Return To Player Rate: What RTP Is And Why It Matters

We tell you what a return-to-player rate is, why it matters, and how to find the RTPs of your favorite PA online casino games.

Even if you aren’t a math whiz, it pays to read and understand what’s conveyed in the acronym RTP, or return to player.

The RTP is the percentage a player can expect to see returned over time. Another way to refer to it is the house edge.

Are you looking to lose less over the course of your play? Check the RTP.

RTP is the flip side of the house edge

Pennsylvania has a state-mandated RTP of just 85% for all slot games and video gaming terminals (VGT) at truck stops. The state has some of the tightest slots in the country.

The average RTP for Pennsylvania slots is around 89%-90%, though individual games may have higher or lower percentages. Percentages also vary from casino to casino.

PA requires relatively low RTP

Slots in other states tend to have better RTP than Pennsylvania. In New Jersey, online casinos range from a low of 94.74% to a high of 99.87%.

The higher house edge in PA likely stems from offsetting the state’s 55%  tax rate.

One thing to keep in mind is that while penny slots hit more frequently than most other games, the RTP on those penny machines is generally among the worst.

Each game has a house advantage.

RTP is measured over the long haul

Even if you know the percentage of return, keep in mind RTP measures your expected return over the long term, not just from a handful of plays.

Just because you lost four plays in a row does not mean you are due for a win to hit the RTP. The outcome of any one bet or even a series of bets does not affect the outcome of the next wager.

What the RTP tells you is how a game performs on average over time. The higher the RTP, the more often you should win, theoretically.

Think of it as a guideline, not a guarantee. Each play is random and independentThanks to random number generation in slots and VGTs, your chances of winning are the same every time you play.

Within the community of players, gamblers keep track of a game’s RTP and trade info among themselves and on social media sites.

Unfortunately, there is no central place to find the RTPs, but they can be found online with some research.

For instance, Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme Spin! at HollywoodCasino.com,  has an RTP of 92%.

On the other hand, Hollywood’s Divine Fortune game has an RTP of 96.6%, making it perhaps a better risk. Other casinos with Divine Fortune do not have the same RTP, so shopping around pays.

Like blackjack in brick-and-mortar casinos, the house advantage tends to be low with PA’s online blackjack, 96.6%, but that low percentage means playing with perfect strategy. You can find a better percentage in other states.

And, keep in mind, different types of blackjack have different edges for the house.

So again, check the house advantage.

New Jersey Now Has A Parx Online Casino With More Games Than The PA One

Parx Casino is already a juggernaut in Pennsylvania gaming. Now it has crossed the Delaware River.

You can now play on Parx Online Casino in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The site launched in New Jersey last week. It is operating under Ocean Casino’s online gambling license.

That’s a major boon to its cross-border customer base. New Jersey patrons of the casino can now choose between spending time on property in Philadelphia or playing games at home.

NJ online casino features a much larger library of games

The biggest problem in the Pennsylvania online casino business is the lack of games for players to choose from. Currently, Parx PA has 57 titles. It launched with less than 30 games.

Most of them are slots, with a limited number of table games. For the first couple of months, Parx was the only online casino in the state with blackjack.

By comparison, the NJ Parx site launched with 94 titles, including multiple blackjack formats and a much larger choice of table game titles.

Leading supplier GAN is Parx’s partner

Parx partnered in the move to NJ with GAN, a leading European-based supplier of internet gambling software. The companies have worked together in PA since 2014.

GAN has expanded rapidly. The growing company recently announced its third-quarter gross revenue had risen 203% year-over-year.

Extending to NJ via online came quickly. Parx had only entered the PA online sports betting market in June. Parx then launched an online casino in Pennsylvania in July.

NJ is a logical expansion for Parx online casino

Parx formally launched Monday in NJ following a three-day soft opening period last week.

Dermot Smurfit, the CEO of GAN, explained the move:

Launching the largest casino in Pennsylvania online has now logically extended across the border into New Jersey, extending its reach into New Jersey’s fast-growing and established internet gambling market.

This represents an incremental revenue opportunity for GAN and is a logical extension of our technology infrastructure to serve Parx Casino patrons who routinely cross the invisible border between these two populous states.

The leader of GAN said growth was better than “better than expected.”

One major factor he pointed to is the fact that NJ sports fans who attended games across the river in Philadelphia are already accustomed to betting online.

John Dixon, the chief operating officer of Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, Parx’s parent company, added GAN can serve “our business needs in multiple states which aligns with the cross-border nature of our existing retail gaming customer base.”

Parx card can be linked in both states

The expansion means Parx patrons can now “gamble online in either Pennsylvania or New Jersey, as they wish,” added Dixon.

Additionally, because GAN has a patented integration system, the Xclub reward card for Parx can be linked so it works in both states.

According to GAN, Parx’s land-based casino in PA accounts for about 18% of the total market in the bricks-and-mortar segment. That makes Parx the top land-based casino among the 12 retail properties in the state.

You Can Win When The 76ers Win At Parx Online Casino, Thanks To New Partnership

Parx online casino is now the Philadelphia 76er’s official winning partner, which means when the team wins, online casino players in Philly do as well.

Take it to the net.

The Philadelphia 76ers recently announced a partnership with Parx Casino. To emphasize, Parx now bears the title of the first “Official Winning Partner of the Philadelphia 76ers.”

For the purpose of commemorating this partnership, Parx’s online casino will offer a “Win For All” promotion.

About the ‘Win For All’ promotion

On July 15, Parx made history by being one of the first two casinos to launch online casinos in Pennsylvania. In addition, it also has its own Pennsylvania online sportsbook launched earlier this year.

The “Win For All” promotion activates anytime the 76ers win. In order to participate, you must be at least 21 years old, and within a 150-mile radius of the city. With this in mind, now look for a custom promo code from Parx either through social media or radio. Lastly, redeem the bonus free-play offer through the online casino with the promo code.

This bonus offer starts at $25 per 76ers win until the team reaches its 26th win. After that, each bonus offer matches the 76ers’ win streak. For example, a 30th victory results in a $30 bonus offer.

76ers president Chris Heck stated in a press release:

The “Win for All” promotion provides a creative avenue for fans to interact with our first-ever “Official Winning Partner” and plays upon the competitive spirit of Philadelphia fans.

More bonus offers and fun

Look out for when the 76ers take on the Milwaukee Bucks on Christmas Day. Notably, it’s the first time since 1988 that a Christmas home game takes place in Philadelphia. Parx will be offering a special bonus code for this game, as well as other potential special games.

But, that’s not all. Parx plans to celebrate 76ers night at the Beer Garden every month with an impressive 24 rotating taps of craft beer and two 16-foot televisions. In addition, don’t forget the actual Parx Sportsbook (that opened earlier this year) for additional ways to participate in the 76ers season.

Parx sees the benefits of partnerships

Through this partnership, Parx presents the 76ers postgame show on 97.5 FM The Fanatic. More importantly, the casino will enjoy an appreciable amount of in-game signage at the Wells Fargo Center through courtside and 360 LED boards.

Additionally, Parx partnered up with the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer earlier this year. The casino is the presenting partner of the halftime show on local channels of Union games. Also, Parx street teams can engage with fans at the Talen Energy Stadium to promote the casino.

Major FanDuel, PokerStars Merger Means A Powerhouse In The PA Market

The merger of The Stars Groups and Flutter Gaming means there is a massive new player in the game, one that is in a great position in Pennsylvania.

In a $6 billion deal, two powerhouse online gaming companies plan to come together next year, changing the world and Pennsylvania’s online gambling markets.

Flutter Entertainment, which includes Paddy Power and Betfair brands as well as FanDuel Group, which includes TVG, numberFire, and FanDuel Sportsbook PA, are acquiring The Stars Group, which is known for PokerStars, Sky Betting & Gaming, and the recently launched Fox Bet.

The combined mega-company will be valued at approximately $11.3 billion, making it the world’s biggest gaming company. It will operate as Flutter Entertainment Plc., based in Dublin, Ireland.

FanDuel rules PA and NJ online markets

FanDuel began as a daily fantasy sports brand in 2009 but expanded into sports betting following the Supreme Court ruling on the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PAPSA). FanDuel moved into the New Jersey sports betting market in 2018. It is currently the top online sportsbook in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

The FanDuel Group has verticals operational in 40 states.

Fox Bet is new to Stars but leverages Fox Sports

Fox Bet came about after Fox Corporation bought into The Stars Group in May, intending to create a gambling company intertwined with the Fox Sports brand.

Fox bought a 4.99% stake in Stars in May for $236 million.

Fox Sports has an option to purchase up to 50% of Stars’ business in the US within the next decade. Under the acquisition deal,  Fox now has the right to buy 18.5% of Flutter’s business in the US at its 2021 market value.

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The FanDuel and Stars brands in Pennsylvania

Both FanDuel and Fox Bet are aggressively advertising and marketing, which should continue even after the merger.

The distinct brand identities should also remain and expand into new US markets. Experts believe they serve different market segments.

In Pennsylvania, the two companies are involved in the following projects, most of which have yet to launch in the state:

“We’re going to run a dual-brand strategy,” Matt King, chief executive officer of FanDuel, told Bloomberg.

It’s a proven model in the betting space. If you look at Paddy Power and Betfair in the UK and Ireland, both of those brands compete against each other but they also attack different parts of the marketplace. We think there is a complementary nature between FanDuel and Fox Bet.

Expect a move to a single online platform

The venture will create a group operating on a single platform, a huge competitive advantage.

FanDuel’s current platform has rave reviews. No details on the single platform plan came with the acquisition announcement.

According to Dustin Gouker, an analyst with Legal Sports Report:

Everyone else in the space in the US will struggle to keep up with the combined assets — and will — of the new Flutter/FanDuel Group in the US.

Fox Bet expects the combined online sports betting, online casino, and online poker markets could be worth $9 billion by 2025.

How To Stay Safe And Secure When Playing Online In PA

If you’re worried about the safety and security of playing online casino games in PA, we have simple suggestions to protect yourself.

Pennsylvanians joined the world of online real-money gambling in the summer of 2019.

Playing wherever Wi-Fi (or your data plan) allows offers comfort and convenience. However, it’s not without risks.

It is vital to stay safe when gambling online for real money.

Here are some security measures to keep in mind when gambling on your phone or computer.

Play on reputable websites

As of September 2019, there are three Pennsylvania online casinos:

Before gambling on a website, it is essential to determine if it’s licensed and regulated by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB). The PGCB “protects the interest of the public by ensuring the integrity of legalized gaming through the strict enforcement of the law and regulations.”

By playing at PA online casinos that are licensed and regulated by the PGCB, players eliminate many risks. They thoroughly test each game to ensure fairness. You are also able to log complaints with them.

At the bottom of a casinos website check for this seal:

Protect your personal info

Pay attention when registering for each online casino. Here are some essential tips to keep in mind when registering at a PA online casino:

  • Consider confidentiality and privacy. Your username is visible to other players on the website.
  • Choose a unique username and password.
  • Do not autosave passwords.
  • Never share login information.
  • If you tend to forget passwords, think about using a service like LastPass or Keeper.
  • Log off at the end of each session.

Enable two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication is something many of us do every day. Using a debit card and passcode is considered a form of two-factor authentication.

The most common form of two-factor authentication while logging into your PA online casino account is to enter your password and then enter a security code that you receive via text message.

There are three types of authentication. It consists of something you:

  • Know: A password, PIN, ZIP code, or answer to a question (mother’s maiden name, name of pet, and so on).
  • Have: A phone, credit card, or fob.
  • Are: A biometric such as a fingerprint, retina, face, or voice.

Reputable payment and withdraw methods

Regulated and licensed PA online casinos offer trusted banking methods.  Most accept trusted names like Visa, Mastercard, and PayPal for users to be able to play real-money games.

Keep computer protected from viruses

Perhaps even before you registered to play at a PA online casino, your computer contained a wealth of information about you. Information that hackers would love to obtain.

The simplest way to keep your computer safe is to download recommended system updates. If you want to add extra layers of security, consider antivirus software, antispyware software, and firewalls.

Set limits if needed

Many PA online casinos offer the option of self-imposed restrictions:

  • Deposit Limits: You can control how much you deposit on the site per day, week, or month.
  • Spending Limits: Based off of your net losses, this allows you to control how much you spend on the site per day, week, or month.
  • Time Limits: This allows you to restrict the number of hours you spend on the site each day.
  • Wagering Limits: You can control the amount you wager on the site per day, week, or month. It also allows you to limit the wager amount on a single bet per game type.
  • Timeout: Should you need a cooling-off period from online gambling, you can choose to self-suspend action.

Be aware of problem gambling

Problem gambling, or gambling addiction, includes all gambling behavior patterns that compromise, disrupt or damage personal, family, or vocational pursuits.

Signs of problem gambling include:

  • Increasing preoccupation with gambling.
  • A need to bet more money more frequently.
  • Restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop.

To find out more about problem gambling, visit the National Council on Problem Gaming or call 1-800-GAMBLER.

Be mindful of cellphone safety

The number of people who gamble on their phones continues to rise. If you choose to play this way, it is important to take cautionary measures, including:

  • Lock your phone.
  • Enable password or fingerprint protection.
  • Make the password strong/unique (i.e., not 1-2-3-4).
  • Keep your operating systems updated.
  • Consider installing anti-theft tracking software.

SugarHouse Is The First PA Online Casino To Accept PayPal

PA online casino players have their first PayPal option now that SugarHouse accepts the e-wallet for deposits and withdrawals.

PlaySugarHouse, Pennsylvania’s revenue leader in the online casino category, recently added a deposit option that is missing from its competitors’ offerings.

PayPal is the most popular digital wallet in the world. The e-wallet is also one of the most popular ways to get money on and off online casinos and online sportsbooks. Unfortunately, it is not prevalent in the PA online gambling market yet.

However, with the addition at SugarHouse, there is now an option for online casino users to deposit via PayPal. Additionally, the number of PA online sportsbooks accepting PayPal is now up to three.

SugarHouse, BetRivers now accept PayPal

SugarHouse is the first in the PA online casino market that offers PayPal. However, FanDuel has offered a PayPal option though its online PA sportsbook since launch.

SugarHouse added PayPal without fanfare on Sept. 17.

PayPal is also available via its sister, BetRivers, site. Rush Street owns both properties. SugarHouse is currently in the process of rebranding to Rivers Philadelphia.

PayPal common in NJ, but may not be in PA

SugarHouse has had a PayPal option for some time now in New Jersey, where the market is more mature. Many online casinos and online sportsbooks in NJ accept PayPal for deposits, but not all.

It is possible PA online operators are not offering PayPal because the processing fees are higher than other banking methods.

With Pennsylvania’s 54% tax rate on online slots, online casino margins are slim. Some operators may forgo offering PayPal because the high fee cuts too deeply into profits.

More options for deposits at SugarHouse

SugarHouse has additional deposit options.

They are:

  • ACH 
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Play+
  • PayNearMe
  • Cash at the casino cage

Parx has the most options, but not PayPal

Parx Online Casino offers gamblers 11 options for deposits, which is the most of any online casino in the state. The deposit options at Parx are:

  • Visa
  • Visa Electron, a debit card
  • Mastercard
  • Discover
  • Maestro, a debit card
  • ACH
  • Secured payment, another form of an e-check.
  • Play+ card
  • PayNearMe, which works through a network of stores, such as 7-Eleven.
  • Cash at the casino cage
  • Bank wire transfer

Hollywood Casino deposit options

Hollywood was the first online casino to launch in PA, but it has the fewest deposit options.

The deposit options at Hollywood are:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Play+
  • ACH
  • PayNearMe

Divine Fortune Online Slot Pays Out Fourth Jackpot In 11 Days

Divine sure is one way to describe the PlaySugarHouse progressive jackpot Divine Fortune, which has hit four times in less than two weeks.

Divine Fortune has lived up to its name once again.

Last Thursday, a new player from Lansdale, PA, near Philadelphia, turned a $10 bet into a $61,409.77 win on PlaySugarHouse.com. The progressive jackpot online slot game has now paid out four jackpots in 11 days in Pennsylvania.

Divine Fortune players are riding a hot streak

Last week’s jackpot win continues a very profitable streak for some Divine Fortune players.

On Sept. 1, a woman from Selinsgrove, PA, hit for $196,209 on a $4 bet. Thirty-nine minutes after her win, a man from Warrington, PA, turned a $30 bet into a $57,349 jackpot. And then on Sept. 5, a woman from Levittown, PA, won $30,270 on a bet of just 40 cents.

“These winners show, you don’t have to be long-time players to win,” said Mattias Stetz, COO of Rush Street Interactive, which operates SugarHouse, Rivers Pittsburgh, and the online operations for both.

“This slew of wins proves that jackpots can hit often and on any type of bet. With all of these recent progressive slot wins, we’ve seen increased play on Divine Fortune at PlaySugarHouse.com and we expect the excitement to continue.”

Online slots are paying out big in New Jersey too

Pennsylvanians aren’t the only players cashing in big on Divine Fortune. Last Friday in New Jersey, a woman playing Divine Fortune on PlaySugarHouse won $192,949 on a $20 bet.

Divine Fortune has now paid out more than $3 million in New Jersey since the game’s release in 2017. Mega Jackpots have hit 13 times in the Garden State, leading to more than $1.6 million for the players there.

Divine Fortune is built for big payouts

Divine Fortune launched at PlaySugarHouse in July, joining the wide variety of slots, online table games, and sports betting available on that site.

Set in the days of ancient Greece, the Divine Fortune slot is designed perfectly for the jackpots that have been filling pockets and grabbing headlines in recent days.

According to PlayPennsylvania, Divine Fortune was developed by NetEnt and was the first online slots game in Pennsylvania with a progressive jackpot. The five-reel, three-row, 20-line(fixed) video slot game has a number of player-friendly features which include:

  • Wild substitutions
  • Falling wilds re-spins
  • A wild on wild feature
  • Free spins

Perhaps even more importantly, the game offers three different jackpots, including the progressive Mega Jackpot. And, as news of those jackpots continues to spread, there will be a lot more players and a lot more wins in the future.

It’s a safe bet that the Divine Fortune riches aren’t drying up anytime soon.

FanDuel The New Leader In The Clubhouse Based On August Revenue

The August revenue numbers for PA casinos and sportsbooks are in and FanDuel is already the new market leader after just six weeks in the state.

Since its launch, Pennsylvania online casinos have been picked on like a younger sibling. Players groused about no online poker, small game libraries, and not enough Apple and iPhone options.

PA online casinos hit back in a big way with the release of August casino numbers. According to data from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), the three casino sites more than quadrupled revenue month over month.

Yes, July only had two weeks of action, but the growth is still impressive.  August’s PA online casino revenue for slots and table games was $3.4 million. The big jump shows the potential and profitability of mobile casinos.

PA’s three online casinos are already outearning PA’s four online sportsbooks. Online betting generated $2.5 million in taxable revenue in August.

SugarHouse is sweet

SugarHouse combined its strength in New Jersey, reward program and first-to-market appeal to propel itself to an early lead in Pennsylvania.

SugarHouse earned almost $1.4 million in slots revenue in August, which is quite a huge leap from just $261,000 in July. An additional $286,000 in table games revenue resulted in total revenue of $1.65 million for the site.

It made SugarHouse the clear leader of the trio of PA online casinos. Parx finished second with $1.09 million in total online revenue.

SugarHouse has fewer online slots than its competitors. However, it has the first progressive slot in PA, Divine Fortune. Four players have hit the Divine Fortune jackpot on PA’s PlaySugarHouse.com, so far, this month.

The popular slot game is proving to be a winner for players and SugarHouse.

Mattias Stetz, COO of Rush Street Interactive, the site’s operator, said:

“Divine Fortune is a very hot game right now on PlaySugarHouse.com in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. This slew of wins proves that jackpots can hit often and on any type of bet. With all of these recent progressive slot wins, we’ve seen increased play on Divine Fortune at PlaySugarHouse.com and we expect the excitement to continue.”

PA online casino numbers in August

Here’s how each of the three PA online casinos performed last month:

CasinoTotal revenueSlots revenueTable games revenue
SugarHouse$1,648,426$1,362,585$285,841
Parx$1,095,761$543,647$552,114
Hollywood$684,452$619,493$64,959
Total$3,428,640$2,525,726$902,914

FanDuel rules PA, NJ

It’s only the third full month for online sports betting in Pennsylvania. Although it’s still in its infancy, it’s skipped crawling and is off and running. Fueled by online sportsbooks, the PA sports betting handle reached six figures for the first time.

Pennsylvania is following in the footsteps on neighboring New Jersey when it comes to sports betting:

  • Online wagers accounted for 76% of total handle. (Close to 85% of wagers are made online in New Jersey.)
  • FanDuel takes the lead. The leader in NJ now takes the top spot in PA with $35 million online handle/$2 million online revenue.

FanDuel, under the license of Valley Forge Casino, in August handled $37.8 million in wagers. A staggering amount ($35.3 million; 93%) came via the website and mobile app.

A FanDuel spokesperson weighed in on the stellar PA debut:

“The FanDuel Sportsbook is the clear market leader for online sports betting in Pennsylvania with nearly half of the state’s handle and revenue, an incredible achievement in only six weeks of operation. Having expanded our leadership position across New Jersey and now Pennsylvania, we will continue to bring our top mobile betting platform to the expanding US market.”

The rest of the PA online sports betting field

SugarHouse was the first online sportsbook in PA. It quickly lost its crown to FanDuel. Still, it was a good month for SugarHouse sports betting. SugarHouse generated $25 million in online bets, up from $22.2 million in July. That generated $1.7 million in revenue for SugarHouse.

Parx online sportsbook rounded out the top three. Its online revenue more than doubled in August.

PA sportsbook numbers in August

Here’s how each PA sportsbook performed last month:

Casino or Off-Track Betting FacilityTotal HandleTotal RevenueOnline HandleOnline RevenueRetail HandleRetail Revenue
Valley Forge Casino Resort$37,822,688$2,217,754$35,279,681$2,042,424$2,543,007$175,330
SugarHouse Casino$30,390,890$1,232,058$25,023,833$415,290$5,367,057$816,768
Parx Casino$10,988,663$1,223,926$6,028,173$500,982$4,960,490$722,945
Rivers Casino$21,762,952$212,515$16,877,630($418,497)$4,885,322$631,012
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course$2,055,786$309,17100$2,055,786$309,171
South Philadelphia Race and Sportsbook$1,997,420$337,68000$1,997,420$337,680
Harrah’s Philadelphia$1,879,243$251,29600$1,879,243$251,296
Presque Isle Downs$1,197,553$282,38400$1,197,553$282,384
Oaks Race and Sportsbook$942,856$48,23000$942,856$48,230
Statewide Total$109,038,051$6,115,016$83,209,317$2,540,199$25,828,734$3,574,817

More competition comes to PA

Not listed in the August report but a key player in the future of PA online sportsbooks is Fox Bet. With an early September launch and brand recognition, it will be interesting to see initial numbers and impact. Mount Airy Casino is the property behind the PA betting site.

Picking An Online Poker Screen Name: Are You An ‘Acehole?’

There is more to picking an online poker screenname than you may think. What to consider and how to pick a winning poker handle.

What’s in a name? In the world of online poker, a screen name can mean many things.

Or sometimes, nothing at all.

What to consider with an online poker name

A persona is something to ponder while we await the launch of online poker in Pennsylvania.

A name could be a bluff or deflection, such as a girly name for a guy. For instance, Cindy34 might be a dude. Some male players have gone so far as to create an entire false female identity, hoping opponents will play them differently.

A name may be meant to intimidate, invoking a mythical figure of great power, such as Isildur from Lord of the Rings.

Or it might show a depth of knowledge about the game, or maybe it is just funny. Or both.

Humor can be a good online choice

How else to explain Acehole? It is at once self-deprecatingly funny and also “indicates you know a certain amount about how to play,” one poker veteran says.

Unless, of course, it is just a bluff.

Don’t give away too much online

While a handful of players use their real names or some variation, most of those who play online like the relative anonymity of selecting a screen name because a pseudonym doesn’t offer any tells.

As Mike, a veteran player online in New Jersey says, he keeps extensive notes on those he plays against, hoping for a psychological advantage about how his competition plays the game.

That’s fairly common with serious players.

That was harder to do a few years back when the pool online was huge and booming, says Mike.

But with a smaller number of players in the pool of poker players now, according to Mike, it’s difficult to remain unknown these days.

Notes on a player can be formidable tools, he explains, especially with the tracking stats compiled by what is known as a heads-up display, or HUD, which tracks a player’s hand history. HUDs are allowed on some sites, but not all.

Don’t include telling info with your handle

While many online players use numbers in their online handle, using a birth year which gives away clues about your age or generation or a clue about how long you have played poker might not be to your advantage, unless it is a red-herring or simply a lucky number, says Mike.

While you don’t want to give away that you are a clueless newcomer, there can be some advantages to hinting that you are still learning.

Mike likes the name Newbie, for instance, because other players may make assumptions and play differently against Newbie than they might against someone named ThortheDestroyer.

But innocuous and not memorable might be a good choice for names if your goal is to stay in the background. I mean, who is going to remember KCS1234?

Some online names jump out

On the other hand, some names do stand out:

  • PwnedUrAnus
  • UPay4MyWeed
  • The-Toilet
  • GameSlut
  • OJ Limpsin
  • PokeHer

Keep in mind, some opponents will ask about the origins of a nickname using the chat function. The players I spoke with say they sometimes answer questions usually with a cheeky story, but Mike turns off the chat when opponents go too far.

And, while you can actually find online poker name generators, Mike thinks that’s a bad idea.

Make it personal, just not too personal

“People put thought into the name they choose,” says Mike, whose own poker name comes from a lucky event in his life as a poker dealer in a live poker room.

He’d previously used a variation of his dog’s name as his online handle, but he likes the connection to luck, which comes with the name he uses now.

“Choose a name that has personal meaning to you. I think that’s what most people do,” he says.

SugarHouse’s Divine Fortune Pays Out 3 Jackpots In 4 Days

The PlaySugarHouse online slot Divine Fortune lived up to its name, doling out three progressive jackpots in the span of four days.

Forty cents. Four dollars. Thirty bucks.

A few modest wagers brought big jackpots to Pennsylvania last week.

PlaySugarHouse.com’s Divine Fortune online slot returned three payouts worth over $250,000 to a trio of PA players in the span of four days.

Video slot transforms change into over $30k

The most noteworthy one arrived at 3:02 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5. A woman from Levittown, PA, placed a 40-cent bet on Divine Fortune that turned out to be a $30,270 win.

Two other huge Divine Fortune slot wins arrived earlier in the week

Four days earlier on Sept. 1, a woman from Selinsgrove, PA hit for $196,209 on a $4 bet. The woman had been playing for a mere 17 minutes before hitting it big.

Just 39 minutes later, Divine Fortune lived up to its name again. A man from Warrington, PA, who had been playing for an hour, won $57,349 on a $30 bet.

Online slot jackpots are nothing new in New Jersey

Divine Fortune is a five-reel, three-row, 20-line (fixed) video slot game with three different jackpots, including the progressive mega jackpot.

Although last week marked the first major jackpots for Divine Fortune players in Pennsylvania, the game has had a lucrative history in neighboring New Jersey.

Divine Fortune made its NJ online debut in 2017 and has been responsible for more mega-jackpot payouts than any other progressive slot in the state. In total, the slot game, which has an ancient Greece theme, has paid out more than $3 million to its players in New Jersey. Part of that total is due to Mega Jackpots, which have hit 12 times, bringing more than $1.5 million to its players.

Progressive slot promises future jackpots

Divine Fortune was the first slot to offer progressive jackpots in Pennsylvania’s online casinos. And as online gaming continues to grow in the Keystone State, you can expect Divine Fortune to follow suit.

There will be more players, more spins and certainly more jackpots in the future too.

And you don’t always have to play big to win big.

“Divine Fortune is a very hot game right now on PlaySugarHouse and it’s easy to see why,” said Richard Schwartz, president of Rush Street Interactive, which oversees SugarHouse and Rivers Pittsburgh casinos and online operations.

“This also shows that jackpots can hit at any time and on any type of bet. Since the first and second progressive wins last week, we’ve seen an increase in activity with Divine Fortune…and we expect the excitement and interest continue to grow.”

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