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BGC spokesperson Wes Himes shares insights on the gambling industry under the current national lockdown in exclusive interview with Online Bingo



BGC spokesperson Wes Himes shares insights on the gambling industry under the current national lockdown in exclusive interview with Online Bingo
BGC spokesperson Wes Himes shares insights on the gambling industry under the current national lockdown in exclusive interview with Online BingoReading Time: 2 minutes


Wes Himes at the BGC praises the success of the measures ensuring gambling remains safe and responsible, throughout this lockdown and beyond.

  • Bingo comparison site Online Bingo releases exclusive interview with Wes Himes of the BGC
  • Himes speaks of the successes of the BGC regarding its safer gambling tools
  • He asserts that casino venues were safe for reopening during the tier system put in place late last year
  • The BCG will continue to work with the government to ensure that land-based venues can reopen when possible
  • Himes expresses confidence in the regulations venues have in place to protect players from over gambling during the pandemic

In a two part series, Hannah Timoney of Online Bingo interviewed Wes Himes, Executive Director of Standards and Innovation of the BGC, to discuss the successes of the BGC and its continued mission to raise awareness for gambling harm.

In the first of the two interviews,, Himes discussed the success of the BGC since its foundation, and how the aims of the standards body have changed since the effects of coronavirus and lockdown shook the industry.

He talked about the BGC’s “extraordinarily positive feedback” over the year and praised the BGC’s implementation of new safer gambling tools, such as the whistle-to-whistle ban and the ad-tech code which increased the sensitivity level for access to age-related products on social media. He also hints that “there will be a number of other measures coming out around bonuses”, though did not share what that could entail.

The second interview focused on the national lockdowns. Most notably, Himes spoke on the BGC’s call for land-based casinos to reopen during the tier system late last year, which he justified by insisting that casinos had “invested a tremendous amount of time and resources” into putting precautionary measures in place which were sufficient enough to mitigate infection risks.

He assures us these measures will continue if and when land-based venues are allowed to reopen, which he is eager to happen, saying “We are committed to continuing to explore with the government, as and when the time comes, what we can do to ensure that those premises can open.“

He went on to express confidence in the regulations venues have in place to protect players from over gambling, whether that behaviour is caused by the stresses of the pandemic or not. He says “these are the types of measures that we continue to raise standards on, these do help provide a very safe environment of play to the customers.”

Editor of Online Bingo, Max Wright, says “We’re thrilled to be able to speak to important members of the industry like Wes, and offer our readers some deeper context into issues like tackling problem gambling and improving legislation, which can sometimes be portrayed in an entirely negative light by the wider media.”

Online Bingo will continue to provide our audience of bingo and slots fans with informed insights from important gambling industry figureheads in order to shine a light on the decision making that affects gameplay and protects players from harm.

Source: Latest News on European Gaming Media Network
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George Miller (Gyorgy Molnar) 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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Ancient mysteries await in 3 Oaks Gaming’s 3 Egypt Chests: Hold and Win



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Distributor’s newest release exhibits powerful Progress symbols

3 Oaks Gaming, an established distributor of iGaming content, has gone live with 3 Egypt Chests: Hold and Win, an action-packed adventure showcasing a trio of colourful Progress symbols alongside unique Boosters, paving the way to dig for hidden treasures.

Across 10 paylines, the slot’s biggest prizes lay within the fabled 3 Pots mechanic, with the Progress symbols the key to unlocking the riches on offer in this title.

Once the Hold and Win bonus round is activated, a red, blue or green Progress symbol uncovers one of the three modifiers – Multi Feature, Extra Feature and Double Feature.

Filling the Treasure Chest Meter with red Progress symbols begins the Multi Feature, where random multipliers boost the Bonus symbols, turbocharging the way for enhanced wins, while Blue Progress symbols grant access to the Extra Feature, increasing respins and prolonging the gametime.

The Double Bonus game transports users to an additional board, doubling the prize amount including two Grand Jackpots, worth 10,000x a player’s bet.

Additionally, when a Progress symbol appears alongside a Boost symbol, it collects all visible monetary values, bolstering a player’s winning prize pool.

Yuriy Muratov, Chief Commercial Officer at 3 Oaks Gaming, said: “3 Egypt Chests: Hold and Win is a pulsating journey into ancient Egypt where pharaohs roam and guard the ancient treasure.

“The return of our 3 Pots Mechanic will undoubtedly prove popular once again with users as the trio of captivating Boosters elevates the gameplay and the overall player experience.”

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Stakelogic Live Signs Partnership with betFIRST in Belgium



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Popular Betsson Group brand becomes the latest Belgium operator to host Stakelogic Live’s full suite of games

betFIRST, a leading online casino and sport betting brand in Belgium owned by the Betsson Group, has put pen to paper on a deal with in-demand live casino content provider Stakelogic Live.

Stakelogic Live already has a strong presence in the Belgium market, working with several leading operators. It will now add the hugely popular website to its roster of partners, with the site gaining complete access to its live casino content.

As a result of this deal, players at betFIRST will now have a huge selection of exciting live casino games at their fingertips. Stakelogic Live has established itself as a must-have live casino provider, serving up a unique brand of thrilling live casino action broadcast live from state-of-the-art studios in The Netherlands and Malta.

Stakelogic Live’s catalogue of games includes immersive takes on popular classics such as American Blackjack, Speed Baccarat, and Auto Roulette, as well as a plethora of game-show-style titles, all of which can now be enjoyed in betFIRST s live casino lobby.

There is also the opportunity for players at to experience the exciting Super Wheel prize feature. This innovative prize, when triggered, gives players the chance to spin a giant money wheel, with instant-win prizes and a selection of action-packed up for grabs. 

Neil Tanti, Senior Sales Manager at Stakelogic, said:” betFIRST is an operator with a tremendous reputation and is an excellent partner to work alongside as we continue to cement our position as the leading live-casino content provider in the Belgium market.

As a studio, we go to great lengths to ensure our products are head and shoulders above the competition, priding ourselves on the highly engaging and immersive experiences we are able to offer players. Partnering with us enables betFIRST to stand out in what is a very competitive market. “

Julien Roux, CPO at betFIRST, said: At betFIRST, “We pride ourselves on knowing exactly what our customers want and providing them with it. This is why we have chosen to work with a leading provider like Stakelogic Live.

Live casino is an extremely important vertical for us, and by partnering with Stakelogic Live, we can now add one of the best providers in the business to our lobby, ensuring the best possible experience for our fans. “

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Playson goes on an Arabian adventure with 3 Magic Lamps: Hold and Win



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Hold and Win round enhanced by special lamp modifiers in mystical game

Playson, the fast-growing digital entertainment supplier, is uncovering spellbinding prizes with 3 Magic Lamps: Hold and Win, a slot stacked with unique features including a trio of powerful Bonus rounds.

Set within a world of Arabian luxury and grandeur, this title is elevated by the appearance of three distinctive features that are unlocked by the presence of green, red and blue coins within either the main game or Free Spins round.

The green coin awards the Double Feature, with a prize of up to x50, thanks to a selection of multipliers, whilst the Mystery Feature is granted when red coins are visible, rewarding players with a win of up to x150. If a blue version lands, this uncovers the Collect Feature, gathering the values of all the symbols on show and adding them to the total win.

During the Hold and Win feature, the appearance of Major, Mini or Minor coins the corresponding jackpots of x15, x50 or x150. The Grand Jackpot worth x5,000 is awarded should all 15 cells be filled with symbols.

3 Magic Lamps: Hold and Win’s Free Spins mode is triggered when three Scatter icons grant eight turns, with that number doubled if a trio of Scatters reappear during the round. A Wild symbol can double a win if it appears on a specific payline.

This latest release, with highly-detailed graphics, an upbeat soundtrack and alluring characters follows the success of Playson’s two 3 Pots Riches releases, which have proven the studio’s power to take a well-loved mechanic and add exciting new twists.

Tamas Kusztos, CCO at Playson, said:3 Magic Lamps: Hold and Win is a captivating addition to our portfolio, giving players the chance to meet the Genie and hope he propels them to extravagant riches.

“The creative enhancements to the Bonus round truly boost the overall player experience and we believe that this slot will be a huge success for us, offering differentiation to the market.”

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