Casino Articles

casino articlesAt we know that we have a mix of readers, ranging from players very new to online casinos and how they work to experienced punters that have been playing games online for years and are looking for some new insights.

We don’t publish articles to patronise you, we don’t try to sell you anything and we don’t attempt to push you to play with specific sites or casino groups.   We also don’t use our articles to sell links to other casino information sites, these pages are written for you the user and no one else.

Our aim is to inform you on a range of topics pertinent to playing games online for money and getting the best out of it for you. Whether that be how the nuts and bolts of casinos work or how groups and platforms are set up to how white label programs operate.  These pages are designed only to provide information to help players understand how the industry works to allow you get more from the way you play.

New Software Companies For Casino & Slots Games

newWe all know the likes of Microgaming, NetEnt and Playtech but you will notice these days there are a lot of newer smaller studios that make some pretty exciting and unique games.

We cover some of newer and more bespoke providers and ask what is special about them.

Casino White Label and Platform Providers Explained - What Is The Difference?

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You may have heard of white labels before but don’t fully understand what they are or how they work.

This article explains what a white label is and what it is not.

How Are New Online Casino Slot Games Made & History Of Slots

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Slots have been around for more than 100 years, and as soon as the internet was capable of hosting them online versions also hit the industry.

If you have ever wondered who makes them and how then you will enjoy this article.

How Do New Online Casino Sites Work And How To Play

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This is the place to start if you are as green as the grass when it comes to online casinos and how to use them.

Let us hold your hand through the process as you get yourself set up, so that you are ready to hit the online casino of your choice with confidence from the outset.

Do I Have to Pay UK Tax on my Online Casino Winnings?

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Winning money is always exciting, but if you don’t know the lay of the land it might be unexpectedly stressful too.

Will you owe tax on that money? Are the authorities watching you? Read this article and relax.

Why Are So Many Online Casinos Based Abroad?

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Have you ever noticed that the majority of online casinos seem to be based in places like Malta or Gibraltar?

There is a very good, and rather interesting, reason for that. Find out what it is inside.

The Biggest UK Jackpot Winners

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What remains a dream for most became a reality for these lucky so and so’s. They struck it rich by winning the jackpot while playing slots.

We all need a bit of encouragement sometimes, and their stories will hopefully do just that.

What is the Difference Between a Slots Site, Online Casino, & Bingo Site?

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You have probably seen a good deal of the different online gaming sites out there. You might have wondered why some offer certain products and others do not.

There are subtle differences between online gambling sites, and for very good reason too.

How do You Become a Croupier?


If you find the idea of casino work exciting, a career as a croupier could be right for you. It’s not too difficult to get into and the opportunities it provides for promotion and lifestyle changes are great.

What’s not always clear is how to get into it in the first place and exactly what the job entails. This article should clear it up.

Can You Take Pictures or Videos Inside a Casino?

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Historically taking pictures or videos inside casinos has not been allowed.  Things have started to change since the advent of smartphone, simply because casinos can no longer really stop all people from taking pictures anymore.

What they do now is have designated areas where pictures can be taken, away from tables, slots and the cashier.  Videos are still very much of a big no though.

Why Are So Many New Slots Released Each Month?

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Any decent casino will have a steady stream of new slots that are added to keep their players happy. But are these games actually different from each other or are they just the same game with a difference face?

We delve into the world of new slot release and address exactly why so many new games are released. It shouldn’t surprise you to hear that it all comes down to money.

Beware Triple Zero Roulette

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Most people know European roulette has one zero and American roulette has two zeros.  American roulette is therefore poorer value as the house edge is higher, every time zero comes in all bets except those placed on it are lost.

In Las Vegas triple zero roulette has now appeared, which is even worse value than double zero.  To the unwitting bettor these games can look attractive but should be avoided at all costs.

What is the Racetrack and Call Bets in Roulette?

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Most of us who have played more than a few games of roulette can picture the table layout of numbers in order from 0-36 with columns, rows, odds, even, etc.  People will often bet on numbers in sequence but these numbers are not together on the roulette wheel.

If you want to cover numbers grouped on the actual wheel you need to use the racetrack version.  This allows you to cover sections of the wheel and different parts of the wheel have different names.  Find out more as well as whether this is a better way to play than the standard layout.

What Was the First Online Casino Site?

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The internet given its nature means there should surely be a clear record of who created the first casino.  The thing is it isn't actually that clear.  Back in the 1900's things were less regulated and the internet was a niche thing so there are arguments as to what was actually the first casino online.

Generally the Gaming Club from Microgaming is considered the first casino to go online but others quickly cropped up.  It was all download back then and very different to today.

Most Unusual Gambling Games: Chuck-a-Luck, Chicken Challenge, Vinkensport & More

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You would have to be living on another planet if you had never heard of roulette, blackjack or poker given how these games are now synonymous with casinos and played globally. There are, however, a ton of more unusual games that people gamble on that you may not have heard of.

The likes of Chuck-a-Luck, Vinkensport or The Chicken Challenge.  Here we look at some of the more strange and bizarre games that people gamble on across the world.

How Do Casinos Catch Card Counters?

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Card counting actually pre-dates casinos, for as long as there have been card games people have tried to predict where cards are to their advantage.  It isn't actually illegal or classed as cheating as you are only using your own mind and counting skills to gain an advantage in the game.

Still casinos don't want people card counting and taking money off them so they employ a lot of techniques to catch those doing it.

Why Casinos Use Chips

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Casino chips became popular in the US during the gold rush when players would often try to play with gold nuggets, which are hard to value on the spot.  Chips gave a way to standardise these transactions.

There are lots of legitimate reasons why casino use chips such as security and to enable quicker game play.  They are also used because they psychologically are more dispensable to people than real cash plus using microchips casinos can track chips and collect a hell of a lot of data.

Are Casino No Deposit Bonuses A Con?

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No deposit bonuses are not as common as they once were but they do still exist and many people still question whether they are legitimate or just a con?  Well, they are not a con.  They are a customer acquisition tool used by betting sites to get you to sign up and try out the site.  They hope after using this bonus you will then deposit and play more.

While they are loss-leaders to a degree not many people actually win with no deposit bonuses because they are often low amounts with high wagering requirements and maximum winning limits.  There is nothing wrong with using them but you should be aware of your own limits first.  The main reason to use these bonuses is to try a site out as opposed to actually try to win real money from it.

Can Casinos Set Their Own Payout Rates On Slots?

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If you play the same slot game at two different casinos then surely it is exactly the same game, right?  Well, not always.  Land-based casinos can actually define the return to player (RTP) percentage of the games they feature, meaning you could play the same game in two different venues and have different chances of winning.  RTP rates are always published on machines but few people check these, even then are people likely to move to a different casino to get a few percentage more RTP?

Online things are different and you will find that all slots have the same RTP within the same region.  These can, however, differ between different countries depending on levies, tax rates and licensing costs.

New Slot Features and Popular Slot Features

Megaways LogoSlot developers are always keen to try new things in an attempt to become flavour of the month (or year) with slots players.

Some features catch on and others do not, and here we will talk you through what those features are.