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Posted: May 29, 2020 at 5:55 pm
NASSAU, Bahamas, CMC The Bahamas government has hinted atfiling an immediate appeal against a ruling by a Supreme Court judge that anyone born in the country to either a Bahamian mother or father is entitled to citizenship at birth, regardless of the parents marital status.
Attorney General Carl Bethel said that the ruling on Tuesday by Justice Ian Winder has sufficient public importance to warrant an immediate application.
The ruling is very interesting. It will be appealed in the public interest, he added.
The ruling contradicts the longstanding requirement that children born out of wedlock to Bahamian men and foreign women must wait until 18 to apply for citizenship.
The ruling could impact the immigration status of many people in the country.
Winder said the legal position must be that every person born in The Bahamas after July 9, 1973, shall become a citizen of The Bahamas at the date of his birth if at that date either of his parents is a citizen of The Bahamas, irrespective of the marital status of the parents at the time of birth.
His ruling hinged on whether Article 14(1) of The Bahamas Constitution is applicable when interpreting Article 6, which states every person born in The Bahamas after 9th July 1973 shall become a citizen of The Bahamas at the date of his birth if at that date either of his parents is a citizen of The Bahamas.
Article 14(1) notes any reference in this chapter to the father of a person shall, in relation to any person born out of wedlock other than a person legitimated before 10th July 1973, be construed as a reference to the mother of that person.
The government had argued during the trial that the clear interpretation of Article 14(1)is that it applies to any provision that is capable of including the father.
But the judge ruled that Article 14(1) should not be applied to Article 6, noting Article 6 was clearly intended to be expansive, as reflected in the opening wordsevery person.
Article 6 was intended to afford an automatic right to citizenship in circumstances where one parent was a Bahamian citizen. The application (or misapplication) of Article 14(1) to Article 6 would take away that opportunity from the child born out of wedlock to access citizenship where one of his parents may be Bahamian, Winder said.
The judge has adjourned to July 29, another matter regarding the applicants in the case who include children purportedly born out of wedlock to Bahamian men andJamaican and Haitian women.
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NASSAU, BAHAMAS The Bahamas Department of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for Central and Northwest Bahamas.
This includes Abaco, Andros, Bimini, Cat Island, Eleuthera, Exuma, Grand Bahama, Long Island, Rum Cay, San Salvador and the Berry Islands.
The warning will remain in effect until midnight.
According to meteorologists, moderate to heavy rainfall along with thunderstorms associated with low to mid-level troughing was spotted via satellite imagers and radars from the gulf of Mexico and northwestern Caribbean sea.
This moist airmass is expected to produce prolonged rainfall, so localized flooding is possible during this event, the department said around 1pm.
Some of the thunderstorms will be severe at times and may cause strong gusty winds; dangerous lightning; heavy downpours; hail and possible waterspout or tornadic activity.
The department said boaters in the warning area should remain in port and residents should remain indoors and away from windows as conditions worsen.
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Caribbean community organizations call for decisive action to end homophobic abuse and cyberbullying – UNAIDS
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Ulysease Roca Terry was a gay Belizean fashion designer living with HIV. He had recently lost his mother and was coping with depression. Even without a new pandemic, it was a difficult time.
He was arrested for breaching COVID-19 curfew laws in April. While in custody he suffered homophobic slurs and bullying by a police officer. A video of the abuse was posted to social media. He also claimed that he was physically attacked while detained. Days later he died.
This month in the Bahamas, a video circulated on social media of a gender non-conforming woman being beaten by three men hurling homophobic slurs. One man smashed a piece of wood onto her head. Others slapped and punched her. As the video circulated online, some made fun of the victim.
While countries in the Caribbean focus on combatting COVID-19, community organizations have been raising their voices against the casual verbal, physical and emotional abuse that is a feature of life in the region for far too many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. And they are sounding an alarm that this cruelty is increasingly playing out online.
Caleb Orozco of the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM) spoke about Mr Roca Terrys case with a mix of sorrow and defiance. Mr Orozco is used to tough battles. He was the litigant who successfully challenged Belizes law banning consensual sex between same-sex partners in 2016.
The police cannot erode public confidence in its law enforcement role by showing disregard for the dignity and rights of individuals who are members of the most vulnerable groups: those with mental health challenges, those living with HIV and those with different sexual orientation, Mr Orozco said. It is the responsibility of the police department to enforce the curfew in a manner that is reasonable. Mocking people does not help to build public confidence that the police are there to protect ordinary citizens.
UNIBAM is calling for a transparent investigation, a review of the autopsy report and action to improve how the police treat members of vulnerable and marginalized communities, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 restrictions.
In Belize, a national dialogue is under way around a proposed Equal Opportunities Bill. A UNAIDS public opinion survey conducted in 2013 found that Belize was among the more tolerant Caribbean countries, with 75% of respondents agreeing that people should not be treated differently based on their sexual orientation. But this incident is a reminder that notwithstanding strides made in social attitudes and the law, pervasive challenges remain around prejudice and the abuse of power.
The Bahamas Organization of LGBTI Affairs has called the attack circulated on social media a hate crime and demanded that the perpetrators be prosecuted.
Around the world, this kind of hate crimethe targeting of a person with extreme violence because of who they areis denounced as among the most reprehensible modes of human conduct imaginable, Rights Bahamas said.
Alexus DMarco, Executive Director of the Bahamas Organization of LGBTI Affairs, insisted that there must be a broader dialogue and action to address social attitudes.
What does it say about us as a people that so many consider this a source of humour and entertainment? What are we to think when so many of the culprits are fellow women, who should be standing together in solidarity to oppose the many injustices faced in common as members of an oppressed gender in this society? Ms DMarco demanded.
The Bahamas is the only Caribbean country to have decriminalized sex between consenting adults of the same sex by an act of parliament. Still, lots more work needs to be done to bring social attitudes in line with the law. Advocates insist that hate crime legislation must urgently be enacted and enforced.
In both the Bahamas and Belize, state entities have joined civil society to denounce the attacks. The National AIDS Commission, the Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children and the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation have called for Mr Roca Terrys case to be thoroughly investigated. In the Bahamas, the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development called for a swift prosecution to signal zero tolerance by the government and society for gender-based violence.
Alongside legislative reform and key population programmes, we must continue the social dialogue and law enforcement to create more peaceful and inclusive Caribbean societies for all, said James Guwani, UNAIDS Director for the Caribbean.
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NASSAU, BAHAMAS Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Commodore Dr Raymond King said yesterday the multi-layered strategies of the organization has yielded success in deterring illegal migration and with the acquisition of additional assets and technological recourses, particularly in the southern Bahamas, those strategies are expected to continue to perform.
Haiti has emerged as the outbreak hotspot among CARICOM members with the vast majority of new COVID-19 cases among member states stemming from The Bahamas southeastern neighbor.
As of yesterday, there were over 1,000 cases a first among CARICOM countries.
While the borders and airports remain closed in Haiti, natural disasters and widespread civil unrest has seen increased illegal migration attempts from the country to The Bahamas.
King, whoappeared as a guestof ILTVs Beyondthe Headlines with host Clint Watson, was asked the about the developing humanitarian crisis in Haiti and the potential for increased illegal migration attempts to the southern Bahamas.
He said as a result of The Bahamas efforts, the defense force has observed increased illegal landing attempts toward Turks and Caicos, which as a result, has sought to strengthen its maritime patrols.
And so, we are always cognizant that there is a balloon effect, King said.
Once you stop, and you hinder and you deter a traditional route, criminals naturally seek to use a different avenue.
And so, this fight is not a fight the defense force is fighting alone.
Our regional partners, we all experience the same common threat.
And so, by working cooperatively and coordinately, with joint maritime interdiction operations, we are able to realize a huge success rate and to be a huge deterrent. T
The US Coast Guard vessels, our vessels in the southern Bahamas and with those multi-layers of security assets, we will continue to do our work.
But it is through partnerships we will be able to successfully leverage all of our resources and to achieve even greater success.
According to King, the multi-layered security strategy involving persistent and overlapping vessel patrols, intelligence reconnaissance via aircraft, ongoing relationships with international organizations; and the use of technology, which extends the reach of the coastal radars, provides considerable coverage to the extent that we have been able to successfully stem the tide of migrant smuggling and entry into this Bahamas.
The islands in the southern Bahamas, which have had zero reported cases of COVID-19 have been allowed to resume full commercial activity, though the countrys borders remain closed.
After serving as acting commodore since late 2019, Rolle officially took command of the defense force after being sworn in last week.
Asked if his new strategies in recent months could be attributed for the lull in illegal migrants landings in The Bahamas, King said the strategies employed were not new, but a national security strategy that he and his predecessor inherited.
However, he said: The governments set strategy, border protection, there are certain strategic objectives, but the difference is and I say this with all humility is how you unfold that strategy. That is the difference.
King, who noted he has spent 80 percent of his career at sea, said he understands the domain and threats well.
As commodore, King said there will be increased focus on border protection as part of a wider strategic national plan to combat crime.
Some of these objectives include the decentralization of operations across the archipelago and enhancing the organizations maritime domain awareness, according to King.
The defense force has integrated unmanned aerial surveillance drones into its arsenal to protect the nations borders, as well as integrated satellite communications.
Those will assist us in being able to detect, track and intercept targets of interest in our domain, King said.
The other concept is being intelligence driven, so we seek to strengthen our relationships with our partner nations.
And nationally, the creation of the National Crime Intelligence Agency will help in terms of intelligence sharing among our sister law enforcement agencies.
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Hurricanes. Earthquakes. COVID-19.
Caribbean islands have rarely been so vulnerable as an unusually active hurricane season threatens a region still recovering from recent storms as it fights a worsening drought and a pandemic that has drained budgets and muddled preparations.
It is crazy, said Iram Lewis, Bahamian minister for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction. No one could have imagined this.
An estimated three to six major hurricanes could form this year as part of a total of 13 to 19 named storms that are forecast for the June 1 to Nov. 30 season, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. An average season generates 12 named storms with 3 major hurricanes.
The dire forecast comes at a particularly trying time for the Caribbean. Thousands of people overall lost their homes in southern Puerto Rico because of recent strong earthquakes and in the northern Bahamas because of Hurricane Dorian, which hit September 2019 as a Category 5 storm, killing an estimated 70 people and leaving hundreds missing. Demolition on both islands hadnt even started in some areas when the pandemic hit and lockdowns ensued, causing billions of dollars in economic losses in one of the worlds most tourism-dependent regions.
As a result, governments are struggling more than ever to prepare for a season that started early: Tropical Storm Arthur formed in mid-May and dropped rain on Dorian-battered islands in the Bahamas before heading out to sea.
The response to COVID-19 has dried up government funds and lockdowns have delayed hurricane preparations, especially the identification of sufficient shelters given the pandemic.
Its a very complex landscape this year, said Elizabeth Riley, acting executive director for the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency.
In the Bahamas, the government will place families in classrooms instead of preparing large gymnasiums like they did with Hurricane Dorian, Lewis said. But thats not an option for some mayors in Puerto Rico, where dozens of schools in the islands southern region were permanently shuttered after a 6.4-magnitude quake and heavy aftershocks, with more than 70 families still staying in hotels as the search for housing continues.
We definitely have additional challenges with all these simultaneous emergencies, said William Rodrguez, Puerto Ricos public housing administrator.
The shuttering of schools means less shelters at a time when more space is needed to avoid a possible second wave of coronavirus cases.
Santos Seda, mayor of the southern coastal town of Gunica, said the quakes damaged or destroyed six schools, leaving only one operational for a shelter if needed. In addition, more than 400 structures still have to be demolished, something that worries him greatly.
If a hurricane comes, theres no doubt they can turn into projectiles, he said.
While the U.S. territory said it has 288 shelters for 40,000 people with social distancing, there are still people living with blue tarps as roofs since Hurricane Maria hit in September 2017 as a Category 4 storm, said Ariadna Godreau, a human rights attorney and executive director of Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico.
The government estimated several months ago that more than 20,000 blue roofs remained across the island, but neither housing officials nor the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency could provide updated numbers.
Among those still waiting for their home to be repaired since Hurricane Maria is the mother of 63-year-old Maritza Santos. She said the wood-and-zinc roof blew away and that her elderly mother hasnt received any help to replace it. They live together now and worry about the upcoming hurricane season because Santos home already flooded during Maria and her mothers home is unlivable.
I cant talk about it because I get a knot in my throat, Santos said. It hurts my soul to see my mothers home in that state.
Another problem Puerto Rico and some other islands are facing amid the pandemic as they try to finalize hurricane preparations is a growing drought. Officials in Puerto Rico have warned of possible rationing measures if sufficient rain doesnt fall, while the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe recently imposed such measures and is distributing water to certain communities.
A cluster of thunderstorms that rolled past Puerto Rico on Thursday provided some relief, but it also reminded people of the vulnerability of the islands electrical grid that Hurricane Maria destroyed. More than 70,000 power outages were reported as a result of the heavy rains, and many wondered what would happen during a tropical storm, let alone a hurricane.
Jos Seplveda, director of transmission and distribution for Puerto Ricos Electric Power Authority, said reconstruction of the grid hasnt started, adding the process could take between 10 to 20 years. He acknowledged that frequent power outages are hitting the island and that the pandemic has delayed maintenance to the system that has not recovered from Maria even as a new hurricane season looms.
There is a lot of hidden damage that hasnt come to light, he said.
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NASSAU, BAHAMAS Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance K Peter Turnquest gave a sobering outlook on the Bahamian economy as he warned the governments fiscal plan will come at a necessary but unprecedented cost.
Delivering the 2020/2021 budget communication, Turnquest noted that given the current state of the domestic economy, the outlook for the near-term is very subdued.
The fiscal deficit is budgeted at some $1.3 billion, or 11.6 percent of GDP for the upcoming fiscal year.
It represents the largest deficit to be incurred by any Government in the history of The Bahamas, he said.
Turnquest also noted that recurrent expenditure, at some 22.4 percent of GDP in the upcoming fiscal year, is expected to remain relatively stable over the next two fiscal years, before tapering off slightly to 21 percent in FY2022/23.
Capital outlays are anticipated to decline from 4.5 percent in the upcoming fiscal year to steady around 2.0 percent over the medium term, which is in line with the Governments broader fiscal policy objective to make better use of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and secure private financing for public projects, he said.
The fiscal deficit is forecast to decline from 11.6 percent in the imminent fiscal year to 6.7 percent in the subsequent year, with a further reduction to 2.9 percent in fiscal year 2022/23.
Turnquest said most sectors of the economy will take time to restart, and many businesses will need time to rebuild and rebound.
He said the Governments contributions to the economy will be a vital lifeline to keep the economic engine running.
Turnquest said the countrys rebound will be heavily dependent on how quickly travel resumes, noting that the Central Bank has forecast that real GDP in The Bahamas will contract by some 12 percent.
He noted that unprecedented times call for an unprecedented budget.
This budget is unlike any the country has ever seen before. The 12 months past have been unlike anything the country has ever experienced, he said.
Most sectors of our economy will take time to restart and many businesses will need time to rebuild and rebound. The Governments contributions to the economy will be a vital lifeline to keep the economic engine running, and to deliver the impact we seek from our immediate restoration plan.
The Resilient Bahamas Plan will come at a necessary but unprecedented cost. What is at stake is the unquestionable need to protect the Bahamian people, stabilize our economy and transform this crisis into an opportunity for our national restoration.
According to Turnquest the government expects toexpectsto run a deficit of some $1.3 billion, or 11.6 percent of GDP in the new fiscal year.
The imperative of investing in a strategy like the Resilient Bahamas Plan, coupled with the associated revenue loss from subdued business activity will result in an unprecedented fiscal deficit.
The governments plan he said seeks to achieve severalobjectives, namely: to protect thewell-beingand engender the confidence of our citizens and residents;maintain economic stability during the COVID-19 induced crisis; andplant the seeds for accelerated recovery.
In doing so, we will transform this crisis into an opportunity for our economic and national revival, he said.
Turnquest also stressed thatthere will be no tax increases.
While there may be headcount reductions due to retirements and expiring contracts for consultants and services, there will be no public sector layoffs. There will be no one left to fend for themselves while the economy is reeling from the worst slowdown in modern history. We will stand united in support of people and communities, businesses and consumers, who are already feeling the strain.
Still, Turnquest noted that despite the stark declinebeing seenin our various fiscal and economic indicators,the countrywill move onward from this crisis.
There are a number of independent economic indicators to give the Bahamian people hope and reassurance, he said.
Most recently, we have seen prospects for the near term that indicate an appetite for private sector investment. The Cruise Ports $130 million bond offering was oversubscribed when it closed on May 18.
This signals that, despite the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, investors are confident in the tourism industry generally, and the recovery of the cruise industry and revitalization of Downtown Nassau, in particular, Turnquest said.
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Along with Nevada, the State of Delaware has traditionally been one of the most flexible regions of the United States when it comes to gambling. Both sports betting and casino play have been allowed for some time and Delaware has also opened its doors to online operators in both key areas.
Largely because of this flexibility, online casinos have been very successful in Delaware but in 2020, the gambling industry faces a huge test. Coronavirus has left a devastating effect on lives right across the world and the global economy could also take many years to recover. With those concerns in mind, just what effect has Covid-19 had on the online casino industry inside Delaware?
If we want to go deeper in terms of Delaware online casinos we can read more here but the sector is an important contributor to the State economy. Overall, the gambling industry is worth some $1 billion dollars in Delaware and casinos certainly play their part.
Delaware may be a relatively small State with a shade under 100,000 residents but it certainly generates a significant amount of revenue through gambling. Among the figures released, its shown that $3 million of those funds come from the online casino sector. Thats a healthy number and although physical casinos within the State bring in far more revenue, online play is a big contributor and its one that has steadily grown over the years.
With little to stand in the way of that growth, online casinos in Delaware were set to thrive long into the future but what impact has Coronavirus had on that development?
One area of the gambling industry is certainly struggling with the issues surrounding Covid-19 but its not online casino play. From the middle of March onwards, the global sporting calendar has essentially ground to a halt and big sports betting companies are just starting to report on the subsequent impact.
One prominent group has reported that losses that can be attributed to Coronavirus tally up to some 50 million (GBP) a month and those are clearly significant figures. In the meantime, stats from Google show that search interest in sports betting terms are at their lowest levels for five years.
Sports betting operators can work to mitigate these losses to an extent: Alongside all of the traditional sporting events, there are markets for eSports, virtual sports, plus options in the realms of politics and entertainment. Its clear that customers are being directed more towards these markets while sport tentatively makes its way back on to the schedules from mid-May on wards.
While sports betting has undoubtedly suffered, the current climate actually favors the sector covering online casinos and that includes operators providing services in Delaware. Casino games are static and automated and they are not affected by external conditions such as the weather or a global pandemic. In fact, while the majority of the planet is on lock-down, it might be fair to assume that interest in online casino play would actually increase and the figures certainly back up that theory.
Poker is just one part of the overall online casino sector and it sits prominently alongside other card games, together with other options such as roulette and slot machines. As part of the platform, poker is now enjoying a surge of interest which can only be put down to the effects of Covid-19.
One report states that in the US as a whole, there has been an increase in online poker play of 43 per cent. Meanwhile, new sign ups on poker sites are listed at a staggering 255 per cent. Thats a nationwide return but clearly some of those players will be located in Delaware and they will be enjoying more poker while lockdowns continue. In turn, those online casino revenues will keep on heading up for the time being.
If a gambling operator is struggling with its sports betting figures, it can direct its customers to eSports and other available options but it can also encourage account holders to look at casino. The vast majority of operators have one central website which covers all options including sports, casino and, on occasions, bingo and lottery. Customers can easily switch between platforms and that increase in poker play suggests that theyve fully grasped the opportunity.
There is little to stand in the way of casino at the moment but there are certain developments that might just slow the growth of the industry in Delaware and beyond.
The gambling landscape in the United States of America is slowly starting to change. In May 2018, a significant development took place when the Supreme Court overturned the earlier PASPA ruling which had outlawed sports betting.
A year earlier, in 2017, an organization known as the i-Development and Economic Association (iDEA), was set up with a view to lobbying governments and to put pressure on them to allow online gambling in the US. iDEA cited New Jersey as a positive example of a region that had made online gambling legal and was, as a result, receiving significant boosted revenue within the state.
In 2020, with Coronavirus having a devastating impact on the national economy, the lobbying by iDEA and similar bodies has intensified.
We know that Delaware already allows online casino play, along with other forms of gambling so, if those lobby groups get their way and the industry is extended, why would this State be affected?
Those players who are situated inside Delaware should continue to play and to add to the States revenue figures but an increase in online casino play in neighboring areas might just have an adverse effect. Some operators dont actually insist that the customer has to be a resident of Delaware. As long as they are physically situated inside the State when they log on to play, thats perfectly fine as far as some companies are concerned.
In future, anyone from a neighboring state who makes a point of crossing the line to play online casino in Delaware may stay within their own borders and that could affect the revenue produced. Thats one theory but in the main, the projection for online casinos is a positive one, even while Coronavirus continues to have a detrimental effect on the US economy as a whole.
It may be some time before the full effects of Coronavirus are known but the figures that have been released so far have backed up the theories outlined here. With very little sport on the calendar, sports betting is suffering with big losses being recorded among the operators.
In contrast, poker and online casino play is reporting an upturn in interest while existing and new customers are at home and looking for likely forms of entertainment. It may also be reasonable to assume that the new players turning to poker and other forms of casino play will continue to add revenue once sport returns. Theyve found an exciting new hobby and while some may naturally drift away, others will be retained.
Until those figures are finally released we can only make assumptions but the theory that online casino play will thrive in Delaware is an informed one. During any national or global crisis, certain sectors will actually benefit and therefore, while the US economy braces itself for what comes next, the online casino industry seems likely to grow.
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Bonuses are an integral part of playing at online casinos. A good bonus can improve your odds against the casino and increase your chances of winning. In this guide, you will learn how bonuses work and how to choose the best casino bonuses.
Before choosing a casino bonus, it is important to understand how they work. Most online casinos offer welcome bonuses to new customers and reload bonuses for active players, but the bonus structure, wagering requirements and terms can vary from casino to casino. When you claim a bonus, you get extra bonus cash on top of your deposit. For example, if you claim a 100% casino bonus on a $100 deposit, you will start with a balance of $200 instead of just your deposit amount.
There are many types of casino bonuses, and some of them come with free spins on top. For example, players who claim the bonus for TeleVega casino get two bonuses and 150 extra spins on their two first deposits. Not only do bonuses give players more value for their money and extend their playtime, but they can also increase their chances of ending the day with a profit. More funds in the balance means more chances of hitting a win that results in a withdrawal. However, it is crucial to be aware of the wagering requirements and bonus terms and conditions before claiming any casino bonus.
The majority of casino bonuses have wagering requirements and a set of terms and conditions. In short, the wagering requirement is how many times players need to play through the bonus amount before it turns into real, withdrawable cash. Most casino bonuses have a wagering requirement of between 40 to 60 times the bonus amount. If you claim a $50 bonus with a wagering requirement of 50x, you have to play for $2,500 before you can withdraw the bonus funds and winnings. This may seem like a difficult requirement, but online slot machines have high payout percentages that make the wagering process much easier.
In addition to checking the wagering requirements, players should always take a minute to read through the terms and conditions. All casinos have various rules that need to be followed when playing with bonus funds. At some sites, players are not allowed to play live casino games or table games with bonus cash. Some slots can also be restricted before the wagering requirement has been cleared. Additionally, it is important to note that most bonuses have a maximum bet limit, which means that you are not allowed to bet more than a specific amount per round or spin.
Casino bonuses give players extra money on top of their deposits, and taking a good bonus can be very advantageous. Just remember to check the wagering requirements and terms and conditions before claiming a deposit bonus.
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With Atlantic City being closed since mid-Marchdue to the outbreak of COVID-19, there hasnt been much in the way of good news for New Jersey gambling.
But in the realm of online gambling, there have been a lot of bright spots as of late. NJ online casinos have picked up the slack with no in-house gambling available.
On May 22, a Golden Nugget online casino member Scotty W, from Bridgeton, won $1 million on a single spin playing the video slot game Pillars of Asgard.
It was the biggest single-spin video slot game win in the US since online casinos became legal in New Jersey in 2013.
According to a press release, Scotty W was supposed to be on a cruise but, instead, was home due to the pandemic.
I cant believe it, Scotty W said, My week went from planting and gardening to winning a million dollars.
Scotty, who plans to buy a home in Florida with his winnings, was attracted to Pillars of Asgard due to its Norse theme. After about an hour of playing, he hit the games bonus feature. He saw the prize multiplier hit 25,000.
This wasnt Scottys first big win online at the Golden Nugget as he won a giveaway in 2019, taking home a Ford Mustang.
Impressed by Scottys win was Tillman Fertitta, the owner of Golden Nugget Atlantic City.
As the billion dollar buyer, I am thrilled to hear that one of our loyal online casino patrons has become an instant million dollar winner in one life-changing spin. I look forward to congratulating him personally.
To celebrate Scottys win, the Golden Nugget online casino offered 10 free spins on Pillars of Asgard all Memorial Day weekend.
One of the biggest surprises about Scottys win was the game that he won on.
Pillars of Asgard isnt as well-known as other slot games for its return-to-player (RTP) percentage. The online slot that usually gets all the news is Divine Fortune.
Divine Fortune has one of the highest RTP scores of 96.8% and has paid out more than $3 million to New Jersey players since 2017. The jackpot for Divine Fortune at Golden Nugget online stands at $179,290.09 as of Thursday.
Divine Fortune on PlaySugarHousegave a lucky winner in Pennsylvania a record win just this week. That win totaled $533K.
By comparison, the Pillars of Asgard has an RTP of 96%. But its max payout is $1 million.
While a major score, Scotty Ws million-dollar spin is on the lower end of biggest online casino wins. That includes New Jersey and beyond.
NJ online casinos have had some impressive wins in the last six years of legal online gambling. In 2014, a player on HarrahsCasino.com won $1,334,641 playing Millionaire Genie.
But even that pales in comparison to the biggest NJ online winner to date. In 2015, a truly lucky player won $1,520,000 playing Let It Ride on Betfair online casino.
Beyond New Jersey, the wins are even bigger.
In 2016, New Zealander Rawiri Pou played the Mega Moolah progressive slot game and won $10,144,395.82, which equals about $7.4 million.
The biggest winner in online slots history, however, is still unknown.
All that is known is that in 2013, a Finnish man placed a 25-cent bet on the Mega Fortune progressive jackpot game. What started as a small bet, grew to 17,861,800 euros, which to this day, is the largest online progressive slot jackpot win in history.
While these are all impressive jackpot winnings, they are all progressive jackpot winnings, which means that the jackpots were built up over time.
What makes Scotty Ws million-dollar win at Golden Nugget online casino all the more impressive was that he was able to accomplish it in just one spin.
Heres to that new home in Florida, Scotty!
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Online Casino and Game Software Market Research Report 2020: Key Players, Applications, Drivers, Trends and Forecast to 2026 – News Distinct
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The Online Casino and Game Software Market is analyzed in depth in the report, with the main aim of providing precise market data and useful recommendations so that players can achieve strong growth in the future. The report is compiled by experienced experts and market analysts, which makes it very authentic and reliable. Readers have an in-depth analysis of historical and future market scenarios to gain a good understanding of market competition and other important issues. The report provides in-depth research on market dynamics, key segments, key players and various regional markets. It is a complete set of in-depth analysis and research on the Online Casino and Game Software market.
The report authors highlighted the lucrative business prospects, catchy trends, regulatory situations and Online Casino and Game Software market price scenarios. It is important to note that the report contains a detailed analysis of the macroeconomic and microeconomic factors affecting the growth of the Online Casino and Game Software market. It is divided into several sections and chapters so that you can easily understand all aspects of the Online Casino and Game Software market. Market participants can use the report to take a look at the future of the Online Casino and Game Software market and make significant changes to their operating style and marketing tactics to achieve sustainable growth.
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Top Key Players of the Online Casino and Game Software Market:
The competitive landscape of the Online Casino and Game Software market is discussed in detail in the report, focusing on the latest developments, the future plans of the main players and the most important growth strategies they have adopted. The analysts who wrote the report presented almost all of the key players in the Online Casino and Game Software market and highlighted their critical business aspects such as production, business areas and product portfolio. All of the companies analyzed in the report are examined according to key factors such as market share, market growth, company size, production volume, sales and profits.
The report provides an excellent overview of the main Online Casino and Game Software market segments, focusing on their CAGR, market size, market share and potential for future growth. The Online Casino and Game Software market is mainly divided by product type, application and region. Each segment of these categories is thoroughly researched to familiarize you with its growth prospects and key trends. Segment analysis is very important to identify the most significant pockets of growth in a global market. The report provides specific information on market growth and demand for various products and applications so that players can focus on profitable sectors of the Online Casino and Game Software market.
Key Questions Answered
The report answers important questions that companies may have when operating in the Online Casino and Game Software market. Some of the questions are given below:
Answering such types of questions can be very helpful for players to clear their doubts when implementing their strategies to gain growth in the Online Casino and Game Software market. The report offers a transparent picture of the real situation of the Online Casino and Game Software market so that companies can operate more effectively. It can be customized according to the needs of readers for better understanding of the Online Casino and Game Software market.
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