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November 7th, 2012

Casino Online Games – Learn, Practice and Play!

By Samantha Williams

There are many ways to learn, practice and play casino online games, and most of the best games can be played at absolutely no cost to the player. In other words the games may be played either in demo mode or with free casino credits; some sites even offer a certain amount of time for free play, and allow the player to keep a specific amount of their winnings (this is generally capped at about $100) – should they win. There is a straightforward process involved with any of these offers, and learning the basics of the internet and these gambling websites is all anyone needs to get started.

It also helps to learn the rules of the popular casino games that the player fancies playing, and do this before they play; a good casino website or guide will provide copies of all of the rules. Even poker sites provide poker schools, so, there is nothing stopping anyone from becoming a winning player. Simply play for free first, get the hang of the games, then play for really low stakes – this is possible – before going for the big time.

It is very important to remember that no player should approach casino online games with the single-minded intent to win. If you need to make money online, there are many ways to do this, but gambling is not one of them – get a job or create a business like everyone else! Gambling online is about entertainment and having fun, with winning as an added benefit, provided of course that one wins! It is completely pointless approaching casino games with the wrong attitude, and no player should ever spend more than they can afford to lose.

If you believe you have a winning strategy right in the palm of your hand, it pays to remember that the online, and in fact any casino, is designed to win in the long term. However they invite you to try out your winning strategies on their casino online games, and if you win so be it. But remember that they win too, or they would not be in this business. Learn more about house edge, and practice games where the house edge can be minimised. This is the key to changing the short-term winning expectations of the online gambler, into long-term gains.   

For  example casino games online such as blackjack, may offer small returns with the possibility of long term gains, and strategy cards are allowed; in fact their use is encouraged online as well as in land casinos. Essentially knowledge is key to winning gambling online and that means, learn as much as you can, practice as much as you can for free, and play with care, common sense and good background knowledge. Do this and you will soon understand the true concept of playing casino games whether online or not.

Post at 3:08 pm UTC by Samantha Williams

October 14th, 2012

Online Casinos Bonuses – Calculating the Cost

By Samantha Williams

There are three considerations to be taken into account when taking advantage of online casinos bonuses. Terms and conditions for these bonuses include more than just the fact that wagering requirements must be met. It is important to calculate the cost in order to know what the player is in for when they make their first deposit or take advantage of no-deposit bonuses. These considerations are:

  1. Wagering requirements
  2. Game contributing percentage
  3. The house edge of a particular game.

Wagering Requirements – These are the requirements that all depositors must meet and this is generally expressed in terms of 20 x, 30 x, 40 x or even more on turnover. For example William Hill Casino asks for 20 x turnover, while Bodog asks for 40x. The wagering requirements on turnover may be different for sign up bonus and reload amounts, and VIP’s who have been using online casino bonuses may be offered better terms than a noobie. The average is 20 – 40 x, but some of the less reliable casino websites may even ask for more. These can work out to be rather costly if the player does not take care.  

Game Contributing Percentage – this is an amount which each game played contributes to the wagering requirement overall, different games have different values and some have no value toward these requirements at all. It pays to think of it sort of like a multiplier, so, if a game has a 50% contribution regarding wagering, twice as much needs to be spent to meet the full wagering requirements.

Some games are covered 100%, and it pays to find out at the site what games to play to meet full turnover as cost effectively as possible. Top casinos online will provide lists of what values belong with each game. For example – in the most part – slots games contributing percentage is 100%, so the wagering requirement is simple to calculate. It becomes more complicated with games such as roulette, baccarat, blackjack and others – you are looking at mostly contributing percentages of 50% or less. A good example would be Microgaming blackjack where the contributing percentage towards wagering requirements is only 8%. It gets complex as it varies from game to game, as well as casino to casino.

House Edge – this has an effect, but is a slightly different concept. House edge is how the online casino makes their long term profit, it factors into calculating the cost of bonuses in relatively simple terms. The house will take for example 2% on roulette, and make an overall profit of 2%, which is also factored into wagering requirements. In blackjack the house edge can be less than 1%, but in some of the worst wager cases, house edge can be more than 50%.


Post at 3:07 pm UTC by Samantha Williams