Casino Games – Poker Intellectual Component – Part One

According to the historians’ statements and to the archaeologists’ testimonies, games have existed throughout the whole history of human society. Before we start to learn more about poker we would like to formulate the general classification of games and to identify the place of poker within its frames. Mostly classifications are relative but still we need them in order to have the general idea of any phenomenon.

Athletic games, intellectual games and gambling.

Athletic games: the idea of the game, where the final result (victory or defeat) is achieved largely at the expense of athletic qualities of the competitors.

Intellectual games: the idea of the game, where the final result (victory or defeat) is achieved largely at the expense of intellectual qualities of the competitors.

The relativity of these definitions is obvious. Athletic games (boxing, football or any other type) surely contain intellectual component. In every type of games we have to think. The majority of famous athletes today prefer to keep their personal athletic diaries where they describe in every detail all of their competition and training matters.

Standing apart from others is the third type of games: gambling and casino games.

The definition of gambling and casino games based on the idea of the game, where the final result (victory or defeat) is achieved by chance. In such kinds of games the athletic or intellectual or any others qualities of the competitors are not principal. Believe it or not but according to this classification poker belongs to the second category, intellectual games. Let’s turn to the more detailed review of the latter.

Intellectual games. Games with almost perfect information and games with inexact information.

Games with almost perfect information: the idea of the game where all the game information (the position, the players’ actions) is fully open to all participants of the game.

To tell the truth there is restricted information even in that kind of games. That is: every player has its own idea of the game action and these thoughts as a rule are unknown to others. Chess is the most striking example of intellectual games with almost perfect information.

Games with inexact information: the idea of the game, where the part of information is mutually hidden from all its participants. The information type can be different. For example in backgammon the game position and players’ actions are fully open, however, the result of future dice toss is unknown to all of participants. In turn, in poker the scope of hidden information is bigger: the unknown information is not only the future coming out of cards from a pack but also the cards of each participant because they are hidden from the rest participants of the game.

We have made this preliminary analysis in order to draw the readers’ attention to the comparison of two types of intellectual games. As an example for a game with almost perfect information we will examine chess, as this game is probably well-known to our readers. As an example of games with inexact information we will study poker.

We have found out that in both the games the final result is achieved by intellectual qualities. But the intellectual effort is just a verbal definition. What does it stand for?

Mobile Casino Games – Part One

Nowadays hardly anybody will be surprised at online games. But the technology forges ahead, now you can play not only at home, but almost in any point of the world. I am talking about mobile casino games. Everybody has a mobile phone (smartphone, PDA, Palmtop Computers), the coverage is increasing, so the possibilities for playing are impressive. Let us have a look what mobile casinos and mobile poker rooms offer us.

Mobile casinos entered the market of mobile games earlier, therefore, there is much more variety here now. Mobile casino games are offered by gambling technology specialists Spin3 (a company that is associated with major casino games software provider “Microgaming”), as well as “Play Tech”. So far only a limited number of online casinos with the software of these companies offer mobile casino games, but their number is gradually growing. There are a number of mobile casinos with their proprietary software affiliated to large online gaming companies, as well as independent mobile casinos. It should be stated at once that it is better to play in mobile casinos, which are represented by famous and well known online casinos: it is more reputable, more convenient, more depositing and winning withdrawal options, reliable customer support etc.

Starting to play mobile casino games a player has to open an account in a corresponding online casino. Sometimes it is possible to do it through a mobile phone, but it is more convenient to do it through a computer, the internet and mobile account are the same as a rule. The majority of deposit methods, in particular, all the electronic payment systems, will also work only through a computer client, though, the player can make a deposit from a card directly by means of a mobile phone. Downloading your favourite casino games on a mobile it is also convenient to have a computer at hand – complete a special registration form on the casino web site, enter your phone number, select a country and a game and receive an SMS- message on your phone with the direct link for downloading.

Again, in principle, it is possible to open a WAP version of the casino using the mobile and download games directly from there, but it is less convenient. In contrast to an online casino where you can download the whole package of games, games are downloaded here one by one, and the choice is not so wide, approximately ten games: black jack, baccarat, roulette, video poker, keno and various slots. The games are not very big, about 200-300 Kb. It is not difficult to guess that there are certain requirements for your mobile phone. As a matter of fact the majority of contemporary phones meet the mobile casinos requirements. On the sites of mobile casinos it is possible to check whether they will work on your phone.

The game is downloaded, you have a login and a password, the money is on the account and you can start playing. I will only make a remark that for safety purposes in contrast to online casino in mobile phones it is impossible to record the password, therefore, if you lose a phone, casino money will not be lost.