The year: 2019. The place: PlayOJO
Phew, what an amazing year 2019 has been for PlayOJO. From giant thumbs, MINI Coopers and casino awards to Daily Jackpots, an April Fools gag that made the press and more celebs than you’ve had Christmas dinners. We’ve barely stopped to catch a breath, so now that 2020 is upon us let’s take a moment to reflect on this blinder of a year…
OJO’s year in brief:
JANUARY – to start the year off right, we began by acknowledging just how rubbish it can be to have a birthday in January and offered our January-born OJOers the chance to have a celeb attend their birthday party by ‘renting a mate’. The late Mike Thalassitis was the nominated celeb who was only too happy to support the cause, having been a January-born one himself. Good on you Mike.
FEBRUARY – It was our birthday of course! We created OJO’s Winter Wonderland to mark 2 years of fair casino magic and gave away over 15k worth of prizes, including the option of a French skiing holiday, a Swiss spa package or a Dubai beach break. Oh, it was quite the wintery affair.
And coz our OJOers love a good Reel Spinoff, February also saw us launch a bunch of new spinoffs to the mix, with a whopping £40 worth of prizes up for grabs every single month. They’re still going and will be until you guys get sick of winning prizes… just give us the signal.
MARCH – Spring sprang a real treat as we welcomed Red Tiger’s new Daily Jackpot Games to the OJO mix. OJO now have over 15 Daily Jackpot games to choose from and OJO are proud to offer our players a very attractive £10,000 minimum guaranteed jackpot before 11pm every single day. Yep, even if you land on less, we’ll go ahead and top it up to £10k anyway. Aren’t we the bee knees?
APRIL – What’s the 1st of April without a good April Fools prank? You could say we fooled a fair few with our Alpacachino stunt, where the lovely “Rupert Addington” presented the world’s first ever alpaca milk coffee – it caused quite the media stir and there may still be punters on the lookout for this rare milk variety. Tee hee.
Who could forget the Snorechestra track we created with ex-Blue singer Simon Webbe and Little Mix producer, Aubrey Whitfield? The aim was to create a world-class sleep-inducing track with all the sleep-depriving snores you’d sent in – coz when the world gives you lemons…
April provided even more larks as we took to the streets for our Easter egg Roulette challenge, where passers-by smashed eggs on their heads for cash. Haven’t already seen the hilarious vid? You’d better catch it here then.
MAY– We said a fond farewell to Jerry the alpaca in May – he’ll always be one of us but it was time to raise a thumb to our brand-new TV and radio ad “Thumbs Up OJO”, which saw Tom showing off his giant thumb after playing at OJO. Alongside this came a brand-new welcome offer where new OJOers could now enjoy 50 Free Spins on 1st deposit, with no wagering obvs. Now that’s fair. Catch the TV ad here.
JUNE – What better way to start the month than with a chance to win a 75-inch 4K TV? This was just one of the high-end prizes up for grabs in our ‘Prize Pool of Plenty’ Spinoff with Crystal Sun slot.
June also saw Evolution Live Casino games pay out a huge £5,146,097 to our OJOers, making for an extra sunny June – what a result for you Live Casino loves.
JULY– The summer meant one thing for many of you and that was Love Island. Once we realised that people’s obsession with the show was damaging relationships, we stepped in with a romantic holiday prize for one of the affected couples – the catch? The trip coincided with the Love Island Final. The OJO “fair”ies work in the most peculiar ways.
July was the month we embarked on our UK OJO Roulette Tour, involving 5 UK cities and countless brave passers-by – well there were cash prizes involved so there wasn’t too much arm twisting involved. It sure made for entertaining viewing, so if you didn’t catch it then we suggest you watch it now.
July was a busy month alright. Remember THAT Zara dress that was seen more frequently on the streets than red mail boxes? We thought it was a bit unfair that it lost its originality for so many dress owners so we held a ‘Polka-Swap Shop’, where we professionally customised their dresses in a bid to make them unique once again. It was only fair.
AUGUST – It was time to spin for a MINI Cooper in our summer edition of the ever-popular Spin-A-Mini spinoff. 4 weeks, 4 MINI Coopers and £25k worth of weekly prizes, including flights for 2 to anywhere in the world made for a very exciting August. As always we had A LOT of happy OJOers walk away with prizes – the race for top prizes was a walk in the park for this lot.
SEPTEMBER – Another month, another couple of celebs. This time it was Love Island’s fave couple Alex and Olivia Bowen that were backing our ‘Weather The Weather’ campaign, which called for peoples worst weather- ruined plans. To make fair of the uncontrollable, we offered these dampened spirits heart-warming consolation prizes, to recreate some of what was lost. That’ll warm your cockles.
OCTOBER – A Barcelona Getaway was 1st prize for the lucky winner of the ‘Barcelona Getaway’ Spinoff as well as some other high-flying techy gadgets that were up for grabs for runners up.
If that wasn’t enough to get you into high-speed mode, then the prospect of a trip to New Zealand and the USA was probably the extra push you needed. There was £40k worth of weekly prizes to be won every week for 3 weeks and a whopping 999 players walked away with a cash prize. It was a good October.
NOVEMBER – Remember, remember… all the prizes won in November. A £1,500 Ticketmaster entertainment package and awesome tech prizes were won at the ‘Epic Tickets’ Spinoff. Then a couple of weeks later the ultimate spa pampering holiday for 2 was won in OJO’s ‘Pamper Yourself’ Spinoff, along with 5,000 Free Spins.
November also saw the launch of our ‘Tough Job to Love’ campaign. We’re still on the hunt for the UK’s most gorgeous employees from the UK’s top 12 most un-gorgeous professions. Then we’re gonna make the hottest calendar that the UK has seen – the ‘Tough Job to Love’ 2020 Calendar. For list of professions and more info click here.
DECEMBER – A LOT happened in December for OJO. First off, we made the EGR Power 50 List – a big deal in the online casino world, especially for a casino that’s only been around for 3 years.
Then ‘Come Fly With Us’ was launched – 5 weeks of spinoff heaven where a dream trip for 2 is up for grabs every week, along with the rest of the £25K WORTH OF PRIZES. Find out more here.
And then… drumroll please… PlayOJO won the SBC Rising Star in Casino Award – presented to us by none other than football legend Rudd Gullit and TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher. We were well chuffed.
December also saw an award that went to Her Royal Highness Meghan Markle as this year’s most unfairly treated person, poor thing. The top 10 included Ant McPartlin and The Queen but the voting spoke for itself and PlayOJO donated £500 to the Smart Works charity, where Meghan is the Royal Patron – well it was the least we could do.
The year finished off with the launch of OJO’s Live Blackjack Table, a dedicated table exclusively for our OJOers where you can bet as little as £5 with less waiting time and an OJO dealer 24/7.
What’s more, until 02 Jan we’ll be adding 2 Cash Bonus Cards to every card shoe at PlayOJO’s New Live Blackjack Table between the hours of 17:00-22:00 GMT. Anyone could be dealt one, whether you win a hand or not and we’ll pay it straight into your account within 48 hours. If you haven’t played yet, get over there!
Woweeee, what a year. If you think 2019 was jam-packed, you just wait to see what we have in store for you for 2020. You must admit, no one does it quite like OJO.