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Gambling Quiz


How much do you know about gambling?

It’s hard to enjoy a gambling vacation, if you’re always losing.  Over the years we discovered how to play smart, and get the most enjoyment from our gambling bankroll.  One key to this is knowledge.  What you don’t know about gambling can hurt you!

I started writing a quiz, but then realized there must be several good gambling quizzes online.  So I searched them out and came up with these.  Each will open in a new window when you click it.

Wizard of Odds gambling quiz – this is a good quiz, and a nice web site too – At this web site you can create a quiz and store it for other people to come along and take for fun. It’s really a cool site and I have links to three quizzes that I found there.

Gambling for Beginners

Gambling Quiz

Test Your Casi-Know

Advantage Plays

Advantage Plays

First of all, this is NOT a “get rich quick” scheme. It’s also not a “gambling system” like you see advertised for sale all over. I’m not selling this information; I’m giving it away.

I picked up this information over the years in books (I’ve read a lot of them), online, and through word-of-mouth. As you might expect, I’m giving you the short version, a summary.

There are times in many casinos where the player has an advantage, provided you know how to play them properly. I’ll separate this into “Advantage Situations” and “Advantage Games”.

Player Advantage Situations

 A time when the player has an advantage, sometimes only for one bet. The specific game being played is often of no consequence.

  1. Freerolls, Free Tournaments, etc. Any time a casino offers you a chance at winning something with no entry fee that’s a good wager to take. It doesn’t matter if it’s slots, blackjack, or even Keno. If you pay zero entry fee, and there’s a chance at a prize it may be worth checking it out. This is also sometimes true of tournaments with an entry fee, if the prize pool paid out is equal to the sum of all the entry fees, or when enough value is added from meals, drinks, room, etc.

    One exception may be if you really hate playing the game in question and would get no fun from it, even with an advantage.Another exception is if your advantage is so small, or your probability of winning so remote, that you would do better at an advantage game that you normally play.

  2. Crap table. If you don’t play Craps, you might want to skip over this. Also, note that this may not be allowed in all casinos.

    So, you’re playing craps, and someone is betting the dark side. You notice they are calling bets off when the roll is a 6 or an 8. They are giving up a 6 to 5 advantage! It’s one of the dumbest things a person can do in a casino, but if they want to do it you can profit from it.

    Say that person is betting a green chip on the Don’t. What you want to do is buy that bet from them when the roll is a 6 or 8. That way YOU now have a 6 to 5 (1.2 to 1) advantage over the casino! Here’s how you do it…

    Say to them, “Hey buddy, I’ve noticed that you call off the 6 and 8. The horoscope for today said those were MY lucky numbers. Next time you have a 6 or 8, do you mind if I buy that bet from you?”. They’ll almost always agree, cause all they want is their green chip back. They don’t care if it comes from you or the casino. And you’ve got yourself a great bet! When the 7 rolls you win!

  3. Bonus Chips. These are non-negotiable chips that you obtain from the casino as an incentive to play. Usually, they are for first time players club members. One well known promotion of this type is at the Sahara on the Las Vegas Strip. As a new players club member, you get a “Fun Book” that has a coupon inside for $50 in non-negotiable chips for $40. So have a 5/4 advantage over the casino on even money bets. I’d take them to the crap table and put the whole $50 on the pass line! You might also visit the Roulette wheel and put it on Black. If you prefer, bet $10 at a time instead of the whole $50.

  4. Free Play. Similar to #3, but in this case the casino has sent you a promotional mailing, offering you free slot play. Depending on your level of play you might receive $5 to $500+. Typically, we get between $10 and $200 ourselves. While you’re playing on their money you have an advantage.

  5. Match Play Coupons. Just like bonus chips and free play, match play coupons are free money from the casino. The catch is that you have to play it along with your own money before you can walk out with it. There are many sources for these coupons. Casino “fun books” given out at the slot club, the American Casino Guide, Las Vegas Advisor, and others. Most are $5 to $25 and may be used on even money bets only.

    Imagine that you place a $10 bet at Blackjack, then you put a Match Play coupon down with it. You now have a $20 bet! If you win that hand they’re going to pay you $20. So in effect you’re betting $10 to win $20, and I’d do that all day long if they’d let me!

How long does your advantage last? Regarding items 3 through 5, some people would argue that you have an advantage (mathematically) for a specific period of time, often many hours. This is based on the long term statistical payback for the machine (or table game) that you’re playing. The topic requires a very long discussion, so I’ll only mention it here and let you do your own research.

The proponents say that your advantage starts with the first play, and extends even after you lose the casino’s money, until you have played long enough for your theoretical loss to equal the amount of the free play. Although the math seems to work, I believe that it’s dangerous to think of things in this way, especially if it causes you to exceed your normal level of play (i.e. exceed your loss limit).

Player Advantage Games

The last section talked about specific times when you have the advantage over the casino, if only for one bet. In this section, we’re talking about having a long-term advantage over the casino. Often, this is a slight advantage, but a slight advantage is all that it takes over the long run.

  1. Video Poker. When you consider the amount of advantage possible, and the effort required to exploit it, the most logical choice for an advantage game is Video Poker. Video poker is a unique game, because you can tell exactly what the programmed payout is by simply reading and interpreting the machine’s pay table. For example, a Full Pay Deuces Wild (FPDW) machine has a long-term payout of 100.7% with basic strategy play. Perfect strategy gets you another .07% making it a 100.77% machine. Add comps, cashback, and free play to this, and you’re looking at a substantial advantage play.

    But wait a minute you say, a 100.7% payback sounds too good to be true. How can the casino stay in business and pay out like that? Good thinking on your part but consider this; the vast majority of gamblers don’t play anywhere close to correct strategy. Played incorrectly, a FPDW machine is probably worse than playing Wheel of Fortune! What does it take to do well at Video Poker? Three things, knowledge, practice, and patience. You have to know the pay back schedules, you have to practice basic strategy play, and you have to be patient to see the results in the long run. You don’t need special aptitude, you don’t have to do math, and you don’t have to cheat. It’s just a matter of memorizing strategy and doing it. Many books have been written on this subject. There’s also lots of information on the web, and several good training programs for your computer. You can also buy, or print out, strategy cards that tell you exactly how to play any hand. You can carry these strategy cards with you to the casino and refer to them when playing.

  2. Live Poker. This is not actually gambling; poker is a game of skill. Playing live poker, you’re not competing against the casino, but against the other players. Texas Hold’em has exploded in popularity and there are a lot of weak players in every poker room in the country. If you’re a good player, you can really clean up. However, becoming a good player isn’t as easy as you may think, and some people just don’t have the aptitude for it. So even though this IS a potential money maker, it doesn’t qualify as an “advantage play” for the average person.

  3. Blackjack. Most everyone has heard about card counting. Many casinos have blackjack games with conditions that create an advantage for a good card counter. Counting accurately can give you an advantage up to 1.5% (equivalent to 101.5% payback). Some expert counters, against a single deck game with the right conditions, can get a 2% advantage. On the other hand, the typical advantage that normal, accurate counters enjoy on a multi-deck game is less than 1%. Learning to count blackjack is difficult. It requires aptitude, dedication, and concentration. Then, after you learn to count, you need to be able to do it in front of the casino staff without them knowing that you’re doing it. This itself is a stumbling block to otherwise excellent counters. Team play can greatly improve the odds, and help overcome some of these problems, but that’s a whole different story. Also remember, the casino can kick you out if they think you’re counting, and that’s no fun at all.

  4. Sports Betting. As with live poker this is a game of skill. There are professional sports betters who make a good living. They live, sleep, eat, and breath sports betting. They don’t just know sports; they know the sports book system. Becoming a great sport bettor is like becoming a great stock trader, and few achieve greatness.

  5. Craps. Bring this subject up in a group of serious gamblers and you’ll get several different opinions and maybe a lively argument. Craps is one game where the casino has only a small advantage, in some cases under 1%. Some people claim that by arranging the dice in a particular way, and throwing them so they will land and roll without turning sideways, they can have a small influence on the outcome of the roll and therefore influence the success of their bets. They say, correctly, that the casino’s advantage is so small they would only need to successfully influence the dice once in many rolls for their strategy to work. This is known by several names, “controlled rolling”, “precision shooting”, “dice setting”, etc.Is this “real” or folly? I can only give you my opinion, and my personal experience. Short story, I’ve seen it done and it’s real. The longer story is to ask; what does it take to achieve this level of dice control? And can the average person, do it? I’ve read the books, joined the web forums, and attended the classes where I received instruction. I personally don’t have the skill required. However, as I said, I’ve seen it done. My bottom-line assessment. Have you ever seen Tiger Woods do tricks with the golf ball? He’ll bounce the ball in the air 20 times off a wedge, then hit it in the air, and put it on the green. He can also drive the ball about 350 yards with accuracy. Can you do either of these feats? How much practice would it take? How much skill? I rest my case. For further research visit

In Conclusion

For the typical gambler, your logical choice of advantage games is Video Poker. It’s the one game where any average person can, with study and practice, become good enough to have a small edge over the house.

If you enjoy slots or video poker already then it’s a natural for you. If you really don’t enjoy it you’ll need to find games that you do enjoy, with only a slight casino advantage. Gambling 101 addresses this. And don’t forget comps! they enter the picture as well.

So, you want to learn Video Poker? Here’s a recommended study list:

  • This is a good starting place on the web for VP and most other games
  • Frugal Video Poker – book and software by Jean Scott. HIGHLY recommended. If you buy only one VP resource this is the one to get.
  • Bob Dancer Presents WinPoker version 6.0 (training software for your computer
  • vpFREE is a Yahoo group, and one of the best sources of free video poker information on the web. I link to their database for all my state by state casino reviews in this web site.
  • Advantage Player web site, a great general resource for advantage play of all kinds
  • This is a pay site, but has some good free stuff too. I was a paying member for several years. If you get serious about VP it’s probably a good investment for at least one year.
  • I mentioned comps above. They help offset your losses, and can turn a slight disadvantage into a break even situation. If you want to all about comps, and other ways to get the most out of a casino, then read two books by Jean Scott. The Frugal Gambler, and More Frugal Gambling.

Gambling Basics 101

What you Play Makes A Difference

Gambling 101

Game Selection and Strategy

What do you enjoy playing?  Slots, Keno, Blackjack, Craps, Video Poker?  I’m going to tell you about the best plays in the casino. I’ll be very brief, but I’ll provide links so you can do more reading and research if you’d like.

In most casinos (not all) there are some good plays, games where the casino has a 1.5% edge or less (98.5% payback or better).  These include (in alphabetical order) Baccarat, Blackjack, Craps, Pai Gow Poker, Roulette (European Rules), Spanish 21, Super Fun 21, and Video Poker.  Occasionally, you’ll also find other good games, but these are the most common.  Slots can “occasionally” be counted in this group.

Basic Rule #1:  Know what you’re playing! The player return on these games of 98.5% or better assumes two things:

  1. You play the correct version of the game, and…
  2. You play correct basic strategy.

This can’t be over emphasized.  One of the worst plays in a casino is to play a game that you don’t understand.  For example, Blackjack can easily return 99.5% or better, but if you fail to play correct basic strategy you can reduce that to 96% or worse.  Craps can be played at under 1% casino advantage, but it also has bets with a double digit house edge!  Yep, 11% or even worse.

Basic Rule #2: No matter what game you choose to play, be sure you always use your players club card so you will earn comps!  However, note that some casinos won’t comp you for playing very low limit table games.

Basic Rule #3: Set a budget and stick to it.  Read my section on Money Management for more details.

I’ve included a session bankroll guide below.  For each game it indicates a minimum recommended buy-in to enjoy the game with a low risk of going broke quickly.  If this is too much for your bankroll you should pick another game.  You’ll rarely have any fun sitting down at a $10 BJ table with $30 in your hand



Most large Baccarat tables are high stakes, the minimum bet is often $100.  “Mini-Bac” sometimes is offered with minimum stakes in the $25 range.  The house advantage is under 1.5%, and the best bet (Banker) gives you a 98.94% payback.

I don’t personally play Baccarat because I find it boring.  However, if you have a couple thousand dollars to play with, and you want to experience one of the “high class” games at a casino, then you might give it a try.  The dealer does everything for you, and you can’t make a mistake as long as you remember to bet on the Banker.  Just let the dealer know it’s your first time playing and they’ll help you out.

Recommended Buy-in: Ten to fifteen times the table minimum, or your initial bet if higher.

Click this link for More info on Baccarat


It’s the most popular table game in the casino, and one of the best bets for the player.  House edge varies but is typically 0.37% to 0.9%.  Blackjack is a fun game!  Some skill is required to learn basic strategy, but it’s not really that tough, and you can carry a cheat sheet to the table – no kidding!  It’s also a very social game, where you can have a good time.  If you find yourself at a “serious” table with grouchy people MOVE.  This is supposed to be fun!

You don’t need to be a high-roller to play Blackjack.  You can usually find a table with $5 minimum bet, and some as low as $1.  However, on Friday or Saturday, at any major property on the Las Vegas Strip, you’ll be challenged to find an open seat at a table that’s $10 or less.

There are many variations of blackjack “rules”.  For example, how many decks are used, does the dealer stand or hit “soft 17” (Ace-6), can you split any pair, can you double on any two cards, etc.?  These rule variations can favor the player, or the house, so you need to learn which are best for you so you can pick a table that will give you a high return.  One thing to avoid like the plague is any table that pays 6 to 5 on a Blackjack.  The standard payoff is 3 to 2, and a 6 to 5 game is a rip-off by comparison.  However, if you find yourself in a small casino with nothing but 6 to 5 Blackjack and slots, you’re still better off playing Blackjack.  The link below will give you more details.

Recommended Buyin: 15 times the table minimum wager or your initial bet if higher.  So, buy in for $75 on a $5 table, $375 on a $25 table, etc.

More Info on Blackjack This link takes you to the Wizard of Odds web site.  One of the best for learning about Blackjack.


If you walk into a casino and hear a bunch of people shouting and cheering it’s a good bet it’s coming from the Crap table.  Craps is an exciting game; however, it’s also somewhat complicated and that often keeps people from playing.  The crap table contains some of the best and worst bets in the casino, so you do need to have some basic knowledge before you walk up.  Finally, there is a unique etiquette at the crap table, much of which is based on the numerous superstitions of crap players.

In my personal opinion, craps is fun, and it’s worth taking the time to learn. It also offers you a basic bet with a house advantage of only 1.41%, and you can often improve this to under 1/2 of one percent, a better than 99.5% payback.

Concerning superstitions at the crap table, some players take these very seriously, so it’s wise to be aware of them.  Here are a few that will keep you from making enemies:

  1. NEVER say the number “Seven” at a crap table after the point is established (large white button is placed on a point number).  The superstition is that saying the number will cause it to appear on the dice, and when it does just about everyone will lose!
  2. Keep your hands up, out of the way, after the dice are out (passed to the thrower by the stick man).  The superstition; if the dice hit your hands they will land on Seven.
  3. Don’t touch, or talk to, the shooter (person throwing the dice), especially if they’re on a good roll, and especially after they pick up the dice.  It’s bad luck to do so.
  4. If you’re a man, and have never played Craps before, don’t tell the table this.  A “virgin” male player is considered bad luck, especially when you’re throwing the dice.  On the other hand, if you’re a female “virgin” that’s good luck, and it’s OK to announce it when you start to play.  I’ve even seen a high roller place a $25 bet for the rookie female on her first roll.

More info on Craps This link takes you to the Wizard of Odds web site.  You may have recognized a trend here.   In my opinion, this is one of the best sites on the web for good, reliable gambling information without any scams or useless “systems” for sale.

More info on Craps also has some good information, but I’ll warn you that there’s a lot of advertising.  Don’t be suckered in to paying anyone for a “winning craps system”.  It doesn’t exist.

Recommended Buy-in: Ten times your initial bets.  On a $5 table, if you play the pass line and 2x odds that’s $15 so you should buy in for $150.  If you intend to place multiple bets, buy in for ten times the total of your initial bets.  For example, if you plan to bet $5 pass line with 2x odds, and two come bets with 2x odds, that’s $45, so you should buy in for $450.

Pai Gow Poker

If you’re looking for a game that’s a little more relaxed and easy-going than Blackjack or Craps then Pai Gow Poker may be your choice.  It’s a variation on the Chinese tile game of Pai Gow, and is played with a 53 card deck (one joker).  The overall house advantage if you play correct basic strategy is 1.46%, and sometimes better

I don’t play Pai Gow Poker myself, so I won’t try to give you any advice other than this: learn basic strategy!  (Do I sound like a broken record).  Here’s a link to more information on Pai Gow Poker.


Roulette Wheel

Roulette is an old, classic casino game.  It’s simple, sometimes interesting, sometimes boring (to be honest) and often gives you a really nice payout when you win.  It’s a social game, and you have time to talk with the other players, enjoy your cocktail, flirt with the pretty girls (handsome boys), etc.

You’ll also enjoy a house edge of only 1.35% if you search and find a single zero wheel with European Rules.  Otherwise, you’re giving up 2.7% on an American single zero wheel, or a whopping 5.26% on a double zero wheel.  The only problem is, most of these European wheels are in high-roller areas on the strip where the lowest table minimum you’ll find is likely to be $25 or more.  However, if your bankroll allows you to budget for a $250 session, it may be fun to waltz into the highroller area of Mirage and plop down at the roulette table.  Or take $1000 to the Bellagio as the minimum bet was $100 there when this was written.

PLEASE, PLEASE, whatever you do.  DON’T pay anyone for a Roulette “system”.  None of them are winners, you can’t beat this game.  The link I provide below will help you understand the game and learn basic .

Recommended Buy-in: Ten times your total bets for one spin.

Here’s a link to more information on Roulette.

Spanish 21

If you enjoy blackjack, but are getting bored with it, I highly recommend trying Spanish 21.  Even if you’ve never played a table game this might be fun, especially since you can carry your basic strategy “cheat sheet” to the table with you (in most casinos).

After all the tightening of rules for traditional Blackjack, you’ll find some casinos where the Spanish 21 odds are better for the player (most Atlantic City casinos for example).  The house edge is only 0.76% when the dealer hits soft 17 and redoubling isn’t allowed.  This improves to 0.38% if redoubling IS allowed.  The house edge is only 0.40% when the dealer stands on soft 17.

This link will tell you all about the game and give you good basic strategy guidelines.

Recommended Buy-in: 15 times your initial bet.

Super Fun 21

This is another blackjack variation, and the house has an edge of about 0.95% to 1.15%.  Some scoff at this game and say it’s “Super Fun” for the house, because the edge is so much better than some traditional blackjack games.  I think it depends on what’s being offered at the casino you’re at.  Remember the old song “if you can’t be with the one you love, then love the one you’re with”?  Ok, so I’m showing my age.

Given a choice, I’d rather play a good traditional Blackjack game with half of one percent house edge, but in some casinos Super Fun 21 is the best game available, and at least it’s fun!

Click here to get more info and basic strategy.

Video Poker

Video Poker

I could write a book on Video Poker, but that’s already been done a few dozen times.  So I’ll keep this brief and give you several links to more info.

VP is the only game where a person with average skills and average dedication can teach themselves a basic strategy that actually has an advantage over the casino.  Yep, a slight statistical advantage of under 1%.  But think about it, one percent is all the casino needs to clean you out over time!  So having that edge over them is a good thing.

But don’t rush out and drop a grand into the nearest Video Poker machine!  First you need to learn to differentiate the GOOD machines, (and the GREAT ones) from the mediocre and lousy ones.  Then, you need to take the time to study basic strategy and be able to play perfectly.  Only then can you storm the walls of the casino castle!

Yes, I know, some people find Video Poker boring.  If you’re one of those, then I recommend picking from the better table games listed above.

Free Online Resources

  • First, as with the other games on the page, I’ll refer you to the Wizard of Odds site
  • vpFREE is one of the best sources of free video poker information on the web.  I link to their database for all my casino reviews in this web site.  They have an extensive listing of links to additional information too.  In addition, they have a very active Yahoo! group.  Jean Scott, Skip Hughes, Bob Dancer, and other top VP writers hang out here to answer questions and socialize with the masses.
  • 5-Card’s video poker pages give you a wealth of information about the odds and costs of playing specific games.

Recommended books, software, and subscription web sites

  • Jean Scott’s Frugal Video Poker is a complete video poker learning system in two parts.  Each of them is good alone, but I recommend having both.  1) The FVP software will let you learn to play video poker on your home computer.  It also includes a valuable feature — you can create and print strategy cards for any game and carry these with you to the casino.  2) Jean also has a book out by the same name Frugal Video Poker, and it’s an excellent video poker textbook for both new players and experienced alike.
  • WinPoker version 6.0 This is another training software for your computer, the one we started out using many years ago and still have and use often. It has an attractive video interface, and you can customize the machine payouts.  However, it doesn’t have a feature to print out strategy cards, so you’ll need to purchase that separately.
  • This is a paid membership site, but has some good free stuff too.  I was a paying member for several years.  If you get serious about VP it’s probably a good investment for at least one year.
  • Comps are also an important part of any strategy.  They help offset your losses, and can turn a slight disadvantage into a break even situation.  If you want to learn about comps, and other ways to get the most out of a casino, then read two books by Jean Scott.  The Frugal Gambler, and More Frugal Gambling. You’ll find these and more information on her web site:

What about live Poker?

 Poker isn’t gambling.  It’s a game of skill, and you’re competing against other players, not the house.

General Gambling Information

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Top Travel Destinations for Casino Tourists

Casinos are common entertainment hubs for people around the world, a place to socialize, casually pass the time or even win big. Although gambling online now has a strong presence in the casino industry, the excitement and fascination for physical casinos has not died down. With the rise in gambling industry worldwide, it is one of the most popular in terms of tourism.

Have you ever heard of casino tourism?

Casino tourism is all about travelling across different locations where casinos are legalised to gamble, to enjoy the casinos while also having a holiday. This form of tourism is a big thing for lovers of gambling and travel, it offers both gambling and hospitality attached to various casinos.

The excitement about setting foot in a place with so many games is hard to dismiss. While gambling and winnings is the pull of these trips, casinos worldwide offer resort facilities and hospitality like accommodation, excellent restaurants with various cuisine, shopping centers and spas 

Let’s explore the world of casino resorts with a list of top travel destinations that guarantees all round entertainment for you and even your family.

Las Vegas (United States)

The United States is one of the best tourist destinations you don’t need to second guess about. Las Vegas is the most popular of all casino cities, featured in numerous movies and TV shows for its casinos and nightlife.

It offers the opportunity of potential adventure in the daytime and lots of fun at night. 

You can visit restaurants, clubs and bars, live shows and performances, shopping malls and casinos filled with slot machines, blackjack, baccarat, and roulette and many other games designed to thrill tourists.

If you happen to visit the United States, do not forget to check out famous casinos in Vegas like Bellagio Las Vegas, and The Wynn Las Vegas .

Macau (China)

Although China is not very receptive of gambling, its special administrative region is an exception. With large crowds visiting the city every year, Macau is the popular hotspot for gambling in China. Macau is about seven times bigger than Las Vegas, rich in fun, culture and history that’ll definitely catch your time and be worthwhile. With bright lights and fancy games, Macau is a bustling zone. 

It will mesmerize you with the sheer opportunity to try out something new, be it gaming table, slot machine.

Popular casinos you can check out in Macau include The Venetian Macao, Grand Lisboa, Wynn Palace etc.

London (United Kingdom) 

When you explore the United Kingdom as a tourist, you’ll be surprised at how many casino cities and resorts you can find. 

London houses many of the best and largest casinos in the world, but also provides amazing restaurants, museums and other tourist attractions to enjoy. You can also check out local pubs and lounges in your spare time.

With over 20 casinos to choose from, London is the primary top-class casino city in the United Kingdom. 

Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo (Monaco)

Monte Carlo (Monaco)

As a casino enthusiast, a trip to Monaco for a classy casino experience should be on your to-do list if you have not been there before. You’re missing out on meetings with rich and famous gamblers, and also both high-stakes games and one cent bets in the casinos.

The Monte Carlo Casino, also named Casino de Monte-Carlo, is the most famous and biggest gambling and entertainment complex in Monaco. A glamorous casino style with 108,000 square feet of casino gambling space and history, art, architecture, beautiful beaches, beach clubs, hotels, restaurants and more.

It is perfect location for lovers of art, classical movies, history etc.

Monaco is undoubtedly your go-to casino location.

The Bahamas 

Bahamas should be on your list of places to go for a dream vacation. The white sandy beaches, the bar, the clear blue ocean and the sparkling beauty of the sea is definitely intoxicating.

The casino attracts thousands of visitors throughout the year, they offer free play and slots that’ll definitely charm you and also fun and adventures for the family including a water park.


Casino tourism is a beautiful holiday idea for all enthusiasts, you can play your favorite betting game and also enjoy the tourist attractions.

Each of these locations is a place worth visiting at least once in your life. Start brushing up your skills and pack your bags and go on that trip!

Online Casino: Understanding the Individual Traits of Software Developers

Anyone who has spent time playing at an online casino will be acutely aware that the operators will offer games developed by a variety of software providers. In fact, it’s a sign of a good casino when the platform has a wide choice of developers rather than depending on a small number. Software developers are the backbone of the industry, providing the games and architecture that make it tick. But its also important to recognize that they bring broadly different traits to the table, and knowing these traits is important for players.

First, what is a software developer, AKA game provider, and what is its role? As you might gather, these are studios that create games, then license them out to casinos to house them on their platforms. A good way to think about it is that the casino itself is like a movie theater, whereas the developers are like movie studios. Your local movie theater doesn’t produce the movies, the likes of Warner Bros. and Disney do. Of course, you can have good casinos and bad casinos, so you’ll want your casino to be housing games from the best studios.

Some casino developers operate several studios

But as mentioned, many of the developers can have different traits and styles, and knowing the difference is important. Sometimes these traits are aesthetic, such as the style of the games. To give you an example, Microgaming operates several different studios, each with its own style. We could point to the classic-style Chicago Gold from Pear Tree Studios, which is markedly different from games like Fortunium from Stormcraft Studios. Both of these studios, and several others, are operated by Microgaming.

And yet, perhaps more importantly, there are mechanical differences. Most slots offer similar RTP (return to player) levels, ranging from around 92-97%, mostly around the 95% mark. Thus, it is often assumed by players that it makes little difference which games you play (RTP is like a reverse house edge). However, many gaming studios have different levels of what is known as variance or volatility.

Arguably, variance is a more important concept to understand than RTP. The latter dictates how much a game will pay back over a (very long) period of time. Variance tells us how the game ‘behaves’, i.e., how often it pays, or how reliable it is. Of course, those are loose concepts, and we will never know when exactly a slot machine will award a win, but we can look at variance as a broad indicator. Low-variance games pay small amounts back quite often, whereas high-variance games tend to be less dependable, but they can pay huge amounts quite suddenly.

Studios specialize in high-variance games

So, as you might gather, what we are getting at here is that some developers specialize in high-variance games, whereas others specialize in low-variance games. Examples of developers of high-variance game providers include Pragmatic Play, Big Time Gaming, and No Limit City. Helpfully, Pragmatic Play provides a volatility rating for each of its games, which you can see beside the reels. Other developers, including those under the Microgaming brand, tend to be more focused on medium to low-variance games. Knowing this information can help players match up their casino strategy to their goals.Book of AtemNow, here’s the rub: There are going to be exceptions to every rule. We can look at games from NetEnt, which usually develops low to mid-variance games, such as Starburst and Butterfly Staxx. But it also has a handful of high-variance games, including its Wild West-themed games Dead or Alive and Dead or Alive II. But in the broadest sense, if you open a Pragmatic game, you know it’s likely to be volatile, and you are likely to find low to mid-variance with a NetEnt game.Of course, you might not think any of this information is particularly useful. Your spin outcomes are dictated by an RNG, so you can’t predict the result. But as we mentioned, players have different strategy goals when playing at a casino. Some might look to make a small profit or are wagering to turn a bonus into real cash, in which case low variance games should be the choice. Others are shooting for the moon, looking for that one big hit that only a high-variance game is likely to provide. Each to their own, sure, but you can easily find the information about how each developer’s games are structured before you play, and it could help with your strategy.

Global Online Casino Market Revenue and Forecast

The international online casino market has never been bigger, but what factors have led to its global success, and what might the future hold? Read more details about this resilient and growing part of the global economy.

The State of the Global Online Casino Market

While some business sectors have struggled in recent years, one that has seen continual growth is the global online casino market. As part of the wider and more successful general betting market that includes sports betting, lotteries, bingo, and other forms of gambling, online casinos have benefited from resilience in years of turmoil, as the pandemic swept across the world disrupted many other forms of entertainment. But it would be a mistake to see the pattern of growth in the sector as one that is only down to the healthcare crisis, as online casinos have been rising in value for many years in a consistent fashion.From 2022 to 2023, the global gambling market increased by 56%, according to The Business Research Company. This entailed an increase from $449bn to $$702bn, which occurred during some lingering effects of COVID-19 (and the economic impact of countermeasures taken in 2020-21) and the Russian invasion of Ukraine which has damaged the global economy and stoked inflation.

Future Expectations

Given recent rapid growth, the future may be expected to be bright for the global online casino market. The worldwide online casino market, around $7.3bn in 2022, is estimated to grow at around 6% per year, meaning it should increase to $9.9bn in 2027. While this is obviously dramatically less than the most recent period, which saw stunning growth for the overall gambling market, the fact continual growth is projected, given the economic difficulty much of the world finds itself in, is cause for optimism.In addition, as explained further below, there remains untapped and obvious potential for future improvements based on technology. These include live streaming and VR, making live dealer tables even more immersive, and, further down the line, the use of AR (augmented reality) wearable tech to further integrate games into a compelling experience.

Best International Online Casinos

Growth is very much a good thing, and in the online casino world, that applies to the number of available games, bonuses, and casinos themselves. More choice and high levels of competition also make it a player’s market, enabling bettors to benefit from ever more generous introductory and ongoing promotions and having an ever larger range of games from which to pick. The downside, however, of all this growth is that selecting where to play can become something like a chore. Instead of trawling the internet themselves, players can easily find the best online casinos as has more of the top sites concisely and objectively reviewed for your consideration. This makes it easy to quickly compare the offerings of the leading online betting platforms before deciding which online casino or casino to join.

What Leading Casinos Offer

While some external factors have helped to drive forward the popularity of online casinos (perhaps most notably the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and ensuing lockdowns that made many other diversions inaccessible), the main reason that the online casino sector has seen strong trend growth is down to a continually improving product. Technological advancement is now so regular it has become, ironically, a fixture of the modern world. People expect and look forward to online activities becoming faster, more immersive, with better graphics and superior sound. And since its inception decades ago, the online casino world has been keen to adopt fledgling technologies and make the most of the opportunities enabled by the latest advances.Both online casinos and the games they offer are fully mobile-compatible, making it convenient for those who like to game on the go (or prefer a smartphone to a personal computer or laptop). While the numbers are currently few, leading software providers are experimenting with VR (virtual reality) games, a medium well-suited to casino games, as the main problem VR faces in video games is locomotion. E-sports has become a big deal through live streaming on Twitch, and in casino gaming live streaming technology has translated into live dealer tables (another area that could be a good fit for VR in the near future).But it’s not only technological advances that have seen the online casino sector’s most impressive sites continually improve. Another major factor is the fierce competition for players, which has helped to drive up the quality of available bonuses (especially no deposit promos that offer the chance of winning real cash with no risk of loss). And, for existing players, loyalty programs offer a recurring incentive to stick around and benefit from earning points that can be exchanged for various rewards. The international online casino sector also means a wide array of banking methods is usually available, from old favorites like credit and debit cards to e-wallets and cryptocurrency and some nation-specific methods (such as Canada’s Interac).

Social Casinos

An interesting and relatively recent development in the online casino sector is the social casino. While these involve depositing cash and playing games of chance, there is no way to profit as in regular gambling. Instead, prizes won involve in-game currency or virtual items, and there is an emphasis on the social aspect of playing online. On the worldwide stage, social casinos were worth $4.64bn in 2020, and while this remains significantly smaller than traditional casinos, it does mark an interesting development.The online casino sector has seen strong global growth amid economic headwinds in recent years. There’s every reason to expect this growth to continue despite tough economic times.

Best Casino Apps for Mac Users

The online casino industry has been embracing technology since the launch of the first iGaming site in 1994. Despite the rapid progression of the sector, the number of Mac-compatible casinos remained relatively low until recently, when operators decided to open the floodgates by making their brands well-suitable for apple devices. As a result, Mac users can now play their favorite slot machine, table games, and even live dealer titles on their computers without experiencing any glitches. This read will take you through the best casino apps for Mac users boasting a wide selection of games. The platforms also offer intriguing bonuses, lightning-fast payment methods, and unmatched security. So, let’s discover the best-rated online casinos for Mac users.

Ignition Casino

Players seeking a casino app for Mac where the rake is generous and the software is of excellent quality should check out the Ignition gaming app. The brand has been online since 2016, offering players over 300 high-quality slots from top software providers such as NetEnt and BetSoft. Besides, the platform is SSL-secure, especially if you value your privacy. These features are some of the main reasons why the iGaming scene has constantly been growing, resulting in top Casino stocks for Q4 2022. Finally, Ignition Casino has responsive support. Therefore, you are free to contact customer support anytime you experience a problem, which guarantees uninterrupted sessions.

888 Casino

888 Casino is a popular iGaming interface that has been supplying players with gaming options since the establishment of the parent company in 1994. The casino is adored worldwide, especially by Canadian players. The platform is compatible with Macs, so you can access it on different Mac devices as long as you have an internet connection. Furthermore, 888 Casino houses a long list of exciting slots and multiple table games, making it ideal for users going after titles like Starburst, Jacks or Better, and European Roulette. Besides, the app has 888 exclusive games, such as Book of Scrolls and Pixie’s Paradise. All these features make 888 the most incredible online casino app in Canada for players interested in unparalleled gaming services. You can follow this link for more Canadian online casino sites with similar offerings, especially if you are a vibrant gamer after the best casino services.

Bovada Casino

Bovada is another top Canadian casino that offers an app for Mac users that started operating in 2011. The iGaming platform is legitimate with a Curacao eGaming license. However, the brand is unique because it comes with a catalog of over 300 quality slots, including Golden Buffalo and Mythic Wolf. Besides, the Bovada app for Mac has incredible table games such as Double Deck Blackjack and American Roulette. The operator is also generous with a captivating welcome bonus and multiple promotions for current clients. But before you start playing games with real money, you must sign up on the casino app and verify your details. Completing the registration procedure will give you access to Bovada’s fast payment methods comprising card banking solutions, cryptocurrency options, and multiple e-wallets.

Café Casino

Since its development in 2016, Café Casino has been making headlines thanks to its unique design, exemplary customer support, and easy-to-use interface. The casino app for Mac also features a comprehensive library of games powered by Rival Gaming. Users should, thus, look forward to gaming options like A Night with Cleo and Cyberpunk City. Each slot and table game on the platform displays quality graphics and guarantees amazing gameplay. Moreover, they come with simple gaming rules that suit amateur and expert players. Finally, Café Casino is home to convenient payment options, including card banking solutions like MasterCard and VISA.

Wild Casino

Wild Casino is a crypto-friendly online gaming platform that is fully optimized for Mac devices. The brand, originating in 1991, has been making waves in the iGaming industry with its huge collection of games comprising 400+ slot machines. The platform also has a long list of live dealer titles, which you can only play after registering for an account. Gamers after significant casino bonuses will be thrilled to learn that the casino app for Mac users comes with an exciting welcome bonus for new customers and multiple promotions for existing members. Hence, don’t be surprised to come across reload bonuses, weekly rebates, and refer-a-friend promotions. All of this makes this operator one of the top-rated online casinos in Canada.

Bonuses at Mac Casino Apps

Similar to Android casinos, Mac online gaming apps have fantastic bonuses designed to make your gaming sessions interesting. The bonus offers usually vary depending on the brand. The welcome promotion is one of the most common bonuses you will barely miss on Mac Casino apps. The offer is exclusively designed for new players who have completed the registration process. This bonus can be in the form of a match deposit cash promo, a no deposit bonus, or free spins offer. If you experience any problems accessing the welcome bonus in your country, feel free to use the best VPNs for online gaming. Other promotions you are likely to encounter at Mac casino apps include reload offers and cashback rewards where you get part of your lost stake back so long as you meet the minimum requirements.

Banking at Mac Casino Applications

The main aim of Mac casino apps is to offer users real money gaming services. This implies that players can wager real cash, play games, and win actual money in return. The best casino apps provide players with banking services to make this possible. Hence, look forward to payment solutions like bank transfer and e-wallets such as Neteller, Skrill, and ecoPayz. Some apps go above and beyond to offer their clients cryptocurrency payment solutions like Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum. Most of the banking options guarantee instant and secure deposits. On the other hand, withdrawal processing time varies depending on the kind of payment option you are using. However, you should know that transaction speeds are only a portion of everything you need to know about casinos. You also need to look at the transaction limits and security of the banking solutions.


It is evident that the prevalence of casino apps for Mac users has made online casino gaming exciting. This allows users to access their favorite slots, table games, and live dealer titles on different Mac devices without facing any problems whatsoever. The above list shows brands that are fully optimized for Mac devices. The read also contains some of the aspects to expect when dealing with the best Mac casino apps in terms of banking and bonus offers. The platforms are designed to guarantee user satisfaction at all levels, regardless of location.

Applying Pressure with Creative Poker Bluffing Techniques

The ability to apply pressure and bluff in poker is a skill that separates great players from the rest. It requires a combination of psychological savvy, creativity, and risk management – all of which can be developed with practice. Understanding how to use creative poker bluffing techniques effectively can increase your chances of winning big pots, even when holding weak hands.This guide will cover five strategies for applying pressure at the table, including slow playing, semi-bluffing and more. With these tactics under your belt, you’ll have the edge over opponents who are still trying to figure out what kind of player you are. So get ready to take your game up a notch!

Understanding the Basics of Creative Poker Bluffing

Creative poker bluffing is one of the most thrilling aspects of playing poker. To be a successful bluffer, it’s important to grasp the basics, like when to play with your hands and fold them. In addition, creative bluffing gives you an edge over other players, as it requires strategic thinking and clever psychological tactics.For example, mixing up your strategy can make opponents think they know where you stand and misjudge your hand. You must also pay attention to the type of players at the table; knowledge of their playing styles will help you pick the ideal time to bluff.Creative bluffing is a skill that takes time, practice, and plenty of patience; however, mastering the art of creative bluffing can give skilled players an advantage in hard-fought tournament games or cash games.

Slow Playing as a Pressure Tactic

Slow playing can effectively be used as a pressure tactic in the poker game. It involves a player checking or calling instead of raising to prevent giving away the strength of their hand to those they are playing against.Whether they choose to slow play at the flop, turn, or river, strategically used, it can still pressure one’s opponents into making a wrong move that could ultimately cost them. For example, suppose a player is backed into a corner or feeling anxious about their hand. In that case, slow playing can often cause them to miscalculate and make irrational bets that might otherwise not have been made – thus resulting in increased chances of being able to take the pot from them.Therefore, players must recognize when this strategy is being used and modify their plays accordingly.

Semi-Bluffing to Apply Pressure

A semi-bluff is a powerful weapon in poker, allowing players to apply pressure on opponents by representing a hand that could become the best with improved cards.When semi-bluffing, you’re betting or raising with a draw that has some chance of improving should the right cards come on future streets. It works effectively because it asks your opponent to call when they are uncertain of their position – they might not have the best hand currently but do not think they can fold without potentially losing equity by doing so.The semi-bluff also threatens future action; if your opponent calls this street and you hit your draw on subsequent streets, you’re likely to make another big bet. Although somewhat deceptive, this play falls within the bounds of common strategies in competitive poker.

Using Check Raises to Put Opponents on Edge

Check-raising is an effective strategy for putting opponents on edge in poker. By making the initial check, the player can deliberately give another player the false impression that they are less sure of their hand than they are, leaving them open to significant bluffs.This deceptive move works especially well against bigger stacks or aggressive opponents who may be willing to overbet without merit. However, proper execution of a successful check raise requires careful consideration; it is important to weigh potential opponent ranges and find a good spot from which to apply pressure with a raise.While this risky maneuver should never be relied upon too heavily, when implemented correctly, it can be a powerful tool for controlling play and maximizing wins in a poker game.

Utilizing Overbets to Force Folds

Overbetting is a popular strategy in poker games involving betting an amount higher than the standard for the given situation. This has been used to great success by many professionals; it is an effective technique to make the opponent fold, particularly when they have a strong hand. This forces them to seriously consider their options and contemplate your bet’s credibility.Overbets can also be used to disguise your and your opponents’ hands; if done right, it will affect the game significantly. However, despite these advantages, overbets must be employed with caution as there is significant risk involved if executed without proper consideration of table dynamics or opponent playing styles.Knowing when and how to apply this technique is essential for successful poker players.

Mastering the Art of Creative Poker Bluffing with Practice

Whether you choose to play poker online or at a live tournament, the same strategies apply – if you want to be successful in the game, mastering creative bluffing is essential.By practicing and honing your skills in this area, you can develop more interesting and effective plays that will surprise your opponents. In addition, learning from your mistakes and observing what works and doesn’t work for other players can help you become a better poker player.Ultimately, the key to success lies in understanding how these strategies are used and when they should be employed – with enough practice, anyone can become an expert in bluffing their way to victory!

Does the Type of Game You Play in an Online Casino Make a Difference?

When it comes to casino games online, the type of game you play can definitely have a significant impact on your overall experience. All games provide an exciting way to pass the time. However, different types of games provide different levels of entertainment. For example, slot machines are often considered one of the most popular casino games as they’re easy to understand. On the other hand, table games like poker or blackjack involve more skill and knowledge from the player in order to be successful. Some games such as baccarat or roulette also require players to make strategic decisions to succeed. Overall, depending on what kind of experience you’re looking for, different types of casino games can provide various levels of excitement and challenge that will be worthwhile.

Understanding your preference for specific game categories in online casinos

Understanding your preference for specific game categories in online casinos is key to having a successful and enjoyable gaming experience. Take time, before you start playing, to understand what type of games you prefer and why. Different types of casino games offer different levels of excitement and challenge. Once you have identified which type of game appeals most to you, it’s important to research the rules and strategies associated with each one. Knowing your preferences will help ensure that you get the most out of your online casino experience.

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Are certain game categories more popular than others among online casino players?

There are certain game categories that are more popular than others among online casino players. Slots are by far the most popular type of game at online casinos, as they offer a wide variety of themes and features that appeal to all types of players. Table games such as blackjack, roulette and poker also remain popular choices for many players. Live dealer games have become increasingly popular in recent years, offering an immersive experience that combines the convenience of playing from home with the atmosphere of a real casino.

The future of online casino gaming

In the future, we can expect to see more immersive online casino experiences that will make playing online even more enjoyable. Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are two technologies that could revolutionize the way we play casino games. Artificial intelligence (AI) technology could be used to create smarter algorithms for game development, allowing developers to create more complex and engaging games than ever before. And, blockchain technology has already been implemented in some online casinos as a way of providing secure transactions. We can expect this trend to continue in the future as blockchain becomes increasingly popular among gamers.

Discover the Most Popular Casino Games in the UK

Casino gaming is a popular pastime in the United Kingdom, with a wide variety of games available to players at land-based casinos. Many games come and go, but the most played casino games in the UK still remain slot machines, roulette, blackjack, and poker.Online casinos have also become increasingly popular in the UK too, with many players choosing to play from the comfort of their own home. The convenience of online casinos, as well as the wide variety of games and bonuses available, has made them a popular choice among UK players.

Online Slots

Slot machines, also known as fruit machines or one-armed bandits, are by far the most popular casino game in the UK. These games are easy to play and offer the chance to win large sums of money with just a small wager.The popularity of slots is due in part to the wide variety of themes and game features available, including progressive jackpots, bonus rounds, and free spins.To identify the top online gambling sites, you should first check comparison websites. These websites allow you to play over 10,000 slot machines for free and provide fair ratings of each online casino. Additionally, there are gaming tips and the most recent bonuses, like UK free spins bonuses, so you can spin the reels without risk.


In the UK, roulette is the most popular table game because of its simplicity. The game is played on a wheel with numbered pockets, and players place bets on where they think the ball will land.Roulette offers a wide range of betting options, from simple red or black bets to more complex wagers on specific numbers. The game is known for its fast pace and the opportunity to win large payouts.


Blackjack has been played in the UK for centuries. The objective of the game is to beat the dealer’s hand by getting a higher total without going over 21. Blackjack is a game of strategy and skill, and players can use a variety of techniques to increase their chances of winning.There are many types of blackjack you can play, with some having better house edges than others. The best one to play is Spanish blackjack which only has a 0.4% advantage to the house.


Poker is easily one of the most popular casino games in the UK, with many poker rooms located across the country. Moreover, playing online is commonplace and there are many variations that the British enjoy. The most played is Texas Hold Em, where you are dealt two cards face down, and the objective is to make the best five card hand with yours and the cards on the table.The UK hosts many international poker tournaments every year, with some having huge cash prizes. In addition, many famous poker players originate from the UK like Steve Chidwick, known online as TylersDad64. The Kent based player has amassed a staggering $44m in earnings in poker career thus far.


Baccarat became popular in the UK because it was James Bond’s game of choice. Because of this, it is often associated with high rollers, but it’s a super simple game to grasp.The objective of the game is to get a hand total of 9 or as close to 9 as possible. You’re able to use different strategies to give yourself the upper hand, but at the same time you must remember it’s a game of luck.


Craps is mainly played in the USA, but has gained traction in the UK in recent years. It is played on a special table and involves players betting on the outcome of a roll of two dice.Craps can be a fast-paced and exciting game, and is often the loudest game at the casino. It’s slightly different from other games on this list as you bet for or against other players.

Sic Bo

Sic Bo is a game of chance that is played with three dice. The objective of the game is to predict the outcome of the roll of the dice. Sic Bo is popular because it is easy to understand and you can win huge cash prizes.