Couples’ Relationship Satisfaction Linked to Gaming

Online gaming is currently one of the most popular leisure activities in the world. Believe it or not, more and more adults are spending an increasing amount of time playing games online, making it a substantial hobby. As such, it becomes an important issue in many relationships today, affecting how successful a couple is, romantically.

Brigham Young University has recently published a study that confirms this. The study has found that couples who enjoy playing online games together experience higher rates of satisfaction in their relationships. 76% of the couples interviewed who play games together reported being happy in their relationships, while 70% of couples in which only one partner games have relationship problems.

However, the study also found that if one partner is more experienced than the other, it could lead to relationship troubles. They may get frustrated if their romantic counterpart cannot keep up.

We suppose the fact remains that all couples who enjoy at least one mutual activity will experience more satisfaction in their relationships. Whether it’s playing online poker or console video games, if couples enjoy the same things, they will be happier together.

Poker Stars Launches Mobile Gambling Application

It seems that iTunes is becoming increasingly lenient about its online gambling regulations. Previously, the company would not allow developers to sell real-money gambling applications in its marketplace, causing Full Tilt Poker’s Rush Poker app to be banned. Now, just a year later, Poker Stars has been allowed to launch its own online gambling application.

Poker Stars mobile allows players to compete in poker games from their mobile phones. At the moment, only Texas Hold ‘Em and Omaha are available. However, players can take part in cash games, tournaments and different limit variations of the game.

There are some other great features that players can take advantage of. Firstly, players can multi-table, accessing up to 5 tables at once. Players also have access to their hand histories and all of their account information with a touch of their screen.

The new Poker Stars mobile application rolled out in Italy first before being brought to the United Kingdom. It is likely that the application will be introduced to other markets around the world and New Zealand residents are keeping their fingers crossed. With online gambling laws in review, it doesn’t seem so unlikely.

IGT Sees a Slow Start to 2012

IGT is one of the world’s top manufacturers of slot machines, providing casino games to venues not only in New Zealand but across the United States and Asia. Unfortunately for investors, the company has gotten off to a slow start in 2012, releasing some disappointing financial results.

While IGT maintains a strong foothold in the New Zealand gambling market, the North American market is presenting some problems. The company brought in $50 million, whereas the same time last year saw $73 in profits. According to a spokesperson for IGT, the first quarter of 2012 was the softest seasonal quarter for IGT, due to pursuing fewer club openings in the United States. However, the company maintains that things will look up later in the year.

In 2012, the company will look at expanding its land-based operators across the United States as well as in locations across Europe and Asia. As such, IGT plans on increasing its profits over the course of the rest of the year.

IGT is also well-positioned to enter the American online gambling market. Since IGT is already located in the United States and has an online division, the company could easily pursue online operations in the country and see a significant increase in profits when online gambling becomes available to American residents.

IGT Releases New Fire Opals Online Casino Game

IGT is one of the biggest suppliers of poker machines to clubs and casinos across New Zealand, and has started to make a huge impact in the online casino world as well. Over the course of the past year, the company has released a wide range of fun and exciting online games that New Zealanders can enjoy from the comfort of their own homes. Their latest title, Fire Opals, is set to be released later in the year.

Fire Opals takes on a whole new format, offering players an unique way to win some very generous online prizes. Rather than featuring five straight reels, the game is played with a hexagonal format which pays out both right-to-left and left-to-right.

As such, the game offers players more chances to win in a single spin. While betting on all of the paylines in a typical online slots games offer about 100 ways to win, Fire Opals grants 720! This is because the player must wager a fixed amount, which applies to all paylines. So, they never missed out on any cash prizes while playing this new and exciting online slots game.

Fire Opals will be available at a wide range of IGT-powered online casinos in coming weeks. So, keep an eye out at your favourite gambling websites for the release of this new game.

Online Gambling Displaces Land-Based Casinos

The New Zealand government has worked hard to outlaw online gambling over the past few years, but it was inevitable that residents would catch on to the craze. Despite politicians’ best efforts to ban the activity, online gambling is gaining popularity in New Zealand.

New Zealand’s land-based casinos are seeing fewer patrons and less profits this year, thanks to the increasingly popularity of online gambling. Even pokies, one of the country’s favourite pastimes, are seeing less play. Last year, players in the Northland province spent 24% less on poker machines than they had the previous year.

A wide range of land-based operators have decided to take their games online, and players have followed. Companies like Aristocrat and IGT, two of the biggest poker machine manufacturers, have made the shift and gained a huge following in the online world.

“Internet gambling is way more accessible”, says Problem Gambling Counsellor Diane Matthews. “But the sad thing about that is all the money goes overseas.”

The online gambling market is not regulated in New Zealand, but operators may want to consider doing so in the future. If not, land-based casino profits will continue to fall, and the government lose out on a great deal of tax revenue.

$3 Million Jackpot Won on Lord of the Rings

Microgaming’s Lord of the Rings online slots game was launched in 2010, but it has only just started paying off the type of impressive jackpots it has always promised. Recently, the popular casino game paid out a huge $3 million jackpot to one lucky player, one of the biggest jackpots seen in the online casino world in recent years.

The Lord of the Rings has never paid out a jackpot this significant before as it has only just been added to Microgaming’s Mega Moolah network. This allows the game’s buy-ins to contribute to the total Mega Moolah jackpot pool, in return for the chance for Lord of the Rings’ players to win this incredible progressive prize. As it stands, Microgaming’s jackpot network is the biggest on the internet, and Lord of the Rings players certainly benefit from the game being a part of it.

This online casino game has already earned a great deal of hype in recent years, mostly due to its theme and content. Now, word will spread about its incredibly winning potential, encouraging even more players to try their hand at Lord of the Rings online slots.

Lord of the Rings is available at just about at Microgaming-powered casino, including Spin Palace online casino.

IGT Spends $500 Million on Acquisition of Double Down Interactive

International Games Technology is really aiming to make a splash in the online gambling world. Even though the developer already has a vast web presence, IGT is still looking to expand. One way in which the company plans on doing so is by acquiring social games developer Double Down for a huge $500 million.

Double Down Interactive is one of the most successful social gaming operators on the web. If you don’t know what social gaming is, here is a quick overview:

Social games are those offered by social networks like Facebook. They allow players use the Facebook interface to play games and by doing so, they are able to share their information with other players via their Facebook walls and timelines. Players can also use the social network to invite their friends to join them.

Double Down already has a fairly impressive Facebook casino application, with over 4 million visitors every month. IGT’s acquisition of the company will certainly in the company a large spot in the social gaming market. In the process, IGT will become one of the first official gambling operators to foray into the social gaming industry.

NZ Lotto Site Inspires South Australian Government

When the New Zealand government deemed it legal for local residents to play the lottery online, a domino effect occurred. Although it took some time to actually make a difference, the NZ Lotto website seems to have inspired change across the Australia.

According to recent reports, the South Australian government has stated that it is now legal for residents to take part in lottery games online. This means that the local lottery commission will offer residents a selection of online gambling games, allowing them to purchase lottery tickets and play scratch cards.

This seems to be a direct result of the New Zealand Lottery Commission launching its own online gambling website earlier this year. NZ residents can purchase tickets and play a wide range of lottery-related games, as well as take part in bingo and keno games.

The scope of gaming to be offered by the new SA lottery website has yet to be determined, but residents are already excited about the idea. This provides an additional outlet for gaming fans across the area, offering them a safe place to gamble online rather than playing at unregulated gambling websites.

Double Mobile Jackpot Hit at All Slots Casino

The mobile gambling market is just beginning to take off in terms of popularity, so there haven’t been many jackpot hits thus far. However, things seem to be beginning to change, as one lucky player hit the jackpot twice at All Slots’ Flash and mobile casinos.

On December 3rd, a player named Sharon S hit a $15 000 jackpot while playing Mermaid Millions on All Slots’ mobile platform. Later that same day she won an additional $15 000 jackpot while playing Age of Discovery at All Slots Flash-based casino online. This is an uncanny feat for any player at an online casino, and she is certainly pleased with this strange but pleasant result.

If that wasn’t enough good fortune for Sharon, the operator of All Slots added another great prize. Sharon was sent an Android tablet so that she will be able to play at All Slots wherever she goes!

All Slots is one of the few online casinos that offers players several different platforms: mobile, downloadable and Flash-based. This allows for individuals all over the world to play at All Slots whenever they wish. Regardless of the type of technology they own, all types of players are catered to at All Slots online and mobile casino.

Aristocrat Launches New Branded Slots Game

Aristocrat is a leader in New Zealand’s gambling market, providing the majority of poker machines to venues across the country. Only recently has the company ventured into the online gambling market, however, opening it up to a new world of possibilities. As such, the company is catching on to popular trends in the online gaming universe, one of which is basing games on popular movie, video game and comic book brands.

Now, Aristocrat’s latest title is a branded slots game, based on the action movie series Mission: Impossible. Starring Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible has become a smash hit around the world. The original movie was so popular that three sequels were made, each of which were just as popular as the first film.

The new Mission: Impossible branded slots game from Aristocrat presents players with the chance to win incredible cash prizes while taking part in an exciting online gaming environment. Adding to the excitement of the game’s theme, Mission: Impossible is a Reel Power slot, which provides players with over 300 ways to win on each and every spin!

If that’s not enough to keep players engaged, the game also offers 6 different bonus games – and a $250 000 progressive jackpot prize!