Rising Popularity of Online Bingo

The game Bingo has been a popular game of chance since the early 1500’s. In 1530 a lottery type game called Lo Giuoco Code Loto was often played in Spain. It was similar to Bingo in that numbers were called out and the person holding those numbers won. The game was eventually evolved by the French who took many of the then common games and created parlour type versions of them that we now find in most casinos and gaming venues. The French created the familiar tablets of numbers and methods of marking called numbers that modern day Bingo players would find familiar. They used beans as a cheap way to place a marker on the square containing numbers and called the game Beano.

It wasn’t until the game found its way to the American shores however that the now famous cry of “Bingo” was heard. Legend has it that in 1929 Edwin Lowe saw the game being played at a travelling carnival using cardboard tablets with numbered squares, beans, and a rubber stamping device. When he saw how much the people loved the game he took it to New York with him and introduced it to a number of his friends who immediately fell in love with the game. In the excitement of a play one of those friends yelled out ‘Bingo’ by mistake and the name took root.

As time went on Bingo found its way from carnivals to churches where its popularity spread to the masses as a method of ‘legitimate’ gambling. While laws governing gambling varied from area to area many churches were exempt from gambling laws and Bingo was largely seen as an ‘innocent’ form of gambling.

Commercial forms of Bingo gambling in such places as casinos had quite a few ups and downs until it found its way into the gambling capital of the world – Las Vegas. It had stiff competition as a form of profitable gambling however and wasn’t as widely played by the serious gamblers as other forms of casino games were.

That didn’t stop Bingo from hitting it big when games of chance hit the internet. With the inception of gaming online came the biggest increase in gambling participation in history. Now it was possible to play worldwide without ever leaving your home. No travel expenses, no time off work, just the opportunity to play for fun, or profit at the click of a mouse.

Global Betting and Gaming Consultants estimate that 0.5 billion dollars USD per year are wagered on games of Bingo online and they expect that to increase to up to 1 billion USD by the year 2010. Online Bingo has many of the same attractions that Bingo parlour games have: the chance to win prizes that vary from small to large but most of all the chance to develop friendships. Online chatting with other players while playing the game is as much a part of the Bingo experience as the chance to yell out the famous call upon winning.

Worldwide it is figured that women spend 50% more time playing online Bingo and it is played most often between midnight and 5 am. The average amount spent at online Bingo by the average player is about $220.80 USD or £120 per month. The game with the worldwide history has made its mark in modern times as a fun and enjoyable way of socializing as much as a way to win money and shows no sign of losing its following any time soon.

Baccarat – A Casino Card Game With III Phases and a Bit of History

Before I explain this Baccarat game that dates back to the 15th Century, let’s review a brief bit of history. Americans got their first real glimpse of this casino game during the 1962 James Bond movie, Dr. No, when Bond, played by Sean Connery, was winning in a Monte Carlo casino. The game was Chemin de fer.

Phase I – Chemin de fer

In this original version Players wagered among themselves and won or lost with their own money. A dealer shoe rotated around the table counterclockwise after each hand. Players could decline the bank and pass the shoe to the next player. A 5% commission for winning bank hands paid to the house was to cover the casino overhead.

Phase II – Punto Banco

Punto Banco, meaning Player, Banker, was introduced in Nevada from Cuba in the late 1950’s, where it was very popular until Castro closed he mob run casinos. The main difference from the French version is that the house banks the game. A tie bet was added to increase the house edge, and the 5% commission to the house for a winning bank bet remains in place. Eventually the name baccarat, Italian for zero, was coined. Today baccarat is played in high limit rooms throughout the world where millions are won and lost each day.

Phase III – Mini-Baccarat

Eventually gaming establishments saw profit potential with Baccarat however they had to make it attractive to the average player. Hence, a new version was born, Mini-Baccarat.The rules for this game are exactly the same as Punto Banco except one house dealer controls he game for up to seven players. Table minimums are as low as $5 or $10. Numerous optional side bets have been added to increase the house edge.

How to Play Baccarat

The objective of baccarat is for the player to come as close to the number 9 as possible. Aces count as one, 2’s – 9’s are face value and 10’s – K’s count as zero.

Regardless of the number of players, the dealer only deals two hands from a six or eight deck shoe. Prior to the deal players must first place one bet on either the bank hand, player hand, or tie. Croupiers pass the shoe so players have the option in turn to deal the cards. In Mini-Baccarat, the shoe remains in place and the dealer controls all the action.

When a hand is totaled, it cannot exceed 9. If the two cards total more than 9, the first digit is dropped. The second digit becomes the total. Ex: 7,8=15. (the 1 is dropped) total = 5.

Baccarat requires no skill to play. All the player needs to do is place one bet before the deal. The dealer examines both hands to determine if a third and final card should be drawn. The determination is made according to a fixed set of game rules. Here they are:

Game Rules for Player Bet

The player position always draws on a 0, 1, and 2,3,4,5, unless the banker has a natural 8 or 9. Player always stands on 6,7,8, and 9. When the play bet has a natural 8 or 9, the game is over.

Game Rules for Banker Bet

The banker position always draws on a 0, 1, and 2 unless the player has a natural 8 or 9. The banker always stands on 7,8, and 9. When a banker has a natural 8 or 9, the game is over.

Strategy

No playing strategy is required. Always bet the bank which has the lowest house edge at 1.06%, even with the 5% commission owed to the house. A player bet has a house edge of 1.24% while the tie bet that pays 8 to 1 has a whopping house edge of 14%!. This bet is not recommended. A number of optional side bets at the mini tables have house edges from 2 to 13%. These are not recommended.

Good luck!

The History of Solitaire

While people have been playing solitary games with cards, dice, stones and pegs since the dawn of recorded history, solitaire, used to describe games for which the goal is to arrange a deck of cards from a chaotic pattern to an ordered pattern, only saw description in card gaming literature beginning about 1765. This element of creating order from chaos likely stems from a combination of cartomancy forms like Tarot and Germanic culture, as the mid 18th century was when many of the modern cartomantic layouts were established. The first definitive recording of a game of Solitaire comes from a German gaming book from 1783.

Solitaire was originally known as Patience, and was a competitive game between two players. The goal was to complete the game before the other player. However, it soon took hold as a solitary pursuit, probably due to the fact that practicing it alone offered the same gaming experience as competing with another. The solitary nature of Patience also likely stemmed from its similarities with another solitary card pursuit, Tarot.

Similarities and Differences between Solitaire and Tarot

Indeed, there are many similarities between Tarot and Solitaire, known as Patience back when it was first created. Both are solitary pursuits, often done to engage the mind with a system of rules rather than with another person. Both can use the same set of cards, with both fifty-two and seventy-eight card Solitaire games recorded in its infancy. Both make use of pre-ordained arrangements. There is even a tradition, still alive in Germany and Scandinavia today, of using Solitaire as a means for divination. If one “wins” within the first few games, times will be good and luck will smile on you, whereas if one loses a string of games, the cards are saying to be cautious.

Yet they differ also, and this is where the German cultural values come in as opposed to the Roma or even Egyptian elements that found Tarot. Namely, Solitaire is concerned with building an ordered card structure at the end, rather than an ordered mental or “spiritual” structure in the way that Tarot is designed to do.

Historical Stories about Solitaire

Napoleon was said to be a card gaming fanatic, and everywhere he went, he learned the local forms of playing cards. The strategic mind that won him so many battles across Europe was well-suited for cards, and Solitaire was no exception. While the conqueror was generally surrounded by enough people that he didn’t play Patience or other forms of Solitaire while he was rampaging through Europe, upon his exile the stories went that all he did was play Patience endlessly. A brilliant strategist’s mind never sleeps, so the story went.

Around that time in the 19th century, different forms of Solitaire were gaining traction throughout France, but historical evidence shows that while Napoleon played cards in exile, he never played Patience. Regardless, so popular did Solitaire become in France, in part due to the stories told about their greatest general, that many of the terminology used in Solitaire today derives from French.

Solitaire caught on among English speakers beginning in the mid 19th century, when Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria and passionate social reformer, was said to play Solitaire often in his spare time. It is fascinating to trace the rise and fall of Solitaire’s popularity in terms of changes, orderings, and restructurings of a society at any given time. It took about half a century for Solitaire to make its way across the pond to the United States, where it caught on like wildfire during the gold rush of the early 20th century, and again during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

One final story about Solitaire is tragic. During the fall of the Nazi Regime, Adolf Hitler was said to have taken his most trusted lieutenants and staff, among them Joseph Goebbles and his wife and children, to a bunker to avoid being raped and defiled by the advancing Soviets. Magda Goebbles was said to be a solitaire enthusiast, and the story goes that after she fed cyanide to her children, she played Patience, a sort of sad tribute to the Nazi attempts to create a “perfectly ordered society.”

Common Solitaire Synonyms

Patience – Used throughout the UK today, Patience was the original name for solitary card games. The sense was that rather than using bluffs, personality traits, or luck to win the game, the primary quality exercised was that of patience.

Klondike – Solitaire is often a synecdoche for Klondike, meaning that it is so well-known that people use the term “Solitaire” to refer to Klondike exclusively. Klondike is a form of solitaire that involves alternating suits, cascades of cards, a four-suit set of foundations, and a deck. It is the simplest form of solitaire that still contains every element solitaire is best known for. The name “Klondike” comes from the fact that it was made popular during the Gold Rush of the early 1900s which took place in the Alaskan Klondike region.

Betting Sports – How to Bet on Sports and Win 97 Percent of All Your Bets

The history of betting began as early as the history of sports itself. In its early days, sports betting didn’t get as much popularity as it does today. Before, only a few sports events involved betting such as horse races. But now, the common view about sports betting has changed. Betting sports has become more popular than ever before. You can bet on any event such as hockey, soccer, NBA, or NFL. People involved in sports betting want to feel the pleasure of winning and to earn some cash. Some people even make a living out of betting on sports.

These days, you don’t have to fly to Las Vegas just to place your bet. Instead, you can bet on sports with the help of some websites. Websites work in the same manner as a regular betting process. Every betting website uses a sports book where all the bets are placed. The sports book, which contains all the details of the game and players, provides information about the available bet types on a player, the winning team, and the highest-scoring team. You can even make a forecast on the future of any season through some bets.

It is advised that you get sufficient knowledge about sports before you get yourself involved in this activity of betting. You do your homework by keeping yourself updated on the latest team setups and trends. Newspapers and magazines can provide you with the latest picks and other betting essentials. You can also secure your way to victory with the help of handicappers and betting systems. You can use these tools to your full advantage if you know all the details.