News and Analysis
Rush Street Gaming Launches in WV
Our top story this week brings excellent news to players in West Virginia as BetRivers Casino has officially opened its door to players. The online casino joins DraftKings and BetMGM, becoming the state’s third online casino and the only gambling site to launch since July 2020.
The platform is live and delivers the iconic Rush Street red carpet welcome with a $250 cash match, 40 casino games (slots, progressive jackpots, and table), iRush Rewards loyalty club, and 1x wagering requirements guaranteed on all bonuses!
Evolution Goes Big Time with its Next Acquisition
Evolution Gaming has this week scooped up Big Time Gaming in their next mammoth acquisition. Building on Evolution’s earlier acquisition of market leaders, NetEnt, this move seals the deal for developer's entrance to the world of slots.
The acquisition has been described as the perfect match in innovation by BTG CEO and Evolution Gaming Chairman, Jens Von Bahr said of the deal, “Big Time’s focus on innovation and creating unique playing experiences is a great fit with our culture and mind-set at Evolution. We look forward to continuing our journey together.” We’ve got to admit with these two epic iGaming studios coming together, the future certainly looks bright and we can’t wait to see the results!
Alabama Considers Gambling Legalization: SB310
Alabama’s Senate has passed Senate Bill 310, which would see online sports, horse racing, and casino gambling expand throughout the state. The bill introduces the Alabama Gaming Commission, which would take the lead, overseeing the new laws and implementation of gambling regulations and licensing (licenses will cost $5-35mil) and proposes a tax rate for operators of 25% on slots, 20% on sports, and 35% on other games. Senate Bill 310 will now move to the House for the next round of voting.
Slots of the Week
This week we’ve got two brand new amazing slots to tell you about: Phoenix Coins from Lightning Box and Midas Coins from Quickspin.
Midas Coins: Quickspin. RTP 96.02%
In case you don’t know, King Midas is a Greek tragedy that tells the story of a King, whom the God Dionis bestowed with the power to turn everything he touched into gold (the infamous “Midas Touch”). The story is a tragedy because if forwarns of excessive greed as Midas almost starves as a result and makes the misstep of hugging his daughter, Marigold (the game's golden wild) - anyway, you get the idea, excessive greed leads to downfall.
Now, that might be how the original story goes, but QuickSpin’s version is all about the gold and a whole lot less tragedy! With an ambulance of bling, the 5x3, 25-line reels light up with golden symbols and coins. The game features are simple but engaging and packed with payouts that focus on collecting coins (on reels 1-4 coins award 1-500x). However, these only come in handy if you land a Midas symbol on reel 5, which triggers the coin payouts - unless you’re in free spins.
Collect 3+ Satyr Scatter, and you’ll trigger the All is Golden Free Spins, where you can collect any coins that land in the coin stack meter, and when Midas lands (on any spin), the whole stack pays. What’s more, impatient players can use the bonus buy feature (at the cost of 50x the bet) to buy their way straight into the bonus round!
This slot offers some epic multipliers both in the base game and free spins and a tantalizing max win of 5000x. Set your bets from $0.25-100 and take Midas Coins for a spin at these top Quickspin Casinos!
Phoenix Coins: Lightning Box. RTP 96.03%.
It’s a double hit for the Ancient Greek theme this week with Lightning Box's Phoenix Coins Jackpot Slot release. Taking a far more dreamy approach to the graphics and genre, this slot’s set somewhere above the clouds and is loosely connected to Greek folk law (the Phoenix was born in this discourse, as a mythical bird that was reborn after death, rising from the ashes). The phoenix is joined on the reels by Pegasus, an owl, Adonis-like God and Goddess, and 1024 ways to win!
There’s a single bonus round with slot, but it leads to jackpot payouts; it’s a free spin round that you’ll trigger when landing a full stack of scatter symbols on any reel and one Phoenix scatter on reel 5.
The bonus round takes place on new reels, with only high-paying symbols (and 1+ symbols, which extra spins, up to 60 allowed). What’s more, if you land multiple Jackpot Phoenix symbols, you’ll a jackpot payout:
- 4 Phoenix = Mini Jackpot of 10x.
- 9 Phoenix = Mini and Minor Jackpots (x90).
- 14 Phoenix = All jackpots payout (x900).
Bets start from $0.40-200, but as this slot game has an unusual math model and unique way to trigger the bonus round, we recommend you take it for a spin in free play mode before staking cash - try it out at these Lightning Box Casinos.
Alright guys, have a great weekend and we'll catch you next Friday from more iGaming news and brand new games!