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ITV Licenses Slot Machine for I’m a Celebrity

 

ITV Brand Extensions has announced that they have reached a deal to license “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me out of Here!” as a slot machine. The exclusive deal has been signed with online gaming company 32Red.com. The deal is a big one for the online gaming company, giving them exclusive rights to a highly-popular brand around the world.

The exclusive licensing deal has been confirmed for three-years. The online slot machine is going to feature the hit theme song from the brand. It is also going to feature all of the logos, iconography, as well as features that are well known from the game itself. This will include the Bushtucker Trial games.

One of the big bonuses of the game is that it will feature a huge jackpot. This will give players of the slot machine a chance to win a trip to the Australia Gold Coast to spend some time on a jungle adventure of a lifetime.Slot Machine I'm a Celebrity

“I’m a Celebrity… Get Me out of Here!” is a very popular entertainment show that has built quite a brand for itself. Licensing is perfectly logical at this point for the brand, and the move to a slot machine should make it an enjoyable experience for gamers.

The slot machine is going to be completely exclusive to online casino players of 32Red.com. Any player who takes part in the casino, poker, or bingo rooms of the casino will have a chance to give the machine a run for its money.

The design of the new slot machine is aimed to include all of the jungle and creatures that the show is known for. The hope is that the jungle will truly come alive in slot machine form, making for an exciting gaming experience. The new slot machine is available for gamers as of today.

888 Casino Kept It Spooky With Halloween Bonuses

 

888 casino Logo888 Casino liked to mix it up for their players this Halloween. They offered a unique blackjack promotion whereby players could choose to match their wits against live dealers who would be playing against them. To add more excitement to the mix, there were special pumpkin cards that were randomly dealt out during the promotion that gave each lucky player who got one a ticket to a Halloween raffle.

The raffle drawing was held on Halloween night, and the four lucky winners each received a spooky 666 in whatever currency they were playing with. It added a little extra fun to the blackjack tables right around a holiday that celebrates the spooky in our world. Though it was a goofy promotion by nature, the four people who won are not taking it for granted. They like that they have been able to win some money just for doing something that they were likely going to do anyway.

Since Blackjack is such an even odds game, it is possible that the winners didn’t even have to lose much money or any money at all. They may have been up on their session and just got lucky enough to get the pumpkin card dealt to them. If that was the case, then they pocketed the bonus money all the richer. It was truly a great experience for those players, and a great way for the casino to make a name for itself.

Already a popular casino, 888 Casino is showing that it can flex its muscles with the promotions that it offers, and it is not afraid to do so. This was just one example of the types of promotions that it is involved in, and don’t expect that those promotions are going to go away anytime soon. Rather, most players are ready for the next round of these promotions to start already. 888 Casino is almost certainly going to deliver on that demand and come up with new holiday bonuses that will be pleasing to the players who decide to take advantage of them. It is entirely possible to make good money just by being lucky enough to win these bonuses.

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Leader of English Defence League Barred From Casinos

The leader of the controversial group English Defence League was kicked out of a Milton Keynes casino after he won £2000. According to his Twitter posts, Tommy Robinson was also asked to leave Selfridges store in London just a few hours prior. A critic of Robinson commented on the fact that the EDL leader requests donations from supporters, yet admittedly shops at Selfridges and gambles in a casino.According to a spokesman for Casino MK, Robinson was asked to show proof of ID after he won more than £1,500. Not having his ID on him at the time, Robinson returned the following day. When a casino employee checked Robinson’s ID, he found that it was listed on a national register of barred players. Although Robinson was allowed to keep his winnings, he was asked to leave the casino and not return.
English_Defence_LeagueUnaware of how Robinson got placed on the list, the spokesman explained that Casino MK keeps a national registry of people who are not allowed to come into casinos. A second spokesman for the company said that Robinson had been involved in an incident at another casino several years before. Although the spokesman offered no further details, he said that the incident is what led to Robinson’s name being placed on the list.

Robinson’s tweets and photos of the day’s events attracted a lot of interest online. Many people were angered when they found out that Selfridge’s store apologized to the EDL leader and offered him a free lunch. Well known for violent street protests, Robinson and the EDL are often described as being far right and Islamaphobic.

Not all casino patrons listed on the national registry of barred players are the leaders of violent protest movements. Although disorderly conduct, cheating and thievery are sure to get you on the list, many honest gamblers end up being barred as well. Causing a lot of disappointment, UK players frequently report being added to the list the day after a big win. With a well-known ability to count cards, famed illusionist Derren Brown gets turned away from casinos. If you happen to find yourself on the list one day, your best bet is to contact the Gambling Commission.

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Maple Casino Releases Five Free eBooks Concerning Major Casino Games!

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Global Poker Index Rankings Updated

The latest update to the Global Poker Index rankings has come out, and though the current top player in the United Kingdom remains the same, the race is definitely on from this point.

Currently, the number one spot belongs to Toby Lewis for having earned 2,563.61 ranking points. He was able to maintain this spot by finishing 18th in the European Poker Tour Barcelona High Roller, but there is a serious question of how long he can keep it up when some of the best players in the world are starting to catch up.

The number two player in the UK is David Vamplew from Scotland, with 2,224.10. Better known as Vamps, Vamplew has quickly closed the gap from Lewis thanks to placing second in the second event of the 2013 World Series of Poker and in the the 53rd event as well. He also took a third place finish in the EPT Barcelona event, which certainly did not hurt either.

Stephen Chidwick brings 1,927.23 points to the table, which means it is still not possible to count him out of the race. He does not play too often beyond WSOP, but he may still be able to end the year with a real bang, giving him the edge he needs to take the number one spot.splits

The rest of the spots for the top 10 belong to Chris Moorman, the World Series of Poker $50,000 Poker Players Championship winner Matthew Ashton, Niall Farrell, Jake Cody, Zimnan Ziyard, Christopher Brammer and Roberto Romanello.

Romanello fell to sixth in the UK since this year has not gone well. Though he won over $2.1 million in the last few years, he was only able to bank $50,155 this year. This is partially due to the number of tournaments he plays being cut, but he has also not played well enough to warrant staying near the top.

Beyond the top 10 include a number of players who are actually talented enough and only need to get a great win or two to help branch out into the spots in the top 10. Some of these players include Tom Alner, the Red Dragon champion with 1,490.75 points, Rhys Jones with 1,445.06 points, John Eames with 1,393.97 points and Craig McCorkell with 1,366.13 points. Any of these players are more than capable of giving some chase for the top 10.

Blackjack Terminology

blackjack-onlineIf you are playing a game of Blackjack at a casino, it is important to know the terminology that you will be encountering. Below is a glossary of common Blackjack terminology.86’d– Being kicked out of a casino after being caught counting cardsBackdoor Kenny– Getting dealt a card with a 10 value, then getting dealt an ace.

Balanced count– A counting system with an exact balance between minus cards and plus cards, the balance would be zero.

Blackjack– 1. The name of a card game in which players attempt to reach 21 without going above it.
2. The ideal hand in blackjack comprising a 10 value card and an ace.

Bust– A hand that reaches over 21, an automatic loss.

Bust Card– The card that puts a hand over 21.

Cut Card– A bright colored card that is used as a marker of where the dealer will reshuffle the deck.

Double or Double Down– The term for when a player doubles his bet and draws one additional card, following seeing their dealt hand.

Even Money– If the player has a blackjack and the dealer shows an ace, the player can choose even money, which is insurance and results in a net gain of one bet.

First Base– The betting spot that is the first to act and receive cards, located at the dealer’s left hand side.

Hard Hand– A hand that has the count of 11 without holding an ace.

Hit– Asking for another card.

Holecard– The dealer’s second card, held face down until all the players have completed their actions.

Insurance– Available if the dealer shows an ace, a side bet that is half of the original bet. The player receives their wager back and the amount of the original bet if the dealer has blackjack. If the dealer does not, then the player loses their wager.

Penetration– A number or fraction representing how many cards or decks will be dealt prior to reshuffling.

Pitchgame– A dame dealt using one or two decks.

Push– A tie.

Shoe– A device that holds multiple decks, typically four, six, or eight.

Soft– A hand including an ace valued at 11.

Split– When a player receives two cards of the same rank and chooses to play them separately.

Third Base– The last spot to act, on the dealer’s right hand side.

Upcard– The card shown that is dealt to the dealer.

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Gus Hansen Books Record Online Losses

Gus Hansen Books Record Online LossesPoker player Gus Hansen, known for his aggressive style of play that often leaves opponents confused, has over $11 million in live poker tournament winnings. However, the 39-year-old gambler from Copenhagen, Denmark has been performing poorly online, and it’s not clear whether he can be considered a top-notch poker player any longer.

Substantial Losses

According to HighstakesDB, Hansen has lost over $4 million this year in online high-stakes cash games at Full Tilt Poker through September 25. He isn’t just having an off-year either. In 2012, the Team Full Tilt pro lost over $3 million, and since 2007, he is a whopping $10.6 million in the red. He has lost more money than any other player since the inauguration of HighstakesDB’s results-tracking service in January 2007.

Gus, in compiling these unenviable results, has not restricted himself to a single form of poker. Some of his losses are indeed from playing the popular no limit hold’em variety, but he has also lost considerable amounts in pot limit Omaha, 2-7 triple draw and mixed games.

Top Competitors

Most players that begin to have mammoth losses opt to rethink their game and drop down in stakes before losing more. But Hansen has instead continued playing, at the highest stakes available, against world-class competitors. Some of the foes against whom he frequently plays include online legend Tom “durrrr” Dwan, Finnish poker superstar Patrick Antonius and dedicated grinder Viktor “Isildur1” Blom. It’s possible that ego is involved as Hansen may view playing at lower stakes or against weaker opponents as a personal failure.

The true state of Hansen’s finances remains unknowable, because he may have won considerable sums prior to the implementation of online tracking sites. Any winnings from live cash games would clearly not be included in these totals either. Furthermore, “The Great Dane” often gambles in a variety of other pursuits besides poker, and it’s anybody’s guess how well or poorly he does in these other ventures. Nevertheless, it’s clear that his online cash-game performance is a drain on his financial resources and has been so for some time.

PokerStars Still Pursuing Sizzling Hot US Market

The US online gaming market is still one of the PokerStars website’s desired conquests. They are leaving a good deal of money on the table for every day that they are unable to convince American authorities to allow them into the country.

It will be a difficult win for Poker Stars, and for many online gaming site, as the powers-that-be in America insist that allowing certain websites into their market will damage the bottom line for brick and mortar casino venues. Though there is certainly some truth to that, the fact remains that the US market is hot and there are large numbers of gamblers who would love to be free to gamble online.

PokerStars Still Pursuing Sizzling Hot US MarketPokerStars parent company, Rationale Group, recently authorized their CEO, Mark Scheinberg, to settle US Department of Justice troubles with $50 million. In addition, they have attempted to purchase the Atlantic City, NJ Atlantic Club Casino. Though the casino was in financial distress and likely to shut down, PokerStars was unable to convince New Jersey and US authorities that the purchase would enhance their infamous Atlantic City gambling district, a long-standing traditional casino area that rivals Las Vegas.

Politicians and authorities in American states where gambling is legal have fought the onset of online gaming since its inception. They jealously guard their ability to protect the interests of their own casino revenue generators and significant tax base. Popular online gaming sites that serve players across the globe want to extend their services to US gamblers. The process will be tenuous as both sides attempt to compromise and work out the details.

Enforcement of local, state and federal gaming laws are also of concern. An online gambling site can be accessed easily by those who would otherwise be prohibited from betting or playing games for monetary prizes. Technology has worked to the advantage of those who would use the websites to break those laws with impunity. With the development of better controls there may be more online gaming sites allowed in the US. Time and persistence on the part of PokerStars may indeed pay off in the future.

Casino Mate Makes A Splash

The best casino in Australia for 2013 is an award that is not easily won.
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There are a lot of casinos that are competing for it, and the one that wins really has to stand out as a great place for customers to win. Therefore, it is very impressive to see that Casino Mate has won this award. They have clearly proven themselves to be a top notch casino.

eCOGRA, a third party organization, keeps track of how the game play is going on inside Casino Mate. This means that they make sure the payout ratios are fair to the players. By doing this, they are helping ensure that players always receive the best treatment possible. Everyone wants fair play when it comes to their casino game play. Although things will always be slanted in favor of the house, it is only fair that the players are able to win some of the time too.

Casino Mate offers generous bonuses to those who are new to deposit with them. Up to $500 can be had on the first three deposits. That is a lot more than what many other casinos are willing to offer. As such, the bonus should be considered something worth pursuing. Then, there are the more than 500 different casino games that are offered to meet the tastes of any given player. Suddenly, they are able to enjoy all of the great games that they can find in a traditional casino right in the comfort of their own home.

It is not every day that an online casino receives an award saying that it is the best in the country, but that is how it goes with Casino Mate. It is the online casino that players in Australia know they can trust. It is absolutely worth checking out.

Get A Glimpse Of The Future With The Launch Of wsop.com

The September, 2013 launch of the World Series of Poker website has expanded the number of Nevada poker sites where players can bet with actual money to two. For now that is. This development may help open the door for more online gaming that involves real gambling in states where gambling is permitted. The Ultimate Poker website was the first to go online with the cash betting format and the pair of sites are the only two available in the U.S.

Early Stages

With the new WSOP.com site being in such an experimental phase, things will be watched closely by gaming officials during the early parts of its run. Interest and activity have been high for the new site and is helping to create a strong parallel between the Vegas experience and the internet version of the company. A version of WSOP.com is now being offered for mobile devices and this move may also be a groundbreaking one.

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What has been happening in Vegas will not likely stay in Vegas if the companies who are involved in the endeavor have anything to do with it. The plan is to get the same sort of action going in Atlantic City and beyond. This process has to take place one step at a time in each state since there is still no federally approved system for poker betting online and time and results will help determine when that day will come.

Next Generation

One potentially huge advantage for making real casino poker games playable online is the appeal it may have to younger generations who do not necessarily flock to them. Once poker is available mobile devices, it would have found its way to the places where many young people do their business and it may catch their attention.

A Good Bet

WSOP.com gives players many options from instructions on how to play several different versions of poker to connections on the most popular social media sites. With the growing popularity of poker worldwide, this site may stand a good chance of being successful and maybe even revolutionary. The WSOP.com executives want their site to be the top choice for poker enthusiast to meet online and their bet may pay off.