New BluffCam App Offers Poker Players An Edge

When it comes to playing poker, bluffing is one of the most intricate features of gameplay. However, many players cannot be objective when it comes to gauging how stern their poker face actually is – and you can’t really trust your opponents to give you honest insight on what your tells really are. That’s why WowWee has created BluffCam, a smartphone application that helps you form the perfect poker face.

BluffCam is a first-of-its-kind application that gives players unique insight into their own behaviour at the poker table. It not only measures their heart rate but tracks the tone of their skin to determine how players actually react during certain hands. Players can track their progress on a handy notepad that is included in the application.

Soon, WowWee will release BluffCam – Table Edition, which allows players to investigate the poker faces of their opponents. If the application is a success, it is likely that mobile phones will be banned from poker tables. In most card rooms, they can be used so long as the player is not involved in a hand; however, the introduction of poker strategy related apps may see their use banned completely.

Half Price Sunday on Poker Stars

Whether you’re a grinder or a casual player in the online poker world, you probably know that Sundays are the busiest days on Poker Stars for tournaments. In addition to the Sunday Storm and Sunday Millions, the poker room offers a wide range of unique tournaments that you just can’t compete in any other day of the week. This Sunday is going to be special, however, as all tournaments are half-price!

This is the first half-price Sunday ever, and Poker Stars is pleased to offer players a wide selection of affordable poker comps this week. The comps included in the promotion are:

• Sunday Kickoff – $54.50
• Sunday Warm-Up – $107.50
• Sunday Storm – 5.50
• Sunday Million – $107.50
• Women’s Sunday – $27.50

With the Warm Up and the Million costing just over $100, the field of players is likely to be huge. While the tournaments normally attracted 2000 to 3000 players, Poker Stars is expecting upwards of 6000 players in each. So, the guarantee for these tournaments is likely to climb to unprecedented heights!

Bet365 Launches Euro Promotion

When major sporting events take place, online casinos view this as an opportunity to launch great promotions and award players with cash prizes. Being a popular online betting website, Bet365 is well-versed in thinking up creative promotions that target a wide range of players. In honour of the Euro 2012 football tournament, Bet365 has launched a promotion that not only benefits punters but also online casino players.

The Euro 2012 promotion at Bet365 provides players with the chance to earn a 25% match bonus during certain matches. Before, during and after particular matches, players are encouraged to deposit funds in order to obtain a cash bonus worth up to $250. It is a unique way to get players to deposit funds and keep them playing during special events that might otherwise distract them from playing online casino games.

In order to win, keep an eye out on Bet365’s website. When the window opens, players should deposit their desired amount of funds and enter the bonus code BOOST. An additional 25% of their deposit will be added to their account, and it can be used to play Bet365’s online casino games or wager on sports.

New Blaze Poker from Microgaming

Microgaming is normally in the spotlight for releasing new and innovative online slots games; however, the company has recently made headlines for its new Blaze Poker application, the company’s answer to PokerStars’ Zoom Poker. It presents players around the internet with an alternative to PokerStars’ website, which specializes in poker games and no other online casino games.

The concept of Zoom Poker is quite simple. Each time a player folds a hand, they are moved to a new table where they are immediately dealt a new hand. Whereas most online poker games allow players to get in 130 hands per hour, Blaze Poker offers players the chance to be dealt into 300 or more.

Initially, Blaze Poker will be launched at Ladbrokes online casino and it won’t be long before other online casino operators pick up the game as well. It presents casino players with a great alternative to playing at a poker-only site like Full Tilt or Poker Stars; so, we anticipate that Blaze Poker will be highly successful in the online casino world.

Lakshmi’s Gold Pulled From Online Casinos

Almost immediately after releasing Lakshmi’s Gold online slots, PlayTech received word that the Hindu community was very upset with the game. Depicting various Hindu gods, Lakshmi’s Gold was considered to be disrespectful and insulting to Hindus. Now, after just one week of controversy, PlayTech has removed the game from its online casinos.

Rajan Zed, a famous Hindu leader, was the first to speak out against the game. He stated that it was insulting to depict deities in such a way, insulting those who believe in these Gods. Zed led the campaign to have the game removed from online casinos, and has become pleased to discover that PlayTech abided by the community’s wishes.

As of today, Lakshmi’s Gold is no longer available at online casinos powered by PlayTech. However, PlayTech has yet to issue an apology to the community. It seems as though it is unlikely that the company will be doing so; if PlayTech had planned on apologizing, it likely would have done so while recalling the game. Rajan Zed states the recall is a step in the right direction, but is not happy that the company has not apologized.

Smartphones Allow for Underage Exposure to Gambling

In New Zealand, a major concern is the issue of underage gambling. Many recent reports have shown that children across the country are getting their starts in the gambling industry from a very early age, and politicians are discouraging parents from purchasing lottery tickets for their children and allowing them to take part in home games.

However, there is one situation that cannot be controlled by parents: mobile gambling. With the advent of smartphones, more children than ever have access to mobile gambling apps – and parents cannot stop them from taking part in poker and casino games on their mobile phones.

In the mobile gaming world, children are exposed to gambling activities. Three of the top 5 apps in the iTunes App Market are gambling-related, and there is nothing stopping children from downloading them.

Although they are free-play games, they expose children to gambling from a very early age. The major concern with this is that early exposure can foster the development of unhealthy gambling habits. It also portrays gambling in an unrealistic way, as allowing players to use play money distances them from the real world impacts of playing casino games.

Win a Trip to Superhero Island with Casino.com

Casino.com is a top destination for online gamblers, as it offers players some of the most generous and unique promotions in the online casino world. This month, the casino is offering players the chance to win a trip to Super Hero Island at Universal Studios as part of its Marvel Adventure promotion.

The Marvel Adventure promotion is a simple draw. For every $50 that players wager, they receive one entry into the draw. From that point, players can do with their cash as they wish, unlike many promotions which require players to play certain games.

The lucky player who wins the grand prize will win a trip for two to Super Hero Island at Universal Studios in Florida. Their flights will be paid for and they will be able to stay in a 5-star hotel at Universal Studios. It is a great chance to players across New Zealand to explore a new world.

Super Hero Island is a location at Universal Studio which offers rides based on Marvel superheroes. It is one of the only theme parks of its kind, offering a thrilling experience to patrons.

Zoom Poker Now Available in New Zealand

PokerStars’ new mobile application, Zoom Poker, is now available in New Zealand. The application, which was launched in the UK and across Europe, last week was previously restricted from residents in the country. Now, New Zealanders have the chance to get in on some fast-paced mobile poker action.

Zoom Poker is a fast-paced poker application which allows players to move to a new table as soon as they fold their hand. It allows grinders to get in more poker hands and new players to get the experience they need to progress to higher stakes.

Texas Hold ‘Em and Pot Limit Omaha are the two poker games that are currently available on Zoom Poker. Each is offered with a wide range of stakes, from 1c/2c to $1/$2, so players of all skill levels can join in on the fun.

Along with the news that Zoom Poker is now available in New Zealand, it has also been announced that the application will also support iOS. This means that iPhone and iPad users will now have access to Zoom Poker and other mobile PokerStars apps.

Zoom Poker Out of Beta

This week, Zoom Poker has come out of Beta mode. After successful testing and trials, PokerStars’ Zoom Poker is an official offering from the online poker giant. To mark the occasion, Stars has also released Zoom Poker as a mobile application.

During the beta testing period of Zoom Poker, over 300 million hands were dealt. Despite being in a trial mode, players flocked to the application, as it seemed to be a suitable replacement for Full Tilt Poker’s Rush Poker application. It seemed to have exceeded players’ expectations, as it offered up a wider range of games and stakes than Rush Poker.

If you don’t already know what Zoom Poker is, it is a face-paced online poker application. Players can fit in more hands as they are move to a new table every time they fold. It allows players to get in the volume when it comes to grinding it out in the online poker world – and is a fun way for beginners to learn the basics.

The mobile version of Zoom Poker is only available for Android devices from the .net, .com and .co.uk PokerStars domains. There is no word yet on whether or not it will be released for .com.au; however, New Zealand and Australian players can still take part in Zoom poker on the downloadable suite of PokerStars.

New Texas Hold ‘Em Game Available at DoubleDown Casino from IGT

IGT may be a popular slot machine developer in New Zealand, but that doesn’t mean that the company can’t delve into other markets. In recent months, IGT has proven itself to be a diverse online casino operator, venturing into social gaming by teaming up with DoubleDown Interactive. Now, the two companies are stepping outside of their comfort zones by getting involved in table games with the release of DoubleDown Casino’s new Texas Hold ‘Em application.

Texas Hold ‘Em is one of the most popular casino games in the world, with millions of players worldwide taking part ring games and tournaments. Now, Facebook users will have additional choice when it comes to playing the traditional poker game on the Facebook Games platform, as DoubleDown Casino will be competing with Zynga Poker.

While Zynga Poker is more established in the social gaming world, DoubleDown Casino offers players more choice when it comes to general gaming. So, when players tire of Texas Hold ‘Em, then can instantly switch to slots or other casino games. DoubleDown Casino also offers game guides and tutorials for beginners and 4 different gaming speeds.