New Jersey Online Casinos Reach $22m in Revenue

Online casinos in New Jersey hit revenue milestone

Online casinos in the state of New Jersey continue to strive as February’s revenue hit a whopping $22 million generated for the month – with casino and poker games combined. With these astronomical earnings, the state saw an increase of just over 17% for online casinos in the state from February 2017, when $18.7 million was won from gamblers.

Gambling online is rapidly becoming more popular in New Jersey and showing no signs of slowing down. With January and February revenue totals combined, the state has earned $44 million. This is much more than what was earned during the same time frame in 2017, since just over $37 million was generated.

The online operator credited with the majority of the online casino earnings for the state was the Golden Nugget. The casino operator has had incredible success online, with February earnings coming in at $7.9 million. This surpasses the $7.3 million earned in January and more than 50% more than what was earned in February 2017. The Golden Nugget continues to be the leading online casino in the industry and remains far ahead of any others.

The £22M is close to a 17% increase year-over-year and a over 10% increase from January. Casino gaming came in at just over $20 million, more than 20% better than February 2017. Online poker was still short on earnings, with $1.8 million for the month. This was a significant YOY drop of more than 24%.

Despite many in the industry being worried that the iGaming market of New Jersey is becoming saturated, there doesn’t seem to be an issue. February marks the 5th occasion that revenue has surpassed $21 million and for one year straight, the state has seen online gambling revenues surpass the $20 million mark.

If the state carries on at such a rate, they could reach the $1 billion earnings mark by the end of 2018.

The igaming market has taken the US by storm, with numbers rising all over the continent.



888 Holdings Announces Addition of Gaming Contents from NetEnt

NetEnt to provide gaming contents for 88 Holdings

One of the most popular online gaming operators and platform providers worldwide, 888 Holdings, announced the addition of an array of gaming contents to its 888casino brand in New Jersey from NetEnt, a leading supplier of digitally distributed gaming systems. Thus, the Punters in the US state now have can access an additional 43 games across the 888casino online and mobile platforms.

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the Chief Operating Officer at 888 Holdings, Itai Pazner, commented: The firm was planning to bring in more new content as part of its wider expansion plans in the US. “This introduction of new games is another milestone in our plans to offer a wider array of products to the New Jersey market after having launched a new casino Android app, new player bonuses and other features that have been adopted from the great offering we have globally.”

NetEnt slot games that are now accessible through 888casino includes titles such as  ‘Starburst’, ‘Planet of the Apes’, ‘Emoji Planet’ and ‘Steam Tower’.

The move arrives just after  888casino expanded a deal with NYX Gaming Group for the purpose of introducing new slots content last month.

NetEnt was only recently in the spotlight after its launch of Asguardian Stones™.


Pragmatic Play Releases New Aztec Gems Slot

Pragmatic Play takes players on a mystical journey with new slot

Pragmatic Play, the multi-award-winning slots developer, has revealed its most recent addition to its unprecedented portfolio of top quality video slots, Aztec Gems.

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Players explore a long-lost jungle in this classic 3×3 + 1 WIN MULTIPLIER reel, five-line slot game, which decorates the reels with diamonds, rubies and amethysts coupled with an ornate golden mask wild symbol.

Melissa Summerfield, Chief Commercial Officer at Pragmatic Play, commented: “Aztec Gems marries intuitive gameplay with audio-visual excellence, and is a great addition to our slot catalogue.

“It is a video slot designed with crossover appeal in mind, drawing in new slots fans with fast-paced, easy to understand pay lines, while providing plenty to keep long-time fans of our titles engaged.”

Every symbol appears stacked, giving players the chance to aim for big wins, while an extra layer of luck is added with Pragmatic Play’s signature multiplier reel, which can increase all wins by up to 15 times.

An upbeat soundtrack sets the positive mood, increasing the pace with each individual pay-out.

Aztec Gems follows the launch of Ancient Egypt, a video slot offering an exciting twist on a popular theme.

Pragmatic Play releases two new games monthly, and its titles feature with many leading casino brands such as Betsson, GVC, Betclic and LeoVegas.



Betting Vendor to Lead North Carolina Lottery

 Top gambling operations vendor hired as executive director

Mark Michalkotop, a top executive at a gambling operations vendor, was recruited on Tuesday to fill the role of the North Carolina Education Lottery’s next executive director.

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Mark Michalko

The lottery commission voted unanimously for Mark Michalko, Vice President and Managing Director for International Game Technology‘s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The search for a new lottery chief started soon after Alice Garland, the Executive Director since late 2010, announced last Autumn that she would retire at the end of March.

Michalko will be the third executive director for the lottery, which began selling tickets 12 years ago this month.

“We had an impressive field of candidates, but the cream rises to the top,” Commissioner Jody Tyson said after the panel returned from a closed session and voted to hiring Michalko in an open meeting. “And I have full confidence that we have made the best decision.“

Michalko was the California lottery’s founding executive director and worked for the lottery in Ohio. Michalko also has a link to North Carolina since he’s been living in Chapel Hill while working out of IGT’s London office. IGT is also the North Carolina lottery’s operating system contractor.

“I’ve been in the gaming business my entire professional career,” he said in a brief acceptance speech. “I’m very excited about the opportunity here.“

Annual sales steadily increased under Garland’s tenure to $2.4 billion during the fiscal year ending last June, while the share earmarked for public education has grown to $622 million.

“This is a well-run organization,” Michalko said. “I’m just looking forward to the opportunity to try to continue that growth.“

Michalko will make $212,000 annually, slightly below the salary made by Garland, who initially joined the lottery in late 2005 to lead its legislative and communications office.



Yggdrasil Continues Expansion in Italy

Yggdrasil signs Lottomatica agreement for Italy

Yggdrasil Gaming has announced the continuation of its presence in Italy after its agreement with the country’s biggest online operator, Lottomatica.

CEO of Yggdrasil Gaming, Fredrik Elmqvist, commented: “Italy has quickly emerged as one of Europe’s most important igaming markets, and major operators like Lottomatica have played an important role in this process.”

“This partnership enables us to build upon our favourable growth in Italy, and develop a long-lasting and fruitful relationship with Lottomatica.”

Yggdrasil’s selection of certified slots will be accessible to customers of the and brands, with the operator also obtaining access to Yggdrasil’s range of in-game promotional tools, BOOST™.

Just recently, Yggdrasil hit the headlines after launching a masters programme.



New Release from Lightning Box

Lightning Box rolls out new slots release Respin Rhino

The 4×5 reel, 40-line, slot’s authentic African soundtrack and realistic graphics take players across the continent’s vast plains in search of the elusive horned creature.

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Respin Rhino

Along the way they’ll encounter plenty of wildlife. When they locate the matching stacks of wildlife, the elusive rhino appears and they can expect big bonus rounds as they hunt the jackpot.

All the symbols pay from left-to-right and when reels one and five match, the Respin Rhino is triggered – producing big wins.

The game will be exclusively available to brands operated by GVC Holdings, including bwin, from 14th March for a three-week period before its general release to all of Lightning Box’s NYX clients on April 4th.

Peter Causley, Lightning Box’s managing director and co-founder, said: “Respin Rhino is the latest addition to our ever-growing portfolio and we are confident it will prove to be as successful as its predecessors.”

“The game’s soundtrack and visuals will give our players a real sense of being on safari and we’re sure they will be pleased to poach as many winning lines as possible.”

Andy Whitworth Head of Casino and Commercial at GVC, said: “We’re delighted to have got our hands on Respin Rhino first and hope our players enjoy this latest release from a supplier which delivers consistently top quality games.”

Respin Rhino joins an ever-expanding portfolio of titles that are available across desktop, mobile, and land-based machines, including Stellar Jackpots-Serengeti Lions, Silver Lion, RedRoo, Dolphin Gold and Astro Cat.



Habanero Strikes Deal with Solid Gaming

Habanero agrees to join forces

Habanero, the premium slots and table games provider, has landed a deal to supply its content to casino brands through Solid Gaming, one of Asia’s biggest aggregators.

The Head of Sales at Habanero, Daniel Long, commented: “We are delighted to have struck a deal with Solid Gaming who have a wide range of customers that will benefit from the popularity of our games with players.

“We are now experiencing tremendous growth as a company on the back of producing some high-quality content and we’re confident this deal will contribute to that too.”

As part of the deal, Solid Gaming will distribute Habanero’s full selection of games, including its most recent releases such as: London Hunter, 5 Mariachis, and Rolling Roger, to operators in the region.

The CEO at Solid Gaming, Thomas Nimstad, added: “Habanero have earned a reputation for producing games that are popular with players and profitable for operators.

“Their portfolio of slots and table games are a ‘must-have’ for any casino brand in Asia these days and I’m very pleased we can now add them to our offering.”

The titles will be joining a large portfolio of games from a particular group of suppliers and will be accessible in a variety of currencies and languages.

Habanero currently provide more than 80 video slots titles, 10 table games, and 10 video poker titles, which are incorporated by over 60 operators and aggregators and accessible in 24 European and Asian languages. Habanero signed a separate content deal just last month.



Player Wins Big on NetEnt’s Mega Fortune Dreams™

Player hits jackpot while playing Mega Fortune Dreams™

Yet another lucky player has secured a €4,084,430.35 jackpot while playing Mega Fortune Dreams™, led by NetEnt, the leading provider of digital gaming solutions.

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The Sweden-based player won the incredible amount of money on the 7th March, 2018.

This was achieved while playing the progressive jackpot slot on Unibet casino.

Chief Product Officer of NetEnt, Henrik Fagerlund, commented: “At NetEnt, this is what we do: thrilling entertainment. We’re delighted that Mega Fortune Dreams™ has created yet another multi-millionaire.

“The game is a real favourite and we hope 2018 continues to be a great year for more and more lucky players!”

The popular Mega Fortune Dreams™ game retains a global fan base with its is 5-reel, 3-row, 20-line video slot featuring a triple progressive jackpot Bonus Game. This all combined gives the players more opportunities to win big.

This is the second multi-million euro jackpot in 2018 for Netent, after one lucky player won €2.5m playing Mega Fortune™ in January.



ComeOn Strikes Deal with Relax Gaming

Relax Gaming and ComeOn sign integration deal

ComeOn has joined forces with the platform provider – Relax Gaming, in order to integrate content from the innovative casino games.

The COO at ComeOn, Heidi Skogster, commented: “Relax Gaming has demonstrated an ability to provide a value offering of quality table games, which we’re sure our players will enjoy.”

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“We always look to partner with creative suppliers who deliver added value to our already high-quality casino content, Relax fit this bill well.”

The supplier’s Blackjack and Roulette table games will go live first on and will soon follow. Even more content will then be distributed along 2018.

The CEO of Relax Gaming, Patrik Österåker, ​added: “ComeOn is one of the pioneers in the online gaming industry, and we’re very pleased to start what we expect to be a successful partnership in the coming years.”

“We’re confident that players across their brands will take to our mobile-focused table games, with much more casino content to be integrated in the near future.”

Relax’s proprietary RNG engine shall offer the foundation for the three-hand blackjack and mobile-primed roulette titles. These will both feature premium design and cost-effective implementation.

Relax has recently recruited Simon Hammon for the role of Chief Product Officer, and Andrew Crosby for Head of Account Management, in order to ensure continuous growth and quality servicing of clients in the year to come.

This follows Relax Gaming’s announcement last month, that Daniel Eskola will be occupying the role of Chief Executive Officer.



Metal Stars Signed as Brand Ambassadors to Metal Casino

Metal Casino adds world metal stars Nita Strauss and Gary Holt to its expanding list of brand ambassadors

The site has become the go-to place for rockers that love gaming since its launch last year. Having already partnered with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Scott Ian and Ryan Roxie, Metal Casino is delighted to add Nita and Gary to the roster of stars who enjoy its awesome mix of great music and games and true metal attitude.

sigma igaming World Metal Stars Signed as Brand Ambassadors to Metal CasinoMetal Casino has clearly established itself with metal royalty, having recently launched a social media campaign with Ozzy, while Ryan Roxie co-hosts its new twice-weekly Metal Casino Live stream on YouTube and Twitch.

 Slayer and Exodus legend Gary commented: “I am super excited to announce that I have partnered with Metal Casino as a brand ambassador. There will be prizes to be won, guitars, meet and greets, concert tickets and more – if you’re into metal and into games of chance, how could it get any better!”

Nita has become a force to be reckoned with in the music world, dazzling audiences around the globe and sharing the stage with a diverse range of artists, including rock legend Alice Cooper. Her incredible guitar playing and exuberant stage presence have earned her a stellar reputation.

On joining Metal Casino, Nita said: “Metal Casino combines two of my favourite things: having fun and listening to heavy metal!  For someone like me, who isn’t an experienced enough gambler to go play in Vegas, Metal Casino is a great place to come and have a good time!”

Metal Casino went live in August 2017 and has been attracting music and gaming fans from all over the world ever since.

The site offers big games and bigger attitude as well as the chance to win mega cash prizes and acquire exclusive tickets, backstage passes and merchandise from some of metal’s biggest stars.

Clas Dahlen, Metal Casino’s Chief Marketing Officer, said: “Wow, these new ambassador signings are really exciting.

“First of all we are extremely happy to welcome a hard-rocking woman like Nita Strauss into the Metal Casino family. Gary Holt, from Slayer, truly strengthens our metal core since Slayer is one of the big four in thrash metal and just an awesome band.”

“It’s just amazing they both will join Ozzy & Co as ambassadors in our casino lounge with the world’s greatest metal and hard rock artists.”