The Literal Edge Disputed In £7.8 Million Windfall

Phil Ivey in £7.8 Million WindfallOver a year ago, Phil Ivey visited Crockfords in London. A venerable institution among European casinos, Crockfords spreads high stake action to gamblers world wide. The game in question is Punto Banco. At stake is a disputed £7.8 million windfall.

Winnings not Awarded

This is where the problems began. The casino is refusing to honor the payout citing that they are victims in a scam. Mr. Ivey took the recourse of filing suit in hopes of being awarded these winnings. Court cases can wind on for months. Disclosure is often an necessity in these cases. Mr. Ivey tells the court and the world how he won.

Inherent Factory Defects

The manufacturing process of mass producing playing cards is susceptible to miniature flaws. The patterns on the cards are not uniformly consistent no matter what quality controls are used in their making. By paying attention to the corners of the cards, an attentive player can gain an edge over the house by knowing what key cards are in play.

The Edge Now Goes to the Player

During his two day stay, Phil Ivey would ask for deck changes whenever possible. The house complied with his request. At one point, the most valuable card whose value is nine became apparent to him through these inconsistencies in card making. The deck change requests stopped. Mr Ivey asked for his betting limit to be increased from £50,000 to £150,000. The house agreed to the increase. Continue reading

Michael Jackson’s King Of Pop Pays Out $1.8M Jackpot

King of Pop slot, pays out!Veterans of slot machines all over the world are rejoicing over an astounding payout on September 17. A whopping $1.8 million dollar progressive jackpot was struck in a Canadian casino. The machine in play was the Michael Jackson’s King of Pop slot machine. The recipient was playing at the Fallsview Casino which is located in Niagara Falls.

Kathryn Stokes is the lucky lady who walked away with this mammoth windfall. She was visiting the casino for only the second time. Hailing from Caledon, Ontario, Kathryn decided to visit Fallsview again in the company of a friend. During her previous visit she had played the machine that paid off this time. There was a line to play but her patience was soon to be paid off. Once a seat became available, she put her $40 dollars in and let the action commence.

Attrition was soon eroding her bankroll. The play was entertaining but she was down to her last ten dollars in credits on the machine. At that moment, she hit the button again and a moment evolved that she was soon not to forget. The machine lit up and loud bells went off alerting staff. In her mind, she thought she had won $1,800. This was a mistake as she actually hit the progress for over 1.8 million. Continue reading

Blackjack 101

Are you the kind of person who learns better by watching and listening than by reading rule books? Keen to learn the game as quickly as possible? Then, perhaps, what you need is a quick and thorough video tutorial! Max Stern’s How to Play Blackjack, part of a handy series of free instructional videos, takes you through the game from the betting options to the pay-outs, using to-the-point explanations and clever graphics to further your understanding and teach you to play a solid, efficient, game. The video is helpful and informative, clearly illustrating various plays, explaining the calculations and providing numerous examples.

How to play Craps

Let’s be honest, Craps looks overwhelming at first glance. The dozens of rule lists just don’t help! Are you tired of wading through endless and confusing lists of rules and diagrams? Are you still confused despite everything you’ve read, or perhaps you just haven’t the time to spend hours reading? If so, then you can throw aside the rule book, close all those search engines and watch this tutorial instead. How to Play Craps is a detailed video that covers everything you need to get started, from the pass-line to the pay-outs, in just three minutes, using helpful graphics and clear explanations.