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Intriguing Facts on Online Gambling



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Did you know around 26% of the world’s population loves gambling? Approximately 4.2 billion people gamble at least once each year worldwide. Many people see gambling as an easy way to escape boredom, issues or problems and have some excitement or stimulation.

The conventional land-based casinos are fantastic, but many people seem to gamble more on this online casino today more than ever. That is because of the online convenience online gambling gives its users.

Now that you can gamble from any place, here are some interesting facts you will find intriguing about online gambling.

Cryptocurrency is taking shape in the industry.

As many people put it, cryptocurrency is becoming a favourite means of payment to conduct online businesses that may not be “100% legal.” That is not a judgement but simply a fact. With that in mind, there are several reasons why the cryptocurrency is vital for online gamblers legally.

Gamblers prefer cryptocurrency since it gives them anonymity and eliminates the robust monitoring systems in the gambling and financial industry. Today, some of the big gambling platforms accept bitcoin alongside other cryptocurrencies. However, if you do not know much about cryptocurrencies, you don’t have to worry, as these online gambling sites will not force you to use them to make payments. You can use the other methods of payment.

Biggest win ever

Many huge winnings have happened over the time since online gambling came into play. Since 1994 when online gambling opened its doors, billions of dollars have made rounds between the sites and players. However, one win outshines all the other victories ever recorded in online gambling.

A Finnish poker player had luck with the Mega Fortune online slot. The game has a stake of just $0.25 for every spin. The player raked $24 million from the game, but of course, you would think they stopped playing. Poker players never quit, and yes, he went on playing even after winning such a fortune.

The First online casino was in 1994

It is still hard to comprehend how casinos have been around for over 25 years. Microgaming created the first online gambling platform precisely 100 years after slot machines entered the casino industry.

Not fully digital

What comes to your mind when you think of online gambling platforms? You probably think of algorithms and related graphics that determine the loss or win of a game. Technically that is the case in most websites. However, some sites will have real-life dealers who spin the roulette wheel or lay down the cards. Is that even necessary? Do not judge yet.

Online casinos have to show transparency in their dealings with customers. Most of these sites that want to show that openness are aware it is pretty hard to discount the results, especially when there is an actual human involved. If you have never tried this online gambling site, try them out and feel the thrill of being in a real casino.

No counting cards in online blackjack

Every player already knows about counting cards, even the amateur ones. That is because they probably read about it in a book or saw a movie about it. However, the fact is, very few learn how to do it themselves. Counting cards is not hard to understand. It is also not illegal, but of course, you will have to leave the casino when caught doing it.

If you want to learn card counting, do not learn it online as it is not possible. Online platforms use random card selection techniques that do not factor in card counting in any way.

Tip Online Dealers

If you are of legal gambling age in the UK and want to engage in an online casino, it is good to tip as you engage the casino. No casino accepts underage players. Some casinos give their users the tip option and expect players to tip at the end of the session. Many people may not see the need to tip a computer since this is not a real casino they are interacting with.

Remember, these websites do not charge you a coin to sign up, and some will even pay you to sign up. It is only fair that you return the favour. If you lose, you don’t have to worry about the tip, but it is good to tip some extra coins to the platform if you win.


Today’s internet is full of free money offers, and gifts and people tend to think free things are scams, and no one will offer you free money. Luckily, with online gambling sites, the case is different. Take advantage of the free bonuses and other offers to maximize your winnings.

Parting Shot

Online gambling is huge in the gaming industry and will only grow bigger. More and more players engage these platforms as technology penetrates deeper and deeper in the grassroots.

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Alpine Esports transitions to Alpine Sim Racing, announcing partnership with G2 Esports



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  • Alpine Esports re-brands to Alpine Sim Racing in a commitment to the sport.
  • A brand-new partnership with G2 Esports formed, sharing similar goals and values to compete in an expansive range of competitions in sim racing.

A New Beginning:

With the 2023/2024 F1 Sim Racing World Championship concluded. Alpine Esports re-brands to Alpine Sim Racing to further showcase a commitment to the sport. This change will elevate the competition as the team looks to compete in an expansive list of other Sim Racing titles alongside F1.

Alpine Sim Racing x G2 Esports

This revolutionary partnership with G2 Esports will further support the commitment to Sim Racing, allowing the team to drive results at the top of the grid across multiple sim racing programs.

“It’s a very exciting time for the newly branded Alpine Sim Racing Team, this new collaboration with G2 symbolizes a new era and new hope where combined our focus will be on constant progress, a shift in priorities and vision of the past, our aim is to project Alpine Sim Racing into championship contention in the coming years” said Daniel Ritchie, Global Director Sponsorship Acquisition, at Alpine.

“This partnership promises to elevate Alpine Sim Racing’s performance and competitiveness, fuelled by G2’s expertise and Alpine’s commitment to excellence” – said David Gendry, Global Marketing & Communications Director at Alpine

“At G2 Esports, we strive for competitive excellence and we see those values mirrored in Alpine, which is why we’re excited to announce our partnership together as we work towards the future of Sim Racing. Sim Racing is an incredible opportunity for not only gaming and esports fans, but also general fans of F1 and it has the unique ability to bring multiple communities together for the love of the race and motorsports. This partnership is a turning point for G2, we believe in the future of Sim Racing and Alpine will enable us to keep bringing trophies home, with an incredibly passionate, data-driven, and technologically advanced partner by our side.” – said Alban Dechelotte, CEO, G2 Esports

“We are absolutely delighted to announce our partnership with Alpine F1. As two like-minded, forward-thinking and ambitious brands within our respective sports, It was evident from the very beginning of our conversations that the synergies between Alpine and G2 are numerous. Sim Racing is the perfect vehicle to connect fans of wider esports with the worlds of motorsport, car culture and cutting-edge technology, all of which Alpine excel within.

Alpine matches our desire to win, our desire to disrupt and improve every space we operate within, and our desire to elevate racing in all forms, whether in a digital or real-world arena. Our track record within F1 Esports is one of success and we are looking forward to returning to the grid alongside Alpine and delivering them a programme to be proud of.” – said Nathan Tague, Head of Sim Racing, G2 Esports


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Meridianbet (Golden Matrix Group, Inc) Launches AI-Powered Online Casino Game Recommender



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Meridianbet, sports betting and iGaming operator and part of the Golden Matrix Group (NASDAQ: GMGI), a developer and licensor of online gaming platforms, today announced the launch of an AI-powered casino game recommender.

This tool is designed to optimize user engagement and gaming experience and boost player loyalty.

Personalized iGaming Powered by AI

Meridianbet’s AI Casino Recommender uses advanced AI to offer personalized game recommendations based on player behavior, previous activities, demographic data, and individual preferences.

How It Works

The AI engine analyzes extensive data to identify unique player patterns and preferences, providing recommendations in two sections:

  • Games You’ve Tried: Highlights games that players have already played.
  • Games You Might Like: Introduces new games based on player behavior and preferences.

Ongoing Model Updates

The AI model is trained daily to stay current with player behaviors and preferences, ensuring accurate and engaging suggestions.

Success Metrics

Key metrics from the first month of use show:

  • 3% increase in user engagement with recommended games.
  • 9% increase in engagement with new recommended games.
  • 12% decrease in engagement with unrecommended games.

Upcoming Upgrades

Future improvements will include more detailed demographic details and playing patterns to enhance search functionality.

Unique Competitive Advantage

Meridianbet’s AI casino recommender focuses on enhancing user experience and platform ergonomics, making the gaming experience more enjoyable.

Strategic Fit and Market Potential

This feature aligns with Golden Matrix Group’s strategy to leverage advanced technology for user engagement and growth. The broader ecosystem includes:

  • Meridianbet’s sports betting and iGaming services across 18 markets.
  • RKings’ tournament business in the UK and Ireland.
  • Mexplay, an iGaming operator in Mexico.
  • GMAG, a B2B aggregator service for over 800 online casinos worldwide.


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MERKUR Community support England Hockey’s Olympic Legacy vision



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The MERKUR UK Community project which is funded by the company and its high street customers is supporting an initiative aimed at identifying the nation’s Olympiads of the future following a £10,000 award to promote England Hockey’s ‘Pick up a Stick’ campaign whose motto is Play: Celebrate: Inspire.

With the opening ceremony of the 2024 summer Olympics taking place 26 July in Paris, England Hockey is aiming to harness the momentum and profile of the Games to drive awareness of the sport and in the process to create an Olympic legacy based on increased participation at all levels.

Tony Boulton, MERKUR UK’s Director of Public and Political Relations has overseen the launch and implementation of MERKUR Community. Confirming the latest award, which takes the total generated by MERKUR Community to over £60,000 since its launch in January 2024, he said: “As a global celebration featuring athletes from 196 nations participating in 329 events across 32 sports the Olympic Games provides an unrivalled opportunity to engage with current, lapsed and most importantly generations of new players.

“England Hockey oversees the sport’s management and development, spanning from grassroots initiatives to elite-level activities and the MERKUR Community funding will go towards facilitating coaching courses so clubs can train additional members to deliver hockey sessions in the local community providing equipment for the ‘Adopt a School’ campaign and developing a tool kit of interactive digital resources.

“We are absolutely delighted to be able to help fund the work of England Hockey and encourage greater numbers to play the game regardless of their previous hockey experience.”


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