Texas Holdem Poker As a Family Activity

An indication of how popular Texas Holdem poker has become is the frequency that your favorite TV shows, dramas and sitcoms, feature scenes where the characters are playing a game of Texas Holdem poker. These scenes often include all members of the family sitting around the table playing poker. This has resulted in the softening of the image of poker. Once seen as a corrupter of family values, poker has been given some measure of legitimacy as a family activity, not quite the same as a family sitting around the table playing Monopoly, but no longer a completely evil activity either.

If your family is like most families in North America and other nations around the world, it can now be reasonable to assume that you have at least a set of poker chips and a deck of playing cards for the purpose of playing Texas Holdem poker in your home. From a family perspective, home is the best place for family members of all ages to become introduced to the game of poker. If your kids are interested in learning to play poker, then it is best that they should begin by playing in a risk-free home environment under your guidance for fun with only poker chips at stake. Many professional poker players indicate that they began their poker careers playing poker at home with a trusted parent or grandparent who taught them how to play. They learned how to play in a risk-free and comfortable learning environment where their best interest was foremost in the thoughts of their teachers. As a result they have developed superior poker skills and a healthy respect for the pitfalls of playing the game.

It is also important that when your children start playing poker with their friends that this also occurs at home where you can monitor to ensure that play remains a fun activity. Including your children’s friends, with their parent’s permission of course, in your home poker activities has some significant benefits for you as a parent. Not only will you know where your children are and what they are doing but you will get to know their friends and be able to establish a rapport with them. By having the opportunity to observe the values and motivations of your children’s friends your may have better understanding of what sorts of activities your children will engage in while unsupervised in the community with their friends.

It is quite simple to begin to teach and learn to play Texas Holdem poker at home. The basic requirement is a poker chip set. Poker chip sets usually include the basic poker supplies that you require to begin playing Texas Holdem poker that is, 300 or 500 poker chips, two decks of playing cards, a dealer button and big/small blind buttons. The chip set also has a convenient carrying case that provides secure organization, storage and transportability for you poker supplies. Additional poker accessories are also available that can add to the organization and atmosphere of your home poker game. These accessories might include a timer, a poker table top and a card shuffler which is particularly useful if younger children are involved. If your children are expressing an interest learning how to play Texas Hold’em poker, then you would be well advised to take the initiative and make their poker learning a risk free, positive experience. Go out and buy the basic poker supplies that you will require to accomplish the task and set up learning environment that you control to make sure your children learn how to play poker in manner that conforms to your family values and expectations.

Gaming – Boon or Bane?

Sitting in front of my PlayStation after a great game of racing made me think. Why is gaming considered a bad habit by many? Why is it of great disgust to parents? Why doesn’t everyone play games? Why does one say I don’t have time for such child play? And why does one say that you are wasting your time, when you should be doing something more serious? It made me wonder.

Gaming is considered as an addiction by many all over the world. To an extend it is the truth. With all the violence present in some games, it can motivate kids to wrong doings. And being in front of the gaming screen for hours without any outdoor games or exercise, not to mention the damage caused to your eyes from hours of gaming. There is much other known harm which is caused from gaming. Thus many consider gaming a bane.

Ever since I was a child gaming has been fun and had given me much happiness. Living in a busy city with fewer kids of same age and no one around to play with has always made me feel lonely. Being a shy kid I had fewer friends. Considering all these in hand, gaming was fun and has given me much happiness. So, under the right circumstances with the right amount, gaming can be good. It can make you less lonely. Many constructive games can improve your creative thinking. Imagination in your life can be of great use, and many games provide an opportunity for you to imagine.

Games played online with other humans and not with computers can increase your competitive spirit, which can help you with your life. It also can teach you not only the taste of victory but also it can help you understand the bitterness of failure and make them try till you succeeds.

Anyone of any ages can play games. Escaping from the real world into the virtual gaming world at times is advisable. One can get relieved from stressful situations through games; there are also many games which can improve one’s memory power, typing skill, hand-eye coordination, and reflex. It is said that when you are alone your mind starts playing with you in many ways. Positive thoughts comes less while negative ones will be filled in your mind, also habits like drinking and smoking may come into your life. But when you pass your time with something like gaming it can help your mind be occupied with the game which can help you forget all the stress and tension, without any smoke or drinks.

Many go for paid yoga classes, therapies, counseling and all to get relieved from ones stress and tension and the diseases caused by it. But I say get an Xbox or a PlayStation, get a good game, game with your friends, family in weekends, and have a get together. And this will give you the same results. Thus I consider gaming a boon.

The Old West Petticoat Dealer "Madame Mustache"

Eleanore Dumont, known as “Madame Mustache in the frontier gambling saloons, was truly one of the historical phenomenons of that era. As a young petticoat dealer, she became a “super star” dealing twenty-one on the gambler’s gypsy circuit that roamed throughout the West.

There is debate about Dumont’s birthplace; some say that she was a French born immigrant named Simone Jules while others say she was born in New Orleans around 1829. What is known is that a Madame Simone Jules rolled into San Francisco’s Bella Union Saloon and Gambling Hall in the spring of 1850, took over a roulette table, and created a major sensation. Forty-niners, hungry for a mere glimpse of a beautiful woman were staggered by the young Frenchwoman with creamy alabaster skin, shinning black eyes, a flirtatious smile, and long dark tresses that fell to her shoulders. Within a few days men were standing in line to lose their gold dust to the demure mademoiselle that on very close inspection showed a thin line of downy hair on her upper lip.

The Bella union was packed night and day with players eager to see or play against the marvelous Madame Jules. Not to be outdone the other gambling halls quickly imported French women to preside over their roulette wheels. Over the next few years, women croupiers or dealers became the headliners for most of the gambling operations throughout Portsmouth Square. Then as suddenly as she had appeared Madame Jules disappeared from the scene and her name was not mentioned again in any records or newspaper reports.

Several years later in 1854, a stagecoach rolled onto the dusty streets of Nevada City, California, and a well-rounded young woman emerged. Dressed in fine Parisian clothes and expensive jewels, the whole city was set on its ear by the mysterious raven-haired French woman that descended from the coach. She was small and dainty, with doe-like eyes, a mane of curly dark hair, and just a slight hint of diaphanous down on her upper lip. She said her name was Madame Eleanore Dumont and offered nothing about her past – an inscrutable woman of mystery.

Satisfied with her transformation to Madame Dumont the gambling vixen rented a place in the center of town and hung up a sign naming her establishment, the “Vingt-Et-Un” (French for “twenty-one”). Citizens all over town received invitations to visit Broad Street and enjoy a game with Madame Dumont. Though there were over a dozen gambling halls in Nevada City, the Vingt-Et-Un was the undisputed queen of the sporting crowd. Twenty-one was Dumont’s game of choice and she was a master at the game, sweetly expressing regret as she raked in her winnings. When she closed up her table, she would order bottles of champagne to treat the losers, leading most miners to say that they “would rather lose to the Madame than win from somebody else.”

Miners and townsfolk flocked to the establishment, drawn both by the attraction of winning money and the charisma and wit of the French hostess. Decorum was strictly enforced, customers could not engage in brawling or using vulgar language; strangely enough, the rough crowd of miners found it impossible to resist the polite requests of the tantalizing owner. In a very short time, she moved her operation to larger quarters where she added faro, chuck-a-luck, roulette tables, and a staff of dealers. She called her new gambling hall the Dumont Palace and hired a Nevada City gambler named Dave Tobin to be her manager-partner.

Then over the next two years, the money rolled in on a daily basis, so much so that Tobin, who had moved in with Dumont at the National Hotel, wanted to take control of the operation. When he tried to make his move Dumont flew into a rage – just because they shared a bed did not make him the boss of the outfit. She gave him an ultimatum; if he did not like the arrangement then “get the hell out.” He certainly did not like the setup so after a final settlement he slipped out of Nevada City and headed back east.

When the gold in Nevada City eventually ran dry, Eleanore sold her operation and began a tour of the other mining camps of northern California. She opened her game in the Yuba River settlements of Bullard’s Bar, Downieville, and Sierra City; then moved on to mining camps on the Feather River and later the Klamath. In 1857 she dealt twenty-one in George Foster’s City Hotel in Columbia for more than a year before she moved on to Virginia City where she managed a swanky joint that boasted furnishings valued at over $30,000. It was during these series of California mining camps that she added the “extras” to her table operations – a visit to her boudoir requiring a “room charge.”

Dumont left for the gold strikes in Idaho and Montana in the early 1860s and by the end of her tour, she was approaching her thirtieth birthday. The passing years had not been kind to her; the long nights of cards and debauchery began to take its toll, and her once-legendary appearance slowly started to fade. Looking jaded and spent, she lost her hour-glass figure and what was years before only a faint hint of fuzz on her upper lip, had begun to darken – earning her the sobriquet-Madame Mustache.

At Bannack, she teamed up with man by the name of McHarney in a two-story gambling saloon that featured upstairs cribs for quick trysts with the young dancehall girls that worked the saloon below. They had the operation up and going for only a short time before her partner was shot to pieces in a gun battle with another gambler named MacFarlane. What to do? Never missing a beat Dumont had the bloody corpse dragged away, fresh sawdust scattered on the floor, and the saloon swung back into action as if nothing had ever happened. Then she hustled down to the jail to post a one thousand dollar bail for MacFarlane, who in less than an hour after the killing agreed to be her new partner. Yes sir, the Frenchwoman never missed an enterprising opportunity.

Coming out of Bannack, Dumont headed to Fort Benton, a hustling-bustling supply point for the Montana goldfields. Here she duplicated her previous operation that featured booze, beauties, and betting. However, the luster was gone from her earlier emporiums where elegance and decorum was paramount. She was reduced to operating in a low-rent dive. Steamboat captain, Louis Rosche described Dumont’s gambling saloon:

“The inside of the gambling house was worse looking even than the outside. The bar and the gaming rooms were housed in one big downstairs room. A rickety set of stairs led up to a second-floor balcony where I saw doors leading to about a dozen smaller rooms. The place was foggy with smoke and smelled of sweating, unwashed bodies and cheap whiskey. The floor was filthy… Faintly from one of the upstairs rooms I could hear the gibberish of a drunken man and the high, shrill laughter of a woman who was quite sober.”

Dumont bounced from one location to another until she decided it was time to retire from the gambling life so she bought a cattle ranch in California and for a short time tried to make a go of it in honest work. Quickly realizing she had no idea how to run a ranch she hooked up with a smooth-talking man named Jack McKnight who claimed to be a savvy cattle buyer. Handsome and well-dressed, McKnight promised her he could take care of everything and they tied the knot. With the ink barely dry on their marriage certificate McKnight did just that – he took everything she had and absconded.

Forced to return to the only thing she knew how to do Dumont hit the mining camps and eventually landed in Deadwood in the fall of 1876. She dealt twenty-one in various saloons and was observed by John F. Finerty, a journalist for the Chicago Times. In an article, he wrote: “She had a once-handsome face, which crime had hardened into an expression of cruelty. Her eyes glittered like that of a rattlesnake and she raked in the gold dust or chips with hands whose long white fingers, sharp at the ends, reminded me of a harp’s talons.”

Reduced to barely eking by as a dealer in low-class gambling dens, Dumont finally drifted into Bodie, California, in 1879. By this point, she was usually drinking heavily and finding it much harder to compete against professional sharps that sat at her twenty-one table. On the night of September 7, at the Magnolia saloon, she borrowed $300 to bank her table against two blacklegs. Try as she might she just did not have it in her; she was 49, penniless, befuddled by a whiskey soaked brain, and finally as she turned the last card she was completely out of luck. Gathering all the dignity she could muster she pushed her chair away from the table and stood up, “Gentlemen, the game is yours.”

The next morning they found her dead lying beside an empty bottle of morphine. Among the personal items found on her body was a letter that she had written. Along with directions for the disposition of her effects, the letter stated, “she was tired of life.” The Sacramento Union summed up her entire life with these few lines: “Bodie: September 8. A woman named Eleanore Dumont was found dead today about one mile out of town, having committed suicide. She was well-known throughout the mining camps.”

How To Make $500 A Week With A Betting Bot

There is a lot of hype around automated betting bots but before you think about using them there are some key things I can share which will really help. Betting bots are basically pieces of software which interface with the exchanges and which can offer great advantages by automating your betting.

Time Saving. You can get on with other things while the software makes selections and places bets to your rules.

Speed of Betting. Bots interface with the betting exchanges software and can place bets in a fraction of a second. A huge advantage can be gained with the popular ‘In Play betting’. The Betfair trading software can be set up to back and lay as conditions change and hence lock in profits.

They are… Robotic! A silly thing to say but by this I mean they don’t make mistakes or act with emotion as us lowly humans do. They will never be tempted to go ‘one more bet’ to hit the winner, they will only do as you tell them. Believe me this is a major benefit and fits well with the time saving advantage.

They don’t make mistakes. As stated above, they won’t change your betting strategy by error such as backing when odds are too low for your system. They never get tired or bored and hence if you have abetting system that works the bot is perfect and will execute selections and trades for you perfectly.

Great as they are, they are not automatic cash machines and are pieces of software which need setting up. When I see images of cash machines ued to promote them I shudder! Do not be fooled by anyone marketing or promoting services this way. The essential question is can you make money with a betting bot and I have the experience to confirm that yes you can. To do so you will need the following –

A proven strategy – a betting system that works. Again this may sound obvious but many people are fooled by the magical software and fail to apply it to a robust, proven system. Such an approach is doomed to lose money!

A betting bank. You must have an amount of money set aside as an ‘investment’ separate from your spending money and savings. This one step alone gives you a professional approach to your betting and sets you ahead of 90% of punters.

Discipline. This is essential. Do not be tempted to deviate from a system. Do not be tempted to place a further bet on a losing day if there isn’t a real qualifyer.

A flexible, stable and proven Betfair bot. I personally use the oddly named ‘grey horse bot’ and talk about this more in my blog. New ones appear all the time but this one is from a long established software house and they are experts in their field.

There are free betting bot trials available and these offer a good chance to test them out. You must view using one as a long term project but if you apply the principles I have described here you are on a definite path to profit.

The Lottery Jinx – Or Is It Just An Irrational Superstition?

I’m going to win the lottery! I’m going to be rich!

Oh no, did I just jinx myself?

Do you ever say that to yourself? I mean, do you believe that saying that you will win the lottery places a jinx on yourself? Some people believe that if you say that you will win the lottery, then you won’t win it. So they believe that it’s better to just hope you win it, but never mention it out loud. Is their any rationality to this? Or is it just an irrational superstition?

Well, the definition of a jinx is a superstition that a person, thing, or influence which is supposed to bring bad luck. The key word here is “superstition.” By definition, a superstition is irrational.

Since a jinx is an irrational belief, it is just silly to think that saying out loud that you will win the lottery will cause you not to win it.

Don’t believe me? Well, let’s look at something in popular culture that has to do with jinxes. It is believed that if a professional athlete appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, it will place a jinx on him, causing him to under-perform, never again reaching the level of performance that got him on the front cover of the magazine in the first place. The media perpetuates this myth by giving examples of athletes that appeared on the front cover of Sports Illustrated and then blew it. Here are a few examples that they use:

• New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, appeared on the cover in September 2008. Then, in the first game of the season, he tore his ACL and MCL in his left knee.

• In April of 2010, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada of the New York Yankees appeared on the cover together. Within a week, Rivera, Petitte, and Posada suffered injuries and Jeter went on to have the worst season of his career.

There are tons more examples then this, which would lead some people to believe that jinxes really do exist. However, this sports jinx is merely something created by the media. There are even more examples of athletes that appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, but never had it affect their performance at all. This things don’t get reported by the media.

So what does this have to do with the supposed lottery jinx? It just goes to show that a jinx is something that is totally made up and, hence, an irrational superstition. It doesn’t matter if you say out loud that you will win the lottery. That alone won’t be the cause of you not winning it. The more likely explanation would be that you won’t win it because the odds are not in your favor. By design, only a very few people actually win the lottery. It has to do with luck and nothing else.

How to Win Lotto – Pick 3 Secrets Revealed

Almost every serious lottery player pops the question at some point in time which is “How to win lotto”? Well, the answer to this question is never a simple answer. There are plenty of tools out there on the internet to help you. Some of these tools include free lottery systems, lottery strategies, lotto system, and programs known as winning lottery system. Do these programs really increase your odds of winning the lottery? I believe that is the burning question. How do most people play the lottery? Think about it. Most people use their 6 lucky numbers to win lotto games.

This is all fine and dandy but do you realize the odds of winning? 1 in some god awful number. Put it this way, you have a better chance of getting struck by lightning two times in one day than win your states lottery. That is WHY I take my chances with the pick 3 game. The pick 3 lottery is the only lottery that has earned me a great income. Not only that, you have mathematically the best chances of winning by far out of any game out there. What exactly are your chances of winning lottery pick 3 drawings? 1:1000 to be EXACT only if you know NOTHING about the pick 3 and the pick 3 strategies that go along with it. 1:1000 is the odds of winning picking any combination in STRAIGHT BOX form. The most difficult BOX form to pick and win. Highest payout, but most difficult.

I like to play UNMATCHED numbers in BET BOX form to give me the highest probability of winning. By playing ONLY UNMATCHED numbers and in BET BOX form I have a 1:120 chance of winning as opposed to a 1:1000. Not only that, if I study my states most frequent occurring number my chances will increase from 1:120 to around 1:50! Not bad at all. Betting even 50 bucks to win 600 is amazing. I do this almost on a nightly basis. Every night I come home at 6:59 pm to watch my states pick 3 drawing. What a thrill at least 3 times a week to see my pick 3 numbers won! I always win with UNMATCHED numbers. If you do not know what UNMATCHED numbers are, let me explain quickly. UNMATCHED numbers are any numbers in which no numbers repeat themselves in the pick 3 winning combination. For example, 431, 539, 581, 093, 794, etc… are all UNMATCHED number combinations. UNMATCHED numbers occur AT LEAST 23/30 times a month for most states. Just take a look at your states numbers for last month. You should see at least 23 out of 30 drawings resulting in UNMATCHED winning combinations. The percentage of an UNMATCHED number hitting is phenomenal. I take my chances with UNMATCHED numbers everyday. I am an odds man and I am all about giving me the best odds of winning. I sincerely wish you the best of luck and I hope you enjoy this article and start winning pick 3 on a consistent basis!

Roulette System: How to Master Chaos – Theory to Beat Online Casino Legally

This article is going to discuss how Chaos Theory applies to Roulette.

“Looking at roulette chaos is like looking at a raging white-water river filled with wildly tossing waves and unpredictably swirling eddies. But suddenly, in one part of the river, you spot a familiar swirl of current, and for the next five or ten seconds you know the direction the water will move in that section of the river.”

Chaos is everywhere. If you think about it, you arrived at this site because a certain sequence of events took place at just the right time that led you here. Everything is deterministic. What you do next will depend on what you did before. The roulette wheel is not random. It is chaotic! Future spins are determined by past spins. Patterns therefore occur. Find them. Exploit them. Orderly disorder exists. Walk away from the Casino a consistent winner.

The FAST Roulette System is based on the simple fact that there exists predictable patterns within chaotic numbers that seem completely random. R. Lucassen has shown how long-enough sequences of chaotic numbers generate fractals, complex and self-describing patterns which are found everywhere in nature. But let me keep things simple and communicate through examples.

Even though the odds of an individual number coming out on European Roulette is 1 in 37, if you watch 37 spins of the wheel, several numbers will have repeated themselves and several numbers won’t have appeared at all. In fact, before all numbers have appeared at least once, at least one number will have appeared 8 times! Most amazing of all, it does not matter at what point you start tracking the numbers, or if it’s American or European roulette. This is a very bold statement and I insist that you to try it out at any Casino, online or real, before you continue reading as this is the premise of the FAST Roulette System.

Imagine all the events that take place at any given moment in time. They didn’t just happen. Several things had to happen before that led to that event occurring. And several things had to happen, before those several things, that caused them to occur, and so on. Every small event causes a series of chain reactions that produce several other events that, in turn, produce several other events. The wheel is spun at a certain velocity. A roulette ball is dropped at a specific point. The ball stops on a specific number. That, in turn, is the starting point for the next spin. And the pattern repeats itself. This series of events always favors one number in the short run. We have to find that favored number and exploit it. If the roulette wheel was truly random, then it would not be beatable with any device that didn’t affect its outcome. Yet it was.

If you know that a number will come out 8 times before all numbers have come out at least once, then, by keeping track of all previous numbers that will cause that event to occur, you can more accurately choose which numbers to bet on, thereby reducing the probability to below 1/35 of hitting that number. Since Roulette pays you 35 times the amount bet plus the original bet, this will give you an expected return that is positive in the short and long-term, thus allowing you to generate consistent profits.

But why does a number come out 8 times before all numbers have come out once? For the same reason that when it starts to drizzle it takes a while to wet the entire pavement. The drops are supposedly falling randomly, yet they tend to hit in the same spot rather than on dry ground. If you’ve ever observed it, it takes longer to wet the whole ground than you would expect. This is Chaos Theory in action. When applied to Roulette, you get similar results. Most of the times, a number will repeat itself 8 times (rain hitting the same spot) before all numbers have come out once (whole ground getting wet). There is a whole series of events within every spin that will determine, in part, each and every spin that is to follow.

If you observe about 125 spins of the Roulette wheel, you will realize that the distribution of the numbers is not what you would expect considering that the probability of a number coming up is 1/37. Since there is an equal chance of all numbers coming up, you would expect that after about 125 spins all the numbers would have come up about equally or, at the very least, that all numbers would have come up at least once. This is clearly not the case, however. This is not to say that the roulette wheels are necessarily skewed towards any one number. If you take a look at the histograms, you will notice that I won each day on a different number at the same table. Also, if you track the numbers long enough, after thousands of spins, computer-generated or real, all numbers will have come out about equally. Just not in the short run, and this is what the FAST Roulette System takes advantage of. But why not in the short-run? Simply because the more recent an event, the greater its impact on near-future events.

To learn more about my system, please visit my site.

I highly recommend that you try it.

Please feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions.

Until then, my friend. I wish you all my best.

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Review: Wits and Wagers Original Edition

You’ve probably played some long, drawn out trivia games where everyone knows the trivia buff is going to win. I’m here to tell you that Wits and Wagers is the exact opposite of that. It’s not that I dislike trivia – as you will see when I review Wits and Wagers – it’s that I dislike trivia for trivia’s sake. Wits and Wagers bills itself as the trivia game for everyone and it succeeds.

In order to win in inferior Trivial Pursuit, you not only must get a question in each category correct, but your pawn must be on the one correct space on the board that earns you a tiny plastic pie piece. Games end in a near stalemate in which players try to hop back and forth on spaces near their worst category until finally the planets align and they get an easy question while in the right place. Wits and Wagers, on the other hand, is a trivia game where you don’t have to know trivia to win.

It can help, yes, but the questions are deliberately designed so that no one at the table likely knows the exact answer. Questions are often based around statistics: How many cups of coffee does the average American drink in a year? How much did a three-day Woodstock ticket cost at the gate on the first day? What was the lowest temperature every recorded in Hawaii in degrees Fahrenheit? How many Americans were injured in bathtubs or showers in 2001?

For some questions, your knowledge may help you. You may be able to guess when the first American newspaper was established if you know old a paper like the New York Times is. On other questions, no one could every be expected to know. This aspect may frustrate some, but for me, it is what makes the game fun for the whole group rather than just a few people. Even a quiz master like Ken Jennings might not win a game of Wits and Wagers. Players do score extra points if their answer was closest, but a player could go the whole game without getting a question right and still win due to how scoring works.

Let’s do a sample question together so that you can see the mechanics. We’ll use the following question as an example: Over the 5-year period from 1999 to 2003, what percent of the U.S. recording industry’s dollar sales were to consumers under 30 years old?

Let’s say people guessed as follows:

Tom: 22%

Laura and Adama: 50%

Boomer 72%

Saul 77.14%

Mike: 80%

Kat 92%

Feel free to guess along; I’ll put the answer at the end of the post. Players write their name and their guess on a mini white board and simultaneously reveal them. Answers are put on the board in order. Then players may bet (with chips, not real money of course) on which answer they think is closest without going over (sort of making this like a board game that is like The Price is Right). Players have a lot to consider when betting.

+Cards that are farther away from the center pay out more; This is easy to see in an image, but if if Kat’s answer is right, it pays out 4 to 1.

+Boomer might not be worth betting even if you think she has a good chance of being right: a bet on Boomer’s answer is betting that the answer will be in the narrow range between 72% and 77.14%.

+Two people put down 50%. Do they know something about the question that you don’t, or did they just pick it because it was a nice round number?

Players can split their bets between two answers, and, once the answer is revealed, the person whose answer was closest receives bonus chips. Everyone that guessed the correct answer receives a payout according to the space the answer was on. The game has been a hit each time I’ve played it, though the game may not be pure enough for hardcore trivia buffs who want to show off

Wits and Wagers Answer: In the example, the correct answer was 43.64 percent, so players that bet on Tom’s answer would receive four times their original bet and play would continue on to the next round. Kat apparently didn’t think that people over the age of 30 enjoy music.

A Winning Thoroughbred Wagering System

Thoroughbred wagering systems and methods are a dime a dozen and most of them are worth even less. Each month the endlessly fun and entertaining Phillips Racing Newsletter publishes a few of the “good ones” but even these rarely hold up for very long. Oh, don’t get me wrong, they’re enjoyable to play and do remarkably well compared with the results of the average punter left to his own devices, but you aren’t likely to show a profit from them at the end of the year. Maybe there have been one or two exceptions over the years, ones that showed a slight profit, but that’s about all.

So imagine my surprise one day, while killing time between races, when I dreamed this one up out of the clear blue sky from way, way out in left field. As soon as it popped into my head I knew it could work. That is, I didn’t see any obvious flaws. After all, it was based on sound fundamentals and statistics of the game. And, it was very, very simple. Very few moving parts so to speak. So without wasting any more time, here it is, as Rod Serling would say, “submitted for your approval”.

The System

OK, it’s based on the statistic that the public betting favorite wins the race close to 33% of the time. What, you mean like last year? Big deal. Nope. Since as long as they’ve been keeping records (approximately 100 years). This statistic holds up week after week, year after year, decade after decade, at every track throughout the world. Kind of spooky, but it’s absolutely true.

Now sure, some days the favorite will win only twice, or maybe even only once. Other days, the favorite will win 4 or 5 times. But it all evens out to 33%, 1 in 3. Check the stats at your own track. You’ll find it’s close to that figure. Some tracks run a little higher, some a little lower. But it’s always right around there.

OK, so what does this buy us? Are you saying we should just bet the favorite in every race and cash a third of our tickets and get rich? Oh, that would be nice. No, that won’t work. You see the problem with that approach is that you win a third of the time but that means that you lose two thirds of the time. So obviously in order to show a profit, you need to make more money when you win than you spend when you lose. Now sometimes favorites pay 5/2 or even 3/1 if you’re lucky, but most of the time they pay very little. In any event, this method has been proven to be a loser since the dawn of horse race betting.

Now another statistic of note is that in addition to the favorite winning 33% of the time, the 2nd betting favorite wins approximately 20% of the time. The 3rd betting favorite wins approximately 12% of the time. And the 4th betting favorite wins approximately 5% of the time.

Therefore, my approach makes use of these stats and works like this:

1. First, we bet the exacta, we don’t bet to win. (The exacta or perfecta as it is sometimes called is a bet that you win when you correctly select the 1st and 2nd place finishers in exact order.)

2. We bet the favorite on top of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th betting favorites.

You will generally hit 2 or 3 exactas per 9-race card. The operative word is “generally”. Sometimes you will hit zero. And sometimes you will hit 5. But the nice thing about this is when you do hit, you will usually make a decent score which more than makes up for your losers.

Variations

The basic method is pretty simple and straightforward but I have employed a few variations that have yielded fantastic results (though they do increase the risk somewhat).

Variation 1 is to make an additional bet to the one in the basic method – bet the 2nd favorite over the favorite. This allows you to catch those races where the two horses duke it out in the stretch and the 2nd favorite noses out the favorite (which happens a lot).

Variation 2 is to bet the favorite on top of the entire field. In other words, don’t just stop with the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th choices. Bet them all! Why would you make so many bets? Because every once in a while (once a day, or once every other day) you will hit a monster. Your favorite will run 1st and a 45-1 shot will somehow miraculously finish 2nd. And when that happens, and it will, oh happy day.

Go ahead, try this on paper for awhile. Just pick up your local race results newspaper or online and see how you would have done. It’s going to surprise you.

Lay Back and Think of Winning

Horse Racing Information no longer means trying to find which horse is going to win. With the introduction of the betting exchanges and more notably ‘Betfair,’ finding horses that will lose is now the name of the game. Of course this does not just apply horse racing, name virtually any major sport and you can now lay, back or trade on the outcome of your chosen event.

Betfair has recently set up an operations centre in San Francisco with the imminent change in gambling laws set to boost the flagging US economy. This will revolutionize gambling in the US the way it has in Europe and the rest of the world. Betfair used correctly has the potential to be your very own money tree as you learn the market fluctuations and trends.

I have using various different methods on Betfair since it’s inception over 10 years ago and after around 5 or 6 years of trial and error I have now got 6 systems which I use on a daily basis to produce jaw dropping results. Having invested in various horse racing information services and systems over the years of which most simply do not work, in 2006 put my own systems into operation and have never looked back.

It takes me around 1 hour every morning to check the racing press on and offline to gather the required information, a few clicks of the mouse on Betfair or a similar exchange and 80%+ of my days trading are successful, Occasionally I will need to check price changes during the afternoon but the bulk of my systems take just a few seconds to execute.

Many times the outcome of the event is irrelevant as I have traded in such a way that whatever the outcome I am guaranteed to be in profit, though 95% of my bets are straight ‘back or lay’ as this is by far the most profitable way to succeed on betfair and that which my systems are geared too.

Betfair will take a 5% commission on your winning transactions however that can fall as low as 3% the more successful you are. Unlike a traditional bookmaker you betting against your fellow gamblers so there is never any danger of have your account closed for consistent winning, winners are welcome! For just a small monthly payment I will show you how trade on the exchanges like a pro and make massive profits on a daily basis.