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While fight fans around the world wait in eager anticipation for what is turning out to be the biggest spectacle in the fighting fraternity, the haymaker punch seems to be the obvious oversight we’ve all made before. Floyd Mayweather will meet Connor McGregor on 26 August 2017 in a format that likely suits the undefeated champion, who will be looking to take his tally up to 50-0. 


mayweather-vs-mcgregor

One obvious oversight that almost everyone seems to be overlooking is the almost-fact that we’ll all be watching a fight we’ve seen before. While anything could still happen on the night, we’ll see nothing new that we didn’t already see in what was called the “Fight of the Century” between Mayweather and Pacquiao. The fight did everything but live up to any of its expectations and would probably not go down in the history books as the “Fight of the Century”, but rather the “Hype of the Century”.

The Fight Versus the Hype

This pre-fight hype is something we’re all already experiencing with the Mayweather vs. McGregor news conference tour. The two have been seen to be exchanging not so cheap gimmicks. While the Pacquiao fight didn’t seem to draw as much attention as the McGregor fight, it was more touted for its pure fight value rather than its spectacle value like with Mayweather vs. McGregor. The two have been touring and promoting their fight in an almost parade like fashion, boasting about either how much money they have, their dress sense or lack thereof and, finally, fight predictions.

While it may prove more interesting to score their verbal encounters, scoring their actual fight night on the 26th would prove both redundant and well, predictable. Mayweather has infamously mastered the art of the shoulder roll, and his defensive ability will once again prove too strong for McGregor’s relentless and fierce attack. Although both have predicted knockout wins, true boxing fans will know that McGregor will be a fish out of water when he meets Mayweather in the square ring. What you can definitely expect from both fighters is some showboating and hopefully a few good combinations, but a knockout seems rather unlikely right now.

Should You Watch the Fight?

Overall, if Mayweather’s last three fights have been anything near entertaining for fight fans and even neutrals, then this will be a show worth watching. For those who have seen it and gotten the t-shirt, you’d be better off watching the highlights of the fight’s best moments as both fighters will certainly showcase their respective abilities. Mayweather’s flawless defence is still an art worth admiring along with McGregor’s ruthless attack will all make for a worthwhile highlights package at the end of it all.

Poker Players took on AI

The advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been broadly explored the past few decades. However, the greatest breakthrough in AI experiments came through recently.

AI and its application to the game of poker are the focus of research for two Carnegie Mellon University scholars. Computer Science professor, Tuomas Sandholdm and Ph.D. student Noam Brown, developed an AI program that is capable of beating out top professional poker players.

AI vs Profressional Poker Player

To put the invention to the test, Libratus, the name of the program is known by, took on four season poker players in a 20 day No Limit Hold’em heads-up match. He took on Jimmy Chou, Dong Kim, Jason Les, and Daniel McAulay. Libratus managed to beat them all out by ending the tournament with $1.7 million worth of chips.

How Did Libratus Do It?

At first, Libratus had difficulty sorting through imperfect information, while trying to detect whether his opponents were bluffing. This is because Libratus has been developed to deploy a different kind of approach to the game of poker, in comparison to previous AI products.

After each day Libratus would analyse his strategy used throughout the day with the use of a complex meta-algorithm. He also explored the holes his opponents had spotted in his behavior during a round of poker. From here, he would prioritize these behaviours and improve on the three most obvious behaviours.

Libratus was able to self-improve his gameplay each day and his ability to identify the presence and essence of holes in his own strategy are what has made Libratus’s ability ground-breaking.

This has left Libratus for the time being the most proficient program in heads-up No-Limit Hold’em games. However, the more players at one poker table does mean more possible outcomes. Effectively, this does provide more of a challenge for the AI program to go for the best possible moves.

Microgaming™ Sign their First Supply Deal of 2017

World leading online gambling provider Microgaming™ have their first top-tier supply deal for the year. They will be partnering with poker brand, PokerStars. Under the agreement between both parties, PokerStars will provide its online casino content to Microgaming™ via the Quickfire gaming platform.

Microgaming and Quickfire

Why PokerStars?

It has been said, despite PokerStar being primarily associated with online poker, they are looking for ways to diversify their gaming portfolio. The brand opened their own online casino, and the deal with Microgaming™ allows them to achieve their goal of offering more variety in terms of casino games available.

Microgaming™ will be making their gaming portfolio available to the PokerStar’s global online casino. The website is expected to go live in mid-2017, and the content will be available across desktop and mobile devices.

PokerStars first launched their website in 2014 and had since added content from leading industry suppliers. Aside from the global website the brand has launched various casino products in a number of regulated jurisdictions around Europe and other parts of the world.

What’s Next for PokerStars

In addition to the agreement with Microgaming™, PokerStars are striving to increase their customer base beyond online casino games. They are also looking for go live with an online sports betting brand.

PokerStars is currently owned by the Isle of Man-headquartered gambling company Rational Group.

Pollen Party

Pollen Party is a real treat of a slot game. This is Microgaming™’s first ever 720 ways to win format slot game. This fun and quirky mobile slot game has been brought to life by the marvelous Microgaming™ developers, which means you can expect only the very best. The symbols and sound effects have all been developed with cutting edge technology and are very easy on the eye.

Pollen Party Screenshot

Pollen Party Buzzing Rewards

Pollen Party is a unique 5-reel mobile slot game that features 720 ways to win. This online slot offers players a one of a kind casino playing experience.

  • Symbols players can find on the reels include; various Bees, Honey Pots, Royal Jelly, Honey Cereal, Honeycomb, and Honey.
  • The Free Spins feature is triggered by landing three, four, or five Scatter symbols anywhere on the reels.
  • Players will receive 12 Free Spin which not recursive, nor is there a bonus multiplier reward for winning combinations.
  • Babee Bonus: This feature is triggered by landing three or more of the Bonus Scatters. When this feature is active, players will be required to pick honey spots until the hidden POP icon is found. There is also a hidden extra life Bee to be found. When this bee is found, the gameplay will be extended.
  • During the Babee Bonus, there are 20 possible selections, 17 cash prizes, 2 Pop items, and 1 Babee Pop-Blocker.
  • All bonus wins are multiplied by the total bet.
  • The Babee Bonus cannot be triggered during the free spins.
  • The Wild symbol has the ability to replace all other non-scatter symbols on the reels.

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Pollen Party is an interesting and unique game that you will not be able to find anywhere else. The Microgaming™ gaming developers have certainly outdone themselves and providing players with such a quirky and mobile game!

Secret Romance for the Month of Love

Secret Romance

The Secret Romance online slot game, which features a classical theme of romance love is heading to the Australian shores in February. Players will be able to feel the love from February 1st, 2017. The slot is filled with all your favourite bonuses, features, and some rather attractive icons.

Secret Romance Gameplay

The Secret Romance takes place across five reels that feature 15 fixed paylines. This slot is worth a spin. To make things even more attractive is the fact that there is a wide betting range, so you really have no excuse not to give it a try.

  • Free Spins: 14 Free Spins up for grabs, which is triggered by landing at least three Diamond Ring Scatter symbols.
  • During the free spins feature, there is a multiplier trail reward available for all winning combinations. The trail starts off at 2x and ranges up to 5x.
  • The free spins feature is not recursive.
  • All wins are paid from left to right on active paylines. However, the scatter symbol will pay in any direction on any payline.
  • During the base game there are stacked Mystery symbols. The stack can appear four symbols high and across all the reels during the base game. During the Free Spins round, they can appear super stacked.
  • These mystery symbols will transform into any icon on the reels, but not the Wild logo during the base game.
  • However, during the Free Spins round the Mystery symbol can transform into other icons on the reels, including the Wild logo.

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Halloween Cash Dash at Casino-Mate

Halloween Casino-Mate Promo

Casino-Mate is hosting a Halloween promotion that will reward with pumpkins. The promotion will run from October 2016 to November 6th, 2016. So, if you are looking for a different way to go trick or treating this Halloween, then Casino-Mate online casino may have the answer for you.

How the Halloween Cash Dash Promotion Works:

The Halloween Cash Dash is a progressive promotion where players will be required to earn ten pumpkins in order to complete one checkpoint and progress to the next one. There is a total of six checkpoints to complete. For every checkpoint completed players will be treated to generous bonus offers. In addition, the color of the pumpkins for each checkpoint is a different color, and when all ten pumpkins have been collected for the checkpoint, the checkpoint will light up in color as the pumpkins.


How to Earn Pumpkins:

  • All Green, Silver, and Gold category players will be required to wager 250 casino credits to earn one pumpkin. This means they will need to wager 2,500 casino credits to complete one checkpoint.
  • Platinum category players with VIP status will be required to player 1000 casino credits to be rewarded with one pumpkin. This means VIP players will be required to wager 10,000 casino credits to complete one checkpoint.
  • Russian players will be required to wager 6,250 Russian Rubles to receive one pumpkin. This means Russian players will be required to wager 62,500 Russian Rubles to complete one checkpoint.

However, completing a checkpoint is not the only way players can be claim bonus offers. Throughout the promotion gameplay, the Grim Reaper will chase a bunny, and for every time the bunny is caught, players will be rewarded with a special bonus at the end of the promotion.


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The Halloween Cash Dash is one of many ways players will be treated to lucrative rewards at Casino-Mate this Halloween!

Nico Rosberg Wins in Japan to Extend Championship Lead

2016 F1 World Champion Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg extended his championship lead after winning the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, October 9th, 2016. Max Verstappen and team-mate Lewis Hamilton struck back from a nightmare start to round up the podium.

The celebrations for the Mercedes team never ended there. The first and third finish at the Formula 1 Emirates Japanese Grand Prix Circuit meant the team wrapped up the constructor’s championship. Effectively, this awarded the team their third consecutive constructor’s trophy.

Nico Rosberg had the momentum throughout the weekend topping the time sheets in all three free practise sessions, as well as topping the qualifying to start in pole position. A slow start from team-mate Lewis Hamilton, which saw him drop from second position to eighth which initially gave Rosberg the start he needed to take control of the race from start to finish.

Rosberg controlled the race well out in front of the pack to award him his first ever Japanese win, and ninth of the season so far. He is now 33 points clear of team-mate Hamilton in the driver’s standing and is only required to finish second or better for the remaining four races to take his first driver’s championship.

Formula 1 Emirates Japanese Grand Prix Top 10 Classifications

  • Nico Rosberg
  • Max Verstappen
  • Lewis Hamilton
  • Sebastian Vettel
  • Kimi Raikkonon
  • Danial Ricciardo
  • Sergio Perez
  • Nico Hulkenberg
  • Felipe Massa
  • Valtteri Bottas

Shanghai Beauty New Online Slot

Shanghai Beauty

Get ready to enter the Shanghai Beauty contest and experience the traditional riches Shanghai has to offer. Shanghai Beauty will not disappoint you as it comes packed with all your favourite features that will help you bank impressive payouts. This new MicrogamingTM innovation will be available in the Casino-Mate game lobby from October 5th, 2016!

Shanghai Beauty Features

General information

  • Reels: 5
  • Paylines: 9
  • Maximum coins: 45.00
  • Minimum Coins: 0.05
  • Wild Symbol: Yes- Doubles Payouts
  • Scatter Symbol: Yes
  • Multiplier Symbol: Yes
  • Bonus Features: Free Spins, Retriggerable


Free Spins

  • Land at least three Scatter symbols on the reels to trigger the Free Spins.
  • 15 Free Spins are awarded.
  • All winning combinations during the Free Spins come with a 3x Multiplier.
  • Free Spins are retriggerable

Australian Universities Improve in World Rankings

Monash UNiverstiy

Six Australian universities have been ranked amongst the top 100 in the world; this is according to Times Higher Education (THE) world rankings index.

The University of Melbourne was ranked as Australia’s top university coming in equal 33rd place, followed by the Australian National University in 47th, University of Queensland and University of Sydney both in 60th, Melbourne’s Monash University in 74th place, and lastly, the University of New South Wales in 78th position all made the top 100.

World Universities Judging Criteria

The annual rankings consist of the top 980 universities from all over the world by judging them on numerous categories. The different aspects are taken into consideration before the rankings list was finalised include; Teaching, Research, Citations, International Outlook, and Industry income. The main categories that contribute the highest percentage are the teaching, research, and citation categories. These three contribute a total of 90% of the total score.

Within each of the categories range of different aspects are taken into consideration. One of the aspects these aspects include the proportion of postgraduates to undergraduates. The rankings’ authors suggest, a high level of teaching that is attractive to undergraduates and shows a commitment to nurturing the next generation of academics.

Other aspects taken into consideration include; Staff-to-student ratio and Doctorates-awarded-to-academic-staff ratio.

Top Australian Universities

  • University of Melbourne (33)
  • Australian National University (47)
  • University of Queensland (60)
  • University of Sydney (60)
  • Monash University (Melbourne) (74)
  • University of New South Wales (78)
  • University of Western Australia (125)
  • University of Adelaide (142)

October’s Innovation: Lost Vegas Online Pokie

Lost Vegas Slot Machine

MicrogamingTM is introducing an all new online slot that will have you on the edge of your seat. Lots Vegas will be available for you to enjoy in October 2016. This new online slot game will come with all the popular features players love.

What to Expect with Lost Vegas

Players will have the opportunity to experience the aftermath of a Zombie apocalypse in the familiar location of Las Vegas. This online pokie game boasts incredibly high-quality graphics that are accompanied by an appealing soundtrack that will make your gaming experience that much more worthwhile.

Lost Vegas gives players the option to play in one of two modes, they can play as the human survivors or as the hungry Zombie crowd. Players who feel indecisive about what mode they would prefer to play in, fear not as you can switch between modes to give them both a test run.


Regarding Bonus features found in the base game, players can look forward to two exciting bonus games, which are triggered randomly. The first feature is the Blackout Bonus, where night vision scans the reels for Zombies or Survivors and will award cash prizes accordingly. The second feature is the Zombie Fist of Cash Feature which will punch onto the screen to reward cash prizes.


There is also the popular Free Spins feature to look out for. The Lost Vegas Free Spins feature offers different types of free spins, depending on the mode you are playing in. However, whether the Survivor Free Spins or Zombie Free Spins feature has been triggered, both will reward you generously.


Enjoy Lost Vegas at Casino-Mate

Lost Vegas is a fascinating online pokie that will be heading your way in October. This pokie is suitable for both new and experienced players alike. The thrilling features will help reward you in very big ways, so be sure to keep an eye out for the Lost Vegas Online Slot game at Casino-Mate Online Casino.


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