on this site consist of points that casinos have checked
off on questionnaires, with no indication the reviewer
has had any experience with them. Software is not
This site features a superb article on how to choose
a reliable casino; it's a dairy trade journal! Many
portal magazines try to build a reputation for player
advocacy, but the real test is whether they maintain
a blacklist and have bulletin boards that allow can-did
badmouthing. None of that is evident here. This site
may be an advocate for players, but it is not by players.
They do appear, how-ever, to be savvy about staying
away from the seedier operators in the business. Their
lead article emphasizes the importance of the software
brand, though their directory almost never includes
this. It acknowledges that the descriptions of e-casinos
are provided by the advertisers themselves. One of
its top 50 is Grand Dominican (see Beef list).
This is a small portal with a few extras, but it has
a separate cat-egory for e-casinos offering cash bounties.
This site contains some articles of interest and a
long, inclu-sive list of e-casinos. They request that
viewers inform them of any unlisted establishments.
There is no apparent effort to screen entries on the
list; First Live is on there
This is a familiar mix of a few articles with lots
of banner ads. It includes a link to First Live in
its search database. There is no blacklist or identification
of advertisers' software.
term "pair" applies very loosely here. It
refers to hands that have some strength by virtue
of matched ranks-in other words, a pair, two pair,
or trips. (A starting hand of high cards can be included
in this category because of its good chance of quickly
becoming a high pair.) Obviously I am lumping together
a wide range of hands, but the commonality of these
hands is not in their absolute strengths; it's in
their vulnerability to straights, flushes, and higher-ranking