Poker World Takes a Blow With Tournament Cancellation

A tournament that has run since 1998, the Aussie Millions has been the most popular, and lucrative, championship in that time. Its Main Event regularly boasts a prize pot that exceeds AUD 7 million. The tournament also counts huge names like Premier League soccer team Brighton and Hove Albion chairman and owner Tony Bloom and two-time WSoP bracelet winner Tony Dunst amongst its winners. So, for such a well-respected event to shutter is a major blow to the game in a market that doesn’t often get the chance to play host to international affairs.

 

What Do We Know About the Cancellation?

Unusually, it wasn’t a press release or official statement from an Australian Poker Championship spokesperson that delivered the sucker-punch news. In fact, the announcement was made on social media by the hosts, Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex in Melbourne. In a Facebook comment replying to a poker fan asking for information on the tournament, the Crown simply said, “poker tournaments will no longer be running at Crown”, followed by the company’s contact details for more information.

 

This prompted an understandably disappointed response from those excited for the Millions’ returning to the venue. One user replied to their statement to express their disdain for the decision, firing back with, “Goodbye Crown. No more tournaments means I won’t [sic] be coming in”. It’s clear to see that the regular competitions that the Melbourne casino was so famous for are a big part of the appeal for many. It remains to be seen, then, whether this could change their stance or if there will be further information released as to why the decision was made which could make this news more palatable to regulars.

 

Could This Spell Disaster for Australian Poker?

It’s safe to say that the Aussie Millions was, and still could be, the most popular competition involving the country. In the years since its inception, where it began by attracting almost exclusively homegrown competitors, it has begun to appeal more to an international player base. This begs the question, then: will there be another competition or series that can step in to fill the boots of the now-defunct tournament? It might be too early to write them off, but it doesn’t quite seem like we’re entering a golden age of the game.

 

If you look at some of the previous competitors, you can’t imagine that many of them will be content to participate in what may be seen as a less prestigious and very much less lucrative competition. For example, the aforementioned Tony Bloom has been a star man in tournaments like the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions, where he missed out on a podium finish in fourth place, which has seen him pick up career winnings of more than USD 3 million. The same goes for Tony Dunst, whose two WSoP bracelets coupled with his one World Poker Tour title would likely see him aiming higher than some of the competitions on offer in Australia.

 

The Outlook May Not be Rosey but Not the End

With the Aussie Millions out of the picture, there aren’t many events left for fans in the nation to get excited about. Perhaps the most notable is the Australian Poker Tour, held this year between January 15 and January 22 at Brisbane’s Eatons Hill Hotel. With an estimated total prize pot of AD 1.5 million, it’s instantly clear that there’s not the same level of demand for the competition, especially when compared with the more than AD 7 million in the ‘Millions. Because of that, it seems highly unlikely that any of the aforementioned poker stars will look to take part. That is unless the tour grows into the vacuum formed by the loss of the premier tournament in the country.

 

To caveat that slightly pessimistic outlook, however, is that the news of the Crown’s flagship tournament being a now-former tournament is yet to be confirmed officially. While it’s safe to assume that the social media manager of the casino wouldn’t be allowed to publish such sensitive information without it being signed off higher up the chain, it does seem unusual that there has been no concrete communication from a spokesperson. Until that comes, many players and fans will be spending their time waiting with their fingers crossed.

Casino to Figure in New York City Ballpark Plans

Flushing Meadows has long played host to some of the biggest names in sport – especially tennis – with Citi Fields joined by the world-famous US Open venues in the Arthur Ashe and Louis Armstrong stadiums. Now, though, the hedge fund manager from Great Neck is looking to broaden the area’s horizon by introducing new entertainment options to Willets Point, a part of New York that has long sat unused.

 

Cohen’s Casino Plan a Small Piece of the Puzzle

 

The headline grabber for many might be the suggestions for a new casino, but this isn’t all the grand plan has in store. Quite the opposite; the blueprint for the regeneration of Willets Point is wide-ranging and even looks to build upon the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park area’s impressive sporting heritage. One of the most significant elements of these plans is the construction of a brand-new soccer stadium to become the first out-and-out home for 2021’s MLS Cup winners, New York City FC.

 

Beyond this, many commenters believe the deal-sweetener for the Mets owner’s suggestions could be the projects aiming to make this part of the city more “dynamic and equitable”. Alongside building one of the MLS’ newest stadia, Cohen has confirmed plans to provide a new hotel and around 2,500 affordable homes, as well as community amenities like parks and communal plazas. While almost all in attendance at a meeting to discuss these plans were happy with these suggestions, not everyone was as enthusiastic when it came to discussions around a new casino. So why is the businessman so keen to push forwards with this part of his plan?

 

New York Authorities Looking to Grant Three New Casino Licenses

 

2023 has started with a bang as far as casinos are concerned. That’s even more so in New York, where the New York Gaming Facility Board (NYGFB) used the first week of the year to invite applications for three new casino licenses. This news has already sparked something of a bidding war as businessmen in the area look to strike early to sweet-talk officials into choosing them as preferred bidders. Of the already announced proposals, locations suggested include Coney Island and Times Square, showing the sheer scale of the opportunity that potential casino operators see themselves faced with.

 

This is exactly why Steve Cohen is looking to make his stamp on the area close to his team’s ballpark. Should he be chosen as a preferred bidder, he can cement his presence in that part of town and he stands to profit greatly from that. It’s precisely why he’s also putting so much thought into the extras that he will provide locals and underlines the importance of listening to these residents in his consultations with them. The fundamental part of the application scoring process is the revenue and business opportunity for the area. However, 30% of the scoring is based on workforce development and diversity, as well as siting issues such as mitigating the impacts on neighborhoods nearby.

 

A Big Price to Pay for Success

 

With local authorities looking to ensure that they provide licenses to suitable operators, the process looks to vet them in as thorough a way possible and that vetting includes slapping on an eye-watering license fee. Successful applicants will pay a minimum of $500 million, with the NYGFB also announcing that competing applicants can present an increased license fee for consideration. This could very easily turn the process into a protracted bidding war, especially when you consider some of the names already registering their interest. As well as Cohen, world-famous musician Jay-Z is reported to be the man behind the proposed Times Square site.

 

Due to the authority’s requirement that each application goes through a thorough community engagement process, there’s no deadline yet for the approval of applications. Because of this, it’s not sure when the winners will be announced. As such, it could be much later in 2023 that we find out if Cohen, Jay-Z and company have come out on top. Nevertheless, it’s sure to be a big year in the world of New York casinos.

F1 Car Speeds through Las Vegas Hotel

Earlier in 2022 it was revealed that F1 would return to Las Vegas for the first time since 1984, with the US scheduled to host three races in 2023. It was unusual to unveil the Red Bull F1 car inside a casino. It provided local gamblers with at least one memory that will never leave their mouth.

About 500 spectators saw four F1 drivers race up and down the Las Vegas strip during the launch celebration at Caesars Palace on November 5. The Killers were scheduled to perform at a private VIP party that same night, and the first 500 fans (age 21 and over) to show up at the event had been promised a chance to win a free ticket for the party. Four drivers—Alex Albon of William, Sergio Perez of Red Bull, George Russell of Mercedes, and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton—represent three distinct teams. The mentioned racers will be participating in the anticipated November race. Their presence in the city has heightened the already high anticipation of the fans.

Particularly Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez dazzled spectators with their large, smokey doughnuts. Hamilton captured the audience’s attention more after a while; all that was left of his F1 car was its turquoise underglow through the thick tire smoke.

Red Bull promo stunts

Red bull is well known for pulling out daring stunts in the sports world. The first double-backflip in Moto X history was performed by Travis Pastrana in 2006 while wearing Red Bull-sponsored clothing. Again Felix Baumgartner skydived in the stratosphere in 2016 as a part of a Red Bull campaign. The upcoming event in November 2023 is expected to hold 24 races.

The Las Vegas event tickets are already available. The smallest buy-in is $500, while the largest is $10,000.The racing will involve qualifying and actual competition across the globe. The upcoming event is estimated to be fully packed by fans worldwide. The organizers are trying their best to finalize the necessities and the event date to ensure that it will be the best compared to the past ones. The campaign in Las Vegas will aim to show the world the lavish settings they will enjoy.

The 3.8-mile downtown loop of the race will pass by landmarks, accommodations, and gambling establishments. Max Verstappen, a Red Bull driver, is the current champion of Formula One. He was born in Dutch and leads with 416 points; Sergio follows him with 280 points. Your favorite racers and champions will grace the race from different parts of the world.

The racers will pass through famous United States cities such as Miami, Florida, and Austin, Texas. Unlike the 1980s event, which was held in the parking lot of Caesars Palace. Fans have already had a preview of what it will look like to pass storied hotels and casinos like the Bellagio and the MGM Grand at speeds of more than 200 mph.

With 440,000 spectators turning up for the three days of track action at the US Grand Prix in Austin in the previous race, it surpassed all last F1 events in terms of attendance. However, it will be much more difficult for Americans to attend in Las Vegas. The reason being that, according to recent research, hotel rates will rise by as much as 733 percent for the next race the following year.

Las Vegas hotel rooms price hike

The three-day Las Vegas F1 Grand Prix weekend hotel rates have been made public by MGM Resorts International. Last Monday, Caesars International released its rates; reflecting rates at multiple locations along the Las Vegas Strip that are well above $1,000 per night. The prices at MGM are similar to those at Caesars International. These businesses, along with every hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, use dynamic pricing, meaning that room rates might vary from minute to minute for the same day. The difference can occasionally reach several hundred dollars per night.

Some reporters are speculating The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino would cost $100 for the three days if the event happened this year but $833 in 2023. The legendary Planet Hollywood also predicts a 337 percent gain from $253 in 2022 to $1106 in 2023. Both the casinos and hotels will be making a kill if people decide to flock to them.

It must have been incredibly fantastic to witness real F1 cars racing around the streets of Vegas, passing by some of the most famous monuments in the nation, as their exhausts filled the dry air and that only serves as a preview of what’s to come. According to the organizing committee, the Las Vegas Grand Prix is scheduled to occur at least three times beginning in 2023. The goal is to make the race the most important one on the F1 calendar for the foreseeable future.

Still, the group is optimistic that the race will bring thousands who will pay the increased fees and hefty expenditures. They explain that it is not exploitation since any other investment would take advantage of such a great event. The F1 Las Vegas event will take place November 16-18, 2023. The fans and the organizing team are expected to adhere to COVID-19 rules as they flock to the area. It is in the hope of the fans and management that everything will go as planned. If so, it will be the most memorable F1 event.

Twitch Bans Gambling Streaming

Twitch had already taken some steps to protect viewers by not allowing streamers to provide referral codes to real money casino sites online. However, in their statement made yesterday, September 21st, they noted that some people were promoting codes anyway.

Their latest statement reads in full:

 

Why the announcement?

A few days ago some of Twitch’s popular streamers threatened to effectively go on strike if Twitch did not change its gambling streaming policy. The outrage came from an incident where a Twitch streamer named ItsSliker admitted to spending other streamers money to fund a gambling addiction. Successful streamers such as Pokimane and Mizkif raised awareness of the issue suggesting the streamers go on strike over Christmas to impact Amazon (owner of Twitch) profits.

Which sites are Twitch banning from streaming?

US betting and casino sites licensed by states such as New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Michigan or West Virginia are permitted.  Twitch calls out Stake.com, Roobet.com, Rollbit.com and Duelbits.com sites that are licensed in Curacao. These crypto focused casino sites garner a lot of community based players on twitter and by sponsoring Twitch streams. More detailed information will be available 18th of October. However we can make an assumption that some jurisdictions will be viewed more favorably. The reason being there are far stricter rules governing player protection in Isle of Man for example.

Reactions to Twitch’s partial ban on gambling

The reaction has been mixed with some celebrating the ban, citing that Twitch is not a place for gambling. Their reasoning is it exposes young people to harm. Others have pointed out Twitch has been far slower to react to serious issues such as hate speech, harassment, and pornographic content. Blocking streaming will not necessarily prevent it from happening either. A lot of work would need to be done to ensure it is being enforced too.

The fact remains there is a huge amount of money to be made by streamers who promote gambling. Live streaming has fostered a new interest in gaming in a younger generation. For these players betting shops and fruit machines are historical relics. There are whole casino business built on the concept of live streaming and betting behind. This is a trend that was cited at the recent SBC gaming conference in Barcelona as the way of future. So with this in mind it seems that as ever, bans are not the ideal solution, but open dialogue that puts player safety but individual freedom at the heart of it. Watch this space.

If you or someone you know is being negatively affected by gambling please read our responsible gambling pages for helpful resources.

We heart Jurassic Park

We all love Jurassic Park, right? This epic movie crashed into theatres in 1993 and still remains a fan favourite.  The franchise has continued since then with The Lost World, Jurassic Park III, Jurassic World, Fallen Kingdom and Battle at Big Rock. In between these movies we’ve seen a few awesome branded Jurassic Park slot games launched too.

We’re extremely excited to see the new Jurassic World Dominion movie this summer! Especially since it features the awesome original cast members Laura Dern as paleobotanist Dr Ellie Sattler, Sam Neill as palaeontologist Dr Alan Grant and Jeff Goldblum as Dr Ian Malcolm; an unlikely open shirt scene stealing chaos theory mathematician and “life finds a way” quotee. Since June is still a way off we thought we’d take a minute to revisit the best Jurassic Park slot machines. Would you like to join us? Nah uh uh, you didn’t say the magic word! Sorry, just a bit of JP humour, let’s get on with it: hold onto your butts!

Jurassic Park, Microgaming 2014.

In 2014 Microgaming partnered with Universal Studios to create licensed Jurassic Park online slot game. The 243 ways to win game features all your favourite characters, both human and dino. It’s a medium volatility game, the hit frequency is 36.05% and the RTP is 96.67%. The game features heavily in free spin rounds. The game offers 5 unique free spins rounds each correlating to a different dinosaur species.

Jurassic Park online slot

 

Once you’ve triggered free spins 25 times, you can then manually select which free spins feature you want.

Each of these free spins features awards 12 Free Spins:

T-Rex – Wild Reels feature. At any point during your 12 free spins good old T-Rex might show up and turn 5 reels wild!

Velociraptor – Two fold bonus round with Split Wilds and up to x6 Multiplier Wilds in action. Split wilds can create a 6 of a kind payout (worth double a 5 of a kind).

Brachiosaurus – Gives you Mystery Multipliers with a value of up to x6

Triceratops – Running Wilds grows one wild per reel. On non winning spins the wilds are held in place and partially stacked ones are nudged to create full wild stacks and the reels spun.

Dilophosaurus – Offers you Winning Wilds, where random symbols are turned into sticky wilds.

The max win amount from a spin in free spins round is 6,333 your stake. Plus look out for the thrilling T Rex Alert which adds up to 35 extra wilds to the reels! These wilds are active on the reels for 6 spins.

One design element which really helped to engage players was the use of parallax scrolling effects which meant the action in the background played out slower than those in the foreground. This technique gives the game depth and contributes to the heavy atmosphere.  If you like the sound of this game you can play at

Jurassic World, Microgaming

After the success of the movie starring Chris Pratt, Microgaming teamed up with Universal studios again to produce Jurassic World online slot game. It’s again a 243 pay lines game, and features cinematic clips on the reels. There are less free spins rounds than in the first Jurassic Park slot, but the max win is far greater with a potential payout of x14000 your stake!

jurassic world slot

You’ll be awarded the free spins features at random until you’ve hit free spins rounds 15 times, then you can pick for yourself.

All of the free spin rounds grant you 10 free spins.

Raptor Den free spins – All scatters are wild and they stick in place until you win more free spins. You’ll get 5 free spins when you hit 3 or more scatters on the reels in any position.

Gyrosphere Valley free spins – In this feature you start off with a multiplier, but every spin that doesn’t win the multiplier will grow. The multiplier will continue to grow with each spin until you kerching! Hit a win and then the multiplier is reset. Even if you don’t get a win after 10 free spins the reels will keep going until you do hit a winning line and of course, it will grant you a x10 payout!

Creation Lab free spins – This round gives you rolling reel. When you strike a winning line, these symbols fall from the reels and are replaced with new ones giving you more chances to win. Look out for Cryo Wilds which stick on the reels anywhere at random for 3 consecutive spins.

 

Jurassic Park Gold, StormCraft Studios & Microgaming 2022.

Seems that the folks at Microgaming are as excited about the new movie release as we are by rehashing their original JP slot with some extra polish and shine. Developed by StormCraft Studios and launched on Microgaming platform, here is Jurassic Park Gold. The game is based on the original 2014 smash hit slot game and features the same beloved characters. but with new and exciting mechanics and features.

Jurassic Park Gold

Free Spins

It wouldn’t be a Jurassic Park slot without a lot of free spin features and this one is no different. The scatter symbol is the infamous mosquito trapped in amber. 3 or more scatters triggers free spins selection.

Dilophosaurus Free Spins – You’ll receive 12 free spins. Pick up a Wild Multiplier up to x8 and the chance to win up to x3600 your stake. Respins are available after the first free spins trigger.

Velociraptor Free Spins – Get 9 free spins. You’ll get Wild multipliers worth up to x8 and the chance to win up to x3650 your stake. Respins are available after 4 free spins triggered.

Spinosaurus free spins – Activates 6 free spins. Wild Multiplier up to x8 and the chance to win up to x4000 your stake. Respins are available after 8 free spins triggered.

Tyrannosaurus Rex free spin – win up to 5000 times your bet! A free spin is awarded with WildStorm Feature that turns up to 5 reels wild. You need to collect and fill the scatter symbol meter. Collect 15 pairs of scatters in the base game to unlock the feature in the next free spins round.

Wild Chase Feature – in each free spins round, hitting a wild on the activated position will make the wild expand and will continue throughout the free spins feature. Manage to get all the positions activated and you’ll get an extra 4 free spins.

Link & Win bonus feature

Collect 6 or more powerball symbols to trigger the feature. The reels expand to a 5×8 grid and the more powerballs hit the more rows unlocked. Fill the screen with 40 powerballs to hit the x8000 jackpot! You can try out the free demo of Jurassic Park Gold

Gambling and anime culture

There is virtually no shortage of entertainment in our digital age, particularly for those who enjoy exploring the internet. There are, however, two types of entertainment that have sustained popularity for a very long period. The first of those is gambling and secondly there is anime.

Civilisations and societies have adopted gambling since the dawn of time and it has developed into one of the world’s most profitable industries. The proliferation of online casinos has made the activity even more accessible and convenient for everyone with an internet connection. Online casinos include a variety of digital versions of classic games that you might find at a real brick and mortar casino.

Japanese anime is another very popular and culturally significant type of entertainment. It is so big in fact that around 3.5 percent of the world’s population watch it on a regular basis. Attack on Titan,  Death Note, and My Hero Academia are some of the most popular anime series on the market. However, there are a few anime series that cater to a specific demographic: that of gamblers. These shows bring together the two popular pastimes so both parties can appreciate the details of the stories. People who enjoy gambling and anime love viewing shows about a pastime that they partake in on a regular basis.

There are so many anime shows to choose from shown on platforms all around the world. However, in this article, we will focus on anime series that are specifically about gambling.

Kakegurui

Starting with Kakegurui makes the most sense in terms of all the shows on this list. It’s a Netflix original series based on the Homura Kawamoto gambling mantra series. It’s set in Hyakkaou Private Academy, an institution that develops the students’ gambling skills. The best students go on to become the world’s toughest and most competitive gamblers. Yumeko Jabami’s life is the main focus of the story’s plot.

Yumeko is a beautiful student who has arrived at the academy amidst an air of mystery. She learns more about her skills and values as a gambler as the story progresses. As the show unfolds you see how she learns to fit into this scary and uncertain new world.

Kakegurui Season 3 - Netflix

Kakegurui Season 3 – Netflix

Tetsuya, the legendary gambler

Another notable anime series that was based on a successful manga that ran in the 1990s is The Legendary Gambler Tetsuya. Tetsuya, a brilliant gambler who achieved success in post-World War II Japan, is the main protagonist of the series. His preferred game is mahjong, and he is an expert at the psychological aspects of the game. A complex character; he is always willing to break a few rules in order to achieve a competitive edge in the game.

Ultimate Survivor: Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji

This popular animation is based on the popular manga series created in 1996 by renowned author Nobuyuki Fukumoto. Fukumoto reprinted it in 2017 and it spawned this distinctive and unique show about Kaiji, the series’ main character. From 2007 to 2008, the show aired for a total of 26 episodes. The anime community took the show to their hearts and it became a huge hit. A sequel, Kaiji: Against All Rules, came out as a result of the show’s unanimous positive critical acclaim,  There was also a live-action movie trilogy that spun a story over a 10 year period. The story’s basic premise centres around Kaiji, who has fallen into a deep hole of debt as a result of a series of poor financial decisions. The story chronicles his misfortunes as he turns to gambling to find his way out of his troubles.

Touhai Densetsu Akagi: Yami ni Maiorita Tensai

Akagi is another drama set in the post-World War II era. The story is set in a Japan still reeling from the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The series focuses on the tale of Shigeru Akagi; a young kid of only 13 who plays mahjong with Yakuza members and defeats them.

One Outs

This is a sports gambling anime series about a talented pitcher called Toua Tokuchi. He spends most of his time playing “One Outs,” an alternative, scaled-down version of baseball.

The story focuses on the Lycaons, a failed baseball team down on its luck. The team invite the skilled Toua to join the team as their final hope in order to save the team. Things, however, don’t work out as planned. The team’s manager, Saikawa, is seemingly unconcerned about winning and suggests an unusual agreement. Toua’s manager is required to give him 5,000,000 yen every time he wins.

Saki

The final show on this list is a successful series featuring a female heroine. It aired in 2009 with a total of 25 episodes. Many anime enthusiasts still watch it to this day. It follows the tale of Saki Miyanaga, a woman whose life has been consumed by the game of mahjong. So much so that she has suffered major psychological and emotional trauma as a result of it. Eventually, however, she is persuaded by a friend to join her school’s mahjong club. There she discovers skills and talents she never realized she possessed. The show follows her journey as she is led down a thrilling, dramatic, and exhilarating path.

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Draft Kings Vs Fan Duel: Opinion Piece

DraftKings and FanDuel have rapidly become the most popular sports betting sites in the United States. It’s a Draft Kings vs Fan Duel fight every inch of the way in various states around the country for market leadership, renewing a rivalry that dates back to their DFS (daily fantasy sports) days. It’s simple to understand why they’ve pushed their competitors out of the way, as they both feature outstanding deals, competitive odds, and a terrific user experience. Which sports betting site, however, is the best? Continue reading for an in-depth look at the DraftKings vs. FanDuel rivalry, as well as advice on which site and sports betting app is right for you.

A Comparison between these two Outstanding Sportsbooks

In the United States, DraftKings and FanDuel are the most innovative, successful, and entertaining sports betting brands right now.  In most states, FanDuel has taken the lead, but DraftKings is a fierce competitor, and their struggle for dominance appears likely to shape the American sports betting business for years to come.

DraftKings

In 2012, Matthew Kalish, Jason Robins, and Paul Liberman created DraftKings in Liberman’s home. It began as a DFS service, but once the Supreme Court abolished PASPA, a federal sports wagering law, in 2018, it immediately shifted to sports betting. DraftKings went public on the NASDAQ two years later, after merging with white-label sportsbook provider SBTech and another special purpose acquisition firm. DK Sportsbook is available in New Jersey, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Colorado, Tennessee, Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and New Hampshire. It also offers an online casino in some states. DraftKings’ daily fantasy sports games are available around the country.

FanDuel

When Nigel Eccles, Rob Jones, Lesley Eccles, Tom Griffiths and Chris Stafford started FanDuel in 2009, it was also as a DFS provider. It announced its plan to merge with DraftKings in November 2016. The FanDuel vs. DraftKings dispute would never have dominated the US sports betting narrative if the merger had been allowed, but the Federal Trade Commission banned it, claiming that it would establish a DFS monopoly. Paddy Power Betfair bought a controlling ownership in FanDuel Sportsbook in May 2018, shortly after PASPA was repealed, and quickly established FanDuel Sportsbook. Paddy Power Betfair has now rebranded as Flutter Entertainment, expanded its ownership in FanDuel to 95 percent, and purchased The Stars Group for $6 billion, securing its position as the world’s largest sports betting company.

 

New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Michigan, West Virginia, Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, and Iowa have all started FanDuel Sportsbooks. It’s the market leader in the majority of them, ahead of DraftKings, however DraftKings is the market leader in other areas.

 

DraftKings vs. FanDuel: A Side-by-Side Comparison

You’ve most likely come to this page to find the answer to the following question: which sportsbook is better, FanDuel or DraftKings?  Continue reading to learn more about the DraftKings and FanDuel promotions, as well as which site is best.

 

Welcome offers

DraftKings Promotions: 

Users get an immediate bonus of up to $500 when they make their first deposit, as the company will equal 20% of your first deposit.

FanDuel Promotions:

Users can get an instant bonus of up to $500 when they make their initial deposit, as the company will match 20% of your first deposit, exactly like DraftKings.

When it comes to DFS promotions, DraftKings just about takes the prize in sports betting. Each of them offers a multitude of incentives to their consumers. On DraftKings, there are just more opportunities to win free money, although not with the greatest odds. Given how many individuals enter each contest, freerolls in DFS don’t actually amount to much. These freebies may appear to be a goodwill gesture, but they are not much better than a lottery ticket.

 

Bonuses and promotions

The bonuses and promotions that each site offers are another significant battleground in this DraftKings vs. FanDuel clash. These offers are intended to keep existing customers happy and prevent them from switching to FanDuel or DraftKings competitors. At FanDuel, you can take advantage of a variety of intriguing promotions, like parlay insurance, free bets, increased odds and more. The “Promotions” section of the site is always full of enticing offers, which helps to explain why it is the top sportsbook in so many states.

In addition, DraftKings Sportsbook has a variety of ongoing promotions. NBA parlay boosts, Big Birdie Payday golf tournament promotions, daily free to participate tournaments, and a refer-a-friend promo are among them. In contrast to DraftKings, FanDuel usually has a longer list of continuing bonuses. With DraftKings Sportsbook however you can earn loyalty points for placing bets, whereas FanDuel only gives you loyalty points for DFS entries. DK Dollars, which may be utilized for free bets and contest entries, are awarded as part of the DraftKings loyalty program. In this area of the DraftKings vs. FanDuel contest, both sites are very evenly matched.

 

Mobile betting

FanDuel and DraftKings are two of the most popular sports betting apps available. The FanDuel app has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 on the Apple Store. Its DFS app has the same score. Customers have given the DraftKings app a 4.8-star rating. 

Both sports mobile casino apps are well-designed, sleek, elegant, and simple to use. They both have development teams who are constantly working on new features and improvements.

Location services are sometimes a problem for rival sportsbooks but not for these two apps. This is yet another round that ends in a draw. If you want a dark background and a little more sophisticated design, DraftKings is the way to go, but FanDuel is more suited to anyone who prefers a light, clean layout that is very easy to browse.

 

In-Play Betting (Live Betting)

Both shine here. They both offer live streaming, so you can keep an eye on the action while placing bets. Both areas of the in-play betting section are well-organized and offer a diverse range of live betting possibilities.

For example, you can wager on the outcome of each point, game, and set in a tennis match at both sites. FanDuel offers a wider range of spreads and totals, as well as additional statistical data on live games and coverage of in-play athletic events. As a result, in this area of the Draft Kings vs Fan Duel contest, FanDuel may have a little advantage.

 

Which Is Better? Draft Kings vs Fan Duel

Both sites thrive in a number of key areas. Both have high-quality mobile applications, outstanding live betting platforms, well-designed desktop sites, a diverse range of payment choices, extensive sporting coverage, secure and reliable withdrawals and enticing welcome bonus offers.

DraftKings has a superior loyalty program, more payment alternatives, and a larger selection of DFS options, as well as more sports coverage. FanDuel offers somewhat better odds, more continuing promos, higher maximum win limits, and faster withdrawals.

You should decide which of those criteria is most crucial for you and make your decision based on that. Alternatively, you can sign up for accounts with both DraftKings and FanDuel to experience the advantages of each. This way you negate the Draft Kings vs Fan Duel argument! You’ll get both welcome bonuses, plus you’ll be able to easily get the best odds on any game.

 

Best Casino Movies of All Time

Casinos and the associated lifestyle have been a staple of the movie business from the early days of filmmaking. Many of them are true representations of everything that goes on in the gambling world, portraying the excitement, the disappointment, and the constant sensation that your next game will bring you the jackpot, among other things.

There are a lot of casino gambling movies to choose from: far too many to count on this list. The films below cover a wide range of movies set in and around casinos and, in our opinion, are some of the best.

 

The Gambler

The Gambler is a film about a university professor played by a captivating James Caan who develops an addiction to casino gambling. Caan’s character descends into self-destruction as the film progresses, and his mental state becomes increasingly unstable.

The film builds to a steady crescendo and breathtaking finale as his borrowing worsens and his craving for thrills threatens to put his life in jeopardy.

This 1974 film is a classic gambler film that still serves as a lesson to always bet wisely. The 2014 remake featuring Mark Wahlberg isn’t worth watching by the way as this original is way better.

 

Uncut Gems

Definitely one of the best recent movies about gambling.  As Howard “Howie” Ratner, a bumbling New York City jeweller who can’t seem to stay away from the perilous business of high-stakes sports betting, Adam Sandler gives undoubtedly a career-best performance.

Uncut Gems is darker than it is comedic though it definitely isn’t without humor. Howie’s turbulent spiral into financial ruin and tendency for surrounding himself with shady persons makes for tense viewing.

NBA betting is a major plot point, featuring Kevin Garnett. He’s a former Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets center, performing in a supporting role as a fictionalized version of himself. The film is set in 2012, when Garnett played for the Celtics.

Non-gamblers may find the intensity exhausting, but those of us who enjoy the rush of sports betting will empathize with Sandler’s character.

 

Molly’s Game

Aaron Sorkin, well renowned for his screenplays for The West Wing, A Few Good Men and Moneyball, made a strong directorial debut with Molly’s Game. This fast-paced 2017 production is based on Molly Bloom’s memoirs and tells the true story of her exclusive underground poker club for rich high rollers.

The fact that the protagonist character is a woman in the male-dominated gambling industry sets this film apart from the others on the list, and Jessica Chastain’s portrayal of Bloom is fantastic. Idris Elba shines in the supporting role, and cameos from Chris O’Dowd and Joe Keery from Stranger Things give it a comedic touch.

 

21

This is a true story about six MIT students who were taught to become masters in card counting, hit the Las Vegas casinos and made millions of dollars. 

Kevin Spacey plays math professor Micky Rosa, who teaches a group of young pupils how to use the best and most profitable Blackjack techniques. Adrenaline-fueled deception, treachery, and hedonism follow, ensuring that the core elements of Bringing Down The House, the book on which the film is based, are preserved while there are plenty of great scenes to enliven this big-budget movie.

 

Rain Man

Essentially a road movie with a large chunk set in Las Vegas this film won four Oscars. It also became the benchmark for movies depicting individuals with autism.

There would be no Seabiscuit without Phar Lap when it comes to the best horse racing films ever created. Similarly, there would almost certainly be no Forrest Gump if there was no Rain Man. It was indeed a watershed moment in cinematic history.

Every casino scene in the film is convincing, and it’s fascinating to see Vegas and its casinos as they were more than three decades ago.

 

The Hustler

The Hustler is a classic. It’s the story of a small-time pool hustler who travels across the country gambling with his partner. However, his bad attitude and loud mouth prompt him to take on the infamous player ‘Minnesota Fats.’ 

This definitely isn’t a “funny” movie but instead a cynical and intense film from beginning to end. That shouldn’t put you off in any way however as it’s undoubtedly one of the finest movies of its kind.

 

Casino

Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci teamed up in 1995 for the fifth time to make Casino. Previously they both appeared in the critically acclaimed mafia epic Goodfellas, directed by Martin Scorsese, who also directed Casino.

Casino is another gangster epic with comparable themes, aesthetics, and casting. Although not held in the same regard as Goodfellas it is possibly the most recognized of all gambling movies. Casino is set entirely in Las Vegas. The movie is actually based on real events and depicts Vegas during the final years of mafia rule. It’s easy to forget gambling isn’t the film’s theme, just the common denominator that ties everything together.

It’s not for the faint of heart, and downright brutal in places but also a must watch.

 

The Sting

The Sting stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford as two old-school con artists who team together to pull off the ultimate scam. In some ways it’s a sequel to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, their previous collaboration.

Unlike our previous recommendation this is a breezy, entertaining movie classic. Set in the mid-1930s, the fix is in, the odds are set, and the guys are ready to play for the big time, both on the screen and behind the camera, in this breezy, endlessly amusing movie classic that won the Best Picture Oscar in 1973.

It includes tons of poker games and a bogus off-track betting operation. It never stops luring you into all of its traps. This movie is so full of twists and turns at every moment. It’s all done quickly, and the performances have all the intricacies you’d need to keep you engaged and wondering what will happen.