Everything to Know About Downtown Rocks Las Vegas 2024

Our favorite free concert series is back! Downtown Rocks is one of the best parts about summer in Las Vegas – and even a little bit into fall. Nothing really beats free music, but when you pair it with Downtown Las Vegas and summer vacation, it definitely gets a lot better. Read on to learn more about these amazing and free Las Vegas concerts and the artists performing the rest of the year.


What is the Downtown Rocks Free Concert Series?


The Downtown Rocks 2024 concert series is a summer concert event hosted by the Fremont Street Experience and casino partners in Downtown Las Vegas featuring some of the greatest headliners – all for free. Live music in Las Vegas is one of the best things the city has to offer, and making it free for everyone to enjoy is what makes Fremont Street so special. The concert series really kicks off toward the end of May, where there are free shows once a week nearly every week through October, with a break in August.

The performances take place either on the 1st St Stage, steps away from Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, or the 3rd Street Stage, right in the heart of Fremont Street. Whether you’re at one of the bars nearby or in the crowd by the stage, you’ll be able to hear a range of artists, from Hoobastank to Sebastian Bach to Common Kings.


Crowd Dancing at Downtown Rocks Free Concerts in Vegas


Upcoming Downtown Rocks Performers

Saturday, May 25th | Seether

3rd Street Stage, 9:00 pm

To kick off the Downtown Rocks concert series is Seether. Hailing from Pretoria, South Africa in 1999, the band has cultivated a global following. Their remarkable track record boasts three platinum and two gold albums, 22 #1 singles, and 21 Top 5 multi-format hits – leading Billboard to rank them as the #8 All-Time Mainstream Rock Artist.

Saturday, June 8th | Soul Asylum

3rd Street Stage, 8:00 pm

Emerging as Minneapolis’ spirited punk band, Soul Asylum soared to prominence with their 1992 breakthrough album “Grave Dancers Union”, spotlighting the iconic hit “Runaway Train.” With a discography spanning 12 albums, Soul Asylum’s 2020 release “Hurry Up and Wait” continues to earn widespread acclaim.

Saturday, June 8th | Hoobastank

3rd Street Stage

Hoobastank became popular with their unique alternative rock music. Their self-titled 2001 album, featuring the chart-topping hit “Crawling in the Dark”, helped them land themselves in the limelight. The band’s next album in 2003, “The Reason”, became a global sensation with the title track becoming a chart-topping hit.


Audience Dancing at Free Concert in Las Vegas


Saturday, June 29th | Boys Like Girls

1st St Stage, 9:00 pm

Originating from Boston in 2004, Boys Like Girls swiftly climbed to fame. Their debut album and successor “Love Drunk” showcased their rise with hits like “The Great Escape”. Following a reunion tour in 2016 and now signed with Fearless Records, their latest single “Blood and Sugar” highlights that Boys Like Girls is back and ready to rock.

Saturday, July 6th | Chris Janson

3rd Street Stage, 9:00 pm

Dubbed a “live legacy in the making” by Rolling Stone, Chris Janson’s hit “Drunk Girl” earned him an ACM Award, while “Buy Me A Boat” achieved 4x Platinum status. Songs from his album “Real Friends” topped the country charts. In 2023, he saw his fifth #1 career single with his #1 country radio hit “All I Need Is You.”

Saturday, July 20th | Sebastian Bach

1st St Stage, 9:00 pm

Known for his voice, Sebastian Bach has made an impact across music, theater, film, and television. From his iconic songs like “18 and Life” to his diverse roles from Broadway’s Jekyll & Hyde and TV hits like “Trailer Park Boys”, Sebastian Bach has talent that stretches a number of genres, which you’ll get to catch during Downtown Rocks.


Free Concert at Downtown Rocks in Las Vegas


Saturday, August 31st | Common Kings

3rd Street Stage, 9:00 pm

Common Kings blend their Pacific Islander heritage with hip-hop, pop, ska, R&B, and reggae styles. Their Grammy-nominated debut album “Lost in Paradise” pushed them to global status, allowing them to share the stage with other musical icons. This free Las Vegas Labor Day Weekend concert is one you’ll want to catch!

Saturday, September 7th | Joe Nichols

1st St Stage, 9:00 pm

Known for blending classic country with modern sound, Joe Nichols has billions of streams and hits. Taking inspiration from the music of George Strait and Merle Haggard, Nichols adds his own spin to country music, especially with his latest album. “Good Day for Living”.

Saturday, September 21st | Sublime with Rome

3rd Street Stage, 9:00 pm

Formed in 2010, Sublime with Rome brings ska alternative rock hits like “Wrong Way” and “Santeria.” Their debut album, “Yours Truly” broke the top ten on the Billboard 200 in 2011. You won’t want to miss this nostalgia-filled concert while singing along to hits like “What I Got” and “Caress Me Down.”

Saturday, October 5th & 26th | TBD

While these artists are still TBD, be sure to keep an eye out for artist announcements to close out the Downtown Ricks 2024 season!


This year’s Downtown Rocks concert series has one of the best lineups to date, and is the prime spot to enjoy free music in Las Vegas from some of the top artists. Plan your summer trip to Las Vegas around your favorite artist, or stop by when you’re in town to see someone new. You might have a new favorite band! Either way, book your room at Golden Gate Hotel to be right in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas and have all the music right outside your door.

PokerListings set to do Live Reporting from The Festival Series in Nottingham (13-19 February 2023) 

Melvin Schroen – Live Reporter

For the first time in the history of The Festival Series, an event series is being held at the Dusk Till Dawn Pokerclub in Nottingham. PokerListings, represented by Melvin Schroen, will handle the live blog, and will provide all of you with all the inside information of this epic week of events. There will be a total of 35 unique tournaments being held, divided over the next seven days. The Series, who is mainly focused on mixed games and all the events around poker itself, will provide a guaranteed prize pool of £200,000 for the Main Event. Additionally, another great event will take place in the name of PokerListings Championships and it has a whopping £25,000 guaranteed. Both big events we will cover from A to Z for you, with the last-mentioned event currently already started with more than 80 entries in just two hours! 

Games for Everyone  

The Festival Series is known for its diversity in game selection, specialized in mixed games. With 35 unique events, there is of course enough to play for Hold’em fans, but the mixed games are right up there in the likes of Omaha, Mixed PLO/NLHE, PLO 4/5/6, PLO HiLo, Open Face Chinese, Short-Deck, and Sviten Special. So, if you like games with more than two hole-cards, the place to be this week will be the Dusk Till Dawn Pokerclub in Nottingham! Don’t forget about the following, for every event there is an amazing trophy to be won, which will be an unique portrait drawing of the winners photo. If that’s not enough yet, you will also get a signed comic book!

About the Main Event 

The Main Event of The Festival Series is a deep-stacked and nicely structured event with four opening flights. With 200,000 chips in starting stack, it is going to be promised to be a fun ride of action for everyone. With the first three days to be 30-minutes levels, the last turbo flight will be with 15-minute blind levels. A guaranteed prize pool cannot be missed and this time there has been set a whopping £200,000 as a guarantee, which promises to give the top spots a heavy prize.  

Players are allowed to re-enter once per starting day and can re-enter until the end of the first two levels of the second day, unique in its kind. Last edition in Bratislava was won by Dutchman Michel Molenaar, who collected a nice €126,650 score at the cash desk, in which another Dutch player in the name of Gerianne Dijkstra became second for €77,450.  

It is certain to be fireworks in Nottingham. And if you still have the chance to hop on a flight or train, you won’t be disappointed! 

Winner Bratislava Main Event : Michel Molenaar

Secure your package for the next stop in Malta!

There are several packages to be won for the next stop in Malta (15-21 May). Regardless of what you will play this week, in any discipline you can scoop a package worth 1,600! We have listed them for you:

Player of the Series

During the previous stop in Bratislava a true players ranking was introduced. Swede Totti Linde walked away with the package for The Festival Nottingham. To get hold of this all-round trophy, you will have the score the most points based on the ranking system. Meaning that you will either need to run very deep in the Main Event and make a couple of other notable finishes in other side events, or you simply play every single side event and cash in most of them. For more information check this link.

Cash Game Challenge

Are you a cash game player? Twice per day there is a cash game challenge, which mostly will be streamed live on the twitch channel of The Festival Series. It does not matter if you have deep pockets or not, regardless the buy-in level or blind level, it is all about the net profit in big blinds collected. All this needs to happen within the designated time frame which stands in line for this challenge. For more information check this link.

Franke’s Flip ‘n Go’s

The famous flip games are also part of the assortment in Nottingham during The Festival Series. Whoever wins the most flips throughout the whole week, takes home a package for the next event. Do you want to become the next flip master? Check out following link for more information.

PokerListings Championships

The PokerListings Championships is in full swing currently with Day 1A being played but hold your horses. Tomorrow there is another starting day as well. With a well-structured event and a 200K starting stack, there is enough space for some stunts. The winner does not only walk away with a heavy first prize, but also takes home the trophy + a package for the next stop. 

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Recently, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe celebrated and honored the 30th Anniversary of the Ute Mountain Casino Hotel. The event featured speeches from Tribal Chairman Manuel Heart, current council members and former council members, as well as dances, drum performances, gifts and promotional giveaways.

The event attracted local people as well as government officials including Colorado Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera, Cortez Mayor Rachel Medina and Councilwoman Lydia Dehaven.

“It is an honor to join you in the celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Ute Mountain Casino Hotel, “ Ms. Primavera said. “The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe was the first in Colorado to open an Indian gaming establishment 30 years ago. Over the years, the casino has seen developments and renovations, making it into a key destination in southwest Colorado. Developing from a single bingo hall, the Ute Mountain Casino Hotel is one of the largest casinos in the Four Corners region and continues to serve as an employer for the tribe as well as generating revenue for the Tribe to invest in the community.

“Congratulations on this important milestone.”

The casino also hosted a complimentary buffet luncheon for 300 attendees in the casino’s Bingo Hall. 

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Happy partners pinting up as a sign of Going Beyond Partners Annoncement_ Group Photo _DOT x _The Mastercard Foundation

Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) and the Mastercard Foundation are proud to reveal the six new partner organizations named to the “Going Beyond – Partnering for a Youth-Led Future” project. As the first partners, Hakizetu, Her Initiative, MHub, Mzuzu eHub, Sheria Kiganjani and Songambele will expand the reach and impact of the Going Beyond project in Africa.

Over the next several years, DOT will work with youth-serving organizations in four African countries to train 300,000 young people in technology and business skills critical to their livelihoods. The partner organizations in Malawi and Tanzania that were announced Friday have established operations in these countries and have already impacted tens of thousands of individuals to date.

Each of these organizations shares the core mission of Going Beyond, which is to help young people in Africa access dignified jobs and live purposeful lives by equipping them with 21st century skills for entrepreneurship and employment. Two of these organizations – Sheria Kiganjani and Hakizetu – focus specifically on the economic and social empowerment of young women, and one – Songambele – works to create economically independent lives for young people with disabilities. These organizations will help Going Beyond reach a diverse range of participants, scaling up the possible impact of the program and ensuring that no young person is left behind because of circumstances or stereotypes. 

“These first partner organizations are setting the tone for the skill, enthusiasm, and passion for change that we want to see in all the organizations we partner with. Together, we are co-creating a new future for young people in Africa,” says Violette Uwamutara, DOT’s Vice President, Sub-Saharan Africa. 

“It is like two pieces of a jigsaw puzzle snapping together,” says Elijah Lumbani Mkandawire, the CEO of MHub, a tech hub and entrepreneurship support organization in Malawi that is among the first partners. “What DOT and the Mastercard Foundation are doing goes straight to the heart of our own work.” 

The partners are already leaders in transforming the lives of African youth through technological and entrepreneurial skills, ensuring that everyone is included and has the opportunity to learn and thrive.

“People with disabilities are often left out of technology-related projects because there are stereotypes that say we don’t need or want these skills,” says Faustina Urassa, the Founder and Executive Director of Songambele, a partner organization that provides health and wellness services to young people with disabilities in Tanzania, and promotes their social and economic inclusion.  “With this project, we are going to show the true meaning of equality and inclusion.”  

The partners’ existing skills, and visions, are essential to Going Beyond, which seeks to go beyond conventional models for development work that engage external expertise over local knowledge and creativity, and instead empower young people to lead their own – and their community’s development. That is why the partner organizations have co-designed the project’s curriculum, and determined how Going Beyond will be carried out in their countries.

“The entire project is collaborative, it’s inclusive, it’s a discussion,” says Lydia Charles, Founder and Executive of Her Initiative. “That’s a beautiful and unique experience.” 

As part of this partnership, the organizations in Malawi and Tanzania will also receive technical support and resources to improve their own operations. 

“It’s very rare to see a funder this passionate about leaving the organization better off than it found them,” says Wangiwe Joanna Kambuzi, the Managing Director and Founder of Mzuzu eHub. 

Going-Beyond-Partners-Annoncement-_DOT-x-_The-Mastercard-Foundation_Group-Photo-on-StageThis, in turn, points to Going Beyond’s strategy to outlive itself and sustain its impact. The project will foster communities where young people have the skills to build enriching, financially independent lives over the long term. It will also create an ecosystem of ambitious youth-led and youth-serving organizations that will continue to serve their communities for decades to come. 

“Our goal is for the project to live forever in the hearts of the people, and our hearts as an organization,” says Lydia James Ibrahim, the M&E Manager at Hakizetu, a partner organization in Tanzania focused on economically empowering women and girls and promoting their sexual and reproductive health rights. 

“I see us leaving behind a huge mindset shift in our communities,” adds Neema Magimba, Co-founder of Sheria Kiganjani, which connects low-income Tanzanians to legal services via a mobile app. 

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  • MHub (Malawi), a technology hub and business support organization working closely with young people.
  • Mzuzu eHub (Malawi), an organization promoting youth business development in Malawi through incubation, investment support, digital skills training, and other support services. 
  • Sheria Kiganjani (Tanzania), a youth-focused organization using digital tools to connect low- and middle-income Tanzanians to legal services. 
  • Songambele (Tanzania), an organization working for the rights and economic empowerment of women and girls with disabilities. 

Read more about the Going Beyond Project, Partnering for Youth-led Future.

Best Food-Themed Slots to Honour the International Potato Omelette Day!

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It’s the International Potato Omelette Day. Though it might sound a little unorthodox to many, the tortilla de patatas is a Spanish staple. A potato omelette is particularly well-known for the sheer scope of experimentation you can do with it. Tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, or maybe chicken? This is such a famous dish all over the world that there’s a special day just to celebrate it!

Also known as Spanish Omelette Day, it won’t do it justice not to celebrate and honour this piece of exquisite cuisine. Just like how the typical potato omelette packs quite a punch with 250+ calories, we’re going to tell you how you can pack quite the punch with food-themed slots to celebrate the day with some of the best high-RTP reels out there.

Ready to cook?

Sugar Rush

This is a Drops & Wins game from Pragmatic Play. These games can randomly trigger prize drops and other perks, such as bonus spins. Getting a good spin can trigger that sugar rush for real, transforming into an adrenaline rush in no time!

If we had to choose just one, this is the one we’d choose. This mouth-watering slot game is simply one of the best to play online. Almost makes you want to try it right now, doesn’t it?

The reels are loaded with jelly babies and gummy bears. Definitely a sight that tickles that sweet tooth. The grid is 7×7 with a cluster pays system. You can land wins quite effortlessly if the Sugar Gods are on your side. A winning cluster is made up of five or more of the same kind of symbol, and there must be a connection (top-down or left-right).

The tumble feature, Multipliers, and free bonus triggers are the icing on the cake (or the gummy bears). The RTP is 96.5%.

Fruit Party

Any major reputed online casino with the best games has likely undergone a lot of changes and innovations in the last few years. The one thing that has remained constant is the obsession with fruit. To pay homage to that classic, delectable hunger we all have, here’s one of the best fruit games to play.

Fruit Party is another Drops & Wins game from Pragmatic Play. This is a high-volatility game and also comes with a 7×7 grid. All symbols have the hidden probability of triggering a multiplier. During the free spins, this probability increased by up to 256 times!

All in all, Fruit Party can be a real party with an insane winning potential and lots of fun. The RTP is 96.5%.

Sweetopia Royale

We’re in love with this fairly new game from Relax Gaming. Traditionally, Relax has specialised in a wholly different sort of games, and we were quite excited to try this one out. It features a typical cluster pay mechanic, and the bet can range from £0.10 to £200.

The best part about this game is the way it combines three things. First, it’s a standard sweet game with the usual suspects as its symbols on a 7×7 grid. Second, it features a rich, soft aesthetic that’s more akin to that candy game someone around you is always having a go at. Third, it kind of brings a fairytale vibe into the mix.

It’s truly a unique experience. You get free spins when you collect three or more bonus symbols. We could also trigger plenty of respins from time to time. The RTP is 96.1%.

Wrapping Up

The list is by no means small. Merkur Gaming has Fruitinator (recently, it launched an updated version called Fruitinator 20 that’s sadly not available on some of our favourite platforms), and Pragmatic Play has a bunch more (Extra Juicy MegaWays and Strawberry Cocktail, anyone?). We’re also a big fan of Sticky Fruits from E-Gaming for that elusive Wild.

The world of food-themed slots is vast. It might not rival the realm of ancient Gods, but you don’t want to take a trip to Olympus or Cleopatra’s chambers on the Spanish Omelette Day now, do you?

How to play Spoil Five & Game Rules with Video – PlayingCardDecks.com

(Above is the set up for the card game Spoil Five)

(Above is the set up for the card game Spoil Five)

Card Game Rules

Spoil Five is a casino game for two to ten players. It requires a standard 52 playing card deck and poker chips. The objective of Spoil Five is to win 3 or more tricks in a round.

For other casino type games, see our guides for Texas Hold’em Poker and Seven Card Stud Poker.

If you are looking for cards to play Spoil Five with, check out a standard deck here or check out one of our more recent arrivals here.


Set Up

Before gameplay can begin, every player draws a card from a shuffled deck. The player with the highest card becomes the first dealer. Ties are broken by a redraw. The dealer then passes out five cards to each player. The remaining deck is placed to the side. Its top card assigns the trump suit for that round.

Card Ranking

When a suit is trump, the ranking is as follows from high to low:

Spades and Clubs: 5, Jack, Ace of Hearts, Ace, King, Queen, 2 up to 10.

Diamonds: 5, Jack, Ace of Hearts, Ace, down to 2

Hearts: 5, Jack, Ace down to 2.

When a suit is not trump, the ranking is as follows from high to low:

Spades and Clubs: King, Queen, Jack, Ace, 2 up to 10.

Diamonds: King down to Ace.

Hearts: King down to 2.

The Ace of Hearts is always the third best card.


How to Play

Players begin by placing an ante in the middle. The top card of the deck is flipped over to establish trump for the round. Starting with the person left of the dealer, players try to win tricks by playing the highest ranking card. Players must follow the suit of the lead card if they can. 

If a player has the Ace of trump, they may exchange any card in their hand for the top card in the deck. If they refuse to do so, they must announce that they are turning down the trump.

If an Ace is initially flipped over when establishing trump, the dealer may take it after the first trick in exchange for any of their cards. They could also refuse it.



If a player wins 3 or more tricks in a round, the player gets all of the poker chips in the middle. For the next round, every player adds one chip to the middle again.

If no player wins 3 or more tricks in a round, then the pot carries over. For the next round, only the dealer adds a chip to the middle.

Looking for more card games to play?  Check out this article:

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About the author: John Taylor is a content writer and freelancer through the company Upwork.com. You may view his freelancing profile here. He has a B. A. in English, with a specialty in technical writing, from Texas A&M University and a M. A. in English from the University of Glasgow. You may view his previous articles about card games here and his LinkedIn profile here.

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NBA, NHL and MLB Parity Proving Profitable For Books

The House is jumping in Las Vegas… and that has nothing to do with the Electric Daisy Carnival. Over the past week, parity is proving to be more profitable than Jared Goff’s contact for oddsmakers. In the NBA and NHL, all second round playoff series’ have been competitive, and some are going the distance (a boon for Books.) Even cellar-dweller baseball teams are somehow showing more life than a Rolling Stones Allegiant concert set. With all that in mind, let’s quickly look back at the past week in sports and peek at what’s ahead on the STN Sports app and at the STN Sports Books…

NBA Playoffs
Oddsmakers just can’t win when it comes to the Minnesota Timberwolves/Denver Nuggets series. Entering the playoffs, STN Sports Books had serious liability on the Wolves but were in good shape with pretty much every other team. Denver, meanwhile, was the prohibitive favorite to come out of the Western Conference and entered its second round series as favorites of more than two-to-one. Still, a smattering of guests took the Wolves as a series underdog against the Nuggets. After Minnesota took two games in Denver, the Nuggets’ odds skyrocketed and even got to +500 to win the series. “That was a juicy price and the bettors jumped on it, both on their series price and the future book,” said Chuck Esposito, Station Casinos’ Race and Sports Book Director. “We saw the [Dallas] Stars lose two games at home to Vegas in the NHL and then bounce back and win two in a row in Vegas. I felt the Nuggets could do the same thing.” The Nuggets did that exact thing, and they’re now back as the favorite, having gotten home court advantage again. The Nuggets suddenly got hotter than a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model. Esposito lamented, “Unfortunately in that series we kind of have money at plus prices for both teams. It is what it is, but there are definitely some guests sitting in a much better spot right now for taking that shot on the Nuggets when they were down two games.”

NBA teams these days are going on more runs than Usain Bolt, and live wagering on the STN Sports App is becoming a way to stay ahead of the game. It seems almost nightly that an NBA team rushes out to a double-digit lead, only to see it evaporate like a raindrop in a Vegas summer. “If it’s the NBA, everybody makes a run. When you’ve got a favorite and they’re at home and they’re down, it’s an opportune time for people to really kind of hedge or reduce that bet with in-play wagering,” Esposito said. “The live wagering is probably one of the most popular and the fastest growing piece of our mobile business.”

NHL Playoffs
The NHL Playoffs have continued to be a windfall for the Sports Books — not so much the guests — because of so much parity. The New York Rangers, for instance, jumped out to a three game lead and were in more control than a 1986 Janet Jackson song. But, the Hurricanes stormed their way back in and made a series out of it. In the Western Conference, the Canucks-Oilers series has been back and forth like a Drake-Kendrick Lamar feud. “The parity has been great for us. It’s really been good for our side of the counter,” Esposito said, “but it’s a little bit different without having the Golden Knights in there. It definitely impacts the handle somewhat, but we’re still seeing handle on the other games and a lot of action.” To no surprise, the hockey handle now as compared to the pre-VGK days is knight and day. “There’s no question that there’s way more of an awareness with the NHL overall because of VGK, but when they’re in the playoffs it just adds to another element. Everything is kind of tied to them when they’re in it. There’s more handle and hype and a different atmosphere when they’re in it.”

PGA Major
The second major of the PGA tour begins this weeks, and it’s rife with storylines — some of them even having nothing to do with golf. Odds-on favorite Scottie Scheffler and his wife just welcomed their first child. Rory McIlroy is also among the favorites, but if you read TMZ you’ll find out that he’s suddenly more single than a $1 dollar bill right now. It’s not unfair to question whether these guys will be distracted. Looking into his crystal ball, Esposito believes that Brooks Koepka might be hoisting the trophy when all is said and done. “He won his last event on [the LIV tour] and he’s won three PGAs, so he’s not afraid of the moment,” Esposito said. As with all majors, the STN Sports App already has a bevy of prop bets. Among them, there are wagers tied to the possibility of Tiger Woods cupping a hole-in-one, the nationality of the winning golfer and whether there will be a playoff. The golf menu could give the new Lindo Michoacan a run for its money.

MLB Parity
Over the past several seasons, baseball has been a story of the haves and have nots, and the difference is always very apparent. Although things began that way in the opening weeks, MLB has leveled out. Teams thought to be bottom dwellers, such as the A’s and Nationals, continue to be bet against, but they’re actually holding their own and parlays are getting killed like a Jon Gruen-NFL lawsuit. The White Sox, mind you, are every bit as bad as advertised. It’s a mixed bag. “The way the season started, it was not good. There’s no question that it wasn’t a good thing for our side of the counter,” Esposito said. “As weird as it sounds, though, there’s parity in baseball, and we rarely see that anymore.”

Elevating Your Game: Leveraging Review Sites for Optimal Online Casino Choices

Online casino players want to find trustworthy and enjoyable casinos and maybe step away from one to explore others now and then. But there are so many options! How does a gamer find the best places to play online? Do your research before choosing a site. And review sites can help with this by offering reliable feedback on the best online casinos, games, and promotions.

Exploring the Expansive Online Casino Environment

The online casino industry is the most profitable and rapidly growing sector in the gambling world, regularly introducing new casinos. This variety is generally positive for players, but it can be overwhelming for those unfamiliar with the games. Review sites act as virtual guides, making it easy for players to navigate the vast online casino world. For example, review websites like Crazy Vegas online casino Canada provide detailed lists of casinos that are licensed and regulated for Canadians, filtering them by factors such as the total number of games, bonuses, and deposit processes.

As well, a good Casino Review site will have lots of information for the new gamer such as ‘How to Pay’ and ‘What is a Casino Bonus,’  etc.

Neutral and Professional Perspectives

Choosing the best online casino requires trust. Review sites serve as forums for professional guidance, where experienced players and insiders can participate. Their evaluations are skillfully curated to cover all aspects of a casino’s operations. These evaluations are impartial and aim to help players make informed choices. Public review websites represent a different model of information dissemination compared to promotional materials from the casinos themselves, driven by integrity and transparency.

Comprehensive Casino Evaluations

To offer detailed reviews of online casinos on the platform, a methodical approach is required, examining each detail thoroughly. Review sites investigate the casino’s history, license, software manufacturer, and security practices. This method gives players access to comprehensive information about a game, helping them plan their time and investments better. Additionally, player feedback is integral to review sites. Personal experiences, user-generated content, and interactions create an active and dynamic online community.

Newest Incentives and Offers

Online casinos often offer appealing deals and bonuses to attract players, such as free spins, cashback, welcome bonuses, and other perks. Review sites are the best places to stay informed about these offers. They display current lists of bonuses and provide clear terms and conditions, helping players understand how to withdraw their money and what the offers entail.

Analyze and Differentiate

Online reviews help players compare different virtual casinos easily. These comparison features highlight important elements such as game variations, returns, and the quality of customer service. These tools allow players to assess casinos directly and choose the one that best fits their preferences.

Prevent Scams and Deceptive Casinos

In the virtual world of casinos, not all casinos can be considered completely reliable. Some may engage in fraudulent activities or operate without proper licenses. User reviews protect consumers from being deceived by such unscrupulous operators. Reviewers conduct thorough investigations into casinos’ backgrounds, and if they find evidence of illegal conduct, those casinos are blacklisted. By acting quickly, these reviews help create a secure gaming environment and protect players from fraud.

Explore Fresh Games and Trends

Online gaming is a dynamic business which changes very fast with new games and trends coming in on the surface all the time. Game review sites keep the players to be up-to-date by pointing out the latest games hitting the shelves and general industry trends. Whatever the case, even if that’s the most imminent slot machines, live dealer games, or virtual reality casinos, these platforms are very good sources of information on modern online gaming.

Live Updates and Ratings

Online gaming is a dynamic business that changes quickly with new games and trends emerging all the time. Game review sites keep players up-to-date by highlighting the latest games and industry trends. Whether it’s the newest slot machines, live dealer games, or virtual reality casinos, these platforms provide valuable information on modern online gaming.

What if things go wrong?

If you try out an online casino that has been favourably reviewed on a Casino Review Site and things go wrong in some way, or you feel you’ve been victimized, there are steps you can take.

  1. Document Your Experience: Keep records of all interactions, transactions, and issues you encounter. This includes screenshots, emails, chat logs, and any other relevant evidence. We can’t over emphasize the importance of this first step!
  2. Contact the Casino’s Customer Support: Reach out to the casino’s customer support team to resolve the issue. Clearly explain your problem and provide all relevant documentation.
  3. Submit a Complaint to the Review Site: Many review sites offer a platform for users to submit complaints about casinos. Provide detailed information about your experience and the issues you faced.
  4. File a Complaint with the Casino’s Regulator: If the casino is licensed (and it should be otherwise you wouldn’t have played at it, right?) you can file a formal complaint with the regulatory authority that issued the casino’s license. Provide all documentation and details of your experience.
  5. Use Dispute Resolution Services: Some review sites, like ThePogg, offer dispute resolution services to help mediate between players and casinos. Utilize these services if available.
  6. Warn Other Players: Share your experience on forums, social media, and other review platforms to warn other players about the issues you encountered. Here are a few general consumer complaint platforms and forums dedicated to online casino reviews where you can submit complaints or share your experiences:

Casino Guru: This platform offers a dedicated complaint resolution center where you can submit detailed complaints about online casinos. They also provide a community forum for discussing issues and sharing experiences with other players​ (Casino.Guru)

AskGamblers: This site has a comprehensive complaint service where you can submit complaints against online casinos. They offer guidelines on how to provide sufficient information and proof to support your complaint​​.

Casinomeister: This is one of the oldest and most respected online casino forums. It provides a space for players to discuss their experiences, share reviews, and submit complaints. The forum is known for its independent stance and real-world user experiences​.

Final Thoughts

Review sites are important for casino players because they provide valuable information and games that enhance their experience. They offer a wide array of data that helps gamers make well-informed decisions, ultimately improving their gaming experience. Some review sites are geographically specific, such as Best Canadian Online Casinos, some review Sites will present ‘backlisted’ casinos. Some focus on specific games such as slots. As you become more comfortable in the online casino environment you’ll no doubt find your favourite review sites and I’m sure if you search ‘casino reviews’ on Youtube or other social media you’ll find a lot of great feedback. So do your research, and then – have fun!

Men’s NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament Betting Preview

March 18, 2024

After a great week of conference tournament action, and a final goodbye to the Pac-12 conference, the Men’s NCAA Tournament field is set. On Tuesday, the first of 67 games tips off.

First Four

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we have the First Four, as eight teams compete in four games for the right to play in the final field of 64 teams.

The first game on Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio, is between Wagner and Howard. The winner will be the 16th seed in the West Region and play No. 1 seed North Carolina on Thursday. Wagner is in the tournament for the first time in 21 years, while Howard was a 16-seed last year and lost to Kansas.

The second game Tuesday night is for the 10th seed in the Midwest, as Virginia takes on Colorado State. BetUS.com has the Rams of CSU two-point favorites to advance to the first round on Thursday and play the 7th-seeded Texas Longhorns.

Wednesday’s games feature two other similar battles – Grambling and Montana State play as 16-seeds, with the winner playing the No. 1 seed in the Midwest, Purdue. Colorado and Boise State are 10-seeds, and the winner there will play No. 7 Florida in the South. Grambling is in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since moving to Division I. The Bobcats of Montana State are in the Big Dance for the third straight year.

Final Four Betting Odds

Purdue is the top seed in the Midwest, and college basketball online sportsbooks have the Boilermakers as the heavy favorite to win the region. They are paying +165, while No. 2 seed Tennessee is at +350. The Creighton Blue Jays are the No. 3 seed, and they are +400 to make the Final Four. Kansas is the four-seed and Gonzaga is the five, but it is the Bulldogs who have the fourth-shortest odds in the region at +700.

North Carolina is the top seed in the West Region. However, the newly opened online sportsbooks in the Tar Heel State do not have them as the favorites to advance to the Final Four. UNC is second at +230, and Arizona is first at +190. The Sweet 16 and Elite 8 matchups for the West Region take place at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.

Baylor is the third-seed and pays +700. Alabama is No. 4 and paying +900 to make a Final Four run.

The defending champion Connecticut Huskies are the top seed in the East Region, and they are big favorites to win it, paying +105. Auburn is the No. 4 seed, and their odds for the Final Four are +380. Iowa State is the two seed, but Iowa retail sportsbooks have them as the third-most likely team to advance. A Final Four bet on the Cyclones pays +400. Illinois, the three seed, is +750.

To no one’s surprise, the Houston Cougars were given the top seed in the South, and they are favorites to win the region at +140. Duke is next, with No. 2 seed Marquette trailing them. Wisconsin retail sportsbooks have the Golden Eagles at +550 and the Blue Devils at +450, despite Duke being just the fourth seed. Kentucky is the No. 3 seed and they are paying +700.

Five versus Twelve Upset

When you fill out your bracket this week, you do have to pick at least one No. 12 seed to beat a No. 5 seed. Otherwise your bracket is incomplete. Or at least ignoring the history of this matchup.

The No. 12 seed is 53-99 all-time in the first round, which is a winning percentage of .349, and at least one 12-seed has won in 17 of the last 22 tournaments.

Bovada.lv provides the odds for the four matchups this year:

No. 12 McNeese State vs. No. 5 Gonzaga (-6.5)

No. 12 UAB vs. No. 5 San Diego State (-6.5)

No. 12 Grand Canyon vs. No. St. Mary’s (-5)

No. 12 James Madison vs. No. 5 Wisconsin (-4.5)

Along with the bookmakers rating James Madison with the best chance for the upset, so do the numbers. JMU is one of just four teams this year to win 30 games – they finished the season 31-3. They also head into the first round matchup with the Badgers on a 13-game win streak.

How to set up an online poker game with friends?

Whoever tells you that poker can’t be enjoyed with friends is either lying or doesn’t know Pokerhub. This app is designed precisely to enjoy poker with friends and members of a private club that make the experience much more fun.

Pokerhub does not play with real money, so everything is about the gaming experience and the confrontations with members of the club or with those of another club. It’s a simple way to promote the social component of poker, something Pokerhub does very well.

How to play a private poker game online with friends?

Playing an online poker game with friends through Pokerhub is a simple and fun process. Just follow these easy steps in order to enjoy Pokerhub’s online poker games to play with friends:

  • Download Pokerhub. The first thing you need to do is download the Pokerhub app on your device. It’s available for both Android and iOS devices, so you don’t have to worry about compatibility. Once you have the app installed, open it.
  • Create an account. It is time to create an account in order to access Pokerhub. This usually involves providing a username, email address and password. Make sure your password is secure to protect your personal data.
  • Log in to your account. After you have created your account, log in to Pokerhub using your credentials. Remember that you will have to confirm the account when you create a new user.
  • Invite your friends. Once you are inside the application, look for the option to create a private game or join one. In Pokerhub, this feature is very easy to find. You can invite your friends to join your private poker table through an invitation code or by sharing a link.
  • Choose your rules. Before starting the game, set the rules of the game. Pokerhub offers a variety of options, from Texas Hold’em to Omaha, as well as different betting structures. Make sure all players agree on the rules before you start.
  • Use your chips. On Pokerhub you will never play with real money. Here you use chips, which you earn both by beating your opponents at the tables and by accumulating rewards from the loyalty program, which awards prizes every 24 hours for every time you log in.
  • Play and have fun, now you are ready to start! The game will play like any other poker game, but online. You can chat with your friends through the app to keep the camaraderie going, and Pokerhub will handle the rules and betting.

How to host an online poker game with friends?

Precisely on Pokerhub, hosting a game is something that anyone can do. You just need to be the club administrator to adjust parameters, variants and betting limits to shape the game you all want to play.

Remember that a good host adapts the table parameters to what the members want, so being able to listen to what others have to say is always a plus.

Otherwise, no special qualifications are required to host a game. If you want to manage your own club, you will have to create one and send invitations to your friends.

And remember that, if instead of hosting you prefer to simply join a club, you have a search engine on Pokerhub with which you can request access to any club that matches what you are looking for.

In Pokerhub, you will be able to enjoy online poker games to play with friends the way all of you want.

Advantages of playing with friends in a poker app

Playing with friends on a poker app like Pokerhub has numerous advantages that make the experience even more exciting and social. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider organizing an online poker game with your friends:

  • Convenience. One of the most obvious advantages is convenience. There is no need for everyone to meet at a physical location, which saves time and effort. You can play from the comfort of your home, regardless of your friends’ location.
  • Flexible scheduling.  You can schedule online poker games with friends at times that are convenient for everyone. This is especially useful if you have friends in different time zones or with varied work schedules.
  • Greater variety of games. Apps like Pokerhub offer a wide variety of poker games and betting options. You can experiment with different variants of the game and change the rules according to your group’s preferences. In Pokerhub, you will find the best online poker games offer to play with friends.
  • Security and fairness. Online poker apps are usually very secure and offer a fair environment to play in. Cards are dealt randomly, ensuring that the game is as fair as possible.
  • Social interaction. Despite not being physically present, online poker apps allow for social interaction. You can chat with your friends through the app, which adds a social element to the gaming experience.
  • Statistics and tracking. Poker apps often offer tracking tools and statistics that allow you to improve your game over time. You can review your past games to identify areas for improvement.
  • Bonuses and rewards. Some poker applications offer bonuses and rewards to their loyal players. You can accumulate points or bonuses that you can use in future games.
  • Control over your budget. Playing online with friends allows you to have more control over your gambling budget. You can set betting limits and control your spending more effectively.
  • Immersive gaming experience. Online poker apps often offer high-quality graphics and sounds that create an immersive and exciting gaming experience. They are the best online poker games to play with friends.

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The Popular Roulette Strategy Options


  1. Introduction To Basic Roulette Strategy
  2. What Is A Progressive Roulette Betting Strategy?
  3. What Is A Non-Progressive Roulette Betting Strategy?
  4. Why Most Roulette Strategies Might Not Work
  5. The Most Successful Roulette Winners Revealed

Introduction To Basic Roulette Strategy

Roulette is one of the oldest and most popular casino table games. Dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries, it’s certainly enchanted millions around the world through the years. Many players have tried to devise a methodology to ‘beat’ the game of roulette. After all, the game itself is simple enough, right? Guess the winning number of the next spin correctly and win lots of money. It sounds easy in theory, but in practice it’s nowhere near as straightforward.

As avid roulette fans ourselves, we’ve often wondered whether betting strategies existed that could tip the balance in favour of the player at the online roulette table. That’s why we’ve decided to review the most popular roulette strategies that players hang their hat on at the tables.

Why People Use Strategies To Play Roulette

Although roulette is purely a game of chance, the reality is that you could use a roulette strategy to improve your chances of winning and maximising your bankroll. But there’s never a guarantee. Some of these strategies are deemed aggressive, giving you a chance to reap a bigger reward, while others are considered more conservative, aimed at helping you amass smaller, more consistent payouts.

Just by putting a roulette strategy in place it’s a good way of helping you feel in control of your decision-making at the tables. It’s a structure that you can stick to all the way, helping you to make sense of your staking and betting choices.

The Most Popular Roulette Strategies

The Martingale System

The Martingale roulette strategy requires you to double your next bet after a losing bet. The aim of the Martingale system is to claw back the losses from the previous spin and still bag a small profit by doubling down on the next spin – and winning it.

Let’s say that you place a €10 bet on the next spin being a ‘red’ number. If the result of the spin is either a black or green zero, you’ll double your stake to €20 on red for the next spin. Keep doubling your stake until you land a red number. Once you land a red, reduce your stake back to your original €10. Providing you have a big enough bankroll to absorb losses on black and zero, it could be possible to recoup your losses and leave the table a winner.

The Fibonacci System

Inspired by the Italian mathematician and his number sequencing from the 19th century, this system requires you to add the stakes of your previous two bets together for the next spin. It’s believed that betting this way can allow you to bag a profit even if you lose more bets than you win.

The Fibonacci sequence is easy: each number is the sum of the previous two:

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 91 and so on.

To bet on roulette using the Fibonacci system, you’ll have to keep track of your previous two bets and add them together for your next spin. If you normally wager €10 per round, start with €10 for your first two bets, then increase it to €20, followed by €30, €50, €80 and so on. Once you get a winning number, return to the initial €10 stake. The Fibonacci roulette strategy is a handy way to build your bankroll steadily without epic peaks and troughs.

The Reverse Martingale System

As the name suggests, this system is the opposite of the Martingale strategy. Instead of doubling your stake after a loss, the Reverse Martingale strategy requires you to halve it after a loss and double after a win, with the aim of capitalising on winning streaks and minimising damage during losing ones.

Let’s say you placed a €10 bet on red and it won. You’d then double your stake to €20 on red again. If it lands on red again, you would double your stake to €40. Let’s say the result of the next spin is black. You would then halve your stake for the next spin to €20.

The Labouchere System

The Labouchere system might be the most appropriate roulette strategy for players that consider the Martingale approach to be a bit risky for their playing style. The Labouchere system is somewhat complex in terms of its rules and is deployed by those that prefer placing outside bets on even-money outcomes such as Red/Black or Odd/Even.

First and foremost, you need to decide your target profit. For argument’s sake, let’s say this is €10. You’ll then need to create a sequence of numbers adding up to ten:


Every time you place a bet at the roulette table, your stake should equal the sum of the first and last number in your sequence. Using the sequence above, our first bet would be worth €3. If your bet wins, you cross off the first and last numbers from your sequence. If your bet loses, you add the amount you just staked to the end of your sequence:


This way, your next bet would be worth €4 (the sum of the first and last number in the sequence). The same rules apply after each bet, win or lose.

The James Bond System

This system was devised by the author of the 007 series, Ian Fleming. His somewhat risky approach mirrors that of James Bond himself, requiring wagers on the higher numbers on the wheel from 13 through to 36, with cover on the single zero for insurance.

This system is only suitable for European or French roulette tables that operate with only a single zero.

It also requires a minimum bankroll of €200, something you’ll want to consider carefully before embarking upon it. That’s because it starts with the following bets:

1. €140 bet on high numbers from 19 to 36
2. €50 bet on numbers 13 to 18
3. €10 bet on zero (your insurance bet)

If the ball lands in pockets numbered 19 to 36, you win €80 profit. If the ball lands on a pocket numbered 13 to 18, you win €100 profit. If the ball lands on the zero pocket you win €160. If the ball lands on a pocket numbered one to 12, you’ll lose the full 200.

The D’Alembert System

The D’Alembert strategy is another risk-averse approach to roulette betting systems. Instead of doubling or halving after losing or winning spins, you simply increase the size of your stake by one unit after a loss and decrease it by one unit after a win.

Let’s say you normally bet with €10 stakes. If you win your first bet, increase your second wager by one unit to €11. If you win your second bet, increase your third wager by one unit to €12. If your third bet loses, decrease your fourth wager by one unit to €11.

What Is A Progressive Roulette Betting Strategy?

Given the sheer volume of roulette strategies available, it’s important to be able to categorise them. The best way is to categorise them as either progressive or non-progressive betting systems. Let’s explore what we mean by a progressive roulette betting strategy.

Progressive approaches to roulette betting are designed to have an element of stake progression after each spin. What do we mean by stake progression? Increasing or decreasing the size of your stake depending on the outcome of the previous spin. The Martingale system is one of the easiest examples of a progressive roulette betting strategy. That’s because this system simply asks that you scale up your stake after a loss and scale it down after a win.

There are pitfalls to progressive betting systems such as the Martingale system. First, it’s a very risky approach. Although you might be playing the percentages or probabilities, the reality is that it’s possible to experience a spate of consecutive losses. If you start from betting a single unit per spin, after just six losing spins, you could find yourself staking as much as 32 units to try and win it all back. That’s why both the Martingale and Reverse Martingale systems are known as ‘steep’ progressive strategies, and not recommended for roulette newbies.

The Reverse Martingale system, also known as the Paroli system, is also deemed a progressive betting strategy. The difference being that you’re required to double your stake size after every winning spin rather than losing spin, to try and maximise any possible ‘hot’ winning streaks. This makes the Paroli system a ‘positive’ progressive system too. That’s because the strategy is designed to keep losses to a minimum during losing runs. Meanwhile the original Martingale system is a ‘negative’ progressive approach, given that it involves doubling your stakes as you lose based on the theory that you’ll land a winning spin eventually.

Progressive roulette strategies could be useful if you plan on placing even-money bets. These have a probability of as close to 50% as possible and are the quickest and easiest way to compensate for all your previous losses.

The D’Alembert system, which increases and decreases stakes by a single unit after winning and losing spins, is more of a ‘flat’ progressive strategy. This approach is better suited to those who prefer placing inside bets, perhaps on specific numbers or clusters of numbers. Your strike rate may not be as high as it could be with outside bets, but when you do land a winner, you may even rake in more money than what you’ve lost overall.

What Is A Non-Progressive Roulette Betting Strategy?

A non-progressive approach to your roulette betting means that you don’t stick to increasing and decreasing your stake based on wins or losses. Instead, you simply choose to keep your stake the same throughout your entire gaming session.

A good example of a non-progressive roulette system would be to bet on neighbouring numbers on the roulette wheel. For instance, you might choose to bet on a cluster of four or five numbers adjacent to one another on the wheel. This way, if the roulette ball does drop the way of your chosen numbers, you’re more likely to land it in one of your selected pockets even if the ball bounces around.

Of course, the most typical forms of non-progressive betting would be to change the numbers and outside bets you bet on with each spin, randomising the outcome of your betting with little to no strategy.

Why Most Roulette Betting Strategies Might Not Work

A roulette strategy cannot help you ‘beat’ the game or any other random casino game for that matter. Whenever a casino game has a house edge factored in, each bet that a player makes will always have that edge attached; it is inescapable.

The benefit of some roulette strategies is that they might be able to prolong your bankroll or even allow you to prosper during ‘hot’ short-term winning streaks.

Worry not though, just because a casino has an edge on every bet you can make at the roulette table doesn’t mean you cannot win at times. Winning at roulette is all about chance – the strategies you can employ are designed to limit the damage of the house edge to your bankroll. A tip might be to look out for French roulette games that offer the En Prison or La Partage rule on even-money outside bets. These help to lower the house edge further so that you only lose half your stake when the single zero lands. Some tables will even allow your stake to ride on the next spin free of charge.

The Most Successful Roulette Winners Revealed

  • Charles Wells
    One of the biggest roulette winners of all-time dates back to the late 19th century. A man named Charles Wells took to the streets of Monte Carlo and visited its now world-famous casino to enjoy a session of roulette. He would end up going on a ludicrous winning streak of 23 wins out of 30 spins, winning almost one million francs in a single evening. Wells wasn’t content with that win and returned to try his luck many months later. Sure enough, he managed to win over a million francs second time round. Despite the casino’s suspicions, it was discovered that Wells had won yet again through pure luck.
  • Ashley Revell
    British man Ashley Revell sold his life possessions to accrue a stake worth US$135,000 to place on a single wager at the roulette table in Las Vegas. He flew out to Nevada and many journalists and cameramen were present as he entered the Strip to double his stake and come away with US$270,000 that would eventually be used to establish an online poker room.
  • Chris Boyd
    Fellow Brit Chris also took the decision to try and win big at the roulette tables of Las Vegas. Boyd saved up US$220,000 over the course of three years to place a bet at Binion’s Horseshoe Club in Downtown Las Vegas. He placed all of his stake on an even-money red and, sure enough, it landed on red seven.
  • Sir Philip Green
    Retail tycoon Sir Philip Green set foot into Les Ambassadeurs casino back in 2004 and left at the end of the evening some €2 million richer. Mr Green placed a string of straight bets and even-money outside bets, eventually taking the London casino for a seven-figure sum. It’s those with bottomless pockets of cash like Mr Green that the casinos are wary of most.

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How Long Does the HireRight Background Check Take?

HireRight is one of the leading providers of background screening services and is helping all kinds of organizations and individuals make the right hiring decision.

But what does the screening process look like? How long does it take? What does it involve? We answer all these questions below.

Keep on reading to learn more!

What Is HireRight?

When it comes to background screenings, HireRight is a well-known and reputable company that has been operating in the field for over 30 years.

By continuously innovating, HireRight has managed to stay one of the most effective and popular suppliers of background screening solutions.

Any company looking for customer-focused, quick, and detailed background checks should engage HireRight’s services. By doing so, they will get a unified screening platform that provides close to 100% accurate and dispute-free information.

How Long Does the HireRight Background Check Take?

The entire HireRight background screening procedure typically takes between 2 to 4 business days. However, the length of the process depends on the exact checks that are ordered and how extensive they are. For that reason, we’re taking a closer look at several different checks employed by HireRight and their completion times.

Main Checks Conducted by HireRight

Naturally, different screening types involve different levels of complexity, information gathering, and purposes. So let’s see how HireRight’s checks differ.

1. Criminal Background Check

This type of background check involves searching for any criminal records associated with an individual. Employers commonly use criminal background checks to ensure workplace safety and assess an applicant’s trustworthiness. 

Criminal background checks typically involve searching various databases for records related to an individual’s criminal activities, including felony and misdemeanor convictions, arrests, pending charges, sex offender registries, and other relevant records. The search extent will vary based on the employer’s and the industry’s regulations.

However, since this type of check is the most extensive and involves checking with various city, county, state, and federal databases, it can take up to 2–3 days. Employers checking international criminal records may even have to wait a few weeks.

2. Employment Verification 

One of HireRight’s verification services is the employment history check, which is crucial for hiring managers, as they need to look at the candidate’s previous job titles, dates of employment, and reasons for leaving. Not to mention the applicant’s work experience and qualifications are also checked.

Employment verification typically involves contacting the applicant’s previous employers to obtain relevant information, which can be done through direct contact with HR departments or designated personnel responsible for providing employment verification.

The turnaround time for employment verification checks can range from a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on the location and responsiveness of the employers.

3. Education Verification

Another verification service offered by HireRight is the education check, which seeks to validate an individual’s educational credentials, such as degrees, certifications, and dates of attendance, to determine if he or she possesses the necessary qualifications.

During the education verification, employers seek to confirm several key details, such as the applicant’s attendance dates, degrees earned, areas of study, honors received, and any other relevant achievements. In some cases, employers may also request verification of professional certifications or licenses obtained through educational institutions.

Education verifications typically take a few days but may be prolonged up to a couple of weeks when trying to obtain information from uncooperative institutions.

4. Reference Checks

Reference checks involve contacting the sponsors of the candidate’s references to gather information about his or her character, work ethic, and professional abilities.

References typically come from individuals who have had a professional relationship with the applicant, including their former supervisors, colleagues, clients, or others who can provide a valuable perspective on the applicant’s work performance. Personal references, such as friends or family members, are generally not included in the check.

The duration of reference checks largely depends on the responsiveness of the sponsors. That said, they are normally completed within a single day.

5. Professional License Verification

For individuals in regulated professions or industries, HireRight conducts professional license verification to confirm the validity of their licenses. This check is often required for positions such as doctors, nurses, engineers, financial advisors, or even commercial drivers.

The timeframe for professional license verification can vary depending on the licensing board and its response time, typically ranging from a few days to several weeks.

6. Credit History Check

A credit history check examines an individual’s credit report to assess their creditworthiness, i.e., their ability to take on, handle, and dispose of debt. Needless to say, this check is crucial for positions that involve handling finances or sensitive financial data and can be obtained within an hour when applied for by the actual record holder.

Credit reports contain abundant information, including the number and status of the individual’s credit accounts, payment history, debts, and bankruptcies, and when and how often the report was accessed. Combined together, all these pieces of information provide invaluable insights into an individual’s borrowing and repayment habits.

It’s important to note that credit history checks must comply with applicable laws and regulations, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) in the United States. These laws protect individuals’ privacy rights and ensure that the information obtained from credit reports is used appropriately and legally.

Why Does the HireRight Process Duration Vary?

Several factors are to blame for any delays during the screening process. For instance, applicants requesting background checks may fill out the necessary forms incorrectly, or they may fail to obtain the required authorizations for them.

Also, the sources where the checks seek information may be at fault: missing court records, slow response times, and missing credit histories all affect some background checks. Not to mention that for individuals with multiple names and residencies, the process lengthens as all the data must be dug up, checked, and compared.

Bottom Line

All in all, while a comprehensive HireRight background check may take up to four days to conclude, the length of time will still vary from case to case; after all, external circumstances, such as the weather or the record-keeping technologies, factor in.

That said, if you are not ordering extensive screenings, you should receive the background screening report within a couple of days. For that reason, employers and job candidates should maintain open communication with the screening company at all times.

Jimmy Buffett & Aerosmith Tribute Bands at the Island Resort and Casino

The Island Showroom has the sounds of summer locked in the weekend of July 5th and 6th. First up: On Friday, Gone 2 Paradise plays all your Jimmy Buffett favorites. Then, on Saturday, catch Aeromyth: The Ultimate Aerosmith Tribute Experience. Hear all the hits from these legendary artists in what promises to be a non-stop party. 

Gone 2 Paradise Turns the Island into Margaritaville

Parrot Heads rejoice! Gone 2 Paradise is bringing the premiere Jimmy Buffett experience to The Island Showroom stage. 

For 20 years, these Chicago natives have traded their windbreakers for Hawaiian shirts and performed in every corner of the nation. With the passing of Mr. Buffett, Gone 2 Paradise is ready to carry the palm tree–covered mantle into the next era. 

You won’t get enough of their infectious energy and unwavering dedication to capturing the essence of the legendary singer-songwriter. This talented group of musicians has become synonymous with the ultimate Jimmy Buffett experience. 

Come hear their spirited and authentic renditions of the songs that made Jimmy Buffett the soundtrack for every beach party for the last five decades, including:

Check out the Gone 2 Paradise promo video to see how much fun this unparalleled tribute is. You can learn more at gone2paradiseband.com. 

Dream On with Aeromyth

There’ll be plenty of sweet emotions when this tribute act takes The Island Showroom stage. See why Gibson guitars ranks Aeromyth among the top 10 tribute bands in the world. They also won top honors at the Las Vegas music awards in 2010. 

These dedicated rockers put their toys in the attic and hit the open road. They’ve spent the past 17 years perfecting their homage to one of America’s greatest bands. 

Aeromyth combines stellar live performance re-creations, uncanny physical likeness and unparalleled musicianship. You’ll swear Aerosmith was back in the saddle of their prime, right before your cryin’ eyes. The Aeromyth train will keep a rollin’ with all the songs that made Aerosmith a musical institution, including:

Visit aeromyth.com for the full bio and get your tickets for the tribute band fully endorsed by Steven Tyler. Trust us: You won’t want to miss a thing! 

There’s Booze in the Blender and Love in the Elevator

Tickets are on sale now for these two power-packed nights of musical entertainment. Make it a true holiday weekend and book a hotel package. When you’re done looking for your lost shaker of salt, you can try your hand at shaking the dice. You’d be “crazy” to miss these “amazing” summer shows.

Show Details

Date: July 5th and 6th, 2024

Time: 8:00 PM

Location: Island Showroom

Tickets: $20 for each show

Betting on Horse Racing in Canada

Understanding the Different Types of Horse Racing

Canadians who don’t watch a lot of horse racing might not realize that there are different types of horse races. Some include jumps, some include carts, and the length of races/type of surface varies as well. Let’s take a look at the three most popular forms of horse racing, and what they entail.

Thoroughbred Racing

Thoroughbred racing is by far the most popular type of the bunch. It’s the prototypical kind of horse race in the minds of many, which is in large part due to the ‘Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing’ (more on that later on).

Only certified Thoroughbred horses can take part in this race form, each partnered with a ‘jockey’ which is a term used specifically to describe someone who rides on horseback during horse racing or ‘steeplechase’ racing (more on that below).

All Thoroughbred races take place on dirt or grass racetracks and is a test of pure speed as there aren’t any ‘hurdles’ – a word used to describe an obstacle which is typically some kind of fence. The distance of each race ranges from around half a mile to as long as a mile-and-a-half. When a race is less than a mile, it’s typically measured in what’s called a ‘furlong’. For example, half a mile is roughly four furlongs.

Jump Racing

Jump racing is commonly referred to as a steeplechase and bears a lot of similarities to Thoroughbred racing. The main difference is that jump racing takes things a step further, as it’s more of an elaborate obstacle course as opposed to a flat out sprint.

This is where hurdles come into play, as each obstacle requires the horse to jump and land in a poised manner so as to not break speed. Some hurdles can be challenging, as they could be surrounded by water among other things. Most jump races are around two miles in length, with varying degrees of elevation and terrain that can be wet, muddy, or whatever else the elements may bring.

Harness Racing

Harness racing is wildly different from both Thoroughbred racing and jump racing. In fact, only ‘Standardbred’ horses can compete and they pull a cart with two wheels behind them throughout the race – known as either a ‘spider’ or a ‘sulky’. Harness races are usually about a mile or so in length, and unsurprisingly only take place on dirt terrain – given the cart in tow. While not as common as other race forms, it’s very fun to watch for those who have the opportunity.

Popular Ways to Bet on Horse Racing

Many Canadians, like others around the world, enjoy the thrill of horse racing. Since most events are Thoroughbred races, they’re over quite quickly and several can occur at one track over the course of a single day (or multiple). Many bets placed on horse racing simply pick a potential winner, but there are other unique varieties that keep things interesting. We’ll cover the most popular types of horse racing betting below.

Straight Bets

The prototypical ‘straight bet’ is what most people imagine horse racing betting to primarily be – and they would be right. It’s called a ‘win bet’ and is as it sounds. Pick a horse to finish in first place and if they win, you win. Other variations of straight betting include a ‘place bet’, where you can choose a horse to finish in either first or second place.

Lastly, there’s a ‘show bet’, which allows you to predict whether or not a horse will finish in first, second, or third. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that the lower the place, the lower the payout. For example, placing a ‘win bet’ is typically more profitable than placing a ‘show bet’.

Exotic Bets

‘Exotic bets’ are essentially the same as parlay bets, in that you’re wagering on multiple horses to finish in different places. A ‘vertical exotic bet’ is a type of exotic bet you can only place on one race, akin to a ‘same-game parlay’ in other sports.

The number of horses you bet on is entirely up to you, ranging from the top two finishers down to predicting the outcome of every single horse. A ‘horizontal exotic bet’ is more like a traditional parlay bet, in that you can bet on multiple horses from several races at once. Remember, if even one prediction is wrong, the entire bet falls apart and you will not profit.


A ‘quinella’ is a more modern version of horse racing betting, combining elements of straight bets as well as exotic bets. Most of the previous rules apply, except a quinella wager is more lenient since you don’t have to be exact. For example, you can bet on three different horses finishing within the top three of a given race, but you don’t need to go the extra step and predict where exactly the horses will place. If all three of your picks were to finish in the top three, you would win regardless of their specific order.

Most Popular Horse Racing Betting Events

There are popular horse racing events all over the world, with several dating back as early as the 1800s. In fact, Canada has a race like that of its own currently called the ‘King’s Plate’, with ‘currently’ being the operative as the race title switches back and forth between that and the ‘Queen’s Plate’. But why is that? Let’s dive into the most popular races amongst Canadian horse racing bettors.

Triple Crown Races

The Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing is the ultimate display of the best three-year-old horses and jockeys – spread across three different races at various locations in the United States. It all begins with the ‘Kentucky Derby’, which takes place on the first Saturday of May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The second leg is called the ‘Preakness Stakes’, held two weeks later on the third Saturday of May in Baltimore, Maryland.

Lastly, there’s the ‘Belmont Stakes’, also known as the ‘Test of the Champion’ since several of the sport’s most thrilling moments have come during this final leg. If a horse wins all three races, they are declared the ‘Triple Crown Champion’. This incredible feat has only occurred thirteen times since a horse named ‘Sir Barton’ first won it all back in 1919. In fact, it’s only happened twice since the turn of the millennium, with ‘Justify’ last capturing Triple Crown honours in 2018.

The King’s Plate (formerly the Queen’s Plate)

As previously mentioned, the name of this race fluctuates between the ‘King’s Plate’ and the ‘Queen’s Plate’. This all depends on whether a king or queen currently sits on the throne. From 1952-2022, Queen Elizabeth reigned thus entitling the race as the Queen’s Plate, but that changed upon her death and King Charles III’s accession in late 2022.

The race first took place in 1860, and is annually held in Toronto, Ontario at Woodbine Racetrack. The purse totals over $1 million, and only three-year-old horses bred in Canada can participate. If you live anywhere near the area, it would be well worth attending if you’re able to swing it. Best of luck in your horse racing betting endeavours!

About the author

Luke Garrison, Guest Author at BestCasinoSites.net

Name Luke Garrison
Job Agate Editor for The Canadian Press

Luke Garrison is a professional writer who grew up just outside of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He currently works at the Canadian Press and enjoys the outdoors in his free time.

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