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PokerStars VR Brings Poker Into Immersive Virtual Worlds With Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

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Virtual poker experiences arrive just in time for the holiday season

PokerStars’ latest innovation, PokerStars VR, is now available to download and play for free in all of PokerStars’ global markets. The eagerly anticipated official launch of the game follows on from a well-received closed beta test which saw more than 150 invitees play and test it using Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. PokerStars VR is available to download through the Oculus and Viveport stores, as well as through Steam.

Players worldwide can now experience what happens when the worlds of live and online poker collide from the comfort of their own home. PokerStars VR was developed in collaboration with virtual reality developer Lucky VR and provides the perfect mix of serious gameplay, fun interactivity and social engagement that adds a whole new poker realm for players and gamers to explore.

Players have the chance to become fully immersed in a variety of social poker scenes, choosing their own environment to play in such as Macau 2050, The Macau Suite, The Showdown Saloon, Monte-Carlo Yacht, and The Void. Using intuitive controls for easy gameplay, they can also handle chips and cards, and pick up on tells, talk and interact just as they would at a live table. The game also features a host of interactive props to have fun with, voice command, and integrated Twitch broadcasting and media streaming on Oculus Rift for those who wish to play and stream.

WORLD CLASS VR EXPERIENCE

“When we showcased the product it was amazing to see people really enjoy and become engrossed in the game,” said Severin Rasset, Director of Poker Innovation and Operations at PokerStars. “We wanted to venture into the world of virtual reality because we believe it is an exciting avenue of technology to explore and something that our players would appreciate. I highly recommend that everyone tries out the game as it can only truly be understood and enjoyed by experiencing it.”

The new game simulates the live poker experience as closely as possible, bringing the same subtleties and interactions to an online environment. A lot of work has gone into recreating the atmosphere of a live poker game, including features such as chip stacking, card-peeking and the ability to try to get a genuine read on opponents, giving bluffing a whole new dimension.

Players can explore how tells work in PokerStars VR, as well as other lessons and insights, at PokerStars School and PokerStars Blog.

About PokerStars

PokerStars operates the world’s most popular online poker sites, serving the global poker community. Since it launched in 2001, PokerStars has become the first choice of players all over the world, with more daily tournaments than anywhere else and with the best online security. More than 182 billion hands have been dealt on PokerStars, which is more than any other site.

The Stars Group owns or licenses gaming and related consumer businesses and brands, including PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, Full Tilt, Sky Bet, Sky VegasSky Casino, Sky Bingo, Sky Poker and BetEasy as well as live poker tour and event brands, including the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship, European Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour, Asia Pacific Poker Tour, PokerStars Festival and PokerStars MEGASTACK. The Stars Group is one of the world’s most licensed online gaming operators with its subsidiaries collectively holding licenses or approvals in 19 jurisdictions throughout the world, including in EuropeAustralia, and the Americas.

Play Responsibly!  For more information on responsible gaming please visit our website at http://www.pokerstars.com/about/responsible-gaming/.

After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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Castles Technology ties up with SUZOHAPP to develop cashless payment solutions

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Castles Technology International Corp., a US-based developer of payment hardware solutions, has signed a deal with SUZOHAPP, a Dutch manufacturer of cash management solutions. The companies will engage in the co-development and delivery of next-generation cashless terminals within unique sales channels, as per the multi-year partnership agreement. The deal enables SUZOHAPP to white label and resell Castles’ family of cashless payment hardware solutions, bundled with their services. It is expected to result in each company’s unique business partners obtain cashless payment hardware solutions that are backed with highest levels of PCI and EMV compliance, lower their overhead costs, capture new revenue streams, and empower their end users with independence and flexibility.

“Castles is quickly emerging as a formidable force in cashless technologies,” said Dr. Rory Herriman, CTO Software and Digital Systems for SUZOHAPP. “We saw this partnership as an opportunity to co-develop next generation cashless solutions with an innovative company and are thrilled to help further expand their market presence in the unattended and component space as forward-thinking collaborators.”

The unceasing advancements in payment technology such as continued EMV migration, closed-loop/loyalty and mobile, and smart device integrations, have rapidly transformed how customers interact and complete purchases from global brands. But fraudsters and cybercriminals are constantly seeking ways to disrupt these kinds of advances by exploiting vulnerabilities and security at the point-of-sale.

“With over 85 years of combined experience, SUZOHAPP and Castles have made countless investments in the areas of research, product development and market surveillance of the potential dangers and liabilities that are weakening the payments industry,” said Winston Fong, CEO of North America (Castles Technology International Corp).

 

About Castles Technology International Corp.

With 25 years of marketplace experience, Castles Technology has established itself as a top global manufacturer of next-generation card acceptance hardware. Our goal is to create simple, smart and secure payment solutions that provide mobility and flexibility for a diverse range of SMBs in attended and unattended payment environments such as retail, vending, micro markets, restaurants, transportation, finance, lodging and hospitality. At Castles, we are out to prove that we are a reliable partner who can help businesses maximize their profits with our future-proof point-of-sale devices and best-in-class support offerings. We pride ourselves on crafting payment solutions that are ergonomic, remove burdensome costs and integrates with any SMB’s existing POS operation. US headquarters are in Atlanta, Ga. Global headquarters are in Taipei, Taiwan. Castles has 11 regional offices across Asia, Europe, North and South America.

About SUZOHAPP

SUZOHAPP is a technology company providing software and hardware for cash handling automation and self-service solutions to more than 25,000 customers throughout the world. SUZOHAPP’s technology enables automation for customers operating in a variety of end markets, including retail, transportation, gaming, banking, vending and amusement. SUZOHAPP’s solutions include cash deposit, recycling, processing and payment systems as well as a broad range of self-service component technologies. The brands of SCAN COIN, Comestero, CashComplete™ and Coinco are united under the SUZOHAPP Company. SUZOHAPP’s more than 1,100 employees operate in 19 countries and its dealer network covers more than 100 countries. More information is available at http://www.suzohapp.com. SUZOHAPP is owned by affiliates of ACON Investments, L.L.C., a Washington, D.C.- based international private equity investment firm that has responsibility for managing approximately $5.5 billion of capital. For more information, visit http://www.aconinvestments.com.

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IGT launches Wheel of Fortune 4D version in Las Vegas

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Leading gaming technology company (IGT) has launched the 4D version of Wheel of Fortune. The new avatar is player-friendly and offers diverse casino floor with penny slots, classic coin machines, and the industry’s newest games. It will also have a number of casino updates and promotions, including the debut of downtown Las Vegas’ first Wheel of Fortune 4D game that pairs gesture recognition and mid-air haptic technologies. In short, it will provide a unique gaming experience to the players.

With the introduction of gesture recognition technology, players can interact with and manipulate the game’s 3D objects, without having to wear 3D glasses, and the mid-air haptic technology allows players to experience tactile feedback from the game’s graphics.

The Wheel of Fortune 4D game is a Wide Area Progressive (WAP) jackpot–eligible game that is housed on IGT’s towering CrystalCurve TRUE 4D cabinet. The game incorporates iconic game-play elements such as the millionaire-making “Wheel Bonus” with its signature “WHEEL-OF-FORTUNE!” chant, and the likeness of famed Wheel of Fortune TV personality Vanna White. Wheel of Fortune 4D introduces a bank-wide bonus event across the 50-inch, curved, ultra-HD upper displays of up to six banked cabinets to create one unified graphic of the Wheel of Fortune wheel. The player whose winning wager initiated the bonus can then spin the wheel and all Wheel of Fortune 4D players sitting at the bank will enjoy a shared experience.

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GiG granted affiliate vendor registration in New Jersey

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Gaming Innovation Group Inc.(GiG) has been granted an affiliate vendor registration in the state of New Jersey, US, enabling the company to send traffic to regulated casinos and Sportsbooks in the state. The current vendor registration allows GiG to refer website traffic to operators on a Cost Per Acquisition (CPA) basis, starting from Q1 2019.

GiG’s media services arm has, over the past 12 months, been building up portfolio assets to target the US and this is the first step towards monetising those websites and marketing channels. GiG will apply for registrations in other states as they open up for the opportunity.

GiG’s chief operations officer Richard Brown says: “New Jersey is an attractive market for affiliation. We are excited to receive our vendor registration, enabling us to start referring traffic to the operators in this jurisdiction. It is an exciting opportunity for us, however we expect the state-by-state legalisation of sports betting to materialise at a slow rate . There is strong competition in the market, but we are confident we can replicate, in the US, the success we have achieved in the highly competitive European markets.”  

 

About Gaming Innovation Group:

Gaming Innovation Group Inc. is a technology company providing products and services throughout the entire value chain in the iGaming industry. Founded in 2012, Gaming Innovation Group’s vision is ‘To open up iGaming and make it fair and fun for all’. Through its ecosystem of products and services, it is connecting operators, suppliers and users, to create the best iGaming experiences in the world. Gaming Innovation Group operates out of Malta and is listed in the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol GiG. www.gig.com

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