Hey Max, What’s the best piece of advice you have for a first-time Internet gambler? – A.P.
Short Answer: Set your loss-limit in advance.
Details: I’ve gambled at dozens of online casinos. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. And it’s the losing part that hurts! Decide how much you can afford to lose before you wager one dime. If you win, great. If you lose, c’est la vie.
24 Jan 2002
Hey Max, Where can I play blackjack for fun (i.e. not for money)? – Tim O.
Short Answer: Lots of places.
Details: Almost every Internet casino will let you play their games for free in the hope that you will one day make a deposit. Here’s a list of more than a thousand Internet casinos.
Some free games sites offer casino games and give away cash and prizes, too. I sometimes play Gamesville or Virtual Vegas when I don’t feel like risking real money.
If you enjoy the occassional trip to Las Vegas, check out WagerWorks – while you play you earn points redeemable for hotel accommodations and other perks.
Hey Max, I hear all this talk about re-shuffling, playing Vegas rules, etc. I’ve played in casinos all over the western hemisphere and I see NO ONE online playing anything NEAR real casino rules. – Dkw
Short Answer: The rules are the same as you’ll find in Las Vegas, and that’s a fact.
Details: Sounds like you’re referring to blackjack, so let’s talk 21. The only difference between online blackjack and blackjack on the Las Vegas Strip is that Situs Judi Slot casinos shuffle after each round. If they didn’t, card counters would use computer programs to clean them out. Otherwise, the rules are the same as you’ll find on the Las Vegas Strip.
More on shuffling: Many land-based casinos in Vegas and all around the world use Continuous Shuffle Machines to speed up blackjack play. The dealer sticks the used cards in the machine at the end of each round and the machine shuffles them. For the player, it’s like playing an infinite deck — and similar to playing at an online casino.
Just like in Las Vegas, rules vary from casino to casino so check the details before laying down any cash.
21 Mar 2002
Hey Max, Will the Goodlatte bill pass, banning Internet gambling in the U.S.? – Sam
Short Answer: I doubt it.
Details: Last week the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime voted to update the Wire Act of 1961, which bans interstate wagers, to apply to Internet gambling sites. Virginia Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte sponsored the bill. The bill now moves to the full Judiciary Committee for consideration.
If I were a betting man — and I am — I would bet against the Goodlatte bill passing. Too many powerful groups oppose the bill, including major Internet service providers and the American Gaming Association.…