Red Dead Redemption 2 Upgrades

In Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar wants you to be best friends with your horse. In Red Dead Redemption, the horses were beautiful and obedient and always just a whistle away, and Rockstar talked about letting you bond with your horse, but they didn’t fully commit. After riding a horse for long enough, it would become loyal, but nobody really knew what that meant. Here’s an 8-year-old GameFAQs thread of players trying to figure it out. It’s two pages of speculation punctuated by this cold but concise critique: “A horse is just transportation for me.” – zooknut. That was the problem with Red Dead’s horses. They were just vehicles.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is gonna change your relationship to horses in a few key ways. First of all, they don’t magically teleport to you whenever you whistle. If they’re not within earshot, they won’t come running. Breath of the Wild took the same approach. You had to keep track of your horse, and in a game about being in a vast, lonely wilderness, they were your only friend. Red Dead Redemption 2 gives you another reason to stay close to your horse: Your horse has all your guns. Your inventory is limited to what an actual cowboy could carry. So if you want more than a few weapons, you’ll have to stow the extras on your horse. But it’s not just a moving weapons locker, you’re actually gonna want to take care of it. You can brush them or give them tasty treats. Having a healthy relationship with your horse will unlock new movement abilities, like sideways trotting, this sick drifting maneuver, and even some light dressage.

Red Dead 2 is so dedicated to their horses that they actually added a full horse menu. We don’t have footage of it, but here’s how it works: In addition to the brushing and feeding that we already talked about, you can remove the horse’s saddle. This might mean you can ride bareback. *eyebrow, Russ laughs in the background* You can also command your horse to flee. This might be useful if you want to keep your horse safe in a gunfight or another dangerous situation. You can pet them! Because it’s nice to pet a horse. And you can lead them by the bridle. We’re not sure what the gameplay purpose of this is, but it’s romantic. And last, but not least, there is an option called “Study Horse,” which just lets you bask in their equine glory. “That’s a nice horse!” The granularity of these horse options really hammers home the point that Rockstar wants you to care about your horse. In Red Dead Redemption 2, horses aren’t just an anonymous, disposable vehicle. They are a companion. And they need you just as much as you need them.

Augmented Reality and Sports Betting

In terms of trends, Aaron, what’s got you excited in 2019? Aaron Bush: Augmented reality. I think it’s been a long time since we’ve had a big new consumer-facing technology to invest in. I have a hunch that AR, and probably VR associated with it, is going to be one of the next big waves, even though some of the hype around it seems to have fizzled out. I might be off by one year, but 2019 could be the year in which good AR products are revealed by at least one major tech company, probably Apple. For Apple, it makes sense. They’ve been acquiring companies with AR tech since 2013. They released their AR kit, their developer toolkit in late 2017.

They have all the pieces in place, controlling the hardware and the software, plus the developer community to make it happen. They probably recognize that winning over the AR market might be as big of a deal one day as winning the smartphone wars was. I’m a bit iffy on timing, but I’m really excited to see the pieces start to come together. You never know, Apple might have a big AR glasses or something announcement and late 2019. Matt Argersinger: So, you’re saying Apple has a chance? Bush: I’m saying that they need to do this. Technology is going to shift past smartphones. Services won’t be enough. Fingers crossed. Hill: The cash that Apple has on the balance sheet, that probably also helps them sleep at night. Argersinger: It helps a little bit. Hill: In terms of trends, Matty, what about you? Argersinger: Big trend this year, the past year already but even bigger now this year, sports betting taking off. I’ve been known to place a bet or two in my time. I think there are broader implications for the economy. The world is far more efficient, far more innovative when it becomes gamified. A competitive marketplace of ideas and dollars that are wagered, inefficiencies tend to get streamlined out. It’s interesting. If you go back to this fall, you could place real money on which party was going to lead the House of Representatives after the November election. You could have placed money on where Amazon was going to open its second headquarters. We talked about that on the show. Imagine betting on things like what the weather is going to be like tomorrow, who’s going to succeed Warren Buffett as CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, what’s the over and under on the minutes it’s going to take for Domino’s to deliver my pizza.

These might seem like silly things to bet on, but when you’re wagering real dollars at scale, it tends to be incredibly informative to the marketplace. It makes the economy more efficient. I’m excited about all the innovations that I think are going to come out of sports betting, especially when it becomes so much more of a mobile application. Hill: One of the ripple effects that we saw in 2018 in terms of sports betting and the legalization played out in media. In the subsequent months, pretty much every major network, both on the regional level and on the national level, started to roll out programming aimed specifically at betting. Argersinger: Absolutely. You see it all the time now.

National Championship Betting Contest

Well, football season might be drawing to a close and I know a lot of people aren’t necessarily happy with how this year’s football season ended, but nonetheless it’s drawing to a close and now we can start betting on basketball and then betting on baseball, betting on hockey, betting on anything because we have places like DraftKings available to let us just bet on any sport we want. But recently DraftKings actually held this national championship of betting, were people who wanted to enter had to pay $10,000 and according to a new lawsuit brought by some of the people who participated in this national championship of betting, DraftKings wasn’t clear about the rules and essentially if I’m reading this correctly, wanted to almost kind of rig it to where people couldn’t necessarily qualify for their $1,000,000 grand prize. Joining me now to help add a little bit of clarity to this story is Scott Hardy from Scott lay this DraftKings story out for us. Their, their national championship of betting here:

A weird thing if you ask me, but you know, people are into things, whatever. But they weren’t exactly on the level with the people who paid $10,000 to partake in this, were they? No, that’s, when we’re taking a look at this class action and of course e-gaming and electronic gaming has taken a whole new level when it comes with the Internet where they’re having tournaments for video games all over the world. I know that now even the farming simulator guys are sponsoring a tournament, was suppose to giveaway over a quarter million dollars in prizes for simulating driving farming machinery and operating a virtual farm. So it makes sense that if you can get paid for winning a virtual farm challenge, that the DraftKings and the millions and hundreds of hundreds of millions of dollars that they bring every year, that they would go ahead and sponsor a tournament. But as you said, it was a big buy in. $10,000 bucks to buy in. $5,000 of that goes in to your betting pool and that’s what you’re judged on and the bets that you place and DraftKings has come out and said, listen, you know, we didn’t have actual physical judges in place to say that bet A is better than better B, it’s all on a computer. It’s all computer. It’s an algorithm. You know those decisions are made through that. That’s where we have no fault and picking the big winner if the computer does it. But the issue is that you had person A place, a bet that was essentially the same bet as person B and person B might have gotten more credit for it and so even though they’ve made the same bet or they bet the same amount of money or darn close to it, one might’ve gotten the extra points for this competition while the other one didn’t.

And because there were no actual published rules of if you bet this amount and you win, you get x number of points, because everything was arbitrarily based on rules that DraftKings made up and didn’t actually show the participants. That’s where this class action comes into play is if I’m going to be in a competition, I want to know how to win it, but if I’m just giving you $10,000 and making my bets, but I don’t even know how to actually win it, that seems awfully unfair. You know it, it almost reminds me of they wanted to do this big grand thing. They weren’t exactly sure how to execute it. So they make this algorithm and the algorithm essentially acts like a group of, of elementary school children playing kickball. You know, if I kick it this far over that way, then it automatically just get to run to second base and then I go to third and then home and I win. I skipped, I skipped first. But if you kick it over there, you have to run to first base twice in order to even make up for it. You know, there’s no real clear set of rules. Kind of making it up as they go, and it ultimately hindered the people’s ability to understand and make bets in order to win the game here, the competition, the championship that they were having. And in addition to this algorithm, you know, putting more weight on one person’s bet versus another, even though they made the exact same bet, also some bets weren’t even counted. Some bets didn’t even go towards it. They were disqualified and the people had no way of knowing whether or not a bet they were placing was even going to count towards whatever point system was in place here. And this is pretty significant considering you had to pay $10,000 just to participate. You would think with that kind of buy in, you would at least be given some kind of pamphlet that says, hey, here’s how to play instead of just, all right, go make your bets. Good luck. We don’t even know how it’s gonna turn out. Which seems to be the case with his DraftKings championship. Exactly. I mean, you only have $5,000 to play with here and that’s what you’re, that’s what’s going to last you through the entire tournament. And you need to make a whole lot of money off of that. So it’s frankly insulting as a player, if I’m making bets and I think I’m following the rules and then I just threw away my money at a bet that doesn’t even count, win or lose or, or not, that doesn’t matter at all. And if I made a substantial amount of money or, or bet a substantial amount of money on that bet and it’s just thrown out and you know, that could go ahead and make me lose the entire tournament through their who knows arbitrary point system, and I’m just out. You know, ah, at least I put it in that $10,000, put in that $10,000 fee, and now what? It’s, it’s a really, really flawed system. And we’ve seen a lot of arguments both in the comments as well as across the web as other news sources have been covering this and sports betting is a huge, huge business. And the, the folks that are making these sports best are very engaged.

So you know, they’re not going to give up easily and they’re not going to be quiet if they think that they were potentially screwed out of their money and their potential to win a million dollars. Right, and over the last few years, you know, the, these groups like DraftKings and some of the other ones, they have taken off, you know, crazy. You know, they, they make tons of money. They have tons of users. They’ve also several times over the last few years kind of been the target of different lawsuits for not always being on the up and up. So if you’re the kind of person that, that does enjoy this kind of betting, you like the competition of it, you enjoy it, you know, by all means continue to do it. Just make sure that whatever you do, you’re reading, the rules, you’re reading, the terms of use, you’re understanding what you’re getting into because you know, these companies, they don’t always know what they’re doing, but they do know that at the end of the day, their biggest goal is to turn a profit, not to protect the users. If you need more information about this particular case, you can check out the link in the description of this video, head on over the and sign up for their newsletter where you can get all of the information to help protect you as a consumer, Scott Hardy with Thank you very much for talking with us today. You’re welcome. Thanks for your time Farron.

The Secret World of Horse Racing Pt. 2

“Oh it’s a little bit.” Lot 186 is up and as soon as Havana Gold strolls into the sales ring the bidding starts. After some confusion with the auctioneer, Mark and Hugo make a late bid. “That’ll do, that’ll do.” “That’s enough.” But is it enough? “Well done.”

“Well done.” For $80,000 Mark finally gets his horse. Now it’s down to Hugo and his team to try to turn this young colt into a champion racer. For Havana Gold, a new life awaits of racing and ritual. But he won’t be going far.

He’ll remain in this distinct corner of England, along with 3,000 other race horses. Behind me is the town of Newmarket. It’s surrounded by wide open expanses which has led to it becoming the home of flat horse racing in the U.K. This is a town where the pecking order between horses and humans is a little blurred. And it will be no different for Havana Gold while he’s living at Hugo Palmer’s yard. “I suppose in many ways we’re like a private school that the owners, or in the school’s case, the parents send their child, horse, to a school to be educated.

So we take them in here just when they’re about one and half years old, so they’re immature but they’re probably 90% of their adult size and strength and we work out which ones are the scholarship pupils and are likely to be turning up at Royal Ascot and which ones are, you know, are less so.” In his eight year career Hugo has established himself as one of the leading trainers in the business. But what’s it like for young trainers just starting out and the challenges they face? We’re headed today to meet George Scott, a young trainer whose only actually in his third season but he has had already some big successes.

We’re going to go have a look at his yard and see what he does everyday to make sure his horses are in peak condition. “You can’t imagine the amount that goes into getting that horse in the afternoon wearing the silks at a big meeting. The amount of work, effort, concentration, time.” A lot of pressure being a horse race trainer?

“If you push yourself to try and be successful and want to achieve something then there’s always going to be pressure.”

Routine for a horse race trainer I can imagine it’s sort of early starts, long days… “I mean up at 5:15 and, we’d work through then till 1 o’clock and then get home for a bit of lunch and I always have to have a sleep in the afternoon, without fail, have to have a quick sleep and then back in the afternoons or go racing.” When you don’t have winners, how hard is that? “It’s hard but I mean it’s part of the game. You have to take the rough with the smooth and you have to remain level.” Is this your dream job?

“Yeah definitely, I don’t really know what I’d do if I wasn’t a trainer. I don’t get a rush out of anything else other than the racing. You know I like football, I like rugby, I like cricket, yeah yeah but I love racing. Dave, just save a little bit for the hill. Those are mine crossing now so we need to get across.”

What are you going to be looking for? “I like to see them just get up the hill nicely. I like to listen to their breathing. The horse in second is just struggling a bit but he hasn’t been up here at all before, the horse in front’s doing well. And we’re going to walk across and talk to them. So I like to get a comment from each rider.

Are you hanging on in there Fletch? She’s done well hasn’t she?” What’s it like to have a winner?

I mean that feeling where you’ve spent days, months with this horse and got to know it quite intimately and then it wins this race with thousands of people watching. “Yeah it’s absolutely unbelievable, like it’s the best feeling in the world. You know I stand there with huge anticipation and I enjoy sharing that moment with friends and family and it’s all consuming in that one moment. And it puts all of the bad days out the back door. It’s an incredible moment.” That moment of crossing the line first, riding a horse at nearly 40 miles an hour is an experience felt by only a select few. Fran Berry has been a professional jockey for more than 20 years.

“I can still remember my first winner like it was yesterday and I think if that buzz you get leaves you, then it’s time to give up.” The routine of a jockey must be pretty brutal, losing weight and keeping yourself fit and strong at the same time. How tough is that? “It is quite tough. I’m 37 now you know, I kind of know what I can and can’t do but the biggest thing is, as a jockey, is your weight, to find the time to keep yourself right and eat and do everything properly. You know it takes a bit of application.”

Eating disorders amongst jockeys, is that a thing? “Yeah I don’t think it’s any secret, maybe it’s more prevalent in the United States. They call it flipping, suppose which is a form of bulimia but I’ve come across it worldwide and it is an issue.” What have you had today for instance in terms of food and drink? “I had a two egg omelet this morning, that wouldn’t be every day.

Some days you’re a bit restricted. I’ll exercise more and cut down on the fluid intake. I’ve done a few laps of the track, just to get my weight back to its normal level.” So you would have sped walk the track or run the track?

“Speed walk, speed walk with plenty of clothes on me to get a good sweat up.” Can ask how much you get paid per race? “It’s about £150, 140 and then with deductions it probably works out at £100 net before your tax and you’ve got to pay your own diesel and expenses.” So for instance you’ve raced two horses, you’re not making a great deal of money today? “No, no, not today. Some days you can have ten rides, some days you’ve got two.

Travel expenses are quite high and riding fees for me pay my bills, pay everything that keeps the show on the road at home but you’re relying on your win prize money and your place prize money really to make money.” It’s an interesting sport isn’t it? You’re kind of on your own. “Yeah, yeah, you know even golfers have a team of lads around them or something you know.

You got to kind of do everything for yourself in a way, and if you don’t do it nobody else will.” What injuries have you had in the past? “Erm, have we got time?

I’ve broken both my ankles. I’ve dislocated my right ankle, fractured my left. I’ve had a T9 fracture. C6 displaced fracture. My vertebrae’s had a T3 compressed fracture.

Fractured sternum, fractured shoulder blade, 9 ribs on one occasion in the same fall So yeah I’ve had more than your average flat jockey injuries. Some days you’re thinking you’re having a bad day. You’ve got five or six rides and they all get beaten and maybe people aren’t happy with you or something but if you can get into that car and drive home you haven’t had a bad day and that, you’re safe and sound.”

Fran is risking life and limb doing this job, for sometimes minimal financial reward. I’ve learnt it’s the love of horses and racing that keeps him and many others invested in this game coming back. And for such an old sport, which can sometimes be at odds with the outside world, it’s still after all this time the thrill of winning that continues to captivate and entertain.

The Secret World of Horse Racing

Referred to as the sport of kings, horse racing has been part of British society for more than 400 years. It’s a sport fueled by money where the margins for victory are tiny but the stakes are always high. I’m on a journey to learn what it takes to be part of a sport loved by both gamblers and royalty.

On it, I was given rare access to the people who own, train and ride race horses as we attempt to shine a light on the inner workings of a sport, that for many, is shrouded in mystery. But first, it’s important to understand that there are two types of horse racing – flat and jump racing, also known as National Hunt. Traditionally flat racing was for the wealthy, while National Hunt was for farmers and country folk.

Today, national hunt occurs only in a handful of countries while flat racing is global, attracting fans from Kentucky to Abu Dhabi. There’s also a lot more money in it. Winning National Hunt’s biggest race, the Grand National, would earn you nearly $750,000. While in flat racing, you could take home $7 million by winning America’s Pegasus World Cup.

But the major money in flat horse racing isn’t made out on the track, it’s made at discreet stud farms. I’ve come to one called Newsells Park in Hertfordshire. Here, stallions and mares are hand-picked based on their own success on the track and their purebred pedigree of champion race horses.

The mares are then covered by the stallions in a controlled environment, as they aim to breed the next generation of winners. For the stallion’s owner, breeding is big business. Take for instance Frankel, arguably the greatest racehorse that ever lived. He was unbeaten during a three year career making his owner the Saudi Prince Khalid Abdullah around $4 million in prize money. Before his retirement in 2012, four-year-old Frankel had the highest rating of any racehorse in history.

If Frankel had kept racing, he would’ve likely continued to win and earn more prize money. But for his owner, Frankel’s success and super star status had sealed his fate. He would be a more lucrative asset as a breeding stallion.

In this new role, Frankel mated with hundreds of horses every year earning a fee every time. In 2017, he mated with 195 mares. Each go cost $165,000, earning his owner more than $30 million in just one year. Following the success of some of his first foals such as Cracksman and Rostropovich, Frankel’s going rate has increased to $230,000. One man that paid for a Frankel foal is entrepreneur Graham Smith-Bernal.

A decade ago, he sold his litigation software business for over $75 million. With some of his hard earned fortune, he bought a number of successful race horses. “And all of a sudden my phone is going, there’s text messages of ‘Congratulations,’ I say, ‘What is this?’ It cannot be that Grey Britain has just won that race.” So what attracted him to becoming an owner? “You know, you win the race, you win some nice prize money but mainly you’ve got the satisfaction and the thrill of having your horse winning a race.” But now he wants to breed a champion race horse.

So he purchased a broodmare called La Mortola for more than $450,000. At the time, La Mortola was pregnant with one of Frankel’s foals. This year she gave birth to that foal – a young colt called Fabrizio. A colt is an uncastrated male horse less than four years old. His development over the next year will be closely monitored by Newsells Park and its general manager Julian Dollar.

“Our job is not to mess things up really. They are highly strung and they’ll do lots of things to try to hurt themselves on an almost daily basis.” “Everything is designed to make them the best athlete they could be. You could sort of imagine some parent doing it to some seven year old that they dreamt was going to be the next Venus Williams of the tennis world.” “He’s all in proportion, he’s what I call well balanced. He did, he’s a snapper. What’s changed over him – he’s now three and half, nearly four months isn’t he?” “Just looking for the overall, when I say balance of the horse it’s just as I say it’s making sure that everything fits together.

So we want him to have a little bit of roundness over the top, a good bit of muscle across his back and then here a good bit of hind quarter which he has because that’s where the power comes from. He’s got a good proportion of forearm, he’s not too light, the muscle here that’s of course very important. He looks very chilled out in the sun today, he’s half asleep but that’s good, that’s good because it says he’s got a good relaxed temperament. If I was going to criticise the horse it would just be that he’s a touch small but the most important thing is he’s all in proportion, everything flows together, he walks well, he looks quite athletic. It’s hard to breed horses, it’s bloody hard to breed horses. It’s much easier to go and buy a race horse, so it’s nice when you get one like this.” But is Fabrizio’s owner happy with his progress and what does his future hold?

“It’s a hobby and it’s fun and I’m not doing it because I think I’m going to make money from this. This is a really, really enjoyable hobby to be involved with, but you have to be thinking in part with your head as well. You’ve got to otherwise, you know, it just doesn’t make any sense.” If Graham does decide he wants to sell Fabrizio then he has got options. He could sell it either through a private buyer or he could take it to auction.

This is Crystall Ball, the oldest bloodstock auctioneers in the world and the largest in Europe. It sells over 10,000 horses every year. “One of the advantages of coming to auction is that the horses all come to you.” On average how much money is being spent at one of these auctions?” “It varies considerably, at a sale like this one today they’ll probably be turnover of around 5 million guineas.” A guinea is £1 and 5 pence. It’s used mainly for determining professional fees and auction prices. Horse racing is a lot about gambling and that for a lot of people is the entertainment factor and you get a little bit of that here as well don’t you?

“Yeah, undoubtedly the adrenalin rush that you get bidding might help you have another bid or two.” A high cost of a horse doesn’t translate to a champion racer? “No, that’s one of the great things about the game is that there’s no guarantees. Your person who comes along and buys a cheap yearling, say 10 or 20 grand, can still hit the jackpot.” Two men that are trying to do just that are trainer Hugo Palmer and bloodstock agent Mark McStay. They’ve agreed to give me unrestricted access as they work to find the right horse for the right price.

You know it’s a great industry to be involved in. Most wealthy people can’t afford to buy Manchester United, Chelsea or Tottenham Hotspur and win the premiership but if you walk into that ring at Tattersalls here and you had half a million pounds you could have bought Australia, who won a Derby. Most people who come into horse racing as potential owners or new people to the sport are uninitiated and they need to find someone they trust.

I as a bloodstock agent would sell myself on integrity and hopefully that’s why people will be attracted to me, come to me for my advice and I’ll hopefully point them in the direction of a nice horse or a nice trainer.” Today Mark and Hugo are on the hunt to find a horse for Hugo’s yard. They’ll be looking at several, but for Mark this is the last stage after weeks of research. He’s prepared a short list of horses from the hundreds up for sale, now together they need to make their final decision. So what are you doing there Mark when you..?

“You just see the front of the canon bone there? There’s a little bit of a profile to it where it comes out a little bit.” Okay, got you.

“These horses Mark has seen them, he’s seen them twice, we’re now coming back to see them a third time. If I like it and I think I might buy it I’ll probably see it a fourth time and then I’ll send a vet to see it and they will check that the horse is structurally okay and you know they’ll put a tube down its throat and see that it has the right breathing apparatus to actually perform.” “So the colt, lovely big strong horse. His scope was a grade 2, normal pass, little bit of extension in the knees and very slight pain on palpation of the shins. But all in all very solid.”

“Happy with straight forward horse, yeah.” “The filly looks like she’s growing, she’s going to be very big I think, high behind, she’s lame in front – I would not be proceeding without getting some x-rays on those knees.” “Okay, right.” “Very good.” The time for talking is over.

The horse they’ve decided to bid on is lot number 186, a young colt called Havana Gold. But before the bidding war begins, Mark wants to see how the whole auction is going and who he might be competing against. “I just want to follow him in out of interest and get a gauge on the market.” And who is he competing against? “Somebody at the far side of that partition over there.” It’s quite nerve racking isn’t it?


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Bingo! My Favorite Casino Game!

Each bingo game card has 24 different preprinted numbers with a free spot in the center. Bingo game cards come in two forms, disposable paper sheets and hard permanent cards. The paper cards are marked with a special marker called a bingo blotter and are thrown away at the end of each game. Permanent cards have little shutters or windows that can be slid over top of a number when it is called. These shutters are simply retracted at the end of each game and the card is reused. The only real difference in reference to the game is that while the numbers on a permanent card remain the same, disposable cards will have new numbers each time. Players are given the option of playing more than one card at a time at an additional cost.

Each column on a bingo card starts with one of the letters in the word BINGO. The column letters are used to group and more easily identify the numbers contained in each column below.

column numbers contained number range
B five 01-15
I five 16-30
N four, because the center spot is always free 31-45
G five 46-60
O five 61-75

Games are played out in many patterns, the most basic being a straight line in any direction: vertical, horizontal or diagonal. Other patterns include the four corners of the board, or shapes such as the letter T. A coverall game is one in which players win when all of the numbers on their card have been selected. The caller will announce the selected pattern for each game before it starts.

There are 75 lightweight bingo balls, each printed with one of the letter/number combinations. They are encased in either a ball cage or a glass blower where they can be spun around to ensure that each pick is random and fair. Some gaming houses may forgo this process and use a computerized random number generator. After a bingo ball is selected, its number is announced by the caller and displayed on an electronic board for all of the players to see. The caller then places these called balls into a separate tray to ensure that they will not be selected again.

This process of selecting and calling balls is repeated until one or more players cover the selected pattern for that game and shout out, “Bingo!” A floor person or checker is then responsible for verifying that the pattern is correct and that the numbers on the card match the numbers that have been called. If these numbers correspond, then the game is closed and the winner is declared and the prize is paid out. If more than one player has won, the prize money is split up into equal parts.

Some casinos offer progressive bingo games which give players the chance to win large amounts of money. The jackpot on the final game of the session increases by a few hundred dollars each time it is played and not won.

What is Roulette for Gamblers?

In American Roulette, the perfectly balanced roulette wheel consists of 38 identical slots, individually numbered from 0, 00, 1 through 36. In total, 38 numbers are represented on the betting layout. On the standard roulette wheel the numbers are not arranged consecutively. By design, they alternate between red and black and exactly opposite each other number is the corresponding higher and lower number. Look straight across one side of the wheel to the other and you will see that the O is opposite the 00, 1 is opposite the 2, and so on up to the 35 being directly opposite the 36. All red numbers are opposite the black numbers.

The roulette wheel is kept spinning all the time and sped up once a game is about to begin. The croupier rolls a little ivory ball along the inner edge of the wheel in the opposite direction of its spin. As the wheel turns, the ball loses momentum and it bounces among the slots and finally falls into one of the numbered slots. Bettors can place their bets right up until the time the wheel slows down and the ball drops into place. The number that the ball rests on is the declared as the winning number for that game.

One to six players can be seated at the roulette table. Roulette is the only game in the casino where players purchase special non-value roulette chips, each player with their own color so that the dealer can tell the bets apart. These chips must be cashed in at the roulette table before leaving. The chips have a set value depending on the minimum bet set at the table, but a player may request whatever value he wishes for his chips. The dealer will then specify the worth of that particular colored chip by mating a sample chip which is placed upon the rim of the wheel. Players may also bet larger amounts by using $1, $5 and $25 regular casino chips. If you are unsure of the procedures and the minimum bets at any table, the dealer, should be glad to explain the casino’s policy for roulette wagers.

There are a total of nine types of roulette bets that can be made, six of them being inside bets and three of them being outside. The house sets the minimum and maximum betting limits separately for inside and outside bets.

The following are inside bets:

• The Straight-Up Bet: The player is betting that one number will come up. Any number can be bet, including 0 and 00. The payoff is 35:1.
• The Split Bet: Players are betting that one of two numbers come up. Bets are placed to overlap the two numbers. Payoff is 17:1. The 0 and 00 bet can be made to overlap the two numbers or placed on the line separating the second and third dozen. It is the only bet that can be made at two places on the layout.
• The Street Bet: Players are wagering that one of three numbers will come up. Bets can be made at several different places: at the end of the line and three bets involving 0 and 00. A winning bet pays 11:1.
• The Corner Bet: Players are betting that one of four numbers will come up. Bets are placed at the intersection of the four numbers. The payoff is 8:1.
• The Five-Number Bet: There is only one five-number bet on the layout: 0, 00, 1 2, and 3. The payoff is 6:1. It is the worst bet on the table, with a house edge 50 percent higher than any other bet. This bet does not exist on the European game since there is no “00.”
• The Line Bet: The player is betting that one of six numbers will come up. Bets are placed on the intersection of the two lines of three numbers. The payoff is 5:1. The three outside bets are outside of the 00,0 and 1-36 playing area.
• Even money: there are three types of even-money bets and they pay 1:1. You can place a bet on high (19-36)or low(1-18) numbers, bet on red or black, or bet on odd or even.
• Column: a column bet is wagered on 12 numbers contained in any one of the three long columns of numbers, with a payoff of 2:1
• Dozen bets: Like the column bet, the roulette table is divided into three sets of 12, the first(1-12), the second(13-24), and third(25-36). These bets also pay at a ratio of 2:1.

Bets are paid from the outside in. The dealer will pay the bets furthest away from him and work in, until he gets to the inside bets which are paid last. Some casinos use the en prison rule when a zero or double zero occurs. With this rule all even-money bets are either held or one-half is taken, depending upon the outcome of the next spin The house edge is set at 5.26%, resulting from the player receiving odds of 35 to 1 rather than the true odds of 1 in 36 or 37 to 1.

The European roulette wheel with its single 0 has a house edge of only 2.70%. The player has a 1 in 37 chance of winning and still gets paid 35 to 1. 
The procedures at the European table are slightly different than the American game. While American dealers sweep the layout with their hands and arms, European croupiers use a long stick known as the rake to sweep in all bets. In Europe, roulette games do not use the non-value chips. All players use the standard casino chips, which can cause great confusion when there are a multitude of bets on the layout. If you’re playing in Europe, you have to be wary of exactly what you have bet.

Video Poker History

The birth of Video Poker stems in large part from, of course, the game of Poker itself but also the invention of slot machines. Appealing to people familiar with the game of Poker as well as those fond of the ease-of-use inherent in slots, Video Poker has evolved over the years into one of the most popular non-table games in casinos, both on land and online.

Beginning in the mid-1970s, around the same time actually as personal computers were being developed and enhanced, Video Poker became a reality when technology became advanced and economical enough to combine a CPU with a television-like monitor. As you can imagine, the first Video Poker games at this time were pretty primitive.

As technology improved and industry leaders saw the potential of this technology, everyone started getting in on the action. ‘Solid State’ (referring to the combination of the central processing unit and television-like monitor) Roulette, Horse Racing, and Poker were all available at this time and it was Dale Electronic’s ‘Poker-Matic’ that experienced the greatest level of notoriety and success.

When the Fortune Coin Company built a video bell slot machine in 1975, the apparatus was soon transformed into a Draw Poker machine and soared in popularity. After the video chip was invented later in the mid-70s, and after SIRCOMA (which you know today as International Game Technology – STILL a leader in the field!) introduced its ‘Draw Poker’ in 1979, there was really no looking back.

Video Poker soon became, and remains to this day, a popular fixture in nearly every casino. Less intimidating than regular Poker, yet still involving a certain level of decision-making while maintaining the ease-of-use of a slot machine, Video Poker appeals to a wide range of casino patrons.

Video Poker odds and probabilities depend a lot on which game/variation you’re playing and the strategy you’re employing. Therefore, it’s difficult to provide a clear-cut odds sheet or listing of probabilities that apply to all forms of Video Poker.

However, what we can do, and what we’ve done here, is provide the odds for being DEALT any of the following hands. Since Video Poker traditionally follows the same odds as 5-card draw, these odds may look familiar to you.

Hand No. of Hands/Combinations Odds

Royal Flush

4 649,740 (to 1)

Straight Flush

36 72,192

Four of a Kind

624 4,164

Full House

3,744 693


5,108 508


10,200 254

Three of a Kind

54,912 46

Two Pairs

123,552 20

One Pair

1,098,240 1.37

No Combination

1,302,540 1

As you can see, the table, above, gives at least a bit of an idea as to what type of odds you’re stacked up against in terms of accumulating certain hands. To sum up the table differently, you’re basically looking at:

  • being dealt one pair 72% of the time
  • two pair 5% of the time
  • three of kind 2.2%
  • straight 0.4%
  • flush 0.19%
  • four of a kind 0.02%
  • straight flush 0.001%
  • royal flush 0.0001% So, don’t expect to really ever be dealt anything better than a Flush (we’re optimistic, we know).

With an idea of the type of odds you’re up against from the get-go, you should have a better ability to crunch even more numbers in your head as you move along. This table here is just a start.

Nightrush Casino Bonuses

Online casinos are known to offer at least one kind of bonus which is the welcome bonus. Casino sites offer this first deposit match bonuses to welcome new players and give them extra funds to check out various games risk free.

Leading online casinos, Nightrush Casino is known to offer good welcome bonus and new and improved offers from time to time. Early this month, the site had offered the nightrush bonus offer where players were awarded bonuses depending on the result on the wheel.

Nightrush Casino has come up with a new and better bonus offer, Nightrush Bonus. The Nightrush Bonus is a fantastic offer giving players a chance to claim a deposit bonus every day during the offer period. Players have to just crack open the window with a unique four digit code to be eligible for this daily bonus.

This offer runs from 12th October to 6th November during which a new code will be published daily in the download casino lobby. Players have to visit the lobby and check the code. The Nightrush Bonus might vary from nothing to a 100% match bonus or a superb 200% bonus. Members at the site interested in this offer have to check the code daily to get the best possible bonus.

The Nightrush Bonus offer is limited to players at Nightrush Casino who have a real money account. The bonus funds earned have to be used at the casino only and cannot be transferred to the bingo or poker sites. Players have to finish one offer before opting for the second. They must claim and receive their bonus before they start playing with their deposit.

Apart from this bonus offer, Nightrush Casino offers a welcome Nightrush Bonus to all new players. Players who register at the site and make their first deposit are eligible for a £32 bonus for every £20 deposited by them.

Online Baccarat Strategy

Like a lot of other casino games, Baccarat is basically a game of chance and there’s little you can do to alter the odds. Still, there are a number of decisions you can make in order to enhance your chances of success.

Applying the “1-3-2-6” Baccarat Strategy

Now, first of all, we have to say that we’re generally not big fans of ‘betting systems’. More often than not (just about all of the time, in fact) they’re scams or marked by flawed logic. However, many people continue to swear by one system or another and for some, they seem to ‘work’.

This particular Baccarat strategy, the “1-3-2-6” system, ‘works’ with this game since it features even-money payouts. But, you can also try it out with any game or casino that pays out even money odds. Keep in mind, however, as we have already said, if there was a sure fire to way to beat the casino every time, casinos wouldn’t be in business!

For the “1-3-2-6” system to work, you need to keep track of your bets over the course of four rounds of Baccarat game play. To begin, bet one unit (a unit can be $1, $10, $50, whatever) and if you win that round, then in the next round add another unit to your winnings and bet that amount (a total of 3 units). Now, if you win this round you will have a total of 6 units. According to the system, in the 3rd round you should take away four units and only bet two.

If you are lucky to win again on your fourth wager, add two more units to your winnings for a total bet of 6 units. When you win the fourth bet you will see a profit of at least 12 units. Hence, the “1-3-2-6” moniker. Of course, you are not always going to win. So, if you lose your first Baccarat bet, it’s only 1 unit lost and if you win the first but lose the second, you’ve only dropped 2 units. But, if you win the second and lose the third, you’re still up two units. And if you win the first three and unfortunately lose the last, no need to worry because you haven’t really lost anything but have actually just broken even.

So, there’s one Baccarat strategy in a nutshell. Like we said, some people swear by these things. But you need to remember that it’s still a game of chance – no ‘system’ is ever foolproof.

Online Baccarat Games Popularity

Baccarat history, like so many classic casino games, remains somewhat mysterious till this very day. Depending on whom you ask you will probably get a different answer. The actual birthplace of Bacarat is still open to debate, though some gaming buffs believe the game was invented by an Italian chap by the name of Lino Bussoli, a moneylender from Italy’s Abruzzo region. Others are of the opinion that Baccarat history started all the way back in the middle ages. One way or another, the game eventually made its way to France where it was welcomed with open arms (and deep pockets) by the French upper class.

Online Baccarat games are more popular than ever, now that this invigorating game is available at most of the better online casinos. If you have never played this game before, now’s your golden opportunity to discover what all the excitement is about. Plus what could be easier than sitting in your favourite chair opposite your computer and enjoying all of the thrills that online Baccarat promises? Oh, and if winning money is also your idea of a good time, Baccarat online is definitely worth checking out!

If, on the other hand, you are already familiar with Baccarat rules and are looking for the best online casino to play at, congratulations, you’ve come to right place. Check out our Casino Reviews for the best Baccarat games on the Web.

What’s unique about playing Baccarat online or in a land casino is that, unlike other card games like blackjack where you wager after you receive some cards, in Baccarat you place your bet before your cards are even dealt; not during game-play. Sound intriguing? You bet it is! Another fun aspect is the fact that you can bet on the House, the players, or that the result of the hand will be a tie.

Online Baccarat is, for all intents and purposes, the same riveting game as that one enjoyed in land-based casinos. But, of course, now with the advent of mobile online casino games in addition to regular online gaming, you can play anywhere and anytime your gambling heart desires.

If you’re setting out to play with the hopes of winning (and we presume you are), then it’s also safe to assume you want to arm yourself with as much knowledge about the game as possible. This, of course, is the number one online Baccarat tip of them all. After all, knowledge is power, even when it comes to games of chance.

Wondering what your best bet is in a Baccarat game? Or whether or not you should bet on a tie? Although Baccarat online is still a relatively simple game to play, as always, there are all sorts of tips available to you to help maximise your playing results and overall pleasure.

Getting Started – How to Play Online Baccarat

The object in an online Baccarat game is to bet on the entity (the house or player/s) with cards that accumulate a point total closest to 9. These totals are calculated according to the following card values:

  • Aces count as 1
  • Cards 2 through 9 count at face value
  • 10’s and face cards count as 0.

It should be pointed out, however, that if you’re dealt a 9 and a 7, for example, the combined total is not 16, but instead, 6. If you receive a 3 and an 8, the total is not 11, but actually 1. To put it another way, it is not possible to have a combination of cards with a combined total of more than 9. The perfect hand is one that totals 9 exactly with the first two cards. 8 is your second-best hand and, along with the 9, these two hands make up the two “natural” hands.

Baccarat Table Layout

A Baccarat table generally includes a middle area for the croupier and two similar ends.


1. Caller (“Croupier”)
2. Dealer1
3. Dealer2
4. Drop Box
5. Discard Trays
6. Tips box

Up to 14 players occupy the seats, which correspond to the numbers on the layout wagers placed in a section outlined in front of the players. According to the possible choices at the beginning of each game, the player has three betting areas associated with his/her position at the table. They are: “Banker”, “Player” or “Tie” (of course).

Online Baccarat Game Payouts

Payouts are very straightforward and easy to grasp. If you bet on a winning player’s hand, you’ll be paid out at 1 to 1. If you wager on a winning house hand, the payout is also 1 to 1. If you bet on a tie, the payoff is 8 to 1. Online tables usually have a minimum bet of $1 and a maximum bet of $250.

Online Baccarat Rules

Generally speaking, online Baccarat rules are very straightforward. Depending on which casino you’re playing at, anywhere between one to eight decks of cards may be used. Counting cards is therefore not an option. Even the single-deck games automatically reshuffle the cards after every hand.

Each Baccarat game begins with the dealer dealing 4 cards: 2 each for the house and the player. If the total of either or both sides is 8 or 9, you call this `a natural` and then no more cards are issued. If, however, the point total of both sides is identical, it’s a tie. The only trick here comes when the house or the player’s points, after the initial two cards, do not add up to a natural, or when no tie occurs. In these cases, another card will be dealt according to specific Baccarat rules, which are broken down below:

  • Player’s initial hand adds up to 6 or greater – he/she must stand and will not receive additional cards.
  • 5 or less – the player is dealt an additional card.
  • House hand adds up to 7 or more – the house must stand.
  • House hand adds up to 0, 1 or 2 – the house must take an additional card.
  • House hand totals 3, and the player’s third card is anything other than an 8 (the player always receives his cards before the house) – the house will hit.
  • House hand totals 4, and the player’s third card is anything other than 1, 8, 9, or 0 the house will hit.
  • House hand totals 5, and the player is dealt a 4, 5, 6, or 7 – the house will hit.
  • Finally, if the house hand totals 6, and the player’s third card is 6 or 7, the house will hit.

US-EU Gambling Dispute Potentially Headed for WTO?

According to an European industry group, the dispute over U.S. enforcement actions against European Union online gambling companies could be headed to the World Trade Organization very soon.

“It looks very much as if this matter will … be sent to the WTO at the end of the commission’s investigation,” Lode Van Den Hende, outside counsel for the Remote Gambling Association (RGA), told reporters as EU officials were in Washington to probe U.S. Justice Department enforcement actions. That would pave the way for possible European sanctions on the US, although it could take years for any case to make its way through the WTO litigation system.

The EU team, which met on Tuesday with representatives of the US Trade Representative’s office, the Justice Department and other US agencies, will make its recommendations in a publicly available report in November.

The European Commission, acting on industry petition, began a formal investigation in March into whether Washington was singling out EU companies for enforcement actions while allowing U.S. online companies to operate freely. The dispute arose out of an earlier case in which the Caribbean country of Antigua and Barbuda challenged American restrictions on Internet gambling as a violation of the services market-opening commitments Washington made in the 1994 Uruguay Round world trade pact.

The United States initially said it never intended to allow online gambling services as part of that pact. But after that argument failed, it announced it would exercise a rarely used right under WTO rules to change its commitments. That required it to negotiate a compensation package with other WTO members with online gambling interests — such as the EU. Washington struck a deal with Brussels last year, but details have not been made public.

“We conducted negotiations with the EU which resulted in a mutually acceptable agreement last December to facilitate the U.S. amending its (services) schedule to clarify that we do not have WTO obligations with respect to gambling,” said Gretchen Hamel, a spokeswoman for the US Trade Representative’s office.

From the Legal Pad – Online Gambling Law

Computer gambling has come a long way in the past 30 years, from handheld videogames to today’s full-fledged online casinos. Along the way, though, the law has also been changing, opening up some types of play and totally shutting down others. With constant amendments, addendums and clarifications, American players have been the hardest hit by these new restrictions; the United States is, by far, the most restrictive country in the industrialized world when it comes to online gambling.

And, while you can just as easily go to your local library —or even use Google™—to find the letter of the law, the mess of legal jargon would, no doubt, leave even the canniest card connoisseur’s head spinning.

That’s why we here at GP have decided to wade through the mounds of moldy legalese ourselves and translate it into something intelligible. Yes, it was a blooming headache getting it all straight. But we figured: if the law says there’s no excuse for ignorance, our readers are going to be the last folks left in the dark.

The UIGEA and Other Bad Acronyms

On October 13, 2006, good ‘ole Dubya signed the SAFE Port Act into law. At the time, it seemed like a pretty good bill because it added safeguards to America’s maritime trading centers. In the commotion of the Democrats’ congressional takeover, though, most of the public overlooked the little things that had hitched a ride on the bill, including the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which hobbled Internet gambling in the U.S.

You can go here and read the whole UIGEA for yourself, but basically, here’s what it did:

Section 5361:

Section 5361 is the preamble for the UIGEA. Here, the bill’s writers explain the findings of the National Gambling Impact Study Commission, which was headed by conservative bulldog Kay Coles James. The NGISC is now considered discredited as a completely partisan and morally biased organization, but it’s important to note that James was appointed to the post in May 1997 under President Clinton’s watch.

At any rate, the real meat of the argument is that the Department of Justice believes Internet gambling is on par with wire betting as defined in the Wire Act. This law, passed in 1961, stated that it was illegal for anyone to use a telephone or wire to transmit betting-related information across state or territorial lines. This, of course, excluded information that wasn’t particularly tied to betting, including sports-news broadcasts, business phone calls between casinos and communication between two states or regions where betting was already legal.

Historically, the Wire Act was part of Bobby Kennedy’s crusade against organized crime, allowing the Feds to break up bookies who used the telephones and Western Union-type money wires to net bettors in areas where gambling was off-limits. Forty-six years later, however, the Department of Justice would argue that the law’s language also included the Internet under the definition of “wire” strengthening their case against the offshore bookies in Antigua before the World Trade Organization.

Finally, while the Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978 would seem to allow wire, telephone and, therefore, Internet transmissions and transactions between states where gambling is legal, the DOJ used the tail end of this section to argue that its language does not include the Internet in its allowance for pari-mutuel wagers.

Section 5362:

This section provides the legal definitions for the act:

Bet or Wager—A transaction in which a person risks something of monetary value on the outcome of a contest, sports event or game of chance—the final bit here about “chance” is aimed specifically at online casinos’ card and table games. (Strangely enough, under this definition a person could still, hypothetically, make an online bet concerning something he himself might or might not do).

This definition was pretty standard for previous laws on gambling, but the UIGEA tweaked them even further by tossing a few sub-definitions into the mix. Among them was a statement that betting can also be the purchase of an “opportunity to win” (therefore cutting out football pools and ticket lotteries) and that it included any instructions or information relayed from a book to the bettor concerning a bet. This second bit closed a loophole the offshore houses were using to argue that they were not doing anything wrong because, at least in the case of pari-mutuel wagers, the bettors were all betting against each other and the bookies were only charging for their coordination of these bets.

This was a pretty far-reaching definition. But, as you would expect, it didn’t include many of the bets congressmen were likely to make themselves. For one thing, it excluded security and commodity transactions—including futures and all that nasty housing business our betters have gotten us into—and insurance transactions.

Lastly, the definition allowed for free games as long as the points accumulated for them couldn’t be redeemed for cash prizes, and it allowed for fantasy-football bets as long as the game wasn’t based on real players and the prizes were announced before the pool started.

Designated Payment System—Money transfer that law enforcement thinks is being used in the service of online gambling.

Financial Transaction Provider—Any company or organization that provides a “Designated Payment System” for online gambling.

Interactive Computer Service—An Internet service provider (whoever you pay so you can get online).

Restricted Transaction—Moving money around for illegal online gambling.

Unlawful Internet Gambling—Gambling that goes on in the U.S. that is illegal in the U.S.; the online books and casinos are held accountable, not the servers or any other computers the information travels through getting from them to the bettor and back.

Notes—Most types of betting aren’t expressly mentioned, but that doesn’t mean they’re not illegal. The Wire Act expressly mentions sports betting, and the Horseracing Act made horseracing bets legal. The UIGEA makes anything not mentioned in those laws illegal, including online poker, craps, roulette or any other table game when money is bet on it.

What’s more, this section allows for online gambling of any kind as long as it takes place within the confines of two jurisdictions where it’s legal. So if a company wants to open up online poker in Vegas, it’s kosher as long as that online gambling stays in Vegas (or the rest of Nevada for that matter). Likewise, if two Indian tribes want to start an online casino, they can do that too as long as the folks playing only do so on one of the two reservations.

Section 5363:

This section basically says that it’s illegal for an online gambling establishment to accept any kind of electronic money transfer in connection with online gambling.

Section 5364:

Just a provision saying that Internet gambling sites had 270 days to tear down their systems. It went into effect July 2007. It also ordered all credit card companies and banks to block payments to online gambling sites from American cards, except where it’s impossible to tell who the person being paid is (as it is with personal checks).

Section 5365:

There’s a kind of white flag in this section stating that if the violating companies (money transfer services and the gambling sites themselves) are overseas, the DOJ can attempt to take legal action against them, except that there’s no reason the country that the company exists in will pay them any mind.

The main thing, however, is that Internet service providers, search engines and non-betting sites that provide links to betting sites can be ordered to remove the links or be prosecuted if they’re in the U.S.

Section 5366:

The punishment for breaking this law: Five years in the clink, a fine and a lifetime of having your gambling privileges taken away.

Section 5367:

This section clarifies that any American company, organization, individual, yadayadayada… that’s involved with online gambling or is in any way tied to the operation of the site is committing a crime.

Also, it asks the prez to try and get other countries onboard with the bill through international treaty—though, thus far, there hasn’t been much of a “coalition of the willing.”

A Rash of Worse Reactions

Since the UIGEA was rushed through congress two years ago, it hasn’t had many fans. First off, it cost the online-gambling sites themselves about $1 billion, and as you can imagine, they were none too happy about it.

All the betting sites listed on the London Stock Exchange dropped their American clients immediately. Meanwhile, Antigua, home to many online gambling houses, filed suit with the World Trade Organizations against the U.S. for violating GATS (an international trade agreement). The WTO ruled in favor of Antigua and its fellow plaintiff, the European Union, and the U.S. was forced to pay $100 billion to the EU and a mere $21 million to Antigua.

The Bush administration tried to keep the news of the concession on the down-low. They cited “national security” as their reason for denying journalist Ed Brayton’s Freedom of Information Act request, but ultimately they were the ones befuddled when congressmen Barney Frank, D-Mass, and Ron Paul, R-Texas, demanded the information be made public.

Frank and Paul also teamed up to propose a long string of legislation aimed at overturning the bill. Two of these were the Internet Gambling Regulation Bill and the Payments System Protection Act. The IGRB is still on the table, but the PSPA was shot down. In response to the latter, Frank and Paul co-authored a second PSPA that would order the Department of the Treasury, the Attorney General and the Federal Reserve System to define exactly what they mean when they say “unlawful internet gambling” (i.e., it still hasn’t been defined).

At the same time, a group calling itself the Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association filed suit in New Jersey to have the UIGEA overturned, citing both the WTO case and civil liberties infringement. The group—mostly made up of online-gambling affiliate companies—filed the case in June 2007, and now the DOJ is finally returning fire, armed with top-gun attorney Stephen A Saltzburg. Salzburg, who is currently a professor of law at George Washington University, is expected to wipe the floor with iMEGA because he was also once the deputy assistant attorney general in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and chairman of the ABA Criminal Justice Section from 2007 to 2008.

All in all, then, tons of folks are fighting to get UIGEA repealed, but the process has become mired in messy infighting. The DOJ is just doing its job trying to uphold the law that was passed, while it seems the real culprits—Bush and company—are getting off scot-free. Eventually, of course, most Americans can probably expect to see their right to spend their money however they darn well please restored. But, for now, the only thing you can do if you’re an American gambler is play in no-risk online rooms or go to a brick-and-mortar casino. Anything more than that is simply against the law.

Casino Quotes and Betting Jokes

Joke 1

Scott has a serious gambling problem. Every time he comes home his wife asks him how much money he’s lost at the casino. One night, Scott never comes home at all, and walks in the house at 9 in the morning.

His wife glares at him.

“I have something to admit,” Scott says quietly. “I was at the bar last night, got drunk, and went home with the barmaid. I’m sorry.”

His wife looks at him for a moment. Then she says, “Don’t give me that crap. How much did you lose at the dice table last night?”

Joke 2

A group from Chicago spends a weekend gambling in Las Vegas. One of the men on the trip wins $100,000. He doesn’t want anyone to know about it, so he decides not to return with the others, but takes a later plane home—arriving back at 3 in the morning. He immediately goes out to the back yard of his house, digs a hole and plants the money in it. The following morning he walks outside and finds only an empty hole. He notices footsteps leading from the hole to the house next door, which is owned by a deaf-mute. On the same street lives a professor who understands sign language and is a friend of the deaf man. Grabbing his pistol, the enraged man goes to awaken the professor and drags him to the deaf man’s house.

“You tell this guy that if he doesn’t give me back my $100,000 I’m going to kill him!” he screams at the professor.

The professor conveys the message to his friend, and his friend replies in sign language, “I hid it in my back yard, underneath the cherry tree.”

The professor turns to the man with the gun and says, “He’s not going to tell you. He said he’d rather die first.”

Joke 3

A successful businessman flies to Vegas for the weekend to gamble. He loses the shirt off his back and has nothing left but a quarter and the second half of his round-trip ticket—if he can just get to the airport he can get himself home!

So he goes out to the front of the casino where there is a cab waiting. He gets in and explains his situation to the cabbie. He promises to send the driver money from home, he offers him his credit card numbers, his driver’s license number, his address, etc., but to no avail. The cabbie says, “If you don’t have fifteen dollars, get the hell out of my cab!” So the businessman is forced to hitch-hike to the airport and barely gets there in time to catch his flight.

One year later the businessman, having worked long and hard to regain his financial success, returns to Vegas and this time wins big. Feeling pretty good about himself, he goes out to the front of the casino to get a cab ride back to the airport. Well, who should he see out there, at the end of a long line of cabs, but his old buddy who had refused to give him a ride when he was down on his luck! The businessman thinks for a moment about how he can make the guy pay for his lack of charity, and he hits on a plan.

The businessman gets in the first cab in the line and says, “How much for a ride to the airport?”

“Fifteen bucks,” comes the reply.

“And how much for you to give me a blow-job on the way?”

“What?!!! Get the hell out of my cab!”

The businessman get into the back of each cab in the long line and asks the same questions, with the same result. When he gets to his old friend at the back of the line, he gets in and asks, “How much for a ride to the airport?”

The cabbie replies, “Fifteen bucks.”

The businessman says “OK,” and off they go. Then, as they drive slowly past the long line of cabs, the businessman gives a big smile and thumbs up sign to each cab driver.

Joke 4

Bookie: A pickpocket who lets you use your own hands.

Joke 5

Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.

Joke 6

A bum asks a man for two dollars.

“Will you buy booze with it?” the man asks.

“No,” the bum says.

“Will you gamble with it?” the man asks.

“No,” the bum says.

“Will you come home with me so I can show my wife what happens to a man who doesn’t drink or gamble?”