Casino Tips and Advice

The best piece of advice anyone can give you and perhaps this is the most important tip of all, that is never chase your losses; doing this will only bring you down, both in the short and long term. When it comes to casino games you need to realise your limit, online casinos will always tell you this, so follow their advice. Make sure you set a deposit limit which you’re comfortable with, most online casinos worth their salt will have this facility.

Get to know the rules, may seem pretty obvious, but it may surprise you to know that there are some players out there who are not following this one simple guideline, bear the following in mind; know the rules to the games you are playing.  For example blackjack has several variations, each one played with a different amount of decks and different rules.

Once you’ve found an online casino you like, you should next find out whether this will give you a welcome bonus, most of them do and some are far better than others in the amount that they will offer. Also see what the requirements for getting this bonus cash is, for example how much you need to wager before you can withdraw the deposit.

Keep well away from the drink when you are gambling, everyone warns about this, but decent casino players will tell you that it bodes well to stay clear of alcohol. Not only does it cloud your judgement, but it also erodes your inhibition.

Everyone opens the online casino hoping to win money, nothing wrong in that, but only a fraction of players manage to really hit the big time, so always keep your expectations realistic, you are there to have fun, that’s what it is about.

Breaking your gambling habit

Gambling addiction affects thousands of people worldwide and can be one of the hardest things to overcome. As with any addiction, recognising that you have a problem and getting the right help is key to breaking the habit.

Ask someone for help

This is the first step in beating the gambling habit, whether it’s your partner, another family member, friends or a support worker, talking about your addiction will help relieve the pressure and provide you with time to plan your recovery.

Limit your access to money

Limiting your access to money is key to recovering from gambling addiction. Many people find it hard not to gamble if they have money in their pocket. There are a few things you can do to limit the amount of cash that you have access to, these include:

•    Not keeping large amounts of cash in your home
•    Have your wages paid directly into a savings account or your spouse’s account
•    Ensure any accounts require two signatures to take out cash
•    Tell friends and family not to loan you money
•    Avoid working jobs that deal in handling cash

Fill your time with something else

Filling your time with different activities is a great way to curb your gambling addiction, and there are a number of ways to do this:

•    Take a second job
•    Take up a hobby or sport
•    Look at alternative things you can spend the money on i.e. a holiday, new car etc.
•    Go on days trips with the family

With the support of your friends and family, as well as a support group you can overcome your addiction, but if you suffer any setbacks don’t forget to talk to someone about it.

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Mobile casinos

The growth of Smartphones has meant that more people than ever are now playing games on their phones in the same way as they do on their computer at home. There are some differences, such as the choice and quality of game graphics, but most people are quite happy and enjoy the gaming experience.

Playing casino games on your phone is now very popular and naturally you have to download the casino software for your mobile, but it only takes a few minutes and the space it takes up on the phone is usually quite small, rarely more than a few kilobytes. Transferring money through a mobile phone is safe too, as all transactions are encrypted as normal banking business.

All the popular casino games are available to the mobile user including roulette, Roulette, blackjack, poker and slot machines are seen to be the most popular, but as with the online casino, much more is available for those that want them. The software is compatible with most of the mobile phone operating systems including iOS, Android, later BlackBerry models and Windows, which is shortly to include Symbian, following the takeover of the Nokia brand.

Check with your favourite online casino, or check out on the internet for a casino tha you can download to your mobile and fill in the time on the train, in the airport or during a lunch or coffee break. Playing at the casino on your mobile is fun, don’t miss out.

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Tips for the casino beginner

Casinos use a variety of methods to keep customers gambling for longer; these range from no windows or clocks so you can’t tell what time it is, free alcohol and a maze of brightly coloured and loud games.

In this guide we’ll teach you how to counteract these casino tactics so that you have the best time possible. Most of these tips will seem like common sense, but you’ll be surprised by how many people forget or get distracted when in a casino.

Know the odds

Casinos are businesses at the end of the day and are geared towards making money, so knowing your odds can help you have a productive stay. Casinos overload your senses with bright light and loud noises, but taking your time and keeping a clear head when playing is imperative.

Only take what you can afford to lose

Again this sounds like basic advice, but many people have fallen foul at casinos and have ended up broke. Before heading to the casino decide how much you are willing to lose, take that out as cash and leave your credit cards at home or in your room.

Knowing when to quit

Everybody likes to win, and while you are winning it is important to know when to quit. Just as small losses add up, so do small winnings, so when you hit an amount that you’re happy with leave the game. The same is true when losing, don’t be tempted to go back to the cash machine if you’re having a bad night, just leave the casino and live to fight another day.

Wear a watch

As stated before, casinos don’t have any windows or clocks so that people lose track of time. Wearing a watch can help you to gage how long you’ve been playing a specific game for and can help you decide when to call it quits.

Don’t drink alcohol

Casinos offer you free drinks, why? because they want you to gamble more. Alcohol impairs judgement and dulls the senses making it more likely that you’ll make a mistake. It is best to avoid alcohol completely when you’re gambling.

Take regular breaks

Gambling, especially for a number of hours is hard work physically and mentally, so it is recommended that you take regular breaks throughout your stay. Get up and walk around for a while, or head to one of the restaurants for a snack or bite to eat. This will recharge your body both physically and mentally ready for the next stint.

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Gaming on the move

Probability a hugely successful company bringing entertainment gambling into the mobile era has recently launched its first 100-line high definition slot. The game has a jungle adventure theme and can be played at just 1p a line for a chance of jackpots of up to £20,000. There are one hundred ways in which a player can win their Mythical Mayan Adventure, which invites players to unlock hidden free game features when three scattered mythical Mayan Warrior symbols are discovered during play, allowing them to find a fortune.

This launch follows on from the highly successful game first seen in July where users have a chance to play roulette on their high end Android and iOS devices. The Probability team has built this entirely in HTML5 using a completely new framework developed in-house introducing the most advanced, feature-rich, Roulette experience available on mobile and includes many features never before seen on mobile versions of this Casino classic.

Probability has 20+ games in its lobby covering slots, casino and bingo and the HD games launched recently are upgrades of existing Probability titles which have had proven success.

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Irish winter poker festival dates announced

Although for many of us, we are enjoying a spell of hot and sunny weather it has not stopped Paddy Power Poker from releasing the full schedule for this year’s Irish Winter Festival.

The end of October sees the start of one of the most popular poker festivals amongst many and players can get involved in a wide array of poker games including Crazy Pineapple, No Limit Hold’em “Run It Twice” and a Scalps event. Friday 25th October sees that start of the main event and top players from both Ireland and the UK are expected to descend upon the capital Dublin. Last year this popular poker festival had entries of 385 players buy in which created a prize pool of €384,850 won by German Tim Hartman delighted to take home the €100,000 first place prize from fellow final table players, Trevor Dineen, Marc MacDonnell, Julian Thew and Ronan Gilligan.

In common with previous practice, PaddyPowerPoker is the best place to qualify for the Irish Winter Festival Main Event and those who wins their Irish Winter Festival seat at PaddyPowerPoker is automatically entered into the Six Survivors promotion where the last six qualifiers in the Irish Winter Festival Main Event, all of whom are entitled to receive a free entry to the 2014 edition.

A quick guide to Bingo

This is not an article calling out the name of that infamous dog, but a quick reference guide to the game of Bingo, played to win prizes, usually of money, most common in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.  There are various ways in which the game tickets are set up, however the general premise of the game is to follow numbers and letters as they are called out by the bingo caller, and to mark them down on a card of randomly grouped numbers.

Bingo halls are very commonly found all over the place in the previously mentioned countries.  Very popular with the older members of the community, you can find this game on any given day or night in many places where gambling is allowed, and even recreationally in many social clubs and nursing homes, especially in the United Kingdom.  Grab your blotters and let the ink dots flow as you take your chance of being the first one to complete your game ticket and calling out ‘Bingo’.

Playing tips for online casinos

Online gambling and casinos are taking off in a huge way and it’s not difficult to see why. It’s a fun way to spend your leisure time, can be rewarding if the pay-out is good and can keep your mind a little more active. If it’s something you’re considering dipping into for the first time, here are a few tips to help find your way around.

Make sure that you’ve checked around to make sure you’ve got the best deal. Every other advert you see on television and every other website you click on will be offering you a ‘fantastic’ deal on their site. But just because you’ve seen them everywhere, it doesn’t mean you’ll get the best for your money. But also ensure that they are reputable, because it goes both ways – just because they are cheap, doesn’t mean they are the best. Pick a cheap one, but one that you know the name of.

Choose your game wisely. Ensure that it’s one that you understand and know the rules of. It’s no fun to just throw your money at something while trying to figure out how to play. There are plenty of online tutorials, so learn the rules first. Take your games one at a time; get to know one thoroughly before trying to start learning another one.

Be careful with your time and money. Everybody knows that gambling is addictive, but they never think that they themselves will become addicted to it. Start out by setting yourself a specified amount of time to play or an amount of money, and stick to it! Don’t get greedy if you start winning – set a low and a high limit. If you drop below a certain amount, you’ll stop; if you reach a certain amount, you’ll take it and leave.

Always make sure to read the print, particularly on any offers, deals, promotions and bonuses. Remember the old saying that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Like anything, getting money on a gambling site takes hard work, they don’t want to give you something for nothing.

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Top casino games

Casino games are a popular choice among gamblers for enjoyment and profit and there are several that are enjoyed by gamblers today.  Among them the most popular casino games are:

Poker

Poker is a card game that has gained immense popularity the world over.  It involves playing a 5 card hand and the winner is the player who has the best hand.  Some popular versions of poker are 5 card stud, 7 card stud, and 5 card draw, for example.

Blackjack

Blackjack is a casino card game that involves the player and the house.  The game requires dealing out two cards to every player and to his or herself by the dealer.  One of the dealer’s cards remains faces up and the other down.  The players are required to take turns to try and get the closest to 21 but without going over.  The dealer’s cards are revealed at the end of the game, and all players with a hand that is better than the dealer’s but not over 21 are the winners.

Roulette

Roulette is a popular casino game that involves players placing bets on one or several numbers.  The players can also choose to bet on the colours black or red, and even on the odd or even numbers.  The dealer spins a wheel in a clockwise direction and rolls a small ball in the opposite direction.  The ball stops in a numbered slot on the wheel.  Each player with a bet corresponding to that number wins.

Bingo

Bingo is a game of chance. Players match the numbers on their cards to numbers selected in a random manner.  The aim of the players is to create a specific pattern involving the card consisting of a 5×5 matrix.  The first person to complete the pattern calls out “BINGO”. After the card is checked for accuracy the winner is declared.

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How casino keep you gambling part 2

In part two of this article we’ll show you even more ways in which a casino tries to keep its customers gambling for longer.

Near wins keep you gambling

Casino games whether it be a table game or a machine are specially designed to make the gambler feel like they are in control and that the game is winnable. Near wins give the impression that the game is going to have a big payout sooner rather than later and this keep players betting for longer.

Casino games will also payout small amounts in the short run giving players the confidence to keep betting even though they are losing more than they are winning.

Free or cheap services

Freebies or reduced priced services are another way in which the casino aims to keep players in their casinos. Bettors will often receive coupons for free meals, shows or offers within the casino; this makes the player feel important and increases the change of the player coming back again and again.

Free alcohol

This is another tactic used by casinos to keep patrons betting and who doesn’t like a free drink. Alcohol has an added bonus for the casino as it makes players more reckless and inhibits the ability to make informed decisions.

Keeping the high rollers

The casino ultimately makes more money from small bettors and amateur players than it does from its high rollers, but they still offer big bettors things like free suites in the casino and private games. As long as the gambler is still in the casino the more chance they have of losing big and adding to the casinos profits.

The casinos labyrinth design

Casinos are notoriously have to navigate and are basically one giant maze designed to keep gamblers for the maximum amount of time and thus more chance of them betting.

Barriers and shutters are used so that patrons have to literally walk past every machine and table to get around giving the casino more time to entice you into betting.