December 2, 2014
Many poker terms have infiltrated the English lexicon over the years. It’s not uncommon, for instance, to hear people talking about having to “go all in” on an idea or “raise the stakes” in real-life situations. More mathematically-minded professional poker players even talk about whether non-poker decisions they’ve made were “+EV” (expected value) or not. When you think about it, a lot of poker skills can be applied to your life away from the felt. Here are a couple of examples.
November 18, 2014
To become a master chess player (think Garry Kasparov or Bobby Fischer) you must have a certain set of skills that includes cautious recklessness, the ability to react in the face of adversity and strategic thinking and planning. Sure, there are some skills chess players possess that can be applied to poker strategies, but the two games are quite different in that chess is defined by skill while poker is just as much chance as it is skill (that’s what makes it exciting, after all). Chess involves playing on what you can see and poker is mostly about what you can’t see. However, there are some similarities between the two crafts and also a few lessons poker players can learn from chess masters.
November 13, 2014
When we gamble, the goddess of Fortuna decides our fate. It seems like a pretty good deal: you pay to feel the excitement of letting chance define your fate and possibly make a winning. Well, for some individuals this deal wasn’t good enough and they decided to cheat. Now…cheating a casino is quite the feat, and these guys used tech savviness and imagination to trick the entire operation into paying out the big bucks.
The history of modern gambling is populated with fascinating stories of individuals who tried to counter the old adage “the house always wins” by duping the casino. The epic stories of these master gambling scams strategies are practically cinematic, with a few of them even landing on the big screen like, say, “Ocean’s 11” or “21.”
There are two main cheat categories (depending on the type of gambling): digital and mechanical. Although the most infamous of the lot have been mechanical, as it is easier to manipulate objects than it is to manipulate complex algorithms.
October 21, 2014
Sitting down to gamble is a fun, sometimes even thrilling, hobby. So when you can do it from the comfort of your home, many online gambling enthusiasts agree that it makes the pastime twice as enjoyable.
The first online casino available for use in the U.S. was introduced in 1995. Since then, online gambling has exploded, not only in the U.S., but on a global scale. Although due to the United States’ regulations regarding online gambling, it is an immensely popular industry and is expected to grow to a whopping $2.5 billion by the year 2015.
So, which regions are contributing the most to that pot? Here are the top ten gambling nations in the world as of January 2014.
September 16, 2014
The six of spades on the river gave you a full house that won the $50,000 first place payout in an online poker tournament. That $10,000 bet you placed on one hand of blackjack ended up being split four times, with two of the hands being doubled down. The dealer busts and there you sit with $60,000 on your account. Now the question becomes how much of your new-found fortune is actually yours?
The way your winnings are handled is determined by you…and the gaming laws of your jurisdiction.
September 11, 2014
There’s nothing like having a casino in your living room, and that’s what online gambling is all about. Any money you would normally spend on food, gas, extra drinks (because they’re usually comped) and possibly a hotel room can now go into what you’re going to spend at the casino you go to online.
One big benefit of online gambling is the variety and amount of games you can play. There are hundreds of games in online casinos, whereas offline gambling normally sports the average games, like roulette, blackjack, poker and craps and the variety is limited. An unusual game at an offline casino probably would be a standard when you’re playing in an online casino.
September 10, 2014
Letting it ride is gambling jargon that refers to when a player leaves their money on the table and keeps betting it on the same thing. Your bet doesn’t move from hand to hand; it becomes a revolving door.
We hear something like this often at the craps table. Sometimes letting the winnings ride works, and we never forget those 45-minute rolls. These kind of memories are what make trips to the casino fun. Unfortunately, heaters and hot streaks only come along so often, and any attempts to score big are wiped away. The casino almost always has an advantage on the player. This advantage is often referred to as the house edge, and the casino always wins over time.
August 27, 2014
Choosing the right poker game depends more on your personality and less on the game itself. With that said, there are several factors to consider before picking a new poker game to focus on.
Asking yourself the following questions can help you choose the right type of poker for you.
August 15, 2014
From world-class casinos to online bingo halls, bingo entices a following of gamers who excitedly play their cards in hopes to be the next big winner to call out—”bingo!” Bingo has evolved into a contemporary hyped-up gaming event offered at churches, bars, parlors, online casinos, and even cutting-edge casinos. Imagine Saturday night “after dark” bingo at a state-of-the-art bingo hall that practically replicates a nightlife clubbing atmosphere. The DJ host gets the party started with dancing and upbeat hits as a killer light show and glow necklaces illuminate the dimly lit space. Casino bingo certainly deviates from your stereotypical church hall bingo played by seniors. Yet, diversity is exactly what makes this game so universally loved and enjoyed. Here’s how bingo has grown to be such a worldly and versatile game of chance played in person at halls and virtually on mobile devices.
August 12, 2014
There are more varieties of slot machines than you may have ever imagined. Created in the 1800s, slots were created as simple games, working as three spinning mechanical reels. The first gambling slot machine had only five symbols: horseshoes, diamonds, spades, hearts, and a Liberty Bell.