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Feel the sugar rush in Play’n GO’s Sweet Alchemy

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23rd March 2018 – Omni-channel slots specialist Play’n GO will have players going candy crazy in its latest gridslot Sweet Alchemy after a successful launch event in Malta, attended by many of the island’s gaming fans.

Players will journey through a candy land map looking to connect clusters of sweet treats as they fill the 5×5 grid while completing different objectives on the way.

Each winning cluster counts towards the Sugar Rush bonus meter which drops wilds onto the grid, or the Mix-the-Elixir free round which rushes players to an enlarged 9×9 grid where they’ll be met by the Alchemist who casts spells that shuffle symbols, add wild symbols and destroy tiles.

As with many other Play’n GO titles, Sweet Alchemy features several targets which change as players progress along the map, with the chance to win a variety of prizes and multipliers, increasing as the game goes on.

Sweet Alchemy bridges the gap between gaming and gambling by tasking players with both short and long-term goals and bringing extra variety to the game, improving average game time.

Following in the footsteps of Viking Runecraft and Reactoonz, this gridslot engages players with a unique experience on every play, while its accessible mechanism and much-loved storyline appeals to various demographics.

Johan Törnqvist, CEO of Play’n GO, said: “Sweet Alchemy follows our strategy of developing titles which offer thrills beyond just winning money, instead integrating levels, bonus features and differing goals to make a more extensive entertainment product.

The simplicity and recognisable theme will be loved by all, and coupled with Play’n GO’s usual vibrant, detailed graphics, animations and soundtracks, we’re sure this will be one of our biggest hits of the year.

The slot was launched last night at an event held at Kuromi, which saw lots of fans turn out to see game demonstrations accompanied by a games’ tournament, some delicious treats and great entertainment and prizes.

 

About Play’n GO:

Play’n GO is an award-winning supplier of high quality gaming content to many of the world’s leading casino brands.  Its genuine omni-channel solution can be tailored to suit the needs of individual online and land-based partners, regardless of geographical, regulatory, or market-specific requirements. Its games are developed in HTML5 to provide an enhanced user experience on all devices and operating systems. These are complemented by superior back-office administration tools which provide expansive reporting and marketing capabilities, ensuring operators are equipped to provide the ultimate gaming experience. The supplier’s extensive portfolio was recently recognised by the award of the IGA Slot Provider of the Year 2017 title. Play’n GO currently hold offices in Sweden, Malta, Hungary, and the UK. Please visit http://www.playngo.com for more details.

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Gateway to expand Hanover Casino, create up to 70 new jobs

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Playtime Casino Hanover to Feature New, Exciting Dining and Entertainment Options

 

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (“Gateway”) announced it will invest an estimated $18 million into renovations at their Hanover Casino at 275 Fifth Street and create up to 70 new jobs in the Municipality of Hanover. The expanded casino will be rebranded as Playtime Casino Hanover and will feature 300 slots and 8 live table games (pending required approvals), and will be a showcase for Gateway’s signature restaurant brands MATCH Eatery & Public House and The Buffet. The renovations are expected to be completed by December of this year.

Central to Gateway’s success has been the development of proprietary casino and restaurant brands.  The Playtime brand is built around the design inspiration of “Play” and will deliver to patrons a high energy and fun experience with an expanded footprint of 32,672 square feet with an additional 3,283 square foot mezzanine.  The expanded Playtime Hanover will build on its reputation as a popular local entertainment destination that will now offer both gaming entertainment as well as a dining and entertainment experiences with two new restaurants – MATCH Eatery & Public House and the Buffet.

Gateway Casino’s signature brand MATCH Eatery & Public House combines the welcoming and social traditions of a neighbourhood pub with the high energy and excitement of a sports bar. Whether it’s the big game, a family celebration or just a social gathering with friends, MATCH Eatery & Public House provides a casual, upbeat atmosphere ideal for any occasion. The Buffett equally complements the MATCH experience with an emphasis on exceptional value and an ever-changing menu highlighting cuisine from around the world with something for every age and appetite.

“This is the beginning of a whole new gaming and entertainment experience for Hanover.” said Linda McColl General Manager at Gateway Casinos, Playtime Hanover. “The Hanover, Bentinick & Brant Agricultural Society have been great partners in this venture making space available to us in in the former proposed Carriage Hall banquet facility. I want to thank Randy Rier from the agricultural society and Rhonda Waechter from the raceway for their help in making this happen. I also want to thank Hanover Mayor Sue Paterson and CAO Brian Tocheri for their help and support as well for allowing us to proceed so quickly.”

The investment in an expanded Hanover site follows the announcement of a new $36 million Cascades Casino to be built in Chatham-Kent and the $26 million renovation currently underway to transform Gateway Point Edward to Starlight Casino Point Edward.

Hanover Mayor, Sue Paterson said, “On behalf of council, we are equally excited about Gateway’s growth plans for Hanover.  We believe Gateway couldn’t have picked a better community in which to invest $18 million.  We are particularly pleased to see that construction of the agricultural society’s Carriage Hall project will be completed and that the partnership with the agricultural society remains strong. I also want to thank CAO Brian Tocheri, and Chief Building Official and Director of Development Don Tedford for their help and support.”

“It’s exciting news to see the planned expansion of Gateway Casino. This investment will boost our local economy and create new jobs in our area. It’s especially great to know that Carriage Hall will be completed and in partnership with the Hanover, Bentinick and Brant Agricultural Society, they will help to ensure the sustainability of this long-standing group as well as this attraction to Hanover for many years to come. I wish the best of success and prosperity to everyone involved,” said Bill Walker, MPP, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound

“The Ag Society is happy with Gateway and the jobs that will be coming to Hanover,” said Randy Rier President of the Hanover, Bentinick & Brant Agricultural Society.

A commitment to responsible gambling is integral to how Gateway operates in Ontario including OLG’s PlaySmart program.  All Gateway properties in BC and Ontario hold RG Check accreditation. Together with OLG and other government partners, Gateway will continue to implement responsible gambling initiatives at all properties across Canada.

 

About Gateway Casinos & Entertainment

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (“Gateway”) is one of the largest and most diversified gaming companies in Canada. Operating in British Columbia, Edmonton and Ontario, Gateway has 9,000 employees and operates 27 gaming properties with more than 380 tables, over 13,200 slots, 77 restaurants and bars and 561 hotel rooms. As the new service provider for the Central Gaming Bundle in Ontario, Gateway has brought two more properties and one new planned build in Wasaga Beach or Collingwood to the Gateway portfolio when fully implemented.  A multi-pronged growth strategy has seen Gateway diversify and expand its product offering, including developing proprietary casino and restaurant brands, which has dramatically improved the gaming customer experience while attracting new customers. This includes brands like Match Eatery & Public House, Atlas Steak + Fish and the new Halley’s Club.  In 2017, Gateway celebrated 25 years in the business of gaming and entertainment in Canada. Further information is available at www.gatewaycasinos.com.

Source: Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited

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PokerStars Previews Virtual Reality Poker Taking Players into Immersive Online World

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Live and online poker collide in brand new VR experience

 

PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker site, is previewing a virtual reality version of its online poker software in expectation of a commercial release in the future.

An exciting and innovative experience for new and existing players, PokerStars VR is a free-to-play, authentic and immersive social poker game, which will give players the chance to play poker in visually stunning game environments, handle chips and cards just as in the real world, study opponents and pick up tells, chat in real time, and keep the tables fun with a host of interactive props.

Initially offering the No-Limit Hold’em version of poker, the multiplayer game is currently in a closed beta with around one hundred invitees playing and testing the game using Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Steam.

The product was previewed this week in Birmingham at EuroGamer, the UK’s biggest games event. PokerStars VR, developed with Lucky VR, features intuitive controls for easy gameplay, voice command controls, integrated Twitch broadcasting, video streaming and social media integration on Oculus Rift for those who wish to play and stream.

PokerStars VR allows players to come together from all over the world in a virtual card room where avatars not only interact around the game, but can dress to impress, socialise, entertain and chat as if in the same room. They can do this while streaming shows or sport and enjoying a variety of virtual items and activities such as ordering food and drinks, sharing sushi, throwing items at each other, or even owning a pet donkey and smoking a cigar (or a cigar-smoking pet donkey if that’s on the wish list).

From novel fun and social interaction to serious poker action, players can also study stats and observe their opponent’s reactions as if physically in the same room, bringing every virtual interaction and action to life. With leaderboards and private tables, there is something for everyone, and players can earn free chips to use at the tables by spinning a virtual wheel every day. In addition, there are five exotic virtual reality settings for players to experience: Macau 2050, The Macau Suite, The Showdown Saloon, Monte-Carlo Yacht, and The Void.

“PokerStars VR is a chance for us to take this amazing technology and bring something totally unique to poker players,” said Severin Rasset, Director of Poker Innovation and Operations at PokerStars. “Poker is about interaction. It’s been bringing people together for well over a century. We’re really excited to invest in the next generation of the game and to give players the opportunity to meet in a brand new virtual reality dimension.”

 

About PokerStars:

PokerStars operates the world’s most popular online poker sites, serving the global poker community. Since it launched in 2001, PokerStars has become the first choice of players all over the world, with more daily tournaments than anywhere else and with the best online security. More than 182 billion hands have been dealt on PokerStars, which is more than any other site.

The Stars Group owns or licenses gaming and related consumer businesses and brands, including PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, Full Tilt, Sky Bet, Sky Vegas, Sky Casino, Sky Bingo, Sky Poker and BetEasy as well as live poker tour and event brands, including the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship, European Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour, Asia Pacific Poker Tour, PokerStars Festival and PokerStars MEGASTACK. The Stars Group is one of the world’s most licensed online gaming operators with its subsidiaries collectively holding licenses or approvals in 19 jurisdictions throughout the world, including in Europe, Australia, and the Americas.

Play Responsibly!  For more information on responsible gaming please visit our website at http://www.pokerstars.com/about/responsible-gaming/

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The Stars Group’s Pokerstars Concludes Largest-ever Online Poker Series With 1.1 Million Entries and $100 Million in Prizes

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The Stars Group announced that its PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) concluded earlier this week as the largest-ever online poker series with more than 1.1 million entries. The tournament awarded nearly $100 million in prizes during the two-week long schedule of events, comfortably exceeding its advertised guarantee of $70 million and surpassing last year’s series and the previous prize pool record set in 2017 during PokerStars’ Spring Championship of Online Poker, which awarded $94 million.

The tournament also set a record for the number of entries to an online poker tournament with more than 1.1 million entries from 148,000 unique players representing 140 countries.

WCOOP 2018 offered a 185-event schedule consisting of low, medium and high buy-in levels ranging from $2.20 to $25,000. A total of seven Platinum Passes to the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC), worth around $30,000 each, were also awarded to the winners of headline events. Overall, the series paid out more than 150,000 individual cash prizes and more than $15 million in first-place prizes.

About The Stars Group

The Stars Group is a provider of technology-based product offerings in the global gaming and interactive entertainment industries. Its brands have millions of registered customers globally and collectively are leaders in online and mobile betting, poker, casino and other gaming-related offerings. The Stars Group owns or licenses gaming and related consumer businesses and brands, including PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, Full Tilt, BetEasy, Sky Bet, Sky Vegas, Sky Casino, Sky Bingo, and Sky Poker, as well as live poker tour and event brands, including the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship, European Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour, Asia Pacific Poker Tour, PokerStars Festival and PokerStars MEGASTACK. The Stars Group is one of the world’s most licensed online gaming operators with its subsidiaries collectively holding licenses or approvals in 19 jurisdictions throughout the world, including in Europe, Australia, and the Americas. The Stars Group’s vision is to become the world’s favorite iGaming destination and its mission is to provide its customers with winning moments.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements and Other Information

This news release may contain forward-looking statements and information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements can, but may not always, be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate”, “plan”, “continue”, “estimate”, “expect”, “may”, “will”, “intend”, “could”, “might”, “would”, “should”, “believe”, and similar references to future periods or the negatives of these words and expressions. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. There can be no assurance that actual results will not differ materially from those expressed or implied in forward-looking statements. Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements. Please refer to The Stars Group’s most recent annual information form and annual and interim financial statements and management’s discussion and analysis for more information about the factors, assumptions and risks that may apply to The Star’s Group’s forward-looking statements. Each forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date hereof, and The Stars Group undertakes no obligation to correct or update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

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