Over the last year we have listened to the rumours, speculation and hearsay that preceded the introduction of the new gambling act as we tried to predict how these changes would affect our pubs. For once most of the rumours turned out to be fairly close to the mark and there was not really anything in the act concerning pub poker that was unexpected. What is more interesting, and unknown at this point, is how stringently the new act is going to be enforced.Although on the surface the new act appears to have provided a more liberal setting for pubs wishing to host poker nights, the reality maybe slightly different. Illegal poker games in pubs have been going on for many years and poker could well have been the catalyst for the creation of that great British institution, otherwise known as the public house. Players used to sit outside in the rain and gradually the pubs were built around them to shelter them from the elements and provide refreshment to those players, who had been chasing their losses for days at a time. OK, maybe I am rewriting history here, but the point is that pub poker has been around for many years.Due to the law change many venues now seem to believe that their games have become semi-legitimate. In actual fact the opposite could well be the case. The new gambling act enables pubs to offer small stakes games with a limit of £5 per person for each game, with a premises based prize pool limit of £100 a day. This does indeed constitute a loosening of the laws for venues that up until September 1st, did not provide cash poker on their premises. However, the new law also means the Gambling Commission has become one of the most powerful organisations in the country with far reaching powers to punish publicans who flaunt the new regulations.Whether or not the change in legislation is going to affect pubs in any meaningful way remains to be seen. At the moment the Gambling Commission appears to be playing a waiting game and we can speculate that they are holding off taking any action until Gordon Brown has clarified his position, on the interpretation of the new gambling act. It will be very interesting to see what “the powers that be” decide. Will they turn a blind eye to venues that operate well run events, albeit outside the law or are they going to try and enforce the letter of the law by making examples of pubs that break the rules.Many public houses have now started advertising poker events that contravene the current legislation and this will make it harder for the authorities to ignore. It would seem that some publicans are unclear on what the law actually permits and this is understandable as having a law degree seems to be a requirement for understanding the terminology used in the Gambling Act 2005.In our view cash poker in pubs is not necessarily a good thing. We feel that playing poker for money is best kept in casinos or regulated poker clubs. We have seen first hand that there is a huge demand for small stakes poker in the UK and we feel that casinos and poker clubs should be the ones to step in to cover this gap in the market.The reason for this is because it is much easier to run a well regulated game of poker in a casino or card room, where there is a tournament host present and measures are in place to prevent foul play. The majority of publicans are not going to have experience in running poker games and in many establishments the players will be left to run themselves. This causes problems if there are any disagreements over money or the rules. It only takes a few nasty incidents and suddenly poker is all over the front pages for the wrong reasons. Poker players will not be swayed by sensationalist headlines such as “British Pubs or Gambling Dens?” but people who are not familiar with the poker community will be influenced by these kinds of stories. I have no idea how many politicians play poker, but I can hazard a guess that plenty of them will see the opportunity to score some points, if public opinion begins to turn against this great game.We are not saying that we completely oppose cash games in pubs, rather that it would be better if more facilities were provided in purpose run venues, to enable players to partake of the game of their choice in a safe environment. Casinos need to play their part in this by providing the kind of setting that poker players are going to appreciate. Poker players do not want casinos offering poor quality poker games just as a hook to get people onto the gaming floor. The venues which offer well thought out tournaments and cash games are the ones which are going to reap the most benefits of the current UK poker boom.Whatever happens we are going to continue to provide Poker in the Pub as a free to play league. We have always focused on the entertainment factor and steered well clear of gambling in pubs, which has paid dividends in the amount of new players we have seen taking up the game. The league is currently growing at an astonishing rate, which has seen venue numbers increase by 50 percent in the last few months.Once again the emphasis is on making sure that everyone has a good day out and I am confident the players will ensure we see some good quality poker. This statement is borne out by the excellent showing of our regional winners at the Golden Sands Poker Festival.Whatever Gordon Brown’s government decide in relation to the implementation of the new gambling act, it is going to be an interesting few months for those involved in pub poker or online casinos.
If you are someone who likes to have a gamble and is drawn to the bright flashing lights of the slot machines and gambling chips of the casinos, you will be well aware of the addictive quality of these machines as you can spend a lot of time and money with them. The big illusion that the casino gives is that you, the player, are in control as you are given choices. In reality you are at a disadvantage as these slot machines have built-in payout percentages in favour of the house.There are different types of casino gambling, each have a special kind of attraction that may draw you to it. But if you like to win in casinos, you must look at which game will give you the best advantage of winning. Card games are probably the casino game that gives its players the best chance of winning as you can develop your skill at playing cards and reduce the element of chance. Popular games such as poker and blackjack are games that give players who are skilled the best advantage of winning in the long-term even though a degree of luck are involved.Blackjack is a card game that requires an element of skill and chance and can turn the odds in your favour by using a betting strategy on the way that the cards have been dealt. In blackjack a player is dealt two cards and the object of the game is to get close to 21 so they can draw as many cards till they get close to that total. After a player receives their cards they have to decide whether to hit or stand. If you stand you are close to 21 but if you hit you need additional cards to get close to 21. Although this is a game of chance it is possible to win if you are observant and can be a lot of fun.Poker on the other hand is a game of high strategy where players with partially concealed cards bet on a pot, with the pot being awarded to the remaining player with the highest combination of cards. A good poker player can win even with a bad set of cards as they have developed a strategy to learn who the sharper players are and how to deal with them. This takes careful study of each player’s move that will give you the best advantage of winning. The more you play the more you will be able to develop your own strategy for winning at poker.
Play free poker gambling online could be interesting, but it could be risky too. You can end up rich if you gain, at least for a limited time. But, you will end up poor more probably.In US, the web-based gambling enterprise had developed as a billions dollars industry before the pass of online Gambling Enforcement law in 2006. This act came through illegal for bank checks, credit cards and some other type of bank transactions which is accepted by web-based casino companies.The act is implemented by state governments and federal agencies, and there are criminal and civil penalties for people who break the rules. Before the act was enforced, almost eighty percentage of all web-based gambling money came from US. This revenue was removed from United States economy, because almost of online gambling were operated from abroad.Control and collect revenue, inability to supervise – this is far and away the important reason for all of the anti web casino charges against online gambling. In fact, over ninety-five percent of online gambling are certified and functioned In the places away from the jurisdiction of United States, such as Costa Rica, Cyprus, Antigua, Kahnawake, Curacao and Malta. This is where the hosts are situated and therefore where the gambling originates.In United States, unlike the ground based gambling which are certified by the State Department and where the records could be inspected but the online gambling isn’t that much simple to govern and most of them are functioned privately and unlisted on any of stock markets in the world.With almost 2500 online gambling companies presently operating likely less than fifty are genuinely straightforward and could be separated as the honest and reputable business foundations. This is for one main reason that one should be very discerning and truly selective while selecting the online gambling to play in.If the United States government take some time to search and update the casino polices they can issue the licenses easily and therefore which admit the gambling hosts to be on their own land. This will lead in legitimizing of enterprise and rise of reputable and honest trading organizations advertising casino gambling publicly as secure places for your fun. These organizations have to pass the strict tests to get listed on stock exchanges.It would certainly looks like why it’s not done in anyone’s guess or a no-brainer. As far as the legitimizing is concerned the Europeans are the one before the Americans. Still the Canadians are getting ahead. The solution for this is really simple, the government has to gather the taxes, implement new acts for casino gaming, legalize the enterprise, enforce best practices and code of ethics, implement strict inspect procedures and it will be sure the win-win situation of everything concerned.
A while ago, my mother received a letter from the IRS stating she owed tax (plus penalties and interest) on her jackpot winnings at a Delaware casino in a prior year. They included a copy of the W2G form that she (according to them) had neglected to claim on her Federal tax return. Mom had not been to that Delaware casino in that year because there are now more than enough casinos in our state where you can play and lose your money.My mother did not know where to begin to get this resolved, so she called for my help. As an accountant, my first thought was to see a copy of the receipt the winner had signed when she collected her jackpot. Mom called and asked the accounting department to fax a copy of the receipt to me.It clearly was not my mother’s signature on the receipt. After a second call to the casino, we learned several things about how the accounting is handled at casinos.Turns out there is another person with the same name as my mother, but a different address and Social Security number. This person and my mother had both signed up for the casino’s ‘club’ card, and I suppose they each had to supply their Social Security number. This is the card you put into the slot machine you’re playing that is supposed to track your winnings and provide points for free meals, etc.However, it looks like the casino had not bothered to verify the correct SSN when they filled out the paperwork for the winner, and therefore filed an incorrect W2G to the Internal Revenue Service for that jackpot. Meanwhile, my mother was being billed for the tax on the winnings, plus penalties and interest, while the real winner was not, and the clock kept ticking on the interest until this was resolved.Another call to the casino was a little frustrating, as the accounting department had no idea how to solve the problem. (As an accountant, I knew they would have to send in a corrected W2G under my mother’s SSN stating no income, along with a new W2G stating the earnings for the winner under the correct SSN.) We called the IRS and they confirmed the need for the casino to file these two forms, and then we had to call the casino to explain how they needed to do their job to correct this.Weeks later, Mom received a corrected W2G from the casino and I wrote a letter to IRS explaining the situation and asked for the penalties and interest be reversed. Eventually the case with the IRS was resolved, but not without a lot of frustration and time. The casino did not seem too fazed with the error – they did apologize, but we will never go there again. I had Mom call them to cancel her ‘club’ card so this wouldn’t happen again-to her, at least.The lesson learned here is… if you do enjoy playing the slots or table games at a casino, do be sure to keep track of your winnings. If it’s available to you, ask the casino for a list of your year-to-date winnings at the end of December to make sure it agrees with your actual figures, and question anything that looks wrong. I am sure there are jackpot winners who wind up paying tax on money they didn’t win.Don’t let the casinos gamble with your taxes!Copyright © 2014 Kay Swann
Many people look at a gambler and think that they are lucky, but is this the case. A lot of casino gambling requires skill, strategy as well as being able to outdoing their opponents. He wins because he keeps thinking after every move that is made so that eventually he is able to out think his opponent. There is one casino game that does require luck in order to win, this is a game on the slot machines. Most people who visit the casino will try their hand at a game on the slot machines. If you think about it they are easy to play, do not require any skill and there is the added attraction of winning the jackpot. This game is pure luck and you have the opportunity to win a large sum of money for very little out lay. These machines are usually scattered throughout the casino and are easily accessible, you simply put your money in the slot and press a button.Below are a few things that might help you if you are determined to play the slot machines at a casino.Research statistics indicate that $5 or higher machines have the highest percentage payout range which start at 93.7% and goes up to 98.5%.Generally no two losing machines are put next to each other, so if you are having no luck with one machine try the one either side of it.Never pick a machine randomly, talk to casino employees and fellow slot machine players.Always have a budget and stick to it, also set a time limit.Play machine that are in your comfort zone. If you can not afford $5 play on the $1, if you are not comfortable with this then play the quarter machines until you feel more at ease.Slot machines are a part of every day life now but there are many who feel that they are the worst type of gambling, even though they pose the highest number of winnings. But there are two advantages that slot machines have over their peers. One is you do not need to have any knowledge to play, not like if you were to play poker or blackjack. You only need to bet a dollar and the payouts are quite good. The second is the payout percentage of most slot machines are in the high nineties which is higher than in other games.
After fighting the issue for years, Alabama now has casino slot style gaming. Although these are classified “Electronic Bingo Parlors” make no bones about it, these are casinos filled with slot machines. The only difference? Instead of just inserting your money, pushing a button or pulling the handle then watching the wheels spin, you get to select a bingo card and based on certain “bingo’s” you win. This act alone, allows you to participate in the potential outcome of that particular spin on the wheel. Thus, according to the casino owners, it is no longer just a game of chance.The Poarch Creek Indians got the wheels spinning opening the initial casino in Wetumpka, Alabama to the dismay of the locals. However, their attitudes have changed a little since many of the locals have been hired to work in the casino, plus the additional traffic brought into the area has increased revenue for other local business. The Riverside Casino in Wetumpka just completed an addition to the facility and now offers up nearly a thousand machines, affordable buffet, and a large screen bar area where you can watch sporting events.Along with the Riverside Casino, the Poarch Creek Indians operate the Tallapoosa Casino located along the Tallapoosa River just outside Montgomery, Alabama and are about to complete the upgrade to their Atmore, Alabama facility with the Windcreek Casino and Hotel. According to the PCI, the Windcreek Casino and Hotel will be a full-blown a first class operation. Fine dining, thousands of machines, lodging and entertainment. The Windcreek Casino and Hotel is scheduled for a January 2009 opening.Not to be outdone and for a fight for survival, the area dog tracks have gotten into the action. Both Greene and Macon counties voted to change their constitutions to allow for “Electronic Bingo” for the much beleaguered dog tracks that were in jeopardy of shutting down.Greenetrack located off Interstate 59/20 neat Eutaw, Alabama has just over 1500 machines and should you get tired of playing the machines, you can head upstairs and bet on the greyhound races that occur every evening.The big dog in the state is Victoryland. Located on Interstate 85, twenty miles east of Montgomery, Alabama, is nearing completion of its fourth expansion. Currently nearly 5000 machines are available for play, Victoryland is closest you will come to the casino gambling experience outside the Mississippi Gulf Coast or Tunica. The facilities at Victoryland are first-rate. The Oasis Buffet serves up a decent variety of food, from southern fried chicken to crab claws and the recently opened Race and Sports Book Entertainment Center provides you with the ability to bet on the on-site greyhound races, or pari-mutuel wagering for over forty tracks across the country. Want to watch sporting events, take your pick with 7 large projection and 38 plasma screens you can sit in comfort order up a beverage, sandwich and watch current events.There you have it, casino gaming in Alabama, maybe sometime soon, they will be offering table games, but for now if slots are your passion then there is plenty to choose.
Casinos… Think of Las Vegas or Monte Carlo, bright lights, ritz, glamour, people winning money, but mostly people losing money! You may be intrigued by the idea of going to a casino but don’t really know too much about them – please read on to learn more about the fun of a night out to a casino…According to Princeton University’s ‘Wordnet’, a casino is ‘a public building for gambling and entertainment’. Don’t be overawed if you do go, relax and enjoy. You will most likely have the chance to play slot machines or one-armed bandits as they are commonly known and perhaps other games of chance and some skill. One major thing that you do need to be aware of, is the way that a casino will look to tilt the odds in its favour, which is more commonly known as the casino’s “edge”. However, some games such as poker are played with players versus players and in this case, the casino cannot get an advantage as it is not effectively playing. In these circumstances, the casino will take a “rake” on the bets that players make against each other.If you have ever been to Las Vegas and gone to one of the casinos there, the first thing that you will notice is the fact that they more often or not have the slot machines (otherwise known as ‘one-armed-bandits’ or ‘fruit machines’) right as you go in. This is because they really don’t require too much understanding to play and it’s not uncommon to see people playing these machines for hours on end. The slot machine will typically involve a lever on the side (the one arm!) and three reels with patterns of symbols on, located in the centre of the machine. The reels revolve as you pull the lever and the idea is to generate rows of matching symbols to win, having paid your required stake via the slot usually on the front of the machine.There may be times when you will play on a machine which will have extra options available for you to use, often giving the illusion that you will have more control over the reels and a better chance of winning. This may be the case over the short-term, but always remember that playing in casinos is fun, but the house always has the long-term advantage. To give you a quick example…if you were to play a game where you had to bet on what number would lie face up after the roll of a die, then you would expect to see the casino pay six times the amount bet for a win, but in fact the casino would pay five times to maintain its advantage.This system is often found in famous casino gambling games like Poker, Craps, Roulette or Blackjack.Blackjack has always been played in casinos because players will play their chips against the House dealer with the successful gambler being paid against pre-determined odds (ie by getting a true ‘Blackjack’ which in other words is a two card combination adding up to 21, the House will pay you 3:2, or 1-1/2 times your initial wager). If you play fair, the chances are that you may end up with a profit, but more often than not, the casino will win, unless you count the cards. Card counting is a black art as far as casinos are concerned and if you are caught, you will be blacklisted worldwide! Effectively, because the playing cards are only used once and then discarded, anyone with a good memory and a highly analytical mind can determine their own odds that a certain card will or will not appear again, tilting the odds in his favour.Poker is one of the most played games in the world. Its popularity has grown massively over the past couple of years and many casinos would not offer a poker game due to the fact that they were limited to taking a rake (as discussed previously). You may be aware that poker is essentially a playing card game were players are dealt poker cards face down, and then take it in turns to place bets (represented by poker chips with a specific value) based on the strength of the cards that they hold, combined with other community cards placed face up in the middle of the poker table. The player with the strongest combination should win what’s known as the pot (the combined bets of all the players for that hand), however one of the reasons that poker is so popular is the element of ‘bluffing’ where a player may actually have a poor hand, but believes that he can make his opponents believe that he has the strongest combination by means of subtle psychology! This can be as subtle as staring one’s opponent into ‘folding’ his cards, or by moving his entire stack of poker chips into the middle of the table – what’s known as ‘going all in’.Roulette is a classic casino game, whereby a croupier gently spins a perfectly balanced, wooden roulette wheel with either 37 or 38 recessed ‘pockets’ along the bottom edge of the roulette wheel. As the wheel begins to spin, the croupier will roll a small white ball the opposite way with the intention being for the ball to bounce of raised points on the wall and to finally come to rest in one of the numbered pockets. In European casinos, the wheel’s layout features pockets numbered 1 – 36 and alternate between red and black with the number one, coloured red and zero being coloured green. However in American casinos, you are more likely to see a second double-zero 00 pocket also coloured green.Again the House pays out against set odds displayed on the cloth covering the roulette table. Typically this will offer 35:1 for single number bets where you bet on one number to win, 2:1 for any column of numbers, and evens for any red, any black, odds or evens.Craps can be the most fun to play and certainly watch. It’s also the fastest game in the casino with often more than 60 bets per hour. Players will wager bets against the casino on the result of a roll of a die, or the series of rolls of two dice. The great thing about craps is that you don’t have to be rolling the dice to bet, you can bet on how lucky you (hope) the guy rolling is going to be, which is why it can be so entertaining. Essentially, the guy with the dice is called the ‘shooter’ and the basic bet in craps is called the ‘Pass Line’ bet, and by rolling a 7 or 11, the shooter will roll a pass line winner, and can play again. If he rolls 2, 3 or 12, these are known as craps and this is a pass line loss. Any other number becomes the shooter’s point and he continues. It really is a fascinating game with many more rules and options.At the end of the day, a night out to a casino can be wonderfully entertaining, but casinos have learnt over hundreds of years how to make their games very, very addictive. They are quite happy to let you win a little here and there, but they know that in the long run, it’s you that’s going to be making them happy – do take care!
All forms of gaming include slots, table games, poker, sports betting and now bingo with some of the larger full-scale online casinos. Because of the gaming coverage these casinos offer, they have become some of the most visited internet casinos on the Internet. Players like the idea of staying on one site and being able to wager on whatever area they feel like gambling on without having to change sites.One stop for all gaming areas has allowed these full-scale casinos to capture large numbers of players and put the pressure on the more limited casinos. Many of these casinos have a long history in gaming and in some cases even have live gaming locations as well as what is seen online.This is especially true of some of the major casinos that are located in Europe and England. Bookmaking has been a legal and honorable business in this part of the world for many decades and the online gaming extension was a natural for online casinos like William Hill, Playboy Casino or Betfair.These companies also had a base group of clients before they even went online and this helped them grow and become a force in the online casino world. By offering all forms of gaming, these online casinos attract gamers from all areas of gambling. It does not matter what form of gaming the player prefers, these full-scale casinos will cover that area of gaming.Best of all for the player, they can stay at one site and wager in any area they wish to take a chance on.
It never ceases to amaze me as to what types of things are now able to be done on the internet. You can order pizza online, do all of your shopping, work, and book vacations. You can do all of this, and tons more, without ever leaving the comforts of your own home. So, it should not have surprised me when a few years ago, online casinos became popular. What does surprise me, and shouldn’t, is that there are many people who now earn their living from online casinos and gambling. I’m guessing that they aren’t paying taxes on their winnings. Maybe so. I’m not going to make any judgments.Suddenly, it seems that online casinos have become a very popular trend in the world. People from all corners of the globe can be playing poker against one another at any given time. Non-existence slot machines are giving pay-outs and taking money 24 hours a day. Some large jackpots have been won, or so they say, but I wouldn’t have bet any of my own money on it. However, one boring afternoon, I decided to see what all of the hype was about. I did some investigating of several online casinos to see what existed, and ended up putting $20 into one that seemed like it was reputable and had some interesting slot machines. I certainly am not about to participate in any table games – my money would be gone too fast and I’d surely lose. I preferred to spend my $20 making tiny 5¢ bets on the slots.At first, I made tiny wins, and would lose. Then I’d win a few dollars, squeal, and lose it again. Suddenly, I found a slot machine that offered bonus rounds and ended up winning $250 dollars on a $1.50 bet. I sat there with my mouth hanging open in complete disbelief. After picking my jaw up off of the floor, I cashed out and quit. Five days later, the money was in my bank account. I then knew that it wasn’t a scam – I’d found one of the online casinos that actually did pay the winnings.I can’t say that my pure luck of winning in an online casino makes me an advocate for them. In fact, I truly think that if you depend on online gambling to make your living or entertain yourself, then you need a life. Now, if it is something to do every so often and doesn’t become a habit, then have a blast. Maybe you’ll end up winning a jackpot. Maybe not. It is all about being lucky.
So you’ve watched the movie, played the games with your friends at home, passed the big flashy neon signs in your town and now you feel it is finally time to take the plunge and go to a casino. But no amount of playing online games or watching films can prepare you for the real deal. Casino gambling is fast and tough with the house guaranteed to win every time, unless you learn when to stop gambling and cash out. Everything about casinos has been designed to keep you in the building, keep you gambling, lower your inhibitions and give you every possible opportunity to part with your cash. So you need to be prepared.Learn the GamesIf you don’t have the luxury of a casino guide to walk you from game to game, you may not be 100% clear on the way to play each and every game. Games like poker and blackjack may be fairly familiar to you but roulette and craps are often less accessible outside an actual casino. What you should do is just stand and watch people playing for a while. You will learn what each square on the table represents and what you are really staking your cash on each time. You can of course buy books in advance or watch YouTube videos to show you how to play too or some large casinos even hold free classes.Stay SoberYou may find that the booze in casinos flows really rather fast and loose. This is of course a tactic of the house to get people to forget how much they are betting and loose heavily to the house. This is the place where staying sober is a must, especially if you are a beginner. You don’t want to start thinking you’re in a movie and you’re going to have some miraculous luck on the craps table.The only truly safe way of gambling really, is away from the casino using a matched betting system and the many free bets that online bookmakers currently offer on a daily basis. This system, when you learn how to do it, allows you to slowly but surely build up small wins and eventually bigger wins into some significant cash.Casinos can be a lot of fun but never forget that no one is on your side. Start with a budget that you stick to and above all, never risk betting more than you can afford to lose.