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Gaming Corps Partners with Casino Barcelona.es to Strengthen Its Position in Spanish iGaming Market

One of the leading game development companies in Sweden, Gaming Crops, decided to expand its partnership with the leading operator from Spain, Casino Barcelona, and its online operation Casino Barcelona.es.

Major agreement

gaming_corps_strikes_significant_deal_with_casino_barcelona_es_The publicly-listed Swedish company strengthens its position in the Spanish iGaming market by signing this major agreement with the popular casino.

On the other hand, Casino Barcelona is one of the biggest land-based casinos in the whole of Europe, and its online operations are rapidly growing as well. All of the players who want to visit the casino can enjoy various amenities, including fantastic fine dining options, live music, various entertaining shows as well as live games.

The popular Casino Barcelona.es was founded in 2012 and rapidly became popular among the players and operators. Currently, its impressive portfolio consists of more than 2.000 captivating slots, as well as unique roulette, poker, blackjack, and sports betting content.

The website is owned by Group Peralda, the leading Spanish company that has been present on the market for over 40 years. The Group is successful not only in Spain, but also in Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile.

Thanks to the recently established partnership, the players will be able to enjoy a range of Gaming Corps’ popular titles, including fantastic offerings of Crash, Plinko, Table, Mine, and Slot games. Among the titles included in the Spanish offering are hit releases such as Wild Woof, Raging Zeus Mies, Ramen Puzzle, and Super Hot Stacks. On top of that, the players will be able to enjoy some of the most popular company series such as Jet Lucky and Coin Miner.

Rapid expansion and reliable network of partners

Gaming Corps began its journey as a small company in Uppsala, Sweden, and as it has proven the quality of its content and became popular in the European gaming market, the company decided to expand its operations and open offices in Malta and Ukraine. Among the company’s main assets is its vast network of partners, which includes big names such as Every Matrix, iSoftBet, Bettson, and many more. Among the most recent deals the company has made is the one with Hub88, one of the leading providers of quality services for iGaming markets all over the world, followed by a recently established partnership with Casino Barcelona.es.

The company’s main focus lies in supporting and improving various responsible gaming practices, so they can offer its players a safe and secure gaming experience.

Mats Lundin Director of Sales from Gaming Corps said: “It is an absolute pleasure for us to deliver our games to Casino Barcelona; one of the most recognisable operators in Europe. We are very pleased to partner with Grup Peralada, which has a long history of providing top-tier entertainment to players. We have continually strengthened our games portfolio this year and I look forward to offering our premium content to players at CasinoBarcelona.es. We remain committed to strengthening the gaming experience for players at all of our partners, and we are set to announce several more high-profile partnerships in the near future.”

Alfredo Vega, Country Manager at Casino Barcelona said: “We welcome the addition of Gaming Corps’ exciting games portfolio to our offering, allowing us to present an even more memorable online casino experience to players. I look forward to developing this partnership further as Gaming Corps continues to add more cutting-edge content to the portfolio, and this will help cement our position as a leading online casino operator in Spain.”

Source: Miller, George, “Gaming Corps strikes significant deal with CasinoBarcelona.es”European Gaming. February 13, 2024.

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Exclusive Report: Players Reveal Their Secrets to Claiming the Most Lucrative Casino Bonuses

Over the past several years, online casino gambling has skyrocketed, most notably after COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns saw people spending most of their time at home. And where brick-and-mortar casinos were once the most popular place to gamble, internet-based play has begun to replace trips to our favorite land-based casinos, largely due to convenience and lucrative casino bonuses.

According to reputable data-gathering firms, before pandemic-related closures began in 2020, global revenue for the whole of the gambling industry was USD 45.7 billion in 2019. A year later, as COVID restrictions began to loosen, that number grew to USD 55.1 billion. According to a market analysis report from Grand View Research, in 2022, the global online gambling market size was valued at USD 63.53 billion and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.7 percent from 2023 to 2030.

So what is it that makes web-based gambling so popular beyond the obvious convenience of being able to play pretty much anytime anywhere? And what makes some online casinos so much more attractive to users than others?

Casino Bonuses

Major drivers of traffic to online casinos include game selection, which often surpass the number of games found in land-based casinos, and bonuses and promotions. Many web-based casinos offer some of the best bonuses, ones that traditional casinos are not able offer. These bonuses often help players make the most of their gambling experience and money. Moreover, they just make good business sense as they attract new players and retain regular players.

A recent insightful report from CasinoAlpha revealed that out of all of the most popular casino bonuses, free promotions such as no deposit bonuses and free spins or welcome bonuses, are what users usually pick. Choosing this type of bonus allows the player to test-drive the game before making a deposit.

Here we will briefly explain the various online casino bonuses available to players.

Welcome Bonus

Sometime referred to as a new player bonus or a sign-up bonus, the welcome bonus is the most common type of bonus and is offered by an online casino when you sign-up to become a member for the first time. It is for the most part a combination of free spins and a deposit bonus. Welcome bonuses, like other bonuses come with wagering requirements, where it needs to be wagered a specific number of times before you’re able to withdraw it.

Deposit Bonus

A deposit bonus or reload bonus is basically a bonus that players receive after depositing a specified amount of money. This bonus is typically in addition to the welcome bonus as part of a promotion. Deposit bonuses usually come with a set of conditions. So you’ll want to read the T&Cs  (terms and conditions) before using the bonus and withdrawing the money you earn from it.

No Deposit Bonus

With a no deposit bonus, players are not required to deposit their own money before gambling. This type of bonus is attractive to players as it allows them to try a new game without any risk. It is generally used as a welcome to new players to an online casino or a way to reward players for continuing to gamble at a site.

Free spins

Many online casinos are generous with free spins, offering 5, 10, 15 or sometimes more than 100 spins. These slot spins can be offered on bonus rounds, specific games or from certain game developers. However, be sure to read the T&Cs carefully, as the majority of these “free spins” come with wagering requirements or a “use by” date.

Cashback Bonus

This type of bonus is offered by many online casinos and can cover a portion of your losses, if any. Cashback bonuses are given out daily, weekly or monthly. And while they can’t cover all your losses, they may still account for 20 to 30 percent of your losses. Again, make sure you read the T&Cs carefully.

Loyalty Bonus / VIP Bonus

If you’re a regular player at an online casino, you may have the opportunity to join a VIP club. Theses loyalty/VIP bonuses are bigger and better than other bonuses available at other online casinos. Additionally, these bonuses typically have lower wagering requirements. That means you can collect your winnings sooner.

And there you have it! These are some of the most popular types of online casino bonuses you will come across. They are useful tools in attracting players to online casinos. They can also be useful to players as long as they are familiar with the  T&Cs attached to offers.

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Playboy Club Casino Dancer Hired by Sketchy Lawyer Receives Damages

A former dancer at London’s Playboy Club Casino was recruited as a legal secretary by a male lawyer who was a patron at the venue.

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A dancer at London’s Playboy Club Casino (not pictured) was told she was “an obedient little slave creature” by a patron who hired her as a legal secretary. (Image: Inside Hook)

But the woman, who had been working at the casino while studying for a post-graduate diploma in Law, was never paid for her subsequent work. Instead, she was told her new employer was “God” and that she was an “obedient little slave creature,” according to tribunal filings. Employment Judge Anne Martin described the case as “extraordinary.”

The woman, referred to only as “BR” during the tribunal, has been awarded £18K (US$23k) compensation for injury to feelings, nearly £5K (US$6K) in unpaid wages, plus £5K interest.

High-End Law Firm

BR was approached by the now-deceased lawyer, referred to in filings only as “AD,” at the Playboy Club. He invited her to work as his own personal secretary at Eldwick Law, a London-based boutique disputes law firm that deals with high-end clients. At the time, AD was a consultant lawyer at Eldwick.

BR claimed she was offered a base salary of £14K (US$18K) per year for four days a week, plus a bonus of 10% of everything she billed and received, plus 5% of what AD billed and received.

AD told her that her background in London nightlife would be an asset as she would be able to entertain and work alongside high net-worth clients and accompany them to swanky restaurants and bars.

He made the “God” and “slave” comment via a WhatsApp message, explaining that it was the only way she could “fulfill her potential.”

The tribunal heard that after researching Eldwick, BR was excited about the possibility of working with them.

But on her first day, as she headed to Eldwick’s offices, AD called her and told her to come to his house instead. Subsequently, she either worked there or from home.

Harassment and Victimization

Ultimately, BR never went to the firm’s offices, met any of its employees, or received a contract from Eldwick. An earlier tribunal ruled that she had never been employed by Eldwick and therefore was not liable for any compensation from the firm. Instead, she worked for AD, although she did not receive any payment from him.

BR accepted that she had been “rather naïve” throughout the process.

The tribunal found the deceased lawyer to have been in breach of contract, in breach of his duty to provide a written statement of employment, and was guilty of sexual harassment and victimization.

Ultimately, AD was arrested by police after he went to BR’s house and assaulted her and her four-year-old son, according to tribunal filings.

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Canadian Casino Forced to Close After Pipes Burst

Playtime Casino, located on Water Street in Kelowna, British Columbia, was overcome by water this week. Pipes burst and water flowed onto the floor and outside the building.

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Playtime Casino Kelowna, pictured above. The Canadian gaming property closed temporarily after pipes burst. (Image; Playtime Casino)

Kelowna Capital News reported that the flooding caused the gaming property to shut down for about a half hour on Sunday afternoon.

Local firefighters responded to a report of a broken sprinkler head at the property at about 3:30 p.m., according to the local news outlet.

Visitors were allowed back on the gaming floor after the water was cleaned up, and the casino was operating normally on Monday.

Cold Temps Blamed

The burst pipes allowed water to flow from the second floor of the gaming property to the outside and onto Water Street, according to Castanet, a local online news site.

No official damage estimate was released by the casino, but the repair costs were believed to be minimal. No injuries were reported.

Casino General Manager Clarissa Pruden told the news site that pipes running between the casino’s kitchen and its parking facility had frozen because of cold temperatures. Temperatures in Kelowna on Sunday ranged between 28 and 34 degrees, according to AccuWeather.

Clinton Wood, a casino visitor, told Castanet that he was playing a table game on Sunday afternoon when an alarm went off and officials ordered all visitors to leave.

Water was running all over the place and onto the street below by the parkade,” Wood recalled. “We got a pretty good car wash. All these people making all that money, and then the alarm went off. I joked that we were making too much money.”

He added there were “quite a few people” who were there at the time playing table games and slots.

Playtime Casino Kelowna features more than 450 slot machines along with a variety of table games, including blackjack, e-roulette, ultimate Texas hold ’em, and EZ baccarat.

Kelowna is located some 242 miles east of Vancouver, Canada.

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Arkansas Supreme Court Rejects Casino Appeal, License Back to Racing Commission

The Arkansas Supreme Court will not hear an appeal petitioned by the Cherokee Nation Businesses (CNB) regarding its planned Legends Resort & Casino in Russellville.

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The Arkansas Supreme Court will not take up an appeal from an Oklahoma tribe seeking to build a commercial casino in Pope County. The Cherokee Nation Businesses, however, is still the presumed front-runner for the gaming license. (Image: AP)

A year ago this month, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox ruled that the Arkansas Racing Commission erred in issuing a commercial casino license earmarked for Pope County to CNB, the commercial business unit of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. In considering a lawsuit challenging the granting by a rival casino bidder, Gulfside Casino Partnership in Mississippi, Fox determined that the Cherokee bid violated rules established through Amendment 100 of the Arkansas Constitution.

State voters in November 2018 passed the amendment to allow a single casino in the counties of Crittenden, Garland, Jefferson, and Pope. The casino bidding rules, however, required the state Racing Commission to only consider pitches from single entities.

Fox concluded that CNB applied as a consortium with a newly formed company called Legends Resort & Casino, LLC. The state Supreme Court last week opted to deny reconsidering the case. The high court in October upheld Fox’s decision in a 5-2 ruling.

License Returned to Racing Commission

With the Cherokee’s appeal formally settled, the Pope County casino license has been returned to the Arkansas Racing Commission. The state gaming regulator is expected to conduct a new bidding round, but the $300 million Legends Casino will presumably be the only qualified bid.

In separate litigation, it’s been determined through the Arkansas court system that bidders must have the support of either the sitting county judge or the present county quorum court. Last month, the Pope County Quorum Court voted 7-6 to endorse the CNB proposal. Pope County Judge Ben Cross has also backed the Legends development.

Gulfside previously applied with a letter of support from former Pope County Judge Ed Gibson, who issued his backing on the final day of his tenure before he exited the position in December 2018. Gulfside pitched a $254 million casino in Russellville called River Valley Casino Resort.

While Fox ruled against the Cherokees in January 2023, he also discredited the Gulfside plan when he decided that “the county judge” in Amendment 100’s language refers to the current judge — not a former county judge.

CNB will be expected to reapply as a single entity, likely as Legends Resort & Casino, LLC, which the company fully owns.

License Dilemma Continues

More than five years since Arkansans approved a casino in Pope County, the gaming license still hasn’t been issued. Meanwhile, casinos have opened in the three other counties.

The Pope County controversy began in 2020 when it was determined that Racing Commissioner Butch Rice had a bias in his grading of the Gulfside bid a perfect 100 out of 100 and the Cherokee plan just 29/100. The Racing Commission decided to exclude Rice’s scoring, which had tipped the overall score in Gulfside’s favor and opted to issue the license to the Cherokees.

That initiated the legal controversy, with Cherokee and Gulfside attorneys battling for the casino concession ever since. Ricer is no longer a commissioner on the seven-person state agency.

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