Featured Editorials

Should I Carry Out Due Diligence Before Joining An Online Casino?

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Choosing an online casino is not something that should be decided with the toss of a coin. There is so much choice out there and it is important to know who you are going to be depositing your funds with before you start playing.

There are many rogue casinos on the internet so it is important you don’t get duped by one of these sites and lose your funds. It is vital to know the differences that separate the legitimate, safe online casinos and those that are to be avoided at all costs.

Casino 2000 Your Entertainment Our Pleasure

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Glyn Thomas chats to Guido Berghmans, Director General, Casino de Jeux du Luxembourg

How has business been since our last interview which took place more than 2 years ago?

When we were speaking last time, the long planned concept of integrating all our offers into one open space, that we understand as a “Centre for Entertainment for grown-ups” has just come of age. As one of the last steps, the former hotel lobby has been integrated into that space. Our guests like this concept. Once they have passed by the entrance control, they have direct and unlimited access to our event hall CHAPITO, to the gaming floor, three restaurants, four bars, a hotel and all peripheral offerings.

All You Need To Know About Pontoon

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The casino card game of Pontoon is considered to be the earliest version of blackjack. Compared to standard blackjack, the game has different set of rules and terminology, which is why knowing blackjack or having an optimal blackjack strategy won’t help you in this game.

If you want to play Pontoon and win cash, you have to learn the rules of game play, understand how it works and practice playing strategy moves. On the Internet, Pontoon is offered at online casinos that use RTG, Microgaming and Playtech software with a house edge of 0.38%. However, this Pontoon is different from the Australian one that is known among Americans as Spanish 21.

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Grand Entertainment

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Interview with Mark Prows, Senior Vice President Entertainment Operations, Corporate Entertainment – MGM Resorts by: Victor H Royer

Casino Life magazine recently had the opportunity to interview MGM Resorts executive Mark Prows, recipient of the 2017 Casino Entertainment Award at the 2017 G2E Gaming Convention in Las Vegas.

Mark was integral in the design and development of T-Mobile Arena, which has become a huge hit among sports fans locally, and those visiting for major events. A 25-year veteran of MGM Resorts, Mark began his career in arena management and design 35 years ago, progressing through front-line positions to senior level management at five different arenas throughout the U.S.

Gaming Education

Peter White chats to Lee Willows, Founder and Chief Executive YGAM 

For those of our readers not familiar with the charity, Young Gamblers Education Trust ‘YGAM’ could we commence this interview with an explanation of its purpose, aims and objectives?

For those of you unfamiliar with YGAM we are an independent UK-Registered Charity with a social purpose to inform, educate and safeguard young people against problematic gambling or gaming. Of the twelve Priority Actions as identified in the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) National Responsible Gambling Strategy, YGAM’s social purpose contributes to delivery of Priority Action Eight; Education to Prevent Gambling- Related Harm.

Grand National 2018 – who the punters are backing

All major horse racing events pick up expected attention from fans and punters of the sport, but the Grand National is an extra special race, because even those who aren’t knowledgeable or even all that interested in horse racing tend to have a bet on the highly-anticipated run.

For those who aren’t quite so experienced in horserace betting, and even those who are, picking your own Grand National tips are hard to decipher. Luckily, sites like The Winners Enclosure fuel a community of punters in that field, helped by their knack of providing researched tips, odds and recommended bets, making the whole process easier for you to throw your hat in the ring.

As the Grand National’s most celebrated run approaches, we give some insight into which horses are worth considering, and who most punters are getting behind:

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Renovation with Innovation

Bill Healey talks to Bill Bembenek, CEO, Pala Casino Spa & Resort

Nestled in the secluded foothills north of San Diego, California is one of the state’s top casino resort destinations, Pala Casino Spa & Resort. Though designated with a AAA Four-Diamond rating, the gaming and entertainment resort has undertaken an extensive $170 million expansion and renovation project that began in October 2017.

We have been fortunate to catch-up with Bill Bembenek, the CEO to discuss the casino and their ongoing renovation.

Could you give us a bit of a background on your industry experience, and what led you to Pala Resort.

I began my gaming career in 1992 in the Chicagoland market, holding director level positions at the Empress Casino in Illinois and the Blue Chip Casino in Northwest Indiana.

How to win and withdraw at online casinos without depositing real cash

Many people generally believe that in order to win and withdraw real cash at an online casino you need to first have deposited. A few years back, this assertion was indeed true, there was no way in which you could win and proceed to withdraw your winnings without having to deposit first. However, some software for casino sites is no longer programmed to operate in such a way as you can actually withdraw real cash for the free spins or free wagers you receive either at signing up or during the various promotional offers and bonuses offered by casinos.

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Inspire the Best

Glyn Thomas talks to Mike Rothwell, Managing Director, Caesars Entertainment EMEA about Brands, Brexit ...and being the Best

Most people will be familiar with the Caesars Entertainment brand but not necessarily be aware of how diverse the company is, how it has many different operations in different countries. Can you elaborate?
 
Caesars Entertainment Corporation is one of the world’s largest and most diversified casino entertainment providers. We now operate 47 casinos across five countries, from the destination resorts of Las Vegas and Atlantic City to the high-end glamour of Mayfair, the buzz of London’s Leicester Square and the excitement of Cairo and its proximity to the Middle East.
 

RealCasino Side-By-Side Comparison with Other Market Players

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2018 is likely to see mainstream adoption of blockchain-based casinos. While several projects are likely to onboard large numbers of users, RealCasino.io is one project that is very well positioned to take significant market share.

As we know, one of the very first applications of blockchain technology (after the peer-to-peer electronic payment system enabled by Bitcoin) was gambling. The ability to generate provably fair random events on the Bitcoin protocol spawned Satoshi Dice way back in April 2012. The site was an almost instant success, earning the equivalent of $50,000/month before being sold in 2013 for 126,315 BTC!