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Why PokerStars 200 Billion Hands Achievement is More About the Online Poker Industry than You Think

George Miller

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PokerStars has yet again claimed its throne as the world’s largest online poker platform this year as it becomes the first online poker room ever to deal more than 200 billion hands. The company’s online poker room came onto the internet in 2001 and in 2013, dealt its 100 billionth hand. Within six years, PokerStars made history by doubling this figure.

PokerStars is celebrating reaching 200 billion hands by thanking their players and giving them a chance to earn a variety of prizes. “Two hundred billion is truly a stellar figure. It’s almost inconceivable,” remarked Séverin Rasset, Director of Poker Innovation and Operations at The Stars Group. He further added how they have been anticipating to achieve this milestone for a long time. Talking about the celebration prizes that amount to more than two million dollars, he said it has been their privilege to give back to every PokerStars player that has made this happen through the 200 billion celebrations’ games and pots.

The company is very excited about this accomplishment and is already working towards achieving the next milestone. PokerStars’ 200 billion hands achievement is not only a historic moment for PokerStars, but for the online poker industry as well. Online poker has shown tremendous growth and is already considered as a mind sport by the International Mind Sports Association. PokerStars extensive portfolio of games and promotions, serves the online global poker community by attracting daily traffic of more than a hundred thousand players.

Many factors have contributed to the success of the online poker industry, but none have made an impact as the “Moneymaker Effect”. Chris Moneymaker’s rise to fame and fortune by winning the World Series of Poker changed the perception of poker from being a game of luck, to a true discipline of the mind. In fact, modern poker is played by young, college-educated and intelligent people who employ strategy, statistics and a controlled game.

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Virtual Reality technology is predicted to attract more consumers

In 2014, global online gaming revenue exceeded thirty billion dollars and formed nine percent of all gaming revenue worldwide. These figures have rapidly changed since then and online gaming has taken a front seat in the gaming market. A report by Technavio predicts that the online gaming market size in the US alone will exceed four billion dollars between 2016-2020, and a report by Juniper research estimates that nearly one trillion dollars will be spent by consumers globally in the online gaming industry by 2021. Much of the online gaming industry’s success is attributed to mobile phones. Technological innovations such as VR (Virtual Reality), are predicted to attract more consumers to the online gaming space as they provide a stimulus to the already well-established online casino sector.

The rising trend of online gaming globally is also leading to some important law reformations. Some U.S. states are looking forward to introducing bills related to online poker this year. During the previous year, some countries in the European Union came together to share the poker space, which is expected to lead to exponential market growth. Moreover, the possibility of Switzerland and Sweden opening their markets to licensing can provoke solid market growth. Recent trends shed light on how poker is not just a game for western countries, but is on a high rise in Asian countries as well. The proliferation of online poker sites in the Indian online gaming sphere has led poker websites to rake in revenues of up to a hundred fifty million dollars per year. Meanwhile, Macau has overtaken Las Vegas and is now considered the new gaming capital of the world.

Therefore, PokerStars; historical achievement does not only coincide with a rapidly booming online poker industry, but is a direct result of it. The reception of poker in the online community is a major sign of poker being accepted as a legitimate sport. More and more people are considering playing poker as a full-time profession. Therefore, it can be said without a doubt that technology has had a great impact on the online poker industry. The fruits of technological advancements can be seen in the high rates of participation and economic gains in the online gaming sphere.

 

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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NSoft Days – trend presentations for stakeholders

Zoltan Tundik

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NSoft is organizing a two-day immersion with future thinkers and do-ers. The NSoft days will be held on August 23-24, 2019 in order to present the how and why NSoft sets future trends.

Topics like how to implement AI into products, Machine Learning as well as the insight into the future of app building are to be presented to more than 60 business partners and are to provide an excellent networking opportunity. NSoft’s guests will be able to participate in a series of workshops and presentations, where NSoft’s team will be showcasing the most relevant global trends and the future of NSoft including Vision and Chameleon.

Additionally, NSoft’s guests will be able to participate at a must-see event Red Bull Cliff Diving. NSoft has decided to blend NSoft days with this world-know Mostar edition of this Red Bull event by sponsoring it and will host its guests at the VIP zone of the event.

In order to obtain in-depth information about the latest NSoft’s innovations and products, feel free to book a meeting with our representatives at sales@nsoft.com

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Approval of Foundation Level Gambling Industry Tester Specialist Syllabus by ISTQB®

Niji Narayan

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International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) is a software testing certification organisation that operates internationally, founded in Edinburgh in November 2002. The company has approved the release of 2019 version of the ISTQB® Gambling Industry Tester Specialist (GT) Syllabus.

The GT Syllabus gives essential understanding and knowledge to anyone involved in testing in the gambling industry and also reflects the current best practices and procedures for testing in the gambling industry.

The ISTQB® provides the new GT Syllabus as follows:

 

  1. To the ISTQB® Member Boards, to translate into their local language and to accredit training providers. Member boards may adapt the syllabus to their particular language needs and modify the references to adapt to their local glossary terms.
  2. To the certification bodies, to derive examination questions in their local language adapted to the learning objectives for this syllabus
  3. To the training providers, to produce courseware and determine appropriate teaching methods
  4. To the certification candidates, to prepare for the certification exam (either as part of a training course or independently)
  5. To the international software and systems engineering community, to advance the profession of software testing, and as a basis for books and articles.

 

ISTQB® President, Olivier Denoo, stated – “the focus of ISTQB® is towards addressing its customers main needs. The Gambling Industry Tester certification, will address a growing market of Gaming of all kinds, including Gambling games, which has a great potential for those developing and testing those games. We have shown with this certification we are not looking only for huge markets, but also on unique trends and customers who needs certifications in today’s growing IT market”.

Alon Linetzki, ISTQB® Marketing working group chair added: “as ISTQB® is trying to address evolving and new areas of testing and target Software Testers, came out this unique syllabus. It addresses the needs of a growing industry – Gaming and Gambling Testing – which this is the first syllabus in that domain”.

 

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iovation Research: Fraudsters Increasingly Leveraging Mobile Devices for Schemes

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TransUnion company explores top continents and countries for risky mobile transactions, and types of behavior businesses to need to look for to catch mobile fraud

iovation, a TransUnion company, today released its recent research that about half of all risky online transactions appear to be coming from a mobile device. Specifically, in the first half of 2019 iovation saw 49% of all risky transactions come from mobile devices, up from 30% in 2018, 33% in 2017 and 25% in 2016.

“Fraudsters are like chameleons. They are always adapting their tactics to make it look like they’re legitimate customers,” said iovation’s Senior Director of Customer Success, Melissa Gaddis. “With well over half of all transactions now coming from mobile devices, our analysts increasingly see fraudsters either using mobile devices or making it look like their transactions are coming from mobile when in fact they are using a traditional desktop.”

Among its research, iovation found:

  • The top continents for mobile fraud: So far in 2019 it is North America with 59% of all risky transactions coming from mobile devices. In 2018, it was Asia at 53%. In 2017, it was North America with 55%. In 2016, it was North America again with 36%.

  • The top countries for mobile fraud: Gabon leads so far in 2019 with 85% of all risky transactions coming from mobile devices. It 2018, it was Japan with 79%. Papua New Guinea led in 2017 with 86%. In 2016, it was Bangladesh with 59%.

  • The top industries for mobile fraud: So far in 2019 it is telecommunications with 75% of all risky transactions coming from mobile devices. In 2018, it was gambling with 60%. Communities (for example social networks or online dating sites) led in 2017 at 59%. In 2016, it was healthcare with 58%.

To find fraudulent transactions from mobile devices, iovation suggests businesses closely analyze specific indicators including:

  • Mobile emulators: Fraudsters like to hide information by using emulators to make it look like their desktop device is a mobile device.

  • Orientation: Is a device staying in the same position or is it face down? These could be tell-tale signs of a bot or a fraudster emulating a mobile device.

  • SIM card country: Since fraudsters often try to mask their location, the SIM card country provides yet another method for identifying the true location of the end-user. Fraud analysts may find fraudsters that target their businesses tend to have devices from particular countries.

  • SIM card carrier name: Certain mobile carriers can have a higher percentage of fraudulent activity originating from them.

  • Currency: The type of currency tied to a device provides additional context to the region associated with the device. This can be another way to determine if the device is coming from a risky location.

  • Language: Much like countries, carriers and currency, the language used on a device provides additional context on the transaction which can help crack a fraud case when a fraudster is attempting to mask other aspects of their device.

  • Mobile OS version: Certain mobile operating system versions may correlate with fraud or abuse.

 

Mobile Transaction Jump

iovation found 61% of all online transactions came from mobile devices so far this year, up from 56% in 2018, 51% in 2017 and 45% in 2016. Europe and North America are consistently among the top continents for mobile transactions with 67% and 60% respectively so far this year. The top industry for mobile transactions so far in 2019 is communities with 73%.

For more insights into iovation’s findings along with new iovation features to catch mobile fraud, go to this blog post that includes an infographic.

Methodology

iovation came to its findings by analyzing the 30 billion online transactions it evaluated for fraud from January 2016 to June 30, 2019. To find the risky mobile transactions, it calculated the percent of risky transactions from mobile devices compared to overall risky transactions. For overall mobile transactions, it calculated the percent of mobile transactions compared to all online transactions. iovation defines risky transactions as those that typically result in fraud.

 

About iovation:

iovation, a TransUnion company, was founded with a simple guiding mission: to make the Internet a safer place for people to conduct business. Since 2004, the company has been delivering against that goal, helping brands protect and engage their customers, and keeping them secure in the complex digital world. Armed with the world’s largest and most precise database of reputation insights and cryptographically secure multifactor authentication methods, iovation safeguards tens of millions of digital transactions each day.

 

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