PointsBet Online and Mobile Sports Betting Now Widely Available in Iowa via Remote Registration – Southernminn.com

BURLINGTON, Iowa, Jan. 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --PointsBet, a premier global sportsbook operator, recently announced that its best-in-class mobile app (iOS and Android) and digital sports betting product is now conveniently available from anywhere in the state of Iowa with remote registration now live as of January 1, 2021.

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New year welcomed with torchlight parade, fireworks – The Daily Globe – Your Daily Globe.com



Wakefield TOWNSHIP The annual New Years Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks display on Thursday at Blackjack Mountain ski resort attracted hundreds of vacationing skiers and area residents to welcome 2021 or perhaps just to put 2020 behind them.

Pete and Jackie Cannon, of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, said they are annual visitors to the area resorts and come to Indianhead often.

Its the snow and this is a good time of year to come between Christmas and New Years, Jackie Cannon said.

The couple watched the torchlight parade and fireworks from the upper deck of the Blackjack lodge. They commented that it was a wonderful way to spend New Years Eve.

I think its a great thing, Pete Cannon said. It brings the community together.

Dave Suchanek and Grayson Savoie came all the way from Los Angeles to ski the Upper Peninsula and attended the New Years Eve events while staying at the Indianhead Lodge. Suchanek was raised near Ann Arbor and his parents now live in Escanaba, but it was the first time for both of them to ski the western U.P.

Im kind of a beginner to skiing, Savoie said. Ive done skiing in California, which kind of has pretty tall mountains, and we thought it would be better to learn here on kind of smaller hills and mountains and so its a good place to learn.

Another reason for the trip was to spend the holidays outside of L.A., where the COVID-19 restrictions of a large metropolitan area can weigh more heavily than the open spaces of a remote ski resort.

We were staying up here and wanted to do some skiing and we heard about the big snow country, Suchanek said.

The two noticed that fellow skiers were practicing COVID-19 prevention and wearing masks but it didnt feel invasive for skiing which has a natural social distancing, he said. Having just arrived on Thursday the two spent their time exploring the Indianhead resort.

Its low key and charming in the best way, Suchanek said. It kind of feels like youre in the middle of nowhere but its got a cool charm to it.

The New Years Eve announcement was in the lodge and the two watched the torchlight parade and the fireworks from the upper deck of the Blackjack lodge.

There were changes this year to make the event more compliant with pandemic rules and the crowd was dispersed along a snow fence or on the upper deck of the main lodge. People were not allowed to observe from inside the lodge.

This years torchlight parade was named in honor of Mary Jendrusina, a former director of the volunteer ski patrol who passed away in December, said Misty Vander Wolde, events coordinator for Big Snow Resort, which included Indianhead Mountain and Blackjack Mountain resorts. The torchlight skiers lit their torches from one torch signifying Jendrusina, and left a single torch on the top of the mountain for the flame to go out on its own.

When someone on the hill passes away that is the tradition, Vander Wolde said of the volunteers and employees of the resort.

The torchlight parade was held at 6 p.m., where it normally would have been held at 10 p.m., she said. The fireworks followed immediately after the torchlight parade where they are usually set off at midnight.

Normally we would have live music and the lodge would be open all night until 2 a.m., Vander Wolde said. Normally we wouldnt be done this early but it is still a really fun night.

Lisa Trousil of Green Bay, said her family plans for skiing outings at the resorts around northern Wisconsin and the U.P. at this time every year. This was their first trip to Big Snow Resort and they also attended the New Years Eve events.

We came to the U.P. for some variety and something to do, Trousil said.

Her daughter, Alexis Trousil, said she enjoyed skiing the hills on Thursday. She plans to spend the weekend learning to use her new snowboard.

We only ski a couple of times a year but I just started snowboarding and so thats also fun, she said. I skied today but I want to snowboard tomorrow.

Area ski resort managers are optimistic that more regional skiers will stay closer to home this season and help boost the struggling pandemic economy in the new year. The recent snow has helped but time will tell if the busy start of the season will continue past the holidays.

All the ski hills and cross country ski trails are open with adjustments to operations that discourage crowds and lines. Area cross country ski events were canceled or have gone virtual such as the Sisu Ski Fest that starts Jan. 4.

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Neighbours Spoilers Shane is shot as Hendrix’s gambling problem spirals – Back to the Bay

On next weeks Neighbours in Australia, Hendrix is in serious trouble and resorts to extreme measures to protect himself. Yet his plan backfires, quite literally, as Shane ends up getting shot.

These episodes air in Australia from Monday 11th January, and in the UK four weeks later from Monday 8th February.

In episodes airing this coming week in Australia, Hendrix (Benny Turland) loses Number 24 to criminal Kane after yet another blackjack bet gone wrong. He was simply trying to win enough to reduce his debt, and when he gets the chance to split his hand and ends up with 18 and 19 (two fairly strong hands, for the blackjack uninitiated), Kane offers him a deal.

If Hendrix wins this hand, his debt is wiped in its entirety but if he loses the hand, Kane gets Number 24. In an idiotic move that puts two Ramsay Street residents life in danger, he agrees to the bet. Moments later, as Kane deals the cards, he loses.

Of course, the major problem is that he doesnt even own the house Pierce signed it over to Chloe shortly before leaving and now Hendrix is in serious trouble.

Next week, owing Kane thousands of pounds, and a house, and with his previous death threat still fresh in his mind, Hendrix is terrified and fearing for his life. He figures he needs to protect himself from Kane, and in a moment of madness he steals a gun from another of the blackjack players.

He confides in Jay Rebecchi (Dhruv Malge), who freaks out about what Hendrix has done. He understands that Hendrix is in trouble, but knows a gun certainly isnt the way to solve things, and could land Hendrix with some serious time behind bars if he ever came to use it.

Managing to talk him out of using it, their next problem is how to dispose of it. Just as theyre discussing things at the Kennedy house, Bea and Levi arrive home. Thinking on his feet, Jay quickly heads to the garden and stashes the gun in Karl and Susans pizza oven.

Of course, pizza is just what Bea and Levi fancy for dinner! As the boys try to convince them to get a Thai takeaway instead, Bea heads to the garden and turns on the oven!

A few minutes later, the heat of the oven causes the gun to discharge, causing an explosion and a bullet to fly through the air. It hits Shane in the thigh, and he needs to be rushed straight to surgery. As if poor Shane hadnt had a hard enough time the last few months.

Thankfully Shanes injuries dont turn out to be life threatening, but the scare seriously shakes Jay up. He keeps making screw up after screw up, and this one could have cost his dad his life. He wants to turn things around, so decides to confess everything about the blackjack games to Shane and Dipi.

When the two parents discover what Jay has done, Shane realises he has no choice but to put his family first.Unfortunately for Amy Greenwood (Jacinta Stapleton), Shanes accident has left her on the outside. His whole family have rallied around him, including Dipi, and suddenly shes all but forgotten about.

At the tail end of next week, she makes a misjudged attempt to offer her support. She gives Jay some advice about facing his mistakes, but when Dipi finds out that her husbands new lover is giving her son advice, she isnt best pleased.

The troubles for Hendrix dont end there. He confesses everything to the police, as well as to Harlow. Understandably,shes livid at what her boyfriend has done. Shes torn, as she really loves Hendrix and wants to support him, but its far from the first misstep hes made, and this one is pretty hard to forgive.

She had no idea about his gambling, let alone about how much danger hes found himself in.

Shes so overwhelmed by the bombshell that she doesnt notice the danger lurking around the corner. As shes out walking alone, a white van pulls up behind her. Before she can even react, shes grabbed by a masked figure and pulled into the van.

Eventually, Yashvi manages to track down Kane but theres no sign of Harlow, and Paul and Terese are getting increasingly worried that Kane has something to do with her disappearance. Will Yashvi manage to get the truth out of him before its too late?

Monday 11th January (Episode 8533)

Des and Sheila stage a fake relationship to try and uncover the truth about Clives feelings for Jane.

Fearing for his life, Hendrix steals a gun from one of the blackjack players, with a petrified Jay hiding it in the Kennedys pizza oven.

Shane and Amy try their best to date without offending Dipi, but when Ned reveals his concerns for Jay, Shane puts his family first.

Tuesday 12th January (Episode 8534)

After the sudden explosion, its revealed that the bullet shot through Shanes leg and when Jay confesses, Shane and Dipi are unsure about who their son has become.

Amy is thrown to find out about Shanes injury but finds herself on the outer as his family rally around him.

Hendrix comes clean to Harlow, Chloe and the police.

Wednesday 13th January (Episode 8535)

Nicolette is paying the price for getting involved with Kanes illegal activities, leaving Aaron and David frustrated by her lack of judgement.

Hendrix frets for Harlow, who hasnt been seen or heard from by anyone all morning.

Thursday 14th January (Episode 8536)

Kyle learns that the judge for the Best Dish of Erinsborough has been poisoned, soon realising that Roxy picked death cap mushrooms for his dish.

Paul and Hendrix butt heads as Nicolette decides to talk to the blackjack gamers to see if anyone knows anything about Kane and Harlow.

Friday 15th January (Episode 8537)

Sheila feels terrible for her part in the breakdown of Dess friendships with Jane and Clive.

Dipi withdraws her nomination for Best Dish of Erinsborough when she learns that Kyles dish is a tribute to Gary.

In an attempt to offer her support, Amy gives Jay advice about facing his mistakes, which backfires when Dipi finds out about the conversation.

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Celebrities Who Have Racked Up Casino Wins – – VENTS Magazine

Its a well-known fact that a lot of celebrities like to gamble, but some do it better than others. On the list of the worlds top gambling winners and losers, we find celebrities from around the world known for their success in Hollywood, sports, music, politics and more. We tend to hold celebrities in high esteem, but they enjoy the same things in their ordinary life as most of us, including playing a game of poker. The only thing that makes them different from us is that they can afford to gamble with much higher stakes than the rest of us. Thats why some of them end up on the list of the worlds biggest gambling winners, or losers. Lets take a look at some of the celebrities who seem to have a special talent for gambling.

Jennifer Tilly happens to be a special case amongst Hollywood celebrities because she considered becoming a professional gambler as a serious career at one time. She has had a passion for poker for a very long time and has been involved in many tournaments landing around $900,000 in poker tournament winnings. Being the movie star she is, Tilly has been involved in many poker TV shows like GSNs Poker Royale and Bravos Celebrity Poker Showdown.

In 2005, Tilly participated in the World Series of Poker Ladies No-Limit Texas HoldEm competition, where she won the championship and took home $158,625 but Tilly is not the only celebrity woman in the World Series of Poker. Moroccan born Sarah Shafik (also spelled Chafak) won the title Miss Finland in 2012 but its the story of how she pulled off a bluff against WSP record-holder Ronnie Barda during the 2014 World Series of Poker that has made her a celebrity in the Poker Industry as one of the most successful Arabic casino and poker players of all times.

Ben Affleck is a well known Hollywood star, writer, and director, known for his role in many widely acclaimed blockbuster movies for many years now. Ben Affleck is not only good at movies, but he is also a proficient card-based casino game player, especially Poker and Blackjack. In 2004, Affleck participated in California State Championship, where he showed his prowess at the Poker Table and emerged as the winner. He walked away from the table as the champion and took home over $300,000. In 2014, Affleck also went on a winning streak playing Blackjack at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. It was reported that after playing two sessions of Blackjack, Affleck had already raked in about $1 million, which prompted the casinos management to politely ask him to leave the table. Ben Affleck was even busted for participating in an underground Poker ring along with Matt Damon, Tobey Maguire, and other big Hollywood celebrities.

The famous movie star Matt Damon was said to have found a love for casino games when he researched and prepared for his role in Rounders. In Rounders, Matt Damon played the role of a law student that also dabbles in Poker games. Obviously, Damons research into the Poker game wasnt purely only for his role, but he became quite captivated with the famously appealing game. Damon and Ben Affleck are close friends, with the pair being seen at the grandest blackjack tables across different casinos. It was also reported that Damon was also involved in the Hard Rock Casino fiasco, where Ben Affleck raked in over a million dollars. Damon was also involved in the underground poker ring of 2011.

Toby Maguire is a Hollywood actor that is famously known for his role, playing Spiderman. Maguire has been known to be involved in the casino scene with an affinity for poker games. In 2011, Maguire was also involved in the underground poker ring that included other celebrities and businessmen. During the investigation of this case, it was revealed that Maguire won somewhere between $30 and $40 million during this poker game. It means that Maguire may very well be one of the highest poker game winners of all time. The underground poker ring incident even inspired a 2017 movie titled Mollys Game.

Derren Brown, the world-famous master magician with regular television shows that dazzles audiences with feats of amazing `tricks and illusions, also dabbles in the casino scene. Even before his career as a magician kicked off, Derren was already well known at Blackjack tables. Many casinos dont like when players win constantly, and even though Derren stakes small bets, it is said Derren is so good that he has never lost a hand, and he wins big. This led to Derren getting banned from many British casinos.

I can only mention a few, but many more celebrities occasionally or regularly grace casino halls to play their favorite casino games and have had pleasant experiences. Some of the other celebrities you might come across at a Poker game or Blackjack table include Paris Hilton, Dana White, Vitoria Coren Mitchel, etc. There are many celebrities that may not be the biggest fans of casino games but are very enthusiastic about sports betting. Some celebrities that are avid sports betting enthusiasts include Floyd Mayweather, Jr (the American boxer and businessman), Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, and many more.

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Online Blackjack Rules In General To Start Playing It On 2021 – The Leader Newspaper Online

On our site, you will find a lot of different casino games explained, which we have the necessary experience with when it comes to playing. Because a large part of our team can also regularly be found at the casino websites online blackjack tables, we naturally do not want to deny you a general explanation of this.

Before we can give you a complete explanation of online blackjack, it is good to know that there will be different types of blackjack available to play. Not only can you play the classic variant at a casino, but additional gaming tables with almost the same rules are also available to take a gamble. How should these specific strains be played and what can you count on?

Card values in blackjack

Before you can start playing online blackjack in the right way, it is of course good to know which values are used for the cards. When playing online blackjack, it runs like an online casino because you know how to get as many points as possible and thus beat the house. In this case, you will be allowed to form a maximum of 21 points, and your hand must therefore be higher than the house to win.

To come to a hand, the cards are dealt, each with its value. All the cards from 2 to 10 have the value as specified on the card. In addition, the cards J, Q and K have a value of 10 points, and as a player, you can use the A as 1 point or as 11 points. How many points are counted for an A will depend entirely on the possible extra cards that are there? With more than 21 points, an ace is always included as 1.

Blackjack game rules

Now that you know what values are used for the cards in blackjack, you naturally want to learn more about the game rules. Playing online blackjack starts with placing a bet. You do this with chips in different values and where you want to be dealt a hand. After you have placed a bet, the house will deal a total of 2 cards.

With this, you can immediately form 21 points, which means a blackjack and a payout of 2.5x your bet or of course not immediately making a profit. When your cards are dealt, the dealer usually gets 1 open card and a face-down card. Based on the face-up card, you will have to decide what actions to take to surpass the dealers likely point total.

To insure (insurance)

When you see that the dealers first open card is and as you will take protection against an online blackjack, if you want to insure, this means that you will have to place half of your original bet on the gaming table as insurance, after which two situations may arise. First of all, it may of course be the case that the dealer or the house indeed manages to achieve a blackjack.

In that case, you will see the amount of insurance doubled and you will lose the original bet. Does the dealer have no blackjack? Then your bet on the insurance will be lost, but you will of course still be able to win by completing your hand that you play in terms of points.


Splitting cards, also called split, will only be possible when playing blackjack online if your first two cards are of the same rank. So if you are dealt 2x a card with a value of 8, you can split it up and continue playing with 2 hands to make a possible profit. In order to split, you must place the original bet again, after which both hands will be replenished to 2 cards to continue playing at the blackjack table.


Doubling your bet in blackjack is possible once after you have received the first cards. It is important to know that you can only do this if you have formed a point total with these cards of 9, 10 or 11. If you choose to double your bet, also called double, you will still be out of the house only be dealt one card. Since there are many cards with a value of 10 points in a deck, there is a good chance that you will achieve a total of 19, 20 or 21 points and that you will immediately beat the dealer.

Take extra card (hit)

When you have been dealt a point total and think you have not earned enough points to win from the house, you will get the hit option. So you can take an extra card, which will increase your point total. It is important to know when you keep in mind that you may not exceed 21 points when taking an extra card. When playing online blackjack, you may also be dealt with extra cards several times up to the 21 points until you decide that you have enough points to win from the casino possibly.

Vomiting (surrender)

The surrender option, or surrender, is not possible with all forms of blackjack online games, but it is very often. Suppose you have a total of 15 or 16 points, and the dealer has a 7 or higher. In that case, it can sometimes be more beneficial to choose surrender instead of continuing to play.

If you discard your hand and therefore stop, you will get back half of your originally placed bet and thus, your loss will be limited. Do you want to continue to play with your cards? Then there is a good chance that you will exceed 21 points, and you will lose your entire placed bet that way.

Passing (stand)

The last option we have to explain to you when you start playing online blackjack is the option mode. If you think you have enough points to win from the house and dont need any more cards, you better fold. You indicate that you will not continue playing with the hand and that you think you can go for the win. After this, you hand over to the dealer, and he must play his hand to determine who won.

House edge: blackjack rules

Just as when playing blackjack online, there are rules for your game. The dealer must also adhere to a number of rules. If you play live blackjack, this is done by a person. Otherwise, you will of course see everything being handled by the software when playing against the computer.

If you have chosen the option mode, the dealer will always have to take a card when you have 16 points or less, with an increased risk of going above 21 points. Does the dealer have 17 points or more? They always stop and see who takes the win, except for 17 points, including an ace. In that case, a card must still be dealt with for the house because the ace can also count as 1 point. They call this a soft hand 17.

Gambling with free credits

If you were to play blackjack at a physical casino, you would always have multiple costs. Is it not the entrance fee you have to pay at an online casino, or the expensive parking fee and not even mentioning fuel or food? A big advantage of playing blackjack online is that you will be able to gamble with free credits yourself. Suppose you choose one of the casinos on our website. In that case, you can get started with free money immediately, without having to create an account.

On the casino website, you go to the game selection to immediately choose from different gaming tables to play. For example, suppose you choose one of the Netent blackjack gaming tables. In that case, you will always immediately receive 5000 virtual credit, and you can start for fun as well as for practice.

Placing real money bets

To play online blackjack for real money at an online casino, you must of course be logged in and have a balance available, but did you know that you can play blackjack with different limits? For example, if you have a smaller budget, playing blackjack with a low stake is no problem at a blackjack casino.

On the other hand, you can also choose to play blackjack with a high stake if your budget is sufficient. If you start playing blackjack against the software, you will see that you can usually begin to form 0.10 per game round, and with live gambling, you play with an amount from 1. Are you willing to play with higher amounts?

Play mobile blackjack

Want to play blackjack on a mobile phone but dont know how? We explain it because it is very simple. To be able to play mobile blackjack, you will of course need a smartphone, or you will need a tablet. Once this is the case and connected to the internet, you can smoothly go to a casino by simply entering the URL.

This could be royalpanda.com, for example. Once youve done this, the casinos website will adapt to your image format, and you can dive right into the game selection. You can immediately use free credits to play for fun, and it is possible to log in with your account that you may already have to start with your own money.

Playing with a blackjack strategy.

The last thing we want to tell you about playing blackjack is that you can always start playing with a strategy. By using a strategy, you will bet in a certain way, and you will be able to increase your chances of winning money. Which strategy suits you, and how you should apply an individual system?

Look at other blackjack strategies guide and discover more about the different ways of playing that you can easily use at the blackjack card game tables available! And if you are just starting, always use our blackjack strategy card that tells you what we think is the right next step.

FAQs about online blackjack

What is the aim of online blackjack?

Many people think the goal is to get to 21. This is not the case. The actual goal is to beat the dealer by a value closer to 21. In certain instances, a limit of 21 cards of two pay between 3 and 2 (one and a half times the original bet). Some online casinos have a 6 against 5 payouts.

When can I split cards?

Cards can be split when you receive two of the same cards in blackjack. An additional bet (equal to the bet you are playing with) is required to split the cards. From then on, you will receive additional cards and play each hand individually. There are rules for splitting cards, such as receiving a maximum of one additional card in splitting aces.

Is it possible to count cards in an online casino game?

In online casinos, cards are dealt with by casino software, and a Random Number Generator determines the outcome. The deck is automatically shuffled every turn, and the cards cannot be counted. The card counting strategy can be applied in real casinos because you can see if there are many low or high cards from the deck.

Is a blackjack strategy advisable?

On the internet and in many casinos, it is recommended to play with a basic blackjack strategy. A strategy table shows which decisions you should make in each situation. By adhering to the optimal basic strategy, you can be sure that you have the best chance of winning money in blackjack. It is, therefore, advisable to use a blackjack strategy for increased odds.

Where can I play blackjack for free?

You can play blackjack games for free at any blackjack casino before you play online blackjack for real money. You can choose from dozens of blackjack tables and different variants such as Single Deck Blackjack, Double Exposure Blackjack, Spanish Blackjack & Pontoon.


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Evolution live dealer games added to Italian-based Blox Limited – Yogonet International


talian iGaming platform provider Blox Limited has partnered with Live Casino provider Evolution Gaming.

The agreement will see Evolutions wide range of live dealer games, including various versions of Live Blackjack, Live Roulette, Live Baccarat, Live Poker, and Game Shows, such as Dream Catcher and Crazy Time, added to Bloxs platform.

Regarding the news, Chief Commercial Officer at Blox, Karl Grech, said:With the COVID-19 crisis still keeping land-based casinos closed in Italy, now is the perfect time for online operators to upgrade their Live Casino experience and capture more market share. But to make the most of the opportunity, not just any old Live Casino games will do."

When experienced players think of Live Casino, they think of Evolution. In terms of production quality, glamour, variety, and a constant flow of entertaining new games, no one else comes close, so were absolutely thrilled to be able to offer our operator partners the chance to provide the very best to their players," Grech concluded.

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Travel guide to the best casinos the UK has to offer – Breaking Travel News

Whether youre travelling to the UK or youre a local, one of the most exciting ways to have a night out is at the casino. And despite what you may think, you dont need to head to Las Vegas or Macau to get a fantastic casino experience. While some of the best are online, there are still a variety of excellent options when it comes to visiting and land-based casinos across the whole of the UK - theres so many to choose from!

Weve compiled a list of the top 7 casinos to visit for an evening of gambling fun.

Hippodrome Casino, LondonThe Hippodrome Casino is one of the biggest casinos in the popular tourist destination, London. In fact, its one of the most well-known and largest in the UK. An impressive entertainment complex, the casino is home to three floors of gaming and the UKs only Pokerstars LIVE deck. With games like slots, Blackjack, dice, Roulette, Baccarat and more, theres an array of different options available for visitors. As an entertainment complex, it also hosts some fantastic live shows including Channing Tatums Magic Mike Live - one of the West Ends biggest hits of the year - in their state-of-the-art, 325 seat theatre. Its also where youll find Heliot Steak House, awarded one of the best steak restaurants in the capital.

Victoria Gate Casino, LeedsKnown as the super casino of the North, Victoria Gate Casino in Leeds is one of the newest on the list and is home to more tables than any other casino in the North of England with Roulette, Three Card poker, Blackjack, Punto Blanco, slots and more. The casino is a great destination for a night out in Leeds, as well as for sports fans who can frequent the Live Bar to watch their favourite teams play on 41 huge screens. Victoria Gate Casino also has a fantastic food and drink offering for all manner of evenings including intimate dinners, casual catch-ups and parties. They also offer a loyalty reward scheme which is worth it if youre thinking of coming for multiple visits!

The Grosvenor Casino, Birmingham One of the best places to gamble in the West Midlands, the Grosvenor Casino is a chain of casinos that are across the UK, many with 24-huour facilities. Based in the Fiveways Leisure complex in the heart of Birmingham city centre, the casino is a fantastic day and night leisure destination with numerous games including Roulette, poker and Blackjack tables as well as popular slot games including Lucky Ladys Charm and Cleopatra. They also are home to a restaurant and entertainment lounge and like several of the other casinos on this list, are a fantastic spot to pop in for some live sporting action.

Alea Casino, GlasgowNo trip to Glasgow would be complete without a visit to the Alea Casino. Spread over two floors with views of the city skyline and the River Clyde, its an atmospheric location with all you could possibly want from an exciting night out. The Alea Casino is home to a wide range of casino games including American roulette, blackjack, electronic gaming, slots, card poker and more. They also host live entertainment every single weekend for those who want a break from the games as well as meals at their Waterfront restaurant and a sports bar and cocktail menu.

Rainbow Casino, BirminghamThe Rainbow Casino is another luxury casino destination in the West Midlands, offering a range of casino games including blackjack, Roulette, 3 Card Poker, Slots and more. Said to have some of the friendliest and most helpful staff, it often ranks as one of the best in the UK. Theyre also the home to a bar and restaurant, with complimentary tea, coffees, hot chocolates and select soft drinks available to all guests. Its also a great spot to view live sporting events from around the world, as the Rainbow Casino has several large screens featuring Sky Sports, Box Nation and BT Sport. For football fans, the Rainbow Casino shows all of the Premier League and UEFA Champions League Games. Plan in advance and book one of their various party packages for an added entertainment and hospitality experience.

Genting Hotel & Casino, BirminghamAnother great option in Birmingham is the Genting Hotel & Casino. A mix of class, tranquillity and luxury, the Genting Hotel & casino is set in Resorts World Birmingham and is the perfect place for people who want to eat, sleep and play in an upscale setting. Like the other casinos, the Genting Hotel & Casino offers some of the worlds best casino games including Blackjack, Baccarat, Three Card Poker, Electronic Roulette and more. The hotel itself in Resorts World is home to some dining from renowned chefs as well as favourites in the building including Zizzi, Las Iguanas, Nandos, Miller and Carter and TGI Fridays. Theres loads of gaming and entertainment experiences to be had in the proximity and some great shopping opportunities at the outlet across the road. An all-around perfect destination for luxurious gaming and entertainment escape.

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Blackjack in Land Based vs Online Casinos – Where to Play Blackjack – BestUSCasinos.org

Blackjack is one of the most popular casino games in the United States. The game is simple to understand, has some of the best odds of all table games, and is entertaining for gamblers who simply enjoy playing cards. In the age of the internet and the rise of online casinos, it has never been more comfortable and more convenient to play.

However, there exists a polarizing question that different sects of gamblers tend to disagree about: the differences between online and in-person blackjack. Newer gamblers may find their way onto an online casino, notice it features blackjack, and feel compelled to play a game.

Its understandable to gravitate to games you feel comfortable playing. However, if youre wavering between staying home to play blackjack or traveling to a casino to gamble, there are several factors you should consider. Here are seven reasons why blackjack at a brick and mortar casino trumps its online counterpart.

All across the internet, youll find various real money online casinos. Theres almost too many to track at this point, making it challenging to distinguish one casino from another. Not only is there a plethora of options for aspiring gamblers, but there are also several different forms of the game on most of these websites.

Getting started at gambling is already a bit complicated, especially if you prefer to gamble online. The process of selecting a casino, creating a profile, verifying banking information, and depositing money can be somewhat overwhelming.

Then, gamblers must figure out which games they plan to play.

Certain online casinos have a list of various games to play, and its easy to pick the wrong form of blackjack. If youre a seasoned gambler, the jargon is commonplace, but you might find yourself confused with the influx of information for those breaking onto the scene. If you choose a less reputable casino or a variety of blackjack youre unfamiliar with, you could lose your bankroll at a rapid pace.

If you frequent popular message boards and internet forums, you probably read theories of online casinos being rigged to take money from gamblers. While there have been a few instances of casinos being caught cheating, most online casinos are reputable, licensed institutions.

The beauty of blackjack is its simplicity and a house edge that typically resides below 1%. However, the edge among online casinos can vary. That is primarily due to the inconsistent nature of blackjack and the change in rules between different online casinos.

These disparities exist in the payout amount, the number of decks your online casino of choice uses, and whether the casino allows you to split your hand or double. Another variable is whether or not the casino uses live dealers. While most online casinos are reputable and legitimate businesses, its always preferable to have a human element when it comes to dealing cards.

In my opinion, one of the best facets of gambling is the communal aspect of the casinos. My favorite memories involving gambling come at tables, surrounded by fellow gamblers with the same goals in mind. The gambling experience just doesnt feel the same if youre sitting in front of a computer screen.

This point is somewhat subjective because some gamblers might find casinos to be overwhelming. Overstimulation is a common problem at casinos given that most are filled with television screens, bars, loud music, and of course, other gamblers. However, I feel like online blackjack is a watered-down version of blackjack that can be played at casinos.

If you find yourself easily distracted, online blackjack might be your best bet. But if you can tune out the world and focus on the game at hand, then there truly is no comparison between the two forms of blackjack. The sense of community and camaraderie around a blackjack table makes the experience much more enjoyable than sitting in your home office clicking a mouse.

The best way to learn the gambling ropes is to play with other gamblers who have been doing it for a while. Im not saying every single bit of information you gather at a table is going to be worth remembering. But by taking every piece of advice with a grain of salt, and vetting out the occasional misinformation, youll be able to pick up the game quickly.

An added benefit of going to the casino for newer gamblers is a live, in-person dealer. Dealers are an excellent resource for you and should be used as such. Anytime you find yourself up a creek or unsure of subsequent moves, merely asking the dealer for advice can help you navigate your way around challenging situations.

A primary argument in support of gambling with online casinos is that its insanely convenient in comparison to traveling to a casino. Do you know what else is convenient? Grabbing a couple of burgers off the dollar menu at your local fast-food chain. But will those burgers offer as much satisfaction as a porterhouse from your favorite steakhouse? Absolutely not!

Just because its convenient to gamble online doesnt mean that its the best option. Gambling in a casino is an experience that should be sought out, especially if youve never been to one.

Im biased because blackjack is among my favorite table games at the casino, but theres nothing like laying down your stack of money at the blackjack tables before spending hours playing cards.

I see no issue in playing online blackjack for little to no money if youre looking for some quick, easy entertainment. But if youre contemplating spending your bankroll on online blackjack, Id recommend considering traveling to the closest casino instead.

Newer gamblers often struggle with an inability to manage their bankroll properly. Money spends fast at the casino, especially if youre not prepared for what to expect or how table games work. One of the saving graces of in-person blackjack is that its consistent pace and the human element of a dealer and other players allows you to gather yourself and catch your breath between hands.

Depending on the online casino in question, its incredibly easy to blow through money in the blink of an eye. Ill admit that Ive lost a fair amount of money in a matter of minutes playing online blackjack. For whatever reason, I find it easier to control your pace of play at a table compared to on the computer.

If the losses begin to pile up, it can also be tough to tear yourself away from the game. This is true for both types of blackjack. But if you can take a step back for a few minutes, its just as easy to log back into your computer and keep gambling. Conversely, once you leave the tables and depart the casino, your gambling night is over.

Some gamblers go to the casino to have fun, others go to win money, and in turn, have fun. At the heart of casinos, entertainment is key. If youre not enjoying yourself in some capacity, then gambling might not be for you.

Gambling online, while convenient, just doesnt compare to gambling at a casino.

The sights, the sounds, and the entire atmosphere of a land based casino are intoxicating and can be a source of pure delight. Whether you play blackjack to entertain yourself or to make some money, gambling at a casino is your best bet.

Newer gamblers who have never played blackjack at legitimate brick and mortar casinos should heed this advice. The combination of all the elements of a casino makes it a spectacle to behold.

Theres only one correct answer in the age-old debate of whether you should play blackjack online or in person. In all seriousness, if you prefer to gamble online after trying out both, then go right ahead. Gambling is a personal experience and should be enjoyed however you see fit, especially if youre gambling profitability.

Having said that, if youre on the fence about which form of blackjack you prefer and live somewhat close to a casino, then its time to give casino blackjack a try. Online blackjack can be inconsistent in the odds, rules, and varieties, especially given the sheer volume of online casinos.

New players should find themselves learning the ins and outs of the game quickly if they choose to gamble in person. You might think of it as a baptism by fire, but most players and dealers are quick to offer advice to newer gamblers attempting to hone their abilities. If youre searching for a middle ground, perhaps live dealer casinos and live dealer blackjack would best suit you and your needs. Try it all out and see what works for you!

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‘Blackjack’ Hunting Speed In The Keystone State – SPEED SPORT

SELINSGROVE, Pa. For the fourth year in a row, Missouri sprint car driver Brian Brown is in central Pennsylvania to try his hand at the plethora of marquee races in September and October.

Usually, hes riding high on accolades at this point in the season, but with the Tuscarora 50 looming at the end of the week at Port Royal Speedway, Brown is still searching for more.

I probably have less confidence going [into the Tuscarora 50] this year than I probably have [in the past], Brown said. But youre one race away from having a lot of confidence.

Brown delivered those words prior to Sundays Jim Nace Memorial National Open qualifier at Selinsgrove Speedway. He left the night with a third-place finish after starting 10th in a race that ran non-stop for 30 laps.

More importantly, he tidied up shop with a smile on his face, a kind of energy that hasnt been there recently.

You obviously cant win every night, but I want to feel competitive, Brown said. Theres nights this year that we just havent felt competitive. Nights like tonight make it a lot better.

Browns happy he wrapped up another title at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway, but hes also lacking security with the balance of his race car.

While this season has been irregular due to COVID-19, Brown has won only three 410 sprint car features. Without going into specifics, Brown is fighting a car thats often too tight by the end of the night, while other times he struggles during qualifying.

Its been tough, Brown said. Were trying a lot of stuff.

On Friday at Williams Grove Speedway, his first race back in central Pennsylvania, Brown timed sixth overall with a lap of 16.789 and .220 seconds off Freddie Rahmers quick time.

In his heat, he overdrove the first turn as the polesitter and never recovered to finish fourth. He started 12th in the 25-lap feature and finished seventh.

On Saturday at Port Royal, Brown raced from 12th to eighth in the 25-lap feature. And on Sunday at Selinsgrove, he showed race-winning speed, going quickest in hot laps and powering from 10th to third.

In the concluding laps, Brown erased a four-second deficit and entered the race for the lead moments before the checkered flag.

Eventual winner Anthony Macri and runner-up Brock Zearfoss had moved down to the bottom in turns three and four, stifling Browns late-race charge, but also providing him something to take solace in.

I felt like if they didnt change their line in three and four, we could have won, Brown said.

A win for Brown in these upcoming weeks would be his first in central Pennsylvania since 2017. He won two races that year in Posse territory, one at Selinsgrove and another at Bedford Speedway.

Hes yet to win at Williams Grove, Lincoln Speedway and Port Royal, and he knows in order to do that, it starts from the onset in time trials.

Normally, we have a good qualifying car, Brown said. Weve been buried this year. We havent qualified very well. By feature time we are tight. Tight all the time. Clean air fixes your car and a lot of problems. If not, it makes it tough to pass.

Well keep plugging away and see what happens.

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Intertops Poker is offering a special slot and blackjack deal this week – World Casino Directory

They are at it again! Almost every week, online gaming site Intertops Poker announces a new deal for players to take advantage of. This week, players can earn extra spins on four Betsoft slot titles along with taking advantage of extra blackjack bets! All the action can be found at the site!

Extra Spins on Betsoft Games

Players who deposit $25 or more can access an extra spin deal at the site featuring the popular developers games. Players have from now until the 14th to take advantage of this deal. Each online slot game is connected to a bonus code. Players can use each code once during the deal to earn extra spins on each of the four featured games.

Deposit $25 and use the code MONSTERS25 to earn 30 extra spins on the fun Monster Pop game. With a $45 deposit and the code PLANET45, you earn 60 spins on Back to Venue. Use the code RACE70 and deposit $70 to access 80 spins on Total Overdrive. Lastly, players who deposit $100 and use the code SWEET100 will earn 100 spins on Super Sweets.

Once players earn the extra spins, they can be used anytime from now until September 21.

Blackjack Deal

On top of the slot deal, casino goers can also access a special blackjack deal. The first 15 bets for blackjack players are of no cost at Intertops Poker. As soon as players log in to any of the blackjack games found under the Lucktap tab of the casino section, the bets are awarded.

Players of the site can win up to $250 from the special bets. To cash out, players must meet a 15x requirement. There are four variations of blackjack offered at Intertops.

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Everything You Need to Know About the History of Blackjack – Anglotopia.net

The history of blackjack is still under discussion today. While there is no clear consensus about when blackjack was first created or who it was created by, most historians believe that blackjack was likely created by French casinos in the 17th century. They believe that the game of blackjack was derived from the French card games Ferme and Chemin de Fer, which were extremely popular games in the 1700s when King Louis XV was reigning monarch.

However, others disagree. They believe that blackjack was the invention of the Romans. While this theory may be true, it has never been proven.

Even though we may not know exactly when or where blackjack was first created, we do know a lot about its history and how the game has evolved over the centuries. Keep reading below to find out how this much loved game has changed through time:

As we mentioned above, there is no clear consensus of where blackjack originated, but most researchers believe that it originated in French casinos in the 17th century. The original game in France was called twenty one (or Vingt-et-Un in French). Some historians believe that the game of Vingt-et-Un may have however been influenced by other games in Europe, such as Spanish Trent-Un (One and Thirty) and French Quinze (Fifteen).

The card game blackjack (known then as Vingt-et-Un) was first introduced in the UK in the 18th century. This game was slightly different to the game we play today. Not only has the name changed, but there are also some other differences including:

However, once the game had begun, it would follow similar rules to the ones we have today e.g. they would need to have up to 16 points and stay on 17 points or more.

This popular game didnt develop or spread in France during the 19th century, but it did become more popular in other areas of the world. In fact, in the 19th century blackjack became one of the most popular card games played in the UK and America.

In the early 1950s the first blackjack card counters appeared. Gamblers would use card counters to help them win games as card counting could give them an edge over the house. In 1963 a computer scientist named Harvey Dubner introduced a new method of card counting. This was called the high-low method. Remember, while card-counting can help players to win money, its often illegal in casinos around the world and blackjack dealers are usually highly trained in spotting potential card counters.

Another change we saw at the beginning of the 20th century was a change in the name of this popular game. In the 19th century, the game of blackjack was still known as Vingt-et-Un to players around the world. It wasnt until the 20th century that the name of this game was changed to blackjack. Some of the rules were also changed at this time.

Blackjack is one of the most popular games in the UK and around the world. Over the last few years its popularity has only increased thanks to the introduction of online casinos.

Online casinos allow you to play games from the comfort of your own home. Not only that, theyre also available 24/7 meaning you can play whenever you want. Casinos are constantly introducing new technology in order to provide their customers with a better experience.

Today, most online casinos have both classic versions of blackjack for players to enjoy as well as a range of altered versions with different features and rules included. You can find out more about playing online blackjack by clicking here.

While we may not know the exact origin of blackjack, many researchers believe that it was created in France in the 17th century. This amazing game has undergone a few changes over the years. Not only have some of the rules changed, but it has also changed its name from Vingt-et-Un to blackjack.

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Beating Blackjack – Why the House Edge in Blackjack Can Be Beaten – BestUSCasinos.org

Most people who have been reading about casino gambling for any length of time already know that blackjack is one of the only opportunities you have to get a mathematical edge over the casino.

Not everyone understand exactly why this is, though, so the purpose of this post is to explain why you can beat blackjack even though most casino games are unbeatable.

Casinos stay in business because they offer games to the gambling public where they have a mathematical advantage. Every casino game has this advantage, and, in the parlance of our times, this advantage is called the house edge.

How does the house edge work?

Its just the difference between the odds of winning and the payout odds for the bet.

The easiest example to understand is in roulette.

If you place a single-number bet in roulette, your odds of winning are 37 to 1. You have 37 ways to lose that bet and only one way to win that bet.

When you do win, the payout on that bet is 35 to 1. The payout is lower than the odds of winning, so that difference the difference between 37 to 1 and 35 to 1 is the house edge.

When you convert that to a percentage, its 5.26%, which is the average amount of each bet the casino expects to win from you in the long run.

If youre betting $1 on single-number bets repeatedly at the roulette table, the casino averages a little over a nickel per bet in winnings over the long run. Nothing you can do changes that amount.

With all casino games, the casino has a single subtle rule that creates this edge. In roulette, that rule is the one that puts a green 0 and a green 00 on the roulette wheel.

In real money blackjack, the house gets its edge by making you play your hand before the dealer finishes her hand.

Its that simple. If you bust before the dealer plays her hand, you lose your bet immediately. The dealer is as likely to bust as you are, by the way.

But if the dealer busts, too, its not a tie.

You lost that bet when you busted, regardless of what happens later in the hand.

You can still beat blackjack, though.

When you play roulette, the odds are the same every time you place a bet. No matter what, the same 38 numbers are on the wheel, and you have the same 1/38 probability of a ball landing on a specific number.

But lets consider a hypothetical:

What if the number got eliminated from the roulette wheel after it had been hit?NNN

Do you see how this would change every probability in the game?

Heres an example:

Suppose you bet on the number 5, and it hits. You win your bet, which is cool, but that ball stays in that spot for now which changes the probability of hitting a 5 on the next spin. What was a 1/38 probability has changed to a 0 probability.

But all the other probabilities have changed, too now you only have 37 numbers on the roulette wheel, so the probability of winning a single number bet now has changed from 1/38 to 1/37.

Now suppose five numbers in a row have hit, and theyve all been filled in.

Now you have a 1/33 probability of winning a single number bet.

If that bet continues to pay off at 35 to 1, you have a clear mathematical advantage over the casino.

Of course, thats never going to happen, because the casino doesnt eliminate numbers from the wheel as you play. Thats why I said to think about this hypothetically.

But guess what happens when you play blackjack?

In most blackjack games, the casino doesnt shuffle the deck after every hand. Any cards that have been dealt are eliminated from the deck, which changes the probability of getting certain outcomes.

Thats a big part of why blackjack is a beatable game.

The house advantage in blackjack is notoriously low to begin with if you know how to play correctly. And playing correctly is as easy as memorizing a basic strategy table. Ive written about basic strategy in multiple previous posts, but to make my point here, you need to understand this:

The house edge for a blackjack game when played with basic strategy is usually only 0.5% or so.

Thats dramatically different from the 5.26% advantage that the casino has when you play roulette.

And you saw how easy it was to turn the casinos advantage to a players advantage in a roulette game just by removing some numbers from the wheel after they hit.

Now, think about the implications in a blackjack game.

The first thing to understand is that blackjack has a bonus payout any time youre dealt a natural. Thats also called a blackjack. Its just a two-card hand consisting of an ace and a 10, which adds up to 21, the best possible total in the game.

Most blackjack wins pay off at even money, but when you get a natural, you get 3 to 2 on your bet.

And, of course, the only way to get a blackjack is with a 10 and an ace.

If youre playing in a single-deck game where all the aces have already been dealt, your probability of getting a blackjack have dropped to 0. Its impossible to get a blackjack without aces in the deck.

And every 10 that gets dealt also decreases your probability of getting a natural.

But the good news is this every time a lower value card gets dealt, your probability of getting a blackjack increases.

Since the cards have been randomized, sometimes the deck will have proportionally more high cards (aces and 10s). Other times, it will have the proportion of high cards to low cards youd expect. Still other times, the deck will have a higher proportion of low cards to high cards.

If you could raise the size of your bets when youre likelier to get a natural and lower the size of your bets when youre less likely to get a blackjack, you could get a mathematical edge over the casino.

And thats why blackjack is beatable.

Ill explain the how of it soon, but first, lets talk about how big an edge you can get and what that means for your wallet.

The best estimates Ive seen for the kind of edge you can get by counting cards in blackjack is about 1% over the house.

What does this mean in dollars and cents?

Lets assume youre able to get in 75 hands per hour and average $10 per bet. Thats $750/hour in action, and if you win 1% of that in the long run, youre looking at earning $7.50 per hour for your efforts.

Thats right.

If youre a low stakes card counter, you could probably make more money by getting a job at a fast food restaurant.

But theres a solution:

Increase your average bet size. If youre averaging $100 per hand, your hourly wage increases to $75 per hour.

Thats more like it.

Just keep this in mind to avoid going broke, you need a big enough bankroll that you wont be hurt during your inevitable losing streaks. If you have $500 and are betting $100 per hand, you wont last long as a card counter.

On the other hand, if you have a bankroll of $100,000, youre unlikely to go broke betting $100 per hand. It could happen, but the probability drops dramatically. In fact, if youre comfortable with a higher risk of going broke, you can get by with a bankroll of $40,000 or $50,000.

Counting cards is entirely legal. Youre just thinking about the game youre playing. They cant outlaw that.

Casinos can restrict you from playing blackjack, though, and they can even trespass you from their property altogether.

Learning to count cards is easier than you think. Basically, youre going to assign a value (usually +1 or -1) to the low cards and the high cards. Your running count then estimates the ratio of high cards to low cards in the deck.

When the count is positive, the deck is relatively rich in aces and 10s, and you should raise the size of your bets. When the count is zero or negative, you should bet the minimum until the ratio changes to where the count is positive.

The most important thing about learning how to count cards is to practice at home until youre so proficient at it that you can do it effortlessly. You must be able to count cards without moving your lips or even looking like youre concentrating at all.

You dont want the casinos to know what youre up to.

Are you up for the challenge of learning how to beat blackjack?

Frankly, most people arent.

I know how to count cards, and Ive won some money doing so.

But its not a regular activity for me.

Dont feel like that just because the game can be beaten you must be the one to beat it. Its all right to be a recreational blackjack player who loses less money than the average player.

Whats not all right with me and I dont think it should be okay with you, either is to ignore basic strategy while you play. I dont see any reason to give the casino more of a mathematical edge than they already have.

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Carl Nicita On Writing The New Movie Booze, Broads, and Blackjack, The Appeal of Crime Movies – 411mania.com

The 411 Interview: Carl Nicita

Carl Nicita is a novelist, screenwriter, and actor known for writing the book Booze, Broads, and Blackjack, which first came out in 2015. Nicitas book has now been turned into a full length feature film, also titled Booze, Broads, and Blackjack. Directed by Rickey Bird, the movie stars Joe Raffa and features Vincent Pastore, Felissa Rose, and Vincent Ward, the movie is now available to rent or own on Amazon Prime Video (check out the movie here). In this interview, Nicita talks with this writer about writing the script for Booze, Broads, and Blackjack, getting involved in the movie business, and more.


Bryan Kristopowitz: How did you get involved in making your novel Booze, Broads, and Blackjack into a movie? Did you always intend to write the script for the movie?

Carl Nicita: When I was writing the novel I had envisioned the book also becoming a movie, so I tried to write it in a way that would be more easily transformable into a screenplay. As a matter of fact, a friend of mine who loved the book commented, This could make a great screenplay!

BK: How did the eventual screenplay for Booze, Broads, and Blackjack match the book? How did the screenplay differ?

CN: A novel manuscript and copy written for a screenplay are two different animals. Novels are descriptive by nature and must conjure up images for the readers mind. Its also somewhat easier to execute because you can just make up locations and scenery without worry of a cast, crew, or budget to work with. A screenplay (script) is completely different. Youre writing for a visual medium, so youre creating a story that must captivate the audience on a screen. You also are limited in what you can choose for locations based on a budget. Another consideration is story line length (for a feature narrative, 90 minutes is ideal.)

My goal was to make the movie a little different than the novel, so in case a viewer read the book, they would be surprised at what happens in the movie. Specifically, some of the characters were composited and different in the movie than they were portrayed in the book, and the plot was slightly altered to maintain viewer interest.

BK: Was it always your intention to have part of the story take place in Syracuse, New York?

CN: Yes, Syracuse was an important location highlighted in both the novel and the movie. It was central to the theme of Jack King wanting to flee the grip of winter doldrums to the perceived promise of sunshine and opportunity on the west coast. And its close to my own story of leaving my hometown of Syracuse to live in the warmer climate of Southern California.

BK: How much of the story is based on real life, and how much is just stuff you made up?

CN: Theres no doubt some of the story is based on real life. The fact that I was a young radio personality from Syracuse coupled with my goal of leaving winter to reside in California. Its also true that I love to play blackjack and have been in several tournaments in Las Vegas (my favorite city). When my wife and I were younger we would go to Vegas so often that my two boys grew tired of it and didnt want to go. My favorite place to stay was the Stardust Casino (which closed in 2007). In the novel and movie, the hotel was named the Starburst.

BK: Describe your working relationship with director Rickey Bird.

CN: Working with Rickey Bird was awesome. Before we started pre-production on the movie, he and I spent a week at AFM (American Film Market) in Santa Monica getting to know each other. This really helped build a bond. And then once we started on the film, we were able to collaborate in sync, with a common goal of producing an excellent film despite the budget constraints we had to deal with.

BK: Why do you think audiences are so fascinated with crime movies/mob movies and stories?

CN: I think the genre of crime film/mob films is just naturally attractive to audiences because of the mystique of the bad guy image. Even though its an awful life, its always had a glamourous appeal to it. From Edward G. Robinson in Little Caesar, James Cagney in Public Enemy to Robert DeNiro in Casino, its all about the glitz, the money, the women: Booze, Broads and Blackjack! People just eat it up.

Take the real-life case of Johnny Roselli. He was a high living Hollywood mobster who actually helped produce some gangster movies in the 1950s. In the 1960s he was a mob casino boss in Las Vegas. And how did he end up? Stuffed in a fifty-gallon drum, floating in the ocean off the Florida coastline. Tell me thats not a compelling story?

BK: Any moviemaking or writer heroes?

CN: I definitely have some movie making/writing heroes. For writing I am influenced by the late Stephen J. Cannell. Though he was dyslexic, he became a prolific TV writer and producer, with such shows as Adam-12, The Rockford Files, The A-Team, Baretta, and on and on. He also wrote at least 17 novels and had his own production studios.Other influences include: Nicholas Pileggi, Mario Puzo, David Chase (who incidentally started out with Cannell), Francis Ford Coppola, and, of course, Martin Scorsese.

BK: Any upcoming projects you can tell us about?

CN: Right now, I am just formulating some prospects of new projects, but nothing specific to disclose at this time. I will note at the end of my novel, there is a preview chapter for a book sequel that could also lead to a new movie. So who knows?

BK: What do you hope audiences get out of Booze, Broads, and Blackjack?

CN: I hope that viewers can appreciate the deeper story beneath the surface of Booze, Broads, and Blackjack. Even though the main character is deeply flawed, he is forced to make some critical moral decisions while balancing an attempt at achieving a lifelong goal.

BK: What was it like playing a blackjack dealer in a movie? Was acting in a movie everything you thought it would be?

CN: I loved playing the part of the blackjack dealer in the film. It actually was kind of a fantasy of mine to be a blackjack or craps dealer in Las Vegas. It really was a lot of fun having that awesome opportunity to portray one in the movie!


A very special thanks to Carl Nicita for agreeing to participate in this interview and to david j. moore for setting it up.

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Could Casino Games be Released on Next-Gen Consoles? – The Game Haus

Two of the biggest names in the gaming industry, Microsoft and Sony, are preparing for a showdown of who releases the better console later this year. But even before they release Xbox X and PS5, video game fans have an idea of who will win.

The Xbox comes with a slightly more powerful processor, faster clock speeds, and a tad more advanced graphics. It will be cheaper too. However, fans will have the final say when both companies release their consoles this holiday season.

In the meantime, the primary question on every casino player is: when will consoles take casino games seriously? Both Xbox and PS5 will feature highly sophisticated video games. So, what about slots and card games?

The Technology is Present

Next-gen consoles have the technologyneeded to run slot machines, blackjack, and poker. That was never in doubt. The only thing in doubt is whether developers and publishers have the will to feature gambling games on consoles.

On the one hand, some developers might not benefit from developing slots for Xbox when theres a market for these games elsewhere. After all, theres almost no chance of Microsoft and Sony, allowing real money gambling games on their consoles.

On the flip side, theres a growing demand for casino games on video game platforms. On Twitch, for example, casino game streaming channels have over two million fans. There many more fans and channels on YouTube. As such, some developers might want to fill the existing market gap.

Theres a Demand for Casino Games

Seldom a month passes by before a new casino pops up online. And this goes to show the demand for slots and table games is increasing. https://www.newcasinos.com/newest/has a dedicated page showing the latest gaming sites, games they offer, and their bonuses.

According to the website, nearly every new casino comes loaded with games. The average operator has 200+ slot machines and over a dozen table games. These games come from software providers from all over the world.

The bottom line is that theres a demand for online casino games, and it keeps rising. Will console video game developers take advantage of this growth? If they dont, casinos will continue to dominate the industrys market share.

Its Been Done Before

Casino games have been present on video game consoles for a while. Ever heard of the Four King Casino & Slots? It resembles the Diamond Casino & Resort from GTA V online. You use an online avatar to represent you while you move around to play blackjack, roulette, or slots.

Another casino game offered on both Xbox One and PS4 is Pure HoldEm. Its a multiplayer game with super graphics and lots of competitions. You can play it with friends, but keep in mind you cant play for real money.

Perhaps the game most people want to see in the next generation of consoles is Casino Nights. Armed with Virtual Reality, this gambling title lets you play blackjack, roulette, and poker like youre in Las Vegas. Will it feature in Xbox X and PS5? Time will tell.

Legality is Not a Problem

Legal issues could be a big reason why console developers avoid casino games. They could argue that these games are banned in some countries. Or they could avoid these games on morality grounds.

But when you think about it, theres a way around nearly every concern people have against casino games. First, developers dont have to create real-money games for console players. And this would eliminate the worry that they offer gambling games illegally.

Additionally, they can use parental controls to help people skip casino games; they dont want their children to play. Without an option to gamble on real money and parental controls in use, developers wouldnt have a problem with governments or parents.

In this age of nearly every state legalizing online gambling, its also possible to have a real-money casino game for consoles. It could be offered online exclusively and to adults in states where gaming is legal. It might not become an overnight success. But its worth an attempt.

Developers Know What People Want

Another reason to have casino games on consoles is that developers already know what their fans want.

With all this information, developers are certain they can create games people will embrace and love. There are numerous themes to experiment: sports, TV, movies, video games, politics, music, and adventure, to name a few.

With the input of technology, theres no reason consoles cant offer fantastic games for casino players. Think of fully-fledged casinos like Caesars Place, Wynn Resorts, or Bellagio on your Xbox or PS5.

Its glamorous in every sense of the word. Table games are available round the clock, and VIPs get treated like royalty. You know, a video game that simulates the best of Las Vegas: comps, chauffeur cars, lavish hotel rooms, and free drinks.

Cross-Generation Gaming

One of the best things about Next-Gen consoles is that they will support cross-generation gaming. This means they will offer many of the games we currently play on PS4 and Xbox One. Additionally, they will provide some classic games.

Thats good news for casino players who relish games from multiple generations. We mean people who love classic slots, video slots, regular roulette, and HD, VR-supporting variants.

Developers dont have to introduce entirely new games. They can recreate familiar slots like Gonzos Quest and Starburst for consoles. And they can also feature Casino Nights, the Four Kings and more games offered in previous generations of consoles.


Theres a high chance well see more casino games on next-gen consoles. First, the new PS5 and Xbox Series X will support cross-generation gaming. That means they could bring back some of the gambling games previously offered on PS4 and Xbox One.

On the flip side, theres a growing demand for casino games. And with demands comes a market that needs to be fulfilled. To add icing to the cake, governments worldwide are becoming supportive of the industry, from the US and Canada to Britain and Malta.

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Chamber golf tournament to help reopen The Canyons at Blackjack Ridge – Tulsa World

Kyle Smith is entering his first-ever golf tournament as a chamber director, and he is ready to kick-off his organizations top fundraising event.

The Sand Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic will be held Friday, Oct. 2 at the newly renovated Canyons at Blackjack Ridge Golf Course after the course was closed for months for renovations. The tournament will christen the new club house.

According to Smith, the tournament is the chamber's biggest fundraising event, and the money raised helps with the day-to-day operations throughout its fiscal year. It is also an opportunity for the community to come together, have fun, and network on the golf course.

COVID-19 has impacted the chamber, as it has many of our local small businesses, Smith said. We haven't been able to conduct some of the smaller fund raising events. So, this year is even more important as it relates to fundraising and operations.

The tournament is a four-man scramble with registration at 7:30 a.m. There will be a 19th hole "grab-n-go" breakfast at 7:45 a.m. and a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Lunch will be provided at 1:30 p.m.

Smith would like to see Sand Springs top companies get involved with the tournament, pumping money and life in the tournament.

I would like to see our top 25 companies in the Sand Springs community sponsor our VIP level sponsorship at $1,000 (each). That level of engagement will help us to absorb impact due to COVID-19, as well as help to reduce the cost for future events, he said.

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What to Know Before Playing Baccarat – Learn How to Play Baccarat – BestUSCasinos.org

Its been called the game for high rollers, and has long been associated with wealthy gamblers who have massive bankrolls. In reality, baccarat is a game that can be enjoyed by players of all levels, and has been for hundreds of years.

Despite its relatively good odds, a quick walk around the casino will reveal that many gamblers overlook the game. Whether its due to the games reputation or simply a lack of knowledge, baccarat remains somewhat enigmatic in terms of table games.

In this article, Ill lay out a few things players should know before playing the game themselves.

Yes, you might find the velvet-roped section of the casino a little intimidating. As millionaire gamblers flock to the baccarat table in an exclusive area of your preferred gaming establishment, it can seem as if youll never be able to join in the fun.

What you might not know is that the game is available for players of all levels not just the high rollers.

Although the history of baccarat is one of participation by the upper-class of society, it has nothing to do with the rules of the game itself. In fact many casinos make baccarat accessible via video sets that require as low as a $10 minimumsomething everyone can afford.

I wont get into all the minute specifics, but if youve never learned how to play baccarat you could be missing out on a profitable game to add to your betting portfolio. Heres a basic rundown that you can use that should be serviceable enough to generate some wins, or at least make you feel more comfortable at the table.

In baccarat, you start by betting on one of two hands. One option is the Bankers hand, and the other is the Players hand. You must make this decision before the cards are dealt.

After placing your bet, cards are dealt. Two cards are given out to both the Banker and the Player. The Players box receives a card face up. The first card of the Bankers hand is then placed in the Bankers Box. The second card is dealt in the same fashion.

Whereas in blackjack tens and face cards are worth 10, in baccarat these cards are worth 0. All other cards are worth their face value. If the number of the combined cards is more than 10, then the second digit is the value of the hand. For example, if you have an 8 and a 4, the total would make up a 2 point hand. The goal is to bet on the hand that is the closest to a total of 9.

Much like a 21 in blackjack, there is a natural win in baccarat. If the point total is 8 or 9 for the player or the banker, a natural win is called and the game is over.

Heres where things get a little more complex, although its still very easy to understand.

The Players hand is always played out before the banker. If the Player has a total of 8 or 9, there are no additional cards dealt to the Player. If the total is 6 or 7, the Player must stand. If the total is between 0 and 5, then the Player draws a third card. However, if the Banker has 8 or 9 in their hand, the bank wins and there are no more cards drawn.

If the Player stands and the Banker has a point total of 0 to 5, the Banker must draw a third card. The Banker stands if the total ends up at 6 or 7, in which case all other hands would depend on what the third card is that the Player draws.

As previously stated, whichever hand, Player or Banker, is closest to 9, wins. If other players at the table bet on the Banker and the Banker wins, there are commissions that can be paid out accordingly.

While this may sound complicated, after just a few hands its fairly easy to get the hang of the rules. With that being said, its always advisable to read up on baccarat until youre at a point where the game makes total sense.

Table games like online poker or blackjack have been popular for quite some time now, but baccarat provides several opportunities to be successful as well. In fact, I would recommend that new players try their hand in the online space before heading into a casino.

For starters, playing online will usually allow you to take advantage of online casino bonuses that you arent going to find in a physical casino. These bonuses can be a deposit match, which essentially gives you free money to gamble with something thats extremely valuable for newer players.

Another advantage to playing online is the fact that minimums are often much more affordable. In short, you can learn the game, and even win some money, without taking a huge risk. It will also allow you to learn the game without the inherent pressure that comes with playing with a bunch of strangers who likely have some prior experience.

As with many other casino games, baccarat has several different variations that are great for gamblers who are new to the game. In this case, its mini baccarat that should be at the top of the list.


Mini baccarat isnt just an option its actually the most popular version of the game in the US, and has started to grow in popularity in other major gambling markets like Macau and Singapore.

The differences in the game itself arent all that significant from regular baccarat. For example, instead of the traditional 14 spots at a regular table, mini baccarat only has room for seven. Additionally, in mini baccarat players dont deal their own cards, or even touch them throughout the course of the game.

Finally, the main reason why its so popular is because of the accessibility to the vast majority of players. Its unpretentious, requires a much lower minimum bet, and isnt roped off section of the casino reserved for high rollers.

In a situation where commission is only 4%, the house edge is lowered to around 0.6%. Sounds good, right?

Unfortunately, although it seems attractive, these no commission games actually provide worse odds than the regular setup. The reason why its less profitable is because if the banker is the winner at six points, youll only get paid out on your bet at a rate of 50%.

Now, you might be wondering how often that actually happens, which is a fair question. The data suggests that this scenario comes up a little more than 5% of the time, which means it will likely come into to play if youre playing baccarat for any significant amount of time.

The bottom line is that although the concept of no commission sounds good, like many other casino games, its not what it seems. Stick to the regular commission rules and youll have a better chance to win money over time.

If youre growing tired of the same old blackjack, craps, and roulette routine at your favorite casino, try giving baccarat a chance. Once you understand the basics of the game, there are even side bet options which can be very profitable if you know what youre doing.

Because of the different variations, its best to study up and practice online even if no real money is involved. Getting a feel for the game can put you in the best position to take advantage of that beginners luck you thought you lost a long time ago.


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Guns and gambling: New details in the mysterious disappearance and death of Vida Smith – CBC.ca

The mystery surrounding Vida Smith's disappearance and death involves gambling andguns, CBC News has learned.

Kevin Barton, 60, is charged with manslaughter, accused of killing Smith, 69, who was his friend and business partner. Her body has not been found since her disappearance in Calgary earlier this summer.

The relationship between the accused and his alleged victim involved blackjack card counting with ties to casinos across the country and in Las Vegas, according to sources.

Barton is now also charged with27 firearms-related offences. The offence date listed on court documentsis July 30, the day Barton was arrested.

Some of the charges involve allegations that five guns two rifles and three handguns were found in a Cadillac Escalade, the same vehicle police allege Barton travelled to Edmonton in the day after Smith was last seen.

CBCNews has agreed not to identify members of Calgary's gambling community, casino employees andpolice officers connected to the investigation who spoke about Barton.

Barton plays poker, baccarat and, most prominently, blackjack.

Members of Calgary's poker and blackjack communities who spend time in various city casinos confirm Barton was a regular who "kept to himself."

He is very smart and skilled, according to fellow casino regulars.

Barton and Smith were "renowned" for their card counting skills, said one casino employee.

They often worked as a team. One would count cards, signalling for the other to step in when the deck went hot.

According to court documents,Barton is charged with 27 firearms offences involving five different guns:

Defence lawyer Greg Dunn, who has handled many weapons cases and has an in-depth knowledge of firearms, identified the weapons as being expensive, well-made andhigh-end.

Many of the guns are used in sporting or shooting competitions, according to Dunn.

Some of the charges allegethe firearms were found in a Cadillac Escalade, the same vehicleinvestigators allege Barton used to drive from Calgary to Edmonton on July 22.

Smith was last seen on July 21 after travelling from her home in Chestermere to an appointment in Calgary.

Investigators said an argument is believed to have taken place on July 21 between 1 and 1:30 p.m.inside a white SUVparked near 2555 32nd Street N.E. that may be related to the investigation.

Smith's family reported her missing after she didn't return home from Calgary and missed a medical appointment later that week.

Although her body has not been found, police laid a charge of manslaughteragainst Barton10 days after Smith disappeared.

At the time of Barton's arrest, police said he was "known nationally to law enforcement."

Barton,who also uses the name Chris Lee,does not have a criminal record in Alberta or British Columbia. Hehas, however, been banned from casinos in Alberta, Las Vegas and across Canada.

A spokesperson for the Alberta Liquor, Gaming &Cannabiscommission would not confirm Barton's history of being banned from Alberta casinos.

"The AGLC works closely with police services to maintain the integrity of gaming in Alberta. Your best bet is to contact the police service in the relevant jurisdiction as we are unable to provide any information on individuals."

Beyond a press conference last month, police have declined to provide further details.

Four years ago, a woman who identified herself as Barton's daughter posted on an online gambling forum asking if anyone knew her father, whom she'd been searching for.

"He is a really well-known blackjack player card counter," she wrote.

Barton will appear in court on the manslaughter and weapons offences next week.

"For legal reasons, I am unable to discuss the matter before the courts," said defence lawyer Jason Wuttunee.

Prosecutor Shane Parker also declined to comment.

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Positive and Negative Expectation in Gambling – Casino House Edge – BestUSCasinos.org

Youve heard of compound interest, right?

And youve heard that Einstein said that compound interest was the most powerful force in the universe?

Well, the expectation in gambling is like compound interest on steroids.

In this post, I explain the differences between negative expectation and positive expectation gambling and what that means for your finances in the long run.

If I bet you a quarter that youd flip a coin and it would land on heads, youd have a 50% probability of winning. So would I.

In the short run on that single bet one of us would win, and the other one would lose.

If we made that bet twice in a row, one of the following would happen:

But, in the long, over the course of hundreds or thousands of coin tosses, if you and I were betting even money, wed both break even.

Thats a bet with a zero expected value.

Even money just means that each of us wins or loses the same amount.

But if we change that equation to where I win 50 cents when I win, but you only win a quarter when you win, I have a positive expected value, and you have a negative expected value.

This is how almost all gambling works, by the way. Someone almost always has a mathematical advantage over someone else. This is how casinos and sports books stay in business, in fact.

But how big a deal is this mathematical expectation?

The house edge is a statistical way to measure how much, on average, over the long run, how much you expect to lose per average on a bet against the casino.

In the coin tossing example earlier, its easy to calculate.

Lets assume that youre risking $200 to win $100, and you have statistically perfect expected results over the two coin tosses. You win $100, but you lose $200, for a net loss of $100. Over two coin tosses, thats an average of $50 lost per bet. Since $50 is 50% of $100, wed say that this bet has a 50% house edge.

Youd be a fool to make this bet, obviously, but this is the mathematical principle that applies to all bets in the casino.

In most cases, youll never have a mathematical edge over the casino. Most games just dont have an opportunity to use any kind of strategy to get such a mathematical edge.

But if you did find a game where you could get an edge, you could apply the rule of 72 to your edge to figure out how long it would take you to double your bankroll if you reinvest all your winnings over time.

After all, the edge you have over the casino is just return on investment, and the rule of 72 applies to return on investment.

Only, instead of looking at your return on investment on an annual basis, youre looking at your return on investment on a per bet basis.

The rule of 72 suggests that if you divide your annual return on investment into 72, youll get the number of years it will take to double your money. For example, if youre earning a 12% return on your money annually, youll double your money every six years.

Thats compound interest in action, folks.

Lets say that you find a situation in a casino where you can get a 1% edge over the casino. Applying the rule of 72 to this, youd think it would take 72 years to double your money.

But since youre seeing that 1% return on average on every bet, it only takes 72 bets for you to double your money.

The surest ways I know of to get a 1% edge when gambling are to count cards in blackjack, play poker at an expert level, and to handicap sports better than the sportsbook.

If you want to figure out how to maximize your return on investment, you want to start thinking about how many bets you can get in per hour.

If you play blackjack, you can get in more bets per hour than you can in poker or sports betting. The number of hands per hour youll get in blackjack varies based on how many players are at the table. If youre heads-up with the dealer, youll obviously get more hands per hour than you would if youre at a full table with six other blackjack players.

Ive seen various estimates. Ive seen some writers contend that you can play 350 hands per hour heads-up with the dealer, but Ive seen other writers use a number of 200 hands per hour. I think the difference lies with how many hands you play.

If youre the only player at the table, you can play two hands at a time. If youre doing that, the 350 hands per hour figure makes sense.

On the other hand, if youre at a table with six other players, youre looking at closer to 50 or 60 hands per hour.

Sort of, yeah.

Lets say you start by making $5 per hand bets with a 1% edge. If things go well, you should be able to double your casino bankroll within an hour or two.

At that point, you can double the size of your bet to $10 per hand.

It doesnt take long when youre doubling your average bet size to have a huge bankroll.

Gambling isnt a sure thing. Youre not investing in bonds here. You could hit a string of bad luck. In that respect, gambling with a positive expectation resembles investing in the stock market. No stock is a sure thing.

You can even go broke with a positive expectation if you hit a long enough unlucky streak.

The trick is having a big enough bankroll to withstand the vagaries of luck. You want to minimize your risk of ruin.

Most card counters think in terms of having a certain number of betting units. With $2000 or so, you can play for $5 per hand in blackjack with a minimal risk of going broke.

Counting cards isnt as hard as you think. It works because the deck of cards has a memory of sorts once a card has been dealt, it cant be dealt again until the deck is reshuffled. This changes the probabilities of almost everything to do with the game.

And since the cards are arranged randomly, sometimes the deck will be relatively rich in cards which are advantageous to the player, while other times, the deck will be relatively rich in cards which are advantageous to the casino.

Which cards are these?

Since a natural a 2-card hand totaling 21 pays off at 3 to 2, its advantageous to have a better probability of getting a natural.

And since the only cards that can form such a hand are the tens and aces, a deck with a relatively high number of tens and aces in it is advantageous to the player.

When you can identify such a situation, you raise the size of your bets. This is how you get your edge in blackjack when counting cards.

The better the count, the more you bet.

Its as simple as subtracting 1 from the running count every time you see a 10 or an ace and adding 1 to the running count every time you see a 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6.

When the count is zero or negative, bet the minimum.

As the count gets higher, raise the size of your bets in proportion to the count.

Its a little more involved than this, but not by much.

Not everyone wants to make their living playing casino games. Some people believe it or not dont enjoy playing blackjack. And some people who enjoy blackjack dont enjoy the rigor of counting cards.

Other people want to earn their livings by contributing to society. You cant blame them for that.

Also, not everyone has the determination, discipline, and focus required to pull off counting cards in a casino.

Dont forget. The casinos frown on card counting, and if they catch you, theyll stop you. Its not illegal to count cards, but casinos can ban you from their blackjack tables. In fact, they can ban you from the premises entirely if they decide thats whats needed.

The power of positive expectation gambling should be obvious. Casinos make positive expectation bets almost 100% of the time, and look how much money they have.

If you can learn how to make positive expectation bets, you can double your money multiple times and get rich, too.

And counting cards is just one example of how to do it.

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Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill – Gambling Success Tips – BestUSCasinos.org

A few years ago I became a big fan of self-help literature especially classic self-help literature. Most people who keep up with that kind of literature know that Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is one of the big classics.

And what does it say on the cover?

This book could be worth a million dollars to you.

Id like to think that this post (inspired by Hills book) about thinking your way to riches when gambling could also be worth a million dollars to you.

In the introduction to Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill explains how he interviewed over 500 of the wealthiest men in the world to find out how they became such success stories. He then used the information he gleaned from those interviews to codify a system for getting rich.

You can do the same thing as a gambler, and its even easier for you because of the internet. You see, you dont have to interview 500 successful gamblers to find out what they did. You can just find them on the internet and read about the techniques that worked for them.

Dont know which gamblers got rich from their gambling?

Bing and Google are your friends, but let me give you some names of rich gamblers:

Those are just a handful of examples of people who have made fortunes via their gambling activities. Youll notice that some of them are blackjack players, some poker players, and others, sports bettors.

Those are the gambling activities youll want to focus on if your goal is to think your way to riches as a gambler.

One of the biggest takeaways from Think and Grow Rich is that if you want to succeed, you need to know what it is that you want exactly. This means setting some goals. I have some tips Ive found helpful for setting goals in my life in gambling and in other areas.

Youve probably seen the acronym SMART as it relates to goals, and Ive seen different explanations for what those letters mean. Heres my take on the acronym:

The idea behind having a specific goal is that it keeps you from flailing away at something vague. I want to get rich from gambling isnt a good goal because it isnt specific enough. I want to make $1 million in a year playing poker is a specific goal.

Measurable goals are goals that youve put a number on you can measure your failure or success. $1 million is measurable. Getting rich isnt.

Achievable goals are goals that are possible.

Retrievable goals are those that youve written down so that you can retrieve them in the future.

Finally, time-oriented goals have a deadline. If you havent set a deadline, you cant make any kind of real plans for achieving your goals.

Its easy to think that winning at gambling is a something for nothing enterprise, but its exactly the opposite. For most gamblers, youre giving up something to get nothing, but the casino will NEVER give you something for nothing.

The casino games have a built-in mathematical edge for the casino which prevents that. Poker games have a rake a percentage of each pot that the house takes to pay for your space there. Sports bettors deal with the vig the extra amount the book charges losers.

To overcome the house edge, the rake, and/or the vig, youre going to have to do something other than just placing bets. Youll have to do some work. Thats what youre exchanging for the getting rich part of this deal.

With blackjack, this usually means learning how to count cards, although thats not the only advantage technique in blackjack.

With poker, you must become an expert player. And not just expert enough to be as good as the other players at the table. You must become good enough that you show a profit above and beyond the 5% of each pot that gets collected in rake.

With sports betting, you must be able to find lines that are worth betting on.

All these strategies and techniques require consistency, dedication, and expertise. No one is born a winning bettor.

You dont have to master card counting, Texas holdem strategy, and handicapping all kinds of sports to get rich in gambling. In fact, its probably better if you focus and specialize. I had a great boss who used to tell me that the man who chases two rabbits catches neither.

His point is well-taken.

In fact, you dont even need to have a new idea.


Becoming good enough to get rich with just one of these strategies is more than most people can pull off.

So, dont feel like you have to come up with a dozen, half-a-dozen, or even three or four great ideas to get rich gambling.

Just pick one that you feel confident in and run with it.

The biggest reason most people fail at anything including gambling is giving up. Napoleon Hill illustrates this point by telling the three feet from gold story.

Its a story about a man who went west during the Gold Rush to earn a fortune mining for gold. He staked a claim and started digging. After weeks, he found gold. He went home, got together some money for machinery to mine the ore, then went back to work.

After the first carload of ore was minded, the vein of gold vanished. They kept drilling but still couldnt find any more gold. They finally gave up and sold the machinery to a junk dealer.

But, as it turns out, the gold was still there it was just in a different place than he thought because of the fault lines. The gold was there, but it was three feet from where theyd stopped drilling.

The junk man who bought the machinery became rich.

One of the reasons he became rich was because, instead of quitting, he got some expert advice who knew something about gold veins and mines. Thats how he found out about the fault lines and where the gold probably really was.

Dont give up at gambling when youre just three feet away from the gold.

One thing all rich gamblers have is the faith that they are the masters of their fate. In other words, they avoid gambling games that consist of nothing but chances. They only place bets where their decisions matter.

You are not the master of your fate when playing real money slots. The result is entirely random. Theres nothing you can do about the houses mathematical edge on a slot machine.

But, when you play blackjack, you get to decide whether to hit or stand, whether to double or split. This aspect of making decisions that matter when gambling is characteristic of gambling activities where you can get rich.

Success in gambling is no different from success in any other part of life. To succeed, you must have the desire to succeed.

Sure, you might think, but doesnt everyone have a desire to succeed at gambling?

Yes and no.

Everyone hopes to win, but not everyone wants to win badly enough to do the work required to figure out both how to win and what strategies work toward winning.

Most gamblers dont have sufficient desire to learn how to count cards in blackjack. They think its too hard.

But if you want to count cards badly enough, you can do it assuming you dont have some kind of learning disability preventing it.

How do you think and grow rich gambling?

Maybe you should read the entirety of Napoleon Hills book and think about how it applies to all human endeavors, including winning money at gambling.

Ive barely scratched the surface of the lessons in the book that apply to gambling.

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Launch of the Stylish New Q-Shoreditch – TechRound

Set over two floors, the stylish new Q offers guests a choice of American pool, English Pool and various Vegas style tables such as Roulette, Blackjack and Poker, with each table managed by its own professional croupier. Expect socially distanced showgirls, in-house European trick shot professionals and UK pool champions, world-class DJs and the launch of A night with Jimmy White and friends series. This is just some of whats available throughout the week, all just a few minutes walk from Londons Old Street Station.

Q is the hottest new addition to Shoreditchs vibrant activity based bar scene. For 40pp each group of two to eight guests, can enjoy 2 hours of pool on the finest tables and the Vegas style gaming activities across the venue. The offers also include unlimited Prosecco or cocktails and pizza for 1 hour for all to devour.

This forward thinking concept from designer and entrepreneur Dezzi McCausland, was due to originally open this March before the pandemic. The venue does now finally swing open its doors with some of the hottest offers available in the Covid-19 era. Its time to get the band back together.

This all-day venue is set over two floors, starting with the sophisticated ground-floor lounge with its striking touches of decor, and a number of top-end pool and Vegas style tables. In the back is a McQueen-inspired VIP pool table and Vegas style room available for those looking to enjoy this luxurious environment in private. Head downstairs for the sleek, futuristic club with Vegas style games and more pool tables, where guest can challenge friends and colleagues at the beautifully designed blackjack, texas hold em and roulette tables.

A forward-thinking drinks offering has been developed by The London Bartenders Collective to match the new venue, with a pool-themed cocktail list, a lost & found classics cocktail section, a selection of beers and ciders on tap and in bottle, as well as a separate list of canned beers and ciders. Theres also the option to buy cocktails by the bottle to share, as well as bottles of spirits in various sizes up to 3L jeroboam. Finally, an on-trend list of spirit and tonic serves is available, all paired with a tonic from the 1783 range.

Q is the evolution of that iconic venue McQueen, bringing updated decor and an exciting new concept, located just minutes away from Old Street station, bringing a touch of luxury to the surge of new activity-based bars in the capital.

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