Poker has now started dominating the online gaming industry, offering round-the-clock poker tournaments. All that is required for online poker is a computer with Internet connection. An online poker room is actually a company that allows players to use its software to participate in the poker game. Online poker rooms generally make profit by incurring a percent of money from most of the played pot, known as rake. In real, rakes range between 5 and 20%. But, online poker rooms charge only 5% as rake, since the overhead expenses are low.
Before selecting an online poker room, it is vital to check whether its connections are protected by a reliable Internet security firm. Another requirement for online poker room is a license from a trusted gaming commission. The next is to check whether the poker room offers unique features like multi-table features, personalization features, and operating system compatibility. Player traffic also plays an important role in online poker rooms. The larger the traffic, the more games you can participate in and the more players you may win or lose against.
In addition, the level of bonuses and promotions of online poker rooms must be checked for. But, beware of scams involved in it. For instance, some online poker rooms advertise to offer huge bonuses. Sometimes, it may not be a scam. However, it is always advisable to play in respectable poker rooms, offering reasonable bonuses. Other important factors to be considered for selecting an online poker room are financial stability, accessible customer service, and ease of competitions. Player reviews are regarded as one of the best sources to compare various online poker rooms and choose an appropriate online poker room.
Online poker rooms include poker rooms of large online poker networks and independent poker rooms. A poker room belonging to online poker networks is called a skin. Some of the top names in poker networks with online poker rooms are The Cryptological Network, iGlobal Media, Prima Poker, and The Tribeca network. Among the significant independent poker rooms are Poker Champs, Pacific Poker, and Paradise Poker.
First of all, what is myVegas? It’s a set of decent online slot games operating like a casino slot machine, created by the MGM Entertainment Group (they own many Vegas resorts and casinos). Unlike most online slot games, it’s free and it does not pay money: it pays by giving you loyalty points, released in sets of 10. You can use ‘free chips’ (which you can accumulate in various ways, explained below) to play and you will amass loyalty points you can use to redeem free Vegas rooms, free Vegas buffets, free drinks and other ‘gifts’ from various MGM resorts (in Las Vegas). You play it as a game application within your Facebook or Twitter account. Go to your Facebook or twitter account and do an inside search for myVegas; find and ‘download’ this game application and… You’re set! It’s easy. There are specific tips and tricks you can adopt to maximize play and earn loyalty points faster, and we (the top-buffet team) have written them in a quick, easy way (scroll down this page to know more).
You will need a significant amount of points before you can start claiming your free rooms or free buffets; some comps (complimentary items) are cheap, such as a free entrée in a popular restaurant; others, such as free Vegas rooms in high end resorts like Aria, are more expensive. However, if you play daily (even if a little each day), you will quickly amass the necessary points for all the Vegas freebies you want. We (top-buffet), have played in various ways, redeemed tons of free Vegas rooms and devised a practical, easy guide to help you do the same.
myVegas: how to get free chips and early loyalty points.
You do not have to buy the chips, ever, unless you want to do so once (say the minimum, a 5 or 10 dollar purchase) to qualify for 3 redeemable items per month (rather than the usual 2). There are 3 excellent ways to get free chips
- Through the daily spin; each day, as you start the game a daily spin pop up will show and you can earn a small or a very large number of chips with which to play. Do this every day, since this way you will accrue a multiplier (up to 5), which means that your free chips will be multiplied! If you stop one day it will reset to 1.
- Through the daily game feed; when you are in your Facebook or twitter account, search for the application ‘myvegas game feed’; download it (it’s really simple, it’ll tell you how it works once it’s on) and collect your daily feeds, which become more the higher number of friends you have, capped to 20,000 free chips a day (not bad!)
- Through ‘receiving gifts’ from your myVegas friends; you will also ‘send gifts’ daily: once you have the game on (by clicking on the symbol ‘myVegas slots’, on the top left side of screen you will read ‘rewards’, ‘games’ and ‘more’; click on ‘more’ and you’ll read the options ‘send gifts’ and ‘invite friends’; once you’ve clicked it’s pretty easy to see what you have to click; they are both ways of ‘sending gifts’ thus, in a 2-way system, of receiving gifts (free chips and occasionally free loyalty points) from the same people. To accept gifts, besides the usual pop-up which will prompt you to do so regularly, you can click on the notification tool on the top right of your screen (the world map symbol in Facebook) and click on any option bearing the myVegas symbol; they will often read ‘xxx sent you a request’. It’s all much easier than it sounds; you don’t even need a guide to go through how the game works, but the above is a brief one anyway! Once you have hundreds or thousands of friends, you will accrue a large number of free chips thanks to the send/receive gifts system. We have written a section about accumulating friends (what you must and must not do), as well as a quick, practical guide for myVegas, with tips and tricks to earn loyalty points quickly and efficiently. See below: