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    • Jess
      What are Asian Totals?
      In our last piece we dissected the use of Asian Handicaps in sports betting. Asian Totals are similar in the way that results are generated and formed, however the market has no bearing on the result of the game. Instead, it is concerned with how many goals are scored during a match. 
      While you might be wondering whether these markets are just totals (over/under) markets, there are distinct differences. 
      Similar to Asian Handicaps, these markets can be graded as a half-win or a half-loss, rather than just a win, loss or push. While regular total markets use whole and half numbers, Asian Totals use quarter numbers. For the sake of this guide, we will go through both. 
      Let’s start with a totals market, using whole numbers. 
      Manchester United vs Liverpool 
      Betting on over 2 total goals will mean:
      If there are 3 goals in the match, your bet will grade as a win.
      If there are 2 goals in the match, your bet will grade as a push and your stake will be returned to you. 
      If there is 1 goal in the match, your bet will be graded as a loss. 
      Using half numbers is a lot simpler. 
      Betting on over 1.5 total goals will mean: 
      If there are 2 goals in the match, your bet will grade as a win. 
      If there is 1 goal in the match, your bet will grade as a loss. 
      Asian totals get a little more confusing than this, with quarter numbers being a huge part of the market. This also results in the possibility of a half loss or a half win outcome. 
      Let’s stick with Manchester United vs Liverpool. 
      Betting on over 3.25 goals means half your stake is on Over 3’ and the other is on ‘Over 3.5’. Therefore;
      If the total goals for the match are 4 or more, your bet will grade as a win. 
      If there are 3 goals in the match, your bet is graded as a half loss and you are given half your stake back.
      If there are 2 goals or less, your bet is a loss. 
      If you are betting on under 3.25 goals, it means half your stake is on ‘Under 3’ and the other half on ‘Under 3.5’
      If there are 4 or more goals in the match, your bet is a loss. 
      If there are 3 goals, your bet is a half win.
      If there are 2 or less goals, your bet is graded as a win. 

    • Jarrod
      There are certain types of bets within the sports betting landscape that are unusually unique. Whilst being different in the way that you can bet on teams to get within a certain margin of the favouring team, these bets can also result in a half-win or a half-loss. These are interesting concepts that we will go through later on. With our sportsbook now live, knowing the ins and outs of markets is going to be key.
      Regular handicap markets
      Handicap markets basically mean adding or subtracting a value from a team, or the events final score. Some handicap markets level out the odds and add value for a team to win or to lose a match, completely changing the landscape of the way you’re betting on a match-up.
      A team may be short odds, and realistically an extremely strong chance of winning the match. A punter may find more value in using the handicap markets for the match, backing them to win over a certain margin in order to get more appealing odds. We will get into some specific examples later on. 
      Regular handicap markets are normally split into two. Some of them use whole numbers, and the other uses half numbers. 
      When using whole numbers, there are three outcomes. A win, loss or a push. 
      In this instance, a push (or a void) means that you get your money back. If in a multi-bet, the leg gets taken out of the bet and the odds are adjusted accordingly. 
      These types of markets are popular in most sports, but for the sake of this article, let’s use Manchester United vs Liverpool as an example.
      If you’ve bet on Manchester United +1, you need to add 1 goal to their final score. If they are winning after that goal is added, your bet wins. However using this example, let’s say outcomes below are taken at exact full time score.
      Manchester United +1 If Manchester United win or draw, your bet is a winner.  If they lose by 1 goal, your bet will be voided (pushed) and you will get your money back.  If they lose by 2+ goals, your bet has lost.  Conversely, betting on Liverpool -1 means you need to subtract one goal from their score.
      Liverpool -1 If Liverpool lose, your bet is a loss. If they win by 1 goal, your bet is voided. If they win by 2+ goals, your bet is a winner.  When half numbers are added to handicap markets, it simply eliminates the possibility of your handicap resulting in a tie. This means the element of voiding or pushing a bet does not exist. Therefore, there will be two outcomes in this scenario.
      Manchester United +1.5 If Manchester United lose by 2 or more goals, the bet is a loss. If Manchester United lose by 1 goal, or draw/win, the bet is a winner.  Liverpool -1.5 If Liverpool win by 2+ goals, the bet is a winner. If Liverpool win by 1 goal, or draw/lose, the bet is a loss.   
      Asian handicap Markets
      Asian handicaps are the only handicaps with quarter numbers, and it can be quite confusing. There are four outcomes that can come from these bets: Win, loss, half-win or half-loss. This is very unique in the plethora of sports betting, another reason for making this guide. 
      Bets can be placed on quarter number such as 0.25, 0.75, 1.25, etc. 
      Manchester United +1.25 If Manchester United win/draw, the bet is a winner.  If they lose by 1 goal, half of your bet is a push and the other half is a win. You will receive half your winnings and half stake back. If they lose by 2+ goals, your bet is a loss.  Liverpool -1.25 If Liverpool lose, the bet is a loss.  If they win by 1 goal, half your bet is a push and the other half is a loss. You will receive half stake back, but will lose the other half. If they win by 2+ goals, your bet is a winner.  Handicap betting is becoming more and more popular in the betting sphere, giving punters a different value and perspective on each and every match. 

    • Jarrod
      If you’ve never played Slots before, you may be wondering what it is you’re actually looking for when you see your reels spinning. You might be seeing multipliers and big wins, but you could also be seeing icons and having no idea what they mean, or how you’re winning.
      Slots is quite different to most of our other games, in the way that it really isn’t a game where you can stake a huge amount from the get-go, double your money, and potentially leave. Ultimately, the aim of Slots is to get the bonus round and to get free spins. You need to play the long game with slots. There is a different level of risk, but the rewards can be well worth it. 
      Slots are as aesthetically pleasing as any game could be, with its simplicity of gameplay a key feature of the popular casino game. With our Egyptian themed slots game, you will be able to focus on the length of detail our team has put in, as well as the jackpots and other winning formulas. Let’s begin with the patterns that you should be looking for. 
      Our slots are running with 20 paylines, each with their own winning pattern. There is a huge difference between playing one payline, and playing all 20. As you will see from the image below, playing just one line only gives you the opportunity to win from that one pattern (1). While it does cost more per payline, each one gives you a better chance of hitting a pattern that is going to give you a return. 
      One thing that you must remember at all times is that multipliers are divided by how many lines you are playing. Obviously you have a higher chance of winning through a pattern if you are playing all 20 lines - it is lower risk. Through these 20 lines, payouts will be lower. 
      If you are lucky enough to spin 5 wilds on payline 1, you will receive a 10,000x payout if you are just playing one line. If you are playing all 20 lines, your payout is just 500x. Payouts will be explained later in more detail.
      Will you risk getting the highest payouts, or bank on spinning regular patterns by playing 20 lines?

      Pay Table
      All paylines are won from left to right, and are based around the symbol that starts off your winning pattern. For example; three hearts will pay you a 10x multiplier - as shown in the image below. 
      Remember that you are paying per line. Each win is multiplied by the amount you have spent ‘per line’ - not your total stake.

      Wild’s are a little different from every other symbol. Wild’s are replaced by any symbol that gives you a win. For example; the spin below.
      You can see that the spin above resulted in a line 1 win. Two red diamonds in a row resulted in this win, with the wild (in this line) also becoming a red diamond.

      Wins with Wilds are also paid double. This is important to remember. 
      In the case of 2-4 wilds appearing in a correct payline, you will be paid out on your highest multiplier - not both. That is, if you spin ‘wild, heart, wild’ on line 1, you will be paid on three hearts (20x) rather than two wilds (10x). 
      Then there are Scatters, which have nothing to do with paylines. Scatters can appear anywhere along your reels, and you are paid out accordingly. But it is spinning three or more scatters that can award you an ultimate reward - free spins. 
      Three or more scatters takes you to the bonus round, giving you 15 free spins. These can double up, if you are lucky enough to spin three scatters during the bonus round.You can earn up to 180 free spins during one round. All wins are tripled during bonus rounds, except if you get five wilds - this will stay at a 10000x multiplier.
      You are going to experience many spins where you will win multiple lines, in multiple ways. Understanding all the images above and how they work is going to be key in understanding why you’re (or why you’re not) winning. 
      We are ecstatic that we are able to bring this to you, something we truly believe is one of the best slots games on the net.

    • Jarrod
      With our sportsbook imminently on the way, we thought it was about time that we delved deeper into some of the more complex parts of the product. We have spoken about how our current casino can be played in a sportsbook type format, and we have teased the fact that we are getting closer and closer to releasing a product that is going to turn the industry on its head.
      It’s about time we increase the hype, and it’s about time we prepare to make the leap into the world of sports. One thing that is integral to our sportsbook are the odds. No odds, no bets.
      Odds can be displayed in a number of ways. You may have seen Decimal, Fractional or American format. Those same three ways of comparing and displaying odds that we will dissect in this piece.
      Decimal odds is the most common way of displaying odds, as it is the most popular one with customers. It is also one of the easiest to calculate. All you need to do is multiply the amount you wish to bet by the odds that are offered.
      Odds x stake = return Let’s take this hypothetical for example:
      Barcelona: 2
      Draw: 3.25
      Real Madrid: 3.80
      If you’re having $50 on Real Madrid:
      3.80 x 50 = $190 Your return includes your original stake - meaning your real profit is $190.
      Fractional odds are also a popular way of displaying odds, especially in the UK. However, the difficulty in comparing them to other odds means fractional odds are becoming more out of favour. In saying that, they are a key part of the history of sports betting - something we don’t plan on losing with our product.
      The big difference between decimal and fractional odds is that when using fractional, the odds show your real profit rather than showing your total return.
      The easiest way to understand this form of odds is using this short formula:
      How much you’ll win/how much you’ll stake Therefore, if your odds are 7/1 - a $1 stake will win you $7. 
      If you need to calculate your returns on a bet paying 7/1, with a stake of $10, it is also quite simple.
      ((numerator/denominator) + 1) x stake = return ((7/1) +1) x 10 = $80  
      American odds are quite different to the aforementioned, where the interpretation of your odds is based around whether there is a (+) or a (-) within the odds that are displayed. Numbers are expressed that are relative to 100, a base figure. 
      When there is a (-), you need to bet the amount expressed to win $100.  When there is a (+), you will win the amount expressed for every $100 that you bet. Negative odds:  (100/odds) x stake Positive odds: Odds x (stake/100) Looking at another example:
      Chicago Bulls: -270
      LA Lakers: +195
      This would mean you would have to bet $270 on the Bulls to win to make $100 profit. This would also mean you would win $195 if you placed $100 on the Lakers to win. Decimal odds calculate your return whilst fractional odds calculate profit only. In comparison, American odds calculate your profit based around a figure of $100 - a common and easy to understand value.
      Stake.com will cater for all punters, but we feel it is important to be properly educated when it comes to odds. We do not want a lack of education and a misunderstanding of odds to be the difference between winning and losing.

    • Jarrod

      How to play Baccarat

      By Jarrod, in Beginner,

      Baccarat is a casino favourite, and at its core, is one of the simplest card games out there. It is also one of the only games where the result of the player could still mean a profit for you. Sounds weird right?
      We have game rules on our site, but we thought we would delve deeper into one of the oldest card games, stemming back to the early 19th century. 
      Simply put, you bet on whether you think the player or the banker will get a score closest, but not over, 9. Or, you may want to bet on the tie as well - a quite possible outcome. It does get more complex, something which we will go through later throughout this guide. 
      Player: 2x
      Tie: 8x
      Banker: 2x
      Card value
      Card value is a little different in Baccarat, with face cards (jack, queen, king) and tens all worth zero.
      Aces are worth one, as seen in other card games. 
      Two cards are dealt to both the player and the banker, which concludes the first round of dealing. 
      If you are dealt two cards that add up to over 10, the second digit becomes the value of your hand.
      7 + 7 = 14
      Displayed as 4

      9 + 10 = 19
      Displayed as 9
      In Baccarat, hands have a minimum of two cards per player, with a maximum of three.
      After the first round of dealing, the next step is to determine if there will be any third cards drawn. 
      The second round of dealing, if needed, determines whether the player needs a third card. The table below outlines when this would be the case.

      The Banker’s third card commences the third and final round of dealing. The table below outlines when a banker will draw or stand.

      Once all the cards are dealt, the winning hand is then calculated. That being, the hand that is closest to 9.
      In the event of a tie, neither hand wins or loses - it is classed as a push. This means both the player and the banker get their wages back. 
      The squeeze feature goes back quite some time, and is based around superstition. Stake have the optional squeeze feature which tries to replicate the atmosphere and experience of being in a real casino. 
      It is a way of peeking ever so slightly at your cards, revealing them in the most subtle way possible. It creates tension and a sense of nervousness around the table. The card’s number is always carefully covered by a finger.
      It derives from Chinese gamblers, who actually believe they can change the value of the card by the way they squeeze it.
      Nevertheless, it is a popular feature that Stake have implemented that replicates the real casino experience on your phone, laptop or tablet. 
      While the bare bones of Baccarat are as simple as picking which hand is going to be closest to 9, there are some instances where it can be easy for a player to be completely and utterly confused about what is happening. 
      We hope that the rules and tables above work as education to one of the most loved casino games in the world - a game that is as easy to win as picking red or black.

    • Jarrod
      You may have seen the recent boom in the scope of social media around the use of a VPN (Virtual Private Network). This has extended to a huge presence on websites such as Youtube and Reddit; thus, we thought we would give our players a more detailed analysis on the importance of using a VPN, and why it’s something our players can take real benefit from.
      A VPN is a service that ensures your cyber safety by encrypting your internet traffic. It protects your online identity and is something that we know our players value quite highly. Simply, it is like sending a box to somebody that is completely packaged away.
      Why should I use a VPN?
      - Using a VPN ensures your personal information is secure. Hackers do exist, but their impact on a person using a VPN is nullified. Your information is truly kept out of the wrong hands.
      - A VPN ensures end-to-end encryption, which means there is zero chance that anybody can see what you are doing. Without this, at any point, anybody can see your information.
      - You simply browse the internet with complete anonymity. Some prefer to have their accounts on Stake set to hidden, so that their name is not shown to the rest of the community. This tells us that many of you will appreciate the added online safety.
      - Some websites, including our own, are blocked in certain regions. Using a VPN allows for people to use websites from wherever they are, no matter the website restriction.
      - VPN’s can provide you with an IP address from another country.
      - Connecting to a VPN will route your traffic through another country - ultimately providing better bandwidth. Fast gaming means happy gamers.

      Which VPNs should I use?
      A single ExpressVPN subscription gets you access to over 3000 fast servers in 94 countries. It is on the pricy side, but it is one of the highest quality VPNs available.
      No other VPN service can match NordVPN’s server count, with over 5000 servers in 60 countries. They also come fully loaded with a kill switch.
      IPVanish offers access to 1300 servers in 75 countries, whilst also offering up to 10 simultaneous connections.
      Private Internet Access (PIA) have the fourth fastest server speed, with a price that is extremely respectable in comparison to its competitiors.
      For its price, Mullvad is one of the best value-for-money VPNs out there. They are one of the cheapest, despite having the 10th best server speed on the net.
      For $2 a month at the time of writing, you cannot go wrong with Surfshark. Accompany its stellar price with 800 servers in 51 countries, as well as its ability to be used on an unlimited number of devices, Surfshark is a popular VPN choice.
      We feel that these VPNs are the most safe and reliable in the industry. We recommend our players use these VPN services to ensure the utmost safety and privacy in their gaming.
      Please note: This is not a sponsored article. We are concerned that our players are subject to a lack of cyber safety, and we are ensuring that we do our due diligence by letting you all know this. While we may recommend the websites above, we cannot guarantee impeccable performance.

    • Jarrod
      The introduction of Sportsbook on the Stake platform is beyond exciting - it is a product that is going to change the game. With millions of different outcomes, no bet will be the same. A feature that many will already know how to use, is placing a multi. This is a bet where you combine the odds from a number of matches or markets to create a huge multiplier. The bet wins if all of the legs that you’ve selected are winners.
      But this type of betting isn’t just limited to Sportsbook. You can do these types of bets on Stake Casino.
      With formulas ready-made for you throughout this guide, you will be able to place multi’s on one of Stake’s most popular games - Dice.
      Remember that a multi is a bet that requires you to win every single ‘leg’ within the bet, in order to be a winner. Some people forget you can actually get the exact same profit from betting three times with a 2x payout, than one time with an 8x payout.
      Let’s say we are doing exactly that - putting 2 Dogecoin on a 3 leg multi, with every bet having a payout of 2x.
      Our final payout if we won all of our three legs would be 16 Dogecoin. This is because (2x2x2) is 8. And we are placing 2 Doge on this x8 multi - equalling 16.
      To get the most out of this table, you need to fill in the green boxes. The blue boxes will work out themselves once all green boxes are completed.

      So we are saying my current balance is 300 Doge The payout I want is 2x I want to bet three times I am wagering 2 Doge The blue boxes have now calculated:
      My balance whether I win or lose The odds of my multi and my potential winnings What I need to set my ‘On Win’ and ‘On Loss’ numbers Seeing this put into practice on Stake will look like this:

      It’s simple, if I win all three bets - I win 16 Doge! This is exactly the same as placing a three-leg multi on Sportsbook, where all of my legs pay $2. If I lose, I lose just 2 doge.
      If you want to do this the other way around, we have also created a part of the spreadsheet that can give you the exact payout you need to win your own multi. You just need to choose your winnings and the number of legs you wish to have in your game.

      Pick the return you want Pick how many bets you think you can consecutively win Then see the generated payout that you need to set  
      Download your own Stake Multi Betting guide here!