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Online Gaming vs. Online Gambling

If you have read another article of mine concerning online video games, you already know that I am a home video game turned online junkie. While doing some research on that first article, it occurred to me that you could actually make some money playing games, at least in theory. Unfortunately, there are very few online gaming sites that are not only free to play but make it possible to win actual coinage if you don’t want to spend “real” money.

Some of these sites require a download. Many of them ask you to refer others to them or link to your home page. All of them are businesses and therefore exist to make money, so it is up to you to do a bit of homework before you invest your time and/or cash.

Once you get to know about where to draw the line between online gaming and gambling is when you start flourishing in both fields as they are virtually different sides of the same coin but with a different treatment like how Poker Online Indonesia is different from blackjack.

One of my favorite sites is PlayandWin.co.uk. Based in Denmark, there is something kind of distinctive about winning �100 as opposed to a new Ipod.

When you play a game, you accumulate tokens/points, turn them into tickets (1000 tokens = 1 ticket) and enter them into a weekly drawing for 10, 20 or �100. There are 9 winners each week and you even have the option of automatically turning your tokens into entries 2 hours before the drawing.

There are 8 multiplayer games, 10 card games, 8 puzzle games, click and win (click on a site, instant tokens even if you do not sign up for membership on that site) and scratch and win. Although you need tokens to play some of the games, not to worry; I have never come out at a loss.

The chatters here are quite friendly on this online game site and there is even an ego-boosting competition for daily high scores. In some of the games you can receive bonus spins for up to 1000 additional points or several thousand from the bank (greedy, greedy, greedy).

If you are into solitaire, the Egyptian Pyramid game is rather addictive, as is Spider Solitaire. These two card games seem to amass the most bonus points quickly without having to use your own tokens for wagering.

So how do you win, you ask? Mostly luck, no matter how many tickets you purchase towards that week’s lottery. I chatted with one player who had won the �100 and he said he had been on Playandwin for just a couple of months and had only spent 300 tickets (3000 tokens/points). I also chatted with a woman who had been playing there for 3 years and had never won.

FreeBingo.net was one of the first online game sites I found. Free to play, you win points by claiming any of nine patterns on 20 cards that are pre-selected for you. You must check them every day, for the patterns get eliminated after a certain time limit. There are 4 different games starting on different days of the week

Since 1997 this site has been awarding monthly prizes to the top five point earners. They recently changed their policy to make it a yearly tournament. Why is this better? This online game site boasts over 2500 members. That’s a lot of competition, but you can stockpile your points instead of starting from scratch each month. The top 100 players receive a mouse pad, t-shirt, and/or “bingo-bucks (aka BBz)”, credits that you can use on their play-for-real-$ sister site Bingodrome.

Another choice is to use those points to partake in an “auction” for prizes such as microwave ovens or more BBzs’. There are also monthly giveaways, for the “most improved” score each month. These awards range from $50 Bingo site accounts to digital cameras to boxes of chocolates.

Finally, you can earn even more points on FreeBingo by actually depositing monies in Bingodrome (that’s a variety of 2-fer). But as I have mentioned before, this is a business and it is easy to get carried away by some of the “match bonus” deposit programs.

BingoBugle.net is another online gaming site where you can play more than bingo. There are five featured games, including Texas Hold’em, which you play with others, a Mahjong Solitaire that I have yet to defeat, and Pyramid Panic, my old standby solitaire.

There are 9 bingo rooms. You are allowed to play simultaneously in as many of them as you like since you have the option of auto-daub (they cover your cards for you). Three of these contain up to 30 card selections. That’s a lot of daubing!

There are also 2 keno rooms, slots, and video poker, however you must invest tokens to earn points to buy ballots for prize drawings. Confused? Hold on, this gets more complicated.

As is usually the case, 1000 points = 1 ticket. When I first started playing here I earned enough to purchase about 300 tickets which I then entered into a drawing for a $10.00 Best Buy Gift Card (I passed on the Wal-mart card). My thinking was that there were a total of 1500 tickets, so I would have a pretty good shot. Wrong. That is actually how many tickets were bought by BingoBugle members at that time. I recently checked back to confirm my dwindling chances. The total is now upwards of 10,000. I call this a slim-to-none chance.

Lastly, I must tell you about the trailer trash (no personal offense intended here) of online gaming sites, BingoBlowout.com. What promises to be a fairly outright system of straight coinage if you win is in fact a somewhat tedious exercise in futility.

First off, you must download their program to play, so if your computer is short on memory, do a Dionne Warwick and walk on by.

There are 4 rooms to choose from: Mega (the largest and therefore the most profitable) the Ritz (full card only, yaaawwwn), the Gala Room (straight bingo) and the Glamour Room (varying patterns). Each of their backgrounds look as though the Easter bunny ate too much. There is some dreadful music (only 2 songs “Red, Red Wine” and something that sounds like a variation of “Take My Breath Away”) which overpowers a rather dull male caller. I suggest mute.

Each member is able to select 5 cards only, that helps odds-wise, and the purse is determined by how many members are participating in each game (although the minimum prize is $10.00). This award is actually in cash, but it takes $3000 to be awarded $10 to play at a gambling site, 7000 to get $10.00 cash and 10,000 to get $20.00. If you play in a small room, you will win a couple of times an hour with luck. Let’s see, that’s $10.00 X 2 = $20.00/hr. I will let you do the math to figure how long it takes to get $10,000.

There are also pop-ups of affiliated gambling sites, unless you keep one of those sites open. I must admit I sometimes unwind on BingoBlowout during insomniatic nights and chat with some of the other members because it also has auto-daub.

This is a good place to mention that any gaming site, just like any chat room, includes proper etiquette and language. Writing in capital letters is considered shouting, mentioning other sites is frowned upon, and learn to use these shortcuts:

lol= laugh out loud

wtg = way to go

gg = good game

glng = good luck next game

tu4s = thank you for sharing (bingo with another person)

There you have it. There are literally thousands of such gaming sites on the net and while they are pleasant diversions, they will undoubtedly never make you rich. Stay tuned; my quest for the perfect site will continue. Let me know if you find it first.

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Finding Rich History In Las Vegas: Beyond Gambling

Las Vegas can be a city of sin; what happens there stays there. It can be a city where fortunes are made or lost. Las Vegas is also a city where you can gain a great deal of knowledge. I’m not talking about not drawing to an inside straight, or where they serve the best dollar shrimp cocktail, if there is such a thing as a good dollar shrimp cocktail, but more about history and natural beauty. Las Vegas proper is rich in history as is the surrounding area. You need to hunt a little in the city and get past the songs of the slots. Much like Ulysses and the Siren’s songs, you may have to wear blinders or plug your ears, but once you sample some of the history, you’ll be hooked.

Start your search for history by finding wonderful areas within the city that ooze out with stories of its wild and reckless past. It was not always surrounded by the starkness of the desert, but at one time was a lush, heavily vegetated marsh until the water disappeared to small underground rivers. The harshness of the Mohave Desert held the remaining Oasis that would eventually become the city of Las Vegas, known only to the Native Americans that inhabited the area. It wasn’t until a Mexican scout, Rafael Rivera, ventured out from his scouting party that was looking for water in early 1830, that a person of European decent first set foot in the Las Vegas Oasis. This brave scout went alone, leaving his group between the Christmas and New Year holiday and returned to the trading party on the 7th of January. This opened a shorter path for traders from New Mexico to California, and began the development of the city now known as Las Vegas. A statue of the brave scout stands statue at the Rafael Rivera Community Center, near Stewart Street and Mojave Road.

John Freemont camped in Las Vegas 14 years later and because of his maps, hundreds of people now had access to the Las Vegas Oasis. His legend as an explorer of the old west is well known, so much so, that his father in law, Senator Thomas Hart Benton gave a fitting quote that has remained the descriptor of Freemont to this day, “From the ashes of his campfire have sprung cities.”

The Mormons eventually came and built a 150 square foot fort from the adobe made from the local materials. The Mormon settlers came to give the local Indians religion, the Lamanites, as the Mormons referred to the American Indians, were thought to be direct descendants of the ancient Israelis. The Mormons also were there to provide a safe haven to those traveling from California to the bed of the religious community in Utah, and so, the trail became known as the Mormon Trail. They left in 1858 after the proverbial last straw. The drought had been severe and there was little food. The final decision was made after Indians raided their crops, leaving them with little food. Today part of the original fort can be seen near the intersection of Las Vegas Blvd North and Washington Avenue.

There are many other places that have a rich history, but unfortunately only a small marker. Block16 was the only place in 1905 that was allowed to have liquor. It became notorious for gambling and prostitution. It is on North First Street between Ogden and Stewart Avenues.

The railroad played a distinctively important part in the development of the city of Las Vegas. There are several sites that commemorate its part. The railroad cottages that housed the workers were located from Casino Center to Fourth and from Garces to Clark. These 64 bungalow-style cottages were constructed with concrete block. Several of them can be seen at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve and one, at the Clark County Museum. These houses build in 1909 and 1910 were the first housing development for the city of Las Vegas. They are now on the Nation Register of Historic Places.

If you like to see how Vegas casinos looked in the early years when Freemont Street was the place to go, stop at the Golden Gate Casino. It was originally built in 1905 and opened its doors as Hotel Nevada, where room and board was $1 per night, on January 13, 1906. A visit to the website will give a wonderful description of the history. In 1955 after a number of name changes it became the Golden Gate Casino. It hosted many firsts during its 100+ years of operation. It was the first to have a telephone in the city. Its most notable first, I believe, is the first shrimp cocktail. After all, besides gambling, isn’t Las Vegas best known as the city of the 99-cent shrimp cocktail?

The best gamblers used to frequent the casino at regular intervals and it was so fascinating that even the renowned gangster Al Capone used to have a nice round of blackjack and buktiqq during the 1920s and 1930s.

For Movie buffs, across from Mandalay Bay is the Little Church of the West built in 1942.It was designed to look like a chapel of an old mining town and was originally built where the New Frontier now stands. It has been physically moved three times in its 60-year history and has been the start of marriage for over 100,000 couples. In the movie “Viva Las Vegas” Ann Margaret married Elvis, but in real life many celebrities from Zsa Zsa Gabor to Cindy Crawford have said their “I do’s”. Today it is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places.

Stop at the museums. The Museum of Natural History on North Las Vegas Blvd is located relatively close to the Lied Children’s Museum. On VanBuren there is an African American Museum. Many of the casinos also have museums. The Bellagio has a Museum of Art, The Nevada Institute of Contemporary Artis located at the Cannery on East Flamingo Road, The Guggenheim at the Venetian, the Imperial Palace has an antique car collection, and the Museum of King Tut is at the Luxor. The Mirage has an Aquarium, a Dolphin Habitat, and a wild tiger habitat.

Pages upon pages can be written on the educational stops in Las Vegas, and they have been. I have supplied some links below for your benefit. Remember, what has been mentioned so far, is only WITHIN the city of Las Vegas. There is a plethora of history on the outskirts of the city, and some of my favorite places to visit. Perhaps, another day, we will travel there together.

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Online Casino Tips and Gambling Advice for the Online Player

For people who play Online Casino, most of them have studied and learned some few tips by experience. Lucky for you, all of the important ones are listed here. What you can see below are some pieces of advice and tips for you to gain success in Online Casino.

Choose a game that best suits you

As an online gambling player, always know what specific game suits you best. As this game is what you would spend so much time on. Knowing just one or two games in Online Casino gives you the opportunity to study them thoroughly and learn the ways on how to beat the game.  

Construct a Strategy

As they say, when you fail to plan, you plan to fail, and in Online Casino, failing means losing money. This second tip should always be on someone’s mind. Strategizing is one way to keep the mind as composed as possible, which is a good way to avoid tilting. Following one’s plan lets you stay on your goal and gives off a higher chance of winning. 

This can be very much applied to playing poker online. One strategy that most do is by keeping their bank going with low jackpot games, and play the high jackpot games when they have some extras to spare.

Know your limits

Know when to start and know when to stop. When you got cash, play, when you don’t stop. Simple as that. 

When you’re on  a losing streak, take a break. Sometimes all it needs is just a little break to get the momentum back. Do not go with the losing streaks flow as this is the main reason why someone might go tilt and would result in bankruptcy.

Even in a winning streak, always know how to be content with what you have. Do not be greedy, enough is enough. People tend to want more as they win more. This is one of the reasons why people lose money after winning so much. 

Never forget to have fun

Having fun is never easy when you’re losing, that is because some people think of winning as having fun. When you’re playing Casino, always keep in mind that you’re playing to have fun and not playing to win.

A lot of people don’t get this and get depressed when they start losing a couple of money.  Play your cards smartly and never gamble when you’re sad. A player only becomes great when he plays, and not being played. By following the advice above, you might be surprised on how much of a great player you become and how much success you might achieve.

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3 Tips To Start An Online Poker Bankroll For Free

Playing poker is the best source of entertainment and also helps people to earn money. Some people play poker to get peace of mind after a hard day’s work.  If you are also one of them, then you can start your online poker adventure by connecting the device with an internet connection. Bankroll is a well-known term in the gambling world. Well, it refers to the amount that is used to bet on cash games. 

It is important for gamblers to manage a bankroll while playing poker games. In order to know how to start an online poker bankroll for free, you should follow the tips listed below. 

Poker bonuses 

When you play poker games on casino websites, you can claim various types of bonuses. Usually, casino websites offer sign up bonuses that you can grab to improve your bankroll. Along with sign-up bonuses, you can also get some other promotional rewards. It is the perfect method to start a poker bankroll for free. 

Play freerolls 

Freerolls are the promotional tournaments in which you can participate without spending a single penny. You should try to win these tournaments in order to get prizes. It is also the best way to add money to your account. Beginners who don’t want to spend their real money can start a bankroll with these tournaments. 

No poker deposit bonus 

It is a new type of bonus that can help gamblers to start a bankroll for free. The online poker games are offering a sign-up bonus that doubles your first deposit. It means you don’t need to deposit cash in your account to start playing poker games. 

In order to be a successful player, you should create your bankroll and take some other beneficial tips into consideration.

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Casino Slots To Watch Out For- Make Gambling More Interesting

When you are relegated to the confinements of your house without having much to do, it becomes frustrating to simply move around the house like a zombie or stay shut in your room.

Unfortunately, this has been the case since the past few weeks as the corona virus pandemic is in its peak form and shows no signs of slowing down anytime too soon, leaving people no choice but to stay at home and move out with many layered protective masks.

On the positive side, it is not a complete waste of time sitting at home either as you can think about some interesting things like gardening, cooking and other tasks that you never had time to learn.

Best of the Lot

Elite businessmen are not able to pass their time due to the lockdown and greatly miss the plush casinos where they would spend their time gambling it out until they had no money left.

Situs slot machines, Black Jack, draw a poker are some of the best forms that come to mind but for now we shall mention about some casino slots that are played online for 2020 and they are as follows:

  • Zeus

It is a popular slot game named after the famous Greek ruler in mythology and has a bonus play round at every interval to keep the players engaged

  • Cleopatra

Similar to zeus, it is named after the Egyptian princess where the theme matches the times that she existed and the players can place as many bets as they want though the limit is up to 300.00 while small ones are not so lucky

  • Starburst

It is the most popular slot form of all that is full of thrill and radiance where the graphics are good with Neon lights adding to the glamour and the minimum stake is around 0.15 and with each win, it can go up to 100.00

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The Best Places To Gamble In Vegas On a Shoestring Budget

Who doesn’t want to save a few extra bucks and still enjoy all the excitement of big-money gambling when you go to Las Vegas? I’d say we all do!

Las Vegas has become a great place for the entire family and there are many places that you can go to now even if you’re visiting on a shoestring budget.

See below for the top five hidden spots that I’ve found offer great rewards with minimal risk:

Slot Tournaments

Slot Tournaments are a great way to have fun on a very low budget. Offered at various casinos around Las Vegas, a room is set aside for the tournament that consists of a single machine type for each player. The machines are supposed to generate more winning jackpot combinations than the average casino machine which adds to the excitement of each tournament.

Machines either start with a specified amount of free play cash or a limited amount of playing time. Instead of playing for money, players are trying to win points and your risk is limited to the cost of the entry fee, if any. Slot tournaments also often have a prize structure of $25,000, $15,000 and $5,000 for the top three winners. Sometimes even if you’re further down on the list, you can still walk away with an extra $100.00 (i.e. if there are 100 entrants, you have one in 100 chance at one of the top three prizes — much better than regular slot play.) Poker tables are available for the gamblers for increasing their bank account. Online poker will provide huge amount of rewards in comparison to the land poker tables.

Below are some of the more popular and affordable slot tournaments.

(1) Monte Carlo Resort and Casino: This casino offers a slot tournament that is free for player club members. Its top prize is $500.00. Tournaments are held at various times throughout the year. To get the schedule, one may call 1-800-822-8276.

(2) Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino has a daily No Risk Slot Tournament that costs $25 to enter but comes with a $10 restaurant gift certificate, a gift and $10 worth of play on a slot or video poker machine.

(3) Main Street Station offers daily slot tournaments from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The entry fee is $15.00 unless you have a Players Gold card; which offers a $5.00 savings. The first place prize is 50% of the collected entry fees.

(4) Plaza Hotel and Casino offers free daily slot tournaments from 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. $500 in prizes is offered every day.

(5) Riviera offers a tournament every Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The entry fee is $10.00. The prizes vary, but there is a guaranteed $250.00 minimum payout.

Blackjack Tables, starting at a low $1.00 bet!

Blackjack is the most widely played casino game in the world. The hand with the highest total wins as long as it isn’t bust – more than 21. The sum is determined by the face value of the cards: cards 2-10 are worth the face value and face cards (king, jack, and queen) are worth 10. An ace’s is worth 11 unless it would cause the player to bust in which case it is worth $1.

The minimum and maximum bets vary at each casino and at each table, but there are some places you can play for as little as $1.00 per hand.

(1) $1.00 tables – Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino

(2) $2.00 tables – Eldorado Hotel, Joker’s Wild, Klondike Sunset, and The Longhorn

(3) $3.00 tables – Sahara, Golden Gate, Silver Nugget, Poker Palace, and El Cortez

Other casinos offer betting from $5.00 and up.

Crap Tables, with a minimum $1.00 bet!

Craps is a popular dice game where players wager money against each other or the bank. You bet on the outcome of the roll dice. Up to 16 people can play at one time. A roll of 2, 3, or 12 is called craps.

The amount of minimum wagering varies at each casino and table, but there are several places throughout Las Vegas where you can wager as little as $1.00. These casinos include: the El Dorado and Joker’s Wild.

So leave your pocketbook at home and bring a few bucks to increase your chances of winning big on fewer dollars!

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Gambling With Friends: How I Just Lost $10,000 On The BCS Championship Game

For a compulsive gambler not betting on the BCS Championship Game between LSU and Ohio State is like asking a binge drinking alcoholic to sit at the bar during a New Year’s Eve party and not have a sip of alcohol. I don’t know what to do right now, backed up in a corner with no where to turn and an instant debt of $10,000 thanks to the Buckeyes not figuring out a way to beat any damn SEC team. I don’t think my heart can beat any faster and the emptiness in my stomach is more than I can bare. Maybe if I tell you how it all happened I can get these suicidal thoughts out of my head.

It was about 7:00pm and I was sittin’ at the apartment with a few friends getting ready for the big game between LSU and Ohio State when we started talking about if Ohio State could cover the point spread. One of them called their bookie to find out the line and at the time LSU was favored by 3 1/2. Light bulbs lit up as we all agreed that LSU was going to roll all over the Buckeyes and this could be some really serious money here.

The atmosphere was one of tension and excitement, quite typical of any big match where two teams battle it out on the field but only one emerges the winner and me and my friends gazing at the television set, both to score football tips and relish the experience of having watched our favorite players.

We got the adult beverages, and ordered three pizzas from Dominos right up the street getting everything ready. It was about 7:45pm and I decided to hop on this site to see if anyone had left any comments on my previous articles when I came across my Your Guide To The College Bowl games article. Picking a month in advance I realized I had done horrible and a winning percentage of about 55% overall. I got to my LSU/Ohio State prediction and realized I picked LSU to win 31-17. At first it felt like a reassurance that I was going with my gut, but then when I discussed it with everyone else things changed.

They started explaining how most of my picks sucked and the ridiculous amounts of upsets this year there could be a chance that Ohio State would pull off the win even though it was a home game for the Tigers. At the same time we were almost yelling at each other about the amount of money we were laying on this game. They were talking thousands of dollars and I’m here wanting to lay the big $20 bet. Then it happened. I started thinking about everything I could pay off if we could pull out this win. Get a new car, get caught up on bills, get my book published, do more things with my son and on an on it kept going until finally I said, “alright the hell with it, lets do it I’m in for $10,000 on OSU”. So we made the call and placed the bet.

Thats all it took as I sat on the couch as I started shaking my right leg repeatedly, heart pounding wonder what I was going to do if I lost this money. I was told it was like watching a Jekyl and Hyde movie. I couldn’t help it and when Chris Wells ran in for that 65 yard touchdown I almost felt a sigh of relief as they were quickly up 7-0, then 10-0 and I was already spending it not 8 minutes into the game. I wanted to call everybody and tell them how much I had one and how good I was feeling. I went to the kitchen and grabbed some Jack Daniels just calm my excitement a little. Then it was 10-3, 10-10, 10-17, 10-24 and I was in a whirlwind of thought at halftime.

I knew Ohio State was going to have to come out strong and while there was a couple of times I had hope they could just come within 3 points something happened. A 15 yard roughing the kicker penalty was the nail in the coffin, and before the weeks over maybe it’ll be mine. I hated Ohio State before this game started and now, well I don’t have the words that can be placed within this confession. Its funny when your about to lose $10,000 you hold on to any hope you could possibly hold on to like when the Buckeyes scored with 1:13 left in the game. All of us sat there in silence as the onside kick was recovered by LSU. Not another word was said and as the game ended I shook those thoughts out of my head and came straight to the computer to write about it.

As a compulsive gambler these are the thoughts that plague our minds and we fight and argue with on a daily basis and a million times worse on nights like this one. 5-8 years ago I would have titled this “How I Won $10,000 On The BCS Championship Game” but I learned that training the mind to eventually think of what you could lose or pretending what I had already lost was the most productive in keeping me from gambling even if for only $20. It works for me, but its just one of those things that if you don’t have a compulsive trigger in your brain, you’ll never understand. We’ll talk more about it next time.