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In recent years, a growing number of online poker sites offer anonymous poker tables, where a player can sit during a session without ever revealing his identity or having a regular pseudonym that tracking services can monitor.
Bovada is one of the flagship sites of anonymous poker, making the game accessible to US players (Bovada only accepts players based in the United States). Party Poker and Ignition Casino (US players only) also offer anonymous tables; their large player base makes it an ideal game for players around the world.
The anonymous option means that if you are a long-term winner of the game or a long-term loser, no one at the table will know. For some, the introduction of these tables was a controversial issue, claiming that it was removing some skills from the game of poker, while other players welcomed the introduction of the anonymous games.
Here I look at the pros and cons of anonymous poker tables. I start by looking at the games from the point of view of a good regular winner at the poker tables. I then watch the games from the point of view of a recreational player, who may well be a loser in the standings. I end by looking at anonymous poker from a general point of view and ask him if he is good for the game.
Anonymous Poker Tables – View of a Winning Player
A regular winner has three main weapons in his poker arsenal. In addition to being a good solid game at the tables, they will also be particularly good at selecting the table and will use a “Head-Up Display” that tells them a wide range of statistics about each opponent at the table. These Head-Up Display will show players information about each session they have already played with the player. The anonymous tables actually eliminate two of these weapons, because they allow both the selection of the table and the use of the redundant Head-Up Display.
However, is this really bad news for the usual winner? They will always be the best players at the table, will always be able to read their opponents at a table and take advantage of them. A good player will take money from a bad player, anonymous or not. However, a problem arises for players who like to play a large number of tables at the same time: multi-spreadsheets are very dependent on their Head-Up Display for reading. It is, therefore, the players who will be the hardest hit. The lack of selection of the table will also mean that good player will not be able to guarantee that they are sitting at a “shady” table – which means they will have to play at a table to find out!
Overall, this means that good players will still make money at the tables, but it will take them more work and time.
Anonymous poker tables – view of a recreational player
Many recreational players will notice virtually no difference when playing an anonymous table. They will be happy to play their cards against the other players at the table. A heavily losing recreational player will probably have no idea that he may have been targeted by a number of good players at standard tables and therefore did not realize he was sitting with a group of sharks. When playing at an anonymous table, the same player who loses weight still does not know if he is sitting with a bunch of fish or a group of sharks, he is just trying to make money, playing poker.
However, this player may notice that he does not lose so much when playing anonymous tables. They might attribute this to the fact that their game has improved or they might think that their game is “more suited” to anonymous poker – it’s actually neither of them, it’s just that the best players have trouble to meet these bad players and it will take a lot more hands to realize that the player is bad (where with a Head-Up Display, they would know the moment they sat).
Anonymous poker tables – General point of view
If you wonder if the anonymous tables are good for the game, you will probably get a different answer depending on the quality of the player. Seen from the outside with a long-term view, it’s probably not a bad thing for the game that bad players take longer to lose their money. This means they will be more likely to come back and reload their poker accounts – while a series of fast losing sessions might see them quitting the game completely. If many people quit the game completely, it can only be a bad thing for the game.
However, another question can be asked. Is anonymous poker really poker? One of the joys of the game for many players is the fact that you can read the opponent players and develop a plan to beat those players. Anonymous poker eliminates this aspect of the game. In real poker, if you go to a casino regularly, you will not be anonymous – should the game be different online?
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American Roulette 2018
Switch Studios proudly presents American Roulette – the studio’s second roulette title in a new suite of table game releases. Hot on the heels of the hugely successful Roulette – a European roulette title for mobile and desktop devices – American Roulette is a variant game with American themed art and a high-quality user experience. American Roulette is built on a powerful game engine and boasts an impressively realistic 3D American-flavoured roulette wheel with true-to-life ball behaviors. The game also includes advanced gameplay features which are favored by traditional players and high-rollers. Racetrack betting, Favourites, and Special Bets are all displayed in a modern style that will appeal to a growing market of casino players. American Roulette is a mobile and desktop gaming experience, and on mobile devices is playable in both Portrait and Landscape views. This beloved roulette variant holds appeal for all generations of casino players and delivers on the studio’s ambitions to refresh the table game market for new and old players alike.
All Aces Poker
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Say what you like about their strategy, but if you’ve ever watched Ocean’s Eleven then you’ll know that when hitting Las Vegas casinos for millions, those guys were meticulous in their planning. Their casino strategy was planned like a breakout from Alcatraz and nothing was left to chance.
Why Food Can Support Gambling Strategy
The world’s best stockbrokers, traders, investors, and gamblers have something in common – they play their specialist ‘game’ with mindfulness – or to put it more traditionally, they have a damn strong psychology. Naturally, such a strong game doesn’t come from one specific element – it’s the sum of everything they do and who they are as individuals. Whatever your gambling level and aspirations, you can take hints from the professionals.
In a report published by Popular Science, it was noted that your brain requires a tenth of a calorie per minute in order to stay alive. Unsurprisingly, your brain requires more disposable calories when you are hard at the thought. Strong cognitive performance can only come from being fully saturated. As the Snickers advert states: “you’re not you when you’re hungry”.The right diet is of paramount importance to all aspects of life and surprisingly, it is vital to gambling. Why do you think pro poker players can play to such a high standard after hours at the table? They have a solid diet that suits their required vocation perfectly. The average gambler, quite rightly, would never have thought twice about what to eat before hitting the tables, but with some carefully selected food stuffs, you can actually boost your overall playing capabilities. It really is a win-win; you effectively improve your chances of winning and simultaneously improve your health below, we will take you through the best things to eat pre-game and during.
Although mackerel, sardines, and pilchards may not leave too much to be desired, they work an absolute treat in increasing brainpower. Packed to the rafters with eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid (we’ll call them EPA and DHA respectively), the duo is instrumental in improving brain power. The body is an EPA/DHA fiend and oily fish is its so-called fix. A good fish supper before a game will help you to reduce the edge that the house possesses and a strategic chewing gum will get rid of an unwanted fish breath whilst retaining the mental benefits.
To complement your fish, you should look no further than spinach. Not only does it turn Popeye into a genetic freak but it can give you a memory that can rival that of the MIT card-counting team. A solid source of vitamin E and folate, which not only improves your memory but also your fertility, the benefits of a side of spinach are huge, and a mouthful here and there really will improve your game.
When you sit down at a table you know you’re there for the long haul and as such you need something of substance sitting in your stomach. Step forth the humble baked potato. In a recent study that assessed 38 different types of food in appetite saturation, the spud came out on top, with people stating that they felt fuller and ate less two hours after originally consuming a baked potato. There is nothing worse than finding yourself at a table when hunger hits. It alters your thinking and as a result, your hazard perception may become blurred, thus you may incur greater losses. A full stomach is a key to any extended gambling splurge.
Coffee or Green Tea
As well as being en vogue, drinking coffee or green tea has been proven in scientific research to boost brain function. The benefits of a strong caffeine hit before physical and mental tests include increased alertness, memory and focus – all vital when gambling. Caffeine has also been shown to reduce feelings of pain, but of course, most gamblers will be hoping this won’t be necessary.
2. Coconut Oil
Mixing a spoon of coconut oil into your cup of coffee or green tea is a research-supported way to boost mental energy and focus. Coconut oil contains a fatty acid called MCT (mid-chain-triglyceride) which is metabolized rapidly by the body in an unusual way. The brain has a unique ability to burn these fats, which are linked to enhanced focus and mental performance. In fact, MCT’s have been shown to have benefits for epilepsy sufferers, too.
The humble blueberry is a superfood that literally deserves the title – particularly when it comes to its scientifically proven brain benefits. Studies show that the berries enhance blood flow to the brain and improve scores on cognitive tests when consumed regularly. A handful of blueberries or a glass of juice before gambling is a winner.
4. Dark Chocolate
The darker the chocolate the better it is when it comes to giving you an energy boost. The higher the cacao concentration the more of a jolt you will get. This is due to the nutrients in cacao, which boost both energy and focus. It also contains caffeine, and we all know the joys of that. A bar of dark chocolate is not only a tasty treat but a potential game-changer; energy and focus are instrumental in success in any field, so by eating foodstuffs that boost both, you are improving the likelihood of a win.
Walnuts don’t just look like our brains, they’re great for the mind, too. These little powerhouses contain rich levels of the omega-3 essential fatty acids known as EPA and DHA, nutrients that the body can’t synthesize itself. Regular consumption of omega-3 rich foods such as walnuts is associated with better mental health and function – including concentration, memory, and mood, as highlighted in the book, Boost Your Brain Power in 60 Seconds. Eat walnuts or other omega-3 rich foods such as salmon and oily fish 2-3 times a week to help optimize your gambling mind and strategy.
When it comes to the gambling mind, steady energy levels are crucial. We want to feel positive, alert and as steady as a poker pro holding the biggest bluff hand of his life. So, complex carbohydrates are on the menu and processed, sugary food is out. Oats are a complex carbohydrate that releases energy slowly and also contains a small amount of fat and protein. Protein flapjacks are a good quick-fix option, especially if you’re into pre-gambling workouts.
The foods above can be combined easily in a bowl of pre-gambling porridge, sprinkled with walnuts and blueberries – plus a nice cup of coffee. Just make sure you stay well hydrated before and during gambling sessions!
Online gambling is one of the biggest industries in the world, generating billions of pounds every year. As a result, the industry has changed people’s lives by making them multi-millionaires overnight. Slot machines tend to be fairly popular amongst players who are looking for a quick win, and if you play games on Paddy Power, you could also join the list of people that have won the jackpot.
There have been multiple winners over the years, but here are 4 of the biggest online game jackpots ever.
Anonymous – €18.9 million (£16.5 million)
Last month, the world record for highest payout on an online casino game was set when a lucky player managed to walk away with almost €19 million. Over the past few months, the progressive jackpot on the world-famous Mega Moolah game has constantly been climbing over the £10 million marks.
Understandably, the multi-millionaire slot player has decided to remain anonymous for the time being, but there is no doubt they’ll remember their 75 cent bet for the rest of their life. Not only is the highest payout in the world, but it is also the highest paid out to someone who played on a mobile device.
The Mega Moolah online slot machine has a history of paying out huge sums of money and you can expect to see the name appear a number of times throughout this article.
Jon Heywood – €17.9 million (£13.2 million)
To date, this is the largest UK jackpot payout in an online slot machine game. Jon Heywood, a British soldier, placed just 25p on the online slots game Mega Moolah and got £13,213,838.68 in return. Not a bad return for someone who had bet a small sum of money and had just opened their online account 25 minutes prior to his win.
Heywood has kept a low-profile since his win, but shortly after his win, he did announce that he’d be spending it on the best possible medical treatment for his dad, as well as treating himself to a yellow Bentley Continental GT.
Until the record win last month, this was the world record for the highest amount paid out to an online jackpot winner due to the pound-to-euro conversion rate at the time.
Anonymous – €17.8 million (£15.5 million)
Before Jon Heywood’s win in 2015, the record for the biggest jackpot was set in Finland in 2013. Unlike our previous jackpot winner, our anonymous winner managed to secure his jackpot on the Mega Fortune slot game.
Like Jon Heywood, the lucky Finnish man also placed the equivalent of 25p on the slot machine before securing the multi-million jackpot, – becoming an overnight millionaire.
This winner also decided to stay anonymous, but the forty-something-year-old man did announce that he “laughed and cried at the same time” when he realized that this was a dream come true.
Anonymous / Mr. Gary L – €4.2 million (£3.7 million)
The majority of keen gamblers tend to visit their favorite online casino site on their computer rather than on their mobile device. However, with more sites developing their own app or editing their site to make it mobile friendly, people are starting to prefer using their phone to gambler rather than their computers.
This jackpot amount might not be as large as the other’s mentioned in this article, but it was a win that was quite unique at the time. In 2013, ‘Mr. Gary L’ won around £3.7 million on his sofa, playing the Mega Moolah slots on his iPhone. At the time, this was the largest mobile jackpot in the UK.
These are just a few examples of those who have been lucky enough to secure the multi-million-pound jackpots online over the years. Obviously, some people have been luckier than others, but with the way that progressive jackpots works, there have been plenty of people that have won a decent sum of money – you never know, you may be the next big winner!
Conditioning and Reinforcement
As a result of technological advances and a variety of reasons, slot machines have become the most popular form of casino-style gambling in the United States and in many other countries over the past two decades. This is reflected in both revenues and the total number of machines. In 2019, there were nearly a 1.5 million slot machines worldwide, most of them in the United States. The rise of popularity with slot machines may be found in the machines’ potent control over the individual player. According to psychologists studying this problem, slot machine gambling demonstrates the principle of conditioning and superstitious behavior that contributes to the effectiveness of slot machines. The behavior generated by slot machines is so potent that it is often regarded as addictive. We will examine some of these controlling factors and learn how we can help our self to stay in control and be one step ahead of the game.
When we play a slot machine, we find that it generates a high rate of behavior for a long period of time. The machine’s sole purpose is to be operated. Other machines either produce a product or help us to complete tasks more quickly, easily and accurately. In contrast, slot machines are simply there to be operated and meet their owner’s objective. The first question we must ask is what makes this machine so successful?
The successful slot machine must be attractive, induce operation and maintain the player’s behavior even though the player is operating at a loss. In the late nineteenth century, slot machines were works of art. The exquisite tool work, vivid colors and visible jackpot all draws the potential player to the machine. Today’s technology offers stereo sound, super graphics and interactive choices which induces the operation of the slot machine and maintains the player’s interest even further. The players’ behavior is induced by the payout and the possibility of winning big. People travel to Las Vegas in search of hitting the jackpot. Once, the action is initiated, the player maintains this action by hoping that the next outcome will bring him the fortune.
As we know, winning combinations of symbols are predetermined and in general small payout maintain the action. Getting two out of three jackpot symbols on the pay line is exciting. The player has been reinforced at no cost to the machine owner. We must also mention the way in which reels stop enhances the reinforcement. If the first reel stops on a potential winner, a heightened state of arousal occurs. Symbols above and below the pay line also condition the mind of the player. Not only is the machine conditioning the mind, but the environment of the casino as well. People near us and around us are engaged in the same behavior and they all are interested in the same outcome, a jackpot. The screams of joy and excitement can be heard whenever jackpots are announced. All these produce stimuli that maintain the schedule of reinforcement.
Superstition is another great generator of behavior reinforcement. Players develop strange ways of pulling the handle, standing, putting money in the coin slot, rubbing the side of the machine, etc. We, of course, know that no such behavior can influence the outcome of the game but in a player’s mind, these actions reinforce his or her conviction that the machine will hit. Another form of slot conditioning is playing more than one machine simultaneously. When this happens, not only slot playing is reinforced but so is switching. Soon, every response becomes a switching response and again the need to continue to play is reinforced.
Casino floors are carefully created to attract gamblers. Sounds of bustling players, casino employees, loud machines, ringing bells, shouts of joys, bright lights, all contribute indirectly in shaping the players’ behavior and habits. So, if you are going to gamble with slot machines, take time to observe your surroundings and learn to read the pay schedule. The higher the jackpot payout, the higher the number of virtual stops on a reel and a lower probability of hits. Look for a machine that has a lower jackpot payout, for example, a machine that has a jackpot of 20,000 coins for a three coin play will more likely have a lower probability of hits than one that has 2,500 coins jackpot. Popular machines such as IGTs Double Diamond and Triple Diamonds is a good beginning for a novice slot player. Playing the maximum coins guarantees a higher return if you win but also depletes your bankroll at a faster rate. If your goal is to extend your playing time, then play coins one at a time followed by perhaps a few and in between maximum coin play. Remember, the computer is randomly selecting a 1,000 numbers per second and there are millions of numbers to choose from and the occurrence of a big jackpot win is possible but unlikely for the time you spend near the machine. One must remember that the length of time it takes for a full cycle to complete may be as short as a week or as long as five years. Since a winning combination is solely determined by a selection of a random number, it is possible for a jackpot to appear back-to-back although this may be rare.
We initially said that the better machines, those that have a higher percentage payout may be placed near the doors or restaurants to attract attention and bring more players, the reality is that these machines placements are done first for appearances. All slots machines produce reports on a regular basis and machines that are not getting enough players will be moved to a different location, hoping to improve the number of plays. Therefore, placement is not based on a machine’s percentage or payback percentage. It is based on how well a game is getting played, that is, the number of coins that are dropped into the machine. It is worth reminding the reader that changing any machine’s configuration such as the payout table is very time consuming and expensive to the casino owners and for this reason, the placement of machines is based strictly on the return of the machines rather than the percentage.
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The proportion of online gamblers who have gambled using a mobile phone or tablet;
of people in the UK have participated in any form of gambling in the past four weeks (48% last year);
The proportion of people who think that gambling is associated with crime (39% in last year);
The proportion of people who think that gambling is fair and can be trusted (34% in last year);
Percentage of people who have participated in gambling in the past four weeks, excluding those who had only played the National Lottery draw (33% last year);
The proportion of online gamblers who have bet in-play (26% in last year);
Percentage of people who had gambled online in the past four weeks (17% in last year);
The proportion of gamblers who have ever self-excluded (6% in last year);
The proportion of respondents who were identified as low or moderate risk gamblers;
Percentage of people who had played on machines in a bookmaker in the past four weeks (1% in last year);
The proportion of respondents who were identified as problem gamblers;
What People Gamble on
Except for National Lottery this the statistical distribution of what people gamble on:
Why People Gamble
How People Gamble Online
Factors influencing gamblers in their choice of Casino Operator
Within the development of online gambling, there has been a rapid increase in the number of online gamblers, although the latest studies show that the relation between online gamblers and visitors to land-based casinos still favors the latter.
At the beginning of this century, the percentage of online gamblers was less than 1% of the traditional casinos’ gamblers.
We wanted to find out what is the share of traditional gamblers who also visit online casinos on 2019, outline the characteristics of online casino visitors and identify the reasons why some of them only go to traditional casinos while others visit both traditional and online casinos.
The results were that only 7% of the traditional casinos’ visitors also visit online casinos.
Then, we conducted semi-structured interviews with the group of gamblers who visit online casinos to determine the reasons for their decision. The primary purpose of the research was to determine the reasons why certain gamblers only visit traditional casinos, whereas others also gamble online.
The first factor we found was the vicinity of a traditional casino. 80% of the land-based casino visitors lived less than 20 km away.
The second factor expressed by 77% of the gamblers was that visiting a traditional casino the possibility to socialize with other gamblers, which is only possible in a traditional casino environment. It should be emphasized here that he desire to socialize is most common in two age groups: in the age group between 21 and 30, and in the age group between 31 and 40.
The third most important factor for visiting a traditional casino, expressed by 57% was entertainment options such as concerts, dancing and so on.
The fourth reason for visiting a traditional casino also include safety issues. 37%, of land-based casinos, are afraid of their personal information being abused, sent over the internet. Such fears are most pronounced in the age group above 50.
Most of the gamblers who use the services of online casinos are males: 85% were men and 15% were women. Online players are representatives of the younger generation, the oldest interviewee was 44 years old. Most gamblers hold middle or high positions in the organization structure of the organizations where they are employed, and have, on average, secondary school or university education. All online gamblers use computers, the internet on a daily basis, and have access to broadband connections. Most of them access online casinos at home, more rarely from their workplace.
They have a positive attitude towards the internet and online services and a high degree of trust in the information technology. They do not use the internet to access only online casinos but for other services as well, e. g. online banking, shopping and such.
In the interview, we were also interested in how often they visit online casinos and what type of games they play. Our finding was that the majority of respondents visit online casinos once a week or even less frequently, while only 4 respondents play at least twice a week. It is interesting that the respondents visit online casinos on weekdays, mainly from Monday to Thursday, while on weekends, i. e. from Friday until Sunday, they prefer going to traditional casinos.
When they gamble online, they almost exclusively play the games at gambling tables and are not very keen on slot machines. When they play over the internet, they make smaller wagers compared to those in traditional casinos.
This is not surprising since their average playing time in online casinos is shorter than in traditional casinos.
Since the gamblers who only go to traditional casinos were asked for the reasons behind their decision, a similar question was posed to online gamblers as well. Their main motive for gambling online is the lack of time caused by work and family-related matters. 41.74% of the respondents stated this as the main reason.
It is interesting that more than a fifth of respondents (22%) stated that they had visited an online casino only once. They were disappointed with the visit.
They believe that online casinos do not offer the same level of the adrenalin rush as traditional casinos. They did not return for a second visit because playing over the internet meant playing alone, without their usual company and because they want to share their experiences with other casino visitors.
Consequently, a fifth of land-based gamblers does not intend to visit an online casino again.
Almost a fifth or 18% of the respondents visit online casinos because of geographical considerations – they live 40–70 kilometers from the traditional casino.
11% of respondents gave a large variety of games as the reason for visiting online casinos; online casinos enable them to play games they miss in traditional casinos.
The reasons for visiting online casinos are also privacy and the peaceful environment the players can enjoy while gambling online.
7.4% of respondents claimed that they preferred gambling online since it gave them enough time to think and play in peace. While gambling online, they are not disturbed by other casino visitors.
The main advantages of online casinos, which attract the gamblers to visit them, are accessibility (no geographical limitations), the large variety of games, privacy, and a peaceful environment. The reasons for visiting online casinos are exactly opposite to the reasons for visiting traditional casinos: geographical proximity, possibility to socialize with friends and optional additional entertainment.
The gamblers who visit online casinos have a positive attitude towards information technology and are representatives of the younger generation.
There seem to be only two options for traditional casinos: the first is to create their own online casinos, which would be a smart promotional and marketing move, and the second is to transform online gamblers into traditional gamblers at least on weekends.
Despite the numerous ethical questions and dangers posed by online gambling, it seems that new technological solutions provide new opportunities for the development and growth of the industry. It depends on the wider social environment and the providers of online gambling whether these casinos continue to exist in the future, or else are banned by the legislative authorities.
The world’s a big place! If you’re one of the many people in it who enjoys a spot of gambling then this is the place for you! In recent years, gambling has become a far more common pastime with many countries around the globe passing legislation to legalise it.
Back in the early days, if you wanted to gamble you either had to head to Monaco, be wealthy enough to afford the high-class life of Monte Carlo, or you hopped on a plane to Nevada and you went to the entertainment capital of the world for dinner, a show and a few quick games of chance. But nowadays, you can even play at home with card games from Betfair at your fingertips! If you’re hoping to make a trip somewhere with a spot of gambling to lighten your day, there are all kinds of options!
We’re not ruling out Las Vegas or Monte Carlo of course, both have earned their reputations as a playground for the rich, but if you’re planning to spend some of your holidays in an area that offers the unique thrill of the casino then you definitely need to look at both of these.
But, if what you’re after is a high-quality experience with some high stakes betting, Macau really is the place you need to be. With more casinos than Monaco but fewer than Vegas, Macau is rapidly becoming the Asian equivalent of the other two titans, and its profits are rapidly surpassing that of the incumbent kings.
But Macau isn’t alone, a number of Asian countries are beginning to move into the casino sphere with Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam being major examples – even Japan has recently signed legislation enabling them to open casinos within the country’s borders provided the casinos are part of an ‘integrated resort’.
Even if you want to limit things to one country, say America, there are a few options which you might not consider that make great travel destinations! You could drop by Atlantic City, Pennsylvania, (which recently introduced new ‘mini-casinos’ as a separate form) or any of the rapidly increasing number of states that allow casinos for a slightly more diverse trip than just hitting Vegas. To get an idea of some of the great locations around the globe where you pop in to play some casino games, check out this handy infographic!
Lots of the slot games you can play online today are out of this world. We don’t just mean they showcase phenomenal graphics, brilliant bonus features, and big winning potential. We mean they’re literally set out of this world – in galaxies far, far away – with more aliens and rocket ships than you can blast a laser beam at!
Money Mad Martians: Cosmic Cash
Before it landed on the online gaming scene, Money Mad Martians: Cosmic Cash used to be a popular slot machine in real pubs and casinos. It’s themed around aliens from the planet Mars and comes with 3 main bonus features. The first is the Shuffling Reels Feature, which can see mad Martians fly in after any losing spin to move symbols around on the reels and create winning combinations. The second is the Asteroid Bonus, where you get to blast matter floating about in space for prizes. And finally, you have what would think is the game’s best bonus feature of all: the Planet Bonus. Here you get to try and blow up entire planets to win some seriously big cash payouts!
Think you’ve got what it takes to brave intergalactic cyborgs? Then you need to play Alien Robots. It’s a futuristic slot boasting 243 ways to win on every spin and lots of funky cartoon androids from foreign planets. What we think what makes this slot so great is its Free Spins Bonus. Spot 3, 4 or 5 UFOs on the reels at once and you’ll be awarded up to 50 Free Spins! There’s also a Sticky Wilds Feature that kicks in throughout all Free Spins. Whenever a substituting Wild symbol is landed, it expands to cover the entire reel and becomes ‘sticky’ – by which we mean it’s held in place as the reels are re-spun for an even better chance to win!
Cowboys & Aliens
There’s nothing we love more than teaming up with lasso-wielding cowboys to defend the Wild West from alien life. If you feel the same, you’ll not want to miss playing Cowboys & Aliens. It’s a 9-payline slot designed with comic-book-style graphics and some seriously-cool bonus features. The Alien Weapon Feature is triggered whenever a space gun is landed on the first reel. Watch as shots are fired at random symbols on the reels, turning them into Wilds with the power to complete more winning combinations! There’s also a Free Games Bonus and an Alien Attack Bonus, where you’ll get to kill aliens for cash.
Though you may not be aware of it, there’s been a war raging between the inhabitants of different planets for centuries. Space Wars is a slot that gives you a chance to join in the intergalactic battle. If we had to pick what we love most about this slot, it would have to be the Cloning Pod you can see beside the reels as you play. Winning symbols get blasted into the Cloning Pod after every successful spin, only to be duplicated and shot back out as the reels are re-spun to boost your chances of landing another win!
If you haven’t met them already, let us introduce you to the Astro Babes. Bonny, Roxy, Violet, Betsy, and Gwen are the 5 girls that form a group of smoking-hot astronauts with their own 100-payline slot. The ladies are more than just eye candy for players. As you spin, you’ll notice that each babe can fill an entire reel to turn it into a special Wild Reel, helping you to land more winning combinations! So even though there’s not an alien in sight, we think it one of the best space-themed slots around.
The thought of working in a casino can be exciting and lucrative. However, deciding what job role and career progression you want can be difficult. Most casinos are like resorts, catering for everyone, meaning they employ different people with varying skill sets. But, before deciding which casino career is right for you, there are some minimum requirements for working in the gaming industry that you must meet.
The first thing to consider before applying, is your age, as you must be at least 18 years of age to meet the first requirement to work in a casino. However, it is important to bear in mind that most casinos will require all employees to be at least 18.
Next, you must have a secondary school education (GCSEs, diplomas, GED etc). For a non-specialised job role in a casino, you’ll only need to provide your educational background, however, certain positions will require special skills. For example, a dealer may be required to have training at a gambling/dealing school unlike a gaming manager, who would need a Bachelor’s degree in a financial/business-related field. Examples of other useful skills to have before applying are great customer service and money handling experience.
You’ll also need to pass a background check. Due to the large amounts of money being handled in casinos, there has to be strict employee rules and records. It’s important to note that casinos have a zero-tolerance policy on drug use and any past criminal behavior, so those with a criminal record might want to consider a career elsewhere.
Finally, you’ll need to obtain a gaming license, no matter your job role. Even those who don’t work on the casino floor must have a license.
If you’ve passed the minimum requirements to work in a casino, it’s time to start considering which job role would be right for you.
To become a gambling dealer, you must be knowledgeable about the rules of different games. The dealer’s job duties are as follows:
- Operating games
- Dispensing the correct number of cards or blocks
- Comparing the house’s hand against players’ hands
- Paying off or collecting money or chips from players
Dealers make up a large section of a casino’s employees. The annual salary for a dealer based in London can range between £21K and £29K (depending on experience).
This particular job role tends to be featured in many casino-themed movies when someone is trying to cheat the house and the officers have to remove them from the casino.
Surveillance officers’ job duties include:
- Using video and audio equipment
- Monitoring the casino floor for suspicious activities
- Watching for cheating and theft
- Making sure the casino follows laws and regulations
Requirements for this position may include training and prior security experience. As keeping the casino safe is an important and necessary position, surveillance officers based in London earn around £44K – £48K.
A games manager oversees the casino’s daily operations on a larger scale.
Gaming manager job duties include:
- Formulating the casino’s gaming policies
- Circulating amongst gaming tables to ensure operations are conducted properly
- Ensuring dealers are following house rules
- Direct the distribution of complimentary hotel rooms, meals and other discounts for free items given to players based on their betting totals
The average salary for a gaming manager in London is £44K – £52K.
The first thing you should know about this job position before applying is that a background in electronic repair is necessary.
Slot technicians’ job duties include:
- Maintaining the machines
This job can be stressful when having to repair a broken machine on a bustling casino floor, as unlike playing slots online if the website were to stop working, a web developer would be able to fix the problem from the comfort of an office.
As slot technicians have a specialised skill, they tend to earn anywhere between £25K – £30K.
There are plenty of opportunities in casinos for bartenders and casinos typically look for someone with previous bartending experience. This job can be stressful when dealing with large groups of people waiting for their drinks.
Bartending job duties include:
- Preparing cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages
- Having knowledge of popular drinks and making suggestions to customers
- Understanding the alcohol licensing laws
A typical casino bartender based in London earns around £11K – £20K.
Casinos are a great place to work, as they can provide you with stability, competitive wages, benefits, and extras. However, depending on your experience, you must be willing to start small and build on your knowledge through training and experience. Once you are established within a casino you have a strong chance to progress in your chosen career path because most companies promote from within… Good luck and we hope you find the job of your dreams!
SIX PLUS POKER IS HERE!
It has finally arrived and it’s definitively here to stay! Six Plus Hold’em is basically the same as the regular No Limit Hold’em that you already know but with a couple very simple tweaks that make the game a lot more intense.
HINT** check out the video (will take only 1 minute 40 seconds) to understand the game better and go crush the tables once you feel ready!
You have four players, all playing Hold ‘em with the river down for all to see. You’ve got one player in a baseball cap, cursing under his breath and looking like he’s one more loss away from having a meltdown.
Another, calm and collected, keeping an eye on the competition without giving too much away.
Next to him, a cowboy with a glorious moustache who keeps checking over his shoulder before settling down to play some cards.
And right at the end you have a computer monitor with a stylish triangular logo that’s playing to mathematical perfection.
So, the odds of Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, Wild Bill Hickok and Libratus playing a game together are slim, to say the least. But of these four, who do you think your style of play is most similar to? Well, you can know for sure by answering this quiz! Just answer how you would normally act during a poker game and, in the next online poker tournament you enter, you can be secure in the knowledge that you’ll likely play in a manner similar to one of these legends.
According to the American Gaming Association and Christiansen Capital Advisors, consumers spend more on legal gambling in the United States than movie tickets, recorded music, theme parks, spectator sports, and video games combined. In 2017, gross gaming revenues totaled $240 billion, with gamblers placing about $2,500 billion in legal wagers.
Early History of Gambling
Gambling has held human beings in thrall for millennia. It has been engaged in everywhere, from the dregs of society to the most respectable circles. Pontius Pilate’s soldiers cast lots for Christ’s robe as He suffered on the cross. The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius was regularly accompanied by his personal croupier. The Earl of Sandwich invented the snack that bears his name so that he could avoid leaving the gaming table in order to eat. George Washington hosted games in his tent during the American Revolution. Gambling is synonymous with the Wild West. And “Luck Be a Lady Tonight” is one of the most memorable numbers in Guys and Dolls, a musical about a compulsive gambler and his floating crap game. The earliest known form of gambling was a kind of dice game played with what was known as an astragalus, or knuckle-bone. This early ancestor of today’s dice was a squarish bone taken from the ankles of sheep or deer, solid and without marrow, and so hard as to be virtually indestructible. Astragali have surfaced in archeological digs in many parts of the world. Egyptian tomb paintings picture games played with astragali dating from 3500 BC, and Greek vases show young men tossing the bones into a circle.
While some may think that gambling is a recent phenomenon, it actually dates back to antiquity. Dice have been recovered from Egyptian tombs, while the Chinese, Japanese, Greeks, and Romans all were known to play games of skill and chance for amusement as early as 2300 B.C.
Both Native Americans and European colonists brought a history of gambling from their own cultures that helped shape America’s views and practices. Native Americans developed games and language describing gambling and believed that their gods determined fate and chance. In 1643, explorer Roger Williams wrote about the games of chance developed by the Narragansett Indians of Rhode Island.
British colonization of America was partly financed through lottery proceeds, beginning in the early 17th century. Because lotteries were viewed as a popular form of voluntary taxation in England during the Georgian era, they also became popular in America as European settlers arrived here. Prominent individuals such as Ben Franklin, John Hancock, and George Washington sponsored a half-dozen lotteries that operated in each of the 13 colonies to raise funds for building projects. Between 1765 and 1806, Massachusetts authorized lotteries to help build dormitories and supply equipment for Harvard College; other institutions of higher learning, including Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia, also were financed through lotteries. A lottery even was approved to finance the American Revolution.
An intuitive sense of the notions underlying probability has probably characterized winning gamblers since gambling was invented. The Greeks had a word for probability, “eikos”, with the modern meaning of “to be expected with some degree of certainty,” and Aristotle came close to putting quantities to it when he wrote in De Caelo that “… to repeat the same throw ten thousand times with the dice would be impossible, whereas to make it once or twice is comparatively easy.”
The intuitions of gamblers began to find their way into mathematics in 1494, when a Franciscan monk named Luca Paccioli posed what came to be known as the “problem of the points,” drawing from a gambling game called balla. “A and B are playing a fair game of balla,” he stipulated. “They agree to continue until one has won six rounds. The game actually stops when A has won five and B three. How should the stakes be divided?” The first approach to answering the question was given about fifty years later by Girolamo Cardano, a Renaissance polymath, and self-confessed chronic gambler, but was not published until 1663.
The credit for inventing probability theory goes to Blaise Pascal and Pierre de Fermat, who in the course of a correspondence in the 1650s solved the problem of the points by means of what has become known as Pascal’s Triangle, a way of laying out the number of ways in which a particular event can occur. Armed with Pascal’s Triangle, it is possible to determine the proportion that anyone, or any combination, of those events, represents the total.
As the gaming industry has expanded throughout the United States, the gross annual revenue has steadily increased. Gross gambling revenue (GGR) is the amount wagered minus the winnings returned to players, a true measure of the economic value of gambling. GGR is the figure used to determine what a casino, racetrack, lottery or other gaming operation earns before taxes, salaries and other expenses are paid – the equivalent of “sales,” not “profit.” In 2003 for example, the commercial casino industry had GGR of more than $27 billion (not including deepwater cruise ships, cruises-to-nowhere or non-casino devices), but paid $11.8 billion in wages and benefits and more than $4.3 billion in taxes, plus other expenses.
In 2017 the U.S. casinos generated about $240 Billion annually, almost as much as the total state budgets of New York and Texas combined. The casinos’ industry supports more than 1.7 million American jobs, more than twice the size of the D.C.S employment base. The tax revenue of the casinos’ industry contributes $38 billion each year to local state and federal governments, enough to pay more than half a million school teachers’ salaries.
American voters value the casinos in their communities. A 2014 survey by respected pollsters Mark Mellman of The Mellman Group and Glen Bolger of Public Opinion Strategies shows more than 70 percent of voters believe casinos promote job creation. American voters believe casinos improve their communities and help local economies. Nearly six-in-ten voters surveyed say casinos help the economies where they are located. Oxford’s study reveals the benefits that explain this growing appreciation.
Presumably, you are reading this article because you want to become a more dangerous no-limit Hold’em player.
Instead of playing always a conservative, ABC style, you want to open up in the right spots.
Instead of playing mostly to your cards, you want to find plays that exploit the particular opponents you are up against.
I hope you have gotten some ideas already about how you are going to make changes to your game. I am going to distill the ideas in this article down to the top 10 plays you should try to incorporate into your game.
Over-bet the river when you can anticipate your opponent will respond in a very unbalanced way
This play goes both ways, so it can be good against any player type.
Let us start when you expect your over-bet to get called too frequently. For this, your targets are typically fish, but they can also be Loose-aggressive players against whom you have a bit of aggressive history.
Here is the scenario. You are fairly certain you have the best hand. It is the river. You have several times the pot left in your stacks. You think that for whatever reason your remaining opponent may call a shove. Shove!
Fish often call shoves badly on the river because they have an over-pair. These players commonly vastly over-value over-pairs and will simply go broke with them.
If you suspect an over-pair, make sure you break your opponent.
Loose-aggressive players sometimes level themselves into calling a shove. They like to bluff a lot, so they also like to sniff out bluffs.
An over-bet where you are not “supposed” to have the nuts (due to the previous betting) may look like a bluff, and you just might get called.
The beauty of sniffing out these situations is that your LAG opponent might not be tempted to call a normal bet, but the fact that you over-bet might arouse suspicion and elicit the call.
Now the flipside, over-betting when you want a fold.
Your main targets for this are Tight-aggressive, players and particularly nits.
This one is simple. Your opponent by checking back the turn on a draw-heavy board or merely flat calling your bet on such a board has marked himself with a medium-strength one pair hand. Say you play the following hand.
You raise to 3× preflop, and your target calls in the big blind.
The flop comes Q-T-6 with a two-flush.
Your opponent checks and calls your flop bet.
The turn is an 8 that puts a second flush draw out there.
Your opponent checks and calls again.
On a drawish board like this, nits and Tight-aggressive, players will generally want to check-raise the turn with any strong hand to “charge you” to draw.
When they do not raise, either they typically have a draw themselves, or they have a one pair hand that they’re scared to reopen the betting with.
The river is a 3 that completes the backdoor flush.
Your opponent checks and you have 1.8× the pot in your stack.
This is a spot where you can over-bet shove and get a fold from a hand like K-Q (a strong possibility given the action), A-Q, or even perhaps K-K.
From your opponent, the tight-aggressive player or nit’s perspective, there’s just too much out there to call you down with just one pair.
Experiment with over-bets both for value and as bluffs against the appropriate player types. This is a very valuable tool.
Raise junk in position preflop, Barrel flop and turn
Your targets for this play are nits.
When you see a game where most pots are over by the turn, and no one is putting much money in the middle, it is time to break this one out. Just start raising your button and firing the flop and turn.
Some board textures are better to fire twice (e.g., high card below a king, loosely coordinated) and others are better to fire once and then give up (e.g., ace-high disconnected).
However, in many of these rock fest games, if you just raise preflop and fire blindly on the flop, turn, and sometimes even river, you’ll show an insta-profit on every hand.
If this play is not already part of your playbook, then when you try it and succeed, you will get a very liberating feeling. It feels good to win because you have outfoxed your opponents rather than just because you ran well.
3-Bet light preflop to induce a fold
Your targets for this play are tight-aggressive players.
Tight-aggressive players like to bet-fold, and the only real way to get the best of them is to anticipate when they are likely to bet-fold and then raise them.
This theme will return a few times in the top 10, but it all starts preflop. Look for situations where you expect Tight-aggressive, players to be raising a good chunk of their total hands, say 25 percent or more.
This could be when the tight-aggressive player seems to be isolating someone with position or even if the tight-aggressive player seems to be attempting to pull off the play above (raise preflop, barrel).
It could also be when the tight-aggressive player might be raising to try to steal the blinds. When you see one of these raises, 3-bet light, at first try to stick to the “good” hands that I outlined in the 3-betting section for this play. However, as you get more used to it you will be able to identify the spots ripe enough to try it with any two cards.
Flat-call with big hands preflop and on the flop and turn
Your targets for this play are hyper-aggressive and Loose-aggressive players.
Loose-aggressive players put too much money into pots with too many weak hands. They often make up for this problem by consistently winning the information battle.
Opponents are constantly confused by what the Loose-aggressive players can have, and the confusion freezes these players up. As a result, they play against the Loose-aggressive players in a very straightforward way by waiting for big hands and then raising them early.
The Loose-aggressive players can then exploit this information gap by going for thin value, applying pressure against weakness, and so forth.
Your goal against these players is simply to close the information gap.
Ok, they can have many hands and are difficult to hand read. Focus on making yourself similarly difficult to hand read. Do this by refusing to give away your big hands with early raises.
Loose-aggressive players often rely on the fact that players want to “protect against draws” by raising early on semi-coordinated boards.
Refuse to do that.
You do not need to “charge” Loose-aggressive players to draw against you. Their mistake is that they voluntarily shovel excessively much money into the pot with bad hands.
In other words, they are going to charge themselves better than you can possibly charge them. Just let them make their mistake.
Slow play hands that you intend to take to showdown. Before you make any play, think, “What information am I giving the Loose-aggressive players by playing my hand this way?”
In general, choose actions that betray the least information.
If you focus on closing the information gap, then the Loose-aggressive players will lose his edge, and you will just be playing a stronger set of hands against his weaker set of hands. This will give you the edge over the long term.
I am not going to lie. The swings will be significant. However, it is the right adjustment to make.
Raise continuation bets
Your targets for this play are Tight-aggressive, players and Loose-aggressive players.
Most players know that firing a continuation bet on the flop after raising preflop shows a profit in many situations.
The problem with continuation betting, however, is that you miss more flops than you hit even when you raise a tight range of hands.
Therefore, when typical tight-aggressive players or Loose-aggressive players continuation bet a flop, often they are planning to bet-fold more than half the time.
Whenever you can peg someone as bet folding more than half the time, you have a nice bluffing opportunity.
So, just start raising continuation bets. This used to work extremely well. While modern Tight-aggressive, players and Loose-aggressive players have gotten a little wise to the play and will sometimes playback, raising the continuation bet should still be a staple of your exploitative strategy against aggressive player types.
A great flop to try this play is one like K♠, 7♦, 4♠.
Most aggressive players love to continuation bet these flops because they are hard to hit and because they can “represent ace-king” by betting.
However, the reality is that even a tight preflop opening range misses this flop more than half the time.
If your opponent starts playing back at you when you make these flop raises, just start playing AK, KQ, and KK the same way (flat call preflop, raise the K-high flop) and you will quickly find again that you can raise continuation bets on boards like these with near impunity.
Barrel the turn when the flop was loosely coordinated and the turn bricks
Your targets for this play are darn near everyone. Though in particular, use it against nits, Tight-aggressive, players, and loose-passive fish.
You raise preflop. The flop comes J-8-5 with a two-suit. You bet and get called. The turn is a brick (e.g., an offsuit K, 3, 2, also slightly less ideally an A, J, 8, 5, or 4). Bomb the turn. It is just hard for your opponent to have a good hand in this situation.
The flop hits many hands, but generally does not hit many of them very hard. A brick turn card devalues most of these weak fit hands.
In addition, some players will be loath to slow play a big hand on the flop because they will feel they need to “charge the draws.” These players’ check-calling range on this type of flop will be quite weak, and barreling a brick will nearly always get you a fold.
Semi-bluff raise the turn when your opponent bets a good barreling card
Your targets for this play are Tight-aggressive, players and Loose-aggressive players.
This flips the above play on its head.
Say you check-call a J-8-5 two-suit board with 7-6 for an open-ended straight draw. The turn is an off-suit king. You check, and your opponent bets. If you suspect that your opponent is aware of board textures and likes to barrel good barreling cards (a la Play No. 5) then check-shove the turn.
The beauty of this play is that most small stakes no-limit players do not make this sort of bluff, so against many opponents, you will elicit a fold from nearly every hand in their range up to and including A-K.
Tight-aggressive players, in particular, are bet-folding this sort of situation very frequently.
This is a good place to make a general observation about semi-bluffing. Most no-limit players choose when to semi-bluff by looking at their own cards.
That is, they think something along the lines of, “I flopped a flush draw. I should raise! ”
While not an absolutely terrible way to think about it (hey, it’s better than “I flopped a draw, let’s check and call until I get there”), you can improve on this significantly if you look at board textures and think about what your opponent is doing.
You are going to have a lot more success semi-bluff raising that draw against a tight-aggressive player who continuation bets 100 percent of the time than you are against a nit who continuation bets only when he flops top pair or better.
Likewise, if you bluff-raise certain turn cards, you’re just begging to get snapped off, because your range looks strong and your opponent is likely betting with the hope of getting the money in.
For instance, say your tight-aggressive player opponent opens to 3× the big blind, and you call from the blind.
The flop comes Q-J-9 with a two-suit. You check, your opponent bets pot, and you call.
The turn is a J. You check, and your opponent bets three-quarters pot.
This is a rotten time to decide to check-raise your A-K flush draw.
Why? Because on this board your opponent obviously expects to get action a lot, and nevertheless he is making large bets.
I am not saying it is impossible that he is planning to bet-fold, but you would be quite lucky to get a fold if you were to check-shove this turn.
Furthermore, you will be drawing dead sometimes when you get called, and often some of your straight and/or flush outs will be dead to a boat.
Your over-card “outs” are barely worth mentioning when you get the money in on this turn.
There is a world of difference between this situation and the one I mentioned before, where the board came J-8-5-K.
On this board, your opponent can easily be barreling with many hands, and even if he’s made something it’s usually just one pair. You have much, much better fold equity in this spot.
It takes some trial and error to get this playdown, but it is a fabulous one once you get the hang of it.
Look for spots where your opponent may be bet-folding the turn and semi-bluff shove over the top.
Bet top pair for value on the river when the draws brick out
Your main targets for this play are fish.
Do not miss these bets against showdown-bound players.
You flop top pair. Your kicker is good, but maybe it’s not a top kicker. There are draws on board. You bet and get called. The turn bricks. You bet and get called. The river bricks (or it completes one of the less likely draws). Value bet!
Often your opponent will have been drawing, but will have made a pair by the river and will call.
On the other hand, your opponent will have started with a hand that made a pair and a draw and now has just one pair on the river.
Alternatively, your opponent will just have flopped a pair, put you on a draw, and called all the way down.
Regardless, please bet these hands for value. It is an enormous source of profit against bad players.
Bet-fold the flop and turn with your decent made hands
Your main targets for this play are Tight-aggressive, players and all weaker player types.
It is tempting to “pot control” one pair hands when the board gets a little scary.
Do not! At least do not do it against players who you know will not be bluff-raising you very often.
It is nearly always better to bet-fold your made hands rather than pot control them.
The whole idea behind pot controlling is that you can avoid a situation where your opponent will bluff with a very annoying frequency -raising the turn, for instance- and trade it for a situation where your opponent will bluff too frequently -on the river after checking through the turn in this example-.
The reason the turn raise is annoying is that when you are raised on the turn, you are usually no good, but you know your opponent is still bluffing a good percentage of the time. That is bad for you.
If you know that you will induce too many bluffs by underrepping your hand on the turn, then by pot controlling, you have avoided a situation where your opponent plays well and created a situation where your opponent makes mistakes. This is to your advantage.
However, if the preceding assumptions do not apply, then pot controlling is just another way of saying, “giving a free card.” If you know, against a given player, that you are beaten the vast majority of the time if you get check-raised, then go ahead and bet-fold your hand. This is doubly true if you cannot anticipate your opponent giving you any extra action on the river if you pot control on the turn.
Tight-aggressive players often fall into these latter assumptions. They will not check-raise bluff that often, so it is safe to bet-fold against them. Moreover, they are observant enough to recognize when you are pot controlling the turn, and they, therefore, will refrain from bluffing wildly into you on the river.
Against these players, just bet your hand and fold when you get raised.
You will win more pots, get more value for your good hands, and make fewer bad calls on the river.
Bluff-raise the river when your opponent’s range is comprised mainly of busted draws and thin value hands
Your targets for this play are Tight-aggressive, players and Loose-aggressive players.
Occasionally hands will go down where your opponent will deny a strong hand on either the flop or turn (by missing a bet or raise in a spot where your opponent would bet or raise nearly 100 percent of the time with a good hand), but then decide to bet the river anyway.
These are the situations to bluff-raise the river.
I was on the receiving end of this in a $2-$5 hands. My main nemesis in this hand had about a $300 stack. I opened to $15 and was called in both blinds.
The flop came Q♠, 9♠, 9♥.
My opponents checked to me, and I checked it back.
The turn was the 3♣.
My opponents checked to me again, and I bet $20 into the $47 pot.
The small blind called, and the big blind folded.
I figured the big blind could be calling withdraws, a pocket pair below a queen, or maybe something like Q-T. I expected a turn raise if she held a 9.
The river was an off-suit K.
My opponent checked to me. I bet $80 into the $87 pot.
I thought this large bet would get my opponent off most of her range. She would fold all the pocket pairs and flush draws unless perhaps a K-high draw.
I thought she would fold a hand like Q-T.
Really, I was most worried about K-Q or J-T.
She shoved, and I folded. I suspect she had J-T.
Nevertheless, it would have been a great bluffing spot for her, since she should know that I am bet-folding that river with nearly my entire range.
My flop check is very telling in this hand. On this board type, I am betting all my queens, all my nines, all my full houses.
I am also betting hands like K-J, K-T, J-T, and possibly A-K as well.
So, on the river, pretty much the only value hand I can have is A-K, and I might even bet-fold that.
I doubt this player was bluffing, as I doubt she recognized the situation.
But if she did, kudos to her.
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Critics of the gaming industry have long accused it of creating the name “gaming” as more politically correct than calling itself the “gambling industry.”
The term “gaming,” however, has been around for centuries and more accurately describes the operators’ view of the industry because most often casino operators are not gambling. Instead, they rely on mathematical principles to assure that their establishment generates positive gross gaming revenues.
The operator, however, must assure the gaming revenues are sufficient to cover deductions like bad debts, expenses, employees, taxes and interest.
Despite the obvious, many casino professionals limit their advancements by failing to understand the basic mathematics of the games and their relationships to casino profitability. One casino owner would often test his pit bosses by asking how a casino could make money on blackjack if the outcome is determined simply by whether the player or the dealer came closest to 21. The answer, typically, was because the casino maintained “a house advantage.”
This was fair enough, but many could not identify the amount of that advantage or what aspect of the game created the advantage.
As in any industry, managers must know a great deal about many things. Given that products offered by casinos are games, managers must understand why the games provide the expected revenues.
In the gaming industry, nothing plays a more important role than mathematics. Mathematics also should overcome the dangers of superstitions. An owner of a major strip casino once experienced a streak of losing substantial amounts of money to a few “high rollers.” He did not attribute this losing streak to normal volatility in the games, but to bad luck. His solution was simple. He spent the evening spreading salt throughout the casino to ward off the bad spirits.
Before attributing this example to the idiosyncrasies of one owner, his are atypical only in their extreme. Superstition has long been a part of gambling – from both sides of the table. Superstitions can lead to irrational decisions that may hurt casino profits. For example, believing that a particular dealer is unlucky against a particular (winning) player may lead to a decision to change dealers. As many, if not most, players are superstitious. At best, he may resent that the casino is trying to change his luck. At worst, the player may feel the new dealer is skilled in methods to “cool” the game. Perhaps he is even familiar with stories of old where casinos employed dealers to cheat “lucky” players.
Understanding the mathematics of a game also is important for the casino operator to ensure that the reasonable expectations of the players are met. For most persons, gambling is entertainment. It provides an outlet for adult play.2 As such, persons have the opportunity for a pleasant diversion from ordinary life and from societal and personal pressures.
As an entertainment alternative, however, players may consider the value of the gambling experience. For example, some people may have the option of either spending a hundred dollars during an evening by going to a professional basketball game or at a licensed casino. If the house advantage is too strong and the person loses his money too quickly, he may not value that casino entertainment experience. On the other hand, if a casino can entertain him for an evening, and he enjoys a “complimentary” meal or drinks, he may want to repeat the experience, even over a professional basketball game.
Likewise, new casino games themselves may succeed or fail based on player expectations. In recent years, casinos have debuted a variety of new games that attempt to garner player interest and keep their attention. Regardless of whether a game is fun or interesting to play, most often a player will not want to play games where his money is lost too quickly or where he has an exceptionally remote chance of returning home with winnings.
Mathematics also plays an important part in meeting players’ expectations as to the possible consequences of his gambling activities. If gambling involves rational decision-making, it would appear irrational to wager money where your opponent has a better chance of winning than you do. Adam Smith suggested that all gambling, where the operator has an advantage, is irrational. He wrote “There is not, however, a more certain proposition in mathematics than that the more tickets [in a lottery] you advertise upon, the more likely you are a loser. Adventure upon all the tickets in the lottery, and you lose for certain; and the greater the number of your tickets, the nearer you approach to this certainty.”
Even where the house has an advantage, however, a gambler may be justified if the amount lost means little to him, but the potential gain would elevate him to a higher standing of living.4 For example, a person with an annual income of $30,000 may have $5 in disposable weekly income. He could save or gamble this money. By saving it, at the end of a year, he would have $260. Even if he did this for years, the savings would not elevate his economic status to another level. As an alternative, he could use the $5 to gamble for the chance to win $1 million. While the odds of winning are remote, it may provide the opportunity to move to a higher economic class.
Since the online casino industry is heavily regulated and some of the standards set forth by regulatory bodies involve mathematically related issues, casino managers also should understand the mathematical aspects relating to gaming regulation. Gaming regulation is principally dedicated to assuring that the games offered in the casino are fair, honest, and that players get paid if they win. Fairness is often expressed in the regulations as either requiring a minimum payback to the player or, in more extreme cases, as dictating the actual rules of the games offered. Casino executives should understand the impact that rules changes have on the payback to players to assure they meet regulatory standards. Equally important, casino executives should understand how government mandated rules would impact their gaming revenues.
The choice of the table is very important for a successful game. There are tables where you can win a lot, and there are those where, at best, you will play zero. Of course, this is most important at medium-high limits. On the micro limits, from which you will begin, you can win at almost any table. But even here, winrate can strongly depend on the approach to choosing tables (to learn more – read the article on gametablezone.com.)
In addition, it is very important to leave the table in time after the win, since the game with the increased stack is unprofitable.
So, remember at what tables and with what stacks you can play.
When choosing a table, you must follow the following rules:
- You always play full-ring tables with 9-10 participants. If the players are less than 7, you leave the table (waiting for your turn to put BB). The game with a few opponents is completely different and should be conducted in a different way. In time, you will master it, but it will not be exactly the strategy that we are now teaching you.
- Imagine that at the table all players use this strategy. It is clear that the game will reduce to pumping rake poker room. Therefore, you need to choose a table where at least 7 players (with a small selection of tables — at least half of the players) have long stacks. Of course, only a minority of players with a short stack will stick to a strategy similar to ours, and most of them are just bad players who do not risk taking a lot of money into the game. Therefore, after watching the game you can sit at the table with short stacks if we know that they do not stick to a similar strategy. Note: Due to the effectiveness of the strategy of the short stacks, allowing even beginners to win, some leading poker rooms raised buy-ins at most tables, leaving tables for the short stacks. When playing in these rooms, the ability to choose opponents is limited. But most players at the corresponding tables are a regular “fish”, so you can safely play with them without worrying about the size of their stacks.
- With numerous tables, the advantage should be given to the table with the largest average pot, the largest number of players watching the flop and not too fast game (this statistics is usually displayed for each table in the lobby of the room.)
- If you have more than one free space and you have time to watch the game, you should sit on the left (this is called “in position”) from the weakest players to bet after them and to win more from them.
Boarding and stack adjustment:
- Always sit down to play with a total of 20 big blinds (BB). For the limit of NL10 BB is $0.1 and sit down with $2. For NL25 sit down with $5. If according to the rules of the room the minimum buy-in for this limit is more than 20 BB, then you cannot play at this limit and should choose a higher one.
- If during the game our stack is less than 15 BB, we need to buy chips to 20 BB (in some rooms you can set up the automatic purchase, in others — do it manually.)
- If your stack is 25 BB or more, you should get up from the table. Continue to play with such a stack is no longer possible. It does not depend on your game, but simply mathematically unprofitable. Getting up from the table is not necessary right away. You turn off the automatic setting of the blinds and wait for the queue to put BB, and then you get up instead of the blind. Playing with an increased stack in the first stage is better to fold all hands, except for monsters — AA, KK. Over time, better mastering the game on post-flop, you can expand the range to normal. Note: you need to consider that only the “effective” stack plays a role, i.e. the smaller of your and the partner stack. Therefore, if you play on special tables for short stacks, and most people have short stacks, then you do not need to leave the table. “Exceeding” your stack, in this case, does not play any role, and you do not need to change your game.
- When boarding at the table you are offered to put BB out of turn to immediately start the game. Do not do this; it’s thrown away money, which at the distance pour out into a large amount. You have to wait for your turn to put BB. Exception: if you are in the CO position and the table is full (all seats are occupied and there are no players in the sit-out), then you can put the BB in this position, because in this case you will play 7 hands for 1 BB, instead of the usual 10 hands for 1.5 BB, which is almost the same.
San Jose, Costa Rica – July 3rd, 2018 – The Winning Poker Network (WPN) today confirmed that partner site Poker Host will no longer be part of the network as of July 31st, 2018. The site, which operates independently from other Winning Poker Network card rooms and is not owned or operated by WPN, is ceasing operations.
“Over the last several years, we’ve enjoyed a great partnership with Poker Host and are sad to see them go,” stated Winning Poker Network CEO Phil Nagy. “We wish the team behind Poker Host nothing but the best of luck in their future endeavors.”
According to communications with players, Poker Host is expediting all withdrawals as soon as they’re requested by players at the poker room. All Bitcoin and Skrill payouts will be free of charge, with the normal fees applied to other payout methods.
Those who wish to continue to play on the Winning Poker Network can create a new account at a number of WPN sites, including flagship Americas Cardroom. The US-facing online poker site offers a Welcome Package for first depositors that include a 100% bonus up to $1,000 (200% if using a cryptocurrency), 20 days of free cash up to $50, and a seat in all New Depositor Freerolls remaining in the calendar month.
Americas Cardroom is also hosting the high roller BOSS, their Bigger Online Super Series featuring over $3 million in guarantees from July 8th-15th. The site has also put together a solid Summer Tournament Schedule to coincide with the WSOP.
To learn more about the Winning Poker Network, visit WinningPokerNetwork.com.
About Winning Poker Network: The Winning Poker Network has one of the longest and trusted online names in the industry and has been in existence since 2001. The Winning Poker Network accepts players from the US market and the rest of the world. The Winning Poker Network offers outstanding customer service, a solid reputation with grade “A” payments and a friendly environment for all poker players around the world.
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