Microgaming Casino

Microgaming is one of the most admired online casino systems today; it enjoys tremendous popularity among gamblers. Microgaming heightened popularity is result of innovative games and an exhaustive portfolio of games. Online gamblers find games by microgaming interesting and addictive, giving it an edge among other online casino systems.

Microgaming offers more than 250 interesting games to gambling enthusiasts across the world. Microgaming has constantly spiced up its offerings with creative interfaces and themes around the games like a Halloween Theme. Micorgaming has been supplying games since 1994 and is committed to quality and they ensure all their games are completely bug free. Progressive casinos by Microgaming are also tremendously popular and are considered as the best amongst.

Microgaming online casinos give away large bonuses even to new players. A new player can walk away with as much as $1200 as Microgaming Casino Bonuses. Most Microgaming online casinos offer online automatic bonus system where one does not need to call the operators as it is processed online in an easy seamless manner.

Most Microgaming powered online casinos give away large cash bonuses instead of prizes as compared to other online gambling systems. Microgaming Casino Bonuses are undoubtedly considered as the best.

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The Lottery is a..

The resurrection of the lottery has been less than understated and discrete, and there are more and more adverts and games for people to take part in. Some people see the lottery as a root to evil and an argument used in conflicting lotteries is that they signify the monotony and greediness of the present day.

It has been also said that legal gambling eventually leads to illegal gambling. Contesters of the Lottery see legitimate state-sponsored gambling obliterating moral principles by endorsing the beliefs of “easy money” over hard work. Enemies of such, point to the actions of employees, being disrespectful to their bosses after winning the lottery.

There is also the argument that once huge funds have been won, one does not have the experience and maturity, to handle such a big fortune. This “handling of funds” is something that comes with time. The poor may be encouraged into to spending money on the lottery rather than basic rations, leaving local and state government to help support the needy in times of crisis.

But, followers refer to the lottery as a painless tax. Capital is given to good causes through people having fun. Lotteries are distinguished because they re-establish consumer independence, allowing people to spend money on what they desire.

There are some of the reasons why lotteries all over the world have grown and gained in popularity. Firstly, tickets have fallen in price, especially when you consider the rate of inflation. The number of local and national outlets has increased, so you can get hold of a ticket almost any where. Online lotteries are available 24 hours a day and you can take part in lottery games from all over the world, see http://www.lottery24.net/ for an example. Also, the size of grand prizes has grown, so there is a lot more incentive to want to play. Currently the Euro millions lottery is still going with an estimated $230 million jackpot looming. The occurrence of draws has increased massively, because there are so many different types of games now, and also, the payout rate has increased, although in contrast to past times, it has decreased.

There is an element of fun that can come out of playing the lottery, with the help of syndicates and other lottery strategies; there just isn’t as much risk in taking part in the lottery as there would casino or higher stake gambling games. The lottery simply represents amusement that is not detrimental to the pocket.

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Hiring a Poker Coach

Choosing an Online Poker Site.

Choosing an online poker site involves a number of different factors which the player should consider before depositing his or her hard earned money, including:
Does the poker software work well on my computer?
Its a good idea to try the poker room out by playing some free (play money games) before depositing funds. Some poker software may work poorly on older computers and operating systems, or machines on a slower dial-up connection. This may make play un-enjoyable for you, and also others at your table.
Is it an active and popular poker site?
Visit the poker site at the times you will be playing to see how many games of various types and limits are in progress. If you like to play tournaments, find out what kind of tournaments are available.

What kinds of features and perks are important to me?
Some rooms offer options and features such as letting you take online notes on other players, letting you play in multiple games at once, or offering bonuses or prizes for building up loyalty points.
Is the poker room trustworthy and established?

Find out if the site you will be playing on is secure. Try a few searches on your favorite search engine to see what others think about the site. A ‘whois’ or ‘internet archives’ search will let you know when the site was established, helping you avoid ‘fly-by-night’ sites.

What about payouts?

Find out which methods you can use to deposit money. More importantly, find out how easy it is to withdraw money from your account. Restrictions on withdrawals can vary by method, waiting periods, and number of withdrawals allowed in a month, for example.

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Betting Exchanges

ince 1961, when legal betting shops opened for the first time in Britain, bookmakers have had a fairly easy ride with plenty of profit opportunities for both small and large betting companies. That was until 2000 when the new concept of a betting exchange was conceived and developed by a company called Betfair.

Betfair came up with the revolutionary idea of person-to-person betting where people can basically place bets anonymously with each other on any number of markets. Whereas traditional bookmakers only offer users the opportunity to back a selection that they think will win, Betfair, and subsequent betting exchanges that have entered the market, offer it’s users the opportunity to back and lay bets, so you can profit from finding losing selections if you so wish. You can also choose the price you want. For example, if the current price available for your selection doesn’t represent value, you could enter your own price into the system and hope the price moves to this level and your bet gets matched by another user.

There are many advantages to using betting exchanges over conventional bookmakers:

Backers using exchanges can benefit from upto 20% better odds than traditional bookmakers. This is because layers are more prepared to offer higher prices than other competing users in order to get their bet matched. The exchanges make their money by taking a small commission, usually between 2% and 5%, from all profits it’s users make from a particular market (and nothing if you lose), but even taking this into consideration you’re still getting much higher odds even after deducting any commissions.

There are greater opportunities to make money from in-play sporting events. For example, most bookmakers suspend betting in a football match with about 10 minutes to go, whereas betting exchanges generally allow betting right upto the final whistle.

With betting exchanges, there are vast profits to be made from trading in-running markets. This is essentially where you back at a higher price and lay it all back at a lower price to guarantee a profit. Alternatively laying at a lower price and backing it back at a higher one is equally as profitable. For example, let’s say you back Man Utd at 2.2 to beat Liverpool for £100. If they win you will get £220 back with £120 of that being your profit (minus commission). After 80 minutes Man Utd take the lead 1-0, and their price has dropped significantly and is now available to lay at 1.1. You decide not to hold on to the bet in case Liverpool score in the last 10 minutes, and trade out for a guaranteed profit. You could do this by laying this price for £200. This would guarantee yourself a profit of £100 (minus commission) whatever the outcome of the match: Man Utd win: Profit = (£100 @ 2.2 = £120) – (£200 @ 1.1 = £20) = £100. Liverpool win/Draw Profit = (-£100) + (£200) = £100.

Betting exchanges offer a far wider choice of markets to bet on than traditional bookmakers. They cover a number of sports that aren’t usually available to bet on. These include such diverse sports as handball and trotting, as well as various miscellaneous events such as polical betting and TV talent shows like American Idol.

Finally because betting exchanges make their money, in the form of commissions, from winning punters, winners are always welcomed. This isn’t always the case with bookmakers, who are more than happy to take your money when you lose, but if you’re successful they soon limit your bets or even ban you completely.

To conclude, it’s not surprising that traditional bookmakers have become increasingly concerned with the growth of betting exchanges. They have even tried unsuccessfully to force the government to place restrictions on the users of betting exchanges, and even to shut them down. However they continue to grow and in my opinion will continue to eat into it’s more conventional rivals’ market share in the future.

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Kieth Whyte

How did you become one of the key individuals in the promotion of responsible gaming in the U.S.?

“This is an area where we can make a difference.”

I have been interested in responsible gaming and public policy issues raised by problem gambling for several years. I believe that by working together, the gaming industry, government and charitable organizations like the NCPG can meaningfully improve the lives of problem gamblers and their families. This is an area where we can make a difference.

How do you define the term “responsible gaming?”

The American Gaming Association’s Responsible Gaming Resource Guide defines it as: any strategy, policy or program instituted by a gaming entity to proactively address problem gambling and/or underage gambling issues.

Since the National Council on Problem Gambling is supposed to maintain a “neutral stance” on gambling, does your organization acknowledge gambling as a popular and relatively safe form of entertainment for most people?

Yes, but we need to learn much more about why some people are unable to control their gambling, and how we can spot these problems early on, before they spiral out of control. If gambling is legal in a community, it is inexcusable not to have prevention programs aimed at youth, just as we do with alcohol, drugs, etc. The NCPG has affiliates in 34 states, and on the state level we work to provide these resources. On the national level we advocate for legislation and programs to help problem gamblers, sponsor conferences and academic journals and support research.

Do you gamble in any form yourself?

Yes. For example, I have investments in the stock market. I also work every day with individuals who have been devastated by pathological gambling, and their strength and courage in dealing with this overwhelming disease are an inspiration to me.

How prevalent is problem gambling as an affliction in the U.S.?

Approximately 1% of adults would meet criteria for pathological gambling in the past year. Another 2-3% could probably be classified as problem gamblers. Youth consistently show double the rate of adult problems. Seniors and minorities also have elevated rates. By comparison, the past year rate of anti-social personality disorder is just over 1%, drug abuse/dependence is 2.5%, and alcohol abuse/dependence is roughly 6%.

Has the growth in the number of land-based gambling venues across the U.S. had a marked affect on the number of problem gamblers in America?

This is a very difficult question to answer without research. Only 2 prevalence studies have ever been done on a national level. Most states have similarly failed to study this issue. With greater awareness of problem gambling, and a decline in stigma about seeking treatment for mental health disorders, the number of individuals calling helplines and seeking treatment is growing. It is also important to note that only a few states fund any services for problem gamblers at all.

What are some of the symptoms that may indicate that an individual has a gambling problem?

Repeated unsuccessful attempts to stop or cut back, gambling until your last dollar is gone, using savings or income to gamble while other bills go unpaid, feeling depressed or suicidal because of your gambling losses.

Are there certain games or attractions that seem to attract more compulsive gamblers than others?

In general, it doesn’t matter what type of game a person gets addicted to; the focus must be on getting help for the problem. Just as it doesn’t matter whether the alcoholic drinks beer or wine–they still need help for their drinking problem.

When a person realizes that he or she has a gambling problem, where can that person turn for advice and guidance?

Many problem gamblers refuse to admit they have a problem and stay in denial until they hit bottom. Then they may seek help, often through our confidential 24/7 nationwide helpline (800-522-4700). We then refer them to resources in their area, which may include Gamblers Anonymous, Gam-Anon (for family members & loved ones), therapists, treatment centers and other self-help groups.

What are some of the most successful treatments for a compulsive gambling problem?

Currently, the self-help group Gamblers Anonymous, because it is the most widely used. Remember, few states have services for problem gamblers. Most insurance companies will not reimburse for problem gambling, so when a problem gambler finally seeks treatment, they are not likely to have the money to afford private treatment. There are several studies underway to evaluate various treatment approaches, including behavioral and pharmacological therapies.

What are some of the most interesting research findings that relate to problem gambling?

“Much like alcoholism, it appears to run in families.”

Much like alcoholism, it appears to run in families. Also, some problem gamblers use their gambling to escape and withdraw from their problems, while others use it for just the opposite, to stimulate and excite. Many problem gamblers are highly intelligent and outwardly hard working, well adjusted.

Has a relationship been found to exist between problem gambling and alcoholism, depression, or other psychological problems?

Yes. In general, about half of problem gamblers in treatment have or have had a substance abuse problem. Surveys of substance abusers in treatment show that roughly 30% have or have had a gambling problem. A majority of problem gamblers report depression. We are still researching how and why these complex disorders relate to each other.

Has any research been done to suggest the relative impact of the Internet gaming industry on problem gambling?

It will likely contribute in several ways. First, it will give current addicts yet another avenue to continue their gambling. Second, the accessibility and novelty may encourage new gamblers to lose control. However, just as technology will always be applied to gambling, the same technology can be applied to responsible gaming. Gaming sites should be encouraged to link to our site or other problem gambling sites. Self-quizzes can be instantly and confidentially administered, and problem gambling information disseminated widely. Software can be designed to monitor and limit wagers, deposits and withdrawals.

How do you feel about the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act, and would such a law actually curb problem gambling?

The NCPG neither supports nor opposes the IGPA.

How much weight should be given to problem gambling as an issue when we appraise the casino industry or propose legislation to regulate it?

It is the single most important issue facing the gaming industry. No analysis of gaming can be complete without acknowledgement of the impact of problem gambling. We must work together to develop adequate policies to address problem gambling. But this is not just the responsibility of the gaming industry. Government has a great responsibility as well, especially in states that promote gaming and collect the revenue, but do nothing for problem gamblers. Finally, the gambler must take individual responsibility for their actions.

Is enough being done to tackle problem gambling? Can you suggest any steps that the land-based or the Internet gaming industry should take to further promote responsible gaming?

“Every gaming company should also have a self-exclusion policy.”

Although some companies have made considerable strides, the progress is still very uneven. First, it is important to adopt a formal responsible gaming policy, and ensure employees and management are clear about the scope, intent and execution. Then, implement the policy through public and in-house signage, employee training and other HR programs. For example, companies who conduct gaming should ensure their human resources/EAP programs are specifically equipped to handle employees with gambling problems. Every gaming company should also have a self-exclusion policy, whereby customers can request to revoke all cash checking, credit and slot club privileges, and removal of their names from marketing and promotional lists. Find reputable, problem gambling-specific organizations to provide expert advice, specific training or special services, such as treatment or intervention.

About Keith S. Whyte

Keith S. Whyte has served as Executive Director of the National Council on Problem Gambling since October 1998. Previously, Keith served as Director of Research for the American Gaming Association, and has worked in the American Bar Association’s Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, where he dealt with legal issues relating to civil rights, human rights, healthcare, and immigration policy. Keith has written numerous articles, studies and book chapters on various aspects of gaming policy, and has testified before the U.S. Congress on gambling legislation. Keith is a member of the Editorial Board of the Gaming Law Review and the Report on Problem Gambling, a reviewer for the Electronic Journal of Gambling Issues, and serves on the Advisory Board of the International Centre for the Study, Treatment and Prevention of Youth Gambling Problems.
About the National Council on Problem Gambling

The National Council on Problem Gambling (http://ncpgaming.org) aims to increase public awareness of problem and pathological gambling, expand availability of treatment for problem gamblers and their families, and encourage research and programs for prevention and education.

The NCPG administers several nationwide programs, including a 24-hour confidential helpline, a gambling-specific certification program for treatment professionals, and sponsors the Journal of Gambling Studies, the only academic journal in the world devoted to problem gambling research. The National Council on Problem Gambling is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization that maintains a neutral stance on gambling. The organization’s 24-hour, confidential national helpline: 1-800-522-4700


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