The Gambling Industry Monthly Review – March 2022
Whether is a launch of new slots, changes in gambling regulations or new record-smashing wins by online casino streamers, there’s always something happening in the iGaming industry. The March of 2022 was quite exciting so let’s take a look back and see how the gambling world has changed.
New Games That Have Marked The Month
Play’n Go released several new slots in March 2022, including the sequel to its smashing dinosaurs hit Ragin Rex. The terror of the Jurassic era returns in Ranging Rex 2 with its offsprings, but also with a colossal winning potential of up to 30,000x the stake, 4,096 ways to win and three different thrilling free spins features.
Another significant title by this provider is the homage to the famous band and their iconic album – Def Leppard Hysteria slot. It is a concert of the year with the band’s greatest hits rocking in the background of a 5×7 cascading grid, Dropping Multiplier Wilds, free spins and innovative Fire me up and, Break it up features. To make things even sweeter, the winning potential rises to the amazing 10,000x the bet.
Hacksaw Gaming showed the full range of its possibilities by releasing two completely different slots one after another Double Rainbow and Warrior Ways slots. The unicorn title Double Rainbow has much more kick to it than presumed, with its max win of up to 5,000x the bet, 7×6 grid, cluster pays and Full Rainbow feature. On the other hand, the Warrior Ways slot is played on a 5×4 grid with 1,024 ways to win and comes with a huge win potential of up to 10,000x the bet, a random multiplier of up to 100x, Dual, Clash, and free spins features.
Pragmatic Play started the month with a tropical Wild Beach Party. What better way to begin preparation for the warmer weather than watching island symbols spinning on a 7×7 grid with cascading wins and a maximum reward of up to 5,000x the bet. To spice up the deal, there are Wild multipliers of up to 256x, free spins with up to 729x multipliers and more fun features.
Not long after the provider took players to the beach, it return them to childhood with a remake of the beloved classic, tic tac toe game. It is revived and put on reels in its Tic Tac Take slot playable on a 5×3 grid with 10 paylines. Despite its rather simple gameplay, this release has a nice max winning potential of up to 2,200x the stake, as well as a Respin feature with Sticky Wilds.
Besides new exciting slots, this month was marked by the launch of Pragmatic’s first-ever crash game Spacemen. Spaceman is a straightforward game with a big winning potential of up to 5,000y the bet. Features the unique 50% cashout option that secures the user’s winnings for half of the stake, allowing it to proceed with the remaining funds towards higher and riskier prizes.
Casino Streamers’ Big Wins in March
March of 2022 was an exciting month for Roshtein, who was streaming almost without breaks. It was a bussy time for the master of online casino streaming, but it paid off big time.
There were ups and downs, wins and losses, but at the end the Rosh did the unimaginable – he broke his record set in February in Wanted Dead or A Wild slot by Hacksaw of over $16,5 million win. This time, the game produced an incredible $17,550,000!
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To make things even sweeter, the colossal win happened at the end of bonus opening stream, right when the streamer was ready to quit after one dead bonus after another. Roshtein left the Wanted Dead or A Wild as the ending slot and has opened a dozen Duel in Dawn, all resulting in none or minor wins.
Still, DeuceAces who was on a telephone line encouraged him to keep going, joking that a retrograde Mercury is making a mess on reels. Whatever it was, another Duel finished unsuccessfully, so Rosh decided not to purchase any more bonuses.
It turned out to be a great decision as just a few seconds later, the reels were on fire. VS symbols landed on all five reels, awarding multipliers of 4x, 2x, 3x, 25x, and 5x. This multiplier combo resulted in the record-breaking win of over $17,5 million, leaving the streamer in disbelief.
This certainly marked the March of 2022 in iGaming world, while Roshtein once again showed why he’s a king of online casino streaming.
Changes in Online Gambling Legislation
SRIJ, the Portuguese gambling regulator, has put a new rule in place on March 18, banning the posting of odds for live sports events online or in the venue. It states that operators can’t publish live odds on matches on any platform, including LED advertising boards inside stadiums and arenas.
This decision mirrors similar regulations in other European nations including the Netherlands, where law prohibits advertising during sports events in order to discourage players from impulsive betting. Speaking of this country, the Dutch government has addressed and fixed a loophole in its gambling regulation which could have allowed minors to deposit money and place wagers.
The Belgian government has also introduced new restrictions, regarding stakes, betting times and advertising for the country’s newsagents. These changes to the original Royal Decree finally came into force on March 5 this year after being signed off on February 2021.
Moving on to the African continent, The Nairobi County Assembly has approved at first reading a bill allowing gambling, but only in five-star hotels between 8 pm and 6 am. The bill was approved at its second reading, bringing it one step closer to becoming law.
The LATAM is gaining a new market since Chile’s government published the country’s first online gambling bill. This will introduce and regulate iGaming in Chile one year later than previously announced.
Across the pond, Missouri is struggling to legalize sports betting. A bill aiming to legalize sports betting in Missouri passed its final house reading on March 24 and it’s on its way to the state Senate.
Kentucky edges closer to legalizing sports betting, fantasy sports and online poker as the bill addressing these items has been passed by a House committee, bringing it a step closer to becoming law.
After proposing two amendments, the state’s legislative committee has approved a Senate Bill 294 to allow both casino gaming and sports betting in Alabama. This bill would allow the creation of commercial casinos in the state for the first time, alongside licensed sports betting, both retail and online.