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CryptoLogic Comments on Lawsuit

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(Toronto, ON) – CryptoLogic Inc., a leading software supplier to the Internet gaming and e-commerce industries, announces it intends to vigorously defend allegations made against it and certain of its subsidiaries in a lawsuit filed on March 12, 2002 by Las Vegas From Home.com, a former licensee. The Company and its legal counsel are of the opinion that all of the claims made by Las Vegas From Home.com are frivolous and without merit.

 

CryptoLogic’s wholly owned subsidiary WagerLogic and a subsidiary of Las Vegas From Home.com entered into a licensing agreement in May 2001 with respect to the development and launch of Internet poker software. CryptoLogic terminated that licensing agreement in February 2002 because Las Vegas From Home.Com was determined to be in breach of the agreement due to its failure to meet certain of its obligations under the agreement, its independent development of poker software and its launch of an Internet poker room.

 

“While Las Vegas From Home.com’s lawsuit may make good headlines, its claims have no basis in law or in fact,” said Jean Noelting, President and CEO of CryptoLogic. “This type of frivolous lawsuit is damaging to the Company’s reputation and to shareholder value. CryptoLogic will use all means at its disposal to vigorously defend its position, including initiating a counterclaim against Las Vegas From Home.com and its subsidiary.”

 

About CryptoLogic

 

CryptoLogic Inc. is the leading software development company serving the Internet gaming market. The company’s proprietary technologies enable secure, high-speed financial transactions over the Internet. CryptoLogic continues to innovate and develop state of the art Internet software applications for both the electronic commerce and Internet gaming industries. WagerLogic, a wholly owned subsidiary of CryptoLogic, is responsible for the licensing of its poker deposit pulsa gaming software and services to customers around the world.

 

SunOnline Inks Deal with Dennis Interactive

 

LONDON, 16 January 2002- SunOnline Limited, the operators of the only licensed online casino currently operating within the British Isles, today announced a strategic partnership deal with Dennis Interactive. Casino Atlantis the SunOnline brand will become the exclusive casino partner available on all Dennis Interactive sites providing secure gambling to all Dennis users. SunOnline will also provide content for all the sites in order to help educate users and introduce Dennis customers to online gambling.

 

Links will be provided from pages of the Dennis Interactive sites including; www.maxim-magazine.co.uk, www.autoexpress.co.uk, www.pcpro.co.uk and www.computerbuyer.co.uk which will allow users to click through to a co-branded area for the Casino Atlantis site.

 

Tobin Prior, CEO of SunOnline commented, “We are excited about pursuing this opportunity with Dennis Interactive. They have a substantial, loyal user base that is interested in finding out more about online gambling. Casino Atlantis Online is the leading online casino in the market and would be the ideal site for users to start understanding more about the online casino environment”.

 

Dan Newman, Group Account Manager, Dennis Interactive said, “We are pleased to be able to partner with SunOnline in developing a gambling area for our network of 1.7 million monthly unique users. Dennis Interactive can provide users that have consistently shown an interest in gambling, while SunOnline is able to provide an excellent service. We expect this to be a very profitable partnership.…

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Poker With a Smile

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They ran out of commentators at the recent pacificpoker.com UK Open, so they phoned me. I wasn’t sure that going to commentate on these events was the best thing I could be doing, especially when my bar bill was sure to be as big as the wages.

 

But what a week it turned out to be. Jonny Natas, Andy Pyrah, and their respective crews from PacificPoker and Matchroom went out of their way to make sure that everybody was really well looked after, and this created an atmosphere both in the studio and the hotel that was the best I’ve experienced in poker over the last few years. After filming every day, everyone returned to the Marriott hotel. Inasmuch as I wasn’t there from the start, I wasn’t quite sure what the rules were, but I quickly worked out that going to bed before 5 a.m. would have been considered very bad form.

 

What made this event a privilege to attend? Well, the boys from Belfast, Darren Brown and the lads, were running nonstop £10 and £20 sit and gos in the bar, which kept going for about two or three weeks, even the week after the guys had gone home to Belfast. Pros, online qualifiers, celebrity sports stars, Mad Marty Wilson, dealers, and members of the TV crew all mucked in and took part in these hotly contested events, which were played in a superb atmosphere. Some of the pros, like Gary Jones, showed a tremendous amount of class in both playing with the amateurs and winning four in a row. Some of them showed class like me and lost 70 quid on the whole thing.

 

I also met snooker champion turned poker player Matthew Stevens, who finally won the event, and had a hilarious time in his company. At midnight on the night before the final, he told me he thought he might win. At 2 a.m., he said he was pretty sure, and at 5:15 in the morning, when I was getting my cab to the airport, he said it was a blinding certainty.

 

Poker has become so big and star-ridden these days that sometimes I forget why I started playing the game. It took a week with guys who were playing for the sheer love of the game, and all the laughter associated with it, to remind me why I got involved in the first place. I strongly advise anybody to try to qualify online for this event next year. If it’s half as good as it was this year, it’s a must.

 

Bid for Irish Captaincy

Englishman Kevin O’Connell has long been an honorary member of the traveling Irish poker team. He qualifies on several grounds; he can drink more whiskey than all of the representatives of some other countries put together, and he makes a complete idiot out of himself as well as or better than the best of the Irish — consistently, and that’s what is required. Kevin recently made his bid for the captaincy by getting involved in an extraordinary sequence of events regarding the EPT Scandinavian Open in Copenhagen. I first told him about judi poker mogeqq event in the bar of Bellagio last December. Kevin was delighted. In fact, most people who had drank as much as Kevin had at the time would have been delighted about just about anything, and amazingly, he grasped quite a bit of the information he’d been given. The next day, Kevin told several Swedish players that he was going to Stockholm. The Swedes were delighted to hear that there was going to be a great event in their hometown that they hadn’t yet heard of, and all promised to meet Kevin there. On his return to the UK, Kevin decided to be efficient for once, so he booked flights for himself and his loved one on the appropriate dates. He duly received the tickets in the post and promptly lost them. In the meantime, he discovered that Stockholm was some distance from Copenhagen, where the event was actually taking place, but he had now run into a slight problem, because he couldn’t remember the travel agent that he booked the tickets through.

 

This story is not as surprising as it might seem to some people, because when EPT boss John Duthie told Kevin that there was going to be an EPT event in Deauville, Kevin told several people, including myself, that Duthie was going to stage the first major tournament ever held in Dover. He seemed to think that this could get him an honorary captaincy for life, and it’s surely worthy of consideration, but I’m sure that somebody will top it in the not too distant future.…

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789bet Player Wins $1,000,000 at Oriental Casino

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On Friday 19th January 2001, Susanne Uebler, 38, from Long Island, New York, was announced the Oriental Casino “Win a Million” million dollar prize winner. Her name was chosen at random from all the competition entries. She then correctly answered a trivia question over the phone on air on Mike Craig’s casinogazette.com online radio show to win the one million U.S dollars grand prize.

“I was shaking all over to hear Mike say I’d won the million,” said Susanne. “I think for a moment the whole world was shaking.”

Later she added, “I am still a little bit out of breath but as the reality sinks in, I’m a very happy person. I entered the competition without even in my wildest dreams believing I would be the winner of one million dollars.”

Susanne was born in Austria and moved to the U.S in 1994. She spends her time doing water sports and hanging out on the beach in the summer with her favorite companion, a baby parrot called Simba.

Oriental Casino is owned and operated by CyberCroupier Ltd (www.cybercroupier.com).

CyberCroupier says this is the first time anyone has ever won a million dollars in an online casino promotion. Payment of the prize money will be made in equal monthly installments of US$3,333 over a period of 25 years. The first payment will be made March 2001.

Beat Web Casinos:

Bill Haywood’s strategy for beating Web casinos, as outlined in his 198 page book Beat Web Casinos: The Shrewd Player’s Guide to Internet Gambling, is simple: Play at casinos that offer the best bonuses, play enough of a low-risk game like baccarat or basic strategy blackjack to meet your bonus obligations, then cash out. He calls it “poaching deposit bonuses” and while casinos hate it, it’s the only real advantage an online player has.

For those unfamiliar with bonus poaching, I’ll give a quick example. Sign up at a casino that offers, say, a 15% sign-up bonus. Deposit $1000, and you receive a $150 bonus. Now, with $1150 in your account, play just enough blackjack or baccarat to meet the requirements of the promo without losing much of your stake. (You are usually required to wager one or two times the value of the bonus before you can cash it out). Then cash out — hopefully with your original deposit and a piece of the bonus in your pocket — and move to the next casino.

I’ve done this myself numerous times (see our reviews page) and it can work. One online gambler, after reading my review of Gaming Club, wrote to tell me how he registered for the casino’s $25 promotion, hit triple seven on the slots twice, won $1500, and had the money deposited into his account in four days. The player never even made a deposit. That’s bonus poaching at its best.

There’s really not much more to it, although Haywood beefs up his bonus section to include 789bet advice on keeping detailed logs and records, basic guidance on avoiding scam operations, and tips on camouflaging your play so you don’t get blacklisted. Indeed, his discussion on the shared blacklist of bonus poachers maintained by the Interactive Gaming Council is one of the more enlightening sections in the book.

Beyond the bonus strategy, Haywood offers a brief but succinct rundown of the legalities of online gambling, plus information on some of the main software providers and Net resources, the arithmetic of gambling, basic blackjack strategy and gambling addiction.

Give Haywood credit for having the guts to call it like he sees it. In particular he takes many of the online gaming commissions and associations to task for working for the benefit of the casinos and not the players they claim to represent.

Haywood’s information is generally accurate, but he is quick to jump to conclusions. For example, Haywood repeatedly tells us not to play at Handa-Lopez casinos, such as the Grand Dominican. His reason? “I cannot tell you why because I cannot prove it. Trust me.” If Haywood has evidence of wrong-doing online gamblers need to hear about it. Let’s hope the facts come out in the next edition.

While his lists of Good and Bad casinos are generally sound, surprisingly, Haywood recommends playing at Golden Palace. Golden Palace has a long history of locking out the accounts of players suspected of bonus abuse, and many of these players used the very strategy described in his book.…

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VegasUSA Launches its All-new Situs Judi Slot Online Terpercaya Casino

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VegasUSA has just relaunched its online casino with a new look and a great new selection of games.

VegasUSA, VegasUSA2, Casino Pearl and European Gaming have all merged into one super casino powered by Microgaming Casino Software that can be found at VegasUSA.com. Players now have 47 Flash games, including four Jackpot Madness progressive jackpots, to choose from when they visit the casino.

The new no-download site features Blackjack, roulette, craps, Cyberstud Poker, baccarat, Keno, Red Dog, Flip and Scratch Cards, 11 variations of Video Poker, the Cash Splash, Lotsaloot, Fruit Fiesta and Wowpot progressive slots, and 23 standard slots. Download games will be available some time in March 2002.

All real-money accounts and remaining balances at the casinos listed above have been transferred to the new VegasUSA. Accounts have been assigned new log-in information to ensure security; players should contact the customer support department to get their new login information.

VegasUSA Director of Marketing Alan Fletcher is very pleased with the new look and feel of the site. “Microgaming’s superior casino software and VegasUSA’s unrivaled focus on customer support is a combination that is going to be hard to beat,” he said.

To back up that claim, VegasUSA is offering up to a $100 match bonus on customers’ first FirePay or PayPal deposits at the new casino. There’s also a $20 Refer-A-Friend bonus, a $100-A-Week random giveaway, and a $1000 Monthly drawing for players who deposit $20 or more waiting for players who visit the site.

Other customer support features include 24/7 live Situs Judi Slot Online Terpercaya operators to assist with any questions, and withdrawals that are processed within 24 hours. Check payments are shipped via UPS Express Delivery at no additional charge to the customer.

Players will find a number of payment options at VegasUSA. The casino accepts Visa and MasterCard, as well as FirePay and PayPal, and uses the PlayCheck / CashCheck systems to monitor play history and financial transactions.

Payouts are reviewed by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the casino is licensed by the government of Curacao. VegasUSA was originally launched in 1999 and has won many industry awards since then, including WINNEROnline’s Best Customer Service Award for 2000.

Milestone $327k Jackpot Won at Jackpot Madness

Jackpot Madness – Jackpot Madness, the world’s #1 cash jackpot destination, announces that the 65-casino network has paid out a record-smashing $55,000,000 in total jackpot payouts since launching in September 2000.

This money was distributed among 2,000 ecstatic progressives winners, creating two simultaneous milestones and a double reason to celebrate.

The landmark win that pushed the payout total over fifty-five million mark was Registered Nurse Kate S’s massive jackpot of $327,382.67, won on the Treasure Nile slot at First Web Casino. Kate is also the two-thousandth member of the Jackpot Madness Winner’s Circle.

“I find online gambling relaxing and now profitable!” big winner Kate told us excitedly. “I can’t believe I won such a big jackpot and with this amount I will pay off some bills, take the family on a trip and maybe even buy that business I’ve been dreaming about. Thank you!”

“We want to take this opportunity to thank the thousands of players who helped us become the uncontested leader in online gaming”, commented Marilyn Glazier, Press Agent for JackpotMadness.com

“The $55 million milestone coincided with the 2,000 player payout record, breaking two world records at once. Out of the two-thousand winners who have won progressive jackpots so far, approximately 23% of them have won more than once.

“At the present time more than $3,000,000 is awarded to a myriad of happy players every month. Based on current growth, we expect to see both the number of wins and amount of money awarded to rapidly escalate, continuing to set the industry standards.”…

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IGW Licensee Launches Judi Slot CasinoClubVegas

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MIAMI — Global Entertainment Holdings/Equities, Inc. (OTCBB:GAMM), http://www.globalentertainmentinc.com, today announced that its subsidiary, Interactive Gaming and Wagering (IGW), has established a licensing relationship with Teltrade International NV to launch an online casino site at http://www.CasinoClubVegas.com.

 

The site allows players to participate in both the pari-mutuel poolbetting sportsbook site, http://www.yetbet.com, and the http://www.casinoclubvegas.com site, using one account. Jaap Nieuwenhuijs, Managing Director for Teltrade states: “We wanted to offer our customers a way to wager at our poolbetting sportsbook site and our casino, through a single login. IGW made it possible by fully integrating our sites.” Casino Club Vegas has a complete offering of traditional Vegas style games including BlackJack. States Mr. Nieuwenhuijs, “We wanted to provide the online players with an extremely easy to use hosted site, which at the same time compliments Teltrade’s current poolbetting sportsbook, www.yetbet.com.”

 

“IGW knows the strategic importance of making sure our clients and their players have easy to use sites through integrated applications,” states Bryan Abboud, CEO of Global Entertainment and President of IGW. “As a complete turnkey solutions provider, IGW understands there are opportunities to enrich the player experience and reduce our clients’ operational costs by integrating our software to other third party applications.”

 

Mr. Abboud continues: “IGW has over five years experience supporting the needs of our clients and their customers. One of IGW’s goals is to provide long term player attraction through the best use of current technology. We consistently strive to exceed our clients’ technical and service expectations. The ability to flawlessly execute the integration of multiple gaming sites in such a short timeframe is an indication of our level of commitment to process, quality, and efficiency.”

 

IGW would like to thank one of its referral partners for being an integral part of this long-term relationship.

 

Gaming Broadcast Picks Best Net Casinos

 

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Gaming Broadcast (www.gamingbroadcast.com) is at it again with their first round pick of ‘World’s Best Cyber Casinos’! This time they are gearing up to help the “Best” Cyber Casinos kick off the new year ahead of the game with air dates set for January 2003.

 

After the successful airing of their pilot last year, the “Best” can look forward to the premiere of the ‘World’s Best Cyber Casinos’. With television viewers alone, the program has an estimated viewing audience of 82,300,000 people. Society is intrigued and eager to unveil more of the mystery surrounding the online gaming world. They want it, and Gaming Broadcast has it!

 

“Worlds Best Cyber Casinos” is an entertaining and informative one-hour television show designed to attract extensive audiences interested in the gaming world. Recent studies reveal society’s curiosity indicating that more than 85% of the adults in the USA have placed a wager at least once in their lives. The explosive growth of on-line gambling worldwide shows that there is a phenomenal interest in playing at Cyber Casinos.

 

Until now, the public has been in the dark with little information regarding Cyber Casinos and their concerns about placing online wagers. “How safe is it? How discrete? Who has the best odds? Where should I play? Is it legal?” Television audiences watching “Worlds Best Cyber Casinos” through the Gaming Broadcast’s affiliate stations will have the chance to see beyond the mystery to address their questions.

 

Gaming Judi Slot Broadcast extends Cyber Casinos a remarkable alternative to overcome the skepticism encumbering online gaming with multiple airings on terrestrial, cable and satellite channels. In addition to multiple airings on terrestrial, cable, and satellite channels, “Worlds Best Cyber Casinos” will stream over the Internet to an unlimited worldwide audience. The show will also be archived on the Internet, for access at any time in Gaming Broadcast’s Play On Demand Archives.

 

The 60 minute television special will also have new mediums available that includes the direct mailing of up to 200,000 CD-ROMs containing free gaming software, as well as the complete television program. The CD-ROMs are shipped directly to selected individuals with a history of on-line play, along with free distributions for reputable online wagering portals.

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George’s Dominoqq Online Premiership Predictions

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This weekend the big game is Chelsea v Manchester City as first plays second in something of a Premiership show down as third and fourth place Southampton and Manchester United seem too far behind to join the championship race.

 

Hull 1 v Newcastle 1

Crystal Palace 2 v Everton 1

Liverpool 2 v West Ham 0

Man Utd 2 v Leicester 0

Stoke 2 v QPR 0

Sunderland 1 v Burnley 1

West Brom 1 v Tottenham 2

Chelsea 0 v Man City 0

 

Sunday, 1 February 2015

 

Southampton 3 v Swansea 1

Arsenal 2 v Aston Villa 0

 

Soccer – Under-fire Martinez happy with his squad

 

Everton boss Roberto Martinez says he has no intention of signing a replacement for Samuel Eto’o before the transfer window closes on Monday. Eto’o was allowed to join Sampdoria earlier this week and Martinez insists he is content with his squad even though they are currently in the bottom half of the Premier League table after finishing fifth last season. Martinez has been criticised by many Everton fans this term but the former Swansea City and Wigan Athletic manager said: “We are not looking at this window to find solutions. The work is to get players back in their confident mood. “Arouna Kone is ready to offer a lot and we have plenty of options in the number 10 role, so I don’t feel we necessarily need to replace Eto’o.” Everton, 4/5 with bet365 to finish in the bottom half of the Premier League table this season, are available at 12/1 to beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park this weekend.

 

Presidential D-day, Socceroos & Spurs into finals, Crazy night in Madrid

 

* Hosts Australia ended the UAE’s fairytale run by dominoqq winning 2-0 in their Asian Cup semifinal in Newcastle, NSW. Trent Sainsbsury and Jason Davidson sent the Socceroos into a mouth-watering final against South Korea on Saturday in Sydney.

 

* Today is deadline day in the FIFA Presidential application process. Candidates must have the support of five national associations and have been active in the game for the past two years. The applicants so far are:

 

Sepp Blatter

Jerome Champagne

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein

David Ginola

Michael Van Praag

Luis Figo

Domenico Scala of FIFA’s Electoral Committee will oversee the applications. The presidential vote is on the 29th of May this year.

 

* Barcelona reached the semi-final of the Copa del Rey defeating Atletico Madrid 3-2 away last night, winning 4-2 on aggregate. The most astonishing moment of a dramatic night was when Atletico’s Turkish midfielder Arda Turan threw his boot at the linesman and was shown only a yellow card, one of a dozen (and two reds) handed out at the Manzares.

 

* Tottenham will play Chelsea in England’s League Cup Final on the 1st of March after overcoming Sheffield United 3-2 on aggregate last night. Chelsea beat Liverpool 1-0 the night before.

 

This all-London cup final should be a fiery affair. The two are old, if not bitter foes of course. Here’s Spurs taking on the Blues 85 years ago.

 

* FIFA have all but confirmed the Qatar World Cup will not take place in the summer. General Secretary Jerome Valcke told French radio the choice was now between the start and end of 2022

 

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The Buy-inTogel Hongkong

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  1. When you enter a game, you must make a full buy-in for that particular game. A full buy-in at limit poker is at least 10 times the maximum bet for the game being played, unless designated otherwise. A full buy-in at pot-limit or no-limit poker is 40 times the minimum bring-in (usually, the size of the big blind), unless designated otherwise.

 

  1. Only one short buy-in is allowed per session.

 

  1. Adding to your stack is not considered a buy-in, and may be done in any quantity between hands.

 

The Shuffle and Cut

 

  1. In a player-dealt game, the pack must be shuffled and cut before the cards are dealt. The recommended method to protect the integrity of the game is to have three people involved instead of only two. The dealer on the previous hand takes in the discards and squares up the deck prior to the shuffle. The player on the new dealer’s left shuffles the cards and then slides the pack to the new dealer, who gets them cut by the Togel Hongkong player on his right.

 

  1. The deck must be riffled a minimum of four times. The cut must leave a minimum of four cards in each portion.

 

  1. The bottom of the deck should be protected so nobody can see the bottom card. This is done by using a cut-card. A joker can be used as a cut-card.

 

  1. Any complaint about the shuffle, cut, or other preparation connected with dealing must be made before the player has looked at his hand or betting action has started.

 

Misdeals

 

  1. The following circumstances cause a misdeal, provided attention is called to the error before two players have acted on their hands. (If two players have acted in turn, the deal must be played to conclusion, as explained in rule #2)

 

The first or second card of the hand has been dealt faceup or exposed through dealer error.

Two or more cards have been exposed by the dealer.

Two or more boxed cards (improperly faced cards) are found.

Two or more extra cards have been dealt in the starting hands of a game.

An incorrect number of cards has been dealt to a player, except the top card may be dealt if it goes to the player in proper sequence.

Any card has been dealt out of the proper sequence (except an exposed card may be replaced by the burncard without such action causing a misdeal).

The button was out of position.

The first card was dealt to the wrong position.

Cards have been dealt to an empty seat or a player not entitled to a hand.

A player has been dealt out who is entitled to a hand. This player must be present at the table or have posted a blind or ante.

  1. Action is considered to occur in stud games when two players after the forced bet have acted on their hands. In button games, action is considered to occur when two players after the blinds have acted on their hands. Once action occurs, a misdeal can no longer be declared. The hand is played to conclusion and no money is returned to any player whose hand is fouled.

 

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Bola88 Film Review: Owning Mahowny

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“You know why he wants to win? So he has the money to keep losing. Now how – – – – – – up is that?”

 

A bookie said this about Dan Mahowny, who was masterfully played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman in Owning Mahowny. That single segment of dialogue tells you everything you need to know about the main character, who is, indeed, a very sick man.

 

The 2003 film had an estimated $10 million budget (according to imdb.com), but grossed just over $1 million in the United States. I have a feeling, however, that this movie will start to find its audience and have a healthier afterlife in DVD.

 

The film is based on a true story and was adapted from the book Stung: The Incredible Obsession of Brian Molony, written by Gary Stephen Ross. In the film, Dan Mahowny was a precocious star at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Toronto’s financial district, and at 24 was the youngest assistant manager in company history. His girlfriend, a blonde Minnie Driver, was believable as a naïve hayseed who was quick (at least for a while) to buy into her boyfriend’s excuses for his long absences. Even she, however, didn’t know the other side of Dan Mahowny, the seemingly conservative banker who pulled off the largest single-handed bank fraud in Canadian history, grossing over $10 million in 18 months to feed his gambling obsession.

 

Early in the film, after Hoffman arranges a loan for a female customer, she expresses her gratitude and then playfully taps him on the stomach and says, “One of these days I’m going to take you out and get you a decent suit.” Combined with his beat-up car, it’s clear that Hoffman doesn’t care about money, which makes his gambling all the more puzzling — at least to those who haven’t been around compulsive gamblers.

 

When Hoffman is on another Bola88 gambling bender in Atlantic City, the casino host is astounded by his single-mindedness. Hoffman refuses hookers, drugs, alcohol, and lavish meals. Whether it’s blackjack, craps, or baccarat (sorry, but there’s no poker in this film), he simply can’t pull himself away from the pit.

 

I found the movie to be disturbing and tough to watch at times, which is a credit to the filmmakers. Screenwriter Maurice Chauvet and Director Richard Kwietniowski created a film that vividly portrays the sickness of compulsive gambling. Hoffman plays craps with a young Asian woman who throws her hands in the air when she hits her number. The next time Hoffman sees her, she is flirting with him, talking about what a great run they had, and then she says, “Say, stake me two hundred and I’ll share my winnings with you.” After her last desperate plea is refused, the camera stays on her to show the desperation oozing out of her skin. Equally disturbing is the casino host who is obsessed with seeing that Hoffman walks out broke. His behavior is excusable — you can’t fault a good manager for wanting to improve his company’s bottom line — and it accurately portrays the business side of running a casino. If you think casinos want their customers to be entertained and not get hurt, the next time you’re pouring over one of those “gaming” company annual reports, remind me to tell you about this great bridge I’ve got for sale.

 

The film reminded me of The Gambler, the 1974 film in which James Caan plays a literature professor who is also a compulsive gambler. Of course, if you’ve been around compulsive gamblers, the behavior of the characters in both films is very predictable — lying, borrowing, and betting because of the need for action.

 

Nick the Greek was famous for saying that the best thing for a gambler is to win, and the second-best thing is to lose. It’s sad but true. And as you watch this film, it’s hard not to ask yourself: What is the goal of the gambler? Clearly, it’s not the money, because Hoffman had no material needs and could steal all he wants from his bank. And without getting overly Freudian here, the goal seems to be self-punishment. How else could you describe it?

 

My one disappointment in the film is that you meet Dan Mahowny as a 24-year-old and never get any indication of his upbringing. Clearly, there’s something in his past that has led him to this sickness, yet you don’t get any clues. Instead, you see him at the height of his sickness and are taken on the inevitable downward spiral.

 

This film lacks poker action and humor, and is not one you should watch on a full stomach, but if you want greater insight into the world of a compulsive gambler, it’s worth your time. If you see some elements of yourself in the main character, it just means you’re human. If you think Phillip Seymour Hoffman could just as well be playing you, call for help — immediately.

 

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On The Buses: Traveling Togel World Cup 2010

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As usual I ignored all the hype and planned to do my own thing for this World Cup. Having befriended a South African in Ghana during CAN 2008, I was offered accommodation in Cape Town. I decided to take up this offer and spend my first week there.

 

Arriving in Cape Town on the first Sunday of the Togel tournament I immediately set about finding the ticketing centre based in the airport, as no tickets were sent out of the country, all tickets were to be collected in South Africa by providing the card used for payment and the applicants passport.

 

Rainbow.

 

The centre was quickly located and my request just to have my tickets for Cape Town released was granted. This meant that I did not have to carry my other tickets around with me. I was delighted to be able to report that this is the most efficient ticketing process discovered on my travels.

 

Having done my homework on my hosts whereabouts I found that there was a restaurant at the foot of the block of flats – Arnold’s. A useful reference point for finding the accommodation.

 

Unfortunately the weather in Cape Town for the first few days did not live up to its surroundings, as the days were overcast and wet, whilst the nights were cold especially at home where central heating appeared unheard of.

 

Ocean to the right.

 

The weather did improve towards the end of the week and this enabled me to see the beauty of the area. Numerous golden beaches adorn the peninsula and a trip to Chapman’s Peak brought back memories of the Amalfi coast, (to help you, think of the minis in the Italian Job driving along the costal roads, with rocks falling!!!!)

 

The first match I saw was Italy v Paraguay, outside the stadium news broke that the security guards had gone on strike, but the police handled affairs with no apparent problems. It seemed a very European crowd, until of course the vuvuzelas got going.

 

I am sorry but anyone who thinks that this adds something to the game needs their head examining. The game itself was cagey with Italy managing to scrape a draw. Remembering the scenes at the Fan Fests in Germany I decided to try the South African version. Whilst the backdrop with the town hall and Table Mountain looked good, unfortunately the weather proved to be the deciding factor. In Germany the weather had been glorious here it was still wet and miserable. Fan Fests in winter don’t work as well as they do in summer.

 

On The Buses: Traveling World Cup 2010.

 

My next game was England v Algeria, the highlight of this was strolling down the Fan Mile to the stadium, pedestrianised with plenty of bars and eateries and being made to realise how good this was compared to what I have to come, by friends who had already visited a number of stadiums. By this time the weather had turned and it felt like a warm summer’s evening back home in the UK, so of I went to freezing Johannesburg the next day.

 

I had read all about the Gautrain, the new rail link which connected the airport with Sandton a popular area for tourists, in fifteen minutes. So upon arrival at the airport I headed off to find the local transport intent (as ever) on making my own way to my accommodation. Eventually I located the local mini buses, in order to get into town I would need to change at Kempton Park. Then I would be dropped off near the train station. From there I could catch a train to Soweto.

 

On The Buses: Traveling World Cup 2010.

 

I remember the advice given to me by South African friends in Cape Town, and realised that within three hours of arriving in Johannesburg I had done most of the things that they told me not to. But I had made it, finally by hijacking a minibus near Orlando station, to tour the area in order to find my accommodation.

 

The B & B was frequented by a number of Mexicans, all of whom had hired cars. They warned me that it was not easy to get around with out them. Undeterred I set out on the afternoon of the Brazil v Ivory Coast match to make my way to Soccer City.

 

I was aware of a new bus service provided by Rea Vaya that had started a few weeks ago and was I believed set up to provide transport to and from the games in Johannesburg. Despite the fact that no locals appeared to know about this I made it to the stadium by bus with just a fifteen minute ride. The instructions for getting back were simple get the bus from wherever you were dropped off. So after the game I did exactly that only to be told that this was not the case. (This is Africa.) A trek around the perimeter and I found the bus back home.

 

On The Buses: Traveling World Cup 2010.

 

 

I had found details of a bus company that were taking fans to games outside of Johannesburg, so I decided to use their services to get to Rustenburg for the Mexico v Uruguay game. Whilst Rustenburg is a mere 121 km away from Johannesburg and therefore what I would class as a two hour journey, the truth was from from this. The town of Rustenburg is reached by a single lane road which meant a horrendous build up of traffic approaching the town.

 

However just when you reach Rustenburg you realise there is no stadium in sight and the situation persists for another 30 minutes until you reach the Park and Ride the other side of town. On the bus one passenger decided he had had enough as we slowly crawled towards the Park & Ride entrance and he decided to get off for a toilet break. One minute later we reached the entrance and as the cars turned off we sped down a deserted dual carriageway.

 

Traveling World Cup 2010

 

His son was still on board and gave his dad directions. I directed his dad back to the Park and Ride to get a lift. A good job as the stadium seemed to be a further 10 miles out of town. As ever the Mexican supporters provided good entertainment on a day when both teams were virtually assured of their place in the next round.

 

Returning back to Johannesburg around 11, the next dilemma was, how to get back to Soweto. I heard someone nearby say that he was going back to Soweto so suggested we go together. He agreed and then asked how brave I was as we got off the coach at Johannesburg Park Station! Fifteen minutes later and we were in a minibus in Carlton Square where a certain Dr Mutalezi drove us back to Soweto going through every red light as though he was coiour blind!

 

Traveling World Cup 2010.

 

On Thursday I had a choice to make. Do I stay in town and go to Ellis Park to see Slovakia v Italy, or do I take another four coach ride to see Paraguay v New Zealand. Off course I took the coach.

 

Arriving at the pick up point fifteen minutes early I was not surprised to see no-one else there. Found that the set off time had been delayed by an hour and that we were to wait for people to be brought from Sandton. We eventually set off at 10.30 for the 4p.m. kick off in Polokwane. I noticed the driver seemed unsure of his directions and read the signs with him and realised we were not heading north as I expected.

 

He answered a phone call (whilst driving) and then explained that he was now heading to the airport to pick up some other passengers. This decision did not go down well with the current passengers as we sat stationary in queuing traffic. We then had the farce of picking up the passengers and driving round in circles trying to get out of the airport.

 

We finally made it out of the airport and headed towards our destination, only for the driver to answer his phone again and then slow down. His boss was bringing another passenger from the airport and we were to wait for him. The rest of the passengers told the driver, in no uncertain terms, that he should not stop.

 

On The Buses: Traveling World Cup 2010.

 

Seeing police at the side of the road he quickly parked up and walked towards the police for refuge. Whilst he did this the passengers argued between themselves about who should drive the minibus to its destination. A foolhardy thing to do when the driver was with the police just 50 metres away. Several members of our party decide to relieve themselves at the side of the motorway. One of our party approached the police to complain about the service we had received as he had an important football match to go to.

 

The policeman well aware of the unrest on the bus, threatened to arrest all of those urinating in public. This turned the tables, and silence ensued. At this moment I asked the policeman if you were allowed to answer your phone whilst driving, he replied that you were not. I was confident now that we would finally get going. We eventually arrived 30 minutes before kick off after I directed the driver to the correct parking spot.

 

On The Buses: Traveling World Cup 2010.

 

The game itself wasn’t great but the atmosphere was better than I had experienced elsewhere. There was a large number of South Africans present and to hear them sing their national anthem, instead of blowing on their vuvuzelas was a welcome relief.

 

My final few days and some better football games. Chile gave a good account of themselves against Spain at Loftus Versfeld, whilst on Saturday I returned to Rustenburg for the USA v Ghana match, the journey back home being completed by 4a.m. My final match was Argentina v Mexico, would you believe, this time, on my third visit to Soccer City I caught the bus back from where I was dropped off.

 

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World Cup Togel Hongkong Calendar Poster

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Designer David Watson of design studio Trebleseven has created the poster to support Soccer Aid.

 

The idea is simple: sales of the A1 double sided poster raises money for Soccer Aid – a British charity event which raises money for UNICEF.

 

The front side of the poster (below) lists all the groups, A-H so you can clearly see which countries are in which group. A calendar runs down the right hand side listing chronologically all the matches to be played in the tournament.

 

World Cup Calendar Poster

 

The reverse of the poster (below) functions Togel Hongkong as a bold World Cup calendar – showing clearly what games are being played on each day.

 

The A1 double sided poster, produced in collaboration with G&B printers and PhoeniXmotion paper, is currently on press but will be available to buy soon for £10 (£7 for the print, £3 for post/packaging).

 

Johannesburg Fan Parks.

 

Johannesburg’s Fan Parks are located at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown (official FIFA World Cup fan park), Innes-Free Park in Sandton and Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown.

 

In Nelspruit the fan park is planned for Bergvlam Hoerskool, in Durban on the Beach Front and the fan parks are yet to be announced for Polokwane and Rustenburg.

 

South African Breweries (SAB) will provide the beer at all the Fifa Fan Fests and will increase production ahead of the finals to meet the increased demand.

 

Ballack Out Of World Cup

 

Michael Ballack has probably played in his last major tournament for Germany. Chelsea’s German midfielder limped out of the FA Cup final with an ankle injury sustained in a tackle with Kevin-Prince Boateng.

 

The ankle injury rules their Captain and inspiration out for eight weeks and means Germany manager, Joachim Low, will have to rethink his team with less than a month to the start of the tournament.

 

Germany are in tough looking group with Australia, Ghana & Serbia, and Ballack is still an integral component of the team, nearing 100 caps and having played in every major tournament since 2000. He will be greatly missed and will be a difficult hole to fill.

 

So who will step into Ballack’s shoes? Low has called on the squad to pull together and for the younger players to use the opportunity to grow into major roles. Germany are traditionally a side who go for experience but Low’s provisional 27-man squad has a real youthful look to it, with six players aged 20 or 21.

 

Bastian Schweinsteiger has had a fine season for Bayern Munich who have captured the Bundesliga title and could win the Champions League. He’s a cert for the centre of the park. Alongside

Schweinsteiger will be Hamburg’s Piotr Trochowski. Depending on Low’s chosen shape this leaves at least one, maybe two, midfield spots.

 

 

 

Lazio midfielder, Thomas Hitlsperger, played in nearly all the qualifying games but is also missing from the squad after being snubbed. His January move from Stuttgart to Italy was Low’s reason for leaving him out. Other absences from the squad include Simon Rolfes & Aaron Hunt to there will be a posse of youngsters vying for the final midfield berth.

 

 

Mesut Özil (8 caps), Marko Marin (7), Sami Khedira (3), Toni Kroos (2) and Christian Träsch (2) are all 23 or younger and Low will be keeping a careful eye on them all as he ponders the best replacement for his talismanic skipper.

 

 

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