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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.

Bonuses 

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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Casino777.nl research: The Voice, Big Brother – The Dutch TV shows that became an international success

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Why you love Dutch TV and you don’t even know it!

Casino777.nl has researched the Dutch TV programs that became an international success. Do The Voice, Big Brother or Deal or No Deal ring any bells? These TV shows and many more have all originated from the same place: The Netherlands. Even though the US and the UK tend to steal the headlines when it comes to popular TV content, the Netherlands has long been a hotbed of creative talent.

Table 1: The most successful Dutch TV exports

# TV Show # countries aired in
1 The Voice 64
2 Big Brother 57
3 Deal or No Deal 13
4 Fear Factor 26
5 The Bus 5
6 Dating in the Dark 4

Countries where Dutch TV Exports have been
                    aired

Figure 1: Countries where Dutch TV Exports have been aired

The Voice – First shown in The Netherlands in 2010, the singing show is now available in 64 countries. In fact it has been running for 22 seasons in the US, 12 in Ukraine, and 11 in France.

Big Brother – Since 1999, the show has been watched by more than 600 million viewers across 57 countries, including the US, the UK, India, Australia and Brazil. In the UK alone, Big Brother accounted for 23% of Channel 4’s £664 million revenue in 2007.

Deal or No Deal – From its original name Miljoenenjacht (Hunt/Chase for Millions), the UK version has become the most popular worldwide in 2022 with 13 seasons on Channel 4. The US, Australia and Bulgaria have also aired the show for over a decade (11 years).

Fear Factor – Joe Rogan’s version of the TV show may be seen as the most popular one yet, however, more seasons have aired in India: nine compared to seven in the US . The fear-inducing game show has been exported to 26 countries since its launch in 2001.

The Bus – One of the less talked about shows in the list, yet the luxury bus show has been spinned off in several European countries (Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Estonia) and South America (Brazil).

Dating in the Dark – This rather atypical concept that features contestants trying to find love in a pitch black environment has had international exposure across four continents, namely Europe (UK), North America (US), South America (Brazil) and Oceania (Australia).

What are the longest running shows?

German participants of Big Brother 5 and 6 were getting pretty cosy and enjoyed a stay in TV’s most famous house for one year. Audiences and cast alike were also captivated in the Philippines with three of their seasons being almost a year long.

Country Season Start Date End Date Duration
(days)
Germany Big Brother Germany 5 02/03/2004 01/03/2005 365
Germany Big Brother Germany 6 01/03/2005 26/02/2006 363
Philippines Pinoy Big Brother 8 10/11/2018 04/08/2019 268
Philippines Pinoy Big Brother: Lucky 7 11/07/2016 05/03/2017 235
Philippines Pinoy Big Brother: Kumunity Season 10 16/10/2021 29/05/2022 226
Germany Big Brother Germany 10 11/01/2010 09/08/2010 211

But this trend is not consistent across all countries where some seasons were abruptly cut short, like Spain’s Big Brother spin-off’s Sálvame Okupa which lasted precisely one working week.

Country Season Start Date End Date Duration
(days)
Spain Sálvame Okupa 12/04/2019 15/04/2019 4
Hungary Big Brother Hungary VIP 3 19/01/2003 23/01/2003 5
India Bigg Boss Kannada: Mini Season 14/08/2021 05/09/2021 6
Hungary Big Brother Hungary VIP 1 05/01/2003 10/01/2003 6
Hungary Big Brother Hungary VIP 2 12/01/2003 17/01/2003 6
Sweden Big Brother Stjärnveckan 20/01/2002 25/01/2002 6

Fun facts you never knew about Dutch TV exports

It is well known that reality TV shows don’t come without their controversies. Entertaining millions of viewers around the world often requires a lot of on screen drama, yet there is also a lot going on behind the scenes that the producers cannot necessarily control. Here are some unbelievable facts about Endemol’s biggest shows:

  1. A French group called Activists Against Trash TV protested Big Brother by clashing with security guards and throwing eggs and tomatoes at the house.
  2. Contestants who took part in the US version of Fear Factor had to sign a contract that, among other things, prevented them from running for public office for 12 months after the show.
  3. Contestant Lucas Koka Penteado exited the Big Brother house following a kiss between him and openly gay contestant Gilberto Nogueira. When Penteado was confronted by his housemates, he told them he was bisexual, but few seemed to believe him and instead accused him of strategic play that harmed the plight of the LGBTQIA+ community.
  4. In January 2005, a paralegal from Ohio sued NBC for $2.5 million because of the effect watching an episode of Fear Factor had on him. He stated that he watched the episode where contestants had to puree rats in a blender and then eat them and he was so disgusted by it that his blood pressure rose to the point that he became dizzy and vomited. He was then so disoriented that he ran into a doorway and injured himself.
  5. According to leaked docs, producers on the Voice can allegedly ignore contestants completely. They can also reportedly switch up the rules whenever they want, or eliminate contestants on a whim — even if those contestants happen to be “winning” in the eyes of the public.
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RAPTOR PR BOLSTERS LEADERSHIP TEAM WITH APPOINTMENT OF MERVE LIEBELT AS SENIOR STRATEGIC ADVISOR

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Raptor PR – a leading b2b communications agency for games industry, web3 gaming, and media brands, has supercharged its leadership team with the appointment of Merve Liebelt as a Senior Strategic Advisor. Boasting over twenty years’ experience in strategic comms for major global brands and agencies, Liebelt will work with Raptor PR CEO and Founder Rana Rahman to lead the agency into its next phase of hyper-growth.

Liebelt brings a wealth of experience and a data-driven mindset to strategic communications, having worked with brands including Puma, Tinder, Christian Louboutin, Allianz, and IONITY, in both brand-side international marketing and communications roles, as well as in renowned agencies. Her recent experience includes pan-European work as VP and General Manager Europe at the award-winning international PR agency JIN Group, and as MD of ML Brand Consulting.

Since January 2021, Raptor PR has been powering b2b comms campaigns for games industry, web3 gaming and media brands. The agency doubled in size this year, and Liebelt will help spearhead a transformational drive, empowering Raptor PR to scale more effectively in 2023 and beyond. Its experience features over twenty brands like Xsolla, Dubit, Admix, Bidstack, Sandsoft Games, Kinetix, and The Tiny Digital Factory.

Rana Rahman, CEO and Founder at Raptor PR, commented:

“Having consulted for a multitude of comms agencies over the last decade, I’m acutely aware of the growth challenges faced by many SMEs. Merve’s fabulous appointment as Senior Strategic Advisor empowers team Raptor to tap into her industry-best brand and agency experience, which will prove invaluable in helping us scale much more effectively over the coming years. We have an ambitious growth roadmap for 2023, and Merve joining means it’s very much ‘game on’.”

Merve Liebelt, Senior Strategic Advisor at Raptor PR, added:

“Raptor’s incredible growth is testament to Rana’s vision and lifelong passion for gaming and tech brands. Having worked closely with Rana before at JIN, I know just how passionate he is about the worlds our clients are creating and defining. I’m confident my experience delivering growth and reputation for brands and international agencies is a perfect fit for his drive and creative flair. There’s an incredibly tenacious team in place, a great client portfolio, and a lot of exciting work ahead.”

Liebelt’s appointment follows Raptor’s recent appointments as the retained agency for a trio of clients: Bidstack, the leading in-game advertising company; Sandsoft Games, a AAA-powered MENA games publisher; and Kinetix, a pioneering 3D animation and Artificial Intelligence tech startup.

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EGT is the “Best Equipment Supplier of the Year” according to BEGE Awards

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For another year in a row, EGT received an accolade from the BEGE Awards competition. In this edition of the awards, the company was acknowledged as “Best Equipment Supplier of the Year“ because of the large number of installations of its products and the overall contribution to the development of the gaming industry. The ceremony was held on 23 November: the evening after the first day of the BEGE Expo, in Marinela Hotel Sofia.

“For us at EGT, giving the best quality to our customers has always been the top priority and I believe that this is the main reason why we have so many friends who choose to work with us again and again for so many years,” said Biserka Draganova, sales manager for the Balkans and Egypt at the company, when accepting the award. She continued: “It is a great honor for us to receive this distinction, as it reflects precisely this pursuit of continuous improvement of ours, which is of crucial significance for the good performance of our partners’ business as well.”

The BEGE Awards competition has been held since 2008 and honors individuals and companies, which offer new and innovative gaming solutions and contribute to the industry development.

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