Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Casino Gambling Guide

Gambling existed in the 20th century. It is the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning. It is an activity characterized by a balance between winning and losing. Since gambling is very popular now in the internet, many gamblers are getting addicted on playing online casino games. They have different reasons why people loves to gamble. They want to win money, they want to have fun and to socialize and for some it was just for excitement or for pass time.

Gambling is one of the oldest known pursuits of mankind. Archeological evidence suggests that even the earliest caveman was a gambler. Dice-like objects made from the ankle bone of a sheep or dog called Astragali dating back 40,000 years have been found. Cave drawings depicting gambling offer further proof of the existence of early gamblers. Pairs of dice have even turned up in the ruins of Pompeii, some of them "loaded" to fall a certain way.
Gambling can be a serious problem? Here are some tips in making your step to Gambling...

Budget Expense

In Gambling always remember that you are not always lucky to win big prizes. Yes sometimes you will win but most of the time you will lose. Set yourself a limit for how much money you are willing to gamble.

Don't hesitate to ask for help

Many gamblers just play without enough knowledge about the basic rules of the game. It is important to know what you are doing before you play. If you are not sure , you can always ask help from the dealer or much better if you ask for a rules sheet which most casinos keep on hand for newbies.

Never drink to much alchohol while gambling

Most Casinos gives free drinks. But actually it is not for free, as you drink more, you will probably lose more money because you are losing the game. You should avoid drinking while you are playing. Because alcohol leads to lack of judgment for many people and thus it impairs rational though and can often times result in players making silly mistakes and it could be the reason for loosing.

Start earning your points once you make your first deposit. You will be rewarded as you play in the casino by increasing the amount of rewards points you earned as you move up to each level.

Take a Break to Keep you Active

Do not abuse yourself! Sometimes it can be better for you to take a break to improve your winning chances. You need to stay focused on your games to allow your thoughts to recuperate and keep your wits sharp.


Do not gamble if you are angry, depressed or sad. It won't help you to win the game. You need to be focused on your game and negative emotions can be distracting. Always remember whatever happened always stay happy and enjoy the game. Don't just play for money. Gambling is also for fun.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Gambling Humor - jokes for you!


The Mind Bet

The safest best bet to make is what is called a "Mind Bet" You stand behind the action and watch the game and attempt to predict the winner. You don't bet any real money you only bet in your mind. Last
week a buddy of mine lost his mind three times.

The Mistress

A married couple is having dinner at an expensive restaurant when a gorgeous young woman comes over to their table, gives the husband a big kiss, whispers that she'll see him later,and walks away.

His wife glares at him and says, "Who was that?",

"Oh," replies the husband, "that was my mistress."

The wife says, "That's it; I want a divorce."

"I understand," answers her husband, "But, don't forget, if we get a divorce, there will be no more shopping trips to Rome, no wintering in Jamaica, no BMW or Mercedes in the drive way, and no more Augusta National Country Club, but it's your call."

Just then the wife notices a mutual friend entering the restaurant with a stunning brunette. "Who's that woman with Richard? " she asks.
"That's his mistress," answers her husband.

"Ours is cuter," replies the wife.

Who, Me Gambling?

A priest, minister, and rabbi are playing poker when the police raid the game. Turning to the priest, the senior officer asks:

"Father Shaunessy, were you gambling?"

The priest turns his eyes to heaven, murmuring "Lord, forgive me for what I am about to do." To the police officer, he then says, "No officer, it was just a social game."

The officer then asks the minister: "Pastor Fredrick, were you gambling?"

Again, after a message to heaven, the minister replies, "No, officer, I was not gambling."

Turning to the rabbi, the officer again asks: "Rabbi Goldschmitt, were you gambling?"

Shrugging his shoulders, the rabbi replies: "So with whom would I be gambling?"

Compulsive Gambler

Buckshot was a compulsive gambler, and would bet on anything and everything; horses, dogs, football, baseball, basketball, snooker and even soccer games. When Buckshot was down to his last dollar, he went to his best friend and said "Roy, I need $1000, we have no food, I owe rent, the kids need jeans for school, and the wife won’t leave the house because we have bad checks at all the stores. Can you help me out?" So his best buddy gave him $2000 to get him ahead, but on one condition, that he does not use the money for gambling. Buckshot’s reply was "Oh, I have money put away for that."

Listening to the Voice From Above

A man is walking along a deserted beach when suddenly he hears a deep voice from Above.

"DIG!" it says.

He looks around, but there's nobody there. I must be imagining this, he thinks. Then he hears the voice again:


So he starts digging with his bare hands, pushing away the sand. A short way down he uncovers a small chest with a rusty lock.

"OPEN IT," commands the deep voice.

OK, the man thinks, Ill open the thing. He finds a rock with which to destroy the lock, and when the chest is finally opened, he sees a gleaming pile of gold coins.

"TAKE THEM TO THE CASINO," the deep voice says.

Well, says the man to himself, the casino is just ten minutes walk away, why not? He changes all the gold into a huge pile of roulette tokens and goes to one of the tables, where the players gaze at him with disbelief. Now he hears the deep voice saying:

"27, PUT IT ALL ON 27."

He takes his heavy pile of tokens and drops it at the 27. The table groans under the weight. You can hear a pin drop as the croupier throws the ball. The ball stays at the 26.
The deep voice says: "SHIT!"

Blondes are not dumb

2 bored casino dealers were waiting at the craps tables for players when a beautiful blonde lady walked in and asked if they minded if she bet twenty thousand dollars on a single roll of the dice. She said, ''I hope you don't mind, but I feel much luckier when I'm completely naked.'' With that, she stripped off all her clothes and then rolled the dice while yelling ''Come on baby, momma needs new clothes!'' She then jumped up and down, hugging each of the casino dealers while yelling ''YES, I WIN! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT, I WIN!!'' With that, she picked up her winnings and clothes and quickly left.

The dealers stood there staring at each other dumbfounded, until one finally asked the other, ''What the hell did she roll anyway?'' The second dealer answered, ''I thought you were paying attention!''

Ten Signs You Are Obsessed With Online Gambling

1. When your English professor says the author made his point; you ask if he pressed or not.
2. You show up early at the bakery to take advantage of the hot rolls.
3. You go into a 7-11 and ask to play the "don't."
4. You go to a hockey game and wonder what happened to the dealers and boxman.
5. When your kid says math "came easy" today, you ask if it was a 4,6,8 or 10.
6. When an ambulance passes with flashing lights, you assume someone hit a "hand pay."
7. You go into a shoe store and ask if they have 4, 6, or 8 deck.
8. You hear the bible story where Lazarus is told to "Come out", and you ask for a 2-way C & E.
9. You wonder if a salad shooter is really a gambling device.
10. When the bartender asks if you want a "double", you say not against an ace.

by : www.beejack.com

Blackjack Joke

A woman playing blackjack got two tens, asked a man next to her: "do you know when is the right time to split tens?" The man smiled and answered when the table is full and your buddies need a seat.

by : www.beejack.com

Roulette Joke

A woman was in a casino for the first time. The spinning ball of the roulette wheel has always caught her attention. She decides to play at the roulette table and she says, "I have no idea what number to play."

A young, good-looking man nearby suggests she play her age. Smiling at the man, she puts her money on number 29. The wheel is spun, and 36 comes up. The smile drifts from the woman's face and she faints.

by : www.beejack.com

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Amazing Keno

Keno is one of the oldest games in the casinos, and as you would expect in a game that has existed for more than three thousand years, there are not a few discrepancies in what we know about the history of keno. However, by all accounts, Keno was invented some 3000 years ago by Cheung Leung, a ruler of the great Han Dynasty. At the time, Leung's city was involved in a long, drawn out war, one that had all but exhausted the city's funds and resources. Unable to draw more tax money from the residents, Cheung Leung conceived of an idea that would both fill his city's coffers and would not place extra taxation on his citizens.

The game he invented was somewhat similar to the modern keno we play today. The game was based on a popular poem at the time, "The Thousand Character Classic." This poem was, and is today, a popular way for people to lean how to count, using one thousand Chinese symbols, none of them repeating itself. Comprising two hundred and fifty phrases with four characters each, the poem was written by Zhou Xingsi. Out of them 120 were used, subdivided into eight characters to each subdivision. In order to regulate the winning or losing, it was decided that whoever would guess right a whole subdivision would be rewarded ten taels, a Chinese form of currency. Incidentally, this same game is still played today in china, only the number of characters used from the "thousand character classic" has been reduced to eighty.

The game enabled Cheung Leung to earn enough money in order to finance the war. As the game's popularity spread, it was known as the "Game of the White Pigeon." This was because it was played in the main towns and cities, and communication being difficult in mountainous China, the news of successes and losses were often relayed to the surrounding countryside by dove. Soon, keno spread throughout the country and people were playing avidly. When the largest national project in Chinese history was first conceived, The Great Wall of China, it was funded and paid for by keno draws. In the history of keno there is a lull at this point, and the game did not develop until much later.

While keno in its purest form did not leave China until the beginning of the twentieth century, this is not to say that other forms of lotteries or raffles were not played in Europe. We have evidence of this in of the first recorded lotteries, when the widow of of the Flemish painter Jan Van Eyck raffled off his remaining paintings. It was in 1515 that the word "lottery" is thought to have come into being, derived from the Italian "Lotto" meaning destiny, or fate. Even in the United States, long before Keno came to the shores of this country, raffles and lotteries were often used to finance civic improvements such as courthouses, jails, hospitals, orphanages, and libraries during the years 1790-1860.

However, the history of keno picks up the pace in the beginning of the twentieth century. San Francisco has always been a magnet for deviates, gamblers and other people who were not welcomed in the more proper mainland. It is no surprise; therefore, that it was here that keno was first accepted and played. Brought to the shores of the United States by Chinese sailors, keno was an instant success, albeit an underground one. At the time, gambling in all forms, including lotteries and raffles were prohibited by law; the authorities seeing that corruption was rampant in the raffle industry. However, keno was played avidly, with the Chinese characters changed to number in order to facilitate the needs of American players.
Although gambling was authorized in Nevada in 1931, lotteries were not legalized. And keno was seen as a lottery by the Federal Government. However, in order to get around this, keno operators simply changed the name to racehorse keno, effectively masking the real aim of the game. Each number was designated as a horse, even though the game had nothing to do with racing. However, to this day, in many casinos, each separate draw is called a "race." When the government passed a law that taxed off-track betting, thus legalizing keno, the name was changed once again, to keno.

Written by: James Langtry

Friday, September 18, 2009

The Italian Baccarat

The Italian word "baccarat" means "zero" in English. Since the French "baccarat" means the same, even today there are many debates pertaining to the origin of the game and each country wants to claim it as their origin of baccarat game.

And here is one of these versions: the game was first invented by an Italian gambler Felix Falguierein in the middle ages and first was played with a deck of Tarot cards.

They say that the game " ...was based on an old Etruscan ritual of the nine gods, who prayed to a blonde virgin on their tiptoes waiting for her to throw a nine-sided die. The result of the die decided her fate. If an eight or a nine was thrown, she would become the priestess; if she threw a six or seven, she would be banned from any further religious activities; if she threw any number less than six, she would walk into the sea."

I just wonder, if there were any commission?

Later, the baccarat was introduced in France around 1490 A.D. and remained an exclusive game to the French nobility for some time before becoming a casino game.
evolution of baccarat rules

Even if we do not care whether it was invented in Italy or France, the game of Baccarat is a very old game. Traveling through countries and continents for centuries it was acquiring different rules variations.

Today we can find the game in every part of the globe, but in the beginning, the French variation of baccarat "Chemin de fer" become popular in England, where they changed the rules and name of the game for "European baccarat". Then, it spread to South America.

Finally, Tommy Renzoni brought this fancy game to the United States in the late 1950s as a combination of European baccarat and "Chemin de fer". It was introduced into Las Vegas as the infamous Dunes casino in the late 1950s after the Cuban government closed the Havana casinos.

Although a few rules have been changed in every country, the style has remained the same. It has kept it's elegance and is still one of the most appealing games to the high rollers and individuals with high social standings in every society.
new types of baccarat

In order to popularize the game, Mini baccarat was invented. It has the same basic rules as American baccarat, but the lower table limits and simplified procedures attracts players with average bankroll. And today, even if you are not a "high roller" you can enjoy the odds of classic baccarat.

The same for the Online Gambling. The most of the well established online casinos offer gamblers the Online baccarat, played under the classic rules on the mini baccarat table.

source: www.gambling-baccarat.com

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Slot Machines

In 1891, the beginning of the history of slot machines was designed in New York by Pitt and Sittman that had five drums that would display poker hands. It had no payback mechanism, so the places in New York that bought them paid in prizes of their own, usually free drinks. Online Slots would not come for another century.

Then came Charles Fey. He made the first slot, the Liberty Bell, in his basement. The slot machines didn't get widespread success until years later when they were put in the Flamingo Hilton hotel in the Las Vegas strip.

Fey's first slot machine was different than anything made today. It was over 100 pounds of cast iron, and lacked the fruit symbols common associated with slots. Instead it had star, horseshoes, and suits from playing cards, like diamonds and spades. The Liberty Bell gave a fifty cent payout to winners, which was substantial in its day. The Liberty Belle Saloon and Restaurant in Reno still has the very first Liberty Bell designed by Fey. The establishment is owned by his grandchildren, who preserve Fey's legacy in the history of slot machines.

Then Fey made the Operator Bell Slot machine. This slot features the famous fruit design, and became the standard for slot machine aesthetics. The history of slot machines was changed forever. As anti-slot machine sentiments began to raise, Fey had to be clever, and he designed many machines to work like vending machines. This would later be to the bane of owners of vending machines, as the public often confused the two, and police capitalized upon this when they needed good press. The Bell-Fruit Gum Company, who is reputed to have stolen a slot machine from Fey, were the first to mass produce machines that dispensed gum for every pull in order to mask the nature of the slot machine. This is where the BAR symbol comes from. It was an effort to market their gum.

The anti-gambling movement, piggybacked on the temperance movement proved to be trouble for Fey. Slot machines be came illegal in San Francisco in 1909 and in Nevada a year later.. By 1911, they were banned by the state of California. By the thirties, it was politically popular to be anti-gambling, and especially anti- slot machine. In the typical hubris of self-aggrandizing politicians, New York Mayor LaGuardia had a photo op on barge dumping New York City's machines at sea. Most of the machines weren't even slot machines, and were nothing more than common vending machines. The city had confiscated many legitimate vending machines in order to score a public relations coup. It was a black day in the history of slot machines..

"Bugsy" Siegel, the notorious organized crime figure, also figured prominently in the history of slot machine. Bugsy built the Flamingo Hilton on what is now the Las Vegas Strip. "Bugsy" invested in slot machines to fill space in the casino and keep the girlfriends and wives of his rich players occupied. He saw them as a novelty, and didn't take them too seriously, but the women who played them did.
It wasn't until the late 60's that Bob Dylan went electric, but in the early sixties, Bally made sure the slots of Las Vegas did. Slot machine history evolved as Bally overcame the vulnerability of the mechanical slots by making electronic ones. Electronic slot were much more secure than old mechanical and while not perfect, were much harder to cheat. They became much more widespread in the casino floors, and were less and less associated as novelties. Electric bells, and motorized coin hoppers became standard during this period. Now there were many different Slot Machine types

The seventies brought about another revolution as companies began using microchips and random number generators to determine the spin of the reels. Pulling the arm became an anachronism as the machines no longer required this to work. As the microchip advanced, so did slots. By the 80's, all the casinos went to microchip-powered slots, and casinos experienced tighter profits as the machines were infinitely more inexpensive, and the history of slot machines continues on. These advances allowed the porting of code to online slots as well.

You don't need to spend hours in a stuffy casino to find a slot machine that pays good odds. You can play one of our online slots from the comfort of your home.

The Slot machine gained popularity across the United States and later, the world. Slots now account for 70% to 80% of casino revenue. Slot machines today are no longer mechanical. They are completely electronic and come in a million different varieties, but the premise of them all is the same. The software in online slots are the same as a one-armed bandit in Las Vegas. Online slots are the next stage in the evolution in the history of slot machines. Serious players should check out our online casinos and see for themselves.


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Small Wheel

Roulette is a French word meaning "small wheel". There are several interesting legends about roulette origin.

According to the first, Blaise Pascal tried to find the perpetual motion. He engineered a device in a form of a big wheel for his experiments. One of his friends had a good idea to use this device for gambling.
Another mystic legend tells about Francois Blanc who founded the first casinos in Monte Carlo. They say he sold a soul to devil for the secret of roulette. If you don't believe, please sum all the wheel numbers; total is 666.

Roulette in the layout we see it today appeared in 1765 in Paris. French emigrants imported this game into USA and the first American casino appeared in New Orleans in 1800. In 1861, a casino was opened in Monaco that became the capital of gambling business after the ban of casino in Europe in 1873.

Now, every casino in the world has a roulette wheel. Roulette is popular because it is simple, easy to play, exciting and thrilling.

source: beforebetting.blogspot.com

Friday, September 11, 2009

Ages of Craps

Craps is a descendant of an ancient game called Hazard and the origins of both are a matter of debate. Hazard was claimed to have been invented by the Englishman, Sir William of Tyre and his knights, during the crusades. It is said to have been a pastime for the crusaders while laying siege to a castle called Hazarth or Asart in 1125 AD. The name of Hazard is therefore supposed to be a corruption of the castle's name. However the Encyclopaedia Britannica says the name came from the Arabic words 'al zar' or 'azzah' which means simply "the dice". This would seem to imply the game is Arabic in origin.

Whoever invented it, Hazard became a hugely popular English game. Geoffrey Chaucer mentions it in the Canterbury Tales frequently and it was played by the English through the centuries. Luxurious gambling houses (the original casinos) in 17th century England staged games of Hazard and fortunes were lost by the higher classes and noblemen.

The French took up playing Hazard and it is claimed that they changed the name to Craps, using and corrupting the name given to a losing throw of 2 in the game of Hazard, known as crabs. However there is no documented evidence to support this and the name is almost certainly American in origin.

Some claim that the French took the game to America while others think it probably went with the British. The earliest British settlers, perhaps on the Mayflower, would almost certainly have played with dice.

Whoever took Craps to America it was there that the game was simplified to become the game of Craps that we know today. The French settlers where displaced by the British and moved south to eventually become Cajuns. It has been said they took the game of Hazard south with them. It is in the south that the development and invention of the game of Craps is attributed to African Americans in the early 19th century. An American slang for Craps hooting and dice play is African Dominoes. Some claim the name Craps comes from the term given to the French - Johnny Crapaud (Crap being French for toad. A nickname referring to the French taste for eating amphibians). But the name Craps is almost certainly a corruption of the name for a losing throw of 2 in Hazard - crabs. It may have been the French who came up with the name or the African Americans of the south who first played it. No one knows for sure.
The game spread to the riverboats on the Mississippi and then from there to the rest of the country until a dice maker called John H Winn developed the game further so that players could bet with the shooter or against him. This development negated the usefulness of playing with crooked dice, a common practice at the time. John H Winn is known as the father of modern Craps and his development became the modern 20th century casino game of Bank Craps with layouts and tables.

Today Craps is the biggest gambling game in the history of the world in terms of money wagered. Played with just two dice in a casino or as a private game in an alley or backroom the game captured the publics imagination and is portrayed in countless Hollywood films as the low and high rollers game of choice. All from its beginnings as Hazard hundreds of years ago and mans desire to throw dice and win or lose by tempting the gods and Fate.

source: www.ntlworld.com

Thursday, September 10, 2009


All card games have unique history that rolls down the centuries beyond the days of history itself, unfortunately not always can historians and researchers discover the full trace of a game, such is the case of blackjack, which eludes scholars till these days.

Today it is commonly agreed that the first roots of blackjack appeared during the 17th century in France, where a game called Vingt En Un was played in French casinos. The name Vingt-en-Un means "21" in French, which evidently was not the first ancestor of blackjack, but it's clear that blackjack did originated from it, thought the blackjack rules do not resemble it in all aspects.

Vingt en Un was very similar to blackjack, with few minor differences: only the dealer was allowed to double and the betting method was that you would have to bet after each round, which is not like in modern blackjack. But as in the traditional blackjack and other blackjack variants, Vingt-eb-Un's goal was to reach a 'natural' or a total of 21 by using blackjack's hand ranking system. The English name blackjack came from a special feature of Vingt en Un, which was a special payout when one had a hand of a Jack and an Ace of spades, hence the term Black Jack. It's the ideal hand of Vingt en Un.

At that time a game called Seven and a Half was played in Italy. In this card game, which was played with face cards and the 7's, 8's and 9's cards, your goal was to reach a hand of seven and a half points. Regular cards (7's, 8's and 9's) were valued as one point while face cards valued half a point. The King of Diamonds could substitute any card, like a Joker card and it was basically a wild card. When players exceeded seven and a half points they were "busted". It is believed that the term "bust" of blackjack derived from "Seven and a Half".

Another strong point of turn in the history of blackjack was after the French Revolution the game migrated to North America; there it gained much popularity since no laws prohibited card games during that time. Professional gambler understood the huge potential that lays dormant in the, and soon they developed th blackjack basic strategy for improving their winning odds. The game had started to gain popularity as in the beginning of the 19th century the government of the US had banned and outlawed gambling activities. The US government believed that gambling corrupted society and encouraged organized crime.

And so, with numerous laws against it and Federal Marshals on its tail, blackjack became an underground game. It became even more popular as government's restriction tightened around it during the 20's, and eventually Nevada decided to legalize gambling in 1931 and Las Vegas was born. The game attracted more and more interest as the years passed, until science had decided to investigate it as well.
In 1953 the first attempt to study blackjack was made by Roger Baldwin and his associates, a great turn in the history of blackjack as well. They used statistics theory and calculating methods in order to reduce blackjack's house edge. In 1956 they published their findings in the American Statistical Association under the title "Optimum Strategy in Blackjack", the first ever blackjack strategy guide.

But the tools Baldwin and his associates used were not as sophisticated as needed in order to fully investigate blackjack's statistics. The next step in this road to understand blackjack via math and science was made by Professor Edward O. Thorp. He polished their findings and used new calculating systems and machines. In 1962 Thorp published his book - "Beat the Dealer" - in which there was written down the first actual system - the blackjack card counting system.

"Beat the Dealer" became a huge success and in 1963 it took the first place of the New York Times' seller list of books. Not only Thorp's work had impact on blackjack players and blackjack's history, but it also hit the casinos with terror. Casinos across the US devised plans to reduce the damage and soon after "Beat the Dealer" was written and published they modified the blackjack rules.

Thorp's Ten-Count was hard to learn by average blackjack players, his book was uneasily read or understood by the public and the main effect it had was raising blackjack's popularity up into to the sky. The public of blackjack players were raged upon the casinos' new 'bogus' blackjack variations. And so the casinos, after realizing that "Beat the Dealer" was no threat to them, and losing much money on the way, reinstated the use of the 'traditional' blackjack. During the 60's, 70's and 80's blackjack was the rising star of card games among the casinos.

Julian Braun, an IBM employee, used his computers skills and studied blackjack with a simulator, was another great contributor to blackjack. His work was put in the second edition of "Beat the Dealer". Another contributor is Lawrence Revere who published "Playing Blackjack as a Business" that inspired thousands of blackjack players.

The hero of blackjack, Ken Uston, had also a great part in blackjack's history as he inspired millions of people in his books "Million Dollar Blackjack", "Ken Uston on Blackjack" and "The Big Player". Ken Uston and his colleagues used computers that were inserted to their shoes, and by using them they made thousands of dollars every month while playing blackjack at Nevada's casinos.

Ken Uston wasn't the last to use such methods and in the 1990's another group of players hit the casino halls using card counting techniques - The MIT Blackjack Team. The members of this team made millions of dollars until 1997 when they were banned from the casinos after they were detected by the Griffin Investigation, a private detectives company that identify card counters and secure casinos around the world from gamblers that cheat.

source: www.luckyblackjack.com

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Poker History

The history of Poker is thought to have evolved over more than ten centuries from various games, all involving the basic principals of ranked card or domino combinations and the use of ‘bluffing’ to deceive opponents.

One popular belief is that a game similar to poker was first invented by the Chinese sometime before 969 A.D, when The Emperor Mu-tsung is reported to have played "domino cards" with his wife on new years eve.

Egyptians in the 12th & 13th centuries are known to have used a form of playing cards, and in 16th century Persia “Ganjifa” or “Treasure Cards” were used for a variety of betting games. A Ganjifa deck consisted of 96 elaborate cards, often made of paper thin slices of ivory or precious wood. The Persians played “As Nas” which utilized 25 cards, rounds of betting and hierarchical hand rankings.

A French game named “Poque” and a German game named “Pochen” became very popular in the 17 & 18th centuries, both developed from the 16th century Spanish game called “Primero” which involved three cards being dealt to each player. Bluffing, or betting high stakes whilst holding poor cards to deceive opponents, was an integral part of the game. Primero dates back to 1526 and is often referred to as “poker’s mother” as it is the first confirmed version of a game directly related to modern day poker.

French colonials imported the game to the new world when they arrived in Canada. Their beloved poque was the national card game of France and from the beginning of the 18th century, when a hardy group of French-Canadian settlers founded New Orleans, it spread from the state of Louisiana up the Mississippi river and then throughout the whole country.

Poker River BoatIn 1834, Jonathan H. Green made one of the earliest written references to poker when in his writing he mentions rules to the "cheating game," being played on Mississippi riverboats. The Cheating Game" quickly began to supplant the popular cardsharp game of 3-card monte on the gambling circuit. Gamers embraced the new game as it was perceived as a more challenging and 'honest' gamble than the notoriously rigged 3-card game. Green took more than a passing interest in the new game and took it upon himself to formally name and document the 'Cheating Game' in his book 'An Exposure of the Arts and Miseries of Gambling': Poker was born.

During the Wild West period of United States history, a saloon with a Poker table could be found in just about every town from coast to coast. It was extremely popular during the Civil War when the soldiers of both armies played. European influence of poker ended when the joker was introduced as a wild card in 1875.

In just over two centuries, poker has never looked back. Since its humble beginning on the banks of the Mississippi, the popularity of this widely played game has grown in leaps and bounds to evolve numerous variations and sub-variations.

There have been three games that have, in turn, dominated the modern poker scene:

5 Card Draw rose from relative obscurity during the American Civil War to the most popular game for almost a century.

Nevada made it a felony to run a betting game. However the Attorney General of California declared that draw poker was based upon skill and therefore the anti-gambling laws could not stop it. But stud poker was still deemed illegal as it was based solely on chance. With this decision, draw poker games developed and grew. This caused Nevada to reverse itself in 1931 and legalize casino gambling.

7 Card Stud then took over the throne shortly before WWII and maintained its position for about 40 years with the help of the new and thriving Las Vegas casino industry.

Texas Hold’em, christened the ‘cadillac of poker’ rose to promienence in the 1970's when it was featured as the title game in the World Series of Poker. Today, Texas Hold’em is indisputably the most frequently played and most popular poker game in the world, played in casinos and on home game tables the world over.

source : www.poker.com

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Playing Online Keno

Playing online keno is without a doubt the easiest way of winning game of keno without taking any effort of driving to a busy and crowded casino, where players are often found lost in the noise around them. Online keno has been becoming more and more popular now, with lots of online casinos giving free play option and some presenting easily down-loadable software for playing online casino games with a superb graphics and sound effects.

Online keno is an easy way of playing keno by sitting at home with many online casinos giving best of bonuses and winning amounts. Playing keno on internet is similar to playing keno in any Nevada based casino with same game play and even better winning chances. Online keno casinos also provide the benefits of access to tutorials and rule book for a quick grasping of the game and its rules. Some online casinos also provide free keno games for those looking for simple keno fun.

Keno is perhaps the most relaxing of online casino games. Learning how to play keno requires very little effort. The rules of keno do not require incisive reasoning or science and easy to recall and understand. Similar to state-run lotteries, the rules of keno are comprised of number selection, a drawing and results. In recent years, keno games have enjoyed a renaissance in brick and mortar casinos. For younger casino patrons, it is now quite fashionable to play this “vintage” game. There is nearly always a crowd at the keno table and a noticeable camaraderie can be felt amongst players. But keno isn't only popular at casinos; it is now a popular party game and many restaurants and bars host keno night. Because the game is so hot, an online version of it exists and numerous players keep the game going 24 hours a day. Learning how to play keno gives you an automatic in to several social settings.

Playing Keno

The rules of keno are obvious and easy to learn. Keno is played with keno cards or tickets. Each ticket displays the numbers from 1 to 80. The numbers on the tickets correspond to the numbers on ping-pong balls inserted in an aerated machine on the keno table. The keno machine selects a random twenty balls from the eighty in the machine.

Players pre-select 20 numbers and mark them on their keno cards. They then determine how much money they would like to wager and how many games they would like to play. This should be displayed on the blank space furnished on the ticket. Tickets are then given to a runner who issues an electronic ticket in return. It is vital that players give their tickets to the runner since the payments due the winners hinge on the numbers inserted into the computers. Next, the house draws 20 numbers randomly, generally picking out balls from a bin or utilizing computer software known as Random Number Generator (RNG). If the numbers the house selects match the numbers on a player’s ticket, you win. The amount of prize money depends on how many numbers are matched. If your ticket has the winning numbers, make certain to get hold of the runner and get your profit.All casinos provide standard keno tickets in addition to some specialized tickets; you have the choice to purchase whichever one you wish.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Casino Glossary



Action - The amount of money wagered by a player during an entire gambling session. In poker, the placing money into the pot.
Active Player - In poker, a player who is still in the pot or in the game.
Add-on - In poker, the facility to buy additional chips during a tournament.
Aggregate Limit - Total payout liability of a casino during a single game.
Aggregate Winnings - Cumulative or your total profit.
All-in or going all in - A player is considered to be All-in when he or she bets all his or her remaining chips. Going “All-in” in poker, to call or to bet all your chips. If another player bets more chips than you have in a no Limit game, you can go All-in and stake your stack against an equivalent amount of your opponent's stack.
All or Nothing - In Keno, a ticket that only pays when either all of the picked or selected numbers are drawn or none of the picked or selected numbers are drawn.
Alpo - An underdog, the side that has the least likely chances of winning.
Anchor – In Blackjack, From the dealer's right, the last player in the game.
Anchor Man - A man who is an anchor in a competition, such as a relay race. In Blackjack, the player wagering on the last box on the table is said to be "anchoring" the game.
Ante - In card games, a required bet to start a hand. The initial compulsory bet prior to receiving your cards in Caribbean Stud Poker.
Any Craps - In Craps, A bet covering 2, 3, and 12 in one-roll dice.
Any Seven - In Craps, A bet covering any seven in one-roll dice.
Any Twelve - In Craps, a wagered on a roll of twelve. The payout would be thirty to one Arm in this bet.
Arm - In Craps, a player with such skill at throwing the dice that he or she can alter the game's conventional odds.
Audition - A dealer examination that must be pass before a casino hires him or her.



Baccarat - A table game utilizing 6 or 8 decks of cards which don't required any skill. Baccarat is also known as Punto Banco and Chemin De Fer
Back Counting - In Blackjack, A technique use by a Blackjack card counting experts. They are waiting for the count to be favorable before sitting down and, also they are sitting behind an active player and count the cards.
Back Line - In Craps, the equivalent of Don't Pass Line.
Bad Beat - Loosing a large amount of money.
Bag - A British casino term for “thousand”. eg. One bag is equal to one thousand.
Banker - The dealer in a card game.
Bank Roll - A player's total gambling money.
Bar the 12 - In Craps, this is the transforms of the 12 into a Push on the Don't Pass Line.
Barred - A player which is no longer permitted into the casino. Same as Banned.
Base - The area on a Craps table where most of the wagers are placed.
Base Dealer - Craps dealer which is responsible for one of the Bases.
Basic Strategy - A system in any particular game, which maximizes the potential of winning.
Bet - To wager.
Betting Limits - The minimum & maximum amounts of money which a player can place on one bet. Different games and different casinos commonly have different betting limits.
Betting Right - In Craps term, 'betting with the shooter.'
Betting Wrong - In Craps term, 'betting against the shooter.'
Bingo - A prize game whereby contestants purchase cards with numbers on them in a five by five grid corresponding to the letters in the word BINGO. Numbers are chosen at random, and the first player to complete the word BINGO in a vertical, horizontal or diagonal line wins.
Black Book - A list of players who is forbidden to enter any casino in Nevada.
Blackjack - Also known as Twenty-one. This is a card game whereby participants play against the dealer and try to get as close to twenty-one as possible.
Blind Bet - In poker, where player's haven't seen their cards.
Blinds - A forced bet in Texas Holdem Poker.
Bonus - Something given or paid over and above what is due.
Book - To accept a wager or a person who accepts action on sporting games.
Box - In Craps, the area of the Craps table which the Box man controls.
Boxing - In horse racing, a single ticket comprising more than one parlay.
Box man - In Craps, a casino staff member who is in charge of the Craps table.
Break - In Blackjack, to go over 21.
Break Even Point - Theoretical gambling term signaling the point at which, if you played forever, your bet and payoffs would equal each other.
Brick - A card that appears not to help a player's poker hand. A 'blank' in 7-card stud poker.
Buck - A $100 bet.
Bug - A joker.
Bump - Same as to raise.
Burn Cards - A card temporary taken out of the deck and put in the discard tray by the dealer after he or she shuffled & cut the deck.
Bust - In Blackjack, meaning to exceed 21. The same as Break.
Buy In - Purchasing a casino chips or to exchange cash for casino chips.



Call - In Poker, to match the current bet.
Call Bet - Any bet made verbally.
Camouflage - Anything a gambler does to hide actions from the casino.
Capping - Placing an extra chips on a bet after dealing has started. Illegal, and it is a serious type of player cheating.
Card Shark - A gambler card skill.
Caribbean Stud Poker - A five-card poker in which players compete against the house.
Carousel - A group of slot machines organized in a circle, with a change person situated in the middle to exchange cash into coins for the players.
Carpet Joint - Slang expression which is a luxury casino.
Case Money - Emergency money or extra cash.
Cashier's Cage - A casino's cash desk for exchanging or cashing in the casino chips.
Casino Advantage - The edge (statistical or otherwise) that a casino has over players.
Casino Rate - A discounted hotel room cost sometimes offered to customers by a casino.
Catch - In Keno, a number that you have chosen is drawn.
Change Color - To exchange any one-color denomination casino chip for another color casino chip.
Chase - To place another bet with the hope of regaining to win back the money originally lost.
Check - In a casino, another word for Chip. In Poker, to stay in the game without placing a bet.
Chemin De Fer - A table game utilizing 6 or 8 card decks, similar to Baccarat though requiring skill.
Chips - Round plastic discs representing various denominations of money.
Chip Tray - The tray near to the dealer which holds the table's chips.
Coat Tail - To bet the same numbers of someone who is currently winning.
Cold - Experiencing a losing streak or a period of unsuccessful wagering.
Color Up - To trade smaller-denomination chips for bigger denomination chips. Also known as to Color Out.
Combination Way Ticket - In Keno, a ticket betting groups of numbers in different ways, providing the player with a wider range of winning combinations.
Comps - Complimentary gifts given by casinos to players to encourage them to gamble. In land-based casinos this typically includes food & beverages. Online casinos provide cash-valued points.
Come Bet - In Craps, a wager placed on the Come Line.
Come Line - In Craps, place on the table where a Come Bet is placed.
Come Out Roll - In Craps, a shooter's first roll in any given round. Establishes the Point.
Copy - In Pai Gow Poker, when the player and the banker have the same two-card or five-card hand. The banker wins all copies.
Counting Cards - Memorizing played cards in a game of Blackjack in order to have an advantage against the dealer on the remaining cards not played.
Cracking The Nut - Winning enough cash on a gambling trip to cover all the expenses plus bring home a little profit.
Craps - A casino game played using dice.
Craps Out - In Craps, a roll of 2, 3, or 12 on the Come Out Roll.
Credit Button- In slot machines or video machines, the button allows players to play coins in the form of credits.
Crew - In Craps, the dealers assigned to a game or table.
Crossroader - One who cheats.
Croupier - Alternate word for Dealer, used in Baccarat & Roulette.
Cut - To divide a card deck into 2 parts.
Cut Card - A faceless plastic card used for cutting a deck of cards.



D'Alenbert System - A scoring plan in which one unit is added for a losing bet & one subtracted for a winning bet.
Deal - To distribute the cards during a hand.
Dealer - Casino staff member who deals. Sometimes called the Banker.
Deposit - A payment you usually pay to online casinos using a credit card, a web wallet or one of the online payment systems, in order to play online casino games.
Deuce - A two in a dice.
Dice - A two identical numbered cubes.
Die - Singular form of dice.
Dime - A $10-valued chip.
Dime Bet - A $1000 bet.
Discard Tray - A tray near the dealer for the cards that have been played or discarded.
Dollar Bet - A $100 bet.
Don't Come Bet - In Craps, it is the equal to a Don't Pass Bet, but that is placed after the initial Come Out Roll.
Don't Come Line - In Craps, the place on the table where a Don't Come Bet is placed.
Don't Pass Bet - In Craps, a bet placed before the initial Come Out Roll, betting that a 7 will be rolled before the Point is repeated.
Don't Pass Line - In Craps, the place on the table where a Don't Pass Bet is placed.
Double Down - In Blackjack, a betting option that allows a player to receive one card, and only one card, to try and beat the dealer. Should the player's hand beats the dealer's, the player wins double his original bet.
Double Up - Gambling strategy whereby the player doubles his bet after a loss in order to try to win back. Also called the Martingale System.
Down Card - A face down card.

Down to the Felt - Out of cash, broke.
Draw - To draw a card for completing a hand. Typically used in Poker games.
Drop - Money lost during gambling.
Drop Box - On a gaming table, the box that serves as a repository for cash, markers, and chips.



Edge - An advantage. Usually used to indicate an advantage a casino has over a player.
Encryption - A software security measure taken by online casinos to ensure that online transactions are safe from hackers.
En Prison - In Roulette, the money remaining on the table in some casinos following a 1 to 1 bet when a zero or double zero appears. A form of bonus.
Even Money Bet - A bet with odds of one to one is the bet that pays you back the same amount that you bet, plus your original bet.
Expected Win Rate - In slot machines, the percentage of all the money wagered which a player can reasonably expect to win back over time.
Eyes in the Sky - Overhead surveillance video camera at casinos.



Face Cards - The King, Queen & Jack in any suit of cards.
Fifth Street - In seven-card stud poker, the 3rd round of betting. Termed Fifth Street because players have five cards.
Fill - In Poker, to draw a card that makes a 5-card hand.
Fill Up - In Poker, to attain a Full House.
Firing - Betting a large amount of money.
First Base - In Blackjack, the nearest seat to the shoe, which is dealt to first.
Flat Betting - A betting strategy whereby the same amount is always bet, without raising or lowering the amount.
Flat Top - A fixed-jackpot slot machine. The opposite to a Progressive.
Flea - An annoying person who wants something for nothing. One who expects to be comped for a small wager.
Float - The bank at the table.
Floor man - A casino manager.
Flop - In Poker, including Texas Hold Em Poker, the first three cards which are dealt all at once, face up.
Foul - In Pai Gow Poker, when the two-card hand is greater than the five-card hand, or when the hands contain the wrong number of cards. Result equals automatic loss.
Fourth Street - In seven-card stud poker, the second round of wagering. Called Fourth Street because players hold four cards.
Front Line - In Craps, the same as a Pass Line.
Front Money - Deposit made with the casino to establish a player's credit.
Full House - In poker, it is a hand consisting of a three of a kind and a pair.



Gambling - Risking money against the casino or a game for a desired outcome.
Game - A recreational contest that involves an agreed structure that would determine a winner.
Garbage Hand - A hand of cards to a player that present little or no value in the game being played.
George - A gambler who is a good tipper.
Grease - To bribe. Slang.
Green Chip - A chip that has a value of 25 dollars.
Grind - Playing with a small stakes.
Gross Winnings - Total payout, including the original bet. Opposite to Net Winnings.



Hand - Refers to the cards that a gambler or player holding.
Hard Count - Counting real money, as opposed to chips.
Hard Hand - In Blackjack, any hand that doesn't contain an ace valuing eleven.
Hard Way Bet - In Craps, a wager that attempts to predict the total of both dice on doubles.
High Poker - Standard poker. Poker where high hands win. Opposite of Low Poker.
High Roller - A player betting large amount of money or a big bettor.
Hit - To take another card.
Hold Your Own - To break even. Not winning nor losing.
Hole Card - In Blackjack, the face down card that the dealers gets.
Horn Bet - In Craps, a one-roll wager combining 2, 3, 11, and 12.
Hot - To be hot is to be having a winning streak.
House - Same as casino, dealer, or banker.
House Edge - A casino's inherent advantage over players.



Inside Bet - In Roulette, a wager placed on the inside of the table: on a single number or combination of numbers.
Inside Straight - In poker, four cards that occur in sequence where the straight can only be completed one way.
Insurance - In Blackjack, a side bet that the dealer has a Natural “two card hand totaling 21”. Offered only when a dealer's face-up card is an ace.



Jackpot - The cumulative stakes in a game.
Jacks or Better - In Poker, a winning hand by having a pair of jacks or higher.
Joker - A Wild Card, or the fifty-third card in a deck.
Juice - The commission received by the casino.
Junket - People who travel to casinos to gamble together.



Keno - A game that a plays to select ten numbers out of eighty and make bet on how many of their selected numbers will be called.
Keno board - A board that displays the winning numbers in Keno.
Keno Lounge - A place in a casino that players can sit and play their keno game.
Kwik-Pik - In Keno, it is a ticket that has a numbers randomly chosen.
Kicker - In Draw Poker, an odd high card which doesn't contribute to a Straight or a Flush.



Ladderman - This is a casino employee who oversees the baccarat game. This game has two Dealers who are seated together at the center of the table, a Caller standing at the table across from the dealers, and the Ladderman, who supervises the action from a high chair above the table.
Late Surrender - In Blackjack, a player may only surrender half the of the original bet after seeing the dealers up card which has not hit a Blackjack.
Laying the Odds - Betting on a probable winner in spite of a payoff less than the amount wagered. Common in sports wagering where there's a clear favorite. The opposite of Taking the Odds.
Layout - a surface on a gaming table including the areas where players place their bets.
Let It Ride - To increase a wager by two. To Press.
Limit - In poker, a game that has a fixed limit on how much you can bet in each round.
Line Bet - In Roulette, wagering involves on six different numbers at the same time.
Load Up - To play the maximum number of coins in slot machines or video poker.
Loaded Dice - A tampered dice with the effects on the favorable combinations.
Long Run - Theoretical term describing the ultimate balancing-out of wins and losses over a long period of time.
Loose - In Slot machines, it is a machine that has a high payoffs.
Lowball - A game of draw poker in which the player having the lowest-ranking hand wins the pot.
Low Poker - A form of poker whereby the lowest hand wins. Also known as lowball.
Low Roller - A person who only bets in a small amount.
Lumpy - A dealer whose dealing is not smooth.



Marker - A written check at a table by a gambler with established credit at the casino.
Martingale System - It is a betting system where a player doubles up after a loss.
Match Play - It is a competition system usually in tournaments which is the participation of two players in a series games.
Mechanic - A dealer who cheats.
Mini-Baccarat - A smaller form of Baccarat with fewer players & dealers.
Multi-Player Casino - A featured game offered by online casinos that lets you play against other players.
Money - A term referring to $500. Used on occasion.
Money Put In Action - Term for all money played during a playing session, including winnings after each game or round. Not used to indicate just the money first wagered.
Money Plays - A way to declared the wager should not be change to a chips.
Monkey - Term occasionally used for a card having a value of ten.



Natural - In Blackjack, a two-card hand total of 21.
Negative Expectation - A predicted gambling loss over a long period of time. See House Edge.
Net Winnings - Total winnings, less a player's original wager.
Nickel - A casino chip worth $5.
Non-Negotiable Chip - A casino chip that is promotional which can't be exchanged for cash.
Non-Value Chip - A casino chip with a value determined by the Buy In amount, as opposed to a fixed-value chip.
Number Pool - The whole range of numbers offered in a game like Keno.
Nut - The amount of money that a player sets out to win before quitting.



Odds - The amount of a wager pays off.
Off - Losing wagers.
On Tilt - A negative reaction to a losing situation, which is being out of control.
One-Roll Bet - In Craps, a bet that depends to win or lose on a single roll of dice.
Open - In Poker, the first player to wager.
Outside Bet - In Roulette, a bet placed on the outside of the table where 12 or 18 numbers are bet on at a time.
Overlay - A good bet where the gambler have an edge over the casino.



Paint - A Face Card. A King, Queen, or Jack of any suit.
Palette - Tool typically used by a Baccarat dealer to move cards on the table.
Pass - Not to wager. To fold.
Pass Line - In Craps, a place on the table where a Pass Line Bet is placed.
Pass Line Bet - In Craps, a wager placed before the Come Out Roll which the Point will repeat.
Pat - In Draw Poker, a hand that does not require any more cards. In Blackjack, a hand worth a minimum of 17 points but no more than 21.
Pay line - The line on a slot machine where symbols must line up.
Payoff - The return paid on a winning wager.
Payoff Odds - The odds accorded to different wagers in casinos, with different payoff values.
Payout Percentage - The percent of every dollar played in a slot machine or video poker which is programmed to be returned to the player.
Payout Table - A posting that indicates to a player what a winning hand will pay.
Pigeon - A naive player.
Pit - An place in a casino where table games are arranged around a central area that is reserved for dealers and casino staff.
Pit Boss - A casino employee who oversees the Pit as a supervisor of the whole area.
Pit Manager - Slightly different from a Pit Boss. A Pit Manager handles all problems and enforces casino policy.
Place Bet - A bet made after a game established.
Player - Someone who gambles in a casino.
Playing the Rush - A term for a poker player who's won a lot of money in a little amount of time.
Plug - A card shuffling technique regularly used in Blackjack.
Pocket Cards - In Poker, cards dealt face down.
Poker - A card game with many variations whereby players attempt to arrange a winning hand according to each individual game's rules.
Point - in Craps, a number that must be repeated before a seven is thrown in order for a pass line bet or a come out bet to win.
Pot - In Poker, the amount of money that accumulates in the middle of the table. The pot goes to whoever wins the hand.
Press - To increase a wager by two. To Let It Ride.
Probability - A mathematical calculation establishing the likelihood that an event will happen.
Progression Betting - A type of betting whereby the size of the wager is changed according to a set formula.
Progressive - In slot machine, it is an increasing jackpot. Opposite of a Flat Top.
Proposition Bet - In Craps, a dice bet placed on various combinations.
Punch Board – In lottery, it is a punch out slot for a chance to win money or a prize.
Punter - Another term for Gambler.
Punto Banco - Same as Baccarat.
Push - A tie between a player & a dealer. Money is usually returned in the event of a push.



Quads - In Poker, it is a four of a kind.
Qualifier - In Poker, it is a hand's of a minimum rank in order to be a winner.
Quarter - A chip worth $25.



Rack - A container carrying chips and tokens in a casino.
Rake - A fee charged by the casino for each round of poker, generally calculated by percentage.
Rank - In Poker, a card-hand's value.
Rated - Term applied to high-skilled players.
Riffling - A common shuffling process whereby the dealer intermixes two halves of a deck of cards.
Right Bettor - In Craps, a person wagering on the Pass Line.
River - In Poker, the name of the final card dealt in a hand.
Roulette - A game of chance played at a table marked off with numbers from 1 to 36, one or two zeros, and several other sections affording the players a variety of betting opportunities
Round - One cycle of a game and all the bets that are placed during that cycle. Each round varies depending on the game. In Roulette, a round is a single spin of the wheel. In Poker, a round includes everything from the time initial wagers are placed to when a winner's been determined.
Royal Flush - In poker, an ace-high straight flush; the best possible hand.



Sawdust Joint - A non-luxurious gambling environment.
Sawbuck - Means ten dollars.
Scared Money - A player money that cannot afford to lose.
Session - A period of gambling.
Set - In Pai Gow Poker, the splitting of a 7-card hand into two hands of five & two.
Seven-Out - In Craps, rolling a 7 when the Point has been set.
Seventh Street - In 7-card stud poker, the fifth (and final) round of betting. Referred to as Seventh Street because players have 7 cards.
Shark - Someone who cheats, or an very skilled card player. Slang.
Shill - A person employed by the casino to begin a game, or to fill empty chairs at a table.
Shiner - A mirror or similar reflecting object for illegally viewing hidden cards.
Shoe - A wooden box which holds and dispenses cards at a table.
Shooter - In Craps, the player who rolls the dice.
Short Run - A short series of events in any game.
Showdown - In Poker, the term for the end of a game when players reveal their cards to determine the winner.
Shuffle Tracking - In Blackjack, An illegal type of observation used mainly in Blackjack.
Shuffle Up - Mixing the deck of cards.
Shutter - In Bingo, a window that's covered a number or a marker used to mark each number as it is called.
Silver Mining - Searching for coins remaining in slot machines.
Single - A simple wager placed on just one event or selection. Also known as a Straight Bet.
Singleton - In Poker, a card which is the only one of its rank.
Sixth Street - In 7-card stud, the 4th betting round. Called Sixth Street because players each possess six cards.
Skin - A dollar.
Skin Game - In Poker, a game having more than one cheater.
Skinning the Hand - Technique utilized by cheaters in Poker to unload extra cards.
Slot Club Member - A frequent gambler who's given a card to use on slot machines.
Slot Walking - Also called Silver Mining. The practice of looking for coins left in unattended slot machines.
Snake Eyes - In Craps, a roll of the dice resulting in a total of two.
Soft Count - Counting the Drop Box's contents.
Soft Count Room - The room in which a Soft Count is administered.
Soft Hand - In Blackjack, any hand including an ace which is counted as eleven.
Spinner - A winning streak.
Spooking - Form of cheating whereby two players work together to cheat the casino. Usually used in Blackjack, one player tries to see the dealer's Hole Card & then secretly passes this information to his or her partner seated at the table.
Spot - A number from one to eighty which a player selects on a Keno ticket. It also refers to the amount of numbers which are marked on a ticket.
Stack - A stack of chips, generally twenty chips in a column regularly used in Roulette.
Stand - To no longer accept any more cards. To Stay.
Standing Hand - In Blackjack, a hand with a total of seventeen or more, but which may likely bust should the player hit once more.
Stay - To refuse any additional cards. To Stand.
Steaming - A Blackjack synonym for On Tilt. A time of poor judgment by a player after a series of losses.
Stick Man - In Craps, the casino employee who calls the rolled numbers and controls the stick.
Stiff Hand - In Blackjack, a hand that is not Pat nor Standing. A hand totaling between 12 & 16, which could bust.
Straight - In poker, consist of five cards with five straight numbers 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 is a called straight.
Straight Keno - Traditional Keno, played by marking numbers on a Keno ticket.
Straight Flush - In poker, consist of five cards of consecutive ranks of the same suit.
Streak Betting - Betting on a recent trend or streak. In streak betting, players increase their wagers as a result of what's going on in the game. Also called Progressive Betting.
Stripping - A card shuffling technique that reverses a deck's order, from the first card to the last.
Stud Poker - Type of Poker played with a combination of exposed cards & face down cards. Opposite of Draw Poker.
Suit - Any of the 4 types of cards in a deck: Clubs, Hearts, Spades or Diamonds.
Surrender - To give up a wager prior to a hand being finished.
System - A method of betting based on mathematics used in the hopes of getting an advantage.



TAB - Totalisator Agency Board, or off-track betting's regulating agency.
Table Hold - The total amount of all money won by a casino table game from all gamblers during an 8- hour session.
Table Stakes - In Poker, a limited amount of money available to a player for betting and raising: the cash on the table.
Table Test - A test a dealer must pass before being hired by a casino. See Audition.
Taking the Odds - Making a wager which is lower than the eventual payoff if the wager is successful. The opposite of Laying the Odds. Together, Taking the Odds & Laying the Odds constitute the two major forms of gambling.
Tapping Out - Losing it all, causing the player to stop playing.
Tell Play - Term associated with reading a dealer or player's body language or facial expressions to guess Hole Cards.
Third Base - In Blackjack, the seat which is played last, just before the dealer's hand is played.
Third Street - In 7-card stud, the 1st round of betting. Called Third Street because players have three cards.
Three-Card Monte - Popular 3-card game. Similar to Bragg.
Three of a Kind - In Poker, three cards with the same rank.
Ticket - A card.
Time Cut - Money charged for time played in a casino or poker room.
Tip - A gratuity.
Toke - Short for token. A tip given to the dealer in either money or chips.
Token - A casino coin used for playing slot machines.
Touch Wand - A device occasionally found on Video Keno machines to select numbers.
Tournament - A competition among gamblers for a set period of time, often with wide, varying rules.
Trips - 3 cards of the same rank.
True Odds - The actual odds of an event happening, taking into account a casino's edge.



Underlay - An unwise bet, or a wager whose likelihood of occurring doesn't correspond to the amount of money wagered on it.
Unit - Simplified gaming term denoting the smallest amount of money used in a bet. Using units eliminates the need to calculate actual dollar amounts in their various chip denominations.
Up card - The card that the dealer's will exposed, or face up.



Vigorish - The edge of the casino or a commission received by the casino.
VIP - Very Important Person. Generally a High Roller.
VLT - Video Lottery Terminal.



Wager - Staked on an uncertain event or a bet.
Washing - A shuffling technique where the dealer spreads the cards on the table & mixes them in a style resembling washing. After wards, the dealer proceeds to shuffle the cards in a more traditional style.
Whale - Name given to the very high roller, somebody who wagers thousands of dollars on single bet.
White Meat- A term for profit. Slang.
Wild Card - A card which can be used to complete a hand in card games. Usually a joker.
Wired Cards - In poker, a Pair, Triples, or 4-of-a-Kind dealt back-to-back in one hand.
Working - In Craps, a term used for signaling that bets are in play.
World Bet - In Craps, a one-roll wager on the Horn, including the seven.
Wrong Bettor - In Craps, a gambler betting on the Don't Pass Line.



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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Video Poker Betting Tips

Video poker is one of the preeminent gambling casino online ever developed online. It is a skillful mixture of poker and slot machines games. Since, video poker is opposed from the traditional video poker, online poker players have to learn a proper strategies that may exhort them to hit the royal flush. Plain and sailing, video poker is expounded as a casino game that is played on a computerized console, likewise to slot casino online.
The game of video poker incorporates with lots of skill and has low house advantage which makes it easier for you to win! Once you start playing video poker you are just hooked to it and just don’t want to leave the game very soon.

Video poker is based on 5 card draw strategy. Although it has a few distinctions that make it a little more difficult to master, but the potential payouts are faster and larger. It is not like getting blood out of a stone to play however, a player has to find out about a real strategy to win the most wanted deal:

Video poker is a combination of slot machine and a poker. Now that the upsurge of online casino, the video poker has been established and luckily, the number of online players who play video poker has increased.

Generally, progressive video poker machines provide a large progressive jackpot for achieving a high hand, or a royal flush. Although the chances of hitting the royal flush is really minimal. A person has to play with all the coins produced by a video poker machine in order to get the jackpot. Here, the punch line is to play more and get more.

On any given machine you can typically choose $0.25, $0.50, $1, or $5 games. And the bets are 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x, or 5x whichever game you're playing. So if you're playing a $1 game, you can place bets of $1, $2, $3, $4, or $5.

Always bet the maximum coins allowed on every hand. If you can not afford to do this on the one dollar online games, then step down to the quarter games first. It is essential to have the max coins played when you finally hit a big hand. If the Video Poker machine you are playing offers Bonus Rounds, do not risk your money on these offers, as you will be straying away from optimal strategy making the game even more of a gamble.

With the help of video poker, the players can play confidentially. The fact cannot be denied that the game of video poker has seen a significant rise with the changing times. The start of the various online casinos can also be included as a factor for making the game of Video Poker famous. Eventually it has given rise to the different types of the video poker.

The game of video poker has bear out a significant amount of progress and it continues to do so. It is really a remarkable achievement that now the players can sit at the comfort of their home and at the same time they can play with the poker players from across the world.

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