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Online Slots Tournaments launched by CasinoBonusesNow.com

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dfdfwesefde-300x300 Online Slots Tournaments launched by CasinoBonusesNow.comCasinoBonusesNow.com has officially launched their online slots tournaments for players. The online casino tournaments are mainly for slots but also include blackjack and video poker. Tournaments are very popular amongst slots players although not all casino software companies have adopted their technology to host any type of casino tournament. At Casino Bonuses Now (CBN), they focus on all the slots tournaments but only for recommended casinos.

 

Aside from slots, they have also segmented tournaments to include video poker and blackjack tournaments. Although there are not many of these types of table game and video poker tournaments available but there are always a few weekly events happening at any given moment.

How the Tournaments Work

The tournaments can have a similar interface as a poker tournament where you have a list of tournaments with buy-in amounts and prize pools and with some casino softwares like Microgaming you’ll have leaderboards so players can see how they fare against their competition.

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At CBN the tournaments are sorted by order in which they end and you can see if the tournaments are open. For slots tournaments, some are slot game specific so those games will be listed if they are for a single game, otherwise these slots tournaments can vary on the number of slot games involved. Some tournaments pay a set prize pool while others have a pot that grows and sometimes it is prize pool plus the pot. During the holidays or the summer time casinos will often host larger tournaments with prize pools that exceed $25k and more.

Casino Bonuses Now through the years

A lot of work went into making Casino Bonuses Now what it is today. The site was previously known as Casino Bonuses Today and in 2016 was fully rebuilt with a new backend and new design to improve on the original idea of the site which is to highlight last minute casino offers to players. The mobile user experience was improved drastically and overall players have an easier time navigating the website and finding what they want.

 

Next the site released their Leading Casinos awards which aims to highlight the best online casinos around. The criteria for becoming a leading casino is tough with only the best getting awarded.

 

CBN then followed it up with adding a new casino forum which is nothing like what casino players have seen before. The forum is free from flashing banner ads and is focused on

About CasinoBonusesNow

CasinoBonusesNow.com was created not just to focus on casino bonuses but on the retention aspect of bonuses for players as most casino bonus portals focus on new player bonuses. At CasinoBonusesNow (CBN), the site will cover any relevant promotion for players and of course focused only for recommended casinos. At the heart of the website, it is focused on players first and business second. The site won’t accept paid advertisements from low quality casinos, ones that have bad terms and conditions or casinos that have a history of mistreating players. CBN cross references casinos with ThePOGG.com for casino complaints and player terms and conditions monitoring which helps to keep online casinos as accountable as possible.

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Surge in illegal European iGaming sites blocked during the first half of 2020

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Miscasasdeapuestas Surge in illegal European iGaming sites blocked during the first half of 2020

The number of gambling websites blocked across Europe rose by 17 per cent during the first six months of this year, to reach 93,632 sites on the 30th June, according to VIXIO Gambling Compliance, a company that specializes in compliance with the regulatory framework of the gambling sector and providing business intelligence to the industry.

The internet domains of online gaming sites that are not licensed in a given territory are gathered by local governments and regulators and then blocked by internet service providers. The figures released by VIXIO, which includes information from seventeen European countries, represent an increase of 42% on the year.

The annual growth in blocked iGaming domains comes mainly from Turkey, which in the first six months of 2020 has contributed 17,400 domains to the VIXIO list, compared to 16,000 domains for the same period in the previous year. Cyprus continued its ascending trajectory, with 4,507 illegal iGaming sites being added to the blocked list from January to June 2020, a total of 13,239 sites for the year – aggregating the second half of 2019 – a figure that doubles the number two years back.

In the rest of the countries examined (Croatia, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Czech Republic, Belgium, Slovakia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania, Latvia, Estonia, Greece, Poland, and Italy) the number of reported blocked domains rose by almost 11,900, up 38% on the year, while January to June 2020 saw a rise of 33%.

The data from the first half of the year is of special relevance if we take into account how the coronavirus pandemic, and the cancellation of major professional sporting events that followed,  affected the regular working patterns of the iGaming industry. Given the situation, numerous operators have opted to explore additional opportunities online.

 

Blocking iGaming domains, a tool to deal with illegal operators

In this context, the blocking of illegal iGaming domains has become a vital tool for governments and regulators that are fighting against online gambling websites operating without a licence. In this respect, half a dozen European countries monitored by VIXIO have intensified their activity of domain blocking in the first six months of 2020, compared to the same period last year.

The blocking of iGaming websites has proliferated throughout Europe in recent years as part of an effort from regulatory bodies to curb the activities of illegal operators in their jurisdictions. One of the countries not included in VIXIO´s study, but that also actively blocks illegal websites, is Spain. Spain blocks illegal iGaming domains through the gambling regulator Direccion General de Ordenacion del Juego – DGOJ

According to the last annual report on online gaming in Spain, for 2019, the DGOJ blocked 196 unlicensed gambling websites in the country; and since its creation, back in June 2012, it has blocked a total 1,459 sites. June 2012 is the date when Spain introduced a licensing system for online operators, and ever since the Spanish iGaming industry has been stable and focused on consumer rights protections.

To avoid using websites without iGaming licenses we advise using the services of betting comparison sites, such as MisCasasdeApuestas.com. Through this portal, bettors gain free access to analyses and comparisons of the best bookmakers that are legally operating online in Spain; that is, with a license from the DGOJ.

 

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Slotegrator shares its views on the current iGaming trends

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Maria-Areshchenko Slotegrator shares its views on the current iGaming trends

 

Despite all the obstacles and challenges caused by the pandemic, software developer for online casinos and betting platforms Slotegrator is going full steam keeping up with the times and audiences’ tastes. In an interview , Slotegrator gives its exploration of the online gambling evolution and also shares its vision on the nearest iGaming future. Considering that the online sector is seen as a fast-changing sphere, it’s always critical for developers and operators to be aware of the latest news, events, and opinions, getting more insights into the gambling landscape.

In the interview, Slotegrator’s Vendor Manager Maria Areshchenko pays her attention to the effects of the crisis times on the iGaming industry, especially on sealing partnerships — the crucial aspect of expanding a game content portfolio. Also, she shares her industry observations on the newest trends that cannot be ignored on any account.

Among other topical questions, there’s quite a vital issue on regulations, and their importance as more and more new territories take their place on the map of regulated markets. Yet, what is the best strategy for operators — having a stable legitimate footing or operating under cover of darkness?

Another intriguing theme of the conversation is concerned with the gambling markets that most operators and aggregators should consider as their primary targets. While such a region as Europe is widely recognized as the developed one, there are many more whose potentials have not been fulfilled to the fullest. One of them drawing much attention to itself is the Indian market requiring rigorous research and investigation of its pros and cons before entering.

Read the full interview at Slotegrator Academy and accelerate your business, wasting no time.

Since the company’s foundation in 2012, Slotegrator has been one of the iGaming industry’s leading software solution providers and aggregators for online casinos and sportsbooks. Headquartered in Europe with a strong presence in the CIS market, Slotegrator is consistently expanding its product offering, which includes online casino platform and white label solutions, a vast portfolio of casino games from the world’s best slot game developers, live dealer games and virtual sports, payment processors for online gambling projects, licensing services, and much more. The mission of the company is to facilitate the growth of the iGaming industry ecosystem by acting as an intermediary to bring together various pillars of the industry.

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Virtual Football – More Than a Pandemic Fad for UK Bookies?

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The global pandemic crisis may have led to a decline in wagering on real life sports matches, but eSports and virtual sports, like virtual football betting, have picked up the slack. That’s because UK bookies have been required to find alternative means to draw players to their sites and these markets seem to be the ticket.

That being said, virtual has already increased in volume for many brands even before COVID-19. For instance, Bet365, Coral and Betway are among several UK bookies that have put in a solid effort to enhance their virtual sports offering. This includes introducing promotions that target the simulated sports market, including sign up offers for new players.

Even London-listed gaming operator 888 Holdings is introducing new virtual sports games on 888Sport. It recently announced in June that it would be extending its partnership with Leap Gaming. The 3D virtual sports portfolio will include virtual football, tennis, horse racing, trotting, greyhounds, velodrome and speedway titles.

With so many leading football bookies in the UK looking to capitalize on the popularity of these simulated betting markets, especially when there is still no knowing when professional sports leagues, competitions and events will return to normal, there is a very good chance that virtual football and others will continue to thrive.

Why Are Virtual Sports and eSports So Popular?

Aside from the obvious lack of mainstream sports markets to bet on due to the coronavirus, it’s important to note that virtual sports and eSports betting previously gained popularity in the last decade among Millennials. This generation of sports bettors grew up playing (and often continue to play) virtual sports, eSports and fantasy sports.

In many ways virtual sports and eSports have changed the way we watch sports. Take eSports for example, instead of watching players compete on a field or race track, the players on these teams compete sitting behind PC screens as they play first-person shooter games like Counter-Strike, battle royale games like Fornite, or high speed strategy games like StarCraft.

Pre-pandemic, these events were held in massive stadiums filled with tens of thousands of fans cheering on the players as they attempted to win the huge cash prize pot. For now, during the COVID crisis, these events simply take place via a live stream on the internet as they once did, long before their popularity evolved them into multi-million-dollar-event stadium fillers.

As for virtual sports, as the name implies, these are digital games based on real sports, like football, tennis, greyhounds, horse racing, motor sports and so on. They are a selection of scheduled fixed odds games that use a random number generator (RNG) to decide the outcome. Punters watch the simulated game playout via video stream.

Punters like virtual sports for a number of reasons. Among the top reasons are that bettors are very familiar with the product and do not need to wait for a live match to watch their favorite sport. They simply login and access the virtual sports schedule to enjoy all the action. Even for those who aren’t familiar with this type of betting activity, it’s easy to take part. You don’t necessarily need to be knowledgeable about the sport to play. Additionally, typically bettors need to wait only between 90 seconds and three minutes to know the result of their bet.

Not Just a Pandemic Fad

Even though virtual football and other virtual sports may be new to some bettors, it has been steadily gaining ground over the past few years, long before the pandemic. For instance, players bet $600 million in the first 12 months after virtual sports betting was introduced in Greece in 2017. Likewise, in Italy, the share of virtual betting increased two times from 1.9% in 2017 to 3.8% in 2019.

Last year, Marin Wachter, the CEO and founder of virtual sports supplier Golden Race, revealed that virtual football was responsible for 79% of the company’s GGR (Gross Gaming Revenue) for 2019. Wachter believes that virtual sports has incredible potential to surpass sports betting revenue in the future, and he’s not the only one. According to E.B. Tucker, a senior analyst for Strategic Investor and Strategic Trader, based on US gambling trends in recent years, he believes that virtual sports betting will be the next $100 billion betting market in the nation.

 

Of course, for bookies to find success with virtual sports, they need to make sure that they are offering a quality product to customers, including cutting edge graphics, animations, streaming, a wide variety of sports and state-of-the-art RNG to ensure the fairness of the final outcome of the game.

Since this isn’t a problem for most of the major UK sportsbooks, virtual sports has proven and continues to prove itself to be a profitable business because of its low operating costs and consistent margins.

The reality is that the longer it takes for mainstream sports to return, the greater the odds that punters who are new to virtual sports will become more familiar with them and likely fonder of them as well. This being the case, the market’s growing fan base only serves to increase its profitability, which means its very likely that virtual sports will be more than a pandemic fad, with more bookies keen to invest in them for the long term.

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