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Poker Players To Be Taxed?

Posted by Gareth on: Tuesday, Mar. 31st 2015 2:44 PM

One of the good things about gambling is the lack of taxation for the punter. This applies to table games, online gaming, spread betting, and poker. For the moment that is!

Winnings on anything that is considered a ‘game of chance’ are not taxable in the UK. Recent research however is suggesting that poker is not a game of chance, as skills are required. The research carried out by University of Nottingham, Erasmus University in Rotterdam and VU University in Amsterdam concludes that ‘there is “substantial evidence” that the amount of skill involved in playing the game successfully outweighs the impact of mere chance’.

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Gala Casino Promotions

Posted by Gareth on: Friday, Mar. 27th 2015 4:27 PM

Gala Casino have always got a good set of promotions running, so we thought we’d take a look at what’s currently on offer. They’ve got a few for regular players, plus, for new players they’ve got their standard welcome bonus still on offer.

First up though is their Megajackpots Prize Draw, which runs out on March 29th at 23.59 (GMT), so if you want to be in with a chance of grabbing your share of the £250,000 in their Mega-Tastic Giveaway you’ll need to get your skates on. It’s a prize draw, so you will need tickets to enter.

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Lucky Admiral New Casino Launched

Posted by Gareth on: Tuesday, Mar. 24th 2015 12:06 PM

Ok, so another online casino is launched, but, the question that has to be asked is ‘apart from the new player bonus, why should I sign up at this casino’? For some players this is a bit of a redundant question, as they merely hop from one casino to another grabbing free bonuses, but for other players there are certain factors that need to be considered before entering credit card details.

First up is fairness. All casinos claim to be fair, but the only way you know if they are fair is if they are externally tested. Lucky Admiral are tested for random number generation by iTech Labs, so, that’s the first box ticked.

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Leo Vegas Record Slots Win

Posted by Gareth on: Tuesday, Mar. 17th 2015 5:14 PM

Another casino has gained UK Gambling Commission licensing, and is now available for UK players. So what is so special about Leovegas.com?

Well, they are not going to guarantee wins, but, they do have a few good selling points. Sign up bonuses are good, a large variety of games are on offer, and in January 2014 one lucky winner scooped a record breaking jackpot.

From a mere one pound equivalent stake, a player from Sweden won £4.4 million on Mega Fortune Touch, after having previously won the iPad which he was playing on when he hit the jackpot. But, obviously those wins are few and far between, so what else do they have to offer?

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New Games Launch On Raw Casino

Posted by Gareth on: Friday, Mar. 13th 2015 11:02 AM

Launched in 2014, Raw casino has got a massive collection of games, and, they just keep on adding to the site (got to keep the players happy with a varied menu!). Their games are powered by several different gaming software companies, so there’s a great choice for players in terms of different styles and functions on offer in their games. New for March, they’ve got four slot games from Rabcat, NextGen, and Microgaming. Check them out!

Released to tie-in with St Patrick’s day, Lucky Leprechaun is an amusing bit of Irish slots fun. From the moment you start the game you’re confronted with ‘blarney’ from a lilting leprechaun, and he accompanies you all the way to the special feature the Trail O’ Fortune, which can take you along a merry path to a pot of gold. It’s all shamrocks, Guinness, fiddles and a potential 100,000x pay out.

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Chips Up For Card Cheat

Posted by Gareth on: Wednesday, Mar. 11th 2015 2:16 PM

After a seven year cheating spree, police have finally caught up with 61-year-old poker player Mihai Lacatos, who has been marking cards in poker games across UK casinos. ‘Shifty’ would be an understatement if tales of his exploits are to be believed!

You’d think that being caught cheating and being banned from casinos might make someone think twice about their ‘chosen career’. But, not the unemployed man who simply kept playing using multiple fake IDs (am wondering if he was signing on as well…).

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March Bonuses At Raw Casino

Posted by Gareth on: Tuesday, Mar. 3rd 2015 2:54 PM

Christmas is long gone, Chinese new year has just passed, so we were wondering what celebration the casinos were going to use to give their players extra bonuses in March. And here it is, St Patrick’s Day which is a good an excuse as any to top up players’ accounts.

St Patrick’s Day appears to be the one saint’s day which is celebrated by both the Irish and everyone else regardless of nationality, as it’s all about the ‘craic’! Raw Casino’s Shake the Shamrock! promotion runs over St Paddy’s weekend and has an incremental cash-back bonus which should keep everyone happy.

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Card Counters Have Their Cards Marked

Posted by Gareth on: Thursday, Feb. 26th 2015 3:58 PM

It is quite amazing that through lack of lack of checks and training that some casinos still inadvertently give players the opportunities to ‘bend’ their rules. But, when it comes to court cases, the judiciary tend to side with the casinos, despite the fact that on occasion it can be the casino’s fault for allowing the situation to arise in the first place.

A while back Phil Ivey lost a case against Crockfords Casino for ‘edge sorting’ and lost £7.7m in the Punto Banco case, which was his second court loss, having also lost out when he was sued for using the same practice in the Bogota Casino in Atlantic City over the pond.

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Genting Supercasino To Open In Birmingham

Posted by Gareth on: Friday, Feb. 20th 2015 11:43 AM

Another super casino is to be opened as part of Resorts World Birminingham, a venture which will be the first of it’s kind in the UK. The centre will consist of a four-star hotel, 51 shops and 12 restaurant unit.

This must be quite a coup for Genting, as this will be their first super casino, of which there are only a few in the UK. Genting are also in the running for the operator’s contract of the proposed super casino in Southampton, but, they are up against stiff competition form the likes of Aspers who already operate two supers casinos, one in Milton Keynes and one in Stratford, London.

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Bet At Home Mixed Casino Platform

Posted by Gareth on: Tuesday, Feb. 17th 2015 12:49 PM

Bet At Home is offering both casino and sportsbook, for desktop and mobile players. As soon as you land on the homepage you will see that this isn’t your average casino site. There’s a distinct lack of ‘glitz and glare’, which some players may not like, but others will love, as it’s all about the games.

There are 8 Jackpot games with those oh so enticing rollover figures that are regularly clocking up seven figures. Plus as well as casino there are a whole load of sports bets to choose from, everything from bowls to boxing, and there’s a Society section where you can pick fun bets like choosing name of William and Kate’s second child (if that’s your bag!).

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