The Popularity and Risks of Online Gambling

People have gambled from ancient times, like China and Rome, to the current day. You see gambling everywhere you go. People seem to enjoy their chance at lotto, sweepstakes, horse racing, poker, to name a few. If you are not in, you can not win. In today’s age of the computer, gambling has taken an added direction of being online. The method of online gambling is very popular but it can have some risks.

Here are two reasons on the Popularity of Online Gambling.

1. You can gamble from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a computer, an active internet connection and a credit card. You do not need to go out to a casino or the horse races, which is great if it is freezing outside. For casino type gambling all you have to do is open an account and try your luck.

2. Online gambling provides the same thrill and excitement as you get with traditional gambling. And it can provide every type of gambling there is.

For example:

a. betting on the National Basketball Association (NBA ) or Major League Baseball (MLB) or National Football League (NFL ) finals if you like sports. In fact for sports betting you should find a lot of professional tips to help you make a decision on which team to bet on.

b. horse racing

c. online casino websites where you can get a buzz from playing blackjack, roulette, poker or slot machines, if you are keen on casino type gambling. If you like poker, there are some online casinos that let you play poker against other online players. The good thing about this is that you can practise with virtual or fake money to get a feel of the card game first. That is the “try before you buy” thought.

Here are two Risks of Online Gambling

1. Losing a great amount of money: Online gambling is gambling and if you are not sensible then you could potentially lose lots of money. A good idea would be to set a limit of money you are prepared to lose.

2. Becoming Addicted: When you win, it feels great and the urge to bet more money is tempting. Therefore you need to pace yourself so you do not go deep into debt.

So when you are home on that wet Friday night and have the urge to gamble, online be sensible. Give yourself a limit of money you are prepared to lose and enjoy the adrenaline of your heart pumping faster as you watch that horse race, sports team or have that flutter at the roulette wheel. Just imagine you win… or your loss.

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Playtech Software is a Constantly Evolving Art Form in Online Gaming

Playtech is one of the leading suppliers of software for the online gambling industry. With some 10 years of experience and a large staff of talented programmers Playtech software consistently offers some of the most unique and entertaining gaming formats available in online casinos.

The cornerstones of the Playtech offerings are some 90 games of poker that are made available to players in countries, and languages, around the world. The graphics and sound quality of all of the company’s products are unsurpassed in the industry and its reputation for reliability and superb customer support and service is well known.

For many players, one of the most entertaining aspects of Playtech software is the Live Dealer concept that the company developed. In these games a live person is actually visible in the corner of the screen thanks to video streaming. Whether its dealing cards in blackjack or baccarat or spinning the wheel in roulette, the live dealer adds a sense of realty to the experience. If you’ve ever grown tired of the graphics of an online casino and wished for the interaction with a live dealer, these games are for you.

Playtech software is also at the forefront of the technology that is currently driving the newest element of online gambling – delivery to and access by way of mobile communication devices such as cell phones.

One of the most uniquely intriguing games available through Playtech software is the card game known as Blackjack Switch. Like most of the Playtech casino games, this one has an attractively low house edge of only .17%. And while relatively standard blackjack rules are followed, several clever twists on the legendary game of blackjack have created a fascinating new gambling experience.

The player first chooses a seat at either a single player or multi player table. Two hands are then dealt to each player and the player’s wagers on each hand must be of equal size.

The first exciting catch is that prior to taking a hit the player may switch the top cards of the two hands. This gives the player an attractive advantage of being able to improve one, or both, of the hands. From there on the rules are fairly standard with the exception that a player’s blackjack pays only even money. This reduces the players’ payoffs, of course, but that reduction is offset to a great degree by the advantage of being able to switch the top cards.

Another fun option in the game is known as the Super Match side bet that you can win if your initial four cards contain two or more matching cards. The payoffs on the Super Match bet are based on the number of winning matches, if any, from one pair or two pair to three or four of a kind.

Unfortunately, Playtech casinos are no longer available to U.S. players as a result of gambling legislation that took affect in 2009. Recent indications from the U.S. Congress, however, may lead to a repeal of that legislation this year. If so, the wonderful Playtech software might once again be available in casinos that are open to U.S. players in the near future.

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Online Gambling Climbing Into 2012

Online gambling and gaming is always a hot topic in the news with global legal issues, business deals, software development and of course massive jackpot winners.

Recently we have witnessed a large number of regular online casino gamers spending more time and money playing scratchcards online. The pace of development with scratch based games is constantly gaining momentum in addition the versatility of the scratch element can be carried over into other games brilliantly.

For example Joker Poker the new offering from Neo-Games has both Online Video Poker and a scratch cards element that satisfies both sides and adds a totally new side to an already popular game.

Classically scratch cards are not usually found in a regular Casino environment, however due to demand most online casino providers have had to incorporate some scratchcards into their collection of games. Not to mention the popping up of so many different scratch cards focused web sites.

Recent player figures seem to demonstrate that scratch players are increasing and that more people are open to trying scratch based games than ever before. Scratch sites and online casinos are leading the way in not only creatively crafted promotions and bonuses but lucrative and impressive business deals that are being used in other online industries.

This month for example it has been reported that Neo-Games has signed a deal with Sportingbet plc. The agreement outlines how Neo-Games will provide over 40 of their scratchcards and other soft games and integrate this scratch card platform into Sportingbet’s existing online website.

William Hill the sports betting/bookmaking has confirmed interest in the option of taking over the mobile gaming technology company Probability. The deal is believed to be worth a mammoth 13 million GBP and could see the expansion of William Hill’s Mobile Gambling and Regular Gambling interests.

Probability owns the brand Lady Luck and has approximately one million UK customers, using their bingo, poker, scratch cards and other online games. The mobile technology group has been an incredible success and was formed in 2003; the two owners claim that their success came from understanding just how important, big and profitable the mobile gambling industry would ultimately grow to be. Apparently William Hill has until 17th Oct 2011 to formulate a purchase offer as a deadline.

Earlier in the year the Co also purchased a few land based sports betting companies in the US and this strategically gives the group a firmer hold in the US markets while the industry expects to see some dramatic changes in the future.

Also in recent developments William Hill the sports betting/bookmaking has confirmed interest in the option of taking over the mobile gaming technology company Probability. The deal is believed to be worth a mammoth 13 million GBP and could see the expansion of William Hill’s Mobile Gambling and Regular Gambling interests.

Probability owns the brand Lady Luck and has approximately one million UK customers, using their bingo, poker, scratch cards and other online games. The mobile technology group has been an incredible success and was formed in 2003; the two owners claim that their success came from understanding just how important, big and profitable the mobile gambling industry would ultimately grow to be. Apparently William Hill has until 17th Oct 2011 to formulate a purchase offer as a deadline.

Earlier in the year the Co also purchased a few land based sports betting companies in the US and this strategically gives the group a firmer hold in the US markets while the industry expects to see some dramatic changes in the future.

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Internet …. A Boom to the Gambling Industry

Before the advent of the Internet it was the belief that everyone who plays card games is a gambler. Playing card games was popular only among the rich and the idle in the pre-internet era. It was the modalities of playing card games that ensured that only those with ample time, money and resources could maintain the hobby of playing cards.

To play card games you were supposed to be a member of a card club or group, visit the club frequently and have a regular group of players. All this could be easily managed by the idle rich people but professional people didn’t have the time and the convenience to indulge themselves in such activities. Casinos were not accessible to most of the people as there was an expensive entry fee, demanded ample time and the convenience of visiting and playing for hours. Although these games were not always played for money but most of the players indulged themselves in these games in order to make quick money without any efforts. It was supposed to be a game of luck!

With the invention of internet the scenario of gambling and casinos changed completely. With the advent of the online card games the participants of these games have tremendously increased. Internet made it possible for people from all over the world to gather under one roof of internet and play games. Now, the players were not worried about getting nobody to play with in odd hours as you could be sure of finding at least a few people to play with online card games as internet is accessed by people from all over the world. In most of the games you can play against an automated dealer or computer and other players were not required. Online card games completely changed the scenario of gambling as anyone with a computer, an internet connection and a credit card can connect to the internet and play online games for as much time as he desires. Most of the conventional card games have been transformed into online card games. Along with the blackjack and poker which are famous whether online or offline there are thousands of online card game sites with all regular card games like poker, bridge, cribbage, euchre, hearts, canasta, rummy, cribbage, solitaire and spades which exist as much loved and often played online cad games.

Multi player online card game sites are also available that provides the facility to gamble with each other without coming in close proximity with each other. Today, online card games is a multi billion dollar industry and still flourishing and it is the convenience and the ease of accessing games online that have made the industry a money generator machine. The rate at which people are playing online card games a day will come when there will be a virtual Vegas on the net that would be as profitable as it is in the real world today.

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