Online Casino Games for Charity

Posted on September 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

The idea of it throws the whole concept of gambling on its ear; funny thing is, it looks dashing that way. Playing online casino games only to give your winnings away to charity is not without precedent.
Long before online casino game rooms adopted the practice, Barry Greenstein was making a name for himself doing just that: raking in the pots in mostly Texas Hold’em poker games and distributing the money to places like Children Incorporated, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, ILoveSchools.com, March of Dimes, 999 for Kids, and The Golden Angels for Olive Crest. Well, now you too can be an online casino game philanthropist, with the help of many of your (and our) favorite online casino game rooms.

Maybe the most publicized online casino game hall that gives to charities is Golden Palace Online Casino, but their style of charitable giving is to bid extraordinary amounts on auctions for rare oddities of questionable value with the proceeds all going to charity. But this doesn’t empower you, as a player, to be the source or the object of the giving. That your online casino game room donates to charity is nice, yes. But how would you like to be the one, with your online casino game room’s help, that makes the difference?

Hollywood Poker is after that prestige, however, aiming to become the number one online poker room associated with charitable giving. In reaction to the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, Hollywood Poker, in December of 2005, hosted an online poker tournament whereby they matched donor-player’s entry fees dollar for dollar, with all proceeds (the full $47,950) given to the American Red Cross and the International Hospital for Children.

Hollywood Poker also hosted a land-based tournament benefiting MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) in which 170 players participated in raising $69,000. This amounted to 10% of the buy-ins and re-buys.

Ultimate Bet hosts many online casino games for charity; even online poker too. Though 100% of the proceeds go to charity, the winner of each tournament does get something worthwhile besides that special feeling inside that comes from doing good for someone else: most recently, that took the shape of an Apple iPod Nano. In that particular Pro Bounty Charity Tournament, the player who knocked out poker celebrity Annie Duke also got an Apple iPod Nano. You can count on Ultimate Bet to keep coming up with innovative ways to reward you for your goodwill.

Bodog is another online casino game hall that’s been hosting charitable tournaments for years, with donations to (among others): the Fisher House Foundation, The L.A. Laker’s Youth Foundation, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Sean McCauley Hope Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, the Humane Society, and the Animal Avengers Organization. As of this writing, Bodog’s latest charitable event will be a grand-scale Casino Royale at a land-based location to raise money for Art of Elysium, a charity that brings creativity and art into the lives of ill and underprivileged children.

Royal Vegas Online Casino and Poker Room makes it possible for players to set up and host their own charitable online casino games for the charity or charities of your choice. They’ll help you promote the tournament and even match a percentage of the funds you raise (based also on the number of players that participate), so your overall donation will be even larger. Royal Vegas, incidentally, also hosts the College Poker Championship, where the players are college students and the prizes are cash scholarships to college.

There are many online casinos and poker rooms that host online casino games for charity. Find out if yours does, and make your online casino game experience that much more rewarding.

Playing Online Casino Games

Posted on September 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

There is definitely a certain glamour, thrill and romance associated with casino games, but unless you live near Atlantic City, in the state of Nevada, or (in some parts of the country) a major Indian reservation, chances are that opportunities to play real in a real casino don’t exist. That has all changed, thanks to the Internet. Through the World Wide Web, casino games are available to virtually everyone.

What Are Online Casinos?

Simply put, an “online casino” is like any other online business – it is a virtual, “cyber-version” of a traditional brick-and-mortar institution. Also called “virtual,” and/or “Internet” casinos, these websites enable people to place bets on traditional games, and include:

– online blackjack

– online slots

– online video poker

– online roulette wheels

and just about all the best games you’re familiar with.

Are the Odds Any Better Online?

In general, odds and payback percentages for casinos online are about the same as they are for brick-and-mortar casinos. In fact, here in the Digital Age, you may find a great deal of the same technology used in online games as you will in Las Vegas, especially with online slots; modern digital slot machines use random number generators. The more reputable websites that offer online games will publish verifiable payout percentage audits.

Are Online Casinos Trustworthy?

This is certainly a common – and quite valid – issue. Those who run online gaming websites often lease software from a reputable third party, and as indicated earlier, will often publish payout audits.

That said, following the old advice of caveat emptor is wise when playing games on the World Wide Web. There are documented cases of fraudulent casinos, but interestingly, this fraud usually has little to do with the virtual games themselves. Usually, the fraud involves unreasonable delays or outright refusals to pay withdrawals.

The good news is that on the Internet, reputation spreads fast. When fraud on the part of a casino website has been documented enough times, the online gaming community labels it a “rogue casino;” online player’s forums often maintain lists of such dishonest casinos, and these do not remain online for very long.

It works both ways, incidentally; some players attempt to cheat by signing up with multiple identities in order to claim sign-on bonuses, or take a screenshot and alter it with graphics editing software in order to create a faked image of a winning online video poker hand or online slots jackpot in order to attempt to claim winnings. Such players can be tracked and may find themselves locked out permanently.

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How To Play Online Casino Games Smart

Posted on September 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

Online casino games are popular forms of pastime now for stressed-out, constantly-online individuals. Sometimes they can offer easy, mindless, portable entertainment accessible via any Wi-Fi connected laptop, tablet, or smartphone. However, if one is not aware of his/her playing habits, then he/she becomes vulnerable to making some gauche – even dangerous – decisions whose effects may not be contained only in the virtual world but can spill into the real world, bringing real problems to the unwary individual. Betting virtual points, for example, is a harmless activity. With online casinos encouraging players to play with real money through credit cards, however, it is not hard to see how real debts can sink a person who started out playing just for fun.

To avoid this all-too-likely scenario (and it is likely, given the addictive nature of online casino games), here are some tips that all players must bear in mind to keep their game all clean fun and not the seeds of disaster.

Budget Setting

The most usual problem associated with both real and online casino games – glamorized forms of gambling all of them – is its draw on a player’s finances. Betting is a crucial part of the game and stakes can run high. Unfortunately, players tend to bet large amounts and losing players tend to bet larger amounts. This can be a particular problem – with the losing player getting in deep financial trouble – if there is no set budget that he/she strictly follows.

It is, thus, important for players to set their budgets before playing, meaning that they should know the limits to the amount of money they want or can afford to lose. Of course, this may run contrary to the optimistic mindset that most players want to bring when playing online casino games. However, acknowledging that the chances of losing are huge is not only a smart move, but a practical one as well.

In order to help players resist going over the set budget, they must choose to play with debit cards that have been loaded with only set budget. Never play using a credit card, and especially one with a large credit line.

Time Management

Online casino games, by virtue of their accessibility and the inherent lure of casino games, are monstrous little time-suckers. Focused on the entertaining qualities of such games, the unwary and careless players may not notice time slipping away. Often, they find that they have whiled away the time meant for productive office work, studies, family, or social obligations and used it up for online casino games instead.

To avoid this, players must resolutely manage their time to avoid turning into online gaming addicts. Players must fix a set schedule for playing. There is no specific time for such a schedule, as this will depend on a player’s specific circumstances. However, some ground rules must be established. Playing, for example, during fifteen-minute coffee breaks is fine, but playing during work hours is a no-no. Playing at night as a way to wind down before hitting the hay is okay, but staying up late when there is a big presentation or an exam the next day is not good. Important family affairs must take precedence over online casino games.

There are no fast and hard rules that will prevent disastrous results from playing online casino games too much and too hard. However, being aware of their hazards and striving for discipline in the face of an exciting game can be helpful in managing online casino game playing.

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