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.


Tips for playing – and winning – Omaha poker

by , Nov 24, 2015 | 8:40 pm

Texas Hold’Em is arguably the most popular poker variant out there today at the sports gambling websites. But while things are usually bigger in Texas, the one exception to this rule is Omaha Poker.

Much like Hold’Em, players must make their best poker hand from the cards dealt and the five community cards that are revealed in order. However, while Texas Hold’Em hands out two hole cards, Omaha Hold’Em gives players four cards to start out and must make their best hand with two of their cards and three of the common cards. 

Now that you’re familiar with the twist on the game, here are some tips and strategies to help you cash in the next time you play Omaha poker:

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7 Interesting Random Facts about the WSOP

by , Oct 22, 2015 | 8:12 pm

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is the leading poker tournament on the planet today. Any player who knows how to bluff their way to success has to do it on this stage before they do it anywhere else.

The WSOP has an interesting and intriguing history, though. In this article we’re going to take a look at some of the more interesting and random facts about it.

The Most Bracelets
Phil Hellmuth is the king of bracelets in the WSOP. As of June 2014, he has won a remarkable thirteen bracelets. He started his road of dominance in 1989 when he won the Main Event Championship.

These bracelets weren’t won in quick succession. Hellmuth has demonstrated how much he can evolve as he won his thirteenth bracelet in 2012 when he took first prize at the WSOP Europe Main Event.

As an active player, there’s still a chance that Hellmuth will add to his tally. In fact, many pundits are proudly claiming that this is a record that’s considered unbeatable.

Most Lucrative Player
Bracelets equal glory, but the person who’s taken the most money is Antonio Esfandiari. He has a mere three bracelets and a nice Guinness World Record to go along with it.. It doesn’t hide the fact he’s exceptional at what he does. He won the $1M Big One for One Drop in 2012, which gave him an eight-figure amount of $18,346,673. More…


What to look for in a five-card draw poker hand

by , | 8:06 pm

Poker has so many variants nowadays, it’s tough to keep all your strategies straight. So we’re going back to the fundamentals and returning to perhaps the most classic version of the game: five-card draw poker. Here’s how to build the best hands for five-card draw when playing in the best bitcoin casino:

Connectivity
When you first get your five-card hand, the first thing you want to scout for is connectivity. What that means is find ways in which your cards are connected in order to make the highest ranked poker hand. Now, this doesn’t mean chasing after some tougher hands to make, like straights and flushes, but players should have an idea of how their current cards connect and which ones to keep and which to discard.

Two Pair/Three of a kind
While poker players all dream to stunning the table for a big pot with a full house or straight flush, the truth is most pots are won by hands including two pair or three of a kind. Now, there is some design in building around two pair, meaning you shouldn’t go too far in with a low pair. But if you pull a pair of Aces and have a high card in your initial hand, that should be enough – even before the draw – to win the pot. As for three of the kind, this is a solid hand and will likely earn you a winner. However, you should always be conscience of just how high your triples are. You don’t want to get caught with your pants down going all in on three 2s.

How to bet
Depending on what you’re holding – a strong poker hand or a lower-ranked yet respectable hand – you want to bet accordingly. A mistake many poker players make is slow playing a strong hand. For example, you may make a high straight and decide to play it cool and see if you can milk as much from your opponents before springing a strong hand on them. However, sometimes not being aggressive can leave the pot light and you waste that sure winner. Strong hands should be played more aggressively – especially before the draw – forcing your opponents to pay up in order to get more cards.


Know the Probability of the Best Poker Hands

by , Sep 20, 2015 | 9:20 pm

Poker may take some number crunching, nerves of steel and a blank face but when it all comes down to it, poker is still a game of chance. That means that savvy players can figure out the probability of losing a hand, depending on what they’re holding. In a game like 5-card poker, if you are playing in online poker tournaments these are the probabilities of you landing a winning hand:

Pair
You aren’t storming the gates with two of a kind, but it’s better than nothing. And having two Jacks, Queens, Kings or Aces will pack more than a little punch even though the probability of pulling a pair is 0.422569 – regardless of card value.

Two Pair
Everybody loves twins. Well maybe not poker players. Two pairs are pretty good, but not great and can sometimes lure you into a big pot, only to have the rug pulled out from underneath you. Probability of two pair, a sharp drop from a single pair to 0.047539.

Triple
Also known as “Three of a Kind”, this hand can get the job done if you’re playing at a smaller table. There are six hands that are going to beat the triple, so do a head check and bet accordingly. The probability of pulling out three of a kind drops significantly from two pair, to 0.021128.

Straight
High or low, the straight is a solid poker hand. But, much like the triple, you’ve got to size up your field and know the chances of an opponent pulling a better hand. The consecutive five-card sequence holds a probability of 0.00392465.

Flush
Getting five cards suited – but not in sequential order – holds a probability of 0.0019654, since there are just 13 cards of the same suit in a single 52-card deck. It’s a slightly behind the full house in terms of probability and rank, but stands well ahead of its cousin the straight.

Full House
Not just a great 80’s TV sitcom but also a tremendous poker hand. You’ve got three of a kind and managed to pull two pair along with it. Holding a probability of 0.001441, your opponents will need to pull out a miracle to beat the full house most hands.

Four of a kind
The mighty quintuplets are a Top-5 poker hand and if a miracle is needed to beat a full house, than you might need the Pope in your corner to top four of a kind, which holds a slim probability of 0.000240. If you’re not going all in with four on the floor, you’ve wasted a gift from the poker gods.

Straight Flush
You could play poker for years and years and never see this hand come up. It’s the unicorn of 5-card poker, with not only five cards suited but also those cards run in sequential order. The probability of a straight flush – excluding the Royal Flush – is 0.0000138517.

Royal Flush
This is the great white whale of poker hands. The odds of a common golfer scoring a hole-in-one are 12,500 to 1. The odds of pulling a Royal Flush are 649,739 to 1 or a probability of 0.00000153908. Luckily, for you the odds of getting hitting by lightning are only slightly longer at 960,000 to 1.


Big Business for Online Casinos

In a world of regulated Internet gaming, complex deals can be par for the course

by , Aug 18, 2015 | 3:26 pm

The online poker and gambling world is changing. Business-wise, internet casino giants are shuffling the deck to position themselves for a shifting battle to dominate in the 21st century, while new players seek a foothold in the action.

One group determined to play for the top spot are 888, who have been offering sophisticated online gambling since the early days of the internet. The publicly traded parent financier 888 Holdings (888.L) have been making moves to stay in a powerful position. But buying and selling assets can be complicated in the world of international high finance and multijurisdictional regulatory oversight. In July, 888 thought they had won a bidding war to acquire longtime rival poker and casino powerhouse Bwin.Party (BPTY.L) for £900 million (US$1.4 billion). But not so fast! The rival suitor, whom 888 thought they had outbid, came back with a slightly higher offer and less corporate baggage.

Apparently, GVC Holdings (GVC.L) was hoping the third time would be a charm in their quest to land Bwin.Party assets, which include not just the poker site, but also bingo, casino, and sports betting operations. GVC made a bid in May, only to have 888 follow that with a bid of its own. GVC responded by declaring its intent to partner with Canada-based Amaya (AYA.TO), which had recently acquired poker behemoth PokerStars for US$5 billion. In June, Amaya had upped its stature by securing listing on NASDAQ stock exchange, too. And sure enough, in July, the new online gaming allies submitted a new bid to take over Bwin.Party.

(Their plan was to split the company, with poker going to Amaya, and the casino and sports-betting operation going to GVC.)

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