21Duel Blackjack

21Duel Blackjack21 Duel Blackjack is the updated, fast paced version of the classical table card game Blackjack. Players will enjoy the game even more with the added extra of a side bet and the option to play multiple hands. Two community cards will be dealt in the middle for the player and the dealer to make use of.

The aim of the game is to get as close to 21 as possible without exceeding it and at the same time trying to beat the dealers hand. The Aces count as either 1 or 11, the face cards count as 10, and the number cards are at their face value.

If the total of a players cards are closer to 21 than the dealers, then the player wins. If the total of a players cards match the dealers cards, then it is a tie and the player will receive his bet back. Should a players’ cards exceed 21 then it is a “Bust” and the bet is lost. This game also gives players the option to place a side bet, which only counts for the first two cards and the community cards. If a player happens to have a pair amongst these cards then he will be paid out 3 to 1. Three of a kind will reward a player with a payout of 20 to 1.

21 Duel Blackjack also allows players the option to play “Multiple” hands which means up to five hands can be played simultaneously.

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The Numbers Are In

New Jersey GamblingThe Numbers are in Following New Jersey’s Online Gambling Launch and They’re Promising

New Jersey’s freshly legalized online poker and online gambling market is past its first weekend, and some numbers which can be used to gain an idea of the popularity of the games have already come in. Apparently, on Thanksgiving, online poker players/gamblers were busy creating accounts at the various Atlantic City based sites in addition to giving thanks for the blessings in their lives. On Thanksgiving alone, no fewer than 5,000 accounts have been created. The total number of online poker/gambling accounts created thus far exceeds that by quite a bit though: a total of 32,277 accounts have been created according to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. Of course, this number doesn’t really say anything about how many individual players placed bets at the sites. It is more than safe to assume though that there were players who opened accounts at several different sites, so the actual number of gamblers is much lower than 32.2k.

What is already clear though is that the launch of legal online gambling and poker can already be counted as a moment equal in importance to the opening of the first Atlantic City casino back in 1978.

After Nevada and Delaware, New Jersey is the third state to have legalized and regulated online gaming in the US, following the 2006 UIGEA, which pretty much outlawed the activity that had previously been situated in a legal grey-area. Thus far, the Garden State enjoys a number of clear advantages over the other two above said jurisdictions: while Nevada may boast a larger market, it only legalized online poker and not online casino gambling.

Delaware on the other hand only granted three licenses and lacking a live gambling base like Atlantic City or Las Vegas, its market is clearly nowhere as mature as those of the other two states. In New Jersey, Six Atlantic City casinos have been approved for online gambling/poker, and a 7th is on the verge of being admitted into the club. Unlike in Nevada, players can wager on any of the casino games on offer, including roulette, blackjack and slots.

What’s It Really Like To Be A Pro Poker Player?

Katrina Jett, Jesse Sylvia and Jason Somerville
Katrina Jett, Jesse Sylvia and Jason Somerville

By nature, professional poker players are tight-lipped. However, recently Katrina Jett, Jesse Sylvia and Jason Somerville agreed to reveal what life is really like as a professional. This conversation happened at the 15th International Gambling & Risk Taking Conference at Caesars Palace. The three professionals all have very different backgrounds, but bonded over a lifestyle that few people will ever know.

Jett lives in Las Vegas and has been to the WSOP final table four times, however when she’s not working on her skills, she’s working in her garden. She’s married to another pro star, Chip Jett, and it’s clear that Vegas is her home. Sylvia recently won $5.3 million at Martha’s Vineyard, and Somerville gained attention for being the first poker player who’s openly gay.

The Beginning

Jett comes from a family of poker players, although she’s the first professional. It’s allowed her to travel the world, but she and her husband have kept poker out of their children’s lives. Instead, the big focus is on education. Jett has been on the circuit since 1977.

On the other hand, Sylvia has only been pro for five years and started playing to put himself through college. He shares Jett’s love of travel. Somerville began playing when he was 16 with friends, then moved onto online casinos. By the time he was 17, he’d won $100,000.

The Transition

Jett has moved into real estate, too, and considers it a kind of gambling, and Sylvia is following suit. The thrill of the risk is the same, and playing with numbers is what realtors do. However, Somerville is looking for something else to balance out his life. He likes making videos and short stories, but he’s constantly on the lookout for the next fun thing to catch his eye. After playing games for a living for 10 years, he feels it’s time to expand.

Jett reports struggling to keep up with changes, such as the no-limit poker that wasn’t around when she started. She cites a lot of research to keep her game fresh. However, Sylvia says poker isn’t a job, it’s a lifestyle. Without obsession, Sylvia says even the best will fail. Somerville agrees that studying is a must to play well, and review sessions are a requirement.

The Game-Life Balance

Unlike Jett, Somerville made a conscious decision to live in New York where casinos aren’t readily available. He steers clear of poker players and enjoys spending time with old friends. However, he does indulge in online gaming at times. Sylvia simply accepts that poker is part of who he is, sometimes for the good and bad.

However, Jett is adamant that poker is a part of her, but doesn’t define her. She’s focused on her family, but admits it’s a daily struggle to strike that balance.

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New Jersey on the Verge of Legal Online Gambling

New Jersey on the Verge of Legal Online GamblingGarden State lawmakers have long toyed with the idea of legalizing and regulating online gambling within the state of New Jersey. Back in 2011 the state legislative machine churned out a legal initiative which would have turned New Jersey into the first US state to legalize and regulate online gambling. Both the state Assembly and the Senate passed Sen. Raymond Lesniak’s bill, but the whole effort ran ashore when Governor Chris Christie refused to sign it into law. It should be noted that the bill vetoed by Christie was passed with a large bipartisan majority.

These days, the game seems to be on again. Lesniak is at it again. The ill-fated 2011 Bill was taken and amended into an entirely different type of animal, or so lawmakers on both sides of the political spectrum believe. The said bill is therefore yet again on Christie’s desk, awaiting his signature.

What exactly has changed besides the amended bill of course, since 2011? According to Lesniak and many of the other lawmakers supporting the new initiative, quite a lot. While the proposed bill was passed through an eerily similar bipartisan effort yet again, that is pretty much where the similarities stop. The economic circumstances are indeed radically different. Ravaged by hurricane Sandy, the economy of the Garden State is pretty much in shambles. It would be a mistake to fault Mother Nature solely for the current state of affairs though. New Jersey’s problems are much deeper and further reaching. The state, which viewed Atlantic City and its gambling-related revenues as a major economic engine for years, has been bleeding customers to neighboring states for quite a while now. With many of the other US states pondering laws and regulations in regards to online poker and online gambling, the pressure has gradually mounted and many Atlantic City businesses have been pushed to the brink of extinction.

Lesniak and his ilk obviously view online gambling and poker as potential lifesavers for the state’s besieged gambling economy. Furthermore, according to some of the rumors, the world’s largest online poker operation, PokerStars, may be looking to set up shop in Atlantic City by purchasing a land-based gambling operation there, a move which would not only bail out a single business, but may potentially end up turning New Jersey into the new focal point of the US online poker industry.

With the New Year more than a week old, and with Christie still not showing any signs of willingness to tackle the issue, some of the lawmakers behind the initiative are growing restless. Jim Whelan, Raymond Lesniak and Stephan Sweeney have apparently already written to the governor urging action on his part.

It now looks like the fate of legal online gambling and online poker in one of the United States’ most gambling oriented states rests in the hands of one Republican governor who has taken a rather anti-legalization stance in the past. Whether or not the circumstances are dire enough to convince Christie to finally pick up his pen and lift the shackles off the online gambling industry, remains to be seen. One thing is certain though: New Jersey lawmakers sure do have their minds set on getting this issue out of the way once and for all.

Positional Advantages in Poker

One of the most important aspects of poker is what position you will act during a given hand. When you have position on your opponents and act last in the hand, you have a decided advantage as you will be able to make your decision with the most amount of information. Many experience poker players feel they would never lose a hand if they had position on their opponents, showcasing just how important this aspect of the game actually is.

The biggest advantage associated with having position over your opponents is the amount of information available to you when it is your turn to act. When you are first to act, you do not know if the other players will raise or fold to your bet. This can make it difficult to choose the best course action during a given poker hand. However, when you are last to act, all of the other players in the hand have made a decision and tipped you off to the strength of their hands. Being able to use this information that is now available to you can make it very easy to determine what your course of action should be.

Having more information when it is your turn to act is beneficial both pre and post-flop. Analyzing your opponents’ actions, taking note of whether they checked, bet, or raised, and keeping a close eye out for any tells are all things you can do while in position and waiting for your turn to act. Then, when it is your turn to act, you will be able to process all of the information you have gathered to make the best decision possible given the current circumstances.

Having positional advantage over your opponents allows you to make more moves. When your opponents are making their decisions, they will have to keep you in mind since you will act after them. They will constantly be wondering what you are holding in your hand and whether or not you will raise their bet. Giving off signals as if you are going to raise any bet or bet yourself if checked to can scare your opponents off of betting a marginal hand and checking to you in position. If you have a weak hand yourself and would like to see a free card, you may act like you are going to bet or raise to induce your opponent to check to you so that you can check as well and see the next card for free.

When you have position over your opponents you have more leeway when it comes to making these types of plays and forcing your opponents to make mistakes they otherwise would not have made.

When contesting a huge pot, having position on your opponents can take a lot of the pressure of the hand off of you. Since you are last to act and will be able to make all of your decisions with the most amount of information possible, the hand becomes a bit easier to play. This is why many experience poker players will avoid playing huge pots when they are out of position and be more willing to get all of their chips in the middle when they are in position.

Having position over your opponents is such a huge advantage that you should be more willing to gamble and play bigger pots when you are in position as it is easier to place more pressure on your opponents by making big bets and raises yourself.

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Online Gambling in South Africa

South African FlagIs online gambling legal in South Africa or not? The question is a fully justified one in light of the fact that often contradictory rumors regarding the legal status of online poker and online gambling in South Africa do indeed abound, and that there seem to be sites out there which can be accessed from within SA and which still advertise their services to SA-based online gamblers. What exactly is then the legal situation concerning online gambling? While the situation seems to be rather murky at first glance on account of the different opinions and interests involved, when it comes to the law, everything’s as clear as the light of day: online gambling is currently illegal in SA and sites which continue to offer online gambling services to SA residents do so in clear contempt of the law.

The Supreme Court of Appeals handed down a ruling in September 2011, which once and for all spelled it out that online gambling was illegal, as was the advertising of any such activity in SA. The ruling had made it clear where online gambling took place from the perspective of the law, thus taking away an argument that supporters of rogue/unregulated online gambling had fallen back on for years. Another notorious legal ruling in the matter was the one handed down by the North Gauteng High Court which also placed online gambling outside of the law.

Piggs Peak CasinoThe ruling was appealed by Casino Enterprises, the company behind the notorious Piggs Peak brand. The appeal was rejected by the Bloemfontein Supreme Court of Appeals and thus Piggs Peak Casino (based in Swaziland) was forced to stop serving SA customers. Several other operators have also ceased peddling their services to SA-based gamblers then, among them the African Palace Casino.

On the homepages of the above said online casinos, SA players are greeted by a message which explains why they can’t deposit and play there. Still, despite the unequivocal nature of the legal rulings, there are sites out there with links to some of the major international operators, which not only accept players from SA, but also offer them the option to place wagers in rands.

It is indeed also part of the picture that in 2007, legislation was passed concerning the legalization and regulation of online gambling, but no licenses were ever issued based on that law and there were branches of government which still opposed regulation at that point.

A special commission was set up by the Dept. of Trade and Industry, which did indeed recommend that more than 10 online gambling licenses be issued, but the effort never came to fruition, and due to the lengthy legal process which is involved with such intricate legal framework, chances are we won’t see any regulation nor licenses issued for at least a good couple of years.

Sites currently offering online gambling services to South Africans can do so because the law – in its current form – features no provisions regarding penalties against illegally operating sites. In a word: those who now ignore the law can still hope to gain a license when regulation occurs.

The risks assumed are thus far mostly shouldered by the players. According to the Gauteng Gambling Board, players who gamble illegally may be required to forfeit their winnings to the state.

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How to Play Ace High Flops in Three-Bet Pots

World Series Of Poker 2012Learning to play ace-high flops in three-bet pots is a crucial basic strategy in a game of poker.

Imagine that you are playing a $1/2 six-max cash game in the Satellites for WSOP 2012.

Your opponent raises to $6 from the button, and you decide to three-bet from the big blind, making it $20 with [Jh] [Jd], and your opponent calls. The flop is [Ac] [7h] [2s]. What do you do next?

It is important to note that on boards such as this, you should be c-betting 100% of your range, and this includes a pair of jacks.

If you have been showing the propensity to three-bet a lot, then this can still be a bet for value. But more importantly, if you check-call, then you turn your hand face up, and this makes it so much easier for a good opponent to apply pressure.

You also get caught up in something called the reverse bluffing vortex. This is when you start out-thinking yourself. You realise that you could be floated in this spot, and so you call down all three streets, only to see your opponent turn [As] [Ts] for top pair.

So if you are c-betting 100% of flops in these situations, wouldn’t it be safe to assume that your opponents on Betfair Poker are doing likewise? Of course they are, and this is why they create excellent spots to float in position.

When deciding to float, it is always better to choose hands with good equity; this makes barreling the turn much easier, because you still have outs to hit the best hand.

On the [Ac] [7h] [2s] example, a hand such as [Kc] [8c] gives you a backdoor flush draw, thus making it a great choice to float.

Getting Started At Online Bingo

You might be a pro at traditional bingo and a regular at the local bingo hall and have now decided to give the online version of this great game a go. Perhaps you are home-bound for a while and want to be able to carry on enjoying your favourite pastime from the comfort of your living room or perhaps time commitments mean you can’t always get to the bingo hall when it’s open? Maybe you just want to squeeze in a few extra games between visits or brush up your bingo skills at home!

Whatever the reason, online bingo is great fun and you will soon get the hang of it. Read on for some simple tips to get you started.

Choose the right site

The first step is of course to choose which site to play online bingo. You can win huge jackpots on Online Bingo Room websites and there are plenty to choose from, so where to start? A good tip is to take personal recommendations from friends or use a site which has a trusted name. You can also use the sign-up cash bonus offered by many sites to try out the games and visit the chat rooms for free, to see if you like the place before you start playing for real.

Signing up

Once you have chosen an online bingo site to join, the next step is to sign up. You will need to fill in some basic details on a registration page before depositing money into your online bingo account. Many sites will require you to deposit a certain amount of money in order to receive your cash sign-up bonus.

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Pocket Pairs in Poker

Once you have mastered the basics of when to raise pocket pairs, pre-flop, you need to consider how you should play them when someone raises in front of you.

The first thing to consider is where on the poker table the raise has come from. Is the player in early or late position? After that, you need to assess what type of player the raiser is: are they loose, aggressive, or are they tight?

If you are facing a bet from an early position raiser who has not played a hand for an hour, then it is very likely they have a premium hand. Thus, in this situation, your pair of sevens probably will not fare too well, post-flop.

Indeed, if you call and see anything other than a seven on the flop, you will have very little option but to fold. Conversely, if the raise comes from late position, and the raiser is a loose player, then it is much more likely that your pocket sevens will be in good shape, even if the flop contains some over cards.

Once you have assessed these factors, you need to consider the relative stack sizes. This means the amount of money each of you will be playing for.

Poker PairsFor example, you are sitting at the poker table with $50 and your opponent has $35. In this case, the effective stacks are $35 because that is the most that can be won in the hand. Whenever you are sizing up someone’s stack, you are doing so for the purposes of set mining (hitting a set on the flop).

The odds of hitting a set on the flop when you hold a pocket pair is around 7-1 against, so this means that, in order to make a mathematically correct call pre-flop, your opponent needs to have stack of 70 big blinds or more.

When this dynamic is in place, you will be able to make enough money from your opponent when you make a set to compensate for all the times you call and miss – in theory, at least.

Playing pocket pairs in poker can be a tricky proposition but, if you remember to watch the position, player, and stack sizes, you will soon see your profits increase. Pocket pairs are often a risky, but lucrative move in the WSOP 2012 Satellites.

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