Author: Thomas

To better understand the apparent prevalence of PG among Ontario casino employees, the three logical explanations for such prevalence were analyzed. Firstly, it seems plausible that the problem gamblers were more likely to have been somehow induced to gamble by aspects of their employment, as can be observed in Table 86. In fact, 59.3% of the problem gamblers claimed to have increased their gambling, and the majority of these individuals claimed the increase had been significant. A chi square test could not be performed due to low expected values in several cells, but the basic pattern is evident. Secondly, it…

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Online poker is in a state of constant evolution. This flux can serve as both a positive and a negative influence on the professional poker player. While an unchanging landscape would permit us to master every facet of the online game, so too would it permit beginners to gradually improve their techniques. Our edge, along with our profits, would thus be reduced. It’s more advisable to think of changes as opportunities. Whenever a major change takes place, embrace it as quickly as possible. These changes can be as minor as an alteration in SNG blind structures or as major as…

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A fairly simple definition of PG is offered by the Canadian Problem Gambling Index (CPGI), which is an instrument used to measure PG rates. The CPGI defines PG as ―gambling behaviour that creates negative consequences for the gambler, others in his or her social network, or for the community‖ (Ferris & Wynne, 2001, p. 7). However, despite the simplicity of that definition, conceptualizations of PG and gambling behaviour in general are far more complex and have been studied and explained with various theories for more than a century. For example, in the late 19th century, psychoanalytic theory stipulated that individuals…

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When you buy into a poker tournament, you are given a set amount of tournament chips. For example, when you buy into a $10,000 tournament, you typically get 30,000 in chips. These chips can only be used in that tournament. You cannot cash them out for money. Everyone plays poker until one person has all the chips, which can take from a few hours to several days, depending on the structure of the tournament. The blinds are gradually increased to induce action, which reduces the field over time. For example, a tournament may start with 10,000 chips and 25/50 blinds…

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To take advantage of the additional software we recommend you use when playing PartyPoker’s tournaments (discussed later), you should configure PartyPoker so that it displays only the minimum required graphics. Under “Game Rules & Options,” go to “Video & Audio Options.” We recommend unchecking all options except “Mouse Over Help. Doing so will also reduce your system requirements and increase the visual speed of the game. EARN $30,000 PER MONTH PLAYING ONLINE POKER 4 PartyPoker’s SNG Tournament Structure (See Part 4 for tournament structure charts that relate to other poker sites.) The structure of a single-table tournament is not unlike…

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Don’t be daunted by the huge variety of poker games. On the whole they all revolve around the same principle – the player with the best five-card poker hand wins (although there are some versions where the worst hand takes the money, but more on that later). This means that poker (in all its forms) is a vying game. The players bet on who holds the best combination of cards, progressively raising the stakes (and thus the value of the pot) until either a showdown occurs, when the player holding the best hand wins the pot, or all but one…

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The amount of time that employees had worked in the gambling industry did not appear to exhibit any linear relationship with PGSI scores, as no significant correlation was detected between the two variables (R=0.038, p=0.257). Nevertheless, it is worth noting that those employees who had been in the industry for less than one year exhibited the lowest levels of moderate risk and problem gambling, as can be observed in Table 36. As can be seen in Table 37, these employees also were the least likely to have increased their gambling since they began working in an OLG or resort casino.…

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Approximately 19,000 people are currently employed by Ontario‘s casino industry (J. Berkovitz, personal communication, January 6, 2010), and many more are employed by the province‘s more extensive, general gambling industry. The gambling industry‘s ability to create jobs in Ontario and other parts of Canada has received considerable attention and it seems to often be perceived as an especially important benefit that the industry provides. For example, the CGA recently released an ―Economic Impact Study‖ boasting that Canada‘s gambling industry directly sustains over 135,000 full-time jobs nationwide, with nearly 50,000 of them in Ontario (Canadian Gaming Association, 2008). Such figures were…

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