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Big Win at Playamo on Wazdan’s 9 Lions

George Miller



Big Win at Playamo on Wazdan's 9 Lions
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Last week, one lucky player secured a €20,000 win following a €50 bet whilst playing Wazdan’s 9 Lions at Playamo’s online casino. Released in 2018, 9 Lions won G2E Asia’s Hot Product Award and has become a firm favourite amongst players and operators.

In what was a thrilling day for the fortunate Playamo customer, the Dragons Bonus was hit after a €50 spin. The lucky Playamo player chose a winning dragon egg that was housing a massive €20,000 prize. The dragons in 9 Lions can be very generous with a 1000x bet bonus on offer. It was a very happy day for this player as they gained a €20,000 win, 400x their initial bet!

Regarding the impressive win, Head of Sales at Wazdan, Andrzej Hyla, said: “We are beyond pleased to see a player win such a significant amount playing one of our most popular games, 9 Lions. This game was an immediate hit amongst both players and operators, and we are really happy to see that the player’s choice to spin on 9 Lions paid off generously for them. We look forward to announce even more of these exciting big wins in the future.”

The game in the spotlight, 9 Lions, is a popular release from Wazdan and is a unique video slot in which traditional reels and paylines are replaced with 9 separate symbols fields. Winning combinations are created by getting a required number of the same symbols anywhere on these fields. The game is set at the top of a mystic mountain, in a temple devoted to 9 Lions. Alongside the Dragons Bonus, 9 Lions also offers a generous Lions Bonus in which gathering 9 of the lion symbols on the special Lions Bonus Matrix Table activates 9 Bonus Spins. 9 Lions also offers the Unique Wazdan Features including much-favoured Volatility Levels™.

Playamo is a leading online gambling platform, standing out from the crowd with their great design and exceptional user experience. They offer a range of 2,000 real money casino online slots, table games, classic games, and live casino games supplied by a handful of major, top-notch software providers in the gambling industry.

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Blackjack or Pontoon? See Which You Prefer

George Miller



Blackjack or Pontoon? See Which You Prefer
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As a standard ingredient in your average casino recipe, blackjack is so popular that it has even spawned copycat games, pontoon being one of them. True fans of the original may not ever feel the need to defect, but there’s no harm in being across the variations should you ever feel like branching out – you might even find greater success with the alternative. Here are some of the main differences between classic blackjack and its British relative.

It’s all in a name
On a basic level, the lingo is a big part of what sets blackjack and pontoon apart, especially as much of the detail lies in terminology. Although the classic terms of blackjack aren’t exactly self-explanatory, they have infiltrated popular culture to the point that even novices may be familiar with “hitting”, “standing” and “doubling down”. The language used in pontoon is arguably simpler; for example, to stay with your bet and end your turn is to “stick”, while adding to your bet and your hand at once is simply called “buying a card”. In any case, the pursuit of proficiency in either game will likely require a familiarity with the names within the game.

Buying cards
Placing a bet in blackjack is always a high-stakes move, and while the same is true in pontoon, the difference lies in the option to buy cards. This move essentially involves doubling your bet for the opportunity to take a hit, or “twist”, and add a card to your hand. Unlike blackjack, pontoon also allows players with hands of more than two cards to buy. Of course, such a move can be quite risky, but it can also pay off well if you begin with a hand of low-value cards and manage to avoid going bust, in which case the extra buy-in can lead to a significantly higher payout.

The five-card trick 
The simplicity of blackjack lies in its single-minded goal of reaching 21, a factor which no doubt contributes to it being one of the most popular card games. While this makes pontoon a similar game at its core, the introduction of a five-card trick option, similar to the ultimate poker hand, gives players another possible winning strategy. Failing these options, you can also win the round with a hand of three or four cards totalling 21, or less, if you are the closest. Essentially, if you like the idea of extra opportunities to win, pontoon makes a great alternative to the comparatively risky “21 or bust” mentality.

Dealer rules
A majority of casino games are skewed in favour of the house in some way, and pontoon is no exception, piling on several layers of disadvantage. The ultimate disparity comes through in the ruling that if a tie should occur, the dealer will automatically be declared the winner, and this is amplified by the fact that the dealer’s cards remain hidden until players have made standing bets. This makes it far more difficult to guess at your standing in comparison with the dealer, who is already in a position of fortune.

The discussion of financial gains is where things start to get interesting for most players, and it also represents one of the most significant differences between pontoon and blackjack. In the latter case, a “natural” comprising an ace and a card valued at ten (including all picture cards) is the best you can hope for, and will earn a payout of 3:2, or 150% of your original bet. By comparison, pontoon offers an appealing payout rate of 2:1, or 200%, for a natural hand, with healthy payouts on offer for other winning hands. This is to say that from a financial perspective, pontoon puts players in a relatively strong position, but when you consider that all of that extra opportunity is also afforded to others at the table, it makes for a competitive game.

There will always be some who vehemently believe that there’s no beating a classic, and if you’re in this camp, the game of pontoon might not be for you. On the other hand, much of the logical understanding and experience you stand to gain through a few tense rounds of blackjack is transferable, and you may even find the new game an easier route to success.

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John DeCree Forecasts Delta Corp’s Online Gaming Revenue Will Reach US$30.5M in 2022

Niji Narayan



John DeCree Forecasts Delta Corp’s Online Gaming Revenue Will Reach US$30.5M in 2022
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According to Union Gaming analyst John DeCree, the value of Indian gaming leader Delta Corp’s online gaming business could exceed the current market cap of the entire company within the next two years.

In a note following the publication of Delta Corp’s Q2 2020 financial results, DeCree forecast revenue in the company’s online segment to reach US$30.5 million in sales in FY22, which based on valuations of between 10x and 15x of sales for US online gaming businesses would imply a valuation of US$305 million to US$458 million.

“This would suggest the online gaming business is worth more than the current market cap of the entire company today,” DeCree said.

His comments come as Delta Corp revealed it would have recorded positive EBITDA in Q2 2020 but for an US$3.1 million casino license fee, despite recording zero casino revenue for the quarter due to the COVID-19 shutdown.

Group-wide revenue declined 68.5% for the quarter to US$8.1 million, of which Rs 57.07 crore came from online skill gaming operations, representing a 60% year-on-year increase for the segment.

Delta Corp’s online gaming assets include online poker site, online rummy site and online fantasy sports site

“Similar to trends seen in the US and around the globe, Indian consumers have flocked to digital and online entertainment channels during the lockdown,” DeCree said.

“The online gaming segment is already a high-growth business for Delta Corp but the lockdown has accelerated consumer acceptance and customer acquisition. This segment has long been an undervalued and underappreciated component of the company’s business and growth profile that can no longer be ignored,” DeCree added.

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Europe’s Video Games Industry Concerned by Court of Justice Judgement on Schrems V Facebook Data Case

George Miller



Europe's Video Games Industry Concerned by Court of Justice Judgement on Schrems V Facebook Data Case
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Europe’s video games industry is disappointed at today’s important decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the long-running Schrems v. Facebook Ireland case (Case C-311/18) that jeopardises the ability of European companies to continue to transfer data between EU Member States and the US.  The CJEU has ruled that, whilst data transfer agreements used by Facebook and other companies to share European users’ digital data with third countries are valid so long as the country “ensures an adequate level of data protection”, the EU-US Data Protection Shield (otherwise known as the Privacy Shield), that provides companies on both sides of the atlantic with a clear and cost-effective mechanism to comply with data protection requirements, has been ruled invalid.

The Court of Justice ruled that “the limitations on the protection of personal data arising from the domestic law of the United States on the access and use by US public authorities (. . .) are not circumscribed in a way that satisfies requirements that are essentially equivalent to those required under EU law”.

ISFE CEO Simon Little said: “A solution must be found. The transfer of data between the EU and the US is crucial to the full functioning and continued growth of Europe’s €21bn-strong video games industry.  Our industry is fully committed to the security of player data and supports the European Commission’s work to modernise European data protection rules and to improve the mechanisms for transferring data to third countries, but today’s decision is a blow to the ability of European games companies to reach a global market.”

EGDF COO Jari-Pekka Kaleva said: “The free flow of data between Europe and the US is crucial for game developer studios.  This ruling by the CJEU has the potential to create a significant regulatory market access barrier for European SMEs operating in global digital markets and it will adversely impact anyone working in Europe’s digital economy. Government officials and policy makers in Washington and in Brussels need to act quickly to build a new, more reliable framework for data transfers securing high standards on privacy and enabling the much-needed digital growth on both sides of the Atlantic.” 

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