California Supreme Court Okays Madera Casino Project

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On Monday, the California Supreme Court decided in favor of the planned North Fork Rancheria Hotel & Casino Resort, clearing the way for plans to build a casino in Madera county.

According to its decision in the United Auburn Indian Community v. Newsom California Supreme Court Case, former Governor Jerry Brown acted within his authority in concurring with the federal government’s 2011 decision that led to the approval of the two “off-reservation” tribal gaming projects in Madera and Yuba counties.

Said North Fork Rancheria Tribal Chair Elaine Bethel-Fink in a press release:

“We are thrilled that the Court has finally decided this case in our favor. Our tribal citizens and local community have been denied the advantages of tribal gaming – billions of dollars in economic benefits and thousands of jobs – for far too long.”

The proposed Madera casino will be adjacent to Highway 99 at Avenue 17. It will have 2,000 slot machines, 40 gaming tables, and a hotel that is expected to have 200 rooms. It will be operated by the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, a federally recognized Native American tribe with more than 2,200 tribal citizens and has government offices in Madera county.

Opponents Challenged Governor’s Concurrence

The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California have been working to build a casino for almost twenty years now. In 2003, the Tribe signed an agreement with the Las Vegas-based Station Casinos to build a casino and the following year, they requested the federal government to take the proposed site near Madera in trust for gaming purposes.

After a federal review, the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs determined that gaming on the land would be of the best interest of of the tribe and not detrimental to the surrounding communities. The federal office then requested Governor Jerry Brown to concur, which he did in 2012.

But opponents challenged the governor’s concurrence, arguing that California’s Constitution required legislative authorization. In 2017, the California Supreme Court agreed to hear the challenges for both projects after two appeals court arrived at different conclusions.

Cordish Launches PlayLive! Site in Pennsylvania

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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.

Salsa Technology Signs NetGaming Content Deal

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Salsa Technology signed an agreement with NetGame Entertainment to integrate the content provider’s titles to its Game Aggregation Platform (GAP). The deal expands Salsa’s gaming portfolio which has added over 30 brand new titles over the last two years.

Integrating NetGame Titles To GAP

GAP already features proprietary titles and 50-third party content providers. With this integration, its customers will even have more. Said Salsa Technology CEO Peter Nolte of the agreement:

“NetGame Entertainment has curated a wonderful selection of casino titles and we cannot wait to welcome these to our GAP. Our leading position in the LatAm market will enable NetGame to expand further into this incredibly exciting region.”

With this new partnership GAP will now carry NetGame Entertainment’s top slot titles like Golden Skulls, African King, Magic Tree, Hit in Vegas, Clover Stones, MMA Legends, Magic Dragon, Diamond Shot and others. These games have some of the industry’s best in-game features like extra spins, progressive jackpots, pick ‘em bonus, win both ways, fortune wheel, tumbling reels, the revolutionary Totalizer feature, and many more.

Expansion By Both Brands

The partnership between Salsa and NetGame Entertainment is seen as an expansion move by both brands. NetGame recently introduced a new online slot called Fruit Burst. It was released in late July and it has a fruity theme with a smooth jazz soundtrack.

In a statement, NetGame Entertainment Hed of Business Technology Andrey Vajdyuk revealed:

“Our partnership with Salsa Technology and their GAP presence is an excellent opportunity to expand NetGame’s presence in the LatAm market which is full of potential. We are pleased to sign a partnership with Salsa and are expecting years of valuable experience and achievements together.”

NetGaming has an engaging portfolio that is available in 26 languages and can be played in over 40 currencies. After focusing mainly on Europe, Africa, and the CIS countries, NetGaming expanded its business to Asia earlier this year.

About Salsa Gaming

On the other hand, Salsa announced a deal with Tom Horn Gaming last May. Under the deal, Salsa’s GAP will now be able to offer top Tom Horn games like 243 Crystal Fruits, Joker Reelz, and many more. Last February, Salsa also engaged in a content deal with Gamshy for the integration of the latter’s nine HTML5 omni-channel games to GAP.

Over the past seven years, Salsa has grown to become the leading force in Latin America iGaming market. It has since expanded globally and just this year, changed its name from Patagonia Entertainment to Salsa as part of its dedication to globalization and innovation in the iGaming industry.

New Microgaming Titles Are Officially Revealed!

The online casino industry is growing every single month. One of the top gaming software providers, Microgaming, has continued working to come up with exciting new games. This week, several new Microgaming titles were officially revealed to the public.Microgaming Logo

Many of the top US casino sites operating today utilize Microgaming for their software. Now is the perfect time to look at the company’s new titles revealed this week.

Let’s get started!

US Online Casino Industry is Growing Quickly

For months, nearly all land-based casinos in the United States were completely shut down. States began entering into lockdowns and even the biggest gambling destinations in the country were forced to close. Many states are now allowing their casinos to reopen, yet they’re operating at limited capacity with major restrictions set in place.

It’s not much of a surprise that the online casino industry in the US has grown during this time. Many people around the country have been stuck at home with nothing to do. Online casino sites allow players to make bets from anywhere with an internet connection.

Casino fans are also starting to recognize how many different games these websites offer. In some cases, these casino websites provide more gambling options than the biggest land-based gaming venues in the country. That includes fun, unique gaming options such as live dealer games.

No one can really say when the country’s land-based casinos will return to normal. Rates of Covid-19 are still surging throughout the country. There is evidence that infection spreads are taking place inside casinos.

Online gaming software providers are starting to ramp up their operations. That includes Microgaming. This week, this respected company revealed several exciting new games that will soon become available.

Here Are the New Microgaming Titles You Should Know About

As we just mentioned, many of the best US casino sites currently use Microgaming for their software. This company has gained a fantastic reputation for offering a wide range of different games. Over the past six months, this company has been focused on coming up with exciting new titles their players will enjoy.

On Sunday, July 5th, four new Microgaming titles were officially revealed. Below is a quick breakdown of each game.

Miami Glow: Microgaming has officially revealed a new 80’s-themed slot game featuring 5 reels and 3 rows. This exciting new game has a 96.09% RTP and wins up to 12,500 times the stake.

Mayan Eagle: The next one is a 6-reel, 5-row slot game with a unique ancient Mayan theme. It’s an exciting new game that offers several different jackpots. Players that manage to spell MAYA by hitting four scatter symbols will receive up to 13,000 times the stake.

Arthur’s Gold and Immortal Glory: Fantasy-style slot games are hugely popular right now. Arthur’s Gold and Immortal Glory is a unique fantasy-style high variance slot with a range of different spin bonuses.

Diamond Inferno: On July 21st, Microgaming will release Diamond Inferno. This is an action-packed fiery slot game with classic casino icons such as golden bars, dice, dollar signs, and lucky sevens. It has the feel of a standard slot game with impressive new visuals added.

Each of the new Microgaming titles that were revealed sound incredible. Expect them to become available on many of the best internet casino sites in the US!

Land-Based Casinos Are Beginning to Reopen

The past four months have been some of the strangest in US history. Land-based casinos are taking a major hit and many were closed for an extremely long period of time. Fortunately, many of the casinos here have begun to reopen.

Las Vegas casinos were given the green light to open back up on June 4th. Today, nearly all of the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip have reopened. Tourism is gradually beginning to increase here.

Casinos in Atlantic City finally began to reopen this past weekend. There are several new rules set in place at these venues that some are complaining about. The fact is these casinos will look much different for the foreseeable future.

That doesn’t mean the online casino industry will slow down anytime soon. In fact, most predict that these casino websites are going to continue growing in popularity. With new Microgaming titles being offered, these sites will keep attracting new players.

This is an unusual time for the gambling industry around the world. We may see a major overall shift from land-based gaming to online gambling as time goes on. Make sure to stay tuned for updates!

The four titles we listed above are all fantastic. Let us know which one you’re most excited about in the comments section below!