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The UK Gambling Commission has issued a warning to gambling service providers to be aware of the possibility of extremist groups using racing and football bets and online bingo to fund their activities. The regulator in its warning noted that extremists could be using fake IDs to launder money.

The fact that “customers not being physically present for ­identification purposes” could mean that there is a higher risk of laundering. The commission informed the gambling companies that customers from high-risk jurisdictions or those who appear on international sanctions lists are a threat to the operators’ systems.

“I believe authorities are very worried about this as it’s incredibly difficult to track money on the web and gambling sites,” said University of Buckingham security expert Prof Anthony Glees. The commission is putting all of its efforts into preventing these illegal activities from happening and therefore has called for more staff training and vigilance from its executives.

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EEGS webinar examines transformative changes in the Balkan gaming landscape

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The Balkan gaming market is undergoing significant changes, with new regulations and evolving market dynamics shaping the industry’s future. The recent EEGS Webinar, “Balkan Gaming Landscape – a Maze or Amaze? Deep dive in the markets (Pt. 2),” provided an in-depth analysis of these developments. The session featured industry experts including Angel Iribozov, Vasko Ilijevski, Dan Iliovici, Ovidiu Iosif, and Zoran Puhac, moderated by Rossi McKee, Co-Founder of Telematic Interactive Bulgaria and Honorary Chair of AGIB.

Key topics discussed included the impact of recent regulatory changes in Bulgaria and Romania, challenges and opportunities in North Macedonia’s gaming market, and the importance of responsible gaming initiatives across the region. The speakers emphasized the need for a balanced approach that considers both regulatory objectives and the economic contributions of the gaming industry.

Angel Iribozov, Chairman of the Association of the Gaming Industry in Bulgaria (AGIB), highlighted the substantial regulatory changes in Bulgaria, focusing on both the positive steps towards reducing unlicensed operations and the challenges posed by the new advertising restrictions. “The recent regulations aim to limit unlicensed operations, but the advertising restrictions pose significant challenges for licensed operators to reach their audience,” said Iribozov.

Dan Iliovici, Vice-President of ROMBET, discussed the recent changes in Romanian gaming laws that led to the closure of numerous gaming facilities. He emphasized the need for a balanced approach that considers both regulatory objectives and economic contributions. On the other hand, Ovidiu Iosif, Executive Director of Joc Responsible Association, highlighted ongoing responsible gaming programs in Romania.

Vasko Ilijevski, President of the Macedonian Sports Betting Association, emphasized the importance of including industry input in future regulatory discussions to avoid disruption and possible closure of various gaming facilities.

Zoran Puhac, Secretary General of the European Organization for Gaming Law (EOGL), discussed the spread of restrictive advertising regulations across the Western Balkans, advocating for the use of best practices to avoid market disruptions. “The key is to implement regulations that protect consumers without stifling industry growth,” advised Puhac.

The EEGS webinar provided attendees with valuable insights into the evolving Balkan gaming landscape. By understanding regulatory changes, market dynamics, and promoting responsible gaming, stakeholders can navigate the challenges and seize opportunities for growth.

All attendees of the EEGS webinar received a Certificate of Attendance, recognizing their commitment to advancing knowledge in the gaming industry.

You can watch the entire webinar here: https://youtube.com/eegamingsummit

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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 johnslots.com/en/. 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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