Online Gambling Moves Ahead in Delaware and New Jersey

June 22nd, 2012

Online Gambling Moves Ahead in Delaware and New Jersey
Online Gambling Moves Ahead in Delaware and New Jersey By: Joe Valentino, Thursday June 21st 20120 Comments   Email   PrintThe legislation seeking to legalize intrastate online gambling in Delaware is moving ahead at considerable speed. It was only last week that the online gambling bill HB333 was approved by the state House Assembly. On June 20 the bill was successfully passed through a Senate committee. The date for the full Senate vote has been set for June 26. If the bill passes through the Senate then it will be sent to Governor Jack Markell for signature. And unlike Governor Christie of New Jersey, Governor Markell has publicly declared his support for the legislation. The HB333 seeks to legalize online poker, online casino games such as slot machines, table games and keno, and allows an expansion into sports betting. The horse racing faction that was opposing the bill tried to stop it from being passed in the Senate committee, but failed to do so. The Senators in the committee apparently felt that the horse racing faction was being extremely hypocritical because it has been exploiting the online gambling channel for years, based on carve-outs in federal laws. In New Jersey Senator Ray Lesniak’s online gambling bill is being moved simultaneously in the Senate and the House. In May the Senate was to vote on the bill. However, the Senator did not go for the vote citing lack of support. Earlier, the New Jersey House Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee had passed the online gambling legalization bill with three votes in favor to one against, and with one abstention. On Monday June 18 the bill passed through a tough Appropriations Committee hearing. The local newspaper Star-Ledger reported that the bill would now be sent to a full House vote. However, a date for the vote has not been set. Presumably the sponsors of the bill are not sure of the support within the House as well. New Jersey Senator Lesniak’s online gambling bill will allow intrastate gambling at Atlantic City land casinos. The bill in principle allows the licensed online casino and poker operators to accept online bets from gamblers outside the state’s borders as well. This provision however will be subject to compliance with US federal law. The uncertain situation with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie prevails. In the past the governor had occasionally stated support to the bill and occasionally spoken against it. However, at the moment he is not indicating a position either way. It makes sense for Governor Christie to maintain a silence till the matter comes to him. If the legislators are unable to send the bill to him then he would be quite happy. The cat and mouse game is on. News Item Tools  Email     Print     Digg     Del.icio.us    StumbleUpon Comments  Add Comment Add Comment You must be signed-in to add a comment: – Sign-in – Register More News Blackjack Ballroom Fruit Themed online promosUntamed Series Online Slots Register Big WinsOnline Gambling Moves Ahead in Delaware and New JerseyCryptologic Signs Up With Two Online OperatorsRival Gaming Pub Crawlers Online Slot

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Casino Hold 'Em

March 24th, 2012

Casino Hold ‘Em

Casino Hold ‘Em is a variation of five-card poker. You are dealt two cards, and you must use them along with the five-card flop to make the best possible poker hand.

The AA side bet is optional. Here, you bet on whether the first five cards dealt (your two cards plus the first three flop cards) will include a pair of Aces or better.

The best possible hand is formed for you automatically.

To play the game:

  • Click on chips to select them. Then click the AA and Ante circles on the table to place your bets. Every click increases your bet by the chip value, and every right-click decreases the bet. You can also click Clear bets to remove all bets from the table and start over.
  • The minimum and maximum table bet limits are dependent on your VIP level and are shown on the table.
  • Click the Deal button.
  • Both you and the dealer will be given two cards (the dealer’s are face down), and three cards will be dealt to the flop.
  • If the cards you see make up a Poker hand, the type of the hand is displayed to you. If you have a pair of Aces or better, you have won the AA side bet
  • You can now choose to Call and continue playing against the dealer, or Fold and lose your bets. If you call, you will have to place double your original Ante bet in the Call circle. Please note: if you do not have sufficient balance to place the Call bet, you can either fold or go to the Cashier and deposit some more money.
  • Please note: you must call to collect your AA side bet winnings! If you don’t, you will lose your AA bet even if you have a valid hand.
  • The last two cards are dealt to the flop. The dealer turns his cards face up, and the best possible hand is formed for each of you.
  • If your hand is better than the dealer’s, you win and your Ante and Call bets are returned to you along with your winnings. If not, you lose your bets.
  • If you want to play another round, press New Game. Then place your bets as described above and click the Deal button, or click Rebet to place the same bets as in the previous round.

Hand ranking:

At every stage of the game round, the best five-card hands available are formed automatically.

The dealer has to have at least a pair of 4s to qualify – if not, your Call bet is returned and the Ante bet pays according to the paytable.

  • If the dealer qualifies and the dealer’s hand is better than your hand, you lose your Ante and Call bets.
  • If the dealer qualifies and your hand is better than the dealer’s hand, your Ante bet pays according to the paytable and your Call bet pays 1 to 1.
  • If the dealer qualifies and you and the dealer have hands of the same type, the one that is composed of the highest-value card wins (i.e. Three Kings beats Three Queens; a flush of A, 6, 5, 4, 3 beats a flush of K, J, 10, 8, 7). If the hands are equal, then the highest unused card in the five-card hand determines the winner (i.e. a hand of 10, 10, A, 8, 8 beats a hand of 10, 10, K, 8, 8). If the five-card hands are identical, then it is a push and both the Ante and Call bets are returned.
  • The Ace is a semi-wildcard; it can be the highest-value card in a straight of A, K, Q, J, 10, or the lowest-value card in a straight of 5, 4, 3, 2, A.

Paytables:

When you win, your bet is returned to you along with your payout. Winning hands pay according to the following tables:

AA bet

Hand Payout
Royal Flush 100 to 1
Straight flush 50 to 1
4 of a kind 40 to 1
Full house 30 to 1
Flush 20 to 1
Straight or lower 7 to 1

Ante Bet

Hand Payout
Royal Flush 100 to 1
Straight Flush 20 to 1
4 of a Kind 10 to 1
Full House 3 to 1
Flush 2 to 1
Straight or lower 1 to 1

Buttons:

Deal Deal the cards.
Clear bets Remove all bets from the table.
Call Place a Call bet (double your Ante bet) and continue playing against the dealer.
Fold Forfeit your AA and Ante bet and end the game round.
New Game Start a new game round.
Rebet Place the same bet as in the previous round and deal the cards.

The lower edge of the game window holds the casino toolbar. It contains the following:

  • Current balance

Your account balance. This is the money you can use to play the casino games.

  • Cashier

Clicking this button opens the Cashier window, where you can make deposits and withdrawals, see your transaction history, etc.

  • Play for Real Money

This button appears only in Fun or Offline Mode. Clicking it will take you to the Real Money account creation page. If you already have a Real Money account, it will take you to the Play for Real Money login screen.

  • Menu

Some popular functions are united under the Menu.

Clicking History (unavailable in Offline mode) will open the game history window, where you can see the details of recent game rounds.

Options allows you to change audio quality and various gameplay settings, and Help opens the help article that you are reading right now.

Online Support lets you contact a customer support specialist, if one is online.

  • Close

This button is available only in the download version of the game.

Clicking this button closes the game window and takes you back to the Lobby.

Shortcut keys

If you wish, you can press the following keys on your keyboard instead of clicking the buttons on the screen.

Press this key To do this
TAB Highlight the next button on the screen.
ENTER Click the button that is currently highlighted.
SPACEBAR Start a new game round, press again to rebet as well.
Number keys Raise your bet. Different number keys raise your bet by a different chip value. The number of functioning keys depends on the chips allowed for the current player and can be subject to change.
ESC Exit the game and go back to the lobby.

Note on malfunctions: A malfunction voids all pays and plays.

 

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Pai Gow Poker

March 24th, 2012

Pai Gow Online Chinese Poker

Pai Gow Poker is a combination of Poker and an ancient Chinese game Pai Gow. If you are not familiar with Pai Gow Rules, read them below.

Player receives seven cards, which he/she splits into two hands – a five card hand and a two card hand. The object is to beat the dealer.

  • First, place a bet by selecting a chip and clicking on the Bet area in the middle of the table. Place multiple chips if you want. To remove a chip from the bet field, right click on it.
  • Click on Deal.
  • You receive seven cards. Leave five of them in the “Highest” hand and select two that go to the “2 nd Highest” hand. To send a card to the “2 nd Highest” hand, just click on it. To send it back to the “Highest” hand, click on it again. The five-card hand (or the “Highest”) must always outrank the two-card hand (or the “2 nd Highest”). You can also click the House Way button to let the computer select your hands in a certain manner (see below for more info).
  • Click on Done (if you did not press House Way).
  • The dealer’s cards are revealed. If both the dealer’s hands are higher than yours, you lose your bet. If one of you hands is higher and the other is lower, the round results as a push and your bet is returned. If both your hands are higher, you win even money on your bet (1 to 1) minus 5% bank commission. In case of an exact match between hands (called a copy) the tie goes to the banker.
  • Click on New Game if you want to play another round. Place a bet again as described above, or click on the Rebet button to place the same bet as in the previous round.

Buttons:

Deal After you have placed your bet, press this to deal the cards.
Clear Bets Clear the bet you have placed.
Done After choosing the two cards for the 2 nd highest hand, click this button to proceed.
House Way Let the computer put together your highest and 2 nd highest hand in the most efficient manner.
New Game Start a new game round.
Rebet Place the same bet as in the last game round and deal the cards as well.

The lower edge of the game window holds the casino toolbar. It contains the following:

  • Current balance

Your account balance. This is the money you can use to play the casino games.

  • Cashier

Clicking this button opens the Cashier window, where you can make deposits and withdrawals, see your transaction history, etc.

  • Play for Real Money

This button appears only in Fun or Offline Mode. Clicking it will take you to the Real Money account creation page. If you already have a Real Money account, it will take you to the Play for Real Money login screen.

  • Menu

Some popular functions are united under the Menu.

Clicking History (unavailable in Offline mode) will open the game history window, where you can see the details of recent game rounds.

Options allows you to change audio quality and various gameplay settings, and Help opens the help article that you are reading right now.

Online Support lets you contact a customer support specialist, if one is online.

  • Close

This button is available only in the download version of the game.

Clicking this button closes the game window and takes you back to the Lobby.

Shortcut keys

If you wish, you can press the following keys on your keyboard instead of clicking on the buttons on the screen.

Press this key To do this
TAB Tab between the buttons on the screen.
ENTER Click the button that is currently highlighted.
SPACEBAR Start a new game round, press again to rebet as well.
Number keys Raise your bet. Different number keys raise by different amount. The number of functioning keys depends on the chips allowed for the current player and can be subject to change.
ESC Exit the game and go back to the lobby.

Note on malfunctions: A malfunction voids all pays and plays.

Note on disconnections: If you are disconnected from the Internet in the middle of a game while playing for Real Money, please re-establish your Internet connection and log back into the casino. You will be automatically directed to the game that was interrupted so you can continue playing.

Pai Gow Poker Rules

In Pai Gow Poker, the object is to divide your seven card hand into a five-card (“Highest”) and a two-card hand (“2 nd Highest”). The five-card hand must always outrank the two-card hand (hence the names “Highest” and “2 nd Highest”). The five-card hand is ranked as in Poker, except that an A-2-3-4-5 straight is the second highest straight. The two-card hand can be either a pair or individual cards. The highest two-card hand is a pair of aces and the lowest is a 2-3. You can divide your hand yourself, or let the computer split it, using a method called the House Way (see below).

Pai Gow Poker is played using a standard 53 card deck, including a Joker. The joker can only be used to complete a straight, flush, or straight flush, otherwise it is treated as an ace.

House Way

The House Way is a set of rules that describes how the dealer arranges his hand. You can use the House Way on your own hand as well, by clicking the House Way button.

The “front” refers to the two card hand and the “back” refers to the five card hand.

  • No pair: Place the highest card in the back and the next two highest cards in the front.
  • One pair: Place the pair in back and the next two highest cards in the front.
  • Two pair: Play two pair in back, except split in the following situations:
    • One pair is 7′s or greater and no ace singleton.
    • Pair of jacks or better and 6′s or better and an ace singleton.
    • Pair of aces and any other pair.
  • Three pair: Always play highest pair in front.
  • Three of a kind: Always play three of a kind in back except break up three aces.
  • Full house: Split except with pair of 2′s and an ace/king can be played in front.
  • Full house with three of a kind and two pairs: Play the highest pair in front.
  • Three of a kind twice: Always play highest pair in front.
  • Straights, flushes, straight flushes, and royal flushes:

Always play straight or flush in the high hand except play as a two pair if one of the following:

  • Any two pair and an ace singleton.
  • Pair of jacks and pair of 6′s.
  • Pair of aces and any other pair.

With a six or seven card straight or flush put the highest hand possible in front while maintaining the straight or flush in back.

Play staight or flush over straight flush to improve front hand to jack or better.

Play staight or flush over royal flush to improve front hand to king or better.

  • Four of a kind: Play according to the rank of the four of a kind:
    • 2 through 6: Always keep together.
    • 7 through 10: Split unless an ace or better can be played in front.
    • Jack through king: Split unless hand also contains a pair of 10′s or higher.
    • Aces: Split unless a pair of 7′s or higher can be played in front.
  • Five aces: Split unless pair of kings can be played in front.

After the hands have been arranged, your hands are compared to these of the dealer’s and the winner is determined:

  • If both the dealer’s hands are higher, you lose your bet.
  • If one of the dealer’s hands is higher, one lower, it is a push and your bet is returned.
  • If both your hands are higher, you win even money on your bet (1 to 1) minus 5% bank commission.

In case of an exact match between hands (called a copy) the tie goes to the banker.

 

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