In 1976, Ian Andersen (a pseudonym) produced the now classic Turning the Tables in Las Vegas, which has always been the reference on blackjack “casino comportment”, that is, how to fool the casino into thinking that you’re not counting cards. Now, almost 25 years later, Andersen has authored a sequel or update, depending on your perspective, that covers new techniques that the author has adapted to the game over the years.
The first few chapters are the standard introduction to Blackjack and card counting, and can be skipped by the familiar reader. If the first two chapters are new material, then this book is probably the wrong place to start. In the third chapter, Andersen gives his reasons as to why he believes that simpler counting systems like the Hi-Low and Hi-Opt I, both of which he uses, are sufficient for card counters, even at the professional level.
With Chapter 4, we get into the heart of the book. Andersen has studied the betting and playing habits of big bet blackjack players for many years. Based upon these observations and some computer simulations, he has devised a playing pattern that provides excellent camouflage while maintaining a healthy edge. His calculations …
Kids are getting into the diamond painting hobby like never before. Stuck at home with nothing to do, they are really enjoying this hobby that is seeing sales and interest skyrocket.
Parents love how inexpensive diamond painting is and how it gets the kids away from their screens for a while. Kids love how relaxing it is and how easy and fun it can be to create wonderful works of art all on their own. It makes them feel like little artists, and that’s a wonderful thing.
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Are you worried that your kids are not learning very much and that they are wasting their time with brain-numbing activities? Watching YouTube videos of other people play video games and following Instagram influencers online may be worrying behaviors from them, so you might be concerned that they aren’t exercising their brains or their creative side.
Diamond art is mentally stimulating. Kids love the bright colors and artistic designs. They learn how to place diamonds with precision and work on their fine motor skills. They are also learning about the subject matter of the painting many times. They might be curious and ask you questions about it. …
Welcome to my section on probabilities in sports betting. This and racetrack betting are unique sections at the Wizard of Odds because it can not be purely analyzed with mathematics. In other words you can never know exactly what the house edge is for a certain bet because of the human factor involved in sports. However we can look at past bets available and their eventual outcome to make some pretty accurate observations. We can also assume that the bookmaker’s actions are motivated by the desire to balance the action on both sides of a bet so that he wins regardless of the outcome. In other words we can assume that on average both sides of a bet are about equal. The organization of this section will be to address various bets available and analyze their return.
Straight bets are the most popular and in my opinion the best kind of bet of all sports bets. This is a simple bet on the outcome of a game, relative to a point spread. The point spread is created to add some fictional points to the underdog team. For example suppose the Baltimore Ravens are playing the New Orleans Saints …
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The Texas Treasure, one of two day-cruise gambling ships at the Port of Palm Beach, will set sail Feb. 16 for its last cruise – citing lack of business and its competitor’s edge for the departure. There simply wasn’t enough business, says Texas Treasure President Stephanie Hodges. She complained that competitor Palm Beach Princess’ favorable lease gave it too much of an edge. The Princess, unlike the Treasure, has a long-term lease, paying the Florida port $1.30 less in fees per passenger than the Treasure, and also has the perk of a passenger shuttle service paid by the port. Port Director Richard Wainio had been warning port commissioners that the Treasure could go at any time because of its financial shape and it had to work around the schedules of small, luxury cruise ships using the terminal. The port had expected $850,000 in revenue from the Treasure for the rest of the fiscal year, but hopes to make up all but $400,000 to $500,000, says Wainio. The operator of the Princess has had financial problems of its own. In January, it filed for bankruptcy protection while it tries to refinance the ship. Both port officials and Princess President Fran Murray …
I saw your column about gambling movies and noticed that “Let It Ride” was on top. I couldn’t agree more, since that’s my book. The book was called Good Vibes.
A convict (my fan base for this one) in New Jersey wrote me recently and said that he had found a hardback of Good Vibes on one of the Internet auction houses for $275! I used to sail hard backs like Frisbees at people at speaking gigs. Out of print movie books get rare fast.
The woman who wrote the movie did a terrific job. She did the book exactly as written. Her name was, is, Nancy Dowd. She is the sister of Ned Dowd, who produced it. Ned Dowd was Ned Braden and the focal point of Slapshot. As for the movie, I went to Hialeah a couple of days before shooting started. The night before, a bunch of us went to a dog track so Richard Dreyfuss and the others could get in the proper frame of mind. All night, the old woman that owned the dog track whispered winners in Dreyfuss’s ear. Says a lot about dog racing, doesnąt it.
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Germany downed Mexico 4:3 in Leipzig in an entertaining finale to their Confederations Cup campaigns.
The clash of the losing semi-finalists may not have been hotly anticipated but was far from forgetful with a healthy seven goals to send the home fans home happy and looking forward to next year’s World Cup.
For Mexico, the conquerors of Brazil, it was another close-run defeat following their semi-final penalty agony against Argentina, but they can cross the Atlantic proud of their tournament showing, which surprised European eyes and won the CONCACAF champions a great deal of respect.
Lukas Podolski’s began the goal-fest in the thirty-seventh minute with a twenty-yard missile from a sweet Bastian Schweinsteiger backheel that lodged in the top corner of the net. But three minutes later Mexico were level from Jose Fonseca’s low drive before Schweinsteiger restored Germany’s lead with a tap-in at the far post a minute later.
Mike Hanke received a red card after fifty-four minutes for a clattering tackle on Carlos Salcido and the Germans lost their lead again four minutes later when Luis Perez crossed for Jared Borgetti to head past Oliver Kahn.
Chelsea’s Robert Huth, who had had a tough tournament, was smiling again …
Competition in social media and social bookmarking has always been fierce and grows increasingly tough for both veterans and startups. Digg, the once popular social bookmarking site, painfully recognized this fact after recent stumbles and has overhauled its entire interface in order to restore confidence and lure back users it had shed.
The overall reboot has been divided into three major branches. The first branch involves Digg’s overall look; key topics (i.e. Technology, Science, Gaming, etc.) will now be posted at page’s top rather than the side, Story pages have been revamped, and the “Submit” feature will feature more prominently than “Search” with its own box on top of every page.
Search has been downgraded to a magnifying glass icon that a user must click on first before the search box appears. The second branch involves upgrading individual profile pages by reintroducing user statistics (submission, commenting, and following) which were previously left out of the site’s recent incarnation.
Finally, Digg is incorporating new, opt-in notifications for users when their posts reach “Top News”. Granted, “Top News” no longer has the luster it once had since “My News” became the default status; however, one can still feel a bit of pride …
The National, a Canadian newscast on the CBC, focused on Internet gambling last night. The theme of the program: “Playing games online is serious business, and in Canada, it’s also illegal.”
Reporter Sasa Petricic interviewed Doug Lewis, a former Canadian Justice Minister who now runs online casinos. Lewis said his sites are legal because they are based in Antigua and filter out Canadians. Petricic countered that he registered and placed a wager at one of Lewis’s sites using a Canadian address.
“In Canada there’s nothing gray about it. It’s illegal,” said Larry Moody, head of the Ontario Provincial Police’s Illegal Games Unit. According to the broadcast, Canada’s criminal code only allows one group to run a gambling business using computers: provincial governments. And so far none have jumped at the opportunity.
The segment briefly mentioned Canadian software manufacturer CryptoLogic, and Kahnawake, a Mohawk reservation near Montreal that issues licenses to Internet casinos and hosts the casinos on their servers.
The 3-minute piece concluded with a 19-year-old Montreal woman who said she lost $20,000 at a land-based casino in Montreal and “dreads the day it all comes to her on the Internet.”
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2012 has been an exciting year for Bitcoin. We have seen BitPay grow from near-irrelevance to processing transactions for over 2000 merchants around the world, Coinabul expand its gold-selling business from nothing in October 2011 to over 120,000 BTC of gold sold this year, entirely new Bitcoin-accepting businesses like Coindl and the Bitcoin Store open their doors, and hundreds more innovative services, of which there are unfortunately far too many to mention.
Of course, life in the Bitcoin world has been far from perfect. We saw the margin trading service Bitcoinica come crashing down after a series of hacks, all in the tens of thousands of BTC in size, a Ponzi scheme grow to a size of $5 million at its peak before collapsing in August, and Bitcoin exchange Bitfloor lose $250,000 to another thief in September.
However, after these events, the Bitcoin community has begun to take security much more seriously and, among other security upgrades, policies of keeping at least 85% of customers’ assets in offline cold storage have become an industry standard for Bitcoin exchanges. Scams too have become much more difficult to pull off. Learn more about SKYBLOCK GUIDE