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Sergio Aguero: The history of the FA Cup meant it was always a special competition to play in

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Stake.com global representative Sergio Aguero pens debut blog ahead of Man City's FA Cup tie with Peterborough
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Stake’s global representative, Sergio Aguero, reveals his memories of playing in the FA Cup, why it was a special competition for him to win, how Pep Guardiola will keep his players motivated against Peterborough in their fifth round tie, and what this side could achieve this season.

The FA Cup has an amazing history and I am proud to have won the competition 

The FA Cup was always one of my favourite competitions to play in because of its history and because of the many famous players and teams to have won it.

When I was living in Spain and here in Argentina, everyone knew about the competition and its history.

We came so close to winning the FA Cup in 2013 but were beaten by Wigan in the final. It was hard for us because we had a very good team, Carlos Tevez, Yaya Toure, David Silva, Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta all started that game.

But we were all very new to the club and it was only the start of our journey. I think we did okay in the end!

We were back at Wembley for my second FA Cup final in 2019 and that day went much better for us when we beat Watford.

We were so happy to win it and to be a part of FA Cup history was a very proud moment for me.

The tradition of the FA Cup is one of my favourite things about the competition, it was fun to meet Prince William to get my medal after the game and the celebrations with the fans afterwards was so special.

Everyone says that the FA Cup is magical and it is true, it was always really fun to play in and you felt proud to represent your team in the competition.

The day we played in the FA Cup was

always special because there was so much excitement in the team and the fans were always extra happy to see us play well.

Playing teams in lower divisions in the FA Cup is harder than you think, so Pep will have the City players focused ahead of the Peterborough match 

Not many people know how hard it is to play in the FA Cup. In England, you play a lot of matches and a lot of competitions, but as a player, it’s really exciting because you have the chance to try and win lots of different competitions, and winning finals is something that you are always proud of as a footballer, which means every game is important.

To get to the final you have to play against lots of different teams and some new ones that you might not have ever played against before. Playing against new teams and new players and at new stadiums is always hard because you don’t know 100% what you’re going to be playing against. We watch the teams in the Premier League and Champions League a lot and we all have friends and international teammates that play for them, but when you draw a team in the FA Cup that you don’t regularly get to play against or know too much about, it’s always a difficult experience.

When we played against a new team or a side in a different division, we were always expected to win, but it’s not as easy as that. Every manager always made sure the preparation for an FA Cup game was exactly the same. The training was the same, we worked hard on our jobs for the match and we went into the game knowing what we had to do, it made no difference if it was the final or first round.

This is exactly what Pep Guardiola will be doing with the team this week. Pep is a winner and he hates to lose, you don’t win the number of trophies he has without this attitude. He will be making sure the Manchester City players are ready for the game against Peterborough in the same way as if it was any other match.

There’s added pressure on Manchester City to win in the FA Cup and Peterborough will look to familiar tactics to beat them 

When you are the team in a higher league and you have to travel to a team in a league below you it is difficult because the crowd are always so excited that their team might cause an upset and get to beat a Premier League team! When you get to the ground you are quickly aware that everyone really wants you to lose – the fans let you know when you arrive. It’s not just the

home crowd that are extra excited to see you lose, but it is everyone watching at home also, we know this and try not to think about it and focus on our job for the day.

We played against Wigan, again, in 2018 in the Cup at their stadium and it was one of the hardest matches. They defended so well and frustrated us, we had all of the possession and so many chances, but they scored late and knocked us out, that’s how it is in knockout football. If Peterborough think that they can win then they should watch that game and do the same as Wigan did.

Peterborough will be tough for Manchester City because the team has just travelled to Portugal in the Champions League, had a tough game against Tottenham, then they’ll play away in the Premier League threes days before the match and then they have to play Manchester United after the FA Cup game, but the team has so many good players in every position and everyone is used to this way of playing now.

Manchester City are hungry to win every competition 

At Manchester City, we wanted to win everything, every match and every trophy, and that will always be the case at the club now. I think Manchester City are in a great place to win the Premier League again, they also have a good chance in the FA Cup and in the Champions League too, but this might be competitive, but I think it is possible that they win all three. Winning a treble like this would be a huge achievement and they have a team and manager that can do it this season.

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Week 31/2022 slot games releases

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Here are this weeks latest slots releases compiled by European Gaming!

Yggdrasil and ReelPlay have joined forces to launch the latest release by Hot Rise Games, Monsters VS Gigablox™. The title sees an epic battle of monstrous proportions taking place across a devastated city and features huge creatures fighting across the 6×6, 50-payline grid. As with all games incorporating the popular Gigablox™ Game Engagement Mechanic (GEM), an oversized symbol will land on every spin, which can be anything from 2×2 to 6×6 in size.

Yggdrasil and ReelPlay collaborate for Hot Rise Games launch Monsters VS Gigablox™

 

Franco Digital is challenging players to capture the beauty of nature in Wild Shot, a new online slot adventure that combines risk-taking and photography in a safari setting. Players aim to survive the wild animals of the savannah to take striking images in this five-reel, three-row and 20-line game that has been designed to keep intrepid explorers on the edge of their seats.

R. Franco Digital takes to the savannah for snappy new slot Wild Shot

 

Swintt, are inviting players to soar above the clouds in their latest Win Eagle slot – a brand-new Premium release that features max wins of 800x the selected stake and a Wheel of Fortune bonus that can pay out MAXI jackpot prizes. Played out on a traditional 3×3 reel matrix, Win Eagle draws on the iconic design elements of classic land-based slots and gives them a modern twist with the help of state-of-the-art visuals and innovative features.

Swintt soars to new heights in Win Eagle

 

 

Relax Gaming, has lit the fuse on its most recent game to feature its progressive jackpots, Wild Chapo Dream Drop. In a slot that is as volatile as the titular character’s stash of explosives, Expanding TNT Wilds, Sticky Wild Re-Spins and Bonus Bomb symbols bring blazing win potential to the base game. Three bonus symbols earn players a drink inside Chapo’s bar where bombs are stored until the very last free spin.

Wild Chapo Dream Drop ignites Relax Gaming’s latest jackpot explosion

 

Wizard Games is presenting players with a rare opportunity to experience the most sacred of temples in its epic new adventure Amun Ra – King of the Gods. The 5-reel, 4-row slot is centred around the mythical figure of Amun Ra, the Egyptian god of the sun and air, who challenges players to prove they are worthy of being in his presence. Rich rewards are possible within a slot that is packed with bonus features, with split symbols that can deliver huge payouts up to 40.000 ways.

Wizard Games unlocks elemental power with Amun Ra – King of the Gods

 

Blue Guru Games presents Treasure of Tengshe, a game with expanding wilds, fizzing firecrackers and an ancient serpent sky-dancing and devouring fireworks. This high-volatility, 50 payline slot will be leaping and twisting onto the Oryx Hub Platform. Blue Guru has been making a bang in the gaming space with a series of highly engaging slots with cinematic audio-visuals.

 

iSoftBet,  welcomes players back to the stunning African Savanna in classic cascading experience, Majestic Megaways Extreme 4™. The action-packed title sees a top-performing game given the Quad Action treatment, meaning that four reel sets are in play on every spin, multiplying the excitement and payouts considerably.

iSoftBet explores the plains of Africa in Majestic Megaways Extreme 4™

 

Play’n GO call in the luck of the Irish in the latest addition to their popular series of leprechaun titles, Leprechaun’s Vault. Larkin the Lucky Leprechaun – although his luck seems to have run out in this story – has had the keys to his magical vault stolen by the mischievous fairies of the fen.  A classic 5×3 reel online slot with the potential to award players x9000 their total bet is clear, fun and easy to understand from the first spin.

Play'n GO's Leprechaun's Vault is OUT NOW

 

Can you handle the heat? That is the question being asked of players in Hot Chilliways, the latest slot to be developed in partnership with Hurricane Games via Stakelogic’s innovative Greenlogic® Programme. This is a video slot that turns up the heat and with players encouraged to experiment with some seriously spicy win combinations.

Things are getting spicy in Stakelogic’s latest slot release Hot Chilliways

 

Evoplay casino games provider has announced a new video slots game release, inviting players to run with the pack in search of tasty wins in its latest release, Wolf Hiding. Players will need to search for hidden riches revealed by the moonlight in the enigmatic woods, and to heighten the excitement, the title features a Mystery symbol, allowing players to clear the clouds and open up the starry night sky, triggering the Full Moon feature that delivers impressive wins.

Evoplay slots provider delivers thrilling new title Wolf Hiding

 

Playson, the fast-growing digital entertainment supplier, has enhanced its Timeless Fruit Slot collection with Ruby Hit: Hold and Win, an immersive slot that offers a fresh take on the supplier’s popular Bonus Game. The 3×3 slot encompasses eye-catching visuals with a range of beautiful fruit and gem-stoned symbols, while the title’s Wild appears as the iconic Red Sevens.

Search for crown jewels in Playson’s Ruby Hit: Hold and Win

 

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BGaming announces a competition for streamers with a $15 000 prize pool

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BGaming launches its first competition for online slots streamers with a $15 000 prize pool. The competition will be held online between August 10-31, challenging participants to collect particular winning combinations and emotional moments while streaming BGaming slots on Twitch and Youtube.

To enter the BGaming Streamers Race, a participant should have a Twitch or Youtube account and stream any of the three following BGaming slots: Bonanza Billion, Lucky Lady Moon Megaways, and Aztec Magic Bonanza between August 10-31. There are no limitations on which online casino to choose for streams, and no pre-registration is needed. 

Leaders of the Streamers Race will be determined according to the submitted results in the following nominations: Multiplier Hero, Scatters Champion, and the Greatest Showman. The Multiplier Hero category will reward streamers with the biggest sum of submitted multipliers collected on streams during the race period. The Scatters Champion category will challenge streamers to collect six scatters in the slots and be the first to submit the result. The Greatest Showman category will allocate submissions of the most exciting video moments captured during the streams. 

Participants of the Streamers Race will be able to submit results in multiple categories and track their leaderboard positions in real-time on the official website of the Streamers Race. Leaders of the Race will raffle off the prize fund of $15 000.

Kate Puteiko, Product Marketing Lead at BGaming, commented: “We see significant changes in our player’s persona: the average age of our players is shifting from thirty to twenty years old. This new generation of slots fans is pushing the development of the streaming community, making streamers trusted influencers in the industry. We see a growing interest in our games from streamers, and of course, we are interested in encouraging them to play our games more. Support and development of the streamers community are among our priorities, and you’ll see even more events for streamers powered by BGaming.”

 

BGaming is a fast-growing game provider converting gambling into gaming. Thanks to an expert team and a player-driven approach, the studio creates innovative and engaging products featured on reputable platforms and 700+ online casinos worldwide. BGaming is the world’s first to support cryptocurrencies and offer Provably Fair games. Today the brand’s portfolio includes 90+ products with HD graphics and a clear user interface for every device.

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Online Casino Regulation

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In Great Britain, the Gambling Commission issues gambling licenses, regulates, advises and guides players and gambling businesses. There are three licensing objectives set out in the Gambling Act 2005.

  • To prevent gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime.
  • To ensure that gambling is conducted fairly and openly by operators
  • To protect vulnerable people, including children, from exposure to gambling.

The UK Gambling Commission is responsible for all licensing applications meeting the above objectives. 

How The UK Gambling Commission Regulates

  • By licensing gambling businesses 
  • By licensing those who work in the gambling industry in specific roles
  • The UK Gambling Commission sets out Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice
  • The UK Gambling Commission carries out enforcement action and prosecution work if an individual of a business breaches tier licence conditions.
  • By working closely with the gambling industry to raise standards 
  • The UK Gambling Commission provides advice to players and the public.

Why Regulation is Important

The UK Gambling Commission aim to make gambling safer. A spokesman from NewCasinoSites.me.uk stated, “vulnerable people in our society must have protection from those sites that did not responsibly operate gambling businesses. However, all gambling businesses must now sign up to GAMTOP (the self-exclusion scheme,) allowing consumers to exclude themselves from all online gambling for some time has helped raise the standard of UK online casinos”.

How to Find a Responsible Online Casino

Before you decide to transfer any money into an online casino account, there are some things you should check.

  • The online casino should hold a British Gambling Commission licence displayed on the website. The license number should be clickable and links you to the UK Gambling Commission public register. Make sure that the details of the licence match the public register
  • You should be aware of restrictions on bonuses or promotional offers like a minimum spend level (before you can withdraw winnings.) 
  • You should be able to find the online casinos’ addresses, all trading names, current licence status and website domain names easily.
  • Each game has its terms and conditions. These will help you understand what you are betting on before making an informed choice.

How The Gambling Commission Can Enforce its’ Regulations

On the 3rd August 2022, the Gambling Commission fined LeoVegas £1.2m after finding the operator guilty of anti-money laundering and social responsibility failures in the UK.

LeoVegas is also subject to an audit and handed an official warning to ensure that it is administering social responsibility and anti-money laundering protocols.

LeoVegas failed on several points to meet the UK Gambling Commissions Regulations.

  • The operator set six hours as the point at which customers were made to take a 45-minute cool-off period without explaining how playing for six hours was the point at which harm may occur. 
  • Leo Vegas relies too heavily on ineffective threshold triggers and inadequate information regarding how much a customer should be allowed to spend (based on income, wealth or any other risk factor.)
  • The inappropriate controls allowed significant amounts of spending to take place within a short time without LeoVegas knowing anything about their customer’s financial situations.
  • The financial triggers for anti-money laundering reviews were set too high to effectively manage money laundering (or terrorist financing risks.)
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