• A General Overview of Spanish 21

    Added - Sept. 29, 2014 Casino

    In the world of online blackjack, there are several different types of games that you can try that are different than the standard version of the game. Spanish 21 is a game that a lot of people end up trying, and because they don't adjust to the changes in this game, they usually end up having really bad payout rates. We want to give you a general overview of this game and why the strategies involved with it are different than what you're probably used to.

    This is a game that's played with what's known as a Spanish deck. The typical 52-card deck is called the French deck, but the Spanish deck only has 48 cards since all of the tens are removed. This drastically changes the gameplay in a lot of key situations, and it's the number-one reason why people who try to play a normal strategy don't do so well. On top of that, there are some atypical rule changes like the ability to double with any number of cards and the ability to double or surrender after doubling. When you add all of these atypical rules together, you can find that ...

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  • The Three Most Basic No-Limit Hold'em Plays All Players Must Know

    Added - Sept. 22, 2014 Poker

    No-limit hold'em is the most popular form of poker out there, but what most people don't realize is that it's also one of the most basic forms of big-bet poker. Because the hand distributions are really easy to describe, it's a measure of the pure skill of the players when it comes to reading each other and exhibiting solid play. What we have for you here is three basic plays that you have to know if you want to achieve much of anything when it comes to playing no-limit hold'em.

    The first play that you have to know is stealing blinds from late position. If it folds to you in the cutoff or button seats, then you can raise with a wide range of hands. The reason for this is that the blinds are going to fold a lot of the time, and this can make it a profitable play without even having to see the flop. If they do call down, then they are put in a position to play all of the post-flop streets out of position which is a massive disadvantage even if they have stronger hands than you on average.

    The ...

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  • The Mathematics That Drive Digital Options

    Added - Sept. 15, 2014 Financial

    There are a ton of different choices in financial betting that can be considered "options." However, digital options are somewhat unique in that they are very simple versions of these ways of betting. While they aren't particularly popular in and of themselves, they do offer a lot of lessons that can be applied to other types of options and other types of financial betting in general. If you know the mathematics that drives digital options, then you can quickly apply it to other types of wagers, and that's exactly what we want to teach you to do here.

    With a digital option, you're going to be betting on whether something is above a top value or below the bottom value of a range. For example, suppose you have something you're betting on the value of. You might be able to bet on whether it shows up above $100 or below $95. It doesn't matter how far above or below these lines it would go: Winning on $150 would be the same as winning on $101 as far as payouts are involved. This isn't the case with many other types of financial bets, but that ...

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  • Offensive and Defensive Strategies for Betting on American Football

    Added - Sept. 8, 2014 Sports

    One of the most popular games to analyze for betting is American football. Everything basically boils down to trying to figure out how many points each side is expected to score and what their variance is going to be like on that average number of points. The idea here is that you compare a team's offense to the defense it's going to be facing to try to come up with a model that will give you an expected number of average points for them to score. From there, you can figure out what you believe the average point spread will be and who will win a given percentage of the time.

    If you start with the offense, then what you can do is look at the defense of the teams that they have played against to start to get a basic idea of where they stand. You can look at things like turnovers, points scored, average yard gains and things of that nature. It's a pretty solid starting point, but you'll have a hard time getting a lot of information without it being a few games into the season. For this reason, you can cascade out ...

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  • The Social Factor of Playing Bingo Online

    Added - Sept. 1, 2014 Bingo

    Bingo has been growing on the Internet for quite a while, and it's to the point that we don't know if it will ever seem like it's going to slow down. Bingo has a number of advantages over other types of betting when it comes to the social side of things, and that's something that online casinos and poker rooms have been trying to manage for a while because there are a lot of lessons to be learned. We're going to look at the social side of online bingo, how it has affected the rest of the industry, and why it's hurting the ability for online bingo to spread to the mobile sector.

    What makes bingo so much different from other forms of online gambling is that there is a huge community aspect to it. You meet players and develop friendships that can carry on for years, and this is something that's missing in online casino play. Online poker has this to a degree, but it's limited by the fact that you're always trying to take each other's money when you play together. With bingo, you're just trying to ...

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  • An Introduction to Deuces Wild Video Poker Play

    Added - Aug. 25, 2014 Casino

    Deuces Wild is generally considered to be the one of the most difficult video poker game to learn to play correctly. What we want to do here is give you an introduction to the game to get you started off on the right foot. This game is so hard to play because there are so many wild cards (7.7 percent of the cards are wild), so you have to learn to play a whole lot of different types of scenarios. What makes that even more difficult is that it's very easy to go wrong because so many situations are anti-intuitive if you're familiar with other types of video poker.

    Let's start with hands where you have no wild cards. Everything here is about pairs and draws, and realize that all pairs are lumped together and of equal value because there is no payout for a single pair. Any made hand three of a kind or better is worth more than four cards to a straight flush which is better than three to a royal. However, three to a royal is stronger than a pair. A pair is then in turn better than a flush or straight ...

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  • Advanced Shortcuts for All-in Semi-Bluffing in No-Limit Hold'em

    Added - Aug. 18, 2014 Poker

    Being able to do calculations in your head is something that a lot of people think is out of their grasp when it comes to poker. However, we're going to show you how to do a very complicated calculation in just a couple of steps with an important shortcut. The general idea is that you want to be able to decide how often your opponent has to fold to make an all-in semi-bluff against a single opponent profitable. Being able to make this play is extremely important in a lot of no-limit hold'em situations, and we're going to show you how to do it.

    There's one other shortcut you need to know first, and that's how to find out how often someone has to fold on a regular bluff. You'll be making a bet into a certain pot size. Divide the size of your bet by what the pot will be after you make your bet to get how often the opponent has to fold. For example, if you're betting $8 and the pot is $12, then the pot will be $20 after you bet, so you'll need your opponent to fold ...

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