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  1. 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.
  2. 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? 🙂
  3. 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.
  4. 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. 😁
  5. 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! 😂
  6. 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.
  7. First there was the removal of demo mode on slots, then the requirement to send verification docs before making your first deposit, now this. I said to myself a while back that the UK gambling industry is suffering from overregulation. It was supposed to be a joke! The UKGC didn’t have to prove my point! 😂 It was only 5 years ago when it was still possible for online casinos to offer their games to Brits with just an offshore gambling license. Times have certainly changed. As with what others have said, it doesn’t make sense. £100 bonus buys are bad, but £100 regular spins are just fine? 🤔 In 2011, online poker players started moving out of the US to continue playing on PokerStars. Wouldn’t it be funny if a streamer decides to relocate outside the UK to continue streaming their bonus buys? 😂
  8. MikeV

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    Definitely poker, my favourite game. 🙂 I agree that it’s a very sociable game, at least at the live tables that I have sat at over the years. The avatar is also used as part of the logo of my YouTube channel, ClubMikeV.
  9. MikeV

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    One of these days, someone will join the forum and take “stopandfruit,” “pickandwin,” or “mixnmatch” as their username. 😂 As for my username, it’s based on my nickname from high school. Not much of a story behind it.
  10. Alright, it did not take long to get a bonus. I can confirm now that "DOUBLE ALL" doubles the multipliers on the wheel - example: the 10x wedge becomes 20x. Nothing else is awarded in that spot, so it was most likely just a misunderstanding of how the game works. No malfunction at all. Seems like a great slot with potential for big wins, I got 97x stake during the bonus. The bad news - it was with demo credits.
  11. Hey Mentholdan, I took a look at the slot in question - Mystic Wheel, by Red Tiger Gaming. I think I found the issue. Below is a screenshot of the help menu with the rules of the bonus round. According to the rules, it states that "DOUBLE ALL" simply doubles the multipliers shown on the wheel. It does not award double your current score or add double your remaining spins. To gain more spins, the wheel would have to land on "+X SPINS." I'll continue to play the slot in demo mode to confirm my findings, as I have not triggered a bonus yet as I type this.
  12. I found out about this by accident, but some changes went into effect last month, I think it was on 6 May. For the record, I’m not a UK resident, but as I understand, since 6 May - all online casinos licensed in the UK must obtain verification documents of UK residents before any deposits can happen. I am going to assume Ken lives outside the UK since he’s being asked for documents after requesting a withdrawal. I could be wrong, of course. Hope you get your money out soon! A passport and utility bill typically gets the job done with verification, at least in my experience.
  13. Self-fulfilling prophecy. It was just a matter of time.
  14. That’s probably what happened. Three 10s pay 20 credits for a single line, 300 when expanded. Since an extra 380 coins were won, there were more line wins than the 400, 8, and 20 that were shown (an extra 80 coins). Darren does frequently hit the spin button before the credits finish counting up for the sake of time. Don’t know if that had anything to do with why the game bugged out visually. Regardless, problem solved.
  15. I loaded up the game and checked the pay schedule. I cannot find any reason why those 10s didn’t expand. This should be reported, if not to Casimba, then at least to PlaynGo, so the bug gets fixed. Quite rare for an online slot. Let me know if I missed something.
  16. Just played a quick Sit&Go from my hotel room in Mexico. Ended up winning it with a combination of a good run of cards and patience.
  17. They took an American WMS slot that is several years old now and gave it a Megaways makeover. Just played a few spins in demo mode. The graphics were mostly unchanged from the original. This was likely made to capitalize on the popularity of other Megaways games. For those curious, I have not seen a single Megaways slot in the US. Probably a difference in tastes between American and European players.
  18. Hey everyone! Just curious if any of you here play, have played, or are interested in poker - mainly Texas Hold'em - whether it is in Vegas, London, or online. Thought to start a topic on it since it has not been mentioned yet. The Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) just recently started on PokerStars. I recently played 3 out of around 15 events that I will be playing in the coming week and a half. If anything interesting happens, I'll post an update here. In the meantime, what is your opinion about poker? Any stories? I'll take the good and the bad.
  19. One way to figure out whether or not a picking feature is predetermined is to see if the machine shows you the location of the prizes that were not picked at the end of the bonus. In 88 Fortunes and a few others, you will notice that there is no reveal of where the other jackpots were located, which means it is predetermined. On the contrary, a pick bonus such as the one on Super Jackpot Party does reveal the amounts unpicked at the end of the bonus, which means it does matter which prizes you select.
  20. I remember Darren putting up a slot session video at a casino about 7 months ago. I was able to watch it before YouTube took it down due to copyrighted music playing in the background at the casino. If he successfully filmed a session before, he will likely do so again.
  21. Not really. Since 2014, all online casinos that wish to accept UK players or advertise in UK television must be licensed by the UK Gambling Commission. To find out where the site is licensed, just scroll to the bottom of the home page. Using Dream Vegas as an example, I can see that it is regulated by three entities: The Gambling Commission for UK residents, The Swedish Gambling Authority for residents of Sweden, and the Malta Gaming Authority for everyone else. As for the actual slots - the software providers that provide the games that players play - you can also see the entities that they are regulated by on their websites. I checked the official websites of two slot providers (Blueprint and NetEnt in this example). Both show licences from the Gambling Commission.
  22. The deposit bonus terms and conditions can be quite picky depending on the site. Besides the typical rollover requirement, there is also a max bet requirement, usually around £5. Any stake above it allows the site to cancel the deposit bonus and confiscate any wins. One thing I wish more sites do is implement a pop-up warning to players who are about to wager above the limit allowed in order to prevent them from accidentally breaking the terms of the bonus. Also, some sites may implement a maximum win during bonus rounds/free games. We witnessed this in one of Darren's videos. I believe it was at 777.com while playing Montezuma. That site capped wins from the free games at £500 if a player is using a deposit bonus. In that video, the result of the free games was above £500 by about several quid. The excess was not added to his bankroll upon conclusion of the free spins. Ultimately, remember to read the terms and conditions if you want to accept a deposit bonus.
  23. Before the stakes were lowered to £2, all category B2 games (Roulette and Fortune Spins) required a mandatory minimum of 20 seconds between wagers. Category B3 games did not have this minimum and have always had a maximum stake of £2. Since the change, the bookies introduced £2 Roulette and Premium Play slots as category B3 games. This is why the wheel spin animation in 20p Roulette is faster than previously. It would not surprise me either if the speed on the slots were also increased. That's how I understand it anyway.
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