The eGR B2B awards for 2011 were recently held at the Chelsea Football Club in London. The ceremony was hosted by ex-Sky Sports Presenter Richard Keys with an attendance of over 500 guests. The black tie event is held annually to recognise achievements and innovations amongst the gambling and casino industry’s service providers over the past year and this year’s awards were shared by Microgaming, Playtech and Dragonfish, all with two awards with other winners receiving one.
Microgaming walked away with accolades for Poker Network of the Year as well as winning the “Innovation in slots” provision award, which according to judges, in a tough market speaks volumes about the quality and dedication to providing new exciting avenues of gaming to players that Microgaming has always offered, making it a stand out winner. CEO of Microgaming Roger Raatgever stated that, “Innovation and independent thinking have been central to our growth since the company was founded over a decade ago and these awards recognise the ability of our team to keep our brand at the cutting edge of the eGaming sector.”
Playtech had its own share of winnings being named Bingo Network of the Year as well as the RNG casino supplier of the year award.
These awards go to show yet again that Microgaming and Playtech remain industry leaders and are definitely the companies to watch and play at going forward. So why not try out Microgaming powered Spin Palace Casino or Playtech powered Europa Casino today.
They say that lightning doesn’t strike in the same place twice, but it certainly did for one lucky Finnish couple who each won jackpots within a month of each other when playing at Casino Euro.
The husband and wife team Päivi and Marko both share a passion for playing at online casinos and both love the Super Lucky Frog Online Slot, and true to its name the game proved very lucky for each of them on two separate occasions where they were rewarded with close to €80,000 each in jackpot wins.
The couple was recently flown to the Casino Euro headquarters in Malta to meet the casino’s management and share their story which goes like this:
Marko signed up at Casino Euro six months ago after seeing a TV ad advertising the casino’s 100% up to €100 welcome bonus. He enjoyed it so much that his wife, Päivi decided to join him, finding that she enjoyed playing online just as much.
A few months after joining the casino, Päivi was playing one of her favourite games, Super Lucky Frog slot and hit the jackpot…her screams were apparently so loud that neighbours ran over to find out what was happening. Then unexpectedly, less than a month later Marko was playing Super Lucky Frog and hit the jackpot too! Of course, friends and family could not believe the couples luck, and Marko and Päivi are overjoyed.
When asked what they plan to do with their winnings the couple stated that they would pay off their debt, renovate their home and perhaps indulge in a nice holiday.
Talk about lucky!
Friday the 22nd of October was a lucky day for a retired carpenter from Norway when he hit the whopping €4 million Mega Fortune Progressive Jackpot at Casino Euro after spending just €30!
He is Casino Euro’s third official millionaire and is of course ecstatic to claim that title. According to the man he decided to play a low stakes round on the progressive machine, only depositing €30, he didn’t even have to do anything as he was using the auto-play feature and once the reels stopped he had won €4 million. He could hardly believe it at first and once the reality of his win sank in he called for his wife as he felt like he was going to faint.
This is one of the largest jackpot wins in recent times but jackpot pools are set to get bigger as increased numbers of people play online.
Casino Euro is owned and operated by the Betsson Group and has reportedly experienced a surge in older players playing casino games online and has extended their congratulations to their latest millionaire who is now assured of truly golden years thanks to his win.
Euro Partners is a well known casino operator which runs Europa Casino, Casino Tropez and Titan Casino. This group always has generous promotions up for grabs, but their latest one is way more novel than what we usually see at this group and is definitely one for beer lovers.
They are currently running a promotion in which one of their players will win a year’s supply of beer in celebration of Oktoberfest. Their “Free Beer for a Year” promotion takes place from the 23rd of September until the 6th of October 2010.
If you can’t actually join the 6 million people who celebrate Oktoberfest by drinking beer, enjoying great German food and having all out fun in person, you can cash in on the fun at Europa Casino, Casino Tropez or Titan casino by trying to earn as many comp points as possible to win their “Free Beer for a Year” prizes.
As any seasoned player knows, comp points are earned automatically when real money is wagered on any of the casino games available at these properties. So all you have to do is play, and you could end up being paid in beer…sounds like every guys dream!
We’ve heard many things in our day, but a player not wanting to collect a supposedly “unlucky” jackpot has to be a first!
Chinese player “Mr C” as he is known, won the WowPot Slot Jackpot of £4,444 at Jackpot City Casino earlier this month. Although the player was initially ecstatic at his win, he later refused to claim it, apparently concerned that the amount won was “unlucky” and an ominous signifier of death.
According to Chinese culture, the number 4 is pronounced like the word for death and is therefore a very unlucky number, so put four 4’s in a row in a jackpot and the superstitious in the culture are sure to be concerned.
Terry Maverick, the spokes person for Jackpot City stated that the player had contacted the casinos customer service department regarding the amount and while he doesn’t want to lose the money, he fears it will bring bad luck upon himself or his family if he accepts it. Casino personell are currently talking to the player in order to ascertain how the situation would be best handled to ensure a happy outcome for him.
While many gamblers are notoriously superstitious and stories abound of lottery winners who subsequently suffer from bad luck, this is believed to be the first real life instance of a player refusing to accept their winnings from an online casino.
It was recently reported that the ever popular online payment method, PayPal will be renewing its full service offering to selected online casinos. This means that players frequenting its casino partners properties will be able to pay and play using PayPal.
The decision comes nearly a year after the processor withdrew from the world of online casinos, reportedly due to the instability of the industry at the time. However it was also reported that its parent company Ebay had been accused of violating United States law whilst transferring funds to offshore gambling websites which was probably the major cause for the company’s hasty departure, although the company did still maintain industry ties with 888.com by using payment processor Neovia’s Netbank system.
According to reports, Ladbrokes and 32Red were the first groups to establish new partnership agreements with PayPal, however it is also apparent that Virgin Casino has recently reached an agreement with the payment provider and it seems more will follow.
PayPal offers players safety and convenience when affecting financial transactions online and their re-entry into the online gambling arena is one that will be welcomed by many of their loyal customer base which generates over $2 billion in revenue annually.
Internet1x2.com, an online gambling site specializing in soccer betting, was the scene of several arrests this week. The company, which is based in Israel has been operating now for a decade. It was started by two brothers and former Israeli Basketball players. It gained popularity a few years ago when it was associated with Yahoops.com, which was almost sued by the search engine Yahoo!. On Tuesday, the police uncovered the illegal online gambling network, which was reputed for its slow pays, and arrested 5 people who were suspected of operating an online gambling network catering to Israeli gamblers. Other members of the Organization who were involved with providing technical support to the websites and managing finances and payments as well as several gamblers, were also detained.
According to the Israeli police, this is just a taste of what is in store for those persons who insist on operating illegal online gambling operations.
Everest Gaming Group is now owned by Mangas Gaming, the same French company that owns Betclic. This moves puts Mangas Gaming at the forefront of online gaming, establishing itself as a leading Player in all key areas of online gaming, including Sportsbetting, Poker, and Casino. With the addition of Betclic Poker, Everest Poker will become the first Poker community in France. Mangas will hold 60% of Everest while GigaMedia, a company listed on NASDAQ, will hold the remaining 40%.
Everest was one of the few gaming companies that was still using a proprietary Poker product that was developed in-house. Its sites were so well-known in Europe because they were tailored especially for the local market. Said Arthur Wang, CEO of GigaMedia, “Our strategy is to participate in the growth of this innovative and dynamic industry in Europe. We are glad to do it alongside the French’s leading sports betting and online gaming group.” Everest Gaming Group has been in operation since 1997 and staffs about 250 persons.
Mangas Gaming is the leading French sports betting and online gaming group. It has a presence in more than 25 countries and a client-base of 4 Million users.
Gambling operators eager to tap into the monopolized European market, will have an even longer wait as the two Dutch gaming cases involving Ladbrokes, Betfair, and the Dutch State monopoly De Lotto, continue at the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
According to law, the EU member states can legally grant a single Operator the right to run betting and gaming operations. However, the Operators have argued that this limits their mobility and is in breach of the core EU principles on “freedom of movement”. The ECJ is in favour of the restriction and sees it as a means of protecting the player from fraud.
Yves Bot, advocate-general, said that, in order to extend gaming licenses, a competitive tender procedure should be introduced, as long as it does not affect public order and other important matters. He went on to confirm that member states do not have to recognise gambling licences which operators have obtained in other EU countries.
European Lotteries said that it welcomed the confirmation of the court’s previous jurisprudence.
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