The fact that online casinos and gambling is completely legitimate in the UK is not in dispute. The British Government has take a regulatory stance on this activity and the industry is thriving for that. This is a forward thinking outlook, we only wish the rest of the world could be as forward thinking but unfortunately for some governments, they don’t seem to believe that creating employment and generating capital in a mainstream industry is all that important. They prefer to control people rather than regulate them.
In the UK online gambling generates massive turnover, income for people, profits and great interest too and many licenses are held off-shore. In the Isle of Man, online gaming is the fastest growing industry sector on the island and in juxtaposition with Hamblin Employment Group, the Isle of Man Government’s Department of Economic Development will be launching their very first online gambling foundation course. So it is good to see that this industry is being taken seriously.
The course is designed to assist people who wish to have the skills necessary for entry into this fast growing sector and currently the island has twenty five active license holders. These gambling licenses are White Listed which means they are able to advertise in the UK, and these license holders currently employ more than 600 people. Some of the companies are NYX Interactive, Paddy Power, Pokerstars, 1888bet.com and Jenningsbet.
Garth Kimber who is the head of eGaming Development on the Isle said that they are delighted with this eGaming Foundation Course and the fact that they have the full support of so many employers. It presents a fabulous opportunity for employees and potential employees who want to learn more and formalize their knowledge and skills. The industry has participated in the design of the course with valuable input and the first course launches on the 21st September 2010 at St John’s Mill, Tynwald Mills, it consists of four modules and will be held over three days.
The modules are:
Module 1 – What is e-Gaming?
Module 2 – The ideal Employee
Module 3 – e-Gaming: Risk and Social Responsibility
Module 4 – CV Skills and Interview Techniques
This increases the profile of the industry and participants will be given insight into how the online gambling industry operates to increase their ability to properly present themselves to prospective employers. Written into the course is what the bigger operators are looking for in terms of the potential of candidates. The outcome should be that employers are able to make use of more Manx workers and not have to import them from further afield.
The course is funded 50% by the Department of Economic Development and will cost £125 for the first three groups. Candidates will be selected for these initial groups and it is hoped that the course will not only improve vital attributes such as attitude, work ethos and self awareness for e-gambling employees, but will also offer them the skills and knowledge to provide a real advantage when securing work.
The World Poker Tour (WPT) has recently announced that they have appointed a new tour director. This particular poker tour is sponsored by Party Gaming and they have appointed Matt Savage as the new executive tour director. This tournament is presently entering its 9th season. He is a veteran in the world of poker and has appeared on ESPN, Fox Sports Net, the Travel Channel and GSN in more than 300 televised poker shows.
Mr. Savage is one of the worlds leading experts on poker tournaments and it is this expertise which makes him ideal for the position. His new role will include tournament offerings, tour cohesiveness, improved player communications, the growth of this event and his expertise will be well used. Because of his relationship with the poker community his proficiency will enhance the next WPT season.
Savage is also a founder of the Tournament Directors Association, the host of the television show ‘Inside Poker’, and he starred in “Lucky You” a Warner Brothers movie about poker!
He has obviously accepted the job and commented that he was excited to work with the WPT, although he has already served as a tournament director for the WPT, Los Angeles Poker Classic and Bay 101 Shooting Star. WPT is a well respected poker tour operator and one of the most recognizable brands in the industry.
His work for this tournament kicks-off next month with the WPT Bellagio Cup VI in Las Vegas, where Mr. Savages skills will be put to the test, and lets hope his efforts do improve tournament poker for players, casinos and fans. We will certainly be watching closely. During the ninth season of the WPT, tournament events held outside the US will also include London, France and Morocco.
In September 2001 shortly before the World Poker Tour officially launched, this was the idea of Steve Lipscomb. He conceived The WPT after seeing the kind of publicity the WSOP (World Series of Poker) was receiving. It was his concern that there was very little action taking place, so the idea was to ruffle some feathers and rejuvenate this image.
He felt that the televised events were not actually a true reflection of the excitement which takes place in live poker events, in particular with relationship to the final table. This is where he came up with the (infamous) idea of the “World Poker Tour-Cams”. 16 cameras which allow the viewer more insight into what was actually happening behind every players hand.
In partnership with Lyle Berman who opened up a lot of poker doors to Steve Lipscomb, they sold their idea to specific casinos and signed with them exclusively to launch the first WPT series in May 2002. They had Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten presenting and former Playboy Playmate Shana Hiatt recording the interviews from each event. This paid off big time and here we are today, 9 years down the line with the 9th WPT, just about ready to kick-off, a new tournament director, and millions of world-wide television viewers who can’t wait for it to get started.
Playing in online casino and earning money while staying at home, it’s possible for everyone. Online gambling rooms are quite numerous and the games they offer to their players are all attractive. To earn money through these games, we must know the rules and the right strategies already known by big players. Several sites specialized in casino games offer a special section to new players to help them to learn everything they need to know before starting a free game and also to allow new players to understand the rules. Most of online gaming rooms offer a play money mode of their games so that everyone can play and have fun even in craps, blackjack, poker, dice, baccara,… It is even possible with these free games to win real money, but to better take advantage of it, you must be able to choose the right one online Casino Bet.
The evolution of technology and morals brought a lot of changes in the perception of gambling. Regarding gambling, many people are still afraid of being ruined and lured by online casinos. But since a few time, online casino did much better to restore their image. The casino industry gave to all amateur and professional of poker or other casino games like live blackjack or slot machines to play casino games for free, to verify the reliability of their software and to ensure that the payout is true. The introduction of free casino games allowed people who never try playing casino game via internet to learn without losing money and stress. They simply enjoy their favorite game. Many players seek above all to have fun. Free casino games offered them also that. But if they decide to stake real money, many doors are open for them.
Dress codes are unusual in Las Vegas, but depending on the casino you are visiting it may be wise to take extra care of your appearance. Why not use this occasion to dress up?
During the day you are more than likely to spot sneakers, jeans or even flip flops. However, if you are planning to attend a dinner or show at a casino, you may want to make sure that you are not underdressed. The casino is a great place to meet people and there is only one chance to make a first impression. The least you can do is making sure that your toes and knees are covered after sunset.
If you only go to the casino to play the slots or video poker, then your looks are not a real issue. However, if you decided to join one of the tables, than dressing up can give you a physiological advantage over your opponents. Casinos are also more likely to offer free drink to someone who is elegantly dressed.
As a woman you can’t go wrong with a black cocktail dress. Men are advised to opt for a nice suit. Make sure that your outfit reflects your personality.
It seems that almost ever since we have been able to make money of any kind online – developers have been busily cooking up ideas for bots that will make it easier, faster and less problematic to make even more money from our chosen niche. To explain what a “bot” is, this is obviously the abbreviation for robot and no, it is not a little R2D2 that takes over at your PC or laptop when you can’t be there, although the principle is similar.
Bots are software specifically engineered to do what you can’t do when you play poker, need to take a pee break or run to the corner grocer when the chips are down and you need a new pack. If you can imagine Daniel Negreanu being on the rail at a WSOP, and Phil Helmuth needs a break, he may call Daniel over to the table and ask him to take over his hands for a few rounds. Negreanu is the bot and Phil Helmuth is you – yah, right; wishful thinking!
Delving slightly deeper into the guts of the poker bot issue, there are a few things you need to take note of. The main issue being that regardless of the fact that you just paid $200 for a bot, you still have to spend thousands of hours programming it. So, it takes a lot of money and hard work before a bot starts working for you…i.e. making money!
There is also (quite rightly) an ongoing war taking place between online poker rooms and botters, and this is for obvious reasons. Online poker rooms believe it is an act of fraud to use these systems, and so do I. Can botting potentially floor the multi-billion dollar online poker industry? Potentially, the answer is yes and for this reason they will if at all possible block your bot, ban you from the poker room and there may even come a time when prosecution follows!
If you think about it from this point of view, the poker bot gives the player an unfair advantage over his fellow players. He is not playing against the house, so he is very definitely cheating his fellow poker players.
A poker player has five to thirty seconds to react to any situation in an online poker game before he is timed out. The high speed processors of the bot can calculate millions of options in that time. Now while the poker room is not able to control the information the player has access to or what information he transmits to make his play; what the poker room can do is insert an llh.dll file into the Windows APIs running on his PC or Laptop as well as insert mouse and keyboard hooks. This allows the security systems of the poker software to detect what you are doing on your peripherals. If they detect suspicious activity, they have the right, according to their terms and conditions, to block your account and retain any funds in it. The site may need these funds too, because all that money your poker bot won for you from your opponents – your fellow players may make a claim against.
Another memorable match was played by the mysterious Swedish player who hides himself under the nickname of Isildur1. He defeated Tony G in the SuperStar Showdown this last Sunday winning $44,280. The rivals waged a battle featuring 2,500 hands, playing pot limit Omaha and no limit Hold’em. Tony G has a victorious history, having made it to two final tables at the World Poker Tour and won over $4 million during his career as a poker professional. Isildur1 turned the spotlight in his direction in 2009 when he participated in ten biggest pots in the history of online poker. PokerStars, who have him in their team, are claiming that his mysterious identity will be revealed soon.
All casino games are popular; after all, that’s how they got to casinos at the end of the day. There is roulette, called the King of casino games, and Blackjack, claimed to be the only beatable game you can find at gambling venues. One game, however, is dealing them all a crushing defeat – the invincible slot machine. Giving the player no way to manipulate the results, this game however has a potential of inspiring thousands of game developers with still new ideas making the game as varied as no other. Slots can offer different numbers of betting lines, different edges, and, last not least, various fun themes. Maybe that is how The Hollywood Casino in Perryville, US, could make a whopping profit in just the first month of operation, offering only one type of casino game – the slot machines.