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NEKTAN IN WHITE LABEL CASINO DEAL WITH IRISH TELEVISION CHANNEL
B2B online gambling platform provider Nektan has reached an agreement with Ireland commercial broadcaster TV3 Group to create and operate a white-label multi-platform real-money casino under TV3's '3games.ie' brand.
Nektan, using its Evolve gaming platform, will provide TV3 with a suite of real money slots and table games that will be available via mobile, tablet and desktop and will represent a component of TV3 Group's digital strategy.
Nektan's white label platform will simplify the route to gaming revenues for TV3 by managing the full customer experience and back-office operations, allowing TV3 to solely focus on its core business.
Launched in 1998, TV3 is the largest commercial channel in Ireland with an 8 percent market share for Adults 15+. The channel reaches over 2.5 million individuals each week and over 3.4 million individuals each month. TV3 has a bigger market share for Adults 15+ than BBC1, Channel 4, Sky 1 & E4 combined.
ENTERTAINING SLOTS ON THE WAY FROM MICROGAMING
Online slot fans have some interesting games from Microgaming to look forward to in the next few months, judging by the Isle of Man-based software providers Youtube channel.
Three new previews have just gone up themed on top dogs, charming cowgirls and kittens galore.
Hound Hotel is a multi-featured, 5 x 3 Reel, fixed 25 pay-line game set in a colourful hotel, with lively animations and charming canine characters. Dashing Wilds strike at random on any non-winning spin, providing the player with an added boost of excitement in Base Game.
The theme on 5 reel, 25 pay-line Pistoleras features an interesting mix of Mexicana and attractive and armed cowgirls backed by a slew of interactive and standard features that include up to 25 free spins.
Finally, the new Kitty Cabana slot is set in a colourful kitten hotel spa, with lively animations and charming cat characters where players have the opportunity to win up to 24 Free Spins, multiply their winnings up to 6x, and uncover 1 of 5 exciting special Wild symbols.
DELAWARE ONLINE GAMBLING NUMBERS CONTINUE TO DROP
The December 2014 online gambling revenue numbers from the Delaware State Lottery show a continuing decline at 4.5 percent lower than the preceding month, with the three licensed operators posting total revenues of $169,606 and player sign-ups of 256 - a drop from November 2014's 308.
It's a far cry from the most successful month - April 2014 - when the sites reported their best ever results at $240,762.
Online poker again proved to be especially disappointing, with the three operators reporting total take in fees and rake of just $28,589 - a 9.6 percent decline on the preceding month and the third worst since legalisation in November 2013.
Compared with December 2013 - the first full month of legalised online poker that delivered revenue of $106,922 - the picture is even more depressing, showcasing a 73 percent plunge that suggests that until Delaware activates its player-sharing compact with Nevada it will continue to suffer an obviously chronic lack of liquidity and player appeal.
MORE ONLINE GAMBLING ACQUISITION RUMOURS
The Wall Street Journal triggered a wave of interest and speculation this week by reporting that the Permira private equity group is in preliminary acquisition talks with online gambling group 888 Holdings plc, quoting "reliable" insider sources.
The two organisations have neither confirmed nor denied the possibility, encouraging further rumours.
The WSJ report surmises that Permira may find 888 appealing due to the upcoming implementation of the British government point-of-consumption licensing and tax changes, which it perceives will have a stabilising effect on a potentially lucrative market.
The article observed: "A new licensing and tax regime for online gaming in the UK is clearing the air around the sector, and this makes one of the industrys biggest players, 888 Holdings plc, a potential buyout target."
GERMANY'S 'TRUETELLER' RIPS UP THE HIGH STAKES TABLES
A major talking point among high stakes poker fans this week has been the outstanding performance of the so-far-unidentified German player using the handle "Trueteller", who has been ripping up the 2-7 Triple Draw ($1k/$2k and $1.5k/$3k) nosebleed tables on Full Tilt, earning the top spot for the week on $970,000, and bringing his profits this year to almost $2 million.
He took most of it from feared and respected online high stakes players like Julius "Kagome, Kagome" Fleischer, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom and Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond, inflicting so much damage to their bankrolls that they ended up on the big losers' list, according to a High Stakes Data Base report.
Fleischer actually finished as the week's biggest loser, dropping $800,000 and taking his account into around $1.5 million in red ink for the year.
Biggest pot of the week came about in a NLHE tussle involving Chun "samrostan" Lei Zhou, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom and Mikael "punting-peddler" Thuritz, and resulted in a pay-out of $306,472 to the victorious Thuritz.
Biggest winners this week, according to the HSDB were:
Ben Bttech86 Tollerene: $368,000
Biggest ,losers were headed by Julius "Kagome, Kagome" Fleischer on - $791,000 and included Chun "samrostan" Lei Zhou, down $353,000; Viktor "Isildur1" Blom in the red by $350.000; and Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond, down $252,000.