Internet Wire — JamaicaBayCasino.com has announced an intriguing online casino competition, ‘Survivor — a 5-week contest starting July 23 — that will give Internet gamblers throughout the world a chance to match their wits and stamina against one another in eight different games for $10,000 in prize money.
“This will be a terrific competition and lots of fun for the participants,” said the online casino pitboss, Jamaica Joe. “There will be a $5,000 grand prize – one against all, plus several weekly prizes. The ultimate survivor will outplay, outlast and outwin all the other competitors!”
The Jamaicabaycasino.com “Survivor” competition will require participants to play two different games per week for four weeks — with a final championship week that will determine the final survivor. The games include standards like blackjack, roulette, Caribbean stud and mini-baccarat, but also games that are new to many, like Gold Pirates, Omega video poker, Pai Gow poker and Killer Whale.
“Some games will be new for everyone, but players don’t have to be familiar with every game to be a ‘Survivor’,” said Joe, noting that chances for success are increased by practicing the various games prior to the contest kickoff and playing longer than the minimum requirement during the competition.
The five-week competition will include two rounds each week -a Reward Challenge Round, where players will compete for cash prizes based on their high scores, plus an Immunity Challenge Round, which will enable players to avoid elimination and move into the next week of play. He said 90% of week one’s players will survive, 65% of the original field will make it into week three, and 25% into week four. Finally, the top players will advance to the Championship Round, which begins August 25.
According to Jamaica Joe, the scores of players will be determined by their best winning streaks, not by total winnings with the objective being to survive each round and outlast all other competitors. He pointed out that players don’t have to win the most money in each round to advance through the challenges and that scores are not cumulative from week to week.
“All players start out evenly at the beginning of each round,” said Joe, “and the Judi Online consistent player with scores in the middle has just as much chance of surviving to the final round as the top scorers.”
Players will wager their own money during the competition. Go to the casino’s web site to sign up or obtain the contest’s complete rules and information.
Australia Approves Net Gambling Ban
The Australian government today voted to ban Australian-based online gambling sites from offering their services to Australians. The ban also makes it illegal for Australian casinos to provide gambling services to other countries opposed to Internet gambling.
The Senate also voted 33-28 to exclude sports betting and lotteries from the interactive gambling ban, following last minute changes to the proposed legislation. Australian sports books and turf clubs were concerned that the ban would drastically affect their businesses.
According to Communications Minister Richard Alston, the gambling ban takes the necessary action to limit what the government called the tragic economic and social consequences of gambling in Australia.
Senators who voted for the final bill were pleased that the legislation limits overseas access to Australian gambling sites. Senator Bob Brown noted, “What’s bad for Australian households is bad for households elsewhere around the world.”
Australia has been grappling with the issue of problem gambling for years, but opponents of the bill argue that poker- and pull-tab machines in pubs are the real cause of the nation’s gambling problem. They also insist that the bill will not do anything to address the issue.
Opponents to the legislation have argued that the bill would be technologically difficult, if not impossible, to enforce. Many have suggested that the best solution to the problem is a regulated online gaming environment, but the government refused to waver on its committed to a total ban.
Critics of the ban also noted that Australian gaming companies will likely go offshore to get around the restrictions. Senator Brian Greig argued that “Australian companies could still locate themselves in a country where there was no prohibition, such as Vanuatu, and continue their services into those countries.”
The bill does not prohibit offshore operations from providing their services to Australian citizens.