As the annual SBC Awards fast approach, CasinoBeats is launching a series of feature articles previewing a select few of the gongs up for grabs. 

Now in its sixth year and recognising the achievements of operators, suppliers and affiliates from across all the major disciplines. This latest entrant in the CasinoBeats contenders series takes a look at those vying for the ‘Rising Star in Casino’ gong.

Bao Casino

Bao opened its doors to players at the very end of last year and has since reached the internationally recognised Superb status on Askgamblers. Even though we are a relatively young casino, we have ranked in the top 10 casinos on Askgamblers and have established ourselves as a fresh and attractive channel for gaming and betting. Our goal has always been to provide a new and exciting experience for our players.

FairPlay is a licensed blockchain casino that publishes all gaming stats to the public smart contracts. It’s a unique online casino that actually guarantees the payout rate of games as it is based on all bets, wins, and losses that have been made and published in smart contracts.

Every transaction is recorded in blockchain and no one can ever remove or modify the percentage of winnings. This way players know for sure how often people win in any game. 

King Billy Casino

Since its launch in March 2017, and in only 30 months of operations, King Billy Casino has been constantly expanding, adding new providers and payment methods and winning several industry awards in the process. 

Lapalingo has carried online entertainment a step further by redesigning casino experience through its secure and user-friendly website since its foundation in 2015. Collaborating with the best providers in the sector, offers a wide range of games to suit any taste among game-lovers thanks to its outstanding slots collection.

In the last couple of years, we have developed from a small start-up company with just a few people full of ideas and enthusiasm, and become one of the largest online casino operators within the DACH market. We have gained international recognition on the back of this success, and we have developed and nurtured partnerships with some of the biggest players.


Based on a proprietary gaming platform PlayOJO launched in 2017 with a mission to create a new and disruptive online casino with a braver, fairer proposition for players with social responsibility and players protection as its core promises. PlayOJO puts players in control of  their money with generous returns paid instantaneously, free for immediate withdrawal, and with no casino wagering requirements, ever.

Our marketing strategy typifies our challenger brand mentality and we back our innovative approach by investing heavily to achieve our business ambition of becoming the leading European casino brand, 30 months on we are on track to meet that objective.

River iGaming

River iGaming is a fresh face in the industry and a start-up that formed in November 2017 with the ambition of shaking things up in the way we work and with what we offer from a B2C and B2B perspective. We’re here to create an incredible experience by doing something different to usual norm through our verticals; Media, platform and brands. Spoiler alert: we’ve only just started, there’s more planned in our roadmap!


SvenBet launched in late 2018 and has become an increasingly reliable casino and sportsbook by slowly earning the trust of its loyal European players. SvenBet’s unique design and cutting-edge platform delivers an immersive experience. The website is mobile friendly, ensuring that players are introduced into a versatile platform, and offering them exciting promotions.

All promotions are specifically tailored based on players’ needs; this, coupled with an efficient customer support, was the makeshift for our impressive growth.


In short amount of time that we are live we proved that working with machine learning, giving real-time awards to the games the player actually likes with their average bets, having developed Spinback features which allows us to give extra excitement without competing with the actual games is the way to go.

Our focus is in providing the best possible casino experience by the use of an automated, data driven casino and we use gamification to boost the casino experience by creating features that integrate with the games.