Online bingo hits the jackpot with easy play and easy win

Online bingo is growing fast as players discover how fun and easy online bingo is to play.

 

You never know who you’ll meet on any given night in the online bingo hall. In just a few minutes, you could be chatting with ‘DrZeus’ — a retired dentist from Washington who has won Interbingo’s daily 8:00pm (EST) tournament four times in the past month. Or, you may be congratulating ‘April85’ — a 28-year-old Canadian woman who just won the $100 coverall. Taking full advantage of the interactivity of the internet, online bingo has grown to be more than just a fun and easy way to win money, but a great place to meet and interact with other bingo players, too.


An introduction to online bingo
Bingo is a simple game to play, online or offline. When you enter the virtual bingo hall, usually you’ll see a game already in progress. Bingo games generally last only a few minutes, and are played continuously, one after another. At the front of the bingo hall is a caller with a virtual bingo bin full of 75 bingo balls. The caller pulls balls out of the bin one-by-one, and calls out their letter and number. As balls are called, players check the bingo cards that they purchased before the game, and mark the numbers as they are called. When a player has BINGO, that means the numbers that they’ve marked on their bingo card match the winning pattern for that game. The first player to get BINGO wins!

Most bingo software contains interactive chatting features, which allow for a social as well as fun environment. But as you become acquainted with all the other players in the hall, don’t forget to buy your bingo card for the next game. Cards usually come in “strips” of three cards. With each strip, you have three separate chances to win. Each bingo strip costs as little as $1, or even less in Bingo halls that sell packages of strips for specific games. Bingo is a great game to play; you won’t break the bank, and you’ll meet some interesting people along the way!

Bingo games
Each bingo game has a different jackpot and a different winning pattern. Most jackpots are between $20 and $250 for the first person to call BINGO before the maximum number of balls has been called. Lots of online bingo halls also offer progressive jackpots. If you’re lucky enough to call BINGO before a set number of balls have been called, you could walk away with thousands of dollars from only one game! The bingo hall sets the maximum number of balls needed for the jackpots based on the number of squares needed to complete the winning pattern.

Bingo tournaments
In bingo tournaments, you often have a much better chance of winning a larger jackpot as there are no maximum number of balls. Tournaments continue until a player has B-I-N-G-O. It is possible for a winning player to walk away with jackpots of up to $250 every time. Think how much money could be won – Interbingo holds tournaments three times a day, every day!

Bingo odds
Your chances of winning a bingo tournament depend on how many players are playing at that time. For example, if you have six cards for one game with 150 total cards in play, your chances of the big jackpot are 1 in 25. Not too bad!

Bingo bonuses
Yes! You can get free money bonuses in online bingo, too! Interbingo offers a 100% match bonus to every player, every month

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Blackjack Strategy

Blackjack is one of the simplest and most straightforward game in the casino, and if played correctly, can give the player the best chance at winning. Based only on the probabilities of the cards in the shoe, Casino Sage has calculated the most mathematically advantageous playing strategy for the player.

Never played blackjack before? Click here to learn the basics first.

To use the blackjack strategy table below, a find your hand along the left side, and move across to the dealer’s upcard on the top. Where your two hands intersect, The Casino Sage has calculated the best move for that combination of cards. Playing exactly by the table will allow the player to even the odds as much as possible. Depending on the online casino you choose to gamble at, using the basic statistical strategy can lessen the casino’s edge to less than 2%.

Ok, enough statistics … here’s the basic blackjack table for most casino using multiple decks when the dealer must stay on a soft 17:

This strategy, when utilized for the long-term, can give the player odds close to 50%. However, this does not mean that the player will never lose using this table. You will never have a true odds advantage in the casino, but casino gambling will have large short-term swings. The trick is cash out during an up-swing and not get greedy!

Doubling Down: Your best chance of winning money is on a smart double down. Beware, though, players that double down when odds are not in their favor tend to lose the most. Always double down on an 11, and sometimes on a 9 or 10 or certain soft hands(look at the chart). Never, ever, double down on an 8!

Splitting: You may have heard “Aces & Eights” when people are talking about when to split. This is absolutely true, if you have a pair of aces, or a pair of eights, always split them! You’re much better off with two 11’s or two 8’s than a 12 or 16. Never, ever, split two face cards!

Insurance: Do not take insurance, even when you have blackjack. You may have amateurs tell you that you should, but the house always has the edge. Every time you accept insurance you are statistically losing money.

Surrender: in the late surrender the player may choose to surrender after the dealer checks for blackjack. Surrending may be useful when your net statistical return is less than 50%. There are only four different scenarios when this occurs. When the dealer has a 9, 10, or an Ace, and the player has a 16, the player should surrender. The fourth scenario occurs when the dealer has a 10 showing and the player has a 15. Unfortunately, most online casinos don’t allow you to surrender, but many land-based casinos do.

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Keno Strategy – Keno Rules, Tips and more

Keno is easy to learn and fun to play. It is one of the oldest games played in modern casinos and almost certainly the one that has undergone the least change. Keno is played in much the same fashion as most national and state lotteries around the world. The concept is very simple. There is a large Keno board with numbers from one (1) to eighty (80). In a basket, wire cage or plastic bubble there are balls numbered from one (1) to eighty (80). Twenty of the balls are drawn randomly and it is up to the player to predict which numbers will be drawn and to place a bet on as many as fifteen of those numbers. You may choose to bet on any number of ‘spots’ (up to 15) for the price of one ticket. The price of the ticket is not dependent on the number of spots chosen. The more spots that you correctly predict the higher the payout. ”

The objective of Keno is for the player to guess which numbers, from 1 to 80, will be randomly selected by the Keno machine. Each time the game is played, the player chooses 1 to 10 numbers (between 1 and 80) and the wagering amount. The Keno machine indicating the winning numbers will then randomly select 20 numbers. The objective is to have as many matches as possible between the numbers chosen by the player, and those randomly selected by the machine. The number of matches will be highlighted and a possible payout will be rewarded based on the number of matches.

The Goal of the Game

This is much like playing the lottery. The goal is to choose the winning number or numbers!

How to Play

Begin by depositing money into the Keno machine.

Once you have deposited money into the Keno machine, the next step is to place a bet using the BET or BET MAX buttons. If the BET button is selected, 1 coin will be bet per game while the BET MAX button allows for 5 coins to be bet per game.Once the bet amount has been selected, you then choose the 1 to 10 numbers you believe will be randomly selected by the Keno machine. This is done by simply clicking on the desired number in the Keno number grid. A number may be unselected by clicking on the same number again. Once you have chosen between 1 and 10 numbers, you now select how many games you would like to play consecutively with those selected numbers using the PLAY ONE, PLAY FIVE, or PLAY TEN buttons. The PLAY ONE option plays the game once, PLAY FIVE plays the game five times, and PLAY TEN plays the game ten times consecutively.

Selecting either the PLAY ONE, PLAY FIVE, or PLAY TEN buttons starts the game. The numbers randomly chosen by the Keno machine are shown by a Keno ball landing in the space of a particular number. Any matches with the player’s selections are shown with a flashing light and sometimes a bleep sound. The payoffs are dependent on the total numbers selected by the player and the total number of matches.

Way Ticket

Tickets marked with one number are straight keno tickets. You can group different numbers to create multiple ways of winning.

Combination Ticket

Here the groups of numbers are bet in several different ways.

Keno Payout Schedule

Playing Keno is easy. Select up to fifteen spots on the Keno board and then click the Play button. The game will begin, and as numbers are drawn they will be highlighted on the Keno board. If you have successfully predicted a number your Keno board will change to reflect this. When all twenty numbers have been drawn you will be paid out according to the payout schedule and can play again.

The Payout Schedule for Keno is dependent on the number of spots you choose.

Below are two tables showing the payout schedules for the various spots chosen:

Numbers of Spots selected (1 to 8)

 

# of catches
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
3
1
1
0.5
0.5
0.5
0.5
0.5
2
9
2
2
1
1
0.5
0.5
3
16
6
3
2
1
1
4
12
15
3
6
3
5
50
30
12
6
6
75
36
19
7
100
90
8
720

 

Numbers of Spots selected (9 to 15)

 

# of catches
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0.5
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0.5
0.5
0.5
0
0
0
0
3
1
1
1
0.5
0.5
0.5
0.5
4
2
2
1
1
0.5
0.5
0.5
5
4
3
2
2
3
2
1
6
8
5
6
4
4
6
2
7
20
10
15
24
5
5
5
8
80
30
25
72
20
12
15
9
1200
600
180
250
80
50
50
10
1800
1000
500
240
150
150
11
3000
2000
500
500
300
12
4000
3000
1000
600
13
6000
2000
1200
14
7500
2500
15
10000

 

The first column indicates the number of catches. This is cross-referenced to the number of spots selected that is indicated by the other fifteen columns.

To use the table, look across the top for the number of ‘spots’ you chose, then follow that column down to the row where it crosses the number of catches you made. The number at the intersection of the row and column is the payout ratio you will receive. The presence of a ‘-‘ indicates no pay out as does a 0.

Keno Strategy

Keno is, like any lottery, basically a guessing game. Winning keno numbers are selected completely at random.

So the bottom line is that no keno strategy is ever going to be really successful at predicting what the out come will be.

Everyone has their own superstitions and favored methods of picking numbers. How about trying some of these:

  • family birthdays or ages
  • telephone numbers or street address numbers
  • a particular layout of numbers on the card
  • a ‘psychic feeling’ – just close your eyes and see what comes to mind
  • a ‘quick pick’ where the computer picks your numbers for you at random

Increase Your Chances of Winning…

One thing you can do is try to increase your chances of some kind of win from the set of numbers you have selected by betting on a variety of ways of winning.

  • If for instance you have selected 8 numbers as an 8-spot, you could at the same time group them as two 4-spots.
  • You would then have 3 separate wagers on the same set of numbers.
  • If all 8 came up you would collect 3 lots of winnings (But of course if none of them came up you would lose all three stakes!)

 

Keno Glossary of Terms

CALL – Initiates drawing of the numbers for each game.

CATCH/CAUGHT – As in, “I caught only 2 numbers” or “I plan to catch everything today!” refers to marking a number on your keno ticket that has or will been drawn.

COMBINATION WAY TICKET – Spreading money over several combinations by betting groups of numbers in several different ways.

KENO BOARD – Like a Bingo Board, only it’s always electronic. The Keno Board displays the winning keno numbers.

KENO LOUNGE – The area in the casino where keno is played.

KENO RUNNER – An employee of a casino who a) delivers your bet from your location to the keno writer and b) delivers payments for winning tickets.

NUMBER POOL – The numbers between (typically) 1 to 80 that you choose to play.

SPOT – Any specific number the player chooses, and, the numbers selected on a played ticket.

TOUCH WAND – The pointing device and method that some video keno machines offer for number selection.

WAY TICKET – A type of Keno ticket that clusters different numbers in order to create multiple ways to win.

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Martingale

Martingale betting system

With the Martingale system one attempts to neutralize a loss by putting in a higher amount the next time.

This system can be employed in both sports betting and games of chance. In sports bets you can only put in the amount allowed by the system, whereas in games of chance you must round up or down.

You can use this formula:

your stake = ((potential profit)+(previous losses))//(odds-1)

You can use the following series, for example.

Factor=2/Odds=2 and a potential profit of 1 dollar per winning bet

Bet 1: 1 dollar
Bet 2: 2 dollars (in the case of loss of Bet 1)
Bet 3: 4 dollars (in the case of loss of Bet 2)
Bet 4: 8 dollars (in the case of loss of Bet 3)
Bet 5: 16 dollars (in the case of loss of Bet 4)
Bet 6: 32 dollars (in the case of loss of Bet 5)
Bet 7: 64 dollars (in the case of loss of Bet 6)
Bet 8: 128 dollars (in the case of loss of Bet 7)
And so on.

For every winning bet, you earn a profit of 1 dollar in the previous example.

Factor=3/Odds=3 and a potential profit of 1 dollar per winning bet
Bet 1: 1 dollar
Bet 2: 1 dollar
Bet 3: 1.5 dollars
Bet 4: 2.25 dollars
Bet 5: 3.38 dollars
Bet 6: 5.07 dollars
Bet 7: 7.60 dollars
Bet 8: 11.40 dollars
Bet 9: 17.10 dollars
Bet 10: 25.15 dollars
Bet 11: 37.73 dollars
Bet 12: 57.07 dollars
Bet 13: 85.13 dollars

With every winning bet you earn 1 dollar in the previous example.

Notes:
– A factor or odds of 2 is found when betting on black/red in roulette or on evens/odds or high/low numbers.
– A factor or odds of 3 is found when betting on the first/second/third dozen in roulette or by playing in a row on the right side.

Pros and cons:

The advantage of this system is that you can win back previous losses in a systematic way. The disadvantage is that the amounts you have to put in can quickly escalate, such that you may lose all your profits in one go if your bankroll does not permit such high amounts.

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Reverse Labouchere

reverse labouchere

With the reverse Labouchère system you must determine in advance how much you want to put at stake. Let’s say you’re willing to risk 10 euro. Then you divide this amount over a number series, e.g.:

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

or

1 2 4 2 1

As an example, let’s continue with: 1 2 4 2 1

Next you will place a bet with a factor/odds equal to two and with the stake being the sum of the two outermost numbers: 1+1=2

If you lose the bet, you drop the two outermost numbers and get: 2 4 2

If you win the bet, you add the stake to the row on the right side and get: 1 2 4 2 1 2

You then play on in the same way, with the two outermost numbers as your stake. If you lose now you drop the two outermost numbers; if you win, you add the stake to the right side.

In the end you will either lose your 10 dollars or make a profit. If you win, you will have to choose the right moment to stop playing.

Pros and cons:

One advantage is that you know how much you’re going to risk in advance. There are no escalating series of stakes that will bring your bankroll down to zero. One disadvantage is that you will have to make peace with smaller winnings. You won’t however lose everything in one go.

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Craps Betting Strategies: Place Number Bets

The descriptions, payoffs, and odds of place number bets in craps.

In craps the 4,5,6,8,9, and 10 are known as the “place numbers.” Players may place bets on these numbers at any times, but they work just like placing an odds bet, but have a worse payoff (besides “hard way” bets). Any remaining place number bets on the table are lost when the point is rolled.

Hard ways: There are four different hard way bets. A hard way 10 bet is gambling that a pair of fives will be rolled before a 7 or another 10 (7 & 3). This is called “the hard way” because it is harder to roll two fives than a 7 and 3. Likewise, you can bet on a hard 4, 6, or 8. Each respective hard way bet is a bet that doubles will be rolled rather than a seven or that same number the “easy” way.

Hard 4 or 10 pays 7:1 with a house edge > 11%
Hard 6 or 8 pays 9:1 with a house edge > 9%

Big X bet: A bet that place number X will be rolled before a 7. This bet pays even money and the house edge is over 9%.

Buy bet: A buy bet is the same as a place bet, but instead of paying 1:1 odds, they pay actual odds. However, the player has to pay a 5% commission to place a buy bet. House edge on all buy bets is about 4.5%

Lay bet: The lay bet is the opposite of the buy bet. The lay bet is placed on the 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10. Lay bets gamble that a 7 will be rolled before the number you choose. Since a 7 is the most commonly rolled number, the player must wager more money than he can win. The player must pay a 5% commission on the possible winnings and the bet pays true odds. House edges range from 2-4%

Place bet: Similar to laying the odds, the player may bet on a 4,5,6,8,9, or 10. The player wins if the number he chose is rolled before a 7. Players may make place bets after the come out role. Payouts and house edges vary.

4 or 10 pays 9:5 with a house edge of 6.67%
5 or 9 pays 7:5 with a house edge of 4.00%
6 or 8 pays 7:6 with a house edge of only 1.52%

Place bets may be taken down at any time as long as a 7 has not been rolled.

 

Proposition Bets – The descriptions, payoffs, and odds of proposition bets in craps.

Proposition bets are one-throw bets, meaning that after one throw they either win or lose. In general, these have the highest house edge of all the craps bets. Below are some descriptions of proposition bets:

Craps 2: A bet that a 2 will be thrown on the next roll.
Pays 30:1 with a house edge > 13%.

Craps 3: A bet that a 3 will be thrown on the next roll.
Pays 15:1 with a house edge > 11%.

7: A bet that a 7 will be thrown on the next roll.
Pays 4:1 with a house edge > 16%.

11: A bet that an 11 will be thrown on the next roll.
Pays 15:1 with a house edge > 11%.

Craps 12: A bet that a 12 will be thrown on the next roll.
Pays 30:1 with a house edge > 13%.

Any craps: A bet that the next roll will be a 2, 3, or 12.
Pays 7:1 with a house edge > 11%.

Field bet: This is a one time bet that the next roll will be a 2,3,4,9,10,11, or 12. The 3,4,9,10, and 11 pay even money and the 2 and 12 pay 2:1.

Horn Bet: A bet that the next roll will be a 2, 3, 11, or 12 – pays 27:4 on the 2 and 12 and 3:1 on the 3 and 11 with a house edge > 12%.

Craps: Playing & Laying the Odds – How to play and lay the odds in craps!

Taking and laying the odds can be some of the better bets at the craps table if you know how and when to play them.

Taking the Odds

Craps actually has a bet with no house edge . . . as long as you bet on the pass line first. Once a point has been established, the player may bet a multiple (usually 2 times) his pass line bet on the ‘odds.’ The odds are simply an additional wager that the point will be rolled before a 7. Since the probability of the point being rolled before a 7 is less than 50%, the player wins more than even money.

If the point is a 6 or 8, the odds pay 6:5
If the point is a 5 or 9, the odds pay 3:2
If the point is a 4 or 10, the odds pay 2:1

 

Laying the Odds

This is the opposite of taking odds. The player is making a bet that a 7 will be rolled before the point.

If the point is a 4 or 10 the don’t odds pay 1:2
If the point is a 5 or 9 the don’t odds pay 2:3
if the point is a 6 or 8 the don’t odds pay 5:6

 

Craps: Come & Don’t Come Bets – How to place and play come and don’t come bets in casinos.

Miss the come-out role? Not a problem, you can still place a come or don’t come bet and will still have the same odds.

Come

A come bet is exactly like the pass line bet, but may be made at any time. They are regarded as Pass (Don’t Pass) bets, but as if the very next roll of the dice were the “come-out” roll of a new round. For example, if a come bet is made and if the next roll is 7 or 11, the Come bet wins immediately. If the next roll is 2, 3, or 12, the Come bet loses immediately. Otherwise, the number rolled is the point for that Come bet and the bet is moved to the new point. Similar to the pass line bet, players may place an odds bet if a point is thrown on the first roll after the come bet is placed. The house edge on a come bet is the same as a pass line bet – 1.4%.
A good strategy for the player who likes constant action is to have a new bet on either the pass line or come on every throw, and to always take the maximum allowable odds.

Don’t Come

The don’t come bet is exactly like the don’t pass bet, but is made on a non-come out roll. The don’t come bet is to the come bet as the don’t pass bet is to the pass bet

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