Karamba casino South Africa

Karamba South AfricaWhat could be better than a casino with a parrot as a mascot to enter the BIG 5 market represented by the 5 African mammals (lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo)? We have noticed the appearance of the subdomain SA on the homepage of karamba.com. We are the first satisfied to see the online casino Karamba coming to South Africa. It will make its debut in the Republic of South Africa by offering the South African Rand currency (“R” or ZAR) and the best South African payment method of the moment EasyEFT.

The fact that the online and mobile casino Karamba offers a wide portfolio of casino games but also of online slots will undoubtedly delight South African online casino players. Let us remind you that in its online games portfolio Karamba offers online slot machines developed by the best slot providers around such as Netent, Microgaming, Neogames, EGT or even Blueprint. That’s not all- the operator also offers sports betting with the industry giant SBtech’s online betting platform. Lastly, it is no longer a secret, Karamba should also add bingo to its offering very soon through Microgaming. What a great surprise for players from Cape Town, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Johannesburg and all the other cities in South Africa!

Karamba welcome bonus for South African players !

Of course, Karamba is not coming into this new market empty-handed. The online casino offers a generous welcome bonus to its players from South Africa. They will be able to enjoy a bonus of 100% up to R 3000 on their first deposit + 100 Free Spins.

It seems obvious to us that Karamba is looking to position itself as the best online casino in South Africa. For all players using the South African Rand currency, the minimum deposit is R 160.

Concerning Karamba Sport, new gamblers will also be entitled to a special welcome offer: Bet R 160, Get R 160, which will allow them to test the brand’s sports betting platform.

Karamba : Aspire Global’s white label

Launched in 2009, Karamba Casino belongs to the Aspire Global group which, in addition to owning its own online casinos, offers B2B solutions to new casinos that are looking for a turnkey offer in order to establish themselves in the online gambling market. Listed on the Swedish stock exchange, Aspire Global is a giant in the world of online gaming.

Karamba is already present in a great number of countries: Germany, Sweden, Finland, Norway, UK, Ireland and Canada. South Africa is therefore only expanding the list of markets in which players can find Karamba slots and games.

Karambot : South African players will be able to use the artificial intelligence robot for their sports bets

In 2018, Karamba made a name for itself in the world of online sports betting by launching Karambot, an artificial intelligence software that gives live and pre-match tips for betting on football matches. South African bettors will also be able to rely on Karambot for their football betting odds! One more reason to discover this new online casino and bookmaker in South Africa!

BetRegal migrated from EveryMatrix to Aspire Global

BetRegal migrated from EveryMatrix to Aspire GlobalAspire Global has announced on the 25th October 2018 that it had just welcomed renowned casino operator BetRegal on the company platform following its departure from EveryMatrix, a strategically significant move for both companies. BetRegal is not the first casino to have migrated to Aspire Global’s platform but it is indeed the first sportbook. Several casino operators such as Casino Luck, Luckland have migrated already successfully in the past from EveryMatrix or any other B2B providers to Aspire Global.

Not only will this migration enable BetRegal to offer players a better gaming experience thanks to the competitive full-service solution offered by Aspire Global which was enriched with Sportsbook at the beginning of 2018 but most importantly however this is the first online casino which offers sports betting to be successfully integrated, further expanding its footprint in the iGaming industry. Founded in 2005, Aspire Global’s offer gives it an edge over its competitors for it provides over 60 white labels with a high-quality, stable platform paired with an array of excellent casino operation services. The latter includes a multilingual CRM, a support call centre, risk and payments control and customer acquisition services. It even offers VIP customer care available between 8am and 1am daily, over 30 different payment methods and it has an incredible online video slot game portfolio packed with slot machines from all the best slot providers.

Based and licensed in Malta, the company is also licensed to offer its services in several regulated markets such as the UK, Denmark, Belgium and Italy.

A deal which benefits both parties

Moreover, this deal will allow for the growth of Aspire Global’s network and for the improvement of its sports solution which the brand has made one of its main goals following the launch of Sportbook as part of their B2B-offering. Sports betting being one of the biggest verticals of the iGaming industry, the addition of Sportbook promises to be beneficial for the growth of the company on an international level. The award-winning platform is gaining notoriety as the leader of the industry with its competitive offer which gives its customers all the cards in hand in order for them to achieve their full potential.

As regards BetRegal, the games provided on their online casino platform may be operated by Aspire Global however the brand is owned by The Regal Group. Launched in 2017, it is led by CEO Micheal Mirti and was quick to become one of the leading casino to offer low-margin betting odds. Furthermore, with its chic yet simple design paired with a purple and gold colour scheme BetRegal players are made to feel like royalty. While it is well-known for being a sports book operator and for the wide range of sports it offers its community as well as live sports betting, there is much more to BetRegal than just that. The casino operator’s platform offers a large variety of online slot games from top providers such as Microgaming, NetEnt , IGT and Play’n Go. There are more than 1,000 of them just waiting to be played. In addition to this, it also offers a live casino which is one of the key components of the website for it has an impressive collection of table games including Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat, Poker and many more. BetRegal online casino offers something for all tastes and an attractive welcome package.

Migrating to Aspire Global from another platform will also greatly benefit the well-established operator. Not only will it enable it to offer gamblers an improved betting platform and user interface, but it will allow its management team to make better use of their main assets which are their experience in the industry alongside their outstanding marketing abilities. On another note, BetRegal has announced in its October 2018 BetRegal Diary its intentions of establishing a brand presence in the fast-growing Latin American market. This decision follows the team’s constructive experience at their first Betting on Sports conference during which they had a chance at getting an insight into the Latin American iGaming corporate structure and at expanding their network. The future seems full of promises for BetRegal!

motorhead video slot

Netent logoIt was in 2016 that Net Entertainment celebrated 20 years since the founding of the company, two decades filled with innovation and great success which did not come without hard work. This pioneer of the iGaming industry finds its roots in Sweden, where the company started with just a single office in Stockholm and 3 employees. However it wasn’t long before the slot provider made a name for itself – with over 200 exciting online video slot games and more than 1000 employees scattered all around the globe in various offices, NetEnt is nowadays widely regarded as a market leader within the online gaming industry.

In order to make their 20th anniversary truly one to remember, the NetEnt team came out with 3 Rock ‘n’ Roll theme over the course of 2016, which was certainly a busy year for the Swedish slot provider in terms of releases, for it was also then that their mobile live casino platform was launched. The first slot of this sequel to come out was Guns N’Roses ™, in affiliation with Bravado International Group. It was released in January 2016, however fans had been patiently waiting since February 2015, when then CEO of the company Per Eriksson announced the upcoming release of Guns N’ Roses ™ at the annual ICE Totally Gaming conference which takes place in London. Based of one of the most successful Rock bands in history, this slot is full of visually appealing graphics and intricate symbols. In order to provide players with an even more authentic experience, it offers players a choice between 5 of the band’s biggest hits which one can play as they spin the reels.

As regards the two video slots completing this trilogy of 60s, 70s and 80s Rock N Roll themed slots, their development was announced during the 2016 ICE Totally Gaming event shortly before their release. Released in April 2016, Jimi Hendrix Online Slot™ brought back to live the widely recognised guitarist in an incredible slot with a psychedelic feel to it. Filled with flowers and peace and love symbols as well as Jimi Hendrix himself, evoking the hippy movement of the 60s and 70s which had a major cultural impact on society and on music. It even features 3 different types of Free Spins, all of which were named after the guitar maestro’s most iconic tracks; Crosstown Traffic, Little Wing and Purple Haze.

NetEnt continued rocking 2016 by launching that Autumn the third title of this trio, Motörhead Video Slot™. This slot pays homage to this influential band, a fundamental reference of New wave British heavy metal. Band leader “Lemmy” Kilmister and the boys are back in this mobile slot which mixes traditional slot machine icons with symbols reminiscent of 80s hard rock. By clicking on the rock mode button on the right hand side of the screen, one can sing along some of their classic hit songs as they spin the reels which sit on a misty stage, surrounded by instruments and loudspeakers. Watch as the spotlights illuminate the scene when you make a win, symbols flashing bright lights at the player. Every single one of these rock music themed slots perfectly capture the essence of superstars they were named after, each of them providing gamblers with a unique gaming experience.

The first reason for these releases according to NetEnt: Innovation

Guns n' Roses Netent slot machine

Founded in 1996, the Swedish slot provider now boasts an array of different slot games, all similarly inventive, original and each more exciting than the last. NetEnt has driven the entire market through innovation, bringing it something new with every slot release. Its corporate culture revolves around the idea that heterogeneous groups fuel innovation, and both the management and the personnel emphasize on creativity and building an innovative environment, which has greatly contributed to its success.

With the launch of this Rock N Roll themed trilogy, the slot provider certainly brought innovation back on the reels. Working together with record companies, NetEnt has come up with 3 thrilling slots packed with fun special features to mark its 20th anniversary in a significant manner while continuously showcasing their know-how and surprising the iGaming industry with high quality designs and sharp, crisp graphics which have earned them over a dozen awards. These slots have already become player favorites, creating waves in the industry and adding to the firm’s reputation. Now the leading mobile game provider globally, the company has no intention of giving up their position.

The second reason: The difficulty in breaking through the online gaming market in the UK

Jimi Hendrix Netent slot machine

The release of NetEnt’s Rock Tour was however not without any ulterior motives -the slot provider had met great success in Scandinavian countries during its 20 years of existence, region in which it holds a market share hovering around 50%. In spite of this, the company recognised the interesting growth opportunity which the European market represented, especially in the United Kingdom. The UK may be Europe’s largest gaming market, yet it was – and still is – incredibly hard to penetrate, for until recently slot providers such as IGT, Playtech and Blueprint reigned supreme. NetEnt was understandably seeking to expand and become a well established slot supplier in the growing sector which online gaming represents in the UK’s gambling industry. The online market only represents 17% of the total gambling market in Europe as a whole, while in the UK this number has reached a staggering 35%. By releasing this sequel, the Swedish provider had high hopes of tightening its grip on the UK online gambling market. This strategy has already begun to bear fruit, as by the end of 2016 the UK became the software provider’s strongest performing market for the first time in the company’s history. The company has experienced extraordinary growth over the past 3 years, and its expansion in the UK where 18% of adults gambled online over the year 2017 has had a certain impact on the group’s financial figures. After signing their first gaming machine deal in the UK in 2014 with William Hill, their catalogue was finally made available to players in the bookmaker’s network. In 2015, the company handled a total of 27.7 billion gaming transaction, while over the course of 2017, it handled over 41 billion!

The third reason: The player value of this audience and income related.

Motorhead Netent slot machine

In addition to this, the most important player value and revenue per player is found amongst those aged above 35. It is hence understandable for slot providers such as NetEnt to target this age group using slots reminiscent of their teenage years, for Rock N Roll played an important role in British youth culture during the 60s until the 90s and still does till this day. According to a survey carried out by the UK Gambling commission in 2017, 34% of those between the ages of 35 and 44 had taken part in some form of online gambling in the four weeks preceding the survey, while those between 45 and 54 had been around 22.5% to gamble online. A significant increase in the number of people aged between 55 and 64 to regularly involve themselves in online gambling was also observed. 14% of this age group had reportedly gambled during the month preceding the report, which represents a 14% increase in in-play rates. This is particularly interesting, for another survey carried out the same year found that the average weekly expenditure per household on gambling payments was highest among those aged 50 to 64, for they spend an average of £3.60 on gambling per week.

NetEnt is undoubtedly one of the world’s most successful online gaming operators and has successfully achieved its goal of becoming an esteemed slot provider in the UK market. It has now been over 3 years since the company was granted its license to operate in this market from the UK Gambling Commission, and the great deal of hard work the company has done during this time period has really payed off, for their market shares now amount to 10% which represents a significant achievement in such a saturated market. In 2017, over 300 new casinos widened their range of offerings by adding NetEnt slots to their catalogue in the United Kingdom alone!

Book of Dead or Book of Ra

Book of Dead or Book of Ra which to choose ?Book of Ra™ is undoubtedly one of the most successful slot machines of all time, especially in Austria and Germany. This Ancient Egyptian themed slot by Novomatic is very popular amongst gamblers, both online and in land-based casinos. Founded in 1980, the Australian firm is a full-service provider in all segments of the gambling industry, exporting its wide range of high tech gaming products which include cabinets, games, gaming platforms and many more to 75 countries worldwide, making it one of the industry leaders. Adapted from land-based to online play by Green tube, two editions of Book of Ra™ have been launched by the renowned slot provider to this day, alongside a variety of online video slot games inspired by it. This slot transports players back in time, putting them in the shoes of an archaeologist exploring the ancient tombs in the Pyramids of Egypt. This game was an immediate hit with gamblers all around the world, for both the online and the land-based version provide an incredible gaming experience, filled with intricate symbols representing Egyptian artefacts.

Present on the market since 1997, Play’n Go’s collection of slot games may not be as large as that of competing slot facilitators, however what truly makes it stand out from the crowd is the quality of its games. They tick all the boxes! Book of Dead™ has proved nearly as successful as Book of Ra™, which it seemingly pays homage to. Its theme also revolves around Ancient Egypt, and the name of the game itself is directly inspired by the culture of this civilisation, for the “Book of the dead” once was a set of mortuary texts placed in tombs and believed to enable and guide the deceased through death and on to the afterlife. Follow treasure hunter Riche Wilde in this slot game as he sets off once again in search for adventure, just not in South America nor in India this time round, but in a whole new setting full of gold and jewels hidden away in the Pyramids


The differences between Book of Ra™ and Book of Dead™

Book of Ra Novomatic slot machineBook of Ra™ and Book of Dead™ may have similar themes, however they both differ in many ways. Novomatic has released three versions of this slot so far and various games inspired by its universe. Book of Ra™ was launched in 2005, soon to be followed by Book of Ra Deluxe™ and Book of Ra 6™. Book of Dead™ on the other hand was launched in 2016. Book of Dead™ is a 5-reel video slot with 10 pay lines, the coin size ranging between 0.01 and 2. Regarding Book of Ra™, it also sports 5 reels, however the classic version has 9 bet lines and a coin range of 0.02 – 5. Both are multi-payline slot, meaning that it is up to the player to decide which bet lines to activate, for they are not fixed.

The two slot machines are full of beautifully designed symbols, some of them triggering interesting special features! One of the icons found in Book of Dead™ depicts a mysterious golden book with a beetle engraved into its cover. It may act as a Wild, acting as a substitute for practically any symbol, but also as a Scatter symbol if one is to land 3 or more of them on an active bet line. In this case, the gambler will receive 10 Free Spins. Before the start of the latter, a symbol will be chosen at random to act as a special expanding scatter symbol during the entire round. As regards Special Features, Book of Ra™ also has quite a few of them in store. Just like in Book of Dead™, landing 3 or more golden book scatter symbols will grant players 10 Free Spins. An expanding symbol will also be chosen at random amongst the symbols found in this online slot game. When it features in a Winning combination, it will expand to cover the whole reel. Look out for extra bonus scatter symbols during the Free Spins, for just like in Book of Dead™, landing another set of 3 or more of the golden book symbols will re-trigger 10 Free Spins. Players may also try their luck at yet another exciting Special Feature found in Book of Ra™: The Gamble Feature. By clicking the “Gamble” button following your win, you will be offered a chance to take part in a mini-game, during which a red and a black card will be presented to you. If you draw the right card, you will see the sum of your win double!

What we love about Book of Ra™ and Book of Dead™

Book of Dead Play'n Go slot machineThese two slot machines may resemble one another, yet they each have their own sense of uniqueness. They are our favorite slots for english players. What struck us the most with both these video slot games is their alluring RTP of 96%, as well as their array of thrilling special features. The expanding scatter symbol found in both these games, alongside the fun Gamble feature in Book of Ra™ may result in huge wins! Both Play’n Go and Novomatic have payed attention to every single detail, and their hard work is bearing fruit. They are both incredibly popular, and it’s easy to understand why players just keep coming back to them. The sophisticated symbols and stunning backdrops found in Book of Ra™ and Book of Dead™ paired with their enchanting soundtracks offer a highly entertaining gaming experience which is perfectly suited for both novice and experienced players. Delve into Ancient Pharaonic Egypt with these two incredibly exciting high volatility slots, each of which may offer players a chance of making a mega win of up to 5,000 coins!


BerrryBurst release by Netent

BerryBurst Netent slot

The release of Berryburst™ and Berryburst MAX™, both of which are slots developed by the renowned slot provider NetEnt, has had the global online gaming industry buzzing with excitement for the past few months! These two fresh and colourful fruit themed online video slots promise to be a big hit, and it is no coincidence that they happen to be coming out in the midst of summer. In fact, in an attempt to further promote the launch of this already long-awaited slot, a bus wearing the vivid colours of the game was sent on a tour of all the online casinos with offices in Malta, handing out free coupons which may be exchanged against ice-cream!

With this double release, we can certainly say that NetEnt is surfing the wave of success created by the launch of Starburst™ in 2012, for both these video slots resemble it in many ways, yet they have a few more tricks up their sleeve. This video slot was however not destined to become a grand classic of the online casino world. After being developed, Starburst™ spent a considerable amount of time sitting in the offices of the slot provider, remaining unreleased. It wasn’t until a developer suggested finally launching the game and offering it to various casinos around the world that this simple slot filled with fun features and visually appealing symbols came to be known as one of the most popular online slot games of all time! The most exciting features found in this online slot are without a shadow of a doubt its expanding wild and the re-spins, which make a great comeback in both versions of Berryburst™. In this game, the wild symbol takes the form of an ice-cube, the key ingredient in making refreshing fruit cocktails. It may land anywhere on the reels during both the base game and the re-spins, expanding to cover the entire reel it has made an appearance on and triggering a re-spin. This means one may obtain a full screen of wilds, which in Berryburst MAX™ will grant the player between 500 and 1,000 times their stake, while in the regular version of the slot game one can win anywhere between 300 and 500 times their bet.

Two exciting video slots full of surprises

BerryBurst Max Netent slot

The glossy symbols featured in Berryburst™ represent pieces of fruit such as raspberries, mandarin segments, grapes and limes, the ice-cube shaped wild symbol floating on the reels all evoke cool cocktails, while the bright colours of the backdrop and the high-spirited, zesty tune playing in the background are reminiscent of long summer nights. The feel of it may bring to mind that of Starburst ™, for they both have 5 reels and 3 rows and a similar design, however they do differ in many ways. Berryburst™, a medium-low volatility video slot, boasts an interesting RTP of 96.56% and a hit frequency of 20.20%, while the higher volatility version of the slot game, Berryburst MAX™ (high volatility slot) has an RTP of 96.23% and a significantly lower hit frequency of 14.6%. Starburst™ on the other hand displays an RTP of 96.10% paired with a hit frequency of 22.70%. While the latter winning combinations could be made through bet lines, these fruity-themed slots were enhanced with the Cluster Pays™ mechanic, a ground-breaking feature first introduced by NetEnt with Aloha! Cluster Pays™ in 2016. This only adds to the thrilling gaming experience offered by this slot game, for instead of obtaining winnings by landing identical symbols on paylines, the game pays when the player creates winning clusters of a certain number of matching symbols.

The two versions of Berryburst™ may both provide similar gameplays, however their win potentials are far from the same, for they meet different wants. Berryburst MAX™ promises less frequent but bigger thus more rewarding wins than Berryburst™. This duo is the first release of the Swedish slot provider’s innovative mixed volatility product line, which caters both for players seeking high volatility slots which pay-out less frequently and gamblers who are after low to medium volatility slots which offer regular yet small wins, hence diversifying the volatility of its game portfolio. It is a well-known fact that fruity slots have always proven worldwide success, and with their sharp, crisp graphics and glossy symbols, Berryburst™ and Berryburst MAX™ promise to be no exception. This could easily be NetEnt’s biggest release of the year.

CMA (Competition & markets authority) logo

CMA (Commission and markets authority)The BIS (UK Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) had made proposals in 2012 with the aim of encouraging competition, however it was only after receiving royal assert in 2013 that the CMA was officially launched a year later, taking over most of the responsibilities previously assumed by the OFT (Office of Fair Trading) and the CC (Competition Commission), which were merged to form a new non-ministerial government department. The latter were founded in 1973 and 1999 respectively and were soon dissolved following the creation of the CMA.

Its role as the UK’s key competition regulator gives it a variety of responsibilities, namely the following:

  • monitoring and regulating prices
  • setting the standard of customer service
  • strengthening competition by opening up markets.

Based in Southampton Row in London, the CMA also works to promote competition for the benefit of consumers and protect public interest. This department’s chairman is none other than the Rt Hon Lord Andrew Tyrie who is not only the face of the CMA but also sets its strategy and organises it, providing the board with the strong leadership he has acquired through his previous career experiences.

Moreover, the commission also carries out investigations into mergers, markets and regulated industries which include the gambling industry and notably enforcing competition and consumer law in order to improve markets and to make them function as effectively as possible for businesses and consumers alike as well as the overall economy.

Differences between the CMA and UKGC

UK Gambling Commission logoThe UKGC (UK Gambling Commission) was formed in 2005 as a result of the Gambling Act, however it was only after the Gaming board was dissolved in 2007 that it assumed full powers.

The UKGC’s main responsibility is to issue licenses to operators wishing to offer their services in the UK following the passage of the Gambling Act in 2014. It is also tasked with investigating illegal gambling and has the power to prosecute such activities. Additionally, it must constantly review the activities of licensed operators in order to ensure they do not breach the rules and may take action against those who violate the license conditions.

The UKGC and the CMA have worked hand in hand on various issues in the past to ensure the correct treatment of customers by online gambling operators. In October 2016 for example, the CMA launched an investigation with regards to concerns raised by the UKGC with regards to potential breaches of customer law through misleading offers and unfair terms used by operators to block players’ pay-outs.

The main difference between the CMA and the UKGC is that the latter works towards not only keeping gambling safe, but fair and enjoyable for all, while the CMA aims at bringing clear and considerable benefit for consumers through the intervention they engage in to keep all markets working properly. This includes the UK online gambling market which has seen substantial growth in the past years. As a matter of fact, the CMA reported in a review of the UK Gambling Market dating back to 2016 that over 5.5 million regularly engage in such activities, which has caused the sector to expand by 146% since 2009. More recent figures published in the 2018 Combined Health Survey issued by the UKGC show that in 2017, 57% of adults in Great Britain had gambled in some  way or another.

The role of the CMA and its expectations vis-à-vis casinos operators

The watchdog has several concerns relating to unfair practices and terms on which operators must act and regularly updates them on the practices they will not tolerate and how one may remedy to them. Among those unjust obstacles which have so far been at the centre of the CMA’s enforcement work, one may come across the lack of transparency and unfairness of promotions. There are a variety of things operators need to do in order to avoid breaching the regulations, such as ensuring that all terms and conditions relating to promotions and bonuses are easily accessible by customers, especially before they sign up.  Once the customer begins playing, said terms and conditions must be accessible in full within a single click from the bonus and promotion tab found on the gambler’s account page. Moreover, it is essential to ensure that all significant conditions relating to any promotion are clear, non-misleading and easily understood by all, not only on all adverts on every type of medium for the promotion in question yet also on all relevant landing and sign-up pages for it.

The CMA is also concerned about the fairness and transparency of play restrictions. It is required of operators to make sure it is clear to players which patterns of play are prohibited and for them to be transparent about where the application of gameplay restriction may result in the loss of winnings. Furthermore, they must also distinguish the terms relating to these limits from other terms setting out other restrictions on allegations of fraud and other behaviours amounting to deliberate cheating. It must also be ensured that Promotional play restrictions do not apply to consumers’ deposits or those winnings made through their deposits aside from in situations in which operators are certain invalid wagers may not be played.

Additionally, it is good to keep in mind that the CMA requires operators to put an end to their restrictions upon withdrawing deposit winnings by ceasing to offer gaming promotions which include a restriction on the withdrawal of deposit limits. It also outlines the importance of the right to withdraw deposit winnings being unambiguously and clearly stated in the terms and that of ensuring that players may easily distinguish between those funds which are subject to restrictions and play with unrestricted funds.

In June 2018 for example, the UKGC fined LeoVegas £600,000 as a result of their misleading advertising campaign and the manner in which they handled customers at the end of their self-exclusion period.
Such breaches in advertising law are however nothing new to the commission, which had previously penalised BGO Entertainment Ltd (BGO) for misleading advertisement on both their own website but also its affiliates’, resulting in the operator having to pay a fine of £300,000 in 2017.
Following an investigation by the CMA in 2018, three leading operators – Ladbrokes, William Hill, and PT Entertainment – agreed to change their online promotions for games such as poker and roulette in order to allow consumers to cash out at any time.
As the examples above show, it is absolutely necessary for gaming firms to be cautious and abide by the regulations and guidelines published by the UKGC and the CMA in the interest of preventing potential sanctions or penalisation by these government bodies.

The importance of such measures cannot be stressed enough, for as of the 31st October 2018, the sanctions faced by gambling operators who breach the consumer laws or advertising rules will not only be quicker but also increased.  The UKGC has also stated it will continue strengthening its relationship with the CMA as they work together to empower and protect consumers from unfair commercial practices. Besides, it is interesting to note that during the period between May 2017 and April 2018, fines against UK gaming operators grew from £1.6 million to £18 million total, which may explain the tougher regulations which have yet to come into force in order to more severely punish transgressions.

Authentic Gaming

Authentic Gaming offer casino tables in UKAuthentic Gaming was founded in 2015 and in spite of its brief period of existence, it has already managed to make a name for itself. A pioneer in one of the fastest-growing segments in the market for online casino, the supplier has finally been granted a UK license, a key requirement for the firm to continue its expansion into regulated jurisdictions. By bringing their wide range of live dealer sessions to the UK, the supplier is looking to broaden its audience and strengthen its position in the European Live Casino market. Its next- generation offering is made up of a variety of live streamed Roulette products, all of which are playable from any type of media device. This collection of games is broadcasted from inside some of the most luxurious casino resorts around the world, and it includes the following live tables:

  • Authentic Roulette Original – This ‘classic’ European version of Roulette is presented by four croupiers. It offers a very immersive experience, for the HD cameras placed at different angles around the table, the casino noises in the background and the real players in the room placing bets alongside the virtual players really make this experience one of a kind.
  • Authentic Roulette Live 30s – As regards this version, it is similar to the original version, however this one is automated, meaning there are no live dealers. There are also 30 second breaks between each round, time during which the player may prepare his next bet. This short variant will keep your adrenaline pumping! If one is to play without any interruptions for 1 hour, they may play up to 120 rounds – an ideal game for players in a rush.
  • Authentic Roulette Live 60s – This version is basically the same as the Authentic Roulette Live 30s, except in this variant of the game a new round is played every 60s which is still a brief enough pause to give gamblers a rush of excitement. This makes it perfect for those in a bit of a hurry, but for whom 30s is too short of a break.
  • Authentic Roulette Superieur – This French variant of the game is presented by four live dealers in order to offer iGamers the best experience they possibly can have. It boasts the same RTP of 97.3% as other Authentic live gaming European Roulette games.
  • Authentic Roulette Turbo – As one may guess from its name, this is a swift game! This incredible experience mixes the immersion of live Roulettes streamed from land-based casino, the players murmuring in the background as the croupier announces the winner, but with the thrill of faster Roulette games such as Authentic Roulette Live 30s. It is presented by a single croupier, and there is no need for you to wait until the wheel is done spinning to place bets – you may place them as it is still spinning, or until the dealer tells you to stop.
  • Authentic Roulette Professional – This version was created especially for experienced players and uses the European table and wheel layout. Presented by just one live dealer, this session feels more exclusive, and the high-quality shots from different angles really give it added value, making the gameplay more fluid and enjoyable.
  • Authentic Roulette Double Wheel – This Roulette game is played according to American rules, however the supplier has made a few modifications – it features 38 numbers instead of the classic 36 found in the American version, as well as the same RTP as other Authentic Roulette tables. It is an automated Roulette game in which two wheels are placed side by side. Gamblers may choose to stake on both the wheels or only place a bet on one of them.
  • Authentic Gaming Blaze Live Auto Roulette – This game is Authentic Live Gaming’s most recent release, and it really sets a new standard for Live Roulette games, for it takes the best from Roulette tables presented by croupiers and automated play in order to offer players a one of a kind experience. A live presenter hosts the game between 7pm and 1am, however gamblers may place bets on this wheel 24/7. With 45s between every round, this rapid game is aimed at more experienced players, however it is sure to provide a fun experience to all gamblers.

Led by CEO Jonas Delin, the company is based in Malta and has recently moved into new headquarters, for its previous office was getting a little tight for the growing team of designers, developers, engineers and technicians. Aside from its Maltese studio in the Live Arena, Authentic Gaming live streams its Roulette tables from a variety of lavish locations all around the globe. These include the Foxwoods Resort Casino in the USA, the Platinum Casino at the Radisson BLU Hotel in Romania, the Casino International Batumi at the Hilton Hotel in Georgia, the Saint-Vincent Casino in Italy and finally the Royal Casino in Denmark.

The fact that the firm already provides its games to various UK-licensed operators gives it a certain advantage, and its large offering promises to be a smash hit amongst gamblers in the UK.

Now that Authentic Gaming is regulated in UK, who are his competitors?

online roulette with Authentic GamingHowever, the obstacle course has yet to come to an end for Authentic Gaming, for a sea full of rivals awaits the company in the highly competitive UK gambling industry. Amidst them, Amaya gaming, a renowned gaming operator present on the market since 2004. Its service offering is very complete, and includes live Baccarat, live Blackjack and also live Roulette, which are all streamed from their studio in Estonia.

Another supplier which may become a threat to Authentic Gaming is Evolution Gaming, for the firm is the European Market leader. They offer a variety of live casino games including a wide range of Roulette games and they are licensed in a number of countries in Europe, where most of their live studios can be found, but also on the American continent.

Amongst its competitors, we find some more big names of the industry, such as Betconstruct, Extreme live gaming, Medialive, Microgaming, NetEnt and Playtech. Despite working in a rather saturated market, gaming continues to grow in customer interest, and with its alluring selection of exciting live Roulette games, Authentic Gaming will surely succeed to establish itself in the UK market.