PERTH-based gaming group Burswood Ltd said today that identifying further cost savings and productivity improvements will continue in 2001/02.

“To date, cost reduction measures will result in annual savings in excess of $6.0 million before tax, the benefits of which will be ongoing,” said managing director John Schaap.

Burswood today reported a net profit for 2000/01 of $22.1 million, down from $32.1 million previously.

Total revenue fell 6.4 per cent to $346 million.

Mr Schaap said that the result reflected challenging business conditions during a period of organisational restructuring and the effects of disruption caused by major construction work to improve the Burswood International casnio’s facilities.

It also reflected a very low win percentage on international commission business.

“Whilst the result is 31 per cent below last year, it includes a number of positive signs. We achieved further growth in video gaming machine revenue and made significant improvements to the underlying operating efficiency of the business,” he said.

He said the result also highlights the impact of win Online Casino Malaysia percentages on profit results. If expected win percentages for international commission business had been achieved, net profit would have been around $7.6 million higher in 2001 and around $4.7 million lower in 2000 than figures reported for those years.

The result included an expense after tax of $2.0 million relating to restructuring costs.

The restructuring will achieve further ongoing annual savings of around $4.0 million after tax.

Burswood’s overall gaming revenue fell $20 million to $277.2 million, mainly as a result of a low win percentage on international commission business.

Revenue from international commission business fell to $54.5 million from $79.3 million.

 

 

 

Las Vegas, a town that is almost always buzzing with activity, goes into an over drive frenzy five times per year:

 

  1. The Super Bowl;
  2. The Breeder’s Cup;
  3. The Kentucky Derby;
  4. When there is a major fight taking place in town;
  5. The NCAA College Basketball Tournament.

 

Now, I’ve been there for all the events—some more than once—and I can make the following statement:

During the NCAA College Basketball Tournament, Las Vegas, Nevada is at it’s most frenzied and alive period of the entire year. Think about what the gambler is getting with this event:

 

  1. Dozens of games to bet on over a three-week period. Sometimes you are actually dealing with sixteen games being played on a weekday!
  2. An extensive array of teams from all over the country. No matter where you come from, you’re bound to have a rooting interest in some of the teams.
  3. Pure action, as every game is a must-win situation, creating a do or die atmosphere with each contest.
  4. A tournament that responds to many time-tested UFABET handicapping systems, making it relatively easy to show a profit.

 

Okay, enough about the games; let’s get right to the meat and potatoes, The Super NCAA Tournament System—a very simple yet extremely profitable betting system that shows you the way to pointspread winners in the NCAA College Basketball Tournament.

 

The System:

Bet on any team in the NCAA tournament that meets the following two criteria:

 

  1. They did not cover the pointspread in their last tournament (current season only) game. Obviously they won this game or they would not still be in the tournament.
  2. Only bet on this team if they are going against a team that did cover the pointspread in their last tournament (current season only) game. And once again, obviously this team also won this game or they would not still be in the tournament.

 

Note that there are no plays with this system in the first round of the tournament, as you still need to find out which teams are going to cover and not cover.

 

The Rationale:

The reason this system works is that the NCAA tournament, unlike the regular season, draws an enormous number of relatively unsophisticated gamblers who come out of the woodwork just to bet on the games. These novices will over react to what happened in recent games. They will remember losing a recent bet on a certain team and carry forward negative feelings towards that team. The opposite of this takes place with a team that won for them. So, what we have here is a two-way effect that gives an over-stated line in the direction of the teams that we are betting against.

 

That is all there is to it! The system should give you between eight and ten bets each tournament. The previous pointspread results of the system are astounding! In the past 33 years (through 2001) it has a pointspread won-lost record of 184 wins and only 102 losses! So go on and give it a whirl!

 

Some Baseball Predictions for 2021

 

The California Angels to win the A.L.

The New York Mets to win the N.L.

Sammy Sosa to win both the RBI and Home Run Crowns in the N.L.

Manny Ramirez to do the same in A.L.

 

 

It’s the ultimate spirit of Freedom of Speech. With “handles” like Spearmaster, Hitmob, Zrapture and Prosperity thousands of online gamblers communicate daily on the phenomenon we call the internet, making this uniquely fast network a major resource for experienced and “newbie” players alike.

About to have a crack at online gambling for the first time but not sure where to go? A few visits to a good message board will soon tell you who are the good, the bad and the downright ugly.

Or perhaps you feel you’ve been ripped off and want to warn others and have a good rant. These are the places where you can do it fast and effectively, reaching enormous interested audiences.

It is estimated that for every active message board poster there are as many as ten “lurkers” – bystanders who prefer to remain passively on the fringes and “listen”. And indeed that is exactly what a newcomer to this fascinating world should do before posting – lurk.

To do otherwise is to invite disaster. If you haven’t studied the different personalities and topics being discussed before you jump in with an opinion you can make a fool of yourself. You might find yourself at the unhappy center of an unequal debate or worse still receive an unmerciful flaming – a literal roasting from opponents who will not mince their words.

A cardinal sin is to “spam” message boards, which is the online equivalent of thrusting yourself into a private conversation and yelling a sales message at everyone around you before darting away. Do that and you will almost certainly get more flak than clients.

Another great way to win friends and influence message board people is to pretend you are a satisfied player and extol the fictitious virtues of your operation. That adds dishonesty to your boorishness and really does put you beyond the pale.

Despite these fundamental and unwritten rules, the spammers keep on coming, motivated by referral rewards from their employers. With enticing names like Honey, Ginger and Satisfied you’ll see them relentlessly strafing the boards with tirelessly gushing and patently false claims. Very few of these folks are rocket scientists and it shows in the lack of subtlety in their labors. Capitals and exclamation points – the internet version of shouting – abound in their postings and you will always find a url to speed you to their vision of gambler’s paradise.

Some Boards try to stop these unwanted intrusions by providing spammers with a section where they can extol the virtues of their casinos, agencies or information sites. If the members are interested in the bonuses and other blandishments on offer they will visit that section and read Satisfied, Ginger or Honey’s canned meat.

But that is the downside. Message boards are more generally friendly places once you have announced yourself and start participating. They are a bottomless well of experience and information because they represent the pooled knowledge of a diverse group of people with a shared passion – online gambling.

Here you will find whizz kids and senior citizens; salesmen and professors; casino operators and players – men and women exchanging mirth, views and information on everything to do with wagering that you can imagine. Someone asks “Do you know anything about XYZ casino”, and the responses fly. “Don’t touch ’em” or “These guys are straight and pay fast”

Note that last phrase, operators – it is probably the player’s most important criteria in judging you – are you fair and do you pay your Togel Hongkong winners and pay ’em fast?

 

Message Boards are both a powerful referral base and a forum. Genuine operators, consultants, information sites and even gambling software makers are welcome to debate issues and present wider perspectives. They can build bridges and discover pure gold in the opinions and needs of the people who make it all happen. The players.

Yet you would be astonished at how many are blind to this outstanding resource. And they are paying a price for a lack of awareness which goes beyond ignorance.

In recent months controversy raged across many Boards on the internet over a dishonest casino and its software supplier. It was a golden opportunity for both organisations to put across their side of the story and find common ground with thousands of players, and yet they inexplicably let it slip through their fingers. Sadly, they suffered serious injury to their reputations which will not easily be retrieved.

I advise my clients never to underestimate the value of internet forums as both a true sounding board and an honest channel of communication.

But there’s an obligation on you, whether you are a player or anyone else.

Don’t abuse the hospitality of the Board and always be prepared to hear out the other person.

 

 

 

Partners with Orbis to Create Industry’s Most Compelling and Credible Online Casino and Sportsbook Solution WagerWorks, Inc., the leading technology and content provider for the online gaming industry, announced today it has been selected by MGM MIRAGE (NYSE:MGG – news) to develop its online casinos.

MGM MIRAGE, headquartered in Las Vegas, owns and/or operates through subsidiaries, 19 casino properties on three continents. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

WagerWorks, which has been the content and technology provider for MGM MIRAGE’s online prize site since its inception in March, 2001, develops and markets a comprehensive Internet gaming system that enables gaming operators in regulated markets to implement a complete online casino solution. WagerWorks’ technology and high quality content allows these companies to increase customer acquisition and maintain a highly interactive relationship with their end-users. WagerWorks has recently completed the integration of WagerWare with Orbis’ OpenBet sportsbook system, which has also been selected by MGM MIRAGE. Target customers include online and brick and mortar casinos that currently operate in regulated markets and international online businesses (e-commerce companies, portals/search engines, online communities, etc.).

“The popularity of MGM MIRAGE’s prize site can be attributed to WagerWorks’ unparalleled content suite,” said Bill Hornbuckle, president and COO of MGM MIRAGE Online. “Their proven record of delivering reliable and innovative technology solutions for online gaming, coupled with their team’s 50 plus years of collective experience in the fully regulated gaming industry, makes WagerWorks and Orbis the ideal partners to help us establish our international online gaming presence.”

In order to concentrate on the international expansion of its Trusted Online Casino Singapore initiative, MGM MIRAGE will phase out the points program on May 1 for its U.S. prize gaming site at www.PLAYMGMMIRAGE.com. The site will remain live and continue to offer the finest online gaming content available.

“WagerWorks is excited to be the partner of choice for the development of MGM MIRAGE’s online casinos,” added Andrew Pascal, CEO of WagerWorks. “We’ve been working closely with Orbis on a fully integrated system that leverages our robust casino gaming platform with their proven sports offering. Our relationship with MGM MIRAGE is the first in a series of upcoming announcements that will showcase how WagerWorks’ technology can help established brands leverage the Internet to expand their business operations.”

“We are very enthusiastic about our relationship with MGM MIRAGE and our partnership with WagerWorks,” noted Charles Malir, vice president of marketing at Orbis. “We have demonstrated our expertise in the area of online sports systems and MGM MIRAGE’s selection of us through our partnership with WagerWorks reaffirms this. We firmly believe that the WagerWare system from WagerWorks combined with our OpenBet sports engine, will be recognized as the most compelling and credible online solution in the marketplace.”

“The international marketplace offers the greatest opportunities for gaming in a cash environment,” said Marc Falcone, managing director of gaming and leisure research with Bear Sterns. “WagerWorks’ content, technology, and strategic relationships (with established brands like MGM MIRAGE) makes them unquestionably well-positioned to capture a significant share of the market.”

About WagerWorks

WagerWorks, Inc. develops and markets a complete Internet gaming solution that enables established casino companies in regulated markets to leverage their market position and brand equity online. As a veteran of the traditional casino industry, WagerWorks has adhered to the highest standards imposed by the U.S. regulatory authorities. Founded in April of 2000 by Silicon Gaming, Inc., the company has implemented a broad line of products with unparalleled integrity and un-matched quality, including the Odyssey slot machine and accompanying library of innovative game titles.

About MGM MIRAGE

MGM MIRAGE (NYSE: MGG – news) is an entertainment, hotel and gaming company headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, which owns and/or operates through subsidiaries 19 casino properties on three continents. Its U.S. holdings include: Bellagio, the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino — The City of Entertainment, The Mirage, Treasure Island, New York — New York Hotel and Casino, the Boardwalk Hotel and Casino and 50% of Monte Carlo, all located on the Las Vegas Strip; the Golden Nugget in Downtown Las Vegas; Whiskey Pete’s, Buffalo Bill’s, the Primm Valley Resort and two championship golf courses at the California/Nevada state line; the exclusive Shadow Creek golf course in North Las Vegas; the Golden Nugget in Laughlin, Nevada; the Beau Rivage resort on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; and the MGM Grand Detroit Casino in Detroit, Michigan. The Company is a joint venture partner on Borgata at Renaissance Pointe, a resort under development in Atlantic City, New Jersey and also controls several development sites in the oceanfront resort community. Internationally, MGM MIRAGE owns and operates the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Darwin, Australia and manages casinos in Nelspruit, Witbank, Johannesburg and East London, Republic of South Africa. For more information on MGM MIRAGE and its operating subsidiaries, visit our website at www.mgmmirage.com. Statements in this release which are not historical facts are “forward looking” statements and “safe harbor statements” under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and/or uncertainties, including risks and/or uncertainties as described in the Company’s public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

 

 

This story was inspired by David C. Surette’s Letter to the Editor this week. Las Vegas can be intimidating by it’s very nature. In fact, one of our main goals in publishing this newsletter is the give you that “edge” and the knowledge you need to help eliminate that intimidation.

 

Las Vegas is a very tip-hungry town. 25% of the work force is employed in gaming, and many in gaming pay their bills primarily with tip income. So, they tip well when they go out, all their friends tip well, and everyone has the attitude that tips are expected and deserved. In fact, I often wonder if every local service worker stopped tipping, I think everyone would still have the same amount of money. They just pass it around. Having said that, tips can certainly help improve the service and attention that you get. If you stay at the same hotel here a couple times a year and the attendant, bartender, waitress, or change person remembers your name

and gives you that extra care and attention, a few extra bucks are well deserved. But in general, tips are rewards to be earned, not expected.

 

Here is my general tipping guide compiled from both personal experience and those of friends:

 

Slots – This is going to draw some f Poker Qq ire, but if you are sticking your own bills in the machine, you don’t owe anyone a thing if you hit. None of the casino employees are rebating your losses. However, if the change person points out a hot machine, sells you coin, or is reasonably quick when you have the change light on, do remember them with a little something. They are among the lowest paid in the casino.

 

Tables – We are always amused when someone says “The dealer is killing me” Believe me, if that dealer knew what the next card was, they’d be at Bellagio playing until they owned the place. It’s not their fault if you don’t leave the table during a bad run of cards. They HAVE to stay at the table and deal. You don’t. In addition, people tip less when losing. You

think most dealers like that? Bottom line – tip the dealers if they are friendly and helpful. If you have a good session and they made it fun, it’s not out of line to give them a tip when you color up.

 

Cocktails – from the waitress: $1 a drink if you care how soon she gets back around to you. I always get a kick out of people in the nickel areas complaining that they have not seen a waitress. These same people act like they are doing her a favor to give her 3 nickels. She has to do the same amount of walking regardless of whether she is bringing a coffee to the

nickel area or a top shelf drink to the higher limit areas. My personal trick? Tip them the dollar WHEN you order the drink. They’ll be back because they know you are taking care of them, they’ll tell the bartender to make it a “good” drink (sit in earshot of a waitress station sometimes and listen), and if you start losing and leave the table, just find them and get the drink from them — you’ve already “paid up”.

 

Restaurants – Tip like you would at home with this exception: Consider if the meal is a casino loss leader. Tipping 45 cents (15%) on a $3.00 steak is crazy, especially when the meal would cost $10.00 or more anywhere else. Tip based on what the meal would actually cost.

 

Buffets – $1 per person (regardless of meal – they do the same amount of work) for good service: Drinks served and refilled promptly, plates cleared. More if the server accommodates special requests. Don’t be afraid to stiff them for lousy service.

 

Bars – Tip just like you would anywhere else. The exception: when you buy a roll of quarters and get a free drink, give them a buck and a also tip them if you win IF they keep the drinks coming while you play (which that buck helps insure after each complimentary drink). Some casinos only give you one drink per roll or quarters you buy. If the free drinks are important to you, leave and go play next door.

 

Hotels – $1 a bag to the bellman (more if they are helpful and answer some questions — remember, they know the hotel and the area better than most), $1 a day to the maid (if they do a decent job), and $1 to the pool attendant if they fetch you something with a smile. Washroom attendants? My opinion is that unless you are using their stuff, they are pretty much holding you hostage (i.e. — they take all the paper towels out of the dispenser so you have to get a cloth towel from them). A quarter or two is enough to get you over feeling guilty for stiffing them.

 

Valet – If you can’t afford the give them $1 when you pick your car up, self park. These people run hour after hour in all kinds of weather. In fact, $2-3 is not out of line if they fetch your car in just a couple of minutes (although stiffing them isn’t out of line if it takes more than 10). Want them to keep it close because you won’t be long? Give them $1 when you park, telling them you’ll only be a little while (and tip them when you pick it up also — you are paying for service and convenience). Is the “valet full” sign up? Drive up anyway and hand them a $5 bill. You will be amazed at how they still have spaces available just for you.

 

Taxi Drivers – These guys can be the best or worst. Some really keep their ear to the ground, talk to their customers, and are a great wealth of information. They can tell you what shows their fares are touting, take you the shortest way, and help you with your luggage. Others are bitter, unhelpful, and the only thing they’ll recommend to you is one of the strip joints that pay cab drivers $5-10 a head for everyone they get in the door. If you have no luggage, round up the nearest dollar under $10, round up $2 to $20, etc. If they are good with your luggage, and genuinely friendly and helpful, a couple more bucks isn’t out of line.

 

These are my suggestions. Do you tip more or less? Have their been situations where you tipped and it really paid off, or tipped and got lousy treatment anyway? Let us know at feedback@in-vegas.com Make sure to include your name and state (city optional) if you want it considered for publication.

 

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UNITED KINGDOM — As reported by the UK Financial Times: “To gamblers losing thousands of pounds betting on blackjack and poker, the prospect of one of Britain’s most established casino chains collapsing seems as unthinkable as a reality- defying run of wins on the roulette wheel.

 

“But unless London Clubs International, which operates some of the most prestigious casinos in the UK capital, manages to sell some of its assets or finds a partner to invest funds in the group, an ignominious exit from the gaming sector may happen sooner rather than later.

 

“Several parties have considered a bid for LCI: they include Kerry Packer, the Australian tycoon; Sol Kerzner, the gaming entrepreneur who created South Africa’s Sun City; and some of the international casino operators such as Las Vegas’ Park Place and MGM Mirage.

 

“…LCI’s debts of more than £230m (US$360 Million) have scared off several potential suitors, although it has now reached agreements with its lenders to extend existing debt facilities and reduce interest rates on some of its borrowings for a further two years.

 

“…How will LCI raise the money? A sale of some assets is one possibility, as LCI operates some of London’s plushest casinos, including Les Ambassadeurs, The Golden Nugget and 50 St James.

 

“A joint venture is another, with a new Togel Hari Ini investor putting fresh capital into the business. But it is likely that the company would be very wary of a joint venture after the disastrous repercussions of an ill-advised gamble in the US.

 

“…The company has privately suggested it would be prepared to sell a number of its UK casinos. `The problem is the ones they want to sell are not the ones people want to buy,’ says one banker…”

 

Analysts Optimistic About MGM Mirage’s Online Casino

 

LAS VEGAS–Most Wall Street experts see MGM Mirage’s playmgmmirage.com as a plus for the company, with its brand-building and business-growing prospects outweighing concerns that a security lapse could jeopardize the company’s relationship with regulators who police its land-based casinos in Nevada and elsewhere.

 

McDonald Investments casino industry analyst Harry Curtis said: “It makes sense for MGM Mirage to stick its toe in the water. $15 million isn’t that much. It’s really just research and development spending. As long as they stay on the right side of regulators, and I think they will, there’s no worry for shareholders.”

 

Deutsche Banc Securities casino debt analyst Andrew Zarnett said he thinks it may not take long for the site to contribute profit to MGM Mirage’s bottom line.

 

“The upside is fantastic,” Zarnett said. “This gives them a chance to capture business in Europe, and if and when the U.S. decides to allow Internet gambling they’d be years ahead of their competitors.”

 

Fellow Deutsche Banc analyst Marc Falcone said MGM Mirage is using superior technology and will use the site to attract new customers and improve its brand recognition.

 

“They can’t go after the whole world market, but initial results from the United Kingdom suggest that MGM Mirage will be tapping into a deep European market,” Falcone said.

 

Bear, Stearns & Co. casino industry analyst Jason Ader took a different approach from his Wall Street colleagues and said he thinks the MGM Mirage Web operation is more pie in the sky than a significant part of the company’s business.

 

“There’s a lot of ‘if, if, if,’ ” Ader said. “It’s a lot of energy and publicity for what will be a very small part of their business for a long time.”

 

 

 

 

Casino Players Workshop & Seminars, the innovative gaming publisher and recognized author Gayle Mitchell take the lead with the release of three Gambling E-titles.

 

Casino Gambling Made Easier EBooks Released Into Cyberspace.

 

While new EBooks are launched every day, Casino Gambling tips, winning strategies and Intelligent Gaming ‘the easier way’ certainly are not.

 

Casino Players Workshop & Seminars, the innovative gaming publisher and recognized author Gayle Mitchell take the lead with the release of three Gambling titles.

 

These E-titles offer readers educational ‘bytes’ in their quest for more enjoyment and more folding money from the next casino visit.

 

presents five best bets, Vegas casino top picks and eight illustrations/strategy charts.

 

expands the best bets to 10 with accurate strategies including multi-line bonus slots and video

poker plus a Worldwide Casino Travelogue for travelin’ gamblin’ players.

 

is the fast-track guide to a complete casino education. Five comprehensive chapters offer up 101 tips each

on slots, video poker, comps, general casino gaming plus roulette.

 

All three have been updated with the most current ‘winformation’.

 

Gayle Mitchell, the leading female authority of casino gambling, has authored five books and five booklets.

In addition to her publications, Mitchell has written numerous gambling articles for newspapers, magazines and the internet and is

the Editor of three online newsletters.

She has talked gambling on more than 700 television and radiostations.

 

To order these EBooks, visit http://www.easycasinogambling.com

 

You can also check out Ms. Mitchell’s agen slot online  Casino Gambling Made Easier product line, gaming tips, free Casino Players Ezine and booklet

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Fight your way thru 17 levels of angry smokers and smash the tobacco factory to smithereens.

In the 17 level adventure game, your goal is to smash the tobacco factory to smithereens and fire all the employees. But you’ve got to make it through 17 levels of angry smokers, lit cigarettes, burning garbage cans, dirty ashtrays, paper shredders, rolling machines, life suckers, junk food, and other assorted goodies. If your health drops to zero, you die.

 

Gypsy King Software releases Kick Butt 1.0

 

In the 17 level adventure game, your goal is to smash the tobacco factory to smithereens and fire all the employees. But you’ve got to make it through 17 levels of angry smokers, lit cigarettes, burning garbage cans, dirty ashtrays, paper shredders, rolling machines, life suckers, junk food, and other assorted goodies. If your health drops to zero, you die.

 

Kick Butt also includes resources to help you quit smoking: A printable quit smoking chart with words of encouragement for your successes, facts about smoking and tobacco, advice on how to get through those first days and weeks, a description of the various methods of quitting, and a section on self hypnosis.

 

Features:

 

* 17 level adventure game

* Quit smoking facts and advice

* A printable quit smoking chart

* Quitting methods and encouragement for those trying to quit

 

Check out the screenshots at:

http://www.gypsyware.com/kickbutt.html

 

Availability:

 

Kick Butt is $19.95, and is available now from the Gypsy King Software web site. This product is a New Release. You can download Kick Butt from the following URLS:

http://mac-ny.tucows.webusenet.com/files/kickbutt.sit

http://deru.mac.tucows.com/files/kickbutt.sit

 

System Requirements: PPC only, 50 MB RAM, 13 MB disk space, Color (coming soon for OSX and Windows)

 

About Gypsy King Software:

 

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Bottom Line

 

The is the first site we’ve reviewed dedicated to poker only. While I don’t have a lot to compare it to, I find all aspects of the site and gameplay to be very impressive. As a bottom line, the maximum the house will take for their rake is 5%, but many times they’ll take less than this, sometimes zero! They’re casino games out there with a house edge less than 2.5% (The 5% rake on winning hands only translates to a 2.5% house edge, more on this later on a house edge article we’ll be having)(video poker, blackjack, craps), but you’ll still lose playing them in the long run. At least with poker it’s you against another human; it’s a game of skill. I give Pokerspot a rating of 4.25 chips.

 

Overview

Pokerspot is one of the newest online gambling sites out there, having just debuted May 31, 2000 EST. Their server is based in Costa Rica. All games are based upon the theme of……you guessed it, poker! Pokerspot allows you to play online against other people online in games of Texas Hold’em, Pengeluaran Sgp , Omaha, and 7-Card Stud. They offer some high/low table limits and Hi/Lo versions of the games to give 8 different table areas total. I will go into more detail in the gaming section and individual game section below.

 

PokerSpot offers an excellent faq 9 pages in length which answers most any question you may have about their site and policies. Questions about setting up accounts, depositing money, house rakes, etc etc are all covered in this faq. I get a strong feeling from seeing this and working with their staff on some questions which arose when I was researching this site that they are very much on the up-and-up and are commited to customer service. All feedback welcomed if anyone out there feels otherwise!

 

Now, with a game like poker at a casino the most important thing to know going in is the house rake. I’ll post their words directly from their faq:

 

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What is the rake? Along with several new features, Pokerspot is introducing all new rake limits (that have since been adopted by some other online cardrooms): For $2/$4 tables and $3/$6 tables there is a $2 maximum rake! There is a $1 rake at the flop and then another $1 when the pot reaches $20, but that’s where the rake stops. For $5/$10 and up tables, there is a $1 rake at the flop, another $1 when the pot reaches $40, and the final $1 when the pot hits $60.

 

If there are only 2-3 players at a table, then there is a $1 maximum rake when the pot reaches $20! This applies to all games on our site. Also, PokerSpot has a “No flop, no rake” policy for all our games.

 

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So you can see that you may be giving up 5% to the house on some of your winning hands. This isn’t bad comparing it to other poker sites out there. We’ll see if they decrease that in the future. One thing worth noting is that their most busy time is 7 P.M. PST. So if you want to have the best chance to play with someone else online, try this time.

 

 

Money Matters

Pokerspot offers payment methods of Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, check, bank/debit card, and money wire. One thing Pokerspot does which I do not like, is that they charge you a 5.75% processing fee for the amount you buy in at. Now, before you have a complete fit, they do refund this to you at a rate of $10 for every 10 hours you play. I realize that banks charge fees for merchant accounts and transactions for credit card purchases, but I just never have a good feeling about a business when they want to charge more to compensate for this. Hopefully when Pokerspot gets more established and off the ground they will drop this fee. Pokerspot often hosts special poker tournaments which give out money and prizes.

 

Gaming

Pokerspot uses unique software for gaming. No other site uses the same package. Download size is 2.7M. I haven’t played at many other online poker sites, but I have played my share of computer card games. I find the graphics to be just as pleasing as any of those games out there. I found connection speed to be very good overall. The 8 different table areas you may go to are: Hold’em 1-on-1 High, Low, 7-Card Stud, 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, Hold’em Low Limit, and Hold’em High Limit. The minimum buy-in is 10X the small bet.

To play the games once you log in, you have the option to view either available tables, or the games by the waiting lists. This way you can see how many players are playing what versions you might want to play. You then add your name to the list, and you automatically taken to an available game. This is called their dynamic seating feature, and allows you to waste as little of your time as possible in searching for an available game.

 

I won’t go into much detail on the individual games except to give the betting ranges you may pick. They all play similar to each other.

 

A no-limit or pot-limit betting structure for a game gives it a different character from limit poker, requiring a separate set of rules in many situations. All the rules for limit games apply to no-limit and pot-limit games, except as noted in this section. No-limit means that the amount of a wager is limited only by the table stakes rule, so any part or all of a player’s chips may be wagered. The rules of no-limit play also apply to pot-limit play, except that a bet may not exceed the pot size. For those rules that apply only to no-limit and pot-limit lowball, see the section Lowball.”

NO-LIMIT RULES

  1. The number of raises in any betting round is unlimited.

 

  1. All bets must be at least equal to the minimum bring-in, unless the player is going all-in.

 

  1. All raises must be equal to or greater than the size of the previous bet or raise on that betting round, except for an all-in wager. A player who has already checked or called may not subsequently raise an all-in bet that is less than the full size of the last bet or raise. (The half-the-size rule for reopening the betting is for limit poker only.) Example: Player A bets $100 and Player B raises $100 more, making the total bet $200. If Player C goes all in for less than $300 total (not a full $100 raise), and Player A calls, then Player B has no option to raise again, because he wasn’t fully raised. (Player A could have raised, because Player B raised.)

 

  1. A wager is not binding until the chips are actually released into the pot, unless the player has made a verbal statement of action.

 

  1. If there is a discrepancy between a player’s verbal statement and the amount put into the pot, the bet will be corrected to the verbal statement.

 

  1. If a call is short due to a counting error, the amount must be corrected, even if the bettor has shown down a superior hand.

 

  1. Because the amount of a wager at big-bet poker has such a wide range, a player who has taken action based on a gross misunderstanding of the amount wagered needs some protection. A bettor should not show down a hand until the amount put into the pot for a call seems reasonably correct, or it is obvious that the caller understands the amount wagered. The decision-maker is allowed considerable discretion in ruling on this type of situation. A possible rule-of-thumb is to disallow any claim of not understanding the amount wagered if the caller has put eighty percent or more of that amount into the pot. Example: On the end, a player puts a $500 chip into the pot and says softly, “Four hundred.” The opponent puts a $100 chip into the pot and says, “Call.” The bettor immediately shows the hand. The dealer says, “He bet four hundred.” The caller says, “Oh, I thought he bet a hundred.” In this case, the recommended ruling normally is that the bettor had an obligation to not show the hand when the amount put into the pot was obviously short, and the “call” can be retracted. Note that the character of each player can be a factor. (Unfortunately, situations can arise at big-bet poker that are not so clear-cut as this.)

 

  1. A player who says “raise” is allowed to continue putting chips into the pot with more than one move; the wager is assumed complete when the player’s hands come to rest outside the pot area. (This rule is used because no-limit play may require a large number of chips be put into the pot.)

 

  1. A bet of a single chip or bill without comment is considered to be the full amount of the chip or bill allowed. However, a Togel Hongkong player acting on a previous bet with a larger denomination chip or bill is calling the previous bet unless this player makes a verbal declaration to raise the pot. (This includes acting on the forced bet of the big blind.)

 

  1. If a player tries to bet or raise less than the legal minimum and has more chips, the wager must be increased to the proper size. (This does not apply to a player who has unintentionally put too much in to call.) The wager is brought up to the sufficient amount only, no greater size.

 

  1. All wagers may be required to be in the same denomination of chip (or larger) used for the minimum bring-in, even if smaller chips are used in the blind structure. If this is done, the smaller chips do not play except in quantity, even when going all-in.

 

  1. In non-tournament games, one optional live straddle is allowed. The player who posts the straddle has last action for the first round of betting and is allowed to raise. To straddle, a player must be on the immediate left of the big blind, and must post an amount twice the size of the big blind.

 

  1. In all no-limit and pot-limit games, the house has the right to place a maximum time limit for taking action on your hand. The clock may be put on someone by the dealer as directed by a floorperson, if a player requests it. If the clock is put on you when you are facing a bet, you will have one additional minute to act on your hand. You will have a ten-second warning, after which your hand is dead if you have not acted.

 

  1. The cardroom does not condone “insurance” or any other “proposition” wagers. The management will decline to make decisions in such matters, and the pot will be awarded to the best hand. Players are asked to refrain from instigating proposition wagers in any form. The players are allowed to agree to deal twice (or three times) when someone is all-in. “Dealing twice” means the pot is divided in two, with each portion being dealt for separately.

 

POT-LIMIT RULES

 

  1. If a wager is made that exceeds the pot size, the surplus will be given back to the bettor as soon as possible, and the amount will be reduced to the maximum allowable.

 

  1. The dealer or any player in the game can and should call attention to a wager that appears to exceed the pot size (this also applies to heads-up pots). The oversize wager may be corrected at any point until all players have acted on it.

 

  1. If an oversize wager has stood for a length of time with someone considering what action to take, that person has had to act on a wager that was thought to be a certain size. If the player then decides to call or raise, and attention is called at this late point to whether this is an allowable amount, the floorperson may rule that the oversize amount must stand (especially if the person now trying to reduce the amount is the person that made the wager).

 

  1. The maximum amount a player can raise is the amount in the pot after the call is made. Therefore, if a pot is $100, and someone makes a $50 bet, the next player can call $50 and raise the pot $200, for a total wager of $250.

 

  1. In pot-limit play, it is advisable in many structures to round off the pot size upward to produce a faster pace of play. This is done by treating any odd amount as the next larger size. For example, if the pot size was being kept track of with $25 units, then a pot size of $80 would be treated as a pot size of $100.

 

  1. In pot-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha, many structures treat the little blind as if it were the same size of the big blind in computing pot size. In such a structure, a player can open for a maximum of four times the size of the big blind. For example, if the blinds are $5 and $10, a player may open with a raise to $40. (The range of options is to either open with a call of $10, or raise in increments of five dollars to any amount from $20 to $40.) Subsequent players also treat the $5 as if it were $10 in computing the pot size, until the big blind is through acting on the first betting round.

 

  1. In pot-limit, if a chip or a bill larger than the pot size is put into the pot without comment, it is considered to be a bet of the pot size.

 

 

 

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