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  1. Check out the charities below and cast your vote for the one you want to see receive a $1,000 donation! Humanity Road: When disaster strikes, Humanity Road provide resources and communication strategies, connecting people and communities to life-saving solutions. United Way: United Way are in business to improve lives, advancing the common good through the caring power of communities around the world. They specialise in education, income and health. Red Cross: Relieving suffering is at the heart of the Red Cross. Donating, training, and delivering during disastrous times is the key to their morals and values. Khan Academy: The Khan Academy helps children succeed by providing free education. It is a global network, available in 26 languages across the globe. A winner will be decided by which charity has the highest total votes between Twitter and the forum poll! (combined with Primedice votes)
  2. 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 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 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 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.
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  5. Nice one Steve! I'll be taking: England Verstappen Draw Chelsea
  6. There's a new guide out! Who's ready for some Baccarat?
  7. 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. Payouts 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. Rules 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. Squeeze 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.
  8. 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? ExpressVPN 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. NordVPN 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 IPVanish offers access to 1300 servers in 75 countries, whilst also offering up to 10 simultaneous connections. PIA Private Internet Access (PIA) have the fourth fastest server speed, with a price that is extremely respectable in comparison to its competitiors. Mullvad 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. Surfshark 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.
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  11. But that is the aim of it! To win as much money with as little stake as possible! Good try though! Giveaway based on this is coming soon so stay tuned.
  12. We know you sports lovers like placing a multi! It is probably the bet that is the most fun to place, with huge multipliers and the potential to win big! Did you know you can place a multi on Stake? Read our latest guide article to find out how! Maybe some of you have been doing this already! Article: https://forum.stake.com/guides/intermediate/how-to-multi-bet-on-stake-casino-r13/
  13. Did you know you can place multi's on Stake? Why wait for Sportsbook? Read our latest Guides article here, and place your own Stake multibets!
  14. Have you read our interview with Grahamesko? Our latest post on the Stake blog goes behind the scenes - why were we so interested? It is because we have a synergy at Stake that is unmatched. Without each other, we don't work. Click here to read more!
  15. The suggestions always keep cards that statistically give you the best chance of winning, which is sometimes hard to work out!