Trends in the casino industry in 2018

E-sports

E-sports are on a great rise, with the industry being said to be worth 1.5 billion USD by 2020. The appeal is clear, since people can use their reflexes and logical judgment to compete and become stars, even though they aren’t exactly athletic types. And whenever you have competition, you also have betting. E-sports betting is more lucrative for punters at the moment since the lack of experts within the betting operators can lead to misjudged odds, letting real experts profit from them. However, with more attention being paid to this domain, the situation is about to change. The expectation is that the number of offers and games that bookies offer will soon see an explosion.

Virtual reality

Very few gambling operators offer virtual reality gambling at the moment. With more and more games using VR technology being published, casinos would definitely benefit from this technology, offering customers an even more immersive experience that reflects the feeling of a real casino, all from the comfort of their homes. Leading casinos are already investing in this technology, but the biggest obstacle still remains the price of the equipment needed for players to enjoy these amenities. However, with competition growing and VR-set prices plummeting, this won’t be an issue for long.

Skill games

Even though luck still plays a significant role in gambling, people are starting to get bored of pure chance determining the outcome of their bet. Even though spinning a slot machine is fun, players do not like the fact that the outcome is beyond their control. Therefore, casinos are experiencing more interest in games that require some sort of strategy, with a healthy dose of Fortuna’s grace, of course. Therefore, this promises a drastic increase in poker and sports betting websites and the introduction of other strategy elements into traditional games, like online slots.

Cryptocurrencies

The bitcoin boom in late 2017/early 2018 made a large number of people aware of the benefits of cryptocurrencies and blockchain. The payments are transparent, the banks don’t take away any of your profits, the transactions are anonymous, and the payment and cash-out are convenient. This is why operators started including cryptocurrency transactions into their payment options, and with the unpredictability of which currency will explode next, everybody would like to have a couple of coins stashed. Apart from bitcoin, the most popular cryptocurrencies at the moment are ethereum, litecoin, ripple, monero, zcash, and many more.

Live games

With live broadcasts on social media becoming more and more popular, it is easy to imagine why players prefer to have a live dealer. This option is not new in online casinos, but with the increase in the popularity of VR gambling, it’s steadily coming back into style. The goal is to create the impression of socialization with other live people while retaining the advantages of playing from the comfort of your home. With the development of new technology, the future will just see more and more realistic and immersive experiences.

With the competition in the gambling industry getting harsher each year, operators will need to keep an eye on the new trends in order to secure a bright future for themselves. Technological trends are affecting all aspects of our lives, so their influence on the gambling industry is no surprise.

Exotic Pets

There has always been a special bond between humans and animals. There are legends of heroes who were always followed by their faithful animal companions. Animals have helped people in so many differen

t ways throughout history, either as transportation, guardians, food, or pets. When it comes to pets, dogs and cats are the most common, but some people prefer having some unusual pets. Here are some suggestions for those who would like to have an exotic pet.

First of all, you should know that there are certain animals you cannot own because it’s illegal. S

uch animals belong to endangered species, so if you want to have a bald eagle or a panda, bad luck for you. Also, we will not consider those animals that only wealthy people can afford, such as a Bengal tiger or a shark.

Horses

One of the most common exotic pets is a horse. It may not seem so exotic since it has been part of many households for years. But if we think about urbanization and the growth of large cities, it has become harder to keep a horse. Can you even imagine a horse living in your apartment in New York? Nowadays, horses can be kept only in rural areas, on farms and paddocks.

Creepy crawlies

When you hear the words creepy crawlies, you probably don’t think of somebody’s pet.  Well, some of the most common exotic pets are spiders. Yes, a creature whose presence would frighten so many people is one of the most popular pets. Spiders are usually kept in terrariums, but they are sometimes let out for a stroll. You might think that spiders are dangerous or even poisonous, but some people regard them as cute just like a puppy or a kitten.

Snakes

In some cultures, snakes are seen as the embodiment of all evil. We might recall the story of the snake that offered the forbidden fruit to Eve in the Garden of Eden or the pet snake of Voldemort, the evil wizard from the Harry Potter series. In spite of all these negative associations, snakes are the third most popular exotic pet. Some people just love them for their unique bodies, their behavior or any other reason there might be.

The bottom line is that animals are not so different from us. They all need a home and care whether they are cats, dogs, fish, horses, spiders or snakes.  

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What the bookmakers predicted for the Billboard Music Awards and who actually won

Billboard is a music popularity chart and a publishing company that honours the best accomplishments in music every May by awarding the Billboard Music Awards. The award show for 2018 was held on May 20 in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and was hosted by Kelly Clarkson.

The Billboard Awards are different from other music awards because the nominees are determined based on their album sales, including digital format, the streaming volume, tours, radio-play time, and engagement with the fabs. In 2018, the period when the data were gathered was April 8, 2017–March 31, 2018.

The most coveted award of this show is “Top Artist of the Year”, where bookmakers marked Ed Sheeran as the favorite. His dominance of the music scene with his new album “Divide”, featuring legendary songs like “Shape of You” and “Perfect” was enough to secure this prize for him and confirming the hunches of the oddsmakers. Ed Sheeran was also set to win in the “Top Male Artist”, which he also snatched.

However, his competition was harsh – Kendrick Lamar, the hip-hop artist, had an immensely successful year with compiling the fantastic soundtrack for Marvel’s “Black Panther” and his hot new album “Damn”. And with a Pulitzer Prize in his pocket, he was the second favorite for both aforementioned prizes. He ended up just short of them, but settled for “Top Billboard 200 Album”, “Top rap artist”, and “Top Rap Album”, where the bookmakers rightfully marked him as a favourite.

The best song award, “Top Hot 100 Song”, was also easily predicted by the bookies – the planetary mega-hit “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee achieved immense commercial success, making it a bookmaker’s favorite for 2018. It is no wonder nobody was surprised when the name of the song was read by the host.

If everything was expected in the mentioned categories, some surprise was seen in the “Top New Artist” category for up-and-coming performers, Cardi B was already seen as the winner and was the frontrunner with her hit “Bodak Yellow” which took the charts by storm, topping the Hot 100 chart three weeks in a row in autumn 2017. The award was finally won by Khalid, interestingly only the fourth favourite for this category. The VMA Best New Artist Award from 2017 and the collaboration with Swae Lee on the song “The Ways” on Black Panther’s soundtrack seemed to have a decisive effect. Finally, it’s worth mentioning that Taylor Swift went away with the “Top Female Artist” award, as was expected by the bookies.

With award shows becoming more and more popular, will you try to make some money off your favourite artists?

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Is It Possible to Beat An Online Casino

Is it possible at all to beat an online casino? Many people, some of them being passionate gamblers, have always wondered whether or not is possible to beat an online casino. But before we go deeply into the subject, it is important to make a difference between cheating an online casino and beating an online casino.

Cheating an online casino is much easier than beating it. There are many people who cheated on casinos in the past and will continue to do that in the future. However, beating an online casino is a completely different thing. It implies developing strategies better and not yet included in an online casino. Does that seem even possible? Some believe it is, some believe it is not. Nevertheless, in the following paragraphs, we will try to give a few tips and tricks on how to avoid losing a great amount of money on betting in an online casino.

RULE NUMBER 1:  CHOOSE THE GAME THAT SUITS YOU BEST

Before deciding to beat an online casino, find a game that carries the lowest house edge, and try to choose the game that suits you best, the game you are most familiar with in order not to lose a lot of money.

RULE NUMBER TWO: FIND THE STRATEGY

When you start gambling and betting, do not start with very low or very high amount of money. Start in the middle. Read about the systems, find your strategy. Then, find a free online casino where you can master the skills before starting the proper gambling. Once you have mastered the skills, start with enough money, neither too high nor too low.

Developing a strategy is very important because it can help you prepare much better and reduce the chances of losing a great amount of money.

RULE NUMBER THREE: BOW OUT WHEN NECESSARY

Online casinos use random number generators, unlike the regular casinos that use a simple chance. That means that if you are losing on the roulette wheel, for example, it is time to stop. You are not on the verge of making the money, walk away. Because if you keep playing, there is a great chance that you will keep losing as well.

CONCLUSION

Is it possible to cheat a regular casino? Is it possible to cheat an online casino? Unlike the online casinos which cannot be cheated in, a regular casino can be cheated if you have somebody on the inside that can help you. But, the question that remains is whether you can beat a casino at all. You can develop strategies, and you can develop ways to lower the casino’s house edge as much as possible in order not to lose money or, at least not to come empty-handed.

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Four Futuristic Technologies That Will Appear In The Near Future

The rise of technology has brought us many new things people could not imagine in the past. Just look at the movies made 50 years ago. The futuristic movies in the past showed the main characters with various gadgets, such as phone and robots, both existing in the present.

The technology develops in a fast manner. Some people are frightened by it while the others embrace it fully. Not very long time ago, the chance to stay in touch with people around the world was very low. Nowadays with the appearance and rise of the Internet and the social networks, we make friends all around the world and keep in touch for a long time. Nevertheless, there are disadvantages of fast developing technology, one of them being the lack of privacy and the lack of slow-paced life.

Whatever our point on the fast developing technology is, the development itself cannot be stopped. Thus, we can expect the emergence of dome disruptive technological innovations in the following years. Therefore, in the next few chapters, we will explore four technological innovations we can expect in the coming years.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE ASSISTANTS

You use SIRI on your iPhone or Google Assistant on your Android phone? Well, you are already familiar with an artificial assistant. In the future, we might expect personal assistants that use natural sounding language and which will be accessible for use every single day, any time we need them.

In addition, the personal assistant in the future will possess a certain level of general intelligence, which will enable us to communicate with them. They will be our personal clones in a way, avatars, proxy selves responsible for making decisions. They will be familiar with behaviors, tendencies, preferences, and typical ways of responding to certain situations in order to assist us properly.

UBIQUITOUS COMPUTING

Unseen computers will be everywhere. You may say that computers are everywhere even now, and you will be right. There is a computer in our car, house, fridge, iron. However, these are all quite obvious. We know there is some smart technology computer in our device, and we need to set them in order to work properly, or even hold them. In the future, we will be completely surrounded by computers. Computers will become completely invisible and absorbed into the surroundings due to the miniaturization revolution.

VIRTUAL ANIMALS

Nowadays, we are all familiar with the OpenWorm project. This project is an effort to digitalize the brain of a worm. This idea originated in the desire to emulate the brains of organisms surrounding us, in this case, simpler organisms. Therefore, in the future, we can expect the brains of bees and ants to be emulated, thus creating digital animals that live inside a computer.

THE INTERPLANETARY PLANET

Mars will be reached in the future. And probably other planets as well. Those who do reach it will set an Internet connection there with Earth in order to access and share information.

The accelerating pace of technology will give us many new innovations that we will embrace with ease. Those who are afraid need just to relax and be careful.

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