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Best Travel Destinations for Casino Lovers

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For those of us that love to try their luck on a game of poker, or a few tries on the slot machines, there is nothing that can replace the thrill and excitement that comes with betting and winning. The thrill is further enhanced when you visit somewhere new for the first time or tick off a destination on your bucket list. If you are planning on heading away on holiday in the near future, and your idea of night-time entertainment includes the lights and sounds of the casino, check out our top four destinations.

Sun City, South Africa

Sun City in South Africa was built in 1979 and is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing getaway with some gambling thrown in. It aimed to be the best resort in SA, and it really has delivered on that promise; there are many different casinos to choose from and over a thousand different slot machines. The Palace of the Lost City comes highly recommended. At just two hours away from Johannesburg, you can make your trip one to remember with a visit to South Africa’s largest city at the same time.

London

London isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of casino destinations, but it is well worth the trip! As well as having the chance to visit some of the capital’s most well-known landmarks, such as The Tower of London and the London Eye, you can complete your holiday with a trip to the Hippodrome. The Hippodrome Casino is spread over five floors, which also means the city’s skyline provides the perfect backdrop when you are placing your bets at the roulette table whilst sipping on a cocktail.

Germany

If you are a bit of a history buff, you’ll not want to miss a visit to Germany’s oldest casino, Baden-Baden. It has also been described as the biggest and most beautiful casino, and it’s clear to see why when you get there. The huge gambling hall is classy and refined, with sparkling chandeliers and decadent red interiors – it’s a huge contrast to the neon lights and showgirls you normally associate with casinos. Set on the edge of the Black Forest, there is also plenty of sightseeing to be done here, so if you spend your day seeking out local attractions, you can even get in some gambling from the comfort of your hotel room, with online gambling restrictions in Germany finally being relaxed. Check out deutscheonlinecasino.de or their neighbours in Austria at online-casino-osterreich.at.

Monte Carlo

For all the hardcore casino gamblers out there, Monte Carlo is a must-visit destination. Packed with celebrities and rich businessmen, gambling in Monte Carlo gives you a chance to really put your skills to the test. You’ll need ample spending money here, as you will be rubbing shoulders with all the best high rollers. Choose from the Sun Casino or the Casino de Monte Carlo; which one you choose will depend on what kind of experience you are looking for. Visit the Casino Monte Carlo to immerse yourself in the history of gambling or visit the Sun Casino if you want something more laid back.

So, if you thought Las Vegas was the only way to get your gambling holiday fix, consider these destinations next time you book.

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Lotteritilsynet Offers €3m Aid to Voluntary Groups

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Lotteritilsynet, the Norwegian lottery and gambling regulator, has distributed NOK30million (€3million) to various voluntary groups in view of the adverse financial impact of Covid-19.

The regulator initiated a crisis fund during the virus outbreak to help government relief programs and provide direct funding to voluntary organizations to help them continue their working during Covid-19 pandemic.

The fund intents to keep the voluntary services running in the face of a slump in operating income during the pandemic.

Lotteritilsynet Director-General, Gunn Merete Paulsen, said the regulator granted funds to 379 of the 400 applications it had received.

He said: “We are planning batch payments as the applications are received so that the organisations that apply receive the money as soon as possible.”

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Sports betting leads the Spanish internet gaming industry in the first quarter of 2020

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The Direccion General de Ordenacion de Juego (DGOJ) – Spanish Directorate for Gambling Regulation – has recently published its latest quarterly report on online gambling in the country, referring to the period January to March 2020. 

According to figures from the regulator, the Spanish internet gaming sector recorded a strong performance during the three-month span, with all verticals contributing to increased revenues both on a year-on-year (12.5%) and on quarter-on-quarter (18%) basis.  

In the first quarter, Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR) reached barely €218m, with sports betting leading the way. Despite the suspension of sporting events in the country from mid-March, this vertical contributed with €111m, accounting for 51% of the total while recording a yearly growth of 8.7%. 

The sports betting revenue was primarily driven by in-play betting with €61.3m up to March, as well as fixed odds betting; which accounted for €46.3m and rose 13% compared to the same quarter of the previous year.

Casino, poker, and bingo… on the rise as well

The online casino segment recorded a GGR of €78m, up 16% year-on-year. The biggest rise within this vertical was Live Roulette, up 35% to contribute with €18.5m, but Slots remain the largest contributor with €43.2m – 55% of the total revenue for casino. 

Poker, a vertical that has enjoyed a worldwide boom during the sports suspension, increased its contribution to the Spanish online gambling revenue to €24.2m in the first quarter, with 13% growth in inter-annual terms. 

The remaining verticals, bingo, and contests (where players pay to participate in a prize draw) experienced likewise inter-annual growth; 15% the former and almost 50% the latter, but their contributions remain residual: just above €3m for bingo and less than €2m for online contests. 

Investment in marketing by online operators reached €118m, up 28% from the previous year, led by the 46% increase in spending on bonuses awarded as both welcome offers and prizes, which represents more than a third of the marketing investment in the quarter. However, more than 50% of the marketing spending as a whole remained focused on advertising, as it reached €59.5m on a rise of 24% year-on-year.

Half of the internet operators offer sports betting 

The primacy of sports over the rest of online gambling segments also reflects in the number of companies running sports betting websites – legally – in the country. In March, out of the eighty operators licensed by the Spanish regulatory body, half of them offer betting on sports.  

Aside from the tasks of supervision and regulation, the Direccion General is also in charge of blocking gambling websites operating in Spain without the license. The illegal online operators should be avoided as they do not offer the necessary security guarantees and, on top of that, in many cases are fraudulent companies. 

To stay away from unnecessary risks, one can always use the services of sports betting comparison sites, such as Miscasasdeapuestas. In this portal, you will find analysis and listings of the best betting bonuses and online bookmakers operating in Spain legally; that is, with licensing by the regulator.

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Singular Wins Rising Star in Baltic Sports Betting Technology at BSG Awards

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Singular has been awarded “Rising Star in Baltic Sports Betting Technology” at the Baltic and Scandinavian (BSG) Awards 2020 in Tallinn, Estonia.

Traditionally, the MARE Balticum Gaming Summit features the BSG Awards with the gala night moved online this year. Professionals from the sports betting field attending the Gaming Summit casted their vote for the companies that have made a substantial contribution to the industry in the passing year.

“We take particular pride in winning an award that highlights the technology of our Sports Betting Solution. Deep in its DNA, Singular has always been and continues to be a tech company working with gifted people and stellar technology to deliver an outstanding experience.” says Darko Gacov, Singular’s co-founder.

At the end of 2019, Singular released the 4th generation of their Sports Betting Platform that has given player personalization a new flavour. Accompanied by a pro-trading functionality and powerful risk management, the solution has positioned Singular as innovation leader within sports betting. The new upgraded solution has facilitated entry into three newly regulated markets for Singular. Details to be announced after the brands go live later this autumn.

The MARE Balticum Gaming Summit was the first live conference since lockdown measures and travel restrictions were lifted for the majority of the European countries. Adapting to the circumstances the event took a hybrid approach giving the community in the Baltic region an opportunity to meet in person, but also connect with the rest of the iGaming community online.

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