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Armed Norwegian Police Raids Five Poker Rooms In Oslo

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Five Oslo poker clubs felt the force of 100 police officers on March 1 as the government stepped up its crackdown on illegal gambling.

News of the country’s biggest ever poker club raid was first reported by local news outlet, Aftenposten. According to details obtained from the head of Oslo’s police unit, the officers coordinated their raids to ensure all five clubs were hit at the same time

Prior to the shutdowns, Fish Club, Quads, Akerselva Club, Sentralen, and Norwegian Poker Team, had all offered a selection of live poker games.

Clubs Profiting from Poker

Once the dust had settled, police spokesperson Philip Matthew Green confirmed that the clubs had been under surveillance for some time. Although the country’s Lottery Act permits “gambling parties” in private properties, the host isn’t allowed to treat it like a business.

Green confirmed that investigations showed the amount of money filtering through the clubs was “far beyond” what was permitted. Five individuals have since been arrested, but the police have yet to identify them.

As well as the games being illegal under Norwegian law, government officials believe that criminal gangs were helping to protect the clubs from any outside interference.

It is punishable to run these poker clubs. This crime also extends far beyond the violations of the lottery law,” Tor Soldal, head of the Oslo police unit, told Aftenposten after the raids.

Norwegian Poker Setback

For Norwegian poker community, the latest raids will come as another blow. In 2014, players were given something to smile about after the Ministry of Culture made a recommendation to allow small stakes poker games.

This decision was inspired, in part, by native pro Ola Amundsgaard. After arguing that poker was a game of skill, Amundsgaard persuaded politician Erlend Wiborg to play him in a game of heads-up Pot Limit Omaha.

The demonstration proved successful as Amundsgaard won, which subsequently lead to a discussion about creating an exemption for poker in light of Norwegian gambling laws. The end result was the approval of law that allowed cash games and tournaments to take place in private venues.

In fact, it was thanks to this legal change that the 2015 Norwegian Poker Championship was held in Norway for the first time. Previous incarnations of the events had been held in Ireland, Sweden and England due to Norway’s anti-gambling status.

Although subsequent Championships have been held outside Norway because of caps on the amount of money that can be won, 2015’s event was seen as a breakthrough at the time. Today, however, the government may now be wary of future changes given in light of the activities at five of the country’s leading poker clubs.


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Betway to celebrate New Year’s Day at Musselburgh

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Leading online bookmaker becomes race day sponsor at top Scottish racecourse

 

Leading online bookmaker Betway has been announced as the sponsor of Musselburgh Racecourse’s prestigious New Year’s Day race day.

The key fixture in the East Lothian track’s jumps season attracts a crowd of 5,000 racegoers and two races, both to be sponsored by Betway, will be broadcast live as part of ITV’s festive racing package which is anchored from Cheltenham.

The bookmaker will sponsor the feature races on the day, each valued at £30,000, the Betway Auld Reekie Steeple Chase and Betway Hogmaneigh Hurdle, as well as the remainder of the card.

It will also have naming and branding rights to the January 1 meeting and branding opportunities at two other Musselburgh fixtures on January 7 and 18.

Betway’s Alan Alger said: “With racing sponsorships already in place across England and in Ireland, we’re delighted to now be expanding into Scotland.

“Musselburgh has a deep and rich history of racing and we’re very pleased to be a part of its future, starting with a cracking day’s racing on New Year’s Day. With £30,000 up for grabs in both the Betway Auld Reekie Chase and the Betway Hogmaneigh Hurdle, and the ITV Racing cameras in attendance, hopefully we’ll see some hotly-contested renewals.”

Musselburgh Racecourse’s senior operations and commercial manager, Sarah Montgomery, said: “Our New Year’s Day meeting grows year-on-year and is now established as an important fixture in the UK racing calendar. We are delighted to secure the support of leading industry brand Betway and look forward to establishing a long-term mutually beneficial relationship.

“We have made significant investment in recent years to improve the raceday experience by introducing luxury marquees, top class entertainment and high quality locally sourced food and drinks suppliers, which all contributes to making New Year at Musselburgh an unforgettable way to welcome in the year.

“This exciting new partnership with Betway means we can crack on with our plans to strengthen the New Year’s Day meeting by improving the quality of racing on the track and enhancing the quality of off-track facilities and entertainment.”

 


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Week 46 slot games releases

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Make sure you check out this week’s latest slot game releases!

 

We kicked off this week with Eye Motion and their new game called: “Beating Fruits” slot from Beating series. This is considered to be a 20 line slot game, which contains Wild, Scatter icons, has Free Spin, chance and high 97% return to player percent.

Beating Fruits slot game

 

Evoplay Entertainment, the innovative game development studio, announced that it is to showcase its new slot title at SiGMA 2018 later this month. The game, Syndicate, is a thrilling journey into east coast America’s unsavoury underworld, where the proceeds of crime give players the chance of landing 1024 possible winning combinations. “Our mission with every game is to revolutionise the iGaming user experience through innovative gameplay and we’ve designed Syndicate to offer features never seen before in the industry. – commented Kate Romanenko, Chief Business Officer at Evoplay.

Evoplay Entertainment-Syndicate slot

 

Novomatic surprised us with the presentation of its Voodoo Fortunes slot game. The game was presented for the first time in Mexico on the Panthera Curve 1.43 cabinet, which delivers the game in impressive 4K resolution on a 43ins curved display. Created by Winfinity Games, Voodoo Fortunes is part of the Fortunes game series and impressed at the event with its detailed graphics and engaging gameplay.

 Voodoo Fortunes slot

 

Quickspin’s latest 4×5 videoslot: Tiger’s Glory, is its most action-packed showdown yet, pitting tiger versus gladiator in a story of epic victory. With Enraged Tiger Free Spin bonus triggered when three or more Bonus Scatter symbols hit the reels, the players follow the story of the victorious tiger, with free spins awarded whenever the tiger wins in battle.

Quickspin’s Tiger’s Glory slot

 

Iron Dog Studio presented its latest slot video game, The Curious Cabinet. It is a 5×4 slot game where players explore an antique dresser in macabre settings. Each of the features in The Curious Cabinet has a supernatural history: a human heart is pierced with voodoo pins; a skull has cursed rubies in its eye sockets. And two spooky scatter symbols—a sinister doll and a keyhole with a monstrous eye on the other side—come to life as they expand with rich animations and reveal potentially spectacular payouts.

 The Curious Cabinet slot

 

Wazdan has launched another immersive HTML5 slots gam: Black Hawk Deluxe, which is the thrilling sequel to their incredibly popular Black Hawk. Set in the impressive haunted grounds of a spooky castle, this 4-reel, 3-column slot from the master games-maker includes a soundtrack to send shivers up the spine with rattling chains of ghosts abandoned in the dungeons and a menacing Black Hawk who soars and swoops charged by vicious lighting strikes that frizzle across the screen adding an air of terror to the quest for gold and treasure.

Wazdan's Black Hawk Deluxe horror game launch

 

Nolimit City introduced their latest release – Welcome to Ice Ice Yeti! Nolimit’s cutest and most rewarding game to date! Ice Ice Yeti is designed to appeal to players of all kind – with expanding reels from 5×4 growing up to 5×7, the game is a definite pleaser to all those seeking the biggest rewards after a good chase. Boasting over 16,000 ways of possible winning combinations and over 8820x multiplier possible win, this is Nolimit’s most volatile game to date.

Ice Ice Yeti slot

 

Yggdrasil Gaming has released its first ever branded slot game – Nitro Circus, an adrenaline-fuelled game featuring Nitro Circus’ biggest stars, greatest stunts and craziest vehicles. Yggdrasil’s exclusive Nitro Circus slot brings the adrenaline fuelled action of the arena to online casinos. The stand out feature of the game is the unique Nitro Jump which is inspired by the infamous 15-metre Giganta Ramp seen in Nitro Circus’ live shows.

Yggdrasil’s Nitro Circus Slot Game

 

Leading casino supplier Play’n GO announced the release of their latest slot game, Dragon Maiden; an epic slot adventure full of flame and fortune! This new slot centres around Geneth the Dragon Maiden, a legendary warrior who is the key to conquering the fearsome Red Dragon, unlocking its awesome power and the untold riches it guards.

Play’n GO new slot


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Innovative Technology Americas recruits new Office Manager

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Innovative Technology Americas, Inc. is pleased to welcome Beth Clark, Office Manager, to their Wisconsin office.  Beth joins Innovative Technology’s US operations at a crucial time of growth and is an integral part of ensuring excellent customer service provision to its extensive US customer base.

Rebecca White, VP of Sales & Business Development commented, “I am delighted to welcome Beth to the US team. Beth has been with us for a few months now and she has made a real difference to the running of the office. Beth has a long work history of office management in the manufacturing and distribution industries making her an ideal fit for the role. The role is varied with responsibility for customer service, order processing, data entry, accounts and sales assistance and Beth has made improvements in all areas already.”

Commenting on her new position Beth said, “I joined the company back in June and I am settling in well, enjoying the job and getting to know the broad range of cash validation products we offer. I am applying my extensive office management and purchasing skills to the role and I have already put in place new procedures to fulfil customer orders as efficiently as possible. I am excited about the opportunity and growth potential here at Innovative Technology Americas and look forward to working with the rest of the US team and my international colleagues as we to expand our reach in the region.”


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