Thursday, January 7, 2010

Online Gambling

The Real Winners At Internet Gambling

You may like the occasional poker night between friends every now and then, but recently, you’ve been hearing more and more about online casinos.

You fancy your chances, but at the same time, you can’t help but be a little dubious about any success that could be achieved through these sites. Fearing that most if not all are simply scams to get account details; you’ve avoided them in the past. Recent advertising seems to demonstrate that gambling online is becoming more mainstream and popular by the day. So, what’s the buzz all about?

Online Casinos – Gambling In The Home

Some people may frown at the idea, for others, it sounds right up their street. People can’t wait to get online and give these new casinos a try. There’s being eager, and there’s being dumb, and many gamblers take a huge risk before they’ve even had their first hand of cards, by not researching the casino site they are using.

• In the end, the punter loses out, because these scam sites can, and probably will, steal your money and identity.

• Make your first safe bet, and start your bid to become an online gambler by researching the available casino sites that have grabbed your eye first. Make sure they are legit, and that they provide payment and subscription terms that you are satisfied to agree to.

Getting Started

Once you’ve chosen your online casino, it’s time to decide your budget. Obviously, in any kind of gambling game, you need to spend money to make money.

Many sites now offer a deal on sign up, and will often match your first account payment, or give you a standard welcome bonus to your account to get you started.

Be realistic with your starting budget, and limit yourself to how much you will put into this account each month. Retain self discipline, it is very easy to spend money free online casino you don’t really have having fun, but it can soon cause a ton of trouble if you don’t keep all of your spending in check!

Who Wins? You – If You Play Your Cards Right!

• Start small and get to know the site, before making any risky big plays

• Once you’re confident and familiar with the site, start to up your game

• Take a note of any tournaments the site holds, and find out what you need to do to be applicable. Tournaments hold the key to hitting those big jackpots!

• Don’t be tempted to jump straight in to a tournament if you’re new to the online casino!

• If you’ve had a bad run, and all you seem to do is lose, even with what should surely be safe bets, consider moving to a different site.

• Keep a note of bets you won, and the payouts, also keep a note of what you use your winnings for. Keeping an eye on moving free online casino money will help you better judge how and when to spend it.

By: Suman Ahliya

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


What is a Good Bet? What is a Bad Bet?

By David Shippey

I was out on the golf course recently with a friend of mine when I spotted a Gila Woodpecker up in a tree (yes, my golf ball is usually around the trees). I said to my friend, "Hey look there's a Gila Woodpecker". My friend being contrary as usual said, "No it's not! You don't know anything about birds". Well a conversation ensued and ultimately a wager was made. With my handy camera phone (I love today's technology) I took a picture of the feathered critter in question.

When we got home I broke out the bird book (we keep a bird book and reptile book on our back porch because we have lots of visitors to our backyard, and I don't mean the human kind). Anyway, we compared the picture I took on the golf course with the one in the book and it was in fact a Gila Woodpecker.

I won the bet, but the bigger question is was it a good bet?

Now, my friend was right, I don't know much about birds. However, there is a Gila Woodpecker that frequents my backyard (he likes the hummingbird feeder), so I was familiar with that particular bird.

When I saw that woodpecker in the tree I recognized it, because I had seen one like it on more than one occasion and had identified it in my bird book. Therefore, I contend that I made a good bet, based on personal knowledge.

The next question is did my friend make a good bet? Well, I contend he did as well, because he knew I wasn't a bird expert and while I don't know how many species of birds there are, in this bet, he had every other bird in the world (or at least every bird in our region of the country). In other words, let's say, for sake of conversation there are a thousand species of birds in our region. He had the other nine hundred and ninety-nine, I only had one. So, in an even money wager, the odds were actually in his favor.

What does all this mean to you? Well, I have read some interesting articles, blogs and forum discussions of late saying this bet and that bet are not good bets, with little or no substantiation, so I am going to break down two of those bets for you and let you figure out whether they are good bets or bad bets.

According to most experts it is generally acknowledged that the "field bet" in craps is a bad bet, and the "place bet" in the same game is a good bet. Let's take a look at both.

The field bet is a one roll bet, the very next roll of the dice. If it comes up 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12 you win. If you hit the 2 it pays 2 to 1, if you hit the 12 it pays 3 to 1, all others pay even money or 1 to 1. If it comes up 5, 6, 7, or 8 you lose. (In some casinos the payouts could be different, ALWAYS check the local house rules!)

There are 16 ways to win and 20 ways to lose, so the odds say you will win this bet 44% of the time. You will win 16 times out of 36 rolls. That is over the course of time, and as you well know anything can happen in a short run.

The house percentage on this bet is 2.8%. If you make the same bet every time, you will lose $2.80 out of every $100.00 placed into action.

This is calculated by taking the amount of winnings and subtracting the amount of losses then dividing the total amount bet into the total amount lost. If that is confusing, here it is broken down. Assuming $1.00 bet each time.

In the 16 wins you will win $19, $1 each on 3, 4, 9, 10, and 11 (14 ways to make those numbers); $2 on the 2 (one way to make the 2); and $3 on the 12 (one way to make the 12) for a grand total of $19. In the 20 losses you will lose $20 ($1.00 each). Your net loss is $1.00 ($19 - $20 = $1.00 lost); if you divide this by the total amount bet ($36.00) you will get.02777 or 2.8%

Now let's examine the place bet. The place bet is selecting one of the "point numbers" (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10) and betting it will be rolled before a 7 is rolled. For this illustration we will use the number 5.

So you are betting the 5 will appear before the 7, no other numbers matter. This bet pays you 7 to 5, so every time you win you will collect $7, while if you lose you will lose $5.

There are four ways to make a 5 and six ways to make a 7, so the odds of you winning this bet are 4 out of 10 or 40% of the time.

The house percentage on this wager is 4%. Breaking that down assuming a $5 bet each time.

On the four wins you will be paid $28 ($7 x 4 = $28), on the 6 losses you will lose $30 ($5 x 6 = $30), so you will lose $2 out of every $50 bet (same formula as above) $2 divided by $50 equals.04 or 4%

Let's recap what we have discovered...

You have a better chance of winning the field bet than a place bet on the 5 (44% vs. 40%)

The house percentage is lower on the field bet than the place bet (2.8% vs. 4%)

So what can you conclude about these two bets? Well I refer you back to my bird story!

Know your Play. Know your way.

David "tHE bIG pOSSUM" Shippey has been casino gambling since 1969 and his passion is the craps table, but he has had equal success at blackjack and roulette.

He is not a professional gambler, nor a card counter, nor a casino shill...He is just an ordinary guy who also happens to be an author, a mentor, and a casino gambling expert.

His nickname...tHE bIG pOSSUM...actually comes from his golf game. Which by the way is not very good, he is an 18 handicap (on a good day), which means he shoots in the 90's most of the time and does reach the century mark on some days. But, he has always had the uncanny ability to actually par or birdie the hole with the big money on it, and was more than one time accused of playing opossum...the name stuck and at 6' 0" 235 pounds it was easy to add "BIG"...hence tHE bIG pOSSUM.

While gambling has been his lifelong hobby and not his profession, it has yielded him a good part time income!

Other than spending time with his grandchildren or taking in a baseball game, there is no other place he would rather be than at a casino.

Reminded of the line Robert Duvall delivered in "Apocalypse Now" while standing on a beach in Vietnam. He said. "I love the smell of napalm in the morning"...WELL...

tHE bIG pOSSUM sez: "I love the smell of a casino anytime!"

Know your play. Know your way.

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Playing Slots

Play Slot Games Online

Prolific advantage, entertainment, breath-taking action, tons of endless bonus offers and ups and downs is what you go through when you play slot games online. The online slot games have a way of magnetizing their player to the core, either with their cash minting options or with their attractive symbols that seem to more and more appealing with every new slot.

To play slot games online you have several options. There are many online casinos that are now focusing on offering new and efficient slots that have all the necessary features that enhance the virtual feeling. Some players feel may feel that online slots may not have that same level of excitement as land based slot machines, but that is not the case now. With the constant innovation in the creativity of these online games, it is a pleasure to play slots games online.

As opposed to old slot games that were provided online, the new online slot machines have beautiful graphics. These graphics comprise colorful and attractive symbols, usually substituting for Scatter and Wild symbols as well. Apart from that, when you play slot games online, you will notice that each slot is based on a theme and every aspect of the game is carefully detailed according to that. From the occurrence of the free spins, to the bonus rounds, to the symbols, to the music and sounds; its all following one animated fantasy world.

If that’s not all to tempt you to play slot games online, then you may want to consider the bonus offers that these online games have to offer. There are constant offers on money minting and new revised bonuses. Some may change with the season, whereas other may change according to festivals, for e.g. for the month of October there may be special Halloween bonuses.

The online slot games have not only provided entertainment, but they have now conquered the online gaming world with their magnificent offerings.

By: Ammy Dylx