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ALADDIN AT 2: What went wrong?

The Aladdin tale, on the surface, seems like a million other Sin City stories: Outsiders arrive, flush; outsiders leave, broke.

 

And that plot is a big part of the Aladdin story, but two years to the day after the property opened, and nine months after it filed for bankruptcy protection from its creditors, casino industry insiders still talk about what went wrong with the $1.3 billion megaresort.

 

The owners? Inexperienced, the insiders say. The money? Highly leveraged, with no margin for error. The design? Countless problems.

 

Many casino executives and Wall Street-types were happy to riff on the property’s shortcomings as long as they were not identified by name, but Deutsche Banc Securities analyst Andrew Zarnett made his analysis on the record.

 

“The Aladdin is poorly designed and poorly executed,” Zarnett said Wednesday. “There were too many cooks in the kitchen, and they weren’t good cooks. The design is flawed, operations were flawed and its financial structure was too leveraged.”

 

Not surprisingly, veteran casino executives blamed the inexperience of the UFABet Aladdin owners.

 

“People that begin this kind of a project with no experience are asking for trouble, and that’s what they got,” said one Las Vegas casino executive, who like most of his peers, was willing to critique the project on condition of anonymity. “When people with no experience begin a project of this size, they make mistakes on everything they try to do. They make a 15 percent mistake on every decision, and if they have to make 1 million decisions a year for four years, and make a mistake on all 4 million decisions, they end up with the Aladdin.”

 

One casino company’s top boss noted the Aladdin’s total cost, including Desert Passage, was about as expensive as the $1.6 billion Bellagio.

 

“Yet the Bellagio throws off more than five times as much (cash flow),” the executive said. “The Aladdin’s a colossal black hole.”

 

At the center of the web of the Aladdin’s ownership interests is Jack Sommer, trustee of the Sommer Family Trust.

 

Sommer did not return several phone messages.

 

When the family trust sold a major New York property in 1994, Sommer needed to find a real estate investment to park the proceeds to avoid capital-gains taxes.

 

The Aladdin was on the market at the same time, and Sommer’s reported $80 million sealed …

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Tony said to himself, “I’ll just put another hundred in here, and if I lose this I’ll quit for a while.” His on-again, off-again relationship with online gambling proved to be a conve-nient source of enter-tainment, but deep in the back of his mind he had the thought: Wouldn’t it be so nice to win a jackpot, pay off all my debts, finance the kids’ education and put enough away to live comfortably?

His wife yelled out, “I’m getting into the shower!” “Okay, hon,” Tony replied as the casino accepted his new deposit and he went back to playing the new Major Millions progressive slot machine at Captain Cook’s Casino. Tony clicked away on the “Bet Max” button, collecting a few small wins, until suddenly the screen went gray. He looked a bit more closely.

“Congratulations! You’ve hit the Major Millions Jackpot!” was the writing on the screen. Tony blinked, rubbed his eyes, then blinked again, body and mind moving in slow motion, as if he were dreaming. Shakily, he summoned his breath, ran up the stairs, and yelled, “Honey! Put on a towel and come look at this!”

His wife got out of the shower, came downstairs and together they stared in utter amazement at the gray screen. Tony reached over, clicked the mouse and the gray screen disappeared to confirm their wildest dreams had come true. Three Major Millions symbols were lined up on the bottom of three lines on the screen. Unbelieving, he emailed the casino then emailed them again. After what seemed like an interminable amount of time, the phone rang as the casino manager called to congratulate them and confirm that everything was in order. And so a fairytale began — except in this case it was no fairytale. Tony P. had just become the Internet’s first mil-lion-dollar jackpot winner.

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The Fastest Qiu Qiu Column in the World

What is it and how does it affect the game and betting strategy?

The cesta is a woven masterpiece. Individually handcrafted with its famous curved design it is the most recognizable, and integral, Jai-Alai component. Designed to be an extension of the arm, mastery of this Jai-Alai tool takes years of honing skills and developing seamless coordination.

Each cesta is a work of art, and no two are exactly alike. There are frontcourt and backcourt cestas, fast and slow cestas, big and small cestas. A player’s oncourt style and cesta design go hand and hand.

Backcourt cestas are both wider and longer than frontcourt cestas, the purpose being to catch better and throw higher (get lift) on the wall. Frontcourt cestas are smaller and crafted to make more precise throws.

When a cesta is called fast or slow it refers to the specific shape of the curve of the cesta, and the time it takes the ball to exit the cesta when thrown. It does not refer to the speed the ball is thrown. Fast cestas are designed to throw laser quick shots with pinpoint accuracy, while slower baskets give a player a better chance to wind up the power and get lift when they throw.

If a player doesn’t feel comfortable with a given cesta, he most likely won’t play well on the court. The opposite also applies. When a player finds a cesta he really likes, it can greatly help breed success.

Sometimes a player will drop or throw a couple of errant balls and keep staring at his cesta, uttering unknown phrases at this inanimate object. The average fan probably wonders why the player blames everything on the cesta, but the seasoned handicapper takes note that the player doesn’t seem to be in sync with his most important ally.

Another thing to look for are practice throws. Qiu Qiu Players are given practice throws during a game to test new cestas. Watch closely at how comfortable and well the player throws and catches in the following point(s). Practice throws are easily identified, as all three judges will raise their nets above their heads while the throw(s) take place.

Is the cesta really that important? Remember, no two cestas are exactly alike. A Jai-Alai player’s confidence, or lack of it, in his cesta can vastly affect the way he plays. Of course, some players are less affected by …

Ligaz11 Review of Super/System

 

 

Along with David Sklansky’s Hold’em Poker, Doyle Brunson’s Super/System, originally titled How I Made Over $1,000,000 Playing Poker, heralds the beginning of what I would call the “modern age” of poker. More than anything else, I believe that the rise in poker’s popularity over the last 25 years is due to the amount of good information that has been made available about the game, and Super/System is preeminent among the information sources that brought about this surge in popularity. However, it may be asked, how does this classic stand up more than 20 years after its initial publication?

 

The book begins with some introductory remarks, including an abbreviated history of Brunson’s poker career, before the author launches into some general strategies for winning poker. This is all stuff that today’s well-read poker player will take for granted: keep emotional control, carefully watch the competition, play patiently, etc., but it’s pretty much all good advice. I can’t say I completely agree with Brunson’s feelings about ESP, but the information he provides isn’t damaging.

 

Then, for the bulk of the book, Brunson has someone he considers to be a true expert in a given poker game lay out their advice on how to be a consistent ligaz11 winner. He assigned draw poker to Mike Caro, 7 card stud to Chip Reese, the various forms of lowball to Joey Hawthorne, 7 card stud high-low split to David Sklansky, and Bobby Baldwin and Brunson himself tackle limit and no-limit Texas hold’em, respectively. This is as solid a lineup of poker players as has ever been assembled. The book concludes with a glossary and a compendium of poker numbers and charts compiled by Mike Caro, explaining the various possibilities of various occurrences in the games covered in the book.

 

Many of the games considered in Super/System have undergone considerable change since the book was written. When the book was published limit Hold’em structures were quite different than one would typically find today. It would be very difficult to find a draw high game spread in a card room today, and even lowball, once the core of the California poker scene, is rarely spread any more. This limits the applicability of some of the advice given in the book. The section that’s probably still most relevant is Brunson’s own no-limit advice, and I believe this book is still required reading to …

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A federal court in New York has sentenced the first person to stand trial for operating an offshore gambling business that unlawfully accepts bets from Americans over the Internet.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa sentenced Jay Cohen, co-owner of Antigua-based World Sports Exchange, to 21 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release, in addition to a $5,000 fine (US$) and an $800 special assessment.

“People who operate businesses from foreign shores that take sports bets from Americans should understand that they cannot escape the consequences of their actions by locating their sportsbooks outside the United States,” said U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White.

“An Internet communication is no different [from] a telephone call for purposes of liability under the Wire Wager Act,” White said.

Phone Home

In late February, following a two-week trial, a federal jury convicted Cohen under the Wire Wager Act, which prohibits the use of telephone lines in interstate or foreign commerce to place bets on sporting events, and also bars the transmission of information that assists in betting.

Prosecutors said Cohen solicited Americans to call his business using toll-free numbers and to contact it via the World Sports Exchange Web site. The company also solicited customers through newspaper and magazine ads, the government said.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Americans were encouraged to set up สล็อตยูฟ่า แตกง่าย  sports betting accounts with World Sports Exchange, to wire money to fund the account, and to bet on American sporting events and contests.

Playing the Fugitive

Although Cohen holds the distinction of being the first person to stand trial under the Wire Wager Act, other defendants have been charged under the law.

In a 1998 case, 21 people were charged for their involvement in operations that allegedly took money from Americans for sports betting using the Internet and telephone. Ten of them pled guilty to conspiring to violate the act, and three pled guilty to related misdemeanor charges.

Seven of the defendants in that case, including three alleged co-conspirators of Cohen, are fugitives, the government said.

Bird on a Wire

Federal legislators have not yet enacted laws specifically aimed at Internet gambling. The conviction and sentencing of Cohen was therefore a victory for prosecutors who established that existing laws can be applied to Internet gambling.

In July, a bill that would have banned online betting stalled in the U.S. House of Representatives, after it fell 25 …

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The Private Life of Surinder Sunar

At the beginning of our Poker interview, I asked Surinder how old he is. He answered that he is a very private poker person and didn’t want to answer any personal questions. I panicked. How is it possible to paint a picture of a person who won’t answer any personal questions? I told him that his age wasn’t all that personal compared to what I had in mind to ask him!

 

He answered that he is either 43 or 44, and that he couldn’t remember which. But his accent was so appealing, with hints of India and hints of proper English, that one couldn’t get too frustrated with the man who has an absolute perfect “poker” face, whether or not it’s necessary. I asked if he remembered the date he was born, and he said it was in April and that I would laugh. So, being a dedicated journalist, I burst out laughing and asked: You were born on April Fools’ Day??? The interview was off to a good start, I thought.

 

Having been a practicing criminal defense attorney for more than 20 years, I have been well-schooled in the art of cross-examination. Young lawyers learn that when a witness does not answer a question, there are myriads of ways to disguise the same topic and ask it again and again until the necessary information is elicited. So, I continued to ask Surinder about his love life, only to have him artfully duck the question.

 

About two hours into the interview, when I asked yet another question about his private life, he looked at me quizzically and inquired with his marvelous Indian accent as to whether I was going to keep asking about the same thing over and over again. I guess I wasn’t fooling him! I told him that perhaps at his victory party, he and his friends might drink enough so that I would get some juicy information. He responded that I would have to show up to see.

 

 

The Victory Party

We arrived at the victory party to find Bruno Fitoussi talking about what a fabulous poker tournament it was and how well Surinder played. I was seated between Surinder and WPT Producer Steve Lipscomb, who talked about the fact that this may very well be the best show ever.

 

How disappointing! I wanted some juicy gossip about Surinder, and would …

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Bingo.com to Develop Pay-to-Play Judi Bola Online Game

PRESS RELEASE A- Bingo.com Inc., a fast growing entertainment site and application service provider (ASP), today announced that they are developing an innovative skill based bingo game that will enable the company to operate Bingo in a ‘Play for Pay’ format in all of the jurisdictions that allow games of skill to be played for money.

Shane Murphy, Chairman, CEO and President of Bingo.com, said, “The Company is in a unique position to offer this type of game to its already established membership base of 700,000 loyal bingo enthusiasts. The development of this patented bingo game will revolutionize online Bingo worldwide.”

Bingo.com — recently ranked as the “Stickiest Site on the Web” for several consecutive months by Media Metrix — operates a Web site offering free casino-style games and, in addition, is an application service provider (ASP).

The company’s game offerings include multiplayer bingo, video poker, concentration games, sweepstakes and slot machines. Bingo.com also offers affinity programs that provide use

Kismet Studios Launches Online Backgammon

Xpress Press — Kismet Studios Ltd, a developer of Judi Bola Online gaming technology for wireless and internet real-money games, announces the addition of head-to-head gambling engine to its secure gaming platform, the Kismet Gaming System, and the release of its first head-to-head gambling game – Backgammon.

Players can now, for the first time on the internet, gamble on backgammon against live opponents at Kismet’s showcase site Quingo.com.

Online casinos have only offered traditional casino style games, such as Blackjack and Roulette, and limited multi-player games where a number of players sit at a table but play against the house, not against each other. Head-to-head games offer online casino operators an extremely viral addition to their gaming sites while offering players a compelling, new type of online gambling experience.

Kismet is now developing gambling versions of head-to-head board games to be made available through its partner’s sites. Kismet ultimately plans to use the technology to enable head-to-head gambling through third party video games, such as racing, first-person-shooter and sports games.

With the advent of the new head-to-head gaming engine, Kismet is also introducing new features, including “skin” capability which will allow it to customize the look and feel of its games and sites extremely quickly to meet its partner’s needs.

An improved on-line chat now offers emoticons and private chat rooms. Kismet’s next-generation gaming platform, the Kismet Gaming System, supports a variety of game models …

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Platini’s Fall to Qiu Qiu Online Pkv Earth

Michel Platini’s football career looks finished and whatever the circumstances, the sport has lost a major figure.

Platini’s Fall to Earth.

Even if he was corrupt and untrustworthy, his status as one of the greatest footballers of the modern era and the greatest French player of all time means his exit stage left from the game is tinged with a little melancholy.

This week the former UEFA President resigned from that organisation after his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport only reduced his FIFA-imposed ban on footballing activities to four years instead of clearing him as he had hoped.

Platini was banned for eight years last December for accepting a payment of £1.3 million from FIFA President Sepp Blatter in 2011 without proper paperwork.

The pair had claimed there had been a gentleman’s agreement in place for Blatter to pay Platini for consultancy work he had performed between 1998 and 2002, but prosecutors instead believed the pair were putting their hands in the Qiu Qiu Online Pkv FIFA till and Blatter was using the money to grease the wheels of power a few months before his presidential election.

It is remarkable how Platini ruined his otherwise excellent chances of becoming the chief of world soccer– his golden playing career had made him universally admired outside the corridors of power while within Zurich he was valued as head of UEFA and a loyal Blatterite.

As he ascended the greasy pole at FIFA he carried the benefit of fans’ doubt because unlike the rest of the world governing body’s hierarchy, Franz Beckenbauer excluded, he had been a player, and a great one too. He was in effect a golden shoe-in for the top job in football.

How sad that for now his amazing playing career – winning the European Championship scoring nine goals in five games, bagging the European Cup, Cup Winners’ Cup, Ligue 1, two Serie A titles, Coupe de France, Coppa Italia and three Ballons D’Or, is sent far into the shadows while his tainted footballing political career implodes before our eyes.

His playing prowess will probably never be forgotten but his descent into FIFA corruption is a bitter coda to his otherwise glittering soccer life.

On the other hand, Platini probably only has himself to blame for inserting himself in the hierarchy of the sinking ship skippered by Sepp and partaking in their nefarious deeds.

His faux-pas …

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The J. League Togel Awards

 

 

With the Japanese season currently ensconced in its long winter hibernation, it’s time to look back on some of the movers and shakers of the 2008 season, as Soccerphile hands out its J. League awards!

 

Team of the year – Oita Trinita

 

Both Kashima Antlers and Gamba Osaka deserve accolades – the former for winning back-to-back J. League titles and the latter for lifting an AFC Champions League/Emperor’s Cup double.

 

But few could begrudge the nomination of Kyushu club Oita Trinita as team of the season.

 

Not only did coach Pericles Chamusca Togel transform his outfit from potential relegation candidates to a genuine title contender, but he also lifted the first ever J. League trophy in Kyushu’s football history, as Oita Trinita lifted the 2008 Yamazaki Nabisco League Cup crown.

 

They were rarely pretty to watch – Oita combined the best defence in the league with one of the most goal-shy attacks – but they enriched Japanese football by threatening the hegemony of teams from the Kantō plain. Long may it continue.

 

Best stadium – Nack5 Stadium Omiya

 

The name might be tragic, but Omiya Ardija’s revamped Omiya Park Stadium wins the gong for the best new top-flight ground – by virtue of the fact that it’s the only new top-flight ground.

 

It was actually inaugurated towards the back end of the 2007 campaign, but this being Omiya’s first full season in their new home, the Squirrels earn the crown of best stadium on the basis of a compact design, excellent sightlines and the wonderful standing terraces behind the goals.

 

Now if Omiya could only fill it to its 15,500 capacity on a regular basis, it may just become the fortress that Ardija officials were originally hoping for.

 

Best supporters – JEF United

 

Whether from Chiba, Ichihara or anyone else within the region, JEF United fans packed Fukuda Denshi Arena on a consistent basis, despite the fact that their team spent virtually the entire campaign languishing in the relegation zone.

 

Full houses at home lead to crucial victories over the likes of Kashima Antlers and Urawa Reds, and when United went 2-0 down to FC Tokyo on the final day in a match they had to win in order to avoid relegation, their legion of yellow-clad fanatics willed the team home to an incredible 4-2 come-from-behind …

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Qatar v Uzbekistan: A match minus the Togel Online football

 

 

The flights to Doha were booked without complication, accommodation was effortlessly secured, and match tickets were purchased with ease. My introductory experiences of international tournaments have rarely unfolded with such simplicity.

 

Faz and I arrived at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha last night genuinely excited at the prospect of witnessing the opening ceremony of the Asian Cup. The deafening and visually spectacular pre-match firework display, which would have impressed even the dourest Mancunian, seemed ideal preparation. What followed however was a Togel Online comedy of errors: Qatar vs Uzbekistan.

 

I’ve never seen a stadium so disinterested in a football match. Faz and I might hail from Liverpool, a city with an almost idolatrous passion for the game, but this level of indifference to the sport is something you won’t find in many places – even Milton Keynes.

 

The performance of the hosts made me long for a cessation of their national alcohol restrictions, or that I too had come dressed from head-to-toe in a thobe/gutra, if only to allow me to sleep without incurring suspicion. I would have shielded my face with the “Qatar” scarf I bought outside the ground, but it was covered in Arabic writing, which could mean anything. ‘We hate football’ would be the most suitable sentiment, but that was admittedly unlikely. I decided not to risk the facial disguise, and just en-joy/dure the game.

 

By contrast, the handful of travelling supporters made far more entertaining viewing. They actually watched the match, and I’m pretty sure they knew the rules. (Which probably helps explain why Uzbekistan’s initial bid to host the 2022 World Cup finals got lost in the mail, somewhere over the Chatkal mountains).

 

Like any self-respecting European my knowledge of the Stans derives chiefly from watching Borat. I’m not certain whether Uzbekistan is one of those countries with ‘inferior potassium’ or if they are indeed a nation of ‘assholes’. I’m quite sure however that many Qataris came to the latter conclusion tonight when the visitors had the audacity to defeat the hosts in the opening game. Not that the home supporters I spoke to were in buoyant mood before kick off – and with the game only minutes old, I was able to see why.

 

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