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The Ultimate Guide to Online Casino Promotions

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Who needs the bright lights and fancy cocktails of the Vegas strip when you’ve got the world at your fingertips? You can buy anything you like and have it delivered in a day, you can date anyone from all over the world with the swipe of a finger, and you can also gamble to your heart’s content while doing the dishes – should you so wish. That’s exactly where we’re at in 2024, as online establishments are the new kings of the castle.

No need to worry about getting dressed up or deal with the shame of losing big in front of a crowd of strangers – just mute your mic and scream into your pillow. It’s all the excitement with an added dose of introversion; who doesn’t love that? If that sounds a bit like you, then you’ll be looking for an online casino to join right about now. But don’t jump the gun just yet; you need to get a sweet bonus first!

Double Your Money!

Deposit bonuses are the most popular type of online casino bonus, and it’s easy to see why. Online casinos offer a percentage of your deposit as a bonus. For example, if you deposit $100 and the casino has a 100% deposit bonus, you’ll receive an extra $100 to play with. This attracts many gambling enthusiasts, as they receive extra funds to play with, which usually match the amount of their initial deposits.

Yet, be sure to check out the terms and conditions carefully, as there may be a minimum deposit and wagering requirements – which we will explain in depth a little later on.

Who Doesn’t Love a Freebie?

Free spins are a crowd favourite, and why wouldn’t they be? Who doesn’t want to spin for free? Usually, free spins come as a part of a welcome bonus or as a reward for loyal players. They are typically restricted to specific games or a specific game provider and must be used within a certain time frame. Free spins can be a great way to try out new games without risking your own money. While winnings from free spins are usually subject to wagering requirements, they often come with lower wagering requirements than deposit bonuses.

Cold Hard Cash

Cash drops are a little more unpredictable and, therefore, even more exciting. These are usually timed promotions where money is randomly dropped into a player’s account with no strings attached. They are usually reserved for active players, players who have made recent deposits, or VIP programs – if they haven’t yet been restricted in your jurisdiction.

The amount you receive varies and can range from a couple of dollars to hundreds of dollars. Casinos use cash drops to show their appreciation for their players, keep their audience engaged, and add a little more thrill to the whole gaming experience.

Don’t Celebrate Too Early

As mentioned earlier, wagering requirements are a crucial part of online casino promotions, yet they are often overlooked. This important rule states how many times you must wager – or bet, to you and me – your bonus amount before you can make any withdrawals. This means if you receive a $100 bonus and the wagering requirement is 30x, you must wager $3,000 before you can make any withdrawals.

This is why it’s so important to read the terms and conditions carefully to avoid any nasty surprises. Knowing the wagering requirements can help you determine whether the promotion is worth accepting or not, but they do vary from outlet to outlet, so be sure to check out each site that you are thinking of joining individually before diving in there.

Fancy Sports?

If you’ve also got your eyes on the sportsbooks as well as casinos, there are plenty of other options available to you. While deposit bonuses still apply, free bets are the most popular handout for every sporting extravaganza. With these, there are no wagering requirements on winnings; however, the free bet amount is deducted from your winnings. But that isn’t a problem after nailing a stonking eight-leg parlay, is it?

There are plenty of huge events just around the corner as well. This summer, Germany hosts UEFA Euro 2024, which will see the 24 finest footballing nations in Europe battle it out to become European champions. Kylian Mbappe’s France and Harry Kane’s England are amongst the favourites, and they may very well do battle once more, just as they did at the 2022 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals, which Les Bleus won by two goals to one.

As well as that, there is the small matter of Super Bowl LVIII at the start of February and UFC 300 just a couple of months later. And if that wasn’t enough, boxing will crown its first undisputed heavyweight champion in over two decades as Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk face off in Saudi Arabia. Let’s face it, you’re gonna have a hard time figuring out what you want to use your free bet on.

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Aryan Jolly’s Captivating UK Garage Pop Single “Slowly”

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Aryan Jolly, the talented garage-pop artist, captivates music enthusiasts with his latest single “Slowly.” The track, born out of a serendipitous encounter with a guitar sample, delivers an emotional and engaging experience for listeners. The inspiration for “Slowly” struck Aryan Jolly when he stumbled upon a captivating guitar sample that sparked creativity. He recalls,

“It just clicked, you know? I laid down the top line, and it hit me – let’s make a song about loving someone you can’t have because they’re with someone else.”

Collaborating with his friend Bryan, the duo penned lyrics that perfectly complemented the melodies, resulting in a powerful narrative that resonates with many.

This upcoming single, the second track from Aryan Jolly’s highly anticipated album ‘Jolly Good Vol.1’, is infused with UK Garage drums and a pop vibe, showcasing the artist’s versatility and innovative approach to music production. Comparable to the works of artists like Jung Kook and Zayn Malik, and songs such as “Seven” and “Love Like This,” Aryan Jolly’s latest release promises to carve its niche in the UK garage and pop genres.Aryan Jolly

In anticipation of the single’s release, Aryan Jolly shared some insights into his creative process. “A song is never finished; you decide when it’s ready for the world to hear,” he remarks, highlighting the dedication and meticulous attention to detail that goes into his craft. The artist also emphasized the importance of self-belief and personal satisfaction in the creative process, stating, “The most important question you gotta ask yourself is whether you like the song or not? And if you like it, then none of the other opinions matter. Release it.

Reflecting on the complexity of simplicity in music, Aryan Jolly shared valuable advice for aspiring artists, stating, “A lot of artists say that ‘simplicity is the key’ or ‘keep it simple.’ It is true, but to reach that level of simplicity is the hardest thing. So you gotta find your set of skills and abilities in production and keep it consistent throughout your journey. The more you do it, the better and simpler it gets.” ‘Jolly Good Vol.1’ promises to be a musical journey that showcases the artist’s talent and innovation within the UK garage and pop landscapes.

Hailing from the exotic Islands of Andaman, Aryan Jolly is a rising producer and musician who seamlessly blends the commercial sound of pop with a diverse array of traditional and electronic influences. His unique style, which he and other emerging producers have dubbed “Future Pop,” has quickly earned him recognition among his peers. At only 20 years of age, Jolly has already demonstrated his production skills across a variety of genres, including Lo-Fi, House, Melodic Dubstep, ChillWave, and Hyperpop. He has released music on a variety of respected labels, such as Speak Less Listen More, Glow Records, Milkshake, and Music That Moves.

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Recapping Favorite Super Bowl Shows and Anticipating 2024

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The Super Bowl halftime show has been a spectacle since the big game’s origins in the 1960s. At first, it was a humble affair, with local college bands and color guards called upon to provide the mid-game entertainment, but it has since grown into one of the defining moments of the game, with massive budgets, star-studded lineups and plenty of showmanship.

That trend began in the 1990s, when The King of Pop, Michael Jackson himself, took the stage during Super Bowl XXVII and put on a show for the ages. As it became clear that popular music is where the money is, the NFL has continued to bring in the stars for the biggest game of the year. For Super Bowl, it’ll be R&B crooner Usher with the eyes of a nation on him, one of the more highly anticipated shows of the past decade.

While it’s no easy task to follow on the heels of one of the greatest stage presences the world has ever seen at the absolute height of his powers, here’s a look at some of the best Super Bowl halftime shows of all time.

Michael Jackson Starts the Trend

As I said previously, one-upping the King of Pop is an impossible task. A man who could make crowds scream in anticipation for more than 90 seconds even as he stood dead still, not even moving a muscle, Jackson had perhaps the best stage presence and charisma of any artist, ever.

His performance brought in more than 133 million viewers, making it the most-watched television show in the history of the country, a margin that performers still haven’t been able to top in the years since, even as the population of the United States continues to grow and the Super Bowl 2024 becomes more and more popular.

Jackson set the standard for the halftime show as we know it today, combining intrigue—like his standing still, or the body doubles who appeared atop the Jumbotrons at the iconic Rose Bowl—with his iconic vocals, gaudy outfits and otherworldly dance moves.

True to form, he didn’t sing too many of his A-list hits besides “Billie Jean” (although you can’t really go wrong with Jackson’s catalog) because he wanted to focus on an uplifting theme for his show, set against the backdrop of the riots following the arrest and beating of Rodney King the previous spring.

Purple Rain in a Downpour

Prince’s performance during the Super Bowl XLI halftime show might just be the only one so far to come close to Jackson’s. Playing in an absolute downpour in Miami, the NFL reportedly asked Prince if he wanted to postpone the show due to safety concerns—wearing stilettos on a slick stage and using electric equipment in the rain among them.

Instead, he asked if they could make it ‘rain harder’ before going on to give a performance for the ages. Members of the Bears and Colts were said to have foregone the safety of the locker room during the halftime show, wanting to see Prince perform more than they wanted to rest and prepare for the second half of the biggest game of their lives.

Prince sang his 1984 hit “Let’s Go Crazy” in addition to covers of hits by Queen, Bob Dylan and Foo Fighters before delving into the grand finale, singing “Purple Rain” as the storm continued to rage above him, the magenta lighting on stage tingeing the rain with a purple hue. Much like Jackson, Prince’s presence and vocals stole the show, with his natural ability as a performer making him a natural fit for one of the marquee events of American television.

Serenading the Streets of L.A.

It’s always fun when the halftime show is able to pay homage to the music scene of the city where the game takes place, and that’s what happened in early 2022 when Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar took the stage for an ensemble halftime show that also included rap and R&B stars from around the country like Eminem, Mary J. Blige and 50 Cent.

In focusing on the West Coast music scene that took the country by storm during the 1990s, this halftime show helped usher in a new era of music, shifting away from the rock-and-roll heavy setlists of the past for the musical styles favored by millennials: perhaps a sign of things to come as time continues to march on, as with Usher’s upcoming performance. The inclusion of New York-based artists also helped bridge the symbolic West Coast/East Coast divide that plagued the music scene around the turn of the millennium.

50 Cent rapping while hanging upside down, emulating his iconic “In Da Club” music video, and the eponymous “California Love” were two highlights of this star-packed show.

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RHINO Drop “Gentle Sound of the Knife” Music Video

Italian heavy stoner rockers RHINO drop the official music video for “Gentle Sound of the Knife” ahead of the upcoming album.

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RHINO, photo by PC8 Visual

Italian heavy stoner rockers RHINO dropped the official music video for “Gentle Sound of the Knife.” The “Gentle Sound of the Knife” video clip is a oneiric trip into the consciousness of the five of us and our dystopian aliases. A mysterious cleaver, so sharp that it cuts the boundaries that separate our realm from the realm of absurdity, leads us into a dimension of vivid hallucinations where the unexpected happens.

The characters’ fates are intertwined (even despite themselves), leaving them at the mercy of the madness that permeates their world. We, on the other side, play gigantic riffs and push our fuzzes and amplifiers to the limit, still trying to figure out if the realm of absurdity lives into the cleaver or is the one we live in.

The story was created by the twisted minds of the RHINO members, plus one of their friends Dario Casabona, who also directed and edited the video.

Since their beginning, Rhino stands out for their extensive live activities throughout Italy, sharing the stage with such bands as Red Fang, El Perro and many relevant Italian acts. RHINO’s next album, Human Farm, is set to be unleashed in early 2024 through Argonauta Records.

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