Caribbean Resort Hotel Gambling

Perhaps you have heard tell of the fabulous Caribbean resort hotel casinos, which combine the excitement and glamour of Las Vegas with the magnificent beaches and tropical ambience of the Caribbean. Along with high-tech slot machines and table games, Caribbean casinos offer nightlife options such as discos, dance clubs, and bars. Perhaps the most famous casinos are in the Bahamas (although locals are forbidden to gamble, tourists are welcome to the action). Atlantis Casino is the Caribbean’s largest with over 30,000 square feet of fun, including a thousand slot machines and eighty gaming tables. Atlantis Casino also features outdoor terraces with several restaurants and a fourteen-acre Waterscape aquarium (the largest outdoor aquarium in the world), with immense underwater glass tunnel walkways where people and fish can meet face-to-face. Novice gamblers can take gaming lessons. Crystal Palace Casino, just outside of Nassau, is another exciting casino on Cable Beach in the Bahamas. Crystal Palace has 700 slot machines and forty gaming tables with blackjack, roulette, baccarat, and craps. Royal Oasis Golf Resort and Casino on Grand Bahama Island features state-of-the-art slot machines with exciting gaming action, and an electronic sports book as well as table games and a nightclub. There are other great resort in the Caribbean casinos besides Bahamas. On Curacao, the gambling action is at Kura Hulanda Spa and Casino at Willemstad. The Dominican Republic is also a gaming paradise, with lots of world-class casinos all over the island (especially in Santo Domingo).

Have you ever played Caribbean Stud Poker? This variation on poker began in Aruba in the 1980’s, supposedly by a cruise ship director who wanted to make money. Caribbean stud poker combines blackjack with poker where instead of the players competing against themselves, all players compete against the house. One of the dealer’s cards is dealt face up where all the players can see it. Since its invention in Aruba, Caribbean Stud Poker has spread throughout the Caribbean and is one of the most popular casino games. Although the Caribbean is a fantastic place to enjoy some of the best casinos in the world, remember that each island has its own rules and laws about gambling, so you should check into the details wherever you are. Casino schedules can vary, so inquire before you go. Also, no children beneath the age of eighteen are permitted inside resort in Caribbean casinos, so you should provide other activities for your kids before hitting the slot machines and gaming tables.

Online Gambling Ban in America is As Good As Dead

In light of the recent events surrounding online gambling in America, whether it is casino poker sports betting or bingo we are again being asked the million dollar question, is it illegal for me to gamble online if I live in the USA?

The answer we give is the same as it has always been although now our position has been backed up by the U.S. Government. The Bill that supposedly made it illegal in 2006 did not in fact make it illegal for you to play at all but instead made it it illegal for America banks to process gaming transactions. This in itself was ineffective as many of the gambling companies did not use American banks anyway.

It absolutely did not make it an offense for an individual to play at an online casino or poker site. Given this glaring hole in the legislation even the banks fought back claiming they should not be put in the position of policing online gambling. At the same time Sen. Barney Frank was preparing a bill to make the ban obsolete and instead do the right thing and regulate the online gambling industry.

The important timelines here are Friday 27th November 2009, Tuesday 1st December and Thursday 3rd December.

Tuesday 1st December is the day the UIEGA Gambling ban was to come into force. This was to be 2 days before Sen Barney Frank was to have his Regulation Bill heard by committee on Thursday the 3rd December.

On Friday 27th November however something happened, the U.S. Government postponed the enforcement of the Gambling Ban by six months until the 1st June 2010. This can only to be to allow the correct approach of regulation and allowing Barney Franks bill to be sent through the channels.

To look at it pragmatically everyone involved knows that online gambling in America will be legalized, regulated and taxed within the next 18 months so why put any further pressure on an already stretched banking system for something that will be overturned in such a short time? It appears that common sense has prevailed and the road is now open for the legalization of online gambling in the United States of America.

This of course was the only course of action open to the U.S. Government and was inevitable. The question this leaves is where do the big Las Vegas casinos go from here? As we have previously written the likes of MGM and Las Vegas Sands have not been exactly proactive in their move towards readiness for the coming legalization.

All we can say is that our door is always open should they need any advice.

Revenue Share, CPA, CPL Hybrid – Which is the Real Winner?

A question almost as ancient as affiliate promotion themselves – what is the best commission structure and why?

For years affiliates, affiliate managers and gambling sites have been debating what the best affiliate commission structure is – and the answer is – there isn’t one. No matter how many people try and persuade you to take up one – the truth is that they all depend on the program and the genre.

For example – take Casinos. Many casino affiliate programs will pay you a revenue share between 25-40% of Net Revenue or offer you a cut based on turnover, and this is always a good option – but there are many affiliates out there who want cash now and will turn to the CPA option. Now long-term affiliates will blast them for doing this, and 90% of all affiliates will prefer revenue share, but the truth is – that’s not always the best choice.

Two years ago, when the average casino players LTV (Lifetime Value) was higher – 40% of say £500 would net an affiliate £200 and prove a good investment, but as of 2010, in the midst of a credit crunch where the LTV of many players has dropped, that same 40% might be a poor investment if the LTV suddenly dropped to £250 (£100). Why choose revenue share then when you could get a single CPA payment of say £75 and not have to wait a year to get your revenue. Or when some casino programs will offer you as much as $300 a player – why even consider Revenue Share in this climate?

Now I’m sure that many people will be screaming back Hybrid – where you can take a cut of the long term revenue and get a smaller upfront payment – and truthfully this is a good option too – you get your money back for PPC marketing and site costs upfront – and have the benefit of a long-term investment, but there are only a handful of affiliate programs out there that will offer you a decent enough Hybrid to make it worth your while. A measly 20% and £10 would barely cover a few Clicks on PPC and you would actually be better off choosing CPA!

There is a hidden gem however – take CPL. On programs such as Prime Scratchcards or King Jackpot – you can elect to get paid per Lead. This maybe only £3 or so – but this means that for every Free Registration you bring to the site – you get paid whether they convert or not – and in a time of heavy bonus players and Free Money seekers – this isn’t a bad idea. Say you bring in 50 Leads and only 2 convert – most sites might pay you about £100 or £150 at best, but if you were getting paid £4 a lead you would pick up £200 and walk away a happy man.

Hybrid CPL and Revenue Share deals are also available – so feel free to ask your affiliate managers about this and see if you can get something like £3 + 20% where you get paid for your Free Registrations and a cut of all those who convert.

So what programme is right for what gambling genre:

Revenue Share: Ideally this is good for well-established Casino and Betting sites. It is well-known that a good casino/sportsbook can keep its’ players well beyond a 12month LifeTime cycle and can prove profitable in the long run. This is also good for skill games who have a niche market of well-valued players and for Poker sites who do not offer rakeback

CPA: Perfect for Bingo Sites, newly-established casinos and Poker sites offering Rake back. Why take the risk holding out for a lucky player when you can cash in and use the money to promote your site further.

Hybrid: For any program this is a benefit with the right percentages. Look for deals upwards of £15 and 15% and you could be making a good profit in no time. Better on newly-established gambling sites where the player retention schemes have not yet been tested

CPL: Great for all sites that offer No Deposit Bonuses. These are a magnet for bonus abusers or free-money players that will not earn you anything and generally leave your revenue share in the minus figures. Take a quick fee and get out while you can.

Mini-Baccarat – The Unsung Hero of Casino Gambling

The European version of Baccarat has been around 150 years give or take. It’s distant cousin, Chemin De Fer, played under an entirely different set of rules is far older and was a game favored by Europe’s royalty and wealthy industrialists. This is most likely where it got the mystique of elegance as an exclusively “high roller’s” game.

In the mid 1950’s Tommy Renzoni ran the Baccarat game at the Capri Hotel & Casino in Havana, Cuba. It was said he discovered that particular variation of the game being played in Argentina at the time.

In those days the mob ran the casinos in Havana and it was a popular resort for the very wealthy and Hollywood’s elite. In 1959 when Castro overthrew the Batista regime, he promptly closed the casino doors and the mob was forced out of Cuba. They had a sweet deal for a while but all good things must end.

The timing was perfect though, because Tommy Renzoni was brought in for the opening of the Sands Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to run their Baccarat game. So it was Renzoni, through a stroke of fortune, who introduced the American version of Baccarat to Vegas that is played today.

The American version of the game is as simple as they come. You choose to wager on either the “bank” hand or the “player” hand. Pretty much a coin toss. The only other choice would be to bet on a tie hand appearing (a bet no sane person would make although I see it done all the time). It’s an even money bet on either side with the exception of a small commission charged on winning bank hands.

The reason for this is that the rules of the game favor the bank hand winning slightly more often than the player hand. Without the 5% commission the outcome would be tilted toward the bank side.

The object of the game is to get closest to a 9 total. All tens and face cards have a zero value, therefore a 5 and a queen would be a total of 5. There is no need to even know the rules governing the drawing of cards because they are completely automatic and procedures are directed by the dealers and pit bosses.

Compared to craps, blackjack, roulette or even poker, there are no complicated decisions to make. Decide on the amount of your wager and which side to bet on. Nothing could be simpler.

It is the aura that surrounds the game which tends to make it seem off limits to most casino goers. It’s been portrayed through stories of high rollers and in James Bond (007) movies over the years as the hero playing against the evil villain. Keep in mind, all the players are betting against the casino, not against each other. Although the roped off table areas and high stakes table limits can be somewhat intimidating.

Enter Mini-Baccarat. The casinos, always on the look out to make a buck, devised the mini-baccarat table as a way to make it more accessible to the average casino patron. It seemed to work although it still hasn’t garnered the wide spread acceptance of the more well known table games.

Betting Systems

In reality, mini-baccarat is ideally suited for most playing and betting systems that do well in an even-money, win/lose environment. Because there can be only one of two outcomes, betting systems that depend on a parlay (doubling up) of wagers tend to do well.

It is common to see runs of 2, 3, 4 & 5 on either bank or player hands. I was playing the Tropicana one night and witnessed an incredible run of 22 consecutive “bank” hands. Luckily, having the sense and instinct to jump on a winning streak after the fourth bank win, I was able to capture 18 straight wins. Needless to say, it was a very good night. That’s an extraordinary run but the game does lend itself well to streaks on both sides.

If you toss a coin you have a 1 to 1 chance of correctly calling the outcome. If a player were to parlay their first win (playing for 2 consecutive wins), they have a 1 in 3 chance of winning that wager. If successful, the player would receive a 3 to 1 payoff. $10 parlayed on two wins would become $40. The odds on calling two consecutive outcomes correctly is 3 to 1.

Playing for three consecutive wins would reduce the player’s winning wagers but the payoff would jump to 7 to 1. A $10 wager would return $80.

Another sound betting system calls for a gradual increase of winning bets. This effectively takes advantage of any extended run of wins that will undoubtedly occur and protect the player’s capital if the outcome is “choppy.”

This type of betting sequence would look like this:

10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50

No wager after the second one in the series would produce a loss for the player.

Following the 1st bet the player is risking $5 and betting $15;

After winning the third bet the player is up $20 betting 25;

On the fourth, the player is up $40 wagering $30;

On the fifth, the player is ahead $65 betting $40;

A series of 7 wins would return $150 and still have a $50 wager as the next bet. All with a starting wager of $10. Following any loss the player reverts back to the starting $10 bet.

With this method the player is increasing their bets with winnings while maintaining a low minimum bet during losing hands. This is the type of smart money management used by professional gamblers that takes full advantage of winning cycles while protecting their bankroll when losing. It insures that their winning bets will be substantially greater than their losing ones.

Although the hands are dealt at a rapid pace, I consider mini-baccarat to be an excellent game, especially for the beginner. It allows them to acclimate to the game and concentrate on their playing strategy and wagers without feeling intimidated by the big money action in the regular Baccarat pit.

If you’ve read any of the stuff I’ve written you know I’m a big fan of Baccarat. As for mini-baccarat, it’s the same game, same low house percentage, low minimums and gives the player a very good chance at some big wins. It might even pay for your next trip the casino.

Best of luck,

Ray W.

Playing Games of Craps at Digital Casino Sites

A lot of individuals out there have an appreciation for gaming, but up until the last few years, it has always been a huge hassle for many to want to pile in the vehicle and drive to the closest gambling casino, which may be located several hundred miles out. With this in mind, even those dedicated people who enjoy gambling a lot wind up only doing it once every couple of years.

Welcome to the modern times. It appears cyberspace has altered this whole process. Internet casinos are nothing short of a industry-changing concept to the domain of gambling, placing bets, and playing games. Now you can compete blackjack against actual people across the world, and what’s even better is how you can do that in your sleep clothes at 1 o’clock in the morning!

It started out as only a enjoyable way to play a multiplayer game online, but anymore, a handfull of online casinos in reality allow you to place real wagers! This hands you all the rush of playing gambling casino games right on your own computer. You could possibly even go to the e-casino every single day if you so desired!

No matter what you’re into, you can be guaranteed that there is a place that offers it somewhere out there. That’s the reward to there being so many gambling sites on the net: If you get sick of one online casino, you can just move on to the next one!

Getting started is as uncomplicated as stumbling upon a place you like and signing up for it. Some places may require a activation fee, while others simply make their money by taking a percentage of the payment. Either way, an internet gambling site’s reduced operating expense makes it a great option for gratifying the risk taker in all of us.

Choose Your Poker Card From a Vast Collection

In the present scenario, one can find a huge variety of card games in the world of betting; but among the whole lot poker is the most popular card game. The poker is the most energising game which has unique kind of rules and regulations with it. It is different from other card games; green table cloth is a term in poker which is quite popular among the players. A poker game is considered incomplete without poker cards; it is just like a key to a lock and a driver to a car. Many people look at the designs when selecting cards in a game. Poker cards have many designs on it, ranging from a simple design to a complicated design; some involve graphics while some are blank. Some cards have such designs which help the player in memorizing patterns.

Suppose you wish to have a get together and think of inviting your friends and relatives; then having a poker club is the best idea that one can have. In such poker clubs, you can select poker cards which are not only unique in design, but also have weird patterns. This will create a huge impact on your friends and relatives and they will be impressed with your thoughts and innovations. In addition to this, this technique will give a new look and will make the atmosphere cool and rocking. You can engrave your name, or your group name, and the name of your home as well. Moreover, you can involve any kind of innovation in your cards which makes the game more interesting and exciting than ever before.

It is very obvious that you need to pay extra amount in order to innovate your creations. Further, you have an advantage of choosing any kind of material of your own wish. The long lasting feature of the cards is solely dependent on the kind of material you have chosen. Usually, people use plastic for poker cards, but paper is also very durable and helps in making your game simple. Each material has its own rate, paper costs a different rate, while plastic has its own rate; you need to select the material depending on your budget. Just as rates are different, the advantages of each material are also not similar. If you wish to play the poker game only once, you need to use paper cards as they are for use and throw purpose.

Benefits Of Playing Online Slots From Home

Many people enjoy playing casino slots, but dread the crowds, commute, lines, and expense that come from playing slot machines inside an actual casino. Others enjoy playing slots, but are not able to do so due to gambling laws in their area or their physical distance from a casino is restrictive. If you are one of those individuals who enjoys gaming, but does not want to put up with the hassles of going to one, or gambling is not in your area, join the thousands of players who have discovered online slots.

There are a huge variety of slots available online through gaming websites and online casinos for you to enjoy, and there’s a huge assortment of the best slots in the world available on line. The variety of slot machines is one of the main advantages, but there are many other benefits to online slots too.

One advantage to online gaming is that you can practice for free, so there is no risk. You can try a variety of online slots, decide which games you prefer, and develop strategies and preferences without risking any money.

Once you have practiced, decided which slots you like best, and developed a strategy, if you are playing through an online casino, it is fairly easy to buy in and start actually gambling with real money. Many people worry that with playing online, there is less chance of winning anything at all. It has also been suggested that even if you do win, payouts are much smaller with online gaming. This is simply not the case. If you choose to play slot machines through an actual casino, you are just as likely to win – and win big – online as you are playing in an actual casino.

Another benefit to online slots gaming is the instant access. If you go to a casino, you may be limited to what games you can play. Most real world casinos do not have space for hundreds of slot machines, as they are limited by floor space, but online casino sites give you access to as many as 400 different casino games. And can add as many as they wish to create. All they would need to do is have enough computer power to power the servers, that is all.

Even if your real world casino has a great variety of games, you may have to wait to play, and if the casino is busy, you may not even have the chance to play your favorite slots as other people may be occupying them. However, if you choose to play online, you can download an application that allows you instant access to as many slots as you wants, without having to wait in any lines. You can always play the best slots and your favorite slots online with no interruptions.

If you are not interested in downloading the application, there are a variety of online slots sites that can be played via your internet browser. Online, slots can open your gaming world up with convenience, variety, and ease. Plus, you can start risk free with superb free cash offers. So what are you waiting for, join in the fun!.

Free Slots – The Latest Introduction in Online Casino Games

The web world of gambling saw the latest introduction which is the free slot games. These games are very much popular among amateur players. It’s the safest and best way to learn and sharpen ones skill to play the game. Free slots are just like the slots found in the normal casinos made out of brick and mortar. The main attraction is that you can play it for free and casually try out your luck on these games without having the pressure of losing money. These slot games are much better than the ones in the real world. With the evolution in the world of technology the free slots have become possible in the virtual reality and the most sought after.

Very few of the slot games which are free have winnings in terms of cash and prizes. These slots are generally made for the gamers who want to try out their luck for the first time on these games. Though there is database built in for the gamers to keep a track of their winnings. Some of these slot games have prizes or cash bonuses on offer for the gamers. This is done to attract more and more gamers to try out the games on the various websites. They are the most commonly played games in the world of casino gambling.

These slots are the best tutor of the game as the more one plays learns quickly the trick of the trade to play slots and win. The popularity of the online casino has increased with the introduction of the free slot games. One never gets bored out off playing these games because of the excitement these games provide with a funny feel. Most of the slot gamers learn the games and then move onto the paid section of the online slots.

The online casino websites offers prizes in the form products. These products are given by their manufacturer who advertises on the particular site. The few cash prizes are in the form of cash bonuses which will help you to redeem that in the slot game itself. So do feel free to enjoy the thrills and excitement these free slots have stored for one without the risk of going bankrupt because it’s completely risk free. It is the safest and easiest path to the doorway of riches. So visit the website right now to enjoy all the benefits of the slots games.

The Virtual World of Online Gambling

If you have ever been to Vegas then you know how fun and exciting gambling can be. What you may not know is that you can achieve the same excitement from the comfort of your own home through the wonderful world of gambling online. With online gambling you can play all of your favorite casino gambling games twenty-four hours a day. All you need is a computer and an Internet connection!

Online casinos offer every casino game you can think of from slot machines and video poker to roulette, baccarat, blackjack and keno. You can even play multi-player games like craps, poker and backgammon online against other real players around the globe. When you play multi-player online casino games you can even chat live and make lasting friendships with other gambling enthusiasts from all over the world!

Online casino software emulates real casino games so accurately that when you play online in an Internet casino you may even forget that you aren’t actually in the Luxor or Caesar’s Palace! All of the online slot machines are computer versions of actual casino slots and all of the other casino games are incredibly realistic.

The best part about the online casino experience is the huge jackpots! With Internet gambling you can make money in your spare time while having fun at the same time! No matter what you favorite casino game is you can play it online for giant prizes. Slot machines with progressive jackpots pay out thousands of dollars and you can win just as much in no-limit poker rooms, blackjack games, craps games and more!

If joining an online casino sounds like fun to you it’s easy to get started! Once you have chosen an online casino you can get started playing in minutes! However, the first step is to choose a casino that’s right for you.

The main thing to look for when you are looking for an online casino site is their game offering. There are hundreds of casino games out there-different slot variations, card game variations and more-and not all online casinos offer every game. Therefore you need to think about which games you want to play and make sure that the casino you choose offers all of your favorite games. Once you have found a casino online that offers your favorite games you are ready to sign up.

To sign up for an online casino all you have to do is download their casino game software and you can start playing. If you want to play casino games for money you will have to make a deposit in order to bet on your games. Many online casinos even offer fantastic deals and bonuses for new members that will match your deposit and others even offer no-deposit free money bonuses for new members or free slot machine spins to help you get started.

Once you have started playing casino games online you will immediately understand why Internet casino gaming is so popular. Online casinos are so fun and exciting-you’ll wonder why you waited so long to sign up!

Online Casino Payouts

Understanding how casino payouts work is essential if you’re going to be investing any amount of money in online gambling. Payout policies should be carefully reviewed before you commit cash to a particular gambling website. Don’t wait until it’s too late to start asking how you’re going to get your money.

When considering an online casino, check out the website’s payout percentage. You want to find a percentage that’s as close to 100 as you can get. Remember, different casinos have different percentages for different games.

Find out if you need to have a pin number to withdraw from your account and don’t sign up for a site that makes you pay hefty fees for withdrawals. If you prefer using a payment method other than your credit card, make sure the online casino you are considering accepts the use of payment systems like Paypal, NETeller or FirePay.

Casino payouts are supposed to be fast. If you’re having a difficult time claiming your earnings, sign up for another site. Many online casinos will instantly credit your winnings to your credit card upon request. If you’re cashing out more than you initially deposited, a check for the remaining difference will likely have to be sent to you. This check should be sent promptly–within a few days of your request. Carefully review casino payout policies before you open an account, because the last thing you want to worry about after winning some cash is how you’re going to collect it.