Online Casinos Donating to Haiti Relief Efforts

Following the earthquake’s destruction in a country already struggling under the weight of crushing poverty, organizations have been scrambling to raise money, medicine, food and volunteers to help Haiti begin its long road to recovery. So far, help has come pouring in from an unexpectedly diverse group of people and organizations from around the world. So, it should hardly come as a surprise that the online gaming community is getting involved in the relief effort as well.

One of the online gaming sites trying to raise the much needed money is Millionaire Casino. They have offered to help raise money for much needed repairs and medical supplies need in Haiti by donating to the Red Cross relief fund. The money is being donated from their VIP rewards fund and users can choose to donate more of their VIP points if they wish.

Seeing the potential for online gambling to make a contribution Bodog founder Calvin Eyre posted pleas on his blog for more companies and individuals in the online gambling industry to contribute to the relief effort. So far, he has personally donated 10,000 pounds to UK charity Oxfam and in an effort to get others to make donations has promised that his foundation will match any and all donations from people within the industry up to $1,000,000.

Heeding the call the popular Casinomeister site managed to collect $20,000 before closing their donations due to difficulties in paying through PayPal. Since Casinomeister hadn’t registered the charity collection with PayPal (this process can take weeks and this was an emergency relief collection) the site forced them to stop collecting money using the service.

However, it’s not only the online casinos that are busy collecting money though as the poker industry is hosting a number of tournaments and charity drives as well. The popular PokerStars site has set up a relief fund which will match all the donations players make and then donate it to the Red Cross fund. So far, the site has raised about $475,000 for the relief effort thanks to the generous contributions of its players. PokerStars will make a matching donation to the Red Cross effectively doubling the amount raised.

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Casino Games – 5 Best Vegas-Style Apps For iPad and iPhone

The Apple iPad is set to completely revolutionize the nature of gaming. While the iPhone and iPod Touch gave us a glimpse of what a full multi-touch gaming device is capable of, the iPad brings this experience to us with a full-sized screen. Some of the most popular games on the iPad will undoubtedly be casino games. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear as if you can play these games for real money yet. However, there are a few casino games which let you hone your skills, play with your friends, and otherwise have a lot of fun. Let’s take a look at the top five casino games currently available to download for the iPad.

Texas Hold’em (Apple) – $4.99

It’s hard to create a list of the best iPad casino games without mentioning this official game created by Apple. This game has everything you’d expect in a game made by Apple. The graphics are beautiful, and the gameplay is intuitive. You can easily set up a match against your friend via a Wi-Fi connection. Depending on whether you hold the iPad in landscape or portrait mode, you can get a different view of the action. In-game tips, strategies and hints make this game top-notch.

World Series of Poker Hold’em Legend (Glu) – $2.99

This is a high quality poker game released in November 2009. You can play against your friends via Bluetooth, or play against players from all over the world on your internet connection. This game is based on the number one brand in poker – the WSOP. What poker player doesn’t dream of getting his shot at the World Series? You get to play in authentic venues, and you can even save your favorite hands so that you can show your friends the huge bluff you made or the unbelievable lucky draw of your opponent.

Blackjack (MobilityWare) – $0.99

MobilityWare makes the most popular blackjack app in the AppStore. If you don’t want to pay the 99 cents, then you can opt for the free ad-supported version. This game is designed to emulate the real world conditions of a Las Vegas blackjack game. Although you don’t play for real money, you can practice and hone your skills for the times when you do actually sit down at a real money table. This is a great game if you want to practice your card counting skills so that you can finally beat the dealer.

Big Spin Slots (Electron Hut) – $1.99

This is an extremely popular slots game for the iPad. It features a traditional 3-line slot machine display rather than the confusing 50-line slot machines you sometimes get from other apps or in Vegas. You can simply shake your iPad to begin spinning the wheels, and then touch them via the full interactive interface to stop them. Big Spin Slots also features a bonus game that resembles a wheel of fortune spinning wheel. This is the type of game you won’t be able to put down because you want just one more spin.

Aw Craps! (24x7digital) – $1.99

This is by far the most realistic craps game in the App Store. It features audio to simulate the calls of the dealer, and the dealer will even give you hints and tips on how you can place your bets. The dice rolling is probably the coolest experience that has ever been developed. It is 3D and fully realistic. You can gently shake your iPad to joggle the dice in your hand, or shake it hard to roll the dice. The dealer will give you a warning if you don’t throw the dice hard enough. This is an extremely high quality game.

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Types of Online Games for Gaming Fun

Believe it or not, online gaming is the biggest thing today. Capitalizing on this huge market, app developers are constantly launching new games with the best graphics and highly engaging gameplay. Not just that, they design and create them in various formats to cater to a varied audience.

Now if you’re a diehard fan of online games, here’s a lowdown on the different genres; something you definitely need to know.

1. Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG) – Gaming actually saw a spurt when it became social with the introduction of Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG). The thrill and adventure lies in competing with other players, playing simultaneously in the virtual world. They are called role playing games because you take up roles as you move through the game. Most of these are not free; you have to pay to access certain premium features or to level up.

2. Real time strategy – As the name suggests, real time strategy games call for an immediate response from the players; it is played in real time. They combine strategy and action and can be highly addictive. Real time strategy includes building the inventory by gathering resources, fighting armies, building base, creating units and exploring areas.

3. Action and adventure – They are set against a story in fantasy worlds or adventure lands. They are fast-paced and involve combats with enemies, puzzles, missions and quests. Completing successive missions result in the character leveling up and earning armor, weaponry, potions etc. Unlike MMORPG and real-time strategy formats, these are generally single-player ones.

4. Casino games – Casino games replicate the real world of the casinos on the World Wide Web. Many of these are played with real cash. It offers the excitement of playing in a casino. There are also real bonuses and prizes to be won.

5. Sports games – If you are a sports buff, sports games will grab your interest. The most popular ones on the web are football, basketball and baseball. They are organized into levels. You can choose to play along, against the computer or compete against another player. Many are modeled on actual sporting events.

6. Simulation games – Simulation games are real-life situations played out in game settings. Think about the number of farming games you’ve played, or that marvelous city you’ve built or the virtual people you’ve cared for, or the pet zoos you’ve managed. If you’re looking for action and adventure, simulation games do not fit the bill. They are about time management, strategy development, decision making. Nevertheless, simulation games promise you good time.

7. Shooting games – If you get a kick out of violent games, shooting games are the one for you. It involves shooting at targets be it objects, animals or people. These games require precision and skill.

In addition to the category of games mentioned above, there are arcade and board games, card games, strategy games and puzzles. Game developers are coming forth with various titles offering hours of unlimited fun and entertainment. Choose your favorite one and enjoy yourself.

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The iPhone Casino Mixes the Oldest With the Newest

In the latter half of the 1990′s, as the internet began to flourish and the dot com bubble was forming, online casinos began appearing and soon became extremely popular, allowing casino players to gamble their money in the relative safety and security of their own homes. This represented a huge change in the gambling world, as it was no longer necessary for a player to leave his or her home and travel to a casino establishment to play a favorite casino game. The online casino software offered a version of every game that existed in the real world casino, only this time the game was played in a “virtual” world – a tightly controlled circus of brightly colored pixels on the player’s screen.

Well, that was over a decade ago, and now the casino industry is bracing for what will surely be an equally monumental shift in the gambling habits of casino players worldwide: the rise of the mobile casino. If the late 90′s was the era of the internet, this is surely the era of the mobile phone. And the crown jewel of the mobile phone world (some would say the “smart phone” world) is the elegant and highly engineered iPhone. The razor-sharp graphics and touch screen display of the iPhone make it the perfect device to lead electronic gambling into the mobile era. Yes, the wait for the iPhone casino is over. Real casino gambling on the iPhone has arrived.

Developed through a partnership of online casino software giant Microgaming and mobile specialists Spin3, the iPhone casino boasts a compelling set of iPhone casino games that you can play for real money. They have done a nice job of adapting a mix of traditional classic card games like blackjack and roulette, and they cleverly adapted iPhone versions of some of Microgaming’s most popular slots like Tomb Raider and Mermaid’s Millions, as well as the massive, lottery-sized progressive jackpots of games like Mega Moolah (Mega) and Major Millions. Additionally, the casino incorporates robust banking options that they have honed over time with their massive player database, so you can know that you are in the most capable hands when you deposit or withdraw from your account. Players can choose from state-of-the-art electronic payment methods such as Neteller, Click2Pay, UKash, and Credit/Debit Cards.

Here is the complete list of games currently available in the iPhone casino: blackjack, roulette, Bingo Bonanza, Mega Moolah, Mermaid’s Millions, Royal Derby, Jacks or Better, Tomb Raider, Dragon’s Fortune, and Major Millions. There is no software to download or app to install. The casino was designed to work entirely in the player’s iPhone web browser, so it load very quickly and is extremely easy to begin playing. Each game (except the progressive slots) has a demo mode, or you can create an account and play for real money.

Now that the iPhone casino exists, it won’t be long before we hear of people winning millions of dollars on the train, stuck in traffic, or in the bathroom. One of humanity’s oldest pastimes has met its latest technology. You can now play real casino games for real money absolutely anywhere you can access your iPhone. Viva Las… iPhone, baby!

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