My CMS Just another WordPress site Tue, 17 Nov 2015 18:47:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lewisham Gamblers call Mayor’s £2 Slot Machine Bet Limit Proposal “Unfair” Tue, 17 Nov 2015 18:47:01 +0000 Most slot machines have a wide betting range, including a scale of coin denominations and multiple paylines to deliver minimum and maximum bets of 1p up to £100 per spin. This is what gamblers are accustomed to throughout England, and much of the modern world. But the Mayor of Lewisham wants to change that, restricting bet limits on electronic gaming machines (EGMs) to just £2.

Ladbrokes Betting Shop, LewishamMayor Sir Steve Bullock’s proposal was not met with empathy from the slot loving public. In fact, there was an outcry of his plan being “unfair” to those who play EGMs regularly.

If Bullock had his way, the number of betting shops in Lewisham would have already been reduced dramatically. However, since UK law does not permit him to propose a reduction in EGMs or the number of betting shops in the borough, he has instead written a letter to Tracey Crouch, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, requesting a £2 cap on bets.

Bookmakers are obviously displeased with the proposal, stating that such an imposition would place unfair restrictions on an individual’s freedom to bet. Gamblers mimicked that sentiment, adding that if the Mayor’s £2 limit succeeds, they will simply go elsewhere to play slot machines.

East London Line sent reporters onto the streets of the London borough to see how people felt about the proposal. Everyone seemed to be opposed to the Mayor’s plan, while some questioned his political right to even request such a change.

“There’s no point in changing it,” said 22 year old Lewisham-based construction worker, Michael Collard.  “It’s not up to the mayor. Why is it his business?” Collard called the bet limit “unfair”, arguing that “people should be able to go up to what amount they like.”

52 year old local Richard Anes expressed a similar opinion. “£100 is a fair limit to give people a choice on how much they bet. Why should there be a limit imposed on gambling? There should be a fair choice.”

Anes said such a change “would affect what I can do here. I’d have to go to casinos in central London to bet, in Leicester Square for example.”

Speaking with an unnamed duty manager from a Ladbrokes betting shop in Lewisham, East London Line was told, “£2 a bet is not a good idea because then the spin doesn’t give them the same pleasure or freedom that they like. Customers don’t always have to go to the limit and introducing the limit would just move customers to the West End, instead of staying and spending in the area.”

The purpose of the bet limit would be to minimize harm from gambling, but the CEO of the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB), Malcolm George, considers the limitations to pose more of a threat to problem gamblers.

“The ABB has a focus on encouraging responsible gambling and addressing some of the issues that gamblers may face,” said George. “We don’t support such a drastic stake reduction such as those the mayor of Lewisham has proposed.

“Betting shops are the safest places to gamble,” he continued. “There are staff who can intervene if there’s a problem, there’s the option to self-exclude – to not go in to betting shops – and there is a supportive environment.” George said there is a higher risk that problem gamblers “will go elsewhere and choose to gamble in places that aren’t safe and secure.”

Representing The Campaign for Fair Betting, Adrian Parkinson spoke in support of the Mayor’s proposal. “£2 spins are a responsible gambling level, where harm is limited because the potential losses are limited. Councils have seen an element of violence and criminality emanating from betting shops, with some players losing thousands of pounds and then smashing up the machines,” he said.

“The situation in Lewisham is being replicated across the country. There are probably 100 councils which have passed motions to reduce bets to £2,” said Parkinson.

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Underage Gambling leads to No More Slots at Blackpool’s Happy Dayz Arcade Fri, 13 Nov 2015 16:05:06 +0000 Happy Dayz Family Arcade BlackpoolWith the help of the UK Gambling Commission, the Blackpool Council has vowed to crack down on underage gambling at family arcades where adult slot machines are often found. One such location, the Happy Dayz entertainment complex in Blackpool’s Golden Mile section of the Central Promenade, recently came under fire when investigators discovered underage patrons were being permitted to enter the arcade’s ‘adults only’ section to gamble on slot machines.

The signage throughout the arcade clearly noted that only adults of 18 years of age or more were permitted to enter the arcade’s real money slot machine zone. But that didn’t stop one 15 year old boy from walking in and dropping coins into a gaming device. No employees of Happy Dayz—including the owner, Peter Turner, who was there that day—made any move to stop him either.

As it turns out, he wasn’t just any 15 year old boy. As prosecutor Victoria Cartmell told the court, he was one member of a group of children sent into the arcade as “test purchasers”. Under the watchful eye of the Gambling Commission, the adolescents were directed to enter the arcade and naturally attempt to access the arcade’s adult gambling section.

“They were seen putting money in a Category C machine which has a payout maximum of £35 and was positioned in the adult only area,” Cartmell told the court. She went on to explain the official Code of Conduct in regards to individuals under 18 years playing gaming machines that offer a cash reward, and that Mr. Turner was in direct breach of that code by making no effort to thwart underage gambling in his establishment.

It was also noted by Ms. Cartmell that this was not the first violation for Mr. Turner’s Happy Dayz entertainment complex. She noted that during a previous “test purchase” phase, he had also failed to notice and/or prevent underage patrons entering the adults-only section of the arcade and placing bets on the gaming machines.

The prosecution confirmed that Mr. Turner has since removed the “adults only” section and all real money gambling machines from his establishment to ensure that future incidents of underage gambling cannot take place at the Golden Mile’s popular location.

“I have been in this business since 1972 and I was horrified when I failed,” confessed Peter Turner. “The area has gone and we have lost the investment put into it.”

Note: There seems may be misinformation circulating in media reports. The Blackpool Gazette reported that Peter Turner is 52 years of age, but being in business since 1972 would mean he owned his first arcade at the approximate age of 9.

Arcades Grooming Children to be Adult Gamblers?

Some have complained that arcades like Happy Dayz need to be shut down completely as they are nothing more than grooming parlours for future gamblers. Many of the games found at these locations are designed to mimic traditional casino gambling amusements. Just because they don’t pay out in cash like a casino, doesn’t mean they aren’t training our young children to gamble when they grow up.

The picture below (taken by a past visitor and uploaded to TripAdvisor) clearly shows non-paying games that mimic 3-reel slot machines and roulette located adjacent to the usual line-up of all-ages arcades, including a typical crane machine that awards stuffed animals.

Non-Gambling Casino Games at Family Arcade

No doubt, removing real money gambling from the location is a step in the right direction, but the UK Gambling Commission may need to seriously reconsider what is and is not deemed a permissible game for children in arcades across the nation.

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UK PC, Mobile Games Company shifts into High Gear with new Systems EVP Tue, 10 Nov 2015 18:47:40 +0000 If you’re looking for a top-shelf wine, you don’t buy something that was bottled a few weeks ago. Likewise, if you’re seeking a beast mode executive to head up an international office, you don’t scour the top universities for 2015 grads. That was the thinking of GameAccount Network when it found a 13-year industry veteran.

Michael Daly's PC, mobile games experience perfect fit for GAN

Michael Daly, EVP Systems, North America
GameAccount Network

With a top level position to be filled in its North American office, UK-based GameAccount Network (GAN) sought the best of the best. Someone with years of experience traversing all avenues of the PC and mobile games industry. Someone who already knew and managed the ins and outs of internet gambling business in all capacities. They found Michael Daly.

On Monday, GAN announced the official recruitment of Michael Daly as the company’s new Executive Vice President of Systems, North America. Mr. Daly has a wealth of hands-on knowledge that will help lead the North American unit to imminent success over the coming years.

Michael has an MBA from the University of Utah and graduated MIT with a degree in engineering. From there, he took on a role at Bally Technologies as Senior Director of Interactive Division Operations, responsible for the oversight  of the Las Vegas company’s internet, mobile and social division.

He was then hired by SHFL Entertainment as Vice President of Online Gaming, managing over 70 global employees in SHFL’s worldwide execution of online B2B strategies. Climbing the ladder once more, Daly took on the role of CEO of Automated Cash Systems for a Reno-based startup company specializing in banking technology. While there, he oversaw the engineering team as the company successfully launched a handheld debit banking system designed for casino table games.

Daly’s New Responsibilities at GAN

According to the press release issued by GAN, Daly’s EVP Systems role will be a demanding one, to say the least, but one that he is more than prepared to undertake.

“As Executive Vice President of Systems, North America, Michael will be responsible for managing the growing number of relationships with casino equipment manufacturers who work with GAN to bring their machine-based games to life online across desktop and mobile devices,” read the announcement.

Responsible for the development and distribution of online games for major US casino operators, which represent more than “25% of a typical casino gaming floor”, Mr. Daly’s role at GAN will see him assisting “US manufacturers in achieving their strategic goals in the interactive space, a key knowledge service provided by GAN.”

Mr. Daly will also work in tandem with the company’s “Sales, Marketing, and Operations teams on the signing, launch and support of new North American Simulated Gaming and real money Regulated Gaming clients.”

Daly + GAN = Superior PC & Mobile Games Company

Dermot Smurfit, CEO of GAN, extolled the recruitment of Michael Daly as the new EVP of Systems, North America. “Michael brings a wealth of experience in the emerging US Internet gaming industry combined with a solid background working in the land-based casino sector. His versatility and industry savvy make him an integral part of GAN expansion in the US market.

“GAN has a strong history and reputation as the industry leader in the US Internet gaming space, and bringing in consummate professionals such as Michael will ensure that we maintain our position at the forefront of the US casino industry as it continues to move online,” said Smurfit.

Daly was equally delighted to take on the new role with the UK-based company in its North American endeavors. “I’m very excited to be joining the GAN team. GAN’s growing portfolio of partnerships with top tier US casino operators and casino equipment manufacturers puts the Company in an exciting market position,” he said.

“I look forward to working with the high caliber of GAN professionals to push the business to new heights.”

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Great News for UK Gambling Market; Bet365 & William Hill Dominate Online Fri, 06 Nov 2015 16:35:06 +0000 A new study conducted by Barcaly Research and YouGov has revealed a lot of interesting information about the UK gambling market. Operators (and tax collectors) are especially happy to hear that revenue from online gaming is expected to exceed £5 billion by 2020. In the meantime, Bet365 was ranked the highest in online revenue, William Hill has earned the most trust from consumers, Betfair has the greatest odds and Paddy Power is (not surprisingly) on top in marketing.

5-Year Live and Online Gambling Forecast

With a little help from the consultants at H2 Gambling Capital, Barclay Research showed that, in 2016, the UK gambling market anticipates and overall yield of £4 billion from online gross win. Researchers projected that number will increase steadily over the next five years, topping the £5bn mark by 2020.

The land-based market, however, isn’t expected to do quite so well. Last year, retail gambling generated about £3 billion, and analysts are predicting the figure to decline slightly by the year 2020, although it should still be near enough to the £3bn mark.

Bet365 Named Top UK Online Gambling Operator

It’s not a contest, and there are no awards to be handed out for receiving this title, but when it comes to generating revenue from online sports betting, casino and poker games, Bet365 is the #1 operator in the UK. The research discovered that, over the last 12 months, Bet365’s multifarious online gambling operation has been responsible for generating the highest volume of revenue, recorded at £1.28 billion.

The company’s two largest rivals, Paddy Power and Betfair, were tied for second at £1 billion a piece.

William Hill Named Most Trusted Brand

Again, William Hill won’t be receiving any awards for this, but a pat on the back is certainly in order. According to a nation-wide survey that was conducted by Barclay as part of the overall research, William Hill has earned the most trust from consumers.

The survey, which reached out to 1,017 respondents, asked which online gambling operator they felt was the most trustworthy. Of the 7 major operators available to choose from, 22% selected William Hill. Again, there was a tie for second place as 16% chose Paddy Power, and another 16% went to Betfair.

Betfair has the Best Odds

The majority of punters in the UK agree that the best odds can be found at Betfair’s online racebook and sportsbook. 29% of respondents chose Betfair as the best place to get favorable odds. Coming in a close second was Paddy Power, which received 22% of the votes. Bet365 rounded out the top 3 with 15%.

Paddy Power has the Best Advertisements

No big surprise here – Paddy Power received a whopping 52% of the votes when asked which online gambling operator has the best advertising campaigns. That’s more than 3x the votes that went to Bet365, who earned second place with just 15%.

Paddy Power is known for its unconventional, and always controversial, marketing techniques.

Paddy Power Controversial AdvertismentOne of the most scandalous of all was a 2002 ad that depicted a black and white image of two old ladies crossing the road (see image right). Odds bubbles appeared over their heads, meant to depict odds on who would get across first, but some saw the truck coming in the background and thought Paddy Power was taking odds on who would get run over first.

A billboard ad from Paddy Power once depicted Jesus and his Apostles, all gambling on various casino games at the Last Supper table. It featured the tag line, “There’s a place for fun and games” (this obviously not being one of them). That tactic got so many complaints the company had to take them down.

Just this year, a Paddy Power tractor trailer depicting famous foreign athletes traversed the country side (starting from Port Dover, of course), toting the slogan: “Immigrants, jump in the back! (But only if you’re good at sports).” You can surely imagine the negative attention that drew!

According to the results of the survey, however, it’s clear enough that more people—at least those who wager on sports—appreciate the humor of Paddy Power’s shockingly eccentric marketing techniques.

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Online Gambling Revenue still Sluggish in France, Regulators promise Change Tue, 03 Nov 2015 18:10:00 +0000 Five years ago, the launch of regulated online gambling in France was the talk of the town. Online poker rooms, online casinos, online sports betting and horse racing markets – France was finally taking an authoritative step into the modern world of iGaming. But problems have plagued the market ever since, and despite promises for affirmative change, revenue is still sluggish.

Time for Change in French Online Gambling MarketIn the latest Q3 reports, it was revealed that sports betting is the only real area in which French gambling is seeing notable success. Revenue from sports betting jumped 3% to €62 million compared to last year’s Q3 results. Horse race betting also saw an increase of 5% to €60.1mm, but the racing turnover saw no improvement, holding steady at €238mm.

Despite those increases, online gambling as a whole dropped 0.3% to €176.1mm in the last three months, ending September 30, 2015. The most negative contributor was online poker, which should come as no real surprise as France’s internet poker landscape fails to provide an appealing environment for operators or players.

The fact that online poker tournaments saw an increase of 21% in revenue year-over-year was overshadowed by the 20% decrease in cash game yield, which amounted to an overall decline of 5%, down to €54 million.

Where did France Go Wrong?

How is it that the French online gambling market is so crippled, while their neighbors in the UK are experiencing such laudable growth? When French gambling regulator, ARJEL, was tasked with the goal of overseeing a license-based iGaming market, officials chose not to mimic the legislative climate in the UK, instead opting for a ring-fenced market and demanding exorbitant tax rates from operators.

While the casino side of the business may be unaffected, the ring-fenced nature limits the number of online poker players that can participate to only those physically located in France. As such, the player pools aren’t large enough to attract new customers to the virtual felt.

The high taxation—33% corporate tax, plus an additional 9.3% on sports betting turnover and 2% on internet poker cash games; a fiendish amount compared to the UK’s flat 15% GGR tax rate—prevents smaller iGaming companies from being able to compete in the market. Even worse, players find themselves bored with the stagnant and/or unappealing promotional campaigns due to the lack of competition.

Charles Coppolani, President of ARJEL, admitted back in 2010, shortly after France launched its interactive gaming industry, that the market was “not as competitive” as they had hoped for. However, in a more recent statement, when reflecting on the last five years of regulated iGaming, Coppolani said that ARJEL’s long-term goals were “partially achieved, even if everything didn’t go exactly as planned.”

ARJEL’s President is confident that regulators are doing a great job, and doesn’t believe the sluggish results of France’s online gambling market should be “dramatized”. Instead, he commended the efforts of regulators and operators, saying that of the 17 licensed online betting sites (note: there were originally 62), “many have achieved balance, or are about to achieve it.”

Change is a’ Coming! Eventually… Maybe

Back in June, the Association Française de Jeu en Ligne (AFJEL) released a report after studying the first five years of regulated online gambling in France. The results were highly conclusive, keenly urging regulators to reconsider the exorbitant tax rate, the limited number of gambling opportunities, and the ring-fenced nature of the market.

Based on that study, ARJEL called for a complete renovation of the framework that governs the industry in France. Coppolani himself promised that more poker variants would be available before the year is out, after admitting that internet poker was in “big trouble”.

He also vowed to press the matter of shared liquidity with other regulated EU markets, but that song and dance has gotten old over the years. It’s clearly time to stop talking and make good on these promises if France ever wants to see its online gambling market thrive.

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Genting Group’s Resorts World Casino Complex opens in Birmingham Fri, 30 Oct 2015 15:00:18 +0000 Last week marked the grand opening of Resorts World Birmingham, a massive casino and shopping complex in the heart of England. The £150 million resort is now the largest casino in the UK, and the first European gambling destination to be built by the world-renowned Genting Group.

Genting's Resorts World Casino BirminghamThe doors to the massive 12-story, 50,000 square meter (583,000 square foot) complex officially opened on Wednesday, October 21. Two days later, the 11-screen Imax cinema opened, followed by the opening of the casino and night-time bars on Monday.

According to Operations Manager Barry Clemo, Resorts World Birmingham is the first commercial center of its type in which visitors will not have to leave the building for anything. The enormous complex, designed to mimic the veneer of a cruise ship, is home to a casino, spa, hotel, cinema, 50 retail outlets and 18 bars and restaurants. It’s also situated adjacent the live entertainment venue, Genting Arena.

Birmingham’s newest attraction is open 24/7, employs approximately 1,200 workers, and can accommodate an estimated 12,000 people at any given time.

Clemo said Resorts World Birmingham was designed to attract all walks of consumers, from casino players and shoppers to concertgoers and nightlife enthusiasts. He believes the complex will appeal to all appropriate ages, including those “too young to sit at home watching telly, and too old to push through the crowds in the city centre.”

Genting Group weren’t the only corporate entities excited about the new UK casino’s grand opening. James Berresford, Chief Executive Officer of the region’s national tourist board, VisitEngland, welcomed the new holiday hot spot.

“The launch of the new Resorts World marks a huge investment to the West Midlands and is sure to drive additional spend in the area,” said Berresford. He believes the casino and shopping complex will serve as a great addition “to the existing wide range of major visitor attractions such as Warwick Castle, Cadbury World and The Library of Birmingham that contribute to the 56m visitors the West Midlands attracts every year.”

Anti-Gambling Advocates Raise Concerns

Not everyone is so pleased by the UK gambling resort’s erection. Some people are skeptical of what such a large gambling arena could mean for the citizens of Birmingham and surrounding areas.

The University of Birmingham’s Professor of Clinical and Community Psychology, Jim Orford, is the founder of Gambling Watch UK, an organization that seeks to halt the expansion of gambling throughout the nation. Prof Orford noted the “dangerously addictive” nature of electronic gambling machines, which can be found in the UK casino, suggesting that the new complex “normalises gambling”.

Prof Orford believes precautionary measures could be taken to minimise harm to the people of England. “In some countries, for example in Singapore, the government deliberately made it more expensive for locals to enter the casino because it was anxious to protect its own citizens.”

Compared to the overall size of the complex, the casino isn’t all that large. Resorts World Birmingham houses 150+ slot machines, with 31 electronic table games like 3 card poker, blackjack and roulette that feature max table limits of £1,000.

But critics are worried that casino promotions, like the already posted “Slots Mania Tournament”, will be too much of a draw for locals. The promotion invites patrons to play the slot machines to find out who is the “best slots player in town”.

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London’s High Rollers achieve Best Win Rates of all UK Casinos Wed, 28 Oct 2015 13:18:29 +0000 Crockfords Casino LondonThe United Kingdom is teeming with casinos, from the northernmost regions of Scotland to the southern tip of Great Britain. Typically, one might think the best payout percentages would come from some hole-in-the-wall dive where the slot machines are set low enough to keep patrons coming back for more, while partaking in other costly goods to make up for it. As it turns out, that’s not the case.

The best gambling, for players, is found at London’s high end, luxury casinos. compiled a complete study based on research performed by the UK Gambling Commission, putting together a data log of the best—and worst—paying casinos in the UK.

Drop, Win and Win Percentage at UK Casinos

The information was based on three main factors; drop, win and win percentage.

The “Drop” is the amount of money a casino takes in. Every time a player exchanges cash for chips, or inserts notes into a slot machine, that makes up the Drop.

The “Win” is how much money the casino wins from players, not the other way around. The amount the casino takes in Drop, minus the amount paid back to players, becomes the casino’s Win.

The “Win Percentage” is the difference between those two amounts, detailed as a percentile. This figure, when inverted, effectively represents the payout percentage of the casino across all game variants. For example, a 10% win percentage for the casino would translate to a 90% payout percentage for players, which means for every $100 a player wagers, they can expect to win $90 back (i.e. lose $10).

Essentially, the lower the win percentage, the better the games are for players.

Results Great for High Rollers in London

The study revealed the following information about drop, win and win percentage at UK casinos over the last 12 months, listed from north to south:





# Casinos

Scotland £215,981,929 £34,485,062



North UK £771,418,378 £111,631,012



Midlands/Wales £654,120,194 £92,832,563



South UK £512,450,107 £81,858,420



‘High End’ London £2,523,568,880 £130,995,408



‘Other’ London £2,453,305,194 £394,986,651




Based on those stats, it’s apparent that high-end casinos in London not only take in the most money, they pay out the best winnings for players. The win percentage of 5.2%—equivalent to a 94.8% payout percentage for players—is incredibly low compared to all other casinos in the UK, which range from 14.2% to 16.1%.

Unfortunately, because these are high end casinos, like Crockfords and Les Ambassadeurs, you’ll need an affluent bankroll to take full advantage of it.

Why aren’t High-End London Casinos Making More?

One has to wonder why 6 high end casinos are dropping more money than the 21 other casinos throughout England’s capital city, yet are only making a third of the profit? The research indicated that it can be attributed to the abundance of low-edge games, like punto banco.

Luxury casinos like these don’t deal in thousands of high-edge slot machines like other locations do, relying on the affluence of their customer base to earn a profit from VIP-priced table games like blackjack and roulette. These low-edge games may diminish the overall revenue, but when enough players are winning, getting them back through the doors at a later date will keep the house in business for many years to come.

It should also be noted that, despite the figures on the chart above, the high end casinos are actually making more money per location than any other UK casinos.

The highest overall Win belongs to ‘other’ London casinos, of which there are 21 making a total of £394,986,651 in win. That breaks down to £18.8 million per casino. There are only 6 high end casinos pulling in £130,995,408, giving them an average of £21.8 million per location.

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Double Luck Nudge, first Apple Watch Slot Machine designed by Pros Fri, 23 Oct 2015 18:20:22 +0000 First Pro-Designed Apple Watch Slot Machine, Double Luck NudgeSlot machine manufacturers have been looking for ways to innovate the gaming industry for over a century. Likewise, Apple has played a significant role in the evolution of computer technology for nearly four decades. Put the two together, and something incredible happens.

Two Chicago based games developers, Leading Edge Design (aka LED Gaming) and Purple Gator, teamed up recently to work on a new project. The end result was Double Luck Nudge, the very first digital video slot created by professional designers specifically for the recently launched Apple Watch.

Double Luck Nudge was released on the Apple iTunes Store last week, and wearers of the Apple Watch can get it for a nominal price tag of $2.99. The iTunes narrative describes the app as, “The first slot machine brought to you by professional, award winning, slot designers!”

The engineers of the new Apple Watch slot machine deviated from the typical social gaming aspect that is all too common in ‘free to play with IPA’ mobile device apps. There’s no social aspect to the game at all, no advertisements, and best of all, no in-app purchases (IAPs) encouraging players to spend more money.

Double Luck Nudge is simply a wrist-bound slot machine for anyone who wants to play, anytime, with “unlimited spins forever”.

The slots app is being billed as the “first real casino slot machine now on the Watch”, although it’s compatible with all iOS 9.0+ devices and tablets (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch). The download size for the initial release, version 1.0, is listed at 53.9 MB.

Double Luck Nudge Slot for Apple Watch

Double Luck Nudge is an “old school Vegas Style” slot, featuring a classic 3-reel design with a single payline across the middle. The symbols are old school, too, depicting things like single, double and triple BAR icons, 7’s, plus a 2x winnings multiplier. Players can level up in the game and achieve special bonuses, both of which offer a mass of bonus coins to the user to keep their bankroll on the rise.

The most unique aspect of the game—one you wouldn’t find back in the heyday of Las Vegas—is the ‘nudge’ factor, which denotes the direction of a reel when it comes to a stop. BAR symbols with an arrow on them can be given a final nudge in the specified direction.


Apple Watch Slot getting Rave Reviews

The new pro-designed slot machine for Apple Watch is still very new, as are the watches themselves really, and when you throw in the fact that Double Luck Nudge is not free, the game hasn’t exactly witnessed a mass of downloads. However, of the few reviews that have been left so far, all of them received 5-star ratings.

Interestingly, while everyone seems to adore Double Luck Nudge, the sentiment towards most Apple Watch apps was not so gracious. “This is the first Apple Watch game that truly plays as expected!” said one customer. “I’ve been waiting to find an app that’s actually playable and finally Double Luck Nudge delivers! The game play is fast-paced and is extremely well polished.”

And that, my friends, is what sets Double Luck Nudge apart from the rest of the gambling apps optimized for Apple Watch play. It’s actually developed by professional slot manufacturers who know how to integrate long-lasting, realistic entertainment into their software.

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New Mobile Gambling Study in UK has ‘Unbelievable’ Results Tue, 20 Oct 2015 20:28:38 +0000 Incredulous Mobile Gambling StudyLast week, the results of a new mobile gambling study were unveiled in a press release. I generally enjoy reading the outcome of any study relating to online gaming, but this time, I was stupefied by several key factors. For one, the study appears to label 52.5% of adults in Britain as mobile gambling fanatics, which is absurd, and secondly, those obligatory asterisk (*) symbols that denote specific conditions to be explained within the context of any research study, were never explained.

The fault of the ostensibly erroneous material, in my opinion, lied directly with the conduit. I’m not going to list the name of the online gambling affiliate website that conducted the study, because my intent is not to be callous or defamatory in any way. My intentions are purely to inform people that not everything you read online should be trusted, and for conductors of such studies to make sure they are delivering complete information that is unbiased in its acquisition.

We’ll take a look at the published results, and why they appear to be so incredulous.

Faults with Mobile Gambling Study

The website claims to have surveyed 2,000 people and “found out significant results”. The first problem is that, because it an online gambling affiliate website, the vast majority of its visitors are in fact gamblers, or at least have ties to the gambling industry.

That’s like going to Harrods and conducting a survey on which department store patrons prefer. The majority will obviously choose Harrods, or they wouldn’t be there in the first place.

Now let’s examine the Key Findings:

“Approximately 55 percent of gamblers play casino games on their smartphones.*”

Okay, that makes sense. It’s no secret that smartphones and tablets are taking over the technology industry. Next…

“2.1 out of 4 Brits are participating in gambling activities on their mobile phone.*”

Read that again – “2.1 out of 4 Brits”. That’s 52.5% of the population, which (the survey didn’t mention this, but…) is estimated at 64.1 million in Great Britain! Are they seriously trying to imply that 33,652,500 people are gambling on mobile devices in the UK? Wow… Okay, let’s continue.

“76 per cent of mobile gamblers are male.*”

Again, that’s believable. Moving on…

“1 out of 5 employees are now gambling during working hours on their mobile phone.*”

Hold your gee-gees! British bosses beware, you may need to eliminate 20% of your work force! Not only is the study insinuating that more than 33 million Brits are participating in mobile gambling, 12.8 million of them deserve to be fired. It sounds like the people who actually visit this website and participated in the survey—mostly males, mind you—are profuse slackers.

“30 per cent of gamblers access mobile gambling sites every day.*”

The 30% part is believable considering the convenience and incessant access users have to their smartphones and tablets, but when you try to assimilate that with the previous finding—that 33.65 million Brits are gambling on mobile—it’s harder to acquiesce to 10.1 million playing every day.

Missing Asterisk Notations

The worst problem of all is that the research marks every one of its findings with the asterisk (*) symbol. As most of us know, this denotes that there is more to be said about the information provided, and that the additional information will be listed somewhere in the report (usually at the bottom). Unfortunately, there is no additional information provided denoting the meaning of these asterisks.

It would make sense if perhaps the asterisk described the respondents as visitors to the online gambling affiliate site, or if the results were ‘based on a website poll, not a national survey with randomly selected participants’. But as I said, that isn’t the case.

The lack of professionalism is astounding, but I would love to see a similar study conducted by a consulting firm or university where the research is spread across a wider range of average adult residents. The results would be most interesting.

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Gunmen steal Slot Machine from nondescript Game Room in Dallas, TX Fri, 16 Oct 2015 15:56:55 +0000 The slot machine business is thriving in Texas, where only a specific breed of one armed bandits are said to be legal. They’re called 8-Liners, and these slots are incredibly popular – so popular, it seems, that three armed gunmen stormed into a game room in Dallas last month to steal one.

According to police reports, two of the armed robbers were captured by police following a brief car chase that ended in the suspects’ crashing their pick-up truck into a tree. However, the third suspect got away on foot, and is still at large.

Slot MAchines Stolen from Game Room in Dallas TexasIt all began late one Thursday night in late September. Responding to a report of gunshots fired, Dallas police arrived at a small, nondescript building at 8215 Maddox Street, just south of Lake June Road. They arrived just in time to find the suspects fleeing the scene.

Official reports indicate that the three gunmen stormed into the establishment, firing guns into the air. Thankfully, no one was injured during the robbery. It’s not even certain how many patrons may have been inside the establishment when the robbery took place, as police say no witnesses have come forward.

Ostensibly, the culprits were after one thing, and one thing only – an 8-Liner slot machine.

The suspects allegedly lugged the gambling device outside the game room, quickly secured it in the bed of their pick-up truck and drove away. That was about the same time the police arrived, immediately giving chase. Officers trailed the vehicle for a few blocks, and just before the clock struck midnight, the truck crashed into a tree in a residential area.

None of the suspects, officers or bystanders were reportedly harmed during the chase.

As the suspects attempted to flee the vehicle on foot, police officers were able to apprehend two of the gunmen on the spot. However, a third man remains on the run. The stolen slot machine was recovered.

Are Slot Machines Legal in Texas?

Technically, yes, Las Vegas-style slot machines are illegal in Texas, but there’s a fine line between what is and is not permitted in the Lone Star State. 8-Liner slots, like the one stolen from the Dallas game room, are not illegal so long as the prizes paid out do not exceed a value of $5 per win, and are not paid in cash. That leaves it up to the owner of each game room to ensure the slots are operated legally.

Due to the highly nondescript nature of the crime scene, however, police are investigating just what type of gambling activities were going on at the establishment prior to last month’s armed robbery. The Dallas location depicts no signage, not even a business name, and no indication that it’s even a game room.

One month prior to the incident, police officers and federal agents converged on numerous game rooms in McKinney, TX, where a one-year investigation spurred by concerned neighbors led them to seize over 600 slot machines, half a dozen ATMs and nearly $61,000 in cash. Police said evidence collected would reveal “a pattern of casino type gambling and other illegal activity”, suspecting drugs and money laundering.

Authorities estimate there are about 125,000 slot machines being illegally operated in the state.

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