Video Poker – Another Method Of Playing The Game

If you have visited a casino, there are good chances that you have seen or even played with a video poker machine. Video poker first became commercially viable when it became economical to combine a television-like monitor with a solid state central processing unit. The earliest models appeared at the same time as the first personal computers were created, in the mid-1970s, although they were rather primitive by modern standards.

Video poker became more firmly established when SIRCOMA, which stood for Si Redd’s Coin Machines, and which evolved over time to become International Game Technology introduced Draw Poker in 1979. Throughout the 1980s, video poker became increasingly popular in casinos, as people found the devices less intimidating than playing table games. Today, video poker enjoys a prominent place on the gaming floors of many casinos. The game is especially popular with Las Vegas locals, who tend to patronize locals casinos off the Las Vegas Strip. These local casinos often offer lower denomination machines or better odds, although this was more common in the 1990s as casinos across the country have recently been cutting their paytables and/or only offering 25 cent machines or higher.

Game play begins by a player placing a bet of one or more credits, by inserting money (or in newer machines, a bar-coded paper ticket with credit) into the machine, and then pressing a “Deal” button to draw cards. The player is then given an opportunity to keep or discard one or more of the cards in exchange for a new card drawn from the same virtual deck. After the draw, the machine evaluates the hand and offers a payout if the hand match one of the winning hands in the posted pay schedule.

On a classical video poker machine, payouts start with a minimum hand of a pair of jacks. Pay tables allocate the payout for hands based partially upon how rare they are, and also based upon the total theoretical return the game operator chooses to offer.

Some machines offer progressive jackpots for the royal flush, (and sometimes for other rare hands as well), thereby spurring players to both play more coins and to play more frequently.

Video poker machines operated in state-regulated jurisdictions are programmed to deal random card sequences. A series of cards is generated for each play; five dealt straight to the hand, the other five dealt in order if requested by player. This is based upon a Nevada regulation, adopted by most other states with a gaming authority, which requires dice and cards used in an electronic game to be as random as the real thing, within computational limits set by the gaming authority. Video poker machines are tested to ensure compliance with this requirement before they may be offered to the public. Video poker games in Nevada are required to simulate a 52 card deck (or a 53 card deck if using a joker).

It is unclear whether all video poker machines at Indian gaming establishments are subject to the same Nevada-style regulations, as Indian casinos are located on reservations that are sovereign to the tribe which holds the gaming license.

Newer versions of the software no longer deal out all 10 cards at once. They now deal out the first five cards, and then when the draw button is pressed, they generate a second set of cards based on the remaining 47 cards in the deck. This was done after players found a way to reverse engineer a random number generator’s cycle from sample hands and were able to predict the hidden cards in advance.
Types of video poker game

Newer video poker machines may employ variants of the basic five-card draw. Typical variations include Deuces Wild, where a two serves as a wild card and a jackpot is paid for four deuces or a natural royal; pay schedule modification, where four aces with a five or smaller kicker pays an enhanced amount (these games usually have some adjective in the title such as “bonus”, “double”, or “triple”); and multi-play poker, where the player starts with a base hand of five cards, and each additional played hand draws from a different set of cards with the base hand removed. (Multi-play games are offered in “Triple Play”, “Five Play”, “Ten Play”, “Fifty Play” and even “One Hundred Play” versions.)

In the non-wild games (games which do not have a wild card) a player who plays five or six hundred hands per hour, on average, may receive the rare four-of-a-kind approximately once per hour, while a player may play for many days or weeks before receiving an extremely rare royal flush. Just similar any poker game, you are advised to take some time to study the hand dealt by the video poker machine before you act. Enjoy!

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Win Big With Online Poker Software!

There can hardly be a poker lover who would deny bigger challenges once he completes the set of hurdles in his favorite poker site. It is the winning addiction that prompts players to hunt for bigger challenges. This is what the game is best known for- addiction! A poker player, who does not feel the urge to leap greater hurdles, cannot really be held as a true poker lover. As a matter of fact, this craze amongst the players to play different variants of the game have given an opportunity to gambling websites to make enormous profits.

There are hardly any free online sites that let you enjoy some interesting poker challenges. In fact, most of these exciting challenges are not available free of cost. There are poker sites that lend out pretty huge payouts but need the aid of online poker software. Poker software providers thus enjoy immense benefits on account of the huge demand for poker or any other gambling software.

Purchasing poker software requires the player to spare a little thought on the kind of games he wants to play. Before making a software purchase, one should ensure how to use it. There are multiple variants of poker games offered by online casinos, which run on different software programs. Some of the games require software to run. Hence, a little research is always welcome prior to settling for the poker software of your choice. An essential point to remember is the compliance of your computer operating system with the new poker software. In case you overlook to check this out, your purchase might turn out to be a complete waste.

Getting hold of poker software to play your favorite game is not much of a hassle. Besides, the software can fit every budget as the prices range from free to a few hundred dollars. However, purchasing expensive poker software does not call for greater monetary victories. A real big win can only be achieved through correct strategies. Little research on the player’s part would definitely go a long way in letting you choose the kind of game that you can make the most of. It’s wise to opt for the software that would allow you to play your game to optimum satisfaction.

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Bill 168 – Ontario Employers That Ignore Workplace Violence and Harassment Do So At Own Peril

Employers in Ontario have been legally required to provide a workplace free of violence and harassment since the enactment in 2010 of Bill 168, an amendment to the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Since that time, many companies have developed and implemented the required policies and procedures, including training sessions to ensure everyone in the organization understands their responsibilities. Many, however, have done nothing.

It is my sense that some companies may be gambling that government enforcers will never visit and ask to review their Bill 168 compliance programs. What they are overlooking, however, is the fact that there is a good chance without policies in place that a harassment complaint or incident of violence will result in charges under the Act. Anyone found in violation of the Act faces fines of up to $25,000 for individuals and $500,000 for corporations. Additionally, offenders can be jailed up to 12 months.

The bigger liability risk, however, would come from a potential lawsuit by an employee put at risk because of a company’s lack of action to protect them. If your front-line managers have not been properly trained, they probably won’t be able to spot and deal with warning signals. For example, did you know that there is a direct link between incidents of domestic violence and violence in the workplace? That’s why domestic violence has been included in Bill 168 regulations.

Domestic violence is in fact the fastest growing type of workplace violence in Canada according to a study by the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS). And about 70 per cent of domestic violence cases spill into the workplace according to the Journal of Occupational Health and Psychology. Many companies still believe that domestic violence is a private issue, and that they should not pry into the lives of their employees outside of the workplace. But ignoring the signs puts your business at risk that an abusive spouse will one day walk into the workplace and injure people.

Without a proper plan in place to meet the requirements of Bill 168, your business will face serious consequences. We have developed some simple steps to help businesses comply with the requirements of the act, while giving employees a sense of comfort that their workplace is a safe haven. It is a requirement that you develop and implement a policy for addressing workplace violence and harassment, and that you conduct a complete risk assessment, including:

- Review of past incidents;

- Employee survey to identify potential risk factors;

- Physical survey of the workplace;

- Complete inventory of potential risk and controls.

You must also develop and post a Policy and Procedures Manual:

- Tailored to your workplace;

- Includes tools for employees to report actual or potential risks.

Simply developing procedures is not enough. The government wants you to show that you have provided training so that everyone in your organization understands their responsibilities. This includes documentation to show:

- On or off-site training on the policy and procedures;

- Employees understand how to use reporting tools;

- Extra training for managers/supervisors;

- Proof that all employees fully understand the policies and procedures relating to workplace violence and harassment.

The Ontario government has indicated it is serious about preventing violence and harassment in the workplace. As an employer, you put your business, your employees, and yourself at risk by not dealing with the requirements of Bill 168. You cannot afford to ignore the issue of workplace violence and harassment.

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Slot Machine Basics

The first slot machine came into being in 1895. Since then, they have witnessed not much of evolution. While early slot machines contained three spinning wheels with a symbol, one of them being the jackpot figure, in modern machines the number of reels has been increased to five. The symbols vary from diamonds, spades, clubs, hearts to fruits. Similarly, while the earlier slot machines had only one row, the present ones have two to three horizontal rows, but only one acts as the pay off. Again, classical model had only one pay line, but today the machine can have as many as fifteen pay lines. The player can decide which one he chooses.

Almost all the slot machines are relatively similar. The one characteristic they differ on is the denomination. Some machines accept a quarter, while others can have five dollars as the acceptable denomination, depending on the intensity of the gambler.

An added attraction some machines today is the ‘double or nothing option’. This slot provides the winner with an option to double his earnings or loose it all. The first lesson in winning is to know the machine well. The denomination the machine accepts, the degree of risk involved etc are a few key points that the gambler should be aware of. Reading the instructions on the machine carefully helps this cause.

Gambling is now a legalized affair. Efforts are being made to legalize slot machines outside the casinos as well. Slot machines can be commonly found in casinos, Indian Reservations, and race tracks. Personal ownership of the slot machine is strictly regulated. One has to be cautious depending on the State laws. A common clause in all state laws is that the machine should either be an antique or a vintage. A machine manufactured twenty five years ago is usually considered to be an antique. Antique slot machines can be found with dealers, at trade shows, at auctions- these being the common sources.

Playing a slot machine is a game of chance. It is a gamble. The outcome of the game is completely random or is it so? The randomness of a machine can be regulated by the casino, to some extent, through computer software known as random number generators. While some machines promise frequent pay offs other are difficult to play with. An accepted and obvious fact is that the slot machines favor the casino.

A good winning strategy can be to play for longer durations on a single machine. Though the initial losses are high, the winning amount more than compensates for it.
With gambling being legalized, more and more casinos are springing up. This has also created more job opportunities. On such job would be that of a slot attendant. This person handles customer complaints, resets the machine after every jackpot, repairs the machines and ensures compliance to safety rules. Though this job is quite stable it is low paid.

Slot machines are a good source of revenue for the sate. It is not only recreational activity but can also be regulated easily.

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How Not To Gamble With Your Investment Property

We always look for safe ways to make money; I know that most people I deal with are looking for something tangible to invest in. A lot of investors choose property because, unlike the stock markets, they have something solid that they can see and visit, that they own. Investors are generally confident that property prices will only increase and nothing too bad can go wrong. Or can it?

Here are my seven tips on how not to gamble with your investment property:

Do your back ground checks on everything financial. When purchasing, take the time to investigate the best loans. Will it be flexible or stable depending on your investment strategy? Should you use your bank or consider a mortgage broker? Look into all options before you commit. Don’t forget to include insurance in here. It is critical to insure your property for damage, public liability and tenant insurance.
Have a building and pest report carried out prior to purchase. I know it seems like an added expense, but imagine how much it would cost to find a major flaw after you have handed over your life savings plus committed to a 30 year loan.
Hire experts to assist you. Speak to companies who specialise in anything you may need including renovations, wealth growth, termite companies and tax specialists. There is always someone out there who is a specialist and who may be able to save you a lot of money in the long run.
Engage the services of a Property Manager. They can lead you to some experts and share their wealth of knowledge with you. Property Managers are highly trained in residential laws, residential rental markets, managing investments, compliance and knowing exactly what you need.
Be involved in your investment. Attend inspections at least once a year if possible. Read the reports that are sent with each inspection. Keep on top of trends that are reported to you by your managing agent. Don’t ever be afraid to ask questions. If you don’t know the answer, perhaps other owners don’t either, there is never a silly question.
Don’t take advise from people who are not in a good position to give it. This really hit me when I heard it. The people who have never invested, never had a rental property or never been interested, are usually the first to criticize your investment decisions. Make your own decisions based on people who have been where you want to go.
Maintenance is a must! While it may seem that you have spent enough on purchasing a home, remember that you must keep it to a standard that attracts the right kind of tenants. Would you want to live somewhere that is run down and never gets repaired? Little things like leaking taps, can cost a fortune when the water bill arrives. You can claim maintenance and many other things on your tax and using a specialist will assist with your return on investment.

I feel the main thing to learn is that not everything can be controlled. Sometimes things go wrong, circumstances change or your lifestyle may change. Lean on people with more experience and remember to see your investment as a commercial enterprise. Try not to take any problems personally. Good luck!

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