Should Bingo Go Smoke Free?

by , Jul 19, 2016 | 4:23 am

bingo-ashtrayThe town of Anniston, Alabama, has a problem in their Bingo halls. A not-so-new law requires certain public spaces prohibit smoking indoors, and operators are taking their last stab at seeking an exemption to the ban, contending they will lose players if implemented and thus the city’s charities will lose money. Bingo purveyors estimate about half of their 1,500 weekly players smoke.

Bingo in Alabama is allowed under charity rules, and has funded baseball teams, Boys and Girls Clubs, after-school tutoring programs, and substance-abuse prevention programs. Supporters of the smoking-ban exemption contend the town’s charities will lose $1.7 million if their players can’t light up at the indoor tables. They look to Minnesota, where a smoking ban in 2008 hurt bingo revenues. But proponents of going smoke free say that is nonsense, as there will likely be new players who attend because the rooms are no longer smoke-filled. In Duncanville, Texas, earlier this year, their city council voted unanimously (7-0) to reject an appeal from bingo hall operators seeking an exemption from that city’s non-smoking rule.

Poker experienced something similar. Long known as a game played in smoky backrooms, poker found much resistance when people began fighting to ban smoking from the game. However, few doubt know that the WSOP or other large poker tournaments could have come into existence had smoking not been banned from the tables. To some extent, the prohibiting smoking was an oft-overlooked ingredient that helped allow the game of poker to boom. Few people balk at the idea now, even smokers, as the fresher air is appreciated by all. Only two poker rooms in Las Vegas still allow smoking, and they do not seem to be overrun with players demanding Arizona Charlie’s-Decatur and Boulder Station try to host a WPT tournament.

But this is bingo, and this is Alabama. Meanwhile the rest of the world asks why not choose online bingo? Whether you demand bingo that can be played in clean air that won’t harm your health, or whether it’s about protecting your right as a free citizen to smoke while you play, when you’re playing online bingo, because you control your own smoking policy, either way you win.


Bingo is Back in Fashion

Thrilling action never gets old

by , Jul 1, 2016 | 5:38 pm

bingo-tumblerHave you heard? Bingo is all the rage. Blame it on Millennials or maybe steampunk, but just as tonicked hair and classic cocktails have made a stylish comeback, some classic games that have been providing recreational entertainment for generations have also experienced a resurgence in recent years.

The game has come a long way since playing out of a small tumbler. And playing live bingo today in the smoke-filled bingo hall can be intimidating at times. Seasoned players carry their own equipment, in bags full of multi-colored daubers, ready to mark bingo sheets en masse. Sometimes there’s a language all their own, as game organizers call out special promotions, and the action seems to move fast. But still, the desire to play in these big community games is there.

The game can trace its origins back to Italy in the 1500s, and then to France, which introduced “Le Lotto” in the 1770s. The Germans had appropriated the game in the 1800s as an educational tool for children learning math. It would eventually make its way across the pond and was being played in its modern form by the 1920s, as a game called Beano. As legend has it, in 1929 a winner stuttered when screaming with delight about the game she just won, and out of her mouth came “Bingo!” and from there the rest is history. The sound was supposed to emulate a bell ringing.

The game would continue to evolve, with bigger scoresheets and lights soon being added. After a Catholic priest from Pennsylvania delighted in the game and decided to give it a try as a fundraising event, the real-money aspect would take hold in churches throughout North America and in the banquet halls of many philanthropic organizations. By the 2000s the game would find its way online. Many say that online bingo has much to do with its resurgence — as people who get on with bingo sites are finding themselves better prepared for the action (if they can handle the smoke). For nearly a century, wherever they have played this game, whether it be in bingo halls or church basements or grandma’s living rooms, entire families know the authentic thrills of hearing your number and yelling “Bingo!”


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7 Tips for Winning at the Roulettes

by , Jun 21, 2016 | 5:50 pm

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You have money in your pocket. You are bored. You are done binge-watching TV series and movies that you have waited for a while now. Your family is away for a summer vacation that you failed to join because your work will not allow you to go outside the country. What do you have to do now? There is a nearby casino in your neighborhood. You have a few pennies to spare, so you decided to spend them in one of those roulettes you have heard so much about. You noticed that there are two tables for the roulettes. You asked each guy in charge of the roulettes. “This is the American Roulette,” he answered in an accent you are not familiar with. “European,” the other guy grunted, obviously busy waiting for the betters to place their bets. Since roulette is a game of chances that might win you a fortune before you can even say molasses, and since you are placed in a situation like this, let this article guide you on how to place your bet on the right number, and we will also help you identify the difference between the American Roulette and the European Roulette.

  1. Know your chances of winning before you bet on a number (or numbers).

There is a higher chance of you winning if you place bets on different numbers. On the other hand, placing a chip on one number may result in a low chance of hitting the jackpot, but if you get it, the payout is quite large. A lot of neophytes in playing this game will drop their bets on a specific number without knowing that it is a mistake. They don’t understand that if they bet on multiple numbers or playing the outside will increase their chances of winning.

  1. Only bet if you can afford.

Imagine yourself booking a fancy restaurant dinner costing $1000 for a full course meal when your budget is only $250. No one would think that it is ideal. That dinner in that fancy restaurant will likely overdo your entire budget for your dinner, and probably the entire budget for you to eat normally. The same thing goes with playing roulette, if you bet more than your budget can afford is foolproof way to lose your betting money the quickest way possible.

  1. Avoid betting while drinking.

Like any alcohol does with your judgment, it clouds your decisions, chances of you making stupid bets are high. Losing more than what you bargained for is extremely high if you drink while you play roulette. Make sure that you keep a clear head before placing your bet, you don’t want to break even before you realize that drinking while playing is one of the awful decisions that you made for the night, especially if you are looking forward to win and spend your money on others things aside from alcohol.

  1. Don’t lose your sight on the table.

Make sure to remember the numbers and colors a particular table has been hit. Make sure to remember all of your preceding scores. Keeping tab of your previous scores will help you predict with confident precision the numbers and colors that might come up on the next round. More…


Different Gender, Different, Game?

by , Jun 17, 2016 | 12:33 pm

No matter what people say in this politically correct world, there are a ton of differences between how men and women behave and a good deal of these differences can be seen when people are playing competitive games whether that’s an online game or playing at a bricks and mortar venue.

Online sites provide us with just the right environment to study if gender has an effect on what and how we play games like poker in all its variations, and sites like Sky Vegas are exactly what we want when we are analysing competitiveness and preferences between men and women.

It’s safe to say that for century upon century there has been a gender battle, with the consensus being that women are from Venus and men from Mars, and reputedly from most modern constitutions and governments, are equal, yet that does not mean that their preferences are necessarily the same, and nor should they be.

Statistics can be useful when taken over a large sample of people, and if these are applied to the games that men and women prefer, there are some definite patterns produced and that are also tied into the reasons why some people actually gamble.

Take the less competitive games such as slots and bingo.  All of these activities are about having fun, and not so much emphasis is placed on the competitive side of the games, unlike poker. The first selection is widely played and enjoyed by women as they tend to gamble as an enjoyable pastime as is proved with bingo where the social side of things is probably more important than the game of bingo itself, whilst poker and video poker is about doing everything you can to improve and beat your opponents.  Men tend to gamble for the action and the competitive nature of the games they choose.

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Are You Superstitious?

by , May 28, 2016 | 9:13 pm

It surprises me just how often many players still rely on their ‘gut feeling’ or some superstition such as their birthday, to encourage good luck at the poker tables.  Of course it’s not only poker players that are superstitious, most games have players that believe in good and bad luck, I have a friend who loves to play online bingo at sites like Moon Bingo and she won’t sit down to play or chat with any of her friends unless she has a full cup of fresh coffee in her ‘Lucky Mug.’

Now don’t get me wrong, if it suits you then that is great, and if you have a lucky charm then there is really nothing wrong with having it close to you, but if you ever put your poker game into the hands of ‘outside forces’ then that is the time that your game loses its very soul.

Superstition actually plays a role in most gambling and sports activities with some players having totally unrealistic beliefs in an action which will supposedly affect their luck for better or for worse. Poker and Craps players are notorious for their superstitious behaviours which baffle our senses of logic but can also fortify the mind of the player maybe, just maybe appease Lady Luck bringing them back into good grace.

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All you need to know about the World Series of Poker’s Colossus II

by , May 26, 2016 | 1:33 pm

The countdown is on! The Colossus starts June 2, which is this week. But how about those of you who haven’t yet gone professional – are you able to participate? Absolutely!

The first open event of this year’s World Series of Poker will be Colossus II – the world’s largest live poker event, which organizers have revamped for this year’s competition. Starting on Thursday June 2nd, and running until Saturday 4th June, there will be two start times each day (10am and 4pm) for Colossus II, a $565 buy-in No-Limit Texas Hold’em tournament.

So, exactly what makes Colossus II such an exciting part of the World Series of Poker?  Well, in addition to its low buy-in of $565, the competition features an additional $2,000,000 in guaranteed prize pool. This translates into a prize pool guarantee of $7,000,000. This is up from $5,000,000 in 2015. If that’s not motivation enough, the first place prize is a guaranteed whopping $1,00,000. Organisers have also slid in another couple of entry flights to allow more people to participate.

It’s clear that organisers of the competition have taken feedback from last year into consideration when planning this year’s event. Participants in 2015’s Colossus highlighted congestion. To combat this, this year each starting flight will play into the money, and each player will be permitted to cash multiple times over the course of the event should they choose to enter more than just one flight.

Those wishing to register for Colossus II should do so in advance. Players are only allowed to register for one flight in the first instance, but are able to re-enter other starting flights if they fail to advance on their first try.


Casino Hand Gestures

by , | 12:22 am

A dealer at any casino needs to know a few hand gestures in order for the games to run smoothly.  It doesn’t go amiss if the players know them too! Paddy Power casino have published this infographic to give beginners a guide on casino hand gestures:

Craps

A game played with two dice.  A throw of 7 or 11 is a winning throw.  2, 3 or 12 is a losing throw.

One Hand: The dice must be handled and thrown with one hand.

Pass the Dice: It’s completely optional to roll the dice in craps. Just pass the dice to the player on your right.

Hands High: When the dealer calls out “hands high” or “the dice are out!”, all players must lift their hands off the table.

Blackjack

A card game in which players try to acquire cards with a face value totalling 21 and no more.

Hit: To take another card from the dealer, tap the table with your finger.

Stand: If you do not want to receive anymore cards from the dealer, wave your hands horizontally.

Double Down: After receiving the first two cards players can double their initial bet to receive one more card. This is done by placing a new bet directly next to the original bet.

Split: If a player is dealt two of the same rank, they can put up a new bet by placing it next to the original one.

Poker

A game in which a player bets that the value of his or her hand is greater than that of the hands held by others.

Fold: Placing the cards face down informs the dealer and players that you are no longer playing the rest of the round.

Call: When intending to match previous bets made, players should place bets in the middle of the table.

Check: To pass one turn but remain in the game, tap on the table once.

Roulette

A game in which players bet on which compartment of a revolving wheel a small ball will land in.

Not More Bets: To signal that no more bets can be made, the dealer will raise their hand horizontally over the table.

Hand Positioning: Do not place your hands on the table until the dealer has removed all losing bets from the table.

Place Chips: All players should place their chips on the layout of the board. If they are unable to reach, the dealer should place it for them.

Here are those gestures in infographic format:

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3 Crucial Tips to Follow When Playing at an Online Casino

by , | 12:07 am

Would you like to win more when you play at online casinos? The answer to that it pretty much a universal and resounding ‘YES’ considering no player actually wants to lose when they play at an online casino.

While it is true that the casino always has an advantage, that doesn’t meant that you won’t be able to win – and do so on a regular basis. If you follow these tips, you’ll definitely be able to improve your chances of just that:

  1. Learn everything there is to know about the game that you’re playing
    Knowledge is power – especially in online casino games. It isn’t enough to just know the rules of the game as well as its gameplay, and you need to look deeper and start to learn about the odds and strategy – especially for certain games.

    The best games to play at online casinos tend to be the ones where your decisions can influence the outcome – such as blackjack and roulette. However to stand the best chance of winning you need to play these games with the right strategy and approach, so understanding the odds is important.

  2. Start managing your bankroll
    On top of how you actually play the games, how you manage your cash is just as important. Contrary to popular belief, bankroll management involves a lot more than just setting a budget, and it also consists of setting limits on when you’ll win and walk away and choosing the size of your bets.

    It can take time to learn how to manage a bankroll properly, and it will take discipline to be able to stick to it. However in the long run it is essential if you want to actually turn a profit when you play at online casinos.

  3. Only play when you are well-rested and focused
    While many people like to kick back, have a few beers and play their favorite online casino games – that isn’t a good plan. Ideally you should only be playing when you’re well-rested and focused enough to make the right decisions in both your gameplay and bankroll management.

    Playing when you’re stressed, drunk, emotional or distracted is probably going to land you in trouble at some point or other and odds are you’ll be kicking yourself when that happens.

In the event that you follow these tips, study the game that you intend to play and manage your bankroll well – your odds of winning at an online casino could increase by a huge factor. Make no mistake, nothing is going to ‘guarantee’ that you will win – but as with everything at an online casino the trick is to play the odds.

If you’re trying to figure out which online casino you should play at, be sure to check out casinodeal.co.uk and find out more about the top online casinos. Some even have attractive bonuses that you’ll certainly want to cash in on when you do start to play.


UK Gambling Mergers and US Gambling Politics

APCW Perspectives Weekly

by , May 24, 2016 | 6:06 pm

If you thought RAWA was dead, think again! Sheldon Adelson has some politicians in his pocket more than happy to sell their integrity to do his bidding. Also, mergers in the U.K. could spell more trouble for William Hill. Links to the stories from the show are listed below:

RAWA Still Raging: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blo…
New Jersey Online Profits: http://www.igamingbusiness.com/news/n…
Pennsylvania Online Bill: http://www.onlinepokerreport.com/2075…
Fantasy Hearings: http://online.casinocity.com/article/…
Ladbrokes / Gala Coral Merger: http://www.igamingbusiness.com/news/l…
Full Tilt Merger and Affiliates: http://www.gpwa.org/forum/full-tilt-m…


Are All Video Poker Games the Same?

by , May 18, 2016 | 2:46 pm

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Let’s start with an interesting fact: the precursor of video poker predates the slot machine by almost half a decade. The gambling machine developed by Sittman and Pitt in Brooklyn worked is a way similar to modern video poker games do, but they used spinning drums (much like slot machines). These games had no unassisted payout mechanisms, like Fey’s slot machine did, so the pubs hosting them usually gave out prizes like free beers, cigars, or whatever else was on offer. Another interesting fact: the machine contained 50 card faces, without the 10 of spades and the Jack of Hearts, thus reducing the players’ chances to hit a Royal Flush to half.

But let’s set history aside for now, and return to our topic of the day: video poker. Namely all the different variations of video poker you’ll find at the Red Flush casino Canada. Although they have well-sounding names, and sometimes side bets with bonuses, the games all seem the same at the first sight. But are they? Or is their small twist on the rules enough to turn them into something more than just a mere single-player Five Card Draw?

Video poker variations

The basic video poker is an almost faithful replica of a game of Five Card Draw, without the betting rounds, of course. Players are dealt five cards, they hold some, discard others, and hope for the best possible hand. But instead of a pot, they can win pre-determined amounts of money based on the value of their hand. One pair pays the least (usually 1 to 1), and the Royal Flush is next to the biggest payout. But you can seldom meet such a “basic” video poker game. The Red Flush Canadian Casino, for example, has none that would work by these rules. All the games available there are variations, with slight changes in the basic rules.

Jacks or Better is the most widespread variant of the game. But Red Flush Canada has several video poker versions you can play: Deuces Wild, Joker Poker, Aces and Faces, and many others, often with side bets and bonuses added to them. If you want to play video poker for fun, look no further: each of the variants you can play at Red Flush will do just fine. Although I have to say that I enjoy multi-hand variants the most.

From a casual video poker player’s point of view, all video poker variants are basically the same. The slight variations on the rules make no difference for them at all. All variants of the game are equally entertaining, and have an almost identical return to player (RTP) of over 99%. If you are lucky, that is, and you are familiar with the basic rules and hand rankings in poker. Which you all are, right?


7 Hard And Fast Tips To Improve Your Poker Skills And Winnings

by , Apr 13, 2016 | 3:46 am

Would you like to become a better poker player? Then there are a few tips you must follow that will rapidly improve your game and your chances of winning every time.

Our tips are not just ideal for beginners but even those intermediate level players that need a little reminding about poker fundamentals essential for winning.

  1. Don’t play too many hands – One of the biggest mistakes made especially by newbie poker players is playing too many hands too often. This is often a result of inexperience and perhaps worrying too much about what your opponents at the table are doing.

There are many times when you need to be strategic and avoid playing a hand. Never focus on what everyone else is doing. Only focus on what you’re doing and what you can control.

  1. Playing in a clear frame of mind – It’s okay to have a couple of alcoholic drinks before and even while you play poker but always do it in moderation. Too many players ruin their chances by drinking too much. It’s a scientific fact that too much alcohol affects cognitive performance and decision-making.

And it’s certainly going to affect the way you play and your chances of winning.

  1. Never bluff for the sake of it – Bluffing is a specific strategy that should only ever be used when necessary. They are a tool for winning games but you need to be smart about how you use them. Never waste a bluff by doing it for the sake of doing it.

It’s just a waste and eventually players will call you out on it and it won’t work as you’d hoped.

  1. Don’t be afraid to fold – Just because you’ve played a big hand doesn’t mean you need to stay in it. Staying in a losing hand just because you have already put money in it is a foolish strategy that will cost you more money. The smart players know that there is a time and place to fold.

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How to Become A Master Poker Player

by , Mar 23, 2016 | 3:36 pm

Poker is a tough game to master. If you’re someone who has been playing for a while then you may have realised that it’s an easy game to learn but one very tough game to master.

Mastering poker requires you to learn specific strategies that will help you improve your game and allow you to become a top player. It also requires dedication to learning as well but all good learning starts with learning the right strategies. Ultimately, that will make all the difference.

There are a few different concepts poker players must learn and understand if they want to master the game. They are:

  • Tight play
  • Aggressive play
  • Random play
  • Capitalising on opponents’ mistakes

You must learn and study these four concepts if you hope to become a great poker player. You must also learn how to use them at different points during games.

There are also some key considerations that will play a big role in whether or not you master poker, of which you’ll see below.

Your Motivation For Playing

If your motivation for playing is solely for fun then you’re probably not going to study and learn poker to the level that’s required to become a master player. However, those players who wish to turn this into a viable career choice are much more likely to become master players.

It’s all because of the underlying reason for wanting to play poker. It requires a lot of work and time to master poker. If you’re not looking to turn poker into a career then you probably won’t have the motivation to invest the time and work required to become a master player.

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Some Interesting Random Facts about PNiA

by , Feb 20, 2016 | 11:28 am

Poker Night in America is a poker program where amateur poker players play against pros and they do so quite successfully.

PNiA has an interesting and intriguing history, which allows amateurs players to win. In this article we’re going to take a look at some facts about specific subset of amateur players, qualifiers from 888 poker NJ, which is one of the official sponsors of this program.

There are quite a few amateur players that have successfully won against pros in such events, such as Dominick Christiano who on August of 2015, Poker night in America landed in upstate New York at the Turning Stone Casino, Christopher Horter who appeared on the November 2015 episodes of Poker Night in America at Rivers Casino and recently Anthony Pagan who walked away from his PNiA session at the Thunder Valley Casino in California up around $4,300 just to name a few. Is this coincidence, luck or hidden abilities?

The pros that these guys played against are very heavy players, not only they won but they went home with a good win. We think that the 888 players had a little advantage over the pros; the pros games and skills are well known the amateur players could have learnt about them, studied them before the game. On the other hand these amateur guys were completely unknown, the pros had no info about them, none at all.

The game in PNiA is not really a competition, they play in a relaxed atmosphere, no stress factors here but surely a lot of fun which helps to concentrate better.

The interesting part for us is that this proves that once you have learnt the game and its rules even in you are considered an amateur you still can fair really well for yourself even when playing against pros. Ability and luck can give you some very good hands in order to enable any player to win.

It is therefore our opinion that PNiA is a good learning platform both for the amateur players and the people who watch it at home or online. Pros too get to have fun and encounter some unknown variables.

Poker is a game of abilities and nerves if you master both you could become the next Anthony Pagan and maybe do even better.


Reviewing the Reviewers

It’s All Decidedly Dodgy, Says Casino Papa

by , Jan 29, 2016 | 3:56 am

There’s something rather odd going on right now with so many online casino review websites and services. Well, the term ‘odd’ might not in fact be appropriate as what we’re actually banging on about appears to be the new norm. Long story short, how can you trust casino reviews when you know they’re being engineered purely for sales purposes? Affiliations, brand partnerships and simple paid deals – all for the sole purpose of driving you in a certain direction, irrespective of the consequences.

Why are we on such a sizeable soapbox about all this?  It’s easy really, we’ve been borderline obsessed with online gaming ever since it arrived a couple of decades ago and would like to see certain standards maintained. But as that clearly isn’t going to be the case, we decided to set up Casino Papa instead!

Come to Papa!

So what on Earth, you are probably wondering right now, are we ranting about with all this?  Well, in the simplest of terms we thought it was about time a new name entered the game with the balls to tell the truth. We didn’t have any affiliations or ties with any casino brands, which basically meant we didn’t have anything to lose if we offended anyone…which we are quite sure, we probably have!

To be honest, Casino Papa was born of a collective hatred for the kinds of dodgy deals and bogus bonuses used to snare unsuspecting/naïve members of the public. “Join today and we’ll give you thousands of pounds simply for sitting there and scratching your backside!” “Credit your account with 45p and we’ll add to it a top up bonus of £45,000 out of the goodness of our hearts!” You know these kinds of deals, you’ve seen these kinds of deals and chances are you’ve fallen for one or two in your time.

But not anymore…at least, not if you first see what a bunch of seasoned experts/grumpy buggers have to say about things before diving in!

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The rise and rise of online gambling in Southeast Asia

by , Dec 22, 2015 | 2:42 am

With 132 million current players within the South East Asia market, game developers are seriously considering porting their games over in order to make some serious cash. And in a few years the market is expected to double to 1.2 billion, and that’s if it doesn’t surpass that number beforehand. This includes areas in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia. More hardcore players are signing up than ever before, and it may be due to the incredible growth of the smartphone market. The funny thing about the stat is that it doesn’t include client-based desktop gambling.

“Southeast Asia is poised for significant mobile growth by 2019 with smartphone subscriptions increasing five folds, and mobile data traffic experiencing 1000% growth rate,” said an M88 spokesperson.

So what is the ceiling for this growth? Well, there isn’t one. That became clear when Vietnam lifted its ban on new game licenses, a move that spurred growth in that particular area. Internet cafes are still all the rage in the South East Asia market and are enjoying similar success thanks to the rise and rise of online gambling. Out of all the regions mentioned, the one that is expected to grow the fastest is Indonesia. Their online gambling culture could potentially surpass all the others in the next 5 years, due to a combination of access and customer interest. Thailand is considered the most overpopulated market, with a lot of developers choosing to localize in Thai before any other language.

If you look outside the realm of online gambling and focus on online gaming, in South East Asia alone there are 85 million players that spent $661 million dollars last year. If some of those players can be converted over to the gambling market (some already do both) then it could really mark the fastest growth in a market to occur in history. But even if those players don’t get converted, the online gambling will continue to be a dominant fixture in the South East Asia economy. Expect more game developers to continue catering to the current market in order to get more players involved. This also includes better algorithms with the online gambling system to deter cheaters.

South East Asia is going to be the source of a lot of innovation when it comes to online gambling. This is not just the beginning of something good, it is the middle of something great.