Six Tips to be a Smarter Video Poker Player – Part 2 – with Gambling Author Henry Tamburin

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This video is part two of a two-part series where Henry Tamburin who is the author of six books on casino gambling discusses six tips to become a smarter video poker player. Tip number one has to do with the volatility of video poker games. I’ve mentioned the fluctuations that I experience from one year to the next with jacks or better and believe it or not Jacks or Better is a very low volatile video poker game compared to other video poker games. For example if we focus on double double bonus that’s a very popular video poker game it’s probably the most popular that video poker players like to play.

That particular game has a much higher volatility than the 9-6 Jacks or Better. Why? Because with double double bonus a lot of the return is focused on the low probability hands of four of a kind so the casino funds the four of a kind hands compared to say jacks or better with more money, more payouts but what they do is they lowered the payout for the more frequently hit two pair so when you look at a pay schedule and you see for example two pair only paying one for one, that generally indicates you have a video poker game that has a high volatility. In practical terms, that means if I’m going to play in a casino say a three hour session and I calculate using one of the video poker software programs how much money should I bring for this three hour session of 9/6 jacks or better it’ll calculate it, let’s say it’s $300 and that software is going to tell you that the chance of you losing $300 is very low. Now let’s suppose somebody else is going to play next to you and he’s going to play double double bonus and he wants the same risk of not losing his money, well $300 isn’t going to hack it, he’s gonna need more money and that’s the downfall of a lot of average players they go and they play the high volatility games and they don’t bring enough bankroll so they find themselves tapped out long before they’ve finished their playing session. So if you wanna play video poker, get the maximum playtime and the smallest volatility you want to focus on games that have this low volatility and you can find out what the volatility is of any game by looking in a video poker book or you can go to The Wizard of odds dot com video poker page they list the number for the volatility.

Tip number two is how you can earn more money when you’re playing video poker the reality is when you play video poker more than likely your overall return from playing is going to be slightly under a hundred percent. For example we mentioned 9/6 Jacks or Better returns 99.54 percent if you play it accurately what you want to do is you’d like to get that overall return over a hundred percent where you can see you’re short you’re short about point .4, .5% How do you get over a hundred percent? There’s two things you have to master one is you gotta take advantage of cash back and you want to take advantage of bounce back. Let me focus on cash back first casinos want to reward their loyal players the first thing you want to do is try this website and get yourself a players card and always use it when you’re playing video poker.

The reason is the casino’s computer system is going to track your play and casinos will reward you for the amount of money that you gamble they call that coin-in and that’s the only thing they’re interested in, how much they give you back depends on your coin-in, not how much you win or lose but they’re going to rebate a certain percent of your coin in. It’s like buying a car i buy a car for thirty thousand the dealer is going to rebate me a couple of thousand dollars, well when you play in a casino if you join the Players Club the amount of money you gamble they’re gonna rebate a certain percent. What you want to make sure is and that rebate percentage varies from casino to casino some casinos will rebate point one percent of your coin in others will rebate point three percent and you should find out what the base rebate or base return is for playing video poker.

You usually can find that by going to the Players Club and asking them or you can go to the casino’s website where you can go to one of the other websites that I mentioned earlier like So, first thing is know what the percent cash back is for that casino the second thing is let’s say it’s point one percent which isn’t a lot what you want to do now is scheduled your play time when the casinos offer multiple points that is extremely important. If I’m getting point one percent times my coin-in in either cash or free play if I play when the casino is offering 4, 5, or 6 times multiple points meaning instead of getting point one percent they’re going to give me point six and point seven that’s going to increase the number of points you earned during your play session that’s going to convert to more money you’re gonna get in cash or more money you’re gonna put in the machine for free play. SDo you need to discipline yourself to find out when your local casino offers multiple points and you wanna make sure you schedule your play time I’ll give you another real-world example, I play in a casino that has a base rate 0.13% that’s what they give me based on my coin in. On Mondays they multiply all of my points by eight well if you take .13 and you multiply by eight that’s 1.04% that they give back to me and they give it back to me in terms of free play. Well if I add what I get playing the game and this happens to be a casino that has 9/6 jacks or better progressive my return is 99.6% I add in the 1.04% so I am over a hundred percent, so that’s important.

I’m now an advantage video poker player What else can you do? So first thing is take advantage of multiple points, the second thing is you want to maximize your mailers. Once you play video poker in a casino and I suggest you play consistently at the same casino, you want to make sure that you maximize your mailers. The mailers are what comes in the mail from the casino they’ll send you a mailer every month and it lists all the activities and promotions that they have for the upcoming month and usually there are coupons in those mailers we call them bounce back coupons or coupon might say will give you $50 every week for the next month. You go back to the casino, you bounce back that’s how that got that term you go back to the casino, you go to the machine, you put in your players card and you can download the $50 that the casino gives you.

You’d like to get $100, you’d like to get $200 every week. How do you maximize that amount? The key is to make sure that when you play you get the highest theoretical average for your playing session. Now let me explain this because this is extremely important the casinos they want to reward their players and what they do now a days is they take a look at your coin and obviously the more you play the higher your coin in and the more you’re gonna be rewarded but they will take that coin in and they multiplied by a percent they call it theo based on whatever machine you’re playing and they multiply those two and they get what they call a theo that’s what sits in their computer so if you go to a casino tomorrow you play video poker for 3, 4 hours whatever coin in you put in they’ll multiply a percent and the computer will say for this particular day for this session you had this much theo and what that means for them that’s a theoretical amount that they expect to win from you.

Now what most casinos do is they’ll average those session theos over a certain period of time some casinos use three months the casino that I play on that I mentioned earlier uses a 21 day session average. It’s very difficult to find out this information they’re not free with it but I suggested you ask a casino host that’s one of the perks you can get out of a casino host and some casinos. So how do you maximize that theo because if you keep the theo high for say 21 trips you’re going to get a very much higher mailer than if somehow that theo goes down and a lot of players they don’t understand that and they trip themselves. For example, players go to a casino and they decide they’re not going to play they’re gonna go eat in the restaurant then they’re going to go home. They go sit in the restaurant casino restaurant they’ve they go have a nice meal the bill comes and they pay with their points, the points they earn that’s on their players card when they do that they trip a session the computer knows that they’re in the casino and its gonna say they’re there and they’re gonna trip you for a session you walk out of the casino without playing what’s going to happen is the computers got you zero theo for that day well you take a theo of 0 theo when you add it to your other Theos you can see that the average goes down and your mailer goes down. Another example casino gives you free play your run to the casino you run through your free play and then you leave.

Again, you’re gonna trip yourself and your gonna end up with a 0 playing session and that’s gonna lower your theo. So in order to maximize your mailers, maximize the bounce back that you get you want to make sure that when you go to a casino if you’re going to use points, if your gonna download your bounce-back, download your free play that you play during that session. If you just do those other things without playing you’re gonna trip yourself and you’re never going to get a high theo and you’re never going to get the high bounce back and the better mailers so that’s really important. The last tip has to do with how can I keep this money that I earned by playing video poker?

Because you have to understand you have a silent partner when you play video poker it happens to be uncle sam if you hit a payout that pays $1200 or greater you’re gonna have a casino employee come to your machine, the machine’s gonna lock up and they’re going to give you a tax form it’s a w-2G you’re gonna get a copy and other copy is sent to Uncle Sam. When you file your taxes whether it’s federal and most states they’re going to expect on your income tax when you file that you’re going to report that gambling win as earnings because the regular IRS regulations say gambling winnings are taxable so what can you do to make sure that you’re not paying too much taxes on your winnings? What you need to make sure is that you can report your losses and that’s what you want to do, but when your report winnings and losses on your income tax you gotta make sure you maintain a gambling log so this is the last bit of information I can tell you maintain a gambling log, in fact the IRS regs state you should maintain a session gambling log just get yourself a book and every time you go to the casino you play video poker just put down the date, the casino what game you played how much you won or lost and then at the end of the year you add up all your wins your session wins you put that in your income tax filing and you do the same thing with the losses, if you get audited then you have no problem you can present your gambling log I’ve had too many of my colleagues that didn’t take this sdvice and they reported gambling wins without keeping gambling logs so they went through that horror show known as an IRS audit.

You don’t want to have to go through that because if you can’t support your gambling losses and you can report losses up to the amount of your wins, the IRS is going to charge you a tax for all of that money that hard-earned money that you won they’re going to charge you not only do you have to pay a tax on the winnings but you’re gonna have to pay a penalty for not filing correctly so the last tip I can leave you is please make sure you maintain a gambling log you’ll never know when you need it if Uncle Sam audits you but it’s really nice to have if you have to go into an audit. If you want to learn more about me and some of the information that I have on my website you can either go to smart gaming dot com which has articles on all different casino games that I’ve written or you can go to BJ insider dot com and that site has blackjack Insider newsletter which I edit and there you’ll find information on blackjack. For 3 free issues of the BJ Insider simply go to this URL it’s Don’t forget that you can see more of our educational gaming videos on our YouTube channel is go to / American casino guide

The Problem With Card Game Anime

I’m pretty sure that I’m literally the only human being on earth who cares about card game anime, and it’s probably not wise of me to drop a fifteen-minute rant about it in the middle of the worst month for ad revenue of the year, but I just put out an SAO video, so I think I’ll be okay. Card game anime all kind of… suck. Or at least, they suck at being anime about card games. I mean there’s plenty of goofy fun to be had with shows like Yu-Gi-Oh!, Duel Masters, Luck and Logic, WIXOSS, Fantasista Dolls, EX Ignition, Dinosaur King, Mon Colle Knights and Jesus fucking Christ how many of these are there?

For glorified commercials, these shows range from serviceable, to pretty gosh-darn great shonen and shoujo fantasy fare, but I don’t think they really accurately represent the appeal of the card games that they’re supposed to be selling us. In fact, I don’t think that any card game anime properly conveys the fun of playing trading card games, at least not in its entirety. There’s this formula that many battle toy anime follow. You start by having your characters play small games for two to three episodes, then you send them to a tournament that lasts for the rest of the core season, and during that tournament they discover some dark, secret, mystical evil that they conveniently need to use many collectible variations of YOUR TOY THAT YOU ARE SELLING to defeat and save the world.

This formula works, it makes for really entertaining kids’ TV, but the trouble is that it really has nothing to do with the product. I mean, you can literally use the same basic structure to make it exciting to watch bread rise. Someone did, actually, and it’s great. You can sub out this formula for something different. Mon Colle Knights puts a comedy isekai Pokemon spin on card collecting, while WIXOSS turns it into one of those magical girl Faustian bargain with the devil deals, which is actually really good, but the underlying issue remains.

By putting the focus of your card game anime on something other than the card game, you’re implicitly saying; “This thing is not interesting enough to carry a TV show on its own.” But the thing is, TCGs are really fun on their own. Take this from someone who was obsessed with Yu-Gi-Oh!

and then Hearthstone for a good four years of his life. There’s so much strategy and thought that goes into building your deck into a well-oiled machine, and piloting it against other players who’ve done the same. Enough that I honestly think you could build a whole series out of it.

What is this X-factor that’s missing from so many TCG anime? What is it that makes card games so uniquely enjoyable? In a word; planning.

Rather than being won in the moment of play, the outcomes of TCG duels are largely decided by the foresight and strategy of players, before a game or tournament even begins. But actually collecting cards and building decks is rarely, if ever, touched on in these shows. TCGs are all about dealing with uncertain elements, from the cards that you draw from your deck in a game, to the booster packs that you use to build that deck, to the cards that other players choose to field in their decks. Note that I say “uncertain” though, rather than “random,” because that’s an important distinction. The core skill in any TCG is mitigating luck as a factor as much as possible, minimizing the odds of bad outcomes, and maximising good ones. You can never be 100% sure of what cards you’ll draw, or what your opponent will be playing, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t predict it and skew probability in your favor.

The most obvious way that you can do this is that you have absolute control over the cards in your deck, which means you can basically stack it so that everything either synergizes with your core strategy, or helps you reach cards that do. Yu-Gi-Oh! the anime constantly shows that the key to winning a children’s card game lies in “trusting your deck” and “believing in the Heart of the Cards™,” but that’s absolute horseshit. While it may make for a thrilling anime moment to luckily pull the last piece of Exodia from your deck at the last possible moment, that’s not really a good strategy for consistently winning games. In reality, anyone playing Exodia is going to stack their deck with as many cards as possible that either stall their opponent, draw more cards, or search for more pieces of Exodia, so that the odds of drawing the complete set go from being fairly low to being almost guaranteed within three to five turns of the game.

They’re not going to build a deck full of random monsters like Yug’s grandpa and hope for the best. Yami Yugi – “My grandpa’s deck has no pathetic cards!” This is something that card game anime rarely ever touch on, but it’s essential to playing TCG as well: Knowing your win condition.

Based on anime, a lot of new players think that winning is just a matter of putting the strongest cards together in a deck, and playing them better than your opponent. I know that’s what I thought when I first started getting really serious about Yu-Gi-Oh! But in reality, the purpose of your deck isn’t to give you access to a wide variety of strong cards or combos.

You’re really never going to run Dark Magician and Black Luster Soldier in the same deck. It’s to set up a single winning board state. To put a card or combination of cards into play that your opponent can’t defeat, and to do it before they have a chance to do the same. Every card that’s not directly part of this core strategy should be something that either helps you get to the cards you do need, or shuts down the strategies that your win condition is otherwise weak to.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! anime would have you believe that life points are the most important thing in the world, but any hardcore player of any card game will tell you that the only life point that matters is your last one. Different card games have many unique quirks and mechanics that set them apart from each other, but one thing is pretty much constant between all of them: Nine times out of ten, the player who draws the most cards and has the most cards in play wins, because that player gets to their win condition faster, and has a greater chance of drawing a card that counters their opponent’s win condition. This Is true to the point that, if there was a card in Yu-Gi-Oh!

that let you sacrifice all but one of your life points to draw three cards, it would be played at three in every deck in the game. You don’t really see those kinds of interactions in most card game anime, though. The whole idea of planned counter-play just isn’t present, and that’s a real shame, because it’s one of the most interesting parts of real-world TCGs. In real tournaments, players don’t just play one match, they do best of threes. And in most card games, players have a sideboard of fifteen extra cards that they can swap into their deck between rounds in order to have better odds of winning against their opponent’s specific strategy. By looking at what decks are the most powerful vs. which are the most affordable, you can estimate with a fair degree of accuracy what you’re likely to play against at a tournament, or at your local card shop, and adjust the cards in your deck to have a better chance of winning against them.

And you can build a sideboard containing cards that plug holes in your deck’s strategy, or counter other strategies that you expect to see a little less frequently than the most popular ones. There’s a mindgame element to this. Is the opponent who just beat you siding in counters to your counters? Is the guy you just trounced changing his entire strategy into something you have no hope of overcoming? Aside from the initial step of deck-building, the side deck is where TCG’s are won, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen an anime that incorporates them at all.

That’s a huge missed opportunity to both create tension and draw out duels without making every turn last forever. And the thing is, that’s the real skill that separates good players from great ones; reading and reacting to the metagame. And there’s plenty of interesting ways that that could be incorporated into an anime’s story. Having characters go scope out their future opponents to get into their heads, or play test games against each other to figure out what decks in a new set are the most powerful. Hell, you could build a whole story arc around a character chasing down a card that they need to complete their deck before a tournament, or scrambling to find a replacement when they realize at the last minute that one of their key cards is a bad fit for their deck. I mean, if you want to talk about card game moments that would make for great anime episodes, think of that one Yu-Gi-Oh!

tournament where everyone was scrambling to get their hands on Elemental Hero Stratos ’cause he’d just been released and he was totally broken, and he was immediately limited to one afterwards. That could make for a great comedy storyline. Or players could even play mindgames with each other, trying to outguess each other’s strategies and trick other players into using cards that will work against them.

That would be a hell of a lot more interesting than “Oh no! I am going to lose because my numbers aren’t big enough! “Oh, yay! I drew the exact card I needed not to lose!” We only see Yugi do anything like this once in the Yu-Gi-Oh!

anime, and it’s low-key one of the douchiest things I’ve ever seen an anime protagonist do. At the start of Duelist Kingdom, Yugi gives Joey Time Wizard, an OP effect monster that serves as a key piece in his strategy, by destroying his opponent’s monsters, and buffing up his Baby Dragon. What Yugi doesn’t tell Joey is that Time Wizard also buffs Dark Magician, giving him an effect that lets Yugi play spell cards from his hand on his opponent’s turn like trap cards, which basically means that Dark Magician is a hard counter to Time Wizard, and since Yugi helped Joey build his deck around it, when he goes into the final tournament match with Joey he knows that it’s all but guaranteed that his “friend” will play Time Wizard, handing the duel to him on a silver platter. He makes this big show about them being on equal footing, but in the end, he had the duel rigged before they even started. Of course, the Yu-Gi-Oh!

anime doesn’t realize this implication of what happened, but imagine if a villain or rival character intentionally did something like this to the hero of a more down-to-earth TCG anime, maybe as a heel-turn moment. That could be a really cool scene. And there are many other moments of potential card game awesomeness that we’ll probably never see in anime because anime creators just aren’t interested in telling those kinds of stories.

Picture an anime that’s about a group of friends preparing for games at their local card shop, and then gearing up for their first regional, and then national tournaments, studying opponents, reading the meta, going to booster set releases, and trying to build the newest decks by buying and trading cards with everybody else. A show with a structure not unlike a sports anime. Would it be as exciting as calling down the Egyptian gods onto the deck of a blimp to battle for the fate of the world?

Maybe not in the same way, but with an emphasis on interpersonal drama and self-improvement, I could easily see it being as engaging as something like Haikyuu!! or Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma actually provides a really good roadmap for this. There are a lot of similarities between the preparations for that show’s cooking duels, and the art of deck building. Though Soma mainly takes on opponents one-on-one instead of in a tournament setting, he still spends a lot of time analyzing their strategies and figuring out ways to counter them. The battle is really won before it even begins, and anime fans love this dynamic in Food Wars!

I put out a whole video about it last fall. Food Wars! proves that this kind of conflict can be exciting.

So does Baby Steps, which spends as much time focusing on Eiichirou’s preparation for tournaments and how he studies opponents as it does on the matches themselves. I’d love to see a TCG anime take on a similar approach to these shows, be it something more absurd, set in a card game high school, like Shokugeki no Soma, or a more realistic story, where the entire world’s economy and education system isn’t based on a children’s toy, about friends at a local card shop having fun. Those details don’t matter so much. The important thing is the focus on strategy and planning over luck and friendship or whatever.

I’ve seen exactly one anime come close to doing this right; Cardfight!! Vanguard. In the first two seasons, we actually see characters buying booster packs and even structure decks, and rebuilding their strategies around the new cards they acquire. A lot of time is spent at local card shops playing small games and tournaments, leading into bigger events with higher stakes. We see proper deck engines in play, and understand how they achieve victory, and we see the work that goes into these characters getting better at the game, and eventually winning it. The characters even talk about the idea of a “winning image,” or win condition, as an essential part of deck building.

Not only is it interesting and unique to see a show focus on this, it also makes for really effective advertising. When I first saw Misaki stacking her deck with her Oracle Think Tank archetype, I distinctly remember thinking “I bet that would be a lot of fun to play.” Something that kind of gets lost when a show focuses on luck and world-threatening stakes with every game. Unfortunately, as its seasons go on Cardfight!!

slowly devolves into trips to alien planets, and battles against an evil void that STEALS YOUR SOUL IF YOU LOSE AT CARD GAMES!! It loses faith in the more grounded depiction of TCG play that set it apart from stuff like Yu-Gi-Oh!, eventually becoming just like those shows. And while it seems to have worked commercially, the show’s been airing continuously since 2011, I can’t be the only one who thinks that kinda sucks.

Again, pointing to Shokugeki no Soma, a lot of people have been disappointed with the Central arc for shifting the focus of the series from “cooking the very best like no one ever cooked” to this ideological battle for the soul of Totsuki Academy against the evil council of food villains. It’s not necessarily bad, I enjoyed it a little bit, but it feels more… anime than it needs to, at the expense of what made the series special in the first place. I get why shows have this focus. They’re aimed at children, and it’s easier to wow kids by showing them big, cool monsters, sold at a corner store near you, battling each other for the fate of the world. But Vanguard proves that more grounded stories can work, and the success of sports anime like Haikyuu!! demonstrates that you really don’t need big, dumb anime magic fights with massive stakes on a world-changing scale to keep kids engaged.

Or adults, for that matter. I don’t know, it’s entirely possible that I really am the only person in the world who cares about this, but I think there’s something really exciting and engaging about real-world TCGs that anime, for the dozens of attempts that it’s made, has never properly tapped into. And if a show ever manages to do that and stick to its guns, I think it could be something really special. What do you guys think?

Am I alone in this? Have I gone too nerdy with this video, or are any of you also dissatisfied with the current state of TCG anime? And if you currently play a card game, which one is it, what makes you like it, and what deck do you play? I’d love to hear your answers in the comments below.

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Don’t you wanna be cool? What are you gonna spend that money on anyway? Card games?

Eh, good choice, I can’t blame you for that, it’s what I was gonna spend it on. I, uh, don’t know where I’m going with this. But I do know where you’re going next! You’re either going to click here to check out my best OPs of 2017 top list, or click here to see me talk about card game anime’s bastard cousin, gambling anime.

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Are we likely to see emergent betting exchanges?

Please like and comment on the video below that will allow me to produce better quality videos and more of them in the future. So one of the things that I am hopeful is that we’re just on the start, or maybe through the middle of a very long journey on betting exchanges and the technological disintermediation of the bookmaker. This is one of the things that I was always excited about when you look at exchanges, and that was the thing that got me involved and I was thinking about what could happen in the future and how things would evolve from there. Now, of course, you know, there’s a lot of water is passed under the bridge.

Now we’re nearly twenty years into this big experiment with betting exchanges, and of course you know, the market was very fragmented. Its consolidated now and you know well, perhaps not growing as fast as we thought we should be. So I have done a few videos on this before and if you remember I did this video when I was in San Francisco, where I was talking about speaking to companies over there about you know seeing what was going on and where we could take things from There so yeah, I don’t remember if you’ve seen the video or maybe not but yeah the I did a video from San Francisco, whereas talking specifically about the betting exchange opportunity. So don’t know if you recognize the skyline behind me, I’m in San Francisco, and this is the home of many technology startups, but more notably, and for the purposes of this video it’s home to Airbnb and uber, and these are peer-to-peer companies that are transforming the way That they develop their industries and really when you look at it, betting exchanges are noted from their peer-to-peer network, but one of the problems we’ve had with betting exchanges is over the last 15 years and they’ve been active. They should have totally changed the world what they happen, and I want to change them. I want to make sure that we actually changed the way that people interact in sports markets.

It should have happened now it hasn’t for whatever reason, but I want you to join me and make sure that we do make it happen. Now, one of the things that I did when I was over there, because the video doesn’t specifically mention what I was doing, it was speaking to all interested parties. So this would be entrepreneurs techie guys about basically the exchange mechanism and, of course, the problem you have in the US is that you know betting and gambling isn’t very widespread and isn’t generally embraced for want of a better word. So it’s a bit difficult to get the concept over. So I was trying to speak to companies that I felt with similar lines that were solving similar problems and similar sectors that you know could easily apply that to the sports market and get this growth back into the whole exchange model. Now one of the problems that I had is, if you speak to techy guys they get excited about the technology.

And if you speak to companies that are in that sector, they may not fully understand what the opportunity is, and you know you have entrepreneurs, investors and the business people that are going to make these things happen, and I realized that one of the mistakes that I’ve Made would be speaking to each of these individual parties when, in fact, what most of these people are looking for is money. Basically, in Silicon Valley, people want funding and they wants to throw the hat in the ring on a grand new idea and they tend to think on a very large scale. So I realized, after a couple of visits, that in fact it was venture capitalists really that I needed to be speaking to, because these are the guys that wants to give the money out when they wants to put it into investments.

That may have a chance of the payoff and the way that a VC works is generally. They may have you know a hundred million or something and they’re willing to slice up that money into smaller chunks, and they accept that a lot of those projects won’t pay off, but all they need a few of them to pay off and they’ll get. All of that money back and then some so on.

My most recent visits to San Francisco, I was speaking almost predominantly to venture capitalists and you know jeering up and giving them a background, giving them a steer basically on the industry and how the industry is structured and where it could be going and things that could Be done and the VCS have lots of connections out into that community where they can sort of identify people or things that could happen. So I you know, I have a little bit of money to invest but not a great deal, so I felt that my role was more as somebody that could you know, influence or advise on these sort of things, and you never know things may happen and stuff May just pop out of the woodwork but, as I always say on my videos, you know I’m happy to go out there. Try a few things, make a few comments, meet loads of people and then things sort of tend to happen from there anyway. So yeah.

I have given some early funding to little projects over in California and not so any substantial scale, but more to take a stake in an interest in those individual businesses. But it’s really the VCS and other people that are going to be driving that sort of advancement, because I don’t have that sort of money available to distribute, but also from a political sense in the US. I don’t have any votes to give to anybody. So that’s what seems to drive everything over there is money or votes, and – and really I don’t have any of those.

So all I can do is attempt to get involved, have an influencing role and who knows where all of that goes. But the reason for doing this video is it’s interesting to see that we are beginning to see a little bit of momentum beginning to build specifically with blockchain technology. So one of the companies that I was interested in and that sort of took me to San Francisco in terms of my quests, to understand what was going on and things that were going on was a company good alga, which was based around blockchain technology, Bitcoin and Betting, but it’s interesting to see the progress of people like peer plays and the platforms that are sitting on pay plays, such as book II, which is basically a blockchain distributed, ledger technology exchange. And if you look at the bio on there, I think that you’ll recognize the sort of a wording that has generated that particular opportunity. And I think that there must be many other people out there.

Inc, including me that, and on top of what I’ve said in the past, that probably feel a similar way that there’s a much bigger opportunity out there if only the right thing is put in place. Now there are many barriers to overcome many things that are going to get in the way, but nonetheless I think that always your role in life should be to create the future, not to reinvent the past. So it’d be interesting to see where all of these sort of things go, and you know I foresaw the internet. I was around with an Internet company before the internet really took off and I foresaw things like YouTube and and – and I didn’t see other things, but the fact is, there are loads of things waiting in front of us and it’s great to get involved as early As possible, in those things, because you never quite know where they’re going to go or what they’re going to do, will it radically change the landscape and not change it at all or force existing participants to readapt things or to change their model? And that’s why I take an active interest in it, but the whole point in doing this video is to basically say that I don’t feel that a lot of those meetings were particularly wasted, because it does seem that there is a little bit of momentum gathering now In these areas, which is what I hoped may happen – I’m not going to take credit for doing that, because obviously many other people would probably have the same thought and probably have money to distribute. But it’s interesting to see that we are beginning to see a little bit of momentum in that area and it’ll be interesting to see where that ends up either directly in terms of how these models evolve or how they shape the industry going forward.


How Progressive Jackpots Slots Work

So let’s take a look at progressive jackpots, how they work, where you can find them and most importantly, are they worth playing?As we all know, a jackpot is the big prize of the slot. It can hit tens of thousands or even a few million pounds, depending on the game. In regular slots, jackpots ranging anywhere near the millions are rare, simply because the slot maker has to allocate the prizes on the assumption that more money will be lost to the game than the total jackpot. Because of this, a regular jackpot will never compare to the mega wins seen on progressive games.

Progressive jackpot games allow for bigger jackpots because the prize grows continuously as the slot is played. A percentage of every coin spent adds to the progressive jackpot  for a lucky winner to pick up later. Instead of guessing the chances of a player winning the jackpot, the jackpot simply grows with the number of people playing. This allows them to get much bigger, up to the tens of million, simply because the jackpot keeps growing until it’s won.

Online casinos have made this possible because of their huge popularity and thousands of players. Progressive jackpots are the biggest because every player contributes directly to the pot! Jackpots usually come in 3 forms. You have major, minor and then mini jackpots. The major jackpot comes with the lowest chances of winning, while obviously, the minor and mini jackpots can be won more regularly, with a lower prize. They all tick up as players spend coins, butn minor and minis stay lower as they are won more often and less coins are allocated to them, retaining the balance between the major and smaller jackpots.

Progressive jackpots are won through bonus rounds. By spinning 3 scatter symbols, the slot will then open a bonus mode. Bonus rounds come in many forms, such as a pinball style game, or a wheel of fortune set up. From here you can win money as you usually would with any slot bonus. But in addition, you can also win a mini, minor or if you’re really lucky, the major jackpot. Progressive jackpots very rarely simply won from spinning the reels.

So you’re almost always going to see a bonus round first. If y

ou are looking for strategy or tactics, then sadly we can’t help you there. Since the jackpot is won through a bonus round, each bonus mode is different, and since it usually has very little player interaction, there’s no real way to improve your odds. It’s all down to the luck of the spin. On the brighter side, since a jackpot can be won, even with the lowest wager possible, progressive jackpots still make sense, as you can enjoy them like a regular slot, but with the added chance that a larger jackpot might come your way. It’s like a typical slot, but with more surprises in store.

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History of Online Bingo

All around the world there are accounts of people playing a variety of different games in which they wager for a chance to win resources, this is a big part of world history. However, it would be fair to say that few games have had quite the same impact on the globe that bingo has because even in its earliest form back in 15th Century Italy, the game was very popular very fast as a national lottery that is still played in that land today. There are very few games that developed in so many different countries, but bingo can count itself lucky to have been incubated in not only Italy, but France, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom. It is the US where bingo was really shaped into the form that it is today recognized as. This is due to the hard work for a sales man called Edwin Lowe who only discovered bingo by total accident at a carnival in the US state of Georgia while he was on vacation. Mister Lowe instantly understood that if a game could draw that many rabid fans at a small traveling country carnival then it might have a wider application, too, so he took it upon himself to go back to his native New York City and develop a version of the game that he could sell to folks who wanted to run their own bingo games. He started out printing up cards with the help of a math whiz and before long he had a small industry going. It was no surprise that bingo took hold, but what was surprising was how in just over fifty years, bingo went from a great idea to a billion dollar a year industry.

How did this happen? Easy, three words: world wide web. The web was the first step in the global ascension of bingo as a popular past time and it did not take long at all for this game to grab on in the UK which is where it would be thrown so far up into the stratosphere that no one could predict the media frenzy that would take place when web sites started giving away hundred thousand pound prizes to local UK players.

Money Management

You should know where you stand at all times. Use the counters on the slots to your advantage. Don’t play credits. Cash in and play coins it’s slower and you can use the counters to keep track of where you stand.

Wander around, if you’re not hitting, stop and wander around, take a break. Walk around, enjoy watching others play.

Specialize, find slot machines that you understand and play them. Don’t play just any machine. Learn what machines appeal to you and stick with them, we all have favorites that’s part of the fun.

Take a chance, if you are up you can afford to take a chance on high end machines even the 5.00 slots. If you do get a hit… run.

Read the machine, make sure you understand the payoff schedule on any slot you play, you will avoid disappointment. Once you have done this you will avoid certain slot machines.

One coin play, you don’t need to play three coins at all times, particularly on high end slot machines, $1.00 $5.00 and up. Find machines that will allow one coin play and still payout the maximum. I am not talking about pay for play type machines, nor three or five liners. I am talking about single line slot machines that payout on all symbols for 1 coin. You will sometimes think, gee if I had played three coins I would have won three times as much, beware the Casinos main weapon…. Greed.

Set your own rules, because a machine takes up to 5 plus coins does not mean you have to play that many. If you read the machine you will see, in many cases, that the payout per coin is exactly the same relative value. In other words many slots will pay X for 1 coin and 2X for 2 coins and 3X for 3 coins.

Luck, do not underestimate the luck factor. If you win you are just Plain lucky. A $50.00 book on winning at slots won’t give better advice.

Thanks for reading this article, I hope, you have learned something new. I really enjoy sharing my passion with you. Be sure to check other articles about casino. Stay tuned for new materials. Be responsive with your game and your money, Good luck, and don`t forget to have fun!

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Internet Betting in New Year 2018

During past economic collapse period gamers have assumed the actual benefit of on the internet gaming. It’s so economically convenient to remain at home and play in an online casino as opposed to flying right to Las Vegas or Atlantic city. In 2015-2016 (land-based) casino market had record losses, while the internet gambling market ought to continue to come on raise.

The virtual betting market flourishes and emerges very quickly, and it looks that 2018 will probably be an impressive financial year for on the web betting corporations. Investment professionals forecast in 2018 internet gambling corporations to be the prime choices for stock market investors.

Last decade World Wide Web betting has become a angrily developed and sophisticated industry. Great majority of internet gambling companies give extraordinarily selection of different gambling game titles and advertising offers. You can find thousands of online casino players who play just in the highest branded Fastest Payouts Casinos there, whilst many others spread their gaming priorities among all various brands, both famous and newbies.

Competition is incredibly large, and Web players have fun with the amazing benefits they may gain due to it. All virtual wagering websites forced to compete in order to entice new players for keeping their venture profitable. This competition is the key purpose why internet betting websites getting more and more imaginative in their offers and marketing promotions, as well as in customer support and retention efforts.

Competition is excellent for players, which enjoy a broad choice of awards and a high quality of services that top wagering websites provide to their clients. The competition is tremendously tough, but it has pulled out something great, influencing the value of services together with range of bonuses presented.

Extra new online gamblers are attracted by creativity of advertising campaigns of online casinos that makes virtual gaming a much more preferable choice for gambling enthusiasts than traditional gambling facilities in Las Vegas or Monaco.

A triumph of web-based gambling websites can drive US legislators to rearrange an anti-online gambling regulation in 2018 already. It appears such as some senators start finding out that web gambling is not the evil empire and it may help US-based betting companies and make people pleased. Rearrange of anti-online gambling regulations will produce a enormous wagering progress in the United states.

The vast majority of US states face budget shortfalls with the USA nationwide unemployment rate at 10%. Federal government deficit approaching $1.3 trillion. Taxes to be remitted by online gambling vendors promote regulation of internet betting making it positive as never before.

Large players in online gambling marketplace are getting excited regarding near future making ready to advantage from legalization of internet betting in the USA. One particular latest illustration is a merge of PartyGaming and Bwin declared just recently. This merge is believed to build the biggest online betting agency in the world.

More compact agencies and newbies will also get a opportunity to develop and emerge as true competitors. With internet gambling getting bigger and bigger, victorious betting businesses turn out to be more interesting for investors, and this is the perfect occasion to invest.

A number of companies develop an alternative gaming model called online sweepstakes which is not deemed as betting in most states in the Us as well as in lots of other jurisdictions. This is provided to the fact that online gamers that play for free of charge may still win prizes in conjunction with those who spend money for premium options.

Competition is fantastic for internet gamers, which appreciate a huge choice of incentives and a worth of offerings that greatest gaming websites offer to their customers. The competition is fantastically demanding, yet it has made something vigorous, affecting the value of services along with scope of offers introduced.

More gamers are encouraged by originality of promoting efforts of internet casinos making betting sites a far more preferable alternative for online players in comparison with traditional casinos in Las Vegas or Macau.

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Try to Enjoy and Win Casino Game

Most of the people (certainly residing out of the periphery of the world of casino) consider that there are only a few casino games and this is indeed a grave mistake. If truth be told, there is the presence of a large number of casino games, which are both money-spinning and amusing. These two basic traits have become instrumental in attracting more and more people to the world of casino. It may be you are alien to all these but lean from here, you can be profitable and entertained as well given that there is the requisite proficiency with regard to playing casino games with you.

In the pertinent scenario presence and dominance of card games deserve special mentions and these include card exchange games, collectible card and certainly patience games. But keep in mind that each game along with its built-in features, ways of playing and the strategies (that should be adopted) are different. Trick taking games, in general, happen to be card games with conflicting play structure. This consists of bridge, euchre, hearts, pinochle, whist and piquet.

How can you play these games?

Experts state that these games, by and large, make use of the concept of trick and only a practice of few days is needed to make one individual expert.

On the other hand, a patience games comprises a single player and bloodthirsty patience game. The diverse types of solitaire games happen to be ace of pile, freecell and concentration. Nevertheless, competitive games take account of spite and double solitaire. Do you know gambling card games are also well-known as casino games? There is nothing to wonder, lots of people are yet to know the same. In short, both beatable and unbeatable types of casino games do exist and attract people increasingly. You can surely include Blackjack, Poker games and Video Poker games in the segment of beatable casino games while Baccarat, Roulette, 3 card poker and Keno can be included in the segment of unbeatable casino games.

I don’t know whether there is any person yet to get familiar with the tale of Las Vegas. It happens to be the largest city in the state of Nevada; situated by and large in southeastern Nevada; globally renowned for entertainment and gambling and general excess these days. However, in spite of all these lustrous and licentious appeals, it’s not easy for all to go to Las Vegas, even for once in the life. Never mind; there is nothing to worry as the same bracing ambiance can be felt in the home too – through the online casino gamble. Online casino gamble happens to be the latest trend in the global arena and has taken the world by storm almost. Lots of studies do consider that the online casino gamble community has developed to turn into a great segment of the gambling pie.

If you do not believe in these things, just look at all directions and you will find the reality straight away. Millions of gamblers (and the number is increasing steadily) are turning to online gambling being a harmless and amusing way to expend a few bucks, together with a chance to get hundreds or thousands dollars in reply. But never try to make the same as a career. None has been able to maintain a handsome livelihood thus far through becoming a committed player in online casino gamble. If you have any such thought, it’s better to dump the same at this point in time.

Now your next question might be is the same safe or not. Truly speaking, online casino gambling is as safe as playing in a regular casino. What’s more, it’s not only easier but is free to set up an account also (at the same time). From this point the real test of yours starts. You have got to develop a good strategy for the game to be played before long. Through this you can both revel in the casino game and trounce others.

Everything You Need To Know About Online Roulette

Roulette is a casino game common throughout the world. It has existed for generations and has now progressed to appear online casinos online. However, this change has changed. Play online roulette play in person at a physical casino are two completely different things. The main difference is that he has a real chance of winning big games of roulette, much more than they do in a casino. There are several reasons behind this online roulette. This is a basic software and can handle several Paris a large number of people simultaneously. This ensures that you can bet in rapid succession without having to wait for anyone. It is also easier to focus on because you play in the comfort of your own home. There is no one to distract you. You do not have to dress up and pay for drinks. Do not go anywhere.

All these factors mean that you can work on a strategy that helps you win the game without losing the chance to start. There have been several cases, for beginners to get a generous and some of the advantages that have made great roulette games online. However, the same people would be very bad and a physical casino, because the same strategies that simply do not work there. They also could be expelled. Therefore, we believe that strategies for learning how to play roulette online, online only. Test in Las Vegas to earn money. The basic rule to remember is that you should not repeat the same online casino too often. Having space for 24 hours of training you get a better chance of winning. Then other people run the system for you and increase your chances of scoring.

Another rule is that you do not bet big. Start with a small amount of money and not in Paris. Collect your winnings to build a small cache of this wheel is fully effective. In this way, you can play with a cache that is dedicated to that and not take risks with their main source of income. Many people were known only to win at roulette online, but are long and not part of that. So be patient and build up reserves before playing in many casinos and Paris. Some basic drop safes apply to all forms of gambling. Do not touch the money you can not afford to lose. This includes mortgage payments, the money to pay bills, buy food, etc. Always start small and move in Paris and growing.