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

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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.

 

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Players Can Still Vote for Their Favourite Finalists in the AskGamblers Awards Race

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The top 10 finalists are lined up within all four categories, and the ultimate winner’s title per category is anyone’s game at this point. With two more months left until the voting phase is closed, the players are encouraged to give their final say and help choose the Best Online Casino, the Best New Online Casino, the Best New Slot and the Best Software Provider winners.

The AskGamblers Awards will be officially closing on 17 January 2020, on the night of the AskGamblers Awards.

Good news for everyone who still hasn’t had the chance to cast their vote and help AskGamblers choose the Best Online Casino, the Best New Online Casino, the Best New Slot and the Best Software Provider winners – there is still time to vote, and the only condition is to be a registered user on the AskGamblers website.

AskGamblers’ Head of Account has excitedly shared his anticipation for the announcement of the winners’ names and the AskGamblers Awards night, too: “Everyone’s biting their nails, waiting to see who the winners are going to be. We’ve been in this for so many months and the fact that the end is so close is keeping us all exhilarated! We couldn’t be happier about the way the process has been going so far. The night of the announcement will be spectacular for sure, and I guess all we can do now is wait for the players’ final votes. So exciting!”

The voting process is taking place on the AskGamblers Awards website, with each player granted the opportunity to vote for only one of their favourites in each category. Once the vote is placed there is no turning back, meaning – the players can’t take their vote back, vote several times per category or rethink their choice.

A reminder concerning categories available for voting:

Best Online Casino – The players vote for, in their opinion, the online casino they’ve had the best experience playing at. This category lists casinos that have been around for a while and have successfully kept their good name intact by continually providing quality gambling opportunities.

The online casino brands that have made the cut are as follows: Betsson Casino, Bitstarz Casino, CampeonBet, Everum Casino, EnergyCasino, Gunsbet Casino, King Billy Casino, Konung Casino, Mr.Play and Platincasino.

Best New Online Casino – The category lists new online casinos to have recently come around and become the players’ gambling go-to. In the industry that’s as competitive as this, it is true success for new casinos to be approved by both veteran and new players.

The best new casinos listed are 21.com, BaoCasino, MonteCryptos Casino, Maneki, Sportsbet.io, Spinia Casino, SlotWolf, Syndicate, Wishmaker, and Wazamba Casino.

Best New Slot – Spinning reels is one of the players’ favourite gambling activities, and when new slots come about, the excitement is almost palpable. This category lists new slots in the industry the players have accepted, approved, and potentially grown to love.

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Kalamba Games names Tamas Kusztos as Head of Sales and Account Management

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Kalamba games has appointed Tamas Kusztos as Head of Sales and Account Management to help take the company into a new era of commercial growth.

With a decade of leadership experience under his belt, Kusztos brings to the role a wealth of expertise from key aspects of the industry, joining Kalamba from a substantial role at Quickspin.

He also held leading roles at major operators, including GoldBet, Betsson and Rizk, providing him with a unique, holistic understanding of the sector and a track record of delivering targets across the board.

At Kalamba, Kusztos will focus on building key strategic partnerships in new and existing markets as the company prepares to launch a proprietary Remote Gaming Server (RGS) pending final regulatory approval.

Tamas Kusztos, new Head of Sales and Account Management, said: “I’m really pleased to be joining Kalamba at a time of huge growth and look forward to working with its talented team to continue to propel the business to new heights.

“Kalamba has fast developed a solid reputation in the industry for developing quality, innovative content that meets player demands in multiple markets. With the opportunities presented by the development of its own RGS, the future looks brighter than ever and I’m excited to be a part of it!”

Giles Lucas, CCO at Kalamba Games, said: “This year has been unprecedented in terms of growth and it is fantastic to have Tamas on board to help build on our existing partnerships and reach new clients, bringing enthusiasm and a strategic mindset to the role.

“His varied experience in markets across Europe and Asia, together with his ability to deliver results through ensuring great team dynamics and intelligence-lead decision making, will serve as a major advantage to Kalamba as we enter a new stage of business development going into 2020.”

 

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Realistic Games Launches Three New Exciting Instant Win Games

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Pull A Cracker, Shuffle Bots and Cashing Rainbows Pull Tabs now live

Award-winning casino content provider Realistic Games has added three new instant win games to its portfolio, Pull A Cracker, Shuffle Bots and Cashing Rainbows.

The new instant win titles contain more exciting features, first introduced in October with the release of Super Graphics Upside Down and Spin Dizzy. The games now include a free games bonus round, re-trigger chances on Pull A Cracker and Cashing Rainbows as well as random win multipliers up to x20 which create an even more engaging player experience.

Pull A Cracker, Realistic’s first seasonal title, can award players with an early Christmas present, offering a top prize of x750. The game includes a free games bonus round which can be re-triggered. Any win that the player receives in the bonus round is multiplied randomly by either x2, x3, x4 or x5.

The dancing robot themed pull tab, Shuffle Bots, offers a maximum prize of x500 the player’s bet. Finding 2 scatter symbols awards 5 free games and finding 3 scatters awards 10 free games; both of which can re-triggered. Shuffle Bot’s bonus round will also remove the lower value symbols, leaving players with the exciting opportunity of hitting the big wins.

Players of Cashing Rainbows can expect a maximum win of x2000 their bet, with a chance of triggering 15 free games by finding 2 or more scatter symbols. The player can then be rewarded with a multiplier up to x20 on any win in the free games.

Robert Lee, Commercial Director at Realistic Games, said:Pull A Cracker, Shuffle Bots and Cashing Rainbows are all designed to boost player engagement and retention rates while maintaining the accessibility and simple gaming experience provided by our instant win titles.

“The addition of free spins to the classic game format has raised the bar of our hugely popular pull tabs library, revitalising the playing style with a concept that has proven to increase session time.

“With themes that have been carefully crafted to appeal to a range of players and mechanics that cater to both instant win and slot players, these three pull tab releases are set to be a huge hit with our operators.”

Demos of Pull A Cracker, Shuffle Bots and Cashing Rainbows are available via the links.

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