Online casino players will once more breathe a sigh of relief that they prefer to play on the internet when they read this story! A 57-year-old Malaysian man stole chips worth $200 (£97) from a woman playing baccarat at the Resorts World Sentosa casino in Singapore. He took the chips, cashed them in and then left. As a result, the man has been handed a $2,000 fine, avoiding a three-year jail sentence in the process.
Online casino fans may be able to pour themselves a drink at any time during a gaming session, but the complimentary drinks offered at offline casinos may soon be a thing of the past. However, casino expert Lynette Gross has spoken out against plans to ban free drinks in venues outside of Las Vegas and Atlantic City, claiming that it is nothing more than a "nice perk" that makes playing more fun.
Kerching players who don't limit their gaming exclusively to online casino websites can rejoice at a recent crossover between the video game and gambling worlds. New Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 Wild West-based title Red Dead Redemption features a mode in which players can play blackjack in order to earn some money for their character. Of course, Kerching players can apply their online blackjack skills to the game in order to win big for real.
We all know how much fun a game of online blackjack can be at Kerching's online casino, and now movie star Chris Mintz-Plasse has revealed that he too is a big fan of playing blackjack. The 20-year-old Superbad cast member is soon to turn 21 in Las Vegas and is looking forward to a few games of blackjack. The audacious McLovin' actor even claimed he likes to play blackjack because it is "so easy".
It's a worry that our online casino players luckily don't have, but casino chip counterfeiting is a serious problem in the US. Now a casino is bringing in hi-tech 'smart' chips embedded with ultra-violet images and micro printing in an effort to cut the prevalence of counterfeit chips in the country. The chips are difficult to reproduce and also know when a bet is being adding to or reduced mid-game.
Kerching players are known for their huge sense of adventure, which is why Capt. Quids Treasure Quest has become such a popular title. With that in mind, we're sure our members will be interested in the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie setting sail now filming has begun. Although Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom are not involved this time, film fans will be pleased to see Johnny Depp return as Captain Jack Sparrow.
A study into casino use in has found that one-in-ten adults have played at an online casino at some point in the past year. The research also revealed that offline casino attendance has fallen by 14 per cent since 2001. A Mintel senior analyst has refused to blame the fall in offline use on the recession, claiming the rise in online gambling has been a factor in the figures.
Battleship - Search & Destroy, an online slots game based on the popular board game, is one of the most loved titles at Kerching online casino. Now fans of the game will be able to see it up on the big screen as Universal wheels out the Battleship movie. True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard has been signed up to star opposite Taylor Kitsch in the film. The pair will reportedly play brothers serving in the navy.
One of the most popular online slots titles at Kerching online casino has resulted in another big win. PY1AH1983 scooped £1,259 during a session of Rainbow Riches Win Big Shindig - an amount that could quite easily finance a trip out to South Africa to sample the World Cup atmosphere. PY1AH1983 becomes the latest Kerching online casino player to pick up a cash win, with Rainbow Riches one of the most prolific games when it comes to prizes.
Australia could lose $1 billion in revenues this year because online casino players are using gambling websites which are not properly taxed or regulated. New statistics from the Global Betting and Gaming Consultants show players spend the amount on illicit games of online slots and online roulette among others. According to one gambling expert, it would be easier to minimise harmful online betting in the country if they followed the UK's lead and legalised the practice.
EU countries can ban online gambling if they see fit, according to a new ruling from the European Court of Justice. The legislative body decided that it is possible for countries to carry out restrictions against the activity if they are looking to counter fraud. Countries opting for such a ban would also be stopping residents from using online casinos based in different countries. The body cited "consumer protection" as a primary reason behind the decision.
A couple in the US have had their emotions put through the wringer after a supposedly malfunctioning slots machine almost wiped out what they thought was a dream jackpot win. Mary-Anne and Jim McMahon initially won $1,627.82 (£1,131) before seeing the prize jump to a whopping $11m. When the couple asked casino workers where they could pick up their multi-million prize fund, they were told by flustered staff that the machine was not working correctly.
Online gambling has finally become a reality in France. A decree in the Official Journal gives French people the option of placing bets on online slots, roulette and blackjack for the very first time. In France, the gambling sector has been under state control since way back in 1539. What's more, the relaxation comes just in time for the World Cup. South Africa 2010 has been tipped to become the largest single betting event in history.
People looking to place some big bets and scoop a nice prize during this year's World Cup are taking a rather unconventional approach in some parts of South Africa. Conservationists have discovered that a particular muti magic technique - which involves smoking vulture brains - has become popular because those who partake in the activity believe it can help them predict future match results. However, experts claim that the problem could cause long-term damage to South Africa's vulture population.
A casino in the US has come up with a novel way to raise awareness and receive donations for a local charity. Local people who donate a minimum of $5-worth of canned food will be given $15-worth of free play at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto. The food will be split across the Valley Restart, Community Pantry and Our House charities, among others, and the offer will run every Monday over the course of June.
State officials in Ohio would like to introduce a ban on smoking in the four new casinos being introduced in the state. It's just one of a long list of new rules lawmakers would like to see, with a ban an alcohol being served after 2.30am and chips being used instead of cash coins also on the agenda. Authorities will meet this week to attempt to compromise and thrash out new rules for the casinos.
As far as anniversaries go, one French couple certainly had a very good one this week. An unnamed pair managed to scoop a French record €5.5m (£4.7m) on a one arm bandit slot machine at a casino in the south-west of the country. The jackpot dwarves the previous record of over €3m won in the country, and just goes to show that a visit to an offline or online casino can result in some life-changing wins.
A Ferrari belonging to a professional poker player was erroneously taken from the car park of a casino in Melbourne after a mix-up involving the venue's valet team. Van Marcus is considered a lucky man due to his prowess on the poker table, but that has been called into question after a valet handing the car keys of his red F430 Spider to the wrong man in the early hours of the morning.
A casino chip from the 1950s is expected to be sold for big money this weekend. The chip is from the Sands Hotel and is one of only four to feature the Cowgirl logo. Bids for the impressive piece of memorabilia are expected to reach as high as £20,000, with other lots including a briefcase which belonged to JFK. An amount totalling hundreds of thousands is expected to be raised by auctioneer Heritage.
The end of teen TV show Hannah Montana was celebrated in fine style this week, as cast and crew got together for a casino-themed bash. The wrap party, celebrating three seasons of the show, included a wide variety of casino-style snacks such as hot dogs and fries. The last series of the programme, which stars Miley Cyrus in a dual role as a pop star and an average teenager, will hit screens in the UK this year.
Online slots fans who think they can use their skill to win a big money prize may be interested in one of Europe's largest-ever slots tournaments. The event will see players compete for the top prize from the £10,500 pool. There is no buy-in fee to enter, and players will get a starting coin amount of 25,000. Of course, online slots lovers can come to Kerching whenever they wish in order to compete for big cash prizes.
Cambodia could soon be welcoming a new casino after government officials approved an application for a gaming license. Elixir Gaming Technologies is looking to establish Dreamworld Casino and Resort with 150 electronic gaming machines as well as 20 table games. The hotel will feature 50 rooms, and the company hopes to be offering both by the fourth quarter of next year. The initial phase of the complex has been estimated to cost around $10 million.