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7. March 2018

Types of Download Casino Sites

Most download casino sites are just client programs that will allow you to log into an online casino from your computer. They are generally created with Windows systems in mind, but given the growing popularity of Macs, it’s likely that we’ll see more and more casinos creating Mac-specific clients, as has happened in the online poker world.

Download casino sites generally receive frequent updates, giving players access to new games or improved functionality – at least its also better for your health compared to most casinos in the real world where still smoking is not illegal. In fact, you may sometimes have to download new versions of games you already play; this will probably happen automatically when you attempt to play each individual game, though new games are more likely to be released in major patches.

How to Use Download Casino Sites

For Windows users, download casino sites are very simple to use. Just find the download link on an online casino website (this will probably be in the front page – you may even be prompted to download the casino’s software by a pop-up window), and install the software. This process should only take a few minutes. You should now have a shortcut to the casino software on your desktop; clicking on it will bring up the casino client, from which you can log in and begin playing.

If you’re using a non-Windows system, you may need to work a little harder to get download casino sites to work for you. For instance, Mac users should consider installing the Windows OS of their choice and booting into it by using Boot Camp, from which they’ll be able to run any Windows programs they like – including online casino software. If you’re running Linux, the Wine software package will allow you to run most Windows programs on your system, which should also open up the world of download casino sites to you. Another solution could be a different online casi, f.e. read a 888 Casino Review to get to know more. These solutions may take a little effort, but the rewards of using a downloadable software client are well worth it.


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7. March 2018

Online Casino Compatability

One of the biggest problems for computer users who use systems other than PCs is figuring out exactly what programs are compatible with their OS. This issue extends to online casino sites, where the number of programs and options available varies depending on the operating system you’re using.

If you’re on a PC, you can safely assume that you’ll have full access to every casino site. Luckily, there’s also a good chance that you’ll be able to use most (or even all) online casinos no matter what kind of computer system you’re using. We’ve put together a series of articles that you may click through below in order to see what online casino sites are available to you, and how you can use them.

Windows Casino Sites

Windows remainds by far and away the most popular and widely used computer operating system. Because of this, the first software that is made for casinos is Windows compatible software. Therefore, all Windows users are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding an online casino to play at. Luckily, we’ve separated the good from the bad in order to help you find the best online casino for Windows users.

Mac Casino Sites

These days, Macs have become popular enough that many casino sites have developed solutions for Mac users. However, even those casinos that don’t have dedicated Mac casino sites should be accessible, either through browser-based software or through the use of Boot Camp or another Windows emulator.

Linux Casino Sites

If you’re using a Linux system, there aren’t very many casinos that have created a software client designed specifically with your OS in mind. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t play at all of your favorite online casino sites! There are plenty of methods that can be used to bring casino action to you, either though Flash casinos or by using special software.

Ubuntu Casino Sites

Any casino site can be made into a Ubuntu casino site, though you might have to do a little work on your end to make that happen. Alternately, many casinos use an instant play option that runs right in your favorite web browser – a perfect solution for Ubuntu users.

Flash Casino Sites

One of the greatest innovations in online casinos was the introduction of the Flash casino site. These sites allow you to play your favorite casino games directly from a web browser. This means that you’ll be able to play whether you’re at home or on the road – and no matter what operating system you use.

Java Casino Sites

Java is another popular web technology that is used to power various online games and applications. Due to it’s ease of use, high security and portability, many online casinos now offer Java based clients that can be accessed via any popular internet browser.

No Download Casino Sites

No download casino sites have become an excellent alternative to downloadable software clients. These sites allow you to play in a casino site without downloading any programs to your computer, making them perfect for players who want to access a casino site from a public or work computer, or those who simply don’t like putting casino software on their own machines.

Download Casino Sites

The most traditional way of playing in an online casino, download casino sites still have many advantages over their no download counterparts. If you can use a download casino site, you’ll see more games, better features and more frequently updated software, giving you the best overall online casino experience.

Instant Play Casino Sites

Want to play instantly at your favorite casino site, without bothering with downloads or installing software? Instant play casino sites are the answer. These casino sites are playable directly from the Internet, meaning that you can get started just by pointing your web browser to the casino’s website and clicking on the instant play button.

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7. March 2018

Ladbrokes Review 2018

The Ladbroke betting business, as we know it today, was founded by philanthropist Cyril Stein and floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1967. At the time, Ladbrokes was worth £1 million, but when Mr. Stein left the company in 1994 the company was valued at around £2 billion. One of the original ‘Big Four’ bookmakers, Ladbrokes has continued to thrive, establishing an online presence in 2000. Ladbrokes finalised a £2.3 billion merger with rivals Coral in November 2016 and, in the year as a whole, revenue from rose by 17%, despite unfavourable sporting results in the UK. The combined odds against Leicester City, Brexit and President Trump were apparently 4,503,905/1.

Clearly, Ladbrokes – now the Ladbrokes Coral Group – has stood the test of time and, today, is one of the most recognisable and trusted bookmaking brands worldwide, on- or offline. The UK Competition and Markets Authority ruled that Ladbrokes and Coral must sell a combined total of 359 betting shops as a condition of the merger, but these were purchased by Betfred and Stan James for £55.5 million. Even so, Ladbrokes Coral Group plc is far and away the largest high street bookmaker in the UK, with over 1,000 more betting shops than its nearest rival, William Hill. Gambling software development company Playtech has backed the merger and increased its stake in Ladbrokes to 10%.

Pros & Cons

Historically, Ladbrokes built its business on providing betting services, primarily on horse and greyhound racing, to generations of British customers. By focussing on the interests of its customers, the company has built a strong market reputation for itself, but continues to innovate, through extensive online betting coverage, promotions and overall customer experience.

Promotions are available for new and existing customers, including daily price boosts on selected markets and, although not exclusive to Ladbrokes, the popular ‘Cash Out’ facility is available on selected ‘live’ or ‘in-play’ markets. Ladbrokes also offers a full range of deposit and withdrawal options with fast processing speeds.

On the downside, the odds offered by Ladbrokes, even on traditional, ‘bread and butter’ markets, such as football and horse racing, really aren’t competitive when compared with other bookmakers. In many cases, the disparity isn’t huge but, over time, even fractions of a point can make a tremendous difference, especially in markets such as football, where doubles, trebles and accumulators are popular. In smaller, ‘niche’ markets, the problem is worse still, with Ladbrokes falling well short of the competition.

Arbitragers beware, too. Arbitrage involves taking advantage of different odds offered by different bookmakers to make a profit from a bet regardless of the outcome. Ladbrokes’ customer service staff may have weaknesses in other areas, but not so in spotting ‘arbing’ which, while perfectly legal, may result in your account being severely limited, or closed altogether.

Betting Markets

Notwithstanding the previous comment regarding the competitiveness of the odds on offer, punters can have few complaints about the range of betting markets available from Ladbrokes. Horse racing coverage obviously includes the UK and Ireland, but also Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, while football coverage includes all the major European leagues, plus a few from further afield, such as the Japanese J League and the Australian Hyundai A-League. Indeed, the ‘A-Z Sports’ list includes everything from American football to volleyball, with enough markets to keep even the most avid sports fan happy.

Website & Mobile Apps

Historically, one criticism levelled at Ladbrokes was that, while its website and mobile apps were fine from a functional point of view, its betting software was slow and less user-friendly than that available elsewhere. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case; Ladbrokes has invested no little time and effort in improving its interface and the results are there for all to see. Whether you bet via the original website, the mobile version or the mobile application, you’ll instantly recognise Ladbrokes’ distinctive red-and-white livery and everything is laid out to make finding and placing the bet you want as quick and intuitive as possible. Ladbrokes’ mobile application is fully integrated and allows complete functionality from your smartphone.

Live Betting & Streaming

‘Live’ or ‘In-play’ betting – that is, betting on an event, such as a football match, after it has started – is an area in which Ladbrokes excels. Ladbrokes offers an extensive range of traditional markets, alongside more creative ‘proposition’ bets, on football, cricket, golf, tennis, rugby and many smaller, ‘niche’ sports. Clicking on the ‘In-Play & Streaming’ tab reveals all the markets on which in-play betting is available, while clicking on the ‘Stream’ tab allows you to watch any of the events currently being streamed live on the site. To watch a live stream, you must be logged in and have a positive balance in your account, or have placed a bet with the last 24 hours.

Bonuses & Promotions

Ladbrokes offers new customers the chance to claim a free bet of up to £50 when they place their first bet. New customers simply need to register with Ladbrokes using the latest promotion code, deposit and place their first bet of £5. The deposit must be made in EURO or GBP and not using PaySafe, Skrill or Neteller and your first bet must be at minimum odds of 1/2 (1.5) to qualify, but provided you meet those conditions Ladbrokes will match the value of your first bet, up to £50, as a free bet.

Ladbrokes’ promotions are by no means limited to new customers. On all UK and Irish, horse racing punters can take advantage of enhanced best odds guaranteed. If they take a price on win or each-way and the starting price is greater, Ladbrokes pays not only at starting price, but ‘boost’ the price by a fraction as well. If, say, a punter backs a horse at 3/1, which subsequently wins at 7/2, Ladbrokes pays 4/1, up to a maximum of €200 or £200. Ladbrokes also offers daily price boosts on selected events, large and small, and for football punters the chance to have your money back as a free bet if one team in an accumulator of five teams or more, on selected matches, lets you down, up to a maximum stake of €25 or £25.

Banking Options

Ladbrokes offers every banking option that you could ever need. Major credit and debit cards, such as Visa, Visa Electron, Maestro and Mastercard, are the most popular method of depositing and withdrawing funds, but popular e-wallets, such as Neteller, PayPal and
Skrill are also available. So, too, are bank transfer, check, Entropay, UKash and Western Union. Officially, withdrawals by credit or debit card, or by bank transfer, take 3-5 business days to process, but Ladbrokes processes these transactions must faster than most other bookmakers.

Customer Service, Security & Reliability

Ladbrokes is committed to ensuring that its website is safe, secure and resilient and employs Verisign Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption for this purpose. If you have a question, Ladbrokes provides a comprehensive online help service, but you can also contact customer service directly, via online chat or telephone. Ladbrokes’ customer service does appear to be something of a ‘Marmite’ proposition, however; some people like it very much and some people dislike it equally strongly. From 679 reviews on Trustpilot, 61.9% gave Ladbrokes the maximum five stars, yet the company rates just 4.3/10, or ‘poor’, overall. Trustpilot isn’t the only place we’ve seen Ladbrokes’ customer service called into question but, in the absence of any first-hand evidence one way or another, we’d better leave you to make up your own mind on that score.


All in all, it’s difficult to find much wrong with Ladbrokes, apart from reiterating that if you want to find the most competitive odds available on any event you’re probably better off looking elsewhere. Ladbrokes offers everything you might expect from a modern bookmaker but, at the same time, appears a little traditional, or ‘conservative’, when compared with some of the competition. You know you’re in safe hands with Ladbrokes, but don’t expect much to set your pulse racing. That said, two of the strongest brands in the sector have joined forces, so it’s entirely possible that Ladbrokes may set new standards for bookmaking in due course.


14. February 2018

A sign of confidence: The EU Member States have adopted the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

The EU Member States have given their support to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, a renewed framework for transatlantic data flows which is meant to replace the old “Safe Harbor”.  The decision of the Member States was mandatory in order to formally adopt the Privacy Shield in the EU.

In opposite to Safe Harbor, the Privacy Shield imposes clear and strong obligations on companies handling the date and makes sure that these rules are followed and enforced in practice. It is the first time that the United States has committed to written assurance that the access of public authorities for law enforcement and national security will be subject to clear limitations, safeguards and oversight mechanisms and has ruled out indiscriminate mass surveillance of European citizen’s personal data.


In October 2015, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) decided that Safe Harbor was not compliant with European fundamental freedoms and data protection laws and that therefore on that basis, personal data of EU citizens could no longer be transferred to the United States. (cp. here).

In February 2016, the European Commission announced that the government of the United States has agreed to a new regulation called the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. After some discussions, this Privacy Shield will now become reality.

14. February 2018

German data protection authorities: old consents survive under the GDPR if…

On 14th September, the German data protection authorities (“DPAs”), gathering in the so called “circle of Düsseldorf”, issued a non-binding opinion (pdf, German) on the question of the lawfulness of consents under the looming General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), which were obtained under the conditions of the current legal framework.

Referring to recital 171 of the GDPR, the DPAs state that currently given consents remain valid “if the manner in which the consent has been given is in line with the conditions of” the GDPR. According to the DPAs, validly given consents under the current legal framework in general fulfill these requirements.

The two important words here are: “in general”. Because this means that there exist exceptions. The DPAs further state that information obligations in accordance with Art. 13 GDPR must not be fulfilled in this regard, since these obligations don’t belong to the “conditions” referred to in recital 171.

At the end of their statement, the DPAs highlight two conditions which deserve particular attention. Already at this point, one might ask why only these two conditions deserve special attention. According to the DPAs, these conditions are Art. 7 para 4 and Art. 8 para 1. If these two conditions are not met, existing consents will not continue to apply. Confusingly, these conditions referred to by the DPAs form only a certain part of conditions which have to be met according to Art. 7 and 8 of the GDPR.

If one takes the statement of the DPAs seriously, companies would not have to meet all conditions for existing valid consents enumerated in Art. 7 and 8 of the GDPR. Does this opinion by the DPAs mean that only the conditions of Art. 7 para 4 and Art. 8 para 1 GDPR have to be met by exiting consents? Why would the opinion mention only these two conditions, if this would not be the case? In addition, it remains to be seen how other European authorities interpret recital 171.