In the world of online gaming and gambling, tournaments occupy a very curious place. Tournaments are generally more discreet than regular gameplays and events, and only the ones who are truly interested in wielding their gambling skills manage to stick through the initial phases to make it count at the end.
For all blackjack connoisseurs, here’s a quick roundup of upcoming blackjack tournaments of substance:
International Blackjack League
No blackjack tournament is as big as the International Blackjack League. Thousands of players from all around the world avidly take part in this league that renews every month. Over 50 top notch casinos from different countries put their share in this league to make it grander. It is currently hosted by Fortune Affiliates Group.
Casino Joy Blackjack World
Blackjack World is hosted by Casino Joy on a rather irregular basis. It is, however, understood among online gamers and gamblers that this tournament renews every three weeks. The best part about this tournament, besides sizeable rewards, is that it is broadcast live by the Poker Channel and Casino Joy website. It is definitely a feature blackjack lovers need to keep an eye on.
Head2Head Blackjack by English Harbour Casino
These tournaments are hosted by English Harbour Casino on a daily basis throughout the week. On weekends, there are multiple blackjack tournaments with compounded prizes and special rewards in the form of free spins and casino credits.
Blackjack Bonanza by Bet365
Bet365 is one of the premier online casinos and bookmakers in the world. The Blackjack Bonanza tournament hosted by Bet365 renews every month and sees participation from experts as well as newbies.
Fluxx is a card game where the rules are constantly evolving. Set in the land of Ooo from the hit children’s show ‘Adventure Time’, this card game takes the rules of Fluxx and adapts them yet again. The basic way to play the game is to draw one card per player every turn and then play those cards. Adventure Time Fluxx introduces New Rules as the game progresses, much like the adventures of Finn and Jake from the original show. The main mission of the game is to collect Keepers while avoiding Creepers while obtaining the right pairings to win the Goal that is currently in play.
Returning characters from Adventure Time
Set to draw in fans from the hit animated show, Adventure Time Fluxx will feature many loved characters from the franchise. Lumpy Space Princess and Tree Trunk the mini elephant take on the form of Keepers that sometimes have additional features and free actions. Adventure Time Fluxx introduces these special powers in an attempt to make the game from strategic, more involving and more in tune with the general mood of Adventure Time. The Ice King has the ability to steal Princess Marceline even if the player has a Creeper, adding new elements of game play to keep the setting in the Universe of the show’s premise.
Evolving rules of the game
New Rules and Action Cards add extra depth to the game and aim to keep it fast paced and constantly interesting. Various combinations call for play’s that are exclusive to Adventure Time’s version of Flux. Stealing Creepers, drawing more than one card on the same turn and immediate draws are a few new features in this edition of Fluxx. The random nature of the card game ensures replayability where chance and luck go a long way in determining the winner.
Scientific Games Corporation, which is a provider of gambling technology that has been around for decades, has joined together with Paddy Power into a content partnership. This deal will allow Paddy Power to bring a ton of Scientific Games titles to its online content catalogue, including titles from Barcrest, Bally, Williams Interactive, and Shuffle Master.
Paddy Power Enthusiam
The Head of Paddy Power Games made comments that show how the company is hopeful that the four large game development studios that Scientific Games Corporation will be able to bring them will be able to significantly increase the amount of overall variety they have to offer their consumers all through one single easy to use interface to give them as much freedom when it comes to different game types as possible. They are excited to bring their players the ability to access all these unique brand names, powerful game engines, and overall play mechanics.
Optimism from the Scientific Games Corporation
Scientific Games Corporation has responded with equal optimism. They’ve made comments stating that they are very pleased about the partnership they’re developing with the other company, whom they describe as a top European provider of casino content. They feel the partnership is proof that the quality and the widespread appeal of their games is something that players have taken notice of and will come to love as they play it. The customers will be able to access the gaming engine through traditional methods of online play as well as mobile wagering with their new HTML5 based capabilities.
Like Scientific Games, Paddy Power Games is a longstanding company in the casino industry that’s been in the business for decades and continues to bring its customers casino content they can trust, regardless of whether it’s in the form of sports betting, online bingo, spread betting, or other traditional casino options.
Following its initial release back in April of this year, the highly anticipated ‘Harvey’s Online Slot’ is continuing to set new records all over the world off the back of its highly addictive story structure and lucrative pay lines and bonuses to boot. Interestingly, or at least rather uniquely within the current climate of things, the game is themed around food – which surely is reason enough to go out and give it a try!
With 5 reels and 25 pay lines, this a video slot which on its surface seems like your standard console, though the more layers you peel back – the more is brought forward which makes you realise it is quite the opposite.
From the very first spin, whether or not it is a free one is beside the point, players are treated to some of the most stunning gameplay both visually and mechanically that you are likely to find throughout the entirety of the current Microgaming catalogue. And, as those who are familiar with said catalogue will know fine well, that is saying something.
Graphics aside, the gameplay is pretty sublime too! Even the quickest of jaunts with Harvey’s Online Slot can see players wind up encountering a whole mass of Wild and Scatter rewards, as well as a heap of Free Spins, Bonuses and a particularly alluring Gamble Feature. In the event a Champagne cork pops on the 2nd and 4th reels, for example, the Free Spins feature is triggered giving players the chance to win anywhere between 6 and 30 spins on top of the number their current credit amount will allow. With such helping hands along the way it is very plain to see why so many players are sticking with this game – it pays to play this game.
David Beckham recently became the public face of Macau’s flagship resort, The Venetian. The Venetian belongs to US billionaire and Republican party backer Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corporation.
Macau’s foundation puts Las Vegas to shame. It is built a massive gambling industry its casinos turned in revenue of $44 bn in 2014 alone.
Not all of Macau’s business is show business. Experts describe the Macau casino scene as a hotbed of money laundering, Mafia activity, triad hosting and a pure unadulterated outlet for corrupt Chinese government members to spend their ill-gotten wealth.
The Chinese government now, however, is coming down hard on corrupt members of society and money laundering practises all throughout Macau resulting in a dried up stream of income from high rolling players.
Why China’s Macau needs to be paid attention to
If Macau’s gaming and entertainment industry is to survive the Chinese government crackdown, it must evolve and change. Reform is needed as soon as possible. Junkets or luxury gambling trips as well as fears of triad presence are felt and remain in Macau.
While’s Hong Kong’s forte is banking, Macau’s forte is gambling. Macau came into popularity due to the legal casinos left behind by its colonial masters, the Portuguese. Stanley Ho, the billionaire, owned the monopoly of casinos in the city but had to break the monopoly in 2002 when authorities opened up concessions to Chinese tycoons and a few foreign bidders who seized the opportunity.
The foreign bidders were mainly American and the first was Adelson in 2004. He became a multi-billionaire who was later famous for his comments on US and Israeli politics.
To pull the right high rollers through the doors, Macau used to be where the money was. Macau’s gambling industry pulled in more than seven times what the Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas Sands and MGM brought in.
Macau’s golden era might be at its end but this when the public will get to see what it looked like through the eyes of the rich and famous.
April was a lucky month for one Canadian gambler. Mark A. from Saskatchewan won the progressive jackpot from the Royal Vegas Mobile Casino. Playing the Mega Moolah game from Royal Vegas Mobile, Mark A. took home a whopping jackpot of more than $7.5 million.
Royal Vegas Mobile, a division of Microgaming, offers some of the biggest progressive jackpots in the business. Winning the massive progressive jackpot was a historic event, although Mark A. prefers to remain anonymous while he collects his winnings.
Mega Moolah is a popular slots game from the Canadian games developer Microgaming. The Mega Moolah game is the pinnacle of portability, available on the Apple iPhone, Android, Windows Phone or through a web browser via the HTML5.
Microgaming and Mega Moolah have grown in popularity among Canadian gamers thanks to a reputation for speed, security, reliability and, of course, gigantic jackpots like the one Mark A. won in late April. The big progessive jackpot from Mega Moolah came shortly after Microgaming offered a big sign-up bonus to new players: an offer of a $1200 after players make their first three deposits. The matching sign-up bonus has seen thousands of new players join Microgaming and try their luck to win Mega Moolah’s huge progressive jackpots.
Microgaming is a gaming software developer that is licensed in Canada and certified by the eCOGRA as a “Safe & Fair” operator. All of Microgaming’s offerings, including the ultra-popular Mega Moolah game, are tested for fairness, reliability and security by the gaming organization. In addition to its new player sign-up bonus of $1200, Microgaming also offers daily prizes, guaranteed credits and rewards points, cruise gifts and, of course, plenty of multi-million dollar progressive jackpots.
In order to defend the nearly extinct gambling industry in Connecticut, legislative leaders along with two Indian operators of casinos in the state put forth a proposal for building 3 new casinos in Hartford.
The objective in the short run is to construct a casino in northern Hartford (Near corridor Interstate 91) so as to keep away from the gambling competition coming from adjoining Massachusetts. Even then, new facilities would be permitted by the legislation near Interstate 95 (Bridgeport) as well as Interstate 84 (Danbury).
Economic war declared by Massachusetts: Bob Duff
According to Bob Duff, Majority Leader of the Senate, Hartford is ready to fight against Massachusetts which has announced an economic war on it. He said that they would not allow Massachusetts to take away their jobs and make sure that they are kept in the state.
It was in the November of 1995 that the legislature last tried to develop and grow casino gambling. This was when a casino project (Bridgeport) could not get Senate support in terms of vote and collapsed. In the recent years, efforts made by the legislature to pass Keno, which are video games, similar to a lottery (played in bars and restaurants) have consistently failed twice. But there are competing casinos which are cutting into the gaming revenues of Connecticut.
Springfield Casino is a threat, says Kevin Brown
According to Kevin Brown, Chairman, Mohegun Sun (Foxwoods and Uncasville), there has been a decline in the tribe’s casino jobs as a result of growth of gambling sites in various regions. His major concern is Springfield Casino. It is looking to attract almost 80% of the customers from Connecticut. However, he acknowledges the flexibility offered by new casino opportunities.
This New Year, casinos are showing their generous side by announcing progressive jackpots that can help winners take home more than $1 million dollars. Players can try their luck at all the top casinos like Bet365, Platinum Play, Magic Red and even Playtech, which are all giving away millions on slot games to their patrons. Given below are details of top progressive jackpots which are making news in the gaming industry.
Mega Moolah – The Safari themed Mega Moolah has always enticed players with promise of mega millions. The current progressive jackpot can help players win around € 3.5 million. The Platinum Play Casino, which runs Mega Moolah has promised more such chances to loyal patrons throughout the year.
Beach Life – Playtech-owned Bet365 Casino offers players, the next top earning jackpot amounting to an amazing €3 million. The ability to earn millions will give warmth to players.
Spamalot – Monty Python TV Show fans can now rejoice with the latest Spamalot slot game show from Playtech, which encourages players to try their luck with promise of progressive jackpot that has $2.7 million up for grabs. The slot is part of Playtech’s Magic Red Casino group, which will give a lucky player his first million of the year.
Gladiator Jackpot – Fans of the mega movie Gladiator starring Russell Crowe can now become active participants in the game itself. The official licensee of the Oscar award winning movie offers players the chance to win progressive jackpots of Gladiator Bonus and Coliseum Bonus through special rounds of free spins. Loyal patrons of Magic Red Casino can also play Gladiator and hope to win the progressive bonuses of $1.6 million as this game is available in this online casino too.
Funky Fruits – Playtech Casino’s popular Funky Fruits game slot features an interesting progressive jackpot, which can help players win around $1 million. The Bet365 Casino is ideal ground for playing Funky Fruits in its online format.
Marvel – Playtech’s Magic Red Casino also has slots for Marvel fans with all their heroes featuring them in several progressive jackpots throughout the year. This year their jackpots slots featuring characters like Incredible Hulk and Ghost Rider will allow players to win around $ 280,000.
A recent raid on a top casino at Las Vegas has thrown up clues of distinct connection between profitable gambling groups namely – High roller player junkets to Macau, high stake poker games and online sports betting. According to US regulators, the combination of these three is a perfect medium for attracting unsavoury elements of organized crime followed by money laundering. When federal authorities raided Caesars Entertainment in July 2014 and busted an illegal sports gambling racket it discovered that it had provided junket executives five villas for free along with credit of $90 million for high stakes gambling.
World Cup Soccer and Poker Competition at Vegas
The hotel claimed that the group of high roller players had come on special invitation for the poker competition and employees became suspicious of their strange requests for computers, televisions, DSL lines along with Wi-Fi. Since Caesars’ staff alerted police and also cooperated with them they were not charged when Paul Phua, an eminent high stakes player from Macau was accused of illegal sports gambling. Though others accused with Paul Phua were charged and fined, Paul has denied involvement in these crimes due to his contribution to Macau’s development and ownership of largest sports betting firms in the world.
Dangerous gambling combination
The Asian junkets bringing high rollers from Asian cities like Paul Phua to casinos in Macau has been working as successful money laundering outfits as funds are being transferred as wins and losses across national boundaries with ease. High stakes games in poker, baccarat and other card games are being financed by money from criminal activities. Though sports’ betting is considered illegal in several nations across Asia and some states in United States, it is still being carried out by high stakes junket players who travel to areas where it is legal to carry out their operations. The existence of illegal bookmakers and betting sites, sports betting provides ample scope for money laundering.
Phil Ivey is no stranger to the world of poker. At 38, many consider him to be one of the greatest poker players of all time. His reputation is backed by 10 bracelets won in the World Series of Poker. But like many professional gamblers, there is never enough money. Ivey is always looking for an edge that will increase his winnings. This edge has landed him in spotlight over the past couple years on different occasions.
In August of 2012, Ivey took £1 million to the Crockfords Club in London to play baccarat. Over the course of four winning sessions, he had more than £7.7 million in chips. When he arrived back to his home in Las Vegas, he was expecting the money to be wired to him from the casino. Unfortunately for Mr. Ivey, only the original £1 million was returned.
The reason for this is that the bosses at the Crocksfords Club alleged that Mr. Ivey was using “edge-sorting” as an advantage. That is when a player takes note of the variables in design on the back of the cards, making it possible to know what card is next to be dealt. Naturally, Ivey felt that he was entitled to his money because he claims it’s not cheating if the casino doesn’t catch its own mistakes. So he made his case heard in the UK courts. After a lengthy battle, the ruling was in favor of the Crockford’s Club. After the ruling, Phil Ivey was quoted saying “I believe that what we did was a legitimate strategy and we did nothing more than exploit Crockfords’ failures to take proper steps to protect themselves against a player of my ability. Clearly today the judge did not agree.”