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Interstate Slot Jackpot “Dissimilar” to Online Poker Liquidity

Last week, slot machine manufacturer International Game Technology (IGT) announced that its new multistate Wide Area Progressive (WAP) jackpot link would be deployed at Caesars and Boyd gaming properties.

The Powerbucks system links progressive jackpots in multiple states. The system is being rolled out in New Jersey and Nevada to start, with other “approved jurisdictions” to be added. Players from the member states contribute to and can win the progressive jackpot.

Like in online poker, progressive slots benefit from larger pools—“life-changing” wins are powerful marketing tools, be they progressive jackpots or large multi-table tournaments. Both benefit from from cross-border liquidity.

However, the new IGT progressive is not a signal for cross-border sharing of online poker liquidity.

“[The multistate progressive jackpot] is dissimilar to online poker liquidity in that players are not actively playing against each other in one game,” Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman, A.G. Burnett told pokerfuse.

Like online poker tournaments, “the prize grows based upon collective play and is eventually won by one participant in one of the linked member states.”

However, Burnett stated, “this notion does not allow for game data crossing state lines, only incremental jackpot amounts are shared.“

Player pooling is still coming to US states—but compacts need to be formed. Nevada has entered into an agreement with Delaware to allow players from each state to participate in cross-border online gaming. It is not yet clear when this will take place—or by whom, as no online poker room operates in both states.

New Jersey is watching closely, and will form a compact this year according to its lead online gaming consultant.

NYX unveils Judge Dredd slots

A new Judge Dredd video gaming slot is to be designed by Australia-based NextGen Gaming.

The exclusive licensing deal means the company will create online slots featuring 2000 AD’s Judge Dredd character that will be released this summer.

It is understood the agreement will cover the licensing of online and mobile slots and bingo games in all formats for international markets.

NYX Gaming’s Scott Smith said: “We’re proud to be working with one of the greatest comic characters of all time in bringing a multi-featured, richly branded gaming experience online with Judge Dredd.”

David Johnson, commercial director at NYX Gaming, added that Judge Dredd’s infamous no-nonsense style of law and order will work well with NextGen’s strong record of providing great game play.

He also expects the title will prove very popular with players and the Judge Dredd-themed games will become “the summer blockbuster title”.

Golden Riviera Hosts Sure Win Online Slots Tournament

Microgaming is encouraging Golden Riviera online casino players to head to the races throughout April. The games developer is hosting a special online slots tournament at Golden Riviera, which is open to new and existing casino accountholders.

The event is called the Sure Win tournament, with the venture based around the Sure Win slots game. The game is a horseracing themed game that utilizes 5 reels with up to 25 paylines. Players can acquire up to 24 free spin bonuses with multipliers that increase winnings up to 4 times the payout.

The Sure Win tournament began on March 31, and will continue until April 27. Golden Riviera will eliminate 50 percent of the players from the tournament each week. The top 100 players at the end of the tournament will then receive portions of the $10,000 prize pool up for grabs in the tournament.

A statement from Golden Riviera encourages players to head for the races at the Sure Win slots game.

“Forget the Grand National or the Melbourne Cup. Golden Riviera Casino and Microgaming have a tournament that will get players’ hearts racing!”

Players can register new accounts at Golden Riviera Casino to redeem welcome bonuses before entering the Sure Win slots tournament. The casino will also allow players to claim 2,500 free casino credits to use in their first 60 minutes of gameplay upon registering a new account. However, by accepting the free credits, players will be opted out of the Sure Win tournament.

Plan a day at the races at the Sure Win online slots racetrack inside Golden Riviera – there’s reason horseracing is known as the sport of kings!

Online slot quality key – survey

The findings of Traffic Generation’s social agents survey show that more than 60 per cent of players prioritise game quality, while 67 per cent would consider social casino games.

The results suggest the majority of social casino players prioritise the slots games they play over many of the social hooks surrounding them.

TraffGen CEO Andy Caras-Altas said: “This reinforces the importance of quality game play experience, and critically, game maths.

“As we have seen in previous surveys, this provides an opportunity for land-based slots makers who have games that are both recognised by the players, especially in the US market, and have proven mathematics, to acquire players from apps that place less of a focus on quality game content.”

Players were also asked: would you like to go on an adventure in a slots app, where you might encounter other characters and take part in a story as part of your game play? Sixty-seven per cent of respondents replied “Yes”.

Caras-Altas said of the replies: “Respondents to our question are clearly positive towards increased engagement in the narrative component of an app. How app developers respond to this desire from the players will be interesting as it is not yet clear how much the players want to spend time in the meta game, rather than in the slots game.

“It is our opinion though that there is an opportunity to explore new app configurations and meta features and to test them with live player communities.

“Key will be how this is balanced against the majority of players’ preference to play high-quality slots content,” he added.

The findings also indicated that players are open to 3D slots games but that the majority still prefer 2D experiences.

Microgaming Acquires Game Of Thrones Online Slot Gaming License

Online slots fanatics can expect a host of new casino games before the end of 2014, according to Microgaming. The gaming software developer confirmed that two new online slots games are scheduled to launch at online casinos affiliated with Microgaming later this year – with both games based off popular franchises.

The most anticipated game in development is based off the popular HBO series ‘Game of Thrones.’ The game will supposedly be based off the complex plots and characters within the series, and is expected to be live before the end of the year.

The partnership was announced by representatives of both Microgaming and HBO Licensing, with both parties expecting fans will respond positively to the new game. Microgaming also confirmed that the Game of Thrones slots will go live after the Terminator 2 online slots, which is expected to be available in the summer.

Roger Raatgever, CEO of Microgaming, says acquiring gaming licenses from some of the world’s leading media franchises is important for the online gambling world. Raatgever expects that Microgaming will continue negotiating gaming licenses with other franchises in the coming months and years.

“We are incredibly excited to have signed a licensing agreement for Game of Thrones, a highly relevant and extremely popular show. We plan on taking all of the features of the small screen fantasy epic to create a masterpiece of a slot.”

Microgaming did not provide a target date to go live with the Game of Thrones slots game, but fans can bet that the game will be live in the fall.

Slots revenue down again in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Slot-machine revenue at Pennsylvania casinos fell 3.6 percent in April.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said Friday that Pennsylvania’s 12 casinos took in about $198 million from slots last month, down about $7 million from the year-ago period.

Including only the 11 casinos that were also open in April 2013, revenue fell 4.6 percent.

Slots revenue fell at 10 of the 11 casinos, with Hollywood Casino down the most at 10 percent. The only casino in positive territory was Valley Forge Casino Resort, up 20 percent.

The state’s April tax haul from slot machines was $106 million.

Hitman and High Society Make Their Mobile Debut at All Slots Casino

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D.C. charter school board releases data on waiting lists, open slots

There are still more than 2,000 spots open at D.C. charter schools for the 2014-2015 school year, but most of the available seats are in low-and mid-performing schools, according to data that the D.C. Public Charter School Board released Thursday.

About 350 of the open spaces are in schools rated high-performing. Such “Tier 1” schools that still have space for students include Achievement Prep, Paul, Washington Mathematics Science and Technology, four campuses of the KIPP DC network and the Chavez Prep campus of the Cesar Chavez network.

Prime Slots launches new Swedish TV campaign

(PRESS RELEASE) — Prime Slots, a leading online site for slots and casino games today launched a new TV campaign aimed at the Swedish market. Rather that producing a flashy TV advert like other online game sites, Prime Slots has chosen an innovative new marketing approach. They tell players that instead of investing thousands of kroners in their commercial, they give their money away to their players. The commercial continues by telling players that in 2013 players won over 200 million kr from the Prime Slots site, and even during the commercial players are cashing in from their slots and other online games. Along with their new TV commercial Prime Slots is offering new players 50Kr free, without having to make a deposit.

Prime Slots have all the usual online casino favourites that slots players know and love, including Starburst, Gonzos Quest and a full range of other popular online games. Offering 50 Kr without making a deposit lets new players really get to know the site, and discover which games they most enjoy playing.

According to Prime Slots Online Casino Manager Aviv Sher, the new commercial reflects what is important to Prime Slots- their players. “We believe in giving our players good value for their money, which is why we chose this idea for our new Swedish campaign. It is also why we give 50kr free without a deposit, and we offer a huge 10,000,000 kr jackpot game.”

Prime Slots prides itself on the CARE principle, that customers are really everything. They provide a totally secure gaming platform with friendly and helpful support staff working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The site is already popular in many Scandinavian countries, and is expected to grow in popularity in Sweden following their latest TV campaign.