Catawba Indian Nation to Fast-Track North Carolina Casino Opening

North Carolina Flag
The Catawba Indian Nation announced on Friday that they will “fast track” the opening of part of its $273M North Carolina casino.

According to tribal leaders, a facility for a “pre-launch” will open this summer at their project site off Interstate 85 at Dixon School Road in Kings Mountain, about 35 miles west of Charlotte. The temporary site will have 500 slot machines.

The announcement came after the Catawba tribe received confirmation of the approval of their revenue-sharing agreement with the state.

Said Catawba Chief Bill Harris in a statement on Friday:

With the completion of our compact with the State of North Carolina, the Catawba Nation is eager to open the casino as quickly as possible to begin bringing economic benefits and jobs to the state and region. We’re working with Delaware North, our consultant on the Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort project, as well as our developer, Skyboat Gaming, to make that happen by opening what we are calling a ‘pre-launch’ facility this summer.”

Revenue Agreement Gets Federal Approval

Last Thursday, the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs concluded its 45-days review and approved the revenue sharing agreement that the Catawba Tribe forged with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper in mid-January.

In a letter dated March 19th, Bureau of Internal Affairs director Darryl LaCounte informed the Catawba Tribe and Gov. Cooper that their pact complies with the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and other provisions of the federal law. The approval takes effect when the approval notice has been published in the Federal Register.

The 17 acre North Carolina casino, which will be dubbed as Catawba Two Kings Casino Resort, is expected to create thousands of construction jobs. Once it is fully operational, state officials say that 2,600 permanent jobs will be generated.

Prelaunch Facility and Introductory Building

Harris said that the pre-launch facility will be made up of prefabricated modular structures and will offer limited food and beverage options plus other guest amenities. An introductory phase of the North Carolina casino is also planned and will feature and additional of 1,300 slot machines.

That “introductory” building will be part of the permanent structure that will form part of the full casino and will take one year of construction to complete. While this introductory phase building is under construction, the “pre-launch” facility which will open this summer will remain open.

Both the pre-launch facility and introductory building are expected to teach incoming staff while also accommodating people from the region who are anxious to start gaming as soon as possible.

Sahara Las Vegas and Grand Sierra To Pay $75K in Fines

Sahara Las Vegas Logo
The Sahara on the Las Vegas Strip and the Grand Sierra in Reno will pay $75,000 as a joint settlement for violating the state’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

According to settlement documents, the Los Angeles-based Meruelo Group, which owns both Sahara and Grand Sierra, did not “admit nor deny” the allegations. However, the Nevada casino operator agreed on the joint settlement because they believe that the Nevada Gaming Board “could meet its burden of proof if these matters were to proceed to the evidentiary hearing before the Commission.”

In a statement, the Meruelo Group said:

“Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our guests and team members and we will continue to work cooperatively with government agencies to meet these high standards and ensure compliance across our resorts.”

Various COVID-19 Related Violations

The Board filed a case against the Sahara Las Vegas last August, alleging that the resort hosted a July 23 luncheon event which was attended by an estimated 135 people. The state’s coronavirus guidelines permit Nevada casinos to host gatherings with a maximum of 50 people. Another case filed alleged that the hotel-casino allowed its customers to break social distancing rules at blackjack and craps tables last June 16.

On the other hand, a three-count case was filed against Grand Sierra last August 7th. In the complaint, Nevada regulators claimed that on three different occasions, state gaming agents witnessed guests not wearing masks inside the casino-hotel premises. The agents also said that casino officials and employees didn’t do anything to correct the practice.

Gaming Regulators File Complaints

Since Nevada casinos reopened last June 4th, gaming regulators have filed a total of six disciplinary complaints against Nevada casinos for COVID-19 related violations. Four of the cases have already been settled and were due for consideration on Thursday.

Bowl Incline in Lake Tahoe will pay $5,000 for not closing its bar top games on July 10. Slot operator Century Gaming is set to pay $15,000 for the same infraction involving Cheers Bar. Hotel Ely agreed to pay $15,000 after several employees were seen not wearing face masks. Meanwhile, the owners of the C.O.D. Casino also settled for a $30,000 payment for face mask violations.

Nevada casinos were allowed to open again last June with the state enforcing strict COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. The restrictions include reduced occupancy, more space between gamblers, head count limit for meeting and convention spaces.

Cordish Launches PlayLive! Site in Pennsylvania

Maryland Live! Casino
Cordish Companies’ PlayLive! became the first branded internet gambling site to launch before its brick and mortar facilities have opened.

The online gambling business was launched on Monday, ahead of the opening of the company’s two casino projects in the Keystone State. Cordish’s Live!Casino Pittsburgh and Live!Casino Philadelphia are set to open in late 2020 and early 2021, respectively.

Said Cordish Gaming Group President Rob Norton:

“As a leader in the gaming industry, Cordish understands the importance of innovation and this site certainly illustrates our ability to enhance the traditional launch timeline of our new casino projects.”

Extensive Content

Developed in partnership with Game Account Network (GAN), PlayLive! has an extensive content of more than 100 gaming options, including classic slot games like Cleopatra, Crazy Money, Game King Video Poker, and Wheel of Fortune. It also carries popular titles like Gonzo’s Quest, Starburst, and Twin Spin.

Aside from online slots, PlayLive! Also offers interactive table games like blackjack, roulette, and baccarat. Players are also allowed to join Jackpot games like Divine Fortune, Mercy of the Gods, and Wheel of Fortune Hawaiian Getaway. The leaderboards show the players’ current rankings, creating an extra level of excitement for gamblers.

All games have been configured in such a way that players will get the same experience online as they do when they are at Live! Casino floors. In celebration of its launch, PlayLive! is offering welcome bonuses and free spins.

Live!Rewards Enrollment

The site was also launched so that Pennsylvania residents can enroll ahead of time in the Live! Rewards® customer loyalty program,. The rewards will be used by customers when the Keystone State’s Live! Hotels become operational but it can also be used in all Live! Casino and Hotel properties in the United States.

The rewards program is free to join with all players receiving the red Classic Live! Rewards® Card. All card members accumulate points to enjoy a variety of benefits and perks on PlayLive! and Live! Casino and Hotels.

About Live! Casino and Hotels

Live! Casino and Hotels are owned and operated by companies affiliated to the Cordish Companies. The flagship property is located in the Baltimore/Washington DC area and it is the top tourist destination in Maryland with a AAA Four Diamond rating.

The soon to open Live! Casino and Hotel in Philadelphia is located in the Stadium Entertainment District of the city. It will feature 2,200 slots and games plus more than 150 live action table games. On the other hand, the second Live! Casino and Hotel is located in Westmoreland near Pittsburgh has over 100,000 square feet of gaming space with 750 slots and 30 live action table games.

Massachusetts Gaming Commission To Reconsider Roulette and Craps

MGM SpringfieldRoulette and Craps games may be coming back soon in the Bay State.

This development emerged after the  Massachusetts Gaming Commission announced that it will consider a request by by casinos to allow the restart of roulette and craps games which have not been permitted since the casinos were allowed to reopen early last month.

Reconsidering The Request

State regulators have been working with Encore and MGM on how the games can be played while maintaining social distancing between players and casino staff. The Commission is expected to  tackle the matter during a meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. via teleconference. 

In a statement last Tuesday, MGM said:

“We appreciate the Gaming Commission’s consideration of our request as we progress through a phased reopening with the health and safety of our employees and guests at the forefront of any decisions.”

MGM Springfield and Encore Boston Harbor have asked the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to allow roulette and craps games at their establishments. The two are the only casinos in the state that offer table games. Despite the absence of roulette, craps, and poker, the casinos in Massachusetts have been able to handle the reopening well.

Massachusetts casinos were ordered closed by the state since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. They have since been allowed to re-open but subject to the strict guidelines set by the Gaming Commission. The guidelines have not permitted casinos to offer roulette, craps, and poker games.

Re-Opening Guidelines

The re-opening guidelines have resulted in the gambling establishments reopening with an estimated one-third of their pre-COVID 19 capacities. The Commission’s guidelines include plexiglass dividers, spacing requirements, wearing of masks when not outdoors, eating, or drinking, and other health safety precautions.

The guidelines also called on the casinos to disable some of their slot machines and remove chairs in order to keep their guests separated. The distance required was four feet apart if there is a plexiglass and six feet apart if none. The table games that were allowed were restricted to three players per table.

Food service has also been limited to designated areas and they are allowed to operate according to the state rules for restaurants. Casinos were also told to consider non-contact temperature checks and prohibiting entry to any guest who registered 100.4 or higher on two consecutive checks.

MGM Springfield reopened over the weekend of July 10-13 after four months of closure. Encore and Plainridge Park reopened several days earlier. Plainridge is a slots parlor that does not offer table games. In Springfield, that meant 919 gaming positions from 810 slot machines and 90 seats at table games. MGM later expanded its offerings to 855 slot machines while still maintaining social distancing.

Red Rake Gaming Launches New Online Slot Game

Slots, slots, and more slots! They just keep on coming, and I have no complaints at all. Just yesterday I talked about NetEnt launching a new slot, I’m not sure I’m going to be able to keep up with them all at this point.

To start this week off, we have a game called Secrets of the Temple courtesy of Red Rake Gaming. We’re going to go over a few details about this game and what Red Rake Gaming is all about.

Let’s get into it!

About Red Rake Gaming

Red Rake Gaming has been around making online slot games since 2011. Starting out, they only worked with social casinos. However, back in 2015, they started to branch out into the real money casino market.

They have a team of about 40 people that all work together in order to produce high-quality slot games. Even now, they are working to create more games for all of us to enjoy.

About Secrets of the Temple

Secret of the Temple Slot Game

Secrets of the Temple is the newest slot game added to the library of Red Rake gaming. When starting this game, you will be partnered up with an archeologist to go on an adventure through a rainforest. In this rainforest, you will find a vast amount of symbols, ranging from wild symbols, multipliers, and you’ll even find a few surprises along the way!

Right off the bat, when you start this game, you’re greeted with the scene of an ancient temple inside of a rainforest. The visuals of the reels and the nature sound effects will have you coming back for more and more!

You’ll find reels of your archeologist, planes, maps, ancient ruins, compasses, and more! My only question is, what are you waiting for?

Game Details

  • 5×3 reel
  • Over 240 ways to win
  • Secret minigame with varying jackpots
  • Secret symbols that unlock grand jackpots
  • Ability to stack wild symbols to gain multipliers
  • Mobile compatible

Wrap Up

New games are going to continue to flood the market. Secrets of the Temple is just another stunning innovation of where game developers can take video slots these days.

Be sure to check back often to get all the latest casino gaming related news here at

NetEnt Launches Brand New Ape Themed Jungle Slot Game

Welcome to the planet of the …slots? That’s right! NetEnt has just dropped a brand new gorilla themed slot game as of today for us to enjoy.

If you have ever wanted to experience the thrill of traveling through the jungle, with a gorilla chasing after you, now you can! Minus the gorilla chasing you, though.

We’re going to dive into a few details about NetEnt and what this new real money slot game entails.

Let’s check it out!

Gorilla Kingdom – Newest Online Slot Game

Gorilla Kingdom Slot Game on Computer and Mobile Devices

Gorilla Kingdom sends you to a jungle world filled with apes and wonderful features. You will have over 1,000 different ways to bet with gameplay that offers free spins and much more!

This is a 5-reel slot with four panels, and also has a surprise twist. There are totem poles on each side of the reels. These totem poles will fill up every time you get a free spin by collecting gorilla masks.

Some of the animals that you will see on the reels are:

  • Leopards
  • Hornbills
  • Okapis
  • Pangolins

When an animal line is completely filled with gorilla masks, that animal turns itself into a gorilla, and that can give you a massive payout and the chance at free spins! If you can fill all 24 slots of the totem poles, every animal on the screen turns into gorillas, which gives players even more opportunities to win big!

Who is NetEnt?

NetEnt is an online slot and casino game provider based out of Sweden. They have many different games they offer, including a massive slot game library.

NetEnt is best known for its slots, so naturally, they put out new games regularly. I’ve put out a few news posts recently about new slot games, and all of them have included at least one NetEnt title.

They also as of last year acquired Red Tiger gaming, so any games you see that are provided by Red Tiger are now owned by NetEnt as well.

Wrap Up

Be on the lookout for new slot games courtesy of NetEnt. I will do my best to bring you all the up to date news that you need when new slot games drop. Whether they are from NetEnt or any of the other great slot providers out there, I will try and keep you covered!

Newest Slot Games to Hit the Online Casino Libraries

Slot Machines in a Row

Alright, all you slot enthusiasts, let’s talk about all the newest slots that just dropped! We’ll go over a few of the brands that have just launched new games, what the games are, and a little bit of information about them.

If you’re not a slots fan, maybe you will be after this! If you’re stuck at home bored right now looking for something to do, real money slots are a great way to pass the time. These software providers are launching games now more than ever to help everyone out there fight boredom during this national pandemic.

Even if you aren’t looking to spend money, almost all of these casinos will offer free versions of there games that you can enjoy. I don’t personally see much point in playing slots without the thrill of money on the line but to each their own. 

Anyways, let’s get to the new slots!

Hellcatraz by Relax Gaming

Hellcatraz Online Slot Machine
Go back in time back to the ‘80s when video games were all 8-bit, and people still wore leg warmers with Hellcatraz. This new online slot courtesy of Relax Gaming can help you do just that, relax. The soundtrack to this game is almost nostalgic, and the graphics take you back to a simpler time.

About the Game

In this game, you can switch between two different modes, played on a 6×6 grid. You have mystery symbols that will appear with every spin, which turns into a pre-designated symbol after a certain number of spins.

There are also free spins that can be acquired by collecting keys throughout the game. And you can even win additional spins if you get the golden mystery symbol. 

The Wild Hatter by Red Tiger

The Wild Hatter Online Slot Machine
Definitely not a bad rip off of the mad hatter tea party, actually quite the opposite! I wouldn’t call this a rip off at all, this game is a refreshing tastefully done inspired slot game that is very enjoyable to play. 

You can sit back, win some money, and relive some great characters throughout the literary world all at the same time!

About the Game

This is a 5×4 grid, 30 payline slot game encased in a gold and mushroom-filled frame. The reels all contain different characters from the mad hatter tea party, accompanied by a soundtrack you’ll want on repeat.

You have free spins available by triggered from the wilds, which will lock down one symbol type. This gives you higher multipliers and respins to enjoy!

Bronco Spirit by Pragmatic Play

Bronco Spirit Online Slot Machine
Bronco spirit is a great game to give you a little country-western escape if you’re into that. The visuals and soundtrack transport you to a different world entirely.

About the Game

This game has a whopping 75 payline on a 5×4 grid. You have a free spin option that will allow you to pick your volatility and choose spins that have less wild symbols or more wild symbols with fewer pins.

Melissa Summerfield, Commercial Officer of Pragmatic Play, had this to say:

“We have seen plenty of appetite for our western-themed games, and Bronco Spirit is another title where players hop on to their trusty stallion and race across the dusty plains in search of big wins.”

The Wrap Up

These are just some of the games that we wanted to highlight this week! Be sure to continue to check back for more of my news posts and all the news our team here puts together at 

Stay safe everyone and good luck!

Online Casino Sofware Provider Betsoft Announces New Slot Game: Monster Pop

Betsoft is coming in hot with yet another new online slot game! Yesterday they dropped a new game called Monster Pop, and you’re going to want to try it!

Monster Pop Slot Game by Betsfot

This is one of the most innovative slots from Betsoft that we have seen to date. This is a cascading real video slot, and it offers a 5×5 grid that actually expands into a 13×13 grid! This means that you have the potential to have a major win with cluster pay that could pay out 1921x your original bet!

What are you waiting for?

Where Can I Play Monster Pop?

I know, I know. You want to go play right now! Lucky for you, one of the top online casinos that we recommend has Monster Pop right now ready for play! We have many great online casinos, but one stands out to us in this instance that you will want to use.

Head on over to Wild Casino, and you can start playing this game today!

Monster Prop Specs

Release Date March 26, 2020
Game Type Video Slots
Number of lines 5×5 (up to 13×13), Cluster Payouts
RTP 97.07%
Max Possible Win 1921.12 x bet
Supported Platforms Desktop (HTML5), Mobile (iOS, Android)

What Betsoft’s Team is Saying

Marketing Director of Betsoft has said the following about Monster Pop:

“We are renowned for great storyboards and for true cinematic quality. Monster Pop strengthens this reputation. It also delivers an innovative take on cluster pays slot games, offering players excitement and huge win potential. Player response has been fantastic so far and we expect Monster Pop to be a long term hit.”

Obviously, Betsoft has taken a lot of time and effort into making this game and hopes to have it be around for the long haul. This is great for us as slot players and goes to show that Betsoft is a company that genuinely cares for its players.

Other Real Money Slot Options

If you don’t want to try Monster Pop but are looking for other slots to try, never fear! Our team here at has an extensive guide to the best real money slots.

There are countless slot games you can play that have pay lines and reels very similar to Monster Pop. There are also classic slots available for real money if that’s more your speed. 

No matter what, there is something for everyone!

Lucky Gambler Hits $1.7 Million Jackpot on Wheel of Fortune Slots at Wynn

Casino Wheel of Fortune Slot Machine
On Monday evening, one lucky gambler hit big at the Wynn Las Vegas. When we say big, we mean $1.7 million big. They won off a $10 wager.

The gambler hit the jackpot on a Wheel of Fortune slot machine around 6:30 p.m. The exact payout was $1,734,677.19

The Wheel of Fortune slot machines have pumped out two other major wins in the valley over the last few months. Most recently in January, a gambler won $5.4 million on its machines at The Excalibur. Last November, a gambler won $2.2 million in November on its machines at The Mirage.

Other Wins This Month

  • A Wisconsin visitor won a $100,000 jackpot at a slot machine at Paris Las Vegas.
  • A Louisiana visitor, Katherine C. of Louisiana, celebrated her birthday with a $100,000 royal flush win at the Three Card Poker table at the Rio.
  • A California visitor, Preston, won $15,497 at a slots machine at the California Hotel.
  • A gambler won $13,794.90 at a progressive slot at Binion’s.
  • A Blackjack bet on a 21+3 table won a player $9,372 at Downtown Grand.
  • A video keno player earned $7,000 from a 7-spot hit at Fremont.

Information About Wheel of Fortune Slot Machines

The Wheel of Fortune slot machine has been a staple on casino floors since it first launched in 1995. Modeled after the popular, long-standing American TV game show, Wheel of Fortune, it’s a slot that’s hard to miss with its colorfully large, and recognizable spinning wheel that sits atop of the slot.

The machines are often standard three-reel machines, with a spot on the wheel typically being worth between 20 and 1000 credits. Special multipliers are attained when more than three spin symbols activate a game.

Since its arrival, the Wheel of Fortune slot machines have reportedly awarded more than $2.9 billion.

Hard Rock Atlantic City Debuts World’s First Live Internet Slots

Casino Slot Machines, Hard Rock Atlantic City Logo
Hard Rock Hotels & Casino Atlantic City unveiled their revolutionary live online slots at a news conference on Monday. The slots are the first of their kind and feature ground-breaking innovations in technology. Hard Rock has partnered with Softweave Ltd., an internet gaming company based out of Israel, to develop the unique software that gives players the ability to play live slots from a connected device.

“We are thrilled to present ground-breaking and innovative technology as real-money, online gaming continues to evolve in New Jersey,” said Joe Lupo, president of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.

“Similarly to live table games dealers, live slots enables our players to have one seamless experience to earn Wild Card rewards including hotel rooms, entertainment and dining at Hard Rock Atlantic City. Bridging the gap to provide a ‘live’ experience to our online consumers is something we are not only excited for, but very proud to be the first in the world.”

Live Online Slot Room

The selling point behind these live online slots, which makes them completely different than any other slot machine out on the market currently, is that they’re only activated and played on by online gamblers.

Casino guests have the ability to peek in on the action and see how the online players are doing, through the live slot room’s key-shaped windows. The room includes 12 machines featuring the popular games: Buffalo, Leprocoins, Hotter Than Blaze, SpitFire Mulipliers, and 34x4x4x Double Times Pay.

The room has a set of cameras that allow the virtual players to actually what’s happening in the room as they activate play from their off-site devices. Similar to traditional casino slot machines, there’s only one player allowed to play at a slot at any given time.

“The psychology, there are brick-and-mortar players that have a fear of doing things online,” said Kresimir Spajic, senior vice president of online gaming at Hard Rock International. “This is helpful in transitioning them into online customers. This is a real, physical machine that they can see, almost like they’re sitting in front of it.”

Lupo said that the innovative new slot technology was a “natural outgrowth of live-dealer tables games that have been growing in popularity in Atlantic City over the past six years.”

“Credibility and transparency have been paramount to seeing online gaming move forward,” Lupo said. “The difference between seeing a computer image as opposed to the kind of machine that a customer has been playing for years, it may be easier to understand.”

Hard Rock’s new live online slot room is located on the second floor of the casino, directly across from Fresh Harvest Buffet.

How To Play

Players can access the new live slots with a valid internet gambling account. They can make easily set up an account through Hard Rock’s online casino website. If all 12 machines are in use, players can wait in a queue until a slot is available. Lupo suggested that during the downtime, players can entertain themselves with the wide variety of online slots and table games available at Hard Rock’s online casino. Sounds like a win-win situation.

About Softweave Ltd.

SoftWeave specializes in creating gaming software and e-commerce product development. The company was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Netanya, Israel. The company has successfully become a leading gaming solution and integration provider for gaming, e-commerce and cyber companies across the world.

They develop their products and services with a key focus on innovation. They were the first company to successfully design, develop, and launch high quality HTML5 games their Live Slots product.

As listed on the “about” section of their company’s website:

“For the past 7 years Softweave has developed a wide array of innovative gaming products for mobile social and online platforms. RGS, HTML5 games, portals, social content conversion and full-scale live tables are just a few of the projects Softweave has successfully delivered to its customers. The one thing Softweave prides itself on is our ability to utilize cutting edge technologies and innovation to deliver the best possible outcome to our leading industry customers.”