Red Or Black? Let Me See

The Rat Pack did it with style and grace. The suave sophistication of Sinatra, Martin and Davis Junior remain memorable visions for those who cheered them on during their ambitious heist in Vegas.

Smart stuff for the silver screen it may have been, but the modern day gambler has become highly sophisticated and mere shuffles or slights of the hand are simply old rope. No longer is Vegas the venue for fantasy cheating or shifty card play, the UK is awash with high rollers with a far more sinister methods of cleaning up the house. Card Counting is mere child’s play.

Recently, a ring of gamblers were convicted for running well drilled scams which resulted in cheating casinos and bookmakers of millions of pounds.

Gang members worked as a team to distract croupiers and security staff as they stole gaming chips worth thousands of pounds. A spill of drink on the table, a sudden cough or a sweaty palm have been enough to escape even the hawking eyes of ceiling security.

The inquiry, codenamed Suresh, began in January and investigators believe the ring may have been operating for several years. The gang is alleged to have used a similar ruse at betting shops to take money from cashiers.

Detective Inspector John Anderson, of the Metropolitan Police’s clubs and vice unit, said the investigation was the first to include Gambling Commission investigators.

“This gang has been repeatedly committing acts of fraud to gain entry to gaming establishments with the aim of cheating,” he said.”Through working collectively together in this way we can form a more effective response to combat organised gaming fraud.”

However, this was simply a basic hustle. There have been more ruthless methods. A casino cheat used hi-tech spy equipment to win up to 250,000 pounds from a West End casino was jailed for nine months while his accomplices received suspended sentences.

Others have been convicted following use of “up the sleeve” cameras and virtually invisible earpieces.

Hundreds of the roulette-cheating machines – which consist of a small digital time recorder, a concealed computer and a hidden earpiece – were tested at a government laboratory in 2004 after a gang suspected of using them won 1.3m pounds at the Ritz casino in London.

After the research, which was never made public but has been seen by the Guardian newspaper, the government’s gambling watchdog admitted to industry insiders that the technology can offer punters an edge when playing roulette in a casino, and the advantage can be “considerable”.

But rather than ban the devices, which are outlawed in many jurisdictions across the world, the Gambling Commission will require casinos to police themselves. Phill Brear, the commission’s director of operations, admits predictive softwares can work but suggested it might be possible to prosecute someone using them under a new Gambling Act offence of cheating.

However Mark Griffiths, Europe’s only professor of gambling, said using computer devices would not constitute cheating.”If someone’s got a piece of equipment that calculates where a ball will land, then that is akin to card counting in blackjack. It’s not cheating – it’s using science to give yourself a better advantage.”

The equipment consists of a clicker that records the deceleration speed of the rotor and ball, a remote computer device concealed inside a mobile phone or MP3 player, and an earpiece that instructs a player which zone the ball will land in.

The defense is used by Counsel when confronted with trials of this nature. Gaming devices which simply give a gambler an advantage may well be a legal tool in the same way that a sharp brain which can card count cannot be said to be a device for ‘cheating’

The Gaming Commission wrote last year stating: “We now agree that roulette wheels can develop a bias of the type you describe and that, particularly with the use of electronic equipment, players can use the bias to predict with some accuracy the segment of the wheel in which the ball will come to rest, thereby giving them an advantage.”

The dangers of such an admission are clear. Punters who have missed their numbers through innocent number selection will no doubt be furious that a device has cleared their pockets.

The Gaming Industry may now have left a easily accessible defense to a charge of cheating.

As Sinatra once famously quipped “Luck is only important insofar as getting the chance to sell yourself at the right moment. After that, you’ve got to have talent and know how to use it.

How To Start Your Own Online Casino and Poker Gaming Business

Did you know that online gambling business is currently one of the fastest growing business categories in the world? The popularity of online gaming is increasing rapidly and this year has seen significant growth in Europe and Asia. In China and Malaysia, there are twice as many online gamers as there are Internet shoppers. Around 43% of Chinese Internet users play games online, while just 16% report that they shop online.

Revenues in online gaming business rose from only $800 million to over $2 billion in 1999! By year 2010, it is estimated that online gambling industry will top over $16 billion in revenues! London-based Merrill Lynch analyst Andrew Burnett says online gambling could generate more than $150 billion in revenues by 2015.

Until recently small entrepreneurs had no chance of getting into the gambling industry, because of huge capital investments, gaming license acquisitions and legal red tape. The internet eliminated all the obstacles. You can now own and promote your own online casino, sportsbook and multiplayer poker room gaming business and generate revenues you’ve only dreamt about.

There are 3 ways to start an online gaming business:

1) Most Expensive – Design and implement all gambling software for an online casino, sportsbook and multiplayer poker room which could cost you millions of US Dollars. You will also need to obtain a gaming license to run your online gaming business, which requires approval from most governments. However, you will have full control of your gambling site, and full knowledge of the source code of your gambling software. In addition, no royalties are paid out to a gambling software development company.

2) Average – Become a Licensee of an Online Gambling Software Provider. This is a far less expensive option to start an online gambling business and you will receive all the gambling software and sometimes even the equipment necessary. It is also the most popular option for both licensed land-based establishments as well as entrepreneurs. Costs range from $30,000 to $350,000. The average licensing fees are around $150,000 (this usually includes marketing costs). In most cases a royalty is paid to the gambling software provider as a percentage of the monthly “take” or “drop” (gross profit). Usually the gambling software provider has payment processing (merchant account providers) already set up for a fully turnkey operation.

3) Most Affordable – Become a Sublicensee of an existing Licensee. This is the least expensive option to start an online gambling business. Costs range from $5,000 to $60,000. The sublicensee is responsible for all the marketing and receives a smaller percentage than a full licensee (2), because royalties paid to the licensee are much higher.

To legally operate online gambling businesses, online casino and poker room owners turn to sovereign governments in countries that permit online gambling and duly issue licenses for gambling operations. The casinos and poker rooms are registered as offshore gambling operations and in turn, the respective countries gain significant licensing fees and tax-generated revenues.

As Internet use spreads across the globe, online gambling business will continue to be one of most profitable online business opportunities of the 21st century.

Bingo Equipment Can Help You Maintain Call Speed Consistency

Bingo supplies can be quirky business. While visiting a customer’s bingo the other day, I noticed that the bingo caller was calling bingo on his own without the benefit of a timer. While this caller was experienced, and had a good feel for the bingo players, he was still varying his pace enough to be a problem.

Without a timer, this bingo caller would sometimes lose track and start to call too slowly. To which, bingo players would soon grumble, “Speed Up!”. Sometimes this bingo caller would accelerate the pace, causing bingo daubers in players’ hands to speed up in a flurry to get their numbers daubed.

Bingo players don’t like inconsistency. Variable calling speeds are going to annoy them at the least, or really upset them if they miss a bingo. Despite this bingo caller being solid in most respects, he was hurting his bingo with his lack of consistency. He needed to use a timer to regulate his call speed. Believe it or not, little things like this can cause a bingo to lose bingo players.

So, where does a bingo caller find a timer? Most bingo machines come equipped with timing devices which will set a steady pace for callers. If this is unavailable, a simple and inexpensive metronome will do the trick. Even a watch or a seconds hand on a clock is better than your bingo caller simply winging it on his own.

In my customer’s case, when we asked the bingo caller why he didn’t use the timer on his bingo equipment , he said he thought it was broken. Funny thing is the timer wasn’t broken. The bingo caller just didn’t know how to use it, and was too afraid to try. Once he was shown how it worked and how easy it was, he began calling the bingo numbers at a consistent pace. The bingo players were much happier with him as a result.

Big Charms Comes With Big, Charming Bonuses in Diablo 2 – Your Guide to Gheeds

Gheed is the obsequious traveling merchant who takes shelter behind the safe walls of the Rogue Encampment in Act 1. He sells armors and weapons and also offers your characters the chance to Gamble for better equipment.

In honor of Gheed, we have Gheed’s Fortune, a unique Large Charm much desired by Diablo 2 players.

As a unique Large Charm, you may only carry one in your backpack at any one time.

The Stats

Required Level: 62

80-160% Extra Gold From Monsters

Reduces All Vendor Prices 10-15%

20-40% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

80-160% Extra Gold From Monsters

Gold is used primarily to maintain your weapons and armor, and also for Gambling. Some weapons and armor require an exorbitant amount of gold to repair at the blacksmith, and this is where this nice mod comes into play. With a Gheed’s fortune in your inventory, you will find less difficult to maintain enough gold for fixing your equipment, and for those who are Gambling addicts, this mod is a godsend.

Reduces All Vendor Prices 10-15%

This mod is very attractive to those players who like to spend their gold on Gambling for better equipment.

Players can gamble for better equipment by visiting the merchant in the headquarters for a particular Act. In Act 1, this would be Gheed.

What then happens is that when you select the Gambling option, you will have the opportunity to buy a few choices of items from the merchant. Once you have done so, it goes into your inventory and is immediately identified. There is chance that the item you have bought is a normal Magical item (89.85%), a Rare Item (10%), a Set item (0.10%) or a Unique item (0.05%).

Gheed’s fortune is attractive to players who like to gamble because not only do you get more gold from killing (as explained above), but the items available on the Gambling window are cheaper as well, meaning that you get more bang for your buck!

20-40% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Diablo 2 is all about getting the best items for your character. With the right items, your character becomes tougher to kill, is able to deal more damage, and just generally becomes more of a bad-ass.

An MF  (Magic Find) Run in a Diablo 2 game is where players equip their characters with items that offers the mod %Better chance of Getting Magic Items, where a higher % is better in terms of increasing the chances of getting better item drops from unique monsters, but while still being able to dish out decent damage.

Gheed’s Fortune is a fantastic addition when you eventually decide to do your MF Run, especially if you get a near perfect or perfect Gheed (where near perfect would be around 35-40% MF).

Summary:

Gheed’s Fortune is a unique charm highly valued by players who enjoy Gambling (almost all players) and players who enjoy getting better gear by doing MF Runs (all players). The only bad thing that could be said about Gheed’s Fortune is the fact that your character hasn’t found it yet!