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Connecticut lawmakers consider gambling expansion bills

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Just a year after approving a new tribal casino near the Massachusetts border, some Connecticut lawmakers want to up the ante and consider other gambling expansion proposals.

A contingent of mostly urban legislators has called for scrapping last year’s legislation. Instead, they want to open up the process and have the tribes or other casino developers submit proposals for the state’s first casino on non-tribal land, possibly in Bridgeport.

Meanwhile, there are bills this year to allow the Connecticut Lottery Corporation to offer certain online lottery games and to require the Department of Consumer Protection commissioner to draft regulations for sports betting.

They are among the proposals up for debate on Tuesday, when the General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee will hold a public hearing on gambling matters.

Some highlights of those bills:

 

CASINO EXPANSION

Bridgeport and New Haven lawmakers are among those advocating a new competitive process for Connecticut’s next casino. The push comes as the tribal project in East Windsor, which is being developed by the Mohegans and the Mashantucket Pequots, has been delayed, pending federal approvals. The state and the two tribes are suing the federal government for failing to act.

“It’s the elephant in the room,” said Democratic state Rep. Chris Rosario, of Bridgeport. “If the BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs) approved it, then we’d be working on other opportunities for Bridgeport to get jobs.”

Rosario and his colleagues argue that inviting various casino developers, including MGM Resorts and the tribes, to compete to build a commercial casino would be a better deal for Connecticut in terms of jobs, economic development, community benefits and support for local businesses.

But the tribes, which last week began demolishing an old movie theater to make way for their planned casino in East Windsor, contend the border facility is needed to compete with the MGM Resorts casino that will open this fall in nearby Springfield, Massachusetts, and to protect thousands of jobs at their existing casinos, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino in southeastern Connecticut. They expressed confidence that their project will ultimately receive the necessary approvals. And they’re not worried by the Bridgeport and New Haven lawmakers’ efforts.

“We’re not concerned about it,” said Rodney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Tribal Council. “We know the state’s been with us and will continue to be with us.”

 

SPORTS BETTING

Some lawmakers want Connecticut to be prepared in case the U.S. Supreme Court rules that additional states can offer legalized sports betting, a possible moneymaker for the state.

“Connecticut should be ready to go from both a regulatory and operational standpoint,” said Democratic House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, of Berlin. New Jersey is challenging the 1992 law forbidding all but Nevada and three other states from authorizing gambling on college and professional sports. The Supreme Court is expected to rule in June.

Legislators have already received some input from professional baseball and basketball representatives, as well as fantasy sport companies. The bill up for debate Tuesday would require the consumer protection commissioner to take action depending on what the nation’s highest court decides.

 

OTHER GAMBLING BILLS

Lawmakers are expected to hear testimony about legislation that would allow the Connecticut Lottery Corp. to sell lottery tickets for lottery draw games, such as Powerball, Mega Millions, Lucky for Life, Lotto, Keno, Cash5, Play3 and others on the corporation’s website.

The program would require the lottery to verify the person who establishes an online account is at least 18 years old.

Lawmakers will also hear about legislation that would exempt the name and residential address of anyone who redeems a winning lottery ticket worth more than $1 million from public disclosure, and require an independent study of all forms of gambling in the state. That study would include recommendations concerning any possible expansion of gambling in Connecticut.


Source: European Gaming Media and Events

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Week 12 slot games releases

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It’s Friday already, so kick back and have a look at this week’s latest slot game releases!

 

We begin this week’s recap with Kalamba Games, who has delivered its latest stunning slot Hong Bao allowing players to open up the delights of the ancient Chinese tradition of the red envelope, which brings good luck and fortune. Hong Bao is exclusively distributed on the Relax Gaming platform via its Silver Bullet partner program. Alex Cohen, chief operating officer and co-founder at Kalamba Games, said: “Hong Baois a fantastic game with stacks of exciting new and familiar Kalamba features that are sure to have players thrilled and engaged.

 Kalamba Games’ Hong Bao

 

Betsoft Gaming sets the juice loose with its latest standout slot game, Fruit Bat Crazy. A new take on traditional cascading games, Fruit Bat Crazy allows players to build delicious combinations before smashing them in a single, seriously succulent splat.  In Fruit Bat Crazy, clusters of low-paying symbols always pop first, and symbols collapse on a combo-by-combo basis – so small wins will trigger their own cascades before big wins are calculated, increasing the chances of a deluge of delicious fruit.

 FRUIT BAT CRAZY-Betsoft

 

The nudge is king as NetEnt takes players deep into the jungle on a treasure hunt in search of ancient gold. There is more than meets the eye in Temple of Nudges™. Set among the exotic flora and fauna of a lush, verdant jungle, the 5×3 video slot with 243 betways combines nudges, symbol stacks and re-spins to deliver maximum excitement. “Nudges are a big favourite with players around the world and with us too, so we created a game that is all about nudges delivering great wins. The feeling we created when combining nudges with the re-spins, giving a chance for even longer nudges, is a pretty powerful one. Temple of Nudges™ will be a great and specifically crafted addition to our diverse and deep portfolio,” said Bryan Upton, NetEnt Director of Games.

 NetEnt’s Temple of Nudges

 

Greentube’s Home of Games keeps on getting better and better. The bar is about to be raised even higher with the addition of four of the most innovative casino games on the market enriching its portfolio, Jewels Match 3, Secret Trail Match 3, Sparkling Fruit and Jinxy Match 3. All four ground-breaking Match 3 titles will be available to B2B partners in the coming months. Match 3 games have opened a unique new casino game category of their own, combining the interactivity of a Match 3 game with the thrill of a classic slot.

Exceptional new casino game category broadens Greentube portfolio

 

Yggdrasil‘s latest casino slots gem, Dwarf Mine, tasks players to dig deep to discover hidden treasure and potentially massive wins. Throughout the game players are accompanied by a determined dwarf digger who uses his tunnelling machine to uncover underground valuables. His work is made simpler by drill-shaped Bonus symbols, which expand the reel set by revealing additional rows of symbols. Hitting three Bonus symbols during a single spin grows the reel set from 5×4 to 5×7 symbols and starts a Free Spins round with the enlarged reel set.

Yggdrasil - Dwarf Mine

 

Lightning Box has enhanced its partnership with leading UK operator William Hill after agreeing an exclusive omni-channel release of its latest title Lightning Leopard. The game was rolled out first on terminals in the bookmaker’s shops during ICE 2019, at the beginning of February, and will now be available for their online players for a special five-week period. Peter Causley, CEO of Lightning Box, said: “We have established a very good relationship with William Hill and it’s great to be able to launch Lightning Leopard exclusively both in their shops and online.“

Lightning Box - Lightning Leopard

 

Kalamba Games is adding a seasonal touch to its player favourite Mammoth Chase with an Easter egg hunt full of big wins to be discovered. Players can celebrate the holiday season with Mammoth Chase: Easter Edition which features traditional Easter characters and symbols such as bunnies, chickens and eggs. Mammoth Chase is one of Kalamba’s most popular slots, featuring stacked mammoth symbols that combine to award big wins, free spins with a frequent retrigger and multiplier wild symbols.

Kalamba Games’ Mammoth Chase gets Easter remake

 

iSoftBet, the market-leading online and mobile casino software provider, has released its latest blockbuster slot, the Egyptian themed Book of Immortals. The 5-reel, 10-line slot features classic characters from Egyptian mythology, such as feared God of the Dead Anubis, as well as a collection of fearsome gods and goddesses from Egypt’s fabled past. The lucky scarab symbol, covered with hieroglyphs, acts as a wild, with the Free Spins mode activated if three or more scarab symbols land on the reels simultaneously. As with all iSoftBet games, Book of Immortals is supported in both landscape and portrait modes when run on mobile devices and has a wide range of currency and language options.

iSoftBet - Book of Immortals


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IGT Extends Contract with Kansas Lottery for Providing INTELLIGEN™ System

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International Game Technology PLC, has signed a new three-year contract with the Kansas Lottery for providing its INTELLIGEN™ central computer system and services to monitor electronic gaming machines throughout the state. The new deal, an extension of the original central system services agreement awarded to IGT in 2008, will start on December 15, 2019 and end on December 14, 2022.

“We have leveraged more than 20 years of development expertise and knowledge gathering with gaming central system customers throughout the world to produce the INTELLIGEN system to ensure it’s equipped with the most advanced tools for our customers,” said Jay Gendron, IGT Chief Operating Officer, North America Lottery. “IGT and the Kansas Lottery have built a strong partnership since this contract began more than 10 years ago, and we’re pleased to be furthering this relationship by continuing to provide our advanced system to the nearly 5,000 electronic gaming machines in the state.”

“IGT’s INTELLIGEN system has helped the Kansas Lottery meet the objectives of operating our electronic gaming machines with the highest standards of integrity and security to benefit the state for the last 10 years,” said Stephen Durrell, Kansas Lottery Acting Executive Director “We look forward to continuing our relationship over the next few years.”


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Rivers Casino Schenectady submits comment on legalising sports betting

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Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady has submitted a comment on the New York State Gaming Commission’s proposed regulations for legalising sports betting in New York state. The regulations to authorise and regulate the conduct of sports wagering at the four commercial casinos licensed by the Gaming Commission, including Rivers Casino, are now open for public comment until May 20, 2019.

The following quote is from Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Acting General Manager, Justin Moore:

“We’re extremely pleased that sports betting regulations have been released for public comment and are looking forward to introducing one of the first licensed sports books in the state of New York at Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady. It’s very exciting to be able to bring sports fans and sports bettors into the casino to place legal wagers for the first time.”


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