Take your pick of the prize draws in bet365 bingo’s latest promotions

Posted by Gambling News | Bingo News | Thursday 26 February 2015 1:17 pm

Get involved in two brand new promotions from 2nd March at bet365 bingo with Dubai or not Dubai heading up the action!

Win a luxury trip to Dubai for two, one of three VIP sporting experience days or one of 10 Samsung Galaxy tablets.

Simply play from 2nd March until 26th April to earn tokens, then trade them in and enter a prize draw of your choice. Get one token for every £10 wagered in any Bingo room, one for every £5 in selected rooms and one for every one-line, two-line and Full House in the new Auction House room. Plus, play Featured Chat Games for the chance to win extra tickets too!

You can also earn a token for every £20 cash staked on Slots and Scratchcards, or one per £10 staked on Featured Games: Sevens High and Sinbad. There are also weekly booster days that give a chance to get even more tokens for your money.

There’s more to be won at bet365 bingo from the 2nd March, with mobile prize draw promotion: iPhone Giveaway!

Download the Mobile Bingo app by visiting bet365 bingo on your iPhone, iPad or Android and earn unlimited prize draw tickets for the chance to win an iPhone 6. Earn one ticket for every £5 wagered on Bingo or Slots through the app before 15th March, and earn double for the same stake when playing in selected rooms or on Featured Slots.

The action never stops, there are plenty more offers to come and prizes to be won in the coming months at bet365 bingo, join in and play today!

About bet365

bet365 is one of the world’s largest online gambling groups with over 14 million customers worldwide. bet365 offers a Bingo experience that’s unrivalled. The Group employs over 2,000 people and is one of the UK’s largest private companies.

At the iGaming Business Affiliate Awards 2015, bet365 won Best Overall Affiliate Programme for the sixth year running and retained the Best Affiliate Programme – Sports award along with securing the Players’ Choice – Best Online Sportsbook award.

bet365 was named In-Play Sports Operator of the Year for the fourth year in succession and retained the title of Sports Betting Operator of the Year at the 2014 eGaming Review Awards. In the eGaming Review’s Annual Power 50 for 2014, bet365 secured top spot for the fifth year running.

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A Decade of Microgaming’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider™ Online Slot

Posted by Gambling News | Casino News | Wednesday 4 February 2015 1:42 pm

Microgaming is celebrating 10 years of its Lara Croft: Tomb Raider™ online slot.

Having signed an exclusive deal with Eidos for the Tomb Raider brand in 2004, Microgaming has the longest-running brand partnership in the industry. Through this agreement, Microgaming launched the world’s first branded online slot, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider™.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider™ Online Slot Microgaming

Upon its release the slot was an instant hit. But more importantly, it has remained a highly popular game for an entire decade.

High in demand and in anticipation of the explosion of mobile gaming, in 2006, Microgaming developed the branded game in J2ME for use on mobile. Web App, Android and HTML5 versions followed, extending the game’s reach across mobile and tablet devices. The game was also configured for use in a tournament environment, when Microgaming launched its multi-player software in 2007.

Following the success of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider™ online slot, in 2008 a hotly-anticipated sequel was released, Lara Croft: Secret of the Sword™, sending players on a brand-new mission to track down fragments of a lost sword.

Roger Raatgever, CEO of Microgaming, comments: "The Tomb Raider brand is instantly recognisable, so when we signed the licensing agreement back in 2004, we were incredibly excited. As the industry’s first branded slot, we knew the game would be popular; it has now become a Microgaming classic!"

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New ‘Babelfish’ Technology A Game Changer for Poker

Posted by Gambling News | Gambling Industry News,Poker News | Monday 26 January 2015 10:37 am

Microgaming announces the launch of a revolutionary new technology for poker software.

Babelfish, named after the fictional creature which performed universal translation, is a brand-new API which allows any software developer to create poker client software and run it securely on the MPN. Operators can develop software in any programming language, and using the Babelfish API, join in the MPN’s liquidity pool, giving them access to all of the network’s cash games and tournaments (both real money and play money).

"Babelfish is definitely a game changer for poker," comments Alex Scott, Head of Poker at Microgaming. "It allows operators to customise their poker software to a higher degree than has ever been possible before, without having to go standalone. Furthermore, it allows them to do this without having to worry about expensive hosting costs, random number generators, or any of the other complexities that come with developing server software.

"Babelfish also has many other advantages. For example, operators can build software for almost any conceivable device – from specific mobile devices, to games consoles, to smart TVs. If you were so inclined, you could even build poker software for a smartwatch, a connected fridge or an in-car entertainment system. The only limit is your imagination."

Operators can tailor their bespoke client as much as they wish in order to customise the software to the specific market they are targeting; any language can be supported.

The first operator to make use of Babelfish, a well-known major operator in the poker marketplace, will be going live imminently using a client that they have designed and built from scratch. This operator’s completely custom-built client is carefully tailored to meet the needs of their players. The new operator will be migrating all of their players to the MPN, offering a mix of private and shared-liquidity games, providing mutual benefits for both the operator and the network.

"With this new operator on board, our network will grow significantly. But this is not the only exciting news that the MPN has for 2015", continued Alex Scott. "This year we want to be at the pinnacle of the poker industry – this is just the first step!"

The first operator to go live with Babelfish will be announced in the coming weeks.

Visit the Microgaming team at ICE Totally Gaming, 3rd – 5th February 2015 at ExCeL, London, stand N5-220.

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New Regs Set to Take Effect for UK Online Gambling Firms

Posted by Gambling News | Gambling Industry News,Gambling News | Monday 29 September 2014 10:16 am

It has been a long time coming, but the end of 2014 is now in sight when new Parliamentary regulations in the UK will change for online gambling firms. First of October is D-Day!! The online gambling industry is turmoil over the decision made for all offshore licensees to apply for a secondary license to offer services to UK residents, as well as be liable to pay 15% tax. All these many years companies such as William Hill – just for example – have been operating out of Gibraltar and other White Listed "British" territories, just to avoid having to pay such heavy tax.

Gaming firms are now compelled to announce plans to stop offering services to UK-facing resident, or adjust what they offer inside British borders. This bill – the U. K. Gambling, License and Advertising Bill, was passed in May. It will effect Online bingo websites, casinos, pokers rooms, lottery sales, you name it – any gambling activity. Already several popular websites have pulled out, announced plans to pull out of the market, or substantially altered what they are able to offer to the UK public.

How these businesses can possibly expect European only operations to fill their coffers without the player-base of millions of British players, we have no idea. But they are obviously willing to take the risk. Gambling is after all a high risk industry for everyone concerned. One of the first to make an announcement was Mansion Poker, who intends to withdraw completely. Reasons for the withdrawal have been attributed to the new regulations, and all members have been advised to withdraw their bankrolls. These members have also been encouraged to switch to Titanbet Poker, where their loyalty points will be transferred. Pokerstars on the flip side of the coin, are opening a dedicated UK-facing poker site.

We believe this might just be the first in an exodus list of firms to take the same decision. However, but the same token Best of Breed British firms such as Paddy Power, William Hill, Ladbrokes, 888, Foxy, and many more would never be able to take such a risk. We believe they are going to have to thank their lucky stars for the tax break they have enjoyed for such a long time, and bite-the-bullet.

This is not a nationalization exercise – everyone, and every other land based business has to pay tax, and unfortunately these businesses should be made to pay too. There are going to be some interesting times in the online gambling industry for the next few years.

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Online Gambling – Positive Player Protective Strategies

Posted by Gambling News | Gambling News | Monday 29 September 2014 10:11 am

There is always someone saying something about the dangers of gambling online. Many "abstainers&quot from these games believe that gambling is a social problem, whilst the majority of gamblers know the truth – this is a form of entertainment. So, studies have been conducted on whether gambling habits have changed since the introduction of this industry, and if problem gambling is on the increase. Not many changes have been extrapolated from most of these problem gambling studies. However in a first in its kind research from Nottingham Trent University, leisure gamblers have now been studied, and in this case are referred to as positive players.

Fundamentally positive players have been found to take personal responsibility for their gambling experiences. They make use of protective strategies and stick to these. For example they may go out to gamble with a certain amount of money, and leave all bank cards at home, in the case of live casinos players. Online gamblers might use similar strategies such as setting strict limits, or self-exclusion for periods of time. Leisure gamblers who are positive players only gamble away what they can afford to spend. They budget for this form of entertainment in the same way as they might for going to movies, or out for dinner.

The premise of this study is that it counters a negative focus. In other words – the study of positive player looks into practices and/or motivations which neutralises a negative focus. Negative emphasis of any activity often encourages a "forbidden-fruit-effect". However by focussing on the positive, this may resonate with players who might pooh-pooh messages regarding the risk of gambling.

Results were extrapolated from an online survey where 1,484 leisure gamblers participated, and 209 problem gamblers did too. Most positive players were found to enjoy other leisure activities too, and that their motivation for playing was quite simply to have some fun. In fact the desire of catching a really big win is part of the fun for these players.

They predetermined their own risk limits in both time and money terms, as well as preferred playing on the internet. In fact 93% of the study group preferred to gamble online. The knock-on effect of this knowledge has led to a re-think that online gambling can be more dangerous than playing in a land casino. While leisure gamblers were happy to go it alone, problem gamblers were often found to need a more social environment, which indicated that gambling in isolation was not necessarily as unhealthy as previous studies had supposed. Food for thought we believe!

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