10 Casino Games to Play Online

To play casino games there is no need to get all dressed up these days. You don’t even have to leave the house, if you don’t feel like it. Casino games are available online and can be played from the comfort of your home, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Most of the time a one-time casino software download is necessary, when you want to play casino games online. The software is usually directly available on the online casino website of your choice.

These days some casinos offer flash games which do not require a download. Personally I find the downloadable casinos more practical as you don’t have to open a browser each time you want to play. You simply play straight from your desktop.

These are 10 casino games you can play online:

1. Blackjack

Arguably one of the most well known card games in the world is Blackjack. The aim of the game is to obtain a hand combination closest to 21 as possible, without going over (busting).

The 2-10 cards are worth their numerical value. Face cards are valued at 10 and Aces can be worth 1 or 11. With time you will learn the odds of your hand busting versus de dealer’s hand.

It basically is a very easy game to learn how to play, and worth spending some time on as it is possible to develop some good skills which will massively increase your winning odds in this game.

2. Craps

Craps is a very exciting dice game. It’s the fastest moving game at the casino tables with a large variety of betting and wagering options. Though a craps table can look pretty intimidating when you see it for the first time, but it is easier than it looks. It’s best to stick to the basic bets, as the more complex ones most of the time do not give you better winning odds.

3. Roulette

Mostly two types of roulette are offered to players online: American Roulettes and European Roulettes. As the American roulette wheel contains an extra 00 field, the European wheels have slightly better winning odds.

In this random number game players may choose to place bets either on a single number or a range of numbers, the colours black and red and the odd and even ranges. The croupier spins the roulette wheel, which contains coloured and numbered pockets, in one direction, while he releases and spins a little ball in the opposite direction on the circular track of the wheel. When the ball eventually loses its speed and falls into one of the (37 or 38) pockets of the wheel, the winning number (and therefore winning colour and number range) of the round is determined.

4. Mini Baccarat

Is a card game with the exact same rules as standard Baccarat, with the exception that players do not take turns being the banker. Six or seven players can be seated at a mini Baccarat table and there are 3 betting spots per player corresponding to banker, player and tie bets.

The aim of the game is to get as close to 9 as possible with 2 or 3 cards dealt to each player. 2-9 value cards represent their exact face value, and 10 and face cards value 0. The score of the hand is the right digit of the total of the cards. For example, if the two cards are an 8 and 7, which totals 15 the value of the hand is 5.

This is a fun and fast paced game of pure chance.

5. Online Slots

Online slots are among the simplest online casino games you can play. When you start the game you choose the amount of your bet (often 0.05€/$, 0.10€/$, 0.50€/$ or 1€/$ per spin) and how many lines you’d like to play. You then press the button to spin the reels.

Different slot machines offer different payouts for different picture line up combinations. You can find out which pictures, and how many in a row make you win, in the pay tables of the slot machine you are playing on.

6. Online video poker

Video poker basically is a poker based slot machine. The principles of poker provide the foundation for this game, and thus the aim is to obtain any of the winning poker hand combinations.

It is one of the most popular casino games today as it combines the excitement and skill of poker with the speed of slot machines and some of the highest winning odds of any casino game.

7. Pai Gow poker

Pai Gow poker is also called Double-hand poker. It is a version of the Chinese Pai Gow domino game, played with cards bearing poker hand values. The game is played with the standard 52 cards standard including a joker, which can be used as an ace, or to complete a straight, a flush or a straight flush. And the table is set for 6 players and a dealer.

The aim is to create two poker hands (a five-card hand and a two-card hand) out of the seven cards you are dealt. The five-card hand’s value needs to exceed the two-card hand’s value.

8. SicBo

SicBo is another dice game that can be played online. The game originates from ancient China and involves 3 dice and a table with a variety of betting options. The aim of the game is to guess the outcome of the roll of the dice.

The dice are rolled by the dealer using a special box, called the SicBo shaker, and the outcome is hidden until all bets are placed. Winning numbers and combinations light up on the table, and the dealer pays out the winning bets. True, the game board looks quite complex but the game is actually very easy to play.

9. Keno

Keno is a lottery type game which is very similar to the better known game called “Bingo”. It revolves around a circular glass enclosure, called a ‘bubble’, containing balls numbered from 1 – 80. Twenty of these 80 balls will be drawn each draw, while you have marked your numbers of choice on a blank keno ticket.

Once drawn the computerized Keno system calculates and determines the result of that game. How much you win depends on how many of the drawn numbers you had chosen.

10. Online Poker

Online poker is ragingly popular these days, fueled by the big international televised poker tournaments in which often amateur players enter and play alongside professional poker players. Check the poker bonuses on the different online poker sites as often you can win seats to enter big international poker tournaments.

Poker is a card game of chance, but if you practice and develop your skills, your odds of winning will be massively increased.

Different types of poker are played in online casinos, but the current favourite is Texas Hold’em. The aim of Hold’em is to make the best possible five-card poker hand using any of your two pocket cards (dealt to you face down) and the five community cards (dealt on the table face up).

There are so many different types of casino games these days and most of them you can find online as well. So whether you like the adventure of going to a real life land based casino or you prefer to play casino online from the comfort of your home, all these popular games are waiting to be played and enjoyed by you.

If you would like more information about casino games or you have more detailed questions as to how they are played, please feel free to contact me.

Football Betting Guide – Tips and Strategies to Bet Wisely on Football

Sports betting is one way to enjoy the game and make extra money as well. However, although this is a gamble and winning is only by chance, you it can however be a fun way to enjoy your favorite sports and make the battle more exciting. However, there are important tips that you need to learn before even putting your money into these games.

If you are a football fan and you want to make the game more fun and you would like to bet on the game, here is a simple football betting guide that will help you bet wisely. Although there are no clear cut way to win a bet on any sports game, a little research on how betting is done can help your chances of winning though.

Here is a simple football betting guide that you may find useful.

Do your research. Keep in mind that sports betting is a gamble but you can increase your chances of winning by doing a research on which type of bet can give you higher chances of winning. In most sports betting, you will have big winnings in bets that are difficult to win and lower winnings in bets that are easier to win. The choice depends on what you want though, but the risks are always there. Also do a research on the teams playing. Have a research on the teams, their chances of winning, their past performances, records of injuries and many other aspects of the game. Of course, choosing the best teams is also important in making the best wins in sports betting.

Only bet what you can afford to lose. In any betting or gambling game, it is important not to put all your money on it. Gambling is a game of chance and you can’t just risk all your money into something that the outcome is not sure of and risks are very high.

Choose what type of wager you want to put your money. Keep in mind that different bets have varying risks and chances of hitting the jackpot. A wise choice however, can help you manage your money as well as your betting.

Some of the types of bets that you can find in football are straight bets, parlays totals, half time wagers and many others. In straight bets, the team you wagered on must win the game for you to win as well. In the case of a tie, there will no winner and your money will be given back to you or deposited back into your account.

You can also bet on the combined score of both teams for the games you have wagered on. You can also bet on the halftime score, whether the first half or the second half. This is called halftime wagers. You can also choose to bet on 2 or more teams to win in the games at no particular order.

Keep in mind that there the higher the risks, the higher prize you can win, so you have to choose wisely whether you want to risk for the difficult to win or those that are easy to win but with smaller prizes.

The Story About Bioshock Infinite Booker and His Involvement in the Game

In Bioshock Infinite, Booker Dewitt is narrated as a guy who always feels guilty and depressed by all of his mistakes in the past. Driven by the needs to wipe off his debts and get out from all of his problems, Booker then makes such a horrible decision in his life. He sells his baby daughter, Anne Dewitt, to a guy named Robert Lutece, which is under the command of Comstock.

After selling his child to Robert Lutece reluctantly, he then changes his mind and chases Robert through the hallway in order to cancel the deal with Comstock and take his daughter back. Unfortunately, as shown in the cut scenes of Bioshock Infinite, Booker doesn’t manage to grab his child back from Comstock’s hands. As the window of Lutece’s time machine shuts down, Anne’s pinky finger is cut in two parts in 2 different realities, in Booker’s reality and Comstock’s reality in Columbia.

Booker Dewitt’s Past

Well, if you have played this game already, either on PC or console, then you also know that in Bioshock Infinite, Booker is characterized as a guy that is full of rage, especially when it comes to his past, where he committed so many brutal actions during his tenure as a soldier. As shown in the game, Booker used to be part of 7th Cavalry Regiment of US Army as a soldier and he was involved seriously in a war called “The Wounded Knee Battle”.

During that war, Booker had done so many brutal, even inhuman acts to many of his enemies, like skinning their heads and burning them all together. This was why one of his comrades, Cornelius Slate, called Booker as “The White Injun”, thanks to his brutal methods in killing enemies in the war.

Soon after the whole war had ended in 1892, when Booker was still 18 years old, his wife/girlfriend gave Booker a baby named Anne Dewitt. Sadly, after giving birth to Anne, his wife died. And this is the part when Booker’s problems start mounting up to his shoulders.

Realizing that he had become a single father, raising his daughter by himself, not to mention remembering all of the brutal acts he committed earlier during the war, Booker felt really depressed, so he then decided to turn to alcohol and gambling. And obviously, alcohol and gambling just didn’t mix very well for him. Therefore, as a drunk gambler, he lost a lot of his money and started collecting a pile of debts, a mount of debts.

And that’s not the end of it. When he finally became an agent in Pinkerton National Detective Agency, Booker apparently still brought all of brutal habits in his past and implemented them as the methods for his actions as Pinkerton agent. And thanks to that, he then was fired by his agency because he was too cruel as an agent.

When Booker Sells His Daughter to Comstock

As time passed by and Booker Dewitt kept letting himself being dragged to gambling and alcohol much even deeper than before, he then began gaining debts from his loss as a “drunk gambler”. Realizing that his debts kept piling up and he was not willing to let his daughter, Anne Dewitt, live in his miserable life, Booker then met with a guy named Robert Lutece, a scientist that was ordered by Comstock to meet Booker.

Thanks to Rosalind Lutece’s time and reality machine, Robert apparently knew that Booker was possessing a lot of debts on his side, so Robert then offered him the golden chance to wipe off all of Booker’s debts with the exchange of his tiny little daughter, Anne Dewitt.

And as shown in the cutscenes of the game, Booker then reluctantly accepted that offer but soon changed his mind and decided to chase Robert through the hallway in order to cancel the deal.

Booker Decides to Take Baptism to Wash Off His Sins

With Anne Dewitt taken by Comstock to Columbia, Booker felt really guilty by his mistake of selling his daughter, not to mention all bunch of other problems that he had already done before, like brutal actions during the war, gambling, drinking alcohol, collecting debts, and many more. So Booker then decided to take baptism as the only way for him to wash off all of his sins in the past and start his new better life. This is the part when the story gets more interesting.

Booker Rejects or Accepts the Baptism

  • By the time when Booker is still deciding whether to ACCEPT the baptism or REJECT the baptism, this reality is divided into 2 different realities.
  • In the FIRST reality or let’s call it as “TIMELINE A”, Booker decides to ACCEPT the baptism and this is when he changes his name and becomes Comstock.
  • On the other hand, in the SECOND reality or “TIMELINE B”, Booker apparently feels that all of sins just simply cannot be washed away by that baptism, so he then decides to REJECT the baptism and remains as Booker Dewitt.

It’s worth noting that the real reality that must be underlined in this game is “TIMELINE B” or the reality where Booker REJECTS the baptism and still remains as himself. However, the fact that there is another reality, where Booker decides to ACCEPT the baptism and becomes Comstock, then it’s also important to know about who Comstock really is.

Who is Comstock?

Okay, now you know that in this game, Booker will become or change his name to Comstock if he decides to ACCEPT the baptism. In this reality or as mentioned above as “TIMELINE A”, Comstock apparently feels and believes that all of his sins in the past, like committing brutal actions during the war, gambling, drinking alcohol, collecting debts, selling his daughter, etc, can be washed away with the baptism.

However, despite being born as a new better person, Comstock apparently still inherits all of his dark side from his past as Booker Dewitt. After successfully convincing the New York government to help fund the technology projects and inventions of his friend, Rosalind Lutece, Comstock manages to make his dreams come true. And that is to build a floating city of Columbia and become a leader or “prophet” for the people in Columbia.

What Booker’s mission in Columbia?

Back in 1912, Booker met again with Robert Lutece for the second time. However, this time, Robert was not alone as he also dragged his “twin”, Rosalind Lutece to meet Booker. In this part, Booker was offered by Robert and Rosalind a job to help a girl named Elizabeth escape from Columbia and bring her to New York unharmed.

After being dragged into the reality where Columbia exists, (from “TIMELINE B” to “TIMELINE A”), Booker suddenly had some mixed memories in his mind and remembered again with his past, but mixed with new “old” memories in Columbia (when Booker turned into Comstock, because Booker is basically the same one person of Comstock). So when offered a job to get a girl and bring her to New York in order to “WIPE OFF HIS DEBTS”, Booker just simply nodded along and didn’t question that job.

Who is Elizabeth?

Elizabeth is a girl that has been held captive in the tower of Monument Island by Comstock. Having been “caged” for almost the rest of her life in a tower, Elizabeth educates herself with so many books and the knowledge about lock-picking and geometric co-ordinates, while sharpening her power to open the tears, her “super power” (just like Spiderman with his “spider web”, Superman with his “vision” or Batman with his “big fat bank account”). She then meets Booker for the very first time after Booker falls from the top of Monument Island to the library.

Booker’s Main Strengths

In Bioshock Infinite, Booker Dewitt is given with so many strengths that accompany him along his journey in Columbia, in the forms of weapons and telekinesis powers. Most of his weapons are old-fashioned 1900-themed guns, like cowboy pistol, old-school shot gun and many more.

Besides those tangible weapons, Booker Dewitt is also blessed with some telekinesis powers that allow him to use some kind of super powers from his hands to fight enemies that stand in his way. To name of few, there are some prominent telekinesis powers that are possessed by Booker, like the one called “Devil’s Kiss”, which can be used by Booker to throw a fire grenade to enemies. He also can use his other telekinesis super power called “Possessions”, which can turn his enemies into his allies but not permanently.

On some occasions, Booker Dewitt is also helped a lot by Elizabeth with her power to open the tears, which allows Elizabeth to transport some goodies (e.g., medics, bullets, walls to defend, cargoes, etc) from other different realities into Booker’s reality. Sometimes, Elizabeth also gives Booker some gold coins or stuff for protecting her against enemies.

When Booker Realizes that Comstock is Actually Himself

At the ending part of this game, Booker finally discovers that, all along, Comstock is actually himself, but from “TIMELINE A” or the reality where Booker decides to ACCEPT the baptism. Having known that, he and Elizabeth then realize that Comstock cannot be stopped because he has already mastered all of the realities, thanks to Lutece’s time and reality machine. So even though Booker manages to kill Comstock by crashing his head on the edge of fountain and drowning him in the water, Comstock will still be alive in many different realities.

The best way to stop Comstock from living again in all different realities is to prevent him from being born in the first place. And the first time Comstock was born or created was when Booker decided to ACCEPT the baptism. Therefore, Elizabeth then opens the tear and brings Booker to the exact reality when he is still taking the baptism in the river.

In this reality, Booker finally realizes that the only way to stop Comstock from being born is no other but to kill Booker himself in the river. Elizabeth then, along with the other Elizabeths (plural) from different realities, gather around Booker and drown him in the water until they kill him.

And finally, at the ending story of this game, Booker Dewitt finds himself again alive in the reality where he is still in his own house. However, the existence of Anne Dewitt in her room is still mystery until now as Irrational Games decides to end the game soon after Booker opens the door of Anne’s room.

Visiting Yonkers, NY

Yonkers is a city in close proximity to the Big Apple, thus it’s overshadowed by New York and underestimated by visitors. However there is an impressive amount of leisure options for the traveler that decides to pay a visit to the city. Yonkers boasts interesting museums, plazas and gardens and offers a good number of options for dining, shopping and entertainment. So let’s see an overview of the most popular places to visit in the city (listed in no particular order).

1. Tibbetts Brook Park: The Park is an oasis of green in the city and it’s very well organized as well. You can indulge in a variety of sports and outdoor activities here; you can play basketball at the courts or watch a baseball game. You can also go hiking at the nearby trails or fishing, so consider your outdoor need satisfied.

2. Hudson Amphitheater You can absorb a great deal of culture here, as well as take in the nice view of the nearby river. The amphitheater boasts a good variety of plays and shows from movies to Shakespeare plays, there is always something for everyone.

3. The Glenview mansion (1877) and the Philipse Manor Hall (1682): You can appreciate Yonkers of old by visiting the two historic houses- turned museums. You can see the perfectly preserved décor and items and admire the traditional architecture alone or with a tour guide. You are certain to feel like you went through a time-machine and ended up there.

4. The Hudson River Museum: If you didn’t get your history fix from the mansions the Museum will definitely sate you. You can admire the art galleries and learn a lot about local history at the site. Located nearby is a planetarium and the above mentioned Glenview Manor and all are highly recommended to visit.

5. Untermyer Park and Gardens: The Gardens are must if you are a romantic, a nature lover or you simply want to take memorable photos at an idyllic location. The local flora is showcased in themed areas and decorations include an amphitheater, a statuary and a pavilion, among others.

6. Empire City Casino: The casino is a must for those of you with a flair for gambling. It features a great selection of electronic and conventional casino games, a restaurant, live shows and live horse racing events at the local raceway.

7. iFly Center: A must for extreme sports lovers. The center’s main attraction is that it offers a simulated skydiving experience. If you ever wanted to fly and were afraid, now is your chance to experience skydiving in a safe and fun way.

8. Ridge Hill and Cross County Shopping Center: Both locations are Shopping Centers and offer a variety of shopping options; from local shops to department stores with a variety of brands and accommodating to all budgets. During the summer months these locations host events are that range from movie nights to live concerts.

From shopping to adventure and from romantic walks to cultural escapades, Yonkers has it all, so next time you are thinking of traveling why don’t you visit Yonkers? I am sure the city will be make for a memorable vacation.