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Sought-after software provider’s latest gelateria-themed slot delivers a double scoop of excitement thanks to a fun free spins feature that also includes rewarding sticky wilds

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Malta, 9 August 2023: With a major heatwave currently sweeping across most of western Europe, software providers Swintt has once again proved to be the industry’s coolest customers with the launch of Duolito Iceman – a brand-new Premium release that features both free spins and sticky wilds.

Like most games in the studio’s Premium line-up, Duolito Iceman adheres to the classic design elements of traditional land-based slots, with familiar ace-through-ten card symbols accounting for the slot’s lower value icons. Where it comes into its own, however, is in its unique Italian gelateria theme, with action unfolding in front of a backdrop of rolling Tuscan hills and the leaning tower of Pisa.

To enhance this idyllic setting, higher-value symbols are comprised of a variety of sweet treats, with three flavoured single-scoop cups of ice cream and a luxurious sundae awarding the slot’s biggest payouts. Beyond that, players will need to keep an eye out for the Duolito wild symbol and the bonus-trigger scatter icon, which is depicted as a golden shield bearing the Italian flag and the word “feature”.

Should three or more instances of this special symbol occur in any reel position during a base game spin, players will immediately be served up 12 free spins with a new ice-cold modifier in play. Now, whenever a Duolito wild symbol appears, it will remain locked in place for the duration of the feature, with multiple sticky wilds making it far easier to trigger five-of-a-kind wins over the slot’s 10 paylines.

Given that the Duolito wild can, by default, substitute for any regular base game symbol, having several of them stuck to the board at any one time can dramatically increase players’ chances of landing the maximum 1,200x jackpot and also improves the slot’s overall hit-rate to a very generous 26.67%.

Of course, with Duolito Iceman being a fresh new addition to the popular SwinttPremium catalogue, players also won’t be surprised to hear that the studio’s signature Risk feature is also present and correct. Available after any winning spin, this optional extra simply asks them to guess the colour of a hidden playing card to double their prize, with multiple picks on offer until an incorrect guess is made.

David Mann, Chief Executive Officer at Swintt, said: “With most of Europe bracing itself for a scorching summer, Swintt have been hard at work developing another ice-cold addition to our Premium line-up in Duolito Iceman – a gelateria-inspired slot that serves up sweet wins of up to 1,200x players’ stake.
“With its colourful graphics and intuitive user interface, Duolito Iceman again adheres to the fundamental design elements that have made our Premium slot range such a huge success, but also throws in free spins with sticky wilds to ensure that even bonus-oriented players are well catered for.”

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GGPoker Launches Exclusive WSOP Circuit UK Satellites Press Release

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GGPoker, the World’s Biggest Poker Room, is proud to launch exclusive online satellite tournaments to the upcoming WSOP Circuit UK £1,100 Main Event, which will be hosted at Nottingham’s Dusk Till Dawn Poker Club from March 15 through March 24.

The winner of the WSOP Circuit UK Main Event, which boasts a £500,000 guarantee, will claim a prestigious WSOP-C Gold Ring and the lion’s share of the massive prize pool.

Phased WSOP-C UK satellite tournaments are currently running at GGPoker, with buy-in to Centroll satellite tournaments set at £0.01, Phase 1 at £1,10, Phase 2 at £11 and the Final Phase at £110. At least five WSOP-C UK £1,100 Main Event tickets will be won in each Final Phase satellite.

Players that win £1,100 Main Event tickets will be registered into the exclusive OnLive Day 1 hosted by GGPoker on March 19, with all Day 1 survivors making it through to the live Day 2 on March 24.

“We’re delighted to partner once more with World Series of Poker and Dusk Till Dawn, with UK and Irish players promised a super event in Nottingham next month,” said Angela Martin, UK & Ireland Head of Marketing at GGPoker. “Players can win their way to the WSOP-C £1,100 Main Event for just a single penny and take aim at a guaranteed £500,000 and WSOP Gold Ring!”

New GGPoker players can also claim the poker room’s Welcome Bonus, earn even more rewards with the Honeymoon for Newcomers promotion and automatically join GGPoker’s Fish Buffet loyalty program, with regular cash prizes on offer.

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PAGCOR SEEKS GCG APPROVAL TO IMPLEMENT SALARY STEP INCREMENT

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The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation said it has asked the Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG) for approval of salary step increments based on employees’ length of service to correct distortions caused by its new Compensation and Position Classification System (CPCS).

In a letter to GCG Chairperson Atty. Marius Corpus dated February 22, 2024, PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Alejandro H. Tengco said the PAGCOR Board of Directors has approved the implementation of step increments but it needs GCG approval.

“Parallel to the thrust of the PAGCOR Board of Directors to prioritize the welfare of the employees, the PAGCOR Board approved the Implementation of Step Increment based on Length of Service, subject to GCG’s review and approval,” he said in the letter.

The PAGCOR chief said the step increment is only the first of many appeals that the agency plans to lodge with the GCG so that PAGCOR employees may enjoy competitive salaries and benefits comparable to other revenue-generating GOCCs.

PAGCOR received its Authority to Implement the CPCS on January 31 this year. However, majority of the employees were dismayed to see that their take-home pay decreased when they received their salaries on the first payday under CPCS on February 15, 2024.

The CPCS also caused distortions in pay scale since all employees were reverted to Pay Step 1 regardless of their years of service. This means that a new employee in a certain position gets the same salary as someone who has been in the same position for 15 years or more.

Chairman Tengco said the Step Increment appeal is only the first of many which the agency plans to lodge with the GCG to remedy the overall decrease in employees’ take home pay, especially for those who occupy the lowest rungs in the organization.

“We hope that the GCG will positively respond to our appeal so that all tenured PAGCOR employees will not feel shortchanged, and instead receive the compensation that they deserve under the bounds of the law,” he added.

A provision under the CPCS implementing guidelines states that “one step increment shall be granted to qualified personnel for every three years of continuous satisfactory service in the present position.”

Records show that as of December 31, 2023, a total of 7,057 PAGCOR personnel or 72.60% of the agency’s workforce have been in service for more than three years in their respective positions.

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ClearStake secures seven-figure funding round to drive further growth

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ClearStake, a leading solution for smart financial data requests, has completed a seven-figure funding round that will allow the company to scale its business and further its mission to reduce the number of players lost by operators when asked to share financial information, a huge problem for the gambling industry.

The technology solution, built on Open Banking and designed specifically for the gambling sector, helps operators lower the costs of compliance by doing in minutes what can take hours and increases the number of players who opt-in to share their data to become eligible for approval. Early adopters have already reported up to a 6x increase in player retention when data is required.

ClearStake is already backed by industry stalwarts and its latest round has attracted more investors, including former and current senior executives from major brands such as Flutter, Paddy Power, PointsBet, Stats Perform and EML Payments.

Affordability and AML checks are a focus in numerous jurisdictions and the ClearStake platform is a simple, easy-to-implement solution that makes these checks fast and easy for players. Demand for a tool like ClearStake has never been greater, as both mid-sized and larger operators look to make checks as frictionless as possible.

The technology has proven to deliver results and the company is now preparing for a significant period of growth, with further product development in the pipeline. ClearStake also now has its sights on international opportunities, as it continues to establish itself as the go-to provider for financial data requests for the gambling industry.

Martin Burt, CEO at ClearStake, said: “We are delighted to have secured additional funding for our journey, which will enable us to deliver our solution to a greater number of operators.

“We are lucky to have an investor group consisting of prominent industry experts who understand the potential of our technology globally and are on board with our vision of solving the challenge of requesting financial data from players.”

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