From big paydays to big lawsuits, there were a number of important headlines in the casino news this week...
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Safety Comes First
Some of our writers are victims of online gambling fraud. In fact, one of us was scammed for thousands of dollars when he first started gambling online. Getting ripped off is likelier than one might believe - for example, if you select 100 gambling sites randomly, you will find:
- A few great ones.
- A dozen mediocre ones.
- A whole lot of dangerous ones.
You hardly need to be a mathematical genius to understand how the odds for choosing a great site are bad for the player and good for the dangerous websites. Everybody's launching an online gambling site these days and most of them either have bad intentions or insufficient funds which both translate into problems with getting winnings paid out.
Unfortunately most online gamblers never look closely into a site's track record, testing agency or the jurisdiction it got its license from. This is quite understandable, considering how someone new to the online gambling world may not know what to look for, and even more understandable considering how usually everything works smoothly until it's time to cashout winnings.
Hopefully, in addition to choosing one of the safest gambling sites in the world, you at least glance at our list of websites to stay away from. For example, our articles on Grand Parker scam, Titan Casino scam and Winpalace scam are popular due to those online casinos getting a fair amount of player traffic right now, but older reports on rogue online gambling sites still draw interest as well.
We started publishing profiles on important people, companies and jurisdictions in the gambling industry not too long ago. Some of our most popular profiles have been for people like UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta and PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg, companies like Amaya Gaming Group and PAGC. If you check back to this site every now and then, you'll find plenty more of those.
Get the Most Out of Your Money
"You can even gain an edge over the casino in games like blackjack and video poker if you play the right variations with optimal strategy. The point being: knowing more about casino games pays off big-time."
While our main mission is to help you to find safe sites and expose fraudulent ones, we also consider it important to explain how to make optimal decisions when playing gambling games, and we've written plenty on that subject. We cover the most common games (through articles like How Slots Work and Blackjack Tips) while also publishing guides on less-popular real-money gambling games such as Casino Hold'em, Pai-Gow Poker and Three-Card Poker.
And we have a section dedicated to sports betting as well, with plenty of tips for betting in general as well as specific sports and leagues like NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and UFC. We've also written reviews of sportsbooks and rank sports betting sites based on their reliability, safety, quality of odds, and plenty of more criteria. To name a few, Bet365, Bovada Sportsbook (USA-accepted), 5Dimes (USA-accepted) and Pinnacle Sports are high-quality online betting sites.
Most casino players only know the rules of the games they play (sometimes even that is too much to ask). They're rarely aware of which games are financially the most beneficial to play, or how you can optimally play those games (even worse, many have superstitions that direct them towards the most unprofitable games).
Here's an example: playing the wrong slot machine games can cost you 5 times as much as playing the right games at the right online casino, and the same can be said of blackjack games, although the absolute amount you'll stand to lose at blackjack games is significantly less in general (suggesting you have some sense and stay away from side bets and 6:5 games).
Similarly, most sports bettors invest in exciting games without in-depth research (certainly less research than what the sportsbook has done). They may get lucky a few times but sportsbooks will clean their profits out (and then some) in the long run. Without knowing how sportsbooks set the odds, how to find the best betting opportunities and how to do research, it's difficult to compete with online betting sites.
Winning is difficult (and frankly, inprobable) when gambling recreationally but you can still improve your chances of winning at pretty much any casino game and lose significantly less money in the long run by picking your spots and playing the right way. Heck, you can even gain an edge over the casino in games like blackjack and video poker if you play the right variations with optimal strategy. The point being: knowing more about gaming strategies pays off big-time.
Author: James Carter