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Allwyn Begins Next Phase of Retail Investment with New National Lottery PPOS Rollout Trial

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Brand new National Lottery permanent point of sale (PPOS) has started hitting the walls, floors and counter tops of a small number of National Lottery retailers over the last few weeks, as Allwyn begins testing the rollout of the specially designed kit at trial stores in preparation for wider distribution.

Designed in collaboration with accessibility and sustainability experts, the family of PPOS will help deliver more modern retail environments and capture the attention of customers with eye-catching branding and “call to action” messages, as well as giving National Lottery retailers for the first time the ability to display information about National Lottery-funded projects that are local to their store.

The suite of kit includes an attention-grabbing illuminated Scratchcard dispenser with integrated lighting and 15.6-inch HD screen, and a new Playstation with double-sided graphics and a wing to display key information – such as stories about local National Lottery-funded projects. Completing the collection are a new external wall sign and a double-sided pavement sign featuring a “call to action” to play in store, as well as a refreshed window poster frame. In most cases, these items will be swapped out on a like-for-like basis with a store’s existing kit – but larger or additional assets may be offered in certain circumstances.

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Allwyn called on the expertise of its accessibility partner, Purple, and its sustainability partner, Planet Mark, in designing the new PPOS to help with its commitment to delivering a more sustainable and accessible National Lottery. For example, the height of the new Playstation tables has been standardised at a level recommended by Purple (750mm) which is considerate of wheelchair users – as has the Scratchcard dispenser media screen – while the playslips are set at a height within reach of wheelchair users. Graphics and signage, as well as the surfaces they sit behind, have also been designed to meet accessibility requirements.

In terms of sustainability, lightweight designs ensure that the kit and its transportation are carbon-efficient, while recycled and recyclable materials have been prioritised in the manufacture and deployment of the new PPOS – with some components made with 60-100% recycled materials.

The first independent retailer to have the kit installed as part of the “test and learn” trial, Raj Kularajah, owner of Twinsco store in St Albans, said: “I was delighted to be selected as the first independent store to have the new PPOS installed, and to be able to provide feedback on the equipment to help with the wider rollout. After it was first installed, two of my regular customers who had never played the lottery before saw the new kit and decided to play EuroMillions, which is absolutely excellent.

“I’m really impressed with the kit overall, particularly the new Playstation wing which can be fitted to either side of the stand depending on how the store is laid out and what space is available. But my favourite piece is the new Scratchcard dispenser which really brings to life and illuminates the individual games. Its bigger windows also make it easier to load with cards.”

Allwyn’s Director of Channel Operations Alex Green said: “We’re hugely excited that National Lottery retailers are starting to get their hands on this brilliant new kit as part of our ‘test and learn’ trial deployment. As well as looking fantastic, the new PPOS has been designed to high standards of accessibility and sustainability – demonstrating The National Lottery’s commitment to delivering wider societal benefits. We know retailers will be keen to get the kit as soon as possible, but it’s important we trial it first and use our findings to inform a more substantial phased rollout across our 40,000-strong estate. This will help us get the deployment absolutely right for our retail partners.

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“The project to equip retailers with the very best National Lottery PPOS also represents the next stage of our investment in retail and signals our commitment to the channel as a whole, with retail being central to our vision to grow The National Lottery responsibly over the next 10 years. But equipping stores with the latest innovative kit is just one element of a much bigger overall project to build a more modern in-store environment. As part of this, we’ll also be delivering an enhanced Vodafone network solution for our retail partners from this spring, and installing new software from the summer onwards ahead of us starting to roll out new state-of-the-art terminals towards the end of the year.”

The next phase of the PPOS rollout will see the new kit deployed in around 40 stores by the end of May, with another 10,000 outlets scheduled to receive the new PPOS later in the year. The kit will then be rolled out to the remainder of the estate throughout the autumn and into 2025.

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THE MONEYMAKER TOUR RETURNS TO HARD ROCK CINCINNATI WITH MORE THAN $1 MILLION UP FOR GRABS

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Following a hugely successful first event in Cincinnati, Ohio in September 2023, the Moneymaker Tour is returning to the Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati on September 17 – 30, 2024 with a packed schedule that will guarantee more than $1 million across 15 trophy events. 

In September 2023’s inaugural stop at Hard Rock Cincinnati, the $1,500 Main Event was contested by 788 players and won by Joseph Bakun for $208,034. He was joined at the final table by Chris Moneymaker himself and WSOP Champion Joseph McKeehen and as well as the top cash prize, he also took home a crystal Moneymaker Tour trophy and a guitar trophy.

The Moneymaker Tour was created in 2023 by 2003 WSOP Champion and ACR Team Pro, Chris Moneymaker and Moneymaker Tour Executive Manager, Tony Burns. The Tour was conceived as a way for Moneymaker to give poker players opportunities to have their own ordinary to extraordinary moments as he did.

Despite its relative newcomer status, the Moneymaker Tour has made a name for itself, recently being voted the third most popular live poker tournament series behind only the World Series of Poker and the World Poker Tour, in a State of Poker survey. Since its inception, there have been eight events throughout Florida, Cincinnati and Houston.

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The Tour has also recently announced new venues including a first visit to the birthplace of the Moneymaker boom with an event in Las Vegas from June 28 – July 6 at MGM Grand and its first international Main Event at Casino Aruba in October.

“Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati will team up with the Moneymaker Tour for a return in 2024” said Christopher Herbert, Hard Rock Cincinnati Manger of Poker & Sportsbook. “Hard Rock Cincinnati is grateful to be a part of the fastest growing poker tour in 2023. Chris Moneymaker, Tony Burns and their staff delivered an incredible experience for our guests during the 2023 Moneymaker Tour stop. There’s no better place to be in September 2024 than Cincinnati Ohio!”

“After an amazing series last September, we are excited to return to Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati”, said Tony Burns, Executive Manager of the Moneymaker Tour. “Continuing to partner with one of the most recognisable brands in the world amplifies our reach, resonates with our audience, and rocks our business to a whole other level.”

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Week 20/2024 slot games releases

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Here are this weeks latest slots releases compiled by European Gaming

ELA Games is thrilled to announce the release of its latest slot machine game, Big Wave Delight. This new game features an advanced design, original mechanics, and a unique “Bonus Purchase” feature, setting a new standard in the gaming industry. Players can also hit the waves with Free Spins, scoring 10 thrilling spins with random multipliers (up to 10x) on each whirl. With up to 3 Wild Surfboards on every spin, players can expect epic wins!

ELA Games Announces New Slot Game - Big Wave Delight

 

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Habanero, invites players for an icy adventure in its new title Arctic Huntoffering expanding wilds with multipliers of up to 50x. Set against a snowy forest, this 5×3 game hosts a variety of wildlife such as fish, rabbits, deer and beavers as its symbols. Arctic foxes can also appear as wilds and substitute other icons to help form wins. Regular symbols can land with crystal gems attached which are accumulated in a counter at the top of the board.

Habanero is out on the prowl in a frosty escapade with latest release Arctic Hunt

 

Yggdrasil has released Boomerang Games’ (under license to ReelPlay) newest game Goblin’s Bargain MultiMax™, a vault packed with features ready to tempt those looking for the biggest of wins. The glittering gold belonging to the nefarious mythical creatures is under lock and key unless players can make the most of MultiMax. The popular Game Engagement Mechanic (GEM) sees a multiplier build up on each reel which can be multiplied together, leading to exponentially large wins.

Yggdrasil and Boomerang Games offer big bank in Goblin’s Bargain MultiMax™

 

R. Franco Digital is inviting players to double their winnings in its latest mythical-themed release, Game of Chronos Unicorn. Immersing players in a fantasy universe, a 5×3 grid is filled with a host of mythical symbols which create matching combinations across the slot’s 40 paylines. Helping to form wins are Witch wilds, which substitute other symbols on the board, while three or more unicorn Scatters pay out an instant reward.

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Play’n GO pits Woodrow and Jačova against one another in a race against bolts in Spark of Genius. In this dynamic 6×6 grid slot, players are transported to the dawn of the 20th century, where the clash between industry pioneers Maynard Woodrow and Tess Jačova ignites. Players will harness the power of Resonant Energy and Manifest Energy as these characters vie for dominance over the grid.

Play’n GO conduct an electrical revolution in Spark of Genius

 

 

Spinomenal has unveiled its hotly anticipated game, Quest to the Underworld. This game is part of the popular Spinomenal Adventure series. Quest to the Underworld lures players in with its macabre setting that’s underscored with a chilling soundtrack. Medium symbols are made up of a vial, crossbow, goblet, and scroll. Two Wild symbols, a glamorous lady and black gear, will substitute for any symbol except the Free Spins and Bonus symbols, hitting five Wild symbols on a winning line gives players a x1000 multiplier.

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Spinomenal unveils Quest to the Underworld slot

 

Yggdrasil and YGG Masters partner Bang Bang Games have combined to deliver thrilling gameplay in toxic new release Mutant Trawlers. Players must navigate a contaminated nuclear lake to fish up wins worth a maximum of 3,000x by way of Trawler Respins, Mutant Cash and Meltdown Free Spins. Trawler respins can be triggered whenever a boat lands on the same reel as a Mutant Cash symbol, automatically igniting a chain of respins where multipliers increase after every successful spin.

Yggdrasil and Bang Bang invite players to brave nuclear waste in Mutant Trawlers

 

Wizard Games is ready to deliver magic and mystery in its enchanted new release, Wynmor’s Tales – The Rise. Players are faced with a 5×4 matrix, situated within an eerie mansion, looking to land mystic items across the slots 40 paylines. If a spellbook lands on the fifth reel, then all Cash Symbols are collected, paying out magical rewards.

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Wizard Games embarks on a spellbinding adventure in Wynmor’s Tales – The Rise

 

Games Global’s exclusive studio OROS Gaming, has unveiled Magnificent Power Wolf Fire Spirit™, its latest slot utilising the popular Magnificent Power mechanic that promises captivating gameplay and 4,096 ways to win on a 5×4 grid. Adorned with bear, eagle and dreamcatcher symbols, this Native American-inspired slot immerses players with every spin of the expanding reels, providing ample opportunity to discover the hidden riches with two or more adjacent high-paying symbols awarding a win.

Games Global and OROS Gaming add to acclaimed series with Magnificent Power Wolf Fire Spirit™

 

 

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Casino Guru Launches “Safer Gambling Talks” Webinar Series with Šimon Vincze

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Casino Guru, the world’s premier independent online casino resource, proudly announces the launch of its new webinar series, “Safer Gambling Talks.” This innovative series aims to delve into the critical aspects of safer gambling within the industry, addressing jurisdictional nuances and universal consumer protection standards.

“Safer Gambling Talks” is dedicated to fostering a highly responsible gambling environment by engaging with experts and industry leaders. The series will explore various topics, focusing on creating a more sustainable and commercially viable gambling industry that prioritizes player protection.

In the premiere episode, Šimon Vincze, Casino Guru’s Head of Sustainable & Safer Gambling, engages in an insightful discussion with Dr. Margaret Carran, Associate Professor in Law and Associate Dean (Education) at The City Law School of City, University of London. The conversation centers on improving self-exclusion practices within the gambling industry, aiming to enhance player protection across different markets. The episode is available on Casino Guru News YouTube channel.

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Šimon Vincze, a staunch advocate for responsible gambling, leads Casino Guru’s efforts in sustainable and safer gambling. He spearheads the Global Self-Exclusion Initiative, driving forward best practices in player protection and operator responsibility. Recognizing gaps in existing tools, Šimon is committed to ensuring a safer gambling environment for all.

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