First ever event on the RPT keluaran hk won by Oleg Suntov

Sit back, relax, and watch the big stacks eliminate themselves. Occasionally, make a move to get a few chips. But most of all, conserve your chips, and really really nurse your dead or dying stack back to life. This was Oleg Suntov‘s game plan, as he was on his way to incredibly take down the first ever Russian Poker Tour held in keluaran hk just last week.
Upon arriving at the final table, Oleg’s stack was just a dismal 64,000 in size. To put this in perspective, the chip leader on the final table’s outset, Dimitru Gaina from Moldova, had 500K. Oleg would have to double up 3 times to have as many chips as the chip leader had.
But again, like every true underdog, he defied all odds to achieve the improbably: win it all.

Many hours, and eight eliminated players later, he rose to prominence and went home with a prize of 10,000,000 rubles (equivalent to about $300K). The winning hand was Suntov’s QQ vs Vadim Markushevsky‘s K9 all-in on a 6-9-3-5 board. Suntov covered. River came a blank (it’s kind of beautiful seeing a favorite hold up, you know), and Suntov wound up in the record books as first ever winner of the Russian Poker Tour. Congratulations to Oleg, who successfully defended his home turf.

Alex Kravchenko and Vanessa Rousso both made it fairly deep in this tournament.

Next Stop: Moscow. The event starts on February 25th. Be sure to qualify today!

More upcoming events you can qualify for playing at poker stars:
EPT Copenhagen
EPT Dortmund
LAPT Punta Del Este
EPT Monte Carlo

Qualifiers are running around the clock. Play on PokerStars, and qualify today! You too can convert a single dollar into hundreds of thousands!

News and Views around Lad-brokes Poker, FEB 2009

$70,000 in added MTT prize money

Ladbrokes Poker, in celebration of its exciting recent upgrade, has added $70,000 in prize money to a tournament each day from the 10th – 16th February.

These tournaments will run daily as per the schedule below:

Day Time Buy-in Fee Added

10-Feb Tue 19:00 GMT $5.00 $0.50 $10,000

11-Feb Wed 19:00 GMT $10.00 $1.00 $10,000

12-Feb Thur 19:00 GMT $20.00 $2.00 $10,000

13-Feb Fri 19:00 GMT $50.00 $5.00 $10,000

14-Feb Sat 19:00 GMT $20.00 $2.00 $10,000

15-Feb Sun 19:00 GMT $10.00 $1.00 $10,000

16-Feb Mon 19:00 GMT $5.00 $0.50 $10,000

More information for these tourneys can be found under MTT/Specials in the Ladbrokes Poker Lobby from 4th February. Don’t forget to register for these tournaments, and make sure you can take advantage of this fabulous bonus from your friends at Ladbrokes Poker.

Play today at Ladbrokes! Not doing so is equivalent to leaving money on the table!

Points for entries in STT’s and MTT’s

From February 2009 Ladbrokes Poker is rewarding all STT and MTT players with a great new promotion that allows more flexibility and better value, by enabling you to redeem points for MTT entries.

All tournament play will be awarded with Tournament Points that have a value of 10% of tournament fees paid. For Example: players will receive 10 Tournament Points for every $1 paid in fees. Tournament Points will NOT expire at the end of every month and can be accumulated to buy into most MTTs offered from 10 February. Please note that Tournament Points will only be awarded for tournament play and they will expire after 6 months of player inactivity at Ladbrokes Poker. Please note that Tournament Points will still be called Player Points in your lobby from 2 February to 10 February.

Don’t forget this promotion is only available at Ladbrokes, so start collecting your points and good luck at the tables.

Qualify for the EPT Copenhagen

EPT Copenhagen 2009 $10,500 package Includes:

Main event buy-in,

Hotel 5 nights,

Nice designer clothes to wear during the tournament

Entry to the legendary Ladbrokes after party on Friday 20th Feb.

The EPT Copenhagen seat winners will also get a pair of tickets to the exclusive Ladbrokes VIP Party at the Luux Club. The party will take place on Friday 20th February and includes a champagne and cocktail bar. Players will be transported to the club in a limousine hosted by our very own promotional hostesses. This is one party not to be missed!

How to Qualify

Monday to Saturday – $6 daily satellite at 19:30 GMT, feeding to weekly satellite

Sundays – $55 weekly satellite at 19:30 GMT, feeding to super satelite

15th of January and 8th of February – $500 Super satellite at 19:30 GMT, 1 EPT Copenhagen seat guaranteed in each super satellite.

As you can see, the Ladbrokes Copenhagen package is very special. So start playing today, and qualify your way to the EPT Copenhagen 2009!

The House Edge

The casino is called the house. Naturally, the odds in all the games are in the house’s favor. The mathematical average that the house expects to win on each bet is called the house edge. Let’s use slot machines as an example: Let’s say that a slot machine is programmed to pay back 90 coins on average for every 100 coins you put in. Since the machine is going to keep 10 out of 100 coins (on average), the house edge is 10%. So the tricks to try to come out ahead when gambling are to:

play the games with the smallest house edge, and
learn the best strategy for those games. For example, Blackjack has a small potential house edge (0.5%), but you only get the edge to be that small if you know how to play Blackjack properly. If you’re just winging it, the house edge will probably be closer to about 3-5%.
By the way, this is one reason why Vegas casinos don’t cheat — they don’t have to. They already have the advantage on every game, so there’s no point. Most players have no idea how to play table games properly, so they’re giving the casino an even higher edge anyway. Casinos make most of their money on table games from those players. But even when players become experts at their games, the edge insures that the house still has a small advantage even over them. [Exceptions include Blackjack and certain Video Poker machines.] By the way, the other main reason why Vegas casinos don’t cheat is that gambling in Nevada is highly regulated, and no casino would risk losing its license by breaking the rules — especially since most major Strip casinos are now part of the “legitimate” business world and traded on Wall Street.
Why play when there’s a house edge?
You might wonder, “Why play at all if the house has the advantage?” That’s a good question. You’re likely to lose when you gamble, which is an excellent argument for not gambling.

But of course, even if the odds are against you, it’s possible to win. Anything can happen in the short term. The odds are against your สล็อตออนไลน์ได้เงินจริง getting heads twice in a row from two coin flips, but it could happen. Let’s say you’re playing Baccarat with a 1% house edge (normally it’s 1.06%, but we’re rounding). Your expectation from playing 200 hands at $5 is to lose $10.60. So why play Baccarat? Because it’s unlikely that after 200 hands you would have lost exactly $10.60. After millions of hands, you can expect to lose 1.06%, but after only 200, anything’s possible. You could be winning or losing 30% or more. In the short term, anything can happen, and usually does. You’ve probably heard the term standard deviation, and that’s what it refers to. (About.com has a good article about standard deviation, including how to calculate it for a particular game.)

Of course, the other reason why people play even though there’s a house edge is that it’s fun.

Why is a low house edge important?
You might wonder, “If you’re just hoping to win in the short term, then why bother looking for the games with the lowest house edge?” The answer is that:

(1) The smaller the house edge, the more likely you are to win.
(2) The house edge constantly grinds away at your money, and the higher the edge, the less time your money will last. Running out of money while you still want to play isn’t fun.

(3) The longer your money lasts, the longer you’ll play, and the more opportunity you have to win.

Let’s say you play a slot machine with an edge of 10%, and that it keeps exactly 10% of the batch of coins you feed it every time (although we know that in real life, it would take 10% only in the long term, with anything being possible in the short term). After running 100 coins through it, you’ll have 90 coins left. If you run those 90 coins through it, you’ll have 81 coins left. The next rounds will leave you with 73, 66, 59, and 53 coins. This continuous reduction effect is called the grind.

Now let’s say that you’re playing a slot machine with only a 2% edge. (And pretend again that this is a magical slot machine that takes 2% of each and every batch, with no short-term deviation.) After running your 100 coins through you’re left with 98. Run those 98 through and you’re left with 96. The next rounds will leave you with 94, 92, 90, and 89 coins. You’ve got a lot more money left than you did with the 10% edge machine.

The lesson here is that the house edge affects the amount you gamble, not the amount you bring to the casino. You might think, “Okay, I’m bringing $500 to play slots. With a 5% house edge, I’ll lose $25.” Wrong. That’s true if you only play your $500 once. If you keep playing, the machines can grind all your money away. The same is true of table games. Say you sit down at a Blackjack table and buy $500, planning to bet $25/hand. The house edge doesn’t cut into your $500, it cuts into however much you lay on the table, which will probably be more than $500. If you’re playing $25 a hand, 100 hands per hour, and you gamble for eight hours without losing it all, then in that eight hours you’ve gambled $20,000! After betting your $500 the first time (say, 20 hands at $25/hand, which takes maybe 15 minutes), you’ll probably have most of that $500 left, and you’ll bet it again and again. The house edge will slowly grind it away, and if you play long enough, you’ll be left with nothing.

The best ways to reduce your exposure to the house edge are:

1. Play the games with the smallest house edge. (Losing 1% on $20 bets is a smaller loss than losing 5% on $5 bets.)
2. Make small bets.
3. Play at a relaxed pace. The larger casinos train their dealers to deal, deal, deal, because the faster the games go, the more money they make. If a game is going too fast for you, bet less or try a smaller casino or a downtown casino where the play is more relaxed.
House Edge of various games
Here’s a chart showing the house edge for the most popular games. This assumes that you’re playing skillfully — for example, if you’re just guessing at Blackjack rather than using established Basic Strategy, the house edge will be several percent instead of 0.5%. Likewise, if you make the sucker bets in Craps, the house edge will be massive instead of a mere 0.8%. It’s important to note that even if you don’t play table games perfectly, you can still play with WAY better odds than you can get on a slot machine. For more on this, see our Crash Course in Table Games.

House Edge (with skilled play)
Maximum Payoff per unit bet
Blackjack

0.5%
1.5 to 1

Craps, 1x Odds

0.8%
2 to 1

Video Poker

0.5-5%
800 to 1

Baccarat

1.06%
1 to 1

Roulette

5.5%
35 to 1

Slot Machines, flat top

0-17%
5,000 to 1

Slot Machines, progressive

5-17%
millions to 1
Keno

25%+
thousands to 1
State Lottery, typical

50%+
millions to 1

(Progressive slot machines are the kind with the really big jackpots.
We’ll cover those in the slot machines section later.)
Excitement Factor
Naturally, the more money you can win, the more interested and excited you’ll be. That’s why slot machines are so popular — you can win thousands (or millions) for a measly quarter or two.

Not so with table games. Bet $10 at Blackjack, and a win will bring you only $10 or $15. And a loss will wipe out your $10 — a much bigger loss than the 25¢ you lost on the slot.

Looking at it that way, it would seem that you should play slots instead of Blackjack, because the potential reward is greater, and the amount of money you’re risking is smaller. On just one play, sure, that would be true. But if you’re playing for a long period of time, and if you care how much money you lose while trying to hit the jackpot, then slots are much worse for long-term play compared to blackjack. If you’re playing for more than a couple of hours and you want to lose as little as possible, Blackjack (and most other table games), with the lower house edge, is a better bet.

Nobody would play slot machines if there weren’t that chance of the big payout. But the penalty for the chance to win that big payout is a high house edge. Take a look at the table again (above), and notice that there’s an almot direct correlation between the house edge and the amount you can win from one bet. The more you can win at once, the higher the house edge.

That doesn’t mean that low-edge table games are superior in every way, just that you’ll lose money a lot slower over the long term. The penalty for that low house edge and the ability to play for a longer period of time is that you forfeit the chance to win BIG, like you could with a slot machine or Keno. Many gambling authors will tell you never to play progressive slot machines or Keno since they both have a high house edge, but put that into perspective: If you’re comfortable losing, say, $50 while trying to win a huge slot jackpot (even though you know it’s about as hard as winning the lottery), who’s to say that it’s not your decision to try? And sure, Keno has a 25% or more house edge, but is losing a $1 Keno game really a big problem?

So unlike most authors, I won’t tell you to never play Keno or progressive slots. I’ll just explain exactly what you’re up against, and let you make your own decisions about how to gamble your money. If you don’t want to lose much, you should concentrate on the games with the smallest house edge, but playing occasionally on high edge games won’t be devastating as long as you understand the risks and you limit your play.

There does happen to be a middle ground, a compromise — a way to possibly win a lot more money at a table game while keeping the small house edge built into the table game, and that’s to make BIG bets at the table game. Most Blackjack players bet $1, $5, or $25 a hand, but there’s no reason you couldn’t bet a huge chunk of your bankroll at once (as long as you don’t exceed the table limit). Of course, this is risky, and you could wind up winning or losing a large amount of money very quickly, but although your risk is higher, you have a better shot of actually winning a lot of money than you do with slots or keno. (In fact, this idea is the heart of the Half-Bankroll strategy I discuss later on.)

You could do the same thing (betting big) with slot machines (there are $25 and $100 a spin versions), but you shouldn’t. If you’re going to be making really large bets, stick with a game with a low edge.…

Full-Tilt-Poker Leaderboards – Current Leaders November 17th

As the Full Tilt Online Poker Series comes to a close, its time for another look at our November Leaderboard races. With only two weeks left, the races are starting to heat up.
If you’d like to follow the FTP Leaderboard results, FlopTurnRiver archives the results daily on the Full Tilt network page. You can find it here: Leaderboard-Calendar by scrolling down to the leaderboard section and choosing a day to view. Also, for today’s complete standings (top 250 in all three categories) click here: November 17th Leaderboard Results.
Current November 17th Top Ten MTT Leaders
1 sprstoner 10821.10
2 muoi1 7099.10
3 bethwolf22 5903.90
4 Pimpnuho 5538.60
5 pflippaD12 5504.20
6 kennl 5161.80
7 epokerounder 5067.70
8 inhidonks 5014.60
9 ThatsTheGame 4909.70
10 Matt238 4792.90
Sprstoner extends his lead on the Top Ten MTT Leaderboard with a win in the $80K guaranteed Sunday $163 Rebuy tournament worth $67,838 on 11/16. He has done well in this tournament in the past, with a crypto gambling earlier this month as well as a win in early October that paid over $58,000.
A specialist in multi-table Sit & Go tournaments, moui1 hangs on to 2nd place with consistent volume and results. Bethwolf22 rounds out the top three on the strength of a 17th place finish in FTOPS Event #24 this past Sunday that paid $2,310.

Also of note this week is Matt238′s recent ascent into the Top Ten. He finished 2nd to sprstoner in the $80K guaranteed Sunday $163 Rebuy tournament for a payout of $41,060, as well as placing 5th in FTOPS Event #19 for $25,765.

Current November 17th Top Ten SNG Leaders – High Limit

1 Whitesnake1 17394.80
2 braminc 17126.50
3 PokerToronto 16699.40
4 Mack the Finger 13821.30
5 The Fiend 34 11932.50
6 good night baby 10943.70
7 HowBadDoIRun 10460.80
8 DDBeast 10377.80
9 jdpc27 10131.80
10 locks18 10104.30
The High Limit SNG Leaderboard race is shaping up to be a good one, with whitesnake1 taking the lead this week. He moved up from 3rd place last week, surpassing braminc, who holds down the #2 spot. PokerToronto, who has won the title the last two months, remains within striking distance in third place.
A couple of new names surfaced in the Top Ten this week. The Fiend 34 breaks into the Top Ten in 5th place this week, moving up from 20th place when we last reported. Good night baby also cracks the Top Ten with a big move, having not been in the Top 250 as of last week. We’ll see if he can maintain his momentum and make a move on the leaders next week.
Current November 17th Top Ten SNG Leaders – Low Limit
1 vertoprah 8042.00
2 fylhbzy 7590.30
3 nitrino 7205.00
4 Pippiloma 6843.80
5 Peristeria 6041.20
6 Randinho 5930.40
7 a4lord 5826.00
8 Ichodersoone 5438.10
9 respiratorz 5337.60
10 DHRTNSTKFKD 5096.80
Vertoprah maintains his lead in the Low Limit SNG Leaderboard race, holding steady over fylhbzy in second. Nitrino put in a solid week, moving up from 7th place last week to take over the #3 spot as this month’s race develops.
Pippiloma also put in a good week, passing up Peristeria and Randino to close in on fourth, well within striking distance of the leaders. Ichodersoone moves into the Top Ten for the first time this week, jumping from 23rd last week into 8th place in this week’s standings.
We’ll check back in a eek to see how these races are shaping up. Stay tuned!…

Whatariver1 Wins FTOPS X Event #8 on Full-Tilt-Poker

The always popular Full Tilt Online result hk Series continued yesterday with Event #8, a 6-max Knockout tournament with a guaranteed prize pool of $600K. The buy-in for this event was $240 + $16, with $200 going to the prize pool and knockouts worth $40 each.
This exciting format drew 3,499 entries, paying out the top 390 finishers. The prize pool ended up at $699,800, exceeding the guarantee by a fair margin.

Event #8 was hosted by Full Tilt Pro Andrew Black, and drew an impressive lineup of the Full Tilt “red pros” including Allen Cunningham, Clonie Gowen, Scott Fischman, and Jon Turner, aka “PearlJammed”. Out of the 30 Full Tilt Pros that entered, only 5 finished in the money. Luis Velador was the best performer out of this group, finishing in 230th place.

In the end, it was Laurence Houghton, aka “whatariver1″ that outdueled Emansnrg heads up to take down the tournament and earn the 1st place payout of $137,153.80. Laurence has an impressive track record on Full Tilt, with a win in the $1K Monday for $91,750 in June of this year. He also has a win in the $100K guaranteed $109 rebuy for $34,200 this year.

Here’s how the final table shaped up:

1st whatariver1 $137,153.80
2nd Emansnrg $ 86,075.40
3rd FZth1 $ 58,783.20
4th gogogivestack $ 45,487.00
5th EddyStoefs $ 31.840.90
6th zapatero $ 21,693.80

Full-Tilt-Poker Leaderboards – Current Leaders November 9th

After an exciting October with some very close races, we’re on our way for more excitement as the November races kick off. Although it is often difficult to win a Leaderboard race by going wire to wire throughout the month, its always fun to take a look early in the month to see how the races are shaping up.
If you’d like to follow the FTP Leaderboard results, FlopTurnRiver archives the results daily on the Full Tilt network page. You can find it here: Leaderboard-Calendar by scrolling down to the leaderboard section and choosing a day to view. Also, for today’s complete standings (top 250 in all three categories) click here: November 9th Leaderboard Results

Current November 9th Top Ten MTT Leaders

1 sprstoner 5031.30
2 muoi1 4103.10
3 bethwolf22 2929.20
4 inhidonks 2927.50
5 Pimpnuho 2872.10
6 garage13 2719.00
7 kennl 2690.10
8 epokerounder 2605.80
9 JUMP PUTT 2510.00
10 bchgal 2399.40

After winning the October MTT Leaderboard race, sprstoner is back on top as we get underway in November. He continues to show consistent results in the $75 buy-in 45-player multi-table SNGs, with 6 wins so far worth $1,180 each. He also posted 8th place in the $80K guaranteed Sunday $163 Rebuy tournament for $6,184 on 11/02, as well as finishing 101st in FTOPS Event #9 for $1,450.

Holding up the 2nd place spot is muoi1, with heavy volume in the SNG 45s. He’s had several wins in the both the $26 and $75 buyins. Bethwolf22 rounds out the top 3 on the strength of a 14th place finish in the $109 Rebuy FTOPS Event #7 for $3,300.

A couple of well known MTT regulars come in 4th and 5th. With four 4-figure cashes, inhidonks takes 4th. He boasts a 5th place finish in the $322 buyin $90K Guaranteed tourney for $5,917 on 11/01. Pimpnuho comes in at #5 taking down five 4-figure cashes including a win in the $33 1 rebuy 1 addon $12.5K Guarantee on 11/04 for $3,533.

Current November 9th Top Ten SNG Leaders – High Limit

1 braminc 10502.20
2 PokerToronto 8255.70
3 Whitesnake1 7151.30
4 HowBadDoIRun 7128.60
5 Mack the Finger 7092.50
6 zadpox dot com 6862.30
7 locks18 6653.40
8 flopdisasta 5600.20
9 Snuffie381 5177.20

A new name surfaces at the top in the High Limit SNG Top Ten. After finishing 148th in October, braminc jumps out to an early lead with an solid 10,502 points. Braminc primarily plays the $169 super turbos, and is obviously putting in serious volume and posting excellent results.

PokerToronto, a very familiar name in the High Limit bracket, shows up in 2nd place. He has won the SNG High Limit Leaderboard title for the last two months, and is always a threat to contend. Another consistent factor in the race, Whitesnake1, rounds out the top three. Whitesnake1 came in a very close 2nd to PokerToronto last month, and should be in the running as the race develops throughout the month.

Zadpox dot com and Snuffie381 also show up in the Top Ten as we get underway. Both were Top Ten finishers last month, with Zadpox dot com finishing 6th for October, and Snuffie381 ending up in 9th place. Both of them are capable of putting in good weeks, so look for them to possibly make a run at the top spot.

Current November 9th Top Ten SNG Leaders – Low Limit

1 vertoprah 5363.80
2 fylhbzy 4829.10
3 Randinho 4252.90
4 InsertCliche 3873.90
5 Peristeria 3818.10
6 Pippiloma 3453.60
7 nitrino 3412.80
8 a4lord 2991.70
9 respiratorz 2969.90
10 J2ThaP 2966.00

The Top Ten for the Low Limit SNG Leaderboard is peppered with new names as we start off here in November. After finishing 46th for October, vertoprah holds the lead with a very respectable 5363 points. Considering that the winner last month ended up with 12715, this Russian player is certainly off to quite a start.

Fylhbzy holds up the #2 spot after finishing 7th last month, followed by Randinho in 3rd. Peristeria, a fixture in the Top Ten, comes in at #5, after finishing 5th last month. We’ll be looking forward to seeing how this race develops as the November race proceeds.…

Canadian Slot Player Wins $5.6 Million  

Doris Wendt, sixty-eight, a retired nurse’s aid, dropped three coins into the slot at Casino Niagara in Niagara Falls, Ont. and hit the granddaddy of all slots payoffs— $5.6 million dollars. Casino spokesman Jay Meilstrup noted, “This is the kind of excitement Casino Niagara is becoming famous for.” Wendt’s comment on winning the momentous prize was, “I must have won something and this Valentines Day is a lot better than last year.” The government agreed and awarded the lucky lady her slot winnings.

Merrill Lynch Suggests Gaming Stocks

Merrill Lynch analyst David Anders is on record as recommending gaming stocks as a means to hedge against the declining Dow Jones average. “Because Casinos are mostly cash businesses and results are closely tracked by state gaming regulators there is little controversy concerning the validity of casino revenue.” In other words, David suggests we buy, buy, buy!

Macao Winners Announced

On February 8, the Chinese government announced the winners of the bidding for the lucrative Macao Gambling contracts. Major contenders and eventual winners were Macao Tourism and Amusement Company, Wynn Resorts (Macao) Ltd., and Galaxy Casino Co. Ltd. Alternates were MPM Entertainment Co. Ltd., MGM Mirage (Macao) Ltd., and Macao Star Ltd. The Wynn group appears to have a definite edge based on their track record and it would come as no surprise if they were able to capture this significant prize. The fact that Wynn Resorts was given preference over MGM and Park Place “must be considered a personal triumph for Steve Wynn.”

Tigua Band Forced to Close Casino

The Speaking Rock Casino run by the Tigua Band of Indians in El Paso was forced to close its doors by an order of the Supreme Court. The stay requested by the tribe was rejected and as of February 11, the tribe’s lucrative gambling Slot Gacor casino was forced to cease operations. “We will return,” said Alfred Alvidrez of the Tigua Nation, “it is extreme racism; some officials would rather see us in front of the unemployment lines begging for handouts.” Speaking Rock Casino has generated some $60 million yearly for the tribe and the state—money that has been used to provide housing, scholarships, and health insurance.

 

Lotto Madness

 

On February 16, the lines in front of California convenience stores stretched halfway around the block as gamers plunked down their dollars in hopes of winning the largest state sponsored lottery in U.S. history—$193 million. Despite the astronomical odds of winning players worldwide drove, flew, and waited in line to participate in this megabucks giveaway. It was reported that one Chinese contingent showed up with over $100,000 in pooled money on Saturday and flew home empty handed on Sunday perhaps sadder but definitely wiser. Three winners will share the prize but as of the date of this writing the lucky trio haven’t revealed themselves.

 

 …

Online Casino Blacklist and wild casino ag

Previously on this site I reviewed every casino I played, good, bad, or in between. However my partners and I agreed that we were giving away too much free traffic through the good reviews and the paying advertisers were being ignored. So we are experimenting with other formats. It should be noted that an advertisement does not imply a personal endorsement, although I do keep the worst casinos off. I do feel strongly about warning players about bad casinos. In that interest I present my online casino blacklist.
Casino Bar: When I played at Casino Bar on May 27, 2002, and December 13, 2002, the evidence will show that I didn’t get a fair game of blackjack. Three other webmasters also tested them and the results were also not in line with a fair game. For the entire story please visit Casino Bar investigation. Date last played: December 13, 2002 (C.O.A World Entertainment software)
Casino Depot: See Golden Palace below wild casino ag .
All iGlobalMedia casinos: Last year (2000) I advertised an iGlobalMedia casino and several viewers were outraged and insisted they were cheating. So at that time I played one myself and my losses were so excessive that I had to agree that the cards were not being dealt randomly. Without admitting guilt the iGlobalMedia management invited me to replay their games when they released a software update. In November 2001, I tried them again, playing at the Zantana casino under the new software. I played 323 hands of blackjack and had a loss of 16 units. This is well within the normal range; the probability of doing worse in a fair game is about 25%. So it seems to me they have are now playing fairly. Unfortunately the frequent broken connections are still a problem. I also never received a 10% bonus I was entitled to. Other casinos using this software include Starluck, Big Cat, Luckyland, Megaplay, and Club Chance.
Golden Palace: During the glory days of Internet casino bonus hunting the Golden Palace offered a 20% bonus on purchases up to $10,000, every month. I personally collected $2000 in bonuses every month, and sometimes from their sister casino Casino Depot as well. In April 2000 they evidently started to realize what was going on and sent players letters stating that if they didn’t play more during off promotions they would not be offered future promotions. This was fair and I gave them more free play. Others made deposits immediately after receiving this letter and played. Shortly after this they took an even stronger stance and locked out all players suspected of bonus abuse. By early June they had finished their investigations. Some players, including me, got their money back, and some did not. Golden Palace says those funds were donated to charity. I am of the opinion that every online casino should abide by their own rules. Seizing funds from players whose only fault is abusing bonuses is not acceptable. Not until the Golden Palace refunds the accounts of all players from this debacle will I remove them from the blacklist. For the long version of this story visit my Golden Palace statement. (Aqua Online software)
All MGM Gaming Systems casinos: The Wizard of Odds recommends you to not play joker poker at all casinos that use MGM Gaming Systems software. Based on my play at Transnet Casino (click here for full story) I very strongly believe that this software is not playing a fair game of joker poker. Besides Transnet other casinos that use this software include Axel, Casimodo Palace, Casino XO, Lazarus, Master Blackjack, Moon Palace, Paradise Players, Players Palace, Tiger Dragon, and Vino.
One Click & Play: I took a lot of criticism when I ran an ad for this casino in my newsletter. They are often accused of slow paying wild casino ag winners, or not paying them at all. In an effort to see what all the fuss was about I played there myself. I was immediately suspicious when their web site claims to pay a bonus of $101 + 30% on top of every deposit, even on deposits as little as $50. This amounts to a 232% bonus. So I deposited $50 and immediately got my $116 bonus. I lost quickly at first but then my luck leveled off. Overall I played 334 hands and lost 17.5 units. The probability of losing this badly or worse is 21%, so nothing unusual. However I did learn only after making a deposit that the bonuses are sticky. When you try to cash out they subtract your total bonuses and what is left is what you can cash out. This rule was not stated on their web site anywhere that I could find. The games are very basic and simple. Just cards flashing on the screen and no sound effects. You have to specify your bet by entering a number in a text box. Other players report being slow paid from this casino and only after a great deal of nagging. If you still wish to play here are their blackjack rules, which are not stated anywhere on their web site:
Unknown number of decks
Dealer stands on soft 17
Player may double on any two cards
Player may double after a split
Player may only split once
Drawing and doubling to split aces is allowed
Dealer peeks for blackjack with an ace showing after player buys or refuses insurance
Dealer does not peek with a 10 showing. I do not know if the player can lose his total amount bet after doubling or splitting if the dealer has an ace in the hole.
Assuming six decks and the dealer does take the full bet on a blackjack with an ace in the hole the house edge would be 0.37%.

I have received numerous e-mails from Michael from One Click & Play about how unfair my listing of them is. He claims that their terms and conditions are the same as those of Casino on Net. According to his own T&C; he may seize a player’s winnings and leave him only with his original deposits. Can you imagine the public outcry if a Las Vegas casino seized a player’s winnings because he aggressively played a promotion? As far as I can tell Casino on Net only reserves the right to refuse redemption of bonuses. In my opinion retaining the right to seize winnings is just cause alone to be blacklisted. He has yet to show me an example of another major casino which retains this right. Thus I feel One Click & Play is not unfairly singed out as their management claims.

Although I have received many horror stories about One Click & Play I will post just one. In the interests of telling both sides of the story here is the One Click & Play response. Dates of play: March 31-April 2, 2002 (My Casino Builder software)

Sound Bet: Not only is this casino a virtual copy of Infinite Casino, without permission, but they have misappropriated my Fair Gaming Seal. Not only did I never certify their games I have never had any communication with them at all. This is the blackest of the black list.
All Vegas Strip casinos: I played at Cleopatra’s Casino when they had a $100 bonus for $100 deposit promotion. I ran my balance up to $300 and cashed out. The $200 in bonus/winnings arrived 20 days later by Fed Ex, with an apology for taking so long. As usual with Real Time Gaming casinos everything went very smoothly and the bonus was paid quickly and without fuss. However I got a complaint from a player in July 2001 saying he responded to a Cleopatra promotion through this site. The player in question claims they refused payment of winnings and ignored all his inquiries. I put in an inquiry myself about the situation, which they never responded to. Failure to respond to my inquiry is just cause for me to remove my endorsement. This casino is part of the “Vegas Strip” family of casinos, a group I have been hearing a lot of complaints about. The GameMaster reports they have refused to pay winnings to players just for living in Denmark (a country known for Internet casino fraud). Other Vegas Strip casinos include America’s Online Casino, Cleopatra’s Casino, Club Regal Casino, eWorld Casino, and Club Mardi Gras Casino. Last date played: May 9, 2001. (Real Time Gaming software)

Sticky Bonuses Explained
Many online casinos have a provision that a bonus may never be cashed out. This is what has become known in the online gambling community as a “sticky bonus”, because it always sticks to your account until you lose it. Winnings resulting from sticky bonuses may be cashed out. If you have a sticky bonus here is how I would recommend getting the most out of it. First cash out everything except the sticky bonus. Then play some more with the sticky bonus money until you have either won enough to bother making another redemption or have blown the entire thing. I would make large bets to avoid the house edge from grinding you down. If playing blackjack always leave enough for doubles and splits. Keep in mind redemption fees. The greater the redemption fee the greater I will set my winning goal. For example if there is a redemption fee I may set a goal to win $500, otherwise my goal may only be $250. If and when you reach your winning goal then cash out everything except the bonus and repeat the process until you do eventually lose everything.…

Sports Pools coming to PlayNow.com

Online gaming and sportsbetting platform provider OpenBet has signed a deal to provide the PlayNow.com domain from the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) with its Sports Pools innovation.

London-based OpenBet stated that the launch of Sports Pools is set to be a first for a Canadian regulated online gambling site as it will engage ‘all levels of fans with their favourite sports’ without requiring knowledge of ‘sportsbook odds’.

For a CAD$5 ($3.85) buy-in, players at PlayNow.com will be able to test their sports knowledge against others for a chance to win or share a prize pool. Sports Pools sees participants attempt to select as many inscrivez-vous winning outcomes as possible from a betting card with the cash going to the competitor with the most correct picks.

OpenBet declared that its platform and centralised player account management system were instrumental in the BCLC premiering an initial online offering in June of 2010 and that it has since worked ‘closely’ with the state-owned operator by continuing to ‘develop the offering through new games like Sports Pools’.

“We are delighted to continue our work with the BCLC through the launch of Sports Pools,” said Jeremy Thompson-Hill, Chief Executive Officer for OpenBet.

“OpenBet is focused on working with our customers to develop technology that offers a superior player experience with new entertaining ways to play. Sports Pools is a great new product for the BCLC and one we have been pleased to work with [it] in developing.”

For its part, the BCLC stated that it offers ‘socially responsible gaming entertainment’ with the launch of Sports Pools expected to help it to generate income ‘to benefit all British Columbians’.

“Sports Pools offers sports fans an innovative and easy point of entry into sportsbetting that is fun and appealing,” said Monica Bohm, eGaming Vice-President for the BCLC.

“It is another example of PlayNow.com delivering the very best in gambling entertainment to British Columbians while helping communities across the province grow.”

Play the Progressive to Win Really Massive Jackpots

Most of us are happy to just win enough to keep playing with, but wouldn’t it be great to win a big progressive jackpot?! On most online slots games you have to make a max bet in order to qualify to win the progressive jackpot. Wouldn’t it be heartbreaking to get the right five of a kind only to realize that you’d only bet on a few lines, or bet on all paylines but only a minimum bet?!
I don’t always make a max bet, myself. But I Inscrivez-Vous sure do if I have a hunch that the jackpot is about to be won! And one place I’m definitely placing max bets these days is WinADayCasino.com. The jackpot there, which is tied to most of their slots games, is about $200,000. WinADay’s progressive jackpot hardly ever gets that big because it gets hit so often. I’m convinced it’s going to be won very soon and I’m sure not going to miss it by not betting enough!

The jackpot at WinADay’s sister site, Slotland.com,is getting big too. It just a big progressive jackpot win in September when Abigal J. won $189,897 playing the ‘Pearls of Atlantis’ slots game. But since it’s usually hit every 6 – 8 weeks I just have a feeling it’s about due so I’m definitely playing my “max bet” strategy there lately as well.

If you don’t think you’d be satisfied with a paltry $100K or $200K jackpot win, maybe you should play some of the games out there that have progressive jackpots well over a million dollars. They aren’t won as frequently as some others but wow, when someone hits a jackpot like that it’s life changing.

The biggest jackpots available to American players are still the seven-figure Jackpot Pinatas and Aztec’s Millions slots jackpots that are available at most most RTG casinos. I recommend JackpotCapital.eu, Intertops Casino and GrandeVegasCasino.com because I know and trust the management of these companies.

One of the biggest jackpots anywhere is the ‘Mega Moolah’ which is currently over $5.2 million! Can you imagine winning five million bucks with the click of a mouse?! Haha — of course you can, that’s why you play online slots! Well, if you can imagine yourself spending $5 million then go play the Mega Moolah. It’s a available at lots of online casinos but my favourite for Microgaming casino games has got to be Bulldog777.com.

Good luck!…

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Return 3rd party audited return across all games for April 2001 – 97.64%
Software Microgaming
Languages English / French
Play options download / Flash
Games Table Games: Baccarat, Blackjack, Craps, Cyberstud, Poker, Keno, Red Dog Poker, Roulette
Video Poker: Aces and Faces, Deuces Wild, Jacks or Better, Tens or Better
Slots: 7 Oceans, Big 5, Cosmic Cat, Crazy Crocodiles, Double Magic, Fantastic 7’s, Jackpot Express, Pirate’s Paradise, Trick or Treat
Progressive Slots: Cash Splash, Lotsaloot, Wowpot, Fruit Fiesta, Treasure of the Nile
Progressive Poker: Supajax, Bonus Screen, Lucky Charmer

Bet limits slots $0.25 to $5, blackjack $2 to $200, roulette $1 to $50
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Graphics amazing, realistic graphics – you will feel like you are on the Riviera!
Deposit Visa, MasterCard, FirePay, PayPal, money order, wire transfer or bank draft
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Mega Moolah Progressive Jackpot Unique Casino Nears £5,000,000 — Total Jackpot Prize Pool Over £7,000,000

Microgaming’s Mega Moolah progressive jackpot is nearing £5,000,000 ($2,500,000) and three other jackpots at Microgaming online casino sites are hovering around £1,000,000 each.
The network has paid out over £115,000,000 since its inception and has made eleven people into instant millionaires. Four more lucky punters could soon be joining them. Mega Moolah – currently* at over £4.9m — is Microgaming’s first four tiered progressive and offers players a massive four tiered jackpot to aim at.

But Mega Moolah isn’t the only Microgaming jackpot waiting to be hit! Major Millions has just topped £1,000,000. King Cashalot next at over £917,000 and Roulette Royal at just over £751,000.

Roger Raatgever, Microgaming CEO says, “I know we’ve had big jackpots in the past, but to have one progressive at almost £5 million and a further three near the £1 million mark is a first and represents a massive total prize pool.”

These amazing jackpots are waiting to be won at any online casino using Microgaming software including: Purple Lounge, Roxy Palace, Intertops, River Belle, 32Red and Crazy Vegas.

Massive Mega Moolah Progressive Jackpot Tops $5,000,000

Since our last report, no one’s hit Microgaming’s massive Mega Moolah progressive jackpot so it’s just kept growing and growing! It’s now OVER $5,000,000 and just one of seven progressive jackpots available at Microgaming online casinos.
So far, the network has made eleven people into instant millionaires and several more lucky players could soon be joining them.

Mega Moolah – currently* at over $5,000,000 — Unique Casino is Microgaming’s first four tiered progressive and offers players a massive four tiered jackpot to aim at.

But Mega Moolah isn’t the only Microgaming jackpot waiting to be hit! Roulette Royale is at nearly $800,000 and King Cashalot is over $500,000.

These amazing jackpots are waiting to be won at any online casino using Microgaming software including: Intertops and Crazy Vegas.

Mega Moolah Still Not Won; Shopping Spree Nears $1,000,000

The massive Mega Moolah progressive jackpot available at Microgaming online casinos has been tantalizing slot machine and video poker players for months. The progressive jackpot has been way over $5,000,000 for weeks and many players can’t believe it hasn’t been hit yet.
This amazing jackpot is waiting to be won at any online casino using Microgaming software such as IntertopsCasino.com.

Two other Microgaming jackpots that were over a million dollars, King Cashalot and Roulette Royale, have been won and reset since our last report.

The Gold Rally jackpot, available at Playtech online casinos like TilaCasino.com, is up to nearly half a million dollars. At online casinos like Bodog Casino that are powered by Real Time Gaming, the Shopping Spree progressive jackpot is almost $900,000. The Millionaire’s Club jackpot, featured on slot machines at Cryptologic casinos including William Hill is over $600,000.…

Casino Review – 7 Sultans Casino

Review by Tim Neville

There are two things I look for when deciding whether to play at an Online Casino… great software, and something a little different.

Now, if you’ve played at a Microgaming Casino before you will know just how classy the software is. The games are innovative and they play and pay more than fair. The only minor “negative”, if you could even call it that, is that you tend to come across the same games at every Casino, with a few small variations.

Not so at 7 Sultans!

Yes, they have all your Microgaming favorites like Power Poker and Double Magic, but they also have an incredible range of Slots which I have never seen anywhere else. I managed to play just about all of the unusual ones, along with some better known ones, and I can tell you that after doing this over the course of a few hours I ended up with a 100% profit! Not bad when you consider all the games I played and the bets I made.

I have listed some of the Slot Gacor Slots you may not have seen before and a little information about each one… but if you REALLY want to know how much fun they are then its time to grab the VISA and enter the Mystical World of the Sultans…

Defcon Four – Slot
This game is pretty simple. 3 reels and 1 payline, and a 3 coin Max Bet. I did pretty well on this one, but the idea of various missiles spinning around that quick makes me a little nervous…

Gold Coast – Slot
A 3-reel 5-line game with a holiday atmosphere…don’t forget the Pina Coladas! Spin the hassles of work away and watch as the 3 symbols come up and your balance starts looking a little healthier…

Island Style – Slot
Anyone for coconuts??? Line up the three trees on this 3-reel single-payline Slot and it wont be just your coconuts that need cracking!. There may not be many symbols on this one, but it makes for more regular pays and great value for money.

Flo’s Diner – Slot
Similar to Island Style, but with a sixties soda bar theme. 3 reels and a single payline make this one perfect for those who like to keep their bets moderate. I was betting 2 coins per spin and came up with 3 soda’s, which more than quenched my thirst. (Watch out though… Flo expects a decent tip!)

Fun House – Slot
You’ll be laughing if you hit 2 Clowns and the Triple Bars like I did on my first spin. A simple 5-line bet at 25c per line netted me $17.50… and the next spin I hit the Double bars for $10.00! Certainly worth some serious spins Ladies and Gents!

Riverbelle Riches – Slot
Don’t like betting 3 or 5 coins?… then this is your game! 3 reels and a single payline and a Max Bet of 2 Coins makes this Slot great value for money. Not only do all the combinations pay well, but if you manage to get a Riverbelle Riches symbol in there too it pays DOUBLE… get 2 RR Symbols and the payout is QUADRUPLED! Get out them white dinner suits and fancy cee-gars and sail aboard the Riverbelle!

5-Reel-Drive – Slot
This Brand New Slot from Microgaming has just landed at 7 Sultans… and boy was I impressed! You can play 9 LINES at 25c per line on this 5-reel machine. As if that isn’t impressive enough, there is also a WILD symbol and the car symbols pay as SCATTERS… get 3 or more anywhere in the window and get a BIG payout! I got 4 scattered cars on my first spin and won $45… and the next spin I hit 4 of a kind and picked up $32! Even if you’re not a slot lover, you really must try this game… it might just change your mind!

Deuces Wild Power Poker
Well I must admit I’m a sucker for the ol’ Video Poker, but just when I though I had it “under control”, Microgaming had to come up with Power Poker… sheeesh! I have to say that this concept is first class and I just love the game. You can bet up to $25 per hand in this simultaneous 4-hand game. You are dealt the first hand, and the cards you hold from that hand are held identically in the other 3… which was great for me when I had 4 of a Kind in the bottom hand which converted into 2 Five of a Kinds after the Draw. You can play this game for hours and I think its pretty good value. Don’t miss any of the Power Pokers when you visit 7 Sultans!

Joker Poker
Isn’t it funny how just about every Casino has a different design for their Joker? Well that’s not important if you’re staring at one of them with 4 aces around it which I wasn’t. Yes, I WASN’T but I really wish I was. Lets face it, 5 of a Kind is hard to get but I had a good run of Full Houses and 4 of a Kinds which made me a nice little profit.

Multi-Hand Blackjack
Well I’m not the world’s most serious Blackjacker, but I wanted to get the complete picture of 7 Sultans so I dropped in for a hand of the Multi-Hand variety. The Minimum bet is $2, which was a little costly compared to my usual wager, and it cost me $10 for one game (of 5 hands). I only got $4 back, so being short on funds with still more games to try out I did the smart thing and got the hell outta Dodge…

Craps
If you’ve never played Craps before, its probably because you don’t know how to play it! And you wouldn’t be in the minority. I am lucky enough to understand how all the different bets work, so I played $10 on Craps betting $1 a throw. Taking the Field bet, I lost $5 straight, but after two bets on a straight seven for a $5 win each time, and an 8-1 bet on Any Craps, I ended up in front. Do yourself a favor and go learn about the game… it’s a lot of fun and has the best odds in the Casino!

Keno
I love Keno. OK OK OK. I can hear the serious Caribbean Studders and BlackJack Freaks saying “tsk tsk tsk” under their breath. It’s a lot of fun, and it can make $20 last for hours and hours. I always play Spot 15, and I occasionally hit 9 numbers which pays $50, or 10 which pays $150. This time, I was down to my last $5, so I used it all on one game and got 7 numbers twice in a row ($25 each time) so I was able to sit back and cruise around the Casino once more.

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Here are my observations as to why you should be playing here:

Great Software
Great Signup Bonus (currently $10 free plus 100%)
Amazing range of games
Unique Slots
Very fair payouts
Excellent Customer Service
Very fast payment processing

I know many of you have your favorite places to play, and 7 Sultans may well be one of them… but for those that haven’t tried it, you are doing yourself a disservice. My advice is to do what I did. Put $50 in and try as many games as you can, and believe me you will be hard-pressed to try them all.

The most important thing to remember is that Online Gaming should be FUN! Enjoy yourself and only spend what you can afford. This way, you will not only enjoy your experience at 7 Sultans, but you will give yourself a chance to actually come out ahead!

There’s no “Open Sesame” required here, Folks. Just a desire for something different and lots of fun times.…