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Does anyone know when this is due out? VS had it for about 37 minutes and then it disappeared, haven't seen it anywhere else?
 

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Does anyone know when this is due out? VS had it for about 37 minutes and then it disappeared, haven't seen it anywhere else?
They pulled it when they realized their mistake in offering a slot over 94%.
 

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Does anyone know when this is due out? VS had it for about 37 minutes and then it disappeared, haven't seen it anywhere else?
Been playing this loads at Skol Casino, some at SlotNite Casino and a little at LeoVegas and love it, not just because it's a decent slot but because of the RTP of course.

As surprising as it may seem, I have had a bad session on it. It's still designed in the casino's favour, as you know, but it's a players release...........

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Recommend in a heartbeat, just be mindful its still a slot :)
 

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Will be named Book of 99 attempts to do one spin at Novibet if it plays like most the games over there. Made a small deposit there the other day and half the games I tried wouldn't even load, the rest were constantly giving communication errors. Useless.

Yes, I saw mention of this somewhere else I think, luckily for me I've not had any errors but only played a couple of times there over the last week.

Extremely off-putting with consistent errors.
 

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I've got an account at LeoVegas but it has decided to show me a pop up that suggests I'm playing from the USA (!?!?!), if I click on the UK flag it logs me in but then immediately logs me out again.

I've never heard of Skol Casino, is it legit?

I was hoping this game would turn up at Unibet, Rizk or 21Casino but no sign at either.
 
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ChopleyIOM

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Served at 2.8% 😬 This means if you start with £100 and play at £1 a spin you'll get only 103 spins before you go bust. Be careful out there slot fans...

Crikey has it got even pissier? It used to be 3.2% didn't it?

I occasionally partook of a Skol in the past if I wasn't in the mood for drinking.
 

ChopleyIOM

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Well I've signed up at the bizarrely named Skol Casino, I'll give Book of 99 a decent session this evening for the next video on my channel.

The SUB is not available to UK players but it seemed to recognise my IOM address OK and I was able to take the SUB (well, there are five SUBs actually), although Book of 99, unsurprisingly, contributes 0% to wagering :D

Site itself seems clean and simple to use, and it has an option to list games by provider, which is something that continues to elude, for example, Unibet.
 

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Yes, not often a release makes bonus exclusion on day one. Never seen a list be updated so quick.

I think welcome bonus is available for UK. Thats what I've been riding :)

List is alphabetical and doesn't apply until bonus kicks in as I'm sure you know, best of luck :)
 

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I find this a quite worrying release in the bigger picture of things. Won't be winning any popularity contests, but figured what the hell, posting anyway.

The trend of moving towards extremely volatile games and now potentially games that return 99% to player, can only work for operators that are big enough in the industry.

Even they won't be happy with it, but they'll survive it. The smaller ones that still have to fight for their market space and can still be influenced by swings (big wins) are very negatively impacted by this. Not because they cannot afford to pay the big wins that high-volatility creates (if they can't, they have no right to be in the space anyway), but because it affects the margins (NGR minus cost of sales) so dramatically.

Game suppliers – in a traditional contract – ask for a profit sharing and (sometimes) a minimum guaranteed fee, but will never share in the loss. If players win in any given month, the operator is required to pay the minimum “profit” sharing, but won’t see it deducted by the wins.

In a game model where the selling proposition in recent years clearly moved-away from low volatile titles to not just high volatile titles, but extreme volatile titles, the commercial model in which you operate as an operator becomes shaky. When a slot takes it all in one month, to then spew it away the next one, you end-up paying superficially high revenue share percentages that you at the start of the cooperation would never agree with. Simple example:

Month A: 100 EUR bets; 0 EUR wins -> profit sharing of 10% on 100 EUR = 10 EUR
Month B: 100 EUR bets; 180 EUR wins -> profit sharing of 10% on 0 EUR = 0 EUR, maybe a minimum fee on top in addition, depending on the supplier.

Even without minimum fee, you have now paid 10 EUR in fees on 20 EUR in revenue, in other words, 50%. This is of course an extreme example to illustrate a point, but you get the picture. It changes the margins dramatically.

High-volatile games were a good innovation by the game suppliers, don't get me wrong, it was an instant hit with players and I believe it also generated a lot of new blood (traffic) that previously wasn't interested by online games. So while it represented a problem to small and medium players and their margins and while it was a big shift (commercially) in favor of the supplier, it also had a lot of pro's for the casino itself.

If, however, you are now going to take it even further and mix high volatility into a 99% RTP model, you are creating games that may work well for you individually as a supplier (I’m sure they’ll get plenty of exposure from streamers with it), but that do not work for the partners that hosts the games. Maybe for a select few that are sufficiently big, but not for those below that size. If you eliminate competition this way, you’ll end-up in an environment with just a few big players out there and nothing else (except for those not giving a damn about ethics anyway, as they'll confiscate the win later on anyway). In my view, that cannot be healthy.

That is why I’m personally not very happy about this release, because I like to play on new casino's (that are rated decently) because they are still "hungry" and generally speaking often offer a better personalized service than the big ones. Moreover so, because the motive for the release - I'm sure - wasn't altruism and "supporting the player", more an attempt to regain market share that was slowly deteriorating with new suppliers arriving on the scene.

I don’t think it’s a benefit to the average casino player in the bigger scheme of things, when competition gets eliminated, innovation stops and just two categories of casino’s remain: those that scam & those that launched early enough to have made their money in easier circumstances. Because I am 100% sure a small and medium sized casino cannot run on a 99% RTP + high volatility game model (when doing things properly) and even for the big mammoths in the industry it will ultimately start representing a problem, certainly in territories where extra taxes are due. The best proof of that being that quite a few of them already moved to lower RTP versions of games that were "just" around 97%.

So who this release really caters to, is indeed the player (short-term), but in the long-term, those that creatively find ways to lower the payout ratio (e.g declining withdrawals), unhindered by even > 100% RTPs. And the game supplier itself of course...
 

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Surely it's just for casinos to decide for themselves if they want to take the game or not? By all accounts a lot of places aren't taking Book Of 99 on, which is their choice.

I don't see this as starting some kind of trend towards mega-high RTP games, it's more of a one-off novelty I suspect, and at the end of the day it's only possible to plug away at a single game for so long.

TBH I'm finding it very hard to find a way to turn the existence of a 99% game into something that's bad for players, although I do appreciate the substantial effort you applied to the task in your post!
 
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