New “True Gambling Stories” Podcast Debuts in January

by , Dec 29, 2017 | 12:39 am

Longtime poker and gambling writer Sean Chaffin has partnered with to produce a new show for the site’s expanding number of unique podcasts. The new show will be titled True Gambling Stories and debut on the PokerNews Podcasting Network on Jan. 31.

From the bright lights of glittering Las Vegas to Old West gambling saloons, “True Gambling Stories” brings listeners some insight into gambling’s great stories and lore. This audible experience includes plenty of cards, cash, dice, and the occasional six-shooter.

“As a contributor to PokerNews for almost a year, I am thrilled with this new podcast and think poker and gambling fans alike will really enjoy it,” Chaffin said. “The show will be similar to some of those really cool true crime podcasts, but with a gambling twist. It will be in a narrative story format and focus on a single tale from gambling or poker’s past.”

The first show will focus on an amazing and legendary craps roll in downtown Las Vegas from the 1980s.

“It’s such an amazing tale of one man’s mystical roll at the tables with some really big bucks won,” Chaffin said. “We really try to get behind the scenes and weave a cool story from this crazy night.”


Poker, Year-Over-Year: Looking Back at What’s Ahead for the Game

by , Dec 28, 2017 | 12:10 am

It’s 2018 and poker is changing. Well actually, depending on when you’re reading this, it still could be 2017, but 2018 is essentially here, and a flip of calendar brings with it something old and something new.

Here’s a quick rundown of what we expect to see more of in poker in 2018, as a continuation of what emerged in 2017:

Year of the Vlogger

Some of our autocorrects still haven’t learned that the term “vlogger” isn’t a typo for “blogger.” But poker fans can tell you one of these terms really has replaced the other. And much to our delight, Pokerati friend and former podcast partner Andrew Neeme is setting the bar.

His videos, which began only a year ago and come out at a clip of about two a week, have led his YouTube channel to reach more than 75,000 subscribers and generate regularly more than 200,000 weekly views. Combine his numbers with other popular vloggers such as Doug Polk and “The Trooper” and poker vloggers in 2017 got more dedicated eyeball time from people who care about poker than FoxSports and ESPN.

No wonder online poker sites that sponsor live tournaments like 888poker are inviting these guys to play in their events across the world. In Las Vegas casinos, Neeme and fellow vlogger Brad Owen host a MUG – their term for “meet up game” – where their audience joins them at the tables for some drinky, low-ish stakes games. Earlier this month, their game was $2/$3 NLH at Westgate Las Vegas, and supposedly at one point the wait list to get in on the game stood at 33 players.

With so many people in 2017 seeing what the best of these vloggers can do, we only expect their significance to grow in 2018.


How Online Casinos Are Enticing Players to Join in the Fun

by , Dec 4, 2017 | 8:19 pm

There’s no secret that we live in a digital age. People want to be able to access information, converse with friends, shop, and be entertained all while on the go from the convenience of their smart device. With that in mind, it comes as no surprise that people now turn to their smartphone in order to enjoy online gambling any time the mood strikes. In fact, online gambling has become such a phenomenon that by the year 2018 it is expected that more than 164 million people worldwide will be taking part in it.

So, what exactly do these online casinos offer players? What is capturing the attention of so many players and causing the numbers to steadily increase? Well there are a number of factors in play, all of which entice people to join the fun and give it a try.

Convenience and Ease-of-Use

If you’re looking for the top reason that more players than ever before are opting for online casino games, it’s got to be the convenience and ease-of-use factor. There is no longer a need to drive to a physical casino, of which there may be none near you. As well, you don’t have to worry about the hours of business.

With online casinos you have access whenever you want and wherever you want. If you want to just play a couple of quick games, you can do that. Then again if you’ve got a couple of hours available to sit on the couch and relax, then you can also log on for that long.

These casino websites have also been designed to be extremely user-friendly. There is no need to be some sort of techie genius, or a casino whiz for that matter in order to play the games. You’ll find everything from the standard casino games such as slot machines, all the way to the table card games like roulette and poker.

Incredible Sign-Up Bonuses and Promotions

Of course, these websites are also smart in that they realise they can make the pot a little sweeter by offering all kinds of great deals for first-time and returning players. Players are enticed to play and join the action through deposit bonuses, sign up bonuses, cashback offers, free spins, and plenty more. Even more recently these online casinos have started to offer a dedicated live casino bonus, just to provide that extra bit of fun.


Variations of Poker

by , Oct 30, 2017 | 9:07 am

Poker comes in many different forms from Texas Hold Em to Omaha to less popular versions such as Razz, HORSE and Stud. Whatever form of poker you happen to be playing or desire to play, the objective of the game is the same. This is that you are striving to make the best five card poker hand. You can find out more about this great game by visiting the casino at Sun Bets.

There are several main forms of poker in the world at this time. The two biggest games by far are Texas Hold em and Omaha Hold em.

Texas Hold’em Poker

The game of Texas Hold’em originated many years ago but became hugely popular when it was the game of choice at the main event of the World Series of Poker. It is a fast paced game where each player is dealt two starting cards that are solely for use by them. Each player’s cards are unknown to the other players. There follows a round of betting and then the dealer reveals a further three cards.

These three cards are placed in the centre of the table and are communal cards. This means that they can be used by all of the remaining players that are still active in the hand after the first betting round. These three cards are often referred to as the “flop”. There follows another round of betting. If there are still players remaining then a fourth communal card is dealt referred to as the “turn”. Another round of betting follows and then if there are surviving players, a fifth and final communal card is dealt (called the “river”) and a fourth and final round of betting followed by a showdown.

Fast Action Guaranteed

Texas Hold em is a fast paced game due in large part to the fact that each player only has two of their own cards at the start of the game. So bad hands are more obvious and subsequently folded more easily. The bottom line is that each player has to make the best five card poker hand but has a maximum of seven cards to make it, five of which are shared by the players. Communal cards are a common feature in several poker variants including Omaha.

Omaha Hold’em

Omaha Hold’em originated in Europe but has rapidly spread worldwide. It is played almost identically to Texas Hold em but with two major differences. The first one is that each player has four starting cards in their hand instead of two like in Texas Hold em. However it is the second major difference that often confuses novice players when they play Omaha.

Each player MUST use two cards from their four card hand and three from the communal cards. There is no such requirement to do this in Texas Hold em. A quick example will highlight what we mean. If you have A-K in your hand at Texas Hold em and the final board reads 8-8-8-5-5 then you can declare a full house and play the five cards from the board.

You cannot do this in Omaha. You MUST play two cards from your hand and three from the board. So if your hand is A-K-Q-J then the best hand you can make with a board of 8-8-8-5-5 is 8-8-8-A-K. This assumes of course that there is no possible flush. These two major differences are what really separate Omaha from Texas Hold em.

Video Poker

Despite the popularity of Omaha and Texas Hold em, the next biggest poker variant is Video Poker. This is played at online casinos and live casinos all over the world. There are several major variants of video poker with one of the main variations being “Jacks or Better”. The objective of the game as usual is still to make the best five card poker hand.

The caveat being that you need a qualifying hand of at least a pair of jacks or better to get paid. The player begins by entering their stake. Online Video Poker games allow players to only wager tiny stakes unlike live casino Video Poker games. After setting the stakes you are then dealt five random cards. You can then select to hold as many cards as you like or exchange as many as you like from one to five. So for example if you have say Qc-Qd-4s-3h-2c as your first five cards, you would “hold” the pair of queens and exchange the other three cards.

You would be hoping to make a pair of queens or better. Each hand is paid out based on a pay scale with a pair being the lowest and a straight flush and Royal Flush being the highest. So why not go along to the casino at and play this great and ever popular form of poker?

Author bio

Carl Sampson is a full time professional poker player, coach and author. He can also be seen on his blog at

Is Online Poker Safe or Rigged?

by , Jul 13, 2017 | 3:14 pm

With the advent technology and internet the face of gambling industry has changed completely. Mobile gambling industry is all set to cross 100 billion in 2017. Moreover mobile and android technology has played a major role in bringing gambling into the mainstream. Poker is still the number one game played at both online and land based casinos. Still many casino players feel confused about the safety associated with online poker rooms.

Is it Safe to Play Poker Online?

The answer to that question is – as funny as that might seem – rather difficult. I have always been the advocate of a fair and mutually beneficial business model when it came to online poker operations, and thus I’ve always believed that online poker was indeed safe, despite the relative lack of regulation and the impossibility for players to gain an insight into the inner workings of such operations. Often registered in offshore jurisdictions with less than stellar reputations in this respect, history has proven that despite the fact that it doesn’t make any long-term sense for online poker operators to steal from their players, several of them did just that over the years.


The Psychological Traits of Successful Poker Players

by , Jun 8, 2017 | 3:46 am

Poker is not only a game of skill but a game of the mind as well.  Psychology plays a huge role in this highly competitive casino inspired game. Poker has been around for a very long time and there are many theories about how to play the game.  Today, we are going to focus on the psychological traits of what makes a successful poker player.  We will analyze each of these traits so that you can prepare your own mind for your next game.  If you want to become a serious and successful poker player, you just might want to pay close attention to the information below.

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There is nothing more important than being intelligent when it comes to poker.  Learning the ins and outs of the game before sitting down to the table is a wise move.  There are so many different resources out there these days that will help you get the most out of your game.  Many are completely free and you can learn a lot by browsing the many different poker related websites online.  This helpful information is perfect for those who play at an online casino or someone who plays live and in person.


Knowing when it is time to get out of the game is a highly important trait to learn.  This is what many refer to as bankroll management.  Many players that are new to the game have a difficult problem with this part of the game.  When the cards are simply not there, many try to bluff their way out.  While bluffing is something you should learn, it’s not something you should completely rely on.  Instead, players should be able to assess the situation and know when it’s time to fold.  This self-discipline should be practiced no matter what size the pot might be. Having discipline will help you keep your bankroll in check so that you will have money to keep playing when others have lost it all.

The Ability to Deal with Losing

Let’s face it, every player no matter how good they are, still lose big from time to time.  The ability to deal with this loss and get back in the game is what is important.  Many players simply can’t handle a major loss and most give up on the game altogether.  But if you want to achieve success and build back your bankroll, you are going to have to get out there and play. To find out more about dealing with loss, please check out this helpful website.

The game of poker can be tricky.  But with the right mindset, even the greenest of players can learn how to become proficient.  Remember that when you simply don’t have the cards, it’s probably not worth wasting your bankroll on a losing hand.  So, make sure to keep what you have learned here today in the back of your mind.  This information will help you outwit other players and increase your winnings at the same time.

888poker, the exclusive online poker operator

by , May 16, 2017 | 11:19 pm

What we all know, reckon and adore is the arrival of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2017. The diverse and very interesting series of poker gaming tournaments annually recombine at the WSOP, the biggest poker fest of the year hosted at Las Vegas and sponsored by 888poker.

888poker best online poker operator, guarantees to not only enhance the standards of the Hunger Games of Poker i.e. WSOP but to also spoil the participants in the most astonishing of ways. Let alone the fact that the winner of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) will be awarded a multimillion dollar cash prize as well as the most prestigious poker bracelet.

Many people all around the globe are willing to join the WSOP and 888poker provides the absolute medium for them to be a part of this exquisite international event. 888poker makes sure they cater their revered customers in the best way possible.

One astounding thing about the 888poker is the variety, the wide arena of games that they offer to choose from. In order to strengthen the human poker bond and to show the world how considerate the WSOP sponsors can be, the 888poker lets the customers choose and master their favorite game. There’s no more compromise in the world of poker, the 888poker provides you exactly what you’re looking for.

So is it going to be the Texas Hold’em or the Omaha? 888poker is your ultimate way to the mastery of poker at the WSOP. Be a part of 888poker and get ready to earn a million bucks sitting right in your chair with all the real feels of poker gaming.

“Great poker memories you’ll make”, as claimed by the 888poker. 888poker believes in the joy and satisfaction of their customers. Regardless of whether you get to win or you get to curse your luck watching your foe, win, the 888poker makes sure you get to live a time of your life.


Who needs hold’em? Golden Nugget dominating NJ online casino biz despite lack of poker

by , May 9, 2017 | 12:39 am

If you had asked industry experts to predict market leaders back when NJ online gambling first launched in late 2013, it’s unlikely many of them would have pegged Golden Nugget over bigger brands like Borgata and Caesars.

In fact, the casino had something of an ignominious start in New Jersey. Due to technical errors, Golden Nugget online launched later than the rest of the market, missing out on the first wave of enthusiasm and signups that accompanied the formal launch of regulated online gambling in the Garden State.

But despite the low expectations and initial stumble, Golden Nugget is quickly becoming the clear leader among the land-based license holders that operate online gambling sites in New Jersey.

A recent month more than made the point: In March, Golden Nugget clocked $6.1 million in revenue. The next closest competitor was the Borgata, with $4.3 million (including both casino and poker).

Closing in on Borgata for casino revenue lead

We say “quickly becoming” rather than “already is” for one reason: The Borgata. The Borgata has been, since day one, the cumulative leader for casino revenue, poker revenue, and overall revenue.

But that spot is looking shakier every month. Currently, the Borgata only holds a lead of roughly $3 million over the Golden Nugget when it comes to casino revenue. Golden Nugget will likely overtake Borgata on that front before the year is out.

The total poker lead for Borgata is a bit safer thanks to the site’s massive head start over PokerStars. And it will be some time before any casino gets within reach of the overall revenue crown. But if a casino does mount that challenge, it will probably be the Golden Nugget.

The Golden Nugget is the IGP holder for a handful of brands, all of which contribute to the total revenue number. In addition to Golden Nugget, Betfair and SugarHouse also are counted as part of the casino’s online revenue totals.


Rising to the Top: Tips for Becoming a Better Online Poker Player

by , May 2, 2017 | 10:56 pm

We’ve all heard the saying, “Everybody’s gotta start somewhere,” right? It’s no different when it comes to online poker. Some beginners are naturals and advance from being a novice to an intermediate player relatively quickly and with ease.

More often than not, becoming a pro isn’t going to happen overnight and you’ll have to work hard to get there, especially when there are a lot of talented players on the Internet. Here are some steps and tips to help you improve your game and increase your chances to make it to the top:

Learn, Learn, and Learn Some More

Think you’ve learned everything you need to know about poker? Wrong. Even the best and most successful players take any opportunity they can to learn more. While it’s one thing to be proud of your skills as a poker player, thinking that you know all there is to know can also make you come across as an annoying know-it-all.

Want to get better at online poker? Check out a strategy for poker players, do research, and stay up-to-date on anything related to online poker.

Be Committed to the Game

If you want to move up in the online poker world and want to be taken seriously, you must be committed to the game. You won’t get very far by playing only on the weekends or whenever you feel like playing. Take every game seriously, but also see it as an opportunity to practice and a learning experience.


What’s at stake with Pennsylvania online gambling regulation?

by , Apr 30, 2017 | 10:25 pm

Pennsylvania has been contemplating various approaches to regulating online gambling for the better part of the current decade. Each session to date, lawmakers have failed to act – despite the increasingly significant pressure of an escalating budget gap.

That gap – forecast to be in the area of $3 billion by many reports – can only be closed in two ways. The state can either cut spending, or take in more revenue.

Where can Pennsylvania find the money?

It does not appear that the first option is a viable one. Pennsylvania may be able to realize some savings from consolidating agencies and other efficiencies. But for those savings to approach hundreds of millions of dollars, let alone billions, would be a surprising outcome.

The leaves option two: more revenue. The traditional path for a state looking for more revenue has been to raise taxes. But politicians on both sides of the aisle in Pennsylvania have made it clear that they’re not interested in raising taxes. That includes an opposition both to increases in personal or business taxes.

States do have a few other options for raising revenue. They can privatize state-run industries. Pennsylvania considered this route with the state lottery a few years back, but the initiative collapse with no small amount of scandal and is unlikely to be proposed again. Other privatization efforts may help to chip away at the budget issue. But those efforts have yet to be articulated by legislators or observers. That suggests there is not a silver bullet for Pennsylvania’s budget problems waiting in the privatization wings.

Another option: Regulate existing industries, or introduce new industries to regulate. This is where online gambling comes in.

How much revenue could regulated online gambling produce for Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania would realize two streams of revenue from regulating online gambling. The first: upfront license fees paid by operators and suppliers. The second: ongoing tax revenue from the operation of regulated online casino and poker games.

How much could Pennsylvania expect from upfront licensing fees? According to one report, the state could receive in excess of 100 million dollars from license fees charged to operators and the companies that supply them. That money would provide Pennsylvania with an immediate injection of revenue. License fees would be guaranteed and collected by the state before the first online casino took its first bet. In addition to upfront licensing fees, Pennsylvania would realize additional fee-based revenue in the long run thanks to renewal charges for both operators and suppliers.


Who Are the Richest Poker Players in Canada

And how did they make the money?

by , | 3:07 am

Card games are one of the most interesting mind sharpening methods through which you can earn a good amount of money too. Poker is a widely played game of cards which includes strategy, gambling and skills gained by experience. Although, gambling is prohibited in many countries but still there are some parts of world where it is legal. Currently the latest version of this game has come to existence as online poker where players from various parts of world connect together through internet and play this game online. Canada is one of the countries where you can try your luck on poker because it is totally legal. Currently online poker is in trend on which you can complete information from casino Canada website.

There is a long list of Canadian poker players who earned name, fame and huge amount of money. There is a long list of Canadian poker players who earned name, fame and huge amount of money by trying luck and strategies. Here is a list of richest poker players in Canada who are millionaires just because the experience in this cards game.

1. Daniel Negreanu

This Canadian poker player is 6 times poker world champion and was awarded as hall of fame in 2014 at Las Vegas. The year 2004 was his best year in this profession when he won $4.4 million by playing poker in different tournaments. Daniel started his career in the age of 21 from Las Vegas and spends more than 18 years in playing this game.

In the initial days of his professional life as poker player, he lost all his money because of the difference between game strategies of Canada and Vegas. After losing his all bank balance, Daniel returned back to his home town Toronto, overcome the loss, earned some money and again loses it in Vegas. This routine continued for a long time and he learned new skills and strategy after every defeat. After 2 years at the age of 23, he becomes youngest player who win World Series of poker bracelet. After earning a good amount of money, he started different business ventures and also published two books on poker playing strategies. To know more about this poker legend, you can visit his official website and get information about all of his achievements. He has also created his own poke site that was full contact poker and did a great business on it successfully for 6 months. But after the enforcement of illegal online gambling act, the website closed permanently. As per the records of 2016, the net worth of this player was $50 million, which is still continuing.


New Jersey’s Legal Online Casinos Producing Wins For Operators, State, and Consumers

by , Apr 26, 2017 | 1:12 pm

After a slow first year, regulated online gambling in New Jersey has proven a success on multiple fronts. The largest experiment with legal online casino and poker in the United States has provided both an example – and a template – that should inspire other states to follow suit.

Financial windfall for operators, state

Land-based casinos in New Jersey have now reaped more than a half a billion dollars in revenue from legal online casino and poker games. Based on testimony from executives at several Atlantic City casinos – including Caesars and the Borgata – that revenue has overwhelmingly come from new customers, rather than customers that simply moved spend from land-based casino play to online play. The result is not only additive revenue for Atlantic City casinos, but growth in the player databases of those casinos.

That revenue and customer growth has helped Atlantic City snap a ten-year losing streak, with the market booking its first period of year-over-year growth in 2016.

The state has benefited significantly as well. With an effective tax rate of 17.5%, the rewards for New Jersey in terms of tax revenue are now approaching $100 million dollars. It’s difficult to imagine another new source of tax revenue in New Jersey within the last few years that even approaches those numbers.

And as Atlantic City recovers, the state stands to realize even more income from land-based casinos on the upswing.


The Best Way to Improve in Poker

by , Apr 5, 2017 | 1:38 am

Many players are debating over this. What is better, reading articles, watching videos or getting poker coaching?

All of the above have pros and cons and to get the most out of any option, you need to know what you want to achieve. Poker coaching – is the most expensive option, but likely will help you to improve faster than others. It is going to be quite hard to improve your game just by reading strategy articles, so do not stick with it for too long. However, it can surely be a good place to start and give you many insights on what to do next.

Another thing you really need to understand is that watching random poker videos will waste a lot of your time and just cannot help you much, so this is much more an entertainment that learning practice. Many players do not want to see the truth here. To be honest, most people just jump into learning platforms without understanding what to take away from it and watching random poker videos will not help you much.

The exception to this is poker strategy courses, which concentrates on one specific area. Going over that will help you fix any mistake in your game and all you have to do is identify what you want to fix.

Obviously, the best way to do that is to get professional poker database analysis, but if you do not want to invest so much money, you can learn how to find your poker mistakes yourself!


The Sun Never Sets on the British Betting Empire

by , Mar 27, 2017 | 10:03 am

It’s well-known that residents of the United Kingdom like to gamble, which is why it’s no surprise that many of the world’s most successful online and live bookmakers and casino companies hail from the British Isles.

Bet365 is one of the most well-regarded and best value sites for sports betting, casino games and poker – from the relatively small town of Stoke-on-Trent in northern England, they have spread across the globe with one of the most-frequented online sportsbooks and casinos worldwide. This success is no doubt in part thanks to the great value welcome package new players using the latest Bet365 bonus code receive when signing up.

Sports betting at Bet365
Bet365’s speciality is without a doubt their extensive range of sports betting markets on the most popular sports either side of the pond. Bet365 have pioneered many of the innovations that the sports betting industry takes for granted, including In Play live betting and partial Cash Out bets.

Online casino games at Bet365
As well as online sports betting, Bet365 offer a wide range of online casino games including hundreds of video slots from some of the world’s most renowned online casino software developers. In addition, they boast many varieties of classic casino card and table games like blackjack, baccarat, and roulette.

Online poker at Bet365
Bet365 also offer many online poker cash games and tournaments. As part of the iPoker network, Bet365 players join one of the largest and safest player pools for online poker in the world with a range of games and stakes to suit everyone.

Bet365 welcome package details
If you sign up to Bet365 using the 2017 Bet365 bonus code then you’ll receive:

  • €5 poker bonus with no deposit, plus 100% up to €100
  • €100 bonus for casino games or €200 for slots
  • 100% up to €200 for sports betting

Online Blackjack

by , Jan 17, 2017 | 4:40 pm

Say “casino” and it’s more than likely that the mental image that pops up will be that of a hard-hitting table of blackjack players. Now you can play top blackjack games for free or for real cash prizes at the Wild Jack online casino.

Wild Jack offers hundreds of casino games but the casino specializes in blackjack games. Just as the name suggests, you’ll be able to find a blackjack game that fits exactly what you’re looking for when you enter the games lobby at Wild Jack.

You can play Wild Jack online blackjack on your PC at the Download or Instant Casinos or on your mobile device – phone or tablet – at the mobile casino. Wild Jack connects to all operating systems via cable, cellular or WiFi connectivity to ensure that you’ll be able to enter the casino at your convenience and enjoy a game of blackjack online whenever and from wherever you want.

Why Blackjack at Wild Jack?

Playing blackjack at the Wild Jack casino offers multiple benefits. There are no table limits at the online casino so you have the option to place wagers according to your individual circumstances. Bet high or low – you’ll still enjoy the same gambling adventure and payout opportunities.

You can also play blackjack live with a live dealer on the Live Dealer platform. The live casino offers even more interactive and exciting blackjack entertainment with a live dealer who you watch via live streaming video and chat with while she deals the cards, makes your bets and plays the game. Playing at the live casino offers all of the benefits of brick-and-mortar casino action with no travel or other expenses associated with land-based casino entertainment. It’s as real as it gets.