Here are some photos from my recent trip to Rome.
Texas Holdem Poker is a stable for any online casino and is by far the most popular variant with gamers around the world. Played as single games or in tournaments Texas Holdem offers gamers excitement, fun and great suspense.
The game consists of two cards being dealt face down to each player, five shared cards are then placed face up by the dealer. The first three called the flop, then two more cards (the turn and the river) are revealed with players having the option to check, bet, raise or fold.
Players can use any combination of the cards to form the best five card poker hand. After the final round any players still left reveal their hand to the other players. The player with the best hand wins the round.
The winner is often the one who can out smart their competition with the physiological elements being some of the most attractive traits of the game.
Tournaments can often last for several hours or even days, especially when the stakes are high. Thanks to the internet, with a texas holdem website such as 888.com you can play with players from around the world making it a truly international experience.
Online casinos who use Microgaming software are almost on a monthly bases given the rights to host games of the finest calibre.
Two new games that have been introduced and will launch this month are Dolphin Quest and Rhyming Reels – Georgie Porgie.
Dolphin Quest slot game
Flipper has nothing on these beautiful dolphins as online casinos will have their fans flocking to the ocean for a chance to escape to the deep dark ocean waters in search of adventure.
The background music is also a delight as you are transported to an island escape that you won’t want to come back from. And best of all, is the 150,000-coin jackpot as well as the bonus features that can get you there.
Rhyming Reels – Georgie Porgie
The latest addition to the Rhyming Reels collection of games sees the formidable Georgie Porgie make his slots game debut.
They really haven’t held back with the graphic in this one, showcasing Georgie as a not so good looking guy out to get his kissing on with all the girls. The slot game stays true to the original nursery rhyme and will have you humming the tune all night long. You will also be singing to the tune of 375,000 coins as well as stay entertained with a Gamble feature, Multiplier, Wilds and Free Spins.
Royal Vegas Online Casinos are busy promoting these games at the moment, drumming up some attention for the games before they launch. Keep an eye out for those online casinos that are offering a special incentive for coming to play the games with them. It could be worth your while.
Cashback incentives have existed for many years being most prevalent in credit card, new car and mobile phone purchases. In recent years however cashback websites have dominated the online shopping industry by offering generous rebates to shoppers in return for purchasing goods via their website.
The cashback incentives have gained a great deal of interest from online gamers due to the fact they can play at their chosen gaming site in the hope of winning, but with the comfort of knowing they will be receiving a rebate from the cashback site sufficient enough to over all or some of their initial outlay.
Whilst the odds of winning at an online casino, bingo site or slot site remain unaffected, the fact that the initial outlay is reduced (due to the cashback element) means that the overall risk is also considerably reduced.
Lorraine loves to play bingo online and has the occasional spin on the slots hoping for that £1million jackpot to drop. She wasn't aware that she could get 20% of her losses back and so is effectively throwing away a fifth of her hard-earned cash every time she plays. So, what can she do? Simple – the market leader in gaming cashback is Cashbacker. They automatically reimburse their members with up to 20% of anything they spend each month. Much like online shopping cashback sites, players find a deal on www.cashbacker.com and then click through onto the merchant site where they register an account and play as normal. Their visit is tracked by Cashbacker and so providing they verify their visit (and register as a member) they'll receive their cashback automatically at the end of each month.
It all lies in the overall risk. Online gaming providers operate on a small profit margin, typically between 2% and 6% overall. That is to say, that for every £1 wagered on their games, they'll pay out between 94% and 98% in winnings, and the difference being their profit. Different games have different payout percentages so bear in mind these are overall estimated percentages.
You've probably already worked out that if you're getting 20% back on anything you wager, then you're already getting 20% more play, and so 20% more chance of winning without spending a penny extra. But the real hidden gem comes when you play games with a low house edge. Blackjack is probably the safest option in a casino with a house edge of less than 1%, closely followed by Baccarrat with a house edge of somewhere between 1% and 1.6%. Roulette also carries a relatively low house edge. If you play even bets (red/black or even/odd) then you might think the house edge is 0%, but remember that the zero on the wheel is where the casino makes its profit and in fact increases the house edge to 2.7%.
With the above in mind you can easily spot some good opportunities – whether they be to minimise your risk, or simply to get more gameplay for your money.
I'd never recommend any form of gambling as a way to make money, but if you enjoy playing casino games, slots or bingo, then utilising a gaming cashback site like Cashbacker is a no-brainer, there's nothing to lose by using them, and instead you'll save up to a fifth of your normal gaming expenditure which would otherwise just go to the gaming provider.
In a bid to help the unemployed back into work, a Jobs Fair has been organised in Shrewsbury by local MP Daniel Kawczynski. The event will take place on Friday 27 September and will provide the opportunity for those looking for a job to come along and meet with prospective employers to discuss potential work opportunities.
Over 40 local businesses have been invited to Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury between 10:00am and 3:00pm on Friday 27 September 2013,with many employers having already signed up to support the event. Businesses can use the event as part of a recruitment drive and to compliment their Recruiting Software.
Daniel Kawczynski said: “Shrewsbury has been hit hard over the last year or so with the loss of some major employers and I am keen to spread the word that there are still many great businesses out there that can offer a wide variety of employment opportunities.
Shrewsbury employment trend of the past few months has been encouraging but there are still a lot of my constituents without a job or a plan to get one. I know that similar events held in other parts of the country have been very successful and well attended. I hope that this Jobs Fair will open up opportunities for the people of Shrewsbury who are looking for employment.”
Gambling has always had an up and down reputation in Britain and has gone through favour and censure depending on the time, the societal pressures and the economic situation.
Sometime during the middle of the 19th century, betting shops were made illegal and the only gambling to happen would be underground and, therefore, dodgy for many reasons for the next 100 years. It could certainly be argued that, much in the same was as prohibition in the US, this outright ban would have increased the criminal fraternity to run black market gambling, which was much more dangerous for those participating.
Illegal betting shops continued, of course, and there was basically a ‘look the other way’ policy going on as there is no way the authorities didn’t know about the huge underground betting market that was going on under their noses.
This didn’t stop gambling, of course, and it certainly wouldn’t have stopped the rich from doing what they wanted. Betting on horses, actually at the races, was still legal so that attracted most of the activity. Thankfully, on 1 May 1961, completely legal betting shops began to emerge onto our high streets. But they mostly had a seedy appearance and a seedy reputation.
Gambling is linked, of course, with addiction and with stories of people losing everything and not being able to stop. But it’s also an extremely enjoyable way to use your brain. Working out odds, analysing situations, comparing bookmaker’s odds - all of these feed into a logical, mathematical and complicated computation in pro gambler’s minds, allowing them to have a good chance of coming out on top.
There was, in fact, a reason for the premises generally being rather dingy and unwelcoming - the government’s 1961 Betting & Gaming Act specified that licensed betting shops did not ‘encourage loitering’. So if you’ve ever wondered why betting shops used to seem unwelcome - it was on purpose!
Fred Done owns over 250 betting shops - Bedfred is the name you would have seen - and is actually the biggest independent bookmaker in the UK. He came from nothing, working for his father’s bookmaking business in 1959. There were limits on multiple betting back then so they couldn’t lose too much as a bookmaker and punters had absolutely nowhere near the level of understanding and access to information they have now.
Cyril Stein, who started up Ladbrokes, understood the sheer potential in the market and bought up shops everywhere he could. As the government has raised betting taxes and internet gambling for sports and casinos has taken off in a big way, high street shops have definitely declined. There are around 8,000 on our high streets today, and many customers still prefer to visit the shops and watch the sports or racing while they’re there.
However, far more now bet online. There is easy access to online gambling, online betting and any kind of casino game or sports betting you can think of from myriad providers online, one of the most successful of which is William Hill at freebets.org. William Hill is also incredibly successful on the high street - the chairman, John Brown, began buying shops in the 60s and now the company he set up owns around 1,500.
Other factors including the introduction of the National Lottery, scratch cards and all of the opportunities they provide to win money for customers, along with the ease of using them, has also contributed to the decline of high street betting shops.
With gambling legislation under near constant review, it’s likely that both online betting and high street betting will continue to work together, enabling as many people as possible to enjoy their hobby.