Welcome back! It’s a brand new year, and we are full of freshly squeezed iGaming news and top stories to share with you, including updates from IGT, BetMGM, and Penn National Gaming.

But first, just a quick note: 2021 was an incredible year for US iGaming as more states legalized online gambling, previous revenue records smashed, and more games and software became available to US players.

These trends are set to continue throughout 2022, and the Casino Cabbie Weekly Digest is where you’ll find all the latest news and games.

Never miss a beat; check in with us each Friday and get your gaming lowdown.

News and Analysis

IGT starts the Year by Joining ​​Science Based Targets’ Initiative on Climate Change

Games developer and casino supplier IGT has joined the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi); the project aims to drive climate change action from the business sector and is a worldwide initiative. IGT will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, set net-zero targets, and complete yearly sustainability reports as part of the pledge. IGT joins more than 2,000 global companies adopting SBTi and is one of the first iGaming companies.

New York, New York

New York is the state that everybody is talking about this week as legal mobile sports betting officially launched on January 8th, with the four licensed operators going live (Caesars, DraftKings, FanDuel, and Rush Street Interactive). New York State bettors, we hope you’ve had a great week.

BetMGM Launches Borgata Bingo App in NJ

BetMGM has launched a new Borgata branded bingo app for NJ residents, claiming to be the USA’s first real money 75-ball bingo product; the app delivers a full roster of bingo, as well as slots and jackpots. Players can also earn M Life Rewards while playing for even better perks.

MGM’s M Life Rewards Gets A Revamp

Speaking of the M Life Rewards Club, MGM Resorts has announced that they are relaunching the loyalty club on Feb 1st, under the new name, MGM Rewards. Promising to be bigger than ever before, MGM has said the club will offer “unprecedented” access to further benefits for US players.

Penn National Gaming Commits to AGA’s Responsible Gambling Drive

Penn National Gaming has pledged support to the American Gambling Association, “Have A Game Plan. Bet Responsibly” campaign, which aims to raise awareness of responsible gambling. The four core principles of the campaign focus on educating players to:

  1. Set a budget.
  2. Bet socially, not habitually.
  3. Know and understand odds
  4. And to only play at safe and licensed operators.

Penn National Gaming will promote the “Have A Game Plan” content via its Barstool betting platforms and other digital and social media accounts. AGA senior vice president Casey Clark said of the agreement:

“Penn National’s expansive digital and land-based footprint will amplify our Have A Game Plan campaign to consumers across the country. We are appreciative of Penn National’s significant commitment to the campaign as we collectively work to ensure every sports bettor is equipped with the knowledge to wager responsibly.”

Slot Game of the Week

That’s enough with the news; it’s time we got down to talking about which slot game you should spin this week.

Joe Exotic Slot: Red Tiger Gaming. RTP: 95.7%.

Reg Tiger Gaming is taking on Netflix’s outrageous Tiger King and reinventing it for slot fans as a 5x3 20 line spinner in this new release. Love it or hate it, we’ve all heard of the Tiger King, so this slot is sure to have an instant pull for some players, and it certainly opens with a blaze of guns and fire.

As the official slot, you can expect this game and theme to be as outlandish and downright crazy as the original series, which was aptly named, Tiger King: Murder Mayhem and Madness (should you need reminding, the real Joe Exotic is currently servicing time after being convicted of 17 counts of animal abuse, and 2 counts of murder for hire).

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To begin making wins, all you need is to match 3-5 symbols from left-right on one of the 20 paylines on the reels. The highest paying and main game symbols bring back the most infamous characters in the Joe Exotic storyline (sin Carole Baskin). The game also comes with 4 bonus features, so there’s plenty to play for, including a click and pick round, take it or leave it bonus, free spins with only high-paying symbols, and free spins with reel modifiers added.

We don’t want to dive into any more detail, as if you’re a Tiger King fan, you just need to spin this slot. Check it out at these Red Tiger Gaming US online casinos and play from $0.10-20 for potential payouts of up to 4,117x your bet.

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