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Golden Catch: Classic BTG Online Slot Hits United States Market




Hit Megaways slot from Big Time Gaming will leave you reeling this summer

Classic Big Time Gaming (BTG) slot Golden Catch is about to make its United States debut via the Evolution One Stop Shop (OSS). The six-reel Megaways slot will go live in five regulated online gaming markets encompassing Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan and West Virginia from July 19.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and he could be in for some epic wins. That’s the premise of Golden Catch, which puts players in charge of a fishing fleet searching for the goodies of the deep from Fish Bonuses to Golden Boats. Let’s just say the reels are spinning in more ways than one.

Legendary Australian game developer BTG revolutionized the industry when it developed the Megaways mechanic, which provides up to 117,649 ways to win on every spin. But Megaways isn’t the only exciting Golden Catch that’ll leave you reeling.

At any time, one or more boats may appear above the reels and drop anchor. As reactions occur and winning symbols are removed, one or more Fish Bonus Prizes will be revealed. Fish Bonus Prizes will be awarded for each boat above the reels and golden boats in the base game multiply Fish Bonus Prizes by ten. Players can also trigger the free spins mode where Boat Multipliers are unlimited.

Can’t wait for the fish to take the bait? Well, you’re off the hook. Use Win Exchange for extra chances at triggering the free spins. Whenever you win between 25 and 100 times the stake, you have the option to exchange the entire win for ten free spins.

Too impatient to wait for a feature? Press the Bonus Buy icon to purchase ten free spins for 100 times stake. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel.

“We think you’re going to fall for Golden Catch hook, line and sinker,” the Chief Executive Officer for BTG, Nik Robinson, said. “With its hugely engaging base game and astounding bonus feature, this slot was a huge hit in Europe and we predict it will become a big favorite in the United States too.”

“BTG has been an absolute game-changer in the online gaming space and Golden Catch has become something of a modern classic since its launch in Europe and other markets in 2022,” the North America Chief Commercial Officer for Evolution, Jeff Millar, said. “Now we’re starting to roll BTG games out to United States markets and it’s great to see how much they resonate with a United States audience. It just goes to show that a good game is universal.”

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Hacksaw Gaming Debuts DraftKings Partnership in New Jersey




The launch celebrates another North American venture with DraftKings this quarter.

Hacksaw Gaming established its business relationship with DraftKings this time last year. The pair have embarked on a North American takeover since, having successfully set the collaboration in motion in West Virginia after receiving full regulatory approval in June. The studio has already set eager sights on Pennsylvania as another future target.

Gripping the charts as renowned industry lead in the US, DraftKings has rolled out Hacksaw’s classic slots, Chaos Crew and OmNom, alongside fan-favourite Dare2Win games Mines and Boxes. The games have received a warm welcome in the online casino lobby following a fruitful agreement to brand Hacksaw’s first 10 games with exclusivity in the market for the next 2 weeks.

“Having secured such a significant presence in the US in 2023 is something we are incredibly proud of,” said Marcus Cordes, CEO of Hacksaw Gaming, “our hard work takes form in our ever-increasing footprint”.

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Jackpot Digital Receives License to Install Three Jackpot Blitz(R) ETGs at Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort in California




Jackpot Digital has announced that it has received licensing approval from the Jackson Rancheria Tribal Gaming Agency, the regulator for Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort located in Jackson, California. The vendor’s license was the final step required for the Company to install Jackpot Blitz ETGs at Jackson Rancheria. The Company is now scheduling installation for three of its next-generation, dealerless Jackpot Blitz ETGs at the property.

Each new table installed will represent additional monthly recurring revenue to the Company.

In addition to Jackpot’s cruise ship customers, which include Carnival Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Princess Cruises, Holland America, AIDA, and Costa Cruises, Jackpot has announced land-based installations or orders in 12 states and territories in the US and growing, including California, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, US Virgin Islands, Washington, as well as several international jurisdictions.

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NYC Agency Aims to Streamline Casino Application Process, But Critics Warn of Potential Community Exclusion




On Monday, the Department of City Planning introduced a new measure aimed at simplifying the application process for casinos in New York City. However, this move has sparked criticism for potentially sidelining community boards.

This initiative, discreetly submitted last Friday, emerges amidst intense competition among prominent developers for one of the three sought-after casino licenses in the downstate area.

Dan Garodnick, the City Planning Commissioner, described the measure, formally known as a zoning text amendment, as an effort to streamline the alignment of city and state procedures during a meeting on Monday.

Garodnick explained, “Our proposal is designed to level the playing field for these entities as they strive to demonstrate the economic benefits they plan to bring to New York City. Our goal is to establish a process that facilitates an orderly dialogue.”

While the state is responsible for granting casino licenses, Garodnick and City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams expressed concerns in October about the city’s current land review processes. They argued that these processes are insufficient for new casinos, placing New York in a less competitive position.

The proposed amendment aims to simplify the review process, allowing state-sanctioned casinos to proceed without zoning conflicts or redundant steps in the state’s extensive licensing procedure, according to Garodnick.

With two of the downstate licenses likely going to existing racinos in Yonkers and South Ozone Park, Queens, the battle for the remaining license in New York City is intense. City Planning has confirmed eight potential locations, including five in Midtown Manhattan, one at Ferry Point in the Bronx, one in Queens proposed by Mets owner Steve Cohen, and another in Brooklyn near Coney Island, in addition to the Queens racino.


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