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Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Handy Tips For Newbies To Commence Casino Gaming

Casino gaming or gambling is quickly becoming one of the most trending hobbies on the internet. With the rise in the number of online users, there is also a rapid growth in the number of online casino websites, including fraudulent ones. 

Hence, for a newcomer, the world of online gambling can be quite a complicated and confounding place. To help all the newbies to the world of casino gaming, Wunderino is here with a few handy tips. 

Collect ample information first 

Once you have decided that you are going to dabble in the world of casino gaming, make sure you are aware of all the necessary information regarding online gambling. 

For starters, you need to be mindful of the online betting and gambling laws of your region.

After that, you need to get a grasp of basic gambling and wagering techniques. Along with that, you must study all the rules and regulations of the games you are planning on trying.

Figure out which games to play 

Determining which game you want to try can be a hard choice. After all, there are so many options with casino gaming available nowadays. 

Before deciding which game you want to try, you must ask yourself what you are looking for out of casino gaming. People who are playing for money should try skilled games like: 
  • Video Poker 
  • Blackjack 
  • Baccarat 
People who are there for just fun and easy to learn games must try: 
  • Keno 
  • Roulette 
  • Slots 
Check the operational license of the site 

Nowadays, with the increase in the number of online gambling users, there is also an increase in fraud casino gaming websites. Hence, always do a thorough inspection of the website you are gambling on. Make sure the website is a registered, licensed, and reputed online casino.

Always avoid the casinos that are blacklisted with payment related issues. You should also only trust the sites that have SSL encryption and are audited by independent organizations like eCorga. 

Look at their offers and rewards 

Every casino site in the market tries to come up with an exciting reward policy that can help attract new customers. However, it becomes crucial for you to access that the bonuses offered by a casino platform are as per your interests. 

Make sure you go through their reward policy before commencing your betting routine. This will keep you from getting along with a casino website that can’t provide you with the desired gameplay experience. 

Use the demo mode for practicing 

For newbies, the best advice that every member of the community will give is to practice. As a newcomer, you cannot expect to win all your games, especially when playing against experienced players. 

To help you in the beginning, many online casinos offer demo mode and free games. These not only give the newcomers real game experience but also are an excellent way to practice before facing real players online. 

To access these free games or demo modes, few websites may ask you to get a registered account, while some offer them without any registration.

Sunday, 14 November 2021

Hard Times Gambling Tips to Make Money

As the economy worsens and many people find themselves in a downward financial spiral, many will consider trying to win money to solve their economic problems. I've owned and raced horses, handicapped horse races for profit, and counted cards at the blackjack tables in casinos. I've made money at those things, but never got rich and found it to be more work than a regular job. It isn't glamorous or sexy to sit at a blackjack table for hours with drunks trying to tell you how to play your cards and the pit boss eyeing you suspiciously.


There is also nothing fun about walking out of a race track with empty pockets. The truth of the matter is that if you are one of the consumers of gambling, that is, not the casino owner or owner of the race track, then the game is against you from the get-go. Don't get me wrong, I'm not about to quit playing, but I hate to see people risking what little they have trying to get lucky.

If you really want to get lucky, work for the casino or at the race track. I've never worked for a casino but have worked at a race track and I got paid every day no matter who won the race. If none of this has discouraged you or convinced you to quit, here is a little advice that might help.

First and foremost, set limits and know when to quit, especially when you're ahead. At some time in their visit to the casino, almost every gambler has a time when he or she is ahead and yet, most leave a loser. How do you know when to quit? Gambling, like most things in life, is streaky, or cyclical. You will have times when you win a few bets at the horses or hit a jackpot at the slots or a big pot at the poker table.

Nine out of ten gamblers proceed to keep betting and playing and give it all back. The longer you play the more likely you are to lose due to something called churn. Casinos and race tracks love churn. It simply means that each time you bet, the house or track gets a piece of your bet. It may only be a few percentage points in the casino or 20% at the track, but it adds up.

One of the few successful gamblers that I know is a lady who plays trifectas at the horse races. She is one of the cheapest people I know, but she still takes $60 per week and plays the ponies. If she loses it, she goes home and waits until the next week. When she wins, and she does, she usually hits trifectas that pay well. She will take the money and put it in the bank and use it to pay her bills or buy things she couldn't usually afford.

The next week, no matter how much is in the bank account, she only takes $60 and goes back to the track. She loves to handicap and doesn't look at it as the only source of her income. She knows that if she loses, she hasn't lost everything. In other words, there is no big pressure on her to win. She simply does her best to pick good trifecta combinations and then she plays them.

Over the years she has spent quite a bit of money on good books about handicapping and money management, which brings up another important point. Invest in yourself first. An investment in good information that you can use or a good education is the best investment most of us can make. She doesn't gamble with scared money and can stay within her limits.

So when you get hot and find yourself ahead, be realistic and quit. Take whatever you have and call it a day. The race track or casino will be there next week. Use most of the money to pay down that credit card or mortgage and just save enough for your next trip to the track or casino. You will be amazed if you follow this simple gambling advice at how you cut your losses and maximize your profits.

Author: Bill Peterson



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If you want to learn how a horse owner and insider handicaps just go to http://williewins.homestead.com/truecb.html and get the truth. Bill Peterson is a former horse race owner and professional handicapper. To see all Bill's horse racing material go to Horse Racing Handicapping, Bill's handicapping store.

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Thursday, 11 November 2021

Brocklesby Stakes Stars - Mind Games

For many, the emphasis of Doncaster's William Hill Lincoln meeting will be the handicap mile, while HCE will focus on the Brocklesby Conditions Stakes, which heralds the start of our two-year-old season. To celebrate the Flat season, we remember a number of talented two-year-olds who have not only won the Brocklesby but gone on to mark themselves as truly talented individuals. Read this year's analysis on 28th March 2015, 1:25 Doncaster. High-Class Equine - the home of two-year-old racing. 



Mind Games


Puissance (6.4f) — Aryaf (CAN) (Vice Regent (CAN) (8.8f)

Trainer J Berry
OWNER: Robert Hughes (Shropshire)


2nd foal, half-brother to Able Fun, 1m winner at 2, Prince Ary, 10f winner at 3, & Quiz Show, 1m winner at 3, later dam of smart sprint 2yo Right Answer; dam unplaced at 2-3, half-sister to quite a useful miler Peartree House

 
On the 24th March 1994, Mind Games won the Brocklesby Conditions Stakes by a neck from Jobran, trained by Gay Kelleway, at 4/1 joint-favorite. Jack Berry - the renowned trainer often noted for his red shirts - had unveiled one of the most talented horses from the vast string. Berry was well known for his early-season dominance of two-year-old races. This son of Puissance ran seven times at two, winning his first three races with a ready success taking the Norfolk Stakes (Group 3) at Royal Ascot over 5f. He suffered his first loss (5th) when competing at Leopardstown (IRE) in the Heinze 57 Phoenix Stakes (Group 1). Mind Games continued to mark himself as a top-class two-year-old racing at Group level and narrowly losing by a short head in the Flying Childers (Group 2).
 
A successful career at 3 & 4 saw him race from Listed to Group 1 level, winning a further four races, with the Temple Stakes (Group 2) at Sandown being a notable success. Mind Games raced at Group 1 level on nine occasions but never won at this level albeit finishing 4th in the Nunthorpe Stakes (Group 1) at York, beaten by two lengths behind Pivotal. 
 
Berry's star raced once as a five-year-old before being retired to stud.
 
In his career, Mind Games raced 20 times, winning 7 races and won total prize money of over a quarter of a million pounds and an official rating of 112.

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Monday, 8 November 2021

The Highs & Lows Of Terry Ramsden

A story written by Jason Bennetto, originally published in The Independent on Thursday, 7th May 1998, charting the highs and lows of Terry Ramsden. He was the archetypal Thatcherite success story. The son of a postal worker from Romford, Essex, he rose to become one of the country's richest men and most powerful racehorse owners. His millionaire lifestyle, built in the early 1980s on trading in Japanese bonds, included the obligatory executive jet, Rolls-Royces, homes around the world, and the ownership of a football club. His gambling record was the envy of every trackside punter - a regular winner both on the racecourse and at the bookies.

He was a true Eighties self-made man with his cockney vowels and shoulder-length hair. Yet Terry Ramsden, 46, looked anything but a high-flying, city whizz- kid yesterday as he stood in the dock at the Old Bailey. A bankrupt with debts of more than 100m pounds, he was jailed for 21 months for trying to conceal about £300,000 from his creditors.




Ramsden's roller-coaster career began in the City at the age of 16 as an insurance clerk. He quickly realised he could make more money by working for himself and set up his own business, making £25,000 in the first month. 


But the vehicle for Ramsden's career was a company in Edinburgh called Glen International which he bought in 1984, when it had a turnover of £18,000. By 1987, the figure had risen to 3.5billion and Ramsden was said to be the nation's 57th richest man. The venture was based on his knowledge of the specialised and volatile market in Japanese warrants. These were options to buy shares in Japanese companies. He gambled on a rising market and got it right.


After hitting the jackpot, he was quick to adopt a suitably flamboyant and high-flying lifestyle to go with the new-found wealth. Along with his Porsche, Ferraris and Rolls-Royces, he was interested in racehorses - lots of them. At one stage he owned 75.


One of his biggest successes on the racecourse was when his horse Not So Silly won the Ayr Gold Cup in 1987. Small of stature, but invariably accompanied by minder, he was a regular visitor to the winner's enclosure.


"I'm a stockbroker from Enfield. I've got long hair and I like a bet," he once said. He also owned a Georgian mansion on a luxury estate in Blackheath, south- east London, where he could relax in a swimming pool with hologram shark fins beamed on to the water, before flying by helicopter to Walsall Football Club, of which he was both owner and chairman. He lived with his wife, Lisa, and their son, Jake. They also had homes in Scotland, Bermuda and Portugal. 



But in 1986 the market and Ramsden's luck changed. The 1987 crash knocked hundreds of millions of pounds off the value of his securities. He started to run out of cash to keep the huge and complex portfolio of securities afloat and his marriage was on the rocks. Added to this, he was estimated to have lost 58m at the racetrack - there were even stories of him parting with 2m in a single day. Within a year, Glen International crashed, owing 98m, and he moved to the United States.

In September 1991, a warrant for his arrest was issued on fraud charges and he was detained in a jail in Los Angeles until his return to Britain in February 1992. 


The next month, Ramsden was declared bankrupt - with the Inland Revenue demanding 21.5m and other creditors bringing the total debt to near 100m. Ramsden escaped with a two-year suspended sentence in November 1993 after he pleaded guilty to offences of recklessly inducing fresh investment in his empire. 


As a bankrupt, Ramsden was required to disclose all his assets and income but failed to reveal the existence of a hidden trust and concealed his ownership of three million shares in the Silversword Corporation, a Canadian company in which he had a controlling interest. Thousands of pounds was paid from the trust fund to Ramsden's mother, Florence, a former cleaner, which she passed on to her son. He also failed to mention winnings of £77,000 in 1992, from an accumulator bet involving five horses and a dog.


Last year, the Serious Fraud Office announced that Ramsden was to be prosecuted for failing to disclose assets.


At his trial, Ramsden admitted failing to disclose about £300,000. It was also revealed that the fund had also helped pay for a house worth £323,800 for his wife and son.


Jailing Ramsden for 21 months, Judge Peter Beaumont QC also ordered him to pay £10,000 towards prosecution costs. He told Ramsden: "You broke the law and must now be punished." The judge said he would serve at least half the sentence in prison.


Ramsden, of Fulham, south-west London, pleaded guilty to three charges of breaching the Insolvency Act by failing to disclose all his assets. Anthony Arlidge QC, for the defence, said: "He was motivated by a desire to win back his wife and restart his family life. He accepts now that is no longer possible." He added: "He is a man of considerable talent, who for a long time was extremely successful. Rightly or wrongly, he felt his failure was not his fault but due to the misguided views of others."

Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Professional Gamblers: Jack Ramsden

Jack Ramsden quit his job as a stockbroker in 1980 and since then has had 13 consecutive winning years as a professional punter. His successful punting like so many other professional punters is based around speed figures and race times.


He recently stated I cannot stress too strongly the importance of race times. They bind my whole approach together. There are fewer good times recorded over jumps but everyone seems to know about those horses and they are too short to back. 


Even cutting out the endless looking up of form books, I still spend two or three hours every day working out my bets. Jack continues, I'm constantly on the lookout for the 3/1 chance that starts at 8/1. There are 30 or 40 of them a year and they are there to be seen. At those prices, you don't have to be right all the time! His premise is that while a good horse is capable of doing a bad time, no bad horse is capable of doing a good time.


He is unusual in that he has his own bookmaker, Colin Webster. Their relationship is indeed unique, Colin pays Ramsden £5,000 a year for his advice and also has the job of getting his bets on with other bookmakers. Another unusual trait of Jack Ramsden is his liking for the multiple bets. His reasoning is that they are an extension of his policy to go for large prices and he reckons that on 4 occasions he has won over £200,000 on multiple bets.


Another piece of advice from Ramsden is regarding each-way bets. His advice is to ditch them. He states: I analysed my betting a couple of years ago and found that if I had doubled my win stakes instead of having each way bets, I would have been much better off. I think all punters would benefit by cutting out all each-way bets and sticking to singles.





Jack met his wife Lynda Ramsden when she worked at the Epsom yard of John Sutcliffe Snr, where Jack, one of Barry Hills's first owners, had horses. Ramsden was working in the City, but the City wasn't working for him. "I was a pretty useless stockbroker," he admitted. The Couple married in 1977 and then started training racehorses in the Isle of Man. A few years later moving over to England and North Yorkshire where they trained for many years.


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Saturday, 16 October 2021

Ex-Gambler Turns Software Ace

Like all successful businessmen, Yuchun Lee is passionate about his experience of making money. The 42-year-old Taiwanese-American gushes about "big players", "advanced techniques" and "ace tracking".


None of these exotic terms relate to Unica, the software house based in Waltham, Massachusetts, that he founded in 1992.


Mr Lee is reminiscing about gambling tactics and his time with the Amphibians, a gang of top-grade students and graduates from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Amphibians took on casinos and other gambling dens using a disciplined mathematical model of card-counting to lower the odds in their favour.


Today, their exploits form the backdrop for 21, the Hollywood movie starring Kevin Spacey and based on the book Bringing Down The House by Ben Mezrich.


The card-counting technique works only in blackjack, where the player bets against the casino, hoping to be dealt cards that add up to 21.

Covert activity


Mathematically-savvy MIT students, working to strict-allocated rules and acting in rehearsed roles, racked up impressive earnings during Mr Lee's era. Hand signals indicated to the team's designated high-roller when to bet heavily on a table.

These tactics were not illegal, but casinos made every effort to blacklist the team members. The thrill of outwitting casino security appealed to Mr Lee.


"It was like being a spy," he recalls.


The future technology industry executive got an early taste of hard cash when travelling with up to $250,000 of winnings strapped to his body. Mr Lee's card-counting streak ran from 1995 to 2000, before post-9/11 metal detectors could pick up the metal strip in a $100 bill.


The David v Goliath feeling is the same, plus the gusto, the team spirit we felt when we beat the casinos


Yuchun Lee on his software firm


"There were maybe three times a year we got caught with cash at an airport, but we were very organised, we had a lawyer ready to take our call," he says.

He was caught once, and relied on the pre-arranged lawyer to convince the authorities he was not transporting drug-dealing profits.


The sums of money involved were astonishing, even by the standards of the computer industry, where Mr Lee's company employs 500 staff with annual revenues of $100m.

At the opening weekend of a casino in Connecticut, Mr Lee and his team made a killing. Driving back to MIT in Boston, they gathered in a meeting room to pile up gambling chips worth $500,000, all made in just 48 hours.


Mr Lee fizzes with tales of his blackjack adventures. In fact, he is perfectly equipped to play his allocated role among spotters and card-counters wearing disguises to deflect observant casino security staff. Mr Lee played the Crazy Asian Gambler, whose job title within the Amphibians was the Big Player.

The Crazy Asian Gambler was an act that Mr Lee embraced with gusto, convincing the casino staff that here was a man who would abandon all logic in his pursuit of a winning hand.


Rogues' gallery


Team members who were identified were photographed and barred from the casino, which would then share their faces via its security firm with other operators. Mr Lee's five-year streak ended when he was barred from the giant Bellagio casino in Las Vegas.

By this time, he was already running Unica and came home to open his e-mail, where a purchase order for marketing software was awaiting him. The customer was the Bellagio casino.


Unica now has offices in eight countries


How does it compare with running a marketing software company? "There are some parallels. The David v Goliath feeling is the same, plus the gusto, the team spirit we felt when we beat the casinos."

Four of Unica's staff are ex-counters who have been blacklisted by the casinos. What kind of mind does it take to follow all of this fast card action?

Mr Lee produces a laminated card from his wallet. There are tiny numbers covering the credit-card sized item. These represent 10,000 hours of simulated blackjack rules. He maintains that by memorising this card it is possible to lower the odds in a player's favour.


"Anyone can do it."


Mr Lee still carries the card about with him, a tangible reminder of a time when, as a Big Player cherished by casinos, he was showered with extraordinary incentives to keep on gambling. "You would never have experiences such as these anywhere else. I was given a helicopter ride through the Grand Canyon at sunset."


Changing roles


In the film 21, Laurence Fishburne plays a casino security chief fighting for his job, as face-recognition software threatens to render his generation of tough investigators extinct.


Now Mr Lee revels in the potential of sophisticated software. The program he sells helps his clients spot a potential future customer. But just as his card-counting alter ego, the Crazy Asian Gambler, relied on cold mathematical odds, this product works on precision.


He encourages his clients to use data generated by the program with care. "We don't want to spook people by appearing to know too much about them."


And like Laurence Fishburne's security man, Cole, Mr Lee has seen the world change.


Airport security is a serious impediment to shifting the sums needed to raise the stakes on a table and the winnings that can result from diligent team work. And the quicker the money is carried away from one city, the sooner it can be used to bet against a casino in another location.


If hundreds of thousands of dollars cannot be moved through airport scanners, then surely a rota of drivers could be organised to carry the cash to selected points? Mr Lee nods in agreement at this suggestion. He still seems like a man who is very familiar with the milieu of the Big Players.

Friday, 24 September 2021

Tips To Make The Most Out Of Your Online Casino Gaming Routine

Online casino gaming has to be one of the most cherished things in 2020. It is only fair. Take a look around yourself. What do you see except for destruction and fear? 

Everyone is desperately trying to get out of the heap of problems that have been dumped upon us this year. However, things are taking a seemingly long time to get better. 

This little intro should be enough to give you an overview of what this year has been like so far. In times like these, people are finding things to get indulged into to take this mind off of adversities that we are all facing. 

Online casino gaming emerges as a true hero and helps people have some fun and forget about their issues for some time. So, we have to give it the credit it deserves. 

If you haven't yet dipped into the ocean of online casino gaming, we highly recommend you check out CasinAsia. If you are into it already, here are some tips that will help you make the most out of your online casino gaming routine. 

Set aside some time 

The first thing that you put into your online casino gaming routine is your time. Your attention and your money come later on. Those things are valuable, but your time is more critical. So, you must set aside some time to play online casino games. It can be as little as half an hour and as long as four hours. Take as long as you want but make sure that you don't spend all day in front of your mobile or computer screen. It is not suitable for your mind or your body.

Decide the games you want to be playing

A lot of people struggle while deciding the game that they want to play in the online casino. As a result, they waste a lot of time on different games, and they fail to find one that they like. They even lose their money too because they are tempted to bet on games that they don't have much knowledge of. If you don't want that to happen to you, then decide the games that you want to be playing beforehand. You can look up the rules and rewards of each game on the internet. That might help you decide better. 

Pay attention to the instructions 

One of the worst things that can happen to you during your online casino gaming routine is you failing to understand the instructions and losing your money in a game. It hurts more than we can tell. So, before you hit the play button, make sure you have paid enough attention to the instructions of the game. Don't miss on even the smallest bot of information. You might have to pay for it, later on, quite literally. 

Play in the demo mode first 

Imagine reading all the instructions of the game very well and jumping into the game but failing miserably. It sounds quite embarrassing. While failures are nothing to be ashamed of, but in online casinos where you have willingly put your money on stake, failing can take a toll on your bank balance. You just can't afford to lose in an online casino. So you must play in the demo mode first. It will give you a little practice, so when you play with real players, you have the confidence and knowledge to win. 

Don't bet out of budget 

Let's see things for what they are. Online casinos are nothing short of gambling houses. Online casinos are legal in most places because they are a bit more transparent and safe than traditional gambling, but there are still a lot of risks involved. It is all calculated risk, of course. This is because you have direct control over the amount of risk you are taking. Yes, we are talking about betting. Now, if you want to have direct control over this risk, don't bet out of budget. This will save you from becoming a gambling addict and going bankrupt. 

Never play while you are intoxicated

In taking alcohol and drugs while playing at the casino can be something that looks good at the cinema, but in real life, it can devastate you. It is known to everyone that alcohol and drugs stop your mind from thinking ideally. So, why would you want to do that when you are playing with your own money? It can rob you of all your wealth and bring you on the road. Never play while you are intoxicated if you want to have a good time in your online casino gaming routine.  

Keep some snacks and beverages handy 

Good food and fun gaming routines are a match made in heaven. However, you don't want to take a trip to the kitchen several times when you are busy having fun with your online casino games. So, keep some snacks and beverages handy. This will keep your stomach and your heart both very happy. 

Use a bigger screen 

The increasing popularity of smartphones is undeniable. Every other person has a smartphone these days. From making international bank payments to playing online casino games, one can do almost everything on that little screen. However, you don't have to do something a certain way just because you can. What we mean to say is, the joy of gaming is doubled when you use a bigger screen. Simply connect your smart tv to a controller and enjoy your online casino gaming routine. 

 Avoid the gambler's fallacy 

When you win a game, and you are tempted to play another one thinking that the stars are in your favor and that you will win again, it is called gambler's fallacy. It lacks logic and base. It is just an illusion that can turn dangerous. So no matter what you do, avoid the gambler's fallacy. It is not at all good for your bank balance.

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Tuesday, 21 September 2021

The Concept of Value Betting

It is one of the oldest arguments in betting: are you better off looking for value or looking for winners?


To me, it is a no-brainer. Value is king. I am amazed anyone considers it a matter of debate, yet many do. Their thinking goes like this: what is the point of backing something because you think it is a big price if it has little or no chance of winning?

They will hold up as an example a football team that is playing away to the opposition that is generally accepted to be superior. Fulham against Manchester United at Old Trafford, for example. Fulham may be 12-1 but if you dare suggest that is too big a price, you are liable to be shot down in flames by those who believe that because the Cottagers are such big outsiders there is no point even contemplating whether or not they actually represent a value wager.

There is no point backing a string of big-value losers, they will reason. Refrain from getting embroiled in a debate with people who think this way. They are irrational and cannot possibly be winning punters in the long run. In betting, and in football, in particular, the value lies more often than not in the bigger-priced contenders. This is largely because of the average punter's fixation with the very shortest prices on the weekend football coupon.

Bookmakers can usually tell whether they will have a winning weekend simply by looking at the results of the top teams in the English Premiership and Scottish Premier League.

In the autumn of 2003, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Celtic and Rangers all won on the same weekend eight times out of 11.

This caused a drop in bookmakers' profits as punters landed some significant accumulators. By the start of December, a blind £10 weekly five-timer on the quintet was showing a profit of £310. With their profits being dented, the layers reacted by strangling the match odds of the five teams that were hurting them.

Predictably, it did not prevent punters steaming into the so-called Big Five, even when they stopped winning so regularly. And with the hotpots shortening, their opponents were offered at even longer odds, leading to some decent paydays for those punters who took the rational view that the value lay with the long-shots.

The bottom line is that everything becomes good value if the price is right. You may head out of the house one day armed with £20,000 with the intention of buying a Mercedes. On the way to the showroom, you pass the Toyota dealership where the comparable car in their range is on offer at £14,000.

Your heart was set on the Merc but here is a car every bit as good for £6,000 less. You don't know why it is being offered so cheaply, but it is. You buy it and, whether you bank the six grand or use it to take the family to the Caribbean, you have made a value investment. So it is with betting. You intended to back Manchester United, but when you saw the prices and realised Fulham were so big, you backed them.

Many punters would, quite rightly, not dream of having a bet without searching for the best possible value, yet there are plenty who have no grasp of the concept of price-sensitivity and just back their fancies with the same bookmaker, be it on the phone, the net, or, more commonly, in the shop (internet punters tend to be more sophisticated and more aware of the basic premise that if you take the trouble to root out the best possible price you have a far greater chance of being successful over a long period).

Monday, 20 September 2021

Becoming a Professional Gambler

I found this article on
Slipperytoad website, originally published by Punt.Com blog, and it makes fascinating if not a little pessimistic reading.

Forums, blogs, bookies and betting websites are full of people dreaming of becoming professional gamblers. Being your own boss, working when you feel like it, making loads of money and watching sports for a living is certainly appealing to most people. Let this post (and the rest of this blog) be a reality check.


I see a lot of people giving up jobs to do this after a short time trading. They think it’s easy and straight forward, they think it will last forever… They haven’t thought it through.



I’ve been a professional gambler now for over 3 1/2 years. Before that, I gambled for 2 years before I took the decision to do it. It was the biggest decision of my life, certainly not one I took lightly. Giving up a guaranteed income and job prospects to gamble with my own money was extremely risky, to say the least.

When you give up your job, you’re not only going to be risking your money gambling but your entire future job prospects. Let me tell you, gamblers are not viewed in the same way as someone who works in a normal job. Compare the reaction you get when you tell someone you are a gambler to when you tell them you work in a bank. Even if you compare it to being a “day trader”, the reaction is a mixture of contempt, fascination and disbelief.


Most people will flatly not believe you. Gamblers are the vagrants of society. The losers that hang around bookies, wasting their family income on an addiction. No one believes it is possible to win, and if you have – it’s just luck. Like it or not, this is how you will be viewed. Some will feel sorry for you, others will not give you the time of day. You are going to be one of society’s outsiders.


Family relationships can be strained and tested. It takes a lot of understanding from family and friends and this can weigh on your mind whilst you are gambling. Stable family life is important, it spills over into your work – few jobs are affected as much by this. You need stability and space to work well. And vice versa, a bad day at the office should not affect the way you treat those closest to you, can you really say that you won’t be in a terrible mood when you lose £xxxxx on some tennis player that gave up?


Your financial future is now uncertain. You are no longer contributing to society, you are not paying tax – an advantage to the gambler sure, but it doesn’t improve your self-esteem and further enhances the feeling of being an outsider.


Try to borrow money from the bank? It’s easier said than done. This is why you need to try to secure your future financially as far in advance as you can before you make it your sole income


What about future job prospects? If you need to work again, do you really think future employers are going to be happy with you spending a year or two gambling for a living when they read your cv?


How much have you won before you turn pro? It’s hardly ever enough. You need to make many times your current income before you do it. Make sure you have savings that are stashed away, preferably making you a reasonable amount of interest. I might have turned professional a year before I did, but I had to make sure I was safe financially before I did so. Not only for my livelihood but so that I could work confidently and without pressure. You cannot perform in this game if you are too worried about losing your hard earned cash. Pressure on your profit and loss is deadly.


What about when you do take the plunge, your day to day life is going to change dramatically in ways you may not have imagined. Interaction with other people becomes scarce. You will be spending long periods of time alone, clicking away staring at a screen all day. The temptation to live up to the stereotype is obvious. Why bother making an effort when you can get up, do some work and go back to bed again.. Discipline. Working alone throws up serious challenges. Your health and fitness can suffer drastically. The way you interact with other people can take a tumble. Prepare for this in advance.


It’s not all excitement and glamour. It can be downright boring doing the same things day in day out. Boredom for some gamblers can be their most dangerous adversary. You can end up working on things you don’t need to be. Betting too much and over trading for the sake of it.


Gambling certainly doesn’t owe you a living. A normal job pays you for turning up, no one’s going to do that here – they are going to try to take money off you for turning up. It’s you against a world of other people, all of whom have opinions, some of them most definitely better informed than you. Just how professional are you when it comes to the crunch, are you certain you are at the top of the tree? How consistent is your performance going to be to combat everyone else and stay ahead of the game. There are some brilliant brains out there trying to beat you at every turn – be wise to the available strategies and the people you are up against and give them respect – it’s your money and therefore livelihood they are after.


There are very few real professional gamblers, the reasons above outline why. It’s incredibly tough to do. You are going to be tested mentally every day and you will need to guard against developing bad psychological habits. There are reasons why gambling can cause problems for most people. There is a fine line between problem gambling, pathological gambling and professional gambling. Many professionals develop problems, be aware of the risks. Here’s a site about different types of gamblers. It suggests there are fewer than 50 gamblers in the US that make over $100,000 a year. With all the negative problems you can face as a professional gambler, you better make sure you are being compensated. Ask yourself what a fair amount is for enduring these problems if you aren’t already making that then is it really worthwhile.


Think about your life situation and your family life. You are risking your money and theirs. I was fortunate when I began that I was young, single and in a job that didn’t pay that much and I was able to spend as much time as I liked pursuing it, without overheads and relationship damaging consequences. It’s extraordinary time consuming, to begin with, especially as you are going to have to work hard to increase from little to a sum of money suitable to work from. Don’t underestimate the time this takes, and the time you will be spending away from family chasing something that might not even work out.


I know this post is quite pessimistic. I think it’s supposed to be. I’ve heard it said before that professional gamblers are pessimists, I’m not sure I agree completely, but in this post, I certainly think it’s a good idea to be. No matter how much you think you are ready, wait a while longer. Wait until you are sure you aren’t just lucky, then wait some more… Know why you aren’t plain lucky, and be big enough to admit defeat if you have been.

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Thursday, 9 September 2021

The Growing Popularity Of The Casino Applications

We live in a fully digitalized world today where gadgets and games are entirely dependent on the latest technology in the market. The online casino games are an example that everything can be digitized. The birth of the smartphone era has fueled the evolution of betting websites and casino games. The betting industry has come a long way from holding physical sports and events to introducing various casino applications online. The growing popularity of the casino industry is highly appreciated for the number of efforts all the companies have put it. 

Reliability and authenticity 

The app developers of online casino games have revolutionized the industry by making highly authentic websites like https://www.mystino.com/ja/. In the early times, physical sports were played in such a manner that they lacked reliability and authenticity. Players and betters used to think that if they get involved in the netting games, they would lose a massive amount of money. 

But with these online gaming applications, you can be stress-free about losing money from false representations. Since casino gaming companies hold their operations legally, it increases the reliability amongst the users and players. 

Diversity in applications

One of the significant reasons for the rapid growth of casino applications is diversity. Customers have various numbers of applications of casino games to choose from. With smartphones and laptops, you can play all these games in the comfort of your homes. The application used the same operating system to multiply different betting games for users. 

Since the demands of players are rising, the companies have to focus more on providing diverse and attractive gaming applications to fulfill the need. Same application of casino games online can be used on different devices. 

Elimination of cyber risk

The applications are safe to use. Since the betting games have switched to online mode, their modus operandi has also changed. Playing online betting games from applications involves a lot of risks, but the application developers of several app companies make sure there is no scope for cybercrimes. 

Online gambling is conducted in a safe environment where players can bet freely without worrying. These betting and gambling companies have the license and legal permissions to create such games so you cannot end up in trouble for playing wager games. It is legitimate and can be used safely by users to win prizes and jackpots. 

Get bonuses and promotions 

To become famous among the players, the applications have adopted the technique of marketing efficiently. Most of the applications operated by new companies in the betting industry provide bonuses, rewards, and promotions to the players. These can be used in multiple ways. Mostly the application provides such offers when a player installs or uses the application of the casino game initially. You can even get other rewards if you get lucky. 

These bonuses have created wide popularity of online casino games amongst the youngsters. Even though casino applications have become famous, they still have a high scope to grow and flourish.

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Online Casino Vs Brick-And-Mortar

Choices choices.

If you go back twenty or thirty years, the only way you would be able to play roulette, blackjack, three-card poker, craps or slots would be going down the road, more likely city, and knocking on the door of the local establishment. 

I'm talking about brick-and-mortar casinos. Even our little town of March in Cambridgeshire had a casino back in the day. 

From the stories I had been told by my Dad and Uncle Keith, they had a great time losing all their money. My uncle said he would get paid on a Friday and lose his shirt over the weekend before putting in a good week of hard graft to return again and again and again...

I'm sure some of the regulars must have breathed a sigh of relief when stiffer gambling controls were brought in and it closed. 

I would have loved to have seen the place still open today. 

However, that doesn't mean we still can't enjoy the glitz and glamour of a traditional casino. The Grosvenor at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, is a beautiful gem of a place in what could be viewed as a cheap and tacky tourist haunt. I know those words sound a bit harsh, but I love this seaside resort and have many memories of childhood holidays at Caister-on-sea. In fact, it is the reason why we always make our merry pilgrimage every September to the Eastern Festival at Great Yarmouth's racecourse to say a loving hello and sad farewell to all those family and friends who are no longer with us. 

I look to the crowded stands and know, somewhere, you stand tall cheering your winner home. (I miss you, Dad).

There is a lot to be said for going to a brick-and-mortar casino. You can choose from many and varied locations across the country. Many are in listed buildings and even those that do not have a touch of class and opulence about the setting. There is something very James Bond about going to a casino especially taking your better half. I know a lot of times I have been to Yarmouth on a jolly boys outing with my brothers and cousins and had a great time. 

Brick-and-mortar casinos have a real atmosphere of anticipation and a crowd that for the most part is out for a good time. The buzz of people winning a few quid and the look of those who have lost too much and wish they hadn't bothered to go out at all. I would suggest to most to go to a casino if you bet small stakes because the food is cheap, customer service is excellent and you are likely to get plenty of free offers to entice you through the door. The difference is that you know you won't be spending a lot of cash (or losing it) while they are very interested in thinking you might just pay the bill for the staff. It works out nicely when you play the game by not playing the game.  

I've had many an enjoyable night at the casino and look forward to getting back soon.

The advantage of playing online is pretty straight forward. You don't need to go out of your home, travel a distance, or pay for a hotel for the night. You don't get the atmosphere of the casino but sometimes you don't want someone half laying on top of you as they place a bet on the roulette table. When travel, hotel, cost of food and drinks can easily set you back a couple of hundreds you feel you are on a winner by booting up your laptop and getting down to the instant casino play without any hassle or protocol. 

There are endless casinos online and the reason why it pays to check out the best deals, free bets and offers that are available. 

In truth, there is no right or wrong just a matter of how you feel on the night. Sometimes getting all dressed up for a night out in the city and playing in a brick-and-mortar casino until late into the evening is just perfect. While other times you just want to sit in bed, a big bacon butty by your side, a beer and fire up the laptop and play online until you fall to sleep winning or losing but safe and sound at home. 

Be lucky.