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How To Count Cards in Blackjack
Card counting in blackjack is a method for determining whether the next hand will be advantageous to the player or the dealer. Card counters aim to keep count of both high and low-value cards to minimize the house edge as much as possible. This practice ultimately allows players to determine the composition of remaining cards before they are dealt and played, leading to minimizing losses. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, you’ve come to the right place! Learn how to count cards in blackjack, and how to leverage it in our insightful article. What is Card Counting in Blackjack In a nutshell, card counting in blackjack can be described as a way for players to get an edge over the house by applying a simple mathematical equation. How does counting cards work? Simple. The practice of card counting is based on the basic principle that in blackjack, past events influence future events. Specific values are assigned to cards, and as soon as the cards have been shuffled and dealt, these values are counted while you play blackjack online or at land-based casinos.  We’ve listed some handy card-counting basics below: A player assigns a value to each card based on its face and number, either negative, positive, or zero. For example, there is a +1 count for cards 2 through 6, a 0 or neutral count for cards 7 to 9, and a -1 count for cards 10 through Ace. Counting begins at 0. Players will add value to the count as each card is dealt. Accordingly, if an Ace, King, 2, 7, 6, 4, and 5 are dealt, the count is +2. Face-down cards are not counted until they are flipped. The true count is calculated to determine the profitability of bets and is calculated using the running count. When a player is confident of the ‘true count,’ they can alter their bets according to their advantage. With fewer cards left in the shoe, the player makes more decisive wagers and improves their true count. As cards are dealt out of the deck, the counting continues. It is based on the count that betting decisions are made. It is ideal for a player to place a higher bet if the count is positive and a lower bet if it is negative. Running Count vs. True Count The running count in card counting when it comes to blackjack allows players to keep track of high and low value cards where cards 2-6 are attributed a value of +1, neutral cards, or 7-9, are valued at 0, and high cards (10, J, Q, K, A) are valued at -1.  A running count with a positive number does not necessarily mean that you would have the edge over the house though. To determine whether you should increase your bets, you need to consider the true count first. In general, a true count of +2 or higher is considered an indication of the player having an edge and that profitable bets can be placed. To calculate the true count, the running count is divided by the number of decks remaining.  Your advantage increases as the true count increases. Therefore, when the house has an advantage, or when the true count is low, players should wager as little as possible and increase their wagers proportionally. Tip: To successfully count cards in blackjack, be sure you start counting when the shoe is empty to get accurate calculations! Blackjack Card Counting Systems Blackjack players use various card counting systems and strategies, some of which are more distinctive than others. The level of difficulty of these varies from straightforward to advanced. The level of difficulty of the system should however not dictate which one you use, as several factors influence the applicability of the system. A straightforward system will be easier to apply in a simple game with fewer decks, for example. Each system is aimed at solving a specific problem and not every system will be ideal for every game. Next, we provide an overview of each to illustrate how to apply them. There are three main types of systems: Balanced/Unbalanced SystemWhere Balanced systems always begin and end in 0, and Unbalanced can end in Level 1 or Level 2, 3, 4 SystemWhere Level 1 values can be 1, 0, or -1, with the other levels being more complex with higher values included.Ace Side CountCounting and or keeping track of how many aces have been played. Hi-Lo System System Type: Balanced, Level 1 Difficulty Level: Beginner Ace Side Count: No Probably the most common and easiest strategy, Hi-Lo card counting is based on the basic principle of calculating the ratio of high and low cards left. More high cards would be beneficial to the player, while more low cards would be beneficial to the dealer.  Card values are allocated as discussed earlier, with low cards (2-6) valued at -1, neutral cards (7-9) valued at 0, and high cards (A, J, Q, K) valued at +1. As a result of the combination of neutral, high, and low cards in a deck equal to zero, the Hi-Lo strategy is a ‘balanced’ counting strategy where the count will always begin and end in 0. The Hi-Lo system requires you to calculate a running total of all cards played in the game, including those held by the dealer and other players, which is known as the running count. It is however the true count that will indicate the ratio between high and low cards. This does not have to be an exact calculation but can be an estimate. To explain the Hi-Lo counting system in classic blackjack we’ll look at an example: Once the dealer introduces a new shoe to the table, the Hi-Lo strategy begins. Since no cards have been dealt, the running count is 0. Once the first round of cards is dealt, players can calculate the running count by adding all visible cards (face-up cards) on the table. Let’s say there are five cards on the table, an Ace (-1), 2 (+1), 6 (+1), 9 (0), and a 7 (0). Adding these totals would give you a running count of +1. Next, to determine whether it would be a good idea to increase your bets, you need to calculate the true count by dividing +1 by the total decks left on the table. Here’s another example of calculating the true count: In an 8-deck blackjack game, you have a running count of +7. The shoe has roughly four decks left, giving you a true count of +1.75, or 2. Omega II System System Type: Balanced, Level 2 Difficulty Level: Intermediate Ace Side Count: No Bruce Carlson developed the Omega II card counting system for intermediate-level players, although today it is considered a complex system used by experienced players only. The reason a lot of experienced players use this system is for the accuracy it offers since it is a two-level system. Aces and 8s are valued at 0, cards 2, 3, and 7 have a value of +1, 4-6 have a value of +2, 9s are counted as -1, while the 10 and the face cards are valued at -2.  Since 4-6 cards are considered the worst cards in blackjack, they are valued at +2 and of course, the 10 and face cards (J, Q, K) are valued at -2 as these cards can get a player to get a natural blackjack quicker.  The fact that this is a multi-level system might make it a little bit more complicated to calculate as you play. As with the Hi-Lo system, a true count needs to be calculated by dividing the running count by the number of decks left in the shoe. Hi-Opt I & II Systems System Type: Balanced, Level 1 (Hi-Opt I), Level 2 (Hi-Opt II) Difficulty Level: Intermediate Ace Side Count: Yes There are two Hi-Opt systems, Hi-Opt I, and Hi-Opt II. While these two systems are different, they are related and we’ll therefore discuss both here. Card values in Hi-Opt I consist of: 10 & Face Cards: -1 3-6: +1 Everything else: 0 Players must keep a running count while also keeping track of Aces. To make informed bets, the true count is calculated by dividing the running count by the number of decks left in the shoe. Card values in the Hi-Opt II system: Aces, 8 & 9: 0 10 & Face cards: -2 2 & 3: +1 4 & 5: +2 6 & 7: +1 It is important to note that the Hi-Opt II system is notably harder to master than the simpler Hi-Opt I. Since it is a two-level system, players have two card values to add and subtract by. 2, 3, 6, or 7 receive a +1 value. As soon as the players see cards 4 and 5, they must add 2 to their running count. In the case of 10 and the face cards, players need to subtract 2 from their running count. The value of an Ace, 8 or 9, is 0. As with the Hi-Opt I system, the true count is calculated by dividing the running count by the number of decks on the table. Wong Halves System System Type: Balanced, Level 3 Difficulty Level: Advanced Ace Side Count: Yes This system was developed by Stanford Wong and is also the only one that makes use of fractions. Here is a quick overview of card values in the Wong Halves system, keeping in mind that three values are to be tracked when using it: Aces & 10s: -1 3s, 4s, 6s: +1 8s: 0 9s: -0.5 2s & 7s: +0.5 5s: +1.5 To avoid fractions, players can double the value of ½. To determine the odds of winning, convert the running count to a true count. Calculating the final count after each deck would be a good idea. It’s easier to do this than to calculate a final count from several decks of cards. If you are avoiding calculations with fractions, remember to double the number of decks you would have divided the running count by. Red 7 System System Type: Unbalanced, Level 1 Difficulty Level: Beginner Ace Side Count: No As a one-level system, the Red 7 system of counting cards in blackjack is simple and easy for beginners to learn. The system works based on high and low cards and is seen as a variation of the Hi-Lo counting system. Aces and 10s are valued at -1, 2-6 cards are valued at +1, red 7s in the deck count as +1, black 7s are valued at 0, and all 8s and 9s are also counted at 0. Thanks to singling out red 7s, there is no need for players to calculate a true count. As with other unbalanced systems, counting starts with a negative count, with every deck of cards equalling -2. When playing with six decks then, you would start counting at -12. A running count of 0 indicates that you have a 0.5% edge over the house. When the running counts increase, bet sizes are increased by increments depending on the number of decks you are playing. In a nutshell, it is better for the players if the final running count is higher when using this counting system. KO System System Type: Unbalanced, Level 1 Difficulty Level: Beginner and Intermediate Ace Side Count: No Commonly known as the Knock-Out card counting system and is suitable for both beginners and intermediate players. This system was introduced in a book entitled Knock Out Blackjack written by Fuchs and Vancura. Like the Hi-Lo method, tens, queens, jacks, kings, and aces are assigned a -1, whereas 2-7 are assigned a +1. On the other hand, 8s and 9s are marked as 0. When all cards have been dealt, the final count will not equal zero, indicating that the system is not balanced. This also means that there is no need to calculate a true count. Unlike other systems, counting does not start at 0, but the number of decks determines the starting count. When the game is played with two decks, the count would start at -2, playing with six decks means you will start counting at -20, and eight decks will have you starting from -28. If you play with a single deck you would start counting at 0 as with the other counting systems. Bet sizes are increased as the running count climbs, with lower bet sizes placed the lower the running count. Zen Count System Type: Balanced, Level 2 Difficulty Level: Intermediate Ace Side Count: No Another balanced system is the Zen Count, where the count decreases to 0 at the end of the game. It is also one of the simplest systems, and the cards are valued as follows: 2, 3, 7: +1 4, 5, 6: +2 8, 9: 0 10, Jack, Queen, King: -2 Ace: -1 Since this is a balanced counting system, players need to calculate the true count by dividing the running count by the estimated number of decks left. The Zen Count system is considered to be one of the best counting systems to help players decide when to raise their bets. This is due to the favorable correlation the system offers, standing at 0.96. Bets are increased as the true count increases, with a true count of 0 or less requiring a minimum bet size. Of course, players must also be aware of this steady increase to avoid catching the casino’s attention. Dynamics of Team Card Counting Team card counting is in no way a new phenomenon, with multiple blackjack card-counting teams trying to up the house all over the globe. The most popular blackjack team is without a doubt the MIT card counting team, a team that started in the 70s and is also the inspiration behind the popular movie 21. Teams use a variety of counting systems, but notably, the system used by the MIT card counting team is largely based on the Hi-Lo system, which assigns the same values to each card. As a result, high cards are -1, low cards are +1, and the rest are 0. The team also used a three-person team strategy that included: A big player, A controller A spotter. After the spotter verified that the count was favorable, they would signal the big player to place the bet. The team could beat several casinos and make millions of dollars within a short period. How to Count Cards with 1 Deck vs. Multiple Decks Now that we’ve covered the basics of card counting and explained some of the systems you can exploit, we’ll skim over how to apply your knowledge when playing single-deck or multi-deck blackjack games. 1 Deck Card Counting Using the Hi-Lo system, players in single-deck games only need the running count to assess their advantage. A true count isn’t necessary. As a result, you can spend more time applying basic strategy to single deck blackjack card counting. New card counters will enjoy single-deck blackjack games thanks to the simplicity it affords. With fewer decks, players have the best odds, and beginner counters can easily track their advantage. Additionally, single-deck blackjack has a house edge of just 0.16%. Online casinos sometimes add restrictions to single-deck blackjack games to tip the odds in their favor. For example, some rules restrict players’ moves and winnings, such as limiting re-splits and letting the dealer hit on a soft 17. Counting Cards with Multiple Deck Games Learning how to count cards in blackjack with multiple decks can seem tricky, especially since players have to keep track of both the running and the true count. This can be done using a balanced counting system like Hi-Lo. Using the true count, every card counting system can be used in blackjack, regardless of the number of decks. You can adjust your bets accordingly when you know how many high-value cards are left in the shoe. To calculate the true count, the running count is divided by the number of decks on the table, which will give you an indication of the total number of high cards left. Let’s look at a practical example: If you are playing with six decks, and you have a running count of +12, the true count will be two (12 ÷ 6 = 2), indicating two high cards left per deck. Where this calculation might get tricky is keeping track of the number of decks left on the table—keeping in mind that the importance of an accurate true count increases as the number of decks left decreases. How Casinos Try To Prevent Card Counting While card counting at land-based casinos is common, and certainly not illegal, one cannot help but wonder whether or not it is possible to count cards online. Can you count cards in online blackjack? Yes, it is possible! It is, however, extremely difficult. Online casinos use the following methods to reduce or eliminate a card counter’s advantage in live blackjack: CSMs (Continuous Shuffling Machines): It is impossible for players to count cards when the dealer is using these devices. Decks (typically between 3-5) are constantly shuffled, making it impossible to calculate the variance between high and low value cards left. Deck Penetration: Referring to the distribution of cards dealt before reshuffling, deck penetration is a cornerstone of successful card counting. In some online casinos, 8-deck shoes are replaced after 50% of the cards have been played, rendering card counting ineffective. Rounds Per Hour: In card counting, the general rule of thumb is that the more rounds you can play per hour, the more you can win. The speed of live blackjack games limits the number of hands played and the overall winnings of card counters. Blackjack Rules: A 6:5 payout or the dealer hitting on soft 17 can increase the house edge so much that card counting becomes impossible. These, among other game rules, are sometimes implemented to counter-act card counting. Card Scanning: Before adding cards to the table, dealers sometimes scan them. Then, the casino’s systems analyze players’ betting patterns and table cards to identify any counting. Look for online casinos that pay 3:2 for live blackjack, if you want to play live blackjack. Choose a table where the dealer manually shuffles the cards or uses a batch shuffler. You can still count cards with these systems depending on deck penetration. Lastly, look for live blackjack games with favorable rules. Tips for Mastering Card Counting in Blackjack Some players struggle to keep track of their cards when they combine card counting systems with basic strategy. Before even attempting card counting, players should know basic blackjack strategy by heart. Once you’ve got the basic strategy down, you’ll need to practice card counting until it becomes second nature. Below are some exercises you can try. Read the basic blackjack strategy chart out loud several times a day to ensure you can recite it without looking at it. Practice your knowledge of basic strategy by playing at home until you are comfortable with your level of knowledge and understanding. Next, you need to practice your card counting and reaching accurate running counts. Start by counting the values of a single deck of cards, until you’ve reached the last card. If you did not reach a running count of 0 you made a mistake. Continue practicing and counting for as long as is necessary.  Once you are confident that you can automatically calculate and keep track of the running count,  it’s time to put what you’ve learned to the test. Ask a friend to play with you, and play a couple of rounds to test your skills. Next, it’s time to see how your running count skills fare in practice. Visit a casino and watch other blackjack players play. Try to keep track of the running count as you watch. It’s essential not to attempt playing at this stage yet, you still have to practice calculating the true count! To practice calculating the true count, get your blackjack gear out and get ready to do some maths. You’ll need six decks of cards and 30 pieces of paper with the numbers 1-30 written on it. With an empty discard tray, pull a number from the ones you’ve prepared and divide it by six (six decks on the table). Continue pulling numbers and doing the division by six. Once you have done so about 30 times, place one deck of cards in the discard tray and all the numbered papers back in the container you are using to pull them from. Restart the process but this time, divide the number you pull by five (five decks on the table). Continue this process until you have worked your way through all decks. These practices should help you master the art of card counting. You can also practice calculating the true count by doing simple divisions while jogging or relaxing. It is essential to get these basics right before attempting to try them out in real games!  FAQ Is it legal to count cards in blackjack? No, while it is frowned upon, no law states that it is not allowed. The US and British laws do not prohibit card counting. The casinos, however, strictly prohibit players from using any external card-counting device or person to assist them in counting cards. In general, casinos oppose card counting and try to prevent it. Often, they ban suspected card counters from playing in the casinos. Some casinos, especially in Nevada, strictly prohibit the use of card-counting apps and devices.  How do online casinos minimize card counting? Online casinos complicate the process by adding more decks. Consequently, it is more difficult to identify the concentration of high and low cards left in the shoe. Casinos may also use Continuous Shuffling Machines, which makes it impossible to count cards when playing blackjack. Does card counting work in online blackjack? Yes, you can count cards when playing blackjack online against live dealers. If you want to know how to count cards in online blackjack, you can apply all the systems and strategies we’ve explained in this article. It is important to note that counting cards in online blackjack is not as profitable as doing so at land-based casinos due to several reasons, but more specifically, the pace of online blackjack games. Can team card counting strategies increase success rates in blackjack? Yes, it absolutely can increase success rates to play in a team setting. What could be especially beneficial from team card counting is an increase in the Expected Value or profit that can be earned, as this increases with the addition of shares in the overall bankroll. More players also reduce the risk. What are common beginner card counting mistakes? Among the many mistakes beginners make, not applying basic strategy is the biggest. Next is overbetting and not managing their bankroll effectively, and last but not least, making insurance bets thinking that it could have a positive outcome when there is a 70% chance that it won’t.
Posted by Anje Lombard
August 1, 2022
Texas Hold’em Tournament Strategy
During the next World Series of Poker (WSOP) event in Las Vegas, many players dream of rising to the top in a game of Texas Hold’em. Nevertheless, few can claim to have done so. Texas Hold’em is a popular version of poker that offers plenty of depth, healthy competition, and resources to study the best strategy to play the game. Professional poker players will tell you that Texas Hold’em is a game of continuous improvement. Therefore, it would help if you used poker strategies to advance your hands as the game evolves. Additionally, the number of players is growing, which opens up new challenges and opportunities for innovation. We will examine what we consider the most viable Texas Hold’em strategy options for beginners and more advanced players striving to reach the final table of a WSOP event. Our strategy tips are based on conventional wisdom and what some top players have shared. So let’s check it out. With our top Texas Hold ’em poker strategy tips, you can boost your place and give your playstyle a direction. What is Texas Hold ’em? Texas hold ’em is a variant of poker that is also referred to as Texas holdem, hold’em, or holdem. Each player receives two hole cards, known as hole cards, and then five community cards are dealt face up in three stages. A poker hand consists of three cards “the flop,” a single card, “the turn” or “fourth street,” and a final card, “the river.” Each player tries to create the best five-card poker hand from the five community cards and the two-hole cards. It is possible for players to check, call, raise, or fold their bets. Several betting rounds occur before and after the flop is dealt with and after each subsequent deal. A player who holds the best hand at the end of all betting rounds wins the pot if no one has folded. It is possible for two players with equal hands to split the pot or tie. It is also known as a “chop-pot.” HORSE and HOSE also feature Texas hold’em as the H game. Texas Hold ’em Tips Here we have listed some of the best strategies when playing Texas Hold ’em. They could increase your chances of victory: 1. Play Good Cards, and You Will Win 2. Playing in Position is Winning Poker 3. The Most Important Texas Hold ’em Strategy – Don’t Tilt 4. Only Play Against Bad Poker Players 5. Study Your Poker Hands 6. Study Advanced Texas Hold ’em strategy 7. Understand Player Types 8. Bring Your “A” Game Every Single Time 9. Don’t Wait For the Nuts Check our deeper explanation of each of the strategies listed above. 1. Play Good Cards, and You Will Win Any beginner in poker needs to learn the #1 Texas Hold ’em tip: you must play good poker hands to win. One of the biggest reasons amateurs lose at Texas Hold ’em is because they play too many trashy hands! In a 6-person poker game, you should be playing the top 20% of the hands dealt to you, and in a 9-person poker game, the top 15%. 2. Playing in Position is Winning Poker The next Texas Hold ’em strategy is to ensure you are playing most of your hands based on the pre-flop charts above. In other words, you want to play as often as possible from the two seats directly to the right of the blinds, the button, and the cutoff. 3. The Most Important Texas Hold ’em Tip – Don’t Tilt Tilting too much is why some people don’t succeed at Texas Hold ’em. Put another way; they get frustrated when they get bad luck. In addition, they play too many hands, play too aggressively, and make stupid bluffs and bad calls. 4. Only Play Against Bad Poker Players In Texas Hold ’em poker games, this is one of the most important keys to your success. Make sure that you play poker with bad players at all times. When playing online poker with a poker HUD, you should look for players with a VPIP of 40% or higher. Despite the frustration of playing against these “wild” players sometimes, you will profit greatly from them over time. When playing Texas Hold ’em, remember where the money comes from. Tight, solid regulars will not pad your profits. However, there are also many loose and wild amateurs. 5. Study Your Poker Hands The key to improving at Texas Hold ’em is to study your hands to find your leaks. One of the most effective methods you have used to stay ahead of the competition as a poker pro for the last 10+ years is by putting in the hours away from the tables, improving your skills. 6. Study Advanced Texas Hold ’em strategy Additionally, you need to know the latest advanced Texas Hold ’em strategies to succeed in this game. Nowadays, there are a lot of well-advanced poker training programs available. 7. Understand Player Types Keeping track of the type of poker player you are playing against is one of the top Texas Hold ’em tips. Nits, TAGs, LAGs, SLAGs, fish, etc., are frequently encountered. 8. Bring Your “A” Game Every Single Time Too many poker players play Texas Hold ’em when they aren’t ready. As a result, their sleep was not enough, they didn’t eat, and they were depressed, drunk, and hungover. 9. Don’t Wait For the Nuts Another Texas Hold ’em tip is to stop waiting for the nuts before playing, especially against bad players. When you have a below-average hand, sometimes you have to mix it up with them. But unfortunately, many players make the mistake of playing too tight these days. Texas Hold’em Tips to Consider & Rules The most popular version of poker today is Texas Hold’em. Texas Hold ’em rules are used in the World Series of Poker Main Event, and most poker shows feature the game. Get a solid start to your poker career with these Texas Hold’em strategy tips. Read Your Opponent’s Hand: Your opponent’s hand strength can be determined by several factors. They should also consider what the flop offers, their table position, aggression in hand, and general aggression level. Opponent’s Position: Based on the player’s betting position, narrow down the possible outcomes. An early position bet usually indicates a stronger hand. When the flop is seen in a late position (with few opponents), there are more chances for success. Post-Flop Actions: Another clue is what a player does after the flop. Checking indicates uncertainty or weakness while raising indicates strength. Community Cards: “Dry boards” – flops without flush possibilities – are simpler to calculate. You can narrow your opponent’s hand by looking at the broader picture. Opponent Behavior: Is your opponent slow to make a decision? Does it seem shorter or longer than usual? What is the size of the bets? What is the bet size compared to the player’s previous hands? FAQ What’s the worst starting hand you can get in Texas Hold ’em? In terms of statistics, an off-suited 72 should be the worst hand you can draw. When it’s your turn, do you fold it? Many professionals and players with experience in the game will advise you to ditch it immediately. What are the best cards in Texas Hold ’em? Aces and Kings, paired, are usually the best cards. The Royal Flush is, however, the best hand. Before you act, you should refer to a Hold’em cheat sheet for percentages and odds. How many betting rounds are there in Texas Hold ’em? Poker has four betting rounds: the pre-flop, post-flop, turn, and river. Showdown is the last round of betting. Should I play not real money Texas Hold ’em to learn strategies? No. It is generally believed that playing Texas Hold’em for anything other than real money teaches bad habits. Most poker tips recommend playing cash games with small buy-ins, such as 0.01/0.02, also known as micro stakes. They may seem negligible, but they can help you cultivate the right mindset when playing Hold’em. Micro-stakes games can also be converted into tournament tickets, so don’t play without simulating real money.
How to Find the Best Betting Odds
Sports betting odds are influenced by various factors, both general and specific to different sports. Recent performance, win-loss records, past matchups, and statistics are crucial in determining odds. The absence of key players due to injuries or suspensions can significantly shift the odds. Teams often perform better at home due to familiar conditions and support from local fans. Heavy rain, for instance, might impact a football game’s score. Past encounters between teams or players can influence odds, especially if there’s a consistent pattern of wins or losses. When you look at the odds on betting sites, you have to consider many factors. We cut through those aspects to help you secure the best odds, choose the appropriate market, and determine the optimal timing for your betting picks. 1. Know your sport inside out By deeply understanding the sport, bettors can better interpret statistics and trends that can influence games and use them to predict outcomes more accurately. Regularly following a sport provides deeper insights into player form, injuries, and potential line-up changes.  In addition to tactics, team dynamics, playing styles, and historical performances against certain opponents, bettors often consider players’ personal problems, such as disagreements with their coaches. These details will help you make smarter decisions and find valuable bets at top betting sites. 2. Don’t just stick to one bookmaker  Bettors can limit themselves if they stick to a single bookmaker. For example, various bookmakers give different odds on the same events. By shopping around, bettors can be certain they are receiving the most value for their bets. Even little variations in odds might lead to considerable increases in possible winnings over time. This approach, known as odds shopping, is critical for anyone serious about profiting from sports betting. Furthermore, several bookmakers provide a range of incentives, promotions, and special deals that might be helpful to bettors. These may include welcome bonuses, free bets, improved odds, and cashback offers, all of which can provide value above and beyond the odds. Certain bookies may specialize in specific sports or events or provide greater market depth. By sticking to a single bookmaker, a punter may miss out on the extensive coverage of favorite sports or events. Finally, the betting experience can differ dramatically among bookies regarding user interface, customer service, and the availability of extra services, such as live streaming, in-play betting, and cash-out choices. 3. Don’t bet only on the favorites Favorites typically have lower odds because they are more likely to win, meaning the potential returns on a bet are down compared to betting on an underdog. Also, sports are inherently unpredictable, and upsets are more common than one might think. By betting only on favorites, bettors ignore the potential value that can be found in underdog victories. Sometimes, favorites are overvalued based on reputation rather than current form or specific matchup conditions. Ultimately, odds are influenced by public perception and betting patterns. The fact is that favorites often attract attention and money, which might lead to shorter odds and less value for the bettor. 4. The fewer selections, the better Keeping your bets simple or placing single bets might be a more successful strategy than accumulating picks. The fundamental reason for preferring fewer selections is the increased probability of winning—each additional selection in a bet multiplies the risk since every selection must be correct. By betting on fewer selections, you reduce the impact of variance. With fewer bets, the outcome is more likely to reflect your skill and knowledge rather than random chance. Also, focusing on fewer selections allows for more thorough research of each choice. When betting on a single game or event, you can analyze relevant situational factors and concentrate on identifying value in the betting markets. This detailed analysis is more likely to lead to rational betting decisions than spreading your focus across many games or events. 5. Avoid the temptation of odds-on prices Be mindful of the false sense of security that odds-on prices can create. Upsets are common in sports, and even the most favored can lose, leading to significant losses, especially if a bettor has staked a large amount due to a low return. Effective bankroll management is crucial in sports betting. Punters risk more money than they stand to win, which means that even a few losses can be challenging to recover from. One of the critical aspects of successful betting is finding value. Odds-on bets often offer little to no value as bookmakers adjust the prices to reflect the high probability of the outcome. So, the risk-to-reward ratio in odds-on betting is skewed. 6. Consider the less obvious markets Mainstream betting markets, like match winners or total points, are heavily analyzed and bet on. Bookmakers price these markets rather accurately. Less obvious markets might receive a different level of attention, leading to more favorable odds or mispriced lines that savvy bettors can exploit. If you have specialized knowledge of a particular aspect of a sport, less obvious markets allow you to leverage this expertise. For example, if you thoroughly understand individual player performances in basketball, you might find great value in player-prop NBA betting. 7. Make sure you understand the market Understanding betting markets is the foundation for making informed and strategic decisions. Different markets offer different types of bets, each with its own rules and strategies. Each market requires a unique approach to research, risk assessment, and understanding of the sport. Prop bets, for example, require specific and detailed knowledge of players and teams.  A common mistake bettors make is not fully understanding the distinctions between these different markets. Failing to grasp how a point spread works can lead to misinterpreting what constitutes a winning bet. 8. Don’t bet with your heart Letting personal biases dictate betting decisions is a common pitfall in sports betting. This approach can significantly impair judgment and lead to decisions that aren’t backed by sound reasoning or statistical evidence. Emotional betting ignores important aspects that influence the outcome and includes making bets based on love for the team or player rather than on an objective analysis. In NFL betting, a fan of a particular football team might consistently bet on their team to win despite player injuries or a poor run of form. While loyalty is admirable, it misses critical factors that should improve decision-making. 9. Pick your moment The ideal timing for placing bets and live bets varies depending on the nature of the sport, the type of bet, and the specific circumstances surrounding the event. Here’s a breakdown of ideal time frames for both pre-game and live betting: Pre-game betting Early betting: Placing bets as soon as the lines are released can be advantageous, especially for seasoned bettors with a good sense of value. Early lines may not fully reflect recent developments or public betting trends, which creates betting opportunities. In NFL football betting, early lines can provide value before the market adjusts. Closer to the event: Waiting until the event starts has its benefits as well, allowing bettors to consider last-minute changes, such as injuries, weather conditions, or roster changes. In baseball betting, where starting pitchers are crucial, betting closer to game time can be wise. Market movements: Observing how the lines move and comparing odds in the days leading up to the event can provide insights into where smart money is going. For those less confident in their initial analysis, following these movements can aid in making wiser decisions. Live betting Early game observations: The beginning of the game is a critical time for live sports betting. Watching the first few minutes can give insights into the strategies teams employ, any unforeseen factors like weather impacts, or the game’s general flow. Reacting to game dynamics: A key player getting injured, a significant change in momentum after a few big plays, or a team displaying unexpected form can be good moments to consider live betting. Halftime/breaks in play: Halftimes or breaks in play, like the end of a set in tennis, are strategic times for live sports betting. They provide a moment to assess the game without the pressure of ongoing play and can be ideal for placing bets based on first-half performances or expected adjustments. Avoiding late-game betting: While tempting, betting late in the game can be risky unless you have a clear read. Those live odds are usually less favorable, and the potential for unexpected changes diminishes. 10. It pays to follow less popular sports Major sports like football, basketball, and horse racing attract much attention from bettors and bookmakers. The odds in these sports are usually sharp, as bookmakers invest significant resources in setting accurate lines. Less popular sports, however, can maintain less efficient markets.  Concentrating on a niche sport allows you to develop expertise that gives you an edge over bookmakers. With less information available publicly, your in-depth knowledge, combined with odds comparison, can be a significant advantage. You can understand nuances and details often overlooked by others, giving you a better chance to spot mispriced odds or valuable betting opportunities. What Affects Sports Betting Odds? There can be several ways where the odds on sports betting futures can change before a season begins. For example, in the last few days and weeks leading up to games, events such as trades or free agent signings can transform the underdog into one of the favorites or create an even bigger divide between the two squads. Player injuries or absences due to suspensions or personal reasons and the location of the game can affect the odds. Teams generally perform better at home, which can lead to shorter odds. In MLB betting or other outdoor sports like college football, weather conditions can impact gameplay and thus affect the odds. Past matchups between the teams or players can influence odds, especially if one team or player dominates the other consistently. The specific strategies or styles of play can influence how a team stacks up against another, affecting the odds. For example, the over/under margin on two high-scoring NBA teams will significantly increase compared to the league average. Lastly, the dynamics of the betting market can also influence odds. Bookmakers adjust odds based on where the larger portion of the money is going. If many bets are placed on one team, the odds may be adjusted to balance the action.
Online Casino Licenses: A Comprehensive Guide
If an operator of an online casino or sportsbook wants to do everything legally and “by the book,” then they must get licensed. Licensing allows casinos to operate legally and under regulation from a regulatory body of the jurisdiction they are registered. While regulations place many burdens on operators, in the end, the benefits of being legal and legitimate far outweigh both the costs and the legal limitations imposed. In this comprehensive guide on online casino licenses, we will go over the whys and hows of getting licenses. And also, take a look at some of the most popular gambling license jurisdictions to help you make your decision. What Are Online Casino Licenses? Simply put, an online gambling license is a legal document conferring the right onto a company to operate a gambling business in a given territory. Just as land-based casinos must be regulated, so do their online counterparts. In order for an operator to offer games of chance, such as video slots, table games, or sports betting, legally, they must have a license that covers the territories they want to offer the games. Getting one, however, is usually no easy feat. Not only do they cost money (depending on the jurisdiction, the licensing costs may represent a significant barrier to entry into the market), but they also create an obligation for the company to follow regulations. The exact nature of the regulations depends on the given jurisdiction. Some, like Curacao, are known for being less stringent. While for instance, the United Kingdom Gambling Commission is considered especially tough. What’s important to note is that the early days of unlicensed and “wild west” online gambling are largely over. More and more countries want to bring this form of gambling into the legal mainstream and have begun to crack down on anyone who operates illegally. Therefore, those who do so are not only risking steep fines but even potential jail time. In general, the role of the licensing authority is to make sure that all gambling, including online, is above board and safe for the consumers. Those who want to open an online casino must have a license. The hard part of this decision is actually figuring out where to pursue getting a license. Many different jurisdictions offer them, and all of them have their own pros and cons. But, with this guide in hand, you will be able to figure out most of these questions and know what to expect as you set out on the journey to get your budding online iGaming empire up, and running, and, most importantly — legal. Where And Why Should Casinos Get Licensed? When considering online casino licenses (and operators definitely should), there are a lot of things to take into account. But the most important thing to remember is that players today expect an online casino to be operating under laws and regulations. Most of the sites that review casinos make a note of the jurisdiction. Players are sensitive to this info, as they do not want to deposit their money into a venue that could be deemed unsafe. And as the events in the iGaming industry in 2021 show, more and more countries are moving to regulate all forms of online gambling. This means that to be a viable option for players today, operators must be licensed. And that is just on the perception side of things. The main reason why operators pursue gambling licenses is to protect themselves from legal liabilities and to be able to operate normally as a business. That last part is extremely important. These days, players expect to be able to deposit and withdraw money using many different payment providers and to be able to take a punt on a large catalog of games. And here’s the thing. You won’t be able to offer many payment options and many games if you’re not a licensed online casino. It’s simple. Respectable companies want to work with other respectable companies. Your fly-by-night operation simply won’t attract such game providers as NetEnt or Microgaming, sorry. In order to be able to collaborate with the best providers, whether it’s in payment, games, or the casino platform itself, you will need to be licensed and operating legally. Some who do not do so run pirated software on their sites, but this opens additional legal liability as those companies can sue for copyright and intellectual rights infringement. Since we settled the question of why it’s time to address the where of it all. We will go over the different jurisdictions in-depth a bit later in this guide, but for now, let us say this choice primarily depends on where your company is based and which market you want to go after. While all jurisdictions have their own rules and requirements, there are things they have in common in broad strokes. What is called “fit and proper persons” will have to occupy ownership and senior positions, there are tests for this. The random number generators (RNGs) in the software will have to be regularly tested and validated. Some may even ask you to publish a full RTP (return to player) list for each and every game you offer. Some clientele may be barred from playing with you, and you may need to establish limits on deposits. These are just some of the requirements, and this is by no means an exhaustive list. When considering where to get licensed, it is very important to go through the full legal requirement list. Agencies exist to help companies through this process due to the volume of work involved. How Online Casinos Apply for Gaming Licenses? Each licensing authority will have its own process of application. But there are some things that they have in common and that prospective casino operators can expect as parts of the process no matter where they apply. In general, you can expect to pay various fees (one-time and/or yearly, more on those later in this guide), deal with a considerable load of paperwork, and also wait. For a couple of months at least. Common requirements include things like background checks, business plans, proof of funds, and software and compliance checks. Depending on the jurisdiction, it may be necessary to also incorporate in the jurisdiction and to house servers in the same location too. A lot of the time, the authorities also enforce standards on platform providers so it can increase the chances of a successful application to cooperate with providers who are already licensed and reputable. Speaking frankly, getting licensed is no cakewalk. There are many checks, demands, and requirements. Criminal records will be checked, as well as passports, bank references, information on target markets, and measures to prevent minors from gambling… Anti-money laundering and know-your-customer procedures are other big parts of what is asked from prospective iGaming operators. To keep track of all of this and to avoid wasting time and funds, many companies seeking online gaming licenses employ the services of legal firms and consultancies that specialize in this area of corporate law. Note also that gambling authorities do not operate in a vacuum. They are able and willing to use inquiries with other national and international regulatory bodies to fully check your probity and get the necessary info about your background and history. Therefore, it could be argued that the best way to get through the licensing process is to be as forthcoming and transparent as possible. This goes even for those who do have blemishes in their history, as the investigation will most likely uncover them. As to how to actually begin the process, applications can be made through a licensing agent or independently. Sometimes, it will even be possible to apply online. What all online casinos or sports betting sites need to know is that while most will be operating in many countries, the legislation of the country where it is registered will always take precedence over any international laws. That is yet another thing to keep in mind. A number of gambling jurisdictions exist now, and most casinos tend to choose one of the most popular ones, such as Malta, Curacao, or Gibraltar. The choice of jurisdiction is possibly the most important step in the process, as it will dictate the rest of it. How Do Online Casinos Choose an Online Gambling License? Out of so many different options, how do companies seeking to operate online iGaming sites decide where to incorporate and which license to seek? To answer this question, companies need to think about their needs and business possibilities. This is what will guide the decision. Any type of gambling will require a license, and businesses have to get one before they go live. Before they set out on the difficult and demanding trek of licensing, online casinos take into account the requirements each jurisdiction imposes, the costs associated with the fees, and the taxation policy. Many choose to speed this process up by hiring outside help, such as lawyers. Different jurisdictions also have different reputations. Some are seen as more lenient, while some are seen as very heavy on the rules and limitations. As an example, the United Kingdom Gambling Commission has recently decided they will start regulating how fast a single round in a video slot game can be. In Sweden, the regulatory body decided to ban the offering of bonuses. There are quite a lot of factors to consider when choosing a license, and it’s of the highest importance to get it right. The Overview Of The Most Popular Gambling License Jurisdictions In this section of our guide, we’ll take a look at some of the most popular and most commonly selected online gambling jurisdictions. Each of these has its own pros and cons, opening certain opportunities while closing some others. They also vary in requirements and the costs associated, so those looking to get their online casino up and running need to have a good hard think about what might work best for their specific needs. Malta Gambling Authority Malta has for many years been the iGaming hub of Europe. That’s for a good reason, as their license is considered very reputable and offers access to the lucrative European market. The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) is the body that carries out the licensing process and confers the license to an operator. They are also the ones issuing regulations and checking compliance. MGA offers four classes of licenses. The first type gives the right to organize games of chance where the result is determined by an RNG. This is the license that you want if your online casino offers video slots and table games. The other licenses offer the ability to organize games based on event outcomes (i.e., sports betting), poker, and fantasy sports. In 2018, the body streamlined some of the taxation systems, removed the need for current holders to apply for separate licenses, and waived the monthly compliance contribution for the first 12 months of the casino’s operation. Getting licensed in Malta, however, is a long process. Prospective operators go through at least five stages which include several compliance audits. It takes 3 to 4 weeks for the application to be considered, followed by a temporary license of six months. After that, based on extensive checks, a five-year license is given. The process is definitely involved: a fit and proper check, a business planning check to ensure the viability of the business plan, a financial reserves check, and a system review. But with so many licensed online casinos and sports betting sites choosing this license, it’s clear that it is worth it. It gives access to the European market and players place a high trust in it. United Kingdom Gambling Commission Then there is the UKGC. This is the regulating body that oversees gambling in the United Kingdom and offers a host of different licenses based on what a company is doing. These include five types of remote betting ones (as an example, accepting sports betting on real events and on virtual events requires the possession of two different licenses) as well as a range of intermediately and industry licenses. This is one of the drawbacks of the United Kingdom Gambling Commission license, as operators who later want to branch out into other aspects of iGaming will need to apply for a separate license for each. In addition, the UKGC has some of the longest approval processes, which can last up to 16 weeks, and in recent years, the regulatory body has begun tightening the leash on what operators in the country are allowed to do. So, why get licensed by the UKGC at all? The UK is one of the largest contributors to the international gambling industry, generating a gross gambling yield of £2 billion between October 2011 and September 2012. There’s your answer. Before 2014, the UK had a more relaxed attitude to remote gambling, and operators from so-called “whitelisted territories” (such as Malta and Gibraltar) were able to both accept bets from Britons and to advertise in the country. Since 2014, changes in regulation mean that anyone wanting to access the UK market and advertise in it must be licensed by the UKGC. So, despite UK regulations being onerous with a trend of increasing regulatory pressure, online casinos still get licensed here due to the lucrativeness of the UK iGaming market. Curaçao Curaçao is a small island in the Caribbean with a large presence in the online iGaming industry. This is in large part due to the ease and low costs of gaining a license. How it works is that there are master licenses and sub-licenses. New operators apply for a sub-license at one of the four master license holders (they have been fixed since 1996). Master licenses are renewed every five years, and sublicenses are valid for as long as the master licenses are. The main advantage of this system is that online casinos need only one license for the entire iGaming vertical. This is in contrast to jurisdictions like the UK, where separate licenses need to be obtained to offer different kinds of gambling. Where the Curaçao license really shines is in how cheap it is. While each of the four master license holders has its own rules and fees, it is in the neighborhood of $5,000 annually. There is a one-time application fee (around $2,000) and a couple of other smaller ones. In addition, Curacao has a 0% corporate income tax and a 2% net gains tax. Getting a Curaçao license is fast and takes as little as six weeks. There are a couple of significant drawbacks, however. Casinos licensed in Curacao cannot accept players from the USA, France, the Netherlands, and Curacao itself. Overall, however, due to its simplicity and quickness, Curacao is an excellent choice for many first-time operators. Of course, such operators can always choose to be licensed somewhere else later. Gibraltar Gibraltar is another of those jurisdictions that is very attractive due to low taxes — just 1% of revenue and capped at £425,000. Quite possibly, Gibraltar is the most exclusive jurisdiction there is. Online casino owners need to prove financial solvency, provide a business plan and be ready to perform all transactions solely through banks based in Gibraltar. This jurisdiction also has some of the most stringent regulations and is the golden standard of trustworthiness and reliability. The license fee is paid in one lump sum of £100,000. But that’s far from the only thing you’d need to pony up to get a license here. Gibraltar is selective, preferring to give licenses only to already established operators that already hold reliable licenses. As it states on the regulator’s website, the authority only considers “blue chip companies with a proven track record in gambling.” And perhaps the most important thing written on that same website — “Licenses are generally difficult to obtain.” So, there you go. This is an option for established operators who want to pay fewer taxes. If you’re someone looking to get started, you’ll have to look elsewhere. Sweden’s Spelinspektionen For a long time, gambling in the country was a state monopoly. But recent changes have seen the market open up. Spelinspektionen is the regulatory body that decides who gets a license and who does not. Sweden, being a new market, is also quite stringent. The focus of the Swedish regulators is player protection and the reduction of gambling addiction. It is also a very reactive body. In 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic, Sweden took temporary responsible gambling measures such as a SEK 5,000 limit on deposits (around 488 ) and a bonus limit of SEK 100 (less than 10). Spelinspektionen may be seen as a very restrictive jurisdiction, but it also represents an opportunity for iGaming companies as the market gets liberalized. How Much Do Online Casino Licenses Cost? This is a tricky question as different jurisdictions charge differently for applications and may have other additional fees. Another important thing to consider is the tax rate. Prices can be quite cheap, such as in the case of Curacao. Or alternatively, expensive, such as in Gibraltar. Of course, Gibraltar offsets this high upfront license cost with a very favorable corporate gains tax rate. In Malta, which remains the most popular way to get into the European iGaming market, the application fee is €5,000, and the annual license fee is fixed at €25,000. New tax rules since 2018 will see online casinos with the B2C Type 1 license (that’s the one that lets you offer video slots) pay annual taxes on a progressive scale: of 1.25% if the profits do not exceed €3 million and 1% for profits up to €4.5 million and so on. If a casino makes up to €10 million, it will only pay 0.55% in taxes. So for those companies that are very successful, Malta is clearly an excellent choice. In general, depending on the jurisdiction, the fees will be different. So anyone looking to get one of these licenses will have to weigh the costs. In Sweden, for instance, casinos can expect to end up with licensing costs of between €229,950 and €257,450 based on the number of founders (this total includes things such as local servers and management fees). FAQ on Online Casino Licenses What is an Offshore Casino License? An offshore gaming license simply means that the provider works remotely from their home country, but their operation takes place without locally imposed restrictions. A very large number of online casinos today have these types of gaming licenses that enable them to work from one country while serving gamblers in many different territories where their license is accepted. Why Should I Get a Gambling License For My Casino? As online iGaming has become more and more widespread, governments have started regulating it. At the same time, players want to play at casinos that are fair and legitimate. Therefore, getting a license is essential to being able to be a proper player in the iGaming market. Not to mention that payment processors, banks, and software suppliers will only work with regulated casinos. This essentially means that operating properly as an online iGaming venue is not possible without a license from a competent gaming authority. How Do I Obtain a Gambling License? The first step in obtaining an online casino license is figuring out which markets your casino wants to serve. After that, you will look into what jurisdictions can give you a license that will enable you to do business. There will probably be more than one, so things like license fees, tax rates, and more will factor into your decision. Given the complexity of this task, many prospective casino owners seek out help from legal firms to complete this process.
Using PayPal in Online Casinos: The Full Guide
PayPal in online casinos is one of the staple payment systems. Here is how this banking method works in the gambling industry. What is PayPal? PayPal was founded in 1998 and had offices in California and was purchased by eBay in 2002. PayPal is an alternative payment method that has received many awards for its service, more than 20 awards. As a result, they were awarded two individual ‘Best Financial Services Site’ awards from the ’06 Webby Awards, as well as the ’06 Webby People’s Voice Awards. How Does PayPal Work? Members of PayPal use the service to send and receive money online. Once you have registered for a free PayPal account, you can use PayPal to send and receive money. In order to make PayPal payments, you can fund your PayPal account using your credit card or bank account. Once your PayPal account is funded, you can make PayPal payments. As part of the checkout process on a website where you buy something, you usually click on PayPal after selecting your payment method. It is possible to fund your PayPal account, and PayPal will then transfer the funds securely to your beneficiary’s account. In addition, PayPal will send your recipients an email notification once they make a payment to let them know that they have been paid. One important aspect is how sellers transfer their PayPal funds to their bank accounts. This process is quite easy for residents of the United States and seven other preferred countries that allow transfers from PayPal accounts to bank accounts. US residents are not charged for these transfers, but residents of other countries are charged a small transaction fee. Currently, PayPal accepts people from 43 countries. However, only seven countries outside the US allow members to transfer money: Canada, France, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand. It would be best if you kept in mind that it usually takes between three and five working days to withdraw money from your PayPal account. How to Use PayPal in Online Casinos? PayPal is an easy way to deposit and withdraw funds from an online casino. First, make sure you check out the Casino’s Banking or Cashier page after selecting the right online casino for you. You will find PayPal’s logo there. A new window will open up by clicking on it or tapping on it. 1. Enter Your Account Login Detail If you must go through the authentication procedure, make sure to do so. Ensure you enter the amount of money you’d like to have on your online casino balance and confirm the transaction. The process of depositing money with this eWallet is very simple. As soon as the transaction is confirmed, you will be able to see the money being transferred directly into your online casino account in an instant. 2. Withdrawing Your Winning It’s as simple as that. The procedure would be the same as just described. 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It is also possible to use it for deposits and withdrawals, which you do not get with all payment methods. Furthermore, it is possible to make cost-effective transactions by using it since the fees it charges are nothing compared to fees by other methods. Then you’ll notice that it is available on hundreds of online casino sites, which means you’ll be able to choose from and play at them instantly. When you use Pay Pal to deposit money into an online casino, you are assured of safety, security, and anonymity. Once you have funded your eWallet with your credit card or bank account, you can transact across online casinos with it without having to share any personal information. Moreover, thanks to its high-security measures, you can rest assured that your funds will be kept safe from third parties. Moreover, the fact that you can use only the money you funded it with to play across all online casino websites also gives you the advantage of managing your bankroll effectively. Thus, you won’t spend more than you intended, more than you can afford, and you will not develop any unhealthy gambling habits. Furthermore, we must not be remiss in emphasizing that this is a solution that is incredibly easy to use, convenient and efficient, as it enables you to move money across the internet as quickly and efficiently as possible in just a few taps or clicks on your device, in an instant. As mentioned earlier, since PayPal is linked with banks and credit cards, it is not available through some major gambling markets like Germany and the United Kingdom. That is because these markets have their restrictions, and PayPal is unavailable in those countries. Despite this, there are over 200 countries that accept it, which is why it remains a global solution that can be used across a variety of online casinos. You can use it as long as you are not a player from one of the prohibited countries and enjoy a seamless online gaming experience. 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Megaways Slots: Best Tips for Winning
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The popularity among various types of real money online slots is well dispersed. Or perhaps, I should say, it was well dispersed. Megaways slots have thundered into the gaming scene and taken over. New Megaways games are coming out regularly and proving extremely popular among gamblers. What makes these games so superior to other slots? Below, you can read about the seven biggest reasons why Megaways slot machines are on fire right now. More Ways to Win Than Ever Before These slots truly live up to the name by offering countless ways to win. Some of them feature up to 117,649 ways or more. The amount of winning possibilities is determined by the maximum number of symbols each reel can hold. So, for example, a slot might offer up to seven symbols in each reel. Megaways Slots Offer a Truly Different Experience Other styles of slots feature a static number of winning possibilities. For example, a five-reel slot with 30 pay lines will never give you more than 30 chances to win. 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Many Developers Are Putting Their Stamp on Megaways More and more slots providers are jumping into the Megaways space. And some of them are putting their unique twist on this genre. Big Time Gaming (BTG) kicked off this frenzy when they invented, patented, and released the Megaways engine. As a result, most of their slots feature the aforementioned 6×7 format and up to 117,649 ways. BTG has since been licensing this engine out to other developers. As a result, the latter has some creative control over how they use Megaways. Red Tiger Gaming, for example, has produced a slot in Laser Fruit that offers up to 60,466,176 ways. You achieve this massive number of winning possibilities through the bonus round. Many other developers are currently paying to use Megaways as well. That said, more and more innovation should keep improving this niche. The Pursuit of Unlocking Numerous Ways A basic slot lets you pursue different wins and bonuses. Your ultimate goal is to win the biggest payouts and most lucrative bonuses possible. Megaways slot machines add a layer to this pursuit of the best prices. Not only are you hoping to get big wins, but you also unlock more ways in each round. You will feel disappointed if you only have 64 ways (six reels all w/ two symbols) in a 6×7 game. However, you’ll be elated when you unlock all 117,649 possible combinations. Of course, more ways have the added benefit of giving you additional chances at winning. You’ll probably net big prizes as a result when lots of ways are active. Play Megaways Slots for Cheap You may think that slots with anywhere from 15,625 to 60,466,176 will be really expensive to play. After all, expensive spin costs became an issue when 720 ways slots were introduced in the mid-2010s. However, the reality is that these games don’t cost any more than the average online slot. They typically charge around $0.20 per spin. Of course, the vast majority of your winning ways are going to be losers at this rate. A developer can’t afford to offer you 117,649 ways at just $0.20 and let you win all the time. But slot machines are about random chance, anyway. So your tiny spin cost provides the potential to rack up lots of prizes in any given round.   FAQ Can I get a bonus with Megaways Slots? For those new in the industry, take into account that bonus buy slots stand for online slots. You can get a premium in exchange by paying for immediate access to the most important bonus characteristic of the games. It is also known as a “feature buy,” Those normally cost between 50 to 100 times your stake, and they rarely go up to 2000x. Do Megaways slots have a higher RTP? Many experienced players could say that the White Rabbit Megaways slot is the one with the highest slot currently since it has been designed and built to offer a large percentage. Its RTP will undoubtedly be like all slot gamblers since it has been more than generous, having 97.24%. Another one that features a high RTP Megaways slot could be no other than Slots O’ Gold, considering that it is a slot that many experienced players have enjoyed playing; its RTP has been checking many times, and with no doubt, it is about 96.96%, so is another must-do to play in the near future. Continuing with our check of excellent RTP averages, The Queen of Riches is a must-do having an average higher than many others 96.90%. A new option like the Kingmaker slot is, do not offer only fun but a decent RTP. It seems like even new games are trying to attract players by offering great RTP averages. Its RTP has been set at 96.65%. As you can see, many Megaways slots are committed to offering players fairly and good RTP averages, so there are no complaints to start playing and making some profit in some of those funny slots. Do Megaways slots have progressive jackpots? Jackpot slots are not a new name in the industry. A slot shows a fixed rate, and players spin in the expectation of winning it. Progressive jackpots are somewhat different. Instead of a fixed award, a progressive jackpot keeps climbing in revenue until a lucky player can claim a victory. Next, the jackpot must be reset to a seed rate, and the history repeats. Progressive jackpots can increase so much since a percentage of every bet is left to increase the pot. When you think that some of the highest jackpots have thousands of gamblers from different parts of the world spinning each time of the day. It is time to consider that there is an excellent reason why the jackpots can increase themselves in such astonishing ways. What makes these rates possible is the same that moves the world — the internet. Many casinos with land facilities cannot permit to increase such massive wins possible. Indeed, there are some exceptions if we are talking about Vegas. But, it was not until the internet-connected so big quantity of players to a jackpot network that the box was opened. Smartphones were another addition to the increment of jackpots. It is now possible to get millions on jackpots while eating at the neighborhood restaurant or waiting for the bus. Wherever a player is connected, progressive jackpots could create a new millionaire.
Sports Betting Odds Explained
Understanding betting odds is crucial to mastering online sports betting. The array of numbers, symbols, and formats can make you wonder how to approach it. Our objective is not just to explain the betting odds but to equip you with the knowledge to use them to your advantage. What Are Betting Odds? Betting odds provide a numerical representation of the likelihood of various outcomes. Essentially, odds refer to both the chance of a particular outcome occurring and the potential financial return on a bet placed in anticipation of that outcome. When a bettor places a wager, the odds at that time dictate the potential payout. Higher odds indicate a lower probability of the event happening, reflecting a higher reward for bettors willing to take on the risk. Conversely, lower odds suggest a higher likelihood of occurrence, offering smaller rewards for more probable outcomes.  The concept of odds is not just about predicting winners or losers but understanding the value proposition behind each bet. Odds in betting reflect the bookmaker’s assessment of the probability of each outcome, but they also include a margin to ensure profitability. As a result, savvy bettors look beyond who they think will win and consider the odds’s value. By comprehending the nuances of odds, bettors can better strategize and manage their bankrolls. This kind of strategizing applies to everything from the most popular and niche sports betting to less common esports betting. Calculating Odds Sports betting odds are calculated based on the probability of an outcome, adjusted by the bookmaker’s margin and other market factors to ensure profitability and reflect the betting market accurately. Bookmakers utilize complex algorithms and expert knowledge to assess all factors that could influence the outcome. By grasping the basics of sportsbook odds and how they reflect the probability of outcomes, punters can assess the value of each bet more effectively. How to Read Odds Understanding how to read betting odds is crucial for making informed decisions on where to place your bets. By familiarizing yourself with the following formats, you can strategically plan your wagering to maximize potential returns: Decimal odds of 2.00 mean you double your money if you win (your stake plus the same amount as profit). Fractional odds of 1/1 (even money) also mean you double your money. American odds of +100 are the equivalent of decimal odds of 2.00 and fractional odds of 1/1. What Do the + and – Mean in Sports Betting? Minus (-) and plus (+) symbols are key to gauging your potential payout, whether you’re betting on the favorite or the underdog. The minus (-) sign is typically assigned to the favorite, indicating the amount you need to bet to win $100. For example, if a team has odds of -150, it means that a bettor would need to wager $150 to win $100 in profit if that team wins.  Conversely, the plus (+) sign marks the underdog, showing how much profit you’d make from a $100 bet. For instance, if a team has odds of +200, it means that a $100 bet on that team would pay out $200 in profit if they win, in addition to getting back the initial $100 bet. Factors Behind Odds Variation Bookmakers offer varying odds for the same sports event, reflecting their assessments. When you bet on football, for instance, the bookmaker might list a team at +130 while another offers +120 for the same outcome. Odds are subjective, based on the bookmaker’s perception of an event’s probability rather than a precise calculation. The diversity in odds across bookmakers means savvy bettors can find value, leveraging their knowledge of the sport and betting principles to gain an edge. While sports betting is inherently challenging, understanding these nuances can improve your chances of making profitable wagers. Advantage of High Odds High odds in sports betting typically indicate that bookmakers consider an outcome less likely to occur. However, the potential reward for betting on such outcomes is correspondingly higher, offering bettors the chance to win more money relative to their stake. Whether higher odds are more beneficial depends on a bettor’s strategy, risk tolerance, and the specific circumstances of the event being wagered on. Advantages of high odds: Higher payouts: The most apparent advantage of high odds is the potential for higher payouts. Betting on an underdog or an unlikely outcome can yield significant returns if the bet proves successful. Value betting: High odds can sometimes represent value bets. If you believe the probability of an outcome is higher than what the bookmakers suggest, betting on high odds can offer excellent value. Excitement factor: For some bettors, the thrill of potentially winning a large payout from a small stake makes betting on high odds attractive. Moneyline or American Odds Defined Moneyline odds, also known as American odds, is a popular way of representing odds in sports betting, particularly in North America. It shows the odds for a particular outcome in terms of how much you need to wager to win $100 or how much you would win for a $100 wager. Let’s use a hypothetical example of a basketball game between Team A and Team B to explain how American odds work. The Team A moneyline is -110, while the Team B moneyline is +120.  The negative odds indicates that Team A is the favorite. A moneyline of -110 means that in order to win $100 in profit, you would need to wager $110. So, if you bet $110 on Team A and it wins, you would receive a total payout of $210 ($110 initial bet + $100 profit). The positive odds indicates that Team B is the underdog. A moneyline of +120 means that a $100 bet on Team B would yield a profit of $120 if they win. So, if you bet $100 on Team B and it wins, you would receive a total payout of $220 ($100 initial bet + $120 profit). This means that Team A is considered more likely to win, according to the oddsmakers, but you would need to risk more money to profit from a bet on Team A. On the other hand, betting on Team B carries higher potential winnings because they are considered less likely to win. Calculating Implied Probability with American Odds Implied odds suggest the likelihood of a specific outcome happening, expressed as a percentage. This tells us how likely an event is to occur according to the odds. If you think the chance of an event happening is different from what the sportsbook suggests, you might adjust your bet accordingly. For example, if you believe a team has a 60% chance of winning, but the sportsbook’s implied probability is 52.4%, it might be a good opportunity to bet. Remember to include the vig or the bookmaker’s fee when you convert odds to percentages. The total implied probability exceeds 100%, showing the bookmaker’s profit margin. Removing the vig helps you see the odds that oddsmakers expect for the game. Calculating implied probability can be summarized as: Risk/Return = Implied Probability While this formula is straightforward in theory, it can be complex to apply it.  Decimal Odds in Sports Betting Before the widespread adoption of decimal odds, betting markets in Europe, Canada, and Australia primarily utilized them. Today, nearly all major online bookmakers worldwide use decimal odds as their standard, except for some US-based bookies. Decimal odds are regarded as the simplest to understand among various odds formats. Unlike American odds, they encompass both the total payout and the stake per unit wagered. For instance, a bet at odds of 1.5 means that for every $1 staked, the total return would be $1.50. Similarly, a bet at odds of 2.25 results in a total return of $2.25 for every $1 staked. A bet at even money, represented as odds of 2, doubles the stake, returning $2 for every $1 wagered. To calculate your total payout using decimal odds, multiply your stake by the decimal odds of the bet. This calculation gives you the total amount you would receive, including your original stake, making it a straightforward method to determine potential winnings. Working Out Implied Probability with Decimal Odds Implied probability: 1 / decimal odds As an example, the following equation can be used to estimate Tampa Bay’s implied probability of winning: Implied probability: 1 / 2.40 = 41.7% And Cleveland’s chances of winning: Implied probability: 1 / 1.61 = 62.11% Understanding Fractional Sports Betting Odds Fractional odds are most common in events like the Kentucky Derby, displayed on sports betting sites as figures like 9/5 or 1/2 and referred to as “nine to five” or “one to two.” These odds indicate the ratio of profit to the stake. The number on the left (the numerator) shows how often the bookmaker expects the outcome to fail, while the number on the right (the denominator) indicates the expected successful outcomes. Examples of Fractional Odds Consider a hypothetical match where Gennady Golovkin fights Canelo Alvarez with odds of 8/13. This suggests that for every 21 matches (8 losses + 13 wins), Golovkin is expected to win 13 times, giving him a 61.9% chance of winning (13 wins out of 21 total events). For Alvarez, imagine odds of 11/2 in a scenario where the fight occurs 19 times. This implies Alvarez would win 8 out of these 19 times, resulting in a 42.1% chance of victory. Calculating Potential Winnings To calculate potential winnings for Golovkin at 8/13 odds on a $10 bet, you use the ratio to find the profit ($10 * 0.615 = $6.15). Thus, your total return would be $16.15 ($10 stake + $6.15 profit). When betting $10 on Alvarez with hypothetical odds of 11/2, your potential winnings are $10 * 1.375 = $13.75, leading to a total payout of $23.75 ($10 stake + $13.75 profit). The Concept of Vigorish (Vig) The total probability exceeding 100% (e.g., 61.9% + 42.1% = 104%) illustrates the bookmaker’s overround or vig, ensuring profit regardless of the outcome. This overround is why the combined implied probabilities of all possible outcomes often exceed 100%. Maximizing Success with Favorable Betting Odds In sports betting, discerning what good betting odds are and how odds work is key to long-term success. They are not merely numbers that appear favorable at first glance. They represent a deeper understanding of value, risk, and potential return. Identifying such odds involves a blend of analysis, intuition, and strategy, laying the groundwork for informed and thoughtful betting decisions. Favorable odds increase your chances of placing a winning bet while providing a satisfactory return on investment. The pursuit of such odds should be at the heart of your betting strategy, guiding your decisions and shaping your approach to sports betting.
The Ultimate Guide to eSports Betting
It seems like everyone is talking about eSports these days. Multimillion dollar tournaments in video games? What’s that all about? And then there’s the exciting and rapidly growing world of betting on eSports. More and more online casinos are offering it, and more and more punters are choosing to wager on the outcomes of rounds of such games as DOTA2, Counter Strike: GO, and many others. Since eSports are kind of a new thing, and betting on them is even newer, here at SiGMA we thought we’d give a good overview of the whole thing. So, stay on this page to find out what eSports are, how to bet on eSports games, what is different compared to traditional sports and what the best sportsbetting online venues are. This is the only guide you’ll ever need; we promise. Read this and you’ll be an eSports betting pro in no time placing all kind of bets on the top online sportsbook sites.   What is eSports and Why is it So Popular? In recent years, eSports have seen a meteoric rise in the mainstream. What was once the province of sweaty nerds at basement LAN parties is now a multimillion dollar business, attracting sponsorships and investments from some of the biggest name in the gaming and IT-industry sphere. [sigma-mt-blog-post-play recordids=”516538,541413″] But what are eSports? Simply put, they are any competitive multiplayer games that can be played by more than one person. There are many different games that are considered eSports today. So-called “MOBAs” (Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas) like DOTA2, League of Legends, and Smite remain the most popular types. These games, in which teams of players compete to control crucial points on a map by using various hero abilities and tactics, are not the only type of game that’s out there. First person shooters (FPS) games can also be eSports. Counter Strike: Global Offensive is the most popular of these. Sports simulations like FIFA, strategy games such as Starcraft 2, and one-on-on fighting games like Tekken or Street Fighter are also eSports disciplines. When it comes to the players or perhaps more aptly, cyber athletes, they can play alone or in teams. Many of the most popular games are played team vs team, such as Overwatch, Valorant, Apex Legens. With the massive popularity of so-called battle-royale style games (Fortnite, PUBG) they too have started being featured at tournaments, even though certain purists in the eSports circle do not consider them to be truly a part of it.   How did it all begin with eSports? We already mentioned the LAN parties, and essentially the current eSport craze has evolved from multiplayer which has been part of video gaming since the very beginning. In fact, the very first home video game, Pong, was a table tennis simulation (albeit crude) that was meant to played one-on-one by two opposing players. But where it really heated up was with the advent of high-speed broadband internet. This popularized both the multiplayer games themselves (as players no longer had to be physically close to compete with one another) and watching streams of competitions on platforms such as Twitch. Of course, as the games grew in popularity so did the number of people who played them really well. From there, the fact that we’d eventually see a professionalization of what we now call eSports, was only the natural conclusion. Today, eSports are also popularized by Twitch streamers, many of whom have followings in the millions. Many countries in the world now have eSports associations too, further cementing the increasingly mainstream position of these virtual competitions. And of course, where there is contest, there is betting on the said contest. Online sportsbook sites have been increasingly getting in on the trend by offering punters the opportunity to take on action based on the outcomes of digital matches in many of the various eSport games. Proving the popularity of this new type of virtual sports competition, the market size of the eSports industry was over $1 billion in 2021 and it is expected to increase to $1.6 billion by 2024, according to the statistics and markets portal Statista. [get-play-banner] What is the Difference Between Traditional Sports Betting and eSports Betting? In essence, there aren’t many differences between betting on traditional sports and eSports. One consideration is that the eSports sportsbook market, because it is much newer, is less developed than the traditional bookmaking market. In practice, this means that an “industry consensus” hasn’t really emerged about which eSports should be included in a bookie’s selection. Anda also that more complex types of bets found in traditional sports betting may not be available when wagering on eSports. This is why, if you want to bet on eSports, it really pays to compare different sportsbook site options to see what’s available where. Outside of that, your experience of betting on eSports at any reputable and regulated online bookmaker’s website will be much the same as when you wager on games like football or basketball. Select the event offered, make the wager, and wait for the outcome. And just like it’s possible to bet on specific events in a sports match, so you can wager on what will happen in an eSports match. Some most popular option are number of kills or first blood (which team will make the first kill).   What Types of eSports Events Are There? Just like traditional sports have cups, leagues, and tournaments, so do eSports have various event and match types. As the industry developed, there emerged many different events in which e-athletes compete for glory, bragging rights, but also increasingly large boatloads of cash. Some of the most common types of events you will run into as you begin following eSports are tournaments and leagues.   Tournaments are the events to look for when you’re eSports betting In the tournament format, a number of teams (or individuals depending on game) duke it out through stages. It’s not that at all dissimilar from any traditional sports competition you may have been following before. Within tournaments themselves, there are a couple of ways that things can shake out, depending on organizers and the type of game being played (not all games are fit for the tournament format). Taking CS:GO as an example (one of the most popular eSport games out there right now) tournaments usually advance from group stage to the knockout/playoff and then to the grand finale. In one form or another this structure will be present in most tournament-style events you can wager on. Within the group stage, teams duke it out most often in more than one game. This is because one team may be better at one map (level) and another at a different one, so it is done in the interest of fairness. The most typically used ones are best out of two and best out of three. In some cases, usually in later stages of the competition best out of five may be used. Depending on the game, these games may last for hours. Which for fans of eSports is actually good news as they get to enjoy watching some excellent gaming action. As for how it goes in groups, usually a round robin system is used where every contestant plays against every other. Another often used method is similar to football leagues where teams are randomly seeded for the first round and in the second winners play against winners while losers play against losers. This is called “Swiss seeding.”   Leagues offer a sustained eSports betting experience Another type of event to follow are leagues. These are usually operated by third parties who monetize the streaming rights to the matches. Some of the most well-known leagues to follow are the ESL Pro League, a CS:GO organization, and for fans of League of Legends there is the Spanish Superliga. Some other ones to check out are the eGames, a national level competition as well as the Electronic Sports League which produces various worldwide competitions in many games. But there’s are just some out of the literally hundreds put on by various sponsors and organizers for games such as Rocket League, SMITE, Tekken, World of Tanks, and many more. The best thing about all these is that the matches can, almost 100% of the time, be watched for free on various streaming platforms. It is, of course, possible to purchase tickets and attend in person, but for those who can’t or won’t, exciting action is always just a click away. This is in stark contrast to traditional sports, where watching games usually requires a subscription to a sports channel package. The best place to get informed about eSports events is the websites of the leagues, eSports sections of gaming sites, or even a online sportsbook site where you can see which events you can actually wager on. [sigma-mt-blog-post-play recordids=”643215,501298″] What eSports Betting Options Are There? Experienced sports punters are used to a developed sportsbook market where many different wagers can be placed. Luckily, the situation is much the same as in eSports betting too. While the sportsbook market for these events is relatively new, there are already quite a few products available to wager on. In this section, we’ll take a look at what’s being offered out there and also go through some eSports betting tips to help you make the most out of your wagering experience. There are two main types of betting on eSports that have emerged: skin betting and cash betting. When it comes to skin betting, it’s a bit different than what you’d do in a traditional online casino. Essentially, unique in game items (called skins) are held by a third-party provider (a skin betting site) and players use them like casino chips. With these chips, punters then proceed to play any number of games such as slots, roulette, and betting on match outcomes. Very importantly, skin betting sites are not regulated in the vast majority of jurisdictions and are therefore quite risky. This doesn’t make them necessarily illegal, but caution is advised. When it comes to cash betting on eSports, they are regulated by the same bodies that regulate traditional sports and offered by well-known and trustworthy brands you are already familiar with.   Types of cash eSports bets at sportsbook sites Of course, exactly what’s offered might depend on the specific online betting venue, but here are some types of wagers you will most commonly find. Let’s get right into it. Right of the gate is the most simple type of bet that you are probably already familiar with even if you’ve never actually bet on any sports match ever. Yep, it’s the good ol’ match winner (also known in some places as a “moneyline bet”). It’s the oldest and the most common, but sometimes simple things are the best ones. This is a very uncomplicated type of bet. Which team (or person) do you think will win the match? Place your bets accordingly. Of course, spice can always be added to a match winner bet by using various forms of handicap betting where you can bet on the performance of an underdog in a matchup. If you’re the kind of person that likes to make grand predictions, you’ll love an outright bet. In this method of wagering, you are putting money down on who will win the entire tournament or the entire league season. It’s a more exciting type of bet because it requires more analysis and prediction. Good online sportsbook betting sites will let you make these well in advance of the actual competition. Finally, there is the system (aka accumulator) bet. In traditional sports, these are the most often made bets, because the stacked odds can lead to some very impressive payouts. Of course, the more events you add to your bet slip, the higher the risk goes. It’s absolutely the same in eSports. This method of betting is the most advanced, the riskiest, but also the most potentially rewarding, which is why at online sportsbook sites it is the de facto standard kind of wagering. As in traditional sports, it is possible to also place live bets. These work the same as in traditional sports, you are betting while the match is ongoing as opposed to placing a wager beforehand.   eSport specific online bets So far, the bets we covered are the same across traditional and electronic sports. But, because of the specific nature of the video games being played, there are some types of bets you can only make when you wager on the outcomes of electronic video game contests. Now, these bets will depend on the specific game but they all entail betting on events that happen as part of the gameplay. For instance, in League of Legends you could bet on which team will win the first map, or in CS:GO you could bet on who will be the first to get 5 kills. More exotic types of wagering can be found on some sportsbook sites that have a heavy eSports focus. Which team will destroy the first tower, dragon, or inhibitor is an example of this type of wagering coming from League of Legends, but similar map elements exist in other MOBA games too. It goes without saying that these exotic bets are best left to those with a more than passing understanding of the game in question.   Some eSports Betting Tips – Keep your focus on games you’re most familiar with Yet another way in which traditional sports and eSports betting are familiar is in that you should keep your betting to the games you actually know something about. Many of the games offered are quite complex and if you aren’t familiar enough with the rules, your betting will be suboptimal. If you don’t really follow eSports now but are interested, the best thing would be to start watching tournament streams for different games and pick the one that seems most appealing to learn. – Follow teams and players Once you have a game you like, familiarize yourself with the teams and players that are in the leagues and that pop up in matches. By analyzing their historic performance on certain maps and situations you will be able to better predict matchups. You will also have a better feel for whether a particular bookie is offering you realistic odds. Be sure the check the teams’ and players’ social media too for any developments that may help you make a decision. – Be mindful of the event format Another thing to be consider when making an online eSports bet is the event format. Will it be a best of one, two, or three, or even five? Of course, the lower the number of rounds (games) the higher is the chance for an upset. Also keep in mind, in a best out of two, a draw is possible. – Check how the community is betting By following online tipsters, you can get a feel for how the world at large is betting on a matchup. The final decision is always yours, but it doesn’t hurt to crowdsource a little bit of wisdom. – Deposit Methods on eSports Websites & The Use Of Cryptocurrency Of course, in order to actually place a wager on an online casino of any type you will first have to somehow deposit monies. But, here, you are in luck. Owing to the fact eSports betting is offered by the same operators who are already very experienced in the industry, a vast number of payment providers are accepted. You can expect to be able to use debit cards such as MasterCard and Visa, and a whole selection of e-wallets such as EcoPayz, Neteller, Skrill, and many more. Importantly, you shouldn’t expect any limitations in payment methods when it comes specifically to online eSports betting. The same providers that you use for your other gambling will also work for your eSports action. – What about Bitcoin and other crypto? Cryptocurrency is huge right now, as investors pump money into Bitcoin (and a few other crypto tokens) hoping the value will go even further up. But if you like to use crypto the way it was originally intended to be used, that is for transactions including but not limited to gambling, you are in luck. Well, at most online betting venues anyway. Some still do not take cryptocurrencies. But many do, so if you’re a crypto-gambler that doesn’t mean in the least that eSports betting is not for you. Quite the contrary, a lot of the top places where you can wager on the outcomes for eSport matches take cryptos. Typically, the more popular ones are taken such as Bitcoin, Tether, Ethereum, and BTC Cash.   5 Best eSports Betting Sites Want to know where to wager on your favorite eSport games? We at SiGMA prepared this handly little guide to some of the top online casinos that offer sportsbook. LeonBet LeonBet is a sportsbook site offering a good selection of bonuses, many bet types, and a loyalty program. When it comes to eSports, some of the games you can bet on are CS:GO, DOTA2, League of Legends, Valorant, and others. BetDukes BetDukes is another great option for players interested in wagering on eSports. It accepts crypto, and there is a gamified loyalty scheme to enjoy. CS:GO, DOTA2, League of Legends, and other games can be wagered on. Play Fast Casino Play Fast is the crypto-friendly option for eSports gamblers as many tokens are accepted here, Bitcoin, BTC Cash, Dogecoin, Tether, Litecoin, Ethereum, and Tether, to be exact. So if you’re a cryptocurrency aficionado, you’ll love placing wagers on games such as Kings of Glory and Rainbow Six. Royal Panda Royal Panda is a good option to bet on eSports. This casino has less of a sportsbook focus, but it is a good place if you’re a casino gambler who likes to make occasional sportsbook wagers. 22 Bet 22 Bet is another crypto-friendly destination to make your eSports wagers. What sets this venue apart is the sheer number of games it has listed, including some more obscure titles such as Sekiro, Killer Instinct, and even Angry Birds. For those looking to bet on less popular games, this is the right place. [sigma-mt-blog-post-play recordids=”487335″] eSports Betting FAQ Finally, we’ll take the time to answer some basic questions about eSports online betting that you might have. Is eSports Betting Legal? Generally speaking, yes. This will of course depend on where you live, but the rule of thumb is — if traditional sportsbetting is legal so is eSports betting. Note that this is for cash betting at regulated sites. Skin gambling remains unregulated virtually everywhere. Can I Bet on eSports Events Via Local Sportsbook? It’s best to wager on eSports events online at regulated online sportsbook sites. This way gives you the most security and confidence. If you live in a country where physical betting shops are present and legal, you may also be able to bet on eSports in person. How Do I Pick the Best eSports Betting Sites? When it comes to picking the sites to place wagers with, there are several things to consider. What deposit and withdrawal methods are accepted? What sort of bonuses are offered and can they be used in eSports wagers? What games are available? Luckily, you can get answers to most of these questions in our detailed top online sportsbook sites reviews. For everything else, we recommend you visit the site in question and take a look around.
Roulette Strategy 101: How to Devise a Winning Tactic
Different Types of Roulette   American Roulette Around the end of the 18th century, Americans became familiar with this version. As it arrived, it underwent a few different changes before settling on what we accept as “our” version. In American roulette, both the 0 and the 00 pockets are present. Further, the order of the numbers 1 through 36 in the zero pockets is different than in other forms of roulette seen around the world. That is in contrast with the layout of the table. The chances of making money with this game are not quite as good as with other forms of gambling, but it is still a good option for gamblers. An American roulette single number bet has a house edge of around 5.3%. Even though American roulette may not have the best odds, there are certainly worse games to play if you are in an American casino.   European Roulette There is one major difference between European roulette and American roulette. In Europe, the game has a lower house edge than in America, which is why it’s more popular with gamblers. There are 37 pockets in European roulette instead of 38 in American roulette, which includes two zero spaces.   Double Ball Roulette When double ball roulette first appeared in Vegas, there were only two white balls in the equation. Initially, casinos experimented with the game (only a few have ever offered it). To entice new players, the idea was to provide a bit more excitement than the standard version. The game was typically played on a European wheel in double ball roulette, which reduced the house edge. There’s no need to go around to every casino searching for this game if you find this version appealing. Instead, you should check out some popular online casinos that offer double ball.   Multi-Wheel Roulette You won’t believe the excitement of multi-wheel roulette once you hear about double ball roulette. You have the option to wager on up to eight (!!) wheels at once instead of just one ball and wheel combination. However, you do not make eight bets per round, which would get intense after a few spins since you place the same bet on all active wheels. It’s probably easier than you think to figure out how wins are paid out. For example, you would get the winnings from all four wheels at once if you bet on black, and four of the eight wheels come up as black. This game has the interesting feature of giving you the choice of which wheels are active. That is, you don’t have to set all eight wheels on the ground at once, but let the balls drop where they may. The game is unlikely to be found in a land-based casino. As a result, there are several online versions of the game, which is good for one important reason: the interface. Up to eight roulette wheels are spinning at once, so a lot is going on. Therefore, finding a visually manageable version is important. We suggest you first look around for a website you feel comfortable dealing with before you make a large deposit into a platform.   Rapid Roulette (or Video Roulette) Roulette has a low house edge when played for real money. That is because the casino must have more players wager on the games to generate enough bets to make a nice profit. A low house edge but highly profitable slot machine industry is based on this philosophy. It differs from traditional roulette in that rapid roulette is played in a video setting – or at least the players place their wagers on a screen. There may or may not be a real person performing each spin of the wheel, and the wheel itself is not virtual. Some balls will be deployed electronically, but they will be free to land anywhere once they hit the wheel. Is it all bad news for the players if these video-hybrid versions of roulette have been introduced to increase the casino’s profits? Not necessarily. If you’ve played roulette at a table with several other bettors, you know how frustrating it can be when you get paid out after winning. When you play roulette online, this problem is eliminated. Automated and instant payouts ensure that you’ll get your money in plenty of time to play again. It’s hard to beat rapid (often referred to as video) roulette if you want to play it quickly. However, your favorite casino might not have it where you had expected, so ask a staff member for directions.   Mini Roulette Are you looking for a simpler version of roulette? Then, check out Mini Roulette! It involves the same rules as roulette, except it is played with a 13-number wheel instead of the 37-number wheel found in European or American versions. On top of that, the number of available slots has been reduced. Another aspect of mini roulette that is different is that a wager that does not cover zero loses only half of its value if the ball ends up in zero. Conversely, a wager that does not cover zero would lose its entire value in regular roulette. It may be a novelty, but mini roulette is a fun game and can be profitable if you’re lucky (and have a good betting strategy). [get-play-banner] Things to Know Before Deciding on a Roulette Strategy As a casino game, roulette has a variety of different strategy methods to choose from. Many roulette betting systems and strategy books are available on the market that claims to provide players with results more similar to what they were hoping for. The first thing a player needs to realize when playing roulette is that no system can guarantee a win, and they must be able and willing to lose every time they bet on the game. Getting to know the betting table and odds is the very first thing a player needs to do. Until they are comfortable with these, they’ll need to understand them before they can make the right choice. At first, players can play free roulette games to get the hang of the game without feeling intimidated, which is often the case when they play a new game in front of others with more experience. Also, free online roulette games allow players to learn the game without the risk of losing money. To build a sound money management plan, roulette players should also sit down and examine their finances. Both their income and bills should be taken into account. Since gamblers should not expect to win, they should develop a percentage they feel they can lose from the extra money left over. This percentage should be the only one gamblers use. Many people lose their money simply because they don’t have the discipline to stick to their plan and bet money they didn’t have.   What Types of Roulette Strategies Are There Oklahoma casinos have offered roulette for many years. This table game is one of the most popular in Oklahoma casinos. The game is based on a spinning wheel and a small ball. Even though playing roulette is largely a game of luck, there are a few things you can do to help you increase your winnings. Legalized less than two years ago, roulette is one of the newest casino games in Oklahoma. There are countless players who enjoy playing the game of roulette, and it is one of the most popular casino games available. Roulette is largely a game of chance, but you can do several things to improve your chances of winning.   The Martingale Betting Strategy If you play roulette in an Oklahoma casino, you must eventually win following the Martingale betting strategy. It works like this: your bet is doubled if you lose a hand. So even if you are losing several times, the idea is that eventually, you will win, and the prize payout will be substantial enough to let you at least break even.   The Grand Martingale Betting Strategy Martingale’s betting strategy, at its core, is identical to Grand Martingale’s betting strategy. There is simply a difference in size. A casino in Oklahoma doubles your current bet when you lose a hand and add an amount equal to your original bet. Depending on your luck, you will receive a larger payout if you are lucky enough to win. For those who have a decent amount of money to spend, this betting strategy is ideal. After just a few wins, you can walk away with a considerable amount of money. When you lose, however, if you want to profit from it, you must stay the course until you start winning again.   The Reverse Martingale Betting Strategy In Reverse Martingale, the rules are the same as those in Martingale but reversed. If you win, you increase your bet rather than doubling when you lose. By doing this, you minimize the amount you lose when you lose. There is only one downfall to this option: you must be on a winning streak before seeing any substantial returns. Most players find that the Reverse Martingale betting strategy makes more sense. Because you are coordinating your bets based on when you win, you are less likely to lose all your money during a losing streak. In addition, this strategy can help you make the most out of a winning period if you do fall into it.   The D’Alembert Roulette Strategy The D’Alembert method is a great option for players who don’t tend to double their bets when it comes to roulette. The risk of losing a significant amount of money is much lower than with other options. That is because one more chance increases chances rather than two. Specifically, you multiply your opportunity by one after you lose, increasing it by one after you win. If you are playing at an Oklahoma casino, you must know when to walk away. Regardless of how well you understand a strategy, you won’t be able to walk away from the casino with a large amount of money if you continue to give it back. When you have more wins than losses or are satisfied with the dollar amount you have received, you should walk away.   The Fibonacci Roulette Strategy Roulette is a very safe game if you know this roulette strategy. It’s perfect for those who are very conservative. Fibonacci roulette strategy uses the famous Fibonacci numbers as its base – numbers generated by summing two numbers before them. They are as follows: 1 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 5 – 8 – 13 – 21 – 34 – 55 – 89 – 144 – 233 – 377 – 610 – 987 This system requires that you only place even-number bets when using it. Each number in the sequence has a 50% chance of winning, and you will need to wait until you win the first bet before moving on to the next. You will start with your minimum bet. Increase your bet by one after you win. Increase it by two after you win again, etc. The minimum bet is what you begin with if you lose a hand.   The James Bond Betting Strategy It’s best to play this strategy if you plan on playing roulette for a short period. You will need to wager in $200 increments each time you play. For this strategy, there are only three bets that players must remember. Start by betting $140 on a number between 19 and 36. Afterward, wager $50 on 13-18. Lastly, wager $10 on zero. A winning strategy like this works well because it almost always produces a win. Although, you can quickly exceed maximum table bets with the 13% losing chance. That is why the James Bond betting strategy is best suited to someone who doesn’t plan to spend a lot of time at the roulette table.   The All-In Betting Strategy The All-In betting strategy could be the right choice for you if you like to live life to the fullest. This method is popular with players looking for a rush or quick cash. The process is very simple. First, you can bet your entire bankroll on one number. Then, depending on how often you win, you can repeat this one or more times.   The Constant Bet Strategy Constant bet is a good strategy for the player simply looking for some fun at the casino. The strategy is simple, but it isn’t one you should use to increase your casino winnings significantly. The amount of your bet remains the same whether you win or lose. By increasing the size of this wager, you can increase the amount of money you earn.   Misconceptions Despite what some new players may assume, playing strategy is much simpler than it appears. In general, new players tend to have a misconception that they should only gamble on red or black, odd or even, and single numbers. There is nothing false about this, and players should continue to play cautiously while going beyond these types of bets. Players should, for instance, think twice before betting on the second set of 12 numbers or the third set of 12 numbers rather than on the first set of 12 numbers. Another basic strategy that many players rely on takes a lot of bankrolls, but many swear by it. When playing this strategy, the player will not change their bet once it has been placed. The bet they make is doubled every time they lose without changing what they’re betting on. A smaller bankroll can also utilize this strategy, but they will need to increase their bets in small increments after each loss. As soon as a player sees a big win, they may wish to end the roulette game positively. Roulettists can choose from a variety of strategies and systems. Therefore, players should take their time. To determine whether a new strategy is worth trying out in real money games, it may be best to try it out in free games first. Then, by trying a risk-free strategy, they can identify any flaws in the plan or decide if it is one they completely disagree with before their bankroll is depleted.   More Tips to Boost Chances of Winning a Roulette Game Every safe online casino has quite a few roulette strategies, so categorizing the best roulette system is crucial. The best way to organize these betting strategy methods is to divide them into two categories. After a round of play, the first group of strategies deals with how to progress your bet, and the second group discusses how to stay the same. Another way you can increase your chances of winning is to take advantage of one of the best roulette bonus offers. Below are explanations of the previously mentioned roulette strategies so that you can find the one that suits your needs and budget.   Progressive Betting The concept of progressive strategies revolves around increasing the size of your bet after seeing the result of a betting round. A great example of a progressive betting strategy is the Martingale system, one of the most popular roulette strategies. This strategy recommends doubling your bets when you lose. Because of its simplicity and ease of use, this method is extremely popular. However, it’s a very risky strategy, and when you look at experienced players, you won’t find any using it. In addition to the Paroli System, you can also use the Reverse Martingale system. By doubling your bets after every win, this strategy is a bit safer than the Martingale strategy. That strategy might make some players feel like they are playing with only the casino’s money, but that is unlikely to be the case. Roulette betting systems such as Martingale and Paroli’s are steep progressions that work best with outside bets that have a probability of close to 50%. Thus, these systems are a good way to offset losses. However, if you start with a small first bet, they can cause you to run out of money or hit the table limit before you have recovered your losses. Nevertheless, Martingale and Paroli’s roulette betting systems have achieved some of the biggest roulette wins. In general, flat progression systems are better suited to inside wagers – you are less likely to win often, but when you do, you may end up with more money than what you lost. This method uses a flat progression, such as in the D’Alembert system. To bet progressively and safely, many players use the mathematical sequence created by Fibonacci. Even though this system is considered safer than Martingale’s, for example, there are ways for you to make money with it. Labouchere roulette presents the same possibilities.   Non-Progressive Betting We are going to discuss two roulette strategies to win that do not use progressive bets. Your bet must remain the same throughout the entire game, or you may change it at any time. The James Bond strategy is a little less known but the fun system. This flat roulette betting system was designed by Ian Fleming, Britain’s greatest secret agent, and it covers more than half the table with bets, essentially trying to turn the odds in the player’s favor. Of course, in the end, no online roulette strategy is perfect, so it doesn’t matter. Betting on neighboring numbers is another popular strategy. Essentially, you split your bet and place it on five numbers next to one another on the roulette wheel. The logic is that if the ball misses the pocket you choose, you will have a better chance of winning if you wager on its neighbors as well. Listed as a Called and Announced bet, it’s permitted only in Frencpx;h Roulette.

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