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Digitain rolls the dice on Sic Bo reboot

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Award-winning provider bolsters its leading in-house portfolio with fresh spin on ancient Chinese classic

Leading sportsbook and casino platform provider Digitain has announced the launch of its latest in-house table game, Sic Bo, to bolster an acclaimed gaming suite.

Sitting alongside a wide range of EGR B2B-award-winning skill games and traditional table games (including perennial player-favourites like Baccarat, Blackjack and Roulette), Digitain’s all-new Sic Bo adds a modern twist to an ancient three-dice classic, without losing its timeless, authentic appeal.

Digitain’s engaging new title allows players to join at any stage in the staking cycle, select their stake and bet on any of the myriad outcomes. Using the game’s content-management panel, Digitain’s partners can also vary game probabilities, giving operators welcome flexibility in the odds they offer customers, driving engagement with regular wins, or more mouth-watering potential payouts.

The rollout caps an exciting period for Digitain, which has seen the provider expand its global reach from Europe, through Africa and on to Eastern Asia, with the industry’s most flexible, scalable and efficient sports betting platform. Digitain’s award-winning casino solution now totals 3,000-plus games from major casino suppliers, such as Novomatic, Microgaming, NetEnt and Playson.

Simon Westbury, Digitain’s Director for International Business Development, said: “We’re delighted to introduce our partners and their players to Sic Bo, an immersive fusion between old and new, all sealed with Digitain’s patented in-house twist. Earlier this year we challenged ourselves to reach more casino players, and we’re certainly accomplishing that, thanks to an innovative gaming portfolio which has already garnered industry acclaim.

“Our gaming suite can be easily integrated into existing sportsbooks and casinos, offering players greater choice, while also boosting engagement and retention for operators. Sic Bo is already proving itself a ready winner for increasing player dwell-time, the holy grail of any digital offering.

“Combining the very latest in industry innovation with enshrined gambling inclinations, games like Sic Bo reinforce our portfolio’s position at the cultural crossroads of international gaming culture and taste. It provides further vindication that we are delivering leading turnkey solutions to the market.”

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Greece Prohibits Advertisement on Online Slots

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The Greek government has implemented tough norms on online gaming and advertising. As per the new norms, the maximum stakes of random number generator (RNG) games is limited to of €2, and maximum prizes are limited to €5000.

The slot games  should not be advertised anywhere outside of an operator’s own website. Gambling products other than slots can be advertised on social media but the operators must ensure that the ads are viewed only by persons over the age of 21.

There are several other provisions.

Online players now need to fix loss and time limits for play, and operators must inform players when they reach 80% of their limit.

Casino games will have a prize limit of €70,000 and sports betting will have a prize limit of €500,000 per bet.

Fees for for seven-year licences have been fixed at €3million for online betting and €2million for other forms of gaming.

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Dutch Govt. Grants Power to Local Authorities to close Leisure Venues

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In a significant move, the Dutch government has granted power to Dutch municipal health services (Gemeentelijke Gezondheids Dienst – GGD) to close leisure establishments such as casinos and slot arcades. The GGD can exercise this power, if needed, for containing the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Health Minister Hugo De Jonge announced this decision amidst concerns about rising Covid-19 cases in the country.

Dutch gambling trade association VAN Kansspelen also issued a warning to its members to strictly implement all restrictions and ensire that customers follow all of the measures intended to limit the spread of the virus, such as keeping a distance from one another.

“The number of infections is increasing and people not adhering to the basic rules as closely, such as observing the 1.5m and hygiene measures,” VAN Kansspelen said. “The national government is taking measures to prevent further spread of the virus.

“As a sector, it is important to contribute to the prevention of infections. We therefore call on you to adhere to all protocols and the rules. Also inform your guests of this if they do not comply with this.

The Netherlands government allowed casinos and slot arcades to start functioning again on July 1, after closing in mid-March.

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SkyCity Shuts Down Auckland Casino as New Zealand Re-enters Lockdown

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Casino operator SkyCity Entertainment Group has once again closed down its flagship integrated resort SkyCity Auckland, after the New Zealand government revealed four new cases of community transmitted COVID-19 on Tuesday.

The cases have come as a huge shock to the country, which only 24 hours earlier had celebrated 100 days without a single new locally transmitted case of the coronavirus. Auckland has immediately been placed back on Stage 3 restrictions for three days as a precautionary measure, with the rest of New Zealand on Stage 2. Under Stage 3 lockdown, bars and many businesses will be closed, gatherings restricted to 10 people and travel in and out of Auckland mostly prohibited.

SkyCity’s casinos in Hamilton and Queenstown will remain open with social distancing measures in place.

“SkyCity is fully complying with this latest update from the New Zealand government. SkyCity is well prepared to respond quickly to these changes and is in a strong financial position to withstand the financial impacts of these temporary restrictions,” Graeme Stephens, CEO of SkyCity Entertainment, said.

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