News and Analysis
Casino Cabbie Interviews Seth Palansky of Conscious Gaming
As part of responsible gambling month, this week, Casino Cabbie sat down for an interview with Seth Palansky of Conscious Gaming regarding their new Bettor Safe campaign. The campaign aims to improve awareness of safe online gambling and legal and illegal casinos in the USA. If you’ve not seen the interview, it is a must-read and packed with industry insight; check it out here!
Gamesys and Bally’s Agree on Merger
Bally’s Corporation and the Gamesys Group plc have this week agreed to a $2.7bn merger that will see Bally’s acquire Gamesys (an online casino operator and software developer). The union aims to increase Bally’s US market presence.
Action 24/7 Becomes the First US Operator to Have Gambling Licence Suspended
Action 24/7 has this week become the first US gambling operator to have its licence revoked. The Tennessee Lottery took this decision to suspend Action 24/7’s licensee after reports that credit card fraud and proxy betting had taken place at the sportsbook.
Action 24/7 is challenging the decision in court and has called it “erroneous and arbitrary”. While we are not quite sure that credit card fraud falls into the quoted description, it’s great to see US regulations taking firm steps against unsafe practices and showing no hesitation to revoke licenses when operator practices are called into question.
New York Senate Passes Problem Gambling Education Bill
In New York, Senate legislators have this week passed HB 4207. If approved by NY’s Alcohol and Abuse Committee, the bill will see any player listed on the state’s self-exclusion program first have to pass a problem gambling education program before requesting removal from the list.
Every US gambling state has a self-exclusion program for players struggling with addictive gambling. The idea being that players can register for the state-wide program and are excluded from all state gambling services. In most states, de-registration involves making a written request to the regulator. The bill, therefore, represents a step up in supporting players who are struggling with gambling addiction.
FanDuel Partners with Gamban
Last week we reported that the Kindred Group (Unibet Casinos) had formed a Gamban partnership, and this week, it’s FanDuel’s turn. Gamban is a gambling blocking software, and post regulatory approval in the US will be offered at FanDuel Casinos and sportsbooks. It will be available for free download for players who wish to self-exclude from gambling services and can be used on up to 15 devices.
“Educating customers about the importance of gambling responsibly and within limits is a business imperative and ethically the right thing to do. “We already offer a suite of tools to help customers enjoy sports betting responsibly. Offering Gamban’s software to those customers signaling they need help adds another layer of protection for our customers, our program, and to the industry.”Carolyn Renzin, Chief Risk & Compliance Officer, FanDuel Group
Slots of the Week
This week we've got two brand releases to tell you about! You can play these slots either in demo mode via the provider or in real money mode at our recommended online casinos (just be aware that some sites can be a little slower to adopt new titles than others).
Monopoly Utility Trails Slot: Scientific Games. RTP 96.61%.
Monopoly is a slot theme almost as popular as the Ancient Egyptians. In fact, there are more than 30 Monopoly Slots available online from multiple developers, and SG has made six of them. As most of us have played the original version of Monopoly at some point, it’s little wonder that it’s become such a popular casino theme. Monopoly Utility Trails is Scientific Games’ newest Monopoly slot creation and comes with 8x7 grid reels, cluster pays, 4, wilds, wild tracks, two bonus rounds and up to 5,000x your stake in payouts!
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Wild Fruit Super Wheel Online Slots: Pariplay: RTP 94.23%
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Okay, folks, that’s it for now. Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you next week for more news and games!