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Why Online Poker Is More Popular Than Ever

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At one point in time, poker was the hottest thing going in online gambling. In the mid-2000s, it hit what many consider its boom years, and it seemed like it was starting to seep into pop culture as the game picked up millions of players during this era.

However, many are asking if online poker has declined? It doesn’t seem to have the status it once did, and optics suggest that its popularity has faded. Yet, if we look at the evidence, we can see that it’s still going strong. Numerous famous platforms are still very active, with massive user numbers. Today, you can play at PartyPoker just as you once did.

So, let’s list a few reasons why online poker has not only maintained, but grown.

Convenience

In its prime, online poker players had to sit down in front of a computer to play. Many may have forgotten, but in the 2000s, laptops were far rarer than they are now, and desktop computers were the norm. These were expensive, heavy machines that tied you down to your desk.

Nowadays, thanks to the invention of the smartphone, affordable internet, and free Wi-Fi hotspots, you can play poker at any time, from anywhere. The top sites provide dedicated apps that offer a seamless gaming experience from any mobile device. All you have to do is sign-up, fund your account, and play. You can even use payment options that provide anonymity and enjoy a comfortable, care-free card action, with instantaneous payments.

Bonuses and Promotions

Online gambling platforms are in a constant battle for customers. To lure you in and make you join, they offer fantastic promotional deals, usually, in the form of a welcome bonus, which is the norm for any online gambling site, poker platforms included. They also feature matching bonuses, reload bonuses, free chips, and more.

Many also have a loyalty program in place that rewards you for your patronage in the form of free playing money, access to exclusive tournaments, cashback deals, waived banking fees, special withdrawal limits, and other terrific perks. These programs vary wildly from site to site, and some may even offer vacation trips for the very top VIP members.

Variety of Games

Everyone knows that poker has many variants. Texas Hold’em may still be the king, as amateurs and pros alike have gotten into the game thanks to their exposure to No Limit. While, in the past, there wasn’t a great deal of variety in terms of the selection of poker variants available online, today, that’s no longer the case.

Platforms nowadays, not only have all the variations you are familiar with, but they are home to newly invented games that aim to boost entertainment value and attract new players. You can even head over to the casino section of many poker platforms and enjoy one of the dozens of video poker games, or try out a casino-poker variant such as Caribbean Stud, or Three-card poker.

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PAGCOR PHOTO CONTEST DRAWS 2K EARLY REGISTRANTS IN 1ST WEEK

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THE Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) today reported a robust response to its much-anticipated annual photography contest after close to 2,000 individuals registered to join in the first five days after the contest launch on February 15.

PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Alejandro Tengco said the state gaming firm’s official website (www.pagcor.ph) also logged an 85.49% increase in page views compared to the previous week after the 2024 PAGCOR Photography Contest opened.

“We also monitored a 73.43% increase in our website users after we announced the start of the photography competition,” the PAGCOR chief said.

“We are optimistic that with the bigger cash prizes, lower age requirement and the new drone category, we will entice more professional photographers and hobbyists to join and showcase their talent in this competition,” he said.

With this year’s theme, “Harvest Time”, the 2024 PAGCOR Photography Contest will highlight the Filipino’s strength of character, patience and hard work in the fields leading to and during the harvest season.

The contest also celebrates the dedication of farmers, fishermen and other producers whose labor ensures food security and sustenance for the nation.

“The summer months of April and May will be a colorful and festive season for the country, especially in the countryside. The fields are ripe for harvest, the trees are laden with fruits and the flowers are in full bloom,” Chairman Tengco said.

“We hope that our contest participants this year will be able to immortalize the remarkable and bountiful resources of the Philippines that some of us take for granted,” Chairman Tengco added.

PAGCOR has earmarked Php2.23 million for the competition’s cash prizes this year, demonstrating its commitment to recognize the outstanding work of Filipino photographers while promoting the country’s rich identity and traditions.

Entries may be submitted until July 31, 2024.

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ProgressPlay standalone technology stands tall at ICE

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The star of the show at ICE2024 was ProgressPlay’s standalone technology, consolidating the continuing development processes that brings innovative and flexible proprietary technology to new emerging markets and existing ones.

ProgressPlay’s B2B offering has undergone significant advancements, granting the company access to three distinct layers within the gambling industry. Each layer offers varying service levels and methods for empowering partners from the outset.

The first layer is the white-label solution, where partners focus solely on marketing activities while ProgressPlay handles all other aspects, providing a comprehensive end-to-end solution. This was the company’s initial core offering when it launched in 2012. Subsequently, the turnkey solution was introduced, allowing partners to engage in both marketing and CRM activities.

The leap forward from ICE2023 to ICE2024 is the introduction of the standalone licensee offering by ProgressPlay. In this arrangement, ProgressPlay serves as the technology provider while partners take charge of all their own operations, including marketing, operational support, fraud risks, CRM, and license processing.

This third layer was unveiled at ICE2024 and is the primary focus for the company this year across international markets. It was met with great enthusiasm throughout the duration of the show in London.

ProgressPlay Head of Marketing and Sales, Marina Nahhas, said: “We have been on an amazing journey, and right before ICE2024 we discovered we have been recognised amongst the Top 10 Casino Tech Solutions Providers in Europe 2024. That’s a message we will continue to build on at shows around the world this year.”

ProgressPlay’s platform has been meticulously developed over the years, boasting a team of top-notch professionals dedicated to serving regulated markets. The platform is fully equipped to meet all the diverse requirements, many of which are proprietary services developed in-house.

Notably, ProgressPlay has pioneered the development of AI capabilities for safer gambling shortlisted in the EGR Awards. These aspects are exclusive to ProgressPlay and are not currently utilised by any other entities.

Additionally, ProgressPlay has formed a joint venture with a highly reputable cashier, which will be integrated within an iframe. This collaboration will enable the implementation of various payment methods required for specific regions, all managed by the relevant partner. Consequently, partners will have the flexibility to include their preferred payment methods and effectively target the relevant markets using ProgressPlay’s platform, a feat that had not been accomplished until exhibiting at ICE2024.

ProgressPlay’s combo sportsbook and comprehensive turnkey solution, including casino platform, player management, payments module, and affiliate software are designed to boost operators seeking to effectively drive both revenue and efficiency with the latest cutting-edge technology. ProgressPlay’s sportsbook offers over 30,000 live betting markets and services across 20 languages while the latest platform offers a slick AI-driven UI/UX, and extensive value-added services alongside thousands of casino games, including slots, online casino, live casino, poker, table games, and sportsbook, across all devices and currencies.

ProgressPlay CEO Itai Loewenstein said:“Our industry is one of the quickest and most adept at implementing new digital technologies, which is why we have had to stay at least one-step ahead of industry needs. The reception for our standalone technology at ICE2024 is the proof-of-concept, and we are sure that we are addressing key critical needs with our powerful platform.”

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Hacksaw Gaming Celebrates Deal with Cristaltec Italy

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Hacksaw’s chart-topping titles are now available to Italian players on Casinomania

Hacksaw Gaming has embarked on a new chapter in the Italian market with its latest content distribution agreement with Cristaltec Entertainment S.r.l. This strategic collaboration marks the beginning of a vast expansion initiative throughout the region for Hacksaw Gaming, set to unfold over the next couple weeks. The company intends to capitalize on its ability to diversify the Hacksaw Gaming brand to new corners of the regulated market. Collaborating with Cristaltec will bring forth the required industry expertise and competency for the brands to grow linearly with the evolution of the Italian gaming sector. To kick off the partnership, Cristaltec has gone live on its Casinomania online casino site with 38 Hacksaw Gaming classics including Wanted Dead or a Wild, R.I.P. City, Hand of Anubis and Joker Bombs. This initial roll-out sets the stage for a series of planned releases over the coming months. The addition of Hacksaw’s flair to Cristaltec’s extensive selection of popular game franchises positions the offerings of both companies well in the interests of local gaming enthusiasts. “We are strongly committed to enriching the Italian gaming market with the quality and variety of our portfolio. Working together with Cristaltec will certainly drive these opportunities to new heights” said CEO of Hacksaw Gaming, Marcus Cordes. “We are happy to announce the new agreement with Hacksaw, which will allow us to expand the offer of high-quality games present in the Casinomania Online Casino, belonging to the Cristaltec Group. Thanks to this partnership, our customers will have access to a wide and excellent selection, which highlights our constant commitment to exceeding expectations in the iGaming sector” added Calvi Lorenzo, Member of the Board of Directors of Cristaltec Entertainment.

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