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Live Monopoly – Bringing the Popular Game to the Twenty-First Century

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The partnership between Evolution, a top-ranked developer of live dealer games, and Hasbro, a giant in the world of board games, resulted in a unique live casino game show based on the cult board game. Launched in 2019, Live Monopoly became an instant hit. In fact, Evolution’s Monopoly Live was crowned Game of the Year at the 2019 EGR Operator Awards.

Following the success of Dream Catcher, a popular game show that hit the market a few years earlier, Evolution decided to design its game around the proven multiplier wheel. The final result was a thrilling live casino game ready to provide endless fun and plenty of winning chances.

Broadcast live from the company’s European live studios, Live Monopoly delivers an immersive playing experience. The game’s main selling point is an action-packed bonus round, which ramps up the excitement of the multiplier wheel and offers an entirely new level of gaming. It didn’t take long for the industry to recognise the quality of this release, scooping several prestigious awards.

All the elements that made the original board game were there, including a community and chance chests, with a random number generator determining outcomes. Many British players have fallen in love with this game, as can be seen from the fact that there are many Live Monopoly casinos licensed in the UK. With randomly awarded cash prizes and multipliers, and the main payout of up to £500,000, Do Not Pass Go, Go Straight to Jail, Waterworks, and Mayfair have never looked more appealing.

Betting and Payouts

Live Monopoly comes with straightforward wagering options, ranging from as low as £0.10 to £5,000. Players just drag and drop chips onto the table to place their bets. The table options involved are four multipliers of different values and two-roll and four-roll bonuses.

Betting on all six maximises the odds of winning. However, it can prove costly, especially as there’s only one outcome per spin. Each number denotes a multiplier value, which means that a winning bet of £1 on number ten generates a 10x multiplier. Those brave enough can also choose to double up their wagers.

The process of placing bets lasts for twelve seconds. After the timer runs out, the live dealer will spin the wheel, which is divided in the following way:

  • 22 segments in white come with a multiplier of 1x
  • 15 segments in green come with a multiplier of 2x
  • Seven segments in pink come with a multiplier of 5x
  • Four segments in blue come with a multiplier of 10x
  • Two segments in orange trigger the chance bonus
  • Three segments in black and silver trigger the two rolls bonus
  • One segment in black and gold starts the four rolls bonus

Once the reel stops, the result is determined. The dealer interacts with players by making comments in the chat feature.

Live Monopoly Features

Whenever the wheel lands on Chance, Mr Monopoly will jump from his seat to reveal a card. Players can get a cash prize or a multiplier.

Cash will return the stake on top of the existing wins while the multiplier spins the wheel again. If a win occurs, the multiplier will boost its size.

Let’s say the chance card awards a 10x multiplier, and the wheel stops on the number ten. In that case, that 10x is multiplied by 10x, and everyone who bet on the said number will receive a multiplier of 100x. If the card produces another multiplier, they will be multiplied, leading to staggering wins. Getting a two-roll or four-roll option with a multiplier will multiply all bonus game rewards.

Once you trigger the rolls, Mr Monopoly will take you to the famous board game. Still, more importantly, he’ll boat the multiplier on the recognisable properties. A two-dice roll follows, with Mr Monopoly moving across the board. Throw the double to receive an extra throw. The Monopoly board matches the regular one, with the same layout. All the properties, free parking, taxes, jails, chance, community, and Go are there.

In terms of prizes, properties, railway stations, utilities, and free parking offer basic rewards. Like in the original game, the best Live Monopoly gambling strategies include building houses and hotels, resulting in much bigger prizes. Stopping on Go to Jail sends Mr Monopoly to jail, with two doubles needed to set him free. Chance and community deliver multipliers, while passing Go doubles the size of all subsequent prizes. Income tax is worth 10% of your bonus winnings, with supertax reducing them by another 10%.

The RTP varies from one segment to another. The highest payout percentage is on two rolls (90%), followed by 88% on segment 1, 67% on four rolls, 30% on segment 5, 23% on segment 2, and just 2% on segment 10.

Closing Thoughts

Ever since Live Monopoly was showcased at 2019 ICE London, it mesmerised players with looks and a unique playing experience. Three years later, it still captivates audiences, and we’re sure it will continue to do so for a long time. The live studio setting adds to the excitement, allowing a Birdseye view of the Monopoly town. At the same time, Mr Monopoly contributes to the immersive atmosphere by interacting with the host during the game.

The chat feature is an excellent addition to the game, allowing players to interact with the host, taunt their opponents, or simply vent their frustrations if they lose. Unfortunately, it can’t be turned off, so you’ll have to bear it.

Display settings players to adjust camera angles, with conveniently placed links to history and rules. It’s easy to navigate through the wagering table, with easy-to-understand wagering options. Your last 24 rolls are shown on the right part of the screen and can come in handy for making better options.

Landing the rolls won’t come often, but you could easily scoop significant prizes when it does happen, provided you’ve boosted your multiplier. To sum it up, Live Monopoly will deliver a completely new experience in a familiar setting. Its biggest downfall is that you won’t be able to flip the table after you lose.

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Bacta to host Social Responsibility Exchange in November

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Bacta will host its annual Social Responsibility Exchange at the County Hall in London on Thursday 22nd November, the trade body announced today. The event will provide members with an opportunity to share best practice tactics and strategies around Social Responsibility.

The event will be introduced by Elizabeth Speech, chair of bacta’s Social Responsibility Committee. YGAM and GamCare will also be speaking at the event alongside Social Responsibility updates from the Gambling Commission.

Bacta Membership, SR and Compliance Manager Russell Edge said: “Our Social Responsibility Exchange will allow members to hear crucial updates on Social Responsibility from the likes of the Gambling Commission, YGAM and GamCare.

“The day-long event will also provide a structured forum for discussion around the tactics and strategies bacta members are employing across the country.

“Ultimately, we hope members leave the event knowing more about Social Responsibility and having exchanged their knowledge where they can.”

 

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Massive News for the Esports Industry with Potential Inclusion in the Commonwealth Games

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Esports is one of the fastest growing industries in the world and there’s no limit to how big it could become. It’s already breached a valuation of $1 billion, and it’s expected to grow to $13.05 billion by 2025.

One of the greatest indicators that competitive gaming is going mainstream is the fact that it has been recognised by the Commonwealth Games. Indeed, it is expected to be included when the event takes place in Victoria in 2026.

Test Run Has Already Taken Place

A few years ago, the thought of seeing Esports at the Commonwealth Games would have been laughable. Now, it is a realistic prospect. It was recently reported that a dry run of the Commonwealth Esports Championships was held in Birmingham, England, at the 2022 Commonwealth Games to see if this type of competitive action could be included as an official event in 2026. It went well and garnered positive feedback from the people involved.

The Victoria edition of the Commonwealth Games is set to take place in 2026, with 16 sports already confirmed. However, the organisers are hoping to add more to the schedule with Esports being strongly considered. Competitive gaming has proven to be a popular spectator sport, with more people tuning in to watch it every year. By 2026, there could be close to a billion people watching Esports, meaning that it would be a popular inclusion at a major event.

Esports has been referred to as the “new sporting frontier,” and it wouldn’t be surprising to see it gaining even more credibility in the next decade. Even the world’s biggest traditional sports had to start somewhere. Football and cricket are now well-established and loved the world over, and there’s nothing stopping Esports from following a similar trajectory.

How Will This Affect Related Industries?

With the Commonwealth Games set to take place in Australia next time, the country could be in a prime position to capitalise on the inclusion of Esports. Part of the success of competitive gaming up to this point has been thanks to related industries pushing it, along with big name companies striking sponsorship deals. Australian companies, therefore, will most certainly seek to capitalise in 2026.

The betting industry was built around traditional sports, and it is now a behemoth industry around the world. In Australia, online betting is so popular that there are countless sites vying for bettors’ attention. Indeed, there are so many to sift through that people turn to comparison sites that list the best ones based on their offers and ratings. Bettors simply scroll through and then click a link to be taken directly to a site.

Many of these online sportsbooks are already offering eSports betting, and the number of markets available is only set to rise in the future. When the Commonwealth Games rolls around, betting sites could benefit from special offers. They may also start to have a greater focus on Esports, thus drawing more attention to the competitive gaming industry.

Esports at the Commonwealth Games isn’t just huge news for the industry itself, but it’s a great move for related industries. Australian companies are set to benefit in 2026, with the betting industry being in a particularly strong position to take advantage.

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Nigma Galaxy female CS:GO Champions: New docu-series follows rise to becoming champions

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This Sunday 14th, Nigma Galaxy is set to release the first episode of their new docu-series, Jiggy Biggy Best: A CS:GO Story, which follows their hugely successful female CS:GO team and their journey to becoming champions at two major tournaments this year.

The first instalment of the series will be launching on Nigma Galaxy’s YouTube channel at 1pm CEST on Sunday. You can find more information below, in case the team’s story would be of interest to your editorial plan:

  • Fans will get a behind the scene glimpse into the female Nigma Galaxy CS:GO team preparing for two of the biggest tournaments of their careers – ESL Impact League Season 1 in Dallas to the stand-alone ESL Impact tournament in Valencia
  • The docu-series also offers an exclusive peek into the teams journey to the top – their training regime, team cohesion and a deeper dive into the world of female esports
  • Uncover the dedication and support Nigma Galaxy have placed on the competitive female esports scene, one of the fastest-growing sub-genres in the industry
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