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Types of Online Gambling

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Is It Legal?

On December 23rd, 2011, the US Department of Justice determined that real money casino games, online poker, and fantasy sports betting were legal. Within six months, Delaware became the first state to legalize online gambling, with Nevada and New Jersey following shortly afterwards. Since that time, there have been many changes in the laws for gambling online.

Generally, internet casino gambling in the US isn’t clearly stated as legal or not if the website is based outside of the US. No federal laws exist that ban the placing of bets online. However, the law does prevent US residents from running gambling websites.

Online gambling laws vary from state to state. Research and make yourself familiar with the gambling laws in your state. Most online casinos have a minimum age of 18 to be able to play.

Types of Online Gambling

There are three main types of internet casino gambling: poker, casino, and sports betting casinos. Success in these games is by pure chance. The enjoyment comes from the fun gameplay and the hope of winning some extra cash.

Poker

Online poker sites allow players to use real money to credit the same amount into an online account on the website that the player is playing at. The funds are used to participate in the games and tournaments that are available on the site. It’s like getting chips at a regular casino.

Participants can withdraw their money whenever they want to. You can enter some poker games with as little as $2. Any money won in a game is real money that you can withdraw.

There are a variety of styles of poker you can play. Some of the online favourites are Texas Hold ’em, Five Card Draw, Omaha Hi, Stud Poker, Triple draw, Razz, and Badugi. Of course, there are further variations on those games, and it can differ from site to site.

If you’re not sure how to play poker, most sites have the basic rules of how to play on the website. There are often free practice rooms that you can play in until you feel certain that you understand the game well enough to bet real money.

Casino

Most online casinos have all the favourites – slots, blackjack, and roulette – as well as a variety of other game options too. Live dealer options are available on some casino sites. Most of them offer a variety of sign up promotions and bonuses as well.

Most have apps that allow you to play on your mobile devices so that the games are completely portable, and you can play anywhere. Mobile apps are secure and allow you to have the gaming experience anywhere you are 24 hours a day.

It’s easy to sign up for an account on the site of your choice. You may need to download the client software, although some sites have a no download option, and use common programs such as Flash or Java to play games on your web browser. You then choose your method of deposit for your funds, transfer the amount of your choice, and start enjoying your favourite game!

Sports Betting

The goal of sports betting is to predict what team or person will win a sporting event, and you bet money on what you think will be the outcome. You win money when you are right, and if you’re wrong, you will lose money. That is the basic premise of betting on sports.

There are eleven states in which online sports betting is legal to participate in. Some allow in-person betting, some allow online betting, whereas some states allow both. Check what is legally allowed in your state before you participate.

Sports betting includes games such as:

  • MLB
  • NBA
  • NFL
  • NASCAR
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • NCAAF
  • UFC
  • Boxing
  • Esports
  • Soccer
  • Motor Sports
  • XFL

Practice and learn how to participate in betting on sports; there are plenty of free fantasy sports betting sites. This doesn’t involve real money, so you can hone your skills before betting your cash on a sports event. Some sites will also have competitions that offer cash prizes you can vie for while playing the free games.

Responsible Gambling

With gambling being one of the most lucrative online businesses these days, it isn’t easy to find someone who has not tried it at least once. The high-speed instant gratification of Internet games offer privacy at a level regular casinos, and betting establishments do not have. The thrill of the game, the sights, sounds, and instant winnings can sweep one away into the excitement and forget about setting limits on money and time spent playing.

Know your limits and stick to them. Most online gaming sites have policies in place to help those who are struggling to play responsibly. They will provide support for clients and tools to help them maintain their level of responsibility so that all can enjoy a secure and entertaining atmosphere online.

Players can take control and register for self-exclusion programs online that helps set limits to stay within a dollar amount for betting or time spent playing. Some online gaming sites set limits on deposit increases and make it so that it doesn’t take effect for 24 hours after the change. Advertising that targets vulnerable persons is regulated so that it doesn’t encourage them to increase their gambling.

Ultimately, it belongs to the player to regulate themselves and to reach out for help. There are many supports available to help deal with out of control gambling, whether it is online or in a regular casino. Enjoy gaming responsibly!

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EGBA Supports Gambling Authorities’ Request to Re-establish EU Expert Group on Gambling

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René Jansen, Chairperson of the Dutch Gambling Authority, has said that a group of gambling authorities from 14 EU Member States have written to the European Commission to formally request the re-establishment of the Commission-mandated EU Expert Group on Gambling.

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) fully supports re-establishing the Expert Group to help encourage and support more common and joined-up approaches towards regulating Europe’s gambling market.

The Expert Group provided a platform for gambling regulators to exchange information, share best practices and work together on joint initiatives, such as the European Commission’s 2014 Recommendation on consumer protection in online gambling. The group consisted of representatives from the EU’s gambling authorities but was disbanded by the Commission in 2018 despite most gambling regulators considering it to be a success.

“There is currently no EU framework for gambling regulators to even communicate, let alone to jointly tackle the big issues affecting Europe’s online gambling sector. Most of these issues are cross-border in nature and require common solutions. We therefore welcome the strong commitment to regulatory cooperation and call to action from the majority of Europe’s gambling regulators. The message to the European Commission is clear: both gambling regulators and the sector itself are united in support of the Expert Group and call upon the Commission to reinstate the Expert Group,” Maarten Haijer, Secretary-General of EGBA, said.

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Betsoft Gaming Releases its Latest Slot Game “Mr Macau”

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Renowned content provider Betsoft Gaming has released its latest slot game, Mr Macau.

This 5-reel, 20-payline slot and has high-quality graphics and visuals. The game has its own signature wild boost, scatters, free spins and sticky wilds. Set in a glamorous Asian-style casino with an incredibly special VIP section, Mr Macau showcases luxury and luck in a Technicolor red and gold world.

The high-value symbols are represented as poker chips and illuminated numbers and letters. There is also an abundance of both flaming and triple lucky sevens. Mr Macau himself can appear on all reels and a thumbs up from him is the key to lucky wins.

The “stick and respin” feature gives player the chance for most symbols randomly to become sticky and award free respins. The spins only stop once player wins on the chosen sticky symbol.

Mr Macau’s “wild boost” will bring true magic to the reels. When the borders of the reels or the symbols light up, the chance of sticky wilds appearing gets much higher. Sticky wilds will substitute for any symbol except Triple 7s. Occurring on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5, they are sticky for 2 spins.

To access the VIP room and the second screen, player needs to trigger the free spins round. Find 3 x triple 7s to release 10 free spins plus all sticky wilds staying sticky for the duration of the round. 4 x triple 7s give 10 free spins plus a 1x-3x multiplier which will stay sticky throughout free spins mode.

“Mr Macau is a spectacular game with a raft of features and great originality in gameplay. Betsoft is renowned for quality animations and payout potential but Mr Macau is one of our most stunning releases to date. I am sure that this will be an instant hit with our global players,” Anna Mackney, Head of Account Management at Betsoft Gaming, said.

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Greentube offers big win potential in Diamond Link ™: Mighty Emperor™

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Greentube, the NOVOMATIC Interactive division, has introduced its new Asian-themed slot Diamond Link ™: Mighty Emperor™, packed with explosive winning opportunities.

The sumptuous 5×3 title is set in ancient China, with the reels placed in between two traditional pagodas surrounded by misty mountains. The main character is the Mighty Emperor and other symbols to tie in with the theme include a koi fish, a Chinese ship and a lucky coin.

The fourth slot to be released as part of Greentube’s Diamond Link series, Diamond Link ™: Mighty Emperor™ presents players with an evolved Hold N Spin mechanic that offers even more chances to win big.

As with previous Diamond Link titles, the Hold N Spin feature is triggered when landing six diamonds in the base game, in the same spin. This time however, lanterns in the base game can also act as mystery symbols to increase the chances of triggering the feature, while within the Diamond Link Hold N Spin feature, fireworks are set off at the beginning to boost symbol values with a x2 multiplier.

In addition, three new special diamond symbols are introduced for the first time: Wild Spins, Sticky Spins and Colossal Spins, each of which has its own exciting expansion which comes into play during the conclusion of the Hold N Spin feature, when each of the individual values on the collected diamond symbols are summed up to create the player’s total feature win.

The new entry to Greentube’s Diamond Link™ portfolio follows in the footsteps of Diamond Link™: Mighty Sevens, Diamond Link™: Oasis Riches ™ and Diamond Link™: Mighty Elephant ™.

Boro Brumen, Head of Games Product at Greentube, said: “This beautifully designed game transports players to a mystical, ancient realm and offers the chance to win major prizes.

“Within the attractive packaging is a game of real depth. Diamond Link ™: Mighty Emperor™ takes the hugely popular Hold N Spin feature to the next level and we are excited to see how players react to the evolved mechanic and the opportunities it presents.”

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