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The Main Event of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) is renowned for paying out big. Last year’s winner, John Cynn, left the table with $8.8 million in prize money. With record-breaking entry levels pushing the WSOP 2019 prize pool to an all-time high, an even bigger win is expected at this year’s Main Event. In fact, we could see the biggest single payout in WSOP history.

Held in Las Vegas every year since 1970, WSOP is the longest-running and most respected series of poker tournaments on the globe. It always concludes with the Main Event, a $10,000 buy-in no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em tournament.

So far, 154,216 players have signed up to compete in WSOP 2019, generating a Main Event prize pool even bigger than last year’s $74 million. Poker fans are gearing up, therefore, for an even bigger win at the table. It could smash 2006 champion Jamie Gold’s record $12 million.

For details of the 5 biggest WSOP Main Event winners to date, check the below table put together by the guys from the online casino bgo.com.

Biggest WSOP Winners Info

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Poker tournaments have been a feature of land-based casinos for hundreds of years. Poker tournaments bring poker players together from around the world where they compete in pairs or in groups for a prize that reaches millions of dollars.

Today there are also online poker tournaments for online poker players.  Some of these online tournaments take place at online casinos and others are organized independently.

Poker Tournaments

Poker tournaments involve competitions of 2 or more players who vie for the tournament prize at the stated poker variation. Most poker tournaments involve Texas Hold ‘Em poker but there are also many tournaments for 5-Card Draw, 5-Card Stud Poker and 7-Card Stud Poker.

Poker tournaments can involve as few as two players who compete on a single table (a “heads-up” tournament) or as many as tens of thousands of competitors who play in a large auditorium that consists of thousands of tables. The tournament winner is generally the player who wins every poker chip. Second, Third and sometimes Fourth Place prizes are also often awarded, based on when those players were eliminated. 

Throughout the game, players’ chips aren’t cashed out for money – rather they serve to determine the player’s placing in the contest.  In that sense they don’t actually represent money, but are more like points to determine the winners.

How Tournaments Work

Players enter tournaments by paying a “buy-in.” Once the player purchases his buy in, he’s given a fixed quantity of tournament poker chips. A small portion of the buy-in usually goes towards the cost of running the event and the rest is used for the tournament’s prize.

Players use tournament chips, which have no cash value outside of the tournament. Some tournaments require the same buy-in from all players while others allow competitors to buy in at their preferred level. There are also options, in some tournaments, to re-buy or buy-back so that players can purchase more chips during the tournament itself.

Players are eliminated throughout the tournament when they have exhausted their chips and have no remaining options to buy any more chips.

Variations

In most tournaments, the play continues until all players are eliminated but one – that person becomes the winner.  You’ll never see a tie for first place in a poker tournament since the tournament continues till one player has all the chips.

Variations exist from one tournament to the next – some tournaments end by mutual consensus and in “bounty tournaments” a bounty is placed on some of the players so if a competitor knocks out an opponent, the player that knocked out the opponent earns the bounty. In some tournaments, players are allowed to exchange some or all of their chips for prize money while in others, a portion of each player’s buy-in goes towards prize pools and  “cash out” pools.

In most tournaments, players move around from one table to the next to ensure that the number of players at each table is kept even. There are also tournaments (“shoot out” tournaments) where the last player at each table moves on to the next round (single elimination tournament).  

Freerolls are tournaments in which the tournament prizes are derived from gate receipts from spectators and/or sponsorship revenues. It’s generally free to enter a freeroll tournament where each player has one chance to succeed. In “freebuy” tournaments,  a player can enter for free but he has the option to buy back into the event if he loses his chips during the registration period.  

Betting

There are three types of poker tournament betting options.

  1. The structured system is a fixed limit betting system where bets and raises are restricted to specific amounts. The amounts increase throughout the tournament.
  2. The semi-structured betting system involves ranges for allowed raises. A player may not raise less than a previous player has raised.
  3. No limit betting, also called “structured betting” includes fixed antes, blinds and bring-ins. Each competitor is free to bet as much as he wishes, even to go “all in” by betting all of his chips, at any time. Sometimes, especially in no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments, some players bet “all-in” before the flop.
Venues

Organizations often run a poker tournament as a fundraiser while casinos, including online casinos, feature daily tournaments. There are also poker cruises where players can compete while on a cruise. The biggest tournaments generally take place at convention centers in Las Vegas.

The World Series of Poker events, the most distinguished poker tournament, takes place every year in the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas after having migrated from other Vegas sites over the years.

In Europe, the largest poker event is the European Poker Tour. Today the European Poker Tour is the largest poker tour in the world, both by both total players and prize pool.

In Asia, the biggest poker tournament event is the Asia Pacific Poker tour which is held in Macau.

The  most well-known tournament in Latin America is the largest South American poker event – the Latin American Poker tour Argentina event.

Australia’s premier poker tournament is the Crown Australian Poker championship, also known as the Aussie Millions. Aussie Millions encompasses the entire Pacific region.

The main live poker tournament in Africa, the All Africa Poker Tournament, is held annually at the Piggs Peak Casino in Piggs Peak, Swaziland

Almost every major city has its own poker tournament. Some are held as fundraisers while others are for-profit. The World Poker Tour broadcasts a series of open tournaments in multiple locations throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean.

Some European events have buy-ins of up to €10,000. The Caribbea Poker Adventure is a stand-alone event but that’s a bit unusual — most tournaments are held in conjunction with a tournament series so both are held at the same venue – some of these include the Commerce Casino’s LA Poker Classic, the Bicycle’s Casino’s Legends of Poker, the North American Poker Tour and the Grand Sierra’s World Poker Challenge.

Online

There are also a number of online poker tournaments and poker tournament series.  The online venue enables these events to host hundreds of thousands of players simultaneously. Some of the biggest online poker tournaments include the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS). Tournament prizes at these online tournaments can go as high as one million dollars.

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Analysts predict limited growth of Macau’s GGR in 2019 Next year, Macau expects GGR growth in just a few percent. According to report of
the Fitch Ratings Inc., productivity will be enhanced by increased revenues from the recently opened Cotai Morpheus and MGM Cotai, as well as the Grand Lisboa Palace.

The forecasts are included in the Fitch Ratings 2019 Outlook: Global Gaming report for the Asia-Pacific region. The rating agency highlighted the vulnerability of Macau’s
gambling business to the slowdown of mainland China’s economy. The PRC is the most significant market for a special administrative region.

The forecast for Macau’s GGR in 2019 reflects a long-term positive outlook. -Fitch Ratings Agency.

The Grand Lisboa Palace (Macau SJM Holdings Ltd) will contribute to the growth of GGR 2019, increasing the pace of development of MGM Cotai (MGM China Holdings Ltd) and Morpheus hotel tower City of Dreams (Melco Resorts Entertainment Ltd).
It is expected that infrastructure project, namely the bridge connecting Hong Kong and Zhuhai, will also have a positive effect on Macao’s financial success. The slowdown in the development of the VIP segment, described by the agency as more sensitive to China’s macroeconomic indicators, will continue in 2019. However, not only Macao, but also Singapore will suffer from this influence.

According to the Macau Statistics and Census Service (DSEC), income from direct
investment in gambling reached $4.7 billion in 2017, which shows an increase of
34.5%.

More news related to gambling can be found at BGAOC website.

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The differing gambling laws of the USA states are a difficult puppy to manage in terms of offering visitors to my site the best options. It seems many states now are in the process of at least introducing legalised sports betting.

In May 2018 the USA Supreme court changed the game by allowing states to manage the laws themselves and now we have seen many pass bills and progress is upon us.

Check out this map for a quick glimpse of the “state” of play.

You can see in green the areas where you should have no trouble signing up to and playing both sports and casino sites. Obviously we have Nevada home of Las Vegas but also we have Pensylvania, Rhode Island, West Virgina, Delaware, New Jersey and Mississippi.

The yellow areas have a bill introduced perhaps to allow sports betting – each case is different. The blue ones already had existing laws and nothing has changed. The only state that isn’t interested to change is Utah. The grey areas just haven’t introduced a new bill as yet.

This map and infographic is used with permission from the good folks at Njgames, you can find a lot more information about this topic and a very nice interactive map here https://njgames.org/future-of-sports-betting-infographic/

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When talking about casino games, most discussions revolve around game odds, payouts and sometimes luck. However, apart from these, there is another thing that is as crucial when it comes to casino games i.e. superstitions. For many people especially those that land huge wins or hit massive jackpots, they often talk about how superstitions played a key role in their success. As such, though often sidelined, superstitions are an important factor when it comes to winning in casinos. It is in light of this that we came up with this piece which shares with all gamblers all the common superstitions used in gambling.

It’s our hope that you can adopt one or more of these superstitions so as to improve your luck when playing casino games at Novibet.

Lucky Charms

Many superstitious players do opt for lucky charms. There is a general belief (believed to have originated from Asian culture) that using certain lucky charms will help in improving one’s luck when in the casino. Some of the most popular things used as lucky charms include rabbit foot, a four-leaved clover and a horseshoe. However, we are not in any way advising you to go kill rabbits. Instead of using these, you can look for your own lucky charm.

Lucky Partner

Besides lucky charms, many superstitious players also believe in lucky partners. It’s not really known where this superstition came from but from our studies, we have seen that it is used by players from virtually all corners of the world. James Bond in his movies does use some pretty beautiful ladies as his lucky partners. Likewise, there are many gamblers who also come along with their beautiful ladies as lucky partners. It’s not a golden rule though that a lucky partner has to be a female, if you have a male lucky partner, then go ahead and bring him along to your next gambling adventure.

Rituals

Sometimes, carrying your lucky charms or your lucky partner does not do the trick on its own. You will need to go a step further and perform some ‘rituals’ so as to summon the gods before you start your gambling adventure. There are different rituals practised by different players and you too can come up with your own ritual. Just to shade more light on this, here are some rituals performed by some players.

For those who bring partners, they may kiss before the game starts. Others who bring lucky charms may knock on wood, verbally call certain numbers, blow on dice, and stack chips in a certain way, cross fingers and kiss rabbit foot among others.

Lucky Colours and Lucky Numbers

Hailing from Asian culture, there is a widely held belief that certain numbers and colours are lucky while others unlucky. For instance, number 7 is inherently believed to be a lucky number hence when playing, most players prefer going for number 7. Likewise, the colour red is generally considered a lucky colour hence when going to a casino, many players prefer donning red colours.

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Ever wanted to try out a Casino but not understood where to start? Fear not, we’ve got this easy to read (and even easier to use) guide that gives you and your pals a rundown of the top 5 things to do (and not to do) in the Casino! For instance, did you know that most Casinos generously give out free soft drinks and coffee for their guests, but you’re meant to tip your waiter or waitress? Or for instance, no matter how hungry you are, wait until after your game to eat! Otherwise it’s just plain rude!

This piece was inspired by the following game at Paddy Power: https://games.paddypower.com/c/daily-jackpots

Jump in the comments and let us know if you learnt anything new! And remember to share it with your friends!

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Understanding the bonuses and playthrough conditions of each site that you play on or sign up to takes a little effort sometimes. You could have hit a huge win but you cannot withdraw a penny of the money until you have met the conditions of the bonus funds that were allocated to you.

Taking the bonus extra funds allow for higher bets to be placed and therefore higher potential wins before your money runs out. It just gives you more to play with and that’s generally all part of the fun, however you do have the choice to refuse any bonus from any casino. Often players will use these bonuses over and over. 30, 40, 50x playthroughs are common, restricting any cashout until it’s met

Casino streamers on twitch such as Roshtein employ this tactic. Roshtein in particular is currently withdrawing up to 100k each and every week. He deposits 2000 euro each “bullet” with a 300% 35x playthrough requirement. For this 8000 he received he will need to stake 240,000 in total before cashout is available.  Playing 100 euro bets on the lost relics slot, trying to hit the bonus game, is wagering cash very fast. Once achieved with a 20-30k win, the strategy is then to play low stakes and grind through the balance until the playthrough is met and the cashout is available.
Here are some different types of bonuses that you can expect to find when signing up to casino sites.

No deposit casino bonus – Sometimes considered to be the best kind of bonus because you do not have to use any of your own money. It will always have a playthrough requirement before cashout is available.

Deposit Bonus – This bonus is a percentage of your deposit and is also called a match bonus, as it “matches” your deposit. It can sometimes be 100%, which means your bonus will be as high as the amount you deposit, but also at 50%, 25% or even 200%.

Welcome Bonus – This works on your first deposit, In some cases, there is more than one welcome bonus in a so-called welcome pack.

Reload bonus – this is the same as a deposit bonus, that is, you get a percentage of your deposit as a bonus. Applies to deposits following the first deposit.

VIP / High roller bonus – this bonus only applies to real high rollers, that is, those who place a lot of money on the casino. They sometimes become members of so-called loyalty or VIP clubs and then get extra nice deals.

Cashback bonus – this bonus is really fun, as you get money back on any losses. Usually it applies to live casino for gaming over a certain period of time. For example, you can play this weekend, so you get back 10% of your net losses on Monday.

Parachute Bonus – This is perhaps the best of the lot. You will get 100% or whatever matched to your deposit but the bonus funds – that have the playthrough requirement – will not be active until all your real money is depleted. This is much more superior to a match bonus because a match bonus will give you playthrough requirements from the outset.

Check out the following Swedish site casinoerbjudande.com for some great info on bonuses and some great offers for Swedish players that want to try out some slots or casino.

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