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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.
NEKTAN IN SUN PLAY DEAL WITH NEWS UK
B2B mobile gaming platform provider Nektan, has entered into a contract with News UK for the creation and operation of Sun Play, a new gaming product for The Sun newspaper in the UK.
Sun Play, which is due for launch this year, will be powered by Nektans Evolve platform combining play-for-free skill games along with a suite of real money games targeted at online players graduating from virtual currency games to real-money-gaming utilising their mobile devices.
Gary Shaw, Nektan's executive chairman, said: We are looking forward to working closely with the team at The Sun to bring the exciting new Sun Play mobile games to millions of Sun readers.This is a significant development for the Company."
"Having carefully evaluated the market, Nektan were the stand-out partner for News UK to power Sun Play, added Neil Martin, News UK's business development director. We are very excited to be working together to deliver the most enjoyable gaming experience to seven million print and online readers daily. Entertaining our customers across different points of their media day is a key focus for our business.
The agreement will operate under a net revenue sharing deal.
NEW SLOT FROM NET ENTERTAINMENT
Net Entertainment has kicked off the new year with a bang, publishing a preview of Steam Tower, a 5 reel, 15 pay-line video slot with a steam-punk theme that will be released on February 23rd.
The Victorian steam age sets the backdrop against which players are taken on a journey that involves climbing a steam tower to rescue a princess from a dragon, aided by a slew of features that include Free Spins, Stacked Wilds and Multipliers.
Check out the preview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ5c1ov7XlU&feature=em-uploademail
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.