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The three free monorails that get you up and down the Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas Tram

If you are planning to go to Las Vegas and thinking of conveyance then there is excellent tram service available.  There are three free monorails owned and operated by casinos on the west side of the Las Vegas Strip. These three non-related systems offer a patchwork of convenience for walking-weary tourists which can save a lot of time. Also they are different than the longer, official Las Vegas Monorail system on the other side of Las Vegas Boulevard, which you have to pay to ride.

1. The Mandalay Bay to Luxor to Excalibur

Mandalay Bay Tram

This monorail or tram shuttles from Mandalay Bay to Luxor and to Excaliber because all the three of these casinos are owned by MGM resorts so you can play pokies or casino games by stopping at any of these casinos. Starting at Mandalay Bay, this tram goes north, stopping at the Luxor before ending at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino. All three stops have great signage to help you get around and figure out where you’re going.

The train cars themselves are clean and air-conditioned, but can get pretty crowded sometimes – especially on busy Las Vegas holiday weekends. The trip takes about anywhere from 7 to 8 minutes to the maximum time of commute.

However the trip is much faster going from the Excalibur to the Mandalay Bay. That’s because it’s an express tram, and does not stop at the Luxor on its southern journey. The express tram takes less than five minutes to get from the Excalibur to the Mandalay Bay stop.

Note that this is not a 24 hours of operation. This tram hours of operation is from Sunday – Wednesday from 9 AM to 12:30 PM and on Thursdays to Saturdays from 9 AM until 2:30 PM. During operating hours, trains run every five minutes or so, so you won’t ever be waiting long. From the Excalibur Tram station, it’s just a quick walk over the pedestrian bridge to get to either the Tropicana on the east, or the New York New York to the north.

2. Monte Carlo to Aria to the Bellagio

Aria casino tram

Starting at the south, the monorail, called the Aria Express, begins outside, near what used to be called the “Street of Dreams” shopping mall at the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino. The Monte Carlo is or soon to ve the Park MGM Hotel & Casino, with a boutique hotel called the NoMad Hotel located within the property as well. This Monte Carlo/Park MGM stop also leads you close to one of the entrances to the Aria. From the Monte Carlo stop, the tram heads north, stopping at the Crystals shopping mall, which is the dropping off point for those of you heading to the Cosmopolitan. There’s also access to the Aria from this stop too.

From the Crystals/Aria stop, the tram continues north to the south tower (Spa Tower) of the Bellagio. From here, you can go down some escalators, walk past the convention hall, and you’re in the Bellagio. This stop also provides access to the Vdara Hotel. Of course, you can go back the same way. The trip takes between 5 to 8 minutes, and trams run every seven to ten, seven days a week, from 8 AM to 4 AM.

3. Mirage  to Treasure Island

Mirage Casino

This monorail system starts at the south at the Mirage, and runs north toTreasure Island. It was built when Steve Wynn opened Treasure Island in 1993. At the time Wynn owned both Treasure Island and the Mirage.

There’s not much else to say about this quick tram trip as it takes less than five minutes, other than it’s the monorail system in Las Vegas that requires the least amount of walking to get into the heart of the casino. Both stops are relatively close to their respective casino entrances.

Unlike the other two free monorails, which just shuttle customers back and forth between casinos that are in the family, the Mirage to Treasury Island tram takes players and drops them off at a competitor’s casino. The Mirage is now owned by MGM Resorts, whereas the Treasure Island is owned by the man who used to own the old Frontier Hotel and Casino, Phil Ruffin. MGM Resorts used to own Treasure Island, but they reportedly had to sell it for a relatively cheap $775 million, to help pay for the costs associated with the City Center project.

Although the tram has shut down on occasions for maintenance and repairs it still runs on its usual operating hours from Monday – Thursday: 9 AM to 1 AM and Friday – Saturday: 9 AM to 2 AM

So to sum up take advantage of these free monorails at the Monte Carlo, take that free tram all the way to the Bellagio, where you’ll get out and walk through the Bellagio – crossing over the pedestrian bridge over Flamingo Boulevard towards Caesars Palace. From there, you could either walk towards the Mirage on the strip sidewalk, or take a cooler stroll through Caesars Palace and the Forum Shops.

From the Mirage, take the tram to the Treasure Island, where you’ll exit and take the pedestrian bridge across to the Venetian, where it’s just another fairly short pedestrian bridge walk to the Wynn  which is not really the northernmost part of the Las Vegas strip, but close enough. Note that like the other trams and monorails on the Las Vegas strip, the passenger cars are comfortable, and always seem to be clean. Be sure to hold on to something around you, as they can accelerate and stop deceivingly fast.

Also there are other paid or point based shuttles that you can take like the Sam’s Town Shuttle or the Rio Vegas Shuttle. Find here the train hours and buy your tickets here.

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Brisbane Lions – The home of games and entertainment

Brisbane Lions

The Brisbane Lions were formed on 4 July, 1996, when the AFL approved a merger between the Brisbane Bears and the Fitzroy Lions. The club was officially launched on 1 November 1996 and joined the national competition in 1997 It was the first union of two clubs in the ideal combination of youthful optimism and energy and the wisdom of history and tradition. The Brisbane Bears were a young and emerging force to be reckoned with; while the Fitzroy Lions had been in existence for more than 100 years. The Lions have, along with Geelong and Hawthorn, become the one of the three equally most successful AFL clubs in the 21st century. They competed at four AFL Grand Finals from 2001 and 2004. In 2001, 2002, and 2003 the Lions won the premierships.

Brisbane Lions Gaming

Zillions gaming Lounge is the thrilling place where you can try your luck to win elusive jackpot at any one of the 200 poker machines. There is a range of the latest in gaming technology and denominations including Helix Lightning Link, Jackpot Vault, Players Paradise, Rapid Fire, Jackpot General, Cash Carriage To enhance the experience inside the gaming lounge there is a dedicated Tab and Keno facility.

Brisbane Lions Cage Tab

The Cage TAB and Sports Bar offer decently priced beverage selection. Also have a few pool tables, comfortable booths, plenty of TVs to watch the matches with 9 huge plasma screens, your game will be aired. Showcases Fox Sports 1HD to 5HD Fox Footy and Fox Sports News plus Sky Racing Channels 1 & 2. All major sporting events are shown at The Cage Bar Have free pool Monday to Friday between 3.00pm – 6.00pm and a fully operational TAB facility.

Cafe Suprimo

Caffe Suprimo is casual and relaxed dining atmosphere with generous portions at reasonable rates, with  mouth-watering menu that ranges from crispy Panko Crumbed Flounder to sizzling T-bone Steaks. With the ability to seat 200 people, can even accommodate large groups. There is a video arcade for children and every Monday kids eat free with a paying adult.  There is an unbeatable Specials Menu for seniors, like your grandparents. The Caffe is open from 11am until 9pm 7 days a week.

 

Trivia Night

Every day participate in different events to suit your personalities. Come for Trivia on Tuesday very Tuesday 7PM and try to get $270 wins each week and  on Thursdays for Bingo at 9.30 am. There are more daily events happening around each day for you to entertain yourself.

Live Musicians

Live musicians are hosted every weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from local bands and musicians. Join the show in Caffe Suprimo main dining area or in The Cage Bar featuring a wide selection of music, from classic rock to soulful acoustic guitar and everything in between. Also grab a cool drink and enjoy the fantastic energy and talent from local or national musicians in weekends.

Where to enjoy all the fun

Visit Brisbane Lions, 2 Pannikin Street, Rochedale South QLD 4123

Call to know the details of each event at 07 3457 2100

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From Hipsters to Soul Mates- The Bondi Hipsters web series that emerged from tragedy shows how positive one should be even when odds are not in your favour

Bond Hipsters

In their Facebook page the Bondi Hipsters describe them as Adrian and Dom, the two eco-conscious, party-animal Hipsters from Bondi, who are trying to get their nameless fashion brand off the ground. They love to talk about fashion, music, politics, current events, culture, and anything else they think will make them sound cool.

They have made many comedy videos and TV Show “Soul Mates”, and others and garnered a huge online audience.

Some may know Christiaan Van Vuuren better as Dom Nader from Bondi Hipsters, while others may have followed his journey from the Fully Sick Rapper before the apathetic characters went viral on YouTube.

But there was an unlikely catalyst that kick-started Christiaan’s career and now he, his brother Connor Van Vuuren and their friend Nick Boshier are pinned as some of Australia’s most promising and innovative comedians and producers.

But do you know how the journey to this popularity started.

In 2009 Christiaan, originally from Cronulla Beach south of Sydney, travelled to South America for a holiday away from his Sydney advertising job. What he didn’t know was that he would bring back with him a rare and deadly disease.

Christiaan Van Vuuren (right) and Nick Boshier (left) make up the dynamic duo known as Bondi Hipsters- Image Source: Mail Online Andrew Murray

The then 27-year-old was diagnosed with tuberculosis after he was rushed to hospital coughing up blood. He spent 21 days in quarantine before he was released. But Christiaan received a phone call just weeks later, when one of his doctors broke the news that he actually contracted a drug-resistant form of the disease.

Back in the Sydney hospital room where he would spent more than six months straight in quarantine, he had to find a way to amuse himself. In a bid to fill the long days spent mostly in isolation, Christiaan started making videos with the aid of his new laptop in a bid to entertain himself, and a handful of friends. From this, the Fully Sick Rapper was born.

Bondi Hipsters

The then 27-year-old shot to online fame with his character the Fully Sick Rapper, whose songs were mainly about his illness

Connor joined forces with his brother while he was in hospital and the pair began to produce videos together. Christiaan filmed himself making an array of hilarious and touching videos from the confines of his hospital room – most of which revolved around his sickness. For his doctor, TB specialist Dr Hazel Goldberg it was inspiring to see someone deal with a potentially life-threatening illness in such a positive way. According to the doctor the the disease was serious and it was clear from the state of Christiaan when he presented at the hospital that this was a fairly advanced case.

What started as a pass-time for Christiaan developed into hundreds of thousands of views from a growing online audience, despite the comedian’s initial refusal to engage with social media.

Bondi Hipsters spice advert

The trio have garnered international fame and also appeared in an advertisement for Old Spice

Entry into Facebook

By 2009 Facebook had really taken off worldwide but Christiaan didn’t want anything to do with it. ‘Why would you want to watch your friends online – why not catch up with them?’ he said.
The irony that it was social media – where he has millions of views on Youtube and close to 100,000 likes across various Facebook pages – that really kick started Christiaan’s career is not lost on him.
Fast forward through Christiaan’s long recovery, which involved daily trips to the hospital for treatment for a full year after his release, Connor – known then as the Van Buuren Brothers – met Nick Boshier.

Coming together over their shared You tube prominence the group decided to collaborate, and the gluten-free clean-living fashion-conscious Bondi Hipsters, originally just the Hipsters, were created.

Following the exploits of Dom Nader, played by Christiaan, and Nick as Adrian ‘Aids’ Archer, Bondi Hipsters ‘started off as a little left-jab at those Bondi guys’.

According to Christiaan young kids out interested in environmentalist issue but they weren’t changing their own lives and they care about all the big things as long as they don’t affect their own lives. Their most popular video is titled The Organic Life, and highlights the contradictions they observed in people living a ‘clean’ life in Bondi while hitting up the party scene on the weekends.

Christiaan’s time in hospital also reignited the strong friendship between he and Connor. ‘I would say my brother is my best friend’, Christiaan said.

While Christiaan has become somewhat of a spokesperson for the group, he made sure it was known just how much work goes on behind the scenes and the hard yards Nick and Connor also put in.

The hard work has paid off for the trio and the they have made the jump from computer screens to the small screen.  Their TV series title Soulmates was aired on ABC 2 loosely based on the character quirks and traits evident in the Bondi Hipsters. It tracks two souls as they live their lives through different reincarnations, and despite the out-there graphics and crazy concepts Christiaan reincarnation ‘feels like a more possible concept than it used to’.

The show is based on ‘the idea if you’re in a reincarnating soul what happens from life to life. Is the idea of a soul mate or is there a reason for that.

Bondi Hipsters soul mates

Last year Bondi Hipsters, Ian Thorpe also teamed up for hilarious olympics videos.Watch their soul mates TV episodes now

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Celebrate the 15th Anniversary of “Get Rich or Die Tryin” with 50 Cent in 2018 Australia

50 cent

It’s coming up to 15 years since 50 Cent released ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and to celebrate, 50’s coming down under for two massive outdoor shows, one in Sydney and one in Melbourne. Turns out it’s been over a decade since 50 toured down under, he was last here in 2006 just after the release of the movie ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’, so fans are obviously pretty stoked he’ll be coming back in 2018.

Get Rich or Die Tryin’ is the major-label debut studio album by 50 Cent. It was released February 6, 2003, by Aftermath, Shady, Interscope and Universal. The album was produced by Dr. Dre and Eminem, and featured guest appearances from Eminem, Nate Dogg, Young Buck, Lloyd Banks, and Tony Yayo.

 

 

The album debuted and peaked at number one on the Billboard 200, selling over 872,000 copies in its 1st week. It generated over 5 singles, including the number one hits “In da Club” and “21 Questions”, and the international hit “P.I.M.P.” By 2016, Get Rich or Die Tryin’ sold 8.4 million copies in the United States and is certified 6× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Upon its release, the album received universal widespread critical acclaim from most music critics and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, losing to OutKast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below at the 46th Grammy Awards.

In 2018 50 Cent is currently scheduled to perform two massive outdoor shows in Australia

  • Friday, 9th February: Parramatta Park, Sydney NSW
  • Saturday 10th February: Melbourne Showgrounds, Melbourne VIC.

Tickets are  $99 + booking fees for General Admission or $159.00 + Booking fees for the Platinum Admission and you should be 18 and over years of age to enter. Gates open at 5:30pm in Sydney and 5:00pm in Melbourne, and you get there as close to these times as possible to get the best spots.

Click here to book your tickets now.

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The top five Blackjack table etiquette that you should follow

Game of Blackjack

It is not a new thing about etiquette in casinos specially if you are a frequent visitor. But if you are new player or going to a land casino to enjoy some Blackjack table games then sure this is important for you. Following Blackjack etiquette is important and if you go far out of line the casino staff need to then call the security in some instances but for a minor table manner rule they are not going to lose you as a player too. But certainly when playing Blackjack you need to follow the rules at the outset, you can make the game more fun for yourself and other players. So you need to brush up on your table etiquette, bring a little bit of class to the blackjack table, and improve the gaming experience for everyone. Here are the top five Blackjack table etiquette that you should follow

You need to be gracious

You lose or you win the game of Blackjack, it pays to take the cards as they come. Remember, the dealer is not trying to beat you. He’s not cheating to empty your bank account. If anything, he’s rooting for you to win because it bodes well for his tip. Limit your cursing, be a good winner, and repeat to yourself that it’s just a game.

Gradually pick up the pace

If you do not have the grasp of the Blackjack game then need not worry as dealers are used to coddling beginners. That said, avoid referring back to your strategy card every time the action is on you. Other players want to move the game along, and it is poor etiquette to stretch your turn beyond the limits of good taste. Try online blackjack to familiarize yourself with the game before trying your hand in the casino.

Keep your advice to yourself

This is not just applicable to the blackjack table, but there’s something about the game that attracts know-it-alls. No matter how well-intentioned or useful your advice may be to other players, they don’t want to hear it. If they take it and lose, there’s going to be hard feelings. If you’re sprinkling insults in with your advice, you may find yourself escorted out of the building. Better to keep your wisdom a secret.

Don’t touch the bet

This is a hard habit for some people to break, but it’s one of the quickest ways to attract unwanted attention from security. Once you place your bet, keep your hands away from the chips. Also order your chips properly. When placing a bet, chips are properly stacked with the smallest denomination on top. If you put a more valuable chip on top, most dealers will put them in order for you, slowing the game for everyone. This policy is in place to prevent cheaters from adding a high-value chip to their wager after the hand is finished, so don’t invite suspicion by stacking improperly.

Keep cash out of the betting box

These days new casinos are unlikely to accept cash bets at the blackjack table, but there are a few old-fashioned gaming halls that still let you put some crisp Benjamins down on the action. If you’re in such an establishment, cut down on confusion by keeping your cash out of the betting box. You don’t want the dealer to assume it’s intended as a bet if it isn’t.

With these five etiquette also remember when you are watching a table, do so quietly, as to not bother the players. Also do not touch the cards when playing a face-up Blackjack. If you are playing Face-Down, then you can touch the cards. Note that too much table chatter disrupts the other players’ concentration. If you enjoy booze and play then spilling drinks on the table is obviously a big no-no. Accidents do happen, but take care not to be the cause of the spill.

It is better to learn some blackjack rules like the Hand Signals before entering the game of Blackjack. Finally it is a courtesy to tip the dealer when you are winning, it shows respect and gratitude.

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Upcoming is a new public park zone scheduled to open in 2021 among the $6 billion Barangaroo development plan

Barangaroo

Waterman’s Cove at Barangaroo, including an amphitheatre shape and a public pier on the southern side of the cove. Photo: Lendlease, Grant Associates

A sweeping two-hectare public park, complete with waterfront walkway and new pier, will be some of the final pieces of the $6 billion Barangaroo development that will link the northern reserve to the office towers at the south-west end. The new park space, due to open in 2021, swings past the front of the proposed Crown integrated resort development in the Barangaroo South precinct and will allow for meeting and eating spaces, free Wi-Fi and bike parking.

It is the showcase of the project that the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, on behalf of the NSW government, says completes the design of Barangaroo South, as part of the authority’s commitment to delivering more than half of the area as open public space.

Using engravings carved into sandstone around the reserve as markers, Aboriginal artists Genevieve Grieves and Amanda Jane Reynolds have created a multimedia journey into the cultural heritage of Barangaroo.

The final stage will be at Barangaroo Central. The Renzo Piano apartments are in Barangaroo South between the Crown resort and Hickson Road. It is one of the biggest urban developments undertaken by Lendlease in Sydney and already more than 15,000 people are working, living and visiting the area with three office towers, apartments and waterfront restaurants. According to retailer David Jones its new, smaller-concept store is breaking initial sales expectations.

Within the southern area there is also the new International House Sydney, the first engineered timber office building and the new home to advisory group, Accenture, once completed.

According to the landscape architects, Grant Associates, much focus has been on allowing the area to catch the northern sun, but be more sheltered from the wind and hot western sun.

Under the development application, which will be lodged with the Department of Planning and Environment, and available on public exhibition as part of the planning process, the new public spaces will be across five areas: Hickson Park, Waterman’s Cove, Wulugul Walk, Barangaroo Avenue and Waterman’s Quay.

Barangaroo development

Hickson Park will be one hectare of public parkland, similar in size to the renowned Bryant Park in front of the New York Public Library. Photo: Lendlease, Grant Associates

 

The proposed Hickson Park will be one hectare of public parkland and is said to be modelled on Bryant Park in front of the New York Public Library. Waterman’s Cove is the main area and is a fully accessible amphitheatre-style boardwalk on the water, which the developers expect will be a magnet for visitors and Barangaroo office workers. The extension to Wulugul Walk will be around the Crown Sydney Hotel Resort.

Barangaroo park

The final section of Wulugul Walk, which hugs Sydney Harbour along the entire length of Barangaroo. Photo: Lendlease, Grant Associates

 

In a statement Barangaroo Delivery Authority chief executive Craig van der Laan, it was an exciting proposal for the creation of more beautiful public spaces at Barangaroo, which will be of enormous benefit to the people of Sydney. The new harbour cove and public park represent the next step in the extraordinary transformation of Barangaroo from a 22-hectare concrete container terminal into a world-class, vibrant waterfront precinct.
Architect Bob Nation, the authority’s design adviser who has overseen the design development, said the plans provided extensive public benefit and a completely different park experience to Barangaroo Reserve and the waterfront parkland proposed for Central Barangaroo.

The final section of Wulugul Walk, which hugs Sydney Harbour along the entire length of Barangaroo, will be the link that will complete the 14-kilometre waterfront walk from Garden Island to the Fish Markets and will boast a 30-metre-wide waterfront promenade, with an additional nine metres beyond the Crown hotel podium.

Barangaroo Avenue was Barangaroo’s “high street” and was a direct extension for the avenue that already runs through the existing financial and restaurant precinct. It is the primary north-south route through the area for cars and pedestrians. Waterman’s Quay will be a “grand tree-lined boulevard”, creating a link between Hickson Road and the harbour, about 113 metres in length and 23 metres wide.

 

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Does your moustache help you win and earn a fame- Here are the 10 Australians who boost of their most Iconic Moustaches

Moustaches

This is for men only- Moustaches make men is the old saying and it is true. There have been studies done that say men with mustaches “are perceived to be more attractive, industrious, creative, masculine, dominant, and mature. There are World Moustache championships and Movember month to celebrate the masculinity of men. Also good news for men – as a study also revealed that 80% of women like men who have moustaches as they look damn hot and are more attractive. Well moustaches can win you a jackpot and earn a fame. It is true because a man with moustache seems more confident and appealing. Here are the 10 Australians who boost of their most iconic moustaches and have really won the hearts of people with their name and fame.

1. John Burgess

John Burgess

John Burgess is an Australian television and radio personality and host, often referred to as “Burgo” and “Baby John Burgess”. He is best known for his hosting duties on Wheel of Fortune on the Seven Network, from 1984 to 1996. He later hosted Burgo’s Catch Phrase, shown on the Nine Network.

Also he hosted teenage show “Turning On” on HSV7 in the 1970s. This show featured many bands including “Zoot” and Gillian Fitzgerald was one of the main dancers and included Judy Moody and Christine Kelson.

He also hosted the Australian game show Pass the Buck, shown in 2002 on the Nine Network. John Burgess joined the cast of Balls of Steel Australia on The Comedy Channel in 2012. On 25 September 2006 he started as breakfast show announcer for easy listening radio station 3MP in Melbourne.

On 12 December 2011 he took over from Johnny Young at 6IX Perth, departing the station in December 2015. Burgess is expected to return to 6iX in a new timeslot from 22 April 2017.

2. Nick Cave

Nick Cave

Nicholas Edward “Nick” Cave is an Australian musician, singer-songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional film actor, best known as the frontman of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Referred to as rock music’s “Prince of Darkness”, Cave’s music is generally characterised by emotional intensity, a wide variety of influences, and lyrical obsessions with death, religion, love and violence.

3. Merv Hughes

Merv Hughes

Merv Hughes is a big-hearted fast bowler who ultimately made a major contribution to Australia’s fortunes. A crowd favourite, he was a lively character armed with an imposing run-up and delivery action, a classic fast bowlers’ glare down the pitch, a mischievous sense of humour and a moustache of incredible proportions. While his antics sometimes overshadowed his bowling, Hughes gave every ounce of effort to his country, and helped it to re-climb the ranks of Test cricket. Hughes made a comparatively modest entrance in the mid-1980s, but his value came to the fore against West Indies in 1988-89, when he lost pace partner Geoff Lawson to a broken jaw in the second Test. Hughes gained a hat-trick in that match, but his performance – 13 for 217 off 73.1 overs – illustrated his ability to combine the roles of spearhead and stock bowler.

4. Dennis Lillee

Dennis Lillee

Dennis Keith Lillee, is a former Australian cricketer rated as the “outstanding fast bowler of his generation”. Lillee was known for his fiery temperament, ‘never-say-die’ attitude and popularity with the fans.

In the early part of his career Lillee was an extremely quick bowler, but a number of stress fractures in his back almost ended his career. Taking on a strict fitness regime, he fought his way back to full fitness, eventually returning to international cricket. By the time of his retirement from international cricket in 1984 he had become the then world record holder for most Test wickets (355), and had firmly established himself as one of the most recognisable and renowned Australian sportsmen of all time.

5. David Boon

David Boon

David Clarence Boon, nicknamed Boonie, is a former Australian cricketer whose international playing career spanned the years 1984–1996. A right-handed batsman and a very occasional off-spin bowler, he played First-class cricket for both his home state Tasmania and English county side Durham.

Known for his portly figure and distinctive moustache, Boon scored more than 7,000 runs at Test level, and made more than 100 appearances for both the Test and One Day International Australian side. After leaving the international game he went to England to captain Durham before retiring to become a national selector.

6. Iain Hewitson

Iain Hewitson

Iain “Huey” Hewitson  is a New Zealand-born chef and author who moved to Australia in 1972. He has a history as restaurateur in Melbourne, but is best known for his television involvement with Network Ten. He was also the face of supermarket chain BI-LO (Australia). Between 1991 and 1999 Hewitson appeared on the Ten lifestyle show Healthy, Wealthy and Wise. Ensuing programs with his participation include Huey’s TV Dinner and Never Trust a Skinny Cook. He has been the host of Huey’s Cooking Adventures and Huey’s Kitchen.

7. George Negus

George Negus

George Edward Negus  is an Australian author, journalist and television presenter specialising in international affairs. He most recently presented 6:30 with George Negus on Network Ten. He remains a director of his own media consulting company, Negus Media International. Negus has also written several books, including one based on his time in Italy, and co-wrote a six-part series of children’s books with Kirsty Cockburn, his partner, in the early 1990s. His latest book is “The World from DownUnder — A Chat with Recent History” and published by Harper Collins Australia. Negus became a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2015 Australia Day honours.

8. Mark Mitchell

Mark Mitchell

Mark Mitchell’s best known character is Con Dickaletus aka ‘Con the Fruiterer’ whom he created after being served by two Greek Australian stall holders at Glenferrie Markets in 1984. The character became known nationally from regular appearances in The Comedy Company, for which he also created the character of Con’s wife, Marika. According to Comedy Company writer Ian McFadyen, “Con the Fruiterer was an attempt to represent that whole immigrant subculture which until recently has been totally ignored except as a stereotype token wog”.

Con’s catchphrases “coupla days”, “bewdiful” and “doesn’t madda” entered the Australian vernacular. In August 1989, then Prime Minister Bob Hawke appeared in a The Comedy Company sketch with Mitchell on the premise of presenting Con with Australian citizenship. In reply to Con’s question as to when Hawke was going to fix up the country, Hawke took great delight in responding “a coupla days”.[4]

Con’s Bewdiful Australia: A Guide to the Second-Best Country in the World was published by Penguin Books in 1989. Although written by Mitchell, authorship was credited to ‘Con Dikaletis’. A condensed version of the book, read by Mitchell as Con, was released on audio cassette. A spinoff series Con’s Bewdiful Holiday Videos was screened on the Ten Network in 1997. Con also fronted a campaign urging Australians to eat more fruit in 2010.

9. Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Michael Jackman  is an Australian actor, singer, and producer. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in a variety of film genres. He is known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film series, as well as for his lead roles in films such as the romantic-comedy fantasy Kate & Leopold (2001), the action-horror film Van Helsing (2004), the magic-themed drama The Prestige (2006), the epic fantasy drama The Fountain (2006), the epic historical romantic drama Australia (2008), the film version of Les Misérables (2012), and the thriller Prisoners (2013). His work in Les Misérables earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and his first Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy in 2013.

In Broadway theatre, Jackman won a Tony Award for his role in The Boy from Oz. A four-time host of the Tony Awards themselves, he won an Emmy Award for one of these appearances. Jackman also hosted the 81st Academy Awards on 22 February 2009.

10. Geoffrey Roy Rush

Geoffrey Rush

Geoffrey Roy Rush  is an Australian actor and film producer. Rush is the youngest amongst the few people who have won the “Triple Crown of Acting”: the Academy Award, the Primetime Emmy Award, and the Tony Award. He has won one Academy Award for acting (from four nominations), three British Academy Film Awards (from five nominations), two Golden Globe Awards and four Screen Actors Guild Awards. Rush is the founding President of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts and was named the 2012 Australian of the Year. He is also the first actor to win the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Critics’ Choice Movie Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award for a single performance in film for his performance in Shine (1996).

So moustaches did played a role in all of these famous people and help them earn a name in the world.

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Most popular abbreviations you can use at online Blackjack casinos

Blackjack casino abreviation

As most of the online casinos now offer live dealer blackjack games or social blackjack games you need to grasp some of the advanced communication terminology used at these online casinos when chatting with other players or with live dealers at the Blackjack table.

Here find  some of the following Blackjack specific abbreviations that might interest you and you can use them.

  • APC – advanced point count
  • BS – basic strategy
  • BEP – break even point
  • BE – betting efficiency
  • BCA – blackjack count analyzer
  • BIB – blackbelt in blackjack
  • BTD – beat the dealer
  • B – bonuses may be available
  • C – coupons may be available
  • CC – card counting
  • CTS – casino tournament strategy
  • CW – cocktail waitress
  • CSM – continuous shuffling machine
  • CW – cocktail waitress
    CTR – currency transaction report
  • COL – casino collects a fee per hand. generally above one percent
  • D10 – double down allowed only on ten or eleven
  • DE – double exposure blackjack
  • DD – double down
  • DOA – double down on any first two cards
  • D8 – double on 8, 9, 10, 11, and generally soft hands
  • DAS – double after splits allowed
  • ES – early surrender
  • EV – expected value
  • ENHC – no hole card (European rules)
  • FU – face up single or double deck game
  • FD – face down game shoe game
  • GBC – gambler’s book club
  • GCB – gaming control board
  • HA – house advantage
  • HSA – hit after spitting aces
  • LVS – Las Vegas strip
  • LS – late surrender
  • MA – multiple action blackjack
  • MDBJ – million dollar blackjack
  • NT – no text
  • NMO – no money shoe entry on request
  • NMM – no mid shoe entry and no spreading to multiple hands
    NOBJ – if dealer has ace and ten, the hand plays as ordinary 21
  • OU – over, under. side bets that your two card total will be over or under thirteen.
  • PE – playing efficiency
  • PB – player banked game
  • PK – dealer manually peeks under ten valued cards
  • RC – running count
  • RNG – random number generator
  • RPC – revere point count
  • RSA – resplit aces
  • ROR – risk of ruin
  • RS# – resplit non aces to number of hands
  • RB – red black sidebet
  • SC – card used to determine shuffle point in one or two deck games
  • SP21 – Spanish 21 rules. all tens removed from deck
  • TC – true count
  • TARGET – a nonsense blackjack system
  • UR – unlimited resplits of non aces
  • VP – video poker
  • VAR – variance, as used by mathematicians

Some of the other abbreviations used are:

  • $ – high stakes only. usually above $100
  • ¢ – low stakes only. usually below $25
  • * – other special or unusual rules
  • #Xx – number of tables available
  • 3UP – play one hand against three dealer upcards
  • 21E – naturals play even money instead of three to two

Now you can easily use them in your communication when playing at the Blackjack table and boost to be a pro player who knows much of the game.

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Can you and your friend win $2 Million Keno Jackpots at same Tavern?

 

keno Jackpot

You will say how is that possible that you also win and your friend also win on same tavern where finding the best odds of winning Keno Jackpot is much harder. But who can challenge your destiny if you have to be a millionaire- obviously no one can.  This is what happened when a man won $2 million on keno last year in November 2016 at the Beachmere Tavern.

A man did win $2 million on Keno at the Beachmere Hotel just four years after his mate did exactly the same thing. The $2.12 million Keno jackpot topped off a winning streak for the tradesman, who is in his 60s. It seems lady luck was with him for the whole month of November last year as prior to winning this jackpot few days before he had won $3000 on the pokies, followed by a $1700 jackpot on the pokies again and a $400 mini jackpot at the Sundowner Hotel.

That lucky day after a few drinks, he went home but decided to head to the Beachmere Hotel, where he played the pokies and also Keno Using Quick Picks before reverting to a set of birthday numbers which he often uses, chosen for him by a friend.

He  was playing the pokies and about 10 minutes after he put his tickets in, when one of the girls came out and said, ‘Someone’s won $2 million. Have you still got a ticket going?'”. He just kept playing the pokies and about 10 or 15 minutes later, he took my ticket over and the register rang out. She said, ‘You’re the one we’ve been looking for’.”

The tradesman,  claims he has little regard for money, took the win in his stride and was so casual that after all the handshakes and everything, he just went back to playing the pokies for a while.

He said it was “unbelievable” that two blokes who were friends could win $2 million separately at the same tavern. Maybe friendship followed the destiny too.

The lucky streak came at a good time for the man, who had been about $2000 behind in bills for rates, water and sewage, and his house payment.

He is now looking at buying a new house and perhaps a boat to make up for the one he sold to get by when he was out of work a few years back and forced to dip in to his superannuation to get by.

He said he would continue working, but possibly not as much maybe only three days a week, but instead of doing 10 or 12 hours a day, he will now do eight hours a day.

Beachmore Tavern also houses a Sports Bar with a big screen showing the races and all the main sporting events so you don’t miss a second of the action. With TAB facilities available and Giddy-Up screens their friendly staff can provide any required information and have it available on hand.

The Tavern has proven lucky for not only the latest winner and his mate. In the year 2015, there was a nine out of $33,61610 win on February 6, a seven-number jackpot of $33,616 was won on February 2, and a nine number jackpot of $155,616 was won on November 8. Just say Wow!

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The House- The Upcoming Comedy Film You Will Love To Watch

The House

The House is an upcoming American comedy film directed by Andrew J. Cohen, who co-wrote it with Brendan O’Brien. The film stars Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Ryan Simpkins, Jason Mantzoukas, Nick Kroll, Allison Tolman, Michaela Watkins, Cedric Yarbrough and Jeremy Renner. Principal photography began on September 14, 2015, in Los Angeles. The film is scheduled to be released on June 30, 2017, by Warner Bros. Pictures.

The plot of the story is that Scott (Ferrell) and his wife Kate (Poehler) team up with their neighbors to start an illegal casino in his basement to earn money, after they destroy their daughter’s college fund.

 

 

Said to be one of the funniest big-screen releases of the year, Poehler and Ferrell play a married couple, Kate and Scott Johansen, who find themselves in financial crisis after realizing that they don’t have enough money to pay for their daughter’s college tuition.

With the assistance of their friend, Frank, played by the funny Jason Mantzoukas, they come up with a rather attractive solution to their financial woes – start an illegal casino in their suburban home. They successfully bring Vegas to life in their basement toppled with a nail salon, poker parlor, and a strip club.

Forced to live double lives and now casino owners, they participate in many things that force them to question the morals and ethics in a rather humorous manner. This is best seen in the trailer, where both Scott and Kristen have to deal with a cheating guest which takes a disastrous turn. This movie showcases the difficult decisions parents are sometimes forced to make just to make their child happy and that with the casino in mind.