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Roberto Carlos exclusive: the Global Ambassador for Football for Friendship answers the questions of Young Participants from all over the world



Roberto Carlos exclusive: the Global Ambassador for Football for Friendship answers the questions of Young Participants from all over the world
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The former Brazilian international, three-time winner of the Champions League and Global Ambassador of the Gazprom International Children’s Social Programme Football for Friendship (F4F), Roberto Carlos, spoke in an exclusive press conference with Young Players and Young Journalists about his life, his career and his support for F4F.

Roberto Carlos won the World Cup with the Brazilian national team in 2002. He also won the UEFA Champions League title three times (1998, 2000 and 2002) with Real Madrid as well as numerous national league championship titles. Currently, he is working as a youth coach at Real Madrid. Since 2020 he has also been a Global Ambassador for Football for Friendship. He has supported the programme since 2019, when he presented the winners of the F4F World Championship the cup at the closing events in Madrid, having taken part in other important highlights of the tournament as well.

In an online press conference at the end of May, he answered a wide range of questions from Young Players and Young Journalists with charm and wit. The topics ranged from the highlights of his career to his relationship with his family, his native country Brazil, and his support for Football for Friendship.

Asked about his most famous goal, Roberto Carlos couldn’t suppress a smile at first because, as he explained, he is often asked this question. But he then went on to mention his free kick against France on 3rd June 1997 at the Tournament of France in the 21st minute of the game and also his spectacular goal against CD Teneriffa on 21st February 1998. He also explained that the derby match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona had always been a highlight. He said that the Brazilian national team of 2002 and Real Madrid with its galacticos were his favourite teams, and argued that whether or not football was becoming more and more commercialised depended a lot on the actual club. Overall, football would continue to develop both technically and tactically.

He told David Sargent from Ireland that it was true that he had been named after the famous Brazilian singer Roberto Carlos Braga. It had been the wish of his father, whose favourite singer this was. He, Roberto Carlos, was a great admirer of the Brazilian singer Alexandre Pires. He explained that his family had been poor and that, when he was twelve, he had wanted to become a lawyer. But then everything had quickly turned out differently: a football career in Brazil, the national team and an invitation to play in Europe. He said that his family had always supported him, particularly his father, who had played football himself. And, of course, it had been painful to leave his family when he was just 13 years old.

Kinley Deki Yangzom from Bhutan asked him what he would do differently. He replied that everything had gone well and had helped him to develop personally and professionally. He told Miriam Sheahan from Ireland that he had never been afraid. But of course he had had dreams, for example to be able to build his parents a house.

In his view, respect towards others, and good, friendly behaviour – towards one’s opponent as well – were important qualities. He told Dominic Kramberger from Sweden that teamwork was an important precondition for success. And his answer to the question from Xuance Li, a Young Journalist from China, was that, because he himself had always behaved properly towards others, he had never been offended by anyone. Mihajlo Nasik, a Young Journalist from Serbia, played Roberto Carlos a serenade on his piano and then asked him about his creative hobbies. Roberto answered that he didn’t have any special talents and that his life was taken up with football 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Doro Yusupov from Tajikistan wanted to know what, in his view, were typical traditions in Brazil. The football star’s answer was good fortune, good food, respect for one’s family and the desire to spend the weekend with one’s family. Aahana Kamboj from India observed that Brazil had so many good footballers and asked whether it was to do with a particular kind of sand on the beaches there. Carlos replied that he had lived in India for some time and had a great love for the country. He went on to explain that the sand on the beaches most certainly wasn’t the reason why Brazil had so many good footballers. Quite simply, the people in his country played football everywhere and everyone wanted to become a star.

What he found good about Football for Friendship was that so many Young Players and Young Journalists meet up and can interact with one another. He thanked the young people for their many interesting questions and wished them all every success.

The 9th season of Football for Friendship is taking place in an online format from 14th to 29th May 2021. This year, F4F is bringing boys and girls together from more than 200 countries and regions. Young Players aged 12 are taking part in the 2021 Football for Friendship eWorld Championship (eF4F). The competition is being played on “F4F World”, the football simulator, which is available free of charge in 27 languages on MS Windows, Apple MacOS, Android and iOS.

Young Journalists report in the International Children’s Press Centre on the events in the 9th season of Football for Friendship and share with their friends the most important values in the programme: friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, traditions, and honour.

You can watch the video of this press conference by clicking on the following link:

Aahana Kamboj, India: “I really enjoyed the session with Football for Friendship Global Ambassador, Roberto Carlos, where the Young Journalists from different countries asked questions related to his football career. Even I got the opportunity to ask a question. According to Roberto, teamwork is the key to success, and everyone must follow this rule to be successful in life.”


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Betsoft Gaming Delivers The Ultimate V.I.P. Gaming Experience in Mr. Vegas 2: Big Money Tower™



Betsoft Gaming Delivers The Ultimate V.I.P. Gaming Experience in Mr. Vegas 2: Big Money Tower™
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Life just suddenly got so much better. The legendary Mr. Vegas is back and bringing the ultimate Vegas experience to players’ fingertips.

With five reels and 60 paylines, Mr. Vegas 2: Big Money Tower™ delivers a feature overload with Stacked Mystery Symbols, Free Spins, a Pick Bonus and the innovative Big Money Tower for gold, silver or bronze winnings.

The sequel to Mr. Vegas™ – one of Betsoft’s most popular releases of all times – Mr. Vegas 2: Big Money Tower™ takes our handsome hero back to the high rollers’ casino for some serious action.

The Mr. Vegas icon and his two beautiful companions are surrounded by the classic symbols of dice, diamonds and casino chips. With the Big Money Tower symbol, Roulette Wheel Wild and neon Las Vegas sign Scatter, there is no doubt that players have joined Mr. Vegas in gaming heaven.

Each reel contains Stacked Mystery Symbol positions that will not only be replaced with a random symbol before each spin but can turn into Wilds. As the positions are always filled with the same symbol, the winning chances just get better with each spin.

Wilds can appear on any reel and substitute for all symbols except the Scatter and the Big Money Tower.

Naturally, Free Spins is the V.I.P. version in Mr. Vegas 2: Big Money Tower. Trigger the round when three Scatters or more appear on reels two, three and four. Two face-down playing cards will appear. Click one to discover your Wilds Bonus and get ready to win.

Will you receive Sticky Wilds which give 10 Free Spins and stay in place throughout the round on winning combinations?

Perhaps Expanding Wilds with 12 Free Spins will appeal more? These cover the reel, sticking in place for one Free Re-Spin. Should you trigger another Wild, then one more Free Spin is added to the counter.

Or could 15 Free Spins with Random Wilds and the chance of two to six Wilds just appearing with each spin be your ticket to big wins?

For those who want immediate access to Free Spins, the Buy feature enables players to specifically choose one of the three Wilds Bonuses without the random flipping of a card.

However, in Vegas there is V.I.P. and then there is V.V.I.P. and finding three Big Money Tower symbols simultaneously on reels one, three and five moves players straight into the casino super league.

Three Towers – Bronze, Silver and Gold – are available. Triggering the feature means a random Tower will open in a new screen as Mr. Vegas welcomes players into his marble columned private casino.

Flip a coin to climb the Tower for the big money prizes. Each rung climbed takes players up a level to a new Multiplier value of their stake. However far players get, there is always a win, but the higher you climb, the more guests arrive at the party and the bigger the multiplier!

Who will make it to the top of the Golden Tower for the ultimate 1,000x stake payout? Flip the coin to find out your fortune.

Alongside the stunning graphics and mellow, jazz inspired soundtrack, Mr. Vegas 2: Big Money Tower™ brings very high volatility play and the chance for mega wins on the nail biting flip of a coin or turn of a card.

Why go to Vegas when Vegas can come to you? And with a default RTP of 96.08% and a max win of 2601.66x, Mr. Vegas 2: Big Money Tower™ is the sequel that is well worth the wait.

Anastasia Bauer, Head of Account Management, Betsoft Gaming, said: ‘Mr. Vegas 2: Big Money Tower™ is a slot that players can truly own. The many different features and winning opportunities ensure the gameplay constantly provides action and engagement. Players will love the connection with the high roller casino vibe that they originally found in 2012’s Mr. Vegas™. This time, a more personalised experience ensures that players can set their own path to even bigger wins.’

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iGaming content provider BGaming has donated $5,000 to UNITED24, a charity raising money for medical aid and critical needs in Ukraine.

At this year’s ICE London, the fast-growing firm gave visitors the chance to receive merchandise featuring designs by renowned London artist Thumbs.

As an alternative they pledged to give $50 to the charity instead, which more than 70 generous partners opted to take up.

After boosting the final amount, BGaming has now pledged to continue its fundraising drive at IGB Live! Amsterdam, SBC Barcelona, and SiGMA Malta later this year as part of a commitment to ‘create positive change’.

UNITED24 was set up by the Ukrainian government to provide a secure platform for donors to raise funds for medical aid, defence and demining and rebuilding Ukraine.

Currently, they are running two medical aid projects which seek to raise money for more urgently needed ambulances in the war-torn country.

At the time of writing, it is estimated more than 8,000 civilians have been killed in the conflict, while more than 13,300 are believed to have been injured.

Catherine Puteiko, CMO of BGaming, said: “Small acts of kindness can have a big impact on the world, from caring for others to creating positive change. BGaming’s recent charity initiative at the ICE London exhibition was a shining example of this ethos.

“Our partners had the option to donate to a worthy cause or receive our branded merchandise, and we’re thrilled to share that this simple initiative raised 5000 dollars for victims of war in Ukraine. Let’s continue to think big and act small to make a positive impact on the lives of others!”

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Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sherwin Gatchalian presented the chairman’s report which cited that the risks of allowing the continuous operations of offshore gaming operations outweigh their benefits to the country. Citing R.A. No. 11590, he further states that offshore gaming should be shutdown, now that there is no third-party auditor monitoring their income.

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) would like to reiterate its firm commitment to uphold the integrity of the gaming industry in the Philippines, including offshore gaming.

After determination of Global ComRCI’s default in its obligations and commission of unlawful acts under R.A. No. 9184, a Notice of Decision to Terminate the Consultancy Contract was served to third-party auditor Global ComRCI on March 9, 2023, effective upon thirty (30) days from receipt thereof.

PAGCOR is now in the process of engaging a capable and reputable third-party auditor who can independently and accurately conduct verification of the offshore gaming licensees’ gross gaming revenues.

Further, PAGCOR reassures the public that to maintain the integrity of regulated gaming in the country, the state-run firm will not hesitate to impose appropriate sanctions or penalties to erring licensees or service providers. We will ensure that all revenues from regulated gaming will continue to support the government’s nation-building efforts and uplift the lives of Filipinos.

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