When visiting online casino sites, players are immediately met by bonus offers that tempt them into opening a new account. Most of these bonus offers will have huge numerical values, but the percentage of deposit bonuses rarely goes above 100%. In fact, most deposit bonuses end up near 50% of what you add to the account.
The Vegas Online Casino is bucking that trend and offering players a whopping 400% bonus on their first deposits at the site. In addition, the wagering requirements on this deposit bonus are a lot lower than most competing online casinos. Vegas Online Casino customers have to abide by wagering requirements of 25x if they are to eventually win and withdraw that money from their account. By comparison, most online casinos have wagering requirements of 45x or 50x.
The site also clearly states that any money added to the account through this 400% bonus must be used on slots games, progressive slots, scratch card games, and keno games. While other sites will bury this information in the fine print, Vegas Online Casino is happy to provide customers will all the details about their promotion up front.
Players who are just joining Vegas Online Casino may add money to their account for the first seven days and claim the 400% deposit bonus. They can earn as much as $10,000 in free money. For example, a player whose first week deposits add up to $2,500 will get an additional $10,000 in their betting account thanks to the site.
A general rule among online casinos sees the wagering requirements and deposit match percentage fluctuate. A deposit bonus offer with low wagering requirements usually has a low percentage deposit match. Vegas Online Casino is seeking to do the opposite. They are offering a high deposit match percentage along with a low wagering requirement.
When you take baby steps into the world of slots, basic jargon can make you a more prepared and confident player. Knowledge of these key vocabulary words won’t make you blink twice the next time you play a slot game. Let’s start with payline, payback and pay table. Payline is the line connecting winning combinations across the reels; it’s where symbols must be positioned to win. Payback is the percentage of winnings paid out based on the amount played. Pay table shows the payoffs for certain symbol combinations and explains how to trigger the bonus feature.
Types of slot machines
- Basic: A machine with a straightforward payout system, which is a fixed jackpot payout that doesn’t change regardless of the number of times the machine is played.
- Multiplier slots: The payout is given for certain symbols and it is multiplied based on the number of coins played. If the game pays five coins for three cherries when you play one coin, it will pay 10 for the second and 15 for three coins. It is a good option if you plan to play one coin at a time.
- Progressive slots: Basically a group of slot machines (‘carousel’) linked together to pay a big jackpot. Here, the payback percentage on the lesser wins is decreased to accommodate the top prize. Maximum play is a mandatory requirement in progressive slots.
- Buy-a-Pay slots: A machine that must be played with maximum coins, buy-a-pay is a good choice if you’re chasing a big jackpot. Here, every coin you play activates a different potential winning combination. It’s like playing on a different machine each time.
Wild: A symbol you can substitute for other symbols to make the best winning combinations.
Scatter: A symbol that is not connected through a payline and can appear anywhere on the reels of a slot machine. The number of scatter symbols needed for a win varies from slot to slot. They can trigger a bonus feature.
David Cameron plans to announce a crackdown on fixed-odds betting machines. The prime minister hopes to enforce strict penalties for those bookmakers that fail to enforce limits on the duration gamblers can play and the amount they can spend within a set period of time.
Fixed-odds betting terminals, or FOBTS, are high-speed machines that can result in large amounts of money being lost within a short interval. Punters can bet up to £300 a minute on the machines. The annual amount players have lost has gone up from 1.3 to 1.5 billion pounds since 2010, accounting for half of gross profits bookmakers earn. There are over 30,000 of the machines in Britain.
In recent years, there has been growing concern about the social impact created by FOBTs. The prime minister is set to address the issue of bookmakers being concentrated in the poorest areas of the country. The area with the highest number of shops is London’s Chinatown, followed by Newcastle, Rotherham then Bradford. Each of these areas suffers high unemployment and deprivation levels. Newcastle has over a dozen shops within a few minutes of each other, suggesting the areas are over-reliant on gambling.
A new code was introduced in February that would present “pop-up” dialogue alerts once the player has played for 30 minutes on end or spent over £250. The Association of British Bookmakers enforced the code to tighten gambling practices while minimizing criticism of the high-stakes machines. David Cameron believes the codes should be strengthened.
He questions if the betting limits were too high to prove effective and asked the Gambling Commission, the entity that regulates such practices, to examine if they should be made lower.
He also suggested making these new regulations a component of the bookmaker’s operating licence. This would make the new code a mandatory practice. Thus if the Gambling Commission found shop staff negligent in intervening when players lost too much or the machines were played for too long without ceasing, the shop could be shut down.
Han Solo didn’t want to be told the odds of possibly surviving the asteroid field he was taking his ship into, and many poker players don’t want to know the odds of a certain hand, either. The fun of poker is seeing that beautiful royal flush come up into your hand and keeping your composure until you can drop it right in front of the rest of the table. Still, odds are funny things, and the odds of any given poker hand coming up can be as rare or common as other real life events.
The sports betting debate continues around Canada’s C-290, the single game sports betting legislation. A rally in support of the bill is organized to be held in Windsor, Ontario on June 14, 2013, featuring an interesting cast of characters: Brian Masse, New Democratic Party member, Kevin Lafore, CEO of the Caesars Windsor casino, Matt Marchand, president of the local Chamber of Commerce and Dino Chiodo, president of Canadian Auto Workers Local 444, which counts among its members some 2,700 of Caesars Windsor Casino’s 3,500 employees.
Sports Betting Bill Rally
Most of the anti-legislation rhetoric has reportedly involved completely unsubstantiated claims that legalizing the kind of betting covered by C-290 would lead to problem gambling and excessive, compulsive gambling. When debate on the bill was revived on Monday June 10, Liberal Senator Terry Mercer insisted that “scientific data proves otherwise” and went on to cite a specific study by the Harvard University Division on Addiction of the Cambridge Health Alliance. The study was quite relevant, being titled Assessing the Playing Field: A Prospective Longitudinal Study of Internet Sports Gambling Behavior, and was relatively recent, from 2007. Among other pithy and relevant findings, Mercer pointed out that the study found that almost all (99%) sports betters were only moderate gamblers, losing on average approximately €2 per week.
Mercer may have unintentionally lost a bit of the ground he made up by doing such a good job of bringing science into the debate when he mentioned the online sports betting forum Covers.com. That Halifax, Nova Scotia based company purportedly played a role in the two-year old scandal involving the collapse of US-facing sportbook BetEd.com whose customers are still feeling cheated, so it may not have been Mercer’s best choice of examples.
Senate Leader Marjory LeBreton has suggested that she will try to get a vote on C-290 before the Senate breaks for its summer recess at the end of June.
Bicycle is the most popular brand of playing cards produced by the United States Playing Card Company, which started out as a printing company Russell, Morgan & Co in 1867. They began printing cards 14 years later and production on Bicycle started in 1885. The name bicycle is said to have come from one of their printers. Cycling had recently become all the rage and so the rider design on the back of the card was born; usually printed in red or blue. Bicycle cards are also known as ‘Rider Backs’.
The standard Bicycle deck (Type 808) consists of the usual 52 playing cards, two jokers (an American invention) and an information card. The ace of spades is a bigger, more intricate design than the aces from the other suites that contains an image of lady liberty.
Bicycle is known for its high-quality production that makes the cards easy to deal and shuffle – a perfect choice for poker. As well as the standard design, Bicycle cards are also released in numerous special and limited edition designs ranging from tattoo and zombie themes, to decks that are affiliated to charitable organizations.
Did you know the cards with design faults and misprints are sold as Bicycle Seconds?