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UK witnesses 30 per cent increase in calls seeking gambling help



UK witnesses 30 per cent increase in calls seeking gambling help
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There has been a 30 per cent rise in the number of calls made to the UK-wide National Gambling Helpline from people with a gambling problem over the last five years. According to the latest report from the National Gambling Helpline, the organisation received 29,889 calls in 2017–18, up from 22,875 in 2013–14.

Anna Hemmings, the chief executive of the National Gambling Helpline, said about 67 per cent dealt with financial problems while about 50 per cent of callers even had concerns about their mental health.

Funding for the helpline comes in part from GambleAware, an independent national charity funded by donations from the gambling industry.

Hemmings urged anyone with a gambling problem to make contact as soon as possible.

“We can work very effectively and in quite a short space of time,” she said. “That will help reduce the impact on family and the impact of gambling-related harm more broadly.”

Tim Miller, executive director at the Gambling Commission, told the BBC: “It is important that those struggling with gambling are able to access support when they need it.

“But a focus on preventing harm in the first place is equally important [and] that’s why we will continue to take actions to require gambling companies to spot those being harmed by gambling and step in to protect them.”

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Relax Gaming welcomes players to the jungle in epic release Ancient Tumble



Relax Gaming welcomes players to the jungle in epic release Ancient Tumble
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Relax Gaming invites bold adventurers to journey into the depths of the Cambodian rainforest in its highly anticipated release Ancient Tumble.

This feature-filled slot is the most ambitious addition to the Tumble series to-date, awarding players prizes worth up to 10,000x by way of five rewarding Free Spin modes and a number of impressive enhancements.

Ancient Tumble boasts several special symbols including unbreakable wilds which destroy any normal symbol directly below it after every winning cascade until it reaches the bottom of the reels.  Coin symbols land and reveal wins worth between 1x and 25x, and coin multipliers can land and multiply all coin wins at the end of a round.

Should players destroy all stone blocks during base gameplay six free spins will be automatically triggered in one of four different base game modes. Free Spin modes include Classic Free Spins, Coin Free Spins, Colossal Free Spins and Multiplier Ladder Free Spins.

Classic Free Spins see multiplier and extra spins stone blocks present on the reels awarding up to three additional spins when destroyed. Coin Free Spins see up to 14 coin stone blocks appear in every single spin with coin multipliers also landing.

Colossal Free Spins see colossal versions of normal symbols land on the reels, ranging from 2×2 to 5×5 in size. Multiplier Ladder Free Spins sees players work their way up a multiplier ladder after every single winning spin up to a maximum of x100. Reaching x10, x20 or x50 will award players with one additional spin, reaching x100 awards two spins.

Any spin may randomly become a golden spin, this sees players have an increased chance to win. Should all stone blocks be destroyed, Super Free Spins are triggered, these contain features from all the regular Free Spins options.

During free spins, Hot Mode may trigger to increase the chance of landing a big win. Plus, they can select a Buy Feature which costs 50x the players bet, whilst Super Free Spins can be triggered for 400x.

Shelley Hannah, CPO at Relax Gaming, said:Ancient Tumble is the most feature-packed game in the entire Tumble series and we are absolutely thrilled to finally unleash it upon players. This highly anticipated release has been earmarked as our game of the year, and we can’t wait to see everyone’s reaction.

“We wanted to develop and deliver a game that offers audiences the ultimate power of choice when it comes to features, and we feel that this title offers that and so much more!”

Established as one of the industry’s leading B2B suppliers, Relax Gaming was awarded GGA’s Product Launch of the Year in February 2023 for Dream Drop Jackpots. Money Train 3 names the 2023 CasinoBeats Game Developer Awards amongst its 6 Slot of the Year titles, while the brand also won the award for Skill Games Supplier at the 2023 EGR B2B Awards along with the Innovation in Mobile award at the 2023 SBC Awards.

Relax Gaming provides more than 4,000 online casino games, from its high-performing proprietary slots to a significant, varied library of content from hand-picked third-party studios via its partnership programmes.

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NetENT Challenges Competition with Competitive RTP Slots



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NetENT is a market-leading online casino software provider offering over 100 slots with competitive RTP payout rates. Here’s how they compare to their rivals.

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NetENT Challenges Competition with Competitive RTP Slots

NetENT is one of the world’s oldest online casino software providers. The company is well-known for having created some of the most memorable online fruit machines, most of which are widely available online today.

This multi-award-winning company has been crafting and supplying unique online fruitys and several classic favourites like roulette, blackjack, poker, and baccarat to many of the industry’s most trusted sites since as far back as 1996, and I have been a fan for almost twenty years.

On this page, I will be focusing on some of their marketing strategies and business models used to fend off stiff competition from their rival providers, such as Playtech, Blueprint, Pragmatic Play, Play’n GO, GamesGlobal, and Yggdrasil, to name a few.

I’ll be paying particular attention to how their games have above-average RTP% payout rates – the important value that tells us how much their fruitys pay back in winnings.

Can NetENT fruitys be trusted?

Yes. This highly trusted company is licensed to supply digital content to licensed and regulated websites by multiple mid to top-tier licensing authorities/commissions.

These authorities and third-party testing agencies frequently monitor and test their software and systems for fairness.

I played my first NetENT fruity almost 20 years ago, and I think I’m not alone when I say they are one of my favourite providers. This is mainly thanks to iconic titles like Starburst and Gonzo’s Quest and good payout rates.

Some of you may also be familiar with their world-record-breaking Mega Fortune progressive jackpot fruity, another one of my favourites, which paid out an incredible €17.8 million to one lucky person in January 2013 – the biggest online jackpot win paid out by an online fruit machine at the time.

This same famous online fruity has also created numerous multi-millionaires over the past 15 years. Some of you may have played a NetENT fruity without even realising, as not everyone pays attention to which company has made the online fruit machine they are playing.

You can normally find out which company has made an online fruity by launching it and paying attention to the loading screen. The company logo usually appears during this short clip.

NetEnt fruitys can now be found at over 1,000 trusted sites, some of which have been expertly reviewed on Many of their featured NetEnt sites are currently offering free spins with a good RTP to all new gamers.

The fact that NetENT software is hosted on this many world-class websites shows how trustworthy the company is. It’s also a testament to how good their digital content is.

What are NetENT’s most famous online fruity machines?

Apart from the Starburst, Gonzo’s Quest, and Mega Fortune online fruit machines, some of their other most famous titles I can recommend checking out if you haven’t already are the following great examples:

  • Jumanji
  • Divine Fortune (progressive)
  • Dead or Alive 2
  • Narcos
  • Vikings
  • Hotline 2
  • Twin Spin Deluxe
  • Starburst XXXtreme
  • Knight Rider
  • Jungle Spirit Megaways
  • Jack Hammer (1, 2, and 3)
  • Finn and the Swirly Spin
  • Lost Relics (1 and 2)
  • Fruit Shop Megaways

That’s not forgetting Planet of the Apes, The Wish Master, The Wish Master Megaways, and Gordon Ramsay: Hell’s Kitchen, to name a few.

Some of my other personal favourites that I also think you will enjoy, especially if you have fun spinning the reels in any of these other great suggestions, are Motörhead, Guns’ N Roses, Hall of Gods, Conan, Ozzy Osbourne, and Mega Fortune Dreams. The list goes on.

How does NetEnt compete against its rivals?

Apart from making engaging, feature-rich online fruit machines that are fun to play with immersive storylines, the likeable characters they have created, the fun sound effects and accompanying background audio in each title, and their life-changing jackpots, NetENT also ensure participants get treated fairly by offering ones with Return to Player percentage (RTP%) payout rates that are classed as high or above average.

In all the years I have enjoyed playing online fruitys, I have found that highly volatile fruitys (those which pay out bigger average wins but less frequently) typically have a 91.00 to 93.00% RTP payout rate, which is considered low.

An average RTP payout rate is around 93.00% to 95.00%, which I don’t think is bad at all. An above-average RTP payout rate is considered anything over 95.00% to 97.00%, and a high RTP payout rate is considered anything over 98.00%, which is great for players like me.

Here are a few examples of NetENT fruity with above-average RTP payout rates: Funk Master (96.04%), Gonzo’s Gold (96.10%), Knight Rider (96.07%), Silverback Gold (96.11%), Reef Raider (96.10%), and Starburst XXXtreme (96.25%).

Other examples of NetENT fruits with high or above-average RTP payout rates that help them stand out from rival software providers and their fruitys are Parthenon: Quest for Immortality (96.03%), Gordon Ramsay: Hell’s Kitchen (96.07%), Rome: The Golden Age (96.06%), Finn and the Candy Spin (96.62%), and Druid’s Magic (96.14%).

Having high or above-average RTP% payout rates is an important strategy that NetENT uses to keep players like me happy. I enjoy playing most NetEnt fruitys because I always know I’m getting a fair ‘expected’ return on how much money I wager in a typical session.

However, it’s also important to note that just because online fruitys like this have a good RTP payout rate, it doesn’t always guarantee you are going to win more.

With that in mind, online fruitys with high or above-average payout rates are still [mathematically speaking] more likely to pay compared to ones with a low RTP payout rate.

When playing online fruitys from NetENT or any other trusted provider, make sure you stick to the world-class sites that are fully licensed and regulated by globally renowned authorities and controlled by reputable companies with good standing in the industry.

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PG Soft hatches Rio-inspired Chicky Run



PG Soft, a world-class digital mobile games company, has hatched its Rio-inspired title Chicky Run
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PG Soft, a world-class digital mobile games company, has hatched its Rio-inspired title Chicky Run.

Set on the streets of Rio de Janeiro with the Christ the Redeemer statue looming on the horizon, Chicky Run promises players a unique gaming experience. As the game loads, players place their bet for the chick to charge down the street to avoid being squashed by cars. Each time the chick successfully dodges a car it will be joined by another furry friend until the multiplier reaches its maximum. The size of the multiplier depends on the number of successful rounds in a row.

Before running through Rio, players must choose to begin on the left hand side or the right hand side, there is also the choice to use the Random button. This is repeated for each new chick dash. After avoiding a car there is also the option to press the collect button and cash out with your returns rather than run the risk of being hit.

Players can also enjoy Chicky Run with the Extra Coins Chance feature activated. Here any winning round has a chance of awarding between one and three coins worth half of the bet amount (before the increased 50% cost).

The graphic directly below the multiplier metre indicates the directions where no vehicles appeared over the previous 10 rounds.

PG Soft’s spokesperson commented: “Chicky Run is pure joy to play, and where better place to run for riches than the fabulous Rio de Janeiro. Our designers and product team have done a wonderful job and now we finally know why the chicken crossed the road!”

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