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On a random night after work, with nothing to lose and a little change in my pocket going jing-a-ling-a-ling, I found myself with a hankering to play some cards. Next stop: Hard Rock Casino poker room. Read the rest of this entry »
With only one game left in the NBA season and at most four games left in the NHL season–yes, there are still people out there who watch hockey, there’s going to be little to fill the plates of many mainstream sports fans for the next couple of months. If you don’t like baseball, tennis, golf, auto racing, or soccer, there’s going to be a temporary void in your life. There are, after all, only so many times you can do your pre-fantasy draft planning before you start to look a little loony. On the positive side, however, that leaves plenty of time to finally catch up on all of the projects, activities, and events that have been put off for sports over the last several months.
If you’re a sports bettor with little to bet on for now, this little lull in action offers up the chance to, and it’s also a good time to figure out who you’ll be casting your lots with when football season returns. Now, everyone doesn’t have the luxury of being able to live in Vegas or travel there on a regular basis, so online sportsbooks like Bovada are the only option for most of us.
One thing that should automatically be at the top of the list of being able to feel comfortable that your money’s in safe hands and that you won’t have to deal with any hassles when it comes time to cash out. There are no guarantees when you’re betting online, but there are definitely some books that have the edge when it comes to reliability.
Beyond reliability, there are a few factors that most people look for when it comes to deciding where to bet.
Betting Options: There are some out there who don’t need anything more than spreads, totals, and moneylines and the basic straight and parlay bets. But for others, there needs to be so much more, whether it’s props, futures, teasers, live betting. Currently, mobile compatibility is more of a requirement, with many wanting or opting, whether for convenience or time reasons, to use their cell phone (or tablet) far more than their computer.
Lines: If you’re looking to maximize your potential profits down to the cents, then finding the best lines will be at the top of your priority list. If you’re only going with one book, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with going with book A over book B if book A consistently offers lines that would be, for example, -115 at their book and -125 at book B. It may come out to even just a few dollars less that you’re putting towards a bet or a few dollars more that you’ll be winning on that bet, but if you bet frequently, those few saved or earned dollars can really add up.
Perks: If you like a little extra cushion in case you take a few losses or enjoy a little casino or poker action on the side, bonuses or reward programs can offer you great benefits. This is where a little caution needs to be used, because there are more than a few books out there who lure customers with high bonuses with high rollovers or requirements that aren’t plainly stated or require handing over the rights to your unborn children.
If you’re leery of big bonuses or rollovers but still like perks, many books offer some sort of rewards program that allows you to earn cash back on losses, get free payouts or free bets, or accumulate points that can be redeemed for everything from contest entries, to free bets, to top of the line electronics.
What book you choose will more than likely come down to whether only one of those factors is important to you or a combination of the three is. It’s recommended to have at least a couple of outs for variety purposes, because one book can be better than another for a particular sport or provide certain perks at a certain time that another doesn’t. Ultimately, whatever book(s) you choose, it’s always a wise idea to check out a full list of sports betting sites before making your decision.
When you’re obsessively following football for two thirds of the year, creating your own fantasy league and working out the points accrued and lost every week, don’t you find there’s an empty space come the summer and the season ends?
Or, say you follow every single Grand Prix and bet on a big accumulator. What do you do when it’s all over for another year. That’s the problem with being an obsessive fan of any particular sport, you’re left bereft and with nothing to give your brain a workout in the times between seasons.
Well, now the UK football season has ended and there are no major sporting events lined up for 2013 (after the London Olympics last year, I think we’ve run out of that kind of enthusiasm!) we’ve been thinking of all sorts of ways you can keep yourself entertained in the few short weeks until the next football season kicks off.
Luckily, if you’ve been strictly an armchair football fan, we’ve found lots of ways for you to pass the time without even moving from your sofa.
Your salvation lies with online games, forums and console games. After all, if you have access to a PC you can play Football Manager to your heart’s content and relive the glory days of your favourite team. Or you could get on your console and get stuck into Fifa 14. But if you want a break from football and still want to exercise your grey matter, then how about some online brain training games?
There are absolutely loads of apps and games out there that promise to keep your brain in good nick – and a lot of them are free. If you have a Nintendo DS then you could play Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training, one of the original and the best brain training games. But you could also go online and play the games on lumosity.com. You can set up your own profile and Lumosity will give you a personally devised brain training regime to get your brain working harder and harder.
Or if word games are more your thing, check out Words With Friends on Facebook and as a downloadable app for tablets and smartphones. Based on Scrabble it gives a fabulously usable platform to play your friends in endless word games – it can be pretty addictive trying to beat every single one of them!
Honing your word skills can become exhausting in itself, and this is when you might feel the need for a bit of light relief at an online casino, for example you may wish to play at intertops. Here you can casually play the slots, dip in and out of the odd game of roulette or chance your arm at poker – and you always have the added bonus of maybe winning some cash – can’t be a bad way to spend your down time as you grieve over Beckham’s retirement and gird your loins for the football season 2013/14.
Competitive Scrabbling is serious business. If you don’t believe me, I suggest you check out one of their traveling tournaments. Read the rest of this entry »
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The internet is growing faster than ever, and what is fueling the growth is available content. Up until recently, most of the content on the internet was in English. With globalization and localization, more and more people have reasons to go online. Localization and acculturation are also the driving forces behind the growth of online gambling, not just in western countries, but also in Arab countries.
Technically speaking, gambling in all forms is illegal in any Arab country. Not just because of any local law or any religious grounds. Rather, it is the way religion or Islam is treated by Islamic countries. For a Muslim, the Qur’an is not just a religious book. It is treated almost like a constitution or a body of law. One of the tenets of Islam is that gambling is forbidden. As interpreted by Arab countries, it means that gambling is illegal.
In actual practice, due to the openness of the internet, anyone living in an Arab country can still access gambling sites, which are almost all located outside of the Middle East. Arab governments understand this and know that they cannot have these gambling sites closed down. Instead, they block the access of these sites, which makes it hard for their citizens to play in online gambling sites or online casinos.
That does not mean that Arabs do not play on online gambling sites. The truth is that the number of Arab players is growing faster than ever before. Arab players are also technically savvy, and use different ways to access online casinos. Besides, there are sites that offer information about casino games that were developed particularly for Arabs and in their language like online-casino-gambling-strategy.com/.
This is also the case in card games like poker and Blackjack. There are several sites that aim to attract Arab players to play poker and Blackjack. Most major online casinos also have Arabic pages. Online poker has growing following ratings among Arabs. In a recent survey, Lebanon has the most number of online poker visitors with other countries not too far behind.
One of the most popular games amongst Arabic players is Blackjack, or in Arabic “بلاك جاك “. It’s a card game with the aim of having a higher card total as close to or equal to 21. Although, there are other players on the table, the player only compares his cards with the dealer. If his cards are higher than the dealer’s without going over 21, then he wins. The game is fairly simple and it has always been a staple of casinos. The popularity of Blackjack may have waned a bit due to the increased popularity of poker, but it still draws a large following.
There are however, some Arabic sites and places where betting is allowed. Horse racing is a big event in Arab countries and in this, betting is not considered as gambling and it is allowed. The Dubai World Cup has a purse of $10 million and is the world’s richest horse race. The race is managed by the Emirates Racing Authority (ERA) and is held annually on the last Saturday of March. Their website, emiratesracing.com provides updates on the country’s races. With a large purse, horses from around the world participate in important races in the Emirates. The inaugural Dubai World Cup was won by Cigar, a Hall of Fame horse from the United States.
It is apparent that gambling is alive and well in Arab countries, and players and enthusiasts can find ways to overcome boundaries and prohibitions and play whenever they want to.a href=”http://emiratesracing.com/” target=”_blank”