News and Analysis

CT Gambling Update

If you follow our weekly news digests, you'll know we've been following the Connecticut online gambling launch closely over the last month. It's been exciting as the first sportsbooks went live with the soft launch on the 18th, followed a week later by casinos with DraftKings and FanDuel bringing real money online games to players in this state for the first time.

In an update to this story, CT has grossed an estimated $1.2million in bets during the first week of legal online gambling - what a week! And, that's not all; the first of the state's 15 potential retail gambling outlets has also launched. It's a partnership between Rush Street Interactive and the CT Lottery; PlaySugarHouse sportsbook at Sports Haven in New Haven.

If you want to learn more about online casinos in Connecticut and the legal outlook, then check out our online casinos CT gambling guide.

DraftKings Pulls Out from Entain Discussions

Earlier this month, we reported that DraftKings was trying to broker a deal to acquire Entain and had made two bids for the company. DraftKings and Entain have now ended discussions, with DKs exiting the agreement without success. Entain has released a statement saying they look forward to expanding their US presence independently.

Scientific Games Sells Lottery Division

Scientific Games has this week agreed to sell its lottery division to Brookfield Business Partners for $6.05bn. The SG lottery network is one of the most popular globally and is used in over 50 countries. The sale is part of SG's 2021 strategy for divesting the business.

Alright, that's it for the news update this week, folks. It's time to take a look at the top slot that you should be spinning this Halloween weekend.

Slot of the Week: Halloween Jack, NetEnt. RTP: 96.28%

With 5x3 reels, 20 paylines and a spine-tinglingly spooky theme, Halloween Jack is the perfect game to spin this Halloween weekend. Initially released in 2018, Halloween Jack™ is a branded slot that 'tells the story of a young girl who discovers a cursed jewellery box that forces her to do unspeakable things. While trying to get rid of the box, the girl unleashes a great evil'.

This game is not for the faint-hearted, and you'll enter the story at midnight on Old Hallows Eve. Prepare yourself for scary animations, spooky graphics, free spins with the Jack'O'Lector wild bonus features, walking wild re-spins, and big coin wins of up to 3,000x your bet.

To start playing, select one of our top-rated NetEnt casinos to join, load up the reels from $0.20-100, and click spin. To make wins, you want to match 3+ symbols on any of the 20 paylines. The max base game payout is 50x your stake for a winning line made of 5 vampire symbols.

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The wilds of this game are particularly awesome as they are walking wilds, meaning every time a Jack O'Lantern symbol hits the reels (a wild), you'll get a re-spin where the wild symbol moves one space left with each spin. The re-spin continues until the symbol leaves the reels, and any wins you make have a 3x multiplier awarded, making for nail bitting gameplay.

To trigger free spins, you'll need to collect 3 of the jewellery box symbols anywhere on the reels, which gives you 10 spins. During the round, you'll collect any lantern symbols that land on reel 5. Once you reach a certain threshold (3, 6 and 9), it triggers a wild bonus symbol, including Stacked HellHound Wilds, Stacked Jack O'Lantern Wild or the Expanding Death Reaper Wild for bigger wins.

Are you ready to play? Then pick a NetEnt casino and sign up to score a bonus, and start spinning this spooky Halloween number.