Mobile Gaming: Three Big Questions

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As we all know by now, mobile gambling is becoming the hot new trend in the industry. As more and more people use smartphones, more and more people are using them to play at their favorite online casino.

We’re going to take a look at the three big questions you’re probably asking yourself as you try and catch onto this new wave of online gambling.

What’s the current state of the mobile gambling industry?

In 2015, 2 billion people around the world are using a smartphone and 83% of all global Internet use is accessed through a smartphone or tablet.
How do those numbers pertain to gambling? Well, 20% of all mobile users are using their devices to access gambling apps or websites. Of the total casino market in 2015, 35% will come from a mobile device. To put that into contrast, that number was 3% in 2012.
Needless to say, with the rising numbers just in the last five years alone, it’s safe to say that the current state of mobile gambling is as big as it’s ever been.

How big can mobile gambling get?

It’s believed that over the next five years, approximately 100 million users will be gambling in some form through their mobile devices. In that same timeframe, the total dollar amount of bets placed through a mobile device is expected to eclipse $100 billion.
Additionally, when you factor in the prevalence of Wi-Fi and larger mobile networks, access to the Internet has never been easier. The desire for the player to play, coupled with the convenience factor of gambling whenever and wherever they are, will allow for the biggest evolution in the history of mobile gambling over the next five years.

What is the number one mobile casino in the United States?

This will often come down to preference, but as we stand here in June 2015, the number one mobile casino in the United States is Silver Oak Casino. With over 120 games, availability across all 50 states, a $4,000 signup bonus, and the highest payout percentage at 97.65%, Silver Oak caters to both neophyte and experienced players.
Honorable mentions: Slots.LV, Cool Cat, and Captain Jack

Gambling Games with Friends: From Team-Builders to Friendship-Killers

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Slot Machine GuideNothing beats gambling with friends, until things get ugly. Some games stick everyone together

into one hopeful pool, while others launch one friend to victory and another into the pit.

Craps

It might require a trip to the casino, but it’s worth it. It doesn’t matter if everyone has been

friends for years or just go to work together, a trip down Pass Line Lane is a sure success.

Walking home rich or with empty pockets, everyone will share the same laughs, the same sighs,

and the same tears of joy. Just stick to the pass line. Nobody wants to see someone else winning

when they lose.

Bingo

Has blood ever been drawn over a bingo game? Probably. Still, there is a sense of comradery

between players who are winning because of similar numbers. It doesn’t even have to be the

same numbers. Suzy could come close to winning with a 27 and Sally could take the cake with a

28. There’s a feeling as if the two players helped each other out and won together, even if no

such thing actually took place.

Sports Betting

What’s a friendly wager between friends when the two teams are safely miles away in a state no

one really cares about? Just watch a game, pick a team based on their colors, and see who wins.

True, there are winners and there are losers, but at least no one’s feelings get hurt.

Poker

Now things get interesting. Taking home the dough at a poker night requires more than just luck,

it requires tricking friends and walking home with their money. Most of the time, everyone

reminds each other that it’s all fun and games, but every now and then a sore loser rears its ugly

head. But who can blame them? One of their friends just conned them out of their money.

Local Sports Betting

Hell hath no fury like a sports fan scorned. Betting on local teams has everything to offer. The

stakes are high, everyone already has a favorite team and maybe a few favorite players, and it’s

even affordable to see the game in person. It’s all well and good until two friends, fans of rival

teams, go to war over a rival game. Relationships that could have lasted a lifetime meet their fate

every time one of these dreaded games come up. Sometimes it’s best to keep the money tucked

away and the lips sealed so each friend can cheer and mourn in private.

Poker: How to Spot a Cheater

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A poker night with a cheater in the room does not make anyone’s day. The game becomes unfair

and imbalanced, and all of the fun goes away with the rules. Luckily, there are numerous ways to

spot a cheater, and easy methods to keep the game fair. This is a list of the most common types

of poker cheats and how to prevent them.

1. Marked Cards

Even if you are using your own deck, it is possible that someone has marked or is marking the

cards. The quickest way to mark a card during a game is to pinch the card between the thumb

and index finger, creating a mark with the fingernail. Cards can also be marked by folding over

the edges or scuffing the backs. The safest way to play is with a brand new deck that you know

hasn’t been tampered with, and keep an eye out for new markings as the game progresses.

Providing a new deck out of a sealed package will allow everyone to rest easy.

2. Shuffling Cheat

By keeping one or two particular cards at the top of the deck, a cheater can hold onto a lovely

pair of aces for the next round. It can be difficult to tell if a dealer is doing this, but the problem

can be mitigated by taking turns shuffling and always cutting the deck for each other.

3. Switching Out Cards

A deft-handed cheater can switch out their pocket cards with a new pair. They may have long,

loose sleeves for hiding their cards and fingers in, or accessible pockets for keeping cards in.

They may also cause a distraction or keep their cards out of sight. The best way to avoid this

problem is to have all of the players keep their cards on the table.

4. Dealing Cheat

There is a reason the dealer is required to pass out cards to everyone else first. It is too easy to

place a valuable card at the top of the deck and then keep it. If the dealer does anything strange,

from holding the deck strangely to passing out cards from both the bottom and the top, this is

suspicious behavior that might mean you have a cheater on your hands. A great way to mitigate

dealing cheats is to place a Joker at the bottom of the deck so everyone must deal in the same

safe way.

5. Prepared Deck

By organizing all of the cards in a particular order and refusing to shuffle, it is possible for a

player to sneak in a deck they cannot possibly lose with. The cheater may claim to have already

shuffled, or just start dealing and hope no one speaks up. It’s important to witness the shuffle

every time, and speak up if it doesn’t happen.

7 Wacky Gambling Laws All Around America

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Some laws are made during the early years of a state and never make their way out of the books.

Some are brand new and there is no way to explain how or why they came to be. This is a picture

of how the laws of different states handle gambling, and if these laws should be kept or scrapped.

1. Gambling may be legal in Maine, but only for a grand total of a $3 in winnings. The law was

meant to discourage gambling without actually forbidding it, but there is a reason Las Vegas

wasn’t built in this state.

2. The same Alabama law that prohibits selling medicine on Sundays also bans gambling on

Sundays. Though it bans several types of businesses from running on Sundays, the law

specifically insists that ice cream parlors may remain open. At least they have their priorities in

order.

3. In Oklahoma, gambling comes with its own special dress code, but just for women. The

awkward law requires women to wear more than just lingerie, and also forbids women from

gambling while wearing just a towel. Apparently Oklahoman lawmakers feel like skimpy clothes

would give the women an unfair advantage.

4. In other news, North Carolina sheds mercy on us all by prohibiting bingo games from ever

lasting more than five hours. The law just goes to show: people are willing to sit in a chair an

wait for numbers to be called with the time it would have taken to drive to the theater, buy

popcorn, and watch three full-length movies.

5. Here is one law that should definitely meet its end: the Globe, Arizona law that prohibits

playing cards on the street with a Native American. The law is often talked about, but luckily

there is no clear sign the law ever existed.

6. A deck of cards is contraband in Indiana. Playing cards is illegal in the state, but it is not

reprimanded with volunteer service or jail time. Instead, card players are fined for $3 per pack.

The fine may not seem like much, but there are circumstances in which the crime can break the

bank, such as playing cards inside a card factory.

7. Sometimes something is just too much fun to be illegal. The state of Louisiana managed to

make gambling completely illegal, except on riverboats. There may not be casinos in Louisiana,

and it may not be legal to make a bet or play cards with friends, but everyone can still take a boat

out over the water and be in the clear.

Winning Poker Hands: Most Common to Least

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We all know the royal flush is the best hand to have, but what about the hands that actually show

up? This list will help to find which hands are worth holding onto, and which just won’t make

the cut, especially when you are playing online or with live opponents.

First, the common hands which are worth keeping in play.

1. Two Pair

Though it doesn’t turn up super often, the two pair is the hand which wins more than any other

hand in the game. Why? It sits right in the middle between being common and being valuable.

Two pairs is always worth keeping, even if the prankster on the other side of the table seems sure

of their hand.

2. One Pair

Believe it or not, a simple pair wins the game almost one third of the time. Not all pairs are

created equal, however. There is a good chance that multiple people around the table have a pair,

so it’s a good idea to only stick with the higher cards. 8 through Ace are the best bets. 7 and

below are less likely to win the game. The more people there are around the table, the better the

pair needs to be.

Next, the less common, more promising hands.

3. Three of a Kind

A two pair hand is more than twice as common than a hand with three of a kind, yet a three of a

kind is still five times more likely than a straight. It is more likely than not that no one else

around the table has a better combination.

4. Straight, Flush, and Full House

True, there are still better combinations out there, but one of these hands will win the game nine

times more often than a straight flush, royal flush, or four of a kind, simply because these rare

combinations almost never come up.

5. Straight Flush, Royal Flush, and Four of a Kind

Each of these hands is almost certain to win the game if they come up, but they rarely come up.

In fact, they only appear about 1% of the time, but when they do, they are a sure win. If only it

was easier to predict one of these combinations working out at the start of the game.

And finally, the common hands that almost never make the cut.

6. High Card

We’ve all seen it happen. Sometimes the high card takes the win. But exactly how often does this

happen? The answer is this: A high card wins approximately 2% of all poker games. There is no

good reason to stick around until the end of the game with a high card. Chances are the person

next to you is sporting at least a pair.

Mobile Gaming Taking Online Gambling To New Heights

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Gamble On The Go

If you’re reading this post, there’s a good chance you’re doing so on your smartphone.

While many project what the future of online gambling well hold, it’s becoming more and more clear that mobile gaming is not only a big part of the future, it’s officially become a staple of the present. More prevalent Wi-Fi spots all over the country, better mobile devices, and online casinos becoming more mobile friendly have all helped usher in a new, on the go era of online gambling.

Sports gambling was one of the first aspects to go mobile as people live bet games from their phone and are able to wager in real time. Over the past few years, as more people rely on their phones for everything, players have taken to their phones and tablets to play a hand poker, double down on blackjack, or play the wheel of chance. If you do everything else on your phone, why wouldn’t you gamble on it as well?

While the future may be now for online gambling, there are still some growing pains and adjustments that need to be made by both parties involved in order to create an ideal gaming environment. For casinos, trying to create the same experience on a mobile device as the user gets on their desktop computer can be tricky. In turn, the user must be willing to make some concessions or get used to the fact that they have to adjust to playing on a new device.

We’ve already seen many casinos offer exclusive deals to mobile players as they try and double up with a single user. If they can get a player who’s willing to play both on their desktop and their smartphone, they’ve essentially doubled the amount of time the user will play, and in turn, perhaps doubled their opportunity to make money.

80% of adults own a smartphone and that number expects to increase in the coming years. By the end of 2018, mobile gaming is expected to make up 40% of the online gaming industry – an industry that’s projected to be worth over $100 billion by that same time.

Mobile phones have revolutionized our daily lives and now they’ve revolutionized our industry. With more and more online casinos shifting their focus towards mobile gaming, we may see an even bigger shift in the online gambling landscape over the next few years.

5 Amazing Things about Las Vegas

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  1. Free Booze

So long as you’re gambling on the Las Vegas strip, drinks are free. Not just at the high-end poker tables, either. The drinks will even find you at the penny slots, so long as the tips keep flowing. A large tip isn’t needed, either, just about $1 per drink. The most amazing complementary drinks can be found at the Wynn, including brand name tequila and mojitos. The alcohol may not help with guests’ gambling prowess, but it will save some money for the rest of the night.

  1. High Roller Rewards

At most casinos outside of the Vegas strip, the most anyone can offer a high roller is a free meal and drink tickets. In the big city, on the other hand, high rollers are given show tickets, hotel room upgrades, and whatever they need as incentive to keep them in the city. The best part is lucky gamblers can be given the same awards just by carrying around expensive chips, with no intention of betting them. At any rate, if those hefty chips end up leaving the player’s hands, at least that means more fun in Vegas.

  1. The Craps Crowd

There is no other city in the world where the experience of playing craps with a group of friendly strangers is more iconic. Seasoned players and rookies alike place their bets on the pass line. When they win, they cheer together. When they lose, they all get quiet. Everyone wins and loses together, in the fantastical town of Las Vegas. The same experience simply cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

  1. The Attractions

What other casinos can you think of that are a block away from a theme park? How about a theme park for every building? What about theme parks, swimming pools, museums, trampolines, and bank-breaking fashion shops? The fact is this: there is no place in the world that is quite like Vegas.

  1. The Whole World

It’s difficult to think about Las Vegas without remembering the giant hotel shaped like a pyramid, with a giant Sphynx comparable to the real one in Egypt. What about the river with gondolas carrying guests from the casino to the spa, or the near-constant performance of Greek gods drawing guests to Caesar’s Palace? There is a small piece of every part of the world that can be found in this city.

5 Things Most People Don’t Know About Blackjack

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1. Betting Smart

It is possible to double up a blackjack bet after the first two cards have been laid out. It’s simple:

If the starting total looks promising, the player can set down a second set of chips equal to the

first right next to the original pile. The rules vary from place to place, but some dealers only let

players do this when the value of the starting cards adds up to 10 or 11. This means the player

would need to pull a face card or a 10 to win.

2. Counting Draws

When the technique was first studied, counting cards was much more potent than it is today. The

reason is simple: the casinos adapted. Before the 1960’s, dealers only used one deck of cards and

weren’t too concerned about shuffling. These days, a dealer may shuffle together as many as 6

decks, maybe more. It’s pretty hard to count cards when there’s 252 of them. Experts calculate

that successfully counting cards results in a house advantage of about 1%. At least it’s better than

the slots.

3. The Disappearing Deck

Some casino dealers have turned security up a notch and taken random cards out of the pile. This

makes the card-counting challenge extra spicy. Who knows what else dealers have up their

sleeve.

4. The White Flag

In some casinos, the player is allowed to surrender and only lose half the original bet. This is

only allowed under specific circumstances, such as if the dealer pulls an ace as their starting

card. The rules vary on whether the dealer can allow surrender before or after checking if they

have a face card to follow up with it, so it’s a good idea to ask about the rule ahead of time. Not

all casinos offer surrender as an option, but the ones that do offer a bit more of an advantage to

the players.

5. Bittersweet Victory

Most casinos offer a 3 to 2 return on a blackjack win. Any less than this is a rip-off, but

unfortunately not an uncommon one. The Las Vegas Strip in particular has taken to paying only

a 5 to 6 return, meaning a $5 bet will only see a $6 win, or a $1 profit. This unwieldy price can

be avoided, though. Less popular casinos are almost guaranteed to offer a 3 to 2 return.

A Brief History of Slot Machines

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In the Beginning

The very first slot machine to be created was called the Liberty Bell. The name refers to the picture of a cracked Liberty Bell which is one of the symbols on the reels. Spinning three Liberty Bells was enough to win the grand prize: 50 cents. It may not sound like much, but the slot machine was invented in 1895, and the worth of the dollar has inflated greatly over the past century, which means that, accounting for all of the change that money has undergone, 50 cents was actually worth closer to $15. Not too shabby for…actually, that’s pretty terrible.

The Knock-Off

Each of the original Liberty Bell machines was crafted by the inventor, Charles Fey, in his shop. The new way to gamble gathered a lot of attention, and pretty soon Fey could not build them fast enough to meet the demand of the casinos. Finally, in 1907, an arcade machine manufacturer named Herbert Mills copied Fey’s idea, added some pictures of fruit, and started selling them.

Rocking Down to Electric Avenue

After Herbert Mills’s knock-off, everyone started doing it. Slot machines developed different classes, from penny slots to dollar slots. They started including the ability to increase the bet. They also developed the all-important flashing lights and bleeping sounds. The first electronic slot machine hit the market in 1975, created by the Fortune Coin Company. The slot machine was part of a bigger movement in gambling technology, with the creation of electronic roulette, poker, dice games, and all sort of electronic gambling technology. Modern slot machines are entirely electronic. They may have pulleys and display spinning reels, but the inside is just a computer with a random number generator.

Changing the Odds

Charles Fey’s original slot machine had five symbols on each reel: hearts, diamonds, spades, horseshoes, and the Liberty Bell. Herbert Mill’s slot machines had three reels with 10 symbols on each. Modern slot machines typically have 20 symbols and three reels. This means the chance to win on the original machine was 5 in 125, or 4%, and modern slot machines. The next version to come out had a winning chance of 10 in 1,000, or a 1% win chance, and modern slot machines have a 20 in 8,000 chance, or a quarter of a percent chance of rolling all three of the same result. Of course, a win on a modern slot machine can mean a million dollars.

The Best Blackjack Card Counters of All Time

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1. Edward Thorp

If it weren’t for Edward Thorp, the world may not have even known about the phenomenon of counting cards. Although limited to 1960’s technology, Thorp took what he knew about counting cards and used the developing technology of computers in order to perfect the method. His card-counting skills got him banned from casinos in Las Vegas and Reno. After his money-growing stunts gathered attention, Thorp published his book, Beat the Dealer, which explains the best method of counting cards in order to win at Blackjack.

2. The Four Horsemen

Despite popular opinion, Edward Thorp did not invent counting cards, though he did perfect it with the help of computer technology. The proof lies within a book published in 1957, five years before Edward Thorp’s Beat the Dealer. This book is called Playing Blackjack to Win, and it was written by four mathematicians: Roger Baldwin, Herbert Maisel, James McDermott and Wilbert Cantey. This group’s system of counting cards is not as thoroughly honed as Edward Thorp’s, but it was designed without the help of computers.

3. Ken Uston

There have been many card counters since the method became known mainstream in 1962, but Ken Uston had a heavy hand in changing how casinos worldwide handle card counters. After being banned from casino after casino for the same set of tricks, Uston decided to retaliate. He successfully sued an Atlantic City casino for banning him. After all, he was just using his skills, not cheating at cards. To this day, Atlantic City casinos are not allowed to ban players for counting cards. On top of this, casinos all around the world have adopted using multiple card decks and shuffling often so that card counters do not bring down the business.
4. Keith Taft

With all of the extra card decks and near-constant shuffling, counting cards became much harder by the time Keith Taft came into the picture in 1970. To overcome this problem, Taft designed a portable computer that keeps track of cards as they are used. Because no one had tried it before, there were no casino rules against using such technology, but the casinos still wouldn’t let him come in with it, but he managed to find a way to smuggle the computer in and make money.

5. Tommy Hyland

Why play by yourself when so much more can be gained by teaming up? Tommy Hyland did just that when he brought together a group of card-counting blackjack players and set to work making a fortune. It’s unknown how much money the team has accrued, but Hyland claims the group jumped from $4,000 to $60,000 in the first month.