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Rugby World Cup Promotions Running at Intercasino
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14 October 2015

Intercasino is one of the oldest and most trusted online casinos in the world and throughout the Rugby World Cup 2015 the operator of this casino is running a fantastic Rugby themed promotion. Lots of deposit bonuses are up for grabs and free cash bonuses can also be won with the Road to the Cup promotional offer. Conquer the World Cup and you could win up to $5,000 in bonus cash.

Throughout this promotional period you can earn RugbyPoints and the more points you earn, the greater your chance of winning a cash prize will be. You can earn points in several different ways and there are more than 25 cash prizes to play for. For every $20 that you wager in the casino, on any of the games, your account will instantly be credited with 1 RugbyPoint.

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What Ever Happened to Sheriff Gaming
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02 May 2015

Gaming content from Sheriff Gaming including online slot machines and other table & card games, scratchcards and video pokers were removed from numerous major gambling portals when the company’s gambling license was revoked back in 2013. Some of you may remember the stunning range of 3D slot machines that this innovative software provider had managed to produce.  Back in 2013, Dutch authorities caught up with the CEO of Sheriff Gaming and arrested him over a money laundering investigation.

The investigation conducted by Dutch authorities actually led to the arrest of four individuals after authorities had been looking in to the business dealings of Sheriff Gaming’s parent company, Bubble Group N.V. The CEO of Bubble Group NV, Stijn Flapper, together with some of his cohorts were taken into custody on suspicion of laundering money and other illegal business activities, which was a great shame for players because Sheriff Gaming casino games were some of the most advanced games available at the time.

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Vegas Millions at William Hill Vegas
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29 April 2015

The Vegas Millions Jackpot is an exclusive progressive jackpot network which you can find over at William Hill Vegas. This is one of several great gambling products currently available at this top UK gambling portal. You can play for the Vegas Millions Jackpots on six different slot machines and each of these slots actually has a total of five Vegas Millions Jackpots to play for.

These include the Super Jackpot (which at the time of writing is worth approximately £120), the Mega Jackpot (now worth approx. £640), the Major Jackpot (approx. £20,200), the Royal Jackpot (approx. £123,230) and the Vegas Jackpot, the largest jackpot which is now worth more than £1,282,500.00. The Vegas Jackpot will never drop below £1,000,000.00. You could win one of these accumulating prizes pools from just one spin on any of the following slots.

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How to Really Gamble Responsibly Online & Setting Limits
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27 April 2015

Gambling online in the real money mode can become a problem for some players, but there are plenty of effective techniques that you can use at an online casino to improve the way in which you manage your bankroll. However, if you do already have a gambling problem or if you feel as though you have an addictive personality then perhaps the best thing to do would be to avoid visiting online casinos altogether.

There are lots of charitable, non-profit organisations out here today and they are designed to help problem gamblers by offering free support & guidance. Some of the main organisations include Gamblers Anonymous, GamCare and Gamble Aware These are just three places that you can go to if you feel as though you or a friend/family member has developed some kind of gambling problem.

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Online Casino Licensing Authorities & Their Role in the Industry
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07 March 2015

This page will reveal some of the major online gambling licensing jurisdictions in the world and the reputable licensing authorities that operate from these locations, plus it will also discuss the role of these authorities within the online gambling industry.

Knowing a little bit about online casino licensing jurisdictions and the authorities that are legally permitted to issue licenses from these jurisdictions can quite often help determine how legitimate an online casino or similar gambling portal is and whether or not the owner of the gaming site is running an honest operation. It will also tell you the kind of support and legal backing you can expect to receive should some kind of issue arise.

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Which Playtech Casinos Still Accept UK Players?
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27 February 2015

Due to new changes in online gaming legislation in the United Kingdom in September 2014, UK players are now required to play in their own territory when gambling in the real cash mode at an online casino. Some operators chose not to become fully compliant with the new legislation and did NOT obtain a license from the UK gambling Commission.

Therefore almost overnight, several famous UK Playtech powered casinos simply stopped accepting real cash wagers from UK players and this resulted in fewer Playtech casinos being available for UK players. Registered UK members of these casinos were notified of the changes that were about to come into effect via email, plus they were also informed by the casino when they signed into their account. In the case where an operator did not have a UK licensed sister casino that they could transfer player’s accounts over to, the operator simply lost that player’s business altogether.

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How to File a Complaint When Playing at an Online Casino
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14 February 2015

It is unlikely that you should ever encounter an issue when playing in a highly recommended online casino which is licensed in a top-tier licensing jurisdiction, but occasionally, problems will occur and sometimes these issues need addressing. The top-tier licensing jurisdictions tend to include the UK Gambling Commission, the Gambling Supervision Commission (in the Isle of Man), the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority (in Gibraltar) and the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (in the UK Channel Islands).

Other major licensing jurisdictions include the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, the Malta Gaming Authority (formerly the Lotteries & Gaming Authority of Malta), the Curaçao Internet Gaming Association and the Directorate of Offshore Gaming. You should only really contact these as a last resort. Most issues can actually be resolved simply by contacting the casino directly. The best way to reach a member of staff at an online casino is to call them directly (usually toll-free depending on where you are calling from).

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Latest eCOGRA Payout Percentage Reports for Various Gambling Portals
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07 June 2014

The January 2014 payout percentage reports have recently been published for various fully licensed Microgaming powered casinos. These top-rated online casinos are monitored on a monthly basis and the results are published each month. This information basically reveals how much the casino operator has been paying back to its registered members as winnings and for certain game categories.

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Mr Green Receives Casino Operator of the Year Award
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04 June 2014

The seventh annual International Gaming Awards took place towards the beginning of February 2014. This event has been running now since 2008 and it attracts the biggest names from the online and land based gaming industry. For the second year in a row, Mr Green (which is a popular online casino) won the Online Casino Operator of the Year award.

This award was sponsored by Playtech, which has won plenty of awards itself over the years for its innovative products. Lets’ find out who else won an award at this year’s event. The Casino/Integrated Resort of the Year award, sponsored by Empire, went to Crowne Melbourne and the Casino Operator of the Year Americas award went to Wynn Resorts. The Casino Operator of the Year Asia/Australia award went to Galaxy Entertainment.

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Quickfire Software Coming Soon to Betfair
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02 June 2014

Quickfire is a non-downloadable online casino platform which is powered by Microgaming. Towards the very end of January 2014, Microgaming announced that it had signed a deal with Betfair and this means that registered members of this cross-platform gambling portal will soon be able to find a collection of Microgaming games when they sign into their account.

Betfair is comprised of several different gambling products, many of which are also now available on mobile. With the introduction of Microgaming content onto this new Quickfire platform, players will have an even bigger range of games to explore.

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Microgaming Pens Deal for Game of Thrones Slot Series
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28 May 2014

Microgaming, an industry award winning online casino software provider, has announced that it will be developing a brand new Game of Thrones themed online slot machine and this new slot will be released at some point later on this year.

Microgaming already got the online gambling community excited a few weeks back when it announced that it would be developing several brand new slots including some Jurassic Park themed slots and a new Terminator 2: Judgment Day themed slot. They failed to announce at the time that they had also been developing a Game of Thrones themed slot machine.

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The Best Way to avoid being Scammed when Gambling Online
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09 May 2014

This page will take a look at some of the most effective ways which can help players avoid being scammed out of their hard-earned cash when visiting an online casino or other similar gambling portal such as an online bingo site, online poker site, online sportsbook or online lottery site.

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NetEnt Increases Mobile Slot Portfolio with Mega Fortune Touch
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21 April 2014

Net Entertainment recently went mobile with Mega Fortune, the world’s most famous online slot machine. Online gamblers can now play on their favourite progressive jackpot slot from NetEnt using their iPhone, iPad or Android device. This branded new mobile slot was added to NetEnt’s mobile casino platform (which is called NetEnt Touch) on December 12th 2013.

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Biggest Online Casino Winners Created in 2013
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02 April 2014

There were several big winners in 2013 and this section will take a look at exactly how much some of these lucky players managed to win. These online gamblers were playing at various fully licensed online casinos which are powered either by Net Entertainment (NetEnt), Playtech or Microgaming.

The biggest winner of the year was a 40-year-old Finnish player who was playing on a popular NetEnt slot machine called Mega Fortune. This lucky winner scooped a world-record-breaking EUR 17.8M and this huge win is still recognised by the official Guinness World Records as the single largest ever win from an online slot machine.

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William Hill PLC Updates T's and C's for its Vegas Product
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07 March 2014

Towards the very end of October, William Hill Plc. announced that it would be updating certain Terms and Conditions for its Vegas product. William Hill Vegas is an online casino which is powered by non-downloadable Ash Gaming and Blueprint Gaming software.

The changes which came in to effect on October 28th 2013 meant that the casino would be improving the way in which it manages the Progressive Jackpot contributions. These new changes basically mean that the accumulating prize pools (progressive jackpots) will replenish much quicker than ever before, so when a jackpot has been won, you won’t have to wait as long for that prize to reach such a decent amount again.

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How Has The UK Gambling Industry Changed Over The Last Five Years?
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29 January 2014

We all love a bit of flutter from time to time. There's nothing quite like placing a risky little bet on the Grand National or the World Cup. There are few things as uniquely exciting as that anticipation sitting in the pit of your stomach, that nervous exhilaration at your breast. There is a reason why so many people like to gamble - it is extremely satisfying.

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Online Casinos and Sports Betting Sites - How Much Can You Really Make?
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18 December 2013

Make no mistake, online gambling is now more accessible than ever, and with mobile phones constantly connected to the internet, you can now place a bet wherever you are. Though how much money can you really make when it comes to online casinos and sports betting sites? For many, it sounds just like a scam, though there are a few big winners who'd like to tell you otherwise.

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20 Years of Online 21
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28 October 2013

With the ever growing popularity of online casinos, Blackjack has broken out of the Las Vegas clubhouses and spread to all corners of the world. From lavish casinos to users' mobile devices, the game is now more popular than ever before.

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William Hill Exits China
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09 October 2013

The leading UK gambling operator William Hill PLC has decided to withdraw all of its gambling services from the Chinese market. The withdrawal from China came into instant effect as of Monday 19th August 2013 and it will affect hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of online gamblers in China.

Affiliates of William Hill bookmakers were recently sent vague details via email which simply stated that the decision was due to ‘regulatory reasons beyond our control’. Online gamblers in China will no longer be able take advantage of the services offered by William Hill, but for those who still have a positive balance in their account, they can still make arrangements to withdraw their funds.

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Win a Year's Free Gambling at Royal Vegas Online Casino
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30 September 2013

Royal Vegas Casino has recently completed an epic six week online casino promotion called You Play We Pay. This marathon promotional offer started on June 10th 2013 and it ran right up until July 21st 2013 and it was giving away a treasure trove of gadgets, luxury items and cash prizes, with the top prize being a Years Free Gambling.

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Useful Tips for Getting Started at an Online Casino
casino blog
23 September 2013

Getting started at ANY online casino today is a relatively straightforward process. Before you can start gambling in the real cash mode though, you will need to register your details and open an account with the casino. As soon as your account has been activated the next step is to make a deposit. When you have funded your account, only then can you can start playing for real cash prizes.

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Unibet Changes
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23 August 2013

Unibet is a leading cross-platform gambling platform which offers a range of different products. As of April 18th, some new changes were made here at www.unibet.co.uk, which mainly resulted in a minor website redesign, however the operators decided to keep the traditional green theme, plus the user-friendly interface has basically remained unchanged. The main difference is that players can now benefit from a single-wallet-system.

This means that it doesn’t matter which product you deposit funds into now with this new integrated account system. If you deposit into the Unibet Games Section for example, you can also use those funds in the Unibet Casino or in the Unibet Sportsbook, without having to transfer any funds over. The other exciting products available here right now include a Live Dealer Casino, Unibet Bingo and Unibet Mobile.

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Microgaming Playboy Bunny Live Dealers
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10 August 2013

Over the years Microgaming has managed to develop an exciting range of products and one of their very latest and most innovative gambling products is the Playboy Bunny Live Dealer Casino platform. Registered members can now log into their favourite Microgaming powered online casino and experience actual female Playboy Bunnies from within a Live Casino environment.

The Live Casino at any Microgaming powered casino is only available for real money players. None of the Live Dealer games are available in the free play mode, which means that you will need to make a deposit before you can experience what the Live Dealer Casino has to offer, but more importantly, before you can check out the Playboy Bunnies.

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Hollywood Gamble - The New Fantasy League
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02 August 2013

Chances are good that you know at least a few people who completely love Fantasy Football. In the months leading up to the NFL season, these diehards spend hours meticulously going over their roster, choosing their dream teams, participating in drafts and then monitoring games to see how their fantasy teams are doing.  The hobby's popularity is so vast that there’s even a show on FX called “The League” based on this often time-consuming hobby.

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Top 4 Countries Where Online Gambling is Legal
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29 July 2013

Internet gambling world has been strictly structured these days. Before you start it is imperative to be aware of what countries allow online gambling.

Over the past few years, it has been seen a steady growth in popularity in online casinos. Since more and more people continue to register with sites in order to enjoy their favourite casino games. If you are the one among the big sport lovers then you have definitely seen the advertisements of online gambling sites.

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Remarkable Casino Payout Percentage Reports
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15 July 2013

This article refers back to just before Christmas 2012 when three fully licensed online casinos all recorded having payout reports which exceeded 100%. Cinema Casino, 777 Dragon Casino and Casino Mate are all owned by a trusted online casino group called Vegas Partner Lounge.

This is a responsible operator which owns several other trusted brands such as River Nile Casino, Casino UK, Crazy Vegas Online Casino, Golden Riviera Casino, Maple Casino and Sun Vegas Casino. Although it isn’t unheard of for an online casino to record having an average return-to-player payout report in excess of 100%, it is relatively uncommon, so having three individual casinos with 100%+ payout reports is great news for players.

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Bet365 Live Casino App Available Now
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10 July 2013

Those who prefer gambling from their mobile device can now experience the excitement of a Live Dealer Casino on their handset thanks to the brand new bet365 Live Casino App, which is now available for the Android, iPhone and iPad. It can easily be downloaded onto your mobile phone and you can be playing on your favourite casino game in just a matter of seconds.

The Live Casino environment offers unique surroundings and the great thing about this new platform is that you can experience the action from a park bench, at home, or even while waiting in a queue.

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Online Casino Tips You May Never Have Thought About
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05 July 2013

Over the past decade or so online casinos have come to the forefront of the gambling world, allowing players the possibility of winning money in the more relaxed environment of their home or even when on the move. The variety of games on offer is huge so some general tips for gameplay are useful to know. Here are some you may never have thought of before.

Learn the games

Don’t just assume that you can play a game – it’s a recipe for losing a lot of money. Even if you’ve played blackjack before and know the rules, there might be slight variations even if it’s only in the amount you can bet or the layout of the game. Take time to learn the rules if the game is unfamiliar to you – many online casino sites, including Betsson Casino Online, offer the chance to play for fun so you can get acquainted with the game first. These sites also offer tips and resources for each game.

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Types of Casino Bonuses for Australian Players & The Best Pokies Revelaed
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22 June 2013

Australian players can now visit various different fully licensed online casinos where they can legally participate in real cash gambling activities. These trusted gambling portals offer each new player a fantastic sign up bonus when they register an account for the first time and they are powered by some of the world’s leading online casino software providers such as Microgaming and Playtech.

Two of these perfectly secure Australian-friendly online casinos include Casino Mate and Omni Casino. Casino Mate is often referred to as “Australia’s number one casino” and Omni Casino is a trusted online casino that has been operating for more than 15 years now. Both of these casinos accept Australian dollars and various different Australian casino banking methods are also accepted at both casinos.

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Top 5 Winning Strategies for Gambling
casino blog
21 June 2013

After a long day at work, people generally try to find out various ways and means to relax. Gambling is one of them. Gone are the days, when people used to visit casinos to indulge in the same. Now, they can simply opt for the same sport from their home by indulging in online gambling. These Las Vegas style gambling sites have a lot of offers on display. Here are a few winning strategies that will help you to win the same.

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Important Considerations When Selecting the Right Online Casino
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15 May 2013

Owing to the increasing popularity of online gambling, customers today have a wide variety of casinos to choose from. Unfortunately, not all these casinos promise safe, fair, and secure gambling as they are meant to scam unsuspecting consumers. When you gamble with real money, you often have to divulge personal information, credit card numbers, and other sensitive bank details that can be misused in the wrong hands. This is precisely why you should take your time, weigh your options, and choose the right online casino for real money gaming.

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Gambling: The Most Profiting Online Business
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20 March 2013

On the 18th day of the month of August in the year 1995, Internet Casinos Inc. became the first internet casino, offering 18 games. Today the online gambling industry boasts of 1400 odd websites and a turnover of 3 billion dollars per year. It is even more interesting to note that no other online business yields such high revenue than online gambling. Of the entire fraternity of online gamblers, 30% are based in Asia.

The Procedure of Online gambling and Sports Betting

Placing an online bet is a matter of just a few minutes. If one has a credit card to his name, he can get registered with an online gambling website and open an account for himself. Through this account, he can place bets of major sport events like cricket, Wimbledon, Formula One, horse racing etc. One can also opt for virtual casino games like poker, roulette, poker, blackjack etc. A bet can range from a few nickels to several thousands of dollars.

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The Beginnings of Online Casino Gambling
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02 February 2013

Can any of us, however young or old we might be really remember what life was like before we had the Internet? For anyone over the age of 30 or so the answer is probably yes but it’s not actually something we even really like to think about.

Online casinos did not emerge as soon as the Internet became more widespread but it did not take too long before some Internet savvy entrepreneurs discovered just how they could bring all the fun of casino gaming online and reach an audience of millions of people who may never have even seen in the inside of a land based casino!

The world of online casino gaming really began in 1994 when the tiny twin island nation of Antigua and Barbuda created a commission, the Free Trade and Processing Zone, to issue legal casino operation licenses to those who wanted to try to create an online casino that would draw in players from all over the world, as long as they had a PC and an Internet connection.

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Clash of the Titans over Online Gambling: Social Media Versus Australian Government
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18 January 2013

Online gambling is a term used to denote gambling that takes place over the internet. Online gambling, or iGambling, involves traditional casino games, such as poker and blackjack, as well as sports betting and bingo. From the inception of online gambling around 1994, legal controversy has ensued.

Logistics of Gambling in Australia

The official ruling from the Australian Federal Government in 2000 made it impossible for online casinos created after the 2000 ruling to operate. One Australian online casino, Lasseter's Online Casino, effectively became the only legal online casino available to aspiring Australian online gamblers. The only recourse for Australians eager to roll the dice online became novelty gambling (without real money) or riskily gambling online via an offshore website.

Resurrection for Online Gambling?

Currently in Australia, a movement is underway to allow simulated casino games on Smartphones and similar devices. The idea is to change the previous ruling via-a-vis the Australian Federal Government in 2000 to more lax rules that allow online "for fun-only" gambling. The reframing of the 2000 Australian Federal Government's ruling would not regulate bookies and in-person sports betting, but would seek to alter how the Australian government deals with online poker, roulette and blackjack. Over the past 12 years, the 2000 ruling has prohibited casino games like poker from being accessed on cell phones and, most recently, Smartphones.

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A social network for gamblers and players?
casino blog
17 October 2012

The idea of combining online gambling with social networking sites could have catastrophic consequences, especially if the operators do little to control which users are actually gambling. However, a social network for gambling is just what users have wanted for a long time and it is basically the leading social networking sites (together with various well-known software companies) that are merely responding to demand.

Currently there are licenced gambling portals such as bingo sites, poker sites, online bookmakers and online casinos where players can go online and place a legal wager, but only after having provided the necessary identification documents and after passing ID verification checks. With regards to social interaction, the only real way for players to communicate with one another is via the occasional instant messaging chat feature.

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Budget Tips for Gambling Online
casino blog
13 October 2012

There are various tips that you can apply to your gambling strategy which should easily help you stay within your budget and therefore help you to not over-spend. One sensible piece of advice is to set a weekly deposit limit. This is an option which is available at most of today’s reputable online casinos. For example, you can set the maximum that you wish to deposit per week (or month) to $/€/£100.00 and once you have reached this amount, the casino will notify you.

This daily, weekly or monthly deposit limit can usually be adjusted somewhere in the cashier section and it is a great tool for helping you keep within your budget. The only problem is that this spending limit can easily be lifted by you at any time, so if you are the kind of person that has very little control over how much you spend, this is a pretty pointless feature to have. The thing is that online casino’s must be seen to be actively promoting responsible gambling in one way or another so this feature will always be available, no matter how pointless you think it may be.

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How to understand Casino Reviews
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10 October 2012

Online casino reviews should generally be quite easy for players to understand because their main purpose is to just provide players with relevant information about the online casino in question. Most of today’s online casino reviews are written in a concise manner and they only contain the important details about a casino, plus information that players are often unaware of, but should be aware of.

The most important thing about an online casino is that it is a fully licensed gambling portal, which you will be able to find out from the review. There are several trusted licensing jurisdictions around the world today including Curaçao (in the Netherlands Antilles), Gibraltar, Malta, the Isle of Man, Alderney (a UK Channel Island), Kahnawake (Canadian Mohawk territory) and even Antigua. Today’s most reliable and trustworthy online casinos hold a license from one of these jurisdictions.

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Across the pond online casinos make a splash
casino blog
25 August 2012

The thrill of a casino is all in the bet.  You put money on the line let the sights and sounds of the casino give you a gambling high, and it makes you feel an amazing adrenaline rush to stack your chips against the odds.  But finding the time to make it happen is tougher to do in today’s ever faster paced world; at least at a traditional casino.  Online casinos give you that same thrill right in front of your computer or on your phone, at your convenience on your schedule.

Online casinos have popped up all over the world but some will fit your tastes better than others.  That’s why portals for casino reviews are out there to help you find the top, legitimate casinos and one of those portals.  For betters on the western side of the Atlantic the top rated casinos are available for your review to place your money up against a house you know you can take a chunk out of.

When you look for a casino you want to be able to find what you’re looking for to give you as much of that gambling high as you can get.  You don’t want to be doing a whole trial and error of endless registrations that aren’t going to work out; so take some of that extra weight out of the hunt with a little guide.  Read the reviews, look at the bonuses available including free money just for registering; if it feels like a good match, you got a good site to make a bet.

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Online casino and gambling domains as great assets
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20 August 2012

The online casino market in Italy appears to be booming, even in the current unstable economic climate that we are living in and it seems as though owning your very own gambling domain could fetch you a nice price tag. Many online casino and gambling domains have recently proven to be extremely profitable for many people.

Intelligent owners of these domains are aware of the potential that one of these gambling sites can generate in terms of revenue. People are snapping up these domains at quite a staggering rate.

According to Marketwatch, over the past twelve months there have been several Italian gambling domains that have sold for extraordinary prices.

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Who's filling the USA gap?
casino blog
18 August 2012

Many of the companies that offered gambling services to US players were either shut down for business or they had to relocate and operate from a new offshore location. This left US players with very few portals to choose from, especially when compared to the selection that UK, Canadian, European and South African players have available to them.

The main secure portals for US players that keep popping up over and over again when you perform online searches include websites such as All Star Slots, Club USA (Club World), BetOnline, Win Palace Casino, Grand Parker Casino and of course Bovada (formerly Bodog but recently rebranded). Bovada remains the most popular out of all of these.

As of December 2011, online gamblers from the US could no longer place real cash wagers at bodog, which is why the company rebranded to Bovada.

Most US players will now be familiar with the Bovada brand. This secure gambling portal is accessible for US players. It is owned by the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group and in addition to using Realtime Gaming software it has also incorporated its very own proprietary software and Digital Gaming Solutions (DGS) software into its platform. Bovada has a modern and stylish feel and the smooth interface is extremely user-friendly.

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Will online gambling grow again now that USA is starting to open it's doors?
casino blog
17 August 2012

Since December of 2011, the US seems to have been making steps which could lead to some forms of online gambling becoming legal. Congress appears to be easing the laws of internet gambling after passing legislation that could mean the re-emergence of the USA as a secure and regulated online gambling zone.

As soon as the majority of states follow in the footsteps of places such as Nevada (therefore having a relaxed approach towards online gambling in general), it will hopefully pave the way for a completely regulated gambling environment that offers players the services and security that they have long been pursuing.

America is certainly beginning to open her doors to online gambling by making some games legal. If all forms of online gambling are to eventually become legal across the nation, it could see games such as poker becoming available almost overnight at a large number of innovative gambling sites which already offer their services to players from around the world.

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The social predicament of online betting
casino blog
03 August 2012

Over the past few years and with the advent of online gambling, it seems as though gambling in general is becoming frighteningly and increasingly more socially acceptable. Young and old can now place a bet at the click of the button, whether they are at home or even now on-the-go via the use of a mobile device. It isn’t the view anymore that gambling is a ‘mug’s game’ or that gambling is purely for degenerates.

Everyone is getting in on the action. With all this gambling on the TV and on the internet, we are without a doubt breeding a new generation of hardcore gamblers across the nation. For some people, gambling is something to be done at certain times of the year when famous events take place such as the Grand National horse race or the footballing FA Cup Final. But for others, the freedom to gamble online has really opened up a can of worms.

Unfortunately for many, gambling is starting to take hold of people’s lives and although (as mentioned) we know that is has become a more socially acceptable ‘pastime’, gambling is still the destroyer of worlds.

Just like any other addiction, whether it’s of the drug or alcohol kind, gambling can turn into a major problem if you are not careful. Sure, there are independent entities and some government-funded organisations that can help gambling addicts, but only a very small minority of the population that even recognise they have a problem will actively seek help.

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The Jackpotjoy Bingo brand
casino blog
30 July 2012

The worldwide market for what is collectively termed “gambling” is estimated to be worth around $110 billion each year – and it’s growing. Of this total, casinos (both real and online) currently make up the largest percentage, followed by gaming machines, lotteries, then Bingo and other betting (including horse racing, football etc.).

It’s difficult to separate out exactly how much business is done online and these stats are, of course, global, so are hugely swayed by what is included in the term gambling – and the activities of countries like the USA and China.

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Efficient Broadband: the Vital Prerequisite for Online Gambling
casino blog
02 July 2012

Few of pastimes have been as captivating and enticing to mankind than gambling. Our natural inclination towards risk, combined with the spoils you expect to recoup should all go your way, creates almost the perfect montage. When this almost irresistible temptation evolved into online gambling networks its addictive essence tripled.

However, for all the entertainment of being able to gamble online, owning an efficient broadband is often overlooked and considered a luxury, rather than essentiality. A sluggish broadband connection can be used when gambling online, however is akin to a footballer taking free-kicks with battered boots. Here are just a few reasons why a fast and sturdy internet is an absolute must for those looking to win some money online

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The Role of Luck and Probability In Gambling
casino blog
29 June 2012

Luck and knowledge on probability is a potent and winning combination when you are gambling in casinos or anywhere else for that matter. Although luck cannot be controlled by anyone, even the gambling houses will have access to information on probability. So, there is every chance that they come up with ways of beating you, even if you devise a probability approach to win consistently.

Luck however is a totally different thing. When you have luck on your side, it is like the Midas touch. Every call you make, every card you draw and every throw of dice will win you more fortunes.

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Why does the Standard of Online Casino Customer Support Vary So Much
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20 June 2012

If you are experiencing some kind of technical issue at the online casino you have signed up to or you are looking for certain information but just can’t seem to find it, you can contact the customer support and they should be able to help you. The thing is, not all support is a good as you would expect, which is why you can normally tell a great deal from how good their customer support services actually are.

Depending on how responsible and trusted the actual operators are will usually determine the type of support they offer. Almost every online casino today allows you to get in touch with a member of their support team (which are usually available 24/7) by sending in an email or by calling them on one off the supplied telephone numbers.

The telephone numbers may or may not be toll free so always check before dialling. For a more immediate response, you could also try the live chat feature, which can be launched in most cases even if you are not a registered member of the casino. This small chat box is securely protected and will open in a separate small window.

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What has happened since Black Friday - America's Darkest Day for Online Poker?
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13 June 2012

More than 12 months have passed since online poker’s darkest day occurred in America. This section takes a brief look at what has happened since congress decided to make gambling online illegal and reveals what has actually happened since April of 2011.

Three of the founders of the world’s leading online poker sites such as Full Tilt poker were indicted by the US Department of Justice (D.O.J) and the F.B.I froze billions of dollars’ worth of player’s money. This happened overnight and left most players and operators in a state of shock. It was no longer legal for players to play in the real cash mode, or for these operators to process transactions with online payment companies or other banking institutions.

The online gambling companies were officially charged with serious offences. These offences included money laundering, illegal gambling and even bank fraud. This new act was called the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) and meant that players basically had no legal US based gambling portals to play at anymore and many other major offshore operators also pulled out of the US market altogether.

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Which Licensing Jurisdictions impose the toughest regulations on their Licensees?
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11 June 2012

There are various different licensing jurisdictions around the world that regulate the online gambling industry, with some jurisdictions being tougher on their licensees than others and some are well-known to have higher standards than others.

This section explores the main licensing jurisdictions from around the world and reveals where the best online gambling portals are actually licensed from. Also, players should know that where these online casinos are actually licensed doesn’t always mean that this is where they operate from.

At the lower end of the scale of licensing jurisdictions (that don’t tend to impose strict regulations) are jurisdictions such as Panama, Costa Rica, Anjouan/Comoros and Belize. It is more likely that a rogue online casino would operate from one of these Central American online gambling licensing jurisdictions. It appears as though they hand out licenses to any old operator, providing they can afford one (and possibly a bribe as well) with little or no background checks on the casino operator.

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Which Online Gambling Operators can't be Trusted?
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06 June 2012

Rogue behaviour carried out by ruthless online operators comes in various different forms and whichever rogue attribute has been identified, it usually ends up with one or more players being let down in one way or another. Players must always be wary when signing up to an online casino because rogues keep surfacing on various radars.

News of a rogue casino doesn’t take long to circulate in chat rooms, reviews sites and online gambling information portals in general such as Casinoman.net, but before they are found out to be running scam operations, countless players are being ripped off. Before we talk about the actual operators, players must always ensure thatthe casino they intend to sign up to is fully licensed.

If it holds a license from one of the Channel Island licensing jurisdictions such as Alderney (the Alderney Gambling Control Commission), or from the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission, the UK Gambling Commission , or by the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority, you can pretty much guarantee that you won’t encounter a rogue casino.

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What are the best ways to manage your own bankroll for online gambling
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02 May 2012

There are various different ways of being able to manage you bankroll more carefully when gambling online. The most important thing to do is make sure that you are not betting more than you can afford. If you are spending more than you can afford on a regular basis, perhaps you should start trying to seek professional help before a serious gambling problem develops and spirals out of control.

If you have just made a deposit, don’t spend it all in one go. Try to spread it out as much as you can and don’t waste money on ridiculous bets with odds for example of 100/1 (100:1, +1000). This is one fast way of losing your money if you continue placing bets with odds that offer very little chance of winning.

If you have made a deposit of say $/€/£50.00, try to spend as little as one fifth of this bankroll. This rule can be used whether you are playing online poker or bingo, placing some sports bets or playing on your favourite game in an online casino. Never put all of your money into one game, which is what many gamblers tend to do. Like the saying goes, “Never put all of your eggs into one basket.”

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Top 5 gambling apps for the iPad
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30 April 2012

Just a few months ago, there were very few gambling apps for the iPad and although various casino apps are currently under construction, the options are still quite limited. It seems as though it’s mainly sportsbetting fans that have more choice when it comes to gambling on the iPad. There are currently more sportsbetting apps available than any other gambling app.

Other apps from companies such as Mecca bingo are now available and several poker apps are starting to appear such as the bet24 poker app, which is awesome. There were apps from other leading brands that could also have made it into our top five, but these ones that feature here marginally beat the other contenders for a top 5 spot in our list of best iPad gambling apps. These applications appear in no particular order of importance because there was no clear winner.

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How to help your friend who is a problem gambler
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20 April 2012

There are many ways that you can help a friend who you believe has a gambling problem and the main way is to seek professional help. If you know for sure that your friend has a gambling problem, perhaps you should approach them and try talking to them about it.

If you think that they are just going to bite your head off then you may have to take a different approach. There are major organisations that offer their support and advice and one main organisation that you can turn to for help is gambleaware.co.uk. They promote and educate people about sensible gambling and you will often see their logo at the bottom of an online gambling portal such as an online casino, poker site, sportsbetting site, bingo site or other similar website.

You can simply hover over their logo and click on it to be redirected to their main website.  This organisation is actually administered by a charity known as The GREat Foundation. Their mission is to support initiatives to help reduce the risk of gambling from becoming a major problem in people’s lives.

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Legal update of regulation in Online Gambling in Denmark
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01 February 2012

Denmark has become the latest European nation to open up to online gambling. They have joined an ever growing collection of EU countries to pass legislation, which allows them to regulate online gambling.

So far, there have been 38 leading operators that have managed to gain a total of 55 Danish Online Gaming licenses including bwin.party, PKR, 888, UniBet, PokerStars, Betfair, Betsson, Cryptologic, Red Club Poker and Danske Spil. Denmark has followed in the footsteps of countries such as Spain and France who have realised the potential revenue there is to be made from this multibillion dollar industry.

More than half (20) of the companies that acquired an online gambling license from Denmark are in fact Malta-based operators. This new legislation was given the green light by both the European Commission and the Danish Parliament.

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Profiting from the profiteers - How the US Government are planning to tax online gambling when it regulates
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30 January 2012

Back in the summer of 2011, the Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act (H.R.2230), which is a federal bill, was introduced and referred to the Committee by Rep. Jim McDermott.

If it the bill gets passed (which is currently still in the early stages of the legislative process), it will not receive a warm welcome because of the steep taxation that will affect both the operator and the player. Most bills do not make it past the committee stage but if it does, it appears as though players will certainly not be able to gain from it. In fact, quite the opposite will happen.

This bill will modify the 1986 Internal Revenue Code and is solely aimed at taxing and regulating Internet Gambling.

Operators of online gambling portals will still have to apply for a separate gaming license for the particular US state that they seek to operate their business from. The legislation will mean that operators are obliged to collect tax details and data from their registered users and details of all of their cash wagers. This information that they collect will then have to be relayed to auditors.

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The real reason why online gambling was banned
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28 January 2012

Gambling online is the same as gambling in real life, but for many organisations the worrying thing is that the internet now meant that anyone could have a flutter at any time of the day. This could breed a new generation of addicts and possibly lead people towards the dark side of gambling, which can result in the destruction of families. But don’t be mistaken, this is not why gambling was banned.

People can argue their case why online gambling was banned in the first place and most of these reasons (whether social or political) will hold a valid point. The bottom line is that the reason gambling was banned in the first place was NOT due to social or ethical reasons as much as we would like to believe.

We mustn’t forget that this is a multi-billion dollar industry and whatever laws the governments may put into place to try and halt gambling activity, operators and individuals will always find a way around them. The bottom line is that there is no stopping gambling in any way shape or form, but it can be regulated.

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What does 2012 have in store for online gambling in the USA?
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15 January 2012

To say that online gambling in the US will be totally legal in 2012 would be a very optimistic statement. However, progress is being made, albeit slow progress and until the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIEGA) is abolished, the wider community of online gamblers in the US will have to continue looking to find other ways of legally being able to place a wager at an online casino.

There have been a lot of stories circulating that American players are closer to being able to play online but the truth of the matter is that there is still a great deal that needs to go through the courts and there are still many more decisions that need to be made by Congress.

Before there is a possibility of widespread legal online gambling in the US, individual state laws will need to be modified and updated. Nevada will more than likely be the first state to allow all forms of online gambling, but again, this isn’t going to happen overnight.

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Top 5 Online Casino Bonus Terms & Conditions to Look Out For
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16 November 2011

When you enter any promotional offer at any online gambling site, whether it is a poker site, sports book or online casino, players should read the small print so they are clear about how special offer actually works.

Number one:

Everything is clearly explained in the Terms and Conditions (T’s & C’s) regarding all promotions. A player should thoroughly read through these and if they are unsure about any of the information, they should contact the customer support. Failing to fully understand the T’s & C’s could result in disappointment. If the support are either less than willing to help you or don’t explain things clearly, you should try your luck elsewhere and leave this casino alone.

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The State of Online Gambling on Mobile Devices
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14 November 2011

The current state of online gambling using a mobile device with regards to the services and technology seems to just keep on improving at an exponential rate and is becoming more and more popular. The innovative apps and unbelievably high tech mobiles that are currently available have led to a sharp rise in players now playing ‘on-the-go’.

Just a few years ago, mobile gambling was introduced, where players could place a bet on their favourite sport, or even on the X-Factor results. Now players can enjoy playing on Poker Apps from their favourite poker site. If their favourite site hasn’t launched an App by now, you can be pretty sure that the company has an application that is currently being developed or is already in the pipeline.

From the birth of mobile sports gambling, and to the introduction of poker apps, payers can also now experience a range of casino games, accessible from their mobile device, wherever they may be. People could be sat on a park bench or on their way home from work on public transport, fully immersed in one of the numerous casino games such as Roulette, Blackjack or Video Poker that are now available. Players can also play on Slots and Instant Win Games such as a Scratch Card (Scratchies). Other games that are proving to be popular on mobile devices include both Keno and Bingo.

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How do Online Casinos get Good Reputations and what makes them Trustworthy?
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11 November 2011

Online casinos can acquire a solid reputation for several different reasons. There are many casinos that are still around today since the first online casino was launched in the mid 90’s, but many of the weaker ones no longer exist. The UK saw a boom in online casinos that stemmed from major high street bookies, so players who already knew the operator instantly trusted their new online ventures, which gave these casinos a huge advantage in gathering new players.

Casinos that have been around for longer generally have a better reputation compared with recently launched casinos, because of their impeccable track record regarding customer service, payouts, security and overall integrity, as well as the countless reviews that show them in a good light. It’s impossible for a new casino to instantly gain a good reputation, unless they happen to be owned by an already trusted and responsible operator.

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New art district plans to revitalize Atlantic City
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20 August 2011


Well known for its casinos, hotel, bars and restaurants Atlantic City has plans to upgrade other aspects of the town which includes new residential and commercial developments but more importantly for some people, the plan means that the arts district and educational and medical facilities are going to get a make-over as well.

It goes without saying that the gambling and tourist areas will get a revamp and the project manager of The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, Jeremy Sunkett, announced that the whole concept of this revitalization program is to bring greater numbers of the public to smaller areas with a view to generating a greater demand for services such as restaurants, shops, businesses in general and much more.

The idea is to create districts where the public will be able to walk, instead of driving, to the places that they want or need to get to, thus opening up business opportunities for retailers as well as serving the people who come to Atlantic City more efficiently.

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Will the recession hit Las Vegas more than Atlantic City?
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08 May 2011

Las Vegas and Atlantic City have been hit by the recession but whether one gambling destination has been hit more than the other is a tricky question to answer. Smaller resorts like the casinos that are located near or on Indian reservations, city centre casinos and riverboat casinos have been less affected by the recession as they do not rely so much on people coming for overnight trips as do the larger casino resorts such as Las Vegas or Atlantic City. The recession has made people think twice about travelling further afield to a resort thus it has hit both Las Vegas and Atlantic City in a much more dramatic manner.

In an attempt to attract people to Las Vegas and Atlantic City both of these multi-million dollar areas of the gambling world have increased their comps (free stuff) making a trip there more inviting to the visitor. Some casinos however, will have only increased their comps on slot machines which means that if a visitor wins $100 in one day the casino will increase this fives times to $500. Other casinos tighten their belts when a recession hits and reduce their comps on all levels of gaming.

Unlike the casinos in the Caribbean who rely on the seasons for their revenue in the gambling industry, Las Vegas and Atlantic City need the short term visitor to keep their wheels turning and both of these resorts are not betting on great returns since the recession hit them.

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UIGEA, the latest update in the situation in 2011
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07 May 2011

UIGEA, the Unlawful Internet Gambling and Enforcement Act came into effect back in 2006 to prevent financial institutions from transferring funds to online gambling operators and the initial aim was to stop financial transactions to offshore online casinos. It does not prevent the individual from placing bets on offshore online casinos just US financial institutions but it did lead to a dramatic decline in many online casinos accepting US players.

Operators like Party Gaming stopped its US operations immediately even before the legislation came into effect causing its stock price to drop by 60%. Another major player, Microgaming which powers approximately 100 online casinos also stopped business with US players causing a drastic reduction in their prices too.

In an attempt to change the dramatic effects that the UIGEA had on the online gambling industry a bill called the Barney Frank’s HR 2267 was introduced to the House Financial Services Committee but unfortunately it was not voted on in time by the House of Representatives so the initial full UIGEA came into effect on June 1st 2010. This meant that the HR 2267 bill had to be re-introduced making it a sure fact that any amendments would not take place to the legislation until a much later date.

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City Review: Paradise, Clark County
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01 September 2010

When you sit around and think about where you want to live, a hot, barren desert is probably going to be near the bottom of the list with the moon and at the bottom of the ocean. However, if Las Vegas were to enter into the equation, the idea of a desert suddenly doesn’t seem so dry. This is undoubtedly what when through many people’s minds as they re-located to Paradise.

Paradise, Nevada is an unincorporated town in Clark County, Nevada, directly outside of Las Vegas. Technically, Paradise is part of Las Vegas, located directly south of Sin City and acting as an urbanized area. The Clark County Commission governs Paradise and the population is near 200,000, making it one of the more populated areas in the county.

Since Paradise is really just south of Las Vegas, there are not a lot of original destinations in the town that are separate from Vegas. Even still, a lot of tourists don’t know much about the entire Vegas area if it doesn’t involve a new-age casino resort or an all-you-can-eat buffet. Unfortunately, some of the country’s best scenery is overshadowed by the gambling.

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City Review of Sunrise Manor
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26 August 2010

City Review of Sunrise ManorOne of the biggest downsides to being located so close to Las Vegas, Nevada is that regardless of what is offered as a standalone territory it’s all overshadowed by the world’s biggest gambling Mecca. This has a positive effect on tourism in most cases, as most people travel to the area and find places like Sunrise Manor on their own, but it also results in a serious lack of identity.

Sunrise Manor is a census-designated place on the outskirts of Las Vegas, located within Clark County, Nevada. This means that it’s not technically its own city; it’s just a designed part of Las Vegas. However, if Sunrise Manor were to ever be incorporated, it would become one of the largest cities in the entire state.

Sunrise Manor is currently best known for two things: its immediate proximity to the city of Las Vegas, and its place at the seat of Frenchman Mountain. With a population of almost 200,000, Sunrise Manor is definitely a popular location to live, with plenty of hotels, restaurants, parks and upscale neighborhoods.

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Top Vegas Shows - V: The Ultimate Variety Show at Planet Hollywood
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04 February 2010

Top Vegas Shows - V: The Ultimate Variety Show at Planet HollywoodIn Sin City, its not a far leap to assume that the V in Vegas could easily stand for Variety. After all, this is the city that declared gambling wasnt enough of a guilty pleasure to keep people coming back. So they equipped the city with $5 pig-out buffets, legal brothels, the all-night liquor stores and, of course, the lively shows to keep you entertained.

Dont let anyone tell you different, Vegas is all about variety. Speaking of variety, Planet Hollywood currently has the aptly titled V playing in their V theater. Vegas loves that V, apparently.

The Miracle Mile Malls theater inside of Planet Hollywood is called V, and V: The Ultimate Variety Show is its namesake production. Many Las Vegas shows at other hotels and casinos stick with a certain theme. For instance, Cirque du Soleil has their acrobatics. Sin City Bad Girls have their rock tunes and bare breasts.

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Christmas Themed Online Slot Machines
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18 November 2009

Slot machines are one of the most popular form of casino entertainment at online casinos, as well as land-based casinos. There are several categories of online slot machines such as classic 3-reel slots, 5-reel and 7-reel video slots,interactive i-Slots, and progressive jackpots. However, as Christmas is getting closer we’re going to review a few online slot machines that involve a Christmas and winter theme, including Ho Ho Ho, Jingle Bells, and Santa Paws.

The Ho Ho Ho slot machine game is a 5-reel, 15 pay-line slot with a Christmas theme. The maximum bet you can make on this slot machine is $75 and there are up to 32 ways to win. In terms of what you can win, there is a top jackpot of 15000 coins or even 20 free spins, but to win that you need to get 3 or more Gift symbols when you spin the reels. To keep with the Christmas theme, the symbols on the reels of the slot machine include Santa, Christmas trees, Rudolph, and turkey.

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Another Top Ten Things you Must do in Las Vegas
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24 September 2009

Another Top Ten Things you Must do in Las VegasLas Vegas, Nevada is the single-most popular gambling city in the world. Also known as Sin City, it’s also a place where adult entertainment options are in no short supply. Whether visitors are looking to party, gamble or simply see the sights, Vegas is the type of city that offers up choice in abundance. They may catch a bad rap, but there are some family-friendly options if you’d prefer.

The vast majority of Vegas travelers are there for one reason and one reason alone: gambling. That still doesn’t mean vacationers can’t check out other must-see things in Vegas. Here’s a list of ten popular locations to give you some ideas.

One: Emeril’s

Vegas is packed full of all-you-can-eat buffets and 99-cent shrimp cocktails, but every once in a while, vacationers want some world-class cuisine. This is where Emeril’s comes in. Emeril Lagasse is one of the best chef’s in the world, and his restaurant at the MGM Grand is a true delight.

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Would you consider property speculation as gambling
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03 August 2008

In a financial context, speculation is the supposition of the risk of loss, in return for the uncertain prospect of a reward. Speculating is not the same as investing, though many seem to think so. Such a position would only be considered an investment if the particular position involved zero risk.

Financial speculation involves buying, selling, short-selling, holding, stocks, bonds, currencies, derivatives, real estate, or any other valuable financial instrument to profit from fluctuations in the price as opposed to buying it for use or income. Speculation represents one of four market roles in Western financial markets, different from hedging, long or short-term investing, and arbitrage. Currently, one of the most popular assets to speculate on is property. Real estate speculators are looking to turn a profit in the market. There is high risk involved with this business, but that hasn't deterred the lion's share of speculators.

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The rise of Gambling in Macau, a short history lesson
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01 May 2008

The rise of Gambling in Macau, a short history lesson

Gambling has been legal in Macau since the 1850's when the Portuguese government legalized the activity throughout the colony. Since then, Macau has become known worldwide as the Monte Carlo of the Orient. And it's no surprise that gambling has become one of the most significant parts of the city's economy.

The casinos only had Chinese games available until Western-style games were introduced in the 20th century. Whereas the most popular Chinese game was once fantan, now the Macau people were able to play blackjack and other sorts of westernized games.

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