Have a look at this week’s latest slot releases!
Relax Gaming, the innovative content provider and aggregation platform, has launched its first ever network branded slot, Let’s Get Ready To Rumble. The 6×4 slot has been developed in association with legendary boxing announcer Michael Buffer and features his classic line “Let’s Get Ready To Rumble” as players take to the ring for a chance to win up to 2349.4x the original stake.
Yggdrasil welcomes players beneath the mystical starry sky in its hottest slot yet, Sahara Nights. Home to lavish palaces and humble street-rats, the reels are filled with wonders, enchanted lamps and dangerous enemies. The magic lamp turns into an expanding supernatural genie on the reels whenever there is the chance of a win, giving players more opportunities to find riches than ever before. If five of the majestic Sultan symbols land in one spin, players can win up to 165x their stake.
NetEnt’s new release is a sword-flashing, swashbuckling super slot featuring Conan, the world’s most fearsome and ferocious barbarian. Instantly recognizable as the mighty comic, film and TV hero, NetEnt’s adaptation features its trademark, superior slots design, soundtrack and gameplay. Conan is a six-reel, four-row slot played with 24 bet lines paid both ways and different coin values that gives players the chance to plunder the reels for big wins.
Greentube’s new online slot Diamond Link™ Mighty Elephant lets players explore the majestic wilderness of Africa in their hunt for winnings. Following the great popularity of Linked Progressive Jackpot systems in land-based casinos and now available in Greentube’s Home of Games for all B2B partners, this slot sensation is full of precious diamonds and exciting features.
BF Games, the dynamic games development studio, is continuing to bring big fortunes with its latest slot release Fibonacci. When three red, green or blue tarot card symbols fall on the single payline in this 3-reel, 3-row mystical slot, a payout is scored no matter the colour combination. Lucky players who land three red cards gain the highest possible win. All symbols pay from left to right on adjacent reels starting from the leftmost reel as fortune teller Fibonacci conjures mystic powers. The single rule and magical theme make this an ideal title for players who favour straightforward gameplay and simplicity.
Betsoft Gaming has released its new “Gemmed!” slot, set in an enchanting forest with reels packed full of gems, boasting a staggering 40,503 ways to win. Gemmed! is a highly immersive title, with an engaging soundtrack and expanding symbols, leading to big win combinations.
Blueprint Gaming is roaring into action with the launch of its latest release Safari Gold Megaways™, which includes an innovative bonus wheel that incorporates the popular mechanic under licence from Big Time Gaming. The wildlife-themed slot is the first to feature the new Megaways™ Bonus Wheel, developed by Blueprint, which determines the number of free spins and guaranteed number of Megaways™ during the free spins round.
Play’n GO have once again forayed into the music sector of slot gaming with another great collaborative release, this time with the slot Demon. Demon is created in collaboration with the UK band of the same name. The band were one of the pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the ‘70s alongside the likes of Def Leppard and Motorhead, leaving a massive legacy in the rock world. As with heir previous titles, House of Doom and Sabaton the game was created alongside the band and, not only does it feature some of the band’s biggest hits, there is also an exclusive track Devil Rides Out, which appears as an unlockable bonus track within the game.
Pragmatic Play, one of the leading software providers for video slots, live casino and bingo, has revealed the latest instalment in the John Hunter series, John Hunter & the Tomb of the Scarab Queen. The 3×5, 25 lines video slot is set in the desert sands as Pragmatic Play’s dashing hero, John Hunter, tries to find the ancient riches of the Scarab Queen. With five separate collect features, which allow players to collect the value of the golden scarab symbols that land on the reels, there is a considerable opportunity for players to win big. These features remain available while using Free Spins.
Playson adds a touch of Irish charm to its impressive games portfolio with its new release, Clover Riches. The latest game from the popular slot developer is a 3×5 reels game with 10 paylines and contains an exciting array of symbols, free spins and multipliers. When triggered, the Wild symbol substitutes all symbols with the exception of the Bonus symbol and gives a x2 multiplier when substitutes, leaving big wins up for grabs. The new game has three different types of free spins: 24 Free Spins with x2 winnings multiplier, 12 Free Spins with x4 winnings multiplier and 8 Free Spins with x6 winnings multiplier.
Venture into a world of wizardry with Kalamba Games’ new fantasy-themed game release, WildCraft. Wizards, Orcs and Assassins appear across the 5 reels in this 60 payline video slot, which offers a combination of Kalamba’s signature in-game mechanics and superb artwork for extended session length and player retention. With Locking Wilds, Free Spin Bonuses and the anticipation-building Missions feature, players are in for a magical gaming experience. WildCraft has missions across four levels and wins are generated when a tiered number of spell books is collected, making for a persistent feature that rewards extended gameplay and builds engagement.
Red Rake Gaming’s most recent video slot invites players to enter the mysterious world of history’s most famous spy: Mata Hari. The innovative casino games’ provider has recently released a 6×6 reels video slot with 80 paylines that players will be left charmed before Mata Hari’s eyes and her hypnotizing dance while they try to enter the bonus feature to get up to 144 free spins. This new game takes place in a fabulous palace where history’s most famous spy shall seduce her lovers with dance and beauty in order to give the player a huge variety of wins.
How is VAR Affecting In-Play Betting Markets?
After trials over the past few years, we are now seeing VAR introduced in many different football competitions. Some people are happy with the move to bring it into the game, while others were and still are against it. One thing that everyone can agree on with VAR though is that it is having a big impact on the game, and improvements need to be made. This is the case when you look at things from a betting point of view, with punters struggling to get to grips with VAR at this early stage.
VAR Affecting Momentum in Football
The biggest change we have seen since VAR was introduced has been to the momentum in games, and how VAR decisions affect it. Whether it is a goal given, taken away, a penalty or red card, VAR is having a massive impact on games and the momentum after decisions, all of which needs to be taking into account for those who place in-play bets on football. The Premier League has seen many instances like these in the short time they have been using VAR, since it was introduced in the summer.
These VAR incidents are making the in-play betting markets fascinating right now for those who watch them. For example, if a team gets uplifted by a goal for the opposition being ruled out, their price will drop due to the momentum they are going to gain from this incident, even though they have not actually done anything positive themselves to warrant the price drop. Punters must then decide whether to follow the momentum, or back the team that have just been dealt a hammer blow in the hope that they can continue their good play despite the setback they have just had.
With VAR being involved, just how much the prices change is a matter of opinion for the bookmakers. This is where multiple accounts come into play for those who have them, some bookmakers may ignore what has happened with the VAR decision while others may place a lot of weight on it and price up accordingly due to what has happened. This will reflect on the prices available, so having a choice in front of you is always a good idea.
There are many football betting sites to choose from for punters looking to add another to their portfolio, and with VAR further clouding the waters, this is probably a good time to add more choice for yourself when betting. The website newbettingsites.uk has a large range of bookmakers available, all of which offer football betting including in-play for those who sign up with them.
The Future of VAR
It is fair to say that VAR has not got off to the best possible start, but it is here to stay. Those who support it and don’t, all agree that chances and tweaks need to be made, and those will happen over the coming years. Eventually we will be at a stage where VAR in football is something, we are all used to, and something that we all accept. However, before that there will still be challenges, and those who place in-play bets will see these from the front line, giving them something else to think about and consider as they place their wagers.
Philippines Approves New 5% Tax on Gaming Revenues of POGOs
The Philippines authorities have approved a new 5% tax on the gaming revenues of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs).
The House Committee on Ways and Means passed the measure which sees POGOs classified as resident corporations and therefore subject to an additional 5% franchise tax on top of current tax and fees.
PAGCOR currently collects a 2% franchise tax from licensed offshore operators, generating around Php8 billion in revenue each year, but the 5% tax is expected to push that figure to Php20 billion.
The new measure also allows for all foreign employees of POGOs earning Php600,000 (US$11,850) or more to be taxed 25% on their wages and other allowances, potentially pushing the government’s annual revenue from the POGO industry north of Php45 billion.
ACMA Issues First Directions for ISPs to Block Unauthorised Offshore Sites
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has issued notices to Internet service providers (ISPs), under Section 313(3) of the telecommunications act, to take steps to prevent their customers from accessing unauthorised offshore sites “Emu Casino” and “Fair Go Casino.”
ACMA said that the two sites it was targeting offered casino-style games, which are prohibited by the Interactive Gambling Act.
Section 313(3) has previously been employed to block access to child abuse material, tackle online fraud and prevent the spread of malware. The government in mid-2017 released guidelines for the use of the power by Commonwealth agencies, following an incident where a notice issued by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) saw hundreds of thousands of sites erroneously blocked.
“Emu Casino and Fair Go Casino are illegal sites that target Australians, and between the two we have received more than 50 complaints about their conduct,” ACMA’s chair Nerida O’Loughlin said.
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