March 30, 2023Lauren

Welcome to edition 128 of the Casino Cabbie Weekly News. This week:

- The AGA bans the use of "risk-free" terminology for members
- White Hat Studios joins the Caesars lobby in Pennsylvania
- An online casino bill is up for a Senate vote in New Hampshire
- PGCB: issues $60,000 in fines to three online operators
- Vermont state House votes for sports betting
- And our slot of the week is Capital Gains from AGS

News and Analysis

AGA: Bans "Risk-Free" Terminology and Releases New Guidance for Protection of College-Age Bettors

The American Gaming Association has updated its Responsible Marketing Code for Sports Wagering, banning members (the AGA comprises commercial and tribal casino operators and supplies in the US) from using "risk-free" in advertising. 

This is the most significant update to the code since it was first created in 2019; it also introduces other standards, including: 

  • The requirement to review and update the code yearly, 
  • Prohibition of college team sponsorship and NIL deals with amateur or college athletes,
  • Age restrictions on those featured in gambling ads to 21+
  • Changing references to the "legal age of wagering" to 21+

The changes take immediate effect, although operators have until July 1st to meet full compliance.

White Hat Studios Joins Caesars PA

White Hat Studios is live at Caesars Casino, PA. Players at this casino can now enjoy top game content from the provider, including Ted, Almighty Buffalo Megaways, Blackjack Player's Choice, American Roulette, and Deal or No Deal Megaways: The Golden Case! White Hat Studios is now live at online casinos Michigan and Pennsylvania!

Online Casino Bill up for Senate Vote in New Hampshire

Senate Bill 104 is up for a vote in New Hampshire. Seeking to legalize online casinos in the state, the bill requires a majority approval rate by the House of Representatives. If successful, it requires final approval from Governor Christopher Sununu. The bill doesn't cap the number of licenses, proposing a 35% tax rate, with proceeds used to fund a community college education scholarship. The vote will take place in the state Senate on Thursday.

Want to learn which US states will most likely approve online casinos in 2023? Read the complete Cabbie analysis.

PGCB: $60,000 Issued in Fines to Three Online Operators

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has issued fines to the operators of Hollywood Casino and Unibet Casino and the games content provider Evolution Gaming for responsible gambling failures. The most significant penalty, $45,000, went to Hollywood Casino for allowing five self-excluded individuals to join the casino. Unibet was sanctioned $7,500 for failing to suspend the account of one player who requested it, and Evolution $7,500 for allowing an unlicensed dealer to run several games. 

Vermont House Votes for Sports Betting

HB 127 has passed the House Vote in Vermont, meaning the state is one step closer to legal sports wagering. HB 127 aims to legalize betting by allowing the State's Department of Liquor and Lottery to operate sports betting through contracts with operators. The contracts would be up for bidding, with two to six license allocations. The bill has now moved to the state Senate for further consideration. We'll bring you more news from Vermont as it breaks.

Game of the Week

Capital Gains Slot: AGS, RTP: 95.96%

This week, we're bringing you a reinvented classic that's trending at US online casinos. Capital Gains is a high volatility, fixed jackpot slot that delivers retro vibes and maximum payouts of 2,000x your bet. We're calling it a classic, but don't be fooled into thinking this title is all about the base game; there's also wilds, a prize picker option, free spins bonus, a re-spins feature, and jackpot prizes up for grabs!

The action starts on 5x3 reels with 243 ways to win. To begin making wins, you'll need to line up 3+ matching symbols on the reels, left to right. The bonus vault symbol pays both ways. Scoring 3+ bonus vault symbols triggers one of two bonus rounds (pick a vault to reveal which you get); the free spins or money charge bonus feature. 

If you get the free spins, you'll randomly be awarded 6, 9,12, or 15 spins with an additional 50, 100, 150, or 200 wild symbols added to the reels. The round can be re-triggered any time 3 bonus symbols land on the reels, leading to potentially unlimited free spins! 

Capital Gains Slot Gameplay by AGS

The money charge bonus feature starts with 3 re-spins. During the re-spins, you'll land more money charge symbols with coin payouts of 50 up to 75,000 credits attached. Every time a new money charge symbol lands, it locks, and the re-spins reset to 3. You can also win one of the game's jackpots by landing money charge symbols showing a jackpot prize instead of a coin win. The round ends when you run out of spins or fill all 15 reel spaces with money charge symbols.

What's great about this slot, aside from the action-packed gameplay, is that you can also trigger the money charge bonus from the base game by landing 6 money charge symbols on a single spin! Ready to play? Then load up the reels at any of these top AGS online casinos and play from  $0.50-50!

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