Online Casino News From Around the Globe

Lottoland Defiant Down Under Despite Synthetic Lotteries Been Banned

We have reported extensively on the attempts to get synthetic lotteries like Lottoland banned down under.  The media and marketing campaigns both from Lottoland’s side and from their competition has been as dirty as it gets. The stakes are high as Lottoland is seen as a major disruptive force to existing lottery operators in Australia. One of the main objections to “synthetic lotteries” has been the simple fact that they are cannibalizing the traditional lottery market without having to give back a single penny. The money generated for good causes by lottery companies simply does not apply to Lottoland and this is resulting is a direct loss for communities who rely on good causes revenues to fund many social economic projects. The proposed laws that are aimed at banning Lottoland have beeen passed in the federal parliament. This has left the Gibraltar-based seemingly with no options remaining to continue operations down under. However Lottoland CEO Luke Brill was defiant and said that the company “well advanced” in finding alternative ways to continue offering their services to their 700,000 strong customer based. He also pointed out that the changes will only come into play in 2019 leaving plenty time to find a solution. He went on to say,” We are here to stay and We will continue to innovate and adapt so that we can continue to provide our customers with the type of exciting and innovative products they have come to expect from us over the past two…

Read More

William Hill Under Fire For Encouraging Punters To Play FOBTs Before The Crackdown

It seems that the controversy surrounding fixed odds betting terminals or FOBTs will not go away. As we reported the latest reprieve given by the government in the form of a delay in the proposed maximum stakes to bookmakers has got many up in arms. In effect the maximum wager reduction from £100 to £2 has bene delayed till 2020 after sustained pressure on the government from bookmakers.  Following this you would think that the bookmakers like William Hill who rely heavily on these cash making machines would keep a low profile and thank their lucky starts for the delay in the implementation of the restrictions. Well think again as they have once again caused a stir as they sent out an email to punters reminding them tem to gamble before the government limit comes into play. A report in the Times accused William Hill of trying to further exploit players to part with their money on FOBTs with a friendly reminder by employees to remind punters that the £100 pound option is till available. The email was apparently sent following overall weaker gaming performance by William Hill following the government’s announcement of the reduction of the FOBT maximum stakes to £2. William Hill collected revenues o £913.1 million in 2017 from their estimated 2,340 betting shops across the…

Read More

Pragmatic Play Continues Global Expansion Plans With Extreme Live Gaming Acquisition

The Malta-based game development studio Pragmatic Paly has been creating a lot of hype in the competitive games vendor market in the last twelve months. Their strategic partnerships over the last year include Mr Green, GVC Holdings, the Rank Group and Lottoland just to mention a few. It comes as no surprise that their global acquisition strategy has expanded to include live dealer games as they announced the acquisition of Extreme Live Gaming from the Novomatic Group. According to Pragmatic Play’s Chief Commercial Officer Melissa Summerfield,” This acquisition marks a major step forward for Pragmatic Play. Few providers can match the rate at which we have expanded over the last 12 months, and bringing Extreme Live Gaming into the Pragmatic Play portfolio affirms our position as one of the industry’s foremost multi-product providers to regulated markets. Live casino continues to exhibit real growth potential, and the extra layer of excitement and interactivity that live dealer games bring to the table for players is clear. The range of unique games alongside classics like roulette and blackjack sets our services apart, and we are very pleased to have added this exciting product vertical to our portfolio.” CEO of Extreme Live Gaming Darwyn Palenzuela was equally delighted with the acquisition and said,” We pride ourselves on providing groundbreaking live solutions both popular with players and profitable for our partners, and this acquisition will empower us to take our business to the next…

Read More

Atlantic City Welcomes Opening Of Two Former Casino Landmarks

The revival of Atlantic City has started with the overall upturn in online gaming revenues in the state of New Jersey over the last year. As we have reported over the last 12 months online gaming revenues have sored year-on-year and are set to continue with the legalization of sports betting in the Garden State. Atlantic City was in a deep slum due to many of its state casinos going belly up. One of the major reasons for the upturn is the openings of two new casinos which are open for  “soft-play” on Monday. The Ocean Resort Casino and the Hard Rock were tested in order to evaluate how their technologies and casino equipment are working before the official grand opening scheduled for Thursday. The soft-play period is open to relatives of casino employees and invited friends and is expected to run from Monday till Wednesday. While it is still early, the signs are positive according to director of State Division of Gaming Enforcement David Rebuck who late Monday reported no serious issues had arisen. Many will remember the Hard Rock as the former trump Taj Mahal Casino which was revamped form the core. In October 2016 the Taj Mahal was closed due to a strike between the casino owner and the casino worker’s union. Ocean Resort is the former Revel Casino which was only open for two years before it also was shutdown in September…

Read More

FOBT Crackdown Set To Be Delayed Till April 2020

There are few topics in the UK gambling industry or in politics in general that attract more controversy and debate than that of the fixed odds betting terminals or what have been dubbed the “crack cocaine“ of gambling. We have reported on the attempts to crackdown on these machines in the past few years which recently came to a head with the pledge by ministers that the maximum stake on FOBTs will be drastically cut from £100 to £2. All the opponents and campaigners against FOBTs were delighted but it seems celebrations were a little premature as it now appears that the crackdown will only come into play in April 2020. This has led to Philip Hammond being described as “morally reprehensible” and his decision as “indefensible”. In addition the All-Party Parliamentary Group on FOBTs have launched an inquiry and have made demands that the new restrictions come into force next April. The Chairman of the group Labour MP Carolyn Harris said,” When the harm being caused by FOBTs to families and communities is taken into account, this proposal to delay implementation by two years is indefensible. It is now 600 days since the Government began consulting on this issue, and over £3billion has been lost, often by the most vulnerable in our society.” FOBTs have been blamed for targeting the most vulnerable members of society who are facing increasing risks of gambling addiction. The Government have consistently reiterated their stance that they do not oppose a reduction in maximum stakes but there needs to be responsible engagement with the industry in order to ensure that these technological changes can be…

Read More
Page 1 of 41234