Just like the weather, gambling in Spain is a hot topic. As Europe sees remarkable gambling performances since the US ban prohibiting sites from operating financially, Spain stands out as having seen the most growth over the past year and particularly in recent months.

A report by a leading online internet statistic organisation shows Spain as having growth of 154% from 2005 to 2006. Only Sweden, Switzerland and Italy come anywhere near this kind of growth, with approximately 60% for each of those regions.

While gambling and sweepstake sites are more popular in countries like France, Sweden and Germany, the Spanish love to gamble on poker, casino and bingo sites, almost triple the amount of people visit these types of sites as opposed to online betting.

Spain is also doing well in terms of the number of sites advertising online, coming fourth in the European table for the number of banners, campaigns and adverts placed online.

So what is enticing the Spanish player to gamble? Well of course entry into an online casino is much more convenient than a typical bricks and mortar land based casino. These casinos are typically frequented by people who like to stay out late, perhaps after a night out on the town, and by those who like an element of exclusivity in such clubs and casinos.

The availability of online casino and poker sites allows people of all types and backgrounds to play online without the risk of a late night and without risk of losing face as they try their hand at poker, blackjack and roulette.

Online poker sites also allow you to play poker without spending any money. Typically at a normal casino you have to pay to play, but most online sites offer some form of game preview and interactive learning process, as well as the opportunity to play without spending money. This entices players to learn the game, again without financial risk. Perhaps online casinos should take note of this kind of free play, and offer land based players the opportunity to learn the game without financial risk.

One more important aspect of online gaming is the element of social networking. While casino and poker players were previously thought to be of a certain breed of character, online gaming is open to all types, and this allows people to interact and meet friends online and potentially get to know the competition.

Spain has a massive internet audience, of which only 14% are currently being reached by online gambling sites. This provides a potential for 86% more reach and along with it a huge pile of cash to be made by those internet poker sites. Money is also there to be made by the poker player. Poker is a game where you need a large element of skill, so winning is really down to the player and not purely down to random generation of numbers or a bit of luck. Of course you need the cards to fall your way, but you can maximise your winning potential by learning poker strategies, and when and how much to bet in any given game.

Spain has also had many poker champions in the past and continues to be an important stop over on the European Poker Tour.

Interesting also is the times that players play online. Peak times for most European poker sites would normally be after office hours, up until around midnight. However, this is not the case in Spain. According to Juega Poker Ya.com, peak times for poker and casino gambling in the summer months particularly, is from 3am in the morning. This is due to the fact that the Spanish eat late, visit clubs and bars until late and return home in the cool of the evening to play poker online.

Thus proving once again that not only is the weather a hot topic in Spain. Poker and casino gambling is also turning on the heat and becoming an important element of life in Spain.

Microgaming is the leading software provider for the online gambling industry. Over the past three years, Microgaming has launched over 100 new slot machine games, including a number of classic 3-reel slot machines. Each of these 3-reel slots has its own unique theme, ranging from oceanic fishing to witchcraft to adventure. Classic 3-reel slots are perfect casino games for the beginning player, because of their easy and straightforward format. This article reviews 5 of these new 3-reel slots, including Bar Bar Black Sheep, Bulls Eye, Frost Bite, Jingle Bells, and Jungle 7’s.
Bar Bar Black Sheep is a 3-reel, single pay-line slot machine based on the popular children’s nursery rhyme. The coin range is 20¢ to $1.00. There are 27 winning combinations of symbols, and the Bar Bar Black Sheep symbol is the most important one of all. One or more Bar Bar Black Sheep symbols on the pay-line create winning combinations. One symbol pays out $500, two symbols pay out $1,000, and all three Bar Bar Black Sheep symbols pay out $1,600.
Bulls Eye is a 3-reel, single pay-line slot machine based on the game of darts. The only coin size available is a $1.00 coin. There are 24 winning combinations of symbols, and the Dart Man symbol is the most important one of all. For example, if you play 1 coin and hit 3 Dart Man symbols on the pay-line, you will win $1,000. If you play 3 coins and hit 3 Dart Man symbols on the pay-line, you will win the maximum of payout of $5,000.
Frost Bite is a 3-reel, single pay-line slot machine with an Arctic theme. Frost Bite accepts coins from 25¢ to $5.00, and the maximum number of coins that you can play per spin is 2. One Frost Bite symbol doubles your payout and 2 Frost Bite symbols quadruple your payout. If you hit all three Frost Bite symbols on the pay-line, you will win the maximum jackpot of $1,600.
Jingle Bells is a 3-reel, 5 pay-line slot machine with a festive Christmas theme. The coin range is 25¢ to $5.00, and you can play up to 1 coin per pay-line per spin. With a maximum bet of $25.00 ($5.00 x 1 coin per pay-line x 5 pay-lines), you could win a possible jackpot of $30,000 (6,000 coins).
Embark on a treacherous adventure along the Inca trail. Jungle 7’s is a 3-reel, single pay-line slot machine with an exploration and adventure theme. The coin range is 25¢ to $5.00 and you can bet up to 3 coins per pay-line per spin. With a maximum bet of $15.00, you could win a possible jackpot of $75,000 (15,000 coins).
So there you have it, five 3-reel slot machines from Microgaming. Whether you play slot machines online or blackjack in Vegas, remember to only gamble with the money that you can afford to lose. Don’t exceed your spending limit should you lose, and never gamble when you are tired or irritable. By following these simple rules of gambling, your casino experience – online or at a land-based casino – will be more enjoyable.