iSoftBet Expands Portuguese Presence with Casino Portugal


Online casino games developer iSoftBet has launched its full suite of slot and table games with the newly-launched Casino Portugal brand.

The deal allows players on the site to access more than 150 of the supplier’s games, including branded titles based on TV series 24, Vietnam war film Platoon, and erotic thriller Basic Instinct.Other popular titles including Neon Reels and Super Fast Hot Hot are also live with the operator, alongside new releases Booster, Lucky 3 and Beetle Jewels.The deal is iSoftBet’s third in Portugal, with its games already live on Betclic Everest Group’s and Bet Entertainment Technologies’ sites.Its latest partner is owned by land-based operator Sociedade Figueira Praia, which holds casino and sports betting licences in the country.“We’re always looking to grow our game distribution in regulated markets and Portugal is a key jurisdiction for us,” iSoftBet managing director Nir Elbaz said. “This deal will give us further exposure in the country, and a chance to showcase the certified content we have to offer.

“We offer a vast and varied portfolio, with different themes, math, mechanics and bonusing to ensure all player preferences are met,” he continued. “We believe our games will be a big hit with players at Casino Portugal, and look forward to hearing their feedback.”

Blood Suckers II: Has the Hugely Popular Online Slot Just Got Even Better?


netentNetEnt releases a sequel to one of its most popular classic slot titles. Blood Suckers II comes with significantly improved graphics and audio effects, but somewhat lower RTP

The original Blood Suckers slot is known to most fans of online slots – and not for no reason.

This classic NetEnt game has been around for quite a while and despite the fact its graphics are not up to today’s modern standards, the fact it features an RTP of about 98% has always been its biggest selling point.

That means for every $100 dollars wagered, players can, on average, expect to get back $98. Most slots hover around the 95% mark.

Now, NetEnt is getting ready to finally launch a sequel to this hugely popular classic with Blood Suckers II.

Improved gaming experience

The original Blood Suckers game could hardly measure up with today’s modern slots that employ modern technologies to give players an all-encompassing experience. This is not strange, given the fact Blood Suckers was released quite a few years ago.

However, the sequel rectifies the situation, presenting us with the game that brings out the best NetEnt development team has to offer.

The game features colorful and masterfully designed symbols representing vampires, demons, vampire hunters, and much more. The coveted scatter symbolis represented by a red rose.

The game’s soundtrack has also been improved, creating a more chilling and scary atmosphere, perfectly fitting for a slot that’s all about vampires, coffins, and scary creatures of the night.

Gameplay similar to the original

Bloodsuckers II comes with three reels, five rows, and 25 paylines.

The game’s return to player (RTP) is, disappointingly, slightly lower than the original, but still a rather high 96.94%, so if you’re willing to give up some of the RTP for an upgraded gaming experience, Bloodsuckers II won’t disappoint.

The slot has two main features – a click-and-pick bonus game and the free spins round. Like in the original, Blood Suckers II isn’t the game that offers huge payouts on any particular spin, but it is a slot that you can play for a long time with smaller but frequent payouts.

The bonus game is triggered by lining up three bonus symbols in a payline across the first three reels.

You’ll be taken inside the tomb to pick between various coffins hiding cash prizes, a key to move on to the next level, where even bigger prizes await, and a demon, which will end the bonus feature.

In total, there are five levels to the bonus game, and on the top level, you can uncover a very nice hit.

The free spins game is triggered by three scatters appearing anywhere on the reels. It is the standard bonus feature, with all wins multiplied 3x, and although Blood Suckers II isn’t the super-high paying game, you can still expect some decent wins in the free spins round with some luck.

MPN Will Crown the Greatest Poker Player in the Universe this September


MicrogamingISLE OF MAN – The MPN announces the third annual Universal Championship of Poker (UCOP III), boasting €750,000 guaranteed across 59 tournament events this September, with a trophy and €5,000 cash prize awaiting the player crowned The Greatest Poker Player in the Universe.

A €10,000 leaderboard will track player progress throughout the Universal Championship of Poker series. The winning player will take home €5,000 in cash and the Greatest Poker Player in the Universe trophy.

In addition to the Greatest Poker Player in the Universe leaderboard, UCOP III will see the addition of a €5,000 Great Players Leaderboard. This leaderboard rewards players who ‘live and breathe’ poker, contribute to the game, and grow it for others. Points are awarded to players who stream their play during the series on Twitch, YouTube or Facebook Live, with additional points going to those players who have the most interesting stream each day.

“The Universal Championship of Poker is back bigger and better again this year. We’ve grown the guarantees from €250,000 in 2015, to €500,000 last year and now €750,000 for the 2017 instalment! We’re also thrilled to welcome Adjarabet players to the UCOP for the first time, and excited to see how this influences both the live streams, and of course the prizepools.” Alex Scott, Head of Product (Network Games) at Microgaming

New Gnome Wood Slot Coming To Microgaming Casinos


MicrogamingRabCat is launching the new Gnome Wood slot on the Quickfire and Microgaming platforms so players on Microgaming Casinos can enjoy this new reel spinner from the end of August.

The 31st of August can’t come soon enough for Microgaming slots fans as Rabcat gets set to release their latest slot. The new Gnome Wood slot will be available on all casinos. It is a magical themed, 5 reel, 25 payline, video slot with plenty of great bonus features. The slot takes players on a journey through a magical forest and bonus features include free spins, wilds, and more.

As you spin the reels you’ll find magical items that you can use while you hunt for treasures including hidden runes. The maximum jackpot up for grabs is 250,000 coins. Wild multipliers and free spins lead to big wins and if you land the bonus feature you could win even more. You play as the goblin Thorag Greenleaf who lives beneath a mushroom. The graphics are amazing and when wild symbols appear on the reels they wander across them with a free re-spin for every move. Once the wild reaches the end of the reels it drops off and normal gameplay resumes. The wandering wilds also come with multipliers too. If you get 3 scatters on reels 1, 3, and 5 you trigger the free spins round which will get your 10 free spins. If the new Gnome Wood sounds like fun to you, make sure you have an account at one of the many Microgaming casinos and be ready when August 31st comes round.

Jackpot City Casino Bonus Up To $1600 Free

Jackpot City is one of the many Microgaming casinos that will offer the new Gnome Wood slot and it is our recommended choice for Canadian players. When you sign up as a new player you can claim the Jackpot City casino bonus which is worth up to $1600 free spread out over your first four deposits. This is 4 x 100% match bonuses up to $400 each. That’s not all, there are plenty of great promotional offers to keep you returning too. There are daily, weekly, and monthly promos filled with rewards ranging from cash, casino credits, free spins, 5-star cruises and so much more. There is also a loyalty program where you earn points for all the bets you make and you can turn these points into real cash too.

VIP players are also welcome and the five-star rewards program offers even more free spins, no deposit bonus deals, deposit offers, and exclusive promotions too. There are hundreds of great titles to play and with new games being added all the time, there has never been a better time to sign up for an account. Check them out today and be ready to play the new Gnome Wood slot when it launches.

Microgaming to Release 108 Heroes Multiplier Fortune Soon


MicrogamingOne of the best developers in the gaming industry, Microgaming, announced the release of the new game titled 108 Heroes Multiplier Fortune.

108 Heroes Multiplier Fortune slot game from Microgaming will be released this month and will be available in all casinos that use Microgaming’s top-notch gaming software. New slot is using best of breed HTML5 technology, which means players will have a chance to enjoy it on mobile devices like tablets and smarphones as well.

108 Heroes Multiplier Fortuneis equipped with 3 reels and it provides loads of action thanks to its theme. Players may expect such engaging extra features like Wilds, Scatters, Multipliers and more.

David Reynolds, Games Publisher at Microgaming:

“Players are in for epic adventures with our new game additions this September. We have 108 Heroes Multiplier Fortune which follows on from its predecessor, combining player-favourite graphics from 108 Heroes with the mechanics of Mega Money Multiplier to give players non-stop action and exciting rewards!”

Habanero Releases New Slot Game Scruffy Scallywags


Slot gamers prepare to hit the high seas with a new slot release by Habanero. Scruffy Scallywags is the latest slot game created by Habanero, a premium table games and slot provider, and the latest of several new releases to take place this year by the company.

Scruffy Scallywags is a 5×3 slot game with 25 paylines that takes gamers on a nautical adventure with a group of pirates. Join the pirate gang as they follow the trail of the legendary Kraken with rum to drink and tales to tell. Once players spot the Kraken on the reels, the terrifying sea monster becomes quite generous offering extra wilds. Compasses can be found regularly throughout game play as the adventure continues, offering multipliers, re-spins and cash prizes.

Habanero Head of Corporate Communications Toni Karapetrov stated in a press release that Scruffy Scallywags is one of the company’s most exciting titles to date as it offers stunning graphics, a gripping storyline and crystal-clear sounds.

The new release is one just of several major slot titles recently introduced by Habanero. The company has produced several online casino gaming titles over the last few months including Panda Panda, Fire Rooster and The Dead Escape. Scruffy Scallywags now joins the comprehensive list of more than 75 video slot games along with video poker and table games.

Players interested in a preview of Scruffy Scallywags can visit the YouTube Channel of Habanero here.

Netent Announces Wolf Cub™ Slot


netentThe list of ‘ex-exclusive’ NetEnt slots is getting longer with another one planned for September. This time the NetEnt fans get treated by an endearing game called Wolf Cub™. The game will be all about a wolf cub, surrounded by some other friendly foresters. Featuring Wild substitutions, Scatter symbols, and Free Spins combined with the Blizzard Feature, you can expect some good fun on the reels.

Once upon a time in a cold and dark forest…

There was a lovely little wolf cub, seeking to find some friends while spending time in a dark and snowy forest. Every time the Wolfling sees some potential friends, he gets super excited. It seems that the bear, moose, lynx and the owl share that feeling which makes the Wolf Cub™ slot as cheerful as can be.

The Wolf Cub™ slot seems perfect for winter lovers. I’m certainly not one of them, but winter lover or animal lover, this video slot will most probably attract a large group of players. I can assure you it’s not going to be a blockbuster, but it looks like a decent game with an enjoyable free spins feature to enjoy.

Exclusive NetEnt slot

Until September arrives, you’ll find the Wolf Cub™ slot in just a handful of NetEnt Casinos, operated by the same company. It has been a trend for a while already with many NetEnt Casinos offering an exclusive NetEnt slot. Sometimes just for a few weeks or months while some of these exclusive games will never be released globally.

The last exclusive NetEnt slot released globally was NRVNA™ in 2016 while in 2015 Glow™, King of Slots™, and Fantasini: Master of Mystery™ lost their exclusive character. Soon the assortment of “ex-exclusive” NetEnt slots is going to be extended with the Wolf Cub™ slot being launched 7th September.

Wolf Cub™ slot

On the 7th September, also Wolf Cub™ won’t be an exclusive slot anymore and players at all NetEnt Casinos can start enjoying a video slot with the friendly foresters waiting to award players with some big winnings.

One of the most standard features available in a video slot is the Wild. The Wolf Cub™ slot is no exception, bringing an active Wild to the reels. As always, this particular slot feature is going to shine bringing you many extra winning combinations by substituting all other symbols except Scatters.

While the charming wolf cub loves to show the coldness by breathing out heavily, you’ll probably love to see Scatters. Can’t blame you as it’s this slot feature that is responsible for most of the action on the reels. Three or more of them will be responsible for the activation of the Free Spins feature in which a random number of free spins will be awarded. All reels with a Scatter will then spin once more. All symbols involved will show a number and the sum of all of them will show the total number of free spins awarded.

Free Spins are always welcome, but I’m sure the Blizzard feature is adding to excitement in the Wolf Cub™ slot. If a symbol lands fully stacked on reel one, the blizzard will fill up spaces between these symbols and matching symbol on other reels. The more matching symbols, the more spaces will be filled up with more matching symbols resulting in some true slot excitement.

It will be another while before the Wolf Cub™ slot will be available at the NetEnt Casinos, but once globally launched, I’m sure a large group of player will embrace the cute wolfling and some of the slot features involved in this cool slot game.

Lucky Bomber Slot


Lucky Bomber is a fun slot by software developers Gameplay Interactive. This slot has a happy-go-lucky feel to it with the light-hearted music and colourful icons. The symbols look futuristic with metallic shapes, detonators and bombs, along with a little robot characters. The special features in this game include all the usual suspects, such as wild symbols, scatter symbols and a free spins round.

One of the most exciting features in Lucky Bomber is the tumbling reels feature, which means whenever you hit a winning combination, the symbols explode to be replaced with more icons – and more winning chances. With 5 reels, 3 rows of symbols and 30 win lines, this is a standard looking slot but there are some stylistic extras to add to the fun, such as cascades of gold coins on each win, comments such as ‘nice!’ and exploding animations.

Meeting the Colourful Characters

On arrival in the world of the Lucky Bomber, you will find a range of cute characters, such as the blue robot on the reels, and the little Lego-style characters at the sides of the reels. These extra people in the background include yellow, purple and blue spherical characters. In the background are bombs and a field of grass, all creating a special world that reminds us of a children’s animated TV show.

To begin your game, you need to choose your bet. Click on the menu button to open the tool icon and click here to choose your bet. Move the slider from 0.03 per payline. All 30 paylines are fixed into position so there is no decision to make about that. Next, you can click on the yellow circle to start the spin or hold it down for longer to activate autospins. The reels will turn and any winning combinations will explode and new icons will take their place.

Blue Robot Pays the Richest Rewards

The top symbol in this free Lucky Bomber slot is the blue robot character, who can award up to 800 coins for 5 matches. The purple bomb can pay up to 200 coins, the green box bomb can pay up to 150 coins and the triangular blue detonator can pay up to 125 coins for 5 matches. There are also some high card symbols which will pay up to 100 coins for 5 matching symbols on a payline. The wild symbol is the bomb with the blue star, which can substitute for all the other symbols except the scatters to create more wins. This wild icon appears on the middle 3 reels only.

Golden Bomb Awards Free Spins

The golden bomb is the bonus symbol and if you manage to find at least 3 of these symbols, you will trigger 6 free spins. If you hit 3 more of these symbols you will launch more free spins with up to 4 available. You will play these free spins on a new set of reels featuring many new icons, including the red and pink bombs, along with 3 new smiling characters who act as scatter symbols. The scatters can appear anywhere on the screen to give a payout with 15x your stake available if you hit 5 matching yellow robot characters.

More Colourful Futures

Players who love the futuristic theme of Lucky Bomber will enjoy some of the similar games, such as Alien Robots. This game from NetEnt is themed on the exciting combination of aliens and robots, so this has a double appeal! You can enjoy 30 paylines, free spins, expanding sticky wilds, plus you can unlock an additional 243 ways to win feature. Anotehr NetEnt title with a futuristic theme is Starmania, which is a simpler game with just 10 paylines, but it still has 10 free spins and a gamble feature. The theme is bright and energetic with vibrant colours so this has a similar feel to Lucky Bomber.

Colourful Robotic Fun

This robot themed game has a cheerful feel to it with some decent features. The best of these is the free spins round which not only has new symbols and 3 new scatters but can also be triggered again for many more freebies. The children’s cartoon style music might get annoying after a while but you can easily mute this form the menu button. Overall this offers some good returns and Lucky Bomber is quite a simple game which should appeal to players looking for colourful action with a futuristic theme.

Playtech Delivers 25% Revenue Growth in H1


The governance of FTSE-listed Playtech has detailed a strong momentum to its first half of 2017, as the company secured vital renewals of Tier 1 contracts with operators including Sky Bet, Betfred and Paddy Power Betfair.

Updating the market, Playtech highlighted its proven multi-channel strategy, which had generated group revenues of €421.6 million, up 25% on the €337 million posted in the first half of 2016.

Aided by a strengthened commercial pipeline and strong KPI gains across its product portfolio, Playtech’s governance reported first-half EBITDA of €171 million, up 19% on the prior-year period. Net profit totalled €90 million.

Issuing a forward-looking statement, Playtech governance noted the firm’s strong “gross cash” position, which currently stands at more than €500 million as of June 30.

During the first half of 2017, Playtech focused on innovating its multi-channel assets, developing new product propositions for its live gaming division and further investing in product development to aid new asset integrations.

Further to its financial update, the group this week detailed that it had acquired B2B financial trading and risk management platform provider Alpha UK for $150 million.

The company has moved to form a new financial trading services division, TradeTech Group, which will be led by Ron Hoffman as chief executive.

Updating investors, a confident Alan Jackson, chairman of Playtech, commented on the H1 performance:

“The proven strength of the Playtech model was once again demonstrated with a strong H1 performance driven by both underlying growth and recent acquisitions. As always, Playtech’s performance has been converted into strong cash generation, enabling a 10% increase in the interim dividend, in line with the progressive dividend policy.”

“The first half of the year saw Playtech’s gaming division deliver strong growth with double-digit underlying growth and recent acquisitions integrated and performing in line with expectations.

“Playtech has also continued to execute on its industry leading omni-channel solution by deepening its offering in key verticals with the integration of Playtech BGT Sports creating a fully integrated best-in-class sports technology solution and the launch of the world’s largest live casino studio in Latvia, revolutionising the offering in a growing and dynamic channel.”

Playtech to Acquire Assets from ACM Group


Playtech has today (Wednesday) announced that it has agreed a deal to acquire technology, intellectual property and certain customer assets from ACM Group.

Under the deal, a team from ACM, known in the industry as ‘Alpha’, will join the TradeTech Group, while the brand TradeTech Alpha will also be created to deliver bespoke risk management and trading solutions to B2B customers.

In addition, the Playtech financials division will now be renamed as TradeTech Group, in order to better reflect the capabilities of the businesses within the division and align its brand recognition.

The total consideration for the agreement is capped at $150m (€127.6m), with Playtech to make a series of payments.

Consideration for the acquisition comprise an initial up-front payment of $5m (€4.3m); two staged payments based on 1 x EBITDA of both 2017 and 2018; contingent consideration based on 5.2 x EBITDA in 2019, minus the initial payment and 2017 and 2018 payments.

Ron Hoffman, chief executive of Playtech’s ‘TradeTech Group’ financials division, said: “This is a significant step in the evolution of TradeTech; the financial trading industry is driven by the core capabilities of platform technology, customer acquisition and retention, CRM management, and financial trading and risk management expertise.

“The acquisition of Alpha’s high-quality technology and teams of industry experts will significantly deepen our expertise in trading and risk management, allowing TradeTech Group to offer a full turnkey solution to B2B clients across the industry.”

Muhammad Al-Amin Rasoul, chief executive of Alpha, added: “This is a natural fit for Alpha; the strength of TradeTech Group’s management team and asset base will provide us with a platform to grow our offering with TradeTech Alpha.

“Not only does TradeTech offer everything that you need for a complete B2B solution for brokers, but you can get that solution from the most financially secure company in the industry.

“We could not be happier to join the family and start this next exciting chapter at TradeTech Group with the newly launched TradeTech Alpha brand.”

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