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The game is said to be deeply rooted in Swedish history, in fact, the tradition is said to date back to the year 1020, when a Swedish king was playing with the king of Norway for the ownership of a district.

The Swedish king won the district with a roll of the dice, when he got two sixes, the king of Norway lost the roll with a 6 and a 7.

Online poker in Sweden

Poker is highly regulated in Sweden, in fact last month the Swedish authorities (Skatteverket) severely cracked down on illegal poker games. Poker players in Sweden received letters from Skatteverket requiring all registrations relating to the game of poker outside the European Economic Area between 2008 and 2011.

Players were asked to submit bank statements from all institutions where they could have received deposits of poker winnings; they were also responsible for providing Skatteverket with their poker site usernames.

Numerous online poker sites were specifically named in the letter, including:

  • PokerStars
  • Absolute Poker
  • Bodog
  • Full Tilt Poker

Swedes can play poker legally, but they must do so at an approved poker site within the European Economic Area (EEA). They also have to pay heavy taxes.

Swedish Licensed Poker Sites

In order for Swedish poker players to play at an online poker site and avoid taxes, that site must be licensed within the European Union. In 2012, the major poker site PokerStars.com added a new domain which is indeed licensed within the European Union, creating a tax-free environment that allows Swedish poker players like Ilsildur1 to continue playing in the UK. tax exemption on the site.

Due to the change in PokerStars, players with PokerStars.com accounts in the following countries will migrate their accounts to the new PokerStars servers. Players from the following countries who do not yet have an account with PokerStars can visit PokerStars.eu to create a new account.

  • Sweden
  • Finland
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Greece
  • Sweden
  • Finland
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Greece
  • Slovakia
  • Germany
  • Luxembourg
  • Betsafe (MicroGaming)
  • Slovakia
  • Black chip pokerLicensed poker sites in the European Union
  • Carbon poker
  • Lock poker
  • Go Poker
  • No ProPoker
  • 888 Poker
  • Betsafe (in game)
  • Party Poker
  • WPT Poker

Play poker in Swedish casinos

Poker in StockholmCosmopol Casino in Stockholm Sweden

The Cosmopol Casino located in Stockholm, Sweden offers daily poker tournaments, as well as cash games. The cash game rake is 5% of the pot. The maximum rake taken per hand is $ 100. Players playing 10/10 blinds will be subject to a 10% commission, with a maximum commission per hand of $ 60.

  • Texas holdem
  • Pot Limit Omaha
  • Choice of dealer

Dealer’s Choice games in Stockholm, Sweden can include: Texas Hold’em, Omaha, 5 Card Omaha, Courchevel, Crazy Pineapple and / or 7 Card Stud.

The following blind levels are available to cash game players:

No limit poker
10/10 (buy in 200 -1000)
20/20 (purchase 500-4000)
50/50 (buy in 2500 to 10,000)
100/100 (buy in 5,000 to 20,000)
Pot Limit Poker
20/20 (my purchase in 1000)
50/50 (minimum purchase in 2500)
100/100 min buy in 5000)
Fixed limit poker
50/100 (min purchase 1000)
100/200 (minimum purchase 2000)
200/400 (minimum purchase 4000)

Poker in GothenburgSwedish Casino in Gothenburg

The Cosmopol Casino offers 18 poker tables located in Gothenburg. Like the Stockholm casino, the casino charges 5% commission. The poker room offers cash games, sit n go style tournaments and multi-table tournaments. Göteborg Casino Cosmopol is open on weekdays from 6 p.m. to 4:45 a.m. according to normal hours. During certain special events, the poker room is open on weekends.

Poker Casino Cosmopol Malmo Casino in South Sweden

Malmö Casino is located about 30 minutes outside of Copenhagen in Sweden, so it is a popular destination for tourists and locals in Copenhagen as well as Malmö.

The poker room is open Monday through Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 3:45 a.m.Cosmopol Casino in Malmö
Poker games at the Cosmopol Casino in Malmö

  • Texas holdem
  • Omaha Poker
  • Poker tournaments

Poker at Sundsvall

The Cosmopol Casino in Sundsvall offers poker tournaments, as well as sit n go style games and live cash game poker. Sundsvall Poker Room is open Monday to Friday 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., Saturday 4:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. and Sunday 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

Poker games offered at Sundsvall

  • Texas holdemCosmopol Casino in Sundsvall Sweden
  • Omaha Poker
  • 7 card stud
  • Courchevel
  • Crazy pineapple
  • 5-Map
  • Omaha
  • Choice of dealer
  • Poker tournaments
No limit poker games in Sundsvall PotLimit Poker Games in Sundsvall
10/10 (purchase 200-1000 SEK)
20/20 (purchase 500-2000 SEK)
20/20 Deepstack (buy in 1000-4000 SEK)
50/50 (buy in 1000-10000 SEK)
100/100 (buy in 2000 at 20,000 SEK)
200/200 (buy in 5,000 to 40,000 SEK)
10/10 (purchase 200-1000 SEK)
20/20 (my purchase in 1000 SEK)
50/50 (minimum purchase in 2500 SEK)
100/100 (min. £ 5,000 buy-in)
200/200 (min buy in. £ 10,000)

Less common poker games played in Swedish gambling halls

>> Courchevel Poker in Sweden

Courchevel Poker is played like Omaha, with two small details. As in a game of Omaha, each player receives 4 cards. In a game of Omaha, after receiving their hole cards, players would bet, in Courchevel, they wait. 1 flop card is dealt, and THEN they bet. Then the next two cards on the flop are dealt and play resumes exactly as it would in an Omaha game.

>> Pineapple Poker in Sweden

Much like a Courchevel Poker game, Pineapple Poker is essentially Holdem with a twist. In a Pinapple poker game, each player is dealt 3 hole cards. They make their bets, a flop is dealt. Then each player makes a bet and discards a card! It’s the twist! After the discard, players continue to play as they would play Holdem.

Mobile poker in Sweden

Pokerstars, Bet24 and Betsson Poker all have mobile apps available in Sweden.

Famous Swedish poker players

Viktor Blom – isildur1 – Former PokerStars Pro
Rino Mathis – PokerStars Pro
Erik Cajelais
Erik Friberg
Martin de Knijff

Written by Cathy Roberts aka LadyHoldem


New Hampshire becomes fifth state to legalize online lottery sales


Legalizing online gambling has been a difficult task in the United States, but progress is being made.

Opposition forces and infighting among potential stakeholders have limited online gambling (poker and casino) to the first three states Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey. These same forces have failed to curb the online lottery.

When New Hampshire Govt. Chris sununu signed his name on a bill authorizing the New Hampshire Lottery offer products online last month, the granite state became the fifth to take the leap into the online lottery. (This is the sixth account Minnesota; the legislature has cut short its time as a state online lottery.)

Other states where online lottery is legal are:

  • Illinois – The online lottery was put online in March 2012
  • Georgia – The online lottery was put online in November 2012
  • Michigan – The online lottery was put online in August 2014
  • Kentucky – The online lottery was launched in April 2016

NH Lottery Commission Executive Director Charlie McIntyre is targeting early 2018 for a launch date. He does not foresee any problem with the online lottery.

“For us, this is simply an evolution of the way we do business”, McIntyre told the Union leader. “We’re not really selling anything new. We just do it in a different way.

Number of online lottery states likely to continue to increase

In the process of legislation, Pennsylvania could become the sixth state to offer its lottery online. The legislation is part of a comprehensive package of gambling reforms with a good chance of being passed before the end of the year.

Massachusetts is also a contender for online lottery sales, and the problem is expected to gain further momentum in 2018. Online lottery supporters in Massachusetts will likely still point to New Hampshire. another reason to participate in its online lottery.

states like West Virginia are equally give the online lottery a serious look. Because of the way the state crafted its lottery law, West Virginia could quickly flip the switch and allow online lottery sales. without legislative approval.

Online lottery without incident

As more states legalize online gambling and / or online lotteries, it is becoming increasingly clear that the technology in place is more than capable of protecting players. The same technology guarantees compliance with regulatory requirements.

So far, there have been only a few small hiccups in the New Jersey online gambling industry. Regulators quickly noticed and corrected all instances. This includes fines imposed on the offending companies, just as they would be in the land-based casino industry.

Online lottery guarantees have proven to be equally strong.

On the occasion of its second anniversary, the Illinois Lottery praise on his geolocation and AGE verification procedures.

“The lottery, through its private manager, launched the first internet sales portal in the United States during the $ 656 million Mega Millions jackpot week in March 2012,” said the director of the Illinois Lottery. Michael jones. “Two years later, it’s clear that the age and geography constraints that were key components of the test are working as intended.”

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Online lottery boosts land sales

Despite lingering fears of cannibalization, states offering online lotteries have found the product complementary.

From a December 2016 article report by Digital games group on the Michigan online lottery, just like online gambling, the online lottery client has little in common with traditional brick and mortar lottery players.

“The Michigan Lottery success story should be a page in every lottery book seeking to convince its stakeholders of the value, certainty and complementary nature of this new sales channel,” the report states.

Additionally, the report found existing lottery customers registering accounts online. not reduce land expenses.

“Multi-channel growth has been seen around the world where iLottery has a presence and the industry is finally getting national evidence as well,” the report concludes.


Online poker rankings in UK and Ireland: Geilich moves closer to number one

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Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford and Patrick “pleno1” Léonard may still occupy the first and second place in the PocketFives.com online poker rankings in the UK, but Ludovic “ludovi333” Geilich does all he can to overthrow the duo.

Geilich is third in the UK and 27th in the world, although he was ranked as high as ninth in the world in 2016. Over the past week, Geilich has completed more than a dozen deep runs, one of the highlights being a fifth. – place the finish in the $ 109 Sunday Recap at PokerStars for $ 2,370.

Oscar “Menda Lerenda” Serradell is still in fourth place but could climb higher once two of his impressive results are added to his point tally. Serradell was the Hot $ 162 finalist for $ 4,307, then third in the table Large $ 215 for $ 4,408, both at PokerStars.

Another player in hot form is Paul “Senterpied” Scent and he climbed to 12th place in the UK as a result. Senter won the $ 44 NLHE 6-Max Progressive KO for $ 1,824 and the partypoker $ 10,000 Gtd Balboa for $ 2,513 before finishing third in Microgaming 15,000 € Sunday event for $ 2,563.

Up to 15th place this week is Rick “TheClamer” Trigg courtesy of winning the Hot $ 162 on PokerStars for $ 4,848 while Jonathan “fierflop” Proudflop finished second in the Large $ 215 for a score of $ 5,960.

UK Online Poker Rankings (July 13, 2017)

British rank Player Points
1 Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford 6842.38
2 Patrick “pleno1” Léonard 6584.71
3 Ludovic “ludovi333” Geilich 6015.52
4 Oscar “Menda Lerenda” Serradell 5617.70
5 Manu “mbo90” Bardon 4940.59
6 David “Davaman” Lopez 4885.56
7 “lucky fish89” 4855.94
8 Sam “TheSquid” Grafton 4786.20
9 “que_te_crio” 4738.94
ten Scott “Aggro Santos” Margereson 4720.44
11 Chris “moorman1” Moorman 4682.95
12 Paul “Senterpied” Scent 4444.28
13 Dan “Deepincidurr” Daw 4419.04
14 Oliver “3BunPass” Award 4258.13
15 Rick “TheClamer” Trigg 4228.71
16 Jamie “EzGame89” O’Connor 4126.39
17 “CrackdeI29” 4050.75
18 Jonathan “fierflop” Proudfoot 4008.28
19 “caroediem200” 3975.38
20 Phil “philroyal888” Mighall 3910.28

James Noonan leads in Ireland

James “Jaymo” Noonan is the man to catch up in the Irish online poker rankings thanks in part to several final table finishes. Noonan bust in third place of the $ 5,000 Rocky Gtd to partypoker for $ 810, then finished seventh in the $ 150K Gtd Main Event, also on partypoker, for $ 2,760.

Still in fourth place but putting an incredible volume is Tomas “luckyo32” Geleziunas who this week was the finalist of the $ 320 PLO8 6-Max Omania High Roller at PokerStars for $ 4,371. Geleziunas seems to be getting into more PLO tournaments on his schedule and doing quite well as well.

The player known as “Noogaii” recorded a four-figure score this week when he finished third at PokerStars Large $ 11 for $ 3,042 while Conor “coonnoorr” O’Driscoll climbed to sixth place in Ireland after winning the $ 10,000 Deepstack swordfish on 888poker for $ 2,304 and the $ 11 NLHE 6-Max Progressive KO at PokerStars for $ 590.

Finally, a nod to “Specialties” who won the PokerStars $ 82 HORSE Sunday Special for $ 1,285.

Top 20 Irish Online Poker Rankings (July 13, 2017)

British rank Player Points
1 James “Jaymo” Noonan 4884.47
2 Toby “Jobytoyce” Joyce 4751.73
3 Dan “NukeTheFish!” Wilson 4315.26
4 Tomas “luckymo32” Geleziunas 3909.04
5 “Noogaii” 3423.33
6 Conor “coonnoorr” O’Driscoll 3394.86
7 Kevin “SuitedAcesBaby” Killeen 3191.47
8 “Foxy Lisa” 3105.45
9 Dara “Doke” O’Kearney 3012.11
ten Cathal “shinerrr” Shine 2802.94
11 Dan “DatWillDoPig” Rankin 2798.20
12 Sean “singebudgie” Prendiville 2788.37
13 Nicholas “YerSoLucky” Newport 2711.75
14 Daragh “daragh999” Davey 2705.51
15 Gary “relax” McGinty 2430.81
16 Kamal “AceOfShamrocks” Singh 2290.90
17 “Specialties” 2277.04
18 Jason “blaaaaaah666” Tompkins 2209.76
19 Frank “Denman98” Lillis 2150.57
20 Andrew “UlDuffer” Sweeney 2027.06


New Hampshire Sets Stage for Online Lottery; Is online gaming next?

Could another state online lottery soon?

New Hampshire was the first state in the country to offer legal lottery games. After ten years of effort, the state finally legalized its lottery in 1963.

Following the passage of an omnibus bill tied to the 2018-2019 state budget, New Hampshire could soon become the fifth state to offer online lottery games. This would include instant tickets online.

Where does the online lottery come from?

The online lottery was born when the legislature passed a riders bill, H 517, which would authorize the national lottery to offer online games. A separate measure that would allow keno games has also been adopted, so keno may end up being offered online.

According to proponents of the proposal, online lottery games will appeal to a younger demographic and gross around $13 million annually in additional income.

The bill still needs to be signed by Governor Chris Sununu before it officially becomes law.

What the NH Lottery bill says

According to the summary, the bill “permits the lottery commission to sell lottery tickets over the Internet and through mobile applications and to create certain practices to address gambling issues during such sales.”

The full section of the bill dealing with online lottery sales reads:

(e) May be sold by or for the Lottery Commission through the use of mobile applications by mobile devices or over the Internet. With respect to such sales, the Lottery Commission will provide:

(1) Age verification measures to be taken to block access and prevent the sale of lottery tickets to persons under the age of 18. These measures include requiring players to register for an account with an approved lottery retailer in accordance with this chapter.

(2) That lottery purchases be limited to transactions initiated and completed within the geographic boundaries of the State of New Hampshire.

(3) Wagering limits for daily, weekly and monthly amounts for each player and account in accordance with problem gambling best practices.

(4) A voluntary self-exclusion program allowing players to self-exclude themselves from betting for set periods of time.

NH is different from other online lottery states

The only notable difference between the New Hampshire bill and bills passed and introduced in other states is the provision that registration must be made in person at a brick and mortar retailer.

State House Concord Monitor journalist Allie Morris describes the current proposal for New Hampshire Public Radio so :

According to the current proposal, in order for users to download this application, you must first register in a physical store, and that is where the age verification would take place.

And something that I understand would be a big difference between playing in a store and playing on your phone would be right now, if you’re going to buy a scratch ticket from a grocery store or convenience store, you have to pay cash for that ticket. I understand you can create a credit card account when you come in and register to verify your age. It could be connected to your phone for you to play online.

Are you part of a larger online strategy?

The online lottery might just be one part of a larger online strategy.

A fantasy sports daily bill introduced in January came to life this month. All it takes is Sununu’s signature to become law.

And earlier this year, New Hampshire lawmakers submitted a fictitious invoice that would allow online gambling in the Granite State.

The bill lacked specifics, merely reading:

“This bill exempts internet gambling from gambling offenses under RSA 647. To date, the Department of Justice has not investigated or prosecuted online gambling offenses and does not expect therefore not expect this bill to have an impact on spending.

To the extent that this bill legalizes a form of gambling, it could have an indeterminable impact on lottery and charitable gaming revenues. Lottery and charitable gaming revenues are credited to the lottery fund, with net revenues after Lottery Commission expenses being credited to the state education trust fund.

No measures have been taken regarding online gambling. But now that New Hampshire is on the verge of legalizing the online lottery, a bigger push in online gambling could be in the cards next year.

Illinois State Online Lottery


The year was 1974 and quite exciting for Illinoisians when she officially sold her first ticket on July 30 to the state lottery. In December of the same year, an incredible 100,000,000th ticket was sold. It was an instant hit like the audiences’ visions of a heavenly lifestyle of champagne, caviar and the good life if they won. In 1983, Illinois became the first state to guarantee a million dollar prize. In true Chicago style, it was ironic that the bartender at the famed Billy Goat Tavern (famous for the Cubs’ baseball curse) was the first Lotto millionaire.

A major breakthrough came in March 2012 when authorities passed a law allowing the purchase of lottery tickets online, the country’s largest state. The revenues contribute to Illinois’ public school system, roads, bridges, and capital projects.

Types of lottery tickets

$ 1 jackpot games

  • Lotto – from $ 2 million with Extra Shot for $ 1 more and 6 more chances to win
  • Mega Millions – from $ 15 million every Tuesday and Friday
  • Powerball – starting at $ 40 million, it’s a national ticket price
  • Lucky Day Lotto – from $ 100,000

Daily games

Pick 3 and pick 4 at 12:40 p.m. and 9:22 p.m. CST

Instant games

Win instant prizes with these scratch games. Choose from new snapshots, snapshot features, and:

Featured Games

  • Million $$ First Prize Match $ 5,000,000 Ticket Price $ 30
  • Roulette First Prize $ 250,000
  • Neon 9s first prize $ 999 ticket price $ 1
  • Family Purchase Multiplier 1 5x for $ 2,000, 2 10x for $ 20,000, 5 25x for $ 25,000, 10 50x for $ 2,000,000 and 20 100x for $ 4,000,000

Giant Dollars – purchase price $ 5 for $ 1,000,000, $ 10 for $ 2,000,000, $ 20 for $ 3,000,000

Specialty games for charity with ticket prices ranging from $ 1 to $ 30

  • Red Ribbon Cash has contributed over $ 7 million since 2008 to the fight against HIV / AIDS
  • Veterans Cash has donated $ 13.3 million to Illinois veterans organizations since 2006
  • Ticket for the Cure has contributed $ 11.5 million to breast cancer research and grants since 2006
  • MS Project $ 8.3 million for multiple sclerosis in Illinois since 2008
  • Special Olympics has donated over $ 1.5 million for athletic training programs since 2015

How to play

All winning tickets over $ 600 or less will be paid for by automatic deposit. The Illinois Lottery processes all winnings over $ 600 and an email will be sent explaining how to claim them.


Interview with founder Phil Fraser

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Founded in 2000, What Bingo has grown over the years to become the largest bingo review website in the UK and a world famous name in the online bingo space. To celebrate the industry and the hard work of its representatives, WhichBingo hosted the What Bingo rewards ceremony for several years now.

The WhichBingo website was created by Mr. Phil Fraser, someone with years of experience in online bingo (and gaming as a whole). Before venturing into the world of bingo, Mr. Fraser had been hired by the great British bookmaker William Hill to help him launch his first online casino.

The 2017 edition of the WhichBingo Awards is expected to take place within a week and the organizers have promised a unique experience for the participants. The awards ceremony will take place at the Café de Paris in London’s West End, a popular venue for its burlesque and cabaret evenings.

Mr. Fraser and his team kindly answered our questions about the event, how it has evolved over the years and what they expect from its 2017 edition. Read the full interview below.

+ Can you tell us more about the upcoming WhichBingo Awards? How will the 2017 edition be different from those of previous years?

The WhichBingo Awards are well known for taking place in unusual places around London. Every year we go to a different location and we try to organize the event according to the particular location. This year we’re at the iconic Café de Paris, famous for its burlesque and cabaret acts, so we had no choice but to bring in the dancers and put on a bit of a show!

+ How is an event of this kind organized? How long does it usually take to put on the show? Are you actively involved in the organizing process?

It generally takes around 3 or 4 months to put everything in place, including on-site activity such as designing the website, informing all operators and then issuing the public actor vote. Regarding the ceremony, we work closely with an event company that helps us find the venue and organize the event on the same day.

+ Can you tell us more about the appointment process? Who can nominate and who can be nominated?

Operators were invited to nominate themselves using a simple online form. If they chose one of the four categories decided by the jury, they would receive a more detailed nomination form to fill out, depending on the category in which they wished to participate. For player-voted awards, presets were announced and a voting form posted on the website. Operators then had about three weeks to encourage players to vote for them.

+ What can you say about this year’s jury?

In previous years we only had one jury award, but this year we expanded it to four categories: most socially responsible, best software, best mobile experience and best service. customer. For the first of these, we are counting on the support of six independent responsible gaming judges for their help in choosing the winner. In the last three, the jury was made up of our own WhichBingo review team, who have extensive experience playing across all nominated sites, so we believe we have selected some worthy winners this year.

+ What do you think are the characteristics that players pay the most attention to when choosing their favorite nominee from one category or another?

It’s hard to say because the players who vote don’t provide any reason for doing so. However, the sites that generally do well are those that actively engage with players and give them clear reminders and calls to action to vote on a variety of channels, such as onsite, email, and on. social networks.

Our advice is always to vote for us CTAs where players will see them, either right in their inbox or right there on a high traffic page. If they simply paste it on a rarely viewed promotions page or blog and do nothing else, their brand advocates are unlikely to see the message and vote.

+ And what characteristics should the “Best Online Bingo Site” have?

The only thing the best site needs to have is mass appeal and the ability to interact well with its audience. No matter how good the post is, players won’t vote for you if they don’t like your product.

+ What do you expect from this year’s ceremony?

I’m really excited about this year’s event because it’s such a fantastic venue and we already have the majority of seats reserved. It will be a “full house” as we say in bingo! I expect a great atmosphere, a great show from the cabaret acts that we have lined up and a great lineup of deserving winners in all 14 award categories. We’re also expanding the rewards for the first time to include an after-party, during which tables are removed and a DJ comes in to party guests late into the night. It also means that the capacity increases after 9:30 p.m. and therefore more people can come if they were not able to secure a seat for the previous event.

+ When and how did the idea for the WhichBingo Awards come about? How has this concept been improved over the years?

There has been a poll on the WhichBingo website for over 15 years that asked players to vote for their favorite sites. In 2014, we decided to completely revamp this poll and turn it into a full-fledged awards ceremony, with nominations, votes and a real ceremony in London. Over the years we have introduced new categories and added more juries. Every year we are always looking for ways to update and improve the whole event.

+ And how do you plan to develop the ceremony in the future?

It’s too early to start talking about next year, but ideally what I’d like to see are more judge-led categories alongside player-voted categories. Player voting is great for getting broad engagement, but Judges voting is where you increase the level of kudos for winning an award. We have also added two slots categories for the first time this year, so there is room for more rewards in this area as we increase the amount of slot content at WhichBingo.

+ How does the WhichBingo Awards ceremony influence the course of the industry? Why does the online bingo industry need an event like this?

You can see what the WhichBingo Awards mean to many brands from the efforts they put in to encourage votes and in the submissions they submit to the judges. It’s a real badge of honor and in such a crowded market, a great way to stand out. Online bingo is often only a small category in many larger online gaming events, so it is important that the industry has its own dedicated ceremony like this. It’s a great way to bring everyone in the industry together in one place.


Why this investor thinks that a long position in online bingo is not a risky bet

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Jackpotjoy plc. (formerly called Intertain) is a Canadian online gaming company that focuses primarily on online bingo. Despite some negative outlook on the company recently, Intertain recently re-listed the LSE and is the dominant player in the UK online bingo industry. Lennard Zwart, portfolio manager at Amsterdam-based Res Privata family office, believes Jackpotjoy has taken on new leadership following the re-listing and debt refinancing according to his idea posted on SumZero. Meanwhile, the complex structure of the business has obscured the true state of health of the business, which he believes should be upgraded to at least double its current value.

SumZero: What about Jackpotjoy (JPJ) who first caught your attention as a value investor?

Lennard Zwart: We like to look at special situations in today’s environment, and JPJ was a relist that also got a lot of attention from short sellers, so we took a closer look. After my fellow portfolio manager Iljaas Abdoella and I concluded that the short arguments were no longer valid and that the stock had a very attractive and stable cash flow, we took a small long position. After the stock fell sharply in October 2016 due to re-listing delays and the emergence of another short report, we made it our second largest position with a normalized cash flow return of 20% .

SumZero: What is the market missing?

Lennard Zwart: This company was basically a nasty rollup with a management team that was more focused on compensation than shareholder. By early 2016, the company’s board was already administering some effective self-help by getting rid of most of the old management team and deciding on a UK-centric strategy.

Another factor as to why people don’t like the stock is an outsourcing deal with Gamesys, which caused people to worry about Gamesys entering the bingo market themselves when they were. cleared in 2020. We believe the risk of Gamesys returning is low as Gamesys has a lot of skin in the Jackpotjoy game. Gamesys receives a portion of its revenue, has future milestone payments and also owns a significant stake in JPJ. JPJ may also cause substantial damage to Gamesys by withdrawing funds from persons working at Gamesys on behalf of JPJ. Gamesys also said they wanted to be a platform business, not a business-to-consumer business. Another important point to remember is that there aren’t many game companies that actually have their technology’s IP. Last year, Gamesys extended its non-competition by two years.

We see the change in the investor base and some frightening regulatory and tax measures in the UK as the latest ingredients contributing to the undervaluation of JPJ.

SumZero: What key metrics should investors pay attention to as your thesis matures?

Lennard Zwart: I would pay attention to deleveraging related metrics first. When JPJ reaches a credit facility leverage of 2.75, the company intends to begin paying a dividend. This leverage currently stands at 3.37, but before the company can start reducing the leverage on its credit facility it has to pay around £ 135million in earn-out debt. . We expect the 2.75 level to be reached around the first quarter of 2019, but much of the stock’s revaluation will take place before that. The continued reductions in leverage will increase JPJ’s comparability with other gambling-related stocks on the LSE and during this process its attractive multiples of EBITDA and FCF will become larger.

SumZero: How Jackpotjoy’s re-listing on the London Stock Exchange created value for the company?

Lennard Zwart: Most importantly, it created value for us as the delay in listing provided us with attractive entry levels. More seriously, one of the reasons the relisting will add value to JPJ is that GBP accounts will neutralize currency related volatility, as most of the income is in pounds sterling. More importantly, the company has a lot of comps in London and this implies that the JPJ market cap should at least double based on the EBITDA and FCF multiples. We can now start to see the initiation of research in the UK with favorable name coverage. This, along with the deleveraging and dividend outlook, will boost institutional ownership and stock price gains over the next several years.

SumZero: Why is the online bingo industry not as competitive as the rest of the online gaming world?

Lennard Zwart: Bingo is a smaller subsection of online gambling, much smaller than online casinos and poker. Additionally, customers are more feminine and tend to focus more on the social element that JPJ captures with its hosted chat feature. This means that they tend to be more loyal. For JPJ in particular, online bingo is less competitive because with 22% market share, they are the biggest player with the biggest bankroll and therefore the best win ratio. The second player only holds 14% of the market.

SumZero: Is there a growing cultural headwind against gambling that could affect future earnings?

Lennard Zwart: We don’t think there is a cultural headwind against gambling, at least not in Europe. There are political pressures to close tax loopholes and regulatory pressures to limit excesses and ensure fair treatment of clients. We believe developments like the UK Gambling Probe are maturing the industry and that regulation will be good for incumbent market leaders like JPJ.

SumZero: Intertain has had a difficult history. Can you explain what happened in 2016 with the allegations against the former CEO and CFO? How does this affect your perspective?

Lennard Zwart: The former management team was accused of extravagant behavior and had an overall turbulent past. The short thesis against JPJ went on to accuse this leadership of essentially cooking the numbers. This last statement struck us as wrong and with the fact that most of the old management team has been replaced, it made us feel very comfortable with the reputation of the old management as a source of undervaluation. .

The CFO of the old management team is still in place. We’ve met him and he seems knowledgeable and aligned with the new leadership of the company, although we don’t like the size of his pay legacy.

SumZero: Has the UK Gambling Probe had an effect on Jackpotjoy?

Lennard Zwart: The latest probes focus on unfair treatment of customers and betting terminals in offline betting shops. These are both generic in nature. In terms of treating customers fairly, one need only look at the brand loyalty among JPJ’s customer base to see that this is not a problem for JPJ. They have a nice graph on customer loyalty in their presentation to investors. Eliminating the straw will strengthen JPJ’s position.

SumZero: What do you think of the claims that JackPotJoy’s margins are over inflated after the acquisition?

Lennard Zwart: This was essentially the heart of the short argument. We stressed that taking into account a homogeneous tax base and operating leverage, the cost base of JPJ’s activities and the evolution of the margin before and after acquisition were consistent, including the introduction POC taxes in 2015. We then confirmed our calculation. when Gamesys accounts became available last January. Instead of confirming the short thesis, this analysis showed how robust the JPJ segment was in terms of growth and operational leverage, as JPJ quickly mitigated the negative tax effect of POC through organic growth and operational leverage. .

SumZero: What are the biggest risks associated with trading in your opinion?

Lennard Zwart: There could be a dramatic political or Brexit-related event in the UK games market. We could also be wrong that Gamesys is not making a new entry into the UK online bingo market. These two risks seem to us to be quite low compared to the valuation of JPJ. In addition, any adverse decision by Gamesys would be at least a few years away given the recently extended non-compete clause.

SumZero: What will catalyze the market to see the value of Jackpotjoy?

Lennard Zwart: We believe that constant deleveraging leading to lower debt and an increase in the EBITDA multiple will catalyze the market. Then, in 2018, the deleveraging will lead the company to be mainly valued on its potential dividend and its FCF yield vis-à-vis the British peer group.

SumZero: Where else do you see value in the market today?

Lennard Zwart: The American market is obviously very valued and we are not very comfortable with the political and structural issues in Europe. At the same time, we do not want to venture outside our circle of expertise (with regard to country risks and accounting standards that we know). The result is that we hold a decent amount of cash and focus our investments on a very high margin of safety stocks in terms of asset values ​​and stable cash flow. These stocks tend to be small and mid caps at the moment. We are also interested in complex specific situations (spinoffs, regulatory changes, liquidations, etc.). This strategy offers a decent level of relatively uncorrelated returns as we look forward to the next episode of turmoil.

SumZero: Tell me about your fund strategy and your goal?

Lennard Zwart: We have just launched our fund and are currently building our track record with our own capital. Res Privata invests in just about every instrument available at company level and geographically we are looking at all English speaking countries and Western Europe.

Our strategy is to find alpha at the intersection of value investing and quantitative analysis. This means that we combine in-depth value-based analysis with quantitative behavioral finance methods to help us identify valuations that are incorrect due to human bias. Importantly, the system will also alert us when we threaten to follow our own biases during the investment process. Not exactly by chance, identifying biases and ignoring our own is exactly what Intertain / JackPotJoy’s risky backstory called for.


Online Bingo – Online Casino Games

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The popularity of Free Bingo is responsible for the increase in player volumes in Bingo halls around the world.

Whether you are looking for 75, 80, or 90 ball bingo, you can’t go wrong with the excitement that comes with the free bingo play action. As the name suggests, the Bingo game is free. This means that in these types of online games there is no charge to play the game.

There are many reasons why online bingo halls offer this option. It’s not just a fantastic way to attract a large number of players; it also provides online bingo rooms with a lot of online traffic. And that traffic translates into higher participation rates, higher site rankings, and a lot more advertising potential.

For online players, there are many benefits to playing free bingo. These include free access to the game, which translates into no financial expense to play the game. Players can start earning a lot of money right off the bat. More importantly, this is the non-exclusive nature of this great game. If you are of legal age, this might just be the bingo game you are looking to play.

Jackpot bingo

Want to earn a huge bingo paycheck? It’s possible!

There is a variety of online bingo that offers players a golden opportunity to earn a huge salary. And its name is Jackpot Bingo. In the end, the cash prizes on offer are simply more important than you might imagine.

Bingo players who love progressive jackpots will simply love this beauty game. Unlike other versions of Bingo where a majority of the money collected goes directly to the operators of the Bingo rooms, in this variety it is the jackpot that keeps growing and the players who benefit from it.

To make it even more special, it’s not just about the final price. Luckily for players, there are incremental paydays up for grabs throughout Jackpot Bingo. To locate your favorite gaming location, you can easily search the net and find many reputable operators offering these high impact bingo jackpots.

For fans of the great game of Jackpot Bingo, there are 2 major versions: Live and Online Jackpot Bingo. The Live version of Jackpot Bingo offers players a wonderful chance to sit in a local bingo hall and just enjoy a good, stylish game of bingo. The frequency of such events is limited and for this reason Live Bingo is taking root.

Live bingo

Good old bingo is just as popular as ever.

Live bingo is certainly a popular game and loved by fans around the world. Typically, live bingo is played in halls and other venues designated for this type of game. There are many aspects of live bingo that make it a game to be played. This game brings together many faces, both familiar and new, as they come together in the name of the game fun and community.

These live events promote high levels of physical interaction between players and they cater to the needs of players who have made Bingo a household favorite. What makes it a great game is that people dress for the games and make a special effort to participate in these events – unlike online games where players don’t need to put in any effort to participate. leave the house.

The pros and cons of live bingo are equal and the only downside is that players cannot play when they want to – everything happens on a strict schedule. The positive side includes all of the social interactions and the thrill of playing real bingo.

Team bingo

“All for one and one for all with Team Bingo.”

Bingo players can enjoy scintillating gaming action in a whole new format. Team Bingo is where the success of one is the common success of many. There are heaps of laughs and lots of fun for everyone on the home team.

In this version of the most popular community game, there is a lot of fast-paced action and a real advantage for the home team. Getting started is very easy. Players can find a lot of information about this by doing a simple internet search.

Players are assigned random teammates as a rule. However, there is another method where players form their own teams. Team Bingo has many styles. One of those versions is where the winning player also shares the loot of victory with all of their teammates. With this option, everyone gets an equal share of the pie. Another popular variety is one where the winner gets half the pot and teammates get the rest equally.


Online Bingo Bonuses – Bonuses


The best things come in small packages.

Online bingo bonuses may at first glance seem less exciting than their higher online casino counterparts, but sometimes less is more! Since bingo buy-ins are much lower than casino games, these smaller, less cheeky little bonuses go a long way.

We’ve done the work for you and found the best bingo bonuses. Start with bingo signup bonuses or multiple deposit bonuses at any of the following great bingo sites.

Low stakes = more play

Land-based bingo has a long-standing inclusive and social tradition, which the world of online bingo has embraced. Online, you can find free bingo and low stake bingo, as well as higher stake buy-ins. Searching the net for online bingo promotions can be a long and frustrating process, which is why Online Casino Reports has searched on your behalf and offered the best bingo bonuses – our pick of the best offers at online bingo halls. most famous line. .

Bonus money

The best bonuses include no deposit bonuses, such as welcome offers in the form of free money. And it does not stop there. Knowing how talkative the bingo crowd is, online bingo halls encourage players to build brand awareness and reward those who lure their friends in with friend referral bonuses. There may be additional free money and play just by choosing a particular payment method. Payment Method Bonuses reward players for selecting the casinos’ preferred payment methods.

Even more free play

Welcome bonuses are often only the first part of the incentive package: they are often followed by a deposit bonus which is based on the level of the deposit made.
Some brands of online bingo go the extra mile and offer multiple deposit bonuses: these are triggered for more than one deposit, sometimes for a set number of deposits or maybe with a deadline, as part of a deadline. ‘a defined promotion.
When you first join a casino, you can get three bonuses before you even sit down at the table. You are rewarded when you register, when you make your first deposit, then by the payment method of your choice. Now that’s a lot of free money to spend on the bingo table, and who knows, you might even win a tournament or game bonus just by playing for free. Now what could be better than that!

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Online poker loses old name as PKR enters administration


After weeks of speculation, online poker operator PKR has confirmed that it entered administration after no longer being able to fund its day-to-day operations.

PKR, one of the oldest online poker rooms, has posted the following corporate statement on its website:

“Following previous announcements, PKR limited and PKR Technologies Ltd have filed applications with the court for administrative orders, which will be heard in the week of May 8, 2017. Further information will be posted on this website after the hearings. “

Prior to his statement, PKR platform partner Microgaming informed the market that it had cut operator services at the request of PKR management, who were seeking “independent professional advice” regarding their difficulties. financial.

This week, Microgaming released another statement detailing that PKR management “has repeatedly assured us that player funds are held in a separate client account”, acting in accordance with UK and Alderney licensing obligations. .

Launched in 2016 by video game developer Jez San (founder), PKR aimed to bring a 3D dimension to the static online poker market. At the time, the standalone 3D poker room received industry awards and recognition for bringing innovation to the market and diversifying its poker product.

Nonetheless, PKR’s growth was strongly impacted by the slowdown in online poker as the operator struggled to create consistent liquidity for players within its poker room.

Following a management restructuring in 2015, which saw Chris Welch appointed CEO, PKR would merge its stand-alone poker platform with the provisions of the Microgaming network.

Taking the lead of PKR, Welch had indicated that the company would look to diversify its product line by adding a casino and a potential sports betting product, because as a single vertical operator, PKR no longer appealed to modern consumers.

However, PKR’s recovery plans appear to have been immediately hit by financial constraints.

Totally Gaming Says: Sad news about PKR, a gaming operator who has created a revolutionary industrial product (beyond the igaming sector) and developed an effective 3D community. Perhaps an operator or competitor can look to buy the technology and differentiate their poker offering.


Online Poker Networks – Reviews of the Best Online Poker Skins

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The online poker ecosystem is made up of dozens of the most popular poker sites, most of which run either on a network platform or on their own independent software. These sites have large amounts of real money poker players, sometimes playing different skins on the same network in order to take advantage of different promotions or bonus offers. We are going to break down the best online poker networks in this article.

The “network” model

Most poker rooms choose to join a network to offset the costs of developing their own software, running different promotions and tournament series, and getting instant access to a pool of players shared across the network.

The downside of this model is that since player pools are shared, part of the profit goes to the network provider who provides them with the poker software needed to run their room. Also, some venues have taken advantage of the network in the past and abused rakeback and controversies like this only negatively affect other venues on the network.

Independent Poker Software Providers

The biggest iGaming companies like PokerStars and PartyPoker all use their own independent software to power their games and therefore collect 100% of the rake and profit as well. These sites have booming budgets and are listed companies worth billions, a plus for pioneering the business and developing their own poker software.

The aforementioned sites are the major players in the online poker industry, with PokerStars accounting for almost 50% of the market share for the online poker player pool. This isn’t necessarily because they chose to develop their own software, but mostly because they were part of a very small group that took their business seriously during the early days of online poker.

These particular sites have since flourished, even after the UIGEA and “Black Friday”, when many of these sites were forced to remove their US player base following a Department of Justice crackdown on online poker. the United States.

Most Popular Online Poker Networks Today

There are really only a handful of poker networks today that bring real value to the poker ecosystem. Below is our list of the best networks in the poker industry, including a short description for each and a direct link to more in-depth reviews on each.

IPoker Network

The iPoker network currently hosts over 30 different poker skins on the network itself. The company’s software is actually powered by Playtech, which originally started in the industry as a provider of casino software.

The iPoker network made a drastic change a few years ago when they separated the sites, placing some in different tiers and renaming them “iPoker 1” and “iPoker 2”, mainly to ensure fairness between the skins. , because some were offering exorbitant rakeback offers. that other smaller sites could not compete with.

However, they would move away from this multi-level pattern in 2015 to improve player liquidity as traffic started to drop since they split traffic. Meanwhile, smaller sites have gone down while other larger sites in the network have bought some skins and traffic from their players in the process.

The most popular site on iPoker is Titan Poker, with other PaddyPoker sites also calling the network currently.

Microgaming Poker Network

The Microgaming network is one of the most popular in the UK and Europe. They are one of the pioneers of iGaming, starting as Playtech as a provider of casino software before venturing into online poker.

According to PokerScout.com, network traffic consistently ranks in the top 10 worldwide for real money poker players. They currently have over 20 skins and continue to do well in the industry.

Like most poker sites these days, the network has moved away from rakeback altogether and is committed to making the site more focused on recreational players rather than grinders. They even set up anonymous tables to rid their sites of “bumhunters” and have a fully implemented success system in place.

The most popular MPN sites seem to be Betsson, BetSafe, and Nordic Bet. Bettson also offers a full bookmaker, as well as sites like 32Red and a few others.

888 Poker Network

888 is of course one of the most recognizable brands in the business today, with its software used not only to power 888Poker.com in Europe and around the world, but even for regulated poker sites in New Jersey, the Nevada and Delaware.

Network traffic is consistently high both nationally and internationally, ranking in the top 3 according to PokerScout. Solid poker software and attention to detail have made 888 one of the most trusted names in all of poker today.

Naturally, the best site on their own network is 888Poker.com, which constantly battles giants like PokerStars and PartyPoker for world domination in terms of player traffic.

Winning poker network

WPN is home to the few “unregulated” poker sites that still accept US players. Since the UIGEA and Black Friday, many major poker providers have pulled out of the market, creating a void that sites like Americas Cardroom have quickly filled.

While the sites on WPN don’t get as much traffic as their counterparts in Europe, the network has decent numbers in terms of real money traffic. Poker rooms on WPN, like Americas Cardroom, also still offer rakeback to its players and extremely fast withdrawals, making it the number one option for customers around the world and the United States.

Equity Poker Network

The Equity Poker Network is similar to WPN’s in that it is also a smaller, user-friendly poker center for the United States. They have a very unique business model where operators (i.e. skins) pay a fixed fee each month to cover operating expenses, while still being able to keep 100% of the rake. generated by its players.

The best sites on EPN should be Action Poker and Full Flush Poker. The traffic is nothing fancy, but there is a certain “fishy factor” to sites like these. Play at your own risk, as both of these sites are notorious for slow payments.


Intertain seeks to attract punters with online bingo

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Bingo in Britain is a far cry from its origins in 14th century Italy or the salons of 17th century France where aristos played a form of gambling called Le Lotto. Here, working-class sororities play bingo in the hallways, marking their cards and barricading callers shouting numbers in their own patois: “Was she worth it?” Shouts a caller alluding to 76, supposed to be the cost of a marriage license. “Every penny,” chant the players, mostly women aged 55 and over (living snakes or a moldy beehive in bingo jargon).

However, the bingo halls are disappearing. The death knell was the smoking ban introduced in the UK ten years ago. Only some of the sisters have moved online.

The UK is the world’s largest online bingo market with around 3 million players, according to Intertain of Canada. Last year he agreed to pay up to £ 375million for Jackpotjoy, which is run by Cockney Sparrow Queen Barbara Windsor and claims to be the UK’s biggest bingo site. Today, the UK accounts for the bulk of Intertain’s revenue and is preparing to go on the London Stock Exchange next month. She hopes to be better heard by British investors than she has had in Canada. There, the shares are roughly five times the earnings forecast for December.

Intertain’s problem is that online bingo is a nascent market on the fringes of the gaming industry. Total online bingo revenue was around £ 130million last year, according to the UK Commission on Gambling. games of chance. This compares to revenues of £ 3.6 billion from all types of online betting and £ 12.6 billion from all forms of gambling – betting shops, racetracks, casinos, national lottery and others. And while online bingo is growing, it is not doing it as fast as other forms of online betting.

Online bingo is what is called a soft game, like the national lottery or scratch cards. Players are not big players. Most of them are women in their 30s, who put on a few pounds on a quick game while using the chat rooms.

There is nothing sweet about the business, however. There are hundreds of sites. The technology is relatively straightforward, says Andrew McIver, Managing Director of Intertain. The art is to create a buzz. His recipe for happiness is: “More people, more games, more interest and bigger jackpots”. Online bingo operators do not get rich by taking a share of the bingo winnings. The battle is to win new bettors at their desks or on the phone and persuade them to spend as much as possible in a matter of minutes on the sidebar casino games and scratch cards. But it is expensive to catch the attention of punters and soon loses it.

“You need a lot of nets in the water to catch more fish,” says Eitan Boyd, general manager of Stride Gaming, operator of Luckypants and Kitty Bingo.

The scrutiny of regulators and governments makes life more difficult. When the UK government imposed a consumption tax point on betting companies in 2014, many smaller competitors “were wiped out,” Boyd said. Stride took advantage of their misfortune. It now holds a tenth of the UK distance bingo market, having acquired 96 brands of bingo last year. For now, the bet is won. Last week, he said that a strong trade recently would increase revenue and profit before the bad guys for the year through August by 70%. The shares have risen 84 percent since their IPO last year, putting them on about 10 times next year’s earnings.

Mr McIver would give his eyes some teeth for the market to price Intertain this high. This is achievable, he says, for a group that has nearly 30 percent of the UK market and profit margins well above 30 percent. “We have critical mass and the full range of brands,” he says.

Still, he should be prepared for the disappointment. Tellingly, Intertain – or Jackpotjoy as it will be called when it goes listed in London – does not have the track record to qualify for a premium listing in the London market. Revenues may have risen from zero to C $ 384million in two years, but investors will need x-ray vision to see through stock issues and the £ 384million in debt raised to finance acquisitions.

Online bingo is an open market where growth is limited by demographics. It is as unlikely to make investors rich as those who play bingo. But at least the latter are playing for a laugh.


Top 10 Tips for Winning at Online Poker

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1Start by playing low stakes poker

Even for a person used to playing high stakes gambling games, it is advisable to start with lower stakes online. The goal of these early sessions, besides solid poker, should be to familiarize yourself with the nuances of online gambling. Starting with low stakes gives you a better chance of being able to win in poker in the long run.

Starting with lower stakes also allows the novice to start playing online with a smaller bankroll. This can alleviate the unnecessary stress of losing sessions and allow the player to focus on the long term goal of becoming a successful online player.

Generally speaking, when comparing fields of the same stakes online and live, online play will tend to contain more difficult opposition. A player who jumped into the same stakes online that he was playing live might start his foray into online poker feeling overwhelmed by the competition. Therefore, progressing gradually through the stakes should help a novice become familiar with, and ultimately fully understand, these differences and thus learn to win at online poker.

2Familiarize yourself with the new aspects of online poker

Learn To Play Online Poker

Obstacles to overcome in the first few sessions include aspects unique to online poker, such as using the time bank feature. For some online novices, having a certain amount of time to act can be a big adjustment from the world of live money where a player usually has at least a few minutes to act before risking having their timer called. . Additional aspects that the newbie should take the time to familiarize with include: site layout and lobby, betting features, checkout page, rake-back offers, and other bonuses.

Getting into online poker with ease instead of diving head first will help the novice learn about many unique aspects of online poker. One aspect that differs from live poker is the large number of hands you see per hour. Typically, this number will be more than double the number of poker hands that would be played in an hour in a physical casino, even if you were only playing at one table. The speed can be overwhelming for novices and can take a bit of getting used to.

3Start by playing at a single table

Play at a poker table

It can be tempting to jump straight into multi-table, as one of the many advantages of playing online is the ability to play more than one table at a time (although recently some players have also been spotted in multi-table in live tournaments). . However, a great understanding of the technical aspects of online poker will help the player in the weeks to come. Learn how to consistently win online poker at a table. Then, once the player feels confident in maneuvering a single table, they can start adding one table at a time depending on their comfort level.

4Create a distraction-free zone to play

Play without distractions

Without the constraints of sitting at a physical table in a casino, many online gamblers fall into the trap of finding ways to fill the time in their hands. Typically, this involves hijacking such as watching TV, talking on the phone, or surfing the web. These distractions will often cause a player to make a mistake, either by playing a hand badly or missing information that could help him in future situations.

Developing an unprofessional attitude towards the game could result in the person not taking poker seriously enough and thus could prevent them from becoming a great player online. Building an environment free from distractions is a crucial part of being able to win at poker. If a player has reached the point where they can comfortably manage a table with some spare time, it’s often a good time to consider adding another table to their regular routine.

5Consider making key hardware updates

Hardware updates

Creating an ideal environment for playing poker online is also a matter of hardware. Gaming on a laptop computer sitting on the sofa in the family room is doomed to create distractions. Playing at a desk, ideally an office that can be closed off from the rest of the living space, helps maintain a professional attitude while playing poker online. For those looking to play a lot online, investing in an ergonomic chair can reduce back pain issues.

As the beginner progresses to online poker, other improvements can be helpful in achieving the goal of maximizing online profits. A large, high-resolution monitor can reduce eye strain and make the multi-table process less strenuous. A high-quality mouse can reduce wrist fatigue, as well as the time it takes to complete the action. For tournament players who will likely have a short break every hour, having a bathroom nearby can be very handy.

I have a strong routine of mental preparation work, meditation, or working with a prepared mind. I don’t wake up and start playing. I also like cold showers and breathing deeply helps me a lot!

Jeff Gross

Professional poker player with over $ 4.5 million in live and online winnings

Reviewing a few hands that you tagged earlier is good preparation, having a music playlist that suits your mood is good, and actively drinking plenty of water.

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6Master the art of bluffing

Play poker in a positive environment

Bluffing is one of the most important elements of poker. Mastering the art of bluffing allows poker players to win even if they don’t have the best hand at the table. Before deciding to bluff, you need to consider things like your position, stack of chips, table image, and betting history for that hand. It’s also important to know that bluffing is one of the most difficult skills to master and can be incredibly risky – even for the best poker players. We have put together a comprehensive guide on how to successfully bluff.

7Get the most out of the software’s features

Online poker software

While some players object to the use of software when playing online poker, the author considers that as long as this is permitted by the site’s terms of service, it is an accessible tool. everyone and therefore a fair game. There are different types of software available to help a player become a better player online, and neglecting all types of poker software is to fail to find ways for the player to significantly improve their game.

The best place to start using software for a beginner is a feature already present on most poker sites: the note taking feature. Often times, an opponent will do something at the tables that the live player would have made a mental note of if it had happened at their local casino, for example, “This player tends to overstate the strength of holding top pair. One of the advantages of playing online is that this mental note can often be recorded directly to stay with the player each time you meet them again, for example by adding the simple note “over-value best pair hands.” “.

Also available on many poker sites, the ability to color code players. Developing a color-coded system to identify the relative strength of players can make table selection an almost instantaneous process. For example, let’s say a player decides to give each shark they play a red rating. If the player plans to play a sit ‘n go, but notices in the lobby that eight of the registered players have red tags, he will quickly see that this table is not profitable.

8Consider buying software

Buy poker software

Programs like Hold Em Manager and Poker Tracker have many advantages. First of all, they contain a customizable heads-up display (HUD) feature that gives information about his opponents by tracking all the hands they have played together. There are many options for what data to display which is an important feature as a player specializing in head-to-head gambling will want to display different stats than a hyper sit’n go player. -turbo.

Another interesting aspect for online players new to programs like Hold’em Manager is their hand history replayer. Although many poker sites have a hand history tool, they lack most of the features available in other programs. The ability to replay a cash session or an entire tournament off the table is an invaluable learning tool for any poker player.

Sit ‘n Go Wizard is an important learning tool for tournament players. It can analyze hands from both EV chip and ICM (independent chip model) perspective. It’s a great tool for improving your call and shove ranges. This tool is essential for those learning how to win online poker tournaments.

9Discover free software

Free poker software

Some of the best poker software on the Internet (to use while in school) is actually free. PokerStove, and other similar programs, allow a user to calculate their equity against a fork. Universal Replayer is a great tool for replaying the history of a tournament hand, especially for those who are not yet ready to pay for a program that includes a HUD. HoldemResources.net has many useful features for tournament players, including a Nash Equilibrium calculator and Nash Equilibrium one-on-one push / fold charts.

tenExplore efficiency software

Efficiency software

While software that allows an online novice to improve their poker playing skills is very important, other poker software aims to help the grinder with multi-tabling. As the novice makes the transition to the intermediate player and beyond, this type of software can be very useful.

Programs like Table Ninja, Auto Hot Keys, and Place Mint help a player act in a way that is maximizing their efficiency. Later, the player can also look into the table mods, which change the appearance of the online poker tables and cards according to the user’s preference.

For a live player, the transition to online poker can pose many challenges, but remembering to start gradually, create the ideal environment, and use software are all keys that will help the player on their journey to success. become a winning online poker player. Sticking to these 10 tips in this guide should help you become a more successful player when it comes to playing poker!

If you like this article, you might also like our guides to poker odds for draws and expected values.

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Over 300,000 tickets sold daily through Michigan’s online lottery

the Michigan Lottery launched its online operations on August 11, 2014. It was unannounced at first and is only viewable by players on a menu tab on the Michigan Lottery website.

“We wanted to let players experience it and evaluate how it worked and make sure the systems were working the way they were designed to and giving players a great experience,” Jeff Holyfieldpublic relations director for the Michigan Lottery, told the OPR.

The first results were promising.

On Labor Day, the Michigan iLottery began advertising and launched a player rewards program. Full Internet operations were online by mid-November.

To say the games have proven popular would be an understatement. Michigan iLottery players have created more than 133,000 online accounts, according to Holyfield, with over 300,000 instant tickets sold daily for state online games.

His numbers echo those provided by the Michigan Lottery Director Scott Bowen at GiGse in April, which would have estimated $500,000 in daily online sales.

Online lottery sales have created 30 jobs, according to Holyfield. About half of these jobs are dedicated to the 24-hour help desk.

Michigan iLottery does not cannibalize traditional sales

The Michigan Lottery drafts it will generate $480 million during the first eight years of online games.

Internet games have sales not cannibalized from retailers.

“There is no indication that online gaming is affecting sales at our 11,000 retailers,” Holyfield said. “In fact, we continue to see sales increase across all channels.”

One of the reasons for this increase in sales is the acquisition of players who may have previously deposited on offshore sites. The Michigan Lottery has discovered that offering games over the internet can drive players away from unregulated online casinos. These revenues directly benefit the residents of the state.

“Online gambling was already available in Michigan and the state received no benefit,” Holyfield told the OPR. “We wanted to capture some of the dollars that were going to other countries to support public education in Michigan.”

Land sales remain strong

Sales of instant games at traditional lottery retailers, commonly referred to as scratch tickets, increased by approximately 10% in 2014 compared to the previous year. Instant games sold through these companies represent 36.3% of total sales for this fiscal year.

Club Keno is distributed at participating retailers. This game distributes a new keno draw every 3.5 minutes. Club Keno represents 21.1% of sales this fiscal year.

The Michigan iLottery represents less than 10% of total sales for all the national lottery. The product is still in its infancy, while showing all the signs of a successful and complementary product to traditional lottery sales.

Significant Gambling Issue for Michigan Lottery

“Since the Michigan Lottery’s inception in 1972, we’ve been dedicated to responsible gaming,” Holyfield said. “That’s why we’ve included a strong responsible gaming component in our internet games.”

The lottery is a member of the Michigan Association on Problem Gambling and offers a variety of tools for online gamblers:

  • the default loss limit per week is $500. Players can reduce this amount to any amount instantly. It can only be increased after a waiting period of 48 hours.
  • Players can opt out from the Michigan iLottery. This can be done temporarily as a cooling off period or permanently. The exclusion of online games does not affect sales at lottery retailers.
  • The software has main features which help the Michigan Lottery identify players who may have a gambling problem. These players are encouraged to use the compulsive gambling features available on the platform.
  • Customer service is available 24 hours a day.

Inside the Michigan Online Lottery Product

Unlike internet lottery operations in other states, Michigan does not sell tickets for online multi-state lotto draws. Internet ticket sales for the lottery draws will begin in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to Holyfield.

Games available

The Michigan iLottery broadcasts 18 games:

  • There are 17 instant games. These are best described as online scratch tickets.
  • The other game is keno. This game works in the same way as a video lottery terminal. Players can choose anywhere between one and ten numbers from the 80 available on the card. The online keno game then selects 20 numbered balls. Each part lasts a few seconds.

The gap is lowest in michigan iLottery keno compared to live versions of the game. For example, a player’s bet is returned on three out of ten numbers. Players must hit four or five out of ten numbers in a standard video or live keno game to win money. This helped make keno the number one game offered by the Michigan Internet Lottery.

who can play

The Michigan iLottery requires its online customers to be state residents. Players are located within the Michigan state boundary using geolocation technology which is standard in the online gaming industry. A player who cannot be identified in the state is rejected for real money play.

Players must submit personal information to create an account. The Michigan Lottery only requires the last four digits a player’s social security number for account verification. This is usually sufficient information to identify an individual and an important policy for player acquisition.

Regulated gaming sites in New Jersey which require the full social security number have identified this as a sticking point where players are lost during the account creation process.

Play money games are spread across the platform. Play money games imitate real money counterparties.

Michigan iLottery Deposit Options

There are a variety of deposit options available to Michigan iLottery players. The online game card is available for purchase at all 11,000 lottery retailers across the state. Other deposit options include Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Neteller, and eCheck.

Convenient deposit options aren’t the only financial advantage Michigan iLottery players enjoy at offshore sites. Winning players (including one who managed to win $1 million via the Michigan iLottery) have the peace of mind knowing their money is safe with the state lottery, as opposed to an unregulated site. located in another country.

Are Siege Scripts Killing Online Poker?

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The growth that the poker industry has experienced in recent years has led to the creation of a consistent number of software programs aimed at helping players increase their success rate.

The criticism expressed over the past few months by many members of the poker community against software such as trackers and heads-up displays (HUDs) has led a number of poker rooms to open up to the idea of implement various bans and introduce various “anonymous” games, where third party-party software such as these becomes completely irrelevant.

Over the past few days, however, the discussion has shifted to placement scripts, which are a type of software that automatically places players who use them at the juiciest tables. And, again, the charge against them is that it poses a real threat to the future of poker. In a nutshell, Seating Scripts are computer programs designed to automate and optimize the table selection process, a really crucial aspect of the game.

“The purpose of a siege script is to get a seat, optimally to the left of a recreational player without having to play against other regulars at three,” wrote the forum poster. “I am Jason” to Two plus two.

“The siege script constantly scans the tables while waiting for a third player to join and start a game. Once someone clicks on an empty seat, the seat will be displayed as reserved and the player now has 45 seconds to choose. a buy-in amount or cancel. This will automatically trigger the seat script to reserve a seat next to the seat that has just been reserved. “

According to “ImJason,” “If siege scripts were banned or regulated, it would easily increase the high stakes volume by 15-30%, as it would entice so many players to start and play games.”

However, by the poster’s own admission, the calculation is an assumption based on its own experience at the tables and is not supported by any “mathematical evidence.”

According to “ImJason’s”, the main problem with placement scripts is that they tend to “trigger each other” and lead to an “invisible click battle against scripts”.

“Once a seat is reserved, Script # 1 will reserve a seat, Script # 2 will reserve a seat, Script # 3 will reserve a seat, and so on. This cycle does not end, qu ‘A player joins or not, whether the game is three-way or not, the siege scripts will continue to trigger each other, blocking free seats on the table. “

In this hypothetical scenario, “If you play a $ 10 / $ 20 three-way game with two other regulars, the remaining three seats will be blocked by the reserved button.” During prime time, it can easily take up to 10 minutes to earn one click, fight scripts, and join a racing table with regulars. “

“ImJason” – like many players who have expressed support for his views on the effects of siege scripts – believes this is significantly detrimental to the poker industry and its future growth.

“Nobody wants to fight 20 scripts just to get a place in a three-way game between the regulars. And the worst part is that it hurts the ones who put the most effort to get the economy the most. va – the table entries. “

The technology is not there yet

In a long blog post devoted to the question, Microgaming Poker boss Alex scott tried to give his opinion on the effect that siege scripts can have on the industry and the way operators treat them.

“I started to see a lot more talk about a particular type of third-party tool, the siege script,” Scott explained. “There are many different types of scripts, but the type of script that everyone worries about is one that watches tables for weak players and then instantly places the user with a weak player when they find one.”

Citing his own experience at Microgaming, Scott went on to say that he had received numerous complaints about siege scripts – most of which came from experienced players, as recreational players “just aren’t aware of these scripts, and I think most would be horrified to find out. “

“I’m often asked why we’re not taking action against scripting already,” Scott continued, admitting that one of the biggest problems to date is technology. “We currently have no reliable way of detecting when someone is using a script to sit at the table,” he wrote. “If you are designing your software from scratch, keeping in mind that you would like to detect scripts, then it would be fairly trivial to detect them. The problem is that it is absolutely not easy to integrate this into software that already exists. Not impossible, but very difficult and very time consuming. “

“On the Microgaming Poker Network, placement scripts are currently allowed, but they will not be the case forever, ”Scott concluded. “When we figure out a way to reliably detect such tools and enforce a ban fairly, we’ll get rid of them in the game without a clue of regret.”

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Unibet’s new “Radical” online poker room: exclusive preview

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Unibet "Radical" New online poker room: exclusive preview

Note: This article is an abridged version of a previously published article on pokerfuse PRO.

Unibet, one of Microgaming’s most prominent and prominent MPN skins, announced in December 2013 that they were planning to move to their own independent poker room on a brand new platform.

The beta launch is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19. During the real money public test period, the room will operate alongside its standard poker room, but after a successful test phase, the NPP the room will close.

The new poker product, developed in partnership with the developer of Fast Poker, Relax Gaming, brings together many new industry trends, such as missions and achievements, a strong recreational and social focus and an ultra-simplified lobby, resulting in a product that is a radical change. the mainstay of typical poker rooms.

This will be one of the biggest product launches in the past two years. Pokerfuse takes a deep look.

Lobby

Unibet’s new poker product is brand new, highly simplified and user-friendly entertainment software. There is no hand history, HUDs are not allowed, and there is no table selection. Missions, achievements, avatar and profile customizations, cartoonish design, and user-friendly notifications are at the heart of the product.

The product will launch with a Windows download. Native customers for Mac, Apple iOS, and Android are all in the works and will all debut in Q1 2014.

The lobby does away with the standard table lists for an ultra-simple gaming experience: there are no tabs or filters, no “quick seat” or “favorites” selection. Players choose between cash games, sit and go, and tournaments, then choose between Hold’em (NL only), Omaha (PLO), or a quick folding pool. All tables are limited to 6-max only and all are 100bb deep. There is no play money games, different speed games, one-on-one gambling, or any other variety. All tables are in euros.

Players then choose a bet level and click “join”, and the player is taken directly to an empty seat. Individual tables are grouped together – there is no way to choose a table or choose a seat. This is a fairly common feature among poker customers today, since PokerStars implemented table pooling in 2012, but in Unibet’s client it is a forced feature. .

the tables

The design of the table typifies Unibet’s friendly cartoon style.

HUDs will not be allowed. In fact, no hand history will be recorded. A built-in hand history browser will allow a player to review recent hands only.

The most notable omission seen at the table is note-taking, a standard feature that by design won’t be present at the customer’s home, in keeping with creating an “level playing field,” according to West.

It is interesting to note that there will be no cap on the number of tables a player can play. However, by not allowing HUDs or table tracking, there will be an “implicit cap” on the number of tables a player can comfortably play, West said.

Customization

As is common, players can customize the table background, but the changes go way beyond a simple change in felt color. There are a variety of different skins, all shot in the same three-dimensional style, but each with a specific theme. The designs look well designed and offer a nice variety.

Identities are central to the Unibet client. Players can choose from a variety of avatars and choose a screen name. New identities can be created at any time, allowing unlimited screen name changes. The last five identities are remembered and the player can switch between them instantly.

Notifications and missions

An integrated lobby notification system keeps the player up to date with a variety of promotional and gamification features. Players unlock achievements and start missions, and players will be notified of the progress and rewards received. Players will also be notified here of updates to cashier processing and targeted marketing messages.

An example bonus indicator, shown below, shows a cash game ticket that can only be cleared on certain games. A progress bar, a countdown timer and links to join the right tables keep players up to date with its status.

From 888poker’s successful recreational goal, to partypoker attempts, to Bodog’s anonymous tables and the much-anticipated and much-delayed PokerStars 7 client of PokerStars: the recreational player experience is at the center of the industry.

Players and insiders alike will follow the launch of Unibet with great interest.


Ladbrokes to migrate online poker from Microgaming to iPoker

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Ladbrokes to migrate online poker from Microgaming to iPoker

In a deepening of its existing relationship with Playtech, Ladbrokes has announced that it will “in due course” move its online poker business from Microgaming (MPN) to Playtech’s iPoker network.

In a press release issued on Monday, Ladbrokes confirmed that it will launch the “full suite of Playtech products over time”, including online poker.

“[I]In accordance with our contractual commitments, we will continue to work with Microgaming… until we have agreed on an orderly transition, ”a spokesperson said in a statement to pokerfuse.

Initially, Ladbrokes will add a “Vegas” tab to its website and mobile products, which will provide access to Playtech casino products and games. This will later be joined by online poker, although no timeline has been announced.

Ladbrokes poker is currently one of the largest brands in the Microgaming network, operating a Gibraltar licensed dot.com room, Ladbrokes.DK in Denmark regulated, and one of the only rooms on Microgaming Spain under its LBApuestas brand.

Online poker has been a declining source of revenue for the company. The move to iPoker, which has recently grown thanks to the successful courtesy of well-known brands, aims to reinvigorate the online poker offering.

Industry rumors suggest this is a move Ladbrokes has been keen to make for some time, but has been hampered by Playtech’s close relationship with William Hill, Ladbrokes’ big competitor on the UK market.


Online lottery could be coming to a state near you: NPR

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Several states – including Illinois and New York – are now moving forward with plans to offer lotteries over the Internet.

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Several states – including Illinois and New York – are moving forward with plans to offer lotteries over the Internet. This is on the heels of a Justice Department advisory that reverses a long-standing policy and declares that states are free to conduct online gambling within their borders.

The lottery issue came to the fore when the two states, both of which were moving forward with Internet lottery plans, sought clarification from the Department of Justice. The answer came two days before Christmas, when federal authorities declared that the Wire Act of 1961 – long considered a provision banning all gambling on the Internet – only prohibits sports betting.

“What this means is [that] states are now free to do just about anything they want,” says I. Nelson Rose, gambling analyst and law professor at Whittier. Rose says the Justice Department opinion was a Christmas gift from the Obama administration to cash-strapped states, which will raise hundreds of millions of dollars.

“There are over 44 lotteries in this country. They’re all looking to ‘Let’s get online immediately if we can’. They’re all looking at their state’s statutes,” Rose says.

1961 – The Interstate Wire Wager Act of 1961 prohibits betting on telecommunications systems that cross state lines or national borders.

2006 – The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 curbs the growth of online gambling by prohibiting companies from accepting payment for a bet or stake involving the use of the Internet. Online gambling sites, which previously generated around $6 billion a year from poker alone, are being driven underground.

2010 – Officials in New York and Illinois are lobbying the Justice Department to find out if existing laws could prevent them from selling lottery tickets online.

2012 – Following the call for clarification, the Department of Justice issues a lenient interpretation of the Wire Act of 1961, which states that bans on betting via telecommunications systems only apply to “gambling activities related to sports “. In effect, this means that states can allow online gambling as they see fit.

—Beenish Ahmed

Source: Federal Deposit Insurance Company; San Francisco Chronicle, Associated Press

Illinois Lottery Director Michael Jones said Illinois residents should be able to purchase tickets online for Lotto and MegaMillions games in early spring and for Powerball in the near future.

“The problem here is very simple. All the state legislature wanted was for the lottery to reflect people’s buying habits with the type of retail channel that everyone uses to buy plane tickets, books and concert tickets,” Jones said.

With such a huge need for revenue, states are also wondering if the decision means they can offer other games, like online poker. It has already been legalized in Washington, DC, along with internet bingo and blackjack.

University of Illinois professor John Kindt is against such an expansion and calls the Justice Department’s opinion outrageous. He says internet gambling will take money out of the consumer economy and is like pouring gasoline on the recession. It’s a problem that will create bankruptcies, crime and new addicted players, he says.

“It will put the game in every living room, every office and every school desk,” says Kindt. “People will literally be able to click their mouse, lose their home.”

But Frank Fahrenkopf, CEO of the American Gaming Association, says protections can be put in place – and already have been in places like Britain and France, where internet gambling is allowed. .

“We’ve been able to see, with the regulatory reforms they’ve put in place, that it can be provided in a very safe way to protect underage children from online access and gambling, and you can provide, by following , a big help for those who can gamble responsibly,” says Fahrenkopf.

Farenkopf says it’s no longer a question of whether there will be Internet gambling in the United States, but how.