Online poker while cruising

cruise-pokerAll cruise boats have the Internet and people can conduct their regular activities while in a cruise. It is ideal for many as they can relax while remaining in touch with their regular business or pastime. Henceforth we see a lot of people playing online poker or casino games while on the ship. Here is a brief summary of this hobby.

For the past decade, the world of poker has changed immensely due to online poker. Online poker, best described as the virtual version of conventional poker, has helped some realize their financial dreams, while causing others to lose everything. It can be a fun thing to play, but it can also be highly addictive.

Nonetheless, online poker continues to be incredibly popular among a growing number of people in the population. To say that the world of online poker has exploded is an understatement. In 2001, online poker revenue sat at about $82.7 million. Only four years later, the online poker world was worth nearly $2.5 billion. It has grown to such a level that according to Joseph Eve, Certified Public Accounts roughly one out of every four dollars gambled is gambled away online.

One of the reasons that online poker has become so popular is because many novice players feel intimidated going into a casino to play poker against what they see as professional players. In addition, some casinos don’t offer poker as a game because it is difficult to make a good profit from. It is estimated that only one per cent of gambling revenue at a casino comes from poker. As well, online poker allows for extremely cheap bets, as low as one to two cents even. There are also tournaments that do not require an entry fee, attracting beginning poker players.

There is naturally some problems with it, and fraud is a big one. Collusion between players is much easier in a virtual environment despite collusion detection abilities put in place. One such technique is online poker rooms checking IP addresses in order to prevent players in the same household from playing at the same table.


Online poker came about in the late-1990s with IRC poker. Planet Poker came about as the first online cardroom, and the first money poker game online was held on Jan. 1, 1998. The online poker boom really kicked off in 2003 because of the practice of allowing online poker players to play in the World Series of Poker. Chris Moneymaker earned the right to play in the World Series of Poker in 2003 and went on to win the tournament.

This caused a huge ripple through the poker world and it caused online poker to explode in popularity. This impact even earned the name the Moneymaker Effect. In the 2004 World Series of Poker, there were three times as many players as there were in the previous year. Like in 2003, someone who qualified playing online poker ended up winning the tournament. This time, it was Greg Raymer.

As online poker grew in popularity, companies came knocking to cash in. The first was Sportingbet, which was the largest publicly-traded online gaming company. Sportingbet bought for $340 million, making it the first online cardroom bought by a public company. In 2005, PartyGaming (which owns PartyPoker) went public after a market value offering of $8 billion. Currently, 92 per cent of the revenue of PartyGaming comes from online poker.

Today, the majority of online poker is done through major networks like iPoker Network, Full Tilt Poker and Pokerstars. In all, there are 550 online poker websites, and within those, there are 24 stand-alone sites, while the remaining sites are skins that operate on 21 different networks, with iPoker being the largest as it has several skins operating. The largest online poker room is, with 56 per cent of the market share. In 2013, 888 poker became the fourth largest online poker network, overtaking Party Poker.

In regards to how online poker sites make money, there are four ways:

  1. The first involves collecting money from real money ring game pots. This is called the rake, and it is calculated as a percentage of the pot based on a scale and a maximum fee. Each poker room uses its own form of the rake.
  2. The second is through schedule multi-table tournaments where an entry fee is charged. This can be an entry fee for someone to join the tournament, or it can be five to 10 per cent of the total buy-in at the tournament.
  3. Some sites don’t make money from poker, but make money from side games like blackjack, in which the player is playing against the house and in which the house has an advantage.
  4. Through the investment of money that is deposited by players, online poker sites can make money as well. There are several rules in place regarding this though to prevent people losing their money.

Enjoy The Spectacular Sea Views Of Crete

creteThe island of Crete has been considered the cradle of European Civilization for thousands of years. Located on the southern frontier of Europe, famous artists, athletes and important businessmen still discover and admire the natural beauty here. It continues to be a universally popular tourist spot with once in a lifetime views of endless beaches and turquoise seas.

The island is strategically placed in the Mediterranean Sea bordered by the Libyan Sea and the Sea of Crete. All of Europe seems to overflow with tourists from mid July through August. You will find smaller crowds in January and February but the rainfall can be heavier at this time. One of the best times for visiting is in May when the sea is warm and the flowers are blooming. Enjoy the island’s delightful towns without the crush of crowds. Many people decide to plan a great summer trip since it is more convenient to everyone’s schedule.

Crete is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean. It is divided in four prefectures or regions; Rethimno, Heraklion, Chania and Lasithi. There are daily flights here from the Athens airport. The diversity of the landscape will give you ample reason to slow down and enjoy your holiday time. Many people have had great success planning for the best accommodations with a preferred travel agency. They have the personal connections to easily give familiarity with this country.

If you are only interested in a hotel close to major sites, you can let them know ahead of time. They are adept at customizing your vacation and setting the scene for those intimate experiences you were hoping for. The Greek Islands can give a leisure respite, a great location for business trips or a romantic getaway. Teachers love to plan educational student trips to the historic Greek Islands.

Many hotels and restaurants, especially in the resorts, give a superior value. You will enjoy first hand views of rugged, tall mountains rising steeply from the sea form many of the cities, towns and villages. You will definitely want to visit the museums and see the archaeological sites while you are here. You will find remnants of Roman and Turkish aqueducts and architecture as well as the ruins of the ancient Minoan civilization. The Palace of Knossos and the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion will amaze you with wonderful treasure. Olive groves, vineyards, orange and lemon orchards all abound in the lush valleys and mountainsides. They show the essence and the heartbeat of this island. In eastern Crete, you will not want to miss Spinalonga Island located in the Elounda Bay. This is an authentic Venetian fortress that was later occupied by the Turkish.

When you travel, you want to combine style and ultimate comfort. There is a package for every budget. Get the information needed ahead of time and organize the best travel experience on your schedule. How can you go wrong with delicious, fresh cuisine, spectacular scenery and hospitality. Many families are now organizing small group package for family reunion trips. It is also a good idea to gather up to date information on the attractions, child friendly hotels, restaurants and nightlife. Experienced travelers are always on the look out for helpful travel tips.

When you make your first trip to the island, you must experience the Crete coffee shop called a kafeneion. Here you can enjoy a coffee, a beer, a raki, or an ouzo. You will want to try some of the typical Greek foods, especially since it is known to have such great health benefits and nutritional value. Their menu is filled with fish and seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables. One classic is dolmades or stuffed grape leaves. Most of the dishes are seasoned with their famous olive oil and feta cheese. One cheese to try is the hard cheese called Graviera. Myzitra is made of ewe’s milk and Anthotiros is a soft spring, very mild, cheese. Another favorite treat is fresh honey drizzled on Greek yogurt. It is not easy to learn a foreign language but mastering a few essential phrases such as ordering dinner at a nice Greek restaurant can add another dimension to your holiday here.

Cruising on the Mediterranean

cruise ships at SantoriniThe Mediterranean plays host to ancient myths and modern day fantasies.

Whether you want to set sail upon the sea of Ulysses or whether you are looking for a bit of sun and fun, the Mediterranean Sea has something waiting just for you. Here we’ll explore some of the region’s most vibrant delights while delving into its rich past.

Barcelona, Spain

If you come to port in Barcelona, be ready to relax! You’ll enjoy the city’s mild climate, culinary offerings, and cosmopolitan past. For a bit of history, head to the Gothic Quarter in the center of the old city to see buildings dating from the Medieval and Roman periods. If you are hunting for a sizzling night out, find your way to La Rambla, Barcelona’s main drag. After a night of dancing, feast on paella and Sangria under the stars.

Rome, Italy

Rome is the first city that never slept, and it’s keeping that tradition alive. Here in the ancient capital of the Western World, travelers can pay homage to the city’s glorious architectural, artistic, political, and cultural past while delighting in its modern offerings. Whether you are visit the Forum, marveling at the Sistine Chapel, or getting in touch with your bohemian side at the Spanish Steps, Rome will take you there.

Venice, Italy

Poets, philosophers, and emperors may not have much in common, but one thing many of them seem to have reached an agreement on is Venice. The city has long been regarded as the most beautiful in the world. Napoleon once called St. Mark’s Square the finest drawing room in Europe, and it certainly should not be missed if you are lucky enough to visit the fabled city. Visit St. Mark’s to enjoy the sunset at the Doge’s palace and to take photos of the square’s famous lions. If you are feeling romantic, hail a nighttime gondola and wind through the mysterious city by moonlight.

Istanbul, Turkey

At the very Eastern edge of the Mediterranean, Istanbul lies a bit off the beaten track for most Mediterranean cruises but this is a city that is not to be missed. Istanbul was a stately center of learning, commerce, and architecture while Europe wallowed in the Dark Ages. The city’s proud tradition of producing illustrious art and architecture still remains and the modern day visitor delights in its fabled skyline, which is still littered with beautiful domes and soaring minarets. Here you can sip apple tea while bartering in the world’s largest bazaar, visit lofty mosques and ancient churches, and take in the treasury at Topkapi Palace.

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Although the entire country of Monaco is less than one square mile, this tiny country has a big history. Originally a Greek settlement that was conquered by the Romans, modern day Monaco was bought in 1309 by the Grimaldis, who have ruled in the small city-state ever since. Surrounded by the splendor of the French Rivera, Monaco has been home to the Monaco Grand Prix since its inception in 1929. The Grand Prix is still considered to be among the most prestigious automobile races in the world. But you don’t have to be a car buff to love Monte Carlo, visitors here can enjoy the city’s serene Japanese Gardens, it’s world-famous casinos, and its stunning opera house.

Santorini/Thira, Greece

Once an active volcano, Santorini is one of the most iconic destinations in the Cyclades Islands. Around 1500 BC, the volcano in the center of the island erupted, creating a beautiful sunken bay in the island where most ships now dock. Although the eruption was disastrous 3,500 years ago, the rich soil it left behind has produced beautiful wines that are highly sought after for their “special volcanic taste”. Come to Santorini to sip on the gorgeous local vintages and enjoy the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean.