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Spain’s online gambling market kept rising in Q4, even poker

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Spain’s regulated online gambling market reported gains across all major verticals – yes, even poker – in the final quarter of 2017.

Figures released Monday by Spanish gaming regulator Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ) show Spanish-licensed online operators generated revenue of €173.3m in the three months ending December 31, 2017. The figure represents a 38% improvement over Q4 2016 and is 23.5% higher than Q3 2017’s total.

Active customer ranks improved nearly 12% year-on-year to over 676k, while customer deposits soared by 53.2% to €495.5m. These gains came despite operators cutting their Q4 advertising spending by 1.4% to €31.3m. However, bonus offers to customers were up 13.1% year-on-year to €21m, while affiliate marketing expenses jumped 38.6% to €7.5m and sponsorship expenses more than doubled to €3.15m.

The online casino vertical handily usurped the online turnover crown from sports betting in Q4. Casino spending topped €1.77b in Q4, a year-on-year improvement of nearly 48%, which gave the casino vertical a 49.9% share of all turnover, while sports betting’s €1.34b (+5.2%) relegated it to second place with a 37.7% share.

However, sports betting dominated the revenue chart with €103.6m, up 48.5% year-on-year, while casino revenue topped out at €49.4m, representing a still-respectable 37.4% improvement.

Live betting accounted for 68.4% of Q4’s sports betting turnover but only 51% of betting revenue. Roulette (combined live and conventional) was the dominant casino product, accounting for 45.8% of spending and 35.4% of revenue. Slots ranked second on the casino spending chart with 39.5% but claimed 52% of casino revenue.

Total online poker spending improved 15.5% to €411.6m while poker revenue was up 5% to €15.5m. The gains were entirely due to tournament fees improving 2.2%, as cash game stakes slipped 2.6% from Q4 2016.

Spain’s poker operators will hope for signs of a cash games revival following the launch of shared liquidity with France’s regulated market. The Stars Group’s PokerStars got the ball rolling last month and French operator Winamax is expected to join in the fun once its DGOJ-issued Spanish license arrives.

Rounding out the Q4 charts were bingo, which saw turnover rise more than one-third to €25.5m and revenue jump 30% to €3.25m. The contests vertical proved the lone outlier, with declines in both turnover (€2.2m, -25%) and revenue (€1.6m, -27.6%).

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Week 46 slot games releases

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Make sure you check out this week’s latest slot game releases!

 

We kicked off this week with Eye Motion and their new game called: “Beating Fruits” slot from Beating series. This is considered to be a 20 line slot game, which contains Wild, Scatter icons, has Free Spin, chance and high 97% return to player percent.

Beating Fruits slot game

 

Evoplay Entertainment, the innovative game development studio, announced that it is to showcase its new slot title at SiGMA 2018 later this month. The game, Syndicate, is a thrilling journey into east coast America’s unsavoury underworld, where the proceeds of crime give players the chance of landing 1024 possible winning combinations. “Our mission with every game is to revolutionise the iGaming user experience through innovative gameplay and we’ve designed Syndicate to offer features never seen before in the industry. – commented Kate Romanenko, Chief Business Officer at Evoplay.

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Novomatic surprised us with the presentation of its Voodoo Fortunes slot game. The game was presented for the first time in Mexico on the Panthera Curve 1.43 cabinet, which delivers the game in impressive 4K resolution on a 43ins curved display. Created by Winfinity Games, Voodoo Fortunes is part of the Fortunes game series and impressed at the event with its detailed graphics and engaging gameplay.

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Quickspin’s latest 4×5 videoslot: Tiger’s Glory, is its most action-packed showdown yet, pitting tiger versus gladiator in a story of epic victory. With Enraged Tiger Free Spin bonus triggered when three or more Bonus Scatter symbols hit the reels, the players follow the story of the victorious tiger, with free spins awarded whenever the tiger wins in battle.

Quickspin’s Tiger’s Glory slot

 

Iron Dog Studio presented its latest slot video game, The Curious Cabinet. It is a 5×4 slot game where players explore an antique dresser in macabre settings. Each of the features in The Curious Cabinet has a supernatural history: a human heart is pierced with voodoo pins; a skull has cursed rubies in its eye sockets. And two spooky scatter symbols—a sinister doll and a keyhole with a monstrous eye on the other side—come to life as they expand with rich animations and reveal potentially spectacular payouts.

 The Curious Cabinet slot

 

Wazdan has launched another immersive HTML5 slots gam: Black Hawk Deluxe, which is the thrilling sequel to their incredibly popular Black Hawk. Set in the impressive haunted grounds of a spooky castle, this 4-reel, 3-column slot from the master games-maker includes a soundtrack to send shivers up the spine with rattling chains of ghosts abandoned in the dungeons and a menacing Black Hawk who soars and swoops charged by vicious lighting strikes that frizzle across the screen adding an air of terror to the quest for gold and treasure.

Wazdan's Black Hawk Deluxe horror game launch

 

Nolimit City introduced their latest release – Welcome to Ice Ice Yeti! Nolimit’s cutest and most rewarding game to date! Ice Ice Yeti is designed to appeal to players of all kind – with expanding reels from 5×4 growing up to 5×7, the game is a definite pleaser to all those seeking the biggest rewards after a good chase. Boasting over 16,000 ways of possible winning combinations and over 8820x multiplier possible win, this is Nolimit’s most volatile game to date.

Ice Ice Yeti slot

 

Yggdrasil Gaming has released its first ever branded slot game – Nitro Circus, an adrenaline-fuelled game featuring Nitro Circus’ biggest stars, greatest stunts and craziest vehicles. Yggdrasil’s exclusive Nitro Circus slot brings the adrenaline fuelled action of the arena to online casinos. The stand out feature of the game is the unique Nitro Jump which is inspired by the infamous 15-metre Giganta Ramp seen in Nitro Circus’ live shows.

Yggdrasil’s Nitro Circus Slot Game

 

Leading casino supplier Play’n GO announced the release of their latest slot game, Dragon Maiden; an epic slot adventure full of flame and fortune! This new slot centres around Geneth the Dragon Maiden, a legendary warrior who is the key to conquering the fearsome Red Dragon, unlocking its awesome power and the untold riches it guards.

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Philippines casino shows strong results

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Resorts World Manila, an integrated resort in the Philippines posted impressive results for the third quarter to September 30. The company reported an overall revenue of PHP4.7bn (€68.8m), which higher than the revenue of PHP3.5bn (€58.3m) in the previous comparative quarter.

The above figure is only the revenue from gaming activities. Non-gaming businesses, including hotel, F&B and other retail, reported a revenue of PHP5.9bn (€ 98.4m) and the year-to-date to PHP16.9bn (€261.8m). The net profit for the year-to-date was PHP1.8bn (€30m).

Resorts World Manila has been operating as a casino and hotel since 2009. Operator Travellers International Hotel Group also has other hotels and an events and convention centre.

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BCLC okays Gateway casino in Delta

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British Columbia Lottery Commission (BCLC) has approved the Delta Cascades Casino project.

The Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Ltd casino project to be constructed in Delta will feature 500-slot machines and will start functioning in 2019.

The project is worth €47 million and will provide up to 700 new jobs in Delta, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Ltd. said.

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