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Legendary Cheaters 2 – Titanic Thompson

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Alvin Clarence Thomas was certainly the greatest American gambler of the 20th century. Not only brilliant, he was an ingenious professional hustler, be it cards, golf, horse racing or shooting pool. But his specialty was sucker bets, and his creativity made him a legend.

Here are a few of those worth mentioning:

In wintertime he would bet a group of people he could hit a golf ball 500 yards. Then he would hit the ball on a frozen lake.

He bet heavily that he could throw a peanut over any clubhouse rooftop. But the suckers did not know that the shell was filled with lead.

Another inventive one was the watermelon scam. As he was standing on a hotel porch, a truck loaded with watermelons drove past. Thomas bought a watermelon and shared it with his fellow gamblers. He then started talking and bet that he could guess the number of watermelons in the truck within five. Thomas announced 413. The watermelons were counted for a total of 415. Pretty impressive, except that Thomas paid the truck driver the day before to count the watermelons and to drive past the hotel.

Legend has it that he even fooled Al Capone.

Thomas acquired the name of Titanic because people said that he could sink any opponent. And Thompson was a misprint in the New York newspaper.

In 1929, his career took a major turn with a card game involving Arnold Rothstein, one of the nation’s biggest gamblers. Thompson, a master with a deck of cards, cheated the game and won more than $200,000. Suspecting a ruse, Arnold refused to pay and was killed a few weeks later. Thompson was brought to court, and charges were eventually dropped. But after this scandal the legend of Titanic Thompson grew, so suckers were harder to find. For thirty years he travelled the country with his scams and married a couple of times. He died broke in 1974.

Legendary Cheaters – Monique Laurent

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Back in 1973, a fatally attractive French woman named Monique Laurent managed to rob the Deauville Casino of $1 million in a week. Although she did not work alone, she was the most emblematic figure of the ‘French Cigarette Pack Scam.’

The scam was a pack of cigarettes secretly containing a radio transmitter which could control the roulette ball embedded with a radio receiver. The roulette dealer, a partner, would sneak the ball into play, and Monique would press an invisible button on the pack of the cigarettes to control the dive, giving the ball ninety percent accuracy to land on a group of six numbers. Another crew member would place bets and collect the money.

Casino security was helpless. The roulette was dismantled, the dealer was closely watched, but nothing was wrong.

Monique’s beauty unfortunately put an end to the scam despite herself. The casino owner, overwhelmed by the raven-haired beauty, approached her with direct advances. She turned him down as politely as she could, but the owner got hurt and began to watch her from a different angle. Why was she always standing at the losing table? Why was she always alone? Why was she only placing occasional bets? Something was definitely wrong. Suspecting something in the pack of cigarettes she was always holding, he asked her for a cigarette. Before she could do anything, a police officer confiscated the pack and handcuffed Monique.

This story inspired the film Les Tricheurs (The Cheaters) released in 1984.

UEFA Champion League – Group Stage Fourth Round – Results & Standings

With the end of UEFA Champion League – Group stage fourth round, sound the congratulations to the first six teams who qualified to the knockout stage with still 2 group stage to go. The teams are Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona & Porto, and Bayern are surely the be on the top of Group E no matter what happened on the next 2 matches.

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Besides the happy teams which qualified, there are some teams which are sad, APOEL & Athletic Club are surely out of the tournament, and Galatasaray are one step away from the exits, they had to win the next 2 matches with big scores and hope Arsenal loses on their next 2. And Manchester City as the English Premier League champion continues their bad luck in European tournaments with only 2 points from 4 matchess188-ucl-table1 s188-ucl-table2

 

Besides teams results and news, one major record which covers almost all headlines are Lionel Messi scores 2 against Ajax, which enable him to matches Raul’s all time scorer in UEFA Champion League s188-raul-messi

You can always check the latest odds & follow the live scores on our website at S188.com

10 Crimes of Blackjack

By Henry Tamburin

Many players make horrible mistakes when they play blackjack. Here’s a list of the 10 worst crimes a player can make.

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The crime: Believing blackjack is all luck.

If you think that all you need is a little bit of “luck” to win at blackjack, I strongly suggest that you stop playing the game. Blackjack is not all luck. The reason? The odds of winning are not the same from one hand to the next because the removal of a card from a deck of cards will affect the odds (sometimes in your favor, other times in the dealer’s favor). It’s true that on individual hands, or even a single playing session, luck can influence the outcome, but in the long term, the player’s skill will overtake luck and a player can win more than he loses, or at the minimum, play almost even with the house.

 

The crime: Not using basic strategy.

In was back in 1956 when a group of scientists changed the game of blackjack forever when they statistically determined the absolute correct way to play every hand. This strategy became known as the basic playing strategy and by using this strategy to play every hand, the house edge can be reduced to a minuscule 0.2 to 0.5% (depends on the rules and number of decks). The bottom line is this: blackjack is not a guessing game. If you hold a 10-5 and the dealer shows an 8 upcard, there is one and only one correct play. It doesn’t matter whether you are playing in a Midwest casino, in Las Vegas, or Atlantic City, or whether you just lost five hands in a row, or just won five hands in a row, or whether you are winning a lot or losing or lot, the correct play for this hand is to hit. To be skillful at blackjack means you almost have to be robotic and make the same correct plays according to the basic playing strategy hand after hand after hand. You don’t hit 10-5 against a dealer 8 sometimes and stand othertimes. You always hit. If you can’t or won’t accept this, then you should hang up your playing cards and play a different game because you will never make it at blackjack.

 

The crime: Betting on side bets.

Nowadays, casinos have implemented side bets on blackjack tables as a way to increase their revenue because their edge on the game itself is razor thin. These side bets are cheap; usually, it only costs a buck to make them and they come in all different flavors: Pair Square (bet that you will be dealt a pair); Lucky Ladies (bet that you’re initial hand totals 20); Bonus Blackjack (bet that the dealer or player gets a blackjack), and so on. The problem with these side bets is that the house edge is high and although you might get lucky and win a few side bets, in the long run you’ll be donating a lot of money to the casino coffers by making these bets.

 

The crime: Using a Progressive Betting System.

The majority of blackjack players use some form of progressive betting which means the player sizes his bet based on whether he won or lost the previous hand. The problem with progressive betting systems is that they don’t change the casino’s edge one iota. The odd of winning the next hand in blackjack isn’t dependent on what happened in previous hands (it is influenced by which cards were removed from the deck). So a player who uses a progressive betting system is deluding himself into thinking he has found the way to beat the house.

 

The crime: Playing with a Continuous Shuffling Machine.

A continuous shuffling machine (CSM) is an automatic shuffler that randomly shuffles the cards after each round. Many casinos are replacing the traditional automatic shuffler with CSMs. The reason is because when a CSM is used, the house edge remains virtually the same from one round to the next. When a casino uses a CSM, they can also get roughly 20% more hands dealt per hour vs. a traditional automatic shuffler. The more hands that a recreational player faces per hour, the greater will be the player’s theoretical loss. So playing on a table that uses a CSM is a no-no. You should always play where the dealer is using either a traditional shuffler (where about 70% of the cards are dealt from the shuffler before all the cards are shuffled), or in a single- and two-deck game where the dealer manually shuffles the cards.

 

The crime: Playing a single-deck game that pays 6-5 for blackjack

Many casinos have implemented single-deck blackjack games where a player receives only a 6-5 payoff for a blackjack instead of the traditional 3-2 payoff (a 6-5 payoff means on a $10 bet you would get paid $12 for a blackjack instead of $15).These games are really bad news because the 6-5 payoff increases the house edge to roughly 1.4%. It’s a real crime to play any game where the casino pays only 6-5 on blackjacks.

 

The crime: Not scouting the tables

The playing rules are not necessarily the same from one table to the next or for that matter from one casino to the next. You shouldn’t just jump into a game without first knowing what the rules are and whether there are better rules on other tables. For example, a table where the dealer hits soft 17 is worst for a player than if the dealer stands on soft 17. Blackjack players should know which rules are player-friendly and which favor the house, and then scout the tables to find the best set of player-friendly rules.

 

The crime: Playing when tired or inebriated

How many times have you seen the bleary-eyed player playing blackjack? Or the player that has consumed one to many alcoholic drinks. If you are tired, you shouldn’t be playing blackjack because you will be making too many playing mistakes. Ditto for consuming many alcoholic drinks while playing. Playing blackjack skillfully requires concentration and anything that disturbs your concentration will result in you losing more money (that’s why drinks are free to players).

 

The crime: Not paying attention to the cards on the layout

Not too many recreational players pay attention to the cards on the layout. That’s a big mistake. For example, if you have seen a disproportionate number of small cards vs. large cards in the first couple of rounds after a shuffle, now would be a good time to bump up your bet slightly. On the other hand, if you see nothing but aces and faces in the early rounds, you should definitely not increase the size of your bet.

 

The crime: Not getting rated

You should always get rated when you play blackjack. The reason? This allows you to receive comps from the casino (free meals, free rooms, free shows, etc.). It cost you nothing to get rated. Just sign up for their player’s card and show it to the dealer every time you play. Your level of comps depends upon your level of play. You can always check with a casino host to find out what kind of comps you will be eligible to receive based on your betting level and the amount of time you play. The comps you receive will lower your cost of playing and sometimes they will turn a negative expectation game (where the house has the overall edge) into a positive expectation game (the game with the comps will result in the player having the monetary edge). The point is that you won’t get any comps unless you get rated, so don’t miss this opportunity to get your share of the billions that casinos give away annually to players just for playing.

Barclays Premier League – Gameweek 10 Results & Standings

Seems every week there are some slight upset going on in Barclays Premier League, week 10’s results shows Liverpool losing to Newcastle 0-1, while the Manchester Derby ended up a bit anti-dramatic with United down to 10 men as early as 38 minutes. Chelsea although struggle to win against QPR 2-1 but they still got the important 3 points to enable them to sit comfortably on top of the table. While chased by Southampton who still stays in 2nd place after defeating Hull City 1-0

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Barclays Premier League – Gameweek 10 Matches

Yes!! it’s another week for Barclays Premier League or English Premier League, this week will be the Manchester Darby, Manchester City vs Manchester United, will City bounce back after the lose in Capital Cup vs Newcastle? Will United hold on with so many player in injured list. Anyway it seem will be an exciting games ahead. Also will Newscastle able to do another upset? This time versus Liverpool.

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Barclays Premier League – Gameweek 9 Results & Standings

Barclays Premier League – Gameweek 9 ended with QPR grabs a win over Aston Villa with 2-0. Overall low scoring games with only Everton score 3 goals in game vs Burnley. An upset for Manchester City when loses 1-2 vs West Ham. Chelsea still maintain on the top although drawing 1-1 with Manchester United and Southampton is still surprising everyone when maintained 2nd place after 1-0 win over Stoke.

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