New Innovations in Online Gambling

The online gambling market has certainly been one to comment on in terms of technological advancements exerted by major companies for over a decade given amazing competition by top key players in the industry wanting a piece of the pie from this very lucrative industry which is predicted will not decline in growth terms throughout the European recession. Companies such as pioneers Intertops and other major portals that have been in operations for over a decade have seen numerous facelifts on technology, software, graphical user interfaces, and general services offered.

The best part about these companies is that nowadays, they have become mammoth portals offering all kinds of services to consumers that were never available before from only one company. Before, consumers who wished to place sports bets had a specific bookmaker for this purpose, and if the same consumer wished to exert other types of bets or general gambling operations such as playing skill games or bingo, they had to go into another major portal specialized in this specific activity, and log in there as well. This is no longer the case. Not only do they offer competitive services across the board, but they also provide competitive jackpots alongside the appropriate technology to meet all clients’ standards.

Some gambling companies out there, specially the major online casinos have synchronized slot jackpots that given the size are constantly in the millions, at least the progressive ones. This is really great for consumers as when they hit the slots they have the potential to becoming a millionaire on every single play. Jackpots across the board have constantly increased tremendously in size. It is not strange that major companies give out daily hefty prizes to their clients. Another major achievement has been the popular poker tournaments, and a chance for any regular person to compete in the World Series of Poker if they manage to win all the necessary tournaments that merit qualification status for them to get there. More games and more alternatives are being offered every single day by these major gambling conglomerates in order to strive for market share popularity and overall dominance. You can play and exert bets from your mobile, play hundreds of popular and classic skill games, and place the most interesting sports bets such as Asian handicap betting on football, or place bets in basically every sport going on around the world while being offered competitive odds.

The future looks interesting for these companies as they strive to become even more technologically advanced in order to suit clients’ needs of comfort. It is said that in the future, these portals will offer services from the Television, so that clients can access their accounts without having to log into the web as the TV will be already hooked up to the internet, and all they have to do is turn the TV on and change the channel just like we do today when we turn on the news. Services such as live betting will increase in exposure and will be offered across the board alongside live TV feeds for all to see.

Gambling With the House’s Money to Win the Lottery

Have you ever thought about gambling with the house’s money to win the lottery? It’s kind of like a strategy that some people successfully use in blackjack at the casino. Basically, what they do is bet a constant bet on each hand and when they win they double their bet on the next hand; in that next hand, they are, essentially, playing their regular bet, plus what the house gave them on their last hand. So, they are betting with the house’s money.

How could you take that blackjack strategy to win the lottery? Let me explain in an example. I’ll use the Lotto 6/49 lottery in Canada as my example, which costs $2 to play. The odds of winning Lotto 6/49 when you buy just one ticket is approximately 1-in-14-million.

Let’s say you buy one Lotto 6/49 ticket every Saturday. That means you gamble $2 per week. So, you are prepared to lose $2 every week. Your odds of winning the jackpot on any particular week would be 1-in-14-million. But, there are smaller prizes to be won. Let’s say you match 3-out-of-6 numbers to win $10. If you use the strategy of gambling with the house’s money to win the lottery, you would take that $10, plus the $2 your normal bet to buy $12 worth of tickets the following Saturday. That means you would buy six tickets ($12 divided by $2 per ticket). Do you know what happens to your odds when you buy six tickets instead of one? The odds get better. The odds of winning Lotto 6/49 with six tickets would be approximately 1-in-2.3-million. Much better than 1-in-14-million, right?

Of course, if you match 4-out-of-6 numbers, you’d win more, maybe around $70. If you took that $70 that the house paid you, plus your usual $2, you could buy 36 Lotto 6/49 tickets. Your odds of winning the jackpot would then be bettered to approximately 1-in-389,000.

If you match 5-out-of-6 numbers you’d win around $1500. Take that, plus your usual $2 and you could buy 751 Lotto 6/49 tickets. Your odds of winning the jackpot would then be approximately 1-in-19,000.

Casino Gambling Addiction – Is It Taking Control Of Your Life?

Many people gamble for different reasons, for some it is a recreational form of entertainment, for others it can be their livelihood, or a means of emotional relief and escape. When it becomes an addiction your life begins to fall apart. You get to the point where gambling consumes you, you keep playing and playing and hoping that you are going to leave with more money than you came with. Sometimes when you lose, you come back the next day to try and recoup your losses, usually it never works, you just keep losing more and more. Some people put great risks on the table, gambling their paychecks away. You know you have a big problem on your hands when you become behind on your bills, develop debt, start borrowing money from friends and family, taking out loans to pay your bills, and turn to crime to support your gambling habit.

The bright lights and sounds at the casino can attract many customers. You see the odd person winning the big jackpot, all the people who get excited when they win ten dollars, one hundred dollars, or even a thousand dollars. You want to be the next jackpot winner, you want to win enough money to do the things you have always wanted to do, sometimes when you are playing you actually win money but want to keep playing with the hopes of winning more and more. You get to the point where you cannot stop even when you are down to your last dollar, you still believe you are going to win it all back but you never recover. Most people after losing will feel horrible, depressed, and ready to give up on life. Some people feel like they are cursed and cannot understand why they have such bad luck. They wonder how some people are always winning when they are losing. It becomes a never-ending battle which at some point must come to an end.

Casino gambling or any other form of gambling is no longer fun if it is affecting your finances, relationships, work, or emotional wellbeing. The most important thing is to keep your head up and get help. It is hard to admit you have a problem and it is even harder to go for help. There are support groups and counselling services available that will help you but you need to be willing and open to re-condition your thinking.If you don’t want others to know that you are getting help or you feel embarrassed to attend counselling or support groups, there are some self -help treatment methods that you can explore to help you overcome your gambling addiction.

Quitting Gambling

Why do you gamble? Most people do it to get ahead financially. I am here to remind you that it will not work for you. Key Point #1 If you slip back into gambling keep precise written records of time spent, wins and losses. The fact is (95-99% of people lose) and the tiny percentage of people who win usually average under minimum wage over the course of the year. But of course you are going to hit the jackpot.

But, almost no one really understands their odds of hitting the jackpot. Yeah you are only one in 44 million to win but wouldn’t it be great if you did? To understand what those odds mean is, imagine you are in a high school football stadium with 1000 people. They are going to drop a Nerf ball and whoever catches it gets 30 million dollars. How many football stadiums do they need to fly over to make the odds 1 in 44 million? The answer is 44,000 stadiums all jammed with people.

That’s also the odds (one in 44 million) of an ugly guy like me meeting their favorite movie star out of the blue and finding out that they are so excited about meeting me that they drop everything and want to start a relationship. Okay I apologize; I really didn’t mean to crush two of your favorite fantasies in one sitting. She really is going to like you when you meet her.

The second reason many gamble is for fun. Most of us like to take a moderate amount of money we can afford to lose and have a fun night at the casino. The question is, once we go over the line of moderation can we increase our pleasure. The answer is you never can increase your pleasure with out of control gambling because even if you win, all you are doing is what I call “selling our pleasure back words”. When you win you get extreme pleasure because you beat the system. However when you lose it all a week later, plus some money you needed to buy necessities, you crash and have extreme pain with the situation you are now in.

What happened is you gambled with money you could not afford to lose and won on Friday. This brought you increased pleasure. But when you lose it all the next Friday you have destruction and pain. A person who does not gamble has less pleasure then you on Friday #1. But then they have much more pleasure than you on Friday #2 because you got wiped out. They also do not get the destruction and pain you get on Friday #2 when you go broke. Please see my article Pleasure + Addiction = Pain for more information on how addiction never brings us more pleasure over the course of the month, year, and usually not even over the course of two weeks.

If quitting gambling is hard for you it may help to get a photo of the person/persons you love most in life, on the back write how you feel when you have lost all your money and how your gambling would affect them and your relationship with them. Put it by your computer, or in your wallet when out, when you feel the urge coming have a good look and read what you have written.

Ex gamblers say that they enjoy life more after quitting gambling. But when you tell yourself that you will be happier after quitting gambling be very specific. You will be happier for the month when you are clean but some days will be tough. I think that avoiding a couple of trips to the casino per month is worth it because I can be happy every day now. My new activities and passions give me less pain and more happiness and more money over the course of the whole month than gambling did. After after quitting gambling we are no longer a slave to being driven always by the addiction (which brings the stress with it). We understand that abstinence is healthier in all ways; financially, spiritually, emotionally and relationally.

Gambling ruins your spirituality. Either permanently, or temporarily when you have a big loss. Out of control gambling is sometimes worship. You would have to tell me if you are worshipping greed, excitement, pleasure or something else. But what we do know is that when we are out of control we are not then worshipping God. I recommend you learn new habits about how to worship God who will bring you real joy. Not a manufactured, short term thrill which ends in destruction. You can read about how you can learn to worship God in my article called “addictions real issue.”

One of the biggest keys to quitting gambling is to know (and have organized) what mental exercises you need to do to overcome the addiction. The following are examples of some types of exercises you may want to learn.

1: Form a habit to say to yourself 5 times a day that “my gambling causes me financial destruction. It has in the past and it will in the future.”

2: Have a list of the benefits of quitting gambling. Write down all the benefits then memorize the top 3 and top 6 benefits. This will allow you to say the benefits multiple times each day until you get on more solid footing in your recovery.

3: Pray often each day “Lord keep me from temptation” (This is part of the Lord’s Prayer from the Bible). Pray about why you gamble. Is it for greed? Then pray a lot about that because the Bible says that the greedy will not inherit the kingdom of heaven. Is it for excitement? Then pray about what alternatives you can do to find excitement.

4: Start a journal so that you can include all of the quitting gambling idea’s you find in one place so that you can review them often.

Missing Persons Investigations of a New Age

George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four was first published in 1949. You’d have thought that his vision would no longer be up-to-date 65 years later. The world he described was a world where Big Brother was watching people, constantly seeking information about crime think or any other kind of offence against the glorious super state of Oceania.

Edward Snowden showed us, that what Big Brothers these days are doing is not all that different from what Orwell described. Sure, the technology is quite different from what he had envisioned, but Orwell’s novel is not about science and technology, but about the horrible world where governments might monitor our every move, observe us in our most intimate moments and know about everything we do. Modern day supercomputers, satellites and all sorts of technology make that easily possible for various government agencies.

Yet there is so much information out there that is easily accessible without any spying satellites, supercomputers or without bugging mobile phones. It’s the information millions of users are putting online every day of their own free will, just to get some likes, re-tweets or shares. People tell themselves that they are doing this to stay in touch with each other, but they fail to realize how much of their personal information they are giving away every moment of every day.

With more than half of Australians being active on Facebook, it seems like this would be the most promising social network to start an investigation. The information found on Facebook is truly varied. There are photographs, comments as well as check-ins that give away a person’s current location. Furthermore there is a time stamp on everything, which makes it easy to create a collage of events a person went through at a certain time. No special equipment is needed for all of this with much of it capable of being performed with a simple smart phone.

Of course people tend to forget, that social media doesn’t mean just Facebook and Twitter. Apart from other household names like LinkedIn, Google+ or Pinterest, there are dozens of other smaller, niche websites that cater to all sorts of profiles. Finding information across all of these platforms can turn into a large investigation on its own.

Investigating social media is not only about snooping either. People tend to forget, that Facebook is first and foremost a platform for communication. As many people from the younger generations no longer even have a landline and choose not to publicly reveal their mobile number, Facebook and other social media may be an easy way of tracking them down for communication or to even serve court documents.

Being a private investigator and not knowing anything about social media is something that has become unimaginable in this day and age. While traditional methods such as surveillance are still very effective, they are considerably supplemented with comprehensive desktop investigation based on extensive social media profiling and as the next generation moves more of their life onto the internet the value of this brand of profiling is only going to increase.