Internet Gambling – Part 1, A Brief History

The reality of online gaming a few years ago seemed a long way off. But recently, many states have already started legislation, whether online poker or sports betting. Fantasy Sports seems to find a lull when so much more seems to be arriving soon to a gambling state near you.

The 1990’s

The first online casino began operation in 1995 with an offering of eighteen online games, and since then the industry has boomed. This phenomena has truly revolutionized gambling, allowing gamblers to place wagers on all sorts of games and events from the comfort of their home. And while it has been unlawful to bet online, Americans have still found ways to participate in online gambling.

Almost every single internet gambling site is physically located offshore. These sites offer all types of gambling games, from traditional table games and slots to lotteries and ports wagering.

But events changed the way online gambling was available to American players. To start to regulate, and eventually end online gambling, most major American credit companies prohibit payments to online gambling services. These policies are mostly self-implemented due to the high risk of fraud and bad debt in the online gaming industry.

After credit card companies banned online gambling credit, gamblers began to use online payment providers such as Paypal with increasing frequency. However, more pressure was exerted on the ability for Americans to use such services and gamble online with real money, so most foreign online casinos refused American gamblers.

The 2000’s

Poker Black Friday – the end for most online poker sites at the time.

The European Union then ruled in favor of online gambling companies according to their restraint of trade rules, permitting European companies to continue offering online gambling to all member states of the EU. And many jurisdictions within Europe, such as the UK, Malta, Gibraltar and the Isle of Man offer online gambling licensing services, along with the long standing licensing locations of Canada and the Caribbean. In 2008, South Africa and Italy joined the long list of countries to introduce legislation to regulate and endorse online gambling as a perfectly legal form of adult entertainment.

Online Poker Offered

Mobile gambling inside the casinos is an option in some states, such as New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada. Pennsylvania is close behind. But this is only the tip of the iceberg. Many states are looking into legalizing more than just online poker.  Why now?  For the states, it’s simple:

  1. As a source of revenue for the state.
  2. To strengthen their existing gaming establishments and/or lottery.

My next post will take a look at where online gambling is headed, and a specific look at how it includes and may impact New England “brick-and-mortar” casinos, with the help of Steve Ruddock, our favorite online gambling expert.

That’s all for now.

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Online Gambling Guide For Beginners

Years ago, poker was on the rise.  Every casino started opening up poker rooms, and online poker became as popular as ever.  Online casinos also became popular.  While most were run away from the U.S., American friendly casinos still took your play.  

The year 2011 is known as the infamous year of Black Friday, when the U.S department of Justice seized the domain names of PokerStars, Full Tilt & Absolute Poker, effectively freezing the bankrolls of their player base.

From that moment, poker has declined.  Online poker sites have declined, poker room in Brick-and-mortar casinos, and American Credit Card companies put the pinch on all worldly casinos taking American Currency or credit.

Today, we introduce Daniel Clark to our ever-growing group of NETimeGambling followers.  Since many states are now considering online gaming of some sort to bolster state funds, Daniel’s post is a timely one.  We hope you enjoy it.


 

Casinos have been there since ages but online casinos seem to be more popular than the live casinos since past couple of decades. For beginners, it becomes arduous to get started as they are not at all familiar with casino games, rules, and related details. If you are one of those, a complete guide about online casinos is what you need the most.

Although providing all the guideline in just one article is a bit difficult, you can consume some of the ‘must know’ information before you start playing. Gambling online for the first time can be an overwhelming experience. It might also make you a bit perplexed as there are thousands of games to choose from, several different ways of wagering, and many other things to consider for betting with fun.

Once you commence playing, it would appear natural to try new games and learn their tactics involved in the games. But before you go for online gambling, there are some key factors you need to contemplate as below:

– Games of chance

The results of any casino games depend on random events and that is why casino games are believed to be games of chance. If odds are in your favor, you win big; if they are not, you might lose. It is all determined by a spin of the roulette wheel, or spins of slot machines, turn of a card or a roll of the dice.

These things are not under your control and whether you win or lose. It is crucial for you to accept the fact that outcomes would be always unpredictable. It is one such factor that makes casino games thrilling as well as risky.

– The house wins, most of the time!

The casino houses do not need any luck to win. Whether it is a brick and mortar casino or an online one, the games are mathematically programmed and that’s why they have higher chances of winning than you. The law of probability is connected to every game they offer which puts the betting odds against you.

Except counting cards in Blackjack, which is really difficult, there are no other ways to turn the odds in your favor. Thus, their mathematical advantage would help them to make the profit in a long run.  

– Winning is not impossible

In spite of the fact that the house wins, it is not right to say that you would fail to win your every bet. As casino games are games of chances, the results are unpredictable for both, the casino house and the player. It is likely to work in your favor and improves your chances of winning against all the odds. As it is mentioned earlier the mathematical advantages are effective to the house for a long term profit.

If you a play a hundred hands in a blackjack game, you might end up winning more than 50% of them with a decent reward. But if you keep playing and then chances of losing are higher than winning. Luck factor in casino games work like this, a little good fortune and some tricks for s short time-span would give you more reasons to win.

The thing you need to keep in mind is that luck is not the only factor when it comes to gambling. Some games have small house edge so you can stick to these games. Also after playing for a few times, you start getting the knack of the game. From your experiences, you would learn which trick works when while betting.

If you are keen to know more about new casino games and their rules and regulations, you can refer to NorskCasinoGuide . (You will need to translate into English). This site provides all the guidance you need to know for online casinos. It is greatly helpful especially if you belong to Scandinavian region.

Daniel Clark


Author Bio : Daniel Clark, a professional writer for casino and gambling. He covers online gambling and other online games topics. He covers up the brilliant tips to online gambling tips for beginner in this new post.

Online Social Casinos at New England Casino Websites

Last Monday, we revisited the rise of the social casino through Facebook, apps, and sponsored by gaming’s giants, such as MGM, Caesars, Aristocrat, Scientific Gaming and IGT.  If you missed it, take a moment to look back at “Online Social Casinos”

Out of seven brick-and-mortar casinos in New England, five have social gaming available. Only Newport Grand in Newport, Rhode Island & Oxford Casino in Oxford, Maine don’t offer these type of online gaming. Today we will take a look at all five casinos that do offer them, starting in Connecticut.

Foxwoods Resort Casino – Foxwoods Online

Foxwoods rolled out a new version of it’s social casino over a year ago.  It contains four rooms of slots, names for different Foxwoods casino areas, each needing a higher level of play to unlock new games. It features slots by Spins Gaming, Konami Gaming, GreenTube Interactive Gaming from Europe, and Nektan Gaming.

Foxwoods Online Lobby

Video Poker – no full pay, but decent, including NSUDuesces Wild.

Other Games –  include two Blackjack, two roulette games (one with a single zero), 4 Keno games

Rewards – Points earned through play can be used for two types of rewards – Entertainment (gas card, & Tanger Coupon Book) and Casino rewards, such as Bonus Slot play, free BJ, Roulette or Keno bet, more credits or Foxwoods Rewards points added to your rewards card.

 

Mohegan Sun Online

Mohegan Sun offers three different options for online gaming.

1) The Play4Fun casino is slots only,and for entertainment only – there is no connection to the Momentum Rewards.  You start off with only 3 available  slot machines (Brazilian Beauty, Kronos, & Jungle Wild) plus one reel slot machine. More slots are made available as you rise in level. All slots are can be found in real casinos and are IGT/Scientific games based, many of which you would find at other social casino sites such as Jackpot Party. Tournaments are available for fun only.

2) Fantasy Sports – FanDuel has teamed up with Mohegan Sun to bring MLB fans free contests where you can win prizes at the Sun.  For

example this week’s prizes include a One-night hotel stay at Mohegan Sun, plus — $900 in food & beverage credits.

3) MoheganSunCasino.com – Because the Mohegan Tribal Nation runs casino operations at Resorts in Atlantic City, they can offer a true online casino, featuring over 300 online slots, 17 table games, 18 video poker options.  Unfortunately, you have to be within the border to be able to bet real money.  It is open 24/7 and licensed by the State of New Jersey.

Twin River Casino – Play TwinRiver

Twin River opened its online social casino recently with the past year.

Slots – It features slots by Spins Gaming, Everi Gaming, Gan Gaming, Konami Gaming, Ainswirth, Incredible Technologies, and more. Unlike many other social casinos, TR’s has almost 70 slots that are all available, no matter what level you are on.  It’s quite a varied selection of brick-and-mortar casino slots and software slots – some with progressives!

Video Poker – full pay JOB, and other decent paytables, including NSUDuesces Wild.  VP games are similar to Foxwoods Online, made by Spin Gaming.

Poker – either straight up, or tournaments, a wide variety is available.

Other Games –  include two Blackjack, two roulette games (one with a single zero), 4 Keno games, poker, and even solitaire. In the poker room, you can find blackjack, mini-roulette, Texas hold’em, bingo, backgammon, gin rummy, poker dice, and domino duel.  The poker area is set up into four rooms, much like Foxwoods, with names of restaurants such as Fred & Steve’s Steakhouse.

Promotions include 3X points Tuesdays, a daily login bonus, and Twin River Rewards Club members can be rewarded for their play online with up to $500 in Regional Rewards Gift Cards.

HollywoodCasino.comPlainridge Park Casino,  & Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway

Similar to Mohegan Sun’s Play4Fun casino, all Penn National casinos allowed to have social casinos (some states don’t) is slots only,and for entertainment only – there is no connection to the Marquee Rewards. You start off with only 3 available  slot machines (Brazilian Beauty, Kronos, & Jungle Wild) plus one reel slot machine. More slots are made available as you rise in level. All slots are can be found in real casinos and are IGT/Scientific games based, many of which you would find at other social casino sites such as Jackpot Party. Tournaments are available for fun only.  One difference offered by HollywoodCasino.com is that you can buy credits from your Marquee Rewards account, as long as you connect the two, which takes little time.

In addition to a sign up bonus and free credits every month is Race Champ, a simulated horse race to use credits on.  Choose a horse from the field, bet trifectas with the help of the “trifecta slot,” then watch a real race for your winning horse.  Winners get additional credits.

Currently Newport Grand & Oxford Casino do not have online gaming available.

Which is best?

Here is the order from best top down, according to NETG experiences:

  1. Foxwoods Online – Real rewards make this a winner.
  2. Play TwinRiver – Bonuses and the vast amount of games available to players makes this a close second
  3. HollywoodCasino.com – The additional games to the usual online gaming casino seen at Mohegan Sun’s website and and many other casinos for that matter, makes this the third best option.
  4. Mohegan Sun Online – Online casino is just “meh,”  but if you’re in New Jersey, poker for real money makes this a good play.  The connection to FanDuel doesn’t hurt either, if you are into fantasy sports.

 

Well, that does it.  Try them out and let us know what you think.  We’d love to hear from you.

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