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Blazing the Trail: Online Casinos Use Technology to Secure and Enhance Gaming

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People love casinos. There’s a reason places like Las Vegas are such popular tourist destinations, and it’s not just the Cirque du Soleil shows (although most of those are pretty awesome). Casinos have slowly spread in number and popularity across the United States—first by using loopholes in the law to establish casinos on Native American land or by hosting casinos on river boats, but even brick-and-mortar casinos have gained more acceptance with cities like Detroit embracing them.

As casinos in general have gained broader acceptance and popularity, the internet has created a whole different form of gaming with online casinos or internet casinos. While online casinos are increasingly popular around the world, the legality of online gambling in the United States is murky, and is largely decided by the individual states.

For those who can legally use the sites, though, online casinos continue to push the envelope of technology to ensure a safer and more exciting experience. Most modern gaming websites are equipped with technologies which make them safe for users and add to the excitement. Online casinos rely on a variety of technologies designed to ensure customers are secure and satisfied. According to HolyMoly, there are some common technologies used across gambling websites to secure and enhance the experience:

Mobile gaming

Most online casinos are available on smartphones and tablets now. Some platforms are available through a mobile browser, and others have mobile apps available for iPhones and Android devices. With mobile gaming, you can play anywhere and anytime. All you need is a mobile device and an internet connection.

Live gaming

Although the experience is not happening in real life, live dealers are really popular among many gaming participants. Live streaming technologies give players an opportunity to feel like they are in a real casino. Live gaming is also more social than other sections of an online casino.

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) used to transfer the data from the real live dealers to the participants online. To create a live casino experience, sites need a camera, at least one live dealer, and a monitor that allows them to view the table the way online players see it. The most important element, however, is the Game Control Unit (GCU), which encodes and decodes data between the dealer and players.

The rules of online games with a live dealer are the same as those with virtual or machine dealers. The main advantage of a live dealer is that the results of a game are determined by a human, rather than a machine. It also allows players to get a more authentic feeling of taking part in the action and excitement of a real, brick-and-mortar casino.

Random Number Generator

All your favorite slot games have one primary thing in common under the hood—a random number generator (RNG). The ability to generate random numbers helps to ensure that games are fair and that only your luck matters in determining the result.

The reality, however, is that computers are not capable of generating truly random numbers. They use a pseudorandom number generator that relies on an algorithm to create something as close as possible to true random. The pseudorandom number generator (PRNG) uses an initial “seed” value that is then used to generate a sequence of numbers that approximate random numbers.

SSL Encryption

SSL (secure sockets layer) is a standard encryption protocol used online security across the entire internet, and online casinos are no exception. On the contrary, they probably have more need for a secure, encrypted connection than most websites. It is not impervious to attack or compromise, but that little padlock next to the address in your web browser generally indicates that the data you share with that website is encrypted as it travels across the internet and protected from compromise or exposure.

Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency continues to gain popularity and is slowly becoming an accepted form of currency in many different areas of everyday life. Most online casinos accept payments using standard payment methods like Visa/Mastercard, Skrill, Neteller, PayPal and others. More progressive gaming websites, however, also offer the ability to deposit and withdraw Bitcoins or other cryptocurrencies. Cryptocurrency payments are anonymous, and ensure a level of secrecy about your activities.

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality casinos are a new trend in gambling. Slots Million was the first casino where you could play with Oculus Rift goggles and have a more immersive experience that approximates what it’s like to actually visit a brick-and-mortar casino. They are expensive for now, but the VR experience is unforgettable. As VR gains steam, you can expect more online casinos to embrace it.

It’s hard to say what online casinos—or the internet in general, for that matter—will look like 5 or 10 years from now. If you want to see what sorts of technologies might make it to mainstream devices and platforms, though, pay attention to online gaming and online casino sites. They have a vested interest in pushing the envelope for online security and enhancing the performance of the online experience, so they tend to be the proverbial “canary in the coal mine” for emerging technology trends.

 

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Pennsylvania Gambling Expansion Nears $400 Million for the State in First Year

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Upfront licensing fees a short-term boon for state coffers, but revenue from gamblers will still have to wait, says PlayPennsylvania.com

 

Gambling has injected more than $385 million into Pennsylvania coffers in the first year since a law was passed to expand gambling in the state, surpassing state budget estimates. Upfront licensing fees for casinos, online casinos, and sportsbooks, as well as mini-casino auction profits and tax revenue from lottery expansion and daily fantasy sports, have combined to net Pennsylvania more than $1 million a day since late 2017, according to a recent analysis by PlayPennsylvania.com.

“The most notable aspect of the significant revenue that has been generated is that this is almost completely from fees, rather than tax revenue gained from gamblers,” said Jessica Welman, analyst for PlayPennsylvania.com. “Clearly there is enough interest in Pennsylvania’s enormous market so far to generate the fees.”

The revenue estimates were tabulated by PlayPennsylvania.com using a combination of official statistics and estimates based on iLottery, keno, and virtual sports sales numbers. A detailed accounting of the revenue generated so far can be found at playpennsylvania.com/revenue.

Using return-to-player rates of the games, PlayPennsylvania estimates that the state has collected more than $23 million in revenue from online lotto games ($19.6 million), keno ($3.6 million), and virtual sports ($87,000) through October.

Other sources of revenue so far from the law include:

  • Mini-casino auction profits, $128 million
  • Interactive gaming petitions, $94 million
  • Casino licensing, $78 million
  • Sports betting petitions, $60 million
  • Daily Fantasy Sports tax revenue, $1.4 million

By comparison to the gambling expansion, the state collected $799.8 million in taxes from statewide slot revenues in fiscal 2017-18. Pennsylvania estimated in February that the state will generate more than $34 billion in general fund revenues for its 2018-19 fiscal year.

“If the point of the expansion was to fill short-term gaps in the state’s budget, then the expansion would have to be considered a success so far,” Welman said. “We believe that the gambling expansion will eventually prove to be a winner for the state’s budget, but the long-term picture is less certain. More casinos and sportsbooks must open before we get a clear picture of whether Pennsylvania’s relatively steep tax rates and license fees will produce the desired outcome.”

With the November opening of the sportsbook at Hollywood Casino at Penn National, the rollout of sports betting is just beginning in Pennsylvania. More openings are expected in December and January, too.

In addition, Pennsylvania should begin adding revenue from online gambling in early 2019, and further down the line, mini-casinos should enter the fray.

“The addition of retail sports betting should help buoy a slowing Pennsylvania casino industry,” said Dustin Gouker, lead sports betting analyst for PlayPennsylvania.com. “If New Jersey is any indication, though, the more significant revenue generator will be online sports betting. A successful rollout there should generate millions of dollars in tax revenue for the state.”

 

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The PlayUSA Network and its state-focused branches (including PlayNJ.com, PlayNY.com, PlayPennsylvania.com, and PlayCA.com) is a leading source for news, analysis, and research related to the market for regulated online gaming in the U.S.

 

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Week 49 slot games releases

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We’re back with the latest slots releases!

 

Innovative game development studio: Evoplay Entertainment has released its latest out of this world slots game, E.T. Lost Socks. Alexander Levchenko, Chief Executive Officer at Evoplay Entertainment, said: “E.T. Lost Socks is one of our most adventurous slots yet, and proof that we really aren’t alone. This highly engaging, all-action game will appeal to every type of slots fan across the globe. E.T. Lost Socks joins a 50-strong portfolio of slots, table, and instant games produced at the company’s development studios in Ukraine.

 E.T. Lost Socks Slot Game

 

Tom Horn Gaming takes slots players on an icy adventure in the kingdom of perpetual winter with it’s release of Frozen Queen! Wandering through a 4-reel frozen landscape in the base game, players might get lucky and come across two special Scatter Symbols in the form of magic crystals. These crystals activate 10 non-retriggerable Free Spins and introduce the Frozen Queen that materialises like the Sticky Expanding Wild, forming the 5th reel.

Tom Horn Gaming Frozen Queen slot

 

Santa’s got to get the sleigh ready for Christmas and what better way to do it than with the charming Naughty or Nice girls in their new bikini car wash? With five reels and 30 fixed lines, you can find yourself getting lucky with the Lucky Feature (5-7 free games), or the hit three Naughty or Nice III scatters for seven Free Spins, or, the toughest decision you’ll have to make playing this game, choose between the two girls and see what you get with the Pick A Girl Bonus. Tough choice!

Naughty or Nice 3 slot from RTG Asia

 

Green Jade Games, a company in the MRG Group, has launched its innovative slots portfolio with Hammer of Fortune. Green Jade’s games clearly stand out from what is currently available on the market. “Hammer of Fortune is the ideal game to introduce Green Jade Games to the market. It’s innovative and represents a new iGaming genre. Green Jade Games’ future is set to be very interesting,” – commented Per Norman, CEO of MRG.

 Green Jade Games - Hammer of Furtune

We end our weekly roundup, with perhaps the most anticipated release: Aristocrat is all set to launch a slot game based on the sci-fi-fantasy TV programme Westworld. The game leverages full potential of the fantasy and takes players on a thrilling journey through Delos Lab and Westworld, filled with unexpected twists and turns, fan-favourite characters and beautiful landscapes, as well as high-definition footage of the most memorable scenes, episodic photography and the show’s distinctive music. It promises to be a unique gaming experience in which fans can play in two different worlds.

Aristocrat to launch Westworld slot

 


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Gaming Partners International Announces Special Dividend

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Gaming Partners International Corporation, the leading worldwide provider of casino currency and table gaming equipment, announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a special cash dividend of $0.12 per issued and outstanding share of common stock to be paid no later than 21 December 2018 to stockholders of record as of 10 December 2018. As of November 27, 2018, the Company had 8,045,968 common shares issued and outstanding, resulting in an aggregate dividend of $965,516.

 

About Gaming Partners International Corporation:

GPIC manufactures and supplies casino table game equipment to licensed casinos worldwide. Under the brand names of Paulson®, Bourgogne et Grasset®, Gemaco®, Dolphin® and Bud Jones®, GPIC provides casino currency such as chips, plaques and jetons; playing cards; table layouts; gaming furniture and table accessories; dice; and roulette wheels. GPIC pioneered the use of security features such as radio frequency identification device (RFID) technology in casino currency and provides RFID solutions including RFID readers, software and displays. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, GPIC also has manufacturing facilities, warehouses and/or sales offices in Beaune, FranceSan Luis Rio Colorado, MexicoBlue Springs, MissouriAtlantic City, New JerseyGulfport, Mississippi; and Macau S.A.R., China. For additional information, please visit http://www.gpigaming.com.


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