The Grand National 2018 is upon us once more!

It’s finally here! After a long year of waiting, and an electric Cheltenham Festival, the Grand National 2018 is upon us once more. Grab your suit, your dress or your hat and head to the races! The national is without a doubt one of, if not the biggest racing weekend in the sports calendar, with over a hundred and fifty thousand people turning up to watch the race in person and over a whopping half a billion people watching it televised across the world. That’s 5 times the entire Japanese population!

We’ve got this awesome quiz to test your knowledge on some of the most famous national winners in history. There’s some nice easy ones in there, alongside a few wildcards that only the biggest of horse racing fans could possibly know. Take it, share it with your friends, and most importantly, let us know how you got on! Good luck readers!

Most Profitable Starting Hands and Blackjack Etiquette

Blackjack is a somewhat uncomplicated game, you get a higher card count than the dealer and you win, the dealer busts and you’re within 21… you win.  Whilst all the best games in the world are simple, it’s still a good idea to understand the best starting hands so you can win more often than not!

Additionally, it’s also a good idea to understand the etiquette of playing Blackjack so here are some general rules that are not covered in many blackjack books!

Betting

The highest value of chips should always be at the bottom of the stack and remember to put your chips within the circle once the dealer has called all the bets to finish… do not throw in any more casino chips.

European? American? Variations on casino games explained

You may have been playing table games in European casinos for some time, but are you planning to cross the pond to Vegas and play table games there? Well you might be surprised, there are quite a few notable differences in rules, so before you throw the dice it’s good to be aware of any unknown surprises.

This is certainly not the only differences between Europe and American when you play at some of the best online casino too. In the UK, the casino operator must hold a valid UK license for it to be lawful gambling.  All reputable casinos such as BGO, have this, which means that play is regulated. Therefore, making it safer for the punter and ensures the operator provides protection of players funds, identification, fair gambling, fair marketing and quality customer service.

The History of Table Games

Your favourite online casino games you play, like those reviewed on Casinopedia, all have a history.  What you may not know is the long and twisty roads all these popular games have taken to get to where they are today.

Take for example, poker. This table game is believed to date back nearly 1,000 years, crossing various continents and cultures. The development of poker is even believed to derive from Persian card game ‘’As Nas’’. This game was played with 25 cards with 5 different suites. It possessed similar poker hand rankings, such as three-of-a kind and dates back to the 16th century.

Texas Hold’em Odds and Probability

So you’ve got a casino bonus for Texas Hold’em and think you need a bit of a primer on what the odds and probabilities are so you can try to maximise your advantage play.

Well, you’re in luck as we’ve found a handy guide to some of the more important numbers and probabilities to bear in mind when you’re sitting down at the table.

First and foremost, the odds of being dealt any one hand is about 0.45%. Which might sound like it’s unlikely, but this is for specific combinations (i.e. Ace of Spades and King of Spades), if all you want is cards of a certain rank the odds are significantly higher and the odds of you getting them goes up too.