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.