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Almost every kind of gambling games such as slot machines, card tables or roulettes, have moved from the real world to the virtual one. Of course, not entirely.  Or at least, not physically. Virtual casinos and online gambling have been a force to reckon with over the past years, and it looks like things aren’t going to go down anytime soon. People that have never actually walked in a casino, have the opportunity to join one online. But what about the real, physical business of gambling? Will it survive? Or will people give away the pleasure of gambling in a real casino, enjoying drinks and actually feel everything from chips to cards and buttons for a complete virtual reality? Paradoxically, many companies that offer internet-based gambling services, have also started to invest in real estates, and physical gambling facilities. This means that, for now, we definitely can’t talk about a complete separation of real and virtual world. But what are the advantages and disadvantages of real life and virtual casinos?

 

Here are some ups and downs of both:

 

Getting there

While going to your favorite casino can sometimes result in hours of driving, losing precious gambling time, with the virtual casino at hand, all you have to do is get your favorite virtual device and “plug yourself in”. Even if that device is an “Oculus Rift”, or a simple monitor screen, getting in and out of a virtual casino can be as easy as turning a television on and off.

 

Once you got there

So, you logged into your account and moments later, you wake up into a virtual casino. Walk around (if you can) choose your games and play, bet, gamble.  Quite notable, are the social interactions one can make in a virtual casino, by talking to the other players, a new feature that’s constantly evolving. But this time, reality wins. You can’t enjoy a free drink in a virtual casino, and even if you do, it’s virtual. Social interactions are far more complex into the real world, where you have the chance of analyzing your social partner, and interact with him in a infinite number of ways. The smell of the place, the atmosphere, and all the other little things that make reality what it is, are far from being present into the virtual world, or at least for now. Should we wait for maybe 10-15 years more, for technology to set foot and fix things up, but not even then, may reality be fully compensated.

 

Betting and gambling

At first look, it might not be different. Invest, bet, gamble. Loose or win. Invest more money again, or take all the winnings. While casinos are fully rigged with cameras and people supervising the whole gambling area, the virtual casinos rely on powerfull softwares, that try to prevent frauds like those related to credit-card informations, or cheating the games.  Real life casinos might just have a win on this one.  Why? Consider poker for example: you might feel better gambling from a device that separates you from other players; but then again, how can you take advantage of body language? You can’t tell by the moves of the virtual player, if he’s bluffing, if he’s loosing, or if he knows he has an advantage. A virtual player will have a limited, repetitive number of moves, while the real life player can be much more of a stimulation. But then again, slots for example don’t rely on body language at all. So, if certain people are a bit shy, or think they will be judged if seen into a real life casino, the virtual gambling method you could do from literally anywhere, might be a better option.

 

Costs

A virtual casino requires no employees to run (except the people in the background of the software)no people to clean up, stay up all night running the casino, or other employees one might find in a casino. It requires much less than a real life one does.  And being in a “virtual land” it can be accessed from anywhere, without requiring the physical presence of one into a specific place.

Overall it might be just a thing of choice. Most of the people that joined online casinos, have already visited a real one, and vice versa.  The best thing about this, is that both types complete each other, where one has a flaw, the other one might just have the answer to that. As long as everyone enjoys gambling properly, it’s all a matter of preference.

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Casino Technology announces Valentina Dobre as new Regional Director for Romania

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Gaming equipment manufacturer Casino Technology has announced a new appointment for Romania to further strengthen the company’s management.

Following its steady plan for continuous market growth, the company named Valentina Dobre as Regional Director for Romania as of 1st of August 2017.

The company claims with Mrs Dobre’s profound expertise, professional background and in-depth knowledge of the gaming industry in the country, she became part of Casino Technology team, ready to implement the overall corporate strategy.

Valentina Dobre commented: “I am honored to accept this position and be part of the high level management team of Casino Technology. I will pursue actively further company positioning and growth on the Romanian market. Casino Technology has been on the country’s market for over 10 years and proved to be leader, having maintained trusted partnerships with local operators and customers.”

Casino Technology stated that Mrs Dobre’s background as Member of the Board of Directors at Romslot Association, Bucharest will additionally increase the Casino Technology market share.

“Valentina Dobre is an important appointment as she brings extensive knowledge of the market, that will help us boost even more our presence in Romania. She will have a crucial role in our further expansion, launching successfully our new line products on the market”, concluded Milo Borissov, Founder, President and CEO of Casino Technology.

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Two major announcements from BEGE Expo and EEGS: Mark your calendars

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The Balkan Entertainment & Gaming Expo (BEGE Expo) and the Eastern European Gaming Summit (EEGS) celebrate their 10th anniversary this year. Due to the big interest for both events the organizers made two major announcements – BEGE will outspread in one more hall and EEGS will start one day earlier than the announced date.

Over 50 leading companies from the industry have already confirmed their presence for BEGE Expo 2017. Well-known leading manufacturers, amongst them being Novomatic, Casino Technology, EGT, Suzohapp, BetConstruct, Interblock, Merkur Gaming, APEX, Alfastreet Trade, Nsoft, JPL and CPI, as well as new participants, such as the leading sports betting company Bet3000 (IBA-Entertainment Ltd.), EXEFEED, Quixant, Zitro, Change Italia s.r.l., Gamebridge Casino Equipment, JCM Europe GmbH, nano Vo sp. Z o.o., Berkotech Kft. and others will exhibit their latest solutions at this year’s BEGE. The great interest for the event forced the opening of new hall, thus making the 10th edition of BEGE Expo the biggest so far.

The registration is already open so you wouldn’t want to miss the chance to register.

Another newness that BEGE Expo 2017 will present is the special Affiliate zone. Following the expansion of the online business in the region, this year the exhibiton will create space for online operators and affiliates from the region to interact and create business partnerships. Affiliate program providers will be able to book their own space in the zone and all affiliates will be admitted for free.

EEGS also promises to reach new heights this year. Reschedule your calendars, because EEGS 2017 will start on 20th of November – one day earlier than intended. This year’s EEGS will continue to follow its main aim – to present the most recent updates from the region, including the countries Serbia, Romania, Greece, Bulgaria, Albania, Slovenia, Montenegro, F.Y.R of Macedonia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Turkey and Croatia.

Separate sessions will be dedicated to Sport Challenges, Impact on gaming operators by Anti-Money Laundering Act, GDPR and online gaming. Day 3 will be focused on Tourism & Gaming, Responsible Gaming Academy and marketing topics.

BEGE Expo and EEGS have gradually established as a center for the gaming and entertainment industry in Eastern Europe and for 10th year in a row will be the place where professionals from the field come in order to expand their business, exchange knowledge and promote new products. For any updates you may follow the official websites of the events: eegamingsummit.com and balkangamingexpo.com

 

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Habanero signs an outstanding deal with BBIN

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A new partnership agreement will see content from quality slots and table games developer Habanero go live with the BBIN Group.

Under the agreement, the supplier will give the software company access to its complete product portfolio of HTML5 games for all of its white label sites.

Recent releases from Habanero, including Fire Rooster, Bird of Thunder, and Panda Panda, have also been made available to the aggregator.

Daniel Long, Head of Sales at Habanero, said the deal was a game-changer for the supplier and one of the company’s most important to date.

He added: “By partnering with BBIN, we have significantly expanded our presence around the world, which means even more players will be able to enjoy our games.

“Many of them will be a natural fit with BBIN’s customers, but it is the diversity and variety of content that will appeal the most.”

Habanero operates a stable of 75 video slots titles, 9 table games, and 50 video poker titles, which are integrated into over 45 operators and aggregators and available in 21 European and Asian languages.

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