Blackjack Secrets http://www.black-jack-secrets.com Play the Game of 21 Online Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:58:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Poker Tips for Players to Succeed http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/poker-tips-for-players-to-succeed/ http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/poker-tips-for-players-to-succeed/#respond Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:58:32 +0000 http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/?p=128 Efficiency, strategy and game plan are three important rules to win poker. Without these three things winning a poker game is difficult. Poker has many variants and all these variants differ in how the cards are dealt. High and low hands help in making a move in a poker game. In some poker variants high hands win the pot, while in other variants low hands win the pot.

Playing a game naturally and following its rules can help players win it easily. Before playing a poker game, players should go through its rules and regulations. Players should be able to analyze their opponent’s mind and cards they play. Players, who estimate moves of opponents at the earliest, will have a greater chance of winning the poker game.

Here are some tips which can help players in winning a poker game. Limit is an important factor which decides the strength of a player in the game. Lower limit and higher limit are typical things, which decide the power of a player. Generally “dear” money doesn’t help the player in winning the game, its only “excess” money that helps a player in winning the game. Players should be selective in poker.

Players should know details of all poker variants before actually playing them. Some of the poker variants which can be chosen by a player are five card draw, seven card stud, Omaha high and Texas hold’em. Another important thing a player should know about is the odds of the game. Most of the experts and skilled people didn’t achieve success in poker in one shot. They worked on their own, and practiced the game many times in order to win it. Players should learn the game properly, analyze everything efficiently, and finally try their luck in the game.

Table personality plays an important role in success of a player. Maintaining a positive attitude in the game, and analyzing things in advance can help players in gaining a strong hand in the game. Macho attitude should be avoided when playing poker. Players should play the game with confidence. Players should not be afraid of the game or circumstances and should just play their natural game.

One should not get upset by the bully of the game. Analyzing the move of the opponent can benefit all. You should be able to properly look into the minds of opponents and understand their moves. Facial expressions of opponents play an important role. Players should never express their feelings before or after seeing the cards. Their expressions can cost a loss or win at the end.

Smart play is an important point which has to be remembered by players. Voluntarily most players show their cards when other players fold, this is a wrong strategy. Players should be active and pay attention to all minute details. Staying in comfort zone is always an advantage to players. Players who sit at tables where the stakes are ordinary have a greater chance of winning the game. The above points will definitely help one get success in a poker game.

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Beginners Blackjack Tips http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/beginners-blackjack-tips/ http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/beginners-blackjack-tips/#respond Fri, 09 Jun 2017 03:32:33 +0000 http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/?p=125 Blackjack is a very popular online casino game, and with the need for strategy it is very attractive for players wanting to use their skill to win. Any game which uses card values as the main component needs careful understanding so that you don’t make unnecessary errors which could cost you the hand and therefore your bet. And by understanding the basic rules from the outset, you can ensure that your online blackjack strategy is confident and helps you win as many hands as possible.

Maximizing Your Chances

When you’re playing online blackjack you should remember that you need to aim to score 21, or as close to 21, as possible. Playing individually, or amongst a number of players, a winning hand will be had if you can score above the dealer’s hand without your cards totaling 22 or more. ‘Blackjack’ can be easily achieved with three cards, and if you’re lucky, with just a picture card and an Ace. However, it is important to remember that you don’t need 21 to win, and shouldn’t take unnecessary risks if you have a high scoring hand.

Time to ‘Hit’

Blackjack has two main options; to ‘stand’ or to ‘hit’. As cards are being dealt you will have the chance to take these options, with a ‘stand’ resulting in you holding on to your cards and not take another deal. Meanwhile, you can ‘hit’ as many times as you wish until you reach more than 21, at which time you are ‘bust’. Dealers are also governed by these rules, with a total of 17 or more ruling that they must ‘stand’, whilst having 16 or under results in the dealer having to take another ‘hit’.

Betting Returns

Like the rules of the game, the rule of winnings is usually fairly straight forward. If the dealer and your hand’s are identical, the bet you placed is returned. If however you win, whilst not scoring 21, normal rules state that you’ll receive your betting amount back, with a bet of $10 noting a $10 win. And, if you’re lucky enough to score ‘Blackjack’ normal payouts are 3:2, with a $10 bet gaining $15 in winnings.

By understanding the card values, in addition to moves made by the dealer, you can maximize your chances of winning. And by a careful mix of winning gains, you can ensure your Blackjack career gets off to a flying start.

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Winning at Online Poker http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/winning-at-online-poker/ http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/winning-at-online-poker/#respond Thu, 08 Jun 2017 07:30:33 +0000 http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/?p=122 There are so many websites on the internet offering poker tips which do not improve your chances of making money from online poker. The five techniques discussed in this article are used by professional players and every player should have them in their arsenal.

 

  • 1. Start tightYou do not have any information on your opponents when you enter an online poker tournament. If you start the tournament slowly and play only premium hands, you will have time to judge which of your opponents are loose, tight, passive, or aggressive. Taking time to gain this information will help you later in the tournament to make decisions. As the blind levels start as just a small percentage of your stack, if you have a mediocre hand there is no point in risking your chips. If you seriously want to make money playing online poker and not just play as a pastime, taking notes about the different styles of play of your opponents is necessary.
  • 2. Play at the right levelNever enter a poker tournament where the buy in is more than you can afford to lose. If you are scared of losing your money, your decision making will be hindered and the tournament you are playing in is too high staked for you.
  • 3. Use all information availableAlthough when you are playing online it is not possible to see any physical signs, there are a number of signs to be seen online such as:
    • • The speed with which your opponents act
    • • The betting patterns of your opponents
    • • What they talk about in the chat box
    • • The cards that your opponents showdown with
  • 4. Mid-game play: tight/aggressiveThis should be your main poker strategy. Playing tight poker means being very selective with your hand, raising only with Ace King or Queens, Kings, Aces, and with the smaller pocket pairs limping in. When you play aggressive poker, when you get involved in the hand you are determined to win the pot. You need to make a continuation bet even if you do not connect on the flop. Because you have been playing tightly, your opponents will give you a lot of credibility.
  • 5. Know when to play looseIn online poker tournaments there is definitely a place for playing loose. It is recommended to start playing more hands as it nears the cut off for paid positions. If a tournament pays on the top ten places, and there are twenty players left, they start to fold more and more in the hope of making the money. This is when you should start stealing blinds; it is not advisable to play poker to make the money. A huge percentage of the overall prize pool is won by the top three players and that is where you should be aiming for.

 

To perfect these five techniques requires a lot of practice, but when you have mastered them you will be among the top players in the poker room.

Winning Poker Hands

No matter what the form of poker you are playing, it is very important that you correctly understand the rank of poker hands. When you have fully mastered the rank of these hands, you will be on your way to becoming a profitable poker player, whether you are playing in a casino, online, or even at home. The following winning poker hands given below are given in order from the highest to the lowest.

Royal Flush

There is no stronger hand in poker than the royal flush. This consists of the Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and Ten all of the same suit. It is essentially a straight flush but with the highest cards.

Straight Flush

A straight flush is a straight consisting of cards from the same suit. As shown above, the highest possible straight flush is the Royal Flush. The lowest possible straight flush is Ace, two, three, four, and five of the same suit.

Four of a kind

The next highest winning hand in poker is four of a kind. This can only be beaten by the two previous flushes described above. The highest four of a kind is four aces.

Full House

A full house consists of three cards the same and two cards also the same. For example, three Queens and two nines is a full house. If there are two hands with a full house, the one which has the highest value card making the three wins.

The Flush

A flush is made up of five cards all of the same suit. If there are two players with a flush, the one with the highest card wins the pot. For example if one player has a flush with a highest card of King and the second has a highest card of Ace, the player with the ace wins no matter what the remaining cards are.

The Straight

A straight is five cards in order, but not of the same suit, for example four, five, six, seven, and eight. In a straight the ace can be a high or low card.

Three of a kind (Trips)

Any three of the same card is called three of a kind, also known as trips. If two players have three eights but one of them has a King and the other has a ten, the player with the King wins.

Two pairs

Hands of two pairs are relatively low in poker and all of the above mentioned hands beat it. When two players have two pairs the same, the one with the highest unpaired card wins. In a game that uses community cards such as Texas Hold’em it is possible that the highest card is already on the board which will lead to a split pot.

One pair

Single pairs are almost the lowest possible winning hand. As with two pairs, if two players have the same pair, the one with the highest unpaired card will win.

High Card Only

In the unlikely event of a hand being played where no player has any of the above, the player with the highest card wins. If both players have an Ace, the next highest card is taken into consideration.

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Distractions as a Tool in Poker: Online vs Offline http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/distractions-in-poker/ http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/distractions-in-poker/#respond Thu, 18 May 2017 02:36:39 +0000 http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/?p=117 Both Land-based casino and online casino offers the same games and they have the same concept but the difference is casino online is easy to access and effortless while land-based casinos need to get out in your house just to play.

Based on the study more people gamble at online casinos than land-based casinos now but there are people like to play at land based because they think that it is more challenging to see their opponent while playing.

In casino you cant avoid distractions. Land-based casino played physically, there are lots of distractions like the flashing of lights, the dealers of the casino which wearing sexy dress,screaming of people and the sounds that bothers you a lot while playing.

As a player you should concentrate playing casino games because sometimes if you are distracted by someone this is one of the reason you will lose the game.

In casino you should play seriously and think deeply. We all know that at the casino its all about money and fun so we cant avoid the distractions of the crowd and audiences. So what you should do is, you should concentrate on the game.

In an online casino, players have their own choice to play and can chat with there online casino friends. They are not obliged to response if ever they received a chat message on their opponent so their priority is to focus on the game.

As a player in online casino you should aware of all the things that makes you bother and try to disregard it. Concentration is the best way to win in a game. While there are people find land-based and online casino negatively, there are also gamblers finds it positively.

Sometimes distractions can be one of the gamblers secret strategy in playing.

In land-based casino you will not notice if it is night or day. Because inside the casino they kept constant temperature, no clocks on the wall and windows.

Even though there are lots of distractions inside. Land-based casino designed to keep the players to gamble continuously. So even if you stay longer you can do whatever you want as long as you have money and you enjoy the game.

In some studies that online casino has less chance in forming an addiction in casino games than land-based casino because in an online casino game you cannot be involved in a distractions with many people.

While in land-based there are different people who can influence you and get addicted, probably you can be one of them. Online casino and land-based casino can be good or bad distractions? It depends on you on how to manage the game, both can be or not helpful for you, as long as you are focused in every game you play. Balanced the good and bad distractions is the best thing you can do.

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The Different Variations of Poker Games http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/different-variations-of-poker/ http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/different-variations-of-poker/#respond Thu, 18 May 2017 02:31:55 +0000 http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/?p=114 While Texas Holdem and Omaha are the most popular games of poker, there are many variations of the game of poker played all over the world and in casinos. A game of One of the most popular poker variation is the Texas holdem that consists of four betting rounds where each player is given two cards face down, called the hole cards. They also receive five community cards face up, which all players can use.It is the player who has the highest five card poker hand at showdown who wins the pot.

There are several variations of both Texas holdem and Omaha as well. The three variations pot texas holdem are limit, pot limit and no limit. The rules remain the same for all three. The difference in the game is the betting limits. Each player in limit Texas holdem can only bet a maximum of four times during any one hand. These are : Bet, Raise, Re-raise, cap (this is the final bet).

In the pot limit variation of the game the raise amount has to be equal to or greater than the previous raise in the same round. In no limit ,the amount of player raises has to be equal to or more than a previous raise in the same round.

Sometimes players will not have anything in their hands and have to rely on making winning combinations with the flop cards. You can use two of the cards to make low combination,which consists of cards eight or below.A high hand will consist of cards eight or above.

Here are the top 5 poker game variations:

1. Texas holdem The current king of all poker variations is a must appear in the top slot. How is it played? If you dont know, you shouldnt be playing poker, but the game is a community card variation with two cards dealt face down to each player.

2. Guts This classic game of poker chicken is exciting for its showdowns and its bluffing. It says This game is played when players are dealt three cards facedown after anteing a pre-determined amount. Players must decide if they want to play the hand depending on their on their hands strength or their willingness to bluff.

3. Similar to Seven-Card No Peek Midnight is a face down card game where a players hand is exposed one at a time. Players are dealt seven or nine cards face down and are not allowed to look at the cards until it is their turn to expose them.

4. Chinese Poker this popular variation is also prevalent amongst the professionals where stakes can sometimes escalate to thousands of dollars a point. Players are dealt 13 cards face down. The player then must organize his or her cars into three hands (two five card hands and one three card hand).The top hand (one of the five card hands) must be the players strongest hand, following in strength by the middle hand (the second five card hand) and then the three card hand.

5. Five-card Draw-Call for this variation when your home game needs to get back to its roots and enjoy playing the game that introduced almost every single player to game of poker. Players are dealt five cards face down.

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Golden Rules for Choosing an Online Casino http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/online-casino-rules/ http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/online-casino-rules/#respond Wed, 17 May 2017 07:27:52 +0000 http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/?p=111 What a casino must offer a new player / Accept nothing less.

Online gambling are now a multi-billion dollar industry and with this great success, comes responsibilities. Online casinos must provide the players with certain, minimal standards in order to gain the trust and confidence of their players. When trying to decide if you can safely deposit your money and gamble with an online casino, these standards must be met. To put it simply, if these standards are not met, go elsewhere!

1. Certified by a gaming jurisdiction and / or government

All reputable online casinos are licensed by a gaming jurisdiction and /or by a national government. The casino should list this certification clearly on their website. Certification means that the legal and financial requirements of the agency in question have been met. This is an essential requirement for any legitimate online casino and without it, one should never consider playing at an online casino. The various agencies will also have websites and you should go to their websites and check what their standards are and decide if they are acceptable before you deposit your money. Never play at any online casino that is not certified by a gaming jurisdiction and / or a government agency. All the gaming jurisdictions are listed here.

2. 24 hour, 7 days a week, live customer support that is easily accessible

The online casino you are considering must provide easily accessible, 24 / 7, live customer support to answer any questions you have and to resolve any issues that may arise. Customer support should be available by toll free phone call and /or live, online chat. Fees for customer support, return calls, return emails and any other delayed response customer support is unacceptable. Check the individual casinos website to see what customer support they offer and also check user comments.

3. Are they responsive and polite when you contact customer support

Not only must the online casino provide 24 / 7, live customer support but they must do so in a positive and friendly manner. Any casino that trys to intimidate the player or threatens to close your account due to a support issue is not behaving in an acceptable fashion. Polite and helpful is the name of the game. When considering a new online casino, i always call their customer support number and ask them a question or two about my account to see how they respond before i deposit my money.

4. A solid reputation on casino websites; Not on any blacklists

Another way to check the reputation of an online casino is to check the posts of other users. Other users will share their experiences with you and their results will help provide useful information about online casinos. It is also wise to do a search online for blacklisted casinos, blacklisted online casinos and other similar terms for more information on online casinos. If a casino is on a blacklist, avoid it until all issues are cleared up and you start to see positive comments on the casino. Regaining the trust of online gamblers is a difficult job and if a casino is on a blacklist, one must take great care before playing at that casino even if they resolve their issues.

5. Easy and secure means of deposit / HTTPS for all transactions

When considering a particular online casino, another important factor is the deposit process itself. Is your money deposited over a secure, https connection using solid encryption. It is important that users of online casinos have an understanding of this process and basic computer security before using credit cards or banking online. The various search engines will provide you with good information on this as well as user comments. In addition to your transactions being secure, they should also be done in a simple, easy and clear way. The player should not have to jump through hoops to deposit their money in the computer age. Deposits should be a secure, one-step process done through reputable banking or credit systems.

6. Prompt and easy payment on your winnings and your account balance

How an online casino pays the players winnings and returns money on deposit in your account is also a very important factor. Once again, the player should not have to jump through hoops to get their own money. An online casino should have clearly stated and reasonable payment terms and methods. How the online casino pays you is also an important consideration. Will your money be credited back to your credit card, sent to you as a check or wired to your bank account and will this be done in a timely manner? It is up to the player to compare what the different online casinos are offering and make an informed decision on what they find acceptable. Waiting weeks for your money or paying service charges for your money is not good business and should disqualify the casino in question.

7. Do they offer tracking for your deposits, play and winnings

Another useful feature that many online casinos offer is account tracking. The ability to track ones play, deposits and winnings as well as all financial transactions is an essential tool to make informed decisions regarding your online gambling. This should be available for free and in an easy to read, downloadable format. The player needs to be able to see what is going on with their account, especially if they are playing at multiple online casinos. Many online casinos also will offer round by round and / or hand by hand game play results in a downloadable format and this information is very helpful to improve your play. For example, when playing online poker, the ability to see the play in a round by round format makes it easier to learn about your opponents play style and helps to improve your play.

8. A full variety of betting options and denominations with clearly stated odds and no hidden fees

Does the online casino your are considering offer a full range of betting options and a wide variety of bet denominations to make your play fun and exciting? This is also a deciding factor in choosing an online casino. You should be able to make a full range of choices for the various games you play when it comes to betting and be able to make a wide variety of bet amounts. (Many casinos also offer high roller options for those who can afford it.) The odds should be posted and clearly stated and there should be no hidden fees for payouts on winning bets. Find casinos that offer these features by reading the user comments and by doing your research.

9. Exciting bonus programs and other incentives

Just like land-based casinos, most online casinos also offer bonuses and incentives to attract gamblers. We list the various online casino bonuses for you to easily research this subject. The player should be looking for casinos that offer the highest cash for play bonuses for their deposits. It is important to know that every online casino has certain restrictions when it comes to collecting winnings from the bonus money. Again use our site to find out what these restrictions are and make sure you find casinos whos rules are reasonable and acceptable to you. Many online casinos offer other incentives to players such as tournaments and other special events. If you are interested in these features, our listings will help you find them. Do not gamble at casinos that have no bonus programs.

10. Clearly written rules easily found on the casinos website

Every online gambler must know what the rules of play are for each and every online casino. These rules must be clearly stated in easily readable language and posted in an obvious and prominent spot on the casinos website. To put it simply, if the rules aren’t straight-forward and not easy to find, go elsewhere. No one like surprises, hidden fees and tricky rules and casinos that use these traps should be avoided like the plague. Compare the rules of the different casinos and use user comments on our site to help you make an informed decision. If you have any question about a rule at an online casino and you can not get an answer from the casino, contact the gaming jurisdiction of that casino. Never play at a casino if you do not feel you are being treated fairly.

11. Exciting and reputable software makers with flash games or java games if you dont want to install software / Do they have a full selection of games, including video poker and slots

The software the online casinos uses for their games and interface is also a very important factor in choosing the online casino. We have a listing of all the software makers by various rankings and with user comments. The player should be looking for a software maker who makes software for several reputable casinos and is well rated by the users. It also advisable to preview the various games to make sure the software functions properly and offers exciting interfaces and game play.

You also want to look for an online casino that offers a wide selection of gaming software, including table games, a wide selection of poker games and slots and several different versions of video poker. Of course, it also depends on which games you prefer to play. If you just play online poker, for example, you may want to choose a poker site instead of a general online casino.

It is also advisable to decide in advance if you want to install software or or find a casino which offers flash or java games that require no installation to play. The installable games do offer a wider variety of graphics and sometimes better playability. It is up to the individual to decide whether they wish to install software or use flash or java games. If you do use installable software, be sure to check the computer requirements of the software in advance of installation.

12. Do they offer free to play games with play money

One of the big advantages of online casinos is the ability to play with play money before you deposit real cash to your account. Playing with play money first allows you to try the games and make sure they are fair and enjoyable. It also allows the player to get used to the differences between live gambling and online gambling and this is an important factor. The pace and feel of online gambling is different than land-based casinos and playing with play money first will allow the player to get used to this before risking their cash. Never choose a casino that does not offer this option.

Now you have a good list of important factors to help you decide at which online casinos you will play. Now take a deep breath. Do not be impatient. We all love the excitement and action of gambling but please use the list and do your research first. Do not rush in and risk your money at any casino without research and recommendations first. We have all the tools you need to make an informed decision on which casinos you will select. And please, remember to share that information with your fellow gamblers by posting your comments. Now do your homework and get out there and have some fun in the world of online casinos.

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Sportsbooks – What Are They? http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/sportsbooks-what-are-they/ http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/sportsbooks-what-are-they/#respond Wed, 17 May 2017 07:21:53 +0000 http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/?p=108 Do you enjoy betting on sports? Have you ever wanted to place a bet on a non-sporting event? Do you wish you could bet on a horse race without going to a race track? If you answered yes to any of these questions then sportsbooks are just what the doctor ordered. Sportsbooks are basically legal bookmakers who set odds and take bets on sports and on just about anything you can think of from the winner of this years Super Bowl to who will win next years Oscar for best actor and then some. Sportsbooks are found as both land based establishments and online. As an industry, they generate of billions of dollars a year in revenues. People love to make bets and sportsbooks are major part of the worlds legal gambling industry.

Land based sportsbooks are found in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Caribbean, Australia and other countries where gambling is legal. Land based sportsbooks are found in hotels, casinos and in stand alone facilities. They are typified by their ever present betting windows and electronic tote boards that display the odds for the various events and the results and payouts of completed events. Modern sportsbooks may also allow bets to be placed through interactive ticket vending machines that replace the human being with a video monitor. Most establishments provide screens where you can watch many of the sporting events live. High end sportbooks may provide banks of big screen tvs and lots of comfortable seating where gamblers can relax as they watch the sporting events unfold. Sportsbooks in big hotels and casinos even provide food and drinks for bettors to enjoy as they gamble. Just like in the casinos, providing bigger perks and extras makes a sportsbook more attractive to the gambler. In the U.S., sportsbooks are only legal in Las Vegas where there are over 150 sportsbooks. Since the Las Vegas sportsbooks are found in hotels and casinos, they tend to follow the standard Vegas rules for opulence and excess. With so many sportsbooks in one small city, the more a sportsbook can offer in the way of extras, the more they may attract business.

In contrast to Las Vegas, land based sportsbooks in the UK tend to take on a different form. British sportsbooks are also called betting shops and are mainly found on local steets among all the other stores and businesses. This gives sportbooks a neighborhood flavor and many Britons have their personal favorite betting shop. There are several large British corporations, including William Hill and Ladbrokes, that own large numbers of sportsbooks. It does tend to reduce the gamblers ability to shop for odds when a chain like William Hill owns 2300 plus betting shops in England and Ireland. Even so, sportsbooks are an important part of the British culture and economy. Between Ladbrokes and William Hill alone, they took in a gross revenue of over £2 billion in 2008, which has contributed substantially to British tax revenues. Figures like these point out just how important legalized gambling can be to any nations economy.

Modern online sportbooks are basically the same as land based sports books when it comes to the actual events covered and the types of bets accepted. Since online sportsbooks have generally less overhead than land based sportsbooks, they often offer lower fees and more perks. Because of the data sharing capabilities of the internet, online sportsbooks can offer bettors easy access to sports schedules, sporting news, extensive statistics and results of previous events to assist them with handicapping and planning their bets. Since internet based sportsbooks tend to have a more global focus, most online sportsbooks cover just about every type of sports bet and prop bet you can imagine. Perhaps the best advantage of online sportsbooks is the lack of crowds and the lack of distractions. Online, all this can be enjoyed from the comfort of home or anywhere the gambler has internet access.

Online Sportsbooks have become very popular with the growth of internet based gambling. Just like with casinos and poker rooms, it is important to find fun and trustworthy sportsbooks. Here, our goal is to bring you all the information you need to find the safest and most enjoyable sportsbooks. To assist you with this, we will be reviewing sportsbooks on a regular basis, providing feature articles on sportsbooks and bringing you our users comments and feedback. We also suggest using internet search engines and online blacklists to find the best sportbooks and to eliminate the bad ones. You can do a search on Google and other search engines by using keywords like Blacklisted Sportsbooks or Rogue Sportsbooks.  They have a list of sportsbooks to avoid and an extensive blacklist of dishonest or incompetent sportsbooks.

Here are links to some of our favorite sportsbooks: (Listed Alphabetically)

1. Bet365 Sportsbook

2. Bodog Sports

3. Bookmaker Sportsbook

4. Diamond Sportsbook

5. Pinnacle Sports

THE VIG, THE RULES AND TYPES OF BETS:

Sportsbooks make their profits from what is called the vigorish, which is the fee charged on a bet by the sportsbook. For example, a bettor might have to wager $55 on a game to win $50. The extra $5 is the sportsbooks fee for booking the bet. It is important to note that sportsbooks may have a different policy about when a game is complete than the official league policy about when a game is complete. Bets may be paid when the game is finished or in the event a game is not completed, bets will be paid if the game was played long enough to be considered official. (Such as baseball in which a game is considered official after 5 and 1/2 innings.) Bettors should be sure to carefully read the sportsbooks rules and policies and make sure they understand them.

Sports and Sporting events are the primary business of sportbooks. The sports covered may include auto racing, baseball, basketball, boxing, football, golf, hockey, horse racing, mixed martial arts, soccer or tennis. Gamblers can wager on just about any sport or sporting event. Bets are taken on both professional and amateur sports. In the United States; football, basketball, horse racing and baseball are particularly well liked by bettors. In the United Kingdom and other countries; soccer, horse racing and motor sports are quite popular. Depending on the country, national and regional sports like cricket, rugby or Aussie rules football can be big favorites. In Japan, for example, gamblers can find local shops in all major cities, that sell tickets on sports like auto racing, boat racing and bicycle racing.

In addition to their primary business of taking bets on the outcome of sporting events, sportsbooks also take what is known to gamblers as Prop Bets. Prop bets can be placed on just about anything from the results of the next presidential election to how many pounds a certain celebrity will lose on her new diet. Non-sports based prop bets might cover subjects like politics, election results, entertainment, business, the stock market, diet and health issues or just about anything else you can conjure up a bet on. Prop bets can also revolve around sporting events. Sports prop bets might include: which team will score first in a game, how many homeruns will be hit in a game, the total runs scored in a baseball game, how many games a team will win in a season, will a certain player score a goal in a hockey game or will a boxer win by knockout. Probably the worlds biggest event for generating prop bets is the Super Bowl. This one football game generates many different prop bets and provides a substantial portion of the Super Bowls total betting action. Overall, prop bets provide fun and add excitement for gamblers. Prop bets can be placed on single events or on events that take place over a period of time. They also tend to vary from sportsbook to sportsbook. Some sportsbooks may offer many different prop bets while others only offer a few.

There are several other types of bets that are often offered by sportsbooks. These include the Future Wager, in which a bet is placed on future event. One example is a bet that is placed at the beginning of the American football season, on which team will win the Super Bowl. Another popular bet is the Parley bet. This bet requires the bettor to bet on a series of events such as the winner of the next 5 New York Yankee baseball games. If the bettor chooses the winners of all 5 games, he or she wins a substantial amount, but if the bettor has a losing bet in any of the games, the entire bet is lost. Next, we have the Head to Head bet, in which the bettor bets on how participants will do against each other, instead of on the winner of the event. An example of a head to head bet might be a bet on the 100 yard dash in track and field, where the bettor picks 2 or 3 of the competitors and how they will place in the race among the other runners. These are some of the better known betting varients offered by sportsbooks, but they are by no means, all of them.

MONEYLINES, POINT SPREADS AND ODDS:

Betting can be done using a straight-up or moneyline bet, which tells bettors the amount needed, for example, to win $50 on the favorite, or the amount paid out on a $50 bet on an underdog. Another popular type of bet is called the points spread bet, in which the bet is based on pre-determined differences in the final score of the game. The moneyline bets are used for heads up events like boxing or tennis and for team sports where using a point spread is impractical, like soccer, baseball or hockey. Point spread bets are most common for games like American football and basketball, where there are often high scores and wide ranges in the score between the winning team and the losing team.

The next time you want to make a bet on the the NBA Finals or wager on whether the NY Stock Exchange finshed the week up or down, logon to your favorite sportsbook and place your bets. When it comes time to start your office pool for the Super Bowl, instead of having to designate someone to collect all the bets and keep the records, contact your favorite sportsbook and arrange for them to handle it all for your with a minimum of effort and completely legally. Sportsbooks are a terrific addition to ones enjoyment of gambling and really expand your betting horizons. So place your bets and as always, remember to gamble for fun and within your limits. May all your bets be winners.

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What Prevents Online Casinos From Cheating? http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/can-casinos-cheat/ http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/can-casinos-cheat/#respond Wed, 17 May 2017 07:16:22 +0000 http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/?p=105 Online gamblers want to gamble at online gambling establishments they feel are safe and that are giving them honest results. Anything less is totally unacceptable. Nothing hurts the online gambling industry more than accusations of cheating or accusations of unfair games that are rigged. Of course, nothing is more unfair to honest online gamblers than cheating. Thankfully, actual cases of cheating are rare. The online gambling forums have been particularly vigilant against cheating and have been very helpful in advocating for the online gambler when accusations of cheating have occurred.

The vast majority of online gambling establishments have also done their part to try to prevent any cheating. Lets look at how different types of online gambling establishments can be subjected to cheating and what you can do to protect yourself.

Most accusations of cheating in online gambling have occurred in online poker. This is due to the fact that online poker is a real-time activity involving groups of players and does not involve the use of a RNG (random number generator) to give the results of the players action. Many of these cases involved former employees of the online gambling establishment and was considered insider cheating. The former employees were supposed to have used a back door to the software that allowed them to view all the players hole cards as the game was in progress and provide this information to the cheater at the table. The cheating was often uncovered because other players were watching the results of the hands and they felt something was way out of line. Paying attention to what is going on as you play and keeping records of results is important for online gamblers. It is especially important to document everything that occurs if you feel something is wrong with a game.

Play at online establishments that provide complete records of round by round play for all the players to access and download. Discuss your suspicions with other players in the online poker rooms chat room and in the online forums. Ask yourself honestly if you really feel someone is cheating or if you are overreacting out of anger about losing. Check the online gambling forums to see if there have been other accusations against the online gambling establishment in question and try to contact the original poster of the complaint to get their input. Making an accusation of cheating against another player is a serious thing and must be accompanied by as much documentation and support as possible.

The other worry in Online Poker is collusion among players at the table. The online poker sites themselves must watch the play at their tables and look for specific patterns of play that will tip them off to the probability of cheating. Play patterns are important in monitoring for cheating. It is also important to see if certain players are always at the same table when these unusual patterns may occur. This requires that the online poker rooms carefully monitor the play and have predesigned criteria in place as to what may indicate cheating or collusion. If a player notices unusual patterns of play they must also fully document this before reporting it to the online poker room.

Lets look at online gambling games like slots, blackjack, craps, bingo, video poker and other games that are single player games. These games are protected against cheating by the website security and encryption, the software and the RNG (random number generator). It would require very advanced technology and computer knowledge to crack the firewalls and encryption protecting the software. The same goes for anyone manipulating the RNG. Online gamblers should remember that all of these games do favor the house and losing is a common occurence. If you still feel you are being cheated and you really want to pursue the matter, documenting your play over a period of time is essential.

To quote the respected Wizard of Odds (http://wizardofodds.com/); “It is the nature of gambling that sometimes you will suffer long losing streaks. However, if you still suspect foul play, you first need to design an experiment to test their game. The test should indicate how much you will play, what you will observe, and how the results will be judged. You should not include information collected before the experiment was designed. For example, if you think a blackjack game has too few aces in the deck you should track the frequency of the aces as well as the non-aces. The more information the better. In this example, I would suggest tracking every rank from 2 through ace. If you are simply losing excessively then tracking only the number of hands and total money lost is sufficient. Assuming your final bankroll is pertinent to the experiment, then I would strongly recommend flat betting to minimize variance and keep the math simple. It takes a large sample of evidence to prove foul play.

An accusation of cheating will be convincing only if you can say the odds of your observations are about 1 in 10,000 or less. To rise to this kind of level, a lot of data is required. I hate to throw out a number, but if forced, Id say at least 1,000 bets would be required. Once you have some good clean data, you are welcome to e-mail me and if you followed my directions I will take it seriously. If I can, I will tell you the probability of the outcome you observed. Please dont bother making an accusation to me unless you have specific numbers to back them up.” This is a very complicated and time consuming process but steps like this are a must if you want to try to prove cheating in online games like these.

The online sportbooks have a well defined policy in place to monitor for cheating and to try to prevent cheating. Prop bets and play in lower levels of sports are particular areas that are watched by the online sportsbooks as these areas have been used by professional cheaters to cheat the land based sportsbooks. The online sportbooks set strict limits on the bets and on the odds on prop bets to help control the temptation to try to cheat on prop bets. One recent attempt at cheating in a lower level tennis tournament is an example of how monitoring events carefully is a primary method to prevent cheating against online sportbooks.

In this tournament, betting would normally have been about $500,000 but over $7 million was bet, mostly on the underdog. This already raised red flags and when the favorite quit due to claimed injury early in the match, the online sportbooks notified the ATP ( the tournaments governing body) and voided all bets on the event. To their credit, most of the online sportsbooks have agreements in place with many of the governing bodies of the various sports to deal with events like the tennis tournament. By carefully monitoring betting patterns and sporting events the online sportsbooks work to prevent cheating.

Of course, the main line of defense against cheating is being pro-active. This requires players to find online casinos, online poker rooms, online sportsbooks and other online gambling establishments that they trust. Doing proper research to screen online gambling establishments, using our 14 point checklist, is the first step in the process of finding safe places to gamble online. Making sure the online gambling establishment is properly licensed with a gaming jurisdiction and / or government is very important. One should also make sure they are using top quality software, industry standard or better encryption and have top level internet security. Beyond these obvious steps, being active in online gambling forums and checking the online gambling blacklists are your primary pro-active tools of defense against cheating. Make sure any online gambling establishment you may be considering is not on any blacklists and regularly check the forums for reports of cheating. As with anything in life, taking the time to find the safe places to gamble online requires a little effort on your part. It is better to make an effort in advance to find the most reputable places to gamble online and we have listed the steps you can take to avoid gambling at dishonest casinos as well as steps to take if you feel cheating has occurred.

1. Screen any online Gambling establishment you are considering with our 14 point checklist.

2. Use the forums and blacklists as your source of information on unsafe places to gamble online and for reports of possible cheating.

3. Keep full documentation of any suspected cheating.

4. If you feel there is cheating going on contact the online gambling establishments customer support to discuss your suspicions and present your documentation.

5. If the online gambling establishment is not helpful and you feel you have a serious issue , the next step is the licensing body that governs the online gambling establishment. Present all your documentation to them.

6. If you still cant get the issue resolved, take your case to the forums. Keep it factual and avoid making rash or inflammatory accusations. There are several forums that make an effort to take important issues to the online gambling establisments as your advocate. Contact them if all else fails and they may be able to help you.

To be fair, the skills that are required to hack or manipulate the software that controls the games in online gambling establishments is way beyond the abilities of the average gambler. It would take serious, expert level knowledge of computing and years of using super computers to crack the encryption that protect most of todays online gambling establishments. The primary method used to hack anything is what is called “Human Engineering.” In other words, people knowingly or unknowingly provide the information needed to access secure data.

Beyond all the various methods that online gambling establishments use to protect us against cheating, they must also carefully supervise and monitor their employees day to day operations. No employees should ever have unsupervised access to gambling software and all access should be recorded. Software companies that produce the gambling software must be required by contract not to provide hidden backdoors into their software and financial penalties should be included if it is later found that back doors existed that enabled cheating.

It is incumbent on the industry itself to make sure that cheating does not occur as it is in their best interest to prevent all cheating. If people feel that it is not safe to gamble at an online gambling establishment, the establishment in question will not make money. It is incumbent on both the online gambling establishments and the players to be vigilant against cheating. The online gambling establishments must be receptive to investigating properly documented accusations of cheating and players who feel they have been cheated must make the effort to provide proper documentation. No one is perfect and accusations of cheating will occur.

Only through careful monitoring by both the online gambling establishments and the players can we work to prevent cheating. The online gambling establishments must to continue to do all they can to prevent cheating and to continue to invest in developing new methods to protect their players. If you feel that you have been cheated at an online gambling establishment or that you have witnessed cheating, feel free to contact by posting your information in the comments section of this article. We will do our best to help resolve any documented cases of suspected cheating. As always, gamble for fun and within your limits. May all your bets be winners.

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Huge Payouts in Progressive Slot Jackpots http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/progressive-slot-jackpots/ http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/progressive-slot-jackpots/#respond Wed, 17 May 2017 07:09:59 +0000 http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/?p=102 Every gambler dreams of making that one big win and when it comes to winning big for a small investment in time and money, nothing has more potential to give you that life changing Jackpot than Progressive Slots. No longer are gamblers limited to winning a few hundred coins that come out of the hopper but there is a potential to win millions of dollars with Progressive Slots.

As a matter of fact, the largest all time Progressive Slot win was over 39 million dollars in Las Vegas in 2003 and your author was standing 5 feet away when the machine lit up to announce the winner. (One can only dream that it may happen to them someday!) This was truly a life changing win for a guy who was in Vegas to bet on the NCAA Basketball Finals. To make things even better, with the amazing growth of online gambling, we now are seeing Progressive Slot Jackpots won for over a million dollars in online casinos. There a literally dozens of online Progressive Slot Jackpots with 6 figure amounts being won every year.

So what exactly are Progressive Slots? The answer is pretty straight forward. Progressive Slots are a series of machines linked together to create a large pooled Jackpot. Progressive Slot Machines have a starting Jackpot which gets larger with each coin played. Every time a gambler puts money into a Progressive Machine, a portion of that money goes into the Jackpot. Each Jackpot has a base amount and after a Jackpot is won, the machine is reset to the base Jackpot. It is safe to say the odds of actually winning a million dollar online Progressive Slot Jackpot or winning a 39 million Jackpot in Vegas are about the same as winning the Lottery but millions of gamblers still love to play the Progressive Slot Machines. When a gambler plays the Progressives with a reasonable pre-determined limit of cash, he or she can have a great deal of enjoyment in pursuit of that dream jackpot.

There are few differences between online Progressive Slots and land-based Progressive Slots other than the fact that the land based casinos offer much larger Progressive Slots Jackpots. We are talking about the difference between million dollar jackpots online and jackpots of 10 million or more found in land based Progressive Slot Jackpots. Of course, to play online, one does not have to pay plane fare or hotel bills so there it is a much smaller initial investment to play online. Many gamblers who like to play Progressive Slots, play online most of the time and save the Progressives at land based casinos for vacations. After all, there is nothing wrong with winning a six figure Jackpot online from the comfort of ones own home.

Some of the Online Casinos link all of the Slots in their casino to one big Progressive Jackpot while some offer several different Progressive Games. Some online casino groups even have Progressive Slots that are linked between dozens of Slot Machines in several of the online casinos in their group. Playing the Progressive Slots requires ones full attention and an awareness of the rules of the Progressive Game in question. Gamblers should always make it a point to read the rules of the Progressive Slots they are planning to play. Every Progressive Slot Game has certain restrictions when it comes to winning the maximum Jackpot. Generally speaking, the gambler has to play the maximum amount of coins on each spin in order to win the top Jackpot. However any gambler can win a part of the Jackpot, no matter how much they bet. But if you are hoping for that life changing 7 figure jackpot, be prepared to wager the maximum amount of coins for each and every spin.

TYPES OF PROGRESSIVE SLOT GAMES:

Individual Progressives An individual Progressive Slot Machine is totally self contained. The entire Jackpot comes from that one machine. Usually, the Jackpots on these Slot Machines are far lower than the other types of Progressive Slots.

Linked Progressives Linked progressives are groups of machines that are networked together to create one common Jackpot within one casino. These Jackpots have the potential to grow to large amounts.

Multi-Location Progressives These are the machines from which a gambler can win a life changing jackpot. They can be linked between hundreds of machines in many different casinos owned by one gaming group. Both land based casinos and online casino offer Multi-Location Progressives. The chance of winning one of these huge jackpots is like winning the lottery but we still keep dreaming and trying to win.

You have probably heard all kinds of stories about the best way to win at Progressive Slots. Well, there are no hard and fast rules for winning at Progressive Slots other than that you have to always bet the maximum amount of coins on each spin to win the maximum Jackpot. The other thing a gambler always wants to do when playing Progressives is to check the Jackpot before starting. One wants to play the Progressive offering the largest Jackpot, not the one that paid off recently. There are no other real strategies for Progressive Slots. The game is all about luck and that all powerful RNG (Random Number Generator) that controls the game. Just like regular single spin Slots, Progressive Slots are run by a RNG that RANDOMLY selects what will appear when the spin stops. The payout percentages are also governed by pre-set minimums that are determined by the licensing jurisdiction. If you play Progressive Slots online and the casino is approved by an organization like eCorga, you will be able to access monthly payout percentages for the slots and all the different games the casino offers. We suggest playing at casinos that make their payout percentages available to gamblers.

Some gamblers will tell you that there are certain amounts of time one has to play in order to have a chance to win at Progressive Slots. A particular rumor is that many Progressive Slot Jackpots are won in the first few minutes of playing. This is actually a mis-understanding of what may actually be happening. Often someone will win after just a few minutes at a Progressive Slot Machine because they happened to walk up to a machine that was just vacated by another gambler. Many gamblers give up on a machine if they don’t win quickly and then another player comes along and wins on that machine after just a few minutes, thus creating the false impression of a quick win. The only real strategy or rule for playing Progressive Slots other then to bet the maximum to win the maximum, is to play with a sane pre-determined limit and to know when to stop. One should not be willing to risk the rent money to try to win that mega million dollar Jackpot. Just like any other gambling game, one must play with limits and self control. Progressive Slots should be a relaxing time for gamblers where you risk no more than 15% of your total gambling budget. Play for fun and enjoyment first and if the luck genie is smiling, maybe you will win a dream jackpot too.

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Can You Beat The Slots at An Online Casino? http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/beat-casino-slots/ http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/beat-casino-slots/#respond Wed, 17 May 2017 07:05:12 +0000 http://www.black-jack-secrets.com/?p=99 Every online gambler wants to be a winner and that leads us to ask this simple question. Can you beat the slots at an online casino? For that matter, can you really beat any game at an online casino? Lets look at the games offered by most online casino and see what the answers are.

When it comes to slots, there are dozens of videos and books available that claim to have sure fire systems to beat the Machines. The truth is there is no way to beat the machines. There are several reasons why you should save your money and not buy any of these systems. Slots should be played for fun and relaxation. Any time you win playing slots, consider it a gift from the casino and don’t expect it to be a regular occurrence.

First and foremost, slot machines are no longer made up of mechanical reels that people would try to time. The fact is that timing reels on old fashioned slot machines was also dubious at best. Todays modern slot machine whether online or land based is run buy a random number generator that selects the symbols that will turn up when the spin ends totally at RANDOM. There is no way to calculate or time what will turn up on future spins because the RNG is always doing what is designed to do and that is to use a complicated mathematical algorithm to calculate the symbols for every spin. There are millions of possible combinations and the RNG can select any one of them at any time. So forget about beating the RNG.

So how do slot machines really payout? The truth is that the machine is preset by the online casino to pay out at a fixed percentage and that is usually about 95% to 96% at reputable online casinos. As an example, All Slots Casinos machines payed out at a rate of 95.78% in November, 2009 according to eCorgas statistics. (Ecorga is an independent organization that monitors the payout percentages of the games at many top online casinos and rates the RNG as fair and random.) Simply put this means that if you wager $1000, $957.80 will be paid out to you and $42.20 of your original $1000 will go to the online casino. The exception to this rule occurs when a player hits a big jackpot and then simply quits while they are ahead. But not many slots players go home winners since the fun is really in the action of the game.

The other great myth about slot machines is that some people believe you have to play the machine for a certain length of time to get it to pay out. This is because they see someone play for a long time and then walk away without hitting the jackpot. Then the next person hits a big jackpot on their first play. This causes people to think that the longer you play, the more likely the machine is to payout. Again, this is a myth. Payouts, as we have said, are regulated by a preset percentage and the RNG causes the payouts to occur at totally random times. There is simply no truth to any system that involves timing how long you play a machine.

The bottom line is simple. Play slots for fun and to relax. Many of the slot games in online casinos are quite spectacular with amazing sound, graphics and game play. Slots are a great way to unwind after a long, stressful day if you approach the game with the idea of having fun and you dont worry about hitting it big. Just settle down to your favorite online slot game, have a cool drink and set your limit in advance. Play at your own pace and you just might find you can make your original $50 on the 25 cent slot game last for hours and hours of entertaining play.

There are some games in which a talented player can increase the odds in their favor. One of the most popular of these games is blackjack. In land based casinos, there are many successful systems of card counting that greatly increase the odds in the players favor. Card counting require skill and training but with dedication and patience, it can be learned. Although it has been ruled by the courts that an individual can legally card count in most major casino towns, many casinos still ban card counters as soon as they are spotted.

However in online casinos, the situation is radically different because there is no shoe with a fixed number of decks to count. Each card is randomly created at the beginning of each hand and then destroyed at the end of the hand. This happens over and over for every single hand of online blackjack. The best way to increase the odds in your favor at online blackjack is to become a student of the game. There are basic rules for every situation in blackjack and there are many good books and videos that teach basic blackjack. Learn how to play the game well instead of trying to beat the game. Then pick an online casino that has a high payout percentage for blackjack and use your skill to play at your highest level.

Craps is a very exciting, action filled game that can be quite confusing to  new players. While there is no surefire method to beat the house at craps, it is essential that a player have a complete understanding of the basics of online craps play. One must become familiar with all the rules of craps and the terminology used in the game. A new player must also understand all the different bets, what they mean and how to place them properly. A player should also have a solid background in the good bets and the bad bets that can be made on the craps table. There are several bets available in craps that every craps teacher will tell you not to place. Like Blackjack, the key to doing well at Craps is learning how to play the game and having a solid understanding of all the dynamics of the game.

Roulette is another game that has led to many hundreds of cant miss systems of play. The problem is that these systems just do not work. Roulette is based on luck. There is no way to time the wheel or the ball to figure out where it will end up. Like many other online casino games, the RNG is king in roulette. It decides which number will come up and then displays the results. Although there is no sure fire roulette system, some of the real experts in roulette have written many useful articles and books on how to bet in roulette. Learning what the smart bets are in roulette is the key to enhancing your chances to win.

The one game in online casinos that is not based on luck alone is Poker. Poker is a skill game and can improved with study and practice. There are many successful online poker rooms that have hundreds of skilled players going head to head in games like Texas Holdem and 7 Card Stud. Texas Holdem is the most popular of the online poker games and attracts millions of players around the world. Mastering the game of poker takes a quick mind, common sense, self control and the ability to read or anticipate other players moves. There are many  good books and videos on how to play poker. Quite a few of these are written by highly successful professional poker players. They can teach you all the basics of poker but you will still need to practice, practice and practice some more. The great thing about online poker is that you can gain experience at actual live poker while playing with play money. This allows new players to learn, gain experience and evaluate when they are ready to start playing for real cash.

What have we discovered about beating the house in online gambling? Well, first we have learned that the odds are in the houses favor. The outcome of the games (except online poker) are decided by a random number generator and you cant figure out what the RNG will do next. We also learned that there are no sure fire systems to beat the house in online casinos. The online gambler can enhance their chances to win by studying the games and learning how to play them with the confidence that comes with experience and practice. They can increase their knowledge of the mechanics of the game play and learn how to place smart bets. This allows an online gambler to improve their chances to win but it is not a guarantee. The biggest advantage in the online gamblers arsenal is to play the games they enjoy with play money until they feel totally comfortable. Even players who are experienced at playing in land based casinos should play with play money first if they are new to online casinos. The game play and timing has a different flow to it online and it takes a bit of practice to get it right. Playing for play money is without a doubt an online gamblers best tool when they are trying to learn how to play any online gambling game.

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