Looking to Gamble Online? Your Guide to Where to Play

December 23rd, 2010  |  Published in Casino Tips

The Vegas trip has been postponed!  You can’t make it to Atlantic City!  Your yacht is in the shop otherwise you would likely head straight to Monaco!  The fact is you can’t make it to any casino that is shaped like a pyramid, the Taj Mahal, a lion’s head or the New York skyline.  The only casino that you can manage to get to at the moment is on the internet.  At last count there were just over one billion online casinos to choose from!  Which ones are safe?  Here are a couple of things to consider when choosing an online casino.

Reputable Software

Much like the brick and mortar casinos, online casinos offer hundreds of games to choose from depending on what you want to play.  Whether your game is poker, craps, blackjack, slots, or roulette the online casino requires you to download gaming software in order to begin play.  Any download that you use, in any application, puts your computer at risk of infection from viruses.

Before you download the casino’s game do some research to determine what company provides this particular casino with their gaming software.  The more reputable and established the software company the less risk is involved.  The leaders in this industry have proven year in and year out that they are a trustworthy source and provide a solid product complete with customer support.  Currently some of the top providers of gaming software for online casinos are Microgaming, Playtech, Boss Media, Gambling Software.com, Net Entertainment, Party Gaming, Vegas Technology, and Cryptologic.  These companies comprise the arguable A list of software providers mainly based on their longevity, quality, and defining role in so many online casinos.

Secure Deposits

Online casinos of course want your money!  Before you choose the casino that you’re going to gamble at be sure to have a full understanding of how they take your money.  If the casino only offers one way to set up an account perhaps that casino is not for you.  Most reputable and thus secure casinos will offer a variety of ways to establish an account.

Arguably the safest method to deposit your money into the casino is with your own credit card or debit card.  This method gives you the most control and will also usually mean instant approval from the casino.  Ewallet is an established and proven way to transact deposits over the internet and acts as an online wallet.  Neteller is a form of ewallet that is widely trusted among the online gambling industry and can be funded directly with a credit card or debit card.  The bottom line is that you feel that the casino is providing a safe environment to complete monetary transactions over the internet.

Doing a little homework will allow you a safe and rewarding online gambling experience.

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Tips for Playing Scratch Card Selection Games

December 17th, 2010  |  Published in Gambling Games

Scratch cards are one of the easiest games available at online casinos. Players simply scratch the digital cards to disclose hidden icons. Depending on the value and type of the matching icon, the player will receive a payout. Unfortunately, scratch cards have some of the highest house edge available with the lowest return. Therefore, the first tip is: do not wager on scratch cards.

The simplicity makes for an extremely attractive gaming option by allowing players to unwind and gambling without having to think. These are usually played between blackjack or video poker sessions where skill is necessary. This leads us to the second tip: if you must play them, keep the wagering as small as possible and to a minimum. This is a losing game for the player.

Many players wonder how to choose which scratch card to wager on. The most logical choice would be those scratch cards that provide the highest average return. Unfortunately, this information is not readily available in the public domain. Also, there is no specific metric for this calculation. Therefore, players must use other factors to determine which scratch game is best for them.

Similar to online slot games, scratch cards have themes, many of which offer a powerful appeal. Players with an affinity for that theme will be attracted to the game and find them pleasurable to wager on them. For instance, the Wild West theme is always popular among gamblers. Rival Gaming offers a game entitled, Gunslingers Gold which is popular among cowboy fans.

Cryptologic offers High Fashion, a shopping-themed scratch card game. This game typically draws in the female crowd by presenting all of the items they would like to purchase.

This leads us to our other method of selection: criteria of the game. There are two factors that must be considered:

  • The audio-visual effects
  • An innovative feature

The audio-visual effects must be prevalent to make the game more interesting thus enhancing the experience. Of course this will depend on the theme as all scratch card online games vary. Also, scratch cards must provide some type of innovative feature that changes the standard format. For instance, Hot Dice, created by Realtime Gaming, pays out if the dice roll a 7 or 11.

Scratch card games can be a fun and exciting way to kill some time and spend some money. However, keep the wagering to a minimum as these games typically do not present a favorable result.

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A Beginners Guide to Online Casinos

December 3rd, 2010  |  Published in Casino Tips

As a new player to the online gaming community, it is important you realize not all casinos offer the same promotions, games, software, reliability and security. Like any other type of service, some are better than others. This article gives you further incite that will help you make decisions as to where to play so you can focus on having fun and playing your favorite games.

One of the first points is whether the casino is powered by a reputable software provider. Since not all casinos utilize the same software, it is important to play at a site that is powered by trusted platforms. The relationship between an online casino and software provider is give and take. On the one hand a casino wants a reputable software developer to create their software. On the other, the software providers do not want to tarnish their name by issuing licenses to rogue companies.

Some of the most trusted online casino software developers include:

  • Microgaming
  • Vegas Technology
  • Realtime Gaming
  • Playtech
  • Cryptologic
  • Wager Works
  • Wizard Gaming
  • Rival Gaming

The next important point to consider is the jurisdiction in which the online casino is licensed. Since casinos are serious about their business they try to acquire a license in a reputable jurisdiction which is not an easy task. Typically these jurisdictions have tough background checks to ensure an operator is trustworthy and will be a positive representative of that country. There are many jurisdictions globally, some more reputable than others with the most popular being:

  • Gibraltar
  • Malta
  • Antigua
  • Khanawake
  • Curacao
  • Isle of Man

The final point of research is to ascertain when the casino was established. Those that have been around the longest have proven their reliability in the industry. The rule of thumb is those that were established between 1996 and 2004 are a reputable brand. Of course there are exceptions but this is a good rule to follow.

This does not mean you should rule out newer casinos as many have innovative ideas and new features not found at the older sites. Therefore, the best way to judge various casinos is through research and forums. Read about other user’s experiences and the advantages and disadvantages of each online casino. Searching for the best casinos with the best features and promotions is a time-consuming task but when you find the right one, the benefits are numerous.

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Cryptologic Baccarat Tips

September 30th, 2010  |  Published in Gambling Games

Cryptologic Baccarat is available at most casinos within their network. This form of the game follows the standard format found at most competitors. However, there are a few tips and customization options to playing this game at a Cryptologic casino. Master these and you house advantage should improve.

There are two areas that are a drawback when playing Baccarat at a Cryptologic site. Players need to be aware of these limitations so they do are not at a disadvantage when utilizing these tips. The two drawbacks are:

  • Difficult to tell minimum bet
  • Tie bet

The minimum bet in Cryptologic casinos is $2. However, $1 chips are displayed at the table and there is no specification that $2 is the minimum bet. Therefore, players wager $1 which is converted to $2 and deducted from the player’s balance. A text message does appear, however this is often overlooked and players think they are betting the original wager.

The tie bet is the wager that the hand values of the player and the house match. This type of bet pays out 8 to 1. Unfortunately, this is less than many other casinos which pay out 9 to 1. This bet has a high casino advantage and should be avoided at all costs. If players are inclined to place this bet, it is best not to do it at a Cryptologic casino.

Another tip is that the statistics of previous hands are available in a box on the left side. The Banker is represented by ‘B’ and the player is the letter ‘P.’ A tie is represented by a dash. Consecutive wins by either competitor appear in the same column. Once the other player acquires a win, a new column begins. Ties will show in the win column for the previous winner.

Additionally, Cryptologic Baccarat games have the dealer’s voice with play instructions as well as speaking the result of each hand. New players should always play with the voice enable so to help with the game. The voice can easily be disabled through the Casino Options menu. Within this menu, it is also smart for players to enter weekly betting limits.

These tips will help you become more aware of the Cryptologic Baccarat environment allowing you to focus on game play. This should initially improve your house edge and make you a more efficient player plus give you more hands per hour.

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Tips for Placing Bonus Bets

September 23rd, 2010  |  Published in Gambling Games

Due to the selected coin size, number of paylines and number of coins entered, online slots allows players to place bets of different amounts. Higher wagers equate to higher payouts and in many cases an increase in the frequency of payouts. Luckily, those that wager lower amounts are still eligible for all the features offered by that particular game. A new trend in the online slot industry is the ability to gain access to additional features when wagering a bonus bet.

Cryptologic Leading the Charge

The most popular casino network offering these bonus bets is Cryptologic. When players choose all 50 paylines, they are granted an extra 10 credits free. For instance, a player that has selected 50 paylines with a coin size of $1.00 will be able to wager $60 total due to the free $10 bonus bet. This is a huge advantage as the sequence of symbols on the reel can trigger a bonus screen which cannot be activated without the bonus bet.

Name Differences

The bonus bet has different names depending on the casino where the game is played. For example, at the White Orchid slot game in WagerWorks, the additional wager is known as 1024 Ways which equates to the original bet. With the additional bet also come two payout tables: one for the regular bet and one for the 1024 line bet. A win in either still pays out.

Is the Bet Worth it?

One of the most common inquiries is whether the bet is worth it each spin. On the one hand, the additional bet gives the player a better opportunity to win. On the other, it is additional money that must be wagered. Overall, online slots do not readily provide this information for evaluation.

Scrutinizing the Cryptologic bonus bet, which asks for a wager of 20 percent more, may give us insight into the return on investment of this bet. Unfortunately this bet does not guarantee a bonus screen will be triggered. Players must hit the correct sequence of symbols. On the other hand, WagerWorks requests 100 percent of the extra amount with an improved chance of acquiring the bonus screen.

The Bottom Line

The key factor in determining if this bet is right for you is to analyze your bankroll. If you have enough, the added excitement may be worth the extra bet. If you do not, the bet really is not worth the potential for payout. This can be an attractive feature for those simply looking to enjoy their online betting experience. For those looking to make some type of profit, this is not the best path to take.

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