Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Secret to Blackjack Betting

Blackjack is a remarkably simple game. It's so simple that the rules can be printed on a business card sized piece of paper. These cards can be purchased in the casino gift shop, and that should tell you something. What does it say? It says that the real game, the game that makes vast fortunes for the casinos is not about how you play your cards.

You're probably thinking that Blackjack is a card game, how can it not be about the cards? The answer has been hiding in front of you, in plain sight for as long as you have been a player. Once you understand the secret and begin putting it to work, your game will change forever. Dealers and Pit Bosses will recognize you as an advanced player and will treat you with a higher level of respect. But most importantly, you will win more and more often than you do now.

With that said, keep in mind that no one wins all of the time, not you and not the casinos. Remember that statistics apply to a series of events and not to individual events. What you are about learn here is no guarantee on winning but rather a reliable way of moving the statistical advantage in your direction. This technique is easy to understand and easy to implement but there is one powerful variable that is entirely within your control, patience.

I have seen hundreds of examples on a player on a losing streak say "I can't possibly lose the next hand". They substantially increase their bet out of sheer frustration and proceed to lose it all. The casino loves these players and rely upon this kind of behavior. Don't do it!

Alright, so are you ready for the secret? In order to win more and more often you must bet larger amounts on your winning hands and bet less money on your losing hands. This is doable and doesn't require a crystal ball. The strategy you are about to learn makes it automatic. It's called a Progressive Betting Strategy and has been in use for many years by the bets gamblers around. It will quickly reduce your risk exposure and pull down handsome profits if you can be consistent and patient. Here's how it works.

Pick a table with a minimum bet you are comfortable with. Let's say it's a $25.00 table. From now on we will refer to that amount as "One Unit". You place one unit out on the table and the dealer deals the cards. If you win, you let it ride. You now have "Two Units" betting on your next hand, but think about what it actually is. One unit is yours and one is house money. Now if you win the next hand you will pull back two units and keep two out to bet.

At this point in your mini session you have recouped your original unit and taken one in profit. The two units out on the next bet are house money and your risk has been reduced to zero.

If you win the next hand (hand three) you let the four units ride, pulling back four units if you win hand number four. The progression continues until you lose a hand. As you can see, even a short winning streak becomes wildly profitable to you.

What happens when you lose a hand? Simple, you always go back to a one unit bet no matter what. This requires patience but is absolutely critical to this strategy. Remember that you have limited funds but the casino does not. You must manage your money for the long run while maximizing profits in the short run.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

New London Casino Review - Promotions and Bonuses

New London Casino is a newly launched site that opened its virtual doors in 2012. It is owned by Total E Soft Ltd and uses its own innovating software. This is not a US friendly casino, but gladly accepts new players from all other parts of the world.

New London supports 23 different languages, multiple currencies and international banking options. With the easy to use website and the simple registration any player can visit the site, join and be playing the games within minutes.

Once you give New London Casino a try you are entitled to receive pampering like none other that includes monthly giveaways, game updates, tournaments and a whole array of promotions and bonuses.

Software and Games Review

There are two ways to play the casino. The first one is to download the software from the site and install on your PC. This only takes a couple minutes and once installed there is no need to download and install again. The second way is to log into the website and play the instant play casino. There is around 100 games in the portfolio that range from Classic to Video Slots and Video Poker to Table Games.

Since there aren't too many categories of games we will go into detail with a few popular ones. Keno and Wheel of Fortune fall under the Specialty Games tab, Blackjack, Baccarat, Oasis Poker and Caribbean Poker for the Card Games, Craps and European Roulette under Table Games and a whole assortment of Video Pokers that come in single and multi-hand format up to 50 hands per game.

The software is updated regularly with adding enhanced features, new games and updated security. The sports section has all the major markets to wager on offering fixed and preferred odds if you are looking for the latest in the betting world.

Promotions and Bonuses

When you visit New London Casino you will notice that the promotions page is full of offers. New players will be happy when they learn they can claim a welcome bonus on the first four deposits. High roller players aren't left out either. They can claim a massive first deposit bonus when they register an account and make their first qualifying deposit.

If you are happy with the decision to give New London a try then why not tell your friends to try out the casino too. For each friend referral you will receive a referral bonus that consists of casino cash. In order to be eligible for this bonus the friend must register for an account and make a first time deposit. The bonus is available in all currencies.

NeTeller, Skrill and Credit Card bonuses are other promotions that can be used when making deposits with these payment options. No other online casino gives you all the options and chances to win extra bonuses.

Banking at New London Casino

New London Casino is a multi-currency casino that gladly accepts international players. Transferring funds is quite simple with payment methods that have been in the financial part of the industry for many years and have become trusted and reliable names. Ukash, Visa, MasterCard, Visa Electron, Visa Delta, Solo, Maestro Card, Paysafe Card, Check, Bank Wire Transfer, Click2Pay, Skrill (MoneyBookers), NeTeller, UseMyBank and My Citadel Wallet.

Although the casino is brand new to the industry they have proven themselves to be trustworthy in paying players their winnings. Players can expect nothing less than speedy cashouts and hassle free service.

Customer Support

New London Casino might be new to the industry, but when it comes to customer satisfaction they are old pros. Round the clock support is offered by having a 24 hour a day telephone help line made available for all players and email support. New London Casino not only guarantees friendly and courteous support, but also guarantees a fast reply to all email queries. The site map was created to give players the option to browse the site for answer to simple questions and concerns. Since New London Casino knows how important it is for players to have little to no game interruption, they put this little help section on the site for the benefit of the player.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Important Role of Clubs Australia

In Australia, clubs and pubs are popular gambling destinations, providing locals with thousands of poker machines. Since these venues are much more than bars and nightclubs, operating them is quite complex. From adhering to gambling laws to allocating gambling grants, club owners take on a great deal of responsibility - and Clubs Australia was established to offer assistance in the complex task of running pokie venues.

Clubs Australia is responsible for representing pokie clubs in dealings with the local government, as well as keeping owners informed of any major developments with regards to gambling policies. The organization represents 6000 venues across the country and 96 000 employees. There are also state and territory associations which are responsible for dealing with clubs on a local level: Clubs ACT, Clubs Queensland, Clubs NSW, Clubs WA, Clubs Victoria, Clubs SA, Clubs NT and Clubs Tasmania.

Most recently, the organization dealt with the issue of mandatory pre-commitment. The organization felt that forcing all players to set their own betting limits before playing was not in the best interests of operators and the community at large. Clubs Australia fought hard to convince local politicians that implementing mandatory pre-commitment was not worth the high cost, especially since there was little proof that it would help to curb problem gambling rates. In the end, the organization's resistance was one of many reasons that the federal government decided to implement voluntary pre-commitment instead.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Most Popular Movie-Themed Slots

Branded slots have become quite trendy in the world of online gambling. It seems that players are bored with traditional online slots themes, and gambling developers have discovered that familiar brands make great replacements. Movie-themed slots are some of the most popular branded games, based on a wide range of both new and old films.

The Dark Knight is the latest movie-themed slots game to hit the online casino market. It was released in June 2012, and was immediately well-received by players. It seems that the timing of the game's release was perfect, since it coincided with the release of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises film.

The slots game is based on the second film in the Dark Knight series, featuring characters like Harvey Dent, the Joker and Commissioner Gordon. Graphics are taken directly from the film, giving the game a very realistic look. The Dark Knight slots also gained a great deal of attention because Microgaming linked the game to the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot network. Over the course of the past year, it was awarded the top prize twice.

The Lord of the Rings was another popular movie-branded slots game from Microgaming. Unfortunately, legal disputes between the Tolkien Estate and Warner Bros Studios forced the game to be pulled from the online casino market. During its time in the online gambling world, it was very popular. With a Mega Moolah jackpot and cinematic graphics, Lord of the Rings slots was a huge hit among slots players and fans of the fantasy series.

In the land-based casino world, another version of Lord of the Rings slots still exists. Designed by WMS Gaming, it is also a progressive jackpot game. Recently, it awarded a generous jackpot worth more than $7 million, and continues to attract a great deal of positive attention from players at brick and mortar casinos. This version of the Lord of the Rings slots has yet to be affected by Warner Bros' legal issues.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

How to Play Craps and Win!

When I go to Vegas I usually spend most of my time playing poker but if I do want to take a shot at some table games it's going to be Craps. Some of my fondest memories at a casino are playing Craps. When the table is hot there is nothing better. In this article I'll give you a basic strategy that will give you the best chance at leaving the table with more chips than you bought in for.
How to Play
A lot of people are intimidated by the craps table and therefore avoid it. For some reason a lot of people think it's a complicated game. This couldn't be farther from the truth. Craps is a very simple game. Lets start with the basics.
The Come Out Roll
The initial roll is called the come out roll. This is where the point is established. When you roll the dice the number is going to be between 2 and 12. Here the three things that are possible on the come out roll:
  1. You roll a 7 or 11 and win
  2. You roll a 2, 3, or 12 and lose
  3. You roll a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 and that becomes the point
Once a point is established it's as simple as rolling that number again before you roll a 7. For example if the point is established as a 6 then you will keep rolling the dice until you either roll a 6 and win or roll a 7 and lose. There are a ton of other bets you can make but this is the basic Craps strategy.
The Pass Line
This is where you want to place your initial bet. For easy math let's say it's a $10 minimum table and you put down $10. You or the shooter(the person rolling the dice) rolls a 7 on the come out. Guess what? Everyone cheers and you get paid $10 by the dealer. The great thing about Craps is all the players are on the same team against the casino. There is an exception to this and I'll address that later but for now let's dive further into proper strategy for you to win some money.
Free Odds
Assume for now that on the next roll we still have our $10 on the pass line and the shooter rolls a 10. Now the point becomes 10 and the shooter must roll the 10 again before he rolls a 7. Now we have the option to take odds on our 10. You definitely want to take the odds because they are free. That means that the casino has no edge on this bet. You want to take the maximum odds. For most casinos here are the max odds:
  1. 4 and 10 is 3x your pass line bet ($30 on a $10 bet)
  2. 5 and 9 is 4x your pass line bet ($40)
  3. 6 and 8 is 5x your pass line bet $(50)
So you are going to toss $30 to the dealer and say "odds on my 10 please." You now have $40 in play and here's what you'll win if the shooter rolls a 10:
  1. $10 on the pass line bet
  2. $60 on your odds bet because 4 and 10 pay 2 to 1
Collect your $70 in winnings and your $30 odds bet and put it in the rack. It's that easy! Unless of course the shooter rolls a 7 and in that case you would lose $40. In a similar scenario if your point was 5 or 9 you would have been paid 3 to 2 on your odds bet of $40 which would also equal $60 and on a 6 or 8 you are being paid 6 to 5 on your $50 odds bet which again would be $60. The casino does this to make it easier for their dealers. The odds payout will be the same amount no matter which number you hit as long as you took max odds.
Always Take Max Odds
On the pass line bet in Craps the casino gets a 1.4% edge. Meaning that over time after hundreds or thousands or rolls the casino is going to win on average $1.40 for every $100 that is bet. It's simple math and it's the reason they can build those beautiful hotels and can afford to comp you a free room if you play long enough. So why take max odds? Because is you do you lower the house edge to about 0.7% and cut in half their edge. That is as good of a bet you are going to find in the casino unless you can count cards in blackjack and I'm guessing you can't or you wouldn't be reading this article. By taking the max free odds you can only expect to lose $.70 over time for every $100 you bet. That's pretty cheap entertainment if you factor in that the cocktail waitress is going to bring you as many free drinks as you want.
So How Do You Make Money?
Always sign up for the casino's players club and take advantage of comps or freebies the casino is willing to reward you with for gambling with them. One thing you can do to help your comps is to buy in for more than you are willing to gamble with. For example, I never buy in for less than $1,000 even though the way I am playing I only need about $300. The secret to being profitable in Craps is to quit while you're ahead. Groundbreaking stuff I know but it's really as easy as that. Craps is a very streaky game. The table will go cold, hot, and choppy. When the table is cold quit playing. Take a break or find another table but when you go to the next table buy in for $1,000 again and if you do that 4 or 5 times in a day the casino may think your bankroll is much bigger that it actually is and be willing to bring you back by sending you a free room in the mail. It may be a minor thing but every little thing helps. As long as the table is hot keep playing and you might even want to bump up your bets a little if it gets real hot but as soon as it cools down take your profits and cash out. Stay away from other bets such as the field or other one roll bets on the table. These are called sucker bets for a reason. Only play the pass line with full odds.
  1. Get a players card
  2. Buy in for more $$$ than you plan to play with
  3. Place your initial bet on the pass line for the come out roll
  4. Take max odds once the point is established
  5. Keep playing as long as the table is hot
  6. Cash out when the table cools down

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Win a Car Sweepstakes

Online sweepstakes have become a huge craze, for people of all ages. Of course you have to understand the rules and regulations of each sweepstakes. Each contest runs by its own terms and because they are solely motivated by their branding, marketing and other promotional related activities, they may advertise the biggest prize without including the fine details of what they prize actually entails. One of the most common prizes available (and the most popular for that matter) is the "win a car" grand prize. Seeing these words with an amazing picture of a brand new car on the contest's page becomes extremely enticing. Before you go forward with entering that particular sweep, make sure you know EXACTLY what is being offered as the grand prize.

As someone actively involved in the online sweepstakes arena, I am aware of the intricacies of grand prizes. These companies that usually offer a brand new car as a prize are often large corporations that have the capital to support such an amazing prize, however they don't always give you a brand new car. It is important to not just use your eyes to review the promotional images and text but to actively seek out any rules and regulations pertaining to that sweepstakes. This will allow you to understand exactly what the sweepstakes has to offer, no more assumptions.

When you first review the rules, always, always, always, look for the eligible ages and locations requirement. Often times, you will have to be at least the age of 21 years old to win a car but sometimes you can be 18. Definitely, never younger than those ages. You must also consider the region you live in. Many of the win a car sweepstakes offered are available only to US Residents and only those residents who actually live in the continental US. So forget about entering this contests from Alaska or Hawaii, not going to happen.

Now that you have reviewed if you are eligible, make sure you understand and accept their privacy policy. Some companies are merely promotional or marketing agencies that collect the data, organize it and select the winners at random. Others are conducted directly by their own company and will use your information for further marketing efforts. They will send you promotions, deals, discounts and other related news to their company. If you are not ready to accept this type of communication with that particular company, then do not enter your details.

And finally, make sure that the grand prize is what you think it is. I have come across a number of "Win a Car" Sweepstakes that are simply an opportunity for you to win a free 2 year lease of a brand new car. But that is not always the case. There are legitimate car sweepstakes and finding them just takes a couple extra minutes. Good luck with entering your next sweepstakes and I hope you win that brand new car!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Betting On Baseball Today

The first pitch in Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2013 season has been thrown and that's great news for fans and bettors alike. With professional hockey, basketball, and football, more or less on hiatus when the summer rolls around in North America, it's up to baseball and Major League Soccer (MLS) to keep bettors and fans entertained. With each of the 30 MLB teams playing 162 games per season there's definitely plenty of action on a daily basis, including the annual All Star Classic.

Betting on baseball is quite popular with serious bettors as it's viewed by many as being the easiest sport to make a profit on. But oddly enough, the casual fan doesn't wager on baseball games with the regularity they do with other major professional sports. One of the reasons for less betting activity on baseball could be the fact that some fans aren't exactly sure how to go about it, so let's deal with that situation right off the bat.

In baseball you'll find that there's no point spread in use like there is in many other sports and this could be a little confusing to some people. The first thing bettors need to do is get a grasp on how the sport's money line operates. Some baseball bettors like to bet on the underdog quite often as they can still come out with a decent profit even when winning less than 50 per cent of their wagers.

When betting on the sport you'll also come across the run line, which is basically the money line and point spread combined into one. There's a constant 1.5 spread of runs in baseball betting and on the odd occasion you may see this increase to 2 or 2.5 runs. The ball team which is favoured in the money line will be favoured on the run line as well.

For example, on a regular money line, which means you're just going to pick the winning team, the odds could be +170 on the Toronto Blue Jays and -165 for the New York Yankees. This means Blue Jays' bettors can win $170 on a $100 bet while Yankees' bettors will need to lay down a $165 wager to win $165. However, if a bet is made with a run line the odds will change. For instance if the underdog Blue Jays are bet on at +1.5 in the run line the odds could read -125 and if the favoured Yankees run line is -1.5 then the odds could be +105.

This now means Blue Jays' bettors will have to wager more than they can win as it'll take a $125 bet to win $100. However, these bettors are being given 1.5 runs in the run line. This means those who laid a wager on the Blue Jays will win their bet even if Toronto loses the game by one run. A lot of bettors like to go with big favourites in the run line since they can get reduced odds when giving 1.5 runs. Betting on the run line basically makes the favourite the underdog.

You can also bet over/under when betting on baseball, which means to bet on the total number of runs predicted for the game. They're typically called totals in baseball wagering. The totals are the same as in other sports. While in ice hockey and soccer they're presented as goals, and in American football, basketball, and rugby they're points, in baseball they're represented as runs. All you have to do to wager on an over/under is to predict if there will be more or fewer runs scored than what the oddsmakers have selected.

For example, the betting line may read like this: Toronto Blue Jays OV 7.5 -120 and the New York Yankees UN 7.5 +130. If you want to bet on Toronto with more than 7.5 runs being scored you'll need to wager $120 to win $100. To bet on New York with fewer than 7.5 runs coming across the plate you can win $730 on a $100 bet. Just remember, that in baseball, when you're betting the extra innings count for run line bets and the over/under.

The pitchers are the key in most baseball games and the money line is decided based on who's going to be pitching for each team. Sometimes the money line is adjusted if a scheduled starting pitcher is substituted. However, you can wager on the contest as 'action' which means you want to make the bet no matter if there's a pitching change. The wager will still be active, but the payout could be different as the odds may have changed because of a pitching change.

If you bet on a baseball game based on the starting pitchers who have been listed by the sportsbook then the bet will be returned if either of the pitchers doesn't start. In addition, a bet can be made based on just one team's pitcher. If you bet on a specific starter for one team and don't care who the other pitcher is then the bet is active as long as the team you wagered on starts the scheduled pitcher.

You can also wager on correct scores, at-bats, hits, balls, strikes, home run leaders, and innings played etc. Of course, bets can be made on division winners and World Series champions. There are a lot of options when it comes to baseball betting and it's typically quite easy to get the hang of it.