In 1980 he’d just applied for a job as a night cleaner at McDonald’s when his buddies introduced him to the man who would change his life. Alan Woods was the leader of an Australian card-counting team that had recently arrived in Las Vegas. Woods was then in his mid-30s, with a swoop of gray hair and cold blue eyes. Once an insurance actuary with a wife and two kids, he’d decided one day that family life wasn’t for him and began traveling the world as an itinerant gambler.
For the punter it is all about the result and the buzz they get from that result when it goes their way. For the professional the process is key ? doing the right things at the right time for the right reasons. The ?buzz? comes from the feeling of knowing that they did everything possible to get the best possible result. This is a mastery approach and unlike a punter a professional trader would not feel satisfied with a winning bet if their process was flawed. I call this approach to performance a focus on ?flawless execution?.
The casino Sportsbooks make their money on sports bets by collecting a commission on losing bets. This is called the Vigorish or Vig for short. The most common odds are 11 to 10. This means that if you want to win $100 you are risking $110. For example, you place a bet on the Giants at the casino sports book and pay $110. If the Giants win you collect $210 when you cash your winning ticket. If you lose your bet you lose the $110.
I love watching a guy like Herman Edwards on TV. Let’s think about why ESPN hired him. He is fun, funny, full of energy, and has credibility having been a player and coach of two different teams. Why didn’t they hire a guy like John Outlaw who played the other cornerback position with Edwards in Philadelphia? It’s one of many reasons I’m sure but the main reason being he’s probably not as entertaining as Herman Edwards on TV. Herman is on TV to entertain you, not give you good value who to bet on. It doesn’t even matter what information he’s saying, the only thing his producers care about is if he is interesting. The real guys to listen to aren’t on the radio. The Vegas sharps that do this for a living are the ones to listen to. I’m not saying the X’s and O’s of the games aren’t important, but it doesn’t outweigh a good sound betting strategy.

As you can see from this table, the differences in the payout rates at each of the casinos I tested do not differ greatly. All provide high return to player percentages, with only slight variations in the highest and lowest payout rates, which you can see highlighted in red and green. When you consider classic games, like roulette and blackjack, the same values are often found across many sites, due to the fixed rules of the games. Likewise, you will find little variance in the RTP of video poker games. When it comes to slots, you will find that the theoretical payout rates can vary from 90% up to 99%. It’s, therefore, useful to check the game rules for slots to find out how much you can expect to lose. Any slots offering payout rates of below 90% just do not offer good value for money when you consider how high the RTPs can reach.
Never can you get closer to the experience of playing in a real land based casino from the comfort of your own home, than by playing live dealer games. Live casino games have been around for a while now, having first become available way back in 2002. But as you can imagine, the quality of the streaming and the overall gaming experience left a lot to be desired back when they were first launched. With the vast improvements in technology over the past 13 years, live casino games are now slick and high quality, where you can chat to the croupiers and really immerse yourself in the casino environment. The topic of live casino games will be discussed in more detail on a dedicated page.
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He went to the Gambler’s Book Club, a Vegas institution, and bought everything he could find on horses. There were lots of “systems” promising incredible results, but to him they seemed flimsy, written by journalists and amateur handicappers. Few contained real math. Benter wanted something more rigorous, so he went to the library at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, which kept a special collection on gaming. Buried in stacks of periodicals and manuscripts, he found what he was looking for—an academic paper titled “Searching for Positive Returns at the Track: A Multinomial Logit Model for Handicapping Horse Races.” Benter sat down to read it, and when he was done he read it again.

The guiding principle for breeding winning racehorses has always been best expressed as “breed the best to the best and hope for the best.” The performance of a breeding horse’s progeny is the real test, but, for horses untried at stud, the qualifications are pedigree, racing ability, and physical conformation. What breeders learned early in the history of horse racing is that crossing bloodlines can potentially overcome flaws in horses. If, for example, one breed is known for stamina and another known for speed, interbreeding the two might result in a healthy mix of both qualities in their offspring.


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The following year the Hong Kong Jockey Club phoned Benter at an office he’d established in Happy Valley. He winced, remembering the meaty hand of the Las Vegas pit boss on his shoulder. But instead of threatening him, a Jockey Club salesperson said, “You are one of our best customers. What can we do to help you?” The club wasn’t a casino trying to root out gamblers who regularly beat the house; its incentive was to maximize betting activity so more revenue was available for Hong Kong charities and the government. Benter asked if it was possible to place his bets electronically instead of over the phone. The Jockey Club agreed to install what he called the “Big CIT”—a customer input terminal. He ran a cable from his computers directly into the machine and increased his betting.
The training of racehorses, simply expressed, is maintaining a horse in the best condition to run. Exercise and feeding programs and knowledge of the individual horse are factors involved. A good trainer selects a jockey who suits the horse and, perhaps more important, enters the horse in suitable races. A trainer of a horse for a classic race not only must develop the horse into peak condition but must time the development so that the horse reaches its peak on a certain day, which is the most difficult art of all.
Sponsored races in which much of the purse money is put up by commercial firms include the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Durban July. In the United States most of the purse money for the richest events (offering purses in the millions of dollars) is provided by the stakes fees of the owners. Purses were winner-take-all in the early days of racing, but, as the racing of fields of horses came to predominate, a second prize came to be offered. Gradually, third and fourth prizes were added and occasionally fifth. On the average, modern-day purses are allocated about 60 percent to the winner, 20 percent to the second-place finisher, 12 percent to the third, 6 percent to the fourth, and 2 percent to the fifth-place finisher.
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It was then, in November 2001, that he decided to have a final punt on the Triple Trio. Benter had avoided major prizes since 1997 for fear of angering the Jockey Club’s management, but this jackpot was too big to resist. Wagering on it was something of a lark, albeit an expensive one: He spent HK$1.6 million on the 51,000 combinations. If he won, he decided, he would leave the tickets unclaimed. Club policy in such cases directed the money to a charitable trust.
Technologies are moving forward and now we can do everything we want from our smartphones and gambling is not an exception. With the help of your iPhone you can order food, pay your bills and listen to the music and now you can also spin the reels of real money slots or make a poker bet in the mobile casino. Most of the big casino games providers have mobile slots in their collection and you will see them once you open the online casino from your tablet or smartphone. Some of the casinos also have a special mobile app that you will want to download to play real money mobile slots or other casino games.

There are 15 racecourses in the Czech Republic, most notably Pardubice Racecourse, where the country's most famous race, the Velka Pardubicka steeplechase, has been run since 1874.[35] Since 1907 races have also held on a central racecourse in Prague, Velka Chuchle.[citation needed] However, the first official race was organized back in 1816 by Emperor Francis II near Kladruby nad Labem. The Czech horse racing season usually starts at the beginning of April and ends some time in November. Racing takes place mostly at weekends and there is usually one meeting on a Saturday and one on Sunday.[36] Horse races, as well as Thoroughbred horse breeding, is organized by Jockey Club Czech Republic, founded in 1919.[37]
The Arabian horse was developed by the Bedouin people of the Middle East specifically for stamina over long distances, so they could outrun their enemies. It was not until 1725 that the Arabian was introduced into the United States.[21] Arabians appeared in the United States in colonial times, though were not bred as purebreds until about the time of the Civil War. Until the formation of the Arabian Horse Registry of America in 1908, Arabians were recorded with the Jockey Club in a separate subsection from Thoroughbreds.
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