News and Analysis
Nevada Considers iGaming Expansion
Nevada, which currently offers legal on and offline sports betting and poker games has this week asked the public for their approval on proposed gambling amendments that would see online casino games become legal in the state. This great news for prospective players and the state’s tax office, but we also love the fact that Nevada has approached the topic as an open conversation with the public. Roll on Nevada!
Penn National Dives into Proprietary Games Software After YoY Online GGR Increase
Penn National Gaming has purchased HitPoint Studios and its subsidiary LuckyPoint, in a move that will see the gambling operator create its own proprietary games content for Penn National players.
While we’re on the subject, Penn National also posted its GGR figures for Q1 of 2021 this week, showing massive online growth of just under 20% YoY - it’s no wonder they’re looking for more ways to expand in this sector.
PointsBet Offers Casino Games in Michigan as Market Heats Up
PointsBet is an online sportsbook operating throughout the US, and unless you live under a rock or have no interest in sports what so over, you’ve probably heard of them. This week the operator is hitting the headlines after securing approval from the Michigan Gaming Control Board to add casino games to their MI gambling platform.
This is the company’s first foray into casino games (which is telling in that under 20 games are provided on site), they’re all exclusive titles, according to Sam Swanell, PointsBet director:
“Over the past 18 months we have assembled a highly experienced igaming team, which has built our in-house proprietary igaming platform and administrative tools, and I am thrilled to announce our inaugural launch in Michigan.”
While MI may be the first state to see PointsBet new games, it won’t be the last as the company plans to go live in NJ next month, and already operates a sportsbook in CO, IA, IN, and IL.
Games of the Week
Wild Luchador Slot: Quickspin. RTP: 96%.
Quickspin is one of our favorite game developers operating in the US. Wild Luchador is the studio’s latest release, and it’s golden, delivering high volatility action and payouts up to 40,558x the stake. Are you ready to don your mask and step into the ring in this Mexican wrestling-themed slot?
Played on 5x3 transparent reels with 243 ways to win, the game takes place in the wrestling ring. While main game symbols fill the reels, what you’re looking for is the Wilds, which replace symbols, and trigger stacked wrestler reels for bigger wins. Collect scatters to trigger the Dead Slam Free Spins, and you’ll get 7 with a multiplier between 1-3 attached to the whole round and if you’re feeling impatient, then use the feature buy (at the cost of 70x the total bet) to enter the round instantly - it’s up to you.
Ready to play? Then set your bets from $0.30-90 and see if you can make it last the round with this knock-out new slot at any of our top-rated Quickspin Casinos.
Dazzle Me Megaways™: NetEnt. RTP: 95.08% (Variable).
Dazzle Me is the kind of slot that will pull classic players into the Megaways™ decade, featuring iconic graphics with both new and old features; this game adds a Megaways twist to an iconic title resulting in up to 99225 ways to win.
If you’re looking for Avalanche reels, free spins, wild reels, and much more, then this feature-rich NetEnt production is a game you should spin this weekend. Load up the reels, ramp up the razzle-dazzle, and set your bets from $0.10-50 at any of our US-licensed NetEnt Casinos for max prizes up to 50,000x!
Have a great weekend folks and we'll catch you next Friday for all the latest news and games from the US gambling scene!