California Casinos

The state of California, located on the west coast of the United States, is by far the most populous state in the country. There are also a number of California casinos operating within the legal jurisdictions of its Native American owned lands. Because they are located on Native American land, many California casinos are located in out-of-the-way places. When visiting a California casino, it is advisable to call ahead and get specific directions.

Nearly all California casinos are open 24 hours a day. California casinos are allowed to offer electronic gaming machines, blackjack, and other card games. Unfortunately, the games of craps and roulette are not permitted, but some California casinos offer modified forms of these games that are played with cards rather than dice or roulette wheels. Slots, video poker and video keno are the most popular electronic gaming machines you’ll find in California casinos. Some of the card games frequently played in California casinos include blackjack, baccarat, poker (including pai gow, Caribbean stud and three-card poker), Spanish 21, and Let it Ride. Many California casinos also feature bingo, casino war and OTB (off track betting) options for gamblers and casual players.

In addition to traditional gambling games, many California casinos offer some exciting and unusual amenities. For example, the Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino in Lakeside has a full 18-hole golf course and a wedding chapel. Visitors to the Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina, also in Lakeside, can take in a marina with 80 ships. The Win-River Casino in Redding features a comedy club and an entertainment center. Relax at the Cache Creek Indian Bingo & Casino in Brooks with a full-service spa. California casinos are as varied and colorful as the residents of California themselves, and many of them are full of surprises!

Several California casinos allow overnight RV parking for the traveling gambler, so if you’re planning a California casino trip you can make quite a few stops and stay a while. Age restrictions at California casinos are 18 and up except where liquor is served, in which case it’s 21 and up. Other California casinos include the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, the Mono Wind Casino in Auberry, the River Rock Casino in Geyserville, the Palace Indian Gaming Center in Lemoore, the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, the Black Bart Casino in Willits, the Lucky 7 Casino in Smith River, and many more!

The Numbers Game: Over 100 Years of Playing in America – From Organized Crime to State Coffers

The illegal profits were enormous and the mob had full control of what was called the Numbers Racket in America. Runners were employed to collect money and betting slips from the betting parlors (taverns, grocery stores, news stands, etc.)and bring them to the headquarters, known as a Policy Bank. This is where Organized Crime ran the business.

Bettors could wager as little as a penny on a 3 digit number for a chance at a 600 to 1 winning payout, although the true odds were 1,000 to 1.The winning number would be the last three digits of the amount of money wagered on race day at a major horse track in the U.S.

An accurate portrayal of the numbers racket activity was depicted in the 1949 movie, Force of Evil, staring John Garfield.

Numbers Become Legal

In 1967 the New York State Legislature became the first state in the nation to legalize playing the numbers. What was once called the lowest, meanest, worst form of gambling in New York, was now permissible to play at age 18.

Profits to the state from the games would benefit education and put more money in state coffers. To accomplish this the state would now operate and manage daily drawings. Innovative ways to play 3 and 4 digit games were introduced. The Numbers Racket quickly became the Daily Numbers Game. Organized crime eventually abandoned this venue.

Today playing the numbers is permissible in 47 jurisdictions. 44 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Here is a description of two popular daily numbers games:

3 Digit Numbers Game

Drawings are held twice a day, mid-day and evening. Wager as little as fifty cents per game. Here’s how you can wager:

  • Straight – Assume your favorite number is 620. If the winning number was drawn in that order, you win $250 for a fifty cent bet, $500 for a dollar bet.Note that the government payout is 500/1. The mob payout was 600/1.
  • Box- wagering that the number would be drawn in any of the six possible combinations: 620, 062, 026, 206, 260, and 062. The payouts are $40 for fifty cents, and $80 for the dollar bet.
  • 50/50 – you can also make a straight/box wager for a dollar. The win amount is the same as a fifty cent bet.
  • Combo/Wheel – If your number has two like digits such as 332, wager a fifty cent or one dollar combo, AKA wheel, for $1.50 or $3.00 to win $250 or $500 for any of the three ways the number can be made: 332, 233, or 323.

4 Digit Numbers Game

Winning numbers are also drawn mid-day and evening. True odds for the straight win are 10,000/1. The state pays 5,000/1

  • Straight – Four unique numbers such as 1948 pays $2,500 for fifty cents, $5,000 for a dollar bet.
  • Box – four unique numbers has 24 possible combinations. a fifty cent box pays $100, a dollar box pays $200.

Other four number combinations with two or three like digits can be played for all possible combinations, four way, six way, or twelve way.

The reverse side of the betting tickets for the numbers games usually have a detailed description of how to play, and the payout amounts.

With long shot odds of 1,000/1 and 10/000/1, numbers wins are rare, but they can happen. If you choose to indulge, Good Luck!

Origins of Baccarat

Baccarat is known as the card game of the rich and famous. Baccarat was so enigmatically linked with the wealthy upper classes and rich and famous and as a result many people shunned the game its triumphant emergence online.

Baccarat is one of the easiest of casino games to learn and play and can really generate some excitement when played at an online casino. There is no skill involved in the game as the rules determine each hands action. The only variable involved is the betting. In short, Baccarat is a game of chance.

Baccarat is thought to have originated in either France or Italy during the middle Ages. The word baccarat is a derivative of the Italian word for zero. In the middle ages the game was played using Tarot cards as opposed to the modern day card used today.

As Baccarat’s popularity increased across Europe, as with most of the other forms of gambling in those days there was some rigorous opposition from the Church. The Church viewed Baccarat as the game of the devil and those who played it were carrying out the devil’s work.

Tarot cards were first used in a game of Baccarat by Felix Galguiere. The Etruscan nine gods are said to be the basis for Galguiere’s version of the game. In this early edition of Baccarat, dice were rolled to determine the fate of a woman since the nine gods required the sacrifice of a blond virgin.

A roll of either an eight or nine made her a priestess; a six or seven and she was banned from religious activities; a number less than six and she walked into the sea and disappeared.

This early Baccarat variant became the game of choice for the upper classes and aristocracy and eventually evolved into ‘Chemin de Fer’ and European Baccarat it is thought that this took place at approximately 1500. The game, even though extremely popular, was illegal at first, as any form of gambling was. Eventually, the government made it legal and placed taxes on it. This made the game even more popular because people could rationalize that they were doing something for the good of the poor when they played baccarat thanks to the tax involved. The game began to lose its popularity during Napoleon’s reign when it was again outlawed. It remained illegal until the early 1900’s. At around this time many of the grand casinos were established along the French Riviera.

This version is the one that eventually made it way over to America but was a different version of the game that came from England. Baccarat was legal in England during the period that it was illegal across the rest of the Continent.

The English version of Baccarat reached the shores of Argentina in early 1950, where it was called ‘Punto y Banca’. When the game eventually reached Havana, the aim of the game had differed somewhat as now the player played against the house. It is this version, American Baccarat that was played in the casinos in Havana.

The Capri Casino version is the Baccarat variant that migrated to Las Vegas in the mid 1950s via Francis Renzoni, after a Las Vegas casino opened a baccarat pit. The game began it new life in America as an unpopular addition to the casino game selection. Las Vegas adapted the game and made the banker the UK casino or house position. This made it possible to bet for or against the house with the banker position. This is the Baccarat variant that is now so popular in the United States, England and Australia.

Before the game of baccarat had reached Las Vegas, it was already being played in New York and Florida. The game was played at the Saratoga race track and at the Palm Beach resort in 1910, forty years before it was played in Las Vegas.

Since its origins in the Europe during the Middle Ages, Baccarat has steadily made it’s way across each continent eventually becoming one of the most famous and respected casino games in the world.

There are variations in play depending on the location at which you are playing, so it is always best to check the house rules. And, as so may other forms of gambling, baccarat has made its way onto the internet. Most online casinos offer baccarat games with some variation in house rules; the biggest I have found is that there are only two hands: the banker and one player. Again, it’s advised to check the house rules before you play. Some online casinos also play the game with a single deck of cards, which is unusual in a land-based casino.

The Advantages of Online Sports Betting

Just one short decade ago, it was virtually impossible to engage in legal sports betting if you live in the United States or in Canada. Both countries prohibit betting on almost all organized sports, in any form at all. The exceptions have always been parimutuel betting, which is only applied to two or three different sports (among them dog and horse racing).

Outside of those sports, the only legal bets one could place on sports in North America had to be made in the state of Nevada. For whatever reason, sports betting seemed like a reasonable thing to do deep in the desert, but nowhere else.

The coming of age of the Internet has changed the face of sports betting forever. First of all, it has opened up whole new opportunities for those interested in making legal wagers on their favourite teams or events. No longer does a person have to wait to make a trip to Las Vegas in order to place a bet on the Final Four during March Madness. Instead, those bets can be placed with a Vegas bookmaker online, from the comfort of one’s own home.

And Vegas is not the only town in on the online sports betting action. All over the world, major bookmakers have opened online sites for those wishing to place a wager. This means that you can place a bet on virtually any sport in the world, from American football to lacrosse, in any league you want be it amateur or professional.

Of course, the governments of some nations (America in particular) are concerned with the prevalence of online sports gambling, so there are some sites which will not take bets from American customers. However, there are plenty that will, at least until the legality of the practice is determined by the governing bodies of the nation.

In the meantime, though, sports betting online means that there is more money floating around than ever before, all thanks to ease of access.

Aside from the many options offered by the number of bookies online alone, those wishing to engage in football betting, basketball betting, or placing bets on any other type of sport can also take advantage of alternate betting opportunities. Traditionally, sports bets have had to be made through a bookmaker. This business sets the odds and takes a cut of the action as well. The rise of the online betting exchange, however, has meant that bettors can make or take their own odds, often increasing the value of their bets. There are also opportunities to bet against a team or individual in a sports betting exchange, rather than just on a team to win.

Finally, online access means that people betting on sports have more information at their fingertips which can help them decide which bets to make. Sports information lines have up to the minute records of teams, statistics, rosters, and odds which can all factor into the responsible gambler’s bet day decisions.

The growth of the Internet has revolutionized many different industries, and sports betting is certainly among them. More information and a lot more options are two of the main strengths of online sports betting.

Frequency Filters And Pick 3 Lottery and Pick 4 Lottery Games

If you are a Pick 3 lottery or Pick 4 lottery player, have you noticed how helpful your local State Lottery Official Websites have become by offering free information to help players find winning numbers? Some Official State Lottery sites are offering software capabilities to allow players find lucky lottery numbers to play. A recent web surfing adventure took me to the Official Delaware Lottery Website. This lottery website offers lottery players an ongoing updated frequency list of Pick 3 digits and Pick 4 digits that have been drawn. This frequency list is updated automatically after each drawing. The frequency filter based on the history of all drawn lottery numbers in each lottery game indicates to the players which of the ten digits – 0 to 9 – have been drawn the most times and the least times, and ranks all ten digits from most drawn to least drawn by actual number of drawings and the related percentages.

This frequency filter is used by Pick 3 systems and Pick 4 systems, particularly in software programs, to assist lottery players to produce the most effective list of potential numbers to play and win. By knowing that certain digits are drawn more than others lead to the belief that these more potent digits will increase one’s chances to win by playing these better performing digits. Mathematicians using the typical bell curve analysis suggest that in time all numbers, except in the case a technical bias created with a particular drawing system, should be drawn an equal amount of times. Generally, the overall number spread in random drawings is very small in the big picture of total draws. What is the real significance of the percentage of.003663 between the most drawn digit and the least drawn digit as in the case of the Delaware Play 3 game based on 186/50,778 drawings? It is similar to an 80 year old man saying to a 35 year old man, “In the history of mankind, we are about the same age.” The actual percentage by count is 10.1816% for the most drawn digit and 9.8153% for the least drawn digit.

Can a barely noticeable blip on the radar screen of positive numbers really make any real significance for the lottery player in choosing to play one digit over another? The Delaware Play 4 frequency chart wasn’t much different. It produced a.003246 difference between the most drawn digit and the least drawn digit out of a total number of 61,300 drawings. Based on this presented data found on the Official Delaware State Lottery website, are the resultant percentage differences of the digits significant enough to create a real choice for lottery players? Can frequency charts in general make any difference at all when using the total number of drawings from day one of the particular lottery game, either Pick 3 lottery or Pick 4 lottery, when the difference is reduced as low as three one thousandth of a percent of the total drawings?

Like looking for a needle in a haystack, splitting hairs as thin as these numbers suggest, choosing one digit over another, particularly in the middle range of the bell curve, makes it even more of an impossible task for even the most dedicated and committed lottery players who are willing to spend time in their research to find the next winning Pick 3 number or Pick 4 number to play.

History of Bowling

The history of bowling can be traced back to the Stone Age. The first evidence of the game was discovered by the British Anthropologist Sir Flinders Petrie and his team of archaeologists in Egypt in the 1930s. He unearthed a collection of objects from a small child?s grave that appeared to have been the primitive form of the game. However, some argue that the game evolved much later than that. William Pehle, a German historian, claimed that the game of bowling originated in Germany around 300 AD. In Germany, the game had its origin as a religious ceremony for determining absence of sin. This game, introduced by the German monks to the masses, flourished as a customary test of faith.

In England, bowling was started as early as the 1100s. Throughout England, several variations of bowling, such as half-bowls, skittles and ninepins, existed during the mid 1300s. But, the first written mention of the game was made by the King Edward III in the year 1366. In this reference, he allegedly imposed a ban on playing this game among his troops because it was distracting the troops from archery practice. Later, during the regime of King Henry VIII, the game gained popularity and was played as a symbol of nobility and social status.

Bowling has been popular in America since Colonial days. During 17th century, English, Dutch and German settlers imported their own version of bowling to America. At that time, the game consisted of nine pins which were regularly played in an area of New York City still known as “Bowling Green”. Connecticut banned ninepins in 1841 because of their gambling implications.

The American Bowling Congress was formed on 9 September 1895 and is credited with standardizing bowling in the United States and organizing official competition. The Women’s Bowling League followed in 1917, under the encouragement of proprietor Dennis Sweeny.

Through the years, the game has changed. A variety of tactics have been developed. The invention of automatic pinspotter in the 1940s revolutionized both the bowling game and industry. Currently, the sport of bowling is enjoyed by 95 million people in more than ninety countries worldwide.

Online High Stakes Poker – Who is [email protected]?

[email protected] or Hallingol is considered to be one the best online poker players in the world. He is often destroying his opponents on Poker Stars at the highest limits. He usually plays in the 25/50NL table with a maximum buy-in of $5000. His hyper-aggressive style puts pressure on his opponents to make mistakes. Many times his opponents will push all in with AA or KK while [email protected] calls with his straight. [email protected] has been one of the most consistent cash game players on Poker Stars. On any given night you can see this guy with profits close to $30, 000. Many of the other online professionals are too scared to play him heads up. [email protected] has an amazing ability to read his opponent’s hand. He regularly makes calls with weak pairs when he senses that his opponent is weak. He is rumored to only be 24 years of age. He said that he started playing 1/2NL and continued to build his bankroll.

[email protected] has had very little tournament experience but he still manages to place high in these events when he does play. He is by far the most feared opponent on Poker Stars. One can only aspire to be as great as [email protected] in his poker career. He often battles it out with another well-known pro called Twin Caracas. How does he play poker so well? Watch him play and analyze all of his moves. Thinking about how the great players think will improve your game dramatically. He mainly plays on Poker Stars and may have some unknown name on Full Tilt. Most people have to pay to watch Lebron dunk the basketball, you can watch [email protected] for free online.

Poker in Mexico

Although poker in Mexico’s casinos is legal in certain areas, it is only in the last few years that the card game has become more popular among its residents and now we are beginning to see more Mexican poker players winning major tournaments around the world, on a daily basis. Take for example two of Mexico’s most successful players – Victor Perches, winner of a WSOP Bracelet in 2006, and Mexico’s most recent WSOP Bracelet winner, Angel Guillen, who took home the prize back in 2009.

Perches, originally from Chihuahua, Mexico, arrived to the United States almost 30 years ago and shortly thereafter began a successful poker career. With plans of working in a food processing plant in Oregon, Perches moved to Las Vegas shortly thereafter. Even though it wasn’t in his original plans, Perches eventually worked his way up to the 2006 World Series of Poker and won the first WSOP Bracelet in Mexico’s history. At the age of 57 years-old, Victoriano Perches cashed in a cool $157,338 and the title of being the first Mexican poker player to win a coveted WSOP Bracelet in the tournament’s history.

Angel “Boloban” Guillen is relatively new to the professional poker scene, but in his short career has already seen his fair share of big wins. It was at the LAPT in Punta del Este where he cashed in for a huge $99,920 prize and took third place in this prestigious poker tournament. Following up that big win, in 2009 the Mexico City native entered the World Series of Poker $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em event and took second place for a very impressive $312,800 cash prize. Many would have called it a day after a win like that, but Angel followed it up only 10 days later with a first place win in the $2,000 No Limit Hold’em Event and cashed in a massive prize of $530,548! With this win, Guillen became only the second poker player from Mexico to win a World Series of Poker Bracelet.

Although professional poker players in Mexico are few and far between, players such as these show promise that one day this highly-populated country will become a driving force in online and live poker tournaments around the world. “Like Chris Moneymaker did for you (in the U.S.), I want to do the same thing in my country. Hopefully, I can.” said Guillen regarding his future poker career.

Scratch-off Tickets – Start Winning Today!

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The sound of the word “free” is tempting; and the sound of the phrase “real prizes” is even more appealing. What is there to lose? Anyway, it’s all free. The ad said it requires no information and all you got to do is to click the image to play your free scratch tickets. Everything seems like it’s a win-win situation.

You have probably just joined the thousands of people who could not resist scratching the card using the mouse and rubbing off the ticket’s covering… Congratulations you have won!!! Or, have you?

Free scratch tickets, instant win game, scratch off, free scratch cards, scratch and win, scratch ticket, scratcher, scratch to match, scratch2cash, scratch prize tickets, scratch off, scratch game – there are indeed a lot of names for these games. The common goal is to have anything from 3, 6 or 9 and the golden or silver panels are meant to be rubbed to reveal the symbols. Most of the themes are colorful and they range from pictures of pirates, cowboys, space, card symbols or even just anything under the sun. Surprisingly, almost all of the free scratch tickets always reveal winning symbols. Indeed, they’re free; but where is the catch?

Some websites will give you chances to play free online. They won’t ask you to register any information until such time that you would have to be notified if you’ve won the game. So after finishing the game, you would have to reveal your name and e-mail address. Other scratch cards websites are even more intrusive. They would even ask for your address, phone number, occupation, marital status, salary range, age, date of birth, and a lot more of information. In a way, it doesn’t seem free at all. You have given your information and that’s the payment for playing their online free scratch tickets.

And what happens to the prize? Certainly you are given the jackpot prize points that you can spend on their website. You can play more games that give you more chances of winning as you reveal more of yourself. During your visits, you are tempted to play more. You start to gamble and you get yourself in a situation that most internet gamblers are in. Your free scratch tickets have leading you to the road of online gambling. Months will pass and you would become an active member of the online gambling community. Sooner or later, you would find yourself betting more than you can afford.

Free scratch tickets definitely sound appealing. They would always persuade you to start playing and start winning. Nevertheless, as soon as you start winning; you start to keep yourself from resisting or from stopping.

Tea through the Ages

Camellia sinensis, or the common tea plant, was initially cultivated around 400 CE, after wild varieties made their way from India to China. A tea plant is actually an evergreen tree capable of growing to a height of 50 feet. However, the domesticated plant is pruned to bush size and maintained at a height of five feet. After growing from three to five feet, the leaves are ready to be harvested to make tea.

Teapots were not immediately used after the introduction of tea leaves. Beginning around 800 CE, tea leaves were hand-rolled, dehydrated, and then ground into a powder. Initially, this powder was mixed with salt and shaped into cakes which would be dropped into bowls of hot water to create a thick mixture. In the course of time, the powder was left in its loose form, to be combined in a bowl with boiling water and whisked into a froth.

The early days of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in China brought popularity to the leaf infusion as we now know it. The earliest prototypes of teapots from this period, created from zisha or “purple” clay were from China’s YiXing region. YiXing teapots, up through modern times, were used to brew tea as well as being a drinking vessel — the tea was sipped directly from the spout of a single-serving pot. These teapots eventually season, the unglazed clay absorbing the flavor of the brewed tea, making them ideal for a specific taste of tea.

During the next several hundred years, interest in tea shifted to England, becoming a way of life there. Consumption of the drink increased dramatically. By 1650, Peter Stuyvesant had brought the first tea to America to the colonists in the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam (later to be renamed New York by the English). The settlers in New York were such dedicated tea drinkers, the small colony partook of more tea at that time than all of England.

Teapots were dispatched to Europe with shipments of tea. The costly tea itself was considered so precious to the economy and worth a king’s ransom to tea drinkers that the ships docking at English ports carried teapots stored underneath the massive crates of tea, serving as a barrier against the elements and spoilage.

Tea was the major beverage being served in English coffee houses, which were so named because coffee was introduced in England before tea. Admittance strictly reserved for men only, they were called “penny universities.” For the price of a penny, any man was entitled to purchase a pot of tea, a copy of the newspaper, and to engage in conversation with the most discerning minds of the day.

The English went on to develop the concept of the tea garden. Both ladies and gentlemen took their tea outside to enjoy such entertainments as orchestras, hidden arbors, flowered walks, bowling greens, concerts, gambling, or fireworks. Women enjoyed a new-found liberty, being permitted to enter a mixed, public gathering for the first time without social criticism. Because the gardens were open to the public, British society mixed here freely for the first time, erasing the boundaries of class and birth.

Tipping as a reward for proper service began in the tea gardens of England. The tables throughout the garden each held a small, locked wooden box. Inscribed on each box were the letters “T.I.P.S.” which stood for the words “To Insure Prompt Service.” If the patron wished the waiter to hurry (and so to insure the tea arrived hot from the kitchen) he deposited a coin into the box upon being seated “to insure prompt service.” Thereupon the custom of tipping services was created.

The cost of tea was reflected in the cost of the teapots, and eventually, whole tea services were essential to properly serve the delicacy tea had become, including tray, spoons, creamers, sugar bowls, and storage canisters. A parade of different styles presented themselves: classic Brown Betty teapots (retain heat well); Japanese Tetsubin teapots with enameled interior (retain heat well); silver teapots (durable, retain heat well); and clear glass teapots. Clear glass teapots are a wonderful way to experience the “agony of the leaves”, the term given for the manner in which the tea leaves unfurl and brew in hot water. Give yourself a visual treat and buy this clear glass pot!

Now in the 21st century, tea is second only to water in terms of worldwide popularity as a drink. An unbelievable 50 billion cups are served each year.