Caribbean Stud Poker

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Caribbean stud poker is a gambling game that originated in the islands. It is card game based on playing against a lead dealer but other groups of people can join in and they share the risk. Those who can beat the dealer will then take the shared pot of earnings and the rest will lose out.

What is attractive about Caribbean stud poker?

The fact that there are many people involved increases the enjoyment for those who are social gamblers. It can also be a conduit for other social activities such as drinking and smoking which enhances the social life of those who enjoy gambling.

In terms of the gambling itself, the game is not particularly challenging to understand and once you get a few tips and pointers, you will be well on your way. The fact that there are many people involved means that you can consult and discuss. It is generally a very enjoyable game.

It is also one of the few games at online casinos that does not have a large house advantage. For a player that follows the basic strategy below, you should expect a house advantage of around 2.5%. This is lower than many blackjack games and is even lower than roulette. The fact that there aren’t many complicated rules only adds to attractiveness of the game.

Rules

In Caribbean stud, the players are trying to make a five-card poker hand that is better than the dealers five-card poker hand. In each hand, the player must place an Ante Bet before he or she receives their cards. Once the cards are received the dealer then turns one of his cards face-up, each player decides if their hand is good enough to stay in or fold.

These are the decisions: Raise or Fold. If you decide your hand is not good enough, you must Fold and forfeit your Ante Bet. If you decide your hand is good enough (i.e. you think you can beat the Dealer’s hand), then you Raise by placing a Bet that is equal to twice your ante.

For instance, if you made a $5 ante bet before you received your cards and now decide to raise and stay in the hand, you must place an additional wager equal to twice your ante bet. In our example, since your ante was five dollars, you must place an additional bet of $10 to stay in the hand.

Now, the dealer exposes his hand. If the dealer does not have an Ace-King or better (i.e. does not qualify), you will be returned your bet ($10 in our example) and be paid 1-to-1 on your Ante bet. In our example, you would win five dollars, the amount of your ante regardless of what you had in your hand.

If the dealer does qualify with an Ace-King or better and your hand beats the dealer’s hand, then you will be paid 1-to-1 on your Ante Bet and at least 1-to-1 on your Raise bet. To determine what you get paid on your Raise bet, just refer to the following list:

Ace/King or one pair – 1 to 1 payout on Raise bet
Two pair – 2 to 1 payout on Raise bet
Three of a kind – 3 to 1 payout
Straight – 4 to 1 payout
Flush – 5 to 1 payout plus $50 from the Progressive Jackpot if played
4 of a kind – 20 to 1 payout plus $500 from the Progressive if played
Straight Flush – 50 to 1 payout plus 10% of Progressive Jackpot if played
Royal Flush – 100 to 1 payout plus 100% of Progressive Jackpot if played

You must place the progressive bet ($1 per hand) in order to be eligible to win the part or all of the progressive jackpot. If you receive a flush or higher, you will receive the progressive payout regardless of what the dealer has in their hand.

Caribbean Stud Poker Strategy

1. You should fold if you do not have Ace/King or higher. The dealer has a 53% chance of qualifying for the hand. This means that you are risking 3 times your ante to try to win back your ante on a worse than 50/50 draw.

2. Always raise if you have a pair or better. The dealer might be able to beat a low pair, but odds are on the side of the player, even with a pair of 2′s.

3. If you have an Ace/King, you should raise if you have a) a third face card or b) the dealer’s card matches one of your cards.

4. Either play the progressive or don’t. Do not waffle between the two options. You will probably win more money over the long haul if you don’t play the progressive chip; but you will be kicking yourself if you would’ve won part of the jackpot and you didn’t play.

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Top Online Casinos 2014

What Makes the Top Casinos 2014

Gaming enthusiast are using their computers and mobile devices to try their luck at online establishments. The gamers are using their desktops, laptops and mobile devices to access what these places have to offer. There are more places to play the machines at than ever before and finding the right place to play is often confusing. Most people are looking for the best opportunity when it comes to gambling on the computer. There are several things that help a site make a list of the top online casinos 2014.

When searching for the top place to go, it is a good idea to consider several areas. These areas include:

• Where they can be played at
• Welcome bonuses
• Promotions
• Software and games
• Payment methods

A player needs to find the place that offers the best mix of all of these things to meet their needs.

Locations

The first thing that players need to do is to find an online site that can be accessed in the location they are at. In the United States and Canada, the number of sites that are available is quickly growing. Many of the sites have been operating for several years in other locations and this experience could improve the look and feel of the website. My personal favourite recommendation where players will find Over 220 casino games is at TitanCasino.us. This is a site that will be at the top of the avid gamblers lists as well.

Welcome Bonuses

Almost all the gaming websites offer welcoming bonuses to attract new members. These bonuses come in the form of no deposit bonuses, matching deposit bonuses, free spins, and promotions linked to specific types of games. A new member can earn thousands of dollars in free money to play with when they join. It is worth looking for the one that will give you the maximum benefits in this area.

Promotions

Getting free money at the start is nice, but it is also good to find the places that offer regular promotions for their members. Comp points, free spins and tournaments are just some of the things that are commonly offered.

Software and Games

When it comes to finding the top online casinos 2014, the software that is used is one of the most important things to consider. There are several major software developers. In the United States the biggest one is RTG. They offer a wide variety of games and provide safe and secure software.

Players should also consider what versions are offered. A top casino will allow players to download or play an instant game with the option to play on mobile platforms as well.

Payment Methods

When looking at payment methods, consider the amount of time it takes to have the money credited to your account and the amount of time it takes to withdraw the money from your account.

Anyone that wants to know the most recent top rated sites are should go to canadacasinosonline.ca. This is the type of list that will help an individual get started on their search to find the best.

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Looking for a respectable poker site where you can play online and on you mobile? The wsop site is the first place I would check out.

Betting on College Basketball’s Final Four

One of the most exciting times of the year culminates this weekend as the men’s basketball Final Four takes place at the AT&T Stadium in North Texas. In terms of betting excitement, and action, the NCAA tournament rivals the Super Bowl for top billing at sports books in Las Vegas and around the world.

I have been in Las Vegas for the past 15 years and have seen the frenzy that the tournament brings to the sports betting world. This year’s Final Four promises to bring many big names to the table.

There are currently at least 20 teams that have a legitimate shot to win the NCAA Championship this year. This doesn’t even include the dark horse candidates that have made it to the Final 4 in the past few years. This points to the overall parity in college basketball this year.

When I think of Syracuse this year, it brings to mind the great run that UNLV had back in the early 90’s. UNLV stormed through the tourney in 1990 and routed Duke for the championship. The next year the Rebels had one of the best teams ever but somehow lost to the Blue Devils in the semifinals. Many people in Las Vegas have never forgotten that loss, and to this day still remember the pain. While Syracuse’s first loss at the hands of Duke doesn’t compare, the controversial ending will still sting.

I think back on my many years here in Las Vegas and remember how betting on the Final Four has changed. Las Vegas has grown from a gambling mecca into a resort dominated city with much more than gambling. It used to be that when you made a bet you had to go into a sportsbook. Those days are long behind us.

The internet has brought a boom to sports betting and Las Vegas has changed with the times. You now see high tech scoreboards, betting stations, individual TV’s at the seats, etc. And that is just at the sportsbooks.

Online you have the convenience of betting by clicking a few keys on your computer or by picking up the phone. It used to be that I would go into a sportsbook, make my bet, and talk with all the regulars that frequent the place. Now I am more likely to turn on the computer to do all that.

I have seen the action from both sides of the table. I remember the days of runners calling in numbers to the syndicates or betting services. That does not happen as much anymore with the advent of offshore betting and the computer age but it does bring back memories.

My many years in Las Vegas have given me an insight into the various areas of sports betting and I hope to share some of that experience with you.

This year’s Final Four is expected to have a betting increase from last year and the books expect good interest. This will especially be true if there are some marquee matchups.

Favorites to Win it All

So who wins the championship? While it is way too early to say, there are a couple of favorites. Syracuse has been a powerhouse in the ACC in their first season; they were beaten by Duke, which is always around this time of year. Wichita State is the final unbeaten team in division I basketball, a year after making the Final 4; they and San Diego State are going to try to prove that the mid-majors can win it all. Arizona and Florida are major players from power conferences that aren’t having the greatest season overall.

The strongest conferences this season are the new Big East and the Big 12. There are several teams that are going to be major players from each of these conference. This includes Creighton, Villanova, Kansas, Iowa State, Oklahoma and Texas. The American Athletic Conference broke off from the Big East, and they also have good teams including last year’s champion, Louisville. The Big Ten is one of the most balanced conferences from top to bottom; but they haven’t had a truly consistent team this season. You can check out the current odds during March Madness for this season here.

My current prediction is that Arizona is going to win the NCAA Championship this season. That opinion and a quarter still won’t buy you a newspaper in Las Vegas. It does, however, give you something to think about, and that is never a bad thing.

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Guide to Playing Slots Online

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The most popular games at the casino are the slot machines. This is the reason why 80% of the casino floor space is dedicated to slots. Not blackjack, not roulette … Slots.

With that being said, the majority of these slots players do not play online slots. There are a couple of reasons for this. The US federal and state governments have enacted laws to prohibit casinos from operating online websites within the United States. Many players believe that it is illegal for them to play slots online for real money. The fact of the matter is that there is no current federal law that will prohibit players from gambling for real money online.

Many people point to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) as proof that gambling online in the United States is illegal. This law only made it illegal for online casino operators to accept bets from Americans. This is why the only online casinos are ones that are currently located outside of the US. There are several states that have current laws that prohibit their citizens from placing real money wagers online, but there is no federal law.

If you live in a state that doesn’t specifically have a law prohibiting online betting, you can play online slots at one of these websites. What is the difference between slots and online horse racing or fantasy sports? Both of these betting activities are completely legal (because of lobbyist in Washington DC). It’s your money; you can play slots online if you want to! Read the rest of this entry

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Beginner’s Guide to Playing Roulette

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Roulette has long been one of the more popular games at the casino. But, the popularity does not translate over to playing the game at online casinos most of the time. The problem with the game is that there is not the same type of interaction that you will find at the casino. Some people think that the computerized roulette game goes too fast and it simply doesn’t appeal to those who have played the games for years.

However, the Online Casino version of roulette does give beginners a very easy way to learn the basics of the game. To begin, you need to understand that there are two main versions of roulette: American Roulette and European Roulette. The main difference between these two games is that American roulette has a 0 and 00 space while the European roulette only a the 0. We will be using the American roulette game for the purposes of this article.

First, you will need to pick at least one number between 1 and 36 (or the 0 or 00 as well). You will place a chip on this number on the betting board. If you are finished betting, you can press the spin button and the ball will be release on the wheel. When the ball lands on a number, it is compared to the bets placed on the board and winning bets are paid accordingly. This is easy enough. Read the rest of this entry

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