Electronic Roulette Machine Bet Amounts Not Changed


Fixed odds betting terminals have been at the center of intense debate surrounding gambling safety. Many advocates of gambling believe that these machines cause people to spend a lot of money in a quick space of time. They would like to see much lower maximum bets placed on fixed odds betting terminals. While the government has complied in some areas, they have not touched the 100 pounds a spin rules in place for electronic roulette.Roulette

Roulette on FOBTs

Among the various games available to play on fixed odds betting terminals, roulette is one of the most popular. The machines are very simple to operate. Players will usually enter cash or their card details in order to establish a balance. After this, they can begin betting on their game of choice.

The factors that make these games so exciting (and potentially addictive) are speed and ease of access. These games can be found at gambling shops on high streets throughout the UK. In addition, games are played at a breathtaking speed. Players can bet thousands of pounds in each hour of play without even realizing it.

Roulette Betting Maximums

UK ministers accepted the independent findings that linked fixed odds betting terminals to gambling addiction and excessive violence. However, they needed to balance their crackdown on the machines with a care for the gambling industry. Having recently enacted many laws to bring higher taxes from casinos and gambling companies, the government is wary of further alienating these establishments.


The UK’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport announced that there would be a few changes to gambling machines. The payout in a gambling machine would change from 4,000 pounds to 10,000 pounds. There is also the possibility of progressive jackpots being offered by casinos, with figures of up to 20,000 pounds reported.

It remains to be seen whether there will be further laws on fixed odds betting terminals and roulette specifically. For now, the game remains intact.

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Blackjack for Beginners: What’s the Game All About?



Played by gambling enthusiasts in casinos all over the world, blackjack is a game that is easy to learn and also addictive. To win in the game, it is important to have a strong understanding of the basic game strategies and to be aware of the blackjack etiquette. The game is played with one or more 52-card decks, without any limit on the number of players. The winning objective is to earn 21 points, which are based on the value of all the cards a player has. Jacks, Kings, and Queens are set at 10 points each, cards numbered from 2 to 10 are calculated by their face value, and Aces are set at 1 or 11 points, depending on whichever provides better results at the end of the game.


Basic blackjack terms


  • Hit: Taking an additional card from the dealer is known as “Hit.” Players typically take a hit when the total value of their cards is 16 or less.


  • Stand: In a way, the opposite of “Hit” is “Stand.” In this situation, the player does not take another card from the dealer. Players are advised not to stand when the value of their cards is lower than 17.


  • Split: If you have two cards of the same value, you can double your bet and split them into two hands, and play each of them separately against the dealer. This increases your probability of winning. It is generally advisable to split two 8s in the game, but players are also known to successfully split Aces or other value cards.


  • Double down: If you’re left with only two cards in the game, you can double your bet in exchange for hitting only once. It is advisable to double down when you have a card with a value of 10 or 11.



Now that you’re familiar with the basics of the game, why not challenge a few friends for a match?



Controversial Ruling: Casino Forced By Judge To Remove Online Poker Game


Gambling has been a source of political and social controversy for quite some time now, and it would seem that the controversial nature of the activity is still alive and well. In the state of Wisconsin, a federal judge has recently ruled that the Ho-Chunk Nation – a Native American tribe running a casino near the city of Madison – must remove all video poker games from their establishment.

The judge claimed that the games, called PokerPro, violated an agreement with the state. The nature of the agreement states that a type of game categorized as Class III games are not permitted by the state. While the law is clear on the Class III ban of games, the specific categorization of the games is a bit of a grey area. The PokerPro games in question are virtually the exact same game set-up as a poker game played with physical decks of cards. Players only bet against one another – not the house – and they play in real time within the casino’s walls. The only difference is that instead of being played with a physical deck, it’s played with a virtual dealer on a computer screen.

The controversial ruling is one that many have found to be irrational and overly harsh. It’s a ruling that some feel the federal judge in question, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb, has made by abusing the system and her power. Those who oppose the ruling have expressed that she twisted wording of an amendment, which is notoriously vague in its language, to the state’s legislation to make the decision. Others feel that the law as written is one that has not yet allowed itself to catch up to the modern technologic systems that allow casinos to function efficiently.

There are also those who have a larger concern in mind. The concern is that if this ruling is able to be made based on a vaguely worded amendment to the law, how far can that breach of power reach? Will other casinos soon have to worry about similar rulings, and what else will the law be able to get away with mandating?

2014: The Year London Officials Crack Down On Illegal Gambling


Over this past winter it became clear that London officials were no longer taking illegal gambling operations lightly. As problem gambling has become a much more actively discussed social issue for Britain at large, the idea of targeting the source and means of betting, punting, and losing much needed finances has been thrown around quite a bit.

The main source of frustrations for many who see the effects of problem gambling spreading across the nation are fixed-odd betting terminals, or FOBTs. These machines are manual betting tables that electronically simulate a roulette wheel (or some other traditional casino game), and they have been commonly dubbed the “crack cocaine of gambling” for those who struggle with addiction to the hobby. Because of this increased public disapproval of these machines and games, London officials have taken it upon themselves to truly crack down on any unmonitored or illegal machines and gambling activity in 2014.

What started over a year ago as a briefing of what to look for in the illegal games has grown into a full fledged search and removal of any games not abiding by the regulations set in place by the Gambling Commission’s Local Authority Liaison Unit (LALU). The efforts began in the south east portion of London, but have since trickled outward like ripples to other parts of the country. The trend has recently struck London.

Local police officers and government officials in London have seized dozens of illegal machines. With a lot of talk about the looming possibility of adjusting regulations such as betting limits for punters at the machines take place, they may have a lot more to look for and shut down. That, however, is something they will concern themselves with only if and when the time comes. For now, they’ve got enough of a job simply sending the consistent and strong message that they’re not going to turn a blind eye to illegal gambling in any format whatsoever anymore. As an increasingly large amount of citizens take issue with street gambling, and particularly the continued prevalence of illegal or unfair FOBTs, city officials are taking more action. That action has been firmly upheld in the city of London since the turn of the new year, and it seems as though their efforts to thwart illegal gambling operators will continue to go strong for the rest of 2014, and beyond.

“Marvel Roulette” is a True Marvel


The innovators at Playtech have introduced a new version of roulette that combines the tradition game with a touch of slots. The new game is called “Marvel Jackpot Roulette” and is available only at online casinos. The game features roulette, slots and the Marvel comic book heroes including Captain America, The Hulk and Spiderman.

Playing the Game
The game begins with a traditional roulette wheel and the 35 numbered slots plus the single Green ZERO slot. However, there has been another slot added called “Marvel” bringing the total number of slots to 37. Bets can be placed on any of the spots on the board. The traditional payouts are in force. If the ball land on the “Marvel” slot and a wager has been made on the spot, the real fun begins. The player is taken to a 3-wheel slot machine for the bonus round. The Marvel super heroes are used as figures on the wheels. The player is given three spins that will be used to determine the final payout. The object is to match the same hero on all three wheels to win the multiplier that will be used to determine the winnings.

The Payouts
Once you get to the bonus round, you are a guaranteed winner and only the amount of your winnings are to be determined. The multiplier can go as high as a 100 times the wager made on the Marvel Spot. Aside from the wheels payouts, there is also a Marvel mystery jackpot. The mystery jackpot is random, progressive and linked with all other Marvel games from all online casinos. If a player makes it to the jackpot, there are four levels of payouts.

Marvel Roulette is becoming very popular and can be found on many of the leading online casino sites.

Buyanjargal Bold is the Red Dragon Champion

The Macau Poker Cup is one of the most important poker tournaments in Asia and the entire world. This highly prestigious tournament takes place in this exciting, highly urbanized Pan-Pacific city. Players come from all over the region to compete. The Poker cup has been a serious part of the poker circuit for over two decades.
The 20th event proved to be full of high drama and intense excitement with a brand new player from exotic Mongolia taking center stage to the delight of the crowd. The latest event yet was the biggest event in the entire history of the tournament. Thousands participated in the pleasantly welcoming venue. Viewers were delighted as 3,443 players took to the poker field over 12 days. Thirteen events served to create massive excitement in the field of poker. The first weekend of the event began with huge record-breaking attendance and participation as players showed up here to demonstrate their skills.

The main event of the field was the Red Dragon tournament. This event had nearly a thousand players participate to help create a prize pool that topped HK$9,651,500 or USD $1.25 million. This figure very easily surpassed the initial HK$8,000,000 guarantee. It is one of the biggest prize pools ever offered in the Hong Kong Asian area and created excitement as players were motivated to play their very best during the tournament.

Six days of intense play led to a surprise result as Mongolia’s Buyanjargal Bold played a series of exciting hands. The shy Mongolia surprised many watchers as he emerged from the rest of the pack. He more than lived up to his name with bold play that was highly exciting to watch. Mr. Bold finally emerged victorious. He was capture the Red Dragon and HK$1,492,000. Bold expressed surprise and delight at his victory. He indicated that he planned to buy a car with his winning and continue to enter and play in poker tournaments in the future.

Every Online Element Counts


Anyone who engages in online gaming on a regular basis will be familiar with the problems that can arise when dealing with currencies other than Euros. However, online gaming institutions around the globe are busy making the changes necessary to eliminate the difficulties that players often face in this capacity. Cosmik Casino has recently announced the new approach they are taking to web design that will make this issue a thing of the past for gamers who call their site home. Although they are a young site in the world of online gaming, they seem to have a steady finger on the pulse of the desires of gamers.

Innovation From A Young Player

Cosmik Casino has released a completely new multi-currency feature that dramatically enhances the gaming experience for all concerned. Euros are no longer the standard currency with which to play when visiting their site. This update is yet another application that is adding to the arsenal that is steadily increasing the company’s reputation for reliability, innovation, and popularity in the online gaming industry. Behind this innovation are two leading software developers: Betsoft and Gamescale. Both of these companies have long been hailed as industry innovators as well, consistently creating technology that creates a cutting-edge and immersive gaming experience for every institution with which they partner.

Constant Improvement takes the Front Seat

This update for Cosmik Casino is just one of the changes that is close on the horizon. They continually add new jackpots, tweak existing games for better experiences, and are expanding the genres of games that are available in their current suites. Along these lines, action, mystery, and adventure games are slated to play a big part in the company’s online gaming future. Along with the changes to the way that players can handle their money on the site comes added security as well. The efficiency with which players will deal with deposits and winnings is just as dependable as ever as well. E-wallets, international transactions, debit and credit cards, and second-party money transfers are all still part of the system that they have in place for players.

A Banner Year For Great Canadian Gaming

It has been an incredibly successful year for the gaming industry, both in its online and casino forms. Canada, in particular, has seen its revenue from gaming skyrocket during the latter half of 2013. Gaming is hotter and hipper than ever, and the money just seems to be flowing in like golden rain. 2013 is truly an excellent time to be involved in the industry.

Indeed, one of Canada’s foremost gaming corporations, the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, has just announced spectacular financial results for the three month period which just ended on September 30, 2013. This is known in the industry as the “third quarter” of 2013.

During this preceding quarter of 2013, the Great Canadian company recorded a total revenue of some $103.1 million received during this period. This figure represents a welcome increase of revenue from last year’s third quarter of 2012 by some 1%, or $1.3 million.

Much of this increase has been attributed to the growing amount of revenue which has been generated at several extremely popular casinos and resorts which are owned by Great Canadian. For example, Great Canadian properties such as the River Rock Casino Resort have been refurbished by the company and are drawing in greater numbers than previously.

However, not all the news is rosy. These recent revenue upsurges have also unfortunately been offset by declines in revenue at other Great Canadian properties. For example, the Boulevard Casino in British Columbia, as well as the Ontario Racetracks, have both been posting somewhat sluggish figures all throughout the year.

It is not known yet what precisely can or will be done to bring these figures out of the red, and back into the black. Of course, it is far too early to consider these properties as permanent losers. With a bit of care and expert rebranding, it is hoped that these and other underperforming properties can be brought back to full financial health.

Meanwhile, Great Canadian’s recent posting of $103.1 profit at the 2013 Third Quarter report is nothing short of miraculous. The gaming industry in Canada is alive, and in full vigor. More information can be found here.

Professional Bricklayer Wins Inaugural UKIPT Event at Isle of Man

Duncan McLellan has emerged as the winner of the United Kingdom Ireland Poker Tour’s (UKIPLT) Isle of Man championship. McLellan is a professional bricklayer living in Corby and has earned the distinction as being the first champion of the inaugural Isle of Man event.

McLellan was one of four players who had earned a seat at the tournament by playing satellite games hosted by PokerStars. There were a total of 379 players at the event, including well known players like Fatima Moreira de Melo and Jamie O’Connor.

Fatima Moreira de Melo is a retired field hockey player and olympiad who now plays professional poker as a member of Team PokerStars: Sportstars. She can be found playing online at PokerStars under the username FatimaDeMelo.

All eyes were on Fatima Moreira de Melo as the most familiar face at the final table. After hours of gameplay and some tense moments, the final table eventually narrowed down to heads up action between her and McLellan. Twenty minutes later, the final hand of the tournament came down to de Melo moving in all in before the flop with a pair of fives. McLellan called a suited A 10 and caught a straight on a J Q K flop, which brought the tournament to a close.

She began the final table with a shortstack and held out to finish second, earning her £59,660 to add to her considerable lifetime tournament earnings as a professional player.

McLellan’s first place finished earned £94,090 as well as a championship title for the UKIPT event. When asked what he intends to do with his winnings, McLellan said that he is looking forward to taking his grandson on a trip to Disneyland. Senior Manager of Team PokerStars Online Christopher Jonat came in fourth at the final table, earning him £34,870.

Hunts on for Mystery Millionaire



A good samaritan found a winning lottery ticket on a shop counter and turned it in. Now, a mystery ensues, and the Spanish lottery commission is on the hunt to uncover the person who so carelessly misplaced £3.95 million.

A Tiny Scrap of Paper

At Carrefour shopping center in La Coruña, a small town in northern Spain, a person purchased a lottery ticket: 10, 17, 24, 37, 40 and 43. That person placed the ticket aside but forgot to pick up that tiny scrap of paper when he left. Another customer, Manuel Reija González, found the misplaced ticket and turned it into the local lottery administration. Shortly after the numbers were drawn, it became clear that the careless customer had left behind a lotto ticket worth nearly £4 million.

The Mystery Ticket Buyer

The lottery administration doesn’t know who purchased the ticket. It’s a mystery. There is, however, a protocol for such occasions, and the administration is employing it to reveal clues that it hopes will eventually lead them to the right person. The detective work started with the shop where the lottery ticket was purchased.

The clerk who sold the ticket recognized the customer but was unable to identify him by name. What the clerk did know was that the mystery customer was an avid lottery fan and, on the night before a drawing, would make the rounds to various shops, purchasing a single ticket at each one. Therefore, it’s entirely possible that the buyer never knew that he was a short a ticket.

The Hunt

Since the clerk was able to recognize the mystery man to some degree, the initial hope was the he would return to that shop on lottery night. That hasn’t happened, however, so the hunt continues. An interesting note about González, the man who found the ticket, is that his family has a long history of working for the lottery commission, which is why he knew exactly what to do when he found the ticket.

A Happy Ending?

Carlos Negreira, the mayor of La Coruña, joked that this was the first time ever that they hunted for a millionaire because they wanted to give him money. What happens when they find the mystery man? Everyone hopes that the process is smooth and the story ends happily, but it may not be that easy. In fact, in 2001, a British couple lost out on £3 million after a similar incident.

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