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MikeV last won the day on April 13 2019

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  1. Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Sacramento California. It’s a wild guess, but it’s a new casino, just opened this past November.
  2. I wonder if the ban would have an effect on the ability to use a credit card to fund an e-wallet such as Skrill, and then use those funds to deposit into the site. The only country that I’m aware of that has a ban on using cards for online gambling is Norway. And that’s for ALL cards - both credit and debit. However, e-wallets are still available and cards can be used there, making e-wallets a reliable intermediary for players. It is refreshing to know that many of you guys are not attracted to the idea of acquiring credit card debt. I wonder if that is representative of all the UK, or if us forum members are just an outlier. It’s the complete opposite in America. Everyone has credit card debt it seems. My bank occasionally mails me offers to sign up for one, which I’ve been refusing. According to usdebtclock.org, total credit card debt in the US is $1.1 trillion - about $6,700 per cardholder.
  3. It is rare to find video poker with a gamble. I am aware that it can be toggled on or off by the operator. Most casinos leave it off.
  4. I don’t consider the compensated version as an equivalent to the one we have. But yes, I recall Darren playing it in a couple of his videos. For this particular pay table, the RTP is 98.44%, assuming proper strategy. In case you did not notice in the photo, there is a button on the bottom of the screen that says “double up.” Some video poker machines have a gamble feature. It is exactly like the one used in 20p Slot - pick 1 of 4 cards to find a value higher than the dealer’s card. I think Darren said it’s his favourite.
  5. Here’s something different to look at. My parents and I went to the casino tonight, as we usually do during New Years. I played some video poker. I won’t go into too much detail, but video poker is common here in America. As far as I know, there is no equivalent in the UK. I decided to play the “Joker Poker” variant, which adds a joker to the standard deck of cards. With only $20 in, I managed to build it up to $80, getting five 4-of-a-kinds in the process. Then I received this beauty. My first 5-of-a-kind win! Money in: $20.00 Denomination: 1 credit = $0.25 Stake: $1.25 Payoff: $250.00 (200x stake)
  6. MikeV

    Super Star Turns

    If I recall, Darren tried it once but found out that it was not bonus hunt friendly. While there’s nothing stopping people from playing normally, if you wanted to do a bonus hunt, you have to avoid this slot. Other than that, I guess people perceive other slots to have bigger potential than Super Star Turns. Who knows?
  7. In yesterday’s video, a voice can be heard speaking to Darren, asking if it was really him. Likely a fellow viewer. Was that you? 😂😁
  8. MikeV

    Vamp it up

    The blue heart opens the top half in addition to awarding a 4th spin for one time only. At least I can confirm that in the online version. I’m not sure about the bookies version, since I don’t live in the UK.
  9. The £500 limit on FOBTs is a result of government regulations. The bookies and arcades don’t really have a choice. If they were allowed to offer wins larger than £500, I think they would do it. Marketing a higher jackpot would likely get more people through the door to try their luck. The only entity that can change or increase the £500 jackpot limit is the Gambling Commission.
  10. Hey guys, Thought I would start a discussion on payment methods for depositing and cashing out of online gambling sites. Do any of you have a favourite way of getting your money in and out of a site? A preference for one method over another? Any stories, good or bad, from your experience using said method? These payment options can generally be split into the following categories: 1. Bank cards - such as a debit or credit card. 2. E-wallets - such as PayPal, Skrill, NETELLER, and ecoPayz. 3. Vouchers purchased at a convenience store or some other establishment - such as paysafecard. 4. Other options including bank/wire transfer, bitcoin, etc. My guess is that most players prefer to use their bank card since it is very convenient, but I see some of the benefits of using an e-wallet as well. What do you think? 🙂
  11. Triple zero roulette was introduced to Vegas three years ago at the Venetian hotel, where it was called “Sands Roulette.” It has since expanded to other casinos on the strip. I know Darren has footage of it from a prior Vegas trip. As for the 30/1 on the ferry, that is a consequence of no competition to offer better odds to players. Unless my math is wrong, I calculated the RTP of 30/1 to be only 83.8% (assuming single zero), which is horrible! I guess some people don’t have the patience to wait until they arrive in Holland so that they can walk into a proper casino.
  12. Here in the US, the slots are not required to display the RTP to players on the help screen. However, each state’s gambling regulator does publish data on actual payback percentages during the previous fiscal year. In Nevada for example, slots returned back to the player anywhere between 88% for the lowest stake games (mainly on the Las Vegas Strip), up to 96%. https://www.americancasinoguide.com/slot-machine-payback-statistics.html#Nevada Darren - maybe on your next trip to Vegas, you can try a casino off the strip. You’ll likely find looser slots. No guarantees of course. 😁
  13. I’m pretty sure that the slots are random, or at least as random as humans can program a machine’s RNG to be. The best way to describe any casino game that involves chance is one that is “random, but not fair” - statistically speaking. Take roulette for example. Assuming an unbiased wheel, each number is equally likely to be landed on. This means that a spin of the wheel is a random event. However, roulette is not a statistically fair bet. For a game to be fair, it must have a RTP of exactly 100%. We all know that the RTP of roulette is 97.3%. The gambling establishment makes £2.70 for every £100 staked over the long term. For slots, it’s the same concept. Though one major difference is that the player does not know all the possible outcomes in a given slot machine. In roulette, there are 37 possible outcomes (0-36). A slot can theoretically have hundreds... per reel! Slot manufacturers have a lot of flexibility when it comes to making their games. They can adjust the number of winning and losing combinations until they get their desired RTP percentage. As for the £400 and £600 losses previously mentioned, many slots today have ridiculously high volatility. Lots of losing spins for the chance at a few jackpot-sized wins. Of course there needs to be some volatility, otherwise the game would get boring. Imagine a machine with zero volatility and a RTP of 100%. It exists. It’s called a “change machine.” Insert a £5 note, receive five £1 coins. But hey! At least you’re even for the session! 😂
  14. There is still one way to play the games in demo mode, and that is with a VPN. Below I’ve taken a few screenshots of the Dream Vegas homepage as seen from 3 different countries. The first pic shows the site as seen from the UK. Notice when I select Goonies, it brings up the “Play Now” button, but no option to play for fun. The second pic is how the site is shown to someone in Costa Rica. Selecting Goonies brings up two choices - “Play for Real” and “Play for Fun.” The third pic is what a US visitor sees. The site is visible, but no slots appear in the lobby, since the US is a prohibited jurisdiction.
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