Get Better At Blackjack With These Tips

Along with poker, blackjack is one of the most popular card games in the world. You can visit every casino in the world, and they will all have at least one blackjack table. Like any card game, to win at blackjack requires an incredible amount of luck. However, some scientific methods and strategies may increase one’s chances. Let’s look at some of them.

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Split 8s: Blackjack experts also recommend splitting two 8s first because we all know 16 to be the absolute worst hand in blackjack. Splitting the 8s creates a bigger chance of getting a better hand than 16. It also means there is a bigger chance of getting to 21.

Don’t split 10s: As opposed to 16, 20 is one of the best-valued hands you can have. The only way the dealer can win is if he gets 21. As far as odds go, the game is yours. Splitting 10s lowers your odds of winning dramatically than if you keep both 10s.

Time the double down: There’s a rule that states when you get a count of 11, and the dealer has a 10 or an ace, double down. And the pattern continues downward. If you get a 10 and the dealer has a 9 or less, double down. If you get a 9 and the dealer has an 8 or less, double down. Always remember this tip.

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Little-Known Casino Facts To Impress Your Friends

Living in Las Vegas has been such a treat. You never run out of things to do. Now while Las Vegas is known for many things, its most popular attractions are the casinos. Many of these casinos have been part of the city from the establishment of gambling back in the early 20th century. Let’s take a look at some more of the amusing little-known facts on casinos that you can impress your friends with at parties.

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  • Some of the earliest forms of casinos date back as early as 2300 B.C. People in China gambled with ancient dice and sticks. It was believed that the seemingly random results were actually the will of the gods.
  • There is an island near Norway called Hisingen. Today, it is under Swedish rule. The story goes that back in 100 A.D., the kings of Sweden and Norway got together to gamble. The King of Sweden rolled back-to-back pairs of six. The bet was Hisingen.
  • While ancient forms of casinos were from China, the first legitimate casino was built in 1638 in Venice, Italy by the renowned romantic, Casanova. In fact, the word casino is a derivative of the Italian word “casa” meaning “summerhouse” or “place of pleasure.”


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Why Texas Hold’Em Poker Is So Popular

Why Texas Hold’Em Poker Is So Popular

Texas Hold’em or no-limit Hold’em is the go-to card game for many people, most of whom might not even be familiar with the variations. This is mainly because it provides for a wide array of information-acquisition and gameplay strategies that would give any skilled player the edge. In short, it requires a mastery of a depth of skills that is not seen in most other card games.

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A lot of card games outside poker are pretty straightforward; knowing when to call, raise, or fold is not based on strategy and calculation, but on pure intuition and luck. Again, there’s very little “tell” to work with and plan your strategy.

Hold’em is like a chess game, involving the reading of opponents for physical signs on the strength or weakness of their hands, their tendencies, and gameplay approach. It’s especially challenging to see how they react per betting round, as new cards are revealed. The amount of chips on their stack can be a deciding factor as well on whether opponents play more aggressively or not.

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Gathering information and using these to your advantage is what makes Texas Hold’em so appealing to many. As the rounds progress, your get to read into a narrowed list of what possible hands your opponents may have, and experienced players can more often call bets based on these filtered evaluations. Figuring things out is not an aspect of guessing, but of careful observation. The bottom line is, Texas Hold’em requires mastery of a lot of skills to both take advantage of great hands and minimize losses when you miss.

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What are the most popular items people collect?

I know this may sound odd for a person my age, but I am a postage stamp collector. When I was young, I saw my dad’s collection, and I wanted to have my own. Since then, he showed me where and how to build my own. As I met with other collectors, I realized that there are also other items worth treasuring. Below are some of the most popular objects people collect:

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Comic books: Comic books, especially before the days of digital printing, took a lot of effort to produce. Each panel takes hours and even days to be completed. Each detail has to look good for the pleasure of readers. Vintage comic books can cost thousands of dollars especially if the quality has been maintained. Some people search and buy for vintage comic books as they would classic paintings.

Toys: Toys are very popular among collectors. Dolls, robots, action figures, happy meal toys, and die-cast model cars are some of the most common items among collectors. I once saw an X-men action figure collection, and I was surprised to learn that some of the pieces from the collection were from the ’80s. I also saw a friend’s Barbie collection with pieces from the ’60s. These toys are not just playthings but cultural icons worth thousands of dollars.

Coins: Lots of people collect coins because the even the devalued ones provide a glimpse into a nation’s history. I have an uncle who has a coin collection featuring the coins from each country he visits. So far, he has been to 50 countries, and his display already looks impressive. I also saw an exhibit featuring coins from the 1930s. Coins may be small, but these pieces show people how the evolution of economy and culture through the years.

Becoming a collector can be rewarding. There’s a thrill to searching and acquiring items. The hobby is also an excellent way to meet like-minded people.

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Three of the best casinos in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is known as “America’s Playground,” and rightly so. Weekenders and vacationers alike visit Vegas for one reason: to enjoy. By far, the most popular activity is gambling. If you’re planning to head to Vegas, here are three of the best casinos you can find:

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Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino

The casino is open 24 hours a day, offering an amazing all-day ancient Roman experience. Play poker, slots, and table games and watch boxing and races while enjoying a cocktail at the bar.

Location: 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S. Las Vegas, NV, USA

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

Famous for its hosting of the historic Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, the MGM Grand offers a larger than life experience: play black jack, roulette, craps and more.

Location: 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S Las Vegas, NV, USA

Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino

The Golden Nugget is one of the oldest hotels in downtown Las Vegas, but that doesn’t mean you’re not going to have fun there. They have classic table games, countless slot machines, and they also have a fun arcade, perfect for the whole family. They can also connect guests with at least three golf courses.

Location: 129 E. Fremont St. Las Vegas, NV, USA

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The Early History Of Our Beloved Rebels

It was on September 14, 1968 that Nevada Southern University started their football program with a Division II team. It was also decided that Bill Ireland would be the first coach of this newly-formed group.

The Rebels’ very first game saw them winning against St. Mary’s Gaels in front of 8,000 fans in a packed and roaring Cashman Field. The score was 27-20. The Rebels had a highly successful inaugural season, winning every game until their last one against Carl Lutheran Kingsmen, which they lost 17-13. They ended their first season with an 8-1 record.

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The succeeding season saw the Rebels opening against their in-state foes the Nevada Wolf Pack. They lost that game 30-28. They would beat their rivals the following year.

It wasn’t until 1971 though that the Rebels went up against a Division I school in Utah State of the PCAA. They were beaten resoundingly by a more mature squad 27-7. That same year, the Rebels moved to Las Vegas Stadium and christened their new home with a game against Weber State, which they lost.

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The 1972 season was a dismal one for the Rebels, with them ending with a very disappointing 1-10 record. Bill Ireland was let go after that.

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Why College Football Matters So Much To America

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It could be easy to understand why other countries are mad over soccer. Yanks are just as crazy over its version of football, and college football is one area that receives much love and adulation from hordes of sports fans.

But why does college football matters to America? Here are some reasons why, according to Saturday Blitz.

It’s innocent

The players are young, they play for glory and not money, and they give the game their all. There’s no threat of trades and less-than-desired salary here, and each player stands out in pride seeing their school and families cheer for them and the game.

It has the best traditions

Whether it’s the angry bison storming the field before Colorado games, Alabama fans sporting houndstooth everything to honor its legendary coach Bear Bryant, or the Rebels themselves giving it their all for the UNLV community, the fight songs, colors, and cheers (and jeers) are a total exercise in school and local pride.

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ESPN Game Day

It’s an iconic program like this that sets the sport apart.

Another truth is that even if people are from different races, neighborhoods, politics, or career, the differences somehow don’t matter on game day. Football and its traditions prove to be so compelling that strangers can discuss it with old friends, and even people who aren’t so into it respect what it’s all about.

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The Basics Of Betting Odds

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Betting odds are represented by X and Y, which are both numbers. Most often, the word to is represented by slashes or hyphens or colons. So when people say 5/2, that’s the same as saying “five to two”. Let’s take a closer look at the basics then, shall we?

Odds against refers to situations wherein the chances that something will not happen is higher than the chances that it will happen. For example, if the odds are five to two, or 5/2, or 5/2 against, then in gambling the amount the gambler will win will be bigger than the amount that was bet.

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Odds on is the opposite of odds against. Sometimes it’s written with the smaller number first, but more often, it’s used with the word on. So if it’s “4/2 on”, then it’s been determined that something is twice as likely to happen. There is still a profit for the gambler if he or she wins.

Even odds basically means that the chances for something to happen is the same as the chances of it not happening. It’s what is most commonly referred to as a 50-50 chance. The best example for this is a coin toss, wherein people guess on heads or tails. In the gambling context, people who win in an even odds bet double their stake.

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Tony Sanchez, Rebels Coach

The UNLV rebels have been surrounded by a considerable amount of fanfare. With the promising players that they have at the moment, it’s easy to overlook the other good things going for the team. Once one gets over the recent acquisition of three-star quarterback Griffin O’Connor, the attention goes back to one of the team’s pillars, coach Tony Sanchez.

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Shortly after his stint, he became an undergraduate assistant for the same university. Jumping from one football organization to another, he finally became a head coach for California High School in San Ramon, California, a team which ESPN pegged for doormat status, until Sanchez orchestrated them to contention in the North Coast Section finals.

This caught the attention of UNLV in 2014, as he was unanimously given the thumbs up by the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents as the next head coach of the squad. Now he’s signed with Vegas until 2021.

The future looks promising for UNLV with Tony Sanchez at the helm. With the amount of trust that is most obvious here, his story will be a good thing to watch in the coming years.

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Responsible Gambling: It’s Only a Game

Some people have gotten into serious debts, and their lives rocked because of gambling. The urge to win along with nearly-won losses and a sense of control like spinning a wheel or throwing a pair of dice push gamblers to keep trying regardless of their situations.

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Gambling is not necessarily bad. It’s hardly a way to make money though since most people lose and the probability of winning is far less than losing. Casinos earn truckloads of money when more people come to play and then lose. A few will win though. A few.

Players need to set a budget whenever they enter gambling halls with money they can actually afford to lose. This money is extra after paying taxes, bills, school fees, and rent and after food for the family has been secured. That budget has to be set and strictly followed.

Gamblers need to watch themselves. If more and more time is being spent playing with bets getting larger and larger, that’s a clear sign of being out of control especially after suffering a loss.

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It’s common to want to chase a loss especially with close wins like getting two sevens and a pesky cherry. High stakes poker and feeling the next hand will be lucky? That’s common and such losses should never be chased. The set budget should be followed with its loss signaling the time to head home. Perhaps after a drink.

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