Dominoqq Betting the Bank

A little old lady goes into the Chase Manhattan Bank, and says she wants to open a savings account. The accounts person asks her how much she would like to deposit to open the account and the little old lady says, “Three million dollars.”


The accounts person is startled, and says, “In what form?” and the little old lady says, “Cash. I’ve got it here in this bag…” and the accounts person looks and, sure enough, the lady has a big grocery bag just chock full of green stuff with big denominations.


This is a highly unusual event, and the accounts person excuses herself to get the president of the bank to handle this one. He arrives, and escorts the little old lady to his office to handle it personally.


Once in his office, he asks the little old lady where she got so much money.


She says, “Gambling.”


“Gambling?”, he says. “What sort of Dominoqq gambling?”


“Oh, I make bets with people on all sorts of things, and I usually win. For example, I’ve got $100,000 right here that says that by noon tomorrow your balls will be square, and I’ll even give you 4:1 odds. You got $25,000 you’d be willing to wager on that?”


The bank president is shocked at this sort of thing coming from a sweet little old lady, but he didn’t get to be the president of the Chase Manhattan Bank without knowing something about money. “I suppose I could come up with enough to cover that sort of wager, but I wouldn’t feel right taking it from you…there’s no way you can win a bet like that!”


The little old lady just shook the bag, and said, “I know what I’m doing…and I can afford to lose, though I’m not going to. Is it a bet?”


“Ok, have it your way”, said the president, and they shook hands on it.


“See you at 11:55 tomorrow morning”, said the little old lady, and with that she left.


Next morning at 11:55 the little old lady arrives with a younger man in a three-piece suit, and is escorted to the bank president’s office. The president is a nervous wreck, though a happy one. He’d gotten almost no sleep the night before, waking every few minutes to feel his balls to check for impending squareness, but nothing happened all night. He had checked hundreds of times that morning, but still nothing; perfectly normal.


When the little old lady arrived he started to relax, knowing he had won.


“Come in, please have a seat! Who might this gentleman be?” said the president.


“He’s my lawyer. For a bet of this size I want to have a witness. Any objections?”


“No, perfectly understandable”, said the president. “Well, it’s now noon, and I’m still unchanged, so I guess I win!” he said happily.


“Not so fast!” said the little old lady. “For a hundred grand I want to verify things personally! Please drop your pants.”


The bank president is a bit flustered, but agrees that in her position he’d want proof as well, so he drops his pants. The little old lady goes over to him and reaches out to feel the organs in question.


“Ok, you win, here’s your $100,000,” says the little old lady, handing over a bag of bills. As she does so, her lawyer starts banging his head against the wall and moaning.


“What’s wrong with him?” asks the bank president.


“Oh, he’s just upset. Poor loser if you ask me. You see, I had a bet for $1,000,000 with him that I would have the President of the Chase Manhattan Bank by the balls by noon today.”



Slot Online Poker Tip of the Week





Today we are off to the bull ring of poker. Out comes the bull amongst cheers of anticipation of the crowd. Today will not be a good day for either the matador or the bull. But what’s this where is this matador. Men on horses called picadors enter the ring. The bull charges in his rage and flicks his head to the left to hit the picador. The picador places a sharp lance in the bulls lefts shoulder. Again the bull charges and flicks his head left to hit the picador again the bull feels the sharp pain of the lance on his left shoulder. This continues till the bull no longer flicks his head to the left and the picadors feel the bull runs straight. Only then does the matador enter the ring. The bull charges the matador but runs straight and the matador easily avoids the bull and will surely die. If however the bull flicks to the right or left while charging the matador he may kill the matador. But his tendency has been cured by the picadors. Poker much like a bullfight requires you to cure tendencies of opponents and wear them down. If they like to check raise do not bet take a free card. Timid opponents must be bet aggressively to make them fold. Bulls surely should not be bluffed they will not fold. People who bet the flop and not the turn should be called on the flop and bet on the river. If they bet to much call them down with weaker hands. If they like to make it three bets make it four with larger pairs or AK. You on the other hand must become unpredictable. You do not want have straight tendencies. Check raise sometimes, bluff sometimes, three bet with nothing sometimes and bet till the flop sometimes and to the turn and river other times. (Example courtesy Rick Greider Teacher of Champions)


To be successful at shorthanded hold’em you must realize that if you are not careful an individual could have the best of it by simply always betting. Hold’em Slot Online Poker 2000 edition David Sklansky/Mason Malmuth


Any semi bluff that is break even or better can always be considered a winner.


You bet on the turn and again you are check raised. Now what do you do. Well now you have to think. Do you have the best hand or could the opponent be bluffing you. What guides you in your decision. The first thing you must think about are your opponent and his check raising requirements. You must decide if he check raises with top pair or does he check raise with two pair or higher. Next look at the opponents chips. Does the opponents chip stack look healthy or has it dwindled to a desperate situation. Many opponents will not check raise bluff till their situation becomes desperate often you will catch a bluff by calling this opponent down. Look to see if the opponent is a loose wild type that will try any move to get the pot. Next you want to decide the probability that the opponent has the hand that he is representing. For example you have AA and the flop comes down Q 3 2. It is doubtful an opponent will not raise with QQ from early position. He could have a 33 or 22. You probably have the best hand. You may consider a reraise. I use this example as a simple one but the problem becomes a lot greater as the flops get closer together and include flushes. You must decide what the opponent could have that he could easily check raise you and get as close to the answer as you can. Sometimes you just have to fold as it is just too easy for the opponent to have what he represents. So when you are check raised think long and hard about saving bets and gaining bets and make higher earns.


Now for some single hand analysis heads up. Remember I am using the latest technology and program for these calculations. Think about how you should play the blinds heads up.


T9s Win Rate with ties 55.85%


Win Rate without ties 52.76


Now the break downs.


Straight flush win .14 lose 0.00 tie 0.00 Total .14 to the black


Four of a Kind win .18 lose .02 tie .02 Total .20 to the black


Full house win 1.81 lose .14 tie .19 Total 2.00 to the black


Flush win 5.96 lose .30 tie .16 Total 6.12 to the black


Straight win 7.46 lose .51 tie .49 Total 7.95 to the black


Three of a kind win 2.91 lose 1.04 tie .13 Total 3.04 to the black


Two pair win 13.75 lose 6.30 tie 1.09 Total 14.84 to the black


One pair win 18.08 lose 22.37 tie .84 Total 18.92 to the red


No pair win 2.47 lose 13.48 tie .17 Total 2.64 to the red


A2 offsuit Win Rate with ties 56.58% Win Rate without ties 52.81


Now the break downs.


Straight flush win .01 lose 0.00 tie 0.00 Total .01 to the black


Four of a Kind win .09 lose 0.00 tie 0.00 Total .09 to the black


Full House win 1.60 lose .14 tie .22 Total 1.82 to the black


Flush win 1.53 lose .31 tie .17 Total 1.70 to the black


Straight win 2.38 lose .42 tie .53 Total 2.92 to the black


Three of a Kind win 3.34 lose .59 tie .10 Total 3.44 to the black


Two pair win 16.30 lose 5.59 tie .69 Total 16.99 to the black


One pair win 22.55 lose 21.78 tie 1.51 Total 24.06 to the black


No pair win 5.01 lose 14.58 tie .54 Total 5.55 to the red


The hands are broken down to make you think. Hosh can’t do that at the table for you and get a response.





UFA Card Player Cruises Western Caribbean Trip Report

Do you love to play poker, eat good food, see the sites of the world, and be able to spend quality time with your friends and loved ones while the kids are having a ball? Of course you do! No, you have not died and gone to Heaven, this all takes place on earth and we have just the trip for you A Card Player Cruises poker vacation! We have a fantastic UFA team assembled and guaranteed to make your cruising experience one to remember and repeat time and time again. It doesn’t matter if you don’t yet play poker as WSOP champion Linda Johnson holds a beginners class so you don’t have to play with the big boys and girls if you don’t want to. After the class, we will spread a beginner game for newbies only! I have just written a short piece on our last trip, which was to the Western Caribbean, to give you all an insight into the wonderful world of poker cruising. So sit back and enjoy and let’s sail away into the sunset of a future cruise together.


New Orleans was the ideal port from which to depart and the partying was in full swing long before the start of the recent seven-day adventure on The Card Player Cruise to the Western Caribbean. Many passengers took the opportunity to spend a little time in the Big Easy prior to boarding the Celebration on Sept. 10th. There was so much to see and do in New Orleans: gawking at the sights on Bourbon Street, riding the trolley cars, sampling Creole cuisine, shopping, and listening to the jazz selections from many local bars. Laissez les bon temps rouler!


After settling into their cabins and exploring the ship, several hundred cruisers got together for the first time at the welcome aboard party. Here, Linda Johnson (well known and respected figure in the poker world) gave some helpful cruise tips and introduced the great team of staff that will ensure your trip is enjoyable. Guests also received gifts of T-shirts and waterproof safes suitable for carrying their valuables while swimming. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres helped to get the festivities going.


Following the first of many delicious meals, the poker room opened and quickly filled up with 11 games. Throughout the cruise, the action consisted of hold’em at limits of $1-$2, $2-$4, $4-$8, $6-$12, $10-$20, $15-$30, and $20-$40, Omaha/8 at $4-$8, $10-$20, and $20-$40, and $1-$5 stud. H.O.E. (H.O.E. is a round each of hold ’em, Omaha and eight or better) at $20-$40 or $30-$60. Even a $10 a point Chinese poker game was spread on the last night of the cruise.


The Tournament of Champions is one of the most prestigious tournaments held each year in the USA and it attracts players from all over the world. On this 7-day poker cruise we held 3 TOC-qualifying tournaments.


Following are the winners and money finishers in each of the three events.


Al Giardina & Arnold Cohen Al Giardina and Arnold Cohen


Arnold Cohen (right) was the Limit hold’em TOC qualifer. Al Giardina (left) placed 2nd.


$230 (Buy-In) Limit hold’em Tournament

  1. Arnold Cohen TOC qualifier $3,420
  2. Al Giardina $1,900
  3. Mike O’Malley $1,140
  4. Mark Legros $760
  5. Scott Ward $380


Roy Zimmerman and Darnell Jones Roy Zimmerman and Darnell Jones


Darnell Jones (right) was the (Buy-in) Omaha/8 Tournament TOC qualifer. Roy Zimmerman (left) placed 2nd.

$230 (Buy-in) Omaha/8 Tournament


  1. Darnell Jones TOC qualifier $2,000
  2. Roy Zimmerman $1,200
  3. Dick Douglas $800


Mike O’Malley and Danny Fell Mike O’Malley and Danny Fell


Danny Fell (right) was the (Buy-in) No-limit hold’em Tournament TOC qualifer. Mike O’Malley (left) placed 2nd.

$60 (Buy-in) No-limit hold’em Tournament with rebuys


  1. Danny Fell TOC qualifier $2,415
  2. Mike O’Malley $1,208
  3. Rebecca Emmons $604
  4. Scott Rankin $483
  5. Jesse Hollander $423
  6. Joni Hynek $302
  7. Richard Henson $242
  8. Frank Mattorocci $211
  9. Dan Lumello $151


Card Player Cruises are also offered many exciting excursions exclusively for its passengers in each port. In Montego Bay, Jamaica, we offered the ever-popular raft trip on the Martha Brae River as well as a trip to a private beach club. Following this was a visit to the wild and crazy Margaritaville. This popular tourist hangout is one to be remembered for its wild drinks, loud music, over the water trampoline, and water slide. Needless to say, it was a fun day! On the beautiful island of Grand Cayman, passengers had the opportunity to either snorkel with stingrays on a shallow sandbar or tour the island with stops at a local turtle farm and the city of Hell. Here, sending home a postcard was the thing to do. Where else could you get a postcard postmarked from hell?


In Cozumel, many cruisers chose to take the jungle jeep safari trip. This was a true adventure through the mud and mire into the remote jungle full of wildlife and tropical brush.


As usual, there was much to do on the ship for the nonpoker players. Every night, a Vegas-style show was offered and many nights featured an X-rated comedy show at midnight. There was dancing in many lounges, karaoke, ping pong, shuffleboard, bingo, a sushi bar, full casino, pools and Jacuzzis, games, trivia, and a Nautica spa for massage and general overall pampering to name a few of the activities. Camp Carnival counselors were available to entertain the children all day with scavenger hunts, pool games, crafts, movies, video games, and much, much more.




Drawing Dead: A Poker Cop ligaz11 Mystery



The three of us – LVPD Strip Detective Rook, “Red Penny,” Penelope Fallon, Chief of Casino Security and I, the Poker Cop – stand silently around the now empty Midnight Table, the scene of the crime.


The Stripper sent to find Mrs. Hadley, the shooter’s wife, returns alone. “No one in 13-125.” Rook is not surprised, “It’s Saturday night in Vegas. Mrs. Hadley could be anywhere. Put a message on her phone that says, “Call. Anytime. Important. Leave my number.”


Captain Video, Georgia Young, the Majestic’s Supervisor of Casino Surveillance arrives. “You have the murders on tape?” Rook asks. Captain Video says, “Yes,” and holds up a videocassette. “Poker Room Camera 7,” she points up towards the ceiling, “polar view of the Midnight Game.” Rook says, “OK, let’s look.”


The Captain walks to a wall-mounted TV/VCR and inserts the videocassette. “Time frame 12:30 a.m., the beginning of the hand, through 12:39 a.m., the end of the shooting.” She presses Play: We are looking down at the Midnight Game. Black and white. No sound. The Deal. Rook says, “Stop! Where’s Hadley?”


I put my finger on the screen: “Seat 8.”




“On Hadley’s right. Seat 7.”




“On Hadley’s left. Seat 9.”


“And you?”


I move my finger to the edge of the screen. “Off-camera to the right in between Seats 3 and 4.” Rook nods to the Captain. The tape rolls: Blinds In. The Deal. First Betting Round. The Flop. Second Betting Round. The Turn. Third ligaz11 Betting Round. The River. Hadley and Goldenberg in a raising war. The Guppy going all-in. Goldenberg showing down AK. The Guppy doing nothing. Donny pushing the pot. The Guppy pulling out the gun. The first round of the fight for the gun. Goldenberg shot. The second round. Patrick shot. Hadley turning the gun back toward Goldenberg. Hadley shot.


Rook asks Red Penny and me, “Anything else to add?” Red Penny shakes her head. I say nothing. Rook continues, “Unless and until other evidence comes to light, this is how I now see this crime. “First. The shooting of Judge Goldenberg is an obvious homicidal rage killing. Mr. Hadley probably wins everybody’s quarters in kitchen table poker. Thinks he’s a player. He gets here and learns different. Poker paranoia sets in, he goes out and buys a cheap no-ID number, Saturday Night Special behind some liquor store to defend himself against his imagined enemies. Tonight he loses his shirt, his reaction is violent and uncontrollable rage. He goes berserk, pulls out a gun, yells ‘Give me back my money!’ and shoots the poor guy who won it.


“Second. The shooting of Mr. Patrick by Hadley is clearly unintended collateral damage, Hadley’s reckless indifference to human life. Patrick was the Good Samaritan who forgot that no good deed goes unpunished.


“Third. The shooting of Hadley by ex-Detective Talbot is plainly justifiable homicide, the use of deadly force against a deadly attack. “Unless anyone,” Rook looks directly at me, “disagrees with my analysis this case is closed.” I say nothing. Rook leaves. Red Penny stays. I go to the bar and pour out two glasses of Jack Daniels. I offer one to Red Penny. When she refuses I pour one glass into the other. “This case,” I tell Red Penny, “is not closed.”


“Talbot,” says Red Penny, “it does the Majestic no good for you to push Detective Rook to continue this investigation.”


I answer, “Penelope, do you agree with Rook?”


She frowns, “His conclusion is right but his reasoning is all wrong. The only insanity here is to miss the point that the murder of Judge Goldenberg was not a ‘homicidal rage killing’ but a willful act of premeditated murder.”


I say nothing. She goes on. “Mr. Hadley, a visitor, obtains somewhere in this city an untraceable Saturday Night Special. That’s premeditation. Mr. Hadley then brings the weapon to the poker table, the legal equivalent of ‘lying in wait,’ for some player to beat him so he can use his weapon. That’s willful depravity. This was no rage killing. Rook is wrong.” Red Penny looks very pleased.


“No,” I shake my head. “I’m still sober enough to know that both you and Rook have the shooting all wrong.”


Red Penny looks pointedly at the Jack Daniels and then back at me. I ignore the wordless suggestion. “I don’t think we know why Mr. Hadley shot the Judge.


Clearly believing that I am talking 86 Proof logic Red Penny decides to humor me, “And on what do you base this strange idea? We all saw the tape. Hadley losing. Hadley shooting. Hadley getting shot. As much as I hate to quote from the great “Sherlock” Rook: ‘Case closed.'”


“No, I’m sorry. It’s not. You’ve missed something, Penelope.”


Red Penny becomes quietly furious. “And what is it,” she asks sarcastically, “that you, the great detective Talbot, know that I don’t?”


“I, Penelope, know how to play Texas Hold’em Poker.”


The furious Red Penny had been replaced by the curious Red Penny. I pour her a drink which she takes. “Penelope, have you every played Texas Hold’em Poker?”


“No. I don’t play strip poker either.”


“Too bad,” I tell her, “there’s plenty of good poker on the Strip.” I get an icy look. “You know what hand beats what hand?” She nods and I begin: “The easiest way I can explain Texas Hold’em is that each player gets dealt two cards face down. “Five community cards, The Board, are dealt face up. To win you have to make the highest poker hand out of your two cards and three Board cards.”




I walk over to the Midnight Table. Take a new deck from the dealer’s box and begin to look for cards. “These are the five community cards dealt in the Guppy’s game:


Jack  Ten  King  Ten  King


“You sat in on Rook’s interviews with the players. Right?” She nods “Yes.””Did Rook ever ask the two players that were left in the last betting round what cards they had?”


She thinks, shakes her head, “No.”


“I did.”


I deal out two cards under the community cards. “The Lady in Red had A Q.” I then push down the J T K . “Put them together…”


“She had a Straight.”


“Right. She had the nut straight on the flop. Her hand got counterfeited, became less than the best later on, and she folded. I deal out another two cards under the community cards. The Rocket Man had A J. I push down the T K. “Four hearts are?”


“A failed flush. He folded when he failed to make his hand.”


“We call it a busted flush but again you’re right.”


I deal out a third hand under the community cards. “We know The Judge had A K .” I push down T K T K


“A Full House. Which was the winning hand.”


“No,” I tell her.




“You haven’t seen Mr. Hadley’s hand.” I nod to the Guppy’s bloodstained cards still face down on the table. “His cards are right where he left them. Go look.” Red Penny does not like playing games. She glares at me. I nod again at the cards. She walks to Seat 8 and flips over Hadley’s hand.


T T.


She blinks, stares, starts to say something, stops. I wait while she does the poker math.


Two tens + Two tens…


“Hadley had Four Of A Kind? That’s…”


I complete her sentence, “The Nuts. The Act of God. The Immortal.”


“And Judge Goldenberg…”


“Was drawing dead, betting, raising, and re-raising on a hand that could not win. That cost him his life.”


Red Penny says, “I’m not sure I understand any of this.”


I answer, “Me neither. We only have these facts to go on. Scott Hadley bet a quarter of a million dollars on a poker hand he never looked at until…”


“Someone else was declared the winner.”


“And when he did finally look at his cards…”


“He knew he had won.”


“But instead of turning over his winning hand…”


“He started a fatal shootout.”


“Which tells us this crime cannot be explained either by Rook’s “insane revenge” solution or your “premeditated murder” solution. It’s…something else…something…”


Red Penny finds the word before I do, “Mysterious.”




CBS’ 60 Minutes Focuses on Net Gambling

This Sunday night CBS’ 60 Minutes featured a segment on Internet gambling, focusing on the legal battles of Jay Cohen, founder of World Sports Exchange (, an online sportsbook. The segment, hosted by Morley Safer, portrayed World Sports Exchange as a legitimate offshore business run by former New York stock traders who find themselves at odds with outdated US law.


Two years ago Cohen and his business partners at WSEX, Haden Ware and Steve Schillinger, were charged by the US government with taking sports wagers by phone and over the Internet, in violation of the Wire Act. Cohen returned to the US to stand trial and was convicted by a New York jury. He was fined $5,000 and sentenced to 21 months in prison.


Cohen is currently free on bail, pending appeal. Ware and Schillinger continue to operate the business from Antigua, fugitives from American justice.


Safer described World Sports Exchange as the “Internet’s most popular and profitable online gambling site.” Although numbers were not revealed, Safer said that WSEX “makes multi-millions.”


With the Super Bowl just around the corner, this timely broadcast could make WSEX even more money.


Almost $400 billion dollars a year is bet on sports, most of it illegally. According to Safer, “on any given Sunday during football season World Sports will get in the neighborhood of 20,000 bets ranging from $10 a pop to $20,000.”


“Gambling exists,” said Ware. “It’s either going to be with a legitimate daftar disini business like ours or it’s going to go underground to the bookies in the bars, and we think this is a better way to do it.”


“Antigua doesn’t see us as criminals. We’re licensed and regulated by them to do what we do…. In Antigua I’m not a criminal…. I’m only a criminal to a bunch of fat cats in Washington.”


Safer asked why Cohen returned to the US, knowing he would be arrested. “He wanted to prove a point and we were not going to close up shop on something we really believed in with all our hearts,” said Cohen’s business partner, well-tanned from 4 years of Antiguan sun.


Cohen’s lawyer says that the Wire Act, passed in the 1960s, does not apply since the Act was written before the Internet even existed.


Senator Jon Kyl, who supports outlawing all Internet gambling, had this to say: “Mr. Cohen’s attorney said that this should be a test case. Well, the jury convicted him. And so presumably the test has [been] answered. The law prohibits him from placing a sports bet either electronically through a telephone or electronically through a computer.”


As for prohibiting Internet gambling, Cohen’s lawyer said, “the only way you’re going to enforce it is if you penalize the citizens who access the Internet for those purposes.” Safer: “There aren’t enough cops to do it are there?” “You’re right. There aren’t enough cops to do it.”


It appears that the case will ultimately be decided by the US Supreme Court. Cohen’s appeal is expected to be heard next year.…

The Ultimate Guide To Winning A Steady Stream Of Income At The Internet Casinos

“You can win cash for cars, vacations and more every month, betting as little as $1 or $2 per hand.” As far as pitches go that one is pretty direct and to the point.

So the question I asked myself when I looked at this book is “what is this guy selling?” And in a nutshell it boils down to this: Blackjack basic strategy + betting rules + money management = the best chance of success. Following his simple approach author Dennis Spivak believes that the player can predictably and consistently win. “Let me tell you,” he says, “it’s utopia on the internet.”

Okay, hyperbole aside, his basic advice is pretty sound. Savvy players on and off the internet know that Blackjack is one of the few casino games where skilled players can minimize their loss expectation. And money management is essential to any player’s game strategy. As to the betting rules … well let’s have a look at the book first.

After a long and somewhat repetitious introduction and preamble the meat of Spivak’s text, his Chart, appears on page 34. It is a novel reworking of a standard Basic Strategy chart for a Multiple Deck game. What he adds to the mix is a lot of arm-twisting.

“When you stop thinking and start referring to the Chart … you’ll play a more relaxed, fundamentally sound game” he says, and “Never play hunches … Believe in the Chart”. For emphasis he adds the old saw “ours is not to reason why, ours is just to do or die.” Okay, okay, we’re getting the point: Chart good, everything else bad. Fair enough, let’s move on.

After some excellent suggestions about which Blackjack games to play –namely those where the dealer Stands on any 17 and where Double is permitted after a Split– we’re introduced to his betting strategies in Part IV.

Spivak presents a structured approach to betting that is based on (a) an “Opening Bet”, say $1 or $2, and that all subsequent bets are derived from it and (b) his stated goal which is to “minimize losses and conserve wins”. So far so good.

However, it’s in the details that I start to lose Mr. Spivak. For instance, assuming your Opening Bet was $2, he says “always log off once you are up by $2”. Say what? Sure enough, the details of his “Conservative” and “Traditional” betting strategies repeat and make a specific point of this.

In attempting to make sense of this advice I think I’ve gleaned the following: By “log off” Spivak means just that. Once you’ve logged off it’s apparently fine to log right back on again. In his words “log on and off frequently.” You’re supposed to ensure that when you do log back on you’re not “in the same spot where you previously left off”. It’s better to play games that assign you a random number as identification because then you know that the 789bet game hasn’t identified you as the same person you were in the previous game.

As far as I can tell what Spivak is saying is that it makes some difference to your final results whether the game software knows what you’ve won before within a given play session. To that I can only say this: if your results in a given hand are effected by hands you’ve already played they you’re playing a rigged game, plain and simple. Furthermore, if the casino wants to cheat you, logging off and on again isn’t going to make a big difference.

One could interject here that a hand’s results could be effected by the remaining cards in the shoe but Spivak himself makes reference to “the shuffle factor” meaning the programmed rule that online Blackjack decks are effectively reshuffled after each hand. He quite rightly points to this as the fact that renders card-counting at online Blackjack pointless. Spivak’s advice regarding log-offs baffles me because elsewhere he states that at “virtually every online casino they [the games] are programmed to be fair and … ultimately will be truly random.” I agree, but how then can logging off and then back on in any way effect a player’s results? Either the games are fair or not.

Since further explanation of this log-on-log-off betting approach is not given we’ll leave the subject as it stands. Needless to say I am soundly unconvinced.

The section concludes with some good advice on money management, specifically on establishing your bankroll. Simply put he advocates that the player have 50-times their Opening Bet in the pocket when they begin play. This is well within the common advice on this point widely given elsewhere.

There are other tidbits of advice that Spivak gives that I find puzzling though perhaps less troubling than the log-offs. Regarding Surrender, for instance, he says “I don’t like the option and I never consider it ….” Okay, that may be his preference but game analysis has shown that Surrender can give the player a slight edge so why disregard it so out of hand especially since, as he so often repeats throughout the text, “it’s all about winning”.

Around the middle of the book Spivak offers some math explaining how you’ll win 80% of the time and so on but … well, you decide for yourself. I’ve tried their Chart and their betting strategy and I sure as hell didn’t win 80% of the time. More like 1/2 that but perhaps my problem is that, as they warn, “until you totally accept the concepts … you may very well lose money.” So far he’s right about that.

The books wraps up with a 58 point summary including the mantra “Follow the Chart”. Right, we’re with you on that point. Finally there come a number of quotes offered by Chip the Cow, “team mascot, lucky charm, four leaf clover, and wheel of fortune all wrapped into one loveable bovine”. These pearls appear under the heading “Chip Sez”.

Okay, well at this point Max Sez: I’m outta here!…

Breakthrough in Internet Gaming System Tests Situs Judi Slot Online Terpercaya

BMM International – Independent testing agency, BMM International, has advised that Internet gaming systems can be effectively tested and validated for security, fraud and the highest standards of industry regulation.

“Comprehensive measures are currently in place to allow thorough testing of Internet gaming systems,” said James Sargeant, Senior Consultant, BMM International Pty Ltd. “As long as we are able to pre-empt or respond to technology advances and work with the industry, we can offer a reliable certification of the various online gambling systems available.”

Sargeant explained the requirement for compliance testing of Internet gaming systems and the wide range of issues that need to be considered as part of an invitation to present at the annual meeting of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR), held in London in late January.

“Production servers, payment gateways, call centers, and a host of other operational mediums can be checked to ensure that they comply with relevant laws, standards and specific technical requirements of a jurisdiction,” he said. “It is important to bear in mind that the Internet is only a transport mechanism and cannot be tested.”

The primary objective of subjecting an Internet Situs Judi Slot Online Terpercaya gaming system to compliance testing is to establish whether it qualifies for approval by a jurisdiction that requires compliance to specific technical standards. Spin-off effects are often just as attractive.

“There are often dramatic improvements in system reliability and security, and additional trust marks can be added to the site for marketing purposes,” explained Sargeant.

From the regulatory and operator perspective, audit controls can be used to identify unauthorized changes to the system, and verification tools can prove if a system has been modified by licensees. Clearly, full commitment to the compliance testing process must be forthcoming from all stakeholder groups – suppliers, operators, external testers, and the regulator.

“As the technology is moving so fast, innovations will appear that were not considered when the technical standards were drafted. The regulator, often after consultation with experts like BMM, will have to arbitrate on whether the innovation is acceptable, and whether or not some additional controls are required,” he said.

External testing often highlights problems which come about because of the hostile and uncontrolled nature of the real-world Internet.

For instance, developers typically use high-end workstations to develop the software and many suppliers test their software using similar high-end systems over high-speed networks. However, the systems that are used by players to play the games are not necessarily so powerful or pristine, and they are rarely connected with high speed/low delay links.

Discrepancy in system configuration and performance will often cause a game that works well in the supplier’s laboratory to fail when it comes to real-world testing.

Further, many of the systems submitted for testing have incomplete or incorrect documentation. This is not particularly surprising given the rapid development processes used by suppliers in order to get their product to the marketplace quickly.

“At the end of the day, the independent testing process aims to ensure that the online experience offered is fair, safe, secure, and entertaining, which is to everybody’s advantage,” summarized Sargeant.…

Denmark: Where Pokergirl is a Guy

It was the night before the main event of the 2004 World Series of Poker, and 50 or so European poker players had gathered in a Downtown Las Vegas bar. Most of the players had never met, but the chatter soon became brisk. Although they had never met in person, this crew had logged many hours against each other over the Internet, and putting faces to screen names was like fitting pieces into a puzzle. There seemed to be one player in particular whom everybody was eager to meet. “Which one’s Pokergirl?” shouted someone from a corner of the room. “Is it true she’s a man?” asked another. “Have you seen Pokergirl yet?” wondered someone else. Everybody, it seemed, was curious about Pokergirl. No one had ever seen this player — yet.

Morten Erlandsen with his wife, Rebecca

I was as excited as anyone. Although I hadn’t played much poker on Ladbrokes at the time, I’d done a lot of watching, and I’d watched when Ladbrokes casino opened up its online poker room and immediately carved out a niche for itself by offering the highest-stakes games on the Internet. No-limit hold’em was where the money really moved, and by 2004, the big game was $25-$50 blinds with a $5,000 buy-in. In this game, it would be not uncommon to win $100,000 in a week, and not impossible to win that much in one night. The biggest games on the Internet are not the biggest poker games in the world — yet. But they are big, all right, and those who stake their claims to those dollars are the cream of the crop. And on Ladbrokes, every time a big no-limit hold’em game was going on, Pokergirl was in the middle of it — with all the money.

Morten Erlandsen

I imagined a tiger. I imagined Doyle Brunson with fangs for teeth sitting in a Star Trek commander’s chair in front of a big-screen TV with a remote control mouse strapped on his wrist. I imagined a 700-pound gorilla chained to the floor, being fed scraps of metal while banging on a keyboard. I imagined all of those things, so in the end, I was a bit surprised to shake the hand of an easy-going Dane with blonde hair, a bright smile, and a hearty laugh. I was shaking the hand of 33-year-old Morten Erlandsen, one of the most feared and successful gamblers in all of cyberspace, the man known as Pokergirl.

There’s a simple explanation for Erlandsen’s screen name, actually. Originally, it was his mother’s account. Both of Erlandsen’s parents are proficient games players. Morten’s father is a billiards player, one of the best in Denmark when he was young, and his mother is an expert bridge player. “In the beginning, she was worried about me,” Morten said of his mom, “but now she thinks it’s great, as she can see how much money I have made. But she is still like a mother.”

The first time Morten Erlandsen ever played a hand of poker was in the year 2000, when he was 29 years old. It was at the Casino Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he had come to play blackjack. Morten was no mug at blackjack; he had picked up some books when passing through Las Vegas on a family trip to the Western United States some years before, and had taught himself how to count cards. On a break from blackjack one night, Morten impulsively sat down in a seven-card stud game. He was hooked.

Soon thereafter, Morten heard about Internet poker. “I started playing $2-$4 stud at ParadisePoker,” he said, “and slowly moved my way up. I played stud for about one year there, only seven-card stud, and then I switched to Ladbrokes.” Morten was at Ladbrokes poker when it launched in 2002, and continued his stud game. “I still played stud at Ladbrokes. I moved from $5-$10 to $50-$100, and then I switched to no-limit hold’em. It was because the stud games died that I had to switch.” Morten went back to the beginning, starting at $2-$4 no-limit hold’em and working his way up. “I lost the first week or so, and then I moved up fast — $4-$8, $5-$10, and then higher.” It’s been two years now that Morten has been playing no-limit hold’em, and his rise has been nothing short of meteoric. More about Situs Poker Online Pkv Games


From left to right, three of the most successful Scandinavian players — Per Werner Svensson, Johnnie Backman, and Morten ErlandsenAs for why he has been so successful, Morten puts a lot of it down to hard work. “I think I was very serious about the game,” he said, “and always noticed the other players.” Mostly, he just sat in his house and learned by himself. “In the beginning, I was lying on a little mattress in my office, and I didn’t come out very often,” he laughed. “I spent almost six months just living in my little room by myself!” During that period of almost constant play, Morten logged some marathon sessions, once playing for 46 hours straight. “I almost won all of my money back!” He giggled at the memory.

Erlandsen is one of the growing group of young Scandinavian players who are ruling the Internet, and he believes it’s no coincidence. “I think it’s the nature of the Scandinavians that they want to learn the game,” he offered. “They are more serious. They don’t want to gamble, they want to make money. So, they really study the game, and as a result, they’ve learned faster.”


Asked about the differences between live play and the Internet, Morten commented, “It is different, but I think it’s overrated. It’s not a lot different. You can still use all the stuff you know about odds and probabilities, but of course there are some elements to live play that you need to practice.” Erlandsen believes the Internet is the best place to learn poker, because there you first acquire all of the theoretical knowledge. “The live players think they have a big edge, but maybe it’s not so much.” It’s not when they’re up against Pokergirl.



“Pokergirl” playing in his first World Series of Poker

The big jump for Morten was this past May, when he journeyed to Las Vegas to play in the World Series of Poker. He didn’t fare too well in his first chance at the big dance, being knocked out on the first day, but he managed to make it a successful trip by virtue of his bread and butter, the cash games. He got so involved, in fact, that he missed his flight home! “I missed my plane because I was drunk,” he said, “but the day after I missed my plane, I went to Bellagio and won a $20,000 pot!” Playing in the WSOP was a very big experience for Erlandsen, and it fits in with his goal to play more tournaments from now on. “My game is still cash games, but my tournament play has improved a lot.” Morten has recently won several tournaments online, including one that qualified him for the upcoming Ladbrokes Poker Million, although he confesses to being the underdog there. “I think I will be nervous. I’ve never played with all of those cameras. The people who have tried that before may have an advantage.”


It’s tough getting the smile off Morten Erlandsen’s face these days, but that’s not just because of poker. Morten recently married his longtime girlfriend, Rebecca, and the couple is expecting a baby in June. He had to cut our conversation short, as obligations were pressing. “We’re going to see a movie,” he said, “a Danish movie. So, I will pass up the chance to make $10,000,” he laughed. “Now, I play poker only when I have time. There’s no schedule here!” Isn’t that the dream? For a man who never used to leave the house, life is looking up. And from the top of the poker world, it’s a pretty nice view.…

Win at Pai Gow Judi Slot Online Poker

Many online poker games are variations of Five Card Stud, and Pai Gow poker is no exception. Pai Gow was originally a tile game, but is played with cards at Internet casinos and in Las Vegas. The house and the player are each dealt seven cards, and the object of the game is to split the seven cards into the best five-card hand (sometimes called the high, or back, hand) and best two-card hand (the low, or front, hand).


Both five-card hands and both two-card hands are compared to one another, and the player wins if both hands are better than the house’s hands. The game is a tie if the player and the house each have a winning hand; two losing hands for the player means the house wins. In the event of a tie, the bet is pushed.


Pai Gow has a few unique rules that differentiates it from other types of poker. Here are some of the more important ones:


Pai Gow uses a standard 52-card deck plus a joker, which acts as the fifth card to complete a Straight, a Flush, a Straight Flush, or a Royal Flush. The joker is counted as an Ace if there is no Straight or Flush.

The house charges a 5% commission on outright wins; there is no commission on losing hands or a tie.

Players cannot act as the banker like they can in the land-based version of the game (with one exception that will be discussed below).

The five-card hand must rank higher than the two-card hand.

Hands in Pai Gow are ranked the same way they are in Five Card Stud except that an A-2-3-4-5 Straight is the second highest, followed by K-Q-J-10-9.

Strategy for online Pai Gow is a little different than for the land-based game, primarily because players do not have the option of acting as the banker. Regardless, this simplified Pai Gow strategy table will work for all online versions:


The two hands in Pai Gow lead to many different card combinations and as a result, a wide range of odds. But assuming a single-player game where only the house acts as banker, the general odds are as follows:


That means it’s easy to play Pai Gow for a long time with a little money because the tie occurs so often. The odds that both five-card hands will be the same as one another is 2.55%, and the probability that the two-card hands will be the same is 0.32%.


According to the Wizard of Odds, the house edge in Pai Gow is 2.86%. The only exception to this is at Unified Gaming casinos, which allow the player to act as banker on alternating hands. This drops the house edge to 1.46%.


All of the major casino software manufacturers offer Pai Gow Poker, but it isn’t available at every casino. Here are a few sites that do offer Pai Gow: InterCasino, Kiwi Casino, Cherry Casino.


Boss Media Signs Contract with Bet365


VAXJO, Sweden — Boss Media has signed a contract with the company bet365 Limited ( The company is the Internet and telephone- betting division of bet365 Group Limited, a bookmaker with many years of experience in the highly regulated U.K. gaming environment.


The system will be delivered with three different language versions, Spanish, English and Cantonese. Bet365 will also use its own Judi Slot Online payment system and player support, since the casino system will be integrated with the company’s sportsbook.


Peter Bertilsson, CEO and President of Boss Media, said: “This is another contract with a big sportsbook operator. We’ve seen high demand from these operators to add an Internet casino to their sportsbook, since the conversion rate of players is high,” added Mr. Bertilsson.


John Coates, Chief Executive of bet365 Group Limited said: “We are delighted to sign this deal with Boss Media and we are looking forward to making this excellent product available to all our sportsbook customers.”


Bet365 Group Limited is one of the U.K.’s largest independent betting and gaming groups. Bet365 operates a 24-hour a day international call center and Internet sportsbook for clients from over 100 countries. The group also operates the Provincial bet365 chain of licensed betting shops.


Bet365 recently announced that it had entered into a long-term exclusive agreement with Premium TV to provide a fixed odds betting product and casino service across PTV’s platform of 78 official football club websites.


Examples of sportsbook operators which Boss Media has in its portfolio include Victor Chandler Group, PLC – the largest Internet sportsbook – and now also bet365 Limited.


The Boss Media Group is one of the world’s leading suppliers of digitally distributed gaming entertainment. Potential licensees are offered a customized client-server system, an integrated payment system and the maintenance and administration services necessary for the successful operation of the licensed gaming system. Boss Media AB (publ) is a publicly traded company listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange’s O-list (Attract 40). More information about Boss Media can be viewed on the company’s website




Data HkGambling Banner Exchange: Gamble Picks Banner Exchange



Traffic is little better than some that have been classified as neutral… but it seems okay otherwise. Will watch traffic.


Update: Traffic not improving. Drops into Neutral category.


Gambling Banner Exchange: Super Bet Exchange

I don’t think I’ve had any traffic coming from here, besides which the predominant banner I see is the Silver Dollar Casino, almost never anything else but the occasional Las Vegas Club banner. Will stay in Neutral based on poor traffic, will re-evaluate at a later date.


Gambling Banner Exchange: Gambler Zone

Kind of a new one, it appears – a few click-thrus merit watching a bit longer – biggest problem is it appears to be mostly sport oriented, perhaps tied to another exchange. Will watch a bit longer.


Update: Data HkSport banners disappeared, owner appears to be willing to target his traffic more accurately. Merits watching a bit longer.


Gambling Banner Exchange: Casino Swap

Looks real new. Let’s see what happens.


Update: Not a whole lot of impressions. I only see Casino Swap banners on my page, but fortunately I have seen my own banner elsewhere so will give it the benefit of the doubt for a while longer.


Not Recommended:


Gambling Banner Exchange/Group: Bet Exchange Network/Bet Central


One of the most absurd claims I have ever seen since I started cruising the Gambling on Net scene was, and I quote from the main page:


Gambling Banner Exchange: Betting Banners

I still have yet to receive a response from this exchange after more than a week. Not only that, but EVERY site that runs this network is getting ripped off, because the only ad being displayed anywhere is Betting Banner’s own. And I mean MANY sites. If you joined this exchange, take it down. If you haven’t yet, don’t bother.


Update – After scanning the membership registry, I find that most other sites have discovered what I have – this network appears to no longer be supported.


Gambling Banner Exchange: Ultimate Gambling Banner Exchange

Four days and no answer… and counting. And mostly what I see is UGD’s own banner, though today I noticed a new one come online. Let’s wait a few more days and see… perhaps the wait will be worth it.


Update: Well whaddya know… I’m online – but seems very few exposures so far – have no way to know when I became live, so will watch this one for a few days longer.


Update 2: As of today (Saturday), 245 exposures earned (no bonuses), but only 34 displayed. Seems like it was 34 the last time I looked 2 days ago. Monday a decision will be made.


Update 3: Today – Sunday – 34 impressions – still – makes me think I am the only remaining member of the exchange…


Update 4: No answer – and still 34 impressions. No traffic either, so best to put it here in Not Recommended until I hear something new – right now I am not in the least impressed.


Update 5: Well, at least it shows the correct number of impressions now. But I expect support to respond as well.…