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iGaming 2022: How Online Poker Has Become Bigger Than Ever

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iGaming is an ever-expanding industry, with new technologies and laws being added regularly. Now more than ever, people are trading in brick-and-mortar casinos for online games, especially when it comes to online poker.

There is so much variety in terms of table games, and you can now even work with a live dealer from the comfort of your own home. Similarly, people are no longer restricted to a PC when they want to access an online casino, and they can instead download an interactive app and play on the go on their mobile or tablet.

With so much more choice and accessibility, there’s no surprise that online poker is making its way to the top of the iGaming industry. But let’s have a closer look at why this is and the latest trends that are making the game more exciting each day.

What is online poker?

If you’ve played poker before at a land-based casino or even at a dining table with your friends, you’ll find online poker extremely familiar. There are very few differences between playing the game with people in real life or on your computer. You no longer have to go anywhere, and you can start winning without even leaving your couch playing the best US online poker real money games.

The basic rules of online poker are basically the same as the traditional game, especially when you opt for a live game with a real dealer. However, the great thing about online casinos is that there are several variations of poker, so you’ll want to read the rules of a specific game before you start playing. From there, you can have fun until you win big and cash out straight to your desired payment method.

Where it all started

When you’re not a seasoned gambler, you won’t know the history of the iGaming industry and how it has only become legal in most states in the last decade. It was only in 2011 when the Department of Justice changed the Wire Act of 1961, giving individual states power over whether they wanted to make online casinos and games legal.

At first, you only saw the legalization of iGaming in the main gambling states, such as Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania, but now many more states are starting to jump on the bandwagon, especially since 2020. With more businesses moving remote and fewer people wanting to go to land-based casinos, we’ve seen an increase in online poker and other games throughout the country.

The emergence of COVID-19

While COVID-19 had a detrimental effect on many industries across the country, it contributed positively to the online gambling industry. Since no one could leave their homes and most brick-and-mortar casinos had closed down, people moved to the internet to get a fix of their favorite table games such as poker.

Another contributing factor to why people moved to online casinos more was due to the fact a large number of workers lost their jobs. Therefore games such as online poker seemed like an alternative way to make money and keep going while the pandemic was happening. Casinos saw this increase in traffic and started to boost their wager options while offering a wider variety of poker games as well.

The growth of online poker

Since 2020, online poker has only gotten bigger, and traffic to some of the biggest casinos and games has seen a substantial increase of 43%. In 2020, the online poker market had an estimated worth of $14.7 billion USD, and it has been predicted to see an even more significant increase between 2021 and 2026.

Before lockdown, many people had never even played poker in their lives; however, first-time players were on the rise by nearly 255%. There was a huge buzz around the game, and it was a way for people to escape the stress of their everyday lives and what was happening in the world. Online casinos are continuously adding more options to their libraries, and you can now play more interactive and live games that make you feel like you’re in a real casino, no matter where you are.

Latest trends

Since online casinos have picked up on the growth of their poker games, they have all been participating in trends that enhance gameplay for users:

Live dealer games

Especially since 2020, people have been looking for ways to play poker with the same feeling of being in a land-based casino. That’s when live dealer games come into play. A camera is used in a real-life casino to show you a dealer playing in real time so that you can experience the authentic feeling of poker in the convenience of your home.

VR experiences

As the world of technology grows, so does the need for more realistic games. The same applies to online poker, and many casinos are considering adding a virtual reality element to their games. As a result, playing at a virtual table will feel more real than ever before as you won’t only be able to see the table, but you will be able to see your fellow players surrounding you.

More mobile games

You don’t want to feel limited to sitting at home on your PC when you’re a seasoned online poker player. This has led to the increase of higher quality mobile poker games where users can play the table game on the go. While many casinos have already introduced this element, the ones who aren’t are also starting to get on board.

No deposit tournaments

Tournaments make playing online poker ten times more exciting, and online casinos want to reward their players with some no-deposit bonuses. So instead of placing a deposit to get involved, they’re offering bonuses that you can use immediately to get the ball rolling and experience the game to the fullest. It’s an excellent marketing method, and many players are grateful for it.

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Week 47/2022 slot games releases

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

Yggdrasil, and Peter & Sons are sending brave adventurers into the dreary dungeons of Mount Argol in the duo’s latest release Dungeon Tower MultiMax™. The high volatility 5×5 slot tells the story of a once forgotten tower filled with creatures that guard hidden treasures of a once great King.

Yggdrasil and Peter & Sons combine to deliver a spinechilling adventure in Dungeon Tower MultiMax™

 

New from Iron Dog Studio comes Boom Time, a medium-high volatility slot that offers an alternative reel layout and comes packed with an explosive array of Wilds, plus a few more surprises. Boom Time is a classic heist caper that challenges players to blow open the bank’s safe with the help of a trio of dastardly robbers.

IRON DOG STUDIO’S ‘BOOM TIME’ EXPLODES ONTO THE 1X2 NETWORK NOVEMBER 23

 

Amusnet Interactive team welcomes you to explore the fascinating world of the Aztec Empire. Spin yourself back in time to a land full of magnificent treasure and riches. This 5-reel, 25-fixed paylines video slot offers storytelling gameplay and epic sound effects with tremendous payouts.

 

Gamzix, a young igaming development studio, has launched a sweet slot – Bonanza Donut. Coffee and donuts aren’t just a perfect breakfast for a sweet tooth. It is an amazing way to diversify gaming choices. Especially with such rich features. During the game a player can add on the plate Free Spins, Bonus Game and Hot Bet, which make every round exciting.

New sweet game by Gamzix with donuts inside

 

Pragmatic Play brings added thrills to the classic board game in Snakes & Ladders Snake Eyes™. This sequel to the hit game Snakes & Ladders Megadice™ is played across 5×3 reels and features returning popular symbols like bananas, gorillas and snakes. These are joined by a wild multiplier depicted as a dice, which substitutes all symbols in game except the scatter.

PRAGMATIC PLAY ROLLS THE DICE IN SNAKES & LADDERS SNAKE EYES™

 

Celebrating the World Cup 2022, Inspired Entertainment, Inc. brings players the beautiful game as an online and mobile slot. Big Football Bonus™ is a football / soccer-themed game with a reel configuration of 6×4 and 50 win-lines. Set in a packed stadium brimming with atmosphere, Big Football Bonus features the top performing, Big Bonus™ mechanic with a football twist.

Inspired Launches Big Football Bonus

 

Habanero invites players to enjoy its latest party-themed slot, Soju Bomb, which mimics the joys and thrills of nightlife at some of Korea’s hottest clubs. As part of the Year of the Tiger, Habanero has dedicated itself to launching some outstanding Asian-themed titles that provide a truly unique experience for players the world over.

 

Nolimit City is still feeling the bizarre effects of their most recent release, Serial. Now, they’re gearing up to release yet another unique slot experience, as they voyage deep into the darkest alleyways and shadiest streets. The game provider has had its fair share of eccentric releases this year, with hit slots such as Road Rage and The Rave making waves over the summer, and they’ve taken it up a notch with their latest release, Rock Bottom!

Expect the Unexpected with Nolimit City’s Latest Release, Rock Bottom

 

Greentube, is inviting players to experience a quacking adventure in its latest magical release Diamond Tales™: The Ugly Duckling. The five-reel slot with 40 win lines, created in collaboration with Intellectual Property owner RoyalCasino Denmark, is based around the famous fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen.

Greentube enters the realm of fairy tales in Diamond Tales™: The Ugly Duckling

 

Endorphina’s Crystal Skull is a 3-row, 5-reel, 25-payline slot. Among the symbols on the reels, players can find a crystal skull that acts as a Wild. The Wild substitutes for all symbols except for the Bonus. It appears on reels 2, 3, and 4 and expands vertically to complete combinations. The Wild completes combinations with the Scatter and doesn’t expand in these combinations substituting for only one Scatter per reel. Scatter symbols count on any position on the reels.

Endorphina releases its newest Crystal Skull adventure slot!

 

Tom Horn Gaming, brightens up rainy November days with action and excitement in its latest fruit game release Rot Stormo. Raging lightning, careless fruit symbols, and sizzling hot wins, and the potential to maximise winnings in the buy feature make Rot Stormo an appealing game not only to those who fall easily for classic fruit slots.

Ready yourself for a fruit storm in Tom Horn’s new game Rot Stormo

 

Lady Luck Games has announced the release of its newest title SpinJoy Society Megaways™. A reboot of its first-ever release, SpinJoy Society Megaways™ features six reels, each varying in size between 2 and 7 symbols. Big prizes are on offer thanks to the Megaways mechanic which can see a maximum of 117,649 paylines come into play.

Lady Luck Games release first Megaways slot SpinJoy Society Megaways

 

Relax Gaming, is inviting players to sow the seeds of big wins in its farming-themed slot Wild Yield. In this 5×5 high-volatility cascading slot, a day’s work in the field is made a lot easier with wilds sprouting from the ground and players in with a chance to win 50,000x their bet.

Harvesting season has arrived in Relax Gaming’s Wild Yield

 

Players are invited on a wild night out with Santa and Rudolph in Saint Nicked™, the latest slot release from Lucksome. The festive legends decide to go a bar rather than carry out their jolly duties this year.  Can they avoid a misdemeanour while shirking their Christmas responsibilities? This 5×3 slot comes with 243 ways to win in the base game and can be expanded to a 5×5 grid in Free Games, with up to 3125 ways.

It’s a naughty nativity in Saint Nicked™ from Lucksome

 

Push Gaming has announced the network-wide release of Retro Tapes which reintroduces its innovative mechanic Cluster Link™. Set across 6×9 reels this cluster paying slot has symbols depicting various coloured cassettes that must form adjacent clusters of five or more to trigger a win. These winning symbols are then removed from play with new ones tumbling from the top of the gameboard creating additional opportunities for winning clusters to be made.

Push Gaming rewinds with classic gameplay in Retro Tapes

 

Wizard Games has released a classic title with a twist in its latest launch, Joker Diamond. The five-reel slot features classic symbols from the traditional fruit machine era, such as Lucky 7s, Bells, and Bars while a Joker character acts as a wild across the reels. Above every reel, a random bonus awaits, be it Collect Pots, Free Spins or Cash Prizes.

Wizard Games rolls out retro title Joker Diamond

 

 

Spinomenal, the leading iGaming content provider, has netted another winning slot with the release of Book of Champions – World Glory. The game is part of the Champions Series and is accessible within the Spinomenal Universe. Before the base game kicks-off, players must slide into the manager’s seat to pick one of five different teams in a bid for glory on the reels.

Spinomenal nets another winner with Book of Champions - World Glory

Adventure into Play’n GO’s newest release in their legendary Arthurian series, Clash of Camelot. Players will join King Arthur in a quest to wrestle his rightful throne back from the malicious Mordred, who leapt at the opportunity to steal it while the King was searching for the Diamonds of the Realm in the series’ previous chapter.

Don your armour in Play’n GO’s Clash of Camelot

 

 

Spinomenal, is celebrating Black Friday with the release of its exciting new game, Book of Piggy Bank – Riches. The game sits within the Classics series which exists within the Spinomenal Universe. No one likes to save money, but everyone loves to break piggy banks! Spinomenal’s brand new game is a 6×3 reel design with 10 pay lines that gives players the opportunity to raid the Piggy’s bank of riches!

Spinomenal celebrates Black Friday with Book of Piggy Bank – Riches launch

Pragmatic Play, is awarding players Christmas multipliers in the latest slot release Santa’s Great Gifts™.  Set across 6×5 reels, the title has symbols depicting various Christmas staples including baubles, candy canes, snow globes and more. At least eight matching symbols need to be landed anywhere on the game board to trigger a win.

PRAGMATIC PLAY AWARDS FESTIVE MULTIPLIERS IN SANTA’S GREAT GIFTS™

 

 

Wazdan,  combines a crisp aesthetic with an electrifying array of bonus features in its brand-new release, Burning Sun™. Returning with yet another exciting addition to the renowned Hold the Jackpot collection, Burning Sun™ also incorporates the supplier’s recently launched Sticky to Infinity™ feature, designed to drive player engagement and amplify partners’ results.

Wazdan delivers a red-hot release in Burning Sun™

 

ReelPlay partner Boomerang has teamed up with Yggdrasil to bring players their sweetest slot to date in Fruit Gemz Splitz™. The five-reel slot can see paylines expand to up to a total of 19,773 as Splitz symbols land, splitting into up to four symbols, while Wilds, Cash Coins, and Collect symbols can also land at any given moment. Boasting a retro feel, shiny fruits fill the reels, with an upper reel adding an extra symbol onto the middle three columns.

Yggdrasil and Boomerang roll out retro hit in Fruit Gemz Splitz™

 

Dear Santa. Please can I have lots of big wins this Christmas? If that’s at the top of your wish list, then you’ll want to unwrap Santa Express, Stakelogic’s fun-filled festive bonanza now available for operators to add to their slot game stockings. Santa Express takes players to a winter wonderland like no other. The 5×4 reel game is set against a snowy backdrop with 20 active win lines available and a max win potential of 20,000x the player’s bet.

Get into the Christmas Spirit with Santa Express from Stakelogic

 

The temperature may be dropping as we enter the winter months in Europe, but things are about to heat up at all online casinos that feature Swintt slots as the sought-after software studio prepares to unveil a sizzling new addition to its Select line-up in Path of Dragons. A five-reel, 20-payline slot, Path of Dragons sees players ascend to the peaks of a mystical mountain where three of these magical fire-breathing beasts reside.

Swintt turns up the heat with scorching new Path of Dragons slot

 

Red Tiger has launched In the Rabbit Hole, where players can explore a magical world of ample surprises and never-ending mystery. The game could not get any more intriguing as the multi-layer Bonus Round invites players to encounter phenomenal features through Free Spins. Once the player falls through the vortex from reality to fantasy, they arrive at a world of wonders, scattered with books of spells, magic carrots, mystical pocket watches, musical top hats and enchanted cups of tea.

In the Rabbit Hole from Red Tiger takes players on a fabulous new adventure to a magical world

 

AvatarUX has turned the volume up to 11 in its latest slot release, HipHopPop™. The 5×3, pays both ways title incorporates the iconic PopWins™ mechanic, which sees any winning symbol pop and have two more fill it space, quickly enhancing both paylines and win potential.

AvatarUX takes control of the mic in HipHopPop™

 

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BetGames Will Start Accepting Fasttoken (FTN) as a Supported Cryptocurrency

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BetConstruct is pleased to announce that BetGames, the leading provider of premium gaming solutions, is planning to add FTN to the list of supported cryptocurrencies.

FTN is the official cryptocurrency of the Fastex ecosystem as well as the adopted cryptocurrency of the leading betting and gaming software provider BetConstruct.

The inclusion of FTN in BetGames’s supported cryptocurrencies will start from January 26th.

To learn more details about FTN, feel free to visit the website www. fasttoken .com.

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Game Changers and Guild X broke records in Berlin

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Guild Esports, a global esports team organisation, took sixth place overall with team Guild X in the inaugural VALORANT Game Changers Championship, held in Berlin (15-20 November).

Following a year of intense regional competition, the world’s most elite Game Changers squads went head-to-head in person, for the first time ever, to crown a global champion in Germany. Bringing together the best teams from North America, Brazil, EMEA, APAC, LATAM and East Asia, G2 Esports won the Grand Final to lift the coveted championship trophy.

Supporting women in gaming is a key part of Guild’s strategy within the sporting community, aligning with the aims of Game Changers to create new opportunities and exposure for women and other marginalised genders within VALORANT esports.

The tournament in Berlin, with over 150,000 viewers* tuning in, demonstrates how women in gaming and teams such as Guild X are not just changing the game but also breaking records. According to Esports Charts, Game Changers has become the most-watched tournament for women’s esports.

On Sunday, Guild also hosted a watch party at the Sky Guild Gaming Centre in Shoreditch with talent Elz the Witch, Iain Chambers plus other influencers such as Megsoundslikeegg and Geo Collins in attendance. Even though Guild X was not in the Grand Final, Guild, along with its supporting partners Sky and Subway, wanted to offer a safe space for VALORANT fans to watch the finale, especially women and marginalised gender fans.

Jasmine Skee, Chief Marketing Officer at Guild Esports, said: “Our vision at Guild is to lead the way in supporting the future of women in gaming, and we are committed to equal opportunities for our Guild X players. The Game Changers Championship in Berlin was a hugely successful event and we are extremely proud as an organisation to have been a part of it. Congratulations to all at G2 Esports on their victory in such a milestone event for the esports industry. With the announcement of the new Game Changers format, we’re excited to watch our Guild X team, and the wider women esports industry, grow.”

Guild X has been confirmed this week as automatic top-tier qualifiers for the VALORANT Game Changers EMEA 2023 competition, with relegation rules now being in place as part of the new format changes announced. The Game Changers tournament will continue to break down stereotypes, elevate women and allow them to further their careers in a dedicated safe space, and provide a platform for professional growth both in and outside of the game – all actions that are completely aligned with Guild’s strategy moving into 2023 and beyond.

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