New and exciting news

Hello again, and sorry for not updating in a while. I’ve had a lot to do and it’s been a busy time, but now I’m back and have the time to write here again!

Much has happened in the casino world since my last post, but I will not be able to describe everything. However I think that there is some news that is worth writing about. It is also the latest news that I’ve found and I think they are really exciting. It is of course a lot of new slots from a lot of the developers. NetEnt, Yggdrasil, Microgaming, BetSoft and a lot of other developers have just launched their newest slots. Here’s some of them:

Jurassic world – new slot from Mircogaming. Here we get to follow the adventures and the dinosaurs just like in the movie with the same name. It’s really exciting, but really not for the ones with a weak heart. The free spins round and wilds makes it possible to get some really big wins and win a lot of coins. It have made my day a few times, and I can highly recommend to try it at least once.

Butterfly Staxx – this is a slot from NetEnt filled with a lot of magic and wonders. It’s a re-make of the very popular slot Neon Staxx and they have made a great job with it. The butterflies, which is the main thing in the slot, sometimes triggers a re-spin and it continues for as long as more butterflies comes up. This also makes it possible to get really big wins just by spinning one time. You don’t even need to have the maximum bet – it keeps spinning and fills the reels with butterflies. The slot also contains a wild symbol and with this you can get really nice wins.

Spiña Colada from YggdrasilSpiña Colada – a vacation-like slot from Yggdrasil. It is filled to the top with luxury drinks, summer feelings, fruits and ice cubes. The symbols sometimes stick on the reels and will also trigger a re-spin as long as the symbols keep showing up. This will also lead to a very big win, and it’s nice to have since it can fill the entire reel and activate all the paylines. It has a lot of nice features like extra spins, changing symbols and some other stuff. I can highly recommend this as well, since it’s a very fun slot that reminds me of vacation on a beach somewhere. Very nice!

Magic Shoppe – a magical and mystical slot from BetSoft. It takes place in a mystery shop and has a lot of magic touches to it. It’s very exciting and the free spins feature really makes it a bit better. It’s seems to give you a win quite often and from the free spins, you might get a big win as well. A very nice slot for those who likes magic, and I can recommend it to everybody even it magic is not their cup of tea.

If you want to play any of the slots they are launched in the most of the casinos now. If there is a casino that have any other slots from the developer, they are much likely to have this new ones as well. I hope you like them and that they will give you a lot of big wins!


New casino website!

Since all of you probably love casino and online gambling just as much as I do I thought I’d give you a tips about a new website I found out about last week. They are focusing on online casino news, slots, bonuses and much more. They give you reviews about the best casinos right now, the deals they have and new slot reviews. Since then I’ve spend a lot of time at this website and played some of the slots they’ve been recommending. And I liked it. It’s a good well done site with updated relevant news. They focus extra on slots and that’s fun. I wanted to write about some of the tips and news I found out about here since all of my readers might be interested. It’s a UK site with news for UK gamblers. Hope you’ll like it.

Slotoberfest at Vera&John
Between 5th september to 2nd of October the online casino Vera & John has a lot of party events. To start with they have a Free Spin Happy Hour and during this this time all you have to do is log in and you can win the random Free Spin Prize. They also have a Cash Race and with every race there is a €1000 give away. Amazing fun news from Vera&John. I haven’t had the time to try it out yet, but I sure will. Vera&John isn’t my favourite online casino but this is news I like.

Gun’s and Roses – new slot review
At the freespins365 website I found out about the new Net Entertainment videoslot Gun’s and Roses. The slot is created to celebrate that Net Entertainment during 20 years have been in the business and that Gun’s and Roses started 30 years ago. The slot is a part of their rock campaign with only rock theme videoslots. You can choose among songs from the band, Paradise City, Sweet child of mine, Welcome to the Jungle, Chinese Democracy and November Rain. This slot feature, being able to choose your own music is the first time that’s possible. An exciting slot filled with wilds, free spins and bonuses. I’m glad I read about it here and decided to try it out.

Koi Princess – new slot review
Here’s another Net Entertainment produced videoslot. A slot for those dreaming about Asia with an asian theme including a lot of features and fun surprises. I think this is a fantastic video slot, so well made. The theme is really great. Just like the Gun’s and Roses videslot this one is filled with free spins, bonuses and wilds making it all exciting. Net Entertainment has been in the business a long time and the company is a giant when developing good games for online casinos. I often like slots produced by Net Entertainment, along with Microgaming they’re my all time favourites in the business.


That’s just some of the news I read about last week at freespins365. I think it’s a really well made relevant website focusing on the right things. This has become my new go-to when I just want to read about a new slot or get a review about a casino I haven’t tried before. Try it out you to!


Play Roulette – The bets

Learn common bets in rouletteIn Roulette the winning number is chosen after a ball bouncing around on a spinning wheel comes to rest. Hence the game is one of pure luck as it is imposable to predict the winning number. Players attempt to guess what number will win. Some players use one of the Roulette systems developed over the years while others simply guess at the winning number.

Here are the various wagers available in Roulette:

Inside Bets (made on the numbers inside the table layout):
One number Bets – these pay 35:1; you bet that you can predict the winner out of the 37 or 38 numbers on the layout.

Two number Bets – these pay 17:1; you bet that the winning number is one of the two adjacent numbers you have selected.

Three number Bets – these pay 11:1; you bet that the winning number is one of a group of three numbers you have selected.

Four number Bets – these pay 8:1; you bet that the winning number is one of a group of four numbers that you have selected.

Five number Bets – these pay 6:1; you bet that 00, 0, 1, 2 or 3 will be the winning number (this bet is only available on American Roulette wheels).

Six number Bets – these pay 5:1; you bet that the winning number is in one of two rows of three numbers that you have selected.

Outside bets (made on an area bordering the numbers layout):

Dozens Bets – these pay 2:1; you bet that the winning number is in a group of 12 numbers you have selected. The three groups of 12 numbers are; 1 to 12, 13 to 24 and 25 to 36.

Odd or Even Bets – these pay 1:1; you bet that the winning number will be odd or even (if 0 or 00 wins this bet loses).

Red or Black Bets – these pay 1:1; you bet that the winning number will be red or black (green numbers 0 and 00 cause your bet to lose).

Column Bets – these pay 2:1; you bet that the winning number will be in the column of 12 numbers that you wagered on (there are three columns of 12 numbers).

Except for these, in French Roulette there are also called or announced bets. Bt I won’t speak much of them in this post, since Eurooean Roulette is the most common type of Roulette. I would like to give you a warning as well. If you ever gets to choose between European Roulette and American Roulette at a casino ALWAYS choose the European Roulette, since the American have a double zero which means that the house edge is higher.

At many casinos you can try roulette with play money for free.


My first casino experiences

Las VegasI have tried to guide you through a lot of casino tips. I have showed you some rules and what to think about when choosing an online casino and some of the terms that you will come across regarding bonuses and free spins.

Now I will share some of my own experiences. Or at least one, which is the first time I came across gambling online. As I explained in my profile, it was actually a friend of mine that introduced me when I was 18 years old. I did some extra work for him to make my economy as a student a little bit better. So I translated a few articles from English to Swedish about gambling. He was creating casino guides and therefor he needed some help with this.

I actually became quite interested when reading about the games. I had never gambled before, so I got curious and decided learn more, I found an informative site and soon I felt ready to register at an online casino. He showed me a casino which had a Las Vegas trip as a top prize, he had previous won a trip there himself, but to South Africa. To compete you had to play at a slot machine for €5, which I did. A couple of weeks later I received an e-mail which said I had won the trip! I couldn’t believe it! I had to call my friend and ask him if I was right, I had to show him the e-mail and he confirmed I had won. Since it was a trip for two persons, I actually asked my friend if he wanted to join me. We had been friends for long so we decided to go together. We had so much fun! Before the trip I studied strategies both for Roulette and Blackjack and then I kept to a daily budget. I think I made some winnings, but I’m not sure how much since a lot of it went to food and other pleasures.

I would really like to go to Las Vegas again and have started to plan what I’m going to do there. Perhaps my friend will join me once more, it would be really fun! I’ll let you know if it’s about to happen. My favorite casino in Las Vegas was Venetian, but I also enjoyed Down Town very much. On my next trip I wouldn’t say no living in Down Town actually, perhaps on Golden Nugget.

Obviously I like playing live casino as well as online. I also think it’s quite fun to play at live casinos in online casinos, mainly Roulette. Playing with a live dealer adds a special feeling to the experience and makes gambling more social. If you haven’t tried it, I recommend you to! There are usually Blackjack, Roulette or Baccarat to choose from, but sometimes more games are added. The streaming gives you a live feeling in your own living room and that’s quite cool!

At the casino guide you can read which live casinos they recommend. I have only tried Bet365 for this purpose, so perhaps I should try another one of the sites recommended.


Bonus, bonus, bonus!

bonusNow I have talked a lot about playing different casino games, so now you should be familiar with them. This time I will talk about bonuses and campaigns. As I talked about when choosing an online casino, the bonuses and campaigns can differ a lot depending on casino. In general I try to find casinos with a low wager requirement, but of course this means that the bonus might not be as big as the bonus in a casino with a high wager requirement.

But I rather have a low wager requirement, like 20 times the bonus. If a casino gives you a bonus of 100% up to €100 then you have to deposit 20 x €100, which means €2000 before you can make a withdrawal and keep the winnings. Some casinos has the wager requirement x50, which you now see is very high! There can also be a difference between casinos, in which some casinos apply the wager requirement only for the bonus, while others include your deposit as well. So be sure to read the terms and conditions before you make a deposit. Sometimes you can choose if you want the bonus or not, but in some casinos you’ll get the boons anyway, even if you don’t want it.

I also said somethings about free spins. A very common campaign at todays online casinos is to give out free spins. Either when a new game is released, or if you make a deposit. Or as a welcome gift. Usually the winnings from the free spins also has a wager requirement, but not always. For example, the iGaming Company Paf sometimes has good campaigns in where the winnings will be yours to keep.

The bonuses are not just for new customers. As a loyal customer you are often offered deposit bonuses. The same goes if you haven’t played for long. The casino wouldn’t give out anything for free if they didn’t hope on getting something in return. And of course they want your money. Therefor it’s important to read the terms and conditions and if you know the house edge it’s easy to count with simple mathematics what the theoretical return for you would be when you have wagered your bonus.


How to play Black Jack

This is a little guide to the game Black Jack that are played at casinos all over the world and on the Internet. If you are one of my swedish reader you might prefer to read the information in swedish, then I can recommend this casino guide.

In Blackjack the objective is to get a hand that totals closer to (but is less than) 21 than the hand that dealer has. Don’t lose games by trying to get as close to 21 as possible, play to get a better hand than the dealer.

The value of the cards from 2 to 9 is equal to what is shown on the card. The cards 10, Jack, Queen and King all have a value of ten. The Ace is the most valuable card as it can have a value of either one or eleven depending on how the player uses it. You automatically win with a blackjack an ace and another card worth ten.

How to Play

Blackjack is not a group game. The table may have several players at it all playing but they are not playing against each other. Each player plays alone against the dealer, what any other player does when it’s his/her turn has no effect on you when it’s your turn.

Casinos use multiple decks of cards, deal the player cards face up and don’t allow the players to touch the cards. The game starts with the dealer dealing one card to every player at the table and finally one to his/herself. Play continues with the dealer dealing a second card to everyone but hides his/her second card by dealing it face down.

In Blackjack the players play before the dealer plays. The player has two options:

1. drawing another card or
2. standing.

If a player draws another card and his/her total goes over 21 they bust (a loss) and the dealer automatically wins. After every player has finished the dealer will play their hand. The dealer plays their hand according to (posted) house rules. The rules usually call for the dealer to draw another card on hands totaling 16 or less and to stand on hands totaling 17 or more.

After the dealer has played out his hand he/she collects from players with hands totaling less than his/hers, pays off players with hands totaling more than his/hers and pushes (neither pays off nor collects) with hands that result in a tie.

Blackjack Betting

The bets are all made before the cards are dealt. Players with winning hands are paid even money. Players with a blackjack are paid 3 to 2 (a $2 bet would bay $3).

Blackjack Options

Splitting Pairs – When your first two cards are of equal value (10, Jack, Queen and King are all worth 10 and can be split) you have the option playing each card as a separate hand. When splitting aces many casinos allow only one more card to be played on each ace. Further if your second card has a value of 10 it is counted as 21 (not blackjack) and will lose in the event the dealer draws a blackjack.

Doubling Down – If you decide that your hand will beat the dealer hand with the drawing of one, and only one, card you can double your bet before drawing your last card.

Insurance – The insurance bet can be made when the dealers face up card is an ace. The players have the option of betting that the face down card has a value of 10. If it is the dealer has a blackjack and the side bet pays 2 to 1. The original bets remain and since the dealer has a blackjack will lose unless you tie the dealer by having a blackjack yourself.

Surrender – Some casinos offer a surrender option. The player has the option of surrendering if he/she decides they have no chance of beating the dealer after looking at the first two cards dealt. By announcing surrender the dealer stops play and collects half of the players bet.

There are different types of Blackjack games in which the rules differ a bit. But this is the general rules for Blackjack. On the casinoguide Casinocenter I saw an informative chart for the basic strategy in Blackjack that can be useful.


Video poker

Playing video poker is very simple, but you should be familiar with the different poker hands. You place a wager, which is done by putting coins in the machine or choosing you bet with buttons online.

A bet must be made to draw cards and can’t be changed after the game has begun. Then, press the button that says “Draw/Deal.” This will bring your cards up on the screen.

Decide what cards you would like to hold and push the “Hold/Cancel button to do so. To change any of the cards you chose to hold, just press the button again to cancel your selection. The screen will flash “hold” under held cards.

Press the Draw/Deal button once more to be dealt new cards to replace the discarded ones. If your hand wins, a pay out will occur and the game will start once again. Some video poker games also has a bonus game in which you can double your winnings. This can look a bit different depending on game, but an example is that the machine shows a card and you should pick a card that is higher than this.

Some video poker games contains a progressive jackpot which usually is paid if the player gets a Royal Flush, but there can be other variations. A progressive jackpot grows until it’s hit because of a small percentage of the players bets are added to the jackpot. Therefor the return on a video poker machine with a progressive jackpot is higher than an identical non-progressive machine. Therefor you will seldom find a progressive jackpot at a Full Pay 6/9 Jacks or Better game.

The good thing about playing video poker is that if you play according simple or optimal strategy the return on a full pay machine can be over 100%. And in theory this will always make you a winner, since your edge is better than the casinos. But the return from playing according to strategies are based on a lot of hands, so be sure you’ll have enough money to hold out.

Some of the most common games in video poker are Deuces Wild, Jacks or Better, All American and Joker Poker. My personal favorite is Jacks or Better, since I find this most easy. But I believe the return for Deuces Wild are better. But of course it depends on the machine.


Playing slots

I have told you a little bit about how to play Baccarat and know I want to tell you about playing slots. The goal is to end up with matching symbols in a row. The most common feature is to be paid when getting three symbols in a row, but nowadays that has changed a bit. Especially with slots from Microgaming and Net Ent which has a lot of ways to win. The biggest wins are usually paid when getting five in a row (of course if there’s no bonus game that will give you a jackpot). There are also slots with a win-both-ways-function in which it doesn’t matter if the symbols will match from left or from right, you win either way. There are also slots with other winning combinations and I’m sure you’ve come across slots with the 243-ways-to-win-function.

And even if you have less than three of a kind, some slot machines will still pay out. Payouts will usually vary from machine to machine, so be sure to check the payout schedule. Some casinos have machines with multiple pay lines, which is when you can play with more than one coin and place bets on multiple rows. This increases you chances of winning.

When playing slots an important thing to think about is that the higher your bet is, the higher your winnings will be. This because, your bet is multiplied with the number of coins you will be paid from matching symbols. But, it’s also a bit of a gamble since the higher your bet is, the faster you can loose your money if not getting a winning strike.

Also, when playing slots with a jackpot, the chances of winning the jackpot is often related to the size of the bet. The higher the bet is, the greater are your chances of winning the jackpot. In some slot machines you can’t hit the jackpot if not betting maximum. Be sure to read the information about the slot regarding this.

Playing slots is very easy. In general it’s about placing a bet and press a button. Although, you sometimes can choose a certain number of coins, your level and number of lines to bet on. But as I said before, the higher your bet is, the more winnings you can make. Try out slots for free to see how it works! You can then change the number of coins and level to see how this effect your winnings. At the site bet365 you can play some of the games for fun if you want, read more about bet365 here.

It’s more fun to play when learning the rules. Video slots of today has many features, like bonus games, free spins, wild-symbols, scatter-symbols, sticking wilds, expanding wilds and much more. So even though you can’t do much to effect the outcome of the game, it’s more fun if you know how how symbols works and which ones to hope for. NetEnt is one of the most popular delivers of slots, because the games hold very high quality in graphics, music and features. It’s also NetEnt that provide the famous jackpot-slot Mega Fortune which has provided a gambler with the highest online jackpot. I think it was over €17 million. If I won one of those I would definitely buy a new car the first thing I do! And I would also take a trip around the world and buy a house. But I know the chances of winning are very small.

Other jackpot slots are Mega Moolah, Arabian Nights, Mega Fortune Dreams, Marvel-slots and The Dark Knight Rising. I myself love to play slots with a jackpot, since it allows me to dream about a better life.

On the site you can find many slots for free, so you can try them out for trial money.


How to Play Baccarat

Baccarat is an easy game to play. The rules determine all aspects of play – there is no choice, no strategy and no subtlety. Indeed if not for the stakes involved the game would not attract much of a following. The stakes can be enormous and it is not unusual for thousands of dollars to be wagered on one hand.
As many people are familiar with the game of Blackjack some comparisons between the two games can be made:

1. Like Blackjack the object of the game is to get closer to a value than the dealer (banker). In Blackjack the target number is twenty-one, while in Baccarat the target number is nine.

2. Unlike Blackjack players cannot bust (go over the target value). The game is played modulo 10, that is to say if your hand exceeds 10 then 10 is subtracted from the total to come up with a value between 0 and 9.

Only one player at a time is dealt cards, but any player at the table can bet on the player or the banker to win or for a tie. Wagers are made by placing chips in the appropriate place on the Baccarat table.

To start both the player and the banker receive two cards dealt face down. The player goes first, if they have a natural (8 or 9) the cards are turned up immediately, and the player wins unless the dealer also has an 8 or 9. If both the dealer and the player have the same value a tie is declared and the bets are returned to their owners. If the player doesn’t have a natural then the following rules apply.

Player’s Options

Player’s Hand – Required Action

0,1,2,3,4 – Draw a card (face up)
5 – Can take a card if they want to
6,7 – Stay

After the player is done with his hand the banker turns over his cards and follows the rules for the banker. The banker’s options involve not only his/her cards but also the value of the drawn face up card (if any) dealt to the player. The banker has different options and required actions depending on the cards that are dealt.

Banker’s Options

Banker’s Hand – Player’s Draw – Banker’s Required Action

0,1,2 – Anything – Draw a card
3 – 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7- Draw a card
8 – Stay
9 – Optional
4 – 2,3,4,5,6,7 – Draw a card / 0,1,8,9- Stay
5 – 5,6,7 – Draw a card / 0,1,2,3,8,9 – Stay
4 – Optional
6 – 6,7 – Draw a card / 0,1,2,3,4,5,8,9 – Stay
7 – Anything -Stay

After both the player and the banker are satisfied with their hands, a comparison is made and the one with the closest to 9 wins.


How to gamble online

unibetNow you know what games that exists and will soon be ready to try them out. You can often try these games for trial money, before you deposit real money. Sometimes you don’t even have to register at a casino to try games for free. For example at the Swedish site Unibet you can try out games before you register. The trial period is a couple of minutes, then you have to reload the page. To try games out for free is a good thing to learn more about the games and the rules and even about the casino.

When you search for a good online casino, be sure to read reviews about it. Some casinos are black listed for not making fast payments and other things that effect the players in a bad way. So be sure that the casino you choose isn’t one of them. There are many casino guides online and usually they cooperate with online casinos. Normally though, they wouldn’t put black listed casinos on their top list, since their visitors then won’t return to the casino guide. So that could be a tip for you, to check out the tips the casino guides provide. Also, the casino must have a proper license to be able to operate. But it can differ how strict the laws are between countries. Malta, Gibraltar and New Jersey are usually reliable.

If the casino has been in the been in the business for long it’s got the experience of what the gamblers want. Both in terms of games and campaigns.

Once you have found a casino it’s just to sign up. It’s free and you don’t have to make a deposit unless you want to. Sometimes the casinos charge a fee depending on what payment method you use, but it’s getting more common that the fee has been removed.

In my FAQ-section I wrote that you sometimes get free money to play for or free spins when you register. They often comes with wager requirements, but sometimes you can find casinos that give you free spins and you get to keep all the winnings! So it can pay to look around a bit to find the best offers. Normally you can get a bonus when you deposit money for the first time and sometimes even for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th time. The bonus is also play money and can range for everything from 25% to 500% percent. The important thing is to look at the wager requirements and how difficult it is too meet them before you can do a withdrawal.