Popularity of Online Bingo
It is said that gambling is one of the oldest form of entertainment used by man. It is hardly surprising considering the amount of thrill and excitement attached to it. It is also no surprise that the tradition of gambling has passed from generation to generation among mankind. Although we no longer gamble in the same way that our ancestors did, we now have highly evolved forms and ways of gambling. The fact is that with time, gambling also evolved to keep pace with the progress in other fields. As you can now see, with the advent of computers and the internet, one of the most popular forms of gambling these days is online gambling. It is also no surprise that when you come to the virtual world, the easiest and the most popular game is bingo. It is fairly simple to play so that even novices have a chance of winning big money even as they are starting out. You don’t need to study the game and get expertise in it to play and win big money. That is why most people, even if they play other online games, love to play online bingo. The popularity of online bingo reached such immense proportions that more and more sites have sprung up in the recent past to address this ever increasing demand. The internet literally has thousands of websites offering online bingo. Before a novice starts out to play online bingo, it is important to consider a few aspects. Firstly, the site one chooses should be safe and should not pose any financial or personal risk to the player in terms of information revealed on the site. Secondly, there should be a large variety of games as well as jackpots, cash prizes, joining bonuses, etc. These are useful parameters to judge an online bingo site with. Ads Posted in: Bingo, General Tags: Bingo, Online Bingo This entry was posted on Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 at 3:22 pm and is filed under Bingo, General. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
Blog de Paris Part Deux
“We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”Winston Churchill Stumps as you would say in cricket, David Sheperd would have been hopping around, one hundred and eleven started the Euro 1000 PLO at the ACF. (Apologies to those who don’t like or understand the cricket references) I had an unluckyish draw, if that is possible in Paris, and I had a table full of the PLO ‘regs’. When our table broke after a few hours there were fewer chips on it than any other and I still just had a starting stack. The draw in tournament poker is as important as anything else. Cut the boring bits and after 7 hours I still had a starting stack, we were down to 28 and it was the dinner break. Bruno Fitoussi invited a few of us to be his guests at the top table. Simon Trumper, Jeff Duval, Padraig Parkinson (looking a little bruised following his mugging in Paris the other night but in good form) and Nic Szeremeta were all present.. They put some plates of thin pink stripes of something on the table with half a lemon on top. Nic asked what they were and Bruno told him ‘fish eggs’. Padraig told us to plant them in the garden and grow some fish. So that’s why the action is so good here. There is an annual membership fee at the ACF now and Bruno was explaining that the French authorities take 70% of everything in tax and that’s gross not net. So out of every 10 euro taken in table charges the ACF get to keep only 3. It is because of this that four of the other main casinos/ card rooms in Paris have closed recently. Apparently the ACF is not like a normal casino it is what they call an ‘association’. Without the membership fees the ACF may not make an actual profit and is not allowed legally for an ‘association’ to lose money. Padraig informs us that he is going to become an association too. In Germany we are told the government don’t take 70% they take 90%! Hence the lack of places to play live poker in Germany. We thought it was bad in the UK with the newish tax hikes on card rooms. When are these governments actually going to employ someone who understands the business? After dinner things improved and by the time we hit the money spots (top 16) I had average chips. Sadly two or three pots later and having flopped a set and straight draw and turning a flush draw too I found myself all in for the first time in 14 hours. It was to be the last time too and I picked up Euro 2100 for 12th spot. Kudos to Nicolas Fraioli for a great structure though and a great run event. Tonight I am off to the EFOP awards where Barny has been nominated for rookie of the year and then back on the Eurostar tomorrow lunchtime. Next stop is the Genting Poker Series in Birmingham from the 1st to the 5th of February. I’ll be there all week and hope to see at least a few of you there too. At least Star City don’t do fingerprinting.
Gaming Union Finds Reasons to Oppose Ontario Online Casinos
Despite estimates that online casinos can solve a plethora of budgetary problems for Ontario without harming residents, a union invested in land gaming is speaking out against the lottery’s Internet gambling plan. Officials in the Canadian province of Ontario say they will bring online casino gambling to the region’s lottery gambling by 2012, but leaders of a powerful union are denouncing the plan. Representatives from the Canadian Auto Workers, which coincidentally has organized over 7000 land-based gaming employees, think the concept may put players suffering from problem gambling at risk.“Internet gaming facilitates serious gambling addictions wherein participants can spend thousands of dollars without ever leaving their homes or coming into contact with another human being,” said CAW President Ken Lewenza in a statement released after Ontario had confirmed its plans, according to the Toronto Star.Internet experts have testified that technology can make online casinos as secure against compulsive gambling as any land-based venue.The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation released estimates that almost $1 billion flows annually from Canadian residents to foreign Internet casino operators without a dime of tax being paid. A government spokesman said online gambling run by the province could be earning as much as $100 million yearly within five years.British Columbia and the Atlantic provinces have already begun allowing their lotteries to accept online casino gaming, and Manitoba leaders say that province is also considering operating its own Internet gambling sites.Still, CAW leaders only saw the potential loss of jobs in one area as the issue, while those with less tunnel vision remarked that online jobs would be increasing, as well as the general public welfare once revenues were boosted.“It could lead to a loss of jobs at a time when the province cannot afford it,” stated Lewenza. “This should also be taken into account.”Ontario is facing a multi-million dollar deficit, with future spending expected to rise sharply. Published on August 11, 2010 by TomWeston
Economy Pushing Florida Lawmakers Towards Vegas-Style Gambling
The state of Florida is heavilty reliant on its tourism industry, so when the global economy flounders as it has the past several years, the Sunshine State is one of a handful of states that gets hit the hardest.The economy has made lawmakers take an alternate view of how to bring money into the ailing state budget. The biggest bill to come to the floor in terms of instant funding involves expanding casino gambling on a grand scale. Las Vegas-style casino resorts are being pushed in the latest gambling bill to be debated.Lawmakers have acknowledged that if it was not for the economy, the gambling bill would have little chance of passing. The legislators also contend, however, that gambling expansion would be an easy fix to the state’s budget shortcomings, and that has many lawmakers changing their stance on the issue.”If we weren’t in double-digit unemployment and a receding economy, I don’t think there would be much appetite for this bill,” said Representative Erik Fresen, as reported by Newsmax. “But, in this economy, it’s almost an obligation to discuss it.”Rep. Fresen is a co-author of a bill that will be introduced in the coming weeks to Florida legislators. State Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff is the co-sponsor of the bill. The two legislators are both Conservatives, which should help push the bill through the legislature, which is a majority Republican.In addition to the hundreds of millions of jobs the new bill would bring, there are thousands of jobs on the line. Florida is among the worst in the nation when it comes to their unemployment rate, and lawmakers will have a hard time turning their head away from legislation that could provide that many jobs.The permanent jobs are a bonus, but the construction jobs would be important as well. The bill being proposed would authorize three additional gaming licenses for South Florida casinos. Las Vegas gaming companies Wynn Resorts, Las Vegas Sands, and Caesars would all likely bid on the licenses, along with foreign gaming company Genting. September 13, 2011Posted By Terry GoodwinStaff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.comSubmit News!
D.C. Online Gambling Delayed; Public To Have Input
Opponents of a new online casino site in Washington D.C. were pleased on Monday when the D.C. Lottery announced that it would be delaying the launch of the online casino. The delay, according to city council members, is for time to gain public input on the controversial issue.Earlier this year the D.C. Council allowed a deadline to pass in which they could have eliminated the online gambling law. With the deadline passed, the D.C. Lottery began preparing for a launch of late July for free play and September for real money gambling online. Monday, the entire process was put on hold.”It could be October, it could be November, it could be next year,” said council member Jack Evans, in response to when the online casino will finally be launched. Other council members believed that later this year was the more probable date for the start of regulated online gambling in the city.Michael A. Brown claimed the gambling would become a reality later this fall. Before that happens, however, there is going to be a series of public discussions on the issue, and the hope is that the council will ease the fears of those opposed to the new gaming laws.Even those who are in favor of the expanded form of gambling will be allowed to attend the public forums to ask questions and gather information on the plan. The public areas where the online site will be accessible will have a sixty day review period before the site launches.While many states had lawmakers spending weeks debating online gambling, D.C. quietly pushed through a law regulating the industry last December. Even if the site is delayed for several months, it will likely become the first online casino in the US that is being run with US regulations.The city where the online site will go live is ironically the same city where the Department of Justice originated an online gambling indictment against PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, two of the largest online poker sites in the world.Lawmakers in Washington are working towards a federal resolution to Internet gambling prohibition. Representatives Joe Barton and John Campbell, both Conservatives, have proposed two separate bills that would regulate online poker. In Barton’s bill, other forms of online gambling would remain unregulated.US online poker players represent a large portion of the population in the US, and they have made their voices heard after losing their two primary places to play online. Professional poker players have also taken a stand, with several boycotting the World series of Poker until Full Tilt pays US customers the funds that were in their accounts at the time of the government shutdown of the site. July 12, 2011Posted By April GardnerStaff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.comSubmit News!
Xenophon Continues Anti-Online Gambling Crusade In Australia
Nick Xenophon has spent the last couple of years pushing for stronger regulations in the Australian gaming industry. Xenophon has made no secret of his desire to rid the country of gambling completely, although he has had a hard time convincing his fellow lawmakers to eliminate the big revenue-maker.Now comes a report that Australians have used PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, two of the largest online poker sites in the world, and two sites that were frequently targeted in a US Department of Justice crackdown.The report has Xenophon again looking to go after anyone involved with allowing the illegal gambling, and on his hit list this week was the Australian Federal Police. Xenophon claims the AFP has not been aggressive enough in going after the illegal online gambling.”There could be a hidden epidemic of problem gambling from online gambling that we just don’t know about,” said Xenophon. He went on to claim that the law enforcement officials are to blame for not moving quickly to defuse the potential problem.Xenophon’s stance is not one that is shared by many lawmakers. In most cases, lawmakers are looking to join other nations such as France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, in creating a regulated system of Internet gambling. Xenophon is strongly opposed to any such regulations, and it could cause a showdown amongst lawmakers in the coming years.The Australian government has been attempting to slow problem gambling at a land-based level. The government is pushing legislation that would require casinos to install technology that would force gamblers to set betting limits before they played slot machines. The casinos are seeking to have that be an option, instead of a requirement.Another potential problem in Australia is sports betting. Sports leagues have called on the government to create laws making it a felony to be involved with any type of sports cheating associated with gambling. Sports betting is a big business, not only in Australia, but around the world, becoming a billion dollar industry over the past decade. May 30, 2011Posted By Terry GoodwinStaff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.comSubmit News!