A Few Odd and Amusing Asian Gambling Superstitions (Part 3)

Always try to avoid entering the casino through the main entrance, looking for alternative access methods as you will want to take advantage of ‘Feng Shui’ on your side.

Of you are in China or play with Chinese, don’t use the word ‘books’ as it sounds surprisingly similar to the word ‘lose’. No self-respecting gambler should be caught at a table or a casino talking about books.

If possible, always gamble while wearing red as people consider red is a lucky colour with the potential to improve the overall performance.
If players find themselves in the midst of a losing streak, a possible way to bring it to an end is by going to the bathroom and urinating. It’s considered as a quick and easy way of turning the tide in your favour!
Players should make the effort to feed sugar to the “baby ghost” that stands behind every gambling table. Before heading out on any casino trip, praying and making an offering to the gods is highly recommended. In fact, it also is highly suggested for gamblers to pray to the gods around 24 hours before the trip.
Many gamblers also believe that important clues as to the next winning numbers to be drawn can be found in the surrounding world around you. You simply must take a case of looking hard enough!
And there you have it all – it is the gambling superstitions that our eastern friends have been following for as many generations as every single one of them would care to remember.
Just to finish on our initial point; however – allowing superstitions to cloud your judgment is never wise. Even when it seems as if luck really has taken control of things in one way or another, don’t forget that you and you alone have control over every move you take!

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Crazy and Cool Facts about Online Gambling (Part 1)

We’ve all know stories about the random individual gambling an equally random online casino game, only to win millions of dollars in their pocket. It’s something that do occur on occasion, but for sure is something you can count on. What’s more, not every online casino game is about luck.

In any case, games of fortune in one form or another have been existed for centuries. For instance, around 3000 BC, dice games were appeared in Mesopotamia. Gambling houses were popular in China about 200 BC and pottery scenes from Ancient Greece and Rome recommended that betting on animal fights were organized on a regular basis. Likewise, various card games are believed to have been existed for more than a millennium.

Things have been different significantly over the years, but it seems human beings always have been and always will be a type of risk-takers.

What You Need to Understand About Online Gambling

Whether you’re beginner of online gambling or something of a master, it’s important to think strategic and be cautious with your online activities.

First things first, you need to know that not all online gambling is legal. You should look up the rules and regulations of your country in order not to break any laws. For instance, in Malaysia, it is not fully legal, it’s more complicated, where a certain place have it legalised; however, online gambling operators are not strictly forbidden.

If you’re sure you can gamble legally in your country, the next step is to research and find a top-rated and reputable casino to bet on. Luckily, there are now plenty of online casino platforms that can help you find the best-rated sites where you can gamble. Rather than taking risks, you can use the experiences of others to assist your decisions.

Something else to keep in mind is that gambling online is not a safe or legit way of earning money. It’s all about pure luck and enjoyment – even with all the generous casino bonuses and incentives offered in the world. There’s an opportunity you could win a prize, but you cannot and should not rely on it. If you get into online gambling with the only intention of making money, you might set yourself up for a big disappointment.

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How Slot Machines Have Endured Over 100 Years (Part 2)

Why Are They Called Fruit Machines?

Prohibition has always had a critical role in changing the future of the casino gaming industry. Slot machines were prohibited in some countries at the start of the 20th century, but they still prevailed. Cash prizes were banned so fruit symbols were replaced and prizes of chewing gum or sweets were given out corresponding to the winning symbol. It was around that time the BAR symbol appeared, which was imitated the logo of the Bell-Fruit Company.

But why have slots remained relatively unchanged in design and popularity for the last 130 years? More importantly, why is it that slots persistano to be the most famous casino games by a significant margin worldwide?

The answer to the whole thing is relatively simple…quite literally lies in two important aspects:

Simplicity in Design and The potential for winning

With the simplicity, slots always have been and always will be so simple that anyone from children to adult can enjoy. The fact that there’s no special skills needed only adds to the attractiveness of these machines. No experience needed, no research necessary and nothing too intimidating for newcomers. You simply put in your money, hit the button and test your luck.

Moreover, almost anyone who tries slot machines has the intention of winning a prize. It’s the classic to be in it to win it scenario, where you open the door to possible prizes and being aware of the fact that the odds are stacked against you, but it’s still exciting to think you might (occasionally) beat the house odds.

How Slots transform to Online Gaming

These first slot machines stayed largely unchanged in their general simple design for years until the introduction of the internet and established of online casinos. To begin with, online casinos focus on the traditional casino games like roulette and blackjack, but online slots rapidly developed as popular as they were in land-based casinos. As computer programming being upgraded, new types of games with unique themes, layouts, structure and bonus features emerged.

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How Slot Machines Have Endured Over 100 Years

It’s difficult not to be thrilled by the tenacity of a small yet amazing slot machine. Since the very beginning of casino gaming, slots have been one of the most important games affecting the entire industry. Nowadays, slots continue to attract more gamblers and create more money than any other casino games for the entire businesses.

In the past, the first slot machines being introduced to the public was from the factory of the New York-based Sittman and Pitt company in 1891. The game used to ran on rudimentary machine which look like a video poker game today. Nothing similar to the kinds of pokies that are available on the market right now, but the game has definitely pave the way for an outright revolution.

That first poker game dealt 50 cards to five drums where players bet a nickel each round hoping of winning when a poker hand lined up. There were no Jack of Spades or Jack of Hearts, to give the edge to the casino operators. Payouts were cigarettes or free beverages at the bar or even candy or bubble gum for lining up a winning combination but no such thing as a cash prize was given. 

The Origins of the Slot Machine Bell Symbol

You may have wondered why almost every slot machine has a bell, it’s actually a very interesting story. The bell symbol went all the way back to a machine Charles Fey developed at the end of the 19th century, which allowed players to automatically pay money. It replaced the drum by reels and included five symbols: hearts, diamonds, horseshoes, spades and the bell symbol.

The biggest payout was the one with three bells which based on the famous Liberty Bell that Fey named after. Unfortunately, despite the gaming machine’s famous reputation, he never bothered to request for a patent and as the result his designs were imitated by other slot machine manufacturers that came after.

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Totally Random Yet Hugely Interesting Facts About Roulette (Part 2)

The Devil’s Wheel

If you are into things that are spooky or superstitious, the American and European versions of roulette wheels are often referred to as “The Devil’s Wheel” is definitely the one for you. The reason is quite simply because in both cases, if players add up all the numbers on the wheel, the result will come out with 666 – the number of the beast! Which might have something to do with the fact that so many trips on the roulette table turn into some short of a living hell for those who do not know what they are dealing with! Although it could be nothing but a coincidence, but still…a little spooky.

Roulette Is Easy To Win At…Comparatively Speaking

It’s obvious that roulette is a hard game to win at. Although as we compare roulette with other games in online casinos, it is technically much easier to win a prize playing roulette. The chance of winning is very close to 50%, depending on your choice of 11 different ways of placing bet which can increase your odds of winning to 1.111 to 1. So at least in a statistical sense, there are more chances to win playing roulette than most other casino games.

In major gambling markets – such as Malaysia, UK, the United States for example – it is common to find roulette being paid very little in any given casino. although it remains one of the most popular table games of all time – and has been played since somewhere around the year 1800s. In fact, it is so popular that at any given casino in France or Italy, there are no slots and only a couple of blackjack tables, accompanied by at least 15 roulette wheels.

Furthermore, there have been certain times in history where a single spin of the roulette wheel has radically altered the life of the individual placing their wager. 

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Totally Random Yet Hugely Interesting Facts About Roulette

Even people who don’t know the slightest thing about casinos, might know a thing or two about roulette as it’s the most iconic table game in the world.

The game of roulette really isn’t hard to understand, in fact it is the easiest casino table game to understand the basics. However, like many other casino game across the board, there’s much more of roulette than what appears to the eye – of which, one is more interesting than others!

Unbalanced Wheels Can Be Good News

For instance, it’s understandable for any players to think that a unbalanced roulette wheel that is a bad thing. Indeed it is true for the casino it is being used because roulette relies entirely on physics, and anything changes the physics of the way the ball moves and lands removes the randomness of the result. Which means when and where a wheel is perfectly balanced, there is a chance that the ball will land in only one particular area/ number. So, if players could see that, they might walk away with enormous wins – assuming they know how to spot an unbalanced wheel, which unfortunately no one does.

Math Cannot Beat The Roulette Wheel

The only way to absolutely win the roulette is to steal the money when the dealer is not around which question every theory using mathematics to beat the roulette wheel into perspective. Who are telling the truth – Albert Einstein or some random person writing online games strategy guides of no merit? The fact is that roulette always has been and always will be a game of pure chance. This is the lesson learned from millions of players have over the years concluded after trying their luck with all manner of strategies, systems and spectacularly complicated mathematical approaches. There is absolutely nothing you can do to improve your odds or predict where the ball will be, so don’t waste your time and money trying!

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Top Tips for Winning Big with Small Stakes

You may think that to win big at the casino, you must have a big bankroll. However, contrary to that popular belief, it’s actually possible to get significant winnings based on small stakes betting although, of course, difficult and with no guarantees. 

But that’s gambling, you must take your chances and here are a few tips on how to make it happen:

Choose Your Game Wisely

It is first important thing to know is which games to play with small stakes. Generally, those are games with bigger odds. For example, roulette allow players to stake small amounts on single number in and get returns of 35/1. A great way of boosting your bankroll, despite the fact that the odds are definitely tipped in favour of the house. Sports betting is also a good option for placing small amounts on an outside bet from time to time could occasionally result in a decent win.

Invest Time

If you want to keep your financial investment to an absolute minimum, then you’ll need to invest a significant amount of time instead. For example, start small in a poker tournament then adding the winning amount into future pots and end up with big winnings. It’s obviously take time, so you should be prepared for this. Or you can bet small amounts on low-stakes bets (like red or black) then wait for your winnings begin to accumulate.

Be Patient

Starting small also means you must be patient. Bear that in mind. Never rush into placing your bets, without sufficient thinking as you want to be wise and careful with your money when choosing how and when to go all in for a big win. If you rush it, you can crash and burn out easily. So take your time and pick the best moments to place your bets.

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Online Slots Anti-Strategy: How Not to Play (part 2)

Play without a cash out strategy

A cash out strategy is similar to have a predetermined limitation of budget, at which point you will walk away. The cash out strategy should incorporate both wins and losses, taking into consideration your current bankroll and financial limitations. For instance, if you start a session with a budget of £50, then the moment your bankroll hits minus £50, you’re done for the day/ week/ month. Similar to winning, you could specify that as soon as you manage to win more than £100, you’ll also cash-out and walk away.

If you don’t engage a financial control strategy, you will play with no limitations whatsoever, then get carried away and find yourself in a hole

Using autoplay

Some online gamers don’t  like the autoplay function, but that function actually make no harm but indeed useful. You have already let the online machine take over pretty much every aspect of the game, why bother with an additional auto function? In fact, much of the fun involved in online slots gaming comes from the interact with the machine.

Although there is problem with autoplay which is the potential to allow things to spiral out of control, it is effectively a way of speeding things up, wagering and spinning at the maximum possible rate. It’s even better as you’ve limitless cash or find yourself on a winning streak, otherwise you are dum.

Playing after hitting big money

Last and the most important, the immediate moments after landing a big win are often the worst moments to continue gambling as you have pocketed considerably more cash than you expected. At that moment, you’ll find yourself with difficulty to make rational decisions. As the result, you will most likely see your winnings money being thrown around with no real consideration whatsoever.

So as soon as you do find yourself scooping up with cash, cash-out and take a walk!

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Online Slots Anti-Strategy: How Not to Play (part 1)

When it comes to online slots, ‘strategy’ is not the right word as there never has been and never will be any viable strategy for success. You should know by now that the house always wins in the end factoring the house edge. 

Despite having access to all the advice and resources the web has to offer, players often follow some kind of anti-strategy or subconsciously make decisions that guarantees disaster. Although online slots are so easy to play, players usually throw caution to the wind and let things go wrong.

To help you get better, here’s a quick tips of how not to play online slots:

1. Rely on strategies and systems

Although research, strategies and systems can help with certain casino games and instances of gambling, they are all completely null and void with online slots. Every time players spin the reels, the odds is reset which make the game completely random exactly like rolling an enormous dice. There aren’t any short or long-term strategies that can predict, influence the outcome of any spin on any slot or guarantee profitability. Follow any strategy, players might as well flush all their cash down the toilet.

2. Choose low-RTP games

RTP referring to the ‘return to player’ percentage of the game that are required by law to be clearly published. The higher the RTP, the more of the cash is paid out in the form of prizes.

However, players must remember that RTP has absolutely no effects on the likelihood of winning a prize, even if the RTP was as high as 99%. It’s all down to pure luck. Hence, if you plan on playing slot games, simply stick with the game that pay the most cash back to players.

So, if you do find yourself scooping up the kind of cash you hadn’t expected, cash-out and take a walk!

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Top Gamblers of all times (part 2)

John Aspinall

He was a student at Oxford and was in the Marines when starting gambling. Aspinall loved it so much that he missed his finals to attend the races at Ascot and gamble the entire semester’s grant at short odds. The man started to win since 1956, the cash he earned allow him to create  a private collection that included leopards, rhinos, bongo antelopes and Kowalski’s horses and to buy a dilapidated house near Canterbury which had over nine acres of parkland and gardens that was to become his 1st zoo. He was also revered because of his advocacy and love for animals.

Archie Karas

The Greek-American gambler was a legend and is considered one of the most respected and famous gamblers in the world although he has amassed a lot of wealth and lost millions of dollars continually. One of his most incredible gains was turning forty million dollars from fifty dollars in a streak between 1992 and 1995 which is also one of the most incredible streaks that have ever been recorded. 

Titanic Thompson

Titanic Thompson was also known by the name Alvin Clarence Thomas and more of a hustler than a gambler due to his manners of strucking bets that he hoped to win. Thompson was a highly skilled card player but he also win different types of proposition bets and he never cheat to win. The man passed on in 1974 at the age of 81, he is one the most famous gamblers of all time.

There are many famous gamblers who are known due to various reasons. Some were losers, some were quite successful, some gained their fame due to their cheating habits while some are known hustlers. Whatever the reason, these famous gamblers are both professional who have made into history without having to leave their cosy couch.

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