This week has seen the release of new social casino slots from Design Works Gaming and KamaGames, real-money slots from Betsoft, Habanero and Microgaming, as well as a new poker format from PokerStars.

PokerStars

The online poker giant has launched a new exclusive poker format of No-Limit Hold’em which has proved popular at PokerStars sponsored live events.

The Win the Button format rewards the winner of each hand with the dealer button for the next round, which the operator said gives a large advantage which provides an added strategic element to each and every hand.

In the case of a split pot, the button moves to the winning player closest to the left of the existing button. The player on the button gets to act last, which is a major benefit at the poker table.

There will be eleven daily Win The Button tournaments, with buy-ins ranging from $2.20 to $162. In addition, there will be two weekly ‘majors’ held on Saturdays; one $55 buy-in with a $25,000 guarantee and the ‘Mini Major’ with a buy-in of $5.50 with a $5,000 guarantee.

The format was played in Event 59 of PokerStars’ World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) earlier this year.

“I love the interesting twist of Win the Button tournaments,” said Team PokerStars Pro Jason Somerville, who trialled the format on his popular Run It Up Twitch channel. “I'm very much looking forward to competing in these tournaments more regularly.

“It’s awesome to see PokerStars continue to innovate and develop new fun-oriented tournament variants like Win the Button.”

Severin Rasset, director of poker innovation and operations at PokerStars said: “We are proud to continue to deliver exciting and innovative games, the largest variety of tournaments anywhere in the world and to be the home of online poker.”

KamaGames

Dublin-based social casino developer KamaGames has partnered with Israel’s Viber Media to launch a version of its 3D Blackjack game on Viber’s mobile instant messaging platform.

KamaGames initially launched 3D Blackjack in June following extensive behavioural research into its other social casino titles, which highlighted the popularity amongst players of social features such as in-chat messaging.

“We have focused on making 3D BlackJack as social as possible with players being able to chat, send and receive gifts or chips and even send the entire table a pet monkey or round drinks should they wish,” explained KamaGames chief marketing officer Danny Kashti.

The new specially designed version of KamaGames 3D Blackjack game will enable players to chat with friends in-game using Viber’s cross-platform instant messaging app. Players will also be able to message friends who are not in the game and build their profile and contacts list.

“Viber’s reach and engaged communities in key markets of interest to KamaGames has made this partnership a natural choice,” commented Andrey Kuznetsov, managing director of KamaGames Dublin. “This is another step in allowing more players to engage with our games and to further boost the KamaGames global footprint as we continue our worldwide expansion.”

Shai Magzimof, head of games at Viber, said: “We are constantly looking for new and unique ways to keep our users engaged.

“The addition of KamaGames’ 3D Blackjack boosts our offering of premium social casino games and we are looking forward to a long and successful partnership with the release of more of KamaGames’ titles in the future across the Viber network.”

Microgaming

Isle of Man-based gaming supplier Microgaming is to launch a new slot for its clients that transports players to a zombie-infested version of Las Vegas, with the new game to go live in time for Halloween.

Available on desktop and mobile from October 5th, Lost Vegas sees players choose to be a zombie or a survivor in the aftermath of an undead apocalypse.

The game offers 243 ways to win and a range of characters on the reels such as an undead Elvis impersonator, a couple of newly-deads and a zombie fist grasping cash,

Free spins are triggered when three or more scatter symbols appear on the reels or if one scatter symbol lands on the reels during the blackout bonus feature.

For players that choose to be a survivor the stash feature reveals cash prizes for every low symbol and free spins continue until all low symbols have been stashed. In zombie mode, meanwhile, up to 50 free spins are awarded with an infection feature.

A full Zombie symbol stack landing on the reel leads to infection, and the stacked symbol remains until all five reels are infected.

"Lost Vegas is a perfectly timed game for Halloween," Microgaming commercial director Neill Whyte said.

"This slot brings so much entertainment to gameplay, from being able to pick a side and play as a survivor or zombie, to the never-seen-before features in the free spin rounds.

"We are really excited to see this slot launch, and I’m sure that the game will not only be popular upon release, but will be a long-term favourite with players."

Design Works Gaming

Arizona-based casino games developer Design Works Gaming (DWG) has added a new slot based on the reality TV programme Counting Cars to its social casino product Diamond Sky Casino.

The new title, Count's Kustoms, is based on the series that centres around Danny 'The Count' Koker and his team of mechanics which restore motor vehicles at his garage in Las Vegas. The series began in 2012, with six seasons airing to date.

Available on iOS, Android and for desktop devices, the 50-line, 3x5-reel slot features music performed by Koker's band Count's 77 and characters from the show on the reels.

Players can secure a wheel bonus, which is triggered by a scatter symbol on the first, second or third reels. Users spin the reel to access the Free Games, Garage or Pick a Ride bonuses, or the Mega or Major progressive jackpots.

"We are thrilled to join forces with such a talented auto customizer, musician and entrepreneur as Danny Koker," DWG president and chief executive Troy Zurawski said. "It was a pleasure working with the all-star staff within Count's Kustoms, who helped create the key assets necessary in developing this highly faceted game."

"The slot that DWG created embodies our style, image and sound," Danny Koker said. "They did a killer job and our fans love it.

"We couldn’t be happier with the finished product," he continued. "Our partnership with DWG is enabling us to expand our brand further across the gaming industry."

Habanero

The casino games developer has launched its latest HTML5 slot, this time with an undersea theme, Ocean's Call.

The 20-line, 5x3 reel game leads players on a journey across the ocean, with the math model backed up by high quality animation and music to offer an immersive experience.

Players can win treasure by connecting the characters on the reels, with feature such as free spins, wilds and an anchor symbol which grants additional free spins.

Ocean's Call is the latest slot released by Habanero this year after Gangsters, 12 Zodiacs, Roman Empire and Fa Cai She, with the supplier offering a portfolio of more than 60 slots, six table games and ten video poker titles.

"Ocean's Call is one of our most attractive games to date, but it also features great maths beneath the skin and the changes of pace which add excitement to the customer experience," Habanero head of sales Daniel Long commented.

"Our aim with every new game is to make each one a thoroughly immersive experience for players," he said. "I'm confident we've pulled that off here - and our operating partners will reap the benefits."

Betsoft Gaming

The 3D casino specialist Betsoft has expanded its Slots3 portfolio with the addition of Asian-inspired title GREAT 88.

The 5 reel, 30 payline 3D video slot features a wide array of bonus features centred about the coveted Lucky Boxes, which each present their own unique icons and chances for great rewards.

A mobile version of the game, GREAT 88 ToGo, was released in tandem with the desktop version.

“We are very pleased with GREAT 88,” said Stephen Jackman, Betsoft’s head of product development. “A beautiful and strong theme that pays homage to the timelessness of Asian architecture and styling, this true 3D video slot is packed with the features that have defined Betsoft as the leader in iGaming evolution.

“The Lucky Boxes are a novel new way to present big wins and a large variation in the opportunities for wins to the player like never before.”

Genesis Gaming

Gaming supplier Genesis Gaming has signed a deal to provide a customised Keno game for Intralot’s US video lottery terminal (VLT) business.

Genesis will expand its portfolio of content with the addition of Keno, which will initially be rolled out for VLTs in the US.

“We are very excited to be working with Intralot and providing them with content,” said James Watson, director of European sales at Genesis Gaming. “We will be leveraging our years of slot content experience in creating more fun, interactive and feature rich Keno games.”

CashBet/Joyful Dream

Real-money mobile gaming platform CashBet and Joyful Dream Holdings have collaborated to launch a new casino app on the CashBet platform.

Available in the UK for iOS devices, Play Cosmo features a variety of new slots including Icy Cash Splash, Outlaw Women of Spintown, and Angel Girl Devil Girl, as well as multi-hand Blackjack.

“Play Cosmo is our newest title to launch in the App Store, and we’re thrilled to offer players the best experience in real-money slots, table games and more through CashBet’s platform,” said David Siu, CEO of Joyful Dream. “We believe CashBet is the right partner to support Play Cosmo as we grow our audience base in the UK market.”

Mike Reaves, CEO and co-founder of CashBet, added: “Today’s launch will provide Play Cosmo fans in the UK with more convenient ways to enjoy iGaming through our turn-key platform.

“At the same time, our platform will now provide best-in-class tools for Joyful Dream as they seek to engage, retain and grow their player base over time.”

EveryFan

Social betting app EveryFan has trebled the number of pre-markets available to customers, with odds now offered on forty different markets.

The UK-licensed operator has refreshed its iOS app, which launched in July, with a redesign and the addition of popular markets such as half-time scores, bookings, corners and goals.

EveryFan offers a peer-to-peer betting product for users, cutting out the traditional bookmakers. Users enter pre-match and in-play betting leagues, alongside both free and paid tournaments and challenges, with each user given 10,000 currecy points to place a range of bets.

Those with the highest total of points at the end of each tournament win a share of the prize pool.

"This is an exciting update to the EveryFan experience which will make it even more attractive to players," EveryFan chief executive and former PKR chief operating officer Leon Walters said. "There are now more markets than ever, a more intuitive UX and an enticing offer which will drive up the rate of sign-ups heading into a busy winter of football," he explained.

"EveryFan has already experienced strong growth since launch, and we're continuing to develop the app to make sure we build on our success still further."

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