Playboy Enterprises Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Viacom Inc. have already placed their bets on Internet gambling beating out established gambling giants like Park Place Entertainment and Harrah’s Entertainment .

Those companies have already established virtual casinos outside the U.S., where Internet gambling isn’t prohibited.

 

That means Las Vegas-based casino corporations have a tight window to get in on the game before losing out to more nongambling companies, industry experts said Thursday at the first Interactive Gaming Exposition and Conference.

 

“Internet gambling is inevitable. It’s here. If you think time is on your side, it’s not,” said Sebastian Sinclair, gambling industry analyst and vice president of Christensen Capitol Advisors. “The next 12 months are it. If you don’t, other companies will come to dominate this market.”

 

Lawmakers in June approved a bill enabling Nevada to become the first state in the nation to offer Internet gambling. Federal law currently bars Internet gambling, but state officials say court challenges could change the federal government’s position.

 

Casino executives are meeting with technology developers of proposed online casinos, Nevada gambling regulators and Wall Street analysts to discuss the future of Internet gambling. The conference at the Bellagio hotel-casino ends Friday.

 

Playboy Enterprises Chairwoman and Chief Executive Christie Hefner said Playboy Online, a subsidiary of Playboy Enterprises, is part-owner of a number of online wagering businesses that she said have caught on quickly with Playboy’s 4.4 million monthly Web site visitors.

 

“Creating a new focus of where entertainment and gaming meet is very exciting,” she said.

 

The tourism slump stemming from this month’s terrorist attacks on America is giving the gambling industry fresh incentive to look to the Internet as a way to attract business through established brand names like Caesars Palace and Harrah’s.

 

“The Internet can …


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ATLANTIC CITY – It’s a gray Wednesday afternoon in the city. Five men and a woman are seated around a corner table at Tony’s Baltimore Grill. Their pockets and her purse are stuffed with hundred-dollar bills.

 

“Everybody ready?” Tommy Hyland asks.

 

They file out the restaurant door and walk up Iowa Avenue, their target straight ahead.

 

“Wow … looks like you brought the whole team,” a Tropicana supervisor says with an uneasy smile as Hyland takes a seat at a $100-minimum blackjack table.

 

She’s on a house phone faster than Hyland can buy $1,500 in chips. Men in dark suits soon appear. “My alarm went off,” one says.

 

Bob Ferri, the casino manager, knows all about Hyland and his crew. So do most casino bosses in North America.

 

Hyland & Co. are card counters, professional blackjack UFABet players who use their brains to gain an undisputed mathematical advantage over the house. They’re here on a rare team outing to illustrate why their profession is on the wane.

 

Ferri knows they can quickly beat Tropicana for tens of thousands of dollars. Over the next 45 minutes, he’ll reach into his bag of regulator-approved tricks to foil and frustrate them.

 

“Shuffle,” a supervisor commands Hyland’s dealer after he has played just four hands.

 

“Why are you reshuffling?” Hyland asks, as if he doesn’t know the answer.

 

“Management decision,” the supervisor replies.

 

Ferri walks pit to pit, his steely eyes trained on Hyland and colleagues Richard Dougherty, Michelle Gross, Bill Coburn, Andy Anderson and son Andrew Anderson.

 

Unable to “get a game,” as the counters say, Hyland leaves his table to check on the others. He returns 10 minutes later, finding “reserved” signs at each of the three empty $100 tables.…


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Do casinos really place their best paying slot machines at the ends of aisles? Are some machines set to pay out more than others? Can you tell when a machine is ready to hit?

 

According to Steve Bourie, author of “American Casino Guide – 2001 edition” ($14.95 at bookstores and participating AAA offices, or call 800-741-1596) and a former executive in the gambling industry for more than 25 years, the answers are no, yes and no.

 

“There’s no such thing as a machine that’s ready to hit,” says Bourie who conducted extensive interviews with casino slot managers and state Ligaz11 gaming regulators in Nevada and New Jersey. “Everything is controlled by a computer chip which is programmed to pay back a set percentage of the money it takes in and the odds remain constant on every pull of the handle. It’s all luck,”

 

Bourie’s “American Casino Guide” has been published annually since 1992 and is the #1 bestselling book in the U.S. on the subject of casino gambling. Bourie writes gaming articles for numerous travel and gaming magazines and also maintains a website at www.americancasinoguide.com with a directory of all U.S. casinos; information on casino travel specials, promotional contests and giveaways; a casino discussion board; how-to-play tips; and links to hundreds of gambling-related sites.

 

The current 2001 edition of the “American Casino Guide” gives detailed information on more than 600 casinos in 33 states. It includes comprehensive stories on how to play all casino games, strategy charts for blackjack and video poker, slot machines payback statistics for each state and stories on how to take advantage of casino promotions and slot clubs. The book also comes with 81 coupons providing more than $1,000 in savings at various casinos and travel companies. Also included are informative maps …


Draw Poker

To begin, two players at the table make a small bet, or blind wager, before receiving any cards. Each player seated in the game takes a turn at placing such a wager.

Players first receive five cards dealt face down. Players pick up the cards and look at them and then decide if they wish to stay in the game. If so, a bet must now be placed.

Once all bets are called the first round of betting is complete.

Players may now choose to exchange with the dealer any number of cards from their hand. This is known as ‘the draw’.

Once the draw is complete a second round of betting takes place.

If all bets are called there is a showdown.

The winner is the player with the highest ranking hand.

If only one player remains (ie. no showdown) they will win the pot without having to expose their cards.

Seven-Card Stud

Seven-Card Stud is easy for beginners to learn, yet challenging enough to hold the interest of seasoned players. In Seven-Card Stud, each player receives two cards face down and one card face up. The player with the low card opens the betting. Each player in turn must call, raise, or fold. On all subsequent rounds, the player with the best hand open the betting.

Each player is then dealt 3 cards face up with a betting round following each card.

The last card dealt to each remaining player is face down with the final betting round following.

Players remaining in the hand will then show their hands and the winning poker hand will be awarded the pot. Suits are not used in determining the winning hand, and tied hands will split the pot.

Seven-Card Stud High/Low Split

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Casino TechLet’s begin with a simple truth: anything you type into your computer could be saved, cached, archived and later retrieved without you ever knowing any of it happened.

For example, a few months back Chuck installed a new casino on his computer. He went to the deposit page and bam! the casino knew everything already: name, credit card type, number, expiry date, the works.

It turned out that his info had been saved into the Windows Registry by a previous program. Think of the Registry as Windows’ cached memory and internal structure rolled into one. So there it was, in a public section of the Registry, unencrypted, and available to any program that knew enough to ask for it.

The Registry isn’t the only place where personal information is saved. Cookies are another. A cookie is simply a little file created by a web site to record information about your last visit. The idea is that on your next visit that particular site they can read their cookie and thereby reestablish your browsing status with them.

While cookies make the web more convenient they also introduce a (small) security risk in that there is really no limit to what goes into a cookie. If the web site programmers are sloppy or careless, their cookie could contain whatever information you’ve given them, such as your credit card number and home address.

Of course many questions spring to mind: I just placed an order online so was my credit information saved somewhere on the computer? How would I know? How do I know what goes into a cookie when I save it? Can other programs access that data?

The short …


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LONDON, UK — Spin Palace Online Casino (www.spinpalace.com) today announced its launch to the UK market, with games now playable in British Pounds Sterling. UK gamers will now be able to play all 48 games at Spin Palace, including Blackjack, Roulette, Video Poker, Slots and the web’s first Progressive Million dollar slot machine, in their national currency. With the UK online gambling market set to top £100 million in 2002, this move will save UK gaming enthusiasts the trouble of conversion from US dollars in the US-dominated market of online casinos.

“I am thrilled that I will finally be able to play on Spin Palace without my calculator by my side to figure out how much I am betting. Having pounds to gamble with will make Spin Palace even better!” enthused Emma G from London.

As an added bonus, Spin Palace is giving away £75 in gambling chips to all new UK players.

Spin Palace is an online oasis for the gaming enthusiast and first-time gamer alike who enjoy playing in the comfort and privacy of their home. For first-time gamers who would like to simply try their luck without playing with cash, there are Free play games, which can be played both through the downloadable casino as well as the instant Flash-based games.

Craps Round-up

In your average land casino Craps is the game where all the Type-A personalities circle round, make a lot of noise and seem to be having a really good time.

On the internet however good Craps action is a little harder to find. Sure, most casinos offer a version of the game but there’s more to Craps than just felt and dice, virtual or otherwise.

As we’ve discussed in earlier articles the smart plays in Craps are the Pass/Come (house edge of 1.41%) and …


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We’re seeing lots of final tables in tournaments these days at which several of the finalists have played only online poker and are playing their first brick-and-mortar casino tournament. Today, it’s not unusual for half of them to be faces you’ve never seen in the poker world. To many people, it might appear to be a fluke that they’re at the championship table fighting for the title against well-known players.

 

In the old days when there were fewer than 200 players entering the main event at the World Series of Poker — in 1985 when I finished second to Bill Smith, there were 140 entrants — we all used to remark that there was more “dead money” in the $10,000 tournament than in any other event. We meant that most players had practically no chance of winning, and that’s how the expression “dead money” got started. But if you still believe there’s that much dead money in today’s big tournaments, you’re dead wrong. In the old days, you could bet on a core of 25 to 50 players to win the “Big One.” These days, you could pick the top 150 players and give somebody else the field — and the field would be a big favorite.

 

With all the poker books, poker seminars, and opportunities to practice online these days, there is no longer any room for the dead-money concept in poker tournaments. Today, everybody can play on a certain level, although some players, the so-called pros, obviously are better than others. What the pros sometimes forget is that anyone with some basic knowledge of how to play the game can pick up a hand here and there, and suddenly have a whole lot of chips. And on any given day, lots of chips combined with some …


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Holy Week, when the nation shuts down for some colourful parades of its Catholic roots, began with Spain losing 2-0 to the Netherlands in Amsterdam, provoking a round of navel-gazing about La Roja’s chances of defending their Euro crown in France next year.

 

Much of the criticism seemed misplaced: It was a friendly after all, Vicente Del Bosque had made nine changes to the side which had beaten Ukraine four days earlier and Holland’s first goal was one of real quality, although there were seven Spanish defenders in the box when Davy Klaassen poked home the Dutch’s second.

 

But Spain have now lost six out of their last eleven QQ Online matches, and crucially, three of those to big European nations they will have to overcome next summer – France, Germany & the Netherlands (twice), as well as the defeat in Slovakia.

 

Although Del Bosque’s side sit second in their Euro 2016 qualifying group and should make it to France okay, the World Cup 2014 debacle now looks like it was not a flash in the pan.

 

After six years of being ranked the world’s No.1 nation, Spain are currently rated 11th by FIFA, their lowest classification since being 12th in 2006.

 

The generational shift in the side has not been completed and the manager is ploughing the same furrows he has for the past few years, even though the team is no longer defeating allcomers.

 

With no Xabi Alonso or Xavi and the twilight beckoning for Andres Iniesta, the creative heart of the midfield has been torn out. As with Barcelona, tiki-taka is no more for La Roja, but unlike Luis Enrique’s team, Del Bosque’s Spain have not adopted a successful substitute style.

 

Alvaro Morata and Vitolo did enough to suggest …


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They are so far in front they are virtually over the horizon and out of sight.

 

Yet despite their dramatic Old Firm winner on the last day of February which put them ten points clear of their bitter rivals, and with a game in-hand to boot, manager Walter Smith and his players are sticking to their guns that there is nothing to celebrate just yet at Ibrox.

 

There was an outburst of emotion at the end of the Pengeluaran HK Old Firm game at Ibrox. A winning goal in injury time is always provocative, but the response was an indication of significance.

Satisfaction ought to be enduring. The season remains poised for Rangers, though, as success is possible in all three domestic competitions, but not guaranteed. “We’ve not won anything yet,” says Steven Whittaker, the full-back. “We’ve still got to follow it through.”

 

The doubt is novel for Rangers, as all three of the club’s title wins since 2000 have been achieved on the final day of the season. The emphasis now is on avoiding complacency. There is familiarity in encountering Premier League opponents at least three times in each campaign, but other factors are also relevant.

 

Almost every side in the top flight still has something to play for. Fixtures against the Old Firm also tend to raise spirits. No game should be considered elementary. “That’s the Old Firm, we’re used to that,” says Smith. “But you get to this stage of the season and there’s a lot at stake for the teams. Our league gets a bit of criticism, for being so small and playing each other four times, but it does bring a situation at the end of the season where there’s no easy matches. The majority of games have a …


 

 

 

Kashima Stadium is one of the more remote venues in Japanese football.

 

Sandwiched between Lake Kitaura on one side and Kashima Sea on the other, most fans make the long-haul trip to Kashima Stadium by train, as it trundles through the urban sprawl of Greater Tokyo and out into the open fields of Ibaraki.

 

The stadium is rarely full – only travelling hordes of Urawa Reds fans push attendances towards capacity – yet it remains a hostile place to come and play, not least because the J. League’s most successful club Kashima Antlers Togel possess a relentlessly imposing home record.

 

So it was that Nagoya Grampus made the slow journey out to Kashima Stadium on November 7, hoping that a 10-point gap over second placed Kashima Antlers would be enough to see them cruise to the title.

 

Instead it was Kashima who left the champions-elect bloodied and bowed, as a goal from Brazilian veteran Marquinhos on the hour mark hauled the Antlers back into an improbable title race.

 

Kashima are now eight points behind long-term league leaders Nagoya with five games to play, but if any team has experience of reeling in a front runner, it’s Kashima.

 

In 2007, they lifted the most dramatic of league titles by snatching the trophy from a shell-shocked Urawa on the final day of the season, as Kashima thrashed Shimizu S-Pulse and saw the Reds slump to defeat against relegated Yokohama FC.

 

Kashima coach Oswaldo de Oliveira knows results must once again go his team’s way if they are to have any chance of lifting the title, but it would take a hardy soul to bet against the three-times defending champions – even if Nagoya are still in the box seat.

 

Nagoya’s run …