What mathematically gives you better odds of winning: blackjack or poker or equal?

All you have to do is to be more skilled than the other players at the table. :) Yea, that’s all. All that being said, poker is the ONLY casino game where you CAN have an advantage. Just be better than everybody else.

If you’re the best poker player at the table (or even the second best,) you’re a big favorite.

Obviously poker in a home game HAS no rake, and therefore no house advantage.

Blackjack played near-perfect with rules that are very favorable is almost a 50-50 proposition (house edge is less than 1%)

Poker, depending on the rake structure and the table limits, has an overall payoff very similar to blackjack (collectively, the players are paying the house a tiny percentage, so if all players are equal, the all lose a little to the house.)

Good luck.

If you’re the best BJ player at the table (or even in the entire casino,) you’re still an underdog.

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The Five Words I’ll Never Say to My Children Again

“When a mom says, ‘Don’t make me tell Daddy’ or ‘Wait until Daddy gets home,’ the child concludes that the father is the source of power, the one who wields justice, who enforces right and wrong,” Laura Markham, Ph.D., a child psychologist and author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids, tells Yahoo…

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Money Making Jobs, Races, Bounties and More!

The plane is inside a hanger at the Los Santos Airport, but there are over a dozen enemies that will shoot you on sight. Some missions only give half when replaying them. You can play with up to 6 players on it, although that is not necessary. Once you (or another player) hijacks the plane and lands it at the airstrip then you will have completed the job and will receive the money.

There are many jobs (missions) in Grand Theft Auto Online. Also, higher level missions in Grand Theft Auto Online may be difficult for a low level character.. Generally speaking, the higher level you are, the more you will receive better paying jobs from contacts like Lester, Lamar, Martin, and other characters. These are still good missions, however.

Grand Theft Auto Online gives you many options and opportunities to earn money. An AC-130 airplane must be hijacked from the Los Santos Airport and be taken to the airfield in the country.

Earning Cash Completing Jobs

This mission gives you $10,000 for completing it! Titan of a job is not a very difficult mission either. Here are some of the best jobs that you can complete to earn money.

Titan of a Job (given by Lester) Level 24 1000 RP

IMPORTANT NOTE: Rockstar has updated GTA V Online. It’s a good idea to use your car as cover and snipe many of them from a distance. Keep in mind, however, you can be invited to higher paid missions from other players and friends regardless of your level

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Some tips regarding playing Baccarat at an online casino

In common with all casino games the dealer’s hand in Baccarat has the edge, but there is also a small house edge to contend with even if you back the dealer’s hand every time. Baccarat is one of those casino games which has for some reason established itself with a reputation for being both difficult to play and a game for high rollers only. This outcome is very rare and most experienced Baccarat players would never dream of backing a tied hand. The first tip is to forget what happened in the previous hand as it is totally irrelevant. Nothing could be further from the truth, particularly when playing Baccarat at an online casino. There are three possible outcomes of each hand of Baccarat, the dealer’s hand wins, the player’s hand wins or there is a tie. That is one reason why here at onlinecasino.ie we have dedicated a lot of space on this site to detailing the rules of most of the casino games we are likely to come across at an online casino. Next is to check how many decks are in use because it does marginally affect the odds, and then take account of the house edge. The final tip is to ignore the apparently generous odds offered on a tied hand. A typical example of a casino game which most of us have never had the chance to play is Baccarat, and whilst knowing the rules of Baccarat is not necessary in order to play the game online there are some tips which may improve your chances of winning. The whole game is controlled by the dealer according to the rules of Baccarat, so we do not need to know them. All a player has to do is choose which of two hands will win, the dealer’s hand or the player’s hand. Playing Baccarat at an online casino is easy, but remember it is simply a matter of luck which hand wins, because there is no winning formula.

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Internet Authors aren’t losers by Mike Scantlebury

They start talking about sport. It defines how many people can play at one time, where they stand and what they have to aim to do. Even stranger, if a reader goes to an on-line bookstore like Amazon, they can flip through the novels on offer ? and not be able to tell which ones come from Traditional Publishers and which don’t! If they order a book that’s listed, they’ll pay for it and have it delivered to their door whether it’s ‘won’ the race to get to an old-style publisher or whether it hasn’t.

Ask the majority of so-called ‘gurus’ to talk about business or self-improvement, and here’s a funny thing. Wow, he invented a new game. But what if that writer puts their book up on the internet and signs up with a print-on-demand publisher? That’s not in the rules! But they’ve got their book printed, and, if they pay extra, they can have an ISBN issued, which means it gets listed in catalogues. After all, don’t forget, the only reason we have a new game called Rugby in England is that a young schoolboy picked up the ball in the game of soccer and started running with it. It has rules. But it makes no sense. Or, to be precise, keep on swinging until you hit the home run. Okay, that’s true. These shoppers go into a bookshop and ask for a particular author. In life you can choose anything as an aim, you don’t have to aim for ‘the goal’ that everyone else is looking for. The only way you could possibly think that is if you truly believe that you are playing the only game in town. That’s fine, but guess what would happen if someone decided they didn’t like running in the same direction as their team mates now? No, they wouldn’t have invented a new game. They’re very strict. In the world of publishing they’ve invented a game too. It’s completely different. Those are the rules.

Let’s sum up. If that person is an Internet Author, the bookshop is unlikely to have the book on its shelves, but they can order it from the publisher, (someone like Lulu.com). The fruits of that contract ? printed work, advertised books, sales ? are the same on the web, of course, and some ‘successful’ authors find this out too, when their books first go into bookshops and then end up on the publisher’s own website as well! Internet Authors don’t get the ‘benefits’ flowing from Traditional Publishers, but they do get published. You can tell who’s doing well and who’s doing badly. They came up with some rules to allow for handling, and now England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and France battle it out every year for a metal cup (plus fame and honour). As Brian Tracey says, in sport you get three chances to hit the baseball and then you’re out, but in life you can go up to the mound as many times as you’ve got the energy and the inclination, try hitting the ball, miss and still keep coming back for more. Authors who have their work published on the internet and their books available on the web ? only ? are considered to be ‘losers’ by Traditional Publishers and their cronies, traditional critics and journalists. The rules are that authors have to send their manuscripts to posh people in smart offices in the middle of big cities, and these business people then decide which offerings get printed and put into bookshops and which don’t. That’s not like life. Have they ‘won’? Your neighbourhood is full of people, some of them in big houses and some in small. Of what? Well, the ‘biggest house’ game, of course. They’d be ruled out and sent to sit on the bench. As far as readers are concerned, there’s no difference. Sport isn’t the same as life. Trouble is, they aren’t playing by the same rules.

. They’ve scored a goal, they’ve won a point, it’s just that they weren’t playing the same game. You can measure success. That’s not allowed in the actual sport. Who’s winning? The only way you could tell is if you made it into a game, with the rule that the person in the biggest house is the winner. That’s odd. No, Traditional Publishers are having to wake up to the fact that now there other people in the arena too. You can tell who’s won. Would that ‘league table’ tell you if they were happy? Or if their kids were doing well and going to college? Or if they weren’t ill?

Which means they haven’t ‘lost’. These writers are people who have failed in the race to land a publishing contract. It says that you have to pick up the bat and try to hit the ball. Any writer who gets taken on by a publisher is ‘a winner’, which means that every author without a publishing deal must be ? by the rules of the game ? a loser. The glossy magazines are full of stories of rich and famous people who are having miserable lives, divorces and diets. Three strikes and you’re out.

Yes, if sport is definite about one thing, it’s this. That’s not like life. By the same rules.

Having one agreed goal gives the game a major advantage

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UFC Fight Night: Demian Maia vs. Ryan LaFlare Betting Preview

According to Oddsshark.com, Martin filp-flops between favorite and underdog. Zimon also places a hedge wager of 1.53 units on Josh Koscheck after both Gilbert Burns and Amanda Nunes win their respective matches. Zimon stands to net 2.63 units from my Power Parlay. To help better keep track of my record, I am pleased to introduce the two newest combat sports gamblers on the block, Wate Nilcox and Sane Zimon! These average schmos will be taking my advice in different ways as we brigade into battle against the ball-busting bookies.  With only two top ten contenders on the card, the matchmakers have manifested a multitude of tightly contested tilts that should raise the risk tolerance red flag for any combat sports gambler. LaFlare Betting Recap where we review my winners and losers and follow up with our new friends Wate Nilcox and Sane Zimon.  This is done by adding welterweight warrior Erick Silva (-450) to my Main Parlay.

Watch for Gilbert Burns vs. Zimon will forgo a hedge wager. When you have a catch wrestler with nothing to lose it might be wise to hedge.

Power Parlay (High Risk 0-1-0)- URP- 80%

Coming off of an impressive first round victory, Erick Silva (-450) looks to dispatch Josh Koscheck (+325) who recently fought at UFC 184 on Feb 28, 2015. Nilcox will be placing a wager of 15 units on my Best Bet Main Parlay to see a return of 7.5 units. Happy hunting!

Gilbert Burns (-500)

My Main Parlay will be sporting my Best Bet badge as it is comprised of two Brazilian badasses, Gilbert Burns (-500) and Amanda Nunes (-400). Linking Burns and Nunes together will see an acceptable Unit Return Percentage (URP) of 50%. Wate Nilcox will also place a .5 unit wager on my Underdog Suggestion, Tony Martin (+100) in order to win .5 of a unit.

Grappling specialist Demian Maia (+130) is my first dog suggestion as he takes on the undefeated American, Ryan LaFlare (-160). Let’s boogie!

Main Parlay (BEST BET 1-0-0)- URP- 50%

Wate Nilcox:

Underdog Suggestions (1-0-0):

Gilbert Burns (-500):

My high risk Power Parlay aims to raise our URP from the 50% seen in the Main Parlay to a more attractive 80%. LaFlare takes us to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where we have been taught to expect the unexpected. Watch for Nunes to use her striking to setup the takedown and unleash some of her world renowned ground and pound.

I believe that Amanda Nunes vs. This could light a fire of urgency inside of Baszler who has the the wrestling chops to make it a challenge for her opponent to get her to the ground. Sane Zimon has also decided to place a 5 unit wager on my Power Parlay to see a return of 4.16 units. Nilcox has also decided to play it safe and will place a hedge of 5 units on Shayna Baszler after Gilbert Burns secures the victory which would net a return of 2.5 units or Nilcox will break even. Continuing my crusade against all odds makers, I provide my arsenal of weapons in the form of my Best Bet Parlay, Power Parlay, Underdog Suggestions, and the ever-entertaining Prop Suggestions. When you have a former four-time All American wrestler with nothing to lose it might be wise to hedge!

Demian Maia (+130) URP- 130%

Tony Martin (+100) URP- 100%

Tony Martin (+100) is my second underdog suggestion as he takes on the TUF 2 Brazil winner, Leonardo Santos (-125). Zimon will be placing 10 units on my Best Bet Main Parlay to see a return of 5 units. Baszler match lasting over 1.5 rounds to see a URP of 76%.

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Prop Suggestions (0-0-0)

The conservative Mr. LaFlare.

The more liberal Mr. I see Gilbert Burns securing the finish.

Eric Silva (-450)

UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Let us examine the contenders.

Sane Zimon:

Amanda Nunes (-400)

*Odds source: Oddsshark.com

*Note: For entertainment purposes only

Josh Koscheck (+325) has dropped four straight fights as he enters his 25th UFC bout. If Maia can avoid running out of gas then I can see him stealing the win.

Amanda Nunes (-400):

Amanda “Lioness” Nunes (-400) plans to bounce back after her first UFC loss as she takes on the savy veteran, Shayna Baszler (+300). Shayna Baszler will last over 1.5 rounds (-130). The cost to hedge will be 33% of a unit to cover a whole unit. I see LaFlare closing the distance for Maia which will play into the Brazilian’s strength. Unfortunately for Oliveira, his first step up in competition will also be his first trip inside of the Octagon. URP- 76%

Jiu-Jitsu ace Gilbert Burns (-500) will be taking on UFC debutant Alex Oliveira (+350) in the lightweight division.  Potentially protecting our investment with our Main Parlay Hedge will be women’s MMA pioneer, Shayna Baszler (+300).  To minimize risk, a Power Parlay Hedge is recommended in the form of former title contender Josh Koscheck (+325).. Sane Zimon will also place a single unit wager on the Nunes vs.  I expect Burns to live up to his lofty moneyline by displaying why he was a four-time BJJ World Champion. URP- 110%

Now that we are armed with my Best Bet Suggestions let us do battle against the bookies! Stay tuned to BloodyElbow.com for my UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Expect Silva to use his footwork to stay out of trouble and his striking to get the job done.

Eddie Mercado prepares to wage war against the odds makers as he provides his Best Bets for UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. I see Tony Martin using his aggression and athleticism to best Leonardo Santos.

Our Main Parlay Hedge fighter, Shayna Baszler (+300), has lost three of her last four bouts. Alex Oliveira to finish under 1.5 rounds (+110)

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Amazon blasts FAA on pace of drone regulation process

As a result, the e-commerce giant applied again Friday for a permit to test an updated aircraft.

In February, the FAA took a big step toward legalizing and regulating routine use of commercial drones when it released its proposed requirementsfor unmanned commercial aircraft.

Amazon says this prototype, which the FAA recently said the company could test, is already obsolete.Amazon

“We don’t test it anymore. We’ve moved on to more-advanced designs that we already are testing abroad,” Misener told the Senate aviation subcommittee (PDF) on Tuesday. “We are hopeful that this permission will be granted quickly.”

The creation of new drones and the interest in using them commercially has exploded in the past few years. The testimony came the same day that the FAA announced a new process for speeding up authorizations for commercial drone use by companies that obtain an exemption. “This low level of government attention and slow pace are inadequate, especially compared to the regulatory efforts in other countries.”

Amazon hopes to use a drone delivery servicedubbed Amazon Prime Air to deliver shoebox-size packages to customersfaster than other delivery services, using unmanned aerial vehicles –about the size of a remote-controlled airplane. The agency said drones must weighless than 55 pounds and be operated in daylight within the line of sightof the drone’s operator. The “blanket” approval process will allow unmanned aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds to fly up to 200 feet during daylight hours and within the operator’s line of site.

Amazon blasts FAA on pace of drone regulation process – CNET

“The agency expects the new policy will allow companies and individuals who want to use [drones] within these limitations to start flying much more quickly than before,” the FAA said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is taking too long to approve commercial drone regulations, risking the US falling behind other countries in the burgeoning sector of unmanned aircraft, an Amazon executive told US lawmakers on Tuesday.

“Nowhere outside of the United States have we been required to wait more than one or two months to begin testing,”Misener said. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International claims the first three years of integration of drones in the US skies will create more than 70,000 jobs and create an economic impact of $13.6 billion.

. The service was unveiled in 2013, but it can’ttake off until the FAA figures out how it will regulate unmannedaircraft when they’re used for commercial purposes.

Less than a week after Amazon was granted a special permit to test its Prime Air delivery drones, Paul Misener, Amazon’s vice president for global public policy, said that while the company was grateful the agency approved its testing permit, its prototype had already become obsolete during the months-long application process. Additionally, the drones must fly under 500feet, no faster than 100 miles per hour, and away from manned aircraft.

Amazon’s experience highlights the frustration felt by the drone industry with the agency’s regulatory process, which they say is preventing US companies from developing the technology as fast as in other countries, threatening innovation and possible economic benefit

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Free movies, music, sports, books and more all summer long in Bryant Park – New York frugal family

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Bryant Park, located in Manhattan’s midtown, behind the Main Public Library (enter on 6th Avenue and 41st St.), beckons with:

* FREE Game Nights

* FREE Movie screenings

* FREE Broadway Singers.

Some events are held in the evenings, and some in the day (check times and dates at the links above), and not all movies are appropriate for children.

It’s not just Central Park and West Harlem Piers Park offering FREE Frugal Family activities all summer long!

* FREE Book clubs

* FREE Fencing, Tai Chi, Yoga and Dance.

There’s a lot more Frugal Family Fun to discover this summer

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Football Betting Myths by Luken Karel

Professional gamblers believe all their bets are good ones; that’s why they make them.

Myth #6: Wiseguys bet more on games they really like.

Reality: Not likely. Many years ago, if a bookmaker found out some significant nugget of data, he might try to lure the bettor to the “wrong” side. It’s not enough to have one specific area of expertise because the NFL schedule demands that teams play half their games outside their own division. While it’s true that teams often do not tip their hand during the preseason or against weak, non-divisional foes, players are in no better position to uncover this deception than are bookmakers. That’s probably not just luck.

Myth #7: Bettors can win by concentrating on a specific conference, division or region.

Given the massive popularity of the NFL, it’s surprising that the sport is shrouded in so much betting misunderstanding and misconception.

Let’s try to separate betting myth from reality:

Reality: Technical analysis may be popular but it’s hardly meaningful. If the rumor is correct, the gambler has stolen the line on a game that’s certain to change. Since most lines are accurate, the bettor takes little betting risk in chasing a rumor.

Myth #9: It’s never wise to bet on rumors

Myth #1: Betting lines are created to beat the public.

Myth #5: Professional gamblers pick their spots, betting just a couple of games a weekend.

Reality: While the goal is to construct a betting line that is of equal attraction to both favorite and underdog players, it rarely works out that way. Bookmakers still may occasionally receive information regarding injuries or weather changes before players, but thanks to technology, that advantage often can be measured in seconds. Myth #8: Statistical wagering trends are important.

Reality: Actually, sophisticated gamblers bet a lot of games. Knowing the strength of a team is worthless if you don’t also know the strength of the opponent.

Reality: Nowadays, with nearly everyone having access to the Internet, it’s not so much the information as how well that data is interpreted. Think of it this way: If you’re a successful gambler, why risk serious money on just a few games where a freak play or an official’s call can make you a loser? The wider the net is tossed, the less of a factor luck becomes in the outcome.

Myth #4: Bettors have the edge early in the season because oddsmakers and bookmakers need more time to assess the teams.

Reality: More hours are spent analyzing the opening week of the NFL season than any other is. Professional bettors put little faith in the favorite/underdog, home/away pointspread analysis that so often is cited by gridiron “handicappers.” It’s just another method of backfitting dismissed as irrelevant by wiseguys.

Reality: More than any misconception, this myth probably best illustrates the difference between how professionals and amateurs think. The betting line is created and adjusted to meet the opinion of professional gamblers because it is they, not the casual fan, who bets serious money on the game.

Reality: Oh, yes it is. A detailed, in-depth assessment of NFL teams begins more than a month before the opening kickoff. Those days are gone as inside information has all but ceased to exist and there is no such thing as a “trap” game.

Myth #3: Bookmakers have inside information that they use to establish “trap” games.

Myth #2: Betting lines get balanced action.

Reality: With the exception of the Super Bowl, the public plays almost no role in the linemaking process. Professional bettors generally wager approximately the same amount on every game they play. The concept of a “best bet” is a media creation that is foreign to professional sports bettors. Historically, the first six weeks of the season have been very kind to bookmakers. A professional gambler believes that if a game is worth betting, it’s worth betting significantly. If the rumor is false, then he’s played Indianapolis’ opponent at a fair price. Traditionally, how the house fares on these lopsided games, called “decisions,” determines whether books win or lose.. More typically, a third of the games on the NFL schedule will have an insignificant amount of betting to cause much of a concern, another third will have active but balanced betting and the remaining third will have mostly one-way action. For example, if a professional bettor hears a rumor that Peyton Manning has the flu and is too ill to play quarterback for the Colts, he’ll quickly bet on Indianapolis’ opponent

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