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The evolution of the Hold and Win mechanic



The evolution of the Hold and Win mechanic
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Yuriy Muratov, Chief Business Development Officer at 3 Oaks Gaming, highlights how one of the most popular slot genres has kept its global appeal through a series of variations


The popularity and success of Hold and Win games is clear to see. Scan through the homepage of major online casino operators in Europe and this particular slot genre features prominently. The core essence of the mechanic resonates with a huge audience of players, largely because of the way in which it evokes the enjoyment of collecting prizes, just as we do in our everyday lives.

From its origins in the land-based sector, the mechanic has transitioned to the online space to great effect. The Hold and Win experience has captured a new audience of players in the digital environment on a global scale.

Of course, the danger of any succesful slot genre is that the market could become saturated with multiple versions, leaving it stale and diminishing its reputation amongst players. The same must be said for the Hold and Win model, given how it has been embraced by many developers in recent times.

However, the key to ensuring this iconic mechanic remains fresh and appealing to players is by taking the overall concept forward. This can be achieved by introducing new variants of the gameplay and combining it with new features that are impacting the wider slots industry.


Subtle changes make all the difference

The original and familiar Bonus Game driven by the Hold and Win model is easy to understand – simply collect as many symbols as possible until the spin counter ends.

What we see in Hold and Win games today are a plethora of captivating features and modifiers that have taken the classic gameplay forward in exciting new ways.

Mystery symbols, for instance, have now become a staple of these games. When a Hold and Win round incorporates fixed jackpots, mystery symbols deliver greater anticipation for the player when they transform and unveil their worth. The inclusion of win multipliers are another example of how the gameplay has evolved, providing increased win potential beyond the cash values typically displayed.

In recent times, the Hold and Win round has incorporated more complex features and mechanics while keeping true to its core characteristics. For example, unlockable rows help to take the experience further by showing players an alternative way to win prizes that go beyond the traditional reel set.

These subtle changes and additions help to distinguish each new gameplay, ensuring players can enjoy the next wave of instalments knowing there is a different feature or modifier to experience.

It is an approach we have undertaken at 3 Oaks Gaming to great effect. With the Hold and Win mechanic an ever present within our portfolio, it is imperative that we introduce new elements to meet the expectations of operators and their players. Simply put, we are carrying on the legacy of these slots and moving the concept forward, showcasing subtle variations that resonates hugely with players across multiple regions.


More to come from the mechanic

Moving forward, we are particularly excited by how the “3 Pots” mechanic in combination with the Hold and Win Bonus Game is bringing further excitement to players. These pots typically depicit modifiers and boosters that shape the core Hold and Win experience, such as multipliers, double game boards and additional spins, and can often be added together depending on how the Bonus Game is activated.

We have already experimented with the functionality in recent releases such as Forest Spirit: Hold and Win, with our 2024 product roadmap set to feature more games of this type.

With Hold and Win slots continuing to thrive within the iGaming industry, the forward thinking approach by developers to keep the mechanic exciting ensures it has a bright future ahead. I have no doubt that there will be plenty more adaptations to this classic genre over the coming years.

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Playson adds award-winning portfolio to iGP’s content aggregation hub



Playson adds award-winning portfolio to iGP’s content aggregation hub
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Supplier to provide creative line-up of slots to the world’s leading operators

Playson, the fast-growing digital entertainment supplier, has secured a content partnership with iGaming technology provider iGP to offer its games in multiple jurisdictions under a Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) licence.

The agreement will see many of the studio’s player-favourites, including 3 Pots Riches: Hold and Win, Power Crown: Hold and Win and Coin Strike: Hold and Win, made available to iGP’s customers via the platform provider’s new centralised aggregation hub, iGaming Deck.

Creator and provider of iGaming solutions iGP was founded in 2016 and currently hosts more than 100 game providers. Its iGaming Deck provides a catalogue of more than 5,000 titles and a single API integration.

This strategic deal bolsters Playson’s top-tier position in key markets worldwide and broadens the reach of its growing portfolio, as it continues to unveil a packed roadmap for the year ahead.

Blanka Homor, Sales Director at Playson, said: “We are delighted to join forces with iGP to supply our vibrant slots to operators through its iGaming Deck.

“This partnership will invite further recognition for our portfolio, which continues to grow at a faster pace than ever. Our 2024 roadmap is jam-packed with a variety of game types and themes, which will be highly beneficial to iGP’s operator network looking to broaden their casino offering.”

Inesa Glazaite, CCO at iGP, said: “It makes sense for iGP to partner with other fast-growing iGaming companies like Playson. Our stable platform and the carefully crafted tech stack behind iGaming Deck, our cloud-based games aggregator, is the perfect home for Playson’s legendary slot games. Together, we’re set to help operators around the world reach their iGaming potential and deliver experiences their players will love. I’m looking forward to working with the Playson team and seeing the next wave of innovative games they bring to the table.”

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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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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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