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SlotsHawk Editor Jean Prince on SIGMA and the UK Online Slots Scene

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European Gaming are delighted to have with us today, Jean Prince, the UK editor of affiliate website SlotsHawk.com. In this interview, Jean will give us his thoughts on the upcoming SIGMA event in Malta as well as the current state of the gambling industry within the United Kingdom.

Thanks for joining us, Jean. First of all, could you tell our readers a little bit more about the SIGMA event, please?

SIGMA is probably the main meet up event on the calendar for all of the businesses and workers within the international iGaming industry. It is at SIGMA where affiliates, operators, CEOs and freelancers can come together to discuss ideas and come up with business plans for the future. The event also features numerous workshops from speakers within the industry (although this is rather hit and miss). It’s a great event though providing you don’t drink too much, and you attend to advance your own business or the business you work for.

We are particularly interested in the UK gambling scene, is it true that the laws are changing?

The UK government announced at the end of 2020 that they planned to update the 2005 Gambling Act so that it would be ‘’fit for the digital age’. So far, however, changes have been minimal. Although gambling operators with a foot hold in the UK are certainly lobbying MPs. Operators have already been told that autoplay on online slot machines will be banned. In 2019, credit card gambling was banned too. There is a chance that an update to the Gambling Act will chase the last of the operators away from the UK market, but the Conservative government has indicated that they will not be too draconian with the laws surrounding online gambling in the UK. The danger of too many restrictions is that players will likely end up playing at unregulated sites who do not abide by the rules enforced by the UKGC. A delicate balance needs to be ensured.

So, yes, the laws will be changing soon enough but we are unsure exactly how they will change.

We know that competition in the UK market is rife, how has the journey for SlotsHawk been?

We are a solely UK focused affiliate site, so the UK market is our top priority. We launched the site in November 2020, so we have been in the market for around a year now. Progress has been steady and without wishing to jynx things, we continue to grow month by month. You are correct in saying that competition within the UK online gambling scene is high, but there will always be room for websites which can offer punters high quality and helpful information on gambling, in our case, on online slots games. We have guides which showcase the best payout slot games as well as the slots with the highest RTP. These guides offer gamblers genuine advice on the best sorts of casino games to play. Our visitors can also read our guide to the top trustworthy slots websites which prioritise the UK online casinos which are regulated by the UKGC and offer 100% fair gameplay.

Although the competition is high, there is still room for both operators and affiliates which can offer unique and accurate information surrounding the UK gambling scene.

We have witnessed many operators leave the UK market with the reason that the UK market is no longer profitable for them. Do you think this is the beginning of the end for the UK market?

Not at all. Although the market is more restricted in comparison with other countries, the UK is still one of the biggest markets. In addition, it is also probably the safest market in the world for online gamblers. In my opinion, other countries would do well to follow the UKs example when it comes to their gambling laws. For example, the USA is the newest craze in the online gambling world, and it has the potential to be far and way the biggest gambling market ever. But these are still very early days and lawmakers have a lot of work to do. IN the UK the laws are already there, the government just need to ensure that they don’t go over the top on restrictions.

Finally, does SlotsHawk have any plans to expand into other markets?

When the time is right, we will look to expand into other markets, but for now our aim is solely focused on the UK.

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Bonanza Billion by BGaming showed record results in the first month after launch

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Bonanza Billion, the first slot with refilling reels by BGaming, showed the most successful start among the provider’s titles. The first month after release, the game exceeded the results, namely the bets count of the BGaming top slot called Elvis Frog in Vegas by 21%. 

Launched on the 3d of December, the Bonanza Billion slot inspired players to win with a charming Christmas look. You can see how it was in a streaming session with Haddzy. 

Now it’s time to present the basic version of the game. Bonanza Billion, full of colours and juicy fruits, turned into its classic look, which will delight casino amateurs during the year. The changes doesn’t affect the features pack. Free spins, Multiplier, Buy Bonus, and Chance x2 will still be available!

“We’re focused on providing new mechanics to our players, and we’re extra are glad to see such great results of the first cascade slot in the lineup. The combination of refilling reels and the buy bonus feature make the game especially engaging. This is the best way to see an epic win on the screen! ” commented Kate Puteiko, CS Marketing Manager at BGaming. 

BGaming will add one more slot with refilling reels and the buy bonus feature to its collection following the players’ preferences. Irish-style Clover Bonanza will be released in spring.

 

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A GAME OF TWO SCARVES: JAMIE REDKNAPP INVESTIGATES THE TRAGEDY OF HALF-AND-HALF SCARVES IN FOOTBALL

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New Paddy Power series sees Redknapp chance his arm as documentary maker to learn about the origins of one of the worst things to happen to football

Footballer-turned-pundit, Jamie Redknapp, is now stepping into the world of hard-hitting documentaries to tackle one of the biggest issues in the modern-day game…the half-and-half scarf.

Paddy Power’s Jamie Redknapp Investigates is a new series that will see the former Liverpool and Spurs legend get to the bottom of the things that really annoy football fans about the modern game.

Episode one sees Redknapp get to the bottom of half-and-half scarves – the ghastly neckwear issue, described by fans he interviews as “Filth”, “Foul” and “So sh*t”.

In the first of a three part series – with episodes two and three released over the fortnight – Redknapp reveals the industry is now worth “over half a billion pounds” and tracks down the inventor of the half-and-half scarf.

The inventor, Brian, explains that the inspiration behind joining two separate scarves together was his own divorce, after his wife cut everything he owned in half.

Sewing his Arsenal and Holland neckwear together, Brian created the world’s first half-and-half scarf – which rather unfortunately reads “Arse land”.

But, at what cost? “Half-and-half scarves have a very short shelf life,” says Redknapp’s next interviewee – environmental activist, Lisa.

Discarded items can unfortunately find their way into nature, with Lisa reporting sightings of a baboon wearing a scarf featuring Tony Pulis at one end Sean Dyche at the other. Although Lisa does say that there aren’t health implications for the animals, they “just look really stupid”.

Redknapp then returns to see Brian once more as he’s told there’s a gift waiting for him. And, after showing off his diversified portfolio (including Manchester United and Liverpool half-and-half facemasks), the inventor gives the former England international his present.

Unfortunately, the Redknapp edition scarf features Harry at one end but the wrong Jamie at the other – Jamie Vardy.

Episode two of Paddy Power’s Jamie Redknapp Investigates, released next Friday, will see Jamie taking on Twitter trolls.

Spokesman Paddy Power said: “Forget diving, dodgy VAR calls and people leaving early – half-and-half scarves are the biggest disgrace in football right now. So, we put our best man on the case to investigate and uncover the ugly truth about this scourge of modern football that we know annoys all proper football fans across the country.

“Because there are some things that just don’t look right together, like pasta and ketchup or Tottenham and trophies.”

The full video can be viewed on Paddy Power’s YouTube and Twitter  pages.

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Playtech Live launches bespoke offering with bet365

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Playtech, the world’s leading gambling technology company, announces the launch of the largest scale studio development in the supplier’s history with long-term partner, bet365.

Built across two separate studios, the new development is the biggest Live Casino studio launch in Playtech’s 22-year history.

The new studio offering, comprises of twelve 7-seat Blackjack tables, two classic single-zero Roulette, three Baccarat, and two All Bets Blackjack tables.

In addition to the aforementioned tables, it also hosts the new and exclusive multiplier roulette game, Super Spin RouletteSuper Spin Roulette is a bespoke game built as part of a collaborative partnership with bet365 and boasts unique gameplay – with each spin, a random Multiplier is revealed with the highest possible Multiplier of x540. The custom-made studio design puts Super Spin Roulette at the heart of the action, with all tables placed around the centrally located Super Spin Roulette game.

Kevin Kilminster, Head of Live Casino Innovation at Playtech, said: “We are extremely proud that bet365 has chosen to partner with Playtech to create new and engaging content for their customers. It is fantastic to see one of our most prestigious partners taking the opportunity to build bespoke content and utilising the vast knowledge and experience that the Playtech Live team has to offer. Super Spin Roulette is genuinely one of a kind and the gameplay experience is very exciting. Both new studios are designed to an incredible standard, and this is testament to Playtech’s scale and innovation when it comes to supporting our partners. We look forward to continuing our strong and successful partnership with this world-class operator.”

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