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15 January 2018

Europe’s Largest Casino Complex Heading to Cyprus in 2021

Europe’s largest casino complex is expected to open its doors in 2021 in the small Mediterranean island of Cyprus. A €550 million investment, City of Dreams Mediterranean is expected to bring in €700 million and 300,000 tourists a year to the Cyprus economy, and create 11,000 jobs. A consortium consisting of Hong Kong-based development company Melco and the CNS Group …

15 January 2018

Could a Nasal Spray be the Solution to Gambling Addiction? Finnish Experts Think So

Scientists at Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) are getting ready to start a new trial that may change the way people deal with gambling addictions forever. Their experiment will test whether a nasal spray with naloxone, a commonly used opiate reversal drug, can dissipate a compulsive gambler’s urge to play. Naloxone is a drug commonly used to …

04 January 2018

Spanish Christmas Lottery – The 2017 Results

Every year, the world’s biggest lottery takes place in the days leading up to Christmas, offering hope and excitement to millions. This is the Spanish Christmas Lottery, known locally as the ‘Loteria de Navidad’ or ‘El Gordo’ (‘the fat one’). The second longest-running lottery in the world, Spain’s Christmas Lottery has the largest payouts of any lottery in the world, …

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 …

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The History of Roulette

The game of roulette has held an endless fascination with players since its very invention. It has consistently ranked amongst the most popular casino games, and its imagery and symbolism is intrinsically tied to gambling and casinos themselves: picture a casino and the very first thing your brain imagines is most likely a spinning roulette wheel, with crowds eagerly gathered …

Roulette: The Martingale Strategy

In the past, we have covered several roulette betting systems and money management strategies, which allow players to effectively structure their gambling around statistically-backed techniques. Arguably the most famous and successful of these is the Martingale Roulette System, which we briefly discussed here. It is probably the first roulette strategy that a new player will hear of and try, most …

Common Gambling Myths

Gambling is most likely as old as civilisation itself: people have been placing wagers for millenia, making and losing fortunes in the process. The instinct to gamble is universal: the act of measuring risk and reward, trying to get something for essentially nothing, is the same from a $20 wager with your friend to the dizzying jackpots of high-level poker …

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 …