The wonderful world of Poker

It’s hard to dispute that poker is the major gambling game played in the world today, we have all heard something about it and more than just a few of us have played some form of poker at one time or another. The major reason for the popularity of poker is because the easy format of play makes it possible for you and a few friends to get together, have a beer and a hand or two of poker.

The place where poker is the most popular in the world has to be America where it is thought that around 40 million people play, but it is true to say that with the success of online casino sites, most of the rest of the world is catching up very quickly.

The World Series is the place to watch some serious poker played, here you will see the world’s finest players all vying for the big win. The whole series has fifty tournaments and it finishes with the championship and even though the entrance fee is $8,000 it still attracts 8,000 players!

To get yourself into the game find a good online casino and they will have free poker for you to get used to the game and the site before you jump into playing for real money. Take your time and practice, you will soon learn the strategy and get into the most popular of card games.

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How to play Roulette

Roulette consists of a wheel with 36 numbered slots coloured red and black and two green slots numbered 0 and 00. The player places a number of bets on the table and once all the bets are in the dealer will spin the wheel and release a small white ball. The winners are those that correctly guess what number or colour slot the ball lands in.

There are a variety of betting options when playing roulette; these can be characterised as outside bets and inside bets, and each has a different set of odds and pay out amounts.

Outside bets

The bets on the side and bottom of the numbered area are called outside bets and usually have a higher chance of winning, although they pay out less than inside bets.

Even money bets

Even money bets include half the numbers on the table excluding the 0 and 00 numbers. They include red or black, odd or even, 1-18 or 19-36 and pay 1:1 odds. Even money bets are great for those who are just starting out as they have a better chance of winning, but they do have a relatively low pay out.

Dozen bets

Dozen bets are located on the side and bottom of the numbered area and consist of first 12 numbers, second 12 numbers and third 12 numbers, as well as the first, second and third columns of the table. Dozen bets pay 2:1.

Inside bets

Any bets that include a specific number are called inside bets and offer the best odds on a roulette table but also the most risk.

Single number bets

This is the most basic bet on the roulette table, pick a number and bet on it. Single number bets pay out at 35:1 making it the highest odds on the table.

Split bets

A split bet is made by placing the chip between two numbers and pays 17:1.

Street bet

A street bet is placed on the top row of the number column and covers 3 numbers. This bet pays 11:1.

Square bet

A square bet is placed on the intersection of four numbers and pays 8:1.

Five-number bet

There is only one five-number bet on the roulette table and covers 0,00,1,2 and 3; it pays 6:1, although should be avoided as it has the highest house edge.

Line bet

A line bet is placed on the top line in between two rows of numbers. It covers 6 numbers and pays 5:1.

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Playing poker online

Look around and you will find plenty of online poker sites where online you can download free, the software that will enable you to play Texas Hold’em, Omaha and Stud Poker for either real cash or play money in the free tournaments. Online poker tables are open 24 hours a day every day and what is more you can play against players from around the world at any time of the day or night.

You can also learn how to play poker online at the online site and improve your game by researching archives for expert advice on Texas Hold’em, Omaha, 5 Card Stud and 7 Card Stud. You can watch exciting poker tournaments and you might also get the chance to play in a few yourselves, a sure way to increase your poker skills.

When you decide to sign up at an online casino and play online poke, look for the online poker rooms that offers the best sign-up bonuses available, it is not necessary to sign up without getting the vital bonus form the online casino operator. Also look out for loyalty bonus points, with many sites you can accumulate points every time you play online poker and there are sure to be some mouth-watering prizes on offer.

Online poker is one of the most popular games played at online casinos, why not join in and enjoy some online poker fun.

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Maximizing Your Chances of Winning on the Slots

Payback percentages for slot machines usually vary between 80% and 98%, which may sound like a sure bet, but these machines are set up to be completely random meaning that they could not pay out for a number of days or pay out huge jackpots on consecutive spins. Although random, there are a few things you can do to maximise your chance of winning.

Play machines in high traffic areas – casino like for their customers to see other customers winning to entice them to play, so look for slot machines that are in high traffic areas near the exits/entrances, toilets and restaurants. These machines typically have a higher win percentage than those in the main casino.

Play slots with higher denominations – slot machines that require more money per spin generally have higher payback percentages and if your bank roll allows it play these machines first.

Avoid high jackpot machines – if you want to maximise your chances of winning avoid slots with big jackpots; these will have a lower win percentage than those that have a sensible jackpot.

Read the machines instructions – before betting, it is recommended that you read the instructions on the slot machine. Each machine is different and even if they look the same they may have a different betting structure and jackpot. Always play the maximum coin bet; this means that you will have a better chance of winning the full jackpot.

Know your limits – knowing your limits is the number one rule for a successful gambler. Take a set amount of ‘gambling’ money with you and stick to it. If you’re not having any luck on one machine then move to another one. You never know, your luck might change.

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Choosing the right online bingo site

For new players to the game, finding a reputable online bingo site that offers you the games and promotions that you want can be a tricky business, but we’re here to help. There are literally thousands of online bingo sites on the internet, offering a range of games and services so check out our handy little guide to choosing the right one.

Check out review sites

The internet is a great resource for review of just about anything, and it’s no different for bingo sites. Check out some bingo forums and read reviews about any site you are interested in. doing your research here will ensure that you choose the right site for your style of play.

See what promotions are on offer

Bingo sites offer promotions and bonuses to new customers, so compare a few of the better bingo sites to see what their latest offers are. Most websites offer a bingo deposit bonus of between 100% and 500% for your first cash deposit. Bingo sites also have daily of weekly bonuses for existing customers such as free games and competitions, so it’s a good idea to check these out too.

Play some free games

Some websites will let you play for free with no deposit, these sites are a great way of playing the games for free and can give beginner players experience of playing for real. It can also help you to choose the website that best suits you.

Above all, have fun!

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New study finds that poker player’s arms give away their hand

We have all heard the term ‘poker face’ and many of the top poker players in the world have perfected it, but they might need to develop ‘poker arms’ too after a study showed that even inexperienced players could tell what type of hand an opponent had by watching the movement of their arms.

In the study, conducted by Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts students were shown two second video clips of professional poker players arms and asked to judge who had a strong hand and who didn’t. The students more often than not correctly identified which type of hand a player had.

The students were then asked to view short videos of professional poker players’ upper body and face and asked the same questions. The students couldn’t identify what type of hand the poker player had meaning that the ‘poker face really works.

Michael Slepian, who worked on the study concluded, “Professional poker players’ arm movements enabled untrained observers to decode poker-hand quality”.

Participants who said that the poker player had a good hand said that the arm movements were much smoother and natural than those who had weak poker hands. However, it is not known if the players deemed to have a smooth movement naturally slide their chips more elegantly than their opponents.

The study’s findings are published in this month’s issue of Psychological Science.

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Slots for all

No modern casino would be complete without its slot machines.  From the traditional fruit machine to the more modern theme-bases slots games, there is sure to be something for everyone. 

The first slot machine was invented in the late nineteenth century by Charles Frey of San Francisco, California, but the first true video slot machine was not developed until 1976.  More recent innovations that began in the 1990s include the introduction of slots games on gambling websites, enabling players to try their luck at times and locations to suit them.

Online gambling sites usually have scores of different slots games to choose from.  This ensures that game play always remains exciting.  Slots games can transport you into the world of your favourite superhero, or to exotic, faraway lands, further enhancing your gaming pleasure.

Most online gambling sites feature great promotions for new players.  Stan James free bets are amongst the many great offers, whereby bonus amounts are credited into players’ accounts when they make their first deposit or online bet. 

With registration taking just minutes, it is so much easier to play in the comfort of your own home!

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How to play Craps online

Playing craps online is more popular than ever and we believe for very good reasons, but it is worth reminding anyone who is interested in playing craps that they should make sure that they are familiar with the rules, this applies to nay casino game of course. It is worth noting that many online casinos will have a practice table where you can play and get to know the game without committing yourself to using real money. . Once you’re familiar with the online craps table, you can then join in the fun.

First the basics of the game, you must make a bet by placing chips on the relevant betting sections of the craps table. Now you can place bets on the Pass and Don’t Pass bet lines only. You roll the dice and this is known as the “shooter” and as “come out roll.” If the come out roll produces 7 or 11, you will be given another opportunity to roll the dice. If the dice land on 2, 3 or 12, you will lose the game and a new round will begin. Now if this produces a number other than those mentioned, the “puck,” situated at the top of the craps table, will switch from Off to On to let you know that the “point” number has just been established.

This is where the rules change, 7 is the number that you must avoid. Keep rolling the dice until you roll the “point” again. As mentioned previously, the best way to learn about craps, as with any other game is to play it and you should take advantage of the practice table, once you get the hang of it, you will return to craps again and again.

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How to become a better poker player

When playing poker in a casino, at least one player is required to make a forced bet to create an initial stake for opponents to contest.  After the forced bet is made, the dealer shuffles the cards and the player on the right side cuts the deck.  The dealer distributes the cards clockwise around the poker table, beginning with the player to his or her left.  Now, the first of numerous betting rounds commences.  Between rounds, players can ask for additional cards or replace the cards they have formerly dealt.  The dealer gathers the bets into a pot at the end of each round. 

If one player bets, and his or her opponents choose not to call the wager, the round ends and the player is awarded the pot without even being asked to show the cards.  This is what makes bluffing possible.  If the other players choose to call the bet, the player with the best hand wins the pot.  To determine the best hand, players are required to show their cards.

Although poker has many variations, all of them use an identical hand ranking hierarchy and similar patterns. Poker variants have been divided into: 

•    Community card poker:  Players can use the face-up community cards dealt on the table to complement their hands of face-down cards.  Two popular variations are Omaha and Texas Hold’em.

•    Draw poker:  After betting, players can replace unwanted cards with new ones.  The most famous variation is five-card draw.
•    Stud poker:  Dealers combine face-up and face-down rounds, individually followed by bets.

•    Straight:  After receiving complete hands, players bet in one round.  Raising and re-raising are allowed.

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About Blackjack

The game of Blackjack, often referred to as “Twenty One” by some people is played with one, two, four, six or eight decks of cards. Just like most card games the object of the game is to beat the dealer and in some parts of the world, notably Britain and the Commonwealth countries it can also be referred to as “Pontoon” but with slightly different terms and rules.

The simple objective of the game is to get cards that are higher than the dealer without going over the magic number of 21, if you do you win. Going over 21 means in simple terms you lose or you are “bust and the same thing applies to the dealer also but this does not mean that you win, you have to act first, if you “bust” you lose whether the dealer does or not.

The value of the cards is important and the suits have no importance at all, the cards two to ten are counted at their face value and the “picture” cards are also ten. The ace is important as it can count as a one or a ten, so for example an ace and a five could be either six or sixteen. Another way is if you are dealt an ace and a three, you have 4 or 14. If you then draw a ten you now have a hard 14 because if you count the ace as 11 you would have 25 and out you go!

The game of Blackjack is one of the most popular of gambling games in the casino and it is easy to understand why.

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