When we sit happily at our computers and play on entertaining and rewarding slot machine games such as Crazy 7, it can sometimes be easy to forget that there are casino operators making sure that everything we are enjoying runs exactly to plan and is the quality that we expect. The ninth annual EGR Operator Awards recently took place in the Roundhouse Theatre in London, rewarding those operators who have done the best job throughout 2013 for their hard work and dedication to making sure that their players are always satisfied, no matter what time of year it is.
The prestigious Operator of the Year award was given to 888 for their fantastic package of casino, poker, and sports betting sites, and it was not a surprise to everyone since this is the third consecutive year that they have managed to scoop the award. They were unequivocally voted as the best operator all round, as they also won the two other top categories of Best poker operator and best casino operator. Commenting on the awards, Senior Vice President of 888 B2C Itai Pazner said: “This year has been an extremely exciting and successful year for 888 and all of its brands. To win all 3 of the top EGR Operator Awards is an amazing achievement and drives our continuous focus to be the leading global entertainment gaming brand.” They were not able to skip every single award, of course, and they do have some strong competitors in other categories – so while they may not yet be worried about losing their top position, there are certainly some who are ready to take over if they slip a little tiny bit at some point during the next year, with the 2014 title already in the balance.
The online sports book bet365 also managed to take home two awards, putting them at the top of the sports book category, as they were voted to be the best sports betting operator and the best in play sports operator. Other big winners were Paddy Power, who received the awards for financial betting product, social marketing campaign, and slots operator. That means that if you want to play slot machine games in Europe, the general opinion appears to be that Paddy Power is the place to do it. The best marketing campaign award of the last year was given to Unibet, and they were also highly commended in the affiliate program category for their work throughout 2013. The chief executive of William Hill, Ralph Topping, was given an award for outstanding contribution to the casino gaming industry, and the game of the year award was given to the Big Bad Wolf slot machine game created by Quickspin. There are sure to be a few more slot machine game players seeking that one out this month! EGR Magazine is a leading new source which covers the online gambling industry, and the game of the year award which are new to them this year, as they seek out the best in online casinos and sports books.