Online Pai Gow Strategy

The best online Pai Gow Poker strategy is to take advantage of the player’s option of being the banker. Initially, the dealer will start the game out as the banker, but as it progresses, each player is given the opportunity to act as the house. You may choose to either except or deny you’re your option, but the most important controllable factor will be in balancing out your time spent as the player versus your time spent as the banker.

Like every other table game in the world, it was designed to favor the baker, and unlike Blackjack, Pai Gow poker offers the gambler the chance to take advantage of the game’s biased nature. Unfortunately, like everything else that has to do with any casino, this option comes as a price. The price of being the banker is a five percent commission charged on all winning banked bets. Interestingly enough, when a player is acting as the banker, the casino dealer will become a player wagering the house’s money against the gambler. In this situation, the casino always limits their player bet to the size of the gambler’s last bet before he becomes the banker.

The game of Pai Gow Poker is thoroughly researched, and a basic strategy devised to create the most favorable scenarios for the gambler, and give him the greatest possibility of beating the house. The first thing you should do is to familiarize yourself with all of the published information, and learn the game’s basic strategy for playing a specific hand. When calculating the odds of the player making both a winning high and low hand to beat the dealer, we can se that this should happen 28.6 percent of the time. Respectively, the banker will win both hands 29.9 percent of the time, and a push will occur 41.48 percent of the time. Since you can’t bet on the push, the next logical approach would be to get as much action as you can when you are the banker. Granted, there is a five percent commission charged on all winnings collected as the banker, but in the end, the odds are still in the banker’s favor.

Each casino [] has their own way of determining the best way to split the hands, so you should take the time to research each casino’s specific play actions and choose according to your tastes. It comes as no surprise that we as gamblers are extremely skeptical of an online casino’s practices, and often times like to think that the games are somehow rigged. There is no tangible evidence or merit to that belief, but look at companies like Enron and WorldCom, so never say never. If I ran an online casino and was intent on rigging the hands, I would certainly do so in favor of the banker to guarantee a profit margin of five percent to the house. This is only personal perspective; so play smart and choose your online casinos wisely.

Mastering Roulette – Part 2

The Betting Bank

This can be a subjective area but it is my strong opinion that to win at roulette you really do need to take a substantial amount of capital with you to the casino. The reason is quite obvious and it is to do with stake size compared to bank size. You see, if you go to a casino with just £30 and you want to play the outside boxes for example, the evens chances, then at £5 a minimum bet you won’t be sitting too comfortable after the first 3 bets have lost. If you had been increasing your stake by £5 each time then you would actually be broke! £30 offers you 6 times your minimum stake and as you can see it is clearly not enough. The other point is that if you were to take just £30 then mentally you will only be too aware of the fact that you are very close to being broke and it will make the whole experience very nervy and tense; this is not good and it could affect your mental approach.

If you use some kind of system and your minimum bet is £5 then you should really have with you £300-£500. This is equivalent to 60x and 100x your minimum stake. The reason for such high amounts is simply because we want to win a set amount when we visit the casino and the less that is as a percentage of our bank then the better. It makes our life much easier and makes the profit far more reachable. To win £30 when all we are taking is £30 is actually asking to make a 100% profit on our betting bank. We think it is much more plausible to aim to win 10 or 20% of our betting bank (£30-£60). The final point is that if you are using a progression system then maybe you will need around £350 to be able to cover the full run of bets. You don’t want to be broke at a vital point in the sequence.

Whatever bank size you can afford to take just make sure you are decided at what point you are going to stop playing. This is an issue that will affect you whether you are winning or losing.

Profit/Loss Targets

You might say that your target when you go to the casino is to win as much as possible, maybe thousands but let’s be practical here, as much as we would all love to win that sort of amount we have to be realistic. For the most part, to win thousands you need play with thousands and lots of them. In fact there is a common sense saying that goes ‘to win big you must play big’ and this is very true. Okay you may hear the odd story of someone who got lucky and won thousands from only £20 but unless this was a lucky spin on a jackpot slot machine the likelihood of making thousands on roulette or any other casino game for that matter is very difficult, apart from in one scenario (covered later). The only genuine way to make thousands is if you took with you to the casino £100,000 and you won £10,000 (just 10% profit) then you could still say I won thousands and in this scenario it would be very possible to achieve.

Always have a sensible profit target. If you think in terms of banks and building societies and what return you get from them then you will soon see that your initial target of thousands was just being greedy and unrealistic.

If you were paid 5-10% on your capital every week we are sure you would accept it. If your bank balance was a fixed £500 and you returned 10% profit every week for a year then you would make 52 x £50 = £2,600. If this was 3 times a week then it would be £150 x 52 = £7,800.

If your bank was £1,000 and your target was to make 15% then the above example would return £450 x 52 = £23,400.

I could go on but we are sure you will be getting the idea now of how small profits can add up nicely. The point here is that you should initially set your targets at a modest level, say 10-15% of your betting capital. If you reach these targets and you feel the table is still playing for you then by all means keep playing but keep in control. If your profits keep going up then you might want to increase your stakes and try for even bigger profits. Remember though, if at any point above your target 10-15% things start looking like taking a turn for the worse then stop playing. You might use the guideline of 3 losing spins in a row to get out at. If you were well above your target it would still be a perfect session, even if the last 2 or 3 spins had lost. Alternatively, if you had lost down to below your target level but were still in front then again you should consider leaving. You have made a profit overall so great. There is always another day with which to aim for bigger profits. The other scenario is that of you losing from the very beginning; should this happen then again have a set % that you are willing to lose. You don’t ever want to be willing to accept a total loss. We always have this figure at a higher level to our profit target; this is to provide a greater opportunity from which to hit the profits.

How Online Slots Revolutionized the Slots World

No more than five years ago the only way a person could play slots was to get in a car and drive to a casino. Sure, there might have been a slots machine in a bar down the street but you certainly wouldn’t be able to find the selection that you can find in a casino, and for any real slots player it’s all about selection and variety. But for a lot of people the only way to get to a casino is to drive for hours, not every city has a casino after all, and in some areas slot machines aren’t allowed anywhere else.

When the internet came along it was obvious to all of us slots players that the ability to use it to provide slots to people at home was definitely going to eventually happen. It just couldn’t happen quickly enough. Luckily, it wasn’t long before the first online casino started showing up, and slots fans were able to spin the reels right in front of their computers.

This online slots revolution changed the slots world in a couple key ways. First, people saved a lot of money. Not having to get in the car and drive to a casino meant that slots players didn’t have to spend money on gas. What’s more players didn’t have to spend money on casino food. The cash that slots goers were able to save from driving and restaurant food spending was now available for reinvestment into the reels. This meant being able to play longer. And playing longer means more chances to win.

The other thing that changed was that players were now able to try many more kinds of slots in a shorter period of time. This gave slots players the opportunity to improve their slots skills over a wider range of machines which also eventually led to more winnings.

The bottom line is that online slots gave slots players the chance to play more and improve their skills, which led to more winnings. Today, online slots players are winning more often and consistently winning bigger pots. Being able to play anytime anywhere, and in the comfort of your own home is also an advantage of online slots that has really changed the slots world. Not all slots players enjoy the atmosphere of a casino, yes it’s exciting but if you like to play a lot of slots, spending all those hours in a casino can be a little stressful. Playing slots online in the comfort of your home means you can focus more on developing your skills. Online slots meant more winnings for more players and that was a good thing.

The Mafia in Las Vegas

Gambling has always been a very important business in the Mafia. From card games to betting on horses and other sports, the Mafia has earned cash from all of them. They operated many illegal and luxurious gambling operations throughout the United States. Police officers and law enforcement agencies were in the payroll of the Mafia Bosses and ignored the gambling operations. However, a major event occurred which forever changed the history of gambling and casinos in the United States. The state of Nevada legalized gambling in 1931.

Even though gambling had been legalized, no one paid much attention except the local cowboys and some men from nearby military bases. Las Vegas was a dirty town in the middle of the desert with a few gas stations, greasy junk food diners and a few slot machine emporiums. Las Vegas in the early 1940s was not an attractive place to do business or live. The Mafia didn’t catch onto the huge moneymaking potential of Las Vegas until after World War II ended. Al Capone had eyed the town with great interest but never got onto completing his plans of turning it into a hotel and casino haven for tourists and travelers.

Las Vegas remained Mafia free until the Mafioso Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel realized the potential for Las Vegas. The timing could not have been better. Before the formation of Las Vegas, American tourists looking for a great time had to go all the way to Cuba. In Cuba gangsters were welcomed by the corrupt Batista regime, casinos were plentiful, and the profits were huge. Around a decade after the opening of the first casino in Las Vegas, Fidel Castro’s Revolution swept Cuba. So, the people were left with no other alternative for legal gambling than going to Las Vegas.

With Siegel’s imagination and great organizational skills and the money of the Mafia, the first gambling resort of Las Vegas – The Flamingo – opened on December 26, 1946. It was the first of many Mafia-financed resorts. Las Vegas proved to be a very profitable and legal business for the Mafia. Once a dull desert town, it now became the glitzy Las Vegas “Strip.”

Lansky, who did not wanting to be the one blamed if the Las Vegas plan didn’t go well, had enlisted Bugsy Siegel. Siegel’s job had been to raise cash and enthusiasm from the Mafia Families. Things got off to a shaky start when the Flamingo was forced to open ahead of schedule due to the pressuring of the Mafia. Las Vegas wasn’t so famous at the time and there wasn’t much tourist interest. Siegel had other troubles too. He had skimmed off huge sums of money from the construction money and the pension funds of the Mafia-controlled Unions. After this discovery, the Mafia demanded the money back and gave a deadline. Bugsy’s hopes were pinned on the success of the Flamingo. Due to the bad start, the Mafia Families believed he couldn’t return the cash and so in retaliation got his assassinated.

Lansky took over the Flamingo and turned its fortunes around. Within the year, the Flamingo was very successful and had already earned a profit of many times the investment. Lansky obviously took all the credit for this. This success the stage for more for more of the Mafia to arrive in Las Vegas. By this time, more than 50 million dollars had been taken from the pension funds of the Union, this time with the Mafia’s approval.

Ways to Integrate Technology Into ESL Instruction

Gone are the days when an ESL teacher would stand at the front of the classroom with a stack of flash cards asking students to repeat words. These days everything is about technology and it’s important for teachers to think about ways to integrate technology into ESL instruction.

If students have access to computers, either at home or in the classroom, then they can greatly enhance their ESL learning.

Here are just a few ways that you can use technology to help ESL learning:

Games. Young learners in particular enjoy playing computer games. This is a great way for them to practice their English while having fun. New learners do well with preschool-age programs that teach simple concepts like colors, shapes, and the ABCs. More advance students enjoy word games. Make sure that you choose games that reinforce English.

Practice drills and tests. Students that are older often have to take English proficiency exams. Computer programs can be an excellent way for them to practice these questions and get comfortable with the format of the test.

Videos and listening programs. A number of websites allow students to watch videos. Whether these are specifically made for English learners, or television shows that are popular, students can easily practice their listening skills. These are also a great way to teach slang phrases and pop cultural reference, which older students are always excited about learning.

Penpals. With internet access, you can find a site that matches penpals. Students enjoy interacting with others their age from around the world. Try to find another teacher in an English speaking country that wants to set up an exchange. That’s the safest way to start this type of program.

Of course, there’s no substitute for vocabulary learning and conversation practice, but when you integrate technology into ESL instruction, you expand the number of ways that students can learn and practice their English.

Amish Culture – An Overview of Community, Religion & Technology

If you visit the areas of Holmes County, Ohio, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and LaGrange, Indiana you will find the largest settlements of Amish people in the United States. The Amish present a picture of strict culture and an attitude that is not conducive to compromise especially with the more modern and worldly culture that surrounds them. Many people believe that the Amish are Amish because of their religion. This is not so. The Amish are Amish because of Ordnung. This is the oral traditions passed down from generation to generation that are a set of behaviors and guidelines by which they live their lives.

This varies depending on the community but it regulates things such as dress, marriage and dating, the roles of both man and woman in the household and the community as well as how much modern technology is acceptable. The Amish believe that all people are equal in the eyes of God and that all things are for His glory and no other purpose. As a result things that would cause vanity, egotism and other undesirable emotions and behaviors are strictly avoided. It is because of this that the Amish dress and live simply. Their homes are warm but plain, transportation is serviceable and their work ethic is unparalleled.

Children and family are the focus of the community. They believe that family is essential. New additions are welcomed with joy and considered to be the gifts that they are. The older generations are cared for in the home often in their own apartments that built as additions to the main home. This allows them to be near family, be cared for if necessary but still maintain an independent lifestyle.

Unlike many inheritance based communities it is not the eldest that inherits the family farm, it is usually the youngest. The father of the family will provide for his sons by helping them to start farms of their own or cottage businesses. The community itself helps to build homes, barns, the community has insurance as a whole and all contribute in the face of an emergency.

It is true that the Amish are a religious based community. They have their origins first in the Catholic Church and in 1517 with the Protestant Reformation. The Anabaptists were formed shortly afterwards. A man by the name of Menno Simons, a Dutch Catholic priest, brought together the Anabaptist fellowships and formed the Mennonites. The Mennonites later splintered over the topic of shunning and the Amish are formed under Jacob Amman. Because of the church’s ruthless hunting of protestant groups during the reformation, the Amish and Mennonites found shelter by meeting in homes rather than churches and found refuge in Switzerland and Southern Germany. They moved to Pennsylvania on the invitation of William Penn who offered religious freedom in his Pennsylvania colony.

Is it Time For Technology to Be Used in Cricket?

International cricket’s governing body, the ICC, appears to think that the answer to this question is yes. A referral system was suggested for the England – South Africa series, but the hosts declined to use the policy and so the forthcoming contest between Sri Lanka and India will be first series where referrals are tested.

Each team will be allowed three unsuccessful challenges per innings, with only the batsman on the receiving end of the decision and the fielding captain able to make the challenge. There is therefore not a limit on successful challenges, so a flurry of overturned decisions could be embarrassing for the on-field umpires.

However, they should not feel undermined by technology. It is an extra resource and will endorse their good judgement as much as it highlights errors that are forgivable in the pressurised environment of Test cricket. Umpires use technology to help get line calls right in three of the grand slam tournaments and each challenge is dealt with quickly – the official’s authority is strengthened as players fell less inclined to argue with technology. Referrals are also used to general good effect in rugby.

This referral system has been used on a trial basis before, but was abandoned after one year in English domestic one day cricket. None of the challenges made by the players resulted in a change of decision, whilst some apparently incorrect decisions were left unchallenged. It will be interesting to see if players actually know when they are out and bowlers might get a shock when they realise most of their LBW appeals would indeed have gone over the stumps.

There will never be 100% accuracy – TV cameras cannot always detect thin edges for example – so batsman still receive the benefit of doubt to some extent. On-field umpires still make the final decision – the ICC is keen to point out that the system is for consultation, not referral.

Information Technology – Building Business for Small Website

While looking for any assistance or merchandise, the most common practice nowadays is to first browse the Internet. The popularity of the Internet has thus made it the largest promotional place to showcase assistance or merchandise needed by all. So, an online version has been included in many businesses which are offline in nature, and numerous innovative people have started businesses based on information technology, building business for small website.

IT is an area that has countless prospects for everyone. Besides becoming the address for many small businesses, IT is also a place from where you can choose from different types of jobs offered.

Given below is how information technology helps in building business for small websites:

1. Globalization – You can secure orders for your products from consumers living in different parts of the world. Thus, you product market is not limited to the city where you are based but outside it as well. This way your revenue will also increase with the increase in your clients.

2. Payment – Information Technology has been one of the biggest achievements of mankind so far. With IT you can sell your product and get paid for them online. The clients can use their credit cards or Paypal accounts to send money to you for your goods. This will help you increase your business as it is not necessary for you to meet your clients to get the payment and at the same time your clients also need not have to go to you to collect the goods.

3. Convenience – Shopping online is very convenient as we just have to sit back at home and shop. With IT, you can create your own websites and sell your products online conveniently.

4. Cost effective – You don’t have to spend so much money on maintaining your business website as compared to renting an office. Websites are cost-effective and this leads to increased profit.

5. Audio and Video message – Information Technology can bring you all those benefits which you never thought was possible. This includes leaving an audio or video message for your clients or website visitors. You can make them understand your products better by leaving these messages. Thus, it can boost your sales.

6. Advertisement – Internet is one great place to advertise your products or services. You can promote your business successfully through internet and, that too, at a low cost.

7. Informative – Your website should contain all the information that a customer would like to know about a particular product. When you provide sufficient information about your product, the chances of securing an order would be high.

8. Entertainment – You can add some entertaining features in your website to entertain your present as well as potential clients. With the help of IT you can add numerous kind of entertainment. When your visitors are happy with your website and its contents then you may stand to gain some new clients for your product or services.

9. Gaining new clients – Through IT you can gain as well as retain clients. Your business webpage must be informative as well as attractive so that you can gain new clients and retain the exiting ones.

Rewarding Careers in the Field of Public Health in Developing Countries

The majority of developing countries are going through a phase of development and are also facing numerous challenges at the moment. As far as the health sector is concerned, the top most problem is related to the poor functioning of the health systems and its solution lies in public health. Public health, is based on the health of populations rather than individuals. This is the main reason why it has got much more importance than the clinical medicine which deals with the health of individuals.

In most of the developing countries, there is a lack of public health specialists. There are numerous factors behind this shortage, a few of which are of utmost importance. To start off, lack of awareness about preventive medicine and public health is one of the primary reasons. Even all those professionals which are involved in the healthcare sector in one way or the other are not aware of the preventive model, its significance and its implications. Secondly, the primary focus in developing countries has always been on the treatment of diseases and yield of clinicians rather than prevention of diseases. The third and one of the most important factors is that there are much less institutes offering degrees in preventive medicine as compared to those which offer degrees in clinical medicine.

All these factors serve as the basis for shortage of public health specialists in developing countries. These countries need preventive medicine specialists in abundance and there is no better time than this to step into the world of preventive medicine. Promoting preventive medicine is the sole solution by which the health systems can be improved. In addition to this, preventive medicine offers flourishing career pathways to all the healthcare professionals. There is an enormous range of sub specialties within preventive medicine and you may choose the one, depending on your interest and background academic education. These sub specialties range from public health nurse to community nutritionist, epidemiologist, bio statistician, health economist, disaster management expert, environmental health practitioner, policy advisor and many others. By and large, if you choose public health as a career, you are not only able to serve your nation and improve the health status of your own people but you are also rewarded with a thriving career having high salary packages. It is therefore high time to come and join the world of preventive medicine, serve your country and get a rewarding career.

Work Health Safety May Be Better At Union Sites

A recent study revealed that unionised construction companies are more likely to comply with work health safety procedures compared with non-unionised firms. The report found that unionised work places have higher no-lost-time and lower lost-time claims rates. It was also observed that unionised construction sites may encourage work health and safety reporting and reduce risks through hazard identification, control and management.

The study was conducted by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) in Canada but may have direct implications with the recent union disputes in the construction industry in Australia. IWH is a not-for-profit research organisation based in Toronto, Canada. The study, titled “Protecting construction worker health and safety in Ontario Canada: Identifying a union safety effect,” was published at the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine on 2 September 2015.

The research used 5,797 unionised and 38,626 non-unionised construction sites/firms for its data, taking into account information submitted to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board from 2006 to 2012. Taking into account the size and complexity of the construction firms, the study reveals that unionised construction companies, compared to non-unionised companies, report:

• 13 per cent higher rates of total injury claims (both claims that are allowed and not allowed);

• 28 per cent higher rates of allowed no-lost-time injury claims (meaning claims that require health care but don’t result in time off work beyond the day of injury);

• 14 per cent lower rates of allowed lost-time claims (meaning claims that involve missed days of work); and

• 8 per cent lower rates of musculoskeletal injuries.

The study seems to suggest that workers who belong to unions feel more comfortable about reporting workplace injuries. The study, however, did caution that some factors were not considered in the study – such as the age of union members suggest that they are more experienced than their non-unionised counterparts.