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.

Binbin

Online Social Casinos

download (1)A growing trend is the number of “brick-and-mortar”casinos to offer online casinos from their websites.  These games are for fun and not like true online gaming where you use real money and can possibly make real money like an actual casino. However, for the most part, internet gambling is illegal in the US, except a few states which allow internet poker within state borders.  That and whether Daily Fantasy Sports is gambling is another topic for another date.  (Yes, it’s gambling.)

Two years ago, only three casinos in New England offer a social gaming site as well – Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun, and Hollywood Casino, Hotel & Raceway. Wednesday, we will look at the social gaming available now through our seven New England casinos.  Today, we look at social gaming at it is in general.

Social Casinos, either from a casino website or through the many apps available, seem to be thriving.  They are more like playing casino games without real money.  However, the player can buy more credits to continue playing.

Why play at all if it’s not real gambling?  According to Casino.org, people can play for free in their browser or smart phone almost anywhere, and win real prizes.  “Facebook is the most popular social media platform for online games… [and] Out of all of the people who gamble on social media, 61% of them do it on Facebook.”

According to GamblingSites.com, social gaming companies use different strategies to get you to share and come back to play their games:

  • Continuous goals. – You are given different goals to achieve, each one harder and more time consuming than the last. Each action you take will push you towards a goal that can lead to higher gaming capital.
  • Gaming capital. – This comes in many forms, such as badges, trophies, accolades and achievements. These can be earned by playing or by completing tasks, such as sharing the game or your results to your profile.

 

There are casinos with their own mix of games, and there are others that specifically represent a slot company.  A quick review of the favorites include:

Slotomania – Slotomania offers slots, slots, and more slots, all on multi mobile platforms.  None of their slots can be found in brick-and-mortar casinos.

CaesarsCasino – This online casino is connected to the Caesars Entertainment, formally Harrah’s & Bally’s.  It includes blackjack, roulette, video poker & baccarat as well as tons of slots from numerous slots makers. Casino promotions with extra credits are offered.  It is also connected to their rewards program, Total Rewards. You can convert your Online Reward Credits to cash deposited directly into your account. For every 1,000 Reward Credits converted, they will add $10 to your available cash balance.

DoubleDown Casino

Double Down Casino,  – They offer a whole slew of options: free slots, free bingo, free poker, free video poker, and free blackjack, all on Facebook. Not only that, but you can also download their mobile app and do some gambling on your mobile device (smartphone or tablet). Everything is free at DoubleDown Casino.  They offer mostly IGT based slots.  DD has slot, VP and other tournaments daily.

myVegas, – myVEGAS was named “Best of 2016” by iGaming Business and eGaming Review. It features exclusive freebies and bonuses with MGM partners like BELLAGIO, ARIA, MGM GRAND, CIRQUE DU SOLEIL, ROYAL CARIBBEAN, VDARA, MIRAGE, NEW YORK NEW YORK, and CIRCUS CIRCUS.  They also include offers from other sources not affiliated with MGM, such as Stations Casinos (Las Vegas), Gray Line Tours, Genting Gaming, Royal Caribbean, and more.  There are also two other myVegas sites, one for just blackjack and the other featuring Konami slots, such as “China Shores.”

Jackpot Party, & HotShotCasinoSlots (Facebook) feature IGT / Scientific Games slots, similar to Double Down Casino, but offer slots only.  Jackpot Party was Williams Interactive’s entry into the world of social casinos before they were consumed by Scientific Gaming. Progressive slots are featured daily.

Aristocrat’s Heart of Vegas features  features slots made by Aristocrat Gaming, originally from Australia.  You will find Buffalo, MoreChili, Wonder 4, and many more of your favorites made by Aristocrat.  Progressive slots are featured daily.

 

Is there a downside to social gaming? – Many, such as Dr. Mark Griffiths, a Professor of Gambling Studies at Nottingham Trent University’s International Gaming Research Unit, think it might lead the person to signing up to a real money casino with unrealistic expectations. Or, maybe manipulate them into buying in-game purchases to try to win more often, since “the behavioral and social conditioning of social slots and gaming is no different to real-money gambling, apart from the fact you’re not “risking” real money.”

Another downside, considered by communities around the country with casinos that also offer “free” social gaming is the consideration of addiction – addictions that don’t have to come down to winning or losing money. But that “addiction can also come in the form of time spent. The time you lose playing these games can have a negative impact on your life, too,” so says Dr. Griffiths.

More research needs to be completed before conclusions are found.  But one thing is for sure – it has become big fun for players, and big money for gaming companies.

Wednesday, we look into the social gaming sites offered by New England’s casinos.  Tomorrow, we pause from the playing and turn to ComiConn at Foxwoods.

Binbin

 

N. H. Proposing Casinos & Online Gaming – Part 2 of 2

New HampshireYesterday I answered questions, such as:

  • Why is New Hampshire looking at introducing gambling again to its residents?
  • When & where did all this start?
  • What were the influences that led to more gambling proposals since all other previous ones failed?

So, what is the latest, greatest gambling proposal brought to the New Hampshire legislators last Wednesday? Remember, Casino bills rose and fell at the Statehouse for decades, and although the Senate did pass casino bills, the House never did.

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The Seabrook Greyhound Park

One thing we know is where is won’t be.  After years of previous New Hampshire casino bills focused on placing a gambling venue at the former Rockingham Park race track in Salem, a move many hoped would keep the fading race track alive, it was decided this time Rockingham Park is not a consideration.

So where?  Seabrook Park, the former dog track, is a possible site. Right off I-95, the southern border community of Seabrook is within an hour’s drive of population hubs of Greater Boston and the Merrimack Valley cities.  But the proposal is for two casinos…….

When asked by NHPR if he could “…. run through some of the details of your bill?…”, Senator

Lou D’Allesandro

Lou D’Allesandro

Lou D’Allesandro, a longtime casino proponent, replied. “Well, every bill’s a little different because you’re trying to satisfy a constituency. This bill offers two licenses, they’re wide open and anybody can bid on them. A Category 1 license is $80 million; the Category 2 license is $40 million. The A license is a little bit larger than the B license. The tax rate is still 35 percent. Both venues offer table games as well as the slot machines. The distribution formula is a little bit different. We restore revenue sharing. It’s been suspended for a number of bienniums, so we’ll give back to communities $25.2 million on an annual basis. I don’t know how anybody can be opposed to that.”

But there is another gaming bill in New Hampshire that has surfaced as well concerning Online Gambling. According to Poker News Daily, Representative Eric Schleien introduced HB562 into the state’s House of Representatives, “a bill which would decriminalize online gambling in New Hampshire.”

But what is strange is that it doesn’t regulate online gambling. So, basically, it opens up Granite State residents to play online – including poker – which might take a bite out of the charitable gaming revenue from the state’s poker rooms.

Steve Ruddock

Steve Ruddock

Leave it to online poker specialist Steve Ruddock to take a look at this.  According to Steve, the difference between this and propsals in other states such as New York and New Jersey.

Basically, HB 562:

  • wouldn’t (at least as presently written) create a regulatory framework in which online gambling sites would be licensed and regulated by the state of New Hampshire.
  • wouldn’t require legal online gaming sites to be operated by existing New Hampshire companies.
  • would simply decriminalize online gambling, ostensibly by allowing New Hampshire residents to play at existing online casinos and poker sites.

Steve says, “Basically, if HB 562 were enacted it might conceivably open the door for New Hampshire residents to join the global online poker and online casino market, and play at sites like PokerStars (the global site) and beyond – assuming these companies wanted to operate in New Hampshire. If it’s enacted, the effective date for the bill would be Jan. 1, 2018.”

We will follow both bills and report back.  This means the potential Casino Count in New England, if all goes through, would be:

Maine – 3 (Oxford, Bangor, and possible York County site)

New Hampshire – 2 (TBD)

Massachusetts – 4 (Plainridge, Wynn, MGM, Wampanoag First Light)

Connecticut – 3 – Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun, & possible CCMT joint venture)

Rhode Island – 2 – Twin River & Newport (moving to Tiverton)

Total = 14!

  

 

 

Massachusetts State Panel Discusses Social Casino Games

Any of these seem familiar?

Any of these seem familiar?

Remember Farmville?  Warcraft?  Are Still playing them?

How about Clash of the Titans?  Words with Friends?  And all those Candy Crush, Soda Crush, “anything you can imagine” Crush games?  Playing any of those?

Social Gaming has been popular ever since apps could be put on mobile devices. Those games have been accepted as harmless pastimes, yet many have hinted that they can be as addictive as any electronic game. Now, social casino gaming, or is becoming popular – and most of New England’s casinos offer it on their websites.

For a previous posts about Social Gaming, search using “Social Gaming” in the archives.

images (1)“Freemium” gaming, where players play casino games for free is the most popular social gaming model.  Unlike “online gambling,” you can play Top Spot: Poker, Slots, Bingo, Table Games, and Video Poker for free.  The question is, can players of these games tell the difference between gambling and social gambling.

In a move to better understand the rise of online social casino gaming, the Massachusetts Gambling Commission invited experts to share their views at a meeting in Boston weeks ago. Continue reading

Foxwoods launch new online casino

Foxwoods Online Casino app.

Foxwoods Online Casino app.

Foxwoods Resort Casino has partnered with Novomatic – a subsidiary Greentube Internet Entertainment Solutions – to re-launch its social online casino at http://www.Online.Foxwoods.com.  Those with accounts on the earlier version can easily switch over to the new app.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation stated that the new-look social online casino is the result of ‘intense redesign, reengineering and improvements’ being carried out by Greentube subordinate BlueBat Games. The new site offers a number of novel features such as the ability to win complimentary meals, hotel rooms and event tickets.  For example, one beginning offer is converting 7500 online loyalty points for 10 Foxwoods reward points, and equivalent of approximately $1700 in on a slot machine!

Spin Games

Spin Games comes in all device formats.

Many games are new, created by Spin Gaming & Grand Vision Gaming.  Video poker and Keno are he only “table games” available at this time.  Some Konami slots such as China Shores and Secret of the Mermaid are also offered.

Rodney Butler, Chairman for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, stated that the redesigned social online casino operates on one platform and allows for numerous in-game marketing capabilities via multiple channels. The customized look and feel via the Greentube Pro engine has been designed to reflect the physical appearance of the Foxwoods Resort Casino, while perpetuating play and ultimately attracting customers to the brick-and-mortar venue.

Foxwoods Felix Rappaport

Foxwoods Felix Rappaport

“As the world continues to advance digitally, we are excited to extend the Foxwoods experience online through this industry-leading gaming platform,” said Felix Rappaport, Foxwoods Resort Casino President & CEO. “FoxwoodsONLINE provides the unparalleled gaming atmosphere that guests have come to know at Foxwoods Resort Casino.”

The new FoxwoodsONLINE social casino provides players with an online environment that reflects the actual appearance of the Mashantucket-located gambling venue. For instance, online customers will be able to see the property’s lobby and other popular rooms within the facility.

Try it, you might like it!

Binbin

Mohegan Sun Launches Online Gaming in New Jersey

image(25)The United States, since 2014, has permitted intrastate online gambling,(gambling contained by the borders of one state).  The only wagers that cross state lines include fantasy sports and paramutual betting, i.e., horse racing. Since then three states have been licensed, regulated, and permitted to include intrastate online gaming – Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware.

Dover Downs has an app for its Online Casino

Dover Downs has an app for its Online Casino

The chief obstacle to intrastate online gambling has been the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) interpretation of the Wire Act which was enacted in 1961 to prevent bookmakers from accepting sports bets over the telephone. For years, the DOJ maintained the Wire Act prohibited all forms of Internet gambling, while online gaming proponents maintained the Wire Act only applied to sports betting.

online-casino (1)Many casinos in other states now offer online play, but without real money involved.  “Foxplay” is a good example offered by Foxwoods.

But now Mohegan Sun, in Connecticut, is launching a licensed online casino.  If you noticed, CT wasn’t one of the three licensed online gambling states – but New Jersey is.

Resorts

Resorts, Atlantic City, New Jersey

As reported by Dan Katz from PokerNewsDaily.com, “….in August 2012, the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, operator of the Mohegan Sun, took over the management of the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. Thus, the Mohegan Sun piggy-backed off of Resorts’ license and is now on the same platform as ResortsCasino.com.”  Resorts has had an online casino in New Jersey and has showed increases in revenue each month, although online gaming such as this hasn’t really taken off in all three states as they would have liked.

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Mohegan Sun Online Casino Portal

Katz continues, “There are now 17 licensed online gambling sites in New Jersey. Most of them, like Mohegan Sun, are online casino sites, offering games such as slots, roulette, video poker, and blackjack. There are only a handful of online poker rooms. Poker fans are eagerly awaiting the launch of an 18th site, PokerStars.com. PokerStars, like MoheganSunCasino.com, will be launched with Resorts.”

For those of us in New England, the online sites at both Connecticut casinos are similar.  Mohegan is going through a soft launch for now, and will be open for business soon.

 

Social Gaming Part 2 – Jackpot Party Slots

Since this posting, WMS has been sold to Scientific Games.  Jackpot Party & Hot Shot Casino are social gaming casinos run now by Scientific Gaming.

Continuing with a look at Social Gaming, I look at a website that promotes one of the casino industry’s favorites slots manufacturers – WMS, or Williams Gaming .

WMS has been a leader in interactive entertainment since Harry Williams founded WMS’ predecessor company in 1943 and devised the “tilt” mechanism for pinball machines changing the nature of pinball in America forever.  The Company’s game portfolio includes many of the industry’s most popular games, including well-established proprietary titles such as Reel ’em In!®, Life of Luxury®, Zeus™ and Jackpot Party® themes, as well as licensed titles such as MONOPOLY™, THE WIZARD OF OZ™, THE LORD OF THE RINGS™, CLUE™ and THE PRICE IS RIGHT™ themes.

But at Jackpot Casino Slots, WMS concentrates some of their earlier classics, like Zeus II, Jungle Wild, and Brazilian Beauty.  (More recent WMS games have been added to their list.) Continue reading