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A Long Time Coming! Bookmaker Pays Out On Bet Placed 21 Years Ago


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When he was just 13 years old, William Buick probably didn’t have dreams of world domination in mind.

His parents were hugely successful in horse racing, show jumping and dressage, but even so at that age, you suspect Buick simply enjoyed being around his equine companions.

But former trainer Ian Balding saw something in the British-Norwegian while he was riding out, and marched down to his local betting shop to place a bet on Buick going on to become champion jockey on the Flat.

He’d have to wait 21 years, but finally, Baldwin can cash his ticket with The Tote after Buick was crowned champion following a stellar 2022 campaign. His £50 wager earned him a cool £5,000, which he has since donated to the Injured Jockeys’ Fund.

There could be more halcyon days to come next season. Buick’s mount Lezoo has already been installed as a key contender in the 1,000 Guineas ante-post racing odds, with Tahiyra, Commissioning and Statuette also in the running for the May showpiece at 3/1, 4/1 and 10/1, respectively. These odds will fluctuate in the weeks and months ahead, but the 1,000 Guineas does seem an organic target for Ralph Beckett’s horse.

Many of the racing predictions would be minded to side with Lezoo, who won four of her five races in 2022 including a high-quality Cheveley Park Stakes renewal. If she maintains that form, Buick could have another major winner on his hands.

Playing the Long Game

Baldwin’s predictive prowess isn’t the first time that a bettor has profited from being able to accurately predict the future.

One punter that had tracked Lewis Hamilton’s progress as a rising star in motorsports placed a series of bets on the Brit to be crowned Formula 1 world champion, including a wager on him to win the title in advance of his 25th birthday.

His prescience was telling, as Hamilton has since gone on to become one of the most decorated winners in the history of the sport. Although he cut things rather fine – not securing his first world championship until he was nearly 24, and only then after an audacious overtaking manoeuvre on the final lap of the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix.

It would secure his place in F1 folklore, and the punter in question a payday worth more than £10,000.

There’s nothing quite like the pride of a parent in their offspring, and so you could have forgiven Eddie Kirkland when he placed a £100 bet that his son, Chris, would go on to play football for England.

It wasn’t long before Kirkland Jr was a promising shot-stopper coming through the ranks at Coventry City, and those performances would secure him a big-money move to Liverpool – and a solitary England cap in 2006, which netted proud dad Eddie £10,000.

And how about this for sublime soothsaying? David Threlfell was so convinced that mankind was ready to blast off into space back in 1964 that he wagered £10 – a lot of money in the sixties – on a moon landing taking place within the next decade.

Nobody was cheering louder than Threlfell when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin alighted from Apollo 11 – he was offered odds of 1,000/1 after all!

It just goes to show that the betting industry will satisfy bets placed decades in advance, but just make sure you don’t lose your bet slips.

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nanocosmos is kicking off its 25th anniversary at ICE London 2023 to present refined features for real-time streaming at booth N9-322

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The well-established and awarded provider for B2B interactive live streaming starts this year’s dedicated celebration of the company’s 25 years of innovation at ICE London.

Since nanocosmos joined ICE for the first time in 2018, the unique live video streaming platform nanoStream Cloud has raised the bar for live games and live bets being available anywhere at any given time on any device. Right from the beginning, the global gaming industry responded with fantastic feedback in regard to the ultra-low latency live streaming platform that delivers interactive content anywhere in the world on any device – even on mobile platforms, including iOS. The solution has matured and grown into a full featured end-to-end platform with a global network with hundreds of hosts for 24/7/365 operations. This includes unique live video streaming technology and additional tools for analytics and security. Clients from the iGaming and betting space particularly value the fact that the solution combines 100% stability with global access and allows platform operators to deliver interactive games with maximum quality of service and quality of experience for business applications around the world.

CEO and founder Oliver Lietz says: “In the midst of a rapidly changing industry, we noticed that next to the strong demand for games and betting to be available on any device anywhere in the world at ultra-low latency, it is incredibly important for our clients that they can rely on the stability of our platform. 25 years in the audio/video industry is a lot considering how we started in the video broadcast industry with software innovations from the ground off. I am proud that we can dedicate this year to celebrate sustainable innovation and partnerships, which have been our core values from the beginning.”

At booth N9-322, the nanocosmos team will showcase their product – nanoStream Cloud – with new features that highlight ease of use and refine the focus on Quality of Service and Quality of Experience.

 

New technical features to boost iGaming, betting and live casino include expanded global footprint, security, ease of use and the SRT launch

The smart spectrum of nanoStream Cloud delivers games in real-time, provides adaptive, data driven streaming for improved Quality of Service and Quality of Experience and relies on a strong Content Delivery Network, which has been significantly expanded over the last 12 months and which now further improves scalability to South America.

A series of new features make it easier and faster for stream administrators to manage and secure their streams: nanocosmos will launch nanoStream Guardian at ICE, which extends nanoStream Cloud’s security features to protect streams from misuse. Based on IP and referrer blocking, users can create blocklists for their organization and easily control which pages and users are allowed to play their streamed games.

In addition, new API routes are now available within Analytics: This allows customers to better observe their streams and to optimize the performance of their delivered content. Clients can now detect issues early during the ingestion of content, e.g., by receiving information about data not coming through or dropping bitrates. By contributing to a “healthy streaming workflow” right from the beginning, clients can optimize the quality of experience for their customers based on adaptive bitrate streaming on any device and network. Another highlight is the official launch of the SRT and Whip streaming protocols for improving live stream quality in bad network situations and from distant locations.

At ICE booth N9-322, the nanocosmos team plans to run special events and activities to celebrate 25 years of innovation.

 

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MGA Games presents Circus Mystery, the first slot game on the market featuring mini-games with hidden objects

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Jokers, cannons, and top hats welcome players to Circus Mystery, the new casino slot game from MGA Games. A game that invites you to explore the mystery behind its circus reels.

With great themed music, the slot game’s protagonist acts as the master of ceremonies and leads the players to the big circus stage. With its 5-reels, in the main game, artists, acrobats, and clowns present the most wonderful show in the world.

In addition, the slot game incorporates an outstanding innovation with its ‘hidden objects’ mini-games, which makes it the first slot game on the market with this new option. When a player gets 3 or more bonus symbols in the main game, they can access the Circus Mystery mini-games. There are 3 in total, the circus tent, the office full of mysterious objects, and the secret room of chests. Players are encouraged to play the different mini-games and find a hidden key. In two of them, players must locate the hidden objects, either manually or by allowing the game to do so automatically by clicking on the ‘play’ button.

Circus Mystery is a technologically perfect product, designed with MGA Games’ Triple View technology, that allows you to play from any device without waiting, thanks to sequential loading. MGA Games remain true to its philosophy of continually improving and offering better effects, graphics, and animations, as seen in this slot game. The moving birds, balloons, spotlights on the reels, and confetti celebrations all deliver the authentic magic of the circus.

Circus Mystery is a low-volatility game with 25 prize lines available in multiple languages. It will be available to international operators as of January 30th, 2023.

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Red Tiger’s Blood Suckers™ Megaways™ Allows Players to Hunt Down Creatures of the Night in Epic Revamp

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Red Tiger has launched Blood Suckers™ Megaways™, a chilling revamp of the renowned NetEnt classic enhanced by the industry-changing MegawaysTM mechanics. This macabre game, where players are advised to hang tight onto their wooden stakes as they slay the vampires, comes in addition to great Red Tiger remakes of further successful heritage NetEnt titles, such as Gonzo’s Quest™ Megaways™ and Piggy Riches™ Megaways™.

Creatures of the dark manifest onto the blood-soaked reels as the game’s noir ambience tests the player’s nerves. Sliding the top of the randomly appearing coffins aside, players must drive a wooden stake through the sleeping vampire’s hearts for valuable rewards.

Random and Super Wilds will either summon symbols to complement Megaways™ matches or evoke random Ways Multipliers onto the reels, respectively. If at least 3 Scatters club together on the reels, they will take the player to Free Spins—the more Scatters, the more coffins the lucky players can open at the beginning of the Bonus Round. Unveiling the rewards in the coffins by killing the undead monsters, players can enter the moldy mausoleum for Free Spins, where they may be empowered by random Wilds, Super Wilds, Bonus Spins, and Wins Multipliers for potentially greater wins.

Gionata La Torre, Chief Executive Officer Europe at Evolution, said: “The sinister creatures of the classic NetEnt title make a second appearance in this epic revamp, spiced up with exciting new features. The team has done a fantastic job bringing together the best signature elements from our versatile brand portfolio to create a game that will thrill and entertain new and returning players alike. Better keep the garlic and holy water close – it’s time to go vampire hunting in Blood Suckers™ Megaways™!”

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