Playing Craps

August 22, 2013 by Patricia Mayers with No Comments

There are many fun things to do in a casino and if you feel you have a hot hand, then one of the more challenging, but also one of the more profitable ways is dice.  The roll of your hand, throwing the dice out, hoping that you get that lucky number, there is always something about the thrill of watching them fly away from you.  Add in the excitement factor of people standing around you, having placed bets on what you will roll, and you have a very unique and exciting experience.

The most commonly played game that uses dice at a casino is called Craps.  This game is the one where you would see people standing around a large oval table and also where usually the loudest cheers are coming from.  To many, craps seems like it’s confusing but it’s actually much simpler to play than many other games.  It is, however, one of the most hands-on experiences you can have at any casino so that entices many to its sides.

To get an understanding of this wonderful dice game, a few of the bets you can place to get started with would be the Pass Line Bet or Odds Bet.  To simplify what a pass line bet is, it is where you place a bet on the pass line before any new shooter begins his dice throw or roll.  This is also known as the come out roll.  If the shooter rolls a 7 or 11 you win, but if they roll a 2, 3, or even 12, you lose.  Any other number becomes what is called the point number.

Are you confused yet?  If so, then let’s rephrase the instructions.  If a shooter throws the dice and gets a 7 or 11 you win money.  But you lose money if it’s a 2, 3, or 12.  If they roll any other number they must throw the dice again and get the exact same number to keep being the shooter.  Also you win money on the pass line bet if this happens.

However, if the shooter rolls anything else other than that exact number on the next roll, they are no longer the shooter, and the dice are passed on to the next shooter.  Then the whole process starts over.

With the Odds Bet, you can place additional bets other than the Passline Bet.  But only after the point has been established by the shooter can this be done.  The benefit to a pass line bet is that it is the only bet that the casino doesn’t have a house edge as it is paid off with actual odds.  The most fun part of craps is that many casinos offer double odds, and that means you can place double the wager on your pass line bet.  In simpler terms, you bet $25 on the pass line, you can now wager $50 on the odds bet.  Pretty cool, right?  It is when you know what the odds bet pays out.

If the point total on both dice is either a 4 or 10 it will pay 2 to 1.

If the point total on both dice is either a 5 or 9 it will pay 3 to 2.

If the point total on both dice is either a 6 or 8 it will pay 6 to 5.

The Passline Bet is the easiest way to get into the game of craps and it’s easy to learn.  Many of the casinos actually will give lessons on how to play the game and will give instruction on the basics and will even teach you some of the table etiquette.  So when you approach that table, not only will you feel comfortable, but you can also go up there and show them your dice-throwing skill.

Craps is also a game that you can play on your mobile phone for REAL money. Be sure to visit mobile gambling o

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Steve O’Dwyer Becomes EPT’s Grand Champion

August 21, 2013 by Eliza Desailly with No Comments

Starting out last week with 520 hopefuls, this year’s EPT Grand Final Main Event certainly lived up to expectations after a final table that contained some of the toughest players in the world. At the start of yesterday’s finale Steve O’Dwyer led arguably the toughest final table the festival has ever seen.

Indeed, amongst the stellar cast of pros was: Andrew Pantling (4,180,000), Jake Cody (1,633,000), Daniel Negreanu (1,581,000), Johnny Lodden (1,402,000), Noah Schwartz (1,068,000), Jason Mercier (824,000) and Grant Levy (786,000). Such a stacked line-up meant the early action was always going to be fierce and the first to buckle under the pressure was Grant Levy. After Full Post…

Atlantic City Casinos Down 3.6% To $297m In July

August 18, 2013 by Lucas Pattison with No Comments

Atlantic City recently released its casino results for July revealing a 3.6% fall in revenue to $297.2 million, compared to $308.2 million for the same month in 2012. The east coast resorts gambling industry has been in steady decline since 2006, and following last months disappointing figures, Atlantic City casinos for the first seven months of 2013 are currently down by 9.6% at $1.68 billion.

During July, slot machines accounted for $215.5 million of the total revenue tally, while an additional $81.7 million was generated from table games.

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More Plea Deals in Vadim Trincher Sportsbetting-Poker Ring Case

August 18, 2013 by Keira Perivolaris with No Comments

Eastern District of New York Department of Justice attorney Preet Bharara announced on Friday that plea deals have been reached with two more defendants in the case of the Taiwanchik-Trincher sportsbetting and racketeering ring, which allegedly operated elite high-stakes poker games in New York City and other locations and funneled millions in sports bets through offshore poker sites.

The two defendants whose deals were announced this week, Kirill Rapoport and William Barbalot, were among the organizers of Trinchers high-stakes poker games.  Each still faces a possible maximum five-year prison term when sentenced in December, though the actual sentence length will likely be much shorter.

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888 Holdings Jumps The Pond; Bringing Brand of Online Poker to NJ

August 13, 2013 by Keira Perivolaris with No Comments

The Jersey shore just welcomed another guest.

London-based 888 Holdings PLC has announced it has agreed to partner with Caesars Interactive Entertainment, leveraging its years of experience to gain a foothold in a potentially massive US online gambling market. We are extremely well positioned in the US and are working with the regulators in Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey as these three states become ready to open, CEO Brian Mattingley delivered in a statement. The agreement with Caesars will allow 888 to launch a business to consumer casino and poker product, a move that has international banking group Investec PLC giving a big thumbs up.

According to Investec, 888 Holdings stock had been given a buy rating because it has demonstrated strong and consistent revenue growth, as well as exceptionally attractive US profit opportunities that have been materially improved following todays announcement with Caesars.

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Post-Tournament Depression (PTD)

August 11, 2013 by Patricia Mayers with No Comments

Now that the World Series of Poker has ended for the summer, I see a lot of players walking around like zombies with what I call PTD — Post-Tournament Depression. When you talk to those affected by PTD, often they will tell you about how much money they left on the table or how if they hadn’t been unlucky on a certain hand they’d have won so much or had a shot to win an event.

In truth, PTD is a very common ailment. The fact is when a tournament ends or series of tournaments are over, there are very few people walking around with smiles on their faces. Normally at the end of any event, there is one happy person and a thousand unhappy people. Those who want to play a lot of tournaments have to realize this fact that only the winner truly ends up happy.

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Japanese Poker Player Caught in Spam Scandal

August 9, 2013 by Keira Perivolaris with No Comments

Masaaki Kagawa, a high-stakes Japanese player, has been arrested after being suspect of running a scam involving malware. Kawaga and eight other players were arrested in Japan by the Chiba Prefectural Police. The group has been accused of distributing spam via emails that included links to download Androis Enesoluty.

This download included a Trojan horse virus that could and did steal data from Android devices, sending it over a remote server. The malware is thought to have collected about 37 million email addresses from the 810,000 contacts lists it detected on infected devices. The whole point of the scam was to reroute users to a fake online dating site, Sakura, at which you could then sign up for a fee.

Kagawa participated in a Super High Roller Reload tournament in 2012 in Monte Carlo, a €98,500 NLH event. T

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