Poker Database

The poker database is a very important part of the gaming system; to monitor and administer the day-to-day operation of a poker room it is a must. Consider the poker database as essentially the common repository of both dynamic data like game records, money transactions etc. and static data like user profile, game properties etc. and it is extensively used by almost every sub-system. The gaming system uses Oracle database.

The poker database has the following salient features:

o The schema is designed so as to keep it flexible, scalable and easy to maintain by keeping the data integrity, performance, normalization and simplicity in mind.

o Every primary table in the system has a corresponding log table to keep track of the changes in the master data.

o Indexes are chosen carefully to get the better retrieval performance without costing heavily on insertion performance.

o The poker database is accessed from applications using what our programmers call as a bit-mechanic JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) Connection Pool API.

o Applications query/manipulate the data using stored procedures to keep the data access clean and consistent across all the modules of application, at the same time centralizing all the business logic within the poker database.

o The Poker Database has over 300 tables with over 600 stored procedures.

A few of the important tables in the Poker Database:

T_USER: This is a primary table which contains user profile details like, account name, password, first & last name, email-id, address and also other essential user information like affiliate id, referrer, last accessed time etc.

T_GAME_LIVE: It records information about every game played on the site like game number, type of table, table name, time, total rake etc.

T_PLAYER: It records game play information like bets, wins, rake contributions etc. of every game of every user.

T_INVESTIGATION: This is the primary table for capturing the poker investigation team’s findings about a user and his activities on the site and helps for fraud and collusion control.

T_Wallet_Transaction: This table records all user’s real money transactions like purchases, redeems, bonuses etc.

T_BONUS_RULE: This primary table which captures various promotional bonus schemes setup in the System.

T_TOURNAMENT: It records details about the every tournament played on the site, like time, type of tournament, table name etc.

The poker database is a highly essential component of the gaming system. It requires a dedicated team to firstly design the poker database and then manage and maintain it 24/7. It gives absolute inputs to all teams from transaction management, customer service and fraud control as well. If the gaming system has a backbone, it is the poker database.

Casino Games – Online Poker – Part One

Let’s start with differences of online poker from off line poker game and the pros and cons of the online version. The main principal difference is obvious – gamblers, the opponents cannot see each other. Hence, on one hand a player does not have to maintain his “poker image” and on the other hand the player cannot “read” the opponent hand by focusing on the Body Language. So, in online poker room the psychological moment of the game is rather weak, for somebody it is good and for someone it is not so good. In other respects online poker presents only advantages and it will take a long time to name all of them. Here are the main ones.

Any room the same as any online casinos work 24 hours a day 365 days a year and any gambler may play all around the clock hole year.

A player does not have to tog up and go somewhere. Playing poker online at the computer is more comfortable that at the casino table.

The gambler can choose from a wide variety of games including the rarest ones, may play during a fifteen minute break; or leave the table any time. Players may participate in a number of tournaments and cash-games, can play short handed tables or face-to-face, may play at several online poker room tables at a time, play many games in an hour with simultaneous shuffling and dealing. Time limit for decision taking makes the game more dynamic. The players do not have to control and count the jackpot and their own chips.

Playing poker online is a good practice for the beginners playing micro limits which cannot be found in off line casino.

Before playing the game.

If you are ready to play poker online, you should install client programs. Basically the software comprises two parts – server part – here the cards are generated and information about all the gamblers is collected. Client’s part – here the player sees the cards, opponents and makes gaming decisions. Both parts of the software are connected via the Internet and constantly exchange information.

Client programs.

Client programs can be of two types: downloaded (executable programs) and non-downloaded (flash or java, played in the browser). Non-downloaded programs are less convenient though their number is increasing. To play non-downloaded poker room version a gambler should, as a rule, press some button like “Instant Play”, then a small browser window will be opened and the poker room software will be downloaded there. If this is java program, the player should have java scripts enabled in his browser, flash plug-in should be installed to view flash. The players are likely to have Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher with 128-byte encryption.

If you prefer downloaded version (and it is more convenient and functional), please find the section “Download” at the web site and download the program (usually 4-8 Mb, though sometimes occur small ones less than 1MB; they download the software after the launch and then will install the client). When the download is complete, start the program and it will install the client program. As a rule the client will automatically add the icon of the poker room at your desktop or to folder “Programs”.

Rules for the registration at the poker rooms, money depositing and withdrawal of the winning money are the same as in online casinos. When registering, fill out the application, indicate your full name, address, phone number, email, select login and password, and also your screen name that will be used during the poker room playing sessions. Almost all online poker rooms accept cards. There are a few e-wallets such as Moneybookes, Neteller, Firepay and so on to ease the players funding options.

Online Video Poker Games

Video poker is a popular casino game played on a computerized console, similar in size to a slot machine and typically derived from a combination of slot machines and five-card draw poker. With video poker, you don’t play with real people, but against automated computer opponents. Below are some of the most visited websites that offer online video poker games.

Alljackpots.com provides a personal online video poker game, featuring over a dozen classic video poker games ranging from Aces and Faces video poker to Jacks or Better and Tens or Better. The software (which you need to download) features Stats, Analyze Chart, and Autoplay, among others.

Freevideopoker.com is a click-and-play poker video website where users don’t have to install or download any software. There are nineteen different variations of Video Poker available, and if you win at least 100 credits, you can enter the FreeSlots Monthly Sweepstakes to win five $500 prizes and ten $250 prizes.

Intercasino.com video poker games are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and include All American, Double Bonus, Deuces Wild, Jacks or Better, Joker Poker, Tens or Better, Super Jackpot 25c, Super Jackpot $1, as well as Single-Play, Triple-Play, Five-Play and Ten-Play options. You can play for fun or for real with the download or no download version.

Cyberbingo.com offers video poker games that are all flash-based, so that means no download hassles. You need to get a registered username name before playing the video poker games that include All American, Jacks or Better, Deuces Wild, Double Joker, Deuces and Jokers, to name a few.

Casino.com offers web-based, online video poker, based on Shockwave Flash. The latest version, Shockwave 6.5+, works best for the game. You can play without registering a username but, if you want your game score to be recorded on the high score list, you need to log in.

High Five Poker: The Casino Table Game Where the Joker Is Wild

High Five Poker is a casino table game originally developed and marketed by SHFL entertainment. The objective is to have a better five card poker hand than the dealer. If you ever played Pai Gow Poker you’ll find some similarities in that it uses a 53-card deck, where the 53rd card is a Joker. This lone semi-wild card can be used to complete a Straight, Flush, Straight Flush, or Royal Flush; otherwise it can be used as an Ace.

High Five Poker tables are currently at The Brass Ass (real name) Casino in Cripple Creek, CO, which also offers a progressive version.

How High Five Poker is Played

The table has seats for up to six players. Players must first make an Ante wager. The dealer will then deal seven cards face down in a clockwise manner to each player, and seven to him or herself. Each player then examines his or her cards and makes one of the following decisions:

– Fold, forfeiting the Ante bet.

– Discard two cards while keeping the best five card poker hand and make a Play bet equal to the Ante wager.

The dealer then reveals the house cards to make the best five card poker hand. The dealer qualifies if he or she has at least a pair of sixes or against a player who has a straight.

For example, if the dealer has a pair of deuces and player number 1 has a straight, and player number 2 has a pair of three’s, the dealer qualifies against player 1 but not against player number 2. So, what happens to the payouts when the dealer does or does not qualify?

– If the dealer does not qualify, the Ante bet pays even money, and the Play bet pushes.

– If the dealer qualifies and beats the player, the player’s Ante and Play bets lose.

– If the dealer qualifies and is beaten by the player, the player’s Ante and Play bets pay even money.

– If the dealer qualifies and ties the player, the player’s Ante and Play bets push.

The dealer works counter-clockwise when determining the outcome of all of the remaining players’ wagers. The house edge is about 3.6%.

Trips Side Bet

The Trips side Bet pays for a player hand with Three of a Kind or better, regardless if the player wins or loses the hand, according to the following table:

Three of a Kind pays 1/1

Straight pays 2/1

Flush pays 4/1

Full House pays 7/1

Full House (Aces Full) 20/1

Four of a Kind pays 40/1

Straight Flush pays 50/1

Royal Flush pays 100/1

Five Aces (Four Aces w/Joker) 200/1

Pay tables may vary slightly between jurisdictions.

Strategy

The strategy for this game is quite basic in that the dealer does not qualify if he or she has less than a pair of sixes, then you should fold with less than a pair of sixes. Otherwise make a play bet.

The game is relatively simple to play.

Good Luck!

The Basics of Video Poker

Video poker has become one of the most popular games in the real casinos in Las Vegas and other cities around the world as well as the online casinos that populate the Internet. Everyone is playing some form of video poker because it is more interesting than the many slot machines that are also available online as well. There are several different online video poker games and you are able to play for free as well as for real money in most denominations.

Some of the best casino poker online video poker games are deuces wild, jacks are better, bonus poker, jokers wild, double bonus video poker and many other variations. Depending on the online casino you are playing on, they may call the games by different names, however most of them are essentially the same as the ones above.

When you play these poker games online, there are a couple things that you should watch for to ensure that you have the best return for you money and enjoy the online games. These same factors apply to the video poker games you would play in a live casino as well.

Every video poker game has different payouts for various combinations of cards. For example, jacks or better will pay your bet back for a pair of jacks, while in deuces wild or jokers wild, you typically need to have three of a kind before you will win any money.

The best video poker machines will pay 9 credits for a one credit bet when you catch a full house, however many video poker games will only pay 6 credits for the same full house. Obviously you will want to play video poker games that pay 9 credits for a full house if you can find them.

The casino payouts for video poker depend on how much you will bet, however many games will allow up to 5 credits to be wagered. There are some games that will allow as many as 100 credits to be wagered on one hand for those people who are more daring. Playing casino poker is fun and can be an enjoyable past time, whether you are playing online casino video poker or in one of the real casinos. They all have a good selection of poker games to play and you can switch from one to another just by selecting the menu and choosing the video poker game you prefer.