Jun 06

New Mobile Gambling App OLG LotteryIt seems every risk-taking gamer has at least one mobile gambling app on their smartphone these days. It’s all about convenience. Providing users with instant access to the games they want, with a tap of their finger. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLG) introduced a new app in June just for ticket holders.

The new OLG mobile gambling app doesn’t actually let customers place wagers. For that, they can download the PlayOLG.ca mobile casino app. This new application is designed to save players who already placed a bet some time, allowing them to check all their tickets instantly.

It’s called the OLG Lottery App, and it’s available for all Android and Apple iOS smartphones and tablets. According to provincial regulators, it’s exactly what players have been asking for.

A press release announcing the June 1, 2017 release explained, “Checking your lottery tickets has never been ore easy or more convenient.”

Functions of OLG’s Mobile Gambling App

Functions of New Mobile Gambling App OLG Lottery

By downloading and opening the new mobile gambling app, ticket holders can instantly scan the code on each ticket to see if it’s a winner. The OLG Lottery app works on a variety of tickets, including traditional lottery tickets, instant scratch off tickets, and even sports betting tickets.

The new app could be especially convenient for those who buy a large number of tickets. Checking the winning lottery numbers yourself, then examining each ticket to see if it has any value, can be a time consuming process. And there’s always a margin for error.

Most high-volume players take their tickets to the local gas station, convenience mart or grocery store to have them checked by a retailer. While this is great for the player, ensuring no errors are made, it can certainly hold up the line during peak shopping times.

And, if a ticket happens to win a large amount of money – the kind you’d have to visit a lottery claims center to cash in – there’s always that underlying fear that some duplicitous person may be lurking nearby, waiting to jump you and steal the ticket on your way out the door.

Thanks to this new app, all of these potentially problematic issues are resolved. Players can check their own tickets in private, know if they are winners, and take appropriate action to cash in the good ones.

The new mobile gambling app has several other features Ontario punters may appreciate as well. Users will be able to see all current jackpot and a list of all recent winning numbers for the province’s various lottery drawings. They can even set reminders to purchase new tickets, locate nearby lottery retailers, and check the balance of an OLG Lottery Gift Card.

The app also provides a direct link to the OLG’s responsible gambling program, PlaySmart.ca. This website provides information on problem gambling prevention, detection and treatment facilities throughout Ontario.

New Mobile Gambling App OLG LotteryUsers can download the new OLG Lottery App from the Google Play Store for Android, or Apple iTunes Store for iOS. Look for the official OLG Lottery App logo (right), or use the following links to download now.

Download OLG Lottery for Android (from Google Play Store)

Download OLG Lottery for Apple iOS (from iTunes)

OLG’s Senior Vice President of Lottery and Gaming, Wendy Montgomery, commented on the release of the new mobile gambling app on Thursday.

“OLG lottery players asked for it, and we delivered!” said Montgomery. “The OLG Lottery app enhances the customer experience for Ontario players, providing them with a ticket checker that goes everywhere they go.”

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May 29

real gambling on iPhone without the stressTwenty years ago, if someone wanted to gamble for real over the internet, there was no question as to how to do it. They would log onto InterCasino (first to market, 1996) from a bulky desktop computer and wait patiently for their dial-up modem to load the 18 games that were available back then.

Today, countless people participate in real gambling on iPhone and iPad, comparable Android devices, laptops, and much slimmer desktop computers. There are a few more games to choose from these days, too. iPhone gambling apps offer thousands of slot machines, table games, video poker, a specialty games.

Sure sounds like the mobile betting industry has evolved in the most wonderful of ways. Or is the reality of the situation a stress headache waiting to happen?

Too Many Choices Isn’t Always Good

As a general rule, the human race loves choices. We love variety. We love knowing that mass competition between businesses in a fast-growing industry translates to better deals and promotions for us – the consumers. But rarely do we consider the flip-side of that coin.

With variety comes decisions, and with decisions comes stress. When there are so many iPhone gambling apps to choose from, we’re tasked with the job of selecting the right one – the best one. We know they can’t all be perfect. Some will have glitches. Some will load slow. Some may be run by rogue operators out to steal our money!

And what about all those games? With so many different games to play, real gambling on iPhone could become yet another stress headache after you’ve spent so much time selecting the “best” gambling app. Now, our brains are working overtime just trying to choose a favorable theme we think we’ll enjoy.

You may think I’m crazy, but let’s take a moment to look at the bigger picture. Let’s say you’ve got a hankering for ice cream…

You walk into a small, mom-and-pop diner and ask what flavors are available. The friendly worker smiles and responds, “Vanilla and chocolate”. You mull this over for a few seconds, then decide you’re in the mood for chocolate. A minute later, you’re licking away in cool, creamy bliss.

Now what if you went into a larger, franchise ice cream shop. You can’t even ask what flavors there are, because the list is so long. You have to strain your neck looking up and across board after board of optional flavors. The lemon sounds good, but so does the butter pecan, the mint chocolate chip, the fudge brownie blast, the frozen mocha latte, and what about that bacon flavor? How do you not try the bacon?

So much indecision! Situations like these can actually cause your stress level to climb exponentially until you’ve finally made a choice. And even then, there’s hat nagging voice in the back of your head – did you make the right choice? Bacon ice cream, that doesn’t eve make sense! I should have taken the butter pecan. No, the lemon. Dang-it!

Real Gambling on iPhone: Keep it Simple

If you want an enjoyable experience, minus all the headaches, don’t hit the iTunes store looking for iPhone gambling apps. Instead, go straight to a distinguished, reliable source. And don’t bother with apps that offer an endless menu of games from a multitude of software developers, either.

Royal Vegas Mobile fits the bill perfectly. They’ve been around since 2000, building a trusted reputation, and they don’t incorporate a dozen software brands into their gaming repertoire. All digital games are supplied by Microgaming, with a few live casino tables powered by Evolution Gaming. That’s it – purely reputable, nice and simple.

21 years down the road, InterCasino is still around too. Again, the reputation is stellar, but this is one of those companies that chooses quantity over quality, employing 11 different games developers. It’s not a bad choice if you want to avoid the search for iPhone gambling apps, but still have access to a boundless menu of games.

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Mar 29

The wait is finally over. Rival Powered casinos were updated today with the release of Ten Suns, a new slots game themed around Chinese folklore. The game tells the tale of Hou Yi, The Divine Archer, whose enchanted arrows were able to obliterate Nine of the Ten Suns scorching the planet.

New Slots Game Ten Suns Slots at Rival Powered CasinosAs the story goes, the Emperor and Moon Goddess, who asked Hou Yi to perform this unimaginable task, looked on as the nine suns were shot down. One by one, each sun burst with a brilliant light, then magically transformed into a legendary Phoenix before flying off into the now lone sunset.

While I generally groan at the adaptation of yet another oriental themed slot machine, I have to admit, I really enjoyed the mythological folklore behind this new slots game. Rival Powered did a great job integrating razor-shard graphics and animations to accurately relay this epic tale.

Ten Suns Slot Features

Ten Suns is a 5 reel, 25 payline slot machine design in HTML5 for optimized compatibility with all major operating system, including PC, Mac and Linux/Ubuntu desktops, as well as Android, iOS and Windows mobile devices and tablets.

New Slots Game Ten Suns Slots at Rival Powered Casinos

The dominantly red and gold motif is highlighted by a plethora of symbols, all relating to the ancient Chinese legend. These include the Divine Archer, the Emperor, the Moon Goddess, the Phoenix, golden frogs, dragons, lotus flowers, treasure chests, lanterns, gold coins and more.

Following Chinese tradition, the golden frogs are some of the luckiest symbols in the game, awarding 1,000 coins for 5 on a line. The Divine Archer is the wild, the Dragon is a Scatter, and Treasure Chests are a scatter-style Bonus symbol.

Expanding Wilds: The Divine Archer follows the basic rules of wilds, taking the place of any other standard symbol needed to create the highest possible winning combination. He only appears on reels 2, 3 and 4. However, being a heavenly powered archer, he also has the ability to shoot arrows onto the reels whenever he substitutes for a win, randomly turning other symbols into wilds.

Scatter Free Spins: To unleash the free spins feature in this new slots game, players will need to see 3, 4 or 5 Dragons on the reels, awarding 5, 7 or 10 free games respectively. To make free spins more profitable, the five lowest paying symbols are all removed from the reels during this time.

Furthermore, free spins include a ‘Drop Icons‘ feature, which works like cascading reels. Anytime a winning combination occurs, the symbols involved in it will drop out of play and new symbols will fall into place, potentially creating more wins. The Drop Icon feature continues to drop symbols off the reels until no win is recorded.

Treasure Chest Bonus: This bonus game is triggered whenever 3 or more treasure chests appear anywhere on the reels. If a wild appears and expands, turning a treasure chest wild, the chest will still count towards activating the bonus round.

This is a Pick Me Bonus game, where the player is shown a series of treasure chest to choose from. The prizes within are instantly credited.

New Slots Game Arrives Today

As promised by its creator, the new slots game Ten Suns arrives at Rival Powered casinos today, March 29, 2017.

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Feb 27

Did you ever search for real money mobile casino apps in the Google Play Store (for Android) or on Apple iTunes (for iOS)? There’s plenty of them out there, and the competition is quite fierce. But is it a good idea to choose the first mobile casino app you find?

Real Money Mobile Casino AppsThe sad truth is – unlike standard search engines – app stores like Google and iTunes do not divulge how they rank the indexing of apps. Clearly, it’s not based entirely on user reviews. If I search ‘real money mobile casino‘ at the Google Play Store, the first and second listings have 4.4 stars, while the third has 4.7.

Likewise, the first option has between 10,000-50,000 installs, while the more popular third was installed between 10 million and 50 million times. The latter was also updated more recently (Jan 2017, as opposed to Aug 2016). And of course, both offer similar in-app purchases of $0.99 to $149.99.

To make matters worse, neither of them – nor any among the top 20 – actually offer real money mobile casino games. You’ll have to dig a lot deeper for that. And be careful, because not all apps in the stores are designed by their supposed namesakes.

The biggest problem is, due to age and regional restrictions, app stores often limit content to free-to-play, ‘social‘ casino games only. Fortunately, there’s a way around this. Players will have to access the real money mobile casinos apps directly from their source, such as Royal Vegas Mobile, LeoVegas Mobile, etc.

This is actually the better option, and it’s all because of that little problem we mentioned above. No one knows what incites app stores to index their mobile downloads the way they do. Instead, you’re better off looking up genuine user reviews of various real money mobile casino apps.

Researching Real Money Mobile Casino Apps

Royal Vegas Mobile Casino AppYou’ll want to make sure you’re gathering your information from a reliable source. I could tell you myself that I trust Royal Vegas. It’s been around since 2000 with no major complaints, employs the strictest security measures, and offers a vast collection of popular slots, table games and live casino options. But is that going to convince you it’s the best?

Probably not – and it shouldn’t.

Every player is different. We all have individual preferences and needs. We may be from different countries, use different currencies, speak different languages, prefer different deposit methods, etc. What I find most appealing may not be your cup of tea.

The best way to find good real money mobile casino apps is to visit internet gambling forums, where real users share their experiences. If you’re not finding any complaints, and the mobile app has been around for at least a year or two (the longer the better), it’s probably a good one.

Next, you’ll want to try it out for yourself. If you’re still a bit wary, don’t deposit right away. Take advantage of the free play option. See what games are available and how well the app works. With a little personal testing, you should be able to find the best mobile casino app to suit your style and needs. When you’ve found it, then you can make a deposit and play for real money.

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Jan 05

Smartphone Casinos benefit from Mobile-First Approach

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Smartphone CasinosThousands of desktop and smartphone casinos exist in today’s digital gambling market. Logically speaking, they can’t all be top-tier sites. Only the most prestigious, well-built and finely tuned operations can claim such status.

In the last few years, mobile casino popularity has grown to phenomenal heights. Desktop gaming sites are still well-visited, and won’t be disappearing from the iGaming realm anytime soon. But with the majority of the world’s population carrying one touch-screen mobile device or another, smartphone casinos are becoming the primary focus of the industry’s software developers.

The shift to mobile began just a few years ago, and surprisingly, most of the sites that once ruled the roost in desktop gaming have found themselves descending the proverbial ladder. It’s not that they aren’t converting their systems to support gaming on smartphones and tablets. It’s that they’re forced to take a backwards approach to it.

They’ve started with a stellar desktop platform, and that’s good. But ordering their programmers to transition that technology to something that’s ultimately compatible with all the major mobile phones and tablets – Android, Apple iOS, Windows Phone, etc. – that’s obviously easier said than done.

The key was to convert all desktop web pages to HTML5. However, as these operators began boasting that their platforms were fully optimized for mobile, the inevitable bugs began to rear their ugly heads. An error here, a miss-sized page there, a menu that didn’t agree with the programmer’s tap-to-open language.

Best Smartphone Casinos Built On Mobile

While all of these mishaps were being untangled, new smartphone casinos were appearing. These websites were being designed with a mobile-first approach, ensuring that their platform loaded seamlessly on all devices before they ever went live.

In 2012, a new mobile casino called LeoVegas hit the market. New gambling sites don’t often get a lot of attention. It can take years to establish a distinguished reputation, especially in a business such as this one. But by using the exact strategy described above, LeoVegas didn’t just make waves, it crashed upon shore, employing a phenomenal marketing campaign that drew countless players and decimated the competition.

LeoVegas Proves Mobile-First Works

LeoVegas Mobile CasinoThe company’s mobile strategy was enormously successful, earning LeoVegas a trophy case full of awards over the next few years. It started when EGR Nordic Awards named them ‘Best Innovation in Casino‘ in 2013, followed by ‘Best Mobile Product‘ in 2014.

The next year, LeoVegas took home EGR Nordic Awards for ‘Slots Operator of the Year‘ and ‘Affiliate Program of the Year‘, as well as the ‘Grand Prize Award‘ from the GP Bullhound Summit.

In 2016, LeoVegas scooped seven more awards, including EGR Nordic’s best ‘Mobile Operator‘, ‘Casino Operator‘ and ‘Nordic Operator‘ awards. International Gaming Awards named them ‘Online Casino Operator of the Year‘, Gaming Intelligence awarded them with ‘Casino Operator of the Year‘, and EGR bestowed them with dual titles of ‘Best Mobile Marketing Campaign‘ and ‘Best CRM Campaign‘ of 2016.

One of the companies lead managers explained why he thinks LeoVegas has become on of the best smartphone casinos in the world.

“I think what makes LeoVegas different is that we had mobile in mind before we launched as a website,” he said. “Most companies do it the other way around. They launch the website with desktop in mind and then have a problem to solve when they realise they have to offer a mobile version as well…

“Because we were always thinking ‘how will this look on mobile?‘ or ‘will this create a problem on mobile?‘ from the very start, we were prepared for all that already when the app came.”

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Nov 21

Top DFS Sites decide, ‘If you can’t beat em, join ’em!’

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DFS BettingToday’s industrial market is filled with competition. Pick any business, and you’ll likely find two juggernauts leading the way. In mobile technology, it’s iOS vs. Android. In eMerchanting, it’s Amazon vs. eBay. Even the toothpaste industry has Crest vs Colgate. In Daily Fantasy Sports, we have the two leading DFS betting giants, DraftKings vs. FanDuel.

For the last few years, these DFS sites have competed directly against one another to be the top fantasy-based, real money sports betting operators in the world. While their operations were aimed solely towards the US and Canada for a long time, they both branched out into the UK market last year, each seeking eventual global domination.

According to ESPN, DraftKings and FanDuel spent more than $750 million combined on television ads, encouraging DFS betting enthusiasts to choose one operation over the other. It was a grueling, no-holds-barred campaign from both directions. And I must say, it did work, attracting an estimated 56 million users to their DFS sites from North America alone.

But as is often the case with huge companies in a dead heat for first place, we’ve learned that the two largest fantasy-based real money sports betting companies are now about to merge.

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em!

DFS Sites DraftKings and FanDuel Agree to MergeThat’s right – it’s Serius and XM satellite radio all over again. DraftKings and FanDuel have already negotiated the terms of a merger. All that’s left now is that pivotal moment when government regulators stamp their seal of approval on the deal.

That’s expected to happen in the coming months, lining the DFS sites up to finalize the merger shortly into the second half of 2017; probably just in time for kick-off of the next NFL season.

Being relatively equal in size, the merger will see both companies splitting their responsibilities right down the middle.

Jason Robins, current CEO of DraftKings, will maintain his role, becoming the new CEO of the merged brand. Nigel Eccles, current CEO of FanDuel, will hop into the seat of Board Chairman. And, to keep it fair, each operator will get three seats on the new company board.

“This merger will help advance our goal of building a transformational global sports entertainment platform,” said Robins in a press release commenting the intended merger.

Eccles was equally enthusiast about the deal on ESPN.com. “Being able to combine DraftKings and FanDuel presents a tremendous opportunity for us to further innovate and disrupt the sports industry.”

“Disrupt”? Wait Just A Darn Minute…

Did Eccles really use the word, “disrupt”, to describe the DFS sites’ merger? Yes, he did, and that’s exactly what government regulators could be thinking, too.

You see, in order for a merger to be approved, it must not create a monopoly that would devastate other businesses operating in the same industry. And that could pose a huge problem for these real money sports betting aficionados.

But assuming the merger is approved – and it probably will be, just as Serius/XM was – it begs to question how punters will be effected.

As Kevin McGuire of The Comeback pointed out: “Reducing competition… could be dangerous for the consumer… there’s less incentive to keep prices (in this case, the portion of the fantasy pot taken by the company) down when there’s the perception that the player has nowhere else to play.”

“Commission Will Absolutely Not Increase”

In response to growing concern among the DFS betting community, Robins told ESPN on Friday, “The commission will absolutely not increase as a result of this merger.

“We always try to balance what’s the right commission rate to make the games fun and exciting and make everyone feel like they have a chance to win and also to create a healthy profitable company. And those are the same objectives that will exist post-merger,” he said. “We’re not foolish enough to think that we can raise commission to a level that players will just accept.”

Yeah, well, Richard Nixon said, ‘I am not a crook!‘, and George Bush senior said, ‘Read my lips – No new taxes!

There are no guarantees as to what will or won’t happen if/when DraftKings and FanDuel become one. But if we use the example of Serius/XM just once more, it’s worth noting that company did not issue a price hike following it’s 2008 merger until 2011, and that was based solely on inflation.

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Nov 16

Mobile Casinos for Real MoneyCasinos have been around for hundreds of years. Thanks to the computer geniuses that brought us the world wide web, online gambling showed up about two decades ago. As technology progressed, we gained the ability to play the same games on a mobile casino for real money in the late 2000’s.

Mobile gambling has actually been around longer than that. I believe it was 2003 Microgaming launched the very first mobile casino app, but that was in the draconian days of flip-phones with arrow-keys to make selections. In terms of modern, touch-screen technology, mobile casinos didn’t begin to flourish until about five years later.

Now days, everyone uses their Android and Apple iOS smartphones and tablets for gaming. Some prefer social games, like Candy Crush or Words with Friends. I prefer something with a bit more of a bite to it, and there’s nothing quite like the exhilaration that comes with playing a mobile casino for real money.

Every game you can imagine is available these days. Hundreds of classic and 5-reel video slots grace the menus. Video poker and table games like blackjack, baccarat, roulette, craps, three card poker, ultimate Texas holdem; I could go on and on. Thanks to HTML5 optimization, mobile casinos have it all, and you don’t even have to download an app to access them (although it is an option).

Sounds great, right? And it is – but just like those social games I mentioned above, mobile casino games can be quite addicting. The thrill of the win can be like a drug-induced high. And if we’re not careful, we could find ourselves spending a lot more money on these games than we ever intended.

It’s awfully easy to keep clicking the Spin button on the slots, or doubling up a blackjack bet to regain the previous loss. But we can avoid such problems by simply being aware of what we’re doing, and how much we’re doing it, at all times.

Appreciating the Entertainment Value

The golden rule to gambling is to appreciate it as the entertainment option that it is. You don’t go to the movies expecting to win back your price of ticket and popcorn. Playing a mobile casino for real money affords that opportunity, but you should never play with expectations of a profit.

Those who think they can just play until they win are what critics and statistical data collectors refer to as ‘problem gamblers’. No one wants to end up in that category, and if we’re conscious of our actions, we never will.

Set Strict Deposit Limits

Think about how much money you make each week. Think about the bills you have to pay each month, and the amount you spend on other necessities like food, fuel and toiletries.

Now, think about what you have to spend on entertainment. Maybe you have an extra $200 each week. You’ll want to hold onto some of that for random things, like date night or a spontaneous outing with your friends.

If you split it in half, that gives you $100 to play around with. You know you can log onto your favorite mobile casino and deposit that $100, confident that you can afford to lose that much.

Don’t worry, this isn’t a negative way of thinking. It doesn’t mean you are going to lose, or that you’re even planning to lose. It just means that if you do lose, it’s okay. That’s a huge positive in my book.

It’s also a good idea to set time limits. If you only spin the reels or play blackjack for 15 minutes at a time, chances are your bankroll will last a lot longer. And if you do run out of funds before the week is out, that’s okay, too. There’s an easy solution for that.

Switch To Free Play Mode

You don’t always have to play a mobile casino for real money. All of those games – well, the vast majority of them, at least – are also available to play for free. The only games you won’t have access to are the live dealer casino games. Because the operator pays to maintain the studio and hires professionally trained dealers to run the tables, they like to make sure there’s always cash flowing in.

All of the other games, though, can be played anytime you like without spending a single coin of your own money. Yes, the overall experience may lose some of the exhilarating bite I spoke of before, but it’s still entertaining, and it’s a great opportunity to learn how to play new games you never tried before.

Practice Before You Play for Real Money

Would you go to the track and bet on a race if you didn’t know anything about the odds or horses that were running? Hopefully not. The same goes for casino gambling. Why would you risk real money on a game that you know nothing about?

Practice mode is the perfect way to learn the rules for any game you’re unfamiliar with. You may decide you don’t like that game, or you may find it’s your new favorite. Either way, knowing how to play is imperative before you try any game at a mobile casino for real money.

Be An Opportunistic Player

Free play mode is also a great way to incorporate and fine-tune your strategies. Maybe you know all the rules of blackjack, but do you know the best times to hit, stand, double or split your cards? Intuition is a wonderful thing, but it would be unwise to deny the law of probability.

If you really want your bankroll to last as long as possible, with the highest chance of actually winning some money, developing a solid strategy is the only way to go.

If your bankroll runs dry, don’t contemplate depositing more than you can afford to lose. Instead, think of it as an opportunity to improve your play until the next payday rolls around.

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Nov 03

Real Money Blackjack OnlineYour good at math. You have a tidy bankroll stowed away. You’ve decided it’s time to turn your stash into more extra cash by playing real money blackjack online. That’s not a bad idea, seeing as blackjack is the most profitable game in any casino – but let’s back it up a moment.

Ask yourself a few questions first. Have you ever played blackjack? Do you truly understand the rules of the game? Are you aware that there are dozens of rule variations you could come across? Have you developed an optimal strategy for the type of blackjack game you intend to play?

If you answered ‘No‘ to any of these questions, you’ll want to keep reading.

Usefulness of Free-To-Play Blackjack Apps

I know you want to play real money blackjack online, where you can actually win cash. But the best way to learn the rules and develop a proper strategy is to practice. Playing free blackjack games just for fun is the best way to accomplish that.

Not just any blackjack app will do, though. You need one that allows you to set the various rules, and provides optimal strategic data for all hands. There are some great blackjack training apps out there that offer these features, compatible with all iOS and Android mobile and tablet devices.

 

Some of my favorite blackjack apps include:

Know The Rules You’re Going To Play

Selecting only the best rules for the lowest house edge isn’t going to get you anywhere. There’s no casino out there that’s going to provide all the best rules on a single table. Instead, you’ll need to see what rule variations are available at the online casino you intend to play at (see next section for more info).

Because these free-to-play blackjack apps allow users to set the rules, you can enter the exact rules in the settings menu before you start practicing. This way, when you do start playing real money blackjack online, you know you’ll be working with the best possible strategy, giving you the lowest house edge and, therefore, the highest possible win rate.

Real Money Blackjack Online

Never assume that all internet blackjack sites are created equal. For every reputable operator out there, there’s a rogue operator hoping you’ll deposit with them instead. Take your time. Do your research. Find an operator with a long-standing reputation for honesty, integrity and quick, reliable payouts. Royal Vegas is a good example, as it meets all of these standards.

Also make sure players from your country are accepted, and that the deposit/withdrawal methods meet your needs. Then, peruse the available blackjack games and see what rules they offer. If the rules are appealing, make sure the pay table is too.

A natural blackjack should always pay 3:2. If the payout is anything less than that, find a better game. Decreasing the payout for a natural blackjack is the easiest and most covert way for casinos to hike up the house edge by as much as 2.27%.

Finally, remember that it’s impossible to turn the tides completely into your favor. If it were that easy, casinos would be out of business. The best you’ll manage playing real money blackjack online is a house of about 0.4%. With the right knowledge and strategy, you’ll only need a bit of luck to overcome that minuscule edge.

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Oct 06

Shanghai Beauty Internet SlotsAs always, Microgaming is delivering new internet slots this month to all of its licensed operators. The latest addition is called Shanghai Beauty, introduced in October 2016, and the name alone tells us they’ve added yet another Oriental-themed game to the constantly growing line-up of real money slots.

I’m all for playing new titles, and always look forward to the start of each new month because I know Microgaming will deliver a few new games. But I was ultimately disappointed to see one of the most overused themes slapped atop the same old cookie-cutter slots set-up, yet again.

That’s not to say the game itself isn’t a good one, just blatantly repetitive. And of course, they didn’t get too imaginative with the symbols either, filling half the reels with generic playing card symbols of 9, 10, J, Q, K and A.

Now that I’ve gotten my rant out, let’s look a bit deeper at what else these real money slots have to offer in the way of features.

Shanghai Beauty Features

Real Money Slots for Mobile and TabletThe new internet slots employ Microgaming’s typical 243 Ways to Win interfaces on a 5×3 reel set. The background music is fairly enjoyable – not too rambunctious, or slow enough to put you to sleep. It’s also multi-system compatible, so players can access the new game via desktop, mobile and tablet. It’s even available in ‘Portrait Mode‘ for smartphones (i.e. turn the phone to rotate the screen).

Shanghai Beauty follows the oriental theme well enough, filling the reels with images like the Geisha, Junk (oriental ship), Woman playing a Pipa (Chinese lute), Gold Bowls and Silver Bowls, along with Wilds (Shanghai Beauty Logo) and Scatters (Jade Box).

In the base game, things are fairly standard, except that Wilds pay 2x on all wins in which they are involved. Otherwise, because there are no actual paylines, all wins are paid as a derivative of the total bet placed, divided by all possible ways to win.

The game’s most notable feature is free spins, which are triggered by landing 3, 4 or 5 Jade Box scatters anywhere on the reels during a single play. This automatically triggers 15 free spins, regardless of the number of scatters that appeared (i.e. 4 or 5 won’t deliver more free spins). However, the player will receive Scatter pays, which do give nice payouts on their own (2 scatters = 18 credits, 3 = 45, 4 = 180, 5 = 4,500).

While the free spins are active, all winning combinations will pay at a 3x multiplier rate, based on the stake that triggered them. Free spins can also be retriggered at this time by landing 3 or more scatters during free spins.

Shanghai Beauty Slots Worth A Spin?

Shanghai Beauty Slots by MicrogamingNot only did Microgaming’s latest internet slots fail to pique my interest in terms of thematic overlay, it doesn’t seem to bring anything interesting or innovative to the table either. There are no special bonus features outside of free spins, and no exceptional graphics or animations to draw players in.

If you’re a big fan of Oriental themes, you may want to give it a go, just to see if you like it better than the dozens of other similar games out there. Otherwise, give it a pass. You can find lots of more interesting real money slots at Royal Vegas, or any other Microgaming powered online casino.

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Oct 04

UNLV Boys demo Candy Crush-style Skill Slot at G2E

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Guru Games Founders Troy Pettie and Evan ThomasTalk of skill-based slot machines has run rampant through Las Vegas casinos for the last year. Nevada passed a bill that legalizes skill slots in September 2015, and while manufacturers have been busy trying to create them, they quickly learned it’s not so easy to take games of skill and turn them into slot-style games with a guaranteed house edge, as per the state’s regulatory guidelines.

Last week, a pair of tech students from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) turned up at the 2016 Global Gaming Expo (G2E) where they demonstrated a new game they developed that just might become the first skill slot to pass rigorous testing from the Nevada Gaming Control Board. It’s called ‘Line Em’ Up‘, and was inspired by extremely popular, puzzle-based social games like Candy Crush and Bejeweled.

Troy Pettie and Evan Thomas, both 20 year old students at UNLV, not only designed the new game, they founded their own company to house it. The company is called Guru Games, and these boys are confident they’ve got what it takes to bring the first skill-based video gambling machines to the gaming floors of Las Vegas casinos.

Line Em’ Up Skill Slots

Line Em Up Skill SlotThis is an original skill-based game called Line Em’ Up,” said Pettie while demonstrating the game at G2E.

Like other strategy puzzle games, the object is to line up matching symbols, but they won’t diappear when you do. The goal is to match as many lines as possible on a 4×4 grid before running out of moves. Lines can run horizontal, vertical and diagonal, and require four in a row (including Wild symbols) for a win.

It’s inspired by Bejeweled and Candy Crush,” explained Thomas. “We took what we loved about those gaming mechanics, what made those games popular, and then we took what we know about gambling games and traditional slot machines and we melded the two to make something that’s seamless, unique and something that could actually work in a gambling space in a casino.”

How To Play

Players begin by choosing a bet size. The screen then fills up with symbols that drop into place (7’s, Bells, Cherries, Lemons, Gold Bars, Wilds, etc). Players will then receive a number of ‘Moves’, based on how many eligible moves there are on the screen.

If a game starts with zero moves, it’s usually an automatic loss, but as the duo explained, any game that starts with at least 1 move is destined to win.

All zero movers are losers, but all boards that have moves are guaranteed to win,” said Pettie. He noted that even a zero-move game can be a winner, if the symbols happen to fall with a matching line of four symbols already completed.

Strategy Matters in Line Em’ Up

Just winning is one thing, but winning a larger sum of money is the real trick, and that’s where strategy comes into play. The more lines that have all matching symbols, the more money a player will win.

The order of the moves matter,” explained Pettie in an interview with Las Vegas Review-Journal, “because it can impact how many lines you can ultimately make.” During one demo round, he was given a board where he could have made a line of 7’s in the first move, but instead, he made a different move that pulled a Wild over first, and was able to complete two lines, 7’s and Cherries, in two moves.

Best of all, said Pettie, “our math is it meets all the Nevada gaming regulations.” According to his partner, their algorithms guarantee a minimum 3.5% house edge for casinos, even by the most skilled of players. For those who don’t invoke perfect strategy, the house edge rises to about 6%.

The Line Em’ Up skill slots can be played right now for free on Android mobile devices as a social gaming app. But these boys have much bigger plans for the game, and are currently “in talks” with slot machine manufacturers to get their new game beyond free-to-play app, and into a live Las Vegas casino.

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