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Monte Carlo, Monaco: Perched above the Mediterranean, Monaco provides a spectacular setting. Home to the Monaco Grand Prix and the Casino de Monte Carlo, it is not the place for those on a tight budget.


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Monte Carlo, Monaco: Perched above the Mediterranean, Monaco provides a spectacular setting. Home to the Monaco Grand Prix and the Casino de Monte Carlo, it is not the place for those on a tight budget.

Paradise Island, Bahamas: Paradise Island is best known for its sprawling resort, Atlantis, which spans 2.8ha along a lagoon. Guests can choose from a variety of outdoor gaming areas. Away from the tables, there is a private beach and 20 pools.

Melbourne, Australia: Crown Casino, on the banks of the Yarra River, is one of the largest casino complexes in the southern hemisphere. The main gambling floor stretches for more than half a kilometre.

Macau, China: The gambling capital of Asia, Macau has 33 casinos, plus horse and greyhound racing venues. The Wynn Macau casino has a 24-carat gold Tree of Prosperity at the entrance.

Baden-Baden, Germany: On the western foothills of the Black Forest and on the banks of the Oos River, Baden-Baden is not your typical casino town. However, in addition to its hot springs and picturesque countryside, the town is also known for its 200-year-old Spielbank casino.

Las Vegas, United States: With over 1700 licensed casinos in operation, Las Vegas offers the ultimate package for travellers who fancy a flutter. A visit to the famous Strip is a must for any player.

Manila, The Philippines: Manila offers a range of shopping and entertainment options, along with a world-class casino at the Hyatt Hotel, t a short distance from Manila's tourist hub.

Sun City, South Africa: This luxury resort and casino complex, just two hours from Johannesburg, boasts two large casinos, two 18-hole golf courses and a wildlife reserve. Sun City Casino is the entertainment Mecca of the resort, featuring an indoor jungle of native foliage and water fountains.

Atlantic City, United States: Atlantic City in New Jersey is renowned for its gambling, shopping and fine dining. The Trump Taj Mahal casino has an on-site shopping district and an abundance of restaurants and bars.

Genting Highlands, Malaysia: Nestled on the Titiwangsa mountain range, just an hour's drive from Kuala Lumpur and 6000 feet above sea level, the Resorts World Genting offers 360deg views of the surrounding countryside. The on-site casino, which covers 200,000 square feet, is Malaysia's sole gaming venue.


Online Casinos: A Gonzo Journalism Explanation

Online casinos, aka as virtual casinos or Internet casinos, are online versions of traditional "brick and mortar" casinos. Online casinos enable punters to play and test their luck on casino games via the WWW. You might say it is a rather prolific form of online gambling, popular with Yankees, Aussies, Kiwis, The Japs, Islanders and Europeans. Yep, basically all four corners of the world.

Online casinos generally offer odds and payback percentages that are a modest bit higher than land-based casinos.

Some online casinos pitch higher payback percentages for slots, and some publish payout percentage audits on their websites. Let us assume that the online casino is using an appropriately programmed random number generator, table games like blackjack have an established house edge. The payout percentage for these games are established by the rules of the game. We don't want any dodgy accounting systems do we.

The majority of online casinos rent or buy their software from companies like CryptoLogic Inc (now Amaya), International Game Technology, Microgaming, Playtech, Golden Race and Realtime Gaming. There's always other brands that come and go, but these are the main ones at present, as far as we know. Mind you, things move very quickly on the web - you know its been also named 'The Matrix', in reference to the Wal Brothers.

Web-based online casinos

Web-based online casinos are websites where users may play casino games without downloading software to their local computer. Games are primarily represented in the browser plugins Adobe Flash, Adobe Shockwave (or equivalent), or Java and require browser support for these plugins. In addition, bandwidth is needed since all graphics, sounds and animations are loaded through the web via the plugin. Some online casinos also allow gameplay through a HTML interface. Apple devices such as iPod, iPad and iPhone cannot play Flash games as the technology is not supported. Again, subject to change, with all the bells and whistles on Apple smartphones. Hello to our friends at Apple Headquarters!

Download-based online casinos

Download-based online casinos require the download of the software client in order to play and bet on the casino games offered. The online casino software says G'day to the casino service provider and handles contact without browser support. Download-based online casinos generally run fast like a rabbit.. than web-based online casinos since the graphics and sound programs are cached by the software client, rather than having to be loaded from the Internet. On the other hand, the initial download and installation of a download-based online casino client does take time. You won't be a turtle, but you won't be a rabbit either. As is the case with any download from the web et 'Matrix', the risk of the program containing malware exists. You must be 'The One' or Neo, and not get blocked by the station guard or caught by a virus spreader - the type in neo arty Arnie films - watch out for the Ex Machina wantabees!

Virtual casino games

In a virtual casino game, the outcome of each game is dependent on the data produced by a pseudorandom number generator aka (PRNG). This determines the order of the cards in card games, the outcome of a dice throw, or the results produced by the spinning of a slot or roulette wheel. PRNGs use a set of mathematical instructions known as an algorithm (you heard that word in relation to Google friends), to generate a long stream of numbers that give the impression of true randomness. While this is not the same as true random number generation (computers are incapable of this without an external input source), it provides results that satisfy all but the most stringent requirements for true randomness.

When implemented correctly, a PRNG algorithm such as the Mersenne Twister will ensure that the games are both fair and unpredictable. However, usually the player has to trust that the software has not been rigged up to the hilt - to increase the house edge, as its inner workings are invisible to the user. Australian and New Zealand newspapers have covered this type of sandal over the years, so hopefully all is fine with that aspect now. Properly regulated online casinos are audited externally by independent regulators to ensure that their win percentages are in line with the stated odds, and this can provide a degree of assurance to the player that the games are fair, assuming the player trusts the regulator. Yep, all we want is a fair shake. Like a fair days pay for a fair days work... enough of the We Economy aka 'Gig Economy' already Mr Matrix,

Live dealer casino games for guys and gals

In a live casino game, a real life human dealer runs the game in real time from a casino gaming table, which can be seen via a live streaming video link. Players can make betting decisions via a console on their computer screen, and can communicate with the dealer using a text chat function. No bots or Ex Machina's here... they are real life people!

The results of the physical transactions by the dealer, such as the outcome of the roulette wheel spin or the dealing of cards, are translated into data that can be utilized by the software by means of optical character recognition (OCR) technology. This enables the player to interact with the game in much the same way as they would with a virtual casino game, except for the fact that the results are determined by real-life actions rather than automated processes. You like the sound of Real, Yes?

These games are a lot more expensive for websites to host than virtual games, as they involve a heavier investment in tech and staffing. A live casino studio typically employs one or more camerapersons, several croupiers running the various games, an information technology manager to ensure that any technical hitches are dealt with swiftly, and a pit boss that acts as an adjudicator in case of disputes between players and croupiers.

In the majority of cases this requires at least a three-room setup, comprising a live studio, a server/software room, and an analyst’s room. The configuration of these rooms varies from casino to casino, with some having several gaming tables in one room, and some having a single table in each room. There's eyes everywhere.. so nothing untoward should happen to players. Might even be safer than a real casino - probably is, if you believe the news media reports punters.

The high running costs involved with operating live dealer games is the reason why online casinos only tend to offer a handful of the most popular games in this format, such as roulette, blackjack, sic bo, and baccarat (the fav of the late, great, Kerry Packer... and also the James Bond character). In comparison, the running costs associated with virtual games are very low, and it is not uncommon for online casinos to offer hundreds of different virtual casino games to players on their site.

Online casinos vary in their approach to the hosting of live games, with some providing live games via their own television channel, and others offering the games exclusively via their website. In the case of televised games, players can often use their mobile phone or television remote controls to place bets instead of doing so via a computer connected to the web. The most common live dealer games offered at online casinos are baccarat, blackjack and roulette. Just pick your poison, throw back a drink to suit, and give her Guernsey, not matter what part of the world you are testing your luck in.



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