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Place Paddy Power Bets Using Facebook Messenger

Well-known Irish and UK bookmaker Paddy Power has reportedly become the first online sportsbook to offer its customers the ability to place bets directly through the Facebook Messenger mobile application. The company's new chatbot feature is set to become available soon and will give its registered customers a convenient and faster way to bet through the top social media platform. The chatbot is the product of Onionsack, a provider of text betting messaging platforms. It lets punters log in to their though the app. Via Onionsack's SaaS messaging platform, players will be able to check their balance and place...

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888 Holdings Faces Scrutiny from UKGC

Gibraltar-based online gambling company 888 Holdings has recently announced that one of its businesses is currently under review by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). The UK's national regulatory body is investigating whether one of the well-known gambling operator's subsidiaries is sufficiently protecting its customers. According to 888, the UKGC is assessing whether its subsidiary in question is fulfilling its social responsibility requirements, which includes having certain measures in place for customers, such as effective self-exclusion tools to help gamblers better manage their gambling. Examples of these tools include allowing customers to "self exclude". This prevents them from gambling on...

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New Naked Gun Slot Launched by Blueprint Gaming

Do you remember the fantastically funny Naked Gun movies starring Leslie Nielsen in the role of the goofy detective Frank Drebin? Now, thanks to UK-based Blueprint Gaming, you can experience the fun of this beloved slapstick comedy in the form of a 5x3 reel, 20 payline slot game! The new Naked Gun slot is under license from Paramount Licensing and, in addition to having iconic themes, visuals and characters from the classic film franchise, this HTML5 designed game delivers immersive sound and engaging gameplay. Players get to follow the zany antics of Detective Drebin as they work toward solving the...

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Women in Gaming 2017 Awards – Winners Announced

The 8th annual Women in Gaming (WIG) Diversity awards took place this past Friday on 12th May, 2017. The event, which was held at the beautiful Savoy Hotel in London, was a bright and lively success, awarding 16 incredible women for their superb contributions toward the business success of the prestigious gaming companies who employ them. When asked how the evening went, many of the women who were interviewed were thrilled with the night's festivities. One woman said that "Tonight has been really, really good and it makes you realize how special women are in the industry, even though...

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NetEnt Breaks into Canadian Gambling Market

NetEnt is working on expanding its regulated markets and has recently found success in Canada. The developer and supplier of online gambling content's U.S. subsidiary, NetEnt Americas, has gained a license to supply iGaming content to the Canadian province, British Columbia (B.C.). Approval was granted by the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch (GPEB), B.C.'s gaming regulator, and will allow the software developer to supply its first-rate content to British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC), the only licensed gaming and lottery operator in the province. The Canadian gambling market is regulated via separate licensing systems throughout the country. British Columbia is...

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UK Bans Daily Star Wins TV Ad for Offensive Content

The Bear Group Ltd.'s UK TV ad for its white-label online casino brand Daily Star Wins has turned out to be a giant fail. The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) banned the "Star Wins 30" television advert produced by the gambling operator, deeming it to be in breach of the UK gambling services promotional standards for having linked gambling to sexual success, seduction or enhanced attractiveness. The ad was pulled after the ASA received complaints that the ad was offensive for being "sexist" and for "objectifying women" and because the ASA itself questioned the integrity of the advert, feeling that...

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Liberty Slots Player Wins Huge Mobile Slot Jackpot

Not all online jackpot winners score their lucky victories from desktop gameplay, as recent Liberty Slots mobile slot winner Anja T proved. Her massive $45,000 jackpot win resulted from playing the slot game Crazy Cherry on her iPad. A long time Liberty Slots player, Anja T was already up about $8,500 when she made the choice to boost her bets to $9 per spin. Just after midnight, she managed to crack the jackpot with a spin that resulted in Crazy Cherry symbols appearing on all 3 reels across the middle payline. This scored her a payout of 5000x her...

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playMGM: New Online Casino Coming to NJ

MGM Resorts International recently announced that it will be partnering with GVC Holdings to launch an online casino and poker games brand in New Jersey. The new iGaming company will go live under the name playMGM. The new online gambling destination is expected to launch later this year and will feature 300 casino games as well as cash play and tournament poker options. As part of the new agreement, GVC will operate the online gambling for MGM. This isn't the first partnership MGM has had with the international sports gaming and betting company. GVC currently powers the software behind...

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UKGC Slams BGO Entertainment with Ad Fine

BGO Entertainment, a well-known gambling operator in the iGaming industry, was recently fined by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) for displaying misleading advertisements. The UKGC cited nine ads on BGO's website and 14 additional adverts on the operator's affiliated third party websites and all were deemed to be in breach of social responsibility codes. As a result, the operator is required to pay a penalty of £300,000 for its transgression. The Commission reportedly first got in touch with BGO about its improper advertising back in July 2015. It had established then that the company and its affiliates had published...

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First PlayOJO TV Ad Campaign in UK a Huge Success

After launching its first television advertising campaign in the UK back in March on Channel 4, Sky and digital channels, the PlayOJO TV ad campaign has been a big hit. As a result, the iGaming operator is ramping up its campaign and throwing money behind extra broadcast slots, which will enable it to show its popular commercial starring English actor Geoff Bell (Green Street, The Business, and Kingsmen: The Secret Service) to a broader audience. The ad featuring Bell that was originally debuted in March will now be appearing on ITV, Channel 5 and E4 post primetime. In the...

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Realistic Games Launches its First HTML5-Only Slot

Realistic Games has created exciting buzz with its new online slot called Symmetry. The award-winning UK casino content supplier decided to take an entirely new approach with its latest edition to its slots portfolio and designed a 5-reel and 10-payline slot that features a tessellated tile theme and 2 bonus rounds. The symbols on the reels, which include different shaped and colored gems, sevens, stacks of cash and more, can appear in a diverse range of combinations when the reels are spun. The ultimate goal of players is to try to land symbols in symmetrical arrangements. This can be...

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William Hill Gets Exclusive Lightning Box Games Slot

Lightning Box Games has made a deal with that will see Hill gain access to the slot design specialists' games. This agreement is notable for both parties as it marks Lighting Box's UK retail debut and William Hill gets to launch an exclusive game - Silver Lion Deluxe - from the Sydney-based games developer. The deluxe edition of Lightning Box's popular Silver Lion slot is now available to play across William Hill's 2,300+ network of Licensed Betting Offices (LBOs). The new William Hill exclusive version of the 4x5 reel, 10-payline Safari-themed slot features a new Bonus Respin feature designed...

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Realistic Games Have Come to Mr Green Casino

Mr Green Casino has once again grown it's incredible casino games portfolio with the launch of content from Realistic Games. The award-winning Mr Green has gained full access to the award-winning Realistic Games full catalogue of slots and table games. The new games that are now live at Mr Green - among which include Realistic's market-leading roulette and blackjack - have been launched via NYX Gaming Group's OGS distribution platform. More of the supplier's games - including a selection of slots - are set to launch in the near future. Realistic Games CEO Andy Harris commented on the deal,...

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German Royal Panda Casino Player Wins $140k Jackpot

Royal Panda Casino - an - recently announced that one of its German players won a Mega Jackpot of $140,880 playing NetEnt's Divine Fortune slot. The over $140k win was scooped up by the player known only as Gerog, after he placed a $3.20 wager on the progressive jackpot slot. He spun 3 golden coins and gained entry into the jackpot bonus game. He managed to fill the screen up with coins and won Divine Fortune's Mega Jackpot, the biggest of the game's three jackpots: Minor, Major and Mega. When asked about how he felt about his life-changing prize...

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IGT Will Sell DoubleDown to DoubleU Games

IGT (International Game Technology), a well-known American gambling solutions provider based in Las Vegas, announced that it will be selling its Double Down Interactive online casino operations to DoubleU Games Co, a South Korean social gaming operator based in Seoul. The announcement came after the $825 million deal agreement was reached. DoubleDown was purchased by IGT back in 2012 for $500 million. This new deal represents a return of $325 million on IGT's initial investment, which is good for the company as it hopes to use the proceeds from the sale to lower its long-term debt that was previously...

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New Jersey iGaming Enjoys Revenue Boost in March

According to a report recently released by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, the New Jersey iGaming sector generated record revenue of $21.7 million during the month of March, which is an incredible 40.2% increase from a year earlier. To put this into even bigger perspective, this figure was the highest ever posted since the state's first iGaming sites launched back in November 2013. Furthermore, March 2017 also marks the first month in which iGaming surpassed $20 million. That said, it was online casino games that were responsible for generating the larger portion of the $21.7 million iGaming...

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Pragmatic Play Breaks Into the UK Market

Pragmatic Play, a leading online casino games developing platform, has recently extended its reach in the iGaming industry by receiving a UK gaming license from the UK Gambling Commission. The commission recently came to the decision that the company met the required criteria and issued it a Remote Gambling Software Operating License. This is a huge step for Pragmatic Play as the UK market is one of the largest gambling markets in the world. In a press release announcing the acquired license, Yossi Barzely, Pragmatic Play's Head of Business Development, said that in addition to being one of the...

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888 Holdings May Leave Gibraltar because of Brexit

888 Holdings PLC, one of the world's most popular operators and platform providers for online gaming, is considering relocating its current headquarters in Gibraltar to an alternative location. This relocation may result if the British Overseas Territory should experience negative repercussions from Brexit: the UK's exit from the European Union (EU). The reason 888 is concerned about remaining within the small nation, is its future is uncertain. Even though the UK government has pledged to protect the island after the UK left the EU, and Gibraltar's Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, has spoken positively about Gibraltar's future as one of...

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GameCo Scores Star Trek Skill Game Licensing Deal

GameCo, a New York-based startup developer of skill-based games, recently secured a licensing agreement with CBS Consumer Products that will allow it to bring the fan-favorite Star Trek franchise to the skill-based video game gambling machines (VGM) industry. The newly inked deal gives GameCo access to the various Star Trek titles owned by CBS, including The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise. the games developer says that it expects to launch its Deep Space Nine Adventure game, which will give players the chance to "take lead of the USS Defiant and battle their way...

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EveryMatrix Expands Live Casino Games Portfolio

Award-Winning B2B software solutions provider for the iGaming industry, EveryMatrix, has recently struck a new deal with live dealer solutions provider Visionary iGaming. Under the agreemnt, EveryMatrix's range of live casino games will be expanded by adding Visionary iGaming's content. The B2B software solution provider will distribute the games via its CasinoEngine platform. "We've been actively looking to increase our casino offer to include high-quality live dealer content from top vendors in the industry, and Visionary iGaming was an obvious choice," said EveryMatrix CasinoEngine chief executive, Doina Stefanescu. The games being added to the company's live dealer portfolio includes...

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