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The difference between online casino and real casino



The difference between online casino and real casino
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At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be that much of a difference between an online casino and a bricks and mortar casino establishment. Essentially, both do offer a similar selection of games. However, the subtle contrasts between the two can make a big difference in how much you win and also the flexibility and options in how you may want to play. Despite both having their different pros and cons, between the two options, online casinos are definitely a step ahead. Don’t believe me? Here are just a few of the reasons why.

Free Money

Well, not quite free money, of course, but there is a chance that Lady Luck may be more on your side if you choose to play online. This is because most online casinos nowadays offer free money in the form of free spins, bonuses and special offers to entice new customers and keep regulars choosing their site above their competitors. There is so much competition these days between online casinos and this means a wider variety of offers to take advantage of.

As well as being able to essentially give away free money to keep you coming back, studies have proven that online casinos have a better pay out rate than their bricks and mortar rivals too. This is because the overheads of running an online casino are so much lower than a real casino, so they can then in turn pass these savings on to the customer. The RTP rate – an acronym for ‘return to player’ – has been proven to be up to 97 percent and higher for some sites, so it definitely pays to play online.

Complete Flexibility of Time and Place

One of the biggest differences of playing in an online casino over a real casino is that you can play literally anywhere and anytime. Whether you prefer using a computer, tablet or mobile app there are now so many ways to access your favourite casino games online without any restrictions. Although it can be fun to visit a real life casino from time to time for a special occasion, for the daily player online casinos are a much more practical option and provide the opportunity to play at your pace from wherever you are, whether you are looking to pass the time commuting or fancy spending a quiet night in.

Easier to Keep an Eye on Your Budget

Gambling, however you choose to do it, should always be done responsibly. This means making sure you set a spend limit and stick to it. When playing online, it can be easier to track your bets and take the time to really assess how much you are willing to spend. When playing in a real casino however, things can quickly get expensive. Betting in a group of friends can easily see peer pressure adding a few zeros to the bets you are laying down and it is easy to get swept away by the buzz.

Moreover, real casinos tend to have higher limits when it comes to placing bets, whereas online betting is usually much more affordable, with many online casinos allowing you to play games for mere pennies. When placing your bets online, most casinos will allow you to pay in a variety of ways including convenient methods such as PayPal. However, a real casino will usually want not only a larger deposit but in general be more restrictive about the methods in which you are able to pay.

Greater Game Selection

Unlike real casinos, which are generally tied into a small selection of games, online casinos are able to switch up which games they offer at any time. This keeps things interesting and means you can try your hand at learning a new game whenever you fancy as well as the fun of playing old favourites. As online casinos are constantly trying to innovate and find the next new great game, many will often allow players to have a go at games for free first. This means you may have a greater chance of a win as it allows you to familiarise yourself with the game and brush up on your skills before committing to placing your bet.

As well as offering players a much wider selection of games, online casinos still stay true to a more traditional style of play too. It is still completely possible to play favourite classics, such as roulette and black jack, often in real time. This provides all the feel and benefits of being in a real casino without the inconvenience of having to leave your sofa. It also means that you have more flexibility in the games you wish to play – a single online casino site can provide it all in one place for you.

So what are the perks of real casinos?

Firstly, there is one major way that real casinos still beat out their online counterparts every time. Despite that fact that online casinos can offer pretty much everything a real life casino can, sometimes even better, the one thing they can’t do is create the glamour, excitement and atmosphere of a casino in real life. There is nothing quite like stepping out onto the floor of a casino and seeing the other players and games in motion. Real casinos also provide the opportunity to experience the interaction with dealers face to face, which can ramp up the excitement for some of the more traditional table games. There is also nothing quite like the tangibility of holding your winnings in your hand the moment your numbers come up! Although many online casinos have great community chat rooms, the real life experience of sharing a win is hard to beat. Moreover, some online casinos have a threshold before you collect your winnings whereas a bricks and mortar establishment will pay out immediately.

Despite these great pros of real casino play, overall it is hard to deny that online casinos are streets ahead and are clearly the winner of the two. You can check this online casino comparison to find the best and most suitable one for you to play. The choice is huge so take your time to analyze and compare.

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XLMedia Partially Disposes Personal Finance Assets for $1.3 Million



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XLMedia has announced the part disposal of the Group’s Personal Finance assets for a total cash consideration of $1.3 million (the Disposal). The Disposal comprises domains and websites including Investor Junkie, Greedy Rates and Young and Thifty owned by XLMedia Publishing Limited and Webpals Systems SC Limited, subsidiaries of XLMedia plc. The cash generated from the Disposal will be utilised in the day-to-day operations of the business.

The Disposal is in line with the Company’s strategy to exit non-core activities while focusing on the Group’s Sports and Gaming business, expanding its North American Sports footprint, while also refining and developing the Group’s EU Sports portfolio, and the Group’s Gaming assets in selected markets, including the US.

In the year ended 31 December 2022, the assets relating to the Personal Finance division generated revenues of $1.9 million and EBITDA loss of $1.3 million.

The Personal Finance assets were excluded from continuing operations as disclosed in the Company’s year ended 31 December 2022 results and have no impact on earnings in the current financial year.

Following the sale of these assets to MPD Media, the process to sell the remaining Personal Finance assets is at an advanced stage, but there is no certainty that a transaction or transactions will complete.

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IGSA Celebrates 25th Anniversary



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The International Gaming Standards Association (IGSA) is celebrating 25 years of its role in support of gaming industry standards.

IGSA president Peter DeRaedt said: “In addition to the many champions and pioneers of our technical standards, we’re also proud and honoured to have featured a keynote video by Trevor Croker, CEO of Aristocrat Leisure, a founding IGSA member, and this week to feature a keynote video address by Rich Schneider, chief product officer of Light & Wonder and another 25-year IGSA member.”

Mark Pace, vice-president of the IGSA, said: “It has been great to see the congratulations and well wishes come in from all over the world from our current and former members, friends and colleagues.

“These companies have joined in celebrating IGSA’s 25-year anniversary through video messages that we have posted on our social media channels and website.

“We invite all our current and past members to join us at our annual meeting celebration and get-together at Canaletto in the Palazzo on October 10 while you’re at G2E.”

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Former iGaming Director Unveils Holistic Wellbeing Platform for the Gaming industry



Former iGaming Director Unveils Holistic Wellbeing Platform for the Gaming industry
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HabitRewire, an industry leader in health and wellbeing for the iGaming sector, announced the debut of its innovative iGaming wellbeing platform. The turnkey white-label wellbeing solution can be accessed at any time, anywhere via a user-friendly app, helping employees across the world improve their wellbeing 24/7, inside and outside the workplace.

Presented as a ready-to-use white-label solution that can be branded as the company’s own, it offers an holistic, wide-ranging, and result-driven wellbeing solution that can be instantly deployed.

The platform draws upon HabitRewire’s ‘Habit Rewiring’ methodology, which is backed by robust scientific evidence. This innovative method is engineered to stimulate sustainable behavioural change, helping employees use daily practices to build the skills and habits to improve their physical health, mental wellbeing, and workplace productivity.

“True health and wellness stretch beyond diet and exercise,” affirmed Leo Judkins, Founder of HabitRewire. “Our platform delivers personalised, comprehensive wellbeing interactions across nutrition, movement, sleep, stress, time management and productivity to help employees reach their goals efficiently and effectively, wherever they are.”

The uniqueness of HabitRewire’s platform lies in its CRM capabilities and unique focus on the iGaming industry, reflecting Judkins’ rich, 12-year experience as a CRM Director in the field. His extensive knowledge from developing marketing automation platforms and managing global marketing teams, combined with personal journey of losing 35kg has directly influenced the creation of the HabitRewire platform.

“We use behavioural data, customer segmentation, and automated lifecycle campaigns to create personalised interactions throughout the employees entire wellbeing journey. From the initial stages of activation, onboarding and engagement, right through to retention and reactivation phases.” Judkins noted.

HabitRewire’s platform incorporates an various features such as weekly challenges, daily check-ins, community chats for peer-to-peer encouragement, leaderboards, workouts, recipe books and lifestyle guides.

Designed with the modern workforce in mind, the platform provides employee with a personalised dashboard that includes training advice, nutrition tips, and recovery strategies. The app allows users to schedule coaching calls with a team of experts that includes certified nutritionists, online personal trainers, sleep coaches, stress management professionals, and behaviour change specialists. Additionally, users can track their progress in real-time and sync their data with wearables and services like Apple Health.

“Most wellbeing solutions aren’t accessible for the employees who need it the most. They simply don’t have the time or energy to participate, which a key part of the problem. Our objective is to help people achieve their health and wellbeing goals, no matter where they are in their journey or what’s going on in their life right now” stated Judkins.

HabitRewire’s innovative platform signifies the shift towards proactive and individual care in the workplace, delivering wellbeing solutions directly to employees’ fingertips, no matter if they work from home or from an office.

Companies using HabitRewire’s platform can expect enhanced performance, increased productivity, and a significantly improved working environment. All quantified in weekly management reports that show measurable results.

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