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How to Choose the Perfect Online Sportsbook?

May 9th, 2011 Comments off

There are tons of sports betting sites on the internet these days.  What started off as a street shop enterprise has turned the UK gambling industry into an online phenomenon.

And while online operators and sports betting sites such as Betfair, Bet365 and Paddy Power have became increasingly successful (William Hill reported double profits for its online operations compared to offline in 2009), even mobile betting is beginning to take over the internet.

The first online sports betting sites started in around 2000.  William Hill launched their online operators in 2003 while Betfair similarly went online in 2006 offering the world’s biggest sports betting exchange.

Factors to Consider when Choosing a Sports Betting Site

First of all, the name, reputation and history of the brand are extremely important in my opinion.  If you’re going to open an account, deposit and wager money online than you need to know that your funds are safe and secure.  Companies such as Bet365, William Hill and Betfair has a 10+ year reputation operating in the UK and regular feature ads and promotions on TV.  These companies employ thousands of workers, service millions of clients across the world, and are fully licensed by the respective authorities where they are based (e.g. Government of Malta).

The next most important issue depends on whether you’re betting on a game as a one-off or if you’re a seasoned sports betting fan.  The reason I say this is because if you’re simply signing up to bet on a one-off event such as the World Cup or the Grand National than you might be better off finding the biggest deposit bonus for new players.  At Betfair for example, you’ll receive a £25 Free Bet as a new player which allows you to make a free bets without having to risk any money when you sign up.

If you play on betting for a long time on a range of different sports matches each week than new player bonuses won’t be that important to you.  Instead you should check what type of player rewards, re-load bonuses and weekly promotions/competitions the sports betting site offers.  All of these things will be much more important to you in the long run and will ensure you are happier betting online here.

The software, betting features and markets offered by the site are another thing that helps to compare sites.  For example, how easy is it to find the latest sports odds for a particular game, access the live betting section or make a deposit in the cashier.  All of these things should be simple to do.  You might even want to check to see if the site offers cross-over bingo, poker and casino games (virtually all major UK operators do).

Finally, betting features and mobile technology are all becoming really important in 2011 and onwards.  The release of the iPhone and Android smart phone devices has meant that mobile sports betting is far more functional, user-friendly and exciting than ever before.  You can now place bets at Betfair across all of their markets on the iPhone, including making deposits/withdrawals away from your computer and browsing the latest odds and football scores.  If you plan on betting on your mobile than choosing an online sportsbook which offers these sorts of facilities (including an exclusive mobile bonus) is very important.

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Online Craps Rules

September 12th, 2010 Comments off

Casino Game Craps

You’ll find a number of different games and tables at the casino.  One of the most popular casino games around the world is Craps.  The Craps tables are normally swarming with players and women screaming in excitement as the dice get thrown.  Hence, why wouldn’t you want to find out more about this game?

Casino Craps has a very simple spine yet can be a turn off to first-time players because of the strangeness of the Craps table.  It can look extremely awkward to first time users – with lots of different segments, dotted-lined boxes and areas to place your chips.  Boxes such as the Come, Pass Line/Don’t Pass, Field Bets etc all make it appear difficult to understand, and gazing at it for the first time isn’t exactly straight forward.  What’s more, the chaos of chips being thrown, the number of dealer surrounding the table (including stickmen, 2x base dealers and a pit boss) and the massive variety of betting  options doesn’t make the game easy for new players.  A great way of learning the rules of the game that I’ve found is by playing online craps.

The truth is, Craps is a very simple game to learn.  It revolves around wagering on the roll of the dice, which are always thrown by the “shooter”. Players take it in turns to be the shooter in clockwise manner, you of course skip if wanted.

 To begin the game, the shooter must place a Pass Line or Don’t Pass bet and wager his money on the first roll.  The first roll is also called the Come Out roll, as it establishes the Point number which all the other players can cover or lay bets against.  If the first roll is a 7 or 11, players who made a Pass Line bet will straight away receive double their money back.  If a 2, 3 or 12 is roller (Craps) then the Pass Line bet loses its money.  (In contrast, if you make a Don’t Pass bet by placing chips in the Don’t Pass Line section of the board, then you win 2:1 if Craps is rolled and lose your money to a 7 or 11).

If a 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 is rolled then it establishes the Point Number.  Players with a Pass Line bet will win 2:1 on their money if the Point number is rolled again before the next 7.  If a 7 is rolled first, then the round ends and Pass Line bets lose their money (known as seven-out).  In contrary, players who made a Don’t Pass bet will be betting on a 7 being rolled before the Point number.

Understood everything so far?  Right, well this is where the game gets kind of tricky…If you’ve seen any Craps table, you’ll have seen all the different boxes with numbers on.  It can look very confusing and obfuscated, but each of these areas represents a type of bet you can make.  In Craps, there are a number of bets you can make which each have different odds.  For example, you can make Field Bets, which involves betting on the next roll of the dice; Come/Don’t Come Bets, which is when you bet on a 7 being rolled again before the last number rolled, Single-Roll Bets (e.g.  betting on 2 or 6), Hard Way Bets (2,2; 4,4; 6,6 etc) or Pass Odds bets (these let you cover certain numbers being rolled at true odds so long as you have made a Pass Line/Don’t Pass bet.  Casinos normally limit these 5x your pass line bet).

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