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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Online Gambling is Good Bet

The two upcoming integrated resorts might make bricks-and-mortar casinos the talk of the town, but online gambling is where the bigger growth will be, according to some in the industry.
They predict that online gambling will grow at 50 to 70 per cent a year for the next five to ten years. Industry studies also said that by next year, Internet gambling revenues will have grown to US$12.6 billion.

And Realtime Gaming, a software developer for online casinos, says it has seen a 20 per cent growth for the last six years, and gross profit margins of over 36 per cent. With more than 60 clients, the company has handled over US$20 billion worth of wagers over a five year period.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

The 5 de Mayo is a Mexican national holiday, "Puebla Battle"

The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. It is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the Mexican state capital city of Puebla and throughout the state of Puebla, with some recognition in other parts of Mexico, and especially in U.S. cities with a significant Mexican population. It is not, as many people think, Mexico Independent Day which is actually September 16.

On this holiday which dates back to 1862, more than 4,000 Mexican soldiers defeated the French army of 8,000 at Puebla, Mexico. Today the holiday is not so politically charged and is seen as a celebration which usually involves drinking and partying. Any day that involved celebration usually sees an increase of activity at the online casinos as well.

And the online casinos usually do what they can in order to encourage gambling on their sites by offering special prize giveaways, bonus promotions and even specially themed games on holidays throughout the year. It's a way of encouraging new and repeat players to get in on the action.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Poker One of the Most Popular Search Terms

Poker is as popular as Paris Hilton, Pamela Anderson, and Britney Spears and it blows away 50 Cent and Howard Stern. At least that?s the case with people trolling the Internet at Lycos.

Poker was the fourth-most popular term searched for in 2005 at Lycos.com, falling behind the beautiful Hilton, Anderson and Spears.

Each year, Lycos releases the ?Lycos 50,? a list of the most searched terms for the year. Last year, ?poker? was tenth on the list. Lycos also named poker as the number one ?fad? in 2005, even though poker received that accolade in 2004.

Poker has been in the top 50 terms searched for at Lycos for 86 weeks, and has sat at the second spot for the last two weeks. Poker is by far the most popular search term for a sport, game or hobby this year.

The professional wrestling league WWE was the seventh most searched term; NFL was at 23; XBOX, 24; ?NBA,? 32; NASCAR, 69; and golf, 98.

50 Cent sat at 51, and Stern fell 20 spots to 80.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

A Beginners Guide to Online Gambling

Types of Online Casinos
There are a number of types of online casinos at which you can play. Many of them are Java-based and load directly in your browser. Some of them use Flash or Shockwave, which also runs in your browser but may require the Flash (or Shockwave) plug-ins available from Macromedia.

Both of these types are usually referred to as no-download casinos, even though you have to download graphics and sounds every time you play. The biggest advantage of a no-download casino is that it can be played on most computers and operating systems, and many of these will also work on WebTV.

Then there are the downloadable software casinos, which will only run on Windows-based platforms. File sizes generally range from 5-15 megabytes, so you should make sure you are definitely planning to play at this casino before investing the time to download. If you run Windows, I recommend that you stick to these download casinos. They are generally more stable and secure, and once downloaded minimize communications between your computer and the casino game server, making them ideal for those of you with dial-up connections.

Bonuses
One of the biggest advantages to online gambling is the wide availability of bonuses that online casinos offer. Some casinos give you money right off the bat for you to test out their games. Others require you to make a deposit in order to receive a bonus, which is either a percentage of your deposit added to your account, or a fixed amount received for an exact deposit of X dollars.

For example, Casino A might give you $10 free just for downloading, and $40 additional when you make your first deposit of $100 within seventy-two hours.

Casino B may offer you a bonus of 25% of the amount you deposit up to a certain limit.

The reason that online casinos can offer bonuses like this is simply because they have a much lower overhead cost. Less staff, less equipment, no construction required, etc. And on top of that, they make you wager your deposit (and usually your bonus) at least three times over before you can collect your winnings.

It is very important that you read the terms and conditions which are either posted on the web site or included in your email offer?how many times you must wager the deposit and the bonus, the validity period of the bonus offer, and which games you can or cannot play in order to ensure your winnings are valid.

Making a Deposit
So you?re ready to make your first real money bet? There are usually a number of methods by which you can send the casino money.

Firstly, there?s your credit card: Visa and Mastercard are commonly accepted by nearly every online casino. However, many of you in North America may find that your credit card purchase will be rejected.

This is not because the casino doesn?t want your money; it?s because of a regulation at credit card companies, which forces the merchant (the casino) to identify the transaction as 7995: the purchase of tokens for the purpose of Internet Gambling. Most banks in the US are afraid to accept these high-risk transactions and automatically reject the purchase.

If this is the case, you have two alternative methods of using your credit card?by opening up an account at either PayPal or FirePay. You can tie your credit card to these accounts and the purchase will be identified as a pseudo-cash transaction instead of Internet Gambling transaction. These two methods are now the most common ways by which North American residents deposit money into online casinos?and in some cases casinos will offer an additional bonus if you make a deposit by one of these methods.

Many casinos also offer incentives for making a purchase by Western Union?you can use your credit card to send funds by Western Union online, or you can always go to your nearest Western Union agent and hand over cash. Some casinos will even allow you to deposit money by other methods such as ACH (which is basically an electronic check), or by wire transfer, Neteller or Layeway.

Playing the Games
Most casinos offer a pretty good selection of table games. At the very least, you should be able to find blackjack, baccarat and roulette online; many casinos offer additional table games like Caribbean Stud, Craps, Red Dog, even Casino War and Three Card Poker?but sometimes the names are slightly changed.

Video poker is one of the more popular gambling games?while a few casinos only offer one or two types of video poker, the best casinos may offer as many as 10?15 different games, and some even offer multi-hand video poker.

And then there are slots: hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of different slot machines. Whether it?s single-line, three-line, 9-line, 3- or 5-reel, progressives, bonus games, you name it, they?ve got it somewhere on the Net. The best are the progressive slots, which often pay more?and hit more frequently?than the progressives you?ll see in Vegas. The two largest portals that feature these games are Jackpot Madness and Jackpot Mania.

All of these games are simple to learn?usually just a click or two?and they play as fast as, or faster than, land-based casinos. Some are multi-player, some are single-player; but after you take a break for dinner, or perhaps take the dog out for a walk, there will always be a seat waiting for you when you come back.

Is Online Gambling Safe?
That depends. There are still rogue casino operators out there that are looking for a quick kill but they are in the minority. Most online casinos today are honest, reputable and make payments in a timely manner.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The Best Hand I Ever Played : Poker Lessons from the World's Greatest Players

The Book of the Month

Book Description
A wise and witty collection of 52 interviews with the best professional poker players in the world (including Doyle Brunson, Amarillo Slim, Phil Gordon, and Annie Duke) in which they recount the greatest hands of their storied careers.

Combining heart-stopping action, dramatic storytelling, larger-than-life characters, and expert instruction, The Best Hand I Ever Played provides colorful, money-making wisdom from the sharpest minds in the game. Whether you're a newcomer in a friendly weekly game, an on-line poker shark, or a veteran of Vegas tournaments, The Best Hand I Ever Played will teach you to talk, think, and play like a pro.

Friday, November 25, 2005

GoldenPalace Review

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Wager your bonus and deposit four times each. Your deposit and any winnings made from the bonus may be cashed-in but the bonus itself cannot. Follow our link for more promotion details. Craps, Roulette, Baccarat or Sicbo cannot be played until you have cashed in after wagering 4X the total amount deposited or your play balance reaches zero

Comp Points For every $10.00 bet in any game, you'll receive 1 comp point. When you reach 100 points, you'll get $1.00 added to your play balance at Golden Palace Casino Types of Games and Wagering Limits

Baccarat

$1-$500 per hand

Blackjack

$1-$500 per hand

Casino War

$1-$500 bets

Caribbean Stud Poker

$1-$400 bets

Craps

$1-$100 bets

Keno

25¢-$25 bets

Pai Gow Poker

$1-$300 bets

Progressive Games

5¢-$400 bets

Roulette

$1-$25 bets

Sicbo

$1-$300 bets

Slots

1¢-$225 bets

Video/Power Poker

5¢-$100 bets

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Ten Tips for Texas Hold'em

1. Be patient - It is very easy to panic and become impatient as you see the players around you winning pots and adding to their chip lead. You have to remain calm and wait for a solid hand. A tournament is a marathon, not a sprint. You must bide your time and chips so that when you do get a hand you have the opportunity to play it correctly and win a large pot. Nothing is worse than getting a monster hand and not having enough chips to make it pay off.

2. Let other players eliminate themselves - Winning is always the goal in a poker tournament. Do you have to eliminate players to win? Yes. Do you have to eliminate them all? No. By sitting back and playing fewer hands (especially in later rounds), players will weed each other out until you are guaranteed to be in the money. At this time, you can become more aggressive.

3.Take risks early - It is inevitable that sometime during a tournament you will need to take a risk in order to have a chance at winning. The important thing to remember is to take calculated risks. This usually means playing looser or taking more chances in early rounds. The blinds are lower in early rounds so laying down a missed hand in an early hand will not eat a huge chunk out of your bankroll.

4. Sit out a round when you join a new table - You will be moved several times during a tournament. Each time you are moved, sit out a few hands to get a feel for the table. Learn how each player plays. This will prevent you from getting caught in a hand and not having any idea of how your opponent plays.

5. Watch for traps - This is especially true in no limit tournaments. One successful trap can make you a winner or knock you out of the tournament completely. Be careful when making a bet with a dangerous board even if you plan to fold if you get raised. These small mistakes will eat away your chips quickly. Recognize the possibility of a trap and try to make a smaller bet to entice your opponent to reveal more information about their hand.

6. Don?t be afraid to go all in - When you?re playing in any no limit tournament, chances are you?ll have to go all in at least once. The key is to not fear going all in, but to recognize when you have the best hand and force someone else to catch you.

7. Avoid pushing all in on a draw hand - Going all in should be reserved for instances when you feel you have the best hand. In order to go all in with any sort of draw hand, you must be getting tremendous pot odds. Be absolutely certain that if you do hit your hand, it will be good enough to win. And even then, think twice. Keep in mind that you are not ahead and you will be putting your tournament life in luck?s hand. By only going all in when you have a made hand, you will force others to get lucky.

8. Try to steal blinds - If you?re in a late position, do not be afraid to make a play for the blinds. For every blind you steal, it?s like not having to post one the next time around. Stealing blinds is great way to tread water while you wait for a monster hand.

9. Be a bully - If you see someone is low on chips, don?t be afraid to push them around. Make them uncomfortable by making larger raises. When they are short stacked they will think twice before risking valuable chips unless they have a lock. Pushing around short stack players will not make you rich, but it is a great way to win several small pots that will protect your lead.

10.Latter rounds - If you have a decent amount of chips you should play extremely tight in the later rounds. This is when low stacked players will be looking to move all in and chip leaders will only be playing the "nuts". Your starting cards become extremely important because it is very likely every hand will result in someone going all in. Adjust your game accordingly. Even if you?re not where you want to be as far as chip count, be extremely patient and wait for a very strong hand.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

How the U.S. Is Getting Beat in Online Gambling

PartyPoker boasts that more than a million people have played for money on its site this year, the vast majority of them Americans, who are technically circumventing the law, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Flush with success--and with profit margins of 60%--the firm went public on the London Stock Exchange this summer. The June 27 IPO, which valued PartyPoker at $10 billion, was Britain's biggest this year. Bhargava shared the pot with two other reclusive co-owners: a Net pornographer named Ruth Parasol, who switched from carnality to cards in the late 1990s, and Anurag Dikshit, an Indian software whiz whom Bhargava met when both were students at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi. They are not three of a kind, but they did cash out about one-fifth of the company. "Poker became a monster," says Bhargava, who sold stock worth $210 million and still retains almost 9% of the firm's equity.

Gaming is going global, and to stock markets, with a force that's making fortunes for a cluster of little-known industry outsiders and giving monstrous headaches to regulators, legislators and traditional casino companies. Poker is growing most rapidly; this year an estimated $2.7 billion will be spent on Online poker games, almost double last year's take and 10 times that of 2002.

That breakneck growth can't continue--one reason PartyGaming's stock drifted below its IPO price--but other casino games like blackjack, as well as lotteries and sports betting, are finding new homes online. According to Warwick Bartlett, who runs the British firm Global Betting & Gaming Consultants, almost $12 billion will be wagered over the Internet this year, or close to 5% of the world's total gross gambling yield. Over the next five years, the consultancy estimates, the total take will soar to about $22 billion, or about 7.5% of the industry total.