We have got a great edition of Canadian gambling news in store for you this week as we discover Stakelogic’s two new contributions to iGaming and celebrate innovation with the OLG.
New Casino Games
One of the two Stakelogic releases we’ll be taking a look at is Joker Wild Respins, which the studio produced in collaboration with Touchstone Games via the Greenlogic Partner Program. The slot adopts a classic 3-reel format with 27 paylines and iconic symbols like lemons, oranges and cherries.
The powerful Joker symbol presents the most potential, and three of them appearing during the base game will trigger the Joker Respins bonus.
The triggering symbols will transform into cherries, which become sticky and display 1x bet multipliers. The game will generate 3 respins where only cherries and Joker symbols can appear. If these symbols do land, they reset the respin count to 3, and if you get 9 cherries onto the board, you will receive a prize, and the process repeats with lemon symbols this time. If you can make it all the way up to a full set of sevens, you will claim the game’s biggest prize of 5000x your stake.
Don’t forget the Super Stake feature that doubles your bet but reduces the number of joker symbols required to trigger the bonus round to 2.
Salvatore Campione, the Head of Greenlogic at Stakelogic, said,
“We have an incredible portfolio of classic slots, and Joker Wild Respins makes for a great addition. It takes the appeal of a classic slot but turbo-charges that gameplay with exciting bonuses that build anticipation and excitement with each spin.”
Due for release on June 30 is Stakelogic’s Runner Runner Popwins, another fruit-machine-inspired game and the first title ever to integrate a licensed version of AvatarUx’s proprietary mechanic.
Slot machine mainstays like bells, lucky 7s, and BAR symbols adorn the reels alongside brightly coloured fruit icons. You can activate the super stake feature that doubles your bet but increases the chance of multipliers worth up to 100x appearing to boost your wins.
When you land wins, the PopWins mechanic kicks in, doubling the number of reel positions until the grid has grown from its starting 5x3 size to a maximum 5x6 with 15 552 ways to win. Once the grid is at its full size, the bonus round will activate. A bonus wheel will spin to award you up to 15 free spins with a maximum starting multiplier of 25x.
Charmed in Cherryville
Cherryville resident Olga Prevost got the surprise of her life when a Set-for-Life scratch ticket made good on the promise of its name. She had bought the ticket in Lumby but only found out just how lucky she was once she got home.
Prevost shared how she discovered that she had won a massive $675 000 award and that she had “scratched the ticket and went into shock.”
After getting over her disbelief, she headed to a local gas station to confirm the results, where she discovered it was all real.
Prevost stated that she intends to take a road trip to Newfoundland for a celebratory dinner with her husband.
“This is so surreal and a little nerve-wracking,” she said. “We can do some fun things like travel,” she beamed.
Amazed in Alberta
The gods of scratch tickets seem to be with Canadians this week, and we know that Juanita Melenko from Alberta would agree.
On Monday, June 27, 2022, Melenko was named the Western Canada Lottery Corporation’s newest lottery millionaire. The lucky winner claimed a $1 million prize by playing a $100 ULTIMATE instant ticket, which she innocently scratched off when taking a breather from house chores.
Melenko hails from Vegreville, Alberta and recalled how she took a break from doing laundry to go to the Vegreville Co-Op Gas Barand purchase a new ULTIMATE instant ticket. Melenko is the first Canadian to claim one of three $1 million prizes from in the game.
Local Casino News
OLG shines at Cannes Lions
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has revealed that it claimed several awards at the 2022 Cannes Lion International Festival of Creativity. The provincial body received recognition for its Lotto Max Dream Drop campaign, which was run in collaboration with local clothing brand Mr Saturday. The Crown’s trophy tally came to two Silver and two Bronze Lions.
The OLG and Mr Saturday worked together to create the Lotto Max Dream Drop project, a limited-edition streetwear collection, where each clothing item included a bonus code for an annual subscription of Lotto Max tickets. The campaign was a success, with the collection selling out in a matter of days.
The project was nominated for nine honours, scooping four wins in the process. The OLG received a Silver Lion for Creative Commerce for Engagement: Customer Acquisition and Retention, a Silver Lion for Direct Ambient Media, and Bronze Lions for Design and Brand Experience and Activation.
Winning is Back on the Table(s) at Gateway
Gateway Casinos & Entertainment has announced that table games will officially return to Gateway Casino Sault Ste. Marie. This is the first time they will run again since pandemic-related shutdowns with all six tables coming back to the gaming floor.
Robert Mitchell, the casino’s director of communication and public affairs, advised that three blackjack tables, one roulette table, and two novelty poker game tables would be open to the public again.
Mitchell added that Gateway and the rest of the hospitality industry are tentatively optimistic about their revenues returning to pre-pandemic levels during the summer.