Review of Homebet88 Poker Website

Review of Homebet88 Poker Website

Homebet88 Poker is an online poker site where players can play with real money and play money. Thousands of players across the world play at Homebet88 everyday. This review of Full Tilt Poker will go over the ease of use, the different game styles, and the different stakes.
Ease of Use

Homebet88 Poker is one of the easiest poker websites to use. A simple download will give you the ability to start playing for fake money, and another click on the “Cashier Button” will allow you to play poker with real money.

To join a game, simply click on the type of game style, pick what stakes you want, and click on the empty seat at the table. Homebet88 Poker makes it very easy to get into the game, as well as add money to your account, which can be a bad thing if you aren’t careful. If you lose all of your money, the next minimum cash deposit is $50, which will stop some compulsive gamblers from constantly depositing money into their account.

Game Styles

Homebet88 Poker offers players the opportunity to play different styles of Poker. These styles include Texas Hold ‘Em, Omaha, Stud, and Razz. Texas Hold ‘Em is the most popular game on the Homebet88 site, which utilizes thousands of different tables. Full Tilt also offers poker tournaments and Sit amp; Go playing styles.

Different Stakes

The Full Tilt Poker review would not be complete without a review of the different stakes that the website offers. Buy-ins can range from as high $5,500 to as low as $1. The higher the stakes the more you can potentially earn, but you can lose it if you are not careful. With a $1 buy-in, first place at a 9-person table will win $4.50. With a $10 buy-in, first place at a 9-person table will win $45. Depending on the stakes involved, and the amount of people at the table, there will be different places paid.

Homebet88 Poker offers a different number of places at tables. The lowest number of people in a game is 6, but Homebet88 has tournaments for as many as 180 different people. These large tournaments are very fun, but can take anywhere from 2 hours to 6 hours, so make sure you have enough time to complete a large tournament before you join one.

I recommend Homebet88 Poker to any responsible person who is looking for a little fun when they can’t make it to the real casino. Once again, please be careful not to become a compulsive gambler.


Online Gambling: Should it Be Legal?

Online Gambling: Should it Be Legal?

I consider myself to be an average person. I have hobbies and interests, one of them being poker. I have a few friends that I get together with to play the game. I also like to play online. I usually only play in the tournaments that cost no money to play, but I also will occasionally get in a cash game. The buy in is what I consider to be low, a dollar or two at the most. The pay out is also very minimal, I don’t think I have a financial future in it. But, it keeps me out of the bars and out of trouble.
Recently, I attempted to join a new online site and was informed that due to legislation instigated by the Bush administration, I would be denied access to any real money games. I was a little shocked. I am not a problem gambler. I pay my taxes and claim every cent of income at tax time. Why is this a problem?

I guess I understand the reasons why it is not legal. Some say that millions of dollars are flooding out of the US, unregulated and untaxed. I would be inclined to agree. However, Americans should still have the right to spend the money that they earn any way that they choose. I also understand not every American spends wisely at every moment in their life. Big deal. We are inclined to make mistakes, it’s in our nature. Not to mention the fact that it is often mistakes that teaches us to change our behavior. Not everyone has the extra money lying around to gamble with and those are most certainly the people who should avoid such hobbies.

Personally, I don’t see the harm in it for those who can play in a responsible manner. I don’t wager large amounts of money and it doesn’t affect my financial well being. I could pull more money from my couch after a few friends stop by compared to what I’ve won. None the less, I love the feeling of winning a huge pot of chips, knowing I out-played my opponent. The pressure that builds surrounding even the lowest stake game can be incredible as the cards are slowly turned over by the dealer. For me the game is more about wits than money. The thrill I get from playing poker is one I wish to continue to have.

The way it stands now, Americans are limited to traveling to the usual places to wager, Las Vegas, Atlantic City and where I live, casinos on Native American reservations. Some of us don’t have the time or the means to travel to these places, that doesn’t mean that we don’t want to try our luck at a hand or two of poker. To me, that’s just not fair.

If online gambling was legalized in the states, more than one thing could be accomplished. I think a serious amount of revenue could be generated from tax dollars collected from the online casinos. Other programs could be subsidized, dollars could go to reducing the national debt, well, I think you get the picture. I feel as if the pros out-weigh the cons. I think America could seriously benefit from allowing the indulgence in this time-honored tradition. Don’t you?

Online Gambling Shutdown

Online Gambling Shutdown

It’s officially no dice for online gambling in the United States now. President Bush signed the Security and Accountability For Every (SAFE) Port Act of 2006 into law on Friday, October 13, 2006. The basic purpose of this law is to bolster security at US ports to prevent terrorists from smuggling in nuclear weapons. However, it also contains an unrelated provision that severely restricts online gambling. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act makes transactions from banks or similar institutions to online gambling sites illegal.
Just a few hours earlier, gaming firm Sportingbet sold most of its US business for the nominal sum of one dollar to avoid accusations of profiting from illegal business. Other foreign-based casinos are closing their clients’ U.S. accounts so if you have a casino account with one, don’t be surprised to get an email regretfully informing you that your account is being closed.

I don’t suppose I would think this was the height of hypocrisy if the reasons being given for doing this didn’t include statements indicating moral concern about underage gambling and gambling addictions. Get real. We’ve got State lotteries up the kazoo over here, and the list of states with land casinos continues to grow. Therefore, gambling is okay as long as you are playing the lottery, gambling in a U.S. land-based casino, or going to a racetrack.

Online gambling requires you to deposit money with a casino in another country. If you win anything, then the casino must transfer money back to you. Credit cards have long been rejecting these types of transfers, but third party sites such as Neteller and Firepay accept deposits and winnings. Paypal used to, however, when eBay bought Paypal, it stopped accepting these types of transfers. Neteller’s stock fell 60% when news of the measure was made public this past September.

No major U.S. companies were able to set up internet gambling sites because of the 1961 Wire Act, which prohibited telephone transmissions to bet across state lines. However, many American entrepreneurs were still raking in a bundle by setting up gambling advice websites and becoming affiliates of online gaming sites. These sites received a share of all lost wagers from each account they signed up that could be as much as 35% for the life of the account.

During the birth of the online gambling industry, concerns over underage gambling were certainly valid. Restrictions were then put into place that made it much harder for minors to participate. In an October 2006 article in The Baptist Press, Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn) claims: “Rigorous state enforcement means that brick and mortar casinos make a good faith effort to keep minors away from gambling. The same isn’t so for online casinos: A website can’t tell whether someone is 13 or 35.” That really is not true. Online casinos required picture IDs and bank account information, which is really more than a land casino will require. Thinking fake ID? Yes, an enterprising minor who really wants to gamble may be able to obtain a fake picture ID, and guess what? That will get said minor into a land casino too. I’ve seen people in Atlantic City casinos who didn’t even look 18 let alone 21.

So the real reason seems to be legislators don’t want gambling revenue going overseas. That’s something I can understand and I might even be able to get behind it, if the government would come out and say we’re banning online gambling transfers because Americans are spending 6 billion dollars a year overseas and we think that sucks.

This really should have been a separate bill, but somehow Senator Bill Frist managed to get it attached to the SAFE bill with exceptions for horse racing and state run lotteries. What’s even more amazing about Frist’s bogus moral stance is it’s no secret that Frist accepted campaign contributions from Harrah’s Entertainment!

This past September, two key figures in British gambling firms were actually arrested in the United States. Louisiana was one of eight U.S. states that already had outlawed online gambling, and they had sworn out an arrest warrant for Peter Dick, former chairman of Sportingbet PLC. When Dicks arrived in the U.S. at Kennedy International Airport on September 6, somehow this warrant came up and he was detained. N.Y. Governor Pataki refused to extradite Dicks to Louisiana and he was released. Dicks quit Sportingbet after that.

The other businessman was BetOnSports PLC Chief Executive Officer David Carruthers, who was arrested on federal charges in July at a Dallas airport. These charges stemmed from the 1961 Wire Act. Whether this witchhunt will continue remains to be seen. There is a provision for a 270-day period to develop enforcement measures.

Analysts indicate that the online gambling industry is now moving in two directions. London-based companies are dumping their US bases and making plans to expand their European and Australian markets. Private offshore companies are exploring every available depositing option with their existing payment processors in an effort to salvage their U.S. business.

It is also being predicted by some that the U.S. will reverse its stance at some point when better ways to regulate and tax the industry are developed.