Casino News Roundup: HoG Jackpot, Pragmatic Partner, U.K. Slowdown


This week’s casino news kicks off with one lucky player’s big win in the United Kingdom. He’ll have plenty of money to spend this holiday season when he heads out for gift shopping. 

Scottish Player Hits It Big With Hall of Gods Jackpot

Hall of Gods, a game from developer NetEnt, has paid out big for one player who will likely be enjoying a very merry holiday season. 

A player named Neil, who is from Aberdeen in Scotland, played the video-slots game and won a staggering $8,535,497.51 jackpot on Hall of Gods. The game was played on Casumo Casino because he was aware that there was a massive jackpot up for grabs. He may have heard of what happened in June, when a player from Norway won $8,911,381.97 on Hall of Gods. It’s become almost an annual occurrence as in December 2016, another NetEnt game called Mega Fortune Dreams paid out $8,806,090. Players have now won huge jackpots with Hall of Gods in 2017, 2016 and 2014 (3.85 million euros). 

The company is definitely living up to its promise of having the biggest jackpots when it comes to online gaming. With Neil’s latest jackpot, you can be sure that a lot more people are going to try their luck at Hall of Gods. 

Pragmatic Play Partners With William Hill

Pragmatic Play Limited, a company that hails from Malta, has signed a deal with sportsbook giant William Hill to start supplying them with games. Pragmatic Play Limited will begin with the Mighty Kong video slots game. Later on, players that use William Hill will also be able to play games like Jurassic Giants and Pixie Wings, to name just a few. 

Pragmatic Play Limited has over 80 HTML5 games in their portfolio as they try to release at least two games per month, so the list is going to get longer and longer. Getting together with William Hill is a brilliant idea because while Pragmatic Play Limited is a known name in the world of online gaming, William Hill is probably a top-five sportsbook in terms of brand awareness all over the world. Even those who don’t dip their toe in the online gambling waters know about William Hill as they have plenty of public shops in the United Kingdom as well as a presence in Las Vegas. This is a good look for Pragmatic Play Limited and it gives William Hill one more service to offer players. 

Report Shows Slowdown In U.K.

The annual gaming report from the United Kingdom Gambling Commission is out and it shows that casino and sports betting is still king in the United Kingdom. They finished ahead of poker when it comes to revenues. Online poker, which was making some real headway, is starting to slow down. From April 2016 to March of this year, online poker brought in $136 million, which is five percent of what the casinos bring in (a whopping total of $3.5 billion). In terms of why the downturn, the gambling commission did not say. There is some speculation that as players’ attention spans grow shorter, they are less interested in long poker tournaments and more interested in quick fixes like casino games and sports betting.