Online Social Gambling

In the brick and mortal world the distinction between casino gambling and social gambling is clear. Casino gambling is a commercial enterprise that takes place at casinos, clubs or other designated places, where the organizer earns money through a house edge or rake and where public participation is largely allowed. Social gambling is gambling at private places, like homes, between friends and family. In social gambling usually the following rules apply. All the money collected as wagers must be distributed as prizes and nothing can be kept aside even for funding of drinks or meeting costs. No commercial activity like sale of liquor is allowed where social gambling takes place. What has been a problem is the prevention of illegal “social gambling” and convicting the offenders.

With the proliferation of the Internet almost every conceivable activity in our real world had been replicated in the cyber world. Commercial gambling at online casinos and poker rooms has been taking place since around 1995. Today most of the online gambling sites are under the same degree of licensing and regulation as their brick and mortar counterparts. Over the last few years the social networking arena has shown remarkable growth. Gaming has become an important activity at social networking sites. However, till recently these games did not involve gambling, because of legal restrictions imposed. In order to bypass the laws against gambling activities at such sites, the site owners sell virtual money that allow players to gamble online on games like poker. All the big social media sites are lobbying to make online social gambling legal.

In July 2012 the world’s first social gambling games Meetup was held in London at the Verve Bar in Covent Garden. The event had over 100 participants, which included gambling operators, game developers, investors and casino technology companies. There were two speakers at the MeetUp. The Managing Director of Enteraction, Andy Rogers, spoke on the opportunities in this market and the CEO of, Raf Keustermans,spoke on securing finance for a social casino games company. The participants included Gordon Anderson, a consultant in the Mobile & Digital field, and Peter Ward, CEO of Quizzino Ltd, both of whom mooted the idea of a more structured and comprehensive MeetUp.

The response from the participants has led to the announcement of a second Meetup. This will be held on September 12 at the Google Campus building in London. There …

Strategies for Maximizing the Value

As an online casino fan, you’re going to run into bonus opportunities all over the place. Some of the keys to this include having a good idea of how long it’s going to take you to clear the bonus and what kind of profit you can expect to get from the bonus offer itself. There are very simple calculations that can help you with this kind of thing, and we are going to show you the strategies that you can use to find these numbers and make good decisions about which deals you take advantage of.

A good starting point is looking at the percentage match and the play-through requirement along with if you’ll be able to cash out the deal and deciding what kind of profit you can expect from the bonus on average. For example, suppose you have a 100 percent match up to $200 and make a $200 deposit to take advantage. If the play-through is 25 times the bonus and the deposit for a game that has a 1.5 percent house advantage, then you’re going to wager through 25 * $400 which is $10,000 total. Take 1.5 percent of that to get $150 which will be the cost of playing the games. This gives you a profit of $50 from your $200 bonus.

It’s really important to know what kind of bonus you’re getting. A cashable bonus is good for any type of player who’s looking to try to pull a profit on the promotion. A non-cashable deal, however, is only good for players who are looking to “go big or go home.” Essentially, this means that you’re either looking to pull in a big score or go bust trying. This is a strategy that a lot of players use, and there’s nothing wrong with it.

Other than this consideration, the only real thing you have to be careful about is knowing when the bonus expires and knowing which games are restricted. For example, many seasoned veterans accidentally skip over the amount of time they have to clear a bonus to find that it expires before they’ve had enough time to release it to their account. You also want to avoid situations where you deposit to take advantage of a bonus offer only to discover that the games you want to play aren’t allowed.…

Avoid Developing Gambling Habits

Some people are particularly prone to addictive behavior, and most of those people can’t gamble like everyone else. For the same types of reasons that some people cannot just drink socially without it getting out of hand, a lot of people cannot gamble on some moderate level without it turning into problem gambling. Our goal here is to offer some advice on how to avoid developing an addiction centered around gambling. While this advice will not necessarily work for everyone, it will help you to recognize what compulsive gambling habit are and help you to stop them before they start.

The bottom line is that for some people, problem gambling isn’t a problem until it becomes a problem. What we mean by that is that compulsive gambling on such a small scale that it doesn’t impact you, your family or your finances will go virtually unnoticed. Unfortunately, it will almost always spiral out of hand and start to become a problem that greatly influences the course of your life. The key then is to look for the signs that indicate when gambling is becoming an issue, and one of the first places to start with that is money management.

If you have an item in your budget for your gambling expenses, then that’s really no different than any other form of entertainment. If you start spending more than your budget item dictates, then you know that there’s an issue there that needs to be addressed. Basically, any time you fail to use discipline with your gambling, it’s a sign that you could have an issue with problem gambling. Seeing these indicators ahead of time is one of the most important things you can do to help avoid developing major compulsive gambling habits.

Establishing rules and sticking to them are what identifies someone who can gamble without issues. Establish your own boundaries in terms of how much you’re willing to add to your bankroll each month and how you plan on using that bankroll. While your overall boundaries might change from time to time depending on your own personal circumstances, they shouldn’t be changing just to accomodate your most recent urge to gamble. Overall, the key to all of this is recognizing the signs of problem gambling ahead of time so that you can get some help instead of just ignoring them as they get bigger and bigger and eventually get …

Mastering the Blackjack Surrender Game

If you’re like most blackjack players, then you’re the type of person who isn’t just content with being decent at a game. Instead, you want to learn everything that there is to learn about a strategy until you master it. With Blackjack Surrender by Playtech, you’ll have two main incentives for doing so. The first is that this is the blackjack game with the highest payout rate in any Playtech-powered online casino. Second, the strategies aren’t exceptionally in-depth and difficult when compared to some of the more convoluted titles out there.

The main feature of this game is that you have the ability to use a late surrender meaning that you can surrender on any number of cards. However, this is largely a trap for a lot of players who will surrender entirely too often. To clarify, you should only surrender if you have a hard 16 against a nine, ten or ace. You should also surrender with a hard 15 against a ten only. Do not surrender a hard 15 against an ace or a nine. Once you understand this aspect of the game, then you can move forward to the more intricate parts of strategy.

We’re going to cover a handful of different points to know about this game in no particular order. These points are how you should customize standard blackjack strategies specifically for this game. To begin with, you’ll double hard nines when facing a three, four, five or six. You’ll also double hard totals of ten when facing a nine or lower and hard totals of eleven when facing a ten or lower. For doubling with soft hands against a six or lower, you’ll double when your total plus twice the size of the dealer’s card is 23 or higher as long as you have an 18 or lower. Also, you’ll hit a soft 18 against a nine or ten instead of standing.

For paired hands, things are pretty standard with a couple of changes. First, you’re never going to split eights when you’re facing a ten or ace. However, you’re also not going to surrender. Instead, you will be hitting them. Along similar lines, you’ll only split fours if you’re against a five or six. Sevens should only be split against sevens or lower, and sixes should only be split against sixes or lower. Twos and threes are always split when facing any card …

Some Fun and Atypical Situations

Video poker is all about learning to play common scenarios with an extremely high degree of accuracy and looking for patterns to play off of to make learning strategy easier. With that having been said, there are some situations that aren’t very easily explained since they are often the exception to the rule, and we want to look at some of those situations here. Knowing the exceptions will allow you to get your payout rate as high as possible because it covers the scenarios that are not covered by the typical rule set.

The first situation that we’re going to look at is an important one because it sets the tone for our other examples. This example comes from Jacks or Better, and it’s when we have KQJTT with no flush or flush draw. In the vast majority of situations, the rule is that a small pair is better than an open-ended straight draw. However, the power of the high card draw here makes keeping TT for an average payout of 0.824x a mistake. Instead, you should keep KQJT for an average win of 0.872x, a noteworthy improvement. It’s worth pointing out that this is the only exception for this particular rule.

Another good example is also from Jacks or Better with AhKhJh5h5c. The relevant rule here that most people will know is that you’re going to always choose a flush draw over a low pair. While there are no exceptions for this rule, it can lead you to overlooking another important aspect of the hand. If you keep the four hearts here, you’re going to have an average payout of 1.340x. However, keeping the three cards to the royal flush gives you a larger payout of 1.387x which is a very important improvement. This exception comes up relatively often, and it’s a trap a lot of players fall into.

Our final example comes from Deuces Wild with the hand AsJs8s5s5h. A lot of people will look at this and immediately think that the right play is to go with the flush draw by discarding the five of hearts. However, this is a big mistake. You have to remember that pairs are all worth the same in Deuces Wild because there are no single pair payouts at all. A pair of 5s here is worth 0.560x on average, but the flush draw is worth slightly less at 0.511x.…

Kentucky Domain Name Seizure Case

From December 2008 Microgaming withdrew its online casinos from the American market. Microgaming is the largest software provider to the online casino industry. This act by Microgaming created an upheaval in the American online casino industry. Millions of American online players were stranded. This withdrawal was not of Microgaming’s own volition. It was pushed to the brink by a legal case that has come to be known as the Kentucky domain name seizure case.

On September 23 Governor Beshear of Kentucky obtained an ex-parte order from the court for the seizure of 141 domain names under Kentucky law. His argument was that online casinos were illegal and were eating into tax revenues the state obtained from land casinos and horse racing. The domain name holders under the umbrella of iMEGA went in appeal against this order.

The appeal was heard by Judge Wingate who on October 16 ruled against the domain name holders. He dismissed their argument that domain names were not “devices” and only devices could be illegal under Kentucky law. He held that Kentucky had jurisdiction over the domain names and that iMEGA had no standing to represent the domain name holders. Judge Wingate gave the domain name holders up to November 17 to disconnect Kentucky from their operations. The final order was to be passed on November 17.

There were Microgaming licensees in the domain name holders. In order to comply with the court’s orders Microgaming discontinued service to its Kentucky clients from November. But it was not comfortable with the prevailing legal environment. Right through the hearing Microgaming was being targeted by the state’s attorneys even though it did not operate online casinos and hence did not directly offer any gambling services to the residents of Kentucky. Further in November the revised UIGEA rules were passed surreptitiously. This compelled Microgaming to withdraw completely from America from December 2008.

Microgaming took this decision despite legal opinion that Judge Wingate’s order would not stand. On October 28 iMEGA filed an appeal in the Kentucky Court of Appeals. Judge Wingate’s final hearing was stayed. The three bench Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the domain name holders in a 2 to 1 decision. The assenting judges ruled that a device had to be mechanical in nature and therefore domain names were not devices. They also accepted that iMEGA had the right to represent the domain name holders.

Now …