Gamblers are turning to seasoned online casinos as they are put under pressure by credit-card firms who are now denying their online gaming purchases. Large online casino operators are responding to players’ concerns by increasing accepted payment methods, and hedging operations against these latest credit-card developments. Although some smaller online casino gaming operators are suffering from the casino credit-card ban, top online casinos are picking up the players that get denied at second-tier operations and winning out with their greater resources and channels of payment.
GrandBanksCasino.com, one of the Net’s largest operations, changed its software and operating jurisdiction earlier today to accommodate the surge in demand for its online casino in post-credit-card e-betting. The company made the decision to adopt the most modern version of PlayTech’s software.
“Businesses that stay competitive, stay in business,” told Clarence Evans, Grand Banks Casino’s Manager. “Our customer management system needed to be more robust to handle the increased customer base we’ve enjoyed signing up over the past several months. We also wanted to make sure that our new software provided a better player experience. The new software introduces $100,000 minimum progressive jackpots, putting it at the forefront of progressive gaming; as well as multi-player and multi-hand blackjack and video poker games.”
As some States remain undecided as to their future with online gaming, big casinos like Grand Banks are turning to highly regulated jurisdictions that are associated with European Union member nations. “We wanted to be in a jurisdiction with a world-class telecommunications infrastructure and a globally respected interactive casino licensing policy, so to further service our customers we have redomiciled to Curacao in the Dutch Antilles” said Evans.
Believing that as the ability to transact e-commerce becomes increasingly difficult players need additional guidance from their casino, Grand Banks will …
The following are American jurisdictions having recent activity concerning legal gambling.
* – States and territories with gaming devices are marked with an asterisk: *
! – States with at least one casino (defined as having both banking card games and slot-like machines) are marked with an exclamation point: !
NEW HAMPSHIRE – The Legislature will once again consider putting slots at the state’s four racetracks (if not at two grand hotels) in its 2002 session. Gov. Jeanne Shaheen is in favor of video gaming devices to help solve the state’s education funding problem. In 2001, proposals for two state-owned casinos and 1,000 slots in the state’s 10 state-owned liquor stores and 5,000 slots in its four (three dog, one horse) racetracks were introduced, following a temporary ban on gambling bills. State law allows video poker machines, but only if they do not pay off. Getting caught gambling became a felony on Jan. 1, 2000; so, social clubs are turning in their supposedly non-gaming devices. Cities will also lose: Manchester was getting $1,500 per license for 344 video poker machines.
!* NEW JERSEY – The 12 casinos in Atlantic City win more than $4.2 billion a year, making them the largest gaming market in the U.S., just ahead of the Las Vegas strip. The State Lottery would like to put in video lottery terminals statewide. Given the casinos’ political power, the proposal seems doubtful. Acting Gov. Donald T. DiFrancesco signed two bills in Aug. 2001 allowing at-home accounting wagering at up to 15 OTBs; then-Gov. Whitman had vetoed a similar bill. A new state law prohibits cruises to nowhere. Electronic pull-tabs, closely resembling traditional slot machines, may soon be appearing in social clubs and fraternal societies. Gary DiBartolomeo resigned as President of Caesars Atlantic City amidst charges he lied …
WASHINGTON — Momentum is building against a bill to prohibit Internet gambling as a House panel prepares to vote today on a cyber-wagering ban proposed by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.
Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, is urging members of his party to vote against the Internet gambling ban, spokeswoman Dena Graziano confirmed Wednesday. Graziano declined to elaborate on why Conyers is opposed to the bill.
There is no guarantee the committee will even vote today on the Goodlatte bill. Originally scheduled last month, the vote has been repeatedly delayed.
In addition to Democratic opposition, Goodlatte’s bill will face resistance from at least one Republican member of the committee, Chris Cannon of Utah.
“I don’t know how the vote is going to shake out, but a lot of people don’t like this legislation,” Cannon said.
Cannon objects to Goodlatte’s proposal to prohibit credit card companies from making payments to Internet gambling Web sites.
“I can’t understand how you would control gambling, either with credit cards or with ISP (Internet service provider) control, without fundamentally changing the nature of our (financial) system,” Cannon said.
“I mean, if it’s gambling today that you change credit cards on, well what is it tomorrow?” Cannon said. “It doesn’t seem to be the proper role of government.”
Goodlatte’s bill seeks to prohibit credit card companies from making payments to offshore gambling Web sites. The bill would amend the 1961 Wire Act so that a ban against using phones to place bets across state lines would also apply to Internet gambling.
Calls to Goodlatte’s office on Wednesday were not returned.
Another vocal foe of Goodlatte’s bill on the committee is expected to be Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va.
Scott continues to question whether an Internet UFA gambling ban can be enforced …
“there’s a long way to go yet before we see online gaming licensed from the UK”
Upon publication of the government’s response to The Budd Report the world news flooded with ‘Las Vegas is coming to Blackpool’ headlines. Behind that, the next biggest headline was that legalised online gaming was coming to the UK. Great news, on the surface of it; ‘Britain will become a leader in online gaming’ was the general consensus of opinion. But how true is that? Now that the dust has settled and the headlines have become fish and chip wrappers, it’s time to look more closely at the government’s proposals with regard to online gaming. Sadly, it may be the case that if the UK is to become the world leader in online gaming, it will not be for a number of years yet.
On March 26th the DCMS published its response (‘A Safe bet for Success’) to the Gambling Review body’s report, known as ‘The Budd Report’. Apart from a couple of footnotes, it accepted all the recommendations made by Budd in relation to online gaming (recommendations 137 – 151). It accepted that online gaming should be permitted in the UK under the legislation of the proposed Gambling Commission, and that, as Budd had stated, it would be ‘entirely unrealistic to prohibit’. In summary, the other points accepted covered testing and development of games and probity of operators to be under the auspices of the Togel Singapore Gaming Commission, the protection of the vulnerable (underage and problem gamblers) through checks and self-limits, the identification of, and payment of winnings to, players, the issuing of a ‘kitemark’ to licensed operators and which sites could and could not advertise. Through accepting these recommendations the government feel that ‘the UK could potentially catch a significant proportion of …
It will be very interesting match in last eight of WTA Pacific Life Open. Hingis will meet Hantuchova after their clash in Doha last week.
Hingis beat Austrian qualifier Yvonne Meusburger, 6-2 6-4 who ousted No.32 seed Roberta Vinci in the second round. It was harder match then expected. After she won first set Hingis has 4-0 lead in second but Meusburger came back and it was 4-4. Finally Hingis started to play much better and won second set 6-4.
No.14 seed Daniela Hantuchova, ousted No.18 seed Francesca Schiavone, in third round 6-2 7-6.
This will be fifth match between these players. Current head to head score is 2-2 but Hantuchova has more important victories. First one was at Indian Wells at 2002 final, and second one was last week in Doha. Hingis has big advantage in that match but Hantuchova started to play much stronger and with great and strong servers and Qiuqiu winners she overpowered Hingis and won in three sets 1-6 6-4 6-4, after Hingis has 6-1, 4-1 lead.
Hantuchova showed good mental strength there and she is now full of confidence. She prefers hard surfaces and with good first serve and right shot selection she could beat Hingis again.
Tipsarevic – Srichaphan Tipsarevic to win 2:0 win
Interesting match in the first round of ATP Indian Wells. It could be though match in three sets cause players are on similar level. Currently Tipsarevic is on the 100 ATP rankings position while Srichaphan is on 64th position. This is first official match for Scriphan after Australian Open, where he was ousted in first round against Sela in straight sets. It is hard to talk about his form now and I don’t believe that he is in great form. He needs to play even …
The World Poker Tour group shares hit a new high yesterday, pumped up by America’s twin obsessions — video games and gambling.
The company — already riding high on the success of its television shows and gambling-themed products — drew another winner by signing a deal with Take-2 Interactive Software to make PlayStation and Nintendo-styled video poker games under the World Poker brand.
The deal could generate millions in added sales of interactive games, whose manufacturers have been suffering from flat sales since Christmas.
The project pushed up the stock of the gambling show’s parent, WPT Enterprises, to $20.50 — its highest level since it went public last August at $8. It rose to $19.29, up 51 cents, or nearly 3 percent, in Nasdaq Stock Market trading.
The World Poker Tour TV show is a hit in more than 50 major cities around the world. It’s seen here on cable sports network ESPN and in the weekly World Poker Tour series on the Travel Channel.
WPT Enterprises also sells World Poker Tour products, ranging from gambling equipment and books about playing pokers to apparel, DVDs, giftware and casino games.
Take-2 said the new poker games for consoles, handheld and PC formats are under development at two studios for Take-2’s new 2K Sports division, part of the 2K Games publishing label.
Shares of the No. 4 console game maker slipped about 2 percent to $36.86, off 89 cents.
Take-2 could meet stiff competition in poker video games from industry leader competitor, Electronic Arts Inc., which recently signed a 15-year licensing deal with ESPN for sports video games — including a possible poker video game in conjunction with that license.
After glowing speeches about its potential for economic development, jobs and unique opportunities, the House voted Wednesday to have the state become …
We are quickly approaching that wholesale time of the year again when everyone is out for a bargain following the Christmas rush, the same going for the top clubs around Europe. Whilst many people will be looking for a cheap television every manager across Western Europe will be on the hunt for that missing element in their side.
That hunt has seemingly already begun, albeit probably never stopped, with top clubs being linked to a number of potential targets. The Poker Online Uang Asli first player who seems destine to move, although seemed destine to move in the summer, should be Andrei Arshavin from Zenit St Petersburg with Real Madrid apparently the club in prime position to sign the Russian international.
Real Madrid will be without Ruud van Nistelrooy for the rest of the season and despite Higauin banging in the goals the club looks short of bodies up front. Arjen Robben looks like he could be permanently in and out of the side with Arshavin a good replacement for both of Madrid’s current Dutch sick notes.
However Arshavin seems to be doing the rounds when it comes to a number of clubs across the continent but whoever takes the plunge the 27-year-old seems certain to snap their hands off. It is a rare occurrence that a club makes more than one change normally, with clubs reluctant to change things too much if they are going well. Manchester City though could be the exception that proves the rule despite having not been linked with too many players so far.
One player who does look likely to move the short distance from Ewood Park to Eastlands is Roque Santa Cruz, with Mark Hughes looking to hook up with his former bargain buy. However despite Santa …
The World Cup is on everyone’s minds so it may have skipped your attention that Italian football is currently imploding due to another scandal. Now it is hardly news to say that Italy or its football is corrupt but this time it really could make waves.
“We are talking not only about the biggest scandal in Italian football since Paolo Rossi but possibly the biggest scandal in European football for fifty years,” Italian football expert and author of ‘Forza Italia’, Paddy Agnew told Soccerphile.
Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi resigned a day before la Signora won their 29th scudetto after taped conversations of him arranging referees for Juventus games were relayed to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The entire Juve board including CEO Antonio Giraudo has also resigned along with Italian Football Federation president Francesco Carraro, while referee Massimo De Santis has been withdrawn from the World Cup.
Lazio, Fiorentina and Milan are also being fingered by the police investigation over a possible twenty fixed games in the 2004-05 season.
Finally Italian national team goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is in the law’s sights after he admitted betting on matches until the practice was made illegal at the start of this season.
Watch this space for more revelations, with the smart money now being on Juventus being stripped of their title and demoted to Serie B.
“From what I gather, the investigators have only Pkv Poker released 10% of what they know, so there is a lot more to come,” said Agnew.
Few Surprises As Hiddink Names His 23
Defenders Ljubo Milicevic and Michael Thwaite, flying winger Ahmad Elrich and striker Joel Griffiths were among the casualties as Socceroos coach Guus Hiddink announced his 23-man World Cup squad for Germany.
The trio will certainly be disappointed to …
Roulette is the oldest of all the situs slot casino games. A roulette wheel is round and has 38 separately numbered pockets in which the rotating ball may land. The numbers change back and forth between red and black; the first red number is number one. 0 and 00 are both green. If a player bets on a single number, he is paid 35 to 1. This means that the casino has the advantage of 2 out of every 38 spins. So, roulette, like any other gaming event must rely on both luck and strategy.
You may bet on two numbers by placing your chip (or chips) on the line between two numbers such as 2 and 3. Payment is 17 to 1.
You may bet on four numbers by placing your bet between 4 numbers such as 2, 3, 5, 6 and upon winning be paid 8 to 1.
You may bet on three numbers by placing a chip on the transversal such as 1, 2, 3 by placing the chip on the outer line of 1. Payment is 11 to 1.
You may bet on five numbers only in one set; they are 0, 00, 1, 2, 3. Since 31 is not divisible by 5 it pays only 6 to 1.
You may bet on six numbers by placing your chip on two transversals, such as the outer edge of numbers 7 and 10 to cover numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. This bet pays 5 to 1.
You may bet on 12 numbers by placing your bet on the 2to1 space at the end of the table and play 1, 4, 7, 10,13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31, 34 or either of the other two …
Slot Machines were invented in the late 1800’s by Charles Fey, around the same time as the technological advances that brought us the phonograph, the telephone, and the automobile. Their ease of use, quick results, and bigger payouts for smaller bets, makes them the most popular and most played game in the casino.
Object of the Game
The object of the game is to achieve a winning combination of symbols to win a corresponding jackpot.
How to Play
The slot machine has 3 digital displays:
Paid – The number of coins won from the last pull.
Credits – The total number of coins remaining in your balance. This value will adjust according to the coin denomination setting of the slot machine.
Coins – The number of coins to be bet on the next pull.
The slot machine also has 4 buttons:
Cash Out: Resets the number of coins being bet to 0, returning them to your balance.
Spin: When at least one coin has been bet, the spin button will become enabled. Clicking the spin button will cause the reels to begin spinning. Alternately, the player may also click on the slot machine arm to pull it down and start the reels spinning. Note that cashing out or inserting more coins is not permitted once the reels have begun spinning.
Bet Max: Allows the player to quickly bet the maximum number of coins permitted by the machine and immediately spins the reels.
Bet One: Bets one coin at a time. Once the desired number of coins is bet, the player must spin the reels manually by clicking on spin or the slot machine arm.
The Bets. Select a denomination for the slot machine (25¢, 50¢, $1, $2 or $5). This will set the value of each coin …