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8 Blackjack Myths Busted

Written By Carla Harris

Blackjack

Blackjack isn't only the most popular table game in the casino, it also has the most myths and misconceptions associated with it. On the surface it's a pretty easy game. We can all count to 21. However, while playing the game is easy, there are aspects that need to be mastered and pitfalls that should be avoided. Most players know that blackjack can offer the best odds in the casino. 

What's difficult is deciding fact from fiction. Let's bust these eight myths to find the truth.


Myth #1: Get as Close to 21 as Possible

Many Blackjack players believe the objective of the game is to get as close to 21 without going over. This isn't true. The goal is to beat the dealer ! There will be times when you should be perfectly content standing with a hand of 12. Twelve isn't very close to 21, so why wouldn't we take another card? If the dealer is showing a six, the odds dictate that we're better off standing. We're hoping the dealer will bust. The decisions you make at the blackjack table are based on beating the dealer, not getting as close to 21 as you can.


Myth #2: You Should Change Your Strategy

Some players will play the same hand differently depending on the results. In other words, they'll suddenly stand on a hard 15 when the dealer is showing a 10 because they lost the last two times they hit in the same situation. Some players won't split eights because they have a large amount of money to bet. Correct basic strategy while playing blackjack is always the same. You shouldn't change the mathematically correct way to play a hand because you're losing or have a big bet on the table.


Myth #3: Always Stand on 18

Eighteen is usually a pretty good hand to stand on. However, there are three situations when you might have a soft 18 (ace and seven) where the correct play is to hit. If the dealer is showing a nine, 10, or an ace, you should take a hit.


Myth #4: Other Players Caused You to Lose

This might be the biggest myth of all. It's frustrating when the cards aren't going our way. What's the easiest thing to do to make us feel better? Blame someone else for our losses! It's a common misconception to believe the player at "third-base" (player on the left) can determine whether we win or lose. This would be true if the player could see the next card that was going to be dealt, but without that knowledge, their play has no statistical bearing on your long-term results.


Myth #5: Always Take Insurance When You Are Dealt Blackjack

If you're dealt a blackjack and the dealer has an ace showing, many players will take "even money." This means they'll take insurance to make sure they win. If they don't take insurance and the dealer has blackjack too, it's considered a "push" (tie). This seems logical. Guarantee yourself a win by taking insurance instead of risking a tie and not receiving winnings. However, statistics dictate that you'll win more money in the long run by not taking insurance.


Myth #6: Never Hit a Hard 16

Sixteen is the worst hand in blackjack. Players won't hit with a 16 for fear of busting. They believe they have a better chance of winning by standing, and hoping the dealer busts. This isn't a sound strategy. The correct play is to hit against a dealer's up card of seven, eight, nine, 10, or ace. Again, 16 is a bad hand and you're probably going to lose. 


Myth #7: All Blackjack Games Are the Same

Blackjack has many rules . Some benefit the player while others benefit the casino. It's important to learn the different rule variations and know how they affect your odds of winning. The most important rule to be aware of is the payout for blackjack. In most games, the payout for blackjack is 3:2. If you bet $10 and receive an ace and a 10 value card on your first two cards, you'll win $15. However, there are some casinos that'll only pay 6:5 for a blackjack. It may seem insignificant, but it's a huge disadvantage for the player. Stay away from games that only pay 6:5.


Myth #8: Good Blackjack Players Are Lucky and Bad Players Are Unlucky

In any game of chance, luck plays a role in your rate of success in the short-term. That's one of the reasons gambling is so appealing. You can win on any given night. However, blackjack is a game that involves skill. The more you understand the correct plays and the rules, the better your chances of success in the long-term. Don't let luck completely control your fate. Learn the correct way to play the game and you'll be better off.

Blackjack myths have been around as long as the game itself. Don't let them ruin your hand. Good luck! 

The Affluent August 20K Tournament Gets Underway at Casino-Mate

Written By Carla Harris

Immortal Romance

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Casino-Mate is one of the most reputable Casinos, not only because of the fact that our games are powered by the online gaming giant - Microgaming™, but more importantly, the Casino offers attractive Bonuses and unforgettable tournaments such as the monthly 20K.

In going the extra mile for their players, the Casino-Mate is also available to a wide range of players and offers impeccable 24/7 online support services plus highly secure banking options which are routinely updated to ensure their players have a successful experience each and every time they engage with the Casino.

Incase readers aren’t already aware, the 20K Tournament at Casino-Mate awards players with a share of the €20, 000, whilst the winner walks away with a sultry €4, 000. The game of choice for the August 20K is none other than the admired Immortal Romance Video Slot, based on the celebrated beings of immortality – Vampires. Whilst Vampires have always been an infatuation for many, Immortal Romance introduces players to a world less travelled.

To engage with these dark beings and to acquire a taste of immortality, players should make sure they enter the August 20K from Monday, 4 August 2014 (00:01 GMT) and start playing from Friday, 8 August 2014 (18:00 GMT) until Friday, 22 August 2014 (22:00 GMT).

For more information on the Casino-Mate 20K Tournament this August, as well as information regarding all the exquisite Bonuses and themed games the casino offers, head over to the getting started page and sign on to Casino-Mate. Once you have downloaded our software you will be treated to a wealth of tournaments and promotions. 

Night at Casino Ends in Embarrassment for ex-Tasmanian Premier

Written By Carla Harris

Casino Embarrassment

Former Tasmanian Premier Paul Lennon was forcibly removed from Melbourne’s Crown Casino on 24 July after allegedly creating a disturbance, which he argues was due to him licking his finger during a game of Texas hold ‘em Poker.

Witnesses described to The Mercury, a Tasmanian news publication, how Lennon was ‘frog-marched’ off the premises by up to six members of the casino’s security staff with his hands bound by cable ties. Lennon, who was Tasmania’s premier from 2004 until 2008, was also slapped with a $739 fine for failing to leave a licensed premise, according to a Victoria Police spokesman.

There are conflicting versions of the events that led up to the incident. Lennon maintained that he had broken a little-known rule during the poker game by licking his index finger before picking up his cards. The Age, a Victorian news publication, quoted Lennon saying that the dealer had taken offense to him licking his finger and had asked him to move away from the table. Lennon claimed that he was manhandled by staff after he had complied.

Alleged witnesses paint a very different picture. Speaking to The Mercury, a witness described how Lennon had berated a woman at his table, accusing her of touching his casino chips. The man, named only as Steven, alleged that Lennon had been sitting at the Vegas Bar by himself at a neighbouring table. A woman at his table touched one of his chips, said Steven, and he ‘went off at her’. When a security guard asked him to calm down he continued to shout, demanding that she be removed from the bar. They came back repeatedly to ask him to calm down, but after an hour they had enough and forcefully ejected him, Steven claimed.

Lennon told The Mercury that he had been drinking only water that night and denied being abusive. He also claimed that it was he who had requested for the police to be called. He said, “It was, as far as I’m concerned, a ridiculous episode.”

He added, “I’d be surprised if anyone’s ever been asked to leave before because they licked their index finger before they looked at a card, but that’s what happened to me.”

Indeed a Google search turned up no other reported incidents in which a poker player had been ejected from a casino poker game for licking a finger, nor any set of rules that specifically states that licking fingers is an offense.

Top Australian Casino Mogul Ventures a Return to the Las Vegas Market

Written By Carla Harris

Las Vegas

The Executive Chairman of Australia's Crown Resorts, Ltd., James Packer, is betting big on a rapidly recovering Las Vegas economy. Partnering with former Wynn Resorts executive Andrew Pascalwith and the global asset management firm Oaktree Capital Management, he has recently acquired a 34.5-acre site on the North Las Vegas Strip.

Mr. Packer and his partners plan to erect a massive new casino complex on land that was formerly occupied by the historic New Frontier Hotel and Casino. As the majority stakeholders in the project, Packer and Crown Resorts have already spent more than $280 million on land acquisition and preliminary development planning. While certainly high-stakes, that figure is considerably less than the $1.24 billion that Israeli businessmen Nochi Dankner and Yitzhak Tshuva paid for the very same plot of land shortly after the demolition of the New Frontier in 2007.

After losing nearly $2 billon in Las Vegas during the financial crisis of 2008, James Packer has primarily focused on his multiple casino ventures in his home country of Australia. As Crown Resort’s Executive Chairman, he operates Melbourne’s world-renown Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex . Located in the heart of the downtown area on the south bank of the Yarra River, it is the single largest casino and hotel complex in the Southern Hemisphere.

In addition to his Australian gaming empire, Mr. Packer oversees successful gambling and leisure operations in Sri Lanka and the Philippines. With a little luck, his new enterprise on the New Frontier lot will finally give him a stronghold in the elusive Las Vegas market.

How to Play Roulette - A Basic Guide

Written By Carla Harris

The basic aim of Roulette is to place your bets on a number. range of numbers of one of two colours that are featured on the Roulette wheel in hopes that when the ball is spun it will land in the wagered slot and result in a win. 

The more specific a bet is, for example, betting on a single number, the higher the payout will be than if betting, for example, on one of the two colours. This is because the odds are greater and there is less probability of a win.

Almost all Roulette tables have a minimum and maximum bet limit. Each player at the table will get a different set of colour chips for easy identification and convenience. Once the players have their chips they can begin placing them on the desired numbers to make their bets. The dealer will then spin the Roulette wheel and place the ball in the wheel going in the opposite direction. The dealer will also then call out “No more bets” and players should then take heed and stop placing their chips on the table. A dealer has the right to remove any bets made after this call. Once the ball and wheel have stopped spinning and the ball has landed on a numbered slot, the dealer will call out the winning number and place a marker(also known as a dolly) on the table on top of the winning number. 

Any chips on the table that do not qualify for the winning number will be swept off the table in one smooth motion by the dealer. The dealer will then proceed to payout any winnings to the players who landed the winning number. While the dolly is on the table players may not place any new bets or remove any chips that are still on the table. Once the dealer has made the payouts and has removed the dolly from the table, the next round can begin

Learn Roulette Betting Strategies

There are numerous ways in which you can place a bet in a game of Roulette : you can either bet on one number, the colour, odd or even, a particular group of numbers or on a specific number and its neighbours.

Remember: You are allowed to place your bets at any time, usually before or just after the dealer spins the wheel and until the dealer calls “No more bets!”

The different ways in which you can place a bet are as follows:

You can place inside bets with chips valued from 5 and higher.

Straight up:

Place your chip on a single number

– Odds 35:1

Split:

Place your chip on the line bordering two numbers to bet on both numbers at once

– Odds 17:1

Street:

Place your chip on the line at the edge of the three line row to bet on three numbers at once

– Odds 11:1

Corner:

Place your chip on the intersection of four numbers to bet on all four at once

– Odds 8:1

Six Line:

Place your chip on two bordering streets to bet on all six numbers

– Odds 5:1

Trio or Basket:

Place your chip on the intersection between 0,1,2 or 0,2,3 and in American Roulette’s case 0,1,2 or 00,2,3

– Odds 11:1


Outside Bets

Note: Outside bets usually require you to bet with a chip value of 50 or higher.

1 to 18 :

Place your chip on the betting box 1 to 18

– Odds 1:1

19 to 36:

Place your chip on the betting box 19 to 36

– Odds 1:1

Red or Black:

Place your chip on either the red or black box

– Odds 1:1

Even or Odd:

Place your chip on either the odd or even box

– Odds 1:1

Dozen Bets:

Place your chip in the first, second or third 12

betting box

– Odds 2:1

Column Bets:

Place your chip in the first, second or third

column box

– Odds 2:1

Don't let the various numbers, combinations and blocks on a Roulette table confuse you. Ultimately, this is a game that requires you to to place bets on where you think the magic ball will land. Play around online to get a feel for the game with the various Freeplay options available at many casino's online.

Queensland Announces Plans to Construct Three New Casino Resorts

Written By Carla Harris

Paul

In addition to its well-deserved reputation for sun and surf, Queensland, Australia, is also a renowned destination for gaming enthusiasts. With four operational casinos and approximately 45,000 gaming machines in more than 1,200 pubs, it already supports more recreational gambling operations than any other Australian state. A new initiative supported by State Premier Campbell Newman aims to ease Queensland’s employment and state revenue problems by expanding these operations even further.

Newman recently announced plans to bring three new multibillion-dollar casino resorts to the Queens Wharf precinct of Queensland. The Australian casino conglomerate Crown Resorts has partnered with the China’s Greenland Holding Group to bid for the massive construction and development project.

This partnership between Australia and China speaks volumes about the current casino market in Queensland. In recent years, Chinese tourism has been steadily growing throughout the region.

After seeing Singapore give a significant boost to its tourism market by building luxury casinos, Premier Newman and other Australian officials are hoping to follow suit in Queensland. In order to turn a profit, however, the proposed Queensland casinos must be specifically designed to attract Chinese tourists.

Premier Newman acknowledges that the design of these casino resorts will be absolutely essential to their success. He adamantly stresses that the future facilities should be “iconic,” and said, “We’re not just looking for a hotel and some shops.”

Like Crown Resorts, the remaining three shortlisted contenders for the Queensland bid all have strong connections to China. No matter who ultimately controls the project, the results are likely to be impressive.

Crown Resort currently owns and operates Melbourne’s world-class Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex in addition to other luxury gaming and hospitality facilities in Australia and abroad. At present, Crown Resort’s biggest competitor for the Queensland bid is the Echo Entertainment Group, an organization that already runs the Treasury Casino and Hotel in a beautiful, heritage-listed building that stands roughly adjacent to the Queens Wharf precinct.

Underground Poker Den Posing as Health Club Busted

Written By Carla Harris

Poker Den

Those looking to lose some weight would be unlikely to achieve their goals at the former Curves health club for women in Runnemede, New Jersey, except through sweating out the calories in illegal no-limit games of Texas Hold‘em poker, as the health club was merely a front for an underground poker den.

This was revealed following a police raid on the ‘fitness centre’ where the Runnemede Social Club had been operating their illegal poker parlour for a number of years. The five operators arrested have pleaded guilty. The club was reportedly fitted with three poker tables and a cash cage for purchasing poker chips. Authorities told reporters that the club, which had a Curves poster in the storefront and blacked-out windows, operated on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday nights, staying open until the early morning hours.

According to the Courier-Post, a New Jersey news publication, the neighbours they spoke to claimed to know nothing of the late-night activities that took place there, with one saying that he “thought it was a bunch of old guys playing cards and watching TV.”

Philly.com, an online Philadelphia news publication, reported that the two ring-leaders, Thomas Rand, 43, and Ryan Dion, 33, as well as the three other men who worked as dealers and cashiers, pleaded guilty to charges of promoting gambling, with sentencing scheduled for early October. A sixth man, a card dealer, has also been charged but was not indicted.

Rand and Dion reportedly made their cut by taking a portion of the pot with each poker hand played. When the club was raided officers seized about $25,000 in cash from the players and operators, reported Philly.com. Rand has also admitted to running an illegal off-shore sports betting website.

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said in a news release, “These defendants operated an old-school gambling club, complete with cash cage, poker tables, and a wide-screen TV for patrons to watch the sports on which they gambled.” He added that the State “will make every effort to remove gambling from the shadows of the black market underworld.”

There are dangers associated in underground poker – aside from the threat of police raids, illegal gambling establishments are reported to be a favourite target for robberies as the crimes often go unreported. Of course there is also the prospect of owing large amounts of money to an establishment that is less than legal, and the methods employed to recover losses from players could be equally shady.

Learn How to Call Roulette Bets - French Bets

Written By Carla Harris

It is always the terms that unravels your novice status at table games like Roulette. One wrong or inelegant call and the gig is up! Everyone looks at you like the newbie you are. Being a beginner can be quite an embarrassing process. The good news is that we are here to save you some pain by providing you with a rundown of called bets that you can make in a game of French Roulette . First some clarity:

CALLED BETS - Called Bets, also known as Call Bets or Announced Bets, are when a player announces or calls out a bet they would like to make. There is a distinction in some jurisdictions between Call Bets and Announced Bets, where the former means that the player does not place money on the table after calling the bet and is considered legal in some areas. The latter means that once the bet has been called, the player then places their money or chips on the table to cover the bet.

There are many different number series in Roulette with their own special names attached to them. Any bets on these series are typically known as the ‘French Bets’ and they cover a specific section of the Roulette wheel. Listed below are the French Bets along with explanations.

Voisins du zéro (Neighbours of Zero)

Also known as the Grand Voisins du Zéro, this bet represents the seventeen numbers which lie between 20 and 25 on the Roulette Wheel. They are: 22, 18, 29, 7, 28, 12, 35, 3, 26, 0, 32, 15, 19, 4, 21, 2, 25 (on a single zero wheel).

Nine chips or multiples thereof are wagered on this series. You can place two chips on the 0,2,3 trio, one on the 4/7 split, one on 12/15, one on 18/21, one on 19/22, two on the corner of 25/26/28/29 and one on 32/35.

Orphelins (orphans)

A type of series bet that includes the two slices of the wheel that fall outside the Tiers and Voisins series is called the Orphelins bet. It contains a total of eight numbers, namely 17,34,6 and 1, 20, 14, 31, 9.

Five chips or multiples thereof are bet on this series. Place one chip straight-up on 1 and one chip each on the 6/9, 14/17, 17/20 and 31/34 splits.

Le tiers du cylindre (Thirds of the wheel)

This bet is for the twelve numbers that lie on the opposite side of the wheel between 27 and 33, also including both 27 and 33. The series includes 27, 13, 36, 11, 30, 8, 23, 10, 5, 24, 16 and 33 (on a single zero wheel). This series bet is a very popular bet in British casinos. This type of series bet outnumbers the Voisin and Orphelins series bets by a fairly big margin.

Six chips or multiples thereof are bet on this series. You’ll place one chip on the 5/8, 10/11, 13/16, 23/24, 27/30 and 33/36 splits.

The Neighbours

This series bet is easily the most common French Bet. You call out the number you wish to bet on, along with the amount you’d like to bet. The number may be backed along with the two numbers on either side of it, making it a five chip bet, or multiples thereof. For example, you would call out “0 and Neighbours” and you would place one chip straight-up on 3, 26, 0, 32 and 15.

Final Bets

The Final Bet is a digit-number bet. If you wish to place a 5 Final Bet, you will place one chip on all the numbers ending with 5: 5, 15, 25, 35. Final Bets from 0 to 6 require four chips, while 7, 8 and 9 will require three chips.

Full Maximum or Full Complete Bets

A Full Maximum or Full Complete Bet is when all of the inside bets are placed on a specific number. These bets are usually placed by high-rollers as a maximum bet. If you’re prepared to place such a bet, for example, on the number 10 - you will have to call out something like this, “number 10 on the maximum”.

Learning the general terms used in a game of Roulette is that breathe of fresh air you would need if you went to a live table unprepared. These terms are also useful when you are playing an online game where everything could literally seem like French to you.

This is just an excerpt from a more comprehensive eBook of information on Roulette we available have for you.

Outstanding Performance by The Star Sets the Stage for a Sydney Casino War

Written By Carla HarrisSydney Australia

Sydney Harbour is poised to become ground zero in a high-stakes contest between two Australian gaming giants. The sixth largest gaming company in the world according to market value, Crown Resorts owns and operates a number of successful international gambling venues, including Melbourne’s Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex, the single largest casino and hotel facility in the Southern Hemisphere.

Crown’s dominance within the Australian gaming industry is currently under attack by junior betting house Echo Entertainment Group. Echo’s August 2014 earnings report exceeded market expectations, posting a 35 percent jump in yearly net profits. To a large degree, this boost comes as a result of recent efforts to revitalize its large Sydney Harbour casino and resort, The Star.

Featuring a wide range of table games and electronic gaming, The Star has been the crown jewel of Echo’s portfolio since the company was established in 2011. Echo is currently making the most out of its flagship property through an innovative loyalty program that has significantly increased repeat business.

Since instituting this program last year, the company has been experiencing rapid and continual growth. Furthermore, according to Echo’s Managing Director Matt Bekier, this trend is expected to continue. Thanks to a number of improvements planned for 2015, The Star’s financial future has never been brighter.

Although it is currently five times larger than Echo by market cap, Crown Resorts certainly isn’t blind to the rising threat that The Star presents. Taking advantage of the fact that Echo lost its exclusive Sydney gaming license earlier this year, Crown recently announced plans to build its own luxury casino and resort in Sydney Harbour.

Operating under the name Crown Sydney, this state-of-the-art facility will directly challenge The Star on its home turf. When it opens in 2019, Crown Sydney will become the tallest building in the city, surpassing the height of Sydney’s Citigroup Centre by 32 meters.

6 Gambling Tips to Make Sure Your Bank Account Doesn't Go Down Under

Written By Carla Harris

The ideal gambling scenario involves winning money and having a blast doing it. That doesn’t always happen, though. We always want to enjoy ourselves, since gambling is a form of entertainment, but there will be times when we lose more than we win. How do we keep from losing all our money every time we gamble? Even though luck can play a role in determining our overall success, there are ways to make sure you’re getting the most out of your gambling money. 

Establish a Gambling Bankroll

The most important thing you can do is establish a set amount of money specifically for gambling. Most gamblers use what is known as a "replenishable" bankroll. That means whatever money they have available at the time is what they use to gamble. If they lose it, they often go back and replenish it with more funds. This can be a dangerous way to gamble. A true gambling bankroll is extra money you set aside every week or month that you don’t need for the necessities in your life. It’s your “fun money.”

Session Bankrolls

Once an overall bankroll is set, you divide it into session bankrolls each time you gamble. It should not be more than 10 percent of your overall bankroll. If you’ve acquired $1000 for gambling, your session bankroll would be $100. That session bankroll is the only money you will use to gamble during that time. If it is lost during the first 30 minutes, your session is over. It is time to take a break. A session should not last longer than two hours at a time, even if you are winning. Your mind becomes fatigued, and that’s when careless financial decisions are made.

Set Win Limits

You should have a preset win limit for each session that you gamble. Many people use what is known as the “double up” method. If they double their session bankroll, they pocket the original amount and only play using their profits. Using the example of $100, if they win $100, the original $100 is put back into their gambling bankroll and the winnings are used. If the winnings are lost, the session is over and they have broken even. If they double their $100 again, the process is repeated. Once you double your session bankroll, never use your original money. That will insure that you will at least break even for that session. This same process can be applied at a lower rate if you are more conservative. You can set a winning goal of 50 percent or 25 percent and use the same process.

Only Play Games That Have a Small House Edge

One of the best ways to ensure that you are not losing large quantities of money over the long-term is to only play games that have a small casino advantage. Research what games offer the best odds. A game like blackjack, with favorable rules and the proper use of basic strategy, can be played with a house edge of less than 1 percent. By comparison, there are games in which the casino has a 10 percent advantage or better. By consistently playing games with more favorable odds, you are giving yourself a mathematical advantage over those who only play games that offer poor odds.

Use Bonuses to Your Advantage

Almost all casinos offer bonuses, loyalty points, comps, promotions, etc. These opportunities can have a significant impact on your bottom line. When you are playing with the casino’s money, it keeps your finances from dwindling. For example, if an online casino offers a 100 percent matching bonus on a $100 or more deposit, you are better off depositing at least $100. If you only have $50 to deposit, wait until you accumulate the extra money so you can take full advantage of the bonus. Always maximize these situations to your advantage. Never play using more money than you intended to earn extra rewards, but make sure you completely understand every offer so you can take full advantage.

Keep gambling Fun

You know the feeling you get when you first sit down to gamble? The adrenaline coursing through your veins. The excitement of what the next cards or spin will bring. That’s what gambling should be about. When it stops being fun, that’s when your wallet suffers most. Slow down; enjoy every spin and every hand. If you are not enjoying yourself, get up and walk away. It’s time to stop! Managing your money when you gamble will keep you from sitting on the sidelines watching everyone else have all the fun. However, one of the many benefits of gambling online is that many sites allow you to play some of the games for free. This is a great option when things are not going your way. Use these money management tips and you will be more likely to stay in the game.


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