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The Single Page Online Gambling List

Both rookie and veteran online gamblers struggle with locating basic information about online casinos, online poker rooms, and online sports books. Things as simple as:

  • Does the site accept real-money players from the United States? If so, from all states, or are some states barred?
  • What is the new play offer, its limits, and its playthrough requirements?
  • What are the deposit methods that are offered to which countries, and what are their limits, fees, processing times, and how frequently can a deposit be requested?
  • What are the payout methods that are offered to which countries, and what are their limits, fees, processing times, and how frequently can a payout be requested?

To make it as simple as possible to locate this information about online gambling sites, I have spent may hours tracking down and compiling this information into The Single Page Online Gambling List. It’s a long page that ain’t pretty but it is functional — it displays all the basic information that I described above for top online gambling sites. Currently, it lists 14 online casinos, 4 online poker rooms, and 4 online sportsbooks — representing the best-of-the-best, 5-star sites from my Online Casino Gambling Directory. As time goes on, more sites will be added to the list.

If you use my list, please do me two favors:

  1. If you like a site, click on the site’s link from The Single Page Online Gambling List. You can click on the site’s name at the top or the bottom of the site’s summary table.
  2. Tell your friends. Please share The Single Page Online Gambling List with them via email, social media, etc.

I’ve been playing at every conceivable online gambling site for over 10 years. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me. My email address, and other information about me and my site, is listed on the About The Online Casino Gambling Directory page.

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Are You Ready for Some FOOTBALL!

With NCAA football just around the corner, and the NFL preseason already underway, it’s time to think about getting set up with your online sportsbook account.

Whether you are new to betting sports, or are looking to bet smarter by adding additional books so that you can shop lines, I can recommend three online sportsbooks for the upcoming football season.

  • BetOnline Sportsbook
    • Use promo code FIRST on your first-ever deposit to score a 25% bonus, worth up to $1,000.00 in sports free plays. Get a 25% bonus on your subsequent deposits using promo code LIFEBONUS. Both promotions have only a 6x rollover.
    • Full site review here.
  • Top Bet Sportsbook
    • 50% match on your first deposit. Win up to $10 with no risk on every Monday Night Football Game. Free contests run all week. And get $5 free at the casino.
    • Full site review here.
  • Bovada Sportsbook
    • 50% match on your first deposit. Online sports betting has never been easier than with Bovada. Bet anywhere, anytime with our Mobile Betting, Live Sports Betting, and In-Play Betting odds and action.
    • Full site review here.

I can recommend these sites because:

  • I have personally used these sites without any problems
  • These site have been in business for years
  • They are rated 4 or 5 (out of 5) stars at my site — The Online Casino Gambling Directory
  • They accept players from must jurisdictions, including the United States
  • Deposits are a breeze using most major credit cards
  • New players get a 25% or more deposit bonus
  • Cashouts are free / low-cost

As always, if you have any questions, send me an email and I will be happy to help!

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Top 5 Reputable Online Casinos from Genesys Group

I’ve been dealing with the Genesys Group for several years. I’ve written about them several times on this blog and have referred many players to their online casinos.

These guys are legit. I’ve not had one complaint from any of the players that I have referred to them. When I myself have conducted testing of their online casinos, I was able to easily deposit with my credit card, claim bonuses, and cashout without issue. The games are above average, and their chat agents are knowledgeable, helpful, and do not give you any kind of runaround when asking about cashout methods, timelines, and fees.

One of the top benefits to playing at a Genesys Group online casino is that they process your cashout back to the credit card that you used to deposit. This is very rare for an online casino to be able to do this. And it’s wildly convenient.

Two other benefits at all of the Genesys Group online casinos:

  • Low initial deposit ($20)
  • Nice deposit bonus (100%)

As of this writing, Genesys Group operates five online casinos: I’ve listed them below. My personal favorite is Treasure Mile because it supports both mobile and desktop platforms.

You can find full-page reviews for each of these sites linked from this page on The Online Casino Gambling Directory.

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Marking 10 Years in Online Gambling

This month marks my 10th year in the online gambling industry:

Oh, how things have changed since 2005.

Thinking back over the past 10 years, here’s my take on just some of big shifts that have happened in the industry. In no particular order…

  • Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 : A rider on a “must-pass” port security bill, the UIGEA resulted in the banning  of US players by 100s of online gambling sites. There are still several dozen online gambling sites that accept US players, but only a fraction of the number that were available prior to this act.
  • In 2008, Kentucky attempts to seize gambling site domains in an effort to stop illegal online gaming. Sites are down for at most a day or two; most just redirected to a .net or .eu domain. However, many online gambling sites now specifically ban players from this state.
  • Absolute Poker / Ultimate Bet Online Poker Cheating Exposed on 60 Minutes in 2008 : Savvy players analyzed online poker hand histories and discovered statistical anomalies that alerted them to the cheating. Former owner Russ Hamilton has since admitted his guilt in this scandal, having stolen around $17M.
  • Online Poker’s “Black Friday” of 2011 : Online poker in the United States is decimated as PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker were indicted on charges of bank fraud, money laundering, and illegal gambling. It still has not recovered. Settlement talks are ongoing, some agreements have been reached, and some of the brands are attempting to make a comeback as US states begin to legalize and regulate intrastate online poker.
  • 2012 to present, states are moving to legalize and regulate intrastate online gambling. Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey all have some form of legal, regulated online gambling, with California, Washington, and other states not far behind. States are essentially claiming that online gambling, like lotteries and land-based casinos, are the purview of the states and not the feds — and it seems like no one is going to challenge that.

Some recent trends include:

  • The rate at which new online gambling sites come online has rapidly decelerated. Years ago, there were several new sites a month; now, I rarely hear about a new site coming online.
  • Many of the disreputable sites have gone out of business. Of the online gambling sites that remain, the vast majority are reputable, have been around for years, and have all the hallmarks of being in business for years to come.
  • Online gambling sites have adapted their sites to tablets and mobile phones; more and more players are playing on their iPads, iPhones,  and Android devices.
  • Just recently in the United States, some online gambling sites are paying out winnings to a player’s credit card. An all-electronic deposit and withdrawal system is necessary for widespread adoption of online gambling. Pre-UIGEA, NetTeller filled this role, but they were busted, paid fines, relocated from Canada to another jurisdiction, and currently steers clear of all United States markets.
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Online Gambling Winnings Paid to Credit Card for $9

When you gamble online and win, there are few affordable and convenient means of getting paid. Until now, that is…

Intertops Casino, Poker Room, and Sportsbook has recently deployed CardPay as a payout method. CardPay pays your winnings to a credit card that you had previously used to make a deposit. There is a small $9 fee per transaction, and it can be used to process payouts of between $100 and $5000. The payout takes between 3 – 7 business days after your payout has been approved by Intertops.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more affordable or convenient payout method at any online gambling site.

Intertops Casino, Poker, and Sports

If you don’t already have an account at Intertops Casino, Poker, and Sportsbook, you really should sign up. Play at the casino, in the poker room, and place your sports bets all from a single account.

Here are the current bonuses that Intertops is offering its new players.

  • Casino: 100% bonus on initial deposits of between $20 and $100, with a playthrough of 30 x (deposit + bonus). No cap on winnings. Use bonus code SIGNUP100.
  • Poker: 200% bonus on initial deposits of between $20 and $500, released in $5 increments based on your play in the first 90 days. Also, entry into their $500 new depositor freeroll (top 3 pay out as:  $250 / $150 / $100). No cap on winnings. Use bonus code 1000ITP.
  • Sportsbook: 20% bonus on initial deposits of between $20 and $500, with a playthrough of 8 x (deposit + bonus). No cap on winnings. Contact support after making your deposit to claim this bonus.

Intertops accepts real-money players from all US States, and is one of the very few to accept real-money poker players from all US States.

Click here to sign-up at Intertops!

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Great deal for new BetOnline sportsbook members

October is such a great time for sports in the United States. With the MLB Playoffs in full swing, the NFL division races starting to take some shape, and the excitement of NCAA football, nearly every day provides a chance to make a bet and add a little more flavor to your days and evenings rooting for your favorite teams.

For October 2014 only, BetOnline is offering a 50% bonus for new members. This is double the normal deposit bonus that they normally offer, and is a great way to:

  • Add another sportsbook to your list so you can shop for best lines, or
  • Get started with a reputable online sportsbook.

The minimum deposit that you must make to get the bonus is $50. In order to get the maximum bonus, you’ll want to make a $2000 deposit and get a $1000 bonus. Most credit cards are accepted. In any event:

  • You must use a link in this post to signup at BetOnline, and
  • Enter promo code OCT50 when making your initial deposit.

The bonus comes with a 10x playthrough, meaning that you will need to wager 10x your deposit before you can request a payout. For a deposit bonus this big — 50% — this is a reasonable playthrough requirement. There are others terms and conditions, so be sure to read up on them before making your deposit.

Speaking of payouts, BetOnline offers several methods. For players in the United States, they offer:

  • Person-to-Person (e.g. Western Union, MoneyGram) for payouts between $50 and $900. However, the fees are very high for this type of payout ($34 – $180). (You may be interested to note that you’ll find these high fees at any online sportsbook for a Person-to-Person payout; that’s because the fees are set by the processor, not the sportsbook.)
  • Checks for payouts between $500 and $2500. Checks must be deposited at a bank (not a Check-And-Go or similar store), and carry a very reasonable fee of between $25 – $50 which you determine by how quickly you want the check delivers (slower is cheaper).
  • Bank Wires for your really big payouts, up to $15K each. These carry a fee of up to $75 charged by BetOnline, plus your bank fees to accept an international wire transfer (could be free, but is typically around $30).
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Online Poker in the USA – Making Sense of Fees and eWallets

Since Black Friday in April 2011, online poker players in the United States have been struggling with not only where to play, but also with how to make deposits and withdrawals from their accounts in a way that minimizes the fees to conduct these transactions. Granted, medium-to-high-stakes players probably worry less about these fees, but for recreational, low-stakes players, fees make a difference.

I’ve written previously about the few online poker rooms that are still accepting new US-based real-money players. As a quick review, they are:

This is a 5 star site. Click to read more about star ratings. This site accepts US players from only 49 states. Barred states are: WA MD. Doyles Room Poker100% bonus on initial deposits between $25 and $1000!

This is a 5 star site. Click to read more about star ratings. This site accepts US players from all 50 states. Bodog Poker110% bonus on initial deposits between $20 and $1000!

This is a 5 star site. Click to read more about star ratings. This site accepts US players from only 49 states. Barred states are: KY. Cake Poker110% bonus on initial deposits between $25 and $545!

This is a 4 star site. Click to read more about star ratings. This site accepts US players from all 50 states. Poker4Ever100% bonus on initial deposits between $10 and $500!

I’ve just spent several hours running down as many details as I can about their deposit and withdrawal options, and their associated fees. It is frustrating to say the least. Often times, the information that they have on their sites is out of date, unclear, or is contradictory to information that they have published elsewhere.

So, as far as I can tell, only DoylesRoom offers online poker with no fees for certain deposit and withdrawal methods. Specifically, DoylesRoom offers no-fee Visa deposits ($20 minimum); in addition, they will credit to your account any fees incurred when depositing via Western Union or MoneyGram (both $200 minimum). On the withdrawal side,  they offer 1 free check-by-mail per month ($20 minimum), as well as debit cards ($5 monthly fee + per-load and per-use fees).

Remember the good old days of  the free (or nearly free) e-wallets like FirePay, NetTeller, eWalletXpress, EcoCard, Click2Pay, QuickTender/UseMyWallet? Me too. 🙁  The current e-wallets that are accepted by various online poker sites all have 5% or more fees by the time you perform one deposit and one withdraw. The online poker site itself does not charge any fees to use these e-wallets, but the fees to load the e-wallet and then make a withdraw are substantial.

  • BoDog Poker supports MyPaylinQ, which loads via credit cards at 7% fee, or for free via Western Union (WU). But the only payout option is WU with a $20 MyPaylinQ fee + WU fees.
  • Cake Poker supports MoneyLineWallet (MLW), which charges $4 per load from your linked checking account. However, Cake Poker cannot payout back to your MLW account. Even if they could, there are MLW payouts fees — via a check for <$1000 (the fee is $10) and via a Bank Wire for larger amounts (with a $55 fee (plus your bank may charge an incoming international wire fee)).
  • Poker4Ever supports PICCLUB, which has the same load and payout fees as MyPaylinQ.
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DoylesRoom Review – Most US Players Welcome

Real money online poker players that reside in the United States have fewer options for their online poker play since Black Friday of April 2011. As I am sure you are aware, many online poker rooms have left the United States market in light of the FBI’s actions on that day.

DoylesRoom.ag has decided to keeps its online poker room open to US players. They are even allowing new accounts to residents of the United States (except WA and MD residents). They have recently moved to the Yatahay Online Poker Network, joining a half dozen or so other online poker rooms on the network. In addition, they are offering a LIMITED TIME initial deposit bonus of 100% when you deposit between $50 and $1000.

Doyle’s Room deals Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud, and 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo tournaments (both normal and turbo) and cash games in fixed limit (FL), pot limit (PL) and no limit (NL) formats. You can easily find your favorite game using the filters provided in the poker lobby.

The easiest way to make a deposit at Doyle’s Room is with your Visa card. Otherwise, you can deposit via a Bank Wire or a Person-to-Person transfer; however, these deposit options are obviously less convenient than depositing via your Visa credit card. There is a $50 minimum deposit — this is perfectly reasonable, in my opinion.

Your best withdraw option is probably a bank draft / check. Checks can be requested for between $25 and $2500 once per week and have no fee! You can also choose debit cards as your withdrawal method, but there is a $5 monthly fee, plus a load fee of $2 each time that you load the card. Debit cards usually also have a per-transaction fee when you use the debit card to make a purchase.

Your online poker options are limited if you live in the United States. Doyle’s Room is a solid online poker room that you should consider for your online poker play.


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Win cash in skill game tourneys

If you think that you’re better than most players at skill games like checkers, chess, backgammon, gin, cribbage, dominoes, canasta, and solitaire games, I have a great site for you. GameColony hosts both free and cash skill game tournaments, and players from 35 US States are eligible to play. (Players are barred from: Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, South Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Washington and Vermont.).

Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up for an account at GameColony — it took me about a minute, since all you need to provide is your choice of a screen name and password, and your birth year.
  2. Use the free-play option to check out the games that they have to offer. You’ll want to get familiar with the games and the rules before you play for cash.
  3. Fund your account using PayPal or a credit card for as little as $5.95. You get $Tickets in exchange for your deposit.
    • 5 $Tickets for — $5.95
    • 10 $Tickets for — $10.95
    • 25 $Tickets for — $26.95
    • 50 $Tickets for — $51.95
    • 100 $Tickets for — $103.95
  4. Play the games either head-to-head or in multi-person tourneys for $Tickets. Approximately 85% of the $Ticket entry fees are returned to the winners.
  5. Any time that you have more than 2 $Tickets, you can convert them back to cash and make a withdrawal back to your PayPal or credit card. Withdrawals in excess of your original deposit are sent to you as a check.

Good luck at the games!

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Low Minimum Deposit and High New Player Bonus at Poker Stars

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If you do not yet have an account at Poker Stars, now is the time to take the plunge. Poker Stars is a 5-star rated premier online poker room, touting such players as Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer, Joe Hachem, Barry Greenstein, Isabelle Mercier, Daniel Negreanu, and dozens more. They offer one of the lowest deposit amounts in the industry — just $10 for credit card deposits, and $25 for eCheck deposits — and recently announced their largest initial deposit bonus ever offered — 100% up to $600 using bonus code STARS600.

Poker Stars accepts players from all US states, as well as from most other countries in the world.

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