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The Smart Money is on HTML5 – Is this the Death of Flash?

Flash technology came in with a bang and appears to be going out with a whimper; but isn't this just the way of technology today? New innovations move into place so fast that there is always something waiting in the wings to replace what we once thought was a 'Godsend'. As widespread as browser enabled online casino game play has become over a few short years, it is understandable that operators are somewhat shocked, and even nervous to see it all come to an end. Flash has basically been put to death – but will this be the death of the online casino? Highly unlikely!

Microsoft recently made an announcement that has set klaxons off in the online gambling industry, and has got operators feeling the heat. The news is that Flash would not be supported on either the Mobile or Metro versions of Internet Explorer Windows 8. The news comes despite the fact that almost 100% of online gambling and many other online gaming operations; operate their desktop gaming products by means of Flash Technology. It is also important to understand that most of these internet gambling ops also offer download versions of games, however in the majority, customers prefer using the Flash option.

What has led to this shocker - is that the use of mobile phones and tablets is beginning to drive innovation in online gambling technology, and for that of other gaming industries too. This new hardware calls for new technology, so, Adobe has confirmed that no more new Flash releases or features will be developed, and HTML5 will be the replacement.

There are obviously grave concerns that software platforms currently driven by Flash will become obsolete, and that this will happen too quickly. But Adobe has assured users that the withdrawal of this technology will be gradual; and that bug updates and security releases will continue for certain products. HTML5 is a more universal platform and is already being widely used in the larger mobile devices.

HTML5 is believed to be more secure than Flash which is good news, and it also provides better software solutions for development and delivery of Internet browser-enabled online gaming content. Danny Winokur, who is Adobe’s VP and the General Manager of interactive development, said ~ “HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively. This makes HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms.”

He also enthuses about how excited Adobe is by these changes, and that they will continue to work with Apple, Microsoft, Google and RIM; which all form part of the greater HTML community. Adobe plans to drive HTML5 innovation, so, Flash will be relegated to laptops and desktops from now on. The plan is to target the development of platform-native application expansion in the mobile marketplace. These apps will be based on Adobe AIR which is no problem for Apple as this operating system did not support Flash technology right from the very beginning.

 
Legalized Online Gambling Gets Green Light In Canada

The Canadian Government has never really made a huge fuss about operators and people who play gambling games online in this country. However these activities have never been formally legalized, although there were some provincial governments operating legal online gambling sites. What we are referring to here, is the private sector. Up till now much licensing has taken place in the independent state of Kahnawake - Ontario.

Now, apparently the sky is the limit for small to medium business (SMB) as Canada provides the green light for online gambling concerns to GO! The new regulations have been approved and the online gambling sector is expected to grow by projected revenues of up to $16 billion - perhaps even more who knows? This creates tons of opportunities for SMB's to cash in.

All Canadian Provincial Governments are moving towards regulating online gambling. This means that local companies which develop casino-type, Web-based games can actually cash in on a market place which is becoming more legitimate by the day. Much like European countries, they have realized that online gambling is here to stay and that their residents want to play these games. Not only that, but this is a massive industry which generates massive turnover, revenue and profits too.

World-wide this industry has tripled in size and revenues have exceed anything ever expected. Since the fledgling industry got off the ground in 1995 - in terms of revenues generated - it now exceeds the combined revenue generating efforts of magazines and book sales, spectator sports, social establishments, movies theatres and all performing arts.

Paul Burns who is the Vice-president of the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) has been quotes as saying; “Our industry supports more than 128,000 full-time jobs, 283,000 associated jobs, generates $12.5 billion in labour income and $8.7 billion in annual revenues remitted to the government.”

Until now, much like the US; Canadian online gambling firms which operate within the radar, have had to ply their trade overseas. However a great deal of potential income has been slipping below the radar with the lack of regulation and legislation in place. Canadian laws essentially prohibited online gaming and this is about to change.

Provincially regulated online gambling was launched officially in British Columbia last year, and seeing the good sense in this, other provinces are following suit. Recently Quebec instituted a new online gambling structure which expects to earn in excess of $50 million annually. The scene in Ontario has also been set, and they are ready to launch a new plan for online gambling by 2012. This particular system is expecting a rake of $400 million in revenue annually.

The CGA is expecting a boom-time for technologically adept Canadian SMB's - a veritable online gambling gold-rush, if the reports coming out are correct. There will obviously be valuable spin-offs to this industry too, as players get into the swing of things and demand more sophisticated equipment - such as HD monitors and so on. Employment opportunities in highly technical jobs are also expected to be more in demand.

 
James Grosjean

James Grosjean started with playing blackjack during his studies days at the University of Chicago. It did not take him long to find out that he possessed the mathematical skills to constantly beat the dealers. He immediately started to document his experiences and in 2000 he wrote :
Beyond Counting: Exploiting Casino Games from Blackjack to Video Poker , one of the most popular Blackjack standard works of this century. The calculations in this book are easy to perform and invite readers to apply them in different situations. It is a comprehensive book that is best understood by people who are not blessed with a gift for mathematics.

Besides respected blackjack player and author, Grosjean is also known for championing the rights of blackjack players. He got arrested several times on suspicion of card counting. He claims that he was beaten up and successfully filed lawsuits against Imperial Palace and Caesar’s Palace casinos. He is a true hero within the world of Blackjack. In 2006 he became the youngest players ever to be awarded a spot in the Blackjack hall of Fame.

 
Two of the Grudge Matches have their winners

The WSOP Grudge Matches got under way and two of them have already been played and won. Phil Hellmuth faced Johny Chan again and the two of them were re-enacting their heads-up match they played 22 years ago. Back then, Hellmuth came out victorious, but this year Johny Chan got the chance to take revenge and didn’t miss it – walking away with $20,000 compared to Hellmuth’s $10,000 he got for taking part in the tournament. Next on the schedule were Sam Farha and Chris Moneymaker who were supposed to re-play their 2003 match. There were three games for each couple, the first starting with the same chip stacks the player entered into their historical match, the second with the starting chip stacks reversed, and the third with equal amount of chips. Whilst Farha won the first match, Moneymaker again walked away with more money in his pocket than his rival.

 
James Grosjean

James Grosjean started with playing blackjack during his studies days at the University of Chicago. It did not take him long to find out that he possessed the mathematical skills to constantly beat the dealers. He immediately started to document his experiences and in 2000 he wrote :
Beyond Counting: Exploiting Casino Games from Blackjack to Video Poker , one of the most popular Blackjack standard works of this century. The calculations in this book are easy to perform and invite readers to apply them in different situations. It is a comprehensive book that is best understood by people who are not blessed with a gift for mathematics.

Besides respected blackjack player and author, Grosjean is also known for championing the rights of blackjack players. He got arrested several times on suspicion of card counting. He claims that he was beaten up and successfully filed lawsuits against Imperial Palace and Caesar’s Palace casinos. He is a true hero within the world of Blackjack. In 2006 he became the youngest players ever to be awarded a spot in the Blackjack hall of Fame.

 
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