What are Progressive Jackpots and How Do They Work?

Progressive jackpots are becoming more and more common within the world of gambling. Both online and mobile casinos, as well as their land-based counterparts, are employing the inclusion of ‘Progressive Jackpots’ as a main draw in order to encourage your business. But just what is a progressive jackpot? You may feel foolish for not knowing, but you shouldn’t. It was never something that was really explained to anyone, rather just dreamed up by a rather clever marketing director somewhere in Downtown Las Vegas – at least that’s how we’d like to picture it!

An Overview

Slots & Video Poker machinesIn short, a progressive jackpot is a jackpot which gradually increases as time goes on. The more players who try and fail to cash out the jackpot, the more sky high the total amount of cash up for grabs becomes. It’s a pretty simple format, though extremely effective in its ability to reel in players from far and wide. Unsurprisingly, progressive jackpot games account for a great deal of the business any casino does year on year.

Which Games Feature a Progressive Jackpot?

Typically the only games which feature a progressive jackpot are either slots or video poker machines.

Why are they so popular?

There are several pretty solid theories as to why the progressive jackpot format is so popular among modern gamblers. Among them is the obvious novelty factor: the fact that progressive jackpots are beamed across the floor of all casinos real world and virtual via big bright lights certainly helps keep them in the limelight. People always want to be involved with novel things – particularly when partaking in something like gambling.

Furthermore, the constantly upwards-creeping meter which tracks the jackpot amount illuminating the place up helps draw in the revellers. Numbers on a screen reflecting a very real and in the minds of all players very winnable jackpot are hard to ignore.

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GamesThe game of Baccarat dates back to the middle-ages. Named after zero (the worst hand), Baccarat is sophisticated game played with 6 decks and 2 players i.e. the Banker and you.

Each of you gets one hand and winning requires you to pick the one which has the maximum total, 9 being highest score and 0 being the lowest. And did you know, Baccarat is the preferred game of James Bond!


Blackjack, also known as 21, is perhaps the most popular casino game played online today. It involves a lot of action and fun. Some really good odds are provided to the players on a score of twenty one. Blackjack is aimed at getting the player as near to 21 as possible, without exceeding it, and still maintaining a total that is more than the game dealer.

Joker Poker

In this draw poker game, the player gets 5 cards and selects the cards to “hold” (or keep). The player then presses deal to let go off the left over cards and to get fresh ones.

The last hand in the game is the winning hand when the player gets Kings or something better. The game also involves a unique payout when the player has five of a type, or Joker with Wild Royal. Jokers can also be used for creating more winning hands.

European Roulette

European Roulette originated in the 17th century in France and is mix of both luck and strategy. The online casino game comprises a ball, a wheel as well as a table which is marked with distinct boxes. They have numbers in no particular order.

The player simply has to place a bet/s on a number/s and then by clicking the ‘Spin’ button they can see what their winning comes out to be.

U.K. AGCs Converting to Betting Shops in Light of New Legislation

In light of new legislation allowing adult gaming centers (AGCs) to install up to four fixed odds betting terminals, many such locations are scrambling to make the shift over to partial betting shops and reap the profits of the growing U.K. gambling industry. Big names in the AGC business were quick to adapt to the new opportunity, such as leading AGC company Praesepe’s CEO , who quickly applied to the British Amusement Catering Trade Association for licenses for four such FOBTs.

Nick HardingAs of 2012, there were approximately 33,000 FOBTs in the United Kingdom, a number that has continued to grow without pause. The nature of such installations has led to a mixed response from gamblers and gaming industry figures alike. Casinos risk losing profits to more convenient, less regulated FOBTs, but self-interest parties aren’t the only groups questioning the availability of FOBTs on the high streets.

Groups such as the Campaign for Fairer Gambling and numerous antigambling groups hold a very low opinion of the installations, comparing them to street drugs in addictiveness and harm potential. Unlike traditional casinos, AGCs-turned-betting-shops aren’t faced with the strict regulations that have historically been used to curtail the potential harms of gambling, and no age control, a lack of careful monitoring by door staff, and unusually lax betting rules all have raised eyebrows from gambling associations and moral guardians alike.

Whatever the problems inherent to the situation, it looks likely to stay for a while. FOBTs have become big business, and unless problems become more readily apparent, it seems unlikely that Parliament will be amending the law in the near future.

Japan to Legalize Casinos?

With the boom in casino business around Asia being at an all-time high, it looks as though Japan will be joining the bandwagon soon. The Japanese parliament is beginning the process of legalizing casinos in their country. It will be a few months before a verdict is reached, but this process is a great sign for gambling enthusiasts in the country.

Casinos in Japan

A bill was written up and passed to the lower house of their parliament in December of last year. This bill will now be debated by parliament officials, although the process is not expected to be concluded before their annual holidays around the 22nd of June. The group debating this issue is being led by Hiroyuki Hosoda, a member of the country’s Liberal Democratic Party.

Japan has been looking for ways to improve their tourism industry, especially with the country set to stage the 2020 Olympics. Staging those games will require a lot of upgrades to cities around the country. That comes at a price. While an Olympic buzz can help tourism for a year or two, legalizing casinos will provide a permanent increase. People from all over the world come to VIP casinos, with a majority of tourists coming from China. At the moment, most of these tourists are going to south-east Asia or Australia. Japan is attempting to get a foothold in that market.


Many on the Japanese parliament believe the country already has the infrastructure in place to ensure that the transition to legal casinos is smooth. There are enough resources to set up anti-crime and money laundering units to monitor the legal casinos, in addition to cleaning up any of the areas where a casino is to be built.

Hosoda, who is leading the call to legalize casinos, believes that the process can be done correctly. “We know that adding legal casinos will boost tourism, along with adding a lot of tax revenue for the government. It is important the process is done correctly, so that we can add casinos while preventing additional crime and gambling addictions among our society.”

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How an Asian Casino Is Relying On Poker to Turn Things Around

An Asian casino running on losses, the Queenco Casino and Hotel is hoping to get back on track and enhance its international repute with the help of poker. The Cambodian casino’s first step in its attempt was hosting the Asia Poker Tour or the APT, which is a prominent poker competition that takes place every year. The APT has been entertaining poker enthusiasts in Cambodia since 2012. This year, the event was held in Queenco, mostly to promote the city of Sihanoukville (where the casino and hotel is situated) as a gambling hub.

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Queenco to host more international events

Queenco Casino and Hotel had losses amounting to 1.5 million Euros or $2 million as of the end of 2013. The casino, which is owned by the Israeli Queenco Leisure International Ltd., has entered into an agreement with the organizers of APT to host the yearly tournament and at least two other major poker tournaments, said Meni Akunis, the chief operations manager of the casino. There are major doubts about the capability of the Queenco casino to sustain those losses and come back to compete with other players in the market, according to a report submitted by its parent company in 2013.

Hoping to turn tables with poker

Cambodia is the biggest gambling jurisdiction in Asia, with around 56 casinos that have more than 7500 slot machines and 2500 table games. Cambodian law does not allow its citizens to gamble in their country. However, outsiders are more than welcome to enjoy a game of poker or other games at their casinos. Mr. Akunis said that the management hopes that the tables will turn once the Sihanoukville International Airport starts receiving international flights. Only recently, the airport welcomed its first international flight from South Korea.

Unusual Poker Games that are Fun and Challenging

Poker is one of the most popular card games in the world, and while it’s always been and will continue to be an exciting game, sometimes it’s good to try one of the numerous poker variations that are available. Not only are these intriguing games in their own right, but it’ll keep your card playing skills sharp instead of having them stagnate by playing the same type of game over and over again. Let’s take a look at two of these popular variants and see exactly how to play them.

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There is some controversy over the origin of Badugi, but what we know for certain is that’s it’s been played since at least the 1980s. Suits play a critical role in this game, and it’s very similar to lowball. The goal is to be the player with the best four card low hand. However, it’s important to remember that in this game, there are three draws and similar suits and pairs will count against you.

Four cards are dealt to each player at the beginning of the game. The greatest hand possible is 4-3-2-A, with each card having its own suit. Try to avoid pairs and the same suits. Having a ‘badugi’ refers to four different cards of different suits, and having that will win you the game. If two players have ‘badugi,’ then whoever’s hand is lowest wins. If no one has it, then it’s whoever has the lowest three non-pair and different suited cards wins, or the lowest two. There are three bets and three draws after each round, the lowest wins. Additional information on how to play Badugi can be found here.


This is a classic variant, and it’s like having a game of chicken and features lots of opportunities for bluffs and big showdowns. There are several ways to play the game, but the most popular is to have players ante up and then be dealt three cards a piece. At this point, players can determine for themselves if they want to play the hand, which depends on its strength or their ability to bluff. Afterwards, players hold their cards near the center and the countdown begins – 1, 2, 3, ‘guts.’ On guts, players will either fold or hold up their cards to advance. The highest three cards win the whole pot. The game lasts until there is only one player left holding up their hand. Here is some more info about how to play Guts.

Macau’s Poker King Club

Tom Hall, a successful professional poker player, provides intimate details of Macau’s Poker King Club in an interview with Poker News. Here is a summary of the most interesting things that he had to say.

How many players participate in the games?

Tom HallSince the event began, there must have been 100-200 different players who have taken part. However, there is always a core of 20-30 players that are playing at least once a month. In fact, there are five or six players who get to a game every time they are in Macau, which is very often. Line ups are always changing, but unless a newcomer is added to the list, most of the players know each other quite well by now.

Are there ever limit games?

Some of the smaller games have limits, but the big game is always a no-limit hold’em style.

How hard is it for players to get an invite?

I would imagine that it is very difficult, because there are only a certain amount of players that can get access to each game. Even among the regulars who have played a few times, there is a large waiting list. If a newcomer is going to get in, it is because they have impressed people at other tournaments or they are very well connected.

Do language barriers create issues?

No. When we are playing a game, everyone knows enough about poker to be able to let the game flow without having to talk to each other. There can be awkward moments where several groups of people are talking amongst themselves in different languages, but I suppose that happens everywhere.

What are the wins/losses in numbers?

The most someone has lost (or won) at a table in a single session would be around $13 million. Just remember that these are very long sessions, sometimes lasting 30 or 40 hours. We will have a break where everyone grabs a quick nap, watches the live soccer games, or goes for a meal.

For more information about Tom Hall and the Macau poker scene, click here.

Sunday Prime: Ally Squire and Paul Senter Finish 1-2

Despite having a very low buy in compared to other major tournaments, the Sunday Prime at iPoker Network is very popular among major players. This week’s event saw 1,298 players taking part, with a prize pool of close to 50,000 euros. This day belonged to the British contingent, and a majority of that prize money is now in their bank accounts.

pokerAlly Squire, better known by his screen name of ownerfunkyt0wn, got the biggest win of his online career. He won 8,000 euros and is going to be a lot higher in next week’s online poker rankings. This was a big event for Squire, who has shown promise but never delivered a consistent level of performance when it mattered.

Another British man who had a great day was Paul Senter, or Senta999, who got through in second place and won 6,000 euros. His day was just as impressive, and he presented a very difficult challenge for squire to overcome.

Keith Cummins, or Whassup999, had a great Sunday. He finished in a respectable ninth position at the Sunday Prime, winning 500 euros. However, his real success came at the Sunday Masters event (150 euro buy in) where he won close to 4,000 euros.

Another Brit who enjoyed his afternoon’s poker work was Nelius Foley (TheLAstCook) who took home a little more than 3,000 euros at the Sunday Warm-Up event (50 euro buy in).

PokerStars: Plenty of Near Misses

Unfortunately, this week was not a great time for British players at the PokerStars event. We are usually used to seeing big wins from Brits, but most of them fell short of their expectations at the Sunday 500 and Sunday Million events. “Chaz D 87” managed to win $24,000 with fifth place at the Sunday 500, while “easylimp” came in sixth place and won $18,000.

“OJLimpsinn” got to within the final table for the $260,000 first prize at the Sunday Million event, but he had to settle for $12,000 and ninth place. He will be hoping to do better at future events.

For more details about the exploits of British players this week, click here.

Conor Murphy Wins $1.5 Million

Conor Murphy was just another stable hand working for a man who trained and raced horses. After watching his boss work with a number of different horses, he realized that one of those creatures stood out amongst the rest.

When he heard that his boss entered the horse in an upcoming race, he sat down and decided how much he could afford to bet.Conor Murphy Wins Just a few months before the race, he put down $75 on the animal and hoped for the best. His bet also covered the other four horses owned by his boss, which led some to question if he even looked at the odds. The odds of all five horses finishing in the top spots was slim to none.

Many people don’t realize that betting in advance can increase the odds of winning. With three months to go before that race, Murphy didn’t know if the track would disqualify the horse based on any issues or if the horse would even be healthy enough to run the race. When race day finally arrived, Murphy walked away with a check for $1.5 million, proving that betting on his boss’s horses was a smart idea.

A fan favorite Blackjack

Many people love to play hands of blackjack. It has long been a fan favorite. The game is easy to learn how to play, and people love it when they are able to bring home a little profit with them from the game. The thing about blackjack is that it has long been a game that people were only able to find in brick and mortar casinos for a very long time. That is not the case anymore. Now, the online casinos are getting in on the act, and they are providing players with the chance to play this much loved game whenever they want.

Online Blackjack

The online version of blackjack is played just the same way that it is played in the brick and mortar casinos. The difference is that thereblackjack-cardcounting are more opportunities for bonuses when playing online than what one might find if there were playing in a traditional casino. This is why so many are now logging onto their computers to play the games rather than going to their local casino.

Other Advantages

There are other advantages to playing online that do not have to do with bonuses. This would include the fact that many people like to play online in order to avoid the noise and crowds that come with going to a traditional casino. For some people that is the appeal of the whole experience, but there are many others who are not as interested in that kind of thing.

Those who like to be in the comfort of their own home but still want to gamble should give online gambling a try. They can simply deposit some of the money that they would like to play with into their online account and see what is able to come of it. Some are able to even turn a profit for themselves.

Fast Action

The online casinos offer the fastest possible action when it comes to blackjack because it is all done electronically. There is no wait time for the human dealer to scoop up the cards and there is no lag time for the dealer to shuffle. Everything is done on the computer screen, so the action is fast and continuous. Many players like this for the simple fact that they are able to continue playing and playing without having to waste any time waiting on the above mentioned things.