Online Poker: Online Poker Tournaments Explained | Slotland

Slot machines are more and more popular all over the world. Online gambling has raised the gambling market to a new level. At a time when online poker tournaments were the best way to interact with other players over the network. Now slot tournaments are becoming just as popular.

What is a slot tournament?

Because of the many online slots players did not feel put on the interactive vision of the other players through online games, online casinos in the online slot tournaments. This allowed to interact and play with other players slot machine game enthusiasts and feel like they were in a live land casino. Slot tournaments are competitions for the online casino host by is to involve a number of gaming machines. The online casino is for the time frame for the tournament along with what slot machines are a part of the competition, and the length of the tournament. The point of the tournament varies, often it is to see who holds the longest on the board, is sometimes the winner is the one who spent the most money and other slot tournaments are all about who most of the selected slot machines won. Slot tournaments vary from casino to casino.

How to Play a Slot Tournament

Since all online casinos are a bit different, it may be a variance in rules and regulations. The majority of the slot tournaments are a few rules to abide by all.

First Buy in fee: This fee can be a place in this tournament, usually with a specified number of credits to be used as money on slot machines

Second As you play with play money – to lose everything you have, your input or buy in the amount

Third Everyone has the same opportunities: There is no difference between you and other players

4th Time Limit: Everyone will have to play the same time frame, while the slot tournament takes place.

5th Objective: To provide players with the highest rate credits are

Slot Tournament Tips:

First Quick Play: Keep your finger on the spin button at all times, since the point is to make the spins, you’ll want to play so fast that you have an advantage over other players. Each spin increases the chance of a total score, a loan that you end up the remaining slots tournament, you lose.

Second Concentrate: Each of us who happen to win on a joyride seems to always look on the scoreboard, what exactly do we see one. Be sure to win in any distracting to let you save your enthusiasm for the final result. Keep on spinning!

Third Rest: Make sure plenty of rest before the big slot tournament. Sitting in one place for a long time can get boring and monotonous. Keep your head focused on the goal! TO WIN!

4th Not a busy body: you do not look around, what do others in their game, this will slow your time spinning. Keep focused on your your head spins, the more you spin, the better your chances to win!

Slot tournaments are a great way to meet other players and rack up some big bucks! Keep tapping your fingers, stay focused and bring home some money while you play!

Announcement: Online Slot Machines: striking benefits they play

The people playing online slot machines for many reasons. It is true that these games are easy to play. But more than that online slots offer you countless other benefits. Below are the main advantages of playing online slot machines.

 

Free Money to Sign Up

When you register a website to play online slot machines, you get some free money as a sign-up bonus. You can play this free money to enjoy your favorite slot machines. On some sites you can even withdraw your winnings you to earn free money.

Round the Clock Availability

Online slot machines are available around the clock. You can go online any time, choose your favorite slot machines, play and enjoy them whenever you want. All games are available 24 / 7

Sizzling prizes and bonuses

Online slots are sizzling prices, bonuses and jackpots known. Most of these games offer bonus rounds and bonus symbols. There are symbols (wilderness / replacement), to assist you in scoring a victory, there are symbols (Scatter), which triggered the bonus round, and there are symbols (multiplier) that you can multiply your winnings. Jackpots are also very common on online slot machines. Progressive jackpots are the most common. The prize money in such jackpots continue to grow after each game until someone hits them.

Deposit Bonuses

The most upstanding websites that offer online slots also forgive you many bonuses on your deposits. For example, a website can you give 100%, 200%, 300% or even more bonus on every deposit you make. These bonuses you can free a lot of money. But keep in mind, check out the application requirements that are locked on these bonuses. If they suit you, availability of the bonus.

Free Games

The last but not least, you can play free online slot machines. It is likely that some days you just want to have fun without money. Free online slot machines are really handy on those days. By the way, are free slots are not available anywhere else.

 

So what do you think about online slot machines? Is there not a better option in these games? Of course it is! With online slots you can not only win big prizes, but may make some of the thrilling fun. Do not wait any longer. Registers an event casino online and experience the next stage of casino slot machine entertainment.

 

  • New players to the All Slots Mobile Casino receive a generous sign up bonus offer that awards them $5 in free money to use on the casino games, at the iPhone Casino  before they deposit any money of their own.

Elray Gaming – Revenues Are Up 49%

Elray Gaming – Revenues Are Up 49%
Elray Gaming – Revenues Are Up 49%NEW YORK, June 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Elray Resources Inc. (OTCPK: ELRA) trading as Elray Gaming announced today that Revenues are up substantially Quarter over Quarter. Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150618/224252Revenues for Q1 2015 over Q4 2014 were up 49%.Brian Goodman, CEO stated that, “Elray is making exceptional progress and will post another Q/Q Revenue Increase for Q2, 2015 coupled with a further reduction in debt. Elray has assisted its clients in generating additional revenues and profitability as a result of its unique IP/Technology, skilled team and its customer retention and marketing tools. Online gambling is a global phenomenon. The North America market is beginning to show solid growth and certain states are already allowing regulated activity. Elray is currently developing specific tools for the US market and will play a part in this lucrative market and provide its ‘state of the art’ technology to licensed operators.”www.ElrayGaming.comAbout ElrayElray is an established Gaming entity that owns and licenses Gaming Intellectual Property, Gaming Domains, Trademarks and Player Databases. Whilst Elray is a US company, we have a global presence with offices in London, South Africa and Sydney, homes of the largest gaming operators, which helps us actively manage and serve our clients. Our sophisticated software automatically declines any gaming requests from within the United States, in strict compliance with current US law.This press release may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, such as statements relating to financial results and plans for future development activities, and are thus prospective. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not statements of historical fact regarding intent, belief or current expectations of the Company, its directors or its officers. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company’s ability to control. Actual results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements are risks and uncertainties associated with the Company’s business and finances in general, including the ability to continue and manage its growth, competition, global economic conditions and other factors discussed in detail in the Company’s periodic filings with the Security and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.Our sophisticated software systems automatically decline and denies any gaming requests from within illegal gaming jurisdictions including but not limited to the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, United Kingdom, France, Italy and Israel and prevents any access to the products that we support from any of these jurisdictions ensuring that residents of these countries cannot participate and are in strict compliance with the laws of these countries.We comply with all regulations, rules and directives of governmental authorities and agencies applicable to online gaming. Regulations relating to online gaming vary significantly in different jurisdictions. Various sophisticated methods are utilized prior to acceptance of deposits to ensure that funds are only accepted from gamers in jurisdictions in which we are legally entitled to provide services.The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (“UIGEA”) became United States (“U.S.”) law in late 2006 and effectively curtailed legal participation by U.S. players in online gambling.  The UIGEA prevented financial transactions related to online gaming in the U.S. Players in the U.S. are currently legally precluded from participating in online gambling.  Elray’s online gaming products are not available to U.S. players and also not available to residents of Hong Kong.Contact:Jacqui HawksworthPhone: (917) 775-9689Email

PA Gaming Control Board to Hold Public Hearing on July 9th for Sugarhouse Casino License Renewal

PA Gaming Control Board to Hold Public Hearing on July 9th for Sugarhouse Casino License Renewal
PA Gaming Control Board to Hold Public Hearing on July 9th for Sugarhouse Casino License RenewalHARRISBURG, Pa., June 5, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today announced a hearing will be held on Thursday, July 9, 2015 to gather evidence, including public comment, on the renewal of the operators’ license for HSP Gaming, LP, operator of the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia.The hearing will begin at 10:00 a.m. on that date in Room 115 A of the Pennsylvania Convention Center located at 1101 Arch Street in Philadelphia.Complete information on the hearing, including links to sign up to present oral or written comment, is on the Board’s web site, www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov, under its Quick Links section of the home page. The deadline for registration to speak at this hearing is noon on Tuesday, July 7th.Written comments can be mailed, with a postmark no later than Tuesday, July 7th to:PA Gaming Control BoardP.O. Box 69060Harrisburg, PA 17106Attention: Board ClerkComments can also be faxed prior to that deadline to 717-265-7416 or e-mailed to boardclerk@pa.gov.Pursuant to section 1326 of the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act, all licenses shall be subject to renewal every three years.  The renewal application must include an update of the information since its last renewal. To implement the renewal requirement, the Board utilizes a two-step process: At the renewal hearing, the burden is on the renewal applicant to establish and demonstrate, by clear and convincing evidence, its eligibility and suitability for renewal of the gaming license.  During the hearings, the renewal applicant will be given the opportunity to demonstrate, among other things, its good character, honesty and integrity; compliance with its statement of conditions; tax revenue generated; jobs created; amenities added since the last renewal; success in implementing its diversity plan; and involvement in the surrounding communities.Following these proceedings, the Board will then be able to determine whether or not the licensee remains eligible and suitable consistent with the laws of the Commonwealth, and are otherwise qualified to have the license renewed for a three-year period.All questions that are not press-related should be referred to the PGCB’s Office of Hearings and Appeals at (717) 265-7451.About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board was established in 2004 and is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry. There are 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two resort casinos.  These facilities collectively employ 17,200 people and generate an average of $3.7 million per day in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. The largest portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to all Pennsylvania homeowners with additional tax revenue going to the horse racing industry, economic development projects, fire companies, county fairs, water and sewer projects, the Commonwealth’s General Fund, and to local governments that host casinos.Additional information about both the PGCB’s regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.CONTACT: Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321 

Free Tournament Series at Americas Cardroom

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Mark Pilarski – Deal Me In: Only Nostradamus can predict when a machine is due to hit

Mark Pilarski – Deal Me In: Only Nostradamus can predict when a machine is due to hit
Mark Pilarski – Deal Me In: Only Nostradamus can predict when a machine is due to hit Dear Mark: I always look forward to reading your answers and thoughts on the casino world. I do have one question that I have always wanted to ask and your recent answer to the fellow complaining that he always loses at the slots has stimulate me to ask. You mentioned that a slot machine might be programmed to return 88% of the wagered money back in wins. My question: Is there a selected timeframe (daily, monthly, life of the machine) or a specific amount (every 100, 10,000, pulls) for this 88% return to happen? Richard B.Because a random number generator selects all of the symbols arbitrarily, nobody, and that includes the casino owners, knows the whereabouts of where the machine is in its payout cycle. What the programming does tell the house is that after millions and millions of decisions, “X” amount of money will be won by the casino and lost by the players.Using your 88% return as an example, all the slot manager does is order a quarter machine with that hold percentage from the manufacturer, and over a “period of time,” that quarter machine is going to pay back to the gamblers 12% of the total amount wagered.As to your question, Richard, what is that period of time, figure approximately 10 million yanks of the handle, which is typically the number the slot maker has determined it would take for that particular machine to achieve that overall 12% hold calculation.Prior to those 10 million spins, the machine will go through incalculable hot and cold cycles, but as the slot closes in on that 10,000,000 yank mark, it’s going to hold pretty darn close to that 12% payout mark.Dear Mark: What is the house edge on the game Free Bet Blackjack? I know it is helped by the push of a 22, but the free bet option is nice. David G.Using a more simplified basic strategy than regular blackjack, the house edge on Free Bet Blackjack is approximately 1%. Because I did a Q&A on this game in 2014, allow me, David, to direct you to my web site, http://markpilarski.com and have you search “Is Free Bet Blackjack Really a Freebie” for a complete analysis on this variant of blackjack.Dear Mark: I was playing blackjack where someone was continuously splitting face cards. Most everyone was giving her a lot of crap. Finally, the dealer confirmed face cards “should never be split.” An elderly lady about 80 corrected the dealer. She said, “Honey, the only time you split face cards is when the table is full and your friend needs a seat.” Charlie L.The sage advice, Charlie, from that senior citizen playing on the game, needs no superfluous follow-up.Gambling Wisdom of the Week: “He places the bet, juices flow, he really feels alive: action. When the bet is on, his existence is confirmed.” – Henry Lesieur, The Chase

Soboba Casino Unveils New Gaming Area of Casino, The Nook!

Soboba Casino Unveils New Gaming Area of Casino, The Nook!
Soboba Casino Unveils New Gaming Area of Casino, The Nook! SAN JACINTO, Calif., Feb. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — There’s always something new going on at Soboba Casino and on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 2:00 pm, they will premiere the exciting new gaming area, The Nook. Get in on all the excitement at this opening ribbon cutting ceremony and you could win big!”Over the past year, we have been working very hard to raise the bar in terms of our products and services,” says Joe Whitman, Director of Slots. “We have made sweeping changes to the layout of the gaming floor in order to create a more comfortable gaming experience.”The Nook is the newest addition to Soboba’s GIGANTIC non-smoking gaming area. It offers 37 slots in a fun and friendly environment that’s sure to make locals and visitors from all over feel right at home. The Nook will open with a variety of great slot games, including classics such as Mr. Cashman, and current hits like Quick Hits Platinum progressive slots. It will also feature new favorites like 4 Card Cleopatra Keno & 4 Card Caveman Keno, as well as traditional video poker and keno games.General Manager, Scott Sirois, is proud to report, “There is always something new at Soboba every time you come back and our players come first!”Soboba Casino features approximately 2,000 of the newest, hottest slot machines, an expansive and modern non-smoking room, 20 table games featuring all your favorite card games, the cozy Soboba Cafe and Coffee Kiicha, a large outdoor event arena that fits over 5,000 people, and the AC’s Lounge with full cocktail bar and three giant HD flat screens.Soboba Casino is proudly owned and operated by the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians. Come join us for all the fun! Soboba Casino. Where Everybody Goes to Play! For more information visit: soboba.comSoboba Casino: 23333 Soboba Road, San Jacinto, CA 92583, (951) 665-1000 

Scientific Games Receives Two Prestigious International Awards: “2015 Lottery Operator of the Year” and “2015 Lottery Supplier of the Year”

Scientific Games Receives Two Prestigious International Awards: “2015 Lottery Operator of the Year” and “2015 Lottery Supplier of the Year”
Scientific Games Receives Two Prestigious International Awards: “2015 Lottery Operator of the Year” and “2015 Lottery Supplier of the Year” LAS VEGAS and ATLANTA, Feb. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) (“Scientific Games” or the “Company”) today announced that the Company received two prestigious international awards at ICE Totally Gaming 2015 in London earlier this month. ICE is the world’s largest business-to-business gaming event and the only gaming industry event that brings together leading innovators from the betting, bingo, casino, lottery, mobile, online, social and street sectors to provide a global perspective on all forms of gaming. During the three-day ICE event attended by more than 25,000 gaming industry professionals, Scientific Games received the “2015 Lottery Operator of the Year Award” at the 8th International Gaming Awards and the “2015 Lottery Supplier of the Year Award” at the Gaming Intelligence Awards.Jim Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer, Lottery Group for Scientific Games, said, “Every day, our mission is to help lotteries create maximum returns for their government beneficiaries through operational and supply chain best practices and efficiencies, and by offering a great entertainment value for their players. We are honored to be a trusted partner and to have our work in 150 unique lottery jurisdictions around the world held in such high esteem by the international gaming industry.” Kennedy and Jack McNeill, Senior Vice President, Government Relations for Scientific Games, accepted the awards on behalf of the CompanyMiami at ICE.Scientific Games received the “2015 Lottery Operator of the Year Award” at the International Gaming Awards held during ICE 2015 at the Savoy Hotel in London. The award was presented to the company that has shown the best practices over the last year on the most important components of lottery operations, including innovative approach, ability to connect with and engage players, use of the lottery to serve the public in positive ways and bringing a range of lottery games and approaches that offer the very best options in playing. The winner was selected from both online and land-based lottery operators with the defining criteria not total sales rather the operator’s approach and its value of customers over cost.In addition, Scientific Games received the “2015 Lottery Supplier of the Year” at the first annual Gaming Intelligence Awards held during ICE at London’s ExCel Centre. The all-new awards reward the excellence of the gaming industry’s leading operators and suppliers, recognizing the best performers based on merit, reputation and integrity.About Scientific GamesScientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) is a leading developer of technology-based products and services and associated content for worldwide gaming and lottery markets. The Company’s portfolio includes instant and draw-based lottery games; server-based lottery and gaming systems; electronic gaming machines, game content and systems; table games products and utilities;  sports betting technology; loyalty and rewards programs; and social, mobile and interactive content and services. For more information, please visit www.scientificgames.comCompany ContactsInvestor Relations:Bill Pfund   (847) 785-3167Media Relations:Mollie Cole   (773) 961-1194Forward-Looking StatementsIn this press release, Scientific Games makes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements describe future expectations, plans, results or strategies and can often be identified by the use of terminology such as “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “intend,” “continue,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “should,” “could,” “potential,” “opportunity,” “goal,” or similar terminology. These statements are based upon management’s current expectations, assumptions and estimates and are not guarantees of timing, future results or performance. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated in these statements due to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors, including, among other things: competition; U.S. and international economic and industry conditions, including declines in or slow growth of lottery retail sales or gross gaming revenues, reductions in or constraints on capital spending by gaming or lottery operators and credit risk relating to customers; slow growth of new gaming jurisdictions, slow addition of casinos in existing jurisdictions and declines in the replacement cycle of gaming machines; ownership changes and consolidation in the casino industry; opposition to legalized gaming or the expansion thereof; ability to adapt to, and offer products that keep pace with, evolving technology; ability to develop successful gaming concepts and content; laws and government regulation, including those relating to gaming licenses and environmental laws; inability to identify and capitalize on trends and changes in the gaming and lottery industries, including the expansion of interactive gaming; dependence upon key providers in our social gaming business; retention and renewal of existing contracts or entry into new or revised contracts; level of our indebtedness, higher interest rates, availability and adequacy of cash flows and liquidity to satisfy obligations or future needs, and restrictions and covenants in our debt agreements; protection of our intellectual property, ability to license third party intellectual property, and the intellectual property rights of others; security and integrity of our software and systems and reliance on or failures in our information technology systems; natural events that disrupt our operations or those of our customers, suppliers or regulators; inability to benefit from, and risks associated with, strategic equity investments and relationships, including (i) the inability of our joint venture to meet the net income targets or otherwise to realize the anticipated benefits under its private management agreement with the Illinois lottery, (ii) the inability of our joint venture to meet the net income targets or other requirements under its agreement to provide marketing and sales services to the New Jersey lottery or otherwise to realize the anticipated benefits under such agreement (including as a result of a protest) and (iii) failure to realize the anticipated benefits related to the award to our consortium of an instant lottery game concession in Greece; failure to achieve the intended benefits of the acquisition of WMS, including due to the inability to realize synergies in the anticipated amounts or within the contemplated time-frames or cost expectations, or at all; inability to complete future acquisitions; inability to successfully integrate future acquisitions; litigation relating to the Bally acquisition; disruption of our current plans and operations in connection with the Bally acquisition, (including in connection with the integration of Bally), including departure of key personnel or inability to recruit additional qualified personnel or maintain relationships with customers, suppliers or other third parties; costs, charges and expenses relating to the Bally acquisition; inability to successfully integrate Bally (including SHFL and Dragonplay Ltd.); failure to realize the intended benefits of the Bally acquisition, including the inability to realize the anticipated synergies in the anticipated amounts or within the contemplated time-frames or cost expectations, or at all;; incurrence of restructuring costs, revenue recognition standards and impairment charges; fluctuations in our results due to seasonality and other factors; dependence on suppliers and manufacturers; risks relating to foreign operations, including fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and restrictions on the import of our products; dependence on our employees; litigation and other liabilities relating to our business, including litigation and liabilities relating to our contracts and licenses, our products and systems, our employees, intellectual property and our strategic relationships; influence of certain stockholders; and stock price volatility.  Additional information regarding risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in forward-looking statements is included from time to time in our filings with the SEC, including under the heading “Risk Factors” in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K.  Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and, except for Scientific Games’ ongoing obligations under the U.S. federal securities laws, Scientific Games undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Montréal en Lumière 2015 – Casinos du Québec spokesperson Gregory Charles will play a piano sculpted out of ice!

Montréal en Lumière 2015 – Casinos du Québec spokesperson Gregory Charles will play a piano sculpted out of ice!
Montréal en Lumière 2015 – Casinos du Québec spokesperson Gregory Charles will play a piano sculpted out of ice! MONTRÉAL, Feb. 3, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ – The Casino de Montréal is proud to be a partner in the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE once again. The event celebrating the beauty of winter in an urban setting will be held from February 19 to March 1, 2015, at Place des Festivals. This year, the Casino will present frost-filled entertainment and a little something for your sweet tooth in the Jardin de Lumière Casino de Montréal – Escale gourmande, at the corner of De Bleury and Sainte-Catherine Street West.Frost-filled entertainmentOn Thursday, February 19, the first day of the festival, two ice sculptures by Ross Baisas, the Casino de Montréal’s expert sculptor-artist, will welcome visitors to the Jardin de Lumière. On Saturday, February 21, the artist will be on hand to make more ice-sculpting magic by producing four works of art between noon and 11 p.m. Finally, on Friday, February 27, Mr. Baisas will sculpt a piano out of ice that will be used the next day to produce music during Nuit blanche celebrations! None other than Québec’s Casinos enthusiastic spokesperson, Gregory Charles, will make that piano sing to festival-goers. And for the occasion, revellers will have an opportunity to participate in an Instagram promotion in front of the ice sculptures for a chance to win a magical evening for four persons at the Casino de Montréal.Espace sucré Le MontréalThroughout the festival, the public will be able to sample the heavenly maple sugar pie concocted by Jean-Pierre Curtat, Executive Chef at the Casino and spokesperson for the festival’s gourmet segment, at Espace sucré Le Montréal. “In winter, we need comfort food, and maple sugar pie has always represented culinary enjoyment and well-being,” he said. “That’s why we are offering festival-goers this traditional Québécois dessert.”The Casino de Montréal’s Jardin de Lumière will be in operation every night of the event. Access is free, as it is for all MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE outdoor activities.Event recognized by UNESCOMONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE has been charming festival-goers for the past 16 years. In fact, the festival was selected by UNESCO as a choice event during the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. With its free family-oriented outdoor activities, a wide range of in-hall performances and exceptional gourmet food offerings, this highly colourful and light-filled event demonstrates the level Montréal has reached as an incomparable entertainment destination in both summer and winter.About the Casino de MontréalOpened in October 1993, the Casino de Montréal is a world-class gaming establishment and a masterpiece of Montréal architecture. The Casino’s overall experience has been recently enhanced thanks to major renovations carried out from 2009 to 2013. Now one of the most modern in North America, the casino provides visitors with a wide-range of exciting entertainment options, including shows, restaurants, bars, lounge areas, even more games and, as always, exceptional customer service.

John L Smith – McCain, others change their tune on sports wagering

John L Smith – McCain, others change their tune on sports wagering
John L Smith – McCain, others change their tune on sports wagering The odds are good even the most perceptive bookmaker didn’t see this turnaround coming: U.S. Sen. John McCain speaking out in favor of expanding legalized sports betting in America.“We need a debate in Congress,” the Arizona Republican said recently. “We need to have a talk with the American people, and we need to probably have hearings in Congress on the whole issue so we can build consensus.”The American people couldn’t hear him. They were too busy betting with both fists on the recent Super Bowl — most of it illegally. Authorities estimate the “Big Game” generated $3.8 billion in illegal and untaxed wagers this year.But it’s hard to be much of a prohibitionist when your state generates big revenue by playing host to games that make up some of the biggest betting events of the year. Arizona is home to college bowl games and now the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl. If the political brain trust was smart, it would legalize sports betting on those occasions and bag a fortune in dollars that otherwise is flowing to Nevada or, more likely, into the pockets of illegal bookmakers from here to the Caribbean.Some of us are old enough to remember when McCain led the fight to ban college sports betting in places it’s currently legal. The fact those places were basically all located in Nevada was of little concern to McCain back in 2001 when he was bellowing and braying to ban the bets.In an article published in The Hill titled, “It’s Past Time to Ban Amateur Sports Gambling,” McCain offered, “In 1992, Congress recognized the federal interest in protecting sports and athletes from the harmful effects of gambling, and prohibited state-sanctioned sports betting in the overwhelming majority of states. Although Congress ‘grandfathered’ a handful of states at that time, only Nevada has chosen to permit legal gambling on college sports. Until last year, however, when it changed its law in response to charges of gross hypocrisy, Nevada did not allow gambling on Nevada college teams — it only countenanced gambling on young athletes from every other state.“Although betting on amateur sports is legal only in Nevada, its impacts are felt throughout the country. Not only does the Las Vegas betting clearinghouse send a confusing message about the propriety and legality of amateur sports gambling, the publication throughout the country of Las Vegas-generated point spreads fuels illegal gambling in the judgment of the (National Gambling Impact Study Commission), and steals victories from young athletes who manage to beat their opponents but not the spread.”Forgetting for a moment that Nevada sports books have played an integral role in ferreting out signs of sports fixing for many years, the college sports betting issue generated big headlines for McCain and set him at odds with the gaming industry. So it was with no small sense of irony that at the same time McCain was hand-wringing over the soul of amateur athletics, he was also seen playing with both fists at the tables inside Caesars Palace not too far from a mega-sports book.Times have certainly changed. This past year in an opinion published in the New York Times, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said legalized sports betting should be expanded outside Nevada and regulated by the federal government, which does such a good job of regulating other things. But I digress.Silver’s perspective is refreshing and historically astute. Professional basketball’s founding generation was riddled with bookmakers and gamblers. Its games gave bookies and players action in Eastern cities at a time there wasn’t much else flowing in the winter months.The same is true for professional football. Some of its legendary leaders had bookmaking in their bloodlines — not that the NFL’s hypocritical hierarchy is inclined to admit that these days.Above the Little League and Pop Warner levels, sports and betting are inextricably linked. That doesn’t mean it’s always a healthy relationship — sometimes it’s downright scandalous — but its existence is undeniable.As a certain former prohibitionist from Arizona recently put it, “I think that there is a place for sports gambling where gambling is legal.”Of course there is. And it’s long past time McCain and some of his fellow senators acknowledged the fact.Copyright GamingWire. All rights reserved.

Mark Pilarski – Deal Me In: Does the Golden Arm exist?

Mark Pilarski – Deal Me In: Does the Golden Arm exist?
Mark Pilarski – Deal Me In: Does the Golden Arm exist? Dear Mark: I have read about people who are selling info about how to set dice. Is there anything to someone’s ability to set dice and to throw them a certain way to improve their ability to throw desired numbers? On the other hand, are you convinced no matter how you “set” the dice that you will have a completely random roll? I think there must be something to dice setting, as some casinos do not let you set them. Wade J.Setting dice on a crap game has been practiced forever and is typically not considered illegal. Dice setting rules or decisions come under each individual casino’s policy. Where it is allowed, the only problem dice setters might run into is that they could take some heat from a boxman for holding up the game by taking too long to find their set.The superstitious player might not like seeing a seven or a craps facing them once they take delivery of the dice from the stickman, so they rotate the dice – set them – until they have their favorite number on top.Then there is the dedicated community of crap players who believe in “controlled shooting” which goes far beyond simply setting the dice to their liking before a roll. These shooters feel that by gripping and tossing the dice at the correct angle, they can limit the rotational characteristics of the dice. By doing so, they will be able to control the results, hence, the game’s long-term odds in their favor.So, Wade, can dice shooters set the dice in a particular way and alter the conventional odds of the game? I fly on the side of gaming folklore, and hold that “it ain’t so.”Others in the gaming business disagree. A favorite gambling author of mine, Frank Scoblete, penned a very enjoyable book called, Golden Touch, Dice Control Revolution. I’m not saying “no dice” to his belief, but it’s just that after spending 18 years on the inside, umpteen on the out, that I have to see it to believe it. And I haven’t seen it yet – with an officially permitted toss that is.As for a player setting, then sliding the dice across the table to get a specific result, sure, how hard is that. You can do that on your dining room table all day long. But you can expect to see crap dealers, a boxman, the pit boss or the eye in the sky go bonkers when some dice charlatan tries to illegally manipulate the cubes in a manner where a random outcome won’t occur.Cheating at craps is illegal, and there could be some substantial consequences not if, but when you are caught. Dice must be thrown across the table with some degree of ump. They cannot be pushed, “trickled” or slid across the table by the shooter.My personal take, Wade, is that the chance of affecting the dice after they have bounced off a surface of rubber pyramids on the back wall of a 12 foot crap table are slim to none, no matter how you set them, or what axis the dice were on in flight before they hit. Now playing cup-free, laissez faire Yahtzee with my wife, well, that is a different story.Gambling Wisdom of the Week: “The dice goad like hooks and prick like whips; they deceive and torment. They are coated with honey.” – Better’s Lament, Rig Vada Hyme