It’s that time of the week again when we give you the rundown of what’s been going on in Canadian gambling news over the past week. Catch up on new games, lucky winners, and all the casino news worth knowing right now.
Nolimit Revives Explosive History
Nobody could ever accuse Nolimit City of being an iGaming developer afraid of taking creative risks. The maverick studio has returned with a new themed online slot based on subject matter that other providers probably wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole. The new game is titled Pearl Harbour, and as the name suggests, it tackles the fateful day in 1941 when Japanese naval air forces launched an aerial attack on a US naval base in Hawaii.
Pearl Harbour is a 7x7 reel, high volatility title that features the xMechanic and xSize innovations, which bring a new dimension to cluster play gameplay, while xSplit, xBet, and xBomb are also included. Play from the perspective of a Japanese bomber with a historic score to settle.
The bonus round places you in the pilot’s seat of an axis fighter jet where a hold-and-win-style game plays out, allowing you to accumulate massive multiplier prizes and crack the game’s top potential of 41,127x your bet.
Per Lindheimer, the Product owner at Nolimit City, said,
”We’ve chosen to revisit perhaps one of the most chaotic events in history, Pearl Harbour. Stealth is usually of the utmost importance throughout such missions - but sometimes, if you really want to send a message, wreaking havoc is the only way.”
NetEnt Sweetens the Deal
NetEnt is one of the biggest and most respected names in iGaming, so when this major player drops a new title, everyone pays attention. This time, players will be met with some seriously sweet delights in the provider’s new online slot title, Cupcakes. The new game is a high volatility experience with a 6-reel, scatter pays layout, and a vibrant mobile game-inspired theme that features gummy candies and cupcakes as symbols that will delight your senses and fill your bankroll.
Land at least 8 Gumdrops of the same colour on the reels to land wins and watch the avalanche mechanic remove your winning clusters, only for new symbols to appear in their place.
The Crush feature sees Cupcakes randomly tumble down the reels, crushing the symbols in their way. The Cupcakes will then gather Gumdrops which will increase your multipliers and boost your win amount. When at least 3 scatter symbols show up on the same spin, you could get up to 16 free spins where the multiplier will not reset between spins.
Gionata La Torre, the CEO Executive of Office Europe at Evolution said,
“Gumdrop symbols stockpiling on giant Cupcakes for Multipliers is an engaging concept created by the teams to bring additional excitement into this delicious-looking game. This novelty comes in addition to the well-known Avalanche mechanic when the symbols disappear on the payout and the empty places are filled with new characters. Cupcakes will surely be a mesmerizing title for all the cake enthusiasts and gum candy aficionados.”
The Long Road to Winning
“All good things come to those who wait” is a saying we all know well, and sometimes it rings true in the most spectacular ways.
Ashton Roach, a Sault Ste. Marie resident experienced this for himself when his Instant Jackpot ticket turned out to be a $250,000 winner. His excitement was tempered by what turned out to be a bit of a process to finally claim his winnings.
OLG revealed that the reason behind this is Roach’s mother being an employee of an authorized OLG retailer, placing his prize within OLG’s definition of an ‘Insider Win.’
“Claims of $10,000 or more made by Insiders require enhanced review and validation as well as a 30-day publication period prior to payment to ensure there are no additional claims on the winning ticket. It’s just part of our transparency process to make sure we pay the right rightful winner their prize,” The OLG said in an official statement.
OLG Spokesperson, Tony Bitonti, added that many “insider” releases are distributed each month as a regular part of the prize claim process.
“Anyone that claims a lottery prize but has an affiliation with someone who is considered an OLG Insider, their prize claims take a bit longer as we do our due diligence to make sure the win is legitimate,” he said.
“It doesn’t mean he has done anything illegal, it’s just his mother works where lottery tickets are sold,” he concluded.
Now that this review process has concluded, Roach is a step closer to taking home his prize and eagerly expects to be able to receive his winnings on January 12, 2023.
The Stuff of Dreams
Nishit Parikh from Toronto probably considers himself the luckiest man in the country after a Lotto Max ticket he purchased in Scarborough, a mere hour before the draw on August 5, landed him the prize of a lifetime.
Parikh had played his usual set of numbers, but it was an auto-generated Lotto Max line of numbers that got him the win of a lifetime.
“The next day, I heard on the news that someone in Toronto had won and of course hoped it was me. I’m pretty sure I will be checking my bank account a lot to see that amount of money in there. It’s still so unbelievable,” he shared while claiming his winnings at the OLG prize centre in Toronto.
Parikh recalled how he had discovered that he was a whopping $55 million richer when he checked his ticket on the OLG app and saw a ‘Big Winner’ notification.
“I was looking at the zeroes, squinting my eyes to do a double take. I think my brain shut down, I was trying to process what was happening. I was overcome with joy. I thought to myself, now I can finally afford a house in Toronto,”
“I told my close family on a video chat, and they guessed what happened. They were ecstatic for me,” he added.
Parikh has decided to take the responsible route by investing in real estate and plans to play it smart, maintaining his newfound wealth by leading a regular lifestyle.
Local Casino News
AGCO Rolls out the Welcome Wagon
Ontario’s iGaming provider count continues to rise as provincial authorities approve operating licences for deserving applicants. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has recently given five new brands the green light to trade in Ontario a month after the regulator announced October 31, 2022, as the deadline for grey-market operators to transition to its system.
Ontario was the first Canadian province to launch a private online gambling and sports betting market for third parties, allowing previously grey-market operators to attain legal status.
LeoVegas Lives Large with Daily Giveaways
Aside from all the festive fun, you’ll find in casino promotions this month, some great regular offers give you a reason to visit LeoVegas online casino every day of the year.
For example, the casino’s 99 Spins Quest promotion is a daily gift that you can claim in three easy steps. First, you need to visit your “My Offers” page between 19:00 EST and 00:00 EST, then Wager $99 on any casino game. The final step is the easiest because you will be awarded 9 Spins at $0.20 each for 9 Masks of Fire, every time you wager $99, up to a maximum of 99 Spins.
You will still be able to withdraw from your real-money balance without forfeiting this offer, and winnings from claimed cash spins have no wagering requirement attached.