Keeping The Perfect Poker Face is one of the most important and often overlooked factors that contribute so much to the results of any given game – and yet it is the least common topic that is discussed by those willing to share their poker tips and impart their wisdom on us… Until now
In Poker, having a tell' is perhaps the biggest downfall for most players. Keeping a straight face, or hiding certain emotions, or facial expressions is how you win games. Even the slightest movements can be detected by the best players, just giving them an inkling as to what cards you might have hidden. So what are the best things we can do to prevent this?
Keep Your Face Relaxed
Perhaps one of the hardest things to do. But it can be incredibly helpful when in a match. Any type of expression sacrifices your power in situations with opponents. Clear your mind, loosen your face, shake it around, take a deep breath and simply relax. Being in control is the biggest advantage you can have in poker, being stressed will lose that control. Hiding your reactions is what keeps you focused.
Rafael Nadal, has been infamous for keeping his focus during Poker tournaments. An expert in keeping his face relaxed, something which he has undoubtedly taken from the Tennis courts, not giving away any clues.
Maintain Eye Contact
An effective way of getting the upper hand, is by locking eyes with opponents and showing that you are confident and aren't easy to intimidate. It also shows that you aren't hiding anything, with absolutely nothing to lose. The best tip for locking eyes, is staring at the bridge of their nose. Making sure not to break gaze first!
Staring too hard at any one thing can break your focus and compromise your poker face. Even if you aren't staring at your opponent, looking at your cards or into space too hard can break concentration. It either shows that you aren't fully concentration or that you are perhaps concerned with your chances. Make sure you blink occasionally, simply to stop your eyes drying out.
Your mouth is what keeps your facial muscles together. Any tension, frowns, smiles or smirks is what will influence the rest of your face. Try relaxing your jaw, letting it slack, create some space between your back teeth, open and close your mouth a few times, to try to relax. Try not to show any teeth, visible teeth generally means that your mouth is moving and can give any tiny details away.
Teddy Sheringham, a former England football players, was renowned for keeping his face straight. Sheringham managed to win an incredibly impressive £203,000 during his Poker career and is still ongoing!
Look Straight Ahead
Simply looking straight ahead is a great way to keep focus and not give anything away. Looking out of the corners of your eyes can be a little tells, which let your opponent's know that you might have something to hide. Whether it's a good or bad hands, looking straight ahead can be hard to do, but movements like squinting, or even eye brow raising will give away your reaction.
Some people like to wear glasses, or baseball caps. But without any props or extras, these little tips might just make the difference when it comes to winning or losing.
Enjoy these tips for the perfect poker face – and tell us how you go next time 🙂
While these Tips Can help you improve your odds and overall skill levels when playing any form of 5 card poker – they certainly don’t excite or motivate – not like these Poker Face tips:
Final [Bonus] Tip For the Ultimate Poker Face
If you see someone who is unable to differentiate between the eyeball and the earlobe and/or that person tries to speak with their eyes instead of their mouth then chances are that person doesn’t have a very good poker face. Do NOT take advice from these people.
Simple Gambling Scams & Casino Cheats Still the most popular and costly for Casino operators. What used to take an Ocean now takes a drop(kick) or two. Seems the Strip is still awash with scammers and cheats. Water we gonna do about this torrent of dishonesty? (insert more puns – I’m gonna H2gO now)
What Used to Take An Ocean Now Takes a Few Drop(kick)s
Casino’s Would Rather a Visit from Daniel Ocean & Co.
Inside jobs, chip-grabs, counterfeit cash and cheats at table games like craps are the largest ongoing headaches for casinos and casino regulators.
So while Daniel Ocean and his crew are pulling off the most audacious of heists, it's the most basic scams that can be hardest to catch and are the biggest problems for Casino operators across Nevada and the rest of the world.
The Official Word on Casino Cheats
The Nevada Gaming Control Board had 574 arbitration cases in 2015, disputing $51.8 million and made 602 criminal arrests.
Click image link to see original article from Las Vegas Review Journal
James Taylor, deputy chief of the Gaming Control Board enforcement division, told a crowd of about 200 casino operators on Monday during the first day of Global Gaming Expo, that theft occurs at nearly every level of casino operations.
James Taylor, Deputy Cheif of special investigations for the Nevada State Gaming Control Board presenting ongoing fraud schemes and current trens on Monday night
No matter what their titles are, everybody needs to be watched, he said.The sad part is that even management is a large part of our arrests every year.
Between 250 to 500 casino employees are arrested by the GCB each year, he said, making up about 25 percent of all GCB arrests annually. Of that 25 percent, 27 percent are table game operators, 18 percent work in the cage, 3 percent are security personnel, and 23 percent are in management.
Those looking to scam casinos from the outside have come up with elaborate schemes, including using an ink-type substance to mark playing cards. The ink looks invisible to the naked eye, but cheaters use special glasses with red filter film or special contact lenses to see their marks.
Though, of course, it takes time and effort to catch such scams, it's the basic stuff that is the hardest to catch, Taylor said, like the grab-and-run chip theft.
Tasia Musa, whose name was added last year to the Black Book, the list of people barred from entering any of Nevada's casino, has stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars worth in chips. A GCB agent counted $220,000 as of 2013. Surveillance video from different casinos shows him slyly approaching table games and stealing chips from players and dealers and then quickly exiting the casino.
It's easy to see but they're (immediately) out the door. So, then we're backing up the video, getting their pictures, then we have to catch them when they do it again, and there are so many opportunities for them on the Strip, Taylor said. The hardest thing is to watch them get arrested with all these counts and then the next day they're back out.
The Black Book isn't a deterrent, but it helps the GCB to spread the word about who to look out for.
This guy is a thief but he's doing more damage to our reputation than any of these other guys, he said.
Cheaters who aren't so nimble with blatantly stealing chips will look to the craps table to pull of their casino cheats and scams – see why and how to cheat at Craps (or at least how to play it and not be shit at…. craps?!) and you’ll see why it’s such a popular method of scamming or at least attempting to scam the casinos.
Common Scams and Easy Casino Cheats
The following scams and cheats are still some of the most common and certainly the most costly for casino operators across the country. These scams and cheats are less scam and more ‘blatant theft; but regardless are still the biggest headache for gaming authorities.
Note that although these scams are the more common ones, they are certainly not limited to what is listed below, with thieves and dishonest people trying just about anything to pull a fast one and reward themselves financially without necessarily following the rules.
Craps is a very difficult game to police,Taylor said.Money is going all over the place and if you don't have a good boxman or supervisor, people can get away with this stuff (cheating).
Sal Piacente, president of UniverSal Game Protection Development, described to a crowd of about 150 at G2E the ways that players and table operators cheat at craps.
Click our craps cheat sheet to learn more about the game and how to increase your odds – legitimately we mean
“Because in craps you call your bet to the dealer, and because there are hardly any more boxmen on the games, that's why it's very easy to pull certain scams off, he said.
For example, dice-switching is still commonly used and still difficult to catch. A cheater will switch the dice being played on the table with dice that don't have any losing numbers, but they're typically only used for two rolls during a game.
Table operators, like the stickman, for example can use subtly slip chips into their vests, ties and other accessories on their uniforms. The first tip-off there, Sal said, is if you see a table operator keeping an eye out for a supervisor.
Why does a dealer look at a supervisor? To see if they're looking at them, Piacente said.
Crazy Casino Scams and Less Common Cheats
Check out the following articles for some of the craziest casino scams and biggest casino heists in history! – There’s some downright mental stuff here – people are nuts anyway and this list just proves money only makes us worse
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson knows Bullshit AFL Footy Tips when he sees them
With the popularity of online sports betting in Australia (and throughout the western world for that matter) growing exponentially, literally thousands of websites are trying to capitalise on the punting boom by offering AFL footy tips. No matter how much the website owner might try to convince you that he's got insider info, hot tips or sure-win secrets, however, it's clear that at least 70% of these so-called tips are a big steaming pile of horse dung. We've seen some pretty terrible advice in our time, but these awful AFL footy tips really take the cake.
4 AFL Footy Tips that Suck Worse Than Collingwood
If you want to stand a half decent chance of winning the 2017 seasons’ AFL Footy Tipping Competition then you need to listen to the following worldly advice. Not only are these 4 bad tips widely shared and commonly followed, they are also the reason the average punter is well, the average punter 😉
*EDIT – With the recent confirmation that Sportsbet will indeed be holding their million dollar footy tipping competition in 2017 there’s even more reason to take things a little more serious this upcoming footy season and use these 4 AFL footy Tipping …tips to good use.
Backing Teams Because of a Hot Streak
You'll see loads of self-proclaimed experts making this mistake, even the big sports magazines and newspapers. They'll present a team as a sure-win just because the team's on a winning streak. That certainly seems intuitively appealing. After all, form is a huge factor in sports, and a team in good form and high morale is likely to play better. However, smart sports betters don't treat a team's current form as the decisive factor. First of all, the more games a team wins, the lower the returns from backing that team. Bookmakers aren't likely to give you 9:1 odds on the team that's topping the table. Second, don't underestimate the impact that an easy run of fixtures or even sheer dumb luck can have on a team's form. Look at all the information when you're researching AFL footy tips, and not just the team's win ratio in the past five games!
I said Hot STREAKS.. ? SMH who hired this guy anyway?
Randomly Increasing Stakes
Losing bettors have a certain betting pattern – if they lose one weekend, they'll bet loads more the next weekend to try and win their money back. This is a sure-fire way to lose your bankroll. As experienced gamblers know, bet sizes should be determined in advance and judiciously calculated according to your bankroll size. Bet sizes should only be increased when your bankroll increases, i.e. when you've won enough to up your stakes!
Stakes not st…… You know what, never mind
Too Many Sportsbooks
Sure, diversification is a part of any successful investment strategy – but that doesn't mean that you have to spread out your betting among five different sportsbooks every weekend to succeed. Many websites advise you to do so because they get commissions and ad revenue from bookmakers, and it's therefore in their interests for you to join as many bookmakers as possible. But if you follow this terrible AFL footy tip, you lose out on VIP points and make it harder for yourself to keep track of bet expenditure. It's a recipe for disaster.
Books. About sports. OK Yes #Iseewhatyoudidthere Yes it’s wonderful. Very clever. (Ijit)
Betting every weekend
Bookies are the biggest offenders when it comes to this particular clunker. They'll tell you not to miss out on their great odds next weekend or offer you free bets for next week's games. The winning punter, however, is the punter that bets only when he sees a good opportunity and a clear advantage. Don't forget that bookmakers weigh the odds judiciously to maintain a massive advantage over their clients. If you play every week, you play right into their trap, because they'll be winning most of the time. Bet only when you're sure they've missed out some vital information and gotten their odds wrong.
One of the things we love about casino gaming is the friends we make along the way. Gambling should be a social activity, enjoyed over beers and along with plenty of good conversation and laughter. Unfortunately, there are a few gamblers who spoil the social experience for everybody. You know who I'm talking about. We've all seen them at least once. Those vegetables in front of the fruit machines, who show no signs of life other than that repetitive action as they pull the lever or press that button over and over (and over) again. Even a jackpot elicits no more than a smile and a nod, and it's back to pulling the lever and/or pushing that button again.*
*Addiction by Design by Natasha Dow Schull
More information is provided in the below resources and links but since it is so intrinsically linked to the above point I wanted to highlight her findings for you here:
Drawing on fifteen years of field research in Las Vegas, anthropologist Natasha Dow SchÃ¼ll shows how the mechanical rhythm of electronic gambling pulls players into a trancelike state they call the machine zone, in which daily worries, social demands, and even bodily awareness fade away. Once in the zone, gambling addicts play not to win but simply to keep playing, for as long as possible-even at the cost of physical and economic exhaustion. In continuous machine play, gamblers seek to lose themselves while the gambling industry seeks profit. SchÃ¼ll describes the strategic calculations behind game algorithms and machine ergonomics, casino architecture and ambience management, player tracking and cash access systems-all designed to meet the market's desire for maximum time on device.
It appears the vegetable in all of us is just waiting to be exposed by these insidious machines. Just give them enough time…
Play Pokies for Fun – Don’t be a Vegetable Playing Fruit Machines
It's easy to blame them for having no willpower, but it's not entirely their fault. Those slot addicts aren't just driven by greed or sloth. They're made that way by machines designed to create addictive impulses and promote destructive behaviour.
As the image to the left shows – the Pokies play you and not the other way around. The sooner you realise this the sooner you stand a chance of beating them once and for all. Visit PokiesPlayYou.org.au to learn more
Psychologists have found that slot addiction starts with over-stimulation of the reward centers in the brain. Ever wondered why slot machines light up and play music the moment you get a single chip back, even if you've lost 99 chips on that bet? Well, all that stimulation can trick your brain into thinking you've won – whether that's true or not. And because all humans crave rewards, our brains start to crave that stimulation and we start to crave the slot machines. That's how the vegetable is born.
Learn more about the various design aspects that combine to create the electronic morphine and crack cocaine of gambling that Poker machines are often referred.
While we all gamble to get away from our worries for a little while, vegetables take that to an extreme. Ever notice how pokie addicts ignore you when you speak to them, can't seem to make eye contact and are basically the most socially awkward people on Earth? That's because they aren't inhabiting the same world as you and I – not mentally, anyway. Psychologists have found that the escapist element of slot machines contributes heavily to its addictive potential – especially since it's enhanced by fantastical game plots and otherworldly visuals. When vegetables give themselves over to the pokie world, real-world responsibilities like jobs and family, and real-world interactions, become alien to them.
Conclusion and Take Away
So if there's a lesson in all of this, it's that pokies and slot machines are to be treated with great caution. If you can, play online, where you're free from the environment of the casino floor where the absence of windows and clocks combines with the positive reinforcing sounds from so many machines encourages you to play longer and harder than you might normally.
Playing online pokies might not necessarily be the best answer but for the thousands of us who enjoy a poke from time to time and can happily take it or leave it, the online option provides a much safer and more enjoyable gambling experience.
Jump over to any of our recommend online casinos and check out the incredible range of free and real money pokies and casino games and find out why so many of your neighbours have already made the switch.
You may not be convinced but at the end of the day it comes down to the simple facts:-
Noone wants to talk to a Vegetable playing a Fruit Machine
– and you most definitely cannot win friends with salad!
For those of you who haven’t yet heard about Heart of Vegas Slots – the social casino/Facebook App that so far provides over 10 million active players with access to over 60 amazing titles from Aristocrat Leisure, the makers of Australia’s favourite pokies …. then ummm, yeah. How’s life under your rock?
Seriously though, if you enjoy even an occasional punt on the pokies then you will be well versed with Aristocrat Gaming and the plethora of award winning pokie games they produce. (Learn more about Aristocrat and what Len Ainsworth attributes their success to at this link here) Furthermore, you’ll probably have a few favourites of your own – and I’ll bet one of them is either 5 Dragons, Big Red or Queen of the Nile 😉
Unless you’re a bit slow on the uptake (or you genuinely do live under a rock and it’s taking a while to roll the damn boulder back into place) you will have put two and two together and realised that with Heart of Vegas Slots App you can play Aristocrat Pokies Totally Free – but like most of the free things in life there’s a catch… or in this case a credit basket with a hole in it…
Welcome to Heart of Vegas Slots – Have Some Free Coins
When you first log in to Heart of Vegas it generally requires that you connect via your Facebook account – a completely normal and acceptable process in this social gaming and interconnected world we live in – and as part of this connect you are given 2 million Free coins – or HoV Credits as I like to call them (they are not coins or real money after all) and if you are like myself or any of the other millions of players out there you will excitedly spend the lot of your 2 million free credits within an hour or so – leaving you staring at your iPad and wondering why on earth the bets are as high as $1,000,000 a press?!?! – no really?! – check out our Heart of Vegas Slots Review where we rant a bit about this (among many other things LOL) – because trust me, you’ll be so stoked with the fact you can finally play your favourite Aristocrat Pokies from the comfort of your home or the bus home from work that you’ll spend the lot before you realise you were even getting low in the first place. And then you’ll be like …. well like Chris Rock below 😀
Luckily though the free coins and daily credits just keep on coming…. slightly anyway.
Welcome Back to Heart of Vegas – Have Some More Free Coins
Not only do you get to enjoy 2 million free coins from Heart of Vegas to play the many awesome titles from Aristocrat Pokies, the daily wheel provides you the chance to spin up to 250,000 Hov Credits – and this is on top of up to 60,000 extra credits just for having friends and coming back repeatedly! It seems the guys at Aristocrat and Heart of Vegas are looking after the free social casino crowd… at least that’s the impression they want you to get.
The True Value of Heart of Vegas Coins
The key to any good magic trick is misdirection. Create your illusion and then remember to keep your audience focused on that which is not important and you can get away with murder – well sort of anyway. And this is exactly what Aristocrat have done with the Heart Of Vegas Slots app – created the illusion of wealth while using free coins and daily bonus wheels to keep us distracted from the fact that the value of the ‘credits’ we deal with in this virtual social casino world are arbitrary at best.
While we’ve all been living in the same world (generally speaking) and applying the same values to things, the people over in the social casino world are dramatically shifting what that implied value is – and in so doing are creating a false sense of hope and a detachment from reality that can actually reinforce real money gambling in many players. Wait what?!?
Yeah WTF Dude?! – OK seems I have spent too long looking at stats, facts and figures because my world has been reduced to mere proportionate numbers, relative metrics and other confusing shit I haven’t thought about since high school!
Basically the problem (as we alluded to in our initial rant and the official Heart of Vegas Slots Review <– Follow that link people) is that the amount you gamble for each press of the button is … well it’s ridiculous quite frankly.
Would you ever bet $2500 for every press of the pokie if you were playing for real cash? Hell no, and no-one in their right mind would either. Well that staggeringly huge amount of money is the LEAST AMOUNT YOU CAN BET – with the highest amounts in the Hi-Roller room being in excess of $50,000,000 a press – yes you read that right, that’s FIFTY MILLION DOLLARS!
*Imagine how many sharks with freaking laser beams attached to their heads that would buy!
50 Million dollars?!?! Well shit, we’d better figure out a way to get more than a 1 or 200,000 free HoV credits each day then hadn’t we!
How To Get Millions of Free Coins Every Day!
The key to accessing over $5 million Heart of Vegas free coins each and every day is friendship.
Be a good friend and love thy neighbour and.… fuck that, take your Kumbaya loving hippy crap and stick it in a pipe and smoke it – or whatever it is you do.
Friendship is important in life, and now that we’ve got Heart of Vegas Slots on Facebook, friendship is more important than ever – because for every friend you have that plays HoV you can get 50,000 free coins (assuming they are good gifters*)
From Little Thing, Big Things Grow
Some prefer to use the power of the sun combined with a chemical reaction (in this case photosynthesis) to grow. There are also some that choose steroids or enhanced drugs to increase or ‘aid’ their growth – and others still who use others to build themselves up (to their detriment and otherwise). But today we’re focusing on those of us who like to grow …their Heart of Vegas Balance!
$50,000 Heart of Vegas Coins is nothing – in fact it’s two presses of Big Red or Queen of the Nile – at a minimum! but as the many expressions go – it all adds up, every little bit counts and as many need reminding, You can’t make friends with salad. Remember this and you’ll see it play out each and every day as your Heart of Vegas Free Coins come flooding in to provide you a healthy Balance that is constantly getting topped up – assuming you’ve used Facebook to make friends and not salad.
Seriously though…. Friends do this for you… EVERY DAY
Later that same day…
And the next day…
And the next day… or maybe this was later on the same day? – meh – too many Heart of Vegas Free Coins to keep up. #Firstworldproblems much 😀
Facebook Friends. How Many HoV You Got?
Let’s all take a moment to appreciate how freaking awesome that Pun of mine is….. and of course the rhetorical question contained within…..
And now allow me to answer that rhetorical question…… (what? – don’t even go there, seriously it’s been a long day OK)
How To Get Heart of Vegas Friends Who Gift
The key to maximising the amount of free coins you get each and every day is in finding friends on Facebook who are not only active HOV Players but also who actually use the ‘gift’ function to share the $50,000 Free Coins that each ‘gift’ generates.
Facebook Groups are the key to maximising your HoV Friends list and keeping it full of regular gifters and other players who genuinely love the game for the game sake and gift because they like getting the free coins in return. In fact I’d recommend these groups to anyone who just wants to play the game without any political BS or idiotic trolls making life irritating – which seems to be the norm for most hobbies and online activities these days.
To find Heart of Vegas Gifters you only need use the search function in Facebook – and I’d recommend running a search query for both ‘Heart of Vegas’ and ‘HoV’ as you wil find many groups under both terms. Then simply request to join and when y ou do make sure you actively add people as friends.
Here is an example of a good (and highly active) Group designed specifically for HoV players to grow their ‘friends who play HoV and Gift’ list –> HOV Daily Gifter Group – Add For Friends (no really, that is the name of the group)
I would recommend creating a new friends list in Facebook and keeping your HoV activity seperate to your regular feed – unless you want to tell your friends and family you play Heart of Vegas… over and over and over and over again?*
*Only funny when the game you are playing is Groundhog day or something 😉
How I generate $5 – $10 Million in Heart of Vegas Free Coins Every Day
Your Gift inbox will hold up to 100 Gifts – which if you’ve done the maths (and I know you have, you’re a pokie player after all) equates to $5000,000 in Heart of Vegas Free Coins.
*Do this twice a day and generate $10,000,000 in Heart of Vegas Free Coins every single day – oh and that’s not even counting the hourly 10,000 you collect or the daily allegiance bonuses and other random free coin gifts that HoV Slots occasionally does.
Then I usually make this face…
Whether you are playing for fun or stress relief, to simply kill time or you are doing it for Sparta – the fact remains :
And even though I know I should save the free coins or at least start with smaller bet increments so as to make the enjoyment of playing the free pokies last, Ain’t NOBODY got time for that!
Besides, I’ll just get another 10 million free coins tomorrow. BOOM
Last week we took a look at the real bricks and mortar world of slot machines and pokies and we analysed who make the best pokies and slot machines that you have come to love (or hate) at your local club/pub or casino. As a followup we thought we’d take this hunt to the online world where physical machines and their manufacturers are relegated to the backbench and the top online software companies fill their shoes with amazing slot machine themes and interactive gameplay that makes the real world pokies look rather boring if I’m completely honest.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at the best online casino sofware companies and see which ones are at the top of their game and the ones to look out for in the coming months.
Online Casino Software Companies – Who Makes The Best Online Pokies?
In the offline world of pokies companies like Aristocrat, IGT and Ainsworth are the names that all players are familiar with. In the online space the leading online software companies are different as the major offline manufacturers have been too focused on the casino, pub and club markets. And while players like Aristocrat and Ainsworth (who are actually the same team LOL) continue to impress the real world crowd with their interactive slot games and advanced imagery the software companies powering the online casinos around the world are quietly making inroads into the growing market. Not only are the major players making inroads, they are actually making an impact too – with some of the most popular modern day pokies and slots actually belonging to online casinos and the software companies who built them.
Let’s take a look at the major players of the online casino world and see what they have to offer – and more importantly why they are such a force to be reckoned with.
Established in 1994, Microgaming is the biggest online casino software provider and is the software behind some of the biggest online casinos. They have released hundreds of pokie games including popular games like The Dark Knight, Mega Moolah and Thunderstruck II. It would be fair to say that of the top ten most popular online pokies and slot games, at least 7 of them are owned and developed by Microgaming.
But it would be sacreligious to talk about Microgaming without spending some time focusing on their most successful and popular slot game ever – and a game that probably needs no introduction if I’m honest.
Mega Moolah – The Millionaire Maker of Online Slots
The Microgaming jackpot network has paid out a staggering Euro574,000,000 in progressive jackpots since 1998 when Cash Splash, the first linked progressive game to appear online was released. And Mega Moolah, the latest game to join the progressive network is fast taking over as the most famous and popular progressive slots game ever made available. Why? – quite simply because Mega Moolah has paid out more than any other online (or offline) slot machine in history, with one lucky player taking home $10,422,504 Aussie dollars from a $2 spin playing Mega Moolah through Spin Palace online casino.
What are progressive slots machines and pokies anyway? Check out our indepth guide showing you how progressive link jackpots work and why you’re better off trying your luck there than where the odds might necessarily be better. – Visit our Progressive Slots FAQ Page
Mega Moolah – the World’s Highest Paying Progressive Slots network and the game affectionately known as the ‘Millionaire Maker’
With more millionaires made than any other online slot machine there are far too many amazing stories to start sharing them here – which is why we have already prepared a special article focused on the awesome progressive network known as the Mega Moolah Jackpot – so be sure to visit our MEGA MOOLAH page and see for yourself just how incredible (and constant) the amazing wins are that come from this most generous of progressive slots
Founded in 1999, Playtech is an online casino software company that is listed on the London Stock Exchange. Playtech’s game range has greatly expanded in recent years with some of the most popular titles being Great Blue, The Sopranos, Spamalot and the Marvel Jackpot pokies.
Playtech offers classic casino games in a download or no download format – which is basically a grammatically incoherent way of saying that with Playtechs range of mobile casinos you will never have to worry about the download and no download online slots options – namely because you will not have the option, with the best mobile casino apps streaming directly from your phone and allowing for interactive gameplay without the annoying downloads.
The Playtech run casinos have been highly praised for their fast playing casino games, their smooth glitch less moves and their more than generous bonus system. Playtech (Real Time Gaming) Casinos have been in business for a long time and have earned a place in the hearts of online gamblers everywhere.
We feature the top Playtech Casinos on this site and urge you if you’ve never before played in one of these casinos, to do so. The experience is definitely one of a kind. They offer many casino games, many of which you already know and play and some very unique games that are well worth trying out. In total there are more than 80 casino games and many offer play in several coin denominations from $0.05 and up. There are also multi player games available.
Playtech Casino Games
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Net Entertainment (NetENT)
A software provider located in Sweden and established in 1999, Net Entertainment is quickly making waves in the online pokies market with unique games including Aliens, Eggomatic and Robin Hood Shifting Riches as well as huge jackpots on games like Mega Fortune.
Founded in 1996 and firmly established in 1999 by one of Scandinavia's leading off-line casino operators, NetEnt is one of the pioneers in online gambling. Originally from Sweden, NetEnt is active in a major part of Europe with two offices, one still in Sweden, while their second office is based in Malta, well-known for the many online gambling companies centralised on this small and sunny island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. The company has over 200 people employees, whose primary concern is the development and production of innovative games in line with NetEnt's vision
Driving the Online Casino Market through Better Games.
However NetEnt, formally known as Net Entertainment, is the original company name of the Swedish software developer, NetEnt is the name the industry and its players are familiar with. With that NetEnt became NetEnt Casinos and the games of the developer are called NetEnt games. But what is the reason why there is an entire website dedicated to just one software developer and its clients? The answer is easy as the NetEnt games are used by some of the world's most successful and prominent online gaming operators and a Netent Casino offers a complete gaming solution which includes a wide range of high quality games, based on the latest technology, just what players are looking for.
The success of the Swedish software supplier is partly due to their many years of experience as one of Scandinavia's leading off-line casino operators. This experience can be found in the many dozens casino games developed by the pioneer. But with a wide range of casino games success can't be guaranteed if the online casinos refuse to offer them to their players. This can't be said of the NetEnt games as dozens of online casinos have been added to the large network of NetEnt Casinos. Since there are too many of them, we've made a selection of high quality online casino, offering the entire range of NetEnt casino games, all of which can be FOUND HERE. The network of NetEnt Casinos is growing increasingly just as the NetEnt mobile casinos and NetEnt live casinos.
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When it comes to Pokies and Slot Machines there is only really one or two names that come to mind – three if you are a regular punter and frequent more than one or 2(00) establishments – but for the most of us regular players the major names familiar to us are Aristocrat, IGT and Ainsworth. Aristocrat is without doubt the king of the Pokies, especially here in Australia – and surprisingly the man who started the company, one Len Ainsworth also happens to be the owner and creator of the other big slot machine manufacturer Ainsworth Technology!
iGT is not as big as Ainsworth and Aristocrat but are still a popular manufacturer who’s pokies and slot machines can be found in pubs and clubs all across this great southern land. You can also find pokies from Konami – a manufacturer of console games who has made the move over to Electronic Gambliing Devices
In the early 1990’s there were several other brands such as Universal and Jubilee but these games have all but disappeared.
The Top Pokie Manufacturers
Aristocrat Gaming Technology
Founded in 1953 by Len Ainsworth, Aristocrat had perfect timing as pokies were legalized in New South Wales just 3 years later. The first machine to roll off the production lines was the Clubman which was followed by the Clubmaster a few years later. You can learn more about Aristocrat and get some insight into the secrets of their success in Australia (and around the world) by visiting our Aristocrat dedicated games page – with reviews and links to all the best Aristocrat Pokies. Simply follow THIS LINK HERE
In 1984 Aristocrat changed the face of gambling in Australia with the release of the first of what would become the modern day pokie. Today, their name is synonymous with pokies and their game library includes greats like Queen of the Nile, More Chilli and 5 Dragons.
While IGT was operating as a private company as far back as the 1950’s it was in 1981 when International Game Technology went public and made a major move into the slot machine industry. They are the number one game maker in the United States and are making inroads into the Australian market with great games such as Cleopatra and Major Money.
IGT enables players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise, and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play.
Ainsworth Game Technology
Founded by “Pokie King” Len Ainsworth (pictured above) in 1995 after leaving Aristocrat, Ainsworth Gaming has quickly become one of the top three game makers in Australia and is rapidly expanding around the world.
One of the trademarks of the Ainsworth games are their multi-level progressive jackpots with the Double Shot, Triple Shot and Quad Shot games being some of their most popular titles.
Other Slot Machine Manufacturers
While the three pokie manufacturers listed above are the biggest and most prominent there are some other companies that have either been big in the past or are just started to make an impact. These companies are;
Konami Once one of the top three, Konami pokies are now found less frequently. They entered the Aussie market in 1996 with popular games like Money in the Bank and Incan Pyramid.
Star Games / Shufflemaster / Bally Three big names in the gaming machine industry have merged into on with Bally now being a big US slot machine maker looking to make inroads into the Australian market. Top games include Kelly’s Fortune and Wold Mountain.
WMS Gaming Founded by Harry Williams in 1943, WMS Gaming’s pokies are now available in Australia. They even have a game development office in Sydney. Some of their top games are Zeus, Li’l Red and Jungle Wild.
Aruze Gaming Aruze Gaming have been in the Australian pokie market since 1989. Their games are not as commonly found as they once were although the new G-Series and G-Deluxe games might signal a comeback.
Online Pokies and Slot machine Manufacturers
When it comes to the world of online pokies and mobile slots we stop talking about manufacturers and focus on the actual sofware that powers the pokies and slots you have come to love. The physical machines that you see in the pubs, clubs and casinos work exactly (and I mean exactly) the same as the online pokies you play except there is no need for a physical machine. As such the manufacturers stick to the bricks and mortar world and leave the online casinos and pokies to the software companies to develop interactive gameplay and awesome online casino games to keep even the most fussy punter happy.
When it comes to online software companies who supply the casino games for you to enjoy real money pokies and slots there is only really 2 or 3 names worth mentioning. In fact I would go so far as to say that if the online casino of your choice does not run one of utilise one of these software companies then I would not even waste my time and money there.
The Biggest names in Online Pokies is Microgaming – with Playtech and NetEnt following closely behind.
Learn more about the best online pokies software companies in the followup article –> HERE and learn first hand why Microgaming and their Mega Moolah progressive slots game is the world’s most popular online progressive slots game
When it comes to gambling and casinos, the question that remains the most relevant – and certainly the most important to your overall evening and potential return are the odds of you winning on a particular game or slot machine. Therefore the question we are going to take a serious look at today and analyse from a logical and learned point of view is this:
What Casino Game Has The Best Odds?
The first thing we need to do is decide what games constitute a ‘normal casino game’ and then ascertain what the odds are – on average of course. We can then apply another layer of what I would call ‘chance’ – this is gambling afterall – and we are left with what is hopefully the casino games with the best odds, and then we’ll be able to tell you definitively what casino game has the best odds. Not a bad plan of attack hey? Righto then – let’s get into it….
Most Popular Types of Casino Games (And the Odds of Winning Each)
Pokies and Slot Machines – House Edge 10%
Pokies and Slots need no introduction, especially here at Online Pokies Australia – but in terms of popularity you can see they are heads and shoulders above the other table and non table casino games here. The Pokies/Slot Machines also happen to have the highest return to Player rate (of around 90%) vs. the other table games and sports gambling where the return is closer to 70%.
So then the Casino Games with the best odds are slot machines?
Well no, not exactly….. In fact the RTP rate of 90% is no indication of the odds of winning but is an overall metric used by the machine’s internal algorithm to keep the payout balance in check. a 90% return rate sounds wonderful in theory but you are still getting 90c back from every $1 you put in the machine. Over time you are almost guaranteed to lose the lot. I say almost because there is a chance you will win more than you started with – a 1 in a million chance that is.
The odds of winning the major jackpot on a pokie or slot machine is closer to 9,000,000:1 but a realistic figure for a semi decent return (of say double what you started with) gives you slightly better odds of around 1,000,000:1 – lucky you right!
Learn more about what your true odds of winning on the pokies is by visiting THIS LINK HERE. You can also get some more insight into how the algorithm, Return Rate and overall odds are calculated within the slot machine by checking out our detailed HOW POKIES WORK guide. Simply follow the links (which will open in a new window for you)
Needless to say, Pokies are designed to make money not to make YOU money. They are also the ONLY FORM OF GAMBLING where the odds are predetermined and NO AMOUNT OF KNOWLEDGE SKILL OR EXPERIENCE will swing the odds in your favour. It is for this reason that pokies are without doubt Casino Game with the worst odds. Ironically it is the lack of knowledge and skill required to play them that make Pokies and Slot Machines such a popular choice for online and real world gamblers around the world
Determining Casino Game Odds with the ‘House Edge’
The house edge is defined as the ratio of the average loss a player makes to the initial bet amount. For example, if you play Blackjack with basic strategy, over the long run, the house edge is 0.5%. This means for every $10 you bet, you will lose 5 cents over the long run. With Baccarat or Craps, you will lose less than 10 cents for every $10 you bet. With roulette, depending on the game design, you could lose 27 to 53 cents for every $10 you bet.
To put it into perspective, the average house edge for most Casino Table Games is 1% – meaning for every $10 you bet you will lose 10c. The House edge on Pokies and Slot Machines is closer to 10% meaning for every $10 you spend you will lose $1!
Pokies and Slot Machines therefore provide at least 10 times less chances of winning than any other casino game on the floor – with odds over 1000% worse than the casino average.
Blackjack – House Edge of 0.28%
Blackjack is a card game. It's played between the house€”also known as the dealer€”and the player. The dealer deals out two cards to each player and keeps two cards. The dealer has one card face up and one down. The players take turns trying to get as close as they can to 21. The player calls hit to get a card and end their turn. A player can also call double. This doubles their bet. They can only get one card and their turn ends. If a player has two identically numbered cards, they can split.
Improve your Odds of Winning with These Effective Blackjack Playing Tips
Computer simulations and probability calculations have helped develop a basic Blackjack strategy. If this strategy is fully followed, the house advantage can be reduced to 0.5% over the long run.
If you have 8 or below, hit irrespective of what the dealer has.
If you have 9 and the dealer has 3, 4, 5 or 6, double your bets. If the dealer has 2 or 7, hit.
If you have 10 and the dealer has anything between 2 and 9, you should double down. If the dealer has a 10 or ace, hit.
If you have 11 and the dealer's card value is between 2 and 10, double down. If the dealer has an ace, hit.
If you have 12 and the dealer has 2, 3, or 7 and higher, hit. Stand if the dealer has 4, 5 or 6.
If you have between 13 and 16, and the dealer has 7 or higher, hit. If the dealer has between 2 and 6, stand.
Always stand if your cards value between 17 and 21.
Roulette – House Edge 2.7%
In roulette, the player places their chips on the table to wager them. The table has numbers 0-36 and 00. It has additional betting for even-odd, red-black, low 18-high 18, low/middle/high 12 and for the first/second/third columns. The dealer spins the wheel clockwise. Then, they roll a ball counter-clockwise. The ball lands in a numbered slot on the wheel. All bets that correspond with the number win. The only discrepancy with the odds of this casino game is dependant on whether there are 1 or 2 00’s on the board/reel. If there is the standard single 00 then the house edge is around 2.7% – add another 00 and the house edge is closer to 5.26%
The American roulette wheel has 38 number slots consisting of numbers 1 through 36 along with numbers 0 and 00. The European roulette wheel has only one 0 slot.
As a player, you can choose to bet on a particular number or several individual numbers. You can also bet if the ball will land on a black- or a red-colored number slot, or an odd or even number. You can also choose number groupings, for example, 1 to 18 and 19 to 36, and so on. There is a place on the table to bet for each of these situations, and you can place multiple bets during each play. The dealer spins the ball in the direction opposite to that of the turning wheel. The play is only valid when the ball completes three revolutions around the spinning wheel. Players can place bets until the dealer announces no more bets.
Texas Hold ‘Em Poker – House Edge 2.67%
Poker is a card game. It's based on a five card hand. Hands are ranked from lowest to highest. The order of hands is high card, pair, two pair, three of a kind, straight, flush, full house, four of a kind, straight flush, and royal flush. The player with the best hand wins.
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Craps (Pass/Come) House Edge 1.41%
Craps is a dice game. The players make wagers on the outcome of the roll, or a series of rolls, of a pair of dice. If a seven or 11 turn up on the first roll of the dice, the shooter wins whatever they bet. If the shooter rolls two, three, or 12 on the first roll, they loose the money, but not the dice. When the person rolls a four, five, six, eight, nine, or ten that number becomes their point. The shooter keeps rolling until their point turns up again for a win or until the person throws a seven and loses the money and the dice.
Improve your Odds of Winning with These Effective Craps Tips
If Craps rules seem complicated, start one step at a time. The PASS bet is the most fundamental that almost all players make, and it is easy to understand.
Start with a PASS or DON'T PASS bet, and with more experience, engage in more bets. The optimal strategy in Craps is to bet on the DON'T PASS line and back it up by laying the odds. This is contrary to how most players bet in Craps, but it gives you the most edge in the long run. If you want to go with the crowd, even with a PASS strategy, you have a great chance of winning.
In the red corner representing all those who enjoy high quality online pokies and the most engaging playing experience are the Free Pokies Download choices – and they seem pretty pumped up and ready for this battle today.
But facing off against the best option (in this writers opinion) and the free pokies download choice – and occupying the blue corner is the free pokies no download – and BOOOOOOOOO!
What Are Free Pokies Downloads Anyway?
Free Pokies downloads are the free online pokies and casino slots games that can be played on your PC that require you to download the online casino software in order to connect and enjoy all aspects of the 100’s of free and real money pokies that are offered to the Australian online pokie players. When you access the online casino of your choice and take the free pokies download option you are in effect giving yourself the best user experience and will surely appreciate the gambling more than your neighbour who has opted to stream the games live via the online casinos server and hope the connection doesnt drop out in the middle of a huge payout or something?!?
What are the advantages of free Pokies download games?
No drop outs, cleaner and more engaging game play, and of course with the free pokies download option you have instant access to all the great free and real money pokies offered by the various online casinos.
What Are Free Pokies No Download Anyway?
Free slots no download casino games are online casino games that you play without having to spend any penny on the game. They are free online casino games with unlimited credit and have the same features as the real money casino games. The only difference between them and the real money games is they are unlocked and give you a chance of familiarizing yourself with the game before playing for real money. When playing the free slots no download games, you cannot win real money.
What are the advantages of free Pokies no download games?
No need of downloading the mobile or casino app
With the free pokies no downloads games, you don't have to download any software to your device. The online casino websites that offer the services have made it very easy to play the games with all that you will be required to do is visit the site and start playing instantly. If you are playing for fun, you may not have to register. If you are playing for real money, you may have to create a log-in and password which will enable you to play the game on any other device.
There are a variety of online casino software developers that offer the free slots no download
Most of the free slots no download casino games are accessible through various software developers. You can play games from some high-tech software developers such as Playtech, IGT, NetEnt, and Microgaming. With the various online casino software developers, you will have access to various online casino games developed by different technologies.
Unlimited free credits
With the free slots no downloads games, you will have access to unlimited credit, meaning you will have an opportunity of playing the various casino games for as long as you want.
Enhanced performance on your device
Playing the no slots download games will free up your device's memory and allow your device to run smoothly as compared to playing the downloadable slots games. Additionally, playing the game directly through the browser enables the games to load and run fast upon start up.
Precautions to take while playing free slots no download games
Before playing any free no download casino games, it's necessary that you take the following precautions.
Read the T&C's – T&C's, also known as Terms and Conditions usually stipulate what you should do and what you should avoid doing when playing the game online. It's important that you read the conditions, especially if you are playing for the bonus to avoid any confusion when claiming the bonus.
Don't play on a site that asks for your personal info – avoid online casino websites that ask for some very confidential information. Only provide information that you think is necessary to enable play the various casino game. Websites that ask you for your pin numbers are malicious websites and may end up stealing from you.
Political correctness is the bane of most people’s existence and usually the mere mention of it is enough to get a rise out of people and start eyes rolling like cheese down a Scottish Hill – and rightly so too! Political Correctness sucks dogs balls, big hairy unwashed ones I might add – because while we all tiptoe around trying not to insult each other we are in fact ironically being even more insulting! But what if I told you that being politically correct could make you a millionaire?!
The United Kingdom is Not Like US
Unlike in the U.S., where political gambling is illegal except under some very specific and low-stake circumstances, in the U.K. it is a thriving industry that generates billions of dollars each year. Brits can bet on everything from the outcome of the so-called Brexit referendum to the size of U.S. business mogul Donald Trump’s manhood €” all from the comfort of their own homes using online gambling sites.
The bets are not limited to British elections, and Brits have already spent millions of dollars in legal bets concerning the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.
Our ultraliberal gambling laws let us bet on pretty much anything taking place anywhere in the world, for whatever stakes we can afford, Paul Krishnamurty, a professional British gambler and analyst for gambling website Betfair, explained in a December 2015 article for Politico. And when it comes to the profit scale, opportunities and pure entertainment, no gambling market quite compares to this one.
Written in 2001 and passed in 2005, the U.K. Gambling Act brought remote gambling, such as the use of gambling websites, under the regulation of the federal government, saying it would help crack down on illegal betting and prevent children under 18 from participating. The industry has flourished in the decade following as a result, with sports betting alone accounting for $700 billion to $1 trillion per year, according to a 2013 report by the BBC.
The Odds are For More Than Just Gambling Too!
The odds being shown for the various candidates by the various British based online betting sites are not just for the punters either! They often serve as some of the best predictors for political contests. Award-winning publications from the Financial Times to the New York Times frequently refer to odds predicted by gambling websites alongside regular polls in in analysis of political contests in the U.K.
It Pays To Be Politically Correct After-all!
Political betting in particular has blossomed, as it allows for more-educated guesses than sports and can't be affected by a broken ankle or a last-minute lineup shift, according to Krishnamurty.
This real-world betting was so much easier than sports, I realized, he wrote, adding,: A well-thought-out political bet won't lose because of a bad refereeing decision, and luck is far less relevant.
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