The Black Gold that Made the Modern World

Posted by the-ace | gambling online | Wednesday 2 April 2014 4:14 pm

black-coffeeDo you drink coffee while playing Texas Hold’em on the Internet? I guess you do and most people in fact do. But did you know how coffee became the widely used beverage that it is today? Here is how.

In the latter half of the 1800’s, the face of the world was changing. The industrial revolution was finding it’s groove and picking up speed, and the world would never be the same again.

Suddenly people no longer worked as specialized craftsmen, working their whole lives to perfect a technique or technology. People began working in large-scale factories that took very little, if any, special training. But this new economy needed something to keep it running.

A black liquid gold that, while discovered long, long ago, only became widespread in modern society in the past 200 years. This liquid is, of course, coffee. Coffee has been used as a drink since at least the late 1500’s, but for centuries was not a widely consumed drink.

Originally associated with Mid-Eastern and African Muslim religious ceremonies, in the 1700’s coffee began to form it’s association with political radicals and ‘enlightenment’ thinkers. And their coffee remained for another 100 years, a specialty drink not much payed attention to.

Then the factories came. Suddenly workers needed to start their day at 5 am, work 12 and 18-hour shifts with very short breaks, and stay alert the entire time. The machines were dangerous, the work was monotonous. People needed to stay alert, to stay awake. And the answer was coffee.

With the coming of the industrial revolution, coffee production and consumption skyrocketed. No longer a just a drink of bohemians and philosophers, the strong black ‘cup of Joe’ became synonymous with the hard working labor classes, allowing them to work earlier, work longer, and build a new society.

Today we are in the middle of the computer revolution. The world changes around us at a frantic pace, leaving so many commonplace things of the past behind. But on the desk of every executive, every online poker player, every computer programmer, every hard working man and woman pushing society forward, is that same cup of coffee that built our modern society all those years ago.

Best online casino

Posted by the-ace | gambling online | Monday 4 March 2013 10:48 am

casino playersHow to select the best online slot casino site?

Casino slots games have become the favorite pastime and a good source of extra income for many gamblers of the world. In other words, they experience the best fun and thrill and side-by-side they earn big bucks as a matter of luck if they have any. But not everyone does of course as there are more losers than winners.

Anyway, slots are exceptionally liked by a great many people playing games online because of the simpl gaming rules and ease-of-use of the free casino platforms. There are many online casino sites you can choose from. Some offer real money slot games, while others offer free slots games. However, for new individuals especially, it may be a bit complex to determine which casino site to choose from as the result from a google query can be long.

Yet you may find a good site that offers the best payout rate, huge attractive jackpots and sign up bonuses as well. If you search thoroughly you will certainly be able to compare offers and to make a short list of the top most reputable online casinos offering a juicy promotion to their new players.

Playing slot games for free has been not a matter of any consideration as multiple sites host this facility. Even so, it is a must for every individual player to go through the reviews before they actually start playing on the slot machines. This will help them have a better understanding about the online casino site and its services or features. How good is his customer service and support, how fast and easy are its payouts? Important questions to ask yourself before sending any cash to them. As a result, you can surely find the best free online casino slot and readily play there.

Players must also ensure the reputation of online casinos as it steadily stands out to be the crux when choosing a reliable online casino. So it is especially recommended for new online players to select a casino that has been booming in the internet for a long time for its integrity and popularity. Other features to be included are customer service, payout percentage, promptness that must be great while choosing an online casino slot site.

Not all casinos are made equal, far from it, there is the good, the bad and the ugly, so take your time when you make your research online. In particular read the fine prints of how the bonus can be released and what are the wagering requirements. You may find a good deal if you spend some time bargain hunting.

An insight look into online roulette

Posted by the-ace | gambling online | Tuesday 7 August 2012 10:58 pm

Initially, it was not a simple task to develop the game of roulette on the web. This was basically owing to a lot of the features of the game of roulette to be impractical on the Web. The game of online roulette needed more equipment than the other games.

But when some of the gaming developers converted the brick and mortar roulette into the internet based roulette, the game of roulette immediately enjoyed great success. Among all the casino websites offering the game of roulette, some casinos offer more attractive variations.

Roulette links itself with the wheels of fortune. It utilizes the wheel which is highly structured and is having slots for numbers beginning from 1 to 36. In case of the American roulette, there exist extra slots for the 00 and 0. In and around the perimeter, there prevails a small ball made up of metal spins located right on the track inside the wheel.

The instant it spins in a single direction out of the wheel, it then turns to the opposite direction as soon as possible. Hence, the wheel and the ball arrive to a certain point, where the speed gets depleted. Then after, it falls into a specific slot. A gambler of any pedigree, who makes a bet on the number right before making the spin and makes the right guess, goes on to be the winner of the bet.

Contrary to the happening in the real table roulette, the wheel of fortune needed in the game of online roulette is solely computer generated. The game of online roulette is the virtual form of the game of table roulette. It is a lot simpler and more fun to play the game of roulette online as compared to the game of table roulette.

In an online roulette, the player sees a wheel, full of numbers and colors. There, he or she can first guess the number and type it online, and then spin the wheel. For the purpose of clarity in vision, the player can maximize the roulette online to have a look at the specific section of the wheel, where the small ball falls.

Whenever the player tends to play the game of online roulette, he can experience the appearance and the feel of the old days roulette game as if he were playing in a famous casino like James Bond.

Free Bingo Cash

Owing to the quick growth of the online bingo market, the bingo websites are creatively fighting against one another for your presence on their venue. The competition as a matter of fact arrives in the form of free money that the websites throw at you with a view to tempt you in playing on their website.

This though arrives in a lot of forms and in a few cases is not what it appears at first sight. Let’s have an in depth analysis at these offers so that you get to manage yourself a better understanding of the way all of these offers are functioning. 888 Ladies is one such website dedicated predominantly for the female patrons.

The best kind of offer made by the online bingo websites could be the straight no deposit bonuses. These too vary in the actual sum ranging from 1 pound to 20 pounds and it is not needed to make deposits of any sorts. Few of the websites are there which provide you with these kinds of offers if you register via a credit card.

This is certainly for the purpose of verifying your age as the game of bingo is one of the forms of gambling and it is not allowed to play it if you are a minor. In this vein Polo Bingo & the Prime Bingo are two of the reputed Bingo websites offering their players with quality games and with great bonuses.

There also exists the deposit bonus also called the matched bonus. It is that bonus which the online bingo website is going to match with your very first deposit amount to a particular a sum based on a percentage, like 100%. They may opine that they will be providing you with a total 100 per cent bonus to an awesome £100.

This actually signifies that any amount you make deposits worth up to £100 the website is going to add it to your account for the very same amount. Therefore if you make a deposit worth £100 then they will include an additional £100 to your account. These are great bargains indeed if you like to play bingo online.

Anonymous Tables at Bodog

At the Start of December, Bodog started offering anonymous tables for their poker players. This supposedly conceals the player’s identity so as to give all players an equal environment where they could not discern one player from another.

The main purpose for this change was so that beginners could play on a level field where poker pros could not prey on them, as they do not know who they are playing up against. Moreover, it supposedly gives you the same thrilling atmosphere as playing live poker because the names of all your opponents are unknown.

Although the main idea sounds great and the purpose is noble, it does not always work out as expected when they offered it up to the public. Initially, there had been a lot of issues with the new software. It had a lot of glitches and it crashed periodically. A few days later, there were already rumours going around that the software had already been hacked and that there was a sure way to know the real identity of the players behind the anonymous names appearing on screen.

After that, numerous poker websites confirmed that they have broken through the website’s flimsy security protocols. Some even put up videos giving instructions and showing the steps on how they did it.

Even though Bodog keeps on insisting that their site is safe to play in, the traffic to the Bodog website plummeted as players became aware of this major problem in the server’s security software. Apparently, most customers prefer a safe playing environment and shied away at the first signs of security vulnerability. And who would blame them with the past history of cheating cases at Absolute Poker, UB Poker or even at the big sites like Full Tilt Poker.

With a lot of poker websites offering similar gaming services, most websites try to create something unique to offer the player, but it sometimes has the opposite effect unfortunately. It seems that Bodog might have just overextended themselves and we can only hope that they fix this situation sooner than later.

Carbon Poker is back in the USA

Posted by the-ace | poker online | Friday 14 October 2011 10:10 pm Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

In a move against the tide, Carbon Poker is back today in the United States.

The poker room is again offering access to real money games to American players (except New York, Kentucky, Washington DC, Maryland, Washington, Missouri and Louisiana), as well as to players from all over the world (except France and Australia).

Since the Black Friday of online poker on April 15th 2011, when the DOJ and FBI shut down the major online poker rooms (pokerstars, full tilt poker, absolute poker, UB Poker and Doyle’s room a few weeks later), online poker has been on a standstill in America with almost no poker room remaining active.

This is the first time that a poker operator reenters the US market and it is clear that Carbon Poker will become instantly the leader in this open field. As a matter of fact they were the leader until they decided to leave the USA in June to take time to recoup, only allowing existing American players to get involved at the real money tables in the interim.

This new development may create some confusion for the players. Is it legal or not to play online poker in the USA? And how come some rooms were closed while others are moving in?

The short answer is that it is perfectly legal to play online poker in the USA. The recent actions by the Government only targeted the poker operators, not the players. Some of these operators are accused of processing financial transaction related to online gambling in an illegal way, according to the UIGEA, the main law regulating online gambling in the USA.

UIGEA is a controversial and poorly understood law that does not prohibit online gambling itself, only the way operator are allowed or not allowed to execute financial transfers related to such activity. In addition online poker is not legally considered online gambling, and various scholars have proved that poker cannot be characterized as gambling as skill plays an important part. This is one argument used by the defense of some of the people indicted in April.

There are only a handful of online poker rooms left in the USA and most players choose to migrate to Carbon Poker after Black Friday. According to poker specialist Paul T. Martin, “Carbon Poker has the most traffic and this is the main aspect to many players given the rarefied playing field. They also have interesting features, such as a bad beat jackpot which is often in the six figures, a sleek software and the ability to multi-table with resizable tables. The room is safe and trustworthy with no history of payment problems whatsoever. They follow gambling laws as they have not been accused of any wrongdoing. They have a VIP program for the most active players.”

The bottom line is that despite the current crackdown, it is legal to play online poker in the United States and there are still a few options available to US players, the best of which being Carbon Poker. This is not expected to change until 2012 or 2013 as online gambling law reforms will take at least a year before they get started.

My friend Kevin

When you’re hot, you’re hot. And right now, there is nobody on a hotter streak than my friend Kevin. Kevin won the Friday no-limit event at the Cash Casino in Calgary, pocketing a cool $16,150. A scant two weeks later, he won a big field poker tournament, the 351-player no-limit hold’em event at Casino Regina’s Harvest Poker Classic. It paid $46,434.

Although Kevin makes his living at the poker table, he is not a professional player but a poker dealer. After winning over $62,000 in three weeks, does he dream of going pro? Not really. He and his girlfriend prefer to plan for stability. They dream instead of their children, in a stable home, pursuing a good education. On the other hand, Kevin admits that he would be tempted to try the life of pro poker if he hits a really big tournament win.

Kevin was born in Asia. He immigrated to America in 1988 with his mother, father, and three siblings. The family moved for the promise of a better life. Although even in childhood he enjoyed card games, it is just three years ago that Kevin started to take poker seriously. Working as a table games dealer at the Elbow River Inn, he took the poker course and was hooked. In his words he could not get enough of the game. He dealt poker, played poker, talked about poker, read about poker, and even dreamed about poker.

In a typical week, Kevin will work five shifts at the Elbow River Inn and play as many small tournaments at the Cash Casino. The Cash offers small daily tournaments at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., plus a slightly larger tournament every Saturday afternoon. It is in one of these tournaments that you are more likely to find Kevin. He does not play online. He tried online poker, but the keys to Kevin’s game are focus and discipline. The money online does not seem real. The game is very fast paced. He finds it hard to maintain sufficient focus and discipline to beat the online game consistently. He is not alone. A lot of successful traditional poker player have struggled in the online environment.

It is these two skills that he mentions over and over again when you speak to him: focus and discipline. First, he recommends that a player have sufficient focus to always concentrate on the game. Second, he points out that no amount of concentration will matter if you do not have the discipline to back your play. The main reason that many players lose instead of win is that they go on tilt and lose control. Many players know how to win, but they do not have the discipline to follow their own advice.

What has Kevin done in the past three years to develop his game? What steps does he take to sharpen his skills? He started out playing in home games. It helped him with his skills and gave him the confidence to move up. Once he developed discipline, things started to fall into place. Away from the table, he reads Card Player magazine. And, he plays practice hands with his girlfriend. If he can’t practice with cards, he practices by thinking about the game. Just playing hands over and over again in his head.

His favorite game is no-limit hold’em as he likes the power of the phrase all-in! And, having played with Kevin during the no-limit event he won at Casino Regina, I can confirm that he is not afraid to put his chips into action. He plays a disciplined, aggressive game with just enough zigzag to throw off the competition, a dangerous player indeed.

Sexton’s poker predictions for 2011

Last year Poker Hall of Fame extraordinaire Mike Sexton has revealed that he has made a few predictions about where the poker legislations this year were headed to. According to what he said, and if it really is so then there would be a lot of changes in the game of poker and online poker for the year 2011.

What Mike says is that poker will also manage to get out of the so called ‘grey area’. This will be because of the legislation bought about that will help in determining what the game of the future holds for the internet. Mike also goes on to say that if there were no federal changes happening on that front then there would be some US States changing their gambling laws like California that would work towards moving the legal regulatory norms in favor of online poker on a State basis.

This year he says was a controversial year for the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. This should be got about with the acceptance of Rep.Barney Franks new alternative laws which is also looking at legalizing the online gambling and poker scene on a federal level. Even though Frank Barney has said that he is retiring and will not be candidate for a new term, it is expected that he will remain involved with gambling laws, possibly as a lobbyist.

Sexton has also seen poker on a global level and says that the global poker scene will continue to increase in its popularity, and this will be because of the world wide audience that TV can get. He even mentioned that more countries on the global front will regulate online poker such as Belgium, Germany and the UK, just like what Spain and France did recently. This also means that online poker players will now be able to play poker in their own markets and according to Sexton this could prove to be a role model for the United States.

Mike really sees a bit change in the USA regarding online poker legislation as this issue is not currently bringing any tax income despite the federal deficit, and it is also wasting a lot of time on Capital Hill in partisan debates that could be better used to focus on real issues to help the country instead of the current bigot movement against online gaming.

Poker payment options

The best way to play online poker is for real cash. Poker rooms know this and also want you to start playing for real, that’s why they offer new players bonuses to make a deposit.
Poker rooms also offer many different ways to make a deposit. Below you will find all possible website and payment methods that can be used to deposit and withdrawal money to and from a poker room. Just see which one suits you best and use that method for all your needs. The methods are listed from most popular to less popular.

Visa  Mastercard  Dinersclub

Most people nowadays have a credit card and it is one of the easiest ways to deposit money into your poker account. Also it is a very safe way to use, all transactions are always encrypted and safe. But be aware that when you want to withdrawal winnings, some poker rooms cannot withdraw back to your credit card, so you have to have an alternative payment method to receive your winnings and deposit back to your bank account from there.


Moneybookers is one the most popular payments methods at every poker room. You sign up with Moneybookers and after this you have to verify your bank account. When this is done, you can deposit money into your account by credit card or bank transfer. When your money is in your Moneybookers account you simply deposit where you want. Also every poker room let you make withdrawals back to your Moneybookers account. From there you can withdraw back to your bank or credit card. Also you can instantly transfer funds to friends and family that also have a Moneybookers account.


Neteller used to be the number one in online payments and is still one of the biggest and most trusted ones. But they do not accept any American customers anymore. As before, you open an account, verify your bank account and after this just deposit and withdraw whatever you like. All very easy and fast. And you can also transfer money to other Neteller’s customers instantly.


Click2Pay is another very popular payment method. Just open an account, verify your bank details and after this you are set to deposit money to any poker room that offers this payment method (and most of them do). Also poker rooms let you withdraw money back into your Click2Pay account.


ClickandBuy is also a popular payment method. Just open an account, verify your bank details and after this you are set to deposit money to any poker room that offers this payment method (and most of them do). Also you can often make withdrawals of money back into your ClickandBuy account. ClickandBuy also offers many promotions from other shops like Apple.


PaySafeCard is nothing more than a prepaid card. You buy this card in a shop and you receive a card with a 16 digits pin code. Enter this when paying at the poker room and the money will be added to your account. No registration needed. Remember that you cannot withdraw to your PaySafeCard, so another payment method is needed to receive your winnings.


Instadebit is just the same as Moneybookers or Neteller. Open an account, verify it and you can add money to your Instadebit account. Then use this to make a deposit and to receive your withdrawals.


Ideal is a payment method that is only available in The Netherlands and Belgium. When you choose Ideal you are redirected to your internet banking account and you can deposit money directly from your bank. Again poker rooms do not let you make a withdrawal back to your bank, you have to open another method to receive your winnings.

My recent plays

Posted by the-ace | Uncategorized | Friday 29 October 2010 3:50 pm Tags: , , , , , , ,

Hello my readers!  I left my blog aside from the early period for my bad run continued and I did not want to post about it. My bankroll was at its worst at $ 470! Going from $ 960 to $ 470, I assure you, gives a blow to morale.

I focused again on the multi-tabling sit and goes, but it did nothing. Besides, I could finish the month in negative at this level. I’m a little stressed but there are good and bad days. I’m not stable at NL10 because sometimes it makes me swell to play against the LAGs and I play off, big mistake. I left out the MTT $ 2, $ 3 and $ 5 because you know if we cannot afford them, might as well pass.

But as I love MTTs and that the level of MTT players mentioned above is really awful, I tried again the steps, you know the formula step of William Hill Poker. I tried the step 2 (10 players sng turbo). I managed to get pass this and tried the step 3 (10 players sng normal mode). The first time I finished third. Finally, I have not lost everything because this place gives me the right to retry the same step. One evening, I entrusted myself and I picked up my pass 4 worth $100.

Cool given the time I was waiting for this. I can finally try a $100 MTT and confront myself with players of a good standard throughout. And the fact of playing for a large prize pool adds a dose of excitement and is fun to play. In short, despite the status of my bankroll, I am happy to have scraped the sesame which is a high achievement for my poor means. Now I had to make a choice. Which $100 MTT to choose? Three options are opened to me:

A MTT  deepstack. This event offers several packs worth $3.5k depending on the number of participants to play in a side event in Vegas for the WSOP or a European event. If the winners do not want to pack, they can cash in cash value. Or a $10k guaranteed MTT deepstack. 3000 chips, 15 min + level. Or a 30k MTT guaranteed deepstack. The same structure but a huge prize pool. Here was my reasoning about it:

The MTT pack cash’ somewhat interested me to the extent that even if I get the cash offer, it is set up for players who want to get a pack. It is not my case now.  For the 10k MTT it is interesting because there is one every night, the field is generally small and the prize pool is more than correct. Regarding the $30k MTT it is interesting mainly for its prize pool. But the field is typically 300 players. I admit that attracted me a lot. $30k is greedy, is it not? I should at least consider that the tournament can last six hours, so it means until 4am minimum if I am in the money.

So, it seems that the $10k was the best one for my schedule!  Last Saturday, a poker party was planned for me. Unfortunately due to lack of players, we had to cancel.

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