Friday, August 14, 2009

GTECH G2’s International Bingo Network Launches New X Factor Game Based on UK TV Series

X Factor Top Slotter tournament runs every weekend through August

GTECH G2’s new “X Factor Steps to Stardom” slots game launched today across its International Bingo Network just in time for the new X Factor TV series that begins on UK TV this Saturday.

“X Factor Steps to Stardom” is a brand new five-reel, 20-line slot machine based on the X Factor TV series. Like the hugely popular television program, it features a special Judges Bonus Round, its very own Boot Camp and a live final round. Players will also recognize the catchy X Factor theme song that plays throughout.

To celebrate the launch of the new X Factor game, the International Bingo Network (IBN) is hosting a special X Factor “Top Slotter” competition every weekend throughout August. The player at the top of the leader board at the end of the month will be crowned the X Factor Steps to Stardom Champion and win tickets to a live X Factor show and a great cash prize. In addition, the top fifty players will be inducted into the X Factor Hall of Fame with additional cash prizes for the runners up.

The International Bingo Network (IBN) is operated by St Minver which, along with Boss Media, Finsoft and Dynamite Idea, is now part of GTECH G2, the igaming division of lottery industry leader, GTECH.

“The X Factor game is just one of many exciting new branded games that are being launched by the International Bingo Network over the next few months with local versions of many of the games being launched across our network of bingo sites in seven other European markets “ said Alison Digges, GTECH G2 Group Head of Bingo.

The IBN includes such popular bingo sites as Littlewoods Bingo, Yahoo Games and the Daily Mail’s Coffee Break Bingo. It features 90-ball bingo games, big jackpots, exciting tournaments and generous bonuses.

Great Turnout for Jamie Gold Charity Tournament at Poker in the Park

The Jamie Gold Charity Tournament reached its cap of 50 players as an array of celebrity and poker playing talent took to the felt last night in the Shadow Lounge within the Casino at the Empire.

The Jamie Gold Charity Tournament, that took place as part of the Poker in the Park festival in Leicester Square, was hosted by the 2006 WSOP Main Event winner Jamie Gold and co-hosted by 2008 WSOP Main Event winner, and youngest ever WSOP Main Event champion, Peter Eastgate.

The tournament, which aimed to raise money for The Jamie Gold Foundation’s numerous charities, took place at The Empire’s Shadow Lounge, where a number of famous names were present including celebrity players Teddy Sheringham and Michael Greco, as well as top UK poker pros John Tabatabai, Nick Persaud, JJ Hazan, Sam Trickett and Ian Frazer.

Although the tournament buy-ins will go towards the Jamie Gold Foundation, there were a number of generous donations to the prizepool including an EPT seat worth £5,200, donated by PokerStars, as well as a seat to the Unibet Open, worth £3,000.

In the end it was a Swedish Pro, Mikael Gabrielsson, wearing Unibet colours, that took the title.

Four camera crews were on hand to capture the atmosphere as celebrities and poker players battled it out on the felt in good spirits.

Poker in the Park continues all throughout today where Jamie Gold amongst many top pros will be delivering a lecture in the Unibet Lecture Marquee. Visit to find out the full schedule of speakers.