How to get the most out of gambling in US

The best way to pick up tells is to watch your opponents and how they play in each pot. Even when you do not have the right cards in the hand, you should still concentrate on the game to understand your opponents playing strategy.

Hopefully you will see what moves the players make when they don’t have the best hand, and what moves they make when they do have the best hand. The more information you can get from your opponents, the better the opportunity you will have to beat them.

Don’t jump in at the high limits

There are two reasons why you shouldn’t play for too much money as a beginner. Firstly, the players at the higher limits will be better than the players at the lower limits. There is less chance that you will be able to beat them and you will spend a lot of money trying to learn the game in the process.

Secondly, you only want to play at limits you can afford. You should not play at limits where you are going to drop money that you cannot afford to lose. There is more information on this subject in the bankroll management article. You may also make use of the Fergulator tool too.

Without strictly banking management, you will never be able to become a winner, even if you have perfect strategy.

Don’t pay too much for draws.

You will often find yourself having half a hand and only needs one more card to complete your flush or your straight. So, a general rule is that if you opponent is betting heavily, it is not likely to be profitable to chase after these draws. However, if the opponent puts only a small amount of betting it may be wise to call in the hope of getting your hand. If the amount your opponent bets seems too high to warrant a call to make your hand, then don’t risk it.

You can find detailed information on how much you should call for draws in the pot odds strategy guide. A free (and hopefully useful) tool for helping you to work out whether or not to call bets with draws is SPOC (Simple Pot Odds Calculator).

Is 2020 going to be a brighter year for online casino operators?

By March 2019, the UK gambling sector recorded its first-ever decline in profit from £5.6bn to £5.3bn.

Many blamed changes to legislation as well as increased taxation. 2020 began with the introduction of new legislation banning gamblers from placing credit card deposits. This will come into force in April.

A review of current gambling laws is underway and the UKGC have said: they are considering capping the maximum stake on online casino games to £2”. The past year has brought such significant changes leaving us wondering if 2020 is going to be a brighter year for online casino operators.

Growing Markets

Growth in the online gaming industry has spread across the world and at the end of 2019, the global market was valued at $45bn. Following increased popularity in gambling and advances in technology, analysts have predicted this figure will increase to $95bn by 2024.

Currently, Europe remains the biggest market, but as the industry becomes more popular, more countries are legalising gambling. Further regions within North America and Asia are expected to make gambling legal. The future of online gambling doesn’t rest in the hands of the UK but in expansion across the globe.

Use of cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrencies are a brand-new currency which has taken the digital world by storm since being introduced in 2009.  Even if you are not entirely sure what it is, chances are you have heard of Bitcoin which was the very first currency created. Virtual currencies are extremely appealing because unlike flat currencies are completely uncontrolled by governments or financial institutions.

Using cryptography technology, Cryptocurrency has changed the way online payments are made offering complete anonymity and security.  As more casino operators accept cryptocurrencies the doors of online crypto casinos are opening to people who wouldn’t have otherwise been exposed.

Also, forecasters are predicting exponential growth with the addition of this payment method, especially in the upcoming years as regulations are starting to be even more tight for some operators.

Beginner Poker Tips (Part 3)

Think about your opponent’s cards.

It is critically important in poker to think about the strength of your opponent’s hand, and not just your own. It is great to have a big hand, but if you think that your opponent has a better hand than you, you should prepare to fold. For instance a straight is a decent hand, but if there are four cards of the same suit on the board and your opponent pushes all in, do you still think you have the best hand?

 It’s a bit of an advanced concept, but it is very interesting nonetheless.

4] Play against players worse than you.

This may seem obvious, but you will be surprised at the number of players who don’t follow this simple principle. If you are better than the players who you are playing against, it makes sense that you will be a winner in the long run. If you were the 10th best player in the world, it would not be profitable to sit at a table with the top 9 players in the world.

Pick your games and limits just as carefully as the cards you play with. Good table selection will help players to find fishy poker tables in the lobby.

5] Think about your position.

Table position is a very important element in poker, especially in Texas Holdem. The best positions to be in are when you are last to act on the hand, for example, when you are on the button. This means that player gain knowledge about what kind of hand they may hold before the action gets to them. Having good position in a hand can easily change a losing hand into a winning one.

Position plays a much higher role in no limit Texas Hold’em than we might think. It can often be more important than the cards themselves, and make huge difference between winning and losing a hand.

Where did poker originate?

The poker game we play now is believed to have ancient roots that went back over 1,000 years, crossing several continents and cultures. Some researchers say poker’s origins can be traced to a domino-card game played in the 10th-century by Chinese emperors; others believes it is a descendant of the Persian card game “As Nas,” which dated back to the 16th century. Poker’s closest European predecessor was the game Poque, which was popular in France during the 17th century. Poque and its German equivalent, pochen, were both inspired by the 16th-century Spanish game primero. French colonists taught Poque to their settlements in North America, including New Orleans and the surrounding areas, which quickly became part of the United States thanks to the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. English-speaking settlers in the region Anglicized altered Poque to poker and adopted some features to build the modern game, including five cards for each player and (by 1834) made a total 52-card deck.

From there, poker caught on up the Mississippi River and throughout the nation, thanks in part to its popularity among crews of riverboats delivery goods via that great waterway. Soldiers in both the North and South played poker during the Civil War, and it became a trend of Wild West saloons in frontier settlements during the 70s and 80s. In 1871 the game was introduced to Europe after Queen Victoria listening the U.S. minister to Great Britain teaching the game to members of her court who asked him for the rules. More general acceptance of poker in Europe happened several decades later, largely thanks to the impacts of American soldiers during World War I. Over time, different form of games have dominated among poker players, including five-card draw, seven-card stud and the recent Texas Hold’em, which started its rise to dominance in the 70s when it became one of the featured games in the World Series of Poker, the game’s leading annual competition.

Countries Legalized Online Gambling (Part 3)

Canada

Canadians love to gamble and they have some amazing options when choosing to play casino games online for real money. There are multiple places in Canada that operate their own online casino portals, including Quebec, British Columbia, and Manitoba. In fact, many world’s top rated online casinos are licensed by the Gaming Commission based on Canada. Canadian online casinos are recognized as safe and trustworthy and they offer games from top operators like Playtech, Net Entertainment, Microgaming, IGT and Realtime Gaming.

Canadian players will always find remarkable game titles and will see that online casino provide a massive array of game variations. This means that players who love blackjack, poker, online slots, roulette or other table games will be presented with superb choices of games that offer many betting options to suit low, medium and high rollers. Online players who are from Canada will also be able to choose French or English as a supported language and the majority of casinos operating will accept the use of Canadian Dollars and the most used payment methods including credit and debit cards, online transfer, etc.

Singapore

Gambling has always been a famous pastime for Asian players and in Singapore, players often flock to offshore online casinos to fulfill their gambling needs. There are just two legal land casinos that are operating in Singapore which are Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa and while they has a large array of slots and table games, gamblers find the choices are limited. Since there are just two gambling casinos, they are often congested, taking away from the excitement of the gambling experience.

Gamblers from Singapore have been participating in online gambling since online casinos were introduced. The laws in Singapore do ban residents from playing for real money at online casinos, but there is no way to completely prohibit people from engaging in these activities, online gambling remains the most pastime for Singapore residents and they access online casinos operating on other countries on a daily basis.