pm and from midnight to 2am the taverns offer half-off drinks and select appetizers and pizzas for $5. All 59 PT’s taverns in Nevada are part of the Beer & Bites dining loyalty program and the Golden Rewards player loyalty program. According to the company’s press release, together, the two new taverns will employ nearly 50 team members. “Our goal is to bring the best tavern experience to neighborhoods across the Las Vegas Valley,” said Blake L. Sartini II, senior vice president of distributed gaming for Golden Entertainment. “PT’s is known for our friendly local atmosphere where our guests can find consistently great food and drinks, excellent service, and a winning gaming experience.” Included in the company’s tavern brands are: PT’s Pub, PT’s Gold, PT’s Ranch, PT’s Brewing Co., Sean Patrick’s, Sierra Gold and SG Bar. Formed by the merger of Blake Sartini’s Golden Gaming and Lakes Entertainment in January 2015, Golden Entertainment, Inc. owns and operates gaming properties across two divisions –distributed gaming and resort and casino operations. The Company operates some 16,000 gaming devices, 114 table games, 5,162 hotel rooms, and employs more than 7,200 team members. The company owns eight casino resorts; seven in Southern Nevada and one in Maryland and via its distributed gaming business in Montana and Nevada owns nearly 60 traditional taverns in Nevada and operates video gaming devices at approximately 1,000 locations.

Portugal Publishes Poker Liquidity Technical Standards; PokerStars Anticipated to Admit Portuguese Players to Europe Network Soon

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Portugal Publishes Poker Liquidity Technical Standards; PokerStars Anticipated to Admit Portuguese Players to Europe Network Soon

Portugal’s technical standards framework on shared online poker liquidity (Regulamento n.º 115/2018) was published in the country’s Official Journal on Friday, February 16, local media reported. The publication of said framework means that there are no more regulatory hurdles before Portugal’s participation in the shared liquidity project.

The country was one of four, with France, Spain, and Italy being the other three, to sign the shared liquidity agreement in Rome in the summer of 2017. Generally speaking, the project is hoped to give a much-needed boost to online poker in Europe’s segregated markets.

France and Spain were the first two participating countries to roll out shared online poker tables. And PokerStars was the first and is currently the only online poker operator to offer Franco-Spanish tables via its PokerStars Europe network. The online poker brand launched the network in mid-January and it can be said that is participation in the shared liquidity project was off to a good start.

According to data from PokerScout, PokerStars Europe is currently the world’s third largest network in terms of cash game activity. It is also among the largest in terms of overall traffic. At the time of writing, there are a total of 17,930 players online on the poker network. Of those, 2,177 are playing cash games. The 24-hour cash game peak stood at 5,220 online cash game players.

Aside from PokerStars, other online poker operators have too expressed interest in participating in the shared liquidity scheme, with Winamax, partypoker, and 888 being among those. Winamax recently received the go-ahead to join the project from France’s online gambling regulator, ARJEL. However, the operator needs licenses from the other participating countries in order to be able to do that, as it is currently licensed in France only.

What the Publication of Regulamento n.º 115/2018 Means for Portugal’s Online Poker

The publication of the shared liquidity technical standard in Portugal’s Official Journal means that PokerStars could and probably would open its PokerStars Europe network to Portuguese players anytime now.

The inclusion of the country will boost the operator’s new network significantly in terms of liquidity, as there has been quite some activity on PokerStars’ .pt website since its launch in late 2016. According to PokerScout, there are more than 39,500 players online on PokerStars.pt at the time of writing, or more than twice as much as the current traffic of PokerStars Europe.

The publication of the technical standards framework could also encourage SRIJ, Portugal’s gambling regulator, to finally expand the country’s online poker market. At present, PokerStars is the only licensed operator to operate in Portugal. As mentioned above, the poker room received its license from SRIJ in 2016 and went live with a .pt website in December of that year. No poker licenses have been issued since then and industry experts have pointed out that SRIJ might be waiting for the start of the shared liquidity project before opening the local poker market to more operators.

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888 Casino NJ Launches 50 New Games For Three Times The Fun, Fun, Fun

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With tons of new NJ online casino games, 888 Casino NJ is making a big ad push and offering players more chances to get "lucky, lucky, lucky" in New Jersey.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Developer LongRunn to build $4.2 billion casino city on Yeongjong Island, S. Korea

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LongRunn International Group (“LongRunn”), investor and developer of large-scale Integrated Resorts (IR), landmark real estate developments, infrastructural and environmental projects in Asia, has reportedly penned a deal that will see it build a 76,000 square meter multi-resort complex on Yeongjong Island in Incheon, South Korea at a total cost 4.5 trillion won (US$4.2 billion). The island is home to the Incheon International Airport, which was built on reclaimed land between Yeongjongdo and Yongyudo Islands. The Incheon Bridge connects the island to the mainland and provides direct access between Songdo and Incheon International Airport. According to globalconstructionreview.com (GCR), a website of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), under the terms of the deal, which was reportedly signed on Sunday in Singapore, the Chinese developer agreed to purchase a parcel of land on the manmade island for $80 million to be used for a $4.2 billion development to be named “Diamond City.” Incheon Free Economic Zone Commissioner Kim Jin-yong, reportedly said that the new contract would aid Yeongjong Island in competing with the likes of Las Vegas and Macau. CGR reports that according to LongRunn, the billion-dollar development will feature a casino and a seven-star hotel, as well as office towers, schools, malls and a medical centre specializing in cosmetic surgery. Additionally, the development will also be home to theme parks, a K-pop hub and an “interactive world cultural avenue”. LongRunn has reportedly been in discussions with the Korean government regarding the development since 2014. Upon completion, Diamond City will neighbor the partially opened casino and hotel complex, Paradise City, developed by Paradise SegaSammy Co., Ltd, a joint venture between Sega Sammy Holdings of Japan and Paradise Co., Ltd. of South Korea.

Jackpot of $1.23M win at downtown Las Vegas casino

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A guest of the Fremont in downtown Las Vegas hit a IGT “Wheel of Fortune” jackpot valued at $1.23 million, according to a statement from the hotel.

Poll Shows Majority of Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District Democratic Voters Support Wynn Casino

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Half of all likely Democratic primary voters in Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District, which also includes the capital Boston, believe that the construction of the $2.4-billion Wynn Boston Harbor should continue now as Steve Wynn is no longer at the helm of Wynn Resorts, a poll by local radio station WBUR shows.

The casino mogul resigned as Chairman and CEO of the Las Vegas company earlier this month in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Wynn Resorts was licensed to build and operate one of Massachusetts’ first commercial casino resorts, after voters had approved legalization of casino gambling in a statewide referendum. The Las Vegas casino company was selected as the preferred developer for a resort in the Greater Boston area.

Wynn Resorts is currently building a $2.4-billion complex along the Mystic River in Everett, a city located not far from Boston. The property is set to feature different accommodation, food and beverage, retail, and entertainment options as well as a casino with both slot machines and table games. Wynn Boston Harbor was slated to be completed and launched in the spring of 2019, but following the allegations against Mr. Wynn, its fate is currently quite uncertain.

A poll conducted by local polling group MassINC and commissioned by radio station WBUR showed that 50% of all Democratic voters from the state’s 7th Congressional District agree that the construction of the resort, which has been touted as major future tax revenue contributor and employer, should go forward now as the casino magnate is no longer involved in Wynn Resorts’ operations.

Another portion of the state’s Democratic voters (23%) believes that the project should continue but only if another developer takes over. Approximately 20% of the interviewed individuals call for the project to be nixed altogether. The remaining 7% have refused to express their opinion or have responded they have no opinion on the matter.

The poll further shows that 64% of all interviewed individuals believe the resort should be renamed; 21% say the Wynn name should be kept.

Ongoing Investigation

Shortly after the publication of a Wall Street Journal article detailing sexual allegations from former and current Wynn Resorts employees against Mr. Wynn, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission announced that it would investigate the reports and the appropriateness of Wynn Resorts’ participation in the state’s nascent casino industry.

The state’s gaming regulator later confirmed that the probe would continue “aggressively” even after Mr. Wynn’s resignation. Gaming officials pointed out that the Wynn Board’s previous knowledge of the allegations and whether it had had any such knowledge would be among the most important points they would take into account during the investigation.

It also became known that depending on the Gaming Commission’s findings, Wynn Resort could even have its casino license in Massachusetts revoked. There are also ongoing investigations in Nevada and Macau, where the gambling operator manages several hotel and casino properties.

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partypoker Millions Main Event: Viktor Blom currently in 4th place!

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The 2018 partypoker Live Millions Germany Main Event is currently underway with all four Day 1 starting flight the books so far. The €5,300 buy-in tournament saw a combined field of 1013 entries, which means that the €5,000,000 guaranteed prize pool is covered by player buy-ins. Day 2 of the tournament kicks off today and Swedish online poker legend Viktor "Isildur1" Blom is among the top players in the chip counts. Blom, who finished 15th place for €11k in the €2.7k bu[...]

Thursday, February 15, 2018

VladCazino Launches in Romania

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Online gambling operator, Kindred Group, whose casino brands are well-known throughout Europe and Australia, has just added another new territory to its ever-growing resume. The latest addition to its portfolio of casino brands is VladCazino, specially dedicated to the players of Romania. This marks the brand’s first foray into the market of this Eastern European country.

The new casino has been developed entirely on Kindred's in-house platform and is a part of the company's strategy to engage customers by using hyper-local brands. The company's key ambition for the forthcoming period is to achieve significant growth of its market share in locally regulated markets.

Chief Commercial Officer, commented on the opening of yet another online casino brand, in a country where Kindred products have been previously unavailable: “As Kindred continues to grow, it’s important that we always stay close to our customers. VladCazino is the result of an impressive team effort within the company, offering our Romanian customers a product and experience truly tailored to their needs. We are now really excited for VladCazino to get off to a great start, and as with all of our brands, provide the highest standards of customer experience, product offerings and player safety.”

Last year, also in its early stages, saw the successful launch of two new casino brands in Sweden and Norway – Storspelare and Storpiller. Like VladCazino, those two have also been developed through in-house platform that allows the company to “adapt its offering to meet specific customer requirements in each market.”

LCB'ers can expect to read the dedicated review of VladCazino soon on our website, so stay tuned!

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“Kindred Group Launches New Casino Brand”, kindredgroup.com, February 12, 2018.

Relax Gaming Limited signs LeoVegas AB agreement

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After last week inking a content distribution deal with Kindred Group, online casino games developer Relax Gaming Limited is at it again after signing a similar agreement earlier today with Swedish iGaming operator LeoVegas AB. Malta-based Relax Gaming Limited explained that the latest arrangement will see its online roulette and blackjack table game innovations offered by sites operated by Stockholm-headquartered LeoVegas AB including its LeoVegas.com and RoyalPanda.com domains before ‘more exciting products’ are made available over the course of 2018. Established in 2010, Relax Gaming Limited proclaimed that its HTML5 blackjack title allows online casino players to enjoy up to ‘three hands at once’ while its roulette counterpart utilizes the same random draw mechanism in order to offer ‘highly realistic ball movement and gameplay’. Patrik Osteraker, Chief Executive Officer for Relax Gaming Limited, declared that he was ‘delighted’ to have signed the content distribution deal with LeoVegas AB and to be able to offer the operator ‘a reliable [and] cost-effective solution’. “Our versions of these table games are not only visually impressive and intuitive to use for players, they are proven performers for operators in multiple markets around the world,” read a statement from Osteraker. For her part, Karolina Pelc, Casino Director for LeoVegas AB, stated that Relax Gaming Limited had ‘demonstrated innovation’ by producing mobile-friendly content and that she will now ‘eagerly follow’ the company’s future games development journey. “Mobile is the future of online casino and core to LeoVegas AB,” read a statement from Pelc. “Relax [Gaming Limited has] recognized this and produced content with this in mind. Table games are an important part of catering to our customers’ needs and we expect widespread appeal with the updated versions that Relax [Gaming Limited has] created. Expanding on an already great partnership, we are excited by the prospect of developing this further.”

New Wave of Responsible Gambling Proposals in Japan Limits Casino Visits to 10 Per Month

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Japanese lawmakers tabled on Thursday a proposal that aims to limit the number of casino visits allowed to ten per month, local news outlet Japan Times reports. The measure is intended to curb gambling addiction issues that could arise from the planned opening of casinos across the nation.

The plan was presented to the ruling Liberal Party and its coalition partner Komeito earlier today. It is understood that it has already drawn opposition from a number of lawmakers as they perceive it too strict of a limitation.

Under the proposal, Japanese nationals and foreigners residing in Japan would be allowed three casino visits within seven consecutive days and ten casino visits within 28 consecutive days. Their visits to the country’s casinos would be tracked via Japan’s My Number system.

Introduced in 2015, the system issues a 12-digit ID number to Japanese citizens and foreign residents of the country that is used for various purposes, including social security, taxation, and disaster response.

It is understood that lawmakers from the ruling parties have expressed doubts over the use of the ID cards as an effective means to track people’s visits to casinos as just 10% of Japan’s population have had these issued so far.

What’s Next for Japan’s Casino Legalization Process?

The Japanese Diet approved a bill that legalized casino gambling in late 2016. Under that legislative piece, casino venues could only be built in Japan as part of larger integrated (MICE) resorts. Lawmakers now have to approve a separate bill that would set the rules under which the gambling facilities would be operated and where these would be built.

It is believed that the second piece of casino gambling legislation could be introduced by March. It was previously hoped that the bill could be crafted, introduced, and voted by the end of 2017, but political turmoil in the country delayed the process.

The second bill would also include responsible gambling measures that would be focused on limiting the negative impact of the future casinos on a nation that has already been engulfed in concerns regarding growing problem gambling rates.

A recent study by the Kurihama Medical and Addiction Center at the National Hospital Organization found that 3.2 million Japanese have suffered from milder or heavier forms of problem gambling behavior.

Under previously tabled responsible gambling proposals, the area casinos would occupy should not exceed 15,000 square meters and should account for no more than 3% of the total area of the integrated resorts they would be part of. An admission fee for Japanese citizens and foreign residents is also planned to be added to the list of measures included in the second casino bill.

The legislative piece would also determine the number of casinos that would be allowed to be built in the country as well as their preferred locations. The gambling venues together with the rest of the facilities at the integrated resorts would aim to boost Japan’s tourism product just as the nation has begun to regain its economic mojo.

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