While there is a plethora of Virtual Reality (VR) headsets on the market, the new light, comfortable and stylish Daydream View by Google feels like a game changer.
None of the previous headsets have quite hit the sweet spot in terms of price, comfort and usability, to make VR experiences accessible to the mass market. But Google’s Daydream is considerably cheaper than the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive, is far more comfortable that Google Cardboard and is for mobile VR, so users don’t require a powerful PC. Continue Reading
It’s no secret that there is a lot of fun to be had with casino games. But the fun only usually comes if you are betting responsibly and getting skilled enough to get to win some games. Whether you’re playing blackjack with coins, roulette with chips or Bitcoin slots, you’ll always want to increase your stack.
In poker, the amount and rate at which players earn money will vary drastically, depending on whether they are playing tournaments or cash games. But there are some players out there who are just plain amazing at whatever medium they choose.
Daniel Negreanu was nominated the Global Poker Index player of the decade on the strength of dependably impressive performances on the felt. His largest live cash win to date was the $8.28m he took for finishing runner-up to Daniel Colman in the Big One for One Drop at the World Series of Poker. Negreanu is also the only player to win World Series bracelets in Las Vegas, Europe and Australia.
Negreanu has become a famous figure. This is due to his multiple TV tournament wins and the fact that numerous poker awards have been bestowed upon him. He has been able to capitalise on that success with various promotions and endorsements. As one of the most famous players, he is also one of the most analysed and his style is considered somewhat unconventional and risky.
Not just a Texas Hold’em tournament player, Negreanu places considerable emphasis on the merits of playing many different forms of poker. And he practices what he preaches; he can hold his own against specialists in other poker variants. He has his own website where you’ll find poker tips, videos, a blog, a forum and even a trophy room.
One of the most well-liked poker players on the live tournament scene, Esfandiari ‘The Magician’ is known for his extravagant chip tricks. He has appeared on several TV shows and even some movies alongside Robert De Niro, Justin Timberlake and Bruce Willis.
The Iranian-born pro has made six figures every single year since 2004 and has two World Poker Tour titles to go with his three World Series of Poker bracelets. On July 3, 2012, Esfandiari beat 47 other players to win the largest buy-in tournament in history, the Big One for One Drop. He earned a cool $18,346,673 and turned himself into a household name.
His style is very aggressive, with the intention to push the pressure onto the other player and force a mistake. It’s clearly a successful strategy but can mean that Esfandiari is either out on the first day of a tournament or at the final table. There is no middle ground between the two.
Seidel was runner-up to the legendary Johnny Chan in his first major tournament, the 1988 World Series of Poker main event. His final hand that day has become poker legend and was featured in the Matt Damon and Edward Norton movie Rounders.
His best career year came in 2011, with million-dollar prizes on two continents highlighting a prodigious year in which he took home more than $6.5m. Seidel has eight World Series bracelets and is a 2010 Poker Hall of Fame inductee.
He has an adaptive style and reads the game rather than trying to impose his will on the play. It’s made him a consistently big earner on the scene for decades.
Dubbed the Tiger Woods of golf due to a similar appearance to the golfer, Ivey first began to develop his poker skills in the late 90s. He also developed the nickname ‘No Home Jerome’ from the ID card he used during his underage playing days.
Ivey has been pronounced as one of the best poker talents around, won his first bracelet in 2000 and has gone on to accumulate 10 World Series of Poker bracelets. Ivey is currently tied with Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan for the second most all-time number of bracelets won. And at the age of 38, he is the youngest player to ever win ten.
In the 2012 Aussie Millions he took A$2,000,000, then in the same competition in 2014 took away the biggest win of his career with A$4,000,000 and repeated the trick in 2015 with A$2,205,000.
Ivey is an aggressive tournament player and will raise a lot pre-flop because he has the post flop talent to read the game and the player.
The AP Polls are an interesting concept. Think about the fact that Nebraska lost to Ohio State on Saturday Evening. Yet, when the polls came out, the Buckeyes hadn’t moved (Number 6). What does that tell you? It definitely says more than the college football championship lines.
Of course, one might wonder whether any of this even really matters. Because of their performance, or lack thereof, against Ohio state, Nebraska fell 12 spots in the college football rankings. Continue Reading
It is hard to believe that NFL game will be performed in China. But this is going to happen. It will be for the first time when the U. S. sports league will be played in the China. The game might not get much attention from the people. More importantly, the players will not be that comfortable to play a regular season in the China. As the result, you might not expect much from the NFL betting lines.
Now the teams are preparing for the game. They are focusing more on the work instead of discussing the playing environment. They are planning how they will come back from the China after the game and will prepare themselves for the next trip that might be more challenging. It will be difficult to play a more competitive game after coming back from China. Mark Waller, the vice president of the NFL, told in an interview, their focus is not more on the game in China. Continue Reading
As we all know too well, each year has four seasons: the “Post-Christmas Fasting” season, the “Pre-Vacation Saving Season”, the “Vacation-Spending” season, and the “Pre-Christmas Online Promotion” season – which is on our doorstep. Although we still have an incredible number of days left until Christmas, we can already feel it coming. The nights are getting longer (except Down Under, where they are getting shorter), and the nights are becoming colder (except Down Under, where… all of it is the exact opposite). It’s time to prepare for the fourth season of the year, to board up the windows, reinforce the grates on the chimney, everything in the attempt to prevent the cat burglar in a red suit commonly known as Santa Claus to empty your bank accounts before the end of the year. Continue Reading
Ever spent so much that it literally felt like you were burning money? While it’s never a good idea to spend more than you can afford, the idea of burning your money isn’t quite as bad as it used to be. Of course, we’re not saying that you should unfold a wad of dollar bills and casually set them alight, but if you did it wouldn’t be the end of the world.
Why, we hear you cry? Well, thanks to the wonders of the Internet, you can now pay for almost anything and everything without using physical cash. In fact, you don’t even need to use a government-controlled currency such as the US Dollar or Great British Pound if you don’t want to.
Modern technology has literally revolutionized the payment world in recent years and by far the biggest innovation is cryptocurrencies. Essentially a monetary system created by the Internet and for the Internet, cryptocurrencies aren’t subject to any government sanctions and are an extremely efficient way to pay online. Continue Reading
When the idea of the mobile phone was made a reality back in the early 1980s, it was done so with the aim of enabling people to make and receive calls from wherever they were. Nowadays, though, phone calls are often one of the lesser used functions of a mobile phone. Since the smartphone has hit the shelves, the mobile device has taken a new life from phone to computer, camera to games console, and as new apps keep hitting the market, it is bound to get even more functions. With almost three billion people across the globe currently in possession of a smartphone, it’s probably fair to say as a civilisation that we are now pretty reliant on our phones for a host of reasons.
One aspect of life a mobile phone can help us with is when we’re just waiting around. Whether it’s while you’re waiting for a bus, sat on a toilet or in the process of being stood up on a first date, our smartphones can save us from boredom as well as potentially awkward situations.
As you’re waiting for a train or a date, a smartphone can be a game-changer. While in years gone by you would have been forced to read the train timetable or try to act as though the wine menu was intensely interesting, you can now simply get out your phone and check out your social media or catch up on last night’s episode of Celebrity Masterchef. With so many awesome apps constantly being released, as long as you have your phone with you, you no longer have to suffer from the boredom virus.
Sitting on the toilet and reading the newspaper might be how your parents did things but the world has changed over the past 20 years. A recent survey by Voucherbox found that over three quarters of respondents took their phones with them to the toilet. You might expect many to be using this time as a chance to catch up on social media or play games. The truth is that many actually use their toilet break as an opportunity to work, with over half sending an email while one in 10 people who responded to the survey admitted to taking part in conference calls while taking care of their own personal “business”. It’s not all work, though, with 51% revealing they make online purchases while in the bathroom – adding a whole new meaning to the expression “spending a penny”.
Let’s be honest, we’ve all ended up spending two hours in a cinema on a first date wanting to walk out because the film was just terrible but having to stay because leaving someone in the cinema on their own is up there with checking out the waitress/waiter in terms of bad first-date moves.
Rather than having to watch the latest Adam Sandler offering on the big screen, you can instead watch the second half of the football or the latest episode of Game of Thrones. And if the date is going as badly as the film, your smartphone can save the day again as you order an Uber and get yourself out of Dodge.
So, while we might have begun to take our smartphones for granted, take a moment to reflect on just how important to everyday life our phones are. And try not to drop it down the toilet when you’re next playing Candy Crush and avoiding work.
Even if you have any special preparations you make before taking to the court or the pitch, or habits that just mustn’t be broken, you can rest assured that elite sportspeople can almost certainly out-do you when it comes to these too.
So even if you insist on lacing up your left boot first or never leaving the dressing room with your lucky coin in your pocket, rest assured that you’ll seem like the picture of normality compared with these examples. Continue Reading
Although poker remains a male-dominated game, there’s no denying that women are slowly beginning to participate and, more importantly, win. With the World Series of Poker event approaching, we thought we’d take a look at some of the top female poker players in the world!
As the best female professional poker player ever to have existed, how could we possibly start the list off with anyone other than Vanessa Selbst? Throughout her lengthy career Vanessa has won over $11 million from winning tournaments such as the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event, the NAPT Main Events and the World Series of Poker. In 2013 alone, Vanessa won the $25,000 title of PCA High Roller as well as a $1.4 million prize fund. Continue Reading
The NFL cannot win this year. Every step they have taken to make notable changes in the game has attracted repercussions of one form or another, many times distracting from conversations about NFL betting lines and odds, instead raising questions about the competence of those in charge.
There haven’t been nearly as many voices opposing the league’s decision to revise the injury report procedures, though; the revision has obviously reduced the number of players listed through the first two weeks of the season.
However, the number of listed players who have been classified as questionable has grown substantially. The game status report, which was released two days before kickoff, constituted 272 players who had been listed with injuries.
The 33 percent drop from 2015 is very notable, a direct result of the NFL’s decision to remove the probable’ category. The problem here is that 163 of those listed players (a 73 percent increase from the first two weeks of the 2015 season) have been designated as questionable.
In other words, these are 163 players who the NFL are uncertain will play in a game. You can see how this is skewing the figures and raising misconceptions when game data is analyzed. More than half of all the players (Three-Fourths to be exact) that have been designated as questionable’ have actually played in a game.
Week 2 was especially prevalent with so-called questionable players (79 percent); this is as opposed to 53 percent of questionable players appearing in a game within the same period in 2015.
Despite confusing a few analysts, the conundrum created here isn’t all bad, or rather this isn’t as problematic an issue as some people have suggested, primarily because it has removed the uncertainty.
Teams are more likely to declare players out; as such, people do not need to make guesses about the number of players who have been injured in any given week.
Along with revising injury report procedures, the league also introduced a doubtful’ category. People in this category are deemed as being unlikely’ to be in uniform. This category hasn’t been utilized as frequently.
Only seven percent of players have been listed as doubtful’ on the game status report. Not everyone pays attention to the injury report, primarily because they think it is a mundane and largely unnecessary obligation.
However, opposing teams and even fans spend lengthy portions of time pouring over such reports, this along with gamblers and participants in fantasy leagues. For such people, injury reports provide useful insight into the availability of players for specific games.
The NFL was driven to make changes to reporting procedures because the probable’ category was receiving very little use. The majority of probable’ players always ended up playing games they were expected to seat out.
The effectiveness of the NFL’s revised procedures cannot be measured extensively so early in the season, though; the first two games offer too small a sample size. If a coach is competitive enough, he will find ways of reducing the insight provided into his team.
So, it is difficult to determine how effective the new procedures will be in the long run, not when coaches are so determined to keep the minutiea of their rosters private.
The use of marijuana by NFL players as an aid to deal with the pain they go through has been in the news for the past couple of years as players and former players are asking the league to review it drug policy. A few days ago, Eben Britton, who played in the NFL for six season, recently said in an interview that he was at his best during games when he was high.
In the interview, Britton said the NFL games he played in when he was stoned were the best games of his career. Britton, who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Chicago Bears during his career, said that Cannabis cements his surroundings. He added that he has heard people say they are pretty much useless when they are stoned, but the drug has the opposite effect on him.
Britton also said in the interview that he believes anywhere from 50 to 75 percent of NFL players use marijuana. Despite the high estimate of players using, not too many get busted for the use of the drug because the NFL doesn’t test for it as much as they do for performance enhancing drugs.
According to reports, the NFL tests for recreational drugs like marijuana once a season, and after the tests are over, players go back to using it. The league probably isn’t as strict on the testing because it isn’t a performance enhancer, but those who have been caught have been dealt with by the league.
Former Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams retired from the league after multiple failed tests, Cleveland’s Josh Gordon was suspended for a year for multiple failed tests, and Britton was also suspended for the entire 2015 season for multiple failed tests.
In recent years, the attitude towards the use of marijuana has been changing. Multiple states have made the use of marijuana legal, which has spurred some former NFL players to petition the league to allow its use as an alternative to the painkillers they get from team medical staff. The players argue that marijuana is a safer alternative and isn’t as addictive as the painkillers.
Former Baltimore Ravens player Eugene Monroe pledged $80,000 to study the effect of marijuana use by NFL players to try to reduce their use of addictive opioids and anti-inflammatory drugs they receive from teams to help them deal with their pain.
At the time, Monroe said there was enough evidence that suggest that marijuana use is safer than opioids and other drugs NFL players take for their pain. It has also been suggested that marijuana can help with concussions, making it something the NFL seriously has to look into.
In addition to the medical benefits, Britton said marijuana has other positive social uses. According to the former player, marijuana helped him socialize with teammates. Britton said that after practice, a couple of players will meet up at one of the players’ homes and smoke marijuana. During those sessions, the players didn’t talk about football, they just hung out and had a good time getting to know each other better.
Despite the potential benefits of using marijuana for pain, it doesn’t look like the NFL will change its stance anytime soon.
Everyone has read stories about people becoming multi-millionaires as a result of winning the lottery – but winnings on this sort of scale from playing the slot machines are a much rarer occurrence. That is what makes the story of a mystery woman from Hawaii who won an astonishing $10.7 million jackpot through playing the slot machines at the famed Wynn Hotel Casino Complex in Las Vegas all the more remarkable.
The precise identity of this lucky woman remains unknown, as she has specifically asked the casino not to reveal it, but what is known is that she hails from Oahu and was playing an IGT Megabucks Wynn Wheel slot when she won this gigantic sum. What makes all this that little bit more extraordinary is that she was betting just $3 a go at the time she scored this jackpot win. News of her astounding good fortune was released to the world via the official Wynn Las Vegas twitter account. The tweet didn’t make it appear as if the company was that upset at taking such a huge financial hit – as it playfully asked followers what they would do to celebrate a win of that magnitude – although there is little question that the news will get more people visiting the casino and playing the slots, so it’s probably a win all round. One downside for the lucky woman though is that she will have to pay tax of around $1 million, under the terms of Hawaiian law, although $9 million-plus is still none too shabby. Of course, although people don’t always associate them with big payouts, the slots do deliver the cash sometimes.
Securing one mega-win on the slots is unlikely, but two is just ridiculous. That is what happened in the case of Second World War veteran Elmer Sherwin however, as he claimed a jackpot of $4.6 million playing the Megabucks slot at the age of 76. He used this windfall to see the world, but kept his slot action going and went on to win an eye-watering $21 million on the same slot game two decades later – donating much of it to various good causes.
That still isn’t the biggest casino slot win ever though, as a software engineer on holiday from Los Angeles won $40 million at the Excalibur Hotel Casino in Vegas in 2003. Like the latest big winner, he valued his anonymity and his identity remains a secret, although he may be the person living in a solid gold castle.
Speculate to accumulate
When a former flight attendant opted to go over her allotted $100 budget at the Palace Station slots, by a further $200, she ended up walking away with a cool $27 million-plus jackpot. Again, she chose not to have her identity revealed to the general public, but what this demonstrates conclusively is that sometimes you absolutely do have to speculate to accumulate.
Of course, slot machine wins on this scale do not come along very often, but it is these life-changing stories that keep us returning to popular games like Cleopatra slots and trying our luck.
Smartphones are all around us, and everybody wants them. They need this kind of technology in their lives, to read the news, to stalk their exes on social networks, and to make all the selfies they need. But, like all things in life, smartphones are costly – and their costs often go beyond what meets the eye. Let us calculate the real cost of you playing on your smartphone.
The tangible part
Smartphones are built using a series of materials, ranging from plastic recycled from LEGO blocks, Twinkies wrappers, and PET bottles regurgitated by endangered oceanic fish, to metals extracted by child miners in backwater countries of the Third World. Their screens are sanded to perfection using a fine, white powder made out of the milk teeth of 18 year old virgins – and we all know how hard these are to come by. Since all their components are extremely small, gremlin guest workers are hired to do this tenuous job. The resulting hardware is rendered extra frail to have as short a replacement cycle as possible.
The games you play
No smartphone would be complete without the reels of a slot machine running on its screen. Experts recommend the All Slots Casino, at www.allslotscasino.com, an international operator with a massive library of games, as the best destination to gamble online. Not for the users in the US, though – the All Slots Casino is, unfortunately, not accepting players from the land of the free, thanks to a law passed by a greedy government in 2006. But players in other countries, from Canada to Australia, are free to play one of the more than one hundred amazing slot machines and table games available at the All Slots Mobile Casino. And they don’t even have to pay for this privilege – the All Slots Casino offers them the chance to play their favorite game free of charge, as well.
The hidden costs
To play games on your smartphone, you’ll need something nobody tells you about from the start: an internet connection. Connecting to the global network secretly supervised by every three-letter agency in the US (and some others which don’t even have acronyms, if you can imagine something like this in the Land of the Free) will allow smartphone users not only to play their favorite games (carefully filtered by the authorities, of course), but to follow their preferred news sources online. Like ours, for example. But this will come at a cost.
Since you can’t always rely on your dumb neighbor’s unsecured WiFi, you’ll need to subscribe to your own data plan. And this will set you back an easy $20 each month – more, if the above mentioned agencies’ tracking code messes with your transfer speeds.
As you can see, the retail price of your smartphone is minuscule compared to what building it costs the environment, and human dignity. Be proud to own such a priceless piece of technology!
A 2015 report on Forbes.com suggested that the eyes of the gambling world have shifted over the last decade. While hungry eyes used to look towards Las Vegas and its smorgasbord of gambling delights, today it seems that Asia is where many high rollers get their fill.
Of course, Las Vegas is by no means a lame duck. Indeed, back in 2015, the gambling hub in the middle of the Nevada desert welcomed 42,312,216 tourists, and casinos on the strip alone generated $6.3 billion in revenue. However, when you compare those numbers to Macau’s spreadsheet they look extremely tame.
Despite a recent dip in gambling activity, Macau’s network of casinos generated $28.9 billion in 2015, as high rollers from around the world flocked to iconic venues such as The Venetian Macao to play everything from slots to roulette.
The Asian Persuasion
So what’s prompted this migration of gamblers to Asia? Naturally there are many reasons, but one of the most obvious is the growth of online gambling. Between operators and software developers, Asia has become a hub for online gambling and that, in turn, has increased the public’s interest in gambling as a whole.
Indeed, away from Macau you’ll find software development companies like Playtech and Novenix with bases in the Philippines. Beyond that, Japan is now home to industry operators such as 32Red. Despite Britain being the operator’s main base, a movement into Asia has resulted in the creation of the URL http://www.32red.com/jp/, which was specifically designed for Japanese players.
When you contrast 32Red’s Japanese platform with a European-facing site like Casino Euro, you’ll notice that the former not only has Japanese as its default language, but some of the games are different. Pai Gow Poker and baccarat, two hugely popular games in Asia, feature heavily on the site. In contrast, Casino Euro focuses much more on slots such as Rainbow Riches and Starburst.
Essentially, the growth of online gaming in Asia has prompted the rise in popularity of live gaming in Asia, but why are people now more inclined to gamble online? When it comes to reasons, everyone has their own, but we like to think out of the box which is why we’re convinced that underwear helped to build Asia’s billion dollar industry.
Why Online Betting is Best
So, before we leave you to ponder the gaming boom in Asia, here are some reasons why people now ante-up online:
You Can Play in Your Underwear
Walk into any casino in Macau wearing nothing but your underwear and you’ll be hauled out by a gang of burly security guards before you can say “I’m all-in”. While the act of betting in the buff won’t necessarily make you more attractive to lady luck (unless you’re some sort of swimwear model), you will feel more comfortable when you ante-up.
This, in a nutshell, is one of the main reasons people love to play casino games online. When you log into Mr. Smith Casino and click on Gonzo’s Quest slot, there isn’t a sign that tells you to put on some pants before you spin. Basically, gamble what you want, when you want and how you want: that’s the beauty of online gambling.
You Can Dare to Swear
Whether it’s a big win or an unexpected loss, emotions run high when you’re gambling but inside a brick and mortar venue you can’t express those emotions without getting into trouble. As social as casinos are, the act of bellowing like an opera singer won’t go down well with the management.
Fortunately, thanks to the power of online casinos, you can lay on your couch, bet as you wish and cry your heart out. Bet big, bet loud or go home, that’s the mantra every online gamer should live by.
You Can Gamble on the Loo
Where’s the most inappropriate place you can gamble? Well that all depends on how depraved you are. Online operators like 32Red, Casino Euro and Mr. Smith all have dedicated mobile platforms which means you can deposit and play whenever and wherever you like.
In our minds that means betting on the bog, but you could literally take this newfound mobility to any extreme you like and bet on the roof of your house, on the bus or even during a boring meeting at work.
Basically, when it comes to it, online gambling is a better way to bet and people know this. Regardless of why people ante-up in the virtual arena, the fact is that they do and this means a general increase in gambling as a whole across Asia and, moreover, the world.
Being a sports fan in Cleveland does not make for an easy life, considering the the rollercoaster of emotions the teams from the region have put their supporters through.
The Cleveland Browns are renowned for their collapses in the 1980s in the two AFC Championship matches against the Denver Broncos, nicknamed ‘The Drive’ and ‘The Fumble’.
Broncos quarterback John Elway led a 99-yard drive to lead his side to the Super Bowl, breaking Browns’ hearts, while one year later running back Ernest Byner fumbled on the goalline against the same opponent, spurning the chance to tie the game.
Cleveland have endured similar horror shows in the world of basketball and baseball. A young man by the name of LeBron James aimed to break the ‘Cleveland Curse’ after being drafted first overall by his home state club in 2003. Continue Reading
Ahead of his first title defence of his IBF heavyweight belt, Anthony Joshua has revealed plans to unify the heavyweight division, despite his relative inexperience in the sport. Never lacking in confidence, Joshua believes that he can reach far greater heights in the world of boxing, with the former Olympic gold medallist holding a perfect professional record from his sixteen fights to date. Joshua takes on American Dominic 88Breazeale at the end of the month, and has been training with the GB Olympic squad in preparation.
The Londoner is the overwhelming favourite with the bookmakers for the fight, with Betway offering odds of 1/33 for Joshua to come out victorious. With the fight scheduled to once again be held at the capital’s O2 Arena, the bright lights of Las Vegas will surely be waiting in the wings should Joshua impress against Breazeale. Joshua claimed the IBF title after a second round knockout of Charles Martin, and with 31 KO’s from 33 wins between himself and Breazeale, fans inside the area on June 25th could well be set for more fireworks. You can find his betting odds on Betway, as well as a full schedule of boxing match ups for the upcoming months.
Also on the card for the night of boxing is George Groves, as he returns to the ring against Martin Murray, in what is an eliminator for the WBA world super-middleweight title. Groves is the 2/5 favourite with Betway having defeated David Brophy by way of knock out last time around. Elsewhere, Chris Eubank Jr defends his British middleweight title against Welshman Tom Doran, with the son of the former great given favourable 1/25 on odds by Betway.
At the start of July, we see the much anticipated rematch between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitchsko, as the pair meet in Manchester. Despite Fury playing down his chances in the build up to the fight, having ridiculed his own weight and sparring performances, the WBA champion is 20/21 with Betway to claim victory on home soil. Joshua has long been linked with an all British heavyweight contest with Fury since his breakthrough in the division, and is 4/5 with Betway should a potential fight get the go ahead in the future.