Sportingbet settles

Posted by betlover on Oct 4, 2010 in online gambling

In 2006 the online gambling world was shocked when a last minute change to the SAFE port act introduced the UIGEA which would make the transfer of funds to online gambling sites illegal.

Sports betting, casino, horse-racing, poker, and many forms of online gambling would be shut up because of the UIGEA. Any company that offered their services to American players got themselves into legal troubles in America. Sportingbet a sports betting site was one of the companies which found themselves in a big legal mess.

In 2006 following the UIGEA the sports betting site Sportingbet’s CEO was apprehended in New York. The arrest was a sign that Sportingbet got themselves into legal troubles in America because of the new bill for offering sports betting online to American players and accepting their funds transfers. Recently the sports betting company reached a settlement with the Department of Justice to the tune of 33,000,000 dollars. The sports betting companies’ settlement could help pave the way for others to attain a clean slate in America.

The sports betting company Sportingbet isn’t the only company working on clearing their name in America. Last year Party Gaming reached a much larger settlement which helped clear their name and wipe away all of their legal problems in the United States.

Sportingbet and Party Gaming aren’t the only companies in legal trouble within the United States. If sports betting, poker, and other gambling sites attempt to clear their names in America, there might be hope for those Americans who are waiting for a change with the UIGEA. One day Americans might be able to return to their favorite online sports betting and gambling sites.

This is a step in the right direction for the unclear legal landscape with respect to online gambling, let’s hope more will follow.

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calling stations

Posted by betlover on Jul 11, 2010 in online poker

A calling station is a weak player and a losing player. Important to always remember that when you are in doubt when faced with their calls.

They are indeed so-called passive players. Because they always call, but never bet or raise. Calling stations can be tough to play for new players and you will routinely here them complain that they never fold, that it is impossible to beat someone who never folds when bet into. On the contrary calling stations are some of easiest players to defeat when playing online poker. If you have difficulties, the recipe for success is extremely simple, never attempt a bluff against them.

In particular never try a double or triple barrel bluff with a calling station. Some of these players may fold frequently enough versus continuation bets. If they have some poker savvy they fold to a c-bet on a dry board, and you should run your c-bets almost normally against them. However,if they call, know that if you attempt a multi street bluff there is not a chance that they let their cards go. They may call all the way to the river with only bottom pair and still beat you.

On the other hand, the advantage of playing a calling station is that you can make thin value bets as they will often call such bets with a weak pair. So do not hesitate to make a value bet if you have top pair for 3 streets or even less

My recommended strategy to take money from these calling stations is to value bet systematically, almost never bluff, immediately fold when they display strong by betting, in particular in the unlikely event that they raise you, never ever slow play a calling station, but on the contrary 3-bet with the goods.

Hope this helps and good luck at the tables.

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Online gambling tips

Posted by betlover on Mar 21, 2010 in online gambling


For U.S. customers, we do not recommend trying to use your credit cards or debit cards to fund opening a casino account. Most U.S. based credit cards issuers (banks) will not accept these transactions from online casinos. This is primarily because most casinos reside outside of the bank’s jurisdiction and online credit card transactions from casinos are considered high risk.

This is actually for your protection and it is a very normal & legitimate practice for banks with some online activity. Do not be discouraged by this and realize that there are many other very safe & reliable (and better) means to fund your opening an account.

You can fund directly from a checking account, bank wires, or through various other convenient methods such as NETeller, Firepay, Citadel, or other respected deposit entities. Most reputable online casinos provide you with several options within their ‘banking’ module and provide extra bonuses for using these options as well. These alternative methods are highly recommended, safe, secure and reliable.


Carefully read the casino terms and conditions before accepting the deposit bonuses. This is usually found in the ‘Promotions’ area within the casino websites. Most casinos require considerable ‘play through’ amounts of the total deposit plus the bonus amount.

For example, if you deposit $100 and receive a $100 bonus ($200 total), you will sometimes have to wager up to 20 times the total amount (i.e. $4000 in total playing) before you can consider cashing out. This is a very common practice for casinos to keep you playing longer and is perfectly legitimate. Keep in mind though that you have the right at any time to refuse the deposit ‘bonus’ and just play with your deposit with no limitations on cashing out. You just have to notify the casino before playing with any amounts.

The Fine Print

Each casino or online poker room has their own specific ‘terms and conditions’ regarding all of your play, deposits, bonuses, and cash out procedures.

Make sure to carefully read these terms and conditions before depositing any money. All of the casinos we will present on this website are legitimate, safe, secure and well established organizations. However, look for any limitations on cashing out or usage of your bonus money. Do your research and thoroughly read through the casino site operation as a whole. Look for trusted names at the bottom of their site and any supported organizations that assist in maintaining the integrity of online fair gaming practices.

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Enjoying online casinos

Posted by betlover on Jan 11, 2010 in online gambling

This blog is about online games where you can potentially earn some good cash.

In the world of online gaming, the type of games where the most money can be earned are
gambling games. This is where the big money is. There is also some money in non-money games
such as purely video games like StarCraft or Age of Empires, but it pales in comparison to what
can be made from games of chance.

Within so-called games of chance, there is a mix between skill and luck and each game will
depend on the ratio luck/skill. For example backgammon is a game of dice where chance plays a
role as the outcome depends on how the dice roll, but skills are very important. Any skilled player
will dominate a beginner. At the other end of the spectrum, roulette is purely based on luck as
there is absolutely no skill involved.

Clearly if you want to make money in some of these online games, you are going to have to pick
the games based on skill. For all games based only on luck such as roulette, bingo, craps, the slot
machines and keno, it is the house that always makes a profit and it is almost impossible to be
profitable at these games.

In the realm of online gambling games with an element of skill involved, there is backgammon,
poker and blackjack.

In blackjack card counting is impossible online because online casinos reshuffle their decks
after each hand. It is known that using basic or advanced strategy, the online casino maintains a
small house edge against a player who plays perfectly. This edge is tiny around 0.50% but large
enough to guarantee that it is impossible to be profitable at online blackjack in the long run. The way
to make profits though is in online blackjack tournaments. As in such events you can win prizes
if you play better than the other players, not better than the dealer.

Finally poker is the king of skilled games in gambling. Skill plays a tremendous role in your online poker profit.
The game is starting to consolidate a bit so it is not as easy to make a consistent profit at online
poker, but still possible. You need to study the game in great depth and practice a lot. The best
players can make a 6 figures annual income. Reaching 7 figures is very rare but possible. There are
hundreds if not thousands of players making 5 figures. But you have to play long hours to make good
money from online poker. Not a problem if you like online games.

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Texas Holdem

Posted by betlover on Nov 25, 2009 in online poker

Online poker has many advantages for most players, including my sister. She was already a good gin rummy player, but after she started to play Texas Holdem poker online, that was it. Now she does not play anything other that poker on the Web. But she has a lot of free time,
so why not?

You will find in this post the main points that make online poker so interesting, such as easy money and large bonuses. And first of all a lot of online entertainment.

First, like many of you know, one of the best skills but also the most difficult is to read your opponents by their physical actions. Most good players you will find in casinos have developed this skill to the extreme to have a big advantage. However, at a poker room online, you cannot see your opponents.

Whatever you do while playing your hands your opponents cannot see, so the first advantage in online poker (which may also be a drawback) is that many players playing based on poker tells (physical signs giving clues on their hands) cannot see you. This somehow evens the field versus these more experienced players.

Then poker online is simply convenient. You can find a Texas Hold’em table 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No need to take the car to the casino. No travel or hotel cost; you can invest all your money directly into your poker bankroll as you play from your home quietly.

Online poker is also more generous with the beginners. Why? Because the majority of players at a poker room online are beginners too, and they may just want to try their hand at poker after seeing a poker table on the television. Hence online poker rooms such as Full Tilt Poker offer very generous incentives for new players to join, such as sign up bonus and freeroll entries.

Another very important point for winning players, there’s a lot of money in online poker. The fact that there are so many novice players at online poker rooms gives a considerable advantage to good holdem players who take the time to consider the situation before putting their chips in the middle of the table. The industry of online poker is the fastest growing business segment on the Internet, full of opportunities.

If you learn the game of texas hold’em poker properly without a rush, there is no reason that you cannot become a winning player like us. There are many people who have demonstrated that.

Finally, another important point, there’s always a lot of promotions available. Many poker rooms offer online signup bonus of 100% or more, why not taking these freebies?

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A good poker session

Posted by betlover on Jul 21, 2009 in online poker

Today was an up and down day.

I started up $138 thanks primarily to two hands. The first I had pocket JJ and got a set on the turn. I won a $61 pot on that hand.
The second I had pocket fives, flopped a set and got a full house on the river to win a $79 pot.

I figured my good luck couldn’t last and I was right. I then lost about $80 of my profit primarily because I couldn’t make a straight or flush draw. I had two flush draws and 3 straight draws and couldn’t make one of them.

Then my luck changed for the better. I got pocket AA twice and won both hands. I finally made a straight draw on one hand and a flush draw on another and won both hands. Then I got trip aces on the river and won another hand. I made it back up to having a profit of $132, and decided to quit.

But after one hour I came back. I started on the upswing when I flopped a straight which won, and my pocket AA held up to win a $45.60 pot. Then my luck changed and I was down as much as $52. I had pocket KK against two opponents who both had aces and of course an ace flopped and I quickly folded after I bet and was reraised on the flop. Then I had two straight draws which missed.

Finally, my luck turned around (again) and I got into the positive though it was only two dollars and I decided to quit for the day. My comeback was because I made two straights on the river and won, the last time was a $63.00 pot (profit $39). I also won an improbable hand of 7 3 in the big blind on which I flopped a pair of sevens which held up to win at showdown.

Sets flopped were 2 for 17, slightly below average. The first set that I flopped, I won a $60 pot when I flopped a set of jacks and beat a set of twos. The second set I flopped I won a $64 pot. I had pocket 88 and the flop was 866. I flopped a full house and won
the hand.

This is online poker, you need a strong stomach to swallow all the swings.

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My new gambling blog

Posted by betlover on May 16, 2009 in online poker

Welcome to my new blog about online gambling and online poker.

I would like to fill everyone up on the details of whats this blog is going to have as content. If you play mid stakes on PokerStars, you will have noticed I have been around for a few weeks, the reason for this is I have basically forced myself to learn playing poker better.

I’m pretty sure this is a good thing, but I really do need a break. For the past 3 years I don’t think I have taken more than 2 weeks off but now playing poker is like if I were on vacation. I regularly play for 6-7 days a week since the start of the Summer. This takes its toll and for the first time ever I’m actually really happy to be taking a break.

July was a good month poker wise, I made like $120. August sucked a lot more, I think I ended up about +$15. I spent the best part of a week at a live event where I donked out the tournament and got pretty much all my buyin back playing cash. September has started pretty badly before I quit, I think I was about -$20 overall.

As far as the future for me playing poker, I’m not really sure how much I will be playing. I’m really pumped to do a few things with this blog and have a whole brand new website planned. Hopefully the plan is to spend a few months working on my Internet properties and start generating some kind of income from that.

If for some reason I give it my whole attention and after say 3 or 4 months I’m not making money and can’t see myself progressing, I will be starting back up with poker and going back to the grind. The situation with my poker game is weird, I feel like right now I am very good at 6-max cash games when I am on my A game, the same goes for heads-up. However, for various reasons mostly running bad, I have had trouble getting into the zone and putting in consistent sessions playing a very high quality.

I think if I come back I will be getting a couple of different coaches, one for my mental game and another for my poker game. So if anyone has any coaches to recommend to me in the range of $300+ an hour, feel free to shoot to post a comment on this blog.

For the mean time I will be on a poker detox, and it will probably benefit you, dear visitor, as I will have a whole lot more time to work on this blog. My new site is going to basically be an online poker guide focused at new players with the idea of taking someone with no poker knowledge at all to becoming a winning micro stakes and micro stakes poker player. I definitely think I have some kind of value to add and can make a unique site that will be one of the most comprehensive and free resources on the net.

Thank you for reading and Be the Luck with you.

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