As we are now halfway through the month of March, as is always the case there is a lot to report in regards to what is happening in the online gaming world, with some gaming site operators moving into or out of different gaming jurisdictions, new games being planned for the month ahead as well as plenty of general online gaming related news stories there is always something happening in the ever changing online gaming environment!
Below we shall give you an insight into what is happening in the online gaming world, and as always is the case some of these news stories may just affect you, so do pay attention to what we are about to tell you!
Bet365 – One of the largest online gambling companies is the UK based Bet365 Group, and for reasons only they know they have opted to completely pullout of the Philippines online gaming market place. No exact reason has been given for this quite dramatic move by Bet365. However, they have said any Philippines based players with funds still in any Bet365 account will be able to access and withdraw those funds without any problems!
Paddy Power – The Paddy Power site has had in place all last week a range of betting bonus consolations bets on which horse racing bettors placing a wager at the Cheltenham Festival have been able to get losing bets refunded if their horse finished second in any Cheltenham horse race.
Early indications are that this promotion did cost them a fair bit of cash, however this is one major attraction to punters placing wagers at the Paddy Power Sportsbooks, they do get the maximum value out of their gaming budgets and word has it that Paddy Power has some excellent offers lined up for the Grand National which will be taking place on the 5th of April at Aintree racecourse!
Paddy Power have had their knuckles rapped and hands slapped by the UK Advertising Standards Authority for a recent betting market they were promoting, this was in regards to the current Oscar Pistorius trial in which the athlete is on trial for murder.
Paddy Power are offering a money back bonus should he be found not guilty at his trail if anyone places a wager on the outcome of the trial, a huge number of complaints were lodged regarding an advertisement which stated customers would get their money back if he walks!
William Hill – Good news if you are a member of the William Hill Casino site and you are a fan of playing slot games for William Hill have just announced that they will shortly be adding a range of slot games from Next Gen which will see their slot game offerings grow in size quite dramatically.
In fact as the new suite of slot games will include several Aristocrat slots which players may already be familiar with if they have played slots in a land based casino, this means that players are going to have access to some of the most technically advanced slot games offering all manner of unique and potentially very high paying bonus game rounds and bonus features!
BetFred Poker – The BetFred Poker site is one of many sites which utilizes the Playtech iPoker Network, but unlike other poker platforms the iPoker one is quite picky in regards to whom they allow to access their platform and have in place a two tier system on which any gaming site operator who joins will have to prove they have the power to attract a lot of new players onto the platform before they can benefit from the second tier offered by the iPoker Network!
BetFred Poker have been around for a number of years now and have managed to prove they can attract a steady and constant stream of new players, and as such they have been moved up to the second tier which means their players can now, whenever they log in to play, play players who are accessing the iPoker Network from another operators site.
So when playing at the BetFred Poker site you can now find a huge number of other players online and playing and will be accessing games and playing against players from sites such as Paddy Power Poker, William Hill Poker and Bet365 Poker to name but three sites.
Unibet – Unibet would appear to be following Ladbrokes lead in moving from the Microgaming powered platforms and opting to utilize a different software platform to power their poker site. Whilst Ladbrokes have opted to use the Playtech casino platform instead of the Microgaming one that they have been operating on for several years now Unibet have chosen to use their own in-house poker platform instead of the Microgaming poker platform.
Unibet must have been planning to leave the Microgaming poker network for quite a while now, as by using their own proprietary software it will have taken quite a while to design and get it fully tested out, so should you be a member of Unibet Poker then you will notice some major changes when you next log into your account!
BetFair – The Betting Exchange to Online Casino operator BetFair have been quite busy of late launching a range of mobile compatible platforms to allow anyone with any model of tablet device or mobile phone to be able to access any of their gaming sites quickly and seamlessly.
In fact this investment in their mobile gamming platforms and mobile sites has paid off handsomely and it has been reported that the turnover from their mobile gaming site customers is now higher than their online gaming site customers by as much a ten percent!
The Betting Exchange concept which BetFair is famed for allows punters to bet against each other and as such a sports bettor cannot only just place a wager on any sports team to win they can also lay odds on any team or sporting event to lose, and as such they can become bookmakers themselves by using the BetFair Betting Exchange!