Let’s have a look at this week’s latest slot game releases
According to Shane Cotter, Director of Product, “Booming Games’ latest and greatest ‘Colossal Fruit Smash’ is best described as an old school fruit machine with a modern twist”. “We were hugely excited during the production of this game” he continues, “because we knew how much fun it was going to be for our players. The game-maths is compelling, with just the right frequency of free respins, activating the colossal fruits and colossal wilds on reels 2 to 4, and the Wild 3×1 Jester in the box on reels 1 and 5. As a player you can immediately see the potential for massive wins”.
Developed by R. Franco Digital, players on Wanabet can now enjoy yet another entertaining experience with the launch of its new online slot, Magic Jewels. Available on any device, R. Franco Digital’s expert developers have released the engaging title in English and Spanish. A 5×3 slot with 243 winning paylines – Wanabet’s enchanting offering incorporates scatters, wild symbols and free spins. With a magical forest at the heart of the game, players must search far and wide for crystals and diamonds in order to combine them for the big win.
Play’n GO continue their landmark year of game releases with their latest slot to hit the market, Rainforest Magic. A lively and vibrant 5-reel slot, Rainforest Magic is, as the name suggests, set against the theme of a lush and brightly coloured rainforest and features a whole host of colourful and exotic animals adorning the reels of the game. One of the game’s most interesting features is it’s Mystery Symbol. These are symbols that pop up during the game and reveal themselves after all of the reels have stopped spinning, adding a more suspenseful feel to the overall game.
Slot design specialist Lightning Box is taking players on a fast-paced Arizona adventure in its latest release, Respin Racer. Set against a rocky desert highway, the 3×5 reel 25-line slot sees the Road Runner scorch across the dirt as he looks to rev up the held wilds and multipliers. Respin Racer contains a Respin Bonus feature which is triggered when six positions contain one of the golden symbols. These turn into stacked Road Runner symbols and if the wild kangaroo lands, players will be on course for big payouts of up to nine times their line win.
Betsoft Gaming invites players to delve into a world of riches with Caishen’s Arrival. Complete with trademark, cinematic Betsoft graphics and gameplay, this highly entertaining release is jam-packed with creative features ranging from money trees to golden artefacts and the majestic Caishen himself. CAISHEN’S ARRIVAL features fast-paced slots gameplay with amazing possibilities. Featuring a multiplier of over 35000x, this game offers big win potential. Caishen, the Chinese God of Wealth, takes centre stage and features as a wild symbol.
Pragmatic Play, has released its newest slot, Fire Strike. The 3×5, 10 payline videoslot has a classic feel and a blazing theme. As casino classics such as BARs, 7s and diamonds fill the reels, the flame lingers in the background while players look forward to landing a fire strike symbol. The more fire strike symbols that land on the reels, the higher the chance of a pay bonus, which is triggered when six or more appear on the screen. If 15 Wild fire strikes fall at the same time, players can win a jackpot of 25,000x their bet.
High 5 Games has launched an enhanced version of its popular title Shadow of the Panther, which now includes the energetic charge of the Power Bet feature for the first time. Designed specifically for the online RMG market, the 8×5 80 paylines slot follows the part man, part beast as he emerges from the darkness to navigate his way through the jungle, living dangerously among wild animals as he aims to win big prizes for players. The latest incarnation of the classic game features four different Power Bet options, where players can turbo charge their wins for 30 consecutive spins at the cost of 10x, 20x, 30x or 40x the current stake, creating an exhilarating gaming experience.
Yggdrasil, the innovative online gaming solutions provider, has fired up the slot market with the launch of its latest flaming hot YGS Masters title, Lilith’s Inferno™, in partnership with AvatarUX Studios. The 5×4 video slot takes place in a mystical underworld, as players help Lilith the friendly demon battle four gatekeepers in search of hidden glory. If the free spins mode is triggered, Lilith must fight a beast to earn spins, with each successful hit landing another go on the reels.
Pariplay Ltd., has launched Treasure Temple, a 5-reel, 3-row online slot that calls players to join in a quest through ancient tombs as they uncover lost treasures and priceless artefacts. With an immersive layout transporting players to another era, Treasure Temple packs exciting features, where players can enjoy the new Tumbling Tiles & Multipliers functionality, a Treasure Jackpot Wheel and Free Spins – a powerful trio creating abundant ways to play and win.
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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