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Casinos around the world cautiously reopen to a new normal

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Given how devastatingly hit the casino business has been in the past few months, it should come as little surprise that casino operators around the world are hurriedly reopening their doors at the first opportunity.

Revenue reports from March to July – effectively when the novel coronavirus had spread across the planet and forced countries to impose severe lockdown measures – made for grim reading in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, and Asia.

In Nevada and New Jersey – the biggest casino hotspots in the US – recorded losses of up to and more than 90 percent compared to the same months in 2019. In the UK and mainland Europe, the figures were similar, while Macau – the gambling capital of the world – saw three successive months of revenue drops over 90 percent.

While online operations have seen a surge as millions of people have been forced to stay at home, that makes no difference to the many people whose livelihoods depend on land-based casinos opening their doors and welcoming customers. Indeed, thousands of jobs have been lost and thousands more are still at risk.

So even as Covid-19 continues to plague many countries, casinos have understandably started to open their doors once again.

The United States – the country where the pandemic has hit harder than any other – has allowed casinos to reopen, even as new cases cross more than 50,000 per day. In Las Vegas, Nevada and Atlantic City, New Jersey casino floors are once again welcoming guests, while casinos across the United Kingdom reopened on July 4.

Las Vegas has also reopened its sportsbook operations, so guests can visit to get the latest Kentucky Derby odds (although you can find them online easier through TwinSpires.com). You can place wagers on races and sports that, like the casino business, also went into lockdown but are now re-emerging.

Meanwhile, in Macau, casinos have also reopened but the mandatory 14-day quarantine for foreign visitors has severely limited foot traffic. The same applies to other countries like Singapore, South Africa, and Monte Carlo.

While casinos have resumed operations in an attempt to bounce back from a financially damaging few months, they do so amid a new normal for operators and visitors alike.

Strict rules and health measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of guests and staff and to limit the potential spread of the coronavirus.

Maximum capacity limits range between 20 and 30 percent and face masks must be worn at all times. Drinking, eating, and smoking have been banned for the time being, while temperature check points and hand sanitizer stations have been placed all around casino floors. Glass barriers have also been placed around table games in some casinos to prevent the spread of germs between players and dealers.

Those guests returning to casinos may also notice higher gambling minimums or at least fewer options of lower minimum games. This is thought to have been introduced for two reasons. Firstly, it is viewed as an attempt by many casinos to drive revenues up as quickly as possible and secondly, to deter some players to ensure going over the imposed limited capacities.

Even with the many restrictions in place and the pandemic still raging on, the economical decision to reopen has helped to address growing unemployment in casino-focused cities and towns.

For instance, the union representing casino workers in New Jersey reported that in the first few days of reopening, between 20 and 30 percent of union members got their jobs back.

As measures loosen and capacities gradually increase, more people will be able to return to work after months of struggle and uncertainty.

It had been deemed callous to talk about reopening economies and getting people back to work during the early stages of the pandemic and when the death toll was rapidly increasing. But as the crisis continued and there was a realization that ‘normal’ would not return for the foreseeable future, then tackling increasing poverty as a result of the outbreak has become an inevitable priority.

The casino business is just one of many industries that rely heavily on visitors and tourism, and its cautious reopening shows that life must go on in the current climate, even if ‘normal’ is some way away from returning.

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The 5th AskGamblers Awards Winners Are Here!

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After several months of anticipation, on a magical night on 16 June we finally revealed the names of winners in the 5th AskGamblers Awards.

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After more than three months of anticipation and wholehearted support from our players, we finally know the names of the winners of the 5th AskGamblers Awards! The race was tight throughout the process, but the names you helped us choose genuinely deserve to be the next laureates of one of iGaming’s most prestigious accolades.

Without further ado, here are the winners in the fifth edition of AskGamblers Awards:

  • Best Casino – SlotWolf Casino
  • Best New Casino – iWild Casino
  • Best New Slot – Bigger Bass Bonanza Slot
  • Best Software Provider – Relax Gaming
  • Players’ Choice Casino – Tsars Casino
  • Best Affiliate Partner – 888 Affiliates
  • Best Affiliate Manager – Elena Shokarovska – OMG Affiliates

We congratulate all our awarded partners and thank everyone who participated in this year’s AskGamblers Awards, including our players and partners.

The full list of winners in their respective categories can be found on the dedicated winners’ page.

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MiFinity launches the most competitive affiliate programme in the industry

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MiFinity Affiliates affirms the company’s commitment to growth with the highest revenue commission in the industry, adding more value for merchants and affiliates, and complementing its growing portfolio of payment solutions.

MiFinity, the secure iGaming eWallet, has launched its affiliate programme with the highest revenue commission in the industry. Paying up to 35%, and with commission paid on all transfer to and FX fees, the MiFinity team has already attracted significant interest in pre-launch sign-ups from new affiliates. To celebrate its launch, MiFinity Affiliates will be offering an additional 10% commission on all rev-share fees for affiliates that sign up before the 15th July 2022!

“We’re very excited to launch MiFinity Affiliates,” said MiFinity CEO Paul Kavanagh. “In the last 18 months, we have experienced rapid growth in terms of customers, transactions, operators, services, and market penetration. So, it’s the perfect time to launch the affiliate programme and add another great service to our offering”.

“MiFinity Affiliates is integral to our ambitious growth plans for 2022 and beyond. Our success is intrinsically linked to the success of our merchants and affiliate partners, which is why we’ve designed an affiliate programme that offers the highest commission rates, paying lifetime commissions, to help them achieve more.”

MiFinity Affiliates supports the growth of MiFinity’s merchants and industry affiliates, helping companies increase conversions and generate additional revenue. With the potential to earn more with MiFinity than any other eWallet provider, MiFinity backs up its impressive commission rate with rock-solid affiliate tools and marketing support.

Kieron Nolan, MiFinity’s CFO, explains, “Our dedicated affiliate marketing team has years of experience helping companies drive conversions and revenue through bespoke campaigns and their expert support. As well as investing in talent, we have also invested significantly in our enterprise affiliate platform to help our affiliate partners manage their programmes, track conversions and access payments. We think it’s a fantastic opportunity for our affiliate partners to accelerate their growth, along with ours.”

MiFinity’s eWallet has already disrupted the payment space by going above and beyond to lower transaction costs for its users. As well as super low fees for standard transactions, MiFinity provides users in the EU and UK with a free virtual IBAN that allows transfers to the eWallet with no fees to pay.

Paul Kavanagh said, “Our users are global customers who can use their eWallet at any of our merchants’ online sites, currently over 300 live iGaming brands. However, they can also use it to send money to almost anywhere globally with instant eWallet to eWallet transfers and via money transfer.”

The MiFinity eWallet is available in 20 languages and 15 currencies and has the greatest geographic reach of any iGaming wallet, with a global network of payment partners and over 40 integrated payment methods for fast and secure transactions.

Paul Kavanagh attributes MiFinity’s focus on user experience and innovation in the payment space to the company’s record growth. He said, “I’m proud to say that as well as seeing significant growth in new customer acquisitions, we also have the highest customer retention rate in the industry. I believe that’s because we’ve focused on making transactions easy and secure, and building great relationships with our user community.”

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VegasSlots.net Undergoing Revamp and Content Update

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In the ever-changing world of online casinos, keeping the gaming suite up to date is essential. VegasSlots.net, a well-known gaming review website, is always improving its coverage of products and services to guarantee that its users have access to the best that the gaming sector has to offer. While it is most recognized for its online slot reviews, it also has other casino games, reviews, a blog, and industry news. The publisher will go into further detail about this in the upcoming release.

Players expect the site to provide them with high-quality material, including reliable and accurate evaluations of online casinos, bonuses, and games. It already has a strong foundation.

The websites will be compliant with gaming laws. This implies that gamers will get dependable, high-quality evaluations as well as advice on the best bonuses and gambling responsibly and safely.

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Apart from the significant changes to its website design and framework, VegasSlots.net is staying true to its name by adding hundreds of free-to-play slots. This website’s operations mainly revolved around online slot reviews. They have been publishing reviews for quite some time, and we have an ongoing obligation to provide a neutral and uncompromising critique.

They hold themselves to the greatest standards, and players have high expectations. With the revamp, VegasSlots.net is only going to get better.

All online casinos are rated by the specialists at this site based on crucial characteristics including security, licensure, game selection, bonuses, and more. Players may anticipate even more regionalized content in the future. This implies that, depending on their individual demands, each player will be given the best options. These great casino offers will be provided to them regardless of their location.

Slot enthusiasts will find a wealth of valuable information. However, it does not end there. There are hundreds of slots that have been thoroughly examined, and many of these titles are playable on VegasSlots.net.

“Any other slot-related website cannot equal the number of software suppliers listed by Vegasslotsoline.com. Our database has been updated with new slot releases for years, making us the go-to source for all types of slot games. Whether you are looking for the biggest bonuses, the most popular slots, or specialized table game alternatives, you’ll discover all you need in one spot with our update. If our visitors favor multifunctional gaming, we want to expand it so that they may discover the finest sites for it,” Adam Shaw, Chief Editor at VegasSlots.net commented.

Aside from slots, many casino reviews will be available. The reviewers will go through all the casino games, odds, and bonuses in detail. There are also various game instructions, as well as betting advice and suggestions that will be useful to players.

Standing Out Among a Plethora of Options

For many gamers, the most difficult aspect is making an informed selection regarding which online slot or casino games to play. Finding the best practical solution requires a lot of effort and patience. Finding the finest is much more difficult.

The experts at VegasSlots.net use a variety of evaluation algorithms to help users select the finest online casinos. While there are millions of online casinos, only a few can offer such high-quality, entertaining play. The site helps players find them without much of a hassle.

The first sign of a casino’s high-quality gameplay is its online slots. Only sites that provide a wide range of these high-quality slot games, from the classic to the most recent, receive accolades from review sites such as VegasSlots.net. The casino’s high-quality service is further highlighted by the various bonus features it offers.

Also, since it is a Vegas-inspired site, readers can expect quite a bit of coverage of Sin City. Players who are visiting Las Vegas for the first time and don’t know much about the city, where to stay, or which games to play can use the services of Vegaslots.net. On the internet, players can read reviews of the best hotels, resorts, and casinos, making it simpler to decide where to go and what to expect.

Expert authors will go into detail while explaining the rules of popular casino games. Players will thus be able to pick up all these games in minutes, even if they have never gambled before.

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