Miami will become the centre of mobile gaming universe from the 31st of May till the 3rd of June this year when the Juegos Miami gaming convention takes place here. Promoted by Clarion Events, the company that is behind huge gaming industry events such as ICE and GiGSE, Juegos Miami is expected to be a very important event that focuses on the gaming industry in the Caribbean and Pan-Latin American regions and is the first of its type. It will be held at The Biltmore, Coral Gables, Miami and will attract industry participants from many different countries since it provides them with plenty of opportunities for networking.
Considering the importance of the event, many local government officials and industry regulators are expected to take part in it. There will also be around 30 other senior thought leaders from the industry participating in the event. Incidentally, this is an invitation only event and is generating a great deal of interest because of its specific focus.
LeoVegas COO Marcus Nylen is expected to give the keynote presentation at this convention, with the apt title of “Going mobile – no longer an option”. After all, LeoVegas is one of the best online mobile casinos available these days since it offers a wide range of games in an excellent gaming environment. As one of the earliest companies to get in on the mobile gaming trend, LeoVegas has a head start over most of its competitors and Marcus Nylen will definitely have a lot of useful information for audiences at the keynote presentation.
While he is prepared to impart his ample knowledge about mobile gaming marketing strategies, he is also looking forward to taking part in the social events scheduled during the event. The knowledge that he has to impart will be of use to start-ups as well as established operators in the industry. After all, LeoVegas has been very successful because it focused on mobile gaming instead of treating it as an extension of their online product designed for desktops.
Mobile gambling is a fast growing segment of the gambling industry since people increasingly prefer to use their mobile devices for gambling instead of their laptops or PCs. After all, the screen sizes of these devices are expanding and so are their memory and computing capabilities.
Opportunity to Expand in the Latin American Market
The South and Latin American markets hold a great deal of potential for the gambling industry. In fact, there are many gaming operators ready to cater to this immense market. Interestingly, a large number of them have switched to mobile gaming in keeping with the industry trend. LeoVegas and other companies will be exploring various strategies to expand into this lucrative market.
Juegos Miami is a custom made event for the Latin American and South American markets and as such, its concept hasn’t been lifted from other large exhibitions and conventions catering to the gaming industry as a whole. The event has been designed to provide exhibitors a cost effective forum for the exchange of knowledge and for socialising with industry peers.
In a story that’s the stuff that dreams are made of, Christmas came early for a NetBet customer who won a whopping £2.85 million mega jackpot when playing the immensely popular online slot game Golden Rally. As is often the way with slot games, the huge win came from a very small bet of around £11. The lucky winner of the jackpot doesn’t wish to get any publicity for obvious reasons, but he did agree to talk to the media about his life changing win.
The lucky winner of the jackpot is no stranger to gambling and has been playing slots for more than 10 years. He tried out a number of casinos during this period but has been playing at NetBet since the past few months, a decision that has indeed proven lucky for him. The winner is extremely enthusiastic about his favourite casino. He mentioned that he chose the site on account of its fabulous promotions and high quality customer support. He also said that the excellent design of the site enables him to easily and quickly choose games to play. The other advantage of playing at NetBet Casino is that it is one of the first off the block to feature brand new games.
Interestingly, the jackpot wasn’t the only win the player made that day. It’s hard to believe, but he won a four figure prize earlier in the same gambling session. He switched to Golden Rally when he won that money because the site had a promotion running for that game whereby players would be given additional chances based upon how much they played. It goes without saying that the decision worked very well for him. However, he didn’t have to play for long because the win happened within 10 minutes of starting the game.
Not very surprisingly, the winner didn’t even realize that he had got a jackpot. The numbers on the screen kept changing as the entire win amount was displayed and he had to contact customer support at NetBet to verify that he had actually won.
The realization that he was now a very wealthy man took quite some time to seep in and even his wife was stunned for a while when she first heard the news. However, the lucky winner now has a fairly good idea of how his windfall will be utilized. For one, he will treat himself to a brand new car. Furthermore, he also has a big debt to repay, one that he earlier took in order to launch his business. The win will pay of all these and leave him with plenty to spare.
The team at NetBet is delighted to be able to enrich its customers in such a dramatic manner. Online slots are immensely popular with gamblers exactly for the reason that the prizes are huge even for relatively small wagers. There is a wide range of games on offer, each of which has an attractive theme and high quality sound effects and animation.
There has always been a connection between sports and video games. If you enjoy participating in or just watching sporting events then you are sure to have thrills playing digital games with the same theme. Sports fans also have a great time gambling, both in land based casinos and on the internet. As a matter of fact, sports themed slot games are immensely popular with gamblers from all over the world and many large as well as lesser known gaming software developers create them. Sports Star Series is one of the best known collections of slot games with a sports theme.
The Sports Star Series of slots games is available on many casinos because it has the ability to draw in customers. The games that it consists of are all very exciting and they are made with great attention to detail. The series starts off with the Football Star game which is themed on soccer. This game was launched at the same time as the worldwide football fever on account of the FIFA World Cup. Other sports covered in the series are Ice Hockey, Cricket, Rugby, and Basketball. Incidentally, the rugby game was released just in time to take advantage of the excitement surrounding the Rugby World Championship.
These games have been created by industry leader Microgaming, which has made more than 600 different slot games so far, and they have what it takes to keep a sports-mad gambler busy. These sports themed video slot games can be played for cash or for free. Players who choose the free play option can no doubt have a great time seeing the reel spin but they cannot hope to win any money or participate in exciting promotions.
These exciting video slot games are available on a number of popular gambling sites. Each of the games in this series has five reels and three rows. In all, they give gamblers 243 different opportunities to win money. The games also have attractive features such as cascading wins (when symbols that make up winning combinations vanish from the screen to be replaced by others, thereby increasing the chances of additional wins) and Free Spins. These games have been given high quality graphics and realistic stadium sounds in addition to 3D animation, as a result of which they provide a highly immersive experience. As an added touch, the scatter symbol used in every game is the image of the ball or puck used to play that particular game. The sound effects that accompany a winning combination make one feel like one is in a real stadium!
Themed slots games are incredibly popular with gamblers because they provide an additional level of enjoyment over and above the excitement of winning the game. It is therefore no surprise that gaming software developers work on these types of games instead of making ordinary ones. It will be interesting to see what additional sport the developer adds to this series, given that the existing titles are getting a great deal of play on online casinos.
It seems like quite a few countries are deciding to bring online casinos under the radar of late. The latest to join the bandwagon are the Dutch. The online casinos that have been entertaining Dutch players for a while now, might have to pay a higher gambling tax. This is happening because the Remote Gambling Bill is being kicked into action of late by the Dutch coalition.
It is not now that the Dutch authorities started trying to regulate the online gambling environment, they have been at it for a while now. Only that they were slow at it. And that was so because of the quest to find a tax rate that did justice both to land-based operators as well as online operators. These were the different kinds of possibilities they wanted to contemplate. It does not seem that the new tax proposal is any sort of a compromise and that is so because no kind of distinction is being made between online casinos and the actual casinos. Online casinos can now be be taxed at 29%, which is just as much as their brick-and-mortar counterparts.
A few changes to the Remote Gaming Bill have been made by the members of the ruling parliamentary coalition. One of these changes is the imposition of a uniform tax for gambling. This action will not have any consequence whatsoever on gambling operators that are land-based. Example of the same will be the industry leading Holland Casino, which will remain unchanged whereas on the other hand, the charges levied on online casinos would be much more. For they were supposed to pay a tax of only 20% at the outset.
This poses a potential setback for Dutch players because this tax of only 20% was to egg them on and into applying for a licence. The main folks to benefit from this are the punters of playing at Dutch licensed casinos for now they would get to enjoy a secure environment. The new tax, which is 29% tax will have a damaging effect and will aid only those internationally licensed operators who are competitive when it comes to cost.
The news comes as a shock to many people, mostly the online casinos with great businesses that have been catering to Dutch player for quite a while now. The same sent shockwaves even among those who are interested in applying for a license. However the legislators are insisting and assuring the companies affected that according to their calculations, the tax rate will be reduced to 25% for all online casinos, three years from now.
We should be able to see in practice that soon enough this will have a two-pronged effect by boosting gambling revenue and bring more money to state coffers. It is unlikely that Tweede Kamer will schedule a vote for the first quarter of 2016 as was initially expected. These changes will put some breaks in the development of regulating the online industry.
A bunch of changes have been made by the Czech Republic of late regarding the rules involved in the tax regime for online gambling. As expected, the result is such that, the situation looks very dreary for some sports organizations. Many of these directors and chairpersons have been in the news voicing their disappointment and anger regarding the same, calling out on the unprofessional, populist approach of the Czech legislators.
High profile sponsorships have been cancelled by sponsor Czech gambling operator SynotTip. This has been done to stand up against the new gambling tax measures that have been put into action recently. It was a great shock for the Czech sports organizations to hear about The SYNOT Group, which is known all over the world as respected structure of companies working in 13 different countries. Not just this, this company that employs approximately 3, 000 people has now withdrawn its support along with its sponsorship. The same was approved by none other than the Czech government in support of levying tax on winnings from lotteries. In this process sports betting is to be increased from 20 percent to 23 percent and slot machine winnings will be having a 28 percent tax rate. Reports and studies say that during the time of deliberations on the ruling the measure is expected to contribute an estimated 2 billion crowns to the government`s coffers. In the past four years, this increase was the second rate increase to have happened.
Synot Tip has been giving statements regarding the same, saying that all this is due to the sudden increase in taxes in the lottery industry. They have also said explicitly that they will no longer be involved in most of its sponsorship and advertising activities, if not all, when speaking of sports organisations in the Czech Republic. The Director of Synot Tip International Ltd, Neofytos Neofytou, was reportedly appalled by the “unprofessional and populist approach” of the Czech legislators regarding the generation of revenue. Neofytou said that the increased tax would cost the firm, “hundreds of millions of crowns” and so they won’t be able to sustain the any of the activities from then on, any further.
Ivo Valenta , who is the chairman of Cyprus-based parent company of the Synot Tip enterprise, WCV World Capital Ventures Limited said with certain vehemence that it was “not possible” for a foreign company to be able to subsidize business in the Czech Republic. Valenta also quoted to have said that said Synot Tip would be using the very few resources that it was left with after having paid the newly imposed Czech tax in order to support sport in the other countries where lottery operations of these kinds will be conducted. It is to be noted that the withdrawal of support by Synot Tip will mean that they will be putting an end to their four-year deal as the prime sponsor of the Czech Liga top-tier football series.