How Much Did the Last 10 WSOP Main Event Winners Really Win?

The last decade has seen huge winners at the World Series of Poker, none more so than in the WSOP Main Event. Each year, thousands of players flock to Las Vegas to put down the $10,000 entry fee or satellite into the action for a fraction of the cost. Winning the Main Event over the past decade could have netted you as much as $12.1 million in the case of Daniel Weinman in 2023. But how much of their winnings did each player get to keep?

A Decade of Disparity

Over the past ten years, the World Series of Poker has witnessed some of its most memorable moments in the WSOP Main Event. The Holy Grail of poker tournaments, it is the subject of the main character Mike McDermott’s ambitions in the 1998 movie Rounders. It is the industry behemoth that drives all other poker tournaments. And for the players themselves, it is the biggest return on investment available.

There’s no other tournament like the WSOP Main Event. Over the past 10 years, the top prize in the Main Event has varied greatly, form just over $2.5 million in the ‘COVID’ World Championship of 2020, where technically, Damian Salas won $1m of his winnings on the second day of 2021, to last year’s epic $12.1m prize for first place.

What a player wins at the felt in the form of dollar ‘bricks’ is not, however, what they take home. The taxman is the only opponent even world champions can’t outrun, with top earner Daniel Weinman (2023) actually only taking home $6.84 million after playing national and local taxes on his winnings.

That amounts to a vast difference from his top prize when you compare it to German player Hossein Ensan (2019), who won $10m only to see it reduced to $7.3m after paying his taxes. Having won $2.1m less than Weinman at the felt, Ensan took home more than the Atlanta man, banking $460,000 more than the American after processing his tax return.

Here are all the winners from the past decade and what they actually took home.

WSOP Main Event Winners 2014-2023
Year Winner Country Top Prize Winnings
2014 Martin Jacobson Sweden $10,000,000 $7,000,000
2015 Joe McKeehen United States $7,683,340 $4,302,670
2016 Qui Nguyen United States $8,005,310 $4,563,026
2017 Scott Blumstein United States $8,150,000 $4,645,500
2018 John Cynn United States $8,800,000 $5,016,000
2019 Hossein Ensan Germany $10,000,000 $7,300,000
2020 Damian Salas Argentina $2,550,969* $2,015,265
2021 Koray Aldemir Germany $8,000,000 $5,840,000
2022 Espen Jørstad Norway $10,000,000 $4,960,000
2023 Daniel Weinman United States $12,100,000 $6,840,000

* due to COVID-19 restrictions, played as online-live ‘Hybrid’ event.

Daniel Weinman

Which Country is the Best to Play the Main Event From?

While there’s no online-live Hybrid WSOP Main Event anymore (thankfully, COVID folded on the river) playing from online is now impossible. That means to win the World Championship, you’ve got to travel to Las Vegas, take your seat in the Horseshoe or Paris Las Vegas and make it through eight or nine grueling days and beat some of the best poker players in the world.

There are plenty of countries that do tax players, including the United States, Germany, Canada, Australia and Norway to name just five. But the United Kingdom does not tax any winnings. If you’re English and travel to Las Vegas directly from London, then you can look forward to taking home every penny, ahem… cent from your winnings in Las Vegas.

Theoretically, it would be possible to come second in the Main Event and take home more than the winner. For example, in 2023, Daniel Weinman won the $12.1m top prize and Steven Jones Jr. won $6.5m in second place. With both men hailing from the United States – in fact all three podium placed players were American – they both paid similar amounts to the taxman. If Steven Jones had been English – or Toby Lewis had finished five places higher than he did – then all that $6.5m would have been retained.

Current Leaders and Tax Rates

In the current 2024 WSOP Main Event, Day 2abc has just been completed. So how would the frontrunners look if they won $10 million. Happy, obviously, but how happy? Chip leader Anthony Marsico (797,000) and second-placed Christopher Vincent (772,000) both come from the United States, so would be looking at the same approximate tax band as last year’s winner Weinman.

Manuel Machado from Portugal has 680,500 chips and would have to pay a special levy of 25% on any winnings he takes home, so would be better off compared to the Americans. He’d pay the same tax as South Korean Jangkyu Lee, who has 665,500 chips with which to attack Day 3.

The player inside the top five who currently has the best chance of winning most money is Karo Nuri from Switzerland. His stack of 646,500 is very well placed and he’d only pay 18.6% tax on any earnings, meaning he’d take home $10,008,000 from a top prize of $12 million.

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US Online Casino Players Love Omni, Cross-Channel Play, Says Light & Wonder Official

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Rob Procter, LNW game development vice president, told Bonus in the interview:

Traditional US players have distinct preferences and play styles compared to European and UK players. One significant difference we have seen across our in-house content is US players’ affinity for cross-channel and omni products.

In his July 9 responses to Bonus questions, the leader at the Las Vegas-based gambling products and services provider elaborated on information about the most popular games by LNW (Light & Wonder Inc 104,88 +1,17%).

In Q1 2024, LNW’s best-performing iGaming titles around the world were the following:

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Procter had a far more nuanced response about which online casino games were the most popular among US iGaming enthusiasts.

LNW’s Procter Provides US iGaming Context

On July 9, Procter answered five questions from Bonus that stemmed from LNW’s globally popular iGaming titles.

His answers ranged from a discussion of LNW’s games created in-house, which he clarified are intellectual property (IP).

Procter also notes that the worldwide favorite casino games, Willy Wonka slots, are exclusively provided to US online casino players via FanDuel Casino. The online gambling operator retains exclusive rights to Willy Wonka slots. In March, the first game launched — Willy Wonka: World of Wonka.

The question from Bonus are in bold. Procter’s answers are below, verbatim.

What do World of Wonka, Pirots 2, Cygnus 4, and Thundering Series have in common that made them successful?

Rather than focusing on what these games have in common, their success stems from their differences and the unique space each fills in the market. Light & Wonder has historically been very good at adapting IP and staying true to the original brand, which is exemplified by the digital adaptation of land-based favorite Willy Wonka: World of Wonka. Pirots 2, produced for Light & Wonder by ELK Studios, blends modern animations, a storyline, and new mechanics to provide a refreshing change to classic casino games. Building on a strong IP and a beloved game series, Cygnus 4 is another ELK title that introduces new elements while retaining familiar aspects, creating a slot experience that resonates with players. In contrast, our Thundering series capitalizes on established familiarity from within land-based environments and customer trust. Integrating our Local Area Progressive jackpot features into two titles within the series, Thundering Shenlong and Thundering Gorilla, has proven highly successful.

Are players’ tastes changing at all? Did any new mechanics or themes really take off this year?

Absolutely. Player preferences are constantly evolving, mirroring broader trends in the digital entertainment sector, where even popular mechanics can shift quickly. Take Megaways, for example, which has adapted over time to align with current player trends.

From the beginning, we knew ELK’s CollectR mechanic would have real staying power, and its modern yet straightforward approach has made it a standout feature among players this year.

At Light & Wonder, we strive to cater to these dynamic tastes by offering a diverse range of content. Our portfolio includes traditional slots, instant win games, innovative table games, and classic steppers. We continuously introduce new mechanics, such as those in our Thundering series, along with various jackpots and core jackpot products. As player preferences in the US are rapidly evolving, we’ve expanded our content offering across numerous genres to effectively meet these growing and diverse demands.

Are any or all of those four games available in the US market now? If not, are they coming soon?

World of Wonka is exclusively available through FanDuel, and the Thundering series is widely available across the US, including in New Jersey, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, with more games coming soon. Our second Local Area Progressive jackpot series from Lightning Box, called Egg Link, will also be launching soon, which we’re particularly excited about. While the Pirots series is widely available in the UK, European markets, and beyond, it is not yet live in the core US markets. But [it] is in the pipeline as we continue to expand our suite of content. Similarly, Cygnus 4 is not yet live in the US, but will be as we continue our rollout.

What were L&W’s top games in the US last quarter?

Several games stood out for us last quarter. World of Wonka performed exceptionally well and has continued to thrive with its FanDuel exclusivity. The team at FanDuel has done a fantastic job promoting this game, and we plan to roll out more Willy Wonka-themed games with them. Another major success was Ultimate Fire Link Cash Falls, particularly the China Street and Olvera Street versions, which have been standout performers. These games have charted impressively in industry reports and are prominently featured on customer websites. The success of these games highlights the strength of our omni-channel approach, which remains a significant differentiator in the market. Harnessing beloved IP and mechanics and combining our major brands, such as Ultimate Fire Link and Cash Falls, into a single game has resonated well with both online and land-based players.

What differences are there between US customer preferences and the international audience?

Traditional US players have distinct preferences and play styles compared to European and UK players. One significant difference we have seen across our in-house content is US players’ affinity for cross-channel and omni products. The US is our home ground, and we excel at delivering these experiences and have delivered over 20 of these games to the market this year.

Familiarity is also paramount for US players. They recognize and resonate with our internal IPs like Cash Falls, Ultimate Fire Link, and Rich Little Piggies. These games are easy for them to pick up and play because they understand the mechanics and know what to expect. This familiarity fosters a sense of trust and comfort, making it easier for players to engage with our content.

In contrast, the UK and European markets value freshness and innovation in game mechanics and player engagement. Our partnership with Flows, for example, allows us to offer new engagement tools and features, such as marketing jackpots and tournaments. Therefore, we approach both markets individually, tailoring our offering to meet those differing demands.

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Outing unethical people in the industry

Outing unethical people in the industry


Posted by Anuj Yadav on 2022-09-30 at 10:06 PM

Hi guys,

There are some unethical practises happening within the Indian industry that should be openly talked about in order to disincentive unethical people from taking advantage of the lack of policing within our community. In this post I would like to out Sahil Chutani aka “$lim$hady19” for cheating the community doing the following scummy things:

1) Ghosting two of his mtt horses before I joined BTR stable. $lim has admitted to me on a phone call right after I joined BTR that he had been involved in the biggest scores of two of his horses. I restricted everyone from getting ghosted after I joined. The horses also wanted to do everything ethically and wanted to stop this bs that $lim was doing.

2) Collusion in cash games. There have been instances where $lim and a cash game horse of his have been sitting in a NLHE cash game and shared their hole cards. I did not speak out against this cash game collusion as there’s a limited mental energy I have and I want to allocate that towards improving game integrity in MTTs.

Some allegations told to me about $lim by well-respected regs in the industry that I do not have any evidence for:

1) ‘SiValee’ is a 2nd id of $lim

2) A bad reg from BBZ(Stable that used to back $lim before he started playing on his own) is playing on the id ‘bluechipp’ that has been given to him by $lim. This is really hypocritical as $lim has been the one that speaks out against foreign ids playing on Indian sites the most.

3) After I left BTR , $lim ended up shutting down his stable and is now demanding that his horses pay him back 50% of their MU. Which is outright scamming imo, the community is free to debate on that.

I encourage everyone to speak out about malpractises going on in the industry if we want poker in India to be a clean sport with high game integrity. Currently the cheaters have it too easy as there are no repurcussions for doing so. At the bare minimum, $lim should be made to release a public statement about all of these allegations and how he is going to improve his behaviour in the future.

If this post has any positive impact towards improving game integrity I can start an initiative where I take in emails from people in the industry and speak out against shady practises being performed by players/sites if there’s conclusive evidence in the email ofcourse.

Another change that I would like to see happen is pokersites making it against ToS to use preflop/ postflop solvers to help players make their decisions in-game. Once they do that we can police it within ourselves to diminish the use of s/w aid in-game and make online poker as pure as possible.

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Dalam hal permainan meja, saya kebanyakan menggunakan blackjack dan sesekali mencoba-coba dengan yang lain. Hanya ada satu versi blackjack dan ini cukup tidak biasa. Banyak casino online memiliki sebanyak sepuluh atau lebih versi permainan yang berbeda. Ini sebenarnya tidak mengganggu bagi saya, karena blackjack adalah tetap blackjack pada akhirnya. Ini mungkin menjadi masalah bagi kebanyakan orang, jadi saya pikir saya lebih baik saya bilang dulu ya.

Selain versi “virtual” dari blackjack online, saya juga bisa bermain di meja dealer langsung. Saya menikmati ini dari waktu ke waktu, dan itu membuat seluruh pengalaman jadi lebih mirip bermain di casino sebenarnya. Satu-satunya alasan saya lebih memilih versi virtual adalah jauh lebih cepat. Saya dapat memainkan lebih banyak hand, dan itu menarik bagi saya secara pribadi.

Saya tidak akan mengatakan bahwa blackjack dealer langsung di sini lebih baik atau lebih buruk daripada blackjack dealer langsung di situs lain yang saya mainkan. Satu-satunya hal yang menonjol di casino live Bet365 adalah poin yang saya sebutkan sebelumnya tentang berbagai macam permainan. Kebanyakan casino hidup hanya memiliki blackjack dan roulette, tetapi ada beberapa opsi tambahan di Bet365. Saya menghargai itu, karena sesekali saya suka mencampur berbagai permainan yang berbeda.

Poker & Bingo di Bet365

Saya tidak dapat membahas banyak detail tentang salah satu aspek dari situs perjudian Bet365 ini. Saya tidak menggunakan kamar bingo sama sekali, karena bagi saya bingo bukanlah permainan yang menghibur. Dan saya tidak bermain poker sebanyak dulu, jadi hanya gunakan kamar poker sesekali.

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Sesuatu yang saya perhatikan ketika bermain poker di sini adalah bahwa ada beberapa jenis unik dari turnamen sit and go. Misalnya, saya baru-baru ini bermain di mana kumpulan hadiah ditentukan secara acak SETELAH saya membeli. Semua hadiah dibayarkan dalam bentuk tiket untuk turnamen lain, tetapi itu tampak seperti twist yang bagus untuk turnamen sit and go tradisional.

Poin terakhir ini benar-benar khas Bet365. Mereka tampaknya secara reguler memunculkan fitur baru dan inovatif di semua aspek situs perjudian mereka. Saya yakin semua itu pada akhirnya untuk alasan komersial, untuk menghasilkan lebih banyak uang, tetapi saya mendapatkan perasaan bahwa mereka benar-benar peduli untuk memberikan pengalaman terbaik kepada pelanggan mereka.

Ringkasan

Anda mungkin sudah paham sekarang bahwa saya sangat menyukai Bet365 dan menganggap mereka sebagai situs judi bola terbesar di dunia. Pasti ada beberapa area di mana mereka dapat melakukan perbaikan, tetapi saya juga belum menemukan situs perjudian yang melakukan semua hal dengan sempurna. Yang penting untuk dicatat di sini adalah bahwa Bet365 SELALU melakukan peningkatan. Ini adalah situs yang lebih baik daripada tahun lalu, dan saya tidak akan terkejut jika tahun depan lebih baik.

Tentu saja, Anda harus memutuskan apakah Anda berpikir Bet365 adalah situs yang tepat untuk Anda. Bukan hak saya untuk menentukan itu. Namun, saya akan memberitahumu ini. Sebagian besar teman saya tahu bahwa saya benar-benar menyukai perjudian saya, dan mereka sering bertanya kepada saya apakah saya dapat menyarankan situs yang bagus untuk mereka gunakan. Kecuali ada alasan khusus mengapa menurut saya situs tertentu cocok untuk mereka, Bet365 adalah jawaban saya. Dan saya sayang teman-teman saya, jadi saya tidak akan memberi mereka saran yang buruk dengan sengaja!

Saya dengan yakin menyatakan bahwa Bet365 adalah salah satu situs judi online terbaik dan situs judi bola terbesar yang pernah saya gunakan. Bahkan, mungkin juga memang YANG TERBAIK. Saya telah menggunakan situs ini selama bertahun-tahun, dan saya berharap akan menggunakannya untuk lebih sering lagi di masa-masa yang mendatang. Mulai mainkan di sini.

Connecticut Online Casino Revenue Surges Past $46 Million In Record May

After an April slump that saw monthly pre-tax revenue drop around $3 million, Connecticut’s online casinos rebounded in May to post their highest revenue total: $46.2 million.

The May rebound was due, in large part, to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe’s DraftKings online casino posting a record-breaking win total.

Key takeaways

  • Connecticut online casino revenue hit an all-time high in May.
  • DraftKings Casino generated its highest revenue total ever.
  • FanDuel online casino’s May revenue was its second-highest total ever.
  • Connecticut’s iLottery launched in full on July 1.

DraftKings online casino posts record revenue amount in CT

Connecticut has two iGaming operators: the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe (DraftKings online casino, NASDAQ: DKNG) and Mohgan Digital (FanDuel online casinos).

The two operators chose big-name online casino platforms for the state’s iGaming launch last July. That choice paid off, as DraftKings and FanDuel Casino are bringing in a considerable amount of revenue based on Connecticut’s state population.

Of the seven states with active online casino markets, Connecticut is the only state with fewer than five million people that has a per-capita iGaming revenue above $10:

State May online casino revenue Population (according to 2023 Census Bureau data) Per-capita revenue
Pennsylvania $216.5 million 13 million $16.65
Michigan $198.6 million 10 million $19.86
New Jersey $192.1 million 9.3 million $20.65
Connecticut $46.2 million 3.6 million $12.83
West Virginia $17.9 million 1.8 million $9.94
Delaware $3.9 million 1 million $3.90
Rhode Island $2.3 million 1.1 million $2.09
Average $112.6 million 6.5 million $12.27

DraftKings typically outperforms FanDuel (OTCMKTS: PDYPY), and that was the case this past month. DraftKings posted its highest pre-tax revenue on record in May: $25.4 million.

FanDuel tallied its second-highest revenue month at $20.8 million two months after enjoying a record-breaking March 2024 gaming revenue in CT of $21.4 million. Together, the two online casinos combined for an all-time revenue high of $46.2 million in May, up 11.79% over April.

Connecticut casino revenue has been on a steady upward trajectory over the past year:

Month Revenue Month-on-month growth
May 2024 $46,241,045 11.79%
April 2024 $41,363,979 -6.22%
March 2024 $44,106,665 1.11%
February 2024 $43,622,514 5.18%
January 2024 $41,473,154 -6.03%
December 2023 $44,136,024 15.18%
November 2023 $38,320,162 5.21%
October 2023 $36,420,933 -2.98%
September 2023 $37,538,680 20.54%
August 2023 $31,141,146 10.87%
July 2023 $28,088,286 N/A
Total $432,452,588 N/A

Online gaming options expand with iLottery launch

On July 1, the Connecticut Lottery Corp. announced that its iLottery was fully launched after several weeks of a soft launch with limited operating hours and a cap on new customer sign-ups.

The launch made Connecticut one of only 13 states (and Washington D.C.) to offer a state-run online lottery.

Additionally, iLottery’s debut put Connecticut in a second exclusive group. It is one of only three states to offer an iLottery and online casinos. Michigan and Pennsylvania are the other two.

We’re hosting $8 Million Mystery Bounty and $2 Million PLO Venom Tourneys in August

What a ride it’s been. Just this spring, we raised the bar with our largest Venom tournament to date, which had a whopping $12.5 million guaranteed prize pool. It was a massive success, with the final prize pool exceeding the guarantee as players went head-to-head for some life-changing cash.

But why stop there? We’re at it again, bringing you even more action-packed poker this August with a couple of twists on the Venom.

We’ve got two action-packed Venom tourneys to choose from, an $8 Million GTD Mystery Bounty, which is a No Limit Hold’em event, and a $2 Million GTD PLO.  These are the first-ever Mystery Bounty and PLO versions of the Venom.

Both tournaments are running in parallel starting Sunday, August 4th and ending Tuesday, August 20th with the same five Day 1 options.  While both events cost $2,650 to enter, you can win your seat for as little as $0.  We’re awarding almost 900 seats to the Mystery Bounty Venom through Beast Satellites, Venom Madness Satellites, Mega Satellites, and Direct Satellites plus 100 seats to the PLO Venom through Direct Satellites and Mega Satellites.

The $8 Million GTD Mystery Bounty Venom is the biggest Mystery Bounty tourney in our history and it has a huge $500,000 top bounty and a minimum bounty of $5,000. The $2 Million PLO Venom is our biggest Pot Limit Omaha tournament to date and will have an estimated top prize of $400,000.

Both tournaments give you the option to play multiple Day 1’s and build a bigger stack for Day 2. And if you make it to Day 2 in the Mystery Bounty, you’ll already be in the money!

Check out the full schedule and start planning your summer:

For everything else you need to know, visit the promo page here.

Amazon River Dolphins Are Born Grey and Turn Pink

The Amazon river dolphin (Inia geoffrensis), also known as a boto, is the largest species among river dolphins. It can measure up to 8 feet (2.4 meters) long and weigh around 450 pounds (204 kilograms) — as much as three full kegs of beer!

Size isn’t the only thing that sets the Amazon river dolphin apart: This freshwater dolphin, which thrives in the Amazon and Orinoco river, is sometimes shockingly pink.

Although born grey, adult males of the species are easily identified by a distinctly pink hue. Their unusual coloring, which is sometimes wholly pink and sometimes mottled with gray undertones, is believed to be the result of pink scar tissue from dolphin rumbles.

The richer the rosé, the more attractive the males are believed to be — and the older the male, the more the pink coloring he will have.

There’s also a theory that salmon-colored dolphins more readily blend in with their surroundings. During heavy rains, rivers along the Amazon basin turn a murky red/pink hue, and with their pink coloring, male dolphins are more easily camouflaged to catch fish and river turtles.

Pink River Dolphin
Since 2018, the Amazon river dolphin has been granted internationally protected status. Increasing pollution and gradual destruction of the Amazon rainforest has increased its vulnerability.

Sylvain CORDIER/Getty Images

The Amazon’s pink river dolphins are one of handful of freshwater dolphin species on Earth; they are aquatic mammals distantly related to saltwater-adapted marine dolphins and toothed whales. In addition to their distinctive pink color, the Amazon’s pink river dolphins have another feature that sets them apart from their saltwater cousins.

Unlike marine dolphins, which have a dorsal fin that protrudes from their backs, pink river dolphins have a hump instead. They are carnivorous and dine on any fish, crabs or turtles that hang out in the murky waters of the Peruvian Amazon and flooded forest.

How Does Live Casino Work? LiveRoulette Blog

Live casino games are a recent introduction to most online casino’s game portfolios. These games were developed with the notion of bridging the gap between the authenticity of land-based casino games and the comforts of home. Such games have improved a great deal over the years, with more recent titles offering better video quality and focusing more on providing an immersive experience.

In this blog, we will provide an in-depth review of live casino games, how they operate and which are the most exciting titles to choose from.   

Meet Your Live Casino Dealer

Live casino games offer a feature
that’s not found in
any other type of online game – the live casino dealer. This person is tasked
with managing the entire game, much in the same way as a dealer or
croupier would do in your standard
casino.

Players can interact
with the dealer through
a live video and audio feed. The live casino dealer isn’t there as an accessory to the
live casino game, but they actively interact with the players that sit at the
virtual tables.

Depending on the game, players can make use of chat functions to speak or share a joke with the dealer, but in most cases, they will not be able to speak to the dealer directly in order not to disrupt the flow of the live casino game. All live casino dealers are trained with the same rules and professional conduct as dealers in land-based casinos, which means that players enjoying live casino games can expect an authentic casino experience.

How Do Live Casino Games Work?

When it comes to playing live casino,
the process could not be simpler. All you need to do is visit our online casino, log in to your account and select your favourite live casino game.

When you select a game, you’ll be immediately taken to a virtual seat at a real table in
either a studio or a casino environment. The
live dealer will greet players and then open the floor for bets.

Standard casino game rules apply to every individual live casino game, but each one comes with a comprehensive help section that explains the rules in detail. The only difference in live casino games is that the dealer will be the one taking bets, dealing cards, releasing the ball in the roulette wheel, and starting or ending a game, and not the online game software.

Live Casino Games You
Can Play Today

Not only can you enjoy the classic European and American Live Roulette versions, but also modern and exciting titles such as Live Auto Roulette, Lightning Roulette, Speed Roulette, and Double Ball Roulette.

What makes these titles so interesting is that some developers are now actually moving the live casino games to an actual casino floor. Sure, live casino games streamed from professional studios are equally entertaining, but games streamed from actual casinos also provide players with a real-life glimpse into what goes on behind the roulette table.

There are other great live casino game titles that can be enjoyed! These include Live Baccarat, Live Casino Hold ‘em, Side Bet City, Monopoly Live, and many more.

Live casino games provide players with a unique experience that perfectly merges land-based casinos with the comfort of playing from your sofa. Players will immediately feel welcomed by the live dealer as they take their virtual seat at the casino table. With an incredible range of live casino games by leading developers, players will surely find the perfect live game for themselves. Our four-part welcome bonus will set players off to the right start, with up to £150 in bonus money to get you started at the tables.


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15 Fun and Creative DIY Board Game Ideas


diy board games

If you don’t have any board games at home, that doesn’t mean you can’t join in on the fun! Did you know you can easily make your own DIY board games? While it’s relatively easy to make a board game on your own, the difficult part is thinking of a DIY board game idea!

So, to make it easier for you, here are 15 creative DIY board game ideas from which you should take inspiration. This is also a great summer activity you can do with your kids to keep them entertained. Half of the fun is making the board game, after all, not just playing it!

1. PUZZLE GAME

Who hasn’t played a puzzle game at some point in their lives? Thankfully, puzzle games are relatively easy to make. Here’s how to make your own!

HOW TO MAKE IT

You’ll need:

  • Pencil or marker
  • Coloring pencils, pens, or markers
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Glue
  • Paper

To start, you’ll need two pieces of cardboard. Cut them into square or rounded square shapes and make sure they fit perfectly together. Take one of these cardboard squares, draw a smaller square inside of it and cut it out. Mark this cut-out square into nine smaller squares. In the meantime, glue the rest of this square (the border of the cut-out square) onto the other complete square or rounded square. This makes the board of the puzzle game.

Then, draw a picture on a piece of paper to fit into this smaller cut-out square and glue it on. Cut out this square into the 9 smaller pieces as previously marked. Take out the first of these little squares that is, the one in the top left corner. You won’t need this square.

Place the rest of the 8 smaller pieces within the board.

HOW TO PLAY

The puzzle game is relatively easy to play but difficult to master. To play, shuffle the 8 smaller pieces around the board, using the one free space to move the pieces around. After everything is shuffled around, try to move all the pieces back to complete the original drawing by moving the pieces up, down, right, or left, one by one!

2. MARBLE RACE

Have a bit of marble fun with a marble race! Part of the fun of this game is setting it up. Be as creative as you want about creating the maze for your marbles.

HOW TO MAKE IT

You’ll need:

  • Lots of cardboard
  • Hot glue
  • Craft sticks
  • Marbles
  • Paper cups
  • Tape

First, set up the board. Grab a larger piece of cardboard to make the back board. If you need to, tape up extra pieces of cardboard to create one longer piece. Create edges on the two longer sides of the board to stop the marbles from jumping off the board on the way down. To create the edges, use some more cardboard and tape. Then, hot glue some paper cups on the bottom of the board. These cups will catch the marbles when they reach the bottom so that you don’t end up chasing your marbles all throughout your house! Cut off the rim of the cups to allow the cups to sit flush against the board.

And now for the fun part! Use craft sticks and hot glue to create a trail for the marbles. Ensure many of these craft sticks are placed diagonally so that the marbles can roll down easily instead of getting stuck on a ledge.

HOW TO PLAY

Have you set up a course for your marbles? Now, you’re ready to play! Place the board on a slight incline, for example, leaning on a sofa. Then, ready your marble at the top of the track and on the mark, get rolling with one marble per player! Watch the marbles roll down the track and see who wins the race!

3. DIY CANDYLAND

Candyland is one of the most classic board games. Whether you don’t have the game at home or simply want to make your own, here’s everything you need to know to create your own simplified board game!

HOW TO MAKE IT

You’ll need:

  • Pencil
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Glue
  • Paper
  • Die

To make this DIY board game, grab a large piece of cardboard that will be the base of the Candyland board. Then, glue some paper on top of it so that you can draw on the board with a blank white canvas. Once the glue dries, you can be as creative as you want and draw the road to Candland (with spaces, of course!). Make sure to curve the road around to utilize the most of your board space! We highly recommend using a pencil to do this so that you can easily fix any mistakes.

Decorate the board with markers of different colors and write down rules on some of the game spaces. Examples of rules include:

  • Go back 3 spaces
  • Skip a turn
  • Roll again
  • Go back to start

You’ll also need to create your game pieces. To do so, use a bit of cardboard and glue some paper to draw something fun on each of them! Even better, have each of the players make their own game piece!

HOW TO PLAY

Players place their game pieces at the start tile. Then, players take turns rolling the die to see how many spaces they move. The goal of the game? Get to the finish before anyone else! But be wary of landing on some tiles that may cause you to go back a few spaces or even go all the way back to the beginning! Yikes!

4. TRIVIA JEOPARDY

Who doesn’t love a bit of trivia? Test your knowledge with a game of Jeopardy, which you can easily make at home. While players will generally need to give their answers in the form of a question, you can also make this a simple trivia game in a Jeopardy format, which is what we will describe here. If you want to make this a standard Jeopardy game, simply switch up the questions and answers.

HOW TO MAKE IT

You’ll need:

  • Poster paper
  • Marker
  • Post-it notes

Before you make the board itself, you need to think of 6 categories. Each of these 6 categories must have 5 questions and answers. Check out our full list of 400+ trivia questions and answers if you’d like some ideas! Organize the questions into categories and levels of difficulty from 1 to 5. Once you’ve written down the questions and answers on your phone or a notebook in order, you’re ready to start making the board.

Draw six columns that make up the six categories and place 5 Post-it notes underneath each category. Make sure to write the category name at the top of each column. The first Post-it note under each category is worth $100, the second $200, the third $300, the fourth $400, and the fifth $500. Or, if you want to play with real money, you can have the first row worth $1, the second $2, and so on.

Write down the answers to each of the questions underneath the Post-it notes, according to category and ascending level of difficulty.

HOW TO PLAY

Now you’re ready to play some Jeopardy! The first player from the first team goes first by choosing a category and dollar amount. Then, the organizer must read out the question. The first player to raise their hand gets to answer first. If they are correct, they win that dollar amount and get to choose the next question. If they are incorrect, the other players race to raise their hands again to get a chance to win the amount!

The player with the most money at the end wins.

5. CONNECT 4

Another classic board game you can easily DIY at home is Connect 4. This is a simple game that requires no introduction. While we will provide one way to create your own Connect 4 board, you can be as creative as you want.

HOW TO MAKE IT

You’ll need:

  • Pencil
  • A big piece of cardboard
  • Colored tape
  • Scissors
  • Velcro strips
  • Disposable plates in two colors

On a big piece of cardboard, use a pencil to guide where to put the colored tape to create spaces on the board for the Connect 4 pieces. Pro tip: Use the disposable plates to see how big you need to make each space. To replicate a true Connect 4 board, we recommend drawing 7 spaces horizontally and 6 spaces vertically.

Once you’ve drawn the guide with a pencil, use colored tape or a marker to mark the spaces for the game. Place one side of a Velcro strip on each of the disposable plates and the other side on each square on the board.

HOW TO PLAY

The goal of this game is to get four plates of one color in a row, vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. Two players play against each other in this game, with each player playing with one color.

Players take turns placing one of their plates onto a space on the board. But just like a normal Connect 4 game, start with the bottom spaces first. Players keep taking turns until one player manages to connect 4 of their plates in a row!

6. BALL MAZE GAME

You’ve probably played this popular carnival game at some point in your life! Bring this game back to life and into your backyard by making your own. And don’t worry; it’s super simple.

HOW TO MAKE IT

You’ll need:

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Ping pong ball
  • Paper bowl
  • Yarn
  • Two shower curtain hooks

Making this game is pretty easy and fun. Grab a large piece of cardboard, ideally taller than wide. Then, cut up several holes in the cardboard to create little barriers and a maze for the ball on the way up. There should be a hole at the top of the cardboard, which is the hole the ball must make it to without falling into the other holes on the way. Make sure each of these holes is big enough that a ping pong ball could go through. Feel free to decorate the board however you want to make this even more fun to play and look at.

Place two shower curtain hooks on the two top edges of the board. You may need to punch some holes in the cardboard to get the hooks through.

Now, grab a paper bowl deep enough to hold a ping pong ball inside. Cut open the bottom so that only the edges of the round bowl remain. Then, glue a long piece of yarn on opposing sides of the bowl. Hook the other ends of the yarn through the shower curtain hooks. Make loops at the end of the strings to make them easier to grab.

HOW TO PLAY

Use the two looped ends of the yarn to slowly maneuver the ball up the board to the very top and through the hole at the top! But try not to let the ball fall through the other holes.

7. LIFE-SIZE TILE BOARD GAME

This is a super fun DIY board game for kids to play. It’s super fun to set up and play, as you can hop around the room, racing to the finish line!

HOW TO MAKE IT

You’ll need:

  • Large interlocking foam tiles
  • Paper
  • Marker
  • Tape
  • Die

Set up a life-size board game using interlocking foam tiles. Be as creative as you want to use up as much of the room space as possible. Of course, don’t forget to determine the starting tile and the ending tile.

On some of the tiles, use a piece of paper to write a rule down. Don’t forget to tape it down. Examples of rules include:

  • Go back one space
  • Miss a turn
  • Jump up three spaces
  • Roll again

If you have older children, you can even challenge them by writing questions like:

  • What is 3 times 5?
  • What color do yellow and red make?
  • Who is the first President of the United States?

HOW TO PLAY

Players take turns rolling the die to race to the finish line. If a player lands on any of the tiles with a rule or question on it, they must follow it or answer it! If it’s a question tile, if they fail to answer it correctly, they must miss their next turn.

The first player to get to the last tile wins!

8. BALANCE BASKETBALL

You may not throw balls in this DIY board game, but you still get the balls inside the “hoops” in order to make points. Try to get the most points possible to win this deceptively difficult game!

HOW TO MAKE IT

You’ll need:

  • Pool noodles
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Paper cups
  • Marker
  • Ping pong ball

Cut out a piece of cardboard into a big circle. Then, grab your hot glue gun and perfectly glue a pool noodle around the edge of the circle. If needed, use a second pool noodle to complete the edge of the circle. Now, grab some paper cups and glue those lying down with the opening facing toward the middle of the circle. Glue these paper cups around the circle with the bottom of the cups flush against the pool noodle edge.

Assign a point value to each of the cups. Use a marker to properly mark each of the cups and the space right in front of the cups so that the players can see the point value as they balance the board. Point values should be 1 through 8, but make sure to mix them up so as to make the game more difficult.

HOW TO PLAY

Players take turns holding the cardboard circle. The goal of this game is to win as many points as possible by getting a ping pong ball into one of the cups. But remember: each of the cups has a value from 1-8, so ideally, you will want to get the ball into the 8 cup every time!

Play a predetermined number of rounds or until a player reaches a predetermined number of points.

9. FLIP CAP

A super fun board game you can make with the help of your recycling is Flip Cap. The best thing about making this board game is that you don’t have to go out of your way to find craft materials. You should already have everything lying around!

HOW TO MAKE IT

You’ll need:

  • Small cardboard box
  • Plastic bottle caps in two different colors
  • Scissors
  • 2 craft sticks

This game is super easy to make! Just grab a small empty cardboard box and cut out a circle in the middle. Then, get your 2 craft sticks and slightly stick them in at either end of the box so that they are secured. If needed, you may need to cut a slit on the edge of the box to fit the sticks through.

And that’s it! Now, you’re ready to get playing!

HOW TO PLAY

Divide the plastic bottle caps evenly between two players. Even better if you can find bottle caps in two different colors (feel free to decorate them so that it’s easier to differentiate between the two).

Players race to get all of their bottle caps in the box. To do this, players must place a bottle cap at the end of their craft stick and press it down. The stick will then flick up, causing the bottle cap to fly into the box! The first player to get all of their plastic bottle caps into the hole wins the game.

10. POPSICLE STICK TRIVIA

Who doesn’t enjoy a good game of trivia? Prepare for the perfect trivia game night with the help of these trivia popsicle (or craft) sticks!

HOW TO MAKE IT

You’ll need:

  • 100+ popsicle (craft) sticks
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Jar

The most difficult about making this board game is figuring out the trivia questions. You’ll want to prepare at least 100, but ideally 200+ trivia questions for this game. But don’t worry. We’ve done all the hard lifting for you. Here is our list of 400+ trivia questions and answers!

Once you’ve got the questions and answers sorted, print them out in the right size to glue them onto your popsicle sticks. Glue the questions on one side and the answers on the other. If you don’t have access to a printer, you can write the questions and answers directly onto the sticks.

When all the sticks are ready, pop them into a jar, ready to play!

HOW TO PLAY

Play a casual game of dinner party trivia. Take turns grabbing one stick out of the jar and reading the question out loud. Every other player must then try to answer the question. The person who gets it right gets the stick and one point. Whoever has the most sticks at the end of the night wins!

11. LEGO RACE

If you want to incorporate legos into your DIY board game, this is the perfect game for you to make. Plus, you can make it in a matter of minutes, making it one of the simplest games to make on this list!

HOW TO MAKE IT

You’ll need:

On a piece of cardboard, make a board game track or playing area with a marker. Feel free to curve around the track to make use of the entire cardboard. Divide the track into sections, and in each section, write down one of the following:

  • Take # lego(s)
  • Lose # lego(s)

# is replaced by a number of your choice, ranging from 1 to 5. We recommend having more sections to take legos at the beginning of the track and more sections to lose legos at the end of the track.

HOW TO PLAY

Every player starts at the beginning of the track with a single lego block. Take turns rolling the die and moving the appropriate number of places. Wherever the player lands, they must either take or lose the number of legos mentioned. Keep rolling the die as you gain and lose legos. The player with the most legos at the end of the race wins!

12. EGG PONG

A big fan of games like Beer Pong but looking for something more family-friendly? This is a great alternative that everyone will enjoy!

HOW TO MAKE IT

You’ll need:

  • 2 egg cartons
  • 2 bowls
  • Ping pong balls

Simply set up this game on a long table. On one short end, place the two egg cartons side by side. Then, place the bowls of ping pong balls side by side on the other end.

HOW TO PLAY

Two players compete against each other in this game, trying to fill up all 25 egg slots of the carton with their ping pong ball. On the mark, players throw their ping pong balls from one end of the game to the other, aiming for the cartons. The first player to fill up their carton wins!

13. ROCK TIC TAC TOE

Tic Tac Toe might not be the most complicated board game to make, but this is a great craft to get the kids involved while teaching a basic board game everyone must know!

HOW TO MAKE IT

You’ll need:

  • Small rocks
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Wood slice

Collect some small rocks and paint them in various colors. Each of the rocks may need multiple coats before they are the right shade, but the effort is worth it! When the paint is dry, use black paint to paint X’s and O’s onto the rocks. Try to have an even number of X’s and O’s!

As the rocks are drying, use a paintbrush and black paint to paint a grid on a wood slice. But if you don’t have a wood slice, don’t worry; you can use any surface to play Tic Tac Toe.

HOW TO PLAY

Two players play this game, one playing O and the other X. The two players take turns placing a rock inside the grid, with the goal of completing a line of O’s or X’s, depending on which rocks they are playing. This line of three can be horizontal, vertical or diagonal. The player who manages to create a line of three X’s or O’s wins!

14. MINI BASKETBALL

Did you know you can still play basketball even if you don’t have a proper basketball or hoop? Play a mini version of the game with this DIY mini basketball game!

HOW TO MAKE IT

You’ll need:

  • Cardboard
  • Markers
  • Plastic or paper cups
  • Hot glue
  • Ping pong balls

Grab a large piece of cardboard, which will be the backdrop of the game. Hot glue 5 plastic or paper cups onto this piece of cardboard in a 2-1-2 formation. Decorate the board with the help of some markers, and designate points to the 5 cups glued onto the board.

HOW TO PLAY

Players stand around 10 to 15 feet away. Then, take turns throwing ping pong balls into the mini basketball board. If someone manages to shoot a ball into one of the cups, write down the points! See who can win the game by gaining the most points or getting to a predetermined number of points (such as 100) first.

15. BATTLE SHOTS (A DRINKING GAME)

If you want to play a DIY drinking game, we’ve got you covered! Battle Shots is a pretty common drinking game that involves elements of the popular board game Battleship. Ready to have some fun with your friends?

HOW TO MAKE IT

You’ll need:

  • Plastic shot cups
  • Two pizza boxes
  • Marker
  • Alcohol

Set up two pizza boxes facing away from one another. On each, draw an 8×8 battleship grid on the bottom, with numbers 1 to 8 on the side and A through H on the top. Create another grid to place on the top of the box to keep track of your movements while playing the game. You can either use a printed grid that you can replace after each game or use a reusable one with some Velcro and circular markers that you can place onto the Velcro grid after each movement.

As this is a smaller version of the actual battleship board, each player will have just four ships. One ship worth one shot cup, another ship worth two shot cups, a third ship worth three shot cups, and a fourth ship worth four shot cups!

Fill up the shot cups with alcohol.

HOW TO PLAY

Play battleship as you normally would. Players face against each other and place their four ships onto the bottom grid, placing a shot cup per grid, either vertically or horizontally. Once the shots are lined up, it’s time to play!

Players take turns trying to sink their opponent’s ships by picking a letter and number that corresponds with a space on the board. If there is a shot cup in that space, the opposing player must say it’s a hit, and that player must remove the cup from the grid and drink the corresponding shot! If there is no shot cup, it’s a miss. And if a player manages to sink the entire ship, the opposing player must say when the entire ship is sunk.

Keep taking turns targeting the ships. The first player to sink all four of the opposing player’s ships wins!

Mia Kim

Should He Call All-In With Pocket Tens? (Hand Analysis)

Poker can make you feel like a one-man wolfpack.

You’re trying to win everyone’s money while they’re trying to win yours. It can be easy to feel like it’s just you versus the world.

But one of the best ways to improve at poker has always been to discuss strategy with other players. Whether through forums, chat groups, or other mediums, creating a network of poker players to discuss strategy and learn from is an easy way to fast-track your success at the tables.

To exemplify this, today’s analysis will showcase a hand and analysis taken directly from Upswing Poker’s Discord group — which just opened to the public.

Let’s dive in.

Note: Poker players from all around the world have joined Upswing Poker’s Discord Group. You can join the group now to discuss poker and improve your game.

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The Hand

The discussion began when a Discord member posted the following hand history and asked for feedback about the opponent’s range. He stated that it was his first time playing with this opponent and he had no reads:

$5/$5 Live Cash Game. 9-handed. $1000 Effective Stacks

Preflop: Hero is dealt Th Ts in the Big Blind
Button straddles $25. Small Blind calls. Hero raises $100. Button calls. Small Blind folds.

Flop ($225): 9c 5c 3d
Hero bets $100. Button raises all-in for $900. Hero…?

I’ll post the results at the end.

Before getting into the analysis, I’m curious what you would do in this spot. Vote below.

Preflop Analysis

There isn’t much to say about this preflop action since everything is standard.

Hero makes a good raise with Pocket Tens facing the Button straddle and limp. He should be raising all of the strongest hands here and his sizing of 4x the straddle is good.

Even against what is effectively an early position raise, the Button can continue with a somewhat loose range since he is getting a decent price and will get to play the entire hand in position.

Flop Analysis

To analyze the flop action, I’m now going to show you highlights of the discussion that took place in the Upswing Poker Discord.

Upswing Vice President Mike Brady kicked off the discussion with the following analysis:

My guess is his range is:

-A lot of draws with 8+ outs
-Some 9x top pairs
-Some sneaky two pairs

I would call off with Tens there. I think we’re well enough ahead of the range. I’ll run a quick equity calculation.

Mike then furthered his analysis with the following:

I was quite pessimistic with this range construction. I gave him 

-Only a handful of flush draws
-All combo draws
-Some pair + flush draws
-4 combinations of open ended straight draws 
-Many offsuit two pairs like 53-offsuit and 95-offsuit (which he may not have in practice)
-All suited two pairs
-Only A9-offsuit and A9-suited for top pair
-One set (Pocket Threes)

You need 39.5% to call profitably based on your pot odds. Even against this pessimistic range, the call is very +EV (expected value).

Most people won’t have the offsuit two pairs + might shove more draws and 9x, which would make it an even more profitable call.

Upswing’s Lead Strategy Writer Dan B. echoed Mike’s original sentiments, writing the following analysis:

Very easy call here. This is a typical type of play that you see from recreational players when the stack-to-pot ratio (SPR) is low. They fast play a ton of medium hands and draws. Mike did a very good breakdown for you here.

The key concepts for this hand are:

-Playing vs a recreational player (increased volatility/randomness)
-Low SPR (decreased value and bluff thresholds for raising)

After this, a few more members began weighing in with questions like:

  • What if the Button’s range includes more flopped sets and overpairs for value?
  • What if the Button’s range has fewer draws and one pair hands?
  • Will a recreational player really have so many bluffs / marginal hands in reality?

But after all of these questions were posed, it was determined that against any realistic range that the Button could have, Pocket Tens have enough equity to call.

Results

Okay, so here’s what actually happened in this hand.

Hero folded with Pocket Tens after a long tank. The Button says he had Ac 8c for the nut flush draw. But the cards were never revealed.

What’s the “why” behind your vote?

Explain your thoughts in the comments below.

Hands like this showcase the importance of studying your hands after a session.

By posting this hand and asking for feedback, the Discord member was able to learn a few things, like:

  • How to use equity calculators to determine whether or not a decision is profitable
  • How different kinds of poker players analyze their hands

Not bad for just posting a hand history! That’s it for this article. Good luck at the tables this week!

Note: Join the Upswing Poker Discord for free right now to improve your game by learning from poker players and coaches from all around the world.

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Will famous poker stars bet on Mike Tyson against Jake Paul?

According to the best bookies, Mike Tyson is underdog against 27-year-old influencer Jake Paul. However, the former heavyweight champion’s victory is such an attractive odds that a number of celebrities could be in the running.

Mike Tyson vs Jake Paul match in Las Vegas

A couple of weeks ago, the news broke that youtuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul would be taking on 58-year-old Mike Tyson in Las Vegas on July 21. It’s been 19 years since one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time last stepped between the ropes in a professional setting, so it surprised many that he would take on such a fight at his age. Tyson is now retired from professional sport, currently running his own business and most recently becoming an ambassador of an online casino.

Tyson and Paul’s fight is of course a huge hype, with daily newspaper reports of celebrities and sports personalities giving their views on the fight.

The build-up is certainly very professional. Both athletes are posting a lot on their social media pages and there are a lot of press inquiries. The fight itself is very divisive by the way, with many fearing Tyson because of his age and others hoping for the end of the influencer’s career with a Tyson ear.

The details of the fight are still subject to change, but as far as we know it will be an exhibition bout, with 2-minute rounds and fighters wearing 16-ounce gloves. There will be no scorekeepers, but a winner will still be declared, as knockouts will not be prohibited.

Mike Tyson’s chance against Jake Paul

This fight will be a sporting event that almost everyone has an opinion on. NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, for example, doesn’t think it’s a fair move to take on young Jake Paul, as the basketball player thinks the age difference between the two is too big. Former coach Mike Tyson, on the other hand, said that Paul could take a very nasty beating if he takes a punch or two.

Betting on the Paul-Tyson fight is now open at the bookmakers. Bookmakers have picked 27-year-old Jake Paul as the favourite, with the YouTube influencer’s win paying average odds of 1.60, while a win for the veteran legend could be worth between 2.20 and 2.30 to punters.

Famous athletes who like to bet

The Tyson-Paul fight is of course a huge hype, with daily newspaper reports of celebrities and sports personalities giving their views on the fight. We can almost be sure that as the match date approaches, news will start to come in of celebrities and sportspeople placing big bets on the game.

This is not at all an unusual phenomenon, as we have seen examples of this in the recent past. Professional fighter Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather, for example, is a regular bettor on the biggest sporting events, and the millionaire boxer is not afraid to bet big. In 2005, for example, he bet $750,000 on his own victory against Oscar de La Hoya and won a handsome sum.

Mayweather’s favourite sport to bet on, however, is the NFL. The sports bettor also achieved the biggest loss of his career in American football when he bet $626 000 on the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Will famous poker stars bet on Tyson?

Mayweather is not the only one who can claim to be a big betting man. Dan Bilzerian, one of the world’s most famous poker players, often risks his money by placing bets on sporting events. Four years ago, for example, he lost nearly US$1 million betting on the returning Conor McGregor at UFC 246, but the Irish bad boy knocked out his opponent in just 40 seconds to win the fight.

One of the best poker players of all time, Phil Ivey also likes to bet big. In 2015, he bet big on the Seahawks Patriots to win the Super Bowl.

Also a world famous gambler, former legend Billy Baxter was not only inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame, but also into the Sportsbook Hall of Fame. Baxter is a legendary name in the world of online gambling, having regularly won huge sums in sports betting for decades. The legendary Doyle Brunson also had a reputation as a big bettor, but several poker players have claimed that he took big losses on sports bets.

It’s safe to say that as the match date approaches, we’ll be getting news that the high rollers will start betting on the match. It will be interesting to see if the big betters place their bets on the young but semi-pro Jake Paul or the veteran but with an amazing career Mike Tyson.

Of course, for bets of hundreds of thousands of dollars, you also need to find the right offices. In addition to land-based arcades and betting shops, there are a growing number of online bookmakers where you can place huge bets.

Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation Recognized for San Diego FC Partnership

Congratulations, Sycuan Casino Resort!

The NAFOA, Native American Finance Officers Association, recognizes the 17th annual leadership award recipients.

“The Business Impact Deal of the Year Award acknowledges initiatives driving significant economic growth for tribes and Indian Country. This year’s recipient is the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, recognized for their shared acquisition of the Major League Soccer franchise, San Diego FC, alongside entrepreneur Mohamed Mansour. This pioneering partnership, enhanced by the Sycuan Tribe’s rich cultural heritage and longstanding community ties to the San Diego area, includes establishing the Right to Dream Academy for student-athletes. This historic agreement marks a pivotal moment for the Sycuan Tribe, marking them as the first Native American tribe to hold an ownership stake in a men’s professional sports team. Through extensive collaboration, the tribe has paved the way for future opportunities, opening doors for tribes to engage in sports franchise ownership and various private and corporate ventures.

San Diego FC is set to debut in 2025 at the 35,000-seat Snapdragon Stadium.

NAFOA was founded over 40 years ago as the Native American Finance Officers Association to highlight the role of tribal finance in fostering economic opportunities.”

Credit: NAFOA 2024

z3th, Founder & CEO of Ordz Games — Interview Series

The future of blockchain gaming is here, and it’s looking an awful lot like the ever-sprightly Game Boy system, weirdly enough. That’s right — Ordz Games’ BitBoy One has officially made its debut as an all-in-one package for blockchain-based gaming, meaning users will now have access to a vast collection of crypto assets, as well as an entire host of emulations of countless retro video games and wallets. To learn a bit more about it, we decided to reach out to Ordz Games CEO, z3th.

Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to speak with us! Could you please introduce yourself to our readers? Who are you, and what inspired you to enter the world of blockchain gaming?

Z3th: I believe that your actions must define who you are and not necessarily the identity you were born with. I could say this much, I started getting into crypto in 2017 and formed Ordz Games in 2021.

What inspired me deeply was the urge to introduce tangibility to the world of crypto. While we had already seen the arrival of hardware devices in the crypto space in the form of wallets, credit cards, and mobile phones, there was hardly any solution for the large, lucrative space of blockchain gaming.

I have been an avid gamer since childhood. I used to play Chinese games and Nintendo games. During lockdown in Asia, I had nothing much to do. That’s when I decided to make blockchain tangible by introducing retro gaming devices and building an ecient ecosystem around blockchain gaming.

Let’s move on to your studio, Ordz Games. Could you tell us a bit more about it? When was the company founded, and what are some of the core values that you uphold as a team?

Z3th: The company was founded in 2021. We envisioned a completely trustless, non-custodial gaming platform on the blockchain. At its core, Ordz Games is a series of inscriptions for retro games. We release new games every season. Our native token, $ORDG, the first BRC-20 token with utility, helps fuel our economy and allows players to earn based on the points they’ve accumulated.

Tell us a bit about your handled device, BitBoy. What exactly is it, and what are some of the core features that users can expect to find on the system?

Z3th: Bitboy is our tribute to the days of Nintendo gaming! It is built along the lines of the Nintendo Game Boy that appeared in 1989. While nostalgia is our foundation, the device is much more than that.

Available in a sleek, translucent orange design, the device merges blockchain gaming with Web3 and oers an avenue to earn Bitcoin through retro-style P2E games. It supports an array of classic games that date back to the pre-PlayStation 1 era through emulation. It has several features.

Bitboy supports multiplayer gaming through Bluetooth and wifi connectivity and functions as a secure hardware wallet for managing Bitcoin assets. Interestingly, it leverages the ‘Ordinal’ method for creating Bitcoin NFTs to inscribe games directly onto the Blockchain.

The BitBoy isn’t restricted to just blockchain gaming, either. Are we right in thinking that the device also acts as a vessel for classic video games, too?

Z3th: Yes, although its native applications are connected to the Bitcoin blockchain, one can play a range of video games inscribed forever on the Bitcoin blockchain as ordinals. When it comes to game choices, Bitboy features a wide range of HTML games, on-chain emulators, and ROM.

We’ve also noticed that Ordz Games’ Season 5 is en route, too! Could you tell us a bit more about some of the things that we’ll be seeing in this upcoming launch?

Z3th: Yes, applications for Season 5 Early Access are now open. Packed with options to play, earn, trade, and Burn $Games, Season 5 promises even more. We will divulge more details soon. In season 5, you must be ready for all the excitement and extraordinary rewards that Games of Bitcoin has in store for you.

So, how’s the future looking for you? Do you have any plans to further enhance your portfolio over the coming months or years? Are there any key dates that we should be taking note of?

Z3th: The future of blockchain gaming is super promising. Numbers show a healthy increase in the trac of users and developers active in the field. Digital ownership of assets and autonomy in controlling them are features that would drive growth. We will continue to innovate and launch new and exciting games that merge nostalgia with cutting-edge convenience and best-in-class earning potential. For now, Season 5 is open. Don’t miss out—apply today.

And what’s the best way to stay up to date with Ordz Games’ current affairs? Are there any social channels or important newsletters that will help potential consumers to find the data they need?

Z3th: Follow us on X for all the latest updates. For deeper community engagement, join our Telegram channel. For insights on tech and design, follow our blog posts on Medium.

Any final words for our readers?

Z3th: For those who already own a BitBoy, we offer an exciting referral program, but it’s ending soon. Hurry up, connect your Twitter account with your Bitboy profile, and grab your referral link. Both you and your friends and family who purchase BitBoy using this link will benefit: they’ll receive a $50 discount, and you’ll earn points that may count toward future airdrops. So, visit our profile page to grab your referral link and start sharing today.

Thanks for your time!

 

For more information on Ordz Games’ ongoing efforts to revolutionize the blockchain space, be sure to check in with the team over on their official social handle here. Alternatively, you can visit the website for additional details here.

Lord can hit the Board at York

William Hill ambassador Nick Luck looks over the best of this weekend’s racing from York and Sandown, and picks out his best bets.

York, Saturday

Lord Melbourne is the pick at 8/1 in the TV opener at York (1:50pm) on Saturday, where William Hill have a Top Price Guarantee. Only having his second start for Ralph Beckett, he shaped extremely promisingly on his stable debut at Epsom, when repeatedly denied a clear run. On balance, this race is less competitive, he should move forward for the step up in distance and has a vastly experienced jockey on board.

Boardman is the selection at 9/1 in the seven furlong handicap (2:25pm). He was a pretty useful performer in his pomp, and has really slipped down the weights. There was however a deal more encouragement in his most recent start at Chester and track and ground suit ideally.

Salt Bay is worth one more chance at 5/1 in the Grand Cup (3:00pm). He posted an outstanding effort on his comeback at Newbury and his subsequent start may have come too quickly. A little more give in the ground and a genuine test of stamina could well bring about a better performance. Either way, this is an easier race and he is the top rated.

Elmonjed could be the answer to the big sprint (3:35pm). Nothing went right for him here last time when racing apart from the field and appearing to lose his application halfway through the race. He did consent to run on, however, and cheekpieces may help him, so he’s worth chancing at 7/1.

Sandown, Saturday

Farasi Lane is a sporting pick at 14/1 to land the first televised race (2:05pm) at Sandown Park. He has taken his form to a different level for his new trainer this season and is only two pounds higher than when successful in quite taking style at Kempton earlier in the year. His previous run on turf this season was moderate, but he appeared not to handle the track at Newmarket and should be fine here.

Dawn Charger is another at a big price (11/1) to be interested in at Sandown, in the Listed Scurry Stakes (2:40pm). She had some really smart form as a two-year-old, including when not beaten far in the Albany at Royal Ascot. The angle here is a return to better ground, the plum draw and a drop back in trip to five furlongs.

“He’s been improving at home and his work has been really good”

Triumph Hurdle

Kargese won a Grade 1 hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival, and she is obviously going to be getting 7lbs from the geldings which will help.

We’ve got a strong contingent with Majborough, Storm Heart and Bunting all in there – I wouldn’t be surprised if any of those improved past Kargese. At the time those horses had only had two runs over hurdles, whereas she’d already had four.

Outside of that, it is a very open contest. I wouldn’t be particularly strong on anything here, but Bunting and Ethical Diamond are two that could certainly run well at a big price.

County Hurdle

We’ve got a lot of runners in the County Hurdle, with one of those being Absurde, who was a high-class flat horse, winning the Ebor and running very well in the Melbourne Cup. He improved on his previous form to be fourth over hurdles at the Dublin Racing Festival against Ballyburn and Slade Steel. The rain wouldn’t have helped his cause, but hopefully it will have dried out a bit by Friday. He’s got a lovely weight of 10st 10lbs and I can see him running a big race. He’ll be dropped in and running on late, so anyone backing him shouldn’t be worried if they don’t see him early in the race.

Another that I’d give a good chance to is Zenta. She was third in the Triumph Hurdle last year behind Lossiemouth and has since gone on to win a Grade 1 at Aintree. She disappointed on her first run over fences, so we switched her back over hurdles and she ran very well at Leopardstown in the big handicap hurdle there. I think she could improve and is another one in with a big chance.

Albert Bartlett

This is a race that we’re pretty strong in with Readin Tommy Wrong, Dancing City, and High Class Hero all towards the top of the market. Dancing City won a Grade 1 at the Dublin Racing Festival, but he wasn’t overly fancied there and I’m just not sure how to rate that form.

High Class Hero has the right profile for the race, having already had a few runs over hurdles, which is usually what you need here in terms of experience. They’ve been lesser class races, but by design we wanted to keep him to a lower class, and he’s been improving, so he could run well.

I do really like Readin Tommy Wrong. He ran really well to beat Ile Atlantique in the Lawlor’s Of Naas, and I think the step up to three miles will really suit him. He’s a very relaxed horse and he jumps well, so I think he’ll go through the race smoothly and I think he’s a very strong each-way bet.

Gold Cup

Shishkin being out obviously helps our chances here because he is a very good horse, but nonetheless I still think Galopin Des Champs will win. He was very impressive at Leopardstown over Christmas, and he was the same in beating Fastorslow the last day at the Dublin Racing Festival.

He comes here as the reigning champion and the slower ground will help him. 3m2f suits him really well, he is a strong stayer and I do think he will win. I’d imagine Paul Townend will wait to see how the race pans out and he won’t have to make the running, but he certainly can if need be.

Hunters Chase

We’ve got a nice chance in the Hunters Chase with Billaway. He ran very well in his first run at Naas when second to Its On The Line. He’s a horse with plenty of experience at Cheltenham and he’s won this race before.

He is a 12-year-old now and I suspect some of the other horses with younger legs might have a bit too much for him.

Mares’ Chase

We’ve got a couple of great chances here, both of which are very experienced round Cheltenham. Allegorie De Vassy was second in the race last year whilst Dinoblue was the runner-up in the Grand Annual.

Dinoblue looks to have improved plenty having picked up a Grade 1 in Leopardstown earlier this year, before going on to finish second behind El Fabiolo last time out. I think she is the class animal in the race.

Allegorie De Vassy is a very good mare and she improved to win at Naas the last day. I don’t think the rain will have helped her and any drying ground that comes would suit her. I would hope that both will have a bit more class than the rest of the field, with Dinoblue probably the one to win.

Martin Pipe

I think you can make a case for both of our runners having a chance in the Martin Pipe. Ocastle Des Mottes ran for the first time this term in the Betfair Hurdle last time out and I thought he did quite well in finishing eighth. The step up in trip along with a little more experience will help him.

I do like Quai De Bourbon at the top of the market. He’s had a couple of runs in France and didn’t show it all. He was a bit of a surprise winner of his maiden at Naas, but he improved again to win over two miles at Clonmel the last day. He’s a really laid back horse and the step up to 2m4½f should bring out the best attributes in him. He’s been improving at home and his work has been really good, I do really like him, and he has a good, strong pilot in Michael O’Sullivan on his back.

Best of luck,

David

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The 5-minute cricket primer

Cricket is bigger than you think. It’s now second only to soccer in terms of global popularity, with nearly a third of the world’s population—2.5 billion—counted as fans.

Canadians haven’t latched onto this centuries-old sport as fervently as other countries, but its popularity here is growing. This is due in part to the success of our national Twenty20 International men’s team, which is currently ranked 20th by the International Cricket Council (ICC), as well as the 2018 launch of Global T20 Canada, the first major cricket tournament sanctioned by the ICC in North America.

Clearly, we have teams worth cheering for. So, what will it take for cricket to catch on with more Canadians? Getting to know more about how it’s played is a good start. And with the ability to bet on major cricket matches around the globe, some Ontario sports fans are finding new motivation to become a little more familiar with this beloved and storied sport.

Despite some pretty clear similarities to baseball—a sport most Canadians know very well—cricket has a reputation for being difficult to figure out, perhaps because of its colourful terminology (you’ll get to learn about “googlies” and “doosra” in a minute) and its potential for days-long matches.

That’s why we’ve put together a quick cricket primer to help ease Canadians into the game.

Cricket History 101

The first reference to cricket was made in an English court document in the 16th century, which suggests the sport has been around for about half a millennium.

Historians believe that rudimentary field games, played in the southeast of England during the Saxon and Norman periods, formed the foundation of what would eventually become cricket. The earliest surviving written references to “cricket”, one of which is a dictionary definition that denotes it as a “game”, date from the early 17th century.

The sport’s rules—known as the Laws of Cricket (always with a capital L to show respect) have been maintained by the London-based Marylebone Cricket Club for the past 235 years.

Cricket spread quickly throughout the British colonies and remained a welcome pastime among many local populations even after the withdrawal of British influence. It is now hugely popular in countries like India, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand and the West Indies, which cumulatively account for hundreds of millions of fans. The best professional cricket players in the world earn as much as athletes in other major sports. Indian player Virat Kohli, for example, made the Forbes list of the 100 highest-paid athletes of 2022, making more than $30 million in salary and endorsement deals.

The sport now comes in a variety of formats, from the traditional—some would say defining—version of the game known as Test cricket, which is played in several six-hour sessions over a period of up to five days, to One Day International (ODI) matches that last seven hours or less, to the more audience- (and broadcaster-) friendly Twenty20 (T20) matches, which limit innings so matches last between three and four hours.

A starter glossary for cricket newbs

Part of the fun of being a sports fan is knowing terms and slang so you can keep up with the commentators and feel like you’re in the know and part of the community.

Those unfamiliar with cricket can intuitively understand the meaning of terms like “bat,  “out” and “field”. But other bits of jargon might seem…well, silly. Literally. Like the “Silly Mid Off” (a position on the field) or a “googly” (a type of unexpected ball spin).

Here are a few other cricket terms that’ll help form a basic glossary for newcomers.

Batter (AKA batsman): The player wielding a cricket bat and facing the bowler.

Bowler: The player on the fielding team who bowls (throws) the ball toward the wicket and batter.

Wicket: The bowler’s target. It’s composed of three vertical sticks atop which rest two bails. Batsmen try to protect the wicket from bowled balls by batting them away.

Run: Cricket’s unit of scoring.

Over: A series of six legally delivered throws made by the bowler to the batting player.

There are hundreds of other terms that help form cricket’s unique lexicon, but knowing these should help rookie spectators find their cricket legs.

Know the odds and play smart   

Getting to know the teams, players and rules of a sport in which you’ve just begun to take interest is like exploring a whole new world.

But regardless of how well you come to understand cricket, outcomes are never a sure thing (just ask anyone who watched the 1996 World Cup, where Sri Lanka came from behind, scoring 245 runs to edge out the heavily favoured Australian squad and win the tournament).

As you begin betting on cricket matches, consider easing in. Start by placing small bets, then gradually increase as you feel more comfortable in your understanding of the sport and its teams. Also, make sure you understand the odds system being used, and set your bankroll by establishing a spend limit using My PlaySmart Tools.

And with Canada’s national squad having earned its first-ever berth to the T20 Cricket World Cup by beating Bermuda last fall, there’s never been a better time to become a cricket fan than right now. Just remember that your newfound ability to tell a pace bowler from a spin bowler doesn’t make you a cricket fortune teller. Wins and losses are never guaranteed no matter how much you think you know. Keep your wagers fun and just sit back and enjoy the game.

NBA Finals Same-Game Parlay Tonight: Mavericks vs. Celtics Game 2

After the Boston Celtics raced out to a 19-points first quarter lead, culminating in a blowout 107-89 victory in Game 1, Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks will aim to steal Game 2 on Sunday night. As always we’ve combined our very best bets for an NBA Finals same-game parlay.

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Nick Holz’s Same-Game Parlay

Bet Odds
Payton Pritchard OVER 3.5 Points -148
Jayson Tatum OVER 9.5 Rebounds -125
Jayson Tatum OVER 2.5 Made Threes -148
Overall +373

Same-Game Parlay Pick No. 1: Payton Pritchard OVER 3.5 Points (-148)

Pritchard put up a big ‘ol donut in Game 1, as he failed to knock down a single shot on seven tries.

Now, we get a discount on all his props for Game 2 of the NBA Finals. The third-year guard has been a great bench piece this postseason, averaging seven points a night on 40.8% shooting from deep. Pritchard’s not going 0-of-5 from three again.

He’s scored at least five points in eight of this last 10 games. I love betting Payton Pritchard OVER 3.5 points as the first leg of our Mavericks vs Celtics Game 2 same-game parlay.

Same-Game Parlay Pick No. 2: Jayson Tatum OVER 9.5 Rebounds (-125)

Tatum has posted some impressive rebounding numbers this postseason, averaging 10.4 boards per game.

He pulled down 11 rebounds in Game 1, and has gone OVER this number in three straight and seven of his last eight contests.

Look for the Duke product to continue to crash the boards with reckless abandon. Add Jayson Tatum OVER 9.5 rebounds to your NBA Finals Game 2 same-game parlay.

Same-Game Parlay Pick No. 3: Jayson Tatum OVER 2.5 Made Threes (-148)

I like Tatum to have a huge night in Game 2, and put his stamp on the 2024 NBA Finals. As such I think he lights up the Mavericks from deep.

Dallas’ perimeter defense was poked, prodded and easily penetrated on Thursday night, and Joe Mazzulla will be eager to get his best player some looks from deep. The Celtics knocked down 16 three-pointers in Game 1, and they’ll aim to keep that rolling on Sunday.

Tatum’s knocked down at least three attempts from beyond the arc in three straight games. Bet on him to make it four.

 

 

How To Play Blackjack: Rules & Bets

Few other card games gather more players or draw more intensity than a game of blackjack. With its immersive gameplay and a worldwide reputation as an iconic card game, it’s one of the most straightforward games you’ll find in the entire casino range.

Blackjack may look simple on the outside, but beneath the surface, you’ll find there’s much more to this classic card game. Let us tell you more in our beginner casino guide. Here you’ll get the basic rules, card values and more, so you get acquainted with the game in any setting.

Already know the game? Log in or join LiveRoulette and get your seat at the table.

What’s The Aim Of Blackjack?

Ultimately, the aim is to beat the dealer’s hand without exceeding 21- It’s that simple! If your hand goes higher than 21, you “bust”, which means you lose that hand.

What Are The Rules?

Whether you want to play live, online or
otherwise, the rules of the game are pretty much the same. Up to seven players
are seated around the semi-circular table (but more players can be seated
online, such as in a game of Infinite
Blackjack
). There’s a betting spot in front of each player, where you
must place your wager in the form of chips before the dealer plays the hand. If
space allows, you can play more than one hand at the table, placing chips in
each betting spot.

Once everyone has placed their chips, the dealer will hand out two cards to each player. They will then draw themselves a card turned face down (known as their “hole card”). Note that there are some variations of this game that allow the dealer to receive two cards: one turned down and the other facing up.

Next, each player can decide to hit (take another card) or stand (keep just their current cards). This all depends on the value of the hand in front of you.

What Are The Card Values?

The game is played with standard playing cards and up to eight decks. The cards from 2 through 10 are worth their exact value while all the face cards – King, Queen and Jack are worth 10. An Ace can have two values – either worth 1 or 11.

How Does The Game Start?

If the total value of the cards you get is 21 (for example if you get a 10 and an Ace), you immediately win a Blackjack, and the dealer will pay out odds of 3:2 on your initial wager. This is the ideal scenario! But what are your options if you don’t get this hand?

Natural Blackjack Hand

You Can Hit…

Essentially, you’re requesting another card from the dealer to increase your hand’s value. You can do this as many times as you like – just be careful you don’t go over 21 and bust!

You Can Stand…

If you stand you won’t accept any more cards for that round and gameplay will move to the next player. So, if you have a hand with two 10-value cards and you stand, your final value of 20 will be pitted against the dealer.

Or You Could Split

If you have two of the same value cards dealt to you, you can split them, and place the same wager again on the second hand. Now, you can choose to hit and stand on each hand independently depending on what cards you’re dealt next. Now that’s potentially two chances to beat the dealer instead of one.

What Does It Mean To “Double Down”?

This option allows you to double
your initial bet in return for receiving one (and only one) more card. In
most casinos, you can only double down after you receive your first two cards
and before drawing another card. There are
plenty of guides and strategies for doubling down, but it all depends on what
card the dealer holds and what’s left in the deck: not easy to know.

Check out our five-minute blackjack strategy guide for more on how to double down.

Dealer’s Play

Unlike you, the player, a blackjack dealer has specific rules to follow. Casino rules specify that a dealer must keep drawing a card if their hand totals less than 17 and stand when the total is 17 through 21. There are variations to dealer’s play, so make sure you check out the table rules carefully before you take a seat.

Insurance

Some casinos will allow you to take an
insurance bet, which only becomes available if the dealer draws an Ace as their
first card. In essence, you’re betting that their next card will be a 10-value
card, resulting in a Blackjack. An
insurance bet enables you to win back half your original wager instead of potentially
going bust.

How To Play Live Blackjack

A game of live blackjack doesn’t vary that much from a game at the table. There may be more variations to play such as single-deck games, party-style games and tables where more players can take part. Check out LiveRoulette’s library live games and discover just how easy it is to switch from table games to live!

And Finally: Blackjack Payouts

The payout for a winning hand is 1:1, so if you put down a €5 bet, you’ll get €5. If you manage to win on a natural Blackjack, you’ll receive a payout of 3:2, making it the highest return in the game. There are various table limits available, giving you diverse betting options that match your bankroll and playing style.

That’s everything a first-timer needs to know to get by in a game
of blackjack. Why not put your newly found knowledge to the test in one of
LiveRoulette’s games?



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High 5 Casino Welcome Offer Features Great Freebies

High 5 Casino has become a great place to enjoy slots of all types. This social casino is making it even more enticing for new players to sign up. The latest High 5 Casino offer is giving new players 250 GC, 5 SC, and 600 diamonds for doing nothing more than signing up!

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Online Casinos Without KYC

Online gambling is constantly changing, and innovation plus convenience are the major determinants of success. One recent trend that is becoming very popular is the growth of online casinos without KYC procedures. In this guest post, we will discuss how positive these online casinos without KYC can be and how they are changing the gambling experience for players around the world. Join us as we look at the benefits, convenience, and freedom offered by these platforms without KYC. The picture being painted about these KYC-free platforms, thus far, is one full of color, peppered with distinct advantages tailored toward ease and liberation in gaming. Let’s get started!


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The Unique Advantages of Online Casinos Without KYC

Virtual gambling institutions no KYC casinos provide gamblers with a certain level of confidentiality and incognito that is very highly appreciated in this era. In place of demanding large personal data or carrying out detailed verification procedures, these channels make it possible for their customers to play casino games without having any worries that the information about them will be shared or interfered with. An alternative appeal reaches out to those who are willing to take care of their privacy and would like a secret gaming experience.

To add to that, the most evident benefits of playing at online casinos that do not require KYC include a smooth registration process. All players need to do is input their email address and create a password without going through the lengthy KYC verification procedure. This means immediate access to a wide variety of casino games, which can save time as well as allow players to jump right into the thrill of gaming action. The simplicity of the quick sign-up process attracts those individuals who are interested in enjoying gambling without unnecessary complications and time wastage.

Another advantage is, undoubtedly, payments and withdrawals. Typical online casinos usually put players through KYC protocols for the purpose of having deposits and withdrawals made. On the contrary, platforms void of KYC offer a smooth flow in financial transactions, obviating the need for any arduous verification process. Players are able to swiftly deposit and withdraw funds, an assurance that their gaming thrill remains unabated. Ditching the demand for KYC details thus uncomplicates the financial facet surrounding online wagering. It makes more sense to be convenient and user-responsive. Of course, the advantages do not end here.

Accessibility

The online casinos that do not demand KYC do not restrict their virtual gates geographically, and this means that people from any part of the world can have access to these platforms even if they come from countries with very strict regulations on gambling. The availability of such global accessibility features helps expand the number of players and creates a varied, colorful community of online gamblers. The lack of KYC procedures in online gambling houses and their absence allow an even more interesting approach to the user in several aspects. Firstly, individuals that partake can find a much wider array of platforms since they are not restricted to those that follow strict verification processes. Moreover, the easy registration and verification process means that players do not need to worry about games and entertainment; bureaucratic formalities make it difficult to play these games and enjoy them. The enhancement of the user’s experience leads to increased satisfaction and pleasure for players. In addition, there are many advantages that you can get. Let’s check them out.

Other Advantages You Should Know

Also, responsible gambling is given the highest priority by online casinos that do not implement KYC. In many cases, KYC procedures are viewed as security checks against fraud. However, platforms without KYC and turnkey online casinos use other methods like watching over transactions and setting limits on deposit and withdrawal amounts, which allows them to take a different approach towards ensuring the safety of their players. These platforms aim to create a safe playing environment where players can enjoy themselves while being encouraged to gamble responsibly.

The emergence of online casinos without KYC introduces these freedoms to the world of online wagering. Accessibility, user-friendly platforms, and exciting casino games are introduced by these platforms while also advocating responsible gambling. By removing KYC obstacles, players can delight in a straightforward registration process, immediate access to games, and easy financial dealings. It is a positive change for the industry as more options empower players with greater autonomy, while fewer restrictions ensure more liberating experiences for players entering this evolving trend in their pursuit of online gambling.

Why You Should Prefer No KYC Casinos

KYC-free online casinos have opened the doors to a new age of ease, seclusion, and freedom for lovers of online wagering. These sites provide a registration process that is more streamlined than ever, meaning players can easily get themselves signed up and immersed in the thrill of casino games. The absence of KYC procedures implies gamers can enjoy an uncomplicated and effective gaming experience without being hampered by onerous verification requirements. Financial transactions are made as simple as possible—quick deposits and withdrawals that ensure your gaming momentum is never lost. In addition, these platforms being globally accessible obliterates any geographical barriers stopping interested players from anywhere around the world from joining our online gambling community. Our focus on user experience and responsible gambling guarantees that you can feel secure even while basking in the enjoyment of your passion for online wagering. All in all, KYC-free online casinos aim to create a positive and empowering environment where everyone finds something for themselves, making sure their gambling experience is enjoyable and within reach. We have seen in this article how much more advantageous it is to prefer these casinos compared to others. Nevertheless, make sure you do your research well when choosing the casino that suits you best. In this way, you can avoid negativity and give yourself a better experience. The Internet can be your best friend in this regard. You can do your research with just a few clicks.

Big Guide To TrollPot 5000

If you enjoy online slots that feature simplistic yet engaging gameplay, you’ll be pleased to hear that the clever clogs at NetEnt have released their next long-awaited slot title. We’re even more delighted to confirm that TrollPot 5000 has been made exclusively available to LiveRoulette players until June 16!

If you’d like to know more about NetEnt’s newest release, read on as we provide a comprehensive guide to this fruit machine inspired online slot.

Understanding The TrollPot 5000 Symbols

It’s clear to see from the word go that this game is inspired by old-school fruit machines with just three reels and one active payline.

There are six base game symbols that can create a winning payline. These run from the lowest-value bar and four-leaf clover symbols through to the toadstools, golden ornament, gold stars and the lucky double seven icon.

TrollPot 5000 also has a wild symbol – the troll joker. The wild replaces all other base game symbols when it appears on the reels, with two exceptions: the arrow and jackpot icons. Land three of these on the payline to land an 8x boost to your payout.

The addition of three fixed jackpots also means there are three jackpot symbols on the reels of TrollPot 5000. You’ll see Mini, Midi and Mega jackpot symbols – if combinations of these land, you might be onto a monster win!

Paytable

When it comes to the payouts on the reels of TrollPot 5000, you can win anything from 0.5x your initial stake up to 10,000x. The low-value bars and four-leaf clovers provide the smallest wins when three hit on the single payline. However, you can win up to 8x with three double sevens on the reels.

Online Slot Design And Audio

The vintage fruit machine that inspired TrollPot 5000 has been given a contemporary overhaul, with neon lights and smooth animations. The whizzy, playful soundtrack keeps the action pulsating. With just three reels to look out for, TrollPot 5000 translates perfectly onto phones and tablets, so you can play whenever and wherever suits you.

TrollPot 5000 Bonus Features

  • Nudge Feature
    Most classic slots use this feature. A winning combination on the payline unlocks it: once your win is calculated and displayed on-screen, if the first symbol on the top reel is identical to the winning symbols, the first reel nudges its symbol down to form a repeat win. This feature continues until there are no more matching symbols.
  • Jackpot Feature
    Whenever the reels finish the nudge feature, it’s possible there will be one of the three jackpot symbols at the top of the reels. This will unlock the Jackpot feature. You will win the 40x Mini jackpot prize if you land different jackpot symbols at the top of the reels, e.g. one mini and two midi jackpot icons. The Midi or Mega Jackpots are worth 200x and 10,000x respectively, and hit when the Midi or Mega jackpot symbols are visible at the top of all three reels.
  • Multiplier Wild Feature
    Whenever you get a multiplier wild on the winning payline, your payout will be doubled. Two multiplier wilds will magnify your win by 4x and three multiplier wilds will transform it by the maximum 8x your initial payout.

FAQs

What Is The TrollPot 5000 RTP?

The return to player (RTP) percentage of NetEnt’s TrollPot 5000 is 96.19%. This is a reasonable figure compared with most other leading online slots. Also keep in mind that the TrollPot 5000 slot has a hit frequency of 6.49%, which means just over one-in-20 spins are statistically expected to yield wins. This is never a guarantee of how any particular game round might play out though.

Is Trollpot 5000 A Progressive Jackpot Slot?

NetEnt has not programmed TrollPot 5000 to offer a progressive jackpot – one that increases with every penny that’s spent on the reels by players. Instead, there is a trio of fixed jackpot payouts, which range from the Mini jackpot of 40x to the Mega jackpot worth 10,000x your initial stake.

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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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Pidettiin pieni tauko, nyt peli jatkuu tasolla bb ante 4K, blindit 2K/4K. 111/573 pelaajaa.

July 25, 2023 | Juhani Tyriseva



melvin shroen live reports from The Festival in Nottingham 2023

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

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March 22, 2023 | Melvin Schroen



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Oliver Hutchins Wins the Trophy in the €500K GTD PPC Malta Main Event (€71,000)

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Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Honors 30th Anniversary of Casino Hotel

Special Tribal Event Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Pictured Above: Members of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Council pose at the Ute Mountain Casino Hotel’s 30th Anniversary Celebration. L-R: Lyndreth Wall; Austin Turtle; Chairman Manuel Heart; Darwin Whiteman; Jr.; and Archie House, Jr.

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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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. 

For DOT, these partnerships mark a transformation in the organization’s history of building the entrepreneurial and digital skills of young people. In subsequent years, Going Beyond will welcome 14 additional partner organizations in Malawi and Tanzania, as well as 20 organizations in Zambia and Cote d’Ivoire. 

The six Going Beyond Partner organizations announced include:

  • Hakizetu (Tanzania), an organization focused on economically empowering women and girls and promoting their sexual and reproductive health rights. 
  • Her Initiative (Tanzania), an organization dedicated to fostering economic empowerment for women and girls through technology. 
  • 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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March 30, 2024

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.

 

Scoring

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:

40+ Great Card Games For All Occasions

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

Contents

  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:

1-1-2-2-1-1-2

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:

1-1-2-2-1-1-2-3

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.

Quinella

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!

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Best Crypto Casino USA 2024 | Top Bitcoin Gambling Sites

As technology continues to evolve, the intersection of cryptocurrency and online gaming has given rise to a new era of entertainment – crypto casinos. Particularly in the USA, where the fusion of technology and gaming is always on the cutting edge, crypto casinos have emerged as a groundbreaking trend. These platforms combine the excitement of gambling with the anonymous, decentralized nature of cryptocurrencies, appealing to a younger audience seeking both privacy and security. 

I have played at crypto casinos for a few years, and have compiled this list of the top sites in the US based on my personal experience. In this article, I will discuss their unique offerings, bonuses, security features, game varieties, and the overall user experience. Whether you’re a seasoned gambler or new to the world of crypto gambling, this guide will help you find a legitimate and safe crypto casino that suits your preferences.

Top Online Crypto Casinos in the US 2024

#1. Lucky Tiger – Best Crypto Casino Overall

Payout Rate: 97.28%

Bonuses: Up to $7,500

Number of games: Over 300+

Minimum Deposit: $25 for all crypto except USDT (min. $50)

Supported Cryptocurrencies: BTC, ETH, LTC, USDT, BNB, DOGE, XRP

Wagering requirements: 35x

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Lucky Tiger Casino is my #1 choice of crypto casino in the US, and it is perfect for new players because of the generous welcome bonus and the user-friendly interface. The design of the casino is very simple and uncluttered, so you won’t get confused navigating through the menu. It is easy to find the games, cashier and bonuses, and signing up to get started takes less than a minute.

  • Generous welcome bonus of $7,500
  • High payout rate of over 97%
  • Excellent variety of slots, table games, poker and bingo
  • Deposit and withdraw instantly using cryptocurrencies
  • Only 7 cryptocurrencies supported

After signing up to the casino, I visited the games section and found the collection of games, of which there are more than 300. While this is not as large as some crypto casinos with thousands of titles, I still found that Lucky Tiger had a lot of variety on offer. They had slots, blackjack, baccarat, roulette, poker, bingo and more, although I was disappointed they did not have any live dealer games.

I noticed that some of the games had a button for ‘Practice’ which is a demo mode where you can try out the game using play money. This is a great idea for those who want to test if they enjoy a particular slot machine before using their own money. However, note that not every game offers this; from what I saw roughly half of the games offer the demo mode.

I made a deposit and started playing some games, and they were all fun and exciting. The loading times are minimal, graphics are excellent, and the bonus and free games features on many of the slots keep you entertained for a long time. 

The Cashier at Lucky Tiger offers 7 of the most popular cryptocurrencies, namely BTC, ETH, LTC, USDT, BNB, DOGE and XRP, and they also offer Visa, Mastercard and American Express if you prefer to pay using US dollars. Deposits occur instantly, and the minimum deposit amount is only $25, except for USDT which requires at least $50. I deposited $100 of Bitcoin and I received a huge 300% match bonus, which equates to $300 bonus! That’s a total of $400 to play with, when I only deposited $100. This does come with wagering requirements of 35x which you need to be aware of, otherwise you cannot withdraw your bonus. To learn more about what wagering requirements are and how they work, read this article

When it’s time to withdraw from the casino, if you want your winnings in crypto, you can only choose Bitcoin. Otherwise you can withdraw using Visa/Mastercard/AmEx or Bank Wire, and the minimum amount to withdraw for all methods is $100. I withdrew using BTC as it was much quicker, whereas the other options can take 7-10 business days.

Overall, Lucky Tiger is a great choice for the majority of crypto casino players in the US. Visit the official website to find out more and to sign up now. However, if you are looking for something specific, such as live dealer casino or sports betting, then I recommend you consider Betplay instead.

Key Features to Look for in a Crypto Casino

When exploring crypto casinos in the USA, there are several key factors to consider to ensure a safe and enjoyable gaming experience. Firstly, legality and regulation are paramount. It’s crucial to verify that the crypto casino is legally operating within the USA and adheres to the relevant online gambling regulations. Look for casinos that are licensed and regulated by credible authorities, as this ensures that they meet strict standards for fairness, security, and responsible gaming. Another crucial aspect is the variety and quality of games offered. A top-notch crypto casino should provide a diverse range of games, including popular slots, table games, and live dealer experiences, all powered by reputable software providers. These games should not only be entertaining but also fair and transparent, with verified return-to-player (RTP) rates.

Security and privacy are also vital when selecting a crypto casino. Opt for casinos that employ robust security measures such as SSL encryption to protect your personal and financial data. Since one of the main appeals of using cryptocurrency is anonymity, check the casino’s policy on user privacy and ensure that your transactions remain confidential. Equally important is the ease of transactions, both deposits and withdrawals. A good crypto casino should offer seamless and quick transactions with multiple cryptocurrency options, giving players flexibility and convenience.

Customer support is another crucial factor; responsive and helpful customer service can greatly enhance your gaming experience. Look for casinos that provide multiple channels of support, including live chat, email, and phone, and test their responsiveness. Lastly, consider the casino’s bonuses and promotions. Competitive welcome bonuses, loyalty programs, and regular promotions can significantly enhance your gaming experience and offer additional value. However, always read the terms and conditions carefully, especially the wagering requirements, to ensure that the bonuses are fair and achievable.

Benefits of Playing at a Crypto Casino

Anonymity and Privacy

One of the most significant advantages of crypto casinos is the level of anonymity they offer. Transactions with cryptocurrencies allow players to maintain privacy since personal financial details are not required, unlike traditional banking methods.

Fast Transactions

Crypto casinos often boast quicker transaction times for withdrawals. While traditional online casinos might take days to process withdrawals, crypto transactions can be completed within minutes or hours, providing immediate access to winnings.

Global Accessibility 

Cryptocurrencies are not bound by national borders, making crypto casinos accessible to players worldwide, when they use a VPN. See this article on the best VPN friendly crypto casinos. This global reach is especially advantageous for players in regions where online gambling faces restrictions.

Provably Fair Gaming

Many crypto casinos utilize Provably Fair algorithms, allowing players to verify the fairness of each game round. This transparency builds trust and ensures a fair gaming experience.

Risks of Playing at a Crypto Casino

Volatility of Cryptocurrencies

The value of cryptocurrencies can be highly volatile. This can be a double-edged sword; while it may increase the value of winnings, it can also lead to significant losses.

Regulatory Uncertainty

The legal landscape for cryptocurrencies and crypto casinos is still evolving. This lack of regulatory clarity can pose risks regarding the legality and stability of these platforms.

Security Concerns

While crypto transactions are generally secure, the digital nature of cryptocurrencies makes them susceptible to hacking and fraud. Players must exercise caution and use secure wallets.

Lack of Recourse

In case of disputes or issues with a crypto casino, players might find fewer protections and recourse options compared to regulated traditional online casinos.

Complexity for Beginners

For those unfamiliar with cryptocurrencies, navigating crypto casinos can be complex and intimidating. The learning curve and the need to manage digital wallets and understand cryptocurrency dynamics can be challenging for new users.

Conclusion

The world of crypto casinos in the US represents a dynamic and innovative frontier in the world of online gambling. These platforms have redefined the gaming experience by leveraging the unique features of cryptocurrencies, offering players enhanced privacy, rapid transactions, and a new level of transparency with provably fair games. The casinos I’ve explored in this article stand as prime examples of what the crypto gambling industry has to offer, each bringing its unique variety of games, bonuses, and user experiences.

WinStar World Casino – The BIGGEST Casino in The World

Oklahoma’s WinStar World Casino and Resort is not only the biggest casino in the US, but the biggest casino in the world!

Below you’ll find out everything you need to know about the sprawling casino-hotel-entertainment complex, which put a small town in Oklahoma on the map over 20 years ago.

Want to know how many table games you can play? Whether you can bring the kids? Which mega band are performing next? Or where you’ll be able to grab a bite to eat? We’ve got you covered…

WinStar World Casino & Resort Quick Facts

Owners: The Chickasaw Nation

Open since: 2003

Size: Roughly 600,000 sq. ft. of dedicated gambling space, including eight different plazas offering table games, slot machines, a poker room, bingo hall and betting parlor.

Where: 777 Casino Avenue, Thackerville, Oklahoma. Around an hour’s drive from both Oklahoma City and Dallas.

Fun fact: Located in Love County, only five miles away from the Texas border, Thackerville was last estimated to have a population of just over 400 people. So, the largest casino in the US is situated in one of the country’s very small towns…

Rooms: 1,495 with roughly 1,395 of those rooms at the main complex, and the remainder off-site.

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WinStar World Bars and Restaurants

At last review, pre or post-casino snacks included staples such as pizza, fries, pies and burgers, with guests able to tuck into everything from fancy steak, through to Mongolian dishes and buffets.

WinStar has plenty of options to help you keep your hunger at bay. From fine dining to casual eats, restaurants and bars include:

  • Vino’s Italian Kitchen
  • Chips N’ Ales
  • NYC Burgers & Dogs
  • Matadors Pizzeria
  • El Fenix
  • Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill
  • Capisce Ristorante Italiano
  • Le Paris Bakery & Cafe
  • Legends Bar & Grill
  • IHOP Express
  • Panda Express
  • Gran Via Buffet
  • The Rotunda Bar
  • Dairy Queen
  • Kirby’s Steakhouse
  • Khan’s Fire Mongolian Grill
  • Palladium Sports Lounge
  • Terrace Cafe
  • Red River Grill
  • Cafes & Quick Bites
  • Mist Nightclub
  • Skyline Lounge

Winstar Age Limit: Is WinStar Family-Friendly?

To visit the gaming area or play any of the casino games, guests must be at least 18 years old. However, kids can still eat at the resort’s restaurants and attend shows in the events center if accompanied by an adult — but they must not be left alone.

New York Gaming Plaza at WinStar Casino
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What Can You Do At WinStar World Casino & Resort?

Get a glimpse backstage at the Global Event Center:

  • The casino area offers more than 10,000 electronic games, 100 table games including crowd-pleasers and traditional favorites like blackjack and roulette, and a 55-table poker room. The bingo hall seats around 360 people.
  • Away from the casino, WinStar boasts a 6,500-seat event venue, making it a big draw for live music. WinStar World Casino & Resort has previously hosted Pitbull, KISS, Bob Dylan, and many other huge names.
  • For those that like to pair the fun of the gaming floor with pampering and wellness, there’s a championship golf course and academy, a spa, gym, hot tubs, and a swimming pool with cabanas, bungalows and day beds.
  • There are plenty of places where visitors can carry on the party into the early hours, including Mickey Mantle’s and Palladium Sports Lounge.

The Good:

  • Since its grand unveiling, the resort has hosted performances from famous faces such as Kelly Clarkson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, James Taylor and Maroon 5.
  • The hotel offers a real holiday resort experience across its four different accommodation areas and showcases 24-hour room service, fitness facilities and a luxury pool.
  • The casino’s nine gaming areas are named after world-famous cities such as Cairo, Paris, Rio and London, with a theme to match.
  • The poker room and Rio gaming plaza are both non-smoking, so everyone can enjoy their time on the floor.
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Wonder what the gaming plazas look like? Take a tour through WinStar’s Rio section:

The Bad:

  • No dogs allowed. If you’re staying at the casino’s hotel you’ll have to leave your furry friend elsewhere. Only service animals are allowed on the casino’s premises. It might be the biggest casino in the US, but there’s no room for your pooch.

What People Are saying:

  • One TripAdvisor reviewer said, “I come at least once a month for a two day sabbatical of fun, relaxation and gambling”.
  • “Awesome slot machines, many of which are interactive,” said one recent visitor, “We like how the casino is divided into different regions of the world and the shuttle service that will take you from one end to the other. Food choices are great and tasty”.
  • One guest, writing on TripAdvisor described it as a “Fun place to visit and play” and the food as “excellent”.
  • Another TripAdvisor review said that the “hotel accommodations were superior”, “gaming was enjoyable” and the “overall stay was a pleasure”.
  • “Huge casino with all the sensory experience you could ever want. It was fun,” stated a customer on the casino’s Facebook page.

Upcoming Events

You can find a list of regularly updated events on their site, but notable entertainment in 2024 includes:

  • Stevie Nicks: May 10th 2024
  • Duran Duran: May 19th 2024
  • Kevin Hart: June 22nd 2024
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Consolidate, Share, Sustain—What’s propelling the mobility industry?

In Fluctuo’s recent European Shared Mobility Annual Review, in which IDnow sponsored and contributed, three significant trends are revealed as to what is driving mobility as seen through city and operator movements based on data collected from 115 European cities.

One could say 2023 was the year of unexpected surprise within the mobility industry after the Paris e-scooter ban turned many heads and required not only cities across Europe but operators as well to re-consider their services and plans. The Paris ban kicked off a tightening of regulations across Europe within the mobility sector causing cities such as Rome, Berlin and Brussels to significantly reduce the number of operators and e-scooters.

However, before these changes started taking effect, e-scooters were the favorite among shared mobility services. Between 2019-2022, Fluctuo reported that e-scooters lead the market during this time, overshadowing the use of bikes. But now, the tables, or should we say direction, has turned.

Seeing the need to change direction, within shared and micromobility services, both users and operators headed toward the next-best, and perhaps healthier, mode of transport—bicycles.

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Are bikes the new e-scooters?

With the need to enter new markets, operators spun their wheels and put more time and effort into new offers, specifically dockless bikes. And their efforts were not in vain. 2023 saw dockless bike fleets up 50% and ridership up 54% compared to previous yeas in which e-scooters dominated the market. And it wasn’t only dockless bikes which saw an increase in usage but station-based bikes as well.

The after-effects from Paris made scooter operators realize that city authorities prefer shared bikes rather than e-scooters. This was clearly seen as the city of Paris topped the list at 45 million for station-based bike ridership and came in second after London for dockless bikes. Though it may seem that the two services should complement one another rather than compete, it would appear that dockless bikes are the preferred choice. Despite this, both bike services are expected to grow in 2024, with station-based bikes growing more steadily perhaps due to more affordable end-user pricing.

Even though bike sharing is picking up in Northern Europe, that does not mean scooters have been kicked to the curb. On the contrary, the popularity of scooters remains and grows in Eastern Europe.

I feel the need, the need for… reduction.

Okay, it may not have been what you were thinking but unfortunately speed is not the answer here. After Paris decided to go forward with banning e-scooters, many did not know how it would affect other major cities. Most probably thought that it would create a domino effect and other cities would follow suit, banning e-scooters left and right. But this did not come to pass.

Instead, other cities decided to cut scooter fleet sizes rather than banning them completely. This however, was felt on the operator side who went into survival mode. Seeing the need to make smart economic decisions in order to stay in the game, mobility operators had to reduce costs, exit markets (i.e. scooters) and in some cases merge with another operator as seen with Tier and Dott. Consolidation became the name of the game.

Now, with the limited number of spots available in cities for scooter operators, companies must appeal in order to stay active or risk the chance of not being able to operate in that location any longer.

But despite what sounds like grim news, the scooter fleets that have been reduced in major cities due to these new regulations are being moved to smaller cities and other cities without a number cap, resulting in fleet sizes remaining stable. Even better is the fact that fleets have grown 33% in Eastern Europe with Poland being an exceptionally large market for scooters.

Sharing is caring.

Bikes and scooters were not the only shared services that saw changes last year. Mopeds, for example, faced challenges due to cases of vandalism and theft in Eastern Europe. Safety concerns also arose in which the Netherlands now requires users to wear a helmet on mopeds capped at 25km/h. Nevertheless, the moped market remained stable.

One sharing service which did perform well last year and seems to continue to do so is free-floating car sharing. After a 39% increase in rentals last year, car-sharing is seeing a growing popularity in short-term rentals (2-3 hours) compared to an entire day. Cities leading the way are mostly German to include Berlin, Hamburg and Munich.

As cities and remaining operators start accepting regulations and gaining financial stability within the market, shared mobility services will continue to develop providing cities and their inhabitants with greater benefits than before.

Going green.

As car sharing services gain greater popularity after continual success, this mobility option is one that breathes life into the growing e-mobility movement. With some car sharing operators already providing e-cars, these services not only decrease the volume of vehicles on the road since there is less need for personal vehicles, but also allows for reallocating space in urban areas for public benefit.

Benefitting further from this movement is the integration of car sharing services with other sustainable transport options such as public transport, walking, biking, etc. By combining all options, this creates a more ecological way of living and a more convenient and flexible way for people to travel. But in order for this initiative to be successful, operators and cities must work together and invest in the necessary infrastructure.

IDV—the key to your transport services.

IDnow jumps on the train here as an important key in this necessary infrastructure. As regulations increase within major cities, safety requirements are implemented and theft rises, operators realize the importance of identifying their customers before allowing them to use their services. From age and driver’s license verification to digital signatures, our automated identity verification solution allow operators to verify their users within seconds.

We drive trust, not frustration, with our services, providing a safe and secure experience for mobility operators and their customers. With fast, 24/7 remote onboarding, transport services can offer their users a frictionless and convenient way to travel while operators can rest-assured that they are meeting regulatory needs and fighting fraud upfront with our use of biometrics.

Thanks to our wide range of document coverage (types of documents and origin) with up to 99% acceptance rate globally as well as a choice of automated or even expert-led verification services, operators can scale with confidence.

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The Mistake Poker Players Make When C-Betting

In this article, we’ll discover one of the most common errors that is made when c-betting and how you can avoid doing it. We’ll explain what the advantages are behind range-betting. and when not to do it, too. From knowing how and when to play the perfect c-bet to judging future streets of the turn or river after you’ve c-bet, we’re here to help.

These key mistakes are:

  • Not Range Betting
  • Not Mixing Up Your Betting Tendencies
  • Lacking Confidence at the Turn
  • Not Planning for the River

Why Range Betting Leads to Gains

Not bulking up enough at the poker felt? Chip stack looking limp in the late stages? Range betting needs to come into your game and pump up that profit margin. When you’re c-betting small on the flop, range betting can prove highly profitable. This is down to a number of reasons. Firstly, and most importantly, you can exploit weaker players by range-betting and the move is not only going with momentum and aggression but should be based on sound game theory too.

Range-betting – i.e. putting a player on a range of hands and knowing when to c-bet or not following the flop – is easy and can be applied to your game with immediate effect. There are plenty of ways to exploit players and not only that, but it frees up vital time in your head to compute more complicated situations.

Range betting helps the most inexperienced players improve their game, maximize their winnings and reap the benefits immediately. Winning more pots, you’ll also avoid tougher situations where others can exploit you. As they say, money saved is money earned.

You Shouldn’t Always Range Bet

Range betting has a big place in poker, but it shouldn’t always be used. Just like you shouldn’t c-bet everything, disguising yourself by mixing up your play, range betting shouldn’t happen if you’ve missed offsuit pairs of your opponent’s range. Likewise, you might want to mix up the amount that you c-bet. On low-paired board, such as 5-4-4, your pre-flop raiser opponent may well have a big overpair advantage, massively affecting how you should react, and in particular, whether you should range-bet.

If the flop comes 8-7-6 with two hearts, then you might also want to protect your stack by reducing the amount you’re c-betting or simply not doing so altogether. In this sort of position, the pre-flop raiser is actually at a distinct disadvantage, so if this is you, you’ll want to check virtually 100% of the time in order to avoid your own range of cards being exposed.

Becoming a Boss on the Turn

So much of modern poker focuses on the pre-flop action, the post-flop betting or the river, where a dramatic all-in puts poker fans into the heart of the action and both big bluffs and huge hero calls occur. The turn, or 4th street, is a vastly underestimated part of poker and where a lot of the crucial decisions that dictate the direction of the pot take place.

In general, you want to be extremely knowledgeable about your opponent’s ranges if you’re betting a second barrel on the turn. Understanding the texture of the board – a little like we demonstrated above – is vital and you can really push your edge if you know what to do at this point of the betting.

Ask yourself how you should approach your betting strategy and how you can understand that turn card. Did it improve your hand or actually impact your opponent’s likely range advantageously? Making sure that you know how different turn cards will affect your opponents and how likely they will be to call or fold to a bet of yours is really important.

Planning for the River

When you bet (or not) on the turn, you always want to be considering what you’ll do on the river. How often have you seen players bet or call on the turn then give up on the river and thought ‘so why did you bet/call on the turn?’. Don’t be that player who should have saved themselves some money.

Ask yourself some tough questions when thinking of the river, such as how does the equity shift for each player should a variety of different river cards fall? How much aggro are we likely to get back from each player if we check the turn then bet the river? Which hands do we have that benefit from betting on the turn or checking, and if they don’t benefit from a certain river action, should we check for showdown value or bet for value instead?

Some hands benefit from playing as three-street (triple barrel) bluffs. Others don’t. Ask yourself not only which of your own hands you should c-bet on the flop, turn and river (or combinations of those streets) but also what your opponent has to have to fold or call on those depending on what you want them to do.

In Conclusion

C-betting is a crucial part of poker and as with many things in poker, knowing when to play and when not to is crucial and will impact on your bottom line in time. Understanding your opponent’s true ranges are crucial if you are range-betting and while this is a brilliant tool to add to your skillset, overuse is going to punish you instead of your enemy at the felt.

Learning how to read board textures is pivotal to your understanding of when to c-bet and when to avoid doing so. Always consider what you’re planning to do across all three post-flop streets but then adjust to circumstances as things will change on each street too.

Mastering the c-bet – and when to hold off that trigger – can be extremely lucrative in the game of poker.

DraftKings Brands Lead New Jersey Market, New Regulatory Data Reveals

New Jersey market shares for online casino brands are now public information thanks to a change in reporting by the Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE). The DGE’s new numbers reveal monthly revenue for 30 online casino skins in what is by far the most crowded market for iGaming in the US. Foremost among these is DraftKings, whose flagship site holds 22% of the iGaming market.

At first glance, the New Jersey online casino market appears complicated because of the number of brands. However, many skins are “sister brands” with the same parent company. For example, MGM Resorts International and its joint venture partner Entain operate under four separate names: BetMGM, Borgata Online, Wheel of Fortune Casino, and Party. 

The New Jersey online casino market breaks down similarly to Michigan's despite the larger number of brands.

Lumping co-owned brands together, the picture that emerges is not too different from other states. The best point of comparison is with Michigan, which allows only 15 online casino brands, each on a separate license, making market shares clearly visible.

In both cases, the market lead is a tight race between MGM, DraftKings, and Flutter. 

Flutter’s US flagship, FanDuel, recently overtook BetMGM as the iGaming market leader in Michigan. If you include its other subsidiary, PokerStars, it has been on top for longer.

In New Jersey, it remains deadlocked with MGM for second place, while DraftKings leads. Aside from the 22% held by its namesake site, it can count the 3% of the market held by Golden Nugget, which it acquired in 2022.

‘Big Three’ Weaker in NJ Thanks to Hard Rock

DraftKings’ lead in New Jersey may only be temporary, as the race is close, and we have no data outside of Q1 2024. As we’ve seen in Michigan, any of the three is capable of making a move, and there’s no runaway leader for the US as a whole.

What is perhaps more significant is that the “Big Three” are collectively less dominant in New Jersey than they are in Michigan. In the latter state, the combined share for the three flagship brands has rarely wavered much from 70%. Including Golden Nugget (for DraftKings) and PokerStars (for Flutter) puts it at 76% in Michigan for Q1 2024.

In New Jersey, they hold just 69% with a combined eight brands, less than the three flagship brands hold on their own in Michigan.

We can attribute essentially all of the difference to the presence of Hard Rock Bet in New Jersey. It holds an impressive 9% of the market. For comparison, that’s as much as all Caesars-owned brands combined. With nearly $26 million in first-quarter revenue, it’s remarkably big for a brand that doesn’t exist in other states except as a standalone sportsbook.

Hard Rock has a well-known retail presence in Atlantic City and entered the online casino market in 2018. That meant it narrowly beat the rush of new brands attracted by the legalization of sports betting. Lacking that advantage in other states, it has taken a more cautious approach. For now, it has stayed out of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and the other iGaming states.

Multiple Brands Aren’t Generally Additive

Looking at the New Jersey breakdown is instructive in that it shows that market shares are generally held by parent companies, not brands. That is to say, there’s little evidence that adding new brands can bolster a company’s market share. Even when they perform well, they appear to pull market share away from the company’s other brands rather than from competitors.

BetMGM Casino and its affiliated brands are the clearest illustration of this. In Michigan, it’s the only brand operated by MGM and Entain and once held as much as 40% of the market. Now, it has fallen to 25% but remains in a close second of FanDuel.

In New Jersey, MGM’s total market share is 22%, which is close to what it has in Michigan. However, BetMGM as a single brand holds only 11%, while Borgata holds 9%. The rest comes from Party and Wheel of Fortune.

Like Hard Rock, Borgata is a famous retail property in Atlantic City, which explains the brand’s power. MGM also operates Borgata Online in Pennsylvania. Exact online casino market shares aren’t visible, but BetMGM and Borgata split online poker revenue 75/25.

There are some exceptions to this principle. DraftKings’ market lead in New Jersey may well stem from its acquisition of Golden Nugget. That’s because Golden Nugget had a longstanding retail and online presence in the Garden State. Thus, DraftKings was buying existing customers as well as a brand.

Caesars is also doing much better in New Jersey, with a 9% market share compared to 6% in Michigan. Like MGM, it operates under four brands in New Jersey. However, it has the same advantages as Hard Rock and Golden Nugget. It has been in the online casino market since it opened in 2013. Moreover, it owns three of the nine Atlantic City casinos, whose brand power and customer databases it can leverage to support its online platforms.

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2022 – A Year Full Of Fight & Luck

2022 – A Year Full Of Fight & Luck


Posted by Akshay Kapoor on 2022-12-26 at 7:35 PM

It has been quite an eventful year for me. A lot has happened, and that is what I am going to talk about in the blog, as well as a few key advices for all the young aspiring poker players.

Last year was very good for me as a player as well as a commentator, I managed to work in almost all big live events whether it be Baazi Poker Tour in Goa, IPC in Jhapa and did some offline work for Adda52. Not everything was good, though, I got the news at the start of the year that my mom has stage 3 Ovarian Cancer so I knew that playing Poker won’t be a thing this year since I wanted to be there for my mother. But call it destiny or luck, I kept on topping my biggest scores this year. I was playing maybe a day or two a week, whenever I could honestly, and got super lucky.

One of the big scores and my best score at that time came in March when I won Super High Roller, which I registered at 30bb and bluffed for all my stack in the very first hand, luckily, I didn’t get caught. It was actually on the night before my mother’s first chemotherapy, so couldn’t wish for a better time. That win allowed me to take a little break from playing poker, but I made sure that I was studying on the regular basis. I studied a lot during that time because that was all I was doing.

Almost 6 months passed, and I hardly played 50 tournaments in total but decided to do a live trip to APPT Cambodia, my second time going there and a month still left for the treatment. Not many Indians this time there, and I was let down by the numbers of side events. But I was determined to make the most of it, and boyyyy we did that. From bagging 30bb on Day 1 of the main event to being in the top 3 stacks on day 2 and eventually finishing runner up in the main event for my career-best score.

It’s 31 December today, and mom is well, thanks to all the good wishes and hard work of doctors and my super strong mother. The plan is pretty simple for 2023, and I am going to share that with you all in a moment.

I am going to do half-half this year; what does that mean? Well 150 days of live poker, 150 days of online poker, and 65 days of holidays. I am very glad to share that we have been approached to do commentary for an international brand, fingers crossed that it turns out to be great. Also, I want to be more regular on the blogs, so will aim to push one blog every month.

My 2023 Goals are as follows :

1. Put Volume – Simple
2. No interviews, no matter how big or small I win
3. Reduce my social media time, sadly no vlogs in 2023
4. Be in a better shape
5. Launch my Podcast

My advice to all the young and crushers of India are as follows

1. Get yourself out of any reporting site; it harms you more than it benefits you
2. Get in a peer group and study at least once a week.
3. Plan your live trips in advance to save any cost you can.
4. Be involved in a community

On the ending note, I will be taking my databases from all the reporting sites, (PokerGuru reporting, sharkscope etc) to protect myself, and I will always be available on discord for anyone who wishes to reach out to me. Good luck and I hope 2023 brings you happiness and luck.

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Bagi mereka yang lebih suka permainan kasino online berkecepatan tinggi  yang menggunakan generator angka acak, itu juga banyak tersedia. Pilihan untuk slot sangat luas dengan 115 game slot video standar, 37 versi slot 3D, dan 9 game jackpot progresif untuk dipilih. Untuk permainan meja ada beberapa versi blackjack dan juga bakarat, poker Karibia, roulette, let it ride, red dog, oasis poker dan banyak lagi yang tersedia.

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Keno di 188Bet.com

Keno sangat populer di seluruh dunia, termasuk di Asia. Dengan lotere di China, permainan ini disebut Happy 8, di Taiwan disebut Bingo Bingo, dan ketika bermain di Lisboa Casino di Macau disebut Pacapio. Game yang sama ini juga tersedia online.

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Alasan 188Bet lebih aman adalah karena di sini pemain bertaruh secara online pada hasil undian keno utama yang offline. Cara kerjanya adalah taruhan ditempatkan secara online di bagian keno mereka, tetapi yang dipertaruhkan adalah hasil aktual yang diselenggarakan oleh pemerintah yang sah atau penarikan undian keno yang difasilitasi dari Beijing, Australia, Kanada, Slovakia, Malta, dan tempat-tempat lain di seluruh dunia. Anda dapat memverifikasi secara mandiri dengan sumber-sumber lotre pemerintah ini bahwa hasil yang ditampilkan taruhan adalah memang otentik.

Poker 188Bet

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188Bet Juga Ramah Pada Eropa dan Inggris

Sampai beberapa tahun yang lalu, bandar judi Asia biasanya hanya digunakan oleh pemain di Asia. Sebagian besar orang Eropa tidak menyadari bahwa penduduk Asia menerima odds yang lebih baik, limit lebih besar, dan pembayaran cepat (plus tanpa biaya) dari bandar judi lokal mereka. Ini berubah ketika 188bet, yang diluncurkan pada 2006, dimulai dengan tujuan membawa pengalaman bandar Asia menjadi global. Meskipun awalnya butuh sedikit waktu untuk menjadi populer, pada tahun 2009 hampir setiap penggemar sepak bola Liga Premier Inggris telah mengenal nama brand 188Bet.

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Pemasaran ke Eropa menjadi lebih serius ketika perusahaan memperoleh lisensi Isle of Man mereka. Bagi mereka yang belum tahu, Isle of Man pada dasarnya adalah wilayah Inggris yang juga memiliki salah satu komisi perjudian paling terkemuka di seluruh dunia. Pemerintah Isle of Man melisensikan perusahaan seperti ruang poker internet terbesar di dunia PokerStars.com dan bandar bandar Irlandia PaddyPower. Komisi ini disetujui oleh Komisi Perjudian Inggris. Ini berarti 188bet bebas dipasarkan di Inggris, serta beberapa negara lain. Dalam beberapa bulan terakhir mereka juga mulai menargetkan Brasil.

Asia Masih Bertengger di 188Bet

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Kansas Casino Revenue Tops $38M In March, Up From February And Year-Over-Year

March was a relatively successful month for Kansas casinos, which have been making steady progress since the beginning of the year.

According to data from the Kansas Lottery, four casinos in the state won $38.67 million in revenue last month. Here’s how March revenue compares to previous months of the year:

March’s figure represents a 2.23% increase from March 2023‘s $37.82 million, showing a 12.74% progress from February 2024.

Meanwhile, Kansas retail and online sportsbooks won $7.15 million, resulting from $252.90 million in total bets. The revenue figure is an increase from February 2024 but a drop from March 2023.

After success with retail casinos and sports betting, online casinos would be the next logical step in Kansas’ gambling evolution. However, it remains to be seen whether Kansas online casinos will gain regulation. While some lawmakers showed interest, there have been no attempts to make Kansas online casinos legal so far.

Three Kansas casinos had an annual increase in revenue

March revenue figure for four Kansas casinos includes activity from the casinos’ poker, slot machines and table games.

Looking at operators individually, three of four Kansas Casinos showed an annual revenue progress in March:

  1. Kansas Star Casino: $15,306,516, a 3.03% annual rise
  2. Hollywood Casino: $15,239,444, a 3.30% yearly increase
  3. Boot Hill Casino: $4,401,503, a 1.50% annual increase
  4. Kansas Crossing Casino: $3,721,726, a 4.03% annual drop

Just like in previous months of the year, Hollywood Casino reported the highest annual increase. Kansas Crossing was the only operator to show a yearly decrease in revenue in March after showing a double-digit negative change in February and January.

Kansas casino revenue in March up almost 13% from February

Although finishing the month with the smallest revenue among its competitors, Kansas Crossing Casino showed the biggest monthly difference. Here’s a bigger scope:

  1. Kansas Star Casino: 10.95% monthly progress
  2. Hollywood Casino: 13.77% monthly increase
  3. Kansas Crossing Casino: 15.95% monthly increase
  4. Boot Hill Casino: 12.93% monthly increase

According to the Kansas Lottery’s March 2024 revenue report, all four gaming venues in Kansas reported a rise from February, which combined to a total monthly increase of 12.74%.

Kansas sports betting revenue was higher than February’s but lower year-over-year

For the 31 days of March, Kansas sportsbooks reported $252.90 million in total bets, a 24.55% monthly increase and a 22.60% annual rise.

While March sports betting totals represent both month-over-month and year-over-year progress, the money that Kansas sportsbooks won is still a 27.58% decrease from the $9.11 million they earned in March 2023.

On the bright side, Kansas sportsbooks’ revenue in March 2024 is an impressive 133.95% rise from February’s $3.05 million.

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The Positivity Freeroll II – Americas Cardroom

Welcome to the conclusion of The Positivity Freeroll, the incredible true story of how a late-night encounter with my intuition led me to what was then my biggest poker tournament win.

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As I fired up the first few tournaments of the day, I felt a type of purpose I had not felt before. Although I had set $10,000 as my profit goal for the day, deep down I could tell that this day was about so much more.

Around the third or fourth hour, when the early stages of the tournaments had passed and each hand began seeming more meaningful, a strange thing happened. Rather than spending the hourly 5-minute tournament break mindlessly scrolling Twitter as I would usually do, my intuition pulled me out of my seat, forcing me to pace around my desk like some sort of maniacal mathematician (or worse).

But it wasn’t formulas or percentages that filled my mind during those precious 300 seconds. Instead, it felt like I had tapped into a layer of myself that I never knew existed. Like the world’s greatest life coach was living right inside my head. It calmed me, it helped me focus, it reminded me hour after hour not to get ahead of the present, not to worry about the good nor the bad, to stay right here in this moment and put all my attention on the action in front of me as well as the feeling of goodness it said I was destined for. With every breath it urged me to pull goodness in and release doubt out. No opponents. No money. No pressure. Breath in, breath out. Goodness in, darkness out.

Here I am, it reminded me, on a rock flying through space and this is how I am choosing to spend my infinitesimally short time on it – so I might as well do it well. I might as well believe.

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Before we continue, let me clarify that I in no way believe that just because you practice good mental hygiene you are destined for success, at least not in the short term. You can think positive all you want, do all the meditations in the world, breathe as deeply and consciously as anyone ever has and still sometimes get punched in the mouth. I know because I’ve taken many such punches, both before and during the experience you’re reading about now as well as many times since. Life – whatever it ultimately turns out to be – teaches us our lessons in all sorts of ways, and those ways don’t always align with the timeline of our intentions.

I say that to stress that, as you’ll see in a moment, although things worked out in my favor this time, there have been many instances where they have not. Is setting an intention and allowing our highest Self to guide us toward it a +EV way to pursue a goal? Absolutely. But just like at the poker table, sometimes you play the hand the right way and still lose. The important thing in those instances, I have come to learn, is to recognize that unprofitable results don’t devalue the experiences we have, at least not unless we allow them to. As the saying goes, it’s not how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get back up. To that I would only add that much of the value in getting up is in how we do it. What story do we tell ourselves? How do we push not just forward, but upward and to the right?

All About the Mythical Phoenix: Bird of Fire and Eternal Life

Birds hold a special place in the human heart, and their majestic appearance elements make them a common muse for myths and folklore in nearly every culture.

Thunderbird and Lightning Bird

Several African and Native American cultures have stories of gigantic birds that nest in the tallest mountains and have the power to summon thunder and lightning in nearby villages.

In South Africa and Zimbabwe, this creature is often known as Impundulu and is most commonly associated with medicine men and spiritual shamans.

Hugin and Munin

These two ravens are loyal spies for Odin, the most powerful god in Norse mythology. Their names mean “thought” and “memory,” which are both necessary traits for creatures acting as Odin’s eyes and ears between the many multidimensional kingdoms surrounding Earth.

Minokawa

This dragon-like bird from Filipino mythology is a serious force of nature that is large enough to swallow the moon, explaining eclipses and other mysterious celestial events. (If you’re intrigue by Minokawa, you might also be interested in how the CIA used the aswang from Filipino folklore during the Cold War.)

Quetzalcoatl

Although Aztec iconography may portray this serpentine creature to look more like a dragon, it’s often connected more with birds due to its large wings and thick plumage of multi-colored feathers.

Quetzalcoatl was a central deity of the Aztec religion that held sway over the wind, merchants, arts, crafts, knowledge and learning.

Gamayun

Similar to the sirens of Greek mythology, the Gamayun from Russia has the face of a woman and the body of a bird. Gamayun’s song is said to foretell the future, and the mythological creature is often associated with universal knowledge and insight into the unseen world.

LiveRoulette’s Ultimate Online Casino Playlist

There seems to be a “world” day for almost everything these days. From World Baking Day in May to World Say Something Nice Day in June, there’s a constant stream of reminders about the good things in life. One day that’s designed to get everyone moving and grooving is World Music Day. Taking place in June every year, the celebration originated in France, where it’s known as Fête de la Musique.

Jack Lang, Minister of Culture of France, and Maurice Fleuret, a composer, were behind the initiative. Their vision was to get people sharing their musical talents. “Music everywhere and the concert nowhere” was the slogan they adopted ahead of the first event in 1982. Since then, World Music Day has become an international affair.

Rather fortunately, this day of musical appreciation also falls around our first birthday celebrations. We love music, so, in the spirit of celebration, we’ve decided to countdown our top tracks relating to all things casino. What’s more, these picks are the perfect accompaniment to your online casino experience here at LiveRoulette.

1. Lady Gaga – Poker Face (2008)

Poker is often described as battle of wits disguised as a game of cards. Lady Gaga certainly took that idea to heart when she released Poker Face. Far from using poker terminology unnecessarily, Gaga links phrases like “I wanna hold’em like they do in Texas, please” and “can’t read my poker face” to allusions of love. Indeed, the idea that love is often a game fits perfectly with the analogies to poker.

2. Pinball Wizard – The Who (1969)

If you ever need a song to get you moving while you play online casino games, Pinball Wizard is it. The Who’s story of a deaf, dumb, and blind kid playing pinball like a pro is full of energy. As you listen, you get the sense of a game in motion. How the kid plays, we don’t know. All we know is that he can.

3. Money – Pink Floyd (1973)

You shouldn’t play online casino games for the money alone. Playing should be fun and rewarding and not as a means for financial gain. It can be hard to ignore the prizes on offer when you play roulette, slots, and blackjack. Pink Floyd’s Money is all about the high life. Painting pictures of exuberance, the song tells tales of a lavish world where high rollers live a life of luxury.

4. Viva Las Vegas – Elvis Presley (1964)

Part of The King’s crown certainly lies in Las Vegas. At the height of his career, he spent seven years performing in Sin City on a weekly basis. Such was his affinity with Vegas, that fans of Elvis often call the period between 1969 and 1976 as the “Vegas Years”. As a prelude to his Sin City experience, Viva Las Vegas became a hit for Presley. Capturing the spirit of the gambling hub, the song (originally written for a movie of the same name) really does get you in the mood for gaming action.

5. Tumbling Dice – Rolling Stones (1972)

Tumbling Dice was famously recorded in the basement of a chateau in France. It peaked at number 5 in the UK charts and #7 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Aside from the links between dice and online casino games like Craps, the boogie-woogie rhythm really pulls you in. Many gamers talk about going into the zone when they play. Well, this song will really get you into a nice groove.

6. Huck’s Tune – Bob Dylan (2007)

Anyone that’s a fan of online casino and poker gaming will know the movie Lucky You. Although its depiction of poker was a far cry from what the iconic Rounders achieved, the movie did produce one good thing: Huck’s Tune. A sombre, reflective song, Huck’s Tune paints a picture of a lonely road the gamblers had to walk before things turn in their favour.

7. Ace of Spades – Motorhead (1980)

If you’ve never listened to Ace of Spades, you’re missing out on a piece of rock history. If Motorhead never released another song, their status as musical icons would be set thanks to this one. Like Lady Gaga, the band uses poker as a motif for love. However, unlike Poker Face, Ace of Spades hits you full-force with its rip-roaring chords and all-out rock vibes.

8.The Stranger Song – Leonard Cohen (1967)

Part song, part reading, Leonard Cohen’s The Stranger Song tells the story of a woman burned by love. Throughout the song, men are compared to dealers, casino veterans always chasing the next high from the turn of a card. The implication is that the men this woman has met are never focused on the present. Instead, they want to keep playing the cards (women) and chase the next unknown. 

9. The Card Cheat – The Clash (1979)

You have to be prepared for some ups and downs when you play online casino games. Even with all the knowledge and skill in the world, there are times when things won’t be on your side. The Card Cheat is a reminder of this. When a man down on his luck decides to game the system, he’s quickly found out. Wise words from The Clash.

10. The Gambler – Kenny Rogers (1978)

We couldn’t end our list without including arguably the most famous gambling song of all time. The Gambler by Kenny Rogers is as much of a lesson in life as a guide to playing cards. You have to know when to stand and fight, and when to walk away. This life lesson is taught from the perspective of a poker player looking at his cards, wondering whether to “hold’em” or whether to “fold’em”. If you need a reminder of how to approach online casino gaming, as well as a great song to keep you entertained, The Gambler it is.

To celebrate World Music Day and our first birthday, play online casino games at LiveRoulette, turn on some tunes, and have some fun!

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20+ College Party Games for the Best Night Ever!


College Party Games

Planning to throw a big blowout with all of your university friends? Well, you’ll obviously need some awesome games to make the night even more fun! If you’re not sure what sort of games to play, that’s where I come in. Trust me; I’ve organized hundreds of bar crawls during my time as a bar crawl guide, so I know what games will be an absolute blast at a college party.

Through trial and error of nearly 100 drinking games over the years, here are the 20+ best college party games you should absolutely play for the best night ever!

1. BEER PONG

BEER PONG RULES

No college party game list is complete without a mention of Beer Pong. This drinking game is a staple at any party for a reason. It’s easy to set up, easy to play, and, of course, super fun! All you need to play this drinking game is a long table, 22 solo cups, and 2+ ping pong balls. While you only technically need 2 balls, I always recommend bringing extra because you are guaranteed to lose at least one ball throughout the course of the game.

HOW TO PLAY

To play, just divide 4 people into teams of two, and take turns trying to throw ping pong balls into the other team’s cups. If you’ve never played Beer Pong before, have no fear. We’ve written down the rules for Beer Pong right here!

2. FLIP CUP

Flip Cup rules

Another classic college party game is Flip Cup, a fun game that only utilizes a bunch of solo cups or plastic cups of your choice. This game is likely to get everyone playing pretty buzzed by the end of it, so it makes for a great game for the beginning of the night rather than the end. If you play when everyone’s already pretty drunk already, get ready for some majorly sticky floors!

HOW TO PLAY

To play Flip Cup, everyone should divide into two teams and stand around a table. Remember: this game is a relay! Then, on the mark, the two first players of each team must down their drink and then flip their cups. Once they successfully flip, the next players must do the same. The first team to successfully drink and flip their cups wins!

3. SLAP CUP

Slap Cup rules

Looking for a super fun, competitive drinking game that is sure to get you tipsy? You should try Slap Cup! This is the perfect game for a college party if you don’t mind dealing with the clean-up afterward.

HOW TO PLAY

To play Slap Cup, fill all but two of the solo cups ⅓ of the way with beer. Then, two players must try to bounce a ping pong ball into one of these cups. If they manage, they can pass the cup to the next person. But if a ball lands in one of the middle cups, they must drink the contents before they can continue!

As for the slapping, this occurs when a player and the player to their left are both trying to bounce a ball into their cups. If the first player manages to bounce a ball before the second player, they slap their cup away! I know this game sounds a bit confusing, but you should read our full Slap Cup rules so you can play this game with your friends!

4. CHANDELIER

Chandelier

One of my favorite drinking games is Chandelier. This game takes some of the rules from other famous drinking games like Beer Pong and Flip Cup. It is super fast-paced and sure to get the floor dirty, so make sure you don’t play it on carpet!

HOW TO PLAY

To set this game up, set up one cup per player (with some beer inside) and place them in a circle in the middle of the table. In the middle of this circle should be an extra solo cup placed on top of another solo cup or bowl. Fill this cup with beer or another drink of your choice.

Then, to play, players frantically bounce ping pong balls with the aim of getting them into other players’ cups. If a ball lands in your cup, drink it and refill the contents. But if a ball lands in the middle cup, everyone must finish their drink and then race to flip their cups. The last person to flip their cup must drink the middle cup!

5. QUARTERS

quarters drinking game

Another classic drinking game you should definitely play at a college party is Quarters. The great thing about this game is that you don’t really need anything to set it up since all you need are some solo cups (and which college party doesn’t have plastic cups?) and a single coin (ideally a quarter) someone will inevitably find in their pockets.

HOW TO PLAY

The very core of the game is basic. Everyone has their own cup filled with alcohol, and there must be a cup in the center of the table, either filled with alcohol as well or empty for a less messy game. Then, a player takes the quarter and tries to bounce it into the middle cup. If they make it, they assign a drink to another player and bounce the quarter again until they miss. Once they miss, it’s the next player’s turn to do the same.

There are many variations and nuances to this super fun drinking game, so check out our full article on the rules for Quarters.

6. RING OF FIRE/KING’S CUP

ring of fire set up

It doesn’t matter whether you know this game as Ring of Fire or King’s Cup, there’s no denying that this is one of the most popular drinking games out there! This is also one of the best drinking card games, in my opinion, as it combines a bunch of other super fun drinking games that will not only get you drunk but also make you closer to your college friends.

HOW TO PLAY

To play, put a cup in the middle of the table and create a ring of cards around it, making sure they’re all face-down. Then, players take turns removing one card from the ring, making sure not to break the circle. If you break the circle, you’ve got to finish your drink or take a shot! Depending on what card you remove from the circle, there’ll be a rule associated with it, as the image above. If you want more clarification of the rules, head over to our page on the official rules of Ring of Fire.

7. DRUNK JENGA

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I mean, who doesn’t love a good game of Jenga? But take it up a notch and turn Jenga into a super fun drinking game by playing Drunk Jenga! This game brings up the stakes of the game so much higher, so try not to topple the tower!

HOW TO PLAY

Before you begin to play, grab a Sharpie or two and start writing rules on the Jenga blocks. Rules can range from “take a drink” and “kiss someone” to “choose someone to take a shot” and “play Never Have I Ever.”

Once that’s done, set up the game as usual and play Jenga as normal. However, unlike standard Jenga in Drunk Jenga, whenever someone removes a block, they must read out the rule written on the block and complete it. And whoever knocks down the tower must finish their drink and set up the tower again!

8. CIVIL WAR BEER PONG

Civil War Beer Pong

Are you getting sick of standard Beer Pong? Or maybe you’re up for a bit of a challenge and chaos? In that case, you absolutely have to play Civil War Beer Pong! This fast-paced Beer Olympics game requires 36 solo cups, 4 ping pong balls, 2-3 tables, and, of course, a lot of beer. When you’ve gathered all the materials needed, get ready to have a ton of fun! 

HOW TO PLAY

Place 3 6-cup triangles on each side of the table and put all 4 ping pong balls in the middle. Then, chaos ensues! There are no turns in Civil War Beer Pong. If you have possession of a ping pong ball, throw it into an opponent’s cup to sink it just like normal Beer Pong. The game continues until all 18 of a team’s cups are sunk!

9. THUNDERSTRUCK

Thunderstruck

If you love to play music when drinking at a college party, Thunderstuck is the game for you! Plus, this game is super simple and really easy to set up. You don’t need anything in terms of materials – just a drink per person – but everyone should have one in their hands already anyway!

HOW TO PLAY

To play, everyone should sit or stand in a circle. Then, simply grab hold of the party playlist, and turn on “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC. At the first “thunder” in the lyrics of the song, the first person drinks. And they don’t stop drinking until they hear the next “thunder” in the song. At this point, the second person starts drinking. Keep going around in the circle in this manner!

The best thing about this song is that while you’ll hear the words “thunder” often enough, every now and then, someone might be stuck drinking for a super long time. That happened to me once, and I ended up drinking one and a half beers in one go!

10. NEVER HAVE I EVER

Never have i ever

Of course, one of the most common games you’ll see at a college party is Never Have I Ever. This is a simple game that doesn’t require any setup. And best of all, you’ll get to know all your friends’ dirty secrets at the party! This is one way to get to know everyone super quickly, making it one of the best ice breaker drinking games.

HOW TO PLAY

Everyone starts with 5 or 10 fingers up, depending on how long you want the game to be. Then, players take turns stating something they’ve never done. Every other player must put a finger down IF they HAVE done the thing the player hasn’t done. Every player who puts a finger down must take a drink as well. If no one puts a finger down, the player who made the statement must take a drink.

Keep going around in a circle, with every player stating one thing they have never done. When someone runs out of fingers, they are eliminated from the game!

If you want some ideas on what to say and want to know the rules in more detail, check out our full article on how to play Never Have I Ever.

11. SOTALLY TOBER

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Honestly, I think Sotally Tober is one of the most hilarious drinking game names I’ve come across in a while. And it’s super fitting, too, since this game will sotally get you drunk! While you will need to buy the actual Sotally Tober cards to play this game, in my opinion, it’s one of those drinking card games that is worth having around in your home, as you never know when you’ll host a wild party!

HOW TO PLAY

Setting up is easy: just shuffle the cards and place them all face-down in the middle. Then, players simply take turns drawing one card from the pile. The player that draws the card must complete the task. But if they don’t want to do it, they must take a drink.

Looking for other games like this? Check out our list of the funniest card games!

12. A+B

A Plus B A+B

One of the most scandalous drinking games you can play as a group at any party is A+B or A Plus B. The concept of this game is simple, but you will end up in some outlandish scenarios throughout the course of the game – guaranteed! Only play A+B if you think you can handle it; it can get pretty risque pretty fast, especially as the group only gets drunker and drunker.

HOW TO PLAY

Everyone sits or stands in a circle, then pick one person to start. This player must close their eyes. The person to their right must pick a random person in the circle to be Person A, loudly announcing that they have chosen Person A. The person to the first player’s left must do the same but choose a Person B. Person A and Person B can be anybody in the group, including the first player.

The first player then opens their eyes and decides what Person A does to Person B, what Person B does to Person A, or what Person A and Person B do together.

After the two people complete their task, continue playing to the left.

13. BEERIO CART

Beerio Kart Mario Kart

Who doesn’t love some good old video games when at a party? Sometimes, it’s good to have a little bit of downtime, but that doesn’t mean you can’t turn this into a fun drinking game! To play Beerio Kart, you’re going to need some kind of Nintendo console with Mario Kart downloaded, as well as a whole lot of beer (or another alcohol of your choice).

HOW TO PLAY

Ready to play? Crack open a beer, choose your kart and character, and get racing! While you play Mario Kart as normal, you have the added challenge of having to finish your beer before you cross the finish line as well! You can either chug the beer before you even start driving, chug it before you cross the finish line, or slowly drink it throughout the duration of the race – up to you!

14. RIDE THE BUS

RIDE THE BUS round 1 red black

One of my favorite card games to play in any drinking setting is Ride the Bus. This drinking card game may be a bit more complicated, but it’s definitely worth getting to know, as everyone will get pretty drunk pretty fast. Plus, only one person needs to know the rules, so don’t worry about trying to get some tipsy people to learn a new game.

HOW TO PLAY

Ride the Bus consists of 6 different rounds, as follows:

  1. Red or black: The dealer must hold a deck of cards face-down and ask each player, one by one, whether they think the card is red or black. If right, the player can pick someone to drink. If wrong, that player must take a drink. Leave the card in front of that player.
  2. Higher or lower: Same as above, but the dealer asks whether the player thinks the next card is higher or lower in value than the previous card.
  3. Between or outside: Same as above, but the dealer asks whether the player thinks the next card is between or outside the value of the two previous cards.
  4. Suit: The player must guess the suit.
  5. Pyramid: Players take their four cards and must match the cards to a pyramid, and they can give out drinks according to the value.
  6. Ride the bus: The losing player must ride the bus by completing rounds 1 to 4 once again. But if they get an answer wrong, they must drink and start from round 1 again.

I know these rules may be confusing, but you can head on over to our Ride the Bus rules so you can actually learn how to play!

15. TRUTH OR DARE

truth or dare

To offset the complicated game above, a simple drinking game you can play at the party is none other than Truth or Dare. There’s not too much complicated about this game (besides the questions and dares themselves, of course). Plus, it requires zero setup, so you can easily play this whenever you want.

HOW TO PLAY

To play, simply ask each player, “Truth or Dare.” The player can choose between the two. If they choose truth, they must answer a question. And if they choose dare, they must perform a dare. The group decides what they want the player to answer or do. If the player refuses, they must take a shot!

16. CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY

Cards Against Humanity

  • A party game for horrible people.
  • Comes with 500 white cards and 100 black cards for eternal replayability.
  • Includes a booklet of sensible game rules and preposterous alternate rules.

Of course, a classic party game that I have to mention is Cards Against Humanity. This party card game is sure to get a lot of laughs out of everyone. And the best part is that there is really no limit to how many people can play this game. In fact, the more players, the merrier when it comes to Cards Against Humanity!

HOW TO PLAY

The game is simple. Players have 10 white cards in their hands to start, and they take turns being the Card Czar and drawing a black card to read it out loud. All other players besides the Card Czar pick a white card from their hand that best fits the black card and place it face down in the middle. The Card Czar then shuffles all the white cards and reads them all out loud. They pick their favorite response. The person who selected that card wins a point for that round!

Looking for some similar games? Check out my post on games like Cards Against Humanity.

17. TWISTER ULTIMATE

Who would have thought that playing a traditional children’s game could be so fun in a college party setting? Bring out this childhood favorite at any house party, and you’ll see just how wild people get as they line up to play this game. Adding booze to the mix makes Twister twice as fun, as people fall on their faces left and right. If you want to involve more people in the game, you can appoint one player to read out the Twister spinner.

HOW TO PLAY

To play, get spinning! Whatever the spinner lands on, all players must place a part of their body on the chosen colored circle. Continue to place your hands and feet all over the Twister mat until you are the last one standing!

18. FEAR PONG

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If you’re getting tired of playing standard Beer Pong, you should try Fear Pong to add another layer of fun! It’s a blast to play, so everyone will want to join in on the fun. Fear Pong combines traditional Beer Pong and card games in order to create a drinking game that is sure to keep everyone on their toes.

HOW TO PLAY

Play Fear Pong as you would play Beer Pong. But simply add a Fear Pong dare under each cup that you set up. Then, any time an opponent sinks one of your cups, hold your breath, as you’ll need to either drink the contents of the cup or complete a dare in order to keep it. The dares are pretty horrible, so keeping the cup is a lot harder than you think!

19. HORSERACE

HORSERACE GAMEPLAY
HORSERACE

Do you want to add a layer of gambling to the party? Horserace is the perfect drinking card game that you’ll love if you love games like Ride the Bus. For this game, you’ll need a standard deck of cards and some alcohol, of course. Once you’ve set that up, get ready to start betting on the horse race!

HOW TO PLAY

In this game, you’ll need an announcer or dealer. The dealer places 4 Aces face up on one end of the table and 8 cards face down perpendicular to the Aces. Now, everyone bets on which horse (or Ace) they think will win! Bets are quantified by number of drinks. You’ll need to drink half your bet before the race begins!

The announcer flips over cards, with the horses moving whenever it’s that suit that is flipped over. The first horse to reach the finish line wins! Horserace is not the easiest drinking card game out there, so check out the official Horserace rules here!

20. LIAR’S DICE

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If you’re a big fan of gambling games like Texas Hold’Em, you’ll love Liar’s Dice, a super fun gambling drinking game. A game involving strategy and deception, you’re going to have to really think in order to succeed in this game. But since you’ll be drinking as you play, there’ll certainly be a layer of hilarity that will make this college party an absolute success!

HOW TO PLAY

In this game, every player should have 5 dice and a cup each. At the beginning of the game, each player rolls their dice and keeps them hidden inside their cup so that only they know what their dice show. Players then make bets made up of the quantity of dice and the face value of the dice. Subsequent players can call a bluff or increase the bid.

If a player calls a bluff and the challenged bet is equal to or greater than what was challenged, the player that called a bluff must take 3 drinks and lose a dice. If the bluff was correct, the player that made the bet mus take 3 drinks and lose a dice.

Continue playing until only one player has any dice left.

21. MUSICAL CHAIRS DRINKING GAME

Another childhood game favorite that you can easily turn into a drinking game is Musical Chairs Drinking Game. I know it’s probably been a while since you’ve played any version of Musical Chairs, but worry not, as this game is super easy to play – even when you’re already drunk. But do drink responsibly, as this game does involve taking shots!

HOW TO PLAY

Set up chairs in a circle, and ensure there is one less chair than there are players. Then, start the music as players go round and round in a circle around the chairs. When the music stops, everyone must take a seat on a chair! The person left standing must leave the game, take a chair with them, and then take a shot as punishment. Continue playing until there are 0 chairs and only 1 player remaining. This player is the winner!

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What is Fold Equity and Why is it Important?

If you’ve played poker for a while, you’ve probably heard the term fold equity.

In this article, I am going to explain what fold equity is and why it’s important to understand if you want to maximize your winnings at the tables.

What is Fold Equity?

Fold equity is the probability that a player will fold versus a bet or raise. For example, if there’s a 33 percent chance your opponent will fold to a bet in a $100 pot, you have 33% fold equity (worth $33) in that pot.

If you’ve ever considered the chance that your opponent will fold to a bet, you’ve already employed this concept at the table (even if you didn’t realize it at the time).

Note: Some people use the term fold equity to mean this formula instead: [the chance our opponent will fold] * [opponent’s equity in the hand]. However, Upswing Poker does not think that’s a helpful or practical definition.

Definition from our poker term glossary.

Fold Equity Infographic

Here’s a handy infographic that shows the fold equity needed for 6 different bet sizes depending on your hand’s equity when called:

fold equity infographic

For example, if you bet 3/4 pot with a hand that has 0% equity when called, you need your opponent to fold more than 43% of the time for your bet to break even.

Why Does Fold Equity Matter?

Fold equity helps shape the optimal strategy on all streets. Whenever you do not have a solid made hand, you need to take into account your fold equity to make the highest EV decision.

The most important use of this concept is for determining profitable bluffs. For a 0% equity bluff to be profitable, for example, your fold equity must be higher than the risk-to-reward ratio of your bet.

The formula for risk-to-reward ratio as the bettor looks like this:

Risk-to-Reward Ratio = [Bet Size / (Bet Size + Pot Size Before the Bet)] x 100

Which can be written in shorthand as:

Risk-to-Reward Ratio = [B / (B + P)] x 100

Example Pot Odds Calculation

Let’s say you bet $50 bet into a $100 pot:

Risk-to-Reward Ratio = [50 / (50 + 100)] x 100

Risk-to-Reward Ratio = 0.33 x 100

Risk-to-Reward Ratio = 33%

In this case, assuming your bluff has 0% equity when called, your $50 bet needs more than 33% fold equity in order to be profitable over the long run.

The more equity you have, the less fold equity you need in order to have a profitable bet. This is because you have not one, but two ways to win — you can either hit your hand or force the fold.

Example of Fold Equity in Action

Suppose you’ve reached the turn on a T 7♣ 5♠ 2 board with $100 in the pot. You have an open-ended straight draw with 9♣ 8♣ and are considering a semi-bluff of $50.

If you decide to drop in the $50 bet, you have two ways to win:

  1. Your opponent calls and you hit a straight on the river*, which will happen around 18% of the time.
  2. Your opponent folds.

*Hitting a 9 or 8 may give you the best hand as well, but let’s put that possibility aside for the sake of simplicity.

According to the risk-to-reward calculation in the previous section, this bet size requires more than 33% fold equity to be profitable…

…but that was when your bluff had 0% equity.

This time, you have (at least) 18% equity to win when called. So, even if your fold equity is only 25%, your bet is a profitable one because you still have 18% equity when you get called.

Note: Keep in mind that this calculation, while helpful for understanding fold equity, leaves out one important factor: equity realization. Read this article to learn how equity realization comes into play in poker.

Wrapping Up

Fold equity is your best friend when you’re bluffing. Even a 2% difference between the required rick-to-reward ratio and your opponent’s actual folding frequency is enough to make a bet go from losing to profitable.

I’ll leave you with an easy exercise that will sharpen your fold equity estimation skills:

Whenever you’re not in a hand, put yourself in the shoes of one of the players and consider how much fold equity different bet sizes will have. Ask yourself questions like “will a much bigger bet size render much more fold equity?” or “will a smaller size have similar fold equity to a large one?” Over time, you should start to get pretty damn precise, which will have majorly positive impacts on your game.

That’s all for this article. I hope you enjoyed it and that you learned something new. As usual, if you have any questions or feedback please let me know in the comment section down below!

If you want to learn about more key poker concepts, read Polarized Ranges vs Linear Ranges Explained.

Till’ next time, good luck, grinders!

What is the difference between online poker, live poker, and video poker?

 

You can find out in this article how to adapt to the different majors ways of playing poker.

The digital form of poker offers various types, such as online poker, live poker, and, notably, video poker, which has found a dedicated platform on video poker sites. These sites are tailored to cater to video poker fans, providing a range of games that feature different rules, strategies, and levels of interaction. These platforms make it easy for enthusiasts to access their favourite games, offering diverse techniques and experiences unique to video poker.

Online Poker: The Digital Frontier

What is online poker?

Online poker refers to playing the game of poker over the internet, typically through dedicated poker websites or platforms. Players can participate in various poker variants against opponents from around the world, using virtual chips or real money.

Online poker represents the digital evolution of traditional poker, allowing players to access many games from any location. The primary allure of online poker lies in its speed and availability. Players can engage in multiple tables simultaneously, significantly increasing the volume of hands played per hour compared to live settings. It appeals particularly to those seeking to maximize their playtime and learning opportunities.

The diversity of online games surpasses any physical venue, ranging from Texas Hold’em to Omaha and more niche variants. Moreover, online platforms cater to all budget levels, with stakes starting as low as a few cents, making poker accessible to a broader audience.

The anonymity of online play allows for a focus on pure strategy, minimizing the psychological element of reading opponents’ physical tells​​​​.

Advantages Disadvantages
– Convenient access from anywhere with internet connection. – Lack of physical interaction and reads.
– Wide variety of game options and stakes. – Potential for technical issues or cheating.
– Ability to multi-table for increased volume and variety. – Difficulty in reading opponents’ intentions without physical tells.
– Anonymity can reduce bias and intimidation. – Delayed gratification for cashing out winnings.

Live Poker: The Social Game

What is live poker ?

Live poker involves playing poker in person, usually at a physical casino, card room, or private setting. Players sit at a table, handle physical cards and chips, and interact face-to-face with opponents and dealers.

Live poker, played in casinos and poker rooms, is cherished for its deeply social and psychological dimensions. The tactile experience of handling chips, the physical presence of opponents, and the ability to read add complexity and enjoyment to the game.

Live poker games are generally slower, with fewer hands played per hour, fostering a more deliberate pace and the opportunity for social interaction.

The environment of live poker often leads to softer competition, as many participants play for recreation rather than profit. This aspect can offer strategic advantages to skilled players who can adapt to the slower pace and exploit the less experienced competition. However, the higher rake and tipping expected in live venues can impact profitability​​​​.

Advantages Disadvantages
– Social interaction and atmosphere. – Limited to specific locations.
– Ability to read opponents’ physical cues. – Slower gameplay compared to online.
– Opportunity for live tournaments. – Travel and accommodation costs.
– Immediate resolution of disputes or questions. – Higher minimum bets in some settings.

Video Poker: The Solitary Strategy Game

What is video poker ?

Video poker is a solitary game combining elements of poker and slot machines. Players compete against a pay table rather than other players, with outcomes based on the strength of the poker hand they can assemble from a single draw. This format emphasizes personal strategy and knowledge of poker hand rankings, with a significantly lower element of chance than slot machines.

Video poker offers one of the best odds in the casino for players who master optimal strategies for the variant they are playing. The game is ideal for those who prefer a calm, controlled gambling environment without the pressures of time constraints or the psychological warfare inherent in traditional poker. Despite its simplicity, video poker requires a grasp of basic poker hand rankings and strategically selecting cards to hold and discard​​​​.

Advantages Disadvantages
– Convenient and accessible in casinos and online. – Lack of social interaction.
– Fast-paced gameplay. – Limited strategic depth compared to other forms.
– Lower minimum bets often available. – Dependency on RNG (Random Number Generator).
– No need to wait for other players. – Limited variety of game options.

 In the end: They are very different games

The choice between online poker, live poker, and video poker depends on individual preferences regarding social interaction, strategic depth, and play convenience. Online poker offers a fast-paced, diverse, and accessible platform for players of all skill levels.

In contrast, live poker provides a rich, immersive experience valued for its social and psychological aspects. Video poker appeals to those seeking a straightforward, strategy-driven game without the variability of human opponents.

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10 Best Abilities for Red XIII in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth

The Final Fantasy 7 series has a list of playable characters, but none come out as unique as Red XIII. The main protagonist’s skills and abilities draw him closest to the best character in Final Fantasy 7, but that doesn’t hide Red XIII’s uncommon attributes. After his guest appearance in Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Red XIII is back in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth with a ton of phenomenal abilities. For those who love having him in their party, here are the 10 best abilities for Red XIII in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth

10. Stardust Ray

Stardust Ray

Exclusive to Red XIII in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, the Stardust Ray ability comes when this character is equipped with the Mythril Collar weapon. It’s the default weapon for Red XIII and is available in Chapter 2, so you will be using the Stardust Ray from that chapter. While it will let you deal more devastating damage to the enemies and over a wider area, Stardust Ray will cost you a whole 2 ATB. But is that too much when you can strike two or more foes? 

9. Retaliation

Red XIII Retaliation Ability

Using this ability will bring your Vengeance Mode to an end, so be sure you are using it at the right time. It’s an impressive addition to Red XIII’s ferocious combat style and the only ability you will be unlocking in the Folios. But it will also cost you 2 ATB at party level 8. But the counterstance will come in pretty handy to retaliate whenever Red XIII is hit by dealing massive damage to the foe. It goes a long way to portray Red XIII as the aggressive, defensive party member or playable character. 

8. Sentinel Stance

Sentinel Stance

The Sentinel Stance is your best bet when you want to build Red XIII’s Vengeance gauge quickly. With this stance, Red XIII reduces damage from enemy strikes and boosts his vengeance gauge by blocking attacks. The ability, however, ends when you deal a strong counterstrike by pressing the square button. It does much more than you would expect for just 1 ATB.

7. Sidewinder

Sidewinder

For those who love the thrill of striking foes midair, the Sidewinder ability is the simplest way you can catch the action. It’s even more thrilling with Red XIII, the only quadrupedal playable character on Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth. Red XIII projects into the air and launches a powerful blow to strike enemies in midair. The ability is swift and easy to use, and the ability to leap into the air and deliver a punishing blow won’t cost too much with the cost of an ATB. 

6. Supernal Fervor

Supernal Fervor : Red XIII Abilities

The Supernal Fervor is Red XIII’s most revered ability, which grants him fine powers that he can even cast on other party members. It’s associated with the Amethyst Collar, so it’s time to launch a Supernal Fervour stance whenever you see Red XIII equipped with the purple gemstones-embedded collar. The ability grants haste to all party members, but you can activate it for a three-person party as a proficiency bonus. It will cost you 2 ATB, which is worth it, but you can only use it in the Vengeance Mode. You don’t have to wait for the Vengeance gauge to fill completely, though, to use Super Fervor. 

5. Reaper Touch

Reaper Touch

The Reaper Touch is Red XIII’s bizarre ability with an inverse relationship with the HP. It comes with the intricate weapon, the Brisingamen, meaning you will be using Reaper Touch from Chapter 13. With this ability, the damage dealt is inversely proportional to the HP. It means that Red XIII will deliver more deadly attacks when he has low HP. It’s pretty tempting to play at low HP just to keep your blows lethal. It’s a good strategy to activate it when your HP is extremely low, but do not keep it low solely for this ability’s sake. 

4. Watcher’s Spirit

Watcher’s Spirit

The Watcher’s Spirit is yet another ability for Red XIII that helps him boost other party members. But unlike Supernal Fervor, which adds party members’ haste, the Watcher’s Spirit consumes the Vengeance gauge to boost the ATB of other party members. You can deplete the Vengeance gauge with this ability, and the potency is directly proportional to the amount consumed. Therefore, the ability serves Red XIII best when the Vengeance gauge is full, and only use it when there is an ally in dire need of ATB charges. 

3. Crescent Claw

Crescent Claw

Players unlock the Crescent Claw with Red XIII’s Renegade’s Collar, the symbol of revolt. It’s another great ability in Vengeance Mode that can be used to finish off enemies. Red XIII lunges three times towards the enemy to slash them. The range and damage inflicted increases massively through the Vengeance Mode, so you can expect this ability to deplete the Vengeance gauge upon use. Red XIII will also consume 1 ATB for the Crescent Claw ability. 

2. Chilling Roar

Chilling Roar

The Chilling Roar is yet another Red XIII’s ability that functions around the Vengeance gauge. It’s an offensive ability but only launches to retaliate against enemy attacks. Whenever a foe strikes Red XIII, counterstrike with ice shards so that the Vengeance gauge gets a boost when the ice attacks hit an enemy. It’s a nice way to boost your Vengeance gauge in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth for only 1 ATB. 

1. Watcher’s Respite

Watcher’s Respite : Red XIII Abilities

Party members who team up with Red XIII have a lot to benefit from the red lion’s abilities, including the healing Watcher’s Respite. It tops the 10 best abilities for Red XIII in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth that players can have, especially when you don’t have Aerith in your squad to cast her healing magic. The ability allows Red XIII to heal allies in a party at the expense of the Vengeance gauge. The ability’s power is directly proportional to the amount of energy expended from the Vengeance gauge.

So, what’s your take on our 10 best abilities for Red XIII in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth? Let us know your thoughts here on our socials or down in the comments section. 

The Greatest Rugby Union Teams Of All-Time

While rugby union cannot compete with other major sports in terms of viewership, there is no shortage of drama and excitement in each and every fixture.

Fans are able to watch the best international teams compete on a yearly basis, with the northern hemisphere countries competing in the Six Nations and the southern hemisphere nations battling it out in the Rugby Championship.

Here, we take a trip down memory lane to look back at 10 of the greatest rugby union teams to grace the field – and no, it isn’t just a list of New Zealand squads!

10 – Barbarians (1973)

Many believe that the Barbarians’ success over New Zealand in 1973 ranks as the best ‘one off’ performance in the history of rugby union.

The All Blacks were firm favourites to prevail but the Baa-Baas selected a strong squad for the contest at Cardiff Arms Park, with a number of former British & Irish Lions in the side.

The game itself had everything. It had Phil Bennett’s famous sidestep in the build-up to Sir Gareth Edwards’ superb try early on and Carwyn James cemented his place as one of the greatest rugby union coaches in the annals of the sport.

9 – France (1994)

Another team, another defeat of New Zealand. In this case, Les Bleus secured victory in the most dramatic of circumstances.

France were one-nil up in the two match Test series but found themselves trailing in the second encounter with just one minute left on the clock.

Time was running out but France kept the ball alive, twisting and turning the entire length of the pitch to secure a famous win that left Eden Park in shock.

That was New Zealand’s first clean sweep series defeat in almost half a century and 30 and 48 matches later, France remain the last team to beat the All Blacks in Auckland.

8 – Australia (1984)

Australia were in a transitional period when they travelled over for a tour of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland in autumn 1984 and most expected the Wallabies to struggle.

However, they exceeded all expectations and then some. The 1984 squad became the first Australian team to clinch a Home Nations Grand Slam – securing victory in all four Test matches and a success over the Barbarians to boot.

That tour sent shockwaves around the world and put Australia on a map as a force to be reckoned with in rugby union. Seven years later, they lifted the Rugby World Cup for the first time.

7 – South Africa (1995)

The South Africa team of 1995 takes seventh spot on this list, with the Springboks lifting the Rugby World Cup after an incredible display of strength and unity.

The country was going through a very difficult period but Francois Pienaar and his side inspired a nation with their success, putting South Africa in the spotlight on the world stage.

New Zealand were heavy favourites to win the 1995 showpiece but South Africa fought their way to an emotional success in extra-time.

6 – British & Irish Lions (1974)

The 1974 Lions tour in South Africa was a roaring success, with the touring side playing an incredible 22 games – avoiding defeat for over two months.

Willie John McBride was a fantastic coach and he had his team primed for a huge effort but nobody expected the Lions to do what they did. It was a magnificent achievement and one that union fans still refer to today.

The Lions were denied a series whitewash after a controversial referee decision in the final Test but the players were lauded for their achievements. Lions fans would need to wait 15 years for their next series success…

5 – New Zealand (2015)

The 2015 Rugby World Cup will be remembered for several reasons but New Zealand’s dominance is the main one and they take fifth place on this list.

Swagger and showmanship are two traits of every All Blacks squad but the 2015 team took this to new levels, with New Zealand becoming the first team to win back-to-back Rugby World Cups.

The pressure was on Steve Hansen’s side throughout the competition, but you wouldn’t have known it. New Zealand were expected to win and boy did they do that, well and truly putting Australia in their place in a one-sided final at Twickenham.

4 – England (2002-03)

Jonny Wilkinson’s drop goal will forever be regarded as the greatest moment in English rugby and that 2003 World Cup triumph was well deserved after an unprecedented era of success for the country.

England recorded victories over New Zealand, Australia and South Africa in the autumn of 2002 before completing a Six Nations Grand Slam in early 2003. Sir Clive Woodward’s team looked destined for greatness but could England live up to the hype?

The answer was yes. England – reduced to 13 men for a 10-minute spell – conquered the All Blacks on their own patch and set up a final with Australia. It was tense, it was gritty but ultimately England got the job done.

3 – Wales (1970s)

Wales were the team to beat in the 1970s, winning six Five Nations title and completing the Grand Slam in three of those campaigns.

Despite a narrow defeat to New Zealand in 1972, many believe that this Welsh team is the greatest team to represent the country. In the northern hemisphere, they were clear as the best rugby union side around.

Had the Rugby World Cup been around at the time, Wales would’ve stood a fair enough chance of winning the competition. Unfortunately, their 1970s squad was playing rugby way beyond its years and the country is still searching for a first World Cup success.

2 – New Zealand (1987-90)

Most New Zealanders would agree that this was the best All Blacks side – both in terms of talent and achievements. That New Zealand team was more powerful, fitter and just on another level to the rest.

The All Blacks went 23 Test matches in a row without defeat, winning 22 of those games and New Zealand were the team that everyone wanted to avoid during the period.

They produced the greatest Rugby World Cup tournament performance of all-time in 1987, scoring a sensational 43 tries in six matches en route to lifting the Webb Ellis Cup.

Filled with some of rugby’s greatest names, that All Blacks team was a cut above and it will take a monumental effort for a team to emulate their success.

1 – British & Irish Lions (1971)

The only Lions squad to triumph in New Zealand, the 1971 team was built around the dominant Welsh side of the era – with the likes of JPR Williams, Gareth Edwards and Barry John playing key roles throughout the tour.

The British & Irish Lions were sublime throughout the four-Test series, taking a narrow lead into the final encounter in Auckland. Trailing late in the game, Williams nailed a dramatic drop goal to salvage a draw and secure the series victory.

To this day, the 1971 team are widely regarded as the greatest rugby union team of all-time. Could we see another famous Lions series win when the current crop embark on their tour of South Africa in 2025?

“He is my best chance of a winner at the Festival this year”

One more day left of the Cheltenham Festival, and it’s safe to say we’ll all be exhausted by the weekend! Gold Cup Day is here and, as always, it’s going to be tremendously exciting. I have two runners on Friday’s card at Prestbury Park, Gin Coco and Gidleigh Park.

Cheltenham, Friday

Gin Coco runs in the County Hurdle (14:10), but he definitely wants better ground, so we will be monitoring conditions closely. We haven’t seen him since he disappointed at Doncaster in December, but that was three weeks after winning at Ascot and it just proved too soon for him. He’s best fresh, so we’ve deliberately kept him back for a go at the County, albeit he didn’t run his race last year in this as he picked up an injury. He’s in great form with himself at home and, if the ground dries up, he could be putting in a similar performance to when he was runner-up in the Greatwood. Hopefully, he can be competitive.

You’ve all heard plenty about Gidleigh Park, who runs in the Albert Bartlett (14:50). Everything about this race should be right up his street, the course, the trip, and the conditions. The only thing we need to go our way is the run of the race, as he wasn’t really suited by the way his last race panned out, but at the Cheltenham Festival you’re almost guaranteed a good tempo, which is what he’ll like. He’s a big, rangy horse, but he’s not short of pace and he’s got a great blend of speed and stamina, so I hope this race will play to his strengths. We’re really looking forward to seeing him step into Grade One company for the first time.

On his last start, Gidleigh Park and the runner-up put a lot of distance between themselves and the rest of the field towards the finish, but the fact that he was still able to quicken and battle to the end was testament to his ability. Strictly on ratings, he has a bit to find, but I think he has the potential to really excel here and go very close indeed. Without a doubt, he is my best chance of a winner at the Festival this year.

Best of luck,

Harry

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You’ve Won Big Playing with OLG. Now What?

Homes. Trips. Family. Charity. That ultra-rare golden-ticket Willy Wonka Funko Pop figure.

We’ve all got our own ideas of what we would do should we ever win big playing the lottery, likely formed over the course of years of playing and dreaming.

But what if you won big on your first ticket? When you were just 18 years old? Before you even had a chance to really think about how millions of dollars could change your life?

That’s what happened to Juliette from Sault Ste. Marie.

Upon turning 18 – the legal age to play the lottery in Ontario – the Ontario teen’s grandfather suggested she buy a ticket. She picked one up at a local convenience store, stopping along the way to call her dad to ask what she should buy (he fortuitously suggested she ask for a Lotto 6/49 Quick Pick with ENCORE – an easy way for anyone to start playing).

Then Juliette forgot all about it. That is, until a conversation at work the following week about a $48-million jackpot winning ticket that had been sold in her home town which reminded her she hadn’t checked her numbers. She pulled out the ticket, and her boss checked it for her using his phone.

That’s when the winning music began to play.

Juliette was in shock. When her employer turned the phone to show her the screen, she asked, “How many zeros is that? Let me count! It’s a lot of zeros! It was so surreal.”

She signed her $48-million winning ticket, her hands shaking. Then she called her mom, who, after freaking out an appropriate amount, told Juliette she had to stay at work to finish her shift, like any good parent struggling to impart a life lesson in such a strange moment would.

But what then? What would you do with an enormous, unexpected windfall?

Resist the Urge to “Fan the Flames”

Whether you’ve just won $100 or $100 million, the first question you’re likely to ask yourself after you calm down will likely be: What should I do with my winnings?

One thing you probably shouldn’t do, most experts agree, is spend any of it right away. Your best bet is simply to do nothing with your winnings until you’ve had a chance to think about what you want and, in the case of very large wins, consult financial, tax, and legal advisors, the subject matter experts to talk about next steps such as how to invest your winnings it and where to keep it.

This includes resisting the urge to “fan the flames” by spending your winnings on additional tickets or bets to try to win even more. When it comes to gambling, the concept of striking while the iron’s hot doesn’t really apply. Your odds never go up just because you happened to win once.

Use the Tools at Your Disposal

PlaySmart has some useful tools that can help you avoid the doubling-down mindset. You know, like when you feel inclined to take an even bigger risk in hopes of breaking even or winning more? You might think you’re lucky at the moment, when in fact your odds haven’t gone up at all.

When you set up an account with OLG you gain access to the My Play Customizer tools, where you can do things like set a lottery spending limit to help manage how much you spend on tickets going forward regardless of how much you win (or lose).

You can also glean insights into your own behaviour and play style by using the My Play History section of your My PlaySmart Tools, which tracks what you spend and when you spend it. You’ll quickly discover patterns in how you play, which may lead you to make changes that let you have fun without going overboard, even after a win.

There are, in fact, tools designed to help manage how you use all of OLG’s products, from tracking and budgeting the time you spend playing iCasino games to setting bankroll limits for PROLINE+ activities.

Point being, responsible gambling habits aren’t based on whether you win or lose, but how you play. The fun of the lottery is imagining all the things you could do if you won, whether that means setting up a foundation to save animals or buying yourself a seat on a private spaceship. Just remember to make smart choices both before and after your spaceship comes in.

2024 College Basketball Player of the Year Odds: Can Edey Repeat?

College basketball hit the halfway point of its regular season this week, meaning there are still lots of games to go—not to mention tournament play, as teams bid to reach March Madness and ultimately the Final Four. But if sportsbook odds are any indication, the national Player of the Year race has already become a foregone conclusion.

2023-24 Wooden Awards Odds

Odds to win the POY Award
Player Odds
Zach Edey (Purdue) -300
Hunter Dickinson (Kansas) +1000
Kyle Filipowski (Duke) +2000
R.J. Davis (UNC) +2000
Kevin McCullar (Kansas) +2000
Tristen Newton (UConn) +2500
Tyson Walker (Michigan St.) +2800
Armando Bacot (UNC) +3000
Caleb Love (Arizona) +3000
Tyler Kolek (Marquette) +3500

Purdue center Zach Edey, bidding to become the first back-to-back recipient of the John R. Wooden Award since Ralph Sampson in the early 1980s, is now such a favorite that he’s become a negative moneyline play at most sportsbooks. Odds of Edey repeating as Wooden Award winner are now around -300, which means a sports bettor would have to wager $300 to earn $100 in winnings should Edey claim the honor for a second consecutive year.

Edey, who entered this week averaging 22.2 points and 10.6 rebounds per game, has gradually tightened his grip on the Player of the Year award as the season has gone on. The Purdue big man opened at odds of around +155. After leading the Boilermakers to the title in the toughest Maui Invitational field ever, those odds moved to +130. Now they’re in negative territory, well ahead of those of No. 2 odds choice Hunter Dickinson of Kansas, who can be found at +600 to +1000, depending on the sportsbook.

Even though the top-ranked Boilermakers suffered their second loss of the season Tuesday night at Nebraska, Edey has scored in double-figures every game this season and has posted nine double-doubles, tied for sixth nationally. He ranks eighth nationally in scoring, 11th nationally in rebounding, and 15th nationally in field goal percentage. While he was held to just two points in the first half against the Cornhuskers, he hasn’t really had a bad game.

And the winning has certainly helped Edey cement himself as Player of the Year odds frontrunner. Now, could that change? Purdue has tough road games at Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio State coming up in the back half of its Big 10 schedule. It would likely take some upset losses, and some of those opponents shutting Edey down—which to this point, hasn’t really happened—for the likes of Dickinson or Duke center Kyle Filipowski to close what’s currently a sizable gap.

The Favorite: Zach Edey, Purdue

Edey has played at a consistently high level against a schedule that to this point ranks as the second-toughest in the nation, according to the analytical site KenPom.com. But conference play is a different animal—opponents are more familiar, and games are more physical—and that contrast has perhaps been evident in Edey, who had totaled 10 points and 15 boards, and then 15 points and seven boards in back-to-back Big 10 games through Tuesday. 

Those are very good numbers, to be certain, but not quite the 28 and 15 he was putting up with regularity back in November and December. The conference grind takes a toll on everybody, and Edey’s hold on Player of the Year frontrunner odds may hinge on whether he can maintain a form that produced double-doubles in 11 of his final 14 games last season.

The Challenger

Who might challenge Edey in becoming this year’s college basketball player of the year?

Hunter Dickinson, Kansas

Kansas has one of the worst cover rates of any team in the Top 25, continuing to win games that are closer than they should be. But that’s not the fault of Dickinson, a Michigan transfer who’s thrived in Bill Self’s offense, where he’s surrounded by great supportive players who can take the pressure off the big man in the middle. Dickinson hit for 30 points and 11 boards in a close win last weekend over TCU, emblematic of the type of contribution he’s making night in and night out.

Dickinson entered the week with averages of 19.4 points and 12.4 rebounds, and double-doubles in seven of his last nine games. He plays well in transition, shoots well from the outside, and can be unstoppable when he gets the ball down low. Dickinson plays in a deeper league than Edeydoes, and has more marquee games against ranked opponents still ahead of him. It will take more 30/11 nights against the likes of Baylor and Houston to make this Player of the Year race more interesting than it is now.

The Dark Horse

If you’re looking at making a big splash on the oddsboard, maybe consider this UConn Guard.

Armando Bacot, North Carolina

Guard R.J. Davis may lead North Carolina in scoring, but it’s big man Bacot who makes the Tar Heels go. The 6-11, 240-pound Bacot has proven an impossible matchup in the ACC, where he’s able to overpower interior defenders and get high-quality shots. In his previous two games entering the week, Bacot had not only notched double-doubles, but also shot 50 percent or better from the field. His averages—14.9 points and 11.1 rebounds—don’t accurately speak to how valuable he is.

But for Bacot to truly wedge his way into the Player of the Year conversation, he’s going to need more of the 25-point games he’s had just once so far this season. With Davis hitting for 20.6 per game, there’s not really the need for that yet in a weak ACC. But this is a thin Tar Heels roster, and UNC is winning largely behind a two-man game. The idea that Bacot could catch fire like he did at the end of the 2021-22 campaign—when his eight straight double-doubles led the Tar Heels to the national title game—isn’t out of the question.

Last 10 Best College Basketball Players Of The Year

Last 10 NCAA Naismith & wooden POY Award Winners
Year Player School
2022 Oscar Tshiebwe Kentucky
2021 Luka Garza Iowa
2020 Obi Toppin Dayton
2019 Zion Williamson Duke
2018 Jalen Brunson Villanova
2017 Frank Mason III Kansas
2016 Buddy Hield Oklahoma
2015 Frank Kaminsky Wisconsin
2014 Doug McDermott Creighton
2013 Trey Burke Michigan

 

Jalen Brunson, the player of the year from 2018, is having a standout year for the Knicks. In his first season with the Knickerbockers after signing on as a free agent, the former Villanova Wildcat is averaging 23.9 points, 6.2 assists and 3.6 rebounds and has pushed the Knicks into a playoff spot. The Knicks! 

If Brunson’s impact continues, New York could see the playoffs for just the second time in the last 10 seasons. 


How To Read Naismith And Wooden Player Of The Year Odds

If this is your first time betting on NCAA College Basketball Player of the Year odds and you aren’t sure about the difference between the Wooden Award and the Naismith Award, don’t sweat it.

They’re essentially the same individual award but the voting structures are slightly different. The Wooden Award is determined before the NCAA March Madness tournament and voted on by over 1,000 sportswriters across the country, while the Naismith Award is finalized by a board of selectors along with fan voting and is announced in April.


Understanding College Basketball Player Of The Year Odds

At your college basketball sportsbook of choice, you’ll see prop odds to win College Player of the Year listed like so:

Zach Edey -150

Jalen Wilson +500

Brandon Miller +600

When there is no clear favorite due to the lack of a minus sign (-), the player with the lowest odds is the fave. In this case, though, there is a minus-money favorite in Edey. The others are considered underdogs.

If you’re loving Edey at -150 and you bet $100 on him, you’d get a payout of $166.67 – your original money is returned coupled with your winnings of $66.67. To see what you’d win based on the odds and the amount you bet, check out our odds calculator.

Five Of The Biggest Blackjack Wins Ever Recorded?

Blackjack is one of the most popular card games ever invented, perhaps because it is also one of the easiest casino games to pick up. Over the years, mathematicians and professional gamblers have strived to find the perfect formula for playing the game, with many believing that there are ways to beat the odds.

Some players have found great success over the years. This has led to some seriously huge payouts and accumulated winnings which have gone down in history. So, what have been the biggest blackjack payouts ever? We highlight five of the very biggest. And are these feats still possible today?

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1. Shoeless Joe – $1.5 Million

A mystery man won $1.5 million after entering a US casino without any shoes on. As the story goes, he used a $300 security check and played a terrible game in terms of strategy, splitting and doubling when all the theory says you shouldn’t. He managed to take up quite the cash pot, but kept on playing and eventually lost the lot.

2. Dana White – $2 Million

Dana White is well-known as the president of UFC, and the American
businessman is used to being in the public eye. In 2012, he was in the media
for the wrong reasons, though. At this time, White was accused of card counting
by Palms Casino. He had won a considerable amount of money on blackjack but the
Las Vegas resort refused to pay up and banned him.

In 2014, White was allowed back into the casino after the CEO changed. Over
the course of a few months, the man with a net worth of $500 million managed to
accumulate winnings of $2 million. He may have been able to earn more if he
hadn’t faced a cap in the amount he could win. First, the casino made him lower
his bets from $25,000 to $5,000, and then they capped his wins off at $2
million to end his streak.

White continues to be a major blackjack fan and can be found playing at
casinos that will have him. But up to now, he has never recreated the streak
which gained him such notoriety back in 2014. White is not completely banned
from Palms Casino either, as he still holds UFC events at the Pearl Arena in
the complex.

3. Ken Uston – $4.5 Million

Ken Uston was often referred to as the King of Blackjack Strategy and one of
the technically most successful players ever to sit at the felt. It was
this American player, strategist, and author who actually came up with the idea
of teaming up to play blackjack. Along with mastering strategy and the
mathematical side of the game, Uston is credited with having pretty
much invented card counting.

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Uston led a blackjack team around
various casinos in the USA. They would place outrageous bets which would
sometimes value at around $12,000 per hand, and rake in millions in winnings
from the process.

It is estimated that Uston and his team gathered around $4.5 million in winnings during their operational period. This could be considered among the first big blackjack wins and a catalyst that influenced a great number of other players.

4. Kerry Packer – $40 Million

Kerry Packer was a millionaire before he even played blackjack and he used his wealth to place gigantic stakes on the cards. At the time of his death in 2005, the Australian had a net worth of AUS $6.5 billion (over €3.9 billion or USD $4.3 billion). Obviously, the bigger the bet, the bigger the payout, and Packer made a name for himself by taking down two of the most insane blackjack pots ever seen. The first was in 1991 at the Hilton in Las Vegas, where he picked up a cool $7 million in a single night.

Unsatisfied with such meagre winnings, Packer returned to Las Vegas in 1995
and played blackjack at the MGM Grand. The media tycoon placed a series of
$250,000 bets and within forty minutes had racked up a stack of $40 million.

The dealers had a good time on that incredible night, too, as Packer decided
to leave a $1 million tip. While the casinos may not be too happy about
players taking down huge blackjack pots, it is certainly the dream of most
dealers to be at the table when it happens.

5. MIT Blackjack Team – $50 – $100 Million

The MIT blackjack team is well known in popular culture from the film, 21, and
the book that it was based on, Bringing Down the House. The team operated over
a number of years and featured around eighty different members.

They went to a wide variety of casinos across Atlantic City and Las Vegas from the 80s and 90s in order to avoid suspicion. This was because they employed a card counting technique which helped to influence their bets on the games. If a shoe contained a lot of cards of high value it was regarded as hot, which meant that the players should bet big on it. If the majority of remaining cards were instead low in value, it would be a cold shoe.

During their prime, it is estimated that this world-renowned blackjack team
earned anywhere between $50-100 million. Understandingly, then, the major
casinos didn’t look lightly upon the methods used by these
genius mathematicians and the film plot rests on an attempt to thwart the
students’ efforts.

If any of these success stories have inspired you to try your hand at mastering the classic casino game of blackjack, you could play live blackjack online to develop your skills.


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Buy YouTube Subscribers: Take the First Step for Instant Growth

There are countless strategies to level up your YouTube game. As a YouTuber who tried most of them, I see buying YouTube subscribers as an indispensable part of the whole strategy that will improve your online persona. In this blog post, we will discuss whether to buy YouTube subscribers, explaining why one should consider buying YouTube subscribers, the right way, and the outcomes.

A Quick Glimpse of Buying YouTube Subscriber

First, it would be better to understand what it means to buy YouTube subscribers from Views4You. It is a way for YouTube channels to increase their subscriber count to present social proof on the internet, increasing their credibility. Math is easy, more subscribers=more credibility. Think of your criteria before choosing a video to watch. Probably one of them is a high count of subscribers which gives a sense of trust.

Before Beginning: Observe Mobile Viewing Analytics on YouTube

Before moving toward buying YouTube subscribers, it would be better to analyze your audience habits on YouTube on mobile devices considering the recent dominance of mobile viewing. Utilize YouTube Analytics’ detailed insights into viewer habits on mobile devices, and how they interact with your content. With this data, you can adjust your content to the viewing patterns of your audience. Before buying YouTube subscribers, integrating these mobile analytics into your overall strategy might be important.

Authentic subscribers could be acquired through reputable services. You can set a solid foundation for your channel and increase the chance to maximize your potential by also incorporating an understanding of your mobile user behavior. Ensure your growth on the platform by buying YouTube subscribers and analyzing mobile viewer habits to increase your reach. Your content should be catered to the habits of modern mobile users.

The Reasons for You to Buy YouTube Subscribers

Beginning your career on YouTube from scratch could be associated with planting a seed. You should patiently wait after doing everything necessary to grow like watering, exposing it to sunlight. However, sometimes these efforts may be futile. In my case, I believe that I couldn’t see the results of my hard work for a while, which could be very disheartening. Therefore, when I purchased YouTube subscribers, I realized that my caring efforts for the seed were now not futile.

1. Instant Credibility

If I had to describe the initial stages of my YouTube channel, I would say “struggle”. I struggled to find myself a promising place among lots of people. The competition is unbelievable considering the user count of the platform. So, I believe that having a significant number of subscribers could change a lot to shine through your journey. When I purchased YouTube subscribers first, I couldn’t believe the delivery process since I was ready to wait for days. Plus, the instant boost was incredible.

2. Timesaving

Time for the truth. Most of the things valuable don’t happen overnight, demand your dedication. Especially growing your YouTube channel requires a lot of time. So, think buying subscribers is a way to speed up the process. In that way, you save your time in creating compelling content instead of looking for ways to increase the count and getting anxious about it.

3. Taking the Algorithm to Your Side

If it is done properly, meaning only applying reputable services, the YouTube algorithm works to your benefit. I observed that the YouTube algorithm values your subscriber count, and also it takes it as social proof. Therefore, your visibility is increased since it begins to suggest your videos to more people. Organic growth potential is boosted.

Safe Way to Buy YouTube Subscribers

You should’ve already known that you should prioritize authenticity and quality content before everything on the platform. Adorning this dedication of your buying subscribers could be the solution for you. Here’s how you can balance your approach and improve your channel.

1. Embrace Quality Over Quantity

Here your subscribers’ quality is the decisive factor for your growth. Think about a bunch of people who are completely different from others and aren’t necessarily interested in your content meet in your channel. It doesn’t match the ends. Worse, imagine these people are not real, they are fake accounts. In that case, you harm your account than good. So be aware of the quality of your subscribers. If you don’t embrace quality over quantity, there are risks of a ban and an increase in your reputation. Therefore, choose smartly the provider that will only offer authentic and active subscribers.

2. Know it is a Valuable Part of Your Strategy

I want to be straightforward: buying subscribers cannot be your sole strategy. It is simple, without good content assisted by other strategies you cannot hit the jackpot. You should find a balance. You should create compelling content, interact with your audience, and be consistent and dedicated. Then, you can expect buying subscribers to climb the success ladder.

3. Keep up with YouTube’s Policies

To avoid unintentionally violating YouTube’s terms of service you should be well informed of the policies since they are updating it over time. We know buying subscribers is not illegal but still, it would be best to be precautious.

The Possible Outcomes of Buying YouTube Views

Let’s explore buying subscriber’s possible effects on your channels together:

1. The Social Proof

A high subscriber count will lead more people to watch your video. It will be a social proof of your quality content. With buying subscribers, you don’t just increase numbers. Instead, you create a social indicator of value. Therefore, you can draw more people by increasing the organic traffic.

2. Reaching the Target Audience

You reach your target audience in your niche. Finding and attracting these people to your channel requires time. However, you’ll get these people into your account by buying views easily.

3. Organic Growth

Gathering these people who are interested in your content would only open doors for more subscribers and organic growth. Both resulted from word of mouth and YouTube algorithms. People begin to share your content with their friends and the algorithm shows up your content to more people in your niche.

FAQs

Is it safe to buy YouTube subscribers?

If you get bot subscribers from an unknown provider, no it is not safe since it will harm your channel. You should only apply to reputable providers offering active and engaged subscribers. Having thousands of subscribers that won’t change anything, and don’t interact with your content will be useless. Also, YouTube may realize that you get fake subscribers and ban your account. Therefore, yes, it is safe to buy YouTube subscribers if you are careful about the provider.

Does buying YouTube subscribers affect my channel in the long term?

Yes, it can so you can add this to your long-term plans even though it instantly boosts your account. If you get real subscribers safely, they won’t be dropped. Also, if you are able to create engaging content and keep people interested, then you’ll have permanent subscribers.

Do my new subscribers engage in my content?

The answer depends on your content mostly. In a case where you apply to the right provider, all your new subscribers will be in your niche. However, if you don’t offer them engaging content, they might prefer to unsubscribe later. Therefore, you should focus on the content as I always said.

Why Slovenia offers a Picture-Perfect Gambling Experience

Imagine sitting at a roulette table, the wheel spinning smoothly as you take in the stunning alpine backdrop through the window. This isn’t your usual casino scene; it’s what you get in Slovenia, a hidden gem in Europe where the charming atmosphere meets the thrill of chance.

Slovenian casinos offer a diverse gambling experience. For a comprehensive guide, check out Casinos Slovenija, and here you will discover the best spots to game in this scenic country. These establishments are wrapped in the country’s natural beauty and historic grandeur, providing an unparalleled experience that goes beyond the games themselves.

Gambling in the Heart of Nature

Within Slovenia’s green landscapes, every casino visit, whether at a physical venue or online via the smartphone in the palm of your hand, becomes an adventure. The country’s scenic casino locations, nestled among lush hills, beside deep blue lakes and within view of snow-capped mountains, make placing bets feel like part of a fairytale. For those who fancy a game of blackjack or a spin of the roulette wheel, the setting cannot be more idyllic.

Casinos such as those found in the heart of the Julian Alps provide not just a game of chance but also a retreat into nature – with every hand dealt, you’re surrounded by the tranquility of the Slovenian countryside. It’s here, against the backdrop of pristine natural wonders, that the allure of casino games truly shines.

The Best of Both Worlds

The casinos in Slovenia are where historic charm meets the allure of the modern gaming experience. Visitors can find themselves walking through the doors of a grand, centuries-old building only to be greeted by the latest gaming technology and a vibrant crowd of enthusiasts.

From grand, palatial spaces that remind you of Europe’s rich gambling history to sleek, contemporary resorts designed for the modern player, Slovenia offers an impressive spectrum of gaming experiences. It’s a crossing of timelines where a traditional game of poker can be enjoyed in the same venue as an animated video slot adventure. A stroll through these historic gambling halls and state-of-the-art complexes is like flipping through the pages of a gambling enthusiast’s dream diary.

Discover Local Games and Global Favorites Online

Slovenia’s online gaming establishments are like a treasure trove of entertainment, hosting an array of games that cater to every taste. For instance, while ‘Casinos Slovenija’ brings together both Slovenian specialties and world-renowned games, roulette – one of the most popular games in the country – remains a staple on most casino platforms.

From novices to seasoned high-rollers, every visitor can find their game of choice, along with a community of players and professionals who make every online session memorable.

A Realm of Luxury awaits Beyond the Tables

It’s not all about pushing luck to its limits – Slovenian casinos offer much more and an enhanced gaming experience. Visitors can enjoy the full palette of five-star luxury: from spa retreats and gourmet restaurants to live music performances and opulent rooms. These venues understand that a truly memorable gambling getaway includes indulgent moments away from the gaming floors.

Whether it’s unwinding in a thermal pool after a lively round of roulette or treating yourself to a world-class meal, the extra touches are what complete the lavish Slovenian casino experience. The vibrant nightlife often extends beyond the gaming areas, with exclusive bars and clubs providing a perfect setting to celebrate victories or shrug off losses in style.

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Top Online Slots with Wild Symbols

Today’s online slots are more powerful than those of old for several reasons. One of the main ones is the addition of wild symbols, which provide more opportunities to land a winning spin. In this guide, we’ll tell you all about wild symbols and why they live up to their name.

What Are Wild Slot Symbols?

Wilds are symbols that help you make winning combinations. There are multiple ways to unlock prizes when playing online slots. Identical symbols lining up, bonus features triggering or a random jackpot dropping can all result in a payout. However, wilds are unique because they can turn nothing into something.

Think of a wild as a joker in a pack of playing cards. A wild symbol can substitute for any other symbol on the reels (except for scatter/bonus symbols). For example, if you rolled in two cherries and a wild, the wild could act as a third cherry to create a winning payline.

Wilds can also trigger payouts in their own right, matching a number of them on an active payline. Usually you need three or more symbols on a payline to trigger a win.

A Brief History of Wild Symbols

Slot machines haven’t always featured wilds. When Charles Fey invented the Liberty Bell slot in 1894, it featured horseshoes, spades, diamonds, hearts and Liberty Bells. As these new games gained popularity, more features were added to the mix. Extra symbols were introduced, as were cash prizes.

By 1976, Fortune Coin Co. developed the first video slot machine. This game introduced cheat-proof digital technology and opened the door to the next generation of slots, as well as providing the freedom to experiment with new ideas. .

Types of Wild Symbols in Today’s Online Slots

Wild symbols have evolved in line with the latest trends in online slots gaming. To match the complexity of today’s top spinners, wilds now line up in a variety of ways. When you play slots online at LiveRoulette, you’ll find the following types of wild:

Standard Wild Symbols: These wilds typically appear as single symbols on any reel and substitute for all other symbols except the scatter.

Stacked Wild Symbols: As the name suggests, stacked wilds can pile up on top of each other. Stacked wilds can cover an entire reel at once.

Sticky Wild Symbols: These wilds will stick in place, often during a bonus round. Once they roll into view, they’ll hold their position for a set number of spins.

Expanding Wilds: An expanding wild has the power to grow and spread out across multiple positions on the reels. The larger the wild becomes, the more potential to create winning combinations.

Rushing or Walking Wild Symbols: Where present, these often appear during a free spins round. They move from one position to another as the round progresses, allowing you to potentially collect multiple wins as you go.

The Best Slots Online with Wild Symbols

There are hundreds of top titles to choose from. Most slots feature wilds of some type or another. In the list below, we’ve picked out some of our top picks available on our Canadian online casino.

Money Train Slot

Five reels, 40 paylines and payouts topping 20,000x your stake. It’s easy to see why Money Train by Relax Gaming  has become one of the most popular online slots at LiveRoulette. The bonus round features seven wild modifiers, each of which can increase the size of your prize.

For example, the “widener” will reveal a mystery prize and add another reel to the mix. The “payer” reveals a prize and adds it to all other visible symbols of the same type. In tandem with these features, the Money Train slot contains wilds in the form of shotguns. These symbols substitute for all others except the scatter.

Starburst Slot

This is a great online slot for those who want double value on wilds. Starburst wilds appear on the central three reels, expand and stick in place during a re-spin. NetEnt’s Starburst is a great slot for beginners, and a good introduction into the world of wilds, too.

The Invisible Man Slot

There’s nothing obscure or hidden about the wild symbols in this online slot. Wilds are available during normal gameplay. However, when you trigger the free spins bonus, Police Wilds have the power to walk across the reels from left to right from reel 1. Additionally, you can roll in Griffin Wilds that move in the opposite direction to police officers, starting on reel 5.

Jurassic Park Slot

The developers at Microgaming wanted to create a fitting tribute to the mighty dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, so they did it with stacked wilds. When you spin this game’s five reels and 243 paylines, stacked wilds (Jurassic Park logos) can pile up on a single reel. Wilds also play a part in the bonus round. By activating the free spins round, you’ll have the opportunity to roll in wilds that split, multiply and make entire reels wild.

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Biggest Conventions in Las Vegas to Attend in 2024

Las Vegas, with its convenient location and welcoming spaces, is known for hosting some of the world’s largest and most popular conventions. In 2024, the city is set to welcome an exciting lineup of conventions, from expansive technology showcases to a unique world pizza summit, along with promising opportunities for networking, knowledge sharing, and new experiences for hobbyists, professionals, and entrepreneurs of all types.

Regardless of the convention you attend, Las Vegas in 2024 is set to offer an unforgettable experience. To get ready for what’s in store, we’re highlighting some of the biggest conventions in Las Vegas in 2024.

 

2024 International CES, Consumer Electronics Show

 

January 9-12, 2024, Las Vegas Convention Center

The International CES Consumer Electronics Show, taking place from January 9-12, 2024 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, is a must-visit for tech enthusiasts. This globally renowned event is a powerhouse of innovation, showcasing the latest breakthroughs in consumer technology. From next-generation gadgets to transformative tech trends, the CES Show is where the world’s tech community comes together to shape the future. It’s an unparalleled opportunity to witness the future of technology, network with industry leaders, and gain valuable insights. An immersive experience awaits in 2024 at the heart of Las Vegas.

Who Should Attend: Technology enthusiasts; business professionals, especially those involved in technology, electronics, or related fields; Retailers and distributors journalists, bloggers and influencers who cover technology and consumer electronics; investors looking for promising tech startups or innovative products; academics, researchers and students in technology-related fields or social science scholars interested in technology and society.

 

The NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS)

 

February 27 – 29, 2024, Las Vegas Convention Center

The National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders’ Show® (IBS) is another marquee Las Vegas 2024 convention. Taking place from February 27 to 29 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, IBS is the largest annual light construction show worldwide. Attendees can look forward to a flurry of exciting exhibits, educational sessions, and networking events focusing on the most pressing topics in the home building industry. From emerging design trends to innovative building technology, IBS offers an exclusive glimpse into the future of home construction. Prepare to be inspired at this comprehensive, multifaceted convention in the heart of Las Vegas.

Who Should Attend: Builders, both residential and commercial; real estate developers and architects; suppliers and manufacturers involved in the home construction industry; investors and property consultants; academics, researchers, and students in fields related to construction and architecture; journalists and influencers covering the housing and construction industry.

 

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International Pizza Expo

 

March 19-21, 2024

The International Pizza Expo, the largest pizza show in the world, is slated to unfold in Las Vegas from March 19-21, 2024. This unique and delectable convention gathers pizza professionals from around the globe, offering an unparalleled platform for networking, learning, and pizza tasting. Featuring an array of exhibits showcasing the latest innovations in pizza making, attendees can explore emerging trends, engage in creative workshops, and participate in the much-anticipated pizza-making competitions. The International Pizza Expo is a must-attend event, promising a thrilling, delicious, and insightful experience for every pizza enthusiast.

Who Should Attend: Pizza professionals, including business owners of pizzerias and pizza franchises; suppliers and distributors in the pizza industry; chefs and culinary enthusiasts looking to refine their pizza-making skills and learn about the latest trends; investors seeking promising ventures in the pizza industry; food bloggers, critics, and influencers looking for content and insights to share; pizza lovers and enthusiasts.

 

The Level Up Up Expo 2024

 

April 26-28, Las Vegas Convention Center

The Level Up Expo (Lvl Up Expo for short), scheduled for April 26-28, is a popular convention for gaming, technology, and pop culture enthusiasts. Attendees can anticipate a thrilling array of exhibitions, interactive gaming tournaments, and exclusive panels featuring industry leaders. This event is the perfect platform to explore cutting-edge gaming technologies, network with like-minded individuals, and celebrate the vibrant world of pop culture. More information can be found on the official Lvl Up Expo website. Experience the excitement of this convention and level up your Las Vegas visit in 2024.

Who Should Attend: Video game enthusiasts;  anime and manga fans; cosplayers; pop culture bloggers and influencers; tech startups and industry professionals; retailers and distributors; students and academics.

 

Waste EXPO

 

May 6-9 2024, Las Vegas Convention Center

The Waste EXPO, taking place from May 6-9, 2024, is a crucial event for professionals and emerging leaders in the waste management industry. Hosted by the National Waste and Recycling Association, it offers an immersive platform for showcasing innovative waste disposal technologies, networking, and industry-specific educational sessions. Attendees can gain valuable insights into sustainable waste handling practices and the latest industry trends. This event is a must-attend for those in the waste management and recycling industry, promising an enriching and informative experience.

Who Should Attend: Waste and recycling industry professionals, including waste service companies, recycling firms, and municipal sanitation departments; suppliers and manufacturers of waste management equipment and technologies; environmental consultants and sustainability officers; academics, researchers, and students focused on environmental science and waste management; public policy makers and environmental advocates; journalists and influencers covering environment, sustainability and waste management; anyone involved or interested in the future of waste management and recycling.

 

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Ascend

 

July 30 – August 1, 2024

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is set to host Ascend 2024, a unique convention slated for July 30 through August 1, 2024, in Las Vegas. Ascend is a groundbreaking event that gathers aerospace professionals, policymakers, and students, providing a platform to discuss and shape the future of space exploration and aeronautics. Packed with collaborative sessions and interactive exhibits, attendees can delve into the latest innovations, network with industry leaders, and gain invaluable insights into emerging aerospace trends. Ascend promises to be an enlightening, inspiring, and not-to-be-missed event in the 2024 Las Vegas convention calendar.

Who Should Attend: Aerospace engineers and technicians; aircraft manufacturers and suppliers; pilots and aircrew: pilots and aircrew members; aviation authorities; air traffic controllers: investors and venture capitalists: aviation enthusiasts; scholars and students in the field of aeronautics; aviation and aeronautics journalists and influencers.

 

SEMA Show 2024

 

November 5-8, 2024  

Set to occur in November at the Las Vegas Convention Center, SEMA Show is one of the automotive industry’s most prestigious events. Organized by the Specialty Equipment Market Association, it attracts innovative minds and showcases hot new products. The event offers visitors an opportunity to witness the future of automotive technology, with displays of groundbreaking technologies, parts, and accessories. It also serves as an ideal networking platform, linking manufacturers, buyers, and media from all over the globe. 

Who Should Attend: automotive manufacturers and suppliers; auto repair and maintenance; automotive retailers; custom car builders; racers and race teams; automotive journalists and bloggers; automobile enthusiasts; investors and venture capitalists.

 

Attending Las Vegas Conventions

 

These are just some of the great conventions and expos that Las Vegas has to offer this year. However, new shows and convention spaces are appearing all the time, so be sure to keep an eye out for the perfect time to book your trip. Staying in Downtown Las Vegas offers the best convenience for convention attendees. Positioned at the heart of the action, Golden Gate provides comfortable accommodations within distance of major convention venues.

Circa Las Vegas and the D also offer excellent things to do for 2024 Las Vegas convention-goers with an impressive array of amenities. Sample world-class cuisine, enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool, bet at the largest sportsbook in the world, or unwind at a bar after a long day at the convention. Circa also offers a versatile meeting and convention space perfect for smaller gatherings or breakout sessions. 

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Launching the Principles for Digital Inclusion in the Green Economy

OTTAWA, Canada, February 12, 2024 — Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) is thrilled to unveil a significant milestone resulting from the collaborative efforts of the EDISON Alliance Sprint Group. In the span of seven months, from May to November 2023, DOT, alongside esteemed partners like NetHope, Dubai Cares, Goodwall, The Digital School, UNICEF, and other members, engaged in a transformative journey aimed at advancing digital inclusion, particularly for young women in the burgeoning green economy. The culmination of this endeavour is the launch of the Principles for Digital Inclusion in the Green Economy, a groundbreaking initiative that aims to amplify the role of women and girls in shaping a sustainable future.

“The sprint group symbolizes the crucial collaboration of organizations and institutions joining forces with a common purpose — addressing the climate crisis through a collective ecosystem committed to promoting gender equality and meaningful inclusion. It issues a compelling call to action for the entire ecosystem to recognize the amplified impact of gender inequality amidst the climate crisis. It underscores the imperative to inclusively engage the most marginalized, especially women and girls, ensuring that solutions to the climate crisis are not only relevant but impactful.” 

– Elizabeth Mengesha and Meaghan Anderson, Co-Chairs of the Topic Sprint Group

Background:

The Sprint Group, embedded within the World Economic Forum’s EDISON Alliance, embarked on a mission to explore the intersections of climate change, digital technology, skills development, and gender equity. This collaborative effort resulted in the formulation of five key principles designed to catalyze positive change and foster increased participation and digital inclusion in the green economy.

Unveiling the Principles for Digital Inclusion in the Green Economy:

Principle 1: Think Digital, Act Local

The first principle stresses the need to ground digital inclusion initiatives in local realities, fostering community-driven empowerment. By strengthening local agency, individuals and communities can make decisions that directly impact their lives and environment, promoting autonomy and capacity. Recognizing and nurturing the expertise of women and their communities is vital for the success of green economy initiatives. Integrating climate considerations from the project’s inception not only aligns with these principles but also creates meaningful opportunities for young women to actively engage in climate action through digital inclusion projects.

Principle 2: Leave No One Behind

The second principle adopts an intersectional approach, recognizing that the marginalization of young women is multifaceted. Addressing systemic challenges such as poverty and unpaid care work, an “ecosystem” approach ensures a comprehensive strategy to reach them. By considering various social factors, we pave the way for inclusive green spaces that transcend traditional boundaries, fostering opportunities and dismantling barriers.

Principle 3: Representation Matters and Mentorship Pays Off

Empowering women in the green economy goes beyond skills; it requires creating a sense of belonging. The third principle emphasizes the importance of mentorship, establishing a robust support system that extends beyond technical guidance. By showcasing role models and fostering representation in climate leadership roles, we instill confidence, inspiring young women to envision themselves as integral contributors to these fields.

Principle 4: Don’t Forget Soft Skills

While technical skills are crucial, the fourth principle recognizes the significance of “soft” skills. Building cognitive and socio-emotional skills such as confidence, growth mindset, and collaboration is essential for the holistic development of women in green spaces. This approach ensures that women not only acquire technical skills but also possess the psychological resources to thrive in transformative spaces.

Principle 5: Create Safe Spaces

The final principle advocates for the establishment of women-only spaces, providing a platform for collaboration, support, and open dialogue. These safe spaces aim to cultivate an environment where young women feel empowered to express themselves without reservation. Emphasizing safer spaces in learning environments, workplaces, and community networks is crucial to address pervasive safety concerns and gender-based violence.

“In the pursuit of transformative change, the EDISON Alliance exemplifies the power of collaborative efforts and multi-stakeholder partnerships. As we navigate the path forward, DOT commits to embodying these principles, working hand-in-hand with diverse stakeholders to enact tangible actions that propel digital inclusion and empower the next generation. Our dedication aligns with the Alliance’s vision, to ensure equitable access to the digital economy to bridge the digital divide. Multi-stakeholder endorsement and uptake of the principles has the power to steer a future where collective efforts reshape systems for the better – achieving impact at scale”.

– Nada Ghaoui, Vice President Marketing and Development

In embracing these principles, we pave the way for a future where digital inclusion seamlessly aligns with a just transition to a thriving green economy. Within this vision, the green economy becomes a space where every young woman is afforded the chance to contribute, innovate, and flourish. Through the conscientious application of these principles, our aim is not only to bridge existing access gaps but to initiate a ripple effect of empowerment that extends well beyond individual interventions. We aspire to leave a lasting mark on the landscape of digital inclusion in the green economy across the Global South. Stepping into this new era guided by the Principles for Digital Inclusion in the Green Economy, DOT extends an invitation for you to join us on this transformative journey. Together, let’s empower women and girls to become architects of a greener and more inclusive tomorrow. The future is bright, and it starts with each of us taking meaningful steps today.

Call to Action:

Join the movement! Share the Principles for Digital Inclusion in the Green Economy  with your network and be a catalyst for change. Together, we can shape a future where everyone, regardless of gender, plays a crucial role in building a sustainable world. 

Principles for Digital Inclusion in the Green Economy

Stay tuned for more updates as we continue our commitment to advancing digital inclusion and sustainability.

What is the Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling tradition in the UK?  

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January 29, 2024

Have you heard about Gloucestershire cheese rolling? it’s one of the craziest and most fun traditions in South West England.

What is Cheese Rolling?

Gloucestershire cheese rolling is a competition where people chase a round of Double Gloucester cheese down a super steep hill and try to catch it before it reaches the bottom. The hill in question is Cooper’s Hill, which is located near the village of Brockworth, in the county of Gloucestershire. This hill is no joke – it’s got an incline of about 45 degrees, which you’d usually want to take slow and steady.  

When did it start?

Cheese rolling is believed to date back to the 15th century, although no one is entirely sure of its origins. Some historians suggest it was a pagan fertility rite, while others think it was a way for farmers to assert their grazing rights on the common land. But whatever its original purpose, cheese rolling has become a beloved and endearing part of British culture, drawing in thousands of spectators and participants from all over the world. 

When does it happen?

Traditionally, Gloucestershire cheese rolling takes place on the Spring Bank Holiday, which is the last Monday in May. The event usually starts in the morning, with a procession of local dignitaries, musicians, and costumed characters marching up the hill to the sound of drums and horns. Then the cheese rolling itself consists of several races, with men and women of all ages and abilities competing for the honour of catching the cheese and winning a small cash prize. 

Why do people do it?

The reasons vary from person to person. Some do it for the adrenaline rush, the thrill of the chase, and the challenge of catching the rolling cheese. Others do it for the sense of community and camaraderie, bonding with friends and family, and supporting their loved ones. And some do it to celebrate their local heritage and identity, taking part in a tradition that has been passed down through generations. 

Whatever the reason, Gloucestershire cheese rolling is a unique and exciting event that embodies the spirit of adventure and fun. It’s a quirky and charming tradition that connects people to their past and each other, and it’s definitely something that should be on your bucket list if you ever find yourself nearby. So, get your running shoes on, practice your best catching skills, and come join the fun at the next Gloucestershire cheese rolling event! 

If cheese rolling isn’t quite for you, how about taking your chances on LIVE Lightening Dice on PokerStars Casino. 

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

(Above is the set up for a game of Thirteen)

(Above is the set up for a game of Thirteen)

Card Game Rules

Thirteen is a four player trick-taking card game that requires a standard 52 playing card deck. In Thirteen, 2s are high and 3s are low. The suits are ranked with Hearts being the highest, then Diamonds, Clubs, and Spades. The objective of Thirteen is to be the first player to get rid of their cards. 

For other trick-taking card games, see our guides for President and Bezique.

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

Set Up

Before game play can begin, a dealer must be selected. Each player draws one card from a shuffled deck. The player with the lowest card becomes the dealer. The dealer shuffles the deck and passes out thirteen cards to each player in a clockwise fashion. 

How to Play

The player with the 3 of Spades makes the first move. Going clockwise, players can either player a card that is of equal rank (with a higher suit) or higher than the card previously played. Once nobody can play a higher card, the pile is removed and the last person to play a card starts the new pile.

Cards can be played as singles, pairs, three of a kinds, four of a kinds or a sequence of 3 or more. Players must however follow whatever the lead play was. If somebody leads with a single, players cannot beat it with a double or etc. 

Bombs

A four of a kind and a double sequence of three cards are called bombs. Bombs can beat a single 2. A double sequence of four cards can beat a pair of 2s and a double sequence of five cards can beat three 2s.

Miscellaneous Rules

If a player has four 2s or a sequence of 3 to Ace, they immediately win the game.

The last card in a sequence determines its suit.

The player who gets rid of all of their cards first wins the game.

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

40+ Great Card Games For All Occasions

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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Last update date: 08/29/20

How To Find the Best PayPal Casino Apps


PayPal casino apps represent a seamless integration of two pivotal elements in modern online gaming: the convenience of mobile accessibility and the security of trusted payment solutions. These apps serve as gateways to a vibrant world of virtual casinos, where players can experience the thrill of real-money wagering while enjoying the flexibility of playing on their smartphones or tablets. By offering PayPal as a deposit option, these apps cater to a broad spectrum of players who value simplicity, speed, and reliability in their financial transactions. 

PayPal, renowned for its robust security measures and widespread acceptance, adds an extra layer of assurance, allowing users to fund their gaming accounts with ease while safeguarding their sensitive banking information. As such, PayPal casino apps provide a sophisticated yet user-friendly platform for players to indulge in a diverse array of casino games, ranging from classic slots and table games to immersive live dealer experiences, all from the palm of their hand. 

Whether seeking the excitement of hitting the jackpot on a progressive slot or testing their skills against live dealers in a game of blackjack, players can access these immersive gaming experiences anytime, anywhere, with the added peace of mind that comes with using a trusted payment method like PayPal. However, finding real money casino apps with PayPal deposits can be tricky, which is why we made this guide. 

Research and Comparison

Start by researching various online casinos that offer real money gaming apps. Look for reputable sources such as online casino review websites, forums, and social media groups dedicated to gambling.

Make a list of potential casino apps and compare their features, game selection, user interface, bonuses, and payment options, including PayPal deposits.

Check Licensing and Regulation

Prioritize casinos that are licensed and regulated by reputable gaming authorities such as the UK Gambling Commission, Malta Gaming Authority, or the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority. Licensing ensures that the casino operates legally and adheres to strict standards of fairness and player protection.

Read Reviews and Testimonials

Look for reviews and testimonials from other players who have used the casino apps. Pay attention to their experiences with PayPal deposits, withdrawal times, customer support, and overall satisfaction with the platform.

Consider both positive and negative feedback to get a balanced perspective on the casino’s performance and reliability.

Visit the Casino Website

Visit the official website of each casino app on your list to gather more information about their payment options and policies.

Look for dedicated sections or FAQs related to deposits and withdrawals to ensure that PayPal is accepted for both funding your account and cashing out winnings.

Check PayPal Integration

Verify that the casino app has seamless integration with PayPal. This includes the ability to link your PayPal account directly from the app, as well as easy access to deposit and withdrawal options within the cashier section.

Look for any fees associated with PayPal transactions and ensure that they are transparently disclosed by the casino.

Review Terms and Conditions

Carefully review the terms and conditions of each casino app, especially those related to deposits, withdrawals, bonuses, and account verification.

Pay close attention to any specific requirements or restrictions related to PayPal deposits, such as minimum and maximum deposit limits, eligible currencies, and bonus eligibility.

Test Customer Support

Before making a deposit, test the responsiveness and effectiveness of the casino’s customer support team. Reach out via live chat, email, or phone with any questions or concerns you may have about PayPal deposits.

Evaluate their professionalism, knowledge, and willingness to assist you promptly and courteously.

Consider Security Measures

Prioritize casinos that employ advanced security measures to protect your personal and financial information. Look for SSL encryption technology and other security protocols that safeguard your transactions and data.

Verify that the casino follows strict identity verification procedures to prevent fraud and underage gambling.

Try Free Play or Demo Mode

Many casino apps offer free play or demo modes that allow you to test their games without risking real money. Take advantage of these features to familiarize yourself with the app’s interface, game mechanics, and overall experience.

Pay attention to the quality of gameplay, graphics, and sound effects, as well as the variety of games available.

Start with Small Deposits

Once you’ve selected a reputable casino app that meets your criteria, start by making small deposits using PayPal to test the deposit process and ensure everything works smoothly.

Monitor the transaction and verify that the funds are credited to your account in a timely manner.

Enjoy Responsible Gaming

Remember to gamble responsibly and set limits on your deposits, losses, and gaming sessions.

Keep track of your spending and avoid chasing losses. Take breaks, set time limits, and seek support if you ever feel that your gambling habits are becoming problematic.

Conclusion

Once you’ve identified a PayPal casino app that meets your criteria, you can download the app from the official app store or directly from the casino’s website. After installation, create an account, link your PayPal account, and make a deposit to start playing your favorite casino games for real money on your mobile device. Remember to gamble responsibly and set limits for yourself to ensure a safe and enjoyable gaming experience.

IRS Slot Win Tax Threshold Increase Recommended By Service

February 20, 2024

U.S. Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-Nevada) has been attempting to get the slot winnings tax threshold raised since 2015.

This week, her efforts received a boost, as the Internal Revenue Service’s Advisory Council has come out in recommendation of the move.

Titus and 24 other congressional members want the tax threshold for slot winners raised to $5,000 from $1,200.

The last time the level changed was in 1977. At that time, gambling in the U.S. was only legal in Nevada casinos.

Today, the IRS Advisory Council recommends changing the threshold to $5,800 in order to account fully for inflation.

Titus and the other backers of the change say that not only will this save winning gamblers tax payments, but casinos will save on bureaucracy.

Currently, any win of more than $1,200 results in the shutdown of a machine for anywhere up to an hour while an attendant is called and the appropriate forms are submitted for tax purposes.

Specifically in the booming Las Vegas market, wins o more than that amount are a regular daily occurrence on casino floors.

Bipartisan Backing

The policy change is backed by a group of cross-party politicians in Washington called the Congressional Gaming Caucus.

Titus is a cochair of the group, alongside Representative Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pennsylvania).

The 24-member group signed an open letter to IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel this week, asking it to take up its internal panel’s recommendations.

“We urge you to follow the IRSAC’s recommendation and exercise your authority to raise the threshold for slot machine jackpot winnings to $5,000, and to consider periodic increases to the threshold based on inflation,” the letter said.

“Taking this action will align with the IRS initiative to strategically use data to improve tax administration and modernize tax reporting for our constituents.”  

The American Gaming Association also came out in support of the IRS Council’s decision.

“The antiquated slot tax threshold creates unnecessary burdens for consumers, casino operators, and the IRS,” American Gaming Association (AGA) President and CEO Bill Miller said.

“The AGA commends Representatives Reschenthaler and Titus and other Congressional leaders for their dedicated efforts to modernize this long-outdated policy.”

Related: Codename Jackpot slot, reviewed and rated

IRS’ Decision

Previously, Titus and Reschenthaler have tried to push a bill through Congress on this matter.

Titled the SLOT Act, it failed to gain much interest from other lawmakers in the nation’s Capitol, and didn’t pass the House committee stage.

The AGA also tried to unsuccessfully enlist Donald Trump on the issue in 2020, during the then-President’s rescinding of many pandemic restrictions.

None of that will matter if IRS Commissioner Werfel now decides to implement the change anyway.

Although it is an official part of the IRS, the Advisory Committee is just that – advisory.

It was established to encourage discussion and better tax policy via talks between stakeholders, including lawmakers, taxpayers, and the agency itself.

The council suggested that this particular piece of the tax code could be updated in line with inflation every few years to avoid a 45-year lag between the threshold and the rate of rising prices.

Titus is hopeful Werfel will take up the recommendation, as she believes he was previously waiting to see if the situation would change through legislation.

“I feel like having the bill out there has been part of the reason he hasn’t made the change. But now, the commission has encouraged him to,” she said.

Can you play poker online with friends for free?

Everything is better with friends, and poker is no exception. In fact, the experience changes completely and apps like Pokerhub offer a very interesting alternative to enjoy poker with friends in private clubs that is very attractive for those who want to enhance the social side of poker.

Here you have an excellent option to play poker online with friends… free! How? Keep reading, we are going to tell you how to enjoy games of poker with friends online free, at no cost!

Where to play free online poker with friends?

Before we delve into Pokerhub, it is important to understand that not all online poker websites offer the possibility to play for free with friends. Most online poker platforms are designed for real money play, and while some allow free games, they often don’t offer the same experience or flexibility as Pokerhub.

Pokerhub is a poker app that has been noted for giving players the opportunity to play poker online for free and, even more excitingly, with friends. This means that you can organize private and personalized poker games with your friends without spending a penny. No real money is required to join or enjoy Pokerhub, making it an ideal choice for those who want to practice, socialize or just have a good time without risking their finances.

Below you can find out why Pokerhub is the best free online private poker app to play with friends. Take a look!

Why choose Pokerhub to play poker with friends for free?

There are several reasons why Pokerhub is the best free online poker site to play with friends. It is an excellent choice for playing free online poker with friends. Here are some of the most outstanding features and advantages of Pokerhub:

  • Easy to use. Pokerhub stands out for its intuitive and easy-to-use user interface. This makes it easy for players, even beginners, to join and create games in a matter of minutes.
  • Private games. Pokerhub allows you to organize private games with your friends. You can create a personalized game room and share the link with your friends, ensuring that only the people you invite participate in the game.
  • Variety of modes. Pokerhub offers a wide range of poker games, from Texas Hold’em to Omaha, allowing you to choose the game you like the most or try several of them.
  • No need for downloads. Unlike some online poker platforms that require software downloads, Pokerhub works directly in your smartphone. You won’t have to worry about installing additional programs on your device, just the Pokerhub app.
  • Live chat. Pokerhub has an integrated live chat system that allows you to communicate with your friends during the game, adding a social dimension to your online games.
  • Detailed statistics. Pokerhub provides detailed statistics of your games, allowing you to evaluate and improve your game over time.
  • Security. Security is a major concern in online gaming. Pokerhub takes measures to protect players’ privacy and ensure that their games are fair.

How to organize an online poker game on Pokerhub?

Hosting an online poker game at Pokerhub is a simple process. Here we will guide you so you can enjoy free online poker games with friends in private:

  • Registering at Pokerhub. First of all, you will need to register at Pokerhub if you don’t already have an account. Registration is quick and easy, and will only require you to provide a few basic details.
  • Log in to your account. Once you have your Pokerhub account, log in to the platform with your credentials.
  • Create a private game. In the Pokerhub control panel, you will see the option to “Create a private game”. Click on this option to start setting up your game.
  • Configure the game. Here you can define the details of your game, such as the type of poker you want to play, the specific rules, the betting limits and the duration of the game. You can also set a password for the game if you want only your friends to have access.
  • Invite your friends. Once you have set up the game, Pokerhub will provide you with a link that you can share with your friends. They will be able to join the game by clicking on that link.
  • Start the game. Once you and your friends have joined the game room, you can start the game. Pokerhub will provide the cards and supervise the game in an unbiased manner.
  • Enjoy poker with friends. Now you can enjoy an online poker game with your friends in a safe and controlled environment. Use live chat to maintain communication and enjoy an authentic social experience.

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How to create a poker club on Pokerhub

Advanced Roulette Strategy – How To Play Roulette

Contents

Moving On from Roulette Basic Strategy
Who Should Use Advanced Roulette Strategy?
How To Win at Roulette: Why Things Don’t Always Work Out
Advanced Roulette Strategy – The Top Non-Standard Roulette Tips
Dealer Signature
Wheel Bias Analysis
Visual Ballistics
How To Win At Roulette: Other Advanced Strategies

Live And Online Roulette Tips

In the world of casino games, roulette sits somewhere between online slots and blackjack. If the latter involves a decent amount of skill and the other does not, then roulette is a mixture of both. You place your bets as strategically as you like, but the wheel in motion decides the outcome.

However, if you’ve ever read anything about live or online roulette, you’ll know there are various betting techniques that some believe improve your results.

No roulette strategy can ever be 100% effective. However, there are some advantages to roulette betting strategies such as the Martingale. Again, there isn’t a single tip we can offer that will help you influence the outcome of a game. But you may be able to get an edge if you’re willing to think outside of the box.

In this guide, we’re going to take you outside of the proverbial box and offer some advanced roulette tips that have been used in casinos all over the world, though they won’t necessarily work in a live game. We’ve put together some of the most popular advanced online and live roulette techniques

Moving On From Basic Roulette Strategy

The main benefit of basic roulette strategy is structure. By following a set betting pattern, you have more control over those bets. For example, if you use the Martingale technique, you know that you must double your bets following a loss and reset after a win.

The idea behind these systems is that they follow a set pattern, giving you some direction or goal. Neither can swing the odds in your favour, but that’s not the point: basic roulette strategy and betting techniques are designed to mitigate risk, so you stand a better chance of riding the natural ups and downs of the game.

When it comes to advanced roulette strategy, things are slightly different. In general, you’re looking for some sort of anomaly or bias that you could exploit to get ahead. In practice, the chances of spotting a trait you can exploit are extremely slim. Even if you do, it’s not easy to take advantage of.

Who Should Use Advanced Roulette Strategy?

It should be obvious but advanced roulette tips should only be used by experts. If you’ve been playing for a while, you may be able to consider these tactics. If, however, you’re new to playing roulette online or live, it’s best to stick with the basics. In fact, the best thing you can do is learn about the game’s structure, devise a system that suits your own preferences and go with that.

At the end of the day, roulette, like the online slots other casino games in our Vegas hub, is about having fun. If you spend too much time worrying about how to win at roulette or roulette cheats, you’ll miss the experience.

How To Win at Roulette: Why Things Don’t Always Work Out

No roulette strategy is guaranteed to work, even if you follow the guidelines to a tee. Therefore, when you’re reading through the tips below, keep in mind that success isn’t assured.

Advanced Roulette Strategy – The Top Non-Standard Roulette Tips

If you’re confident you understand the basics of roulette online and you want to expand your horizons, advanced strategy might be for you. In the following sections, you’ll learn more about advanced roulette strategies, what they are and how they could help you.

Dealer Signature

If you play roulette inside a casino or online via a web stream, you can try using the Dealer Signature strategy. Before we get into the nuances of this roulette strategy, let’s talk about the main idea. Dealers are humans and, because of that, they often slip into set patterns.

Unlike the random number generators (RNGs) that control automated online roulette games, live tables are managed by real people. So there could be times when a dealer makes certain moves repeatedly without realising it. If you accept that this strategy is plausible, it’s accepted in roulette circles that a dealer will develop what’s called a “signature” (habit) after 1,000 spins.

To test this theory, you’d need to watch the dealer for an extended period. Eventually, you may pick out some habits that could allow you to predict where the ball may land. Naturally, you’re not going to predict the exact number. However, if you can spot patterns in the following areas, you may be able to build up an idea of what section/area of the wheel the ball is going to land.

Dealer Signature patterns could include:

  • Where do they drop the ball?
  • How fast do they drop it?
  • At what angle do they drop it?

If – and it’s a big if – you can spot patterns in these areas, you may be able to predict where the ball is going to land. However, even if you do notice certain habits, it’s still tough to guess where the ball will stop as there are many other factors involved in addition to the dealer.

Wheel Bias Analysis

When you play roulette online, the outcome is controlled by a random number generator (RNG). These algorithms are also used in online slots, blackjack, and any other digital casino game. In simple terms, RNGs use complex mathematical equations to create random results. For you as a player, this means there are no distinguishable patterns or biases. To put it another way, everything is 100% fair and random, 100% of the time.

In centuries gone by, this may not have always been the case in some of the world’s smaller land-based casinos. Although a biased wheel is extremely rare in live venues today, it’s something that can happen due to a defect. Whether a wheel is slightly worn on one side or its internal mechanics have been compromised, roulette wheels have been known to develop a bias.

The idea of a biased wheel has been around for more than a century, but one of the first investigations into the phenomenon came courtesy of Joseph Jagger. The English engineer predicted that, theoretically, it was possible for wheels to develop a bias. Using his knowledge of engineering and how certain mechanisms can break down over time, he decided to test his theory in the 19th century. With the help of six croupiers, he was able to analyse results from a roulette table inside the Beaux Arts Casino, Monte Carlo.

Historical Analysis Leads To Modern Reliability

After thousands of spins, Jagger spotted patterns that didn’t tally up with the odds. In other words, certain numbers appeared more than they mathematically should have. With the ball drifting more towards a certain section of the wheel, Jagger agreed that a bias had developed. From this, the idea of biased roulette wheels became better understood by the mainstream.

In practice, strict gaming rules are in place to ensure roulette wheels inside a live casino aren’t biased. Constant checks are performed and, if any defects are spotted, the wheel is removed. However, in the 19th century, the checks weren’t always as strict. Fortunately, things have changed. What’s more, we now have online roulette. Playing online eliminates the possibility of a bias wheel by default. Because games are powered by RNGs, you never have to worry that a fault has developed, and the numbers aren’t spinning in randomly as they should.

Visual Ballistics

For a roulette strategy based on scientific principles, this is the one to use. Taking a concept from physics and applying it to a game of chance, this technique requires you to predict where the ball is going to land by calculating certain variables. Just as scientists can predict where a ball is going to land based on its weight, how hard someone has thrown it, the air density and other factors, theory is that it’s be possible to do the same in roulette.

When the wheel is spun and the ball is released, there’s a certain amount of inertia that has to be used up. When the ball has slowed to a sufficient speed, it will drop into a number. If you’re able to calculate the speed of the wheel, the speed of the ball and when it was first dropped, you may have a chance of predicting where it’s going to land with more accuracy.

As you’d expect, the calculations aren’t going to be 100%, far from it. We don’t have lasers for eyes, so we can’t log the exact speed of the ball or the moment it was dropped and where. You may be able to make estimates though. If you can, there’s a slim chance you can work out which section of the wheel the ball is likely to stop, based on all the variables in play.

Guide To Advanced Roulette Strategies Infographic

How To Win at Roulette: Other Advanced Strategies

If the trio of techniques outlined above seem too complex or too farfetched, here’s a quick rundown of some other advanced strategies you might want to try:

Oscar’s Grind: With this system, you’re aiming for a series of small wins. To start, you divide your chips into two equal piles of 12. From here, you bet on 1-12 with your first stack and 25-36 with your second. Assuming a number in the second 12 doesn’t hit, you’ll make an 11-unit profit.

The Lucky 7 System: If you’ve got a large bankroll, this system can give you an 18.93% chance of winning. In simple terms, you need to select seven numbers and bet on each of them straight up. If you win, you stick to betting the same amount. If you lose, you increase your bet according to a set chart.

The important thing to note here is this can be an expensive strategy and should only be used by someone with the appropriate funds. In general, you’ll need at least €3,000 to try this technique if you’re betting €1 per number. This is to ensure you’re able to cope with an extended losing run. Indeed, there may be times when you go through 20 spins and don’t win (if you reach this point, you stop for the session). Therefore, you need a bankroll that can handle those swings.

In reality, if the system requires that much of a financial buffer, you actually need a lot more money in your bankroll. Whichever roulette betting technique you’re using, however much you’re staking, you always need a surplus. If the potential costs of this strategy are €3,000, you should have at least €6,000. You need to ensure that you can comfortably afford the ups and downs. This is known as bankroll management and is all part of a responsible gambling approach.

To start, you need to stake €1 per number for a total outlay of €7. When you win, you stick at the current level. If you lose, you increase the bet per number according to the table below. The reason the bets increase as they do is to ensure that, if you win, your profit will outweigh the amount you’ve wagered to that point.

Round Stake Per Number Number of Picks Profit When You Win
1 €1 7 €28
2 €1 7 €22
3 €1 7 €15
4 €1 7 €8
5 €3 7 €59
6 €3 7 €38
7 €5 7 €75
8 €5 7 €40
9 €7 7 €63
10 €7 7 €14
11 €13 7 €139
12 €13 7 €48
13 €21 7 €189
14 €21 7 €21
15 €35 7 €301
16 €35 7 €56
17 €59 7 €507
18 €59 7 €94
19 €100 7 €870
20 €100 7 €170

As you can see, the stake per number gradually increases. Again, this is to ensure you make a profit any time one of your numbers comes in.

Using These Online Roulette Tips Wisely

The techniques listed here are both complex. Even though they are based on sound principles, the principles aren’t always in play. For example, if you can spot a biased wheel, there’s a strong chance you can predict where the ball is going to land, but wheels don’t usually have a bias. And, if they do, they’re taken out of service. So, while it’s great to know these techniques, it’s important to understand that they’re not always practical.

To test out any of these tips or simply have fun playing roulette online, join LiveRoulette!


Roulete Betting Strategies Explained – How to Win at Roulet?e

Roulette is a game of chance.

It is played by dropping a ball onto a spinning wheel, which rotates rapidly.

Players may bet on numbers or colors, or both, the odds of winning are not statistically better than if they choose their own numbers.

The game originated in the 18th century France.

Roulette is a game of chance. It is one of the most popular games played in casinos all around the world.

It is believed that roulette was invented in 18th-century France, by Blaise Pascal, a French mathematician and physicist. He envisioned it as an experiment to solve gambling problems at his father’s gaming house.

The game consists of spinning a small ball around on the edge of a table, which leads to its eventual fall into one of 37 or 38 (depending on where you play) numbered slots on the table surface. As it falls, the player bets on whether or not they think it will land in one of these slots (or if they will tie).

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The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Farewell Tour at| Island Resort & Casino

In May of 2024, country rock legends The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will celebrate their 58th year performing with a two-night stop on The Island Showroom stage. Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of the great American bands featuring several original and historic members.  

It Began With Dylan

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band began in 1966 when a teenage Jeff Hanna heard Bob Dylan for the first time. That was all it took for him to lock himself into his bedroom and learn the picking pattern to “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.” 

It wouldn’t take long for Jeff to find like-minded music fans who would join him to become The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Among these was Jimmie Fadden, who still drums with the band today, and a yet-to-be-discovered singer/songwriter named Jackson Browne.

With so many talented members, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has amassed an impressive catalog over an expansive career that includes three Grammys. The band’s first single, back in 1967, was “Buy for Me the Rain,” which gained significant traction8 after the band appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. 

Since then, they’ve had numerous hit singles, such as “An American Dream,” “Fishing in the Dark” and their cover of “Mr. Bojangles.”

Over the years, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has recorded or shared the stage with nearly every major player in country and folk music. This includes Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Johnny Cash, Roy Acuff, Doc Watson, John Prine and Linda Ronstadt. 

Their banjo player, John McCuen, even taught a young comedian named Steve Martin how to play. Later, the two would share the stage when Saturday Night Live featured The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band as the musical guest. 

In 1977, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was the first American band to tour the Soviet Union, playing 28 sold-out shows.

Still Figuring Out How Not to Have to Work for a Living

Since day one, Jeff Hanna has been trying to figure out how not to work. Seems like he’s succeeded, and there have even been murmurings that he’s ready to retire from not working. 

Recently, life has come full circle, as The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s latest record is a tribute to the artist who started it all, Bob Dylan. Dirt Does Dylan, released in 2022, is the band’s 25th studio record. To get ready for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, visit some tracks from that album along with fan favorites from the band’s career:

For more information, visit NittyGritty.com

How ‘Bout You and Me Go Fishin’ in the Dark of The Island Showroom

Cast your line and hook yourself tickets for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s ALL THE GOOD TIMES: The Farewell Tour. This promises to be a unique retrospective of American music from the past 50+ years. You won’t want to miss it.

Show Details

  • Date: May 10th and 11th, 2024
  • Time: 8:00 PM
  • Location: Island Showroom
  • Tickets start at $45.

 Casinos in Eindhoven – Top Land-Based Gambling Destinations

Our article will cover the specifics and games of the three most popular land-based gambling establishments in Eindhoven. We will also provide you with information regarding the gambling regulations in the Netherlands, places you can stay in Eindhoven, and additional important information regarding the casinos. Read along to learn more.

Legality and Gambling Regulations in the Netherlands

Eindhoven is the fifth largest city in the Netherlands, and people from all over the world visit this exciting destination. There are many entertainment venues and facilities, including three large land-based gambling establishments that we will cover in this article.

Before we start exploring the three best gambling locations in the city of Eindhoven, we have to say a few words about the gambling laws, regulations and legality of land-based casinos in the Netherlands.

All Eindhoven casinos must abide by the responsible gambling policies in the Netherlands, and meet the requirements in the country. This is important to make sure the games and activities are absolutely fair, legal and safe.

All legal gambling operators, including the best online casinos in the Netherlands, must have a valid gambling licence, and players need to be of legal gambling age, which is 18 and over.

The Best Eindhoven Casinos – All You Need to Know

Our article will cover the best land-based establishments that are present in Eindhoven, NL. Further on in the post, you will learn everything you need to know about these popular gambling destinations.

All three of the top Eindhoven casinos follow the strict gambling laws and regulations of the country. They are licensed establishments and fully comply with the requirements of the Dutch Gaming Authority (Kanssepelautoriteit).

The next sections of our article will cover everything about these three gambling establishments in Eindhoven – the games, working hours, and all the essential information you’ll need to start your gaming adventure in this city.

You will also learn about places you can stay at if you’re not living in the city, and should you need more information about the gambling activities in the country, our post in Dutch about the online casinos in the NL can be quite helpful.

Holland Casino – Largest Eindhoven Establishment

River With Boats And Buildings Behind It
Located in the centre and the busiest part of Eindhoven rests the Holland Casino Establishment. This brick-and-mortar venue will provide excitement and a wonderful gambling adventure for every player, and in our opinion, is a place worth visiting.

This casino in Eindhoven isn’t exclusive to this city – it is a chain of establishments located in several parts of the Netherlands, but it’s good to see that it also has a branch in this popular Dutch city. The operator also has an online casino, as outlined in our Holland online casino review.

Here is some useful information regarding the establishment:

📛 Name: Holland Casino, Eindhoven
⏲️ Working Hours: 12 PM – 3 AM
📨 Address: Ten Hagestraat 6A, 5611 EG Eindhoven, NL
☎️ Phone Number: +31 88 090 0500
💻 Website: hc.nl/vestigingen/eindhoven/
🏨 Restaurants: Taste, Brasserie & Wines, Global Kitchen
💃🏻 Dress Code: Stylish
🎰 Games: Slots, Poker, Jackpots, Table Games

As one of the best Eindhoven land-based gaming establishments, Holland Casino provides its visitors with many amenities, such as a wide selection of games, luxurious restaurants, and frequent live events. There are over 120+ slot machines, part of the Mega Millions Jackpot – its progressive amount can reach 1,000,000€.

This Eindhoven casino’s game offerings include many live poker games and is hosting major poker events such as the Dutch Open Poker series. This makes up for an outstanding gambling experience for every visitor to this establishment.

The casino offers an outstanding selection of games. Some of the most popular slots include Jin Ji Bao Xi Grand, with a jackpot reaching €50,000, and others like Goldfish Feeding Time. There are also several roulette and blackjack tables.

Jack’s Casino in Eindhoven– Outstanding Game Choice

Like the Holland Casino, Jack’s also has an extensive selection of all game types. The casino offers a compelling package of amenities, ensuring that visitors have an outstanding experience. Here is some info regarding the location:

📛 Name: Jack’s Casino
⏲️ Working Hours: 8AM – 2AM
📨 Address: Aalsterweg 322, 5644 RL Eindhoven, NL
☎️ Phone Number: +31 40 244 9188
💻 Website: www.jackscasino.nl
🏨 Restaurants: Jack’s Bar & Restaurant
💃🏻 Dress Code: N/A
🎰 Games: Slots, Poker, Table Games

The games in this casino range from slots to table games like roulette and blackjack. There are over 20 live table games for you to enjoy, as well as 100 slot machines with varying jackpots.

Other amenities found in this casino in Eindhoven include a great shopping centre, luxurious restaurants and bars, and frequently hosted game tournaments.

The Jack’s Casino brand is well-known in the Netherlands, so visitors will be delighted with the provided services and casino games. Furthermore, the casino staff is very friendly and will happily assist you with anything.

Fair Play Eindhoven Casino – Fabulous Entertainment

Building With a Casino Sign Positioned on the Left
Fair Play is another exciting establishment for visitors to enjoy. It has over 30 branches in the Netherlands, and one of them is fortunately in Eindhoven. This only shows that the operator is a proven brand that shows commitment to players’ desires. You’ll find the key details for this venue below:

📛 Name: Fair Play Casino, Eindhoven
⏲️ Working Hours: 10 PM – 2 AM
📨 Address: Nieuwstraat 6-8, 5611 DB Eindhoven, NL
☎️ Phone Number: +31 40 244 1098
💻 Website: www.fairplay.nl
🏨 Restaurants: No
💃🏻 Dress Code: N/A
🎰 Games: Slots, Poker, Roulette, Jackpots

Fair Play Casino does not provide accommodation, and there are no restaurants, so you’ll need to find an outside establishment if you want to grab a bite. Fortunately, it has a wide selection of games for players to enjoy.

Let’s talk about the casino’s games. They range from slot machines to poker and some table games. Fair Play includes 30 slot machines, some of which include Random Bells, Lucky 888, Extra Joker, and more. There are also roulette tables for you to enjoy, such as the Grand Crystal Roulette.

It’s important to mention that the Fair Play Casino has three branches across Eindhoven, allowing visitors to select the one that’s most comfortable for them.

Hotels, Parking Places and Restaurants in Eindhoven

 Large, Luxurious Hotel with a Big Pool
This section of our post will provide you with information regarding your stay in this city. You’ll learn more about the Eindhoven casino parking places, hotels you can stay in, and everything you need to have a comfortable experience in the city.

If you plan on visiting the Holland Casino, staying at the Little Grand Hotel in Eindhoven would be your best option. It encompasses all you would expect from a four-star hotel and is close to the casino, providing you with easy access. The Holland Casino’s restaurants will have you covered with the rest.

The Fair Play land-based establishment is located very close to the Holland Casino, so your choice would be either Crown Hotel Eindhoven or the Little Grand Hotel again.

Jack’s casino is located on the south side of Eindhoven, so transportation will likely be needed to reach it. Fortunately, like the other Eindhoven casinos, parking spaces are available. It’s good to see that all three main Eindhoven casinos are easily accessible for visitors and locals.

And if you ever plan to visit another city in the Netherlands, the casinos in Rotterdam will surely offer you a comparable and enjoyable experience to what you’ll have in Eindhoven.

Additional Information and Conclusion

It’s time to conclude our article regarding the casinos in Eindhoven and provide you with our final impressions. We can confidently say that the gambling experience in this Dutch city is going to leave you very satisfied. With three large casino establishments available at your disposal, you’re in for a good time.

The casinos are easy to reach, with excellent transportation, parking, and many hotels available nearby. The luxurious Holland Casino, for example, not only offers a perfect gambling experience but also provides its visitors with exceptional amenities such as a grand restaurant, bars and beautiful brick-and-mortar interior.

All of this ensures that you will certainly have a great time in Eindhoven, as it is a proven top gambling destination in the Netherlands.

Frequently Asked Questions

In the section below, you’ll find quick answers to the segments discussed in the blog. We covered a lot, and the most common inquiries are below – you can click on the links that will take you to the relevant section of the blog post.

1️⃣ What are the gambling laws in Eindhoven, NL?

The Netherlands has strict gambling laws in place to protect and ensure players have access to fair and legal services. Every casino must have a licence approved by the Kansspelautoriteit, and all players must be above 18 years of age to participate in gambling activities. All laws can be found in the Dutch Gaming Authority’s codex.

2️⃣ Which are the best land-based casinos in Eindhoven?

As we mentioned at the beginning of our post, the best land-based gaming establishments in Eindhoven are the Holland, Fair Play, and Jacks’s casinos. All three are guaranteed to provide you with an unforgettable gaming experience in a safe and friendly environment.

3️⃣ Where can I stay in Eindhoven, NL?

Fortunately, all three establishments have hotels near the Eindhoven casinos. For the Holland and Fair Play casinos, the Little Grand Hotel is recommended, while for Jack’s, you’ll need transportation as it’s located on the far south side of the city. All venues have many Eindhoven casino parking spaces.

4️⃣ Is Eindhoven a good gambling destination?

Absolutely. As we discussed in our post, our overall opinion about the Eindhoven casinos is a positive one. We believe that the gaming venues in this city will deliver an outstanding experience for all visitors. The establishments are easily accessible, and their games are of top quality.

Understanding Typical Preflop Opening Ranges

Starting hand selection is one of the first areas new poker players focus on, and rightly so. Improper starting hand selection falls into two camps: playing too loose or playing too tight. Most poker players know they should play tighter when in early position and loosen up the closer to the button they are. However, it is common for players to play too loose in early position and way too tight on the button.

Position Is Power

No-Limit Texas Hold’em is a game played with incomplete information because players’ hole cards remain a secret until the showdown. The closer to the button you are seated, the stronger your position because you get to see how the other players act before making your decision. Furthermore, the closer to the button you are, the fewer opponents you have to worry about if the action folds to you. Those two concepts mean you can play a wider range of hands in late position.

In this article, we will look at the starting hand ranges for a No-Limit Texas Hold’em online poker tournament, which is played on an eight-handed table, where the stack sizes are 100 big blinds, and where you are coming in for a raise. The hands you can and should play will likely surprise you.

Bear in mind that ranges can be fluid and should be adjusted according to your opponents’ tendencies. For example, you may want to drop some hands from the bottom of your range in early position if you have a particularly aggressive opponent who is continually three-betting.

Early Position

You should play relatively tight from early position for the reasons mentioned above. Hands that are strong or have the potential to make big hands are the order of the day.

A typical early position hand range looks something like this:

44+, T9s+, J9s+, QTs+ K8s+, A3s+, KQo+, AJo+

That looks like quite a lot of hands; it represents around 16% of all the possible starting hands. Although that list looks like a bizarre formula, it is easy to understand. For example, A3s+ means opening with a raise with suited ace-three or better, while KQo+ means raising with king-queen offsuit and stronger.

By having an early position opening range like this, you’ll keep your opponents guessing while not being too risky that you are playing like a crazy horse.

Middle Position

Your opening range from middle position is not entirely different from your early position hands because you still have most of the table to fight through. A typical middle position opening range consists of approximately 19% of starting hands, and looks a lot like this:

44+, 98s+, T8s+, Q9s+, K7s+, A2s+, KQo+, ATo+

You can also mix up your play by occasionally raising first in with hands like QJo and KJo.

The Lowjack

As we move closer to the button, our opening ranges expand. We are now in the lowjack, which is still middle position but three seats to the left of the button. A good lowjack opening raise consists of the following hands, which make up around 22% of all hands:

33+, 65s+, T8s+, J8s+, Q9s+, K5s+, A2s+, QJo+, KJo+, ATo+

The Hijack

The seat directly before the cutoff is known as the hijack because you have the opportunity to hijack the cutoff and button’s steal attempts. We should be playing around 27-28% of hands for a raise when first to act in the hijack, which looks a lot like:

22+, 54s+, 86s+, T7s+, J8s+, Q7s+, K4s+, A2s+, JTo+, QTo+, KTo+, A9o+

The Cutoff

Once you are first to act and are seated in the cutoff, things start getting interesting. Here, we should be opening with a raise with over 35% of the hands we are dealt because we have positional advantage. Check out what such a rage of hands consists of:

22+, 54s+, 75s+, 96s+, T6s+, J6s+, Q4s+, K2s+, A2s+, T9o+, QTo+, K9o+, A5o+

That is a lot of hands, and you may feel uncomfortable playing jack-six suited but your nerves will lessen in time.

The Button

Everyone knows to play loosely on the button when everyone else has folded, but did you know that the optimal opening range from the button with 100 big blind stacks contains over half of the possible Hold’em starting hands? You should be relentless from the button when first to act, playing the following range:

22+, 43s+, 53s+, 74s+, 85s+, 95s+, T3s+, J2s+, Q2s+, K2s+, A2s+, 87o+, T8o+, J8o+, Q8o+, K5o+, A2o+

Conclusion

The opening ranges shown in this article are not set in stone, but give you an idea of the hands you should be raising first in with in a typical No-Limit Hold’em tournament when everyone has 100 big blind stacks. They’re not a whole lot different even down to 40 big blind stacks either.

Playing so many hands from the button seems absurd, but that is what equity calculators suggest based on the mathematics working behind the scenes. Obviously, if you are on the button and the small or big blind is three-betting frequently, you may want to stop attacking them with ten-four suited!

You will notice that we have neglected to discuss playing from the blinds. That is intentional because blind versus blind play is complex, requiring a dedicated article that will come to the PartyPoker Blog soon.

Katsubet Casino Review 2024 | Bonuses, Win Rate & Games

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Number of games: 7,000+

Bonuses: Up to $6,000 + 200 Free Spins Or Up to 5 BTC + 200 Free Spins

Wagering requirements: 35x

  • Gigantic game library with 7,000+ games
  • Welcome bonuses, regular promos, and a VIP program
  • Cryptocurrencies are supported
  • Fully secured and licensed casino
  • Compatible with mobile devices
  • Fee applicable on some banking options
  • Live chat is not quite good

Katsubet is a premium online gambling platform that was launched in 2020. The casino operates with a valid gambling license and ensures a safe and fair virtual gambling experience for their players. Additionally, I was very impressed with Katsubet Casino’s game catalog, the bonuses I was offered, and the instant banking options available. I signed up at the casino through the quick registration process and started exploring the site. I first visited the games section, and the number available there was mind-boggling. I could choose from over 7,000 premium games, which were divided between slots, live games, table games, jackpots, and every other type of casino game you can think of. The casino also brought new and hot games for me to check out, providing unlimited entertainment opportunities.

I also loved how diverse the banking section of Katsubet Casino was. I could make payments in cryptocurrencies or use conventional banking options to pay with fiat. There were some amazing bonuses as well at Katsubet Casino, which I could claim starting with my first deposit. I had some concerns regarding Katsubet’s support system, as it was a bit slow. On the other hand, the security features were good, and I had no concerns regarding the legitimacy of the casino. In this Katsubet Casino review, I will conduct an in-depth analysis of their features and share my thoughts.

Games: 9.9/10

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  • Second deposit – 75% up to 1.25 BTC + 100 Free Spins
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  • Fourth deposit – 100% up to 1 BTC
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  • Third deposit – 50% up to $1,000
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I liked the welcome bonus with crypto more and decided to go with this particular option. Additionally, there were a few terms and conditions regarding the bonus which I had to keep in mind. First off, there was a minimum deposit requirement of $20 when claiming the bonus through fiat and 0.00072 BTC (around $30), when using crypto. The bonus and the free spins had wagering requirements of 35 times, which I had to complete in order to be able to withdraw my winnings from the bonus. Also, the free spins were only available on specified games, and the max cashout was capped at $100 for them. However, there was no cap on winnings from the bonus amount, so I could withdraw as much as I won. Lastly, I was given 14 days to complete the wagering requirements, or the bonus would be considered void and taken out of my account.

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  • Skrill (Min. $20 – $4,000)
  • Neteller (Min. $20 – $4,000)
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  • Cryptocurrencies – BTC, BCH, LTC, ETH, XRP, DOGE, USDT, ADA, TRX (Limit varies)

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  • Maestro (Min. $20 – $4,000)
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  • Cryptocurrencies – BTC, BCH, LTC, ETH, XRP, DOGE, USDT, ADA, TRX (Limit varies)

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Honestly, I was expecting better from Katsubet Casino in their support department, but I was left disappointed. At first, I was quite happy to see that the casino has several ways of communication for their users. I could get in touch with them through live chat support or email support and have my questions answered. However, the live chat support was completely automated, and I had to deal with an AI bot. Even after trying several times, I could not get it to understand that I wanted to talk to a real agent, and it would continually refer me to the official email address of the casino. I could only conclude that there were no live agents at Katsubet Casino, and the email was the only way to get an official response. However, the bot did have some pre-made templates and automated info that I could fetch. However, it was not useful for complex situations or particular questions.

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Verdict

Katsubet is one of the best online casinos available. They have an aspect or two where they can improve, but for the most part, I was really happy with my overall experience at the casino. I had access to over 7,000 casino games across every popular casino gaming category. The games were compatible with mobile devices, and I got the same smooth, flawless, and visually pleasing gaming experience. I also loved the wide range of regular bonuses, welcome promo, the VIP program and the tournaments, which spiced things up for me.

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19 Cheap Things To Do In Vegas

Las Vegas can be expensive, especially if you’ve brought the kids. Luckily, there are plenty of fun cheap things to do in Vegas.

I’ve compiled a list of the 19 best activities to do in Sin City for under $35. We wanted to make it under $20, but you know, inflation.

After all, I wouldn’t want you to miss the thrill of the Mob Museum or the view of Las Vegas by night from the Eiffel Tower over a few bucks. To balance it out, I’ve also thrown in some great free things to try.

1. Gondola Rides At The Venetian ($34pp)

Gondola rides at The Venetian Las Vegas
Image credit: Bernard Spragg. NZ/Flickr, PDM 1.0

The singing gondoliers of The Venetian have been entertaining Las Vegas visitors for more than two decades now. It’s quite the photo experience and not to be missed. It’s one of the most popular cheap things to do in Vegas during the day.

If you don’t want to spend the $34, discount tickets or coupons are usually available in coupon books handed out on the Strip, or you can watch and listen for free along the promenade.

Inside the Venetian hotel, 10am to 10pm.

2. Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas Sign ($0)

Welcome to Vegas sign
Image credit: Ken Lane/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The first thing you can see as you enter the Las Vegas Strip from the South is this Las Vegas sign, which has been featured in visitors’ photo books for more than sixty years. It’s one of the most popular cheap things to do in Las Vegas.

Over the past couple of decades, though, much work has been done to make it easier to get that snapshot. More parking and safer, easier access to the median where the sign sits have been added.

5100 Las Vegas Boulevard, 24/7.

3. Pinball Hall Of Fame (Bring Quarters)

Pinball Hall of Fame
Image credit: Pinball Hall of Fame

Just a block from the Las Vegas sign sits the Pinball Museum. With hundreds of Pinball and amusement machines still in working order and ready for you to play, you could spend hours out here for just two bits if you’re some sort of Pinball wizard.

Otherwise, you’re probably going to need a more reasonable $5 or $10 per player. It’s one of the best cheap things to do in Vegas with family – keep the kids entertained for hours!

4925 Las Vegas Boulevard, 10am to 9pm.

4. Big Apple Roller Coaster at New York New York Hotel ($25+)

Big Apple rollercoaster at New York New York hotel
Image credit: New York-New York Hotel & Casino

Race above New York and plunge right through Lady Liberty on this thrill ride featuring a 200-foot-plus drop at over 65 mph in a New York City cab.

This one is excellent day or night, and with several loops and drops as it races around the casino, it’s bound to get your heart pumping. More than 1.5 million riders a year can’t be wrong. Plus, it’s part of one of the best arcades in Vegas, featuring over 200 games.

New York New York Hotel, 11am to 11pm.

5. Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Hotel ($24.50)

Eiffel Tower replica in Vegas
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46 stories above the Las Vegas Strip is a view along the deck of the Paris Hotel’s half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower. Best seen at night, it’s a breathtaking spectacle of all of Sin City, laid out in front of you in all her neon glory. The Las Vegas skyline has never been so la la la.

Even the ride to get there is stunning, and there’s probably no more romantic spot in town. Possibly one of the best cheap things to do in Vegas for couples. There are also discounts for seniors and locals.

Paris Hotel, Las Vegas Strip, 12pm to 12am.

6. Neon Museum ($20-$45)

Neon Museum
Image credit: Jeremy Thompson, CC BY 2.0

This isn’t some hike through a sign graveyard. Well, it isn’t JUST a hike through a sign graveyard. They’ve got tour guides and augmented reality displays, and at night, they turn the neon on and light up the desert. It’s probably one of the coolest cheaps thing to do in Vegas.

You can even get a helicopter tour over the museum at night to see it all from above. The Neon Museum is really unlike any museum you’ve been to before. And it’s beyond Instagrammable at night.

There are several different prices depending on which tour and add-ons you like. It’s gotten so popular you may want to get tickets in advance.

770 Las Vegas Blvd North, 2pm to 10pm.

7. Skypod at the Stratosphere ($20+)

Thrill Ride (Super Shot) on top of the Stratosphere, Las Vegas
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Skypod at the Strat is a two-level observation deck at the top of the 1150-foot Stratosphere hotel tower. The $20 is just for the view, but if you’ve ever wanted to bungee jump from 1,000 feet up or asked yourself wouldn’t it be great if there was a roller coaster wrapped around the top of this enormously tall building, the Strat has answers, albeit pricey ones.

There’s also a restaurant and bar up there, so you can make a several-hour stay out of it if you want, and really get your $20 worth. The view of the Las Vegas skyline is simply breathtaking.

Strat Hotel, 10am to1am.

8. Food Trucks (Varies)

Taco food truck
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Food, like everything else in Las Vegas, is expensive and overhyped. But some fantastic food trucks with great food and reasonable prices are hidden right off the Las Vegas Strip, or scattered downtown.

Try out some of the best ones like Buddy’s Jersey Eats in the 3000 Block of Las Vegas Boulevard. Or track down the daily setups for local Las Vegas favorites like El Taco, AntidoteLV, or the world-famous fried mac and cheese egg rolls at Stripcheeze. Though simple, it’s still one of the best cheap things to do in Vegas.

You can see locations and daily menus on Instagram or Facebook.

9. Mob Museum ($35)

Mob Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada
Image credit: APK/Wikipedia Commons

One of our favorite Sin City spots, this downtown Las Vegas museum relives the sordid past of the organized crime families that ran Las Vegas for decades.

It’s not just a display of blood-splattered mobster clothing and pictures of hits gone awry. This state-of-the-art museum has a firearms training simulator, a Crime Lab that shows how Medical Examiners process bullet-riddled crime scenes for evidence and, of course, a Prohibition Era Distillery tour. There are even whispers of a password-protected speakeasy somewhere in the building.

300 Stewart Avenue, 9am to 9pm.

10. Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art ($18)

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
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Home to a priceless art exhibit, this relatively small museum has hosted exhibitions of Picasso, Degas, and Faberge, along with many other modern art masterpieces. Since exhibits revolve, you may want to see what they have on display when you arrange your tickets.

Sadly, the $130 million Picasso, La Reve, that former Bellagio owner Steve Wynn accidentally put his elbow through, has been repaired and sold off. An oopsie like that would be hard to pass up.

Bellagio Hotel and Casino, 10am to 5:30pm.

11. The Las Vegas Strip ($0)

Las Vegas strip
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There is no place like the Las Vegas Strip at night. There is an energy, a distant hum, that gets in your head. It’s the desert air, the billions of dollars in neon, and the people. Mostly the people. There is no better place to people-watch than the Las Vegas strip just before Midnight.

Wander out and see the whole cross-section of America, heck, the world, mixed along just a few blocks of one of the most famous streets in the world. You may be unable to describe or even capture it in pictures. But you will never forget it. It will always remain one of the best cheap things to do in Vegas.

Desert Inn Road to Tropicana Avenue, nightly.

12. Ethel M Chocolate Factory ($0, Chocolate Extra)

Ethel M Chocolate Factory Tour

This factory is named for Ethel Mars, the mother of Forest Mars, who introduced the world to M&M’s and dozens of other one-of-a-kind American chocolate bars and treats. It’s where Forest came after he retired from the Mars company and started a new business dedicated to craft, small-batch chocolate.

Just minutes from Las Vegas in Henderson, you can tour the factory, visit their renowned three-acre cactus garden, and, most importantly, taste some of this award-winning chocolate.

2 Cactus Garden Drive Henderson, 10am to 6pm.

13. Hoover Dam Tour ($30+)

Hoover Dam, East of Las Vegas
Image credit: Shawn Hartley/Wikipedia Commons

Looking for cheap things to do in Las Vegas off the strip? The best-guided tours of Hoover Dam will let you not only tour the almost 90-year-old dam and power plant, but also admire views of the dam from two points. First, from the Black Rock Canyon, and second, from the Colorado River (down-water side, looking up). This view allows you to fully understand the massive undertaking that building this 700-foot dam must have been.

Some tours will also include lunch. Depending on the type of tour, you will need to set aside at least four hours to get there and back.

14. Mount Charleston (Varies)

Mount Charleston, Nevada
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Mount Charleston is the high peak you can see northeast of Las Vegas. While only 45 minutes away from Vegas, most tourists and even some locals never seem to visit. It’s covered in hiking trails, and there’s both a lodge and a restaurant.

In the summer, it can be 30 degrees cooler on the mountain, and in the winter, they have a small ski resort that you can sojourn to. Tours can be pricey and crowded, but you can often get a rental car for as low as $15 a day in the off-season. It’s a great trip if you want to get out of town and see some of the beautiful nature surrounding the Las Vegas Valley.

15. Bellagio Fountains ($0)

Bellagio Fountains
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The Bellagio Fountains cover eight acres and use more than 1200 fountain heads, some of which shoot columns of water up to 450 feet in the air. Synchronized with a soundtrack and light show, this is a not-to-be-missed attraction, especially considering the price point. Shows are every half hour but are best seen on a clear night after sunset.

Bellagio Hotel and Casino, 3pm to 12am.

16. Fremont Street Experience ($0)

Fremont Experience
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Downtown Las Vegas is home to the Fremont Street experience: six blocks of debauchery shoehorned under a neon roof. While it earned the nickname Glitter Gulch as far back as the 1950s, the 50 million LED lights that cover Fremont today put the old moniker to shame. Free concerts, free street performers, cheap food and a zipline soaring high above it all make this a not-be-missed roadside attraction.

Freemont Street, 24/7.

17. Linq High Roller ($23.50+)

Linq High Roller, Vegas
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Billed as America’s largest wheel ride, the 500-foot Vegas Eye is a beautiful piece of machinery that lets you get a look at Las Vegas from 50 stories up. Each cabin can hold up to 40 people and generally spends about half an hour making a complete revolution. This allows you to get a good look in all directions and take pictures to your heart’s content.

Outside drinks are allowed, but no glasses or coolers. If you prefer the Happy Hour cabin, you can get a ride and free drinks for a bit more.

Linq Hotel and Casino, 2pm to12 am.

18. Dive In Movies at the Cosmopolitan ($10+)

This one is a hidden gem. Starting in May and running through the end of September, the Cosmo holds outdoor movie night every Monday at their Boulevard Pool. It’s a massive 270-square-foot screen with some curated movie experiences like Aquaman or The Goonies.

Plus, if you’re a local, it’s only $10 per person and $15 for tourists not staying at the Cosmo. Splurge and rent one of the huge daybeds or just lounge on an air mattress in the pool.

The Cosmopolitan, doors open at 7pm.

19. Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay ($29)

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
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The Shark Reef Aquarium has 1.3 million gallons of water which is home to more than 2,000 fish and critters. Also on exhibit in this walk-through aquarium is over 200 shark species for your viewing pleasure.

This a great place to get out of that Nevada sun and spend an afternoon in a dreamy underwater world. Besides the main exhibit, you can feed the sharks or pet the stingrays for an upcharge. Plus try out their 4-D immersive video diving experience.

Mandalay Bay, 10am to 7:30pm.

As you can see, there are plenty of amazing, fun cheap things to do in Vegas, so have a great trip!

FAQs

What is a good budget for a Vegas trip?

As with so much in Las Vegas, it depends on what you want to do. A $100 a day per person would be a good baseline starting point, and then work your way up from there. If you gamble even on the penny slots for eight hours a day, you better have a large bankroll. If you don’t mind a slightly less ritzy hotel and enjoy hiking or exploring the less expensive things Las Vegas has to offer, you can enjoy Las Vegas for much less.

Is $100 a day enough for Las Vegas?

The average tourist spends more than $300 daily, so it depends on what you want to accomplish. If you’re willing to stay farther South on the Las Vegas Strip at properties like Excalibur and Luxor, which have rooms at $20 to $30 a day, dine off the Strip, and use our cheap things to do in Vegas list (or even better, our free things to do in Las Vegas list), it could be done.

How much money do I need to have fun in Las Vegas?

Money doesn’t equal fun, not even in Las Vegas. That guy betting $20k a hand at the Bellagio, maybe staying in a $40,000 dollar-a-night suite and eating at five-star restaurants every night, is probably having less fun than some Vegas first-timers, eating 99-cent Midway hotdogs at Circus Circus and staying in some downtown hotel for $25 a night. Vegas is what you make it.

Is $1000 enough for four days In Las Vegas?

Sure. You could put yourself together a nice itinerary with $1,000 for four days. Use the coupon books and look for deals to make the most of your money.

What is the cheapest way around Las Vegas?

The monorail is $13 a day for unlimited rides up and down the Las Vegas Strip. Busses are clean and cheap and, while a bit slow, can take you anywhere you want to go for $8 unlimited a day. You can also rent electric bikes from the Las Vegas Transit Authority for $5 daily.

IDnow and netID cooperate for identity wallet

IDnow to become an active part of the European netID Foundation’s ecosystem

Munich, January 30, 2024 – IDnow, a leading identity verification platform provider in Europe, announces its cooperation with the European netID Foundation. The goal: The introduction of an identity wallet for netID users in Germany as an alternative to the offerings of US platforms.

Developed by IDnow, the netID Wallet app will be available for users to download later this year and will allow them to reuse and share stored digital identities.

Self-determined and even simpler reuse of identities

netID is an open standard that enables users to access online services of netID partners (among others Süddeutsche Zeitung, Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, ProSiebenSat.1 and United Internet with the WEB.DE and GMX brands) via the same login details, all in compliance with data protection regulations. The introduction of the identity wallet will make storing and retrieving identities even easier for around 40 million potential users.

Bundled in one digital location, users can access and verify proof of identity such as ID cards, driving licenses, social security data and much more on their smartphone at any time – making everyday processes more efficient. netID partners, in turn, can significantly simplify their processes for verifying customer data, for example for invoice purchases, and thus make them more cost-effective.

Wallet can be used by the partners of the netID ecosystem

The initial verification of the user’s identity to create the wallet is carried out using the proven IDnow solutions. Once the identity has been confirmed and the digital wallet has been successfully created, the user decides with whom they want to share what data. Anyone who uses the wallet once to register with a mobile phone provider, for example, can use it again at any time with one of the partners in the netID ecosystem for verified identification.

The wallet is another step toward the future: the European Commission is about to publish a new version of the eIDAS regulation (electronic IDentification, Authentication and trust Services), which is expected to come into force in 2024. All EU citizens should have a digital identity by 2030. The launch of the netID Wallet supports this goal.

“netID has been simplifying digital life in Germany since it was founded. Transparency and data protection have always been at the heart of what we do. We see the netID Wallet as the logical next step in the further development of the netID offering. Thanks to the cooperation with IDnow, we can offer our users secure and user-friendly identity verification that will even be able to serve regulated use cases in compliance with eIDAS in the future,” explains Uli Hegge, CEO of the European netID Foundation.

“We are delighted to have gained a trustworthy partner for our identity wallet in Germany in the form of the European netID Foundation and to be an active part of the netID ecosystem in the future,” says Uwe Stelzig, Managing Director DACH at IDnow.

“IDnow and netID pursue similar goals in terms of data security and user-friendliness, which we are now also pursuing together in identity verification. With the introduction of the wallet, users no longer have to identify themselves again and again, but can save their verified identities and simply reuse them the next time. In this way, netID partners can offer their users even faster and secure access to their services,” continues Stelzig.

Poker Strategies to Improve Your Decision-Making Skills

Numerous strategies exist that can help poker players refine their key cognitive choices, and with any slight edge in the game being huge in 2024, we’ve taken a look at some of the ways you can take your decision-making in poker to the next level.

KEY MOMENTS WHERE THE PRESSURE IS ON

Every poker player worth their salt sits down at the table prepared to bring their A-Game, and in the key moments, make the right decisions. Not everyone can do that, of course, but the first thing to establish is what those key moments actually are. It is impossible to remain focused for a 12-hour day at the poker felt, so ascertaining what makes an important decision is vital.

Chess players often speak about focus being a movable scale rather than a binary ability that, like a switch, is either ‘on’ or ‘off’. Focus can be soft or hard in poker too. An example of soft focus might be the sort of spot where you’re not involved in a poker hand, but when the players who are reach showdown and have to display their hole cards, you make sure to look up from your phone and take note of these shown cards. Hard focus might be an all-in hand you’re involved in where either your stack or your opponent’s ends up being totally at risk.

Determining what should demand your total focus is a personal opinion, but it can often be summarized as a decision that has a big effect on your own place at the table or someone else’s. The biggest moments in your favorite poker shows are likely to tell you what those are. We’ll all remember where we were when Vanessa Selbst couldn’t quite find the fold with a full house in the first level of the WSOP Main Event against Gaëlle Baumann. We can probably all recall the first time we saw Erik Seidel’s call after Johnny Chan’s infamous ‘Look to the Sky’ in the 1988 WSOP Main Event.

The big moments require total focus. Would Selbst or Seidel have acted differently with a better ability to focus? Those hands are tough to formulate a cohesive plan of attack in and marginal when it comes to the final decisions, so it is unlikely. But unless you find yourself deep in an event you could win millions in, your own ‘hard focus’ moments are likely to be simpler – if you put yourself in the position to make optimal strategic decisions.

Emotional Control: Pre-Match Preparation

Every poker player must prepare for a poker tournament or cash game in the right way. For some, this will be a large bank of sleep to preserve their mental energy for the big moments. For others, such as Tight Poker columnist and former champion ultra-runner Dara O’Kearney, it could be invigorating the mind and body with a long run in the days before a major event.

Whatever your method, pre-match preparation to put your mind, body, and soul in the right place is vitally important. Poker decisions made by a tired mind will be lacking. Physical stamina is important late in days when events are won and lost or when the biggest cash game pots are scooped. Feeling comfortable and in the right mental state to execute decisions effectively is pivotal to making a profit in poker.

There are any number of ways of preparing yourself, but few are better than the old adage that you are the sum of two vital human basics – what you eat and how you sleep. Mastering a good routine in both respects is crucial. With nutrition and rest, the twin pillars upon which to base your preparation, how you plan for a cash game session, multi-table tournament (MTT), or live event is almost a case of trial and error. You can read about what others do, but your own gauge of how each process refinement affects your performance (short-term) and results (long-term) will be key.

I once asked an elite player who won a lot of money playing online poker how he prepared for a final day in a big SCOOP, WCOOP, or other such MTTs. He replied with one of the most unique answers I ever heard to such a simplistic kind of question. He said that around an hour before the final day – or any poker session! – kicked off, he would go out into his garden armed with a blindfold. He would scatter a selection of items in his garden and take a mental picture with his mind.

Then he would put the blindfold on and attempt to walk to the end of the garden, touch the fence, turn around, and come back to his back door. If he struck an object in his path, he would have to start again. When he made it all the way to the fence and back without striking any objects, he would remove the blindfold and be ready to play.

The Power of Mathematics

The 17-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth once responded to questions about his mathematical capabilities by confidently declaring that he knew the odds of any poker hand to within two decimal places. The answer may have owed a little bravado to the formative era of The Poker Brat, but there was an element of truth to it too. Hellmuth’s math knowledge was so good that his victory in the WSOP Main Event of 1989 changed the game and allowed those who focused on numbers to take incrementally large steps forward in the game of poker.

In this fresh era of GTO (Game Theory Optimal) play, mathematical ability is infinitely more important to this day. Poker, by its very definition, is a sum game that relies on incomplete information being interpreted by the players involved, and only by understanding the odds and probabilities of certain cards coming can you make correct mathematical decisions.

From push-fold charts to post-flop strategy, studying the numbers is often time-consuming and a difficult theory to immerse yourself in. Breaking it down into bite-sized pieces of advice to digest is important, as is taking in the information in a format that your brain responds to positively. From video training to strategy books, via tactics discussed on podcasts to online articles such as these, doing the work is vital, so make sure you do it well.

Adapting to Opponents: Examples of Key Decisions

Poker is full of tough decisions, but if you build up a list of questions in your mind ahead of those decisions approaching then you’ll be best prepared to deal with them when they come along. The first consideration you should make is towards your opponent, with the player more important than the cards you’re taking on at all times. Ask yourself how they are playing, whether they have been aggressive or passive and whether they are stepping out of character with their behavior in the current hand.

Once you have a handle on your opponent(s) emotionally, consider your own perceived image to them. Are they displaying any tells or behaving in a way that is dramatically different from their previously demonstrated patterns? Also consider your table position in relation to your enemy – then you’ll be able to appraise the situation in a more strategic manner and take advantage of any weakness.

Poker is all about gathering relevant information and making the best decision based on that data. Using logic, you’ll then be able to make that key decision with as much confidence as you can possibly have. From there, the cards will decide.

Being a Hero

Key decisions are often those moments where outside observers will look back on and say either ‘How did they make that call?’ or “What a great fold – how could they lay that down?’ Making the Hero Call or the Hero Fold is tough and will often be decisive in how your major result came around. Look at the past WSOP Main Events and you can probably remember an amazing fold or hero call that the champion made.

Making a big lay down is essentially laying down a really good hand when you have worked out that your hand is still beat by one that is even better. While it is hard to have any kind of strategy that declares ‘I’m going to make a hero fold/call today’ at the beginning of the action, you should certainly be confident that should it come down to it, you can make that tough decision. These often come from the gut, that part of you that just knows you’re losing or winning in a certain spot.

I once spoke to the great Sam Razavi, a British poker professional who has made a career making huge plays. In one particular tournament, he won solely the title and around $50,000 in prize money purely because he made one great bluff at a key moment. He’d worked out his opponent’s hand down to almost the exact cards and followed through on his gut feeling with total conviction.

Sam told me that gut feeling was really the accumulation of knowledge over time and your brain then telling you that for reasons based on cognitive ‘muscle memory’, you can make the right call. Should you be wrong, that supposedly impulsive instinct is then refined over time, and your gut feelings then become more informed, often without you being fully conscious of the thought process.

We’d all like to do such things but jumping across that ‘Execution Gap’ between believing we are doing the right thing then actually pulling the trigger is much harder than it sounds.

Taking on Tilt

Let’s talk about tilt. Not just in your own game, but in that of others too. Tilt in poker is reacting emotionally to a poker hand and letting that emotion affect the next hand or even several after. This is often associated with taking a bad beat. Let’s say you are all-in with pocket queens against the pocket sevens of a player with three-quarters of your stack in a big live event. As all the chips are committed pre-flop, another player tells the at-risk player with sevens that they folded a seven too. Then, a seven lands on the river, and you’ve lost a huge chunk of your stack to a one-outer.

That kind of bad beat could easily affect you thereafter. Down from possibly 200 big blinds to under 30, you’ll have to adjust your play accordingly and have fallen a long way back down the ladder despite playing the hand perfectly. Overriding the sense of justice is difficult, and you will need to strategize completely differently, possibly for hours or days of the event. Getting over this ‘tilt’ feeling is hard, but it can be just as hard if you go on a series of hands when you’re winning. Can you still play your A-Game and not dust off chips needlessly through a sense of overconfidence? It’s crucial that you do, but ‘Winner’s Tilt’ is a thing, having recently been referenced in Daniel Negreanu’s look back at why he had a losing 2023.

Getting a handle on your emotions is crucial to success at the poker table. One thing that many players don’t consider, however, is how to exploit this tilt in others’ behavior. If you notice someone tilting, either from winning a pot or losing one, make sure that you take advantage. Charge them more with your bet-sizing if they’re splashing around with newly won chips. Punish their loss-chasing mentality if they’ve been on the wrong end of a bad beat, particularly if it was to you.

It is pivotal in poker that if you are to have any success, then the greatest strategy is to separate the decision you’re making from the outcome of that action. Being as objective as you can while retaining an emotional balance is going to help you stay on the right side of tilt in your own mind and crucially, take the maximum in chips from those who are unable to do so.

In Conclusion

Understanding negative triggers to your own A-Game and exploiting those weaknesses in others’ games is the optimal strategy when making key decisions. Being comfortable in those marginal moments can often come down to a ‘gut feeling’ that is refined over time by your own experiences at the felt.

Executing key decisions at the poker felt comes down to a focus – both hard and soft – on making positive decisions and not focusing on the consequences but refining the process of your decision-making skills. The 10-time WSOP bracelet holder Erik Seidel was coaching the comparatively inexperienced poker player and author Maria Konnikova.

When she told him about the decisions she was making and the result of the hands, he asked her to leave out the part where chips were won or lost. All that mattered was the decision, the process, the execution, the work. The chips will fall where they may, but if you keep improving your strategy in making key decisions, over time you’ll always win more than you lose.

FanDuel and Operation Hope Offer Free Financial Literacy Counseling for MA Residents

FanDuel Group and Operation Hope have teamed up to promote financial literacy and offer Massachusetts residents free financial counseling. Teaming up with the non-profit organization is part of FanDuel’s efforts to demonstrate its commitment to responsible gaming (RG).

Through the partnership, Massachusetts residents can access Financial Wellbeing Coaches from the financial literacy organization’s Hope Inside program. The coaches will offer participants virtual and in-person financial health sessions at no cost.

The sessions will teach Bay State residents how to manage their entertainment spending—including their gambling budget—as well as some more general lessons like:

  • Strategies to build savings
  • How to improve one’s credit (FICO) score
  • Getting out of debt

In addition to providing coaches, the partners will release content about financial literacy and promote the Hope Inside program’s availability and financial counseling.

The program will be promoted through mass media, including radio, social media, and other digital platforms. FanDuel has a page on its website dedicated to the partnership, through which interested Massachusetts residents can reach out to the Wellbeing Coaches.

Financial Counseling Is Another Step of FanDuel’s RG Efforts

Responsible gaming has become a big focus for the gambling industry, including FanDuel Group, which includes FanDuel Casino and Sportsbook. Christian Genetski, President of FanDuel, said that Operation Hope’s work has shown that when people have financial literacy, they can manage their spending better.

He reiterated that the partnership is an important step in FanDuel’s RG efforts:

FanDuel is committed to giving back to the communities in which we operate, and we believe that supporting proven financial literacy programs is a natural extension of our work to promote and empower responsible gaming. Partnering with Operation HOPE, a leader in the space, to help fund critical financial literacy education and providing access to financial counseling in communities across Massachusetts is the latest evolution in FanDuel’s efforts.

In 2022, FanDuel’s parent company, Flutter Entertainment, introduced the Positive Impact Plan. The plan’s goal is to promote “sustainable customer relationships.”

One target is for 50% of Flutter’s global customers to be using one or more of the company’s Play Well RG tools by 2026, rising to 75% by 2030.

The company is well on track to achieve that. Flutter’s 2023 mid-year financial report shows that 42% of global customers have adopted a tool part of the Positive Impact Plan. The report also revealed that the company spent £45 million ($54.7m) on “safer gambling initiatives.”

FanDuel also has created the “PlayWell Day.” During the event, company employees worldwide attend virtual and in-person seminars on the importance of RG.

Could The Industry Do More?

FanDuel is not alone in supporting responsible gaming. In December 2023, MGM Resorts International donated $360,000 to the International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) to fund RG research. Over the past year and a half, the ICRG has also received over $1 million from Bally’s Corporation.

However, many point out that more funding is needed for RG research and programs. The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) recommends that operators set aside 1% of their revenue for RG and problem gambling programs. Meanwhile, the National Association of Administrators for Disordered Gambling Services (NAADGS) says the number should be 2%.

To put that in perspective, Flutter’s global revenue for the first half of 2023 was $9.3 billion. Its spending of $54.7 million during that period equals 0.6% of that.

That said, operators are far from alone in failing to spend as much as advocacy groups recommend. According to the NAADGS, U.S. spending on services to treat gambling addiction in 2022 was a mere 38 cents per capita. That number is significantly lower than other services like drug and alcohol programs. States would need to spend several dollars, not tens of cents, to meet the recommendations of the NAADGS.

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Memoir by SharmaJI – PokerGuru

Memoir by SharmaJI


Posted by Naman Sharma on 2023-04-04 at 7:56 PM

SharmaJI Blog

After busting two recently found bankrolls, I was sure I needed to do something differently (mostly bankroll management errors and skill overestimation). I consider myself one of those ‘feel-players’ who know very few technical details about the game, but my love for poker is such that I keep bouncing back somehow.

Working for PokerGuru and seeing the journey of numerous poker enthusiasts and pros, I’ve sometimes been envious and uncertain. However, it has also been one of my biggest motivations to persevere despite losing considerable money.

I was on top of the world after scoring a career-best payday (3rd in PokerStars India’s Master Minds [8-Max] for ₹89,125) in November 2022, and it was smooth sailing for some time. January and February were drastic months for me as one thing led to another, and I went bust before realizing it.

On the other hand, March was a harbinger of new opportunities. Although I have much to learn, I was asked to stream for PokerGuru under the ‘SharmaJI’ moniker, one of the most exciting challenges I’ve ever been issued.

On March 30, right after reaching the PokerGuru HQ, the usual work continued, with everyone pitching in for the Daily Majors report. I was writing about a few of the ongoing NPS and ITM events, wondering when I would get to take down an event.

Around 6 PM, I started grinding on PokerStars, playing the ₹375 buy-in, ₹50K GTD Super Stack PKO 8-Max. Only fifteen minutes into the event, I busted out once, and in hope and desperation, I fired my second bullet, which did the trick for me. Moving one step at a time, I was doing everything quite cautiously and built a decent stack before the close of late registration. The next step was to wait for the money bubble to burst, which was a task. Somehow, I reached the money and entered the final table as one of the shorter stacks.

Won PokerStars India's ₹50K GTD Super Stack PKO 8-Max
Won PokerStars India’s ₹50K GTD Super Stack PKO 8-Max

 

On the FT, I worked my way up before a misclick of folding pocket aces once. Lady luck smiled upon me, and I found a double-up with pocket jacks. The game continued, and at the time of three-handed play, I was again the shortest stack before jamming jack-eight suited (diamonds) from the button and finding a double-up from another runner who held ace-king suited (spades). After that, I had the chip lead; from then on, it seemed like a cakewalk. I eventually shipped the tournament for ₹12,154.

Got lucky with J8 of diamonds
Got lucky with J8 of diamonds

 

What made March 30 even more memorable was my getting to the final table of two more PokerStars India tourney’s ₹1 Lakh Gtd Ultrasonic (4th for ₹7,754) & Late Night Last Chance [Hyper-Turbo] (4th for ₹1,089).

This is a start, and I feel blessed to be part of a community that is so supportive when at the end of the day, we are all competing against each other at the tables.

Also, a big shoutout to all who have been tuning into my streams. I hope to see you all on my next stream very soon.

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Ulasan Sbobet di tahun 2020

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SBOBET adalah bandar online tertua dan tepercaya di Asia. Mereka terbuka untuk petaruh pro dan amatir, dan menawarkan peluang terbaik dan batas tertinggi dari semua situs taruhan olahraga Asia.

Mereka menerima pemain dari semua negara Asia dan menawarkan dukungan bahasa dan mata uang untuk sebagian besar wilayah.

Mengapa bermain di SboBet.com?

  • Bandar taruhan online terbesar di Asia.
  • Batas taruhan tertinggi.
  • Memiliki odds terbaik untuk sepak bola.
  • Tersedia dalam banyak bahasa dan mata uang.

Profil Kasino

  • Didirikan: 2004
  • Lisensi: Filipina
  • Bonus: 100% hingga £ 150
  • Kode promo: DEPBON3
  • Poker: Tidak
  • Kasino: Ya
  • Taruhan Olahraga: Ya
  • Kompatibel dengan Ponsel: Ya

Ulasan Pakar SBOBet.com

Dalam artikel ini saya akan membagikan informasi mengenai situs taruhan online www.sbobet.com. Walaupun ulasan ini mencakup informasi tentang bahasa yang disediakan, mata uang, opsi perbankan dan informasi tentang sejarah perusahaan, formatnya berbeda dari ulasan pada umumnya. Ini karena saya sangat familiar dengan SBOBet dan karena mereka tidak seperti kebanyakan bandar judi internet.

SBOBet Ramah Kepada Para Penjudi Profesional

Sebagian besar bandar taruhan tidak mau mengambil taruhan dari petaruh yang menang, terutama mereka yang mempertaruhkan taruhan lebih tinggi. Ini berlaku di bandar judi Asia seperti Dafabet dan M88, di situs taruhan Las Vegas, di divisi online bandar taruhan Inggris seperti Ladbrokes dan William Hill, di bandar judi Australia utama seperti Sportsbet dan Sportingbet, dan daftar ini masih panjang.

Dengan semua contoh tersebut, ketika seorang pemain memenangkan jumlah tertentu, akun mereka ditandai untuk ditinjau. Manajemen risiko kemudian akan memutuskan apakah pemain itu beruntung, atau apakah ia seorang petaruh yang menang. Jika mereka memutuskan yang terakhir, batas taruhannya dipotong. Seringkali batasan ini mencapai serendah maksimum $ 5 atau $ 10, yang secara tidak langsung berarti bahwa pemain dilarang bertaruh.

Di SBOBet, hal ini tidak terjadi. Petaruh profesional diterima dan batas taruhan pribadi tidak pernah diberlakukan.

Yang juga unik di SBO, semua batas taruhan adalah maksimum “per taruhan” dan bukan maksimum secara kumulatif. Sebagai contoh, Liga Primer Inggris: untuk 1X2 (home/draw/away) taruhan maksimal umumnya sekitar USD 2.000, tetapi jauh lebih sedikit untuk long shot dan lebih banyak untuk favorit. Untuk handicap Asia mereka biasanya US $ 8.334.

Anda dapat menempatkan taruhan maksimal ini sebanyak mungkin ini sesuka Anda. Satu-satunya alasan untuk batas per taruhan adalah memberikan kesempatan kepada odds manager untuk menyesuaikan lines. Bagi  dia,  tidak masalah memesan taruhan sebesar USD 1 juta, selama dia dapat memindahkan lines setelah setiap taruhan maksimal. Setelah odds berubah, Anda kemudian dapat memutuskan apakah Anda ingin bertaruh pada odds yang baru.

Contoh di atas melibatkan liga populer. Untuk olahraga yang kurang populer seperti bola voli, taruhan maksimum akan jauh lebih rendah (untuk bola voli, nilainya hanya USD 84). Untuk liga dan/atau olahraga lain, batas ada di suatu tempat antara contoh yang diberikan ini. Tapi, tidak peduli apa itu olahraga atau batasan yang kita bicarakan, sekali lagi … ini adalah batas per taruhan (bukan kumulatif). Anda dapat membuat taruhan maks sebanyak yang Anda inginkan.

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Margin Rendah Mengurangi ”Juice”

SBOBet tidak hanya memungkinkan taruhan maksimum tanpa batas, di banyak pasar mereka melakukannya dengan odds terbaik. Anda tahu, bandar mendapatkan keuntungan dengan membebankan komisi pada setiap taruhan.

Ambil contoh ini: Secara teori, jika sebuah tim kemungkinan persis 50% untuk menang, maka tanpa komisi, taruhan 1 akan menghasilkan 2 (1 stake + 1 win).

Namun, pada sebagian besar bandar judi online ketika sebuah tim 50% kemungkinan menang payout akan menghasilkan 1,90, atau mungkin 1,94, dll. Saat peluang 50% jumlah odds kurang dari 2,00 adalah margin laba bandar judi dan bagaimana mereka menghasilkan uang. Jadi, jika mereka membayar 1,90, bandar tersebut memiliki margin keuntungan 10%. Jika membayar 1,95, bandar tersebut memiliki margin 5% dan seterusnya.

Alasan saya menggunakan rentang atau range adalah karena tidak semua bandar judi beroperasi dengan margin yang sama; beberapa memiliki margin yang lebih tinggi sementara yang lain menawarkan nilai yang lebih baik kepada pelanggan dengan membebankan komisi lebih sedikit pada taruhan mereka.

SBOBet menawarkan peluang yang serupa dengan situs Eropa pada 1X2 (Home/Away/Draw), tetapi ketika berbicara tentang handicap Asia, margin mereka adalah yang terendah yang ada di industri ini. Ini berarti pada handicap Asia, SBOBet biasanya memiliki odds terbaik.

Jika menggunakan contoh acak, pertandingan Serie A Italia antara AC Milan dan Lazio memiliki odds berikut di tiga situs yang terdaftar.

SBOBet.com AC Milan -0.5 1.72 / Lazio +0.5 2.30

Ladbrokes AC Milan -0.5 1.72 / Lazio +0.5 2.06

William Hill AC Milan -0.5 1.65 / Lazio +0.5 2.20

The -0.5 / +0.5 adalah handicap dan di posisi  ini jika pertandingan seri, berarti Lazio keluar sebagai pemenang untuk tujuan taruhan karena AC Milan memulai dengan memberi mereka setengah gol. Hal penting untuk diperhatikan adalah desimal yang  ada di belakang odds. Ini adalah seberapa banyak jumlah yang dipertaruhkan 1 unit untuk menang. Tidak masalah jika kita berbicara satu dolar, quid, euro, rupiah, ringgit, yen, baht atau mata uang lain yang dipertaruhkan. Jika  odds 1,72 – setiap 1 unit mata uang mempertaruhkan pengembalian 1,72 (1 stake + 0,72 profit) pada taruhan yang menang.

Dengan pemahaman di atas, perhatikan dalam contoh bahwa SBOBet menawarkan line terbaik dari tiga situs terlepas dari tim mana Anda bertaruh. Ini karena margin mereka jauh lebih rendah dari standar industri. Ini merupakan salah satu fitur yang menarik pengunjung profesional untuk menggunakan situs web mereka.

Apakah SBOBet Legal?

Untuk pemain profesional yang belum pernah mendengar tentang SBOBet, apa yang baru saja dibahas mungkin terdengar terlalu bagus untuk menjadi kenyataan. Namun, SBOBet adalah situs taruhan berlisensi penuh dan 100% sah secara hukum. Untuk para penggemar EPL, Anda tentu tahu bahwa mereka sebelumnya merupakan sponsor kaos West Ham United dan merupakan sponsor taruhan resmi Asia dari 6 klub liga utama yang berbeda.

Mereka sudah menjalin hubungan dengan salah satu bandar diskon piutang terbesar di dunia ketika mereka meluncurkan bisnis online mereka pada tahun 2004. Pada saat itu mereka berlokasi di Filipina dan pasar utama mereka adalah Asia Tenggara termasuk Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Kamboja dan Myanmar.

Pada tahun 2008, SBOBet dengan agresif mulai melakukan ekspansi internasional. Sudah tersedia dalam bahasa Inggris dan banyak bahasa dan mata uang Asia, mereka menambahkan opsi mata uang GBP, EUR dan AUD ke situs mereka. Mereka juga mulai menawarkan situs web, perangkat lunak, dan dukungan pelanggan dalam bahasa Rusia, Jerman, dan Spanyol juga.

Mereka juga mendapat lisensi baru untuk gaming dan memindahkan operasi mereka sebagian besar ke Isle of Man.

Komisi Pengawasan Perjudian Isle of Man yang melisensikan SBOBet sangat ketat dan dihormati di industri perjudian. Mereka juga melisensikan situs poker terbesar di dunia, PokerStars dan Full Tilt, dan divisi online bandar bandar Irlandia Paddy Power. Komisi ini mengharuskan semua dana pemain dipisahkan dari kas operasi. Ketika SBOBet pindah ke Isle of Man pada tahun 2008, mereka memindahkan saldo pemain ke Barclays (Private Clients) International Limited. Itu adalah anak perusahaan Isle of Man dari bank besar Inggris Barclays yang mensponsori Liga Premier Inggris (EPL).

Pahami juga bahwa sebagai merek yang benar-benar global, SBOBet memiliki opsi perbankan yang tersedia untuk pemain dari seluruh dunia. Ini termasuk metode seperti eNets untuk Singapura, Poli untuk Australia, Przelewy24 untuk Polandia, ePay.bg untuk Bulgaria, dan banyak lagi. Mereka tentu saja juga mendukung e-wallet global seperti NETELLER dan Skrill. Semua perusahaan melakukan bisnis dengan SBOBet karena mereka adalah perusahaan benar-benar perusahaan yang legal yang dilisensikan dengan baik dengan sejarah dan rekam jejak yang mengesankan.

Fitur SBOBet

SBOBet.com terkenal karena odds sepakbola handicap Asia mereka yang terkemuka, yang tersedia baik untuk prematch maupun in-play. Hampir setiap liga sepak bola dan kompetisi dari seluruh dunia tersedia untuk bertaruh. Odds untuk in-play benar-benar yang terbaik di industri. Meskipun menu mereka tidak mencolok atau flashy, fungsionalitas situs lebih baik daripada antarmuka lain yang biasa ditemukan di web. Pembaruan odds langsung diotomatisasi tanpa perlu menyegarkan atau refres browser situs. Taruhan dapat dibuat dan dikonfirmasi pada layar yang sama yang menunjukkan odds.

Selain taruhan sepak bola, SBOBet menawarkan odds banyak olahraga lainnya. Ini termasuk bola basket, baseball, tenis, sepak bola Amerika, atletik, bulu tangkis, sepak bola pantai, tinju, kriket, bersepeda, panah, hiburan, hoki lapangan, finansial, futsal, golf, bola tangan, hoki es, lacrosse, seni bela diri campuran (MMA) , motor sport, olimpiade, biliar/snooker, rugby, squash, tenis meja, bola voli, polo air dan olahraga musim dingin. Sementara limit jauh lebih kecil daripada untuk sepakbola, sekali lagi: limit adalah per taruhan. Di SBO terbuka kemungkinan untuk mendapatkan banyak uang dari olahraga minor juga.

Yang juga layak dicermati adalah SBOBet tidak hanya untuk taruhan. Mereka juga menawarkan bentuk perjudian lainnya. Di bagian game mereka, Anda dapat menemukan balapan virtual. Game greyhound virtual ini disebut Platinum Hounds dan game balap kuda virtual disebut Dashing Derby.

Ada juga banyak permainan kartu termasuk permainan kartu Italia Sette e mezzo (tujuh setengah), 100 hand jack atau video poker yang lebih baik, dan Red Dog. Game lain yang ditawarkan termasuk permainan dadu Lucky Dice, permainan slot Fireworks Friendly, Fluffy Favorites, Secret Garden, White Wizard, Temple of Iris, dan Sheman’s Dream, dan keno, kartu kunci, dan hi/lo.

Apa yang disebutkan di atas hanyalah bagian game di situs web mereka. Ada juga blackjack, bakarat, roulette, dan sic-bo. Untuk video poker, game yang tersedia adalah Deuces Wild, Jacks or Better, Jokers Wild, Keno dan Bingo. Pilihan mesin slot sangat besar dengan 47 macam versi slot super (alias slot video) tersedia untuk dipilih.

SBOBet juga memiliki buku telepon untuk taruhan pacuan kuda. Terakhir namun yang paling penting adalah bahwa pada tahun 2009 Komisi Pengawasan Perjudian Isle of Man untuk pertama kali memberikan lisensi kasino dealer live dan dikeluarkan untuk SBOBET. Kasino ini memungkinkan pemain untuk bermain blackjack dan bakarat secara live melawan dealer manusia yang duduk di meja judi fisik yang nyata di studio kasino yang sebenarnya. Ini seperti menempatkan taruhan secara langsung di Makau atau Vegas, tetapi menggunakan web cam dan taruhan ditempatkan secara online.

SBOBet tersedia untuk pemain di sebagian besar negara. Pengecualian penting adalah Amerika Serikat, Prancis, Turki, Belgia, Yunani dan Jerman. Untuk negara-negara ini, SBOBet tidak menyediakan layanan demi kegunaan hukum atau strategik.

Bagi penduduk di negara-negara lainnya, situs web mereka tersedia dalam bahasa Inggris, Cina (简体 中文), Indonesia, Vietnam (Tiếng Việt), Thailand (ภาษา ไทย), Rusia (Pусский), Jepang (日本語), Korea (한국어), Jerman (Deutsch) ) dan Burma.

Di SBOBet, akun taruhan dapat dibuka dalam pilihan Dolar Australia (AUD), Pound Inggris (GBP), Euro (EUR), Dolar Hong Kong (HKD), Yen Jepang (JPY), Ringgit Malaysia (MYR), Dolar Singapura ( SGD), maupun mata uang Thailand Baht (THB). Bagi mereka yang mata uang pilihannya tidak terdaftar, tidak perlu kuatir: Dolar Amerika Serikat (USD) juga tersedia.

Sebagaimana Anda mengumpulkan informasi dari ulasan SBOBET ini, Anda akan paham bahwa perusahaan ini memiliki banyak hal untuk ditawarkan semua jenis penjudi. Mereka aman, sekuritas terjamin, dan dapat diandalkan dan dipercaya oleh petaruh olahraga terbesar di dunia, baik amatir maupun profesional.