It’s difficult to believe that online gambling hasn’t been around for very long considering the huge strides it’s taken. Not only has it become commonplace, but its reach continues to grow year on year. What may have seemed like a fad at first surely isn’t going to die out any time soon, and many factors play a role in this assumption. Trends come and go, but online gambling has always seemed to adapt to keep up with the changing trends. One such trend, for instance, is the introduction of social communities to online casino brands. With the rise of social media, online casinos have created their own social profiles and have become more accessible and human, rather than just a venue with machines and tables as with land casinos. So, we can expect online casinos to take things a step further in the year 2018, and here’s how.
The technology of today thrusts us beyond where our reasonable minds can imagine. Technology is and will always be at the forefront of development for any industry and this is no different for online gambling. Popular platforms like Android and iOS now support numerous gambling apps that are able to emulate the standard of desktop gambling games, and even reach near physical form, too. Technology is what has kept online slots alive as they have changed over the years from 3-reel one-armed bandits to 5-reel fruit machines and video slots.
Virtual platforms are all the rage at the moment, even for online gambling. While it’s taken some time to get virtual reality (VR) to where it is today, it can now be fully and thoroughly enjoyed at home. That same VR technology experienced from Samsung’s VR or the Google Cardboard can be used in online casino games and makes a truly authentic and exciting online casino experience. Expect VR casino games to be more viable and accessible in 2018.
Augmented reality is all about bringing an experience to you, much like Pokémon Go, for those who have played it. How this differs from virtual reality, is that VR puts you into an experience. With the use of special glasses and gloves, AR can turn your living room into an online casino. While this is not predicted to be ready by the end of 2018, it’s still something that is around the corner for the average online gambler as the technology for it already exists.
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Christmas is always a very special time of giving and spoiling those we love the most. But, why do we only have one day dedicated to doing this? That’s why Casino-Mate is committed and devoted to providing our loved and loyal online casino players with 10 days of Christmas-spirited rewards. This promotion runs throughout the Christmas festive season to ensure that it stays the most wonderful time of the year for longer.
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Australia is well known for its incredible sporting reputation. In fact, Melbourne is even recognised as the sporting capital of the world. This is no surprise considering how many major annual events Melbourne hosts. These include; F1, the Australian Open, Spring Racing Carnival, MotoGP. In addition to all these major events, Australians are consistently raking in the top awards. However, Aussies are also starting to make their mark in e-sports.
In the past, e-gaming never seemed possible, nor would anyone think it could become a profession. However, today many millennials have transformed e-gaming into multimillion dollar events. Today, the most popular e-sport games come from Blizzard Entertainment. Some of their major games include; Starcraft II, Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm. What makes these games so popular is the world championship events held for each title.
The Starcraft II, Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm world championships are held annually at the BlizzCon convention in Los Angeles. These championships are considered as the highest level of professional gaming. This year was the first year to see three Aussie teams qualifying for the event, which took place on November 3 and 4 2017.
To qualify for the event, the three Aussie teams had to battle it out locally and overcome their opponents. From here they received their right to battle it out on the $1.3 million-dollar stage.
Andrew “RGT” Haws led the Overwatch team. His team included, Ajay “Aetar” Umasankar, Jason “Ieatuup” Ho, Jordan “Gunba” Graham, Marcus “Kiki’ Jacob, and Ashley “Trill” Powell.
Kane “Yunex” Dennis was the leader for the World of Warcarft team. His team included; Nathan “Primez” Saccuzzo, Joel “Streaming” Barker and Jonny “Rook” Brett.
Jeremy “Moops” Setio lead the final Australian team in the Heroes of the Storm event. His team mates included; Hayden “Sashin” Kang, Joshua “Hacky” Hackett, Ashley “DeMiSe” Branson and Robert “Robadobah” Purling.
The Overwatch team managed to make it to the quarter-finals where they were defeated by Canada 2-3. While, the other 2 teams were eliminated early on in the tournament. However, all three teams were proud to represent Australia. Especially, the World of Warcraft team, as they were the first Australian World of Warcraft team to qualify for the event.
The Aussies are looking forward to the 2018 season, where they are hoping to keep the Aussie flag flying high. In the mean-time, while we wait for the 2018 season to start, players can stay entertained with top free pokie games and table games at Casino-Mate.
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Teenage prodigy, Denis Shapovalov is the new Canadian tennis youngster ripping up the tennis court. At only 18 years old, Shapovalov is the second youngest player to ever beat world number 2 Rafael Nadal in his first match against anyone in the top 10. Unfortunately, he was then knocked out in the last 16 of the Rogers Cup, losing to world number 8, Alexander Zverev Jr.
While he still ranks far from even the top 20 for now, Shapovalov is the youngest player ranked in the world top 200. This is a colossal leap from the 143rd spot, where he started at the beginning of the year. This mean-teen, serving-machine most likely gets his tennis genes from his mother, who was also a professional tennis player. Tessa Shapovalov played for the Soviet Union national team.
Denis Shapovalov’s game is far beyond his years and is certainly a keen tennis-talent to keep your eyes on. Expect this year’s surprise dark-horse to come out the blocks like a bat out of hell against any top seed player. Having already proved he can do the business against Rafael Nadal, he will want to build on this success. As cliché as it may sound, with all to play for, the ball is most certainly in Shapovalov’s court.
While fight fans around the world wait in eager anticipation for what is turning out to be the biggest spectacle in the fighting fraternity, the haymaker punch seems to be the obvious oversight we’ve all made before. Floyd Mayweather will meet Connor McGregor on 26 August 2017 in a format that likely suits the undefeated champion, who will be looking to take his tally up to 50-0.
One obvious oversight that almost everyone seems to be overlooking is the almost-fact that we’ll all be watching a fight we’ve seen before. While anything could still happen on the night, we’ll see nothing new that we didn’t already see in what was called the “Fight of the Century” between Mayweather and Pacquiao. The fight did everything but live up to any of its expectations and would probably not go down in the history books as the “Fight of the Century”, but rather the “Hype of the Century”.
This pre-fight hype is something we’re all already experiencing with the Mayweather vs. McGregor news conference tour. The two have been seen to be exchanging not so cheap gimmicks. While the Pacquiao fight didn’t seem to draw as much attention as the McGregor fight, it was more touted for its pure fight value rather than its spectacle value like with Mayweather vs. McGregor. The two have been touring and promoting their fight in an almost parade like fashion, boasting about either how much money they have, their dress sense or lack thereof and, finally, fight predictions.
While it may prove more interesting to score their verbal encounters, scoring their actual fight night on the 26th would prove both redundant and well, predictable. Mayweather has infamously mastered the art of the shoulder roll, and his defensive ability will once again prove too strong for McGregor’s relentless and fierce attack. Although both have predicted knockout wins, true boxing fans will know that McGregor will be a fish out of water when he meets Mayweather in the square ring. What you can definitely expect from both fighters is some showboating and hopefully a few good combinations, but a knockout seems rather unlikely right now.
Overall, if Mayweather’s last three fights have been anything near entertaining for fight fans and even neutrals, then this will be a show worth watching. For those who have seen it and gotten the t-shirt, you’d be better off watching the highlights of the fight’s best moments as both fighters will certainly showcase their respective abilities. Mayweather’s flawless defence is still an art worth admiring along with McGregor’s ruthless attack will all make for a worthwhile highlights package at the end of it all.
The advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been broadly explored the past few decades. However, the greatest breakthrough in AI experiments came through recently.
AI and its application to the game of poker are the focus of research for two Carnegie Mellon University scholars. Computer Science professor, Tuomas Sandholdm and Ph.D. student Noam Brown, developed an AI program that is capable of beating out top professional poker players.
To put the invention to the test, Libratus, the name of the program is known by, took on four season poker players in a 20 day No Limit Hold’em heads-up match. He took on Jimmy Chou, Dong Kim, Jason Les, and Daniel McAulay. Libratus managed to beat them all out by ending the tournament with $1.7 million worth of chips.
At first, Libratus had difficulty sorting through imperfect information, while trying to detect whether his opponents were bluffing. This is because Libratus has been developed to deploy a different kind of approach to the game of poker, in comparison to previous AI products.
After each day Libratus would analyse his strategy used throughout the day with the use of a complex meta-algorithm. He also explored the holes his opponents had spotted in his behavior during a round of poker. From here, he would prioritize these behaviours and improve on the three most obvious behaviours.
Libratus was able to self-improve his gameplay each day and his ability to identify the presence and essence of holes in his own strategy are what has made Libratus’s ability ground-breaking.
This has left Libratus for the time being the most proficient program in heads-up No-Limit Hold’em games. However, the more players at one poker table does mean more possible outcomes. Effectively, this does provide more of a challenge for the AI program to go for the best possible moves.
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Italian Trio Marco Cecchinato, Riccardo Accardi, and Antonio Campo were each banned from professional tennis and fined after being found guilty of match-fixing during the 2015 season.
Marco Cecchinato, the most famous of the trio has been banned for 18-months and fined £33,500. The world number 143 ranked Italian player was found guilty of altering the outcome of his singles match against Poland’s Kamil Majchrzak in October 2015. He also had an impact on his doubles match, where he partnered with Luca Vanni against Betov-Elgin in 2015. Furthermore, he was found guilty of benefiting from illegal betting, and numerous other instances of sports corruption.
In addition to being found guilty of match-fixing, he was also found guilty of sharing confidential information about a Roland Garros match between John Isner and Andreas Seppi during the 2015 Grand Slam event. He also shared confidential information on a match of player Lorenzo Frigerio on an ITF (International Tennis Federation) tournament.
Cecchinato is able to appeal his ban. However, should he be unsuccessful, he will not be allowed to play until January 2018. While, his doubles partner Vanni was only fined £250, and not banned.
As for the other two Italian players, Accardi has been given a 12-month ban and £16.750 fine, while Campo has been given a 4-month with a £8,375 fine.