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How Online Gaming Casinos in the UK Have Prospered During Lockdown

Zoltan Tundik



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COVID-19 has showcased just how severe a global pandemic can be. As well as causing social situations that are difficult to contend with, several industries also struggled due to the unforeseen ramifications of COVID-19.

However, this is not to say that there were no benefits to the pandemic. Sure, none of us wants the same thing to happen again, but those in lockdown were able to explore avenues of entertainment that they may not have considered before.

Despite the enjoyment, many obtain from online casinos, the results of the pandemic affected the world online casinos in different ways.

The Negative Impact of COVID-19 to Online Casino Businesses

Many will already know the awareness of gambling responsibility. In some countries, the Government has stepped in and placed limits on how much can be spent on online. For example, Sweden has seen a limit of 5,000 Swedish crowns a week.

Understandably, this measure has been put in place to ensure that there are not any financial implications for individuals once the lockdown is lifted. Still, it does mean that businesses will see a significant drop in income as a result.

The Positive Impacts of COVID-19 to Online Casino Businesses

Every business has had to deal with obstacles relating to the pandemic, but many online casino platforms have seen more interaction as a result of the lockdown, especially online casinos in the UK.

Firstly, despite the concern about those becoming addicted to online casinos, many people set themselves a realistic budget and enjoy gambling responsibility.

Given the lockdown measures in place, more people have adopted online casinos, as they can offer an experience that can be tailored to emulate the real thing in some instances. The crossover over to online gaming casinos in the United Kingdom meant that the userbase for various platforms increased dramatically.

One of the most popular platforms as of April 2020 for online casinos and other forms of betting is, boasting an astonishing 20,883,957 users. However, the industry has a whole has seen several online casino platforms embraced as people find new ways of enjoying their favourite games.

Impressive numbers have also been seen with SkyBet with 15, 977,119 users and William Hill with 12,912,724.

In some instances, the online casino could be enjoyed via an app, whereas those searching for a more immersive experience are trying out the solutions that virtual reality can offer.

In short, people have found that the world of online casinos is much different from their original iteration many years ago. As well as offering a more immersive experience, there is also social interaction that makes playing casino games at home more fun.

Of course, responsibility needs to be at the forefront of each transaction. Still, many of the leading platforms have measures in place to ensure users are enjoying casino games without there being financial implications.

Real-world casinos will remain to be popular, but the pandemic has meant people have had to peek behind the curtain of online gaming and are pleasantly surprised by what they unearth.

Gambling in the USA

Evolution Selected for PointsBet US Live Casino Rollout

George Miller



Evolution Selected for PointsBet US Live Casino Rollout
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Evolution Gaming, leading provider of Live Casino solutions, announced today that it has been selected by PointsBet, a premier global sportsbook operator, for its rollout of Live Casino services in the US online gambling market.

Originally founded in Australia, PointsBet is currently operational in New Jersey, Indiana, and Iowa, offering both online and land-based sports betting. PointsBet entered the US market in July 2018 when it gained a commercial licence to operate as an online corporate bookmaker in New Jersey and commenced taking bets in the Garden State in January 2019. Since then, PointsBet has built a national footprint by entering into a number of other agreements to expand US operations into other states, subject to the passing of enabling legislation.

Evolution opened its first US Live Casino studio in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in August 2018. A second Evolution studio is currently under construction in Pennsylvania with go-live scheduled for H2 2020, as well as a third in Michigan, scheduled for go-live in 2021.

Commenting on the partnership, Seth Young, Chief Innovation Officer at PointsBet, stated: “We are thrilled to partner with Evolution Gaming to launch Live Casino technology in US jurisdictions, where we plan to offer our proprietary online casino platform. The addition of Evolution Live Casino extends the appeal of PointsBet’s premium product in the rapidly growing US market.”

Sebastian Johannisson, Chief Commercial Officer at Evolution Gaming, added: “Evolution’s Live Casino portfolio offers PointsBet a rich mix of world-leading online Live Casino games including classic table games, online Poker variants that are big favourites with US players, and our new generation of award-winning, record-breaking game show games. In addition, PointsBet will have the option of exclusively branded dedicated tables and environments, should they require these.”

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Compliance Updates

Commonwealth Casino Commission releases official statement regarding recent events surrounding Imperial Pacific International Holdings

George Miller



Commonwealth Casino Commission releases official statement regarding recent events surrounding Imperial Pacific International Holdings
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The following is an official statement from the Commonwealth Casino Commission (CCC) of the CNMI regarding the recent events surrounding Imperial Pacific International Holdings Ltd.

Mr. Edward DeLeon Guerrero, Chairman of the CCC stated, “IPI needs to fulfill its obligations, not only to the people of the CNMI, but also to their employees, vendors, and other parties who are contracted to work with their organization. We are deeply disappointed in IPI’s decision to request an abatement of their annual license fee and casino regulatory fee. The CCC is continuing its enforcement and investigations of its recent Orders that encompass the entire range of any payables or contributions owed to public entities and prepared to seek all remedies under the CNMI gaming laws and under the Casino License Agreement as they relate to IPI’s nonpayment and other non-compliance matters.”


About the Commonwealth Casino Commission:

The Commonwealth Casino Commission seeks to ensure that CNMI casinos are operating with high integrity, that the games operate fairly to each patron and that the casino is following best practices. To meet those goals, there are robust controls on all functions of the casinos. The Commission may discipline its casino, vendor, or gaming employee licensees to encourage compliance. The discipline may include monetary sanctions, license suspension, or – at the very worst – license revocation.

The Commission employs personnel who audit every part of the gaming operations including slots, table games, advertising and promotions, revenue accounting, security, and surveillance. As regulators of the CNMI’s casino, our mission is to hold the casino operator and employees accountable to the Commonwealth’s very high standards.

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Asia’s Gambling Hub Reopens for Business

Niji Narayan



Asia’s Gambling Hub Reopens for Business
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Macau, the gambling hub of Asia, has taken its first steps on the road to recovery as the casino capital starts issuing tourist visas again.

Visas for both individuals and group tours from mainland China will be restored in phases. Macau, like Hong Kong, is a special administrative region (SAR) of China. Authorities did not say when visas will be made available to tourists wanting to travel to Macau from outside China.

Macau’s neighbour Zhuhai is the first mainland city to be issued tourist visas. The opportunity will gradually be rolled out to the rest of the country during August and September, according to a statement from China’s National Immigration Administration.

On top of the re-issuing of visas, the two-week quarantine imposed on Macau travellers upon their return to mainland China was lifted across the country.

Macau’s economy is heavily reliant on the tourism and gaming industry. Visitors from mainland China make up more than 90% of Macau’s tourists, which is home to major casino operators including Sands, Wynn, Galaxy and MGM.

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