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Casino bonus

A casino bonus is money that is given to a player after they sign up with an online casino, an online casino bonus is equivalent to a brick & mortar casino comps. Online casino bonuses are used as an incentive to attract new players to sign up with the casino, there are also some very interesting bonuses that online casino offer to existing players to keep them as part of the casino. Despite online casino bonuses being used as an incentive for new players they are also being used as a marketing tool and it is also a useful tool against the competition which is on the increase amongst online casinos particularly considering that there are over 1200 online casinos on the market today all offering the same games with the same features, and using the same software, so online bonuses are the only way to differentiate them, that’s why its not surprising to find a casino offering a 100%, or a 150% bonus.

A casino bonus can be in the ranges of $25 to $200 however this depends on the amount of money that you deposit, for example if the casino is offering a bonus of 100% and you were to pay $100 then that means that you will get a extra $100 free. When joining an online casino it is important to read the rules and regulations concerning your bonus because each particular casino has its own casino rules and regulations concerning the bonuses and the withdrawal system.

Cashable casino bonuses are those bonuses that allow a player to cash out their cash after playing a certain number wagers, this type of bonus is the most popular with players, because the represent a real opportunity to make money, this bonus is subject to rules for example you can only get you money after have made the minimum number of wagers, and theses wagers have to be made on certain types of games, wagers on other games besides these will not count.

A no deposit bonus is offered to any player whether they made a deposit or not, just the fact that you are playing at the casino entitles you to a bonus. This is a good bonus because it allows you the chance to try out a casino without having to pay a deposit. A sticky bonus is a bonus that is normally given on a casino using Microgaming software they are just like no deposit bonuses but they are of a larger amount than the other.


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Online casino licensing

Since their inception in the 90s online casinos have taken the gambling world by storm as they are a great entertainment means, and thanks to the internet and online casinos people can now enjoy the pleasures of casino in the comfort of their homes. The gaming industry has grown tremendously over the past few years, now there are many online casinos operating on the internet right now, and players have a huge pool of casinos to select from. If you are a novice to the gambling world then you have to pay close attention to the issue of online casino licensing because online casinos which operate with a license provide you smooth operation there are however some online casinos that operate illegally with out a license and should be avoided at all costs.

Online casino licensing is of particular importance, and is an essential point to look out for when selecting an online casino to join because an online casino license is an indication of the standards of the casino. Online casino licensing is also an indication of how serious the online casino is about their business. Most importantly online casino licensing is important because you have to be sure before you give anyone your money that the casino is reliable, safe and secure.

Online casino licensing and rules and regulations with each jurisdiction and each country has its own rules and regulations regarding online gambling, an online gambling license can normally be obtained from different governments all around the world however most online casinos get their licenses from an offshore jurisdiction because online gambling is prohibited in most countries for example in America.

The first countries to issue casino  licenses to online casinos were Antigua, and Barbados and currently host the bulk of online casinos , today however many counties are easing their regulations regarding online casinos, now you can get an offshore license in Canada , the Mohawks of Khanawake from the gaming commission of Khanawake Indian Reserve, Costa Rica and Australia.

A fully licensed casino will normally publicize information concerning it licensing details on their internet site this information can be found among the details of the online casino on its homepage, online casino licensing has even become a sort of marketing tool for example if the online casino has a license from Gibraltar which is known for giving out the strictest licensing, then people will be attracted to the site. Online casino licensing is important to every player who wants to gamble on secure, reliable, and legal online casino.

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Broaden your Poker Horizon

For the avid poker player, sometimes finding the game that is right for you can be difficult task. You’ll probably sit through games that were organized by the husbands of your wives friends and take all of their money on a weekly basis but haven’t found a game that is at your level yet. Here’s where a valuable poker lesson comes into play.
After months of not being able to find yourself the perfect game you’ve been waiting for, you finally found the game that has players at your level and meets at a time that is right for you. It is very important to never get too comfortable in that one game and decide not to go to any more games.
There are a few reasons for this. First, in order to develop into a well-rounded poker player, it is imperative that you keep playing different people and experiencing different styles of play. By doing this you are preparing yourself with all the types of players that may sit across from you both in the future or in tournament play. The other reason why you should always rotate games and never get too comfortable in one spot is because the players around you will begin to learn the tendencies of your game.
If you only play with that group once a month, you’ll keep your competitive advantage because that group won’t be able to learn your tendencies and strategies. This is especially important because as soon as you become comfortable with a group, and your individual player tendencies are exposed, then you could potentially lose a lot of money.
The bottom line is, never get too comfortable in one game and broaden your poker horizons. It will keep the game interesting both for you and for those around you, and save you from losing lots of money!

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Poker Bot

There are a number of  important parts of a poker bot. Most people would think that the hardest part is making it play well but that is very far from the truth.

The first obstacle is actually reading the information on the poker table. To our luck we had a lot of experience doing this as we’ve been building bots for a lot of games earlier. To be honest, this is the biggest problem for most people but it if you’re used to reading data fron first person shooters poker is honestly nothing. The need for speed is close to nothing and the different kinds of information that you can get is very limited. Compared to make a bot that aims for your enemies in a constantly changing world, reading cards is simple.

The second obstacle is bypassing anti-bot programs. Most poker rooms actually apply some sort of security in this matter but the truth is they don’t really put their heart in to it. They do make a lot of money from bots, raking all day, they just want to make it seem they are putting a lot of effort into it.

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Poker Tools

As a bot builder the different kinds of Poker Tools has always fascinated me. There are perhaps 10 different poker tools on the market today and 5 of them actual poker statistics software. Poker statistics is one of the most complex parts of poker but you can make a lot out of your and others hand histories if you apply a scientific method to it. Lets take a look at one of the most basic, but very useful, areas to apply some statistics skills. When you play with someone a lot you will instinctivly know if he is a loose or a tight player. You will know that this guy will call you a lot and you will know if he folds if you bet hard on the flop and he didn’t hit. Playing online though this can get tricky because you play so many different players.

By keeping track of your hands and building a database you will actually get a library of your played hands and if you can only filter and sort it in the right way and fast then you have a massive advantage on your opponent. For example, by just calculating how big percent of the hands your opponent calls preflop will tell you wether he is a loose or tight player, it’s not harder than that as statisticly he should call a certain amount of hands over time. Him being loose does not of course that he is a bad player, there are lots of very good players that do play loose. It is still a piece of information you have that he doesn’t (as long as he isn’t using the tool himself). It doesn’t stop there either, if you measure how big percent of his hands he folds after the flop you can see if he is weak or tough post flop. If you know your opponent is weak post flop, placing a bigger bet to get him to fold might be a good idea or if you hit a quad maybe you need to slowplay him.

There are of course a lot of more useful info on your opponents that you can get from a high quality poker tool but it doesn’t even stop there. By looking at your own game in retrospect you can learn things about yourself, maybe you are a tight and passive player and to be honest even though being careful is good that is a combination that will never win you any real money.

There is even more to it than that, what if a tool could tell you which table you should play. You want to find a table with lots of fish and no sharks. Well, todays tools keep track of this too.

If you aren’t using a tool today, you definately should, that is my advice for today.

Inspiration: Poker Tools

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For the love of the game

I’m getting a lot of reactions to this blog, obviously people have strong feelings about poker bots. This is of course understandable but the most common point taken in these reactions is that we should not build bots “for the love of the game”. People are claiming that we are destroying poker. I disagree and coulnd’t disagree more. We are building a poker bot for the love of the game. If you claim that poker bots are destroying the game you obvously don’t play that well. A bot, at least of this quality, will never beat a good human player, it will only beat really bad players. If the bot does something it’s to teach the fundamentals of poker, if you can’t outsmart a machine maybe you’re just not cut out for poker. The bot plays only on statistics, it bluffs like a 6 year old and it can never learn to read you, it’s just a machine. Maybe in the future we might build a smarter AI but so far it’s nothing more than a beefed up calculator.

The challenge of building a bot is something you take on because you love the game of poker, it’s not a small task and it demands that you learn to do things by rules instead of by instinct, this is really hard and it has certainly made me a better poker player. Understanding the basics in poker is something most players actually skip to go directly to the fancy stuff and this is why a bot can still win. If you had just bothered to learn pot odds, outs and some basic statistics you would have beaten the bot every time, but you didn’t did you? How can you claim your love for the game to be bigger than ours when you didn’t even bother to learn the basics.

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Bot for Backgammon

As bots have always been one of my interests I have been taking a few looks at other games where botting should be possible. One game that I took an extra look at is Backgammon. There are a few differences between backgammon and poker that makes a backgammon bot a lot easier to build than a poker bot. If you have followed this blog you will have noticed our struggle with the poker bot and it felt quite relaxing thinking about a backgammon bot.

The main reason backgammon is more suitable for botting is that the game is more or less deterministic. All variables are known except the dice that adds the little randomness there is. The thing with backgammon is that there is a right way of playing it. You can’t be smarter or better, the best you can do is playing the game right and hope that your opponent makes mistakes or that the dice are on your side. There is an optimal move in every given situation. If there hadn’t been dice involved it would have been the same game as tic tac toe, if you play it correctly noone can win.

This makes it perfect for a bot, a bot will never make mistakes. As long as the bot has the correct algorithm or,  as in the scenario I considered have all the situations in the database and knows how to handle them, it will play an optimal game.

After a lot of thinking about this I realized that it is so easy that there has to be one out on the net already. A few minutes of Google Jockeing and I found it. It’s names Snowie and even does cooperation with some gaming companies offering backgammon. Well, it was an interesting day thinking about it at least.

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