Exploring the rich iGaming potential of Algeria

30 September 2019 / Blog

Sitting atop Africa’s North Western tip is the continent’s largest country – Algeria. All forms of gambling, including online, are illegal in the world’s tenth-largest nation. Over 98 percent of Algerians are Muslim, and the country’s legal system is based on Sharia law. Indeed, gambling is strictly forbidden by the Quran, and therefore by Algerian law.

Online Gambling in Algeria

However, state-sanctioned lotteries and sports betting are used for funding social welfare and public projects. In fact, there’s a 40% tax on all winning and even the occasional instances where betting is permitted are closer to charity than gambling. The country has no licenced gambling sites of its own, nor are there any foreign web-based gaming services hosted within its borders.

Not satisfied with simply restricting gambling services, in the last decade government officials have also tried to censor any website at all that encourages ‘moral degeneracy’.

The best option for Algerian gamblers is therefore to use international operators who accept players from all corners of the globe. Although such providers are offshore for Algerian residents, they are regulated by local authorities to ensure a fair gaming experience. Given that the country’s restrictive betting laws focus on providers, rather than players, Algerians can enjoy playing without fear of legal reprisal.

As ever, though, caution is advisable. While Algerian gambling regulations don’t specify punishments for individual punters, the authorities can simply use other laws to press charges against them. Thus far, however, they have shown no intent to do so.

Online Poker and Online Sports Betting

Although poker is forbidden by Islamic law, there are some foreign sites accessible to Algerian players. Among these exist a variety of international operators, many of them French. France’s gambling laws prohibit citizens from using international poker sites, but players residing in other countries can play on French websites.

Surprisingly, Algerian regulations around sports betting are less stringent. Moreover, the country has hippodromes where horse racing is organized. Betting on them is illegal, of course, but sports gambling often happens regardless.

Both online casino and sports betting are prohibited by law, and websites are typically blocked, but individuals are very rarely prosecuted. 

Potential Regulatory Changes

Clearly, Algerian gambling enthusiasts already play in a highly restrictive regulatory environment. They have little reason to be more optimistic about the future. Lawmakers are considering closing some of the loopholes enjoyed by gamblers. If they do, using a VPN gateway to access foreign sites will be the least of any player’s worries. Indeed, the state is considering criminalizing the evasion of government filters.

However, iGaming is very popular in Algeria, and there is hope that the positive industry landscape in many South African states will inspire their fellow Africans on the other side of the continent to follow suit. If they do, Algerian gamblers may finally have something to cheer about. 

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In Focus: South Africa

17 September 2019 / Blog

With most of Western Europe’s iGaming industry remaining fragmented, and the United Stated being only at the beginning of approving iGaming on a state-by-state basis, many operators and online gaming software developers find South Africa to be very welcoming to international iGaming brands, while also very hospitable for the growth of local organizations too.

In fact, if we look at regulations, it seems that Africa might have a stronger awareness of tackling issues such as money laundering and other severe links usually found between gambling and crime than most other continents.

A Favorable Landscape

There are many reasons why South Africa is in the focus of many iGaming companies. One of which certainly is the fact that almost two-thirds of the population is aged 24 and under, which of the main target demographics.

This presents an immediate advantage for the iGaming companies looking to set up shop. Increased smartphone use is even faster than the adoption of Internet connectivity, which can help the industry gain a better reach and offer its diverse range of mobile games to an even larger young audience.

Industry reports show that Africa and the Middle East have the highest growth in mobile gaming. These two continents has achieved 26.6% year-on-year growth and demand for gaming titles. But iGaming operators must remember that smartphone technology adoption in Africa is still somewhat behind the devices used in the Western world. So operators and iGaming software developers need to prepare themselves for the challenge of tailoring state-of-the-art mobile games to older devices.

Mobile Gaming at the Center

Another reasons why iGaming operators and software providers are turning their attention to South Africa are the nation’s growing economic power and the regulators ability to keep the industry under control. Africa tries to tackle the iGaming jurisdiction head-on by adopting the global best practices and putting them to work for African consumers.

The African countries have great appetite for gaming. Some of the primary gaming destinations include South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria. But there are also other projects in Lesotho, including the revamp of the land-based casino.

Rising Revenues

Another important factor are the constantly rising revenue numbers. Back in 2015, the PwC manager for South Africa reported in the annual gambling outlook that revenues are expected to make a substantial rise to R30 billion ($2.17 billion) in 2019. Reports in the following years stated that predictions rose to an even higher number of R34 billion, that shows that the gaming industry is growing faster than expected. But the newest edition of the Gambling Outlook is still not publicly available, there are still no indications on what are the factors that account for the industry’s rapid growth.

Another report – Latest Gambling Stats, by Gauteng Gambling Board, published in November 2018 shoes one indicator that stands out about the others. The number of LPM’s (gaming machines) at registered route operators went up, from 1394 to 2266 machines in April 2017. If the similar trend was experience across all provinces in South Africa, the new sites and machines introduced to the market might be why the predictions for 2019 increased by an extra billion rand in 2017.

Last Words

Despite the slow economic growth on the continent, gambling revenues continue to rise in Africa. And entering this market is most certainly a smart decision for any service provides, gambling software developer or operator. But they need to keep in mind that sports betting is also very big in South Africa, with cricket and football being the most popular sports.

However, South Africa is a complex market that requires substantial amount of research, information, planning and networking before making the leap. But the operators, software providers and sportsbooks that put down the necessary groundwork can be handsomely rewarded in the years to come.

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CRM: A Differentiating Factor to Improve Revenue

05 September 2019 / Blog

Customer Relationship Marketing (CRM) is an important business practice today. As competition increases, and customer bases and markets grow larger, it is becoming increasingly important for online gaming operators to get more information about their customers in order to maintain (and potentially grow) their market share and build customer lifetime value. The gaming industry has championed the practice of customer relationship management – in fact, casinos have been keeping track of customers for years. But with CRM, they can take the customer relationship to a whole new level.

The Importance of CRM in the Gaming Industry

Casinos have been at the forefront of realising the enormous value of truly detailed customer information and using this information in managing their customer relationships. For several years, almost every casino’s information system has already contained data on player statistics, such as average bet, duration of play, and win/loss – using a CRM software now serves to centralise data gathering and analytics efforts even further.

Usually, CRM systems are designed to collect customer information across multiple channels and contact points, while also holding the potential to be equipped with customer-facing staff armed with exhaustive information on customers’ personal preferences.

The main goal of CRM is to help companies to:

  • gain a better understanding of their customer behaviour
  • develop stronger customer relationships by customisation of customer service
  • improve their marketing and engagement efforts
  • be more efficient customer acquisition and retention
  • reduce churn rate
  • more effective cross-selling
  • automate repetitive tasks to enhance marketing efforts
  • increased measurability of marketing efforts and campaigns
  • refine audience segmentation for more focused targeting
  • improve cost management
  • increase profitability.

Casinos have been masters of CRM for years, utilising complex customer data on a larger scale, from sources such as socioeconomic databases, loyalty cards, and cross-matching of credit cards with other files. Truth is, what casinos and gaming platforms are doing is nothing new compared to what other businesses are doing – but are more sophisticated about it. This is especially the case given the unforgiving conditions in which the technology has to perform. Casinos and gaming platforms operate 24/7, so there is no time to make database updates or backups. In iGaming, the use of CRM is immediate – employees need customer data as soon as possible – while the customer is ‘standing’ in front of them.

Successful CRM Implementation

There are serious advantages over rival that come from a successful CRM implementation. In using CRM tools, gaming companies can take an analytical approach in using their information. All customer data is stored in one data warehouse which is accessible to marketing managers so they can analyse the data and harness predictive modeling. At the same time, customer service representatives can also access these records to improve communication and answer customer queries with personalised responses and offers.

The true power of CRM systems lies in their potential to minimize risk of failure by leveraging the true potential of their data wealth which is stored and consolidated in a structured manner and yields comprehensive insights into players’ preferences and needs.

Impact on Business Performance

Implementing a CRM solution requires thorough planning and careful execution. In the long run, it pays to have the support of an experienced team that can help the process of setting up and using the CRM system.

A word of warning however, attention to current resources that are readily available are far more important to success than the amount of money spent on robust CRM systems. It is what you do with the information you collect in order to benefit from implementing a CRM system that will truly define your return on investment. CRM cannot fail if you plan accordingly.

It is crucial for online gaming businesses to fully recognise the value of customers over time. And even though technology plays a key role, the focus should be on the business practice. Even though you need top-level support for CRM implementation, the future (and success) of CRM lies in the hands of the employees that use it on a daily basis to ensure the customers are truly catered to. CRMs help gaming companies change the way they work, leading them to change their focus from serving the general public to catering to single customers. Thus, building stronger relationships and increasing retention rates and profits – which in turn, pave the way to success.

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Betting on Sports: The Future of Online Sports Betting

22 August 2019 / Blog

As more and more countries change their legislation in favour of online sports betting, sportsbooks are beginning to lose their traditional advantage of tapping unexploited markets.

Unsurprisingly, the need to seek a technological edge over the competition to gain advantage is now more important than ever. As technological advancements and their industry-wide adoption grows faster, companies that leverage those innovations have it all to gain.

Technology Drives Sports Betting Further

The introduction of disruptors such as blockchain-based sports betting, as well as VR technology are just a small part of the extensive innovations we are expecting to see in the industry over the coming years. Of course, when it comes to collaborating on these technologies, there’s no better place than Betting on Sports to talk about the latest industry news and tech disruption.

Taking place on 17-20th September in London, it’s a headline event in the sports betting world, with more than 3500 delegates from around the world coming to participate, do business and network with senior executives from the industry’s largest betting and gaming companies.

Digitain on Betting on Sports

This year, Digitain is set to participate, displaying its latest in tech and innovation, as well as discussing business opportunities with its friends and future partners.

Some of the more outstanding products in Digitain’s offer include the Digital iGaming Platform, Sportsbook software, payment gateway, casino aggregator, skill-based games, and much more.

The Digital iGaming Platform is developed using cutting-edge technologies to provide a novel approach and boosted services. It also enables monitoring and management of players’ accounts, a thorough behavior analysis, and tracking online revenue for lifetime player value optimization, by supporting online and offline channels.

Digitain’s sportsbook software is developed to cater for the needs of international, European, American, African and Asian agent-based operators. It also provides comprehensive support, and a customizable interface that can be easily integrated with an existing platform through the API.

Alongside, skill-based games and bet on games are always a staple fixture in the gaming community. Digitain offers their partners access to the latest skill-based games which enable brands to reach a wide variety of player demographics. All of Digitain’s P2P games are not only easily integrated, but they also provide a hassle-free frictionless accessibility to more content. P2P games two-player games that start with one player creating the game and the second one joins.

As part of its extensive portfolio, Digitain offers the following skill based games: Belote, Backgammon, Dominoes, Game 21, Pasur. And for bet on games, Digitain has: Keno, Crash, and Hi Lo.

Create the Future

The upcoming decade will see sports betting businesses face a raft of changes and challenges, and those that fail to adapt to the latest in innovation that their customers expect will fall behind. Staying ahead of the game is crucial, and there’s no better place to do it than Betting on Sports. Providing operators, sportsbook developers and iGaming software with the latest insight into industry trends and innovation is one not to be missed. So, mark the date, join Digitain there and we’ll help you stay ahead of the competition!

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5 Steps How to Choose the Best Casino Game
5 Steps How to Choose the Perfect Casino Game

02 August 2019 / Blog

Online casinos have many advantages over land-based casinos. For one, they don’t have space restrictions and can feature hundreds of games. This is great for players, except when they need to choose one casino and one game to play. When you go to a land-based casino, you can ask for a tour, or you can ask other players for advice. But, how do you do this online?


Tips for Choosing the Right Casino Game

In many online casinos, that are powered by extensive solutions, like the Casino Games Aggregator, you can go through the complete game offering by checking the casino lobby. Even then, you will find that each game has its own unique advantages. Choosing one remains a matter of personal preference.

Here are five things you need to consider before deciding on a specific game.


#1 How Long Do You Intend to Play?

Online casinos don’t have time restrictions. You can play any game at any time of day, every day. And you can play as long as you like, even if you are on a small budget. What’s even better, many online casinos offer welcome bonuses to players who sign up so they can play online for real before spending their own money. But if you plan to play for a longer time, be aware of the minimal betting requirements. They are not the same for all games, so you’d need to check them beforehand.
Some games you can play for a long time with lower bets include video slots, video poker, blackjack or roulette.


#2 Do You like Quick Games?

Different casino games have different tempo. Some games, like traditional table or card games, take a while. But online casinos offer a wide variety of games, including quick games, such as video slots or classic slots. To speed things up, you can also pick the ‘auto play’ option with most slot games, and bet the same amount for several rounds.

If you are unsure of the duration of a game, one of the best ways to figure it out is to play a free round.


#3 Do You Prefer to Play Alone or With Others?

Online casinos are great for player that want to enjoy their favorite games alone. There are many automated games where players don’t need to interact with anyone, not even dealers. And of course, there are games that offer joining ‘rooms’ or ‘tables’ and playing with live dealers and real players and enjoy a nice game of poker or blackjack from the comfort of their homes.


#4 Do You Want to Bet High or Low?

Betting low is a good tactic if you want to play for a longer time, are on a budget or you simply don’t want to test your luck. Players who prefer to bet low in classic card games are called ‘low rollers’. In addition to betting low in card games, the wide variety of slot games makes classic and video slots a popular choice. This game is available in every online casino. And in some, can be played even with bets as low as 1 cent.

If you are looking for thrill, want to spend more money, and join the ‘high rollers’ club, classic table games such as blackjack, poker, baccarat or Punto Banco, and roulette usually have the option to join a table that allows (extra) high betting. Usually, those are the VIP tables.


#5 Are You Looking for an Intellectual Challenge?

Slot games are games of chance and require no skill. On the other hand, card games don’t rely solely on chance. Some card games are intellectually challenging, and leave room for learning and improvement. In those games you can actually implement a game plan and a winning strategy. Blackjack and poker are great examples of this. Since there are numerous variations, you need to constantly look for ways to adapt your strategy. The more you play, the more you know. But before you start playing for money, it would be wise to practice a lot. There are many free casinos where you can do that – get better without risk.

If you are looking for a different mental challenge, you can also look for sports betting opportunities. Sports betting is great for sports fans that want test their knowledge, have some fun, and earn money.

Having fun and taking risk are the two main drivers of casino gaming. And the best way to decide which casino game suits you the most is to play different games. But keep in mind that no wins are guaranteed. So make sure to use the practice mode first. Bet carefully, and only ever play with money you can afford to lose. Happy playing!

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Payments Operators
New Forms of Alternative Payments Operators Must be Aware of

02 August 2019 / Blog

The past few years, the iGaming industry grew in popularity and had consistent growth. The technological innovations that drive the industry have also resulted with the development of various alternative payment methods, created to accommodate the ever-changing rules and regulation, as well as players’ needs. But one thing is constant through it all – operators must provide multiple and safe payment systems, including e-wallets, contactless payment, mobile payment, and even cryptocurrency.

The list of alternative payment methods constantly grows and evolves. And online gaming operators must be aware of the new trends and choose the ones that are most suitable and preferred by their clients. Here are the most prominent alternative payments in the iGaming industry, making for more secure and transparent relationships between players and iGaming merchants.


Even though online gaming and online casino platforms continuously upgrade their safety and security measures, many players still feel uncomfortable sharing personal information like debit and credit card numbers. That’s why, many of them prefer using cryptocurrency payments to play. Everything that both parties want, online gaming operators and players, is provided by cryptocurrencies based on Blockchain technology, like bitcoin, litecoin, and ethereum. Including identity theft protection, everyone access and use it, its decentralized, transparent, secure, cost-effective and recognition at the universal level. So it seems that the iGaming industry and cryptocurrencies are a match made in heaven.

Blockchain Technology and Tokenization

Another way players can make deposits and withdrawals without using personal information is by using of tokenization. Tokenization is the process of replacing sensitive data with unique identification numbers. And usually, these transactions happen over the blockchain technology. The tokenization payments which use Blockchain offer a high level of security, while remaining transparent, yet anonymous. This alternative payment method is very important for the iGaming industry because it gives players the confidence to log in and play. Ensuring them, they will stay safe, secure, protected and anonymous even in the case of a data breach.

Wearable Payment Tech

Wearable devices are slowly becoming the new standard. From simply tracking your vitals and results during physical activities, to receiving smartphone notifications or making calls. And now, they are slowly entering the payment industry.  Wearables, such as smartwatches, allow for making contactless payments, which adds a layer of convenience and security. Therefore, making wearables a real game-changer for players and online gambling providers.

Artificial Intelligence in Payment Processing

Another technological advancement that makes its way into the world of payments is artificial intelligence (AI). This tech already has a wide application in the gaming industry. More specifically in instant cross-platform payments, fraud analysis, customer payment risk, data protection and privacy, and more. The use of AI help operators and iGaming providers understand users’ issue, monitor and understand how players interact with games in different environments, and track their behavior. That way they can offer player games that are more suited to their preferences, making them want to play more. But, the use of AI in payments can also lead to enabling even more convenient payment methods that protect the safety and security of players and operators. AI can be a huge game-changer for the industry, in every way, and operators must keep their eyes on any further advancements and applications.  

Eliminating Credit Cars and Opting in for Alternative Payments

Most players are increasingly concerned about the safety and security of their personal information. As a result, many of them choose to use alternative payments that don’t require the direct use of debit or credit cards.

This preference pushes operators to look for other, better-suited alternatives that can accommodate the needs of the players. And with iGaming facilities spread across multiple geo-locations, it is important to identify the payment alternatives that are best fit for each region. Oftentimes, this means offering different solutions to different regions.

Hopefully, the new alternative payments such as cryptocurrencies and tokenization can help operators overcome such complications and provide a one-stop solution that can accommodate all their needs in one place. While at the same time, allow players from all over the world enjoy their favorite games without having to worry about currency acceptance or data safety.

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Gaming in Amsterdam

01 July 2019 / Blog

The Netherlands is a country famous for its relaxed laws on some types of entertainment. But when it comes to gambling, and specifically online gambling, up until 2012 their attitude wasn’t so liberal. Interestingly enough, Dutch residents can gamble online, but only on websites hosted in the Netherlands. On the other hand, the government has a more relaxed view on non-Dutch operators. So some of the world’s biggest and most famous brands operate on the Dutch market.

The Gambling Landscape

Over the years, the Netherlands has been the host to many types of gambling services. When it comes to traditional gambling activity, Netherlands is the home of one of the world’s oldest lotteries – Staatsloterij – that’s been running since 1762. The gambling scene in the Netherlands is actually a state-controlled monopoly called Holland Casino. There are 14 casinos throughout the country. Holland casino even applied for an online gambling license, but was rejected.  

As online gambling began to spread rapidly, the Dutch government was strongly opposed to allowing it in the country. The Dutch government has tried to block their citizens from betting on foreign sites for a long time. And even took measures to block online gamblers by blacklisting numerous sites, and even insisting that bank’s shouldn’t deal with them all. But the banks refused. However, this was a futile effort and the Netherlands have found out that it’s almost impossible to control the internet because there are over 450 sites that accept bets from Dutch citizens.

The sports betting section slightly different though. There are two other companies that control it – De Lotto and Scientific Games Racing B.V. Scientific Games handles horse race betting, while De Lotto handles all the other markets and is the only legal online sportsbook available.

Changes in the Regulation

The popularity of online gambling, and the potential to generate millions of euros in tax revenues, licensing and registration fees if legalized, has led the Netherlands to make changes to their strict legislation.

Over the years, the old laws were modernized. But at the beginning of 2019 has been pivotal. Two years after the lower house – the Dutch House of Representatives – voted in favor of allowing third-parties to legally offer online gambling, the Senate has voted in favor of legislation to legalize internet-based gambling, opening the market to foreign and Dutch firms to apply for licenses.

Very soon, over 300 companies have openly expressed their interest in running a gambling website in the Netherlands, and at least 50 of them are expected to make a formal application for a license next year.

 The new legislation will not only allow new players to enter the market, but it also brings changes in the current 29% tax rate that the state-run Holland casino and gambling arcade owners are paying at the moment. The tax rate is expected to be dropped to 20% in order to increase competition between operators. But the lower tax rate also translates into better player benefits. Including higher bonuses, more enticing promo offers and higher payout rates.

Meanwhile, the Dutch market is ranked at the 17th largest iGaming market in the European Union, with over 700,000 active online players, earning a gross gambling revenue (GGR) between 130 and 250 million euros.

The Future of Online Gambling in the Netherlands

Gaming industry experts are very optimistic the legalization of online gambling can be favorable for the Dutch market. The predictions say the gross gambling revenue will be even higher, making the Dutch market more competitive. In fact, once online poker and other forms of gambling are legal in the Netherlands, the Government projects at least EUR 10 million yearly in tax revenue from online gambling.

Additionally, this change of legislation is expected to make ripples in other European countries that are still against legalization of online gambling. But we have yet to see how the story of Netherland’s legal online gambling unfolds.

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Top 5 Factors How to Choose a Trusted iGaming Software Provider
Top 5 Features to Distinguish Trusted iGaming Software Provider

27 June 2019 / Blog

Starting an iGaming company, whether it’s opening a new business or taking your land-based casino online is a serious feat. The good news is that the industry is evolving very fast, which provides operators numerous opportunities for success. As a result, there are more and more operators entering the market, with the hope to leverage iGaming. Making it challenging for companies to survive and grow into respected operators.


Why the Right iGaming Software Provider Matters?

The extremely competitive market and increased player expectations make running an online gaming business challenges. The key to being successful in this ever-changing industry is having a trusted iGaming software provider. A high-quality igaming software provides secure and rigid business growth, and most importantly, boosts ROI.

When choosing your iGaming software provider, you need to make sure you can rely on this trusted partner to go through the stages of leading a successful online gaming business. Meaning, your trusted iGaming software provider should have the following features.


1. Robust and Flexible Platform

The provider should provide a scalable and flexible platform that will be the basis of your operations. It should be able to accommodate all your business needs. The platform will be the core of your iGaming business, and the place where you store all your user data and manage your gaming processes. Whether you go for a white label or turnkey solution, your iGaming platform must contain some basic features.


2.Wide Variety of Quality Games

Even the best developed platform is worthless if it doesn’t offer a large scale of top quality games. The platform should enable you to add comprehensive Sportsbook, Casino, Live Casino, VR Casino, and Skill games to ensure player engagement and enjoyable user experience. The most reliable iGaming software providers offer a wide variety of cutting-edge gaming and betting solutions to meet the varying players’ needs.

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3.Advanced Customer Relationship Management Tools

An iGaming platform should take special steps to attract players and keep them engage. One way to do that is by offering bonuses, jackpots and tournaments with big pool prizes. Most iGaming platforms come equipped with CRM tools that will enable you to better understand players’ needs. Then, offer them what they want, reduce the churn rate, refine player segmentation for targeted market and so on.  


4.Anti-Fraud and Risk Management Tools

Online gaming operators are often the target of cheaters seeking ways to take more than they fair share. Since risky players can cause a huge problem, protecting your gaming business from fraudulent activities is crucial. When choosing an iGaming software provider they offer an AI-powered real-time risk management system. Most modern ML-based risk management tools allow gaming operators to promote responsible gaming, and instantly detect and manage risky players, so they can preventing fraudulent activities before they happen happens.


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5.Multicurrency and Multilingual Support

Providing players with 24/7 support is another extremely important aspect of running an iGaming business. Cos if you fail to provide a correct answer to only one question, you risk losing a customer. But some of the trusted iGaming software providers also provide services such as – top-quality, prompt, helpful, multichannel, and multilingual support. Moreover, you need to make sure your software provider is also enable players to use different payments methods in multiple currencies.



Final Words

There are the top 5 factors you need to consider when choosing an iGaming software provider. The company you partner with needs to be able to provide you full support, comprehensive tools and featured that will help you run a successful iGaming business.

There are many gaming and betting software providers on the market that offer all-in-one, innovative solutions that ensure the growth of your company. And it’s up to you to do your research, and find that one that best fits your needs. Making the right decision and picking the best and most trusted iGaming software provides is how your company can stand out of the competition with a rich offering of quality games, increasing number of returning players and sustainable income. So make it wisely.

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Three Genius Punto Banco Tips for Rookies

27 June 2019 / Blog

Punto Banco is a version of the famous card game Baccarat that’s been played in land-based casinos for decades. Originally, it was developed in Argentinian casinos, and introduced to the United States in the 1950s, changing the gambling world forever.

The original game of Baccarat had an aura of class about it, especially because in land-based casinos it’s played in a separate room for high rollers. But despite it’s aura, the game can be intimidating to rookies since the rules are unclear at first. But the truth is, Punto Banco has the simplest set of rules of all casino card games.

Baccarat is still very popular today. In land-based, as well as in many online casinos and mobile gambling apps. In online casinos though, players can usually enjoy the more simplistic version of baccarat, Punto Banco. So if you are looking at Punto Banco, and wish to try it for the first time, we suggest you first read the rules. Once you understand what the game is about, and how to play it, there are high chances for making high returns. To help you out, here are our top three tips for making the most of it. Let’s dive right in.


Understand the Pattern and Remember that There is No Winning or Losing Hand

Punto Banco is a game that can involve up to 12 players. And of course, more players means higher chances to win. But, this may not always be true, unless you master the rules and the patterns. And remember there is no predetermined outcome – there are no winning or losing hands.

Although the house may have the edge, like in every casino game, the idea is to create suspense and eliminate high predictability. But you can have the upper hand by mastering the pattern and observing your opponents’ strategies. Simple observation and analysis should help. After all, it is a game of chance. So make your moves wisely.


Place Bets Strategically

Before making a bet, consider the odds at hand, But more importantly, where you place your bet. You should know that the odds in Punto Banco are usually in favor of the player (Punto) or the banker (Banco). What does this mean? This means you should bet either on the player or on the banker because a tie rarely yields wins. Since your goal is to maximize the chances of winning, you must opt for the winning side.


Choose Games with Lower Vigorish

All casinos take commission. But it varies depending on the casino, and the game you play. So before engaging in game play, do your research and choose the casinos that have smaller commission. The games that have smaller commission usually elevate the chances of making higher wins. Especially when you place the bet on the banker. The goal is to reduce the house advantage and increase your chance of winning.


BONUS TIP: Take Advantage of Online Casino Bonuses

Many online casinos offer bonuses to players. And in the case of Punto Banco, you can use the bonuses to increase your playing experience. This is especially good for rookie players that are just begging to learn the game. It is always smart for beginners to establish the foundation by first learning the key rules and getting an initial grasp of the game.


Playing Punto Banco Online vs at a Land-Based Casino

Playing Punto Banco online versus at land-based casinos is usually a matter of personal preference. Many people enjoy the experience of going to a traditional casino because of the atmosphere present at many casinos, especially prestigious establishments.

But, online casinos offer many things that land-based casinos not’s, like the option of playing from the privacy of your home. And the best online casinos offer a great selection of the most popular casinos games you can find in brick-and-mortar casinos, including Baccarat, or Punto Banco. If you prefer having a human interaction, you can choose to play with a live dear, or you can choose a gable game where you deal the cards yourself.

The numerous features make for different gaming experiences, which make online casinos universally popular. And perhaps the one thing that makes playing Punto Banco in online casinos stand out from playing in traditional casinos are bonuses and reward programs.

Whatever your preference, make sure to read the game rules, understand and memorize them before starting a game. Remember our tips, and once you get the hold of the game, try some of the more advanced betting strategies!

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Gambling Etiquette: 9 Tips that Every Gambler Should Know
9 Tips on Gambling Etiquette Every Gambler Should Know

25 June 2019 / Blog

Online gaming and gambling are on a constant rise. The internet made online casino gambling available to anyone. Which was very positive to many players how now can enjoy their favorite games without having to make an expensive trip to the casino.

But just like traditional, brick-and-mortar casinos, the online casinos have their dos and don’ts. And before you enter one, it’s important to understand the etiquette, and prevent yourself form looking foolish or worse, like a total amateur. Read on and learn how to behave in an online casino. We’ll have you looking like a pro before your first log in.

1. Know the Law of the Land

Since you can play online from any place in the world, before you log in to your favorite casino, check to see if online gambling is legal in the country, state, province or region where you are residing at the moment. Consult our legality page.  So you won’t end up losing more than just your hand at poker.


2. Play to Win but Expect to Lose

“House always wins” is something we hear all the time, and there’s a reason for that. Gambling online affords players the luxury to take their time to master the games and learn their strategies. Use this to your advantage. Take time to master the games and play to win. But no matter what lucky charm you have on or how smart and strategic your moves are, expect to lose sometimes. Expecting to win all the time will only lead to frustration and no one needs that.


3. Play According to the Best Rules

Almost all online casinos offer the same games. But they may have different variations and not have the same rules. Make Google your friend and search for the rules which suit your preferences. Study the rules or print them out for future reference. That way, you set yourself for success.  


4. Learn to Assess and Trust the Odds

Most casino games are games of chance, that’s true. But some or not. Mathematical statistics are proven, and all casino games are designed on percentages and probabilities for a reason. Don’t rely on luck alone cos there’s more to it. Constant winners aren’t only “lucky” – they have a better understanding of the odds. Learn to calculate the odds – don’t hate them!


5. Always have a Timely Play

Yes, it is expected to take a moment to consider your next move. However, you should make your next move in a timely manner. If you need to do something away from your computers or smartphone, it might be better to use the “sit out next hand” button. The other players will be thankful you did that.


6. Don’t Bet More than You Can Afford

Gambling is meant to be fun. Winning some money plays a big role here, but to win, you must bet first. And the party mood goes away quickly when you spend your rent or grocery money away. Create a gaming budget and stick to a limit that you can realistically afford.


7. Don’t Bet on “Setting Systems”

If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Stick to the rules and use proven mathematical strategies to plan your next move. Don’t rely on someone’s unsolicited advice or betting system they made out cos it is a surefire way to fill somebody else’s pockets.


8. Be Polite to All Players

Even though there are casino games where you play against a computer, keep in mind that online casinos are a real community, and most of the time you are playing against real people. Be cultured and polite, even if your playing style is aggressive.


9. Don’t Do or Permit any “Flaming”

One of the worst things you can do is take out your anger or frustration on other players. Or allow and instigate someone else to act angrily. Instead, calm down, and take sit the next hand out. If angry and insulting comments are directed to you, try to respond calmly and avoid getting into a ‘fight’.

Remember that even though you are playing online, it’s still an establishment where you are expected to follow certain rules and behave. Use our short guide to online gambling etiquette to learn the basic dos and don’ts, so you won’t end up being the annoying player that no one wants to play against.

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