Why is online gambling the latest craze to hit the Internet? Let’s face it the casino business is big bucks. Games played for money have found their way into any permitting city across the world. The epicenter has always tended to be Vegas but now a new variety is on the increase and it is called online gambling. So why will online gambling eventually overtake the glitzy world of concrete Vegas?Gamble… When and where?The beauty of online gambling is accessibility. You can gamble wherever you can get the Internet. With the future advent of wireless technology through cell phones, PDA’s and wireless Internet the future is near boundless for gambling. No longer do you have to walk, catch a train, valet park, take a taxi, or fly to a casino to gamble. You can also use different instant payment options which make it that much easier. Time is not an issue when you’re gambling online, and you don’t have to be home at 2am to see the spouse. You should set limits, but you can set them, not others… if you’re lucky. But how secure are you gambling online, is it safe?Fort Knox?Have you ever seen Ocean’s Eleven with Brad Pitt? If you have, you’ll know all about the security features of modern casinos. If you’re gambling online, how safe is it for you? First off, if you make a purchase with your credit card, your 0% liable with most credit cards for fraudulent charges. There are other online options like Neteller (a bank account deposit and withdrawal system), online checks, and wire transferring. Usually, when you go to an online casino, you are asked to download their software. This software is what makes the casino secure. When you connect through their software you are using SSL technology, which is what most Internet commerce sites like Amazon.com use. If you’re ever in a bind with not being credited with your money either depositing or withdrawing you can contact the casino, which usually have a customer service center. Do you have a powerful ally if you gamble online?It’s not revealed to most…Your online winning at a poker table, but you couldn’t at your buddies house… Why? Secret identity. Your fellow poker players online don’t know your history, and they don’t see you. You could be jumping up and down for minutes with a pocket pair of aces and they wouldn’t know it. This is one of the major benefits of being online, and it will take you some time to master. Remember people can use this against you. So be aware, and be on top of it, and get a head start first.Do you have what it takes?How experienced are you at Texas holdem? Blackjack? 7-card stud? Don’t have many friends that are good players? Do you want to improve your game? You can online. With tens of thousands online at one particular time, you can improve your game… quickly. You even have the option to gamble with play money until your ready to move on to the real thing. You may ask, that’s all great, but I still love just going to the casino and throwing down some bucks. Do you deserve something extra?Nobody gives it away for free, or do they?A brilliant marketing campaign has incentives, and online casinos attended marketing school. This marketing method actually helps you! Online casinos give away up to 100% matching deposit bonuses. For example if you deposit $25, you are credited with an extra $25 all on the casinos tab. Why is this great? You get free gambling money, and you can use leverage. Instead of betting $10, you can bet $20, and win $40! One online casino that I have frequented gave me a 200% bonus! This is the best way you’ll get ahead in the gambling world. Signup bonuses are exceptional, so quickly take advantage of them so you can get that easy money!
The known fact is that the majority of games which are played in casinos are games of luck and chance: roulette, baccarat, slots, craps, keno and others. That is why casino players strongly believe that everything around them can work on bringing good or bad luck in gambling. Casino players are probably the most superstitions people in the world who try to attract luck to them with the help of various items.But gamblers also believe that some things or deeds can attract bad luck too, and that is why they try to avoid all these items. Some of such superstitions are well-known for all people because they are connected not only with casinos; but some of them are really crazy and sometimes even funny.A broken mirrorIf a mirror breaks in your house when you plan to visit a casino, it is a sign that it would be better to postpone this idea and not to go there today.A black catIf you go to a casino and you see a black cat which crosses your road, it is a sign that you should go back home and not to gamble today. Black cats are believed to bring bad luck in general, so, this superstition is not related to casinos only.Black colorGamblers believe that it is better not to wear black clothes when you decided to visit a casino. Even if you play some casino games online, it would be better to avoid black clothes because black color is considered to bring bad luck.A dogA gambler will never play casino games if his dog is near because this animal is believed to bring bad luck in gambling.Counting moneyA superstitious player will never count money while sitting at a casino table. This superstition is present in many countries all over the world today.Touching shouldersThis superstition has come from China: if somebody touches your shoulders during gambling, you will not be lucky today and lose all your money.One more popular superstition concerns the main entrance of a casino. It is believed that if a gambler comes into a casino through its main entrance, it will bring a bad luck to this person.
The online gambling scene in France is on the verge of changing irrevocably with the imminent enactment of a new legislation inspired in part from the successful example of the UK and other European countries. It remains a vastly untapped potential for online gambling operators. The liberalisation of the market, which up until now has been controlled by the monopoly of the state-owned Française des Jeux, is under intense scrutiny from the European Commission while at the same time preparing itself for the fast-paced environment of the online gambling world in which operators are already active offering an ever-growing choice of games of chance to the willing French consumer.In this article I will attempt to cover the key points of the emerging French Gaming Law (which remains to be finalised) by looking at its viability with regards to tax and licensing regimes and how it will affect foreign entrants to the market.In the interest of the consumers, an essential element of this legislation aims to prevent addiction by fixing limits on wagers and winnings that may be placed or received by punters. With this in mind, operators will be obliged to include warnings about underage playing and the potential risks of excessive gambling.The opening of the market will encompass horse race and sports betting and shared games of skill, involving the ability of the player to improve his or her chances by adopting a certain strategy in relation to their opponents – such as online poker. Hence, lotteries, online slot machines, betting exchanges and casino games involving playing the bank (blackjack and roulette for example) will be excluded from the opening as they are considered too addictive.A new independent public authority, ARJEL (Games Regulations Authority) will be set up specifically to regulate the remote gambling market, responsible for:· Ensuring compliance with policy objectives regarding internet accessible games.· Suggesting to government specific requirements for different types of licences available.· Preparing and attributing online gambling operator licence requests.· Monitoring online operations and clamping down on illegal gambling sites and fraud.ARJEL will be empowered to block access to such websites through a direct injunction to Internet Service Providers and block such financial transactions.· Enacting auditing rules concerning technical and financial data for each transaction.· Making suggestions to Government on legislative and regulatory issues.· All operators shall be required to provide information and guarantees as to their identification, gambling experience, shareholding, measures taken to prevent fraud and money laundering, secure online payment and protection of data and minors.· Licences will be granted to operators within Member States of the EU or ECC. Any of these whose headquarters or shareholders are based in so called non co-operative tax havens shall be refused licences to offer their services in France.· Online gambling internet websites must be accessible through a first level domain name ending in “.fr”.· A mirror server, based in France, shall contain all data relative to gambling activities and exchanges between players and operators.· Licences shall be granted for five-year renewable periods and shall be non-transferable.· The tax rate will be based on amounts wagered by players, according to the following:8.5% – Sports betting15.5% – Horse race betting2% – Online pokerSuch taxation based purely on wagers rather than gaming gross revenue is less well suited in the case of poker operators for example, for whom 2% tax on wagers would equate to taxing approximately 60% of gross revenue. This could put operators off entering the market, as well as go against EU regulations of freedom to provide services. However on the whole, France should remain attractive despite the proposed tax regime that might be an obstacle to foreign online gambling operators seeking to enter the French market.With the implementation of the Draft French Gaming Law, the ARJEL will need a further few months to be efficient and begin granting licenses. According to Senior Government Officials, France will not start granting online betting licenses at the beginning of 2010 as initially thought. Partly as a result of the detailed opinion of the Commission rendered on June 8th, 2009, the Draft French Gaming Law will most likely not be implemented as from January 1st, 2010. In any event, it should be in place for the kick-off of the World Football Cup in South Africa at the latest.Allez les Bleus!