What should you say to a blackjack player who splits 10s?

For another, David says the gentleman bet only $10 or $15, far less than a back counter would put up.

Mark Gruetze is administrative editor for Trib Total Media. 25: $38.57 million, up from $33.61 million in comparable week last year.

The new player was promptly dealt two 10s, says David, who asks that his last name not be published because he works in finance and people might misconstrue where his gambling money comes from.

Statewide slot payout rate since July 1: 89.94 percent; for every $100 bet, machines return an average of $89.94

TribLive commenting policy. They are either approved or deleted. For one, a counter who splits 10s would not have hit again after drawing a small card. He then hit each at least twice, getting low cards each time.

In the long run, “bad” plays by others don’t affect the overall outcome of someone who follows basic strategy. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. They go on ad nauseam.

Rivers: 89.69 percent payout; weekly slot revenue $4.62 million, up from $4.35 million last year

“This is like the World Series of sports gambling,” Justin Green, 30, one of the four friends who won, told the Associated Press.

An email from David refers to the new player as a “gentleman” but notes parenthetically that the designation is “debatable” based on what happened next.

The other players, including David, lost their hands.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don’t want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

David raises a lot of questions, including one that most people would pose with considerably less restraint: “Would it have been prudent to advise him that his decision is the incorrect one and resulted negatively for the rest of us?”

Lady Luck Nemacolin: 90.21 percent payout; weekly revenue $522,399, up from $226,753

To the horror of David and others at the table, the new player split his 10s. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

Many players make an art form of reconstructing a hand after the deal. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. Another man had been playing two hands, and the onlooker persuaded him to give up the extra spot.

When I read David’s email, I thought the gentleman might have been a card counter who had been tracking the deck while not playing, a technique known as back-counting. The entry fee is $1,500; 1,403 teams and individuals took part. You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

Splitting face cards is almost always a horrible play, and anyone who does it without card-counting will lose money in the long run. Such players wait until the count is high — indicating a preponderance of face cards and Aces — before playing a hand. A few things we won’t tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. If you would have hit or stood, then he would have gotten this card and the dealer would have gotten that card. Perhaps I’m simply being a sore loser — can you blame me? — but how can anyone not be perturbed by something like that?”

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. It’s natural to fixate on the hands we lost because of someone else’s decision; instead, play your cards according to basic strategy and make a mental note of the times other people’s “bad” plays benefit you.

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I’ve been criticized roundly for making common basic-strategy plays, such as hitting my 12 against a dealer’s 3 or doubling my Ace-7 when the dealer had a 4 up. Just remember that you might sit down with someone worse.

The gentleman was putting up his own money, and he’s entitled to play however he wants, even if it’s stupid.

Everyone would have won if the new player had stood, David says.

“I wish that was the case,” he says. Don’t include URLs to Web sites.

We moderate comments. “At least I could understand that (play).”

While getting dealt two 10s on the first hand suggests the remaining deck might have been rich in face cards, several factors suggest the gentleman was not a counter. It’s no fun to be on the receiving end of criticism from strangers, regardless of whether they know what they’re talking about.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

High and low payout rates: 90.69 percent at Parx in Philadelphia; 89.16 percent at Penn National near Harrisburg

That’s a sure way to drain the fun out of a game.

If you find yourself at a table with someone who saps all the fun from your game because he doesn’t play the “right” way — or maybe he smokes all the time or she has on too much perfume — the best thing to do is leave.

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Statewide slot players’ loss for week ended Jan. He was having a good time playing blackjack at a $10 table when an onlooker talked his way into a seat. He can be reached at 412-320-7838 or players@tribweb.com.

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David’s email continues: “My question is, should the gentleman in question not stand with his 10s, or was he justified in splitting them up for a possible higher payout, had he won both his splits? My thought is that he was greedy, and his decision cost the rest of us. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments — either by the same reader or different readers.

Meadows: 89.98 percent; weekly revenue $3.58 million, up from $2.69 million

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. The winning team had a record of 64-20-1 and picked up the largest prize in the contest’s 11-year history.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. Conceivably, the player who gave up his spot might have been a partner who was saving a seat for the gentleman when the count skyrocketed.

Take a break, walk around the casino, find another table. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. But others at the table have no right to critique someone’s play unless he specifically asks their advice.

Presque Isle: 89.63 percent; weekly revenue $1.74 million, up from $1.53 million

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David was at his wit’s end. To avoid distracting other readers, we won’t publish comments that suggest a correction. Bush: “Wouldn’t be prudent.”

A team of four sports bettors won $736,575 in a pro-football handicapping contest at a Las Vegas sportsbook.

We do not edit comments. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

David, who says he follows basic strategy, briefly considered whether the gentleman was a counter who knew what he was doing.

The answer, in the words of Dana Carvey imitating President George H.W

Thousands arrested in Asia soccer gambling raids

Interpol said the operation, which ran from June 11 to July 11, was aimed at gambling linked to organised crime gangs. Interpol released July 16, 2010 this undated photo which shows cash and equipment that were seized in Hong Kong during an operation targeting illegal soccer gambling in Asia during the World Cup. Over 5,000 people were arrested and nearly $10 million was seized Interpol said on Friday. REUTERS/Interpol/Handout

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Interpol released July 16, 2010 this undated photo which shows cash and equipment that were seized in Hong Kong during an operation targeting illegal soccer gambling in Asia during the World Cup. Over 5,000 people were arrested and nearly $10 million was seized Interpol said on Friday. Interpol said the operation, which ran from June 11 to July 11, was aimed at gambling linked to organised crime gangs

Horse racing-New Zealand jockey charged with betting on rival horse

WELLINGTON Thu Aug 28, 2014 2:26am EDT

Local rules allow jockeys to bet on races they are involved in but only on the horse they are riding and Walker faces a lengthy ban, even perhaps for life, if found guilty.

“We therefore consider the continued participation of Mr Walker in racing prior to the hearing would pose an unacceptable risk to the image, interests and integrity of racing.” (Reporting by Nick Mulvenney in Sydney, editing by Greg Stutchbury)

WELLINGTON Aug 28 (Reuters) – New Zealand jockey David Walker has been charged with betting on a rival horse and restraining his own mount to ensure he won the wager in a race at Palmerston North two weeks ago.

The 38-year-old was riding “Watch Your Man” when it finished more than two-and-a-half lengths behind “St Ransom” at the race at the Awapuni course on Aug. 16.

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“The allegations before Mr Walker are serious and threaten the very fabric of thoroughbred racing,” he said.

RIU general manager Mike Godber has recommended to New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing that Walker’s racing licence be suspended pending the investigation.

“It is the Race Integrity Unit (RIU)’s contention that Mr Walker placed bets on another horse “St Ransom” and deliberately rode his horse to ensure his bets were successful,” the RIU said in a statement on Thursday.

List of Harlan Coben Books in Order

The book is due for release on September 9, 2014.

A superstar golfer, Linda Coldren’s son gets kidnapped right in the middle of the U.S. This is all it takes to make the investigation an extremely personal one for Myron, and he draws strength and takes all the help he can from his friends to track that rather elusive donor.

Promise Me

2006

Matt Hunter is an innocent bystander who attempts to break up a fight, but ends up being a killer himself. Years go by, with Will’s mother on her deathbed-her dying words? “He’s alive.” This is just the beginning, with Will unearthing many more shocking revelations about his brother and his entire family which includes him as well.

No Second Chance

2003

Kat Donovan is an NYPD detective who is suddenly taken back in time when she joins an online dating site, only to encounter her ex-fiancé, Jeff while browsing through it. So when she doesn’t come home one night, and for the next three months, only the worst can be assumed. Investigations get murky when Bolitar realizes that Valerie’s past reveals connections with politicos, a brutal murder, and some shocking cover-ups. Open. Now, as he comes out of jail trying to make a new start with his wife, he becomes the unwitting suspect in a string of crimes happening all around him.

The Woods

2007

Three characters are living a seemingly cherished existence, but upon deeper examination it is clear that these were not the lives they imagined to be living. The prime suspect? Duane Richwood, another hotshot player who also happens to be Myron Bolitar’s client. His crime-fighting escapades find the company of his best friend, Windsor Horne Lockwood III or “Win”, and Esperanza Diaz, Bolitar’s assistant.

The series has brought recognition and acclaim for Coben, and all of his three major awards have gone to books from the Myron Bolitar series.

Harlan Coben has written close to 30 books, in about as many years, all of which roughly belong to the crime fiction genre. David Beck’s wife, Elizabeth. Ken has disappeared, and the family believes he’s gone for good. Things get edgier as Bolitar realizes that someone powerful does not want him to get to the bottom of it all, and will stop at nothing to keep his secrets hidden.

Fade Away

1996

Myron wants to get away from everything after his latest adventure left him drained and a lot lonelier. With no one to turn to for help, Marc knows that he must race against time to save his daughter before it gets too late.

Just One Look

2004

This racy thriller has Myron looking for a missing player and former rival. As Myron zeros in on Lex, he comes face to face with his sister-in-law, Kitty, who along with Myron’s brother abandoned the Bolitar family long ago. As always, this is not so easy, as Brenda’s meteoric rise on the professional front seems to have a connection with the complete mess that is her personal life.

The Final Detail

1999

Myron travels to Paris to help an old friend solve the case of her daughter’s mysterious death, ten years ago. Furthermore, David also encounters solid evidence that his wife may not be actually dead after all.

Gone for Good

2002

Coben’s latest stand-alone offering, Missing You has all the ingredients of a classic page-turner.

It’s been six years since Jake watched the love of his life Natalie get married to someone else. This book, aimed at young adult readers traces Mickey’s journey right from his father’s death to his mother being sent to rehab, while he ends up living with his estranged uncle, Myron. Things go awry when Christian receives a phone call from a presumed-to-be-dead former girlfriend, stirring up a hornet’s nest full of intrigue and deceit. But when Ken gets implicated in the murder of a young woman, Will is left shattered disillusioned. Reporter Wendy Tynes is on a mission to bring down sexual predators via elaborate sting operations, and she soon stumbles upon the one who may have taken Haley.

Stay Close

2012

Fans of the series are eagerly awaiting the release of the third installment of the series, due in September, 2014. It all culminates in a shocking climax, where Mickey finally comes face-to-face with the truth about his father.

Mickey was introduced in the tenth Myron Bolitar novel called Live Wire, as the latter’s quick-witted nephew. The hunt for the absent player turns up way too many complications that include a dead body, blackmail, out-of-control gambling and thugs intent on revenge. On the eighth anniversary of Elizabeth’s death, David receives a strange email comprising details of their relationship privy only to the couple. Marc Seidman is shot, his wife murdered, and his baby girl is kidnapped. It was an intricate mystery centered around a beautiful female protagonist searching for her missing husband. The investigation takes him 23 years back in time, to another golf tournament which ended on a surprisingly dubious note.

One False Move

1998

Shelter

2011

Myron’s personal life gets tangled in his latest case as he sets out to find Lex, his client Suzze’s husband. With a decade gone by, the trail has gone cold, until the information surfaces that the daughter may still be alive-with her staged death being tied to a sinister plot with shocking global implications.

Live Wire

2011

Mickey Bolitar Series

Novels by Harlan Coben

Tough nut sports agent, Myron Bolitar makes his debut in this novel. Until a homicide victim turns up-she could be one of the campers who disappeared along with his sister all those years ago.

Hold Tight

2008

Did You Know?

o Harlan Coben’s next release is Found, the third book in the Mickey Bolitar series aimed at young adults. She is the victim of a serial killer, who admits to all his crimes, except the murder of Elizabeth. At the same time, a tragic shooting of a classmate has Mickey and his friends fearing for their own safety, as well as rallying together to find the killers.

Found

2014

A young female tennis star, Valerie Simpson who’s making a comeback is murdered in broad daylight at the U.S. He runs a sports agency, and doubles up as a detective investigating murders involving his celebrity clients. And then enters Ashley, a girl who enters his life like a breath of fresh air, only to vanish when things start to get a little better in Mickey’s life. Her husband abandons her without any explanation as she is pushed into finding the truth, dealing with her tragic past, and protecting her young children, all at once.

The Innocent

2005

Laura Ayers is a gorgeous supermodel, recently married to the equally dishy basketball player, David Baskin. Myron now has to find his missing brother well in time while their father desperately clings to life, and comes to terms with the reasons that caused the rift within the family in the first place.

17-year-old Haley McWaid is the proverbial good girl-she is the pride and joy of her tight-knit community as well. Adam goes missing in a few days’ time, just as evidence turns up that he may have something to do with the death of his classmate.

Caught

2010

At the end of the school year, Myron takes a promise from two neighborhood teens-the daughters of his friends that if they are ever in a bind but are afraid to call their parents, they will call him. The storyline centers around him and his prized client, Christian Steele, who happens to be a rookie quarterback. Soon enough, a call signaling distress arrives and the girl making it disappears the very next day. Open tournament, and Myron is summoned to his rescue. He does succeed, escaping to the Caribbean, but a murder charge on his business partner, Esperanza Diaz, brings him back to the Big Apple. It is up to Bolitar to run through this mess and bring out the truth.

Drop Shot

1996

Stand-alone Novels

A deeply intriguing medical drama, Miracle Cure was Coben’s second offering. Things get complicated when a classmate of Adam’s commits suicide, and the protective parents begin to monitor their son’s online activities. The action begins as Mickey’s search for Ashley takes him to places he’s never been to before, revealing startling truths about his own loved ones.

Seconds Away

2012

Will Klein idolizes his older brother Ken. He attends the funeral to reach out to Natalie, only to see that the widow isn’t her, and their mutual friends either can’t be found, or don’t seem to remember them both at all.

Missing You

2014

The seventh book of the series has Myron trying to help his former girlfriend find a bone marrow donor for her 13-year old son-that is until she drops the bomb that her son is the result of their last torrid fling the night before she got married to someone else. Things have changed drastically since they broke up 18 years ago only to take a rather sinister turn.

Harlan Coben’s official website has details of his upcoming releases, free preview chapters, book tours, and insider information on plots. But doing this is not as easy as she gets stonewalled at every step, with no one around her she can actually trust.

Miracle Cure

1991

The Mickey Bolitar series is aimed at young adults, with the protagonist Mickey being the nephew of Myron Bolitar, the star of Coben’s well-known detective thrillers.

Two novels have been released in this series, with the third one due to come out in September, 2014.

Myron Bolitar Series

Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. As he gets closer to her, things do not seem as they really are, and Myron wants to help Brenda come to terms with her tragic past. The character is good-looking and charismatic, and does have a penchant for trouble. It’s been six years since he’s completely severed ties with her-but that is about to change as he reads her husband’s obituary. It is now up to Myron to find the missing girl before it gets too late.

Long Lost

2009

Play Dead

1990

Harlan Coben’s first novel was Play Dead, released in 1990. He soon followed it up with the medical thriller, Miracle Cure. And the victim? New York Yankees’ pitcher Clu Haid, who also happenes to be one of Myron’s clients.

Darkest Fear

2000

Brenda Slaughter is a rising talent in basketball, and Myron’s interest in her is purely professional-to begin with. Myron finds himself being dragged deeper in it than expected, as the case brings up unresolved issues from his own past.

Back Spin

1997

Tell No One is a fast-paced thriller about the brutal murder of the protagonist, Dr. It was later adapted into a French film titled Ne le dis à personne.

It just takes one photograph to turn Grace Lawson’s world upside down. Laura refuses to accept that David is dead and is determined to know what really happened to him. As he struggles to come to terms with this tragedy, he also has to be a single father to his daughter. The intrigue begins when David mysteriously disappears as the couple is honeymooning. The story is as believable as it is bizarre, and takes the readers through the upper echelons of Washington politics, to the seedy alleys of Bangkok, all in the search of a miracle cure for AIDS.

Tell No One

2001

Deal Breaker

1995

The character of Myron Bolitar is a former basketball player whose playing career was cut short as a result of an injury. Each of them individually faces the downside of the American dream as their perfect facade begins to crumble.

Six Years

2013

Tia and Mike Baye have the usual concerns of raising their teenager, Adam. Paul Copeland’s sister happens to be one of them. Do check it out to know your favorite author even better.

In the second novel of the series, Mickey continues to get to the bottom of the mystery of his father’s death. The previews tell us that Mickey’s sophomore year is going to be one long adventure, as his social circle is in a complete disarray. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again.

Dr. This was followed by seven Myron Bolitar novels, which garnered humongous fanfare for the author.

His next stand-alone novel, Tell No One came out in 2001, and was his first to appear on The New York Times Best Seller List. By now, his plot twists have become something of a legend within literary circles, appreciated by fans and critics alike.

No wonder then, that Coben has won an Edgar Award, a Shamus Award (both for Fade Away) and an Anthony Award (for Deal Breaker), and was the first writer to have received all three.

o His previous release has been 2014′s Missing You, a New York Times bestselling thriller.

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More bad news for the fledgling Republican presidential field.

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Online Gambling Coming to America and to HTML5

Gaming software developers are scrambling to master this new technology.

Exclusive interviews with California Tribal Business Alliance vice chair Leslie Lohse and Peak Gaming Group president Rob Gallo

By Robin Rowe

Gallo will be speaking at the Raving’s Indian Gaming National Marketing Conference on January 27th to 29th at the Morongo Casino Resort Spa in Cabazon, California.

“MGM International is doing a fantastic job with their myVegas social gaming platform,” says Peak Gaming Group president Rob Gallo. Social casino games by their very nature attach a different type of clientele. IGT is licensing their online gaming technology to a casino in Delaware, the first state to offer legalized online gambling, and has already licensed its games in other countries. Online gaming company Bingogodz is using IGT’s bingo games for money games. They have never developed a desktop version of their platform, and are delivering great quality mobile gaming content for some of the big name casino brands in the European market.”

One of the biggest makers of white label mobile gaming technology is IGT, a company that’s also the biggest maker of slot machines in the United States. As the president of Peak Gaming Group my focus is to act as a translator between land-based casinos and the online gaming platform providers of both real money and social casino games. If you’d like, you can explain your choice in the comments below.

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Gosh!TV) 2013/11/2 – “Online gaming has the capacity to really change the way gaming is conducted in the U.S.,” says California Tribal Business Alliance vice chair Leslie Lohse. “The game allows players to earn rewards that can be redeemed at many of their land-based casinos. Bingogodz is licensed in the British Channel Islands by the The Alderney Gambling Control Commission.

Gallo and Lohse each spoke in September at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E), held at the Sands Convention Center, Las Vegas. However, smart casino operators haven’t waited for legalization of money games before getting online.

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Big changes are coming in online game technology. “As more and more people use their mobile devices for the majority of their computing needs, it’s only natural that the game developers build the games for every available platform. It should be the model that sets the standard for developing this industry.”. I believe California may open the door to iPoker, to gauge the market and begin to identify business partners with like-minded goals. “It will be the first state to allow online casino games,” says Gallo. So it’s really incumbent upon the gaming interests in Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey to engage in discussions with California’s tribes in order to open up what has been a closed house on this coast.”

Select one of the options below. “Nevada was first with poker. Your feedback will help tell CNN producers what to do with this iReport. “Otherwise the funding capacity and the number of players needed to move a strong, consistent game, just isn’t there. One company in the online real money gaming space that deals exclusively on mobile is Probability out of the UK. “G2E is the Superbowl of the gaming industry,” says Gallo who chaired the Social Gaming Technology: Building a Winner panel there. It is similar to an airline’s frequent flyer model.”

“While it is not really state of the art per se, the use of HTML5, and using mobile as another platform which players can use to access the same games that they would on their desktop of laptop is hugely important,” says Gallo. Indian gaming in California is some of the most regulated and successful gaming in the country. “We are protecting the thousands of tribal members who rely on their tribe’s brick-and-mortar casino for their livelihood. They can do this legally because the rewards they give out are not tied to winning of losing, but rather the purchasing of virtual chips. The conversion of those player into real money gamblers is very low.”

In the United States, efforts are underway to bring online gaming to the country’s most populous state. HTML5, an extension of Javascript, enables games to be played directly from web browsers whether on phones or desktops. Lohse was a speaker on the panel Pros and Cons: Indian Country Online.

Online gambling is becoming legal in states such as Delaware, New Jersey and Nevada. Many online gaming companies are based in the UK, where online gambling has been legal and regulated for years. “The few states that are ready to launch online gaming really need California to activate in order for it to be viable,” says Lohse. They’re testing the waters with free game apps on iPhones, Android or web-based HTML5.

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Real money online gaming went live at the end of October in Delaware. It will interesting to see how the market will fare. Flash technology is on the way out, replaced by a new technology standard that will work across more platforms and doesn’t require purchasing native software through App stores

Baccarat Betting Strategy – InfoBarrel

Many betting systems rely upon the assumption that events can be due and streaks are more likely to be broken the longer they go on. In standard Punto Banco played at ritzy casinos, the shoe of cards is dealt around the table, with each player taking turns functioning as the banker. In an online casino, as well as in many brick-and-mortar casinos, a variation known as mini-baccarat exists, where the dealer always acts as the card-dealing banker.

Will a baccarat betting system work?

People looking for a baccarat betting strategy ought to learn that betting systems do not work, and this rule is the same for a baccarat betting system. To make the most of your cashroll when playing baccarat, do not make the game into one of thinking. If you are not familiar with Punto Banco, it’s easy to understand.

Nonetheless, gamblers can make a form of a baccarat betting strategy by extending the time of gameplay in brick-and-mortar casinos. Spend time conversing with other players and reap in free money from the courteous casino.


As I hope you can see, winning baccarat is not a matter of employing a baccarat betting system. Players make wagers on whether the Player or the Banker hand will be higher. The tie bet has a 14% house advantage, as opposed to the near 1% house advantage of the best bet at the table, Banker. Around the globe, the game has different meanings, but for the purposes of this article, the meaning addressed shall be that of Punto Banco baccarat. Slap your chips down on Banker every time, hope for the best, but expect to lose.

Introduction to a baccarat betting strategy

Gamblers from all over the world have likely heard of the game baccarat, and may wish to learn of a baccarat betting strategy. The game is typically associate with high rollers, but online gambling makes winning baccarat something anyone can do if they would like.. Rather, simply spend as much time at the table as possible, and place bets (always on Banker) with plenty of spacing in between. This ignorant belief is known as gambler’s fallacy, and is often the source of gambling addiction.

Make the right bets.

Another baccarat betting strategy is avoiding the tie bet. Casinos comp players with cold, hard cash, buffet tickets, and free drinks. Sadly, many con men make thousands selling books proclaiming to beat the casinos once and for all. The best of all baccarat systems is nothing more than enlongating the time spent at the table while minimizing the number of bets made. Good luck!

The game is simple to learn and quite fast-paced. As with any casino game, you probably won’t get rich, but this is, in all likelihood, the best way to keep your gaming dollar going and have a good time doing it. Quite frankly, there is no thought involved in playing baccarat

Atlantic City casino closures bring mass unemployment filing

We worked hard and we were rewarded for it,” she said. We had great benefits. This closing is a tragedy, and it didn’t have to happen.”

“Many of us, myself included, haven’t figured out what we’re going to do next,” he said.

Helpers assisted people in English, Spanish, Gujarati, Bangla, Hindi, Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese, Vietnamese and Creole.

But big-picture economics was not on the minds of those who turned out for the unemployment session Wednesday. “People have mortgages, kids in school. “They just want to get to their next job.”

The casino consolidation buffeting Atlantic City is a reaction to the ever-increasing competition from casinos in neighboring states, including Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland and Connecticut. Atlantic City’s casino revenue has fallen from a high of $5.2 billion in 2006, when the first Pennsylvania casino opened, to $2.86 billion last year.

A union volunteer helped a laid-off Revel dealer navigate the computer application for unemployment, verifying his personal information and work history, his eligibility status and calculating how much he made between salary and tips on his last few days at work. “For the past 27 years, we had the American dream. Trump Plaza is closing Sept. In a separate room, others signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. 16, and the Atlantic Club shut down in January.

Ruth Ann Joyce and her husband, Michael, were hired together as bartenders at Showboat when it opened in March 1987, and they raised a family on their casino jobs.

Other workers discussed the possibility of early retirements with counselors.

“It’s really depressing,” said Dale Browne, who worked as a housekeeper at Showboat for 14 years. Ronnie Downing, a laid-off Revel worker, said he and his co-workers were shocked when it closed.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. Officials from the state Department of Labor and the main casino workers’ union, Local 54 of Unite-HERE, helped displaced workers file for unemployment and gave them information on signing up for health insurance and other benefits.

Casino analysts and industry executives say the closings are a needed correction to an oversaturated market and predict that the remaining eight casinos will do better financially with less competition.

About 300 workers were lined up when the doors opened at 9 a.m.; by early afternoon more than 750 had been processed.

“They don’t want to collect unemployment,” said Bob McDevitt, Local 54′s president. Tables offered help with food stamps, too.

“We made good money. I want to say we’ll be all right down the road, but right now, it’s rough.”

The state Department of Labor had 40 workers helping applicants register for unemployment and connect with job search resources. –  Carrying identification documents and bitterness over their sudden joblessness, hundreds of ex-casino workers began filing for unemployment Wednesday morning, the first attendees at an assistance center that expects to process 5,000 newly laid-off workers over the next three days.. We’re afraid the crime rate is going to go up. The dealer opted to have his unemployment benefits taxed from each check rather than paying a lump sum tax himself in April.

By mid-September, Atlantic City, which started the year with 12 casinos, will be down to eight, and almost 8,000 people will be out of work. Other social service agencies helped enroll them for health insurance and food assistance.

The session at the Atlantic City Convention Center came after a brutal weekend that saw two casinos, the Showboat and Revel, close

Learn Why It’s Essential To Understand The Caribbean Poker Odds

You also must at all times have your cards in view of the dealer and not under the table or anywhere out of sight as this could be a form of cheating and discussing cards.

Caribbean Poker Odds are mostly down to luck as with most casino games however there are some strategies and odds that have worked for many players, and as most gamblers say its better to play with a strategy than with nothing. Normally in poker games that most people are familiar with everyone plays against everyone including the dealer, this involves mass bluffing and secrecy during the game play. Some odds that have been displayed are that you should never fold when you have two pairs or better as you could stand a high chance of winning. People like to play Caribbean poker as it offers a refreshing spin on the more popular poker games they are used to playing as Caribbean poker has some unique factors to it which make it feel like a different game although it is still classed as a poker game. Instead of playing the game blindly without researching it before hand and losing money, why not become a professional player and learn about the game before you bet any real wagers?

Caribbean poker is a casino game that is becoming more and more popular these days, it has been around for some time but for some reason or another it seems to have hit the spot light recently. It’s a much better idea to understand a casino games odds, payout rates and probabilities as this way you won’t lose as much money and you could stand to win some big stakes. It is only worth playing the progressive when the jackpot is high otherwise it may not be worth your while or money. Many players like to study the casino games they play before they play them, this is always recommended as it means you are going to have great knowledge on the game and it will allow you to have the upper hand. When playing the progressive you may be entitled to win the bet even if the dealer fails to qualify for the game. If you have nothing when there is still a chance of scoring you may as well carry on playing providing that the dealer has nothing also, in which case the bet will be returned to you.

. Caribbean poker is different to regular poker games as everyone plays against the dealer which eliminates the need for bluffing although secrecy still must be kept, you cannot discuss or show your hand to any other players otherwise the game in play will have to be forfeited.

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Each player is dealt five cards after they place in their ante’s for the game, then they may view their cards. You must beat the dealer to win any wagers in the game which creates a great amount of excitement and energy in the room, this is the refreshing atmosphere and feeling that most poker players are looking for after playing poker solidly for a few hours

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8.&nbspSun City Resort, South Africa

9.&nbspHotel de Paris, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Famous for its jet-set lifestyle and magnificent casinos, Monte Carlo is ideal for a high rolling holiday. One of the largest casino hotels in the world, it offers every opportunity to double your money and your fun. As for its indulgences, you’re invited to explore them all, beginning with the incomparable wine list offered at Le Bar Américain. Best of all, the resort is set next to malaria-free Pilanesberg Game Reserve and features game drives and hot air balloon flights in search of the Big 5.

5.&nbspMarina Bay Sands, Singapore

7.&nbspThe Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, China

Beautiful beaches and blackjack — welcome to the pleasures of The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan. And with more than 340 slot machines, fans of the one-armed bandit can keep busy round the clock. When not romancing Lady Luck, you can head out to explore the island’s varied attractions, including El Morro Fortress, El Yunque Rainforest and the Bacardi Rum distillery. After a decadent meal of Riviera-inspired cuisine at Le Louis XV — Alain Ducasse, we suggest you dress up (ditch the shorts and flip-flops) and head for Place du Casino’s legendary Casino de Monte-Carlo, a Belle Époque landmark that served as a setting in the first James Bond novel, Casino Royale.

Modeled after its sister property in Las Vegas, The Venetian Macao is just one of the many impressive casino hotels that have given Macau world-class status as a gambling mecca. Located on eight lush acres fronted by the inviting waters of the Atlantic Ocean, this property pairs sophisticated modern décor with a casual setting and more than just the expected high-end spa, picturesque pool and fine dining. This all-suite hotel’s European-inspired casino features everything a gambler’s heart could desire, including a race and sports book, high limit poker salon with butler service and 112,000-square-foot poker room showcasing hand-painted frescoed ceilings. The resort’s gaming space is the largest in the world at 374,000 square feet, with approximately 500 gaming tables and 2,000 slot machines. Two excellent golf courses have been designed by Gary Player, and the highlight of the four luxury hotels is the fantastical Palace of the Lost City.

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At this 51-story casino hotel, the extravagant world of Trump-orchestrated excess begins with larger-than-life stone elephants and 70-plus minarets. Accommodations range from MGM Grand at Foxwoods and the more secluded Two Trees Inn to the Grand Pequot Tower featuring exclusive villas with private butler service. Along with G Spa, located at the MGM Grand, the resort also houses Norwich Spa at Foxwoods, for those who want to double down on their pampering experience. Gaming tables, slot machines and Texas hold ‘em tournaments provide plenty of action after days spent lounging with fellow pretty people in one of the pools. As for the lodging of choice, none can compare to Hotel de Paris, connected to the Place du Casino by a mere flight of stairs. Though you can spend 24/7 placing bets, the hotel has more to offer, including a high-end shopping mall, health and wellness center, exceptional choice of Chinese and international fine dining venues and entertainment that includes headliners from Asia and around the world.

1.&nbspFoxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut

Better known for Ivy Leaguers and autumn leaves than slot machines and five card stud, Connecticut offers a pleasant surprise in the form of Foxwoods Resort Casino. Best of all, the atmosphere is pure Ritz-Carlton: classy and elegant. Grandeur is the defining design element, from the Austrian crystal chandelier in the center of the lobby to the Atlantic Ocean views from many of the 2,010 guest rooms. Classy and understated (words not often used to describe gambling joints), Casino de Ibiza is a stylish venue that suits its Ibiza Gran Hotel setting. Owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, this property is actually home to six casinos, along with two Rees Jones-designed championship golf courses, a Troon Golf Academy and a whopping 38 restaurants with three steakhouses including Craftsteak by Tom Colicchio. Despite how popular this opulent hotel has become since it first opened in 1864, it still retains an air of discretion. When you’re not striking it rich, you can relax with a spa treatment, gourmet meal or shopping spree in one of the hotel’s exclusive boutiques.

2.&nbspTrump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City

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Best known for its jet-set tourism and exuberant nightlife, Ibiza is the perfect spot for a casino. Further relaxation includes unwinding in your suite or indulging at the full-service spa — both showcasing an aesthetic that is dramatic and soothing at the same time. Its 3,000 suites each have a minimum of 750 square feet of space, and if you can drag yourself away from your lavish accommodation (the finest of which include spa rooms and chauffeured limousine transfers), set aside time — and lots of it — to explore the casino. Adorned with elegant design elements and a collection of commissioned site-specific modern artworks, the hotel offers the added appeal of a great location, overlooking Old Town and the Mediterranean Sea.

The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan

6.&nbspIbiza Gran Hotel, Spain

The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino

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A premier South African gambling destination, the extravagant Sun City resort features two casino areas with slots, poker, blackjack, roulette, The Salon Prive for high-stakes games and a gaming school with free lessons on technique and table etiquette. As for the casino, it holds its own in this extravagant setting, with more than 2,300 slots and almost 500 gaming tables.

Connected to its sister property The Venetian by the Grand Canal Shoppes arcade, The Palazzo is a lavish destination that manages to offer a boutique-like atmosphere. It’s hard to know where to begin at the Moshe Safdie-designed Marina Bay Sands. But you don’t need to place a bet in order to take advantage of everything this property has to offer. The hotel’s casino brings gaming to your front door, with roulette, blackjack, mini baccarat and let-it-ride games. In the realm of fine dining, expect the best, including Wolfgang Puck’s CUT, Mario Batali’s Osteria Mozza and a Guy Savoy outpost. At The Valley of Waves water park, you can test your mettle at the Temple of Courage water chute, and while out and about, you can enjoy elephant encounters and visits to cultural villages and a crocodile sanctuary. Although the city of Mendoza is known for its nearby vineyards and Andes’ ski resorts (which can be seen from some of the guest rooms), this hotel gives visitors plenty of good reasons to stay in town. There are also high-end productions ranging from Phantom of the Opera to Barbie LIVE! and an array of installations that make this sprawling property feel like a living art gallery. The variety of table games includes all the usual suspects, as well as punto y banca, a local variation of baccarat.

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10.&nbspPark Hyatt Mendoza, Argentina

. The Mendoza Kaua Club & Spa features its own line of products incorporating ingredients from local grapes, and the two-level Regency Casino Mendoza unites elegant European ambience with personal service to create an atmosphere that lures in glamorous gamblers from around the world. Although The Palazzo shares facilities such as Canyon Ranch SpaClub with The Venetian, it houses top venues of its own, the most notable being Mario Batali’s Carnevino, Wolfgang Puck’s CUT and Emeril Lagasse’s Table 10. Add a bowling alley, nightclubs, comedy clubs and haute shopping, and you can see why North America’s largest casino resort has made its way onto our list of top ten casino hotels.

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4.&nbspThe Ritz-Carlton, San Juan, Puerto Rico

When the words “lavish” and “decadent” are understatements, you know a place is extraordinary. As for the suites, they define pampering, with their sunken living rooms, marble-clad bathrooms and tastefully palatial décor. Whether you ante up in the exclusive high limit gaming salon, place a bet in the smoke-free poker room or simply toss a few coins into the slots, you’ll relish the action at this impressive property. For starters, seekers of the good life will find a spectacular infinity pool that soars above the city, a Banyan Tree spa and a museum with a permanent exhibit devoted to the excesses of eighteenth-century France. And afterward, make sure to indulge at one of the house restaurants, which include BLT Steak and Il Mulino New York.

3.&nbspThe Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, Las Vegas

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Like to gamble? Why not stay where you can play? From Foxwoods in Connecticut to the Ibiza Gran Hotel, take a trip with Lady Luck to these top 10 casino hotels. This massive place is all about bigger-is-better. Needless to say, of the many hotel-casino choices you have when visiting Las Vegas, this one is a sure bet.

An elegantly restored, nineteenth-century, Spanish colonial façade greets guests at this luxurious property, overlooking the Plaza de la Independencia