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Spectrum Gaming Group Reveals Top 10 Trends for 2020

George Miller



Spectrum Gaming Group Reveals Top 10 Trends for 2020
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Spectrum Gaming Group, an independent research and professional services firm serving public- and private-sector clients worldwide, has developed its list of Top Trends that the global gaming industry needs to monitor in 2020.

For 16 years, Spectrum professionals have accurately predicted critical trends, ranging from its prediction 15 years ago that the gaming industry would move from rejection to acceptance to embrace of online gaming to its 2019 prediction that Asia’s online gaming industry – including the streaming of casino games to China from the Philippines and Cambodia – will face scrutiny from China and from international regulators.

The 2020 list has been developed in conjunction with experts from the Spectrum Group of Companies, including:

  • Spectrum Gaming Sports Group
  • Spectrum Asia
  • Spectrum Gaming Capital
  • Spectrum Esports Advisors

Spectrum tracks these and other trends on a regular basis, and we note that many of the trends we cite and monitor are multi-year trends. To view previous years’ lists, visit

The top 10 trends for 2020 (in order of prominence) are:

  1. In Japan, 2020 will be the “Year of the Prefecture” in that prefectures will be fully involved in evaluating whether or not they will compete for one of three authorized integrated resorts (IRs). Prefectures will establish working groups and advisory councils to assist in this process and by the end of next year one or more prefectures will have selected their IR operator partner. Meanwhile, the National Government will name the Commissioners to the Casino Regulatory Commission and the regulatory agency will become operative by issuing a series of regulatory guidelines.
  2. The internationalization of gaming brands will continue, with Hard Rock International, Melco Resorts & Entertainment, and MGM Resorts International leading the pack. More jurisdictions in EuropeAfricaLatin America and elsewhere will seek out such brands as they continue to look to the development of IRs as economic generators.
  3. While igaming has been active for more than five years in the United States, more states will expand into this area in 2020. Digital sports betting will also continue its post-PASPA expansion. Those simultaneous trends could lead to more conflicts between lotteries and casino operators, as both industries look to igaming and sports betting as the means to attract younger demographics. Related to that, the expansion of sports betting into non-traditional outlets such as stadiums and sports bars will fuel the use of self-service betting terminals (SSBTs), leading to the potential installation of thousands of SSBTs in multiple states.
  4. Electronic gaming devices characterized as “skill-based” games that are not regulated will become more pervasive throughout the United States, garnering support from legislators seeking additional revenue as well as from retailers attracted by the prospect of additional revenue and foot traffic. This trend is also generating significant pushback from regulated offerings, particularly lottery games, based on concerns that such games cannibalize other forms of gaming.
  5. As mergers and acquisitions among gaming companies continue, more states will find themselves in a position in which their licensees operate facilities in nearby states. This will put pressure on states to develop more investment-friendly regulatory and tax systems to keep capital, jobs and revenue from flowing to more appealing jurisdictions.
  6. The Asia-Pacific Group, the organization affiliated with the Financial Action Task Force in Paris overseeing anti-money-laundering issues worldwide, will continue to push countries in Southeast Asia to increase their regulation of gaming especially in the areas of Licensing (determining beneficial ownership of casinos and online casinos) and anti-money-laundering.
  7. Crypto-based betting and gaming will continue to gain momentum. Many countries are seeking to regulate this activity, thus adding legitimacy and stability to what had been a highly fluctuating, volatile currency market. Similarly, the gaming industry’s use of artificial intelligence and virtual reality technologies will expand, with a focus on enhancing the customer experience.
  8. Handle from betting on team-based leagues and players in competitive esports gaming will grow in international regulated markets. In the US market, esports betting will remain minimal as the domestic gaming industry continues to focus on traditional sports betting, and will not devote significant resources to esports. However, regional gaming operators will increasingly view esports as an amenity, fueled by the increasing frequency of esports-related events in gaming hubs such as Las Vegas and Atlantic City.
  9. In Europe, gambling advertising will come under increasing pressure and scrutiny in the face of regulatory and pubic concerns that some messages do not sufficiently promote responsible gaming policies and practices, as required by law. At the same time, regulators throughout Europe and especially in the UK have signalled an increasing willingness to levy more fines, with greater penalties, against their licensees in a broad-based effort to ensure full compliance.
  10. Separating real estate from operations with real estate investment trust (REIT) ownership will become a more commonplace activity. At least one more REIT will enter the gaming field to provide more competition to leaders GLPI, MGP and VICI. Traditional, non-gaming real estate funds such as Blackstone will continue to buy well located but underperforming properties.


About Spectrum:

Spectrum Gaming Group is a non-partisan consultancy that specializes in the economics, regulation and policy of legalized gambling worldwide. We have provided independent research and professional services to public- and private-sector clients since 1993. We bring wide industry perspective to every engagement, having worked in 40 US states and territories and in 48 countries on six continents. Spectrum also serves as the Executive Director of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS).


SOURCE: Spectrum Gaming Group


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Great Online Casino Games Becoming More Popular This Year

George Miller



Great Online Casino Games Becoming More Popular This Year
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Large cities and communities always have casinos and gambling establishments built around their area. Various reasons contribute into why these casinos exist: helps with the city’s economy, boosting tourism, and maximizing tourism infrastructure, among others. While casinos are an excellent gambling avenue, shifting to digital means has become the trend lately.

What Are Online Casinos?

An online casino is essentially an online gambling platform. Compared to in-person casino gambling, online casinos don’t have dealers, but casino gaming software to manage them.

People who love visiting casinos might find fewer experiences in online casinos. However, online casinos have numerous perks that can’t be matched by land-based casinos. If you’re looking into online casinos recently, take a look at its advantages:

  • Convenient to use and navigate
  • Safe and secure gambling process
  • Wide variety of games
  • Plenty of bonuses and rewards for newcomers and regular customers

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, people shifted to online activities. The entertainment industry slowed down, including land-based casinos and gambling establishments.

Moreover, one compelling study expects that the online gambling industry will potentially grow by 11.5% from 2019 to 2025. Aside from the pandemic’s impacts, the online casino market’s main growth factors include increased internet access and the availability of cost-effective mobile betting applications.

To make the most out of your online gambling, here are 7 awesome casino games becoming more popular this year:

Video Poker

Poker is a well-known game that combines luck and skill. This game is characterized by players betting against each other based on their poker hand’s value. The plastic or ceramic chips called chips represent the player’s bets.

A Video Poker game resembles a slot machine gameplay, yet players have more control to increase their winning possibilities. Although you can’t hold your cards and chips tangibly, video poker remains exciting because of having a more friendly and positive mindset.

The three most popular variants of Video Poker include Deuces Wild, Jacks or Better, and Joker’s Wild. If you’re looking for online casino sites within your area, particularly in the Netherlands, visit Casinomartini.

Online Roulette

Roulette is a classic game that involves players placing their bets, and then the dealer throws a ball into the spinning wheel. You’ll earn rewards if the ball lands on the number, color, or section that you’ve bet on.

Roulette has transitioned seamlessly into the online world. Today, there are numerous variants of the online Roulette game:

  • American Roulette
  • European Roulette
  • French Roulette
  • Pinball Roulette
  • Multi-Ball Roulette
  • Multi-Wheel Roulette
  • Mini-Roulette
  • 3D Roulette

People of all ages enjoy online Roulette due to its simplicity. Despite many variants that you can play, the rules and betting options are appealing and easy to understand.

Roulette games are available 24/7 year-long. Several online casinos offer free online roulette games without any signups or downloads required. Before placing your bets online, these free online roulettes can help in honing your skills and strategies.

Baccarat Online

If you’re ready to bag out a huge amount of money for online gambling, the Baccarat is the perfect casino game for you. The Baccarat or Punto Banco is a casino staple developed for high rollers. Your hand totals should be the closest to nine to win the game, plus you can double your win if you’ve bet on the player closest to nine as well.

Online casino gaming software companies come up with abundant ideas to configure rules and regulations in Baccarat Online. This game appears similar to Blackjack, but there are more betting options, giving more freedom and equal footing to gamblers.

Online Blackjack

Blackjack, or the game of 21, is by far a player’s favorite among numerous card games in live and online casinos. This game is known for its relatively lower house edge than other casino games.

While Blackjack Online presents less advantage, this card game is still loved by returning players because it allows them to play progressively across different variants, which can boost their payouts.

Blackjack Online has a plethora of twists that will keep players excited. The most popular Blackjack Online variation is the Blackjack Switch enables gamblers to exchange their top cards between two hands. Learn more about Blackjack here.

Pai Gow Poker Online

Pai Gow Poker is the Poker variant derived from Pai Gow or Double Hand Poker. This game is ideal for players who seek fun during their leisure time, especially that people are stuck in their homes today. Once you learn the fundamentals of this game, you’ll find it less intense than other Poker types.

Here are some proven methods and strategies when playing Pai Gow Poker to increase your odds:

  • Understand and explore the rules by trying out free Pai Gow Pokers first.
  • Be the banker as much as possible because bankers have higher winning chances than players.
  • Avoid focusing too much on one hand, but practice balance on both the 2-card and 5-card hand.

Online Craps

Another easy yet unique gambling game that could test your luck and wit is Craps. Essentially, the players’ goal is simple: predict the rolls or series of rolls of the dice. In land-based casinos, you’re required to follow a confusing table etiquette, but online casinos don’t.

Online Craps remain consistent in different gaming software. They only have varying layouts and graphics, so expect that it’s easier to explore Online Craps despite jumping to different online casino sites.

The only difference between a brick-and-mortar venue versus online betting in Online Craps, is you don’t get to throw the dice yourself. A ‘roll’ button is available on the game, and the computer will generate the outcomes.

Online Slots

Perhaps the most diverse and enticing casino game out there is the Slots. The sparkling slot machines with gold levers are ultimate eye candy for gamblers in land-based casinos. Although the slot machines have transferred online and became intangible, they never disappoint.

Anyone can play Online Slots. These are some reasons why both gambling beginners and enthusiasts love this classic game:

  • Widely accessible and straightforward to play
  • Ideal for mobile phones
  • Progressive prizes amounting up to multi-millions
  • Hundreds of slot game varieties, like Mega Fortune, Mega Moolah, and Age of the Gods


As online gambling is projected to expand tremendously, it’s worthwhile to try online casino than a land-based casino at least once in your life. These online casino games discussed in the article proves that online casinos aren’t a waste of money because there are also free online casino games for beginners.

With online casino games, you can keep yourself entertained while maximizing your playing convenience and value for money.

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Why You Need A VPN When Gaming Online In 2020

George Miller



Why You Need A VPN When Gaming Online In 2020
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There’s no doubt that 2020 has been an eventful year so far. So much has happened that, amid it all, a lot of serious news has been glossed over. One of the big news stories happening in the background of everything else is the increased awareness of online risks. In the US, the focus has been on China and its access to data gathered by the TikTok app. But that is far from its only manifestation.

The problem with focusing the surveillance issue on China is it disregards the fact that this is going on in the US and many European countries. Democratic governments have justified surveillance for the sake of security, but it is exactly this which has left us open to the threat of other countries doing the same.

If you are gambling online in 2020, you should definitely be aware of all the potential issues. You are doing online financial transactions all the time, and your online activity can be tracked legally and illegally.

A virtual private network (VPN) is the first line of defense against surveillance and other cyberthreats. Here is why you need a VPN when gaming online in 2020.

Avoid pattern recognition

All good online gaming platforms have regulations against pattern recognition through their systems. After all, pattern recognition can be used to cheat you out of your money. However, it is better to be safe than to be sorry, especially if you like trying out new platforms.

With a VPN active, your activity cannot be traced to your IP address. Therefore, pattern recognition breaks down. Of course, this will not help you on sites which you should know by now to avoid. If a site does not implement strict protocols that prevent it from tracking you based on your user profile, it needs to be avoided at all costs.

Data and identity theft

Another issue that can occur when you are gaming online regularly is that any hacker who is able to view your activity can make conclusions about your financial situation. They can use this, along with other data they have gotten from your online activity, to steal your identity and get away with whatever you have in your bank accounts.

A VPN is the best defense we have against data and identity theft. Click here for more info about the best VPN that works with all Apple devices. You should be covered whether you are using a PC or mobile.

Keep the government out

While you may not be as wary of your government as you are of hackers, they do have a lot more power. If we’ve learned anything from twenty-first century politics, it is that our rights to privacy and independence are not as set in stone as we thought, no matter where in the world we are.

Ideally, no one should be vulnerable to surveillance. We have become desensitized to our data being gathered by anyone with financial or other interests, but it is past time that we stop simply giving into it.

A VPN is more necessary than ever in 2020, especially if you are gaming. Get the right VPN now to protect yourself from online threats.

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OPAP Acquires Majority Stakes in Stoiximan

Niji Narayan



OPAP Acquires Majority Stakes in Stoiximan
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OPAP Group, the major gaming operator in Greece, has completed the formalities of a 51% stake acquisition in Stoiximan Group’s Greek and Cypriot operations. The deal was initially announced about 18 months before.

As per the terms of the deal, Stoiximan will get an OPAP stake worth €90.2m (£81.5m/$106.1m) plus net cash of €3.0m, in addition to the earnout payments based on performance.

OPAP’s Invest arm will also buy the stake from GML Interactive, a subsidiary of Stoiximan parent company TCB Holdings, for grabbing joint control of the business alongside other two shareholders.

With this, OPAP  now has a 69% stake in Stoiximan’s Greek and Cypriot business. The company plans to increase its share to 84.49% in the near future so that the company can take full control of Greek and Cypriot operations.


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