Chances Casino Kelowna Slowly Taking Off Amid Looser Restrictions

In Canada, the gambling industry is governed by the Criminal Code, an act of the Parliament of Canada. Gambling regulation is, however, mostly carried out at a provincial or territorial level. Matters of health are also managed and administered at a provincial or territorial level.

When the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on Canada became apparent in early 2020, it was the provincial and territorial agencies that swung into action. Within the space of two weeks, between March 15th and March 23rd, orders and directives were issued. All land-based gambling across Canada was shut down, with no specific date for a reopening.

Potential Reopening Plan Announced in British Columbia

The British Columbian provincial government has announced plans to reopen casinos and other gaming venues, with the potential resumption of business to start on July 1st. After more than a year of closures, this is welcome news for all casino owners. British Columbia’s Chances Casino Kelowna is incredibly excited about the prospect of things returning to normal.

Chances Casino has already been partially reopened. However, it was only for indoor and patio dining. The venue owner, Stan Walt, said he decided to take this action because it meant the staff would be able to reconnect with the work setting and responsibilities at work before the casino opened its doors for a full-scale relaunch.

During the weekend’s partial reopening, lucky guests were offered kiosks with complimentary scratch-and-win tickets.

Chances Casino Takes the Necessary Steps to Comply with Guidelines

The provincial government of British Columbia has issued new health and safety guidelines. Stan Walt has said that Chances has undergone a massive renovation to ensure it’s able to comply.

Previously, there were 348 slot machines on the floor at Chances Casino Kelowna, whereas now there are only 310. The arrangement of these slots across the 1,000 square feet of floor space means physical distancing between guests and patrons is now possible.

Walt went on to explain that he had managed to retain 15 members of the supervisory management team and hoped to see at least 60% of the former staff profile return to their former positions. At the time of speaking, however, he was unsure how many of the former employees had secured alternative employment.

The next step towards a full reopening is a schedule of in-depth training about the new health and safety protocols. Staff will have to follow these to ensure the venue can provide a safe and responsible environment for business and gaming activities.

Province Wide Closures Have Weighed Heavy

Both casinos and their employees have been feeling a tremendous amount of stress under the weight of province-wide closures since March last year.

A few weeks ago, New Westminster Starlight Casino staff released a heartfelt video titled “Don’t Forget About Casino Workers”. It includes two single mothers and other staff members sharing their experience with being left without an income for more than a year.

Mayor David Screech has also chosen to open up about the immense effect the casino closures have had on the region. According to him, the ongoing closures have cost the region at least CAN$2 million in lost gaming revenue.

Playson Among the First to Drop Anchor in Freshly Regulated Georgia

Playson, a leading game developer which supplies cutting-edge innovative content in over 17 regulated jurisdictions, has just added another one to its score sheet. A recent announcement was made by the company, sharing news that they have become fully compliant with the requirements of the Georgian market.

Georgia, a country in the Caucasus, is a newly regulated territory, and Playson is one of the first providers to receive a license there. This move will make Playson a key iGaming content supplier to brands such as Adjarbet, Betlive, Crystalbet, Crocobet, and Leaderbet.

Playson’s CEO, Alex Ivshin, had this to say about its latest market entry:

“We are delighted to announce our acquisition of a license to supply games within Georgia, an exciting jurisdiction at the heart of a crucially important region.”

He added that the company will continue to build on its highly acclaimed product suite and is confident that it will further extend its commercial reach throughout this year.

As well as entering a new market, Playson has also rolled out several new products recently.

Playson’s New Releases

Playson is based in Malta and has been around for almost a decade. This developer of casino games now has more than 250 employees worldwide, so it’s not taken long for it to grow into a decent-sized company. The company has also established several business relationships with partners such as 1×2 Gaming, Leander Gaming, Quickfire, and Bet Construct.

Playson does offer services to land-based casinos, but its main focus is centered around the online gaming market. They provide games that are fully optimized to be played online with Flash for desktop devices and HTML 5 for mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.

This game developer isn’t in the same league as other gaming developers regarding the number of games. But what is on offer are games with top-notch graphic quality. The company specializes in high-definition gameplay, allowing partners to enjoy top-spec graphics and exciting 3D animations in crystal clear clarity.

So, what about its latest releases? Here are our favorites:

3 Fruits Win Double Hit

This slot plays across five reels and includes up to 5 paylines. It’s another addition to the Timeless Fruit Slots series for all you fruit lovers out there. Double Hit is the mechanic that incorporates two grids rather than one. You also get to enjoy more winning chances as the grids pay independently of each other. 

Hand of Gold

Hand of Gold is a 6-reeled online slot machine that features Midas and a Greek mythology theme. The game includes Free Spins and the Golden Touch feature with Wilds.

The action takes place across six reels and four rows and offers 20 ways to win. The Wild performs the usual role of substituting for other regular symbols, but it only appears as a result of the Golden Touch feature.

To trigger the feature, you need to land the hand of gold symbol. When this happens, one of the regular symbols is randomly chosen and transforms all identical ones into Wilds.

Hot Coins: Hold and Win

This is a 3-reeled classic with no complicated animations or soundtrack, but it does have a unique feature in the form of a Bonus Game. You need to pay close attention to the Golden Coins as they could lead you to one of three Jackpots. Land three of them, and you trigger the Bonus Game.

In the Bonus Game, you get three re-spins and land only the gold coins, while those that triggered the bonus remain in place. The coins can also reveal one of the three-in-game jackpots awarding up to 1,000 x the stake.

Stars and Fruits: Double Hit

This is another fruity slot from Playson that was released in March. It is the first in the Double Hit series of games and includes some exciting features.

The game plays across two separate 5×3 reels and has a total of five fixed paylines. It’s a classic slot that breaks the mold because it comes with some features, the first of which is the double-field layout. There is also a Scatter symbol that rewards players with winning combinations, regardless of the position. Wins from scatters are also combined.

Wolf Power: Hold and Win

Wolf Power is a wildlife-themed slot that features the Hold and Win mechanic. The game plays across 5×3 reels with 20 active lines. Hold and Win is a popular feature nowadays. It’s triggered via a group of at least six scatter symbols landing at the same time. It takes you through 3 respins, with the aim to get additional bonus symbols to land. All symbols are sticky for the feature, and the respins reset whenever you get additional ones.

We’ll keep our eye on Playson over the upcoming months and keep you informed of any noteworthy releases.

World-renowned Microgaming partners up with GONG Gaming Technologies

Microgaming has decided to expand its gaming menu with more games from GONG Gaming Technologies. Up until now, the giant gambling software company has featured two of GONG’s games. But moving forward, GONG Gaming Technologies, a young and innovative gaming studio, will develop games exclusively for Microgaming.

The new games will feature on the supplier’s gaming platform and join Pirate’s Quest Slot and Skulls Heap Slot, the two GONG games currently available. The first game to come out of the collaboration will be Inferno Gladiator.

GONG CEO and co-founder, Dima Farbman, had the following to say about its new venture:

“We were really pleased with the feedback we received for our two recent Microgaming releases, Pirate’s Quest and Skulls Heap, and we can’t wait to take our future content to the next level alongside Microgaming.”

Farbman added, “We’re honored and excited to collaborate with Microgaming! Our main goal is to create high-quality, entertaining, and engaging games, and we’re constantly looking to improve and innovate,” Farbman added.

Andrew Booth, Director of Games at Microgaming, also had something to say about the new agreement. He said that “it’s great to see a new studio bringing multiple games to the market so quickly, and we’re thrilled to welcome GONG to our platform.”

Booth added, “With maths-first logic, and some great creations to their name already, GONG are actively pursuing innovative content. We believe they have the potential to deliver even more sophisticated gaming technology, wrapped up with strong artwork, into the future.”

GONG Gaming Technologies

GONG is an innovative gaming company founded in 2020 by a team of gambling industry veterans who boast more than two decades of experience in the field. It is committed to crafting sensational, premium entertainment products.

It may be a young company but they have already assembled quite an impressive portfolio of titles that are all powered by innovative technology and offer striking themes and engaging stories.

Inferno Gladiator is Now Available

As you might have already guessed, Inferno Gladiator is themed around the legendary slave fighters of Ancient Rome. The slot plays in a 5×3 reels setup and comes with 25 lines. The maximum jackpot goes up to 2,000 x the stake which has the potential to bring $250,000 depending on the wager.

The RTP is a little disappointing at just 95.04%, especially since the volatility is High.

The slot includes special features that include regular wilds and scatters in the base game, free spins, increasing multipliers, and a single sticky wild. Possible wagers go as high as $125 per spin.

The special features in this game are impressive, but there’s nothing new or unique about them. The basic wild symbol is a gold and red shield with the IG logo emblazoned across the middle. You can use it as a substitute. The second feature symbol is a scatter. You’ll easily spot it because it includes the Free Spins logo and the Coliseum. Land a combination of 3, 4, or 5 and you’ll get 10 Free Spins. A sticky wild will be placed in the middle of reel 3, for the entire duration.

Also available is an increasing multiplier, going up by 1 x for each new spin. By the time you get to the 10th free spin, a 10 x multiplier will apply to all wins in that round.

Inferno Gladiator takes you to Ancient Rome, where you’ll witness one of the famous gladiator battles in the Coliseum. Thanks to all the books, movies, and TV series that the fighters have inspired, it’s a well-known theme.

The symbols used include Royals, along with helmets, horses, wild beasts, a trident, and shield, along with images of the Coliseum and a Shield.

Thanks to HTML technology, the game is entirely mobile-friendly.   

Studies Expose Certain Video Games Models as Gateway to Gambling

Gambling has been a point of heated discussions since ancient times, according to historical accounts. Today, lawmakers bicker over the same aspects regarding legality, ethics, usefulness, and so forth, while rightfully attempting to limit the reach of such activities to the underage population.

While responsible gambling may be considered a fit pastime for an adult, it’s effects could be devastating for the millions of underage brains that are still under development. So, if adults enjoy gambling, what do teenagers enjoy aside from bad jokes, social media, and bad jokes on social media? If your bet was on video games, here’s your prize 🏆.

In 2020, scientists took a look at some video game models and came up with new discoveries aimed at complementing information revealed during a past study that mainly revolved around loot boxes in PC titles. What better time to pry at the younglings’ interaction with their PC than during the pandemic, right?

Gaming vs iGaming

Without further ado, University of York spearheaded the data collection in a bid to understand which underlying behaviors may lead to problem gambling years later, without even the participant’s knowledge. Previously, the same scientists exposed a link between loot boxes present in some videogames and problem gambling, as also cited by ScienceDaily. This time, it’s about token wagering, “social casino” games, and real-money gaming.

While loot boxes offer a random assortment of rewards – for a price, of course – powering up one’s in-game character using real money to purchase these perks is at least as damaging, says Dr. David Zendle. Moreover, it appears that more and more gambling-related features begin to pop up in a lot of recent games.

Study Findings

The study took into account nearly 1,100 participants that closely resembled the UK demographics in terms of gender, age, and race. The findings show that approximately 18.5% members come in contact with games that promote gambling habits on a regular basis. Paired with the fact that video computer games can easily slip by regulations aimed at gambling, the authors warn that if left unchecked, this could create a whole new “public health risk”.

Even though not falling under the same category as games of change and websites relating to them, the gambling-related elements that avoid stringent regulation are nonetheless a very real problem, alongside “social casino” videogames. The latter are capable of delivering a very convincing gambling experience. However, as Dr. Zendle explains, the only reason they are not branded and subsequently regulated as games of chance is because players’ winning cannot be converted to cash.


Harsh scrutiny on loot boxes came down in 2019 when researchers asked British lawmakers to forbid such transactions aimed at underage audiences altogether. Furthermore, they also emphasized that purchasing loot boxes should be classified as gambling.

Should you expect new legislation on video games? The only thing Dr. Zendle and his team seem to be aiming for is a better grip on such transactions and the target audience. The push should be welcomed by the gamer population, at the very least, as efforts – if successful – will see them receiving more rewards than mystery, as it’s currently the case.

Ancient High Rollers and the Games They Played

Regardless of how far we’ve come and how much we understand about both the world that surrounds us today as well as the one now only present in history books, one thing that has always been part of our development on individual and societal levels is gambling. Surprisingly, a lot of those that condemn the practice seem to be totally oblivious to this. Gambling can take many shapes and even surpasses humanity’s realm, oftentimes manifesting itself in other life forms. Going against the odds and succeeding always carries a high reward… but equally implies great risks. Foraging for food, war tactics of old, or undertaking perilous journeys across the high seas all carried big promises but not oftentimes delivered. However, when Lady Luck smiles wide, it’s blinding.

Today, we’re taking a trip back in time to look at how gambling evolved as a thrilling pastime across millennia. Encyclopedia Britannica keeps strict accounts of the practice and teaches us that Rome and China heavily regulated gambling activities and severely punished those who strayed from the rules. Half a world apart, ancient Egyptians punished incurable gamblers through forced labor. Greeks also didn’t shy away from the occasional gambling bouts. Alternatively, Minoans are believed to be among the first ancient civilizations that introduced card games similar to modern-day poker.

China and Card Games

Once ancient Chinese invented paper, it was only a matter of time before alternate uses were found for the newly discovered material. First came paper money, though. Just as soon as they learned how to shuffle paper money, it wasn’t log before they came up with shuffling cards, as well.

Keno draws its roots from ancient China. The game is played with numbered cards with values ranging from 1 to 80. Players had to select a set of numbers and sit in for a draw that would determine the winning ones. In antiquity, the 2,000-year-old card game was known by another name which loosely translates to “white pigeon ticket”. It wasn’t until 900 AD that the Chinese started adorning the playing cards with human figures. This is believed to have sparked the trend that later took off in Europe. However, the human figures were changed to Kings and Queens that are still used in modern designs.  

Greeks Really Loved their Gambling

History has a knack of repeating itself, so it comes as no surprise that views on gambling among ancient Hellens was as divided as it is today. While many philosophers of the time condemned the practice warning that it would become a plague, they were no match for the opposition comprised of at least two Gods. Surviving records talk about Pan and Hermes – two highly regarded mythological beings in ancient Greek culture – partaking in gambling activities. Alternatively, it is said that Zeus, Hades and Poseidon threw dice in order to decide how to split the Universe between them.

Checkers (otherwise known as “tilia” in ancient times) and heads or tails were among the most popular activities back then. Also, in the beginning, players used a shell for playing heads or tails before replacing the crustacean remnants with coins. Romans borrowed checkers and rebranded it as “game of 12 lines” during their era. Both the Greeks and the Romans loved their dice, but the former actually used three clay cubes, whereas the former would bring the number down a bit to just two.

Native Americans and Cave Casinos

It wasn’t up until 2015 that the world laid eyes on what’s thought to be America’s first ever casino. It was discovered in a cave in Utah and further studies have concluded that the primitive venue dates back to the 13th century. At least 10,000 objects related to various gambling activities have been discovered in the cave. Researchers believe that the carved sticks served a different purpose than pure excitement. According to their in-depth research, apparently it was mostly women that used the carved stick in order to assign tasks among themselves. University of Alberta’s John Ives further goes into detail saying such activities oftentimes involved sewing and meat preparation. Alternatively, men also didn’t shy away from a bit of gambling. Funny enough, it is believed that among their preferred gambling activities, one of the most prevalent such pastime was betting on the outcomes of women’s gambling sessions. 

Make the Most of Each Roulette Spin with These Tips

By now, you should be tired of seeing all sorts of betting systems that promise you the sun, moon AND exceptional overnight payouts falling in your lap, ready to set you for life. We promise you nothing of the sort but will happily discuss tried-and-tested techniques that do tilt the balance of fate in your favor in the long run.

First of all, there are some lucrative strategies for skill games (poker) or other techniques that can be successfully employed for other card-based games (like Blackjack and counting cards). Then, there’s the bad ones. Being a game of chance, the scope of various tactics one can employ differs greatly from the aforementioned card-based games. We took a good look at both the bad and the ugly of everything related to Roulette winning strategies and compiled a short list with only the main takeaways of this particular gambling activity.

Strategies that Work

  1. Exercising Caution

Unfortunately, a lot of roulette players get drawn in by the prospect of landing a whopping 35/1 payout with one roll of the ball. However, there’s another side to the proverbial coin. It is the same players that forget that there’s also a 37 in 1 chance of the ball landing on the predicted number. In American Roulette’s case, the odds stack even more against the player, given there’s a total of 38 numbers on that wheel – hence a 38 in 1 chances to win.

With this being said, players can turn to outside plays to complement their inside bets. While the latter refers to a bet placed on a concrete number, an outside bet is tied to other characteristics, such as number’s layout position, color, even/odd property, etc.

For example, betting on two columns in one go guarantees a table coverage of nearly 66%. The profits that come out of using this particular strategy may be lower, but the risk is also greatly reduced. This will allow you to have fun and be active for longer, even though it doesn’t promise surefire wins every round.

  • Exercise… For Real

Take a break every now and then! Scientific studies on human focus have concluded that people are generally able to properly concentrate on a task for just 20 minutes before distractions start wreaking havoc in our carefully planned out strategy (be it on how to bake the perfect cake or score steadier roulette wins) . Needles to say, playing for long periods of time without a few breathers in between will cloud your judgment and consequently affect your calls and the results. Use the 20-minute benchmark as a guide and plan your roulette rounds around 2 or 3 short breaks within an hour of gameplay.

Strategies that Don’t Work

  1. Identifying Patterns

There simply is no pattern to be identified. Either in a land-based venue or online casino, the results of each round is completely at random. This, however, didn’t stop some players from taking out their pen and paper in a bid to gauge “hot and cold numbers” (the numbers that pop up most often vs. the ones that barely do). Some online casinos will display this piece of information by default. Moreover, as opposed to a deck of cards that can give out infinitely different results just from taking out a card, a roulette wheel stays exactly the same in between spins and no round is influenced by the result of the most recent one.

  • Martingale System

Even though it works beautifully on paper, casino reality differs a great deal from casino theory. Still a sound and never indisputably dismissed betting system, the Martingale strategy does have its shortcomings. In short, it implies starting with 1 unit and betting double on each losing round. When a round is lost, the player makes up for any incurred losses while getting ahead by 1 unit. Therefore, a lot of stress chasing losses (which is never recommended, regardless of casino activity) for a modicum of a payout. This particular system, however, can become crippling to bettors that do not have a huge bankroll to sustain them, as piling up six losses in a row – for example – will mean betting 64 on the seventh round. Then, there are other casino variables to take into account that further limits a player’s ability to profit from using this strat, like betting restrictions.