April 9, 2021Lauren

It’s all go for sports betting this week as several states push forward with gambling reform, plus we’ve got two brand new slots to tell you about: Quadruple Da Vinci Diamonds from High 5 Games and Yanaha’s Rite by Scientific Games! Welcome to edition 32 of the Cabbie Weekly Digest, let’s dive in!

News and Analysis

More States Give Online Sports Gambling the Green Light

Wyoming: This week, Wyoming signed into force its new sports betting gambling bill. Bill 0133 legalizes online sports betting and charges Wyoming’s Gambling Commission with developing regulation for the market by September 1st.

The bill also outlines the cost of licenses ($100,000, valid for five years) and the revenue tax rate for operators at 10%: this places Wyoming in a very competitive position (most states have more significant taxes and license fees, see New York below).

New York: Continuing with the developing news of NY sports betting, this week Governor Andrew Como has confirmed the new state budget, which includes the introduction of mobile sports betting.

The budget allows for two gambling licenses (four skins between two operators) and bids open at a whopping $25m—license fee. The scoring criteria is yet to be decided but will include extra points for proposals that include revenue-sharing agreements with Native American tribes. The level of the bids will also determine the revue tax rate for operators.

The New York state gaming commission will open for proposals from operators no later than July 1st and select the winning operators within 150 days.

North Carolina: Senate Bill 688 goes to the vote this week in North Carolina; the bill would see the expansion of online sports betting across the state (currently this is only permitted by Tribal operators), allowing the lottery commission to grant ten new licenses at a cost $25,000 each (valid for five years with a tax revenue rate of 8%). SB 688 would also introduce a self-exclusion program for players in the state.

Slots of the Week

Quadruple Da Vinci Diamonds: High5Games. RTP 97%.

This week High5Games has taken another shot at reinventing one of the most popular slots of all time: IGT’s Da Vinci Diamonds (High 5 Games has already scored a double whammy on this front with past additions including Da Vinci Diamonds Extreme and Tripple Da Vinci Diamonds).

Featuring an all-new slot backdrop and in-game bonuses, the studio has knocked it out of the park with this title, adding their customary bonus-filled gameplay and high volatility mechanics to IGT’s classic graphics.

This must-play slot comes packed with tumbling reels, cluster symbols, split bonus symbols, spin-crease feature, free spins, colossal base game payouts, and a total win potential of 5712x your total bet! If you loved IGT’s Da Vinci Diamonds Slot or any of High 5’s additions, then you’re going to love this supped-up version. Take for a test drive from $0.20-200 at these High 5 Games Casinos.

Yanaha’s Rite: Scientific Games. RTP 96.7%.

Yanaha’s Rite offers more calming gameplay than Quadruple Da Vinci Diamonds, so it is perfect if you’re looking for a chilled slot to spin this week. Set on 4x6 reels with dual-way paylines (make lines horizontally or vertically and left to right or right to left) that deliver a max prize potential of up to 5,000x your bet (that’s a sizable prize of $250,000).

It’s a graphically beautiful game set in the dusty American outback with symbols that appear as if by magic on each spin and a laid-back vibe. Still, it does portray the stereotypical image of Native Americas. Along with the fantastic dual-way wins, the game features wilds, sizable payouts and it comes with four different free spins rounds (different spirit modifiers and bonus features are added on every spin) that’ll trigger once you fill the totem pole with 20 scatter symbols. Take it for a spin in demo or real money mode at our top-rated Scientific Games Casinos.

Okay, guys, that’s it for this week, but we'll be back next Friday with new games and more news. Have a great weekend!

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