BtoBet appoints new Head of Gaming

(PRESS RELEASE) — BtoBet has appointed Jean-Baptiste Cerna as its Head of Gaming, in a move that further strengthens the company’s position as one of the major technological providers for sportsbook and gaming operators in the iGaming industry. Jean-Baptiste’s appointment further bolsters the company’s structure, enabling BtoBet to embrace all the crucial opportunities that constitute what is vastly considered to be a fast paced and ever-changing industry.

Jean-Baptiste has a deep knowledge of the gaming scenario, having occupied other leading roles in the industry before his move to BtoBet. Commenting on his responsibilities, he stated that they are threefold in principle.

“My first responsibility is to bring a direct business point of view in different aspects of our Gaming Platform. Having a clear vision of the needs from both the operator’s side and ultimately the player themselves, I have to translate those requirements in evolutions and functionalities to make our platform a ‘must to play on.’”

Jean-Baptiste further added that it is also his mission to make use of his experience to help and improve the company’s clients’ operations. This while working to set up a certification program for BtoBet’s partners, that will establish guidelines to ensure that all players that ultimately use its gaming platforms benefit from the best possible player experience.

BtoBet’s Chairman Alessandro Fried stated that having Jean-Baptiste join BtoBet’s ranks will further strengthen the company’s strategic growth, with his experience and knowledge of the gaming industry surely proving to be an asset for the improvement and evolution of the company’s product portfolio.


Pariplay releases Bai She Zhuan video slot

(PRESS RELEASE) — Pariplay Ltd., a gaming technology company serving iGaming operators, land-based casinos and lotteries, has launched Bai She Zhuan, a delightfully original online video slot. Developed by Pariplay’s in-house studio, the slot will inspire repeat visits through its unique gameplay, a collection of enticing rewards and the two captivating characters at the centre of its mythical tale.

Inspired by the Legend of the White Snake, Pariplay’s Bai She Zhuan online slot features five reels and 25 lines of nonstop action. With two intriguing protagonists – Bai Suzhen (the lady) and Fa Hai (a Buddhist monk) – who are imprisoned in the concrete sculptures, players will literally chip their way to bigger rewards as they seek to free them.

Releasing a character will trigger a corresponding special feature, whether it is Bai Suzhen’s Free Spins or Fa Hai’s Bonus Game. Each has the potential to be re-triggered and help players increase their winnings. Other special features include Bai Suzhen’s Snake Wild Symbol and Fa Hai’s Turtle Wild Symbol.

As with any great story, Bai She Zhuan will be accessible to target audiences around the globe. Available in 21 different languages, the Legend of the White Snake has been optimised for play in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Swedish and more.

In addition to being thematically gripping, players will enjoy a superior gaming experience that is bolstered by authentic Chinese imagery, crisp graphics and a compelling soundtrack to match.

Certified by gaming regulators in the U.K., Isle of Man and Malta, Bai She Zhuan also boasts a 94% return to player (RTP) ratio. The standard ‘Autobet/Autoplay’ feature, which can be set for 5 to 50 rounds, is another convenient game feature that encourages sustained player engagement. This function has been optimised to adhere to U.K. Gambling Commission regulatory requirements for loss limits and maximum number of autobet/autoplay rounds (i.e. 25 rounds in the U.K.).

With the release of Bai She Zhuan, Pariplay continues to grow its catalog of games, which now stands at 100+ titles. These include original games, such as the recently-launched Rio Fever, along with Chitty Bang and Wild Cherry. Atari Star Raiders, Valiant Entertainment’s Bloodshot, and The Three Stooges: Disorder in the Court all form part of the company’s portfolio of branded titles.

Developed in HTML5, Bai She Zhuan is enabled for play across smartphones, tablets and desktop. The mobile players can enjoy the game both in landscape and in portrait mode.

Richard Mintz, Commercial and Marketing Director at Pariplay, said, “Bai She Zhuan offers an epic gameplay experience that will engage players through rewarding bonus features, which are unlocked by achieving optimal symbol combinations as well as by helping Bai Suzhen and Fa Hai escape their concrete prisons. We’re very excited to share the Legend of the White Snake with our partners and players.”


Evolution Gaming opens first US Live Casino studio

(PRESS RELEASE) — Evolution Gaming, leading provider of Live Casino solutions, today announced an historic breakthrough in the U.S. casino gaming market: the opening of the company’s first USA Live Casino studio, in New Jersey.

The new purpose-built Live Casino production studio for the U.S. market is Evolution’s 10th Live Casino studio worldwide. The news follows recent announcements by Evolution that 888 Casino, Resorts Casino Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Atlantic City, SugarHouse Online Casino operated by Rush Street Interactive and Ocean Resort Casino Atlantic City will all use the new Evolution U.S. studio to launch Live Casino services for players in New Jersey.

The New Jersey studio launch is another significant milestone in Evolution’s growing North American presence, which already includes a dedicated Live Casino studio for Canada — opened in Vancouver in January 2018 — as well as a number of Evolution Dual Play (on-premise and online) Roulette tables for the Atlantic City gaming floors of Resorts Casino Hotel, Ocean Resort Casino and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.

The studio and supporting infrastructure provide a state-of-the-art B2B Live Casino solution for multiple operators wishing to offer world-class Live Casino gaming to online players on desktop, tablet and smartphone. Initially the studio offers 10 online live tables and a wide range of Evolution game variants: American (Double Zero) Roulette, Blackjack with side bets and Bet Behind, Baccarat, Three Card Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold’em Poker, plus Slingshot Roulette.

Further game launches and additional tables, including dedicated tables that can be used by operators for live sporting event promotions and to cross-promote land-based casino attractions, for example, all form part of the studio’s expansion plans.

So far, employment opportunities have been created for 50-plus people. Recruitment continues, and further jobs will be created as studio operations expand.

Evolution CEO Martin Carlesund commented, “Our entry into the U.S. market has been a carefully considered long-term project. Back in 2013 Evolution became the first Live Casino provider to gain New Jersey Preliminary Waiver approval. Having closely monitored U.S. market developments over the past few years, while reinforcing our position as Live Casino market leaders in Europe, we believe that now is the right time to launch with a full-fledged studio facility for the U.S.”

Carlesund added, “Now we have a fantastic Live Casino studio in New Jersey — with a wide choice of live games from day one, and ample room for expansion and the rapid ramping up of services to meet our new U.S. licensees’ needs. We are now extremely well placed to support our licensees as they acquire and grow market share in the exciting new U.S. Live Casino market.”


$1,000 Sugar Rush Slots Tournament at Intertops Poker

(PRESS RELEASE) — For the next two weeks the $1,000 Sugar Rush Slot Tournament at Intertops Poker and Juicy Stakes Casino features two of the casinos sweetest slot games, SugarPop! and Sugar Pop 2: Double Dipped from Betsoft. Players will automatically earn tournament points playing either of these games and the top ten point earners will win $1,000 in prizes.

For two weeks, Monday, 20 August to Sunday, 2 September, players will earn one point for every spin of $.10 or more on any of the featured games. First prize of $300 will be awarded to the player with the most points. Prizes must be rolled over at least once on Betsoft games before withdrawal.

In the original SugarPop! game, popping candy explodes when three or more of the same colour touch. New candies take their place, creating new combinations. Players advance through levels and get access to more and more powerful candies and higher pay outs.

In the sequel, Sugar Pop 2: Double Dipped, clusters of the special Free Spin candy trigger free spins. Large clusters leave a Wild in their place. When there are more than five clusters, a Candy Bomb clears a large portion of the board resulting in massive wins. A Morphing Golden Wild candy changes shape to match any candy near it. The Jelly Bean Cannon fires jelly beans into the air, taking out any candies they land on, and the Sweet Hammer slams the board taking out all candies in its way.

In addition to busy online poker rooms on the Horizon Poker Network, Intertops Poker and Juicy Stakes Casino offer hundreds of online slots and table games from Betsoft, Lucktap and Worldmatch.


MRG applies for Swedish iGaming licenses

(PRESS RELEASE) — MRG has today handed in its license applications for offering iGaming in Sweden.

MRG is a fast-growing, innovative iGaming Group with operations in 13 markets. MRG has today gaming licenses in Italy, Latvia, Malta, the U.K., casino license in Denmark and Sportsbook license in Ireland. In Sweden, MRG’s subsidiaries Mr Green Ltd and Evoke Gaming Ltd have applied for licenses. The applications include the iGaming sites Mr Green Casino, Redbet Casino, Vinnarum Casino, Bertil and Mama Mia Bingo.

The Swedish rulings have extensive requirements on responsible gaming. Ever since its foundation 10 years ago, MRG has focused on responsible gaming and the concept of Green Gaming. Today, Mr Green offers its casino customers a predictive Green Gaming tool. The tool gives the customers opportunities to control their playing and Mr Green can adapt its customer communication to their risk levels.

“Finally, Sweden has become a regulated market,” says Per Norman, CEO of MRG. ”We are looking forward to continue to offer Swedish customers a superior experience in a Green Gaming environment.”


Authentic Gaming granted UK license

(PRESS RELEASE) — Premium live casino provider, Authentic Gaming, will bring its innovative suite of games and products to the UK market for the very first time after being granted a license by the Gambling Commission.

The supplier has a portfolio packed with cutting-edge and engaging live roulette games. This includes its flagship Authentic Roulette product, which live streams from roulette tables located on the floors of premium casino resorts around the world.

This includes:

• Foxwoods Resort Casino (USA)
• The Live ARENA, Auto Roulette (Malta)
• The Platinum Casino at the Radisson BLU Hotel (Bucharest)
• Casino International Batumi at the Hilton Hotel (Georgia)
• The Saint-Vincent Casino (Italy)
• Royal Casino (Denmark)

The supplier, who provides its products to UK-licensed operators such as Leo Vegas, Mr Green Casino, and all Kindred Group brands including Unibet Casino, has just cut the ribbon on a new, state-of-the-art studio in Malta.

The Live ARENA is dedicated to delivering the most exhilarating Auto Live Roulette experience. The studio contains six Live Auto Roulette tables with four different game formats: Classic Roulette, Speed Roulette, VIP Roulette and a never-seen-before variant, Blaze Roulette.

Blaze Roulette is set against a game show backdrop. The game table is lit with LED lights, and a giant video wall that completes the showbiz theme. Blaze is the only “game show” style Live Roulette game dedicated to roulette players.

Jonas Delin, CEO of Authentic Gaming, said, “The U.K. is a key market for us as we continue to expand into regulated jurisdictions around the world. With nearly half of our client base holding a UKGC license, we are eager to bring our games to market – we know they will be a huge hit with U.K. players.”

“We are dedicated to taking the live casino experience to the next level, and making it as thrilling and authentic as possible. Our tables located in prestigious casinos all around the world are a real USP for us.”

“We look forward to taking our first wagers from UK players, and showing them just how spectacular and special live casino gaming can be with Authentic Gaming.”