January 5, 2023Lauren Harrison

Welcome to the first Cabbie digest of 2023! We're kicking off the new year as we mean to go on, bringing you the biggest and best iGaming news from the USA. Grab your coffee and start reading. This week we're covering:

- The PGCB is opening online-only license applications
- The launch of legal sports betting in Ohio
- PokerStars MI launching multi-state poker games
- Michigan smashing revenue records for November
- Play'n GO securing WV licensing
- And a potential greyhound racing ban in Connecticut

News and Analysis

Pennsylvania Gets Ready for Online-Only Casinos

The PGCB will open applications for online gaming operations without the need for a land-based casino partnership. There are 12 licenses up for grabs; three for online slots, three for bank table games, and six for non-bank games, such as poker. This is the second time the regulator has opened applications of this kind. However, only one company was approved by the PGCB during the last call in 2018, and the license has not yet been issued as the applicant didn't complete the process.

Ohio Legal Sports Betting Goes Live

It's all go in Ohio, as legal sports betting launched on January 1st. Thus far, FanDuel, BetMGM, DraftKings, Bet365, Tipico, Betr, and Prophet are live in the state. Results are already in for the first two days of betting, with GeoComply registering 11.3m transactions from 783,863 accounts, making Ohio (which has a population of 11.8m) the busiest gambling market in the USA over the first weekend of 2023!

PokerStars Michigan Joins the Multi-State Poker Agreement

The MGCB has approved PokerStars as the first site in the state to offer Multi-State Poker. Michigan joined the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement in May 2022, but little action has taken place until now. If you're ready to play poker, get online and enjoy pooled games against players in New Jersey at PokerStars MI!

Michigan Smashes Revenue Records for November 

The MGCB has revealed record-breaking total revenue figures in November for the second month in a row; that's a 15.2% increase YoY for total revenue, and for iGaming, a 35.1% increase. However, online sports gambling did fall by 24.6% YoY.

Play'n GO Gets West Virginia License 

Play'n GO has received the go-ahead from the West Virginia Lottery Commission to launch in the Mountain State. This brings the studio's most player-loved titles to gamers in the state, which includes Reactoonz, Book of Dead, Ankh of Anubis, Cat Wilde and the Lost Chapter, Cash Pump, and Blinged—located in WV? Then find your perfect WV online casino now.

Connecticut To Ban Greyhound Racing?

HB 5042 has been proposed in the CT General Assembly, and it seeks to ban greyhound racing in the state. The Bill has been referred to the Committee of Public Safety and Security and follows a 2017, 2021, and 2022 attempt to ban greyhound racing. While betting on dog racing is legal, there are no active tracks in the state. Previously there were two, but both closed in 2005 due to lack of revenue.

Game of the Week

3 Tiny Gods: Foxium (DGC Casinos), RTP: 96.4%

3 Tiny Gods is an adorable slot that packs a punch and takes you back to Ancient Egypt for a jackpot-filled adventure. Set on 5x4 reels with 40 fixed paylines, it delivers 3 jackpot features, 3 reel modifiers (2 which randomly fire during the base game and 1 during free spins), and a free spins bonus round. 

3 tiny gods slot gameplay

Let's dive into the most profitable features, the bonus elements:

  • Mystery of Horus: When active, 2 or 3 reels will be filled with special eye symbols, transforming into a matching and paying symbol. 
  • Gift of Basket: Randomly triggered on non-winning spins, this modifier shakes up the reels to give you a second shot at forming a win combination.
  • Free Spins: Landing 3 scatters on reels 1, 3, or 5 activates 8 free spins. During the round, the Wrath of Anubis feature can trigger.
  • Wrath of Anubis: If active, this awards 3-12 extra spins and removes the lowest-paying symbol from the reels to increase your chances of bigger wins!
  • Jackpot Feature: The jackpot is fixed, not progressive, and it's randomly triggered, meaning anyone can win it. When the feature starts, coins will fall from the reels, and if you catch enough in one of the pots sitting above the reels, you'll enter a scratch and win the round. Here you need to find three match symbols, which correspond to the mini (15x), midi (100x), or maxi jackpot (5,000x)!

You can spin 3 Tiny Gods at DGC Casinos from $0.10 up to $50 and potentially walk away with wins of 5,000x your bet. Ready to play? Then check it out! 

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