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High Variance Slots That Sports Bettors Will Love

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Mark Wadie, founder of online casino comparison site theslotbuzz.com, talks about why the latest high variance slots have an appeal for sports bettors.

 

The video slots market in the UK has seen a massive swing towards high variance games in recent months, driven in part by the popularity of Big Time Gaming’s Megaways™ format. But it’s not just traditional slots fans who are getting in on the action. With their edge of the seat gameplay and unpredictable, all or nothing payout models, high variance games now appeal to sports bettors, too.

Before Megaways™ the best high variance games all had something of a cult following. Titles like Microgaming’s Immortal Romance, WMS’ Raging Rhino and NetEnt’s Dead or Alive have always had a special place in the heart of every slots fanatic. The biggest casino forums are packed with threads about how to unlock a screen full of wilds on Dead or Alive, alongside dark conspiracy theories about why the maths model on such and such a game is rigged.

But Big Time Gaming’s slots, and the string of copy-cat games from rival producers that have come in their wake, have made high variance more of a mainstream concern.

The art of creating a good high variance slot has always been in creating a thrilling win sequence where several features dovetail on screen to drive cumulative win lines with high value symbols and often sky-high multipliers. Now games like Bonanza, White Rabbit and Extra Chili have hit that sweet spot in a bigger way than ever. These games usually make the player wait until the free spins round opens up where features like cascading wins tie in with progressive multipliers and re-triggers to create a burst of adrenaline-pumping big wins. The kind all big gamblers are waiting for.

The success of this format has driven these games to the top of the rankings for many online casinos and made other types of gambler sit up and take notice.

One group to whom these games will inevitably appeal is sports bettors.

By their nature, high variance slots are unpredictable but thrilling. They leave the player either crushed or elated. There can be long periods of lows, with no wins and a dwindling account balance, followed by a short, electric run of big wins. It’s take-no-prisoners stuff, and for some, it’s the kind of gambling experience that’s reminiscent of high risk, long odds betting on Accas or blindly backing your favourite team throughout the football season. We know that it rarely comes off, but like Leicester winning the title, or that ludicrous accumulator that actually paid out, the good times are really good!

There is currently a glut of these high variance games on the market. Not all are of such high quality, but here is a pick of three of the best from the last 12 months.

The Final Countdown by Big Time Gaming

The follow-up to the popular Danger! High Voltage uses an 80s stadium rock-anthem combined with a ‘cloning reels’ feature, ‘cloning wilds’ and massive multipliers to build tons of anticipation for gamblers looking to hit that elusive big win. The game has a maximum 888x multiplier in the ‘Heading for Venus’ round. Since its release, YouTube channels have been packed with videos showing just how big the payouts on The Final Countdown can get.

Genie Jackpots Megaways™ by Blueprint

Since Blueprint licensed the Megaways™ engine from Big Time Gaming a string of re-makes have been pushed out by their development team. Perhaps the best of the bunch is Genie Jackpots – a classic progressive slot getting the Megaways™ treatment. Once again there are lots of free spins and multipliers, as well as the appearance of the genie himself to bring about big wins for players lucky enough to hit pay dirt.

Raging Rhino Megaways™ by WMS

For high variance slots fans, Raging Rhino is a stone-cold classic. It’s 4,096 ways to win game mechanic has been copied many times since, but never bettered. Here, the game is locked into the Megaways™ engine to give it a super-charged feel with even more free spins and those all-important multipliers, as well as rumoured top payouts well in excess of 10,000x the player’s stake per spin.

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GVC Becomes Founding Member of All-in Diversity Project

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GVC Holdings has joined the All-In Diversity Project, an industry-driven initiative to benchmark diversity, equality and inclusion for the global betting and gaming sector.

The All-in Diversity Project provides tools to businesses looking to progress in the area of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I). GVC’s membership in the All-In Diversity project will help accelerate its leadership role on (D&I) issues within the sector.

“GVC is delighted to become a Founding Member of the All-In Diversity Project. As a global employer, GVC is committed to providing a safe, fun, and inclusive culture where our people feel they can truly belong. We are a multicultural business that values, celebrates and respects individual differences, so whatever your sexuality, gender, gender identity, ability, age, race, religion or belief, you will have a voice here, and the space to do your best work at GVC. We look forward to working with our partners to make our industry a more inclusive environment,” Shay Segev, CEO of GVC, said.

“GVC is a great addition to our roster of Founding Members. As a multi-channel, multi-jurisdictional industry leader, they bring an unrivalled knowledge and global perspective of the industry that along with a passion to lead and share their best practices will help us take another huge step towards a better more inclusive industry. We are proud to welcome them,” Kelly Kehn, Co-Founder of All-in Diversity Project, said.

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Scientific Games Signs Four-year Dutch National Lottery Contract

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Scientific Games Corporation has entered into a new contract with the Dutch National Lottery Nederlandse Loterij.

The deal will see Scientific Games provide its instant game “scratch cards” to the Lottery for a period of four years through the Scientific Games Enhanced Partnership (SGEP), a performance-driven management programme used by more than 20 lotteries globally. The agreement may be extended by Lottery for up to four additional years.

“After a decade of work refining our successful partnership, we are pleased to continue our collaboration with Scientific Games. While this announcement comes during a challenging global situation, we are confident our ongoing collaboration will continue our responsible growth trajectory of the instant ticket business for Nederlandse Loterij to provide maximum transfers to our beneficiaries,” Raffaele Fiorini, business director for Nederlandse Loterij’s instant tickets, said.

Scientific Games has supplied Nederlandse Loterij with scratch cards since 1994, moving to the SGEP programme in 2010 for full product category management. Scientific Games also provides the Lottery with sports betting technology and services.

“We are honored that Nederlandse Loterij has entrusted Scientific Games with its instant scratch cards business, and we are committed to using our more than 45 years of experience to continue developing its instant product portfolio to responsibly grow sales and profits,” John Schulz, Senior Vice President, Lottery Instant Products for Scientific Games, said.

“SGEP is the market-leading program for lotteries focused on responsibly growing the instant product category. It is proven successful for many of the top-peforming lotteries in the world, and we are delighted to continue maximizing results for Nederlandse Loterij and its retail partners, while providing great entertainment for players,” Matthias Müller, Vice President Sales & Marketing for Scientific Games International Lottery Systems, said.

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Digitain Integrates Spinmatic Video Slots

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Sportsbook and casino platform provider Digitain has entered into a deal with leading developer and supplier of casino games, Spinmatic.

As per the deal, Spinmatic video slot games will be integrated into Digitain’s platform, providing its partners’ customers with its engaging new titles and classics.

“The integration of Spinmatic onto our platform provides a great boost to our overall content and we’re delighted that our partners’ customers will benefit from a fantastic range of premium, highly-engaging games,” Samvel Mkrtumyan, Head of External Communication at Digitain, said.

“It is always very positive to be able to reach new customers with our games. We are very happy to partner with such a great company as Digitain, and I’m sure its partners’ players are going to love our video slots because we take the whole process very seriously, having their likes and their background in mind to deliver exactly what they are looking for,” Norbert Mathies, Managing Director of Spinmatic, said.

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