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Digest 11: Covid-19 Changes Betting Industry, New SpinGenie Casino

This week in gambling, we start to see how the pandemic has changed the gambling industry, both in Canada as well as internationally. Furthermore, we highlight the latest casino who joined us, promising lots of free spins and discover a whole new, exciting version of the fan favourite Gonzo’s Quest slot.

???? This Week in Canada: Safety is Priority as Manitoba Casinos Re-Open

Finally, land-based casinos in Manitoba can resume business – but it won’t be business as usual due to new safety regulations. While some casinos in the capital city chose to close their doors until July 29, rural casinos outside of Winnipeg, like Sand Hills and South Beach, have opened their doors at the weekend. But the casinos have undergone a big change. Gone are table games, catering and banquet services. Machines are laid out differently to allow for social distancing and announcements reminding people to keep their distances are heard throughout the day like a broken record. The casinos are operating at just 30% capacity, and maintain the stance that safety is their main priority. We shall see how long they can operate at such low capacity before profit takes top priority again.

???? This Week in the Rest of the World: EGR B2B Awards Gone Virtual for the First Time

The prestigious EGR B2B Awards 2020 was held last week at… the Internet! There were altogether 39 categories and the judges include top executives from casino operators like GVC, William Hill, and Kindred Group. The star of the event is Red Tiger Gaming, who managed to secure an impressive 5 awards under its belt this year for providing innovative slots and mobile solutions. The most sought-after award, the “Platform of the Year” went to Microgaming while Playtech snatched up 3 awards for their poker and bingo games. We are happy to report that the digital awards event was very successful, despite being the first time that the event was held virtually. It’s not unlikely that future similar events will also go digital, saving costs and reducing our carbon footprint. Once again, COVID-19 revolutionises the gambling market!

????️ Hot New Casino This Week: SpinGenie spingenie news - occanadaThis one’s for our slot lovers – say a big welcome to our newest casino, SpinGenie! This online casino no only has more than 1,500 premium-quality reel games to offer, but they start you off with a fantastic welcome bonus providing lots of free spins too. Not only that, the general wagering requirement, including that of free spins winnings, is pretty low at just 30x. So rub your magic lamp and see what wishes SpinGenie grants you!

???? Hot Game This Week: Gonzo’s Quest Megaways

Any good, or even bad, online slot player would have at least heard of NetEnt’s Gonzo’s Quest – the first slot with cinematic graphics and the cascading reel mechanism. It’s still one of the most popular reel games today despite being launched more than a decade ago. So what’s better than Gonzo’s Quest? The new Gonzo’s Quest Megaways, with 6 reels, 95.77% RTP and 117,649 ways to win! Red Tiger was responsible for revamping this slot and, hence, has added the game to their Daily Jackpots network. Up for some good old explorations? 

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