Seven Things to Keep in Mind When Searching for the Best
…online casinos are so trendy in 2016. Maybe because its a lot like PokemonGo but with real cash! Actually, there are more and more people who would rather play at an online casino on a computer or phone than a land-based casino. It is more convenient to use the internet, obviously, because you can bet when and where you want, but what is it that really sets gambling on the internet apart from a night spent at Vegas?
Some people so not realize that playing for real money online is not always safe, but it can be. Some casinos have a history of not paying their users. Others are full of terrible games from 20 years ago no one wants to play. Even worse, there are real money online casinos that do not encrypt their servers properly, risking their users’ personal information. To be able to choose the appropriate site that is based in the US and will pay cash, consider following the 5 tips shown below.
Sign up bonuses and promotions
Numerous online casinos have unique ways to attract users. So, if you come across a site that is too stingy to offer welcome bonuses, move to the next one. Bonuses are a must and everybody expects to receive them. They could range from free games to deposit bonuses to cash rewards. Sign up where you can get freebies.
Safety of your account and personal information
Always aim to join a website that is known to protect users’ privacy. It should use renowned encrypted software, therefore, and protect users’ deposits from hackers. Use the voucher redemption for an extra layer of protection between your credit card and the casino.
A mobile gaming version
Everyone is on a mobile device these days. Hence, a real money casino that offers a mobile app, or at least one that is mobile friendly, is the best to join for future use.
Fast payouts and different payment methods
Who wants to bet for a whole month without getting paid? A suitable casino is one that sends payments in a few days, at least. As well, it must offer you different payment methods to deposit or withdraw money with. Whether it is a credit card, e-wallet or PayPal, you should be assured of safety.
Multiple real gambling game choices
To increase your odds of winning a jackpot, the best real money internet casinos offer a wide assortment of games that have one or two large sums of money waiting to be won. The most popular ones include the following.
1. Slots – These are very common and rather different. A three-reel slot is the classic slot machine that uses three turning reels. It offers one to three paylines and happens to be the cheapest to play. Although jackpots are low, three-reel slots are good for beginners. The next is the five-reel slots and is much harder to play and win. It is costly, clearly, and has more paylines and bigger jackpots. A Seven-reel slot is a relatively new type that offers up to fifty paylines. A single payout can even reach a five-figure amount. It is less popular, although it is still played. A nine-reel slot is even more rare, but there are a few. Its uniqueness is the fact that wins are paid in either horizontal or diagonal combinations. Bonus slots are very popularly played as they offer a free bonus round with the increased possibility of winning more money. Progressive slots are the last type. Every bet made puts a little into the bigger progressive jackpot and when it is won, it can be over a million dollars!
2. Bingo – In this game, players attempt to match random numbers to the numbers featured on their cards. The player who forms a straight line pattern shouts “Bingo” first wins. It is an amusing game that most people love from the time they are kids, and again when they are older adults, but no so much in between.
3. Baccarat – A game that provides three things, Tie, Banker and Player, Baccarat is so dominant. You need to join a site that offers it so that you can bet with the house. Its the only game where the casino wins, so do you!
4. Roulette – The gambler has to choose where they want to wager on the table and place their chips there. A table has 0 to 36 and then 00. Still, the player needs extra betting for low, middle and high columns, low 18 and high 18 and so on. Get yourself familiar with roulette and you will love it more than betting on red and black alone!
5. Blackjack – It is a card game played between the player and the dealer where the latter starts with one card face up and the other down. Players must then attempt to come close to 21 as much as possible without going beyond. The winner is the one who has a hand that defeats the dealer at 21 or below. Blackjack is an interesting game as its odds are almost a 50/50 split with the house.
6. Craps – This is a dice game played around the table and offers multiple spots to bet. The winning line is seven or eleven. Losing lines are two, three and twelve.
7. Poker – It is a card game too, and it has many different versions. You will realize it when you join the best online casino.
Now that you know some of the most important factors to consider when selecting from the hundreds of USA online casinos, do the right thing. Pick a casino that can support your gambling needs fully by finding one with the games you want to play. Do leave it up to randomness, use the reviews and gain endless chances to have fun, and win more money everyday.
Mobile Gambling is approaching a staggering $100 billion US dollars in worldwide revenue. The US population of online gamers and gamblers is increasing from 80 million in 2011 to 191 million in 2017, that’s almost 60% population penetration. The demographics of online gaming are seeing a steady march of democratization, leaving the nascent stages of mobile to a mature market.
Mobile game spend per consumer is around $22.85. Children aged two to seventeen are now spending an average of over 7 hours per week on mobile games, an increase of almost 50% compared to two years prior (*1). Overall mobile is expected to capture about 40% of the global gambling market by 2018.
Competition between brick and mortar gambling venues and online platforms is heating up . Asia-Pacific markets have fairly strict regulations for online gambling. The largest of which Macao where gaming is down 37% over the past 12 months (*3). 2015 is expected to register at around $30 billion to $35 billion for Macau. 2013 was actually enjoyed substantially higher revenues at $45 billion in Macau (Vegas did about $8 billion).
Europe is currently the biggest online gambling marketplace. Russia and Germany are lagging and slow to adopt while in Italy online gaming is also very common. In the USA only 3 states allow online gambling but the federal oversight has been growing less restrictive. 8 states currently have bills in the works that will allow internet gambling.
New Jersey is the first state to fully legalize it and it generated almost half a billion dollars in gross revenue. Thomas Winter, vice president for Golden Nugget casino was quoted at the East Coast Gaming Conference and said that New Jersey had not seen a cannibalization of their physical casinos from their online customers. (*4)
E-sports is another fast growing trend capitalizing on smartphone adoption and online payment familiarity. A new generation of gaming celebrities are cropping up with fans every bit as devoted as American football fans. The audience for e-sports is rapidly expanding and expected to increase from 89 million last year, to over 145 million in 2017. Betting on e-sports alone has almost become a $100 billion dollar industry in itself.
Virtual Reality is just around the corner. Facebook’s Oculus Rift should be available the first quarter of 2016 for $200. Online casino gambling could be the perfect way to test out this new virtual reality environment. Online casino games are expected to already be in place.
People have big expectations with VR in the hopes of duplicating the romance and debauchery of Vegas from the comfort of the bedroom. For that matter, time periods and giant worldwide poker tournaments could easily be foreseeable. Players looking across the table at each other could read tells and facial expressions. Making VR much more interesting then a desktop screen. Horse race gambling could see profound changes with virtual reality. VR opens up potential to actually participate in the race, a camera on the horse’s head could provide betters with a first person point of view. The possibilities are growing not shrinking.
Not all agree that a rise in online gambling is a good thing. Many universities are studying the effects of online gambling on the population at large. Southern Cross University clinical psychologist Dr. Sally Gainsbury is calling for more education on the potentially dangerous effect of online gambling.
Dr. Gainsbury said that a massive migration away from brick and mortar gambling shops toward online gambling has not yet been seen however, the potential is great in the future especially as younger generations of people are feeling more comfortable with online payments. Social gambling and e-currencies like Bitcoin are also contributing to online gaming’s growth.
Ms. Elaine Wynn, co-founder of Las Vegas’s three revitalizing veteran resorts and casinos, the Mirage, Bellagio, and Wynn Resorts, and ex-wife of the resort’s fellow founder and current chief executive, Steve Wynn, has been, for various spoken reasons, recently denied the self-nominated revocation as a director on the resort’s Board of Directors. The beginning of this not-so-surprising outcome started through the majority-vote decision to disassemble Ms. Wynn’s seat during a meeting this past March, held by the $13 billion resort company’s corporate governance team.
The reason given by the ultimate power holders, namely the governance itself, as well as the, now, Caucasian-male-only, Board of Directors of Wynn Resorts and the company shareholder majority, is said to be the negative effect that the ex-power couple’s three year legal dispute has, so far, had on the overall economic health of the three resort/casinos that are widely credited to have rejuvenated, if not launched, Las Vegas’s casino and resort construction and financial boom just decades earlier.
This decision has been finalized even after it has continuously been well known by mutual friends and the public alike, that Elaine and Steve Wynn’s 2010 divorce had been one of the most mutually low-key, pleasant experiences of any high-society break-up to this day. Although, the two still seem to have much respect for the other, whether it be professionally or personally, their divorce was the most legally expensive decoupling endeavors to date, with an equal break between their shared estate, allegedly awarding each party a sum of $741 million.
The question should then be, what caused the Board of Directors to start undermining Elaine Wynn’s ability to help make and maintain the pertinent and relevant decisions it takes to manage a successful company such as Wynn Resorts in the first place? Her cause probably was not helped by the fact that her powerful ex-husband, along with his 25 years-his-junior and current wife, Andrea Hissom, has been serving as directors by her side before the fiasco had initially erupted.
Elaine Wynn is designated by The Forbes 400 as one of only 19 self-made, female billionaires; her net-worth is estimated to be $1.87 billion due to the ever improving worldwide economy. Even so, the native New Yorker and former Miss Miami beauty queen has stayed true to herself, valuing the time spent with her two daughters, also partners in the family hotel and casino business, as well as her and her former husband’s seven grandchildren. During the last segment of her Fall of 2012 interview with Sun Valley Home and Design’s journalist and freelance writer, Steve Friess, Ms. Wynn provided an eloquent hint as to who she is inside and what truly matters to her:
“I didn’t know when I married Steve Wynn that I would wind up in Las Vegas and that I would be in the casino business. I have always said that I put one foot in front of the other and what motivates me… are good, sound things to keep me productive and fulfilled… I am a serious-minded person, and I think now I was always on this path.”
Her “serious-minded” approach to matters of importance may have also been a factor in the decision to not re-appoint her to her seat. It is a matter of strategy. Shareholders may very well be shaken by what could happen if Elaine Wynn is awarded in favor of the federal court’s ruling on the matter of repealing an agreement made between her, her husband and Mr. Kazvo Okada, who was, at the time, the one with the most shares of the company; Elaine and Okada would have to consult Steve Wynn and receive his permission to trade stock if the total monetary movement were to be greater than $10 million.
Okada, who has been Steve Wynn’s long time :Asian connection, namely to the recently Chinese government regulated Macau, was previously a pursuant for and recipient of company legal suits because of the same reason, but has recently been given a redemption of his holdings by Wynn Resorts. After the decision was finalized during a meeting between approximately 200 shareholders on Friday, April 24th, Elaine responded through her sympathetic representatives by issuing this poignant, yet still hopeful statement
“While I am certainly disappointed by the result of today’s vote, I am hopeful that I have once again served as an agent for change and improvement for this company, which I love so deeply.” She added: “It remains to be seen if the directors of this company will deliver on the commitments they have made to greater independence, diversity and oversight of management. I, however, as the third-largest stockholder, remain committed to holding all accountable”.
According to William Thompson, an expert in the study of the economically fluctuating gambling industry and professor emeritus of the University of Nevada, Ms. Elaine Wynn has currently established herself as the sole “swing shareholder” that can, in the end, take everything away from her ex-husband, including the resorts, the money that comes with running them, and the lifestyle that he has gotten so used to over the past four decades after being widely dubbed, along with his ex-wife, “The First Couple of Las Vegas.”
Because of the overwhelming debt of their jointly shared company, if the lawsuit concludes in favor of Elaine Wynn, then Steve Wynn and Wynn Resorts will have to buy back approximately $3 billion worth of company shares, possibly even ending their process on building themselves into the boom and ever increasing profit of the Asian gambling industry. Only if this scenario were to come into play would the next largest company investor, T. Rowe Price, rule the scene with their current, yet uncapped, 16.8 percent of total Wynn Resorts stock shares, the most shares held by an individual shareholder.
Friday April 3rd 2015, Governor Baker refused to issue a permit this week to the developers of the new Wynn casino to move forward with their expansion in Massachusetts. This new addition to Wynn’s line-up will be a 1.7 billion dollar hotel and casino that overlooks the Mystic River located in Everett, if allowed to move forward. The MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) recently sold 1.75 acres to Wynn for $6 million less than a month ago wanting the land for access to the main site.
Matthew Beaton secretary of energy and environmental affairs for the governor says that the land transfer violates the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act. It was sold before the agency had a chance to review the casino project.
Beaton wants the Wynn group to update their policies on how they will deal with environmental issues like traffic, noise, safety and safety. The group must discuss the recent sale of land with the Governor’s staff and come to an agreement on these issues before too much time and money is lost.
Beaton suggested two possible solutions to the problem with the land sale. One is a reversal of the land transfer or putting the land in escrow until the agency reviews it. Beaton said he does not plan to derail the project just wants to postpone it until more information is provided. The governor’s administration was frustrated by the sale of the land without their knowledge.
Wynn officials said with this decision made the casino will not open until 2018. They think the delay is just another step closer to getting the project off the ground. President, Robert DeSalvio said that they were disappointed that the jobs created by the casino and tax benefits will be delayed.
Beaton wants the MBTA and Department of Transportation to improve the way they flag land transfers in future projects. This is costing the more than it may be worth, something that he does not want to happen again if so.
The Wynn Everett group will now have to work with Massachusetts Department of Transportation to address these issues and finalize a solution. Beaton expects their update in include a transportation update and financial information about Orange Line subsidy.
The gambling complex will include a 629 room hotel on 34 acre site located off Rt. 99. Wynn wants the 1.75 acres for an access road to the casino. This would insure it was within the Boston city limits. This would also give Boston officials less control over the operation.
The city of Boston, amung others, have sued the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for awarding the contract. Mayor Dan Rizzo called on the State Inspector General and Attorney Generals Office to investigate the recent land sale. The biggest problem the Wynn staff faces is dealing with the increased transportation problems the casino will bring to Sullivan Square.
The Stratosphere Hotel and Casino was rocked when a Ford pickup slammed into the front entrance and went through the glass doors, causing significant damage to the hotels entrance. Ryan Brown, the driver of the truck, was high on a cocktail of drugs when he deliberately ran his truck into the casino doors. Witnesses say that the F150 looked as if it was going to park with the valet service when it suddenly turned sharply to the right and speed up toward the casino.
Patrons and staff were confused and startled by the earthquake-like crash. One witness told local news it was “like the ceiling was falling down.” The crash took out the large glass entrance doors and severely damaged the marble floor. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.
After the accident occurred witnesses say that Ryan Brown jumped out of the truck as if nothing had happened. He seemed to be “out of it,” swinging back and forth looking very unsteady on his feet. He proceeded to get into a fight with some patrons of the casino who quickly overpowered him and handed him over to casino security. He was arrested shortly thereafter. General Manager of The Stratosphere, Paul Hobson, assured guests that this is the first accident of any kind that has occurred on the hotel and casino property. He worked swiftly to have the truck hauled away from the entrance, promising patrons and Las Vegas locals that repairs to the property would not take long.
Officials say that Brown had been high on a mixture of drugs for nearly 6 days straight when the accident occurred. The 40 year old was let go after only a few days time when the prosecution refused to press criminal charges against him. Although no one was hurt in the crash it appeared to be deliberate, making this an easy won case. However, the prosecution’s refusal to press charges ended up having consequences.
But There’s More…
According to officials Brown underwent a mandatory psychological screening when he entered the Las Vegas prison. Brown had allegedly told police that he had wanted to jump off the Stratosphere roof and was “excited” to be on the news. This and the withheld psychological results all point to mental illness being the reason charges were not brought against the 40 year old Indiana native.
No amount of good news, however, could save Ryan Brown from himself. Only about a week after the crash and days after being released from prison without restriction, the man killed himself. He was found in a hotel room, hung from his neck. It appears to investigators that he asphyxiated. He was staying at the Rio Hotel and Casino.
Brown was an electrician native to the state of Indiana. He allegedly struggled with drug problems. In fact, 1 gram of cocaine was found in the ashtray of his silver Ford the very night of the Stratosphere crash. Prior to the Las Vegas arrest he had only been in trouble for one domestic dispute with his wife. It was resolved without charges being made.
The District Attorney office admits that there may have been several mistakes made in Brown’s case. However, under Nevada law mental illness is not grounds for keeping someone detained. They had no choice but to let him go once the prosecution refused to file criminal charges or request for more time.
One of the primary reasons for governments introducing USA casino gambling is the purported economic growth from gaming development. Among these benefits is economic growth. Over the last half-century, policies that promote economic growth have become an integral part of public sector economic activity.
In the U.S., state government attempts to attract industry via tax breaks and financial incentives have been the object of considerable research attention. But the apparent inability of either of these sets of policies to sustain successful outcomes over time has led state policy makers to explore alternative avenues.
Writing in the 1930s Joseph Schumpeter noted that one method of spurring economic growth is to provide a new good to the consuming public. Since legalization of previously illegal activity is tantamount to introducing a “new good” to the public menu of consumption possibilities, there should be no surprise that a growth policy that has seen increasing popularity is legalized gambling.
The past two decades have witnessed an explosion of U.S. state legalization of betting on horse racing, dog racing, lotteries, casino games, and so on. Even now, states consider legalizing additional types of gambling. Since the electoral majority sometimes considers gambling a “bad”, some offsetting benefit to its provision must be offered to justify legalization. That benefit, politicians argue, is economic growth resulting from increased spending, tax revenues, and employment.
Because the availability of casino gambling, in particular, has been strictly limited, regions that were early to legalize casinos could expect highly profitable industries and increased tax earnings and employment. Most of the literature deals with the U.S. experience, and that is the focus here.
There are numerous success stories of legalized casino gambling in the U.S. Las Vegas is certainly the most famous. Tunica County, Mississippi provides another interesting example. It had been known as the “poorest county in the nation” and the focus of many poverty studies. Webster Franklin, director of the Chamber of Commerce of Tunica, testified to the effects of the casinos at a 1994 congressional hearing. He explained how most of the studies on his county suggested government aid did not help lower the 26% unemployment rate.
There are also states and cities that have had less successful experiences with casino. Many researchers believe the casinos in Atlantic City, for example, have largely failed to revitalize that economy. In some countries, the casinos are also so small and few that they could hardly have an effect on local economies.
An example of this would be casino gambling in Belgium. While casino gambling has just recently been legalized in some countries, in the U.S. the expansion seems to have slowed, with 11 states currently hosting legal non-Indian casino industries and 28 states with Indian casinos. Perhaps this slow-down is because of uncertainty of the real economic effects of legalization.
If you are new to the world of online casino gambling, you may not know how to get started securely and safely. Gambling over the internet is a relatively young industry and there are a few unscrupulous cyberspace operators in the market, so it is best to be wary.
It is a different experience when you are betting online compared to playing in a bricks-and-mortar casinos. Admittedly, in some ways playing online is better, but other ways it’s not as attractive. Check out the following pros and cons for USA players before reading the real money online casino reviews. (see examples here)
• Casino gambling online is a competitive business: Therefore many casinos are chomping at the bit to offer you better benefits, than their competitors, to attract and keep your business. They do so by offering bigger and better bonus deals, reward programs, and promotions to attract you to gamble in their sites. The bonuses range anywhere from free cash for making a deposit to player rewards points programs that award you with cash and prizes for playing your favorite games. In fact, some add as much as 400% to your initial deposit.
• The rules and payout percentages are better: The rules in online casino sites are more forgiving than anywhere else. In addition, they better slots odds than real casinos because they don’t have to deal with the same overhead costs. This savings is usually passed on to loyal players.
• You can gamble anywhere: It doesn’t matter where you are, from the comfort of your own home on your pc or on the go with your mobile device, with online gambling there is no travelling, no waiting, and no fuss.
• Fewer annoyances: When playing online, you won’t have to deal with the in your face hassles that like blaring club music, smokers, long lines or busy bodies. No crowds mean that you won’t have to deal with anything or anyone taking you out of the zone or ruining your enjoyment of the games.
• No tipping: When you play at your home, there is no person there to tip. This alone will save you tons of cash that can be used to play longer or wager more.
• No instant cash: When you cash out, you won’t receive your money instantly as you do in Las Vegas or other land based gaming centers. A payout can take anywhere from one day to a few weeks at the longest. However, since the money is usually sent directly to your bank account or as a check in the mail so you won’t have to worry about walking around with huge amounts of cash winnings.
• Customer service isn’t always reliable: Online casinos don’t usually offer instant customer service like their brick and mortar counterparts. They tend to offer telephone support or live chat, but this is not as efficient as an actual person that you can talk to face to face. It can take a little extra time to get all of the answers as you must wade through candid responses.
• You have no authority or power if there is a dispute: In most cases, the decision of the online casino is final.
Before You Begin Playing
Did you know that it is possible to compare online casino gambling with bargain shopping? No I am not talking about coupons…
That is, we accept and understand that whenever we buy something, we are not only paying for its intrinsic value but also for the convenience of having it readily available. Therefore, in order to save money, it is recommended that you shop for the lowest price or best deal at reputable outlets; this same criteria is true when it comes to USA casinos.
When you are choosing a place to play games, it’s best to stick to names you are familiar with. Because they have a reputation to uphold and are already established, it is possible to let your guard down a little when playing slots, blackjack, roulette, and/or poker. You should avoid the newer establishments, but if you would like to try one out, be sure to do your research; especially if their bonus offers sound too good to be true.
When you visit various online gambling sites, be sure take a close look at the features and the free games that they offer. If this exploration convinces you that the business is backed by professional management, then chances are the operation is fair and honest. But, you must also trust your gut. If you get a bad feeling about a site, then avoid playing there; even if you can’t explain why you feel negatively towards it.
When you have finally decided which casino you want to play, you will have to choose between one of two options for playing the games:
• No-download instant play: This will allow you to start playing faster
• Downloading the software onto your computer: Takes longer to get going but there are usually a wider variety of games as well as better graphics and sound.
The next step to playing is to open an account. Simply follow the registration instructions on the website of the casino and then deposit the money you will be playing with into your account. You are usually given the option to pay with a debit or credit card but there are other options available; like Skrill, an e-wallet that let you perform secure, hassle-free, and safe transactions.
Once you have funded your account, you can begin playing games and placing bets. Make sure that you know the rules for the games that you will be playing and that you pay strict attention to the casino rules and conditions that might apply to your account. If you plan to keep playing in your chosen USA casino online, do not withdraw your cash balance; it can be used to play when you visit the site again.
When you would like to cash out your account balance, simply follow the deposit process; but in reverse. E-wallets make this fast and easy. Other withdrawal methods may take longer but they are just as safe, sometimes more convenient as well. However, it is important to note that you might be asked for verification of identity and address. In addition, your winnings may have to be sent by check. Also, some online casinos will cash you out for free but others might charge a small fee.
One of the biggest issues facing the online casino gambling business is abuse by players; they are always trying to defraud them and find ways to cheat. Therefore, the industry protects itself by blacklisting players that are suspected of abuse and/or fraud. You can get blacklisted if you dispute credit card charges or charge-back thereby causing a permanent ban. But, multiple accounts in one household or one computer are only frowned upon if multiple bonuses are accepted from one household or under the same email address.
Everyone likes to have the best… Regarding internet casino games, it is important to have a number of principles that will give you a good time and above all, possibly make you money after a long day of gambling. During most USA casino games it is necessary to remain calm so you must know how to stay focused and attentive, especially with Poker. Also, in order to play properly, it is crucial to know all of the game rules as set out.
To play well, secure your budget and don’t go beyond it, as you have to know when to stop at the right time when you get a good gain. Most gamblers call this their bank roll. The most important thing is finally playing for fun, in this case, any loss will be less painful and a win will only be more exciting. After all, the most fun is to win lots of real cash!
One of the most popular online games is the slot machines. To get the jackpot, there are simple but effective techniques. First, take the time to choose the machine on which you want to play. Observe the capabilities of the machine: how many cylinders does it have? How many games can be played? This will be very useful for you to determine the best tactics of the game.
To play the slot machine on the internet, you must arm yourself with two qualities. Firstly be patient and know how to stay as long as possible on a machine. Avoid going from one machine to another every five minutes.Stick with one machine and keep on it for a certain amount of time to get a pay out.
One method that can be applied and that works every time is to use the “bookies”. There are sites on the internet where you can play. Use the data from different websites to raise a substantial sum. This technique is also called the “surebet”. It is specifically used by many bookmakers to get the best odds. In the games you want to bet, be informed on the costs of at least three bookies. Always bet this money on the most promising results. This method is therefore based on logic not chance, and you can rest easy knowing you have good odds.
Here are 4 features any great USA internet casino should have:
1/ A legitimate casino will always have a customer service that is ready to answer all your questions and address your problems. Casinos earn millions of dollars because of you so a good customer service should be a part of their operations cost. Great and prompt customer services equates to a good legitimate business.
2/ Great internet casinos should have a sign up bonus so make sure that you are getting a good sign up bonus. After all, every online casino is offering them so you might as well take advantage of the opportunity.
3/ Great internet casinos with bonuses should have a refill bonus so let the casino give you something for your continued patronage. Do not forget to read the fine print so you know what you are getting into.
4/ Great internet casinos for real money will have a lot of people playing on their sites. Similar to a good restaurant, the more people eating, the better the food; the more players playing, the better the service.
Having a wide collection of games to play allows inexperienced gamblers the opportunity to learn the games and rules while playing for very low stakes. You can find slot machines that only cost a nickel to play. This is good for helping the newbie learn how to play all those slot machines. You need not be an expert as newcomer can learn, play and win and earn some real money just by playing games.
Two of the three games you can play at a casino that are capable of having near 50/50 odds are at a blackjack and video poker. What does this mean? It means you have a really good chance of winning, if you game right, and doing so it fairly easy. It does not matter whether you are playing blackjack at a regular table or a virtual machine, it is all about how you play, and there is a reason for this if you pay attention to the similarities.
Playing right has to do with understanding the odds, so don’t get scared away by what is coming. What follows is more a combination of a little simple math, a lot of common sense, and a few basic, easy to remember principles. Instead of approaching a video poker machine wondering if you will get lucky, you should approach it with an aura of confidence knowing that it is not an ordinary slot machine, but a game that rests in skillful play.
If you play an ordinary slot machine you are faced with random numbers. Depending on the number of symbols in a game, the random number can be huge which significantly reduces your chances of winning big – or winning at all.
Poker (and blackjack) always use a fixed number of symbols that can only appear once in a hand. For example, you cannot have 2 Aces of Spades in the same five card hand. When you are dealt one Ace of Spades you are assured there are no more to be dealt.
So, if you want to win playing video card gambling games you need to do one thing above all else:
“Pay attention” – If you look away from a regular slot machine, the result will be win or lose, regardless of whether you are paying attention or not. In video poker, just pressing buttons randomly is almost a guaranteed way to lose. That is because it involves some skill!
Similar and Important Principles
Follow the hands – This is more than just paying attention to a single hand. Even though the hands are dealt randomly, there is the payout factor. Casinos are required to pay out a certain percentage on slot machines. Video poker qualifies. People talk about “hot” machines but one of the reasons is that machines need to pay out, either by random odds or payout regulations. Either way, the player wins.
It is important you follow the hands even when it is a losing hand. For example, you get the following 5 draws on a Double Double machine (suits are not an issue here for our purposes):
A 4 7 8 2
You hold the A and get J 6 5 Q
J Q 9 9 3
You hold the 9’s and get J 7 3
10 10 J 7 2
You hold the 10s and get 3 5 6
8 8 6 9 3
You hold the 8s and get J 6 10
A 2 5 7 5
You hold the A and get J Q K 9
Five losing hands, yet the J is always lurking. This is only an example, but paying attention and following the cards often shows whether you are trying for too much or reveals the fact that you are on a losing machine or having bad luck. Remember the advantage against the house is only slightly above 1 to 1, so getting greedy will usually empty your pockets.
Avoid the 10s unless you have a really good reason – If there is one card that usually will doom a hand it is keeping a pair of 10’s or needing a 10 for a straight. People may disagree with this principle, and that is OK. There are times when four 10s are your best friend. But most of the time chasing them is like chasing a rainbow.
It can happen to you – Yes, it is that simple. The odds of getting a royal straight flush is about 400,000 to 1. That seems like a lot. The odds of being dealt a royal straight flush from the initial draw is about 750,000 to 1. That seems near impossible. But why not you? It has to happen sometime right?
True story – A man went to a casino with about $200 in cash and comps. He played for two hours and did nothing but break even. About midnight he sat down at a 5-play, 25 cent video poker machine. About 15 minutes later he heard the machine lock, the bells and whistles went off. He was dealt a royal straight flush, in hearts, netting him 20,000 quarters. A man behind him was heard saying, “I knew it would have to happen sometime.” He was right.
Hope and optimism always have to be tempered with realism – If there was a guaranteed way to always win at video poker, the casinos would simply change the game to turn it back to their favor. Video poker and blackjack both take a certain amount of patience, so when you sit down in front of a machine don’t force things.
The difference between the simplicity of video poker and the simplicity of regular slot machines is that slots are completely random, with the users input being nothing more than a start button. Sometimes we want that user-friendly, mindless enjoyment. But other times we need to feel in control of our own destines. So treating video poker like a real table game by playing with a strategy and you will likely get better results, meaning money in your bank.
The Ray Rice left hook at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ is now a hot global news item. Fortunately, this is not just another article about the hoopla surrounding the incident. What is important to committed gamblers is the role the hotel plays for everyone involved. The growing numbers of incidents like this is astonishing. If you don’t know here is the video and some background on what went down.I like to say that a casino may be the best place to keep your money, in the physical sense. With the millions of people who bring along their cash money to one of these adult fun and entertainment centers, very few thefts or robberies make the local or national news. We know that every negative casino story possible will be used by major media news outlets to undermine our gaming pleasure, so it is not for a lack of trying on their part. With the massive number of cameras and security measures in place, a casino may be better secured than a bank. Of course, a casino is not FDIC insured.
What the Ray Rice incident brings out is the legal ramifications anyone can encounter with any of their actions when the place is a hotel-casino environment. This applies to a lesser degree to non-hotel casinos since most people are there for hours, not days or weeks. The idea of Big Brother being created by government may not be as realistic a concern as what has existed in many hotel-casinos for years. Every action, whether in an elevator or hallway, is subject to the watchful eye of the owners – all in the name of security.
Personally, I do not engage in any bizarre or illegal behavior when staying the night. Well, not that I am aware of *wink*. So the cameras are not an issue for me. But there are many others who are funnier people and will do things that enter the gray areas of being legally or morally acceptable in a public venue. The problem is that those actions are available for scrutiny by whoever has a good lawyer and a legal (or political) axe to grind. This does not justify illegal or immoral behaviors. It is just that my private errors in judgment, regardless of my state of intoxication or celebration, should not be available for viewing in a public forum.
Again speaking for myself, I like the presence of those cameras for the purposes of keeping my money and me safe. Actually, my money more than myself since in general I do not worry about my personal safety in most public places I choose to go to. Paying attention to the people around me and those who seem to circle like vultures around my machine or general area when at the tables is too hard after I have been gambling for 12 hours straight.
Now there are those who would argue that the cameras in a casino are not for protection of the players, but to protect the casino’s financial interests. There is no denying this but it seems that the reason there is money to be had is because there are people there with money to spend. Think of it as protecting your investment with a serious layer of security.
The question is where does player safety turn into unwanted surveillance. If you can always go into your hotel room where you are guaranteed escape from the roaming eyes, then what about the time being recorded when you put the key in your door to enter the room? Or who you enter the room with? Or how many times you come and go into that perceived bastion of privacy? The problem with the camera is that is only sees what it sees, and not what happens out of its sight.
This is the problem with too many eyes watching too closely. What may appear to be a questionable action may have a very simple explanation, like the time I forgot what I went into the hallway for 3 times in a row. The only way for the action to become unquestionable is for someone to ask us. That means we will be under the presumption of doing something wrong when in fact we are as innocent as a newborn. But that fact does not matter to the camera or those watching. It is presume wrongdoing first and apologize later.
The recipient of Ray Rice’s left hook publicly stated that the altercation was a personal matter that is between her and him. Most people disagreed, stating that he was a public figure making millions, or that it was a matter for the police. Yet another question to be asked is what if the camera was not there at all? Then both their actions would be a private matter with the exception of the two security people who were there. No story to report.
Every time you walk into a hotel-casino, remember this story and how the hotel camera recorded the incident from beginning to end. Well, almost the end. It should be noted that what wasn’t recorded, or at least made public, is the walk back to their room. Would have loved to see that…