This November, SiGMA will have the pleasure of hosting Malta’s largest gaming exhibition and 2017 takes the cake as the biggest one yet. Eleven conferences and a large sold out floor plan are bringing a multitude of people this year so expect a crowd at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre from the 22nd-25th of November. Main executives and exhibitors showcasing here will include of Mr. Green, Blexr, Bet365, William Hill, Better Collective, Poker Stars, Catena Media, Malta Gaming Authority, Cherry, Microgaming, XLMedia, Ladbrokes, and many, many more.
Amongst the lavish networking dinners and appealing conferences that will be taking place throughout the week, an exciting startup pitch will be drawing eyes and attention for the second year in a row. After a successful first run in 2016, SiGMA’17 is coming back with sixty startups and several investors all under one roof. All sixty startups will be awarded with a booth at SiGMA, invitations to networking events, SiGMA PR, free office space to use at SiGMA’s Gaming Hub, as well as free consultancy and potential leads from leading industry veterans. However, only ten of these innovative startups will have the chance to present their pitch to a panel of investors. In a Dragon’s Den-like environment, each startup will have three minutes to present their project. Following the pitch, a Q&A session will allow the investors and the audience to get involved.
Of the investors, Morten Klein Founder and Chairman of Klein Group will be sharing his intelligence as “one of the 50 most significant people in the world within the gambling industry.” Klein Group consists of a group of companies with different investments within the iGaming industry, e-commerce, real estate and venture companies.
Another significant mind, present at the Startup Pitch will be Carla Maree Vella, CEO/COO of Optimizer Invest. With ten years of experience in online marketing and five years in iGaming, Vella’s entrepreneurial drive serves her well and her opinion will be strongly valued on the investor panel.
Another businesswoman on the panel of investors will be American entrepreneur, Julie Meyer. Meyer is the Founder and CEO of Ariadne Capital as well as Managing Partner at the Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs (ACE) Fund, Ariadne Ecosystem Economics™ Fund and the Founder of EntrepreneurCountry.
In addition, we will have the pleasure of seeing innovator, Mark Blandford, considered by many to be one of the founders of the developed online gaming industry. Blandford was the owner of a betting shop chain when the Internet began proving its potential. In 1998, he launched his first interactive betting service from Alderney and was one of the first to see the significance and growth potential in online gaming.
Entrepreneur, Robin Reed, has a real heart for startups and will take a place on the investor panel at SiGMA this year. Together with Frode Fagerli, Reed founded Gaming Innovation Group (GIG) in 2008. As a rapidly growing technology business, the Group offers cutting-edge Cloud based services and Performance Marketing through its three B2B products.
Another investor, Simon Collins, is Founder of both Gaming Realms and Cashcade Ltd. and will be scrutinizing the startups at this year’s lineup. Gaming Realms is a bingo based consumer preposition, which publishes and licenses next-generation mobile gaming content. Similarly, Cashcade Ltd is an online bingo focused gaming business.
Roger Walker, a Partner with Partis Solutions, provides direct support to board execs and corporate development teams from some of the largest gaming industry operators and investors and will be offering his support to the lucky ten startups this year. Walker’s clients range from publically listed £multi-billion operators and B2B suppliers, investment banks, private equity/venture capital houses to smaller private firms and early stage entrepreneurial start-ups.
Industry expert, Ory Weihs will have a seat on the panel as one of the investors analyzing the startups at SiGMA. As one of the Founders and the CEO of XLMedia Group, he is responsible for business development and strategy, focusing on technical abilities and expanding the Group’s reach.
Rickard Vikström, Founder and Chairman of Polarbear Group, works with sales and product development and will also be critiquing in this year’s Startup Pitch. Vikström is no stranger to starting a company as he has founded and sold several in the last decade. He will be a strong force in the panel of investors this year.
There is still time to get your foot in the door if you wish to attend. For more information on the show or to book your tickets, please log in to www.maltaigamingsummit.com or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Casino Games for Real Money – Choosing One to Play
TThis post tells how to pick a casino game for real money, prioritizing slots, roulette, baccarat and blackjack.
What to Play? Choosing Casino Games for Real Money
The gambling industry has so much to offer that newcomers may feel uncomfortable and uncertain. It’s better to learn about available games beforehand to make the first casino experience pleasant. There are lots of helpful lists of casinos and their features on the Internet, like the one with the best real money casino games by MoneyCasinosHowTo. We’ve tried to prepare a similar guide to the most popular games which you can play both offline and online.
Gambling for Real Money
Considering all the risks, remember the golden rule: casinos always win in the long run. There’s always a house edge: check the percentage to know what to expect. There’s no way you can beat the casino, but there are numerous options to make some profits. Before wagering your money, set some limits and don’t exceed them. Even if your goal is to hit a big jackpot, remember that just enjoying the process is anyway more important.
Return to Player percentage shows how much gamblers get back: for instance, an RTP of 95% indicates that you will get, on average, $0.95 for a $1 stake. Games differ in their RTPs greatly: obviously, the higher is this number, the more winning chances you have.
As for the casino games, they can be divided into two big categories: chance-based and skill-based ones.
Games of Chance
These games depend on pure luck. Players simply place their bets and wait for the results. You can’t apply skills or knowledge to influence the process. Slots are undoubtedly the most popular category that is qualified as games of chance. Apart from them, you can enjoy roulette, baccarat, as well a number of less known entertainments: craps, sic bo, bingo, keno.
Leading software providers launch new slots each month or even more often. There are thousands of unique titles, including branded ones designed in a partnership with famous franchises like Game of Thrones or Marvel’s Avengers.
Slots require no specific actions from you – just start spinning. There are various types of them, from traditional 3-reeled slots to ones with multiple reels, paylines, and screens. Players love progressive jackpots like Mega Moolah where the total prize amount increases with each bet.
Roulette is a big wheel with numbers divided into two colors. The more specific is a betting condition (for example, guessing a number instead of just a color), the more you can get.
There are three basic types of roulette:
European: the traditional version with 37 sectors
American: features two zero sectors and a low RTP (94.74% compared to 97.3% in the previous type)
French: the variation of European roulette with more loyal rules
You can also find mini-roulettes with fewer numbers, multi-ball or multi-wheel examples.
This card game is similar to blackjack, but neither players nor a dealer can influence the process. In baccarat, participants get two cards and, sometimes, draw a third one when specific conditions are met. Who earns 9 points, wins. Gamblers can wager on three fields: Player, Bank or Tie. Average RTP is 99%.
Land-based and web casinos sometimes offer less popular games of chance:
- Craps (a 98-99% RTP): a traditional dice-based game with bets on numbers or sums
- Sic Bo (a 96-98% RTP): chinese craps with three dices and more betting options
- Lotto (a 70-90% RTP): players fill cards with numbers to build a winning combination
- Money wheel (a 75-90% RTP): a kind of roulette without colors
Games of Skill
These games don’t depend on chance: players can use their skills and experience to change the results. But luck has a definitive impact here as well.
Probably, it’s the most well-known card game. Poker players compete with each other, trying to build the most powerful combination. In the most popular version called Texas Hold’em, they can select from two cards on hand and five cards on the table. Math skills are extremely useful in poker, as you have to count cards and use probability theory.
There are dozens of game variations with different rules. Here some of them:
- Omaha: players have four cards on hand and five on the table
- Stud: players have seven cards on hand but four of them are visible for everyone
- Draw: players can redraw cards if they want
- Pai Gow: players collect two hands: with a five-card combination and a two-card one
Poker is, to a large extent, about math but also about emotions. Bluffing is an inevitable part of the game. By mastering bluffing skills, players can manipulate the process and make opponents believe in what isn’t actually a true situation.
Here’s another popular card game where the main goal is to beat croupier’s hand and don’t exceed 21 points. Similarly to baccarat, players draw cards and count their value. However, in blackjack, they can ask for extra cards or wait for the dealer’s move. Different versions may feature one or more decks with re-shuffling, as well as several betting options and extra rules like splitting pairs or doubling stakes. This game is suitable namely for those gamblers who are good at cards and math but don’t want to compete with other players. An average RTP is more than 99%.
Choosing the Best Real-Money Game
The choice always depends on personal preferences. First of all, decide whether you want to relax or be involved in an intense social game which requires some skills. There are lots of options for both intentions. After choosing a game you want to wager in, you’ll see that there are lots of variations, including rather unexpected and exotic ones. Explore the world of real-money gambling to the fullest.
Great night for Worldpokerdeals at the iGB Affiliate Awards 2019
Worldpokerdeals had a great night the last February 9, 2019, during the iGB Affiliate Awards where they confirmed its leadership on the market by winning the two most prestigious awards for poker affiliates: Best Poker website and Best non-English Speaking Affiliate website.
The judges itself commented that in 2019 the caliber of the participants was outstanding and wasn’t easy to make the final decisions. The criteria for choosing the winners included traffic increase, relationships with the affiliate programs, rankings, business growth, among others.
Worldpokerdeals was created because we “had something out-of-the-box to offer”: the company has a strong focus in customer service, developing close relationships with all the value chain, from poker rooms, affiliate programs, and poker players.
Rodion Longa, Worldpokerdeals CEO said: “Thanks for the support guys. I am the happiest 32 years old boy in the world.”
“We are nerds in terms of customer service and satisfaction. We have the greatest number of agents to be able to provide personalized game-select advice and respond in time to our clients. We design easy-to-use interfaces and make readable content. Also, players love our parties in Thailand :)”
The iGB Affiliate Awards reached its 12th edition and are the most prestigious awards in the gambling industry with a focus on transparency.
Worldpokerdeals.com — is a team formed by poker experts under the leadership of Rodion Longa. The company, founded in 2012, is committed to fully support professional poker players, guaranteeing the best conditions for a comfortable grind in almost all poker networks.
Today, Worldpokerdeals is one of the fastest growing multilingual (Russian, English, Spanish, Vietnamese) companies providing services for poker players.
KING BILLY WINS THE BIG ONE!
The cyber-ink of our last article about King Billy and his tendency to get awarded hasn’t even dried up yet and here we are with, you guessed, one more award for His Majesty.
King Billy, First of His Name, Rightful Ruler of the Kingdom, Guardian of the Realm and Protector of the Players (and Collector of Awards we may humbly add) has done it again. He has got one more award. And this time, it’s the biggest of them all in the Affiliate Universe.
King Billy Casino brought home its finest piece of silverware yet, the “Best Casino Affiliate Program” Award of this year’s iGB Affiliate Awards, which took place on Saturday, February, 8, 2019, at The Brewery in London. Moreover, the Servants of the King did it in style, by beating the likes of giants like Betsson and Mr Green.
We asked (again!) Ruslan Legenzov, the King Billy Casino’s Head of Affiliates (or “Lord of Affiliates” as the casino’s protocol dictates) to share a few words with us about this outstanding distinction and this is what he told us: “Guys, first of all, I must confess to you that this has been so much beyond expectations and words that I have wondered for a few moments whether I live in the Matrix.
But it’s true, definitely true! All of us here at King Billy Casino are naturally ecstatic and speechless. Personally, I would like to thank all the people in my department who have worked unbelievably hard in order to earn the respect and trust of our affiliates. To Vlad, Olivia and all the rest of our Lords and Ladies in the Department… thank you!
And, of course, we would like to thank, from the bottom of our hearts, our affiliates. All this could not have been possible without you guys! Thank you Cristina, David, Milica, Alanias, Rasmus, Milena, Nenad and the 500+ rest of our affiliates, partners and friends! This one is for you!”
This prestigious award brings King Billy’s awards tally up to four in less than a year:
- iGB 2019 Awards Best Casino Affiliate Program
- AskGamblers 2018 Awards Best New Casino
- AskGamblers 2019 Awards Best Casino – 3rd place
- AskGamblers 2019 Awards Player’s Choice Casino – 2nd place
So, anyone willing to bet that King Billy wouldn’t make it up to five or six until the end of the year? We know we wouldn’t!
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