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Low risk fixed income investments

low riskIf you have made good profits playing online poker or through other means, you should save a part of it in a low-risk vehicle so that it is still there when you retire.

High risk investments are exactly as the name implies, very risky. Yet they also have the potential to payback large earnings if purchased and sold correctly. High-risk investments require that the trader be very smart and learn the right timing involved for buying and then selling those stocks.

Conversely, low-risk investments carry little or no risk and are typically held onto for the long term. Additionally, low risk investments produce smaller yields but they do display steady growth patterns.

What types of investments are considered low-risk?

There are six types of investments which we have categorized as being low-risk fixed income investments and should be considered for your investment portfolio. These include bonds, CD’s (Certificates of Deposit), ETF’s (Exchange Traded Funds), real estate, standard passbook savings accounts, and US savings bonds.

Bonds – these are considered to be one of the less risky ways of investing in a business because should the company fail and declare bankruptcy, the corporation must attempt to pay off its lenders first. When purchasing bonds, you are basically lending your money to a corporation. In return for lending that business the money, you are paid dividends or a set rate of interest.

CD’s – CD’s can be held for as short a time period as 90 days up to 5 years. You are investing your money into an account that is going to pay you back at a rate of interest that is agreed upon prior to opening the account.

ETF’s – although these are viewed as stock funds, they are considerably less risky so they are considered a viable type of low-risk investment. Additionally, ETF’s track the three major stock indexes – the DOW, NASDAQ, and the S&P 500.

Real estate – purchasing a home or property has always been considered to be a very wise low-risk investment and has been for decades. For all intensive purposes, real estate is one of the most practical and safest ways to invest your money.

Standard passbook savings accounts – despite the fact that interest rates have slightly rebounded from all-time lows, this is still one of the safest ways to invest your money. Plus, your funds are insured by the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) for up to $250,000 per depositor.

US savings bonds – considered as another low-risk, safe investment and are issued by the US Treasury. Just like with CD’s or savings accounts, the money you invest is protected by the Federal Government.

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Thursday, March 7th, 2013 online gambling Comments Off on Low risk fixed income investments

Online Flash casinos

Online Flash casinos give a new look to playing casino games!

Online flash casinos have taken the internet gambling market by storm, and so they may in full force subdue physical casinos to a position of second role. Contrarily to the earlier systems, if you wanted to play any game of chance, you would have to download and install the software and then play from the client as the user interface is called.

This method apparently consumed a lot of time, and it did not matter whatsoever what the internet connection speed could be. Then if your hard disk is not compatible with the required space, it is again a big problem. So what is the surefire way out of this problem? Well, the answer is simple, take cue of no-download casinos such as William Hill and you will be free of these usual hassles. The no-download casinos do not require any storage space and you can actually play a casino game directly from the site through your browser.

This Flash mode is loved by most modern generation players in there too busy routine life where none has so much time to download the game first and then play. So, now it’s just very simple, select a particular casino site, sign up and spend the total available time for a fun-filled playing enjoyment.

Online flash casinos also work out the technical incompatibility of some users. For example, a user having Windows operating system could only be sociable with the download able casino games, while the users having other operating systems have to be compatible with certain extra facilities for the online playing to be available. Hardly few users ever need Plug-in for Flash viewing. It is freely downloadable from the Macro media website yet, in general, it is already installed in your computer when it is shipped to you.

Online flash casino games are played both as a way to experience fun or thrill and/or earning real bucks for some of the most savvy players. Thanks to modern technology for such a drop-dead invention and progress does not stop for players who love online gaming!

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Friday, May 11th, 2012 online gambling Comments Off on Online Flash casinos

Gambling SEO

Poker SEO and casino SEO are getting harder. Reaching page one on Google or Bing for a gambling site is hard for any competitive and profitable query. And it is going to get even harder.

The reason is simple: there are only ten spots available for natural free rankings on page one (which gets most of the traffic), but the number of competitors keeps on increasing. Market participants are getting more and more knowledgeable about SEO, so what was enough two years ago to land on the prime page one will not make the cut today and even less tomorrow. As webmasters have more content, more links, more know-how and more experience, and more SEO companies offer such services to the online gambling community, this is only going to get tougher.

So the only way to maintain or gain top rankings is by using top gambling SEO methods and by working harder and smarter then the competition. SEO is an art and a science. An art because it is based on a lot of empirical evidence and creativity is often what makes the difference between page one and page two. A science because the people with a scientific mind and scientific tools have an advantage over other folks who lack them. “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.”

Absolutety. Because search engines do not reveal the secrets of their algorithms, no one knows for sure the best way to rank at the top of the SERPs. Even within Google, only a handful of people have access to the entire code, and it is so complex anyway that they cannot know everything about it at one single point. So almost everyone is blind to how the page one results are produced, but the best SEO practitioners are the ones who can see enough to reap the fortunes available to savvy poker or casino webmasters.

The beauty of poker SEO is that there are so many misconceptions and myths which do not seem to disappear. The good news for some is that the webmasters who have such flawed understanding of SEO are doing something wrong, which gives others a competitive advantage. As in Davis Sklansky’s ‘Theory of Poker’, the fundamental theorem of poker says that each time you could play with more knowledge than your opponents, you have positive expected value. This is true in poker SEO as well. Each time you know more or better than other webmasters, you have gained.

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Saturday, February 4th, 2012 online gambling Comments Off on Gambling SEO

Carbon back in USA

In an interesting move in online gambling, Carbon Poker just announced that they are welcoming American players again. This new development occurs exactly six months after the US Government started to indict online gaming operators believed to be breaking online gambling laws while offering real money poker games to US based players.

Five operators were banned at the time (pokerstars, full tilt poker, absolute poker, UB Poker and Doyle’s Room), but smaller ones such as Carbon Poker were not accused of any wrong doing. One question is why.

Is it because the DOJ chose to focus on the bigger players and did not build a case against Carbon? Is it because Carbon Poker did not break the law (this seems hard to believe as the law practically forbids any form of gambling related fund transfer through the banking system). Or is it because they cannot at this time find any evidence proving their point (as the April indictment were possible thanks to an insider’s revelations).

Is it hard to tell, but if Carbon Poker has decided to come back, they must strongly believe that it is safe for them. Anyway this is a great news for American online poker players who now have one more option to play their favorite card game on the Web.

Unfortunately all current poker rooms participating in the US market are rather small, compared to the rooms that were shut down such as Pokerstars. These rooms offer good micro-limit or low-limit games, but high stake games have totally disappeared in America as well as large tournaments. So all pros for the most part cannot do much at this time, and their only choice if they want to continue their profession is to move to another country. And some do, to Canada, Costa Rica or Europe.

When will US online poker get finally properly regulated, that is the one million dollar question. And it is not expected to be happening until next year or maybe 2012. Congress should move a bit faster as the major benefit of such a new law would be to raise well needed taxes in a time of double dip recession. This will also create new jobs. So if France or Italy can regulate their own online gambling markets, it is time for the USA to do the same, is it not?

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Saturday, October 15th, 2011 online gambling Comments Off on Carbon back in USA

The rise of mobile gaming

Mobile phones, iphones and all sorts of smart phones are now becoming as popular as tattoos, even though they were rarely seen a few years ago. Now they are all over the place, I mean the smart phones, and the tattoos too by the way. This is a true revolution for how people communicate and behave socially and one industry that is shaken by it is online gaming. Yes online gambling was a revolution from brick and mortar casino entertainment, and now the new wave is mobile gambling.

So if you like to play blackjack online or online roulette or many other fun games, then now you can play them almost anywhere as long as you get a signal to your iphone or mobile device. In other words in most urban areas in the developed world and in some in developing countries too. Most airports have free wifi, so even if you are traveling in some remote areas of the world such as the Tonga Islands for example (recommended by the way), then chances are you will be able to play a few hands against the blackjack dealer at some point during your trip and hit a few twenty-ones.

This is still a revolution in progress so do not expect to get all the convenience for playing games that you are used to from your computer. First of all there are less games available. Most online casinos offer ten to twenty games for now as they are working on developing these applications. Roulette, Blackjack as well as some slot machines are the games first offered. Also note that UK online casinos are ahead of the game compared to US online casinos as the latter are struggling with the difficulties of running their business stemming from the infamous UIGEA anti-gambling law.

Online poker rooms also offer a mobile format, but if you are serious about the game of Texas Hold’em, use this sparingly for the entertainment value only. First of all you cannot multi-table and most serious players do. Also you will probably get distracted when you are using your smart phone on the road, and poker requires concentration. But for all other casino games, this will be a lot of fun. So try mobile gambling today.

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Monday, June 20th, 2011 online gambling Comments Off on The rise of mobile gaming

Anatomy of a tilt

As I have a tendency to tilt too much, I thought I would sit down an analyze what is going on. I believe as a poker player, understanding and mastering tilt is a major skill, as this has a large effect on your bankroll.

One typical scenario goes as follows:

I am losing slowly. I am sitting at pokerstars playing four tables of NL100. It seems not much is going on. I am not getting good cards pre or post flop. So my stacks all decrease slowly like under the influence of a fast paced erosion. This obviously does not put me in a great mood already.

In addition it seems that I miss all my draws. This adds to the fire of my rising anger. If this was not enough, I try a few continuation bet bluffs and I face a monster once, losing a good chunk of my stack. I get raised a lot pre and post flop, and this annoys me and makes it even worse. Because it feels like the other players at the table are able to play me like a puppet.

So I fold most of the times to these raises, but when I decide to take a stand and to defend my hand, I am against a big hand. Then I pre flop raise AK, miss the flop but got donk bet. This is aggravating as this is the case of a donk calling station making a donk bet, and if I had not missed this would have been the opportunity to take a big pot, but instead this makes me feel even lower.

Finally I cannot take the aggression anymore. A few hands later I reraised at the flop when I have two pairs but got 3-bet. This normally signals a very strong hand in this type of game and the prudent route is to fold as I have no strong draw to back me up. But given how pissed off I am already, I call and end up losing my entire stack to a set.

I could feel it when I got 3-bet, but it was stronger than me, I could not resist calling, as if to say “Ok, you want my stack so much, just take it”, in great desperation.

And that is it I have reached the climax of my tilt and I cannot take it anymore. I am not reloading as I know I have totally lost it and cannot play poker anymore. Only one option for me at this stage: leave the tables and go hit my head on the wall…

So after this self-analysis, the point is: tilting is when I am losing and I lose even more; I cannot stand losing and I lose my self-control in this situations.

Remedy: I need to read about self-control (blogs and books) and be systematic about learning to control myself. Self-awareness first, self-control next. The great players control their tilt, so this must be my goal as well.

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Sunday, April 18th, 2010 online gambling Comments Off on Anatomy of a tilt