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Casinos In Popular Culture

From Las Vegas to Macau, casinos have captured the imagination of many and played a huge part in popular culture. From hits on the silver screen to TV series and documentaries and from works of literature to popular songs – the arts celebrate casinos and a wide range of table games. Let’s take a look at some of the most notable examples of live casino immortalized in popular culture.

James Bond Popularizes Casinos

Watch any James Bond film and what do you notice? 007 loves casinos. From the first film in the franchise, Dr. No in 1962, to one of the most recent, Skyfall. Bond has a penchant for high-stakes, and it doesn’t matter what game he’s playing because he’s played them all.

One of the more memorable scenes is in the 2006 blockbuster Casino Royale and from the title alone, you’d expect there to be plenty of table action. In Daniel Craig’s debut, we see him enter a Poker tournament with a $10 million buy-in, organized by Le Chiffre. Voted the ‘best Poker movie scene’ ever, we see our hero face off against the villain. The tension is high throughout, much like the classic casino game. At one stage, it looks as though it’s all over for Bond who has his drink poisoned, but he returns to the table and takes down the villain. While it’s not the truest representation of Poker, it’s thrilling.

Real-Life Escapades On The Big Screen

While the majority of scenes depicted in novels and movies are purely fictional, there’s one example that’s based on a true story. American author Ben Mezrich’s Bringing Down the House is all about a group of card counters, known as the MIT Blackjack Team. The novel went on to inspire two movies, 21 (2008) and The Last Casino (2004). The former was a box office smash, taking close to $158 million.

The MIT Blackjack Team was a group of students from many of the USA’s leading colleges, who used card counting techniques and other strategies. Managed by founding member J.P. Massar and Bill Kaplan, the team went on to have years of success, winning millions of dollars.

The Glitz And Glamour of Vegas

While casinos themselves provide the luxury facilities and grand stages for bands and singers to perform, the theme has emerged as a hot topic for pop songs over the years. No song is more iconic than Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas, which has become an unofficial anthem for the city. Encapsulating the sights and sounds of Sin City, the song also captures the excitement of the casino, referring to many games including Blackjack, Poker and Roulette.

Popstar Katy Perry also released a track called Waking up in Vegas, which paid homage to the adage, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”. While the lyrics don’t mention the casino, the video featured scenes in one. You’ll see Perry and her love interest winning the jackpot at the slot machine, as well as the Roulette table. Further scenes show other casino games played. Side note, the video even stars professional Poker player Daniel Negreanu. 

The tension and excitement surrounding a casino make it an easy subject matter to integrate within popular culture. We’ve not even mentioned themed Slots inspired by TV and film, which help increase the popularity of online gaming. Have we missed anything? Leave a comment below with your favorite ‘Casino in pop culture’ references.

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Technology And The Internet Drive Modern Gaming

The entertainment business has accompanied humanity for a long time, and in many forms too. Perhaps since the moment people were able to fulfill their basic needs and started thinking about their free time and what more there is to life. A variety of amusing games, especially in modern times, surely is a crucial part of it all. 

Interesting games have been faithful servants for bored individuals on numerous occasions in history. The most unsophisticated ones involved simple solutions and ordinary materials: rocks, wooden pawns, then cards and basic boards. But they were enjoyed all the same. Unsurprisingly, the development of technology changed the big picture in a spectacular way. Above all with the introduction of video and computer games, and then by the invention of the world wide web. 

The gaming industry, being particularly susceptive to new technological concepts and driven by the fresh approach, is changing a great deal. Even before our very eyes. It is also an ever-growing business generating colossal revenues, which incites companies and developers to do everything they can to take a leading position above the competition. Lucky for the gamers out there, everybody should be able to find what they like. 

While playing the game on its own is a great way for many of us to relax and kill a few hours, you can always take it to the next level. Provided you are good enough, there is no reason why you shouldn’t make some extra cash on your hobby. The opportunities to face some serious opposition and compete for real money are here. Various e-sport competitions gather many talented players to prestigious tournaments and millions of viewers online. Cash prize pools increase according to the level of interest as well. 

A different, but equally exciting, concept of making a profit and having fun at the same time lies in the form of playing cards, poker especially. The online poker community is strong and significant, so there is no shortage of quality places to go to and check out the game and its various types. The most commonly recognized has to be Texas Hold’em; it gives plenty of room to shine for professionals and amateurs alike. Potential earnings on the biggest live events are also encouraging, to say the least. 

The most appreciated gaming positions are surely the ones that can engage crowds and give the possibility for a quality and healthy rivalry among the players. No wonder that online games are always in fashion, and all the new titles aiming for commercial success have to consider a multiplayer feature. Some genres are more popular than others; there are different trends floating around, making an impact on the community from time to time. Just like the big craze for battle royale type games, which are a mix of exploration and survival mode, represented by Fortnite and Apex Legends. One thing is for sure, the new ideas and ground-breaking solutions will keep on coming alongside the increasing technological progress, as well as players’ thirst for more. 

Just like the gaming industry is a big part of the whole entertainment business, the internet and technology are crucial for games. This relationship will likely grow in the future. We, as dedicated gamers, can only expect exciting things to come out as a result.

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Most Popular Movies Featuring Bingo

Bingo has been a popular entertainment activity for at least few centuries, especially in the UK, but in a range of other countries as well. The cinema appeared a bit later then that and it is generally and universally accepted as one of the main forms of entertainment all over the world. Just as there are differences in terms of which bingo variant is popular in what part of the world (90-ball bingo is popular in the UK, whereas 75-ball bingo is primarily played in North America). Nowadays with the popularization of online bingo UK players have the chance to try out different 75-ball bingo variants, whereas Americans have the opportunity to play 90-ball bingo.

Cinematography is also geo-specific, in the sense that different types of films and different genres are popular in different parts of the world. For instance, statistics show that adventure and action films are popular in North America, seen as they bring in the highest box office revenue. The reason we’ve mentioned bingo and films is because we want to have a look at the intersection, i.e. the best and most popular scenes that feature bingo at least in a single scene.

King of The Bingo Game

King of the Bingo Game is an obvious example, as the film itself features the word ‘bingo’ in its title. The film is a rather serious one. It tells the story of an optimistic bingo player called Sonny who lives in Harlem and frequently visits the local bingo hall in an attempt to win enough money to provide for his impoverished family. If you are a fan of bingo, this film would probably be your cup of tea as the central theme evolves around the game of bingo. As a bonus, it also depicts New York of the 1940s and how difficult things were for the African-American community. 

Hotel Transylvania

We have one newer film for you as well. Hotel Transylvania was quite the hit when it was first shown in 2012. This movie is a comedy featuring Adam Sandler and we probably won’t need to tell you too much about comedies, featuring Sandler, people usually either love them or hate them, but it is very difficult to ignore Sandler and his work. 

In this movie the game of bingo is played at Monsterland and instead of bingo balls they are drawing small, really tiny skulls themselves get to call the numbers by hissing. The game comes to a rather unfortunate end when a monster eats the winning ticket. Funnily enough, the ticket is held by Mrs Frankenstein. 

The Wog Boy

Another comedy in our list, this time it is an Australian film – The Wog Boy. While in British English it is a derogatory term for a non-white individual, in Australia it typically refers to immigrants from Southern Europe. In this particular instance, we’re dealing with a second-gen immigrant of Greek origin. The story follows him and his life-path and our guy works a range of jobs, including a bingo caller, but what’s specific about this hall and the game of bingo in this case is that it is played at a Greek Orthodox Church. The problem arises when the winner approaches the main character (Steve) he hands him the prize which is a lion’s head, but a one made of plaster, with no actual value and that’s certainly not the prize that the player expects.

Bingo

This is a film that deserves an honorable mention, simply because its title is, well – bingo. The film has nothing to do with the actual game of bingo though, it features s runaway circus dog named Bingo. The film has been criticised and it has been branded as one of the worst pet pooch films, but as the title is bingo, we had to include it. 

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Top 5 Online Penny Slots

Penny Slots might not seem much fun, the thought of playing for pennies might even seem dull and boring with little reward. You’ll be surprised to hear that they are one of the most popular types of slots, both online and offline. For those who are looking to play for fun, not for money and just soak up the casino environment, a penny slot is perfect. Of course, some people love all sorts of slot machines, and you can discover a wide selection of the best here: https://games.paddypower.com/c/slots

Although you might not be winning thousands when playing penny slots, you can still win a jackpot. You might only win £20, but when you consider the fact you are playing with just a penny or two, that’s a great profit you’ve made! Don’t be too quick to dismiss a penny slot, there are some great themes and features. Check out this list we’ve compiled of the top 5.

Book of Dead

Similar to the famous Book of Ra slot, this penny slot involves an Ancient Egyptian theme. With five reels and ten pay lines, there is ample opportunity to win. The special features in this game are what make it so popular. Aim for any of the following: wild symbol, scatter symbol, expanding symbol as well as gambling and free spin features in order to extend your chances of winning big. It has a Return To Player (RTP) rate of 96.21 per cent. On some sites you can even play this slot in free mode, meaning that you can just enjoy it without betting any money but remember, that also means you can’t win anything either.

Golden Colts

It’s time to saddle up, cowboy, and ride the Golden Colts slot. The Wild West is often imagined with lots of guns and gold coins – this slot is no different. There are mega symbols, stacked symbols, wilds, scatters and free spins as well as some other features to enjoy. One of the ways to win big by playing this slot is to land the Gunslinger bonus which will offer you one free spin – a rare gift – and allow you to win up to 30 times your bet.

Blaze of Ra

Another Egyptian slot that hits our list is the Blaze of Ra, it’s incredibly well designed and fun to play which makes it very popular. The graphics of ancient amulets, desert scenery and gods will make you feel as though you’re playing in Ancient Egypt. With a total of 40 payout lines, there are plenty of opportunities to win a fortune with this slot. The mighty god Ra stands over and watches your every move, although you can’t help but feel that he is scaring away the Scarab and preventing you from winning bonus rounds with free spins.

Pirates Charm

Possibly the most exciting penny slot ever produced, this slot is perfect for ramping up your winnings. The Mystery Charm re-spin feature allows you to re-trigger bonuses repeatedly throughout the game. What sets this slot apart from the rest is that you have the chance to play on an incredible 243 pay lines. Channelling the vibes of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, it won’t be long before you’re running down the beach with Captain Jack Sparrow and a handful of treasure!

Vikings Go to Hell

There are many fantasy-themed and mythological penny slots out there but this one is our favourite. The Nordic rulers of the sea, Vikings, are tasked with taking on the demons that lie in the depths of the ocean. In this penny slot, you will want to look out for the Sticky Wilds as they are what enable multipliers and free spins.

Apple Arcade Arriving On September 19

Apple today announced Apple Arcade will arrive on September 19 and cost $4.99 per month after a free one-month trial.

The new game subscription service will feature over 100 new and exclusive games, including original releases from renowned creators Hironobu Sakaguchi, Ken Wong, Will Wright and dozens more. 

Apple Arcade games will redefine games and be curated based on originality, quality, creativity, fun and their appeal to players of all ages. Apple Arcade will give customers the freedom to try any game from its handpicked collection of titles that are all-you-can-play, have no ads, ad tracking or additional purchases, and respect user privacy. 

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Place Your Bets! The Best Gambling Movies For Casino Themed Parties

Picture this: poker tables spread throughout the living room, a Bingo section set up in the dining room, and all your other favorite gambling games placed around your house. It’s the ideal casino themed party! Invite your friends, your neighbors, and your family members to head over and play!

But before the gambling party is complete, pull out the big screen and have these best gambling movies playing in the background.

Rampage (2009)

Rampage is a 2009 film centered around a disturbed young man who believes that the world is suffering from overpopulation and handles it himself by buying automatic weapons and armor. The film follows the young man through a series of graphic and violent scenes where he reduces the population himself.

In one scene, he ends up in a Bingo hall where he sits near the back of the building until eventually making his way to the front where he grabs the Bingo ball out of the Bingo caller’s hand. Rather than being upset about the gunman himself, the Bingo players are more concerned about the game being stopped and their bingo cards remaining blank. It’s a great scene to depict how serious Bingo players take the game!

8 Mile (2002)

8 Mile is a 2002 film that follows the life of a young man looking to make it big in the rap game. He lives with his mother and sister in a trailer park and is exposed to all of the elements of a not-so-great mother. His mom seems to care more about her boyfriend and her Bingo nights than she does her two kids.

However, she does come home one night with a $3,200 win from Bingo!

The Gambler (2014)

This 2014 is a remake of the 1974 classic, The Gambler. This film follows the hectic life of a full-time gambling addict part-time teacher. He becomes so buried in his gambling debt owed to loan sharks and an underground casino ring that he’s given just one week to pay off his debts or risk his life.

To help gather the money, he turns to a few of his students for help.

The Cincinnati Kid (1965)

The Cincinnati Kid is a 1965 film based around The Great Depression. This film follows the journey of one man who is determined to prove that he is the best poker player that the world has ever seen. However, this title isn’t given to him that easily.

He first must beat the best in the poker game, a veteran poker player named Lancey “The Man” Howard. It’s a great gambling classic.

21 (2008)

21 is a 2018 film based on the lives of several MIT college students who are mentored by one of their professors on how to count cards. They learn to count cards and use this trick to clear out casino after casino, using the won money to pay off student loan debt. However, their easy money doesn’t last long when one casino begins to pick up on their tricks!

Pick Up The Best Gambling Movies For Your Party!

When throwing your own gambling party, you’ll want to pick up some of these best gambling movies. Your guests will enjoy watching them and listening to them while taking part in their own gambling fun! For more movie topics, be sure to visit our page frequently.

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Funko Announces Funkoverse Board Games

Funkoverse is a collectible strategy board game based on different pop culture universes that plays similar to Settlers of Catan. The first batch will include games based on Harry Potter, Rick & Morty, DC comics and The Golden Girls in either four or two-character sets. Each variation comes with its own 3-inch figurines that can be used across different games. This means four people could play a game as Batman, Voldermort, Harley Quinn and Blanche in the Rick & Morty universe. 

Each game has its own scenario and ways to win. Every character has their own unique abilities that can help them in different ways. It will take some strategy to figure out which characters work best and how to make the most of their abilities in order to get the most points to win. 

Funkoverse will make its way to retailers in October. 

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Best Aussie Casino Sites To Have A Little Fun 

Online casinos have a growing audience, especially in Australia. People have always loved to compete, whether it was in football, basketball or any other kind of sport, and when there is a little money added, the thrill of competition increases even more!

Online casinos offer a lot of amazing features like bonuses, free spins, wilds, scatters and VIP facilities. The graphics of these apps are top-notch as well. In some cases, they might even be better than going to an actual casino. Here are some of the best Australian online casinos:

1. Bonza Spins

This is one of the most played Aussie casinos. It’s a high-quality, gimmick-free casino where you have the option of making bank transactions in a number of currencies, including US dollars, Aussie dollars, euros and Canadian dollars. This casino has a cleansetup and quality graphics with easy-to-understand navigation. 

This casino is fully licensed and serves both local and international markets. Despite being available in only one language, i.e., English, Bonza Spins is a multinational site and you can easily access it in all countries that support online games.

2. PokieSpins

Pokie Spinsis a fully secured and easy-to-navigate casino with a minimalist design. With SSL encryption, you won’t have to worry about your personal information being leaked. This Aussie casino offers over 400 games at your fingertips. 

The 24/7 customer service of this casino is always ready to help you understand the game and give you information about the gambling industry. Furthermore, all games are labeled according to their categories, which will help you find the one you like. This casino is intuitive and user-friendly as well, and the vivid high-quality graphics are appealing to the eyes. 

3. Roo Casino

The name of this casino clearly indicates it is geared toward the Aussie gambling market. The Roo Casino is fully licensed with SSL encryption, so it offers a safe environment where you can enjoy over 800 games. You can easily access the games through a single search or through its simple layout. 

All games are supported by multi-platform software like Pragmatic Play, iSoftBet and BetsoftGaming. This means that the quality of the games will be top-notch. Of course, for your convenience, it supports multiple currencies like Aussie dollars, US dollars and euros. 

4. Wager Beat 

Wager Beat is a more recent Australian casino site, which will add extra spice to your game. Betting on a new site might not be the brightest idea if it was something else, but this is not the case with Wager Beat. It even offers many great goodies. 

This casino has a strict over-18 policy, so it’s not a place for kids. You’ll like how safe and secure this casino is with its SSL encryption and security protocols. This Australian casino is surely gaining a lot of fame with 500 online casino games. It also accepts many multinational currencies including US dollars and euros. 

5. AllSpins Win

Just like Wager Beat, All Spins Winis a newbie Australian online casino. Being a newbie is paying off for it because it learned from the experience of its predecessors and definitely picked up things that will attract visitors. 

You’ll find over 800 games in this casino, all supported by some of the best gaming software like Betsoft, Pragmatic Play and iSoftBet. The interesting thing is that it accepts many international currencies including Norwegian krone, US dollars and Canadian dollars. 

6. GoWildCasino 

Just like the name suggests, you can go wild in this casino with more than 800 games. GoWildCasino is super user-friendly and is incredibly safe as it is licensed by the government of Curacao. The main focus of this casino is the Australian market, but many other countries can also enjoy using it. 

This casino was first introduced to Australians in 2017 and since then, it has been the go-to place for many Aussies due to its high-quality graphics and secure environment. It offers an exclusive VIP club for experienced players.

Conclusion

You can enjoy and play your favorite slots or card games anywhere you want with these quality, secure Australian casino sites. You’ll get an amazing experience with any one of the sites mentioned above. If you want to know more about them or other such online casinos, visit pokieshq.com for a more detailed review.

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A Beginner’s Guide To Baccarat

It’s one of the oldest casino games around, and is often overlooked in favor of blackjack. But believe it or not, baccarat is the favored game of fictional secret agent, James Bond. In the Ian Fleming novels, 007 is often found playing a hand of chemin de fer – so, if that’s not enough to get you playing, we don’t know what is. If you like straightforward games with little rules and terminology, baccarat is the one you need to play; if you’re new to baccarat, here’s all you need to know. Once you think you’ve mastered it, check out https://vegas.paddypower.com/ for a taste of Sin City from the comfort of your home.

Basic Rules

It’s incredibly simple in that there are only three bets you can place and you’re betting on the outcome of each hand. You can either bet on the player’s (your) hand, the banker’s (dealer) hand, or a tie. After placing a bet, the player and banker are dealt two cards each. The aim of the game is to be the closest to nine points. The card values are a little different from other games, in that face cards and 10s are worth zero points and all other cards are worth their face value. When adding up the total of your cards, you only pay attention to the final digit. Say for example, you are drawn a 9 and a 7, which totals 16, your hand would be worth six.Therefore, if you place a bet that matches the outcome of the hand, you win.

Drawing A Third Card

This is where things get a little more complicated but if you’re playing online, the software will do all the work for you and you’ll be dealt an additional card if necessary – so it’s not a problem if you don’t fully understand these rules. 

The following two situations explain when to stick:

– If the player or the banker has a total of 8 or 9, they stick
– If the player has a total of 6 or 7, they stick
While the situations for gaining a third card are as follows:
– If the player sticks, the banker will receive a card if they have a total of 5 or less
– If the player has a total of 5 or less, then they receive an additional card

If the player receives a third card, there are also certain situations where the banker also receives a third card, which are even more difficult to understand:

– If the banker has a total of 0, 1 or 2, they will receive a third card
– If the banker has a total of 3, they will receive a third card if the player’s third card was any number but 8
– If the banker has a total of 4, they will receive a third card if the player’s third card was any number between 2 and 7
– If the banker has a total of 5, they will receive a third card if the player’s third card was a 6 or 7

Betting On The Banker vs. Betting On The Player

When looking at odds, the banker’s hand will win 45.8% of the time, which is slightly higher than the player’s hand at 44.6%. A lot less likely are ties, which win 9.6% of the time. It’s not an even-chance game and the banker has slightly better odds, which is why players tend to favor the banker’s hand to win. But when you take a look at pay-outs, betting on the banker successfully only sees the player get a return of 95%, as opposed to the 100% for successfully betting on the player. A 5% commission is taken when betting on the banker and winning, which is collected at the end of the shoe. A tie will earn a player eight-times their stake. 

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Latest Offers That Mobile Bingo Players Can Enjoy

Are you a fan of mobile bingo games? Well, there is a lot in store for you this year. Developers and managers of these online mobile games are interested in luring as many people as possible to the use of these games. Arguably, most people in the world have a mobile phone, and they can access the internet. The best way to attract as many people as possible to mobile bingo games is by giving them different offers that they will enjoy. This informative article will highlight all the latest offers available for mobile bingo players. Read onto learn more.

Promo Codes and Coupons

Bingo websites do not wait for you to visit them to learn that they are offering coupons and promo codes. They have placed numerous ads on different platforms where they think that you could be visiting. These offers are known to lure many people into creating accounts with these bingo websites. The coupon or promo code will help you to buy some bingo cards when you start playing. However, they have a validity period, and they must be used within a certain time.

Sign-Up Bonuses

The bonus may come in many ways just as with online games that are played on a PC. But the common bonus is free games to play or getting a discount on bingo cards for a specific period of time. Be sure to check the sign-up bonus well before committing yourself to some websites. Also, check their reputation to make sure that they are legit in what they offer.

Jackpots

These are popular with mobile bingo games today. Once you sign up, you are given an opportunity to participate in a jackpot. Although they are tempting, this should not be the sole reason for you to join. The experts from Cheers Bingo advise that you should have other reasons because winning the jackpot is a game that is based on luck. However, many beginners have won these jackpots according to reports. Be sure to also research more about the website’s terms and conditions before you commit yourself to the website.

Subscription Discounts

Many mobile bingo websites offer discounts to their new customers. You might be asked to pay half price to join the website. Some of the websites spread this offer to their already enrolled customers who would like to play using their mobile phones. Those mobile bingo websites that want to enroll as many players as possible usually use this offer and many others that we have discussed below. If they have called it a discount, you still need to check if it is worth trying.

Loyalty Points

Earning points is a great offer for many mobile players. That is why this offer has become popular. You can then redeem your points to buy more bingo cards at any time. Just like all the other offers, you must check to understand the terms and conditions that are offered here. Be sure that the benefits you are getting are worth enrolling.

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