Win Your Chance At Love With A Casino Vacation Stay

Are you looking to take your relationship to the next level while also having a lot of fun in the process? You might want to consider a casino vacation stay. There are casinos all over the country, Louisiana, Nevada, Mississippi, Indiana and many more and all of them offer everything you and your special someone could ever want. Before you book your trip, you might want to consider the following, which can make your trip extra exciting while bringing you two much closer together.

Games Of Chance: Whether it’s slots, black jack or Mahjong, you and your date will find plenty of excitement betting your money against the house. As long as you’re smart and you bring just enough to gamble with, you should have a great time. The excitement of gambling can produce a rush that will bring you much closer, and that should make for some exciting time between the sheets in your room later.

Entertainment: Most casinos offer comedy, music, Broadway or other type of shows. Check in advance so that you can find a show that both of you will enjoy. This can also be a great opportunity to meet famous people, as some shows offer a meet and greet afterwards with the main attractions.

Gourmet Food: No matter what type of food you enjoy, you’re like to find it at a casino. Most casinos are known for their expansive and delicious buffets prepared by top-notch chefs from around the world. If there’s one thing both of you are sure to enjoy, it’s the food. You can even order room service to your room. Champagne and strawberries, perhaps?

Golf: Some casinos offer beautiful and carefully designed golf courses. Some of these courses are designed by top golfers and golf course architects. Whether you and your date are beginners or pros, you’ll enjoy yourselves out on the links in between gambling, entertainment and dining.

Lounging: Some casinos provide a resort style atmosphere for guests, allowing them to lounge by the pool or bask in the hot tub. Some casinos even have lazy rivers, where you can just relax and float as you sip on a daiquiri with one of those umbrellas sticking out of it. If you and your special someone want to get away from it, choose a casino with a resort style hotel and you’ll be loving life.

These are just some of the amenities that casinos offer. If you plan ahead and you’re sure that you know your sweetheart to plan the perfect shows, entertainment and dining choices, you’ll be sure to have a romantic and incredibly romantic casino vacation getaway.

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Online Gambling

Online casinos

There are a large number of online casinos, in which people can play casino games such as Roulette, Blackjack, Craps, and many others. These games are played against the “house”, which makes money due to the fact that the odds are slightly in its favour. Some unscrupulous sites have been proven to offer rigged games, which are less mathematically fair than they appear.

Online poker

There are a large number of online poker rooms which offer various games of Poker, most commonly Texas hold ‘em, but also Omaha, Seven-card stud, and other game types. Players play against each other, with the “house” making its money through the “rake”.

Online sports betting

Several major bookmakers offer fixed-odds gambling over the internet, with gamblers typically betting on the results of sporting events.
A relatively new internet innovation is the bet exchange, which allows individuals to place bets with each other (with the “house” taking a small commission).

Funds Transfers

Typically, gamblers upload funds to the online gambling company, make bets or play the games that it offers, and then cash out any winnings. European gamblers can often fund gambling accounts by credit card or debit card, and cash out winnings directly back to the card.
Because of the questionable legality of online gambling in the United States, however, U.S. credit cards frequently fail to be accepted. However, a number of intermediary companies – such as Firepay, Neteller, and Moneybookers – offer accounts with which (among other things) online gambling can be funded. Casino operators and online poker rooms often offer incentives for using these ‘alternative payment methods’.
Payment by cheque and wire transfer is also common.

General legal issues

Online gambling is legal and regulated in many countries including the United Kingdom and several nations in and around the Caribbean Sea.
The United States Federal Appeals Courts has ruled that the Federal Wire Act prohibits electronic transmission of information for sports betting across state lines. There is no law prohibiting gambling of any other kind.
Some states have specific laws against online gambling of any kind. Also, owning an online gaming operation without proper licensing would be illegal, and no states are currently granting online gaming licenses.
The government of the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, which licenses Internet gambling entities, made a complaint to the World Trade Organization about the U.S. government’s actions to impede online gaming.

The Caribbean country won the preliminary ruling but WTO’s appeals body has partially reversed that favorable ruling in April, 2005. The appeals decision effectively allowed state laws prohibiting gambling in Louisiana, Massachusetts, South Dakota and Utah. However, the appeals panel also ruled that the United States may be violating global trade rules because its laws regulating horse-racing bets were not applied equitably to foreign and domestic online betting companies. The panel also held that certain online gambling restrictions imposed under US federal laws were inconsistent with the trade body’s GATS services agreement.

In March 2003, Deputy Assistant Attorney General John G. Malcolm testified before the Senate Banking Committee regarding the special problems presented by online gambling. A major concern of the United States Department of Justice is online money laundering. The anonymous nature of the Internet and the use of encryption make it especially difficult to trace online money laundering transactions.

In April 2004 Google and Yahoo!, the internet’s two largest search engines, announced that they were removing online gambling advertising from their sites. The move followed a United States Department of Justice announcement that, in what some say is a contradiction of the Appeals Court ruling, the Wire Act relating to telephone betting applies to all forms of Internet gambling, and that any advertising of such gambling “may” be deemed as aiding and abetting. Critics of the Justice Department’s move say that it has no legal basis for pressuring companies to remove advertisements and that the advertisements are protected by the First Amendment. As of April 2005, Yahoo! has provided advertising for “play money” online gaming.

In February 2005 the North Dakota House of Representatives passed a bill to legalize and regulate online poker and online poker cardroom operators in the State. Testifying before the State Senate, the CEO of one online cardroom, Paradise Poker, pledged to relocate to the state if the bill became law. However, the measure was defeated by the State Senate in March 2005. Jim Kasper, the Representative who sponsored the bill, plans a 2006 ballot initiative on the topic.

Problem gambling

Because the internet brings gambling right into a player’s home, there is concern that online gambling increases the level of problem gambling. In the United States, the link between availability and problem gambling was investigated in 1999 by the National Gambling Impact Study, which found that “the presence of a gambling facility within 50 miles roughly doubles the prevalence of problem and pathological gamblers”. If this finding is correct, it is reasonable to expect that easy access to gambling online would also increase problem gambling.

That same report noted the possibility that “the high-speed instant gratification of Internet games and the high level of privacy they offer may exacerbate problem and pathological gambling”. Bernie Horn, of the National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling, testified before Congress that the availability of online gambling “magnifies the potential destructiveness of the addiction”.

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British Prime Minister Gambling’s Latest Antichrist? Oh Please

As a journalist with respected website Poker Pages and co-presenter of a show on Holdem Radio, Amy Calistri is clearly no mug but her recent assessment of Gordon Brown’s U-turn on supercasinos suggests that she knows Vegas rather better than she does the shires of Britain.

One of Prime Minister Brown’s first acts upon succeeding Tony Blair last month was to effectively consign to the scrapheap the Labour government’s proposals for a wave of British supercasinos. In Ms Calistri’s eyes, this places the Scotsman firmly alongside US Senator Bill Frist in the gambling hall of shame. Frist it was who drove the controversial Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act into existence in 2006, effectively imposing a ban upon on-line poker.

“The UK has its own gambling Dark Ages’ poster boy…” Calistri rages in a Poker News article on July 24th. “The UK’s gaming reform experiment was seven years in the making and was poised to be an interesting counterpoint to current US policy. But what took seven years to plan took one man only four months to unravel. And in that context, the UK’s gaming policy experience is starting to mirror our own; the exercise of one man’s will.”

At least Calistri sets out her own agenda early in the report, stating that, pre-Brown, “The global envy of US gambling minded citizens and free market philosophers was heightened by the UK’s apparent rational response to online gaming; seeking to legislate and regulate the terrain.”

Okay, so if you’re a laissez-faire capitalist, Brown’s intervention is heavy-handed and regrettable. People far more qualified than me in economics, however, could debate both sides of the free market hot potato all night.

Where Calistri really wanders from reality, however, is in lumping Brown together with Frist as the villains of the piece and painting a picture of the British Premier as a dinosaur out of step with the Society around him.

Amy, you need to visit Britain for a while. If I tell you that defending my country’s current Government comes as easily to me as advocating the abolition of Christmas, you’ll get an idea of how wide of the mark I think you have strayed.

Far from Gordon Brown isolating himself with his decision to sideline the supercasinos, I doubt that there was any better way he could have ingratiated himself with his electorate. The only people passionate about the casino boom in the UK were those who stood to pocket most of the profits. Even as online gambling booms this side of the Atlantic, the impetus for supercasinos here has been generated solely by Labour politicians, anxious to ingratiate their party with anyone with money to spend, regardless of how it may be generated.

We already have modest but successful casinos in the UK, you see, along with legal sportsbooks (‘bookmakers’, we prefer to call them in Britain) and legal online gaming. So nicely catered for are we, indeed, that the only thing that comes close to irking your typical Brit gambler right now is the legal minefield he enters by playing poker in his local bar. Even there, compromise is being reached and progress made.

So with their gambling urges already taken care of, there has never been any great clamour for supercasinos among Britons. On the contrary, in fact. At heart, most people this side of the Pond, I suspect, feel more comfortable with gambling as a sideline activity in our cities than as one of the cornerstones of that buzz phrase ‘urban regeneration’.

Forgive us if we are cynical towards the notion of towns being revitalised by gambling. It’s just that we read about protest marches in Macau, whose own casino boom has meant hardship for the poorer sections of the population, who find rents and property prices spiralling beyond their means. Or isn’t ‘regeneration’ supposed to apply to them?

Then we read the censure of Louisiana’s civic leaders in the leader column of a local newspaper, after they too sought the ‘regeneration’ dollar:

“Louisiana officials frittered away the 1990s by focusing on expansion of various forms of gambling as a cure for Louisiana’s economic woes. Alas, gambling has not delivered the promised pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and Louisiana continues to lag much of the country in economic development.

“Louisiana would be much better off today if we had spent the past decade paying attention to more fundamental reforms to grow business, such as investing in education, reforming our tax laws, streamlining state government and dramatically tightening our ethics code.”

We read, we ponder and we think “no thanks”. In our Old Country gamblers’ hearts, we know that while Las Vegas might call us like Mecca, it is not dubbed ‘Sin City’ for nothing – “the flashiest, blackest hole in the universe,” poker blogger Pauly calls it. When its promoters tell us that there is only one Vegas, we utter a subconscious ‘Amen’.

All Gordon Brown has done is catch this mood and give it voice; something of which his wretched predecessor (yes, America: you’ve got him totally wrong, too) was singularly incapable.

He has not piggy-backed ill-conceived legislation on the shoulders of port security measures he knew were guaranteed safe passage. He has not ushered in his whims under the nose of a sleeping nation in the dead of night. He would not have us believe that while some forms of online gambling are the work of Satan, others – which just happen to be accompanied by lobbying muscle or the whiff of vested interests – are as pure as the driven snow.

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Online Gambling Provides Higher Rates of Return

Your best bet for casino gambling is playing online. Online Casinos offer better than Vegas odds, deposit matches, convenience and a wider variety of games. There is a high level of competition between these casinos because of the ease of moving between them. They are competing not only with each other, but with land based casinos. Online casinos do not have the large overhead of land based casinos and this savings is passed on to the player.

Online casinos do not have the expenses of traditional casinos. Lavish Vegas casinos with neon lights, multimillion dollar lobbies and dancing fountains are nice, but someone has to pay for them. Cyber casinos look like small office buildings with 10 or 12 employees. Their largest expenses are licensing the casino software and monitoring for fraudulent activities.

Traditional casinos will raise table minimums and offer fewer high paying slot machines during peak hours. There is limited competition and they have a captive audience. If the number of players looking for lower limit tables and higher paying slot machines became great enough a new casino would eventually fill this need. This is the law of supply and demand. In cyberspace this luxury does not exist. The ease of opening a new online casino to fill a void makes this practice impossible.

In 2002, the United States Court of Appeals decided that the Federal Wire Act applies only to online sports betting and not to games of chance. This legalized online casino gambling for US players. However, it did not make it legal to open an online casino inside the United States. It is very difficult to collect taxes on winnings from online casinos, because they are based outside of the United States. They do not report winnings to the IRS and this has become a point of contention with both opponents and proponents of allowing US casinos to open online casinos.

In response to the inability to collect taxes the US Government has but many restrictions on the banking industry. These restrictions include coding online casino deposits and not allowing them from 13 states. The states that do not allow credit card deposits to online casinos are Michigan, Illinois, Louisiana, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, Indiana, Nevada, South Dakota, New Jersey and New York. Banks and players quickly discovered that anonymous prepaid debit cards were the way around this.

Online casinos offer deposit match bonuses. These bonuses are largest on initial deposits. Many online casinos will double your initial deposit up to around $1,000. Some will continue to double, or at least match a percentage of, your first few deposits. This is done in hopes that once the player has set up their account it will be easier just to continue playing at the same casino. Since there are only a few proven software packages, most online casinos are very similar. The ones that have set up their own software are generally not as secure. The match bonuses increase your odds and extend the amount of time you will spend playing with the same amount of money. Overall the higher payout percentages, match bonuses and convenience of not having to travel make online gambling and better bet than traveling to a casino.

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Casino Gambling in Georgia – Should Casino Gambling Be Made Legal in Georgia?

The State of Georgia is facing a budget shortfall for fiscal 2009 of over $2 Billion. And states do not have the luxury of running deficit spending, and printing up paper money to cover the shortfall. State budgets must be balanced each year. So, Georgia needs to give serious consideration to a new revenue stream.

State Rep. Roger Bruce (D-Atlanta) has announced his intention to introduce a bill in the 2009 legislative session to allow voters to decide if they want gaming in Georgia. His bill would allow voters of each Georgia county to decide whether or not they wanted gaming in their county. The Georgia Assembly and recent governors have been cool to the idea of casinos in Georgia. But the legislature has never allowed any gaming proposal to be voted on in a general referendum or any other popular vote.

The big question is: Should gambling be made legal in the state of Georgia?

Answer Number One: In a free society, individuals are free to use their income and assets whichever way they choose. There should be no moral, ethical, or even Biblical sanction against gambling. Some people believe that gambling is a sin, but a sin should not be made illegal when it does not initiate force or fraud against another individual. Said another way, if I use my money to gamble with, it’s my business.

Answer Number Two: The State legislators have already settled any moral trepidations they may have ever had over gambling. It is already legal here in Georgia in one form. Fifteen years ago, lottery gambling became legal in Georgia, and to date, has generated over $15 Billion in tax revenue. Sales for fiscal year 2008 climbed to a record-breaking $3.5 billion, exceeding the revenue generated during fiscal year 2007. So, the State of Georgia has already been in the gaming business for over 15 years. Casino gambling is simply another form of gambling. However, with casino gambling, the state will not have the monopoly, but private enterprise will own and operate the casinos.

With a 15-year history of successful gaming under its belt, it is going to be pretty hard for the Georgia General Assembly to refuse casino gambling without exhibiting massive hypocrisy. But massive hypocrisy has not stopped them in the past.

But, what about other states where gaming is legal? What has their experience been?

To find out, I went to the website of the American Gaming Association in Washington, DC.

In Nevada, the granddaddy of them all, where gaming began in 1931, tax revenues from gaming have been a large part of the state budget. In 2006, Nevada gaming had 201,000 employees and tax revenues were $1.034 Billion. Nevada’s budget for 2009 is set at $6 Billion, so gaming revenue comprises about 17% of that state’s total income each year.

Mississippi legalized gaming in 1990, passed by legislation and local option vote. There are 30,500 gaming employees, and tax revenue for 2006 was $350.44 Million.

Louisiana legalized gambling in 1993, passed by legislation and local option vote. Tax revenue last year was $559 million, another $68 million from racetrack casinos, with 20,300 gaming employees.

Michigan legalized gambling in 1996 by statewide referendum, local option vote and legislation. Michigan has 3 casinos that generated 2006 tax revenue of $365 million.

So we see here that other states have long histories of success with casino gambling.

Casino gambling would be a welcome addition to the convention business in Atlanta and other Georgia cities. Las Vegas has been stealing away convention business for years now with their gaming and entertainment attractions. The Georgia hospitality and restaurant industries would also get an infusion of business as they support gaming tourism.

Atlanta has another competitive advantage as a gaming destination…Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, the busiest airport in the world. It’s been said that you can’t even get to heaven without connecting through Atlanta. Our presence as a Southern regional transportation hub makes Atlanta an easy gaming destination for the two thirds of the population of the US that lives east of the Mississippi River.

Casino gambling can be a valuable addition to the economy of Georgia. I hope that the Georgia General Assembly can find its courage and conscience and votes in favor of casino gambling in the 2009 Legislative Session.

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