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Betting and blackjack on Internet

Betting is defined by the Gambling Act 2005 as the making or accepting of a bet on the outcome of a race, competition or other event or process; the likelihood of anything occurring or not occurring; or whether anything is or is not true.

A transaction may still be a bet despite the fact the race, competition or event has already taken place and one party to the transaction knows the outcome. So by way of a simple example two parties could have a bet on the date of the Battle of Hastings.

The most common form of betting is ‘fixed odds betting’ whereby the customer bets a stake to win a fixed amount calculated by the odds available.

Pool betting differs from fixed odds betting as winnings are determined by reference to the aggregate of stakes paid into the pool. The return to successful customers therefore is calculated by dividing the total pool (minus commission) by the number of winning tickets. Pool betting incorporates: racecourse pool betting, football and other sports pool betting, ‘fantasy football' type competitions.

Betting intermediaries facilitate betting between two or more parties. They do not have liability for the bets but often derive a commission from the successful party. Betting intermediaries can be remote or non-remote.

The first online betting web site opened in 1994, paving the way for the hundreds that exist now on the Internet. A review by the Australian government in 2001 estimated the number of online gamblers worldwide at just fewer than five million, with more than $11 billion spent in online casinos. Online betting differs from in-person casino gambling in a few obvious ways. There is little to no interaction between the players and the dealer. In fact, there is no dealer -- all the games are operated by computer programs. There are about 70 countries that allow online betting sites to set up shop, including Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, and some provinces of Canada.

Free Spins is a term used in video slot games and online slot games to specify that the spin will be completed without a charge or on the same wager. Free spins can get triggered by a number of things, each game use a different method. Usually, landing a number of special symbols on reels is required to activate the free spins bonus round. Mostly scatter symbols are preferred for this activation, although wild symbols (or a completely different symbol dedicated for this feature) can be used too. In most slot games, landing at least three special symbols on reels is mandatory to trigger the feature. Once triggered, free spins bonus round award a number of spins free of charge to the player. The number of free spins differ from game to game, and can be 5 or 50. The spins are automatically used by the game and the player keeps any profit after the spins are complete.

Blackjack has always been considered a casino classic and this game is enjoyed by many players from locations around the world. As a popular game in land casinos, players have come to develop many game strategies over the years that can be used when playing to increase wins. Online casinos provide these players with an excellent way to enjoy the action of Blackjack without having to travel to a land casino for their gambling needs. In online casinos, Blackjack is one of the most popular card games offered and players will be amazed at the details of the game. Most online casino providers will create Blackjack games with realistic sounds and graphics so that players feel like they are playing in a land casino.

One of the main advantages to playing Blackjack in an online casino is the different variations of the games that are supported. Casinos that are powered by Microgaming and Playtech will often have more than five blackjack variations available and some sites may have even more. These games are all based on the standard game of blackjack and add a little twist to make them more interesting and enjoyable. Many players in online casinos that enjoy the thrilling action of blackjack will try out a few versions to see which will meet their needs.

The rules of the game when playing online are the same as in land casinos, so any player that has experience with any type of blackjack will be able to play. These games will also support various betting options, allowing players of all skill levels to place wagers and enjoy payouts. There are also some online blackjack games that are linked to progressive jackpots.