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Esports
Esports.

Should e-sports be on the Olympics?

The IOC is in the process of seeing if video games like League of Legends are worthy to be included in the Olympics. We have strong feelings about this topic so we would love to share our thoughts with you on this topic.

By definition, a “sport” is an organized, competitive game for competition. Video Game sports (or “video game competitions”) are played through online platforms like League of Legends, Counter Strike, Dota 2, CS:GO and many more. These sports are very similar to traditional competitive sports like Soccer or Basketball. Video Games and eSports were already accepted as a full sport in South Korea and Taiwan. The Korean and Taiwanese governments also recognize e-sports as a real sport with support similar to traditional sports.

This sport has both amateur and professional players, with the international scene composed of professional teams. Pro gamers have been given scholarships from famous universities all over the world. Competitive video games have been broadcasted on television, being watched by more than 60 million people from Korea and China alone.

In Korea, you can see huge stadiums filled with people watching eSports tournaments on a daily basis. In 2013, League of Legends sold out a Staples Center in Los Angeles where 20 000 people attended to watch a tournament. The Chinese streaming platform Huya reportedly paid 3 million dollars to secure the rights to stream a year’s worth of TESPA collegiate gaming competitions in America. After the International, a Dota 2 tournament, fans spent a record-breaking 11 million dollars to watch a four-day event.

In the past years, eSports have been on the rise with millions of fans watching competitions live or streaming on their TV or PC. According to reports from Newzoo , an estimated 300 million people will be watching eSport competitions by 2020, generating almost 500 million dollars in revenue per year.

The Olympics bring awareness to new events and expand the pool of athletes from participating countries. Adding e-sports would effectively increase the number of people who could attend the Olympics.

E-sports have a lot of similarities with traditional sports, but also some differences. For example, video games have a narrative narrative where you choose the actions of a character to accomplish a goal, as opposed to a more simplistic sporting event which does not require any play style choice.

Why they should be on the Olympics

1. E sports are real sports

Video games are becoming more and more similar to other sports. The level of competition is growing, the teams are getting bigger and better. The competitive nature of eSports is comparable to the Olympic Games. The Olympics have been holding competitions for more than a century and they have evolved into a multi-billion dollar industry, making billions of dollars in sponsorship and TV rights. eSports has the same potential.

2. Esports already broadcast on TV

The Olympics has been broadcasted on television for a long time. They were the first event to be broadcasted when NBC launched its Olympic channel in 1968 (and when it became known as “American Broadcasting Television” – which later changed to NBC). Just like the Olympics,  e-sports are broadcasted on television, giving the fans the opportunity to follow their favorite games and players.

3. The Olympics needs a younger audience

The Olympic Games needs a younger audience to keep its relevance with the times. This is why they have been adding different events in recent years. E-sports could be an event with a growing fan base, similar to the Olympics. A younger audience would open doors for e-sports to be included in the Olympics.

4. It’s good for the world

The Olympics is an international event which brings together people from all over the world. Bringing e-sports onto the Olympic Games would show that video games are just as deserving of being practiced as traditional sports.

5 E Sports are not extreme sports

Surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding , BMX, MotoGP, NASCAR, etc. All of these sports are not thought to be part of the Olympics because they are considered too dangerous to the athletes. However the same could not be said about e-sports like Counter Strike or Dota 2. E-sports are mostly based on skill, team work and strategy which makes them safe for most people of any age!

Why they shouldn’t be on the Olympics

1. E-sports are not “athlete” sports

Video games are not real sports because they do not require any physical exertion nor do they require you to rely on your athletic skills. E-sport professionals do not train their bodies to compete, unlike traditional sports athletes.

2. E-sport betting has a bad image

The stereotype of e-sport betting is that people who bet on games are 16 year olds playing in their parents basement. This stereotype doesn’t do any justice to the professional players who are making a living out of it. It does not show that real money is being wagered on the games, putting the integrity of the games at risk. E-sport betting wouldn’t be any different from gambling at an online casino where you can play free slots

3. A lot of the players are young

There is no age limit to play video games, which means the Olympic committee cannot set an age requirement for gamers who are competing in tournaments. If you have 16 year old kids playing CS:GO with 30 year old men, it would be unfair because the younger ones do not have the same mental strength or experience as them.

4. Esports are not as big as the other events

The current Olympic Games has over 300 different sporting events. This makes it hard for them to add e-sports tournaments since they would have to decide what sport they would cut from the list in order to add e-sports. There are a lot of sports that were once on the Olympics but were later removed, like polo and tug-of-war. E-sport tournaments don’t have a very big following at the moment and having an event is useless without a lot of people watching it.

Even if an e-sport tournament gets live TV coverage, it’s unlikely that many people would tune in just to watch because of the lack of mainstream awareness compared to traditional sports.

Conclusion

It will take international recognition to get e-sports on the Olympics. The Olympic Committee has slowly recognized video gaming as a professional sport. Adding e-sports to this event would add legitimacy to it and bring in a much needed younger audience who want to watch competitive video gaming. The Olympics can be a platform for video gaming to grow, much like it has for sports like archery and golf.

Evin Lewis
Evin Lewis. Image Credits: ICC

Rajasthan Royals announce Evin Lewis and Oshane Thomas as replacement players

IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals today announced the final set of their replacement players. West Indian duo of Evin Lewis and Oshane Thomas will be joining the Royals squad as replacement players for the remainder of IPL 2021 to be held in the UAE from 19th September 2021.

Left-handed opening batter from Trinidad and Tobago, Evin Lewis, will be a replacement for Jos Buttler. 29-year-old Lewis had made his debut for West Indies during their 2016 World T20 campaign in India, and has 1318 runs to his name in 45 T20Is, at a strike rate of 158. The flamboyant batter has also scored 1847 runs for West Indies in 57 ODIs. His blistering performances for the national side also led him to be picked up by the Mumbai Indians in 2018, for whom he scored 430 runs in 16 matches across the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

 

Jamaican right-arm pace bowler, Oshane Thomas who is currently playing for the Barbados Royals in the Caribbean Premier League will be joining as a replacement for Ben Stokes in the Royals’ set-up. 24-year-old Oshane Thomas had made his international debut in 2018, having faced India in a bilateral ODI and T20I series. Since then, Thomas, a recipient of West Indies’ Emerging Player of the Year Award in 2019, has picked up 27 wickets in 20 ODIs, and 19 wickets in 17 T20Is. In the IPL, the fiery bowler has represented the Royals in 2019, picking up five wickets in four matches, and was with the franchise during the 2020 season in the UAE as well.

 

NFL: Three Patrick Mahomes Bets Worth Considering for the Coming Season
NFL: Three Patrick Mahomes Bets Worth Considering for the Coming Season

NFL: Three Patrick Mahomes Bets Worth Considering for the Coming Season

As the new NFL season fast approaches there is one player, above all others, who is going to be in the glare of the spotlight, that player is quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

The Kansas City Chiefs star proved in his third full season at the Arrowhead that he was a player with a bright future. In 2018 he completed 50 regular season touchdowns as his side fell in the AFC Championship game and in 2019 his ten postseason TDs clinched a Super Bowl.

Last time around he came up against veteran Tom Brady and came up short, with Tampa Bay clinching the Super Bowl despite Mahomes picking up his best postseason completion numbers.

So what can Mahomes, and Kansas City, achieve in 2021 and beyond? Well if you want to back the endeavors of the hugely talented 25-year-old, you should be paying close attention to the best sport prediction site, which not only provides you the best odds comparison information, but also gives you in-depth betting guides and tips.

So what tips should you be backing Patrick Mahomes to achieve this time around, here’s a few we’d suggest you back.

5050 Passing Yards – OVER (-110)

Yes Mahomes managed to top this number in 2018, but not in 2019 and 2020 but there are a few things to take into consideration. Firstly there’s an extra game in the regular season and Kansas City are rightfully big favorites to clinch a Super Bowl title.

There are some who feel that Andy Reid’s side will be doing more running than usual, but don’t expect that to mean Patrick Mahomes won’t still be front and center with every snap.

To Win MVP (+600)

Yes the odds aren’t great but this is still a solid prop bet given the circumstances. In 2018 Mahomes collected the NFL MVP and followed that up with a Super Bowl MVP in 2020, and there’s no sign that the Kansas City star is going to take his foot off the pedal.

His main competition will come from Aaron Rodgers, who is now sticking around at Green Bay, but remember the veteran picked up the award last season and back-to-back MVP awards don’t happen often (even Tom Brady hasn’t managed it). Indeed the last time it occurred was way back in 2009.

Regular Season Passing Touchdowns 39.5 – OVER (-110)

Again this spread is set very favorably. Over the course of his three completed regular seasons, Mahomes has averaged 38 passing TDs and Kansas City looks stronger than ever and once again, that 17th game will play a key part in making sure that this spread can be met.

Some sceptics believe the Chiefs don’t have an effective third catching option; beyond Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, but the way Mahomes throws (particularly when he’s on his best game) it’s almost immaterial who’s out there on the end of his bullets.

We believe Mahomes will have little trouble meeting this total in the coming season and going over the spread is almost always the way to go when considering bets involving the mercurial QB.

Many Pacquiao
Many Pacquiao. Image Credits: Twitter

Pacquiao Loses to Ugas- Is The Senator’s Astonishing Career Over?

Manny Pacquiao is a unique fighter who transcended boundaries. He has amassed so many stunning records that analysts agree there will never be another “Pac-Man.” On the night of August 21, he lost to Yordenis Ugas of  Cuba, and the star is likely to leave the ring for good.

The WBA welterweight title fight in Las Vegas was intense. Manny Pacquiao lost a unanimous decision. His rival used his size and skills to secure a convincing victory. Now, Pacquiao is getting ready to run for the president of the Philippines, so this may be the last fight in his boxing career.  

What Now? 

The defeat stunned everyone: spectators, experts, and sponsors (the best New Zealand gambling sites had accepted bets for the event). Over the past two decades, no other fighter has managed to make people laugh and keep them at the edge of their seats simultaneously. The boxing star said he had no definite plans for retirement, but it seems inevitable. 

The 42-year-old had returned from a two-year absence. At the age of 40, he broke Keith Thurman’s record and title reign. Yet, the “Pac-Man” we saw on Saturday night was a ghost of the powerful puncher he used to be. 

This is why his original decision to confront Errol Spence Jr, who eventually withdrew, was admirable. Pacquiao was due to fight the dangerous pound-for-pound feted IBF and WBC champion. The fact that he did not get to share the ring with him was a relief. 

Amazing Legacy  

Pacquiao’s track record does not even seem real:  

  • No other fighter has won world titles in 8 divisions.  
  • He is the only boxer who became a world champion in four different decades.
  • Pacquiao switched weights flawlessly.  
  • Overall, he has had 72 professional fights with only 10 defeats.  

The star grew up in poverty. His father killed and ate his pet dog. He ran away and left on the streets of Manila making money through donut sales. His youth was filled with desperation, but he became the biggest American boxing star against all odds. No other Asian athlete had achieved mainstream popularity in the US. 

Pacquiao’s partnership with Freddie Roach, which started 20 years ago, is one of the most successful fighter-trainer duos in boxing. After a fallout in  2017 due to the boxer’s political ambitions, the two reunited and now Pacquiao is at Roach’s side. 

At one point in his career, Pacquiao challenged 8 Mexican opponents in a  row. Today, he is one of the greatest fighters in Mexico, second only to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. He was also better at capturing hearts than Mayweather. Although he got defeated in their defining matchup, all of Mayweather’s money cannot buy the same legacy. 

A Look Ahead 

The presidential elections in the Philippines are scheduled for May 2022. It is unlikely that Pacquiao will be able to juggle sports and politics anymore. This feels like the right moment to bring his glorious career to an end.  

 

Tabraiz Shamsi
Tabraiz Shamsi. Image Credits: Twitter

Rajasthan Royals announce Tabraiz Shamsi as their second replacement player

IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals today announced the signing of South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi, the world no 1 ranked T20I bowler who will be joining the Royals squad for the remainder of IPL 2021 to be held in the UAE from 19th September 2021. The left-arm leg spinner from Johannesburg is the second replacement player for the franchise.

31-year-old Shamsi represents The Titans in South Africa’s domestic cricket and made his international debut for South Africa during a bilateral T20I series against England in 2017. The left-arm spinner has since picked up 45 wickets in 39 T20Is, along with 32 wickets in 27 ODIs for his nation. In the IPL, Shamsi has played 4 matches in which he picked up 3 wickets for Royals Challengers Bangalore, who had recruited him as a replacement player during the 2016 season.

 
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals would also like to share that Andrew Tye won’t be available for the remainder of the IPL season. “It is with great regret that I have to pull out of the remainder of the IPL 2021 with the Rajasthan Royals. It has been a long year for me which has kept me away from home for a lengthy period, and the disappointment of not making it to the World Cup squad has added to the dismay. Therefore, keeping my best interests in mind, I had to make this tough decision of staying at home and preparing myself mentally and physically for next year’s T20 World Cup. I am gutted that I won’t be able to rejoin the Royals family this year, but like all the fans out there, I will be cheering the team on”, added Tye. 
Tyson Fury
Tyson Fury. Image Credits: Twitter

Boxing News

If you enjoy watching boxing, keeping up to date with the latest boxing news, or even placing a bet on boxing now and again, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to keep up with the latest news that develops in boxing, so you always know what’s going on if you miss a match or two. Plus, this will help you make better bets!

Tyson Fury, The Postponement, and Covid-19

According to Fury’s promoter Bob Arum, Tyson is in high spirits and doing better than ever despite the trilogy fight with Deontay being postponed, losing his U.S arbitrator’s case, or even by testing positive for covid-19 recently. It seems nothing can bring him down.

Out of all the things that have happened to Fury in the past six months, losing his arbitration hearing with Wilder is the worst of them all. When the U.S arbitration hearing results were finally released, Fury was under the impression that he’d be getting a $100+ million payday against Anthony Joshua for August fourteenth in Saudi Arabia. However, The arbitrator ruled against Fury, claiming to fight Wilder for the third time. That choice came at a tremendous financial expense for Fury. No matter how well his promoter says, Fury is dealing with the news; losing that much money had to have been extremely difficult for Fury to process mentally.

With all of that happening, Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) stays, as usual, a calm individual who is going to be defending his WBC heavyweight title against Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) on

October ninth at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fans need to keep an eye out for this match since this could be the last time Fury and Wilder fight against one another, sadly. If the previous WBC champion Wilder doesn’t put in his best effort, he will get beaten unequivocally yet again, which should lead to the end of their rivalry.

Boxing News 1

Did Fury Genuinely Have Covid-19?

From all the evidence received, we can assume that Fury did not have Covid19. They think that Fury was getting pounded by his sparring partners and felt that there was no way to beat Wilder, so he thought of the COVID-19 excuse to give himself more time to get ready for the fight.

If the fan’s theories about Fury are true, he has three additional months to prepare for the fight against Wilder. That is time that Fury can use to bulk up to the 270s, roughly where his weight was in 202 when he fought Wilder.

In Fury’s most recent posts on social media, he’s discussed hitting the weights and attempting to develop his strength and build up his size for the trilogy match with Deontay. This supports the belief that Fury was getting beaten up by his sparring partners Jared Anderson and Efe Ajagba, so he required additional time to prepare for the fight with Wilder.

Speaking of postponing fights and the disappointments surrounding those decisions, let’s take a look at another much-anticipated fight that fans will now have to wait longer for.

The Canelo Alvarez VS Caleb Plant Fight Is No More. Who Is To Blame?

The end of dealings between boxing’s two significant power brokers, Al Haymon Canelo Alvarez, remains the main topic of discussion in the boxing community.

Glenn Philips
Glenn Philips. Image Credits: Twitter

Rajasthan Royals Announce Glenn Phillips As Their First Replacement Player

IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals today announced the signing of New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips, who will be joining the Royals squad for the remainder of IPL 2021 to be held in the UAE from 19th September 2021. The right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman from Auckland is currently part of the Barbados Royals franchise in the CPL.

24-year-old Phillips represents Auckland in New Zealand’s domestic cricket, and made his international debut for New Zealand during a bilateral T20I series against South Africa in 2017. The top-order batsman has 506 runs to his name in 25 T20Is with a strike rate of 149.70 and has also been involved in various cricket leagues around the world, most recently in The Hundred and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

Rajasthan Royals welcome Glen Phillips to the Royals Family.

On another note, English cricketers Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler will not be available for the remainder of IPL 2021. The franchise wishes Jofra Archer good health and a swift recovery and Jos Buttler and his wife Louise a happy healthy second baby.

Riyan Parag
Riyan Parag. Image Credits: Twitter

“IPL Is A Great Opportunity For Me To Fulfil My India Ambitions,” States Rajasthan Royals’ Mercurial All-Rounder Riyan Parag

One of the youngest players in the Rajasthan Royals’ squad, Guwahati’s Riyan Parag has been an integral part of the team’s set-up since making his debut in the IPL 2019 season. The Under-19 World Cup winner could not put in extraordinary performances during the first phase of the IPL earlier this year, but is currently working hard to improve further, and deliver once action resumes in the UAE.

“I think the first half of the IPL was decent for me, but I could’ve done better in terms of winning more matches for the Royals. But I’m not going to be too harsh on myself, because I believe in my abilities, and through rigorous training, I’m pretty sure I will be able to make a difference in the UAE. The tournament also presents me with the chance to perform to the best of my abilities and make a case for the senior national team,” Riyan expressed from his home in Guwahati.

“It has been hard to practice as the monsoon season is on and we’ve been getting a fair amount of rain, but I think the exposure I’ve received during my time at the Royals’ training facility in Nagpur has really helped. I had the opportunity to work on all three facets of my game, and I’m really excited to keep building on that,” added the right-handed batsman.

Riyan Parag, Rajasthan Royals
Riyan Parag (Image Credit: Twitter)

Talking about the areas where he feels the need to improve and build on, Riyan said he sees preparing himself to “consistently hit sixes” as his main objective during the off-season. “I have worked on my hitting a lot, and want to ensure that I’m more consistent with my shape and form whenever I’m aiming to hit long.

The other aspect of my game is to bowl in tough scenarios, and I’ve tried to make sure that I’m practicing new variations that I want to be consistent with and be able to bowl them under pressure, and also perfect the variations that I had before,” expressed the big-hitting all-rounder.

Another side to Riyan’s game is his top-class fitness levels, and the youngster wants to ensure he’s in great shape for the IPL. “I’m always striving to be fitter than what I was. Hence, the time I spent in Nagpur really helped – we trained under the sun and it was really intense and nice. And even when I’m back home, I don’t miss a day of training. I make sure to cover everything cricket related, and regularly have some extra sessions of sprints, agility, cross-fit, strength, and weightlifting.”

Riyan Parag and Rahul Tewatia
Riyan Parag and Rahul Tewatia. (Credits: Twitter)

“At the end of the day, I’m prepared to put in a lot of work to ensure my fitness levels are high, which I believe will help me field, bat, and bowl better as well, and can lead to me becoming an international player for India.”

Speaking of his and his team’s ambitions for the resumption of the IPL, Riyan said, “I think we have a really good shot at making it to the playoffs. We’re placed number fifth on the table, and we’ve got seven more matches to play. Plus, we know the conditions in UAE really well from last season.”

“I believe we can improve a lot in various departments, and with a good team balance and combination on and off the field, I think we’ll have a really good shot of qualifying for the playoffs first, and then of course, winning the title,” Riyan signed off.

Esports
Esports.

Esports market size and growth expectations

Despite 2020 being a rough year for everyone due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, the esports market still managed to mark significant growth. What is more, the forecasts for the upcoming years predict the global esports market to continue expanding steadily and reach $1.62 billion by 2024.

There are different factors that play a major role in the increasing popularity of esports and even the pandemic had some kind of effect on this industry. Things like the number of active esports players, sponsorships, and deeper integration in the online betting market are very important when we take into account the possible growth of the esports market in the following years.

Global Esports Market in 2021

Despite many other sectors suffering great losses due to the global pandemic, in 2021, the global esports market value reached $1.08 billion. This marked almost a 50% year-over-year increase when compared to the estimates of $947 million for 2020. The prognoses for the following years predict nothing short of significant growth, with a revenue of $1.62 billion in 2024. Currently, the biggest markets that contribute the most to the esports market increase are Asia and North America, with China claiming almost one-fifth of the global esports market.

The biggest contribution to the market’s growth in 2021 came from sponsorship deals and advertisements. The revenue accumulated through esports sponsorships and ads in 2021 reached $641 million. The second biggest sector that contributed to the massive boost in esports revenue is media rights. It accumulated $192 million, which compared to the revenue of sponsorships and advertisement, however, is significantly lower.

Significant Surge in Esports Viewers

Viewer engagement is also a key factor that helped the major growth of the esports market. Despite the awful effects of the global pandemic, during the lockdown periods, more people were interested in watching esports, leading to an increase in the number of viewers enjoying esports events. In 2021, that number reached 474 million people, with estimates for upcoming years showing that number to continue increasing. The number of people who watch esports more than just a single time a month is also increasing in 2021, reaching 234 million viewers.

As more people were forced to stay at home last year and many are still forced to spend most of their time at home, there was also a huge spike in live-stream viewership. Different platforms allowed fans of esports to watch their favorite games being played in real-time. Naturally, as people had more time to spare, this led to a higher viewer engagement rate.

By the end of 2021, the number of live-streaming viewers is expected to reach 728.8 million, which is more than a 10% year-over-year surge. The biggest reason for the huge jump in the audience number was the global pandemic. This being said, even after the pandemic quiets down, the number of live-stream viewers is expected to be stable. By 2024, the audience rates are expected to go back to normal, with the estimated number of live-streaming viewers being about 920.3 million people.

Predictions for the Esports Market in the Upcoming Years

As the esports market saw a huge growth in 2021, the estimates for the years to follow show that the market is expected to continue to soar. Forecasts for the number of viewers worldwide in 2022 show estimates surpassing half a billion. According to a report on superbettingsites.com, the predictions for 2024 show a growth of more than 7.7%, reaching about 577 million global viewers. Of course, with that number, the overall esports market is also expected to increase, reaching $1.62 billion in 2024.

The increasing popularity of live-streaming will be one of the biggest factors to bring the overall esports market a continuous growth in the following years. Of course, this will not be the only development, however, that will further influence the surge in esports revenue. With the deeper integration of mobile gaming in areas like Africa, Central Southern Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, the esports market is expected to expand more in the future.

Streaming platforms are also a big part of the technological development that drove the esports market to great success in the last year. While China is one of the biggest markets in the esports sector, it has an entirely different streaming system. Despite that, it still manages to contribute a large portion to the growth of esports. One thing we should not neglect is the current situation with the ongoing global pandemic. As it is still unclear when will the world overcome this terrible disaster, the future of any global market is still pretty vague.

While the extensive lockdown periods brought a massive surge in live-streaming views, the esports market also suffered huge losses due to the pandemic. Huge esports tournaments that were scheduled to be held in person last year were canceled and no one can predict when such events will be able to happen again. This resulted in a huge decline in ticket revenues and also affected global merchandise.

One certain thing is the current massive growth of the industry and its big potential for steady growth in the following years. However, only time will tell whether the predicted estimates for the esports market will become a reality.

Tired of sports betting? Try some exciting online casino action!

Yes, I get it: you love sports, like football or basketball or whatever you are into, but constantly placing bets may become a little bit repetitive. Your team won’t always win, maybe you get an unlucky losing streak and you just want to find something that can relax you a bit. Well, online casinos are exactly what you are looking for!

On sites like CASINONET you can find everything you need to start your gambling career, even if you are just a beginner. In fact, there are a lot of beginner-friendly games you can play on online casinos. These are games that won’t need you to have a deep knowledge of what you are doing to enjoy your time.

Let’s have a look at some of the games we recommend you to try. Remember: of course this is all about having some fun, but keep your attention up, because the more time you spend on a game, the more you will gain experience and learn all the tricks behind winning strategies.

The most classic of virtual games: Slot Machine.

Slot machines are the most popular choice among both experienced players and beginners. There is a varsity of slots that players can enjoy: some of them are more complex than others, offering more and more possibilities to the player to have some influence on the game’s outcome, and others are very simple and almost completely luck-based.

Your winning chances are based on the slot machine’s pay lines: these are the combination of symbols appearing on your screen that will trigger a winning outcome. The most basic slots have one pay line, which often is the central horizontal row, while others may vary in number. Of course, more pay lines mean some more chances to win.

Most casinos offer a free slot machine experience, letting you have fun without the fear of losing anything. They also often offer a daily free spin and more bonuses for newly registered members. The simplicity of the game will most certainly lead you to play more and more spins until you get too bored.

The table games’ queen: the Roulette.

Maybe you don’t want to spend too much time pressing a button hoping to trigger a weird-looking payline. Maybe you are more of a table-games-person, who enjoys the view of a comfortable green background. Then roulettes are made for you, either as a beginner or as a professional gambler.

The concept of the game is pretty simple. There are numbers from zero to 36 the ball can fall on: you have to bet on what that number will be, what will be its color, if it will be either an odd number or an even number, and so on. Your winning chances are, of course, not so high, but the game offers big winnings for quite small bets and that makes it all more worth your time.

I suggest you try either French or European roulettes, as they are the ones with the highest chances of winning. That is because they miss the double zero, which the American version has. The French variant also has a rule that basically offers you the possibility to get a refund of half your bet if you bet outside and the ball falls on zero, which only adds to its fashion.

Like slot machines, there are a lot of free roulettes you can enjoy without betting real money on their outcome. You can have some fun with them, learn some good strategy and then go straight to the real ones!

The most competitive one: Video Poker.

Yes, I know video poker, unlike classic PvP poker, doesn’t put you against other people in a last-man-standing battle, but you still get the feel of a real competition if you enter the right mood. In fact, video poker is almost completely like classical one: you just don’t have to put on your best poker face to trick your opponents, as your computer won’t really care.

It’s one of the easiest to understand online casino games, maybe easier than slot machines. In fact, if you want to really get the hang out of the game, you have to study and learn each and every table line and how to trigger it. It isn’t just a game of button-pushing. Video poker, on the other hand, is much easier to understand: you get five cards and you have to choose which ones you want to keep and which ones you want to discard, in order to obtain a table line. Those lines are quite easy to memorize: there are two pairs, three of a kind, straight (a sequence of 5 cards of consecutive value), flush (any 5 cards of the same suit), full house (a pair and a three of a kind), four of a kind (four cards of the same value), straight flush (5 consecutive cards of the same suit) and royal flush (a Ten, a Jack, a Queen, a King and an Ace of the same suit). A typical pay table starts with a simple pair of jacks, which pays even money.

There is little strategy in video poker, you can play it for fun in online digital format or even following a live dealer session. It’s also a great way to train your poker skills, or at least learn the very basics of the game.

Conclusions.

The world offers plenty of thrills for intrepid individuals and, if gambling is your thing, you should really try some good online casino action. I bet you won’t regret it!

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