Playing Video Poker Games Online

Video poker games came to the market over 30 years ago, and became a gaming industry hit in the 1980-s. Traditional table card games like Baccarat or Blackjack, Craps or various types of Poker played live at land based casinos can be a stressful and nervous experience for some people due to the fact that you play a live game against other people sitting right across you, and looking straight in your eyes. Quite a few people would consider this ordeal intimidating and uncomfortable, while playing the same poker game against a machine would put away these negative moments. Video poker games allow players to use their strategic skills so necessary for laying table games and enjoy a quiet, undisturbed time spent alone in front of the game screen.

Video poker is a machine based on rules of five-card poker. While no game strategy will help you win when playing against a slot machine, and the outcome of the game is completely unpredictable and random, the result of a video poker game can be somewhat affected by a well-thought and well-played strategy.

To play a video poker game you bet a certain number of coins to deal five cards on the game screen. If you activate the maximum bet, it triggers larger payouts on the higher ranked hands. You choose cards to hold, and draw poker cards to replace other cards which have been done with. At the end of the video poker game you get paid according to the payout table for the game.

Payouts percentages vary for different poker games. Deuces Wild and Jacks or Better poker machines are well-known for its relatively high payout percentages, which sometimes reach 100%! When you are skillful enough, you have a good edge against the house. Some online casinos offer very large jackpots.

It is recommended to read game strategies and tips before you start playing a video poker game. With thousands of online casinos on the Internet, it has become much easier for video poker players to find a place to practice their skills. You can do it for free and without the need to download any software into your computer at many online gaming parlors. Some casinos even offer you free bonuses, no deposit required, so you can play video poker games and win real money without risking your own. Online casinos offer exactly the same video poker games as land based casinos.

There are many variations of video poker games. Aces & Faces Video Poker, All American, Deuces & Joker, Deuces Wild, Double Bonus, Double Joker, Five Hands and many other kinds of Video poker available online. Some of them offer wild cards, other offer Joker wild cards, some have both kinds.

The software delivers smooth, fast and uninterrupted play, the quality of game graphics is unbelievably high, as well as the sound quality which altogether provide exciting gaming experience for a player.

Master your video poker strategy for free at online casinos. The right strategy, long enough experience and proper skills will help you to increase your winning odds and earnings in a video poker game.

Poker Cards and Bridge Cards: Should Feminists Make the Sizes of All Playing Cards Equal?

Everyone knows that bridge cards are smaller than poker cards. In general, bridge cards are about ¼ inch (or about 5 millimeters) slimmer than poker cards. The question is: why? A person could very easily play a game of poker with bridge cards and vice versa. And other card games like euchre, pitch, hearts, and spades can be played with either size deck (an additional question might be: why is there not a different size deck for each of these card games, as well?)

Clearly, size does not matter!

There are many different theories as to why these playing cards are sized differently.

· One of my favorite theories is a feminist theory – bridge is a game for women and poker is a game for men. Women have delicate, small hands while men have big, burly hands, and this is why bridge cards are smaller than poker cards – how can a wee woman handle such manly cards as poker cards? To break free of this playing-card-oppression, women ought to (1) encourage men to admit their femininity by playing bridge (2) encourage men to renounce their manhood by playing poker with bridge cards (3) start playing more poker, or (4) start playing with jumbo-sized cards to show that women are not just as good as men, but better!

Perhaps the question should not be, “Why are bridge cards so small,” but, rather, “Why are poker cards so darn big?”

· The Texas theory – Texas is a big state, right? And Texas Hold ‘Em, perhaps the premier poker game, is named for this big state, right? Well, it only makes sense that poker cards are as big as Texas!

· The American theory – Americans are generally wider than the rest of the world, it only make sense that their poker cards are, as well! (In many countries, the standard size deck is a bridge size).

· Poker is a gambling game, and there are some people that try to win by cheating. Therefore, to discourage cheating, poker cards are larger, making sleights of hand more difficult (of course, at the same time, it is slightly harder to conceal larger cards).

The most likely reason that bridge cards are narrower than poker cards:

· In bridge, you generally have to hold more cards in your hand – around 13 compared to just 5 for poker. It is easier to hold the smaller cards and to keep them concealed. In poker, on the other hand, it is easier to hold the larger cards, since you have so few to hold onto.

Further information on playing cards:

· Magicians generally prefer bridge cards – because they are smaller, they are easier to manage for many different magic tricks and sleights of hand.

· Most licensed cards, like a deck of Coca Cola playing cards, are poker-sized.

· Jumbo index cards are not cards that are even bigger than poker cards – rather, they have large print in the corners so that the numbers are easier to read.

· In many casino poker games, bridge-sized cards are used!

The Numbers Game: Over 100 Years of Playing in America – From Organized Crime to State Coffers

The illegal profits were enormous and the mob had full control of what was called the Numbers Racket in America. Runners were employed to collect money and betting slips from the betting parlors (taverns, grocery stores, news stands, etc.)and bring them to the headquarters, known as a Policy Bank. This is where Organized Crime ran the business.

Bettors could wager as little as a penny on a 3 digit number for a chance at a 600 to 1 winning payout, although the true odds were 1,000 to 1.The winning number would be the last three digits of the amount of money wagered on race day at a major horse track in the U.S.

An accurate portrayal of the numbers racket activity was depicted in the 1949 movie, Force of Evil, staring John Garfield.

Numbers Become Legal

In 1967 the New York State Legislature became the first state in the nation to legalize playing the numbers. What was once called the lowest, meanest, worst form of gambling in New York, was now permissible to play at age 18.

Profits to the state from the games would benefit education and put more money in state coffers. To accomplish this the state would now operate and manage daily drawings. Innovative ways to play 3 and 4 digit games were introduced. The Numbers Racket quickly became the Daily Numbers Game. Organized crime eventually abandoned this venue.

Today playing the numbers is permissible in 47 jurisdictions. 44 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Here is a description of two popular daily numbers games:

3 Digit Numbers Game

Drawings are held twice a day, mid-day and evening. Wager as little as fifty cents per game. Here’s how you can wager:

  • Straight – Assume your favorite number is 620. If the winning number was drawn in that order, you win $250 for a fifty cent bet, $500 for a dollar bet.Note that the government payout is 500/1. The mob payout was 600/1.
  • Box- wagering that the number would be drawn in any of the six possible combinations: 620, 062, 026, 206, 260, and 062. The payouts are $40 for fifty cents, and $80 for the dollar bet.
  • 50/50 – you can also make a straight/box wager for a dollar. The win amount is the same as a fifty cent bet.
  • Combo/Wheel – If your number has two like digits such as 332, wager a fifty cent or one dollar combo, AKA wheel, for $1.50 or $3.00 to win $250 or $500 for any of the three ways the number can be made: 332, 233, or 323.

4 Digit Numbers Game

Winning numbers are also drawn mid-day and evening. True odds for the straight win are 10,000/1. The state pays 5,000/1

  • Straight – Four unique numbers such as 1948 pays $2,500 for fifty cents, $5,000 for a dollar bet.
  • Box – four unique numbers has 24 possible combinations. a fifty cent box pays $100, a dollar box pays $200.

Other four number combinations with two or three like digits can be played for all possible combinations, four way, six way, or twelve way.

The reverse side of the betting tickets for the numbers games usually have a detailed description of how to play, and the payout amounts.

With long shot odds of 1,000/1 and 10/000/1, numbers wins are rare, but they can happen. If you choose to indulge, Good Luck!

How to Win Roulette in Casino – Do’s and Don’ts to Guide You in Playing the Game

If you love to play roulette but you are tired of not landing on the winning number, you might want to learn a few tips to help you increase your chances of winning. Of course, you have to understand first that these suggestions do not ensure that you win in any roulette game that you play but only increase your odds of winning. Roulette is a game of chance and mostly depends on your luck as well.

If you want to learn a few tips on how to win roulette in casino, here are some that you might find helpful.

1. Make sure that you are in a roulette table that do not have a biased roulette wheel. You can detect these as the outcome are often repeating.

2. Set your budget on every roulette game that you have to engage in. Keep in mind that roulette is a game of chance and winning depends on your luck, thus it means that losing is part of the game, and for sure, you don’t want to lose everything you have in such a risky venture. To help you with this, set a limit on the amount that you are willing to risk in your roulette game.

3. Start playing with outside roulette bets. These are those bets outside of the 37 numbers. These include the choice whether the winning number falls on a red or black slot, or whether the winning number is an even and odd. You can also bet on whether the outcome will fall under 19 or from 19 to 36. Aside from that, you can also choose from rows and columns where the outcome will fall. As there are lesser choices, there is however higher chances of winning, compared to the 38 choices that you have when betting on inside roulette bets.

4. If you have been playing roulette but you have been losing as well, do not play just to regain what you have lost. Chasing your losses can be disastrous to your bankroll, thus if you have been losing for a while, try to help yourself by learning how to stop. Indeed, you can stop playing if you think you have enough money to lose. Play in another time if you want to have more fun.

5. Keep your cool. In a risky venture such as playing roulette game or any other gambling game, it is important to have self-control especially in controlling your anger. It is normal to lose in roulette but you have to make sure you can keep your cool. This will help you think straight and clear on what you need to do next in your roulette betting.

Learning how to win roulette in casino may not give you an instant solution to win in any roulette game but of course, this can help a lot in helping you increase your odds of winning. In gambling, you have to strive to minimize your losses and maximize your winnings to be able to successfully make money from it.

How to Play Bingo Online – Some Tips in Playing and Winning

Indeed, you can now enjoy your favorite bingo game at the comforts of your own home. With the advent of the internet, many casino games can now be played online, and you can still make money from it as well.

With global audience betting on online bingo, jackpot prizes can also be big. Online bingo is also available round the clock and you may need to visit an online bingo game site and sign up so that you can play the game.

You may be asked to download a specific software that will allow you to play the game as well. Like online poker, online roulette and other casino games online, you will be dealing with everything virtually.

Online random number generator will pick the numbers for the game after you will be given a random card through your software. And like the normal bingo game, you will then mark the winning pattern. Of course, the mechanics of the game is still the same. With the random number generator generating the numbers, you can then call bingo if you got the correct pattern.

Although it is a good strategy to play several cards at once, some bingo sites may limit the number of cards you can play. But if you decide to play several cards at once, it is important to pick a number that is manageable. Of course, having a number of cards that you can’t manage to make may be a reason for you to lose in bingo, so make sure to limit it at a number that you can manage.

As there are many websites online that offer online bingo games, you can also choose from sites that have fewer players. Fewer players can mean good chances in winning the jackpot, and of course, having a lot of players in one site can mean slimmer chance of grabbing the prize. However, you have to also keep in mind that fewer players may also mean a smaller prize money. But if course, it is still better to get winnings in a site with fewer people than not winning at all in a big crowd of bingo players.

What is great if you play bingo online is that, you can play anytime, switch game rooms anytime and you can play anywhere in the world for as long as you have your internet connection. Even though you are at home playing, you can still feel and see a simulated bingo hall as if you are actually in a bingo hall and you can also interact with other players through chatting.

Indeed, you can play bingo online and can still feel the fun that comes along with it. However, it is important to keep in mind that although bingo games can make you win good money, the game is still a good one for fun. Making extra cash may just be a plus factor.

In such a risky gambling game, it is not practical to invest a lot or all of your money to it as there can be more risks than certainty when it comes to gambling games like bingo.