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  1. Hey everyone! I'm not sure if Darren has read any of my comments in the chat, since they tend to get shuffled with everyone else's. I will go ahead and post them here on the forum. - Someone mentioned Fat Santa to Darren during the stream. I can confirm that it still exists, but is not available for UK residents. It still has the bonus buy, which likely explains why. - Also, 11 is considered a lucky number in our family as well, since it was the birthday of my late grandfather. I don't remember if Darren ever mentioned in a video why he likes #11. What do other people here have as a lucky number? Enjoyed the live stream tonight Darren, that was an excellent bonus hunt - the polar opposite of Friday's dismal result.
  2. Seems that he has technical difficulties on YouTube. He was briefly on Twitch for only a minute until he realized YouTube was not working.
  3. Here in the US, every leisure establishment is closing. Las Vegas is completely shut down. The Governor of Nevada announced a mandatory closure of all hotels and casinos for one month. In California, nearly all tribal casinos have also closed. In the county where my father works, all non-essential businesses were forced to close, so my dad is now home for the next 2 weeks. My mother, who is employed in education, now works remotely from home, as campus is closed. Meanwhile, the bookies and arcades are apparently still open for Darren to record his videos. 😂
  4. MikeV

    New Live Slots

    It seems that a device of sorts is plugged into an actual machine, and with the camera pointing at the slot, the player playing online can transmit his/her wager and the game automatically spins the reels. I understand the confusion. I don't even know the best way to describe it, but I do have a couple of more links if you are curious. Official website of Softweave, scroll down to "live slots": https://www.softweave.net/ Wizard of Odds article on the subject: https://wizardofodds.com/online-casinos/live-dealer/slots/
  5. Hey guys, I just recently came across an article in my social media feed. For a while now, we have had the ability to choose how we want to play online roulette, blackjack, etc. (Virtual with RNG vs Live with real dealer). Now, we are seeing the introduction of "live slots," where you can remotely play a physical slot from the comfort of your own home. So far, this is only available at Hard Rock New Jersey online casino. If this expands to other sites and becomes available in the UK, would it be something you would try out? Here's a video I found that showcases it. What's your opinion?
  6. Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Sacramento California. It’s a wild guess, but it’s a new casino, just opened this past November.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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)
  11. 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?
  12. 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? 😂😁
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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? 🙂
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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? 😂
  19. MikeV


    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.
  20. MikeV


    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.
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