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New Zealand sports betting enters a new phase

Niji Narayan

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The New Zealand Racing Board’s (NZRB) has launched a new betting platform which is considered as a game-changer for the country’s racing industry.

New Zealanders are welcoming modern and competitive TAB website and mobile app, which offers customers a number of fixed odds betting options and delivering increased returns to the racing industry.

“This is the dawn of a new era for the NZRB and for New Zealand betting customers as we deliver a more compelling betting experience and significantly enhancing the number of betting opportunities we can offer,” says NZRB CEO John Allen.

“We estimate this initiative alone will increase returns to the industry by $17 million – $19 million in annualised profit, rising to approximately a $30 million increase in net betting profit as a result of the Fixed Odds Betting change from 2021/22,” says Allen.

“We’ve replaced our existing website and app with a responsive, modern and easy to navigate site that delivers more products and events,” says NZRB CEO John Allen.

“Our customers will have access to more options than ever before on sporting events from around the world. We’ve added new products like ‘cashout’, giving them the option to obtain a return from selected fixed odds bets before a match or event is even over and improved in play betting with fewer suspensions, more markets and direct access from watching to betting,” added Allen.

“The new platform will also be a game changer for our core business, improving business stability and continuity and by moving a number of core functions managed by our old system Jetbet, into a new platform provided by Openbet it gives us the flexibility to set our own odds on events where our local expertise outpaces the PaddyPower options.

“Our partners on this project, OpenBet and PaddyPower Betfair are world class operators. What they have done is ensure the New Zealand TAB, a significant and valuable industry asset, can now compete with the rest of the world, increase our revenue and in turn, our distributions back to racing and sport,” stated Allen.

Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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Week 12 slot games releases

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It’s Friday already, so kick back and have a look at this week’s latest slot game releases!

 

We begin this week’s recap with Kalamba Games, who has delivered its latest stunning slot Hong Bao allowing players to open up the delights of the ancient Chinese tradition of the red envelope, which brings good luck and fortune. Hong Bao is exclusively distributed on the Relax Gaming platform via its Silver Bullet partner program. Alex Cohen, chief operating officer and co-founder at Kalamba Games, said: “Hong Baois a fantastic game with stacks of exciting new and familiar Kalamba features that are sure to have players thrilled and engaged.

 Kalamba Games’ Hong Bao

 

Betsoft Gaming sets the juice loose with its latest standout slot game, Fruit Bat Crazy. A new take on traditional cascading games, Fruit Bat Crazy allows players to build delicious combinations before smashing them in a single, seriously succulent splat.  In Fruit Bat Crazy, clusters of low-paying symbols always pop first, and symbols collapse on a combo-by-combo basis – so small wins will trigger their own cascades before big wins are calculated, increasing the chances of a deluge of delicious fruit.

 FRUIT BAT CRAZY-Betsoft

 

The nudge is king as NetEnt takes players deep into the jungle on a treasure hunt in search of ancient gold. There is more than meets the eye in Temple of Nudges™. Set among the exotic flora and fauna of a lush, verdant jungle, the 5×3 video slot with 243 betways combines nudges, symbol stacks and re-spins to deliver maximum excitement. “Nudges are a big favourite with players around the world and with us too, so we created a game that is all about nudges delivering great wins. The feeling we created when combining nudges with the re-spins, giving a chance for even longer nudges, is a pretty powerful one. Temple of Nudges™ will be a great and specifically crafted addition to our diverse and deep portfolio,” said Bryan Upton, NetEnt Director of Games.

 NetEnt’s Temple of Nudges

 

Greentube’s Home of Games keeps on getting better and better. The bar is about to be raised even higher with the addition of four of the most innovative casino games on the market enriching its portfolio, Jewels Match 3, Secret Trail Match 3, Sparkling Fruit and Jinxy Match 3. All four ground-breaking Match 3 titles will be available to B2B partners in the coming months. Match 3 games have opened a unique new casino game category of their own, combining the interactivity of a Match 3 game with the thrill of a classic slot.

Exceptional new casino game category broadens Greentube portfolio

 

Yggdrasil‘s latest casino slots gem, Dwarf Mine, tasks players to dig deep to discover hidden treasure and potentially massive wins. Throughout the game players are accompanied by a determined dwarf digger who uses his tunnelling machine to uncover underground valuables. His work is made simpler by drill-shaped Bonus symbols, which expand the reel set by revealing additional rows of symbols. Hitting three Bonus symbols during a single spin grows the reel set from 5×4 to 5×7 symbols and starts a Free Spins round with the enlarged reel set.

Yggdrasil - Dwarf Mine

 

Lightning Box has enhanced its partnership with leading UK operator William Hill after agreeing an exclusive omni-channel release of its latest title Lightning Leopard. The game was rolled out first on terminals in the bookmaker’s shops during ICE 2019, at the beginning of February, and will now be available for their online players for a special five-week period. Peter Causley, CEO of Lightning Box, said: “We have established a very good relationship with William Hill and it’s great to be able to launch Lightning Leopard exclusively both in their shops and online.“

Lightning Box - Lightning Leopard

 

Kalamba Games is adding a seasonal touch to its player favourite Mammoth Chase with an Easter egg hunt full of big wins to be discovered. Players can celebrate the holiday season with Mammoth Chase: Easter Edition which features traditional Easter characters and symbols such as bunnies, chickens and eggs. Mammoth Chase is one of Kalamba’s most popular slots, featuring stacked mammoth symbols that combine to award big wins, free spins with a frequent retrigger and multiplier wild symbols.

Kalamba Games’ Mammoth Chase gets Easter remake

 

iSoftBet, the market-leading online and mobile casino software provider, has released its latest blockbuster slot, the Egyptian themed Book of Immortals. The 5-reel, 10-line slot features classic characters from Egyptian mythology, such as feared God of the Dead Anubis, as well as a collection of fearsome gods and goddesses from Egypt’s fabled past. The lucky scarab symbol, covered with hieroglyphs, acts as a wild, with the Free Spins mode activated if three or more scarab symbols land on the reels simultaneously. As with all iSoftBet games, Book of Immortals is supported in both landscape and portrait modes when run on mobile devices and has a wide range of currency and language options.

iSoftBet - Book of Immortals

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Rivers Casino Schenectady submits comment on legalising sports betting

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Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady has submitted a comment on the New York State Gaming Commission’s proposed regulations for legalising sports betting in New York state. The regulations to authorise and regulate the conduct of sports wagering at the four commercial casinos licensed by the Gaming Commission, including Rivers Casino, are now open for public comment until May 20, 2019.

The following quote is from Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Acting General Manager, Justin Moore:

“We’re extremely pleased that sports betting regulations have been released for public comment and are looking forward to introducing one of the first licensed sports books in the state of New York at Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady. It’s very exciting to be able to bring sports fans and sports bettors into the casino to place legal wagers for the first time.”

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New Hampshire Passes Sports Betting Bill

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The House of Representatives of New Hampshire has approved House Bill 480, which would legalise sports betting in the state. The bill will be sent to the Senate for further discussion.

The bill was passed in a 269–82 vote, with an amendment to the original proposal. The House decided that the bill needed work before allowing the arrival of sports betting in New Hampshire. Lawmakers set a limit of 10 retail sportsbooks in the state and the establishment of a council for responsible gambling. Furthermore, they clarified the prohibited events where sports betting would not be allowed. Collegiate sports events within the state, high school sports and amateur contests involving minors will be banned.

“We’re not creating a new industry here, we’re just bringing an illicit industry into a legalized industry,” Rep. Timothy Lang said. “If the bill passes, they’ll seek town approval to offer sports betting there. That’d be the kind of place you can go to sit and watch a game and place a bet,” he added.

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