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Gambling Strategies that Don’t Translate to Online Casinos

Best casino strategies that you can’t employ at online betting sites. Most of us enjoy a friendly wager now and again. Of those who do, most prefer to make smart bets that have a better chance of paying out. Gambling strategies can be an effective way to minimize risk and losses, while giving us a stronger sense of accomplishment when we win. For the most part, land-based and online casinos are the same. They offer the same great games, with the exact same rules of play. But the strategies involved don’t always translate from the physical to the digital realm. Best Casino Strategies that Don’t Work at Online Betting Sites The only discernible difference between live and online casino games is the use of RNG-based software. A lot of terrestrial casinos utilize electronic games these days, but over the internet, every game is governed by a random number generator (RNG) … Continue reading

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Do You Have a Healthy Relationship with Gaming?

BCLC invests in PlayPlanner to promote healthy casino gaming in Canada. Gaming regulators across Canada have spent the last few years seeking ways to quell public outcry. Since the dawn of internet gambling in particular, its been feared that problem gambling will swell out of control. Prior to multi-provincial regulation of iGaming, evidence surfaced to support those concerns. Researchers were commissioned to study the situation and recommend solutions. What they’ve come up with is a fundamental need to raise awareness and promote greater responsibility. All this time, regulators have been pumping revenue into the promotion of gaming. Every other commercial encourages adults to go out and buy a lottery ticket. Billboards depict the broad-grinning excitement of slots players and table games enthusiast. Such advertisements aren’t going to go away – the government does need to sustain its most abundant source of entertainment-driven revenue. However, they will be promoting greater responsibility … Continue reading

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Hand-Dealt Blackjack VS. Dealing From a Shoe

Hand-Dealt vs Shoe-Dealt Blackjack: Customs, subtleties and other considerations. Blackjack is blackjack, right? Sure, there are subtle differences in the rules, pay tables or side betting opportunities, but otherwise, the games are played the same way. Aren’t they? Not at all! These days, a lot of people do their blackjack gaming online, either at desktop or mobile casinos, or at live online casinos. Either way, there’s no real etiquette involved. All you have to do is press a button to indicate your desired move. Because of this, more and more people are coming to land-based casinos with no knowledge of proper blackjack customs, or the role shoe size plays in the game. Blackjack – Hand-Dealt vs. Shoe-Dealt Almost every casino on earth deals its blackjack games from a shoe. The shoe is the clear plastic box containing numerous pre-shuffled decks of cards. Most casinos will fill each shoe with 6 … Continue reading

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How to Calculate Probabilities in Gambling (without a Calculator!)

Simplified Mathematics: Probabilities of casino games. A lot of people don’t consider themselves to be good at math. What so many don’t realize is that most mathematical equations – even the dreaded fractions and percentages – don’t have to involve difficult math. I suppose it really depends on what level of math a person considers their skills to go downhill. If you can do basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division – we’re talking grade-school stuff – you have what it takes to do something so seemingly complicated as calculating probabilities in gambling. I’m going to take this slowly, step by step, to show just how easy it is. Relax and take a deep breath – you got this! Probabilities of Flipping a Coin This is as easy as it gets, but don’t skip ahead. I’m starting here for a reason. It will help you understand bigger calculations later on. Probabilities … Continue reading

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Online Casino Games vs. Sports Betting

How does gambling for real money at an online casino compare to betting on sports? Ask any given group of 100 avid, educated gamblers what type of gambling is best, and you’ll get a wide range of responses. That’s because every gambler, no matter how experienced they are in wagering, is built differently. A lot of people like casino games like slot machines or blackjack best. Others prefer betting on sporting events, playing poker, or just buying a plain old lottery ticket. Today we’re going to compare the two most popular varieties of gaming found online – sports betting and casino gambling. They both have their similarities, but far more differences between them. Which is better? Well, that’s for you to decide. We’re just here to help you make the right decision for you. Online Casino Games & Sports Betting Similarities The most obvious aspect casinos and sportsbooks have in … Continue reading

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Is the Largest Casino the Best Casino?

Big casinos have more to offer, but are little casinos better for gaming? There are more than 5,000 casinos in the world today. The largest number – over 1,900 – are in the United States. Guess who comes in second? According to my sources, it’s Canada, with 219 of them. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. The truth is, Canadians do love a good go at the local gaming hall. Not as much as Americans, mind you, but none the less. This article has little to do with the number of casinos in North America or anywhere else, though. No, today’s subject is more about quality over quantity – specifically, estimating the the quality of a casino based entirely on its size. I know, I know – you should’t judge a book by it’s cover. But like so many things in life, size does matter in the gaming industry. Unlike so many … Continue reading

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The Blackjack Player’s Ace in the Hole

Blackjack Ace Tracking: Play 21 like a pro without counting cards. There are many misconceptions in the gambling world surrounding the game of blackjack. Some believe that without card counting, blackjack isn’t worth playing. Some say that counting cards will give you an edge over the house, guaranteeing a long-term winning streak. These are both myths, of course. Not only is card counting relatively easy, it may not be all it’s cracked up to be. Yes, it can sheer a few fractional scraps off the house edge. But most game rules counter its effects enough to keep the favor with the house. And volatility will always play a strong enough roll that anyone, with or without counting cards, can have a good or bad day. So why waste your time doing it? The truth is, there’s a much easier way to increase your ROI. Instead of keeping your focus on … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Quick Bets that Pay Even Money

Casino Gambling in a Nutshell: The higher the payout, the worse the odds. If you were new to gambling – had no clue what you were doing, really – and someone said, “Hey, don’t bet on that, it only pays 1 to 1. Put your money on this one. It pays 20 to 1!” What would you do? If you were an educated gambler, you’d probably scoff at them and keep your money where it is. But since you’re not, you may just scratch your head and say, “Yeah, I like those odds! I want to win 20x my bet, not just 1x.” The payout might look pretty, but the odds say you’re making a tremendous mistake. That’s because the better the payout looks – the more dollar signs there are involved – the lower your odds of actually winning that bet will usually be. Casino Gambling 101: Payouts vs. … Continue reading

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Pick Your Poison – How Do You Blackjack?

Extreme 21: Live Blackjack, Video Blackjack or Online Blackjack Games? If there’s one thing every gambler knows how to play, it’s blackjack. In its own unique way, blackjack is both the simplest and most complex game on the casino floor. Anyone capable of counting to 21 can play it, but only those with a natural nuance for numbers and mental fortitude for memorization can honestly say they’ve mastered it. For as many different types of blackjack players as you’ll find in the world, there are just as many different ways to play this immensely popular card game. Today, we’ll be comparing three popular casino accommodations, and the subtle inequalities that set them apart. You can decide for yourself which suits you best. Live Blackjack Games at Land-Based Casinos The classically original, land-based casino blackjack games are often dubbed the most exciting. The fellowship between players grows as all compete against … Continue reading

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The Fast Track to Blackjack Self-Destruction

How to blow up your blackjack game in five ruinous steps. Almost every blackjack guide ever written, whether it be a 5-paragraph write-up or a 5-part book series, has dealt with the how-to’s of gambling. They teach us everything from how to employ a strategy chart, to how to count cards, to how to budget a bankroll. But guides don’t have to be a one-way street. Today we’re pulling a u-turn and driving the opposite direction. We’ll be talking specifically about what not to do at the blackjack tables. I’ve compiled a short list of the 5 most self-destructive behaviors seen in the live and online gambling realm, both by amateurs and experienced players. How to Blow Up Your Blackjack Game in 5 Ruinous Steps The following are the most common and/or most implosive errors made by blackjack players. In short, don’t do any of these things, or you can … Continue reading

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