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17 December 2017

UK Lottery Funds for Good Causes Decreases, Camelot Under Scrutiny

UK National Lottery operator, Camelot, is being investigated by the government following a National Audit Office (NAO) report which revealed that money being diverted to good causes has decreased despite an overall rise in profits. Camelot’s profits have increased by 122% over a seven-year period, however National Lottery income for good causes has decreased by 15% year-on-year to April. This …

17 December 2017

Australia Has a Poker Machine Problem, says Australia Institute

The Australia Institute, a think tank dedicated to researching public policy issues, has published a discussion paper that argues that Australia has a particularly large problem with poker machines compared to the rest of the world. Also known as pokies, the machines have been extremely popular in the country’s pubs and clubs for many years. However, the paper argues that …

17 December 2017

World Series of Poker 2018 Schedule Announced

The official schedule for the World Series of Poker 2018 has been released, one day after an unauthorised leak had revealed most of its contents to the media. This year, poker’s biggest event will be bigger than ever, with 78 events taking place throughout almost two months, between May 29th and July 17th. Once again, the venue will be the …

British National Lottery Looks at Introducing ‘Prize for Life’ Amidst Falling Sales
27 November 2017

British National Lottery Looks at Introducing ‘Prize for Life’ Amidst Falling Sales

Camelot, the operator of the British National Lottery, has announced that it is looking into new innovations, including a monthly ‘Prize for Life’, in response to consistently falling sales. Other ideas include providing a ‘better winning experience’ for players and allowing players to purchase tickets at supermarket self-checkouts. The British National Lottery is a state-franchised lottery, run by private company …

Are Video Game Loot Boxes Gambling? Investigations Being Launched Across Europe
27 November 2017

Are Video Game Loot Boxes Gambling? Investigations Being Launched Across Europe

Anyone who has played a video game in the past few years, from casual mobile apps to major console franchise installments, will be familiar with microtransactions. These have become a mainstay of the gaming industry, providing developers with a new line of continuous revenue beyond initial purchase, and allowing players to unlock extras from new outfits for their characters to …

12 November 2017

Top Poker Player Loses $10 Million in ‘Edge-Sorting’ Court Case

Phil Ivey, a professional poker player whose achievements include ten World Series of Poker bracelets and a World Poker Tour Title, has lost a long-running court case against Genting Casinos UK for $10.2 million in unpaid earnings. The American 40-year-old is one of the world’s most successful professional gamblers, earning himself the unofficial title of the ‘Tiger Woods of Poker’. …

12 November 2017

Playtech Shares Plummet Amidst Malaysia Crackdown and UK Betting Machine Controversy

Playtech, the gambling software company behind thousands of gaming websites and fixed-odds betting machines, has issued a profit warning which has caused its shares to drop by 20%. The firm, based on the Isle of Man and founded by Israeli magnate Teddy Sagi, has stated that annual profits are set to be 5% lower than expected: this means an over …

03 November 2017

A Winning Ticket in an Old Shirt and Spain’s Mysterious Big Winner: All the Winnings News this Week

Everyone dreams of winning the lottery, and for many who regularly buy tickets, avidly checking the numbers is part of the excitement. This was not the case for 68 year-old Jimmie Smith from New Jersey, who had a stack of unchecked tickets piled up in an old shirt in his closet. When an appeal for the winner of an unclaimed …

27 October 2017

Gambling Industry Betting Big on Japan’s New Casinos

Macau could have some serious competition for the gaming capital of Asia in the next few years: Japan is planning to legalise gambling in the spring of 2018, an opportunity which the biggest players in the industry are extremely excited about. Las Vegas Sands and MGM have claimed they are willing to invest up to $10 billion in new casino …

09 October 2017

Euromillions Biggest Jackpot ever and 13 New UK Millionaires

The Euromillions Jackpot is now the highest it’s ever been, with the record-breaking €190 million (approximately £168 million) maximum prize currently on offer. The jackpot rolled over on Tuesday 2nd of October, and has now reached its maximum value, where it will stay for the next four draws before it has to be won. The current Euromillions record is held …

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The History of Slot Machines

Slot machines are the most popular form of casino gambling worldwide, and have only become more common with the advent of the internet and the expansion of the iGaming industry. Slot machine history charts the machines’ progress from mechanical novelty to electronic mass-market: the evolution of slot machines is a fast-paced one, closely linked to the rapid technological advances of …

Secrets of the Roulette Ball

The appeal of roulette is long-standing and persistent: despite what you rationally know about the game, that the odds are not in your favour, that the house will always have an edge in the long run, and that your lucky numbers are just that – pure luck -, you keep going back to the table. Of course, this is partly …

Roulette – How to Play and Win

Roulette is one of the most consistently popular games in both real-world and online casinos, mostly due to its simple nature. Rounds are quick and the rules are easy to understand, with the appeal of a huge win with minimal investment attracting many inexperienced players. Of course, we have covered before the statistical reasons why the game is rigged against …

Our Top 5 Biggest Casino Wins

When you set foot in a casino, you know that everybody in that room is dreaming of huge gambling wins. Even if you are gambling for fun, there is always that hope that you might be that one lucky winner who walks away with a life-changing sum of money and a great story to tell. These top casino wins are …

Poker: Basic Rules and Introduction

In the past few decades, poker has gone from being a game known to gambling enthusiasts and hobbyists to the most famous card game in the world. The popularity of online poker has catapulted the game into the public sphere, and more people than ever are curious about learning to play, whether to have some fun with friends or as …

The Tricks of Winning Baccarat

When you think Baccarat, you think James Bond, roped-off VIP tables, and high rollers in tuxedos and evening gowns. Whilst the game still has that reputation – and is still one of the most high-stakes casino games out there – an average joe can still enjoy Baccarat at a mini-Baccarat game or online. These options allow you to bet smaller …

Roulette: Luck Can Be Calculated Mathematically

Most people believe roulette to be completely based on luck, and they would be mostly right. There is no complex counting like blackjack and no expert reading of your opponent like poker: luck alone determines whether you have placed your bet correctly. However, as most roulette players know, this isn’t entirely the case: whilst you cannot change the odds of …

How to Earn at the Card Table? 10 Ways to Win at Poker

In the past twenty years, poker has skyrocketed from a game played by a handful of enthusiasts to a hugely popular pastime. Online poker brought the game to the masses, and nowadays poker tournaments are big business. Fun and easy enough for casual players, but with the potential for high-stakes, thrilling gambling, it’s no wonder that it’s popularity continues to …

What Are the Most Popular Video Slots?

Video slots have allowed us to bring the fun and excitement of casino slot machines into our homes, offering a dazzling array of themes and genres. In fact, there is often so much variety on offer that it can become difficult to choose a slot game: do you go by theme, graphics, gameplay, strategy, or even simply earning potential? Join …

What We Know About Playing Cards

The small cardboard rectangles we know as playing cards have been used by humans for many centuries, however most people would not give them a second thought.  In today’s electronic age, your pack of cards is most often relegated to a dusty drawer, only to be produced at a poker game or, in the height of boredom, as a way …