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The Choice is Endless

From the days when gambling online, or gambling at all for that matter, was depicted as rather shady to today, where millions of people enjoy a bet or wager either in a bricks and mortar or online regularly, slots have always been popular.

Because of the rapid advancement by software developers together with the design features of the hardware, we can now buy relatively cheaply, a whole range of mobile devices on different operating systems to suit our needs. This advancement has been further enhanced by the more reliable and faster internet connection most people enjoy today.

This means if you are going to play online slots then your experience will be nothing like it was in the early days. If you can wind back before we had anything like the smartphone then you will probably remember the Nokia and 'Snake'?  In fact you can still get Snake on your smartphone if you are feeling nostalgic!

Play Cosmo: Part of the new wave of online gaming sites

After being announced in December last year, Play Cosmo went online in February 2017 to rave reviews. At first glance, it’s nothing special. After all, there are no live dealers or stunning graphics. 

Yet Play Cosmo is part of a step change in the way online casinos can operate. Back in 2014, Adweek announced that CashBet were launching real-money gaming tools in the UK.

Founded in 2012, CashBet develops and supplies software and marketing tools for fledgling operators seeking to make their mark in the industry. Prior to this, (with some exceptions) it was largely only name brands with the financial power to set up secure, competitive sites that could be sure of gaining a foothold in the online gambling industry.    

What’s With the Candy Obsession?

We all remember the gargantuan hit that was Candy Crush Saga as for a while it was everywhere you looked and everyone seemed frenzied panic to crush candy. Brought to us in 2012 by games developer King, this match-three puzzler is considered one of the first and most successful games spawning the model we now call freemium, where players can progress through the game without spending any money, but revenues can be made from players who wish to pay for special features or actions. There are some impressive Candy Crush Saga stats out there, but the one that really captures the attention is the 550 million monthly active players it had in early 2015. Although figures seem likely to drop at some point, as we're five years after the initial boom, these numbers are still impressive.

Games Without Frontiers

Interview in Cairo by Glyn Thomas who chats to Scott Cowan, Managing Director, Inter Casino Management (EGYPT) Limited

Scott as you know Casino Life Magazine takes great pride in interviewing leading industry CEO’s and Senior Level Management to better understand both the companies that they work for or own, as well as what are the key attributes for their success. Please tell our readers about yourself and your role at Caesars Entertainment.

I have been in the gaming industry for 34 years starting in the homelands in South Africa and have since worked around the world in both land based gaming as well as a short stint in online and SMS lottery. My current role is Managing Director of ICM which is a part of Caesars Entertainment (EMEA), looking after the three properties we have in Egypt, developing those businesses and growing them year on year as well as looking for potential new opportunities in the region.

Strength in Versatility

By Tracy Damestani, CEO, NCF

On 23rd May last year senior members of NCF made a series of presentations on the future of the casino industry, and the regulatory regime which governs it, to a group of Parliamentarians. The event was an opportunity to set out our stall and articulate the case for change. The ideas discussed were well received, underpinned as they were by strong social responsibility credentials. But whilst we expected those in the room to be broadly sympathetic we were also aware that any tinkering with gambling policy would be a tough political decision and the path to change would likely be slow, painstaking and bumpy. But we were prepared for the long-haul; operating within a political landscape where we could look far into the horizon with, we thought, a degree of clarity.

Simon Thomas, CEO, The Hippodrome Casino

Like the Government, the Hippodrome Casino - along with the entire UK sector - strongly supports a healthy gambling industry. An industry that generates investment and employment and provides a safe gaming environment for all.

This is why I am heartened by its Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures and its intent to ensure a proper balance between socially responsible growth and the protection of consumers and the wider communities.

It’s time for some bold, headline-grabbing, fundamental changes.

Alive & Kicking

Gambling in the US is alive and well but less of a gamble as part of the entire non-gaming model. 2016 has shown modest revenue uptick in New Jersey and Nevada gaming. By: Robert Ambrose

With the recent release of year-end gambling figures for both Atlantic City and Nevada, we see a modest upturn in gaming numbers and or stabilization at best.

According to the recent State figures out of Atlantic City, gaming is up 1.5% in 2016. Casino win $2.6 billion.

It must be noted that the last time New Jersey saw a gaming revenue increase was 2006. By coincidence it was also the last time I worked in a casino in New Jersey. Just saying!

Of course the on-line gaming component in New Jersey played a part and with the close of the Taj Hotel Casino; business has settled in at the other seven properties.

Online Casinos Battle It Out With Promotions

Always fighting to attract and retain players, online casinos offer more promotions than their land-based counterparts.

Online casinos face much fiercer competition with each other than land based casinos. Requiring significantly lower start up costs than land based casinos, online casinos have been expanding at a prolific rate. And while the growth of online gaming isn’t necessarily coming at the expense of land based gaming – Forbes compares it to watching a sporting event at home versus attending the event itself - online casinos do offer certain advantages – playing from the comfort of one’s home is one. With the ease of just a click, you can start playing.

What criteria to use when choosing the best online casinos?

Online casinos pop up on a weekly basis, and it becomes increasingly difficult to know which ones you should choose and what separates one vs. another. What we do know is that there is a lot of information available online, which details pros and cons of each, we’d advise you to check out reviews online and make up your own mind, about what you deem as the best online casino available.

Make sure the casino you do end up signing up with is registered to a legal body such as the UK gambling commission, which means that it has to adhere to certain criteria and commit a certain quality of service to its customers, which is a good thing! These licenses also mean that the online casino in question must keep up with continuous regulation from them bodies and always ensure best practice.

What Kinds of Casino Bonus offers and Promotions Exist Online?

When you’re researching the best online casinos to pick for you, they tend to come with a huge range of uk casino bonus offers and promotions. This can make it an often laborious and complex journey in making the right decision for you.  What you should be aware of when researching and investigating is that you want to pick an online casino that is reputable, established, and positively reviewed by the wider community.