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Some good news for casino players. A few lucky people have become big jackpot winners in 2018. If you think playing casino games is a futile exercise, think again. We look at the top 3 life-changing jackpot winners from brick and mortar as well as online casinos. Now is the best time for players to try their luck at online casino sites. Remember that online casino games are played for fun, winning is a bonus. Place your bets, who knows? You might be next grand jackpot prize winner!



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Amount Won: US$194 000

Date: March 2018

Game: Divine Fortune Pokies

Country: USA

A man named Anibal Lopes from New Jersey, was bored one evening in March. He decided to play the Divine Fortune pokies game for real money on his mobile device. He hit the jackpot on his first spin and won a massive US$194 000. 

 

Amount Won: CA$3.6m

Date: January 2018

Game: Mega Moolah

Country: Canada

A lucky Canadian online casino player welcomed the new year with a CA$3.6 million win. The gambler was playing the popular Mega Moolah pokies game. 

Mega Moolah is largely popular because the prize wheel bonus is triggered randomly. This bonus gives players increased chances of winning by going for one of the four-tiered jackpots. Since the beginning of the year; Mega Moolah has paid out over £10 million.

 

Amount Won: US$11.2m

Date: May 2018

Game: Megabucks Pokies

Country: USA

Paris casino in Las Vegas is the place where the biggest jackpot on our list was won. An anonymous gambler playing Megabucks pokie game won US$11.2m this past May.

Megabucks pokies are famous for offering life-changing prizes. Just one year ago this online pokie machine made a California tourist US$11.8m richer. The tourist was playing the game in Downtown Las Vegas. The largest jackpot win recorded with these pokies happened when a software engineer hit the jackpot and won US$38.7m.

Bonus Online Casino Jackpot News

The time this article was written, the Mega Moolah Jackpot prize was over US$18m. As mentioned above; Mega Moolah is a highly popular progressive pokie. People love playing this game because it makes instant millionaires.  

In August 2018, Mega Moolah’s progressive jackpot prize had reached the US$12 million mark. In October 2015, this progressive jackpot pokie machine claimed the record for the world’s biggest jackpot payout. One winner had hit the jackpot and walked away with EU €17,879,645. To-date Mega Moolah has paid out approximately EU €900 million (US$1.365m). Unfortunately, Mega Moolah is not available in certain regions.

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Put away the candy and lock the doors; Micheal Myers is back for another chilling instalment of the massive Halloween franchise. Make sure you hide and don’t make a sound as the psychotic serial killer is out on the loose again, hunting for his next victim.


Halloween

Overview

Laurie Strode comes face to face with the masked killer again, having survived previous gruesome encounters since the killer first raised his grisly head back in 1978. Halloween 2018 is not a re-boot of the cult classic, but a continuation of the killer’s bloody trail that picks up after the maniac was first captured. Classic elements mixed with fresh essentials culminate in a gory, chilling, and quintessential Halloween-esque style to deliver a film that’s malevolent and gripping. In this frightening take, the masked murderer has been locked away for nearly four decades, and Laurie has been preparing for his inevitable return.

Director

David Gordon Green is no stranger to success. Three of his films, “George Washington”, “Undertow”, and “Shotgun Stories” have made it on to Roger Ebert’s list of best films of the year, and is also known for tickling audiences with side-splitting comedy. Now in 2018, he wants to scare them with his take of the Halloween franchise. Green tells the story of Michael Myers escaping an asylum forty years after the first gruesome murders. Laurie Strode has been waiting for him, training, and becoming a first-rate shooter. The other characters have a kind of innocence about them as no one has encountered Michael before, but all that changes.

Who is Michael Myers?

Michael first arrived to terrorise movie-goers in John Carpenter’s “Halloween” in 1978. Six-year-old Michael murders his sister, and fifteen years later he escapes from the insane asylum and returns to murder again. This is when he encounters sixteen-year-old babysitter, Laurie Strode. His psychiatrist, Dr. Sam Loomis, attempts to hunt him down before he can wreak havoc on his home town. Loomis shoots Michael as he attacks Laurie, hurtling Michael’s body off the balcony. When Loomis goes to confirm the kill, Michael is gone. Michael, shrouded in mystery, moves through the years and several films as one of the most terrifying and enigmatic serial killers in film history.

More Horror Movies to Watch in 2018

2018 was a good year for scares and screams. Directors delved deep into the abyss to bring movie-goers new fears, and re-kindle old flames. Take a look at some of our suggestions for a solid fright night:

  • Rampage is an action packed ‘what-if’ film that stars Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and some suped-up animals. What if a rogue pharma company tests a secret drug on animals that makes them bigger, and stronger? Watch Rampage to find out.  
  • Cargo follows the gut-wrenching tale of a father desperately searching for a safe space to raise his baby after a zombie apocalypse. Along the way he meets some people who prove to be more dangerous than the viral outbreak.  
  • Mohawk is an original take on the hunter-prey concept. A Young mohawk woman and her two lovers (one a british soldier, the other a mohawk) are hunted by a ruthless gang of American deserters through some treacherous landscapes.
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Gambling myths have been around since the inception of casinos. You may have encountered one of these myths at some point. A common mistake most people make is to perceive these myths as facts. Do you want to tell fact apart from fiction?


Casino Myths


Casino Facts or Fiction

Jack has compiled a list of the top 5 myths and facts which may help you improve your chances of winning real money casino games. 

Myth: Casinos pump oxygen in to make people stay longer and spend more

Facts: Adding things to the air people breath is against the law in most countries. Staying longer and spending more may have something to do with players enjoying themselves.

Myth: Practicing, having a strong feeling or adorning a lucky charm can help you win big at the casino.

Fact: No amount of practice will improve your chances of winning. The outcomes of casino games are completely random. A lucky charm can do wonders for your confidence. However, gambling is a game of luck. Luck, unfortunately, cannot be controlled.  

Myth: A computer determines the outcomes of the roulette wheel.

Facts: Computers do not programme roulette wheels at brick and mortar casinos. If anything, the laws of physics determine where the ball lands. Online roulette wheels, on the other hand, use Random Number Generator (RNG) algorithms to ensure that the outcomes of online roulette games remain fair and random at all times.

Myth: Casinos give free meals and hotel rooms to big winners.

Facts: Quite the opposite. Casinos give freebies to big spenders. This is to entice the spenders to keep coming back and spending more at the casinos. They would rather see big winners go.

Myth: You can win back all the money you have lost thus far.

Facts: Chasing losses is a bad idea. The longer you play, the more likely you are to end up losing even more. Be smart, set gambling limits and budgets for yourself. Stop playing immediate as you reach your gambling limits.

Are Any Casino Myths True?

Jack reckons there may be some truth to one the myth. There is a myth about new casinos loosening pokie machines in the first week to payout more frequently. Although no casino will admit; loosening pokies to pay more is quite easy to do in brick and mortar casinos. Reason being, computers control the real money pokies.

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Heist. The word itself conjures up images of high-speed car chases, blueprints laid on a bare table with coffee mugs, high-tech gadgets, and a training montage of our villains or heroes. It elicits excitement, anticipation, and spine-tingling thrills.


No doubt real life heists have been the brain food to many directors, but sometimes the real thing is so much more entertaining than the silver screen.

Top Casino Heists of all time

Let’s take a shot at the top real-life casino heists:

1.      The place - Bellagio

The loot - $160,000 in cash and chips

The bad guys – Jose Vigoa, Luis Suarez, Oscar Sanchez


Vigoa is a professional criminal known for a string of casino and armoured truck robberies. He jumped a counter, and grabbed $160,000 worth of cash and chips without wearing any disguise. After a chase, one Sanchez was caught and the other two rounded up soon afterwards.

2.      The place – Treasure Island

The loot – $30,000

The bad guys – Reginald Johnson


Johnson pulled off a triple-treat crime spree over the course of a year, but the third time turned out not to be the charm. The first two attempts left him empty-handed, and the third time he managed to make off with $30,000, but was arrested a few hours later.

3. The place – London

The loot – $1,6 million  

The bad guys – Three advantage-takers


These classy crooks had way too much taste and style to use a common gun for a heist. This sophisticated trio used laser scanners to analyse a roulette wheel and create a list of most probable numbers. They were arrested and $1,6 million in winnings was confiscated. However, the police determined that they had done nothing illegal and the money was returned.

4. The place – Bellagio

The loot – $115,000

The bad guys – 2 guys in wigs with pepper spray


This prodigious pair wearing wigs and sunglasses as disguises simply walked into the Bellgaio. There they sprayed a high-stakes blackjack table with pepper spray and grabbed high-value chips worth $115,000. The chip boy was arrested, but the sprayer remains on the loose.

5. The place – Bellagio

The loot – $25,000

The bad guys – The biker bandit


This guy has watched way too many action movies, and maybe shouldn’t be idolising the Fast and the Furious franchise. His dazzling plan was to storm a craps table, grab some chips, and make a speedy getaway on his motorcycle. He then tried peddling the chips online and in the same casino he had robbed. He was arrested soon afterwards by undercover cops.


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No, it’s not a feel-good movie about someone taking dieting too far, it is, in fact, a horror film of epic and sinewy proportions.


Slender Man is based on the character created by Eric Knudsen, and reaches out from the depths of hell to torment the living on this side of the veil.


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Overview

In the new film of the same name, set for release in August 2018, four high school girls perform a ritual to debunk the myth of Slender Man. When one of the girls go missing, the others begin to doubt their previous beliefs. Set in a spooky town with whispering trees and an old cemetary, lovers of the genre can prepare for heart-stopping jump scares, and hair-raising scenes as the mythical character comes to life. The pace picks up as the parents are in a desperate race against time to find their daughter.

 

Director

French director Sylvain White, more well-known for light-hearted, action-packed series like Lethal Weapon, Hawaii Five-O, and Rush Hour, leads the way into darkness with this paranormal pic. White is no doubt itching to get back into the genre after directing the video for “I’ll Always Know What you did Last Summer” and an episode of the chilling series, “The Mentalist”.

 

The Birth of Slender Man

Slender Man was birthed in June 2009 as a photoshop contest where contestants were challenged to create the most disturbing paranormal image. Eric Knudsen entered photoshopped images of children in a forest, standing with a tall, faceless entity. Adding captions to his images cemented it as a work of fiction which triggered the imagination of the internet and breathed life into Slender Man.

Knudsen’s drew inspiration from masters of horror like Stephen King, Zack Parsons, and H.P. Lovecraft. He set out to create a character ‘whose motivations and intentions cannot be comprehended or rationalised’.

 

More Horror Films of 2018

2018 seems to be the ‘year of terror’ with epic releases scaring movie-goers out of their seats. Let’s take a look at some of the top picks:

  • The Ritual focuses on a group of hikers in the mountains who seek refuge in a deserted cabin, only to discover its blood-chilling secrets. 
  • Veronica takes viewers down into darkness as a struggling teen fights off the forces of darkness that threaten to destroy her family. 
  • Muse unfolds the chilling story of a grieving English literature professor haunted by recurring nightmares that leads him into a world of seven terrifying women.
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Bingo is a classic casino game traditionally played at bricks and mortar casinos. The original bingo game was played with paper cards containing a grid with numbers. Players will use daubers to poke any number called they have on their grid. One of the biggest joys of playing bingo is the excitement of yelling “BINGO” after daubing all of your numbers. Here are some fascinating facts about this much-loved casino game.


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Unknown Facts About Bingo

  1. The first bingo game was invented by Edwin S. Lowe.
  2. Lowe was working alongside Carl Leffler, a Mathematics Professor at the University of Columbia, to create a card with 6000 card combinations.
  3. These cards were first used in Germany as an educational tool.
  4. Bingo cards contain an estimated 552,446,474,061,128,648,601,600,000 possible number combinations.
  5. The bingo game we know and love today was first introduced in Italy by the state lottery called "Lo Gioco del Lotto d'Italia".
  6. The game was originally called Beano.
  7. In the first version played, players would use beans to mark off the numbers called out on their cards.
  8. Bingo is more commonly enjoyed by women than men.
  9. Research shows bingo helps improve cognitive function, memory and processing.
  10. On average, 96% of bingo players have had the opportunity to yell out “BINGO”.

Transition to Online Bingo

Like with any casino game, bingo has also made the transition to the online gaming world. Today, there are different bingo games players can enjoy on a PC or mobile device. These are instantly available and offer just as much as the classic game. Here are some facts about online bingo you might not have known.

  • The first online bingo game was called Bingo Zone.
  • Online bingo uses a Random Number Generator to determine the outcome of every number drawn.
  • On average, 48% of online players across the globe go online at least once a day to enjoy their favourite casino game.

Enjoy Bingo Online with House of Jack

Players can enjoy the best of online bingo when they sing up to play at House of Jack. Here’s how you can enjoy bingo with us.

Step by Step Guide to Play Bingo Online

  1. Sign up to House of Jack (if you wish to play real money online bingo)
  2. Once registered, make a real money deposit. You can skip this step if you are only looking to play online bingo for fun.
  3. Search for the different bingo games available.
  4. Select one that suits you.
  5. Once you have selected your game, players will receive 3 cards each. This may vary depending on the game you have selected. The cards will appear in a special pop up window.
  6. The House of Jack casino software will then call out random numbers drawn.
  7. If you have any of the numbers drawn, players will mark it off on their cards by moving the mouse over the number and clicking.
  8. If your card matches a winning pattern, they will press the BINGO button.

Depending on your region, some Bingo games at House of Jack may not be available in your country.

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The online casino industry is today a $50 billion per year industry. The first online casino launched in 1994. No one would have imagined that today this 24-year old industry would have revenue rivalling that of Disney. Online Casino’s have a storied history. Jack has compiled a list of the top 7 surprising online casino facts.

Top 7 Surprising Online Casino Facts

Biggest Online Casino Winner a Beginner

The biggest win in the history of online casinos was €18 million. The winner was a Helsinki resident who was a newcomer to gambling. The winner had won €18 million in just 30 minutes of playing at Mega Fortune.

Cyprus Residents - Big Online Casino Players

Cyprus inhabitants spent the most money on online casinos. Cyprus has a population of 800 thousand. Annually €2.5 million goes from Cyprus to casino sites. According to statistics, each Cypriot spends €3125 annually at online casinos.

Online Gamblers Make-Up Large Number Total Number of Internet Users

11% of the total number of internet users is solely made up of online casino players.  These internet gamblers are from all around the world. Most internet casino players enjoy poker to other classic casino games such as roulette, blackjack, baccarat, craps, and pokies.

30 Years and above

The online casino industry is 24 years. The people who spend the most time on casino sites are over 30 years old. Statistics indicate these people spend about 3 to 5 hours each day gambling online. People younger than 30 prefer other forms of internet entertainment which do not involve financial risks.

Online Gambling - A Man’s World

The online casino audience is predominantly made up of men. 84% of online casino players are men. Women have historically been less interest. However, female player participation has been gradually increasing throughout the years.

Online Casinos Provide Lotteries

Online casinos provide lotteries. 55% of online casino income stems from lotteries. Globally, lotteries are more accepted.  According to statistics, every second inhabitant of the planet has played the lottery at least once in his/her life.


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One of the most well-known destinations for gambling is Las Vegas, but no one pays as much attention to the other gambling capitals of the world. There are a lot of other cities around the world that have a rich gambling history or have created a gambling paradise for players and tourists. We’ll tell you about the top 3 casino destinations from around the world. However, you should take note of the cities which didn’t make the podium. These include the likes of London, Monte Carlo, Atlantic City and New Orleans, who are all casino powerhouses in their own right.


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Paris Casinos

This city may be on every couples list, being known as the city of love. However, what most people don’t know about the city of lights is that it has also established itself as a gambling capital. This should be no surprise with one of the biggest casino games played today coming out of France. In case you didn’t know, roulette was first invented by a French physicist Blaise Pascal. What would make for a better night out after visiting the romantic Eiffel Tower than winning at a world-class and luxury casino in Paris?

Las Vegas Casinos

Las Vegas continues to grow at a tremendously fast rate and this is all thanks to the demand by casino players. The city’s culture is geared towards its casino and hotel industry. So, it’s no wonder why it’s one of the most well-known destinations for gambling in the world. Whatever type of casino game you can think of, it most probably can be found at a casino in Las Vegas. Some of the most note-worthy casinos to visit in the city include Caesars Palace, MGM Grand and the Bellagio. Remember that not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. You could very well become a lucky jackpot winner before you leave the Nevada desert location.

Online Casinos

Online casino players will never disagree that there’s no place like home. If you’ve never gambled online before, you’ve never experienced the thrill of having an entire casino gaming catalogue at your fingertips. Online casinos are surely the future of gambling, and while they probably won’t replace land-based casinos just yet, they are major competition for them. The best online casino sites even offer what most bricks-and-mortar casinos cannot offer players. Let’s break down the advantages of online casino gaming.

Convenience

One thing that simply blows any land casino out the park is its convenience factor. Not only is it safer to gamble online from the comfort of your home, it’s also easier. This is made clear by the fact that online casino players will never have to wait for space to open up at their favourite pokie or table game. These games are all readily available, with no download needed at House of Jack Online Casino. To take it one step further, mobile gambling offers another layer of convenience. No longer will you need to be restricted to where and when you can play at a casino, or even at your desktop. Mobile gambling has become a major part of the online casino industry as players want to gamble on the go, no matter where they are.

Bonuses

When you play at an online casino, there are plenty of ways to keep your bankroll stocked up from the moment you sign up. A major part of every online casino experience are the welcome bonuses. These serve to reward players with free money for meeting certain deposit requirements after signing up. The fun continues with daily and even monthly promotions that you can use to top up your real money casino gaming sessions.

Games

First of all, most top online casinos will offer all players one of the biggest selections of casino games. These include over hundreds of online pokies and other table games like blackjack, roulette, baccarat, and craps for starters. You’ll be spoilt for choice and not limited by who is sitting or standing where. Another aspect to online casino gaming is the option of playing free casino games. Experience any casino game with no risk and no reward, which is the perfect way to learn a casino game or to pass the time.

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When people tell you a film is good, no matter how much you may trust their judgement, you can never be quite sure if it wasn’t just good for them. In the case of the Black Panther film, there is surely something for every film fan to enjoy. While it’s packed with everything a superhero film should have, the truth is that the action scenes and wild car chases are merely just a scratch on the surface. The Black Panther film is in fact an ode to a modern-day African renaissance disguised with hot combat scenes, fast car chases and high-tech gadgets. Here’s what all you can expect the movie to bring, without any spoilers attached.


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An Alternative View of African Civilisation

In a slickly put together mixture of African ethnicity meets super-futuristic spy civilisation, the Black Panther film challenges racial stereotypes like never before. Without any mass protest or any kind of disastrous disruption, the film elegantly defies the single story often portrayed and perpetuated of third-world African people by mainstream media. The film is set in Wakanda, a fictional and high-tech African nation with primitive African tribal undertones. The film is also rife with thought-provoking references to current conversations in mainstream media and popular culture about race and power. For instance, Black Panther’s fiercest rival happens to have an American accent with a hip-hop demeanour. This almost directly references the oppressors during the times of the African slave trade, being the Americans.

Empowerment of African Women

Coming from a history of female oppression and still living in a time where women experience at the very least a glass ceiling, this film challenges notions of women’s physical inferiority. The Dora Milaje are the elite, all-female special forces unit who protect the king of Wakanada. Women empowerment is a popular theme within Hollywood at the moment. One need not look any further than the great success of another recent superhero movie – Wonder Woman. Not forgetting, the disruptive social media movement behind the hashtag #MeToo of Time magazine’s Person of the Year – the Silence Breakers of sexual harassment.

Concluding Thoughts on Black Panther

The film is an overall success and has already drawn mass popularity and conversation around it. Expectations are set high, and rightfully so with this feel-good film. While it has an old school overview of an optimistic superhero who just wants to make the world a better place, it seems and feels all brand new. This film is sure to give everyone something to talk about, even if you completely ignore the political and racial themes that lie beneath the surface.

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For much of history, men have dominated the gambling arena in land-based casinos. However, that does not mean men are more inclined to be natural gamblers. Studies are piling up on the gambling habits of men and women that suggest women are increasingly becoming a large gambling audience. This could be largely due to the introduction of online casinos, which challenge this male dominated space, as well as stigmas and stereotypes of who can and is best at gambling. Online casinos also blur the lines between stigmas of which casino games men should play, or predominantly do play. A large part of the anonymity offered by online casinos can take credit for that fact. Still, scholars have gone deeper into the habits of each gender’s gambling habits and how they differ.


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Males prefer sports betting

The top three gambling games that men most prefer, in order, are sports betting, online poker and online bingo. It’s no surprise that sports betting ranks as the highest form of gambling for men, judging from the large crowds of them at sports events.

Another non-surprising gambling game that men enjoy is competitive online poker. This has been and still is largely a male-dominated casino game. However, the big surprise comes in third with men enjoying online bingo, which has always been a game mostly played by women. This proves the secrecy and anonymity that online casinos offer, allows us to see the true gambling nature of males and females.

Females prefer online bingo

Women gamblers mostly play online bingo, which comes as no surprise. The biggest surprise is what ranks as number two, which is sports betting. Women have clearly gained a passion for sports with their growing natural inclination towards sports betting. This is one thing not documented by the sports crowds, but is however, captured by online casino research.

It’s also no shocker to see that online pokies rank as women’s third most played and liked casino game. This is something noticeable in most, if not all, land-based casinos. This has long been the case even before any sort of studies were done.

 Gender-Related Online Gambling Facts

  • Men spend the most while gambling online.
  • Men prefer to gamble on more skill-based games.
  • Women spend more on pokies than men.
  • Women are more cautious gamblers than men.

House of Jack Online Casino Welcomes all Genders

Jack does not look at gender and see every player as the same. So, even if you’re a guy, you can spin our online pokies, pick your lucky bingo numbers and enjoy our table games. Women can try out any of our skill-based table games for free or real money just like any other player, or they can play from our variety of online pokies. For top online gambling, there’s only one online casino and that’s at House of Jack.

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