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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.

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Gold Coast 2018- Tickets up for sale now

Gold Coast Commonwealth games

The countdown has begun for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. During 4 – 15 April 2018, the Gold Coast will turn up the fun to full throttle with amazing athletes doing what they do best in Australia’s favourite holiday destination Queensland. With beaches, world heritage listed rainforests and thrilling theme parks mixed in with your favourite sport at the Commonwealth Games, it will be ‘the’ place to be.

Ticket request begin from April 24th 2017 and you can place a request for tickets until 22nd May 2017. Note that no orders will be confirmed, or payments taken, until after the ticket request phase closes. When ordering tickets ensure that you have your ticket requests submitted and the payment details are correct. Also confirm your card expiry date isn’t before August 2017.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will showcase 18 sports and include the largest integrated para-sport program at a Commonwealth Games. Visit Ticket Downloads to know about price and other details.

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Ticktes

From July 2017 onwards any remaining tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis

Free public transport will be available for ticketed spectators travelling to and from competition events on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane on the South East Queensland TransLink public transport network. In Cairns and Townsville, free travel will be available on TransLink and Qconnect bus services. As one of Australia’s premier holiday destinations and a city famous for its thriving tourism industry, the Gold Coast has an abundance of accommodation options to choose from.

Ticket requests

 

 

You can place a ticket request at any time during this phase, no preference will be given to the time of day or date a ticket request is placed. Just make your request here.

Ticket requests will be accumulated over a four-week period from midday on 24 April and close at 11:59pm on 22 May 2017 (AEST), and no orders will be confirmed or payments taken until after the Ticket Request phase closes.

During this phase a roll-down service will be offered whereby customers can indicate in advance whether to accept a lower price category in their selected session, if unsuccessful in their initial price category request.

Any sessions that have more ticket requests than there is availability will have tickets awarded via a fair and equal draw. The fair and equal draw is made by computer and processed randomly.

Placing a ticket request does not guarantee success, it does provide you with the best chance to secure tickets for the most in-demand sports and sessions.

You can pay by all major credit and debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express). Note that you cannot process your payments by Cheque, PayPal or other payment methods.

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Meet Cepheus- The Virtual Poker Playing Computer

Poker Computer

Cepheus is the first poker playing program that “essentially weakly solved” the game of heads-up limit Texas hold ’em. This was the first imperfect information game played competitively by humans to be essentially solved. It was developed by the Computer Poker Research Group (CPRG) at the University of Alberta and was introduced in January 2015 in a paper entitled “Heads-up limit hold’em poker is solved”, published in Science by Michael Bowling, Neil Burch, Michael Johanson, and Oskari Tammelin.

Researchers at the University of Alberta call this futuristic gambler Cepheus after a king from Greek mythology, and it is to poker what Deep Blue was to the game of chess. Also if you had designs on becoming the best poker player in the world, the computer’s designers have news for you: you’re destined for second place. The program was trained by playing billions of hands against itself, learning through trial-and-error the optimal strategy for one-on-one play. And while Cepheus’s programmers stop short of calling its strategy a perfect one, they say that it would never lose money against a human player over the long run.

What makes Cepheus special?

Cepheus poker

After all, computers have figured out how to solve games like checkers in the past. Well, say the scientists, games like checkers and Connect Four are different in that both players are privy to all of the information. Poker is unique in that a player must make their moves with a limited knowledge of what has happened up to that point. Assuming that every hand does not go to showdown, players must wonder when, why, and to what extent their opponents are bluffing. That aspect of the game is what draws players back to the felt, and it’s what makes this computer’s achievements so extraordinary.

What can you learn from Cepheus?

Cepheus Strategy

Humans may be outmatched by Cepheus, but the program may prove useful to new players of the game. By looking at the decisions the computer makes – most of them the correct ones for any given situation – players can see if their own games need refinement. Already, the computer proves that the player in the dealer position has a tremendous advantage in a heads up situation. It also proves that raising is preferable to calling in most situations, since it offers a way to immediately win the hand.

What’s most remarkable about the computer’s strategy is that it isn’t afraid to play loose. Cepheus will wade into competition with any number of dreadful hands, confident that it can use strategy to push the other player off a better set of cards. In this way, it is similar to many of the world’s top poker professionals like Ivey and Gus Hanson.

Cepheus’ strategy is very close to a Nash equilibrium strategy for heads-up limit Texas hold’em, as an optimal counter-strategy to Cepheus can only win 0.000986 big blinds per game on expectation (to go from “essentially” solving the game to just “solving” the game one has to reduce this expected loss to precisely 0 big blinds per game). However, 0.000986 big blinds per game on expectation means that even if someone played against Cepheus for a lifetime, this person will not be able to say, with statistical significance, that s/he has won.

Though Cepheus is garnering headlines for its poker-playing abilities, the researchers insist that training a computer to become a master gambler is little more than a side effect. They look at the imperfect-information game of poker as a symbol for more pressing real-world situations. One of the creators says that Cepheus’s strategy could be applied to fight terrorism, improve negotiations, and even treat disease.

If you are interested to play with Cepheus you need to sign up here. But if you think playing at casinos is far more fun and competitive then that is also a perfect choice.

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The beautiful Casino architecture- Does it lure you to visit the casino

Casino Architecture lure you to gambling

                                                                     Bellagio Las Vegas Casino

When you first look at the casino building in Las Vegas or even in your country you simply say its just awesome. You feel the urge to enter inside and look at things more closely with your eyes. Once inside you observe the glamour, hustle and bustle and the grand design of gaming tables and pokie machines that you at once are lured to play few of the games.

But do you know the beautiful casino architecture is build behind a psychology and that is to lure you more to gamble and play. You must have heard that there are no clocks or windows in casinos so that punters won’t realize how long they’ve been losing money. According to research, it turns out that the most successful casino design may not be the dark, maze-like designs you think they are.

It’s no shock that a business built on getting many people to ignore the odds and spend lots of money would be invested in making sure that every thing in the casinos work towards that goal.

What do the Casino look for in their architectural design?

Old Casino

                                                 Old Casino- Image source: Saigoneer.com

So what do you think casinos mostly wanted in their design. They wanted it designed with as few windows as possible, creating a cave-like environment where night and day cannot be distinguished. It’s a simple and effective tactic designed to keep players from realizing how late it’s getting. Combine that with a conspicuous absence of clocks, and you take away all measures of time. Might as well keep putting money in the pokies.

Also casinos use Impulse Control factor like you find at the grocery store, waiting to get checked out, when you suddenly find yourself adding a Snickers bar to your purchases. Grocery stores put these “impulse” items there for a reason, and casinos use a similar form of psychology to attract your money. Rather than making snacks and bathrooms easily accessible, they put them in the least likely locations, forcing customers to walk past dozens of attractive games to get there. It’s like the midway at your local fair, except the games are usually much more fun.

They include Labyrinthine Design so that it can take multiple trips to a single casino to learn your way around the place. So confusing is the average casino’s layout that there are probably people from the 90s still absently wandering their halls today. This is, of course, fully intentional. The more twists and turns they introduce into the design, the more distracted the players will get. Oh, who knew the roulette wheel was way over here,

Bill Friedman and the Gaming Design

Bellagio Casino

                                       An aerial night view of the Bellagio and Las Vegas

 

The biggest proponent of casino design that we think of as being “classic” comes from former gambling addict Bill Friedman, who became a professor teaching about casino management at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, a casino executive, and a casino consultant. In order to revamp the hotels that he had taken over, he studied over eighty Nevada casinos, trying to determine what they had that brought people to them. The games themselves are the same, so it had to be the package that was different. As he writes in Stripping Las Vegas: A Contextual Review of Casino Resort Architecture, “The only relevant consideration for casino design are these: What percentage of visitors gamble? What percentage return to gamble? Nothing else matters.”

Isleta Casino

            “Structures within structures” at the Isleta Casino & Resort, in Albuquerque.

 

Friedman’s conclusions became a 630-page book called Designing Casinos to Dominate the Competition. Friedman includes the analysis of the design elements common to successful casinos, tracking casino design throughout the whole history of legal gaming in Nevada, finishing in the 1990s. Friedman’s conclusions are based on his observations, evaluating successful elements as the ones in casinos making the most money and attracting gamblers from outside of their own guests. In his analysis, casinos were evaluated on total casino win, pokies win, number of pokies, pokies occupancy rate, and player count. He also evaluated pokies-to-room ratio, figuring that having more pokies than room in the hotel was evidence that punters were coming from competitors to their casinos. In a similar vein, he also looked at the ratio of players-to-room, more players than space in the hotel also measures

No aspect of design is left out of Friedman’s analysis, and his thirteen principles line-up to certain stereotypes that you have about casinos. As some examples:

  • Principle 2: Gambling Equipment Immediately Inside Casino Entrances Beats Vacant Entrance Landings and Empty Lobbies
  • Principle 4: The Maze Layout Beats Long, Wide, Straight Passageways and Aisles
  • Principle 8: Low Ceilings Beat High Ceilings
  • Principle 9: Gambling Equipment As the Décor Beats Impressive and Memorable Decorations
  • Principle 11: Pathways Emphasizing the Gambling Equipment Beat the Yellow Brick Road

If you’ve been to hotel where the casino was right there as you entered, the ceilings low, with little decor outside of the tables and machines, and with a layout that somehow always led you back to the casino, then you’ve seen the “gaming design” in action.

New architect or the playground design of the casinos

New layout design

                 Playground new design of the casinos- Image source: Calvinayre.com

 

The history of casino design and architecture is a fascinating one. In the past, casinos were dark, smoky areas that were characterised by artificial light, neon flashes and an absence of windows. But, the casino industry has long moved on since then. In recent times, architects like Roger Thomas are slowly changing old designs with more modern features to attract a ‘new age’ audience.

Nowadays, architects balance the requirement for a space large enough to house a new vast array of gambling and entertainment facilities with the need not to overwhelm the visitor.

Many casinos developed in the last decade have eschewed, for instance, the suggestion that windows are bad for business. Instead of aiming for a frenetic, enclosed experience, these designers are trying to make their casinos feel more like a luxury resort.

The new wave of casino architecture embraces natural lighting, colors like soft greens and whites, and high ceilings that make guests feel more at ease. You will wonder why the sudden change in the new architecture of casinos. Well some experts insist that it’s because women make up a much larger portion of the gambling demographic than they did forty years ago. Also the high-octane, gaming-cave atmosphere casinos have always embraced was turning women off. The new casinos – exemplified by Steve Wynn’s Bellagio – have proven to be a roaring success, recasting much of what it was believed about gambling psychology.

Perfume or scent in the Casino attracts punters

Wheel of Fortune

                                                     Wheel of Fortune in the Venetian Casino

 

Another element that is used to get people to gamble more is scent. In a 2006 study, two smells that had been previously determined to be “pleasant” were released in different pokies machine areas, with an un-odored area as a control. The first smell increased returns by around 45%, whereas the control and the second smell had no appreciable difference from other weekends. The paper hypothesized that the smell could have caused people to slow down or stop in the area, making them more likely to gamble. As to why one worked and one didn’t:

One possible mechanism of action of the effective odorant, is the phenomena called olfactory-evoked recall, in which, as mentioned, memories are stimulated as are their accompanying nostalgic exaltation of mood. Of almost 1000 subjects queried recently, 86% said that an odor could induce in them a vivid memory of the past. It seems possible that Odorant No. 1 induced nostalgic recall and the associated emotions were affectively congruent with, and enhanced, the gambling mood.

The paper also compares the scent to the lights, sounds, and other things in the casino. If that is true, it could fall into the same category as the small design elements manipulated in the other study.

But let’s face it, past or present, casino construction uses a certain amount of psychology to lure players in, but also to keep them there once they’ve walked in the door. So essentially, beautiful casino design is an intricate process that involves optimising floor plan, décor and atmospherics to encourage you to play games and spend money.

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Melbourne Food and Wine Festival at Crown Melbourne

Melbourne food and wine fest

At Crown casino you can enjoy Food and Wine Festival from 31st March to 9th April 2017. Here is what all  you can enjoy:

1. Taste of the deep south

Taste of Deep South

On 5th and 6th April 2017 between 6 Pm – 9 PM

  • $85 per person three courses with Champagne on 5th April
  • $85 per person three courses with Craft Beer on 6th April

Acclaimed U.S. chef Ari Kolender returns to The Merrywell with two events offering a new take on his famous fried chicken. Over two nights, Ari pairs his iconic South Carolina home cookin’ and famous fried chicken with champagne on 5 April, and craft beer on 6 April.
These two special events will showcase the richness of southern dishes, so get ready to discover a new taste sensation that’s sure to make the poultry pop.
To make a booking call +61 3 9292 5777

 

2. Restaurant express lunch

Restaurant Express

Savour the tempting flavours of  restaurant express lunch offerings at Nobu, Bistro Guillaume, Silks or Long Chim.31 March and 3 – 7 April 2017 between 12 pm – 2.30 pm $40 per person for two courses including matching beverage.

Indulge in the tempting flavours of innovative Japanese fusion at Nobu as Head Chef Sean Tan and his talented team prepare an irresistible twist on traditional flavours in stylish surrounds. At Silks, the culinary team invite you to savour authentic Cantonese fare, or indulge in the inspiring French fare by Guillaume Brahimi at Bistro Guillaume. David Thompson’s Long Chim offers tantalising Thai, all part of restaurant express lunch offerings.  To make a booking call +61 3 9292 5777

3. Going the whole hog

Going the whole hog

Featuring unique smokehouse flavours, Crown invites you to experience smoked meats like no other at San Antone by Bludso’s BBQ on 2 & 9 April 2017 between 12pm – 4pm $60 per person including 2 selected drinks. Sample the unique American barbecue with third-generation pit master Kevin Bludso – bringing the taste of Texas to Melbourne. Kevin will be on hand to share his smoking secrets and show dedicated smokers how to replicate his Texan flavours. Savour barbecue favourites, including meats smoked for 14+ hours and delicious sides such as mac and cheese, coleslaw and corn bread. To make a booking call +61 3 9292 5777

 

4. High tea in the sky

High Tea in the sky

Indulge in the ultimate high tea in the sky at Level 28 Skybar with high tea favourites, modern delights and bubbles on 2 & 9 April 2017 from 1.30pm – 4.30pm

  • $70 per person including a glass of sparkling wine
  • $90 per person including a glass of Moet & Chandon NV champagne
  • $150 per person including flowing Moet & Chandon NV champagne

Enjoy traditional favourites, including scones, éclairs and tartlets, and the modern delights of coconut panna cotta, finger sandwiches, and hot and cold savouries, finished with a flute of bubbles or flowing Moet & Chandon champagne.

 

5. The Thai experience

Thai Experience

Join this special Melbourne Food & Wine Festival event at the new Long Chim Melbourne, where celebrated chef David Thompson will showcase his signature Thai cuisine on 3 April 2017 between 6.30pm – 11pm $250 or $300 per person including David Thompson’s cookbook ‘Thai Street Food’

Inspired by the street food and markets of Bangkok Considered one of the world’s greatest chefs, David Thompson is widely recognised as an authority on Thai cuisine and culture. Now, he brings his globally recognised and award-winning menu to Melbourne.

Long Chim means to “come, try and taste”, and with this invitation, Thompson will showcase his casual Thai cuisine representative of his signature style and generous flavour. To make a booking call +61 3 9292 5777

6. The Sake experience

The Sake Experience

Experience innovative Japanese fusion at Nobu as you join head chef Sean Tan for a divine eight course menu, including matching sake on 5th  April 2017 between 6.30pm – 11pm, $250 or $300 per person including your choice of Nobu cookbook. Have a memorable sake-inspired menu, showcasing the best of  signature modern cuisine, paired with unique, matching sake in this divine eight course menu. To make a booking call +61 3 9292 5777