Advantages and Disadvantages of Mobile Casino Gambling

Mobile casinos are ideal for people who love playing casino games but do not have time to make it down to a real casino due to their busy lifestyles. However, as with any new gaming technology there will be advantages and disadvantages. Below are some of the positive and negative aspects of mobile casino gambling.

Firstly, the main advantage about a mobile casino is that you do not have to travel anywhere to get to it. The casino can travel with you inside your pocket or bag so you don’t have to worry about physically making your way down to a land based casino. You can play a game of mobile poker or roulette anytime of day or night you want to and whenever you feel the urge.

The size of the casino is reduced to that of mobile phone screen which can conveniently fit into your pocket. This is far better than having to lug a bulky laptop and it’s accessories around with you just in case you want to play a bit of blackjack.

On the flip side some people may take a bit of time to adapt to the small screens on mobiles phones. They might find it difficult to view the casino games in a very much smaller format than they would if they were in normal online casino. They are also limited to using the mobile phone keypad as the control keys which is a lot smaller in comparison to a computer keyboard. In an online casino they can view the games on a larger monitor and can easily make movements using the mouse. However, these days mobile phone manufacturers are building phones with gaming in mind so they come equipped with larger, clearer screens and more user friendly controls.

When changing from a land based casino to mobile casino you may be tempted to wager a greater amount as the money cannot be seen on the virtual betting tables. This can be a danger as you could end up spending more money than you would in actual casinos since there are no physical chips seen anywhere. Physical chips in live casinos take a person away from thinking they are using real money however, with virtual chips it can feel as if no money is involved at all which can be risky.

Learn Casino Craps – What Are the Pieces of a Craps Table?

If you’ve ever walked through a casino, you’ve probably seen a craps table, but have you ever wondered what a craps table actually is?  What does it comprise, what are its components?

The biggest and most obvious part of the table is the bed.  Casino craps tables are generally available in 8-foot, 10-foot, or 12-foot lengths.  Along the top edge of the bed is a continuous Padded Rail on which the players can lean.  Standing at a craps table for long periods of time can become tiresome for the player, so the padded rail allows the players to rest or change body positions to ease the stress.  After all, the casino doesn’t want players to walk away simply because their feet and knees hurt.  Obviously, the casino wants players at the table as long as possible.

Adjacent to the padded rail is the wooden Chip Rack, which is usually two-racks deep with dividers about every 12-to-16 inches.  The dividers separate the chip rack into individual sections for the players.

Along the outer perimeter is a little shelf called a Drink Rail.  As the name implies, this is where players place their drinks.  Drink glasses and bottles are not allowed on the Padded Rail because of the risk of spillage onto the layout.  Not only do spills make a big mess on the layout (which the casino has to pay to get cleaned), spills delay the game which digs into the casino’s profits.  Cigarette ashtrays are also placed on the Drink Rail.

Inside the bed is the Table Layout with all the numbers and boxes onto which the players’ chips are placed.  The felt can be any color depending on the casino’s specifications.  Common colors are green, blue, and sometimes red.  Special designs and patterns can be incorporated into the layout to match the casino’s theme.  The area on the outer edge of the layout is called the Apron.

Rubber material lines the inside wall of the bed and is called Rail Rubber.  Below the rail rubber on each inside end of the table is a 6-to-8-inch wide piece of Pyramid Rubber.  This is the part of the table with all the little pyramids or spikes that are specially designed to randomly deflect the dice.  Casinos have a rule that a player must “hit the back wall” when tossing the dice.  This rule ensures the dice hit the pyramid rubber, thereby, preventing anyone from controlling the outcome of a dice roll.  Regardless of what you hear, read, or see at a live craps table, no one (NO ONE!) can consistently control the outcome of a craps roll when the dice hit the pyramid rubber.  They just can’t.  (Please read my other articles about the silly notion of “dice control” or “dice setting.”)

On the inner side of the bed across from the dealers and boxman is a mirror about 8 inches wide that runs the length of the table.  The mirror allows the dealers and boxman to see the palm side of the player’s tossing hand.  The boxman can easily see if a player is cheating by “palming” the dice, trying to introduce a crooked pair into the game.

Cut into the table layout in front of the boxman is a Money Slot for the Money Drop Box.  The money slot is about 3/8-inch wide and about 3 inches long, which is just the right size for pushing bills down into the drop box.  The boxman uses a Paddle to push the money through the slot into the money box that’s attached to the underside of the bed.  (That’s where the term “boxman” came from.)

The stickman controls a small bowl that rests on the tabletop against the wall directly in front of the stickman.  This Dice Bowl (or Dice Boat) simply holds the extra dice that are not in play.  When a new game starts, the stickman dumps the unused dice onto the table and uses his stick (or whip) to push them all (usually 6 or 8) to the next shooter.  The shooter then selects two that she thinks are lucky, and then the stickman pulls the remaining dice back and puts them in bowl.  The bowl is usually made of clear acrylic or wood.

Also considered part of a craps table are the Puck and Buttons.  The ON/OFF puck (white for the ON side, black for the OFF side) is used simply to indicate whether a new game is in progress.  If a new game is about to start, the puck is turned to the OFF side.  If a game is in progress, the puck is turned on its ON side and placed in the appropriate number box on the layout to indicate the “point” for the current game.  Small buttons about the size of a quarter are used to indicate whether a player’s bets are off or on, or whether a certain type of bet is a “buy” or “lay.”  Each button has one word engraved in it, either OFF, ON, BUY, or LAY.  Buttons help the dealer, boxman, and the eye-in-the-sky keep track of players’ bets.

Now you know all the components of a craps table!  The more you know, the more confident you’ll be when you walk up to a table.  The more confident you are, the less likely the dealers will steer you down the wrong path by enticing you to make bets with high house advantages.

Online Casino Poker Gambling – How To Win The Most By Creating An Image

This article is all about online casino poker gambling and how to create the best image for your player.

When you are sitting at a table, your poker image means everything. In no limit Texas Hold’em especially, if you appear weak to your opponents, they are going to bulldoze over you all day. This is why it is important to create an image at the table and use it to your advantage.

Images at the table can be broken down into three basic categories. There is going to be the group of players that everyone can obviously tell that these guys are new to the game and are just absolutely terrible. Sometimes you can find a player that will pretend like he is not very experienced but he indeed has been playing for many years. These players are referred to as sharks.

The second image that is used is calling a player loose. This means that they player is getting into a lot of pots even if he does not have the cards to support it. He is there to gamble and is feeling lucky. Loose players are the easiest to take chips from but if you are not careful, you can try to catch them at the wrong time and they will be sitting with the nuts and your stack will be shifting their way.

The last image is being labeled a tight player. These players sit at the table patiently and wait for premium hands to get involved in pots. There cards are not often showed down and when they are, the chips will typically be headed their way.

Being a tight player at the table is the best image to have at the table because no only are you going to be making sure that you are involved in pots where you have good cards, but your opponents are going to assume that you also have a good hand when you are in as well. Say for example you have AK and make a strong raise before the flop. You might get one maybe even two players to call but not many more since they know that you have been playing tight all day. When the flop comes out and you blank it entirely, you can use your tight image to your favor and fire out bets knowing that you don’t have anything, but the other players respecting your tight play will fold their hands believing that you have a made hand.

Caribbean Stud Poker: Walk Into Any Casino Worldwide or Online, and You’re at a Table

Caribbean Stud Poker is a very popular table game that has been seeing a lot of casino action for more than 30 years. It is found in nearly every casino that offers table play, and also online. If you know poker hand rankings, it is easy to learn and play.

How to Play

The game is played on a blackjack like table with six or seven seating areas. Each betting area contains three positions to make bets:

  1. A slot for the optional Progressive Jackpot bet
  2. An Ante bet box
  3. A bet (call) box

The objective is for the player to have a higher ranking hand than the dealer.

A standard 52 card deck is used. Before the cards are dealt, all players must make the ante bet. An optional progressive jackpot bet may also be made by inserting a one dollar chip or coin into the appropriate slot. The dealer will then deal five cards face down to each player, and four cards face down and one face up to his or herself.

After players review their hands, they must then make a decision to either call (make an additional wager), or fold, (forfeit the ante and optional jackpot bet). If the player calls, s/he must place an additional wager in the bet box, which must be twice the ante. After collecting the chips from the players that folded, the dealer will then turn over all the cards.

Dealer Qualifier

The dealer must have at least an Ace/King or higher to qualify for play. If the dealer does not qualify, All hands that called will win the ante bet at even money. The call bet becomes a push and will be returned to you.

If the dealer qualifies, the hand is compared to each player’s hand. If dealer beats player, the ante and call bets are lost to the house. If player beats dealer, He or she is paid even money for the ante wager.The call bet is paid according to a pay table depending on the strength of the poker hand as follows:

  • One Pair – pays even money
  • Two Pair – 2 to 1
  • Three of a Kind – 3 to 1
  • Straight – 4 to 1
  • Flush – 5 to 1
  • Full House – 7 to 1
  • Four of a Kind – 20 to 1
  • Straight Flush – 50 to 1
  • Royal Flush – 100 to 1

Payouts may vary between jurisdictions. Most casinos have a maximum table payout. Many are set at $5,000.

The Downside

A drawback for Caribbean Stud Poker is the dealer qualifying requirement. A player may have a very high paying poker hand but if the dealer does not qualify, the player will only win the ante bet at even money.

Progressive Jackpot

Provided the player placed $1.00 in the jackpot slot, the bonus pays to all qualified players that called. The dealer’s hand does not matter. Most progressive jackpots are at least $10,000. Here is one pay table

  • Flush – $50
  • Full House – $100
  • 4 of a Kind – $500
  • Straight Flush – 10% of jackpot amount
  • Royal Flush – 100% of Jackpot

If two or more players qualify for all or part of the jackpot in the same hand, they will share the jackpot.

Strategy

The following strategy when playing is recommended

  • Always call on a pair or higher
  • Always fold with less than Ace/King
  • Call with an Ace/King if you have a Queen and your fourth highest card is equal to or higher than the dealer’s up card

The house edge is about 5.3% when proper strategy is used.

The house edge for playing the progressive jackpot option is a whopping 26.5%!

Good Luck!

Casino Night Teenage Party

The best way to host a teenage party that stays under control is to provide an activity that completely involves and engages the kids. That way, they’re not interested in doing the things you don’t want them doing. Of course, they need to socialize, but within the parameters of your planned activity. A Casino Night party for teenagers does the trick and does it well.

Casino games are great fun and people enjoy playing them- that’s why casino nights are so often used as fund raising events. And this goes for teens as well as grown-ups. The fact that a Casino night theme seems like a very ‘sophisticated’ thing to do helps get the kids invested in your party activities from the very beginning.

Playing card and dice games isn’t and doesn’t have to be the equivalent of gambling. Make it clear at the outset, on your invitation, that “Only Fun Allowed- No Gambling”. You can use poker chips to keep track of score, or your counters can be pennies, M&M’s, matchsticks, anything. Further invest the kids in your party by encouraging them all to “Dress for Vegas”; fancy clothes can equate to better behavior in the kids’ minds.

Borrow a bunch of card tables and chairs, but you can have more kids than seats to allow for that socializing when there’s no available game to play. To keep the dice contained rather than flying onto the floor, make some dice trays using the low cardboard trays from the beer or soda store. You can paint them, contact paper them, or leave them just the way they are. You’ll need cards and dice enough for every game.

Set up a buffet table to encourage grazing. Keep it easy with store-bought frozen meatballs, purchased or home-made chicken wings with sauce, salad, and/or a 6 foot hero. It doesn’t need to be fancy food, just look nice with some dice, jokers and face cards, and poker chips sprinkled around the buffet table for themed decoration. Have a big tub of soda and bottled water on ice for the kids to grab as needed. Tunes in the background will keep the mood festive.

In addition to the ever popular poker and blackjack games, you can find a variety of appropriate and fun dice games on line. If you’ve got the room and the budget for it, I strongly recommend including a craps game in your casino night lineup. A craps table cover can be bought for $20-$30, so it’s not out of sight. Craps is by far and away the most fascinating and complex of the dice games, and many would say it’s by far the most fun. If you’ve ever been to a casino, you know that it’s always the loudest with laughter and whoops. It will definitely challenge the kids to learn how to play all the variations contained in a craps game and think about the differing odds for each.

And there’s one other advantage to including a craps game: you’ll need a croupier to man the table that understands the game, and no teenage guest is going to want to be stuck with that job all night long. So- your croupier needs to be an adult, who then becomes an adult presence in the room. And that’s a good thing. There’s plenty of online help to learn how to play the game to get your croupier up to speed so he or she can in turn teach the kids and run the game.

A casino party isn’t hard to pull off and everybody will have lots of fun. The games will keep the teens busy competing to do well and to do better than the next guy (or girl). You can finish the evening off with a silly prize or two for the nights ‘big winners’. While teens are indeed harder to please and to engage in games than younger kids, it CAN be done, and casino games will do it. The more engaged they are, the less likely it is that your teenage gathering will spin out of control into activities you don’t want occurring.