January 28, 2022Lauren

Get up to date with the latest iGaming news. This week, in edition #70, we're covering an update from NYS, PA's end of year gambling revenue totals, Playtech getting the rights to Money Drop Live in the US, the launch of E-Sports in NJ, and the start of Lousiana mobile sports betting!

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NY Update: Bettors Spend a Total of $6mn in First Nine Days Betting

It’s all go this week in the Empire State as the financial figures come in at $6million in total spending and $48mn in revenue for the first nine days of legal mobile sports betting. The statistics show that Caesars sportsbook was the highest earner. Meanwhile, PointsBet has got the go-ahead to launch in NY and offers its innovative PointsBetting system, which considers how right or wrong your bet is. By all accounts, things are off to a flying start in this state!

Pennsylvania Ends 2021 On All-Time Revenue High

The figures are in, and it’s official, Pennsylvanian players hit new records in 2021, with the total gambling revenue reaching $4.73bn, that’s 78.5% higher than 2020. Sports betting and Esports saw huge revenue spikes, with Valley Forge’s FanDuel site, the most popular operator. At the same time, iGaming also saw an incredible 96.7% jump in total revenue from 2020, with Hollywood Casino topping the revenue charts.

Playtech Increases Live Offering, Securing Rights to Million Dollar Drop

Playtech has secured the exclusive rights to Million Dollar Drop live (Money Drop Live) in the USA, as well as extending their current agreement for a further five years on Deal or No Deal Bingo. Money Drop live is a must-play as it challenges your attitude to risk and reward with nail-biting gameplay!

E-Sports Go Live in New Jersey

This week the NJDGE has granted permission to E-Sports Entertainment Group to begin accepting bets, making them the first E-Sports provider to go live in the state, and you can check out what they are offering right now as their soft launch began on Tuesday, 24th.

Louisiana Launches Mobile Sports Betting Today

It’s January 28th, which means only one thing: Louisiana legal mobile sports betting goes live today, Ladies and Gents! Sports betting was legalized in 2020 after the parish-parish referendum, and since, the state has been hard at work passing independent laws to regulate the industry, like tax reforms. Caesars is one of the first sportsbooks expected to go live, along with DraftKings, Golden Nugget, and BetMGM.

Slot Game of the Week

Our slot of the week is one of the most anticipated games of the year, and it comes from Stormcraft Studios.

ThunderStruck Wild Lightning: StormCraft Studios. RTP 94%.

It’s been 11 years since Stormcraft gave us its second installment of the Thunderstruck slots, the legendary Thunderstruck II. Thunderstruck Wild Lightning is part three and is now live at US online casinos. It delivers a Wild Lightning bonus round, four free spins, wild multipliers, link and win feature, unlockable rows, and jackpots up to 15,000x your bet in max payouts!

It’s a 5x4, 40 line slot game that’s high variance and costs $0.20 to spin. There are several key symbols, so pay attention. The Wild can land stacked or singular Thor; it can also be a multiplier wild and acts as a wild, subbing for other symbols to make betline wins.

The lightning orb symbol triggers the link and win feature if you get six. This is a re-spins round, where winning symbols stick, and you get three spins. New orbs reset your spins to three and also stick to unlock rows. You’ll want to lock the rows as it leads to bigger payouts; there are four to do, requiring 15, 20, 25, or 30 orbs on the reels. The link and win re-spins feature ends if you run out of spins or when the whole grid is filled with orbs. You can also hit the jackpot during this round by collecting the colored jackpot orbs for ​​25x, 50x, 150x, and 15,000x your stake.

Thor’s Hammer is the scatter symbol. It leads to scatter pays and 5 different bonus rounds, which you’ll move through chronologically, each offering a larger win, more spins, and a bigger max multiplier. The fifth round is triggered differently, but we don’t want to dish out all the delicious details of this slot right here; we have to leave you with a reason to play!

This is a must-spin slot, and newer generator players can also backtrack to the original and second title in the series for some vintage slot action! Play this slot game at BetMGM, Borgata, and SugarHouse Casinos

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