What comes to mind first during the holiday season? Many are interested in purchasing gifts for friends and family members. Yet, there certainly is a need to give to those in need. During Bitcoin Black Friday, the BitGive Foundation successfully raised $4,850 in Bitcoin for the Save The Children’s Philippines Relief Effort directing funds to the Typhoon Haiyan Children’s Relief Fund. Bitcoin is simply the easiest way to send in and process donations to organizations providing relief around the world. BitGive Foundation’s Executive Director, Connie Gallippi put out the following press release:
BITGIVE Foundation – Raises $4,850 for Save the Children
A Charitable Giving Organization of the Bitcoin Community
(Sacramento, CA – December 11, 2013) – The BitGive Foundation, the charitable giving organization of the Bitcoin community, provided its first donation yesterday to Save the Children for their Typhoon Haiyan Children’s Relief Fund. The Foundation raised $4,850, exclusively from the Bitcoin community, as part of Bitcoin Black Friday. BitGive has also worked with event organizers to develop a broader charitable drive as part of Bitcoin Black Friday and involve other charities in the event.
Founder and Executive Director of BitGive, Connie Gallippi, is very pleased with the progress of the Foundation thus far, which launched earlier this year, and thrilled to see their first donation drive a success. “‘Tis the Season of Giving, and we hope to see more donations to charity in Bitcoins, including BitGive and Save the Children.” The Foundation is running aholiday donation drive ‘Give a Bit this Holiday Season.’
Madeline Finch, Board Member and Secretary of the Foundation says, “We are excited to be entering the world of philanthropy on behalf of the Bitcoin community, and Save the Children’s relief efforts in the Philippines is exactly where we want to see our first donation drive make a big difference.” Learn more about SKYBLOCK MONEY MAKING METHOD
To share their vision and continue to educate audiences about Bitcoin and charitable giving, Ms. Gallippi recently presented on the “Positive Social Impact of Bitcoin,” alongside Elizabeth Ploshay of the Bitcoin Foundation Board, at the first annual Latin American Bitcoin Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 7-8, 2013.
The BitGive Foundation, launched earlier this year, is a charitable giving organization of the Bitcoin community, whose mission is to provide gifts to environmental and public health causes worldwide. BitGive has received several early donations from Bitcoin mining companies KnCMiner and Butterfly Labs, which have grown ten-fold in value, as well as in-kind donations and services from Perkins Coie, LLP and BitPay, Inc., which also processes Bitcoin donations to charities at no cost.…
Andrew McDonald, an executive with Crown Casino has indicated that, as the Australian land-based casino operator considers possible partners for a new online casino, the final arrangements are being made to launch a site in the early part of next year. And despite recent reports that the company is looking into possibilities in the United Kingdom, McDonald said that it is still planning to take its online operations offshore in the South Pacific.
Kerry Packer’s Publishing and Broadcasting Limited (PBL), Crown’s parent company, released a statement this week indicating that it was exploring “strategic gaming opportunities in the U.K.,” in the wake of the Budd Report, a set of recommendations for gambling policy in the England. The report, issued by Great Britain’s Gambling Review Body in July, recommended widespread deregulation of the country’s gaming industry to allow for the development of Las Vegas-style casinos.
Andrew McDonald, an executive with Crown’s gaming risk management division, said the company is still researching jurisdictions for hosting an online casino, but pointed out that the United Kingdom isn’t its first choice. He said any effort in England would be done on the land-based side and that the island nation of Vanuatu in the South Pacific remains the frontrunner.
McDonald confirmed that a recent report in London’s Even Standard speculating on Crown and PBL’s next move was somewhat accurate.
“The report is relatively correct,” he said. “It does indicate our plans for Vanuatu. We have not confirmed those plans but that is the most likely place for our operation, and it is correct that we are looking to launch in early 2002.”
McDonald said that, as the launch date approaches, the company will promote the new site and release more details on hosting and other related issues.
He also said it’s very important for Crown to get online sooner rather than later, as a recent rash of land-based companies have led the way in converting terrestrial brand strength to the Internet. He recognizes a need to keep up with MGM, Sun International and other firms already venturing online.
“We view it as both defensive and offensive,” he said. “It is defensive in the sense that there is already a significant number of sites where the brands are starting to enter the market. Therefore it is critical for us to utilize our brand strength on the Internet as well.”
In addition to keeping up with the competition, McDonald sees a valuable business model developing if the Internet is able to open the company up to an expanded player base.
“In terms of it being offensive, clearly, if the market is as big as people believe, then the returns from our strategy will be significant,” he said.
The first step, he said, is getting to know the Sg Online Casino market. “We are not convinced at this stage either way, on what the Internet has to offer us” he said. “We won’t know really until we get in the market and see what our registration is like and what the player profile is. We will need to see if players transfer their gaming activity to us.”
Since PBL bought Crown in 1998, the division has been on the rise; it was the only sector in PBL’s wide portfolio that showed growth in 2001. As Crown has expanded under Packer’s influence, McDonald said, there has been an added focus on the Asian market–a trend that will carry over to the company’s online strategy.
“There (in Asia) we are looking at people that don’t have access or proximity to regulated or appropriate facilities,” he said. “We want to see what the opportunities are to migrate players from ship-based operations, illegal operations or other Internet operations to our site.”
McDonald said a detailed plan has been in the works for the last couple of years to build Crown’s brand strength among Asian players and it has paid off.
“Our brand is strong within the Asian region,” he said. “We spent a significant amount of money sometime ago and continue to spend money on an ongoing basis to build our brand.”
McDonald sees a similar push to promote the online casino in the Asian market that was made after Crown expanded its land-based gaming facilities.
“When we opened the Crown Towers and the Crown Resort (in Melbourne) we spent between $20-30 million branding the property within Asia,” he said. “Asia is a viable market to look at to transform some of our (offline) player base into our online player base.”
Fortunately, according to McDonald, losing whatever brand recognition the company may have in its own backyard won’t hurt the bottom line too much.
“Regardless of where, we set up we will not have an Australian customer link,” he said. “We have always maintained the fact that we wouldn’t take bets from Australians. Even before the moratorium (on Internet gambling in Australia) we have always indicated that we wouldn’t take bets from Australians, given some political sensitivity in that area and given the current accessibility to gaming opportunities to Australians.”
Although it may not be able to target players located in the same country as its land-based operations, Crown is not worried about having to promote its brand among new players. Like many industry insiders, McDonald feels the strong footing Crown has in Asia will translate to a strong player base on the Internet.
“I am with others who feel that known brands will dominate online,” he said.
Casino dealers may work in warehouses, deal live to online players
It’s 5:45 a.m. — almost time to start the day’s shift as a casino dealer.
Even in a town that never sleeps, this time of day isn’t busy on the Strip. But the evening is just getting started on the Pacific Rim. And that’s the time that really matters at your casino; that’s when the daily crush begins.
As you drive up, your casino doesn’t look anything like the palaces lining the Strip. Your workplace is a nondescript building in the suburbs — a warehouse, to the untrained eye.
Walk in, take your place behind a blackjack table. Behind you is a blue screen. In front of you, where you once remembered players sitting, are several cameras.
Below each are signal lights, telling you whether a player Pengeluaran HK connected to your table via the Internet wants to hit, stand, split or double down. Another camera hovers above you. This warehouse is filled with dozens of dealers, all in similar sound-stage-type setups designed for this latest evolution of Internet gambling.
You know this isn’t a casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Yet thousands of miles away in Tokyo, Hong Kong or Seoul, South Korea, your customers don’t know that. To those players, the blue screen is transformed into what appears to be the interior of a Strip casino. And you’re apparently right in the middle of it.
A computer screen in front of the table begins scrolling text, and you begin friendly chatter with your players. It took some time to get used to having a conversation with a computer monitor, but you got used to it. Eventually.
It can get lonely at times. But then again, you don’t have players blowing smoke in your face, you don’t have to pause to clean a spilled drink off the table. There’s no way a player 10,000 miles away can get in your face after a string of bad luck. And on busy nights — when there are 500 players stacked around each baccarat and roulette table — the tokes can be substantial. Very substantial.
And as you shuffle and deal, a thought flits through your mind that’s been there dozens of times before. Who, in their right mind, could ever have imagined this 10 years ago?
A new reality
There were two key reasons casino-style gambling spread from its nest in Nevada across the country in the 1990s: taxes and jobs.
Casinos are job-creation machines, and nowhere is the evidence of this clearer than in Nevada. One out of every four workers relies directly on the gaming industry for a paycheck. Eleven of the state’s 15 largest employers are Strip casinos.
If legal Internet gambling becomes a reality in this country, what will happen to these Las Vegas jobs?
Nothing, the experts say. The simple reason is that the experience of the Las Vegas Strip cannot be replicated on the Internet.
“These (Strip casinos) are entertainment centers with gambling at the core,” said Bill Eadington, director of the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming at UNR. “There has always been a great fear that new technologies are going to wipe out existing industries. I seriously doubt that’s going to happen to the casino industry … Las Vegas in particular.”
What is disputed is whether Internet casinos will create the kinds of jobs traditional casinos have. A lack of new jobs could make the pill of Internet gaming harder to swallow across the United States, American Gaming Association Chief Executive Frank Fahrenkopf said.
“I don’t see it as an engine of job creation,” Fahrenkopf said. “I don’t see that many jobs resulting from Internet gambling. And in (gambling) jurisdictions, particularly new jurisdictions, the job creation and economic development … has been critical for the acceptance of it (legalized gambling).”
But suppose you could take part of the Las Vegas experience — the interaction with a real dealer at a real table game — and bring it to the Internet? That would offer the player a more realistic casino experience, and it gives gaming regulators a physical game to watch and regulate.
“The idea fascinates me, and I’d say I’d be very likely to play under those conditions,” said Richard Munchkin, a writer from Santa Clarita, Calif., and frequent Internet gambler. “I play (on the Internet) quite a bit, anything from blackjack to roulette to slot machines. Supposedly everything is honest. But if you’re watching a game that’s taking place in a casino live in Las Vegas, I’d feel much more comfortable that the game is 100 percent honest.
“It’s not the same as playing in Las Vegas, but if you can’t be there, it sounds like the next best thing.”
It isn’t science fiction. The idea of bringing a live game to a remote player is 20 years old. And a Caribbean Internet casino, owned by Macau gambling tycoon Stanley Ho, is now offering games with live dealers to gamblers through the Internet. DrHo.com claims it had 23 million “hits” in its first six months of operation.
Companies are ready
If Nevada decides to legalize Internet gaming, a number of companies are ready to move in that direction as well.
One is a name all of Las Vegas is familiar with: Station Casinos Inc. Tony Fontaine, Station’s vice president of complex business solutions, envisions a day when the company could operate warehouse-style filming complexes, broadcasting live dealers to the world.
“Everyone’s spending a lot of money trying to recreate a virtual rendition of their casino,” Fontaine said. “What I’m doing is saying, ‘Here’s the real casino.’ The only difference is you don’t have to have it in a nice place. You can put it in a warehouse, dress it up inside, but it can be located off the Strip.”
If Nevada takes that step, proponents of live Internet gambling say more jobs than ever before will be created by this new technology. And those jobs could be far different than anything a Las Vegas dealer knows today. Consider, for example, Playboy Enterprises’ for-fun casino, which combines video poker with strip poker.
“If you’re Playboy, you could have a (Playboy) Bunny as a dealer (on a live Internet casino),” Fontaine said.
But there will also be room for today’s dealers, asserts deedee Molnick, chief executive of i2 Corp. of Las Vegas.
“They would become stars,” Molnick said. “They’re not going to be peons behind a table. They’re going to be stars.”
Coming up with a concept and patenting it is one thing. Making the idea a viable business is another.
While DrHo.com is operating its own live Internet casino, the U.S. companies exploring the idea don’t plan to take that route.
i2, for example, has built its financial house on a single asset: the strength of its patent. The company, majority-owned by the Molnick family, claims patent protection over any form of remote, live wagering that uses electronic transactions to make or pay off bets. Revenues would be generated by licensing that patent to other companies in exchange for a cut of gambling profits, along with providing consulting services.
Since Internet gambling is already a thriving business, i2 could be generating revenues today, President Chris Almida said. But the company hasn’t done so because it doesn’t want to jeopardize its standing before the Nevada Gaming Control Board if Internet gaming does become legal.
So for now, most of i2’s efforts have been focused on educating gaming companies and regulators about Internet gambling — and suing those companies that bring live Internet gambling to market without paying royalties.
These legal efforts have been quite successful. In February 2000, i2 won a federal court order forcing First Live Casino, a Caribbean Internet gambling site, to stop offering live games on its website. An order against Interactive Television Services Inc. of Roswell, Ga., followed.
“I’m the only person in the world that’s been able to shut down an Internet casino,” Molnick said.
Now, i2 has the powerful Stanley Ho in its sights. In July, i2 filed suit against DrHo.com, claiming it was infringing the i2 patent. DrHo.com officials have denied their site violates the patent.
But i2’s efforts have caught the attention of other companies, including Station Casinos.
Station’s Internet efforts are being focused through GameCast Live LLC, a newly formed subsidiary. For now, GameCast is focused on a non-Internet application: offering guests in a casino hotel the ability to play a live slot machine from a remote location, such as their hotel room. That would allow Station to generate revenues from the venture before a decision is made on Internet gambling’s legality in Nevada and the United States.
Fontaine hopes to offer the service in Station’s properties one day, but Nevada gaming regulations don’t allow that at the moment. Station has proposed regulation changes to the Nevada Gaming Commission, but doesn’t expect they will to come to fruition until next year. So Station has launched its marketing efforts with Indian casinos and cruise lines.
But Fontaine is thinking ahead. He sees a day when GameCast could be used to offer live table games across the world, starting with blackjack.
And he’s well aware of the i2 patent.
“It doesn’t cover live gaming, it covers financial transactions related to live gaming,” Fontaine said. “If you’re tied into a third-party financial system, like a credit card … that’s what the patent covers. We leave that end alone, because we don’t want to infringe on the patent. If we sell to someone who wants to get into credit cards … they call (i2), and cut a deal with them. That’s the stand we’ve taken.”
Station is looking at two business models. The first is offering to install the system for a casino operator, but letting the operator provide the dealers and run the games. Station could also run the entire casino using the brands of the client.
But Fontaine said it’s unlikely Station would try to become an Internet gambling power itself.
“Station Casinos doesn’t have the media power to create that draw,” Fontaine said. “We’d prefer to license to a Park Place (Entertainment Corp.), or an MGM MIRAGE, or a Mandalay Resort Group.”
And allowing those companies to recreate the Las Vegas experience in cyberspace might actually help the continuing evolution of the Las Vegas Strip, UNLV professor and gambling expert Bill Thompson argues.
“If it’s legal, then we can participate, then we can promote our casinos through it, then we can keep the profits from the gambling, then the profits can go into the expansion of Vegas,” Thompson said. “Our best defense is to make them (Internet casinos) legal and operate them.”
But even those who patronize online casinos say there’s no comparison between Las Vegas and the Internet.
“It’s no replacement at all,” Munchkin said. “There’s so much more to Las Vegas than just the gambling. There’s the whole excitement of being in a casino in Las Vegas, the energy. I enjoy being around other people when I gamble, being around other players.
“I think it (Internet gambling) is like fast food compared to a banquet (gambling on the Strip).”
And as long as Las Vegas casino companies believe they can still make a buck on the Strip, they’ll build more megaresorts, no matter what the future may bring.
“If there’s a market to build a billion-dollar place, people will do it,” MGM MIRAGE spokesman Alan Feldman said. “No one has ever done it (built a Strip megaresort) thinking they won’t make money.”
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In hold’em, when you suspect an opponent might be bluffing, what’s the lowest hand with which you can call? In the big blind against a suspected blind steal, it may not be as much as you think.
In a $20-$40 hold’em game in Las Vegas recently, I was in the big blind. An extremely aggressive player sat two seats to my right. Everyone around the table folded to the aggressive player on the button, who made the expected raise to $40. The small blind folded. The next decision was up to me.
Much has been written about what it takes to call (or raise with) in this spot. When facing a suspected blind steal, it’s sometimes necessary to defend your blind, albeit selectively — or you’ll be identified as an easy target and get run over by aggressive players. Something told me the player raising my big blind didn’t really have much of a hand. In fact, the way that he thrust his chips forcefully into the pot convinced me that I wouldn’t need much of a hand to outplay him after the flop. I called.
The flop came rags, 8c 5h 3d. Although I didn’t have a pair, I considered tokyoslot88 betting-out and going for a steal. But I still wasn’t convinced that my opponent didn’t have a real hand. Before I could rap the table signaling my intent to check, the aggressive player reached quickly for his chips. From the way that he seemed to be so eager to bet, I was becoming increasingly more confident in what my first instinct had told me — that he was bluffing.
Then and there, I made a decision based purely on instinct. Barring unforeseen developments, I was going to play my hand all the way to the river. It appeared my opponent was aggressive enough to blast away at the pot all the way to the end in a desperate attempt to recover what he already had invested. If my assessment was correct, I didn’t want him going anywhere. Indeed, I wanted him to continue bluffing, with me hemming and hawing, playing the role of the hayseed tourist as though I was contemplating seriously whether or not to call his bet.
The turn paired the board. This presented some wonderful options for me. In standard game situations, when the board pairs, a bet or check-raise can be a very powerful play (even without three of a kind). However, I suspected my opponent was simply going to continue shoveling his money into the pot, which I would gratuitously accept — if my presumptions proved to be correct. He bet and I called.
The river was a blank.
I checked again, and sat completely still. I didn’t want to give my opponent any indication that I was fully prepared to call. Again, I wanted him to bet. Many players in this spot who are head-up against an opponent who is smooth-calling all the way to the river simply will check behind and reveal a hand. A bet, especially a forceful one coming from a very aggressive player, just screams, “I’m bluffing!” It’s the final act of desperation. The player bet and I called.
“I missed,” the player sadly announced as he turned up Q-10.
Suddenly, I felt like a proud peacock, swelling with pride. “King high,” I said, revealing K-9, which seemed to be a stunningly weak hand with which to be calling in a muscle game like $20-$40 hold’em. The other players at the table were in disbelief. The modest-sized pot was pushed to me. More important than the money won was the table image that I had established for the remainder of the session. The success of my bizarre play accomplished two things: First, the aggressive player on my right now would be neutralized and no longer would threaten to steal my blinds. Second, I had telegraphed mixed messages to the other players — that I was either a complete baffling idiot or a very solid player who shouldn’t be messed with, which — although contradictory — isn’t a bad image to have at any poker table.
Of course, my instincts just as easily could have been incorrect. Critics may even suggest that I was lucky. My decision to call down a pure bluff with K-9 would have been atrocious had I guessed wrong and the player shown me a real hand. Worse, he could have shown me a weak hand (such as a small pair or ace high), and I would have been forced to concede the pot and face embarrassment.
My blind defense raised interesting questions. Afterwards, I was eager to discover the long-term value (if any) of calling suspected steal attempts with relatively weak hands, based purely on mathematical principles. In other words, with how LOW a hand could I have called with in the previous scenario to ensure positive expectation? Could I have called my opponent down with any king high? What about a hand such as Q-J? Or, Q-2? What about J-10? As you are about to discover, hands that are playable in this spot (under the previous assumption, that the opponent is bluffing) may be surprising.
The following examples assume two things: (1) You are playing against a very aggressive opponent, and (2) The player must be capable of raising initially and running a bluff with any two cards. Otherwise, none of this applies. These conclusions do not apply when facing typical players, so-called “tourists,” or tight players. The recommendations apply only when playing against semi-sophisticated players and maniacs who are aggressive enough to consistently blast away at the pot. Since a fair number of middle-limit hold’em games around the country are comprised of players fitting this description precisely, the following recommendations are hardly inconsequential. In fact, calling down a suspected blind steal may be quite profitable if certain guidelines are examined carefully and selectively applied.
I consulted with J.P. Massar, who made the final table at the 1999 Tournament of Champions and has won and placed high in a number major events. Massar has as solid math credentials as any poker player I know. Massar noted that the calling requirements on the turn are stricter than those on the river (which is no surprise, since you will have to call two big bets to get a showdown). Therefore, Massar had to construct his examples in terms of calling on the turn, assuming a call on the river, instead of just in terms of a call on the river. Given the anecdote above, Massar reached some interesting conclusions:
The effective odds of calling a bet on the turn (assuming that my opponent will bet and I will call on the river 100 percent of the time) are $80 to win what’s in the pot now — which is $170, plus my opponent’s bet on the river of $40, or $210 total. The math says that one needs to win at least 28 percent of the time at the showdown to make a profit.
Suppose that the board on the turn is 8-5-3-5 (rainbow). Computer analysis shows that J-9 is enough of a hand to win at least 28 percent of the time!
Instead, suppose that the board on the turn is Q-8-7-3 (rainbow). Now, analysis shows that K-2 (that is, any king high) is good enough.
Suppose that my opponent is not a total maniac and will raise only initially with the best 70 percent of his hands instead of every single one. How does this affect the quality of hand that you need to make the call? In the 8-5-3-5 example, one needs a Q-7 (as opposed to J-9) to call him down. In the later Q-8-7-3 example, a K-9 (as opposed to any K) is good enough.
Note once again that these results are valid only when using the assumptions listed above. Furthermore, any particular board may present flush possibilities; the examples above use boards with no flushes possible on the river. If flushes are possible and you cannot make a flush, the quality of hand with which you need to call down will go up. Also, there are hands such as low straight draws with which it would be correct to call the turn but not the river if you miss.
Finally, I don’t claim that calling down with hands at least as good as the threshold hands given above is always the most profitable play, only that it is “profitable.” Betting or check-raising the turn or the river with some of the hands might turn out to be a better play than simply check-calling.
When it comes to giving or taking poker advice, every situation is unique. There is certainly no such thing as a situation in which it is 100 percent correct to make a “blind defense.” In most cases, when the bet is raised before the flop, it’s proper to give up the blind and wait for a better opportunity later, since you are placing money at risk and will be out of position throughout the hand.
But as you can see from my K-9 story, and probably from your own playing experience, you should be able to recognize the signs of a blind steal. It’s easy to run a bluff. It takes quite a bit more sophistication to call down a bluff and make the correct decision, based on good instincts combined with sound mathematical principles.
Many casino games can be traced to antiquity; still others are associated with specific historical moments in time and place. Today’s casino game of Keno is one such, with its roots in Chinese prehistory and history, as well as having a specific historical significance for Americans. In China, a game very similar to Keno has been played for several thousand years—by emperors, warlords, merchants and peasants—even communists have been known to try to make some capital from picking “the numbers” although such activities are frowned upon by the party bosses (known in Chinese as party poopers). The name of the Chinese game was/is Kino.
In the 1800’s, when the American west was being conquered and then connected to civilization, and the railroads were being built, cheap labor was imported from China, and with it was also imported the game of Kino. It was so popular with the Chinese laborers that soon enterprising Americans, seeing the incredible profits that could accrue from winning said laborers hard-earned pay, took over the game, changed its name to Keno, and set up “Keno parlors” throughout the west. Keno was known as the “Chinese Lottery,” and like any lottery it was a boon to its owners and a bane to its players. At one time just about every town in the west had its Keno parlor.
Still, for those of you who enjoy playing lotteries, or local charity chance books, or if numbers are your thing, the casino game of Keno might hold some interest for you. It is indeed the equivalent of a lottery but much faster! You don’t have to wait a few days for the results, just a few minutes. Of course, like the lottery, Keno comes in with very high edges for the house—25 percent, more or less, depending on the casino where the UFA game is being played and the type of wagers being pursued.
The players’ tickets are numbered one through eighty. You can choose to play between one and twenty numbers on a given ticket. The numbers to be played are “X’ed” out in crayon (back to childhood we go!). To win a multi-number bet, you often don’t have to select all the numbers, just some of them. Here are some of the most popular betting options at Keno:
Types of Bets at Keno
- Straight Ticket: A player can mark one, two, or more numbers on a ticket.
- Split Ticket: Player can bet on two or more groups of numbers on a single ticket by circling the groups to be played.
- Way Ticket: Combining several groups of numbers on the same ticket.
- Combination Ticket: The player selects two or more groups of numbers and indicates how the groups are to be combined to form many tickets within one ticket.
- King Ticket: One number is selected to be used with all the other groups that have been indicated.
- Multi Race Ticket: This is a ticket that indicates that it will be played for two or more sessions in a row.
Sometimes I receive mailings from individuals who are selling systems to beat Keno. They claim that they have found patterns to the numbers that can be exploited by their “super-seven Keno buster” or their “Keno pyramid” method or their “ping-pong power play.” The costs of these systems are—to say the least—exorbitant. The claims of the systems are—to be frank—bogus. Is there a magical system for beating Keno? Sorry, no. The system sellers are scamming us. The Keno numbers are selected randomly, either by air-driven ping-pong balls (just like many state lotteries) or by computer. The fact that some numbers may have hit several times and other numbers may not have shown their faces for quite awhile is no indication that a number will continue to hit or is due to hit. Picking numbers is sheer guesswork.
So why play Keno? First, it offers a relaxing atmosphere. Keno lounges are usually pleasantly appointed places, with comfortable chairs. You can drink a cup of coffee, pick your numbers in a leisurely fashion, and not worry about other players telling you what to do or what not to do. Played properly for small stakes, Keno, even with its abominably high house edges, will not drain your gambling bankroll any time soon as it is the snail of casino games.
And like anything in life, there is a better or a worse way to approach a Keno game. Walter Thomason, in his excellent book 109 Ways to Beat the Casinos (Bonus Books, $13.95), gives some great advice when it comes to Keno. “Don’t select more than eight numbers on a straight ticket. The odds of hitting all eight are 230,000 to 1—but the odds of hitting all nine out of nine numbers are 1.3 million to 1! Bet way tickets rather than straight tickets. The odds are the same, but you’ll hit more payoffs.”
The 5-Step Keno Strategy
- Play the minimum amount allowed, which is usually a dollar or two, as the house edge is very big at Keno—25 percent more or less. Luckily the game is slow, maybe one game per 6–10 minutes.
- If you are betting on several numbers, always have them in some kind of small or large sequence as you’ll note how often numbers run in sequence (but the game is still random!). This can be done on “way” tickets as well.
- Use Keno as a break from more adrenaline producing games when you want to stay in the action but you need a little rest from betting serious money.
- Video Keno, while much faster than regular Keno, has much better paybacks—more like your typical slot machine. However, you can play video Keno so fast that the speed makes up for the decrease in the house edge. My advice is to stick with the slow game and relax, have a cup of coffee or read a paper between games.
- Avoid betting the multi-race ticket. Don’t get caught up in Keno mania, the desire to hit your “lucky” numbers. Some people obsess that if they play the same numbers over and over, sooner or later these numbers will hit. They then fear not to play lest their numbers hit when they aren’t on them. To forestall Keno mania, don’t play the same combination of numbers all the time. Mix them up and try, do try, not to remember which numbers you played in previous games. Bet one game at a time only!
Big Denny, as usual, was in a foul mood. “Look at dis joint,” he grumbled, waving his hand at a nearly deserted Barstow Card Casino. “It’s as empty as … as …”
“As empty as the pan section on a Jewish holiday,” I said, helpfully completing his thought.
“Yeah, dat’s right,” Big Denny replied, not really understanding the witticism. “Boy, you sure got a way wit’ words, Maxey. Too bad da best ya kin do wit’ all dat talent is ta write fer peanuts fer dat cheapskate poker magazine.”
“Oh, it’s not all that bad,” I said defensively. “Sometimes we get nice bonuses and stuff.”
“Yeah, like what?” Big Denny asked.
“Well, I once got a swell tee shirt for Christmas.”
Oh, yeah, da one dat said, ‘Advertise in Card Sbobet88 Player.’ Dat Barry Shulman is a real philantropolis. Anyway, dat’s your problem. Mine’s gettin’ more customers into da casino. Kin ya figger out anyt’ing dat might stand improvement here?”
What wouldn’t? I thought to myself. The place hadn’t been thoroughly cleaned, much less redecorated, since the War of 1812. It was a snatch joint, with dealers paid a percentage of whatever they grabbed out of the pots. The cards were marked, the staff were all thuggish ex-cons, and any player who miraculously made a big score was lucky to make it alive to his car.
“Well,” I offered hesitantly, “you might try to improve the buffet a bit.”
Big Denny bristled. “Our Four-Star Buffet? What’s wrong wit’ it?”
“Well, for one thing, admissions to the emergency room went up 50 percent after it opened. For another, the only items I’ve ever seen you offer were meatloaf and mashed potatoes.”
“Oh, yeah? Well, it so happens dat our executive chef, Fingers, was da head cook at San Quentin fer five years, until his parole. Took me a while ta break him of da habit of addin’ saltpeter to da food, though,” Denny grinned. “Hey, lemme introduce ya ta him an’ maybe ya could give him some ideas.”
I was not terribly anxious to meet chef Fingers, but Denny grabbed my arm and hustled me into the kitchen. I staggered back as the aroma of rotting meat, rancid cooking oil, and garbage from an overflowing can washed over me. Rat droppings spattered the floor, and a cockroach the size of a small hamster insolently trotted away from us. On the wall, The Barstow Department of Health had posted a list of about 50 sanitation violations, which, it was obvious, nobody had bothered to read.
“Maxey, shake hands with Fingers Finnegan, our executive chef,” Big Denny told me.
Fingers was even more ape-like than Big Denny, if such a thing were possible. His long hairy arms were covered with tattoos, and his apron was covered with stains. Shaking hands with him was no easy task, either, since he had only two digits on each hand, the result of his ineptitude with a carving knife.
“Maxey says dat yer chow stinks,” Denny announced diplomatically.
Fingers’ eyes narrowed, and I saw his hand inching toward a butcher knife. How do I keep getting into these situations? I asked myself in panic.
“My grub stinks, huh?” Fingers growled menacingly. “Would it be askin’ too much to be a little more specific, punk?”
“I never said any such thing, Mr. Finnegan,” I protested. “I only suggested a bit more variety, to perhaps make the buffet a little less, well, a little less boring.”
“BORING!?” Fingers screamed, as my life flashed before my eyes. “You … you … brute! Oh, my heavens, I’ve never been so humiliated in my entire life,” he sobbed, dabbing at his eyes with his two fingers. “And as for you, Mr. Big Denny, you can just go and find yourself another executive chef!”
With that, Fingers tossed his filthy apron into the soup kettle and stormed out the door.
Big Denny glared at me. “Now ya really done it, Maxey. Ya better find me a new chef by the weekend or else I’m gonna sit on yer head till it hatches.”
Frantically thinking, I remembered that my friend Pierre le Tutu, the French fashion designer, was an avid amateur cook. He had some free time until his next line came out, so I decided to phone him to see if he could fill in for a while.
“Barstow?” le Tutu said suspiciously. “Where is zat?”
“Oh, it’s a very cosmopolitan town,” I assured him. “The folks here would just adore your French cuisine.”
Le Tutu drove up in the morning and spent the next few days assembling exotic ingredients and bustling furiously in the kitchen. “Dis better work,” Denny told me threateningly. “In two days, dat guy spent more on food den I spend in two months.”
Posters had been put up all over Barstow to announce the grand re-opening of Big Denny’s Four-Star Buffet, presided over by the world-famous French chef, Pierre le Tutu. At 6 p.m. the buffet opened, and a crowd of curious, overall-clad farmers shuffled in. At the entrance, le Tutu stood beaming alongside the opening menu he had proudly posted:
“Caramelized breast of guinea hen, stuffed with baby Brussels sprouts, pine nuts, and Belgian truffles, served with a light cream of asparagus dressing and garnished with wild arugula.”
The farmers stared blankly at the menu and gaped at the food as if it had just come from Mars.
“Sorta looks like fried chicken they forgot to bread,” one commented, scratching his head.
“Wouldn’t eat that dang stuff if they paid me,” another declared.
“Where the hell’s the meatloaf?” a third farmer demanded.
As the customers shook their heads and streamed out, an angry Pierre le Tutu began walking toward me from one direction while an even angrier Big Denny came at me from another. I bolted out the door and ran into the parking lot, where Fingers Finnegan, who had been staking me out, joined the chase. Dodging curses, meatloaf, and carmelized breast of guinea hen, I barely made it to my car and took off for the freeway at high speed.
And that, dear readers, marked the end of my stint as a restaurant critic.
The last two decades have witnessed an explosion in the number of poker books available to the aspiring player. This has significantly impacted the way poker is played in today’s casinos and card rooms. However, just because poker has grown like wild over the last several years doesn’t mean that the first poker book was written in 1979. One of these earlier books was A. D. Livingston’s Poker Strategy and Winning Play, written in 1971. This book was reprinted in 1991 as Poker Strategy. So, how does it compare to more recent works?
Overall, most of Livingston’s strategic advice is sound, including the admonition to play tight. Many of the concepts he writes about have been echoed by more contemporary authors, including his belief that bluffs should pay for themselves. That is, that Livingston believes that bluffing just for advertizing is a mistake. On the other hand, it will come as no surprise that some of his notions are very much dated. For example, the high-low split games discussed in this book never require a qualifier for low. Also, it’s amusing to hear Livingston talk about an exciting new form of poker called “Hold Me” played with two cards dealt down and five community cards dealt face up on the table. His advice on strategy for this game isn’t any good by contemporary standards, but even without a great deal of experience in the game, the author realized the importance of kickers, which shows some general understanding of the game in question.
The second section of the book covers mathematics. His introduction to determining event probabilities using combinations is reasonably well explained, but much of Livingston’s calculations aren’t very important in the ป๊อกเด้ง ไฮโล games that are commonly played today. The general focus of the book is not on the games that are typically found in the modern card room, but rather on home games. Therefore, determining the probabilities of events in Cincinnati or Deuces Wild Draw is on topic for the book, even if it won’t seem terribly relevant to most poker players.
The third section of the book is a description of many kinds of poker played in home games, including some brief strategic information about each game. Much of this would be pretty obvious to the veteran poker player, for example, that one should play awfully tight without the ace of spades in the hole if the game is Chicago. At the same time, some of it is insightful. Occasionally, the terminology used in the book may be a little confusing to people used to the vocabulary of contemporary poker literature. When speaking of games with community cards, Livingston refers to every round of betting in which a new card is exposed as a “turn”. As long as the reader is aware of this, it probably won’t be too distracting.
By today’s standards, nothing in Poker Strategy would be considered ground breaking. There are some strategic errors in the text, but at the time it was originally written it probably contained some of the better poker advice available in print. Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, no updates have been made to the original printing. Poker Strategy might be useful to those players who either want some pointers on how to improve their chances when someone calls for Baseball in a home game, or if they want to learn about some different and unusual games they might want to play next Friday night. Poker book junkies might find this book an amusing read, but I believe that $15 is a little steep for a book that hasn’t been updated in over 30 years.
Poker Strategy is a reprint of A. D. Livingston’s 1971 book Poker Strategy and Winning Play. While the book shows its age, it does contain some insight, especially when it comes to the wilder varieties of poker often played in home games. There’s nothing fundamental in this book that isn’t repeated more carefully in the contemporary poker literature, but for those who just like to read poker books it can provide some entertainment.…
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Microgaming Comments on Departing Licensees
Microgaming – Microgaming advises that two of its operator groups have ceased using the company’s online casino software.
It is well known that Microgaming imposes very strict regulation on its operators. Microgaming’s service provides continuous upgrades and improvements, PricewaterhouseCoopers reports, and programs allowing the players maximum information, control, and protection of their play. New features incorporated in software about to be launched will enhance these advantages.
Microgaming software also provides some of the highest player jackpots in the online gaming industry.
Microgaming’s Roger Raatgever stated that since Microgaming is the largest supplier of , it is inevitable that the company will lose operators from time to time.
Microgaming is confident that its operators will continue to prosper and grow from the use of its unique software. Microgaming pledges to continue to play its part in providing its operators and players with software and services to ensure entertainment of utmost integrity, security, and pleasure.
Microgaming considers the key to its success to be the continuous development of innovative value added products, and the associated intellectual property. As a matter of general policy therefore, Microgaming also announces a standing reward of up to US$ 500,000 for information leading to the successful prosecution, civil or criminal, of any person or corporate entity that has pirated or unlawfully profited from its intellectual property.…
Harold Mayne-Nicholls, whose technical report warned FIFA of the health risks associated with playing the 2022 World Cup in the heat of Qatar, has suggested evening kick-off times could be the solution.
Under the Chilean’s proposals, the tournament would begin a month earlier in May 2022 and games would kick-off at 7pm, 10pm and 1am local time to avoid the worst of the heat, or at least the sun.
In May the average temperatures for Qatar range from 27C to 39C (81F-102F) as opposed to between 29C and 42C (84F-108F) in June.
With Doha only one hour ahead of continental Europe, Judi Online advertisers and marketers could still cash in on television broadcasts at reasonable times, while the big US market would benefit from the switch from afternoon kick-offs in the Middle East.
On the east coast of America, games would start at noon, 3pm and 6pm, although the California market would have to make do with 9am, 12pm and 3pm.
The Far East would have a harder time, with kick-offs in Beijing at midnight, 3am and 6am, and in Japan one hour later.
While the FIFA Executive Committee is still expected to back a switch to the 2021 winter and potential clashes with the Winter Olympics, Superbowl and European soccer leagues, Mayne-Nicholls is angling for a challenge to President Sepp Blatter in next May’s FIFA elections.
To that end he has issued this proposal in the hope of attracting support in the run-up to the application deadline at the end of January 2015.
The controversy surrounding the decision to award the 2022 tournament to a country with little football heritage and extreme temperatures continues to rumble on, with FIFA reluctant to release Michael Garcia’s corruption report.
With no action on 2022 expected before the Spring of next year at the earliest, it appears as if FIFA is trying to delay as much as possible so that Qatar can start building infrastructure, which would reduce the likelihood of a switch of hosts.
But the inescapable issue of the searing heat of summer there, which Mayne-Nicholls rightly flagged up in his famously ignored report, remains an almighty headache for world football.
Vitamin C ( L-ascorbic acid ) is a nutrient that your body is not able to produce itself and therefore you need to eat those healthy fruits and vegetables that contain it. You’ve heard that vitamin C is used to help treat colds, but did you know that it is also used to prevent and even reverse ageing skin?
Vitamin C has been studied for a few decades to determine its effect on the skin. Although the jury is still out whether or not it is as beneficial as professed, it has shown to be helpful for some people. Learn more about sun damaged skin on www.skincareguide.ca/conditions/sun_damaged_skin.html
HOW VITAMIN C WORKS:
It works in two ways:
- Antioxidant: Ultraviolet radiation can generate oxygen free radicals that cause aging of the skin. Vitamin C can act as a first defense, against some of these radicals (plasma/water-generated radicals). Vitamin E on the other hand, works against another type of radical; the fat-soluble radicals within the plasma membranes. It makes sense that Vitamin C and E are used together to defend against both types.
- Collagen. Collagen is a key component of most tissues. Vitamin C works as an essential factor for the normal formation,, maintenance and structural stability of collagen.
WILL EATING MORE ORANGES HELP MY SKIN?
You might think that eating a bunch of oranges will improve your skin, but unfortunately it’s not that simple. In fact, eating Vitamin C does not appear to increase its levels in your skin to any significant degree. Topical creams and lotions containing Vitamin C however can be absorbed. The difficult part is first, keeping the Vitamin C stable enough in the lotion for it to be beneficial and secondly, for it to be able to penetrate the skin. Both of these factors are difficult to achieve with Vitamin C due to the nature of its composition. In order for it to penetrate the skin, a low pH (acidic environment) and high (>10-15%) concentration of Vitamin C are needed before it is effective. Not all Vitamin C products are alike and not all of them meet these two essential elements. You can also learn about “where can fillers be used on face“, click here
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
There have been a number of studies conducted both on animals and humans, many with very encouraging results. Animal studies have shown Vitamin C can protect against UVA and UVB damage such as redness, formation of abnormal cells and immunosuppression. In human studies, topical Vitamin C has resulted in some improvement in collagen production, perhaps leading to better looking skin.
So in summary, Vitamin C has shown positive results as UVA/UVB protection, decreasing pigmentation and increase collagen production, all factors in aging your skin. It is important to note that using one solution alone will not resolve your photo-damage. It starts with protecting your skin, taking care of it, and using the best combination of products for your skin type to fight photo-damaged skin.…
Do you struggle saving money? If your answer is yes, you are not alone in your struggle to save money. According to statistics, “45% of Americans have saved nothing for retirement, including 40% of Baby Boomers. 38% don’t actively save for retirement at all.”
Having something saved up for retirement is very important because a time will come when even the strongest of us will be unable to work anymore.
The first thing that you should do now to overcome financial struggle that leads to the inability to save, is to find out the reasons for your inability to saving money, and then make a decision on ways to fix it.
Here are some reason why you might struggle saving money and how you can overcome it.
#1 Not Having Goals Causes Struggle Saving Money
Everyone ought to have personal financial goals for their lives, whether short term or long term. Drawing up tangible and realistic financial goals and following them religiously is a key to avoid your struggle to save money and achieve success in all your financial goals.
According to a survey by the Brassica trust Mutual, the number of Americans ages 25 and older who identify themselves as “non-planners” and as having “no established financial goals” doubled to 14 percent between 2012 and 2015.
A financial goal is the first step that sets you on a path to overcoming money problems. Your goal should be based on what matters most to you – your own values and interests. What are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve your goal sooner? What can help you stay the course?
A realistic goal should be:
Measurable. Set a time limit for your goal, such as the deadline to buy a new house or the age at which you wish to retire.
Achievable: Plan with your income (and anticipated income) to plan your financial goals for the future. Don’t reckon on winning the lottery to accomplish your goal.
Specific: ‘To acquire wealth’ is not a specific or clear goal, but “to save 30% for a house mortgage” is.
Regardless of what life stage you are in, it’s never too late to set a financial goal today.
#2 Spending Without a Budget
According to a 2013 Gallup poll, only 32 percent of U.S. households prepare a monthly budget. How can you manage your expenses and save money without a budget?
One of the best weapons for eliminating financial problems is a budget. A budget is a very useful tool that helps you prioritize your expenses and handle your money—regardless of how little you have.
A budget guides your spending decisions and ensures you’re spending money on what’s really important to you. It helps you to spend your money in a way that helps solve your financial problem.
Preparing and monitoring your budget will help you recognize wasteful expenses, adjust quickly to changes in your financial situation, and achieve your financial goals. Creating a budget will also reduce your stress levels.
You can learn more about how a budget works here
#3 Paying Too Much for College
According to Student Hero, “Americans owe over $1.4 trillion in student loan debt, spread out among about 44 million borrowers. That’s about $620 billion more than the total U.S. credit card debt. In fact, the average Class of 2016 graduate has $37,172 in student loan debt, up six percent from last year”
There’s no doubt that as a college student, you may not only struggle saving money, you will likely end up with student debt. About all college students will obtain some form of student loan at some stage in their college career. This debt, after graduation can at times seems devastating.
But luckily, there are ways to ease some of the debt and the anxiety that goes with it. By following a few easy tips, you can shun student loan debt, or at least make it more manageable.
There are several ways to reduce & avoid overwhelming college student loan debt including:
Getting a Job and Starting to Save Early
Getting a College Credit without Paying for College Classes
Looking High and Low for Scholarships
Rethinking Your Choice of College
Avoiding Private Student Loans
Making a Budget
Finding Ways to Reduce Your Costs
#4 Lack Of Investments
Nearly 80% of millennia’s, according to a Harris poll do not invest in the stock market. According to the poll result, more than 40% said they feel they don’t have enough money to invest, 34% said they don’t know how, while 13% expressly blamed student debt for their inability to invest.
You’ve undoubtedly heard about the risks connected with investing. And it is indeed true that all investments involve some kind of risk. But what about the risk associated with not investing? Isn’t there a greater risk there?
As one of my mentors (Late Archbishop Benson Idahosa) would say, “It’s risky not to take risks.”
Actually, by refusing to invest, you are taking several risks, among which may include:
Inability to maintain your financial independence. While you may not become completely broke, you could end up struggling to make ends meet or, worse, you could become dependent on others for financial assistance.
You may outlast your money
You might not be able to retire on your terms.
One of the most important rewards of investing is that you can have your money work for you to make more money and not having to work your entire life. There are just two ways to make money: either by working and/or by making your assets work for you.
You can find out how to get started with investing here.
#5 Not Earning Enough Causes Struggle Saving Money
76% of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck today and just one event could cause a financial panic. Even if an event that could cause a financial crisis do not occur, the accumulation of increasing bills can eventually cause a financial crisis.
If you’re not earning enough money, it might not be easy to pay your utilities, mortgage, or put food on the table. Not earning enough money to pay your bills is an enormous problem many Americans have today.
You actually just have two choices – to make more money or to spend less.
When you don’t make enough money to cover your expenses, you need to take far-reaching actions to earn more or drastically reduce your expenses.
With the costs of living always going up, the best option is for you to find out ways of earning more money. One of the best ways you can go about that is to learn how to diversify your income.
Diversifying your income will help you to create other means of income, thereby giving you more financial power and freedom.
#6 Trying to be like the Jones Leads to Struggle Saving Money
In the words of Robert Kiyosaki, “Too many people buy things they don’t need with money they don’t have to impress people they don’t know.”
“Keeping up with the Joneses” is a phrase that expresses the desire to possess as much and to appear to be as well off as others around us. Regrettably, many people have had to file for bankruptcy because of the desire to “keep up with the Joneses.”
Many Americans live above their means. A Bankrate survey, as reported by US News found that about one-third of people ages 30 to 49 had more credit card debt than savings
In an attempt to be like the Jones, many people burden themselves with unreal lifestyles and avoidable debts that might, one day, come back to haunt them.
The probability is that those neighbors you’re struggling to keep up with are also living above their means.
If you desire financial freedom and happiness, keeping up with the Joneses is a way to never get there.
Here’s what you can do to stop the negative and sometimes addictive behavior of keeping with the Joneses. Whenever you need to make a big purchase, take the time to examine and identify your motive. Are you buying to fill a genuine need, or you are buying to impress others?
If you are buying to create a false impression of success to impress others, walk away. Sweep those Joneses out of your mind and save that cash to spend on things that will give you true happiness.
#7 Impulse Buying Causes Struggle Saving Money
One of the major reasons most people struggle saving money is impulse buying. If you find that you repeatedly spend money without thinking much about what or why you’re buying, you may have an impulse buying tendency.
Impulse buying represents almost 40% of all the money spent on e-commerce sites, according to User Interface Engineering. What drives shoppers to make these impulse purchases? It isn’t price, but rather it’s tied to design elements of the site itself
It can be really hard to resist the urge to buy on impulse, especially when we are paying with credit cards.
Too much level of impulse buying can lead you to debt and unhappiness, so it’s in your best to identify the warning signs and avoid it like a plague. Knowing what triggers you off to buy on impulse can help you spend less money on impulse.
There are different ways to avoid impulse buying including following a mandatory waiting period, paying cash, shopping less often, etc.
Are there other ways you have successfully used to solve your struggle to save money? Please share them in the comments below.…
The Everest Poker International Cup (EPIC) is back for its fifth season, giving you the chance to win a piece of the $125,000 up for grabs. Do well in the EPIC tournaments, and you could be on your way to Alicante Spain to play in the Live Finale!
EPIC features online freerolls five times per day on the Everest hk prize download. Place in the top ten of one of these freerolls to advance to the weekly EPIC satellite on Sunday. You can also buy-in to Summit Point satellites that award seats to the weekly EPIC satellites. Or you can buy-in to the Weekly Epic Satellites directly for 250 Summit Points.
The Weekly Epic Satellites award 25 seats to the EPIC Direct Entries. There were two EPIC Direct Entries tournaments originally scheduled, however one already took place back on August 1st. The remaining EPIC Direct Entries event is scheduled for August 29th. It has a $25,000 prize pool, and those that finish in the top ten will receive a $2.5k prize package for the Live Finale in Alicante.
There are two alternate ways to gain entry to the EPIC Direct Entries tournament on August 29th. The first option is to download free poker with Everest for the first time and therefore gain entry to the EPIC Rookie Satellites that run daily. Every day 10 players advance to the EPIC Direct Entries tournament this way. Your other option is to buy-in directly for 25,000 Summit Points.
If you are lucky enough to win a $2.5k package for the EPIC Live Finale, you will receive almost everything you need for your trip. This includes $425 for travel expenses, hotel accommodations at the Hotel Spa Porta Maris worth $575, two entries to the EPIC Kick Off Party, and your seat for the Live Finale.
The EPIC Live Finale takes place at the Gran Casino de Alicante, and it’s one you won’t want to miss. A mere fifty people will receive entry to this exclusive tournament that has a €50,000 prize pool. The top 18 players will cash the event, which means there’s a pretty good chance you’ll walk away with profit if you get to play. First place will go home with €15,000.
We hear about invitation-only poker tournaments all the time, but it isn’t every day that the invites are handed out to amateurs only. You won’t be flying to Spain to battle the top pros in the world; you’ll be going there to play other recreational players that won their way there via freerolls! This is an amazing chance to feel like a VIP in Spain for a couple days, so get on board and qualify for the tournament on August 29th before the promotion is over.
Full Tilt Poker’s Chief Marketing Officer, Lothar Rentschler, has announced his intentions to leave the company. While his departure will not be an immediate matter, his resignation will go into effect by September 13 of this year. Rentschler has served as Full Tilt’s keluar sgp since February of 2009, and had previously worked with such large companies as Bacardi and MEC.
Here are some snippets of what he had to say on the matter, according to an email seen by QuadJacks:
“Given the current circumstances, I do believe it is a long overdue step towards the right direction… I do apologize for the inconvenience the current circumstances at [Full Tilt Poker] have caused for you personally as well as for your respective companies. Our hands in marketing were bound and at the end even every communication was stopped.”
But, as their former online patrons could attest, Full Tilt’s problems go far beyond their marketing structure. The company is currently facing a class action lawsuit, a licensing hearing, and a possible purchase from outside investors. The latest news in this department comes on the acquisition front.
Here’s the long and short of it, as reported by Electronic Gaming Review: In order for any company to be willing to lay down the necessary cash to buy Full Tilt, they will almost certainly demand a change in management. The former online poker giant is currently negotiating with several parties, hoping to beat their September 15 hearing date with the Alderney Gaming Council.
“Everyone has their eye on that date,” says Jeff Ifrah, a member of Full Tilt’s legal team. “Nobody wants to come to September 15th and not have a deal which is either finalized or close to finalization to the point that it can be shared with Alderney and result in the extension of that date.”
Unfortunately, the only game former Full Tilt users have been playing lately is a waiting one. There is still no word on the millions of dollars owed to players.
“I assume there’s going to be a transition period,” Ifrah continued, “and we hope that it’s not going to take that long to turn the lights back on and begin facilitating player withdrawals and obviously continue playing.”
Weeks ago, the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) suspended Full Tilt Poker’s gambling license. The AGCC has just released a statement that Full Tilt Poker has paid its overdue licensing fees, which will allow the hearings on its suspended license to proceed without hindrance. One giant leap for Full Tilt Poker, one small step towards getting American players’ money back. Reports have listed the total fee at $250,000.
In the statement, the AGCC said that immediately following Black Friday and before suspending the license, it “began immediate discussions with FTP’s management in order to protect the interests of players.” These discussions with Full Tilt Poker management were ultimately fruitless, and it wasn’t until the U.S. Department of Justice seized Full Tilt domain names that the AGCC suspended the license.
The statement covers Full Tilt’s neglecting the licensing fees, until they were past overdue. During a hearing in late July, the AGCC brought up the issue, and demanded that it be dealt with before even considering lifting the suspension on Full Tilt’s gambling license. The two parties stalemated until today, when Full Tilt apparently caved in and put forward the fee.
The statement reads: “At the hearing the Commissioners of the AGCC, acting as a tribunal, decided to adjourn the hearing to a date no later than 15th September, as they felt that this was in the best interest of the players using FTP’s services. The recent payment of overdue license fees by FTP is also in players’ best interests since it allows commercial negotiations to take place that might result in a successful refinancing deal. Further details regarding the exact date and venue of the next hearing will be announced as soon as possible.”
This means that the hearing will continue to move forward and, quite likely, the eventual restoration of Full Tilt’s gambling license. With this in place, the company will be able to complete any takeover or financing deals and one day successfully resume business.