Casino news 2015 – what’s hot and what’s not

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Casino news 2015 – what’s hot and what’s not

2015 has started in the context of casinos worldwide expanding, both off line and on the internet, but it’s not been going so smoothly – here are a few highlights from the world of gaming that have stolen the attention of gamblers and general public this year:

Casino cheat jailed after being arrested for cheating at Poker

A 62-year old tricky customer has been jailed after using multiple false Ids and cheating using the technique known as ‘card marking’ – the three card Poker ‘connoiseur’ had been previously banned from casinos, but returned to the Palyboy club in Mayfair, only to be arrested and consequently jailed. Bad luck? Yes, but not unexpectedly, casinos have learnt to filter such wise guys long time ago.

Kane Lai wins 101,365$ at the 2015 Mid-States Poker Tour

It’s not all doom and gloom! Kane Lai, an accomplished Poker player, has won an impressive amount at this year’s Golden Gates main event. Skills pay the bills – and don’t get you in trouble!

Macau casinos see record fall in revenues

It’s a casino! People gotta win sometime! This phrase from ‘Casino’ the movie seems to sometimes work in real life, too. Revenue fell 48.6% due to crackdowns directed by the government and some players winning. Well there needs to be an exception that confirms the general rule!

Social casino games take centre stage on the internet

More and more players use social instruments such as casino apps to dramatically increase the revenues for the inventive games providers – mobile casino is already a huge success and it will only get bigger as more users play on the go using mobile phones and other devices. Playing your favourite games has never been easier!

More regulations – and more casinos as big brands dominate

While big players such as William Hill have seen more sports gamblers win more money, casino games remain a huge source of revenue for the big providers and some lucky players. More regulations in 2015 and beyond mean the industry might be slowed down a little, but it will surely remain a popular and accessible source on entertainment.

If you decide to play in 2015 – play wisely!


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3 common myths about slot machines – how to play slots

Slot machines have benefited immensely from technology advances and development, but this same progress has contributed to the appearance on many myths about slots and how to play to win etc. Let’s have a look at some of the most widespread myths and address them from the Casino Samurai point of view.

A machine that has not been paying for a while is due to hit

Not exactly – modern slot machines use random number generators to determine payouts and jackpots and it is all but impossible to anticipate if a particular machine is due to hit. Each spin, regardless of whether you are playing classic, video or progressive slots, is in no way related to what happened previously or how the machine will display the next combination of symbols – if, let’s say, on average the winning combinations are configured once for every thousand spins, this number is only an average and not a precise indication that a particular spin will inevitably lead to a payout. In the game of slots, it’s all about luck and entertainment!

Casinos programme their slot machines to payout at certain times

In short, another myth! All slots have a computer chip that calculates pay back percentages based on an algorithmic, random number generator. All the settings responsible for the process are inbuilt at the factory, so to change settings casinos would have to change the chip, which is never an alternative. Because changing chips is both expensive and time consuming, it makes a lot more sense for gaming companies to honour payouts and avoid unnecessary, brand damaging disruptions.

If someone hits a jackpot on the machine you just left, you can automatically assume you would have won had you stayed on

False! There are no clearly defined patterns responsible for payouts or jackpots, the random number generator continuously cycles numbers even at times when the slot machine isn’t being used, so no luck there either! The numbers picked, which determine the combination of symbols displayed, are generated within a micro second, therefore it is highly unlikely you would have won had you stayed at the machine in question.

As we can see, courage to play bravely and luck are at least as important as any strategy one can think of when it come to playing slots, whether in a traditional casino or online. More myths from Casino Samurai to follow shortly!

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Online casino is coming to America: the beginning of internet gaming in the US

The widely anticipated changes in the gaming  industry legislation in the United States are finally materialising and casino games can finally be played on the internet in America. Not everywhere, it’s true, but the recent developments are nevertheless a significant game changer for both providers and players.

At this stage, the states of New Jersey and Las Vegas have started to offer online casino games, but more states are to follow shortly in what is believed to be the most lucrative market for gaming companies. Because of the legal situation, operating in the newly opening states won’t be easy, but the best operators will be able to find a way to balance profits and state-specific services.

Indicators such as life time values (LTVs) for US customers suggest there are significant profits to be chased on the new continent. It comes as no surprise then that big players such as Virgin casino and Betfair are already taking advantage of the situation and trying to build a solid customer base that will then use the respective brands as an indicator of their playing habits and preferences.

On the other hand, the difficulties that all providers are and will be facing in the future demand costly and well coordinated efforts. Any games, bonuses, special offers and promotions will have to be tailored to state specific requirements, legal mostly, but also culture specific. In the same context, conversion rates will most probably be affected by the very complicated and strict registration requirements for new players. As a result, both visitor to registration and registration to deposit (acquisition) figures will be affected.

For the biggest European operators used to the old continent’s customers and trends, a cultural adaptation to the US market will also be unavoidable – offers, promotions and Branding will have to be americanised. There might well be a big market for new games of slots and other similar initiatives thought specifically for the American customer – after all, the social aspect of gaming cannot be underestimated, and those who do ultimately pay for it in revenue losses.

Overall, it will indeed take some time for the traditional American gamer to switch from traditional to online casinos, but given the number of potential customers and the novelty factor of legal online gaming, one can safely assume the future of internet gambling in the US is looking bright, for both players and providers.

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