Online Gaming

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The explosion of the online casino is apparent to even the most novice Internet user. With the amalgamation of casino games such as Blackjack, Roulette, and Poker to an online environment, internet gaming is becoming accessible to an audience who was previously unable to participate in the traditional casino environment.

The characteristics of the internet mean that gambling is no longer dominated by a select number of casino outlets. Location and timing are no longer an issue, resulting in the opening up of a new gaming audience that was otherwise untapped.

There is also the anonymity that gambling via the internet provides. The virtual casino has less control than a traditional one on how often and with whom you can bet. National and local laws are harder to enforce, and the social impact of gambling, raising aweness of the potential addiction and the subsequent support needed is becoming harder and harder to manage.

The culture of casino gaming is no longer confined to traditional stereotypes. Gambling on popular casino games is no longer a predominantly male activity that is restricted to weekends or special occasions. What was once a niche activity has had the taboos lifted thanks to the internet.

I, for one, am a glad to see the rise of this mirrored gaming culture. Those long trips to casinos are no longer required, and the seeking of players for games and tournaments is an activity that is now redundant. Most importantly participants are not confined to the Poker etiquette that many can find so intimidating in a casino establishment.

There are countless gaming sites on the internet offering a range of benefits for new members. By playing a range of sites you will identify the type of audience that you wish to play with, and those that you don’t. One feature I like is the bet365 ‘One Account’ policy where by you can use the same account funds for sports betting as the online Casino. Other favourites include 32red and VC poker.

I feel that as an experienced gamer the freedom allowed to me by online casino’s is a breath of fresh air, but this is because I set myself strict betting limits and also partake in the ‘fake money’ tournaments and ‘sit and go’ tables, where the losses are either zero or a set minimum. For all looking to start a journey onto online gaming I suggest that you research this in more depth, and also start by playing on the fake money table for a better idea of not only how the games are played, but also to understand how easily, if that money was real, you can end up in a difficult situation.

Insurance Packages

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Most of us are cautious to the extent that we insure items that hold a monitory value in-case the unexpected actually happens. Airing on the side of caution is a path many of us choose including myself, after all, it takes time to accumulate the possessions we hold dear and the thought that all could be lost in an instant doesn’t seem an acceptable burden.

This is true for more than material possessions and can also account for matters of health. In a growing ‘Nanny Culture’ it is the ‘Norm’ to insure oneself for unpredictable illness or accidents, in some cases even seeking compensation for the inconvenience.

Personally I believe there is a line. I find it acceptable to insure possessions that I am not able to immediately replace, in the event them becoming damaged or stolen. Having individual insurance policies for a mobile phone, TV, DVD player and personal computer has always seemed acceptable and sensible along with additional covers such as breakdown cover on car insurance, card protection with the Bank and home insurance.

It was not until an incident on the motorway where by I needed breakdown cover on New-Years Day that my thinking changed. Having not ticked the ‘Add Breakdown Cover’ box on the insurance application, and subsequently being left high and dry, I realised how much this call-out would cost. Needless to say I trawled home and decided to sit down and to reassess my priorities.

Having recently upgraded my mobile phone and needing travel insurance for my trip to the Far-East, I looked around for a package to cover all of my needs; the result was an account upgrade through my local bank. By paying around £14 a month I could have mobile phone insurance, travel insurance and breakdown cover which individually would set me back around £190 a year, which is a saving of £22, plus the piece of mind that all of my needs are catered for under one policy on a month to month basis as I am not tied to a yearly contract.

As well this cover I got protection on many of my major electrical items, card protection and housing insurance, which allows me to no longer worry about those expensive appliance warranty extensions, payment protection fees and a home insurance policy. It’s nice having piece of mind, and also having my policies grouped as it is far easier to keep a handle on things.

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