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About Trevor Hallsey

Passionate webmaster, devoted card game enthusiast, and proud son of the Great White North. With over a decade of iGaming experience, Trevor has launched numerous web portals to share his passion for game theory and all things Canadian gaming. With this site, he acts as a fact checker and mostly writes at the intersection of gaming and finance. He aims to offer statistical insights and unique information that you might see lacking in similar sites.
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The Best Blackjack Rules (and Worst) and How They Impact RTP

Every casino game comes with a win probability. That is, the likelihood that a player will win, versus the likelihood that they will lose (i.e. house wins). Blackjack is considered an exceptional casino game for two reasons. First, it comes with one of the highest “return to player” (RTP) percentages of any other game. Second, players can make decisions that ultimately impact the height of that return. That doesn’t mean you should dive blindly into any blackjack game. Some have higher RTPs than others. And if you don’t play the game correctly, making all of the proper decisions along the way, you won’t achieve the highest possible RTP anyway. The intent of this page is to teach you a few simple but critical lessons about blackjack RTP, and why it matters. We’ll start with a better explanation of what RTP is, and how it’s calculated. What is Blackjack RTP (Return … Continue reading

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In-Depth Insights for Gaining an Edge at Video Poker

What is “advantage play” when it comes to video poker? It means you’re playing the game in such a way that your expected return over time is a net positive financial gain. The most straightforward way is to find “beatable” machines at which you hold a statistical advantage over the house. Unfortunately, casinos aren’t fond of running beatable games, so these are probably going to be too few and far between to be reliable. The other method is to play at an expected loss over time, but keep that loss amount so small that the freebies (“comps”) the casino is giving you for your play more than compensate for the money you expect to lose. Though casinos like to make this a little harder by the year, it’s still very possible with video poker, since the game has such an inherently low house edge. The following steps break down the … Continue reading

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Big Guide to Learning Casino Advantage Play Methods in Canada

Casinos were built on one simple principle: The house always has the edge. If the house has a positive expected return in every game, they can weather the ups and downs of variance and consistently make money over time. Naturally, not all players are satisfied with this arrangement. Many attempt to shift power back into their own hands by devising all sorts of creative techniques. We call them “advantage players”. The following list details 10 of their favorite methods for taking money from the house. [Note that advantage play is very much “a thing” (albeit a quite risky one) in brick and mortar casino settings but much less in online environments. And if you want to go forward in your venture as an advantage player, live or online, please do so at your own risk. We are not encouraging the practice here, but it was a nice title idea for … Continue reading

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Trust iDebit Casinos for Quick Payments Canadians Rely On

iDebit Canada – A Trusted Arbiter of Secure iGaming Payments iDebit is a payment processing network that creates a systematic link between consumers and online merchants. Users are privy to direct connection between their online banking account and the online merchant’s checkout page. It enables real-time payments in a secure environment, without a credit card, debit card, or the need to share sensitive information. One of the most appealing features of iDebit for Canada’s vast online gambling community is its wide range of availability. Merchants love iDebit for expanding their global reach. Consumers love the bank-level security it provides. Both parties can appreciate the sheer convenience of real-time payment confirmation. In the iGaming industry, it means players get instant access to their cash, because online casinos know the money is on the way. If this sounds like the kind of payment method you’d be interested in, keep reading. We’ll teach … Continue reading

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InstaDebit Casinos Canada that Power Quick Deposits from Any Bank

InstaDebit Canada – Securing Fast, Reliable Casino Deposits Since 2004 If you grew up in Canada and are of adult age, odds are you’ve at least heard of InstaDebit. If not, we’re glad you stopped by. There’s a lot you need to know before you make your next online casino deposit. First of all, you need to know how quick, secure, and easy InstaDebit deposits are for Canadian iGamers. The name InstaDebit implies a lot about the service. It enables users to instantly pay for things by debiting money from their bank account. It’s like swiping a physical debit card at the grocery store, except for two very important factors; 1) you can use it online, and 2) you don’t actually need a debit card. All you need is a bank account with any financial institution (bank or credit union) in Canada. If you want to know more, just keep … Continue reading

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Guide to Free Interac Gaming Procedures

Everybody has a favorite way of banking. Whether it’s shopping online or in person, paying for a subscription service, sending money to a friend or loved one at home or abroad – most of us have grown to trust a particular method or two along the way. If you happen to be Canadian, odds are, you’re a devoted fan of ultra-fast, ultra-secure Interac payments. Interac is a Canadian exclusive. A select few international merchants can accept Interac payments, but only Canadian banks come with Interac services pre-installed. When I say pre-installed, I mean just that. Interac isn’t like prepaid cards or web wallets. You don’t have to go buy it, or sign up for it. If you have a Canadian bank account, there’s a very high probability you also have automatic access Interac. The system was developed by Canadian banks, for Canadian banks. At least 95% of the nation’s financial … Continue reading

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Interac For Canadian Casinos: Pay & Play on Your Mobile

Interac eTransfer Canada Casinos: How to Pay & Play on Mobile The mobile age is most definitely upon us. If you think back twenty years, it’s astonishing just how much we do on our smartphones these days. Almost everything you can do in the real world, you can do on a mobile device. Go shopping, pay your bills, watch television, play games, get the latest news, check the weather, listen to your favorite music – it’s all here, in the palm of our hands! Thanks to Canada’s exclusive financial network system, Interac, we can do all of these thing, and pay for most of them, with just a few taps. That includes the option to deposit and play at online casinos, all on your smartphone. You could do the same on a laptop, but as a society, we’re steadily moving away from cumbersome carry-ons, in favor of pocket-size mobility. The … Continue reading

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The Third Degree: What Matters Most in Online Casinos

Online Casino Qualities in Order of Importance: Stature, Games, Bonuses The internet has been around for more than 25 years now. That statement will have more of an impact and those who grew up in a pre-internet era; a time before computers, mobile devices, and apps gave us infinite access to seemingly boundless knowledge at the tap of a finger. In the early days of the information highway, there was far less to do; mostly chatting with people around the world or playing select games that took ages to download. Online casino games, with real money bets and real cash winnings, were among them. A lot has changed in all those years. Chat rooms evolved into social media. We have access to far more internet gambling sites, with far more games and wagers on their menus. There are many more ways to make a deposit and collect cash payouts. What … Continue reading

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BetMGM to Launch Wheel of Fortune Online Casino

Wheel of Fortune Casino – Coming to a Desktop & Mobile Near You Three of the biggest brands in their individual markets are teaming up to produce a first-of-its-kind entertainment offering. Sony Pictures Television, International Game Technology (IGT) and BetMGM are collaborating to produce the Wheel of Fortune Online Casino. Gambling enthusiasts have been enjoying Wheel of Fortune slot machines, both online and on land, for well over two decades. This latest endeavor, aligning with the world-famous TV game show’s 40th anniversary, takes the concept leaps and bounds ahead. Wheel of Fortune Casino Collaboration Sony Pictures Television – Anyone who watches TV or films knows the name. The company is so large, they don’t just produce the things we watch on TV. Their electronics division produces the TVs we watch on; (among other things, like cameras, smartphones, medical tech, and my personal favorite, Sony PlayStation). International Game Technology – Among … Continue reading

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Standalone vs Combination Sportsbooks & Casinos Ontario

Are Dual Sportsbooks & Casino Gambling Apps Better for Ontarians? One month ago today, on April 4, 2022, Ontario’s long-awaited plan to open its online gambling market to commercial competition came to fruition. On that day, a number of online sportsbook operations and internet casinos went live in the province. To date, 13 sportsbooks and 14 online casinos are up and running. Now, with just enough experience under their belts to evaluate, we’ll take a moment to review not the individual sites themselves, but two distinctive options afforded to Ontarians; specifically, the option to wager with standalone gambling apps, versus dual sportsbook+casino websites. Sportsbooks or Casino Gambling Apps – You Decide On the surface, its easy to assume a combination sports+casino package is the better choice. After all, aren’t more options better than fewer? In some cases, sure, but when it comes to iGaming, there are advantages to the singular … Continue reading

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