Archive for January, 2007

Virgin Poker issues challenge to prove that poker is a game of skill

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Source: issues-challenge-to-prove-that-poker-is-a-game-of-skill.html

Following media reports that poker has been declared a game of chance in the UK courts, Virgin Poker would like to offer a challenge to prove that poker is a game of skill and settle this debate, once and for all.

Simon Burridge, CEO of Virgin Poker, said:

“Whilst we do not dispute the details of the recent court case, the idea that poker is primarily a game of chance is preposterous. Poker is primarily a game of skill, with an element of chance – this is what makes poker so exciting to play; a total novice can beat a world champion in a single hand. However, in the long term it is skill that is the decisive factor in playing poker… and we’re willing to put our money where our mouth is and prove this.

“Virgin Poker would like to challenge anyone who believes that poker is a game of luck to play our professional players over five heads-up matches. If they manage to beat our pro we will donate $1,000 to a charity of their choice.”

The Challenge

Virgin Poker invites anyone who has never played poker before and believes it to be a game of chance to submit their details via email to by 28th February 2007 with an explanation of why they think winning at poker is down to luck. Virgin will then select an applicant to play a series of five heads-up (one versus one) matches against a Virgin Poker professional player*. The first player to win three or more games will be declared the winner and Virgin Poker will donate $1,000 to a charity of his / her choice.

Anyone wishing to view the matches or comment on whether poker is a game of skill or luck should check out the Virgin Poker blog on Virgin Poker Online…

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32 the Lucky Number As Player Scoops Record Online Jackpot Win

Friday, January 26th, 2007

January 24, 2007 (Gibraltar) – UK Online Casino 32Red ( today celebrated one of the biggest ever jackpot wins at an online casino, after it’s King Cashalot slot machine was hit for over £1m ($1.9m)!

The female 32Red VIP player sat down in front of her PC at her Australasian home late on Tuesday evening to play at her favourite online casino. Unbelievably it was the 32nd time she has visited 32Red since joining and within a few minutes, she was an instant millionaire as the five King Cashalot symbols slotted into place – bagging £1,000,641 ($1,987,698) for a bet of only £2.25!

She said of her win… ‘I still can’t believe it. I don’t think it has sunk in. I’m numb! I remember almost in slow motion how the kings dropped into place and the jackpot window appeared. I’m still finding it difficult to believe that such good fortune could happen to me. Thank you 32Red!’

CEO and founder of 32Red, Ed Ware was overjoyed by the news of the jackpot win, which will go down as one of the biggest in history…

‘Everyone at 32Red is delighted at the good fortune bestowed upon one of our players. For this to be one of the biggest ever wins online is just amazing. Add to that it is the 32nd time she has played at 32Red, you have to say that 32 really is a lucky number for her!’

Ware continued that the win came at the perfect time…

‘Not only is this the biggest ever online jackpot win at 32Red, more importantly it means that our customer can now celebrate Australia Day this Friday in style!’

King Cashalot is just one of over twenty progressive jackpots available at 32Red, all of which are part of the Microgaming Progressive Jackpot Network – the largest online progressive jackpot offering on the internet.

Roger Raatgever, CEO of Microgaming said of the win…

‘This latest King Cashalot payout is the highest sum ever won on the Microgaming Progressive Jackpot Network and delivers our eleventh millionaire in less than four years.  Our progressive has paid out over $225m in winnings during this period and with the Mega Moolah progressive now sitting at over a million dollars, it won’t be long before there is another player joining the millionaire club.’

The news of this record-breaking jackpot win comes only days after 32Red was named ‘Casino of the Year’ for the fourth year in succession, by online casino industry watchdog and player advocate Casinomeister.

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Gambling for the masses

Friday, January 26th, 2007


British cities punt to build the country’s largest casino.

VISITORS to London’s Globe Theatre can be forgiven for thinking they are celebrating all that was great in Elizabethan England. But while Shakespeare’s orations and drama may have graced the theatre, it was also used as a bear pit, brothel and gambling house.

London’s response was to blame theatres for society’s debaucheries and in 1596 the city banned the public performance of plays. Four centuries later the circle has turned and the government now sees gambling as a business to be encouraged. Seven British cities are furiously bidding against one another for the privilege of being allowed to license the country’s first super-casino, each one trying to argue that it is more socially deprived than the rest and that it has a worthier plan to use gambling as a catalyst for regeneration.

On January 30th the government-appointed Casino Advisory Panel will recommend which cities should have the right to build 16 medium and large casinos and one super-casino. Many expect the new super-casino to go either to Blackpool (the clear favourite of punters on Betfair, a betting exchange) or to Greenwich, a London borough which has a tenuous claim to being especially needy but is home to the embarrassingly underemployed Millennium Dome (now known as the O2).

Blackpool argued in its bid that a casino would create up to 3,400 jobs, stimulate as much as £450m in investment and attract more than 5m visitors a year to the crumbling Victorian town, which has struggled to stem a decline in tourist numbers over the past two decades. Many reckon that it has the stronger bid because without some such development Blackpool seems destined for increasingly dingy decay. If selected, the town has promised to create a conference centre and rebuild a third of its run-down city centre.

Greenwich, for its part, reckons a casino at the O2 dome will be the linchpin for a £600m investment in shops, hotels and gambling facilities and create as many as 5,000 jobs. But many suspect that Greenwich’s real appeal is that it will save the government the bother and expense of sprucing up the neighbourhood for the 2012 Olympic games. Its bid has also been mired in political controversy since it emerged that John Prescott, the deputy prime minister, had been entertained at the ranch of the dome’s American developer, Philip Anschutz.

Both cities have plausible bids, which means the decision is likely to be contested. Lawyers across London are already sharpening their appeals. This is partly because the government bowed to pressure from the anti-gambling lobby and scaled back its initial plans to allow eight super-casinos. In doing so it is creating a monopoly which will add greatly to the value of the single licence. Moreover, the regeneration criteria on which it is being awarded are vague enough to give even the dullest lawyer grounds for appeal.

If the government escapes an appeal on the award, it still faces public opposition. Almost 70% of people surveyed by ICM in 2004 opposed super-casinos. Although the numbers have bobbed around since then, most still disapprove.

Critics argue that although casinos elsewhere provide employment and a net economic benefit, they can also increase the incidence of compulsive gambling and local deprivation. Mark Griffiths, a professor of gambling studies at Nottingham Trent University, warns that although problem gambling in Britain is low at present (less than 1% of adults suffer from it), the rate is likely to rise as casinos open. Gerda Reith, a sociologist at Glasgow University, cites an American study which found that living within 50 miles of a casino doubled the risk of becoming a gambling addict.

Besides, those most at risk of becoming addicted are those that the government is already most concerned about: low-income, ill-educated drinkers and smokers from poor areas. Jobless people around Greenwich or Blackpool may be as likely to lose their shirts gambling in casinos as they are to get jobs in them.

That would be a bad reason to block the new casinos, but it should encourage the government to come clean. Casinos, like Shakespearean plays, can be fun. But expecting them to provide a cost-free solution to the country’s economic ills is asking too much.

From Internet Gambling Guide /

Online Casino Laws Get The OK From The UK

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007


A survey conducted by online poker room,, and YouGov has revealed that there is little public resistance to government plans to license and regulate online gambling as part of the new Gambling Act which comes into force in September.

The results from the survey, part of a Poker UK 2007 report issued by, saw 63 percent of 4,630 respondents supporting Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell’s policy to regulate the online gambling industry from within the UK.

The introduction of the new laws even received backing from non-gamblers with over 50 percent agreeing with government plans and only 14 percent disagreeing with the new proposals. The survey also highlighted that licensing and regulation plays a small role in players’ choice of online gaming sites. Nearly two thirds of those surveyed, 63 percent, believe that it is crucial for an online gambling site to have a licence, while only 5 percent see licensing as ‘not important at all.’

The British public also put in a vote of confidence for the future of UK casino industry with 70 percent saying they would trust a poker room or casino that is overseen and licenced in the UK.

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Survey reveals our gambling habits

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007


The results of the biggest ever survey into gambling have been released.

The results show online casino and poker fans play more for excitement and entertainment than to win and the typical amount gambled during a gambling session on the internet is between £15 and £30.

The survey also shows a gender divide as men prefer to play poker while women like to play blackjack.

Professor Leighton Vaughan Williams from the Betting Research Unit said: “The average online gambler is a cross-section of the population.

“It’s the average person in the street, high professionals, manual workers, it’s the same percentage of people who are retired.”

The study claims that poker players are mainly young men who spend between one and two hours online per session and the majority of casino gamblers are middle-aged women.

The majority of those interviewed said they were up or down within a range of £130 per month.

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