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  1. As online slot fans there is nothing more exciting than seeing our fellow players take home amazing jackpot wins on our favourite casino games. At GamblersPick we thought that now would be the time to celebrate with the lucky spins, immaculate timing, and mega wins of 2021. The 7 Biggest Jackpot Wins of 2021 Let’s kick off this exciting list of big wins and progressive jackpots with the largest payout for the year and work our way down the list from there: ✓Absolootly Mad Mega Moolah - €19.4 million April 27, 2021, will be a day to remember for one lucky player at Napoleon casino thanks to a life-changing Mega Moolah progressive jackpot win. The Belgian slot fan went from enjoying a few spins of his favourite slot machine to claiming the biggest online jackpot in history with a massive €19,430,724 win on Microgaming’s Absolootly Mad slot. CEO at Microgaming, Jon Coleman, said: “We’re absolootly delighted to see Mega Moolah make history once again with its latest record-breaking win, and what an incredible win it is – €19.4 million! That’s the largest jackpot payout in an online slot of all time. Congrats to the player, and well done to Napoleon Sports & Casino on their second Mega jackpot win on our network in as many weeks.” With more than €1.3 billion in payouts across their progressive network Microgaming are consistently one of the hottest jackpot slot providers. ✓Book of Atem: WowPot - €17.5 million The only this better than holding first place in the jackpot race must be holding first and second position. This is exactly what Microgaming has managed to accomplish with a stunning €17,529,047.11 progressive payout on their Book of Atem WowPot slot. Neil Banbury, UK General Manager for the Kindred Group, said: “We’re overjoyed for our player, first and foremost. Congrats on this incredible win! Well done to Microgaming, too, for delivering the industry’s leading range of progressive jackpot games. WowPot comes with a cracking set of games and is now on par with Mega Moolah as one of the big hitters.” What makes this win by a 32Red Casino player even more special is the fact that it was also the first Mega jackpot won on Book of Atem since its inception in September 2020. ✓Deal or No Deal Jackpot King slot - €8.1 million A new and exciting addition to this list of incredible jackpot wins is the recent €8,133,445.23 win on Blueprint Gaming’s underappreciated Deal or No Deal Jackpot King progressive slot. Jo Purvis, Director of UK Marketing at Blueprint Gaming, said: “Many congratulations to the lucky individual who’s received the biggest ever prize from Jackpot King. This is a truly life-changing sum of money and we couldn’t be happier for the player! This latest big win epitomises the beauty of Jackpot King and why it continues to be an integral part of an operator’s online casino offering.” The amazing thing is that this win did not cost very much at all. The lucky PokerStars Casino player was playing only €0.80 per game, and after reaching the Wheel King level was awarded an €8.1 million payday. ✓Crazy Time Live - €2.8 million An unusual entry into this list of incredible jackpot wins is Evolution Gaming’s Crazy Time live game. Building on the Dream Catcher money wheel concept Crazy Time allows players to choose their own adventure and as such win based on their decisions, not group choices. The internet went wild when Evolution Tweeted out: “Check out this massive win on the Crazy Time bonus game, where a 5000x multiplier gave a total winning pay-out of €2.8 million to players!” A group of lucky players spinning the Crazy Time wheel in the early hours of the morning landed the games maximum 5000x multiplier, awarded a cumulative jackpot payout of €2,802,834! ✓Aztec Millions slot - €3.7 million 2021 has been a good year for one lucky Golden Euro player when she turned a €27 deposit into a mind-blowing €3,746,291 win. Rather than one of the usual progressive slots we expect to see wins of this magnitude from she got lucky spinning the reels of Realtime Gaming’s popular Aztec Millions slot. ✓Sherlock & Moriarty WowPot - €2 million With two entries into the years ‘biggest jackpot wins’ list, It seems that Napoleon casino is using 2021 to transform their players into millionaires! The lucky player who has chosen to remain anonymous was cracking cases on Microgaming’s March 2021 slot title, Sherlock & Moriarty WowPot slot, when they uncovered the location a massive €2,025,388.75 windfall. ✓Sisters of Oz WowPot - €1.1 million The Sisters of Oz are doing it for themselves with the help of Microgaming’s WowPot progressive jackpot. After a near-miss in January of this year, one lucky player managed to crack the million Euro win mark on March 12th with a win of €1,123,513.15! This win is the third WowPot progressive jackpot payout in excess of €1 million in 2021. If the trend continues in the months that lie ahead WowPot could become a serious contender for the top progressive network of the year.
  2. While the adage "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet" would have you believe that there is no real difference between gambling online or at your local casino, that simply is not true. While land-based casinos do offer certain benefits like the potential to get free drinks, be comped a meal, and the experience of a night out “on the town”, playing at an online casino offers far more benefits for both experienced and beginner gamblers to enjoy. Why Gambling Online is the Best Here are 10 reasons why we believe online casinos trump their land-based peers every day of the week: 1. Perfect Environment for New Players Most online casinos offer free to play versions of the real money games they have on offer. This is the perfect way for new players to get to grips with the mechanics, features and bet sizes of any game they intend to play for real money later. Not only can you play these games for free, but each game comes with handy in-game hints and a detailed help file that explains everything from what each button does to how wins are determined and the games specific return to player percentage. 2. Online Casinos Offer Better Payouts The simple fact of the matter is that the House always has an advantage, whether playing online or at a land-based gambling venue – the trick is optimising that advantage as best possible. This is where online casinos beat out their brick and mortar counterpart’s hands down. Land-based casinos must cover the costs of running sprawling complexes which include restaurants, bars, clubs and all the staff to man these various activities. Online casinos only have support staff and tech-related costs which cost a fraction of what it takes to run an offline casino. This is why online casinos offer payouts of around 96%, this means the average house edge is as low as 4%. 3. Incredibly Range of Online Slots Slot machines are by far the most popular game type whether you choose to play online or offline, this is due to their wide range of themes, interactive features, payline options and jackpot win potential. Plus, individual developers each offer something unique to give their slots even more appeal. Big Time Gaming created their Megaways system offering up to 117,649 ways to win, Microgaming offers incredible progressive jackpot wins on their Mega Moolah slots and so much more. 4. Gamble When It Suits You Unlike online casinos which are open all year round, not all local casinos offer 24/7 access to their games. By playing online you can hop onto your favourite slot machine or play a few hands of blackjack whenever it is best for you. Oftentimes it is also simply not possible to coordinate getting to a casino venue at conventional times given the demands placed on our time by work, travel, family and more. In this instance being able to relax over a cup of coffee and a few spins of the reels when you have downtime available to you is an important feature. When you add this to the fact that you can play on your mobile device online gambling offers the most comprehensive, customer-first, gambling experience you could hope for. 5. Live and Play on Your Mobile The mobile device is far more than just a phone these days, we all run our lives from these tiny handheld computers. Online casinos understand this and offer an engaging gambling experience right there in the palm of your hand. Best of all thanks to high-quality apps and HTML5 these casinos offer the same entertainment on your device as they do when you play on your laptop or desktop computer. Allowing you to gamble whenever and wherever you want to. 6. There is Always a Seat for You A very real downside to gambling at a land-based venue, especially in smaller towns, is limited seating or access to popular games. At an online casino, whether you are playing at peak traffic times or in the middle of the night, your favourite casino table or online slot will be waiting for you to dive right in. This is equally true of buying additional casino chips while playing your favourite game. Online casinos allow you to easily top your chip stack from within the game you are playing rather than expecting you to get out of the action to go get more chips as you would at your local casino. 7. Fantastic Casino Bonus Selection Receiving bonuses at a land-based casino is highly unlikely for a new player. All new players at reputable online casinos will receive some form of welcome bonus. This bonus acts both as a gift basket to make you feel at home and as a safety net with which you can test out casino games without risking your own money. These casino bonuses will include deposit match bonuses, Free Spins, no deposit bonuses, wager free bonuses or a combination of these. Once you are a regular at the casino you will be able to avail yourself of reload bonuses, cashback and Loyalty bonuses. 8. Choose When to Play with Others A big part of ensuring your mental health though, especially during lockdowns is having the choice to play with others when you need contact and give yourself space when that is more important. One of the fastest-growing niches within the online gaming industry is the live casino sector. This allows players to step away from purely RNG casino games to enjoy the experience of interacting with a live dealer and the players around the table. As the market appetite for live games has grown so developers like Evolution Gaming have stepped up to grow their selection beyond traditional games like blackjack, roulette, and craps, to include custom games like Monopoly Live, Deal or No Deal Live and Mega Ball. 9. Protect Your Privacy with Bitcoin For players who are looking to further enhance the privacy and security offered by online gambling, there is the option to gamble at a Bitcoin casino. These sites are built on the blockchain, offer provably fair gambling, and ensure that your transactions are hidden from prying eyes thanks to Bitcoin’s incredible encryption. This is over and above any other measures, one can take online to protect their search histories and online banking by using virtual private networks (VPN) to connect to the internet. 10. Safety First When making the decision whether to play online or go to a local casino one must consider the potential health risks. Given the current situation we all find ourselves in, it is prudent to avoid crowds of people and rather play from home. With the ease of access to multiple casinos and swathes of cutting edge casino games, not to mention the bonuses and 24/7 personal support, there is very little reason to play at a land-based casino when with the click of a button you can enjoy world-class entertainment from the comfort of your home.
  3. When Lewis Carroll published Alice in Wonderland in 1865, I wonder if he had any idea that the seemingly innocuous side character, the Mad Hatter, would one day has his own day of celebration. What makes this even more amazing is the fact that Carroll never set out to publish the adventures of the erstwhile Alice. The entire adventure was merely a tale told a young girl named Alice Liddell to entertain her during a rowing trip. Carroll was firm friend with her father Henry Liddell, the Dean of Christ Church Oxford, and would regale the family with stories during visits and outings. Young Alice was so taken with the yarn Carroll had spun that she begged him to write it down for her. He did so and made her a gift of an illustrated book entitled “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground”. He was later encouraged by his mentor and leading fantasy author, George MacDonald, to flesh out the tale which we would come to know and love as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and where we would meet finally meet the Mad Hatter. The Don of Wonderland Among the many unlikely friends and foes, Alice encounters on her journey is the off-kilter character known only as the Hatter. The Hatter is described as being a jittery fellow who recites ridiculous poetry, disturbs the tea party by switching seats and on one scene is shown to dunk the poor dormouse’s head into a pot of tea, with the aid of the March Hare. While many know the character as the Mad Hatter this was not the name Carroll gave him. The name stems from the Cheshire Cat who refers to the Hatter and the March Hare as “both mad” when speaking to Alice. “Did You Know? In the 8th Century, mercury was used in hat making in a process called "carroting". Mercury poisoning drove some hatters crazy (mad).” This added to the well know phrase “mad as a hatter” seems to have fixed the character's name in the minds of both ardent readers and casual fans alike as the Mad Hatter. Mad Hatter in the Media One of the Hatter’s instantly recognisable attributes is the top hat sporting the phrase “In this style 10/6” which referred to the cost of the top hat, 10 shillings and 6 pence. This attachment to 10/6 is also the reason Mad Hatter day is celebrated on October 6th in the USA. In addition to making headlines each year when Mad Hatter Day celebrations roll around the character has been popularised over the years making appearances in books, film, television and even inspiring media and advertising company names. Despite numerous iterations of the Alice in Wonderland stories over the years the most notable and perhaps infamous portrayal of the Hatter is the one found in Tim Burton’s Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016). While Burton is known for his exaggerated set and character designs it is Depp’s Hatter who is central to the development of the film who is both terrifying and endearing. We follow Alice in her quest to save the Hatters family and so restore his mind which is beginning to fracture even more than usual sending him spiralling into madness. Addressing A Dark Reality In the current era, we are far more aware of mental health issues and how to deal with them, however, Carroll’s time sanatoriums were used as prisons for the poor, the destitute, the unwanted and the mentally unbalanced. It is a little known fact that Carroll’s uncle, Robert Skeffington Lutwidge, held the title of Commissioner in Lunacy. A Function which had him, and allowed Carroll to, visit and inspect “lunatic asylums”. This gave Carroll not only an intimate understanding of what the psychiatric community was trying to achieve but also the plight of the people locked away in these institutions. Research by Franziska E. Kohlt, Faculty of English Language and Literature, notes that Carroll’s portrayal of the Hatter shows a deep understanding of Victorian psychiatry. In Victorian institutions, tea parties were held as “therapeutic entertainments”. She goes on to write that in that time period it was writers like Carroll who dared bring such an uncomfortable topic into the light to raise public awareness of the issue. Mad Action on the Reels The Hatter has morphed over time into a character who is seen as enjoying life to the fullest and who invites any who are in need of comfort to join him in celebrating it. It is this quirky and entertaining aspect of the character that has also seen him appear in several Online Slots including these two amazing games: ✓Absolootly Mad: Mega Moolah by Microgaming In Microgaming’s Hatter themed progressive slot, there is no mention of Alice rather the entire game focuses on the nutty and wealthy Mad hatter. The reels of this classic 5x3 slot machine are filled with clever references to Lewis Carroll’s epic novels with tea cakes topped by either a smiling cat or a white chocolate rabbit, stacked teacups, a pocket watch and of course symbols bearing the face of the Hatter himself. There are also gold coins to be collected. Each coin is stamped with a 10/6 top hat and gathered enough of them you will trigger the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot feature. The Mega jackpot is seeded with a minimum payout of €1,000,000 earning this slot the name of “Absolootly Mad”. ✓The Wild Hatter by Red Tiger Red Tiger chose to draw their inspiration from Johnny Depp’s movie rendition of the Hatter for their slot machine The Wild Hatter. The lead character sports a flaming mop of red hair and a ghost-white face truly bringing out his Wild side. The reels of Wild Hatter slot are filled with instantly recognisable symbols which include a pocket watch, chess pieces, a teapot, a top hat, the Cheshire cat and of course the Hatter is the Wild. The slot machine offers an array of features including Win Multipliers, Respins, Symbol Swaps and more, all of which lead you ever closer to claiming its top payout of up to 3333x your bet. Celebrating Like A Mad Hatter While there are no special parades to celebrate this unusual character there is a lot we can learn from him and celebrate. Enjoy time with your loved ones, take the time to connect with friends around the world through video chat, don’t be so afraid to express who you truly are and above all else take care of your mental health.
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