May 14, 2021Lauren

This week US gambling bounces back as commercial revenue hits pre-pandemic levels, Caesars and MGM Las Vegas establishments return to full capacity, Spin Games gets new ownership, and Lightning Box release a brand new slot!

News and Analysis

AGA Releases Gambling Figures for Q1 with Revenue Hitting $11bn.

With COVID restrictions finally coming to an end, casinos are beginning to make a comeback across the US, according to the American Gambling Association, with the industry hitting $11.13 bn in gross gambling revenue for Q1 of 2021. While this isn’t record-breaking, it’s a near-perfect match for the US industry’s largest-ever GGR achievement made in Q3 of 2019 and is a great sign for the gambling market, representing a YoY increase of 4.1%. Want to find out more? Check out the AGA’s commercial revenue tracker.

Las Vegas is Back Baby: Caesars and MGM Hit Full Capacity

This week, the Nevada Gaming Control Board has given the go-ahead to Caesars and MGM Resorts to return to full capacity. While face masks are still mandatory, it looks like Vegas is back to full form and pre-pandemic days. If you’ve missed hitting up the casino floor and enjoying your favorite real-life games, then the wait is finally over -Vegas is back!

Spin Games Sells for $30m.

Spin Games, a US game provider based in Nevada and featured at online casinos across the country, has been purchased by Bragg Gaming for $30m. This is Bragg Gaming’s first move into US markets and is a strategic way to gain easy entry, albeit at a tidy sum of $30m. Bragg Gaming is an iGaming provider best known for its proprietary ORYX platform.

BetMGM Partners with Golf’s LPGA

BetMGM has become the official betting partner of the Ladies Professional Golf Association after this week striking a multi-year partnership. The ladies tour joins the men’s PGA and European Tours at BetMGM casinos and sportsbooks.

Slot Game of the Week

Wondering what new game you should be spinning? This week's slot of the week is a brand new release from Lightning Box Games - Lightning Shenlong - check it out below.

Lightning Shenlong: Lightning Box Games. RTP 96.13%.

Travel to the far East for big prizes, fixed jackpots, gorgeous oriental-themed graphics, and outstanding bonuses in Lightning Box’s latest video slot release, Lightning Shenlong Slot.

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Set on 5x3 reels with 243 ways to win, this slot game comes with wilds, scatters, lightning re-spins, colossal symbols, jackpots, and free spins! Begin the adventure in the base game, setting your bets from $0.40-50, then use Shenlong wilds to help you make betline wins (wilds can appear on reels 2-5) for generous payouts. Score 6+ lightning bolt scatters anywhere on the reels trigger the epic lightning bolt re-spins, and you're in with the chance of winning one of four fixed jackpots (Mini at $5, Minor at $50, Major at $250, and Grand at $250,000) as colossal symbols fill the reels.

Not enough action for you yet? Then keep your eyes peeled for the Dragon symbols as 3-5 trigger 8-30 free spins, which also come with colossal symbols for total tasty payouts of up to 5,000x your bet in this high volatility spinner! Ready to play? Then check out this game at our top-rated Lightning Box Casinos.

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